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January 2021

AGGIES ANXIOUSLY ANTICIPATE 2021

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On the heels of banner season & College Football Playoff snub, fourth-ranked Texas A&M announces 2021 schedule

COLLEGE STATION – After concluding a historic run to end the 2020 season with eight straight wins and a victory in the Capital One Orange Bowl, the complete 2021 Texas A&M Football schedule was announced by the Southeastern Conference Wednesday.

The Aggies open the 2021 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 against Kent State at Kyle Field. Then in Week 2, Texas A&M and Colorado are set to face off on Sept. 11 at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, home of the Denver Broncos. Originally scheduled to be a two-game series between the former conference foes, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 game. Now, the two teams will play a single-game matchup at the neutral site, and the second game will not be played.

Additionally, the Maroon & White will host two other non-conference games at Kyle Field, New Mexico Sept. 18 and Prairie View A&M Nov. 20.

Playing in the SEC, Texas A&M hosts Mississippi State Oct. 2, Alabama Oct. 9, South Carolina Oct. 23 and Auburn Nov. 6 at Kyle Field in the 2021 season. The Aggies will travel to Missouri Oct. 16, Ole Miss Nov. 13 and LSU Nov. 27, along with the neutral site matchup against Arkansas in AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sept. 25.

On the strength of defeating 14th-ranked North Carolina, 41-27, in the Orange Bowl, Texas A&M finished the 2020 season ranked No. 4 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the season. It marks A&M’s second-highest finish in the AP Poll and highest since 1939, when the Aggies won the national championship.

In addition, the No. 4 ranking is Texas A&M’s second top-five finish since joining the SEC in 2012 and marks the third time in his career that head coach Jimbo Fisher has finished inside the top-five. Texas A&M wrapped up the season on an eight-game win streak, the longest streak by the Maroon & White since the 1998 campaign.

In the regular season, the Aggies went 9-1 against an all-SEC slate as they compiled the most victories against conference foes since joining the SEC for the 2012 season. It proved to be A&M’s fourth top-five AP finish along with the No. 5 ranking in 1956 and 2012, and the No. 1 finish in 1939, A&M’s lone AP national championship. It was A&M’s 13th top-10 finish in school history.

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YOUNG GUNS SHOOT IT OUT

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Mahomes & Allen: New generation leads storied NFL franchises Kansas City, Buffalo in battle for trip to Super Bowl LV

AFC Championship: BUFFALO BILLS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Kickoff: Sunday, Jan. 24 at 5:40 p.m.

In the clash for the AFC Championship between two storied franchises Sunday evening, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen personify and showcase the arrival of the NFL’s new generation.

When the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes will try to give his squad a chance to win back-to-back Super Bowl, the first team to accomplish that feat since New England in 2004 & 2005. On the other hand, Allen will attempt to lead Buffalo to its first Super Bowl appearance since 1994 when the Bills played in four consecutive NFL title games.

When Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last season in Super Bowl LIV, it represented the first time in 50 years Kansas City has appeared in the big game. If Buffalo can earn a trip to Super Bowl LV Sunday, the Bills will be playing for their first-ever Lombardi Trophy after losing four straight times in the big game from 1991-94.

Interestingly, the last time Buffalo advanced to the Super Bowl the Bills defeated Kansas City, 30-13, on Dec. 23, 1994 for Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Joe Montana as the starting quarterbacks. After a long stretch of futility that included six straight last-place finishes in the AFC East, Allen helped end Buffalo’s 18-year playoff drought.

In the meantime, the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs (15-2) coasted through the regular season with the league’s top-rated offense and the favorite to earn back-to-back NFL titles for the first time in team history. But as Mahomes left the Divisional Playoff game with a concussion, the Chiefs turned to by backup quarterback Chad Henne to secure a 22-17 clutch victory over the Cleveland Browns. Mahomes has cleared concussion protocol to Sunday’s AFC Championship, but he will also be dealing with a nagging case of turf toe.

