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The Daily Outkick: Monday, October 15, 2018

Gruden’s Return Is a Lost Year for Raiders (SI) They were overwhelmed by the Seahawks as the defense searches for talent and the offense suffers due to growing pains for the rookie offensive tackles. If Jon Gruden wasn’t already looking at a few years down the line, he can now

10 Takeaways From an Upset-Heavy Day in College Football that Whittled Down Playoff Field (Yahoo)  On a day of seismic upsets and stressful escapes in the Top 10, the only way to be safe was to have an open date (Clemson) or be Alabama. And even the untouchable Crimson Tide came away with a limping Heisman Trophy front-runner.

Democrats “Should Spend as Little Time Possible” Talking About Immigration (New York Times) “It is very difficult to win on immigration with vulnerable voters in the states Trump carried in 2016,” says Democratic strategy memo.

In Sloppy Effort, Alabama Shows Why it’s Nation’s Best (AL) Even with the best player in college football out of the game with an injury, Alabama is far and away the best team in the nation.

Republicans Gain Ground in Fight to Retain Their Narrow Senate Majority (WSJ) With the Senate in recess until after Election Day and Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, the GOP path to retaining its Senate majority is firmer than it has been in months.

Bowl Projections: LSU Solidifies New Year’s Six Position, West Virginia Falls Out (CBS) Despite losses by four teams in the top 10 of last week’s AP Top 25 poll, there are only a couple of minor changes to the projected New Year’s Six matchups.

Week 8 College Football and Week 7 NFL Opening Point Spreads (Bet the Board) Can Michigan continue their hot streak and deliver another win and cover as a full touchdown favorite against their in-state rival?

Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’ (New York Times) When The New York Times published an analysis of aerial images showing a mile-long stretch of Mexico Beach where at least three-quarters of the buildings were damaged, Dr. Lackey saw his sand palace still standing, majestic amid the apocalyptic wreckage, the last surviving beachfront house on his block.

Week 8 College Football Playoff picture: Four in, two out and four to watch (Sporting News) We’re inching closer to Dec. 2 — when the final pairings are announced — and that will be here before you know it. With that mind, here are the four teams in, the first two out and four to watch heading into Week 8.

AP Top 25 Heat Check: No Style Points Necessary in 2nd Half (AP) This past weekend things got a little crazy around the country, with four of the top eight teams in last week’s rankings losing. This on the heels of three top-10 teams going down in week six. The last two weeks, 16 ranked teams have lost.

The Veteran Quarterback Carousel Is Falling Apart, Except for Kirk Cousins (Big Lead) Aside from the Minnesota Vikings, who won the Cousins sweepstakes, the teams that acquired a veteran quarterback have had little success in acclimating that quarterback to their system.

Iowa State’s Halftime Show had Dozens of Inflatable Dinosaurs Dancing to ‘Jurassic Park’ Music (For The Win) Iowa State gave college football fans one of the season’s best halftime shows Saturday.

National Media Reactions to Peterman Meltdown (BillsWire) Nathan Peterman must be the most mentally strong quarterback in NFL history. His career is like an NFL snuff film — Clay Travis.

Marijuana is Emerging Among California’s Vineyards, Offering Promise and Concern (Washington Post) The new cultivations are challenging long-held beliefs in some conservative communities, including this one, where a rural libertarian streak is confronting a crop still stigmatized despite its legality.

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