Marc Lawrence — It’s no longer a football season on the brink. With the Big Ten and Pac-12’s decision to postpone sports this fall, including football, 53 of the 130 FBS schools have either said they will not play this fall or are in conferences that have made that decision. The Mid-American folded up shop on Saturday with the Mountain West following on Monday. It leads to a potentially ugly situation with come schools talking about exiting their respective conference and going out on their own. “Our university is committed to playing no matter what, no matter what that looks like and how that looks,” Nebraska Coach Scott Frost told reporters Monday afternoon. “We want to play no matter who it is or where it is. So we’ll see how all those chips fall. We certainly hope it’s in the Big Ten. If it isn’t, I think we’re prepared to look for other options.” Let the football succession wars begin. Read more here.
“I knew all about the rules but the rules did not know about me.” Sage words of warning from rocker Eddie Vedder. The words also apply to the bonehead move made by Cleveland Indians starting pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac, who actually snuck out of the Tribe’s hotel in Chicago to party with friends over the weekend and now find themselves on the quarantine list while undergoing daily COVID-19 testing. Not only was it selfish, it breaks up 40% of the strongest starting staff in MLB this season (as we alluded to on this page on Monday).
Grinding Out The Profits
From the PLAYBOOK ADVANTAGE for August – Free to all Coffee Club members: The 12-win Seattle Seahawks’ collective margin of victory in 2019 was 5.6 points, and in the end they outscored their opponents by only 7 total overall points on the season. Furthermore, 11 of their 12 wins came by 8 or fewer points. To top it off, Seattle allowed 400-plus yards in half of their regular season games last year. Their numbers certainly did not live up to their beefy record.