In an AFC Championship game rematch 27 years in the making, the shootout between young guns Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen should be a wild one for the ages.

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A TALE OF TWO LEGENDS

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Rodgers, Brady face off in NFC Championship game at snowy Lambeau Field battling for berth to Super Bowl LV

NFC Championship Game: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at GREEN BAY PACKERS

Kickoff: Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2:05 p.m.

There’s just no getting around it. The NFC Championship game between the top-seeded Green Bay Packers hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at frigid Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon will be seen as a head-to-head battle between two quarterbacks who have already secured their place in the NFL Hall of Fame.

In the last 25 years, the storied Green Bay Packer franchise has ranked as the most successful football team in the NFL’s National Football Conference. During that span of dominance, the Packers have played in the NFC Championship game eight times. But Green Bay has only advanced to the Super Bowl three times since 1967, winning twice.

Despite his Hall of Fame career and potential-MVP performance in 2020, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has only played in the big game once, winning the Super Bowl in 2010.

On the flip side, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady has played in an NFL-record nine Super Bowls since 2001, winning an unprecedented six times. Sunday afternoon, Brady will attempt to lead the Buccaneers to the pinnacle in his first season under center, making Tampa Bay the first team to ever play on its home field in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.

But make no mistake, winning a trip to Super Bowl LV will dramatically impact the legacies of two of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the game.

The fifth-seed Buccaneers (13-5) will be making their first appearance in the NFC title game since 2002, the same year that the franchise won its one and only Super Bowl. Tampa Bay took care of business by knocking off Washington, 31-23, on the road in the Wildcard Playoffs. Then the Buccaneers shocked the New Orleans Saints, 30-20, in the Divisional Playoffs, possibly ending the career of future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.

Having the advantage of playing at snowy Lambeau Field, Green Bay (14-3) will be riding a seven-game win streak, earning an opening round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The well-rested Packers dismantled the NFC’s top-ranked defense to post a dominating 32-18 victory over the Los Angeles Rams last week to advance to their second straight NFC title game.

With that said, the Buccaneers crushed Green Bay, 38-10, in Tampa Bay in Week 6, pressuring Rodgers into having his worst game of the season by blitzing him a season-high 21 times. But the Packers will feature the No. 1 scoring offense in the league, averaging 31.8 points per game and have only lost at home once this season. Green Bay will be looking for revenge by claiming its first NFC championship since 2011.

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GRIDIRON GURUS: Week 11

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Focusing on the NFL Conference Championship games before attention turns to unprecedented college football spring season

Just when we thought football season was almost over, it’s about to start all over again. As Super Bowl LV closes out the traditional fall football season for the high school, college and professional levels, the spring football season will begin for many FCS and NCAA Division III programs.

But for now, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus will focus on the National Football League playoffs as the field has been narrowed to four teams standing in the NFC and AFC conference championship games this week.

This season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel consists of newcomer Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), while Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton, The Sports Buzz  photographer David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

In the NFL playoffs, the top two seeds advanced to the AFC championship game as defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City held off the Cleveland Browns, 22-17, and the Buffalo Bills eliminated the Baltimore Ravens, 17-3. But in the NFC, Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to an upset 30-20 win over New Orleans in what could prove to be the last game for Drew Brees, while the top-seeded Green Bay Packers rolled over the Los Angeles Rams, 32-18.

For the record, Brett pulled even with overall pick’ems leader Wade with a near-perfect week, only missing on Tampa Bay’s upset victory over New Orleans and exclusively picking Denton Ryan’s Class 5A, Division I state championship win over Cedar Park. And with both Gridiron Gurus picking Green Bay and Buffalo to advance to the Super Bowl, nothing will change this week.

