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Friday, September 25, 2020

Let’s Talk Sports: Weekend roundup

Week 7 of the NFL season and week 8 of the college football season again proved that football is a crazy, unpredictable game. NFL teams continued to beat up on each other with just 8 of 32 teams coming away with a winning record when the week concluded. In college play, despite just one game putting two ranked teams against each other week 8 still managed to see four ranked teams fall. That includes #3 Utah and #9 Florida State who lost to unranked conference foes on the road.

Quick hitters from NFL week 7:

  • Even after a slow start, the Seahawks are still the Seahawks. A dominating 20-3 win on national television has seemed to quiet the negative whispers Hawks fans were hearing after losing to Cincinnati and Carolina. The defense played with a chip on their shoulder and Marshawn Lynch looked healthy and true to form.

    Photo by: Marcio Jose Sanchez
    Photo by: Marcio Jose Sanchez
  • Team that is the most positive surprise? The Oakland Raiders. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper look like a connection that will put up points for years to come. The schedule is relatively soft the rest of the way (Detroit, Tennessee, Kansas City twice) and if they can stay within striking distance of Denver in the AFC West it’ll be interesting to see how they perform against them in week 14.
  • Who is going to win the NFC East? The Giants lead at 4-3 and just beat Dallas on Sunday Night Football. But, Washington had an impressive come from behind win that could jumpstart their season as they sit at 3-4 along with Philadelphia. After all, Quarterback Kirk Cousins sure believes in his team:

  • The Dolphins are putting up a ton of points and winning with interim coach Dan Campbell. The Jets proved they can play with New England, it’s up to Miami to prove they can do the same this coming week.

Quick hitters from college football week 8:

  • Wazzu put the Pac-12 on notice that they are for real with a 45-42 victory in Tucson over Arizona. Luke Falk is playing out of his mind but we’ll find out more about the Cougars this week when they take on Stanford for first place in the Pac-12 North on Halloween night in Pullman.
  • Ohio State went to J.T. Barrett under center and came away with a 49-7 victory. The Buckeyes are still a work in progress which is fine because they’ll have two more weeks to mesh with Barrett before taking on Michigan State and Michigan.

    Photo by: Marvin Fong
    Photo by: Marvin Fong
  • Wow did Clemson look good against Miami or what? The 58-0 win led to the firing of Miami’s head coach, but lost in that news break is how good the Tigers are. Playing in the ACC may be a walk in the park but you can’t ignore what they’re doing and a playoff berth is looking increasingly likely.
  • Second ranked Baylor has lost starting Quarterback Seth Russell for the season just before they’re about to run through the gauntlet of their schedule. You never know what you’ll get out of a backup but it doesn’t look good for the Bears with two fellow undefeated teams left to play, both on the road.

Top five from the AP top 25 poll:

Top five from the AP top 25 poll

 

Games to watch this weekend:

Seattle at Dallas

Miami at New England

Green Bay at Denver

#8 Stanford at Washington State

#9 Notre Dame at #21 Temple

#11 Florida vs. Georgia

College Football Playoff Prediction as we stand:

Ohio State, Clemson, LSU, TCU

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