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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.

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World Cup: The Numerical

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The numbers that mattered from the first five days of the World Cup, from Thomas Müller's scoring, to Mario Balotelli's passing, to Mexico's lying scoreboard.

Miami's confusing expectations

Expectations are a funny thing for a Miami program with a brilliant history and the clearing smoke from the Nevin Shapiro investigation. Wherever the bar is set, though, it's going to be hard for...

Pitt has potential, power, peril

The starting 22 for Paul Chryst's third Pitt team could be full of youth and upside. But just about every Pitt unit could get decimated by injuries or attrition. Regardless, the potential is high...

Can UNC keep it going?

UNC has been hailed as a sleeping giant for basically each of the last 50 years. Larry Fedora's Tar Heels return an extraordinary amount of exciting offensive talent, but will shaky defense and...

Louisville's hitman goes to work

Bobby Petrino was brought back to Louisville to do one thing: win. And he'll probably do so. He inherits a strong stable of offensive weapons, and though the defense will regress, the Cardinals are...

Serena's lead over the field is shrinking

Colin Davy's updated Advanced Baseline rankings still have Serena Williams in the No. 1 spot, but her lead over the field is more tenuous than it has been in quite a while.

GT has higher upside, lower downside

After winning 20 games in his first two seasons, Paul Johnson has settled into the seven-win groove Chan Gailey nearly patented at Georgia Tech. But with less experience and more upside, the...

Djokovic still the best off clay

Colin Davy's Advanced Baseline ratings have been updated for June. Despite the result of the French Open finals, Novak Djokovic continues to hold the top spot.

Is NC State a bounceback candidate?

Dave Doeren inherited an NC State roster with perilous depth, and injuries had blown up the two-deep by the end of September. With better luck, the Wolfpack could bounce back, but they're probably...

Now the work really begins at BC

Steve Addazio inherited an experienced lineup and a late-blooming superstar at running back. He rode that to a five-win improvement in 2013. What happens now that the team's bigger names are gone?

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