With that said, David and Don both bested Wade last week as well, and they hope to pick up more ground by selecting Kansas City to make back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 spring football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the unprecedented spring football games, as well as the NFL playoffs through Super Bowl LV.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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GRIDIRON GURUS: Week 10

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Picking Texas high school Class 6A & 5A State Championship games, as well as the NFL Divisional Playoff matchups

We may be getting close to the end of the 2020 football season, but we definitely have a busy weekend in store at the high school and professional levels.

As we head toward the final few weeks of the 2020 football seasons, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus will continue picking the Class 6A and 5A high school football State Championship games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington this week, as well as the NFL Divisional playoff games.

This season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel consists of newcomer Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), while Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton, The Sports Buzz  photographer David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

For the record, it appears battle for the Gridiron Guru bragging rights might go down to the wire with Wade enjoying a two-game lead over Brett, and an almost insurmountable seven-game lead over David. Although Don has already been eliminated from catching Wade, he has picked as well as anyone on the panel down the stretch after a slow start in his first season of prognosticating.

Without a doubt, Wade has been nearly perfect throughout the high school playoffs to come from behind, surpass David as the early leader, and then build his lead. Last week proved to be no exception as Wade selected seven of the eight State Semifinal games correctly.

In the NFL playoffs, the top seeds will be hosting Divisional round games Saturday and Sunday with all of the home teams — Green Bay and New Orleans in the NFC, along with Buffalo and defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City in the AFC — favored to win. But on any given Friday, Saturday or Sunday, particularly this time of the season, anything can happen.                                                                              

Join us every Thursday throughout the rest of the 2020 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the week’s high school playoff games, as well as the NFL playoffs through Super Bowl LV.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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THE USUAL SUSPECTS…AGAIN

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Over the last 125 years, 10 NCAA college football programs have consistently ranked near or at the top as the nation’s best teams

As the nation watched the 2020 edition of the NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game, the players, the storyline and the scenario at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida may have seemed all too familiar.

In a college football season that proved to be anything but business as usual, two likely suspects advanced to the National Championship Game in very different ways – the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide reclaimed its mantle among the elite after a one-year absence while many questioned whether the Ohio State Buckeyes deserved to be there, advancing to the title game for the first time since winning it in 2014.

Monday night, Alabama manhandled Ohio State, 52-24, to give Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban a record seventh national championship. Alabama (13-0) completed the ninth perfect season in program history — the second on Saban’s watch as he surpassed the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant for most national championships.

Since the College Football Playoff (CFP) system replaced the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 2014, Alabama and Ohio State have established their respective programs as two of the top four in the nation. During the first seven CFP seasons, the Crimson Tide missed the cut for the final four only once (2019), while the Buckeyes have advanced four times, ranking in the top seven all seven times. Not to be overlooked, Clemson has advanced to the final four six times, Oklahoma four, and Notre Dame twice.

With that said, no other team has matched the success of the Crimson Tide. Alabama has now won six national championships since 2009, playing in five of the seven CFP title games since 2014, followed by Clemson with four trips, winning twice (2016, 2018). Since NCAA college football stopped naming mythical national champions with the creation of the BCS in 1998, only seven programs – Florida State (1999, 2013), Ohio State (2002, 2014), Southern California (co-2003, 2004), Florida (2006, 2008), Clemson (2016, 2018), LSU (co-2003, 2007, 2019), Alabama (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2020) – have won multiple times.

But that only represents what’s been happening lately. What school ranks as the greatest college football program of all-time? Of course, that would depend on what measuring stick gets used – rankings, all-time wins, or overall winning percentage.

As mentioned before, rankings did nothing but name a mythical national champion for decades. When it comes to all-time wins, eight schools rank among the 900-win club, led by Michigan with 964 victories, followed by Ohio State (931), Alabama (929), Texas (923), Notre Dame (918), Oklahoma (917), Nebraska (905) and Penn State (902). While only considering schools that have played NCAA Div. I football since 1900, overall winning percentage might be the best way to rank them.

