College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 8: Michigan opens as a favorite vs. Minnesota on road

We’re entering Week 8 of the college football season and some teams are already near the midway point of their 2020 campaigns. However, one of the country’s most-prominent conferences is just getting started. 

The Big Ten is finally set to join the fray this week as the league debuts with a slate of seven games, starting Friday when No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Illinois.

The addition of a fourth power conference to the action makes for an intriguing weekend slate that features a total of 20 ranked teams in action. Among them are No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, both of whom are massive favorites against league foes. But the Big Ten’s return is sure to add drama to the national picture as teams like Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin launch their bids to crash the College Football Playoff.

It’s never too early to take a look at the

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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers throws third career pick six

Aaron Rodgers almost never throws pick sixes. But when he does, more often than not, they occur in Tampa, Florida.

Rodgers entered Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 6,200 passes — and only two career pick sixes.

Sunday, he threw his third-ever interception run back for a touchdown — and his first INT of any kind during the 2020 season.

Jamel Dean just jumped the pass intended for Davante Adams and housed it. It’s not clear if Rodgers thought Adams was supposed to be doing something else on the play.

And then — amazingly — Rodgers almost threw a second pick six. Watch:

It’s now Rodgers’ first two-INT game since 2017. The Bucs took a 14-10 lead after converting the second pick into a TD.

Rodgers’ (very limited) pick six history

His first ever came in Tampa Bay in 2009, when Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson returned an interception

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What is Ohio State football’s point spread against Nebraska on Saturday? College betting lines

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football will finally open its season on Saturday against Nebraska as the heavy betting favorite.

The Buckeyes opened as 23-point favorites Sunday afternoon per Circa Sports.

That was the largest opening points spread for any Big Ten game. Wisconsin opened as a 21-point home favorite over Illinois.

The opening point total for Ohio State-Nebraska is 71.5. That is also the biggest opening total for a Big Ten game and tied for the third-biggest total for all FCS games this week, per Circa.

Las Vegas consensus made the Buckeyes at least a nine-point favorite at kickoff in each of their first 13 games, according to Ohio State went 9-4 against the spread in those games, but failed to cover in three of the last four weeks.

Other Big Ten favorites include: Penn State (-9) at Indiana, Michigan State (-14) vs. Rutgers, Purdue (-2) vs. Iowa,

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All-female scientific coalition calls for marine protected area for Antarctica Peninsula

All-female scientific coalition calls for marine protected area for Antarctica Peninsula
The participants of Homeward Bound Cohort 4, the largest all-female expedition to Antarctica. Credit: Will Rogan

The Western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming places on earth. It is also home to threatened humpback and minke whales, chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies, leopard seals, killer whales, seabirds like skuas and giant petrels, and krill—the bedrock of the Antarctic food chain.

With sea ice covering ever-smaller areas and melting more rapidly due to climate change, many species’ habitats have decreased. The ecosystem’s delicate balance is consequently tilted, leaving species in danger of extinction.

Cumulative threats from a range of human activities including commercial fishing, research activities and tourism combined with climate change is exacerbating this imbalance, and a tipping point is fast approaching.

Dr. Carolyn Hogg, from the University of Sydney School of Life and Environmental Sciences, was part of the largest ever all-female expedition to the Antarctic

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Opinion | Trust in science is crucial

Public trust in the covid-19 response can be regained. Not only must policymakers check their political aspirations at the door when lives are at stake, but also more scientists must convey information directly to the public about covid-19 and other urgent issues ripe for the spread of misinformation. 

Science is neither Republican nor Democratic. It is a dispassionate process. Science is also not static — when a new threat like covid-19 arises, the science will evolve and so will the advice associated with it. Scientists are the best positioned to de-dramatize science and instill trust in the scientific process. Let’s engage them.

The writer is president and chief executive of
Research!America, a not-for-profit
public education and advocacy alliance.

