Bowling For Dollars; Saturday; December 16th

NEW ORLEANS BOWL; 1 PM ET; ESPN TROY (10-2) by 5 vs. NORTH TEXAS (9-4) The Troy football program has become like a basketball mid-major powerhouse in the FBS. The Trojans won 10 games in 2016 and have a chance to better that record this season with a win in this contest. QB/BRANDON SILVERS #12 has been an… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye Week 14

DAVID BRIGHT #64 OT STANFORD 6’5/300. I don’t think this guy has gotten the credit he deserves for his all-around play out at LT for the Cardinal. Every time I watch Stanford play he impresses me with his steady work out at LT in both pass-pro and the all important run blocking in the Stanford ground and pound… Read More »

Pre-Bowl Game College Football Rankings 2017

1) CLEMSON 12-1 One slip when their QB got hurt has been forgotten with dominant play in November. Best all-around team in the country, especially on the defensive side of the ball. 2) OKLAHOMA 12-1 One early slip and a Defense which has problems against teams that pass as well their own Offense. But their Offense is just… Read More »

College Game Previews Conference Championship Weekend

Saturday Nov. 2 NOON/ET ABC AAC Championship MEMPHIS (11-1) by 5 @ CENTRAL FLORIDA/UCF (11-0) Don’t pooh-pooh this game because it’s the AAC, not the ACC. These are two good teams who both played a solid slate of regular season games to get here. Last week the UCF/USF season finale was as exciting as college football can be.… Read More »

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS NOVEMBER 30, 2017

1) WISCONSIN (12-0) If you don’t like this selection at the top then contact me if/when Ohio State beats them in the Big Ten Championship Game, and not until. 2) CLEMSON (11-1) 3) OKLAHOMA (11-1) 4) AUBURN (10-2) 5) OHIO STATE (10-2) 6) ALABAMA (11-1) 7) MIAMI (F) (10-1) 8) GEORGIA (11-1) 9) SOUTHERN CAL (10-2) 10) CENTRAL… Read More »

WHO CAUGHT MY EYE Week 13

TREVOR DARLING #73 OG MIAMI (F) 6’4/300 I always give props to players who sacrifice for the good of their team. Mark down DARLING as one of those guys, having played out at LT for a couple of years, and doing a solid job for the rising ‘Canes program. But for as solid as he was out on… Read More »

College Football Preview Week 13

Uncle Colin is previewing the Iron Bowl or you this week so let’s take a look at some other games of major interest to Pigskin Paul and hopefully you as well. FRIDAY NOV. 24 3:30/ET ABC SOUTH FLORIDA (9-1) @ CENTRAL FLORIDA (10-0) by 9 For those of you still wondering what’s wrong with perennial powers FSU &… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye Week 12

ZACH ALLEN #2 DE BOSTON COLLEGE 6’5/275 JR At first I was highly disappointed to learn that HAROLD LANDRY/ER was still injured and being held out of the game against UCONN. After a bit of sulking I realized that it would give me a chance to watch a contest in which ALLEN would need to step up and… Read More »

Pigskin’s NFL Mid-Season All-Rookie Team

As another measure of how well players from last Spring’s draft class are playing I present a mid-season All-Rookie team. There are extra players at certain positions primarily because some have played too well not to be included. I would also note that this group will see some changes by the time we publish a final All-Rookie team… Read More »

College Game Previews Week 12

In all honesty there are a bunch of games this weekend tHat should be embarrassing to the top ranked teams playing in them, like Alabama hosting Mercer. But there are also some important games that create some interesting matchups. Here are the four I am watching and why. MICHIGAN (8-2) @ WISCONSIN (10-0) by 3 Saturday NOON/ET FOX… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye Week 11

BRIAN ALLEN OC #65 MICHIGAN STATE 6’2/305 Being a solid college player does not necessarily mean the pro game is in a player’s future. Size, athleticism, etc. often end up derailing pro aspirations for dozens of solid players each season. And then there are the guys who play well in college, don’t quite measure up athletically, and yet… Read More »

Pigskin Paul’s College Rankings November 12th

Major upsets abound every week in College Football these days. Limited scholarships, graduate transfers, injuries and more all make things dizzier at the top of the ladder than ever before. So here here are the latest rankings as we are down to the final 2-3 weeks of the regular season. 1) ALABAMA 10-0 They aren’t exactly kicking butts… Read More »

