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    As you see, I'm resigning, The IRL shit that's been going on has been too much too handle and to juggle around. I rather not say what it actually is, I just wanted to let you guys know that thanks for everything, the good and bad memories and the help. You guys are amazing, all of you, thank you for this chance to join the community and be apart of this great place. I don't know when I'll be back, I just know I will, one day, I know this is kinda sappy but again thanks to everyone, keep up everything, Peace y'all.
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    Abraham ran for 100 yards on 25 carries in week 10 against Seattle to give him 10,020 career rushing yards. Abraham went through three jerseys during his historic game Monday. But under them all he kept on the same white T-shirt, one with an image of the Dallas Cowboys star logo and the number 10,000. Some said he was too small, some said he was too slow. He dropped to the second round of the 2014 NFLHC draft being taken 19th overall by the Seattle Seahawks right before the team relocated to Dallas. Three running backs were selected before Abraham in the draft. But he has proven all doubters wrong and is the first player to rush for 10,000 yards. Known for his excellent vision, tremendous leg strength and great balance, Abraham has rushed for 100 yards in 64 of 89 career games (24 more 100 yard games than 2nd best). Chester Henson (the first running back drafted in 2014 ahead of Abraham) currently sits second on the career rushing list....but it's a distant second. Through week 10 of the 2020 season, here is how the top 5 all-time rushers stack up. All looking up at Abraham. 1. Vaughan Abraham- DAL – 10,020 2. Chester Henson – PIT – 8,379 3. Chad Dess – BUF – 7,869 4. Booker T. Washington – SEA – 7,420 5. Elvis Williams – NE – 7,366 Abraham is the only running back with a 2,000 yard season leading the league in 2017 with 2,055 yards. He has finished second in the league in rushing three times including 1,834 yards in 2018, the 3rd highest single season total. He won a National Championship at LSU in 2013. He has been named to the All-Pro team in 4 of his 6 seasons. He was the NFLHC MVP in 2016. He won a Super Bowl in Dallas in 2018. Abraham missed 3 games in 2019 and finished with his lowest rushing total since his rookie year leaving people to wonder if the wear and tear was getting to him. Currently 3rd in the league in rushing with 916 yards (16 yards behind the league leader), Abraham looks to have bounced back to his old self. He has 1 more year left on his current deal with the Cowboys and has said he has no plans of slowing down. Cowboy fans hope he sticks around long enough to set the rushing mark so high that it will never be broken. When Vaughan Abraham decides he's run enough, he will end up in the NFLHC Hall of Fame.
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    CFBHC v1.3b June 9th, 2017 Pre-Release v1.3.1.15 Notes: As usual thanks to the members who helped test this - there weren't many this time because I got this pumped out quickly with my new additional time. I appreciate the thoughts and input you guys have made in your private feedback forum threads. Just a heads up - version 1.4 will introduce a practice schedule system that will likely be added for 2021 after commissioners help beta test and may introduce prestige and firing for CFBHC and/or NFLHC depending on beta feedback. NFLHC * Added player happiness. Happiness is a sliding value from 0-100 that represents how content a player is with an organization. Happiness is not necessarily a reflection of only team success. Happiness is a hidden value but will result in a variety of visible events. * Added three new rejection reasons for players to refuse to sign a new or extension contract: Dislike of head coach or coaching style. Looking for contender team. Looking for free agent money. * Tied NFLHC events and happiness into contract situations. Players may express requests to draft certain positions via events, ask for certain offseason signings (including other specific players) or may express dissatisfaction with a head coach or coordinator. * Fixed a bug with progressions. * Fixed a bug with receving stat output. * Fixed a minor bug with stuck gameplan changes if not updated. * Fixed a minor bug with slant passes. CFBHC * Added Conference Media Accounts. Commissioners will receive the access information for an account associated with their conference and may share the account info at their discretion. Similar to the USA Today account this should be used for players of the week, official conference news, etc. and will expand and incorporate future roleplaying aspects in version 1.4. *Added un-positioned players to all future high school recruiting classes. These players will have no position (position listed will be NA) and no attribute (attribute listed will be [None]) and will be more heavily dependent on their size and weight for progression in their first two years. Just before beginning their junior year (either (Jr) or just Jr) they will be given a position and then progress with their normal position from then on. *Added true walk-on recruits. Teams with very low player counts may be restocked with somewhat random amounts of low skill recruits in the offseason that will have a position but no attribute (listed as [None]).
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    July 14th, 2020 This off-season featured a coaching carousel that was burning around at mach-5 with new comers and long-tenured coaches jumping ship to new pastures. All in all 38 teams will trot on to the field this 2020 season with a new coach at the helm, and we here at Forbes have done the research to see just how much this schools are paying for them. Most institutions we spoke to had similar criteria for what they were looking for in a coach as well as how much they were able to offer up in ink to them. Essentially it comes down to; Track Record; Experience, Win %, Postseason Success Recruiting; General ability to recruit hot talent based off past data College Prestige; How deep into the pockets the institution can reach to put into the contract Here's this seasons newly written contracts... https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iVgY7lobw70vVz5Xy2d3yHFr3r1qBiCX5vHva35f55c/edit?usp=sharing
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    FAKE NEWS! Bengals owner Trey_Chaffin responds to criticism from Dolphins owner smckenz3. Bengals defeated Dolphins 27-24 over the weekend. "What smckenz3 is saying is fake news. Rather than complaining about the field conditions he should work on winning games because the Dolphins just don't win anymore."- Bengals owner Trey_Chaffin
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    Welcome to the first edition of Five By Five, a new feature where we spotlight five programs around the country. Every week, five randomly selected coaches will have the opportunity to answer five questions about their team and their players. This week, our panel consists of sleuthofbears from Texas A&M, ajyoungmark from Miami, Monda from Marshall, Isaac829 from Charlotte, and taffyowner from Wisconsin. Each coach will begin by answering the same four questions along with a fifth question unique to their program. Q1: How does your team feel about its opening matchup this season? sleuthofbears, Texas A&M: We're confident. Ole Miss is a solid team, but we've been looking at a few matchups that we think we can exploit against them, and I think it'll be enough to get the win on the road in Oxford. ajyoungmark, Miami (FL): We think that Minnesota is going to be a tough test for us, but it is a game where we should be able to compete. It will be a great experience for our young team, and we will be able to grow regardless of the outcome. Monda, Marshall: I feel confident. While I don't know particularly how we will fair, I think we'll put up a fight and keep the game close. Isaac829, Charlotte: With an improved offense and defense, I feel a bit more confident about playing USF again. My team and I definitely could close the gap this season. taffyowner, Wisconsin: The team is feeling ready to play, keeping the line and backfield mostly intact is great for chemistry and the kids are all having fun together, theyre a really loose bunch, lead by Trufant and Jarvis. Q2: Outside of the final scoreline, what's the area of the statsheet your team most needs to dominate to succeed this year? sleuthofbears, Texas A&M: I feel like it's the turnover battle. Nathan is obviously a young quarterback who has a lot to learn, so if he can keep his INTs down I feel like we have a good shot at contending this year. On the other side of the ball, I feel like if we can force the opposing QB to make mistakes, which I feel like we definitely have the ability to do with out D-Line, our offense should be able to capitalize. ajyoungmark, Miami (FL): With the loss of Brett Fisher, our rushing offense will need to take a step up and make up for some of the production lost. We are very confident in Ronnie [Peterson] he had a very successful JUCO career, and he has shown how good of a player he is in camp. But we will be in for a tough year if our run game is not able to carry some of the weight this year. Monda, Marshall: This may be cliche, but turnovers. The defense needs to be as clutch as they were last season and the offense needs to limit their turnovers. Isaac829, Charlotte: Turnover battle. Last season, we had too many turnovers from our offense and not enough turnovers given by the defense. Having Kieron and Chris will improve the difference significantly. taffyowner, Wisconsin: The area we shoud dominate in is the running game, breaking in a whole new WR corps is going to create some growing pains for the unit and we'll need Trufant to carry us early in the season. Q3: What newcomers are you expecting to make an immediate impact on your team? sleuthofbears, Texas A&M: Well obviously Nathan and Jarvis are going to be two of our key pieces on offense this year, and both are going to be making their first starts this week. On the defensive side, DaQuan Robinson and Samuel Cunningham. Both are coming off of redshirts and are going to be key in winning the turnover battle like I mentioned in the previous question. ajyoungmark, Miami (FL): On offense, Albert Palacios will be a key contributor as a Redshirt Freshman this year, particularly in the run game. Throughout camp, Palacios has shown the ability to create running lanes for our running backs. Defensively, Patrick Everett will be a significant contributor this year. Last season Patrick was turning heads on the scout team defense, and we expect that he will be able to translate to live games. Everett will have to be playing at his highest level for our defense to thrive this year. Monda, Marshall: Devon McCoy. He will be leading our thin receiving corps and will have to impact game significantly after the loss of Trung Vu. Brandon Adler will be leading the offense in his Sophomore season and will need McCoy is the leading wideout. Isaac829, Charlotte: Like I said earlier, Kieron Brooks and Chris Billings will have the most impact on both sides of the ball. Both guys are by far the best in their positions. taffyowner, Wisconsin: The big newcomers we need to make an impact are WRs Afasa Vaaelua and Chance Thurman, if they can step up and play to their potential we will have an unstoppable passing attack Q4: What player of yours has been the most successful off the field? sleuthofbears, Texas A&M: I'd really like to give a shoutout to Jarvis here. He was immensely talented coming out of high school, but didn't get any D1 offers because he had a bad drug problem. But he didn't quit. He went to rehab, got himself clean, then tore it up at Baytown and now he's here. Stories like his are ones you don't see enough of in this sport, and I think he deserves credit for turning his life around. ajyoungmark, Miami (FL): Our starting left tackle Walt Moeller has been thriving in the classroom. This past December he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and was a member of Dean's List each term. Because Walt is a 5th-year senior, he started his Masters in Business and Administration this past semester. He finished the spring semester with a 3.8 GPA, and we are incredibly proud of his off the field achievements as a Miami Hurricane. Monda, Marshall: Defintely safety Riley Goldberg. Goldberg is from the West Virginia area and has always given back to his town of War. His academic efforts are no joke either, currently maintaining an A average. Isaac829, Charlotte: Micah Browning is very close to graduating soon, and I'm very proud of him. taffyowner, Wisconsin: The backup Defensive End, Johan Lorenzo, has just been a perfect player off the field, he volunteers in the community, helps out at local camps, and even has time to lead tours throughout the school, we're glad to have him as an embassador for the school. He's always there to welcome our recruits to the facility and tell them how great the program is and that this is the perfect fit for them. Q5 to sleuthofbears: How are Nathan Singletary and Jarvis Ward handling fans' comparisons to Matty Swift and Adrian Jankowski? sleuthofbears, Texas A&M: They know that A&M has a long history of having an elite QB-WR tandem (namely Swift-Jankowski and Williams-Smith), and they push themselves harder everyday in order to live up to those expectations. Q5 to ajyoungmark: How does a storied program like Miami go about replacing such a unique talent like Brett Fisher? ajyoungmark, Miami (FL): It will be very tough to replace such a transcendent talent like Brett Fisher. He was a great leader and was a guy that many underclassmen looked up to. But if we can have a more balanced attack offensively and some of our upperclassmen step up as leaders we will be able to fill the massive hole that Brett left. Q5 to Monda: Marshall has been king of the C-USA East back-to-back years, but has lost to Rice twice in the conference championship game. Do you expect to make it back to the CCG, and do you expect to make it over the Rice hump? Monda, Marshall: I fully expect that we have the ability to make it back to the CCG, but I don't know if we have the talent to beat Rice yet. The Owls are a really good team, and we lost several key players from last season (where we lost 35-0). I guess we will have to see when we get there. Q5 to Isaac829: Charlotte has quietly been building talent over these last couple of seasons. What else do you think the team needs to do to challenge Marshall and Rice and win the C-USA? Isaac829, Charlotte: There never seems to be enough talent to keep up with Rice at least. By the time I finish improving some positions, another one becomes terrible. At the top of my head right now, offensive and defensive lines could be improved. Q5 to taffyowner: Wisconsin has been year-in and year-out without fail one of the most successful programs in the country. What has been the key to maintaining that kind of consistency? taffyowner, Wisconsin: The biggest key to maintaining consistency is knowing what you have and how to get success out of it. You have to be willing to adjust to the players you have coming into the school, and how they fit into the team. You can't fit a square peg into a round hole, you know?
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    Just here to say that, after 4 weeks, only one team in the state of Oregon has a win, and that team is not the Ducks
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    Leaving the Ravens. Everything else snowballed from there. With the Ravens, everything was run through Monark and TheSam. We didnt always agree on everything, but we had a solid foundation, and a team with potential. I told them the only way I would ever leave was if the Vikings opened up. Well, the Vikings opened up, and I was enthusiastic about joining my favorite childhood team. This is no offense to bellwood or bmlig, but I was hoping id have a veteran apply to be the head coach. When that didnt happen, i was forced to bring bellwood on as the HC rather than as a scout/administrative assistant, a role im not sure many newcomers to the site can handle. (Bellwood has done a phenomenal job thus far, though our record doesnt refelect it.) Then I started looking into the financials of the team, and it was an absolute mess. The team already couldn't afford to bring back Arlie LeClair, who if he was still with our team, would make us the undisputed best linebacking corps in the league. The cap sheet was messy and incorrect in a few places. There was a player who had been progressed as part of the team, who had been released and not re-signed, meaning our team page wasn't proper. Then I looked forward to the 2021 contracts, and it was clear we weren't going to be able to afford to bring Vardell back the way things were written. So i was forced to make some moves, which we all know about. Some people were like "well why not wait until next year then, you could still make the playoffs this year!" That would only be prolonging the inevitable, and we also would have the same problems on defense as we do now (lack of secondary, weak DL). Also now nearly everyone, even if they're supposedly blowing their own teams up and "everyone's available", tries to fleece me while trading, where with the Ravens, they at least seemed to somewhat respect me. And that's probably the biggest thing of it, I've seemingly lost any respect I've had at the nflhc level, and while some of that might be deserved, i think given the circumstances theres a little bit too much shitting on certain teams. Because of this, NFLHC isnt as fun to me as it once was, since every move I make is scrutinized to the maximum level (drafting a CB in the 3rd "there the Vikings go drafting another shitty CB", making it public knowledge that I was interested in getting Stiles "wtf are you even doing anymore" when the most I was going to offer the Saints was much less than the Bengals paid, etc). If i were still with the Ravens, i think people would view me differently, maybe even positively for moving up for Troy Marshall last year and for whichever other moves we may have made this off-season. Im in deep with the Vikings now, and I do enjoy working with bmlig and bellwood very much, but i definitely miss working with theSam and Monark and our hijinks both inside and outside the Ravens Cave. I dont think the Vikings are much off from whete the Packers were last year, and we've seen the success theyre having, so hopefully we can recapture some of the winning ways, and the fun of NFLHC.
