No ninth-inning homer by Dexter Fowler, no harm, no fouling this up for the Cubs — or so it would seem. They’ve won six straight, tying a season high.
Dabo Swinney’s defense is sick. And there’s nothing to apologize for where quarterback Kelly Bryant, the successor to Deshaun Watson, is concerned.
Lackey and Willson Contreras got themselves kicked out, and an inning later their teammates were pounding the Cardinals with seven mighty big runs.
GREENBERG: Are Lovie Smith’s Illini prepared to behave like a Big Ten team in Tampa? Will Lamar Jackson and Louisville take down the defending champs?
GREENBERG: Where’s the rancor? Where are the insults? Readers not only are agreeing that the Cubs are in danger of collapsing — they’re one-upping me.
The Cubs could eliminate both the Brewers and Cardinals later this month. Or they could collapse like a house of cards. In either case: very dramatic.
GREENBERG: Upon Further Review … did Urban Meyer get the license plate on that Sooners truck? Also, Heisman talk (already) and Big Ten power rankings.
Anderson, a three-time All-American in singles national champion in doubles at Illinois, has played his way onto the grandest stage of his career.
GREENBERG: Is Notre Dame tougher than Georgia? Revenge time for the Sooners against the Buckeyes? Also: Auburn-Clemson, Stanford-USC and other picks.
So it turns out Alabama is pretty good. Who knew? Also: The Big Ten rocked it — setting the stage for the best-conference question to burn for months.
Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and … a very tough call. Cubs will have to decide what to do with Lackey, Jose Quintana at playoff time.
GREENBERG: I’ve been waiting for Alabama-Florida State — the first Week 1 top-three matchup since the AP started its rankings in 1950 — all offseason.
The Cubs still haven’t separated themselves from the rest of the division, but the calendar waits for no one. September is all but here. Yay?
GREENBERG: Hate to be so unoriginal, but how does Alabama vs. Florida State on Jan. 8 in Atlanta sound? Yep, a rematch. And a colossal one at that.
With neither Ohio State nor Penn State on their league slate, the Wisconsin Badgers should be favored in all 12 of their regular-season games.