Sidelines: This week in sports


Week seven in college football brought a boat load of upsets that will almost surely impact the playoff picture. While some teams’ conference championship appearances are still intact, others lost key games that have likely eliminated their hopes of contending for the four-team playoff.

Wisconsin got destroyed in the Big House against Michigan. While the Wolverines have moved to 6-1. With their only loss to undefeated Notre Dame, they have greatly increased their shot at making the playoff. They still have games remaining against Michigan State, Penn State, and Ohio State, which will all be tough, but they could find themselves in a Big Ten championship game if they win out. Wisconsin’s hopes of making the playoff are just about gone. They lost to an unranked BYU team and now have a second loss on their record. However, the Badgers are still likely to find themselves in Indianapolis at the Big Ten championship game with a weaker division to win. Their toughest game remaining is a few weeks away against Penn State, while their other opponents are much weaker (Illinois, Northwestern, Rutgers, Purdue and Minnesota).

Miami lost to unranked Virginia, putting them at a 5-2 on the season.

LSU and Joe Burrow topped Georgia in Baton Rouge. Though they suffered a loss to Florida, after their upcoming game against Mississippi State, they get a bye week before hosting Alabama. The Tigers could be the team to knock off their former coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.

Tennessee topped Auburn 30-24, the Tigers second loss in two weeks after losing to Mississippi State. They’re out of the picture for an SEC championship appearance, and will be extremely challenged in the second half of their season with games against Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama.

Oregon, who entered the weekend ranked in the top 20, topped Washington who was in the top 10. The Huskies playoff hopes are likely gone with their second loss. Any PAC-12 team hoping to make the playoff is facing a challenge with even one loss on their record.

Unranked Michigan State beat Penn State 21-17, the Nittany Lions second loss this season after falling to Ohio State at home.

Unranked Iowa State beat West Virginia 30-14, in what was West Virginia’s biggest test so far this season. The Mountaineers will face Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma in the month of November, and Will Grier’s Heisman hopes are likely on the line after WVU’s loss this past weekend.

Alabama handled things against Missouri just as everyone would have expected with their offense putting up their first score on the second play of the game. Tua Tagovailoa left the game with an apparent knee injury and didn’t return for the Tide the rest of the game, giving way for Jalen Hurts to enter the game. The Tide travel to Tennessee next weekend, and Nick Saban may have the perfect opportunity to let Tagovailoa sit and rehab his knee and have Hurts play before the bye week. Will Hurts find his way back to the starting job? Either way, Saban won’t want to answer any questions about it.

On the NHL side of things, the Leafs dropped a lackluster game to Ottawa before winning four straight road games, accumulating 23 goals in those games. While William Nylander holding out on his contract was a big question going into the season, the Leafs who are playing have shown that maybe the Leafs having to trade Nylander wouldn’t hurt the team all that much.

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