Wednesday, December 30, 2015

FOOTBALL NEWS AFTER WEEK SIXTEEN

FROM THE DESK OF THE “FUGITIVE” COMMISSIONER 

Hello Football Fans,

There is only one week remaining in the NFL regular season, with 11 of the 12 playoff teams determined but with only 1 of the 12 seedings fixed.


In college, the bowl games roll on.  The CFP Semifinals will be played on Thursday night, New Year's Eve.

Happy New Year, and enjoy.

The Fugitive Commissioner of the FFHL
 
NFL 
 
There is only ONE week remaining in the regular season.  All sixteen games will be played on Sunday, December 27th (no Thursday or Monday game). 
 
TEN of the twelve playoff teams have now been determined.  However, there is only one team whose seeding in the playoffs is set in stone. 

The eleventh playoff team is almost certainly going to be the Houston Texans, who have all but clinched the AFC South Division title and #4 seed in the AFC.  


Indianapolis still has a faint chance to become the division champion; the Colts must win, have HOU lose, and have seven other teams win in Week#17 (ATL, MIA, DEN, BAL, BUF, OAK, PIT).  For you gamblers out there, that is a nine-team money line parlay with astronomical odds to win. 
 
The twelfth playoff team will be either the NY Jets or the PIT Steelers.  The Jets earn a playoff spot with a win at Buffalo in Week #17.  And even if the Jets lose, they will still get into the playoffs if Pittsburgh loses at Cleveland. 
 
NFL ACTION – UNDERDOG WINNERS 
 
SEVEN underdogs won outright in 16 NFL games this week for an upset rate of 43.8% (25.0% the previous week).   
 
On Saturday night, Washington (+3) won handily at Philadelphia, 38-24, and clinched the NFC East Division title in a huge shocker.  The Skins were projected in the preseason to end up in the cellar. 
 
Chicago (+3) won at Tampa Bay, 26-21. 
 
Atlanta (+6h) won at home over previously undefeated Carolina, 20-13, and the Falcons at the time remained faintly alive for a playoff spot.  The CAR Panthers’ 18-game winning streak in the regular season was snapped. 
UPDATE: The Falcons were later eliminated from the playoffs when Minnesota won. 
 
NFL History: 
Two weeks ago, Carolina smoked Atlanta 38-0. 
Atlanta is only the fifth team in the last 20 years to lose to a team by 38 points and then beat the same team later in the season. 
The others: 
2010 NY Jets (New England) 
2000 Chicago (Tampa Bay) 
1999 Cleveland (Pittsburgh) 
1998 Indianapolis (NY Jets) 
 
Indianapolis (+2h) won at Miami, 18-12, even after having to finish the game with their 3rd string QB Charlie Whitehurst after backup Matt Hasselbeck was injured in the second quarter. 

The IND Colts remained alive for a chance to win the AFC South Division title and make the playoffs.  However, Whitehurst was injured (hamstring) during the game, has been placed on “injured reserve”, and is out for the year.  Hasselbeck has a strain in the AC joint of his throwing shoulder, and Andrew Luck still has a lacerated kidney.  That leaves only one upright QB still on the Indy roster - Stephen Morris, who was just signed last week off the PHI Eagles’ practice squad.  The team worked out free agent Josh Freeman, whose last action was in the FXFL in October, but he has not been signed to date. 
The Colts’ opponent for Week #17 is Tennessee, whose starting QB Marcus Mariota is still questionable (maybe doubtful) to play in the game with a strained MCL. 

[Editorial Comment: it’s hard for teams to stay healthy with a 16-game schedule; does the NFL really want to push for 18 games?  And look at Cincinnati’s QB situation; they could be reduced to their #3 QB Keith Wenning (Ball State) for Week #17 in which the Bengals are playing for a “bye” week in the first round of the playoffs]. 
 
SECOND-GUESSER OF THE WEEK 
NY Jets (+3) beat visiting New England 26-20 in overtime.  The Patriots won the coin toss to begin the overtime period and chose to “kick off” rather than to receive the ball first (in hindsight, the wrong call by HC Belichick).  The NE Pats’ offense never got the ball in the extra period, as the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets, marched 80 yards in only five plays for the winning touchdown. 


If you need a reason for the decision by Belichick, it was probably because his offense was struggling and he didn’t want the team to go 3-and-out and then have to punt and give the Jets good field position and an easier chance to get into FG range for the win. 
 
