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THE GAME (OF THE YEAR)

The Game lives up to the hype this year as (10-1) Michigan traveled to Columbus to take on (10-1) Ohio State for the right to take on Purdue in the B1G Championship. After a grueling battle that took 2 overtimes to decide, it was the Wolverines who stood victorious 36-33 in what was possibly the best game of the season.

WILD WEST

The Las Vegas Raiders and the Denver Broncos both won their games Sunday, setting up a week 17 showdown to decide the AFC West. The Raiders toppled the Chiefs 24-14 and the Broncos survived the Jaguars 27-23.

CHAMPIONSHIP SZN

As the final week of the regular season wraps up, teams turn their attention to the conference championships and bowl season. There are some solid match ups to look forward to with big implications.

NICE

The Detroit Lions and the Indianapolis Colts won this week, while the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings took losses, all becoming 6-9 on the season.

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    TheTodd15

    [2020] Week #3 - FNF

    We're rebuilding dammit
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    Yellow_Evan

    [2020] AAC Week 3 Coaches Poll

    1.SMU (4) Won an epic classic game against TCU. Time's squad has knack for winning close games- see MSU in 2018 and Temple at home in 2019. For now, they deserve to be in the Top 15; TCU is a "name" opponent, but idk how good TCU really is and there's a good chance both teams may end up overrated. The biggest thing we learned from SMOOO than we didn't know from them before is Terrell Holland will probably be a solid RB once he goes up against AAC competition. 2.UCF No game last week but they deserve to be ranked. 3.Temple Not sure on Northwestern's coaching situation, but Jordan North's debut was a downright disaster. Only had five touchdowns (and yet this might have not been the best AAC QB performance this week). All clown jokes aside, Temple's offense picked up where it left off last year, although RB Richard Dillion is still an unknown commodity in AAC play. With that said, his opening game was just ok against a bottom teir BIG team. Not sure if I have much of an opinion on their defense. 4.USF Rather than just winning in boring fashion like USF did against Charlotte, they rocked LA Tech. Daniel Lentz had a career high five scores, and Johnny Taylor had just under 5 YPC. Their defense- after a year absence- has returned with a vengeance at least for one week, with three pick sixs and two sacks. 5.Houston "Why didn't Rickie Shaffer start last year?" is a question I've asked myself a lot last year. Shaffer did ok for going against a CUSA team, with this team? Blasting one of the better CUSA teams is better than nothing, and the defense - an underrated strength of their team during their Joel King heyday - showed up to expectations, with two picks and two sacks. Should be the clear cut 2nd best team in the AAC West if their coaching remains stable. 6.ECU Exciting win, but against WKU of all team. From the surface, Carver and Tuitama are still a solid QB-RB duo but their colleges careers are winding up, and the rest of the ECU team seems to have regressed. 7.Uconn Great fight against WSU Missouri, but to Stormstopper's disappointment they didn't pull it off. Makai Stewart is still a decent QB, and Marshawn Miller is a strong early declaration candidate. Despite playing such an exciting game, I feel like we don't really know much from this team that we didn't know last year, other than the fact their offense seems more consistent than last year so far in the first 2 games. 8.Memphis 2-0 for the first time in school history, Their defense might be a little better than last season, but on the other hand, Gavin Copleand is likely not a great QB, so Memphis picking them off twice is no real surprise. Another slightly bold observation: Miguel Cook so far appears better then Eric Todd Brian Jennings, but then against, Brian Jennings looked good on 2017 and then I don't know what happened to him- maybe he stopped working out and progressing or maybe defenses figured him out. 9.Navy Not one but two impressions on this team in what I view as an OK- not great- defeat to Michigan State. Isaiah Best is most likely a short-term fix at QB, and he isn't exactly on to the best start, but to be fair, Slinky is one of the best secondary coaches out their, and they have one of the best CB prospects this draft. Also, their kicking, at least in this game, wasn't exactly stellar. 10.Tulsa Made it halfway interesting against a good but not great Ryan Harris-led Fresno State squad. Despite having one of the best FS's in this class, Tulsa secondary is no match for the gunslinger Harris, and their offense is just meh at best, with no big name QB, RB, or WR. 11. Cincinnati Losing to Rabid by 34 is never a good sign. And with the lose, Rome lost what little chance he had at a bowl game. At this point, best to hope that running Wildcat will benefit him somehow- Temple ran Wildcat in 2016 and look at them now. 12.Tulane Their is something bigly wrong with the defense I think, but I'll give more of my $0.02 next week.
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    alienufo

