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


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


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


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


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  1. 29 points
    Welcome to another edition of the Chicago Tribune's By the Numbers, a statistically minded look at the contenders and pretenders of the 2021 NFL season. We're through 12 weeks of the season, and every team has 11 games in the books. Some teams are fading, some are surging, and most are right on track heading into the all-important final five. As usual, we'll take a look at the numbers to try and get a sense of where everybody's going to be where the dust settles--and also note where everyone's win projection has moved since last time. Quick note: Strength of played schedule excludes games involving the team in question. Strength of remaining schedule does not--that is, if you've already played 1 of 2 games against a division opponent, that game will be counted in strength of remaining schedule. This is just due to the fact that the former adjustment is easier to put in a spreadsheet than the latter. No blurbs this time due to time constraints, but all the numbers remain. AFC East 1. Miami Dolphins (10-1) Scoring stats: 29.64 PF/game (5th), 15.64 PA/game (1st), +14.00 PD/game (1st) Strength of played schedule: 55-55 (0.500, 13th) Strength of remaining schedule: 21-34 (.382, 30th) Projected record: 13.8-2.2 (Δ -0.2 from midseason) Projected finish: 1st in AFC East, #1 seed in AFC playoffs 2. New York Jets (8-3) Scoring stats: 30.18 PF/game (2nd), 24.82 PA/game (18th), +5.36 PD/game (8th) Strength of played schedule: 48-62 (0.436, 29th) Strength of remaining schedule: 31-24 (.564, 7th) Projected record: 10.6-5.4 (Δ +0.2 from midseason) Projected finish: 2nd in AFC East, #5 seed in AFC playoffs 3. New England Patriots (5-6) Scoring stats: 26.45 PF/game (11th), 25.27 PA/game (20th), +1.18 PD/game (13th) Strength of played schedule: 58-52 (0.527, 9th) Strength of remaining schedule: 25-30 (.455, 22nd) Projected record: 7.6-8.4 (Δ -0.4 from midseason) Projected finish: 3rd in AFC East, miss playoffs, #14 overall pick plus Miami's projected #32 overall pick; Baltimore's projected #13 overall pick unlikely to convey 4. Buffalo Bills (3-8) Scoring stats: 18.09 PF/game (30th), 26.64 PA/game (26th), -8.55 PD/game (29th) Strength of played schedule: 52-58 (0.473, 22nd) Strength of remaining schedule: 30-25 (.545, 8th) Projected record: 4.9-11.1 (Δ -1.4 from midseason) Projected finish: 4th in AFC East, miss playoffs, #5 overall pick, plus Arizona's projected #8 overall pick, plus Houston's projected #12 overall pick AFC North T-1. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) Scoring stats: 21.09 PF/game (25th), 20.45 PA/game (6th), +0.64 PD/game Strength of played schedule: 52-58 (0.473, 22nd) Strength of remaining schedule: 24-31 (.436, 23rd) Projected record: 7.7-8.3 (Δ +0.7 from midseason) Projected finish: 1st in AFC North, #4 seed in AFC playoffs T-1. Baltimore Ravens (5-6) Scoring stats: 24.09 PF/game (16th), 24.55 PA/game (17th), -0.45 PD/game (18th) Strength of played schedule: 55-55 (0.500, 13th) Strength of remaining schedule: 22-33 (.400, 27th) Projected record: 7.5-8.5 (Δ +/- 0.0 from midseason) Projected finish: 2nd in AFC North, miss playoffs, #13 overall pick 3. Cleveland Browns (4-7) Scoring stats: 22.27 PF/game (21st), 22.45 PA/game (12th), -0.18 PD/game (16th) Strength of played schedule: 58-52 (0.527, 9th) Strength of remaining schedule: 21-34 (.382, 30th) Projected record: 6.7-9.3 (Δ +1.5 from midseason) Projected finish: 3rd in AFC North, miss playoffs, #11 overall pick 4. Cincinnati Bengals (2-9) Scoring stats: 22.64 PF/game (20th), 32.09 PA/game (31st), -9.45 PD/game (30th) Strength of played schedule: 49-61 (0.445, 27th) Strength of remaining schedule: 29-26 (.527, 13th) Projected record: 3.6-12.4 (Δ -1.1 from midseason) Projected finish: 4th in AFC North, miss playoffs, #3 overall pick AFC South 1. Tennessee Titans (8-3) Scoring stats: 29.73 PF/game (4th), 23.45 PA/game (13th), +6.27 PD/game (7th) Strength of played schedule: 53-57 (0.482, 18th) Strength of remaining schedule: 23-32 (.418, 25th) Projected record: 11.2-4.8 (Δ +1.6 from midseason) Projected finish: 1st in AFC South, #2 seed in AFC playoffs T-2. Houston Texans (5-6) Scoring stats: 27.82 PF/game (8th), 30.55 PA/game (30th), -2.73 PD/game (23rd) Strength of played schedule: 51-59 (0.464, 25th) Strength of remaining schedule: 32-23 (.582, 5th) Projected record: 6.9-9.1 (Δ +0.6 from midseason) Projected finish: 3rd in AFC South, miss playoffs, #12 overall pick conveyed to Buffalo T-2. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-6) Scoring stats: 29.82 PF/game (3rd), 25.82 PA/game (22nd), +4.0 PD/game (9th) Strength of played schedule: 60-50 (0.545, 6th) Strength of remaining schedule: 27-28 (.491, 18th) Projected record: 7.9-8.1 (Δ -2.1 from midseason) Projected finish: 2nd in AFC South, miss playoffs, #15 overall pick 4. Indianapolis Colts (3-8) Scoring stats: 25.18 PF/game (12th), 28.18 PA/game (27th), -3.00 PD/game (24th) Strength of played schedule: 61-49 (0.555, 4th) Strength of remaining schedule: 30-25 (.545, 8th) Projected record: 5.3-10.7 (Δ -0.8 from midseason) Projected finish: 4th in AFC South, miss playoffs, #7 overall pick conveyed to Los Angeles Chargers AFC West T-1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) Scoring stats: 21.82 PF/game (23rd), 22.00 PA/game (10th), -0.18 PD/game (16th) Strength of played schedule: 53-57 (0.482, 18th) Strength of remaining schedule: 23-32 (.418, 25th) Projected record: 9.6-6.4 (Δ -1.0 from midseason) Projected finish: 2nd in AFC West, #6 seed in AFC playoffs T-1. Las Vegas Raiders (7-4) Scoring stats: 32.09 PF/game (1st), 20.82 PA/game (7th), +11.27 PD/game (3rd) Strength of played schedule: 55-55 (0.500, 13th) Strength of remaining schedule: 27-28 (.491, 18th) Projected record: 10.5-5.5 (Δ -0.9 from midseason) Projected finish: 1st in AFC West, #3 seed in AFC playoffs 3. Denver Broncos (6-5) Scoring stats: 20.18 PF/game (26th), 21.00 PA/game (8th), -0.82 PD/game (19th) Strength of played schedule: 53-57 (0.482, 18th) Strength of remaining schedule: 28-27 (.509, 15th) Projected record: 8.4-7.6 (Δ +0.5 from midseason) Projected finish: 3rd in AFC West, miss playoffs, #17 overall pick 4. Los Angeles Chargers (1-10) Scoring stats: 18.27 PF/game (29th), 33.73 PA/game (32nd), -15.45 PD/game (31st) Strength of played schedule: 44-66 (0.400, 32nd) Strength of remaining schedule: 34-21 (.618, 3rd) Projected record: 2.1-13.9 (Δ +0.9 from midseason) Projected finish: 4th in AFC West, miss playoffs, #2 overall pick plus Indianapolis's projected #7 overall pick Projected AFC Playoffs #3 Las Vegas Raiders (-7) over #6 Kansas City Chiefs #5 New York Jets over #4 Pittsburgh Steelers (+1) #1 Miami Dolphins (-6.5) over #5 New York Jets #3 Las Vegas Raiders over #2 Tennessee Titans (+2) #1 Miami Dolphins (-3) over #3 Las Vegas Raiders ************************************************************************************************************************************ NFC East 1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) Scoring stats: 27.27 PF/game (9th), 19.45 PA/game (5th), +7.82 PD/game (5th) Strength of played schedule: 58-52 (0.527, 9th) Strength of remaining schedule: 22-33 (.400, 27th) Projected record: 11.4-4.6 (Δ -1.1 from midseason) Projected finish: 1st in NFC East, #3 seed in NFC playoffs 2. Dallas Cowboys (7-4) Scoring stats: 24.55 PF/game (14th), 16.64 PA/game (2nd), +7.91 PD/game (4th) Strength of played schedule: 71-39 (0.645, 1st) Strength of remaining schedule: 22-33 (.400, 27th) Projected record: 10.7-5.3 (Δ +0.2 from midseason) Projected finish: 2nd in NFC East, #5 seed in NFC playoffs 3. Washington Football Club (6-5) Scoring stats: 23.91 PF/game (19th), 23.55 PA/game (15th), +0.36 PD/game (15th) Strength of played schedule: 53-57 (0.482, 18th) Strength of remaining schedule: 30-25 (.545, 8th) Projected record: 8.3-7.7 (Δ +0.4 from midseason) Projected finish: 3rd in NFC East, miss playoffs, #16 overall pick 4. New York Giants (1-10) Scoring stats: 13.82 PF/game (32nd), 29.91 PA/game (29th), -16.09 PD/game (32nd) Strength of played schedule: 55-55 (0.500, 13th) Strength of remaining schedule: 34-21 (.618, 3rd) Projected record: 1.9-14.1 (Δ -0.3 from midseason) Projected finish: #4 in NFC East, miss playoffs, #1 overall pick NFC North 1. Green Bay Packers (10-1) Scoring stats: 24.00 PF/game (18th), 16.73 PA/game (3rd), +7.27 PD/game (6th) Strength of played schedule: 47-63 (0.427, 30th) Strength of remaining schedule: 29-26 (.527, 13th) Projected record: 13.0-3.0 (Δ -0.3 from midseason) Projected finish: 1st in NFC North, #1 seed in NFC playoffs 2. Chicago Bears (6-5) Scoring stats: 22.09 PF/game (22nd), 24.36 PA/game (16th), -2.27 PD/game (21st) Strength of played schedule: 46-64 (0.418, 31st) Strength of remaining schedule: 28-27 (.509, 15th) Projected record: 8.5-7.5 (Δ -0.9 from midseason) Projected finish: 2nd in NFC North, miss playoffs, #18 overall pick T-3. Detroit Lions (4-7) Scoring stats: 19.73 PF/game (27th), 22.00 PA/game (10th), -2.27 PD/game (21st) Strength of played schedule: 57-53 (0.518, 12th) Strength of remaining schedule: 26-29 (.473, 21st) Projected record: 6.7-9.3 (Δ +0.3 from midseason) Projected finish: 3rd in NFC North, miss playoffs, #10 overall pick T-3. Minnesota Vikings (4-7) Scoring stats: 21.18 PF/game (24th), 26.36 PA/game (24th), -5.18 PD/game (26th) Strength of played schedule: 60-50 (0.545, 6th) Strength of remaining schedule: 20-35 (.364, 32nd) Projected record: 6.1-9.9 (Δ +0.9 from midseason) Projected finish: 4th in NFC North, miss playoffs, #9 overall pick NFC South T-1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) Scoring stats: 28.00 PF/game (7th), 25.27 PA/game (20th), +2.73 PD/game (10th) Strength of played schedule: 61-49 (0.555, 4th) Strength of remaining schedule: 27-28 (.491, 18th) Projected record: 9.67-6.33 (Δ +0.6 from midseason) Projected finish: 2nd in NFC South, #6 seed in NFC playoffs T-1. Atlanta Falcons (7-4) Scoring stats: 24.45 PF/game (15th), 21.91 PA/game (9th), +2.55 PD/game (11th) Strength of played schedule: 51-59 (0.464, 25th) Strength of remaining schedule: 35-20 (.636, 2nd) Projected record: 9.2-6.8 (Δ +2.6 from midseason) Projected finish: 3rd in NFC South, miss playoffs, #20 overall pick T-1. Carolina Panthers (7-4) Scoring stats: 27.27 PF/game (9th), 24.91 PA/game (19th), +2.36 PD/game (12th) Strength of played schedule: 66-44 (0.600, 2nd) Strength of remaining schedule: 32-23 (.582, 5th) Projected record: 9.72-6.28 (Δ +0.4 from midseason) Projected finish: 1st in NFC South, #4 seed in NFC playoffs 4. New Orleans Saints (6-5) Scoring stats: 24.91 PF/game (13th), 26.55 PA/game (25th), -1.64 PD/game (20th) Strength of played schedule: 64-46 (0.582, 3rd) Strength of remaining schedule: 24-31 (.436, 23rd) Projected record: 8.7-7.3 (Δ -0.4 from midseason) Projected finish: 4th in NFC South, miss playoffs, #19 overall pick NFC West 1. Los Angeles Rams (9-2) Scoring stats: 29.64 PF/game (5th), 17.36 PA/game (4th), +12.27 PD/game (2nd) Strength of played schedule: 54-56 (0.491, 17th) Strength of remaining schedule: 28-27 (.509, 15th) Projected record: 12.5-3.5 (Δ +1.7 from midseason) Projected finish: #1 in NFC West, #2 seed in NFC playoffs 2. Arizona Cardinals (4-7) Scoring stats: 18.55 PF/game (28th), 26.18 PA/game (23rd), -7.64 PD/game (28th) Strength of played schedule: 49-61 (0.445, 27th) Strength of remaining schedule: 36-19 (.655, 1st) Projected record: 5.6-10.4 (Δ -0.5 from midseason) Projected finish: 2nd in NFC west, miss playoffs, #8 overall pick conveyed to Buffalo, offset by the addition of Seattle's projected #4 overall pick T-3. San Francisco 49ers (3-8) Scoring stats: 24.09 PF/game (16th), 28.36 PA/game (28th), -4.27 PD/game (25th) Strength of played schedule: 59-51 (0.536, 8th) Strength of remaining schedule: 30-25 (.545, 8th) Projected record: 5.1-10.9 (Δ -0.1 from midseason) Projected finish: 3rd in NFC West, miss playoffs, #6 overall pick T-3. Seattle Seahawks (3-8) Scoring stats: 17.64 PF/game (31st), 23.45 PA/game (13th), -5.82 PD/game (27th) Strength of played schedule: 52-58 (0.473, 22nd) Strength of remaining schedule: 30-25 (.545, 8th) Projected record: 4.8-11.2 (Δ -1.6 from midseason) Projected finish: 4th in NFC West, miss playoffs, #4 overall pick conveyed to Arizona Projected NFC Playoffs #3 Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5) over #6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers #5 Dallas Cowboys over #4 Carolina Panthers (+2.5) #2 Los Angeles Rams (-3) over #3 Philadelphia Eagles #5 Dallas Cowboys over #1 Green Bay Packers (+2) #2 Los Angeles Rams (-1.5) over #5 Dallas Cowboys ************************************************************************************************************************************ Projected Super Bowl Miami Dolphins (-2) over Los Angeles Rams That does it for this edition of By the Numbers. Until next time, whenever that time may be!
  2. 28 points
    Akiem Williams III, affectionally known as AW3 has captured the hearts and minds of football fans in Clemson, SC, Dallas, TX, and everywhere in-between. The junior college star quarterback will be making his final decision any day now, with Clemson and SMU as his two finalists. We spoke to national recruiting analysts and experts to breakdown his game and predict where the nation's top junior college player will sign. Frankie Thornton, 247sports.com When I look at Akiem Williams, I see an instant impact type player. He's got all the intangibles in the world and will immediately be atop the depth chart at whichever school he attends. His biggest strength by far is his size. He's every bit of 6'3" 235 lbs and is a terror for defensive players to bring down. When he gets into the open field, he doesn't shy away from contact and uses his linebacker frame to punish opposing defenders. He might not have track speed, but with his skillset he certainly doesn't need it. PREDICTION: SMU John Blever, Rivals.com Williams is elite - there's no other way to put it. He's big enough, strong enough, and has all the tools to be an NFLHC quarterback someday. A lot of folks talk about his ability to extend plays with his legs, but I think his arm strength doesn't get talked about enough. He's got a Howitzer attached to his right shoulder and he's not afraid to use it. Does that mean he sometimes tries to fit throws into tight spaces? Sure, but more often than not, he's right on the money. He'll bring an immediate boost to whichever roster he picks and already has NFLHC scouts salivating. PREDICTION: Clemson SCHOOL COMPARISON (all ratings before progressions and * denotes a signee) Biggest competition: QB Frederick Snyder 6-4 227 Fr Grady (Atlanta GA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] - QB Marcus Burden 6-5 229 Fr Van Alstyne (Van Alstyne TX) 1.0 of 5.0 [Hybrid] - ADVANTAGE: NEITHER Best weapons WR Andrew Harrison 6-0 230 (Fr) Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg SC) 2.0 of 5.0 [Target] WR Theo Chamberlain 6-5 213 Fr Hoggard (Wilmington NC) 3.0 of 5.0 [Target]* WR Sawyer Vogel 6-5 233 Fr Tucker (Tucker GA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Target] - WR Gabriel Munson 6-1 204 Jr Arkansas Baptist (Little Rock AR) 4.0 of 4.5 [Target]* WR Aidan Blount 5-10 178 (So) Bonham (Bonham, TX) 3.0 of 4.5 [Speed] WR Devin Samuel 6-1 220 Fr Willowridge (Sugar Land TX) 1.0 of 5.0 [Target] RB Josiah Brock 5-6 193 (Fr) White Knoll (Lexington SC) 2.0 of 4.5 [Speed] - RB Stephen Cunningham 5-11 194 (Fr) Henrietta (Henrietta TX) 2.5 of 5.0 [Power] TE Kisona Vailopa 6-3 239 Fr Meigs County (Decatur TN) 3.0 of 5.0 [Blocking] - TE Timothy Jennings 6-0 242 (Fr) Iraan (Iraan TX) 2.0 of 5.0 [Blocking] - ADVANTAGE: Offensive line OT Matt Maynard 6-6 314 Fr Cook (Adel GA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Philip Bowden 6-7 272 Fr Loganville (Loganville GA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] C Byron Alexander 6-3 299 Fr Rock Hill (Rock Hill SC) 3.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OG Philip Bowden 6-7 272 Fr Loganville (Loganville GA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Ivan Schultz 6-7 303 (Fr) Crescent (Iva SC) 2.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] - OT Terrell McRae 6-4 276 (Jr) Quinton (Quinton, OK) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Derek Quintana 6-4 338 Fr Mesquite (Mesquite TX) 3.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] C Martin Rush 6-1 255 Fr Longview (Longview TX) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Jeremiah Berman 6-1 263 (Jr) Joaquin (Joaquin, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Jonathan Lang 6-3 322 Fr Robert E. Lee (Midland TX) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] - ADVANTAGE: Distance: - 871 miles (Clemson, SC -> Hutchinson, KS) - 367 miles (Dallas, TX -> Hutchinson, KS) - ADVANTAGE: Williams says his decision could come "any day now" Stay tuned.
  3. 25 points
    Oklahoma State Fans Seek Stability In Coaching Warning: Tweets below contain adult language. For fans of Oklahoma State Cowboys, the 2021 season has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride that everyone is ready to get off of. Before the season started, hype had reached heights that fans had not had in some time. Several mediocre seasons had built up to what looked to be a big leap forward for the program. Early previews already had them pegged as the one Big XII squad to really threaten the clear conference favorite, TCU. However, the season started off rocky. Following the departure of long-time coach panther553212 very early into the season, the university found themselves at a loss. Do they ride out the season with an interim and hope for the best? In this day and age, an interim coach can be a death-sentence for a program that seemed to have all the potential in the world. But what coach would take a job just after the season had begun? The school decided to start the coaching search in earnest. Well the prayers from Stillwater were quickly answered. Legendary coach and two-time national champion randye4 jumped at the opportunity to once again be in the national spotlight. The FAU coach seemed to be the perfect man for the job, but led the team to a 30-33 OT loss against a tough Virginia Tech team. However, the veteran coach got the team firing on all cylinders and stomped all competition in their way. Fan hype was again at an all time high. With a high powered team and a legendary coach at the helm, what could derail a season where fate seemed to be back on their side? Nobody coaches forever. Coaches have an ideal time where they see themselves riding off into the sunset of retirement, but life frequently has other plans. Coach randye4 stepped down following a big win over USC due to life events, leaving fans confused and wondering about the future of their team. The school once again found themselves scrambling to find another coach for the second time in a matter of weeks. It was clear they wouldn't be able to find another Hall of Famer like randye4, and the middle of the season is an even tougher time to get a new coach to come to campus. The school finally wound up picking ZackTyzwyz, the young coach from Utah State, as their third coach for the 2021 season. Largely unproven on the national scene, coach ZackTyzwyz had pulled the Aggies out of the pits of the Mountain West and gotten them to historic season capped off with a first-ever bowl appearance and victory. But the Cowboys were a different beast entirely, and needed a coach that knows how to lead a high-caliber team. Nevertheless, fan's hopes were cautiously optimistic. The administration seemed confident in their new choice, and the new coach inherited a healthy 5-1 team with a winnable game at home against the Kansas Jayhawks to ease into the new job. But the game ended up being a rout, with Kansas blowing out the Cowboys in front of a hopeful home crowd. Things once again seem desperate in Stillwater, and with a tough game at Texas looming overhead on Saturday night, it seems like this roller-coaster ride of a season isn't over yet. See fan reactions captured on social media below (some are explicit):
  4. 23 points

