College Football Playoff Rankings Reaction: It’ll Be Difficult for Ohio State to Jump Oklahoma (CBS Sports) CFP Selection Committee is having a hard time looking past Ohio State’s 29-point loss to Purdue.
CFP Rankings Analysis: New Order Confirms It’s an SEC World Out There (Sports Illustrated) This conference’s dominance is far from being news at this point, but with Missouri sliding in at No. 24 this week, the SEC boasts eight teams in the rankings.
What Happens If Alabama Loses? What If Every Favorite Wins? We Have Answers. (538) At the core of the College Football Playoff is the assumption that four reasonably well-differentiated teams will be left standing at the end of the regular season and conference championship games, ready to be neatly penciled into a bracket. Unfortunately, such a tidy setup seldom actually happens in real life.
From Bowling to Limbo: The 15 Best N.F.L. Celebrations This Season (New York Times) When the N.F.L. loosened the rules on celebrations a year ago, the change brought a spike in spikes and a higher rate of high fives. But it has also ushered in an era of intricately choreographed routines that have grown more elaborate as the season has gone on.
Clay Travis on Tennessee Titans: When Bill Belichick is Offloading Players, Don’t Take Them (Outkick)
By Claiming Reuben Foster, Redskins Show They’re Numb, Indifferent, Reckless (Washington Post) The Redskins are that franchise again. They don’t stand for anything. They knew this decision would get them roasted, which is why they quickly released a statement from Doug Williams, the senior vice president of player personnel, after the news broke. And they misspelled his last name, in all caps, on the release: WILLAMS. It only got worse from there.
Tiger Woods Signs Deal With Golf Streaming Service (Wall Street Journal) Tiger Woods has signed an exclusive deal to develop programming for the forthcoming golf streaming service Discovery Inc. and the PGA Tour are launching, a bet the sports legend will lure subscribers.
Malzahn Close to Accepting Changes to Remain at Auburn (Auburn 24/7) Though no agreement has been finalized and changes remain possible, Gus Malzahn is on the verge of accepting a reduced buyout and other limitations to remain for his seventh season as Auburn’s head football coach, sources told AuburnUndercover.
Tom Coughlin Bashes Jaguars: ‘The Way We Behave On the Field is Ridiculous’ (CBS Sports) The Jacksonville Jaguars are dead last in the AFC South at 3-8 and they’ve lost seven-straight games. Things look dire, with offensive coordinator Nathanial Hackett being fired after their last loss, and executive vice president Tom Coughlin is clearly unhappy with the way things are going.
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Five Eight Teams in the NFL (Outkick)
Tommy Tuberville On Auburn: “Obviously, They Don’t Have A Clue What They’re Doing” (The Big Lead) The Very Latest out of Auburn is that the school has been talking to Bob Stoops about his theoretical interest in a potential job opening at the head football coach position.
When Are the Final College Football Playoff Rankings Announced? (Sporting News) Here are some need-to-know facts about the last set of CFP rankings.
The Jaguars’ Blake Bortles Bet Failed Spectacularly (The Ringer) Bortles has become an easy punch line, but save some laughter for the franchise that bet its future on him. The Jags believed they could build an NFL contender around a bad QB. It didn’t take long to prove the folly of that plan.
Looking Back At the Preseason AP Poll: What Went Right and (Very, Very) Wrong (Sports Illustrated) Conference championship week has descended on us, so it’s time to look back at this year’s preseason AP poll and see how well (or poorly) it predicted the 2018 season (using the Week 14 rankings as a comparison), broken up into three distinct categories:
Clay Travis’ Bottom Five Teams in the NFL (Outkick)
YouTube to Pull Back on Scripted in 2020 Amid Ad-Supported Push (Hollywood Reporter) Three years after YouTube launched a subscription streaming service aimed at making it a destination for premium programming, the online video giant is shifting its strategy.
Apple’s Stock Holds Key to End of Bear Market (CNBC) Until Wall Street determines if the iPhone sales slowdown is real, or the potential tariffs on Apple’s iPhones are taken off the table, “you can’t expect an end to the pain”.
Nevada Books Overall and Football Win Takes Dip in October (VSIN) Nevada’s sports books won $29.5 million overall from bettors in October with $11.3 million of it coming from football, according to figures released Tuesday by the state’s Gaming Control Board. This is down 6.07% and 28.26%, respectively, from the same month last year.
Clay Travis: USC Firing Everyone But Clay Helton is One of the Dumbest Decisions Ever (Outkick)