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Pac-12's Top Teams Aiming to Break CFP Dry Spell

Pac-12’s Top Teams Aiming to Break CFP Dry Spell

Utah safety Sione Vaki, celebrating his touchdown with Landen King, is chasing a playoff spot in a competitive Pac-12 season.

The Pac-12 faces a tough challenge as it enters its final season in the current format. Next year, 10 Pac-12 schools will disperse across three other Power Five conferences. However, before this transition, the conference is striving to end a six-year College Football Playoff drought. To achieve this, the Pac-12 must confront its own competitive depth.

Thanks to strong out-of-conference performances, the Pac-12 boasts four teams with either zero or one loss, matching only the SEC in this regard. The key difference is that in the Pac-12, these top teams are still set to face each other, starting with the clash between No. 8 Oregon (6-1) and No. 13 Utah (6-1) this Saturday.

The Utes are also scheduled to go up against No. 5 Washington (7-0) in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the Ducks and Huskies have already faced off, and both are slated to play against No. 11 Oregon State (6-1) later in November. Oregon State handed Utah its sole loss.

Additionally, No. 24 Southern California will have consecutive matches against the Huskies and Ducks in early November, even though the Trojans (6-2) are currently considered less likely to contend.

Ideally, the Pac-12, like any other conference, hopes for a conference title game that is likely to send its winner to the playoff. Realistically, this requires two teams with no more than one loss each, a challenging task when the best teams must navigate a challenging path to reach the championship game.

Balance and depth make for an exciting regular season, but ultimately, it’s the powerhouse teams that stand out and secure a spot in the playoff.

Key Matchup: No. 8 Oregon at No. 13 Utah

Utah’s Kyle Whittingham has made a strong case for Pac-12 and national coach of the year, keeping the two-time conference champions in contention despite injuries and a developing offense. The Utes were formidable against USC last week, and it’s clear that Utah won’t relinquish its Pac-12 crown easily. The Ducks will be a formidable opponent, but it’s apparent that they will have to fight hard for victory.

Prediction: Oregon 28-20

Other Highlighted Games:

  • No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida: Georgia is favored in this match-up, having won five of the last six games at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

Prediction: Georgia 41-20

  • No. 3 Ohio State at Wisconsin: This game is significant for both teams, especially for Wisconsin as they aim to win the final version of the Big Ten West before the conference realignment in 2024.

Prediction: Ohio State 31-14

  • No. 20 Duke at No. 18 Louisville: This game is crucial for both teams’ chances in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Prediction: Louisville 21-18

  • No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas: Oklahoma aims to maintain its winning streak against Kansas, who are hoping for the return of their starting quarterback.

Prediction: Oklahoma 49-34

The weekend features several other intriguing match-ups between ranked teams and FBS opponents, offering college football fans an exciting slate of games.

Bo Nix, Oregon’s quarterback, crosses the goal line for a touchdown in the opening half of an NCAA college football clash on October 21, 2023, in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo Credit: Andy Nelson/AP)

NFL Numbers: Chiefs and Eagles' Fast Starts Increase Likelihood of Rare Rematch

NFL Numbers: Chiefs and Eagles’ Fast Starts Increase Likelihood of Rare Rematch

Kansas City and Philadelphia are setting the stage for a possible Super Bowl rematch, as both teams have started the season strong, with six wins out of their first seven games, placing them at the top of the NFL standings. This marks only the sixth time in NFL history that the previous season’s Super Bowl contestants have held the best record in the league as they enter Week 8 or later.

The last occurrence was back in the 2000 season when the Titans and Rams, both at 8-2, shared this distinction as they headed into Week 12. However, neither of these teams made it to the Super Bowl that year, with the Titans losing in the divisional round and the Rams falling in the wild-card round.

In 1993, the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys also achieved this feat, finishing the season tied for the best record at 12-4 after their Super Bowl matchup the previous year. Interestingly, they faced each other again in the Super Bowl that season, with the Cowboys successfully defending their championship, marking the only time in NFL history when the same two teams met in back-to-back Super Bowls.

The Kansas City Chiefs secured a three-game lead in the AFC West by defeating the Chargers. This is only the fourth time in the last decade that such a lead has been established after seven weeks. The Chiefs, with Patrick Mahomes as their quarterback, have been exceptionally dominant within their division, boasting a 29-3 record against division opponents, a remarkable .906 winning percentage.

Patrick Mahomes is also making history with six career games in the regular season or playoffs, where he’s thrown for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns. Only Peyton Manning (nine) and Dan Marino (eight) have accomplished this feat more times in NFL history.

On the other side, the Philadelphia Eagles reached a 6-1 record by defeating the Miami Dolphins. Notably, wide receiver A.J. Brown extended his streak to five consecutive games with at least 125 yards receiving, joining Calvin Johnson (2012) and Pat Studstill (1966) for the longest such streaks in NFL history.

In a separate note, Washington’s Sam Howell continues to experience an alarming rate of sacks, being brought down six times in a game against the Giants. He has now been sacked at least four times in every game this season, only one short of the longest such streak since the merger, which is currently held by Deshaun Watson (2018-19), Jeff George (1997-98), and Blake Bortles (2014-15). Howell’s 40 sacks through seven games rank second since the merger, trailing only David Carr’s 43 in 2002, which set the NFL record for sacks that season.

Maxx Crosby’s impressive streak of consecutive defensive snaps for the Las Vegas Raiders was halted. He had played 267 consecutive snaps before leaving the field for two kneel downs at the end of a game against the Bears. Crosby’s three-game streak was the longest for a defensive lineman since Chandler Jones achieved five straight games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reached a significant milestone by earning his 300th regular-season victory, joining Don Shula (328) and George Halas (318) as the only coaches in NFL history to achieve this milestone. When considering coaching wins, including the postseason, Belichick currently trails Shula 347-331. He has also lost 170 games, which is eight fewer than Tom Landry, the coach with the most losses in NFL history.

The game between the Chicago Bears and the Las Vegas Raiders featured two undrafted quarterbacks. Rookie Tyson Bagent, who played at Division II Shepherd University, emerged victorious over veteran Brian Hoyer. This was the first game with two undrafted starting quarterbacks since Nick Mullens and San Francisco defeated Case Keenum and Denver in 2018. Hoyer’s losing streak as a starter extended to 13 games, making it the eighth longest such streak since the merger. Notably, Bagent became the 106th quarterback to win a start more recently than Hoyer, ending the game. This also pushed Hoyer into second place for the most franchises started for in his career, with eight, just one behind Ryan Fitzpatrick’s record.
Reference:

https://www.newstribune.com/news/2023/oct/26/nfl-numbers-fast-starts-by-chiefs-eagles-raise-chance-of-rare-rematch/

Former NFL Player Sergio Brown, Accused of Matricide, Denied Bail Release

Former NFL Player Sergio Brown, Accused of Matricide, Denied Bail Release

In Maywood, Illinois, former NFL player Sergio Brown, who stands accused of killing his mother, allegedly purchased a one-way ticket to Cancun, Mexico, following the last known sighting of the victim prior to her tragic death last month, according to a prosecutor’s statement on Wednesday.

