2020 NFL Mock Draft 3-17-20

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The NFL Draft, in a highly altered and very much scaled down form, might be the only sporting event that survives the next couple months. If they can pull it off, and it is very much doable, you could see the MLB, NBA and NHL follow suit. It won’t be actual sports, but hey, it will be something close.

Just this morning, the National Football League announced that the draft will go on, on the planned date, but all fan events are cancelled. So for now, it’s on, but who knows what could change between now and the end of April.  Personally, I think it would be really cool if they went all retro/back to their roots- just a bunch of old dudes in a conference center ball room picking names off of a board.

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Five Leading Candidates to Replace Mark Dantonio at Michigan State

On some levels, the retirement announcement Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio made yesterday was surprising. After all, it’s a very strange time in the calendar to be stepping away from college football. On other levels though, this was totally expected.

In September, rumors that Dantonio was set to retire at the end of the year ran rampant. It was a poorly kept secret. In October, Coach D. lashed out at a reporter who asked him about his future with the program, and the exchange conveyed that something was really up, just behind the scenes.

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Big Ten Basketball Chaos, Parity Fun for Fans, Excruciating for Coaches Says Chris Collins

Absolutely anyone who cares about Big Ten basketball, no matter the size of their audience, publishes a Big Ten basketball power rankings. It’s the least original endeavor possible, and this year all of these power rankings are created equal.

From the Midwestern paper of record to somebody on Twitter with three followers and no avatar, to the people who make college basketball picks against the spread, they’re all equally valid.
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Who are the Leading Big Ten Contenders? Chicago Legends Size it Up

Today saw Gonzaga become the sixth different team to be ranked #1 in the AP poll. The all time record, for an entire season is seven, and today is just Christmas Eve Eve/Festivus. In other words, that record will inevitably be shattered to pieces and this fact conveys just how much chaos there really is, nationally, in college basketball this season.

Not just nationally, but on a local level too! When you’re making free college basketball picks against the spread, in the Big Ten, anything can happen! Upsets are occurring all the time and now that everyone in the Big 10 has played two conference games, 12 of the 14 teams in the league are 1-1. Michigan State is 2-0 while Northwestern is 0-2. Until MSU’s 77-72 win at Northwestern on Wednesday night, the home team had won every single Big Ten league team. So up until midweek, we had perfect symmetry in the Midwestern league.

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Art Schlichter: White Collar Crime Story of Buckeyes Icon (LGWS Pod)

Art Schlichter is a former Ohio State Buckeyes and Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts quarterback, best known for the four-decade long compulsive gambling habit he possessed, which ultimately destroyed him.

While in college a biography entitled “Straight Arrow” was penned about him, and the book proved to be the ultimate example of irony. Schlichter would go on to serve time in 40 different jails and prisons and he is currently serving ten years in federal prison for stealing millions of dollars in order to pay off his gambling debts. The story of Art Schlichter is one of a small town farm boy who had it all going for him, but became undone by the power of addiction.

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Revisiting the Michigan vs Ohio Toledo War of 1835, Frostbitten Convention

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This week is rivalry week in college football. Which conjures up memories of the Toledo War and the Frostbitten Convention. This weekend brings awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of its geographic region. That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “The Game,” as it’s called.

The Toledo War is one of the many reasons ESPN Classic is running a marathon of past tOSU-UM games today.

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Ohio State vs Minnesota B1G Championship Would Be CFP Qualification Game

It appears that we could have two College Football Playoff contenders from the Big Ten conference, when all is said and done, with Minnesota now replacing Penn State as “the other team” in the mix with Ohio State.

The Buckeyes, who rolled 73-14 (no, this score is not a typo) against pathetic Maryland on Saturday, are #1 in the current CFP rankings (the first of which came out last week), but #2 in the AP and coaches poll (which were updated yesterday. Meanwhile LSU (#2 in the playoff ranking, but #1 in AP and Coaches) beat Alabama (#3 in the playoff ranking) this past weekend while undefeated Minnesota handed Penn State (#4 in the playoff), their first loss of the season the same day.

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LSU QB Joe Burrow Starts to Pull Away in Heisman Trophy Race

In the new millenium, the Heisman Trophy is pretty much a quarterback only award, as only two non-QBs have won it since 2000. Both of them played running back, meaning you really can’t even contend unless you play one of just two positions.

It’s also interesting how the current Oklahoma signal caller, Jalen Hurts, is considered a leading contender, because if he claims the honor, it would mark three in a row for Sooners QBs. Maybe at that point it’s just the offensive system that’s winning the Heisman then, maybe?

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When Northwestern Football Was Once Cutting Edge on Offense

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As the new millenium began, the Northwestern Wildcats were at the forefront of offensive schematics in national college football. The Cats were the 2000 Big Ten co-champions (with Michigan and Purdue), thanks in large part to the spread-option system that they were running on offense.

Head Coach Randy Walker, and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, installed a system built around spreading defenders out, and then creating individual mismatches to potentially exploit. It was the polar opposite of the cliched “playing in a phone booth,” and it provided a signature win on Nov. 4, 2000 that was a harbinger of the brave new world to come.

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#3 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview, Prediction

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As Mark Twain famously said: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”

Just ten months ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Northwestern Wildcats met for the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis. While the Buckeyes were sizable favorites, with almost all the free college football picks predicting a decisive OSU victory in that game, you still had two teams clashing on relatively equal footing. After all, these two teams, despite the contrast, were both division champions in the same conference.

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2019-20 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings Media Day Edition

Wednesday is Big Ten Media Day, and if that seems extremely early, well that’s because it is really is. It’s 87 degrees in Chicago, host city for this event, as I type. Let’s talk basketball, amirite? I mean the Major League Baseball playoffs haven’t even started yet (the real postseason, not the play-in games) and we’re talking about an event that literally, just five years ago was held on Halloween.

That is the nature of the college basketball beast though. Everything is being moved up; way up in the calendar year. So without further ado, let’s look at the Big Ten basketball pecking order.

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Ty Detmer on His New Football Camp, Heisman Trophy Front Runners (Exclusive)

Former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time All-America BYU quarterback Ty Detmer has a new gig. He’ll be one of the instructors at the first ever Pacific Pro Scrimmage, an invitation-only camp for free agent players that takes place Sept. 25-27 at Whittier College (where former President Richard Nixon played football by the way).

The camp is a joint venture of Pacific Pro Football and Austin Media Group’s sports division (American National Combines), and it will be led by prominent football men, including former San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst.

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