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T-C-U BETTER BELIEVE IT

#3 TCU took on #5 LSU this weekend and let everyone know that the Horned Frogs are legit. It was a defensive struggle but TCU was able to come out on top 13-10.

THE BUC STOPS HERE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't give Christian Skaggs any break Sunday, sacking the QB 6 times. The offense did their part behind QB Taylor Heiden and rookie RB DeNorris Jackson and came away with a 28-21 win.

DREAM KILLERS?

A top 15 matchup between the #11 Toledo Rockets and #15 Florida Gators ended in heartbreak for the Rockets. Florida managed to pull out the 25-22 win on the road. Anyone doubting either team was put on notice.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

The Green Bay Packers have raced to a 5-0 start after beating the 2-2 Seattle Seahawks. This game was very banner worthy which is why it is on here. I wonder if anyone can "catch" the Green Bay Packers, or maybe "intercept" them? No no, definitely catch.

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  2. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    Holy shit, my short-term memory is going... Who are you again?
  3. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    Negative, ghostrider. Wishbone - Flexbone 2RB
  4. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    I thought Chiefs were Wing T 2RB + Option, but might be wrong...
  5. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    I'm pretty sure the chiefs are also running wishbone this year.
  6. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    The same time the Titans were this high.
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  9. [2021] Week #6 Inactives

    Seahawks Inactives: QB Sean Sitton 6-4 196 1 Arkansas [Pocket] 77 RB Dave Pagac 6-0 170 3 Texas Tech [Speed] 72 TE Tony Huff 6-4 225 4 Georgia [Receiving] 87 OT Eugene Scott 6-4 285 R USF [Run Blocking] 76 OG Nelson Portillo 6-5 295 1 Rutgers [Pass Blocking] 74 DT Rhad Ryland 6-5 325 R Murray State [2-Gap] 74 CB Jamie Mixon 6-1 187 5 Rutgers [Man Coverage] 75
  10. Join me at 4:15 PM EST Sunday, January 20th for another Franchise Interview. I think this episode will be great.

     

  11. [2021] Week 5 Headlines

    False Start The Seahawk offense struggled after showing signs of life last week
  12. [2021] Week 5 Headlines

    Bye Week Blues The Disappointing Ram's Look to Come Out of Their Bye Week Healthier
  13. Thank you for this. Akron put up 44 points in the same exact setting against KSU and they’re not even ranked. Putting up 21 isn’t exactly convincing.
  14. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    Oh my. When was the last time the bucs were this high in the power rankings
  15. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    When I made the trade, I was thinking it would be about the 25th-28th pick in the draft. That it could be in the low-to-mid teens is juicy. I know you'll rebound, but playoffs will be tough considering the division you are in. Probably winds up somewhere around 17th-18th for us. I'd say I'm pulling for you, but that wouldn't be entirely genuine. Honestly though, other than this draft pick thing, and my pick at the start of 2020 that the Titans would be the next AFC team to win the Super Bowl, I'm pulling for the Colts.
  16. Alabama has been less than convincing especially considering I had them ranked in the Top 3 to start the season. A 3-point loss to Michigan only dropped them to #6 for me, but getting beaten rather handily at home against a team I had ranked 13 spots below them kinda hurts them. A 2-2 Alabama side who owns wins over Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic probably doesn't earn a spot in the Top 15, especially considering some of the performances I've seen so far. They're the highest two-loss team in my poll though. Georgia moved nowhere in my poll after this week. It's hard to gauge a team who owns a tight win over Wyoming, a blowout win over 0-4 Georgia Southern, and a tight win over 0-4 Tennessee, but also has a double-overtime loss to a Top 10 team in LSU. They're winning games though, and it's hard to punish that. Heck, they gained a point for winning despite dropping a spot. You dropped a rank but gained votes in the poll, so apparently you're not being punished by the voters for your win. Maryland continues to remain unbeaten, and generally unbeaten teams get a boost in the poll. They picked up 17 votes after the win, Understandable given that they're 4-0. I personally have them ranked below you because I would expect you to kinda wipe the floor with them, and you're one loss isn't that bad a loss despite getting waxed in Blacksburg. It wasn't a convincing win over a Kansas State team that, as a team I ranked as high as 11th this year, you should have handily beaten, but I didn't punish you for winning on the road. It's also worth noting that Maryland came down from 17-3 in that game, which deserves credit for showing resiliency. But again, I can't speak for the other voters; I can only assume what they'd do, and generally voters would favor a team that's 4-0 over a team that's 3-1 with a 20-point loss to a then-unranked side, especially if that 4-0 team is in a Power 5 conference. I can't really answer this one as these are teams I have at 24th, 26th, and 27th in my polls. 25th is Oklahoma State, who I swapped out with OU given how they've played since the loss to Virginia Tech, and they just destroyed an Iowa State side that just destroyed what looked like a solid Baylor side. I need to see more from all of these to add separation between them. Reasonable-ish complaints, but hostility towards the pollsters changes nothing. Just for future reference.
  17. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    By the looks of these predictions, the Chargers and Giants are going 0-15-1
  18. [2021] Week 5 Headlines