NFL History: 
Since the change of the overtime rules away from true “sudden death”, only two other times has a team chosen to kick off (rather than receive); both teams won the game. 
2013 New England defeated Denver 
2015 Minnesota defeated St. Louis   
 
 
SHOCKERS OF THE WEEK 
Baltimore (+10) beat visiting Pittsburgh, 20-17, and the Steelers are now in jeopardy of not making the playoffs.  They are one game behind the NY Jets for a wild card spot with only one week to go. 
 
St. Louis (+13) won at Seattle, 23-17, but the Seahawks had already clinched a playoff spot prior to the game. 
 
DIVISIONAL RACES 
 
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE 
 
AFC EAST: NEW ENGLAND (12-3)division winner 
The NY Jets (10-5) beat visiting New England in overtime, 26-20, and are still battling with Pittsburgh (9-6) for a wild card playoff spot. 


AFC NORTH: CINCINNATI (11-4)division winner 
The Bengals lost at Denver on Monday night, 20-17 in overtime, and are now still fighting for a “bye” week in the playoffs.  In Week #17, Cincy needs a win over Baltimore and a loss by Denver, since the Broncos would win the tiebreaker for the #2 seed (Cincinnati would also lose a tiebreaker to New England). 
 
AFC WEST:   
DENVER (11-4) clinched a playoff spot with a win on Monday night over Cincinnati, 20-17 in overtime.  Denver can still get the #1 seed in the AFC, since they hold the tiebreaker over New England if the Patriots lose at Miami in Week #17 (and of course the Broncos must beat the visiting Chargers).  
However, the Broncos have not clinched the division title, holding only a one-game lead over the KC Chiefs (10-5), who beat visiting Cleveland 17-13 on Sunday.  Kansas City clinched a playoff berth. 
DIVISION TITLE:  With the tiebreaker advantage, the KC Chiefs will win the AFC West with a Week #17 win over Oakland combined with a Denver loss to San Diego. 
 
AFC SOUTH 
HOUSTON (8-7) won at Tennessee on Sunday, 34-6, and holds a one-game lead in the division over Indianapolis (7-8).  The Colts still has a shot to win the division, but as mentioned above, they have to win a “nine-team” parlay. 
The division winner gets the AFC #4 seed in the playoffs, and the runner-up is eliminated. 
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE 
 
NFC SOUTH: CAROLINA (14-1)division winner 
After a loss, the Panthers still haven’t clinched the #1 seed in the NFC. 
 
 
NFC WEST:  ARIZONA (13-2)division winner 
The Cardinals clinched a “bye” week in the playoffs with a blowout win over visiting Green Bay, 38-8. 
 
 
NFC EAST:  WASHINGTON (8-7)division winner 
The WSH ‘Skins clinched the division title with a win at Philadelphia (6-9) on Saturday night, 38-24, and will be the only team from this division to play in the postseason. 
 
NFC NORTH: 
GREEN BAY (10-5) and MINNESOTA (10-5) are tied for the division lead after the GB Packers lost at Arizona on Sunday, 38-8, and the MIN Vikings beat visiting NY Giants on Sunday, 49-17.  The division winner will be determined in the head-to-head matchup between these two teams in Week #17 at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. 

Both teams have clinched a playoff spot. 
 
NFL PLAYOFF CONTENDERS 
 
With only ONE game remaining in the regular season, following is a snapshot of how the playoff picture looks at this point: 
 
NFC SEEDINGS PROJECTION 
 
#1 Carolina (14-1) Panthers’ win clinches #1 seed 
#2 Arizona (13-2) AZ Cardinals hold tiebreaker over Carolina 
#3 Green Bay (10-5) or Minnesota (10-5) 
#4 Washington (8-7) LOCKED IN 
#5 Seattle (9-6) Playoff spot clinched 
#6 Minnesota (10-5) or Green Bay (10-5) 
 
Still alive: no other teams can qualify for playoffs 
 
AFC SEEDINGS PROJECTION 
 
#1 New England (12-3) Patriots secure #1 seed with win 
#2 Denver (11-4) Broncos would have tiebreaker over NE 
#3 Cincinnati (11-4) Loses tiebreaker to both NE & DEN 
#4 Houston (8-7) virtually” LOCKED IN 
#5 Kansas City (10-5) Could still win division & get #3 seed 
#6 NY Jets (10-5) Playoff spot NOT clinched yet 
 
Still alive: 
Pittsburgh (9-6) needs a win and a Jets’ loss 
Indianapolis (7-8), but only if division winner, and must hit 9-team parlay 
 
THE PLAYOFFS - WILD CARD WEEKEND 
 
The Wild Card Weekend will consist of four games, two on Saturday, January 9th and two on Sunday, January 10th.  The #3 seeds in each conference will host the #6 seeds, and the #4 seeds will host the #5 seeds. 
 
