Starting 11: The Big Ten’s a Mess Edition (Outkick) With Ohio State’s loss, what happens in the playoff picture? SEC power rankings 1-14, my national top ten, and my playoff four. The Starting 11’s live from London.
AP Top 25 poll: Alabama Remains at No. 1 as Ohio State Falls out of Top 10 in College Football Rankings (CBS Sports) While Week 8 of the college football season didn’t have the same number of upsets as last week, Ohio State’s 49-20 loss to Purdue has shuffled the top 10. The Buckeyes fell nine spots, landing at No. 11, behind teams like UCF, Florida and Oklahoma.
Media Reacts to Butch Jones’ Celebration in Neyland (24/7 Sports) Can you imagine getting a Gatorade bath for doing such a shitty job that the team you recruited got beat by nearly 40? And being such a crappy coach that you had to go work as an intern? One of the most pathetic things I’ve seen from a coach on a college football sideline.
Urban Meyer, Ohio State Crash in Spectacular Fashion Again (USA Today) When Ohio State loses these days, it tends to do so spectacularly, as it did Saturday in a 49-20 blowout at Purdue.
NBA, MLB Could Reap $1.7 Billion from Legal Sports Betting (SportsBookReview) The NBA and MLB could see an increase in revenue of about $1.7 billion due to legalized sports betting, according a study released this week by the American Gaming Association.
Sticking With Eli Manning Has Torpedoed the Giants—Again (WSJ) New York is the rare team in 2018 without an answer, or at least the hope for one, at the NFL’s most important position.
NFL Week 7 Grades (CBS Sports) Lions get an ‘A’ for big road win; Jaguars get an ‘F’ for ugly home loss.
Trump Approval Jumps Ahead of Obama’s Midterm Approval Rating (The Hill) President Trump’s approval rating before the November elections has jumped to a higher level than former President Obama’s ahead of the 2010 midterms, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
Panthers’ Eric Reid Angrily Confronts Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins For Not Kneeling During Anthem (Daily Mail) Two National Football League stars on opposing teams had to be separated before a game on Sunday over long-simmering tensions related to the national anthem protests as Colin Kaepernick weighed in on the side of an old ally.
Blumhouse Studio, Scary at the Box Office, Gets Serious About TV (New York Times) The Hollywood studio Blumhouse knows how to make hit movies. Now, it is taking on television.
UCF AD Danny White wants ESPN to help fix ‘broken’ College Football Playoff model (USA Today) Central Florida athletic director Danny White — whose school extended its winning streak to an FBS-best 20 games — was critical of an ESPN College GameDay segment discussing UCF’s accomplishments.
What is Harvard Trying to Hide? (Politico) The long war over affirmative action turned hot again last week, as Harvard and lawyers for Asian-American applicants duked it out in a federal courtroom in Boston in a closely watched case that could end consideration of race in college admissions.
REPORT: Raiders Sound Deeply Disorganized Fielding Trade Offers (Big Lead) When teams call to gauge the Raiders on a trade offer, potential trade partners might call General Manager Reggie McKenize before wondering whether Jon Gruden might give them a better offer.
ITV chief: Now is Last Chance to Build British Challenger to Netflix (Guardian) UK broadcasters have little time left to act, in concert or by developing their own services, or they will find it impossible to turn the tide against the invasion of the US-based global streaming superpowers Netflix and Amazon.
Alabama football: Tua cruising to New York (Saturday Down South) Every week, Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa inches closer and closer to the Heisman Trophy. What he’s doing while playing in three quarters or less every game is truly remarkable.
Todd Gurley Is In The Right System At The Right Time (538) Todd Gurley is off to one of the hottest starts in NFL history joining the ranks of NFL greats like Marshall Faulk and Eric Dickerson.