PODCAST: Statistical Insight into the 2017-8 NFL Season

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On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, Ed Feng talks with Aaron Schatz, founder of Football Outsiders, on the following topics:

  • How Aaron got on the Late Show with Seth Myers
  • The surprising truth about passing and rushing in the NFL, and how it’s been that way for 30 years
  • The coach that defies the odds and makes his team better
  • Why the Rams won’t be as bad as you think in 2017
  • The NFL team due for a steep decline in 2017 due to their defense

OMG! This Song is Written Entirely By Artificial Intelligence

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HMMMMMMM. We thought “Break Free” is an Ariana Grande song? AI guilty of plagiarism?

VIDEO: When NFL = National Football Luck

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From crazy fumbles to impossible finshes, these are some of the luckiest plays in NFL History.

Video Replay: Peyton Manning Hates On Patriots Superbowl Comeback

 

Video: 10 NFL Play Calls that Losers Never Make

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From Bill Belichick’s 4th-and-2 call against the Colts to Sean Payton’s unforgettable onside kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV, check out 10 of the gutsiest play calls of all time!

Source: http://www.nfl.com/videos/indianapolis-colts/0ap3000000816782/Top-10-gutsiest-play-calls

Aaron Rodgers Career Passing Stats are Insane

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Aaron Rodgers has already proven to be a Top 5 quarterback in the National Football League and will most likely go down as one of the best in his position when all is said and done.

Source: http://www.12up.com/posts/5235564-aaron-rodgers-on-pace-to-set-insane-nfl-record

Shocking Video Footage Reveals Fantasy Football RB Sleeper

The Saints traded away next year’s second-round pick to get Alvin Kamara in the third round of this year’s draft.

Source link: http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/saints-alvin-kamara-emerging-as-prime-fantasy-football-prospect-fantasy-football/kgomiunpw42v15mk9oztdrmti

Quiz: How Well Do We Really Know Tom Brady?

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How well do you really know the Pats quarterback?

Check out: http://fanlockerhq.com/ultimate-tom-brady-quiz/

Yahoo! NFL is Going to Celebrate Touchdowns in 2017-8

 

On Tuesday, the league announced it will relax its rules on touchdown celebrations.

 

Commissioner Goodell said via a letter sent to fans, the NFL wants to allow players “more room to have fun”.

Source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000810537/article/nfl-relaxing-touchdown-celebration-rules-for-players

Tyreek Hill and the NFL’s other Fastest Players – 2017

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Running fast on a track is one thing. But playing fast — in full pads — is what strikes fear in opponents.

Source: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19520414/ranking-nfl-fastest-players-2017

FF-Winners.Com 2017-8 NFC East Preview

2020-21 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings NFL Forecasting Team News  winners preview  Here’s one thing we know, for sure, about the NFC East: history tells us that, for as good as the Dallas Cowboys were last season, it’s far from a foregone conclusion that they’ll repeat as division champions. After all, a different team has won the division in each of the last six years, and only one team has won the division crown in back-to-back seasons over the past decade (Philadelphia did so in 2010 and 2011).

You could easily make the argument that the Dallas Cowboys were, in fact, the second best team in the NFL last season, behind the New England Patriots. They finished with 13 wins, which was more than anyone else in the NFC. They didn’t lose a single game between the middle of September and the middle of November. And they featured what was far and away the most dominant rushing attack in the NFL. So, the simple question for them is: what can they do in 2017 for an encore? For as magical as the rookie seasons were for quarterback Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the harder part will be replicating their performances from their first year during their second year in the NFL, now that teams have much more film to study. The Cowboys might have brought back 10 of their 11 starters on offense to help keep things familiar, but this team will have a target on its back all season long.

The New York Giants finished the 2016 ranked eighth in the total number of passes they threw on offense last year, but they apparently decided that their solution to dethroning the Dallas Cowboys involved throwing the football even more. How else would that explain their acquisition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, in what could have been the most underrated free agent acquisition in the entire league. Putting Marshall on the opposite side of Odell Beckham Jr. has the potential to create nightmares for any opposing defensive coordinator who even considers the idea of rolling their coverage towards Beckham’s side of the field. On top of that, the Giants went and drafted tight end Evan Engram out of Ole Miss, who perfectly fits the mold of the new age, ultra-athletic tight end we’re seeing in the league. His combination of size (6’3 and 236lbs) and speed (a legitimate 4.41 in the 40 yard dash) will give quarterback Eli Manning a weapon the likes of which he’s never had in his career at tight end.

