Playoff Predictions: On the outside looking in


Playoff Predictions: On the outside looking in

The list of teams still in playoff contention keeps getting smaller and smaller, but another crazy weekend could make it a lot bigger. Not included in the playoff conversation are several teams who are just outside of the committee's radar for serious contenders.

Temple, Houston and Toledo are all currently undefeated. None of those teams make this week's list of playoff projections, however, because non of them have a strong power conference win. Memphis has the win over Ole Miss, but even they remain a long shot. Perfection may not be good enough for Group of Five teams to reach the playoff.

The ACC Coastal Division is a three-horse race between Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Duke who all currently have 6-1 records. One of those teams is going to play for the conference championship. What happens if they win? These three teams are power conference teams with only one loss. Aren't they playoff contenders?

Not yet.

None of those three teams is going to get any real consideration until the go 11-1. Even then, they will still need to win the championship game and even then, would a one-loss Pittsburgh have a better resume than say, a one-loss Alabama? Of course not.

And let's not forget all those strong two-loss teams like Wisconsin, Northwestern, UCLA, Georgia, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Can all of those teams be dismissed just because they have two losses?

For now, pretty much. The two-loss plateau is enough to eliminate teams from serious contention in my book. A lot would have to happen for those re-emerge into the conversation. There would have to be chaos over the next few weeks, more chaos than we are used to even from college football.

That's not to say that none of these teams can eventually crack into the playoff projections. Temple will make the list next week should they upset Notre Dame. If a Coastal team manages to go 11-1, of course the selection committee will take notice. The Pac-12 and the SEC could easily be won by a two-loss team which would completely change the landscape of the current projections.

This list is a projection, however, not a ranking. A Group of Five team is not going to make the playoff, the Coastal Champion will not be 11-1 and they certainly won't beat Clemson (will they Miami?) and the committee won't be able to overlook two losses on a team's resume.

Probably....This is college football after all. Nothing is certain.

You know which teams didn't make the cut, so who did? See here in this week's College Football Playoff projections.

Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats


Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.


Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.


The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.