A below .500 start

Hockey season began with high hopes for Columbus Blue Jacket fans, after having missed the playoffs by just one standing point last year. But so far, Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t had as good a year between the pipes as he did last year. The Jackets are 5-7-0 in the new Metropolitan division, good for sixth place out of eight teams. So far, the Metro is easily the weakest division in the NHL, so there is room for Columbus to make some noise. It looks like Pittsburgh will easily rule that division but the other teams are pretty mediocre. Fortunately, Columbus does show some goal-scoring ability now and then. After losing in Pittsburgh 4-2 last night, the Jackets entertain the Pens again tonight, looking for a win to split the series.

In college football, there are still a number of unbeaten teams. Many folks hope that the regular season ends with just two unbeatens, which become the national championship game attendees. Miami and Florida State get together tonight in what could be a great game. The loser suffers their first loss of the year.

Ohio State has won 21 in-a-row now. Today’s 56-0 thrashing of Purdue follows last week’s 63-14 win over Penn State. But the Buckeyes are currently fourth in the BCS standings, so will need some help to make it into the championship game. Alabama can always get tripped up somewhere in the tough SEC. Oregon visits Stanford next week in a toughie. Florida State losing tonight to the ‘Canes would help a lot.

The only positive for Kentucky this year is that they have been competitive in all games except the 48-7 loss to Alabama. If Mark Stoops can keep recruiting the way he has, the Cats’ fortunes may start to turn.

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