    Roast Me (CFBHC Edition)

    At least he hasn't slowly quickly dismantled the best program in CFBHC history into a team that's 1 gave over .500
  5. 22 points
    Matty Swift looks downfield versus the Chiefs in an AFC West showdown This week saw a winnowing to one undefeated team, and a host of others in the middle start to either make a move, or see that their star has fallen--maybe for good. Much to discuss about the ranking this week: who's too high? Who's too low? What the hell was Bingo thinking about THAT team? Keep up the discussion, but remember: if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! Current Favorites 1. Miami Dolphins 2. Green Bay Packers 3. Los Angeles Rams The Dolphins are 9-0, and despite an ugly roster of injuries, Miami just keeps winning. And winning in style. Blanking the Cardinals the Sunday after the “Broken Hand That Wasn’t” was a bit like the Warriors steamrolling through the Spurs without two of their best players—Eff You-Good. The Pack, who mysteriously played a collection of 2nd-teamers in the loss to the rival Vikings on Sunday, have otherwise been stellar. Jason Johnson is throwing to arguably the best set of wideouts in the game, and the defense is shut-down solid (well, let’s say bend-but-not-break solid). The Rams, last season’s regular season juggernaut, just got a lot better with a deal for Chad Dess. He’ll bring a bit more balance to the offense, which was needed to take the heat off Murhpy. The D is playing well too, and it helps that L.A. plays in the weakest division in football—yep, I said it. If They Get Hot…Look Out! 4. New York Jets 5. Philadelphia Eagles 6. Carolina Panthers 7. Las Vegas Raiders 8. Tennessee Titans Interestingly, two of these teams lost this past weekend and one was on a bye. So why did I leave them up here? Well, because they have shown that they can consistently ‘turn it on’ when needed. All have some issues: the Jets need a running game and better pass defense, the Eagles and Raiders are really dealing with injuries, the Panth-stars are one injury away from finishing last in their manically-difficult division, and the Titans don’t match up well with a power football team. But all are also capable of going on a tear in the second half of the season and even in the playoffs. I wouldn’t be surprised if a team from this list were to play in, and win, the Super Bowl. Seeds #4-6, It’ll Come Out in the Wash 9. Kansas City Chiefs 10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11. Dallas Cowboys 12. Denver Broncos 13. New Orleans Saints 14. Pittsburgh Steelers While the tier above is filled with talented, interesting teams, I feel that THIS group is going to cause the most chaos over the next 7 weeks of the season. Kansas City continues to be a pleasant surprise, but they are beginning to cut it a bit close with some of their eek-out wins. Dallas and New Orleans have fantastic pieces, but results haven’t always played out in the their favor. I expect the return of Graham Barnett to help propel Dallas forward—this team is beloved by all the advanced-stat-heads. The Bucs have been very good so far, and if they played in the NFC West instead of South, they might look as good as the Rams or Eagles. Says here the Bucs grab the #5 and give someone a run for their money. The Steelers have settled into place with RJ Stanford. Yes, it helps that they are beating up on the Browns, Ravens, and Bengals, but the Steelers will separate in the North and be a very solid #4 seed. And…don’t look now, but the Broncos are on a nice 4-game win streak, and have beat teams ranked #4 and #5 in these rankings two of the last three weeks. The bulk of the schedule is coming, but the new offensive game plan has worked wonders and the offensive line is rounding into dominant form. Will the Broncos sneak into the Playoffs? Who knows, but fan bases in Kansas City and Las Vegas are starting to look over their shoulder a bit. Good Teams with Obvious Flaws/Holes 15. Atlanta Falcons 16. Houston Texans 17. Jacksonville Jaguars These teams are going to finish with winning records (most likely) and will just miss the playoffs (most likely) because of one or two specific issues. The Jags just lost the best RB in the game, who was the focal point of their offense. You don’t recover from that type of injury over the rest of the season. If anyone can pull it off, however, it’s Soluna. The Texans, the Butchers from Houston, were the hatchet men on the Sowell hit—really, I’m just creating #narrative…I don’t think cmcgill or Rome meant to cause harm. Houston themselves don’t quite have the pass defense to make a meaningful run at the playoffs in a very difficult division. And the Falcons can’t seem to score enough points against the better teams in the League: an efficient AJJ versus the Lions is completely different ask than to be that efficient against, say, the Bucs or Panthers. Playing for Something More than the Playoffs 18. New England Patriots 19. Washington Football Club 20. Baltimore Ravens 21. Minnesota Vikings 22. Chicago Bears What has happened, Chicago? Oof. The fall has been swift and the thud of hitting the ground has been loud. A 2-game losing streak doesn’t bode well in a screwy division like the NFC Norris, where the Pack is way out front and the suddenly-adept Vikings are creeping up on the Monster of the Midway. The Patriots are perfectly as good as they are bad—5-5 almost seems too perfect for the Pats, for some reason. Talent is KINDA there, KINDA not, and the division certainly doesn’t help. The Ravens feel like exactly like the Patriots: a mediocre team that doesn’t really have an identity. At least they are trying out some new parts, and put me in the Brett Fisher is Potential Pro Bowler camp…if he gets help. The Washington Footballing Team is very intriguing—they have wins over the Raiders (last week!) and the Broncos from the West, but also rather devastating losses thrown in. Here’s guessing an upgrade from NephewJack to Brightfalls on the sidelines will show that there is some real mettle in this team. All of these clubs are playing for the future NOW—only question is: will that future direction go Up, or not so much? Jockeying for Position in the 1st Round of the Draft 23. Arizona Cardinals 24. Buffalo Bills 25. Indianapolis Colts 26. Detroit Lions 27. San Francisco 49ers In baseball, it’s about this point in the regular season when teams decide to be sellers or buyers. Well, the Bills declared already, trading away their best player to the Rams. So, the Bills move up the peg board of the 1st Round. Who will be next to declare? I’m guessing it will be the Cardinals or 49ers. Both are actually fighting the Seahawks for bottom-rung positioning WITHIN their own division, and I think we see San Fran and Arizona go for some draft capital soon. The Lions would be smart to do so as well, but it remains to be seen exactly what they have to offer. E-Jax? Keyshawn to a contender with a CB injury? Who knows, but they ought to start soon. And…I just have no words for the Colts. What the hell? That’s a Top 5 team on paper, one would assume. Yes, the WR injuries have been awful, but look no further than the Saints for an example of how to overcome that problem. So…not sure what to say about Indy. Here’s to next year…? Next Year? How About Let’s Strategize for the Next THREE Years? 28. Cleveland Browns 29. Cincinnati Bengals 30. Seattle Seahawks 31. New York Giants 32. Los Angeles Chargers I will say I’ve been impressed, a bit, with the recent play of the Giants and Chargers. Both teams made better opponents sweat in the last couple weeks as their young talent is beginning, however slowly, to develop. But they’ve still got miles to go. The Seahawks are another type of ugly: sitting here without looking it up, I can’t tell you who coaches, GMs, or owns the Seahawks. Almost as though they are not a real franchise…which is too bad for Malcolm Douglas-Scott and Kenji Sagatomo—those guys are real good. The Ohio Deuces, both at 2-7, are showing signs that ownership and consistent coaching are keeping them from any real success in the League, let alone some top end talent. I would say that there is some available talent for poaching, but I’m not even sure who to call to initiate that conversation. "Paging Tai Miller….Paging Tai Miller…Please Come to the White Courtesy Phone, the Eagles are calling!!"
  6. 20 points
    Big 12 Suggestion: After recruiting is over, each team can pick one of TCU’s 5.0s to join their team
  7. 19 points

    Biggest draft steal?

    Let me set the stage. It's the first round of the 2021 NFLHC draft. The Jets offices are buzzing with excitement. See, they had just come off a disappointing loss in the 2020 AFC title game to the evil Raiders. Jumbo knows though that the Jets are a great team and really just need a great wide receiver to put them over the hump. Let's rewind a bit.. Enter J.C. Weldon. Weldon lit up the nation's most exciting conference to the tune of 1,776 yards and a million touchdowns. Can you get any better than 1,776 yards and a million touchdowns? I didn't think so... Weldon and the Mountaineers destroyed the Big XII and NFLHC coaches, scouts, parents, owners, friends, fans were all clamoring to take this once in a generation talent. Secretly the evil Jets had worked out a plan to steal the Chicago Bears 5th draft pick and force poor J.C. to join their evil empire. Enter our heroes.. The lovable Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins worked out a great deal to get the #4 draft pick from the New England Patriots. Patriots and 1,776 go together right? Exactly... Knowing that such a hero like Weldon couldn't fall into the hands of the evil Jets, Miami and their GM Smackems selflessly maneuvered up and saved Weldon for the good guys. The excitement that had filled the Jets offices soon filled with sadness and frustration.
  8. 18 points

    Signing Days: Kareem Gaston, DT

    No one sacks like Gaston, holds two gaps like Gaston No one's hands are incredibly quick like Gaston's For his bull rush is terribly scary, Nose man, a pure paragon You can ask any linebacker charging And they know whose 3-4 they'd prefer to be on
  9. 17 points
    Seattle, WA - After a search of several days following the sudden departure of previous owner LamboThrone, the Seattle Seahawks have announced that former Denver Broncos head coach Jieret is their new majority owner. Jieret has announced that while he will be involved in the daily activities not only as an owner but as a General Manager, the Seahawks are currently looking for a talented individual to help guide the franchise through the rough times it is currently seeing. Interested parties should PM Jieret. Finally, Jieret had this to say: "Although I don't like the circumstances to led to this, I'd be lying if I said this wasn't a dream come true for me. To go from growing up a couple of hours away as a lifelong fan to running this proud franchise? Unbelievable. But I do have to thank @bingo415, @DescretoBurrito, and @Franz Kafka, these fine gentlemen took a chance on me and helped me grow and learn the world of NFLHC. You have my thanks, always. But there's a lot of work to do, so I have to cut this short here. Members, family, and fans of the Seahawks, you'll get my best every day. I promise you that. You deserve nothing less." #GoHawks
  10. 16 points
    (I created a few little ranking compilers that have their own independent criteria in how they rank prospects based on hidden and available information. I'll turn some of them into these posted draft positional rankings. You may be able to figure out what they rate highly eventually but this might give you guys some more insight in the draft process. If everyone ranks someone low there may be issues that are hidden. If they all rank someone high he's likely good). Quarterbacks - Expected likelihood of early declarations: Low QB Matt Jones 6-3 208 R Purdue [Pocket] 83 QB Donald Culver 6-1 192 R Utah [Pocket] 81 QB Ryan Harris 6-4 213 R Fresno State [Pocket] 82 QB Will Chacko 6-1 203 R NDSU [Hybrid] 81 QB Andre Webb 5-11 213 R SMU [Pocket] 81 Running Backs - Expected likelihood of early declarations: Low-Medium RB Kenyon Randall 5-6 209 R LSU [Power] 82 RB Daveed Knox 5-11 202 R Illinois [Speed] 79 RB DeSean Dockery 5-10 201 R Louisville [Speed] 81 RB Ricky Vega 5-10 214 R Penn State [Speed] 80 RB Evan Grant 6-0 194 R Georgia State [Power] 81 Fullbacks - Expected likelihood of early declarations: Low FB Emanuelu Tuimaleali'lfano 5-8 208 R Alabama [Pass Blocking] 82 FB Zahir Willis 6-1 217 R Nebraska [Run Blocking] 80 FB Golden Bridges 6-1 221 R BYU [Run Blocking] 81 FB Cory Graham 6-1 210 R Northwestern [Pass Blocking] 76 FB Jeremy Crawley 5-8 239 R Notre Dame [Run Blocking] 76
  11. 16 points

