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2014 Duke Blue Devils Season Preview: Predicting Wins and Losses

One of the surprise teams in all of college football last year were the Duke Blue Devils from the ACC. The Blue Devils went 10-4 in 2013 and were on the verge of upsetting Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. The Blue Devils let a double digit lead slip away in the second half against Texas A&M in what would have been a program defining type of win over the...
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What The Preseason AP and Coaches Polls Got Wrong

While the preseason polls no longer plays an official roll in the eventual College Football Champion, the playoff group of learned elders will no doubt still take them into account.  That being the case, it’s important to understand the biases that the polls has always contained.  In the Coaches Poll, coaches from different conferences always rank their teams higher and iconic...
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Cleveland Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starter

The waiting game is finally over. Head coach Mike Pettine had originally planned on naming his starter on Tuesday, following Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins, but Brian Hoyer will be the opening day starter for the Cleveland Browns when they take on division foe Pittsburgh. Vic Carucci first reported the news on Cleveland Browns team website.According to NFL...
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FSU Football 2014: 12 Steps To Another National Title

Nine days and counting. There may not be a bigger FSU fan on Football Nation than myself – waiting for my alma mater, FSU, to defend its national title this season. Starting the year off in Dallas against Oklahoma State is just the right way to get things started.According to Athlon Sports, Florida State ended the SEC’s run of dominance with a 34-31 victory over Auburn to win...
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Cleveland Browns: Hoyer Starts, Manziel Finishes

Today, Cleveland Browns’ Head Coach Mike Pettine decided to name Brian Hoyer the team’s opening day starting Quarterback. This decision might disappoint some of the Browns faithful but it was the right thing to do.  Johnny Manziel, although he played a little better than Hoyer during their two preseason games, simply is not ready to start.Manziel was a very good college Quarterback...
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The Browns Have Spoken: Manziel Will Not Start

Is it possible when Johnny Manziel takes a look back at all that has happened leading up to the Cleveland Browns naming Brian Hoyer the starter for the season opener, the rookie will say he should have done things differently?Probably not.Now that the first round pick knows his fate, it is time to move forward and learn, not complain about the situation he is in. Manziel’s antics...
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Jaguars News and Notes: Both Quarterbacks to See First Team Reps

It appears the Jacksonville Jaguars are sticking to the game plan Frida night – having both Chad Henne and Blake Bortles playing with the first unit against the Detroit Lions.Expect Chad Henne to play about a quarter and a half and Blake Bortles to play about a quarter. Coach Gus Bradley said he couldn’t commit to anything firmer than that. “I hate to say exact because it could...
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2014 Fantasy Football Running Back BUSTS

Long gone are the days of running backs carrying the rock for 300, 350, 400 times in a season. It just doesn’t happen anymore. Combine that premise with the fact RBs take the most hits of any skilled position and thus get injured often and it shouldn’t come as a shock to see such volatility at the position. One year a player will finish in the Top 3 and the next he’ll finish...
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College Football: The Five Best Offensive Lines In 2014

One major difference between the good teams and the elite teams in college football today is the play of the Offensive Line.  The Offensive Line is not a position that yields much glory, and is one of the toughest in football due to the major physical contact being made on every play.  In the past, Offensive Lineman have been stereotyped that they are big and slow, which could...
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2014 NFL: 10 Things To Watch For In Preseason Week 3

Oops! He did it again. Can we as fans get through a week in the offseason or preseason without some gigantic news about Johnny Manziel that is not related to him doing something positive on the playing field. Monday night may have been the topping on the cake.According to multiple sources, including ESPN.com, Manziel was caught by a camera man giving the Washington Redskins bench...
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Big Ten Breakdown: Wisconsin Badgers Full Preview

Gary Andersen went 9-4 in his first year as the Badgers' head coach; by comparison, consider the year his predecessor had in Arkansas. However, with a good amount of talent, nine wins was something of an underachievement for last year's group. There was the Arizona State-debacle, which, unfortunately, took the game out of the players' hands, but UW also fell apart against...
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WARNING: Top Five Fantasy Players To Avoid

It's that special time of year again.Christmas in August. Where all the kiddies and grown men alike make a fantasy wishlist in hopes to get exactly what(who) they want. Well let me tell you. There are some players out there that might look awfully appealing, but they will prove to be the equivalent of coal in the stocking. There seems to be copious amounts of high risk high reward...
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Top Five Players That Must Rebound From Sophomore Slumps

Robert Griffin III, Redskins Quarterback2012 Draft Position: Round 1, Pick 22013 Statline: 3,203 Yards, 16 Touchdowns, 12 Interceptions, 82.2 RatingRobert Griffin impressed just about everybody in his rookie season, recording 27 touchdowns (20 passing, 7 rushing) to just 5 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles. After an injury last in the year, though, concerns of a sophomore slump arose...
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College Football Pickem League Primer: Play Free & Win Big!

