Good morning BBN, these are your Wednesday quickies. The first college football playoff rankings of the year have been released, and the committee threw quite the curveball.
Everyone is of course looking at the top four to see who is projected to make the playoff. The top three are pretty much expected: the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Clemson Tigers, and the Michigan Wolverines. The fourth team, however, is the 7-1 Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies, who suffered their only loss to the No. 1 Tide, took the No. 4 spot over the still undefeated Washington Huskies. This has raised some eyebrows and led some to cry out “SEC bias” (eye roll). Regardless, the decision to put Texas A&M in over Washington is shocking. However, there’s still plenty of football left, and if the Huskies win out there’s no chance they’ll remain a snub.
Despite my eye roll, there’s no denying that the SEC has a strong presence in the rankings. Five teams from the conference made the list. Alabama (1), Texas A&M (4), Auburn (9), Florida (11) and LSU (13).
You can see the full list of rankings here.
Tweets of the day
AP rankings: A one loss Ohio State should be ranked ranked higher than a one loss Texas A&M.— Jesus Shuttlesworth (@A_A_Ron_Rodgers) November 1, 2016
College Football Playoff Rankings: pic.twitter.com/hTR7eGV50k
The memes are flying fast and furious on Twitter. Example two:
But hey, how about the Cats?
There's some talk that Texas A&M may be 4th in the CFP rankings. I mean, as long we're going with teams with 4 SEC wins... pic.twitter.com/ksWrj7zx7X— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) November 1, 2016
Kentucky, like A&M, also lost to Alabama.
Cats Not Changing Their Tune in Midst of Success | UK Wildcats News
For Stoops, that’s been a rewarding experience to see a group of players he recruited himself reap the rewards of their own work. The season has had its trying moments, but that’s only serving to make its triumphant ones even better.
How UK and Georgia players were ranked as recruits | Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky plays Georgia on Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium, and the Bulldogs will be bringing a ton of talent to Lexington. UGa has several players who were once ranked as five-star recruits, including freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. Here’s a look at how UK and Georgia stack up in the recruiting rankings
Kentucky football Nov. 1 practice report - 247
Notes from Eddie Gran, Darin Hinshaw and Stephen Johnson following Kentucky's Tuesday practice.
UK Hoops previews: A look at the newbies | Kentucky Sports Radio
Over the last seven months, Matthew Mitchell has assembled a full team, including six new players, of which include three are walk-on’s, two transfers and a true freshman who committed during the offseason.
Kentucky Women’s Basketball Game Day Information | UK Wildcats News
The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will begin the 2016-17 season
with its lone exhibition game Thursday against Union University inside Memorial Coliseum.
How Benny went from three-star recruit to season savior | Kentucky Sports Radio
How did a three-star recruit who didn’t even get a carry in Kentucky’s first two games save the Wildcats’ season? We much first go back to February 23, 2015, when Benny chose Kentucky over Iowa, Cincinnati, Boston College, Toledo, West Virginia, and others.
College Football Playoff -- Alabama, Clemson, Michigan lead, with Texas A&M edging Washington - ESPN
Alabama, Clemson and Michigan are the top three teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings with one-loss Texas A&M taking the fourth spot ahead of unbeaten Washington.
Barnhart benefits more than Stoops from turnaroud | Lexington Herald-Leader
As Kentucky has gone from 0-2 to 5-3 by winning five of its last six games, the once-toxic atmosphere around the Wildcats program has turned 180 degrees. The turnaround could lead to some hefty bonuses for UK Coach Mark Stoops, but Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart may benefit even more by no longer having to defend Stoops’ $12 million contract buyout
First Pass: The Georgia Bulldogs | Kentucky Sports Radio
Georgia roared out of the gate by starting the season 3-0. The Dawgs have since lost 4 out of its last 5 coming into their matchup with UK.
Jamaal Charles placed on IR by Kansas City Chiefs - ESPN
Running back Jamaal Charles has been placed on IR by the Chiefs and will have a follow-up procedure on his knee Wednesday. The IR designation could mark the end of Charles' career in Kansas City.
EKU basketball's McHale promises winning culture | Lexington Herald-Leader
Last season the Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball team stumbled down the stretch, dropping five of its last six games to finish 15-16 on the year. But at Tuesday’s annual Media Day, second-year head coach Dan McHale said the Colonels are ready to turn the corner.
It’s not over yet! An offensive explosion that featured an Addison Russell grand slam helped propel the Chicago Cubs to a winner-take-all Game 7.
The NFL is reporting that Williams has been suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He will be eligible to return Dec. 5.
It happens to the best of us...especially when you may not exactly be the best free throw shooter of all-time.
Speaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving put up 32 points to lead them to victory over the Houston Rockets. The Cavs stay unbeaten in the early part of the season.