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Did You Notice? NFL Week 12
Pivotal Saints Moments 1983 Vikings
Did You Notice? NCAA Football Week 13
Golden NFL Rankings No change in top 3; Packers leap up.
Golden College Rankings After 13 weeks
Clash of Titans 1962 Ole Miss @ LSU
Pivotal Pro Football Moments 1973 AFC Division Round
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Pivotal World Series Moments 1929 Game 4
Did You Notice? NFL Week 12
  • Scoring Down
    If you think you're seeing more low-scoring games this year, the statistics back you up. Winning teams are averaging just 27.7ppg, which is the second lowest since 2013 (only 2022 was lower at 26.2). But an even bigger change is in the loser's point total. Losing teams are averaging just 15.7 ppg, which is down from 17.1 in 2022, which in turn was down from 18.2 in 2021, which was down from 20.0 in 2020.
  • Defense Sparks Broncos
    Saints fans know that Sean Payton is one of the best offensive minds in NFL history. But his rebuilding project with the Broncos this year has succeeded because of the defense. True, he has gotten more out of QB Russell Wilson after he struggled in his first year with Denver last season. But the Broncos' D was the laughing stock of the league when they surrendered 70 points and 726y to the Dolphins September 24. Then the next week Justin Fields and the Bears torched them for nearly 500y of offense. But since then, Denver's embattled defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (who once was the Broncos' head coach) turned the tide. In the last six games, the Broncos have not given up more than 22 points and held the Chiefs to just 19 in Week 6 and then only nine in the rematch two weeks later. The result is a five-game winning streak. (P.S. Vance Joseph played quarterback at Archbishop Shaw in Marrero before playing at Colorado from 1992-95.)
  • Ravens Defense
    Another AFC team known for its offense, the Baltimore Ravens, showed they could win a low-scoring game when they beat the Chargers and their 8th-ranked scoring offense 20-10. After kicking a field goal on their opening drive, the Chargers had seven straight empty possessions. DE Jadeveon Clowney has been a key contributor to the Ravens' D in his first season with the club.
  • Cowboys Not Dead
    The 49ers blew away the Cowboys 42-10 October 8. Since then Dallas has won five of six, with the only loss coming at the hands of the high-flying Eagles 28-23 in Week 9. The Cowboys won't win the division but have a good shot at earning a wild-card berth in the NFC playoffs.
  • Hold the Divorce Papers
    Just before the kickoff of the Giants-Patriots game, Fox's Jay Glazer reported that Giants coach Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale were in a "bad place" and added that he didn't see the duo continuing their relationship after the season, if it lasted that long. Then the game began, and the Giants won 10-7 with Daboll awarding the game ball to Martindale in the locker room. In his postgame remarks, Daboll credited Martindale for doing a "fabulous job."

    Intriguing Numbers - NFL Week 12
    12 NFL head coaches fired before they completed one year on the job in the last 12 years after Carolina jettisoned Frank Reich
    4 Head coaches for the Panthers in the last six years
    3-14 Tennessee Titans' record in their last 17 games, putting Coach Mike Vrabel's job in jeopardy
    5 Winning streaks by the Broncos and Eagles, tops in the league
    10 Rushing touchdowns by Eagles QB Jalen Hurts in each of the last three seasons, which is something that no other quarterback has done even twice in a row
    0-6 Buffalo QB Josh Allen's record in overtime games after the 37-34 loss to the Eagles
    58 Games the Steelers had gone without topping 400y of offense before Sunday, their first game after firing offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
    0 Teams in the NFC South with a winning record (or even a .500 record)
    0-5 Saints' success rate in converting red-zone opportunities into touchdowns against Atlanta
    8-9 Record of the 2022 Buccaneers, who won the NFL South last year
Pivotal Saints Moments
1983 Minnesota Vikings

Saints hang on for one-point victory.

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Did You Notice? NCAA Week 13
  • Few Rematches in Conference Playoffs
    Amazingly, of the ten conference playoff games this week, only three are rematches from the regular season.
    CUSA: New Mexico State @ Liberty
    --Liberty won 33-17 in Week 3
    Pac-12: Oregon vs Washington in Las Vegas
    --Washington won 36-33 in Seattle Week 6.
    Big 12: Oklahoma State vs Texas @ Arlington TX
    Mid-America: Miami (OH) vs Toledo @ Detroit
    --Toledo won 21-17 at Miami in Week 8.
    Mountain West: Boise State @ UNLV
    SEC: Georgia vs Alabama @ Atlanta
    American: SMU @ Tulane
    Sun Belt: Appalachian State @ Troy
    Big Ten: Michigan vs Iowa @ Indianapolis
    ACC: Louisville vs Florida State @ Charlotte
  • Washington's Wee Wins
    What a contrast between Washington's first four wins of the season and the remaining eight.
    They defeated their three non-conference foes by a combined 104 points: Boise State (by 37 points), Tulsa (33), Michigan State (34). Then the Huskies trounced their first Pac-12 opponent, California, by 23. Since then, they've won their remaining eight conference games by a combined 49 points for an average of just 6.2ppg.
    Washington edged the Ducks 36-33 at home in Week 6. They will have to play better to win at a neutral site Friday night.
    This title game will be the most closely watched one since it has implications not only for the CFP but also for the Heisman Trophy, as the winning quarterback, either Michael Penix of Washington or Bo Nix of Oregon, may clinch the award with a victory. All Jayden Daniels can do is hope that neither has a strong game.
  • N. C. State Resurgence
    Going into its open date October 21, North Carolina State was 4-3 following a 24-3 loss to Duke in a game Coach Dave Doeren called the most embarrassing of his 11 years at N. C. State. Doeren held what he called a "really transparent, come to Jesus" meeting with coaches and staff. The Wolfpack responded by winning their remaining five games to finish 9-3, including a 39-20 upset of rival North Carolina last Saturday. A bowl victory would give them the second 10-win season in school history.
  • Undefeated Teams
    ACC: Florida State (12-0)
    Big 10: Michigan (12-0)
    Pac-12: Washington (12-0)
    SEC: Georgia (12-0)
    Conference USA: Liberty (12-0)
367 Yards passing by Oregon QB Bo Nix against Washington
78.6 Nix's completion percentage for the season
5 Years that Nix has played college football, three at Auburn and two at Oregon
Intriguing Numbers - Week 13
11 Iowa games in which the opponent has not scored more than 14 points; Michigan State lost to the Hawkeyes 26-16 in Week 5.
23 Points scored by Georgia Tech in their 8-point loss to Georgia, the most scored on the Bulldogs this season
Victories by Missouri this season - the most since they went 11-3 in 2014
23-3 Tulane's record the last two seasons, the most productive pair since they went 19-2 in 1930-31 under Hall of Fame Coach Bernie Bierman
Each team starts with 12 points per game. Win and gain additional points based on the opponent's number of wins, the margin of victory, and whether it was a road game.
The losing team loses points from the 12 based on the number of losses of the victorious team, the margin of victory, and whether it was a home game.
Clash of Titans
1962 Ole Miss @ LSU
John Vaught vs Charles McClendon

Rebels put campus riot behind them to win in Tiger Stadium for first time since '56.

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Pivotal Pro Football Moments
Dolphins Rebound in Second Half
1973 AFC Division Round: Cincinnati @ Miami

Dolphins survive late first half meltdown.

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LSU Pivotal Moments
1944 Tulane: Young Tigers Pull Upset
"I'm so happy over the truly great way all our kids played."

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Pivotal World Series Moments
1929 Game 4:Hack Wilson Loses Two Flies in Sun
Athletics explode for 10 runs in 8th.

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