The #1 and #2 seeds in each conference will have a “bye” on this weekend. 
 
COLLEGE 
 
FBS COLLEGE BOWL GAMES  
 
CATCH-UP FROM FFHL WEEK #15 
 
TUESDAY, DEC 22ND 
 
Utah State -6h vs. Akron Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID 
UPSET RESULTS: AKR 23, UT.ST 21 
In the 7th bowl game of this postseason, this game marked the first underdog straight-up winner. 
 
CFP#24 Temple -2 vs. Toledo Boca Raton Bow lBoca Raton, FL 
UPSET RESULTS: TOL 32, TEMP 17 
 
WEDNESDAY, DEC 23RD 
 
Boise State -8h vs. Northern Illinois Poinsettia Bowl San Diego, CA 
RESULTS: BSU 55, NIU 7 
After three quarters, Northern Illinois had gained less than 20 total yards from scrimmage (including negative 20 yards rushing). 
 
Bowling Green -7h vs. GA Southern GoDaddy Bowl Mobile, AL 
UPSET RESULTS: GA.SOU 58, BGSU 27 
The BGSU Falcons were ahead 27-23 at halftime, but it was all GSU Eagles after intermission and the resulting blowout by the underdog over the favorite. 
 
THURSDAY, DEC 24TH (Christmas Eve) 
 
W. Michigan -3h vs. MID Tennessee Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas 
RESULTS: W.MI 45, MdTEN 31 
The game was tied 24-24 after three quarters; the WMU Broncos took over in the final stanza, and RB Jamauri Bogan rushed for 215 yards and 4 TD’s on only 19 carries. 
 
San Diego State -1 vs. Cincinnati Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI 
RESULTS: SDSU 42, CIN 7 
Cincinnati ended up not playing QB Gunner Kiel, and his backup threw three interceptions; the Aztecs won the turnover battle 3-0.
 
 
FBS COLLEGE BOWL GAMES – FFHL WEEK #16 
 
SATURDAY, DEC 26TH 
 
Marshall -4h vs. Connecticut St. Petersburg Bowl Saint Petersburg, FL 
RESULTS:  MARSH 16, UCONN 10 
The MU Thundering Herd kicked an “insurance” 32-yard FG with 1:44 remaining in the game to cover the spread by 1½ points. 
 
WA State -2h vs. Miami of FL Sun Bowl El Paso, TX 
RESULTS: WSU 20, MIA.FL 14 
The WSU Cougars took a 20-7 halftime lead and then hung on for the victory (and cover ATS) in snowy El Paso, forcing several red zone turnovers by “The U” Hurricanes.  WA State won a bowl game for the first time since the 2003 Holiday Bowl. 
 
Washington -8h vs. S. Mississippi Heart of Dallas Bowl Dallas, TX 
RESULTS: U-DUB 44, USM 31 
The UW Huskies started 12 freshman and sophomores and never trailed in the game, although the USM Golden Eagles tied the game 24-24 on a TD with three minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter.  But on the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive, U-Dub RB Myles Gaskin ran 86 yards to paydirt to quickly retake the lead and the Huskies never looked back.  Gaskin rushed for 181 yards and 4 TD’s on 26 carries. 
 
Indiana -2 vs. Duke Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium, NYC 
UPSET RESULTS: DUKE 44, IND 41 (OT) 
In a game with six lead changes, Indiana scored a TD late in the 3rd quarter to recapture the lead, 31-27 and then kicked a FG early in the 4th quarter to lead 34-27.  On the ensuing kickoff, the Blue Devils returned it 98 yards to tie the game with 11 minutes to go.  The UI Hoosiers took the lead again on a TD with only 4 minutes remaining in regulation, but Duke responded on a 13-play, 78-yard TD drive, leaving only 41 seconds on the clock and sending the game into overtime. 
 
The Devils got first possession and settled for a FG; Indiana was stopped and set up for a 38-yard FG to tie the game, but the kick went over the right goal post and was ruled “no good” (play by rule was not reviewable).  Game over.   
 
