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Only a few more days, and the College Football Playoff committee comes out of hibernation to tell us what weve missed. Your intrepid reporter has no sources on the committee, or at least none talking, but heres a guess:Any day now, Alabama will receive a cute save-the-date notice.Ditto, Clemson.The Big Ten has earned an automatic berth. Maybe two.Notre Dame gets first dibs on any leftovers.And if the Big 12 has any shot, its Oklahoma, not Texas.Sorry, Tom Herman. You, too, Tim Cowlishaw.Of course, theres still a lot of football left to be played and projections arent necessarily absolutes. Like they say, anything can happen on a fall Saturday, and the CFP could surprise us.Notre Dame might actually go in front of the Big Ten.Now I know what you Longhorn fans are saying: Texas is ranked seventh in the AP poll. Top-ranked Bama still has No. 5 LSU. Same with No. 2 Ohio State and No. 6 Michigan. Sagarin says the Longhorns schedule is the nations 12th toughest. That 23-point win over USC looks better all the time.And that opening loss to Maryland still looks as bad as it did then.Could the committee really deny Texas if it reeled off 12 wins in a row You bet it could. Lets count the ways.If unbeaten Alabama ends up with a loss, itll be against the likes of LSU or Auburn or Georgia. If Ohio State loses, its most likely against Michigan State or Michigan. The Wolverines only loss so far is to Notre Dame, and if they beat Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State and the other side of the Big Ten, theyll have earned their CFP ticket.Notre Dames lack of a vaunted 13th data point -- scourge of the 2014 Big 12 -- could certainly hurt the Irish, who barely beat Pitt last week.But heres betting Notre Dames 11-1 would trump Texas 12-1.Not only does Texas have that Maryland loss going against it, the Longhorns probably will have to beat Oklahoma twice. No other contender has to pull the same type of twofer. In its haste to add that 13th data point -- and pocket some nice change -- the Big 12 gambled that a scenario like the one developing this year wouldnt cost it a CFP berth. But here we are.The Big 12s chances of making the final four improve with an Oklahoma win. The Sooners only blip would be a three-point loss to Texas. Lincoln Riley also runs one of the nations most potent offenses, highlighted by receivers wholl be playing on Sundays and a quarterback athletic enough to go in the first round of the MLB draft. Even if the defense got Mike Stoops fired, Oklahoma is an old-school Big 12 rep, the last of its kind, apparently. The committee has a lot of experience with the Sooners, most of it pretty good.For Texas to make the CFP, itll take some major upheaval nationally. The hardest part of the Longhorns schedule is over. Winning out wont do as much for their case as it would for, say, Michigan. The Big Ten is much better than the Big 12 this year. So is the SEC. Beating West Virginia wouldnt mean quite as much for Texas since Iowa State did it first.Good news: Texas wouldnt have to worry about the Pac-12, which has all but eliminated itself from contention.Bad news: The Longhorns will need at least three of the teams in front of them at the moment to end up with two losses. LSU and Michigan seem the best bets, but then were out of candidates.And thats assuming Texas still finds itself as high as seventh when the first CFP rankings come out Oct. 30. Going into Saturdays games, Sagarin has Texas 16th and Oklahoma fourth. Masseys composite rankings show OU eighth and Texas 10th. Which seems closer than it really is.Frankly, I dont see any CFP scenario that doesnt include Alabama, Clemson and at least one Big Ten team. For the Big 12 to have a chance, Ohio State must win the Big Ten, and Notre Dame probably needs to lose twice.And then all Texas needs to do is win 12 games in a row, something it hasnt done since 2009, a season that ended in the BCS championship game.That loss to Maryland in September may have galvanized the Longhorns, as Herman and his players like to say, but it was more than just the usual L.Or you could look at it this way: If Id told you on Sept. 2 that Texas would be in the CFP conversation seven weeks later, youd have said I was crazy. Maybe youd have said that anyway.
