Hello again, sports fans and welcome to the Gildshire Sports Spotlight: Dec. 13-17. In this week’s edition we cast our gaze upon some of the key NFL matchups for the upcoming weekend, have an initial look at the college bowl games, and look at what the college basketball schedule has to offer. We’re glad you joined us for the Gildshire Sports Spotlight: Dec. 13-17, because it promises to be a fun ride though the weekend to come. All times are eastern, since sports fans on the west coast are past masters at subtracting three.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs, played Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium. Game time: 8:20 pm.
It isn’t often that the best game of the weekend takes place Thursday night, but there is little doubt that this is the Gildshire Sports Spotlight: Dec. 13-17 game of the week. The Chiefs own the best record in the AFC, but the Chargers are hard on their heels. The quarterback matchup is intriguing, since veteran signal caller Philip Rivers leads his Chargers against second-year sensation Patrick Mahomes. Keep an eye on the availability of Chargers’ runner Melvin Gordon as he could be the difference. Kansas City is a 3.5 point favorite, but we’ll take the underdog and the points. The game is available on Fox, the NFL Network, and Prime Stream.
Dallas Cowboys @ Indianapolis Colts, played Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Game time: 1 pm.
The Cowboys were left for dead five weeks ago, and then along came Amari Cooper in a steal of a trade with the Oakland Raiders. Since then, the ‘Boys have gone on a tear and are a virtual cinch for the NFC East title. Now, they are being mentioned as a Super Bowl contender. The Colts have been on a tear of their own, and have moved into a contending position in the AFC. Finally, quarterback Andrew Luck is living up to the potential he had coming out of Stanford as the top pick in the draft. The Colts are a scant 2.5 point favorite at home, and we will give the points as long as it is less than a field goal. Fox has the call.
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers, played Sunday at Heinz Field. Game time: 4:25 pm.
“Don’t forget us in your rush to declare KC/L.A. the game of the day,” says this matchup of AFC blue-bloods. Unfortunately, too many people have seen the color of Pittsburgh’s blood this season, especially after a hideous loss last week in Oakland. The health of Steelers QB Ben Rothlesberger is in doubt, and the Pats are a 2.5 point favorite in the Steel City. Give us Tom Brady giving short numbers and the Patriots at Pittsburgh every time. CBS has the call.
Early Bowl Games:
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns versus Tulane Green Wave in the Cure Bowl, played December 15, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Game time: 1:30 pm. The Green Wave are a 3.5 point favorite, and we’ll take Louisiana. CBS Sports Network has the call.
North Texas Mean Green versus Utah State Aggies in the New Mexico Bowl, played Dec. 15, at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque. Game time: 2 pm. Utah State is an eight-point favorite, and we’ll take North Texas. ESPN has the call.
Fresno St. Bulldogs versus Arizona State Sun Devils in the Las Vegas Bowl, played Dec.15 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Game time: 3:30 pm. Fresno St. is a 4.5 point favorite. That’s a point or two more than we would like, but we’ll give the points. ABC has the call.
San Diego St. Aztecs versus Ohio Bobcats in the Frisco Bowl, played Dec. 19 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Game time: 8 pm. Ohio is a 3.5 point favorite, but we’ll take San Diego St. ESPN has the call.
#17 Villanova @ #1 Kansas, played Dec. 15 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. Game time: Noon. ESPN has the call. Titanic non-league tilt between last year’s best and this year’s top-ranked team. Allen Fieldhouse is a hideous place for visiting teams to try to win, so expect Kansas’ balanced attack, led by junior forward Dedric Lawson, to lead the way to victory. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk.
#4 Gonzaga Bulldogs @ # 12 North Carolina Tar Heels played Dec. 15 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Game time 7 pm. ESPN2 has the call. What a treat for basketball fans, as the ‘Zags travel across the country to play the Tar Heels! Up until last week, Gonzaga was the top-ranked team in the land. They lost, and may lose again in front of a raucous Tar Heel crowd. That is, if guard tandem Cameron Johnson and Coby White have a say in the matter.
That’s the Gildshire Sports Spotlight: Dec. 13-17, so enjoy the games and enjoy the smells coming out of the kitchen. Soon those smells will be yours for the eating, but save a bite for the Gildshire Sports Spotlight: Dec. 13-17.