USA Today: Norway is Dominating These Winter Olympics With a Unique Approach to Sports

USA Today published Norway is Dominating These Winter Olympics With a Unique Approach to Sports.

Unlike the U.S., where we keep score of everything all the time, Norway puts kids in sports but doesn’t let them keep score until age 13. The idea is to make sports part of their social development so that the motivation to stay involved is to have fun with their friends, not winning.

And Then There Were 5

Last weekend 4 of the 9 undefeated major college football teams lost, leaving Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Washington as the 4 remaining Power 5 teams and Western Michigan as the only remaining Group of 5 team. I beleive the first 4 now clearly control their own destiny in making it to the playoff, but the College Football Playoff Committee may disagree.

This week also marked the first time the official rankings were released and Washington wasn’t in the top 4, Texas A&M was just ahead of them. I still think an undefeated Pac-12 champion would jump over Texas A&M, but can understand why Texas A&M is ahead of them right now.

Of the 1 loss teams, Louisville, Ohio State, and Texas A&M are in the best positions. Ohio State is in the best position because if they win out they’ll beat Michigan and become Big 10 Champs, allowing them to take Michigan’s spot in the playoff. Louisville and Texas A&M both need help to become conference champs. Florida is a little further down in the polls, but have a couple tough games, including Florida State, and would need to beat the SEC West Champ, likely Alabama, to win out. That could be enough for them to jump a couple teams and take Alabama’s spot in the playoff.

9 Undefeated Teams Remain

Nine teams remain undefeated in major college football, 7 from the power conference and 2 from the Group of 5 conference. Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, and Washington clearly control their own destiny, meaning if they win out they’ll be the 4 teams in the College Football Playoff. I believe Nebraska also controls it’s own destiny because they would need to defeat Ohio State in the regular season, then win the Big 10 Championship game, likely against Michigan or Ohio State, which I believe would put them in the top 4. Although there’s no real reason to believe any of first 4 teams will lose a game prior to the playoff, history says a couple will.

Among the contending 1 loss teams are Louisville, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. Louisville and Texas A&M only have losses to undefeated teams. Ohio State lost to an unranked team, but still has games remaining against 2 undefeateds, giving them a chance to make up for it. My guess is Ohio State is actually the 1 loss team with the most control of their destiny because they still control if they win their conference or not.

Here are the undefeateds, by conference:

  • SEC – Alabama
  • Big 10 – Michigan and Nebraska
  • ACC – Clemson
  • Pac 12 – Washington
  • Big 12 – Baylor and West Virginia
  • MWC – Boise State
  • MAC – Western Michigan

#MoreThanMean – Women in Sports ‘Face’ Harassment

Hopefully this is tough for you to watch.

Best Team

“Our job isn’t to assemble the best players, it’s to put together the best team.” – Bill Belichick