Kyler Murray on defense, plus why the Rose Bowl finally bowed to CFP expansion

Happy Thursday and Happy December everyone! What a month of sports we have ahead of us: The World Series continues, the NFL in the regular season, college football conference championships, bowl games and playoff semifinals, NBA and college basketball, and more.

Let’s get down to it.

Good morning everyone, but especially to…


No. 10 Indiana is legal. Just ask the reigning national runner-up. The Hoosiers took it No. 18 North Carolina with a balanced and impressive offensive attack en route to a 77-65 victory.

  • Trace Jackson-Davis was outstanding with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, dominating a matchup with a fellow preseason AP All-America selection Armando Bacot (12 points, 10 rebounds).
  • Xavier Johnson added 20 points and eight rebounds and a freshman star Jalen Hood-Schifino had 14 points.
  • Indiana outscored North Carolina 50-24 in the paint and 17-4 turnovers.

It was really, really impressive stuff from the Hoosiers, who got into the lane at will on offense and blocked on defense; Tar Heels starting guards Caleb Love and RJ Davis combined for just 24 points on 27 shots. Indiana also showed off its depth, with nine different players getting double-digit minutes.

Honorable mentions

And it’s not such a good morning for…


The Cardinalsβ€œthe stormy season has just struck another blow. Speaking on CBS Sports’ “All Things Covered” podcast, current Vikings (and former Cardinals) cornerback Patrick Peterson said “Kyler Murray I don’t care about anyone but Kyler Murray.

The comment came after Murray seemingly took a veiled jab at the Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsburysaying “Schematically, we were kind of screwed” after throwing an interception on a decisive fourth down for a loss of Chargers.

  • Murray responded to Peterson on Twitter, writing “That’s not true… you’re on some weird s— … you have my number, if you really feel like a ‘big brother’ or a ‘mentor’ you should have called me and told me not drag me so your podcast can grow…”
  • Peterson and Murray were teammates in 2019 and 2020 before Peterson left for Minnesota.
  • The Cardinals are 4-8 this season and have less than a 1% chance to make the playoffs, according to SportsLine. This is Murray’s first season since signing massive contract extension.

Not so honorable mentions

Rose Bowl agreement means CFP extension through 2024 🏈

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The Rose Bowl signed an agreement with the College Football Playoff on wednesday night paving the way for a playoff to expansion to 12 teams in 2024.

The CFP gave the Rose Bowl until the end of this week to agree to the terms. The ultimatum worked.

  • Until he finally agreed, The Rose Bowl has requested to keep its traditional start time of January 1, 5:00 PM ET — one of the most valuable timeslots in sports television.
  • In years past, the BCS/CFP worked around the Rose Bowl’s time requirements, but with an expanded playoff, the Rose Bowl needed to be more flexible.
  • If the Rose Bowl did not agree, the expansion would not be possible until 2026, after the CFP’s current contract with ESPN expires. And the Rose Bowl would risk not being part of that expansion.

Early expansion will also lead to huge increases in revenuenotes college football expert Dennis Dodd.

  • Add: “The main reasons for early expansion are to give teams more access to the playoffs and to earn an additional $450 million per year from rights holder ESPN so that it can broadcast additional CFP games in 2024 and 2025. It would have to be signed new media rights deal for 2026 and beyond. It was unclear what leverage he thought the Rose Bowl had in the negotiations. That broadcast window is valuable, and CFP stakeholders were tired of fitting the Rose Bowl into an arrangement that dates back nearly a quarter century.”

Thursday Night Football Preview: AFC East Clash 🏈


The accounts and on Patriots kicks off Week 13 tonight in a key contest in the highly competitive AFC East, where every team is over .500. Here are the rankings:

  • 1. Dolphins (8-3)
  • 2. Accounts (8-3)
  • 3. Jets (7-4)
  • 4. Patriots (6-5)

All four of those teams have better than 50% chance of making the playoffsaccording to SportsLine’s latest calculations, but it is especially big for New England, which risks dropping to ninth in the AFC with a loss. So can the Patriots defend their turf?

Here’s how our NFL betting expert Tyler Sullivan would bet:

  • Sullivan: The choice: Accounts -3.5. The movement in this line suggests that it was an unpopular choice as money began to flow into New England. At first glance, this makes sense. The Patriots are playing for their lives in the playoffs, and the Bills have stumbled a bit over the past few weeks, going 1-4 ATS in their last five games. Home underdogs are also covering at a historic rate this season… With all that said, it’s hard for me to go against Buffalo here. The Bills are much more talented and Josh Allen especially dominant against Bill Belichick’s team.”

World Cup recap: Poland advance despite loss to Argentina; France, Australia also via ⚽


There’s just nothing like the final day of the group stage, when matches start at the same time and teams have one eye on their own ground and one eye on what’s happening elsewhere. On Wednesday, that situation played out in dramatic fashion as Poland lost to Argentina 2-0 but still progressed thanks to Mexico wins “only” 2-1 against Saudi Arabia.

In the end, Argentina topped Group C with six points. Poland and Mexico followed, both with four points.

This is how it all happened.

  • Poland advanced thanks to the first tiebreaker: goal difference. Poland had a goal difference of zero (two goals scored, two conceded), while Mexico was minus one (two goals scored, three conceded). of Saudi Arabia Salem Al-Dawsari scored in the 95th minute to secure that margin. For much of the match though, it looked like we would need a fifth tiebreaker: the fair play system.
  • Before Al-Dawsari’s goal, Poland and Mexico were level on points, goal difference, goals scored and direct result (0-0 draw). Poland would still go through the fair play system as they had fewer yellow cards than Mexico. You can see the full tiebreaker system here.
  • This led to two thrilling finales: Poland is desperately trying to minimize the damage and Mexico launched attack after attack in search of a third goal that would swing the tiebreaker in El Tri’s direction.It was the first time Mexico had been eliminated in the group stage since 1978 and the first time Poland had progressed past the group stage since 1986.
  • As a result, Tata Martino resigned as coach of Mexico.

And let’s not lose sight of things here: After suffering one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history to open their World Cup, Argentina climbed to the top of the group with two impressive victories in a row.

The Argentines will face Australia in the round of 16 after The Socceroos beat Denmark 1-0 to finish second in Group D. Poland will take over Francewhich won Group C despite 1-0 loss to Tunisia. Doubts remain for the reigning champions.

Here are our picks for today’s match.

Former Nebraska interim coach Mickey Joseph has been arrested, facing domestic assault charges

Mickey Josephwho took over as interim head coach of Nebraska watching football Scott Frostshoot, was arrested on Wednesday. He faces charges of strangulation and third-degree domestic assault, a Nebraska felony.

  • The arrest comes just days after the school hired Matt Ruhl as head coach.
  • Joseph – a former Cornhusker quarterback – went 3-6 after replacing Frost after a 1-2 start to the season.
  • Joseph’s contract allows him to remain as the associate head coach and receivers coach, although the arrest could affect that.

What are we watching on Thursday πŸ“Ί

⚽ We’re watching the World Cup. Here is the graph.
πŸ€ No. 6 UNC at No. 5 Indiana6 p.m. on BTN
πŸ€ No. 20 Maryland at No. 7 Notre Dame6:30pm on ESPN2
πŸ€ No. 7 Creighton at No. 2 Texas7pm on ESPN
πŸ€ Mavericks at Pistons7 p.m. on NBA TV
🏈 Bills in the Patriots20:15 on Prime Video
πŸ€ No. 12 NC State at No. 10 Iowa8:30 p.m. on ESPN2

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