Give Illinois’ Lovie Smith an F grade for Year 2 in Champaign. Might as well toss Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald an A while you’re at it.
Would a 13-0 Wisconsin team make it into the playoff field? It remains uncertain, no matter what anyone in Big Ten country is saying to the contrary.
Will freshman-heavy Duke lose again to a veteran foe in March? Maybe, but it has NBA players all over the floor. The Bulls should try it sometime.
Duke-MSU, Kansas-Kentucky in the Champions Classic; six other teams that could win it all; ranking the conferences (No. 1 is a no-doubter) and more.
When the committee reveals its new rankings Tuesday, the 10-0 Badgers will be looking up at Alabama, Miami, Clemson and Oklahoma — and maybe Georgia.
Markkanen had a brutally cold shooting night in the Bulls’ 105-87 loss to the Pacers at the United Center.
Three giant top 10 matchups — Notre Dame at Miami, Georgia at Auburn and TCU at Oklahoma — highlight a must-see Week 11 in college football.
How many of us would pick Wisconsin to beat Ohio State or Penn State on a neutral field a week from now? I can’t say with any conviction that I would.
Winner, winner, playoff dinner: Previews and picks for Alabama-LSU, Clemson-N.C. State, Ohio State-Iowa, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, Miami-Virginia Tech.
GREENBERG: The Nittany Lions proved themselves to be an elite team, but what the Buckeyes did was reinvent themselves as national-title contenders.
GREENBERG: PSU upset OSU en route to the Big Ten title in 2016, but guess who went to the playoff? Also: Notre Dame-N.C. State, Florida-Georgia, more.
GREENBERG: Time will tell if the Josh Adams-led Irish are as strong as the 2015 squad that narrowly missed the playoff, but so far, so good.
GREENBERG: The Cubs’ season was far from a nonstop thrill ride. But it sure beat watching some other city zoom by with its hands in the air.
“We ended up proving a lot of people wrong — and that’s a little satisfying,” Kris Bryant said. “A satisfying piece to take into [next] season.”
Is the College Football Playoff a possibility for the Irish? Win out, and it’s all but a sure thing (but that’s easy for me to say).