TDR: Cowboy take me away
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Third down: College Football Conference Championships
- SEC Championship: So the College Football Playoff essentially is starting a week early. No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia are meeting up in Atlanta to see who is the biggest and the baddest in the SEC. It’s a rematch of last year’s National Championship that ended with Bama winning in overtime. We will see a battle of the sophomore quarterbacks – Georgia’s Jake Fromm vs. Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Then there is the matchup of the Crimson Tide’s run defense against the Bulldog’s run game. 4 p.m. on CBS. Be there.
- Big 12 Championship: Re-re-re-remaaaatch. We are getting a second edition of the Red River Rivalry this weekend with No. 14 Texas and No. 5 Oklahoma meeting again for the Big 12 Championship. Players are already saying it’s going to be a dirty game … which means it will probably be a dirty game. Oklahoma has to win to make a strong case for inclusion in the Playoff, and Texas wants its first championship since 2009. When Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray (classic QB name) was asked if he respects Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, he said, “I’ve got no comment on that.” Well, dang, Kyler. Sam will see you tomorrow.
- Big 10 Championship: Annnnd this should be a walk in the park for the Buckeyes. No. 6 Ohio State is up against No. 21 Northwestern, and Urban Liar’s squad is the heavy favorite. He is telling his team to not get too comfy though – he said they have prepared like they did for Michigan last week. However, Northwestern has pulled off a couple upsets this year, and head coach Pat Fitzgerald has his eye on the prize. He spoke about how no one outside Northwestern would pick them to win the game except, “My mom and dad I guess would. I’m not even sure my sisters would. But I don’t need them.” Jeeze, the sisters taking a lot of heat. Northwestern’s defense will have to show up strong if Fitzgerald wants his sisters or anyone to get on board with a potential Wildcat win.
Thursday night football recap
Oh, ok Dallas. The Cowboys beat the Saints 13-10 in Thursday Night Football last night. What is going on. The Cowboys are on one right now with that massive upset. The Saints had only lost one game this season and were on a 10-game win streak heading into last night. The Cowboys have really turned the beat around as of late – they started the season 3-5 and have now won four straight. The star of the night was Dallas’ defense, who held a stellar Saints offense to 10 measly points. So it’s looking like we will see you in the playoffs, Dallas.
Move the Chains: NFL preview
- Patriots vs. Vikings – Hope you’re up for a challenge, Minnesota. The Vikings have a shot at the playoffs this year, but they are going to have to really work for it aka, shut Tom Brady down. Easier said than done. Even though QB Kirk Cousins was waxing poetic about Brady in the press conference, New England can’t sleep on him this week. Minnesota is coming off a statement victory over Green Bay, so they are looking good and feeling good this week.
- Chargers vs. Steelers – This is a very solid matchup. The Chargers are without their star running back Melvin Gordon bc of a knee injury. So they are going to have to get comfy with backup Austin Ekeler. The Steelers, on the other hand, are going to need to lock down those turnovers. They lost to Denver last week, but perhaps playing in front of a home crowd on Sunday Night Football will re-center them this week.
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