FRISCO -- Cole Beasley leads the Cowboys in receiving, but hes only tied for 52nd in the NFL in receiving yards. Hes coming off the second 100-yard game of his seven-year career, yet few project a similar performance Sunday if the Washington Redskins commit to doubling him at FedEx Field.This is fairly standard when it comes to Bease. All 5-8 of him believes in his ability, the stop-and-start savvy the former high school quarterback out of Little Elm uses to get open. But Beasley, undrafted out of SMU in 2012, can rarely give the chip on his shoulder a rest. Perhaps thats accentuated because he engages on Twitter, explaining why this run-first offense constricts his statistics or why he -- in the final year of his contract -- deserves to be paid as one of the best slot receivers in the NFL.Hes a study in calm straightforwardness and straight sauce.Beasley celebrated two touchdowns, along with 101 yards and a career-high-tying nine catches, in last weeks cathartic 40-7 destruction of Jacksonville. He hadnt had the chance to enact his scoring celebration -- miming pouring hot sauce on his hands and slapping it on the tops of his feet -- since the middle of the 2017 season.But can he, one of the Cowboys top third-down options, serve consistently as the No. 1 receiver of sorts this 29th-ranked passing offense has been missing Team owner Jerry Jones called last weeks showing No. 1-ish.Beasley is the only receiver out of the current assemblage who has proved so far to be quarterback friendly to Dak Prescott in life post-Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.I dont know, Beasley said. The No. 1 receiver is who gets the most targets and who gets the ball. Other than that, everybody has their prototypical idea of a No. 1 receiver, but really its different based on offense and what kind of system youre in. Slot receiver Wes Welker was a No. 1 receiver for New England forever. And slot receiver Julian Edelman and guys like that. He doesnt have to be 6-4 and win on fade balls and go over the top of everybody all the time. No. 1 can be how your offense chooses to use a guy.The Cowboys are better when they use Beasley, though his teammates must take advantage if opponents are determined to take him away.Beasley, a 29-year-old husband and father who released a rap album -- The Autobiography -- earlier this year, said hes trying to embrace a different mentality this season. Helped by new position coach Sanjay Lal, hes focusing on what he can control.You want the rock, Beasley said. It gets hard sometimes when you dont feel the ball every now and then. Its harder to keep a rhythm. But thats our jobs to do that, and whether its one target or five weve got to come through. ...Its the guy thats going against you. Whether youre getting the ball or not, you can kind of tear down his will by beating him over and over again. ... What can he say if youre constantly getting open and creating separation He feels like hes getting lucky at that point. And then when that time does come, that you do get the ball, his will is broken and his minds already out of it.Third-down targetThe Jaguars entered the game as the leagues top passing defense and played man coverage, always a risky proposition when it comes to Beasley. He scored his 17- and 9-yard touchdowns in the second quarter.By the end of the first half, Tony Romo, the CBS analyst and former longtime Cowboys starting QB, had to criticize Jacksonville for not being prepared for No. 11.Seven of Beasleys nine total catches came on third down, with four producing first downs. Dallas ranks among the worst teams in the league in third-down conversions, but Beasley has been one go-to for the successes.Lal said Beasley had studied Jaguars cornerback Tyler Patmon well, frustrating him to the point they had to switch to cornerback A.J. Bouye.Thats stuff we look for, Lal said. Breaking the will is a big part of what we talk about in the room, the many different ways, the physicality of blocking, route running, imposing your will on them. Beasley does it his own way, his saucy routes.How does he do it, creating separation and space for the ballI always felt like I could stop quicker than other guys, Beasley said. Getting to where I didnt slip as much, keeping my feet up under me. Mastering releases and keeping guys hands off me.Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie said defenders have to understand who theyre facing. Beasley can set up a defender. His first break may not be his actual break. Hell use his tendencies against you.Thats the beauty of Beasley, and that challenge, Awuzie said. Hes always thinking one step ahead.Cowboys receiver Allen Hurns, in his first year in Dallas, said he didnt realize how hard Beasley was to guard one-on-one when he got to town.Nine times out of 10, hes going to create separation, Hurns said.Dallas right tackle Lael Collins scooped up Beasley and lifted him in the air after one of the touchdown grabs last week. Beasleys teammates said he was playing with a particular fire that day.He plays with a chip on his shoulder like hes been underestimated, Collins said. Hes showing people that youve got to account for him, that hes a threat. Hes one guy that has that juice where he can back that up.Thats what you like about Bease. Hes going to fight with the biggest guy on the field, it doesnt matter.Beasley understands coverages and is quick to made adjustments, Lal said. Thats one reason he doesnt have to focus on trying to get open, but playing with the mind-set its the defender who has to cover him.Ones a passive mentality and ones an aggressive mentality, Lal said. Bease has a skill set that he can run up on the guy and do whatever he wants ... so it should be the latter. ... Im going to run my route and Im good enough, instinctive enough, quick enough to adjust if he does something different. So, hes taken that to heart.Highs and lowsThe best season of Beasleys career came in 2016, the 13-3 revelation when Prescott replaced Romo. The offense still had Bryant as the No. 1 and Witten as the go-to tight end, but Dak felt comfortable with Beasley too.He led the Cowboys with 75 catches and a career-high 833 yards while scoring five touchdowns.But in 2017, the production plummeted for Beasley and the passing offense as a whole.He had just 36 catches for 314 yards and four touchdowns -- marks hes already close to surpassing this season despite the offenses struggles.I dont know, man, Beasley said. Last year was bad. That was one of my worst years, mentally as well, trying to keep it together because of that. Thats probably been the biggest change for me this year, and I owe a lot of that to Sanjay and the mentality that hes brought.But the ups and downs of this season are challenging.He had seven catches for 73 yards in the opening loss at Carolina. But then: two catches for 13 yards vs. the Giants, three catches for 46 yards at Seattle, four catches for 53 yards vs. Detroit and one catch, which didnt come until overtime, for 8 yards in the loss at Houston. After the breakout game last week -- in which he was targeted 11 times -- its likely the Redskins will go all in on quieting him Sunday.You anticipate there is going to be some kind of a double scheme, Lal said. You can scheme ways to get him loose or you can use him as a decoy. ... Probably a little of both. But you have to take that mentality.Prescott, for one, would love Beasley as a viable option each week and particularly Sunday on third down, when the communication and execution have been particularly lacking in road games.Weve got to use him, Prescott said. Weve got to go at him. Regardless if they try to put two guys on him or not, weve got to make them pay for that with the other guys and the other play calls that we have.Consider star Washington corner Josh Norman on alert -- oh, and hes aware of Beasleys music career, as well.Little No. 11, Beasley, man, he told reporters ahead of the game. Have you heard his mix tape ...They are really good, especially him. They are feeding the ball to him a lot more. ... Dak is actually finding him in a phenomenal way. If you dont think so, just go pull up the Jacksonville Jaguars tape, youll see that real quick.
