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LPGA TOUR: Bruins on Top to Start British

When the RICOH Women’s British get Open gets underway later this week, the UCLA Bruins will be the focus of the LPGA TOUR. 7 former UCLA Women’s golf team members have cashed checks so far this season earning a cumulative $1.4M this season – most among all NCAA programs represented on the LPGA Tour.

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Pistol Pete (and Rickie) at THE PLAYERS

When Rickie Fowler arrived at the 13th hole on Sunday he was 5 shots behind Sergio Garcia who was leading at the time. What happened next was pretty special: birdies at 13 and 15, an eagle at 16, then two more birdies at 17 and 18, Fowler had gone from 6-under to 12-under in six holes – good enough to force a playoff with Garcia and Kevin Kisner (Georgia).

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LPGA TOUR: ANA Inspiration Review

Stacy Lewis narrowly missed becoming the first former college golfer to win a LPGA TOUR event this year. The proud former Arkansas Razorback lost in a playoff to Brittany Lincicome but her solo 2nd finish was good enough to keep Arkansas ranked as the #1 ranked college program in the Rivals Cup on the LPGA Tour.

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PGA TOUR: 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Review

Former Vanderbilt star Brandt Snedeker played a bogey-free final round Sunday at Pebble Beach as he closed with a 5-under 67 and a three-shot victory over Nick Watney (Fresno State). The win guarantees him a spot in the Masters and PGA Championship and moves him to No. 31 in the world ranking, which likely gets him into all the World Golf Championships, starting at Doral.

PGA Tour – Presidents Cup Points Summary

The 2011 edition of the Presidents Cup has come to a close with another U.S. victory. If there were an MVP award it would have to go to Jim Furyk who now has a 20-10-3 record on his Presidents Cup resume. Furyk (Arizona/PAC12) went a perfect 5-0-0 at Royal Melbourne.

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LPGA TOUR: ANA Inspiration Review

Stacy Lewis narrowly missed becoming the first former college golfer to win a LPGA TOUR event this year. The proud former Arkansas Razorback lost in a playoff to Brittany Lincicome but her solo 2nd finish was good enough to keep Arkansas ranked as the #1 ranked college program in the Rivals Cup on the LPGA Tour.

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LPGA Tour: 2015 HSBC Women’s Championship Review

Former college golfers remains winless on the LPGA Tour this year but that’s where the bad news ends. Despite a relative near miss this week in Singapore when Arkansas Razorback Stacy Lewis bogeyed her 72nd hole and finished 3rd, former US collegiates have earned a respectable $1.7M so far this season.

Humana Challenge Field Preview

Phil Mickelson headlines the field this week at the Human Challenge at PGA West this week. He will be one 6 former Sun Devils teeing it up which bodes well for Arizona State who is currently ranked 21st in the latest Rivals Cup rankings.

PGA Tour – HP Byron Nelson Preview

The field is set for the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship and the #1 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys are exposed. OSU has only 3 Rivals Cup eligible  players with tee times. While it’s extremely unlikely that there will be a new number 1 on Monday, several schools are poised to close the gap.

PGA Tour – Riviera Rankings Wrap

The 2012 PGA Tour season has not been short on exciting finishes and this weekend at Riviera was no different.  I have to admit that I was pulling hard for Mickelson to win so that the PAC12 would close the rankings gap on the ACC on the PGA Tour, but honestly how can you not be a fan of Bill Haas???…or Keegan Bradley for that matter???

PGA Tour – Rankings After Pebble Beach

Another exciting Sunday on the PGA Tour this past weekend. I had predicted early (via Twitter) in the tournament, that the PAC12 conference would make a move up the Rivals Cup rankings, and they did…just not with the guy I thought would get the win.

PGA Tour – Presidents Cup Picture

Of the 24 players in the 2011 Presidents Cup, 13 played college golf in the United States. All 12 of the U.S. Team members pegged it in the NCAA as did one member of the International Team – Adam Scott, who played at UNLV.

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LPGA Tour: 2015 HSBC Women’s Championship Review

Former college golfers remains winless on the LPGA Tour this year but that’s where the bad news ends. Despite a relative near miss this week in Singapore when Arkansas Razorback Stacy Lewis bogeyed her 72nd hole and finished 3rd, former US collegiates have earned a respectable $1.7M so far this season.

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NFL – Superbowl XLVI Rosters

Top teams and conferences in Superbowl XLVI: Rank School Players Rank Conference Players 1 Boston College 5 1 Big 10 20 T2 Michigan 4 2 SEC 19 T2 Florida 4 3 ACC 13 T4 Miami 3 4 Big East 8 T4 Michigan State 3 5 PAC 12 7 T4 Purdue 3 6 CUSA 6 T4 Arkansas 3 7 WAC 4 T4 LSU 3 T4 Tennessee 3     Combined NYG and NE rosters sorted by schools and conference:

NFL – Week 14 Rankings

While it appears certain that no conference will catch or eventually pass the SEC as the most influential conference in the NFL in 2011, the race for 2nd in such a comparison has been interesting to watch. The ACC and the Big 10 have battled much of the season in a close race. In week 14, the ACC started to separate a little – something to watch going to the final 3 weeks of the season.

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PGA Tour – Ben Martin takes Clemson to #1

  Former Clemson Tiger All-American Ben Martin sank a 46-foot eagle putt on the par five 16th hole on Sunday then went on to win the Shriner’s Hospital For Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the first PGA Tour win for Martin, who is in his third year on the PGA Tour. The win puts Clemson back on track to be considered among the most influential NCAA program on the PGA Tour.

eGolf Tour Update – Million Dollar Midseason

The eGolf Tour hit the million-dollar mark in season-long payout following last week’s ArrowCreek Open in Reno, NV, with $1,012,090 going to 153 former college golfers, representing 95 schools from 31 conferences. The ECU Pirates continue to lead the way this year, with $53,651 in earnings. The Greenville, NC school has put forth a bevy of talent in recent years, with current Web.com Tour star and former eGolf Tour standout Harold Varner III leading the way. The purple and gold currently have two players inside the top 20 on the 2014 eGolf Tour money list, as Adam Stephenson and seven-time tour winner Frank Adams III have combined to produce $35,736 in season-long earnings – over 66 percent of the school’s overall tally.