Brown, facing charges of first-degree murder and concealing a homicide, made an appearance in court for a detention hearing, presided over by Cook County Judge Teresa Molina-Gonzalez. The judge denied his request for pretrial release, meaning he will remain in custody until his next court appearance scheduled for November 22.

The lifeless body of Brown’s mother, Myrtle Brown, was discovered on September 16 near a creek in Maywood, which is situated about 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of Chicago. A medical examiner confirmed her death as a homicide, attributing her injuries to an assault.

Sergio Brown, aged 35, had been residing with his 73-year-old mother in Maywood. On October 7, he was deported from Mexico back to the United States and returned to Illinois on Tuesday, as reported by local news outlets.

During the hearing, Brown appeared in a gray sweatshirt and red basketball shorts, his wrists restrained in handcuffs, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. He remained largely silent throughout the proceedings, only responding when addressed by the judge and showing little, if any, visible emotion.

Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jose Villarreal informed the court that Brown was the last person seen with his mother and was observed burning fabric on the night of her death, which occurred on September 14. Brown reportedly flew to Cancun the following morning, and charges on his credit card suggest he had rented two homes in Colombia before being deported.

Villarreal also stated that cell phone data indicated both Brown and his mother were in close proximity to each other around the estimated time of her death.

The prosecutor claimed that investigators discovered similarities between DNA samples found beneath Myrtle Brown’s fingernails and a toothbrush located in Sergio Brown’s bedroom. However, the public defender, Robert Fox, argued against this, contending that no one had witnessed the alleged crime.

Fox asserted, “There’s no direct evidence; it’s all circumstantial.”

Charnelle Dunlap, an assistant public defender working alongside Fox, declined to comment on the case at this time.

Sergio Brown, who attended Proviso East High School in Maywood and played college football at the University of Notre Dame, had a brief but notable career in the NFL. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Buffalo Bills, before leaving the league in 2016.
Reference:

https://bronx.news12.com/ex-nfl-player-sergio-brown-charged-with-killing-mother-has-been-denied-release

Deion Sanders Responds to SNL Skit with His Favorite Impressions

Deion Sanders Responds to SNL Skit with His Favorite Impressions

In early October, Deion Sanders, the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, witnessed Keenan Thompson’s spot-on impersonation of himself during a Saturday Night Live skit. As time passed since the skit aired, Sanders had the opportunity to reflect on the portrayal and identify who, in his opinion, captured his essence best.

“I’m a fan of Keenan. Let’s make that clear,” Sanders expressed. “I have great admiration for him and what he’s contributed to the world of comedy. I had the honor of hosting Saturday Night Live in the past, and those moments were unforgettable. However, the person who truly nails my character is Lou Young. It’s not easy to admit, but Lou is exceptionally talented. Shilo’s imitation is decent.”

Shilo Sanders, Deion’s son and the starting safety for the Colorado Buffaloes, often takes the opportunity to imitate his father. While Deion acknowledges that Shilo’s portrayal is “alright,” his personal favorite is Lou Young. Nonetheless, Keenan Thompson’s rendition is also commendable, and Deion Sanders appreciates the effort.

Deion Sanders also shared his perspective on the ongoing issue of sign-stealing, a prominent topic in college football. Recent allegations against Michigan had sparked extensive debate on the matter. Sanders, however, offered a unique viewpoint.

In the world of college football, deciphering an opponent’s play signals is a common practice aimed at gaining an edge. Sanders acknowledged this aspect of gamesmanship. Yet, Coach Prime introduced a different angle to the discussion. He emphasized that having knowledge of an opposing team’s playbook, even in its entirety, doesn’t guarantee success. Ultimately, the ability to execute plays effectively remains the determining factor.

“Everyone is seeking an advantage,” Sanders emphasized during his press conference on Tuesday. “Teams are looking for any edge they can find. They could have the entire game plan handed to them, but they still have to stop it.”

Drawing on his experience as a two-sport sensation in the NFL and MLB, Deion Sanders noted a distinction between the two sports when it comes to anticipating plays. In baseball, having foreknowledge of a breaking ball makes it easier to make contact and get on base. It all boils down to the bat connecting with the ball.
Reference:

https://www.on3.com/college/colorado-buffaloes/news/deion-sanders-reacts-to-snl-skit-best-impressions/

Oklahoma State vs. Cincinnati: Promo Codes, Betting Info, Odds, and Over/Under - Oct. 28

Oklahoma State vs. Cincinnati: Promo Codes, Betting Info, Odds, and Over/Under – Oct. 28

The Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-2) are gearing up to face their Big 12 rival, the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-5), in a highly anticipated matchup scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2023. This clash will take place at Boone Pickens Stadium, where the Cowboys are the notable favorites, boasting a 7.5-point spread and an over/under set at 53.5.

For a comprehensive breakdown of the odds, spread, and other betting details for the Oklahoma State vs. Cincinnati showdown, read on.

Game Information:

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • Channel: ESPN2
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  • City: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma State vs. Cincinnati Odds, Spread, Over/Under: Here’s a breakdown of the odds, spread, and over/under for this game as provided by various sportsbooks.

FavoriteTotalOklahoma State MoneylineCincinnati Moneyline
BetMGMOklahoma State (-7.5)53.5-350
FanDuelOklahoma State (-7.5)53.5-310

Week 9 Odds: Apart from the featured game, check out the odds for other Week 9 matchups, including Georgia State vs. Georgia Southern, Oregon vs. Utah, Tulane vs. Rice, and many more.

Oklahoma State vs. Cincinnati Betting Trends:

  • Oklahoma State boasts a 4-2-0 ATS record this season.
  • Cincinnati has only covered the spread in one game this year.
  • The Bearcats have not covered the spread when positioned as underdogs by 7.5 points or more this season (in one opportunity).

Oklahoma State & Cincinnati 2023 Futures Odds:

Oklahoma State:

  • To Win the National Championship: +$100,000 (Bet $100 to win $100,000)
  • To Win the Big 12: +$2,000 (Bet $100 to win $2,000)

Cincinnati:

  • To Win the National Championship: +$50,000 (Bet $100 to win $50,000)
  • To Win the Big 12: +$50,000 (Bet $100 to win $50,000)
    Reference:

https://www.westernmassnews.com/sports/betting/2023/10/28/oklahoma-state-vs-cincinnati-college-football-odds-spread-over-under/

Booger McFarland: Michigan, Ohio State Unlikely to Both Reach College Football Playoff

Booger McFarland: Michigan, Ohio State Unlikely to Both Reach College Football Playoff

With the ESPN College Football Playoff reveal show just around the corner, the network’s panel of experts has been vigorously analyzing the intricate landscape of college football, anticipating their upcoming kickoff show. In a recent segment called ‘This or That,’ these experts tackled pivotal scenarios for this year’s College Football Playoff. Among these scenarios, former LSU star Booger McFarland was tasked with a challenging question: “Which is more likely: Michigan and Ohio State both making the College Football Playoff or missing it?”

