College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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Yesterday kicked off, as the great Elvis Costello sang, “the other side of summer.” That’s because Tuesday July 5th initiated the evil scourge that is College Football Award Watch List Season. These pointless press releases are sent out as breaking “news.”

Not only does the journalist receive the email blasts from the award and college football organization themselves, every single school sends out their own individual email blast themselves. Now you cannot blame the SIDs for this. It’s not their fault and don’t shoot the messenger.

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Former Buffalo Bills Draft Pick Kyle Calloway Hit, Killed by Train

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Former Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman and Buffalo Bills Draft pick Kyle Calloway was struck and killed by a train over the holiday weekend. Calloway was out jogging routinely on a route very familiar to him near Tucson, Arizona, on July 2 when he was bit by the train.  He was just 29.

“We are all stunned and very saddened to hear of the tragic accident claiming the life of Kyle Calloway,” said a statement from Iowa Hawkeyes  Coach Kirk Ferentz.

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2017 NFL mock draft 7-6-16

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A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings

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Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)

Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.

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Virginia Basketball Preview: Sweet 16 vs Iowa St. Cyclones

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The last time Chicago hosted a NCAA Regional Final we were treated to astonished/happy/excited March Madness Bill Murray the Illinois Fighting Illini fan. Over the weekend we saw despondent March Madness Murray, the Xavier fan. Perhaps that meme will put the stale “Crying Jordan” meme out to pasture now.

It’s all come full circle Virginia basketball fans: Bill Murray at March Madness, Chicago hosting an Elite 8 game, a team in blue and orange favored to cut down the nets and head to the Final Four.

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Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff: B1G Player of the Year Favorite

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Jarrod Uthoff, he who boasts numbers that read as such- 18.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, is your favorite in the Big Ten Player of the Year race. The Iowa forward is the front-runner, with Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell right up there with him. Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine is a long shot, as the missed time due to injury and the Spartans pedestrian conference record hold him back.

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Iowa Basketball mirroring football team, building #1 seed resume

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Iowa basketball is following the lead of Iowa football this season: winning big, surpassing expectations, and doing it all very much under the radar. Both the football and basketball Hawkeyes have shocked prognosticators everywhere by winning with a certain unexpected Gestalt.

America has slept/is sleeping on both teams too. Nationally, word association with Iowa in 2015-16 has been “caucus” more than “college athletics.” This despite the Iowa caucus actually being much ado about nothing. (Hey, the votes don’t actually count for anything at all, people. The caucus is just media generated drivel)

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Rose Bowl Preview: #5 Iowa football vs #6 Stanford Cardinal

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For both this Iowa football team and the Stanford Cardinal, oh what might have been this year. Had the Hawkeyes closed the deal against the Spartans in Indianapolis…Had Stanford scheduled a nobody instead of visiting Northwestern in the opener….Well, what’s done is done.

No playoff for the once 12-0 Hawkeyes, or the Cardinal, Pac-12 in general. You can’t argue with a better consolation prize than this- the Grand Daddy of them all.

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#4 Iowa Football vs #5 Michigan St: “Elite 8” Game Preview

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The Big Ten title game this year is a literally a play-in to the college football playoff. Winner is in the top four and headed to the sport’s “champions league.” Since it’s a Final Four in the #CFBPlayoff, this game is a de facto “Elite 8” match-up. So instead of “March Madness” we have “December Delirium.” It’s also a chance for Iowa football to prove all the naysayers wrong.

Anyone who says “Iowa football is the worst 12-0 team ever” will either eat crow or receive validation very late Saturday night.

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Iowa Hawkeyes “most overrated” team in CFB Playoff says Pollack

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With the first college football playoff rankings of 2015 released tonight, it’s even more grist for the Iowa Hawkeyes are overrated” mill. If you want to rage against the Iowa Hawkeyes are #9 machine, then you’ve got plenty of supporters for this argument.

If you haven’t seen the “tell your kids about an undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes football team” PSA parody, then go here to this link. As soon as you’re done reading this. Seriously, it’s HILARIOUS.

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Undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes parodied hilariously in PSA video

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The Iowa Hawkeyes are quite possibly the quietest and most overlooked undefeated power conference college football team ever. There’s good reason for that as most experts picked them to finish fourth or fifth in an uninspiring Big Ten West division this preseason. Although the Iowa Hawkeyes can’t officially clinch a berth in the Big Ten title game for a few weeks yet, their blowout over Northwestern gave them the inside track toward reaching Indianapolis.

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Iowa Hawkeyes destroy NU; earn inside track to B1G Title game

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For all intents and purposes, we can now say congratulations to the Iowa Hawkeyes on claiming the Big Ten West Division today. Although the Iowa football team can’t officially clinch a berth in the Big Ten title game for a few weeks yet, today’s blowout over Northwestern gave them the inside track toward reaching Indianapolis.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will not likely again be underdogs or even a “pick’em” (as they were today) again this regular season. By absolutely obliterating the #20 Northwestern Wildcats 40-10 today, the division is now Iowa’s to lose.

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