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PGA Tour – RBC Heritage field breakdown

There are 19 colleges and universities represented by 2 or more former golf team members in the field at the 2014 RBC Heritage. All told the field for this week’s tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links features 99 former college athletes. Those 99 formers represent 28 different schools from 23 conferences. Fans of any of them can follow the PGA Tour based on collegiate alliances here at the Rivals Cup. No surprise that Georgia and Georgia Tech are tied w/ 7 entries each. They are currently ranked 1-2 in the Top 25 Rivals Cup rankings. 7th ranked Florida is in prime position to move up with 6 formers in the field this week, and a track record of success around Harbour Town. There will likely be some movement inside the top 5 this week as 3rd ranked UNLV sends only Charley Hoffman to Hilton Head and 5th ranked Baylor is …

PGA Tour – WGC Rankings Update

For those of you who followed the Rivals Cup in on the PGA Tour in 2011, you know that Oklahoma State finished the 2011 PGA Tour season ranked #1. You also know that since the rankings were introduced in April, the Cowboys were the only school to occupy the top spot all season long. Well, the Pokes are back on top of the PGA Tour after Hunter Mahan’s win at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championships.

PGA Tour – Waste Managment Phoenix Open Preveiw

Interesting finish last weekend on the PGA Tour which saw former Clemson Tiger Kyle Stanley have a little bit of a melt down at Torrey Pines. I get the feeling though that the results of that tournament will be the type of stuff that he builds on for the rest of his career. Despite his playoff loss, Clemson moved from #9 to #5 in the weekly Rivals Cup top 25 rankings on the PGA Tour.

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NBA – Regular Season Final Rankings

The 2011-2012 NBA (shortened) regular season has to come to a close with the Duke Blue Devils finishing as the most influential school at the games’ highest professional level. Former Blue Devils in the NBA finished with a sizable lead over #2 UCLA – an indicator of both the depth and quality of talent Coach K has been producing over the past decade.

NBA – Rankings Update (3/17)

Former Duke Blue Devils remain the #1 ranked collegiate team in the NBA according to the Rivals Cup scoring system. There have been no changes in the top 5 teams or conferences since the All-Star break, but there was some movement among the top 25 in both categories.

NBA – All-Star Break Rankings

The 2012 NBA season has reached its mid-way point and your top 25 Rivals Cup rankings can be found here. Duke is still ranked in the #1 spot as the most influential team in the NBA, but UCLA has narrowed the gap substantially since my last rankings update.

NBA – Rankings Update (2/5)

Another 3 weeks of the NBA season are complete and the updated Rivals Cup to 25 rankings can be found here. There was no movement among the to 4 ranked teams, but Georgia Tech has cracked the top 5 and was also the biggest mover in the updated rankings.

NBA – Roster Analysis

The 2011-2012 NBA season has finally commenced which means exactly 382 former collegiate players are now earning Rivals Cup points for their former schools and conferences while competing for their respective NBA franchises. I will attempt to post performance rankings once a week during the regular season, so please be sure to check back soon to see which schools and conferences are having the biggest impact on the professional game.

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PGA Tour – Rankings Update (3/12)

Former Florida State Seminole, George McNeill, claimed his second career PGA Tour victory over the weekend in Puerto Rico. While this garnered slightly less attention than Justin Rose winning the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral, it is certainly more relative to the Rivals Cup.

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Humana Challenge Field Preview

Phil Mickelson headlines the field this week at the Human Challenge at PGA West this week. He will be one 6 former Sun Devils teeing it up which bodes well for Arizona State who is currently ranked 21st in the latest Rivals Cup rankings.

PGA Tour – UGA continues unrivaled success at Byron Nelson

The list of superlatives for the Georgia Bulldogs on the PGA Tour is growing to urban legend status. 6 wins from 5 formers….more than $16.1M in official PGA Tour earnings….4 formers with more than $2M on the year…the year’s only Major Championship…10 formers with official earnings…it just keeps going… Sunday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship Brendon Todd put his name on the list of Tour winners for the year. He also punched his ticket to the Masters next year, where the UGA will have 42 formers competing (kidding of course).

PGA Tour – Masters Rankings Update

Former Georgia Bulldog and SEC member Bubba Watson’s win at the Masters was one of the most exciting in recent memory. The 2-hole playoff that ended the tournament featured one of the most exciting shots in Masters history and will be discussed – at length – for some time. When it was all said and done, and Bubba donned the green jacket on the 18th green, what was the first he thing he said in his winner’s speech? “Go Dawgs”… that is what the Rivals Cup is all about.

PGA Tour – Rankings Update (3/12)

Former Florida State Seminole, George McNeill, claimed his second career PGA Tour victory over the weekend in Puerto Rico. While this garnered slightly less attention than Justin Rose winning the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral, it is certainly more relative to the Rivals Cup.

PGA Tour – Q-School Grads

Team and conference rosters for the Rivals Cup on the 2012 PGA Tour, took another step towards completion on Monday with the conclusion of PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA West. The first round of roster adjustments occurred after the 2011 Nationwide Tour Championship and you can see results as they relate to the Rivals Cup here.

PGA Tour – New Rosters Taking Shape

19 of the 25 2011 Nationwide Tour graduates who earned their 2012 PGA Tour cards by virtue of their performance played college golf in the United States – pretty respectable. A breakdown of the graduates can be found at the bottom of this post…Small schools? check. Big schools, check. Service academy? check.

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PGA Tour – The Players Rankings Update

Matt Kuchar’s final round 70 at The Players Championship was enough for a 2-shot victory, 600 FedExCup points for Georgia Tech and the ACC in the Rivals Cup and a cool $1.7M check – not a bad day. Kuchar is the consummate professional and I suspect that the Tour and its members are happy to call him the Players Champion.

NBA – Rankings Update (2/5)

Another 3 weeks of the NBA season are complete and the updated Rivals Cup to 25 rankings can be found here. There was no movement among the to 4 ranked teams, but Georgia Tech has cracked the top 5 and was also the biggest mover in the updated rankings.

NFL – Week 5 Rankings

Week 5 of the NFL season in now wrapped up and the complete top 25 team and conference rankings can be found here. Not many changes to report as the top 10 teams and conferences remain unchanged – not unlike the NCAA football rankings this Week. Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech / ACC) is worth a mention here though with his 9 touchdowns through 5 weeks. Interesting that he’s catching all these touchdowns from Matthew Stafford (Georgia / SEC) – I’m guessing they have put their collegiate rivalries behind them? Maybe not, but at least they can still compete against each other in the Rivals Cup… Top 5 after Week 5: Rank Team Points Rank Conference Points 1 Miami 151 1 SEC 928 2 Texas 140 2 ACC 803 3 USC 135 3 Big 10 796 4 Tennessee 131 4 PAC 12 734 5 LSU 127 5 Big 12 467   …

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PGA Tour – Wells Fargo Championship Rankings Update

They say the rich get richer, and that statement couldn’t be more true in the Rivals Cup on the PGA Tour. Rickie Fowler’s win in Charlotte on Sunday was the first of his professional career on the PGA Tour, but the third win for Oklahoma State in 2012. Fowler’s win opens up a huge lead for former Cowboy’s in the professional game and clearly establishes the OSU men’s golf program as the one having the greatest impact at the games’ highest level.

