AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Texas Longhorns mascot Bevo XV is seen during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 4, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Each year of the College Football Playoff, since its inception in 2014, has brought at least one team that had never made the field previously. Even with the small group from which Playoff teams have come, that trend is yet to break.In 2014, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and Ohio State made the field, with the Buckeyes taking home the title that year. Since then, six other teams have made their debut.2015 brought Clemson, which has made the field every year since, Michigan State, and Oklahoma. In 2016, Washington made the field, 2017 brought Georgia, and this past season, Notre Dame made its playoff debut.Of course, there’s no guarantee that the trend will continue in 2019, but if it does, we have some interesting candidates to make their first playoff run. Sports Illustrated college football analyst Andy Staples was asked about 2019’s top College Football Playoff “dark horses” in his mailbag column.He identified four potential CFB powers that could break through.Two are from the Big Ten, and could use Urban Meyer’s retirement to their advantage: Michigan and Penn State. Staples mentions Meyer in his write-ups for both teams:The departure of Urban Meyer from Ohio State doesn’t mean the Buckeyes won’t continue to rule the Big Ten, but it does mean there is an opportunity for someone else to take command. Penn State could be that team.[…]The way the Wolverines ended the season makes them feel farther from the playoff than they actually are. They’ll probably have to solve the Buckeyes to get there, but with Meyer gone, that might tilt the balance of power. Michigan brings back a lot of production and will be led by a senior quarterback (Shea Patterson).After last season’s Sugar Bowl win over Georgia, it looks like Texas may, finally, be back. Staples also has the longhorns listed in his column:The Longhorns beat Oklahoma in the regular season and then creamed Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, and they bring back a lot of the players—specifically quarterback Sam Ehlinger and receiver Collin Johnson—who helped create a renaissance in 2018. They’ll get a chance to prove they belong in the playoff conversation early with a visit from LSU on Sept. 7, but their candidacy likely will come down to how they play against the Sooners in Dallas and (they hope) in Arlington.Staples has two more dark horses listed in his write-up. Head to Sports Illustrated for the full column.
Halton police are looking for a man in his mid to late twenties after several financial cards were stolen and then used in Brampton. Police say in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, someone took several items including the financial cards from a vehicle parked in a driveway near 3 Side Rd. in Campbellville.The cards were used a short time later in Brampton by a man who was captured on a surveillance camera. Investigators are looking for a man with a heavy build, a full light-coloured beard and was wearing black and red high top shoes, long black shorts, a plain red hooded sweater and a black New York Yankees cap. Police say a red, four-door sedan with a sunroof and one working fog light was also captured in the video. Anyone with information that may help police with this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Cameron Bokstein at 905-825-4747 ext. 2484.