Pac 12 Predictions

Pac 12 North

  1. Oregon 10-2
  2. Stanford 8-4
  3. California 6-6
  4. Washington 4-8
  5. Oregon State 4-8
  6. Washington State 2-10

Pac 12 South

  1. USC 11-1
  2. Arizona 10-2
  3. UCLA 9-3
  4. Utah 8-4
  5. Arizona State 6-6
  6. Colorado 3-9
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Big Ten Predictions

Part 2 of my college football conference predictions goes to the Big Ten. The Big Ten is a fast rising conference and is home to the reigning National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes.

Big Ten East

  1. Ohio State 11-1
  2. Michigan State 10-2
  3. Penn State 9-3
  4. Michigan 6-6
  5. Rutgers 6-6
  6. Maryland 5-7
  7. Indiana 3-9

Big Ten West

  1. Wisconsin 11-1
  2. Nebraska 8-4
  3. Minnesota 7-5
  4. Iowa 6-6
  5. Northwestern 4-8
  6. Illinois 4-8
  7. Purdue 3-9

Big Ten Championship

Ohio State vs Wisconsin

Big Ten Champion: Ohio State

SEC Preseason Picks

The time has for college football. Most teams are reporting to preseason camps with games right around a month away. So I will be looking at each conference in division 1 football and giving my predictions of each teams record and where they will finish in conference. I am starting this off with what is considered the biggest, baddest and best conference in college football. The SEC. The SEC did lose a little swagger after a rough postseason that saw a couple elite teams pushed around including Alabama’s playoff loss to the eventual champion Ohio State Buckeyes. The conference figures to be as tough as ever and will be looking to prove something this season and quite possibly produce a national champion for the first time in three years which sounds strange to say out loud.

SEC West

1. Auburn 11-1

2. Alabama 10-2

3. LSU 9-3

4. Ole Miss 8-4

5. Arkansas 7-5

6. Mississippi State 6-6

7. Texas A&M 4-8

SEC East

1. Georgia 11-1

2. Tennessee 8-4

3. Florida 7-5

4. Missouri 7-5

5. Kentucky 6-6

6. South Carolina 5-7

7. Vanderbilt 4-8

SEC Championship

Auburn vs Georgia

SEC Champion

Auburn

All AFC East and NFC East Teams

AFC East

QB Tom Brady Patriots

RB LeSean McCoy Bills

FB Jerome Felton Bills

WR Brandon Marshal Jets

WR Sammy Watkins Bills

WR Julian Edelman Patriots

TE Rob Gronkowski Patriots

LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson Jets

LG James Carpenter Jets

C Nick Mangold Jets

RG Wille Colon Jets

RT Nate Solder Patriots

DE/Pass Rusher Mario Williams Bills

DE/ Pass Rusher Cameron Wake Dolphins

DT/3-4DE Sheldon Richardson Jets

DT Ndamukong Suh Dolphins

DT Marcell Dareus Bills

LB Preston Brown Bills

LB Jamie Collins Patriots

LB Donta Hightower Patriots

CB Darrelle Revis Jets

CB Brent Grimes Dolphins

CB Antonio Cromartie Jets

S Reshad Jones Dolphins

S Devin McCourty Patriots

K Caleb Sturgis Dolphins

P Ryan Allen Patriots

KR Marcus Thigpen Bills

Rising Star: Leonard Williams DL Jets , Devin Smith WR Jets

NFL East

QB Tony Romo Cowboys

RB Demarco Murray Eagles

FB Darrell Young Washington

WR Dez Bryant Cowboys

WR Odell Beckham Jr. Giants

WR Desean Jackson Washington

TE Zach Eritz Eagles

LT Tyron Smith Cowboys

LG Zach Martin Cowboys

C Travis Frederick Cowboys

RG Justin Pugh Giants

RT Trent Williams Washington

DE/Pass Rusher Jason Pierre-Paul Giants

DE/Pass Rusher Ryan Kerrigan Washington

DE/DT Fletcher Cox Eagles

DT Tyrone Crawford Cowboys

LB Kiko Alonso Eagles

LB Sean Lee Cowboys

LB Mychal Kendricks Eagles

CB Byron Maxwell Eagles

CB Orlando Scandrick Cowboys

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Giants

S Landon Collins (R) Giants

S Malcolm Jenkins

K Cody Parkey Eagles

P Chris Jones Cowboys

KR Darren Sproles Eagles

Rising Star: Landon Collins S Giants

Preseason All NFC South and AFC South teams

Training camp is right around the corner. I will be looking to build an All Star team from each NFL division to lead up to teams opening camps next week. Can’t you just feel the excitement in the air? It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

