The Daily Outkick: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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College Football Playoff Rankings: Alabama Opens at No. 1 With Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame In (CBS Sports) The first College Football Playoff Rankings for the 2018 season are out, and there were a lot of close decisions to sort through.

First College Football Playoff Rankings: No Surprises but a Few Conundrums (New York Times) The College Football Playoff committee has certainly faced tougher tasks than determining which team to slot first in its initial rankings this season.

NFL Trade Deadline 2018: Winners, Losers and Everything in Between (Sports Illustrated) After an active and exciting NFL trade deadline, here are the winners and losers… and everyone else in between.

MGM Resorts, Jets Forge Gaming Partnership, First Deal of its Kind (ESPN) MGM Resorts has signed a gaming partnership with the New York Jets, the first NFL deal that involves more than a casino sponsorship.

Why Democrats Are Staying Silent About the Migrant Caravan (New York Post) Now, despite the president’s tough talk and use of the military, leftist politicians hardly make a peep, fearful that defending the caravan could be political suicide.

Clay Travis Reacts to 2018 NFL Trade Deadline (Outkick)

Facebook’s Vision for the Future: Less News Feed, More Stories (New York Times) When Facebook told Wall Street in July that its business would slow down, it had few answers for how it planned to change that trajectory. On Tuesday, the social network came back with some responses.

Sports Channels Draw Interest From Private Equity, ‘New Fox’ and Ice Cube (WSJ) Disney must divest 22 regional networks as part of its deal to acquire 21st Century Fox assets.

Ty Montgomery Was Traded Because Aaron Rodgers Is a Vengeful God (The Ringer) Green Bay has reportedly shipped the converted running back to Baltimore two days after he fumbled away the QB’s chance at a comeback against the Rams.

NFL Trade Deadline Reveals Ugly Truth of 2015 Draft Class (Yahoo Sports) Week by week, offseason by offseason, and now trade deadline by trade deadline, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft is unraveling before our eyes.

Clay Travis Reacts to The Athletic Raising $40 Million (Outkick)

Bills Sign Terrelle Pryor, Who Immediately Becomes Buffalo’s Best Quarterback and Receiver (CBS Sports) Should the Bills start Pryor over Nathan Peterman? It might not be as insane as it sounds

A Year After Tweets Doubled in Size, Brevity Still Rules (Axios) Nearly a year since Twitter doubled the character limit of tweets from 140 to 280, the company has found that the most common length of tweets in English is 33 characters, one fewer than before the change.

Maryland’s Decision to Keep DJ Durkin Offends Both Football and Non-Football Moral Codes (Sports Illustrated) It’s rare when a decision goes against both value systems. On Tuesday, Maryland achieved that ignominious distinction.

Detroit Lions Just Threw This Season in Trash by Trading Golden Tate (USA Today) There’s just no other way to explain Lions general manager Bob Quinn’s decision to trade their best receiver to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday for a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

Clay Travis: “I Won’t Pay For Content Guy’ is the Equivalent of Mosquito-Dick Thinking” (Outkick)

Rewriting the Fourteenth Amendment (WSJ) The President still stands on firm legal and political ground when he fights sanctuary cities or the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But he undermines his legal standing, and his political credibility, when he pulls a stunt like single-handedly trying to rewrite the Fourteenth Amendment.

Refuting Concerns About His Future, Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer Details Severity of Cyst in His Brain (CBS Sports) Meyer underwent a procedure on his brain in 2014

Sure, The Rams Are Good. But Are They Historically Great? (538) With a perfect season still a possibility halfway through this NFL campaign, it’s reasonable to wonder where the Rams rank among the best teams in football.

Majority of Americans Think Cable TV Has Become “Unaffordable” (Hollywood Reporter) A whopping 90 percent of Americans say that the most important factor when deciding to subscribe to a TV or streaming service is cost. Meanwhile, 56 percent say cable is “unaffordable” and 47 percent say the same about satellite, while just 17 percent deem streaming unaffordable. “People are just homing in on affordability, especially younger consumers,” says Morning Consult vp Tyler Sinclair.

‘Whitey’ Bulger Dead: Inmate with Mafia Ties Investigated in Killing (Boston Globe) In a violent end to a long and murderous career, notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was killed Tuesday at a West Virginia prison, officials said.