SPORTS AVENGER 11/23/12

by TOM WEPPEL
Needless to say, this is a huge weekend for college football.
The one game oh, so many will have their eyes on will be out in Los Angeles, where USC will be hosting undefeated, #1 Notre Dame. All those who run the BCS are hoping and praying that the Irish pull off the win in this last, final regular season contest. If they were to lose, and have the Trojans upset them, then the BCS will be thrown completely into a mess and a tailspin, to say the very least. You would then have a number of teams with only one loss, and it will be virtually impossible to determine which two of those will be worthy of competing for the Championship.
Seriously…you could be looking at Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State, Georgia, Florida State, and a number of others…all at the top of the heap, wanting to be considered for the BCS final. It would not be a good deal.
And so we shall see how things go out in L.A. on Saturday. To me, it is indeed quite possible for USC to come out of this contest with a win…a win they would certainly love to have to cap off what has not been the best season for the program.
In the meantime, there are a number of other games to keep an eye on. Michigan will travel to Ohio to play the unbeaten Buckeyes in a traditional grudge match…The Florida Gators will head over to Tallahassee to play the FSU Seminoles…the Oregon Ducks will visit the Oregon State Beavers…South Carolina will travel to Clemson…and a few other games will feature major state schools going head-to-head…
So, at the end of the day, when the dust has settled, we will see who does what to whom, and who is worthy of being looked upon as the ‘top of the heap’, so to speak…

MEANWHILE…the National Football League has a couple of interesting contests ready to be played this weekend, as we get closer and closer to the playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have compiled a decent season (6-4)…playing a little better than many had expected. On Sunday, they will host the Atlanta Falcons (9-1), a team who has also done very well, but looked a little off last weekend, barely beating the Cardinals. It should be interesting to see what the Bucs can and will do against the Falcons. One of the keys will be to see how Tampa rookie RB Doug Martin plays. He has compiled 1,000 so far this season…good for third in the League. If he can run well and establish a game, then Atlanta might be in trouble…
In New Orleans, the Saints (5-5) are on a three-game win streak. They will be hosting a 7-2 49ers squad that will once again start QB Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick played well last week in the Niners win over the Bears, 32-7. But the Saints are very much wanting to keep their streak going. QB Drew Brees leads the League in TD passes (28). It should be an entertaining contest…
Then on Sunday night, we will see the Packers (7-3) head to the Meadowlands to face the 6-4 Giants. New York has lost their last two games, while Green Bay is on a five-game winning streak. The Giants very much want to win this contest, if for no other reason then to show they are indeed a team with some strength, as they get closer to the postseason. We’ll see if they can overcome the Packers…

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