For all the pissing and moaning that has gone on for the last few weeks about the playoff committee, no one can complain today about where their teams are at. When the rankings come out on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM on ESPN, Clemson will be #1, Alabama #2, Oklahoma #3, and Iowa #4 – same as last week! We were hoping for a lot of upsets over the Thanksgiving weekend that would totally shake up the rankings, but that did not happen. A lot of sphincter muscles got tight, but, the big upsets did not happen. South Carolina almost shocked the world but Clemson prevailed. A lot of fans were hoping Iowa could get knocked off but the Cornshuckers could not spring another upset. Notre Dame needed a big win at Stanford but fell short. And the biggest question of the week was, “When will LSU fire Les Miles”? That too was answered last night when when AD Joe Alleva said that Miles will remain the Head Coach.
So, with that said, what is left for this weekend – Conference Championship Saturday? Of the 7 conference championships that will be decided Saturday, only 3 will have playoff implications – the ACC (Clemson vs. UNC), the SEC (Alabama vs. Florida), and the Big 10 (Iowa vs. Michigan State). If Clemson wins, they are in the Final 4 and will be the #1 seed. Should Clemson lose, will UNC make the final 4? If UNC wins, will Clemson fall to #4 and still get in? The SEC Championship game should be a walkover. ‘Bama wins easily (27-3), the Gators just can’t score. The true play in game is in the Big 10. The Iowa – Michigan State winner is in the CFP and the loser goes home empty (the Rose Bowl game ain’t a bad consolation prize). It’s hard to believe that Iowa is in this position – the preseason prognosticators had them going 6-6 with the easiest schedule in major college football! On the other hand, it’s tough to pick against Sparty! This should be a nail biter! When it is all said and done, the Final Four will be Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, and…drum roll please…Michigan State!
What did we learn this past weekend? Oklahoma may be playing the best football in the country right now. I haven’t trusted “Big Game Bob” for the last several years but this team is really, really good! Clemson is vulnerable. If they continue to turn the ball over (fumbles) they are primed to get beat. Derrick Henry (RB from Alabama) will win the Heisman Trophy. Yesterday he toted the rock 46 times for 271 yards – start engraving the trophy now! National Coach of the Year should go to Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly. No team had had as many injuries as the Irish have had this year and he continues to bring in new players that have kept ND in the playoff hunt. Although they fell short yesterday, the Irish faithful have got to be proud of what the team has accomplished this year. Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz is very deserving also, but, the Hawkeyes did not have to play Ohio State, Michigan State, or Michigan this year! Everyone was looking forward to the Ohio State vs. Michigan game – the first of many between Harbaugh and Meyer but that was one sided early as the Luckeyes crushed the Wolverines. Maybe next year Jim! OSU played their best game of the year but last weeks debacle versus Sparty cost them a chance to repeat as National Champions. Looks like the Big 12 somewhat resembles the SEC. In the last few weeks they have all beat up on each other and knocked each other out of the title chase! Sound familiar?
Time for a little humor. Pretty soon we will be bombarded with Bowl games, most of which will be teams with a .500 record…or worse! A To Z has some bowl games that will never happen but sound interesting:
In the Century Link Ben Franklin Bowl UNC plays Baylor. First team to 100 wins! In the Nyquil ZZZ Bowl, we have Boston College vs. Florida. First team to 12 wins (over/under in this game is 21). In the AARP Retirement Bowl, Virginia Tech plays Missouri. Beamer vs. Pinkel in their final game – thanks for the memories! In the GPA IQ Bowl we have Stanford versus Duke. The Contrast Bowl matches Texas Tech and Navy – all pass vs. all run! This years Transfer Bowl pairs Michigan and Ole Miss – my transfer QB is better than your transfer QB! In the Remembrance Bowl, Oregon plays Ohio State – remember, this is the game we wanted LAST year! And finally, in the Coaches Hot Seat Bowl, sponsored by Tabasco Hot Sauce, Georgia meets LSU. Every time one of these schools lose a game, the fans want their coach fired!!!
A To Z Top 25:
- Clemson 12-0
- Alabama 11-1
- Oklahoma 11-1
- Iowa 12-0
- Michigan State 11-1
- Ohio State 11-1
- Stanford 10-2
- FSU 10-2
- Notre Dame 10-2
- UNC 11-1
- Baylor 9-2
- Oklahoma State 10-2
- Northwestern 10-2
- Oregon 9-3
- Ole Miss 9-3
- Florida 10-2
- TCU 10-2
- Temple 10-2
- Michigan 9-3
- Utah 9-3
- Navy 9-2
- Houston 11-1
- Memphis 9-3
- LSU 8-3
- USC 8-4
Conference Championship Saturday:
SEC – Alabama vs. Florida
ACC – Clemson vs. UNC
Big 10 – Iowa vs. Michigan State
AAC – Temple vs. Houston
PAC 12 – Stanford vs. USC
Conference USA – Southern Miss vs. Western Kentucky
Mountain West – San Diego State vs. Air Force
After this great weekend, all that’s left is the traditional Army – Navy game, the beginning of the coaching carousal, and then the bowl season kicks off! It’s been a truly remarkable year with great story lines, an emotional roller coaster ride, and broken dreams. We have seen coaching legends (Spurrier, Beamer, and Pinkel) ease into retirement and others on the weekly hot seat. There have been great individual performances and surprising team accomplishments. No matter what happens to close out this year, college football is the greatest game of all!
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Reunited! Shortly after touching down for a week-long tour of the Lesotho and South Africa, Prince Harry reunited with an old friend.
Prince Harry paid an emotional visit to a 15-year-old orphan he befriended years ago, and the 2 have been close friends ever since.
Harry met Mutsu Postane in 2004, when he was just 4. Mutsu’s parents had both died of AIDS, in an African country ravaged by the disease.
Back when Harry met Mutsu he opened an orphanage for children affected by HIV and AIDS.
Tony Romo UPDATE: Coach Jason Garrett said after Thursday’s 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers that X-ray results on Romo’s injured left collarbone – the same one the quarterback broke in Week 2 – were inconclusive.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo return from a broken collarbone lasted less than two games.
While X-rays on Romo’s re-injured left collarbone were inconclusive Thursday and the Cowboys have planned more tests for Friday, the quarterback is “done for the season,” a source close to Romo told ESPN.
Romo will have a CT scan on Friday after he was forced from Thursday’s 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers on the final play of the third quarter.
There are a number of explanations for the origin of the name of Thanksgiving’s favorite dinner guest. Some believe Christopher Columbus thought that the land he discovered was connected to India, and believed the bird he discovered (the turkey) was a type of peacock. He therefore called it ‘tuka,’ which is ‘peacock’ in Tamil, an Indian language.
Though the turkey is actually a type of pheasant, one can’t blame the explorer for trying.
The Native American name for turkey is ‘firkee’; some say this is how turkeys got their name. Simple facts, however, sometimes produce the best answers—when a turkey is scared, it makes a “turk, turk, turk” noise.
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Fun Facts about Turkeys
- The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
- The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
- A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.