2017 NFL mock draft 9-22-16

Chicago Bears nfl mock draft

The night time is the right time for a 2017 NFL mock draft. If you’re reading this during daylight, we’re cool with that as well. The 2017 NFL mock draft order was based on the latest Chicago Tribune NFL power rankings. Team needs were sometimes but not always taken into account.

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.

[Read more…]

Tyler O’Connor Looking Like a True, Legit Michigan State QB


Life after Connor Cook is going much smoother, at least initially, than life after Kirk Cousins for Michigan State.

Tyler O’Connor was much more ready to step in and assume the position than Andrew Maxwell was. It helps that O’Connor started, arguably, Michigan State‘s biggest win of the 2015 season and thus had more real experience than Cousins’ successors had.

[Read more…]

#18 Notre Dame Football Beat By #12 Michigan State: What We Learned


Notre Dame football Coach Brian Kelly took ownership of all that went wrong on defense for his team tonight.

“Those are the guys we have. We can’t trade em, they’re not getting cut. We recruited them, so I don’t want to hear anybody– I told our staff: Those are our guys, so we’ve gotta get ’em better,” Kelly said.

[Read more…]

#12 Michigan State Football Defeats #18 Notre Dame: What We Learned


Before tonight’s contest kicked off, we had the chance to say to this Michigan State football team: “Congratulations on completing your preseason. Welcome to the regular season now Michigan State!” It’s extremely rare for a team to get a bye in week two, especially when that off week comes after facing a lowly FCS foe.

Thus it’s not until week three that Michigan State football played a real team in a real game. What an oddity.

However, what a performance it truly was.

[Read more…]

#12 Michigan State Football vs #18 Notre Dame: Game Preview, Prediction


It’s the golden anniversary of the game of the century; and also a former Cincinnati Bearcats Head Coaches Bowl. Notre Dame football renews their rivalry with Michigan State football on Saturday night and it’s a series (lately at least) that has been as exciting and as interesting as college football can be.

If the game plays out the way it looks on paper, it’ll be another tight one. To quote Spandau Ballet, “I know this. Much is. True;” as the last ten MSU-ND match-ups have been decided by an average of 1.3 ppg.

The Irish are ranked #18, while Michigan State is #12 in the latest AP poll, yet it’s the Spartans who are the underdogs, with most spreads around 7.5 points.


[Read more…]

Notre Dame Football News and Notes: Pre-Michigan State Edition

deshone kizer

As we head into a pretty huge game for Notre Dame football under the lights on Saturday night, here are some ND news, notes, nuggets and tidbits. The Irish are ranked #18, while Michigan State is #12 in the latest AP poll, yet it’s the Spartans who are the underdogs, with most spreads around 7.5 points.

[Read more…]

2016 Michigan State Football Season Preview, Predictions

malik mcdwoell

Under Coach Mark Dantonio, Michigan State football has reached new heights that even ESPN’s favorite Coach, Nick Saban, couldn’t achieve. The 2010s have brought a brave new world. Congrats to MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis, who now has a football program on par with his basketball program. It’s Golden Age of MSU athletics, as double digit win football seasons are now routine.

This season does present new and tougher challenges though as the Spartans must replace Connor Cook, Shilique Calhoun and much more.

[Read more…]

Michigan St. DL Malik McDowell Potential Top 10 NFL Draft Pick

malik mcdwoell

Perhaps Coach Mark Dantonio said it best: “If you’re a starter for us, right now for Michigan State with the success that we’ve had, you have the opportunity to go play at the next level.”

Indeed, when you’re piling up 11 win seasons and getting into New Year’s Bowls with regularity, you become a NFL Draft prospect factory. Defensive Tackle Malik McDowell is definitely up next.

“He’s a great athlete, unbelievable football player,” said Michigan State Tight End Josiah Price.

[Read more…]

“Negative Recruiting” Against James Franklin? MSU, OSU Coaches Respond


Throughout the spring and summer, more shocking revelations about Joe Paterno have emerged. These findings further damn his legacy. Prior to this year, it was widely known that Paterno was made aware of the fact that his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was a child rapist.

What we’ve learned in 2016 is that Paterno knew his second-in-command was a child rapist as far back as 1976. It goes without saying how awful this fact is, and how that affects the Penn State football brand.

That damaged brand obviously affects recruiting, and provides serious obstacles for James Franklin.

[Read more…]

All B1G Teams as Simpsons characters: Michigan Wolverines =Mr. Burns


Today kicks off B1G Media Days and your Michigan Wolverines are now deemed the league favorite. Actually, some sports books have ascribed UM the National Championship favorite. Ok, that’s a bit presumptive! Yes, we know that the media fawns over Jim Harbaugh more than they fawn over any other individual, but I still don’t know how we really got here on that one.

Of course, I also have no idea how a casino magnate with three wives and a disturbing tendency to publicly lust over his own daughter became the Presidential nominee of the political party dominated by the religious right, as 2016 is truly bizarro world.

How did we get here? The last time the Michigan Wolverines were last nationally relevant in 2006 and their most recent title came in 1997.

michigan wolverines basketball

[Read more…]

Tragedy Means Nebraska Football Won’t Attend B1G Media Days


Nebraska football just announced moments ago that they will not participate in Big Ten Media Days tomorrow and Tuesday. The decision is made with heavy hearts as an automobile crash over the weekend claimed the life of NU punter Sam Foltz.

Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also killed Saturday night, in the same car wreck that occurred as the duo returned home from a kicking camp in Wisconsin.

[Read more…]

Michigan State Football: Preseason Publications are Bullish


Mark Dantonio has definitely changed the culture of Michigan State football, but is it here to stay? Last year had that kind of “it’s now or never” feel to it because the 2015 Spartans were led by a group of very talented seniors having their last hurrah. It did bring about another milestone for the program, as State finally had their seat at the big boy table, having their national championship outcome right in their own hands.

Obviously, the end result was atrocious, but that don’t let that sell short all that they accomplished in order to get there. 2016 is a very intriguing cross roads season for the program. Does Michigan State football become an Ohio State or Alabama, were they jsut simply reload instead of rebuild?

[Read more…]