Morning links: BYU called a darkhorse playoff contender; Jimmer among biggest NBA busts who found success overseas

Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports listed five potential Cinderella teams in college football for the 2017 season, and the first team on his list was the BYU Cougars.

Talking about the Cougars, he wrote, “Who better to take on the title of college football’s Cinderella than the team who arguably best personifies it? At the very least, BYU is on the short list for well-known ‘giant killers.’ In the three years of the College Football Playoff, no team outside the Power Five has cracked the top four, but the Cougars have a chance with their schedule. ”

After looking at BYU’s difficult early schedule that features LSU, Utah, Wisconsin and Boise State, he continued, “That’s a tough stretch, but the Cougars are talented enough to win many of those games.”

Other schools who made the list are Kansas State, Mississippi State, South Florida and Syracuse.

Jimmer Fredette, Rafael Araujo ranked among NBA busts who succeeded overseas

Korey Beckett of Sportster ranked the top 15 basketball players who failed in the U.S. but succeeded overseas, and former Cougars Fredette and Araujo made the list.

Beckett had Araujo ranked at No. 7, saying, “Araujo made many different stops outside of the United States, including Spartak Saint Petersburg, Flamengo, France and Pinheiros. The highlights of Araujo’s overseas career came from a backboard-shattering dunk in 2011, as well as an NBB Championship in 2009 when he was playing with Flamengo in his native Brazil.”

Beckett had Fredette as the No. 1 player on his list, saying, “Now, Fredette is arguably the best player in all of China as a member of the Shanghai Sharks.

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