    [2020] Week #3 - FNF

    FINAL SCORE: Temple 52-0 Wyoming
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    ImposterCauster

    [2020] Week #3 - FNF

    Starting to look bleak now, even though I've played three really good teams now. gg Bubada. McLean looked super sharp again. Wishing you the best this year
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    TheTodd15

    [2020] Week #3 - FNF

    Oh boy it's gonna be a long season
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    ndunkelbarger69

    [2020] Week #3 - TNF

    Good game. You whooped us.
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    Welcome back to the MWC Power Rankings, where this week we had a ton of senseless moving! Let's review some highlights from around the conference this week... -Air Force started their 2020 campaign off with a bang as they defeated #15 Mississippi State in convincing fashion. The Falcons maintained their chokehold on the #1 spot in our Power Rankings, and honestly it will be a surprise if they lose that at any point this season. -Hawaii and San Diego State maintained their #2 and #3 spots with wins over BYU and North Texas, respectively. Hawaii seems like the clear #2 in the conference, while the Aztecs seem like they may have a bit more proving to do after a pair of unconvincing wins against lower tier teams. -Colorado State moved up a spot in the rankings despite having a bye. I promise I didn't rig this. -Nevada got back on track this week with a nice win over Army. The Wolfpack has some work to do, though, before they get to the level they were on last season. -Pollvoters crucified Boise State after another tough loss, dropping them to #6. The Broncos need to find a way to get their offense going, and fast. With an 0-2 start, this season could quickly start to slip away if something doesn't change. -Fresno State beat one of the worst teams in the sim and moved ahead of New Mexico, who had a bye. Done. -UNLV and Utah State both picked up their first wins of the season and jumped San Jose State in the rankings despite San Jose State's respectable performance against Tennessee. -Wyoming is the unanimous last place. Time for some GK magic. The Rankings: 1. Air Force Falcons 1-0 --- 2. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 2-0 --- 3. San Diego Aztecs 2-0 --- 4. Colorado State Rams 1-0 +1 5. Nevada Wolfpack 1-1 --- 6. Boise State Broncos 0-2 -2 7. Fresno State Bulldogs 1-0 +1 8. New Mexico Lobos 1-0 -1 9. UNLV Rebels 1-1 +1 10. Utah State Aggies 1-1 +1 11. San Jose State Spartans 1-1 -2 12. Wyoming Cowboys 0-1 ---
  8. 2 points
    Weeze56m