McFarland confidently responded, “I’d say it’s more probable that they both miss. I believe Florida State will go undefeated, ensuring an undefeated ACC champion. Additionally, I see Washington achieving perfection, becoming an undefeated Pac-12 champion.”

This season, college football’s top teams have been in fine form. Florida State is on track for an ACC Championship game appearance and boasts an impressive non-conference victory over LSU in Week 1.

Washington stands as the lone undefeated team in the Pac-12, a conference widely recognized as one of the toughest this year.

If both Washington and Florida State maintain their impressive form, they could secure playoff spots as undefeated conference champions. Nevertheless, two slots would still remain. McFarland, however, hesitates to allocate these to two Big Ten teams and articulates his reasons.

“This would mean that if both Michigan and Ohio State make it, we’d have to exclude a team from the Big 12. I believe Oklahoma is heading for an undefeated season, and even if they stumble, a one-loss Big 12 champion may not be overlooked. And what about the powerful SEC? When you start weighing these scenarios, it seems more plausible that both Michigan and Ohio State will be left out rather than both being selected.”

While there is ample football yet to be played this season, the possibility of 2023 witnessing five undefeated conference champions looms large as the regular season wraps up. As McFarland indicated, if this transpires, it would be immensely challenging, perhaps even impossible, for two representatives from the Big Ten or any other conference to secure spots in the college football playoff this season.
Reference:

https://www.on3.com/news/booger-mcfarland-believes-greater-chance-michigan-ohio-state-both-miss-college-football-playoff-than-both-make/

Ryan Day & Matt Rhule Advise on Curbing Sign-Stealing in College Football

Ryan Day & Matt Rhule Advise on Curbing Sign-Stealing in College Football

One of the current headline stories in the world of sports revolves around the investigation into sign-stealing within the Michigan football program. This inquiry centers on Conor Stalions, a lower-level staffer associated with the Wolverines, who has allegedly attended more than 35 college football games in recent years. The NCAA is now scrutinizing whether Michigan engaged in any illicit practices to gain insights into the signs used by their future opponents.

NCAA regulations explicitly prohibit in-person scouting, yet the specifics of these rules can be somewhat ambiguous, potentially allowing for interpretation and exploitation by the Wolverines. The extent to which they might have exploited these potential loopholes remains uncertain. Consequently, the only course of action at this juncture is to await the conclusion of the investigation, a process that may extend for an indeterminate period.

Notably, Ohio State football’s head coach, Ryan Day, was recently questioned about this situation, but he refrained from commenting on the ongoing investigation concerning Michigan.

While avoiding direct comments about Michigan, Ohio State’s Head Coach, Ryan Day, offered a proposal to combat sign stealing in college football. He suggested adopting NFL-style helmet technology for play relays, as reported by Dan Hope’s tweet. Day’s perspective finds agreement among other coaches, such as Nebraska’s Head Coach Matt Rhule, who also addressed the Michigan controversy.

“Sign stealing is a common occurrence in every game,” mentioned Matt Rhule in a video shared on Twitter by 247Huskers. “There’s no harm in opposing teams attempting to decipher our signs, just as we do with theirs. This is precisely why we should incorporate helmet microphones. Many coaches oppose it each year, fearing it would require quarterbacks to adapt, as in the NFL, where every quarterback enters the field with three play calls. This allows adjustments based on observations like the free safety’s positioning.”
Technology in the NFL and high schools, but Matt Rhule urges its adoption in college football.
Reference:

https://clutchpoints.com/ohio-state-football-news-ryan-day-matt-rhule-suggestion-stop-sign-stealing-college-football

Monday Night Football: Cousins Leads Vikings to 49ers' Second Consecutive Loss

Monday Night Football: Cousins Leads Vikings to 49ers’ Second Consecutive Loss

In Monday Night Football, San Francisco’s Christian McCaffrey shone, but it wasn’t enough. The Minnesota Vikings clinched a late victory with a 22-17 score at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. This loss marked the 49ers’ second consecutive defeat after an impressive 5-0 season start.

McCaffrey extended his scoring streak to 16 games, scoring his first touchdown with a 3-yard run just before halftime, leaving him trailing behind NFL record holder Lenny Moore, who scored in 17 straight games.

Just over a minute before halftime, McCaffrey’s touchdown narrowed the Vikings’ lead to three points. However, Jordan Addison turned a potential interception into a 60-yard score just before halftime, giving the Vikings a 16-7 lead after a missed extra point. It was Addison’s second touchdown of the night, following a 20-yard reception in the first quarter.

The Vikings attempted to push into the end zone from the 1-yard line in the third quarter, but the 49ers’ goal line stand held them to a field goal. Shortly after, McCaffrey ran in a 35-yard touchdown for his second of the night, cutting the lead to five points.

Despite a chance to take the lead after both teams exchanged field goals, Brock Purdy threw two costly interceptions to Camryn Bynum, securing the five-point victory for the Vikings.

Purdy went 21-of-30 for 272 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while McCaffrey contributed 45 rushing yards on 15 carries and 51 receiving yards on three catches. George Kittle recorded 78 yards on five catches.

Kirk Cousins had a strong performance, going 35-of-45 for 378 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Addison stood out with 124 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches, and T.J. Hockenson added 86 yards on 11 catches.

For live updates on the 49ers vs. Vikings matchup in Week 7 of “Monday Night Football,” follow Yahoo Sports for the latest news, highlights, and injury updates.

Reference

https://sports.yahoo.com/monday-night-football-49ers-vs-vikings-score-highlights-inactives-and-live-updates-004327090.html

https://sports.yahoo.com/monday-night-football-kirk-cousins-032247037.html

Ohio State Faces Toughest Test as They Host Penn State

Ohio State Faces Toughest Test as They Host Penn State

At the midpoint of the season, Ohio State’s head coach, Ryan Day, admits he’s still discovering who his No. 3-ranked Buckeyes truly are. The upcoming matchup against the undefeated No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions promises to provide more clarity and potentially reshape the College Football Playoff landscape for both Big Ten East rivals.

Day acknowledges that the Buckeyes’ identity remains a work in progress, a sentiment he believes extends to many teams nationwide. However, as they gear up for this crucial game, Day sees an opportunity to shape their season’s narrative and determine their true character.

Penn State, on the other hand, aims to break a six-game losing streak against Ohio State and assert dominance in the Big Ten East, with their eyes on the College Football Playoff. Notably, both teams still have to face No. 2-ranked Michigan in the near future.