Duke won a bowl game for the first time in 54 years! (1961 Cotton Bowl) 
 
Virginia Tech -13h vs. Tulsa Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA 
RESULTS: VA.TK 55, TULSA 52 
After a wild 1st quarter ending with VA Tech ahead 24-21, the Hokies took charge, led by as much as 24 points, and was still ahead 55-37 after kicking a FG with 11 minutes remaining in the game (covering ATS by 4 points).  But the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes responded with two unanswered TD’s, easily covered the spread, and almost won the game. 
 
 
UCLA -6h vs. Nebraska Foster Farms Bowl Santa Clara, CA 
UPSET RESULTS: NEB 37, UCLA 29 
The Bruins led 21-7 in the middle of the second quarter, but the Cornhuskers scored 30 unanswered points to take a 37-21 early in the fourth quarter.  UCLA finally scored a responding TD and 2-point PAT with 11½ minutes remaining in regulation play to make it a “one-score” game, but the Bruins’ final two drives ended in a missed FG and an interception in the end zone. 
Nebraska (6-7 record) ended a disappointing season on a positive note. 
 
MONDAY, DEC 28TH 
 
Pittsburgh +3 at CFP#21 Navy Military Bowl Annapolis, MD 
RESULTS: NAVY 44, PITT 28 
Navy QB Keenan Reynolds rushed for 3 touchdowns in this game, recapturing the all-time Division I record for career TD’s that he had lost to LA Tech’s RB Kenneth Dixon last week.  Reynolds ends his college career with 88 TD’s; Dixon finished his career with 87.  Reynolds also rushed for 4,559 yards during his college career, another all-time FBS record for quarterbacks. 
 
Minnesota -6 vs. Central Michigan Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI 
RESULTS: MINN 21, C.MICH 14 
Minnesota scored a late TD to take the lead by five points, and then converted on the 2-point conversion to win by seven points and cover ATS by 1 point. 
The MIN Golden Gophers got their first bowl win since 2004, snapping an ugly 7-game bowl losing streak.   
Factoid: 
There were three teams that received a bowl invitation with 5-7 regular season records (because there were not enough “qualifying” teams to fill 80 bowl spots).  All three of them, including Minnesota, won their bowl games (Nebraska, San Jose State). 
 
 
TUESDAY, DEC 29TH 
 
California -7 vs. Air Force Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX 
RESULTS: to be played tonight 
 
CFP#17 Baylor -1h vs. CFP#10 UNC Russell Athletic Bowl Orlando, FL 
RESULTS: to be played tonight 
 
Colorado State -3 vs. Nevada Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ 
RESULTS: to be played tonight 
 
CFP#20 LSU -7 vs. Texas Tech Texas Bowl Houston, TX 
RESULTS: to be played tonight 
 
 
WEDNESDAY, DEC 30TH 
 
Memphis +3 vs. Auburn Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL 
RESULTS: to be played tomorrow night 
 
Mississippi St -5h vs. NC State Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC 
RESULTS: to be played tomorrow night 
 
Texas A&M +4h vs. Louisville Music City Bowl Nashville, TN 
RESULTS: to be played tomorrow night 
 
CFP#25 USC -3h vs. Wisconsin Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA 
RESULTS: to be played tomorrow night 
 
FFHL RESULTS – WEEK FIFTEEN 
Overall, we FFHL’ers posted a decent record of 43-36-5 ATS (54.2%).  In college games we were a monkey-like 12-12-5 ATS (50.0%).  In the NFL, we posted a solid record of 31-24-0 ATS (56.4%).    We selected only 12 underdogs and posted a record of 5-7-0 ATS (41.7%).  With the college ‘dogs, we were 0-3-0 ATS (0.0%) and with NFL ‘dogs we were 5-4-0 ATS (55.6%). 
 
FFHL RESULTS – WEEK SIXTEEN 
The FFHL Week#16 continues through Wednesday, December 30th. 
 
FFHL LOP-SIDED and CONTESTED PICKS AGAINST THE SPREAD (ATS) 
 
Listed below is a breakdown of ALL of our 84 picks for Week#16. 
In college bowl games, we had 8 contrary picks (16%) out of 50 picks.   
In the NFL, we had 5 contrary picks (15%) out of 34 total NFL picks. 
 
