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Why Is Andrew Luck The Media’s Anointed One?

The Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck is pretty much the poster-boy of young quarterbacks in today’s NFL, with a Sports Illustrated cover to his credit, one that assures us by year’s end we’ll be acknowledging him as the best quarterback in football. I think Andrew Luck’s pretty good—in fact, I’d even make the compliment stronger and say I think he’s pretty tough. He’s competitive and he keeps his confidence up when things go wrong.

But is Andrew Luck really “all that”? This morning on First Take, ESPN’s Skip Bayless, who normally goes completely over-the-top on questions, asked one that was measured and reasonable and it summed up my thoughts perfectly—“why does this guy get a pass?”

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Pac-12 Football & The Race For The New Year’s Six

The maneuvering to be the #2 team in Pac-12 football has significant consequences—not like at the top, where second-ranked Oregon is leading the way in a league that appears highly likely to puts champion in the College Football Playoff—but consequential nonetheless.

The runner-up is even more certain to get a spot one of the New Year’s Six major bowl games—likely the Fiesta. And if you, for the moment, cede the championship to Oregon, the race for the runner-up spot is intriguing.

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NFL Week 2 Moneylines

The NFL Week 2 moneylines are listed below, in sequential order based on TV time slot. There’s also some picks you can confidently bet against, as TheSportsNotebook takes its crack at picking the games.

For new readers, not familiar with the moneyline, it’s simply the odds on a team winning the game straight-up, no point spread involved. Those odds are expressed in $100 increments. If you bet Denver as a (-750) favorite over Kansas City, you need to lay out $750 to get a hundred bucks back (on top of your original bet of course). If you take the Chiefs at (+600) you need only bet a $100 to multiply your profit sixfold. The difference in the moneylines, the -750 to +600 spread, reflects the house advantage that exists on all bets.

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College Bowl Projections: An Early Look At The New Year’s Six

Here’s a look at how the college bowl projections for the “New Year’s Six”, the two national semi-final playoff games and the four other major bowls that are a part of the system, look after two weeks. These projections are based exclusively on the AP’s national poll.

The top four teams in the country will go into the playoff, which will be played at the Rose and Sugar Bowls. The same committee that selects and places these four teams, will also slot the four other bowls. For the moment, let’s just assume the committee will take teams as they’re ranked in the AP. It’s obviously not precise, but gives us a feel for the landscape. These six games will played over the course of December 31 and January 1, hence their name of The New Year’s Six.

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The Identity Crisis Facing The Redskins Offense & Robert Griffin III

When I sat down almost four hours ago to watch the Washington Redskins play the Houston Texans, I’d have felt pretty good, as a Redskins fan, if I had known the following…

  • The defense would play a credible football game, only giving up one big play of note
  • The punt coverage would be excellent
  • Alfred Morris would find holes and run the ball effectively
  • Robert Griffin III would not make any mistakes

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