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Fact or Fiction: Who will be starting safety in 2015?

Nat Berhe will be a starting safety for the Giants in 2015


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - **Right now this is kind of by default, isn't it? The roster hasn't been completely filled out at the safety position just yet. As it stands right now, Berhe will be given every opportunity to EARN a starting spot, but Tom Coughlin and the Giants organization don't give anything to anyone. His play in the Spring and Summer will have to be good enough for him to start.

The team was very happy with his special teams work last year, and there is hope he can transfer that success over to the defensive side of the ball. In my dealings with him in the locker room, he is a very serious and hard-working player, two things necessary to succeed at the NFL level.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -It's way too early to tell, but I like what the great Carl Banks tweeted the other day. He said that Berhe was drafted for a reason and that he should view himself as the starter heading into the offseason program and eventually training camp. The opportunity is definitely there for him to do so. The three safeties that started last season are not currently on the roster. Antrel Rolle signed with the Chicago Bears, while Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps remain free agents.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch will beat out Victor Cruz's 99-yard touchdown for the best play in MetLife Stadium.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - **Beckham's catch almost destroyed social media and the internet the day it happened. It is fresh in people's minds. It will win, and it will win big.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -Beckham's was flat out the most skillful play, but come on, Cruz's sparked a Super Bowl run that brought back a fourth Lombardi Trophy to the stadium a little more than a month later.

In terms of how the voting goes, Beckham will be fresh in people's minds, but they understand the significance of the 99-yarder against the Jets.

Conference Championship Sunday in the NFL is better than the Final Four

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - Nothing is better than seeing the best four teams in football play for six straight hours. Best sports day of the year, bar none.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -The NCAA tournament is unique because it's backwards. The most exciting parts are in the early rounds with so many teams in action. It almost wanes as you go, unless your team (or bracket) is still alive. The NFL postseason is the opposite. **

Michigan State is the best college with a football and basketball combo. **

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -A few years ago this would have been a "fiction" with Florida as the easy answer, but they have fallen off in recent seasons. Pittsburgh's programs have fallen off after being very strong. UCLA has the potential, but they are very up and down. Oregon hasn't consistently won in the PAC-12 in basketball even though their football program has been dominant.

Notre Dame is in the conversation, but they aren't quite there. Wisconsin is stronger in basketball this year, but Michigan State's football team was better. The Badgers' blowout loss in the Big Ten title game takes them down a notch. I won't mention that other Big Ten team because I'm sure Dan Salomone has written three paragraphs about them. The closest team is Baylor. They were a three seed in the NCAA tournament but were knocked out in a first round upset. Michigan State beat Baylor in the Cotton Bowl this year, cementing the Spartans as the best football-basketball combination in 2014-2015.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -It's clearly The Ohio State University. Let's start with football. Since 2000, the program has won two national titles (plus two more championship game appearances), claimed eight conference championships, two undefeated seasons and a Heisman Trophy winner.

Meanwhile, in basketball, since Thad Matta took over in 2004, Ohio State has a .761 winning percentage (better than Tom Izzo), 11 consecutive 20-win seasons (Michigan State has four), three 30-win seasons (Spartans have one), five conference regular-season championships (MSU has three) and four conference tournament championships (MSU has two). But it's all about March right? The OSU program has more all-time Final Four (10 to eight) and national championship (five to three) appearances. Sparty does have the edge with two titles compared to one for Brutus. But the eight college football championships make up for it.

Photos of Giants with rooting interest in the NCAA Sweet 16

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