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Connelly’s Mulligan Meter – Which disappointing college football teams deserve a pass for 2020?

Rivalry Week is generally a good time for upsets and surprises in college football. Since we can’t have nice things in 2020, we not only lacked a lot of the rivalries that define the week, we also missed out on a lot of intrigue. Among the top seven teams in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, four won easily, two dealt with unexpected bye weeks, and while No. 2 Notre Dame took some solid blows from No. 19 North Carolina, the Irish brilliantly suffocated the life from both the game and the upset bid in the second half.

Sure, No. 8 Northwestern lost, but a loss by a team as one-dimensional as the Wildcats (third in defensive SP+, 107th on offense) is never going to feel like an earth-shattering development.

Instead, the week was defined as much as anything by a recurring 2020 theme: disappointment.

Five teams that were ranked

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Not finding life on Venus would be disappointing. But it’s good science at work

Repetition, repetition

The truth is, the story of Venus’s putative phosphine is not a simple case of a sensational finding being shot down upon further scrutiny. In fact, the rush of follow-up research is welcomed; science is doing its thing. This is especially true when it comes to the search for extraterrestrial life—after all, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

“I think this is a perfect example of how the scientific process works,” says Paul Byrne, a planetary scientist at North Carolina State University, who also wasn’t involved in the studies. “It certainly makes sense that there would be other studies that would try and get at this question.”

The first preprint paper to cast doubt on the original was actually written in part by Greaves herself. After failing to secure more time on telescopes to verify her team’s initial finding—the pandemic has made telescope access difficult and in some cases

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