Through the first four games of the season, the Stars were one of the best shows in hockey.They were skating. They were shooting. They were scoring. Their power play was nearly unstoppable, and their top line carried them through even-strength play. They were winning, and doing it in an entertaining way.Since then, including their 3-1 loss to Minnesota on Friday night, the spark dimmed. Even-strength goals were nonexistent, and chances evaporated in a winless two-game road trip through Ottawa and New Jersey. Friday nights culprit was Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who made saves on the first 31 shots he faced.We had a lot of quality scoring chances, Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. It would have been nice to get one on one of the odd-man rushes or the power play. We had our looks, but you got to give him Dubnyk credit. He was spectacular tonight.But then Jason Spezza did what the Stars so desperately need him to do: score. The rest of the Stars couldnt follow suit as Minnesotas Matt Dumba and Ryan Suter scored, then the Wild later added an empty-netter.Dallas has scored just two goals in its last three games after racking up 17 in the first four games. The Stars 3-4-0 dipped below .500 for the first time this season, and have lost three straight games.I think were creating a lot, we just got to bear down in front of the net, forward Devin Shore said. Thats something weve really worked on, and I think there were glimpses of it, creating more traffic, getting hungrier. Its kind of frustrating when youre trying to do the right things and not seeing the results. Theres no time to feel sorry or get rattled by it. You just got to stick with it.The Stars dominated the second period, firing 24 shots at Dubnyk, but couldnt beat the goaltender until Spezza did 36 seconds into the third period. After Devin Shore won an offensive zone faceoff, Heiskanen collected the puck and flung a shot on net. Spezza tipped it past Dubnyk for his first goal of the season.For Spezza, the goal was a reward for the goalless efforts on the road trip. In Ottawa, he helped set up John Klingbergs power-play goal. In New Jersey, he generated four scoring chances and drew two penalties, but had zero goals to show for his efforts.Montgomery said Spezza was the Stars best player on the road trip, and followed that up by saying Friday night that Spezza and Heiskanen were Dallas top best players against Minnesota. Montgomery said since Saturdays win over Anaheim, Spezza found an intensity in his game and hasnt lost it.Hes been a really impactful player for us, Montgomery said. Hes a second-line center thats doing a lot for us right now.But the rest of the Stars couldnt score. Under Montgomery early, the high-flying Stars appeared destined to return. Now, the offense is struggling to find the back of the net.We sometimes snowball and play well offensively and, to me, it all stems from our puck pressure, Montgomery said. We had such great looks because of our puck pressure. We go up 1-0 and our mentality has got to be step on their throat. ... I think we get result-oriented, and we start managing, looking at the clock instead of playing through the game.Spezza added: We controlled play, and we didnt play good for an 8-10-minute period. We lose the game because of it. Its frustrating. Theres no doubt about it. Feel like this one slipped away.
