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Make Or Break Time

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Draft Days Are Here

By John Ventola

The annual three-day National Football League (NFL) draft gets underway tonight in Philadelphia. Two hundred fifty-three names will be called before the event concludes Saturday afternoon. Thirty-two league franchises, each hoping to improve their team’s talent pool, will make choices to either correct a position deficiency, or select the best player available (according to their talent evaluations) at the time of their pick. Continue reading

Alabama Clemson Face Off In CFP Rematch

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Saban Can Tie Bear with Sixth National Title

By John Ventola

The third College Football Playoff championship game will be played tonight in Tampa between No. 1 ranked, unbeaten Alabama, and No. 3 ranked (before CFP semifinals), once beaten Clemson. Continue reading

Alabama Should Roll To Fourth Title Under Saban

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CFPII Should Be Competitive Matchup

By John Ventola

The night is finally here. The second College Football Playoff championship game will be played in Glendale, Arizona between No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, clearly the most dominant teams of the 2015 football season. Continue reading

Clemson And Alabama Semifinal Rankings Will Prove Accurate

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Bama Should Roll If Secondary Plays Well

By John Ventola

The second College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinals will be played today as the four top-ranked teams battle it out in the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The victors will meet for the CFP championship on Monday, January 11th, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Continue reading

Restricting Heisman Ceremony Candidates Not Fair To Some

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Fournette Snub Shows Process Is Flawed

By John Ventola

The Heisman Trophy finds itself losing some of its luster as the selection process criteria of the most prestigious award in collegiate athletics now seems to rely strictly on statistics, and whether the recipient is on a high ranked team. Continue reading

College Football Playoff Jockeying Stretch Starts Now

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Second Year CFP Selections Could Prove Tougher

By John Ventola

Tonight the first College Football Playoff (CFP) poll of 2015 will be revealed on ESPN. Last season, the inaugural CFP poll was released a week earlier, on October 28th, after the first nine games of the season. This season panelists received an extra week of action to decipher as they put together their crucial rankings. Continue reading

LSU And Notre Dame Capture Impressive Victories

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Great Football Weekend For This Blogger

By John Ventola

The third weekend of the 2015 collegiate football season is in the books and already top teams are vying for the four College Football Playoff spots, and players are pushing for individual performance recognition such as the Heisman Trophy. Continue reading

Mississippi Enjoys Second Week Of Unparalleled College Football Success

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College Football Continues To Shine Each Week

By John Ventola

Pardon me, does anyone have two extra tickets to the Egg Bowl in Oxford in November? I am looking for an early Christmas present and I can not think of a better way to wind up this exciting football season that sitting in The Grove with cowbells ringing in my ears before witnessing this year’s feel good story in sports. Mississippi State against the University of Mississippi. The Dak Attack versus Bo Knows, The Battle of the Magnolia State. Maybe those frat boys at Ole Miss have been correct with their annual proclamation that the South would rise again. It took a while, but it seems the ascension has occurred. Continue reading

Collegiate Football Rivalries Dwindling

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Conference Realignments Stop Some Longtime Rivalries

By John Ventola 

Rivalries have always played a major role in establishing the popularity of collegiate football. Whether they involved service academies (Army versus Navy), in-state rivals (Washington against Washington State, Oklahoma versus Oklahoma State, etc.), conference adversaries, (Minnesota against Wisconsin), or cross country rivals (USC versus Notre Dame), the games played under the rivalry heading kept fan interest at a maximum level because those were the contests that would be discussed until the two teams met again one year later. The winning fan base could enjoy bragging rights, but the losing team’s loyal followers could shout out, ‘wait till next year’, and know a chance at redemption was just twelve months away. Collegiate football rivalries are a colorful part of American sports history, but sadly conference realignments by the NCAA during recent years are causing some key rivalries to stop. Continue reading

College Football Playoff Season Off And Running

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Gurley Runs Like A Man

 By John Ventola

The inaugural College Football Playoff season kicked off last week with a lot of fanfare and anticipation. Starting this year, teams will be playing to ensure they are definitely in college football’s version of the Final Four come late December. Gone will be the unbecoming sports information campaigns to support certain teams and leagues, and coaches brazenly politicking for their own squads. Hopefully. 

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