Here are the top 10 college football programs of all-time, according to THE SPORTS BUZZ:

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YALE (est. 1872) – Winning Percentage: .697 (907 wins, 379 losses, 55 ties)

Since Yale has been playing in the NCAA Division I-AA since 1982, the Bulldogs do not qualify for this ranking. But as one of the oldest football programs in the country, Yale’s legacy of 27 national titles cannot be overlooked. Yale football has one of the most impressive resumes in the game, with two of the first three Heisman Trophy winners, 100 All-Americans, 28 Hall of Fame inductees, and 18 national championships recognized by the NCAA — the most all time.

LSU (est. 1893) – Winning percentage: .656 (812 wins, 415 losses, 47 ties)

LSU has recorded three perfect seasons in its century-plus history on the gridiron: in 1908; 1958; and in the Joe Burrow-led 2019 national championship campaign.

CLEMSON (est. 1896) – Winning percentage: .618 (758 wins, 460 losses, 45 ties)

With the help of quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and DeShaun Watson, head coach Dabo Swinney has posted a .807 winning percentage since taking over the Clemson program midway through the 2008 campaign.

TEXAS A&M (est. 1894) – Winning percentage: .602 (749 wins, 486 losses, 48 ties)

After a magical 11-2 season in 2012, quarterback Johnny Manziel brought Heisman Trophy glory to Texas A&M.

TOP 10 PROGRAMS OF ALL-TIME

10. TENNESSEE (est. 1891)Winning percentage: .671 (849 wins, 402 losses, 53 ties)

Tennessee has only enjoyed seven winning seasons since 2005. But the program’s history remains strong as Peyton Manning helped lead the school to 32 wins from 1995-97.

9. NEBRASKA (est. 1890) – Winning percentage: .688 (905 wins, 400 losses, 41 ties)

Under head coach Tom Osborne from 1973-97, Nebraska won 255 games, losing only 49 times. Nebraska has trying to recapture the success it had during that period ever since when the Huskers won five national championships and produced a pair of Heisman Trophy winners.

8. PENN STATE (est. 1887)Winning percentage: .688 (902 wins, 398 losses, 41 ties)

Penn State has improved from back-to-back seven-win seasons in 2014 and 2015 to consecutive 11-win seasons in 2016 and 2017, when the Nittany Lions finished inside the top 10 of the AP poll. After winning nine games in 2018, the Nittany Lions finished 11-2 with a Cotton Bowl victory in 2019. In 2015, the NCAA restored 112 Penn State wins that were stripped in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal. The move made Joe Paterno the college game’s winningest coach again — and returned Penn State to the ranks of the winningest schools. 

7. USC (est. 1888) Winning percentage: .699 (852 wins, 352 losses, 54 ties)

On the field for USC from 2001-09, head coach Pete Carroll posted an .836 winning percentage. However, USC was forced to vacate 14 of Carroll’s wins due to NCAA rules violations, still ranking him as USC’s best with an NCAA-adjusted winning percentage of .822.

6. TEXAS (est. 1893)Winning percentage: .704 (923 wins, 378 losses, 33 ties)

Vince Young looms large in Texas lore as the quarterback led his Mack Brown-coached teams to a 34-4 run from 2003-2005 – an .895 winning percentage. Despite a subsequent downturn, the Longhorns averaged 11 wins per season from 2000-09 and peaked in the top five of the AP poll every season. With three straight winning season and bowl game victories, Texas may be on the road back to prominence.

5. OKLAHOMA (est. 1895)Winning percentage: .726 (917 wins, 329 losses, 53 ties)

The Sooners have made four College Football Playoffs, reaffirming their status – not just as a historically great program – as one of the best this century. With Oklahoma averaging 11 wins per season since 2000, Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Rickey Dixon, Billy Sims and Brian Bosworth are among the talents to emerge from a school that has won 10 games or more in a season 40 times.