    [2020] Week 2 post game

    Pirates Steal Win in Overtime Coach Weeze Rewarded with 10th Career Win Pirate Defense Heckles Western Kentucky Home Crowd. The 2020 season has been and exciting ride for the fans. For the Coaches and players, they would much rather have a boring, blow out game than a close exciting match in overtime. Both Week 1 and Week 2 games have been very close, evenly matched games. Thursday night, the Pirates went to Kentucky to take on WKU. The Hilltoppers fought hard and gave the Pirates an exciting game. The Pirates never could take the crowd out of the game. Going into halftime, the score was all tied up 7-7. Things seem to look up in the third quarter as they were able to add a few touchdowns to the board, but WKU was right behind them in the fourth to tie it up. They were unable to take advantage though as the Pirates manage to steal the game in overtime 34-31. The Exciting win gave the Pirates a 2-0 record on the season, a first in school history. This win also was an exciting moment for their coach as Coach Weeze earned his 10th career win with the Pirates. Taking over Last season after a rough 1-2 start, he finished the season 9-4 with a bowl win against NC State. While the team dumped Gatorade on their coach, and he celebrated with his young players, he said after the game it was a hallow victory, and an unimportant milestone. "These things are great for the staff, and fun for the players to celebrate, but we have much more important things to worry about. We are 2-0 on the season, but we aren't ready yet. Conference play opens up in a couple weeks and we are far from ready. We have a lot of young players, and things to get sorted if we want to stay competitive. UCF, USF, SMU, these are all teams fighting for that top spot. Most don't consider us in the mix, and we need to change that. We were so close last season. It game down to one game. We want to return to the Conference Championship game, and remind the country this is our Conference." The strong words echo'd through the players. Many of the upperclassmen and stars of the team agreed with him. "He is a tough man, and he says what he means. But we see it ourselves. WE see the score, we hear the media, we watch the tape. Its all right in front of us. He doesn't sugarcoat anything and we like that. We want what he wants. And you can't get their with hugs and soft words. We are going to do everything to play better, and get to where we need to be." Eli Tutatimi said after the game when he was asked about his coaches words. Eli was considered one of the top players in the conference at his position and the multiple team record setter has failed so far this season to impress anyone. He has managed only 143 yards on 33 attempts and three touchdowns. There is still time to show what he can do, as he had a few games late last season that looked as if he was in a rut. Hopefully this is just him shaking off the rust. Another area of concern has been the defense. A rather unproductive unit, they have managed only 1 sack and no interceptions in two games. A Very young unit, fans and coaches alike know they may not have the same production that they had last season after coach Weeze took over. But as the chemistry grows, and some of the young guys learns what it means to start at this level, that they become more production, and we see more take a ways, and pressure on the quarterback. They will have time to adress those changes, for now, the young Pirates enjoy their win, and Coach Weeze, whether he admits it, loves that he has reached 10 wins already. The Pirates will visit Bowling Green next Saturday and hope to leave with their third consecutive win before a much needed bye week. Following that, the Pirates open up conference play on the road in Houston.
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    alienufo