NFC South

QB Dree Brees Saints

RB Mark Ingram Saints

FB Mike Tolbert Panthers

TE Greg Olsen Panthers

WR1 Julio Jones Falcons

WR 2 Vincent Jackson Buccaneers

WR 3 Mike Evans Buccaneers

LT Jake Matthews Falcons

LG Logan Mankins Buccaneers

C Max Unger Saints

RG Jahri Evans Saints

RT Terron Armstead Saints

DT Gerald McCoy Buccaneers

DT Star Lotulelei Panthers

DE Charles Johnson Panthers

DE Cameron Jordan Saints

LB Lavanta David Buccaneers

MLB Luke Kuechly Panthers

LB Thomas Davis Panthers

CB Desmond Trufant Falcons

CB Keenan Lewis Saints

S Jairus Byrd Saints

S Kenny Vacaro Saints

K Matt Bryant Falcons

P Matt Bosher Falcons

KR Devin Hester

Rising Star Jameis Winston QB Buccaneers

AFC South

QB Andrew Luck Colts

RB Arian Foster Texans

FB Jack Doyle Colts

TE Julius Thomas Jaguars

WR 1 T.Y. Hilton Colts

WR 2 DeAndre Hopkins Texans

WR 3 Harry Douglas Titans

LT Anthony Castonzo Colts

LG Zane Beadles Jaguars

C Khaled Holmes Colts

RG Chance Warmack Titans

RT Duane Brown Texans

DT Sen’Derrick Marks Jaguars

DT Vince Wilfork Texans

DE J.J. Watt Texans

DE Robert Mathis Colts

LB Brian Cushing Texans

LB Telvin Smith Jaguars

LB Dexter Jackson Colts

CB Vontae Davis Colts

CB Jason McCourty Titans

S Da’Norris Searcy

S Mike Adams Colts

K Adam Vinetieri Colts

P Pat McAfee Colts

KR Denard Robinson Jaguars

Rising Star Jadeveon Clowney OLB/DE Texans

Sophomores to watch

College football is loaded with young talent and it’s not a surprise when young freshmen come in and contribute right away. In fact a lot of times it’s expected with the rise of recruiting rankings and the dramatic recruiting processes. But I have come up with a list of sophomore that will become household names in year two on campus. Some you will know and some have simply been waiting for a bigger role.(I will name 5 players at each position)

Quarterback

1. Deshaun Watson Clemson

2. Anu Solomon Arizona

3. Will Grier/ Treon Harris Florida

4. Brad Kaaya Miami (Fla)

5. Justin Holman Central Florida

Runningback 

1. Nick Chubb Georgia

2. Royce Freeman Oregon

3. Leonard Fournette LSU

4. Samaje Perine Oklahoma

5. Jalen Hurd Tennessee

(Dalvin Cook was on the list before the recent suspension)

Wide Receiver

1. Travis Rudolph Florida State

2. Malichi Dupree LSU

3. Jalin Marshall Ohio State

4. K.D. Cannon Baylor

5. Artavis Scott Clemson

Tight End 

1. Austin Hooper Stanford

2. Jeb Blazevich Georgia

3. Ethan Wolf Tennessee

4. Bryce Dixon USC

5. Ian Bunting Michigan

Offensive Line (Not position specific top 5)

