By Marc Lawrence — After some moving and shaking, the Big Ten rejoined college football’s party, which means the ESPN power rankings look a little different this week. Ohio State vaults right into the No. 2 spot, and if the Buckeyes get all of their players back, they’re more than talented enough to stake a claim to that top spot And whether you’re an SEC homer/hater or Big Ten homer/hater, it’s a coup for college football that the Big Ten is back in the mix. Maybe the Pac-12 will be next. As Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN this week, it makes the sport more holistic and more representative. “The more people that play, the better it is for everybody,” Saban said. Cracking the top 5 this week is Notre Dame, which thrashed South Florida. That Nov. 7 Clemson-Notre Dame clash in South Bend can’t get here soon enough. Nothing like “ACC rivals” going at it under the glare of the Golden Dome. Of the Top 16 teams this week, 10 are from either the SEC or Big Ten. Read the complete Top 25 teams and their stories here.
Safe to say the NFL resembled a M.A.S.H. unit this past Sunday. Loses to key stars such as NYG RB Saquon Barkley and Wr Sterling Shepard, GB WR Davante Adams and C Corey Linsley, Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor and two defensive starters, Carolina RB Christian McCaffery, Miami CB Byron Jones, Colts S Malike Hooker and WR Parris Campbell, and LB Matthew Adams, 49ers DE Nick Bosa and QB Jimmy Garoppolo, and on and on the list grew. It was enough to leave head coaches reaching for the bottle.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: The 2020 version of the LA Rams looks like a team with its swagger back as they are off to 2-0 start with quality wins over a pair of playoff contenders against Dallas and Philadelphia. The question is can they pull off a hat trick in this their second straight game on the East coast when they invade Buffalo on Sunday in an early start? The Rams’ 9-0 ATS mark as non-conference road dogs of 7 or fewer points says they can.