UCF had better argument than OSU
December 05, 2017 3:04 AM
by Alan Berg
Let’s start the week off with a couple comments on the sports world.
I would like to applaud the College Football Committee for selecting the correct four teams for the right to play for the National Championship.
The only real question mark was Alabama or Ohio State, but honestly, I felt UCF had a better argument than OSU. They didn’t have the competitiont the Buckeyes had, sure, but listen, if you don’t lose a game, you deserve consideration – especially over a two-loss team.
Now if you know me personally, you know I despise the Buckeyes. I am a Hurricanes fan and the night of that National Championship loss will always go down as one of the worst as a 20-something many moons ago.
That said, as a way to give you my unbiased take here, I thought the Buckeyes belonged in the final four the year they won it all. While many felt TCU or Baylor belonged in their place I thought Ohio State was the best in the country. In 2017 however, this Ohio State team is not one of the four best. So, kudos to the committee for getting it right.
Last Saturday was one for the ages. It was so good UFC President Dana White had to give out two Fight of the Night awards. If you missed it and like MMA action, it’s actually worth the replay price. If not, wait one month and grab a UFC Fight Pass for $9.99 for the month and watch it. You will not be disappointed.
Also, my main man Francis Ngannou crushed No. 1 heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem, setting Ngannou up for a UFC Heavyweight Title shot against Stipe Miocic. Stipe has been a great champion, exciting, finishing guys in the first round, but has never fought someone like “The Predator.” Ngannou isn’t on another level, he’s on his own level. Mark my words, he will be UFC Heavyweight Champion when that fight happens down the road.
Enough from the past, let’s cut to the plays this weekend:
New Orleans at Atlanta (-1.5): Well, this NFL line will most assuredly flip, a four day rest after getting beat up by Minnesota and Carolina is no walk in the park here for either team. I expect this game to be a little clunky, but give me the team that has played the better football. The Saints aren’t going to be out of place in the dome. SAINTS
Tennessee (-3) at Arizona: I should be running away from this pick as quickly as possible as I liked Arizona last week against the LA Rams. However the one thing that really works for the Titans offense is their run game. Ask Jacksonville how well that worked out in Arizona two weeks ago. Tennessee is honestly one of the worst 8-4 teams I have ever seen in NFL history. Cardinals will beat them up on defense while future first ballot Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald puts the offense on his back for the win. CARDINALS
Washington at LA Chargers (-6.5): Are you kidding me? I get +6.5 points with Kirk Cousins, who has road wins at Seattle and already a road win in LA versus the Rams! I had the Browns last week because, let’s face it, the Chargers are just an underachieving bunch. Tons of talent that just can’t put it together one week at a time. Washington has had a brutal schedule: Eagles twice, Chiefs (when they were good), at Seattle, at New Orleans, hosting Minnesota, even Dallas twice was no picnic (losing both). My guess is this game comes down to the wire. A great game to keep an eye on live betting for a middle spread. REDSKINS