PGA Tour – 2012 Rankings Debut

The 2012 PGA Tour season now has two tournaments under its belt and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come this year. I gave serious consideration to not posting the new Rivals Cup rankings until after 5 or 6 full field tournaments, similar to the BCS, but after compiling the points I realized it might be good to go ahead and get started for a few reasons.

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NFL – Week 13 Rankings

Sorry folks, not a lot of time this morning….Complete top 25 rankings here. Scoring System summary here. Enjoy. Top 5 teams and conferences after week 13: Rank School Points Rank Conference Points 1 Miami 329 1 SEC 1,944 2 Texas 292 2 ACC 1,661 T3 USC 283 3 Big 10 1,647 T3 Tennessee 283 4 PAC 12 1,520 5 Ohio State 253 5 Big 12 957

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PGA Tour – Valero Texas Open Rankings Update

It was nice to see Ben Curtis hoist another PGA Tour trophy last week at the Valero Texas Open. While his win doesn’t figure to have a big impact on the PGA Tour edition of Rivals Cup, it provides an opportunity to look at mid-major conference in professional sports.

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Long Beach State Continues to Dominate the Champions Tour

Paul Goydos made plenty of birdies during the Allianz Championship last week in Boca Raton Florida – it was the one he made on the 18th hole on Sunday that mattered most however. When he closed with that birdie for a 3-under 69, he earned a one-stroke victory over Georgia Southern alumni Gene Sauers.

Rivals Cup adds Champions TOUR for 2015

The 2015 Champions TOUR season is officially underway, and the Rivals Cup is pleased to announce that we’ll be covering the “seniors” all season-long this year! As our motto states, Tradition Never Graduates, and there are fewer examples of how true this is than to listen to some of the best 50+ year-old golfers in the world talk about their glory days on campus.

MLB – 2012 Season Kicks Off

The Rivals Cup is happy to welcome Major League Baseball back in 2012 – with a few improvements. If you followed in 2011, you know that Rivals Cup in MLB was a work in progress…well, it still is. However, I think I’ve made some changes this year that will allow for a more through comparison of collegiate athletic programs while reducing the massive amount of time it takes to keep things current.

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NFL – Alabama and LSU in the NFL

With the most hyped regular season college football game in recent memory this weekend, I thought it would be cool to take a look at the each school in the NFL. Although the numbers below almost certainly don’t mean anything with regards to how the game will unfold on Saturday, they certainly favor one side – or do they?

NFL – Week 8 MNF Spotlight

The first weekend in November is bringing one the biggest regular season college football games we’ve seen is quite some time. LSU and Alabama square off on Saturday night in T-Town in a battle to become the uncontested BCS #1. Between those 2 schools, you’ll be able to see 10 former players in action tonight in Kansas City in the last game of week 8. No wonder the SEC is the most represented conference tonight. Interesting though that 9 of those 10 play for the Chiefs, while only Jacob Hester suits up for the Chargers. Team and Conference leaders in tonight’s game: Rank Team Players Rank Conference Players T1 LSU 5 1 SEC 22 T1 Georgia 5 2 Big 10 15 T3 Alabama 3 3 ACC 13 T3 Mississippi 3 4 PAC 12 11 T3 Auburn 3 5 Big 12 10 T3 Pittsburgh 3 6 Big East 7 T3 Kansas …

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NBA – Coming Soon???

It would appear that the NBA labor lockout might be coming to an end. When it does, and once team rosters are set, we’ll have the Rivals Cup breakdowns for you right here. Still to be decided is the scoring system we’ll use to determine the schools and conferences that are having the biggest impact in the NBA…your suggestions are welcome!

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MLB – 2012 Season Kicks Off

The Rivals Cup is happy to welcome Major League Baseball back in 2012 – with a few improvements. If you followed in 2011, you know that Rivals Cup in MLB was a work in progress…well, it still is. However, I think I’ve made some changes this year that will allow for a more through comparison of collegiate athletic programs while reducing the massive amount of time it takes to keep things current.

NFL – Final Regular Season Rankings

The inaugural NFL edition of the Rivals Cup has come to a close and the University of Miami and the SEC are the undisputed team and conference champions. Both programs lead the Rivals Cup rankings from Week 2 of the NFL season and were never really in danger of being caught.

MLB – NL MVP Award

Congratulations to former Miami Hurricane and ACC member, Ryan Braun on his National League MVP award. Braun edged Dodger Matt Kemp, Milwaukee teammate Prince Fielder and Justin Upton of the Diamondbacks.

NFL – Week 10 Rankings

NFL Week 10 is in the books, and the updated top 5 in the Rivals Cup standings are posted below (complete top 25 here). Miami still proves to be the school having the biggest impact in the NFL according to the Rivals Cup scoring system, while the SEC continues to flex its muscle as the most influential conference in the NFL.

NFL – Week 2 Rankings

Week 2 of the NFL season has come to close, and the Rivals Cup rankings are now posted here. The intent here, from the start, has been identify the schools and conferences that are having the biggest impact in professional sports. As the NFL season unfolds, I think we’ll start to see some substantial separation among the premier programs (schools and conferences), but for now the rankings are pretty tight. If this is your first visit here, please review the NFL scoring system to see how I arrived at the rankings. Upward movers in the team competition after week 2 include Tennessee who moved out a tie for 5th into solo 4th and Florida who moved from 9th to 8th. The conference race saw the ACC and Big 10 swap the 2nd and 3rd rank while the Mountain West slid down from a tie for 7th into solo 9th. Top …

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NFL – Week 16 Rankings

There is only one week left in the NFL season and the handwriting is on the Rivals Cup wall. The University of Miami and the SEC should finish the regular season as the team and conference accounting for the most wins in the NFL. They’ve been ranked #1 all season, a credit to both the quality and quantity of NFL players these programs are producing.