    [2020] Week 9 Headlines

    Late
  10. 2 points
    Week 3 Preview: W2WR, Bold Predictions, Keys to the Game, and Predictions Teams in Action: TNF: Duke Blue Devils (2-0 at Tulane), Wake Forest Demon Deacons (0-1 at North Texas) FNF: NC State Wolfpack (0-2 at Rice), Miami (FL) Hurricanes (0-1 Miami (OH)) SM: Syracuse Orange (1-0 #4 Purdue), #22 Virginia Cavaliers (1-0 at Western Kentucky), Boston College Eagles (0-1 Army). Louisville Cardinals (0-1 Georgia State) SE: #25 Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0 at Virginia Tech), Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0 #25 Pittsburgh), #3 Clemson Tigers (1-0 at #5 Auburn) Teams on Bye: #9 Florida State Seminoles (2-0), Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-1), North Carolina Tar Heels (1-1) Thursday Night Football: New Orleans, LA: Duke Blue Devils (2-0) at Tulane Green Wave (0-1) What 2 Watch 4: Christian Collins unleashed. This seems like the kind of game where a player like Collins should shine. Tulane is stronger up the middle than they are on the outside, and the Green Wave have a decent enough secondary to give Bryce Thompson some issues. Collins has averaged 78.5 yards per game so far; he should easily beat that this game. Bold Prediction: Duke's defense picks up two+ interceptions while keeping Preston Tolliver contained. I say this only because Coach xkl has made the switch from Sam Sloan to junior Blake Norton at quarterback, and I personally think that's a very flawed move. The kid has less of an arm than Sloan, and Duke should easily capitalize on that while having big man Tolliver in their crosshairs. Defense should step up big this game. Keys to the Game, Duke offense: Take advantage of Tulane's non-existent pass rush. The Green Wave do not have playmakers on that defensive line; Thompson should be given plenty of time to find his receivers while both he and Collins should be given space to move the ball on the ground. Keys to the Game, Duke defense: Do not let Tulane get momentum. Under Coach xkl, Tulane have been a rather interesting team. While QB issues have remained a nagging pain, Tolliver has been solid. It's an offense that, when it clicks, can be super scary (as 2019 Purdue can attest). It's important to not let Tulane get those 2-3 big plays that can pick up some momentum. If Tulane is tame, this should be a walk in the park. Prediction: Duke 31-7 Tulane . As fun as Tulane can be sometimes, especially at home, I think Duke has more than enough to breeze by the Green Wave. Ahmed Mark will play a pivotal role in shutting down Tolliver, and the Blue Devils will be 3-0 and looking very sharp. Denton, TX: Wake Forest Demon Deacons (0-1) at North Texas Mean Green (0-1) What 2 Watch 4: Wake's average offense vs. The Mean Green Fighting Machine. Never in my life have I been so stoked to see a top defense end prospect go up against an offensive line as poor as the one that Wake will be fielding. This offensive line, however, is going to have to find a way to stop the Mean Javier Grady from tearing Hemana Toma an new one. If not, can Hemana Toma get the ball away in time? Wake's entire game could hinge on this alone. Bold Prediction: Oscar Sanderson breaks 100 yet again. The first-year starter out of Pilgrim's Knob did a decent number on East Carolina back in Week 1, and North Texas has an arguably worse front seven sans Grady. Assuming Grady isn't blowing up every play possible, Sanderson could be given an opening or two to capitalize on, and I fully expect the senior back to hit the century mark for the second time in as many games. Keys to the Game, Wake offense: Get rid of the ball. Toma will not have time to stay in the pocket and search for receivers this game. He will be forced out of the pocket early and often, and if he's not able to get rid of the ball, North Texas will be fully capable of capitalizing on the generous field position. Jacob Benson in the slot or Isaac Ferreira at tight end will be huge today in being dump-off targets for Toma. Keys to the Game, Wake defense: Keep Kamari Terry in the pocket. Whereas Terry has a somewhat solid arm, it's his legs that can really do damage against Wake's inexperienced front seven. If guys like Jaylen Grayson and Lamont Landrum can close the pocket around Terry without flushing him out, Wake can certainly thrive. It's tough to ask Wake to put any pressure on any quarterback, but containing and tightening the pocket is a must in stopping this North Texas offense. Prediction: Wake Forest 24-28 North Texas . Wake impressed me against ECU, but the Pirates seem to be having their own personal problems lately. North Texas isn't a giant in the Conference-USA by any means, but Wake's lack of playmakers and flimsy offensive line will spell defeat down in the Lone Star State. Friday Night Football: Houston, TX: NC State Wolfpack (0-2) at Rice Owls (0-1) What 2 Watch 4: The Ballad of Blake Fry. It's been a very sour start to the season for the Mount Carmel native, but their next opponent is a team that Fry was relatively successful against back in 2019. The times are different, yes, but it's a bit of confidence to a quarterback lacking it entirely. The