Just Football…

This past week in the pick the winner (NFL games) contest, I went 8-6.   Just terrible.  I did not think the Chiefs would have that big a letdown after the Chargers game, but they did.   I also figured the Steelers would beat the Ravens in Pittsburgh and that Buffalo would handle the Jets.  Oh well, there’s another week and the games are getting to be more important each week from the NFL all the way down to high school.

This week in “Just Football” I take a look at the some honors in the NFL, an unimpressive performance, Thursday night NFL football, the BCS, Penn State, Mizzou, the Cats and the Griz, and the fighting Saints of Carroll College!

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Weekly Honors

-Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 80.8 percent of his pass attempts for 247 yards and four scores in the Packers’ 45-38 win over the San Diego Chargers.

-Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee ran 20 times for a league-high 163 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos’ 38-24 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Unimpressive

The Kansas City Chiefs won four games in a row, including a major win against the Chargers on Monday Night Football, but then lost to the winless Dolphins 31-3 on Sunday in Kansas City.  The good news is the Chargers and Raiders also lost on Sunday, so the Chiefs are still tied with them for first place in the AFC West at 4-4.

Tebow Watch

Broncos QB Tim Tebow was 10/21 for 124 yards and two TDs.  No interceptions. He ran the ball 12 times for 118 yards (9.8 yards per carry).  While his passing is suspect, his running gives teams something else to worry about.  The Broncos play at the Chiefs on Sunday.  The Chiefs should stack their players in the box and make Tebow beat them with his arm (coaching is soooo easy).

Thursday Night NFL Football

For those of you lucky enough to be able to afford the NFL Network in these tough economic times, this Thursday night starts eight weeks of Thursday night football with the Raiders at the Chargers.   On Thanksgiving night, the 49ers play the Ravens (two good teams and two Harbaugh brothers as head coaches).

No Byes this Sunday

This Sunday there are no byes, so there will be 16 games (including the Thursday and Monday games)!  There is one more week of byes left in week 11, with the Texans, Colts, Saints, and Steelers getting the weekend off.

What to Watch

Here are some of the good games to watch this weekend:

-Houston (6-3) at Tampa Bay (4-4)

-Buffalo (5-3) at Dallas (4-4)

-Pittsburgh (6-3) at Cincinnati (6-2)

-Detroit (6-2) at Chicago (5-3)

-New York Giants (6-2) at San Francisco (7-1)

-New England (5-3) at New York Jets (5-3) -Sunday Night Football

MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BCS Standings

Now there are only five undefeated teams in major college football with Alabama falling to LSU 9-6 last weekend.  Here are the latest BCS standings:

1. LSU (9-0)

2. Oklahoma State (9-0)

3. Alabama (8-1)

4. Stanford (9-0)

5. Boise State (8-0)

11. Houston (9-0)

For some reason the BCS feels that Alabama with one loss is better than undefeated Stanford and Boise State.  The BCS can really get messy if Alabama makes it to the title game ahead of undefeated teams – but we have come to expect the BCS to not have the best teams – but we watch anyway.

What to Watch

-#7 Oregon at #4 Stanford

-#19 Nebraska at #12 Penn State

Penn State

By now you’ve probably heard about the alleged child-sex abuse scandal at Penn State University.  Of course people are innocent until proven guilty.  If it’s proven to be true, everyone up to and including head football coach Joe Paterno should be fired.

ESPN writer Dana O’Neil wrote, “How could five grown men — Penn State president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, football coach Joe Paterno and graduate assistant Mike McQueary — fail to turn this over to authorities?

Great question…

Mizzou to SEC

The University of Missouri is heading to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in July 2012.  Mizzou has been in its current conference (currently called the Big 12) since 1907.   It was once called the Big Eight conference, and then they invited some Texas schools to join it.  That invite ruined the Big 8.

Hopefully Mizzou and Kansas can carry on their basketball and football games – it is too great a rivalry to let it drop.

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION

Since both the Montana State Bobcats and the Montana Grizzlies have this next weekend off, Montanans are already in “Brawl of the Wild” mode for the big game in Bozeman on November 19.  Montana and Montana State have been meeting since November 1897.  By the way, the Missouri and Kansas football rivalry goes back to October 1891.  You can read more about the history of the big game between Montana and Montana State  HERE.  Rest easy, both teams should make the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs.

Congratulations to Montana State defensive end Brad Daly being named the Big Sky Conference co-Defensive Player of the Week and Montana kicker/punter Brody McKnight for being named the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Montana State Bobcats

The Montana State Bobcats (9-1, 7-0 Big Sky) came from behind in the second half to beat Weber State (3-6, 3-3 Big Sky) 44-24 to remain undefeated in the Big Sky Conference.  Bobcats QB DeNarius McGhee had his first two passes intercepted and ended up throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bobcats remained at #2 in this week’s FCS coaches poll and TSN poll.

Montana Grizzlies

The Griz rode the leg of kicker Brody McKnight to a win over division II Western Oregon 32-7.  Running back Peter Nguyen rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries for Montana.

The Grizzlies are now 8-2 and 6-1 in the Big Sky.  The Grizzlies are ranked #8 in the TSN poll and #7 in the FCS poll.

NAIA

Frontier Conference

With the playoffs on the horizon, Carroll College (9-1, 8-1 Conf.) closes out the regular season on Saturday against Montana State-Northern (5-4).   Carroll is ranked #2 in the latest NAIA poll.  Another Frontier Conference team, Eastern Oregon (7-3, 7-2 Conf.) is ranked 21.

Carroll College kicker Tom Yaremko was named the Frontier Conference’s football special teams player of the week – Congrats!

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