Archive for November, 2010

NFL TV Maps Week 13 Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling Markets

November 30, 2010

***UPDATE*** KDKA Pittsburgh will be showing Jacksonville @ Tennessee at 1pm.  Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker on the call.

The action starts at 8:20pm Thursday with Houston @ Philadelphia on the NFL Network with Bob Papa, Matt Millen, and Joe Theismann.  On Sunday afternoon all local CBS affiliates will show Cleveland @ Miami with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf and all local Fox affiliates will show Washington @ NY Giants with Kenny Albert, Moose, and Goose.  At 4:15pm all local Fox affiliates will show the featured doubleheader game which is Dallas @ Indianapolis with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.  And of course the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is Pittsburgh @ Baltimore with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth and the Monday Night game is the NY Jets @ New England with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As always this info from the506.com and subject to revision.  Enjoy the games!

As an aside, I am somewhat confused by the Fox TV maps this weekend.  They had Atlanta @ Tampa Bay flexed to 4:15pm but then chose to have it shown only in a segment of the southeast (not even the entire southeast as Carolina is also playing in that window at Seattle and parts of Florida are getting the Dallas game).  Why bother flexing it?

NFL Playoff Picture After Week 12

November 30, 2010

With a slightly different layout here is the playoff picture, starting in the AFC:

BYES:

1. New York Jets (9-2, head-to-head tiebreaker on New England in division)

2. Baltimore (8-3, head-to-head tiebreaker on Pittsburgh in division)

WILDCARD MATCHUPS

6. Pittsburgh (8-3) @ 3. Kansas City (7-4)

5. New England (9-2) @ 4. Jacksonville (6-5, head-to-head tiebreaker on Indianapolis for division)

IN THE HUNT

7. San Diego (6-5, conference record on Miami and Indianapolis)

8. Indianapolis (conference record same as Miami, nfl.com ranks Colts higher, next tiebreaker is record against common opponents)

9. Miami

10. Houston (5-6, head-to-head on Tennessee for divisional rank, then head-to-head on Oakland)

11. Tennessee (head-to-head on Oakland)

12. Oakland

PLANNING FOR 2011

13. Cleveland (4-7)

14. Denver (3-8)

MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED

15. Buffalo (2-9, head-to-head on Cincinnati)

16. Cincinnati

What I wrote last week about the AFC still seems to be largely true; New York, New England, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh all won which only strengthens their good positions to make the playoffs.  Though not currently leading their divisions I think you have to favor Indianapolis and San Diego to eventually win the South and West, and it would take 2 teams in one or the other of the divisions to have a hot finish to factor in the wildcard picture.  The team most likely to re-enter is Miami; they still have a remaining game with both the Jets and Patriots; winning out puts them within one game of whoever loses the New York/New England Monday Night showdown, and both of those teams have other loseable games remaining.  Its not a likely scenario, but it is possible.  Of course either Baltimore or Pittsburgh could lose a couple remaining games, but the Dolphins would need a clean pass or other scenarios as they lost to both teams.

NFC

BYES:

1. Atlanta (9-2)

2. Chicago (8-3)

WILDCARD MATCHUPS:

6. New York Giants (7-4, conference record on Green Bay, same conference record as Tampa nfl.com ranks the Giants ahead the next tiebreaker would be record against common opponents which would be Washington, Detroit, Carolina, and Seattle) @ 3. Philadelphia (7-4, head-to-head tiebreaker on New York for division)

5. New Orleans (8-3) @ 4. St. Louis (5-6, head-to-head tiebreaker on Seattle for division)

IN THE HUNT

7. Tampa Bay (7-4, conference record on Green Bay)

8. Green Bay

9. Seattle (5-6, conference record on Washington)

10. Washington

12. San Francisco (4-7 & listed in this column for divisional title purposes only)

PLANNING FOR 2011:

11. Minnesota (4-7, conference record on San Francisco)

13/14. Dallas/Arizona (3-8 & same conference record)

15. Detroit (2-9)

MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED:

