By Marc Lawrence — As we inch closer to the first College Football Playoff rankings release Tuesday night, the debate over the final four teams continues to ramp up. While a handful of Power 5 teams remain undefeated (albeit while playing a different amount of games among them because of the coronavirus pandemic), there are other programs looking to squeeze into a New Year’s Six bowl. ESPN’s early bowl predictions are out and the top four seeds are unanimous with Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson headed to the CFB Playoff. Other bowl projections include Cincinnati tackling Georgia in the Peach Bowl New Year’s Six matchup, with BYU and Oregon meeting in the Fiesta Bowl. For a complete listing of the pairings click here.
Those are the words of future NFL Hall of Fame running back Frank Gore, currently a member of the winless New York Jets. The 37-year old is the league’s 3rd all-time leading rusher and for now he has one goal. A win. A single win. “You don’t want to go 0-16, especially if this is my last year,” he said. “I can’t go out like that. Hopefully, we can get one. And I can’t wait until we get it. I’ll be so happy. If it is my last year, I can’t say I’m going out 0-16.” The Jets (0-10) are six losses shy of joining the 2008 Detroit Lions and the 2017 Cleveland Browns as the only 0-16 teams in NFL history. Gore, in his 16th season, rushed for a season-high 61 yards in the loss, scoring his first touchdown for 2020. He now has 15,794 yards while trailing only Walter Payton (16,726) and Emmitt Smith (18,355) on the all-time list.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: Thanksgiving Day fodder: The Detroit Lions are 6-1 SUATS record on Turkey Day in games in which they sport the better record. Houston defeated Detroit, 34-31, in their only Thanksgiving Day appearance as a 3-point favorite in 2012.