From a statistical perspective, the Nittany Lions boast the nation’s top-ranked defense, while the Buckeyes’ defense also stands strong within the top 10. Each team has secured significant victories this season, with Penn State’s notable win against then-No. 24 Iowa and Ohio State’s thrilling victory over then-No. 9 Notre Dame.

One intriguing aspect of this matchup is the presence of first-time starting quarterbacks, Drew Allar for Penn State and Kyle McCord for Ohio State. Both quarterbacks have been steadily gaining confidence in their roles, and the stakes are high in a game that could be decided by a single play.

Ohio State’s recent dominance over Penn State, including several heart-pounding victories, adds an extra layer of intensity to this rivalry. The Nittany Lions are eager to turn the tide in their favor, particularly in tight, one-possession games.

In the lead-up to this critical showdown, Ohio State’s running backs are grappling with injuries, but there’s optimism that key players may return for the game. Meanwhile, Penn State’s defense has been nothing short of dominant, leading the nation in numerous defensive categories.

As these two college football powerhouses prepare to collide, all eyes are on Columbus, as fans anticipate a matchup that could redefine the season and determine the fate of both teams in the College Football Playoff race.

Reference

https://www.tribtoday.com/sports/local-sports/2023/10/buckeyes-host-penn-state-in-toughest-test-yet/

https://www.axios.com/local/columbus/2023/10/20/ohio-state-penn-state-college-football-game

Air Force vs. Navy Football: In-Depth Game Prediction and Preview

Air Force vs. Navy Football: In-Depth Game Prediction and Preview

Game Information

  • Date: Saturday, October 21
  • Game Time: 12:00 ET
  • Venue: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
  • How To Watch: CBS
  • 2023 Record: Air Force (6-0), Navy (3-3)

Matchup Preview

Air Force vs. Navy Prediction Air Force, with a possible absence of starting QB Zac Larrier, relies on its formidable defense. The Falcons excel at stopping the run, allowing less than 115 yards per game and just 2.8 yards per carry. Navy’s strength is its ground game, but its passing defense has struggled.

The Air Force defense will maintain its dominance against the run. The Falcons’ offense is efficient on third downs, and they lead the nation in time of possession, giving them an edge.

Predicted Outcome

  • Air Force 27, Navy 13

Betting Line

  • Line: Air Force -10
  • Over/Under: 33.5

Confidence Level (ATS)

  • ATS Confidence: 3.5 out of 5

Must See Rating

  • Must See Rating: 3 out of 5

Additional Expert Picks

  • Check out Week 8 Schedule, Previews, Predictions and NFL Week 7 Experts Picks for more insights.

Reference

https://collegefootballnews.com/predictions/air-force-vs-navy-prediction-game-preview

https://www.actionnetwork.com/ncaaf/air-force-falcons-vs-navy-midshipmen-odds-picks-predictions-college-football-betting-preview-october-21

Athol Dominates Second Half, Tops Mahar 26-16 in Week 7 Football

Athol Dominates Second Half, Tops Mahar 26-16 in Week 7 Football

The Athol football team had eagerly anticipated their showdown with Mahar for nearly a year. After two losses to their rivals last fall, Athol was determined to avenge those defeats. The Bears led 14-10 at halftime, but Aidan Melanson’s two touchdown passes in the second half secured a 26-16 Intercounty League North victory for Athol on a rainy night at the Woodward Complex.

Bears coach Josh Talbot commented on the significance of the win, considering their losses to Mahar the previous year. They made crucial adjustments at halftime to turn the game around. Despite a late push from the Senators, Athol managed to maintain their lead, recovering an onside kick to secure the victory.

Mahar coach Percy Eady acknowledged the positives for his young team despite the loss, emphasizing the strong run game and their ability to respond to adversity. The game started with Athol taking an early lead due to a turnover, while Mahar answered with a field goal after a strong offensive drive. Another turnover allowed Mahar to take the lead, but Athol quickly responded with a kickoff return for a touchdown.

Both teams had their chances in the third quarter, but the game’s turning point came in the fourth when Melanson connected with Raydin Sousa for a long touchdown, extending Athol’s lead. Sawyer Lefsyk’s impressive rushing performance set up another Athol touchdown.

The game ended with Athol securing the victory, setting the stage for a rematch on Thanksgiving Day. Both teams showed promise, and the upcoming rematch promises an exciting and historic matchup.

Before the rematch, Athol will face Greenfield, while Franklin Tech will play against Mahar to conclude their regular seasons next Friday.

Reference

https://www.atholdailynews.com/Week-7-Football-Athol-takes-over-in-the-second-half-to-defeat-Mahar-26-16-52735934

https://www.espn.in/nfl/story/_/id/38697789/nfl-week-7-picks-schedule-fantasy-football-odds-injuries-stats-2023

Kansas Football: Lance Leipold Nominated for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award

Kansas Football: Lance Leipold Nominated for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award

Kansas Football Coach Lance Leipold Named for 2023 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award

Lance Leipold, head coach of Kansas football, has earned a place of distinction as one of the 26 college football coaches featured on the prestigious 2023 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award watch list. This marks Leipold’s second consecutive appearance on the list, demonstrating his consistent excellence in the field of coaching.

Now in its 38th year, the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award, presented by the American Heart Association, is a coveted accolade given each January. It recognizes head coaches who contribute significantly to improving the sport for both athletes and fans. The award is a testament to their grit, integrity, and their successful approach to coaching and life, both on and off the field.

Leipold finds himself among an elite trio of Big 12 coaches selected for the watch list, alongside Steve Sarkisian of Texas and Brent Venables of Oklahoma. Under Leipold’s guidance, the Jayhawks have achieved a remarkable 5-2 record this season, positioning themselves for a potential back-to-back appearance in bowl games, contingent on securing at least one more win among their remaining five games.

Leipold’s tenure has been marked by significant milestones. For the first time in over a century, the team has commenced two consecutive seasons with a remarkable 4-0 record. Notably, the Jayhawks have earned recognition in both the Associated Press’ Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll on two occasions this year.

While the competition for the prestigious award is undoubtedly fierce, with esteemed peers also on the watch list, Leipold’s nomination stands as a testament to the incredible transformation he has brought to the Kansas football program. His impact has elevated the team to unprecedented heights, garnering well-deserved attention in the college football world.

The recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award will be unveiled during an awards ceremony presented by Marathon Oil on January 10, 2024. The winner will be determined by the votes of the National Sports Media Association, the Bryant Awards’ Executive Leadership Team, and the Bryant Family.

Reference:
https://throughthephog.com/2023/10/18/kansas-football-lance-leipold-named-bear-bryant-coach-year-watch-list/

Austin Discusses Thrilling MNF Match, Viral Fan Moment, and Pre-Game Scuffle with Cowboys

Austin Discusses Thrilling MNF Match, Viral Fan Moment, and Pre-Game Scuffle with Cowboys

In the wake of an action-packed Monday Night Football showdown against the Dallas Cowboys, it’s the perfect moment for a fresh installment of ‘Ekeler’s Edge.’ Joining host Matt Harmon, Austin Ekeler dissects the exhilarating game’s madness and offers his thoughts on outsmarting the fantasy football guru himself in the Ekeler Invitational Fantasy Football league.

