In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order at the regular season. We sorted the playoff teams based on how we’re predicting the NFL playoffs will shape out. The NFL breaks ties in draft order by reverse order of strength of schedule. Thus we don’t know for sure who will be picking #14 and #15 between Indianapolis and Minnesota’s pick (which is owned by Philadelphia), as the NFL has not confirmed the order officially.Follow paulmbanks
With the idea of bringing a college football bowl game to Chicago gathering steam, we penned an op-ed on this idea for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. You can read it in full over at this link, and we excerpted part of the introduction below:Follow paulmbanks
You can heat your home from the takes we heard on LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey this past bowl cycle. However, Pittsburgh‘s James Conner is a stellar running back pro prospect who flew under the radar in this past news cycle.
Conner made up his mind to declare for the draft after the regular season ended and before he suiting up and played in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium.
“James Conner, he is a legacy player at Pitt,” says Head Coach Pat Narduzzi after the bowl game, Conner’s final collegiate game. “He’s been an inspiration to everybody. He’s going to have a heckuva NFL career, I’ll tell you that.”Follow paulmbanks
Legendary, and often controversial broadcaster Brent Musburger is in very hot water today, and deservedly so. During last night’s Sugar Bowl, he made comments about woman beater and Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon that were very tone deaf and extremely insensitive.
After being alerted to how poorly those comments were received by the general public, Musburger tried to walk back his earlier commentary, but again failed. His explanation went over like a lead balloon.Follow paulmbanks
In a big time bowl game, but you couldn’t ask for more of a contrast in culture than you’ll get between these two institutions.
#9 USC and #5 Penn State football bring two fan bases that are about as different as night and day, but equal in their determination to see their heroes triumph in “the grand daddy of them all,” the 103rd Rose Bowl.
It’s an edition that will be very fun to watch too.Follow paulmbanks
Legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger doesn’t just “get it.” He absolutely knocked it out of the park on this one. Once again this year, College Football is trying desperately to claim New Year’s Eve as it’s day, by holding the Final Four playoff games on December 31st.
Once again, it’s not going happen, and the ratings will tank, like they did last year. It’s just not happening, as Musburger pointed out, and why. In the 2017-18 bowl cycle, the semifinals will shift to January 1st (Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl).Follow paulmbanks
ESPN Analyst and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell is a polarizing figure.
That’s not news, as he’s got a bit of a football Dan Dakich vibe to him at times. “A little bit” as the Robert DeNiro parody on Saturday Night Live would say, “a little bit.” Kanell and his fellow ESPN college football pundits did not think too highly of 6-6 Northwestern this postseason, and NU Coach Pat Fitzgerald was quick to point that out today.Follow paulmbanks
Have you ever wondered how we got to the point- where there is at least one college football game on television every single day for two and a half weeks from mid December to early January?
Why and how have college football bowl games reached a point where now multiple cities (New Orleans, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego) have both a real bowl game after Christmas and also a junior varsity bowl game before Christmas?
Well, if you know where you’re coming from with bowl games, it’s very easy to understand how we got here and where we’re going.Follow paulmbanks
In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of December 21st, with some good help from our friends at NFL Trade Rumors.
Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings, Happy Kwanza, Joyous Hannukah, Joy Noel, Make the Yuletide gay and a warm festivus for the rest of us.Follow paulmbanks
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will coach his final game with the Crimson Tide once their college football playoff run has completed. Kiffin was a serious candidate for the Houston Cougars Head Coaching job, but will instead become the new head man at Florida Atlantic University, Bama Head Coach Nick Saban confirmed.
“FAU has selected someone that’s going to do a great job for them,” Saban said on campus on Monday at a news conference to promote the upcoming Peach Bowl in Atlanta.Follow paulmbanks
Verne Lundquist would never call it a victory lap, but it’s sort of, kind of, exactly what the 2016 college football season will be for him. After he calls his final game, Army-Navy, on the regular season’s final weekend, it will be just college hoops and golf for Lundquist from here on out.
SEC football, and southern culture, will never be quite the same. Verne Lundquist on calling the game the first game of his final season in College Station, Texas:Follow paulmbanks