Raleigh News & Observer has hinted at this being Fry's swansong with a poor performance; will #Frysman finally step up and save his job? Bold Prediction: The secondary records their first and second interceptions of the season in holding Eric McLean to under 300 yards. The best possible thing going for Kamari Cheatham and Co. is that Rice lacks a big-name receiver that can do any real damage. Keith Triplett will line up against Cheatham, and while Triplett has a clear height advantage, Cheatham is more than athletic enough to beat out the senior receiver. Jabari Scott has been waiting for his breakout game at free safety; this could very well be it. Keys to the Game, NC State offense: Avoid turnovers. Slight cop-out considering this was what I put last time, but I think it matters more here after seeing the Pack capitulate at the hands of Wazzou. Fry has thrown a conference-high five picks in two games so far, but Rice isn't Michigan or Wazzou, though they are still very scary, especially at home. If Fry can avoid the turnover bug at last, State's offense could very well come to life, especially with a slight mismatch at the WR1-CB1 matchup. Keys to the Game, NC State defense: Defensive line. Not as much of a cop-out because I'm being more vague about it, but pressure is included here. McLean is a great quarterback, but he's still young and susceptible to nerves. Whether it's Kameron Blackman or Isaac Holley or Manny McDermott, State has to find a way to get to the quarterback. Elsewhere, they have to stuff Nate Wooten. We saw great things from the D-Line against Michigan's run game, only for that to be washed away against Wazzou. If State's line returns to Week 1 form, McLean will have to beat State through the air. Prediction: NC State 24-21 Rice . Maybe wishful thinking, but with their backs up against the wall early, State takes advantage of a more manageable opponent and makes just enough plays to come away with their first win of the season, and a win they desperately need. Miami Gardens, FL: Miami (OH) Redhawks (1-0) at Miami (FL) Hurricanes (0-1) What 2 Watch 4: The evil twin makes a visit. Both Miami teams have had very successful histories, with the 'Canes recently making the College Football Playoff in 2018 after winning the ACC while the Redhawks were the premier dominant force in the MAC alongside Northern Illinois. Both took massive dives in 2019, but their seasons could not have started any different. Can the 'Canes reverse the momentum against Miami Other? Can the offense find some sort of life against a somewhat vulnerable Redhawk defense? Bold Prediction: Neither side will record a turnover. Odd and specific, but this is a really weird game. Whereas Miami ('Canes) have a poor offensive line and a decent pass rush, Miami U (Redhawks) have a more defined line without much of a pass rush. Zack Cera likely has a great game against an average Miami secondary, whereas we should see less throwing from the 'Canes when Ronnie Peterson is their running back. Keys to the Game, Miami offense: Give openings to Peterson. The sophomore running back has shown that he can make the plays on the ground to get the Miami offense moving, so it's pivotal that the offensive line gives Peterson lanes. That can be difficult against the Redhawks, but it really seems to be the best approach in this game. Keys to the Game, Miami defense: Make Cera uncomfortable. I might be sounding like a broken record, but the reason a lot of defenses tend to be bad against the pass actually falls on the pass rush; Miami provides no exception to this case. Nathaniel Harper is the man capable of stressing the Redhawks' line; if he can provide opportunities for his teammates to breach the line, the secondary might be given a bit of leeway in defending poorly-timed/rushed throws. Prediction: Miami (OH) 30-17 Miami (FL) . I actually think Nevada would prove to be a tougher opponent to the Redhawks than the Hurricanes might be on Friday. Outside of Ronnie Peterson, the 'Canes are a hot mess, and Ronnie isn't going to be able to carry them through this game, let alone this season. Saturday Morning: Syracuse, NY: #4 Purdue Boilermakers (1-0) at Syracuse Orange (1-0) What 2 Watch 4: Will Matt Jones like this? The Purdue quarterback is known for going off in big games, but Syracuse provides a rather unique challenge. Noah Tubbs is an underrated safety in the game, and Bradley Nunn has proven to be a top corner in the ACC; there's a reason the Orange have been a huge block for Florida State recently. The Orange match up quite well to this Purdue offense, but is it enough to stop the hype train that is Matt Jones? Bold Prediction: Giovanni Coley shows us why Anthony Smith is still the right selection at running back. Sadly, this won't be seen by Syracuse's non-existent coach, but Coley being listed over Smith is disrespectful to the performance Smith put up last season. Purdue's stout front seven will bring Coley back down to Earth in a game where the best running back should determine the winner. Keys to the Game, Cuse offense: Expose the linebackers. Rafa Munoz looked capable of such against Kentucky, pulling in 60 yards on just 4 