By Marc Lawrence — Our friends at Pro Football Focus have evaluated each of the quarterbacks originally scheduled to start this fissured college football season. Taking into account each projected starter’s play-by-play grading profile in addition to several other data points, PFF ranks them from 1-130. It’s no surprise that at the top of the list is Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. The Clemson quarterback produced a PFF grade above 90.0 in each of the last two years, which is something only Tua Tagovailoa managed to match. The best part? Lawrence did that as a true freshman and true sophomore. Not only is Lawrence the best quarterback of this season, but he is also in the conversation as one of the best quarterbacks they have ever seen. The top Group of Five signal-caller: Kent State Dustin Crum. For a complete review of all 130 college football starting QBs click here.
Miami Heat beat writer Ira Winderman of SunSentinel.com reports that when Miami fell to Indiana on the final day of the NBA’s regular season last Friday it lost $65,000 in team bonus money from the playoff pool. What they did manage to accomplish, though, was landing the No. 20 spot in the NBA Draft (as opposed to No 24 for the Pacers). More important, in becoming the No. 5 seed against No. 4 Indiana in their first round series it allowed Miami the opportunity a “road-court” advantage. And it’s important with no true home court in the bubble playoffs because the designated “visiting” team has the choice of baskets for the first half, with the teams switching baskets in the second-half. Most teams prefer to play defense in front of their bench in the second half to better communicate coverages, a factor enhanced at Disney with the lack of crowd noise. Now the Heat is afforded that option four times if the series plays the full seven games. And it’s all about edges this time of the season.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL PREVIEW GUIDE magazine: The LA Rams have outgained 35 of 52 opponents behind head coach Sean McVay, including 13 of their 16 opponents last season. They have also won 35 games in three seasons under McVay. Color them a sleeper team in 2020.