Conversely, the Washington Redskins decided to try and keep last year’s third-ranked offense together with duct tape and cheap replacements, while devoting their offseason resources to fixing a defense that was the fifth worst in the league in 2016. The Redskins totally revamped the defensive line that was the source of much consternation last year, adding defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Stacey McGee via free agency, and pouncing on defensive lineman Jonathan Allen with the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft (after he shockingly fell that far on draft night). On top of that, they added former Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Brown and safety DJ Swearinger to patch up a couple of their other major trouble spots from last year. If they can get contributions from the oft-injured Junior Galette (who’s missed the last two seasons due to injury) and Ryan Anderson (their second round pick in the last draft), the offense is still plenty good enough to help this team make some serious noise next year.

For the Philadelphia Eagles, who are coming off back-to-back losing seasons (the only team in the NFC East with that dubious distinction), their modus operandi for the immediate future is simple: do everything they can to help quarterback Carson Wentz develop. In Wentz’ rookie season last year, he looked absolutely terrific for stretches of the first half of the season, but looked much more like a rookie during the second half of the year. In his defense, having one of the worst groups of wide receivers in the NFL certainly didn’t help him. That’s a big reason why the Eagles went out and acquired wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, the top ranked receiver in free agency last season. Philadelphia also decided to kick the tires on receiver Torrey Smith, which raised a few eyebrows from those observing the league, as Smith looked like he had nothing left in the tank during his last two seasons in San Francisco. But if Jeffrey and Smith both work out as the outside receivers, that’ll allow promising young receiver Jordan Matthews to operate from the slot, where he presents a major match up dilemma because of his size advantage against nickel cornerbacks.

Simply put: no matter who might be the favorite to win this division in the beginning of the season, any of these four teams has the chance to be the one wearing the division crown by the end of the season. That’s just the way it is in the “NFC Beast.”

Deep learning and neural networks

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Source: https://theconversation.com/deep-learning-and-neural-networks-77259

See Tom Brady make hilarious motivational speech

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Tom Brady is having fun with this “Madden curse.”

Source: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/05/tom-brady-patriots-bubble-madden-curse-motivational-speech-funny-facebook-video

OMG! Our Health Impacts Our Wealth!

2020-21 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings Health & Fitness  wealth impacts health  The NFL 2017 pre-season approaches, and the preparations for fantasy football are well under way. This has become the highlight of the year for many fans. However, along with football season comes a marked increase in couch time and junk food. We all know that poor diet and lack of exercise can damage your health. Many people don’t realize that all that sitting around and eating junk hurts more than just their health. A great many financial costs associated with poor health come into play as well.

Poor health can cost a huge percentage of income over the course of a year, with issues stemming from obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure, to name a few. Along with the dramatically increased medical costs, which can stretch into the tens of thousands of dollars per year, those in poor health also face increased medical and life insurance costs.
And let’s not forget the added cost of keeping stocked up on all that junk. If we’re being honest, it’s much more likely that someone will eat an entire bag of chips in a single game than an entire bag of carrots, and the bag of carrots often cost less to begin with.

Cutting the number of times you eat out per year just in half can reduce annual expenses by thousands of dollars after taking into account the saved medical costs. Making a few small, smarter health choices through the 2017 can significantly reduce annual expenses. This won’t help you make a quick extra buck, but it can really improve your long game. Heck, you can make some pretty huge strides in just an hour of saving money or making money if you focus properly.

When the savings from a healthier lifestyle starts to reflect in the old bank account, investing those saved dollars or paying off debt faster can greatly improve the long-term financial future. Or you could turn those extra dollars towards some friendly fantasy football wagers instead…
Take a look at this infographic and see how much a few healthy changes can save over time.

Hot NFL Rookies to Spice Up Your Fantasy Team

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We’re only weeks away now, from the start of training camp for the 2017-2018 NFL season. That also means we’re also weeks away from many fantasy football leagues holding their draft. Given the influx of new talent in a star-studded 2017 NFL Draft, we wanted to provide a breakdown of the top two rookies at each offensive fantasy football position, so you can keep an eye on them in your draft.

Quarterback:

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans — It’s not entirely out of the question that Deshaun Watson could actually beat out incumbent quarterback Tom Savage, and win the starting job under center for the Texans. It’s not exactly like Savage lit the world on fire in his few starts last year. Watson is easily the most talented quarterback on the roster, and would have an offense filled with highly capable weapons around him to help him succeed.

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears — Sure, Mike Glennon is currently listed as the starting quarterback in Chicago right now, and the plan is for Mitchell Trubisky to have something of a “redshirt” year in 2017. But the Bears didn’t take Trubisky with the second overall pick in the draft to keep him on the bench. Chicago is only one bad game by (or one injury to) Glennon away from declaring “the future is now” for Trubisky, and installing him as the full-time starter.