4. MICHIGAN (est. 1879)Winning percentage: .727 (964 wins, 350 losses, 36 ties)

The 11-time national champion Wolverines are still searching for their first Big Ten title since 2004. The No. 1 college team in total wins through the 2020 season, Michigan comes up a few decimal points shy of the winning-percentage title. Bo Schembechler, whose charges included future head coach Jim Harbaugh, did what he could for the school’s cause, racking up 194 wins from 1969-89.

3. NOTRE DAME (est. 1887) Winning percentage: .728 (918 wins, 329 losses, 42 ties)

The Irish have won eight national championships since the Associated Press began certifying the national champion in 1936. If not for the 21 wins and one loss removed from the NCAA record books for rules violations, Notre Dame’s winning percentage would stand at .732 – the all-time best. As it is, the school has produces a golden run for decades with notable head coaches Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz posting undefeated seasons.

2. ALABAMA (est. 1892)Winning percentage: .72947 (929 wins, 331 losses, 43 ties)

Alabama won five national championships in nine years as Nick Saban has made the Crimson Tide the kings of college football. Alabama made the first five College Football Playoff fields before missing out in 2019. With the help of greats like Joe Namath, Paul “Bear” Bryant led Alabama to 232 wins, losing only 46 from 1958-82. Bryant’s .824 winning percentage ranks second only to Saban, who owns a .869 winning percentage, in Crimson Tide history.

1. OHIO STATE (est. 1890)Winning percentage: .73036 (931 wins, 327 losses, 53 ties)

The winners of the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014, the Buckeyes have consistently been national title contenders year in and year out since the mid-1990s. Since 1995, Ohio State has finished in the top six of the AP poll 15 times with two national championships and two runner-up finishes. With greats like Justin Fields, Eddie George and Joey Bosa on the ball for the Buckeyes, Ohio State holds off the competition for the all-time winning-percentage title…just barely.

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NAVIGATING ROAD BLOCKS

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Despite repeated stalls by Covid-19 shutdowns, the Clifton Lady Cubs attempt to climb back into District 17-3A girls basketball race

CLIFTON — Finally returning to action following 18 days of inactivity dealing with on-again, off-again Covid-19 precautions, the Clifton Lady Cub girls basketball team hit the court running in hopes of climbing back into the District 17-3A race.

After resuming district competition with an overwhelming 43-18 victory over the Riesel Lady Indians Jan.  2 at Clifton High Gym, the Lady Cubs (1-2 in district, 3-8 overall) fell to postseason favorite Troy, 72-24, on the road last Tuesday before having their makeup game at Whitney scheduled for Saturday postponed again until Jan. 23.

“I feel we can be competitive within our district,” said Clifton girls basketball head coach Whitney Holdbrook before traveling to West to take on the Lady Trojans (0-3, 1-9) Wednesday. “The team has a lot of talent. I believe our team will get better with every game we play, gaining experience and confidence at this level.”

Against Riesel (0-4, 1-8), the Lady Cubs jumped out to a commanding 17-6 first quarter lead before building a 31-8 advantage before intermission. Freshman point guard Laylah Gaona led Clifton with 16 points and five steals, followed by Meagan Henderson with seven points and seven rebounds, while Kate Humphreys topped the Lady Cubs with eight boards and Kasandra Gaona grabbed six steals.

“The team showed a lot of intensity on defense,” Holdbrook said. “I was really proud of our defensive execution having been off since Dec. 15.”

But it wasn’t the first time the Lady Cubs found themselves quarantined by Covid-19 precautions. After opening the season with a three-game losing streak, the Lady Cubs went into a 14-day Covid-19 shutdown Nov. 17.

“We are a young team only returning three varsity players from last season,” Holdbrook said as the Lady Cubs opened the season. “The girls are gaining experience and knowledge with every game that we get to play. Each of our three games so far I have seen significant growth from each player. They are learning a new speed of the game and learning to work together as a team. 