 ATS Picks 
Team               For-Against                       Result / Unsolicited comments 
 
KC Chiefs      -10h vs. CLE        5-0 LOSS, a lackluster Kansas City win, 17-13 
PIT Steelers   -10 at BAL           4-0 LOSS, Baltimore wins outright, 20-17 
WSH ‘Skins    +3 at PHI             4-1 WIN, Washington wins outright, 38-24 
CAR Panthers  -6h at ATL          3-0 LOSS, Atlanta wins outright, 20-13 
NE Patriots      -3 at NYJ            3-0 LOSS, Jets win outright in OT, 26-20 
DET Lions      -10 vs. SF            2-0 WIN, Detroit wins 32-17 to cover by 5 pts. 
SEA ‘Hawks   -13 vs. STL         2-2 STL Rams win outright, 23-17, to cover ATS 
CIN Bengals     +3 at DEN         1-1 TIE, Denver won in overtime, 20-17 
CHI Bears        +3 at TB Bucs    1-1  CHICAGO wins outright, 26-21, to cover ATS 
NY Giants        +5h at MIN         1-0 LOSS, Minnesota won handily, 49-17 
AZ Cardinals    -5 vs. GB           1-0 WIN, Arizona wins handily, 38-8, to cover by 25 
BUF Bills         -6 vs. DAL         1-0 WIN, Buffalo wins 16-6 to cover ATS by 4 points 
NOR Saints      -3h vs. JAX        1-0 WIN, New Orleans wins 38-27 to cover ATS by 8 
 
Marshall          -4h vs. UConn     4-0 WIN, The Herd covers on 4th qtr. FG, 16-10 
UCLA              -6h vs. Nebraska 4-0LOSS, NEB ‘Huskers win outright, 37-29 
LSU                 -7 vs. TX Tech    4-0 
Navy               -3 vs. Pittsburgh   5-2WIN, Navy won 44-28 to cover by 13 points 
Miss St           -5h vs. NC State   4-1 
USC               -3h vs. Wisconsin 4-1 
WA State       -2h vs. MIA.FL     3-0 WIN, WSU Cougars win 20-14 to cover by 3½ 
UNC              -3 vs. Baylor         3-1 
CAL              -7 vs. Air Force    3-2 
Minnesota     -5 vs. C. Mich       2-0 WIN, late 2-point PAT gives Gophers the cover 
Auburn          -2h vs. Memphis   2-1 
TX A&M     +4h vs. Louisville  1-0 
 
Duke            +2h vs. Indiana       1-0 WIN, Blue Devils win outright in OT, 44-41 
Colorado St  -3 vs. NEV            1-0 
Tulsa          +14 vs. VA Tech      1-0 WIN, Tulsa loses only 55-52 to cover by 11 points 
 
NFL STATS 
 
In the 16th week: 
ATS                     STRAIGHT-UP 
Record                Record 
 
FAVORITES       6-9-1 (40.6%)      9-7 (56.2%) 
HOME TEAMS  8-7-1 (53.1%)     11-5 (68.8%) 
 
NFL - CUMULATIVE after 16 weeks: 
 
ATS                     STRAIGHT-UP 
Record                Record 
 
FAVORITES   110-122-8 (47.5%)  150-90 (62.5%) 
HOME TEAMS 111-117-8 (48.7%)  128-108 (54.2%) 
 
FOOTBALL NEWS and MINUTIA 
 
NFL – RACE FOR THE #1 OVERALL DRAFT PICK 
 
The #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is still up for grabs. 
Here is the latest list of contenders: 
Tennessee3-12 
Cleveland3-12 
San Diego4-11 
San Francisco4-11 
Dallas4-11 
Tennessee will get the #1 overall pick with a loss in Week #17 at Indianapolis, since the Titans hold the “lower strength of schedule” tiebreaker over Cleveland. 
 
COLLEGE COACHING CHANGES 
 
Texas State 
TSU Bobcats’ head coach Dennis Franchione retired after five years at the school.  He had previously been a head coach at TCU, Alabama, Texas A&M, and other schools during his 35-year HC career (20 years in FBS). 
 
Brigham Young University 
Ty Detmer, legendary QB for BYU from 1987-1991 (and Heisman Trophy winner in 1990), will be the new offensive coordinator at his alma mater. 
The Cougars’ QB depth chart will be a bit thinner next year. 
With QB Taysom Hill possibly returning, and with Hill’s replacement, Tanner Mangum, definitely returning, QB McCoy Hill has decided to transfer out of BYU and continue his collegiate playing career at FCS Southern Utah. 
Detmer, age 48, has never coached at the collegiate level; he spent the last six years as a high school HC in Austin, TX. 
 