16. Carolina (1-10)

For the record on the bottom of the table the Lions may also be mathematically eliminated; the best they can do is tie for 6th on the raw numbers and I do not believe they can win a tie in the division standings with Green Bay at 7-9 as they would have a worse record in common games. But I will hold off putting them in that category for now as they can still tie for 6th theoretically and the NFL, to my knowledge, did not yet release an official playoff scenarios list publicly.  As for the top of the standings, like the AFC, the basic analysis from last week remains unchanged although the order of teams has changed some.  Its still a matter of 7 teams fighting for the 5 spots that will go to good teams, and Washington missed a golden opportunity to get within 1 game of 6th losing the same week both Bays lost.  As for the West, St. Louis has the worst division record of the 3 teams fully alive but their one win was the only game to date against Seattle.  My hunch is this division will be “won” by a team that goes 8-8 with either 4 or 5 wins in division games, which would more so favor the Seahawks or 49ers.  I also suspect the “winner” of this division will be the largest home underdog in the history of the NFL Playoffs come January 8th or 9th.

 

College Football TV Schedule Week 13

November 24, 2010

Info from the506.com:

ABC and ESPN coverage maps are available at HDSportsGuide.com: 3:30 PM ET8:00 PM ET.

November 23:

Temple @ Miami (OH), 7:00
ESPN: Beth Mowins, Robert Smith

November 25:

17 Texas A&M @ Texas, 8:00
ESPN: Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer, Jenn Brown

November 26:

Louisville @ Rutgers, 11:00 am
ESPN2: Mike Gleason, John Congemi

Ohio @ Kent State, 11:00 am
ESPNU: Justin Kutcher, Tom Luginbill

West Virginia @ Pittsburgh, 12:00
ABC: Beth Mowins, Ray Bentley, Quint Kessenich

Northern Illinois @ Eastern Michigan, 12:00
ESPN3.com:

Southern Methodist @ East Carolina, 2:00
CBS College Sports: Dave Ryan, Aaron Taylor

Buffalo @ Akron, 2:00
STO: Matt Underwood, Frank Stams, Allie LaForce

Central Michigan @ Toledo, 2:00
ESPN3.com:

2 Auburn @ 11 Alabama, 2:30
CBS: Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson

Colorado @ 15 Nebraska, 3:30
ABC: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham, Jeannine Edwards

UCLA @ Arizona State, 3:30
FSN: Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis, Rebecca Haarlow
[FSN Ariz, Det, Fla, Hou, MW, North, Ohio, Pitt, Rocky, SW; CSN Bay, Chi, DC+, NE; SportSouth; Prime Ticket; MSG+; Comcast Net Philly]

Southern Mississippi @ Tulsa, 6:30
CBS College Sports: Jason Knapp, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

21 Arizona @ 1 Oregon, 7:00
ESPN: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

4 Boise State @ 19 Nevada, 10:15
ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore

November 27:

Michigan @ 8 Ohio State , 12:00
ABC: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Quint Kessenich

Boston College @ Syracuse, 12:00
ESPN: Mike Patrick, Craig James, Heather Cox

10 Michigan State @ Penn State, 12:00
ESPN2: Todd Harris, Tim Brown

South Florida @ Miami, 12:00
ESPNU: Rob Stone, David Pollack

Tulane @ Marshall, 12:00
CBS College Sports: Roger Twibell, Mike Leach

Indiana @ Purdue, 12:00
BTN: Tom Hart, Anthony Herron, Lisa Byington

Central Florida @ Memphis, 12:00
CSS: Richard Cross, Chuck Oliver, Melissa Lee

Kentucky @ Tennessee, 12:00
SEC Network: Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano
Affiliate List

Cincinnati @ Connecticut, 12:00
Big East Network: Mike Gleason, John Congemi, Eamon McAnaney
Affiliate List

Virginia @ 16 Virginia Tech, 12:00
ACC Network: Tim Brant, Dave Archer, Mike Hogewood
Affiliate List

Kansas v. 14 Missouri, 12:30
FSN: Steve Physioc, Dave Lapham, Jim Knox
[FSN Ariz, Det, Fla, Hou, MW, North, Ohio, Pitt, Rocky, South, SW, West; CSN Bay, Chi, DC, NE, Phila; MSG+2]

