Europa League – Matchday 5 Recap

We have completed five matches in the group stage of Europa League, and over half of the participants (13 of 24) for the knockout stage have secured their advancement: Bayer Leverkusen leads Group A with 10 points (goal differential of +3), ahead of… Zürich because Zurich only has 9 points after losing yesterday 🙁 Red … Read moreEuropa League – Matchday 5 Recap

Championship Saturday – Sheffield United v Leeds United

As mentioned in both the weekly Power Rankings and a look at the Week 15 slate, Championship clubs are playing twice this week. In the spirit of that, I will be highlighting a “Match of the Day” from three of the days with multiple matches.

Tuesday, we took a look at Preston North End and Middlesbrough, which ended in a 1-1 draw after Middlesbrough evened it up just after half time. So much for my predicted clean sheet. Boro dropped a spot into third place because of Leeds United’s victory over Reading, while Preston North End moved up a spot into 15th.

On Wednesday, it was Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, which ended in a 5-5 barn burner after being tied 3-3 at the halftime break. Tammy Abraham scored four times for Villa in the match – after I highlighted him in the preview – which nearly doubled his scoring output on the season. It was what I dubbed the battle for 7th place, and Forest actually moved up to 6th after Derby County lost to Stoke City, while Villa maintained its 8th place spot.

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(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 14 Slate

Another week of Premier League action is in the books, and we have another full slate starting tonight. With six clubs playing in European competitions this week – and in advance of a week where the clubs will play twice – some clubs will be playing four matches over 14 days. Will this impact performance this weekend, or will we see the tired legs at the end of next weekend?

As always, the number in parenthesis before each club reflects their spot on our weekly Power Rankings, and we’ll try to keep this list updated as the weekend progresses. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.

Friday, 30 November 2018

8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(16) Cardiff City 2-1 (12) Wolverhampton Wanderers

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2018 Pac-12 Championship Preview – Utah v. Washington

Battle for the PAC-12 Championship Tonight’s Friday night spotlight has the makings of the perfect rivalry game. There’s probably not much (if any) hope left for a PAC-12 representative going to the College Football Playoffs but it’ll still make a great rivalry game. And the Rose Bowl is on the line, so that’s (likely) good … Read more2018 Pac-12 Championship Preview – Utah v. Washington

NFL Week 13 Preview

In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to … Read moreNFL Week 13 Preview

College Football Playoff Primer

With the release of the penultimate College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings on Tuesday, we are starting to see how the “New Year’s Six” (NY6) bowls – as well as the National Semifinal – could shake out.

But with conference championships to be played this weekend, there should be some drama yet to play out. As such, we wanted to take a look at the current Top 12 to see how results this weekend could impact their place when the final rankings are announced next week.

It Pays to be the Champion…

As a reminder, the champions of the “Power 5” conferences[1] automatically qualify for a NY6 bowl game. A spot in the NY6 is also guaranteed to the highest-ranked champion from the “Group of Five” conferences[2] (American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt).

The top four teams in the final CFP rankings are slotted into the national semifinal bowls – this year, they are the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl – in 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 matchups.

The remaining six spots in the NY6 bowls are chosen from the final season rankings, and have typically included only teams in the top 12 (hence the focus of this article).

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