NFL – MIA vs. NE Spotlight

Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season wraps up tonight with 2 games. Rivals Cup rankings will be posted by Wednesday, so please check back in to see what schools and conferences are having the biggest impact in the NFL. There are more than 1,500 players in the NFL who played college football and you’ll be able to keep track of all of them here. Tennessee leads all schools in the early game tonight with 6 former players on their respective 53-man rosters. On the conference side of the Rivals Cup race, the SEC leads all conferences with 20 former members eligible to play, followed by the Big Ten with 17. Team and Conference leaders in the Patriots vs. Dolphins game: Rank School Players Rank Conference Players 1 Tennesse 6 1 SEC 20 T2 Florida 4 2 Big Ten 17 T2 Fresno State 4 3 PAC 12 14 T2 Maryland …

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NFL – Week 7 MNF Spotlight

4 former UCLA Bruins and 4 Missouri Tigers are active for tonight’s NFL game that will conclude Week 7 of the season. Week 6 rankings are still posted here, but will be updated tomorrow according to the Rivals Cup scoring system for the NFL. Currently, UCLA ranks #28 and Mizzou comes in at #40 when evaluating impact on the NFL based on collegiate alliances.

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NC State Pro Golf Round-Up | March 2015

Every so often, the Rivals Cup likes to take a deeper look at the professional impact of an NCAA men’s golf program in the professional game. Today we’ll review the North Carolina State Wolfpack. NC State consistently represents at the game’s highest levels. As a member of the ACC, they are sometimes overlooked among the nation’s top programs due to the depth of one of the 2 best conferences on the PGA TOUR. While they may not have the cache or major championships of Georgia Tech or Clemson, they’re good – real good. Most of the Wolfpack awareness on the PGA TOUR over the past few years comes from Carl Pettersson and Tim Clark. Both have been stalwarts for the past 12 years. They have combined for more than $45M in earnings and 10 worldwide victories. Both Carl and Tim figure to be around on the PGA TOUR for the …

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NC State to host 2018 NCAA Regionals

Lonnie Poole Golf Course will serve as home to one of six NCAA Men’s Golf Championship regional tournaments in the spring of 2018. The 2015 NCAA Women’s Regional will also be held at Lonnie Poole Golf Course this May. The home course for both the men’s and women’s Wolfpack golf teams was also one of the host sites during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Regionals. 13 collegiate teams and 10 individuals not on a participating teams competed at the three-day NCAA Raleigh Regional where winners advanced to the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course typically plays to a par of 71 at around 7,300 yards. The course leans heavily on traditional Scottish designs while accommodating the native landscape as it meanders around large buffer areas that were left in place to protect streams and wetlands that are in the Neuse River watershed. …

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Wolfpack adds Biershenk to Coaching Staff

NC State men’s golf head coach Richard Sykes announced on July 18th that Nick Biershenk will be joining his coaching staff in advance of the 2014-15 season. Biershenk joins the Wolfpack after serving as an assistant coach and interim head coach at Ole Miss. Nick is a graduate of Clemson University. Prior to coaching at Ole Miss, Biershenk was the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. From 2011-13 both programs saw impressive gains under the leadership of Biershenk as both teams rose more than 100 spots in their respective rankings over the 2 year period. Biershenk played the professional ranks from 2008-11 when he claimed seven victories on various mini tours. Prior to his days as a professional, he was a part of Clemson’s 2003 NCAA Division I national championship team. Biershenk comes from a family with a significant presence in the Carolina’s golf …

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U.S. Open at Pinehurst Features Wolfpack Presence

When the 2014 U.S. Open Championship gets underway at historic Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday morning, among the field of 156 players will be former NC State men’s golfer Garth Mulroy. Mulroy, who is a native of South Africa, qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open at the Walton Heath international sectional qualifier in Surrey, England. Garth’s won seven tournaments in his professional career, including the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European tour. While at NC State, Mulroy had a banner season in 2002. He tied for fourth at the ACC Championships and earned All-ACC and All-America honors. Mulroy will tee off from the first hole at 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. He is paired with former Texas A&M star Bobby Gates and Steven Alker. Mulroy’s last major appearance was the 2012 British Open when he finished T64. The 156-man field for the U.S. Open features 89 former college golfers representing …

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PGA Tour – ACC gets 5th win of PGA Tour Season

Tim Clark stepped up big on Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open. Shooting a 5-under 30 on the back nine was enough for the former NC State Wolfpack standout to grab his second PGA Tour win. The win was the 5th of the year by former members of the ACC – second only to the SEC. Among the top 25 rankings it was a pretty quiet week. Arizona managed to find its way inside the top 5 for the first time in recent memory. Led by Jim Furyk, the Wildcats are now ranked as the 5th most successful NCAA program on the PGA Tour this year.

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PGA Tour – RBC Heritage field breakdown

There are 19 colleges and universities represented by 2 or more former golf team members in the field at the 2014 RBC Heritage. All told the field for this week’s tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links features 99 former college athletes. Those 99 formers represent 28 different schools from 23 conferences. Fans of any of them can follow the PGA Tour based on collegiate alliances here at the Rivals Cup. No surprise that Georgia and Georgia Tech are tied w/ 7 entries each. They are currently ranked 1-2 in the Top 25 Rivals Cup rankings. 7th ranked Florida is in prime position to move up with 6 formers in the field this week, and a track record of success around Harbour Town. There will likely be some movement inside the top 5 this week as 3rd ranked UNLV sends only Charley Hoffman to Hilton Head and 5th ranked Baylor is …

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PGA Tour – Regular Season Wraps Up at Wyndham Championship

The 2012 PGA Tour regular season has come to a close. Former Oklahoma State Cowboys once again proved to be the NCAA program having the largest measurable impact on the PGA Tour. For those of you who have been following the Rivals Cup for more than a few months – and if you’re a Georgia Bulldog fan – you were probably pulling hard for Harris English down the stretch Monday at Sedgefield. If he had managed to get a win, UGA would have close – very close – to catching OSU for the regular season title. What a finish for NC State this week at the Wyndham Championship. Former Wolpack-ers Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson earned a total of 415 FedEx Cup points. That was enough to move them out of the #12 spot in the top 25 rankings all the way up to #8. Not bad at all since …

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PGA Tour – RBC Heritage Rankings Update

  Former NC State Wolfpack members made their presence felt on the PGA Tour last week in Hilton Head. Not only did Carl Pettersson run away from the field with a 5 shot victory at Harbour Town, but fellow Wolfpack member Tim Clark, made his first cut of the year finishing T37.

