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After falling to #2 in the rankings, the Michigan Wolverines received some more disappointment over the weekend as they fell 17-16 on a last second field goal to the 25th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. This loss opened up the B1G East and set up a potential deciding game in the final week between Michigan and long time rival and 7th ranked, Ohio State.


As the AFC North tries to figure out who really wants to win the division and play in the playoffs, the battle heats up as Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Baltimore all win their respective games. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play Monday night to see if they can remain tied with Baltimore for the lead at 6-6.


Recruiting season begins to wind down but there are still some major decisions to be made as teams look to fill out their classes. Will these players be able to live up to the hype? Or will they crumble under the pressure of expectations. Stay tuned to find out.


The battle for the NFC East remains hot as well, for all the right reasons as both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys picked up wins on Sunday. The Eagles beat the Falcons 31-28 and the Cowboys beat the Panthers 31-20, making the NFC South a bloodbath as well as the league heads towards the playoffs.

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  2. Do you ever make your players switch sides?

    I've switched my CBs at Oregon this year to maximize matchups on occasion. I've got one tall zone CB, and one short man CB. I'm not sure it's been worth the chemistry hit, honestly.
  3. Do you ever make your players switch sides?

    I just assume this is part of in game adjustments that the computer takes control of...
  4. I was wondering how often (if ever) you guys make your WRs/CBs/DEs/OLBs switch sides in order to get a better matchup against an opponent. Is it even worth trying to exploit a weaker CB/O-lineman, or is the chemistry hit you take during the process just too much?
  5. When we sat down and watched Lake's tape we saw a guy who showed the ability to make all the throws, but yet has the ability to escape and extend plays with his legs. Martin sometimes will tuck the ball and run a little too early which causes him to miss open guys down the field, while that isn't as bad as making poor decisions we'll work with him to stick in the pocket and let plays develop. Martin shows a lot of leadership and that's going to be vital for us since we will likely be starting 3 (Fr) at the wide receiver position next season.
  6. Average Age of NFLHC Teams

    That Rams one is surprising to me...
  7. Bingo Bongo, Minneapolis Star Tribune Coach Smackems, without revealing too much about your strategy, describe a bit of the process of recruiting in a state that was not littered with talent. What were your objectives in finding talent in other states?
  8. @Jumbo, Franz Kafka from The Existentialist Gazette First off, congratulations on a fantastic class! Talk a little bit about your three big defensive linemen in this class and how you see them competing for starting jobs next season.
  9. Franz Kafka, Time is a Flat Circle Magazine Coach @smckenz3, replacing MoFo is no easy task - what about Lake's game makes you confident that he can step in immediately and lead this offense? What areas does he need to improve?
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  11. Roast Me (CFBHC Edition)

    losing the conference championship game should be called pulling a bingo.
  12. Roast Me (CFBHC Edition)