    [2021] Week 9 Coaches Poll

    Yes, finally Rice is ranked. First time ever. I've received votes in 18 weeks but this is the first time I've been ranked. Don't like the ominous similarities to the only other poll that a C-USA team was ranked in. 2019 Southern Miss: First team to ever be ranked in C-USA, ranked #24 in the week 9 poll. That weekend played in the first ever C-USA Saturday evening game at 4-2 Rice. Lost to Rice in 3OT. 2021 Rice: Second team to ever be ranked in C-USA, ranked #24 in the week 9 poll. This weekend playing in the second ever C-USA Saturday evening game at 4-2 Southern Miss.
  12. 15 points
    Just monitoring this thread to see who has the highest degree of CTE, so I can more carefully pick my trade partners.
  13. 15 points

    [2021] Week #13 - FNF

  14. 15 points
    The Road to Bowl Eligibility With three games remaining for each Sun Belt team, it's time to look at the teams that have a shot at bowl eligibility. There are four teams that are one win away, and two more that just need a pair of wins to be eligible. That's over half the conference that still has a shot at playing in a bowl. The stakes are huge in nearly every game left on the schedule. Lets look at each team's path over their final three games and see if we can figure out who has the best shot at going bowling: The "Outs" Georgia Southern (0-9) Coastal Carolina (1-8) The sun has already set on the Chanticleers and the Eagles. Both teams still can play for that 2-win recruiting bonus, however. The Chanticleers have three road games remaining, at Georgia State, UCONN, and Troy. The Eagles have home games against Troy and Appalachian State, and a road contest against Georgia State, but they must win two of these games. Both teams should be trying hard to play spoiler the rest of the way, particularly with recruiting advantages on the line. The "Long Shots" Georgia State (3-6) Troy (3-6) The Trojans and the Panthers each have a small chance of making a bowl. All either team must do is win their final three games. Fortunately for both these teams, they have easy schedules to close out the year. For the Panthers, this means Evan Grant must carry them over Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern at home, and Appalachian State on the road. The Trojans must do battle with Georgia Southern and South Alabama on the road, and Coastal Carolina at home. The "Maybes" Appalachian State (4-5) South Alabama (4-5) These teams need to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible. Neither team has an easy road, however. The Mountaineers must play Kentucky and Georgia Southern on the road, and Georgia State at home. Winning two of those games is tough, but not as tough as the road in front of the Jaguars. They have to travel to Tuscaloosa to face the Alabama Crimson Tide. After that, whatever battered and bruised players remain on their roster must travel to Arkansas State to face the best offense in the Sun Belt. Then the Jaguars finish with a home game against Troy. That's a brutal finish to the season. The "Contenders" Louisiana-Lafayette (5-4) Louisiana-Monroe (5-4) Texas State (5-4) Arkansas State (5-4) Welcome to the four-way tie for first in the Sun Belt Conference. Each of these teams must win one of their final three games to secure bowl eligiblity, but none of these teams have an easy finish to the season. Since all four of these teams are in the West division, most of the remaining games for each of these teams are against each other. Fortunately for the conference, this means that a minimum of two teams will be eligible. Lousiana-Lafayette (5-4) Remaining Games: @Texas State Arkansas State @Louisiana-Monroe The Ragin Cajuns have their hands full, but are fortunate as they are the only one of these teams to have all three of their final games in conference. Getting Arkansas State at home helps, but they'll probably be the slight underdog in all three games. Time to show some grit, Dr_Novella. Louisiana-Monroe (5-4) Remaining Games @UMASS Texas State Louisiana-Lafayette The Warhawks have the easiest schedule of the group, if any of these schedules could be called that. Playing @UMASS is a winnable game, and getting their two conference games both at home helps too. Coach jared2001usa has done well so far, and I like his chances to get one more win and put his team in a bowl game. Texas State (5-4) Remaining Games Louisiana-Lafayette East Carolina @Louisiana Monroe The Bobcats have a near impossible task in hosting the Pirates of ECU, so barring a miracle, they must look to their other two games for the win they need. Coach Rabid has been on fire lately, but can this team carry the momentum for one more game? Arkansas State (5-4) Remaining Games @New Mexico State @Louisiana Lafayette South Alabama The Red Wolves boast the best offense, best QB, best WR, and up until this week the best record in the conference. However, coming off a loss they must travel to New Mexico State, where they will be a solid underdog, then to ULL to face a game Ragin Cajuns team looking to pull the upset. Their best chance at a win is probably the finale at home against South Alabama, but even that is a tough game.
  15. 15 points
    This feature will explore how certain positions on your O-Line are grading out compared to the rest of your o-line over the course of the year up to this point. This, in combination with your average o-line rating, should allow you to more accurately judge o-line skill and what needs replacing. I will try to make this a yearly thing in mid-season and after the playoffs.
  16. 15 points

    Forum Games Subforum Rules

    You guys can use this forum to run whatever games you want (Mafia/Werewolf, Be a Player, play-by-mail chess, or whatever) as long as you keep the discussion mostly out of the shoutbox and keep gameplay confined to here. If you have any questions about whether something would be allowed feel free to post in here but you are welcome to just go for it as long as it isn't offensive and doesn't completely overwhelm the football aspect of the site. The only thing I ask is: if you can take time to post in these threads please consider responding to game threads, offering your opinion on something once a day or otherwise interacting with the main part of the site outside of just the shoutbox. Please.
  17. 14 points

    Thoughts on New Anthem Rule

    The NFL takes quicker action to this than on domestic violence and CTE. That says something doesn't it?
  18. 14 points
    If only I can get some new guys in here everything will be better.
  19. 14 points
    Week 11 is in the books in the 2021 season, we're at the 2/3rds mark of the season for most teams. Conference play is in full swing and the postseason dreams are being dashed or realized left and right. The teams mentioned in this article are playing for much more than just a bowl game. They're playing to join or avoid one of two lists of the immortals.....Waiting until the end of the season to find out is easy but easy isn't fun. Fun is trying to figure out who has the mental fortitude to run the table. Some are playing to join The Perfect Season list. This list is very small. Something so great shouldn't be open to everyone anyways. The club of undefeated teams stops at two: 2018 Alabama and 2019 Penn State. These two feast alone in Valhalla as the only teams to not be defeated in combat. Others are playing to avoid joining a list as long as time. Losing every game in a season is hard. 11 teams have managed to do it. 11 more are fighting the idea that they might join them in the Hall of Infamy. Undefeated Teams Team Week Away Home Away EW% Home EW% Win Probability Away Win Probability Home Chance to go undefeated TCU 12 TCU Oklahoma State 0.817 0.849 0.442 0.558 22.7% 13 Kansas State TCU 0.336 0.817 0.102 0.898 14 Bye 15 TCU Texas 0.817 0.602 0.746 0.254 16 Baylor TCU 0.577 0.817 0.234 0.766 Michigan 12 Michigan Rutgers 0.874 0.512 0.868 0.132 31.2% 13 Penn State Michigan 0.784 0.874 0.344 0.656 14 Bye 15 Maryland Michigan 0.694 0.874 0.246 0.754 16 Michigan Ohio State 0.874 0.724 0.725 0.275 Rice 12 Bye 73.5% 13 UTEP Rice 0.278 0.883 0.048 0.952 14 Rice Texas A&M 0.883 0.650 0.803 0.197 15 Rice North Texas 0.883 0.232 0.962 0.038 16 Bye Air Force 12 Air Force San Diego State 0.733 0.743 0.486 0.514 26.0% 13 Air Force UNLV 0.733 0.051 0.981 0.019 14 New Mexico Air Force 0.365 0.733 0.174 0.826 15 Bye 16 Colorado State Air Force 0.585 0.733 0.339 0.661 Auburn 12 Syracuse Auburn 0.489 0.944 0.054 0.946 61.3% 13 Auburn Georgia 0.944 0.769 0.835 0.165 14 Bye 15 Tennessee Auburn 0.655 0.944 0.101 0.899 16 Auburn Alabama 0.944 0.729 0.863 0.137 Winless Teams Team Week Away Home Away EW% Home EW% Win Probability Away Win Probability Home Chance to go winless North Carolina 12 North Carolina Virginia 0.121 0.486 0.127 0.873 63.7% 13 Bye 14 Georgia Tech North Carolina 0.526 0.121 0.890 0.110 15 North Carolina Duke 0.121 0.736 0.047 0.953 16 NC State North Carolina 0.459 0.121 0.861 0.139 Charlotte 12 Bye 28.5% 13 FIU Charlotte 0.168 0.125 0.586 0.414 14 Charlotte Marshall 0.125 0.468 0.140 0.860 15 Old Dominion Charlotte 0.156 0.125 0.565 0.435 16 Bye Liberty 12 Liberty Memphis 0.024 0.687 0.011 0.989 54.9% 13 Central Michigan Liberty 0.596 0.024 0.983 0.017 14 Bye 15 BYU Liberty 0.709 0.024 0.990 0.010 16 Liberty UMass 0.024 0.032 0.430 0.570 UMass 12 Troy UMass 0.314 0.032 0.933 0.067 36.4% 13 UMass Ole Miss 0.032 0.295 0.073 0.927 14 UL-Monroe UMass 0.592 0.032 0.978 0.022 15 Bye 16 Liberty UMass 0.024 0.032 0.430 0.570 New Mexico State 12 Miami (OH) New Mexico State 0.638 0.249 0.842 0.158 31.1% 13 Arkansas State New Mexico State 0.539 0.249 0.779 0.221 14 New Mexico State UTEP 0.249 0.278 0.463 0.537 15 Bye 16 New Mexico State BYU 0.249 0.709 0.119 0.881 Kent State 12 Kent State Bowling Green 0.063 0.471 0.071 0.929 81.1% 13 Ohio Kent State 0.622 0.063 0.961 0.039 14 Kent State Buffalo 0.063 0.598 0.043 0.957 15 Bye 16 Akron Kent State 0.560 0.063 0.950 0.050 San Jose State 12 Colorado State San Jose State 0.585 0.131 0.903 0.097 58.6% 13 Hawaii San Jose State 0.653 0.131 0.926 0.074 14 UNLV San Jose State 0.051 0.131 0.263 0.737 15 Bye 16 San Jose State San Diego State 0.131 0.743 0.049 0.951 UNLV 12 Bye 72.0% 13 Air Force UNLV 0.733 0.051 0.981 0.019 14 UNLV San Jose State 0.051 0.131 0.263 0.737 15 Bye 16 Nevada UNLV 0.935 0.051 0.996 0.004 California 12 California Colorado 0.294 0.385 0.399 0.601 19.1% 13 Utah California 0.788 0.294 0.899 0.101 14 Miami (FL) California 0.565 0.294 0.758 0.242 15 Bye 16 Stanford California 0.267 0.294 0.467 0.533 Stanford 12 USC Stanford 0.410 0.267 0.656 0.344 24.5% 13 Bye 14 Oregon Stanford 0.722 0.267 0.877 0.123 15 Stanford Washington State 0.267 0.591 0.202 0.798 16 Stanford California 0.267 0.294 0.467 0.533 Georgia Southern 12 Southern Miss Georgia Southern 0.729 0.072 0.972 0.028 66.3% 13 Troy Georgia Southern 0.314 0.072 0.856 0.144 14 Bye 15 Georgia Southern Georgia State 0.072 0.425 0.095 0.905 16 Appalachian State Georgia Southern 0.361 0.072 0.880 0.120 What the abbreviations mean EW% - Expected Winning Percentage. This is found by using a Pythagorean Expectation formula which is (PF^2.37)/(PF^2.37+PA^2.37). We dropped off the addition of the number of games in as we needed a decimal for the following calculations. There may or may not be a separate article being produced on teams playing above or below their projected Win%... Win Probability - Found using the Log5 equation. EW% Away is PA and EW% Home is PB. What does this tell us? Well to start with, it shows us what we've known all along: good teams score a lot and don't give up many points while bad teams give up a ton of points and don't score very much. This is evident in the fact that all of the undefeated teams have an EW% higher than .700 while all of the winless teams have an EW% under .300 and most are under .200. Some even dip below .100 but I'm sure we didn't need the calculations to observe that. We can also infer the expected strength of some conferences based off of these teams' opponents EW% in the upcoming weeks. One downfall of these calulations is that it doesn't factor in luck or injuries. Teams that score a lot will have a higher EW%, provided that their defense can get a stop every now and then. The same is true for the opposite, teams with stout defenses but no offense will still have a higher EW% provided they get a scoring drive every now and then. This is evident in the TCU calculations where Oklahoma State has a higher EW% than TCU due to having more PF than TCU and an equal amount of PA...but OSU is 6-2 and TCU is 8-0. Before we end this article I just want to take a moment to remember those we lost in the past week. 27-28 13-27 20-28 Come back next week to find out who lost, who won, and who is still sweating it out!
  20. 12 points


    1. Please list your email address and/or your reddit username at which you can be contacted. Jumanji 2. Before continuing, please thoroughly read the coaching course and feel free to ask questions. Confirm that you have read the coaching course by writing "Confirmed" below. Confirmed 3. What team do you want to coach? Arizona Wildcats 4. Please select two backup teams (in descending order of preference) in case your first choice is unavailable. None 5. In three or more sentences, tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, what do you do, where are you from, why would you be a good fit here, etc. My name is Jumanji and I coached on this site for a bit. After a brief time away, I'm feeling recharged and ready to get back in the game. 6. This site can be as time consuming as you want it to be. Weekly duties can be completed in 30 minutes or less, however interacting with your fellow players throughout the week makes it more enjoyable for most people. Approximately, how much free time do you have during a typical week? I have plenty of time to complete the tasks required. 7. Losing games is an inevitable reality on this site, especially when accepting newer teams. Do you believe you can handle losing? Disappointment is expected, however we have had issues with people freaking out, and even leaving the site because of losing. Yes 8. How did you find out about this site? If recommended by a friend, please post his/her username. a reddit post long ago
  21. 12 points

    Thoughts on New Anthem Rule

    Kneeling is disrespectful to our nation's schoolchildren who are giving up their lives for our right to bear arms.
  22. 12 points

