Shakeup in top four

Behind The Scoreboard

So much for the Texas A&M Aggies’ spot at No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

A week ago, the selection committee ranked Texas as the fourth projected playoff team. This news release sent shockwaves throughout the college football world. It even stirred up some heated and serious debates at the roundtables, too.  

The controversy was centered on the one-loss Texas A&M being ranked above undefeated Washington and fellow one-loss contenders Ohio State and Louisville in the first CFP rankings.

Everyone can rest assured now, the conversations came to an end Saturday. Texas A&M hit the road for an early start against Mississippi State. The numbers were overwhelmingly in favor of the Aggies coasting for an easy win. After all, Kevin Sumlin and his Aggies were enjoying a great season at 7-1 and their only loss was to Alabama. But the Aggies did very little to hold on to their spot. They saw their national title hopes fade away with a 35-28 loss to MSU.

The Aggies couldn’t stop the Bulldogs’ rushing attack as Miss State racked up 365 yards on the ground on 58 carries. Texas A&M became the latest top-10 team to fall victim on the road this season. With this loss, their chances now look slim to none. And from this point on, the Aggies will simply have to rebound the best way they can.

Washington, Ohio State, and Louisville can breathe again. They have one less obstacle between them and the playoffs.

Turning to baseball, early Thursday morning, it really did happen!

Whether you are a Chicago or Cleveland fan, it was a night filled with much anticipation for the long awaited history in the making – to end a championship drought in the major league.

The  Cubs were crowned the 2016 World Series champions after completing an impressive comeback from down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series against the Cleveland Indians. This game was a memorable one too! The Cubs had to endure an extra inning rain delay to end their 108-year drought, and on top of that, a game that began on Wednesday night was carried into early Thursday.

Now that the drought is over and the “Billy Goat” curse is buried, what’s next for the Chicago Cubs? The Cubs are exceptionally well-built for the long haul. They have every member of their starting lineup under club control through at least 2019 except for Dexter Fowler. After bypassing a three-year deal with the Orioles to re-sign with Chicago, Fowler is likely to decline his end of a $9 million mutual option and take a $5 million buyout to search for a multi-year deal.

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