    Holy shit this dude has been here since JULY!! Is there a more perfect match between non-entity school and non-entity user?
  13. Heartbreaking season. We've gotten stomped by Missouri and TCU.. That's not terribly surprising. However going to the brink in 5 losses vs. teams that were far more talented than us is really tough.
  14. Good day everyone Coach W here again. With the recruiting being completed very soon, UAB Football is continuing the tradition of welcoming the future players to the team. This includes young buck freshman all the way to junior transfers! Like last time we look forward to the future. In 2021 we had a very young team but even with the loss of 17 seniors, our experience grows tremendously. What follows is the tentative (No summer progressions, incomplete recruiting, 2022 transfers) depth chart for the 2022 season. Players who did not play in 2021 or will not play in 2022 are annotated. Blaze it! Offense Quarterbacks QB Corey Mays 6-4 195 (So) Blinn College (Brenham TX) 3.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling] ****JUCO TRANSFER 2022 QB Elijah Currie-Madison 6-4 220 (So) Lamar (Lamar, SC) 3.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] QB Ethan Shaver 6-2 209 Fr Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach FL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 QB Vic Herbert 6-2 194 Fr Akron (Akron AL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling] QB Lamont Alston 5-11 201 Fr Ocean Springs (Ocean Springs MS) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pocket] ****FRESHMAN 2022 QB Ilan Bundy 6-5 212 So Hoover (Hoover AL) 1.0 of 1.0 [Scrambling] Running backs RB Lorenzo Deaton 5-7 187 (So) Westminster Academy (Opelousas, LA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Speed] RB Jon Daigle 5-8 212 So Calhoun (Letohatchee AL) 3.0 of 3.5 [Power] RB Usher Preston 5-7 179 So Minor (Adamsville AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] RB Michael Harper 5-11 182 (Jr) Marked Tree (Marked Tree AR) 2.5 of 2.5 [Speed] RB Mark Hope 6-0 199 Fr Andalusia (Andalusia AL) 2.5 of 3.0 [Speed] RB Cory Gilchrist-Christian 5-10 216 Fr Colbert Heights (Tuscumbia AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] Full backs FB Felix Pearson 5-9 209 (Jr) Andalusia (Andalusia, AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] ****TRANSFER DNP 2021 FB Rowan Kaminski 6-1 218 So Curry (Jasper AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] FB Robert Reagan 5-11 259 Fr Tucker (Tucker GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] ****FRESHMAN 2022 FB Usher Bartlett 5-11 248 Jr Killian (Miami, FL) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] FB Micah Rudolph 5-9 237 Fr Eden (Eden TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] Receivers WR Andre McIntosh 5-10 162 Fr Emma Sansom (Gadsden AL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 WR Aaron Shaw 6-4 222 (So) Tallulah (Tallulah, LA) 3.0 of 3.5 [Target] WR Marlon Kimbrough 6-0 193 (So) Curry (Jasper, AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR Omari Christian 5-10 194 Fr Georgiana (Georgiana AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR Alex Vereen 6-5 202 (Fr) Athens (Athens AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR Stephen Forte 6-2 231 Fr Mitchell-Baker (Camilla GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target] ****FRESHMAN 2022 WR Darnerien Askew 6-2 233 Fr Wilcox County (Rochelle GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target] ****FRESHMAN 2022 WR Lavonte Pittman 6-4 234 So Walter Wellborn (Anniston AL) 1.5 of 2.5 [Target] WR Ramon Barragan 6-3 215 Fr Marbury (Marbury AL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Target] Tight Ends TE Robert Bennett 6-1 221 (Jr) Independence (Independence LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Receiving] TE Jeremiah Singletary 6-3 231 Jr Chalmette (Chalmette, LA) 2.0 of 2.0 [Blocking] TE William Amos 6-2 195 (Fr) Tuscaloosa County (Northport AL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Receiving] Tackle OT Sam Duvall 6-4 295 (Fr) Hazlewood (Town Creek AL) 2.5 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] OT Micah McCann 6-2 271 Jr Georgiana (Georgiana, AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Stephen Wolf 6-3 319 So Dale County (Midland City AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] ATH Nick Pike 6-5 266 Fr Longview (Longview TX) 2.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OT Kevin May 6-4 322 So Hatton (Town Creek AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OT Nicolas Grissom 6-4 332 (So) Northwest (Opelousas, LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OT James Slack 6-7 258 (So) Rayville (Rayville, LA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Jordy Padilla 6-1 269 Fr Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale FL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OT Kieran Mcginnis 6-3 277 Fr Fairfield (Fairfield AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] Guard OG Wesley Rush 6-6 337 Fr Shades Valley (Irondale AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 OG Samuel Dill 6-6 319 So Lawrence County (Moulton AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Trevor Archer 6-6 319 Fr Russell County (Seale AL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Chris Conroy 6-1 335 (So) Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg, SC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Joshua Toledo 6-4 316 (So) Westminster Academy (Opelousas, LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Center C Ned Schwartz 6-2 265 Jr Riverside (Avon, MS) 2.