1. Cameron Robinson Alabama

2. Rod Johnson Florida State

3. Alex Bookser Pittsburgh

4. David Sharpe Florida

5. Conor McDermott UCLA

Defensive Line

1. Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M

2. Lorenzo Carter DE/OLB Georgia

3. D’Shawn Hand DT Alabama

4. Kshun Freeman Georgia Tech

5. Lorenzo Featherston DE Florida State

Linebackers 

1. Raekwon McMillian Ohio State

2. Darron Lee Ohio State

3. D.J. Calhoun Arizona State

4. Ja’Whaun Bentley Purdue

5. Taylor Young Baylor

Secondary

1. Adoree Jackson USC

2. Jalen Torbor Florida

3. Quin Blanding Virginia

4. Dominick Sanders Georgia

5. Parry Nickerson Tulane

July NBA Power Rankings

1. Spurs

2. Warriors

3. Cavaliers

4. Heat

5. Clippers

6. Rockets

7. Bulls

8. Thunder

9. Grizzles

10. Wizards

11. Kings

12. Hawks

13. Bucks

14.Raptors

15.Pelicans

16. Celtics

17. Suns

18. Mavericks

19. Timberwolves

20. Trail Blazers

21. Magic

22. Jazz

23. Lakers

24. Pacers

25. Nuggets

26. Hornets

27. Nets

28. 76ers

29. Pistons

30. Knicks

Restrictor Plate Racing: More Risk than Reward?

The last couple days have consisted of seeing Austin Dillion’s horrific crash at Daytona International Speedway replayed over and over again. All we can do as spectators, fans, media and human beings is be happy that the young rising star walked away from what was left of his number 3 Chevrolet. But this is a recurring issue at the NASCAR circuits events held on the restricted plate tracks Talladega and Daytona. The cars move at speeds of 200 plus miles per hour and the way the draft works there is no getting away and hiding for the 43 hungry drivers behind the wheels of these 3,000 pound aerodynamically engineered machines that cut through the air like blades on a lawnmower. Cars have been getting airborne on these tracks for years at lesser speeds (see Rusty Wallace’s multiple flips in 1993 at Daytona first then Talladega later that same season). But the argument can be made that the drivers know what they are getting into when they strap into the cars every week. This is why the sports has been so successful. The thrill of seeing 43 gladiators hope into their cars and do the impossible at speeds that shall not even being fathomed on the ordinary local interstate. It takes tremendous bravery and heart to climb into one of those cars and face the possibility that you may not get out of that car. But what if these tracks are becoming too dangerous for fans to even attend? Over recent years the two tracks have had to deal with cars flying almost out of the race track and into the grandstands that are only guarded by catch fences, that to their credit have done the job. But the sport is growing, speeds are increasing and drivers are more aggressive now than ever. Maybe it’s time to look into making advances in protecting the fans after this latest incident or removing these tracks from the schedule all together. That would include losing the sport’s biggest even; The Daytona 500. This would not work because careers have been made by winning that race. It’s the kickoff of the year and besides these tend to be the most exciting events of the season. The mile and a half tracks tend to produce boring races to the casual fan. I personally would watch them run around my coffee table in my living room if I could figure out how to fit them. But the point is the sport needs these events at the restrictor plate tracks. They are the hardest to pick a winner because all 43 drivers have a legitimate chance to win. On an average week there tends to be about eight-10 drivers with a shot at the win at the end of the day. So despite the obvious hazards to the driver’s safety and fans safety, restrictor plate racing will continue. But will it scare off talented drivers? Jeff Gordon seemed really relieved in his post race interview that he doesn’t have to do that kind of racing only one more time. Will we see a trend of drivers simply sitting out some of the restrictor plate races knowing they will have a chance at the chase after getting a win and missing one race won’t hinder that. But racing at one restrictor plate race can cost a driver a whole season like Kyle Busch who was injured in an Xfinity Series race in February and is trying to climb out of the hole that was dug after sitting out with a broken leg and broken ankle. Could we see a decrease in the four races currently on the schedule dwindle down to two races a year? I don’t see any changes of that magnitude from driver’s perspective or NASCAR’s perspective with the lowering of number of races on restrictor plate races. I simply see that the recent crashes as a wake up call to more innovation for the safety of everyone involved in the sport. The tragic death of Dale Earnhardt brought about many of the safety measures that allowed Austin Dillion walk away from this past week’s crash. Hopefully the sport continues to evolve for the better of the safety of all and allows for the great, clean racing we all love to watch on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.