Hawaii @ New Mexico State, 3:00
ESPN+: Trey Bender, Jay Taylor
[Altitude, Oceanic PPV]

5 Louisiana State @ 12 Arkansas, 3:30
CBS: Craig Bolerjack, Steve Beuerlein

Northwestern @ 7 Wisconsin, 3:30
ABC: Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman, Jeannine Edwards
Will Air as a Reverse Mirror on ESPN in areas not receiving game on ABC

Florida @ 22 Florida State, 3:30
ABC: Bob Wischusen, Brian Griese
Will Air as a Reverse Mirror on ESPN in areas not receiving game on ABC

23 North Carolina State @ Maryland, 3:30
ESPN2: Dave Lamont, JC Pearson

24 Iowa @ Minnesota, 3:30
BTN: Eric Collins, Chris Martin, Charissa Thompson

North Carolina @ Duke, 3:30
ESPNU: Pam Ward, Danny Kanell

Washington @ California, 3:30
CSN California: Greg Papa, Mike Pawlawski, Dan Dibley
[also FSN NW and FCS Central]

Brigham Young @ 20 Utah, 3:30
mtn: James Bates, Todd Christensen, Sammy Linebaugh, Toby Christensen

Arkansas State @ Florida International, 3:30
Sun Belt Network: Joe Block, Cole Cubelic, Sandra Golden

3 Texas Christian @ New Mexico, 4:00
VS: Ted Robinson, Kelly Stouffer, Lindsay Soto

Kansas State @ North Texas, 4:00
ESPN3.com: Doug Bell, Eddie Robinson Jr.

18 South Carolina @ Clemson, 7:00
ESPN2: Carter Blackburn, Brock Huard, Mike Bellotti

25 Mississippi State @ Mississippi, 7:00
ESPNU: Clay Matvick, Herm Edwards, Jessica Mendoza

Oregon State @ 6 Stanford, 7:30
VS: Ron Thulin, Glenn Parker, Lindy Thackston

Wake Forest @ Vanderbilt, 7:30
CSS: Matt Stewart, Chris Doering, Allison Williams

Notre Dame @ USC, 8:00
ABC: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Shelley Smith

13 Oklahoma @ 9 Oklahoma State, 8:00
ABC: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews

Georgia Tech @ Georgia, 8:00
ESPN: Mark Jones, Bob Davie

Houston @ Texas Tech, 8:00
FSN Regional: Bill Land, Joel Klatt, Emily Jones
[FSN Ariz, Det, Fla, Hou, MW, NW, Rocky, South, SW; CSN Bay+, DC+; Prime Ticket; MSG+]

UNLV @ San Diego State, 8:00
mtn: Ari Wolfe, Blaine Fowler, Jenny Cavnar

Idaho @ Fresno State, 10:00
WAC Network: Dave Harbison, Joe Glenn, Ralph Gaston
Affiliate List

NFL TV Maps for Week 12 Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling

November 23, 2010

*UPDATE* Fox Wheeling is now scheduled to show Carolina @ Cleveland at 1pm Sunday.

Being Thanksgiving the action starts with a Thursday tripleheader.  At 12:30pm CBS will have New England @ Detroit with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.  At 4:15pm Fox will have New Orleans @ Dallas with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman*.  And at 8:20pm the NFL Network will have Cincinnati @ NY Jets with Bob Papa, Matt Millen, and Joe Theismann.  On Sunday afternoon CBS Pittsburgh and Wheeling will show a 1pm game  Pittsburgh @ Buffalo with Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots.  Youngstown will wait till 4:05pm to show Miami @ Oakland with Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker.  At 1pm Fox has 3 games on the menu and each local market is taking a different one.  Pittsburgh will show Green Bay @ Atlanta with Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick.  Youngstown will show Carolina @ Cleveland with Chris Rose and Torry Holt.  And Wheeling will show Minnesota @ Washington with Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, and Jim Mora Jr.  At 4:15pm all local Fox affiliates are showing Tampa Bay @ Baltimore with Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan, as opposed to the main doubleheader game which is Philadelphia @ Chicago.  And as usual the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all Sunday afternoon.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is San Diego @ Indianapolis with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth and the Monday Night game on ESPN is San Francisco @ Arizona with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As usual this info from the506.com and subject to change.

