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By Chad Clinger - cclinger@civitasmedia.com



Another exciting weekend in the world of sports! The college playoffs are set, NBA players are still going off and the NFL season continues to stay hot…here’s a look into that world everyone!

NCAA FOOTBALL

Well, Alabama didn’t lose and Ohio State didn’t play but here is the college football playoff schedule and hey, just for fun, my predictions…

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs #4 Washington Huskies in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday Dec.31 at 3pm at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA

Alabama destroyed the Florida Gators in the SEC championship game, 54-16. Washington thumped the Colorado Buffaloes by a score of 41-10 to take home the PAC-12 championship.

#2 Clemson Tigers vs #3 Ohio State Buckeyes in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday Dec.31 at 7pm at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ

Clemson sweated out a victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies in the ACC championship game, 42-35. Ohio State watched the Penn State Nittany Lions defeat the Wisconsin Badgers in the BIG-10 championship game, 38-31. Ohio State got lucky to be where they are…yeah, I said it.

The winner from each game will meet in the National Championship game on January 9, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The game will “start” at 8:30pm.

My (reluctant) predictions…Alabama will destroy Washington, let’s call it 49-24. Clemson and Ohio State will be a much more interesting match-up but I give the edge to Clemson. Sorry Buckeyes fans…how about 35-31? Alabama will beat Clemson in the National Championship game by scoring more points (obviously)…darn it!

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Let’s start with the standings folks…

AFC

East- New England Patriots 10-2

North- Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers 7-5

South- Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans 6-6

West- Oakland Raiders 10-2

Most Points Scored- Oakland 345 Most Points Allowed- Cleveland Browns (0-12 still, bye week) 352

Least Points Scored- Cleveland 197 Least Points Allowed- Ravens and Patriots 207

NFC

East- Dallas Cowboys 11-1 (already clinched a playoff birth)

North- Detroit Lions 8-4

South- Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (I had to look up that spelling, ha) 7-5

West- Seattle Seahawks 8-3-1

Most Points Scored- Atlanta 386 Most Points Allowed- San Francisco 49ers (1-11) 370

Least Points Scored- Los Angeles Rams 180 Least Points Allowed- Seattle 194

As for the league leaders? It is the same guys from the last few weeks, just different numbers. Drew Brees is the top passer with 3,913 yards. Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for 1,285 yards and Julio Jones has 1,253 yards receiving.

Here is some fun facts for ya’…Tom Brady is now the winningest quarterback in NFL history with 201 wins. ‘Zeke’ Elliott and the Cowboys are on the road this coming weekend against the New York football Giants. The Giants are the only team to beat Dallas this season, all the way back in week one. Elliott has never lost a road game in his football career…ever, like high school, college or in the NFL!

NCAA BASKETBALL

Associated Press Top 10 after week #5

1. Villanova 8-0 2. UCLA 9-0 3. Kansas 7-1 4. Baylor 8-0 5. Duke 8-1 6. Kentucky 7-1 7. North Carolina 8-1 8. Gonzaga 8-0 9. Indiana 7-1 10. Creighton 8-0

That’s all that I’ve got…again.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors dropped 60 points in just 29 minutes on Monday against the Indiana Pacers and Russell Westbrook recorded his sixth straight triple-double. Westbrook is still averaging a triple-double at 31.0 ppg, 10.9 rpg and 11.3 apg.

Anthony Davis still leads the league in scoring (31.6ppg) and blocks (2.8bpg). Hassan Whiteside is pulling down 14.9 rebounds per game. James Harden is dishing out 11.6 assists per game. Chris Paul records 2.5 steals per game. Like the NFL, same guys, different numbers. Rudy Gobert still has the highest field goal percentage at 63.8%. Channing Frye is still leading the league in three-point field goal percentage at 47.3%. Steph Curry has now made 86 three-pointers on the season. Yeah, he is pretty good and so are the Warriors. Here’s the standings…

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division- Toronto Raptors 14-7

Central Division- Cleveland Cavaliers 14-5

Southeast Division- Charlotte Hornets 12-9

Western Conference

Northwest Division- Oklahoma City Thunder 14-8

Pacific Division- Golden State Warriors 18-3 (best record in the NBA, again)

Southwest Division- San Antonio Spurs 17-4 (12-0 on the road; only team to be undefeated at home or on the road)

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By Chad Clinger

cclinger@civitasmedia.com

Find Chad on Twitter @GalionSportsGuy

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Find Chad on Twitter @GalionSportsGuy

Reach Chad at 419-468-1117 x2048