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PGA Tour – Spotlight on the ACC

For those of you who have been following the Rivals Cup on the PGA Tour since it made its debut after Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt/SEC) won at Hilton Head, you are familiar with seeing the ACC atop the conference rankings week after week – every week in fact. Seeing as how the ACC has had such a stronghold on the PGA Tour, I figured it would be nice to post a little more detail about them. Especially since some people who know a lot about college golf seem to think it’s a surprise that the ACC would be crushing the SEC and PAC 12 on the PGA Tour. I wish I had started the Rivals Cup back in 2009 before Lucas Glover (Clemson/ACC) won the US Open, and got to lead Clemson into Death Valley against Florida State on a Saturday night. Stewart Cink (Georgia Tech/ACC) won the Open Championship in …

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LPGA Tour: 2015 HSBC Women’s Championship Review

Former college golfers remains winless on the LPGA Tour this year but that’s where the bad news ends. Despite a relative near miss this week in Singapore when Arkansas Razorback Stacy Lewis bogeyed her 72nd hole and finished 3rd, former US collegiates have earned a respectable $1.7M so far this season.

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NBA – Rankings Update (2/5)

Another 3 weeks of the NBA season are complete and the updated Rivals Cup to 25 rankings can be found here. There was no movement among the to 4 ranked teams, but Georgia Tech has cracked the top 5 and was also the biggest mover in the updated rankings.

PGA Tour – Rankings Update After Humana Challenge

Three weeks into the 2012 PGA Tour season the Rivals Cup has some new faces among the top 25 rankings. While it makes for a nice early season story, I would expect that in another month or so the team rankings will look quite a bit different. One thing I feel pretty confident about though is that the ACC will still be ranked as the most influential conference on the PGA Tour.

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Rivals Cup adds Champions TOUR for 2015

The 2015 Champions TOUR season is officially underway, and the Rivals Cup is pleased to announce that we’ll be covering the “seniors” all season-long this year! As our motto states, Tradition Never Graduates, and there are fewer examples of how true this is than to listen to some of the best 50+ year-old golfers in the world talk about their glory days on campus.

NFL – Week 12 Rankings

It’s been an exciting week for Ohio State fans to say the least. As many of you know I am not a Buckeye fan, but in the interest of the Rivals Cup I am willing to put bias aside. The objective here is to find the collegiate athletic programs that are having the biggest impact on professional sports, so there is no room for bias – as much as that pains me.

NFL – Week 8 Rankings

Those of you who have been following the Rivals Cup for any significant time, almost certainly know that I am not a fan of Ohio State. Despite that fact, I’ve got to them credit as the Big 10 school producing the most players currently playing on Sundays.

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Pistol Pete (and Rickie) at THE PLAYERS

When Rickie Fowler arrived at the 13th hole on Sunday he was 5 shots behind Sergio Garcia who was leading at the time. What happened next was pretty special: birdies at 13 and 15, an eagle at 16, then two more birdies at 17 and 18, Fowler had gone from 6-under to 12-under in six holes – good enough to force a playoff with Garcia and Kevin Kisner (Georgia).

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LPGA Tour: 2015 HSBC Women’s Championship Review

Former college golfers remains winless on the LPGA Tour this year but that’s where the bad news ends. Despite a relative near miss this week in Singapore when Arkansas Razorback Stacy Lewis bogeyed her 72nd hole and finished 3rd, former US collegiates have earned a respectable $1.7M so far this season.

PGA Tour – HP Byron Nelson Preview

The field is set for the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship and the #1 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys are exposed. OSU has only 3 Rivals Cup eligible  players with tee times. While it’s extremely unlikely that there will be a new number 1 on Monday, several schools are poised to close the gap.

PGA Tour – Wells Fargo Championship Rankings Update

They say the rich get richer, and that statement couldn’t be more true in the Rivals Cup on the PGA Tour. Rickie Fowler’s win in Charlotte on Sunday was the first of his professional career on the PGA Tour, but the third win for Oklahoma State in 2012. Fowler’s win opens up a huge lead for former Cowboy’s in the professional game and clearly establishes the OSU men’s golf program as the one having the greatest impact at the games’ highest level.

PGA Tour – Masters Rankings Update

Former Georgia Bulldog and SEC member Bubba Watson’s win at the Masters was one of the most exciting in recent memory. The 2-hole playoff that ended the tournament featured one of the most exciting shots in Masters history and will be discussed – at length – for some time. When it was all said and done, and Bubba donned the green jacket on the 18th green, what was the first he thing he said in his winner’s speech? “Go Dawgs”… that is what the Rivals Cup is all about.

PGA Tour – Masters Preview

The Masters is upon us and I couldn’t be happier for several reasons. First of all, I love Masters weekend more than just about any weekend in the year (the first Saturday of the college football season runs a close second). Secondly, this weekend marks the 1-year anniversary of the existence of the Rivals Cup.

PGA Tour – WGC Rankings Update

For those of you who followed the Rivals Cup in on the PGA Tour in 2011, you know that Oklahoma State finished the 2011 PGA Tour season ranked #1. You also know that since the rankings were introduced in April, the Cowboys were the only school to occupy the top spot all season long. Well, the Pokes are back on top of the PGA Tour after Hunter Mahan’s win at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championships.

PGA Tour – Fall Series Update

It’s been a while since my last PGA Tour post, so I though an update would be in order. Since the official FedExCup season ended at the Tour Championship, I switched over to official money earnings for this Rivals Cup rankings update. Please remember when reviewing the numbers below that a player must have his 2011 PGA Tour card for consideration in the Rivals Cup. Although the scoring methodology may have changed, the results look the same with Oklahoma State leading all schools on the PGA Tour. Similarly, the ACC continues to show that their former members have had more success on the PGA Tour than any other conference. Official money earnings through the McGladry Classic: Rank Team     Earnings Rank Conference     Earnings 1 Oklahoma State  $12,647,676 1 ACC  $43,084,280 2 Wake Forest  $10,288,880 2 SEC  $27,608,957 3 Georgia Tech  $9,776,414 3 Big 12  $26,965,381 4 UNLV  $9,437,007 4 …

BCS in the NFL???

