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Seven teams control their own destiny for the college football playoffs

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Seven teams control their own destiny for the college football playoffs

By the middle of November, the field of potential playoff teams in college football is expected to still be wide. 2017 is turning out to be very tight with clear scenarios already looking solid. There are seven teams who absolutely control their own destiny with a handful of teams hoping for some upsets to move their way in.

Let’s look at the scenarios that will determine the field of four, but first let’s look at a projection of the top seven ahead of the release of the official rankings tonight.

  1. Alabama – No question here.
  2. Miami – Their impressive victory over Notre Dame should propel them way up, though the committee might put them at 3 and Oklahoma at 2.
  3. Oklahoma – TCU was their biggest win since Ohio State and Clemson looked mediocre. Iowa State losing again may be enough of a mark on the Sooners to let Miami leapfrog them.
  4. Clemson – They just keep winning, but the shine is wearing off a bit as they haven’t seemed as dominant lately as they were before their loss.
  5. Wisconsin – Perfect record. Then again, most teams in the top 10 would have a perfect record playing their schedule.
  6. Auburn – The committee may take their two early losses and push them down to 7 despite beating the #1 team last week.
  7. Georgia – They didn’t just get beat. They were embarrassed and exposed the challenges of being a one-dimensional offense in the modern era.

Now, let’s look at the scenarios of why these seven teams control their own destinies:

One offs: Oklahoma and Wisconsin

With a win over TCU and Iowa State’s loss to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma would have to lose both of their final games (including this week’s home game against 1-9 Kansas) to be out of the Big 12 Championship Game. They’ll move into the top four with today’s release of rankings after Georgia and Notre Dame lost, but to stay there they’ll need to win out. For a two-loss Big 12 team to get in, other two-loss teams would have to quickly become three-loss teams soon.

Wisconsin will not have beaten a team that ends the season in the top 25 unless they beat the Big 10 East champion. Fortunately for them, they’re #5 looking in and two of the four teams ahead of them play each other, so all they have to do is win out. Despite being undefeated, they’re also the most vulnerable. They haven’t been tested enough, so Michigan at home and Minnesota on the road aren’t slam dunks. Then, there’s the Big 10 Championship game. If the right Ohio State and J.T. Barrett show up, they’re probably a better team than Wisconsin.

Unlike the ACC and SEC, the champion in the Big 12 and Big 10 may not get in if it’s not Oklahoma and Wisconsin. TCU and Ohio State are their likely opponents and both teams would probably end up at #5 or #6 even if they win their championships.

ACC: Clemson and Miami

Assuming they both win out before playing each other, the ACC Championship will be an elimination game for the playoffs. For both to make it in would require a strange set of circumstances, but it’s not out of the question. This is, after all, college football. Anything can happen.

SEC: Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia

Whoever wins the SEC Championship will be in unless there are crazy losses leading up to it. Georgia has the East locked down. Alabama will be undefeated going into the Iron Bowl against the best 2-loss team in the nation with Auburn. The winner of that game plays Georgia. It’s possible for two SEC teams to be in the playoffs if either Georgia or Auburn beat Alabama, but that would require an upset or two, just like with the ACC.

Conclusion

Before anyone starts throwing out Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, or any other teams with a chance, I’m not suggesting there’s no way anyone other than these seven can make it. Based upon the schedules and how the playoff picture currently sits, these seven teams are the ones who do not need help. For anyone else to make it in would require more losses than just the head-to-head matches in the ACC and SEC.

The race for the playoffs is tighter this year than the previous three. Things can shift quickly with upsets, but if four of the top seven win out, they’re in the playoffs. Teams on the outside have to hope for OU and/or Wisconsin to stumble or unfathomable losses leading into the ACC Championship Game. Otherwise, a combination of four of the top seven will be playing each other for the trophy.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking he’s LaVar Ball. Brent Spiner’s response is hilarious.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking hes LaVar Ball Brent Spiners response is hilarious

LaVar Ball wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s efforts to get his son released from a Chinese prison for shoplifting. His reactions have prompted many Trump supporters to go after him as ungracious, hypocritical, and much worse.

Unfortunately, many of these attacks are being directed towards actor LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow host who rose to prominence after Roots and solidified his status as a Hollywood icon while playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation has a name similar to Ball’s and is also black. Responses to the attacks from other Twitter users has been brutal, but Burton has remained calm. His lone response:

Former colleague Brent Spiner, who played Data on ST:TNG, offered some advice to his friend.

“If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”

I don’t normally applaud when leftist Hollywood gets political, but this one was too good to pass.

Source: Twitter

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Mark Levin lands Fox News show

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Mark Levin lands Fox News show

If you don’t know who Mark Levin is, you are either Gen Z or very new to the ranks of conservatism. Mark Levin dominates conservative talk radio. He’s a best selling author, and personality behind Conservative Review. Mark Levin is meticulously devoted to conservatism. Now he will dip his toe in Fox News with a new show Life, Liberty and Levin this February. The show will air once a week on Sunday nights at 10pm and cover a wide array of topics centered around Americanism.

