T.G.I.M.! #180

Recapping what you missed this weekend in the ever-insane football world while setting you up for what to watch on TV this week in sports.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

With only the bowl games and the Army-Navy game remaining in the college schedule, we're set to conclude yet another wild season of college football. Personally I prefer the professional ranks of football more but nothing beats the college football atmosphere when you are looking for supercharged environments. That being said, congratulations for Northern Illinois for being the first MAC team to earn a BCS bid. They ousted the Oklahoma Sooners in the rankings to earn the spot and hopefully they will make the most of it.

Go Huskies.

Looking Back

Steelers End Skid, Best Ravens

The Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens was a game they had to have. Sitting at 6-5 with the Cincinnati Bengals breathing down their throat, the Steelers couldn't afford a loss at this point in the season. Luckily third string quarterback Charlie Batch, filling in for both Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, found enough in the tank to lead Pittsburgh to a crucial road win. With the Steelers getting healthy again as the season nears its end, they could be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.

If they can get there.

Luck Leads Colts to Last Second Win

The Indianapolis Colts weren't supposed to be this good. The Detroit Lions weren't supposed to be this bad. Take down the would of's and could of's and all you have left is reality; and the reality is that the Colts are having a magical season while the Lions aren't. These two polar opposites came to a head as the Colts' Andrew Luck tossed a 14 yard touchdown pass to wideout Donnie Avery with no time left on the clock to power the Colts to a 35-33 win. The rookie, Luck, tossed four touchdowns to even out three interceptions in the win.

Looking Ahead

(NBA) Dallas at LA Clippers: Wednesday, 10:30 pm ESPN – It's a classic battle between two of the Western Conference's legit playoff contenders. With the Clippers looking to pull the pieces together for a magical season, Dallas is just looking to recapture the spark that made them champions in the past.

(NBA) New York at Miami: Thursday, 8 pm TNT – The New York Knicks are showing early signs that they could very well be a legit contender in the Eastern conference. To do that, they will eventually need to go through the Mimi Heat. A win here could prove vital to the Knicks confidence going forward.

(NFL) Denver at Oakland: Thursday, 8:20 pm NFL Network – Peyton Manning has revitalized his career and the Denver Broncos and will be looking to continue that at the expense of the Oakland Raiders.

 (NBA) LA Lakers at Oklahoma City: Friday 9:30 pm ESPN – It's cliché but in this game it will be the youth of Oklahoma City versus the aged experience of the Lakers. Seeing Kobe Bryant throw down against Kevin Durant never gets old.

(NCAAFB) Navy vs Army: Saturday, 3 pm CBS – It's one of the most storied games in college football as Navy takes on Army for armed services bragging rights. If you love this country even a little bit, then this game has meaning.

(NFL) Baltimore at Washington: Sunday. 1 pm CBS-The Baltimore Ravens just got handed a little taste of humble pie by the Pittsburgh Steelers and will be looking to avoid another taste against the Redskins. But if Washington's RGIII has his way, then the Raven will gloat nevermore.

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