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Taylor’s Top 25, College and Pro Picks

by Taylor Zarzour
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I’m convinced the Carolina Panthers won’t become a playoff contender until Jerry Richardson no longer owns the team. He seems unwilling and/or incapable of doing what it takes to build a winning franchise. I could sit here all day and opine on Cam, or the offensive line, or the lack of depth at receiver, or the offensive philosophy, or the head coach, or blah, blah, blah. But it starts at the top. And Richardson gives me no confidence that he knows what it takes.

NFL picks : 50-27 on season
Bears over Giants
Vikes over Carolina
GB at Balt
Det at Cle
Hou over StL
Philly at Bucs
Cincy at Buff
KC over Oak
Pitt at Jets
Den over Jax
Sea over Tenn
Pats over Saints
SF over Arz
Dallas over Skins
Indy at SD

The scrutiny of Jadeveon Clowney has gotten beyond outrageous. I don’t know how his body feels, if people are in his head, or if he’s frustrated with his players and coaches. What I do know is that it doesn’t seem like he’s on the same page with his coaches and trainers, and unless there is a dramatic improvement in communication, South Carolina will not be in the national championship conversation.

61-10 on season, 31-28 ATS
VT -9 vs Pitt
S Carolina -6 at Ark
Navy +3 at Duke
BC +24.5 at Clemson, Tigers win
Md -7 vs UVA
State -6.5 vs Cuse
ECU -10 at Tulane
LSU -7 vs Florida
Oregon -13.5 at Wash
BYU -7 vs Georgia Tech

Top 25
Bama, Ore, Clem, FSU, Stan, Ohio St, L’ville, UGA, UCLA, LSU, A&M, Baylor, Miami, S Caro, Okla, Mich, Wash, Fla, T Tech, Mizzu, N’western, Fresno, NIU, Aub, UCF.

TZ

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