TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL
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There's some interesting scenarios here. The current rules in the BCS prohibit more than 2 teams from any conference playing in the BCS Bowls in a given year UNLESS "two non-champions from a BCS conference finish as the top two teams in the final BCS standings, in which case they will meet in the National Title Game while their conference champion will play in their conference's BCS bowl game." So barring some crazy scenario in which that happens, one of these three teams is going to be denied a BCS bid. Things will get REALLY interesting if Arkansas somehow pulls off the upset of unbeaten LSU this coming weekend. The way this season has been going, I have no idea what to expect.
Here's a look at the latest BCS Standings released tonight:
1. LSU 11-0
2. Alabama 10-1
3. Arkansas 10-1
4. Oklahoma State 10-1
5. Virginia Tech 10-1
6. Stanford 10-1
7. Boise State 9-1
8. Houston 11-0
9. Oklahoma 8-2
10. Oregon 9-2
NEWCASTLE DEALT FIRST LOSS OF SEASON
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U.S. WOMEN CLOSE OUT 2011 WITH DRAW
Tobin Heath's first goal of the year gave the U.S. Women a 1-1 tie against Sweden in their final game of 2011. Playing in front of the largest crowd ever to watch the Women's National Team play in Arizona, the U.S. fell behind in the first half, but Heath one-timed the rebound of an Alex Morgan shot to salvage the draw. The U.S. finishes the year 13-3-4 (although 2 of those ties were decided by shootouts in which the U.S. went 1-1). Two of those three losses were against Sweden, who the U.S. failed to beat this year in three tries. It's not going to get any easier going forward as current U.S. Coach Pia Sundhage has expressed a desire to coach her native Sweden when her contract expires at the end of next season.
AFC SOUTH QUARTERBACK SITUATIONS
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DOES CHRIS CANTY HAVE ENOUGH BARS IN HIS FACEMASK?
Seriously, that thing is ridiculous. It's medieval looking.
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GOODSON SCORES IN DENMARK
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Meanwhile in the English League Championship (one below the Premier League) Robbie Findley, formerly a member of Real Salt Lake and a member of the 2010 World Cup Team, scored his 5th goal for Nottingham Forest helping them to a 3-2 win over Ipswich. This was his second goal in league play to go along with 3 that he scored during the Carling Cup. Findley has not appeared in a game for the National Team since the World Cup.
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