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2024 Playbook Football Questions Interviews

1. What is your primary style of handicapping?
In my years of handicapping College & Pro football, few tools have been better than an underdog with a better defense. Now, we can't start at the beginning of the season when there are always the one hit wonders in the early season, especially in College Football, who put up a sub (200) yard performance against the dregs of college football. After about the fourth week, we can start separating the cream. That's when we start finding winning “defensive dogs”. Every year will find a different list.
2. What is your “golden rule” of handicapping?
Three things can happen when you bet Underdogs and Two of them are good.

3. What is the first thing you look for when handicapping a game?
Pointspread, Site, Coaches, Injuries, Weather, Last opponent & Next opponent, Defenses.
4. Which team statistic do you value the most?
Defensive points & yardage allowed per game, opponents points scored & yardage per game, Turnover ratio

5. What do you like the most about the expanded college football playoff?
It’s a start, but assuredly will be changed within a couple years when members of the SEC complain that the Power Five spots are being filled by inferior talented teams – The SEC Dominates College Football.

6. Which college football coach commands your attention from a handicapping perspective?
Mike Gundy - (Oklahoma State Cowboys)

7. My all-time favorite college football player is:
Archie Griffin (Ohio State Buckeyes).

8. Which college football team is most likely to win this season's playoff?
The Ohio State Buckeyes.

9. Biggest surprise college football team this season?
Ole Miss Rebels.
10.10. Biggest college football bust this season?
Army Black Knights.

11. Biggest NFL bust this season?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
12. Biggest surprise NFL team this season?
Los Angeles Chargers.

13. Which NFL team is most likely to win this season's Super Bowl?
Green Bay Packers.
14.  My favorite all-time NFL player is -
Jack Lambert (Pittsburgh Steelers).

15. NFL MVP this season will be -
CJ Stroud (Houston Texans).

16. NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year this season will be -
Marvin Harrison Jr. (Arizona Cardinals).

17.  Who is your favorite recording artist?
Barry White (The Maestro).

18. What is your favorite song?
“Still the Same” by Bob Seger.

19. What is your favorite movie?
“The Hustler” (Starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Lourie, George C Scott).
20.If I had one last meal, it would be:
Caesar Salad, Clam Chowder, Steak & Lobster, Bread Pudding – SEE YA!


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