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    Jason Johnson and Aaron Shea are rewriting record books in 2020 and have their teams on the path to greatness After a slight lapse in Power Rankings (sorry, work has been terrible lately), we're back with an all new and improved Tiered System that is guaranteed to last...for probably just this week. Here's my thoughts about who's in, who's needs to play better, and who's probably been looking a little too intently at college players... Remember, if you don't like where you are in the rankings...play better! Tier One -- True Title Contenders 1. Los Angeles Rams 2. Carolina Panthers 3. New York Jets 4. Green Bay Packers 5. Detroit Lions 6. Indianapolis Colts Tier Two -- Playoff Bound, Not Quite Ready for the Crown 7. Dallas Cowboys 8. Seattle Seahawks 9. Jacksonville Jaguars 10. San Francisco 49ers Tier Three -- Work to Do to Make the Playoffs 11. Denver Broncos 12. Oakland Raiders 13. Atlanta Falcons 14. Miami Dolphins 15. Philadelphia Eagles 16. Houston Texans Tier Four -- Improved, But Drafting in the Teens 17. Cleveland Browns 18. Cincinnati Bengals 19. Tennessee Titans Tier Five -- 2019? That was HOW Long Ago? 20. New England Patriots 21. New York Giants 22. Kansas City Chiefs 23. Pittsburgh Steelers 24. Baltimore Ravens Tier Six -- Serious Scouting Started in Weeks Ago 25. Arizona Cardinals 26. Chicago Bears 27. Minnesota Vikings 28. Washington Redskins 29. Buffalo Bills 30. Los Angeles Chargers 31. New Orleans Saints 32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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    NO ONE MAY SUBMIT A RESPONSE. After several days of record rainfall Paul Brown Stadium crews have lost control of the grass situation. "It's a nightmare," said Groundskeeper Michael Smith. "We were already having trouble with the grass due to a weed problem and now it's completely run away on us. Fortunately the weed is also dead." "Weed? What weed? Where?" Bengals General Manager DangerZoneh responded in a press conference at the Stadium today. "We may need to bring new grass in. Hopefully the next home game is unaffected." Michael Smith added, "I'm working hard to find new sod but it's going to be a definite issue next game." Both teams involved in the next home game at Paul Brown Stadium will have their likelihood of fumbling be increased by 50% and the likelihood of injury is increased by 30%.
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    Recent polling conducted has found the following opinions of head coaches in their respective cities based on game planning and the teams performance relative to overall skill: Superb: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams Solid: Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks Acceptable: Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals No Opinion: Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants Not Acceptable: Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Angry: Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints Should be Fired: Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins
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    August 21st, 2020 In this new installment we'll look in depth into the contracts of each of the current Big XII coaches throughout their D1 career and see just how much they have in the bank. We'll also be going back to look at where these coaches came from before D1 and what their first institution thought their abilities were and what subsequent contract they got from that. We'll go coach by coach: acewulf Before D1 St. Stephens HS Coach (Tulsa, OK) Missouri QB Coach 2014 Missouri Contract Track Record | C Recruiting | C- 4 years, $4,948,000 (1 year completed) 2016 Wyoming Contract Track Record | B+ Recruiting | C 5 years, $6,715,000 (3 games completed) 2016 Oregon State Contract Track Record | F Recruiting | C- 4 years, $3,640,000 (1 year completed) 2017 Texas Tech Contract Track Record | C Recruiting | C 5 years, $7,460,000 (Ongoing) Total Earned to Date: $8,331,000 AzulCaballero Before D1 Played WR for Kansas McCallum HS Coach (Austin, TX) Trinity Valley CC Head Coach 2014 Arizona State Contract Track Record | C Recruiting | F 5 years, $4,530,000 (2 years completed) 2016 Texas Contract Track Record | B Recruiting | A+ 4 years, $15,468,000 (4th Year Extension Taken) 2019 Texas Contract Track Record | A+ Recruiting | B Extension Bonus | +6.39% 4 years, $48,095,000 (Ongoing) Total Earned to Date: $32,651,000 ChicagoTed1 Before D1 Passed out drunk in Gaylord Stadium after he mooned the jumbotron 5th Place PeeWee Football Coach Scrubbed jock straps at Oklahoma State Oklahoma State OL Coach Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Head Coach 2013 Oklahoma Contract Track Record | C- Recruiting | F 7 years, $9,590,000 (7th Year Extension Taken) 2019 Oklahoma Contract Track Record | A+ Recruiting | C+ Extension Bonus | +8.36% 5 years, $47,735,000 (Ongoing) Total Earned to Date: $25,916,000 DangerZoneh Before D1 Centre College Head Coach 2013 TCU Contract Track Record | C Recruiting | C- 6 years, $8,976,000 (6th Year Extension Taken) 2018 TCU Contract Track Record | A- Recruiting | A+ Extension Bonus | +9.84% 7 years, $33,572,000 (Ongoing) Total Earned to Date: $21,868,000 HAFFnHAFF Before D1 Oklahoma GA Drake Head Coach Arkansas OC 2018 Kansas State Contract Track Record | B- Recruiting | C- 5 years, $7,375,000 (Ongoing) Total Earned to Date: $4,425,000 Minnowsotan Before D1 Excerpt from the autobiography, 'I Move Paper Like a Cyclone', "I was a paper boy before this. I delivered the papers to the athletic director everyday. I was never late, the athletic director saw how well I managed papers, so he offered me a deal. If I could male a bowl in my first 5 years as a coach then I have the job permanently. After much consideration I decided to quit the paper route and study football" 2014 Iowa State Contract Track Record | C+ Recruiting | F 5 years, $6,630,000 (5th Year Extension Taken) 2018 Iowa State Contract Track Record | C+ Recruiting | B- Extension Bonus | +7.13% 6 years, $13,890,000 (Ongoing) Total Earned to Date: $12,249,000 panther553212 Before D1 Tulsa QB Coach Oklahoma State Offensive Coordinator 2016 Oklahoma State Contract Track Record | F Recruiting | F 5 years, $2,575,000 (5th Year Extension Taken) 2020 Oklahoma State Contract Track Record | B Recruiting | A- 4 years, $13,512,000 (NEW) Total Earned to Date: $5,438,000 smckenz3 Before D1 West Virginia GA ECU RB Coach Virginia WR Coach Texas A&M Offensive Coordinator 2017 Texas A&M Contract Track Record | C- Recruiting | F 5 years, $7,460,000* (8 games in 2017 and whole 2018 season) 2019 West Virginia Contract Track Record | B Recruiting | C 5 years, $12,400,000 (Ongoing) Total Earned to Date: $6,369,000 Stormstopper Before D1 Duke GA Georgia State RB Coach Harvard Offensive Coordinator NC Central Head Coach 2014 Kansas Contract Track Record | C Recruiting | C- +$200,000/Year Commissioner Pay 5 years, $7,775,000 (5th Year Extension Taken) 2018 Kansas Contract Track Record | B+ Recruiting | A- +$200,000/Year Commissioner Pay Extension Bonus | +3.20% 6 years, $23,928,000 (Ongoing) Total Earned to Date: $18,984,000 TuscanSota Before D1 University of Canada at Winnipeg GA Simon Fraser University QB Coach Texas Tech Offensive Coordinator (under LamboThrone) 2016 Houston Contract Track Record | C- Recruiting | C- 6 years, $7,686,000 (2 Years Completed) 2018 Baylor Contract Track Record | B Recruiting | C- 5 years, $13,160,000 (Ongoing) Total Earned to Date: $10,458,000 Here's a spreadsheet of most the above data formatted nicely. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1P3xG7aoI2P6HQi1EgZ1PeZluDzxMeF4xM4mxwObDjBI/edit?usp=sharing NEXT WEEK: MAC
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    Welcome to another edition of Five By Five, the Chicago Tribune's fastest-growing feature where we spotlight up to five programs from around the country. Every week, up to five randomly selected coaches will have the opportunity to answer five questions about their team and their players. This week, our panel consists of Duncan345 from Mississippi State, Wooden from Southern Miss, and CadeRich5 from Alabama; the other two coaches declined to return their questionnaires. Each coach will begin by answering the same four questions along with a fifth question unique to their program. Q1: By now, everyone's taken the field at least once--and some of you have played twice. Do you think what we've seen so far from your team is a good indicator for what we'll see for the rest of the season? Wooden, Southern Miss: I think what we showed week 2 against Rutgers is a good indicator of how we will look all season. I made some tweaks to the offense between weeks 1 and 2, and I think our offense will be scoring at least 20 points every game. Weir will always be consistent on the ground, but we do need our senior WR Randall Johnson to make more of an impact this year than he has so far, and I expect him to have some 100 yard games soon. CadeRich5: Alabama: Well, I love how our QB Antonio Pugh played in our first game against GT. We have plenty of weapons and he just needs to keep the ball safe and distribute. AJ Edwards might be the best wide out in the country, and he needs to have the ball in his hands to show it. Also, I was impressed by our teams ability to come from behind and get the victory in my first game in Tuscaloosa. Duncan345, Mississippi State: No. We have a lot of adjustments to make. We need to figure out how to make better use of our play makers on both sides of the ball. The whole team needs to work on their fundamentals too. Hopefully we can address those issues this week and get things on track. Q2: Obviously not all 21-point games are created equal, but all five of your teams gave up at least 21 points in your most recent outing. How do you feel about your defense's performance so far this season? Wooden, Southern Miss: My defense has not done a great job of creating turnovers so far, and we haven't been great against either the run or the pass. For the amount of talent we have on the defensive side, though, we have done decently, and I expect us to allow fewer points in CUSA play. Our redshirt freshman ILB, Micah Griffin, a former 5 star recruit, has had a great start to the season, making two statsheets in the first game, and I expect him to continue this play throughout the season. CadeRich5: Alabama: We may have given up 21 points, but we pitched a shutout in the second half. We picked off Beckett, one of the premier QBs in the ACC, and held their running game to just over 2 yards per carry. It may have taken us a little bit to get settled into the game, but I believe we have a strong defense that can keep us in any game this season. Duncan345, Mississippi State: We aren't going to panic just yet. Air Force has a potent offense and it was just one game. I don't think you will see this defense give up that many points very often. Q3: Without getting into confidential gameplan information, what are some of the broader tweaks you're hoping will take root in the upcoming weeks? Wooden, Southern Miss: Our QB, Alexander Cassidy improved dramatically from week 1 to week 2 when I tweaked what position group he targets when throwing the ball, and I think this change will help him over the next few weeks. CadeRich5: Alabama: I don't discuss gameplan decisions with the media. Duncan345, Mississippi State: We have to get the Ryan Childs the ball. I think we could also do a better job of letting our linebackers roam around a bit so they can make some plays. Q4: Who on your team would you expect to be an Academic All-American? Wooden, Southern Miss: Matthew Cunningham, our #2 WR, was the valedictorian of his class in high school. He is such a hard worker that I know his grades will translate to college, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being an Academic All-American. CadeRich5: Alabama: SS Xavier Burroughs has been working hard in the classroom so far, as well as coaching up the younger guys in practice. He's got amazing work ethic and I expect his grades to show it. Duncan345, Mississippi State: Hunter Thurgood has really impressed me with his grades and his ability to absorb the playbook. He's just a redshirt freshman but he conducts himself like a seasoned pro. Q5 to Wooden: After the season-opening loss to Hawaii, your team really turned it around and laid a beating on Rutgers. What was the difference? Wooden, Southern Miss: The difference between our game against Hawaii and the Rutgers game was 100% Alexander Cassidy. When he throws 3 TDs and has ~70% completion, we can beat bigger teams like Rutgers, and I hope he can continue to play like this. Q5 to CadeRich5: Now that you've had a game to get settled in at Alabama, what do you think of your new team? Are there any major differences between how you coach them compared to how you coached Oregon? CadeRich5: Alabama: At Oregon, we were based around a strong ground attack, but here at Alabama we just have too many weapons to not sling the ball through the air. I'll be hoping to keep the guys balanced all while developing one of the defenses in the country like my 2019 Ducks. Q5 to Duncan345: Air Force has one of the best offenses in the country, and it showed your opener against them. How is your defense responding to that game, and what can we expect from them against Houston? Duncan345, Mississippi State: Air Force is a tough offense to play in the opening game. They looked good out there but we had some missed assignments. That's to be expected with a bunch of new guys playing in the opener, and it's even harder when you're playing an offense like Air Force. Obviously it was a different story last year with Tyler Jones creating pressure all day. I think the main thing with that offense is to get pressure on the QB without losing contain. It's easier said than done. I haven't scouted Houston so I don't know how to answer that question, but I can tell you that they will have their hands full. Their biggest weakness is probably defending against receiving Tight Ends, so Houston will want to work on those plays this week.
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    First win against a #1 team in Pitt history! Fuck Penn State!
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    You've been visited by Chaos Buffalo. Like this post 25 times to appease Chaos Buffalo. You could be next.