With the release of the first BCS Rankings of the 2011 college football season, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how today’s top college football programs are performing in the NFL. The results are intriguing to say the least. Only 9 of the teams ranked in the BCS top 25 are ranked among the top 25 in the Rivals Cup, and only 2 are ranked in the top 10.  Of course, collegiate player conversion into the NFL is cyclical, but it’s amazing to me that a team like Miami would be ranked #1 in the NFL, but is nowhere to be found in the BCS…bad example you say? Well take a look at the current top 25 college teams in the NFL here and explain the absence of those programs among the top college teams in the BCS. Be sure to check out the scoring …

PGA Tour – Tour Championship Review

I have this feeling that the finish to the 2011 PGA Tour season (Fall Series notwithstanding) and the eventual crowning of Bill Haas as FedExCup champion is one that won’t be duplicated again for some time. I think the reason I am feeling this way is because it was a perfect finish to the inaugural Rivals Cup. I’m wondering how many people knew that Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan were representing the two schools that had accumulated the most FEC points of the year…it’s uncanny, really. I’m afraid that what could have been the best possible scenario finish for a Rivals Cup unfolded with relative obscurity. It’s the not the current obscurity that bothers me, it’s the quality of the finish. I am sure that the Rivals Cup will eventually find it’s niche, get some backing and become a brand that people will be talking about. I just wish I …

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MLB – Post Season Awards

Old Dominion University finished the MLB Rivals Cup regular season ranked #18 as a team. That’s pretty respectable considering their current roster consists of only two players; Justin Verlander (DET), who just won the 2011 AL Cy Young award and is a popular candidate for the AL MVP; and Daniel Hudson (ARI) who threw 222 innings this year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a conference, the Colonial Athletic Conference finished the MLB season ranked #10 thanks in large part to the efforts of the two guys mentioned above. Although 7 schools from the conference earned Rivals Cup points, none contributed more than ODU. You can see the complete top 25 rankings at the conclusion of the regular season here. Congratulations to the Old Dominion baseball program, the CAA and to the fans of both.

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NFL – Week 12 MNF Game Preview

Week 12 of the NFL season comes to a close tonight in New Orleans with a nice showdown between two quarterbacks who enjoyed big time college success. Both Ole Miss (Eli Manning) and Purdue (Drew Brees) are ranked among the top 30 college programs in the NFL while their respective conferences consistently rank inside the top 5 most influential conferences in the NFL. You can see the current top 25 rankings in the NFL here.

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MLB – Trade Deadline Update

Even though today’s trade deadline will have an effect on the remainder of the 2011 MLB season, it really has no effect on the Rivals Cup. That’s okay, it serves as a good milestone to upstate the Top 25 Rankings. Although it’s interesting that Hunter Pence was traded from the Astros to the Phillies, it’s more important around here that he played his college ball for UT @ Arlington in the Southland Conference and that the Mavericks are currently ranked #12 in MLB. Jacoby Ellsbury is partially responsible for moving the Oregon State Beavers up several spots in the rankings since the All Star Break. He’s the leading point scorer amongst the 5 former OSU baseball players currently on MLB 40-man rosters. Here’s your new Top 5: Rank Team Points Rank Conference Points 1 Long Beach State 826.75 1 SEC 2,992.55 2 Miami 776.15 2 PAC 12 2,764.75 3 Arizona …

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NFL – Collins to Start for the Colts

I’m sure I’m in the minority of people who are happy to hear that Kerry Collins is getting the start for the Colts in (at least) Week 1 of the NFL season. I am a Penn Stater myself and I graduated in 1997, which means I was there during Penn State’s last undefeated season which ended in Pasadena with a route of the Oregon Ducks. Although Collins has had his share of ups and downs in the NFL, on and off the field, in my opinion he represents the Penn State football program well and I hope he plays like a few people still think he can – myself included. Homer? Maybe… The list of current NFL players by school and conference will be out in the next few days and the Week 1 rankings will posted after the conclusion of this week’s two Monday night games. I’m sure Tennessee …

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PGA Tour – Calling all Gamecocks?

The University of South Carolina Baseball team has had a pretty good run the last two years, this year’s Football team looks to repeat as SEC – East Division Champs, and the Gamecocks finished 7th in this years Capital One Cup. This all sounds like the makings of a well-rounded university athletic program, right? Not so much for the men’s golf team who finished their season with a 10th place finish in the SEC Championships at St. Simmons Island. Former Gamecock athletes have had plenty of success as professionals in all sports, but are lacking with representation on the PGA Tour. Only Brett Quigley and Carl Paulsen have earned FedExCup points in the 2011 PGA Tour season (37 and 11 respectively) ranking them last in the SEC and 84th among the 93 NCAA schools represented on the 2011 PGA Tour. Well, Brett Quigley put together a nice first round at …

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Web.Com Tour – Chiquita Classic Rankings Update

Andrew Svoboda strikes again! I’m guessing not many people would have answered correctly if you asked what former St. John’s University mens golf team member, (and current PGA Tour card holder), would have earned his second win of the season during the playoffs. Okay so that’s a little twist of the truth there I guess. So it’s the Web.Com Tour Finals and not the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, I know – but Andrew Svoboda is making a name for himself regardless of where he plays.

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PGA Tour – Bay Hill Rankings Update

Tiger Woods found his way back to the winner’s circle Sunday at Bay Hill in Orlando. While this may have taken longer than some people expected, I doubt that many who publicly criticized the state of his game seriously thought that Tiger was done winning golf tournaments on the PGA Tour.

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NFL – Week 11 Rankings

Week 11 of the NFL season is in the books and you can find the top 25 Rivals Cup team and conference rankings here. It would appear that the closest race of the season will be between the ACC and the Big Ten for the honor of being the 2nd most influential conference in the NFL according to the Rivals Cup scoring system.

NFL – MIA vs. NE Spotlight

Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season wraps up tonight with 2 games. Rivals Cup rankings will be posted by Wednesday, so please check back in to see what schools and conferences are having the biggest impact in the NFL. There are more than 1,500 players in the NFL who played college football and you’ll be able to keep track of all of them here. Tennessee leads all schools in the early game tonight with 6 former players on their respective 53-man rosters. On the conference side of the Rivals Cup race, the SEC leads all conferences with 20 former members eligible to play, followed by the Big Ten with 17. Team and Conference leaders in the Patriots vs. Dolphins game: Rank School Players Rank Conference Players 1 Tennesse 6 1 SEC 20 T2 Florida 4 2 Big Ten 17 T2 Fresno State 4 3 PAC 12 14 T2 Maryland …

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Humana Challenge Field Preview

Phil Mickelson headlines the field this week at the Human Challenge at PGA West this week. He will be one 6 former Sun Devils teeing it up which bodes well for Arizona State who is currently ranked 21st in the latest Rivals Cup rankings.

NBA – Regular Season Final Rankings

The 2011-2012 NBA (shortened) regular season has to come to a close with the Duke Blue Devils finishing as the most influential school at the games’ highest professional level. Former Blue Devils in the NBA finished with a sizable lead over #2 UCLA – an indicator of both the depth and quality of talent Coach K has been producing over the past decade.

NBA – Rankings Update (3/17)

Former Duke Blue Devils remain the #1 ranked collegiate team in the NBA according to the Rivals Cup scoring system. There have been no changes in the top 5 teams or conferences since the All-Star break, but there was some movement among the top 25 in both categories.

