SEC overreactions from opening week of play, from Kyle Trask to Mike Leach

The SEC joined the 2020 season on Saturday, and the first week did not disappoint. Sure, No. 3 Oklahoma lost to Kansas State 38-35, and No. 9 Texas escaped from Texas Tech with a 63-56 overtime victory. Those are Big 12 storylines. But the SEC is where the College Football Playoff race is real. Mississippi
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Mike Leach has dazzling SEC debut as Mississippi State coach as Bulldogs top No. 5 LSU

You asked, Mike Leach delivered. The question was whether Leach could implement the Air Raid offense at a place like Mississippi State, where running the football has been as much of a cultural identity item as the shrimp gumbo you can find at plenty of eateries around Tiger Stadium. The knee-jerk answer is yes. Mississippi
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Analysis: Oklahoma’s defense is more sieve than stalwart

NORMAN, Okla. — NFL veteran Gerald McCoy, a massive reminder of better defensive days, gave a first-half interview with SoonerVision that was charming as always but ill-timed. Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson had just lofted a 39-yard touchdown pass a moment earlier. “Defense is back!” G.K. declared. Yeah, we know. That’s what everybody was afraid
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Trout on missing playoffs again: ‘Don’t like losing’

Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com The Los Angeles Angels were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, which means that in nine full seasons in the major leagues, Mike Trout — considered by many the game’s greatest player for most,
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Hall 154 yards rushing, 3 TDs as Iowa State beats TCU 37-34

Breece Hall ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns, JaQuan Bailey had 3 1/2 sacks to become Iowa State’s career leader and the Cyclones opened Big 12 play with a 37-34 win at TCU on Saturday. Bailey’s strip sack and recovered fumble just before halftime set up Brock Purdy’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Darren Wilson
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Army offensive lineman dazes assistant coach after head-butting him with helmet on

An Army football coach could very well enter concussion protocol after he was head-butted by one of his own players during the Black Knights’ game at Cincinnati. The player in question is senior offensive lineman Mike Johnson, who — while still wearing his helmet — head-butted what appeared to be fullbacks coach Mike Viti, himself
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Analysis: Spencer Rattler starts strong, but struggles late as No. 3 Oklahoma is shocked by Kansas State

Spencer Rattler entered this season as a Heisman Trophy favorite before taking a significant snap at Oklahoma. Such was the regard for the talent of the redshirt freshman and the expectation for any quarterback that leads the offense of Sooners coach Lincoln Riley. It's hard to forget that freshmen are still freshmen and players are human.
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Kansas State shocks No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35 behind Skyler Thompson’s aerial attack

Lightning struck twice for Kansas State. One year after shocking Oklahoma at home, the Wildcats went on the road and stunned the third-ranked Sooners 38-35. A four-touchdown underdog, Kansas State trailed 28-7 early in the third quarter before its offense found life. The comeback began as Skyler Thompson found holes in the Oklahoma secondary. Three
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Buccaneers announce plans to host fans at Raymond James Stadium in 2020

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced plans to host fans at Raymond James Stadium starting with a soft opening set for Week 4. Ahead of the 2020 season, the Buccaneers announced there will be no fans for their first two home games due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s decision to reopen to fans was
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Willson Contreras’ epic bat toss leads to White Sox looking like flip-floppers

The White Sox looked like they were following an unwritten baseball rule Friday night: Bat flips are cool so long as we’re the team doing it. When it’s done to us, then that’s disrespectful. No, that’s not a consistent ethic, especially as it concerns them, but baseball’s like that a lot of times.  The White Sox got themselves
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