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    I knew we were losing this because winning would have made sense and I'm a shot coach so nothing ever makes sense. Gg Saints.
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    Welcome to another edition of Five By Five, the Chicago Tribune's fastest-growing feature where we spotlight five programs from around the country. Every week, five randomly selected coaches will have the opportunity to answer five questions about their team and their players. This week, our panel consists of thetrain23 from UTEP, Jieret from Western Michigan, reigning ACC and National Coach of the Year Emperor_of_Orange from defending ACC champion Clemson, caesari from Miami of Ohio, and two-time Big Ten champion and CFBHC founder and commissioner Soluna, now at Florida. Each coach will begin by answering the same four questions along with a fifth question unique to their program. Q1: How would you grade your team's performance in week 1? [For teams with byes, the question was altered to: While some teams were in action this week, how would you grade your team's preparation for its week 2 opener?] thetrain23, UTEP: Well, we had a bye, so we spent most of the week practicing, having fun, and enjoying opening weekend. Our biggest focus as we approach our first game this week has been on consistent execution and making sure we have our new schemes down. I think we've done a pretty great job of that in practice, but the real grading comes Saturday. Jieret, Western Michigan: Probably a C+. We're expanding our offense and adding some new wrinkles, so there were things to iron out. Fortunately our defense stepped up for us once again, they're good enough to allow us some leeway on the offensive side. Emperor_of_Orange, Clemson: I'm pretty thrilled with the outcome, the defense showed me that it is good enough to carry this team while the offensive line develops and gels as a unit. Redshirt Freshman Glenn Thorpe was a dominant force and greatly strengthens this defensive line, overall I think the defense is elite at every level. Marquise Holliday was himself, and I think he's only adding to his Heisman hopes. caesari, Miami (OH): I think the answer has to be an A+. Nevada has been a team we've spent the entire offseason preparing for, and we knew that they could potentially be our toughest opponent all season. To open with a win against a playoff team from last year has boosted morale to a level we haven't seen in a couple years. Soluna, Florida: I'm more than happy with the offensive production from our win against NDSU but I need to work on tweaking the gameplan/O-Line a bit more to be entirely happy. I'm somewhat disappointed with the defense but I think I can iron out the issues pretty quickly as the low points of the game were pretty much what I was expecting. As of now I'll be happy at 7-5 with a bowl game. Q2: What do you feel your team most needs to improve on heading into its next game? thetrain23, UTEP: Last season, the offense was just atrocious, especially in the passing game. Despite that we're gonna be starting a true freshman at QB this season, I'm actually optimistic we'll be able to score a lot more points this year. Jieret, Western Michigan: Definitely our third-down conversion rate. We're not built to be an explosive offensive so we have to be brutally efficient, 3 of 15 on third down won't get it done. Emperor_of_Orange, Clemson: I'd like to see a little more accuracy out of Jamel Armstrong, and a higher punting average. caesari, Miami (OH): Our running game isn't something we rely heavily on, but Ajani Garrett is someone we'd really like to get rolling. He's an incredibly talented guy in a system that only gets him 12-15 carries a game. We'd like to see those carries translate into even better production. Soluna, Florida: I need to pin down the secondary a bit more. Even though, as I said above, the offense was a bit flawed in game 1 it was serviceable enough that I can focus on improving the defense. I definitely need to get the D involved before rolling fully into the conference schedule. Q3: Who should be getting more attention on your team that the national or conference media hasn't picked up on? thetrain23, UTEP: That's gotta be our senior running back Justin Barksdale. He's been the best player on the team for the last two years, and I think his national perception last season was harmed by poor coaching and a generally bad team around him. I think he'll have 1200+ yards and double-digit touchdowns this season, and he'll have a good shot at All-CUSA. Jieret, Western Michigan: Junior ILB Kareem Boykin. Since he transferred to us from a New Jersey JuCo, all he's done is make tackles with the occasional interception thrown in. Sean Taylor gets the spotlight (and for good reason), but Boykin is probably our most important defensive piece. Emperor_of_Orange, Clemson: My WR2 Corey Bolden. Corey finished last year as the WR3 behind the Josiah/Marquise combo, collecting 52 passes for 703 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was the most prolific receiver against TCU with 7 catches for 89 yards and 1 touchdown and I think he could end up being All-ACC. caesari, Miami (OH): I will forever sing the praise of Zach Cera. Kenneth Harrison is already the most productive receiver in the MAC, but his QB hasn't been talked about enough. Cera lead the conference in most statistics last year and I think he could make a run at many of the MAC career records before his time at Miami is over, and even carve out an NFL career for himself. Soluna, Florida: Timothy Key, DE - I have always kind of wondered why he's so overlooked. I'm terrible at coaching D-Line, it's always been my worst group, but Key has already showed that it almost seems to not matter. I think he'll finish top 5 in sacks easily. Q4: Who among your underclassmen has been stepping up as leaders in the locker room? thetrain23, UTEP: Probably DE Patrick Coon. He's a true freshman, but he's already slated to start, and he's been ahead of even some of the sophomores and juniors in knowing his playbook and playing smart football. He's out there every play making sure his team knows where to line up and how to play the schemes. Jieret, Western Michigan: Is it cheating to point at my QB, RSo Chase Sims? I threw him in the fire after Week 4 last season and he responded admirably. This year, Chase is inspiring the guys with all the extra work he's putting in. Even though the job is his he isn't coasting and the team respects him for it. Emperor_of_Orange, Clemson: Definitely Marquise Holliday. He's a seasoned leader at this point, as he was a defensive leader from the day he stepped on campus. caesari, Miami (OH): We are most proud of Casey Swann, our tight end. Coming into the season we wanted to get him more involved, but sometimes the game dictates that we look elsewhere. Casey has been a great leader even when things aren't going his way. Soluna, Florida: Redshirt sophomore Abdoul Ridley has been contributing strongly all offseason since I got here. I'm fully expecting him to take the lead on defense for the next 2 years. Q5 to thetrain23: You're a fresh face in the coaching ranks of CFBHC. What kind of reputation are you hoping to develop over the course of the season? thetrain23, UTEP: I'm not going to sugarcoat it, this might be a tough year for us. We're a young team, and there's some talented competitors in our way. This season, our goal as a team is always play hard and play smart. You overwhelm us with superior talent, but you're not going to outwork us or outsmart us. We'd like to be a team that nobody wants to face this year, and everyone dreads facing next year. Q5 to Jieret: Out the door is Gabriel Shields, and in the lineup is DeSean Madison. How does the presence of an impact freshman at a skill position alter your long-term strategy? Jieret, Western Michigan: Short-term not much will change; if we felt the need to shelter DeSean or limit his carries he wouldn't have been named the starter over Gabriel. Long-term? It actually affects our recruiting more than anything. DeSean is a special kid and Western is lucky to have him, I have no doubt he will see the field on Sundays. But with Gabriel transferring out, our RB depth for the next few seasons is severely tested. We have to recruit a running back sooner than I would have preferred to. Q5 to Emperor_of_Orange: Despite a lot of hype surrounding Clemson following the title game run, you've been publicly downplaying expectations for a while now. Does the win over TCU have you recalibrating expectations in either direction at all? Emperor_of_Orange, Clemson: Beating TCU definitely gives me more confidence, but I just believe that Clemson this year is a team with a lot more flaws than last season. I believe we are deserving of our ranking, however, because so far we've shown that our strengths far outweigh said flaws. Let's just say I'm very cautiously optimistic. Q5 to caesari: Your team pulled off one of the more surprising results of the week by waxing Nevada. What kind of statement does this win make going forward? caesari, Miami (OH): The MAC is getting stronger every year, and historically Miami has been in the thick of the conference championship race. This kind of win sets the tone for the season: we aren't content with what happened last season, and we have a chance to make a major push this year. Hopefully the momentum carries on throughout the coming games. Q5 to Soluna: It goes without saying that you've had a lengthy track record of success. How much of what's tried-and-true did you try to carry with you when you accepted the Florida job, and how much priority did you place on adapting to a roster that's dissimilar to what you had at Penn State and Northwestern? Soluna, Florida: I will continue to use the same methods I employed in the previous jobs and start building the defense, improving o-line and core groups on offense then developing my final gameplan. It's going to take 2020 and likely 2021 to become established but Florida will return to national prominence soon.
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    Big shoutout to @smckenz3 for writing up my crappy rankings last week...he poured a ton of time into that and it is much appreciated. Just another of the great guys on this site...thanks! Some serious movement in the top half of the rankings this week, and a bit toward the bottom as well. While we're certainly seeing a clearing of top-tier teams from the herd, the great middle is muddled as ever. This week, I'm gonna provide one stat per team that points to why I have them ranked as such. Enjoy! Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! CCG Favorites--Pick Range: #29-32 1. Los Angeles Rams Why: The Rams lead the League in 15 statistical categories, but we'll go with Best DYPP defense in the League (22.03), 3 points clear of 2nd place (19.51), where 3rd place is 18.67. Wow. Good luck, everyone else. 2. Carolina Panthers Why: Best 3rd Down % in the League (39.84%). Skaggs won't let them punt. And the 2nd best scoring team in the League. 3. Indianapolis Colts Why: 7 straight wins, is ridiculous, but par for the course for the team with League's highest rated QB (minimum 150 passes): 117.28, 25-4 TD-INT ratio. 4. New York Jets Why: Discipline and efficient balance. 2nd fewest penalties in the League, #4 in OYPP, #8 in DYPP. Those numbers equate to good coaching. Playoff-caliber Teams, One Could Get Hot and Win It All--Pick Range: #21-29 5. Detroit Lions Why: League's best YPCA (3.77) and YPGA (72.7) means you can't run on the Lions. If you have to pass, that's when Keyshawn and Cam Jones smile. 6. Dallas Cowboys Why: League's best OLine rating (8.32) and fewest sacks allowed (11) plus 3rd best DYPP means that Dallas wins both sides of the line of scrimmage. 7. Green Bay Packers Why: Offensive Efficiency. The Pack are only team in the League under 11 OYPP (10.5). In this League, offense usually wins. 8. San Francisco 49ers Why: 2nd best YPG/YPGA ratio in the League. Coach Duncan knows that field position wins games in the Playoffs. 9. Jacksonville Jaguars Why: Fewest Turnovers in the League. Barkley & Co. have turned it over only 5 times (all INTs). 10. Atlanta Falcons Why: Stingiest 3rd Down % Defense in the League (22.14%) plus 2nd most sacks in the League. RIP QBs on 3rd down. 11. Philadelphia Eagles Why: Best YPGA (218.6) and Most defensive TDs means the Eagles have playmakers all over the D. Combine that with the League's 2nd best 3rd Down % on O. 12. Denver Broncos Why: 2nd best YPAA in the League (7.1) in the pass-happy AFC West is solid. 13. Seattle Seahawks Why: By many measures, the Hawks have the League's 2nd best defense, highlighted by their insane 6.43 YPAA. Edge of the Playoffs--Pick Range: #14-20 14. Oakland Raiders Why: Most safeties in the League (2) is mitigated by giving up as many points as they score (0 score differential, 238 each way). 15. Miami Dolphins Why: Excellent trench warfare. Dolphins have given up only 13 sacks, and are #4 in the League with 27 sacks in their own right. 16. Houston Texans Why: Offensive efficient is good (6th in OYPP, 4th in 3rd%), but overall YPG is 30th. Get those guys playing a little faster, eh? 17. Cleveland Browns Why: Top yardage defense in the League (302.5 YPGA) and solid YPCA is balanced 5th worst YPC. Apparently, a game against CLE is a giant stalemate. 18. Cincinnati Bengals Why: The number 15 is rough for the Cincy offense: 15 INTs ties for 2nd worst in the League, and 15 drops IS the worst. 9.49 YPAA is also the worst mark in the League. 19. Kansas City Chiefs Why: Chiefs can't get to the QB. Fewest sacks in the League (9) leaves lots of time for opposing QBs to pick apart their secondary (-20 YPGD). Economy Seats on the Airplane of NFLHC--Pick Range: #5-13 20. New Orleans Saints Why: Worst pass yardage and overall yardage defense in the League outweighs being tied for 6th in offensive yardage (366.1 yards per game). 21. Baltimore Ravens Why: Ravens can stop the run (2nd best YPCA in the League) but not the pass (2nd worst YPAA). Opposing coaches, you know what to do. 22. Pittsburgh Steelers Why: Causality. PIT can't get to the QB (4th fewest sacks), which means QBs pick them apart (4th worst YPAA). 23. Arizona Cardinals Why: Offensive efficiency starts up front. Cards have 3rd worst OLine rating (7.43) and the 3rd worst OYPP and 3rd Down %. 24. Tennessee Titans Why: The Titans are almost the League's most average team, except for their point differential (-59, with 18 TDs scored and 27 allowed). 25. New York Giants Why: Giants see the fewest plays on defense in the League, but need to stay on the field during 3rd downs on offense (5th worst 3rd down %). 26. New England Patriots Why: Pats are a sieve in run defense. Worst rush yardage team by a mile (115 per game, 5.4 per rush) kills a good pass defense (225 yards pass per game). 27. Chicago Bears Why: Most sacks in the League (34) matches the number of TDs given up (34, tied for 5th worst). 2nd worst rushing offense (60 ypg) doesn't help. Possibly Picking #1 Overall-- 28. Buffalo Bills Why: Buffalo's 3rd down offense is atrocious (only team under 20%) and their passing offensive is 2nd worst in the League (#31 in YPG and YPA). 29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Why: Points are hard to come by for the Bucs. League's lowest scoring team per game (14.4) with the 2nd worst point differential means it doesn't get better when the Bucs move to D. 30. Minnesota Vikings Why: Worst rushing yardage offense in the League means that Vikes can't get into the end zone (4th lowest scoring per game). 31. Los Angeles Chargers Why: The ball is precious and the Chargers don't like the ball. Most turnovers in the League (15 INT, 10 FL) combines with 2nd worst YPC (3.46). 32. Washington Redskins Why: All the reasons. Worst yardage offense per game, fewest total TDs, most penalties. There are areas in which the Skins aren't terrible, but they are rare.
