The Daily Outkick: Monday, October 29, 2018

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Starting 11: The Calm Before the Playoff Storm Edition (Outkick) My playoff four, the @outkick national top 10, & my SEC power rankings 1-14. The Starting 11 is here.

Red Sox Can Stake Claim as One of the Greatest Teams in Baseball History (Boston Globe) The 2018 baseball season is over and the Boston Red Sox are World Series champions for the fourth time in 15 seasons.

Buccaneers Bench Jameis Winston for Ryan Fitzpatrick After Four-Interception Meltdown (CBS Sports) It was less about the number of interceptions Winston threw and more about how Winston threw them. Repeatedly, Winston made dumb decision after dumb decision, throwing some of the worst interceptions you’ll see this season.

Winners and Losers Week 9: Predicting the First Set of College Football Playoff Rankings (Yahoo Sports) It’s time to start seriously talking about the College Football Playoff. The first set of rankings are revealed on Tuesday so we figured we’d try to spoil what’s in store from the committee.

Directv Subscribers Got Screwed All Day Trying To Access NFL Sunday Ticket (TotalProSports) Subscribers were prompted to pay $49.99 to watch today’s games. DirecTV’s response has been limited to telling their subscribers to reset their receivers and try again. Worked for some, not for others.

Unions Get an Economics Lesson (WSJ) The Supreme Court last summer broke a public-union monopoly, and what do you know? Unions are learning how to compete and operate like a business.

Mike Gundy Says Twitter Is For the Unemployed In Fart-Noise Filled Rant (Big Lead) When Mike Gundy hears the word, “Twitter,” the Oklahoma State Cowboys coach can’t help but make fart noises.

David Price Gets His Championship (New York Times) All that was missing was a championship, and the reputation for clutch pitching that would go with it. In his first 10 postseason starts, Price was 0-9 with a 6.03 E.R.A., capped by a miserable division series outing against the Yankees on Oct. 6.

College Football Odds, Lines, Schedule for Week 10: Alabama a 14-point Favorite Over LSU (CBS Sports) Oddsmakers want to get bettors on both sides (with a small lean to one side or the other), and they think the game of the year in college football will tilt heavily toward the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

Todd Gurley Produces Ultimate Bad Beat After Passing up Touchdown to Run Out Clock (Yahoo Sports) Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley cost a lot of people money Sunday. During the team’s 29-27 win over the Green Bay Packers, Gurley had an opportunity to walk in a touchdown with just under a minute left. He passed up that chance, opting to slow down and get tackled so the Rams could run out the clock.

Cam Newton May Be Overlooked, But He’s Still One of the NFL’s Best (Washington Post) Cam Newton, a Heisman winner and Most Valuable Player who played in the Super Bowl three years ago and is widely regarded as one of the greatest overall athletes to ever play the position, is rarely mentioned in discussions about the best quarterback in the NFL.