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Bowl Projections 2020: Predictions, Updated College Football Playoff Outlook | Bleacher Report

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Alabama QB Mac JonesJohn Raoux/Associated Press

While the College Football Playoff has never been in jeopardy, the rest of bowl season has had an unclear outlook.

Put simply, there were too many unanswered questions. Would the games be prioritized? Would any schools not travel to a fan-less game several states away? Will enough teams finish with the requisite six wins to become bowl-eligible?

Now that every FBS conference has announced it would return, though, the first two questions are addressed. Plus, the NCAA is likely to waive bowl-eligibility requirements in 2020.

Yes, the calendar itself must be worked out because the regular season runs into mid-Decemberwhich is when bowls typically begin. But after several months of uncertainty about the postseason, it’s refreshing to have a packed bowl slate on the way.

Note: The Bahamas, Hawaii and RedBox Bowls will not be played.

         

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College Football Rankings 2020: Latest Polls, Predictions for Week 4 Standings | Bleacher Report

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Southern Miss, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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There are eight SEC teams ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 poll, including six in the top 10. None of them have played a game in the 2020 season. But that’s about to change.

While some conferences have already gotten their football seasons underway (most notably the ACC and Big 12), the SEC opted to push back the start of their season to Week 4 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And all 14 of the conference’s teams will be in action Saturday.

The SEC decided its teams would play a revised 10-game schedule, all of which will be against conference opponents.

In addition to the season debuts of the SEC teams, there will be numerous other top teams in action. That includes No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Notre Dame, as well as a pair of other ranked matchups (No. 21 Pittsburgh vs. No. 24 Louisville,

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Education Taskforce Releases Report Highlighting COVID-19 Inequities in School

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An education task force released a report Monday highlighting the urgency for every San Diego County student to have equitable access to learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For distance learning to be equitable, teachers must have training, parents and caregivers must have resources and students have supportive learning environments, according to the Equitable Distance Learning Taskforce — a countywide group of school districts, education experts, nonprofit organizations and community leaders.

The report says that technological devices and sufficient connectivity are a necessary educational investment, but not enough to promote equity in learning.

“We all have a responsibility and role to play in supporting San Diego’s children, youth and families,” said Erin Hogeboom, director of San Diego for Every Child — a nonprofit dedicated to cutting child poverty in San Diego County by 50%

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Dak Prescott Says He Plans to Finish Career with Cowboys Amid Contract Talks | Bleacher Report

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes during an NFL training camp football practice in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Dak Prescott said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he plans to finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys amid negotiations on a long-term deal with the team:

Prescott is playing this season on the exclusive franchise tag for $31.409 million, per Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News.

The Cowboys selected Prescott in the 2016 NFL draft, and the Mississippi State product has started every game since. He’s gone 40-24 as the Cowboys’ signal-caller while leading Dallas to a pair of NFC East titles.

The efficient Prescott has thrown 97 touchdowns versus 36 interceptions. He’s also completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 7.6 yards per attempt.

Prescott has rushed for 1,221 yards and

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Protesters Call For Harford County Public Schools To Open: Report

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — Both parents and children are reportedly marching around South Hickory Avenue Thursday night calling for Harford County Public Schools to reopen.

Protesters held signs outside the Harford County Public Schools headquarters that said things like “School Is Essential” and “Virtual Learning Fails Our Kids,” according to WMAR.

The demonstration came three weeks after Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson announced the school system would be conducting its first semester entirely online.

“There is general agreement that safe, in-person learning would be the first preference, but the current conditions make it impossible for large groups of students to be in school at one time,” Bulson wrote in a letter announcing the decision in mid-July.

Karen Schandelmeier, a parent of rising 9th- and 6th-grade students, reportedly organized the protest due to what she called a “complete debacle” during the spring semester, when she said most students learned

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Amazon tells workers to take TikTok app off phones: report

Amazon workers were given a Friday deadline to dump the TikTok mobile application because of unspecified security concerns, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The e-commerce colossus told workers they can still access the popular video-snippet sharing platform using laptop web browsers, but will lose access to company email on smartphones that have TikTok, the Journal and other media reported.

The concern appeared to be that the TikTok mobile app could access Amazon company email, according to a copy of an internal message posted online.

“User security is of the utmost importance to TikTok -– we are fully committed to respecting the privacy of our users,” a spokeswoman for the company said in reply to an AFP inquiry.

“While Amazon did not communicate to us before sending their email, and we still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may

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Senate also delays return + Bill calls for a state public bank + Survivors want report confidential

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SENATE DELAYS RETURN

Via Mackenzie Hawkins…

With 700 bills to process before the end of August, both the Senate and Assembly have indefinitely delayed lawmakers’ return to the chambers — originally scheduled for July 13 — as COVID-19 cases mount in the Capitol. Six individuals have tested positive in the Assembly as of Tuesday.

Assemblyman Tom Lackey has been hospitalized since Sunday for COVID-19 complications, his chief of staff George Andrews said in a statement Wednesday. “He is receiving excellent treatment at Palmdale Regional Medical Center and anticipates a full recovery,” Andrews said.

The Assembly’s decision to close “until further notice” came on the heels of Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood’s Monday announcement that she contracted COVID-19 via “mask to mask” exposure in the Capitol and remains in quarantine with her daughter. The Senate followed suit on Wednesday, closing its chambers through

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