Georgia opens at No. 1 in CFP, ahead of Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson

The SEC rules the top of this season’s first College Football Playoff rankings, but perhaps not in the way most would think.

Though Alabama is ranked ahead of Georgia in the AP poll, the CFP committee sees the unbeaten Bulldogs as the No. 1 team, ahead of the also unbeaten Crimson Tide, who sit at No. 2.

Oklahoma plants its flag behind Clemson at No. 5. It appears the CFP committee agreed with Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield, who said Monday he believes his team, which beat Ohio State in Columbus earlier this year, deserved to be ranked ahead of the Buckeyes because both have the same 7-1 record.

“Should be a great game,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said.

“I know it’s an important game to this state, to this conference race right now; important game on the national scene. That’s how Bedlam should be. One of the great rivalries in college football and one that we’re very much looking forward to going and playing.”

Mayfield and Rudolph, huge factors in their teams’ run of success in recent years, now stand as arguably the greatest all-time quarterbacks at their schools. This year, they’re both Heisman Trophy contenders perched at or near the top of the nation’s passing stats.

Rudolph leads all of FBS with 2,866 passing yards, while Mayfield ranks No. 8 at 2,628. Mayfield has thrown for 23 touchdowns, putting him in a tie at No. 5 nationally. Rudolph’s 22 scoring passes rank No. 8. Mayfield leads the nation in passing efficiency.raiders_080-223x223

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Bryant was also demoted to the scout team during practice.

The entire controversy began after the Steelers’ huge win over the Chiefs on Oct. 15 when it was reported that Bryant wanted to be traded because he didn’t feel like he was being used enough. The Steelers initially laughed off the reports, but the story didn’t end there. After the Steelers beat the Bengals on Sunday, Bryant called out fellow wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who caught a touchdown during the win, on Instagram.
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The next major is the Madden Challenge. Those finals will be December 15 and 16, and I look forward to seeing those competitors go. Especially my dude, Kaus — former Maryland basketball star Kent Auslander. This guy, he’s the dude in your dorm who was a little animated while you played Madden. Love him. Don’t ever stop being you.

With scouts from the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars looking on, he finishes with four receptions for a game-high 120 yards as the lone bright spot in an otherwise forgettable afternoon for the home team.

Jay Triano is serving as the Suns interim head coach.

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We are open to doing a deal whenever the best offer presents itself, McDonough said. Any other comments or thoughts from me would be pure speculation at this point.

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After chalk ruled the country in Week 8, Week 9 was a bit less predictable. Three top-25 teams fell to unranked opponents, Ohio State clawed back to beat Penn State and Iowa State shocked another top-five foe in TCU.
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Given that the Patriots game was really Watson’s first breakout performance, maybe the Texans weren’t ready to place the game in their rookie quarterback’s hands. Given that Watson’s offense had averaged 36 points per game over the three ensuing weeks and sliced up the Seahawks for 507 yards and 38 points heading into a critical third-and-short, it seemed unlikely that O’Brien would make another mistake.

Another weekend of upsets in the top 10 shook up the ESPN.com Power Rankings. Ohio State’s big win came in front of a ton of top talent, and Alabama is building to its own huge weekend.
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I just don’t see a reason to rush to get there. The Vikings are 5-2 with Keenum as their primary passer, so it isn’t as if they need to make a change to save their campaign. If the Vikings prepare Bridgewater in the background without pressuring Keenum, they can get Bridgewater in better football shape for when he does make the move back into the starting 11. Meanwhile, if they bring Bridgewater back in Week 10 and he struggles against the Womens Myles Garrett Jersey fierce pass rushes of Washington or the Rams, the Vikings suddenly have a quarterback controversy on their hands.

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Bryant is set to have both his Lakers jerseys (Nos. 8 and 24) retired on Dec. 18.

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Cowboys DL Randy Gregory expected to apply for reinstatement in offseason

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who has missed all but two games since the end of the 2015 season due to substance abuse-related suspensions, is expected to wait until this offseason to apply for reinstatement.

But hold on to your hats, because the Chiefs weren’t done. They released Spiller again. The C.J. Spiller saga in Kansas City is far from over, because last Monday, they signed him yet again, according to the Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor. One week later, they cut him again, per Paylor.

Charcandrick West went down with a head injury in the Chiefs’ loss to the Steelers last Sunday. West is in the concussion protocol, and the Chiefs need a short-term solution to complement Kareem Hunt and Akeem Hunt until West can return. Spiller’s release suggests that West may be healthy enough to get back on the field this week.

In his first public comments about the incident since that video was released, Bennett said the officer who detained him was not the one he was seen speaking with later. Bennett said he doesn’t feel a need to respond to those who don’t believe him “because nobody can be in my position.”

