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.Follow paulmbanks
A year ago at this time, most draftniks believed that three Big Ten quarterbacks- Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones, would likely be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Today, there’s a chance none of them will, and the Big Ten conference drought could very well live on. Yes, you have to go all the way back to 1995, when Penn State’s Kerry Collins was the fifth overall pick, a first-round selection by the then nascent expansion franchise Carolina Panthers.Follow paulmbanks
If there’s one topic college football people love to debate upon, it’s the NFL Draft stock of former Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg. It’s a subject that you can argue until you’re blue (and white) in the face, and you’ll still never really figure it out.
As Marge Simpson told her husband Homer: “you know, it’s very easy to criticize.”
“Fun too,” Homer J. Simpson responded.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
You’ll hear “Christian Hackenberg is overrated,” or something to that effect, just about as much you’ll hear “Christian Hackenberg is the next big thing!” Sometimes, you’ll hear both of these diametrically opposed positions during the same game week, multiple times.
Hackenberg is a product of the social media age, in which attention spans are shorter than they’ve ever been, and the “takes” by sports media personalities are hotter than ever.Follow paulmbanks
This 2016 NFL mock draft order is loosely based off the order derived at SB Nation. They took current record plus strength of schedule into account. We then made a few changes based on how current injuries could impact the team and their final season record.
Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”Follow paulmbanks
There were plenty of big wigs in attendance today as Penn State football travelled to Evanston, Illinois to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Pace was in the press box, along with three scouts from the Chicago Bears, and personnel from five more NFL teams: Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings.
There were also reps from three bowl games: Florida Citrus, Holiday and Foster Farms.Follow paulmbanks
We may see some #Sackenberg this Saturday at Ryan Field. Penn State football is more than QB Christian Hackenberg, but as he goes, usually, so go the Nittany Lions. He started slow in the first two games, but has really heated up in the six games since then. For the first time under James Franklin, he’s living up to the scouting/NFL Draft hype.
Hack is starting to look like the QB he was under Bill O’Brien again.Follow paulmbanks
The absence of Tim Beckman this year means that Penn St. football fans will have to find some new machine to rage against when they host Illinois this week. Don’t worry, there’s always grist for the mill (but not Zack Mills) somewhere, even though college football’s answer to Elder Cunningham in “The Book of Mormon” is no longer around to incite incendiary rage within PSU supporters.
This series has seen an exciting back and forth between the two teams in the past half decade or so. We’ll see on Halloween if the trend continues.Follow paulmbanks
We don’t do Big Ten football power rankings here because well, every single website in the entire world does that. What we do instead is the “one thing we learned about each team” this week. Yes, there are people who do this bit as well, but their version is more “PR friendly.”
Put it this way, it’s the same routine, but those people do a rendition that’s like the music of Will Smith/The Fresh Prince and D.J. Jazzy Jeff. We’re more like N.W.A./Dr. Dre/Ice Cube/Eazy-E. We’re warning you now- explicit lyrics to come. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
It’s early but Penn State star Anthony Zettel is rated among the top two or three Defensive Tackles on NFL Draft board. Right now he’s a sure fire NFL Draft first-rounder; as long as he stays healthy and produces. NFL scouts love his work ethic and discipline, and regard him to be an over-achiever, but also can over-achiever with tremendous talent.
“Anthony Zettel is strange in a good kind of way,” PSU Coach James Franklin said at Media Day.
“I’m a very open person and I kind of like to put people in uncomfortable positions where I know they’ll be kind of uncomfortable,” said Zettel at Media Day.Follow paulmbanks