* The Thanksgiving afternoon announcer assignments are conjecture on my part.  However, as they are national broadcasts and neither Nantz/Simms or Buck/Aikman are assigned to a Sunday game this week, I feel it safe to say they are doing the two Thursday games.

NFL Standings After Week 11

November 23, 2010

Here are the current standings breakdowns, starting with the AFC:

1. New York (8-2) (head-to-head on New England for division)

2. Baltimore (7-3) (head-to-head on Pittsburgh for division)

3. Kansas City (6-4) (head-to-head on Jacksonville)

4. Jacksonville (6-4) (head-to-head on Indianapolis for division)

5. New England (8-2)

6. Pittsburgh (7-3)

Alive in AFC

7. Indianapolis (6-4)

8. Oakland (5-5) (head-to-head on San Diego within division, conference record on Miami & Tennessee)

9. San Diego (conference record on Miami & Tennessee)

10. Miami (head-to-head on Tennessee)

11. Tennessee

By a thread in AFC

12. Houston (4-6)

Planning for 2010 in AFC

13. Cleveland (3-7) (conference record on Denver)

14. Denver

15. Buffalo (2-8) (head-to-head on Cincinnati)

16. Cincinnati

If no one in the Jets, Patriots, Ravens, and Steelers quadrangle sputter down the stretch the AFC playoff picture boils down to seeding and slotting a winner of the South and West.  However, if multiple teams in either or both of the South and West finish strong and someone in that quadrangle does sputter then things could become more cluttered.  Of those teams the most vulnerable is Pittsburgh as they lost to Baltimore and New England.  Of course, they beat Miami, Tennessee, and Oakland.  One still has to favor the Colts in the South, probably even if they lose to San Diego this coming Sunday night.  The West is a 3 team race; the Chiefs are currently a game better but Oakland has a perfect division record and the Chargers arguably the most talent.

NFC

1. Atlanta (8-2)

2. Philadelphia (7-3) (conference record on Chicago)

3. Chicago

4. Seattle (5-5)

5. New Orleans (7-3) (head-to-head on Tampa in division standings, conference record on Green Bay)

6. Green Bay/Tampa Bay (identical conference records tie would be resolved by records against common opponents, and if that is tied strength of victory)

Alive in the NFC

7. Tampa Bay/Green Bay (see above)

8. New York (6-4)

9. Washington (5-5)

By a thread in NFC

10. St. Louis (4-6) (“alive” in division race)

Planning for 2010 in NFC

11. Minnesota (3-7) (conference record on Dallas and San Francisco)

12. Dallas (conference record on San Francisco)

13. San Francisco (division record on Arizona) (“by a thread” in division race)

14. Arizona (“by a thread” in division race)

15. Detroit (2-8)

16. Carolina (1-9)

The NFC West is a muddled mess of mediocrity.  Outside of that you have 8 teams vying for the 5 playoff spots that will go to good teams, with Washington the most up against it at this point.  However the Redskins have strong tiebreaking numbers if they get on a winning streak.  Teams in the East and North all play each other; for example the Bears and Eagles this weekend, whereas teams in the South may be helped by getting to play the teams in the West; for example the 3 good South teams all played and won against teams from the West last weekend.

This Has to Stop

November 21, 2010

I am in the title referring to the vendetta the referees in the NFL seem to have against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  They beat Oakland 35-3 today at Heinz Field but I was more aggravated by this game than I was by any of their 3 losses this season; indeed I can’t remember the last time a sporting event had me so aggravated.  Maybe when Sid Bream scored.  The Steelers set a franchise record with 168 penalty yards, but that record was actually set by Tony Corrente.  60 of those yards were on 4 completely absurd personal foul calls.  By the 3rd quarter I had texted a friend that Corrente either hates the Steelers or he has money in Vegas, because that was the only logical conclusion one could draw.  Lamar Woodley was flagged for roughing the passer “hitting him high” was the call.  Replay showed that all Woodley did was lightly shove him in the chest.  Ryan Clark was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit.  Replay showed it was shoulder and maybe some helmet into the middle of the back of the Oakland receiver.  James Harrison was flagged for roughing the passer, a call that wiped out a pick 6, for “using his weight to drive the quarterback into the ground.”  Replay showed that Harrison went out of his way to rotate in the air so that he landed beside Campbell, not on him.  Lastly, the Steelers were flagged for supposedly pulling a Raider off of a pile going after a non-fumble.  I saw no such activity but I would have been willing to entertain the thought that CBS simply didn’t have the correct camera angle to show it if not for the Steelers having already been jobbed 3 other times.

