UEFA Champions League

Earlier today, we found out the remaining eight teams to make the round of 16. included Liverpool (England), Sevilla (Spain), Manchester City (England), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Besiktas (Turkey), FC Porto ( Portugal), Tottenham Hotspur (England) and Real Madrid (Spain) (the other eight teams can be found on my previous post).

The days headline game belonged to Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund, based soley on club size and prestige. Madrid won the match 3-2.  Ronaldo was at it again, breaking another record, by scoring in every group stage game. As a Barcelona and Messi fan, this isn’t that intriguing of news but it is what it is. In a huge upset, Manchester City, who haven’t lost a game all year (all competitions), wound up losing to an Ukraine powerhouse club Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian Premier League is not an overall great league when it comes to the product on the field, but Shakhtar has some good players to compete in Champions League.  You would think their first loss might come to a fellow big time Premier League club but I guess thats why you have to play the games and not use whats on paper.

The round of 16 draw is on December 11th and the first leg of action begins February 13th.

UEFA Champions League

Atletico Madrid was stunned, shocked, and flat out embarrassed as they have been eliminated from champions league play in the group stage (first round). They recently made the champions league final in 2014 and 2016. This is the first time they have been knocked out in the group stage since the 2009-10 season, where they found themselves in the europa league and eventually won the competition. We saw Manchester United (England), FC Basel (Switzerland), PSG (France), Bayarn Munich (Germany), AS Roma. (Italy), Chelsea (England), FC Barcelona (Spain), and Juventus (Italy) all advance to the next round. Eight more games tomorrow 12/6/18 to find out who else advances.

 

FINAL CFB PLAYOFF RANKINGS

The final day of college football was definitely an entertaining one. We saw Wisconsin and Auburn blow their chance to compete in the final four playoff and Georgia and Alabama jump their way back in. Some people thought Ohio State would find their way in after beating undefeated and number 4 ranked Wisconsin yesterday in the big 10 championship, but their two losses out weighed it.

The final rankings are as such

  1. Clemson
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Georgia
  4. Alabama

The first round with be played on 1/1/18. Oklahoma vs. Georgia at 5 p.m. eastern and Clemson vs. Alabama at 8:45 p.m. eastern.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHING FRENZY

The gift of drama and controversy that just keeps on giving. With the college football season not even over yet, there have been hirings, firings and constant rumors. Lets start at Tennessee, where there’s more drama about coaches than a MTV reality show. Most of you remember the whole Lane Kiffin debacle and quite honestly, it hasnt got much better. The Vols recently fired head coach Butch Jones who was accused of covering sexual harassment accusations against some of his players a couple years back, but he was producing wins on the field so the AD and boosters kept him on the payroll. That all soon crumbled and Tennessee were underperforming and the fans and boosters clambering for a change. This all came full circle when the school offered their head coaching gig to ex NFL and Rutgers Univ. head coach Greg Schiano. As Schiano was in transit to Tennessee to sign his new contract, fans flooded the university protesting the soon to be signee by saying he had knowledge of the Jerry Sandusky child rape case at Penn State. Although Schiano was never included in the investigation and has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the situation, the Vols fans still put that against him to the point where the school had to rescind their offer and move on to find another replacement for their vacancy. So you’re telling me that the school, fans and boosters were ok with keeping Butch Jones around after what he allegedly covered up, but went crazy in a bad way about hiring a guy who was never involved in the Penn State child rape case. Seems pretty contradictory to me. I think they just want a better coach and used that against him to stop the hiring. Mike Leach of Washington State looks to be the guy Tennessee wants now.

As for Jimbo Fisher (Florida State), he’s most likely on his way to Texas A&M and SEC country for a reportedly 10 year 75 million dollar deal. It is yet to be seen who Florida State will replace Fisher with. Nebraska almost has has the signature of UCF head coach Scott Frost, who has the Golden Knights undefeated and ranked #12 in the country. After firing underperforming coach Jim Mora Jr., UCLA hired one of the most coveted coaches on the market. His name…Chip Kelly, who returns to the Pac-12 where he had major success at Oregon, taking them all the way to the national championship game. UCLA is hoping to get the same kind of success out of Chip, which in my eyes they can. He brings an up tempo high scoring offensive playbook that will haunt any defensive coordinator. Look out for UCLA to take off in the near future.

CFB PLAYOFF RANKINGS

1. Clemson – The reining national champs are on top after Alabama lost.

2. Auburn – Even with two losses, they have beaten two number one ranked teams in Georgia and Alabama.

3. Oklahoma – They can score with the best of them all thanks to the Heisman trophy favorite, Baker Mayfield.

4. Wisconsin – The only remaining undefeated power 5 school