2020 NFL Mock Draft 4-23-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, for the first time, right here, right now. It’s our first ever 2020 NFL mock draft, and the order, for now was simply replicated from 2019. Team needs, nor the 2019 NFL mock draft (which you can view over at this link), were taken into account.

As we have a whole draft, and two rounds of free agency to go through, it’s just too early to factor in team needs. Obviously this will be modified and reworked hundreds, if not thousands of times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day. Enjoy!

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 4-23-19

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft update time! It’s our second update since the NFL Draft night invitees list was announced. It’s all starting to fit into place now with the Scouting Combine, free agency, pro days all behind us. We made a few more more changes this week, and the big night in Nashville will soon be upon us.

(Also, here is our very first 2020 NFL mock draft over at this link) Have issues with the picks? Of course you do. Many often bones to pick, so have at it in the comments section.

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Steve Alford Seat at UCLA Now Turned Up to Absolutely Scorching

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The desire to see UCLA move on from head coach Steve Alford is growing stronger by the day. As the results keep worsening, the backlash in Bruins nation keeps growing. In Chicago yesterday, UCLA suffered yet another lop-sided defeat, this time at the hands of #15 Ohio State by the score of 80-66. UCLA were slight underdogs coming into this contest, and if you’re going to be doing some sports betting, via online casino canada you will see the Bruins as heavy underdogs in most games going forward.

When the NCAA Tournament, or “March Madness” gets here, it’s a sports gambler’s paradise, and one that UCLA will almost certainly not be a part of. Anybody who watched their game yesterday will tell you that it was much more one-sided than that final score would indicate. The blowout dropped the Bruins to a record of just 7-5 on the season.

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#19 Ohio State Buckeyes vs UCLA Bruins Preview, Prediction

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It’s always a massive struggle to generate mainstream interest in college basketball before February (and it always will be), but events like the CBS Sports Classic have the right idea. Football and the holidays will always be top of mind in December, and by a considerable margin, but the more marquee match-ups you can get schedule before conference season begins the better.

The #15 Ohio State Buckeyes will play their second game in just 17 days at Chicago’s United Center, and this one, 2 pm on Saturday against the UCLA Bruins, figures to draw a much bigger crowd than the previous contest. OSU handily beat the home state Illinois Fighting Illini, a once proud program that has completely fallen off the map, in front of pretty much just friends and family that Wednesday evening.

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College Football Postseason: They Want Chaos and Debate, Never Sensibility and Reason

Mark Twain famously said that history doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. Today’s college football playoff debate does in fact rhyme with the BCS, and the AP/UPI/Coaches/Insert Poll Name Here era of “deciding” the national champion. When it comes to the college football postseason, it’s all about the click-bait, and conflict, of course moves the needle. 

The same will hold true if/when they go to 8, and then if when they go to 16. Today it’s about #5 and #6 getting shout out. In the future it will be about #9 getting shafted, and then #17 getting left out; if and when it comes to that. It may not because the more teams you add, the fewer the number of deserving teams get jobbed.

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Four Ohio State Football Players with First Round NFL Draft Stock

Ohio State football has become like a gridiron version of the Kentucky Wildcats, at least in regards to the draft, these days. We’ve seen plenty of Buckeyes “succeed and proceed” lately, leaving school early with eligibility still on the table in order to cash in. American online bookmakers are handicapping the first player selected in the NFL draft race, and one Ohio State player, DL Nick Bosa, has very favorable odds.

Let’s take a look at what 2018 Ohio State football players, underclassmen or other wise, could be drafted in the first round come April.

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#6 Ohio State Buckeyes vs #19 Northwestern Wildcats: B1G Title Game Preview

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The 2018 Big Ten Championship Game will feature the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes versus the #19 Northwestern Wildcats, a match-up of two teams at opposite ends of the league spectrum on several dimensions. OSU has arguably the largest and most zealous fan base in the league; NU not so much. 

Likewise when it comes to media attention and history of overall success. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald on the attention disparity between Northwestern and Ohio State:

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Michigan and Ohio’s Toledo War of 1835, and the 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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Purdue Football Preview: Week 7 vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes

It would be the most massive understatement of understatements to say that Purdue football will step up a few weight classes in competition this week. Last weekend, the Boilermakers did to Illinois what the Fighting Illini did to them in 2015- destroy their Homecoming by absolutely obliterating them.

Coincidentally that was year three of the Darrell Hazell era just like this is year three of the Lovie Smith regime. It’s becoming clear now that Lovie is Illinois’ disaster hire much like Hazell was Purdue’s.

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Michigan State #1, Purdue #2 in Big Ten Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

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Believe it or not, Big Ten basketball media day is Thursday. Yes, hoops talking season arrives though it may not feel like it, given the 80+ degree temperatures in much of Big Ten country currently. Some schools have actually already had their media days, and you know what that means- overlap season is here.

So while every single outlet on the planet is posting Big Ten football power rankings today, we’re doing the hoops equivalent. 

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Urban Meyer Still Doesn’t Get it, or Doesn’t Think He Needs to

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Monday saw Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer hold his first press briefing since he finished serving the three game suspension handed to him by the University. He was suspended due to his mishandling of the domestic abuse allegations leveled against now former assistant coach Zach Smith, who has had a working relationship with Meyer since 2002.

When Meyer took to the podium, he did the same thing that he’s been doing every single time he’s discussed the Zach Smith fiasco- making things worse for himself and his employer- the Ohio State University. Meyer has dug himself a hole, and his way of trying to get out of it is by digging further.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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Republishing from 9-16-17

To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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