“I fully expect for this group of girls to continue to grow throughout this season. They are eager to learn and compete every day, whether it is practice or a game.”

Upon returning from their first shutdown due to Covid-related issues, the Lady Cubs dropped their first two games, losing to Bruceville-Eddy, 56-27, Dec. 1 before falling to Moody, 48-30, Dec. 4.

“The shutdown had a big impact on the team,” Holdbrook said. “I felt the team was starting to figure things out and learn to work together and adapt to the speed of varsity basketball. And then, we were shut down for 11 days. So when we came back, we had to catch back up and that took some time.”

Clifton snapped the season-opening five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, taking down the Crawford Lady Pirates, 33-29, Dec. 5. Kynli Bearden led the Lady Cubs with nine points, nailing three of eight from the three-point range, while April Rowlins came up with a team-high seven steals.

“The Crawford game was a defensive battle,” Holdbrook said. “Offensively, we hit some big shots  at needed times.  Carley Caniford had a steal and layup at the end of the fourth quarter that sealed our win by  giving us a four-point lead.  Kynli hit some big three-pointers, and April played a great defensive game.”

Carrying that momentum into the next game, the Lady Cubs made it two-in-a-row by overwhelming the Class 4A Hillsboro Lady Eagles, 48-20, Dec. 8. Freshman post Brianna Gonzalez  led Clifton with 14 points and six rebounds, while Laylah Gaona followed by 11 points, sinking eight of eight from the free throw line.

“In the Hillsboro game, I believe the team played with more confidence on offense, and everyone was looking for ways they could contribute, whether that was with points, assists or rebounds,” Holdbrook said. “Brianna had a standout game, and Laylah played a great game handling the ball and setting the team up in our offense.”

But the Lady Cubs dropped their final non-district game to Valley Mills Dec. 11 before opening District 17-3A competition with a 53-24 loss at home against 20th-ranked and league-leading Lorena (5-0, 13-5). And then, the Clifton girls were shut down again, seeing a district game against Whitney getting postponed before cancelling a non-district game at Lake Belton before taking a break for the Christmas holidays.

“The girls played hard against Lorena,” Holdbrook said. “Our defensive effort was great. Offensively, we struggled to make shots. In all, I am proud of this team and the effort they give every day. They are building on what they know and are finding a rhythm as a team.”

Photos by DAVID HARDING

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GRIDIRON GURUS: Week 9

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Picking Texas high school playoff games, the NCAA National Championship, as well as the NFL Wildcard Playoffs

It’s do-or-die time at every level of football competition.

As we head down the home stretch of the 2020 football seasons, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus will continue picking the Class 6A and 5A high school football playoff games as they play their respective State Semifinals week, along with the NCAA college football National Championship game as well as the NFL Wildcard playoff games.

This season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel consists of newcomer Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), while Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton, The Sports Buzz  photographer David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

For the record, Don and Brett prevailed last week by finding success picking the College Bowl winners. But amazingly, both panelists produced the week’s best records without managing a single exclusive pick between them.

With that said, Wade clung to his narrow overall season lead with three exclusive winners in the Class 6A & 5A State Quarterfinals, picking Duncanville over Desoto, Cedar Hill over Rockwall-Heath, and Crosby over Fort Bend Marshall.

In the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys (6-10) fittingly blew their season finale against the New York Giants (6-10), making losers of everyone on the panel. But in the end, it didn’t matter as the Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1) benched quarterback Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter to gift the game and the NFC East title to the Washington Football Team (7-9).

That’s right, football fans. Believe it or not, a team without a name won the NFC Least with a losing record. It’s been a very strange football season.

Join us every Thursday throughout the rest of the 2020 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the week’s high school playoff games, your favorite college teams from the NCAA Div. I, Div. II and Div. III, as well as the state’s two NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, and more through the playoffs to Super Bowl LV.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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