The Daily Outkick: Friday, September 14, 2018

Buckeyes Rolling Without Urban, But TCU Is First Test No. 4 (Outkick) Ohio State will play its last game without Urban Meyer as they travel to Arlington, Texas to take on No. 15 TCU this Saturday. Let’s preview this game and check out what the oddsmakers are dealing on this Big Ten vs. Big 12 clash.

The NFL’s Penalty Surge (WSJ) Week 1 games averaged 15.9 accepted penalties per game—a 19% spike over last year amid new rules designed to make the game safer

Vegas Top Ten For Week 2  (Outkick) 7 out of 10 teams in our poll hail from two conferences and an old familiar friend has regained the top spot + a @BetTheBoardPod bonus best bet.

McCarthy Doomed if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt (Lock It In) I think McCarthy gets fired at the end of the year if that happens.

Week 2 Upset Alert: Steelers, Cowboys Backers Beware (Outkick) This week we review a pair of underdogs that are primed to upset their opponents so let’s break these games down, check out what the oddsmakers are dealing, and keep cashing those tickets.

The Wall Street Power Lunch Is Back, With Martinis and Impunity (NYT) If there is a person with a unique and candid perspective on the cultural swings on Wall Street since the crisis, it might be Mr. Niccolini. He is a restaurateur to the titans of finance.

Flacco vs Jackson: Joe Can’t Go Yet (Sporting News) Joe Flacco played poorly Thursday night, but he didn’t play poorly enough for Baltimore to switch to Lamar Jackson — not by a long shot.

Week 2 NFL Confidence Pool: Ram Tough! (Outkick) Let’s check out Week 2 where we rate our most confident straight up pick (16) all the way to our least confident (1). No spreads involved, but we’ll still deliver the point spread on each game

Ratings: Notre Dame, SEC on CBS, CFB on FOX (Sports Media Watch) NBC’s Notre Dame ratings are on the rise; Georgia-South Carolina scored a big jump on CBS; UCLA-Oklahoma topped last week’s Fox Sports slate.

Alex Smith has already given Redskins boost Kirk Cousins could never provide (For The Win) While we can’t blame Cousins for the Redskins’ inability to run, we can credit Alex Smith for helping the team’s running game break out in a 24-6 win over the Cardinals in Week 1.

A Late Hit on Kavanaugh (WSJ) So here’s what we have: A story floated at the last minute about an accusation whose details are unknown from a woman whose identity is secret.

Make Your Week 3 Outkick Picks (Outkick) Weekly winners get a swag bag, and the season-long winner gets $5000.

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Week 2 Upset Alert: Steelers, Cowboys Backers Beware

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