Where top 50 NBA Free agents will land

1. Lebron James (Come on we know)-Cavaliers

2. Kevin Love- Lakers

3. Kawhi Leonard- Spurs

4. Marc Gasol- Grizzles

5. LaMarcus Aldridge- Spurs

6. Draymond Green- Knicks

7. Jimmy Bulter- Bulls

8. DeAndre Jordan- Clippers

9. Brook Lopez- Nets

10. Tim Duncan- Spurs for one more ride at a reduced price to bring in Aldridge and resign Leonard.

11. Dwayne Wade Cavaliers

12. Brandon Knight- Mavericks

13. Goran Dragic- Heat

14. Greg Monroe- Hawks

15. Roy Hibbert- Bucks

16. Trisian Thomson- Cavaliers

17. Paul Millsap- Jazz

18. Danny Green- Pelicans

19. DaMarre Carroll- Thunder

20. Robin Lopez- Mavericks

21. Kris Middleton- Bucks

22. Wesley Matthews- Bucks

23. Thaddeus Young- Celtics

24. Eric Gordon- Heat

25. Tobias Harris- Knicks

26. Reggie Jackson- Rockets

27. Rajon Rondo- Lakers

28. Monta Ellis- Hawks

29. Jae Crowder- Celtics

30. Lou Williams- Nuggets

31. Iman Shumpert- Cavaliers

32. Tyson Chandler- Thunder

33. Rodney Stuckey- Pelicans

34. Ed Davis- Nets

35. Luol Deng- Heat

36. Jared Dudley- Spurs

37. Arron Afflalo- Pistons

38. Jeff Green- Thunder

39. Omer Asik- Raptors

40. J.R. Smith- Pelicans

41. Josh Smith- Rockets

42. Corey Brewer- Clippers

43. Enes Kanter- Pistons

44. David West- Hawks

45. Paul Pierce- Clippers

46. Gerald Henderson- Warriors

47. Jordan Hill- Timberwolves

48. Amir Johnson- Magic

49. Al-Farouq Aminu- Cavaliers

50. Kosta Koufas- Knicks

Draft’s eve NBA Mock Draft

As an NBA fan this is the most exciting time of the year. We get to see if some new dynasty is about to be built to challenge the new champions and this year is a particularly opportunistic year for budding contenders in the draft and through free agency. The draft is deep and the free agent class is deep, though it lacks star power. But there are players in both that will have a say in who hoists the NBA Championship trophy next season. Without further ado here’s my mock draft. (This is not based on how good I think players are simply where they could be drafted)

1. Timberwolves – Karl Anthony Towns C Kentucky

2. Lakers- Jahlil Okafor C Duke

3. 76ers- D’Angelo Russell PG/SG Ohio State

4. Knicks- Emmanual Mudiay PG Congo

5. Magic- Justice Winslow SF Duke

6. Kings- Kristaps Porzingis PF Latvia

7. Nuggets- Stanley Johnson- SF Arizona

8. Pistions- Trey Lyles- PF Kentucky

9. Hornets (Trade rights to Celtics for 16th pick Rashad Vaughn and 28th pick- Terry Rozier) – Sam Dekker SF Wisconsin

10. Heat- Cameron Payne PG Murray State

11. Pacers- Mario Hezonja SG Croatia

12. Jazz (Pick traded to Hawks)- Wille Cauley-Stein C Kentucky

13. Suns- Frank Kaminsky C Wisconsin

14. Thunder- Devin Booker SG Kentucky

15. Hawks (Pick traded to Jazz)- Myles Turner C Texas

16. Celtics (Pick traded to Hornets)- Rashad Vaughn SG UNLV

17. Bucks- Tyrus Jones Duke

18. Rockets- Bobby Portis PF Arkansas

19. Wizards- Motrez Harrell PF Louisville

20. Raptors- Kelly Oubre SF Kansas

21. Mavericks- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  SF Arizona

22. Bulls- Jerian Grant PG Notre Dame

23. Trail Blazers- Justin Anderson SG/SF Virginia

24. Cavaliers- R.J. Hunter SG Georgia State

25. Grizzles- Kevin Looney PF UCLA

26. Spurs- Guillermo Hernangomez PF/C Spain

27. Lakers- Delon Wright PG/SG Utah

28. Celtics (Rights traded to Hornets)- Terry Rozier PG Louisville

29. Nets- Cliff Alexander PF Kansas

30. Warriors- Jordan Mickey PF LSU