No. 5 Texas A&M still outside top four in latest rankings, but creating real buzz for potential jump

While Texas A&M remained No. 5 in the second College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday, the Aggies are creating plenty of discussion in Grapevine.

Selection committee chairman Gary Barta, the athletic director at Iowa, said on ESPN’s playoff reveal and later in a conference call with reporters that the committee debated No. 4 Ohio State (4-0) and the Aggies (6-1) at length.

“It was talked about a lot and specifically talked about in the room whether or not Ohio State goes to four or if Texas A&M flips and goes to four and Ohio State goes five,” Barta said. “A lot of discussion about that. At the end of the day, the offensive firepower of Ohio State, all the weapons they have, the win over Indiana.”

Making the comparison more difficult is the fact than Ohio State has only played four games because of COVID-19 restrictions to seven for A&M. Ohio

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Buzz growing that prominent college coaches could make jump to NFL in 2021 amid pandemic fallout

With COVID-19 taking a significant toll on college athletics and the future economics of NCAA athletic departments coming into question, a multitude of big-time college coaches are more open to a jump to the NFL, according to numerous sources close to the situation.

Major restructurings are going on as the pandemic rages on in this country, and athletic programs are being dropped with greater frequency. College football games continue to be canceled in higher numbers each week, and several conferences did not participate in football at all in 2020. The fiscal wherewithal, and, to some degree, morality, of having the highest-paid state employee in many states where Covid rates are soaring be a local college football coach is something being talked about with more frequency among coaching agents and their clients, with some projecting a recalibration coming in the type of compensation coaches can expect while campuses remain in varying

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First Solar surges 13% after the solar-panel manufacturer posts a massive jump in 3rd-quarter sales

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  • First Solar’s strong third-quarter earnings sent its stock price as high as 13% in pre-market trading on Wednesday.
  • The solar-panel maker posted a rise of nearly 70% in sales during the quarter, allowing it to reinstate full-year guidance that it previously withdrew because of uncertainty related to the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For 2020, the company said it expects to earn between $2.6 billion to $2.9 billion, as its productive capacity has been averaging over 100% at all of its factories.
  • First Solar shares have gained about 54% this year.
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First Solar shares surged as much as 13% in pre-market trading on Wednesday after posting a massive jump in third-quarter sales.

The solar-panel manufacturer said its sales rose 70% year-on-year in the quarter, and brought back its full-year guidance that was previously withdrawn to account

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Tomorrow’s Top 25 Today: Michigan makes big jump as Big Ten impacts new college football rankings

The AP Top 25 voters have been put in an unenviable position in 2020 as it pertains to the teams and conferences that have waffled on their decision to play football in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 teams were included in the preseason edition of the college football rankings, then removed from consideration for the first full update when ballots were submitted after the first weekend of ACC and Big 12 play on Sept. 12.

Meanwhile, the SEC was still two weeks from the start of competition, but those teams remained in the rankings while the Big Ten and Pac-12 teams lost their spots in the pecking order. Then once the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced their return and schedules for an amended 2020 season, AP voters were once again allowed to consider those schools (along with the Mountain West and MAC) for spots in the rankings. 


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