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FOR NOV. 6, 2017



The first College Football Playoff rankings of 2017 come out this week, and SI will have a full breakdown of what the committee's choices mean going forward. Should it be Sony Michel and Georgia (far right) or Jalen Hurts and Alabama (near right) at No. 1, and which conference could be left out of the playoff if both SEC teams remain in the top four going forward? Which of the one-loss teams—Oklahoma (with Baker Mayfield,top), Penn State (with Saquon Barkley,center), Clemson—will need to beef up its résumé? And what's the real talent level of the second tier of undefeated teams like Miami, Wisconsin and Central Florida? For a complete breakdown, including full bowl projections, go to


Heat the Stove

The World Series may be over, but there's still plenty of MLB intrigue to keep us entertained over the winter. The game of managerial musical chairs is in full swing as the Yankees search for a new leader while the Phillies, Nationals and Red Sox get to know their new skippers. Meanwhile, the likes of slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez and pitcher Yu Darvish are hitting the open market. Visit for Ben Reiter's annual ranking of the top 50 free agents and their likely destinations, plus analysis of this wild postseason and more on the sizzling hot stove to come.

Special Kind of Love

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is legendary for his general disdain for the media; he's the master of the press conference at which he says nothing at all. But there is one topic he famously does enjoy chatting about: special teams. To analyze this love affair, THE MMQB's Jonathan Jones went back through nine years of Belichick's interviews. Check out that story, plus much more on this compelling NFL season, at