By Marc Lawrence — The 85th edition of the AP College Football preseason rankings will be like none before. When the season starts – if the season starts – the Buckeyes and 53 other Bowl Subdivision teams will no longer be eligible for inclusion in the Top 25 because they have postponed their seasons until the spring. Despite the ugliness of it all, the 2020 AP Preseason College Football rankings were released yesterday with Clemson holding down the No. 1 spot. The Tigers had never been preseason No. 1 until last season and now starts there again this year. It’s the eighth time since the preseason poll started in 1950 that a team has been preseason No. 1 two straight seasons. Alabama had been preseason No. 1 from 2016 to 2018, a three-year run. Meanwhile, LSU is the first defending national champion to start the following season outside the top five since Auburn in 2011. The Southeastern Conference, as usual, leads the way with seven teams in the Top 25, including six of the top 13 teams. The Big Ten is next with six, but when the regular season starts, No. 6 Penn State, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 16 Michigan, No. 19 Minnesota and No. 24 Iowa will no longer be eligible for votes. The same goes for No. 9 Oregon, No. 17 USC and No. 22 Utah of the Pac-12. For more insight and to see this year’s complete list click here.
When 21-year old Luka Doncic delivered a 43-point, 17-rebound, 13-assist performance – and drilled the game-winning shot – in Dallas’ 135-133 overtime win against the LA Clippers on Sunday, he joined Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley as the only players to record 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a playoff game. He also joined an exclusive group of Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard to also score 40 or more points in a playoff game while also hitting a buzzer beater. Safe to say it’s a fun time once again in the NBA watching players of his ability. He looks like the closest thing to Larry Bird since … Larry Bird.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL PREVIEW GUIDE magazine: Spanking new Patriots QB Cam Newton is 28-18-1 ATS as a Home Favorite, but only 10-17-1 ATS as a Road Favorite, in his NFL career. Forewarned is forearmed.