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    REDEMPTION! Tigers exact revenge on Tennessee in overtime thriller LSU Kicker Wyatt Abel hits a 35 yard overtime game winner to secure an overtime win in Knoxville Two-hundred fifty-eight days ago LSU and Tennessee met in the SEC championship with a playoff playoff berth on the line. The Tigers led the entire game after an opening drive touchdown pass from Elias Allen-Hollis to Corey Garvin, until a Julius Thomas touchdown pass with 1:11 remaining put the Volunteers ahead by three points. The Tigers took the ensuing kickoff and drove to the Tennessee 40 yard line to set up a game tying field goal attempt as time expired. As Wyatt Abel hit the 57 yard field goal strait and true the kick didn't have the leg to send it to overtime and fell a yard short of the crossbar. On Saturday, the Tigers traveled to Knoxville looking to avenge that loss. The 18 returning LSU starters spent the offseason focusing on the third week of the season with an eye towards revenge. And this time, the sequel may have surpassed the original. The Tigers and Volunteers went toe to toe in a defensive slug-fest. Both teams struggled to produce offense, neither QB recorded a touchdown, and the score was tied at 13 at the end of regulation. As overtime started the Knoxville crowd was rocking but the veteran Tigers remained unfazed. The Tigers won the coin toss and elected to start on defense. The Volunteers begun their drive with a quick 6 yard out to Marcus Holms, followed by a 1 yard run to the left by Nikita Crowe. On 3rd down and 3 yards to go, head coach Sagebow called a five yard slant to Cameron Moss. Adrian Goldson took a short, one-step, drop, looked to his right, and let loose a dart in Moss' direction. However, as he let go of the ball, star LSU outside linebacker out-muscled Moss and got inside positioning. The pass hit Burton in the chest and he bobbled the ball only temporarily before intercepting the freshman quarterback for the first turnover of the game. With the defense forcing a turnover, the Tiger offense stepped onto the field needing only three points to seal the game. The Tigers started the series with an outside run by Jayden Huff around the right side of the line for six yards. On 2nd and 4 the Tigers lined up four wide before Huff motioned out of the backfield, and Allen-Hollis took the snap for a designed QB run up the middle for 2 yards. The Tigers elected to use their 3rd down play to move the snap back to the center of the field as Allen-Hollis took the snap and ran to the left and took a knee for a 1 yard loss. Less than one year ago, one yard cost the Tigers a playoff shot, and kicker Wyatt Abel said after the game that he felt personally responsible. Since that day, Abel has recreated that missed 57 yard attempt every practice, and he never left the field before three successful tries in a row. Abel was determined to see a different outcome this time around. Holder Blake Craig, set up at the 18 yard line as Abel trotted onto the field. Just 35 yards stood between Wyatt Abel and his personal redemption. The snap and hold were good, and Wyatt Abel drilled the ball straight through the middle of the uprights to secure the Tigers cleared their first hurdle for redemption.
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    "Unacceptable!!" Dolphins owner blasts Bengals Ownership and NFLHC Commissioner for "Unacceptable Field Conditions" Dolphins owner smckenz3 quoted as saying: "The league and Bengals should truly be ashamed of themselves for not moving that game. Player safety should be held in higher regard, we're truly lucky no one on either team suffered a major injury."
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    Some Notes: Browns game winning field goal attempt with no time on the clock hit the upright from 47 yards out. Ravens came back from 6-17 down with 4:03 left in the fourth quarter.
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    THEPATRIOT.COM: CONFERENCE USA'S PREMIER NEWS AND ANALYSIS SITE C-USA Weekly Round-Up: Week 1, Part 1 MEMPHIS 35 - 31 UTSA (Thursday Night, San Antonio, TX) -How It Went Down: In an exciting barnburner that thrilled until the final whistle, UTSA junior RB Elias Cameron opened the scoring early in the first quarter by powering up the middle for a 3 yard touchdown run. The teams traded scoring drives to end the first quarter with UTSA leading by a score of 14-7. Memphis countered with a flawless second quarter as redshirt sophomore running back Colin Putnam found paydirt twice, bookending a pick-6 by Tiger safety Amari Ragland. As the teams retreated to the locker rooms for halftime, it appeared that after their third unanswered touchdown, Memphis was starting to pull away. But, the Roadrunners fought back in the third as Luca Sorenson threw his second passing touchdown of the day and ran in another to tie the game at 28 heading into the fourth. Putnam's third touchdown of the contest then proved to be the decisive score, with the Tiger defense staving off a late UTSA rally. Sorenson finished 15 of 30 for 196 yards, with 2 passing touchdowns and another on the ground, an encouraging performance for the true freshman making his first career start. Look to see the talented Sorenson continue to improve as his career progresses. -Top Performances: RB Colin Putnam, MEM, 23 for 106 yards, 3 TD DE Jaylen Love, MEM, 2.5 Sacks, 5 Tackles RB Elias Cameron, UTSA, 21 for 94 yards, 1 TD -They Said It: "yikes defense pls" - Vxmonarkxv, MEM HC HOUSTON 35 - 14 LOUISIANA TECH (Friday Night, Ruston, LA) -How It Went Down: The Bulldogs started their first game of the season with a bang, as senior QB Lukas Shea hit 6'5" sophomore WR Jordan Hobson for a 6 yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. Unfortunatley for Tech, the rest of the night was all Houston. The Cougars struck hard and fast in the first half, controlling the game with a punishing rushing attack led by 200 lb power back Justice Womack, who racked up 93 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 rushes. Houston QB Rickie Shaffer added 83 yards and the exclamation point fourth quarter touchdown on just 6 carries. A second quarter touchdown dive from a yard out was the only bright spot of the day for Bulldog freshman running back Ilan Lunsford, who consistently struggled to find gaps against the talented Cougar front 7. Shea finished 23 of 42 for 280 yards with a touchdown and a pick and looks to be the team's offensive leader going forward. -Top Performances: RB Justice Womack, HOU, 21 for 93 yards, 2 TD QB Lukas Shea, LT, 23 of 42 for 280 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT QB Rickie Shaffer, HOU, 14 of 24 for 188 yards, 1 TD; 6 for 83 yards, 1 TD -They Said It: "Logan Ware, INT return for TD; This is what I like to see" - noodlz2, HOU HC INDIANA 38 - 10 FLORIDA ATLANTIC (Friday Night, Boca Raton, FL) -How It Went Down: On a beautiful night in Boca Raton, the Owls led 3-0 after a 22 yard FG by Josue DeJesus for a beautiful 2 and a half minutes before everything went very downhill very fast as Indiana QB Adrian Rupp took over the game, throwing a 27 yard touchdown to Miguel Elias and scoring a 19-yarder on the ground before the end of the first quarter. By halftime, the score was 31-3 Hoosiers. Atlantic sophomore receiver Jeffrey Jorgenson scored the Owls' only touchdown of the night on a 74 yard punt return in the third quarter. Rupp finished with 4 total touchdowns, 2 in the air and 2 on the ground. -Top Performances: QB Adrian Rupp, IN, 20 of 29 for 240 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 5 for 48 yards, 2 TD RB Julian Early, IN, 24 for 103 yards, 1 TD RB Sean Parham, FAU, 25 for 94 yards -They Said It: *gif of dude in Jets jersey fist-pumping* - LDYo, IND HCs CHARLOTTE 7 - 30 USF (Saturday Morning, Tampa, FL) -How It Went Down: Bulls QB Daniel Lentz hit WR Claudio Howard for a 15 yard touchdown in the first quarter, and the rout was on from there. The 49ers struggled heavily in the pass game against USF, as true freshman QB Chris Billings threw for only 157 yards with 2 picks. Lentz, however, gashed the Charlotte defense for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Charlotte defense fared much better against the run, holding USF to only 83 yards on the ground, but their effort meant little in the grand scheme of the game, as a fourth quarter safety to bring the score to 30-0 put an exclamation point on a dominant day by the Bulls defense. Billings connected with sophomore TE Jonathan Cason for a late 5 yard touchdown that provided the final margin. -Top Performances: QB Daniel Lentz, USF, 23 of 35 for 277 yards, 2 TD RB Johnny Taylor, USF, 18 for 83 yards, 2 TD DT James Blue, USF, 1 Sack, 1 Safety, 3 Tackles -They Said It: "we tried" - Isaac829, CHAR MIDDLE TENNESSEE 0 - 59 PENN STATE (Saturday Morning, State College, PA) -How It Went Down: Penn State is the #1 team in the country. It showed. -Top Performances: QB Tanner Bowman, PSU, 22 of 32 for 295 yards, 4 TD RB Ricky Vega, PSU, 23 for 128 yards, 3 TD CB Austin Sheppard, PSU, 1 INT, 2 Tackles, 1 TD -They Said It: "I expect nothing and I'm still let down" - shibe, MTSU HC OLD DOMINION 7 - 24 VIRGINIA (Saturday Morning, Charlottesville, VA) -How It Went Down: Once again, another C-USA team fought hard but simply couldn't keep up with a superior P5 opponent. The Monarchs' defense largely held the Virginia offense in check until a pair of rushing touchdowns by Reginald Sanders, the second set up by a Soldier Brooks fumble recovery, put the game out of reach in the Cavaliers' favor. Sophomore running back Isaiah Mitchell scored the Monarchs' first points of the season with a 4 yard touchdown run in the fourth. Rushing offense was one of the few bright spots for Old Dominion, as the team collectively averaged 4.93 yards per carry. -Top Performances: LB Soldier Brooks, UVA, 1 FF, 1 FR, 6 Tackles QB Matteo Rook, UVA, 23 of 38 for 303 yards, 1 TD WR Hunter Crenshaw, UVA, 5 for 77 yards, 1 TD -They Said It: "I don't think I'm upset" - KakesuSora, ODU HC
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    Beating #2 and then #23 is only worth 4 votes?
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    After taking a week off last week, here are the hottest takes from the Conference of Champions Stanford (2-0) at Arizona State (1-0) Stanford continues with a third straight 20+point victory: Stanford has looked very dominant in their two games so far. A 34-13 win over Utah last week, and a 41-21 win over a Notre Dame team who upset #16 USC in week one give the Cardinal a pair of 20+ point wins this season. Arizona State had a solid 2020 debut in a 31-23 win over Washington, but Sun Devil fans should have concern going into this week. After struggling week 1, Huskies QB Jake Davis looked a lot better against ASU going 16/22 for 230 yards and 2 tds/0 ints. Going up against one of the best QBs in the conference, Nicholas Garland (through 2 games: 640 yards, 5 tds/int), the Sun Devils are going to have to do a much better job of stopping the pass. Look for Garland and Co to keep rolling, and for Stanford to get their third 20+ win of the season. Washington (0-2) at UCLA (0-1) Jake Davis gets his first collegiate victory: Jake Davis and the rest of the Huskies looked very solid in their week 2 performance against ASU, a game that wasn’t decided until late in the 4th. A much younger UCLA secondary should give Davis the opportunity to continue his successes from week 2. UCLA lost a nail biter to Baylor in week 1, and should be able to content with anyone in conference if their offense continues to score like it did (51 points week 1). At the end of the day, I think Davis continues to build on his success and the UCLA offense takes a bit of step back, allowing Washington to get the win. Colorado (0-1) at #19 Arizona (1-0)* Sam Parish throws for at least 4 tds: Sam Parish may not have had the most monster game in week 2 (18/27, 220 yards, 2 tds/0 ints), but the fourth quarter comeback against Ohio State showed how explosive Parish can be. Arizona should have the pieces in place to contend for the South this season, especially after USC showed signs of weakness last week. Colorado looks to have what could be another rough season, after a week 1 blowout loss to USC (14-52). Not only did the Buffaloes struggle, but QB Luke Trickett exploded for 5 TDs through the air and 1 on the ground against them. While Parish may not have the same weapons around him as Trickett, look for Arizona to try to make a statement in conference by blowing out the Buffs. Texas (1-0) at Oregon (0-1) Yeldon is held scoreless for a second straight game: RB Trevon Yeldon fell below expectations in week 1 vs Vanderbilt with 105 yards on 20 carries, but zero tds. Unfortunately look for Oregon’s star man to be held scoreless again for the second time this season. Texas has a very talented front 7, anchored by OLB Jabari Fletcher (5.0/5.0) that should keep Yeldon contained. A weaker secondary might allow Oregon to find success throwing the ball, and may be the Duck’s best chance to score in the red zone. Oregon can keep this close, and perhaps even win, but it most likely won’t be on the legs of Yeldon. #7 Illinois (2-0) at Utah (0-1) Donald Culver throws at least 3 ints: Culver and the rest of Utah’s offense struggled to get anything going vs Stanford last week (Culver went 28/43, 340 yards, 1 td/1 int; just 13 points scored by Utah) and are going to have an even tougher time vs the Illini this week. With a 4.0/4.0 or better at 9 out of 11 defensive spots, Illinois looks to have one of the best defenses in the nation this year. Playmaking athlete Logan Holmes starting at CB1 and Tyler Patino starting at FS, should wreak havoc on Culver and the Utes this week. Culver will most likely have to shoulder the load for the Utes to have any chance in this one, leading him to make bad plays more often than good ones. Lots of mistakes will be made by the Mormon Laser Cannon, and even if there aren’t any, I don’t see Utah winning this one. San Jose State (1-1) at #16 USC (1-1) Jesus Cordero outshines Trickett: After his 6 total td outing in week 1, Trickett exploded into the Heisman race as an early frontrunner, only to fall back after a disappointing week 2 loss to Notre Dame. Most probably expect him to return to form in week 3, but I think Cordero will outperform his QB this week. In that week 1 routing of Colorado, Cordero had 16 carries for 73 yards and 1 td, not bad for a low volume workload. This week USC faces SJSU who starts 3 freshmen in their front 7 and a pair of senior CBs that may be the most talented players on defense they have. Cordero should be to dominate such a young front 7, and experience in the secondary may have Coach Dream thinking twice about passing as much. Don’t be shocked if Cordero, running behind an elite o-line, gets some Heisman talk himself after this one. California (1-0) at UAB (0-1) Hakeem Black gives Luke Cobb a run for his money: While there is no way Hakeem Black looks to duplicate Luke Cobb’s insane performance vs UMASS, he should light up the scoreboard vs UAB. At 6-2, 208 Black (5.0/5.0) poses a matchup nightmare for a much smaller UAB secondary starting 5-10, 165 Ricky Best (2.5/2.5) at CB1. Ultimately I think that UAB is a much better all-around squad than UMASS, and Cal isn’t quite built to air it out like FSU, which will keep Black from fully replicating Cobb’s performance. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if a national debate over which of the two is better comes as a result from this game.