Before making his triumphant return to the field, the Los Angeles running back found himself in an unexpected pre-game scuffle that quickly made waves on Twitter. Ekeler shares the backstory of the skirmish and how he found himself embroiled in it, albeit unintentionally. Turning our attention to viral sensations, Austin also reacts to the L.A. Chargers fan who has recently taken the internet and the Chargers’ profile picture by storm.

Of course, the centerpiece of the conversation is not the Cowboys versus the Chargers, but rather Harmon’s head-to-head showdown with Ekeler in their fantasy football league. Ekeler explains his preference for real-life victories over fantasy success, even if it means taking an L. Harmon points out two critical plays involving Ekeler that could have secured the win for the fantasy football expert, causing Ekeler to ponder his own performance.

The episode concludes with a contemplation of the current decline in offensive scoring across the league, accompanied by some audacious fantasy predictions for Week 7.

  • 0:43 – A comprehensive review of the thrilling MNF clash between the Chargers and Cowboys.
  • 9:00 – Austin delves into the pregame altercation with the Cowboys.
  • 16:30 – Matt’s prescient prediction of the Chargers-Cowboys game outcome.
  • 20:15 – Austin’s response to the viral Chargers fan sensation.
  • 23:18 – Ekeler Invitational Update: Ekeler prevails over Harmon (and himself).
  • 31:40 – Examining the scoring trends in the current season (or the lack thereof).
  • 37:20 – Sharing bold fantasy predictions for Week 7.

Reference:

https://sports.yahoo.com/ekelers-edge-austin-talks-wild-mnf-game-viral-fan-and-pre-game-fight-with-cowboys-040005296.html

Indians face yet another challenging away game in college football

Indians face yet another challenging away game in college football

Catawba’s football team faces another challenging task this Saturday. Once again, they find themselves in the underdog role, going up against a formidable opponent on the road. This recurring theme has defined head coach Tyler Haines’ debut season at the helm. While there’s a lot of optimism surrounding the Indians, they’re a competitive and entertaining team to follow on WSAT. However, they consistently encounter stronger opponents on the field.
Perhaps not a significantly improved outlook, but there is some optimism. Catawba heads into their matchup against Limestone as a 17-point underdog, as per the Massey Ratings. The Indians are faced with a 16 percent probability of pulling off an upset at Saints Field in Gaffney, South Carolina. This South Atlantic Conference game is set for a late kickoff at 7 p.m. It feels like it was only recently when Limestone struggled mightily, enduring an 0-10 season and a 15-game losing streak.

Limestone is undeniably in top form now. Their recent victory at Wingate speaks volumes, considering it was a first-time triumph for Limestone against such a formidable opponent. Adding to their impressive track record, Limestone also secured a win against Mars Hill. This achievement is particularly striking when compared to Catawba’s less favorable outcomes against both Wingate and Mars Hill.

Perhaps the most noteworthy performance by Limestone (4-3, 4-1) this season was their overtime loss to the unbeaten Lenoir-Rhyne. Limestone boasts some of the most skilled players in the SAC, with quarterback Dustin Noller overtaking Catawba’s Preston Brown at the top of the passing yards leaderboard. Noller’s 44 passes against Wingate underscore the Saints’ willingness to embrace an aggressive passing game.

Jelani Baker ranks second in the SAC for receiving statistics, just behind Catawba’s Bo Pryor, and has contributed seven touchdowns for Limestone. Additionally, Limestone benefits from the talents of Tre Stewart, the SAC’s third-leading rusher, with an average of over 100 yards per game. This is particularly significant given Catawba’s recent struggle to halt their opponents’ rushing attacks.

On the defensive front, Limestone is led by the robust 230-pound linebacker, Chandler Matthews, who earned the title of SAC Defensive Player of the Week after an impressive 15-tackle performance against Wingate.

The head-to-head series between these teams stands at 3-3, but Limestone has emerged victorious in the last two encounters, including a decisive 48-23 victory over the Indians in 2022.

Reference:
https://www.salisburypost.com/2023/10/17/college-football-another-tough-road-game-for-indians/

Expert Selections and Predictions for College Football Week 8

Expert Selections and Predictions for College Football Week 8

October 7, 2023, Ohio Stadium, Ohio, USA – Prior to their matchup against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, October 7, 2023, the Ohio State Buckeyes football team made a spirited entrance onto the field. This spectacle was captured by Clare Grant of The Columbus Dispatch, affiliated with the USA TODAY NETWORK.

College Football News Presents: Week 8 Expert Picks

By Pete Fiutak

In This Article:

  • Bowl Projections
  • CFN Rankings 1-133
  • Predicting Every Remaining Game in AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, CUSA, and SEC
  • Predicted Win Totals for All 133 Teams

Tuesday Games:

  1. Middle Tennessee at Liberty
    • Time: 7:00 PM
    • Network: CBS Sports Network
    • Point Spread: Liberty -14.5
  2. WKU at Jacksonville State
    • Time: 7:30 PM
    • Network: ESPNU
    • Point Spread: WKU -7.5
  3. Southern Miss at South Alabama
    • Time: 7:30 PM
    • Network: ESPN2
    • Point Spread: South Alabama -17.5

Wednesday Game:

  1. FIU at Sam Houston
    • Time: 7:00 PM
    • Network: CBS Sports Network
    • Point Spread: Sam Houston -5.5
  2. New Mexico State at UTEP
    • Time: 9:00 PM
    • Network: ESPN2
    • Point Spread: New Mexico State -3

Thursday Games:

  1. Rice at Tulsa
    • Time: 7:00 PM
    • Network: ESPN2
    • Point Spread: Tulsa -3
  2. James Madison at Marshall
    • Time: 7:00 PM
    • Network: ESPN
    • Point Spread: James Madison -3.5

Friday Game:

  1. SMU at Temple
    • Time: 7:00 PM
    • Network: ESPN2
    • Point Spread: SMU -19.5

Saturday Games:

