College Football Playoff Program Forces Teams To Throw Sportsmanship Out The Window

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College Football Playoff Program Forces Teams To Throw Sportsmanship Out The Window And Beat Crap Out Of Opponents

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By Kelso Sturgeon

Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino is the first and only college coach in the country to speak out about the elephant in the room - the fact if you are a team in the running to be one of the four teams invited at the end of the season to be in the playoffs and a chance to contend for the national championship you must beat the living hell out of any inferior opponent just to impress those who will pick the Final Four. Anything less is akin to stabbing yourself in the heart.

Petrino addressed the issue after ripping to pieces a hapless, helpless Boston College team, 52-7. In Louisville's next game it blew away a dramatically inferior Wake Forest team, 44-12. He said as much as he hated to run up the score on inferior teams, he had no choice but to keep doing it in hopes of winning the title.

The poster child for this is Ohio State, which after it suffered its only loss at Penn State, 24-21, came right back and crushed a crippled Nebraska team, 62-3, and then a terrible Maryland team, 62-3. It worked for Ohio State which moved right back into the #2 spot in the championship race, behind only Alabama, the defending national champion that is at least a touchdown better than any team in the country.

The Top Ten Playoff rankings heading into a new week of play are:

1. Alabama (10-0) - Hosts NCAA I-AA Tenn-Chattanooga (6-2).
2. Ohio State (9-1) - At Michigan State (3-7)
3. Michigan (9-1) - Hosts Indiana (5-5).
4. Clemson (9-1) - At Wake Forest
5. Louisville (9-1) - at Houston (8-2) Thursday night.
6. Washington (9-1) - Hosts Arizona State (5-5).
7. Wisconsin (8-2) - at Purdue (3-7)
8. Penn State (8-2) - At Rutgers (2-8)
9. Oklahoma (8-2) - At #14 West Virginia (8-1)
10. Colorado (8-2) - Hosts #22 Washington State (8-2)

There are a multitude of reasons to realize Louisville, Oklahoma and Colorado figure to be in real battles to win, let alone cover. But what about the rest? Wisconsin is -28 over Purdue, Michigan is -23 over Indiana, Washington is -27 over Arizona State, Ohio State is -22 over Michigan State and Penn State is -28 over Rutgers. The question facing bettors is whether the heavy favorites will pull out all the stops to win by as many points as possible.

This is not to suggest they big favorites will pour it on but merely to remind that seems to be the name of the game for any team protecting its standing, or hoping to improve it.
And perchance you think the picture concerning these teams is crystal clear right now, just want until after the weekend. My position is we have not seen anything yet. Upsets? Blowouts?

Playoff Hopeful Louisville Has To Win But Nothing Will Come Easy Tonight Against Houston...A 100-Unit Play
College football bettors received another reminder last Saturday that no ranked team is safe, regardless the opponent. Three previously unbeaten and top five teams, lost straight up as favorites last week - Michigan to Iowa, Clemson to Pittsburgh and Washington at Southern California - and this brings us to Thursday night's nationally televised Louisville at Houston game that could turn into a real battle for both the win and the cover.

Louisville has lost only at #4 Clemson, 42-36, and heads in to tonight's ESPN game as a 14-point favorite but knows it will have its hands full against a very talented Houston Cougars team that opened the season with a stunning 33-23 win over #9 Oklahoma and was ranked in the #4 spot while rattling off five consecutive wins, all in blowout fashion. The Cougars then lost at Navy (no shame), beat a good Tulsa team before losing to SMU, and dropping out of the rankings.

That said, Houston is a talented team, very quick and with the speed to match that of Louisville, and come into this looking for redemption and a major bowl bid. In other words the Cougars are just as hungry as is Louisville which is chasing a national championship.

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College Basketball Major Injury Report
All Players Listed Here Are Starters - All Figures From Last season

Arizona - Guard Allonzo Trier (14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds per game) has been declared ineligible and is out indefinitely.
California - Forward Ivan Rabb (12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds per game) is questionable tonight against Cal-Irvine because of a foot injury.
Cal-Irvine - Guard Luke Nelson (13.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists per game) Is questionable tonight at California. He was the Big West Freshman of the Year last season because of a hamstring injury.
Central Florida - Guard A.J. Davis (12.0 points, 6 rebounds per game) is out with a hand injury.
Colorado State - Guard Gian Clavell (20.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game) is out indefinitely while he deals with legal problems.
CS-Fullerton - Guard Khalil Ahmad (14.3 points. 4.4 rebounds per game) has academically ineligible for the first semester. He was the Big West Freshman of the Year last season.
Fresno State - Forward Karachi Edo (10.1 points. 6.3 rebounds) is academically ineligible for the first semester.
Oregon - Forward Dillon Brooks (16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game) is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
Texas-San Antonio - Guard Christian Wilson (16.8 points, 4.6 assists per game) has been suspended for the season.
Xavier - Guard Myles Davis (10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists per game) has been suspended indefinitely.
Yale - Senior point guard Makai Mason (16.0 points per game) is out for the season with a foot injury. He was the only returning starter from last year's 23-7 NCAA teams.