- Four top-10 teams went down on a wild College Football Saturday.
- The NFL played a game in London for the 12th time as part of a growing international strategy.
- Four compelling teams, two one-game playoffs this week. The Wildcard is must-see baseball.
College Football Chaos
NFL in London
NFL Sunday started at 9:30am ET yesterday because London fans were subjected to treated to the New York Jets handling the Miami Dolphins 27-14. This is the first of three games in London this season, and the 9th consecutive year that the NFL has played a regular season game across the pond. The NFL has a stated goal of having a team in London by 2022, even if that means sharing a home team with an American city.
The NFL is considering holding games in more cities than just London beginning in 2016, either in other U.K. markets or even Germany and Mexico City. Let’s just hope they get better than London. The three matchups this season (Jets-Dolphins, Bills-Jaguars, Lions-Chiefs) aren’t exciting enough to get you out of bed.
MLB Playoffs start Tuesday
There’s a compelling argument to be made that having a one-game playoff is not a fair way to decide which team keeps playing after a 162-game season. But don’t forget that the Wildcard games are the best drama that baseball has to offer. If you only watch two games all season, watch these:
QUICK HITS AROUND SPORTS
The Georgia buses were rocking (literally) before the game, but it was all Alabama after kickoff. The College Football media was quick to throw dirt on the proverbial grave of the Alabama dynasty after they lost to Ole Miss, but just two weeks later the Tide are back to looking unstoppable. Showdowns with Texas A&M and LSU loom on the path to an SEC title, but let’s just say that if gambling were legal, team Primer would’ve loved betting on Alabama to win the title at 20-1 odds last week.
- #1 Ohio State was in trouble at Indiana until RB Ezekiel Elliott put the squad on his back with 2nd-half TD runs of 55, 65, and 75 yards.
- The Big 12 now has three top-10 teams in #2 TCU, #3 Baylor, and #10 Oklahoma. Notable this weekend: Vegas predicted more total points (90) for Baylor-Texas Tech than any game in history. It was 49-21… at halftime! Baylor won 63-35, so it went over the Vegas total.
- Six Arizona State teammates bulldozed/dragged/punished the UCLA defense for a 23-yard touchdown run.
- After falling behind 21-0, North Carolina went on a 38-7 run to beat Georgia Tech. It was the largest-ever comeback by the Heels and largest-ever collapse by the Jackets.
Saints win Sunday Night game in OT
Six Undefeated teams remain
Beast Mode-less Monday Night Football
If the Seattle Seahawks want to get to a 2-2 record, they’ll have to do it without star RB Marshawn Lynch (aka Beast Mode), who will miss his first game since 2011 with an injured hamstring. Even without Lynch, Seattle is favored by 9.5 points at home vs. the 0-3 Detroit Lions.
Scherzer has all-time great game
Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer made history Saturday, becoming the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same season since Nolan Ryan in 1973. He struck out 17 Mets, including the last nine players he faced (!). Bummer: it would have been a perfect game were it not for a throwing error by third baseman Yunel Escobar.
Ichiro – the pitcher
42-year-old Ichiro has been in the MLB for 14 years, but Sunday was his first game as a pitcher. He actually threw 88 miles per hour and has a solid slider.
NBA Preseason Vine Highlight: DeAndre Jordan
This man is nearly 7-feet tall. It’s not fair he’s this athletic.
One Hit Wonders