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October 21, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, October 21


Sports: Helloooooo, Jaboo. Two standout performances from Saturday's college football action made for some interesting results in the first BCS Championship rankings of the season, release Sunday. As expected, Alabama is ranked first, but the surprise comes right below the Tide: Florida State, led by redshirt freshman quarterback phenom Jameis “Jaboo” Winston. The Hueytown native solidified his spot in the Heisman Trophy race when his fifth-ranked Seminoles demolished No. 3 Clemson 51-14 in ABC's national Saturday-night game. The other big game came from the resurgent Auburn Tigers, who defeated No. 7 Texas A&M and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel 45-41 at College Station. That effort put the Tigers in the 11th spot on the BCS rankings. The rest of the top five: Oregon at 3, Ohio State at 4 and Missouri – yes, new SEC member Mizzou – in the five spot... NFL: As Luck would have it. Indianapolis fans welcomed former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning back to the Hoosier State on Sunday night, then sent him and his Denver Broncos teammates back to Colorado with their first loss of the season. Andrew Luck, Manning's replacement in Indy, threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score in the 39-33 win. Elsewhere, Atlanta broke its three-game losing string with a 31-23 win over Tampa Bay, while Tennessee simply couldn't get anything going in their 31-17 loss in Nashville to San Francisco... NASCAR: No Big One. The wreck that drivers dread and fans await never materialized at Talladega on Sunday. The closest thing to it was a wreck on the back stretch that brought out an early yellow flag on the final lap to give Jamie McMurray the victory, his first since 2010. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Was second. Jimmie Johnson took over the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup from Matt Kenseth.

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