Bender: 'Trevor Lawrence will be a No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft'

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
September 25, 2018 - 11:28 am

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National college football writer for Sporting News, Bill Bender, joined The Midday Show with Rick Kamla and John Michaels to talk about a variety of college football topics. Bender told John that changing quarterbacks at various schools like Miami and Clemson is a trend based on what Alabama did with Tua Tagovailoa. Bender told Rick and John that he thinks Trevor Lawrence, from Clemson, will be  a No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Bender believes that multifaceted quarterbacks are the next wave in the NFL because they can run and throw the ball.

Bender told us there are three teams in the college football landscape that can beat Alabama including Ohio State, Clemson and UGA. His reasoning is that the three quarterbacks for those teams will be in NYC for the Heisman trophy ceremony.

Bender said he isn’t sold on a Pac-12 team making the Playoff but cautioned the guys to watch out for Notre Dame based on the back half of its schedule. Bender mentioned that if Notre Dame makes the Playoff and keeps out one of the Power Five conferences it could initiate an eight-team playoff schedule.

Bender complimented UGA for having balance on offense and defense this season. Bender would not be surprised if Bama and UGA end up back in the championship game this year.

Bender thinks Nick Fitzgerald is safe at quarterback because he still needs time to adjust to the new offense at Mississippi State. Bender thinks the Florida at Mississippi State matchup will be the most entertaining game of the weekend. He agreed with Rick that Kentucky is playing with house money but South Carolina will beat them this weekend and ruin their fun.

Bender talked about the Sporting News projected bowl games and told people not to take it personal this early in the season. ​He mentioned that if Penn State can beat Ohio State this weekend in a whiteout, it would put them in the driver’s seat in the Big 10.