UNC Wakes up

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The Tar Heels slipped past Wake Forest 58-55.Image: Getty ImagesSay what you will about college football, but Saturdays are never boring.Wake Forest’s out-of-the-blue undefeated run and CFP campaign came to a thrilling and tragic end on this one, as in-conference opponent North Carolina defeated the Demon Deacons, 58-55, in what was technically a non-conference game.…

Fantasy football rankings: NFL Week 8

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1:00 PM ETESPN fantasy staffFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintWeek 8 is here, and so are our analysts with their fantasy football rankings for this week's games.Below you will find individual and composite rankings for each position for PPR and non-PPR formats. Click a link and get ready for game time!Week 8 byes: Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas RaidersPPR rankings:Quarterbacks…

Can Ohio State crash the Alabama-Clemson party, and more burning

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After what easily was the most drama-filled decision-making process of any major conference in college football, the Big Ten will kick off its long-awaited season at 8 p.m. ET Friday night when No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Illinois.No, really.On Aug. 5, the league announced its revamped schedule (the first time) with great fanfare. Six days later,…

Bridgewater in hospital overnight, ‘should be fine’

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DENVER -- Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will remain overnight in a Denver-area hospital after suffering a head injury during the third quarter of Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Bridgewater had movement in all of his extremities and would be kept overnight "for observation.''"Everything has checked out good up to…

15 NFL experts make second-half predictions: Record-breakers, surprise playoff runs

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7:00 AM ETESPN staffWe are now through nine weeks of the 2021 NFL season, which means we're officially at the midway point. And with roughly two months still to play in the regular season and at least eight games still on the schedule for all 32 teams, a lot can happen. Only a few teams…

Notable bets: Aaron Rodgers owns the Bears, and Chicago bettors

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It's becoming a Windy City tradition: When Aaron Rodgers comes to town, Chicago bettors know what to do -- load up on the Packers.On Sunday, with the Packers in Chicago to take on the Bears, sportsbooks in Illinois were inundated with bets on Green Bay. In fact, there was a higher percentage of bets on…

How a European Super League could happen

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It's probably not a coincidence that reports of a breakaway European Super League resurfaced just as the Champions League returns. This is the classic story that won't go away and, at its heart, is about pitting the world's biggest football clubs against each other on a regular basis, or, at least, a more regular basis…

New England Patriots need clutch plays to prove they are

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells once famously coined the phrase, "You are what your record says you are."The 2021 New England Patriots are a 2-4 football team after Sunday's crushing 35-29 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. That's not very good.Multiple players have a differing view,…

Division favorites, win totals and the NFL’s best (and worst)

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The Kansas City Chiefs might have lost Super Bowl LV, but they are still the NFL team to beat this season, according to the new ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) projections for 2021.FPI, which launched Monday, is a forward-looking projection model that includes ratings and projections for every team, from projected win-loss records to percentages…

A pair of unbeatens in the Group of 5 face

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Oct 22, 2020David M. HaleCloseESPN Staff WriterACC reporter.Joined ESPN in 2012.Graduate of the University of Delaware.Harry Lyles Jr.The biggest college football game on Saturday? It's happening in Dallas between No. 9 Cincinnati and No. 16 SMU -- two of the nine unbeaten teams left in the FBS.If you're eager for the Big Ten's return, the…