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C Thomas Amato 6-3 265 (Fr) Hazel Green (Hazel Green AL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] C Grant Bacon 6-2 295 Fr Apalachicola (Apalachicola FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] Defense Defensive End DE Damien Eason 6-0 255 Fr Calhoun (Letohatchee AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 DE J.T. Quarless 6-1 272 Fr Spain Park (Hoover AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 DE Bruce Norwood 6-6 244 So West End (Walnut Grove AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Contain] DE Paul Byrd 6-3 244 Jr Chamberlain (Tampa, FL) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blitz] DE Joel Youngblood 6-2 252 Jr Irwin County (Ocilla, GA) 1.5 of 1.5 [Contain] DE Cory Joseph 6-1 258 (Fr) Oak Mountain (Birmingham AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DE Robert Petty 6-1 245 (Fr) Shades Valley (Irondale AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Contain] DE Ryan Trahan 6-3 243 So Fairfield (Fairfield AL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Blitz] Defensive Tackle DT Ashton Roland 6-6 300 Jr Jefferson Davis Community College (Brewton, AL) 3.5 of 4.5 [1-Gap] DT Blaine Kidd 6-2 278 Fr Minor (Adamsville AL) 1.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 DT Zack Slater 6-1 300 Jr Baker (Baker, LA) 2.5 of 2.5 [2-Gap] DT Tim Raymond 6-1 302 So Colbert Heights (Tuscumbia AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] DT Joe Frederick 6-2 286 (Fr) Southside Gadsden (Southside AL) 2.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] DT Antonio Conte 6-0 293 So Andalusia (Andalusia AL) 1.5 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DT Pili Sam 6-2 279 Fr West End (Walnut Grove AL) 2.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] Outside Linebacker OLB Justice Hoskins 6-0 228 (Fr) R.E. Lee (Montgomery AL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] OLB Oliver Waddell 6-0 238 Fr Akron (Akron AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] OLB Hunter Dillard 6-2 237 Jr Eupora (Eupora, MS) 2.5 of 2.5 [Coverage] OLB Alexander Jamison 6-0 217 Fr Shades Valley (Irondale AL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] OLB Will Bower 5-11 241 So Russell County (Seale AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] Inside Linebacker ILB Spencer Overstreet 6-4 229 Fr Fruitdale (Fruitdale AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 ILB Zac Barrow-Lloyd 6-1 205 Fr Eunice (Eunice LA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] ****FRESHMAN 2022 ILB Marvin Williams 6-2 220 (Jr) Jones (Orlando FL) 2.5 of 2.5 [Will] ILB Brian Scales 6-0 244 Fr Anson (Anson TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] ILB Caleb Weldon 6-3 242 Jr Farmerville (Farmerville, LA) 1.5 of 1.5 [Will] Cornerback CB Mohamed Tubbs 6-1 186 Fr Curry (Jasper AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 CB Gregory Gant 5-10 164 So Russell County (Seale AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] CB Malik White 5-9 199 Fr Beau Chene (Arnaudville LA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] ****FRESHMAN 2022 CB Nathaniel Sewell 6-0 186 So Westbrook Christian ( AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] CB Akiem Harley 6-1 165 So Hazel Green (Hazel Green AL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Corey Gibbs 6-1 177 Fr Wetumpka (Wetumpka AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Bryce Douglas 5-9 164 Fr Russell County (Seale AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Alex Dickerson 6-1 190 Jr Athens (Athens, AL) 2.5 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] Free Safety FS Nathaniel Brown 5-11 190 (Sr) East Mississippi CC (Scooba MS) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] ****JUCO TRANSFER 2022 FS Corey Landrum 6-1 220 (So) Loganville (Loganville, GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS DeSean Woodson 5-10 219 So Oak Mountain (Birmingham AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Kaden Jennings 5-11 190 Fr Colbert Heights (Tuscumbia AL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] Strong Safety SS Ethan Buckner 6-0 193 (So) Florida Christian (Miami, FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS Damani Spiller 6-2 175 Fr Ohatchee (Ohatchee AL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Wayne Williams 6-1 175 Sr Winterboro (Alpine AL) 2.0 of 2.0 [Man Coverage] SS Daniel Landrum 5-11 186 Jr Richmond Hill (Hill, GA) 2.0 of 2.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Darius Mayo 6-1 191 So Hatton (Town Creek AL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] Special Teams Kicker K Garrett Hildebrand 6-2 206 Fr Southside (Gadsden-Southside AL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 K Paul Parrish 5-10 194 Jr Lake Howell (Park, FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power] K Josh Platt 5-8 179 So Jemison (Jemison AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] K Charles Gonzalez 5-11 185 Sr Woodlawn (Birmingham AL) 1.5 of 1.5 [Power] Punter P Quinn Foy 5-7 173 (Fr) Saint James (Montgomery AL) 2.0 of 4.5 [Accuracy] P Jonathan Andrew 6-3 177 (So) Northeast (Macon, GA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Accuracy] P Maximillian Calvert 5-10 162 Fr Eupora (Eupora MS) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] ****FRESHMAN 2022 P Nicolas Hale 5-8 165 Jr Fort Lauderdale (Lauderdale, FL) 2.5 of 2.5 [Accuracy] Long Snapper LS Marc Banks 6-3 271 Fr Moss Point (Moss Point MS) 1.0 of 4.0 [Traditional] ****REDSHIRTED 2021 LS Rowan Baumgartner 6-2 243 So Hazlewood (Town Creek AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Traditional] 2022 Redshirts CB Tracy Goodwin 5-10 161 Fr Beau Chene (Arnaudville LA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] FS Clinton Stuckey 5-11 220 Fr Riverside (Reserve LA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] OLB Austin Hayward 5-11 237 Fr St. Mary's (Natchitoches LA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] OG Ian McDonough 6-4 310 Fr Archbishop Rummel (Metairie LA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] ILB Jefferson Toledo 6-3 207 Fr Albany (Albany LA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] TE Mark Seals 6-3 230 Fr Ringgold (Ringgold LA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Blocking] WR Lavonte Brandon 6-0 184 Fr Baker (Baker LA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] OG Derek Godwin 6-3 335 Fr J.S. Clark (Opelousas LA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Jayson Sprague 6-1 334 Fr Immokalee (Immokalee FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] ILB Nicholas Ellington 6-1 226 Fr Riverside (Reserve LA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Mike]
  15. Roast Me (CFBHC Edition)

