SportsNet - November 2012
1. #3 Georgia vs. #2 Alabama @ Georgia Dome
Aaron Murray and the third ranked Georgia Bulldogs with take on the #2 team in the nation, the Crimson Tide. The winner of this game will be playing in the BCS National Championship game in Miami against Notre Dame. Biggest factor? The quarterbacks in this game going up against top defenses. Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray is leading the nation in quarterback rating at 177.1 but will face the toughest defense of all of college football in Alabama. Alabama gives up just 9.3 points per game so look for Murray to struggle in the early goings. On the other side, Crimson Tide quarterback A.J McCarron is ranked 2nd in the nation in QB rating just below Murray at 176.3. McCarron will be going up against the 16th ranked defense allowing 17.7 points per game. Two top quarterbacks going against two of the top defenses. This game will be a dandy. Kickoff will take place at 4 E.T on Saturday.
2. # 16 UCLA at #8 Stanford
Rajon Rondo earned another suspension for losing his cool on the basketball court Wednesday night in a game against the Brooklyn Nets. This time it was an emotional reaction to a hard foul by Kris Humphries on Kevin Garnett that caused him to push the Nets forward into the stands. Rondo’s actions have put the Boston Celtics in a tight spot, as they will have to play their next two games without the National Basketball Associations assists leader. However, this is not a new position for the team to be in, on two other occasions this past calendar year they have had to play without their All-Star point guard
Given the Carolina Panthers recent struggles, it’s a welcoming sight to see the Charlotte Bobcats early success. After just 14 games, the Bobcats have accumulated the same number of wins as they did all of last season. It’s a surprising start for the Bobcats, as many considered them a non-contender coming into the 2012-2013 season.
Fans should expect a highly competitive game in tonight’s Eastern Conference showdown between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Bobcats. This should be an intriguing matchup between two teams looking to gain some ground within their respective divisions.
The 76ers are currently 1.5 games out of first in the Atlantic Division, and have managed to do so without center Andrew Bynum. Bynum was dealt to the Sixers in an offseason trade that sent superstar Dwight Howard to the Lakers. So far Bynum has yet to take the court, and after speculation of an early season return, it looks like he won’t be coming back anywhere in the near future. Coaches and fans have already begun to express their concerns with the former Laker big man, who aggravated his balky knee while out bowling just weeks ago.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Preview: Baltimore Looks To Sweep Black And Gold Two Years In Row
The divisional rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) and the Baltimore Ravens (9-2) has reached its second round. What was a significantly more intriguing match-up earlier in the season is now likely to be the playoff-clinching win the Ravens require.
Pittsburgh’s chances largely hinge on the health of quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. If he can suit up and play at a high level, and that is a big if, will go a long way to determining Pittsburgh’s fate in the match.
It seems unlikely that former third-string quarterback, Charlie Batch, the Steelers’ run game and its defence can win on the road when back-up quarterback, Byron Leftwich and the Steelers’ running-backs and defence could not do so at home two weeks ago.
Green Bay (7-4) was most certainly not able to eke out the upset win last week in New York, getting embarrassed by the Giants, 38-10 – the Packers’ worst loss in five years.
The Giants had a superior game plan in place. Largely ignoring the Packers’ running game, they keyed in on stopping quarterback, Aaron Rodgers with great success. It resulted in five sacks, a forced fumble and pressure that led to an interception.
Meanwhile a balanced offense showed that Green Bay still has trouble getting off the field when defending. Several quick scores put the Packers into too deep a hole and the game was over by halftime.
Both of these factors will have serious implications for this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings (6-5).