NFL Week Six Recap, Tigers/Cards win, College Football News and Notes, Epic 129,000 Foot Skydive + Free Play for Monday, October 15, 2012

Week Six NFL …. and then there was Atlanta

The Dogs have really been barking in Week Six of the NFL. Including Thursday’s Tennessee win over Pittsburg, underdogs are a very healthy 11-2 going into Monday’s Denver at San Diego finale. The over enjoyed a slight 7-5-1 edge vs the under. Home field was once again strong with the hosts going 10-3 with four straight up dog winners.

On the field in Week Six, Green Bay spoiled Houston’s Sunday night football debut hammering the Texans 42-24. Aaron Rodgers was razor sharp throwing for 338 and six touchdowns. The Packer defense chipped in with three interceptions. The Texan loss left Atlanta as the NFL’s lone unbeaten team at 6-0. The Falcons were life and death to beat the Raiders 23-20 on Matt Bryant’s 55-yard FG as time expired. Seattle scored the final 14 points of the game to upset New England 24-23. Russell Wilson’s 46-yarder to Sidney Rice with 1:18 left was the winner. The Giants manhandled the 49ers 26-3 dominating on both sides of the ball. Alex Smith threw three picks for the first time in two years.

In the Monday night football finale, the Denver Broncos travel to San Diego to face the Chargers in a classic AFC West showdown. The Bolts opened as three-point favorites with the total 51 but an influx of Bronco and under money has the line San Diego -1 and the high/low 47.5 at 9:00 AM EST on Monday. The weather will be perfect in SoCal with the game time temperature expected to be around 77 degrees.

Skydiving from 128,000 feet !!!

If you missed this over the weekend, SP3 has it for you here. Sunday, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner parachuted from a record 128,100 feet from a space capsule lifted by a balloon. Baumgartner reached a maximum of speed of 1,342.8 km/h (833mph) through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:20 minute long freefall. The jump occurred 65-years to the day that Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Amazing stuff.

Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from the edge of outer space

Tigers go 2-0 on the Yanks, Cards 6-4 in Game One

The Detroit Tigers took a commanding 2-0 lead in their ALCS series with the New York Yankees after a 3-0 victory over the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium. Anibal Sanchez and Phil Coke shut out the pinstripes on four hits for Motown. The game was 0-0 through six innings before Detroit broke the ice on a Delmon Young fielders choice that scored Quinton Berry. The Yankees now face the daunting task of winning four of the next five, three in Detroit, and twice against Justin Verlander.

In San Francisco, the St Louis Cardinals jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and held on to beat the Giants in Game One of their NLCS series. David Freese and Carlos Beltran went yard for the Red Birds. San Francisco responded with four runs in their half of the fourth to cut the deficit to two but six relievers from the Cards pen kept San Francisco scoreless the rest of the way.

In tonight’s 8:05 PM EST NLCS Game Two from Candlestick Park, the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong are -113 favorites over St Louis and veteran Chris Carpenter. The over/under is 6.5 runs shaded 20 cents to the over. The Giants are now 0-3 at home in the playoffs getting outscored 20-6. Visitors are 16-9 in the playoffs to this point. Voglesong is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his last four starts and shut out St Louis on three for seven innings back on August 8th. This is just Carpenter’s fifth start of 2012 after coming back late from an arm injury. He rocks a 2.78 ERA in his first four starts and beat the Nats in that NLDS series.

Alabama and Florida are 1-2 in first BCS poll

Bama and Florida are ranked 1-2 in first BCS poll released yesterday. The Crimson Tide and Gators don’t meet in the SEC regular season but could be headed for a showdown in the SEC championship game if both teams take care of their own business. Oregon, Kansas State, and Notre Dame round out the top five. There are sure to be changes between now and Thanksgiving as teams jockey for a chance to play in the National Championship game on January 7th at Sun Life Stadium in Miami and secure the four other big money BCS Bowl bids.

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators

1 Alabama .9761
2 Florida .9092
3 Oregon .8993
4 Kansas State .8963
5 Notre Dame .8774
6 LSU .7522
7 South Carolina .6930
8 Oregon State .6808
9 Oklahoma .6664
10 USC .5959
11 Georgia .4980
12 Mississippi State .4846
13 West Virginia .4793
14 Florida State .4277
15 Rutgers .4083
16 Louisville .4061
17 Texas Tech .3572
18 Texas A&M .3379
19 Clemson .3341
20 Stanford .2654
21 Cincinnati .2483
22 Boise State .1978
23 TCU .1377
24 Iowa State .1139
25 Texas .0640

Alabama still unanimous in the AP Top 25 poll

Alabama remained the unanimous choice atop the AP Top 25 after their pedestrian 42-10 spanking of the Missouri Tigers. Mizzou got their lone touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return. Kansas State and Notre Dame cracked the top five with wins over Iowa State and Vanderbilt respectively. Here is how the AP Top 25 looks for Week Eight.


1 Alabama (60) 6-0 1500
2 Oregon 6-0 1436
3 Florida 6-0 1361
4 Kansas State 6-0 1296
5 Notre Dame 6-0 1283
6 LSU 6-1 1153
7 Ohio State 7-0 1071
8 Oregon State 5-0 1050
9 South Carolina 6-1 1042
10 Oklahoma 4-1 994
11 USC 5-1 874
12 Florida State 6-1 836
13 Georgia 5-1 753
14 Clemson 5-1 673
15 Mississippi State 6-0 591
16 Louisville 6-0 574
17 West Virginia 5-1 552
18 Texas Tech 5-1 444
19 Rutgers 6-0 405
20 Texas A&M 5-1 379
21 Cincinnati 5-0 294
22 Stanford 4-2 242
23 Michigan 4-2 177
24 Boise State 5-1 133
25 Ohio 7-0 104

Dropped from rankings: Texas 15, Louisiana Tech 23

Others receiving votes: Arizona State 92, TCU 88, Louisiana Tech 38, Texas 25, North Carolina State 11, Northwestern 6, Washington 6, Wisconsin 6, Nebraska 4, North Carolina 2, Tulsa 2, Penn State 1, Arizona 1

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(NCAAF) Rutgers -4 over Temple (Sat, Oct 20, 12:00 PM EST)