The Daily Outkick: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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College Football Playoff Rankings: Michigan Slides Into No. 4 Spot, LSU Avoids Major Fall (CBS Sports) A new set of College Football Playoff Rankings is out from the CFP Selection Committee, and there was very little drama this week. The top six were pretty obvious after the results of last week.

James Conner Has Been Better Than Peak Le’Veon Bell (The Ringer) The second-year running back is crushing expectations playing in place of his All-Pro teammate, and he may have earned the right to keep his job even if Bell does return

Ten Takeaways From the 2018 Midterm Elections (WSJ) Results pose new obstacles for Trump as Democrats gain a House majority and Republicans retain Senate control

Titans’ Malcolm Butler is One of the Worst Free Agent Signings of All Time (Outkick)

Dysfunction in Cleveland: Hue Jackson’s Paranoid Final Days and Baker Mayfield’s Resilience (Sports Illustrated) Across the organization this week, there was little wonder how Mayfield would respond to the coaching change. He gave no rousing speeches, and did nothing outside of the ordinary. He followed the script demonstrated by Tyrod Taylor.

Stock Market Winners and Losers From Midterm Election Results (CNBC) With Democrats controlling the lower chamber of a split government, Trump could be forced to soften his aggressive trade strategy with China. The trade war between the two nations has roiled markets and often left investors on edge about the future between the world’s two largest economic powerhouses.

LSU’s College Football Playoff Ranking Only Creates Unnecessary Drama (Sporting News) That was the only unexpected wrinkle in the second set of College Football Playoff Rankings released on Tuesday. We were supposed to argue Notre Dame or Michigan at No. 3, or Michigan or Georgia at No. 4.

The Democrats Won the House. Now What? (New York Times) Pick policy battles wisely. Impeachment is neither a sensible nor a winning issue to open with. Don’t go crazy with the subpoenas.

Clay Travis: Top 5 and Worst 5 teams in the NFL (Outkick)

CFP Rankings Analysis: How Long Will the Respect for LSU Last? (Sports Illustrated) LSU’s status in the College Football Playoff rankings didn’t exactly plummet after a blowout loss to Alabama.

Taylor Swift Fails to Take Out Marsha Blackburn (Breitbart) Pop superstar Taylor Swift’s endorsement of Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen failed to persuade the great people of Tennessee on Tuesday.

Dez Bryant, Saints in Negotiations on Deal ( After working out for the Saints, the All-Pro wideout left without a contract but the team liked what they saw and the sides are in negotiations on a deal, sources told NFL Network

Eddie George says there’s ‘dysfunction’ at Ohio State (24/7 Sports) Former Ohio State standout Eddie George can’t put a finger on the Buckeyes’ recent struggles this season, but he believes there’s bigger issues than defensive problems and inconsistent play offensively.

Clay Travis: Cowboys, Titans, and Buccaneers Have Difficult Decisions Ahead with Their Quarterbacks (Outkick)

‘Breaking Bad’ Movie From Creator Vince Gilligan in the Works (Hollywood Reporter) Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is working on a two-hour movie, though it remains unclear if that will be released theatrically or made for television.

Sports Betting Will Now Be Allowed in Some of Louisiana (NOLA) Voters in 47 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes opted to legalize fantasy sports betting, with most of those against it situated in north Louisiana.

NFL Flexes Three Games, Announces Week 11 Schedule Changes (Yahoo Sports) The NFL announced that it was changing the start times for three Week 11 games.

Brett Kavanaugh Joined His Liberal Colleagues in Raising Concerns in Death Penalty Case (Reuters) Kavanaugh’s comments in his first death penalty-related oral argument since joining the court last month suggest he could potentially break with fellow conservatives.

Clay Travis: Russell Wilson is Undervalued and Underrated (Lock It In)