    [2021] Week #13 - MNF

    Jet fuel can't melt Steel beams.
  23. 12 points
    Undefeated Teams Team Week Away Home Away EW% Home EW% Win Probability Away Win Probability Home Chance to go undefeated Michigan 13 Penn State Michigan 0.794 0.848 0.409 0.591 30.5% 14 Bye 15 Maryland Michigan 0.640 0.848 0.242 0.758 16 Michigan Ohio State 0.848 0.724 0.680 0.320 Rice 13 UTEP Rice 0.336 0.883 0.063 0.937 74.2% 14 Rice Texas A&M 0.883 0.616 0.825 0.175 15 Rice North Texas 0.883 0.241 0.960 0.040 16 Bye Auburn 13 Auburn Georgia 0.949 0.747 0.864 0.136 69.9% 14 Bye 15 Tennessee Auburn 0.655 0.949 0.092 0.908 16 Auburn Alabama 0.949 0.697 0.891 0.109 The list is narrowed to 3 after a shakeup in Week 12. The Cowboys went Horned Frog hunting and the Sunset Invasion made it's way north to Colorado Springs. TCU Oklahoma State 0.817 0.849 0.442 0.558 Air Force San Diego State 0.733 0.743 0.486 0.514 As you can see above, each team was on the road and each team had a lower chance to win. Both games were expected to be coin flips with OKSt having a bit more of a margin than SDSU did. The final results of AF 31 SDSU 34 and TCU 16 OKSt 20 confirm that. Winless Teams Team Week Away Home Away EW% Home EW% Win Probability Away Win Probability Home Chance to go winless North Carolina 13 Bye 70.1% 14 Georgia Tech North Carolina 0.545 0.130 0.889 0.111 15 North Carolina Duke 0.130 0.733 0.052 0.948 16 NC State North Carolina 0.424 0.130 0.831 0.169 Charlotte 13 FIU Charlotte 0.168 0.125 0.586 0.414 28.5% 14 Charlotte Marshall 0.125 0.468 0.140 0.860 15 Old Dominion Charlotte 0.156 0.125 0.565 0.435 16 Bye Liberty 13 Central Michigan Liberty 0.593 0.024 0.983 0.017 60.5% 14 Bye 15 BYU Liberty 0.678 0.024 0.988 0.012 16 Liberty UMass 0.024 0.039 0.378 0.622 UMass 13 UMass Ole Miss 0.039 0.295 0.088 0.912 33.4% 14 UL-Monroe UMass 0.576 0.039 0.971 0.029 15 Bye 16 Liberty UMass 0.024 0.039 0.378 0.622 New Mexico State 13 Arkansas State New Mexico State 0.527 0.256 0.764 0.236 39.1% 14 New Mexico State UTEP 0.256 0.336 0.405 0.595 15 Bye 16 New Mexico State BYU 0.256 0.678 0.140 0.860 Kent State 13 Ohio Kent State 0.622 0.068 0.958 0.042 87.5% 14 Kent State Buffalo 0.068 0.598 0.047 0.953 15 Bye 16 Akron Kent State 0.625 0.068 0.958 0.042 San Jose State 13 Hawaii San Jose State 0.681 0.088 0.956 0.044 32.9% 14 UNLV San Jose State 0.051 0.088 0.357 0.643 15 Bye 16 San Jose State San Diego State 0.088 0.720 0.036 0.964 UNLV 13 Air Force UNLV 0.698 0.051 0.977 0.023 62.6% 14 UNLV San Jose State 0.051 0.088 0.357 0.643 15 Bye 16 Nevada UNLV 0.925 0.051 0.996 0.004 Stanford 13 Bye 37.7% 14 Oregon Stanford 0.663 0.268 0.843 0.157 15 Stanford Washington State 0.268 0.556 0.226 0.774 16 Stanford California 0.268 0.335 0.421 0.579 Georgia Southern 13 Troy Georgia Southern 0.372 0.093 0.853 0.147 64.3% 14 Bye 15 Georgia Southern Georgia State 0.093 0.425 0.122 0.878 16 Appalachian State Georgia Southern 0.382 0.093 0.858 0.142 The list here is also shorter as California knocked off Colorado on the road to earn their first win of the season last week. California Colorado 0.335 0.368 0.463 0.537 The numbers show that they had a 50/50 shot of pulling it off and that week 12 was their second highest chance to win, behind only week 16 against fellow winless team Stanford Before we end this article I just want to take a moment to remember those we lost in the past week. 16-20 31-34 27-17 Come back next week to find out who lost, who won, and who is still sweating it out!
  24. 12 points

    Biggest draft steal?

  25. 12 points
    The San Francisco 49ers organization is pleased to announce that Jumanji, owner of the 49ers, has returned from an unexpected leave of absence. He will resume his role as owner immediately, pending league approval. Jumanji will also assume the role of GM since former GM LaserCats is mysteriously still missing, and definitely not because interim GM Duncan345 is scared of spreadsheets.
  26. 12 points

    [2021] Week 12 SOS and RPI

    SOS 1 Michigan State 0.5663 2 Tennessee 0.5382 3 Clemson 0.5151 4 LSU 0.5141 5 Western Kentucky 0.5140 6 Wisconsin 0.5129 7 USC 0.5120 8 Ole Miss 0.5060 9 Notre Dame 0.5033 10 Florida State 0.5012 11 Iowa State 0.4994 12 Arkansas 0.4935 13 Texas Tech 0.4912 14 Missouri 0.4895 15 Stanford 0.4893 16 Georgia Tech 0.4885 17 Houston 0.4862 18 West Virginia 0.4854 19 Eastern Michigan 0.4844 20 TCU 0.4830 21 Rutgers 0.4817 22 Ball State 0.4814 23 Air Force 0.4810 24 Purdue 0.4805 25 Arizona State 0.4800 26 Alabama 0.4797 27 Mississippi State 0.4792 28 Nebraska 0.4788 29 UCLA 0.4784 30 Iowa 0.4782 31 Kent State 0.4771 32 Kentucky 0.4755 33 UMass 0.4742 34 Penn State 0.4740 35 Boise State 0.4730 36 California 0.4711 37 UAB 0.4701 38 Georgia 0.4698 39 Tulsa 0.4698 40 UNLV 0.4696 41 Maryland 0.4695 42 Kansas 0.4694 43 Minnesota 0.4688 44 Hawaii 0.4678 45 Texas 0.4675 46 Virginia Tech 0.4673 47 UTSA 0.4649 48 Ohio State 0.4627 49 Duke 0.4625 50 Arizona 0.4621 51 Akron 0.4619 52 Florida 0.4617 53 Illinois 0.4617 54 SMU 0.4603 55 Indiana 0.4586 56 Boston College 0.4573 57 Utah 0.4559 58 Toledo 0.4554 59 Army 0.4546 60 Navy 0.4545 61 Auburn 0.4537 62 Colorado State 0.4534 63 Northwestern 0.4534 64 Ohio 0.4513 65 Miami (FL) 0.4508 66 Wyoming 0.4491 67 Buffalo 0.4486 68 Florida International 0.4474 69 UCF 0.4447 70 Michigan 0.4445 71 Bowling Green 0.4428 72 Washington 0.4427 73 Washington State 0.4426 74 Louisville 0.4417 75 Florida Atlantic 0.4402 76 South Carolina 0.4390 77 Troy 0.4343 78 Miami (OH) 0.4342 79 Kansas State 0.4338 80 Colorado 0.4312 81 Louisiana Tech 0.4305 82 Virginia 0.4269 83 Tulane 0.4269 84 East Carolina 0.4236 85 Texas A&M 0.4199 86 Oklahoma 0.4195 87 UTEP 0.4177 88 Pittsburgh 0.4163 89 NC State 0.4159 90 Oklahoma State 0.4145 91 Georgia Southern 0.4132 92 Central Michigan 0.4122 93 Old Dominion 0.4116 94 Utah State 0.4093 95 Western Michigan 0.4083 96 Vanderbilt 0.4082 97 Liberty 0.4066 98 Temple 0.4039 99 Wake Forest 0.4030 100 Oregon 0.4009 101 Nevada 0.3999 102 Fresno State 0.3999 103 Connecticut 0.3998 104 Georgia State 0.3975 105 Northern Illinois 0.3973 106 Charlotte 0.3962 107 Marshall 0.3952 108 Cincinnati 0.3873 109 Southern Miss 0.3871 110 Rice 0.3870 111 Coastal Carolina 0.3870 112 Baylor 0.3828 113 BYU 0.3814 114 San Diego State 0.3695 115 New Mexico State 0.3694 116 North Carolina 0.3694 117 Syracuse 0.3673 118 Texas State 0.3584 119 Appalachian State 0.3584 120 Memphis 0.3566 121 Arkansas State 0.3556 122 USF 0.3538 123 Oregon State 0.3509 124 South Alabama 0.3446 125 UL-Lafayette 0.3433 126 Middle Tennessee 0.3424 127 UL-Monroe 0.3417 128 San Jose State 0.3325 129 New Mexico 0.3222 130 North Texas 0.3036 RPI 1 TCU 0.6122 2 Air Force 0.6107 3 Auburn 0.5903 4 Missouri 0.5859 5 Michigan 0.5834 6 Purdue 0.5792 7 LSU 0.5731 8 Ohio State 0.5692 9 Arizona 0.5653 10 SMU 0.5640 11 Boston College 0.5617 12 Utah 0.5606 13 Toledo 0.5603 14 Texas Tech 0.5559 15 South Carolina 0.5480 16 Tennessee 0.5426 17 Western Kentucky 0.5418 18 Wisconsin 0.5409 19 Illinois 0.5407 20 Rice 0.5403 21 Georgia 0.5399 22 Maryland 0.5396 23 Hawaii 0.5384 24 Virginia Tech 0.5380 25 Duke 0.5344 26 Florida 0.5338 27 Notre Dame 0.5338 28 Western Michigan 0.5250 29 Oregon 0.5195 30 Louisville 0.5188 31 Nevada 0.5187 32 Alabama 0.5160 33 UCLA 0.5151 34 Penn State 0.5118 35 Clemson 0.5113 36 Kansas 0.5083 37 Indiana 0.5002 38 Oklahoma State 0.4984 39 Temple 0.4974 40 Navy 0.4971 41 Northwestern 0.4963 42 Wake Forest 0.4898 43 Texas 0.4895 44 Bowling Green 0.4883 45 Washington State 0.4882 46 Arizona State 0.4850 47 Mississippi State 0.4844 48 Oregon State 0.4819 49 Miami (OH) 0.4819 50 Michigan State 0.4803 51 Boise State 0.4798 52 USC 0.4778 53 Ohio 0.4774 54 Akron 0.4714 55 Texas A&M 0.4712 56 Oklahoma 0.4709 57 Central Michigan 0.4654 58 Colorado State 0.4651 59 Utah State 0.4632 60 Miami (FL) 0.4631 61 Florida International 0.4606 62 Georgia Tech 0.4601 63 UTSA 0.4598 64 UCF 0.4585 65 Houston 0.4584 66 Eastern Michigan 0.4570 67 Washington 0.4570 68 Rutgers 0.4551 69 Ball State 0.4548 70 Arkansas 0.4535 71 Iowa 0.4524 72 Colorado 0.4484 73 Wyoming 0.4479 74 Louisiana Tech 0.4479 75 Southern Miss 0.4466 76 UAB 0.4463 77 Minnesota 0.4453 78 Virginia 0.4452 79 Baylor 0.4433 80 Nebraska 0.4424 81 BYU 0.4423 82 Florida State 0.4384 83 Marshall 0.4353 84 San Diego State 0.4334 85 Syracuse 0.4317 86 Iowa State 0.4301 87 Florida Atlantic 0.4239 88 Memphis 0.4237 89 Pittsburgh 0.4233 90 Arkansas State 0.4230 91 Buffalo 0.4198 92 Kentucky 0.4191 93 UL-Lafayette 0.4137 94 UL-Monroe 0.4125 95 East Carolina 0.4114 96 Tulsa 0.4079 97 Ole Miss 0.4073 98 NC State 0.4057 99 Army 0.4035 100 Cincinnati 0.4016 101 Vanderbilt 0.3999 102 West Virginia 0.3953 103 Texas State 0.3938 104 Northern Illinois 0.3917 105 Troy 0.3882 106 Kansas State 0.3878 107 Fresno State 0.3832 108 Georgia State 0.3814 109 UTEP 0.3758 110 Stanford 0.3669 111 New Mexico 0.3667 112 Old Dominion 0.3643 113 Appalachian State 0.3625 114 USF 0.3591 115 Kent State 0.3578 116 UMass 0.3557 117 California 0.3533 118 UNLV 0.3522 119 South Alabama 0.3522 120 Tulane 0.3514 121 Connecticut 0.3311 122 Coastal Carolina 0.3215 123 Middle Tennessee 0.3193 124 Georgia Southern 0.3099 125 Liberty 0.3050 126 Charlotte 0.2972 127 New Mexico State 0.2770 128 North Carolina 0.2770 129 North Texas 0.2590 130 San Jose State 0.2494
  27. 12 points

    [2021] Week #11 - Saturday Morning

  28. 11 points

    Roast Me (CFBHC Edition)

