Archive for November, 2012

4Quarters Weekly Big Ten College Football Pick’em: B1G Conference Championship

Closed out the regular season with a 4-2 weekend (picked Michigan and Minnesota) which puts me at 73-23 in picking Big Ten games this season. Now it comes down to the conference championship game on Saturday night in Indy, fear not I’ll be picking B1G bowl games so this isn’t the last conference pick’em of the year. Thanks for following along!


Nebraska and Wisconsin meet for the second time this season Saturday night in Indianapolis

Saturday, December 1 – B1G Championship Game/Lucas Oil Stadium/Indianapolis, Indiana

12 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-2, 7-1 B1G) v. Wisconsin Badgers (7-5. 4-4 B1G), 7:17 pm/FOX

Rankings reflect BcS Rankings

Season Record: 73-23 (Last Week: 4-2)

Last Week’s Results

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Friday’s Weekend Primer

Getting you set for the Weekend


The Big Ten Conference is one of five conference title games this weekend. Photo from the Big Ten Conference

First Quarter: NBA

1) NBA Scores
2) Philadelphia 76ers (9-6) @ Charlotte Bobcats (7-7), 6 pm
3) Portland Trailblazers (6-9) @ Boston Celtics (8-7), 6:30 pm
4) Utah Jazz (9-7) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (12-4), 7 pm

Second Quarter: 4Quarters College Football Games to Watch: Conference Championship Weekend

Friday Games –
MAC Title Game (Ford Field/Detroit, MI): 21 Northern Illinois Huskies (11-1, 8-0 MAC) v. 17 Kent State Golden Flashes (11-1, 8-0), 6 pm/ESPN2
Pac-12 Title Game (Stanford Stadium/Palo Alto, CA): 16 UCLA Bruins (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) @ 8 Stanford Cardinal (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12), 7 pm/FOX
Saturday Games –
CUSA Title Game (Henderson and Skelly Stadium/Tulsa, OK): UCF Golden Knights (9-3, 7-1 CUSA) @ Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (9-3, 7-1), 11 am/ESPN2
SEC Title Game (Georgia Dome/Atlanta, GA): 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC) @ 3 Georgia Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC), 3 pm/CBS
ACC Title Game (Bank of America Stadium/Charlotte, N.C.):
B1G Title Game (Lucas Oil Stadium/Indianapolis, IN): 12 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-2, 7-1 B1G) v. Wisconsin Badgers (7-5, 4-4 B1G), 7:17 pm/FOX

Third Quarter: NFL Week 13

1) NFL Scoreboard
2) Minnesota Vikings (6-5) @ Green Bay Packers (7-4), Noon/FOX
3) Seattle Seahawks (6-5) @ Chicago Bears (8-3), Noon/FOX
4) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) @ Baltimore Ravens (9-2), 3:25 pm/CBS

Fourth Quarter: Weekend Links

1) Dan Wetzel on why the #MACtion should be in a BcS Bowl this January.
2) Andy Staples weekend walkthough 
3) Dennis Dodd weekend watch list
4) Awful Announcing gives you your week’s College Football and NFL broadcast teams

See you on Monday and enjoy your weekend! Thanks for reading Four Quarters! Follow me on twitter @MikeVmos

Four Quarters Top 25 Poll: Week 9

Notre Dame (12-0) remains in the top spot but surprisingly Oregon (11-1) is still second in our poll. SEC teams take spots 3-5 with ties at spots seven, nine, 11 and 18 this week. Hello to three state schools in California in San Jose State (10-2), San Diego State (9-3) and Fresno State (9-3). Goodbye to Ohio State (12-0), Michigan (8-4), Texas (8-3) and Rutgers (9-2).

Hopefully this is the most fluid college football poll that you read and enjoy how we put it together. So with the help of my crew of myself, Nate Jessen and Neil Walter here is this week’s 4Quarters top 25 poll.