  1. Penn State at Ohio State
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • Network: FOX
    • Point Spread: Ohio State -4.5
  2. UCF at Oklahoma
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • Network: ABC
    • Point Spread: Oklahoma -19.5
  3. Air Force at Navy
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • Network: CBS
    • Point Spread: Air Force -11
  4. Tennessee at Alabama
    • Time: 3:30 PM
    • Network: CBS
    • Point Spread: Alabama -8.5
  5. South Carolina at Missouri
    • Time: 3:30 PM
    • Network: SEC Network
    • Point Spread: Missouri -7.5
  6. Washington State at Oregon
    • Time: 3:30 PM
    • Network: ABC
    • Point Spread: Oregon -20
  7. Minnesota at Iowa
    • Time: 3:30 PM
    • Network: NBC
    • Point Spread: Iowa -3.5
    • Total Points: 32.5
  8. Texas at Houston
    • Time: 4:00 PM
    • Network: FOX
    • Point Spread: Texas -23
  9. Ole Miss at Auburn
    • Time: 7:00 PM
    • Network: ESPN
    • Point Spread: Ole Miss -6.5
  10. Michigan at Michigan State
    • Time: 7:30 PM
    • Network: NBC
    • Point Spread: Michigan -24.5
  11. Duke at Florida State
    • Time: 7:30 PM
    • Network: ABC
    • Point Spread: Florida State -14
  12. LSU at Army
    • Time: 7:30 PM
    • Network: SEC Network
    • Point Spread: LSU -30
  13. Clemson at Miami
    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • Network: ACC Network
    • Point Spread: Clemson -3.5
  14. Utah at USC
    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • Network: FOX
    • Point Spread: USC -6.5
  15. Arizona State at Washington
    • Time: 10:30 PM
    • Network: FS1
    • Point Spread: Washington -28
  16. UCLA at Stanford
    • Time: 10:30 PM
    • Network: ESPN
    • Point Spread: UCLA -17

For more insights and predictions, please check out the “Predicting Every Remaining Game” section for AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, CUSA, and SEC, as well as the predicted win totals for all 133 college football teams.

Reference: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/other/college-football-expert-picks-predictions-week-8/ar-AA1iloxG

Assessing Undefeated College Football Teams' Rankings

Assessing Undefeated College Football Teams’ Rankings

At the midpoint of the season, we find 11 teams that have managed to preserve their unblemished records in the cutthroat world of college football. However, a closer examination reveals that some have faced stiffer challenges than others on their path to perfection.

First Quarter: Ranking the Remaining Undefeated Teams

As we survey the landscape, we must consider 10 of these undefeated squads, excluding James Madison due to its ineligibility for the Sun Belt Conference title during its transition from FCS. Let’s evaluate and rank these teams based on their performance up to this point:

  1. Florida State (6-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 20-19.
    Florida State has secured impressive victories against LSU and Clemson, although the luster of these wins has faded slightly since the season’s start. Still, it’s worth noting that the Seminoles achieved these victories on the road, and no other undefeated team boasts two similar conquests.Their recent domination of Syracuse, with a 41-3 victory, showcased their defensive prowess, while Jordan Travis and the electric Keon Coleman continue to shine.
  2. Washington (6-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 20-19.
    As the last unbeaten team in one of the toughest conferences, Washington deserves recognition. They delivered an epic performance by defeating Oregon 36-33 in a game filled with suspense. Although their non-conference schedule hasn’t aged well, their victory over Arizona has gained significance.The addition of Giles Jackson and the standout performance of Dillon Johnson have bolstered the Huskies’ offense.
  3. Oklahoma (6-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 21-16.
    Oklahoma secured a thrilling win over Texas, mirroring Washington’s victory over Oregon. Their non-conference schedule may lack glamour, but their triumph against Iowa State has gained importance as the Cyclones have improved.The Oklahoma defense, led by Brent Venables, has notably improved, allowing just five yards per play.
  4. Ohio State (6-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 19-15.
    Ohio State’s narrow victory against Notre Dame remains a pivotal moment, separating them from the ranks of the one-loss teams. Although their schedule has mostly featured nondescript opponents, they face more challenging matchups ahead.Standout players like Marvin Harrison Jr. and TreVeyon Henderson will play a crucial role in their upcoming games.
  5. Penn State (6-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 17-16.
    Penn State’s dominance against Iowa and West Virginia highlights their prowess, despite lighter matchups against an FCS team and Massachusetts. Their stellar defense, surrendering just one passing touchdown, will face a significant test in the upcoming games.
  6. Michigan (7-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 22-22.
    Michigan has exhibited dominance in its victories, although the quality of their opponents is under scrutiny. They have averaged nearly 50 points per game in recent weeks, and their defense remains rock-solid.
  7. Georgia (7-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 15-26.
    Georgia’s ranking may be a result of reputation more than this season’s accomplishments. Their victory over Kentucky stands out, but their upcoming schedule features stronger opponents. Star tight end Brock Bowers’ injury adds to the challenge.
  8. North Carolina (6-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 18-19.
    North Carolina has faced several power-conference opponents and secured a significant win over Miami. Their offensive consistency and improved performance by quarterback Drake Maye make them an intriguing team to watch.
  9. Air Force (6-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 13-21.
    Air Force made waves with a win over Wyoming, and their future games against Navy, Army, and UNLV could determine their standing in the Group of Five race. Their potent rushing offense and efficient passing game make them formidable.
  10. Liberty (6-0)
    • Record of FBS opponents: 17-24.
    Liberty, under Jamey Chadwell, continues to impress. Their success in Conference USA may lead to a championship, although a New Year’s Six bowl bid seems unlikely. Their high-scoring offense and efficient passing game with Kaidon Salter at the helm make them a dark horse in the mix.

As the college football season unfolds, these undefeated teams will face greater challenges, and the rankings may evolve accordingly. The excitement and unpredictability of the sport are sure to continue captivating fans and analysts alike.

Reference:
www.si.com

Today's Free Picks: College Football Betting Selections - 10/17/2023.

Today’s Free Picks: College Football Betting Selections – 10/17/2023.

Prediction for Middle Tennessee State vs. Liberty College Football Betting Pick on October 17, 2023.

In their recent matchup, Middle Tennessee State secured a 31-23 home win against Louisiana Tech, showcasing improved performance. With 2-5 overall, the Blue Raiders demonstrated a balanced offensive approach but faced challenges defensively, allowing substantial passing yards.

Meanwhile, Liberty extended their undefeated streak to 6-0 with a 31-13 road triumph over Jacksonville State. The Flames displayed a dominant ground game, amassing 245 rushing yards. Quarterback Kaidon Salter efficiently managed the passing game, contributing 177 yards and two touchdowns.

Analyzing their history, Liberty previously defeated Middle Tennessee State 41-13 two seasons ago, accumulating an impressive 449 yards.

However, Middle Tennessee State struggles on the road, losing all three away games, including a 31-10 setback against Western Kentucky, marked by three interceptions. Liberty, with solid coverage in five out of six games, emerges as the favorable choice.

The Blue Raiders face defensive vulnerabilities, particularly evident in a 21-point road loss to Western Kentucky. Their offensive efficiency remains questionable with a 3.7 yards-per-carry rushing average.

Contrarily, Liberty boasts the 21st-ranked total defense in college football, showcasing strength in pass defense. With a track record of covering in five out of six games, the Flames are well-positioned to capitalize on Middle Tennessee State’s weaknesses. Consider taking Liberty at -14.5 for a strategic play.

Betting Prediction for Western Kentucky vs. Jacksonville State College Football Match on 10/17/2023.

