BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)LSU and UCF are set to ring in the New Year in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on January 1 in Glendale, Arizona.UCF completed an undefeated regular season for the second year in a row, but were once again snubbed from the playoff. The Knights will look to take it out an SEC bowl opponent for the second-straight year.That opponent will be LSU. The Tigers went 9-3 in the regular season and will look to avoid losing to UCF like Auburn did in last year’s Peach Bowl.ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg has released his prediction for the game:I love the way UCF rallied behind new quarterback Darriel Mack to win another AAC title and post another perfect regular season, honoring injured QB McKenzie Milton in the process. But the streak ends in the desert as an LSU team, more motivated than Auburn was last year, uses its running game and defense to hold the Knights down just enough.Prediction: LSU 40, UCF 33You can view all of Rittenberg’s postseason picks here.LSU and UCF will kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1 from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.ESPN will broadcast the action.
WASHINGTON — American factories grew at a slightly faster pace in January than in the previous month when there had been a big slowdown in manufacturing activity.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Friday that its manufacturing index rose to 56.6 last month, up from a reading 54.3 in December. Anything above 50 signals growth in manufacturing.The January gain of 2.3 percentage points followed a December plunge of 4.5 percentage points which had been the biggest drop in a decade. The January rebound was driven by strong gains in new orders and production.Analysts at Oxford Economics called the rebound an encouraging sign of continued momentum in manufacturing.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press