Generally speaking the refs are getting entirely too flag happy.  They’ve been instructed to, when in doubt, flag it, and the result is a lot of plays that are simply good solid physical defense, not illegal, not dirty, costing the team 15 yards.  I’d rather they not flag non-fouls; the guy can always be fined later if replay shows its warranted.  It didn’t cost the Steelers the game; as the final score indicates obviously far from it.  But it has seemed to me for awhile, and today just confirmed it, that the Steelers are being singled out as part of Goodell’s vendetta against physical play.  And I for one am fed up.  I told myself when the pick 6 was taken off the board that if the Steelers lost the 21-3 lead they had at the time I was never watching pro football again.  I don’t know if I could’ve kept that pledge; I enjoy football too much.  But that’s how pissed I was.  The game is being ruined in general, and the Steelers in particular are being unfairly targeted.

I would like to credit Dan Fouts for saying after all of those plays enumerated above that they were very questionable calls.  Most of the on-air talent at CBS and Fox is too damned worried about all the money the NFL makes for their networks to be critical of bad calls.  Maybe it helps that Dan Fouts is probably no big fan of the Oakland Raiders.  Either way, I’ll take what I can get.

College Football TV Schedule & Announcers Week 12

November 17, 2010

From the506.com:

ABC and ESPN coverage maps are available at HDSportsGuide.com: 8:00 PM ET.

November 16:

Ohio @ Temple, 8:00
ESPN2: Beth Mowins, David Norrie

November 17:

Miami (OH) @ Akron, 6:00
ESPNU: Dari Nowkhah, Matt Stinchcomb

Bowling Green @ Toledo, 8:00
ESPN2: Dave Neal, Andre Ware

November 18:

Georgia State @ 11 Alabama, 7:30
ESPNU: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Erin Andrews

UCLA @ Washington, 8:00
ESPN: Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer, Jenn Brown

Air Force @ UNLV, 10:00
CBS College Sports: Dave Ryan, Aaron Taylor

November 19:

Fresno State @ 4 Boise State, 9:30
ESPN2: Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore

November 20:

7 Wisconsin @ Michigan, 12:00
ESPN: Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman, Jeannine Edwards

Pittsburgh @ South Florida, 12:00
ESPN2: Bob Wischusen, Brian Griese

10 Oklahoma State @ Kansas, 12:00
FSN: Steve Physioc, Dave Lapham, Jim Knox
[FSN Ariz, Det, Fla, Hou, MW, North, NW, Pitt, Rocky, SW, West, Wisc; CSN Bay, Chi, DC, NE; MSG+]

Virginia @ Boston College, 12:00
ESPNU: Rob Stone, David Pollack

Penn State v. Indiana, 12:00
BTN: Tom Hart, Anthony Herron, Lisa Byington
[will air on main BTN feed in PA and greater Bloomington, IN]

Purdue @ 12 Michigan State, 12:00
BTN: Eric Collins, Chris Martin, Charissa Thompson
[will air on main national BTN feed]

Troy @ 17 South Carolina, 12:00
SEC Network: Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano
Affiliate List

West Virginia @ Louisville, 12:00
Big East Network: Mike Gleason, John Congemi, Eamon McAnaney
Affiliate List

North Carolina State @ North Carolina, 12:00
ACC Network: Tim Brant, Dave Archer, Mike Hogewood
Affiliate List

Appalachian State @ Florida, 12:30
SUN PPV: Larry Vettel, Errict Rhett, Brady Ackerman