Western Kentucky faced off against Jacksonville State, securing a 35-28 win at Louisiana Tech, elevating their record to 4-2. They dominated the first half with a commanding 35-7 lead, backed by 129 rushing yards on 28 carries and an impressive defense that limited the Bulldogs to just 3.5 yards per rush. The Bulldogs managed 259 passing yards on 41 attempts. Austin Reed had a solid game, completing 19 of 34 passes for 297 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception, averaging 8 yards per pass attempt.

On the other hand, Jacksonville State’s 5-2 record took a hit as they suffered a 31-13 home defeat to the Liberty Flames. They managed 140 rushing yards on 39 carries but struggled defensively, allowing the Flames to gain 245 yards on the ground and 177 through the air on 21 attempts. Unfortunately, Zion Webb suffered a concussion early in the game, making him questionable for future games, while Logan Smothers also faces uncertainty due to an ankle sprain he sustained while filling in. Ashton Frye, the third-string quarterback, made an appearance, completing 5 of 11 passes for 51 yards, with an average of 4.6 yards per attempt. He also contributed 23 rushing yards on seven attempts.

College Football Prediction: Southern Mississippi vs. South Alabama Betting Pick on 10/17/2023.

In the Southern Miss versus South Alabama matchup, the Golden Eagles, currently at 1-5, suffered a 17-13 home defeat against Old Dominion. Their rushing game struggled with just under three yards per carry on 44 attempts. They allowed 143 rushing yards and 194 passing yards to Old Dominion. On the other hand, South Alabama, with a 3-3 record, dominated UL Monroe with a 55-7 road win. The Jaguars rushed for 202 yards and had a +2-turnover margin. Quarterback Carter Bradley shone with 303 yards and three touchdowns on 20 of 29 passes. Despite Southern Miss’s offensive prowess in Conference USA, the Jaguars’ inconsistency, particularly a home loss to Central Michigan, raises questions. The article suggests betting on Southern Miss +18.

College Football Prediction: Akron vs. Bowling Green Betting Pick on 10/21/2023

In the upcoming 2PM ET matchup, Akron, now at 1-6 after a 17-10 road loss to Central Michigan, faces Bowling Green, who improved to 3-4 with a 24-14 win against Buffalo Bulls.

Akron’s recent performance saw them rush for a mere 70 yards and allow 2.5 yards per run to Central Michigan. Tahj Bullock struggled, completing just 6 of 17 passes for 45 yards with two interceptions. With their starting quarterback DJ Irons sidelined due to a season-ending knee injury, Jeff Undercuffler stepped in, going 10 of 16 for 78 yards with a touchdown.

On the other hand, Bowling Green had a strong showing against Buffalo Bulls, rushing for 223 yards and allowing 167 rushing yards with 71 passing yards. Camden Orth, their quarterback, went 9 of 16 for 77 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Both teams have solid defenses this year, and Bowling Green was boosted by five Buffalo turnovers.

Prediction for the College Football Betting Pick: Charlotte vs. East Carolina Green on 10/21/2023.

Charlotte, with a 1-5 record, recently suffered a 14-0 loss to Navy. They managed 123 rushing yards on 40 attempts but allowed 173 rushing yards to Navy. Trexler Ivey completed 11 of 27 passes for 142 yards with two interceptions. He averaged 5.3 yards per pass and was sacked four times.

East Carolina, also 1-5, had a tough time against SMU Mustangs, losing 31-10 at home. They rushed for 97 yards on 38 carries and allowed 276 passing yards. ECU had a -2 turnover margin. Alex Finn threw 6 of 13 passes for 38 yards and an interception, while Mason Garcia, who relieved him, went 12 of 26 for 155 yards, rushing for 38 yards and a touchdown. Both quarterbacks are likely to rotate on Saturday.

Reference:

www.tonyspicks.com

Wednesday Night Matchup: Advanced Computer College Football Model Unveils Selections for New Mexico State vs. UTEP Line, Picks

Wednesday Night Matchup: Advanced Computer College Football Model Unveils Selections for New Mexico State vs. UTEP Line, Picks

In Wednesday night’s showdown, the New Mexico State Aggies face off against the UTEP Miners, two formidable Conference USA teams. The consensus from SportsLine places the Aggies as 3-point favorites, with an over/under set at 48.5 (stay updated with this week’s college football odds on our dedicated page). Before finalizing your picks for this game, it’s imperative to consult the college football predictions provided by the SportsLine Projection Model.

This cutting-edge model meticulously simulates every FBS college football game a staggering 10,000 times. Since its inception, it has garnered an impressive profit of over $2,000 for those wagering $100 on its top-rated college football spread picks. Followers of this model have experienced substantial returns.

The model recognizes the dynamic nature of New Mexico State’s offense. The Aggies rank in the top ten nationally, averaging an impressive 7.0 yards per play, and amassing over 440 yards of total offense per game. Leading the conference with 10.0 yards per pass attempt and 5.9 yards per carry, while converting 40% of third-down opportunities, New Mexico State displays remarkable proficiency. The model also acknowledges UTEP’s formidable defense, placing them in the top four of Conference USA for total defense. UTEP stands out as the team in the conference surrendering the fewest passing touchdowns (seven), while tallying 16 sacks across seven games.

Now, the model focuses its attention on the New Mexico State vs. UTEP matchup. It leans towards the Over for the total score, and indicates that one side of the spread prevails in nearly 60% of simulations. It is crucial to review this information before making your final college football selections.

The burning question remains: Who will emerge victorious in the New Mexico State vs. UTEP showdown? And which side of the spread claims victory in almost 60% of simulations?

Reference

www.sportsline.com

College Sports Facing New Perils: Antitrust Lawsuit Targets TV Revenue Sharing

College Sports Facing New Perils: Antitrust Lawsuit Targets TV Revenue Sharing

In a recent gathering attended by university presidents in Manhattan, Arizona State President Michael Crowe was prompted to consider a future scenario where student-athletes in Sun Devils football and basketball receive a share of the vast media rights revenues their sports generate.

Crowe voiced his opposition to this idea, stating that it doesn’t align with the present gender-balanced college sports framework in the United States. Nevertheless, the NCAA and major college sports conferences are confronting another antitrust lawsuit that could potentially lead to athletes being compensated or receiving revenue-sharing arrangements akin to professional sports.

The “House vs. the NCAA” class-action lawsuit is currently being heard in the Northern District of California by Judge Claudia Wilken, who had previously ruled in favor of college athletes profiting from their fame and schools directing more money to them. In 2021, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the NCAA, with Justice Brett Kavanaugh strongly criticizing the existing model.

Two years later, college sports faces the risk of its future being determined by external factors. NCAA President Charlie Baker is set to testify before a Senate committee, the 10th hearing on college sports since 2020.

Issues before the National Labor Relations Board, a unionization movement by Dartmouth’s men’s basketball team, and another lawsuit in Pennsylvania could potentially grant employee status to college athletes. The California case, brought by Arizona State swimmer Grant House, could cost the NCAA and major conferences over $4 billion in damages.

