College Football Playoff Semi-Finals Rundown

College Football Playoff Semi-Finals Rundown

What you need to know before the Semi-Final.
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Clemson vs. Alabama

For the 3rd time in the College Football Playoff, Alabama and Clemson will square off, this time it is just a semi-final game. One of these teams will not be in the championship game this year which makes it all the more important. Clemson is clearly the number one team going in. Kelly Bryant is playing phenomenal and the team can seem to do no wrong. They’ll have a lot of momentum coming in as well with just demolishing Miami (FL) in the ACC Championship. Alabama barely made it the playoff giving them a chip on their shoulder. Yes, you read that right, Alabama has a chip on their shoulder. Alabama has time to get healthy and has time to game plan against a Clemson team that they lost to last year in the national championship. This will be a close one, Clemson is poised for another victory. However, the Tide wants to get revenge and you never know what Nick Saban can pull off. I expect it to go down to the wire again giving Alabama a slight edge.

Oklahoma vs. Georgia

This is a really intriguing matchup and one you do not see very often. The air-raid offense that is Baker Mayfield balls out as usual, but can they do it against the hard-nosed SEC defense that is the Georgia Bulldogs? Oklahoma has been lights out all year, they only dropped one game against Iowa State who turned out to upset a few other Big 12 opponents as well. The offense is clicking and the defense looks like they are hitting their stride. They will have to be very physical against the Georgia run game with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Jake Fromm looked like an elite passer in the SEC Championship as well so the Oklahoma secondary has to look out for that as well. For Georgia, the defense needs to have a near perfect game. Baker Mayfield will burn a defense for any mistakes that they make. The Georgia secondary needs to stay calm and not give up the big play down the field. I think the Oklahoma offense will be too much for the Bulldogs to handle putting the Sooners in the final.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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UFC 230: Lewis Vs Cormier

The UFC has finally booked its mystery main event for UFC 230

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After a crazy roller-coaster ride through UFC 229, the UFC has finally found its main event for UFC 230. UFC 229 was an action-packed night of knockouts and comebacks with the end of the night wrapping up with Khabib Nurmagomedov earning his 27th win and remained undefeated as he mauled "The Notorious" Conor Mcgregor. Derrick Lewis had a crazy night as well as he was losing his fight to Alexander "Drago" Volkov 3 rounds to none as Volkov continued to outstrike "The Black Beast" and pick his body apart.

Everyone knows you cannot count out Derrick Lewis though. With only about 30 seconds left into the bout "The Black Beast" who was beyond exhausted at this point landed a bomb of a hook that knocks down Alexander Volkov, and Derrick Lewis lands a few more shots on the ground to viciously knock out Volkov. It was easily the best comeback of the night. When Derrick Lewis was asked about a title shot after the bout, he told Joe Rogan he was pretty much not interested he had a few things he needed to work on.

The UFC 230 card that is being held at Madison Square Garden's main event has been in limbo for a while now, but the UFC has finally figured it out. Daniel Cormier will be fighting again this year, and on November 3rd he will defend his UFC Heavyweight Title for the 1st time against Derrick Lewis which is a very interesting matchup.

Before he fought at UFC 229, Derrick Lewis was coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Francis Ngannou at UFC 226 and before that he had brutally knocked out Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 126. "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis has proved time and time again that he only needs one big punch to end the fight, but will he be able to handle the champ, Daniel Cormier.

The last time we saw Daniel Cormier was when he took on former champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. Not only did he fight the former heavyweight champion but he knocked out Stipe brutally when they broke off from a clinch in the very 1st round and Daniel "D.C." Cormier became a 2-division champ. Many were unsure of what was going to happen after this many suspected that D.C.'s next fight will be against Brock Lesnar but though that fight will most likely happen it is not going to happen now.

We do not know what had to be done to make this fight happen, but it has potentially saved the event with the co-main event falling apart after it was announced that Dustin Poirier was injured and he would no longer be facing Nate Diaz at UFC 230. So regardless, us fans are still left stretching our heads as we wonder what is going to happen with Nate Diaz and the Co-main event.

While the announcement for the Main Event is good, we are still left to wonder what is going to take place on the card as we get closer and closer to November 6th.

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