And Now for Something Completely Different by Michael Hendricks http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/ en-us NFL Rankings Week 14 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70500 Rankings The Tampa Bay Bucs and Houston Texans became the most recent teams to be eliminated from playoff consideration and out of these rankings. The best game of the week (for me) was the snowstorm game between the Bills and Colts. It went to overtime. There was controversy as the officials called offensive pass interference on the Colts on a two point conversion that they completed. The Colts got the ball back at the end of the game with a chance to win and instead of trying to get in... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:21:34 -0600 NFL Rankings Week 13 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70454 There were not a lot of surprises this week outside of the Seahawks beating the Eagles. The result itself was not a giant surprise, as it is very difficult to get a win in Seattle. The Eagles, however, struggled greatly with the sounds. I only dropped them to #2 because none of the top 4 won convincingly enough to warrant any moves. The Bears, Broncos, and Colts all had to win this week to save themselves from elimination. They all lost. The Bucs and Texans are in the same situation this... Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:02:05 -0600 College Season Review Final http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70453 Championship Week provided little in surprises. Most experts thought that TCU would either keep it close or beat Oklahoma. Oklahoma's D shut out the high power TCU offense in the second half to easily win their 11th Big 12 Championship and 3rd in a row. Ohio State struggled to take out a Wisconsin team that most did not believe truly represented their undefeated record. Truly the only excitement in the game was when a piece of the endzone came loose and we got to watch one lone field... Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:56:41 -0600 NFL Rankings Week 12 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70412 The New York football Giants are the latest team to become ineligible for the post season and also fall from the rankings. Three teams are now one loss from being eliminated from the playoffs (Bears, Broncos, and Colts) and two of the bottom four teams play this week (Dolphins and Broncos). The Cowboys continue to sink in the ratings, something that started before Zeke finally began his six game suspension. The Chiefs have hit a slide they may not recover from. Having said that, they are... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:47:54 -0600 Week 13 College Football Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70403 The final Rivalry Week of the season definitely did not disappoint as both Alabama and Miami lost. That made room in the playoff field for two teams (Auburn and Clemson). Anything can still happen at this point as all four playoff teams are playing in their respective conference championships this week. There has been a lot of talk about Ohio State making the playoffs IF they win the Big Ten Championship. I do not see it happening. I just do not see how the playoff committee would put a 2 loss... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 12:42:50 -0600 NFL Rankings Week 11 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70381 This was an interesting week as we saw the Rams and Vikings go up against each other as two of the top teams in the league. Not much came of it as the Vikings easily dispatched the Rams. The way the Rams have been playing this season, I am more inclined to think this was an illusion than the better team winning. The Cowboys look like a train wreck and not all of it can be blamed on Ezekiel Elliot being suspended. They had a lead on the Eagles at halftime and then inexplicably both the offense... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:20:37 -0600 Week 12 College Football Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70373 I have come to the opinion that teams should not be allowed to schedule non-Division 1 opponents after Week 5. This was an awful week for football. The football was so bad that Baker Mayfield giving his opinion of Kansas' efforts to frustrate him had not worked. This coming week is the last regular season week for most teams. Most teams are also playing rival games. With Thanksgiving and these games it should be a good week of football. Playoff Teams 1. Alabama Crimson Tide... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:16:43 -0600 NFL Rankings Week 10 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70347 A week after being eliminated from playoff contention the San Francisco 49ers picked up their first win of the season defeating the Giants. The Browns lost becoming the second team eliminated from the playoff contention, out of the rankings, and the only team without a win. Four of the top seven teams blew away their competition this week, and the top teams are really beginning to separate themselves from the pack. The Vikings and Rams face off this week and depending on how close the game... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:32:53 -0600 Week 11 College Football Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70328 Two weeks in a row with great games. This week was the best week of the year so far as there were top match-ups from 11 am for the rest of the day. However, only Alabama was actually challenged (outside of Notre Dame losing to Miami) as Miami, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin looked every bit of playoff teams. The big upset was Auburn defeating Georgia. Not only beating them, but utterly blowing them out. Unfortunately as good as this past week was the upcoming week is a crappy week of cupcakes all the... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:42:04 -0600 NFL Rankings Week 9 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70284 I have decided that as the season goes on I will begin to drop teams of the rankings that have been eliminated from the playoffs. First off the list are the San Francisco 49ers who are currently 0-9. Technically they could win the rest of their games and finish 7-9 but they are not going to make the playoffs, so they have been evicted. This week saw the top two teams (Eagles and Rams) both put up 50+ points against their opponents. Houston was devastated by the loss of Deshaun Watson during... Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:12:50 -0600 Week 10 College Football Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70276 This was just about as chaotic a weekend as we have seen this season. The Bedlam Game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State was essentially a playoff eliminator as Oklahoma outlasted Oklahoma State. Ohio State (who many were saying belonged in the playoff) was completely embarrassed by Iowa 55-24. Penn State still suffering from their loss to Ohio State found a way to loose to Michigan State. At this point in the season I feel comfortable in saying that there is no way that the Big Ten will be... Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:45:12 -0600 NFL Rankings Week 8 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70236 This past week was really a stabilizing week in the NFL week. 9 of the top 11 teams won (two of the teams that did not win were on byes). The same four teams at the bottom all lost. There was some shifting between the top and bottom but nothing drastic. We are beginning to get to the middle of the season where the legit teams rise to the top and the fake teams sink to the bottom. As I was writing this blog news broke that the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for 2nd Round pick in... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:50:46 -0500 Week 9 College Football Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70228 Another week and playoff outlook has become that much more muddled. Penn State and TCU, both who looked like locks lost in stunning fashion. For Penn State they had gotten off to an early lead and it was very much looking like a route. Ohio State would not let their fate come out the same as with Oklahoma and fought back. Late in the game, Penn State drove the ball inside the 5 yard line leading 35-27 the Nittany Lions decided to extremely vanilla and run the ball up the middle three times in a... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 13:11:57 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 7 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70196 Kansas City was they last unbeaten two weeks ago, now there is no telling when they will win again. Philadelphia now becomes the team to beat in the league as Carson Wentz appears to be the real deal. The New York football Giants go back to their losing ways and San Francisco and Cleveland appear as they may not pick up a win this season. Rankings 1. Philadelphia Eagles (6-1) The Eagles easily dispatched Washington 34-24. The game was not as close as the score indicates and with... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:56:59 -0500 Week 8 College Review 2017 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70176 There were no major upsets this week, but there were certainly some surprises in final scores. Penn State looks every bit a contender for the playoff after dismantling an overmatched Michigan team. This was a revenge game for Penn State after last year's defeat in Ann Arbor. The game of the week (that should have been) between Notre Dame and USC turned into a route by Notre Dame. Notre Dame has one loss this season, to undefeated Georgia by one point. There were four losses in the Top 20... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:08:10 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 6 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70147 Quite a bit happened during week 6, we saw the Chiefs return to earth with their first loss of the season (and a return to their old ways of not being able to play from behind), we saw the Giants who had been decimated at wide receiver last the week before completely dominate the Broncos IN Denver and pick up their first win (and yes I realize that just last week I said I did not know where the Giants would pick up a win, oops), Aaron Rodgers had his collar bone broken thus ending his, and... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:24:14 -0500 Week 7 College Review 2017 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70131 This weekend was primed for upset weekend and boy did it live up to that. Six ranked teams (including two playoff teams) were beaten by unranked opponents. It all started on Friday when Playoff team Clemson was upset by Syracuse. Clemson never looked like they were into the game and therefor even though they kept the game close you never got the feeling that they were going to win. That was followed up by Cal absolutely embarrassing Washington State. A key to both of these upsets is that they... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:33:32 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 5 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70099 The Chiefs are still undefeated, the Giants, 49ers, and Browns are still winless. It will be difficult to see where the Giants pick up a win this season. In their game against the Chargers they lost 4 wide receivers to ankle injuries (two of them, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham, Jr are both out for the season). Rankings 1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) The Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans on Sunday night. The offensive looked explosive, but there are definitely some concerns about... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:19:19 -0500 Week 6 College Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70093 Because I was away for the weekend this will be a much condensed version of the review. With Oklahoma's humiliating defeat at home to the Iowa State Cyclones there is a new team in the playoffs. Washington, who was in my first playoff list has played their way back into the playoffs. Even though the coaches and media have Georgia as a top 4 rated team, I do not have them in my playoff. There is a simple reason for this; there is virtually no path for one conference to get two teams into the... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:36:07 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 4 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70036 We came within minutes last night of having no undefeated teams left in the NFL. Instead in some bizarre moments, the Chiefs scored 9 points in four seconds to beat Washington 29-20 and remain undefeated. Elsewhere around the league we saw the Rams take down the Cowboys in Dallas. Tony Romo, for the record called that) The Rams are 3-1 and look nothing like the team that slogged through the season last year. They have a second year quarterback and a rookie head coach. There is not telling... Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:50:40 -0500