    Sad Skaggs Panthers Lose at Home to Division Rival Bucs
  19. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    I agree we should be in the top half. I think with Otero coming in and not being terrible and our schedule getting a little easier we’ll bounce back a little bit. Chargers likely getting a better 1st rounder than expected from us though.
  20. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    I don't believe either of you will win...
  21. Your mans has been very busy this week, so I'm gonna keep this sort of short and sweet. The conference picked up another very solid out-of-conference win and saw some dominating conference games, as well as one ugly game in the Carrier Dome. A struggling perennial power finally got back on the winning side of things, but another struggling power continued their winless run. This upcoming week will see a lot more action as only three teams get a week off, and the slate of conference games will be some absolute slobberknockers. But for now, here's the current lay of the land. 1. Virginia Tech Hokies (3-0, Prev. 1, +/-0) The Hokies had the week off after their big win over the Longhorns. Next up is a home date with a Boston College side coming off of a huge OOC victory of their own. Beckett Morrison has been on fire to start the season, but will he have better success against the Eagles than Ryder Shipman and his Mississippi State Bulldogs? This is the premier game of the week, with the winner easily being dubbed the favorite to win the conference. 2. Duke Blue Devils (3-1, Prev. 2, +/-0) Duke finally put to rest a huge demon, beating the Pittsburgh Panthers for the first time in eight tries. Bryce Thompson and Christian Collins combined for 156 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and Thompson threw for 309 yards and 3 more touchdowns in the dominating 42-21 victory over the Panthers, extending Pittsburgh's woes while keeping Duke on the heels of the Hokies. The Blue Devils go back on rest this week before taking a trip to Ames to take on a very unpredictable Iowa State side. 3. Boston College Eagles (3-1, Prev. 4, +1) That was an emphatic performance from the Boston College defense. The Eagles looked worlds better against Mississippi State's vaunted receiving corp, holding the Bulldogs to just 189 yards passing and picking off Ryder Shipman twice in a 35-17 out-of-conference win. Neither Bulldog receiver made a big mark on the game, and the Eagles were able to capitalize off these turnovers with an efficient offense, both in the air AND on the ground for once. The grind doesn't stop here as the Eagles travel to Lane Stadium for a huge conference clash with Virginia Tech. 4. Clemson Tigers (1-2, Prev. 3, -1) The Tigers fall due to the Eagles' huge win whereas Clemson had the week off. Atlanta awaits for the Tigers, and while Clemson put in a dominant defensive performance in the win over Louisville, the passing defense has looked less than ideal against teams with an actual quarterback. Time will tell if the Tigers can contain the Swanson/Rolle duo. 5. Louisville Cardinals (2-1, Prev. 5, +/-0) 6. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-0, Prev. 6, +/-0) 7. Virginia Cavaliers (2-1, Prev. 7, +/-0) The next three teams on this list were all on bye, and no performance from the teams below them warrant a change here. Louisville and Virginia will clash in Charlottesville this week in what should be a very entertaining battle between solid defenses and very different offenses. Wake takes their undefeated record to South Bend looking to prove that they're the real deal against the team that wiped the floor with Boston College earlier. Wake's offense hasn't been slowed yet, but Notre Dame easily presents the biggest test of the season so far. 8. Miami Hurricanes (3-1, Prev. 8, +/-0) The Hurricanes took care of business against the visiting Tar Heels, stifling the visiting passing game in a 23-7 victory, giving the Hurricanes their first conference victory of the season. The 'Canes held UNC to just 242 yards of total offense, forcing an interception and even getting to Sebastian Norwood four times in the victory. It wasn't convincing from the Miami offense, but they'll get a week to fine-tune the offense before travelling to division-leaders Virginia Tech. 9. Syracuse Orange (3-1, Prev. 9, +/-0) The Orange won the ugliest ACC game of the season so far, beating NC State 16-9. The Orange only managed 272 yards of offense, but an early passing touchdown put pressure on an NC State offense that had not accomplished much of anything this season. The defense forced three sacks and two interceptions, and while the offense wasn't clicking, they did enough to secure a big conference victory. Syracuse hosts struggling Florida State next. 10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-1, Prev. 10, +1) The Yellow Jackets were also on break this past week, but they play host to a strong Clemson side. Josh Beckett has emerged after a disappointing sophomore season, but can he carry this Tech side to a massive upset over the Tigers? 