NCAA: College Football Players can Profit From Likeness

Note: As we write this blog, there is breaking news that the NCAA is announcing greater leniency on players receiving compensation for use of their likeness in products like college football video games. And at least one Congressman has Tweeted that if this is the case, the IRS may treat college scholarships as income. We will provide more coverage of this issue as more details are revealed. 

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LSU Takes the Top Spot on AP Poll

LSU’s 3-point win over Auburn last weekend was impressive enough to put the boys from Baton Rouge ahead of Nick Saban’s Tuscaloosa squad on the AP Top 25 Poll for week 10, but they were only separated by 2 votes. Alabama remains #1 on the Coaches Poll and on The Kickoff’s own Top 25 rankings. LSU actually fell one spot on The Kickoff’s rankings as we decided to move Ohio State from #5 to #2, the Tigers actually falling one spot to #3.

The team LSU beat to take the top AP spot, Auburn, tumbled two spots on the AP Poll, from #9 to #11 (#10 to #12 on the Coaches Poll), and in our Kickoff Top 25, Auburn dropped from #11 to #15, reflecting factors including quarterback Bo Nix’s continuing struggles against quality teams on the road.

The weekend marked some of the most shocking upsets of the season so far, including Louisville over Virginia, Tennessee over South Carolina, Kentucky over Missouri, and the biggie, Kansas State beating Oklahoma. The sooners fell 5 spots on the AP Poll, 4 spots in the Coaches Poll, and we dropped them from #3 to #9.

Texas, Iowa State and Arizona State all dropped out of both the AP 25 and Kickoff Top 25 this week.

This Week’s Games

Our Games of the Week include Georgia vs Florida, Utah at Washington, and SMU at Memphis.

This weekend’s games will be highly critical as the College Football Playoff committee prepares to announce its initial rankings, setting in motion the disqualifications that will ultimately determine which four teams square off in December.

While an ankle injury sidelined Tua Tagovailoa and an upset frustrated Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields won a marquee clash against Wisconsin and stayed near the top of the 2019 Heisman Trophy race.

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In this week’s issue

In this week’s issue, see Kickoff Times and television schedules, opening over/under odds and our picks, opening concensus odds, average margin of victory leaders, Division 1A FBS Expanded Standings, the Kickoff Thermostat, weekend superlatives, news and notes, top records at home in 2019, the conference breakdowns through issue #9, our Games of the Week, October trends for home and road favorites, and our Power Ratings for this weekend’s matchups.

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