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Seattle Seahawks

Love Hate and goodbye to Arian Foster

I walked up to him confidently.

It was last year and, having been placed on injured reserve by the Texans, running back Arian Foster was visiting ESPN for the weekend, appearing on some of our shows and then, later that Sunday, sticking around to watch the games in the famed “War Room” here at ESPN.

I wanted to introduce myself.

I had no idea if Foster knew who I was or what I did, but I did know how he felt about fantasy football.

He came through with 19 for 97 and a touchdown. Week 17? Twenty-three touches for 145 total yards and two touchdowns.

He was a huge sleeper for me the next year and, of Bruce Boudreau Womens Jersey course, he blew past his mid-round ADP to become one of the elite players in fantasy football for the next few years. It was a big call that worked out very well for me, especially as I was still fairly new to ESPN and its audience, and fantasy football wasn’t nearly as accepted or as widespread then as they is now. So I have always loved Arian Foster. And so, as he sat there, in the ESPN “War Room” watching football, I wanted to tell him all that, but I knew fantasy football was probably not the best way in.

It didn’t matter. Because as I strode confidently Darcy Tucker Womens Jersey toward him, I knew exactly what I wanted to say and I knew that we would have common ground.

“Hey Arian?”

Other receiving votes: Latavius Murray is still in a committee, but he’s the head of that and played 59 percent of RB snaps in Week 7. He has scored five times in his five games this year and he has got a nice matchup with a Bucs team that is 25th against the run the past five weeks. … As of this writing, I’m not expecting Jerick McKinnon to play Monday night, so Matt Asiata (available in 70 percent of leagues), who has at least 17 touches in two straight games, should be a useful bye-week fill-in against Chicago. … Matt Jones has had two big issues in both college and his rookie year last season: staying healthy and fumbles. The fumbles reared their head the past few weeks and the injuries have popped up this week, as he is dealing with a knee injury. If he misses time, I like Robert Kelley against a Bengals team that has given up four touchdowns to RBs in the past three weeks. … After I wrote this, the news about C.J. Anderson came out and he’s not expected to play Sunday. So Devontae Booker, who is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and available in 65 percent of leagues, is a high-end RB2 against the Chargers.

Jonathan Stewart, Panthers: Allowing just one score to an opposing runner in the past four games, I don’t see Stewart having a ton of success against Arizona’s No. 1 scoring defense over the past four weeks.

Jordan Howard, Bears: You had me at Minnesota. But even if you are desperate enough to start a Bears running back Monday night, I’m not convinced it’s Howard. Ka’Deem Carey actually out-snapped Howard last week in Green Bay and check this out:

Add to the mix that Jeremy Langford is back practicing with the team and who knows how this all plays out. Bleah.

Seattle Seahawks

NFL claims program reduces concussions, and is conveniently wrong once again

The NFL has been working hard for the past several years to assuage parents who worry that football is too dangerous for their children. Since early 2015, it has thrown much of its weight and money behind Heads Up Football, a program run by USA Football that teaches youth football coaches safety precautions and drills to ensure proper tackling form. The NFL Authentic Bradley Sowell Jersey and USA Football claimed that an independent study showed that the program reduced injuries by 76 percent and concussions by 30 percent.

That sounds great! Except, according to a New York Times report, those claims are not substantiated. The Times reviewed the study by Datalys, a Authentic Braylon Edwards Jersey sports injury research firm, and found that youth leagues that used Heads Up Football by itself did not see a reduction in in-game injuries, and that the number of concussions actually went up, albeit by a statistically insignificant margin.

The numbers claimed by the NFL and USA Football were reportedly the results of a preliminary study by Datalys passed along to both organizations in February 2015. When Datalys released its full study the following July, it did not inform either organization that the full data was significantly different from the preliminary findings.

Why is Russell Wilson wanted?

