The Daily Outkick: Monday, October 1, 2018

Starting 11: Ohio State Survives Edition (Outkick) My SEC power rankings 1-14, my national top ten, and my playoff top four.

Patriots Remind Everyone That They Are the Class of the AFC East (SI) The greatest dynasty the modern NFL has ever seen put a halt to the speculation of whether or not the kingdom is crumbling this week.

How One Awful Play Call Ended Penn State’s Party Against Ohio State (Yahoo) For more than 50 minutes on Saturday night, No. 9 Penn State outplayed and outclassed No. 4 Ohio State, building a 12-point fourth-quarter lead behind a blitz-happy defense and the verve and guile of precocious quarterback Trace McSorley.

U.S. and Canada Reach Nafta Deal (WSJ) The U.S. and Canada reached a dramatic, last-minute deal late Sunday night on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement, lifting a cloud of uncertainty over the quarter-century-old continental commercial bloc.

Trevor Lawrence’s Injury Doesn’t Change the Calculus of Kelly Bryant’s Transfer Decision (SI) Will Bryant give Clemson another shot, if the team really is welcoming him back? How long is that opportunity even open with Lawrence’s return date unknown?

Alabama’s Offense Is Now As Terrifying As Its Defense (538) Nick Saban, it would appear, finally has an offense as ostentatious and dynamic as his defense, a horrifying development for the rest of the country.

News Analysis: Why Trump Will Win a Second Term (NY Times) Reality TV has always been the guidebook for this presidency. And most popular series last for six seasons.

Bucs Coach Calls for His Own Firing After Winston Replaces Fitzpatrick in Blowout Loss (Washington Post) “We were horrific in all aspects of football today, all aspects,” Coach Dirk Koetter told reporters, following the Bucs’ 48-10 loss to the Bears.

We Have A New Worst Roughing The Passer Call (Big Lead) Another week, another terrible roughing the passer penalty. Welcome to the new NFL!

U.S. Stocks Open Fourth Quarter Near Record Highs but Face Hurdles (WSJ) Many investors, though, are quick to point to robust corporate earnings, high business and consumer confidence, and an unemployment rate at its lowest level in nearly two decades as catalysts that can keep driving stocks higher.

NFL’s Top Story? How About Marcus Mariota’s Titans? (Tennessean) It’s more about the Titans, bombarded with injuries and other adversity early in this season, still not close to what they could be at full capacity – sitting at 3-1 with wins over the Super Bowl champ Eagles and Super Bowl hopeful Jaguars.

Brett Kavanaugh is “Too Big to Fail” (Axios) For the White House, it’s Brett Kavanaugh or bust. They have no Plan B and there’s not even discussion of one, according to five sources with direct knowledge of the sensitive internal White House talks.

Earl Thomas Gives Middle Finger Toward Seahawks Sideline After Leg Injury (USA Today) Earl Thomas’ acrimonious season with the Seattle Seahawks might have reached a head.

Google CEO will testify before U.S. House on bias accusations (Reuters) Republicans want to question Google about whether its search algorithms are influenced by human bias. They also want to probe it on issues such as privacy, classification of news and opinion and dealing with countries with human rights violations.

NFL teams still aren’t interested in Kaepernick (CBS) Kaepernick’s agents continue to reach out to NFL teams via texts, calls and emails, as injuries continue to prompt clubs to work out free-agent passers on a weekly basis, but the vast majority, if not all, are ignored and go unreturned.

Partisan rage over Kavanaugh allegations erupts into midterm campaigns (Washington Post) How the issue plays out in the elections will depend on the drama that will unfold in the coming week — including whether the FBI turns up any new evidence in its probe and what happens if and when Kavanaugh’s confirmation is put to a Senate vote.

 

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