    You're 4-6... How can you talk about teams doing well? That's like taking campaign advice from Hillary.
  16. [CFBHC/NFLHC] Available Teams

    Updated May 22 Remember: Conference commissioners have final say in approving coaches to prospective jobs. First come does not guarantee first serve, although it may be a factor. Available jobs: American Athletic Conference Cincinnati Bearcats Tulane Green Wave Conference USA Charlotte 49ers North Texas Mean Green Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners Mid-American Conference Miami (OH) Redhawks Mountain West Conference New Mexico Lobos Utah State Aggies Pacific-12 Conference Arizona Wildcats Oregon State Beavers Southeastern Conference Ole Miss Rebels Sun Belt Conference Arkansas State Red Wolves Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Georgia State Panthers Troy Trojans
  17. POWER RANKINGS can be a great option for CFBHC coaches who already have DISCERNING TASTES AND HANDSOME HEADS FULL OF HAIR because they can use their EXPANSIVE KNOWLEDGE. However, the main drawback people see with a POWER RANKINGS is that all management, maintenance and updating of POWER RANKINGS is the responsibility of JIERET, ONCE HE GETS A BUNCH OF BALLOTS. RECONFIRMING YOUR FULL THOUGHTS ON MAC RANKINGS. PM your ranking list to Jieret by 11:59 PM EDT, Wednesday May 24. All coaches, even the non-MAC coaches, are welcome to vote! For your convenience, how the MAC fared overall. MAC Results After Week 13 Rank Team, Result Record (Conf. Record) Streak Next Week 1 #20 Toledo LOST at W. Michigan 28-35 7-3 (4-2) L2 BYE 2 W. Michigan WON vs. Toledo 35-27 8-2 (6-1) W1 at Arkansas (3-7) 3 Akron WON vs. BGSU 26-13 6-4 (4-2) W4 BYE 4 Central Michigan WON at Liberty 31-7 7-3 (4-2) W5 at EMU (5-5) 5 Miami (OH) LOST vs. Ball St. 20-24 6-4 (3-3) L1 BYE 6 Ohio LOST at Kent St. 21-28 5-5 (3-4) L1 vs. Army (3-6) 7 Bowling Green LOST at Akron 13-26 6-4 (3-3) L1 at NIU (3-6) 8 Eastern Michigan WON at Old Dominion 27-13 5-5 (3-3) W5 vs. CMU (7-3) 9 Ball State WON at Miami (OH) 24-20 4-6 (3-4) W1 at Notre Dame (6-3) 10 Northern Illinois BYE 3-6 (2-2) L1 vs. BGSU (6-4) 11 Buffalo LOST at BYU 38-42 3-7 (2-5) L4 vs. Kent St. (1-9) 12 Kent State WON vs. Ohio 28-21 1-9 (1-6) W1 at Buffalo (3-7)
  18. The Tennessean