COLLEGE GAME PREVIEWS WEEK 11

SATURDAY NOV. 11 Noon/ET FOX MICHIGAN STATE (7-2) @ OHIO STATE (7-2) by 7 These are the two most surprising teams in the big Ten this season to my eyes. I have no idea how the Spartans have compiled their record, with a very young and relatively inexperienced roster. Usually by this time of year URBAN MEYER has… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye Week 10

MARCEL ATEMAN WR #3 OKLAHOMA STATE 6’3/220 The number one wideout for the Cowboys is clearly JAMES WASHINGTON. But Okie State also has a full stable of thoroughbred wideouts for Mason Rudolph to throw to. For my money the clear No. 2 is MARCEL ATEMAN, who is having a great season after missing all of 2016 to a… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye Week 9

First a quick apology for late and light entires this week. My laptop crashed on me and was in the MAC Hospital most of the week. It has recovered and is back home now for me to work on. Let the thumbnails begin. J.T. BARRETT #16 QB OHIO STATE 6’2/220 Heading into the weekend I had no intention… Read More »

College Game previews Week 9

This weekend’s games will lead to the first official NCAA FBS rankings next week. Recent history and the odds in general say we will witness a couple more upsets this weekend which will make the committees work even more challenging. I will follow up this week’s game action with a Top 15 ranking list which I hope to… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye Week 8

MARK ANDREWS #81 TE 6’4/254 OKLAHOMA JR ANDREWS has made his mark for the Sooners as a very athletic receiver in a big boy body, ever since his true frosh season in 2014. He is a two-time, all Big 12 1st teamer. This season, with the graduation of WESTBROOK/LEWIS at WR he has become Baker Mayfield’s top target.… Read More »

Week 8 College Football Preview

Saturday Oct. 21 12:30AM/ET FSN BOSTON COLLEGE (3-4) @ VIRGINIA (5-1) by 6 Not a world beater of a game, but Virginia is having a resurgent season and BC is coming off a big win over Louisville. UVA QB KURT BENKERT #6 is a legit pro prospect, and the Eagles feature perhaps the best edge-rusher in college football… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye Week 7

#38 DANIEL CARLSON K AUBURN 6’4/218 Great kickers come along about once a decade, if that. Just look around the NFL at the multiple teams who bring in 2-3 kickers per season in an attempt to shore up their K slot. CARLSON is this decade’s Star Kicker. He has the leg, the form, the psyche to withstand the… Read More »

PIGSKIN PAUL’s College Football Rankings TOP 10

1) ALABAMA (7-0) The King is alive! Long live the king! 2) GEORGIA (7-0) They teased us with super frosh QB JACOB EASON last season, but now new Super Frosh JAKE FROMM is the man. Of course CHUBB/MICHEL and that D help. 3) CLEMSON (6-1) They will be right here come January as long as they can get… Read More »

College Game/Prospect Previews Week 7

Friday Oct. 13th 7PM ET ESPN CLEMSON (6-0) by 11 @ SYRACUSE (3-3) I have very little doubt that Clemson will win this contest, but don’t expect a blowout. There is general optimism that HC DINO BABERS is the right man for the Syracuse job and that he has the program back on solid ground. There are legitimate… Read More »

Who Caught My Eye. Week 6

#8 BRAXTON BERRIOS WR/RS MIAMI (F). 5’9/186 The time has come to accept the reality that between quickness and good hands almost every NFL roster has room for 1 or 2 “slot-type” receivers/return men on their roster. Used in a creative scheme they are just too productive and clutch to discount because they are 5’11 or shorter. BERRIOS… Read More »

College Football Preview Week 6

Saturday Oct. 7 12:20PM ET ESPN DUKE (4-1) by 4 @ VIRGINIA (3-1) The Blue Devils bit the bullet last weekend losing to a very solid Miami team. UVA has been a pleasant surprise in HC Bronco Mendenhall’s second season with the program. This could be a very entertaining QB match-up KURT BENKERT/UVA looks to have improved by… Read More »

WHO CAUGHT MY EYE Week 5

#20 OREN BURKS OB VANDERBILT 6’3/230. You have to be a real Draftnik to really know much about BURKS, but I highly recommend you watch him in action for the Commodores as the season progresses. BURKS has toiled in relative obscurity but has been a significant factor in making the Vandy team competitive in the tough SEC. He’s… Read More »

College Football Previews Week 5

FRIDAY SEPT. 29 7PM ET ESPN MIAMI (FLA) by 4 @ DUKE This is a tough one to call even though I do believe Miami is the more talented team. The beginning of their season has been totally disrupted by hurricane season here in Florida and it’s a home game for an undefeated Duke team. Those two factors… Read More »