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2024 Playbook Football Questions Interviews

1. What is your primary style of handicapping?
Data-driven situational handicapping.
2. What is your “golden rule” of handicapping?
Plan for the entire season, not just week-to-week. 

3. What is the first thing you look for when handicapping a game?
The opening line – analyzing where the market is and where it will go is as important as anything specific to the matchup.
4. Which team statistic do you value the most?
In college football, run defense gets a bit more weight in my analysis.

5. What do you like the most about the expanded college football playoff?
Teams other than Alabama will also be allowed one early season loss and still have a chance.

6. Which college football coach commands your attention from a handicapping perspective?
Kyle Whittingham has often been a difficult coach to fade even with his team looks like the less talented group.

7. My all-time favorite college football player is:
Ron Dayne, a record setter at the time in an era where running backs were bigger stars.

8. Which college football team is most likely to win this season's playoff?
Ohio State – in the newly constructed Big Ten the Buckeyes have a relatively favorable path outside of a trip to Eugene.

9. Biggest surprise college football team this season?
Virginia Tech – the Hokies came on strong late last season and could make some noise in a wide open ACC.
10.10. Biggest college football bust this season?
Clemson – the time at the top may be fading away for the Tigers after an amazing run of dominance in the last decade.

11. Biggest NFL bust this season?
New York Jets – the schedule is a beast and the expectations are elevated for a franchise that has produced one winning season since 2010.
12. Biggest surprise NFL team this season?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bucs have more stability than the rest of the division and could surpass last year’s 9-win season.

13. Which NFL team is most likely to win this season's Super Bowl?
Kansas City Chiefs – Playoff credentials matter and this will likely be the weakest the rest of the AFC West has been in several years.
14.  My favorite all-time NFL player is -
Randall Cunningham – a dynamic dual threat that was ahead of his time.

15. NFL MVP this season will be -
Jared Goff has the potential to put up big numbers as a sleeper with more appealing odds than many of the favorites.

16. NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year this season will be -
If he can stay healthy, Jayden Daniels could see the volume needed to pad the statistics, while Washington might be just relevant enough.

17.  Who is your favorite recording artist?
The Who.

18. What is your favorite song?
All Along the Watchtower.

19. What is your favorite movie?
he Big Lebowski.
20.If I had one last meal, it would be:
With good company.

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