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  • #MACtion

    Kent State in the Orange Bowl? It absolutely can happen and I couldn't be happier about it. For years, we've extolled the virtues of the Mid-American Conference: the random midweek November games on TV, the ability to create a pretty decent fantasy team comprised solely of players from MAC schools (Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Turner, Greg Jennings, Antonio Gates to name a few), even the conference's attempt to brand itself is cutting edge.

  • Low flying Falcons

    Why doesn't any think the Atlanta Falcons are a Super Bowl team? With each passing week the Falcons have been piling up wins yet Atlanta's success has been met with growing skepticism.

  • NFL Draft order

    For most teams the final five weeks of the season marks the final push for the playoff ruin. But for some teams the postseason is already out of reach and auditioning for 2013 has begun. Here's the draft order as it would be if the season ended today:

  • Packers-Giants: First half thoughts

    Easily the worst half of football since the second half of the Indianapolis game as both offensively and defensively the Packers were outclassed.

  • Packers-Giants: Three keys

    More of the same When you have a five game winning streak going there's no reason to deviate from what has worked. Look for balanced playcalling, an opportunistic defense (even without Matthews) and another grind-it-out approach. It won't be pretty but it is effective.

  • Geek's college football top 25-November 21

    Another week, another shakeup atop the polls. It looks like the SEC will have a legitimate shot at a seventh straight BCS title and Notre Dame can clinch a spot in the national championship game with a win over USC.

  • Packers-Lions: First half thoughts

    It was all about missed opportunities in the first half and the fear is did the Packers miss out on one too many chances to take the lead?

  • Packers-Lions: Three keys

    No Claymaker The Packers will be without their top two defensive playmakers in Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews. So there are two sub-keys here. In the secondary, there will be a lot of focus on Calvin Johnson but the "youngsters" House, Hayward and possibly Shields will also need to make sure Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew don't rip off explosive plays. Secondly, in terms of pass rush, will the Packers generate enough of an edge pass rush without Matthews?

  • BCS and Big Ten bowl projections-November 17

    Chaos reigns again in college football but this time both #1 and #2 go down. Suddenly the SEC is alive again and we're a Notre Dame loss away from a potential second consecutive all-SEC national championship game. Here's a look at my projected conference championship games, BCS and Big 10 bowls (asterisk denotes team has clinched a birth in title game):

  • Geek's college football top 25-November 14

    Texas A&M ripped a hole through the universe with their upset win over Alabama. With three unbeaten teams left in the BCS race it appears that we'll finally have a championship game without the SEC. However, all three of the unbeatens have at least one tough test left on the schedule.

  • 24 hours of hoops

    The annual 24 hour college basketball marathon is tonight as the early season tournaments and marquee matchups begin this week. It starts at 11 p.m. with the West Virginia-Gonzaga game followed by a matchup of 2012 NCAA Tournament teams in Davidson-New Mexico.

  • BCS/Big Ten bowl projections and an explanation of the BCS process

    Alabama's loss to Texas A&M creates a shake up in the BCS standings which ultimately could determine if the Rose Bowl gets the traditional Big 10-Pac 12 matchup. Believe it or not, if you like the traditional Rose Bowl matchup a lot will be riding on the South Carolina-Clemson game. There is a provision in the BCS selection process which states "if any conference has two or more teams in the top 14, then two of those teams must be selected."

  • Saturday update-November 10

    Wisconsin needed an impressive win and got one by running all over Indiana. In the process the Badgers earned a trip to the Big 10 championship game. More importantly, it sets up a big showdown with Ohio State next week.

  • The BCS race

    In past years the Florida State-Virginia Tech game would be one of the bigger contests played but not this year with the Hokies slumping at 4-5. Florida State on the other hand is cruising toward the ACC Championship with an 8-1 record. Nevertheless, tonight's matchup carries some weight to it with conference and perhaps BCS title implications. Here's a look at how the conference races stack up.

  • Geek's college football top 25-November 7

    Four weeks left in the season and four teams remain in the national title race. Alabama's win confirms their superiority but there's plenty of debating left as to who is the second best team in the country. Also, I"m leap-frogging Florida State over Clemson despite FSU having a bye last week. The Seminoles beat the Tigers back in September and thus have the tiebreaker to win the ACC. It's not likely that either team can factor into the national championship mix but crazier things have happened.

  • Packers playmakers

    Two years ago I blogged about a stat that the New England Patriots created that kept track of defensive "playmaking." It's a simple number that tallies sacks, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries and interceptions. Of course, the number doesn't tell the whole story. But in light of news today that Clay Matthews will miss a few weeks and with Charles Woodson missing considerable time the Packers will need a number of players to fill the void. Here's how the playmaking numbers look through nine weeks (in order it goes sacks, interceptions, fumbles forced, fumbles recovered):

  • Packers-Cardinals: First half observations

    It was an uneven first half for the Packers and the tone was set on the first possession when they had possession of the ball in Arizona territory but came away empty handed.

  • Packers-Cardinals: Three keys

    Arizona heat Both teams are atop the league in sacks and as we've seen earlier this year a consistent pass rush will de-rail the Packers offense. Daryl Washington leads the Cardinals defense with eight sacks from his inside linebacker position. Look for more of Alex Green today to slow down the rush.

  • Pac-ing for Pasadena?

    College football is built on tradition and perhaps there is no higher tradition than Big 10 vs Pac 12 in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. The only problem is that tradition may not be upheld this year and the blame can be placed on the Washington Huskies.

  • 26 days

    Welcome to November, the month where everything comes together. The NBA is here and the Bucks begin the season Friday night against Boston. College basketball gets under way at full throttle. The college football schedule is chock full of rivalry games and the run to the NFL playoffs begins.

Upcoming games

Friday, September 4
Brewers at Reds, 5:35 p.m.
Preps Live: Whitefish Bay at Cedarburg, 6:45 p.m.
Preps Live: Mukwonago at Waukesha West, 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, September 5
Brewers at Reds, 11:35 a.m.

Sunday, September 6
Brewers at Reds, 11:35 a.m.

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