Sugarcoating never got a coach anywhere.So Rick Carlisle knows better than to sweep the season-opening dud under the rug.Dont obsess over it so much that it becomes an albatross and costs you another loss in the home opener Saturday against Minnesota.But dont forget what happened, either.I just know our team played like ... Carlisle said, although he finished that sentence very colorfully. Our teams got to do a lot better. We didnt play hard enough, we didnt play with much passion and our defense was horrible. It was very disappointing. And our guys are disappointed, too.An intense and lengthy practice on Friday helped, no doubt. But the bottom line is that the Mavericks and their fans need to remember that this team is mostly composed of young pieces that are going to have to grow together.Of the 12 players who got into the opener, half were either rookies or in their second season.And, of course, the tandem of Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. are 19 and 20, respectively.In the 121-100 loss at Phoenix, they were not very good. And not just because they both shot the ball poorly 11 for 35 combined.This is to be expected. No matter how talented they are, young players just dont come together for a three-week training camp and suddenly jell into Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.Theyre both young, Carlisle said. And theres going to be some ups and downs. But were depending on both of those guys a great deal. So weve got to help them become more consistent.We got to coach them. The veteran guys got to help them. I got to do my best to put those guys in situations to succeed. Its not just about missed shots. Its about a lot of other things, too. Its about how some things in the game really adversely affected our togetherness, and our guys know we cant allow that to happen.Togetherness. Chemistry. Playing for the team, not themselves.Those are the hardest concepts for coaches to teach. And they usually are the last to be embraced by players.Even on a team with graybeards like Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barea, Devin Harris and DeAndre Jordan -- all in the NBA 10 seasons or longer -- it takes time to be a true team.From the sounds of it, that point was stressed many times on Friday.Both of those guys came out and competed today, said Dwight Powell, now more of a veteran than a young pup, about Doncic and Smith.Thats what its all about. Theyre going to make mistakes. Were all going to make mistakes. Its a learning process for everybody on this team, still getting to know each other. We just got to continue to grind and work and keep the things that are important in the front of our minds, which are defense, competing and playing together.Scouting Minnesota: The Timberwolves got dealt a bad hand in scheduling to open the season. After losing Wednesday at San Antonio, they had their home opener Friday, then a back-to-back in Dallas, which should give the Mavericks a freshness advantage.In addition, the Wolves have been dealing with an abundance of drama surrounding Jimmy Butler, who may or may not be traded soon.That said, the Wolves also have Karl-Anthony Towns and Andre Wiggins, in addition to Butler, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague, who had 27 points in their opener.We just got to play a lot better, Carlisle said. Minnesota is ber-ly talented. Theyre absolutely loaded. For us to hang with teams like that, we got to really be super-together, totally dialed in on everything on defense. And on offense, we got to move it and play the right way.
For Kyler Murray and Oklahoma, losses are rare things, as unsettling as they are unfamiliar.The Sooners and their quarterback have spent the last two weeks coping with that 48-45 Red River loss to Texas, which had major ripple effects. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is gone after years of fan base angst and after OU surrendered its most points ever to Texas, replaced on an interim basis by Ruffin McNeill.Even with the loss, No. 9 Oklahoma 5-1, 2-1 Big 12 has viable Big 12 title hopes and a possible road to the College Football Playoff for the third time in four years if it can take care of business, beginning with TCU 3-3, 1-2 Saturday in Fort Worth.Bouncing back is a priority.Murray fought back emotions after the Texas loss and acknowledged he probably said about six words after the game and on the trip back to Norman. His experienced with losing -- at least as a football starter -- is limited. He was 42-0 as a starting quarterback at Allen. There was a loss to Auburn in 2015 as a freshman starter at Texas A&M and ... then Texas.He took it really hard. He did. Most of the really good ones Ive been around do, OU coach Lincoln Riley said. But I think theres kind of a renewed focus.Its not as if Murray played badly against Texas, accounting for five touchdowns and 396 yards of total offense. He ranks second in the FBS in passing efficiency and fourth in total offense 356.8 yards per game.TCU coach Patterson understands the challenge that Murray presents and suggested that the offense hasnt dipped at all with the loss of Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, who torched TCU twice last season.He can take off and run, Patterson said. Hes faster than what Baker was. Obviously, he hasnt been running the offense as long so theres some intangibles that you dont see as much with what they do.But as a general rule, he can just take off on you and most people on the field cant catch him. Thats a problem area for your team and one of those things that we have to look at as we go into preparation.Its not all Murray. Oklahoma has so many other offensive weapons, focusing the defense on Murray is problematic, Patterson said.And the Sooners have been here before the past few seasons after disappointment losses and have responded to win three consecutive Big 12 titles. Many of the players still remember an emotional speech by Mayfield, rallying the team in 2016 after a home loss to Ohio State.Plus, Oklahoma just doesnt lose. The Sooners have won 27 of their last 29 Big 12 games.Even more impressively, the Sooners havent lost back-to-back regular season games this century. The last time it happened was 1999, Bob Stoops first season at OU.Of course, TCU has much at stake too. The Horned Frogs have lost three of their last four games and are trying to keep alive whatever faint hopes they have of reaching the Big 12 championship game. Even Patterson has referenced 2013, when TCU went 4-8. That said, he sees a pathway for an upset in the Texas game -- although its not easy.Youre going to have to score points and one of the things Texas was able to do was control the football, Patterson said. Theres no secret formula. The easiest way not to let Oklahoma score is for it not to be on the field.
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NBC 5 Sports Reporter Pat Doney has the latest update for Big Game Friday on October 19, 2018.
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