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SportsPulse: Dan Wolken reacts to the second College Football Playoff rankings and believes Ohio State can get into the playoff without qualifying for the Big Ten championship game given the committee’s track record.

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It would take some truly wild happenings to alter the playoff picture at this late stage, but truly crazy happenings have been part and parcel in college football for decades.

Even bearing that in mind, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame aren’t likely to be knocked from their perches this weekend. The Crimson Tide’s once-anticipated date with LSU is now a mere footnote thanks to the Tigers’ 2020 tumble, and the Fighting Irish host 1-9 Syracuse in what amounts to a tune-up for the ACC title game in two weeks.

We’ll turn our attention to the quest for the remaining coveted spots among the top four around the power leagues.

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Kentucky, Duke off to ugly starts in college basketball season

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The men’s college basketball season is finishing its first week following a wobbly start due to concerns and issues related to the coronavirus.  

As expected, scheduling issues will be a theme in the early stretch, as several Top 25 teams have been forced to postpone or reschedule games due to positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and quarantining. The NCAA tournament selection committee will have perhaps its most challenging assessment ever as a result of this season’s scattered schedules and potentially unbalanced schedules. 

Nevertheless, college basketball is back.

Here’s a look at four big-name teams that have struggled through a tough first week. 

1. Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari talks with guard Terrence Clarke (5) in the second half against the Richmond Spiders at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. (Photo: Jordan Prather, USA TODAY Sports)

The Wildcats (1-2) lost

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College basketball picks — Baylor vs. Gonzaga and biggest early surprises

The unusual, late-starting 2020-21 college basketball season has been anything but typical, yet there has been no denying the bounty of interesting games and storylines through the first week-plus. That continues this weekend, when the top four teams in the KenPom rankings — Baylor/Gonzaga and Villanova/Texas — will square off for a pair of intriguing matchups. ESPN.com’s panel of college basketball experts picked their winners for those games, while also discussing what has surprised them around the college hoops landscape thus far.

Jump to score predictions for the weekend’s top games


What are your biggest surprises — one pleasant, one disappointing — from the first week-plus of the 2020-21 season?

Myron Medcalf, senior college basketball writer: Medcalf: I figured Jalen Suggs would add something to the Gonzaga roster that Mark Few had never had, but his immediate

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College basketball: No 3 Iowa routs Western Illinois; No. 7 Kansas, No. 16 Virginia Tech win

Luka Garza scored 35 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 3 Iowa stayed unbeaten with a 99-58 win over Western Illinois on Thursday night.

Jack Nunge, playing his first game this season following the death of his father, matched his career high with 18 points for Iowa (3-0). Joe Wieskamp added 11 points and Patrick McCaffery scored 10 for the Hawkeyes.

Garza reached 30 points in the first half for the second consecutive game. He had 36 by halftime of last Friday’s 103-76 victory over Southern.

It was the 19th straight game of 20 points or more for Garza, the lone unanimous selection on The Associated Press preseason All-America team.

No. 7 Kansas 89, Washburn 54

David McCormack scored 17 points, Ochai Agbaji added 16 and Jalen Wilson had 12, helping seventh-ranked Kansas cruise past Washburn in the Jayhawks’ long-delayed home opener.

Kansas (3-1)

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College basketball schedule 2020-21: Louisville pausing activities due to COVID-19, cancels Friday’s game

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Louisville became the latest high-profile college basketball program to pause activities due to issues with COVID-19 on Thursday night, when the school announced an indefinite halt after someone in the program tested positive for COVID-19. The Cardinals are off to a 4-0 start, but their game against UNC Greensboro on Friday will be canceled. Louisville is next scheduled to play Dec. 9 against No. 4 Wisconsin.

The school has not determined if that game will be affected by the COVID-19 issues in the program. Louisville is far from the only program to be hit with scheduling problems related to the coronavirus this season. Dozens of games have been canceled or postponed as the sport begins its season with the pandemic sweeping the nation.

As developments continue to unfold, we’ll be tracking all the latest news and notes surrounding scheduling snafus below in our tracker.

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Influential panel proposes separating major college football from the NCAA

An influential leadership group has proposed sweeping changes to the Division I model that would distinguish the Football Bowl Subdivision from the NCAA, transforming the highest level of competition in the sport into a separate entity responsible for its own governance and revenue distribution.

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The suggestions offered by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, which is composed of current and former leaders in education and athletics, include the formation of the National College Football Association, a new governing body outside of the NCAA umbrella.

“Our commission recognizes that far-reaching governance reform will not take place overnight,” said commission co-chair Arne Duncan, the former U.S. Secretary of Education. “At the same time, it believes that discussion on a new governance structure for Division I can, should and must begin immediately.”

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Quinnipiac vs. Drexel odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 3 predictions from proven model

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will take on the Drexel Dragons at 2 p.m. ET Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Both teams are 1-1 on the season. It is the second of back-to-back games between the teams in the 2020 Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic being held in Uncasville, Conn. The Dragons won the first matchup 66-48.

The Dragons are favored by seven points this time around in the the latest Drexel vs. Quinnipiac odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 136. Before making any Quinnipiac vs. Drexel picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against

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Buffalo jumped into the driver’s seat in the MAC’s East division with a 70-41 win over Kent State last week and will look to stay there on Saturday when the Bulls play at Ohio in one of six games on CBS Sports Network this weekend. But the 2-1 Bobcats should have a pretty good idea of how to slow Buffalo down, because it’s a recipe that has worked for them the past two seasons. It’s all about stopping Jaret Patterson.

A junior running back coming off a 1,799-yard season, Patterson made his name known around the country last week when he tied an FBS record with eight rushing touchdowns against Kent State. In all, he finished with 409 yards on the ground, falling just short of another FBS record. But in two career games against Ohio, Patterson has run for just 75 yards on 21 carries.

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Tobacco Road’s great old gyms are just empty buildings without college basketball fans

Duke was supposed to go to the Bahamas this year, back when traveling to an island resort for a basketball tournament was the simplest thing in the world. The closest the Blue Devils or anyone else will get is the atmosphere in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday, when Duke hosted Michigan State in an arena empty of fans.



Cameron Indoor Stadium before Duke plays host to North Carolina on March 7, 2020, in Durham, North Carolina.


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Cameron Indoor Stadium before Duke plays host to North Carolina on March 7, 2020, in Durham, North Carolina.

Without the students screaming and boosters murmuring, the squeaking of sneakers was loud as a gunshot. Voices carried. Even the lighting looked different. Duke installed new LED lighting over the summer and without the teeming mass of human bodies to reflect and refract it, it had a bit of the blue glow of the ballroom at Atlantis, where Duke was supposed to have played.

In Cameron and in

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College sports watchdog believes FBS college football teams should break away from NCAA

The Knight Commission on Thursday recommended separating major-college football and the College Football Playoff from the NCAA as part of a sweeping reform of college athletics. 

The new football entity would be called the National College Football Association. The NCFA – made up of the 130 current Football Bowl Subdivision schools — would be funded by the CFP. The new group would manage all issues related to education, health, safety, litigation, eligibility, enforcement and revenue distribution in major-college football.

The NCAA would then govern only basketball as major revenue-generating sport in Division I. It would continue to oversee the other so-called minor sports. The NCAA is made up of approximately 1,100 schools, 350-plus of those play Division I basketball. The recommendations were shared with NCAA president Mark Emmert earlier Thursday. The association and CFP did not immediately have comment. 

The 31-year old Knight Commission is a reform-minded college athletics watchdog

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