    Broken Cog in the Wheel Broncos dismantle Titans air attack as they win 24-20
  19. [2021] MAC Statsheet & Stat Leaders

    Updated through Week 13, but due to work restrictions on teh Googlez cannot currently access the sheet to provide stat leaders.
  20. Roast Me (CFBHC Edition)

    Danger is getting excited because his team is doing well but we all know it'll just end up being 2018 all over again.
  21. Another thrilling week in the nation's most exciting conference is in the books, and this time I really mean it: every game carried some suspense into the second half or beyond. Oklahoma couldn't put Iowa State away until the clock hit triple zeroes. Texas Tech couldn't even do so against West Virginia, needing overtime to get the job done. Even the blowouts had a measure of closeness: TCU had to rally from its worst defensive first half of the season to knock out a pesky Kansas State, and Kansas was up just 1 point on Texas heading into the fourth quarter before they hit the afterburners. And if that's not enough suspense for you, there is a higher-than-usual density of obscure stats packed into this edition--see if you can collect them all. Let's talk about the games! Thursday Night Oklahoma 27, Iowa State 25 Some People Call Me Maurice: Oklahoma's backfield ace simply could not be contained on Thursday night, and more than anything else that was the difference-maker. He found holes, he broke tackles, and he flashed his breakaway speed with a 50-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for one of his two scores of the day. He finished the day with 179 yards and those two scores on 24 carries, his second-highest single-game rushing total of his career. (His personal record is 238 against Texas Tech.) He certainly outdueled Kofi McCullough--who in all fairness had a solid game with 117 yards and a score on 26 carries. McCullough also would've had a second touchdown if Trevion Volken didn't steal one from him in the fourth quarter. In all, though, Oklahoma outrushed Iowa State 204-123, and they needed every bit of that to keep the Cyclones at hand's length in a hard-fought 27-25 win. Get-Right Games: For all the well-publicized struggles that both Eric Pope and (especially) Vaughn Sheppard have undergone, both quarterbacks have to be encouraged by the games they had this weekend. Sheppard finished 9-15 for 100 yards, the first time that he's completed 60% of his passes in a 100-yard game in the true freshman's career. (Baby steps, okay?) Pope, for his part, completed a career-high 78.3% of his passes (18-23) for 209 yards and a touchdown; it's also the first time that he's thrown 20 or more passes in a game without an interception. Safety Dance: The defensive highlight of the day came in the second quarter, with Iowa State trailing 10-7 and having pinned Oklahoma deep in their own territory. On 2nd down, Oklahoma went with a play-action rollout. As Eric Pope scanned downfield, he didn't see Omar Vernon get off his block in time and had no choice but to tuck the ball in and take the safety. It is the third safety recorded by an Iowa State defender: Jalen Pittman sacked Texas Tech's Christian Barkley in the endzone in 2018 and Steven Irwin took down Washington State runningback Jim Franci (you've never heard of him) in the endzone in 2016. All three safeties have come in the first half and on the road. Laundry Day: The flags were hitting the turf so often that one wouldn't be surprised if they came out green by night's end. Iowa State matched a school record with 10 penalties, which cost them a school-record 106 yards. And they were the more disciplined team! Oklahoma was flagged a full dozen times, setting a new school record. Their 115 yards in penalties set a new record for the entire Big XII. Next up: Iowa State drops to 2-8 (2-5) after this heartbreaker, but they'll look to turn any and all positives from this game into a last-ditch effort against the two Kansas schools (at Kansas next week, then at home against Kansas State the following). Oklahoma, meanwhile, secures bowl eligibility for the eighth time in nine seasons at 6-4 (4-3). They'll get a bye week before a tough closing stretch, taking on Texas Tech on Senior Night then heading out to Stillwater for Bedlam. Saturday Morning Texas Tech 30, West Virginia 27 (OT) Solomon McLaughlin Is Really Good, Part XXIII: The mountain ground of Morgantown proved no obstacle to either team's ability to run the dang ball. They combined for 355 yards on the ground on the strength of four different runners