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    “What can I say, I love being the big man on campus.”- Ryan Harris, Wednesday, Februrary 1st, 2017, as he announced his commitment to the Fresno State Bulldogs. Ryan Harris addressing the media on signing day. Harris has never been a stranger to attention. Deemed a prodigy, he was recruited to De La Salle—California's most prestigious high school for football---at the age of twelve. He received the offer after throwing for six touchdowns in a U14 football game. His father, Benjamin Harris, did not even call his wife before signing the paperwork. For him, a regional manager for bank of America, the eight thousand dollar a year tuition was practically pocket change. “I've always been heavily invested into my son's football career”, the fifty year old Benjamin starts. “I saw early on that he had a special talent, and I know from my life that if you have a talent you need to go and chase it as aggressively as you can. So I signed him up to all the best football camps, I paid his way onto travel teams and private lessons, and clearly it worked. Some other parents, they'd get jealous you know, because my son was better than theirs and because I wasn't afraid to say so. What can I say, I don't believe in coddling. I think it makes kids weak.” From the day he set foot on campus at De La Salle, Harris was a controversial figure. “Well, a lot of people don't know this, but De La Salle used to run a wishbone”, Ryan said in our interview, “but my Dad, he wasn't a fan of that at all. He threatened to pull me out of the school and go down south to St. John Bosco if the offense wasn't changed to better suit me. At first the coach wouldn't back down, but when he saw me practicing, and saw how good I was, he knew he had to do whatever it took to keep me there.” “Ryan and Benjamin were sometimes...difficult.” De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh admitted in an interview. “The year they came I'd only just taken over for Bob Ladouceur, and you know, he was a legend. So I wanted to keep his systems in place, and he ran a wishbone, but when we got Ryan, I eventually realized that it wouldn't make sense to keep that offense anymore. So I agreed to the switch. But I'll admit, I wasn't happy about it, and if some freshman tried that on me today, I'll tell him to [expletive] off.” But the offensive gameplan wasn't the only source of drama for the young Ryan. “Yeah, I was a bit of a party boy, even as a freshman” Ryan Harris recollected, “My dad, as long as we were winning he was happy, so I was pretty much given free reign aside from practicing and doing enough homework to keep myself academically eligible.” After a variety of different dramas involving Harris including “misguided” locker room pranks, bullying and academic scandals, coach Alumbaugh had just about had enough. “I told him, “one more slip up and you're gonna be benched for a year.” But did he listen? Of course not”. “In retrospect, yeah, I probably should have controlled him better,” Benjamin Harris told me with a chuckle, “but he was a high school boy, you can't expect them to behave, especially not when they're getting visits from college scouts every other day.” It was true that, even as a sophomore, Ryan had been getting scouted significantly. “Best mechanics I'd ever seen in a sophomore”, Tim Bucknor, a scout for UCLA, told me, “I wanted him bad. But you know, just because someone is talented doesn't mean they are someone you wanna have on your team”. Harris throws a pass to his former Wide Reciever Sam Hiller-Weeden In August, the first week after the beginning of the semester at De La Salle, the campus was rocked by scandal. That weekend, after a party gone awry, Ryan had been arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center for a night. What exactly happened never went public, but the star quarterback was released just the next day. Rumors circulated that he had been caught doing hard drugs, or maybe petty vandalism. As the rumors flew around, coach Alumbaugh knew he had to act. Alumbaugh sighs, “I went up to Harris in the locker room before one of our practices and said, “I told you, son, one more slip and it's a suspension. You're not gonna suit up this year” I'm pretty sure his Dad actually tried to get in touch with St John Bosco, but they weren't having any of it. They didn't wanna deal with Ryan at all. I sat down with his Dad, and we worked out a deal. Ryan would be suspended the entire regular season. If we'd made the playoffs, he could play then. In all honesty, that was pretty stupid of me to agree to that.” Without Harris, the Spartans weren't nearly as good as in the previous year when they'd lost the state title game. They only just managed to squeak into the playoffs, and facing pressure from the team's boosters, coach Alumbaugh bit the bullet and started Harris. Ryan played lights out the team's opening two games, but ended up losing in the state quarterfinals in Ryan's worst game at De La Salle. “I'm pretty sure Ryan was playing hungover. I wouldn't doubt it one bit” an anonymous teammate of Ryan's told the local news. That off season less teams were scouting Ryan Harris than either of the two years prior. “I realized that his actions off the field were affecting his opportunities on the field,” Benjamin Harris said, “so I shortened his leash. A lot. He didn't do much for those six or so months but practice football and go to school. I wasn't about to let my son waste his god given talent by being stupid.” Ryan Harris played every game that season for De La Salle, including the state championship, which the Spartans won. He tallied 55 touchdowns and 4600 yards in fifteen games. He was rated as the #1 overall recruit in the 2017 class by 247, rivals, and ESPN. He was even given a perfect recruiting score by all three. Ryan Harris received only one scholarship offer from an FBS school. Fresno State. “I think I did push too hard,” Ryan admitted, “once we were winning again, I was able to do whatever again, and I went back to partying all the time. A couple times I was drunk for a visit from a coach, and I'm pretty sure they noticed. Word got around that I had some baggage, and for whatever reason, I guess people don't care how well you can throw if you are too much of a “problem”. But that's fine. Fresno is perfect for me anyways.” At Fresno, a known party school, Ryan Harris is an absolute superstar. He gets invited to every party, can get with any girl, and, according to some reports, even gets some “generous” grades from his professors. He's very publicly bad mouthed opposing teams, players and coaches. But the last two seasons Harris has managed to play extremely well in spite, or perhaps because, of all of this special attention. In the past month, anonymous players on the Fresno State roster have leaked that Harris is, “A toxic presence in the locker room”, but the Fresno State coaches have assured the press that the locker room is under control. Regardless, it's just more negative attention towards Harris. And as Ryan Harris gets closer and closer to the NFL, teams are beginning to look at his behavior, and already it is raising some red flags. “He's the next Onterrio Smith,” one scout reported, without a hint of a smile, “All the talent in the world with a mind too stupid to use it.” Whether Harris will really drop on the NFL big boards due to personal controversy remains to be seen. But it's certainly something worth paying attention to as the season goes on. Perhaps Ryan can redeem himself, or perhaps, like so many talents of days gone by, he'll be lost to history as someone who just could never make it work.
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    After 4 weeks of play it is time to see who's hot and who's not in the PAC-12. Let's see which teams and players made (or missed) the cut. Who’s Hot – Undefeated Teams - Washington State Cougars – The Cougars are currently the highest ranked PAC-12 team sitting at 12th. David Oates-Elijah Talley have connected 25 times for 307 yds and 4 tds. The Cougars rush defense has more turnovers (5) than TDs allowed (4) and has limited opponents to under 13 ppg. Washington State has a bye this week. - Arizona Wildcats – Defense has been the story for the 15th ranked Wildcats. The defense has yielded only 2 TDs and is allowing less than 10 ppg and only 228 total ypg. The Wildcats defense has held opponents to 14.3% 3rd down conversions and has forced 6 turnovers while the offense is yet to commit a turnover. The Wildcats will face a tough test this Saturday when they travel to Eugene to play an Oregon team desperate for a win. - California Golden Bears – QB Leonard Norris has been solid throwing for 7 TDs and only 2 interceptions. The Golden Bears have a +3 turnover margin and have outscored opponents by an average of almost 10 ppg. Cal goes out of conference to host Southern Miss on Saturday. - Stanford – The Cardinal are currently ranked 24th thanks to the play of QB Nicholas Garland who has a 4/1 TD/INT ratio. The defense has more turnovers (5) than TDs allowed (4) and has limited opponents to under 14 ppg. Stanford faces a tough test on Saturday as the high-powered UCLA Bruins come to town. Who’s not – Winless Teams - Oregon Ducks – The Duck’s 0-3 start can be blamed on poor performances by the offense. QB Jason Baum has only 2 TD passes while throwing 5 interceptions and has completed <60% of his passes. The one offensive bright spot is star RB Trevon Yeldon who is averaging over 100 ypg. The defense also has to get better having only forced 1 turnover so far. A Saturday night game at home vs #15 Arizona is the Duck's chance to turn it around. - Utah Utes – QB Donald Culver was selected as the 1st team All-Pac 12 QB but has not lived up to the hype. He has thrown as many interceptions as TDs and is completing <60% of his passes. The Utes offense is averaging only 10 ppg while the defense is giving up 32.6 ppg. Utah gets the week off to try and regroup. - Washington Huskies – The Huskies are off to an 0-3 start and turnovers have been a problem. The offense has committed 5 turnovers while the defense has only 1 take away and has allowed opponents to score 33.3 ppg. And it doesn't get any easier for the Huskies with 3-0 Texas Tech coming to town.
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    San Jose State 6-66 USC And after yet another horrible disappointment with the loss to Notre Dame, Dream knew he had to take desperate measures, and to seek redemption he went into the underworld. "Make me a good coach," he asked of Satan. Satan replied, "I shall, but you know that I must take something in return". "Anything, dark lord" "I shall take...your brother's manhood." Satan said broodingly. "But...my lord, such a thing does not exist!" Dream exclaimed. "That is because I took it retroactively. You see, Dream, I knew long ago that you would come to me for assistance. So I took Dean's manhood in advance. This way he will never know what it is that he is missing." "Thank you dark lord," Dream said as he returned to the land of mortals. And thus began the dark ages where Dream's USC won 666 straight national titles.
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    "Which gameplan option do you feel like is the most misunderstood?" - Rome No idea to be honest. I think the primary offensive schemes aren't really fully understood by most people. Especially how to adjust them to fit the team you've built. It comes with experience though so people do eventually figure it out I think. Most everyone who has been here since at least the 2015 season is good in that regard or at least acceptable. "If time constraints forced you to downsize the simulations, would you rather only do NFLHC or CFBHC? Why?" - Rome Pretty tough actually. My quick response would have definitely been CFBHC when I built the site but I find that I'm usually more drawn to the NFL because of all the business decisions + draft outweighing the benefits from conference play and recruiting. NFLHC. "Who's the biggest bust you thought would be a great player?" - Rome Fred Tindale is the first person that comes to mind... Alex Bridgewater too. I think both were could have been amazing starters. Tindale got ruined by coaching and injuries and Bridgewater by being drafted to the wrong team. "If you play Civilization games, which Civ do you use?" - Rome I much prefer Paradox games to Civilization. Civilization is way too random with way too much "fake" depth for me. Technology doesn't make much sense although the random worlds are cool. For the Paradox games I like the Duke of Nassau (CK2), Brandenburg (EU4), Austria-Hungary (Victoria), and Germany (HoI4). "What's your girlfriend's reaction to this hobby?" - Rome She doesn't care and doesn't really like sports except esports (Dota only) and a little soccer and hockey.