If the NCAA loses, it could necessitate professional-sports style revenue sharing from multibillion-dollar TV deals for college football and March Madness basketball. The plaintiffs seek to strike down prohibitions on athletes profiting from their name, image, and likeness (NIL).

However, concerns arise about the impact on other sports programs that don’t have the same level of funding. Even at wealthy Power Five programs, football and basketball revenue supports numerous other athletes. There are concerns about the potential impact on Title IX compliance.

While college sports leaders have sought government involvement in the form of an NIL bill that pre-empts state laws and avoids labeling athletes as school employees, the NCAA is no longer solely relying on Congress to address NIL. They are working on their own rules, which the House lawsuit seeks to challenge. A trial is expected in the fall of 2024.

Crowe expressed a desire to enhance athletic scholarships, offering more funds for stipends and long-term health-care coverage. However, some within college sports believe this won’t be sufficient.

Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts emphasized the need for student-athletes to share in the revenue they help generate, acknowledging the changing landscape of college sports.

Reference

https://www.bigrapidsnews.com/sports/article/new-threats-closing-in-on-college-sports-18428016.php

https://www.ksl.com/article/50753597/new-threats-closing-in-on-college-sports-including-antitrust-lawsuit-to-force-tv-revenue-sharing

Michigan secures the top spot in college football rankings, narrowly surpassing Georgia, while Louisville rises in the CBS Sports 133.

Michigan secures the top spot in college football rankings, narrowly surpassing Georgia, while Louisville rises in the CBS Sports 133.

In our updated rankings, the Wolverines narrowly surpassed the two-time reigning national champion Bulldogs by a single voting point.

In our updated college football rankings, Michigan has overtaken Georgia to claim the coveted No. 1 position. This change was not solely a reaction to the Week 6 results, which featured an impressive performance by the Bulldogs, particularly quarterback Carson Beck. Rather, it is the culmination of a series of shifts in the top five over the past few weeks.

Two weeks ago, for the first time this season, Georgia no longer dominated the first-place votes, as four different teams vied for the top spot. Last week, we witnessed a shuffle in the top six positions, including Michigan’s ascent to the No. 2 spot. Now, after a commanding 52-10 victory against Minnesota, the Wolverines have seized the No. 1 ranking. This development, while striking on the surface, reflects the ongoing volatility in the world of college football rankings.

Georgia, naturally, continues to enjoy a strong position, firmly holding the No. 2 spot in our rankings. Following closely are Florida State, Ohio State, and Washington, making up the rest of the top five. Notably, Oklahoma has made a significant move within the rankings, climbing an impressive five spots to secure the No. 6 position after their thrilling last-minute victory in the Red River Rivalry against Texas. Conversely, the Longhorns dropped six places to No. 9 following their first loss of the season.

Louisville stands out as the most significant climber within the top 25, soaring to No. 13 after achieving a flawless 6-0 record, notably defeating Notre Dame over the weekend. It took our voters a couple of weeks to fully embrace Jeff Brohm’s unbeaten start, but the Cardinals have made an incredible leap, advancing 15 positions in the rankings due to their road win against NC State and their victory over the Fighting Irish. Despite the loss, Notre Dame still holds a place just inside the top 20, slipping nine spots to No. 19. For a more detailed look at the notable week-to-week changes, not only within the top 25 but across the entire CBS Sports 133, please refer to the Mover’s Report located below the top 25 table.

Our rankings are the result of contributions from college football experts at CBS Sports and 247Sports, with their individual ballots being averaged to create our rankings. You can find the top 25 below, and rankings from 26 to 133 on our rankings page.

RANKTEAMRECORDPREVIOUS
1Michigan6-02
2Georgia6-01
3Florida State5-05
4Ohio State5-04
5Washignton5-06
6Oklahoma6-011
7Oregon5-07
8Penn State5-08
9Texas5-13
10USC6-09
11North Carolina5-014
12Alabama5-112
13Louisville6-023
14Duke4-117
15Ole Miss5-115
16Oregon State5-119
17UCLA4-127
18Washington State4-113
19Notre Dame5-210
20Utah4-121
21Tennessee4-122
22LSU4-229
23Kentucky5-118
24Air Force5-032
25Missouri5-120
Keytron Jordan, CBS Sports

Biggest movers 

No. 55 Georgia Tech (+21): A clear case of rankings turbulence – our panel dropped the Yellow Jackets by a significant 22 spots last week following their loss to Bowling Green. However, after their surprising victory against Miami on Saturday, they’ve returned almost exactly to their previous ranking. Credit is due for seizing the opportunity, effectively erasing the previous week’s damage to their rankings profile caused by the loss to a MAC opponent.

No. 33 Wyoming (+13): Sporting a 5-1 record with a notable win against Texas Tech and a lone defeat at the hands of Texas, Wyoming presents one of the stronger Group of Five profiles in the nation as we delve into conference play. While few initially considered Wyoming a contender for the New Year’s Six, if they can maintain their winning streak in the Mountain West, this could be a remarkable season for Craig Bohl and his team in Laramie, Wyoming.

No. 13 Louisville (+10): The emphatic win over Notre Dame served as a validation moment for the Cardinals. They now have a genuine opportunity to assemble their most successful campaign since Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2016. Notably, Louisville’s regular season schedule lacks matchups against Florida State, North Carolina, or Clemson, positioning them as favorites in most of their remaining games.

No. 17 UCLA (+10): Despite five-star freshman quarterback Dante Moore’s ongoing adaptation to the offense, the Bruins continue to thrive, largely thanks to their defensive front, which has made significant strides since the previous season. Holding Cam Ward and the Washington State offense to under 20 points is no small feat. The strong defense now offers the potential to create similar problems for other Pac-12 title contenders.

No. 35 Fresno State (-10): Shifting Wyoming up from outside the top 40 meant penalizing Fresno State for their loss to a team previously ranked below the top 40. While the Bulldogs have secured two wins against power conference opponents during their 5-1 start, voter respect for head-to-head results necessitated adjustments after this particular loss.

No. 40 Kansas State (-12): Despite a 3-2 record with just one conference loss, the Wildcats were penalized for their underwhelming performance as 12-point favorites in a loss to Oklahoma State. Falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, they couldn’t bridge the gap, and the nine-point margin reflected the wire-to-wire win for Mike Gundy’s squad.

No. 28 Miami (-13): Since these rankings are subjective, it’s no surprise that the bad loss itself – at home to a Georgia Tech team with a sub-.500 record – is hard to ignore. Even undefeated teams don’t usually drop this far after their first loss, but all things considered, this might be one of the most shocking losses of the entire season.

Check out the rest of the CBS Sports 133Teams ranked 26-133

Reference :

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/college-football-rankings-michigan-edges-georgia-for-no-1-spot-louisville-soars-in-cbs-sports-133/