NBA – Rankings Update (2/5)

Another 3 weeks of the NBA season are complete and the updated Rivals Cup to 25 rankings can be found here. There was no movement among the to 4 ranked teams, but Georgia Tech has cracked the top 5 and was also the biggest mover in the updated rankings.

NFL – Week 6 Rankings

Former Texas Longhorns now playing in the NFL have closed the gap on former Miami Hurricanes now in the NFL as the college team having the greatest impact on the sport at it’s highest level. Although Miami has been at the top of the rankings since the season began, their lead is now the smallest it has been all season. Texas started the season ranked #3  behind Miami and USC, but took the #2 spot away from USC after week 3 of the NFL season. As a conference, the SEC continues to show it’s dominance. There is little question that when the season concludes, the SEC will have more roster-wins than any other conference in college football. This should come as no surprise and doesn’t look to change anytime soon considering the recently released BCS rankings, or does it? Top 5 teams and conferences after Week 6: (complete rankings here.) …

NFL – Week 3 Rankings

Week 3 of the Rivals Cup in the NFL sees Texas take the #2 ranking away from USC, while Florida slid down two spots from #8 to #10. There was no movement among the top 10 conferences during week 3. Complete top 25 rankings here, and scoring system recap here. NFL Week 3 Rivals Cup Rankings: Rank Team Points Rank Conference Points 1 Miami 109 1 SEC 659 2 Texas 99 2 ACC 583 3 USC 98 3 Big 10 579 4 Tennessee 92 4 PAC 12 537 5 LSU 89 5 Big 12 337

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NFL – Week 10 Rankings

NFL Week 10 is in the books, and the updated top 5 in the Rivals Cup standings are posted below (complete top 25 here). Miami still proves to be the school having the biggest impact in the NFL according to the Rivals Cup scoring system, while the SEC continues to flex its muscle as the most influential conference in the NFL.

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LPGA TOUR: Bruins on Top to Start British

When the RICOH Women’s British get Open gets underway later this week, the UCLA Bruins will be the focus of the LPGA TOUR. 7 former UCLA Women’s golf team members have cashed checks so far this season earning a cumulative $1.4M this season – most among all NCAA programs represented on the LPGA Tour.

Rivals Cup adds Champions TOUR for 2015

The 2015 Champions TOUR season is officially underway, and the Rivals Cup is pleased to announce that we’ll be covering the “seniors” all season-long this year! As our motto states, Tradition Never Graduates, and there are fewer examples of how true this is than to listen to some of the best 50+ year-old golfers in the world talk about their glory days on campus.

PGA Tour – FedEx St. Jude Classic Rankings Update

Regrettably, updates on the Rivals Cup have been few and far between over the past few weeks. It’s not due to a lack of interest, just a lack of time, as part-time blogging often succumbs to a full-time job. I intend to be a bit more active leading into the US Open this week, so please stay tuned in!

NBA – Regular Season Final Rankings

The 2011-2012 NBA (shortened) regular season has to come to a close with the Duke Blue Devils finishing as the most influential school at the games’ highest professional level. Former Blue Devils in the NBA finished with a sizable lead over #2 UCLA – an indicator of both the depth and quality of talent Coach K has been producing over the past decade.

NBA – All-Star Break Rankings

The 2012 NBA season has reached its mid-way point and your top 25 Rivals Cup rankings can be found here. Duke is still ranked in the #1 spot as the most influential team in the NBA, but UCLA has narrowed the gap substantially since my last rankings update.

NBA – Rankings Update (2/5)

Another 3 weeks of the NBA season are complete and the updated Rivals Cup to 25 rankings can be found here. There was no movement among the to 4 ranked teams, but Georgia Tech has cracked the top 5 and was also the biggest mover in the updated rankings.

NFL – Week 7 MNF Spotlight

4 former UCLA Bruins and 4 Missouri Tigers are active for tonight’s NFL game that will conclude Week 7 of the season. Week 6 rankings are still posted here, but will be updated tomorrow according to the Rivals Cup scoring system for the NFL. Currently, UCLA ranks #28 and Mizzou comes in at #40 when evaluating impact on the NFL based on collegiate alliances.

PGA Tour – Wyndham Championship Field

It’s hard not to pick someone from the ACC this week at the Wyndham Championship. After all, Sedgefield’s address might as well be on Tobacco Road, the ACC has more entries than any other conference, and 2 of the 3 top FedExCup point earners in the field played college golf 30 miles away. Despite the facts above, for some reason I have a feeling this is going to be a big week for the PAC 12, particularly UCLA. The Bruins are currently ranked #12 in the Rivals Cup and the PAC 12 sits at #4. UCLA has 9 Rivals Cup eligible players on the PGA Tour in 2011, which is tied with Florida for the most of any school on the PGA Tour. 8 of the 9 former Bruins on Tour have earned FEC points to date and I’ve got a feeling one of them is going to earn a …

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MLB – LCS Rosters

There are 15 schools with 2 players on the 4 MLB teams that remain in the hunt for the 2011 World Series. Pretty balanced, right? Well, maybe the number of players in the LCS from a school perspective is balanced, but not so much when you break the rosters down by conference. As a conference, the SEC leads all others with number of players in the MLB LCS. The list below is roster spots only, check back later this week, to see who the points decide which programs are performing the best in the postseason. MLB LCS Roster Analysis: Rank Team Players Rank Conference Players T1 Miami 2 1 SEC 14 T1 Loyola Marymount 2 2 Big West 9 T1 Pepperdine 2 3 Big 12 6 T1 Missouri 2 T4 ACC 4 T1 Arizona 2 T4 Missouri Valley 4 T1 California 2 T4 West Coast Conf. 4 T1 Missouri 2 …

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Web.Com Tour – 2014 Rankings Debut

While it’s way too early to start speculating about which NCAA program may have the most success this year on the Web.Com Tour, it’s not too early to take a look at the field.

NFL – Alabama and LSU in the NFL

With the most hyped regular season college football game in recent memory this weekend, I thought it would be cool to take a look at the each school in the NFL. Although the numbers below almost certainly don’t mean anything with regards to how the game will unfold on Saturday, they certainly favor one side – or do they?