College football popularity has grown exponentially in recent years.  The BCS era created fantastic matchups and new TV networks gave fans access to their favorite teams and conferences.  The result?  The sport has never been more popular, or generated so much revenue.  The fantasy aspect of college football is no exception.  With more Fantasy and Pickem leagues being born every...
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Patriots' Defense: Bubble Players Making An Impact Week P2

I sure hope the NFL doesn't change the preseason format. The four-week schedule seems like just the right amount of time to give teams a chance to evaluate talent in real time. And young players, as well as, new players to the team, get their chances to make their best, first impression.The New England Patriots are known to have a steep learning curve, and Coach Belichick is...
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SEC College Football 2014: 10 Must-See Games

College football is known for its intense games, college students, and of course the big time rivalry games. The SEC Conference has many big time rivalries, from Ole Miss and Mississippi State (Egg Bowl), or the all time favorite, Auburn and Alabama (Iron Bowl). Everybody is looking for the main matches of the 2014 College Football season, but everybody should take a look at these...
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Seattle Seahawks Breakout Player of 2014

Doug Baldwin was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in 2011 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Stanford. At 5'10" 189 pounds Doug Baldwin is not the biggest of wide receivers in the NFL, But Baldwin could find himself in a big role for the Seahawks in 2014. Last season, Baldwin was the second leading receiver on the Hawks, Golden Tate was the teams leading receiver, but...
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Analyzing the Top 5 Heisman Candidates in the Power 5 Conferences

Each year when the college football season starts one of the hot topics and big questions that is always brought up is who will win the Heisman Trophy. This year is no different and the list of candidates is very intriguing as we enter the 2014 season.Last year, Jameis Winston, from Florida State, won the Heisman Trophy award and became the second consecutive freshman to take home...
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Coker or Sims? Who Should and Will Be Alabama's Starter in 2014

As we sit here just about a week until the 2014 college football season starts it’s hard to believe that the number two team in the country, the Alabama Crimson Tide, still do not know who their starting quarterback will be.The Alabama Crimson Tide are about to enter a season without A.J. McCarron for the first time since 2010. The Tide experienced three of their best seasons in...
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NFL 2014: Things We Learned From Preseason Week 2

The second week of the NFL preseason has concluded and it was another exciting week, where we were able to learn a few things about the teams all over the country. Obviously, it’s preseason, so we shouldn’t overrate the developments too much, but they are at least worth a look. Here are the things we learned from preseason week two: The Patriots’ future is setThe New England...
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Kansas City Chiefs: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

There are three players who caught my eye last year that could easily break out in the 2014 football season. Lets take a look at these players.  Knile Davis Knile Davis entered his rookie career with the Chiefs last year with great stats. He carried the ball seventy times for 2,442 yards. A great average of 3.5 yards per carry. He also got four touchdowns to bring a wrap to his...
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5 Ways To Improve ESPN's Monday Night Football Broadcast

As a youngster, football was something our whole family watched. Whether it was Saturday or Sunday, my daddy had his football “schedule” for the weekend and well, we all abided by it. But watching football on Monday night was a privilege. Chores were done. Homework was complete. We were bathed and in pajamas in record time.Watching football at night with my daddy was a treat...
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Dallas Cowboys: The 5 Greatest Players of All Time

This was a thankless assignment, and your humble writer knew that going into it. But someone had to do it, and in this case, that someone was me.Who are the five greatest players in Dallas Cowboys' history?That's a question that isn't easily answered, and, at least according to some of my friends on Facebook, one that shouldn't have been tackled at all, at least...
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Which Teams Might Be Interested In Trading For Mark Sanchez?

After the whole butt fumble debacle in 2012, i'm not sure many peope had high expectations for Mark Sanchez's career. Flash-forward two years later, and it looks like there might actually be a market for the former USC star.Reports out of Eagles camp said Sanchez was impressing, but he's been lights out so far during the first two preseason games. He's been outplaying...
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2011 Second-Round Picks On Contract Years: Offense

Mikel Leshoure, Lions Running Back (Left)- Draft Position: 57th Overall- Mikel Leshoure missed all of his rookie year with an injury, ran for 800 yards and 9 touchdowns in his sophomore season, and saw just two rushing attempts in 2013. Leshoure is stuck behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, who will split carries as one of the league's better halfback tandems. Barring injury,...
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