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About Brian Dunleavy - RotoBaller (NCAA)

Brian has been writing about college and professional sports for more than 20 years. He is an avid fantasy player.

Brian Dunleavy - RotoBaller (NCAA) has written 73 articles so far, you can find them below.


As a fan, we love upsets. Who doesn't want to see David beat Goliath? Or the glass slipper fit Cinderella? Sports writers, that's who. Upsets mean more work for us. Last-minute comebacks lead to 11th-hour rewrites. Your friendly neighborhood sports reporter is the only one leaving the building unhappy following an "instant-classic" win. We know:... Read More

We can hear Mick's words in our heads as we write this, "When the days get shorter and the nights get long..." No, the Stones' tune "She's So Cold" isn't about December--not exactly--but the line does carry a certain weight now that, well, the days are getting shorter and the nights longer, not only for... Read More

They say timing is everything. It's also the key to comedy. So, while some of you may find it funny that we're bothering to do a top 10 two hours before the only rankings that matter--those of the BCS Selection Committee--are released, we don't care. Because we have our own thoughts as to the top teams--and... Read More

Thanksgiving does more than simply raise our body weight and cholesterol levels. Holiday weekend tournaments also shape much of the rankings for the rest of the season--separating the contenders from the pretenders throughout college basketball. So, where do we stand after the first slate of big games this season? Here are Rotoballer's college hoops rankings,... Read More

We believe it was Churchill who once said, "Anything can happen in the Iron Bowl." Okay, it wasn't Churchill. He probably never heard of the Iron Bowl. Still, the old axiom is certainly true, and it is one that we here at Rotoballer College Football HQ nevertheless forgot. Again. With that in mind, here's our... Read More

Cupcakes and cream puffs. No, we're not planning our dessert for Thanksgiving Day, we're calling into question the rules--or lack thereof--that allow top teams in the FBS to schedule FCS teams, and other softies, toward the end of the season. Sure, by doing so, these big teams don't hurt their postseason prospects any, but they... Read More

Suddenly, it's college basketball season. Here we are, still with football on the brain, and we find ourselves already two or three games into the hoops season. What to do? Well, get down to business for one thing. So, here are our first CBB rankings for the 2017-18 season, as of November 15, 2017 (won-loss... Read More

Commentators from every major media outlet that covers college football are falling over themselves trying to be the first to say that Auburn, with two losses, still has a shot at the BCS playoffs. And, to be fair, the Tigers' convincing thumping of Georgia on Saturday has done them a lot of favors--and left SEC... Read More

Boy, Saturday sure was a great day. As fans, we loved all the upsets and, thus, upheaval among the top teams. As the guys who put together the weekly rankings for Rotoballer, however? Not so much. Ah well, there are worse jobs. Here's our Top 10 after another crazy weekend as of November 6, 2017... Read More

It's not how you start. It's how you finish. Vince Lombardi said that. Or was it Knute Rockne? For all we know, it was Dabo Swinney. Or maybe even Urban Meyer. Because it looks like their respective programs could have the last laugh come January. Here's our Top 10 after a topsy-turvy weekend as of... Read More

It's not even November, and Army has already accepted a bowl bid. And perennial Ivy-League doormat Columbia is 6-0. Oh, and while we're handing out praise, Rutgers--Rutgers!--has won two Big Ten games in a row. Okay, enough about FBS also-rans. Let's get into the nitty-gritty of the division. Here's our Top 10 as of October... Read More

Sometimes, we think it would be easier to rank the 10 worst teams in the country. But then we remember that these games are played by kids--as we noted last week--and that that would be cruel. And not to mention bad karma. And we have enough of that. Anyway, it's not as if any of... Read More

It's easy to forget that the kids banging into each other on Saturday afternoons are just that--kids. So, with that in mind, we hope Iowa State QB Jacob Park, not typically a factor in these parts, is okay. Having said that, after seeing his pregame walk-in prior to his team's loss to Texas last week,... Read More

We're not big on apps. We're old school. Which means, of course, we're old. But we're also big on on all types of football. Which is why we were in Glasgow yesterday. So while we may not always feel comfortable with technology, certain apps--we won't mention any names--allowed us to keep up with goings-on on... Read More

