1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. 4 That is where the tribes go up— the tribes of the Lord— to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel. 5 There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
It’s here. The final week of College Football 2020, except for the playoffs and other bowl games (if any). The main ten games are all conference championships. The extras are make up games being played for the money or prestige. One of them involves a Top 5 team, which could end up meaning something. Make sure you pick those, as there may be a Christmas bonus for correct guesses. You know, the extra credit we teachers sometimes offer at the end of a term.
Speaking of bonuses, I added color to the choices. Those are the team colors (or at least one of them). In the past some people admitted to choosing based on the colors, so I’m saving those a few seconds of time.
AJ’s note- the colors didn’t transfer when I copied and pasted it. Sorry.
Whatever you do, make your entries by Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, @ 7:30 EST, as that’s when the fun begins!
Conference Playoff Week (and a few make-up games just in case)
1. B1G Ten: #14 Northwestern vs #4 Ohio State
2. Big 12: #10 Oklahoma vs #6 Iowa State
3. Sun Belt: #19 Louisiana vs #12 Coastal Carolina
4. Mountain West: Boise State vs San José State
5. Pac 12: Oregon vs USC
6. SEC: #1 Alabama vs Florida
7. American Athletic: #23 Tulsa vs #9 Cincinnati
8. Conference USA: UAB vs Marshall
9. MAC: Ball State vs Buffalo
10. Tie Breaker (pick winner and final score)- ACC: #3 Clemson vs #2 Notre Dame
Just in case games (you never know this year) Air Force @ Army; #5 Texas A&M @ Tennessee;
Nebraska @ Rutgers (Nebraska needs the morale boost)
81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. 82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, “When will you comfort me?” 83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees. 84 How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors? 85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law. 86 All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for I am being persecuted without cause. 87 They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts. 88 In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.
89 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. 91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. 92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. 94 Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts. 95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes. 96 To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.
These are unprecedented times. Besides all the other oddities of 2020, college football is in week 15. Normally, the only game left would be the annual Army-Navy game. Chas won last week but deferred since his favorite teams are done for the year. So, in honor of the Veterans and military dependents of Wandering Views, I decided to make the Army/Navy game the tie breaker. There is an alternate, since this is also the year of cancellations, the annual Territorial Cup game in Arizona. Unfortunately for me, my favorite team is also on the ESPN Bottom 10 list this week, having lost its last 11 regular season games, also unprecedented.
So, Pigskin Pickers, make your selections by 7:00 PM EST Friday, Dec. 11, 2020in order to be eligible to pick the tie breaker game for yet another week. Yes, there’s a 16th week this season, and it’s not the bowl games.
1. #9 Georgia @ #25 Missouri
2. Utah @ #21 Colorado
3. Wisconsin @ # 16 Iowa
4. #17 North Carolina @ # 10 Miami
5. Michigan State @ Penn State
6. Boise State @ Wyoming
7. LSU @ #6 Florida
8. Auburn @ Mississippi State
9. Pillow Fight AND substitute tie breaker (Pick winner and final score): Arizona State (0-2) @ Arizona (0-4)
10. Tie breaker (predict winner and final score):Navy! @ Army!
Alternates: Rutgers @ Maryland; Minnesota @ Nebraska; Washington @ Oregon
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.”
5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. 6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. 10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. 11 They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. 12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. 13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.
15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! 16 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” 17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. 18 The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. 19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. 21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 23 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.
25 Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you. 27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
This is Week 14 in the longest college football season in memory. Because of postponements there are two more weeks after this. So, I am going crazy (I was half-way there already) and added comments below.
Once again, I (Peter) won last week, so I picked the tie breaker. Be nice. Those Cats of mine are struggling (11 straight regular season losses).
So enjoy the fun and get those guesses in before NOON EST Saturday, Dec 5, 2020.
1. #5 Texas A&M @ Auburn- Can Auburn make up for its loss in the Iron Bowl? We’ll see.
2. Texas @ Kansas State – Can Texas make something of the season? Who knows?
3. Nebraska @ Purdue – Can Nebraska win its 2nd game? Who can tell?
4. Penn State @ Rutgers – Can Penn State win 2 in a row? The Shadow knows.
5. Eastern Michigan @ Western Michigan – Can you say which school has the best record in the state? Who? WMU, that’s who.
6. #12 Indiana @ #16 Wisconsin – Can you believe how good IU is this year? Who knew!
7. South Carolina @ Kentucky (Alternate tie breaker – final score and winner, please)
8. Georgia Tech @ NC State – Can Hornets sting again? Stay tuned!
9. Pillow Fight: Bowling Green @ Akron (both 0-4) – Two bad teams against each other? Too blue.
10. Tie Breaker (predict winner and final score): Colorado @Arizona – Can the ‘Cats Bear Down? I hope so!
Alternates in case of cancellations and postponements:
Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.
2 Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. 5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.
6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. 7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. 9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.
10 The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.