NFL – Week 8 MNF Spotlight

The first weekend in November is bringing one the biggest regular season college football games we’ve seen is quite some time. LSU and Alabama square off on Saturday night in T-Town in a battle to become the uncontested BCS #1. Between those 2 schools, you’ll be able to see 10 former players in action tonight in Kansas City in the last game of week 8. No wonder the SEC is the most represented conference tonight. Interesting though that 9 of those 10 play for the Chiefs, while only Jacob Hester suits up for the Chargers. Team and Conference leaders in tonight’s game: Rank Team Players Rank Conference Players T1 LSU 5 1 SEC 22 T1 Georgia 5 2 Big 10 15 T3 Alabama 3 3 ACC 13 T3 Mississippi 3 4 PAC 12 11 T3 Auburn 3 5 Big 12 10 T3 Pittsburgh 3 6 Big East 7 T3 Kansas …

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PGA Tour – HP Byron Nelson Preview

The field is set for the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship and the #1 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys are exposed. OSU has only 3 Rivals Cup eligible  players with tee times. While it’s extremely unlikely that there will be a new number 1 on Monday, several schools are poised to close the gap.

PGA Tour – BMW Championship Preview

The race for the FedExCup on the PGA Tour has been reduced to 70 players which includes 51 former US collegiate golfers. The current rankings have Oklahoma State leading the team division and the ACC leading the conference division. Both have substantial leads, but with 2,500 FEC points on the line for a win at Cog Hill, just about anything is possible. Only three schools with more than two players remain, and with no cut this week having as many players earning points as possible will surely help a given school move up the Rivals Cup rankings. BMW Championship entries as follows: Rank Team Entries Rank Conference Entries T1 Oklahoma State 4 1 ACC 13 T1 UNLV 4 2 Big 12 8 3 Clemson 3 3 Mountain West 7 T4 Wake Forest 2 4 SEC 6 T4 Georgia Tech 2 5 PAC 12 5 T4 Illinois 2 6 Big 10 …

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NFL – Week 15 Rankings

Week 15 of the NFL season saw the Colts get their first win and the Packers get their first lost. It also literally saw the lights go out on 49ers and Steelers – twice. Playoff pictures are beginning to take shape, draft (position) talk is at a season high AND it’s bowl season…not a bad time to be a football fan.

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MLB – Trade Deadline Update

Even though today’s trade deadline will have an effect on the remainder of the 2011 MLB season, it really has no effect on the Rivals Cup. That’s okay, it serves as a good milestone to upstate the Top 25 Rankings. Although it’s interesting that Hunter Pence was traded from the Astros to the Phillies, it’s more important around here that he played his college ball for UT @ Arlington in the Southland Conference and that the Mavericks are currently ranked #12 in MLB. Jacoby Ellsbury is partially responsible for moving the Oregon State Beavers up several spots in the rankings since the All Star Break. He’s the leading point scorer amongst the 5 former OSU baseball players currently on MLB 40-man rosters. Here’s your new Top 5: Rank Team Points Rank Conference Points 1 Long Beach State 826.75 1 SEC 2,992.55 2 Miami 776.15 2 PAC 12 2,764.75 3 Arizona …

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PGA TOUR: 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Review

Former Vanderbilt star Brandt Snedeker played a bogey-free final round Sunday at Pebble Beach as he closed with a 5-under 67 and a three-shot victory over Nick Watney (Fresno State). The win guarantees him a spot in the Masters and PGA Championship and moves him to No. 31 in the world ranking, which likely gets him into all the World Golf Championships, starting at Doral.

PGA Tour – Waste Managment Phoenix Open Preveiw

Interesting finish last weekend on the PGA Tour which saw former Clemson Tiger Kyle Stanley have a little bit of a melt down at Torrey Pines. I get the feeling though that the results of that tournament will be the type of stuff that he builds on for the rest of his career. Despite his playoff loss, Clemson moved from #9 to #5 in the weekly Rivals Cup top 25 rankings on the PGA Tour.

NFL – Monday Night Matchup

Week 5 of the NFL season comes to a close tonight when the Bears and Lions face off at Ford Field in Detroit. The game will feature players representing more than 50 schools and 20 conferences. Although the players will be competing directly for their respective NFL franchises, I’d love to hear an argument against the fact that they aren’t still playing for some college pride… Both Vanderbilt and Nebraska have 4 players on 53-man rosters in tonight’s game which is tied for the most. As a conference, the Big 10 leads the way again with 22 former members ready to go. The Rivals Cup points for week 5 will be posted Tuesday, but you can review the scoring system here as well as learn about conference affiliations in light of recent realignments. Week 4 after top 25 here. Rivals Cup entries for Monday night: Rank Team Players Rank Conference …

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PGA Tour – Masters Preview

The Masters is upon us and I couldn’t be happier for several reasons. First of all, I love Masters weekend more than just about any weekend in the year (the first Saturday of the college football season runs a close second). Secondly, this weekend marks the 1-year anniversary of the existence of the Rivals Cup.

PGA Tour – Riviera Rankings Wrap

The 2012 PGA Tour season has not been short on exciting finishes and this weekend at Riviera was no different.  I have to admit that I was pulling hard for Mickelson to win so that the PAC12 would close the rankings gap on the ACC on the PGA Tour, but honestly how can you not be a fan of Bill Haas???…or Keegan Bradley for that matter???

PGA Tour – Tour Championship Field

Bill Haas and Webb Simpson have Wake Forest ranked #2 on the PGA Tour. So the race for the FedExCup on the PGATour has reached it’s final stop and the field is down to 30 players. Of those 30 players, 21 played college golf in the United States and they represent 17 schools from 9 athletic conferences. Oklahoma State has lead the Rivals Cup rankings since late April, so it’s only fitting that the Cowboys are the only school with 3 players remaining in the race for the FedExCup. Wake Forest and Arizona State both send two former team members to East Lake and they currently rank #2 and #4 respectively. The most impressive fact amongst these three schools is that ASU and OSU have both had 7 former team members earn points for their schools, while Wake Forest has done it with only 2. In the conference division, the …

PGA Tour – Greenbrier Wrap Up

First of all, congratulations to Scott Stallings (Tennessee Tech/Ohio Valley) on his win at the Greenbrier Classic. Together with Josh Teater (Morehead State/Ohio Valley), the duo has the Ohio Valley Conference ranked #10 on the PGA Tour – no small task considering many of the conferences behind them in the rankings have far more players on the Rivals Cup roster. Even though the performance of those two is noteworthy, I don’t believe there is better Rivals Cup tandem on the PGA Tour than Webb Simpson and Bill Haas. The history of success in the Wake Forest golf program is inarguable, but these two guys have put on quite a show in 2011. Ranked #9 and #12 in the FedExCup standings respectively they’ve combined for 12 Top 10’s this season and are the only two players from the same school with more than 1,000 FedExCup points. Here are your top 5 …

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