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Big 12 Conference becoming butt of College Football Playoff rankings jokes

Big 12 Conference becoming butt of College Football Playoff rankings jokes
Yes, the Hawkeyes are in the traditional Big Ten Conference, but Iowa is to the B10 what Nebraska was in the old Big 12 – the king of a garbage heap. Of the other six teams in the Big 10 West Division, only two teams have a winning conference record.
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Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions – NFL Predictions, Odds and Betting Picks

Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions

The AFC East is going to be quite the battle this season, and despite the fact that New England no longer sits atop as the legit favorite, they will be in the hunt along with the Jets and Dolphins. After all, the Pats have won the division crown six of the past seven years and the one season they didn’t Tom Brady was lost in the season opener and they still tied the Dolphins atop the division. Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions

Sept. 12 Cincinnati at New England (1:00 PM)
Sept. 19 New England at N.Y. Jets (4:15 PM)
Sept. 26 Buffalo at New England (1:00 PM)
Oct. 4 New England at Miami (8:30 PM)
Oct. 17 Baltimore at New England (1:00 PM)
Oct. 24 New England at San Diego (4:15 PM)
Oct. 31 Minnesota at New England (4:15 PM)
Nov. 7 New England at Cleveland (1:00 PM)
Nov. 14 New England at Pittsburgh (8:20 PM)
Nov. 21 Indianapolis at New England (4:15 PM)
Nov. 25 New England at Detroit (12:30 PM)
Dec. 6 N.Y. Jets at New England (8:30 PM)
Dec. 12 New England at Chicago (1:00 PM)
Dec. 19 Green Bay at New England (8:20 PM)
Dec. 26 New England at Buffalo (1:00 PM)
Jan. 2 Miami at New England (1:00 PM)

That Pats’ NFL schedule ranks the sixth-hardest in the NFL for strength of schedule with an opponents’ cumulative record of 136-120 (.531). By comparison, the Pats’ division compatriots, the Jets, Dolphins and Bills, all have the 16th-toughest schedule.

Over the course of the season they will face a playoff team eight times, but six of those games will take place in Gillette Stadium. The only two playoff teams they’ll face on the road are the Jets and Chargers. New England will play five games against opponents that won 10 or more games in 2009 and will face every team from the AFC playoffs in 2009 as well as two from the NFC (Green Bay and Minnesota). Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions

Their usual rivalry match with the Colts is on the books again. Somehow it’s the eighth straight meeting between the two powers, the longest current streak between non-divisional opponents. The Colts have won five of the past six, and each of the past four including the playoffs have been Decided by four points or fewer. This will be the first time the game is in Foxboro since 2006.

Things don’t start easy for New England with divisional road games at the Jets and Dolphins – the Pats lost at both last year — coming before that early Week 5 bye. The Patriots don’t face another AFC East team until Week 13. That sure looks like a 2-2 start, even though New England gets to see the Jets without the suspended Santonio Holmes.

Then look at that six-game stretch following the bye, as there are five potential Super Bowl teams in there with the Ravens, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers and Colts. The only break comes at home against Cleveland. A 4-2 record there would be very nice and 3-3 at worst is doable.

The Pats play on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2002 and should handle the Lions, who haven’t won on Turkey Day since 2003. At least the Pats then get plenty of time off before a likely huge Monday nighter against the Jets that could well determine the division. In fact, the Pats are likely to be playing in some major winter weather in four of their final five games. It’s hard to see the Dolphins having much of a shot in Foxboro in January.

This looks like a 10-6 record to me for the second year in a row, so I would take the ‘over’ 9.5 for my NFL season win total football picks I would also still take the Pats to win the AFC East but this doesn’t look much like a Super Bowl team. Remember, this team won only one true road game in 2009 (at Buffalo, the win over the Bucs was in London). Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions

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NBA Playoff Reviews April 25

The most surprising is the Los Angeles Lakers being tied with the New Orleans Hornets.  Chris Paul had a triple double as the Hornets won game four and tied the series at 2-2.  Many had predicted that the Lakers would sweep this series, but the Hornets have giving them quite a fight.  Even being smaller in the front court the Hornets have held their own in the paint and scrap for every rebound.  The Lakers look like they took control of this series easily winning game three and hoping to end it five at home.  Chris Paul by himself has changed that.  He has looked like the Chris Paul of a few years ago.  He hadn’t shown his explosiveness all season until this series.  He had one cross over last night that almost broke Kobe Bryant’s ankles.  The Lakers for all their talent and championship pedigree have no killer instinct. Now they have a dog fight on their hands and this series will go at least 6 games.  Each team has won a game on the opposition’s home court.  The Lakers still have the advantage and will be favored, but anything can happen now in a three game series.

Not so surprising.  The Memphis Grizzlies leading the San Antonio Spurs.  This isn’t so surprising since the Grizzlies practically tanked their final three games stay in the eighth spot and meet the Spurs.  They knew they had a match up advantage up front with Randolph and Marc Gasol and could hold their own in the back court.  Tim Duncan has had a tough time controlling either player.  Outside of him the Spurs had no other big men that can help.  With Ginobili banged up the Spurs are in deep trouble, if they can’t win game four tonight, this series for purposes maybe over.  The Spurs do have experience advantage and can only hope that the Grizzlies who are very young get tight.


Not so surprising.