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    Disbarred Lawyer Johnson Benched for Brad Davis Following Patriots' Humiliating 34-10 Loss to Kansas City Brad Davis looks on as Lawyer Johnson throws an interception to Devin Stephens
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    PAC-12 Game of the Week Week 2 The Game: Arizona State Sun Devils(0-0) at Washington Huskies (0-1) The Place: Husky Stadium The Time: Friday Night Why's this the PAC-12 Game of The Week? Washington's loss in the first game of the year was not the best way to start the season. Jake Davis threw 2 interceptions to start his college career and because of that the Huskies lost the turnover battle 2-0. Now Deandean's squad is going to play at home and are looking to get back to the right track and get their first W on the season. On the other side, the Sun Devils did not play in week 1 and are anxious about their first game of the season, hoping they can continue Davis' struggle to feel at home at the college level. 2. What to look for? It's usual to say that every game tells a different story, but if this game had a title before it was even played, it would be "The Battle of the Freshmen". We shall see how both of them deal with adversity. Davis is coming off of a loss, and will be playing his first game in front of the Huskies' fans. On another note, it will be the first game of Parker Townsend's career, and playing away is almost never a good experience for a young quarterback. 3. What's this game worths? On the Huskies' side, it's the chance to prove that they're a legit team this season, with chance of competing for more than just a bowl bid. While the Huskies fight to come back from a loss, the Sun Devils are looking to start their season on the right foot. They've gotta travel to Lake Washington to challenge a bitter Huskies team to prove to the critics that they will compete for the PAC-12 crown this year. 4. Keys to the Game As previously mentioned, Jake Davis started his career by throwing 2 picks, and the concerning part is that the Sun Devils defense is a lot better than their last opponent. Arizona State's secondary is led by three players that are extremely talented, experienced and will be playing on Sunday next year. Dylan Mosley and Sincere Noel are two safeties that no QB in the PAC-12 likes to face, and they will be patrolling the field on friday. Combine that with Nigel Strong's ability to shut down opposing WRs, and you have on of the best secondaries in the conference. Besides that, the Devil's still have a very talented LB core, guided by Garrett Holliday, another player that will be selected to play in the NFLHC. With all these good players, Washington's offense cannot lose the turnover battle once again. They have to put Arizona State's freshman QB in tough situations and make him make mistakes. Otherwise, we might see things go sideways once again for Davis and Deandean. 5. Key Stat Both teams will have to limit the passing attempts. QB is the most important position on the field, the position that requires the most experience, and neither QB has that. The team that strikes first will have a good chance to win, since both defenses, especially the Devils' defense, are very tough opponents. I'm betting that the team with more running plays will win, because it's never a good sign to make your freshman QB win the game for you. 6. Key Matchups This Arizona State team is very good, but their receiving core isn't anything spectacular. Their passing game will be in a tough spot, with their best player being wide Receiver Moussa Austin (3.0/3.0). Ibrahima Harrison, their TE, will probably be their go to guy, and he will have to have a great game. On the Huskies side, they gotta stay away from Arizona State's secondary. Like already said, they have at least three players that are going to play on Sundays next year. Jake Davis cannot throw a lot, otherwise he'll almost certainly commit mistakes that are going to be costly. 7. Best NFLHC Prospects ILB Garrett Holliday - Arizona State (81) SS Dylan Mosley - Arizona State (75) CB Nigel Strong - Arizona State (71) TE C.J Hickman - Washington (76)
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    All 14 of the prestigious SEC teams have played 3 games, lets take a look at some points of interest for each team so far! Alabama Crimson Tide Steady Bama Football - Antonio Pugh has played solid for the undefeated Crimson Tide, picking up largely from where Rory Weston left off. A.J. Edwards remains an elite deep threat and the big strength of this team is still this elite defense. Alan Tuitamalofo and Sebastian Smallwood have been beasts so far. Player of the Season (so far) - DE Sebastian Smallwood, 15 tackles, 6 sacks. Question Going Forward - Can they get a run game going? Tolani Catingub has really struggled getting anything going on the ground. Can Cade get the best out of the young running back, or will he rely more and more on Pugh? Arkansas Razorbacks Inconsistent Start - Connor Dawson has had moments of greatness, and moments of incompetence, and as he goes, so does Tyron Chambers and the rest of this offense. When he's on, Dawson is one of the best in the nation. Razorback fans are hoping he can stay hot as they get into the meat of their season. Player of the Season (so far) - WR Tyron Chambers, 24 receptions for 317 yards, 3 TDs (13.21 ypr) Question Going Forward - Who's going to step up on this defense? Robert Bleeker is living up to the billing as one of the top JUCO guys in the last cycle, but the senior corner can only do so much. Auburn Tigers Marcus Black is a Superstar - It's been amazing just how good Black's start to his sophomore season has been. He's got great pieces around him on the offense, but the way the Maestro coordinates guys like Sean Meade and Andre Curtis around him is truly remarkable. Auburn looks poised to be one of the best teams in the nation. Player of the Season (so far) - QB Marcus Black, 59 of 85 (69.41%) for 700 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs (161.88 passer rating). 14 carries for 87 yards, 2 TDs, 0 FUM (5.38 ypc) Question Going Forward - Can they stay hot? Really not much to doubt for the Auburn team. They look truly legit. Florida Gators Run the Freaking Ball - Ethan Newby has been a workhorse for the Gators as they sit tied for the lead at the SEC East, sitting at 3-0. Newby has excelled under new head coach Soluna, and looks to be one of the possible SEC Offensive Players of the Year at the end of the season. Player of the Season (so far) - RB Ethan Newby, 78 carries for 446 yards, 7 TDs, 0 FUM (5.72 ypc) Question Going Forward - Can Newby sustain this? Its been a lot of carries for Newby, a conference high 78. Can he handle this heavy workload, or is he going to wear out as the season goes along? Georgia Bulldogs Scoring Woes - Georgia's defense this season is nowhere as good as their historically great ones from 2019 and 2018. However the issue remains the same: can this Bulldogs team score enough to win? The bulk of this responsibility lies with senior QB Salvatore Tanner. He'll need to play really well as the season goes on. Player of the Season (so far) - RB Isaac Wilson, 62 carries for 269 yards, 4 TDs, 0 FUM (4.34 ypc) Question Going Forward - Is Salvatore Tanner good enough? Frankly speaking, Tanner has been the weak link for the Bulldogs all 3 years. People just aren't respecting this Bulldog passing game. If Tanner can step it up, find Ja'Wuan Howard more often, then Georgia is right there as an SEC contender. Kentucky Wildcats Starting to find their Rabid-legs - The Wildcats do not have the most talented roster, but for their key guys, Rabid has gotten the best out of them. Elijah McManus responded well to his game 1 benching, and senior linebacker Abdoul Gordon has been a machine on defense. The revelation of the year has been Quinn Walters, one of the most dangerous weapons in the SEC. Player of the Season (so far) - WR Quinn Walters, 23 receptions for 294 yards, 2 TDs (12.78 ypr) Question Going Forward - Just how much noise can they make this year? This Kentucky team showed that they have firepower in the big win against Cincinnati. Can they pull off some upsets in their conference slate? Rabid has this team feeling the chip on their shoulder, and I think they can make a big impact this season. LSU Tigers Title Contenders on a Roll - This team is starting to ball out, especially in a huge beat down of Ole Miss this week. Elias Allen-Hollis and Alexander Burton are back to their superstar form, and the supporting cast is just as deadly. This team is absolutely terrifying. I should know, I've already played them. Player of the Season (so far) - RB Jayden Huff, 67 carries for 395 yards, 6 TDs, 0 FUM (5.90 ypc) Question Going Forward - Nothing. They've already shown they can grind out games and blow teams out. Just keep doing what you're doing Tigers. Missouri Tigers Its Tucker Dowden Time - Dowden has faced his share of criticism, but those have disappeared in 2020. Dowden has been indefatigable, with an astounding 198 passer rating after three games. Dowden is the type of player that can take Missouri to the promised land of the playoffs just like Aaron Shea did a few years ago. This team is going to be a threat in the SEC East. Player of the Season (so far) - QB Tucker Dowden, 57 of 78 (73.08%) for 885 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INTs (198.00 passer rating). 20 carries for 148 yards, 2 TDs, 0 FUM (7.40 ypc). Question Going Forward - Where has FS Jamal Barnes been? One of Mizzou's best players last season just hasn't done enough through the opening 3 games. When the Tiger's best defender has been true freshman David Triplett, we just need to see more out of the veterans. Give Dowden a chance to win and he'll take it. Mississippi State Bulldogs Yet Another Strong Team - Aside from a big defeat at the hands of Heisman favorite Nico Kaufman and the Air Force Falcons, the Bulldogs have looked very strong. Ryder Shipman to Ryan Childs is deadly as ever, and Brady Christiansen is one of the top linebackers in the country. Player of the Season (so far) - OLB Brady Christiansen, 17 tackles, 1 INT Question Going Forward - Run the Ball? The Bulldogs have had a rough start on the ground with DeAndre Dyson leading the charge. Simply put, he just hasn't been good enough. The fanbase would like to see Clanga get more pass-heavy, its yet to be seen if Coach Duncan will oblige. Ole Miss Rebels We Go as Marquise Laws Goes - Two wins to start the season where Laws looked like a great QB, then a rough performance out of Laws when they dropped one to LSU, frankly one of the best teams in the nation. This team has firepower, veteran leadership, and talented defenders. Unfortunately, they just happen to be in one of the toughest divisions football has to offer. Player of the Season (so far) - TE Hunter King, 18 receptions for 290 yards, 3 TDs (16.11 ypr) Question Going Forward - Strength of Schedule? Laws and the Rebels looked awesome early on, but those teams were pretty bad. Is Laws actually that good, or did he get lucky with that bad schedule. This will get answered soon as the Rebels start getting into the meat of their conference slate. South Carolina Gamecocks Tough SEC Start - 2 SEC games out of their first 3 is rough for any team. Even more nervewracking is that these are Hagan's first games as head coach. He's obviously still working out the kinks with his roster, but results have been quietly promising. South Carolina was fantastic against UMass, but it was UMass. Player of the Season (so far) - WR Sean McDermott,14 receptions for 259 yards, 2 TDs (18.50 ypr) Question Going Forward - Can McDermott get the ball enough? Sean McDermott is the magic man for the Gamecocks. Everytime the ball is in his hands, good things happen for South Carolina. Milo Condon has his struggles but scheming up ways to get McDermott is necessary. Tennessee Volunteers Losing Record? - The Vols haven't had a losing record in SageBow's entire regime. Sitting 1-2 after 3 games is a bitter blow for Big Orange Nation. Can the Vols right the ship, or did they simply lose too much in 2019? There's been good moments for the Vols, but after the second half shutout the USF Bulls pitched this weekend, there's a lot to see how Coach Sage analyzes the performance of his team so far. Player of the Season (so far) - DE Eric Jamison, 12 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 safety Question Going Forward - Where the Veterans at? Some of the Vols best players have been freshmen (QB Adrian Goldson and ILB Marcus Coles). It begs the question, what is Nathaniel Jeffries and the rest of the senior doing? Texas A&M Aggies Jarvis Fucking Ward - The Junior Receiver is unstoppable so far this season, torching every team the Aggies play against. He's nearly 50% of this team's entire offense, and he's got the fans in College Station ecstatic. Player of the Season (so far) - WR Jarvis Ward, 25 receptions for 378 yards, 5 TDs (15.12 ypr) Question Going Forward - Just keep developing. No this isn't a question, this is simply what the Aggies need to do. Nathan Singletary is a freshman quarterback, and while he's been good getting the ball to Jarvis Ward, everything else needs to get better. Vanderbilt Commodores Defensive Juggernaut - Jordan Tucker, Damian Dailey, Adam Lovelace, all of these guys have been unstoppable for the Commodores through 3 games. Can anyone break the breach? Cause it doesn't seem anyone can. Player of the Season (so far) - OLB Damian Dailey, 17 tackles, 1 INT, 2 sacks Question Going Forward - Is Justin Malloy good enough? The signal caller for the Black and Gold has arguably the worst quarterback in the conference. Kareem McGee has done really well to make things happen for this offense and with a defense this good, they don't need to score a lot. They just need to score. What did I get right? What did I get wrong? Please feel free to comment your own thoughts below!
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    "King Me" By A.J. Jefferson I remember exactly how I felt the day I announced I was going to play football for North Carolina. It was the day things really started kicking off for me. Don't get me wrong, I had been dealing with attention since someone found out I could throw a football 40 yards with a perfect spiral in 5th grade. There were articles leading up to my decision about how I was going to change the game forever. People were already saying that A.J. Jefferson is a surefire multiple Heisman winner. One article gave me the nickname "TD Jesus" a name that to this day I can not live down. But when I went up in front of those cameras, and told the world that this Georgia boy was headed to North Carolina to play quarterback, the gloves came off. I was no longer a protected high school phenom, I was now the savior of a college program and the hottest topic in the nation. I don't know how to describe what it is like at 18 years old to turn on ESPN and see the talking heads talking about you. It's even harder to describe what it is like to see them talking about how you are going to be the best quarterback in college football history. I hadn't even left Georgia yet, and I was already the Heisman front runner. When I was home, I had a safety net. My parents kept me grounded, my friends knew how to keep me in check, and I was able to tune out the talk for the most part. But when I packed up and moved to North Carolina, I no longer had anyone there to cut through the bullshit. I had Bo Woodall, who has been my best friend for as long as I can remember. (We were teammates before I moved to Parkview my Freshman year of high school). But if I am being honest, Bo did more harm then good. You see, Bo is a talker. Every day he would go on and on about how we were going to be the best duo of all time and no one could stop us. The world was our oyster and we were just getting started. Every day, I would walk down the street and people would come up to me just to get a look in, I was treated like a god. I won the starting job early on in OTAs, so I never really got that chance to have to take the back seat either. I'd like to pretend that I was some humble kid who took everything in stride and didn't feed my own hype, but that just wouldn't be the truth. I LOVED IT. Every second of every day I felt like I was literally the greatest thing out there. And how could I not? My new friends, teammates, random people on the street, people on tv, everyone was telling me that. TD Jesus. That was my name. people barely called me A.J. any more. I was a king. Then, I went and did maybe the worst thing possible: I played awesome in my debut. 364 yards and 5 touchdowns. I had lived up to the hype. I was everything they thought I was and more. I was TD Jesus. Except that I wasn't. The rest of the year was kind of iffy. I threw tons of TDs, I threw tons of yards, but I also threw tons of INTs. This is about the time I learned that the same people who can build you up, can tear you down to new lows you never knew existed. I became the most polarizing player in the nation. You either loved me or hated me. Was I TD Jesus? Or, was I the false prophet INT Jesus? This was the debate that I heard non stop for the next three years of college. I guess it might be a good thing that my ego was so big, because I still felt like I was on top of the world. I still believed that I was the best player in the country and that the Heisman voting was rigged against me. My real friends tried to tell me that I was becoming a real jerk. Bo even started mentioning that I needed to chill out about myself but of course, I didn't listen. Why should I? I was going to be the #1 pick in the NFLHC Draft because that's what everyone was telling me. Until I started hearing rumors that the Chicago Bears were going to pick Norris Brookshear. I couldn't believe it. Norris Brookshear? I was 10x better than he was on his best day. "The stats didn't show the whole story" is what I would tell myself. I was a gunslinger, you can't measure that. Well, the draft came along and we all know how that went. Brookshear went first, I went second to the defending super bowl champions who just got rid of their starting QB. Almost immediately, I became the worst pick ever. You know how shocking that is? To be so full of yourself that you think you are basically invincible, have most of the media telling you that you are great throughout your college career, and then in one instant, you become a total joke. It hit my pride hard. I searched for hours and hours after the draft to just find one article saying I was a great pick. The best I could find was "I think it will work out." How did I go from TD Jesus to "I think it will work out"? It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype. That you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived. This is usually the part of the story where the hero gets redeemed, turns his attitude around, and has a great career. But that is not what happened with me. With no real close friends anymore to help me out, I failed at handling the negative media. I doubled down on my own hubris and continued to tell myself that I was still the best around and that the media was trying to take me down because I was the guy. Then I struggled heavily in my rookie season and the negative attention increased. Thank god for Bo Woodall. He deserves all of the credit for pulling me out of the hole I had built myself into. I was hanging with the wrong crowd. Being out and partying became the only thing I could do to get the negative media out of my head. I was obsessed with my image, and the girls and guys at the clubs fed my ego. One day, a night before practice actually, I was planning on going out on the town again. But that is when Bo barged into my room and blocked me from leaving. He made me sit down, looked me in the eyes, and said "I miss my best friend." He told me the man I have become is not the A.J. he grew up with in Georgia. We talked for hours that night, I don't know how long, but it was basically until we had to leave for practice the next morning. We talked about the good old days in our youth, our hot start in college, and how much fun the game used to be. And that is how I realized that football had stopped being fun for me. I know longer enjoyed that game I had devoted my life to. I broke down, told him I couldn't handle the negative attention I had been getting since I came to the NFL and he reminded me that I didn't handle the positive attention very well either. Everything he said was true, and he made me see that. I owe Bo everything, he saved me at my lowest point, and made me see how stupid I had been. It's a battle everyday, I am not going to pretend I am a completely different person now. I still struggle with the same things I have been struggling with, but at least now I can see that what I have been doing is foolish. That I am not some great hero, I am just another guy trying to make it in the league. I have done nothing to warrant being praised as TD Jesus and if I want to get to that level I need to make some changes. It's a long road, and a journey that will never end. But at least I get to take that journey with my best friend.