By most accounts, the American public’s perception of a covid-19 vaccine is tainted — with disinformation. To ensure that more people will take a new vaccine, social scientists must join the public

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Treaty education lacks amid N.S. fisheries dispute, Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat says

People from across the country are watching the situation unfold in southwest Nova Scotia as the fishery dispute continues.

a group of people looking at each other: Members of the Sipekne'katik First Nation, supported by other First Nations, stand on the breakwater in Saulnierville, N.S., as non-Indigenous boats protest the launch the Mi'kmaq self-regulated fishery on Sept. 17, 2020.

Members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation, supported by other First Nations, stand on the breakwater in Saulnierville, N.S., as non-Indigenous boats protest the launch the Mi’kmaq self-regulated fishery on Sept. 17, 2020.

Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat, an organization representing Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj in Quebec, is watching closely and supporting the Sipekne’katik First Nation.

“A lot of the issue really is that non-Indigenous Canadians just don’t know the real history of the treaties,” executive director Tanya Barnaby-Williams says. “We’re all treaty people, non-Indigenous people are treaty people as well. … It’s just that they’ve been enjoying the benefits of the treaties a lot longer than the Mi’kmaq have.”

The group says education about treaty rights needs to be at the forefront to further the conversation, especially the

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Assuming everything is as back to normal as possible for both teams, the NASCAR have to turn New England into a passing team.

The Patriots – no matter who has been at quarterback – live on the ground with the most rushing attempts, the second-most rushing yards, and the third most rushing scores. Meanwhile, the passing game has been along for the ride. Denver’s secondary has had a problem, but the run defense so far has been solid.sgfhresye45

Drew Lock is still on the sidelines

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Sleep Number’s Deceptive Performance | The Motley Fool

Shares of adjustable mattress manufacturer Sleep Number (NASDAQ:SNBR) were awake and alert late last week following the company’s release of its fiscal third quarter earnings. Sleep Number’s stock jumped ahead of its previous day’s close by 11% on Thursday, Oct. 15, and while falling slightly on Friday, it still closed out the week with a 14% gain.

Both top- and bottom-line momentum fueled investors’ enthusiasm. The company reported a year-over-year sales advance of 12% to a quarterly record of $531 million. Operating margin jumped by nearly 500 basis points to 13.1%, as Sleep Number complemented its sales strength by holding operating expenses to a slight increase. As a result, diluted earnings per share increased by 90% against third quarter 2019, to $1.79 per share. 

On the surface, it might appear that Sleep Number is participating in a pandemic-related boost, along with a host of other specialty retailers. But the company’s

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University of Mumbai’s distance education institute gets UGC nod to conduct admissions for academic year 2020-21

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In a relief to students seeking admission to distance learning courses of the University of Mumbai (MU), the University Grants Commission (UGC) has allowed the varsity’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) to go ahead with admissions for the academic year 2020-21.

The approval from UGC is applicable to 15 distance learning courses offered by IDOL including Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Science (BSc), among others.

“We will soon begin the admission process,” the university said in a statement released on Friday. Last year, more than 67,000 students were admitted in the July session, while 920 students took admissions in the January session.

IDOL had lost its recognition from the UGC – the apex higher education institute – in 2018, as MU did not have an accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) since 2012.


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Cam Newton hits 5,000 career rushing yards, Pats trail 18-9

It hasn’t been a great day for the Patriots on offense, but they’re still alive in the fourth quarter after quarterback Cam Newton notched another milestone.

Newton went over 5,000 career rushing yards with a 38-yard run in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Broncos. That gave the Patriots the ball inside the Denver 10-yard-line and Newton plunged in from a yard out three plays later.

A two-point attempt didn’t work out, however, and the Patriots trail 18-9. The decision to go for two at that point will likely be fodder for questions at Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s postgame press conference, but he knows now he needs two scores rather than with little time left on the clock.

The rushing mark is a highlight on an otherwise sluggish day for Newton. He’s been intercepted twice and had not gotten much going on the ground until the scoring

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