11. North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-2, Prev. 11, -1) The Wolfpack played catch-up for most of Saturday's game against the Orange, with Jacob Eubanks throwing 33 times through his sustained injury from last week's game against San Jose State. The defense did well to hold the Orange, but an early passing touchdown proved more than enough for Syracuse, and the Pack could not muster anything offensively to get fully back into the game. It was a pivotal game for the Pack in their hopes of getting to a bowl game, but now they'll have to pull off an upset down the stretch to have a chance, preferably in two weeks against a soaring Wake Forest team. 12. Florida State Seminoles (1-3, Prev. 13, +1) The Brett England era has officially started in Tallahassee, but it did not get off to the best of starts in the 'Noles win over Arkansas State. Noah Wooten and the rushing game carried the offense through a hard-fought 33-24 victory over the Red Wolves, putting up 146 of the team's 281 yards. There are still major question marks about this team, and the win unfortunately answered very few of those questions. How many more can be answered in a trip to Syracuse? 13. Pittsburgh Panthers (0-4, Prev. 12, -1) The Panthers were unable to keep their winning streak going against Duke, thus extending their 5-game losing streak over the past two seasons. It wasn't the worst performance from Messiah Winston, who threw for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns with just a single interception, but it clearly wasn't enough to keep up with Duke's offense. The defense had absolutely no answers for Thompson and Collins. North Carolina lacks the firepower to explode on the Panthers' defense, but can Pitt finally pick up a W? 14. North Carolina Tar Heels (0-4, Prev. 14, +/-0) New running back, same problems. Mike Foy replaced Xavier Lancaster in the backfield, but the Heels remained as stagnant as ever offensively, with Foy only managing 38 yards on 10 carries in the 23-7 loss to Miami. North Carolina is averaging 9.50 points per game, nearly half that of the next-lowest in conference (Florida State at 18.50 points per game). Pittsburgh comes to Chapel Hill this week giving up over 35 points per game; can the Heels finally manage some offense?
  22. [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    Bingo we literally play the Chargers.
  23. All smiles in Jacksonville after the win over the Chiefs Week 5 is just about when the real ceilings of team become apparent--early season coaching missteps are usually corrected by now for main contenders, injuries are beginning to pile up, but not so significant that teams with a real chance are lost to the training table, and defenses are either figuring out how to defend bad offenses or they aren't. Call it the first REAL weekend of football. At least that's what I'm going with this week. Remember, if you don't like where you are in these Rankings...play better! Their Toughest Opponents Might be the Injury Report 1. Green Bay Packers 2. Miami Dolphins 3. New York Jets 4. Las Vegas Raiders The Jets were primed for an upset: scrambling QB vs. Grv, tons of injuries, no WRs to throw to besides Paul Howell…and the Jets pulled it out. Three more injuries to defensive starters put them seriously behind the 8-ball this week at the Dolphins, who look very much like a Ferrari approaching 6th gear, but with an injury question of their own in Marcus Barry. Green Bay is finding new and exciting ways to get emotionally invested in games each week, and the Raiders look like their singular mission is to get back to the Super Bowl (and maybe get Nick Hall an MVP along the way). Clearly in the Playoff Hunt, These Teams are One Injury Away from the Top Tier 5. Philadelphia Eagles 6. Tennessee Titans 7. Jacksonville Jaguars 8. Kansas City Chiefs 9. Chicago Bears The Eagles handling of the Saints in New Orleans was impressive on a couple counts, but it was no coincidence that it came with a healthy backfield. The Titans made minced meat of the Chargers, but yet another ding, this time to Tyler Jones, leaves the Training Staff as the MVP of the Tennessee sideline. The Jaguars, no strangers to exotic offenses, abruptly quieted the Kansas City cheers. Christian Barkley has not been asked to do much more than make a few throws and not turn the ball over, but he put the team on his back and threw darts. The Chiefs fell back to earth a bit, but they still have a solid cushion and a run-based offense that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The Bears beat the Vikings again, but three of there 4 wins are against Minnesota and San Fran—not the caliber wins of the teams just ahead of them. The NFC South is the Terry Crews Version of the AFC North 10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11. New Orleans Saints 12. Carolina Panthers 13. Atlanta Falcons 14. Dallas Cowboys Yes, I know that Dallas is not in the NFC South…but they