ESPN: These 2 Teams Are Now Out Of The CFB Playoff Race

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)ESPN has eliminated a couple of teams from College Football Playoff contention following the craziness that was Week 6.Two teams that entered the week ranked inside the top 10 now have a less than 1 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff.According to ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor, Auburn had basically already been eliminated before Saturday. The Tigers’ chances were minimal before Week 6 and now they’re non-existent after the loss to Mississippi StateLSU, though, had a chance. The Tigers were undefeated heading into October and had a winnable game against Florida. They were looking like a legitimate SEC West contender.Not so much anymore.ESPN has eliminated them from the race. LSU’s chances to make the College Football Playoff are less than 1 percent, too. The Tigers are done.You can view the full predictions here.last_img read more

Senate confirms Pritzker as secretary of Commerce filling longtime vacancy

Senate confirms Pritzker as secretary of Commerce, filling longtime vacancy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Senate Tuesday confirmed billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker to be commerce secretary, filling a vacancy that has stood since John Bryson resigned last summer.The sweeping 97-1 vote installs Pritzker, a longtime friend of President Barack Obama, who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his presidential campaigns, at the Commerce Department in time to assist in trade talks with the European Union and Pacific Rim nations.“She knows what it takes to build companies from the ground up, and she shares my belief in doing everything we can to help businesses and workers succeed and make America a magnet for good jobs,” Obama said in a statement.Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., one of the Senate’s most liberal members, was the only vote in opposition.Pritzker becomes the fourth woman serving as secretary in Obama’s current Cabinet. She is the wealthiest in the Cabinet by far, with Forbes estimating her net worth at $1.85 billion and ranking her as the 277th richest American. The commerce post has been vacant since Bryson resigned after saying he suffered a seizure that led to a series of traffic collisions.Pritzker has led several companies and currently serves as chair of investment firms Pritzker Realty Group and Artemis Real Estate Partners. She’s also on the board of the Hyatt Hotels Corp., the chain co-founded by her father. She has donated generously to education and the arts.Pritzker won easy confirmation despite questions regarding her family’s offshore trusts in the Bahamas. Obama was a critic of such tax shelters in the campaign.“She is a force of nature,” said Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who said the Commerce post “takes a tough person and we haven’t had a tough person for a while.” by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2013 3:21 pm MDT read more