Sidelines: This week in sports

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Wisconsin suffered their third loss of the season to Northwestern this past weekend by 14-points. The Badgers started the season as a favourite in their division, but with losses to BYU, Michigan, and now Northwestern, it’s the Wildcats sitting atop the West division in the Big Ten with a 5-1 conference record. While they have a tough upcoming weekend against undefeated Notre Dame, their remaining conference games against Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois could certainly see them booking a trip to Indianapolis in December.

In a battle of top-ten opponents. Georgia handled the Florida Gators with ease as Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes, restoring the faith in the Bulldogs after losing to LSU two weeks prior. The Bulldogs now have to travel to play Kentucky — ranked 11th — in what will likely determine which team comes out of the SEC-East division to play in the SEC championship in a month.

The playoff looks different each week, with plenty of teams having only one loss or undefeated losing each weekend. As of right now, Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame seem to be the only for sure teams to make the playoff should they win out (which all three are somewhat expected to do so). Alabama’s toughest test comes this weekend against LSU. If they can manage to beat the Tigers, it’s likely they’ll win out. Clemson’s schedule for the final month of the regular season is an easier slate, with Louisville, Boston College, Duke and South Carolina. Their toughest test will come on the road against BC next weekend. Notre Dame plays Northwestern this weekend, which, in reality, shouldn’t be too tough of a game for the Irish. Their game on November 17th against Syracuse is their only remaining game against a ranked opponent. As for their strength of schedule though, Notre Dame’s most impressive win was from week one against Michigan.

The Boston Red Sox are the 2018 World Series champions, and while none of The Brock Press staff predictions turned out to be one-hundred percent correct, a few of us managed to pick the right team. I’d much rather see a championship series go to seven games, but it’s always nice to watch a team celebrate a decisive win.

Auston Matthews is out for four weeks (at least). Question is, can the Leafs manage to sign Nylander in the next week or so, keep him on the team until Matthews’ return, and then trade him? The reality is, the chance of Nylander being a Maple Leaf next season is highly unlikely. Chances are he will be signed and traded, but with Matthews out now, there may be a chance the Leafs use the month as an opportunity to field trade offers while Nylander helps fill in for the missing superstar.

Ty Lue was let go as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and while their start to the regular season was anything but good, it’s firings like these that make professional sports cruel. Lue is the only coach in the history of the Cavaliers franchise to win a championship. While the argument can be made that they had great players, that is exactly the argument that supports Lue not being fired. The Cavaliers do not have a roster to sustain the type of success they had when LeBron James was there. When a team doesn’t have good players, how does firing the head coach fix anything? Whoever fills in as the interim or is hired to replace that coach is likely not going to get much more out of a talent-lacking roster.

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