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Ben Kercheval comes to Bleacher Report after spending three years with College Football Talk and NBCSports. Having lived in multiple college towns over the years, the collegiate game holds an extra special place in Ben's heart just to the left of the space reserved for Mila Kunis but right below the spot set aside for terrible pop music. Also, he watches "The Bachelor" and, no, he doesn't have a man card for you to take.
You can reach Ben on his Twitter account @BenKercheval.
After reading your article on the Difficult Decisions players make in playing in a bowl game there are several things you left out. First and foremost is that an NFL career is not a given for anyone. The education they receive will benefit them for the rest of their life and if they are lucky enough to make it in the NFL then hopefully that education will help them save and invest wisely so they never have to work again.
Second, they committed to the school they are playing for to give everything they can in exchange for an education that would cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars. The college system has always been a socialist one where few programs provide the funding for the rest.
So while the risk is there these players have been provided an opportunity to learn and grow in ways that will benefit them for the rest of their lives....not for just a short stint in the NFL.
You should post this Baylor-Texas hype video to the tam stream. Narrated by Lifetime Longhorn and UT All-American Dan Neil
Please write an article about encouraging college football teams to schedule tougher games, that is, schedule games with good teams. For example, if BYU can schedule hard games, then Ohio State should stop playing cupcake teams. Look at Ohio State's 2016 schedule, it's a joke. Too many schools like TCU, Baylor and FSU schedule easy games, whereas teams like Utah, UCLA, Stanford, Norte Dame, Alabama and Ole Miss have harder schedules, thus more exciting games. Because some schools have easier schedules, they will almost certainly go 10-2 or 11-1. Thanks!
Just read your bold prediction for Wisconsin football. No 1,000 yard rusher? I know the O-line is young but it's still a Wisconsin O-line. Clement almost went for 1,000 last year as a back up. His back up Dare could probably go for 1,000 and Chryst will help the passing game significantly, especially with a senior quarterback who probably takes more heat than he deserves. I'd be willing to bet you we have one that goes over 1,250 and clement for 1600 or 1700 is not out of the question.
Come on man..you're kidding yourself if you don't think Patrick Towles has one of the 14 strongest arms in college football. He easily has one of the top-5 strongest arms.
Kentucky's new offensive coordinator who came over from West Virginia (and been around some pretty good QB's) said that Towles has the strongest arm that he's EVER been around. Yes, EVER.
Mel Kiper just rated Towles one of the best NFL QB prospects in all of football, and the second best NFL QB prospect in the SEC behind Dak Prescott. Come on man. You're better than that. Towles is only a junior and he's already rated as one of the top NFL QB prospects by most draft sites.
FYI.. You state kids are free at the Nebraska Spring Game. I drove up from Dallas with my wife and 2 year old son and I paid $15 each, including for my son because we sat in the Club Level. Only general admission for kids 2 and under are free. If you sit anywhere else then every seat has to be paid. thanks for the article
Your "Rivalry Games that Won't Be Close In 2015" article and more exact the South Carolina takes back control from Clemson write might be the most amusing thing I have read in a while. I know its slow but to be that dumb because you have nothing better to write about is ridiculous. DW wanted to play that game just because he wanted to be the one to beat the Gamecocks, so to think he wouldn't want to do it again even if he has to be rolled in on a stretcher is asinine. The games he missed last year were the first games DW has missed his entire career because of injury. The broken finger could have happened to anyone. His finger got caught in the defenders facemask and even Dabo said if he wasn't a QB and it wasn't on his throwing hand he wouldn't have missed a beat. I think you're dumb as shit if you think Clemson is going to take a step back. Their O-line will be better, the WR have already shown they can torch any secondary, the RB's might be the deepest in the country, and if you think DW won't come back with even more fire than you damn sure don't know football (but then again I am sure you thought Ohio State was going to win it all too). Lets look at the defense, the DT's with Reader and Carlos Watkins (who have both started and played large amounts) not to mention Pagano and 5 star Wilkins, the DE's with Shaq Lawson maybe being the next first round DE from Clemson and Dodd have once again played numerous snaps, the LBs once again both have started and played numerous snaps Boulware and Goodson, now the secondary with potential All-American Mackensie Alexander at CB and potential All- Conference Javon Kearse at safety with TJ Green and Johnson who, you guessed it, has played numerous snaps. So basically your whole argument of Clemson having to redo their defense is basically finding out who is going to play the other CB opposite Alexander. If you want to question the depth behind the starters then I would agree but to act like Clemson is throwing out a new defense is not only ludicrous but shows your lack of knowledge of the Clemson roster but more importantly your lack of knowledge of South Carolina's roster. I will take a 50% Deshaun Watson over what ever new scrubb, who has never taken a meaningful snap, at QB South Carolina is going to parade around on Saturdays. South Carolina with their schedule will be lucky to have 7 wins going into the Clemson game and if you think that their 1 WR, a new O-line, a new QB with one of the worse defense's that played on Saturdays for South Carolina last year is better than Clemson then you Sir need to quit your job, stop watching football all together and start selling soap at Bed, Bath & Beyond...
Ben YOU'RE a "featured columnist"? Featured for what being horrible? Ben, your parents should be ashamed, you sell your soul to the devil to get views and its pretty god damn sad and pathetic. If you had an ounce of journalistic integrity you'd make the tiniest attempt to allow your writing skills to stand alone but you dont have enough confidence to do so. Which is why you constantly use LIES and bullshit propaganda to attract readers.
If this is who you are BEN, go sell used cars you could probably double your income received from this rag to at least $35k per year.
I am not in the least a TCU fan, but thanks for the recognition that they may be the best Team in the land. Oregon and OSU are great an worthy teams, but TCU was left out and so was 27 other Teams in a Denied 32 Team playoff. I will Boycott the Puny Sterile Championship Game as wrong, dishonorable, and a Bit Silly. The 4 team teacup monstrosity won't last long. Even the Age old poll votes with split champs was more honest. Thanks 4 your belated recognition of a decent Team. By the way I am a die hared Texas fan and have the decency and honesty to recognize quality in another team.
Texas is Headless, no QB for about 6 long years, and I am puzzled as to why. Strong has a Top defense, but no offense. Go figure it. Maybe you could do a report on Texas QBs.
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BEN. YOU WRITE WELL, sOUND GOOD, the Tempest in a Teacup 4 Team playoff is a monster in plain sight. Took a child to see the Emperor was naked in the age old tale of the Emperors new Suit.
TCU is simply the best team in the country and was left out. They are the True uncrowned Champ.
The NFL with only 32 team has a twelve team Playoff. Take that away and a lot of fans would be demanding the "head" of clueless writers in love with the sound of their own voices.
In an 8 or 16 team playoff. Who knows the winners. Ohio state and Oregan deserve to be there. But 32 Teams is best and includes all the late comers and improved Teams that deserve to be there.
Does it take a lawsuit. Congress. Wake up and smell the Roses of a magnificent Real college playoff. Bringing $billions in tourism, ticket and clothing sales.
The 4 team is dishonest, a sham, and delivers Nothing but the greed of certain LORDS of College football at the expense of doting but somewhat giddy fans.