Just Football…

Terrible!  I ended up 9-7 in my football contest last weekend – now I know I can’t make a living at picking the games – if I tried my table would be bare and the wine closet would be empty.

For the non-football fans out there you need to be advised that we are getting ready to enter the big month of football – playoff games, championships, bowl games and in about a month the NFL playoffs start!

So just be advised that we – the football fans of the world – will disappear and show up sometime in mid-January.  OK, we will hang out with the family on Christmas…

Today I take a look at the NFL, the BCS, bowling, the FCS, the NAIA and a man called Joe.  So read on…

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Weekly Honors

-Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers converted 28 of 46 pass attempts for 369 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Packers’ 38-35 win over the Giants.

-Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice rushed for 204 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in the Ravens’ 24-10 victory over Cleveland.

Impressive

The Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers have clinched playoff spots.  Here are the latest standings in the playoff race.

Unimpressive

The Detroit Lions imploded on Sunday Night Football.  They pulled within a touchdown of the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter, but then lost it.  For the game, the Lions committed 11 penalties for 107 yards, including several personal foul penalties.

Games to Watch

New Orleans (9-3) at Tennessee (7-5)

Houston (9-3 at Cincinnati (7-5)

Chicago (7-5) at Denver (7-5)

Oakland (7-5) at Green Bay (12-0)

NY Giants (6-6) at Dallas (7-5) (Sunday Night Football)

MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games are decided and people are upset.  Maybe now they will look at having playoffs and have the National Champion decided on the field.  Here are the top 10 BCS teams:

1. LSU (13-0)

2. Alabama (11-1)

3. Oklahoma State (11-1)

4. Stanford (11-1)

5. Oregon (11-2)

6. Arkansas (10-2)

7. Boise State (11-1)

8. Kansas State (10-2)

9. South Carolina (10-2)

10. Wisconsin (11-2)

My Annual BCS Tirade

I write about my displeasure with the BCS every year. I’ve written about a 16 team playoff.  I’ve written about extending the season to have the College Championship and the Super Bowl on the same weekend.  Now, there’s the “Plus One” idea.

There are five BCS bowl games including the National Championship game – room for the 10 best teams to play each other.

The number one team (LSU) plays the number two team (Alabama) for all the marbles (they already played this year and they are from the same conference).  Number three Oklahoma State plays number four Stanford.  That’s where it ends.  Number five Oregon plays number ten Wisconsin. Number six Arkansas does not play in a BCS game. Number seven Boise State doesn’t either, nor number eight Kansas State.

#11 Virginia Tech, #13 Michigan, #23 Virginia and #15 Clemson all get to play in lucrative BCS bowl games because of their conference deals with the BCS. What the…

There’s more and more talk of a plus one playoff system.  I would be for it – or about anything to really decide a national champ.  In the plus one scenario, #1 plays #4 and #2 plays #3 in bowl games.  Then a week or two later the winners play each other in the BCS National Championship game.  In this scenario, three BCS games are important, currently only one is important.

Bowl Games

The Bowl games start on Saturday December 17.  The National Championship is January 9.  In between we get a lot of games.

You can see the schedule HERE.

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (FCS)

The Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State Bobcats both move on to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. Congrats!  I ended up listening to the games on radio and watching the Carroll College Saints on television.  So, I had radios on my left and right and a TV in front.  I also was watching Twitter for updates of other games.

The Bobcats had the tougher game, but both teams will need to cut down on the interceptions to go deeper into the playoffs.  Turnovers are magnified in the playoffs.

On paper, it looks like the Bobcats have the tougher game this weekend. Here are the games for this weekend (Dec 9/10):

(5) Northern Iowa at (4) Montana (Friday @ 6:00 p.m.)

Montana State at (1) Sam Houston State (Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.)

Maine at (3) Georgia Southern (Saturday @ noon)

Lehigh at (2) North Dakota State (Saturday @ 2:00)

(All Times Mountain)

Check out the bracket HERE.

South Dakota:

Congrats to former Montana Grizzlies coach Joe Glenn.  He was hired by the University of South Dakota this week.  Glenn had a record at Montana of 39-6 (three seasons) and a National Championship in 2001.

NAIA

Can you say Championship again?  The Carroll College Saints (Helena, Montana) beat the Georgetown Tigers 35-3 on Saturday in the NAIA semi-final game.  The Saints (13-1) will play Saint Xavier (13-1) for the Championship on December 17 in Rome, Georgia.  The Saints are going for their seventh championship.

The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Television with kickoff slated for 2:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.  Hopefully the game will be shown on a local network – because the Saints are fun to watch!

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