Craziest Time of the Year

The Holidays are often times referred to as the busiest time of the year but the end of October is by far the craziest for sports fans. We are in the middle of football season, both NCAA and NFL, the MLB postseason is nearing home plate and the NBA just started. Good thing NCAA basketball is still a few weeks out.

College football

NCAA football is getting ready to enter Week 10 of scheduled play. This year has been an interesting one with no one team sticking out. The favorites going into the 2015 season were last years National Champions the Ohio State Buckeyes. And while they have remained undefeated this year, one thing no one can let the BIG live down is their weakness of schedule. Alabama’s loss for a second year in a row to Ole Miss threw the polls through a loop, especially as Ole Miss failed to perform against lesser opponents as weeks went on. The No. 2 team going into the season, the Oregon Ducks, made everyone go crazy with a loss to the Utes. Utah had a nice run sitting in the top seven for a few weeks but after being dominated by a USC team that has dealt with a lot this season (cue drunken coach and firing), many are saying they were right all along for saying Utah didn’t deserve to be ranked with the “best.”

According to the AP poll here are the four teams headed to the CFP.

1. Ohio State – The Buckeyes have a bye this week

2. Baylor – The Bears have a bye this week

3. Clemson – Plays North Carolina at 1:30pm Sat. Oct. 31

4. LSU – The Tigers have a bye this week

According to the Coaches poll these are the CFP candidates.

1. Ohio State – The Buckeyes have a bye this week

2. Baylor – The Bears have a bye this week

3. TCU – Played West Virginia Oct. 29

4. LSU -The Tigers have a bye this week

NFL Football

The NFL is about to enter Week 8 of the 2015-16 season. There are currently five undefeated teams: the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers. Six teams follow suit with 3-3 records – very subpar but second tier this season.

In the past ten NFL seasons, the average of losing teams in the league has been 13.5 and so far this year, that is being blown out of the water with 18 teams having losing seasons. But there is still plenty of football left to be played before February so hopefully these numbers will see some change.

Current top five:

1. New England Patriots – this week they play a Dolphin team that is on the rise; Thurs. Oct. 29

2. Green Bay Packers – this week at Broncos; Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

3. Cincinnati Bengals – this week at Steelers; Nov. 1 at 11:00 a.m.

4. Denver Broncos – will host Packers; Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

5. Carolina Panthers – this week at Colts; Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

MLB – World Series

After an exciting post season with surprise teams like the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburg Pirates, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays, the World Series finally kicked off. The New York Mets, another surprise team, and the World Series returners, the Kansas City Royals hit the mound on Oct. 27. The first two games were played in Kansas City and the Royals are now leading the series 2-0. Game 1 was a close one with the Royals beating the Mets 5-4, but New York was nowhere to be found in Game 2 where Kansas City ran away with it 7-1.

Game 3 will take place in New York on Oct. 30. The Mets really need a win to stay in it.

NBA

The 2015-16 season tipped off Tuesday night and people are already starting to make their predictions for East and West Champs. I’ve seen predictions for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami heat in the East, and Golden State and Oklahoma City Thunder in the West; not too different from last year.

So far if I have learned anything from Week 1, it’s not to jump to conclusions or start making any “educated” predictions just yet. Some outcomes have some people wanting to go one way or the other already, and others just back up what we may have already known

1. Thunder 112, Spurs 106 (The Thunder don’t want a repeat of last seasons missed playoffs)

2. Knicks 122, Bucks 97 (After 17 wins last season, the Knicks can only go up)

3. Timberwolves 112, Lakers 111 (Are the Lakers in for another long year? I hope not)

4. The Pelicans have already fallen to 0-2 with losses to the Warriors and Blazers.

5. Bulls 115, Nets 100 (I don’t see Brooklyn replicating last season)

6. Pistons 106, Hawks 94 (Pistons fans are ready for a 2004 comeback)

7. Celtics 112, 76ers 95 (76ers really bad or Celtics good? Celtics fans still want Rondo back)

8. Lebron James and his Cavaliers are 1-1. A 97-95 loss to the Bulls in Game 1 and a 106-76 win over the Grizzlies in Game 2. Are the Bulls really dependent on Derrick Rose’s health? Lebron James is having back issues, Kyrie Irving is also injured. Is the sky falling or not in Cleveland?

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