We are less than a month away from Selection Sunday, and this year’s Committee seeding the field of 68 will have several difficult tasks. There are so many teams on the bubble that have pretty even resumes. There are big wins, suspect losses and tough decisions ahead. I believe championship week will help clear some of these things up.
Another factor is going to be injuries. A number of teams that could be in the field have been hampered by injuries. Earlier performances and success may be overshadowed by key players lost for the season. How will the committee evaluate the potential of a team which is without a key star.
Here are some examples from the weekend:
I saw an injury firsthand as Georgia’s Yante Maten suffered a knee sprain early in the game against Kentucky. Georgia was on the outside looking in, but losing the third-leading scorer in the SEC is a major setback. The Bulldogs fought hard but fell short to Big Blue. JJ Frazier with 26 points was brilliant in defeat for Georgia.
Michigan State, which has been plagued by injuries all season, suffered a blow when Eron Harris was injured. He required season-ending knee surgery. The Spartans were a bubble team and the committee will have to evaluate Michigan State without a starting guard.
Injuries are a part of the game.
Friday was a special day in Detroit. We celebrated the 40th anniversary of the U. Of Detroit Titans team which won 21 straight games and beat eventual NCAA champion Marquette.
I really enjoyed catching up with all of the former players. Terry Duerod had his jersey retired and that was tremendous, a well-deserves honor.
Now it is off to call Florida State vs. Notre Dame on Saturday!
It was a miracle Super Bowl championship for the Patriots, Down 28-3, New England kept fighting, scoring the last 31 points to win in overtime.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will go down in history as the best coach and QB combo in NFL history. Brady was MVP for the fourth time, throwing for a record 466 passing yards. He now has five Super Bowl rings.
Hey, where were all the fans that screamed stick to hoops when the Falcons led 28-3. They were getting on me because VBDI said before the game 38-31 Patriots!
I worked the Florida-Oklahoma game over the weekend. The Gators won a blowout, but it was a special game. I was calling the game for the final time with an icon, a legend, Brent Musburger.
I have known him for over 25 years. When he calls a game, he paints a picture for the fans.
Brent has decided to retire from television after Tuesday’s game at Kentucky. I was fortunate to have one more game with him and it was a blast. Because it was a one-sided contest, we were able to talk about sports, his career, etc.
Thanks for the memories, Brent. You will be missed by sports fans. Good luck in your next endeavor.
I had a great time calling the Florida State-Louisville basketball game last Saturday.
My friends, Tallahassee was rocking and rolling. It is more than a college football town. The Seminoles are enjoying a special season, challenging for the ACC lead.
Leonard Hamilton has a deep and talented team. He goes out and uses 12 players, putting fresh bodies on the court. Sometimes that hurts the team’s rhythm, but at the end of the game, Florida State is in good position.
I have been very impressed with Jonathan Isaac and Dwayne Bacon. This team will be a tough out come tournament time.
The NFL’s version of the Final Four is set. The AFC and NFC Championship match-ups are in place as these teams are one win away from the Super Bowl.
The New England Patriots are in the AFC title game for the sixth straight year. Tom Brady and company held off the Texans to advance. Dion Lewis scored on a kickoff return, pass reception and rush. Now the Patriots host the AFC title game, looking for another Super Bowl trip.
The Atlanta Falcons were impressive in beating the Seattle Seahawks. Matt Ryan threw for over 300 yards and the Atlanta defense put a lot of pressure on Russell Wilson. Next up is a battle against the surprising Packers and Aaron Rodgers. What a great finish in the upset of Dallas. Jared Cook made an incredible catch to set up the winning field goal.
I had a great time hosting a party for the Notre Dame lacrosse team, which was working out at IMG Academy. The Irish will play an exhibition game against the USA national team on Sunday at 1 pm.
Coach Kevin Corrigan is excited about Notre Dame this season as the team is ranked fourth nationally in the preseason poll.
I know someone else who is excited about the Irish. My son-in-law, Dr. Chris Sforzo, played lacrosse at Notre Dame and loved his time in South Bend.
I had a great time calling the Tennessee-Florida game last Saturday. Don’t be misled by the final margin as the Gators had to battle against a young Vols squad.
Tennessee loves to run and has great depth. Experience was a factor for Florida, plus outstanding three-point shooting in the second half, going seven-of-seven from long range. The Gators got solid performances from KeVaugh Allen, Justin Leon and Kasey Hill.
It was also fun for me calling the game with Tom Hart. Twenty years ago, I met Hart and told him to chase his dreams. He thanked me for that advice and did a great job on play-by-play.
I love seeing the Rowdy Reptile fans down in Gainesvile. They have renovated the O-Dome and Florida is the one team that can give Kentucky a challenge in the SEC.
Football fans are closer to finding out about champions in the NFL and college football.
The playoffs are set in the pros. The Patriots clinched home field throughout the AC playoffs. The Chiefs earned the second seed with a win over the Chargers and a Raiders loss at Denver. Green Bay and Detroit both made the playoffs, making Sunday night’s game a little less important.
The NFC is loaded with Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Green Bay and the Giants in the playoffs.
College football has a rematch for the national championship. Alabama gave up a touchdown against Washington and then proceeded to score the next 24. Clemson humbled Ohio State, handing Urban Meyer his first shutout with the Buckeyes.
Alabama and Clemson will meet in Tampa on January 9th for the title. I cannot wait, I will be there.