As we go into the closing weeks of the college football regular season, the four playoff teams are far from set. There are many one loss teams on the cusp, and a couple two loss teams that could sneak in. Also, many tough match ups and conference championship games could shake up the rankings significantly. There are a couple things to watch these last couple weeks.
1. Can Alabama win the Iron Bowl? If so they have a great shot of staying in the playoff.
2. Will lack of a conference championship game hurt TCU and Baylor? Both of these teams are one loss teams that could benefit (or suffer) from another chance to prove themselves.
3. Will Ohio State having a conference championship help or hurt them?
4. Can UCLA beat Oregon in the Pac-12 championship?
5. The Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss could be the most important game in terms of the fourth spot in the playoff.
6. If Florida State falls in the ACC championship, it would be hard for the committee to keep it in the top 4.
These are just a few of the many events that could change the landscape of the playoff when it is all said in done. The next few weeks will be some of the most interesting.
Yesterday was a great day as always to celebrate the efforts of our current and past military members. I thought the efforts in Washington D.C made for an even better day. The first ever Concert of Valor seemed to be a hit for the most part nationally. With a star studded lineup including Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, and Eminem, viewers definitely got some top notch entertainment. I felt it was a great opportunity for not only those artists, but other celebrities, such as Bryan Cranston, to voice their support for all those that protect our country each day.
With mostly positive reviews, I hope to see events like this come back each year. Not only concerts, but maybe parades and other joyful activities. It is important to show our support for the troops with more than just a day dedicated to them. I think Washington D.C took a step in the right direction with this event.
This weekend marked the approximate halfway point of the NFL season. Here are some of my thoughts on what has transpired.
1. The Patriots, not the Broncos or Seahawks, could be the team to beat. Tom Brady and a great pass defense have brought New England back to common territory, a top the AFC. The team is clicking on all cylinders, and just dismantled the Broncos.
2. Peyton will have to get home field advantage in the AFC to reach the super bowl again. My faith in him beating the Patriots or another AFC team on the road in the winter is minimal, just looking back in history. He is a different quarterback in the confines of Denver.
3. The NFC is up for grabs. The Seahawks are a shadow of the team that won the Super bowl last year. With off the field issues and other disputes, this team is very beatable. However, there is no team that is clearly better in the NFC, in my opinion. So far, the Cardinals would be my favorite to win, but I think the Packers and Cowboys could make a run. Also, the 49ers could improve and make a run at the right time.
4. This has been quite a year for quarterbacks so far. There has been your standard horrific play from the QB position for many teams. However, many have shined. Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tom Brady have all put up amazing numbers. There have also been many great single game performances from some mid-tier QBs, including Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, and Ryan Tannehill. Philip Rivers has seen a bounce back year as well.
5. The second half of this season is shaping up to be a great show. With no dominant teams, and many equal teams close to the top, the races for division winner and conference home field advantage should be fun to watch. I see many winners not being decided until the last week of the season, which always brings more excitement.