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11/22/2013 - Border Battle Weekend Looms!!
So far my NFL predictions are still holding up. I picked the Saints and Broncos as the Super Bowl opponents, and they both are right near the top of the standings and power rankings. I thought the best the Vikings might manage this year was 8-8, and now itís appearing that possibly 4-12 could be the most they could aspire to. The bottom seems to have dropped out, the quarterback situation is even messier than it was, the defense pretty much stinks and their only superstar Adrian Peterson is bothered by a lingering groin injury. The Vikes travel to Green Bay this weekend and a win over the Packers would certainly be a feather in their caps, and give the fans some ray of hope. (although the prospect of the #1 draft choice might be more meaningful) The Pack will be without Aaron Rodgers again, and so far their back-up QB hasnít played much better than Christian Ponder. The Pack is favored by 4 points on Sunday, and I think with both teams lacking a solid play caller, it should be a close and possibly entertaining game. AP typically has some of his best games against Green Bay and heís always worth watching.
The Golden Gophers host the Wisconsin Badgers in what is the biggest game yet at TCF Bank Stadium. And probably the most important game the Gophers have played in over a decade. Both teams sit at 8-2 overall and the Gophers are already assured of a pretty nice Bowl bid. They are projected now as a Gator Bowl combatant on January 1 in Jacksonville. And it could get better if they can pull off another win, either over Wisconsin or Michigan State in the season finale. All in all, a really nice surprise to the positive side this year in spite of the coaching uncertainty as Coach Kill deals with his own personal health issues. It seems to be working with him upstairs in the booth and his assistants handling the field duties on game day. Letís hope it continues tomorrow at the BANK in the nationally televised match-up starting at 2:30 pm on ESPN.