This is the biggest burning question the poster leaves unanswered. We assume it’s because he’s “ARMED AND DANGERUSS,” but Wilson only seems to have footballs, magic tricks and a copy of Jock Jams with him.

None of this is illegal. Not in my America.

Why is Russ so dirty?

He’s covered in mud and grime (except for his clothes, which are pristine). Was this a covert op the U.S. Government disavowed? Did Russell Wilson go rogue after uncovering a deep conspiracy theory in the highest levels of government?

Is he really Jack Bauer? Think about it.

We need to talk about his library.

Russell has chosen the middle of CenturyLink Field to be the place of his last stand, so he brought some reading material.

“The Great Escaper Houdini,” because he likes to escape.

“The Art of Score,” which — let’s face it — sounds like a book by a pickup artist.

For the 49ers, the big question rests at the quarterback position. New head coach Chip Kelly has said that either Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick can win the starting role, so that battle will be interesting over the next few weeks. In Seattle, the Seahawks will spend training camp trying to figure out how to adjust to the retirement of Marshawn Lynch.

A strong defensive front is the name of the game in the NFC West and the Cardinals made serious strides to catch up to the other teams in the division with two major additions this offseason: Chandler Jones and rookie Robert Nkemdiche. If both can earn their roles in training camp, they could be destructive next season.

The Cardinals took a risk when they traded offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper to to the Patriots to acquire Jones. They’re banking on D.J. Humphries to improve at right tackle, Evan Mathis to contribute at right guard and A.Q. Shipley to start at center. Bruce Arians’ “no risk it, no biscuit” offense starts with quarterback Carson Palmer, protecting him should remain their No. 1 priority.

With question marks on the line, Palmer’s injury history comes into focus. He’s late in his career and has earned the “fragile” label in the past, so the Cardinals could be taking a pretty significant gamble. Other than the potential new strength of the defensive front, the Cardinals also have a question mark in the secondary with Tyrann Mathieu, who is coming off his second ACL tear.

It’s a new city and a new quarterback for the Rams. They gave up a ton of capital to move up to the top spot in the draft, where they took Jared Goff. But they insist that Goff will have to earn the starting job by unseating Case Keenum, which shouldn’t be too difficult. It’s probably nothing more than lip service, a Jeff Fisher tradition. Goff was taking the bulk of first-team reps during OTAs.

Seattle Seahawks

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker thinks he could make an 84.5-yard field goal

Justin Tucker’s 61-yard field goal in 2013 is one of only 15 successful tries from 60 yards or more in NFL history, but the Baltimore Ravens kicker is confident he could add some more distance. A lot more distance.

On NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, Tucker said he thinks he could kick an 84.5-YARD FIELD GOAL(!!!) “if the situation is prime.” What kind of prime condition? Does he mean gale-force winds at his back in the middle of a hurricane? Nope. He says a sunny day in Denver would do the trick.

The NFL Network hosts react Duke Johnson Jersey incredulously, which is really the only sensible way to react, but it’s clear Tucker isn’t joking at all. He really believes that a field goal just over 20 yards longer than the NFL record is within his range.

In 2008, Lane Kiffin let Sebastian Janikowski try from 76 yards (mostly because Kiffin was in full YOLO mode), but the Oakland Raiders kicker Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey left it well, well short, not even getting the ball to the end zone. But that kick was in Oakland and not Denver, where Tucker believes he could get the job done.

This isn’t the first time the field conditions have been an issue at the stadium. The field was junk last year too, as Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams pointed out after this year’s game was cancelled.

Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham tore his ACL in that game, effectively ending his career.

The stadium started undergoing renovations right after last year’s Hall of Fame game, thanks to a donation from Saints owner Tom Benson. In fact, Benson’s donation included the turf from the Superdome itself, which was used there last season.

The project was set to move into its final phase after Sunday’s game. The local high school team that normally uses the field moved its games elsewhere for the season.

