Saturday College Football, NFL News and Notes, Grizz drop Knicks, Baylor Women Lose, GSP returns at UFC 154, Nascar + Free Play for Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday Week 12 College Football

Week 12 of the college football schedule might very well be the least attractive viewing card of the year with very few marquee matchups and most of the SEC taking a breather against FBS schools. Rutgers at Cincinnati is the best of the early games while USC and UCLA and Ohio State at Wisconsin are the feature matchups late. No.4 Alabama faces Western Carolina, No.5 Georgia faces Georgia Southern, No.7 Florida faces Jacksonville State and you get the idea. Join SP3 for a recap and highlights on the Sunday report.

In Friday night’s college football action, Florida International won cross-town bragging right with a 34-24 win over Florida Atlantic. Richard Leonard turned the game around for the Golden Panthers with a 100-yard kickoff return after FAU took their first lead of the game at 20-17. Both teams are now 3-8. In Mountain West action, Air Force won a 21-7 snoozefest at Colorado Springs. Cody Getz rushed for 125 yards and a score for the Falcons. The game generated just 24 first downs and less than 500 yard of combined total offense.

NFL News and Notes

Jay Cutler is still suffering the affects of a concussion sustained in the Bears loss to the Texans and has been ruled out of Monday night’s game against the 49ers. Jason Campbell will get the start for the Bears.

Michael Vick has also been ruled out of the Eagles game at Washington on Sunday. Vick is also suffering from symptoms of a concussion. Arizona rookie Nick Fowles will get the start.

Former Bears head coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Ditka suffered a minor stroke on Friday and will bypass his broadcasting duties this weekend. Ditka was playing cards on Friday when he noticed that that his hands were not working quite right and the he was having difficulty speaking. Ditka said through ESPN that he is fine and hopes to return to his duties quickly.

Memphis knocks Knicks from the ranks of the unbeaten

The 7-1 Memphis Grizzlies made their case as best team in the NBA be knocking the Knicks from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 105-95 win at the Fed Ex Forum. The Grizz blew open a close game with a 19-1 third run after Carmelo Anthony was hit with a technical. The Knicks were able to close to 10 points but could get no closer, looking gassed off last night’s come from behind win at San Antonio. Indiana, Philadelphia, OKC, Golden State, Portland, Atlanta, and the Laker were the other Friday night winners. The NBA returns with an eight-game card tonight.

Georges St Pierre returns at UFC 154

The UFC 154 Weigh-In

Logano wins pole at Homestead, Keselowski 3rd, Johnson 10th

The long Nascar season comes to an end on Sunday with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead outside of Miami. Brad Keselowski needs to finish just 15th to capture the first Sprint Cup title of his career. Joey Logano captured the pole in qualifying with Marcos Ambrose, Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Aric Amirola, and Clint Bowyer round out the first three rows. Jimmy Johnson, 20 points back and with the only possibility of overtaking Keselowski in The Chase, will get away 10th. SP3 will have a complete preview with odds in Sunday’s report.

Baylor Lady Bears win streak stopped at 42

No.4 Stanford avenged a loss in last year’s Women’s NCAAB Final Four with a 71-69 win over Baylor, snapping the No.1 Lady Bears 42-game win streak. Baylor had run the table last year cruising to the National Championship with a perfect 40-0 record. The Lady Bears won their first two games this year but struggled against a determined Stanford team on a neutral court in Hawaii. Chiney Ogwumike scored 18 points to lead the Cardinal. Last year’s Player of the Year Brittney Griner had 22 for Baylor, 18 in the second half.

Brittney Griner misses shot at the buzzer of 71-69 loss to Stanford

Free Play

(NCAAF) USC/UCLA Over 64.5 (Saturday, November 17, 3:00 PM EST)