Saturday’s Den: Wrapping up a busy Friday night……..

— Before we start today, if you live in the Albany area and you like golf or going out for a good time, The Bunker is a good place to go.

Located at 19 Clifton Country Rd, near the Hannaford market, The Bunker has a great bar area that is open air in the summer; there are golf simulators. You can rent a private room for a party. It is a fun place to visit.

Indiana 23, Illinois 20
Hoosiers drove 75 yards for winning TD, with 0:23 left to play.
Illinois gained 451 yards, had 29 first downs, but had four turnovers (minus-2)
Indiana ran ball 26 times for 32 yards, but still won.

TCU 38, Colorado 13:
TCU led 7-6 at halftime.
First half yardage: Colorado outgained TCU 212-67.
Second half yardage: TCU outgained Colorado 346-136.
Horned Frogs’ starting QB Morris left with an injured knee.

— TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley is the brother of USC coach Lincoln Riley.

Old Dominion 20, Virginia Tech 17
Monarchs scored game-winning TD (1-yard run) at the gun.
ODU’s other touchdown was scored by their defense.
Tech outgained ODU 340-245; this is a bad loss for them.

James Madison 41, Charlotte 24:
This is JMU’s first season as a I-A team; big win for them.
Discouraging loss for Charlotte, in their 8th year as a I-A team.
This game was 17-all at halftime.
Total yardage: 559-379, W&M
W&M averaged 13.5 yards per pass attempt.

— They announced Friday that college football will have a 12-team playoff, starting sometime between 2024-26; this will be a financial bonanza for college football, it’ll make the Christmas season a little more festive, except for the teams who lose in the playoff.

— Wagering knowledge: Cleveland’s acquisition of Donovan Mitchell saw their season win total jump from 42.5 to 46.5.

— Week 13 when they host Seattle, the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams will honor their other Super Bowl champs, the 1999 St Louis Rams, with coach Dick Vermeil, who got inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. Should be a fun day.

Another thing the Rams need to do fairly soon is retire Kurt Warner’s number 13.

— Major League Baseball needs a Hard Knocks-type show to promote their great sport; spring training would be perfect for it, lot of down time, with games almost every day.

Minor leaguers from Latin America take English classes; they could show that. I met a tutor once who worked with an Astros’ farm club in Troy, over the river from where I live.

They could track how pitchers gear up their workload as the regular season approaches.

They could show the meetings where they decide the rule changes each year. 

They would show how teams pack for road trips, how much work is involved.

There is so much they could do to give their game more exposure to the casual fan.

— Under is 15-3 in the Baltimore Orioles’ last 18 games; their pitching is so much improved from last year. Moving the left field fence back has turned out to be a very wise move.

— Mariners 6, Guardians 1— Cleveland scored one run in their last three games.

— Phillies are 1-3 on the road this week; their win was 18-2, their losses were by scores of 13-7, 12-3, 13-1. Lot of runs in those games, not a lot of drama. 

— If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
NL: Mets, Cardinals, Dodgers. Wild Cards- Atlanta, Philly, San Diego
AL: New York, Guardians, Astros. Wild Cards- Tampa Bay, Seattle, Toronto

— AL Wild Card race:
1) Rays
2) Mariners
3) Blue Jays
Orioles 1.5 games back
Twins 4 GB
White Sox 6 GB
Red Sox 7.5 GB

— NL Wild Card race:
1) Braves
2) Phillies
3) Padres
Milwaukee 3.5 games behind

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.