    I'm not sure I want to roast you rabid, since I don't really want to wake up to a series of angry messages from your wife tomorrow.
  29. 11 points
    As we approach the final quarter of the season, it's time to take note of how each team is faring relative to their fanbase's preseason expectations. Who is on the hot seat? Which franchise has their city beaming with pride about their 2021 campaign? Let's take a look. AFC North Expectations: Very Low (1-3 Wins) - Anything more than four wins would be a victory - Fans want a change in management. Current record: 3-9 Although they’ve hit the three-win threshold which many fans predicted, it’s unlikely the team will win another game. They close the season with trips to Tennessee and Miami and have Detroit and Cleveland at home. Fans can't consider this season a complete waste, however, as they did get a change in management. Notable injuries: ILB Nick Upshaw 6-2 241 7 Ohio State [Mike] 88 – Moderate Back Disc Tear (Week 2) Out for three games. OLB Germane Dixon 6-2 253 7 Notre Dame [Blitz] 87 – Mild Ankle Fracture (Week 10) Out for four games. FS Kenneth Schwartz 5-10 166 2 Maryland [Zone Coverage] 82 – Mild Shoulder Rotator Cuff Injury (Week 4) Out for four games Expectations: High (Expecting 9-11 Wins) - The fanbase’s optimism is high, but fewer than nine wins would take the wind out of the proverbial sails. Current record: 6-6 After three division titles and three playoff wins from 2017-2020, fans expect the Ravens to take the next step to solidify themselves among the AFC’s elite. Although they sit at .500 on the year, they are squarely in the Divisional race with Pittsburgh. They have a chance for nine wins,but need to finish with a flurry and knock off the Steelers at season’s end to make the postseason. Missing the playoffs and finishing 8-8 or worse would strike a blow to fans’ surging optimism. Notable injuries: TE Danny Patrick 6-5 223 5 North Carolina [Receiving] 89 – Severe ACL Rupture (Preseason One) Out for season. RB Moussa Goode 6-1 198 1 Ohio State [Speed] 83 – Mild Shoulder Rotator Cuff Injury (Week 11) Out for four games. Expectations: Neutral (Expecting 8-10 Wins) - After a rocky preseason camp, a seven or eight-win season would enough to quell any worries about the direction of this team. Current record: 6-6 The Steelers are in the thick of the AFC North race with Baltimore. Unless they totally collapse, they’ll meet the bar set by their fanbase at season’s beginning. Making the playoffs would be a huge success from where this team was in the preseason. Notable injuries: RB Chester Henson 5-11 226 7 USC [Speed] 91 – Severe Toe Sprain (Week 10) Out for three games. OLB Charlie Johnson 6-2 230 4 South Carolina [Coverage] 86 – Moderate Foot Fracture (Week 11) Out for four games. WR Samuel Jolley 6-2 218 3 Houston [Speed] 84 – Severe ACL Rupture (Week 7) Out for season. Expectations: Neutral (Expecting 7-9 Wins) - Fewer than five wins would be a crushing blow to fans - More than 10 wins and people would literally be dancing in the streets Current record: 5-7 After starting the season a depressingly awful 1-7, Cleveland has somehow found its way in the AFC North playoff race. They’ve rattled off four straight wins and assuaged some concerns from the fanbase. With Baltimore and Pittsburgh still on the schedule, it’s pretty simple for the Browns: win and you’re in. It would be their first playoff berth since 2016. Notable injuries: ILB C.J. Thomas 6-4 240 1 Georgia [Mike] 85 – Severe Hamstring Rupture (Week 11) Out for Season. OT Scott Jennings 6-4 307 2 Iowa [Run Blocking] 80 – Severe ACL Rupture (Preseason) Out for Season. AFC South Expectations: Neutral (Expecting 7-9 Wins) - Fans understand the difficulty of playing in the AFC South and are expecting a wildcard berth Current record: 8-4 Tennessee currently has a stranglehold on the AFC South with a three-game lead over second place. Unless they totally fall apart down the stretch, their fans will be thrilled with this season’s success. Playoffs are all but guaranteed for the Titans. Notable injuries: OT Brandon Reamon 6-8 298 3 Texas [Pass Blocking] 91 – Mild Rotator Cuff Injury (Week 7) Out for four games. DE Tyler Jones 6-1 257 1 Mississippi State [Contain] 88 – Severe Elbow Fracture (Week 12) Out for four games. OT Lyle Matthews 6-1 343 4 Arizona State [Pass Blocking] 82 – Moderate Biceps Tear (Week 2) Out for four games. Expectations: Contender (Expecting 11-13 Wins) - Fans expect the Jags to contend for the division and many believe this team will contend for a Super Bowl title. Current record: 5-7 Jacksonville has been hit hard by the injury bug this year, losing three 81+ players for the season, including All-Pro candidate Asante Sowell. Although they’re likely to miss out on their preseason goals, the fanbase understands and will not turn on the staff any time soon. They know that at full strength, this team would have contended for the division. Notable injuries: RB Asante Sowell 6-3 194 2 Wisconsin [Power] 91 – Severe ACL Rupture (Week 9) Out for season. OT Rafael O'Donnell 6-5 310 1 Colorado State [Run Blocking] 82 – Severe ACL Rupture (Week 9) Out for season. WR Taylor Eifert 6-3 208 2 Nebraska [Target] 81 – Severe Achilles Rupture (Week 2) Out for season. Expectations: Very Low (Expecting 2-4 Wins) - Fans very quickly gave up on the season and expect the head coach and general manager to be removed if the team finishes 3-13 or worse. Current record: 5-7 Despite devastating injury after devastating injury, Houston has clawed their way to a 5-7 record and likely bought their management at least another season at the helm. They are huge underdogs to make the postseason, but the fanbase seems encouraged by this year’s success while losing four 88+ players for at least five games. Notable injuries: FS Reynaldo Harris 5-9 174 5 Miami [Man Coverage] 92 – Severe ACL Rupture (Week 3) Out for season. WR Marvin White 6-4 184 5 Ohio State [Speed] 92 – Severe Achilles Tendonitis (Week 12) Out for five games. SS Frederick Fain 6-1 197 3 Auburn [Zone Coverage] 88 – Severe ACL Rupture (Week 8) Out for season. OG Jason Osorio 6-2 275 3 Virginia Tech [Pass Blocking] 88 – Moderate Rotator Cuff Injury (Week 5) Out for nine games. Expectations: High (Expecting 7-9 Wins) - Fans understand the strength of the AFC South and are hoping for a wildcard challenge. Current record: 4-8 This has been a season to forget for Indianapolis. Despite some major offseason moves, the Colts sit at 4-8 and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2017. They compiled an astonishing 35-13 record in the regular season the last three years, but this season was derailed early on with injuries to a pair of starters. The franchise and fanbase alike will be quick to move on to 2022 and never again speak of the 2021 season. Notable injuries: WR Rashad Simon 6-4 187 5 Boise State [Target] 90 – Severe Biceps Tear (Week 1) Out for eight games. DE Jonathan Goodwin 6-2 246 2 Utah [Contain] 87 – Severe ACL Rupture (Week 4) Out for season.
  30. 11 points
    As we approach the final quarter of the season, it's time to take note of how each team is faring relative to their fanbase's preseason expectations. Who is on the hot seat? Which franchise has their city beaming with pride about their 2021 campaign? Let's take a look. NFC West Expectations: Low (4-6 Wins) - More than six wins and the fans would be ecstatic - Fewer than four wins would result in a call for the firing of the Head Coach Current record: 4-8 The Cardinals have met the low bar set by their fanbase. They've guaranteed at least the status quo from last year's 4-11-1 season with hopes to finish 6-10. They've been hit hard by the injury bug, losing three wide receivers for at least two games this season (and losing two for the season). Based on the strength of the NFC this season, fans can't be too upset with the franchise this season. Notable injuries: WR Eli Austin 6-5 217 1 Tennessee [Target] 83 - Severe ACL Rupture (Week 3) Out for season FS Reggie Beasley 5-10 207 6 Washington [Man Coverage] 83 - Severe Achilles Rupture (Week 6) Out for season WR Art Baber 5-9 201 6 Auburn [Speed] 81 – Severe Achilles Rupture (Week 13) Out for season. Expectations: Low (3-5 Wins) - Although the fans’ expectations are low this season, they understand this was a rebuilding year. Current record: 3-9 Seattle has three wins so far this season, precisely where the fanbase expected them to be. Although their postseason dreams ended many weeks ago, fans understand the process and seem pleased with the hiring of new coach Jieret. All in all, a year that will be quickly forgotten by the team and fans. On to 2022. Notable injuries: ILB Malcolm Douglas-Scott 6-0 239 5 Angelina College [Will] 97 – Moderate Back Disc Tear (Week 8) Out for three games, questionable for one. TE Tony Huff 6-4 225 4 Georgia [Receiving] 87 – Moderate Wrist Fracture (Week 3) Out for six games. OLB Kristian Little 6-0 237 2 Alabama [Blitz] 83 – Moderate Groin Tear (Week 6) Out for three games. SS Antonio Oliver 6-0 196 2 Houston [Man Coverage] 83 – Severe Toe Sprain (Week 7) Out for three games. FS Onome Smith 6-1 191 3 California [Man Coverage] 82 – Severe ACL Rupture (Week 3) Out for season. Expectations: Contender (11-13 Wins) - Fans consider a postseason berth a must and many expect an NFCCG game appearance this season. - Worse than 8-8 would cause disgust among the fans Current record: 10-2 The Rams appear to be headed for a first round bye in the playoffs as they’re clearly one of the two best teams in the NFC through 12 games. The midseason acquisition of Chad Dess could be enough to send them to the NFC title game for the first time since 2015. What makes the Rams' success this season even more impressive is how they've come back from devastating injuries - five 80+ players have been lost to season-ending injuries and another pair gone for a combined 13 games. Notable injuries: TE Jamal Hawkins 6-4 247 6 Arizona State [Receiving] 89 – Severe ACL Tear (Week 2) Out for season. OT Nijrell Smith 6-4 346 5 Miami [Pass Blocking] 88 – Severe Back Disc Tear (Week 3) Out for five games.DE Michael Bruce 6-8 252 2 Texas Tech [Blitz] 85 – Severe ACL tear (Week 8) Out for season. FS Oronde Jackson 5-10 173 3 Air Force [Zone Coverage] 85 – Severe Hamstring Rupture (Week 2) Out for season WR Derrick Schwartz 6-0 155 3 Kentucky [Speed] 85 – Severe Quadriceps Tear (Week 2) Out for eight games. OT August Gilliland 6-1 282 3 TCU [Run Blocking] 82 – Severe Hamstring Rupture (Week 6) Out for season. RB Frederick Chacon 6-0 172 3 Air Force [Power] 80 – Severe Achilles Rupture (Week 8) Out for season. Expectations: High (9-11 Wins) - Fans are hopeful for a wildcard berth and at least four division wins. - The fanbase will not doubt the organization any time soon after their recent postseason successes. Current record: 3-9 The 49ers have only had two season-ending injuries this season, but both were to key players. While the fanbase won’t be soon to grumble about the organization, it is a disappointing campaign. It’s the team’s first losing season since 2016 and follows up a 37-16 overall record the last three years. Notable injuries: WR Jarius Shaw-Dodd 5-11 213 3 Virginia Tech [Speed] 89 – Severe Hamstring Rupture (Week 5) Out for season. DT Michael McBride 6-4 313 1 Pittsburgh [2-Gap] 81 – Severe Achilles Rupture (Week 3) Out for season. NFC East Expectations: High (Expecting 10-12 Wins) - Fans are expecting at least a split against the Cowboys - Fans also expect a Divisional Round playoff game Current record: 9-3 The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the top teams in the NFC and are currently in line for a home game in the postseason. They’ve completed the split against the Cowboys and unless they collapse over their final four games, fans should be pleased headed into the playoffs. Losing phenom Martin Whiting was a big blow to the defense, but Philadelphia is in a great position heading into the final four games. Notable injuries: OLB Martin Whiting 6-3 235 1 North Carolina [Coverage] 85 – Severe Achilles Rupture (Week 8) Out for season. WR Cameron Whelahan 6-4 211 3 Arkansas [Target] 82 – Severe Calf Tear (Week 10) Out for four games. FS Kevin Hartley 6-0 157 3 Ole Miss [Zone Coverage] 81 – Moderate Elbow Fracture (Week 13) Out for four games. CB Tim Kassell 5-11 191 5 UCLA [Man Coverage] 80 – Severe PCL Tear (Week 4) Out for season. Expectations: High (Expecting 10-12 Wins) - Fans are clamoring for a Division title or at least five division wins. - Fans also expect to be in the hunt for the NFC title. Current record: 8-4 The Cowboys are currently one game back in the NFC East race and will be favored in their two remaining divisional games. If the season ended today, they would be in the playoffs and should hit the 10-win bar set by their fanbase. They’ve stayed relatively injury free, only adding to the expectations in Dallas. Notable injuries: TE Erasmus High 6-0 217 2 Alabama [Blocking] 85 – Severe Achilles Rupture (Week 11) Out for season. Expectations: Low (Expecting 4-6 Wins) - Fans understand this is a transitional year and most would view five-plus wins as a successful season. Current record: 7-5 Washington is one of the most overachieving teams in all of football this season. With a rookie quarterback, many expected a rocky road in hopes of merely fielding a competitive team. Bowman & Co. , however, have the team squarely in the playoff hunt. What started out as a throwaway transitional year has turned into one of the most exciting storylines in the league. Notable injuries: OLB Craig Davis 6-1 221 5 Syracuse [Blitz] 83 – Severe Achilles Rupture (Week 7) Out for season. RB Ricardo Reed 5-9 201 2 Connecticut [Power] 82 – Severe ACL Rupture (Week 12) Out for season. Expectations: Very Low (2-4 Wins) - The fanbase understands this is a rebuilding year and expectations are just north of zero. - If the team wins two games or fewer, however, they expect the coach to be fired. Current record: 1-11 There is trouble in New York. The fans’ expectations were low, but they didn’t think their beloved Giants would go 1-15, which is now a real possibility. The G-Men are currently 1-11 and finish their season with New Orleans and Dallas at home and trips to Las Vegas and Philadelphia. They will be underdogs in all four and believer likely needs a miracle to keep his job. Notable injuries: WR William Anderson 6-3 207 1 Alabama [Target] 81 – Severe Achilles Rupture (Training Camp) Out for season. RB Josh Shiancoe 6-2 221 2 UCLA [Power] 81 – Severe Meniscus Bruise (Preseason One) Out for seven games.
  31. 11 points
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  32. 11 points
    Through Week 10, 2021 - only includes QBs who've played at least three games. Elusiveness, in this case, is a measure of playmaking ability under pressure and/or after first contact from a defensive player in the pocket. The scale goes from -10 (almost sure sack or loss of yardage) to +10 (guaranteed recovery to line of scrimmage). A negative score does not necessarily correlate with a worse player, several factors count in to the final score (such as strength of offensive line, how traditional of a pocket passer the QB is, mobility, pass heavy vs run heavy offenses, etc).
  33. 11 points
    MIDSEASON MONEY Our former Bulldogs have had enormous success on the field this season and have been rewarded with lucrative contracts. Let's take a look at how our players are faring financially this season DE Early Davis 6-3 259 2 Georgia [Blitz] 88 2021 salary: $6 million ($3 million guaranteed) Third year of a 4 year/$24 million contract SS Walter Dorow 5-11 200 4 Georgia [Man Coverage] 79 2021 salary: $500k ($250k guaranteed) First year of a 1 year/$500,000 contract DE Joe Lewis 6-1 295 5 Georgia [Contain] 75 2021 salary: $500k ($250k guaranteed) First year of a 1 year/$500k contract K Jack Dunham 6-8 197 1 Georgia [Power] 71 2021 salary: $500k ($0 guaranteed) First year of a 1 year/$500k contract ILB Alex Felder 6-1 217 R Georgia [Mike] 66 2021 salary: $500k ($0 guaranteed) First year of a 2 year/$1 million contract K Skip Gibson 6-0 178 5 Georgia [Accuracy] 95 2021 salary: $2.4 million ($1.2 million guaranteed) Third year of a 5 year/$12 million contract CB Jabari Branch 6-1 197 2 Georgia [Zone Coverage] 77 2021 salary: $1.75 million ($875k guaranteed) Third year of a 4 year/$7 million contract FS Alyn Namath 6-1 172 7 Georgia [Man Coverage] 83 2021 salary: $2 million ($1 million guaranteed) First year of a 2 year/$4 million contract OG Damon Milloy 6-5 265 3 Georgia [Pass Blocking] 72 2021 salary: $500k ($0 guaranteed) First year of a 1 year/$500k contract FS Henry Smith 5-11 167 3 Georgia [Zone Coverage] 75 2021 salary: $750k ($0 guaranteed) Final year of a 4 year/$3 million contract C Robert Troutman 6-1 299 R Georgia [Pass Blocking] 72 2021 salary: $500k ($0 guaranteed) First year of a 2 year/$1 million contract DT David Crawford 6-5 317 1 Georgia [2-Gap] 71 2021 salary: $500k ($0 guaranteed) First year of a 3 year/$1.5 million contract RB Isaac Wilson 6-0 210 R Georgia [Power] 77 2021 salary: $1.75 million ($1.25 million guaranteed) First year of a 4 year/$7 million contract OG Jerris Jordan 6-5 296 7 Georgia [Pass Blocking] 83 2021 salary: $4 million ($3 million guaranteed) First year of a 4 year/$16 million contract OLB Angel Bailey 6-2 228 1 Georgia [Coverage] 78 2021 salary: $1.75 million ($875k guaranteed) Second year of a 4 year/$7 million contract DT Turk Davis 6-3 268 4 Georgia [1-Gap] 81 2021 salary: $1.2 million ($600k guaranteed) First year of a 4 year/$4.8 million contract TE Tony Huff 6-4 225 4 Georgia [Receiving] 87 2021 salary: $4 million ($4 million guaranteed) First year of a 4 year/$12 million contract P Bud McCullough 5-9 182 3 Georgia [Accuracy] 82 2021 salary: $500 million ($0k guaranteed) First year of a 1 year/$500k contract DT Kevin Nitschke 6-2 270 6 Georgia [1-Gap] 77 2021 salary: $750k ($0 guaranteed) First year of a 1 year/$750k million contract In just the , our former players will earn $30.35 million this season and have inked deals for $82 million in overall salary and $44.375 million in guaranteed money.
  34. 10 points