Voting Key: 25 pts – 1, 24 pts – 2, 23 pts – 3, 22 pts – 4, 21 pts – 5, 20 pts – 6, 19 pts – 7, 18 pts – 8, 17 pts – 9, 16 pts – 10, 15 pts – 11, 14 pts – 12, 13 pts – 13, 12 pts – 14, 11 pts – 15, 10 pts – 16, 9 pts – 17, 8 pts – 18, 7 pts – 19, 6 pts – 20, 5 pts – 21, 4 pts – 22, 3 pts – 23, 2 pts – 24, 1 pt – 25

1 Notre Dame (Three First Place Votes) (12-0), 75 points – LW 1
2 Oregon (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12), 70 points – LW 2
3 Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC), 69 points – LW 6
4 Florida (11-1, 7-1 SEC), 66 points – LW 5
5 Georgia (11-1, 7-1 SEC), 65 points – LW 3
6 Stanford (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12), 59 points – LW 8
T7 Kansas State (10-1, 7-1 Big XII) – LW 9/LSU (10-2, 6-2 SEC) – LW 12, 56 points
T9 Nebraska (10-2, 7-1 B1G) – LW 15/South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC) – LW T13, 46 points
T11 Oklahoma (9-2, 7-1 Big XII) – LW 16/Florida State (10-2, 7-1 ACC) – LW 4, 39 points
13 Northern Illinois (11-1, 8-0 MAC) – LW T19, 36 points
14 Clemson (10-2, 7-1 ACC) – LW T13, 35 points
15 Texas A&M (10-2, 5-3 SEC) – LW 7, 34 points
16 Oregon State (8-3, 6-3 Pac-12) – LW 17, 27 points
17 UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) – LW T10, 24 points
T18 Kent State (11-1, 8-0 MAC) – LW 22/Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC) – LW 21, 23 points
20 Northwestern (9-3, 5-3 B1G) – LW 25, 16 points
21 San Jose State (10-2, 5-1 WAC) – LW Receiving Votes, 14 points
22 San Diego State (9-3, 7-1 MWC) – LW Receiving Votes, 9 points
23 Boise State (9-2, 6-1 MWC) – LW Not Ranked, 8 points
24 Louisville (9-2, 4-2 Big East) – LW 18, 7 points
25 Fresno State (9-3, 7-1 MWC) – LW Not Ranked, 6 points

Dropping Out: Ohio State (12-0, 8-0 B1G) – LW T10, Michigan (8-4, 6-2 B1G) – LW T19, Texas (8-3, 5-3 Big XII) – LW 23, Rutgers (9-2, 5-1 Big East) – LW 24
Receiving Votes:
Syracuse (7-5, 5-2 Big East) 5 point, Vanderbilt (8-4, 5-3 SEC) 3 points, Texas (8-3, 5-3 Big XII) 2 points, Michigan (8-4, 6-2 B1G)/Rutgers (9-2, 5-1 Big East) 1 point

Mike’s Week 9 Ballot – 1 Notre Dame (25) 2 Florida (24) 3 Oregon (23) 4 Alabama (22) 5 Georgia (21) 6 Kansas State (20) 7 Stanford (19) 8 LSU (18) 9 Texas A&M (17) 10 Nebraska (16) 11 South Carolina (15) 12 Northern Illinois (14) 13 Kent State (13) 14 Oklahoma (12) 15 Florida State (11) 16 Clemson (10) 17 Oregon State (9) 18 Utah State (8) 19 San Jose State (7) 20 UCLA (6) 21 San Diego State (5) 22 Fresno State (4) 23 Boise State (3) 24 Northwestern (2) 25 Michigan (1)

Nate’s Week 9 Ballot – 1 Notre Dame (25) 2 Alabama (24) 3 Oregon (23) 4 Georgia (22) 5 Florida (21) 6 Stanford (20) 7 LSU (19) 8 Kansas State (18) 9 Texas A&M (17) 10 South Carolina (16) 11 Ohio State (15) 12 Nebraska (14) 13 Oklahoma (13) 14 Clemson (12) 15 Florida State (11) 16 Northern Illinois (10) 17 Utah State (9) 18 Oregon State (8) 19 UCLA (7) 20 Northwestern (6) 21 Boise State (5) 22 San Diego State (4) 23 San Jose State (3) 24 Fresno State (2) 25 Kent State (1)

