JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Oct. 30, 2016

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Percy Harvin …

FINAL FOUR: The first college football poll from the committee that decides who the four teams will be to play for the national championship comes out Tuesday.

If the music stopped today, my final four would be Alabama, Washington, Clemson and Michigan.

Those teams that can still get in the mix include Ohio State, Louisville and don’t count out an undefeated Oklahoma State.


HEISMAN MOMENT: Speaking of Louisville, Virginia gave the Cards all they wanted in Charlottesville. Louisville was lethargic in the first half and trailed 25-24 late in the fourth quarter after Virginia went for two points.

Heisman hopeful Lamar Jackson pulled the Cards out of the fire when the quarterback threw a perfect 29-yard pass to Jaylen Smith, a 6-4 sophomore who was covered on the go route, but caught it in the end zone and held on to the pass with 13 seconds left in the game. The Cards added a 2-point after as Jackson again went to Smith.

It gave the Cards a 32-25 win of the season, and Jackson likely kept his name at the top of the Heisman list. He was 24 of 41 passing for 361 yards and ran 18 times for 90 yards.


RAGGED JAGS: You think the Titans have problems, just consider what the Jaguars fans are going through.

Owner Shad Khan went to a team meeting and solicited input from the players on the status of the team. One analyst said the Jaguars have uninspired talent. They are obviously struggling and quarterback Blake Bartles is the focus of frustrated fans.’s Michael DiRocco mentioned the team giving up 354 yards and 27 points in the first half of the Titans game.

As if that wasn’t enough, the uniforms are hands down the ugliest in the NFL.

How ugly are they? One Jaguar player mused they were (‘’uglier than Hell.’’)

Coach Gus Bradley is walking a tight rope and any more games like they had against the Titans, he won’t make it through the season.

ESPN Stats report the Jags are last in the NFL in points averaged through three quarters of their games, a puny 10.6 points.

“I don’t know why I’m struggling,’’ Bartles told DiRocco. He was hesitating and unsure on some passes.


BOTTOM 25: CBS sports writer Tom Fornelli has a college football Bottom 25 poll.

No. 1 this week is Rice, at 0-6 the only winless D-I team in the country. They came close last week, losing 14-13 to UTSA, or University of Texas San Antonio. They have a good chance this week in getting the first win against Prairie View A&M.

A 1-5 record put Kansas in second place with Bowling Green and Fresno State in No. 3 and 4 slots with 1-6 records. Rounding out the top 5 is Buffalo at 1-5.


Joe Biddle is a sports columnist. He is also a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at