College football bowl projections: Big Ten return shakes up College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six games

It has been almost a month since my preseason bowl projections, and since then, a lot has changed. The biggest change is that we welcome the Big Ten back to the 2020 college football season.  The league canceled its football season back on Aug. 11 but then reversed course on Sept. 17 and announced it will play an eight-game schedule plus a ninth game for each team on its championship Saturday, which will be Dec. 19.

From a bowl perspective, adding the Big Ten back in gives us 90 teams from which to choose.  It also means another Power Five conference in play for the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State, the preseason No. 2 team in the AP Top 25, is now projected to have that same seed in the College Football Playoff.  Alabama drops down to No. 3 and Oklahoma falls to No. 4.  Georgia is still in the

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Highlights From The Return Of College Football

It was an eventful week as college football returned after a summer of uncertainty. Here’s a look at some of the top storylines from around the country. 

The Miami Hurricanes got the 31-14 win over UAB on Thursday. In his highly anticipated debut, Houston transfer quarterback D’eriq King finished 16-24 for 144 yards with one touchdown for the Canes. It was an emotional night for King, who played in his first game since losing his father in February. 

-Saturday featured a full slate of games, but the Florida Gators made headlines despite not being on the schedule yet. A fire broke out at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Demetrius Harvey it was a piece of equipment caught on fire. 

“Multiple Alachua County Fire Rescue officials told SI’s Zach Goodall, who is currently at the scene, that the fire began due to a tractor, considered field equipment, that

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Brandon Marshall talks potential NFL return, new business venture and health habits during career

Brandon Marshall hasn’t officially retired from the NFL, but the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has remained exceptionally busy since he last caught a NFL pass two years ago. Marshall, the new co-host of “First Things First,” also has launched the “House of Athlete” brand dedicated to to support and enhance physical and mental health for the everyday athlete.

Marshall is extremely passionate about “House of Athlete,” which redefines the standard approach to lifestyle wellness, giving athletes from all walks of life access to premium resources and tools. This week, “House of Athlete” launched a premium range of five all-natural fueling supplements (mental fitness, immunity, rest, whey protein, vegan protein) that are set in the brand’s core values. 

An eight-time 1,000-yard receiver, Marshall recorded 970 catches for 12,351 yards and 83 touchdowns in 13 seasons. He’s currently 16th all time in receptions, 22nd in receiving yards, and 22nd in touchdowns. 

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Dave Barry scrambles for daughter’s virtual return to college

My wife Michelle and I are hustling with a shopping cart through the endless aisles of a Walmart store. It is a standard Walmart, meaning it is the same size, in square feet, as Wyoming, but it contains more things.

This is our second Walmart in two days. Or maybe it’s the same one we were in yesterday. Maybe there is only one Walmart in the entire nation, surrounded by parking lots in different states. There is no way to tell.

Walmart has everything you could possibly need, except for the one thing you are looking for, which is often impossible to find because of all the other things. At the moment Michelle and I are looking for an office chair for our daughter, Sophie, who needs it for college. We got her a desk the day before, in the other Walmart (unless it was in fact the same Walmart).

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Significant number of Navy midshipmen test positive on return to school

The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 767,000 people worldwide.

More than 21.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 5.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 169,313 deaths.

Latest headlines:

Florida approves return of high school sports NY announces lowest COVID hospitalizations, record testing University of Notre Dame reports 29 cases of COVID-19

Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.

5:30 p.m.: Kentucky highlights increasing cases in children

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Miami public schools return to online learning. What lessons were learned from spring?

Reopening Miami-Dade public schools began as a game of “ifs.”

If positive cases trend downward for 14 days. If testing for asymptomatic minors becomes widely available and expeditious. If at least 25% of a school’s student body opts to stay home, then the rest can go to the schoolhouse.

But as students, parents and teachers approach the first day of school — now Aug. 31 for Miami-Dade — there is finally more clarity on what school will look like. School will be remote and online until at least Oct. 5.

For at least a dozen districts around the state, including Miami-Dade, even the first day of school became another “if.” Start dates have been pushed back and some districts have conceded that virtual learning will take place for the first few weeks. Miami-Dade pushed its first day of school from Aug. 19 to Aug. 24 and then to Aug. 31

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Half of College Students Plan to Return to Campus for Fall Semester

Students enrolling in college for the 2020-21 school year are facing a very different set of circumstances than ever before. With the coronavirus pandemic still surging across the U.S., many colleges have delayed reopening for the new semester and instead, are sticking with online learning. Other schools plan to hold in-person classes, but with social distancing and other safety measures in place.

But are students willing to head back to campus? According to the findings of the latest Student Loan Hero survey, 1 in 3 students do feel ready to return. But an even greater number (about 45%) said they would prefer to take classes online. And the majority of students want a tuition discount for this new model of remote learning.

Here’s what we found from our survey of 1,050 full-time college students.

Key findings Just over a third — 34% — of college students will return to campus

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Colleges take different approaches to tracking COVID-19 as students return to campus

Students returning to their dorms at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have a new tool to help them navigate campus this semester: a COVID-19 dashboard.

Updated weekly, the CV-19 dashboard tracks numerous metrics, including the number of tests conducted, the number of positive cases, school isolation and quarantine capacity and the percentage of courses being taught in-person, remotely or a mix of both.

“Campus leaders wanted to make sure the Carolina community had a resource for monitoring a range of data points,” Leslie Minton, a university spokesperson, said. “The dashboard was created with input from Carolina’s infectious disease and data experts, emergency management services, UNC Health and our local health department.”

As of Aug. 4, when the dashboard was last updated, UNC-Chapel Hill had recorded 175 infections: 139 in students and 36 in university employees.

The decision to reopen campuses, and how widely, has generated national debate.

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Jefferson Township Shares Return To School Plan

JEFFERSON, NJ – It will be a different school year, to be sure but Jefferson Township Superintendent Jeanne Howe said that the district is very excited to welcome back students Sept. 2.

Face coverings, early release schedules and online components all factor into the Jerrson plan. You can read the letter from How below:

“A team of staff, parents, members of the Board of Education, community members, and administrators have spent countless hours developing a plan for reopening schools in September that best meets the needs of our community. Our reopening plan was developed based on the guidelines issued by the Department of Education in late June which requires in-person instruction. As this guidance is fluid, our plan will continue to be adapted to the most recent guidance and status of the health of the community as needed throughout the pandemic. While many of the decisions that are being made

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Students among first to return offer lessons for reopening schools

NASHVILLE — Abigail Alexander shuffled through a stack of papers trying to find instructions for logging in to her school-issued laptop. 

The 10-year-old chatted with her best friend, a fellow fifth grader, about who is in their classes this year at Head Middle Magnet Prep in Nashville and what period they have a specific teacher.

Their conversation Tuesday sounded like a typical one between excited, anxious students on the first day at a new school — except this year’s first day of school was like no other.

Abigail was seated in the dining room of her North Nashville home while her two younger foster siblings played around the table. Her friend was on FaceTime, the phone propped up against the side of Abigail’s laptop.

The girls were among more than 86,000 Nashville students who started the school year virtually while their schools remained closed due the ongoing spread of the

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