After a wacky and wild NFL year the playoffs can finally be discussed with some well accuracy. The AFC all but the seedings and playoff fodder (read AFC South and West) are decided. I suppose it's some sort of race to decide if KC or San Diego or Oakland make it. Or if Indy can claw its way back into the division race but does anyone really think any of those above mentioned teams can win the AFC?
The NFC playoff race appears to be a little more interesting as there's a number of good teams on the outside (read Green Bay) and those inside are tightly bunched with uncertainty all of over the place as to home field/byes. While Chicago is in good position at the moment they probably have the toughest remaining schedule (New England, Jets, Green Bay) so I'm uncertain where they will end up.
It seemed inevitable that the Favre era (if this is the end) should end with injuries and controversy. It just seems appropriate.
The last week of College Football was pretty anti-climatic. No controversy. No sudden death insanity. Really no upsets. Pretty much by the books, better team won out. The result is that the BCS has a number of great bowls. Yes it's easy to complain about who was left out (guess what Sparty next time don't get blown out by 31 to a mediocre team) or who was left in (any Big East school) but no system would get it right so I say to the haters, have a coke and a smile and STFU.
While next week I'll go more in depth with bowl analysis a few things to note. The obvious is this probably the first Mythical Championship where both teams have average (at best) defenses. This might be the insane shootout ESPN has been waiting for . I say might as more time to scheme I think benefits the D. I think. That said the story that will be played up 5... as in the SEC is going for its 5th straight National title. This is the first time the SEC and PAC have faced one another on this stage. Other stories to follow: 4 Big 10 v. SEC Bowl Games, Utah v. Boise the Best not AQ matchup bowl. Air Force v. G-Tech old fashioned bowl (both run the triple option) and Miami v. Notre Dame (the has been bowl). Other bowls people are excited for?
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