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By Marc Lawrence — Mike Leach and Kevin Costello stole the show Saturday as the SEC returned to action. Mississippi State put a 44-34 hurting on defending national champion LSU behind an SEC-record 623 passing yards from QB Kevin Costello in Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense, and the Bulldogs went from unranked all the way to No. 8 in this week’s ESPN power rankings. And while Clemson is still clearly the class of the ACC until proven otherwise, Miami was the big mover in that league thanks to its 52-10 dismantling of Florida State. The Hurricanes moved into the top 10 at No. 7 with a trip to Clemson looming in two weeks. To see this week’s updated College Football Power Rankings, and to find out why Clemson is NOT No. 1, click here.
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How bad has the NFC East become? The division is now a combined 2-9-1 through 3 weeks of the 2020 NFL campaign, good for a combined win percentage of .208. According to ESPN, that is the worst record through 3 weeks for a single division since the NFL went to 8 divisions in 2002.
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From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: When the Philadelphia Eagles played the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-23 tie last week it signaled that their woes in 2020 are likely to continue, for this week at least. That’s because there have been a total of 25 NFL games that played to a tie since 1974, per Pro-Football-Reference.com. According to my database, away teams following an overtime tie are 0-15 SU and 3-12 ATS dating back to 1988. The Eagles travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this Sunday.
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