NFL MINUTIA 
 
OAKLAND RAIDERS 
Defensive back Charles Woodson (age 39) is retiring after a stellar 18-year career.  Last Thursday night, he played his last home game in Oakland, a 23-20 overtime victory over San Diego.  Woodson got the first-ever rushing attempt of his long career in this game (a 3-yard loss). 
During his football career, he won a collegiate national title, won a Heisman Trophy (as mainly a defensive player), won an NFL defensive player of the year award, and earned a Super Bowl ring. 
 
Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (age 37) is NOT retiring.  During last Thursday night’s game, he tied the NFL all-time record when he kicked his 52nd field goal of 50 yards or longer.  And quite amazingly, the “Seabass” accomplished that feat in a beat-up outdoor stadium at O.co Coliseum stadium in Oakland.  See Quiz Question at end of newsletter. 
Janikowski, the “Polish Cannon”, is currently ranked 10th on the all-time NFL list for total number of successful FG’s with 384. 
 
BECKHAM UPDATE 
The one-game suspension of NY Giants’ WR Odell Beckham, Jr. was upheld and he missed a critical game at Minnesota in Week #16. 
And to update the ugly Week #15 game between Carolina and New York FB Giants, CB Josh Norman battled Beckham the whole game and was flagged for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties of his own that ended up in fines from the NFL totaling $26,000. 
 
GAMBLING LAWS 
The State of Illinois followed suit with the State of New York in banning daily fantasy sports (DFS) betting.  I don’t really care personally, but why is the Illinois Lottery legal and DFS banned?  The federal courts are eventually going to have to get involved. 
 
LOOKING AHEAD 
COLLEGE FOOTBALL - FFHL WEEK #17 
 
The postseason bowl games continue; a total of 40 bowl games will be played through January 2nd, after which the CFP title game on Monday, January 11th, will wrap up the season. 
The bowl games through Wednesday, December 30th, are listed above. 
 
Following are the bowl games to be played from December 31st through January 2nd. 
 
THURSDAY, DEC 31ST (New Year’s Eve) 
 
CFP#9 FSU -6h vs. CFP#18 Houston PEACH BOWL Atlanta, GA 
Semifinal College Football Playoff (CFP) games: 
CFP#1 Clemson +3h vs. CFP#4 Oklahoma ORANGE BOWL Miami, FL 
CFP#2 Alabama -10 vs. CFP#3 Michigan State COTTON BOWL Arlington, TX 
 
FRIDAY, JAN 1ST (NEW YEAR’S DAY) 
 
CFP#13 Northwestern +8h vs. CFP#23 Tennessee Outback Bowl Tampa, FL 
CFP#14 Michigan -4h vs. CFP#19 Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL 
CFP#8 Notre Dame +6h vs. CFP#7 Ohio State FIESTA BOWL Glendale, AZ 
CFP#5 Iowa +6h vs. CFP#6 Stanford ROSE BOWL Pasadena, CA 
CFP#16 Oklahoma St +7h vs. CFP#12 Ole Miss SUGAR BOWL  New Orleans 
 
SATURDAY, JAN 2ND 
 
Penn State +6h vs. Georgia Taxslayer Bowl Jacksonville, FL 
Arkansas -12h vs. Kansas State Liberty Bowl Memphis, TN 
CFP#15 Oregon +1 vs. CFP#11 TCU Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX 
West Virginia -1 vs. Arizona State Cactus Bowl Phoenix, AZ 
 
NFL WEEK #17THE FULL SLATE OF GAMES 
 
This week ends the NFL regular season. 
All games match up divisional opponents. 
All 16 games are on Sunday. 
 
Sunday Divisional Matchups (all 16 games): 
Jan 3rd New Orleans +4 at Atlanta 
NY Jets -3 at Buffalo 
Tampa Bay +10h at Carolina 
Detroit +1 at Chicago 
Baltimore at Cincinnai CIN QB situation ?? 
Pittsburgh -10 at Cleveland 
Washington (no line yet) at Dallas 
Minnesota +3h at Green Bay 
Jacksonville at Houston HOU QB Hoyer ?? 
Tennessee at Indianapolis IND QB situation ?? 
Oakland +6h at Kansas City 
New England at Miami NE walking wounded 
Philadelphia +3 at NY Giants 
Seattle +7 at Arizona 
San Diego +9h at Denver 
St. Louis +3h at San Francisco 
 
FOOTBALL QUIZ QUESTIONS 
 
QUESTION #1:  Sebastian Janikowski kicked his 52nd field goal of at least 50 yards last Thursday night.  Whose all-time NFL record did he tie? 
 
 
ANSWER #1: 
Jason Hanson of the Detroit Lions, who kicked a high percentage of his FG’s indoors. 







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