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2017 Playbook Football 10 Questions Interviews
1. Which NFL teams do you see being 'Play On' worthy this season?
After seeing their streak of 10+ wins snapped, I look for Cincinnati to come roaring back and win 10 times. Against what should be a manageable schedule, expect the Bengals to beat the spread at least 10 times and be among the elite 'Play On' teams in the NFL. Notable: Miami and Pittsburgh
2. Which NFL teams do you see being 'Play Against' worthy this season?
With owner Daniel Snyder meddling again,head coach Jay Gruden had to retool coaching staff, which is not a positive. For my money the gains in new players were offset by the losses and with new schemes and everyone in the division having more overall talent, I could see Washington at 5-11 ATS in 2017. Notable: Denver and N.Y. Jets
3. Which NFL teams do you see making it to the Super Bowl this season?
Green Bay vs. Oakland - The Packers defense will improve as the year moves along and the same will be true of the Raiders. New England has a proven modern football model, fantastic offense, keep points off the board and get off the field on third down. Both are capable of playing this way.
4. Which College Football teams do you see being 'Play On' worthy this season?
Oklahoma and Texas are going to get all the Big 12 love, but watch out for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys will feature dynamic offense and the defense is faster with more skill. Okie State will cover a lot a games this year and just might be conference champions. Notable: Northwestern and South Florida
5. Which College Football teams do you see being 'Play Against' worthy this season?
Maybe I am way off base here, but I do not think Michigan will be as good as advertised. They lost a ton of talent and while the recruiting efforts by Jim Harbaugh have been very good, not convinced this is Top 12 team and they end up with a losing spread record. Notable: Houston and Colorado
6. Which College Football teams do you see making it to the College Football Playoff Championship Game this season?
Florida State vs. USC - The Seminoles have few weaknesses and are primed for a super season. USC has a few holes to refill to start the year, but coach Clay Helton is a better recruiter than he is given credit for and watch this Trojans squad get better all season long.
7. Which new head coach hire will prove to be the best in the NFL this season?
Have to admit, not excited about this crop of new head coaches and what impact they will have in 2017. Maybe down the road one will emerge, but Kyle Shanahan is the best of a weak group, who should have San Francisco playing harder, if not with more success this season.
8. Which new head coach hire will prove to be the best in College Football this season?
Look for Willie Taggert to have an immediate impact on Oregon. The recruiting had tailed off, yet more importantly the toughness had really regressed and he will make sure that is in place right from the start and the Ducks win eight games.
9. Final closing thought on the 2017 NFL season.
I believe this is the year all the 35+ year old quarterbacks start to really show their age. Look for more regression from Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger and yes, even Tom Brady. Where is really shows up is in deep ball accuracy and deep out routes. Credit Bill Belichick for designing offense that masks this, nevertheless, it will show up even more this season.
10. Final closing thought on the 2017 College Football season.
Going out a pretty thin limb, but I will say Alabama does not reach the Final 4. I honestly believe Florida State, LSU and Auburn have a shot to beat them and I think two of them will and the Tide will be left out of the dance.