Chad’s Corner: College football, NFL are on my mind


Chad Clinger - cclinger@civitasmedia.com



When this past weekend of the college football season started there were five undefeated teams. After this weekend there are just two. The Alabama Crimson Tide continued their streak, defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 51-3. Last Tuesday, the Western Michigan Broncos upended the Kent State Golden Flashes 37-21.

It was the first time since 1985 that the No.2, No.3 and No.4 teams all lost in the same week … ouch.

The Michigan Wolverines were previously the No.2 team in the country. After Saturday’s loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes (14-13), they find themselves down two spots to No.4 in the Associated Press polls.

The Clemson Tigers were sitting pretty at No.3 before being handed their first loss of the season by the Pittsburgh Panthers, 43-42. Clemson drops to No.5.

The Washington Huskies were 9-0 heading in to the weekend but suffered defeat to the USC Trojans, 26-13. The Huskies fell from No.4 to No.7 in the AP polls and are still the only PAC-12 team in the top 10.

The Big Ten benefits despite the Wolverines losing. The Ohio State Buckeyes jump up to No.2 in the polls after winning by a score of 62-3 for the second straight weekend. This time it was conference foes, the Maryland Terrapins that felt the Bucks wrath. Wisconsin remains in the top 10 at No.6 with a record of 8-2. Penn State cracks into the top 10 at No.9 after escaping the Indiana Hoosiers. That’s still four teams for the Big 10 in the top 10.

Alabama is the only SEC team in the top 10, remaining the top team in the country.

The ACC has the No.3 and No.5 spots with Louisville and Clemson, respectively.

The Oklahoma Sooners (No.8) and the West Virginia Mountaineers (No.10) are the two teams in the top 10 representing the Big 12 conference.

Western Michigan remains at No.14 in the top 25 AP poll and proudly represents the MAC.

In a weekend of shake ups, I must say that I am finally excited about this college football season. There are just two games remaining for these student athletes and one of those games will probably help decide who gets in to the college football playoff…any guesses?

What’s happening in the NFL?

With week number 10 wrapping up, here is a look into the National Football League’s season thus far.

Division Leaders

American Football Conference

East: New England Patriots 7-2; .520 as a division (3rd in the league)

North: Baltimore Ravens 5-4; .360 as a division (last in the league)

South: Houston Texans 6-3; .458 as a division (4th in the league)

West: Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders 7-2; .664 as a division (2nd in the league)

National Football Conference

East: Dallas Cowboys 8-1 (best record in the NFL); .670 as a division (top in the league)

North: Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings 5-4; .445 as a division (6th in the league)

South: Atlanta Falcons 6-4; .455 as a division (5th in the league)

West: Seattle Seahawks 6-2; .444 as a division (7th in the league)

A few things to go along with the records listed above; The Minnesota Vikings have now lost four straight games after starting a perfect 5-0. They find themselves tied with the Lions in a weak NFC North. The Cleveland Browns are vying for a “perfect” season and currently sit at 0-10. The NFC East is the only division in which every team is above .500 this season.

The top scoring team in the league is the Atlanta Falcons, with 320 points. On the opposite end of that spectrum is the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams have put up just 139 points en route to their 4-5 record.

The least amount of points allowed belongs to the Minnesota Vikings, allowing just 152 points this season. No surprise, the Browns have allowed the most points at 301.

Matt Ryan of the Falcons is still the league’s top passer with 3247 yards. Teammate Julio Jones is the top receiver with 1105 yards.

Ezekiel Elliott continues to lead the NFL in rushing yards with 1005 for the surprising Dallas Cowboys.

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Chad Clinger

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