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Mark Levin to host Fox News show

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/361332-mark-levin-to-host-fox-news-show-reportFox News announced the signing of nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin on Tuesday, whose new program will be called “Life, Liberty & Levin.”

“Mark’s passion for the principles found in the Constitution and success in talk radio has made him a distinct figure in the media landscape. We look forward to adding this spirited program to our weekend lineup,” Suzanne Scott, Fox News president of programming, said in a statement.

CRTV’s Mark Levin adds Fox show

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/crtvs-mark-levin-adds-fox-show“Airing each Sunday at 10PM/ET, Life, Liberty & Levin will explore the fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of citizens,” Fox News stated in a press release.

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While this is big news for Mark Levin and his followers, 10pm primetime on a Sunday night is hardly a major career move for Levin. He will still maintain his other programs. Perhaps, Mark Levin’s toe dip into Fox News may be a way to sign Levin onto a weekday night slot the next time Fox News does a shakeup. This seemingly insignificant time slot may be the beginning of a new conservative Fox News era, and perhaps a levelheaded conservative takeover of the network.

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Trump takes on fictional celebrity, LaVar Ball

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Three UCLA basketball players got themselves in trouble in China for shoplifting. Their stupid actions embarrassed themselves, UCLA, and to some extent America. Many celebrities have come out to scold these basketball players including Whoopi Goldberg. While Donald Trump hasn’t championed this move as much as the right wing, he apparently had the basic expectation of a thank you from LaVar Ball, father of the thieving LiAngelo Ball. Trump did not receive a thank you as LaVar Ball would rather channel his Trump-hatred than acknowledge that the President did what he didn’t have to do for his son. Trump’s used to that but still he fired back letting the world know he didn’t have to pull strings while on his trip to China.

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LaVar Ball dismisses idea of Donald Trump helping his son

https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/lavar-ball-dismisses-idea-of-donald-trump-helping-his-son/amp/LaVar Ball didn’t have much time for the idea that the President of the United States helped his son, LiAngelo, out of a potentially crippling situation for his basketball career.

“Who?” Ball told ESPN. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hall were all caught shoplifting during UCLA’s trip to China to play a game against Georgia Tech. All three players returned to the States this week and are indefinitely suspended by the program.

“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” Ball told ESPN. “I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That’s not me. I handle what’s going on and then we go from there.”

Donald Trump’s retort guarantees LaVar Ball exactly what he wants: More attention

https://sports.yahoo.com/donald-trumps-retort-guarantees-lavar-ball-exactly-wants-attention-182243192.htmlMost world leaders would surely have ignored LaVar’s graceless barbs or resisted the temptation to respond to basketball’s biggest loudmouth dad. Trump, of course, played right into LaVar’s hands by doing exactly the opposite. For better or worse, Trump is never one to let an insult roll off his back. The result is the most 2017 feud imaginable, one nobody wanted but perhaps everybody deserved. It pits two polarizing figures and shameless attention seekers who have risen in stature and prominence in similar ways over the past couple years.Some of LaVar’s marketing strategy seems like a pick and roll out of the Trump playbook. He floods the airwaves with outrageous comments sure to generate strong opinions in order to guarantee that he remains at the forefront of the news cycle.

One of LaVar’s most effective tactics has been to increase his own stature by trying to pick a ridiculous fight with someone more famous. He did it by insisting that the Warriors would be better off with his son, Lonzo, at point guard than Stephen Curry. He did it by saying he’d have beaten Michael Jordan one-on-one in his heyday. And he did it by saying his three sons were better set up for basketball success than LeBron James’ because the four-time NBA MVP’s pedigree will tougher to live up to.

Trump may have landed a blow with his tweet Sunday morning, but LaVar is winning this fight.

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Trump’s frustration, though immature, is understandable. We are all human. Therefore when we do something that helps someone else out, we have a certain expectation for gratitude. These athlete-students could have spent a long time in a Chinese jail missing out on March Madness and possibly a quality education. All for what, being too arrogant to pay for something? Trump pulled some strings and got them freed. Lavar Ball should be grateful he got his son back when he otherwise could have ended up like Otto Warmbier or as some sort of  political piece in a geopolitical Chinese checkers match. This is a rare moment where we can’t blame Trump for his tweets seeing as he’s simply lamenting his frustration.

But I’m disagreeing with the perspective above, Trump has won this fight and argument. As far as fathers go, Trump has managed to expose his children to wealth and fame without them becoming delinquents. In downplaying the seriousness of the situation, LaVar Ball sees little issue in shoplifting, and comes off as having a boys will be boys mentality with the situation. Stealing is wrong. We need to instill in our children a respect for people and their property. And we also should say thank you when someone bails our children out of a mess they created. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we should acknowledge those who helped us and not belittle their role.

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