Bottom 25 college football rankings: Louisville, UTEP emerge to shake up the playoff race

In last week’s Bottom 25, I told you how there were 10 teams with a realistic shot at qualifying for the Bottom 25 Playoff. The reason there were so many teams in the running was that the margins between the Bottom 10 teams in my rankings were thin. Well, that’s not entirely true. UConn and Rice are firmly settled into the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, and will remain there with anything short of a win or the most impressive loss we’ve ever witnessed. 

As for the other eight teams, the margins were so close that any extreme performance one way or the other could throw things out of whack, and that’s precisely what happened this past weekend. Eight of our Bottom 10 teams lost, including the entire Bottom 4, but we have two new teams entering the Bottom

James Wiseman's commitment to Penny Hardaway and Memphis secures the Tigers are back as a national power

In terms of immediate and nationally consequential recruiting impact, Penny Hardaway is the most successful hire in college basketball since John Calipari took over at Kentucky in 2009.

That reality materialized Tuesday afternoon when big man James Wiseman, the No. 1 overall player in the 247Sports Class of 2019 Composite rankings, pledged to Hardaway and his hometown Memphis Tigers. From embarrassing attendance numbers to declining ticket sales to strike out after strike out in recruiting, no program has turned its momentum for the better in quicker fashion than the Tigers

As far as I can tell, it’s also the first time a player has committed to a program by introducing a rhinestone-like unicorn to reveal their announcement.

It’s a dramatic, poetic, fitting coincidence that Hardaway and Calipari were put on this collision course. And it’s pinching irony that Calipari

Andy Reid noticed all the penalties against Chiefs; Refs appeared to miss late call against Rams

The NFL’s decision to send an all-star officiating crew to Los Angeles definitely didn’t work out in the Chiefs‘ favor on Monday during their wild 54-51 loss to the Rams

During the first 19 minutes of the game, Kansas City was flagged nine times for 92 yards while the Rams were penalized exactly zero times. After the game, one of the first things that Andy Reid brought up in his press conference was the fact that his team got called for a lot penalties early on. Reid didn’t rip any specific call in the game, but he did say, “I don’t know about those” when talking about all the flags against his team. 

“Too many penalties, a lot of penalties in the first quarter,” Reid said, via quotes distributed by the team. “I don’t know about those, but they

USA vs. Italy: Live stream, watch USMNT online, TV channel, prediction, pick, odds, start time

The United States men’s national team plays its final game of 2018 on Tuesday when it goes to Belgium to battle Italy in an international friendly. The U.S. is coming off a 3-0 loss to England at Wembley Stadium on Thursday and will hope to finish the year on a positive note with a result.

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

International friendly: USA vs. Italy Date: Tuesday, Nov. 20
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Genk, Belgium
TV channel: FS1 and UniMas
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)    Odds: USA +580 / Itay -204 / Draw +280 Storylines

USA: This is USA’s last game of the year and probably last with Dave Sarachan as interim manager with his contract expiring at the end of the year. This could be the last game in a while where we see

USA vs. Italy score: Live updates, game stats, highlights, full coverage of USMNT's international friendly

The United States men’s national team takes on Italy on Tuesday in their final match of the calendar year. It’s an international friendly being played in Genk, Belgium, and it’s also expected to be the final game for Dave Sarachan as interim coach of the USMNT. With Gregg Berhalter expected to take over for Sarachan before year’s end, and this could be the last look in quite a while at a youth-filled American side. Sarachan has selected young, up-and-coming talents to play for the senior squad, giving them minutes to prove their worth and aid them in their development. 

The U.S. will be without injured midfielder Weston McKennie in this one. He returned to Schalke to rehab before the league season boots back up this weekend, and sources told CBS Sports his status is day-to-day. 

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