Author: Erik Evenson

Best and Worst-Case Scenario for the College Football Playoff

At the moment, the College Football Playoff Committee and ESPN are licking their chops at the current scenario. It cannot get any better for them. In the latest rankings, there are four big-name, historically good football programs in the playoff. The top four are Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. The matchups right now would bring in massive ratings, unbelievable intrigue, and great storylines. Yu have two very fresh rematches, with the possibility of Alabama matching up with Ohio State again and the possibility of Notre Dame getting their revenge on Clemson. You have Nick Saban vs. Urban Meyer again. The current scenario is the exact thing the NCAA dreamt of when they created the College Football Playoff.   Which brings us to the College Football Playoff that no one wants to see, and I mean no one. Not even fans of the following schools want to watch this playoff. This would be the Doomsday scenario for the NCAA, the College Football Playoff Committee, and ESPN. This would consist Iowa, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, and a fourth team that is to-be-determined. This TBD team could be the only saving grace for the playoff, as this could possibly consist of a big-name program like Florida or Ohio State. This TBD team could also be Utah or Stanford, which would be worst-case scenario for everybody. While there may be some...

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The Perfect Replacement for Kirby Smart

With the news of Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart leaving for the head coaching vacancy at the University of Georgia, the one question that wont be answered until after Alabama’s season is who will replace Smart at Alabama. While Alabama could promote coaches from within- perhaps defensive backs coach Mel Tucker, outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi, there is one hire that would be a slam-dunk. That man is current Georgia defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt.   Pruitt not only an excellent defensive coordinator, but he also has a lot of history at Alabama. The history starts from his playing career, when he played defensive back at Alabama from 1995 to 1996, and then he transitioned to a graduate assistant position in 1997 at Alabama. Most recently, Pruitt coached at Alabama from 2007 until 2012 under Nick Saban. He left Alabama after the 2012 season to become the defensive coordinator at Florida State, where he won a national championship in his only season. After that season, he left to take the same position at Georgia. Pruitt is proven to be a great defensive mind, and he specializes in defensive backs, just like Kirby Smart.   It was rumored that Kirby Smart might keep Pruitt on staff, but Chase Goodbread of tweeted out that sources are saying Pruitt will not be put on staff. This leaves Pruitt jobless once Smart brings...

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The NHL’s Unknown Superstar

Last year, the NHL had a new scoring champion. It was not Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos, or John Tavares. The leading scorer in the NHL for the 2014-2015 season was Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. Benn scored 35 goals and had 52 assists last season for a total of 87 points, which was one more point than John Tavares. Some people might have thought this was a one-year trend, and that someone else would comeback in 2015-2016 to lead the league in points. No one is questioning the fact that Jamie Benn is an extremely talented player, but is he really the best offensive player in the entire league? His numbers through the first 12 games of this season say so.   Jamie Benn has not slowed down at all early on in 2015. Through 12 games, Jamie Benn leads the league in goals with ten and points with 18, which is one ahead of his Dallas Stars teammate, Tyler Seguin. Seguin leads the league in assists with 12 and is second in points with 17. If Benn continues on this pace, he would end the season with 123 points if he plays all 82 games, something he was able to accomplish last season. The last player to score 120 points in a season was Sidney Crosby in the 2006-2007 season. While...

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