    Thoughts on New Anthem Rule

    Real shit though, conservatives act like they have a monopoly on Vets in this country and have the sole ability to speak for them. A lot of Vet families are conservative, yes, but too often I see people talking about how they have family in the military and and how they feel disrespected because of it. First, I had a grandfather who served right around the time the army was being segregated, and was stationed in what was Nazi Germany right after WW2. I have cousins and relatives and friends who served. So those conservatives who have the audacity to claim they love vets more and can speak for them should be shamed. Like everyone has family or friends who are vets, so you can't pull that card. I also know plenty of vets on both sides of the issue. Second, our flag is a symbol. It symbolizes what those soldiers are defending. And what is it that they are defending? The basic principles of American government. Freedom, equality, democracy, the Constitution pretty much. Is kneeling more disrespectful to the flag than failing to live up to the values that the soldiers fight for? People don't fight for a flag but for what the flag represents. If we saw this same passion that we get with kneeling, to vet suicide and homelessness and mental illness and healthcare, we'd have better success solving all of those. But ultimately this isn't about vets. This is about uppity brothers and sisters speaking out of turn and trying to create an America that we were promised. Third I feel like there is a gap in why people love America. In general, white people love America because of how it's been in the past. It's why MAGA is popular. Minorities see the potential America can have for all people. Ask black people if America has a better past or future and the answer is easy. Shoot, when I was in 7th grade I was dreaming of being the first black president. Then a guy who looked like me, listened to Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield became president. The whole anthem thing angers me because these white conservatives made a choice. They said that the "distespecting" the symbol is a greater sin than disrespecting what the symbol actually represents. And yeah a lot of that is presented by Fox news and Breitbart and the other overseers of media, but people who have the opportunity to learn more intentionally choose not to learn more about what Kap is trying to fight for or what other people talk about in a bid to "outamerican" each other. But worst about this is that the NFL wants their players to put off the image that the owners want. It's a high paid minstrel show at this point. Standing for an anthem isn't part of any ones job outside of athletes. It's a ceremony reaffirming how much we love America. So comparing the image thing to other jobs wanting employees to act a certain way is not true. NFL owners want a bunch of Toby's and less Kunta Kintes. Obedient Negros. And ones they can show off as well behaved. This is while they let other off the field issues run rampant like CTE and domestic violence. End.
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    Hello everyone, and welcome to another (belated, for which we apologize) episode of AggieVision! As our inaugural season winds to a close, the future becomes of the utmost importance. Positions of need must be remedied, graduating seniors must have their successors found, and the stars of the future need to begin their path to excellence. With that said, it is time to introduce the future of New Mexico State football! Offense Roberto Medina 6-6 209 Fr Santa Teresa (Santa Teresa NM) 1.5 of 4.5 [Receiving] TE Terrence Simms 6-5 208 Fr Ganado (Ganado AZ) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] C Wesley Clausen 6-4 266 Fr Mesquite (Gilbert AZ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Max Qualls 6-2 333 Fr Joaquin (Joaquin TX) 2.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] WR August Coates 6-0 200 Fr South Grand Prarie (TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR Raymond Paige 6-4 192 Fr New Deal (New Deal TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Speed] QB Isaac Eddy 6-3 214 Fr Pasadena (Pasadena TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Hybrid] OT Mateo Fritz 6-3 325 Fr Prestonwood Christian Academy (TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] WR Jesse Coyle 6-3 180 Fr South Grand Prarie (TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] WR Myles Lowery 6-3 196 Fr Robert E. Lee (Midland TX) 2.5 of 3.0 [Target] RB Lawrence Newton 6-1 219 Fr Shiner (Shiner TX) 2.0 of 2.5 [Power] RB Byron Graham 5-10 170 Fr Pampa (Pampa TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Speed] C Kenny Rosas 6-3 278 Jr Trinity Valley Community College (Athens TX) 4.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OG Jeffrey Stroud 6-7 258 Fr North Mesquite (Mesquite TX) 1.0 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] Defense CB John Howard 5-9 191 Fr Cooper (Cooper TX) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] ILB Jamel Eason 6-3 237 Fr East Fork Lutheran (Whiteriver AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] DT Bucky London 6-3 276 Fr Faith Christian (Grapevine TX) 2.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DT Ronan Comer 6-0 298 Fr North Mesquite (Mesquite TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] SS Shiloh Tillman 6-0 200 Fr Marble Falls (Marble Falls TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Nigel Minor 6-5 258 Fr Faith Christian (Grapevine TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DE Brian Colbert 6-6 241 Fr Kashmere (Houston TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain] CB Naiquon Samuels 5-10 170 Fr Shiner (Shiner TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Bill Vest 6-1 223 Fr Northland Christian (Houston TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] OLB Brady Kenney 5-11 239 Fr Groveton (Groveton TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] Special Teams P Walt Faulkner 6-3 177 Fr New Deal (New Deal TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] Redshirts QB Gregorio Huynh 6-1 207 Fr Capital (Santa Fe, NM) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pocket] FB Matthew Mcgrath 5-11 214 Fr C.M. Russell (Great Falls, MT) 1.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] WR William Jackson 6-2 186 Fr Laguna-Acoma (New Laguna, NM) 1.0 of 1.5 [Target] OT Harry Davis 6-8 291 Fr Bloomfield (Bloomfield, NM) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Benjamin Smith 6-4 254 Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, NM) 1.0 of 1.5 [Pass Blocking] OLB Samuel Pritchard 5-11 223 Fr West Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NM) 1.0 of 4.5 [Coverage] DE Arlon Medlin 6-1 249 Fr Socorro (Socorro, NM) 1.0 of 2.5 [Blitz] ILB Matthew Johnson 5-11 214 Fr Palo Verde (Las Vegas, NV) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] That concludes our recap of this year's newest recruits! We here at AggieVision hope you enjoyed the article and look forward to seeing you soon!
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    Average Age of NFLHC Teams

    This was done by averaging the current years of experience (so not counting the 2021 season) for each team. Includes all players listed under active roster and injured reserve. Youngest team is the Chargers, and the oldest team (by far) is the Patriots. Here's the full data, feel free to use this for any analysis you want to. Arizona Cardinals = 2.84 Atlanta Falcons = 2.54 Baltimore Ravens = 2.84 Buffalo Bills = 2.56 Carolina Panthers = 3.34 Chicago Bears = 3.19 Cincinnati Bengals = 2.77 Cleveland Browns = 2.60 Dallas Cowboys = 2.8 Denver Broncos = 3.07 Detroit Lions = 3.22 Green Bay Packers = 2.96 Houston Texans = 2.88 Indianpolis Colts = 2.77 Jacksonville Jagurs = 3.04 Kansas City Chiefs = 3.13 Las Vegas Raiders = 2.73 Los Angeles Chargers = 2.39 Los Angeles Rams = 2.46 Miami Dolphins = 2.96 Minnesota Vikings = 2.85 New England Patriots = 3.63 New Orleans Saints = 3.09 New York Giants = 2.54 New York Jets = 2.41 Philadelphia Eagles = 3.25 Pittsburgh Steelers = 3.02 San Fransisco 49ers = 3.34 Seattle Seahawks = 2.79 Tampa Bay Bucaneers = 2.83 Tennessee Titans = 3.02 Washington Redskins = 3.24 Listed in order of oldest to youngest: New England Retirees = 3.63 Carolina Panthers = 3.34 San Francisco 49ers = 3.34 Philadelphia Eagles = 3.25 Washington Redskins = 3.24 Detroit Lions = 3.22 Chicago Bears = 3.19 Kansas City Chiefs = 3.13 New Orleans Saints = 3.09 Denver Broncos = 3.07 Jacksonville Jagurs = 3.04 Pittsburgh Steelers = 3.02 Tennessee Titans = 3.02 Miami Green Bay Dolphins Packers = = 2.96 2.96 Houston Texans = 2.88 Minnesota Vikings = 2.85 Arizona Cardinals = 2.84 Baltimore Ravens = 2.84 Tampa Bay Buccaneers = 2.83 Dallas Cowboys = 2.8 Seattle Seahawks = 2.79 Cincinnati Bengals = 2.77 Indianpolis Colts = 2.77 Las Vegas Raiders = 2.73 Cleveland Browns = 2.6 Buffalo Bills = 2.56 Atlanta Falcons = 2.54 New York Giants = 2.54 Los Angeles Rams = 2.46 New York Jets = 2.41 Los Angeles Chargers = 2.39
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    [2021] Week 13 Coaches Poll

    Well well well, looks like somebody forgot how to read a compass. Thanks for the vote(s) of confidence though!
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    WR Wendell Causey, SS Ryan Smiley, and DT Christian Callahan are three of the Trojans' biggest commits It's just about signing day, and with only one more recruit being coveted by USC it's about time to wrap up what the recruiting class is looking like year. After coaching the national semifinalist Pitt Panthers last year, coach Jumbo moved to USC and it seems like the prestige from that last season has paid off as USC is currently ranked 6th in the national rankings. When asked about his recruiting strategy this season, the coach remarked that "we were looking for guys that could come in and contribute immediately... I saw a depth problem on this team when I first got here, and we wanted to get in some immediate contributors who also had high ceilings - especially on the defensive line." The coach projected that as many as 9 players (including JUCOs) recruited this season could become starting players in 2022. USC recruited 3 5.0 potential players, including the only 2 5.0 potential defensive players in the state of California, and added 3 JUCOs from Nigeria, Brazil, and a local community college. Here are the signings! DT Christian Callahan 6-3 331 Fr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] CB Maximillian Wilcox 5-11 164 Fr Long Beach Polytechnic ( CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] WR Wendell Causey 6-2 161 Fr Edison (Stockton CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed] DT Oluwatoke Abiodun 6-5 289 Sr (Abuja Nigeria) 4.5 of 4.5 [1-Gap] DE Damien Bethea 6-6 269 Sr Los Angeles Harbor College (Wilmington CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Contain] OT Anthony McGregor 6-4 319 Fr Desert (Edwards CA) 3.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] SS Ryan Smiley 5-10 198 Fr Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 2.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Chase Clemons 6-1 189 Fr Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 1.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Austin Mason 6-5 272 Fr De La Salle (Concord CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] Other USC signings in this class: K Victor Oliveira 6-0 185 (So) (Recife Brazil) 2.5 of 4.0 [Power] CB Darren Tamayo 5-10 165 Fr Acalanes (Lafayette CA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] TE Quinn Branham 6-4 212 Fr Elmira (Elmira OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] ILB Eric Tuiasosopo 6-0 218 Fr Acalanes (Lafayette CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] FS Raekwon Rowe 6-0 193 Fr De La Salle (Concord CA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] TE Jermon Donaldson 6-5 211 Fr Eastlake (Chula Vista CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Receiving] DT Janoris Lindsey 6-0 317 Fr Oakdale (Oakdale CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] QB Kevin Bacon 6-4 223 Fr Liberty (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] WR Dwayne Hopkins 6-1 216 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] OT Solomon Levesque 6-2 321 Fr West Covina (West Covina CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Cole Greenfield 6-2 336 Fr Oakdale (Oakdale CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Mohammed Still 6-4 266 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] P Tristan Wagoner 6-0 178 Fr Williams (Williams CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] OLB Gabe Hooper 6-3 219 Fr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] DE Tank Christian 6-1 252 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] CB Christian Stubbs 6-0 190 Fr Argonaut (Jackson CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] CB Abe Haines 6-2 171 Fr Fontana (Fontana CA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] WR Robaire Holman 6-4 195 Fr Hilltop (Chula Vista CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Target] CB Preston Proctor 5-11 165 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] OLB Thierno Hyde 6-3 244 Fr Watsonville (Watsonville CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]
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    GEORGIA SOUTHERN WELCOMES 2022 RECRUITING CLASS! Being a new team on the FBS level is full of challenges, and recruiting against the big boys is just one of them. Looking to add as much talent as possible to the roster, coach bmlig95 focused all his efforts (as everyone could see, by the on-field results) on the recruiting trail, raiding the state of Georgia, leaving no high school unvisited, talking to every player, and trying to sign every player he felt could be a needed contributor, right away, or in the future. "All the staff worked very hard, and I feel that we're bringing a group of young men that are going to be good for this community, are going to be leaders, and are going to help this team win some football games" were the words said by Eagles' HC bmlig95, when talking about this recruiting class. When asked about what he told the recruits, the Head Coach answered "Me, and all the staff were just honest with them and all their families. They have a shot to start here ealy on their careers, but they are going to have to work hard for it, and earn their spot at the depth chart". Being in the state of Georgia certainly helped the Eagles, and a DC with a lot of holes to fill too. But, that's no discredit to bmlig95´s ability to recruit. According to the rankings, Georgia Southern is bringing to Statesboro the 51st class in the nation, the 2nd in the Sun Belt, and the 1st in the division, ahead their rivals from Atlanta, the Georgia State Panthers. Now, let's take a closer look at the best players in this class: Statistics: 34 total recruits 1 JUCO recruits 6 4 star recruits 21 3.5 star recruits 7 3.0 star recruits Key Recruits: RB Messiah Sheppard 5-6 191 Jr Aiken Technical College (Aiken SC) 3.0 of 4.0 [Power] ATH Gabe Starr 6-2 208 Fr North Atlanta (Atlanta GA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Target] QB Alexander Adcock 6-3 185 Fr North Hall (Gainesville GA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] DE Damian Saenz 6-0 262 Fr Cook (Adel GA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] CB Bobby Horton 6-1 188 Fr Taylor County (Butler GA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] Full class as of now: Thanks to @SlinkyJr for the format I just copied
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    MICHIGAN STATE WELCOMES CLASS OF 2022 In head coach SlinkyJr's first full season back at the helm of the Michigan State Spartans, a lot was made about how successful he would be in recruiting. During his initial tenure in East Lansing, coach Slinky had a less than stellar track record on the recruitment trail and this year was important for the future of the Spartans. Though the team has some star power, there were a lot of holes and lack of depth on the horizon. When asked about his strategy for this season, Slinky stated "This isn't the year to make big splashes, we understand that we have a lot of work to do to get the roster where we want it. We feel we have some talent, but there is a lot of work to do. We need to get better in the trenches, and we need to get some playmakers that can catch passes." Michigan State had one of the worst offensive lines in college football this season and a rough receiving group outside of Sophomore TE Samuel Hare so it makes sense that the focus would be on those groups this season. The current ranking of the class sits at 31 nationally, which doesn't seem amazing but for those who are aware of Slinky's recruiting woes, it's a cause for celebration. In this article we breakdown some of the key recruits that will be joining Michigan State. Disclaimer: This is not the full class as the Spartans are still battling for some final pieces to the puzzle. Statistics: 26 total recruits 2 JUCO recruits 4 5-star recruits 2 4.5-star recruits 1 4 star recruit 8 3.5 star recruits Key Recruits: OG Jonah McCullough 6-2 315 Sr Cincinnati State Technical & Community College (Cincinnati OH) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] C Manuel Ochoa 6-1 262 Fr Bentley (Burton MI) 1.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] OLB Connor Bradshaw Jr. 6-2 247 (So) College of Central Florida (Ocala FL) 3.5 of 4.5 [blitz] WR Damian Metz 6-2 151 Fr Brandywine (Niles MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] WR Nehemiah Daniel 6-2 207 Fr Blissfield (Blissfield MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Target] Full Class (As of Now):
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    [2022] Recruiting Master List

    Going to be adding positions one at a time. QB is up now, I'll add one more tonight, then probably a couple tomorrow. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oHC_0YU9m_Yj3gbfSvt-yfbDDkSSQhwAlDiyxklVST4/edit?usp=sharing
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    [2021] Week #12 - TNF

    Memphis bowl eligible for the first time ever =D
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    Eastern Michigan Look-ahead: Week 11

