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Finally, Some Ehlinger Praise, One Writer Loves Syracuse This Season

Sam Ehlinger has been in the crosshairs of an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and one of the league’s rising stars over the last two weeks, and it’s about time for some push back. NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks recently watched Ehlinger at Elite 11, and he believes that a lot of the criticism regarding Ehlinger is very overblown. Many seem to be under the impression that Ehlinger is not a legitimate NFL prospect, likening him to other run-first quarterbacks like Dan LeFevour, but Ehlinger appears to be a much better passer. Ehlinger completed almost 65 percent of his passes and threw for 25 touchdowns while only throwing 5 interceptions as a sophomore in 2018. His ability to run only makes him more dangerous.

Ehlinger isn’t the only quarterback that Brooks is high on either. Jalen Hurts is another quarterback that many analysts don’t see as an NFL prospect. Hurts gave way to Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama, and he transferred to Oklahoma this offseason where he has been working in Lincoln Riley’s system. The criticism of Hurts has been remarkably unfair considering he has been relatively accurate, and he has not turned the ball over. He could have a big year in Norman.

Finally, it’s time to get in on futures bets, and one college football writer loves the Syracuse Orange. Barrett Sallee thinks the Orange have a great chance at winning more than six games in 2019. The Orange surprised everyone by finishing 10-3 last season, but the oddsmakers are down on Syracuse’s chances of another strong year. A lot of metrics show that Syracuse was pretty fortunate to win 10 games last season, and Bill Connelly’s numbers have the Orange winning 6.7 games this year. The Orange are replacing a lot of talent too, and they aren’t projected to be large favorites in any of their ACC games.

Written by Jonathan Willis

Jonathan Willis has written on virtually every sport imaginable over the last decade. His specialties are college football, eSports, politics, the NFL and the NHL. He is always looking for soft markets to pounce on, and he will have you in the black by the end of the year.

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