Sports: Michigan Drops to #5; WMU Denies Coach Fleck Moving
Both Ohio State and Michigan ranked in the top three before Saturday’s game, but neither team will play in the Big Ten Championship Game this Saturday in Indianapolis. Instead, it’ll be #6 Wisconsin versus #8 Penn State. After Saturday’s 30-27 double overtime loss in Columbus, Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh ranted about his disappointment with the officiating. With the loss, the Wolverines dropped outside of the top four in this week's AP Top 25. Michigan is 5th in this week's poll, with Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington making up the top four. Wisconsin is 6th, Penn State is 8th, and Western Michigan is 13th. The Michigan-Ohio State thriller Saturday drew a 10.4 overnight rating -- the best for any game across ESPN or ABC. The rating was the second-best for a game on ABC, topped by the 2006 Michigan-Ohio State game. Michigan's most likely bowl destination appears to be the Orange Bowl, on Dec. 30th against Louisville or Florida State. As the season enters championship week, most projections have Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington in the College Football Playoff. Michigan State ends a disappointing season at 3-9 after a 45-12 loss at Penn State.
WMU to MAC Championship Game
Western Michigan takes a perfect 12-0 record into the MAC Championship game this Friday at Ford Field to play 8-4 Ohio University. Reports surfaced on Twitter on Saturday that PJ Fleck will soon be named as Purdue’s next football coach. Shortly after, Western Michigan University Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard tweeted: “PJ Fleck has not talked to any teams. He is committed to the WMU Broncos and preparing for the MAC Championship game.”
In Division II Football….
Grand Valley State will host Ferris State in a Division II Super Region 4 semifinal Saturday at Allendale.
The NFC North leading Lions play at New Orleans on Sunday. Then they host Chicago, and hit the road to play the Giants and Cowboys and end at home against the Packers on New Year’s Day.
Monday Night Football
The Packers, at 4-6, try to stay alive tonight in Philadelphia where the 5-5 Eagles are 4-0 at home.
The Chiefs beat the Broncos in a wild game last night, 30-27 in overtime. They had to come from eight points behind on their final drive just to force overtime, and then they won on a field goal that hit the upright and still managed to bounce through.
MSU plays at Duke on Tuesday.
On Wednesday…Michigan will host Virginia Tech.
Western Michigan hosts North Carolina Wilmington.
The Pistons are 8-10 and 9th in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. Detroit will be on the road to play at Charlotte on Tuesday night. They head to Boston on Wednesday.
The Red Wings are home to host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday and the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Petr Mrazek will be in goal, as starter Jimmy Howard is out for a few weeks now with a groin pull. The Wings, at 10-10-2 are 7th in the Atlantic Division. The Stars are a game above .500.