Chaos equals fun in the college game. If only No. 1 Alabama had played along, some of us would be dancing in the streets.
GREENBERG: Oklahoma-Texas, TCU-Kansas State, Ohio State-Nebraska, Georgia Tech-Miami, Auburn-LSU, Utah-USC, Purdue-Wisconsin previews and picks.
GREENBERG: Arrieta could spend his last few hours as a Cub Thursday. There’s a train clattering in the distance, coming to carry him to his new home.
“I know I can make those plays,” Zobrist said. “This is when it counts the most, and that’s when you need to make them the most.”
There’s no way to fake eight victories in 10 years over chief rival Michigan. The Spartans have bounced back in dramatic fashion from an awful 2016.
“Every game is a must-win,” Scherzer said. “This is going to be a crazy atmosphere here at Wrigley. I can’t wait to toe the rubber.”
GREENBERG: It only makes sense that old-school Jon Lester identifies with coach Norman Dale of “Hoosiers” fame. That’s why he’s perfect for Game 2.
BIG GAME HUNTING: Michigan-Michigan State, Wisconsin-Nebraska, Miami-Florida State, LSU-Florida, West Virginia-TCU and more Week 6 previews, picks.
Maybe the Cubs would have staggered to the finish line in first place without Quintana, but they’d have no shot to win another World Series.
GREENBERG: What was Antonio Jones-Davis thinking? Here’s to you, Joe Tiller. And who’s the real No. 1, Alabama or Clemson?
Fun fact: Illini athletic director Josh Whitman played tight end for the San Diego Chargers when Huskers coach Mike Riley was running the show there.
BIG GAME HUNTING: Wildcats try to ascend through the beery, cheesy haze in Madtown; Miami-Duke, USC-Washington State and other previews, predictions.
Win 11 more come playoff time, and Chicago will have itself another parade. But all in due time. This night was fun enough to stand on its own.
For crying out loud, Maddon is about to lead his team into the postseason for the third year in a row. The Cubs haven’t done that in over a century.
GREENBERG: Take it from someone who lived in St. Louis as it won its last two titles — Cardinal Nation still isn’t coping well with the Cubs’ success.