really should be. They are the team that completes the South: run-oriented beasties that counter the slick-passing Panthers, edge-rushing Falcons, dual-threat Bucs, and airing it out Saints. So, for the purposes of this list, Dallas is in the South. Now…at this point, the South is a toss up, just like AFC North. Unlike the AFC North, all of these teams have legit playoff aspirations, and all would be favored by 10 points over any AFC North team. I give a slight edge to the Bucs and Saints, but only because their wins have been in-division and I think they have a bit more consistency (which is crazy to say) at QB than the Panthers and Falcons. If Dallas loses to the Broncos this weekend, they’ll be sent back to the mostly-pathetic NFC East. Slightly Above-Average Teams that Play Brutally-Tough Schedules 15. Houston Texans 16. New England Patriots The Pats are the best 2-3 team in the League, but they aren’t gonna win many more, because they have 6 more games against teams ranked higher than they are here. That, rightly, sucks for the Pats and Reggie Watkins. The Texans have shown some muscle at times, but couldn’t put it together for a home win against the struggling Broncos. And THEY play 7 more games against teams ranked above them here. That sucks for Leshoure and the Houston faithful as well. The other thing these two teams have in common: defend the pass and they have no answers. Who Freaking Knows?…5-11 or 9-7 is in the realm of possibility 17. Washington Redskins 18. Los Angeles Rams 19. Denver Broncos 20. Arizona Cardinals 21. Buffalo Bills The Rams, Cardinals, and Bills all had a bye in Week 5, which was probably good, considering what happened to the Redskins. The blasting at the hands of the Cowboys indicates that Tanner Bowman, as one would expect of a rookie, is going to have some terrible games. Accordingly, Washington is going to have an up-and-down season. I lean slightly toward more ‘up’ than ‘down’ for the Skins, but who knows. The Rams, clearly one of the more talented teams in the League, just hasn’t had a season they are used to, but have the ability to turn it on. The Bills and Cardinals appear to be identical entities: bright spots in a cloudy sky. But the Broncos are coming off a win at Houston that felt less like an aberration and more like a team (and a coach) that have shaken off 4 weeks of rust and are starting to play like division winners again. I know it’s only one week, but says here Denver walks into Dallas and beats the Cowboys for two in a row. ABSOLUTELY Should be in the Top Half of these Rankings 22. Indianapolis Colts 23. Pittsburgh Steelers These two teams are too talented not to be ranked higher. Yes, the Colts have the rest of the AFC South to contend with, and just lost to the Raiders. The schedule can be uncompromising at times. But, c’mon Colts—you have Aaron Shea in his prime. This is getting awkward. (DISCLOSURE: Colts beat the Broncos in week 1) And the Steelers should have walked away with the AFC North this season. They stole Chester Henson and had it all on a platter. Losing to the Patriots in London is only Example D of why this has been a massive disappointment in the Steel City. The Power Rankings are officially angry at both franchises for not being better right now. It’s Up to the Coaches to Makes Some Adjustments 24. Detroit Lions 25. San Francisco 49ers 26. Baltimore Ravens 27. Cleveland Browns 28. Minnesota Vikings 29. Cincinnati Bengals Baltimore, in their close Monday night loss to the Jets, showed some underrated coaching prowess, moving their secondary offense to the wishbone. That move gave them a real chance against the Jets, and opened Brett Fisher to have the best game of his career, albeit against a Gravy-coached team. That type of coaching innovation/adaptation/exploration will be necessary for all these teams, if they hope to be drafting outside the Top 5…let alone make a push for the playoffs. Kudos to Blake Shell and the Lions for getting win #1…boo to the Niners for not realizing they were playing Blake Shell and blitzing accordingly. The Best BAD Team in the League 30. Seattle Seahawks I’ll say it: the Seahawks are bad. Like, almost-lose-to-the-Giants-then-score-3-points-against-the-Packers BAD. And they deserve to be ranked here at present. But…I would wager on the Seahawks to beat the two teams below them, and half the teams ranked #24-29, so…I’m calling them the Best BAD Team in the League. And that makes them kinda fun or funny, in a way. Not Funny Ha-Ha, but Funny Uh-Oh. Who’s Getting a Win First? Answer: Neither 31. Los Angeles Chargers 32. New York Giants I now believe that, given their talent and schedules, neither of these teams will win a game this season. And then in week 7, when the Chargers beat the Broncos, I will bury my face in snow until March.
  24. Yep. I put a scholarship in Week 0 and 10 points last week. For the sake of theater though I needed to add some spice to the write up. Just go along with it
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