But the NFL isn’t one to let something like field conditions get in the way of its bottom line. If that were the case, games at Wembley Stadium in London would’ve been nixed in the past and nobody would play at Levi’s Stadium.

It usually takes an act of God or a terrible national tragedy to force the NFL to cancel games. Maybe this is a sign the recent initiative to address field conditions is more than just the league’s usual window dressing.

For now, let’s just blame Tim McGraw.

Seattle Seahawks

The Broncos might not even know who Mark Sanchez is

Mark Sanchez appears to be the odd man out after not playing a single snap in the Broncos’ Week 3 preseason tilt against the Rams. On Monday, the team named Trevor Siemian the starting quarterback, and considering that rookie Paxton Lynch has also outplayed Sanchez in the preseason, it seems likely that Sanchez may not be with the Broncos for much longer.

Hey @Mark_Sanchez would you look at Kerry Hyder Jersey that! Must be pretty good looking to get 3 head shots #3for1

— Brandon McManus (@thekidmcmanus) August 26, 2016
It’s also possible that McManus, who also appears in place of punter Riley Dixon, is magically multiplying, just like his teammate Von Miller did in this Madden promo.

Offset language is designed to save an Kyle Van Noy Jersey organization money if it releases an early first-round pick within the first four years of his deal. Since contracts for players taken at the top of the draft are fully guaranteed, clubs are on the hook for their salary after they’re cut –– even if they sign on with another team. But offset language allows teams to get dollar-for-dollar credit. If a recently released player signs for 50 percent of his salary, for example, then his original team only has to pay the difference.

Citing club precedent, the Chargers refused to take out the offset language. But the fact is, every No. 3 overall pick since 2012 has either had no offset language or no signing bonus deferral. Negotiations got so contentious between the two sides, that Bosa’s mother wrote on Facebook she wished her son had “pulled an Eli Manning” — a reference to the Giants quarterback demanding a trade from the Chargers on draft night in 2004.

Lynch also got some playing time against the Rams in Week 3, but Sanchez remained on the sideline for the entire game. Week 3 of the preseason is typically more of a dress rehearsal for the regular season, and the Broncos’ decision to not play Sanchez against Los Angeles suggests the team may release him or seek to trade him.

Still, the decision to start Siemian means the Broncos are rolling the dice on a quarterback with very limited NFL experience. According to ESPN Stats and Info, this marks the first time in NFL history that a defending Super Bowl champion will start a quarterback who has never thrown a single pass in a regular season NFL game.

The Broncos will open the 2016 season on Thursday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers, a rematch of Super Bowl 50.

Should the Broncos choose to part ways with Sanchez, it will be because of his performance on the field through the preseason, and this program won’t have a thing to do with it. Kudos to Sanchez, though, for maintaining a sense of humor about it.

On Aug. 24, the team released a statement saying it had made its best offer and Bosa’s camp had rejected it. Bosa’s representation, Brian Ayrault with CAA, responded publicly, saying the Chargers were trying to “manipulate facts and negotiate in the media.”

New Orleans Saints

Detroit coach John Kuester said before the game he expected Brown to play

AUBURN HILLS — Villanueva called it not acceptable. Ben said it was terrible. Stuckey added there are no excuses. No matter how it is looked at, the Detroit Pistons’ defense really was that bad. Without centers Ben and Kwame Brown, the Pistons’ frontcourt was chewed up Thursday night by the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit fell 122 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. It was the Pistons’ fourth loss a row Dick Butkus Jersey heading into Friday’s preseason game against Milwaukee, their last before Wednesday’s opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. Guys just aren’t on the same right now, said Villanueva, who started at forward for the first time this preseason. Not to discredit anything from Minnesota, but we should have beat this team. Seemed every time we made a run, they picked it up even more. We gotta pick up the defense. Minnesota, which halted a five-game streak, picked apart Detroit’s depleted frontcourt to turn by far its best offensive performance of the preseason. Timberwolves forward Gomes and centers Oleksiy Pecherov and Hollins each set or matched preseason highs against Eddie Goldman Jersey Detroit’s porous interior, which played without Brown because of a hand injury and because of a sore knee. The Pistons were not ducking from their play on defense. That’s just no excuse, Stuckey said of playing without Brown and. We shouldn’t have just given this team 122 points, first of all. Offensively, we got it. It’s just all about how badly we want to do it on defense.. 122 points is too many for a team like Minnesota — any team the NBA.

