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Bill Connelly

NCAA Football, Basketball and Tennis Contributor

Bill Connelly grew up a fan of the Miami Dolphins (post-1970s glory), Pittsburgh Pirates (ditto), Portland Trailblazers (ditto again) and Missouri Tigers. That he still enjoys sports at all shows both severe loyalty and a potential personality disorder. He spends his evening playing with excel sheets and watching DVR'd football games from ESPN Classic. See more of his work at Rock M Nation, Football Outsiders and Football Study Hall.

MOST RECENT POSTS

Serena's still the best ... barely

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Serena Williams is still the No. 1 player in the world according to Colin Davy's Advanced Baseline rankings, but her lead over the rest of the field continues to shrink.

All eyes on the Sooners

Oklahoma was both lucky and good at the end of 2013. The Sooners have the easiest conference schedule of any Big 12 contender, but can they prove that last year's holes have been plugged enough to...

Djokovic still No. 1

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Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic remains No. 1 in SB Nation's Advanced Baseline rankings for the month of July.

Oklahoma State: The next generation

Mike Gundy has a lot of key pieces to replace and faces a rough schedule away from home. So 2014 might shape up a lot like 2012 for OSU, in which the Cowboys take their lumps, play at a high level,...

TCU close to high caliber again

Tight losses and sketchy quarterback play have held TCU back since the Frogs' move to the Big 12. Can a new QB, new offensive co-coordinators, and yet another fantastic defense change the narrative?

Texas in 2014? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

From defensive toughness to offensive identity to quarterback health, Charlie Strong's first Texas team has plenty of questions to answer. And depending on the answers, a middle-heavy schedule...

8 key numbers for the World Cup quarterfinals

While incredible goals (and a couple of incredible goal-keepers) stole the show, success in the World Cup's round of 16 depended even more on mistakes than brilliance. And it's time to play the...

Kansas State: permanent dark horse

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Kansas State returns quite a few difference makers from a 2013 squad that played at a legitimate top-20 level after September. Does that make the Wildcats a Big 12 dark horse, or simply an outright...

Can West Virginia stop sliding?

West Virginia has lost 14 of 20 games and, in terms of advanced stats, has regressed for five of the last six years. Dana Holgorsen has the X-and-O prowess, but will his 2014 Mountaineers have...

Baylor's got pieces for another run

In today's Big 12 a sentence like, "survive an upset bid in Austin, and Baylor could be positioned well for another conference title run," actually makes sense. The Bears have some worries in pass...

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