Table Is Nearly Set
Florida State is in the BCS National Championship, and Ohio State's loss opens the door for Auburn to get the other spot. So, how would a potential Florida State-Auburn title game play out? Vote »Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
The New Orleans Saints' consolation prize for a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday? A home game against the team that might just steal away the NFC South title. That's right, Cam Newton & Co. have won eight in a row, pulling even with Drew Brees' team atop the division. Oh, and these teams meet again at Carolina in two weeks.
Florida State easily rolled to an ACC championship, and, with it, earned a spot in the BCS National Championship. Meanwhile, Ohio State's shot at two straight undefeated seasons fell short with a loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. So, does that mean Auburn gets a chance to give the SEC eight straight national titles?
Expectations at a school like Texas are, and always will remain, very high. That is why even after an 8-4 regular season and a second-place finish in the Big 12, 16-year head coach Mack Brown faces questions about his job security, as he hasn't had a final BCS ranking any higher than No. 19 in four seasons. With the 2005 national championship firmly in the rearview mirror, and even the 2009 title game appearance old news, Texas has a decision to make.
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Have the Yankees of old returned? Even though the Bronx Bombers passed on spending $240 million on Robinson Cano, they still have spent nearly $300 million so far this offseason, with the latest acquisition being Carlos Beltran's three-year, $45 million deal. How are the new-look Yankees shaping up? Will it be enough?
For the first time in a long time, the Yankees have been outspent on a player. Robinson Cano, perhaps New York's best player over the past five years, has signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. It's one of the largest contracts in baseball history and is a huge statement by the Mariners, who may be looking to establish themselves as a nationally relevant team again. Cano's skills are undeniable, but 10-year contracts have a way of backfiring on the teams that make them -- just ask Angels fans how Albert Pujols' contract is looking after his second year with the team.