Beside The Issues For Monday, Jan. eight, 2017

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Issues That Stuck My Eye

Nick Saban’s Alabama will play former mentee Kirby Sensible’s Georgia, and it’s sure to be a perfect recreation. Saban has gained all eleven video games performed through former assistants by way of a standard of 28 issues, however Georgia isn’t any large underdog right here: they beat offensive powerhouse Oklahoma within the playoff and might be robust contenders towards ultimate yr’s runner up. [ESPN]

The New England Patriots, which failed to play soccer this earlier weekend, noticed their probabilities of profitable the Tremendous Bowl upward push from 31 % to 34 %. This got here as a result of a couple of key upsets: They’ll face a Tennessee Titans squad that recently has the bottom Elo score amongst groups nonetheless within the playoffs, with one really extensive AFC contender in Kansas Town out of the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]

Blake Bortles rushed for 88 yards within the Jaguars victory, seventy one backyard in scrambles, at the back of most effective Colin Kaepernick relating to postseason scrambling yards prior to now 10 postseasons. Leonard Fournette, a real operating again for the Jags, ran handiest fifty seven yards. [ESPN]

Erin Jackson made the Olympic group for lengthy-monitor speedskating after pulling 3rd position within the U.S. Speedskating Trials. Extra exceptional: Jackson — who would be the first black lady to make the workforce for lengthy-monitor speedskating — has handiest been coaching complete time for 4 months after being an inline velocity skater for 15 years. [Deadspin]

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Prize cash in tennis is quite disproportionate, with extremely ranked gamers raking in tens of millions — the highest 128 gamers who qualify for each and every of the 4 Grand Slam titles make 18 % of the full prize cash. The ones ranked among two hundred and a couple of,000 make virtually not anything. [Digg]

Whilst the ones at the out of doors of the NFL playoffs taking a look in would possibly lengthy for an elevated box of in all probability sixteen playoff groups quite than 12, the adaptation among a 5 seed and a six seed and a hypothetical 7th seed or 8th seed is lovely huge. We will be able to in finding this by way of taking a look at Safety-adjusted Worth Over Moderate — a approach to describe a staff’s potency — on the grounds that 2002. The typical DVOA of a 5th seed and 6th seed (eleven.1 % an 12.three %, respectively) is significantly upper than the DVOA of what may were the 7th and 8th seeds (four.nine % and three.five %, respectively). [FiveThirtyEight]

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Large Quantity

88.2 %

That’s the offensive potency score for Alabama, only a hair not up to 88.7 %, the shielding potency score of Georgia. Those groups are remarkably smartly matched around the board in accordance with their potency scores. [ESPN]


Leaks from Slack:

neil:

Smartly any other nice Andy Reid playoff efficiency

walt:

it’s fantastic

neil:

Additionally, Mariota may just actually fill out a whole soccer staff — he has run, thrown, stuck a TD from himself, and threw a pancake block at the recreation-sealing run

walt:

gruden appeared to suggest he used to be calling a large number of the ones performs all the way through that gigantic pressure
all he’s gotta do is learn up on cap area and he can also be the entire entrance place of business as smartly


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