Neil’s Week 9 Ballot – 1 Norte Dame (25) 2 Oregon (24) 3 Alabama (23) 4 Georgia (22) 5 Florida (21) 6 Stanford (20) 7 LSU (19) 8 Kansas State (18) 9 Florida State (17) 10 Nebraska (16) 11 South Carolina (15) 12 Oklahoma (14) 13 Clemson (13) 14 Northern Illinois (12) 15 UCLA (11) 16 Oregon State (10) 17 Kent State (9) 18 Northwestern (8) 19 Louisville (7) 20 Utah State (6) 21 Syracuse (5) 22 San Jose State (4) 23 Vanderbilt (3) 24 Texas (2) 25 Rutgers (1)

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Thursday w/ 4Quarters

Almost done with the week here are four Thursday topics for you to enjoy

Final Four: Notre Dame, 'Bama, Florida, Oregon; First Four Out: Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, Stanford.
The NCAA BcS Playoffs might’ve looked like this. Photo by SI.com

First Quarter: NBA

1) NBA scoreboard
2) Detroit won by 40 last night and the Washington Wizards 4Q winnless watch is ovah!
3) San Antonio Spurs (13-3) @ Miami Heat (10-3), 7 pm/TNT
4) Denver Nuggets (8-7) @ Golden State Warriors (8-6), 9:30 pm/TNT

Second Quarter: College Football

1) Louisville Cardinals (9-2, 4-2 Big East) @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-2, 5-1 Big East), 6:30 pm/ESPN
2) 4Q FCS Game of the Week (Playoffs 2nd Round): South Dakota State Jackrabbits (9-3, 6-2 MVC) @ North Dakota State Bison (10-1, 7-1 MVC), 3 pm/Gameplan ESPN3
3) FCS Playoff Bracket
4) What conference title game has your interest?

Third Quarter: NFL

1) NFL scoreboard
2) Thursday Night Football: New Orleans Saints (5-6) @ Atlanta Falcons (10-1), 7:20 pm/NFL Network
3) 4Q: Suck Game of the Week: Carolina Panthers (3-8) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-10)
4) 4Q: Not Quite Good Enough to Mention Friday Match-up: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5) @ Denver Broncos (8-3)

Fourth Quarter: Thursday Links

1) Here’s how Southern Miss afforded to get rid of Ellis Johnson
2) Tom Dienhart looks at the Big Ten Conference title game on Saturday
3) Bob Dutton on how David Glass looks to spend money, I’ll believe it when it happens
4) How a college football playoff would’ve looked this year by Stewart Mandel and Pete Thamel on SI.com

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The Wednesday Edition

It’s the middle of the week!

Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick
Two 49ers QB are better than one right?

First Quarter: NBA

1) Today’s scores
2) Portland Trailblazers (6-8) @ Washington Wizards (0-12), 6 pm – 4Q: Washington Wizards Watch –
3) San Antonio Spurs (12-3) @ Orlando Magic (5-8), 6 pm
4) Brooklyn Nets (9-4) @ Boston Celtics (8-6), 6:30 pm

Second Quarter: College Football

1) Big East title implications on Thursday night.
2) Can both SEC teams lose and give us Oregon versus Notre Dame?
3) ESPN College Gameday is in Atlanta, GA probably for the SEC title game
4) Sneaky good match-up of the weekend? Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-4, 5-3) @ Baylor Bears (6-5, 3-5)

Third Quarter: NFL

1) What game has your attention this weekend?
2) Tomorrow is Thursday Night football
3) Can Seattle win without half its secondary?
4) Fired Coach Watch: Kansas City (1-10) on more RED alert

Fourth Quarter: Leftover Links

1) Don Banks on the 49ers changing QBs
2) SI.com Bonus on the Maryland move
3) Next realignment domino?
4) And the moves made on Tuesday

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Tuesday = Lots of Links

It’s Tuesday so bring on the links!


