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Predictions for SMU-Tulane, Texas A&M-Mississippi St. and key national matchups

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This week, The Dallas Morning News’ panel of nine college football experts — including columnists, writers and editors from The News as well as personalities from The Ticket, FSSW, NBC5 and the Denton Record-Chronicle — makes predictions for 20 different college football games, both straight and against the spread.

Most of this week’s marquee games are national matchups not involving local schools. But even without many high-profile matchups and with the majority of the area’s teams either idle or having their games postponed for COVID-19 reasons, there still are some local games of note. Unbeaten and ranked SMU will travel to New Orleans to take on a pesky Tulane team on Friday. The following day, Texas A&M will travel to Starkville on the heels of its massive win over Florida a week ago to try to keep the positive momentum going against Mike Leach and Mississippi State.

From a national standpoint, all eyes will be on SEC West and SEC East favorites Alabama and Georgia as they square off in Tuscaloosa. The host Crimson Tide are currently five-point favorites over a Bulldog team that boasts the nation’s most dangerous defense.

Other games of note include LSU at Florida, Auburn at South Carolina, Louisville at Notre Dame and BYU at Houston.

Our predictions for those seven games, as well as 13 others, can be found below:

Previous weeks’ picks: Week 6 | Week 5 | Week 4 | Week 3 | Week 2

Find more college sports coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.

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Monmouth University Goes Online After Superspreader Event | National News

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Monmouth University has canceled in-person classes after an off-campus superspreader event was determined to be responsible for infecting hundreds of students at the New Jersey school.

“It appears that this increase in cases among students was tied to an off-campus event hosted two weeks ago,” Dr. Patrick Leahy, Monmouth University president, said in an open letter to the campus Friday. “An overwhelming majority of the recent cases we have seen can be traced back to this isolated super-spreader event.”

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The event triggered more than 100 positive tests among students. Another 200 students are considered “high-risk” and are in quarantine as a precaution. Since the end of August, the university has recorded nearly 300 positive tests among students, almost 5 percent of enrollment.

“Moving forward, we will need 100% cooperation from our campus community in order to resume our fall semester as planned,” Leahy said. “I cannot emphasize enough the critical importance of compliance.”

The latest campus closure comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that coronavirus cases among young adults are on the rise and says there is an “urgent need” to address the trend.

In a study released last week, the CDC examined 767 hotspot counties identified during June and July and found that increases in the percentage of positive tests among people 24 and younger were followed by several weeks of increasing positivity rates in those aged 25 and older. The trend was particularly true in the South and West.

The CDC also recently reported that coronavirus infections among young adults jumped from August to September, with the agency concluding that some of the increase was likely due to colleges and universities resuming in-person classes.

In addition, Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said last

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COVID and ice hockey: outbreaks chill Nordic national pastime

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) – Health authorities in Sweden and Finland are looking into a series of COVID-19 outbreaks on ice hockey teams that are believed to be one of the drivers of a sharp increase in new cases in the two hockey-loving countries.

The day after Swedish ice hockey team BIK Karlskoga defeated Vasteras in a game in late September, one of its players complained of a fever. Three days later, half of Karlskoga’s players and staff had tested positive for COVID-19 along with six players on Vasteras.

“I felt the earth shake beneath my feet when we got the results back. I thought maybe three or four players were infected and that it would be enough to isolate them,” BIK Karlskoga manager Torsten Yngveson told Reuters.

The club shut down completely for two weeks, disrupting preparations just as the hockey season was kicking into full swing. All the players and staff have since recovered.

The two Nordic countries are now jointly investigating why hockey teams appear more affected by the coronavirus than other sports. Both countries enjoyed relatively calm summers in terms of cases before the resurgence last month. Sweden’s Health Agency singled out hockey as a factor.

“Sports, especially ice hockey, seem to be very affected right now,” Anders Tegnell, the chief epidemiologist of Sweden’s public health agency, said in a news conference late last month.

Sweden, whose soft-touch strategy for containing the virus has gained global attention, registered 919 new cases on Friday, its highest daily total since June, while Finland registered 235, one of its highest daily tolls since the pandemic began.

The neighbouring countries have been at opposite ends of the pandemic spectrum, with Sweden one of Europe’s hardest-hit nations while Finland, which adopted tougher restrictions, has had fewer deaths. Yet they have the hockey-linked

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Parker University Celebrates National Chiropractic Health Month

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Dallas, Texas, Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Parker University and organizations like the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA), as well as chiropractors nationwide, are proud to recognize and celebrate October as National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM). This special nationwide observance seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of musculoskeletal health and the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered, and drug-free approach to health and wellness.

In celebration of the chiropractic industry, mayors of major Texas cities, like Dallas and Irving, have issued proclamations recognizing its importance.

With 2020’s “Active and Adaptive” theme, NCHM focuses on helping people adapt to the new normal and maintain musculoskeletal health and function during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors of Chiropractic have seen increased musculoskeletal conditions in back and neck pain, as well as headaches since the beginning of the pandemic. After spending prolonged amounts of time quarantining and staying at home to help slow the spread of the virus, many people have endured lifestyle changes like avoiding public areas and gatherings, working from home, skipping the gym, and ordering food. People are moving less, which can result in various types of pain. 

NCHM 2020 encourages people to adjust to new challenges associated with staying fit and pain-free by becoming mindful of movement, posture, and stress levels, and highlighting tips and solutions to adapt in healthy ways.

Learn more about NCHM 2020 by visiting HandsDownBetter.org and share information on social media using the hashtag #ActiveAdaptive. Parker University joins the chiropractic community across the nation in encouraging people to keep moving and to stay healthy!

About Parker University

Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic).

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Trump’s push for ‘patriotic education’ ignores the complexity of our national story

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History is not about exceptionalism. It is about confronting the past to help inform the present. Individuals who only wish to espouse an exceptionalism narrative are ignoring a fundamental truth that must be shared: There are always victims as well as victors, and decisions have consequences.

History also is not simple or straightforward. To argue otherwise is not to fully understand it. The recent call by the Trump administration to counter what he called “the crusade against American history” by pushing “patriotic education” is an example of the oversimplification of our understanding of the past. As the late historian J.M. Roberts famously argued, “History is the story of mankind, of what it has done, suffered, and enjoyed.”

I have spent my career teaching introductory courses to university students in the history of the United States, Europe, Africa, and the world. Students often come to the classroom with a variety of notions about the past: entrenched ideas, misinterpretations, even outright falsehoods. Our primary purpose as educators is to guide and assist in highlighting the basic truth that history is not in fact simple, easy, or straightforward. Yet many want history to be that way. They want to feel good about our past. But as E.H. Carr argued in “What is History?: (1961), “the facts of history never come to us ‘pure,’ since they do not and cannot exist in a pure form.”

Despite the claims by President Trump that “America’s founding set in motion the unstoppable chain of events that… built the most fair, equal and prosperous nation in human history,” the history of this country cannot be told solely through the triumphs and victories of its people, principally because such achievements were rarely without cost. We cannot have an honest conversation about our past if we do not

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