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  • My college football top 25-December 9

    The regular season ends with yet another wild Championship Weekend. Who would've guessed back in August that it would be Auburn and Florida State in the title game?

  • Week 14 NFC playoff picture

    In Need Of A Festivus Miracle

  • Week 14 AFC playoff picture

    In Need Of A Festivus Miracle

  • Big 10 bowl projections

    The bowl pairings will be announced on Sunday and the Big 10 has seven eligible teams. Perhaps the real tragedy to the Badgers season finale loss to Penn State is that it will prevent Wisconsin from a fourth straight trip to Pasadena. Assuming Ohio State beats Michigan State Saturday the Buckeyes will most likely head to the BCS title game, leaving an open spot in the Rose Bowl. Had Wisconsin won they would obviously be ranked ahead of a Spartans team with two losses. Instead, it's now a trip to Orlando. Here's how I see it shaking out:

  • Updated 2014 NFL Draft order

    1. Houston 2. St. Louis (from Washington) 3. Jacksonville 4. Atlanta 5. Tampa Bay 6. Minnesota 7. Oakland 8. Cleveland 9. Buffalo 10. Pittsburgh 11. New York Jets 12. San Diego 13. Tennessee 14. St. Louis 15. New York Giants 16. Green Bay 17. Chicago 18. Miami 19. Philadelphia 20. Arizona 21. Baltimore* 22. San Francisco* 23. Kansas City* 24. Carolina* 25. Detroit* 26. Dallas* 27. Cincinnati* 28. Cleveland (from Indianapolis)* 29. New England* 30. New Orleans* 31. Denver* 32. Seattle*

  • My college football top 25-December 3

    At long last Alabama has been knocked off of their lofty perch and we're down to two unbeaten national championship contenders. However, with Auburn's win over the Tide a debate has begun over who should be #2. Personally, I think the polls have it right. Certainly the SEC is still the best conference in the country (although it looks a lot more top-heavy than it has in previous years.) But going 12-0 in a power conference, regardless of strength of conference, is nothing to sneeze at. And an unbeaten Big 10 team should be ranked higher than a one-loss SEC team, even if that team knocked off #1.

  • Week 13 NFC playoff picture

    As Phil Simms once said "Thanksgiving Day, time to start thinking about the playoffs." With three playoff contenders in action today here's the NFC playoff picture:

  • 2014 NFL Draft order

    We're into the final five weeks of the NFL season so it's time to take a quick peek into the 2014 offseason with the draft order through 12 weeks. As a refresher, ties are broken with strength of schedule, followed by divisional or conference records if applicable. Teams that are tied beyond that are subject to a coin flip. Also for simplicity the order of postseason teams is based under the assumption (and it's just that folks, I'm not going to try to predict hypothetical playoff games) that the home team wins each game.

  • Bowl predictions 3.0

    Taking one final stab at predicting the bowl slate before we get to the end of the regular season...

  • My college football top 25-November 25

    We've reached the final two weeks of the regular season and we're down to three unbeaten teams, all of whom face rivalry games this weekend. The Alabama-Auburn game is in the spotlight as the winner takes the SEC West and keeps national championship hopes alive. There are a couple of divisional races still in play including the SEC East and the ACC Coastal.

  • My college football top 25-November 19

    It's looking like the new college football playoff will start one year too late as with Stanford's loss there are now four clear cut championship contenders but only two will get the chance to make their case come January. The top three teams all get breathers this week while Baylor continues to fight through a back loaded schedule.

  • Packers-Giants: First half observations

    The hope was the Packers would make it easy for Scott Tolzein in the first half but as it turns out nothing came easy in the first 30 minutes.

  • Packers-Giants: Three keys

    Make it easy Scott Tolzein gets the start but it will take a total team effort to get the win. On offense we can expect to see another healthy dose of Eddie Lacy. The defense must get off the field and ideally would force a few takeaways from the turnover-prone Giants. New York has struggled with special teams so field position is also important. Tolzein can move the offense but if he's forced to do too much the Packers will be in trouble.

  • My college football top 25-November 11

    Oregon, Miami and LSU all took a hit after last weekend and now it's a three team race between Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes are on the outside looking in and it doesn't look like they will be able to leapfrog over the Seminoles. This of course kills the Badgers chances of going to the Rose Bowl.

  • Packers-Eagles: Early analysis

    What has happened to the Packers defense? It's easy to excuse the Packers offense considering they had to again call on a backup quarterback due to injury. But for the Packers to win without Aaron Rodgers they need defense and special teams to help fill the void.

  • Packers-Eagles: First half observations

    For a second straight week the game plan goes out the window on the opening drive as Seneca Wallace left the game with a groin injury. However, Scott Tolzein seemed to get comfortable as the first half wore on and even exuded some confidence on the final drive of the half.

  • Packers-Eagles: Three keys

    Saving Seneca For Seneca Wallace to be successful (even against a weak Philly secondary) the Packers will need favorable down and distance. This means picking up quality yardage on first down. So the Packers need Eddie Lacy to be effective and the offensive line needs to give Wallace time to throw.

  • Big, huge college football night and the Badgers path to Pasadena

    I'm not one for hyperbole but this is the biggest regular season Thursday night in college football history, right? You've got 7-0 and sixth ranked Baylor hosting 10th ranked Oklahoma and 8-0 and number three Oregon playing at fifth ranked Stanford.

  • Packers-Bears: Three keys

    In the trenches Line play will be important on both sides of the ball. Chicago's offensive line has yielded just 11 sacks but most of that was with Jay Cutler at the helm. What is unknown is if Josh McCown will be as effective as Cutler. On the other side Chicago's defense has registered just nine sacks so Aaron Rodgers should have plenty of time to throw.

  • My college football top 25-November 4

    With Alabama, Oregon and Baylor off there wasn't much change to the top 5 however with Florida State's impressive win over Miami I bumped the Seminoles ahead of Ohio State. Now comes perhaps the biggest Thursday night in college football history with Oregon-Stanford and Oklahoma-Baylor and both matchups have major conference and BCS implications. Saturday features a prime time showdown between Alabama and LSU and a key ACC showdown with Virginia Tech-Miami.

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