    Last Week Recap Unbelievable. Eastern Michigan has now won three games in a row after an upset win over 5-2 Bowling Green. Something must be in the water everywhere but Ypsilanti as EMU has closed out their road streak and comes back home for the rest of the season. As expected, the game was a shoot-out ending 45-38. EMU dropped 24 in the first quarter to take the lead and never looked back as QB Shaw once again lit it up passing for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Also surprisingly, RB Chris Morton rushed for over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. This may be attributed to the porous Bowling Green defense, but it may also be possible that EMU is starting to come into their own after a rough opening stretch. Also of note, K Simon hand went 6/6 on XP’s and kicked a 46 yard FG to remain perfect on the season. At 15/15 he has the highest number of field goals at 100% accuracy. The only unfortunate occurrence is OT Harry Snow suffered a severe ACL Rupture and will miss the rest of the season along with his career. As the highest performing member of the offensive line, the loss will be felt as Junior Arthur Tobin is pressed into duty. Thanks to @ObliviousLAX for the info, after this week EMU’s SOS ranks 19th, highest in the entire MAC (although this is bolstered by having already played WMU and Toledo). Despite the challenging road, EMU is ranked 66th in RPI after this week, and will be favored in their next two games. This week, EMU plays Northern Illinois for a chance to climb out of the division basement. This may in fact be the first game all season EMU is favored in so they need to stay focused to continue their success. Northern Illinois Offense vs. EMU Defense Wow, this is a new feeling. Instead of relying on a star running game, Northern Illinois has a balanced attack, albeit one of the least productive in the entire conference. This is slightly surprising as their offense is filled with talented upperclassmen and has suffered no injuries. It’s tough to tell exactly why the talent has not translated into production. They do have slightly poor luck in the turnover margin with a -2, but the real reason may be their off-balanced, lackluster line. Whatever it is, coach @subsequent needs to find a gameplan to take advantage of his team as there is more room for improvement here. On defense, EMU is going to have to step back and play more balanced. Instead of bottling up one star and daring the rest to beat them, they need to hang back and try to stifle NIU and wait for them to run out of steam and falter. EMU Offense vs. NIU Defense On the defensive side, NIU has a more successful unit with better performance against the run. This is due to their monster interior linebackers Kieran Linn and Oliver McNeal. Somehow they spurned offers from more prestigious programs to come here and lead this team. In addition, they have a stud cornerback, Samuel Echols who is able to put a blanket on his zone. Despite these individual talents, the defense as a whole is quite weak at the outside linebacker and defensive end positions, allowing teams to attack the outside. To take advantage of this opening, it would be beneficial for EMU to try and attack the edges, although Morton is not quite built to turn the corner. Once again, they will rely on Shaw to attack the linebackers and perhaps pick up some yardage on his own. For once however, the game plan may have to rely on the players talent advantage (slim as that may be, especially with the degradation of the offensive line). Special Teams What more can be said about Simon Hand? EMU has a definitive advantage in the special teams arena and hope that continues through this week. Overall This is a head-scratching matchup to analyze. I’m very surprised that NIU has had such a poor year with the talent they’ve assembled. I actually am less confident this week than any matchup since Western Michigan despite NIU’s many losses. I would love to predict more wins, but I have a sinking feeling that NIU may take the W this week. Final prediction: Northern Illinois over EMU 21-14
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    Scenes from a hat: CFBHC Edition

