Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday

13) Bills 48, Denver 19
— Bills win AFC East for first time in 25 years.
— Buffalo won seven of its last eight games, covered last six.
— Bills outscored last five opponents 104-52 in first half.
— Diggs/Beasley both had 100+ receiving yards for Buffalo

— Denver lost seven of its last nine games.
— Broncos lost five of their seven home games. 
— Denver turned ball over 19 times (-11) in their last nine games.
— Broncos were outgained, 534-255.

12) Green Bay 24, Panthers 16:
— Carolina lost eight of its last nine games overall.
— Panthers are 4-10 despite a +4 turnover ratio.
— Panthers covered their last six games as road underdogs.
— Carolina is 0-10 when they allow 23+ points, 4-0 when they allow 21 or fewer.

— Packers’ first three drives: 27 plays, 203 yards, 21 points. 
— Green Bay won six of last seven games, scoring 31.0 ppg in last five.
— Under is 8-3 in last 11 Green Bay games.
— Packers were outscored in second half in 9 of their last 11 games.

11) San Jose State 34, Boise State 20:
— Brent Brennan has done one of the best coaching jobs in the history of man; two years ago, San Jose went 1-11. Now they’re Mountain West champs. 

— Spartans finish regular season 7-0, their best record since 1939.
— All seven of San Jose’s wins are by 10+ points. 

10) Clemson 34, Notre Dame 10:
— Tigers outgained Notre Dame, 541-263; this wasn’t very interesting.
— Etienne carried the ball 10 times for 124 yards.
— Now the playoff selection committee has the drama they crave; who gets the 4th bid? 

9) LSU 53, Ole Miss 48:
— LSU receiver Kayshon Boutte caught 14 passes for 308 yards, three TD’s.
— Ole Miss QB Corral threw for 251 yards, ran for 158 more, but threw five INT’s.
— How do you turn the ball over six times and still score 48 points?
— LSU QB Johnson threw for 435 yards, three TD’s.

8) Utah 45, Washington State 28:
— Coogs (+11) led 28-7 at halftime, didn’t even cover the spread.

7) Gonzaga 99, Iowa 88:
— Zags spanked Iowa; this was their first game in 17 days.
— Gonzaga was minus-6 in turnovers, made only 14-24 on line, still scored 99 points.
— Iowa G Connor McCaffery is the coach’s son; he’s played 156:00 in seven games, has taken a total of 19 shots- you don’t have to guard him much. 

6) Western Kentucky 73, Alabama 71:
— Big man Bassey had 27 points, 12 boards; why is he playing in Conference USA?
— Hilltoppers are 6-2, with three top 80 wins- they’re #43 in experience.
— 46.7% of Alabama’s shots are 3’s, but they’re only making 29.3% of them (#254). 

5) North Carolina 75, Kentucky 63:
— Kentucky is 1-5 for first time since 1927.
— Wildcats played 7 freshmen, a soph, two seniors; they’re #324 in continuity.
— Teams combined to shoot 8-33 on the arc.
— Kentucky was up 11 early in this game, led by 4 at the half, died down the stretch.

4) Ohio State 77, UCLA 70:
— OSU outscored the Bruins 29-16 over final 12:40 of this game.
— Buckeyes shot 60.7% inside the arc.
— UCLA is playing a Cronin-like #343 pace; the locals ain’t going to like that, especially when you lose the more visible games, like this one. 

3) Iona 72, Rider 64:
— Rick Pitino’s Gaels are off to a 3-1 start in the MAAC.
— Iona has given up only 57.1 ppg in their league games.
— Iona has a new coach, all new players (#265 in continuity) but he is a great coach. 

2) Stanford 78, Arizona 75:
— Arizona made 11-23 on the arc, only 12-23 on foul line.
— Arizona has an almost whole new team (continuity #307).
— Stanford, on the other hand, is #32 in continuity. 

1) Big college football news around 11pm; the Rose Bowl is relocating from Pasadena to Arlington, TX. Rose Bowl is also one of the semi-finals in the playoffs. 

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.