Running Back:

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars — In 2015, when the Jaguars offense enjoyed a breakout season of sorts, it came as a result of high-flying passing attack that challenged defenses vertically. The addition of Leonard Fournette will give defensive coordinators headaches, as they’ll be forced to choose between keeping more guys near the line of scrimmage to stop Fournette, or risking him running wild through the second level of the defense. Fournette is a borderline superhuman combination of power, speed, balance, agility and vision. He’ll only limited by the imagination of the Jaguars’ offense.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers — Simply put, Christian McCaffrey is going to add a brand new dimension to the Panthers offense. He’ll be an electric change-of-pace running back to Jonathan Stewart, and he’ll provide a receiving option out of the slot — with a lethal ability to produce yards after the catch — which quarterback Cam Newton hasn’t had at any point in his career. He could easily break 1,500 combined yards (rushing and receiving) his rookie season.

Wide Receiver:

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans — The Titans raised a few eyebrows when they selected Corey Davis with the fifth overall selection in the draft, especially considering Davis couldn’t work out during the pre-draft process, due to injury. But Davis finished college as the all-time leader in major college football in receiving yards (with 5,285 in four years), and was drafted to be the #1 receiving weapon for the emerging Marcus Mariota.

John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals — The Bengals already have a superstar wide receiver in AJ Green, but offenses did everything they could to clamp down on Green last season, and force the Bengals to beat their defense with anyone else besides Green. That could open up a lot of opportunities for Ross to catch passes from quarterback Andy Dalton. Ross clearly has big play ability, as evidenced by his record-setting 4.22 time in the 40 yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine.

Tight End:

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Talk to any NFL draft analyst, and they’ll tell you two things: 1) O.J. Howard might have been one of the 8-to-10 best players in the 2017 NFL Draft at any position; and 2) the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got themselves one hell of a steal. He’s going to have the middle of the field wide open to himself, as defenses try to figure out how to stop Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.

Evan Engram, New York Giants — Evan Engram might be listed as a tight end, but he’s one of the new-age tight ends who moves more like an enormous wide receiver. With legitimate 4.4 speed, he’s going to provide a target down the middle of the field for the Giants, of the likes they haven’t seen in a long time.

Kicker:

Zane Gonzalez, Cleveland Browns — Zane Gonzalez, whom the Cleveland Browns selected in the 7th round of the draft, left Arizona State University as the the all-time leader in field goals made in a college career. Incumbent Cody Parkey hit only 80 percent of his field goals in 14 games with the Browns last year, and they would be more than happy to see someone beat him out for the job.

Jake Elliott, Cincinnati Bengals — If a team selects a kicker in the draft, they’re usually doing so for a reason. The Bengals want Jake Elliott to come in and at least compete with — if not replace — incumbent Randy Bullock, who cost them at least one win last season.

Three Mind-Blowing 2017 NFL MVP Candidates

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As National Football League teams prepare their respective training camps, there are a number of questions heading into the new season. Can the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots repeat? Will the Dallas Cowboys continue their winning ways behind a second-year quarterback and last year’s NFL Rookie of the Year? And everyone wants to know, who will win the NFL’s MVP award?

If you are looking for answers to those questions, they may very well be 1) absolutely, 2) maybe, and 3) any of a number of players. The best bet is the guy that guided New England to its (sixth) Super Bowl victory last season. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has shown no signs of slowing down despite being 39 years of age. In 2016, Brady enjoyed a season where he completed 67.4 percent of his passes, threw 28 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. His receiving corps returns and gets a boost from former New Orleans WR Brandin Cooks who had 78 catches for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Brady will turn 40 in August, but has the ingredients for an MVP season.

Another solid bet for the NFL MVP award is Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A winner of two MVPs already, Rodgers established career highs in both completions (401) and attempts (610) last season. He threw 31 touchdown passes versus just eight interceptions and this year should have a better running game to aid the Packers passing attack. If that isn’t enough, history could be an indicator. Rodgers won his first MVP in 2011. Three years later in 2014, he won his second. The 2017 season marks three years since Rodgers’ last MVP. He will have the weapons to put together an MVP-caliber season.

The longshot pick in the MVP race is Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Watt missed most of last season with a back injury, but will return in 2017. In his first five seasons in the NFL, Watt was the league’s defensive player of the year three times. At age 28 and healthy, he should be in his prime and another 20-plus sack season could be in the cards. Watt will also benefit from the improved play of DE Jadeveon Clowney, who had six sacks and 16 tackles for loss last season. It is difficult for a defensive player to win an MVP award, but if Watt has a season similar to 2012, ’14, or ’15 he will be in the mix to be crowned the NFL’s best player in 2017.

