The Football Weekend Review

After the weekend’s games, things will change in both the Top Four and the Top Ten of the Playoff Rankings. #3 Ohio State got beat up at home versus Michigan State. They looked so bad that it wouldn’t surprise me if Ohio State gets beaten badly in Ann Arbor against rival Michigan this Saturday. Personally, I feel Ohio State has been a fraud all season. They have underachieved and could very well have lost another two or three games. The comments by some of the Ohio State players after the loss to Michigan State showed that some of these players are nothing but hired mercenaries. Get in there three years and kiss college football goodbye. Zeke Elliott’s and Cardale Jones's words and tweets are telling. These kids are not team players and it will affect their draft standing. Like I have been saying for weeks, there would not be an undefeated Big 12 team at season’s end. Baylor easily beat #6 Oklahoma State in Stillwater to knock the Cowboys from the unbeaten ranks. The next big conference game is Oklahoma at Oklahoma State this Saturday. If Oklahoma wins they have an outside chance to get into the Playoff, but only if a beaten up #4 Notre Dame loses at Stanford. Notre Dame’s only loss is a two pointer at #1 Clemson in a hurricane. With all the injuries Notre Dame has suffered, it is remarkable that they are 10-1. In the preseason they lost starting nose tackle Jarron Jones to an ACL. In the opening game they lost starting running back Tarean Folston In game two they lost their starting quarterback Malik Zaire to an ankle fracture and then this past week they lost starting corner KaiVarae Russell to a leg fracture. While Notre Dame had the depth to make up for the other injuries, they don’t have strong secondary depth and the Russell loss could be huge in this week’s game at Stanford. Running back C.J. Procise will also miss the Stanford game with an ankle sprain. #5 Iowa seems to look stronger every week, but let’s face it, they haven’t played a tough schedule. Their toughest game of the season could well be this week when they travel to Nebraska. While the Cornhuskers have only won five games, they have won two straight including a won over Michigan State. This game will be very important in Iowa’s drive to the Playoff. If they win this week, they will have to most likely beat Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship. The winner of the Big Championship will almost assuredly be in the Playoff. Barring an upset, Clemson and Alabama look like locks to be in the Playoff as each will be heavily favored in their respective conference championship games. The NFL The Carolina Panthers keep rolling along. They now stand at a perfect 10-0 after their 44 – 16 win over Washington. Looking at their remaining schedule, the Panthers are better than even money to go 16-0 in the regular season. Carolina could very well lock up the NFC South in another two weeks. Three and maybe four more wins will give them home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs, and they don’t have to play any of the teams they are in contention with. Their biggest competition for home field is Arizona, and the Cardinals remaining schedule is much tougher than Carolina’s. The most disappointing team in the NFL this season has to be the Philadelphia Eagles. Right now they sit at 4-6 and are coming off two straight home field losses. Yesterday’s 38 – 17 loss to Tampa Bay was telling as the Eagle defense didn’t show up and the offense wasn’t much better. Early in the season, their Thanksgiving Day matchup in Detroit looked like an easy win, but right now the Lions are playing much improved football and will be favorites. I would say it is a good bet that Chip Kelly won’t be the Eagles' Head Coach in 2016. If that happens, there will be changes in the Eagles front office as well. Follow Greg on Twitter @Greggabe

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