The Dallas Mavericks tied with the Portland Trailblazers.  The Mavericks had a chance to go up 3-1 and take control of the series but choked away a twenty three point lead.  Blowing that kind of can lead mess with your head, but the Mavericks are at home.  The Trailblazers have the momentum and may start thinking they are a team of destiny.  The Mavericks desperately need to win tonight or they could be facing elimination on the road and even worse, if they lose this series, having the team busted up.  This has happened too many times in the last few years.


The Blowouts

Oklahoma City Thunder up 3-0 over the Denver Nuggets.  I thought this series might go at least six games but after almost stealing game one the Nuggets have gone backwards.  They are having a tough time scoring and that is due to the Thunder defense improving with each game.  The Thunder should close this out tonight.

Boston Celtics sweeping the New York Knicks.  The Celtics had two close wins at home giving the Knicks hope that they could even the series at home.  But without Billups who got injured in game one and Stoudemire’s back flared up the Knicks were done. Carmelo could not carry the load by himself. This would have been a great time for Shaq to break a sweat.

The Miami Heat leading the Philadelphia 76ers 3-1, the Heat had a chance to sweep the 76ers but the 76ers show some heart and grit and get to return to Miami.  Not a bad place to start the off season.

Atlanta Hawks leading the Orlando Magic 3-1.  This is somewhat surprising but Hawks have done a great job letting Howard score and staying on the rest of the Magic shooters.

Chicago Bulls leading the Indiana Pacers 3-1.  Derrick Rose is leading the way but he hasn’t gotten a lot of help from the supporting cast.  His spraining his ankle is the last game has to be of concern.  Might be a good idea to close this series out tonight so Rose’s ankle to heal.  It won’t be easy because the Pacers have played the Bulls tough and could be tied with a break or two.




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| Justin Smith | Divisional Playoff vs Packers 2013 I ᴴᴰ 1080p |

Smith is expected to return to the field for Saturday night’s NFC divisional playoff game against Green Bay (12-5) at Candlestick Park, and, oh, how his teammates will welcome back “The Cowboy” as they try to chase down Aaron Rodgers and Co. Smith, the soft-spoken emotional leader of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s unit, missed the final two regular-season games with a partially torn left triceps muscle. His arm is now covered in a protective brace for practice, and everybody involved expects him to be ready to play for the NFC West champions (11-4-1). Coach Jim Harbaugh put it this way Wednesday: “God willing and the creek don’t rise, he will play.” Having the extra week of rest was a huge help for Smith’s health. San Francisco secured the NFC’s No. 2 seed with a win against Arizona and when Minnesota beat Green Bay in Week 17. It is the versatile Smith who makes this defense go – with his stingy pass-rushing and run-stopping. Sure, there’s Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith. And a talented, playmaking secondary. Smith is a smash-mouth footballer to the core. The definition of the blue-collar player Harbaugh so loves. Smith chips his teeth about once a season thanks to a refusal to wear a mouth guard because it restricts his breathing. “Justin, his presence just back on the practice field, I can tell you this, that there’s a character of our team that’s enhanced, is driven by Justin,” Harbaugh said earlier in the week. “And that’s the way I think of it
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Uffsides – Episode 7 – NFL Divisional Playoff Preview

Brad Wells, Colts blogger from StampedeBlue.com, joins Matt in the studio to preview all four divisional playoff games, reflect on Wild Card weekend, make Super Bowl predictions, and discuss some misguided preseason predictions. (There’s also some Rookie of the Year discussion, and Brad dares to besmirch the name of Robert Griffin III.) For alternate versions: VIDEO: itunes.apple.com AUDIO: itunes.apple.com
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The 2012 NFC south champion Atlanta Falcons, look to continue their domination throughout the playoffs. After a 13-3 Mike Smith/Matt Ryan duo, the birds clinched the No.1 seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. After a first round bye, the Seattle Seahawks visited Atlanta hoping to continue quarterback Matt Ryan and head coach Mike Smith’s playoff losing streak. Atlanta won in a gut wrenching last minute battle that resulted in a typical “Matty Ice” drive and a 49 yard field goal from kicker Matt Bryant for the win. Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers head to Atlanta sunday, looking to end the falcons playoff success and their journey to the 2nd superbowl in franchise history. However, the Atlanta Falcons have other plans. Rise up.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

NFL Playoff Preview: Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers | Bleacher Report

Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick was already the quarterback of the future for the 2012 San Francisco 49ers. But how big can he be for the Niners this season? Subscribe for more exclusive sports coverage: goo.gl Kaepernick ended the regular season with seven touchdown passes in his last three games. While 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was originally reluctant to install Kaepernick under center on a permanent basis after Alex Smith suffered a concussion, it’s clear that Kaepernick is keeping the starting job for the balance of the season. It’s unfair to say that Green Bay lucked out in their wild-card matchup against Minnesota, but with Christian Ponder out and Joe Webb at quarterback, the Packers cruised to advance at Lambeau. But they still gave up another 100-yard game to Adrian Peterson, a frightening prospect when considering Niners running back Frank Gore and the arsenal of other ball-carriers San Francisco possesses, including Kaepernick. Check out our video preview of Packers at 49ers. Enjoy our takes and predictions for the game, and leave your own in the comments section below. Be sure to check out all of our other previews for the divisional round. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com
Video Rating: 4 / 5