Neural networks made easy

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If you’ve dug into any articles on artificial intelligence, you’ve almost certainly run into the term “neural network.” Modeled loosely on the human brain, artificial neural networks enable computers to adapt.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/13/neural-networks-made-easy/

FF-Winners.com Releases 3 Players to Avoid Like the Plague in 2017!

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The 2017 NFL Season is just around the corner as mandatory team activities are set to get underway. While teams around the NFL get prepared for their 2017 NFL Schedule fantasy football owners are busy at work as well. This work includes building draft boards for their fantasy football drafts later this season as well as for the upcoming daily fantasy football campaign.

For us we are turning our attention today to our 3 fantasy busts for the NFL 2017 fantasy football season. Much like most seasons some of the games top fantasy options enter the season coming off big time fantasy season campaigns as well as historical accomplishments. This opens up the door for these players not only to be ranked near the top on sites like Fantasy Pros but also means fantasy football owners will draft them higher making them a bigger gamble.

Over the years we have seen many different stars take a big time step back including Shaun Alexander and Calvin Johnson after record breaking seasons. With that said here are our tops 3 Fantasy Busts for NFL 2017 season.

Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers

For Gordon he benefits from a solid offense that likes to move the ball through the air forcing defenses to play off the line while also opening up red zone scoring chances. For us while we like Gordon at the position he currently ranks 9th overall fantasy football option based on the rankings at Fantasy Pros. Now looking a little deeper Gordon wore out as the season slowed down failing to top the 100 yard mark in three straight games before getting knocked out after just three attempts to end his season on December 11th. Along with being a great option early, Gordon has missed a total of 5 games over the past two seasons.

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills

McCoy has been one of the better fantasy running back options for most of his NFL career but that could be changing as he enters his ninth season in the NFL. Much like Gordon, we like McCoy as a 3rd/4th round pick but ranking in the top 10 might be a big time reach. McCoy and the Bills will move in a new direction this season with Rick Dennison calling the offensive plays and it could change the flow of their offense. Along with the change the biggest concern for the Bills will be behind center where they may lack production forcing teams to focus on slowing down the running game.

Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins

We won’t back away and say tha Ajayi had a solid season in 2016 and one that many daily fantasy football owners shined with during his three break out games. With that said 624 of his 1272 yards came in three games. Outside of those three games, Ajayi topped the 100 yard mark one other time while failing to reach 70 yards in nine contests. In the end the reality of putting together three more 200 yard games in one season is almost impossible we could see Ajayi fail to reach the 100 yard mark.

Other Top NFL Fantasy Busts for the upcoming 2017 NFL Season could include Jordan Howard, Mike Evans and Kirk Cousins.

FF-Winners.com Reveals Top 3 Steals for 2017 Fantasy Season!

2020-21 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings Fantasy Football Strategy  winners steals season reveals ff-winners week 2 fantasy  The preparation time has begun for teams around the NFL while fantasy football owners get set to get back to work as well. As we get set for the upcoming fantasy football season we will continue to take a look around the NFL after already taking a look at our Top 3 NFL Fantasy Busts for the 2017 NFL Season.

Today we will turn our attention to our Top 3 NFL Fantasy Bargains for the 2017 NFL Season. Now each season we see that one person that takes the big step forward while rewarding their fantasy football owner that took the risk on them while performing well above what is expected of them of a player picked in that round.

One of those players last season was Mike Wallace for the Baltimore Ravens who many experts left off their draft board. While Wallace slowed down the stretch he still finished the season with 72 catches for 1,017 yards to go with four touchdowns. Along with Wallace we also saw Kirk Cousins jump into a top 5 fantasy quarterback while Michael Thomas and Travis Kelce became prime fantasy threats week in and out.

With all that said here is our Top 3 NFL Fantasy Bargains for the 2017 NFL Season.

Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens RB

After missing his entire rookie campaign in 2015, Perriman slowly became involved in the Ravens passing attack last season. Now as many voluntary workouts are in the books all the rave out of the Ravens camp is how good Perriman has looked this season in his route running, speed and his ability to catch everything in his way. Add that with the fact there is no more Steve Smith and Dennis Pitta for Joe Flacco to check down to someone will need to pick up this slack. While this might change with an addition of someone like Eric Decker or Jeremy Maclin, he currently is one of those players we will be looking at during our drafts.

Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams  WR

For some the rookie pool is one they love to tap into as many fall but for others they look to stay with an option that has put up the production. For us we love Kupp this season as he looks to become a key piece of a young Rams offense. Kupp brings speed, solid size and his ability to find the end zone to a Rams team that lacked a ton of play makers on offense. While the question mark will still be with this teams offense we expect the Rams will work Kupp into the mix while giving Jared Goff a weapon to throw to.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Oakland Raiders WR

Our biggest fantasy bargain of the year will come out west as we love the addition of Patterson to an already explosive Raiders offense. While Patterson had his ups and downs we expect the Raiders to use him as a more protypical wide receiver while teaming him up with Amari Cooper. While Patterson is a late tier draft pick we like him as a flyer and someone who could turn out a big time season for you.

Other Top NFL Fantasy Bargains for the upcoming 2017 NFL Season could include Benjamin Watson, Tyrod Taylor and Paul Perkins.

3 Teams That Fumbled the NFL Draft

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With the 2017 NFL Draft officially completed and in the books, it’s time to analyze which team walked away with a draft class that can potentially alter the future of their franchise for the better, or which teams completely whiffed on the guys whom they chose. As far as the latter, there were three teams who appeared to do the worst job of restocking their talent pool this weekend. Here’s our look at the three teams who appear to have the least productive outcomes from this past draft:

3. New York Giants — Nobody is disputing the fact that the New York Giants added four quality football players to their team in the first three rounds of the draft. But for a team that’s very much built to “win now,” did they really do anything to take that next step forward, and dethrone the Dallas Cowboys from the top of the NFC East? Their first round pick, tight end Evan Engram from Ole Miss, is a fantastically athletic tight end with dynamic playmaking skills. But he’s more of a “Y” receiver than a tight end, especially considering he’s not a very good blocker. The Giants already invested a second round pick in 2016 in Sterling Sheppard, a promising wide receiver who happens to play the same position. Sure, the Giants can employ both of them on the field, but did they really need to spend their top pick on a position where they have an answer, especially considering someone like linebacker Reuben Foster — who was still on the draft board when the Giants were picking — could have filled a major need? Similarly, the Giants spent their third round pick on quarterback Davis Webb from California. Webb is a nice prospect, with some people thinking he could have slipped into the first round. But did the Giants really need to spend a Day 2 pick the heir apparent to Eli Manning? Couldn’t they have addressed a bigger need immediately, and waited ’til 2018 — when the depth and quality of the quarterback group looks much richer — to find their “quarterback of tomorrow?”

2. Kansas City — Speaking of “quarterback of the future,” the Kansas City Chiefs traded their first round pick (#27 overall), a third round pick, and their first round pick in 2018 to the Buffalo Bills, in order to move up to get quarterback Patrick Mahomes. In theory, the move made sense. Incumbent quarterback Alex Smith will be 33 years old when the season starts, and there are growing doubts as to whether he’s the guy that can lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl. But considering the Chiefs finished the regular season with 12 wins last year, and are right in the midst of their closest shot to winning the Super Bowl in years, was now the time to start thinking about the future? And it’s not like Mahomes was some generational prospect that they simply could not pass up. He’s undoubtedly a physically talented prospect, but he’s years away from being ready to contribute full-time in an NFL offense. Even while playing in the quarterback-friendly “Air Raid” system at Texas Tech, he still looked much more like a sandlot quarterback, versus a polished passer. The Chiefs passed on the opportunity to take a pass rusher or a running back with their top pick (where there was plenty of talent available with the #27 pick) and then reached for players at both positions with their two ensuing picks (taking Tanoh Kpassagnon in the second round and Kareem Hunt in the third round).

1. Chicago — There’s no more simple way to put it: the 2017 draft class for the Chicago Bears, at least as of today, looks like a total disaster. First off, it’s already well known that the San Francisco 49ers — whom the Bears surrendered three picks over to, just to flip flop between the #3 and #2 overall selections — were bluffing about their interest in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, or having other suitors for Trubisky’s services. For a team that needs to fill many more holes on their roster, the Bears didn’t have that type of draft capital to waste, and especially not at a position where they seemed to have some semblance of an answer already. If the current front office regime sticks around, there will be pressure to put Trubisky into the lineup as early as late this season (if the Bears find themselves out of the postseason race by the early winter). That’s reportedly already going over extremely poorly with quarterback Mike Glennon, whom the Bears promised the starting quarterback job to less than two months ago, when signing him as a free agent. Add in the fact that the Bears selected three players who didn’t play Division I college football last year, and you have a lot of people wondering what the heck General Manager Ryan Pace was doing this past weekend.