Detroit coach John Kuester said before the game he expected Brown to play, but he did not. The team still is waiting on X-rays taken of his injured left hand. Center Chris Wilcox got his first start of the preseason Brown’s place. Villanueva had a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while starting for. Detroit started the game on a 12 run and appeared to overwhelm Minnesota, which played without center Al and forward — its two best players. But the Timberwolves responded, scoring 14 of the game’s next 18 points to pull even at 16. Detroit led by three points at halftime and quickly expanded the margin to nine as Minnesota missed six of its first seven shots the third quarter. It’s a game of spurts, and our energy level at the beginning of the game and at the beginning of the third, we did a nice job, Kuester said. But sustaining that for 48 minutes, we didn’t give the energy we had early on. Minnesota proceeded to put together a 26 run the rest of the quarter to put away the Pistons, who did not trail until that decisive run. The Timberwolves, who averaged only 97 points per game entering play Thursday — 19th best the NBA — had six players score double digits. Guard Corey Brewer netted a team-high 21 points. is very concerning, Kuester said. I told all along we had to defend to win, and we’re not doing that right now. I’ve got to get more energy and effort, and more consistent energy and effort, from this group, and try to sustain it. A bright spot for Detroit was the play of Stuckey, who had a team-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, dished out five assists and committed only two turnovers. More importantly, he appears to be emerging as a consistent leader at point guard. Stuckey ran the team they way I want the team to be run, Kuester said. He got people involved the game, and I thought he did outstanding a job of taking care of the ball. Really, he did outstanding job, and that was one of the things we looked for going into this game, is the leadership at that position, and he did do a good job.

New Orleans Saints

I don’t want to keep piling on the Lakers

All sorts of things, he says, not football but normal life. Child abuse, animal cruelty, that sort of thing. But football I rarely get angry about anything. He is, though, getting excited about tomorrow. Niemi’s first football memories are of watching FA Cup finals on a black and white television. The sport was not big Finland then but the Cup final was always broadcast. Niemi has played Europe Andrew Wiggins Jersey for Rangers and Hearts and Old Firm match but insists none of that compares with this weekend’s fare at Villa Park. This is easily the biggest and most important club game I have played, he says. I have been lucky to play some big but this is something different. The Old Firm game we lost 5, it’s not a good memory for me, and I only played one. The Old Firm game is massive but there are four of them at least the, whereas with FA Cup semi- finals you are lucky if you play one 10 years. Niemi had a frustrating time at Rangers, ending up down the pecking order after choosing Ibrox favour of Strachan’s Coventry. Five years later Strachan lured him to Southampton, with Niemi unable to resist the call of the Premiership this time. He’s a perfect manager for this group because we ‘t have any players, says Niemi of Strachan. We have some good Anthony Bennett Jersey footballers but nothing like some other clubs. When it’s like that, you need a manager who gets 100% out of the players every match.

Strachan demonstrated his belief Niemi last December by instantly recalling him after injury to replace Paul Jones, who had been outstanding against Newcastle the previous match. Little wonder Niemi calls Southampton the perfect club for him at the moment and has no regrets about leaving Hearts, much as he enjoyed living and playing Edinburgh. The Premiership has been every bit as good as I expected and even more, he says. Everywhere you go it’s a full stadium and the pitches are perfect. It’s a fantastic league. I was making some good saves Scottish football but the spotlight the Premiership is much bigger. There are cameras and every single game and situation is highlighted, it’s easier to shine. decision to move was purely on a football basis. I hardly get any more money than I did Scotland. I was there for five years and for two and half years I was playing regularly. Sometimes I felt I was playing against the same teams and the same players the whole time. Watford tomorrow is a whole new challenge. Niemi, albeit without the rifle, cannot wait for battle to commence. TV: Sky Sports 1, tomorrow, 4pm; kick-off, 4.