East Carolina @ Rice, 1:00
CSS: Patrick Kinas, Brian Jordan

Duke @ Georgia Tech, 1:30
ESPN3.com: Doug Bell, Warrick Dunn, Angela Mallen

Colorado State @ Wyoming, 2:00
mtn: James Bates, Todd Christensen, Andrea Lloyd

Eastern Michigan @ Buffalo, 2:00
STO: Matt Underwood, Frank Stams, Allie LaForce

Clemson @ Wake Forest, 2:00
ESPN3.com: Ryan Rose, John Gregory

Mississippi @ 5 Louisiana State, 3:30
CBS: Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson

9 Ohio State @ 20 Iowa, 3:30
ABC: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Quint Kessenich

16 Virginia Tech @ 24 Miami, 3:30
ESPN: Pam Ward, Danny Kanell, Jessica Mendoza

6 Stanford @ California, 3:30
FSN: Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis, Rebecca Haarlow
[FSN Ariz, Det, Hou, MW, North, NW, Ohio, Pitt, Rocky, South, SW, Wisc; CSN Bay, Chi DC, NE, Phila; SUN Sports; Prime Ticket]

Illinois v. Northwestern, 3:30
ESPNU: Mark Jones, Bob Davie, Erin Andrews

Arkansas State @ Navy, 3:30
CBS College Sports: Tom McCarthy, Randy Cross, Kaylee Hartung

Florida Atlantic @ Texas, 3:30
FSN Regional: Bill Land, Gary Reasons, Erin Bajackson
[FSN SW+, Hou+, Florida]

Middle Tennessee @ Western Kentucky, 4:15
Sun Belt Network: Joe Block, Cole Cubelic, Sandra Golden

New Mexico @ Brigham Young, 6:00
mtn: Ari Wolfe, Blaine Fowler, Sammy Linebaugh

Army v. Notre Dame, 7:00
NBC: Tom Hammond, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan

13 Arkansas @ 21 Mississippi State, 7:00
ESPN: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

15 Missouri @ Iowa State, 7:00
FSN: Joel Meyers, Joel Klatt, Emily Jones
[FSN Ariz, Det, Fla (S Fla only), Hou, MW**, North, NW, Ohio (exc Cleveland), Pitt, Rocky, South, SW+; CSN Bay+, Chi+, DC+, NE]
**will air on secondary channel in St. Louis area

Connecticut @ Syracuse, 7:00
ESPNU: Clay Matvick, Herm Edwards

Tennessee @ Vanderbilt, 7:30
CSS: Matt Stewart, Chris Doering, Allison Williams

Rutgers @ Cincinnati, 7:30
Big East Network: Trey Bender, Je’Rod Cherry
[SNY, WKRC 12]

USC @ Oregon State, 8:00
ABC: Mark Neely, Mike Bellotti, Brock Huard

8 Nebraska @ 19 Texas A&M, 8:00
ABC: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox

25 Florida State @ Maryland, 8:00
ABC: Mike Patrick, Craig James

14 Oklahoma @ Baylor, 8:00
ESPN2: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham

Houston @ Southern Mississippi, 8:00
CBS College Sports: Roger Twibell, Mike Leach

23 Utah @ San Diego State, 10:00
mtn: Tim Neverett, Howard Griffith, Jenny Cavnar

San Jose State @ Hawaii, 11:30
Oceanic PPV: Jim Leahey, Shawn Ching, Russell Yamanoha

NFL TV Maps for Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling Week 11

November 16, 2010

***UPDATE#2*** Another change to the Fox map; Wheeling will be showing Green Bay @ Favre at 1pm.

***UPDATE*** The maps for Fox have officially been corrected on the506.com to reflect Fox 53 Pittsburgh waiting until 4:05pm to show Seattle @ New Orleans with Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick.