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    Game Recap: Week 2 Players of the Week: Offense: WR Luke Cobb, Florida State - 18 catches for 270 yards, 4 TDs (69-7 win over UMass) *Side note: I try not to do back-to-back winners, but Cobb tied a conference record with 4 touchdowns and was one reception short of the conference record of 19, set by Mosi Bartos in 2015. **Benjamin Schuler was also a candidate after tying the conference record of 7 touchdowns, shared with Nick Hall (Cuse 2013) and A.J. Jefferson (UNC 2015). Defense: OLB Jack Ramsey, Florida State - 1 sack, 7 tackles (69-7 win over UMass) Special Teams: P Steven Tomlinson, Georgia Tech - 43.5 punting average (21-30 loss to #8 Alabama) FNF: Charlotte, NC: North Carolina Tar Heels (0-1) - 47, Charlotte 49ers (0-1) - 21 Max Laws has gotten much better. Somehow, someway, the worst QB of the 2019 season is among the best this season so far. Laws took over the game against the 49ers, throwing for 331 yards and 4 touchdowns to give the Heels a much-needed first victory. He looked somewhat decent against Texas Tech too, despite that game being an absolute wash. 2019 Max Laws might return in the near future, but the Heels are gonna enjoy 2020 Max Laws for as long as they can. Isaiah Peko rebounds. Granted, this was Charlotte, but this was a way better performance than his 11 for 33 debut against the Red Raiders. With 88 yards on 19 carries, Peko averaged a devastating 4.63 yards per carry and found his way to the endzone for the first time in his career, giving Laws all the help he could get on the ground. It was a stylistic balance that the Heels could thrive off of in games against the lower half of the ACC. Is Jeremy Patterson the best receiving target on the offense? Laws' favorite target so far, Patterson has 176 yards on 15 catches and 2 touchdowns in these opening two games, being tied for third in the conference in receiving yards (leading all tight ends). We knew UNC's receivers would be a huge problem going into the season, but the senior''s quick emergence in the passing game might provide the Heels with an actual threat in bigger games. Performance rating: 8/10. Much better look for North Carolina this week, albeit against a much worse opponent. The offense did a quick 180 from last week, but the defense still raises some questions after a mixed performance against true freshman Chris Billings. Blacksburg, VA: Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-1) - 24, Virginia Tech Hokies (0-0) - 35 Mixed reviews in Ralph Westfall's first game. To put it simply, Westfall was rather average against a relatively easy opponent in Eastern Michigan. The senior man under center completed only 16 of his 30 passes for just 199 yards, but he found the endzone twice and didn't turn it over. On the ground, he was largely ineffective, being bottled up for the most part in a 9-yard performance, though he did score himself. Westfall scoring three times is fine; everything else though was simply bland. Run defense needs help. Between running back Jamel Jamison and quarterback Giovanni Shaw, the Hokies gave up an average of 5.29 yards per carry. The Eagles gave Tech all they could handle for about three and a half quarters, and their ability to run it on this Hokie defense is a large part in their resilience. This won't fly in conference play; the Hokies have to be better prepared to stop the run/ Is the pass rush capable of stepping up in bigger games? The Hokies' front seven did a solid job of applying pressure to Giovanni Shaw, sacking the Eagles' QB twice while forcing him into several bad throws. It was a nice performance against an offensive line they should have dominated; can they keep it up next week in a crucial clash with Pittsburgh? Performance rating: 6/10. This honestly was closer than it should've been, and Westfall's performance exemplifies that. They'll have to do better offensively, and their defense has to contain Pittsburgh's vaunted run. Saturday Morning: Tallahassee, FL: Massachusetts Minutemen (0-0) - 7, #10 Florida State Seminoles (1-0) - 69 A record-setting day for the offense. As stated in our POTW section, Benjamin Schuler tied a conference record for touchdowns with 7. Luke Cobb set a school record with 18 receptions and tied the conference record with 4 touchdowns. UMass was as hapless as expected, but the 'Noles did not let up at all. It was a sight to behold. Painful running game will cost the 'Noles. 10. That's the number of running plays the Seminoles have called over the course of their two games. The 'Noles are so one-sided on offense, currently tops in the conference (and possibly the country) in pass-to-run ratio (118:10). It won't cost them against teams like UMass, but if they come across anyone with a solid secondary, or if Cobb has an off game, Florida State might find themselves in trouble without any presence on the ground. Defense quiet yet explosive. The numbers defensively are solid, holding Douglas Weaver to 4.16 yards per carry, dominating the Minutemen's poor offensive line, and holding UMass to 0-13 on third down. However, individual stats don't portray such a dominant performance. The 'Noles aren't afraid to get down and dirty, and that'll certainly help in games against tougher/more physical opponents (Duke, Florida, and Clemson pop to mind). Performance rating: 9/10. As much as I dislike the imbalance in Florida State's defense, this was about as dominant a performance as you'll see this season. The 'Noles breeze through the easiest part of their schedule; now comes conference play. Durham, NC: Western Michigan Broncos (1-0) - 30, Duke Blue Devils (1-0) - 33 (2OT) Thompson finds his groove. After a relatively poor passing game against BYU, the freshman quarterback vastly improved against a talented Bronco secondary, throwing for 235 yards and 2 scores on 21 for 34 passing and, most importantly, no interceptions. His ground game was good enough yet again, but the difference in the air between the BYU game and this game is outstanding. Defense not great but good enough. The Devils could've done better against Madison, but the Bronco running back is a monster to handle in himself, and given the opponent, holding him to 105 yards on 24 carries isn't half bad, although the 2 scores hurts. Duke made life difficult for Chase Sims, sacking him twice and picking him off twice more, and while Sims as still able to relatively move the ball in the air, Duke was able to make enough plays to ultimately stall out WMU in double OT. Reasons to believe. This was a huge game for Duke in their quest to make their first ever bowl game. With winnable non-conference games against Tulane and UNLV, and with very winnable conference games against UNC, Wake Forest, and Miami (FL), Duke has leeway to potentially drop any of those games and still make a bowl game. A lot of good things came out of this though, and Duke should be a worthy contender in their games against Pittsburgh and Virginia. Performance rating: 8/10. A three-point win in double OT against a team from the MAC might garner some very low ratings in a certain other conference, but against a very tough Western Michigan side, Duke ground out a huge victory, both physically and mentally. If Duke can improve on games like this, it's not out of the realm of possibility for the Blue Devils to compete for the division crown. Saturday Afternoon: Champaign, IL: Louisville Cardinals (0-0) - 9, #7 Illinois Fighting Illini (1-0) - 24 Dockery's debut brings mixed results, but it's not the basis to go on. 92 yards on 24 carries without finding the endzone isn't the best performance, but against a defense as dominant as Illinois', this is perfectly acceptable for a debut. Louisville might have themselves a pretty good running back in Dockery, although we need to see him put up the numbers that will make us believe he can carry what has always been an average-at-best offense. Rough opener for Steele. I called it in the preview, but Steele looked helpless against the Illini. The offensive line was essentially mugged, leaving Steele vulnerable for most of the game, getting sacked three times and being forced into awkward throws - three of which were picked off. A lot of this can be contributed to just how good the Illini are on defense, but there's always cause for concern when your quarterback can't get enough time to throw the ball. Defense holds their own despite exhaustion. Louisville didn't keep the ball often, making only three drives that amounted to anything important. The defense was able to overcome fatigue from being on the field way longer than the offense, performing valiantly against Jamari Nixon's arm (19 for 32, 199 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT). Ali Hester didn't get much going on the ground, although he was able to make a few key drive-extending plays that ultimately doomed the Cards. Performance rating: 5/10. You could argue worse given the numbers, but I liked what I saw from Louisville's defense and DeSean Dockery in his debut. Passing game should improve seeing as the toughest secondary remaining is Clemson, and Dockery should find way more space to show off his top-notch speed. No need to worry, Louisville. Iowa City, IA: Boston College Eagles (0-0) - 20, Iowa Hawkeyes (0-1) - 38 Defense no cause for panic, but cause for concern. Lots of questions were raised about the Eagles' defense after their trip to Iowa City as they allowed Mikeal Black to complete 21 of his 29 passes for 245 yards while allowing Black and Nathaniel Donaldson to find the endzone three times on the ground. The defense was unable to pressure Black throughout most of the game, and the front seven was relatively helpless in stopping big run plays. It's not a disastrous performance from the defense by any means, but it's definitely something to worry about moving forward. A struggle for receivers. Whether it's the adaptation needed for BC's newest group of receivers or Donte Pickett just having an off game, the normally hyped passing game for the Eagles was rather lacking in this one. It'll take a while for the offense to adapt, making Zahir Watts that much more important a player. How much will Zahir have to carry? Again, I don't think performances like this should cause widespread panic, especially considering it's week one. That said, it's obvious that Watts still looked fresh as a returning starter, going for 114 yards on 24 carries. If the passing game keeps at this poor-ish pace, will Zahir have to carry more and more of the workload? Wait before overreacting, but it's something to think about in the near future. Performance rating: 4/10. I give Johns to first-game jitters from BC's new offensive starters, but it was poor from the first-timers throughout this game. Defense looked weak in a few areas, leaving lots of room for improvement this season. They have the talent to compete for the division, but BC have to figure out the offense. Saturday Evening: Morgantown, WV: Pittsburgh Panthers (0-0) - 44, West Virginia Mountaineers (0-0) - 33 The Scramblin' Panthers took flight. Pittsburgh seems to have decided to revert back to their trademark aerial game, with Grant McConnell throwing 39 times as opposed to Jaeden Daniel running the ball 14 times (McConnell did not take the ball on the ground surprisingly). It definitely seems the way to go after putting up 44 points on a solid Mountaineer defense, especially given that Daniel still found the endzone twice. Poor defensive play or great offense from WVU? It's no secret that West Virginia's offense is among the best offenses in the country. J.C Weldon has grown into his own after a rough opening games in Morgantown, and Mohammed Foster looked all but a Heisman candidate after a phenomenal performance. Pittsburgh simply couldn't keep up with Weldon, and Foster was an absolute beats both in the air and on the ground. Mohamed Mustafa also looked great against Pitt's front seven, which had taken some hits due to graduation at the end of 2019. It's not a great start for the Pitt defense, but they won't play many offenses as scary as this one. No pass rush whatsoever. Losing Michael McBride in the offseason definitely hurt, and it showed as Pittsburgh put next to no pressure on Foster. The front seven recorded just one sack and had few hurries, hence allowing Foster to either make standard throws or to simply get outside the pocket and take it downfield. This can and will be a big problem down the line if it can't be fixed. Performance rating: 7/10. Offense gets a very good grade out of this game, coming up big when the defense faltered. Huge road win against a very good rival could lead to very promising things to a promising team. Tuscaloosa, AL: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0) - 21, #8 Alabama Crimson Tide (0-0) - 30 Jackets lose, but Beckett gets revenge. It was a dreadful performance last year in Atlanta for Beckett, but he took it to the Tide in T-Town. Beckett only threw one interception this time as opposed to three last season, and the young quarterback completed 24 of his 38 passes for 280 yards and found the endzone 3 times (as opposed to none in a 30-0 loss last year). Beckett was able to spread the ball around often, proving to be a much larger pain for Bama. Pass defense can't keep up. The Yellow Jackets allowed two receivers to reel in 90+ yards on the day. A.J. Edwards is obviously a talented player at the receiver position, but giving up a yard short of a hundred to Lamont McLeod, the Bama tight end, can only spell disaster to a defense that will likely struggle this year in that department. It clearly wasn't a good day for the Tech secondary. Jackets came out with fire, but got extinguished. Georgia Tech went into T-Town upset minded, and it clearly showed in the first half. Tech outplayed Bama, leading at the half by a score of 21-10. That fire seemed to go out early on in the second half, as the Yellow Jackets played similar to how they played in Atlanta last season. Bama outscored Tech 20-0 in the second half to win the game, but the first half performance was valiant. Performance rating: 6/10. Solid road performance against a top ten team. Offense continues to look good while the defense desperately needs some help. Might not be a problem if Beckett and Co. can outscore their opponents though. Raleigh, NC: #12 Washington State Cougars (1-0) - 49, NC State Wolfpack (0-1) - 6 Many reasons to worry offensively. Going into ImposterCauster's initial season with the Pack, everyone knew that Blake Fry was a project. 15 games later, he's still 100% a project, opening the season with two nasty games, albeit against two Top 15 sides. Still, a 0:5 TD-interception ratio is absolutely horrid, and his legs don't come close to make up for it. Keith Harley isn't nearly good enough to make up for this, and the receiving game lacks that reliable playmaker or easy target for Fry. Questions have to be answered, and they have to be answered soon. Kamari Cheatham's lowest moment. Not many receivers had done too much against Cheatham in his time with the Pack, but he simply could not keep pace with Elijah Talley. There are worse receivers to get beaten by for sure, but Talley flat out embarrassed the cornerback with 10 catches for 140 yards, with two of those catches going for scores. Cheatham has to mop up his game and fast; Cobb and Josiah McCray lurk around the corner. Isaac Holley? The defensive tackle looked like the best player on a sloppy defense last season, consistently breaking through offensive lines and putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Two games in, however, and he's yet to really be a presence in the backfield, as has the entire defensive line. Holley has been relatively tame up the middle alongside Emmanuel McDermott, and he have to wonder if the switch to a 4-3 has a large impact on that. Performance rating: 1/10. The first 1 of the season simply as a result of timing. NC State had just returned home from Ann Arbor after a hard-fought loss to Michigan, and this is how they follow it up? The results speak for itself; the Pack have to get back on their feet (paws?) against Rice. Stat Leaders Passing Yards: QB Benjamin Schuler - 900 yards QB Max Laws - 611 yards QB Josh Beckett - 580 yards Completion Percentage: QB Christian Coates - 70.00% QB Benjamin Schuler - 67.80% QB Grant McConnell - 66.67% Passing Touchdowns: QB Benjamin Schuler - 12 QB Josh Beckett - 5 QB Max Laws - 4 Interceptions: QB Blake Fry - 5 QB Benjamin Schuler - 3 QB Ayden Steele - 3 QB Rating: QB Christian Coates - 174.28 QB Benjamin Schuler - 160.34 QB Grant McConnell - 151.54 Rushing Yards: RB Keith Harley - 163 RB Christian Collins - 157 RB Isaiah Peko - 121 Rushing Touchdowns: QB Bryce Thompson - 4 4 tied with 2 ( , , , ) Receiving Yards: WR Luke Cobb - 409 WR Anthony Swanson - 202 2 tied with 176 ( , ) Receiving Touchdowns: WR Luke Cobb - 6 WR Nicolas Singer - 3 3 tied with 2 ( , , ) Tackles: OLB Calvin Rudolph - 13 DT Mohamed Caldwell - 12 2 tied with 11 ( , ) Sacks: DE Omar Vasquez - 2 DE Nicholas Gonzales - 2 Many tied with 1
