Just Football…

It was very tough in the NFL pick contest this last week – I went 7-6.  There were some upsets (like the Jaguars beating the Ravens) but I am still holding my own against those paid sports people!

At first I was disappointed that the World Series was being played on Sunday and Monday nights – because that is football night!  After the Saints were up 34-7 at the half (Sunday night) and the Ravens and Jaguars played a very boring game on Monday Night, it was OK.  I went back and forth watching the games.

In case you are new to “Just Football” then welcome!  Just about every Tuesday during football season, I take a look at some of the NFL teams, major college and FCS games, throw in some high school football, plus a few pieces of info you won’t get anywhere else. 

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Impressive #1:

Atlanta Falcons (and former Chiefs) Tight End Tony Gonzalez is all alone in second place on the all-time NFL career receptions list with 1,104.  Jerry Rice is in first with 1,549.

Impressive #2:

After being outscored 89-10 in their first two games, my Kansas City Chiefs have won three in a row.  They beat the Raiders in Oakland 28-0 (Did I mention it was in Oakland).  Raiders QB Kyle Boller threw three interceptions and then newly acquired QB Carson Palmer threw three more.

The Chiefs play on Halloween night at Arrowhead hosting the Chargers.  Watch out…Chargers QB Philip Rivers will have his mask on!  Oh…that’s his real face?  Sorry.

Impressive #3 (Maybe):

Broncos’ QB Tim Tebow played like crap for 55 minutes and then led the Broncos to a victory.  A victory is a victory, but this one was against the winless Dolphins.  Next week the Broncos host the Detroit Lions – let’s see how this turns out.

The guys at ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown had a discussion about Tim Tebow.  As with most topics on the show (that they devote additional time to), most of the former athletes on the show have problems stringing two complete sentences together.

Loserville:

The Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, and the Miami Dolphins are still the only teams without a win so far this season.  The Colts looked like the worst team as they were beaten by the Saints, 62-7.  Someone should tell the Colts that Peyton Manning only played one position when he was healthy…

Weekly Honors:

-New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees converted 31 of 35 pass attempts for 325 yards and five touchdowns in the Saints’ 62-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

-DeMarco Murray of Dallas Cowboys ran 25 times for 253 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 34-7 win over the St. Louis Rams.

What to Watch:

Three games stand out next week:  New England at Pittsburgh, Dallas at Philadelphia, and San Diego at Kansas City (on Monday).

MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Now there are eight undefeated teams in major college football.  Listed below are the top eight in the BCS rankings.  Oklahoma lost and so did Wisconsin to fall from the unbeaten ranks.

Michigan State used a last second “Hail Mary” to beat undefeated Wisconsin.  It was an instant classic!

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma State

4. Boise State

5. Clemson

6. Stanford

7. Oregon (6-1)

8. Kansas State

Houston is also undefeated and ranked #17.

Coming Up:

-Oklahoma (6-1) travels to Kansas State (7-0).

-Michigan State (6-1) travels to Nebraska (6-1)

Pay for Play:

NCAA student athletes may be allowed an extra $2000 “grant” from their schools.  The Associated Press has the story HERE.

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION

With only three games left in the regular season, both the Montana State Bobcats and the Montana Grizzlies cannot afford to drop a game.  They play each other in Bozeman on November 19.   The Bobcats play teams with a combined record of 11-12 and the Grizzlies play teams with a combined record of 15-8.  Both teams play one road game the remainder of the year and two home games.  The Griz host Western Oregon – a non-conference foe in two weeks.

The Bobcats are ranked #4 in The Sports Network poll while the Grizzlies come in at #11.  In the FCS Coaches Poll, the Bobcats are ranked #4 and the Grizzlies are ranked #8.

Grizzlies:

The Griz came from behind to beat Northern Arizona 28-24 on Saturday.   It should not have been that close.  Northern Arizona outgained the Griz 471-444 and almost had the upset, but a long kick return by Peter Nguyen and then Jordan Canada made a 46-yard TD run to seal the win.

The Griz (6-2, 5-1 Conf.) host Weber State (3-4, 3-1 Conf.) on Saturday in Missoula.  At least the after game party can start a little early since the Griz are playing at home…read on…

Griz Problems:

Early Sunday morning two Griz football players, quarterback Gerald Kemp and cornerback Trumaine Johnson, were arrested for obstructing a peace officer and disorderly conduct.  The Associated Press reports, “Court records say Kemp hit an officer in the chest. Kemp was shot with the stun gun, followed by Johnson when he tried to intervene.”

Since they were Grizzly football players, I thought they should have used bear (pepper) spray on the players…a few years ago when the Griz and the Bobcat players were getting into trouble, I thought they might have to move the annual Cat/Griz football game to the Montana State Prison near Deer Lodge…(I’ll be here all week).

Seriously, the Griz seem to lack discipline both on and off the field.  The coaching staff is at fault for this and until the school leaders do something about it, the problems will continue.

Bobcats:

The Bobcats allowed the winless Northern Colorado Bears to hang around and finally put them away in the fourth quarter to claim victory 31-21.

On Saturday, the Bobcats (7-1, 5-0 Conf.) host their former coach, Mike Kramer, and his Idaho State Bengals (2-6, 1-4 Conf.).  Kramer won a $240,000 settlement from Montana State from a lawsuit he filed in December 2007.  According to an August 2010 Associated Press report:

Kramer filed the lawsuit in December 2007, arguing that school officials fired him under the “without cause” clause in his contract and then issued a press release and made public comments about the firing without giving him a chance to appeal the decision.

HONORS:

Montana Grizzlies defensive tackle Bryan Waldhauser and Montana State Bobcats defensive tackle Zach Minter are the co-defensive Players of the Week for the Big Sky Conference.

NAIA

The Carroll College Saints made up for an early September home loss to Eastern Oregon Mountaineers with a 31-21 victory on Saturday.  The Saints are 7-1 overall and ranked 3rd in the NAIA poll.  Rocky Mountain and Eastern Oregon are ranked 24th and 25th, respectively, in that poll.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

According to several sources, there are five teams in contention for three playoff spots in Montana AA football.  In Great Falls, the Bison (3-6) host CMR (4-5) in the cross town game.  Butte High (4-5), Big Sky (4-5), and Kalispell Flathead (3-6) still have a shot going into Friday night’s games.

If you are confused, the Great Falls Tribune has some clarification in this story.

Montana Prep Sports:

Friday night will be busy, so be sure to check out MTPrepSports.com for all the scores!  I’ll see you there!

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