T.G.I.M.! #179

Recapping the crazy football weekend while previewing what to catch on TV this upcoming week.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

With the college football slate winding down to the most important games of the season for many, the action is really heating up as the debates are flying. Thankfully for the BCS, the Ohio States Buckeyes were bowl ineligible this season, otherwise they would have had a hard time not being blasted for not putting them in the title game with their undefeated season. As it is, it looks to be the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame against the winner of the SEC.

While it's not the game that Buckeye fans want to see, it should be a fitting end to the college bowl season.


Looking Back

Ohio State Finishes Undefeated…and That's All Folks!

With Ohio State's 26-21 win over rival Michigan on Saturday, the Buckeyes made the most of their inaugural year under new head coach Urban Meyer and finished 12-0. With the team being unable to attend the Big 10 Championship game as well as any bowl games, the most the team could hope for was winning their division and beating Michigan. The undefeated season was an unexpected bonus for the seniors but comes bittersweet with more than a little 'what if?' attached to it.

Could they have won it all, matching their 2002 season by hoisting the championship trophy? We'll never know. But if Meyer's opinion holds any weight, then they could have held their own against all comers.

“I’d say at this point in time, Ohio State could go and play with anybody in America,” coach Urban Meyer said after the Michigan game. “I wouldn't have said that five weeks ago.”


Cleveland Browns Hold on to Send Pittsburgh Steelers to Second Straight Loss

Down to their third string quarterback and nursing a variety of other injuries across both sides of the ball, the Cleveland Browns were in the perfect position to beat rival Pittsburgh for the second time in the Mike Tomlin era. It ended up that the Browns also needed the Steelers to implode to walk out with a narrow 20-14 win on Sunday.

With eight turnovers and nine penalties, the Steelers did everything they could not to win this pivotal game against the Browns. As mistake prone as Pittsburgh was, they still had multiple chances down the stretch to secure the win but error after error kept them from walking away with the W.

"When you turn the ball over the way we did, you're not going to beat anybody," Tomlin, the Steelers head coach, said. "We were highly penalized. When you do those things, you're going to lose I don't care who is playing quarterback."

With back to back losses without Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers fans have some reason to cheer as their injured QB is expected to begin light throwing Monday and may be available for next weeks Baltimore game.


Looking Ahead

(NFL) New Orleans at Atlanta: Thursday, 8:20 pm NFL Network

It's a pivotal game for the New Orleans Saints as they attempt to come back from an 0-4 start and make the playoffs. With the Saints teetering on the playoff edge, the Falcons will be looking to deliver the potential knockout punch to those hopes.

(NBA) San Antonio at Miami: Thursday, 8 pm TNT

Miami is the defending champs but in order to repeat, they may have to eventually go through the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs, always one of the best of the West, can make a good early season statement with a win over the Heat.

(NCAAFB) No 2 Alabama vs No 3 Georgia: Saturday, 4 pm CBS

What more can be on the line from one game than what's to grab for the winner of this matchup? The winner of this SEC Championship game can write their ticket to the BCS Championship as well as capturing the crown in arguably the best conference in college football.

(NFL) Pittsburgh at Baltimore: Sunday, 4:25 pm CBS

The fate of both the AFC North and the potential playoff hopes of the Pittsburgh Steelers ride on this game against the Baltimore Ravens. The big question heading into this game is whether 'Big' Ben Roethlisberger can be ready in time to play. If he can't, the Steelers will be hard pressed to walk away a winner from this one.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.