Morning links: BYU-Utah a top 10 football rivalry; signing Ingles was a great deal for the Jazz

Morning links: BYU-Utah a top 10 football rivalry; signing Ingles was a great deal for the Jazz

Dan Benton of Larry Brown Sports ranked the 10 best rivalries in college football and BYU-Utah made the list at No. 10.

Speaking of the rivalry between the Utes and Cougars, Benton wrote, “The Holy War between BYU and Utah may not be the most nationally recognized rivalry in college football, but for those involved, nothing compares.”

He then looks at the history of the matchup before talking about what has happened in recent history.

“In the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, BYU dominated the rivalry, but Utah has turned things back around since,” wrote Benton. “They’ve won six consecutive games against the Cougars, seven of the last eight, and 11 of the last 14.”

He closes by saying, “Despite the unbalanced nature of this rivalry, it remains one of the most anticipated games of the college football season and continues to be considered among the best rivalries in the sport.”

Auburn-Alabama came in at No. 1 on the list.

Joe Ingles signs one of the best deals in free agency

Jeremias Engelmann of ESPN looked at the six best deals in NBA free agency based on real plus-minus, and the Utah Jazz signing of Joe Ingles made the list.

“Utah lost both Gordon Hayward and George Hill in free agency, but retained Ingles by signing him to one of the best deals of the summer,” wrote Engelmann. “While he doesn’t dazzle with elite athleticism, Ingles simply plays smart basketball as a quasi-point forward in the Jazz’s system. He averaged 4.1 assists per 36 minutes and, on the defensive end, had a respectable steal rate of 1.8 per 36 minutes.”

Engelmann then looked at Ingles’ value from beyond the 3-point line, saying, “His strong suit, though, is 3-point shooting. Out of 134 players that took at least 200 3-pointers last season, Ingles made them with the third-best accuracy (44.1 percent), just behind Kyle Korver and Allen Crabbe. For his three-year NBA career, Ingles is a 40 percent shooter from deep.”

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And finally…

Jamaal and Joe Williams were two of the NFL rookies EA Sports brought in to guess their own Madden 18 ratings, before showing them their actual scores.

They then had the rookies use emojis to share what they thought about their ratings, and let’s just say that Jamaal Williams wasn’t too thrilled with his numbers.

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Published at Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:35:00 +0000