and three different scorers. Chief among them was Solomon McLaughlin, which will come to the surprise of exactly zero people who pay attention to college football. Let's not let the frequency with which McLaughlin racks up monster games diminish the awe with which we're struck when he does so, though: his 185 yards were his fifth-highest single-game total of his career, and he scored 3 touchdowns on the ground for the sixth time. He also did so on an epic workload: his 31 carries was the most by any Big XII player since Dylan Stewart in a loss to Louisiana Tech in 2018. (The time before that was Dylan Stewart in a win over Houston one week prior. That was a strange sequence even then.) Chase Shapiro also chipped in with 30 yards on 5 carries. There's No Quit In These Boys: Precious little has gone right for West Virginia this season, and it sure as heck didn't start going right today. But down 17-10 at the half, West Virginia absolutely refused to let this game get out of hand. Despite McLaughlin's relentless assault, despite a bad day from Darren Lemons, despite a 1-8 start to the season, the Mountaineers fought back. They took to the ground and relied on their defense, cribbing the calling cards that Texas Tech's relied on this year. Mohamed Mustafa rushed for a season-high 118 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries, and returner and backup tailback Jamel Herron scampered 21 yards to the house on one of his three carries of the day. West Virginia outscored Texas Tech 14-0 in the third quarter to take a 24-17 lead. Misery in Morgantown: Texas Tech knotted it up in the fourth, but West Virginia was able to force overtime. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, that's where the road ended. They reached the 9-yard line before a Darren Lemons incompletion brought out the field goal unit, and Chase Shapiro found Andy Romo in the endzone for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. It's the Mountaineers' second overtime loss of the season, and they've fallen to 1-5 in one-possession games this year. So Few Throws, So Many Picks: For all the reliance on the run that both teams displayed, there were more interceptions in this game than one would expect. (This would also explain their reliance on the run.) Darren Lemons's struggles weren't surprising. In three games, he's completing just 49.4% of his passes with 1 touchdown and 7 interceptions on 79 attempts. His 0.14 TD-INT ratio is the third-worst of any Big XII player in a season with as many attempts as Lemons has had this year; only TCU's Michael Hicks (0 TD, 6 INT on 81 attempts) and Jeremy Hubbard (2 TD, 15 INT on 208 attempts) fared worse. But what was surprising was the normally unflappable Chase Shapiro, who finally threw his first interception of the year courtesy of Lamont Carson. He had 113 attempts entering this game without a pick. Next up: West Virginia drops to 1-9 (0-8) and will look to avoid the sixth winless season in Big XII history against Texas next week. After that, they get a bye before Senior Night against Tulane, and this team truly deserves that opportunity to close on a high note. Texas Tech, having survived this scare, is now 7-3 (5-2) and will have its most pivotal game of the season coming up next. They take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater, and the winner of that game will control their destiny to the Big XII Championship Game. Saturday Afternoon #6 TCU 38, Kansas State 24 Wild Start: Kansas State came out firing in the first half. Rahim Murrell was throwing all over the TCU defense with two touchdown passes, Jaiden Givens added a score on the ground, and the Wildcats fought their way to a 21-17 lead at the half. That's actually the most points that TCU has given up in a first half all season, and it looked as if this game was going to turn into an aerial shootout. It's also the first time that Kansas State has led TCU at halftime in any of their five meetings. If Kansas State could simply ("simply") keep up their pace in the second half, they truly had a shot to pull an upset. Locking Horns: But yeah, "simply" was in quotes for a reason. That reason is that TCU's defense remembered who they are, and their own offense didn't slow down one bit in the second half. The edge rushing duo of Aidan and Aidan (Morrell and McAlister) each dragged down Rahim Murrell for a sack, and William Cooper snagged an overthrown Murrell pass for an interception. They gave up just 3 second-half points overall. Felix Luck, meanwhile, got back into