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Are the Utah Jazz Ready for Primetime

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

How do we remember the Utah Jazz? We remember the Utah Jazz as a team that was lottery bound.

Well, not anymore. Unless you're a diehard fan of the Utah Jazz or the NBA, you probably know the story of the Utah Jazz. If you still live underneath a rock that the Jazz is competitive, then you need to get your head fixed.

Now, they're not this sexy team, but they're below .500 with a 7-8 record. With the signings of George Hill and Joe Johnson this offseason, it has been tough for the Jazz to incorporate Hill and Johnson with the youth movement they have in place.

The issues that the Jazz have are being inconsistent and injuries. Sure, they've defeated teams like the San Antonio Spurs. Then they've had games where they struggle. For example, losing to the Chicago Bulls.

Since the preseason, the Jazz has been hit with the injury bug Players like Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Boris Diaw, George Hill, Rodney Hood, and Derrick Favors have been hit with injuries.

It's not easy to win games in the NBA if you have injuries. What has kept Utah in contention this season is their youth movement. For example, Rudy Gobert, who averages with 10.2 PPG and 10..7 RPG with double-double figures. Gobert is rejecting 2.4 shots per game and is the reason why the Jazz are in first place in points per game.

Yes, the Jazz could easily be 9-8, but if they want to stay competitive in games this season as they wait for the injury bug to decline, they have to play a defensive minded game.

Utah currently holds the tenth spot in the Western Conference, but the season is still young to hit the panic button. May NBA patrons believe that Utah will be a playoff team, but they need to win more games against the main event teams in the NBA to prove that they are ready for primetime. 

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Week 12 2016 NCAA College Football Power Rankings

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The college football regular season is almost over and everybody is targeting Alabama, but can Oklahoma and Wisconsin make it to the top four?

10. Auburn: Now that Auburn has defeated Alabama A&M, it's now time for the Iron Bowl. A road game against Alabama. While Auburn is a long shot in winning against the Crimson Tide, a good performance might help a team like Florida when it comes to representing the SEC in the Sugar Bowl.Gus Malzahn has done a great job in staying out of the hot seat.

9. Penn State: One of the most promising teams in college football and one of the biggest dark horses in the room. If Ohio State and Penn State win this weekend, Penn state goes to the Big Ten Championship. It makes thing interesting because they could play Wisconsin, and whoever wins that game enters the CFP race.

8. Colorado: The more we get into this college football season, the more we realize that Colorado is a darn good team. For example, look what the Buffaloes did to Washington State this past weekend. One of the most impressive performances I've seen. Now, if the Buffaloes win against Utah, the Buffaloes could play either Washington or Washington State in the Pac-12 championship.

7. Oklahoma: With Lousiville losing, Oklahoma is a step closer to the CFP after defeating West Virginia in Morgantown. Since October, Oklahoma has been one of the most impressive teams. With two teams ahead of them, Oklahoma has to beat their inner state rivals in Oklahoma State in the Bedlam.

6. Wisconsin: A team that could steal Oklahoma's CFP run is the Badgers of Wisconsin, who are putting together a playoff run. With defeats from Ohio State and Michigan, the Badgers have done their job. With games you're supposed to win, the chips have to fall in your favor. It's a simple theme where the Badgers have to win out, and then let the debate start on the Badgers run. But, they have to defeat Minnesota in a contest that could spoil the Badgers playoff run and cost them a Big Ten Champion crown.

5. Washington: After the loss to USC, the Huskies defeated Arizona State, in which the Devils wanted to pull an upset. All roads lead to the big showdown against Washington State in Pullman Washington. The rivalry is going to be important for the first time for both of these sides. What's on the line? The Pac-12 North title. Not to mention, a CFP spot for Washington. A win over here holds off Oklahoma and Wisconsin for another week.

4. Clemson: Like Washington, Clemson had that pick me up win against Wake Forest. This weekend, the Tigers face their rivals in South Carolina. They should defeat the Gamecocks, and that means they are one game away from being in the CFP, and they have to defeat Virginia Tech or North Carolina in the ACC Championship. It's not an easy game.

3. Michigan: In a Winter Wonderland, the Wolverines outplayed the Indiana Hoosiers and set themselves up for that big rivalry game against Ohio State.

2. Ohio State: After surviving a trap game last weekend, the Buckeyes and Michigan square off. Both teams are struggling on offense with Wilton Speight out for an undetermined amount of time. Even though John O' Korn has been decent, can O' Korn lead the Wolverines to victory? Or will Urban Meyer's coaching strategy outplay Jim Harbaugh? We'll find out Saturday night.

1. Alabama: Okay, it seems that Alabama's 31-3 victory came at the right time, though Nick Saban offered a different opinion. Saban was frustrated that the team was trailing 3-0 and leading 14-3 at halftime. Roll Tide Roll, finished with 332 yards, and if they beat Auburn on Saturday, their spot in the CFP is clinched. 

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Rostov vs. Bayern Munich Preview & Prediction

The Champions League debutants from Russia, FC Rostov, have already been eliminated from the tournament. But there is much on the line for the Russian club, and that is to achieve a third-place finish in Group D to advance it to the round of 32 of the Europa League.

Rostov is sitting third in Group D with 1 point in their four matches, and are tied with PSV at the bottom.

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, are second in Group D with 9 points in their four matches. Atletico Madrid, who defeated Bayern on Matchday 2 are top of Group D with 12 points. The Bavarians must win this contest to set up a must-win clash against the club from Madrid.

Prediction: FC Rostov must consider this as the perfect game to face the German heavyweights Bayern Munich. Carlo Ancelotti's side has dropped points in their last two Bundesliga games with the latest ending in a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. They are not at their best since the beginning of the Bundesliga season and very vulnerable while playing on the road. This was proof their narrow 2-1 road win in Champions League action against a struggling PSV side. Rostov on the other hand is a team with plenty of fighting spirit especially when they host a game. They were undefeated in 26 home games in all competitions before the 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Matchday 3. With Bayern coming on the back of a poor run and home crowd getting behind them, I can expect the minnows to put on an excellent show. In conclusion, Bayern gets their win, but I have this as a low scoring game.

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