I don’t want to keep piling on the Lakers, but their failed wooing of LaMarcus Aldridge sounds like the biggest free-agency botch since Kobe spent a couple hours yelling at across a conference-room table. And each new detail that comes out is sadder and more hilarious than the last. The Trail Blazers seem to have some magic about them this season. Knocking on the door of the playoff picture, Portland overcame a 21-point second-half deficit to pull out a last-second win over, thanks to a pair of unlikely sharpshooters. Nicolas Batum tied the game with a rushed three with 28 seconds left,….

New Orleans Saints

Brett Connolly had three assists and the Boston Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 6

Menu Patrice Bergeron scored twice, Brett Connolly had three assists and the Boston Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 6 on Thursday night Marchand had a goal and two assists and Loui Eriksson and Jimmy Hayes each had a goal and assist for Larry Bird Jersey the Bruins. Pastrnak also scored to help Boston win its fifth straight road game. Little had a goal and assist and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for Winnipeg. Blake Wheeler had two assists. Tuukka Rask made 34 saves for Boston, which rebounded from a 9 home loss to Los on Tuesday night. Connor Hellebuyck started goal for Winnipeg, but was replaced by Michael Hutchinson after the first period. Boston led 3 at the first intermission, and then the teams were scoreless the second. Pastrnak gave Boston a 4 lead 35 seconds into the third period when he put his own rebound past Hutchinson. Bergeron put a close rebound from Connolly at 7 of the final period for his second of the game. Hayes scored into empty net. Hellebuyck had stopped eight of the 11 shots he faced. Hutchinson finished with 25 saves on 27 shots. Bergeron ended a five-game goal drought when he scored his 20th of the at 1 of the first period after making slick moves around two Jets defenders front of the net. Winnipeg responded with Little’s goal at 3. Wheeler Marcus Smart Jersey took a rebound and quickly passed it across the front of the net to a charging Little, and he shot the puck into a wide-open net for his 17th goal. Eriksson regained the lead at 16 after Hayes forced a turnover, but Ehlers scored on the power play just under a minute later with Talbot the penalty box for holding. Marchand got his 26th goal of the with a backhand shot to make it 3 at 18. He extended his point streak to five, including six goals and one assist. Winnipeg outshot the Bruins 18 the first. Boston didn’t get its first shot on goal the scoreless second period until just past the midway point of the period. NOTES: The Jets led 30 shots on goal after two periods, but Boston flipped to the 39 edge after the whistle blew…. The Bruins play at Minnesota on Saturday, and the Jets play at Edmonton Saturday night.