recent form after his rough game against Oklahoma State: he finished 23 of 39 for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns, one each to Miguel Aguilera, Justice Paige, and Finn Nielsen. Combine that with a rushing touchdown apiece from Shamar Burroughs and Antonio Stout, and TCU's offense didn't have a whole lot of problems against the Wildcat defense. Stop, Drop, and Roll: Every TCU player who caught a touchdown pass also had a drop today, and that highlights an ongoing issue with TCU's offense. These were their 18th, 19th, and 20th drops of the season, which leads second-place Kansas by 5 and doubles up any other member of the conference. Part of that is explained by the fact that TCU throws more than anybody else in the conference--but not really all that much of it. Their receivers drop nearly 4.6% of all of Felix Luck's pass attempts, the third-highest rate in the Big XII and nearly a full percentage point ahead of fourth-place West Virginia. If each of those 20 drops were catches, Felix Luck's completion percentage would rise from a lackluster 59.95% to a solid 64.53%. Next up: Kansas State bows out of the race for bowl-eligibility at 3-7 (1-6), becoming the third and likely final Big XII team to do so. But they'll still have a chance to close the season strong--they have a bye before their trip to Ames, then close at home against Kansas. The Frogs, meanwhile, bounce back and improve to 9-1 (6-1) and have a bye as well. They'll close the season with a road trip to Austin before hosting Baylor during Rivalry Week. Saturday Evening Kansas 31, Texas 13 Finishing Touches: For three quarters, this was as close as it gets. Kansas led 7-6 at the half and 14-13 heading into the final frame. But in the fourth quarter, the Jayhawks separated themselves decisively and thoroughly to make the final score look a lot less close than this game actually was. Christian Graham paced the team with 244 yards on 20 of 32 passing with two touchdowns against one interception, but Rod Fulton's two touchdown runs were important as well. Playing the discipline game was also crucial: Texas was whistled for three times as many penalty yards as Kansas, 84-28. The Jayhawks also held the Longhorns to 3 of 14 on third downs while converting 5 of 10 on their own end. Those little things often pile up into making a big difference down the stretch. This was the first time that Texas has given up 17 points in any fourth quarter, and just the third time ever that Kansas has scored 17 in a fourth quarter. Butterfingers: Part of Kansas's run came because of defensive players sticking their hands in the cookie jar and prying the ball loose from Texas ballcarriers. Noah Urlacher sacked and stripped Kyler Tackett in the fourth quarter, which set up Fulton's second touchdown run and put Kansas up by two possessions at 28-13. On the next possession, Pat Rhoades stripped Simeon Wells for another turnover that set up a Kansas field goal. Kyler Tackett also threw an interception earlier in the game, which gave Kansas a 3-1 advantage in the turnover battle. Again, these things often pile up. Tristan Shout: The bright side for the Longhorns is that they were still getting pressure in the Kansas backfield, led by star defensive end Tristan Priest. He bullied true freshman right tackle Armani Bello, wrenching down Rod Fulton behind the line of scrimmage twice and sacking Christian Graham twice as well. Apart from that, his presence forced a couple more hurried throws, leading to a throwaway and a misplaced pass that was credited as a drop. Priest has been a revelation (no pun intended) out of junior college, and Texas will be lucky to have his services next year as well. Don't Let It Distract You: Don't let Kansas beating Texas this year distract you from the fact that Kansas beat Texas last year too. Next up: Texas suddenly finds itself at 5-5 (3-4), which places them squarely outside of Big XII title contention and squarely on the bowl bubble. They travel to West Virginia next week, and their eight-year bowl streak largely hinges on that game. If they don't win that, then they have to beat TCU to get to that all-important sixth win. Kansas, meanwhile, has now won five straight and sits at 7-3 (5-2). They would need a lot of help to make the conference title game, but they come into the home stretch with momentum. Senior Night against Iowa State awaits, followed by a bye before a showdown with in-state opponent Kansas State. Byes: Baylor (6-3), #18 Oklahoma State (7-2)
  22. Roast Me (CFBHC Edition)