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    Episode twelve of Kafka's All-Time CFBHC Team A note on selections: Statistics, team accomplishments, individual awards, and gut instinct were all used to determine the best all-time team in CFBHC history. Because this is only CFBHC, I tried not to let NFLHC performance sway me one way or another. Perhaps the hardest part of this list was comparing players who only played for one or two seasons as opposed to four-year veteran starters. I did my best. Enjoy. CB Keyshawn Thompson, Michigan State 2013-2014 Stats 2014 - 36 tackles, 7 INT, TD 2013 - 43 tackles, 4 INT, sack, 2 TD CAREER - 79 tackles, 11 INT, sack, 3 TD CAREER - 2 punt return TD Accomplishments Team Chick-Fil-A Bowl Champions (2014) Individual 2x Jim Thorpe Award (2013-2014) 2x All-American (2013-2014) Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2014) 2x All-Big Ten (2013-2014) CFBHC Hall of Fame Inductee Miscellaneous First player to win multiple Jim Thorpe Awards First defensive back to 2x All-American Helped lead Michigan State to single-greatest turnaround in CFBHC history (2-10 to 12-1) 2nd place in interceptions (2014) Two games against rival Michigan: 13 tackles, 2 INT, TD Best statistical game: 2013 vs. Michigan: 10 tackles, INT, TD INT in three straight games twice INT in back-to-back games thrice Keyshawn Thompson took CFBHC by storm the moment he stepped on campus in East Lansing. His two-year career resulted in two Jim Thorpe Awards, two All-American teams, one Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and one of the great comeback stories in history. Michigan State had in incredible 10-win improvement from 2013 to 2014, due in no small part to Thompson. He was also the top return man in 2014, taking two punts back for touchdowns. When naming famous corners in CFBHC history, he's likely the first on your list. CB Mike Gradishar, Alabama 2014-2016 Stats 2016 - 28 tackles, 8 INT 2015 - 25 tackles, 6 INT, TD 2014 - 27 tackles, 8 INT, 3 TD CAREER - 80 tackles, 22 INT, 4 TD Accomplishments Team National Championship (2014) 2x SEC Championship (2014, 2016) Rose Bowl Champions (2014) CFBHC Semifinalist (2016) Land of 10,000 Lakes Bowl Champions (2015) Individual 2x All-American (2014, 2016) SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2016) Miscellaneous Only defensive back to be All-American in non-consecutive years Most interceptions in a three-year span Only player with 8+ interceptions in multiple years 2x led nation in interceptions (2014, 2016) One of two players with 8+ INT and 3+ TD in a single season Interception in three straight games three times Best statistical game: 2014 vs. Mississippi State - 4 tackles, 2 INT, TD Mike Gradishar was a lock-down corner for the Crimson Tide, helping lead them to two SEC Championships and the 2014 National Title. He's the only player with multiple 8+ interception seasons and his 2014 campaign was one of the best of any defensive back in history. He recorded an interception in three straight games on three separate occasions and came down with a crucial pick in the 2014 CFBHC National Championship Game. Roll tide, roll. Other contenders: Laurent Christensen (Army), Dan Weaver (Purdue), Troy Marshall (Texas), Jacoby Seaverns (Oklahoma) Next episode: FS
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    .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;} .tg td{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg th{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg .tg-uqo3{background-color:#efefef;text-align:center;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-baqh{text-align:center;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-yzt1{background-color:#efefef;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-xgyj{font-weight:bold;font-style:italic;font-size:18px;background-color:#9b9b9b;color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-5frq{font-style:italic;text-align:center;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-jogk{font-style:italic;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-yw4l{vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-yvo5{background-color:#656565;vertical-align:top} Coaches Poll Top 25 Rk Team Rec Pts Trend 1 Penn State Nittany Lions (6) 1-0 244 -- 2 USC Trojans (3) 1-0 238 -- 3 LSU Tigers 1-0 228 -- 4 Clemson Tigers (1) 1-0 204 -- 5 Purdue Boilermakers* 0-0 204 -- 6 Auburn Tigers 1-0 202 ↑1 7 Illinois Fighting Illini 1-0 178 ↑3 8 Alabama Crimson Tide 0-0 173 ↓2 9 Michigan Wolverines 1-0 167 ↓2 10 Florida State Seminoles 1-0 141 ↑4 11 Tennessee Volunteers 0-0 126 -- 12 Washington State Cougars** 1-0 118 ↓3 13 SMU Mustangs*** 0-0 118 ↓1 14 Air Force Falcons 0-0 111 ↑2 15 Mississippi State Bulldogs 0-0 105 ↓2 16 Vanderbilt Commodores 1-0 96 ↑8 17 Georgia Bulldogs 1-0 94 -- 18 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1-0 74 ↑3 19 Wisconsin Badgers 1-0 71 -- 20 Kansas Jayhawks**** 0-0 61 -- 21 Arizona Wildcats***** 0-0 61 ↓3 22 Baylor Bears 1-0 56 ↓7 23 Maryland Terrapins 1-0 44 ↑2 24 Virginia Cavaliers 1-0 26 N/A 25 UCF Knights 1-0 19 N/A Dropped from Rankings: Oregon (22), Oklahoma (23) Others receiving votes: Missouri (13), West Virginia (13), USF (9), Virginia Tech (9), Pittsburgh (8), Oklahoma State (7), TCU (7), Indiana (6), Oregon (6), Michigan State (5), Ohio State (4), Texas (4), California (2), NC State (2), Nebraska (1) *Purdue's highest ranking is 4th **Washington State's highest ranking is 8th ***SMU's highest ranking is 12th ****Kansas's highest ranking is 9th *****Arizona's highest ranking is 14th
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    I'm adding a notes section for next week that would write down kick/punt returns plus any interesting stuff
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    NO ONE MAY SUBMIT A RESPONSE. Ryan Frey, defensive end for the Eagles, recently appeared for an interview on Sirius XM's The Blitz to talk about his involvement, along with several other Eagles' players, in local community projects. "I'd like to call on Eagles fans to come out to their local Habitat for Humanity on Saturday and help provide supplies or skilled work constructing houses for the less privileged. I will be there along with Allan (Taylor), Cameron (Whelahan), Jack (Green), and DeAndre (Hawkins)," Frey said during the interview. "I will also be inviting thirty children from social welfare programs to come attend the next Eagles' home game as my personal guests of honor. They'll be allowed to come on the field during pre-game warmups and will each receive football gear and an invite to our summer football camp." Ryan Frey has gained +5% fitness, the Eagles have gained +4% media standing, and Allan Taylor, Cameron Whelahan, Jack Green, DeAndre Hawkins have gained +2% fitness.
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    Welcome to Kafka's Midseason NFLHC Honors & Awards All Midseason NFLHC Team Executive of the Year inspiral, Green Bay Packers Coach of the Year inspiral, Green Bay Packers Most Valuable Player Jason Johnson, QB - Green Bay Packers Pepsi Rookie of the Year Tyler Jones, DE - Tennessee Titans Offensive Rookie of the Year Curtis Henry, TE - Carolina Panthers Defensive Rookie of the Year Tyler Jones, DE - Tennessee Titans Walter Payton Man of the Year Alex Martin, ILB - Oakland Raiders Playoff predictions NFC 1. Los Angeles Rams 2. Dallas Cowboys 3. Green Bay Packers 4. Carolina Panthers 5. Detroit Lions 6. Atlanta Falcons 4 Panthers > 5 Lions 3 Packers > 6 Falcons 1 Rams > 4 Panthers 3 Packers > 2 Cowboys 1 Rams > 3 Packers ------- AFC 1. New York Jets 2. Jacksonville Jaguars 3. Oakland Raiders 4. Cleveland Browns 5. Indianapolis Colts 6. Miami Dolphins 5 Colts > 4 Browns 3 Raiders > 6 Dolphins 1 Jets > 5 Colts 2 Jaguars > 3 Raiders 2 Jaguars > 1 Jets SUPER BOWL Rams > Jaguars
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    Dolphins saw the Raiders' comeback earlier and said, "Hold my beer." They then proceeded to drop their beer.
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    Birmingham, AL As the proud commissioner of the best conference in football, it is with great pleasure that I announce the SEC Football Hall of Fame! We here at the SEC Headquarters have been tirelessly working on creating a selection process to determine the nominations of SEC Legends to the Inaugural Class of the SEC Hall of Fame. The requirements are as follows: Must have graduated/declared early at least 3 seasons prior. For this upcoming season, players from 2013-2017 are eligible Coaches are always eligible unless they are currently still coaching The nominees will be announced on Week 7 of the 2020 College Football Season. Afterwards, they will be voted on by the esteemed coaches of the SEC. It requires a 2/3rds vote for any nominee to enter the SEC Hall of Fame (10 out of the 14 coaches have to vote yes). I would like to give special thanks to all of those who have been working with me on making this a reality! Stay Tuned!
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    Aaron Shea to Tyrone McGee, 8 yd TD pass - 3:50 (20-6) 20 points for Tyrone McGee
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    So youre telling me the sim now has its own versions of the Choke At Doak?
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    Freddie Falcon demands more Guaranteed Money The cornerstone of the Falcons Spirit group is holding out for a better deal. "I have 3 little eyasses to feed. If acewulf wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money!"
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    June 2nd, 2017 Associated Press Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. Hawaii is proud to announce the hiring of @gigemags11 as the Head Football Coach after spending weeks in a national search for the brightest up-and-coming commodity in the CFBHC world. A relative unknown, gigemags11 was brought on as an analyst at Kansas State under tenured @HAFFnHAFF. At Kansas State gigemags11 spent countless hours analyzing film, game plans, and scouring for recruits to bring KSU back to glory. After just a couple weeks on the job, things got very interesting. Utah was extremely interested in pursuing gigemags11 as their Head Coach and went as far as offering the job to which gigemags11 accepted the job offer. Behind the scenes, Hawaii had also put their eye on the up-and-coming coach for some time but didn't realize he was in such demand. 30 minutes after accepting the job as Utah's HC gigemags11 announced he would be taking the HC job at Hawaii. When asked why gigemags11 responded, "Hawaii presented an offer that could not be refused". Some speculation has arisen that MWC commissioner @believer had an influence in the abrupt chance, but those will remain rumors for now. After a whirlwind of change, gigemags11 has found his home in the calm waters of Honolulu, Hawaii. gigemags11 is proud to bring a new brand of football and aggressive recruiting style to the Rainbow Warriors. He is welcomed with open arms as the previous tenures have been short-lived and tremulous. Stability and consistency are going to be key factors in improving the state of the program and bringing home the MWC trophy to the Rainbow Warriors. The current roster has some pieces to make a run, but here are some glaring needs that the new regime plan to fix, and quickly which should hopefully improve the program for the long-term. Even though gigemags11 starts behind the ball without the ability to star players to set needs for this recruiting cycle, he does not plan to use this as an excuse but rather motivation to bring in the best class possible. There ya have it, folks. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors have their man and the future is extremely bright on the beautiful island of Hawaii. gigemags11 will be around to answer any questions.
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    RAINY DAYS AND SUNDAYS Bears follow up Packer whacking with a lifeless loss in the Chicago rain Doug Carolan sacking Norris Brooksheer as the Bears fell to 0-5 in Sunday games this season
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    Please note that the results are from a blind poll. No user names were displayed on the poll, only the achievements and accolades for each coach were. This is not my interpretation of the data these are the results from the poll. http://ftw.usatoday.com.v53n.clonezone.link/cfbhc-top-10
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    I'm ok with the new one if it'll save enough time to keep games at the same frequency, especially if we get more statlines
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