All of them do things that take your breath away, that make you say, Let me that one again. Just when you think you’ve seen them make the ultimate play, they do something. Isn’t greatness a wonderful thing? As terrific as those guys are, they’re simply not capable of doing all the things Trout can do. He’s so good that if you broke him down by skill set, if you just looked at one part of his talent — power, speed, defense, you name it — you’d have a. Here’s the other part of the deal. Trout is only 22 years old and continue to get better. That’s maybe the most amazing part. His career is just getting going. He has had such a dazzling two seasons, it’s sometimes hard to remember he’s about to begin just his second full the big leagues. He has played 336, with fewer than 1 plate appearances. as pitchers continue to work on things to use against him, Trout continue to adjust to them and refine his game. Pujols is healthy again. He’s confident, too, and driven to reestablish himself as the player every other is measured against. He hasn’t been that Pujols for a couple of seasons. Hamilton may do the same thing. He has added 30 pounds and looks more like the player who at times made the game look easy during five seasons with the Rangers. No lineup recent memory has had a trio this good, three players capable of dominating and carrying a team right into October. If that happens, plenty of fans who have caught only glimpses of Trout are going to realize how good he is. To hear people talk about him is one thing. To examine the numbers is another thing. None of it comes close to the pleasure of watching him night and night out. One game, he’s sprinting toward the gap to bring a ball sailing over the fence back. Another game, he’s lining a ball and flying around the bases for a triple. Or he’s stealing a base or hitting a home run or getting on base front of the big boys. short, Trout is the whole package. Last, he got on base 309 times, tops the Leagues. He was the top three the American League runs, triples, walks, batting average, on-base percentage and on-base-plus-slugging. He was on the leaderboard other places — seventh triples, 14th home runs, eighth stolen bases. He’s also above-average defender, one capable of making breathtaking plays. There’s also the way Trout goes about it. He plays with such and control — it’s easy for him. There’s something about him that’s special. That’s his personality, his approachable nature. He’s seems genuinely thankful for everything that has happened to him. There’s a humility about Trout, everyman quality, and he appears to understand and accept that kids are watching him and emulating him. If he’s going to be the best player the game, he’s going to do things right. That is, he’s going to show up early, take care of his business and then play every game as if it might be his last. Pujols is a great role model for someone like that. He’s a workaholic, someone who shows up early and spends hours the cage and the weight room. He takes his craft seriously. When Trout sees someone beginning his 14th with the intensity of a rookie just called up from Double-A, there has to be some benefit, some reassurance he’s doing things right. The Angels appear to be a good place. General manager Dipoto has upgraded the rotation and back of the bullpen. If Pujols and Hamilton can stay on the field, this could be a great baseball for the Angels. Some of the people who know Trout best say that he burns to win, that he’s driven to play October baseball. Maybe this be the. Maybe he’ll make October his personal showcase. First, though, there’s the regular, which means more chances for Trout to amaze and thrill and entertain us. Justice is a columnist for. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

New Orleans Saints

That’s plan. That’s music to Kubiak’s ears

Menu Gary Kubiak has had it with the NFL’s running back by committee fad. The Broncos’ head coach would rather stick one do-it-all ballcarrier on the field and let him play for three downs. I can tell you this, I believe the, Kubiak told the. And I believe it’s up to the player to prove he can do that. That’s a direct message to C.J., who’ll start the as ‘s top dog. Kubiak needs to running ability, but also Keith Tandy Jersey receiving and blocking skills. Do all three, and get his to shine. Kubiak coached a league-leader carries once, with two other Kubiak-coached backs cracking the top 10 other seasons. He has told us if you get the and play well, you stay out there. goal is to be out there all three downs, said.

That’s plan. That’s music to Kubiak’s ears. If he had his way, he’d never pull from a game. Said Kubiak: I think if a goes out there and he shows he can play three downs, can protect the quarterback, and can handle it, then he should stay out there.

Menu Memphis, TN – Memphis Kevin Pamphile Jersey All-Star center Marc Gasol left Friday’s 102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year was hurt on a non-contact play early the period. Gasol was defending Ayres the post, and as Ayres went to receive an entry pass from Manu Ginobili, Gasol limped off the court obvious pain. He was diagnosed with a left knee sprain and will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the injury. Gasol played 10 minutes and tallied two points, two rebounds and three assists before his departure.
Menu A 45-year-old man has been charged with capital murder after authorities say he intentionally crashed his vehicle into a West Texas police officer who was on his motorcycle at intersection. Investigators initially believed the fiery chain-reaction wreck 10 that killed El Paso police Officer Ortiz was accident. In a statement Thursday, police say they believe John made a decision to drive his vehicle into Ortiz’s motorcycle. Police declined to discuss a motive the case. was arrested Merkel, near Abilene, on Wednesday. It was not immediately known when would be returned to El Paso or if he had attorney who could comment on his behalf. Ortiz was a nine-year veteran of the El Paso Police Department.

Letterman’s final Top Ten list featured some of the late night host’s most legendary guests each announcing something they’ve always wanted to say to Dave. Baldwin, Steve, Walters, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Julia -Dreyfus, Peyton Manning, Tina Fey, and all chimed in.
Menu The New Orleans Pelicans say forward Ryan the remainder of the because of a herniated cervical disc that has sidelined him since early. is scheduled to have neck surgery 8 to repair the injury, which occurred when he collided with the Celtics’ Gerald during a game in Boston on. 3. The 6-foot-10 Pelicans forward, who had been averaging 19 points during the first two months of the, had been undergoing routine evaluations for nearly three months in hopes he would heal adequately with rest and that surgery could be avoided. However, team officials say physicians monitoring have determined that surgery provide the six-year veteran with the best chance of a full recovery.

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New Orleans Saints

Tennessee has benefited from a light schedule

It’ll be fascinating to how this one goes down. 9. Buffalo Wild Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. , 1 This game might end 3, but it should be awesome slugfest as two great defenses get after it. ‘s D held Alabama check for much of the SEC title game, and it could slow down Michigan, which was much-improved year one under Harbaugh. 10. Outback Bowl: vs. Tennessee, 1 The Wildcats have quietly put together one of the best seasons school history, racking up 10 wins and ascending to No. 12 this week’s AP poll. That gives the Big Ten four teams the top 12, and six the Top 25.

Tennessee has benefited from a Earl Thomas III Jersey light schedule, but the Vols are on the way back towards relevance what’s normally considered the nation’s toughest conference. It’ll be interesting to how these teams match up. 11. Military Bowl presented by Northop Gruman: Navy vs. Pittsburgh, 12 Ummmm, I ‘t know, a to watch college football’s all-time touchdowns leader ? And one of the most prolific offenses the country? And the best Navy team since the ’60s? And improved Pittsburgh team that won eight and nearly knocked off Iowa? Is this even a real question? Come on. 12. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: vs. State, 12 Is for real? We’ll find out this game, as they take on the Seminoles, who came on like gangbusters at the end of the and might be one of the six or seven best teams the country. FSU running back Dalvin Cook might be reason enough to watch this game, as the sophomore rushed for 1 yards and 18 touchdowns this . It’ll be fascinating to how high-flying , with AAC Player of the Year Jr. matches up. You can’t Dak Prescott, the greatest player Mississippi State history. 13.

Belk Bowl: NC State vs. Mississippi State, 12 This is Mississippi State legend Dak Prescott ‘s final game as a Bulldog, that’s reason enough to watch. Prescott was the Heisman frontrunner at one point last , when he had the Bulldogs atop the national rankings. Things didn’t come as easily this year, but the senior still carried this extremely group to eight wins. He’ll likely go down as the greatest player Mississippi State football history. You can’t his final game…come on. 14. St. Petersburg Bowl: Connecticut vs. , 12 Obviously, we’re homers here, but for Huskies fans, it’ll be very interesting to whether or not the program can finish off a breakthrough . This is a big game for UConn, which would to finish with a winning record , and beat a team with a gaudy 9 record.

It would also show some symmetry between Earl Thomas Jersey the Diaco and the Edsall , which really got going after the Huskies beat opponent Toledo the 2004 Motor City Bowl. 15. Birmingham Bowl: Auburn vs. Memphis, 12 Auburn isn’t great , but the Tigers looked better the regular finale against Alabama, and Memphis is underrated team that beat Ole and has one of the best quarterbacks the country Paxton Lynch, who threw for 3 yards and 28 touchdowns against 3 interceptions this . This should be interesting clash of styles, as Memphis puts up 42 points per game.