The action starts on Thursday at 8:20pm on the NFL Network with Chicago @ Miami with Bob Papa, Matt Millen, and Joe Theismann.  On Sunday afternoon, in a perplexing move, all local Fox affiliates are scheduled to show a 1pm game.  I am frankly stunned that Fox 53 Pittsburgh is going opposite the Steelers; indeed considering the Steelers are at home I would have thought they were required to not show a game until 4pm.  However, they along with Youngstown are listed to show Green Bay @ Favre with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.  Wheeling meanwhile will show Washington @ Tennessee with Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, and Jim Mora, Jr.  Stay tuned I will post updates to the Fox 53 situation if there are any.  The CBS maps are more predictable.  At 1pm Pittsburgh and Wheeling will show Oakland @ Pittsburgh with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts while Youngstown will have Cleveland @ Jacksonville with Bill Macatee and Rich Gannon.  At 4:15pm all local affiliates will have the national doubleheader game Indianapolis @ New England with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.  And of course the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is NY Giants @ Philadelphia with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth and the Monday Night game is Denver @ San Diego with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As always this info from the506.com and subject to update.  Enjoy the games!

NFL Standings After Week 10

November 16, 2010

We have cycled thru everyone’s byes so we no longer have half game differences here and there; everyone has played 9 games.  Here are the updated standings, starting with the AFC:

1. New York (7-2, head-to-head on New England for division)

2. Baltimore (6-3, conference record on Indianapolis)

3. Indianapolis

4. Oakland (5-4, head-to-head on Kansas City for division)

5. New England (7-2)

6. Pittsburgh (6-3)

Alive in AFC

7. Kansas City (5-4, 4-4 in conference)

8. Miami (5-4, head-to-head on Tennessee)

9. Tennessee (head-to-head on Jacksonville)

10. Jacksonville

11. San Diego (4-5, head-to-head on Houston)

12. Houston

In Trouble in AFC

13. Cleveland (3-6, 2-4 in conference)

14. Denver

Planning for 2010 in AFC

15. Cincinnati (2-7)

16. Buffalo (1-8)

The current situation for spots 7-10 in the AFC are a good illustration of the value of being ranked higher in your division.  Jacksonville has a better conference record than anyone else in the tie and could be in a playoff position if Pittsburgh lost one more conference game.  However, they lost their head-to-head meeting with Tennessee and is therefor stuck behind the Titans in the conference standings.  As Kansas City has a better conference record than the Titans and they just lost a matchup with the Dolphins, the Jags end up worst ranked of the 5-4 teams.

At the top of the standings there are exactly 5 teams at 6-3 or better holding the 5 playoff spots that don’t go to the winner of the West.  Pittsburgh is in the more vulnerable spot having lost the first matchup with Baltimore and having lost to New England.  However, they have a decent hold on 6th given they have head-to-head wins over both Miami and Tennessee right behind them.  Indianapolis could be in trouble if they take any more losses in the South; on the other hand winning  the Tennessee games should secure them the division title.

NFC

1. Atlanta (7-2)

2. New York (6-3, conference record on Philadelphia for division, on Chicago)

3. Chicago (6-3, head-to-head on Green Bay for division)

4. Seattle (5-4)

5. New Orleans (6-3, head-to-head on Tampa, conference record on Green Bay and Philadelphia)

6. Green Bay/Philadelphia/Tampa (6-3, 4-2 in conference games [this tie would go to strength of victory as Packers beat Eagles but neither has played {or will play} Tampa])

Alive in NFC

7/8. Green Bay/Philadelphia/Tampa (see above)

9. Washington (4-5, conference record on St. Louis)

10. St. Louis

By a Thread in NFC

11. Minnesota (3-6, conference record on San Francisco)

12. San Francisco (division tiebreaking on Arizona)

13. Arizona

Planning for 2010 in NFC

14. Detroit (2-7, conference record on Dallas)

15. Dallas

16. Carolina (1-8)

There are 7 teams at 6-3 or better in the NFC; there is still time for things to change but it is starting to appear that those 7 teams are vying for the 5 playoff spots not going to the winner of the NFC West.  Atlanta is obviously in a good spot being the only 7-2 team in the conference but it wouldn’t take much to slip them down to 3rd in their own division.  The teams in the South have the potential advantage of remaining games with both West divisions while the teams in the East and North could be beating up on each other.

ESPN Announcers for BCS Games

November 12, 2010

January 1st Rose Bowl: Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews

January 1st Fiesta Bowl: Sean McDonough and Matt Millen

January 3rd Orange Bowl: Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden

January 4th Sugar Bowl: Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge

January 10th BCS Championship Game at Glendale, AZ: Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews