Sidelines: This week in sports

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Each week that passes by, the future of the College Football Playoff becomes more clear, and sometimes, more up in the air. Going into this past weekend the top four (for most people) consisted of Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and LSU. One of those teams is likely no longer seen as a contender for a playoff spot. The Crimson Tide proved that it will be an extremely tall task for anyone to take them down this season. LSU couldn’t find the endzone once all game, being shut out by the Tide in a 29-0 thumping. Saban may have one of his most threatening offenses in his career as the head coach for Alabama.

Texas lost another game, this time to West Virginia with less than 20 seconds on the clock. Will Grier threw a touchdown to pull the Mountaineers within one point, but a successful two-point conversion put WVU over the Longhorns. Texas’ chances at the playoff are no more, now being a 6-3 team.

Michigan throttled Penn State, with their defense continuing to dominate their performances, only giving up seven points to the Nittany Lions, while their offense put up 42. Michigan each week looks to be the favourite to win the Big Ten, and certainly looks to be the favourite against Ohio State in their final regular season game.

Notre Dame remains undefeated after narrowly escaping Northwestern by 10 points.

Purdue topped Iowa 38-36 to move to 3-0 on the season against ranked teams. Is it possible for the Boilermakers to win out? Their final three opponents consist of struggling Minnesota, weakened Wisconsin, and Indiana, who currently have lost four straight games.

Kansas announced that head coach David Beaty will be fired at the end of the regular season. No matter which way you word it, Beaty has been fired but told to take the grunt of what’s left of this season while having about four weeks to slowly pack up his office and maybe put his house up for sale. Beaty currently has a 6-39 record as the head coach at Kansas, including a 3-6 record this season. He went 0-12 in his first season, then 2-10, and 1-11 last season. While Kansas most definitely needs a leadership change, firing someone and then telling them to finish the job is a weird move. I could see letting a coach know before their last game that it’ll be their last game, but Beaty still has to coach three games, including the final two against Oklahoma and Texas.

John Stevens is the first NHL head coach to be relieved of his duties this season after the Kings started 4-8-1. Disappointing starts are costly for coaches at the top. LA certainly doesn’t lack talent on their roster, but with star goaltender Jonathan Quick out for an extended period of time, along with other injuries — it’s a little surprising that Stevens was fired this early. What is especially surprising is that this was only Stevens’ second season as the head coach, and they made the playoffs in his first season. His replacement for the remainder of the season is Willie Desjardins, the former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks who only made one playoff appearance in his three years there. Desjardins was also the head coach of Team Canada at the 2018 Olympics, where they won the bronze medal. If Desjardins can manage to get the Kings into the playoffs this season and foster some success, it’s likely he’ll get that interim tag removed after the season ends. Though, the Kings are showing everyone that they want to make the best decision for their franchise.

 

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