“Obviously, at the end of the thing, I’m talking to officers who weren’t a part of it. I got taken to another officer, and that’s the one I ended up talking to towards the end,” Bennett said. “So like I said, I don’t hate anybody or have a problem with any police officers. Just that what happened to me is a certain situation.

A top NFL official said he expects Colin Kaepernick will be invited to a meeting next week between the league and players to talk about social activism.

In a conference call Wednesday with reporters, NFL executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said the league will meet again with players next week, and he expects the former 49ers quarterback will be invited.
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The Browns’ rookie defensive end has been placed in concussion protocol after he reported to Cleveland’s facility Tuesday with concussion-like symptoms, the team announced.

The team is scheduled to depart Thursday for London, and coach Hue Jackson said at a news conference there is still a possibility Garrett will make the trip.
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It was the final question raised by a group of 11 NFL team owners as they mingled inside the sixth-floor conference room at the league’s Park Avenue headquarters in New York City, minutes before they were to meet with a group of 12 players, one former player and three union leaders on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 17. The day already had been stressful, and the meeting hadn’t even started.

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But that doesn’t mean the Texans shouldn’t be really excited about what they’ve seen so far. Just last week, Watson tied a rookie record for touchdowns in a game and led the Texans to a franchise-record 57 points in a blowout win over the Titans.

Two years ago, the Chiefs bounced the Texans from the playoffs with a resounding 30-0 defeat helped by four interceptions from Brian Hoyer. Last year, the team that has started nine quarterbacks since 2014 finished No. 29 in total offense with Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage struggling to do much of anything.

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But that same 21-year-old kid who gutted out that final play against Cleveland almost eight years ago has done a lot of growing up, and with it has come its fair share of adulation and accomplishment. He’s thrown for extravagant touchdown totals and gaudy amounts of yardage, and those helped net him that aforementioned contract. The 2016 season is quite literally distilled into one now infamous meme because of Stafford’s record-setting eight come-from-behind victories: That’s a nice lead you have there. It’d be a shame if someone made a comeback.

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The Raiders seemed to have picked up where they left off in 2016 when they stormed out of the gate with a 2-0 SU and ATS record.

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thought Beathard was going to be anywhere near an NFL franchise quarterback during his collegiate career at Iowa. Even as he compiled a 21-7 record as the Hawkeyes’ starter, he averaged just 148 yards per game as a senior.

Since Sept. 25 of last year, Kansas City is 0-3 SU and ATS against Pittsburgh and 16-2 SU and 14-4 ATS against all other opponents. Kansas City was the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL before suffering its loss on Sunday.

While the Chiefs may not be able to solve the Steelers, they haven’t had much trouble solving the Raiders in recent years. Kansas City is 11-3 SU and ATS in its last 14 road games against Oakland per the OddsShark NFL Database.

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The highlight matchup this week is certainly the Super Bowl LI rematch between the Falcons and Patriots. Some of the league’s best offensive players will be in that one, but what if you’re playing a contest that does not include Sunday night’s game?

Sunday’s total is set at 46.5 points at online sports betting sites. The OVER is 11-1 in Green Bay’s last 12 games.

Keenum has performed well in back-up duties for the Vikings, but he shouldn’t be expected to win a shootout against one of the best quarterbacks in the game this week. If Minnesota hopes to be successful on Sunday, it will need to have a strong day on defense against this potent Packers offense.

It’s too early to know for sure whether Oakland made the wrong move, especially because quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t been healthy. But the two insiders picking Kansas City to win at Oakland on a short week think the Raiders are paying a price for the change.

The Colts beat San Francisco in overtime last Sunday. Indianapolis is 0-5 SU and ATS in its last five games coming off a win.

Tennessee’s season got off to a promising 2-1 SU and ATS start before hitting a massive road block in Houston in Week 4. The Titans lost to the Texans 57-14, and lost quarterback Marcus Mariota to a hamstring injury in the process.

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According to a source of ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the NFL’s investigation had enormous showings on inconsistencies at Elliott’s appeal.
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Jordan Howard racked up a ridiculous 36 carries for 167 yards against Baltimore in Week 6, adding one catch for 9 yards in the game. Howard is now fourth in the NFL with 118 carries and is averaging a solid, albeit unspectacular, 4.2 yards per carry. Howard has unsurprisingly been terrific after initial contact (2.14 average) but has done little as a receiver (11 receptions, 59 yards). Howard’s massive workload in a run-heavy offense keeps him in the back-end RB1 discussion, and he’s more of a solid RB1 option in non-PPR.

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Name me another quarterback in the NFL who can make that play happen? I’ll wait.

Late Thursday night, Elliott’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas to vacate whatever suspension results from the appeal process. The lawsuit’s main contention is that there was a league-orchestrated conspiracy . . . to hide critical information.

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