Jamaal Charles is catching flak for asking Peyton Manning for an autograph.

First Quarter: Starter Links

1) Expansion-O-rama continues!
2) Tom Verducci on baseball rules that need to be changed
3) Mad Chatter from Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World Herald
4) Sam Mellinger of the Twitter Tuesday

Second Quarter: NBA

1) NBA scoreboard
2) Ricky Rubio ahead of schedule?
3) Charlotte got dominated last night in OKC
4) NBA.com Power Rankings

Third Quarter: College Football

1) All-B1G teams
2) Bruce Feldman looks at the 10 most intriguing coaches to fill openings as does Pat Forde
3) Dennis Dodds throws out the names of three coordinators who will draw interest 
4) Stewart Mandel’s bowl projections

Fourth Quarter: NFL

1) Ndamukong Suh didn’t get suspended
2) Matt Schaub says Suh “Not Texan worthy”
3) Jamaal Charles catching flak over asking Peyton Manning for an autograph post defeat
4) God Bless America! Sorry “America’s” team

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Monday Edition

Here are you four Monday topics for you to start the week (sorry took Friday off)

Photo: How big was Eric Martin in the Husker's win over Iowa?
Eric Martin and Nebraska kept the Heroes Trophy beating Iowa 13-7 on Friday and will play Wisconsin in the B1G title game Saturday

First Quarter: NBA

1. NBA scoreboard
2. New York Knicks (9-3) @ Brooklyn Nets (8-4), 6 pm
3. San Antonio Spurs (11-3) @Washington Wizards (0-11), 6 pm – 4Q Washington Wizards Tracker –
4. Charlotte Bobcats (7-5) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (10-4), 7 pm

Second Quarter: 4Quarters College Football Top14

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-0/LW-1)
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0 B1G/LW-2)
3. Oregon Ducks (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12/LW-3)
4. Northern Illinois Huskies (11-1, 8-0 MAC/LW-4)
5. Kent State Golden Flashes (11-1, 8-0 MAC/LW-5)
6. Utah State Aggies (10-2, 6-0 WAC/LW-6)
7. Stanford Cardinal (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12/LW-8)
8. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC/LW-6)
9. Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-2, 7-1 B1G/LW-9)
10. San Diego State Aztecs (9-3, 7-1 MWC/LW-10)
11. San Jose State Spartans (10-2, 5-1 WAC/LW-12)
12. Kansas State Wildcats (10-1, 7-1 Big XII/LW-13)
13. Georgia Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC/LW-NR)
T14. Florida Gators (11-1, 7-1 SEC/LW-NR) and Northwestern Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 B1G/LW-NR)

Dropping Out: 11. Oregon State Beavers (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12/LW-11), Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (9-3, 7-1 CUSA/LW-14)

Third Quarter: BcS Rankings/Top 10 – Week 6

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-0)
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
3. Georgia Bulldogs (11-1)
4. Florida Gators (11-1)
5. Oregon Ducks (11-1)
6. Kansas State Wildcats (10-1)
7. LSU Tigers (10-2)
8. Stanford Cardinal (10-2)
9. Texas A&M Aggies (10-2)
10. South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2)

Full BcS Standings

Fourth Quarter: NFL

1. Monday Night Football Game: Carolina Panthers (2-8) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-7), 7:30 pm/ESPN
2. Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans both 10-1
3. 4Quarters Most Impressive Team of the Weekend: New York Giants (7-4) (Won 38-10 vs Green Bay Packers)
4. 4Quarters Most Disappointing Team of the Weekend: Kansas City Chiefs (1-10) (Lost to Denver Broncos 17-9)

Overtime Links

1. Now the New York Jets season is a mess with the “resignation” of Fireman Ed
2. The next big issue in Major League Baseball
3. Stewart Mandel’s CFB Overtime
4. Sunday two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders (Megan Meadors & Crystal) shaved their heads for the #Chuckstrong campaign
5. 100th Grey Cup with the Toronto Argonauts defeating the Calgary Stampeders 35-22


Before


After/Photos from US Presswire

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