— Chris Andrews of South Point Casino posted this on Twitter Friday: from 1950-2019 there were 78 rematches during a season in college football. The team that won the first game also won the second game 44 times, 56.4%.
Utah, Texas-San Antonio won Friday night, both beating teams they beat in the regular season.
— Jacob deGrom signed a 5-year contract with the Texas Rangers, for $37M a year. Here are deGrom’s stats the last three seasons:
2020: 68 IP, 2.38 ERA, 13 strikeouts/9 IP— it was a shorter season in 2020
2021: 92 IP, 1.08 ERA, 14.3 strikeouts/9 IP
2022: 64.1 IP, 3.08 ERA, 14.3 strikeouts/9 IP
deGrom will be 35 in June; he’s thrown a total of 224 innings the last three years. You pay a guy $37M a year to pitch, you need 200+ innings in ONE YEAR, for five years. This will be very interesting to follow.
— Rangers are now paying deGrom, Corey Seager and Marcus Semien a combined $94M a year. $94M for three guys.
— Mariners/Brewers made a trade Friday. Milwaukee dealt 2B Kolten Wong and $1.75M to Seattle, in exchange for OF Jesse Winker and utility guy Abraham Toro.
Wong is a lefty-hitting 2B who will likely platoon with Dylan Moore. Winker hit .219 (.688 OPS) in a cruddy year for Seattle LY, after he had a .949 OPS for the Reds in 2021. Toro hit .185 in 109 games for Seattle LY; he is a career .206 hitter.
— Baseball’s winter meetings start Sunday; should be an interesting week.
— Utah 47, USC 24
Game was 17-17 at halftime.
Utah had touchdown plays of 57-60-53 yards.
USC ran ball 27 times for 56 yards, converted 1-12 on third down.
— Texas-San Antonio 48, North Texas 27
Roadrunners win Conference USA for second year in a row.
UTSA outgained North Texas 571-366.
UTSA QB Harris was 32-37/341 passing, with four TD’s.
— Baylor 64, Gonzaga 63
Bears outscored Gonzaga 8-0 over final 1:41 of game.
Baylor led by 12 in first half.
Gonzaga was only 13-21 on foul line.
— Clemson 77, Wake Forest 57
Clemson outscored Deacons 51-24 in second half.
Tigers were 24-25 on foul line, Wake 9-14.
— Pitt 68, NC State 60
Panthers shot 59.4% inside arc.
Pitt won its last five games, after a 1-3 start.
— Maryland 71, Illinois 66
Game was 62-62 with 4:06 left to play.
Terrapins improve to 8-0; they start four seniors.
Illinois shot 5-20 on the arc.
— We talked earlier this week about QB Cade McNamara going into the transfer portal and bolting Michigan; well, he quickly transferred to Iowa, which totally sucked on offense this year.
Hawkeyes are 7-5, but they beat a I-AA team 7-3, beat Minnesota 13-10, and scored 17 or less points in all five of their losses.
— Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec entered the NCAA transfer portal Friday; he played parts of three seasons with the Eagles but was hampered by injuries. Jurkovec completed 61% of his passes this year, with 17 TD’s, five INT’s.
— There is a senior basketball player at Lafayette Leo O’Boyle, who is scoring 13.5 ppg this year; he is going to finish this season at Lafayette, but he also put his name in the transfer portal and he will get interest this spring, seeing how he is shooting 21-45 on the arc this season.
O’Boyle has shot at least 36.1% on the arc all four years at Lafayette; shooting is marketable. We’ll be seeing Mr O’Boyle on TV playing somewhere else next season. Lafayette is 0-7 this year against D-I teams, by the way.