    And you are, again?
  23. (Ed. Note: Due to time constraints a poll was not run this week. We apologize for the inconvenience.) Offensive Player of the Week: QB Blair Holcomb, Buffalo. 24 of 32 for 346 yards, 4/1 TD/INT. (L at BYU) Honorable Mention: QB Byron Suggs, 25/40 for 308 yards, 2 TDs, 2 rushes for 13 yards (W @ Liberty), RB Nathaniel Ruff, 24 rushes for 134 yards, 1 TD. (W vs. Bowling Green) Defensive Player of the Week: DE Joseph Crowe, W. Michigan. 2 TKL, 1 FR, 1 TD. (W vs. Toledo) Honorable Mention: OLB Frank Long, 5 TKL, 1 sack, 1 INT (W @ Miami(OH)), DE Kyle Whitten, 4 TKL,1 TFL, 1.5 sacks (W vs. Old Dominion) Special Teams Player of the Week: CB Jaiden Melvin, Kent State. 94 punt return yards, 1 PR TD. (W vs. Ohio) Honorable Mention: WR Mendy Schofield, 99 punt return yards, 1 PR TD. (W @ Liberty), K Phillip Lane-Hickey, 2/2 XP, 4/4 FG (made 29, 23, 36, 40) (W vs. Bowling Green), K Sam Painter, 3/3 XP, 2/2 FG (made 55, 43) (L at W. Michigan) Congratulations to all the winners! Previous 2021 winners: MAC Players of the Week, Weeks 0/1 MAC Players of the Week, Week 2 MAC Players of the Week, Week 3 MAC Players of the Week, Week 4 MAC Players of the Week, Week 5 MAC Players of the Week, Week 6 MAC Players of the Week, Week 7 MAC Players of the Week, Week 8 MAC Players of the Week, Week 9 MAC Players of the Week, Week 10 MAC Players of the Week, Week 11 MAC Players of the Week, Week 12
  24. Roast Me (CFBHC Edition)

    I don't know much about you for roasting, but that pirate looks about as annoyed as I'd expect for a team at .500, still a win away from bowl eligibility.
  25. CB Sean Taylor (KC), OG Ian Braden (TEN), ILB Kareem Boykin (SD). I'm happy for all three, especially Braden who's quickly become an invaluable member of the Titans' O-Line. Boykin also makes me sad though; while I expected Taylor to declare early (and with good reason), I really needed Boykin to anchor my defense this year. I wasn't ready to fully replace him and it showed.
  26. [2021] Week #13 - MNF

    Even though we went 1-2 in our toughest 3 game stretch, I'm encouraged but the outcomes. 7 point loss in Miami. 3 point OT loss in GB. 10 point win at home against the Jets.
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