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College Football Playoff Preview: Week 6

The college football playoff is close to a year away, but it’s never too early for Dave Dameshek. Watch as Shek breaks down which four teams would make the playoff if the season ended today.

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    College Football 24/7 Playoff Preview: Week 5

    Going into Week 5 of the college football season see who Dave Dameshek has as his teams making the four-team playoff and who is on the outside looking in.

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  • College Football Playoff Preview: Week 3

    The college football playoff is more than a year away, but it’s never too early for Dave Dameshek. Watch as Shek breaks down which four teams would make the playoff if the season ended today.

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    DDFP 183: 2013 College football preview

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    Dameshek and Money preview the 2013 college football season on #DDFP 183. (Associated Press/Shutterstock)

     

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    DDFP 183

    Shek is joined in Studio 66 by the host of the college-football-centric “NFL Draft 365” podcast, Matt “Money” Smith, for a preview of the 2013 college season. Subjects include: the new final four championship system; Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide vs. Pete Carroll’s Trojans; Heisman frontrunners and title contenders.

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    These college football programs can’t turn talent into wins

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    “Battleship.” “Rock of Ages.” And coming this weekend: “The Watch.” Yes, this summer has once again supplied us with a bounty of star-studded bombs to prove the old adage about the sum not always equaling its parts.

    Of course, you don’t need to fork over 10 bucks for a crummy Ben Stiller movie to know that. Just wait a few weeks for college football, which has more than its share of teams with rosters that feature future NFL stars, but somehow still manage to drown in the sea of mediocrity.

    Boosters of programs like Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Southern California aren’t able to relate to what I’m talking about. Their teams are college football’s equivalent of “The Avengers:” superhuman stars who always win in the end. If you’ve ever watched the University of Texas blow out Rice, you know why there are more Longhorns than Owls in the NFL. The recruiting classes at Texas — along with those of their aforementioned fellow juggernauts — annually rank in the nation’s top 10, and not coincidentally, those teams always finish the season ranked in the top 10 (at least when they’re not on probation). Cynicism aside, their success makes sense.

    It only gets confusing when you look at the teams with more future NFL players than BCS appearances. These programs are great at grooming blue-chippers for paying gigs at the next level, but somehow struggle to turn all that talent into wins against Temple, James Madison or Montana State. Let’s call it the Stiller Syndrome to honor the reigning champ of A-list ensemble eyesores like “Tower Heist,” “Night At The Museum” and those inexcusable Fockers sequels.

    So, which college football teams suffer from the most severe cases of Stiller Syndrome? I’ve poured over the last 10 years looking for the ugly combination of tell-tale symptoms, including: quantity of a school’s alumni currently in the NFL, the quality of said current NFLers, and a less-than-impressive winning percentage. Here’s my top five:

    * Warning: the following might cause severe depression and nausea for fans of these teams.

    North Carolina

    Record the last 10 years: 54-69
    Current NFL players: 37
    Noteworthy players:
    Julius Peppers, DE, Bears
    Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
    Jeff Saturday, C, Packers
    Robert Quinn, DE, Rams
    Greg Little, WR, Browns
    Quinton Coples, DE, Jets
    Zach Brown, LB, Titans
    Jason Brown, C, Rams
    Vonnie Holliday, DE, Cardinals
    Gerald Sensabaugh, S, Cowboys
    Connor Barth, K, Buccaneers
    T.J. Yates, QB, Texans

    Bottom line: In Peppers, the Heels have (at least) one future Pro Football Hall of Famer … but zero BCS appearances. Coples, Quinn, and Holliday are three more first-round picks from UNC’s defensive line. Say what you want about their Tobacco Road rivals, but at least Duke stinks because their players stink. What’s Carolina’s excuse?

    Maryland

    Record the last 10 years: 67-58
    Current NFL players: 34
    Noteworthy players:
    Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
    D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Browns
    Domonique Foxworth, CB, Ravens
    Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders
    Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
    Randy Starks, DE, Dolphins
    Josh Wilson, CB, Redskins
    Madieu Williams, S, 49ers
    Bruce Campbell, OT, Panthers
    Shawne Merriman, LB, Bills
    Shaun Hill, QB, Lions
    Nick Novak, K, Chargers
    Jared Gaither, OT, Chargers

    Bottom line: Former head coach Ralph Friedgen satisfied his appetite to fill his roster filled with future NFLers. So, it’s hard to figure why he couldn’t coach them to gobble up cupcakes like Middle Tennessee State.

    Pitt

    Record the last 10 years: 74-51
    Current NFL players: 29
    Noteworthy players:
    Darrelle Revis, CB, Jets
    Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
    Shady McCoy, RB, Eagles
    Andy Lee, P, 49ers
    Jabaal Sheard, DE, Browns
    Clint Session, LB, Jaguars
    Jason Pinkston, G, Browns
    Jon Baldwin, WR, Chiefs
    Antonio Bryant, WR, Seahawks
    Henry Hynoski, FB, Giants
    Shawntae Spencer, CB, Raiders
    Jeff Otah, OT, Jets

    Bottom line: No other college program — not ‘Bama, not USC, no one — can make a case for producing the best NFL player at four different positions (RB: McCoy; CB: Revis; WR: Fitzgerald WR; P: Lee). Rather than making a bad pun about the how the Panthers’ inexplicable mediocrity in the laughable Big East has been “the pits,” I’ll just say they stink. If you don’t believe me, dig up some video of them getting humiliated by Alex Smith and the Utes — Alex Smith! — in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.

    Illinois

    Record the last 10 years: 44-77
    Current NFL players: 31
    Noteworthy players:
    Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots
    Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
    David Diehl, G, Giants
    Corey Liuget, DE, Chargers
    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
    Brandon Moore, G, Jets
    Vontae Davis, CB, Dolphins
    Whitney Mercilus, DE, Texans
    Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions
    Jon Asomoah, G, Chiefs
    Martez Wilson, LB, Saints
    Neil Rackers, K, Redskins
    Arrelious Benn, WR, Buccaneers
    AJ Jenkins, WR, 49ers
    Jeff Allen, G, Chiefs
    Tavon Wilson, S, Patriots
    Steve Weatherford, P, Giants
    Tony Pashos, OT, free agent

    Bottom line: Like the Florida Gators before them, this team got Zooked (as in: great recruiter/horrible former head coach Ron Zook). With just one BCS appearance (an 49-17 embarrassment at the hands of USC in the 2008 Rose Bowl) and a record 33 games under .500 over the last 10 years, the Illini belong in remedial classes.

    Boston College

    Record the last 10 years: 84-45
    Current NFL players: 22
    Noteworthy players:
    Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
    Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Titans
    Luke Kuechly, LB, Panthers
    B.J. Raji, DT, Packers
    Chris Snee, C, Giants
    Dan Koppen, C, Patriots
    Mathias Kiwanuka, LB, Giants
    Anthony Costanzo, OT, Colts
    Marc Columbo, OT, Dolphins
    Jeremy Trueblood, OT, Buccaneers
    Mark Herzlich, LB, Giants
    Antonio Garay, DT, Chargers
    Gosder Cherilus, OT, Lions

    Bottom line: Last year’s Super Bowl featured four of the above Golden Eagles. The last 10 years’ worth of BCS games featured no Golden Eagles. Inexcusable.