Just Football…

Welcome to another edition of “Just Football!”  This is the weekly column where I take a look at football from the NFL all the way down to High School!

With NFL week #11 under my belt I managed to pick 11 correctly (out of 14) but still out of winning the free pizza.  Watch out – I am like a turtle – slow and steady and coming on at the end!  Just a helpful reminder that there are three games on Thursday – so get your picks in early for Turkey Day.

Today I write about honors for some Lions, Philip Rivers and interceptions, my Chiefs, the BCS, the last Border War game, handling traffic tickets in Kansas, the Cats, the Griz, the Saints are marching, high school football, and a special place to crown champions in Missouri!

There’s a lot more….

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Weekly Honors

-Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw for 335 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions helping the Lions beat the Carolina Panthers 49-35.

-And in the same game Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries.

Unimpressive

-San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw two interceptions against the Chicago Bears to give him 17 interceptions this season.  He leads the league in this category.  He has also fumbled six times.

Since Rivers is in the AFC West, I love that he is dominating this category…

Impressive

Did you see the way the my Kansas City Chiefs beat up the New England Patriots in the first quarter Monday night?  That was the Chiefs of last year – finding momentum and dominating.  The Chiefs led the Patriots 3-0 at the end of one quarter.  Could it be?  Will it be?  Is this the time?  Nope.  It went down the toilet and the Chiefs gave up 34 straight points to lose the game 34-3.

My Chiefs may end up 4-12.  One thing for sure is that I will still be a fan for life of the Chiefs – no fair weather fan here.

Byes are done

There are no more bye weeks on the NFL Schedule!

NFL Games to Watch

On Thursday:

Green Bay (10-0) at Detroit (7-3)

San Francisco (9-1) at Baltimore (7-3) (NFL Network game so most of the country won’t get to see it, which sucks)

On Sunday:

Buffalo (5-5) at New York Jets (5-5)

Chicago (7-3) at Oakland (6-4)

Monday Night:

New York Giants (6-4) at New Orleans (7-3)

MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The BCS is a freaking mess.  Two teams are undefeated in major college football, but one (Houston) does not play a “tough enough” schedule to be considered national championship worthy.  There are six teams with one loss.  Maybe this mess will lead to a playoff system!

Here are the top eight teams in the BCS standings:

1. LSU 11-0

2. Alabama 10-1

3. Arkansas 10-1

4. Oklahoma State 10-1

5. Virginia Tech 10-1

6. Stanford 10-1

7. Boise State 9-1

8. Houston 11-0

What to Watch

Friday

#3 Arkansas (10-1) at #1 LSU (11-0)

Saturday

#2 Alabama (10-1) at #24 Auburn (7-4)

#19 Penn State (9-2) at #16 Wisconsin (9-2)

Border War

The Missouri Tigers (6-4) and Kansas Jayhawks (2-9) will meet for the 120th time, the second-most-played rivalry in major-college football, on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

It looks like the Border War may end as Kansas has indicated they may not play Missouri since Missouri is moving to the SEC from the Big 12.

I have one thing to say about this decision by Kansas – CHICKEN.

I heard in Lawrence, Kansas (home of the Jayhawks) if you get cited for a traffic violation, they punish you by giving you a ticket to a Jayhawks football game. If you get a repeat violation, they make you actually attend the football game…

Bowling (a look ahead)

There are about 35 bowl games.  They start around December 17 and end January 9. Here’s where you can look at the Bowl ProjectionsGet your remotes ready…

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION

Just about everything that can be written about the game between the Montana State Bobcats and Montana Grizzlies has already been written.  The Grizzlies handled the bye week better and seemed better prepared for the game.  They took the outright Big Sky Championship from the Bobcats.

Rest easy, fans can get a 2011 Big Sky Champion shirt and hat for both teams at the Big Sky Conference website.

The coverage of the game by MTN was not that great and I will leave it at that…

As I predicted, both teams made the playoffs.  Both teams get the first week off and play on December 3 here in Montana.

If ESPN does not show the games or allow the games to be televised on a station that almost everyone gets, Montanans need to get vocal about it – here’s a story about it HERE.

If they win their first two games, the Griz and the Cats could meet in the semifinals which would make the state of Montana go wild!   You can check out the FCS Playoff bracket HERE.

NAIA

The Carroll College Saints beat Valley City 47-0 Saturday in the first round of the NAIA playoffs in Helena.  Now the Saints (11-1) will host Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (9-2) at noon on Saturday in Helena – this will be the only college game on Saturday in Montana – so hopefully everyone will turn out or tune in (if it’s televised).

Read more about the NAIA playoffs HERE.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Montana

The Montana High School football championships are decided; here are the results:

Class AA – Helena Capital beat Billings West 39-14

Class A – Dillon beat Billings Central 44-10

Class B – Fairfield beat Malta 53-13

Class C – Twin Bridges beat Fairview 44-28 (This was the closest game)

Six-Man – Denton beat Savage 72-30

Missouri

For my faithful readers in Missouri, your football championship weekend is coming up this Friday and Saturday with all six classes playing for the championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis (that’s the home of the St. Louis Rams).

Wow – what a place to play for the Championship!   

Check out the Missouri playoff brackets HERE.

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