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Well, at least in hand grenades. Some of our top teams had some close calls this week, but only one fell victim and dropped from our rankings, and it wasn't even close. Here's our Top 10 as of... Read More

Just spent a few days--on assignment, as we journalists like to say--in Vegas. Sadly, we didn't have even a moment to place a bet at a--legal--sports book. Too bad. We think we might have made some coin on a few of the teams in our rankings for this week. With no gambling wins to drown... Read More

Call this week a washout. No, not just because a few games had to be cancelled or postponed due to Hurricane Irma (thoughts are with you, friends in Florida), but because most of the big teams faced rather small opponents. Alabama took on Fresno State... Wisconsin "battled" Florida Atlantic... However, those teams that did take... Read More

College football is back, which almost makes working on Labor Day worth it. Almost. Unfortunately, Rotoballer College Sports HQ is a non-union shop. Oh well, one week down and 12, 13, 14 or... more to go, and what have we learned? Other than the fact that Alabama is better than Florida State? Not much. Here's... Read More

We're in denial. Summer isn't over. College football hasn't started--at least not for Rice--and Clemson didn't really beat Alabama in last season's BCS Championship Game. Okay, we know the last one isn't "fake news." And, indeed, college football begins in earnest with a full slate of games this weekend and, as usual, Nick Saban's Alabama... Read More

We know. It's hard to think about your 2018 fantasy football draft while you're still preparing for this season's selections. But with gaming centered on college sports significantly limited by those pesky regulators, we here at Rotoballer College Sports HQ need to be focused on the future. Otherwise, we'd be spending all our time in... Read More

If you're like us, you spend much of March focusing on the winners and losers in the NCAA Tournament. Or heck, even the NIT. But, to be sure, the real winners in college basketball are those players chosen in the NBA Draft. With that in mind, for our final rankings of the 2016-17 season, we'll... Read More

How will the west be won? This March, it will be all about beating some of the hottest teams in the country--and we see perhaps the hottest, Arizona, as unbeatable. At least in the regional. Here we'll be taking a look at the West Region. Check out coverage of each region here as well. I'm here to... Read More

Who will be the beasts of the east? We surprised even ourselves here. Here we'll be taking a look at the East Region, and how we see the bracket happing up. Check out coverage of each region here as well. I'm here to tell you some teams that I believe in - this should help you make the right tournament bracket... Read More

It's almost tournament time. In our final rankings of the regular season, you won't see much change from last week. But change surely will come. That's our only prediction. Here are our CBB rankings for the week of March 6th (won-loss records in parentheses).   NCAA College Basketball (CBB) Rankings 1. Kansas, (28-3) The Jayhawks... Read More

Beware the Ides of March... Or, if you're Gonzaga, late-February. The bloom officially fell off the 'Zags rose, courtesy of BYU. So who's left? Here are our CBB rankings for the week of February 27th (won-loss records in parentheses).   NCAA College Basketball (CBB) Rankings 1. Kansas, (26-3) As you know, we've always liked the... Read More

There is no "I" in team. But, as "Leon" in those old beer commercials once pointed out, to Joe Buck, "There ain't no 'we' neither." (Look it up on Youtube.) Still, the collective at Gonzaga may be proving "Leon" wrong. They certainly are proving a lot of others wrong, as they keep on winning. Here... Read More

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we're going to try to show the love this week. No negativity here. Just the positives, please. Like the exchanging of cards in grade school, when all the kids make out Valentines for all their classmates--even the dorks--we're just gonna ladle out the mush. So, with that in mind,... Read More

We're not Sports Illustrated. We don't hold ourselves in such high esteem. But we have our own SI "cover jinx" here at RotoBaller College Hoops headquarters (we have our own home theater system, too, but don't tell the rest of the staff). It seems that every time we pick a new No. 1 (Baylor this... Read More

We can't win for losing. Just when we think we have the college hoops landscape all figured out, teams start dropping like flies. UCLA dropped two in a row. So did Kentucky. Several other teams suffered upset loses on the road, including North Carolina. So who survives in our rankings? Here are our CBB rankings... Read More

Will Gonzaga go undefeated? Will the pollsters praise the Big 12 and give Kansas and Baylor their due? Will Villanova win it all--again? These aren't questions we can answer in January, but we can tell you our thoughts on the top teams as of now. Here are our CBB rankings for the week of January... Read More

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