The weekend story has to be the college football playoff picture. The No. 2-ranked Clemson Tigers lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers on a last-second field goal. The Michigan Wolverines, ranked No. 3, lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes. The No. 4-ranked Washington Huskies dropped a home contest to the USC Trojans, who were red hot going into the football game. The most bizarre thing is the losses didn’t hurt Clemson or Michigan all that much. Clemson is still alive and if it wins out, will probably make the playoffs. Michigan dropped to No. 4 but will have to win out to make the playoffs. The Washington Huskies will have a tough road to get back because the Pac 12 is not getting much respect from the committee. The Louisville Cardinals have moved up to No. 3 and the Buckeyes up to No. 2. The Crimson Tide are No. 1 and will end up No. 1 unless the Auburn Tigers upset them in the Iron Bowl.
The captain obvious in this situation is Michigan or Ohio State will eliminate themselves from the playoff picture with a loss in the game in two weeks. Here is the monkey wrench to make matters worse. The Buckeyes beat Michigan and Penn State wins out and they should beat Rutgers and Sparty. The Penn State Nittany Lions will then play in the Big Ten Championship game. Yes, Penn State. The proverbial dark horse of the division. The bottom line is there are numerous scenarios left and three weeks of football yet to be played. How about those Western Michigan Broncos? They are still unbeaten and guess what? The ESPN College Game Day is coming to Kalamazoo Saturday! I love it; the small school getting some love.
More bad news
The quarterback for Michigan, Wilton Speight, has a broken collarbone. I expect John O’Korn to play this Saturday against Indiana. It’s a storyline to keep an eye on.
And the winner is…
The Detroit Tigers’ pitcher, Michael Fulmer, wins the AL Rookie of the Year award. The first Tiger pitcher since who, to win the award? Why of course it’s 2006 winner Justin Verlander. Fulmer finished with a 3.06 ERA and he pitched eight straight games allowing one run or less! I want you to think how hard that is to do in today’s game of baseball! One run or less baseball fans, that’s simply amazing. Let’s not forget the 33-1/3 scoreless innings, either, which is a quite impressive feat on the hill.
I want to let all Tiger fans know that if J.D. Martinez is your favorite Tiger, there is a strong chance he will be traded this winter. I think the “Pizza Man” has ordered a huge payroll slash to the Tigers baseball team. The Tigers have spent money and produced no October baseball the last few years. Mr. Ilitch has seen enough of his money wasted. The Upton signing was probably the last straw. He was a waste of money for two thirds of the season. I give Upton credit, though, because he did produce late in the season.
Lions in first!
The bye week proved to be quite beneficial to our lovely Motor City Kitty Kats. The Packers lost to the Titans and the Vikings to the Redskins. Those losses propelled the Lions into first-place status! What? First-place Lions? Boy, I have not the hit the keyboard with those words very often over the last decades of writing. The Lions cannot stand prosperity, so it would only be fitting if they lose Sunday to Jacksonville or Turkey Day to the Minnesota Vikings. Then we all scream our favorite Lions phrase: SAME OLD LIONS! These are two games Detroit is supposed to win and increase its record to 7-4, and stay in first place! The Lions are not great by any stretch of the imagination but first place is first place. Am I right? Can I get a large Lions RRRROOOOAAAARRRR! email@example.com
CAROLINA – 3 over New Orleans
INDIANAPOLIS – 3 over Tennessee
DETROIT – 6.5 over Jacksonville
Tampa Bay + 7.5 over KANSAS CITY
Chicago + 7 over NY GIANTS
MINNESOTA + 1 over Arizona
Buffalo + 3 over CINCINNATI
DALLAS – 7 over Baltimore
CLEVELAND + 8 over Pittsburgh
Miami – 1 over L. A. RAMS
New England – 12.5 over SAN FRANCISCO
SEATTLE – 6 over Philadelphia
WASHINGTON – 2.5 over Green Bay
OAKLAND – 6 over Houston
LAST WEEK: 6-8; SEASON: 65-75-8
BEST BET: 2-8; BEST BET: SEATTLE