    At least one of us has a standout tight end.
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    Today I wanted to look at top play makers on offense for the 6th ranked Air Force team, and how they compare to the previous play makers. Quarterback Nico Kaufman was one of the best, and and could do it all at the quarterback position. In 14 games last year he completed 293 of his 384 passes (76.3%) for 3,341 yards (8.70 YPA) with 31 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Those stats are great in alone, but what makes him better is what he did with his legs. In 2020 Nico took off 87 times for 888 yards (10.21 yards per carry) and had 13 rushing touchdowns. He was lights out all year, and his replacement had huge shoes to fill. That replacements name is Giovanni Luke. Giovanni Luke saw how good Nico was, and had the ability to learn from him. Air Force expects big things from Mr. Luke. Has he lived up to expectations so far this season? Lets have a look. So far Giovanne Luke has led Air Force to an 8-0 start to the 2021 season with a completion percentage of 67.7 (121 completions out of 179 attempts), with 1416 passing yards and 7.91 yards per attempt, and has 11 touchdown passes and 0 interceptions thrown. Giovanne has not ran as well as Kaufman has, only having 156 rushing yards on 33 carries (4.73 YPC), but he has been the leader Air Force needed, and it shows. Running Back In his junior year Xavier Valentine was a great Halfback who proved that he could carry the team if they needed him to. He had 1464 rushing yards on 309 carries, averaging almost 5 yards per carry (4.74 YPC), and had 20 rushing touchdowns. Is he doing just as well in 2021? We are going to find out. So far this year Xavier has 159 carries for 756 yards (4.75 YPC) and 13 touchdowns. If he continues to play with this much effectiveness, he will surpass all of his rushing stats from last year. That makes sense though, as they are feeding him the rock more often this time around. Wide Reciever Last year Sam Baugh was at North Dakota State College of Science and decided to transfer to Air Force for a better education and a chance to prove himself on the gridiron. Just how effective can the brainiac be on the field, and can nerds catch a ball? Lets look at the stats! So far this year Sam has been targeted 32 times and only has one drop, so yes, nerds can catch. Though he only has 434 receiving yards so far, he has 5 touchdowns and has 14 YPR. He has done well for himself, but I would expect a little more out of a 5.0 receiver. The numbers for Reginald Lattimore in 2020 were pretty good. 69 receptions for 1070 yards (15.52 YPR) are nothing to scoff at, though only having 8 of Nico's 31 passing touchdowns kind of is. I understand that having a quarter of your QB's passing touchdowns looks good, but as the #1 receiver on a team with Kaufman, in the Mountain West, I think you should get a little more separation in the end zone. Now for the 2021 stats. Through 7 games in 2021 Lattimore has 23 receptions for 314 yards (13.65 YPR) and only 2 touchdowns. So far this year, his production is less then last year, and I have to assume it is because of the lack of separation. This could be troubling, as he is looking to join the ranks of receivers in NFLHC when this season is through. All in all, the play makers at Air Force are doing really well for themselves, and deserve to be #6 in the nation and should continue to run wild on the MWC. Next year will be a huge question mark for this team, and it looks like they are at there peak and will slowly fall into a lower tier of the MWC.
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    Power Rankings #1: Air Force (7-0, 3-0) #2: Nevada (7-0, 3-0) #3: Hawai'i (5-2, 3-0) #4: New Mexico (4-3, 2-2) #5: San Diego State (5-2, 2-1) #6: Boise State (4-4, 3-1) #7: Utah State (4-3, 2-1) #8: Colorado State (4-4, 1-3) #9: Fresno State (2-6, 2-2) #10: Wyoming (3-5, 0-4) #11: UNLV (0-8, 0-4) #12: San Jose State (0-7, 0-4) Matchup of the Week: Nevada @ Air Force Not just the game of the week, but the conference game of the year. These two teams were the conference preseason favorites, and nothing has happened to change that. Well, almost nothing. Longtime coach Nephewjack has departed Reno, and I believe this puts the team in a bit of a hole. Expect Air Force to win this one, perhaps handily. Prediction: Air Force 35, Nevada 20 Hawai'i @ San Diego State Hawai'i is the better team, but making the trip to the mainland will have the Rainbow Warriors at a disadvantage. This should be a tight contest, with the winner being the last team with the ball. Prediction: Hawai'i 30, San Diego State 28 Fresno State @ New Mexico Ryan Harris gets all the media attention as a probable 1st round pick in next year's NFLHC draft, but this New Mexico team has a quiet collection of solid contributors that has them back in bowl contention. Expect Harris to air it out, but come up short, and quite possibly toss a couple of picks, trying to do too much against a solid Lobo defense. Prediction: New Mexico 28, Fresno State 24 UNLV @ Utah State UNLV is winless, taking the spot traditionally held by their opponent this week. Utah State is perceived as a much-improved team, and I guess you do have to say they are much improved, based on where they came from. But the team is still not very good, just taking advantage of a weak schedule. Do not be surprised by an upset here. Officially, I'll select the Aggies, but this game feels like a potential pothole on their road to a bowl game. Predection: Utah State 20, UNLV 16 San Jose State @ Wyoming Does it get any better than this? Actually, it does. I mean, the other games on the Mountain West slate are big matchups with bowl game qualification or seeding on the line. This one? Not so much. But it does provide a little bit of intrigue in that both teams look at this game as a possible victory, and Wyoming, if you squint your eyes hard enough, has an outside look at a bowl game if they can pull off this fourth win of the season and get a couple of breaks down the stretch. Prediction: Wyoming 24, San Jose State 13 Byes: Boise State, Colorado State
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    Hearts broke all across the lower Midwest on yet another fascinating Saturday in the nation's most exciting conference. Maybe you were excited to see Kofi McCullough start hot against TCU, only for the game to get out of hand. Maybe you were ecstatic to see Baylor go up early in Lawrence, only for Kansas to rally back over the final 45 minutes. Maybe you were excited for Texas to be back, only for Solomon McLaughlin and both of Texas Tech's lines to steal the show. Or maybe you were excited for Kansas State to have a real shot to finally, finally, knock off Oklahoma after a heartbreak last year--only for history to repeat itself to an eerily consistent degree. If the above didn't break your heart, the rest of this article is for you. Let's talk about the games. Saturday Afternoon Kansas 27, Baylor 24 Charging and Roaring: Baylor came out of the gates red-hot, in large part thanks to the play of Caleb Olmsted. The freshman quarterback threw both of his touchdown passes in the first quarter, sandwiching a Jesse Cantrell field goal as Baylor staked themselves to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter. With Olmsted wheeling and dealing, Maxwell Cummins making a couple of catches downfield, and Omar Bush intercepting Christian Graham, this looked like the beginnings of a Baylor rout. After all, they were undefeated as a program when leading by 10 points after the first. But just as quickly as the spigot opened, the water was shut off. Olmsted would rush for a touchdown in the third quarter, but that was the rest of their scoring for the game. Spurlacher: Much of the credit has to go to a strong effort by senior cornerback Bradley Spurlock and breakout defensive end Noah Urlacher. Spurlock was just about everywhere: he intercepted Caleb Olmsted, broke up another pass, and made 4 tackles--including one behind the line of scrimmage on a screen pass. He was primarily responsible for holding Lamont Wilder to just 45 yards on 6 catches for the day. Meanwile, Urlacher lived in the Baylor backfield. He set a Jayhawk single-game record with 2.5 sacks (assisted once by Albert Duke). The pressure on the line and the tenacity of the secondary harried Olmsted into a 22-for-39 day--just enough to keep Baylor within Kansas's reach. Closing Time: Kansas has just managed to find a way to win close games in the past couple of years. Whether it was the wild comebacks against Oklahoma and Texas last year, overtime wins over Tulsa and West Virginia this year, or Saturday's rally against Baylor, the Christian Graham era has been defined by heart-pounding games and heart-pounding wins. Kansas is 9-2 in one-possession games since the beginning of the 2020 season, including 3-0 in overtime. Their only two losses in close games? They were by margins of 13-10 and 16-10 to TCU. Milestone: This was the 100th game in Kansas history and therefore the 100th game coached by stormstopper. The win brings him to 60-40 all-time as a head coach. Happy centennial! Next up: This game was huge for bowl-eligibility for both teams. Baylor drops to 4-3 (2-3), but the back five of their schedule is absolutely loaded. This was the first of 5 road games in their final 6 to close the year. Their remaining schedule: At Oklahoma, at red-hot Texas Tech (more on them later), at Arizona, Senior Day against Oklahoma State, and at TCU. Are there two wins remaining in there? Conversely, Kansas's three-game win streak means it would take a total collapse to miss a bowl game. They still have struggling Iowa State and Kansas State on the schedule and could afford a loss to one or the other. While at 5-3 (3-2) a conference title game appearance is unlikely, they can still turn this into quite a solid season. They have a bye before they host rival Oklahoma. #2 TCU 38, Iowa State 14 The Meteoric Rise of Felix Luck: When 333 yards is your lowest output over a three-game stretch, it's safe to say you're in the middle of a pretty special stretch. Felix Luck had about as rocky of a 5-game start as you're likely to see from a quarterback bearing his level of expectations: 121-210 (57.6%) passing for 1237 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He was playing well enough for TCU to win because the defense was playing at a phenomenal level. Now, though? He's been putting up monster numbers even accounting for the huge volume of attempts he's throwing for. His last three games, he's 96-151 (63.6%) for 1100 yards, 9 touchdowns, and no interceptions--with two rushing touchdowns to boot. The defense hasn't been impassable the last two games, but that hasn't been a requirement because Luck's making the offense go 'round. Iowa State Actually Ran The Ball Pretty Well Too: Credit to the Cyclones' offense for executing their gameplan. The offensive line was blocking up front as well as ever, and Kofi McCullough found hole after hole to run through. He took a career-high 29 handoffs (the most by an Iowa State player since Marc Ladner's 31 in 2016) for a total of 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. Iowa State has been one of the most run-dependent teams in the history of the Big XII, with 59.4% of their yards coming on the ground. If that mark holds up, it will be the 4th-highest percentage in the conference's history--only 2013 UCF (73.0%), 2020 Texas Tech (62.2%), and 2021 Texas Tech (64.8%) have been more run-reliant. Given that Vaughn Sheppard's 55 yards on 5-10 passing actually improved his passer rating, it's not hard to see why. Send 'Em Back: If you're playing TCU, you've got to be prepared for the possibility that you're going to be put behind the sticks. TCU's aggressive up front, and they got to McCullough behind the line on multiple occasions. Richard Farrell alone had 3 tackles for loss (and 8 tackles overall), with Chance Herring and Adriel Sierra each making plays on the other side of the blue line. Iowa State's lack of passing game means that they really don't have a lot of options on second-and-long or third-and-long--yet another reason why TCU's win was never in any doubt. Dyson Injury: TCU safety Matthew Dyson collided with an Iowa State wide receiver chasing down an overthrown pass. He left the field under his own power but was held out of the rest of the game with concussion-like symptoms. Those symptoms were later confirmed to be indicative of an actual concussion that will likely hold Dyson out of practice during the bye--he will be re-evaluated in a week's time. Next up: Iowa State drops to 1-7 (1-4), meaning they will miss a bowl game for the second straight year--and they haven't come close either time. They are now 2-18 since the departures of Clifford Wilcox, Arturo Pacheco, and Tom Oldham after the 2019 season. One of their two best chances to secure another win is coming up as they host 1-6 West Virginia. TCU, meanwhile, is up to 8-0 (5-0) and cruises into their bye week. They will hit the road to take on Oklahoma State, who we'll see against Texas next week. Oklahoma 29, Kansas State 26 (OT) Same Show, Different Year: Last year was Kansas State's best shot to score their first-ever win against Oklahoma. The two teams went punch-for-punch down to the wire, but Oklahoma was ultimately able to pull out the 29-26 win in overtime. This year, Kansas State turned it into their new best shot to score their first-ever win against Oklahoma. Neither team was able to build a substantial lead, but Kansas State forced overtime--only to once again fall by a score of 29-26. Oklahoma now holds a commanding 8-0 lead in the series, which is the best record any Big XII opponent holds over another. (The next-best is TCU's freshly bolstered 7-0 record against Iowa State.) Installing New Offense.exe: It looks like we got a decisive answer to what Oklahoma's offense will look like in the HAFFnHAFF era. The run-dominant, feed-Mo scheme was tossed to the wayside, and a more balanced scheme that takes advantage of the Sooners' receiving talent took its place. Maurice White seemed relieved for the change and showed a lot more efficiency than usual with 125 yards and a score on 20 carries. Eric Pope also had a productive day on the ground and through the air: 254 passing yards on 19 of 26 attempts, 2 passing touchdowns, 57 rushing yards on just 5 carries...and also threw 2 interceptions against a defense that had picked off just 3 passes in its first 7 games of the season. We'll never know if Oklahoma would have won under the old system, but we did get evidence toward two hypotheses: that the Sooners are capable of great things under this system, and that they still have a lot of kinks to work out. Beat 'Em Up: The Oklahoma defense more than made up for the offense's miscues (which in fairness were few in number if impactful in scope). The offense gave up 3 sacks? Well, the defense made up for it by sacking Rahim Murrell 5 times. The offense turned it over twice? Well, the defense took it back both times. Five different Sooners recorded at least a partial sack, led by David Kaiser's 1.5-sack game. One of Kaiser's sacks included a strip of Rahim Murrell, and Jeremy Green hatcheted the ball loose from runningback Jaiden Givens. The defense allowed Kansas State into scoring range more often than they should be comfortable with, but they also held them to field goals on four of those six occasions--including, crucially, in overtime. Twin Streaks: Rahim Murrell has now thrown a touchdown pass in 20 consecutive games to begin his Big XII career, which is the third-longest streak in conference history. He's at a disadvantage compared to Kyler Tackett, who's at 21 because of Texas's bowl bid last year. He'll never reach Norris Brooksheer's record of 33-for-33, as he won't play more than 25 games in a Kansas State uniform. But even though he's turned the ball over in every game of this season and in 19 of the 20 games he's played in his career, he's still got a case for the best signal-caller Kansas State's ever had. Appreciate him while he's still here. Next up: It's time for the Wildcats to dig into whatever reserves they have left. They are now 2-6 (0-5) and a loss in any of their final four games will doom them to a fifth straight offseason at home. They have a bye before they play West Virginia. They then play TCU in Fort Worth. ...Yeah. Oklahoma, for their part, continues their four-game stretch with a home game against up-and-down Baylor. At 5-2 (3-1), they can seal a bowl bid before they go up to Lawrence. Saturday Evening Texas Tech 27, #25 Texas 21 Blue Line, Red Line: Texas Tech took ownership of the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and that as much as anything is the reason they won this game. On offense, the Tech line gave Solomon McLaughlin enough space to keep moving forward and keep chipping away at the Texas defense. Never anything so large as to go for a house-busting gain, but always forward a few yards at a time. On defense, the Red Raiders denied the Longhorns that same right, with both Curtis Jones and Kahau Tupa'i making trouble in the backfield. The pair combined for two sacks and three tackles for loss, and Texas found themselves behind schedule more often than they're used to. When a running team is 6-of-13 on third downs and a more balanced team is 4-of-12, that's hard to overcome. Your Weekly Dose of Solomon (and His Sidekick Chase): It was just another day at the office for Solomon McLaughlin, who turned in one of his least flashy and most workmanlike games of his career--and wound up with 134 yards and 2 touchdowns on 27 carries that were all 16 yards or shorter. It sure helps that he just didn't get hit in the backfield--or at least, not hit hard enough to get knocked down for a loss. But his legs kept churning, he kept the Texas Tech offense's engine running, and he got a bit of assistance from quarterback Chase Shapiro as well when the senior faked out the whole defense on an inverted veer and took the ball straight up the middle for a rushing touchdown in the second quarter. Texas Tech wound up with 159 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 31 carries as a team, vastly outpacing Texas's 97 yards on 20 carries. What's in the Box: Texas isn't the type of team that stretches the field vertically a ton: Mohe Plummer does most of his damage finding soft spots in the middle of the defense rather than over the top. In this case, though, Texas Tech had the middle covered. How? By putting Austin Callahan there. He snagged his fifth interception of the season, a Big XII linebacker record, and his 5 tackles also kept Tackett and Wells LLC from busting anything big into the Texas Tech secondary. The Red Raiders are a team that wins when the game is played within the box--they can burst through the box on offense, and they can fill up the box on defense. Texas's inability to get out of that area of the field proved fatal. Dough Goes In: Texas Tech has now won six straight, and they'll climb into the rankings after this win. Their defense has continued to be lockdown, ranking 13th in the country by allowing just 17.5 points per game. They still don't score a ton, but that's just because they're holding onto the ball for so long. That in turn puts pressure on the offense to score every time down, which allows the defense to capitalize on its opponent's mistakes. They've beaten everyone on their schedule that's not a playoff contender; for now, this will serve as their signature win. It's hard not to be excited about what's going on in Lubbock. Next up: Texas drops to 5-3 (3-2) with their second loss in three games. They'll hope to earn a true quality win against Oklahoma State next week; that would vault them back into the conference title game picture, though the odds aren't looking great right now. Texas Tech (6-2, 4-1) gets a bye before their final four-game stretch of the season. They'll look to extend their winning streak when they take on Baylor at home in Lubbock. They now have their bowl bid wrapped up, and their sights should be set a whole lot higher than that. With tiebreakers over Kansas and Texas, with games remaining against both Oklahoma schools, and with only one conference loss? Is a first Big XII title game appearance since 2015 in the cards? Can they spoil TCU's bid as they did in 2018? We'll find out soon enough. Byes: West Virginia (1-6), Oklahoma State (5-2)
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    Mustafa Surpasses 4,000 Career Rushing Yards Against Texas Tech Morgantown, WV -- If there's any player who's career truly symbolizes the mountains that surround us it's senior running-back Mohamed Mustafa. Thrust into duty as a true freshman the Mountaineers started off the season hot, but ultimately limped to a 3-9 finish after the sudden departure of their coach midway through the season. Mustafa showed flashes of the running-back he ultimately would become with back to back 100 yard rushing games against top 10 foes Tennessee and Penn State. The remainder of the season would be a struggle and the University would look to Texas A&M coach smckenz3 to take the reigns of the pride of West Virginia. The Mountaineers and Mustafa would start to climb that mountain with a 7 win season and Orlando bowl victory over #20 Virginia. The sophomore back would scamper for 1,051 yards on the seasons and bust in a school record 17 touchdowns on a much-improved 4.47 yards per carry. Going into the season the media really laid into WVU's prospects and placed a lot of the burden on the shoulders of the much maligned back, so the overall success of the team needed that balance and Mustafa was there to provide it. Fast forward to 2020 and expectations were sky-high in Morgantown, however; the national media did not share those expectations. The Big XII network predicted a six win season for the Mountaineers, which in hindsight was ludicrous, always outspoken Mohamed Mustafa would not take the slight lightly. Utilizing the popular "Player's Tribune" outlet Mustafa would vent all his frustrations with the national media's disrespect of the Mountaineers. A man of his word Mohamed and the Mountaineers would tear through the Big XII conference with ease culminating with a 49-3 victory in the conference championship game over TCU. The junior would have the last laugh on the season as he finished with 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns on an improved 4.83 yards per carry. WVU would be invited to participate in the 2020 CFBHC playoffs where they would ultimately fall to LSU and their stellar defensive unit. The Mountaineers and their misunderstood back had reached the top of the mountain a place that only a few teams have been able to climb and they had done it together. Reaching the peak caused an avalanche of events that lead us to where we are today. Quarterback Mohammed Foster and wide receiver J.C. Weldon would forgo their senior seasons and declare for the 2021 NFLHC draft. Defensive tackle Hudson Adam would graduate and taken in the first round of the draft by Indianapolis. Tight end Jason Dupree, guard Prince Calloway, All Big XII defensive end Messiah Bernard, and safety Mehki Cringle would also graduate among others leaving the Mountaineers in a rebuild of sorts. The season has not gone as we hoped, but that hasn't stopped Mohamed Mustafa from giving everything he has to give. In the season's lone victory over Virginia Mustafa rumbled for 108 yards and a touchdown and in the recent overtime loss to Texas Tech he bullied his way for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. WVU has lost a heartbreaking 5 games by 1 possession or less including 2 in overtime, the bottom of the mountain indeed. Mohamed Mustafa came to work everyday with one goal in mind and that's to win football games. He's provided fans with everlasting memories and a golden era which should not be forgotten. He's never had the gaudy numbers of a Solomon McLaughlin, but he's provided a steady presence that's entertained fans for four years now. The Mountaineers have two games left on the schedule including a date with Texas and Senior night against Tulane. If he can suit up for both of those games Mustafa will hold the Big XII record for most games started by a running back in league history. That's a record we as fans should not take lightly as four year starters are hard to come by nowadays. Although this season hasn't gone as we hoped the future is bright in Morgantown, but let's show up for the senior day game against Tulane and salute a guy who's given everything he has for our program. The Big XII has only seen 7 backs reach the 4,000 yard mark it speaks to success and longevity. Congratulations Mohamed we're proud to call you a Mountaineer.
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    Earlier this week the owner of TCUSucksAtFootball.com called for an official investigation into your recruiting practices citing multiple anonymous sources who allege the existence of a pay to play scheme and the hiring of prostotutes during official campus visits. Would you like to respond to these accusations?
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    If you were a quarterback during week 11 in the nation's most exciting conference, you had a hard time. Nobody threw two touchdown passes, nobody had more passing scores than turnovers, nobody had a good day. That's a reminder that with guys like David Tolliver, Zachary McHale, and Trevor Orlando, this conference has some pretty dang good defensive players and some pretty dang good defensive teams. Defense won a lot of these games, and we're here to break down the why and how of it. So let's talk about the games. Friday Night Iowa State 24, West Virginia 16 Cup of Kofi: The star of the show for the Cyclone offense was--no prizes for guessing--Kofi McCullough. He did lose a fumble, but he more than made up for it with a 56-yard touchdown run down the left sideline that left the entire West Virginia defense several yards in the dust. His full day included a second touchdown run and 156 total rushing yards on 25 carries. Volume and efficiency; we call that the total package. His score in the first quarter was what set the tone for the game, and his score in the third put the Iowa State lead into commanding territory. This is McCullough's third straight (and fifth overall) 120-yard game, as well as his third overall 150-yard game. For comparison, Vaughn Sheppard has thrown for 90 yards or more just twice and has not thrown for 120 yards in any game. Did I mention that McCullough a redshirt freshman? Touchdown Tolliver: David Tolliver has consistently been one of the best Big XII cornerbacks that most of the country hasn't heard of, and he had another big game on Friday night. He jumped a Bobby Davies pass intended for Elias Langston, picked it off, and took it to the house to give Iowa State an early 14-0 lead. It was his 19th career interception, tying Lee Davis for third in Big XII history and by far the most by any Iowa State player (Kamari Wilkins is next with 7). It's also the 5th time he's taken an interception back for a touchdown, tied with Troy Marshall for third in Big XII history as well. In both cases, he sits two behind the record-holder. Minutiae: Bobby Davies finished 15-25 for 181 yards and 2 interceptions, but his passer rating was about 23.8 points higher than opponent Vaughn Sheppard (6-13 for 54 yards). Sheppard avoiding an interception was quite possibly the real difference-maker in this game, however.... West Virginia's 7th loss assures them of their first losing season since 2018.... Iowa State snapped a 5-game losing streak, earning their second win of the year and improving their two-year record to 3-18. West Virginia's own slide has now reached 6 games, matching the school record set in 2013. Next up: Iowa State (2-7) and West Virginia (1-7) are now squarely on the outside looking in for the bowl picture, but both teams are going to try and get whatever they can out of the season that remains. The Cyclones get a bye week for some extra celebration before they head to Norman to pick a fight with the Oklahoma Sooners; the Mountaineers get one last, best chance at a win next week when they go to Manhattan to take on Kansas State. Saturday Afternoon Baylor 23, #23 Oklahoma 15 McHale, McHearty: Zachary McHale is going to be a star, and he just showed you why on Saturday. The redshirt freshman did a little bit of everything. He hit a bunch of dudes, racking up 6 tackles for the day. He pursued beyond the line of scrimmage, recording a sack and an additional tackle for loss. He also made some hay in coverage, dropping back and getting both paws on an Eric Pope pass over the middle for his first career interception. He's the 9th player in Big XII history to record 6 tackles, a sack, and an interception all in the same game--the most recent one before him was Garrett Powers. Who is also a linebacker for Baylor. Who is also a freshman. Y'all, this unit is going to be something special. I Threw It on the Ground: Every Big XII quarterback this week struggled, and this game was no exception. Eric Pope completed 13 of 22 passes, which isn't good but could be worse. That said, his 22 attempts managed to go for a total of 150 yards, and that effort was paired with just one touchdown. When you add in the fact that Pope threw a pick to the aforementioned Zachary McHale and lost a fumble on a strip-sack, and it was a day to forget for the sophomore. Not that his counterpart in green did much better. Caleb Olmsted finished just 12-23 and matched his career-low with just 140 yards. He, too, threw one touchdown and one interception (courtesy of Elijah Williams). The difference between the two was two-fold: Olmsted didn't fumble, and most of his dangerous throws were merely batted down (4 passes defended). In fact, Olmsted has been unusually lucky in this regard: he has had 11 passes defended but not intercepted, the highest mark in the Big XII. Felix Luck is the only other Big XII quarterback with more than 7. Time will tell if that trend holds or reverses. The Bear Roared Back: After a come-from-ahead loss to Kansas, Baylor found itself in dire need of a win with a brutal closing stretch. It's no stretch to say that this was massive for them. They led 17-6 at the half, never let Oklahoma take the lead, and played one of their best defensive games of the season from start to finish. The win brings them to 5-3 overall, meaning they just need to win one of their final four to go bowling. They're out of the conference title game picture, but getting back to the postseason after last year's 5-7 finish is priority #1. Strange Days for Sooners: Maurice White's 19 carries and 86 yards were both career-lows for the redshirt junior. Part of that is by design, so that the Sooner offense isn't placed entirely on his shoulders--but he'll need to do better than 4.53 yards per carry in regular-volume mode. Kicker Louis Dwyer also had an odd day. He hit from 46 and 48, and he added another field goal from 28. That all makes sense. He also missed a 56-yard bomb, which is understandable. But he also missed an extra point, making him the second Big XII kicker ever (and first since Erik Senser in 2016) to hit two 40-yarders and miss an extra point in the same game. Next up: Oklahoma drops to 5-3 (3-2), and they will head to Lawrence for the always-tricky game against Kansas next week. They will need to cut out the turnover bug if they want to have a shot. Baylor, for their part, improves to 5-3 (3-3), but things don't get easier as they head to Lubbock to take on red-hot Texas Tech. Solomon McLaughlin against that set of linebackers is going to be a treat to watch. Saturday Evening Oklahoma State 20, Texas 17 (OT) Working Overtime: For the first time in their nine meetings, Oklahoma State and Texas went to overtime. The Cowboys had the upper hand for most of the game, leading 10-3 at halftime and 17-10 after the third quarter; however, they were unable to stop Simeon Wells from punching in his only touchdown run of the game early in the fourth to knot things up. Neither team got a clear shot at one last score in regulation, and Oklahoma State's last-ditch bid died as time expired with the ball 64 yards away from the Longhorn endzone. Overtime wound up being a field goal-kicking contest, and a brief one at that. Ralph Hinson nailed his attempt from 35 yards after Oklahoma State failed to get a first down. However, they at least moved forward with the ball. Texas was saddled with a holding penalty on 1st down (just one of five flags they accumulated), and after a 4-yard run and two incomplete passes the Longhorns brought on Giovanni Esposito to try and tie it. The snap was good. The hold was not--the laces were facing the wrong way. And as a result, the kick sailed wide left as Oklahoma State poured onto the field in celebration. This goes down as the first overtime win in Oklahoma State history; they're now 1-2 in such games. Air Traffic Controllers: In a week that presented a paucity of prominent passing performances in the nation's most exciting conference, Ian Baldwin and Kyler Tackett at least held their own. Ian Baldwin was the only Big XII passer to eclipse the 200-yard mark, finishing with 217 on 18-of-33 passing with a touchdown (to tight end Christopher Vinson) and an interception (to linebacker Axel Lozano). It was enough to get the job done, so that's what matters most. Kyler Tackett, meanwhile, was the only quarterback in the conference to complete greater than 60% of his passes--he finished 15-of-24 for 188 yards, a touchdown to wideout Rory Stevens, and an interception to linebacker Trevor Orlando. Tackett continued his streak of 22 consecutive games with a touchdown pass to start his career. Fading Lone Star: To say that Texas has left something on the table this season would not be an overstatement. They've now lost three of their last four games, including two close home losses and a not-so-close neutral-site loss to Oklahoma. Their win over Baylor looks better, but when their next-best win is over...4-4 New Mexico? Sub-.500 Houston, Iowa State, or Kansas State? This is still probably a bowl team, but Texas's talent (particularly on defense) is better than a 5-4 team. Back on the Saddle: Meanwhile, Oklahoma State bounced back for an important win after their blowout loss to Kansas. Not only does the win assure them of their third straight year of bowl-eligibility at 6-2, but it also keeps them on the inside track for their first-ever bid to a Big XII Championship Game at 4-1 in conference play. There's still a long way to go, and their two most important games are the ones coming up next. But this is as good a position as the've had in a while. Next up: Texas gets a bye week to think about what they've done before they try to snap this skid with Kansas coming to town. Oklahoma State stays home as well, where they'll take on undefeated TCU in what could very well be the hardest game remaining on both teams' regular-season calendars. Byes: Kansas (5-3), Kansas State (2-6), #4 TCU (8-0), #24 Texas Tech (6-2)
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