catches. Purdue seems to be weakest at the linebacker position, so the Orange need to capitalize on the only potentially favorable matchup realistically. Keys to the Game, Cuse defense: Make Matt Jones have to throw to win. Generally, this is an awful idea with good quarterbacks, but in a situation where Cuse has the weapons needed to counter Jones and his receivers, the last thing they need is for Brendan Milton to have a big game. Syracuse have to keep Milton contained throughout the game; Purdue needs to be forced into having to throw the ball in order to move the offense. If this can be done, I think the Orange have a realistic chance of pulling the unthinkable upset. Prediction: #4 Purdue 38-23 Syracuse . This game has upset potential, but I don't think the Orange can generate enough pressure to unnerve Jones, nor do they have the tools to stop Milton from making Purdue multi-dimensional on offense. Coates and Coley look average at best, but Cuse hangs around for three quarters. Bowling Green, KY: #22 Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-2) What 2 Watch 4: A quick and easy checkmate. It'll take something special for the Hilltoppers to keep Matteo Rook from going off this game. With two receivers with relatively easy mismatches, Rook could very well throw for 400+ yards in this one. Bold Prediction: Jonathan Greer puts up 125+ yards as leading receiver. Better defenses have tried and failed to slow down Greer, leading me to believe that Greer against the entirety of this defense is a mismatch. Rook could and should find Greer open on several occasions, and I'd be far from shocked to see the senior tight end making a massive impact in this game. Keys to the Game, UVA offense: Sling it. I really can't say much about this. WKU doesn't have the secondary to stop Virginia. Throw it and you will score. Keys to the Game, UVA defense: Shut down Luka Patterson. Again, not much I can say given WKU's offense (although it was solid against ECU). Cameron Faulk and Soldier Brooks have the task of containing the 'Toppers top target in Patterson. WKU can get going if Patterson can find space, so it's important for Brooks in particular to shut him down. Prediction: #22 Virginia 42-10 Western Kentucky . The 'Toppers have kept it close with Oklahoma State and East Carolina, but Virginia can actually play defense. This should be a reassuring game for the Cavs after a relatively shaky performance against Old Dominion. Chestnut Hill, MA: Army Black Knights (1-1) at Boston College Eagles (0-1) What 2 Watch 4: Can the Eagles avoid a pitfall while recovering? Boston College hit the deck hard after falling to Iowa in what should've been a win, but now they return home to play what appears to be a much-improved Army side. Can the Eagles take care of business against a team they should also beat, or will Army have caught the reeling Eagles at the right time? Bold Prediction: There will be twice as many rushing yards than passing yards at the end of the game. Aside from both teams being more run-based this season, both quarterbacks don't seem to have great arms, and both secondaries are pretty solid. Maybe not as bold as some people like, but it's still my boldest prediction regarding this game. Keys to the Game, BC offense: Take advantage of Eddie Owens. Zahir Watts will be the focal point of the offense, but if Pickett is to throw the ball, his first glance should always be Owens against the overmatched David Finney. Keys to the Game, BC defense: Be stout against the run. Darius Butler will again be key in this game as he can plug any gaps left by the defensive line. Jamir Hurt-Braxton is the more dangerous of the two runners, but it's hard to see him getting past Butler in a 1v1. Prediction: Army 14-31 Boston College . Army always has upset potential but they never do pull through. I think this game could be easier than I made it out to be earlier, but Pickett has to play better than he did against Iowa in order for that to happen. Louisville, KY: Georgia State Panthers (0-1) at Louisville Cardinals (0-1) What 2 Watch 4: Two premier backs in the country. Evan Grant and DeSean Dockery in the same game? Sign me up. We've got arguably the most exciting running back in the country this year against a hyped up JuCo transfer. We should have a thriller, especially given that the Panthers gave Louisville issues last season. Bold Prediction: Is it unrealistic for both Grant and Dockery to break the century mark in this game? Both front sevens consist of quite a few good players, but I honestly think both backs are good enough to pull off that feat. Dockery in particular was impressive enough against Illinois' defense. Keys to the Game, Louisville offense: Bully the Panthers' at the line. If Dockery and, to an extent, Ayden Steele are going to make an impact on the ground, they'll have to be given room and time to make an impact. The Cards' line is pretty solid but has their work cut out for them against the Panthers though. Keys to the Game, Louisville defense: Limit Grant's yardage, because you won't stop him. Realistically, I don't think Louisville can stop Grant entirely, but they can surely slow him given GSU's offensive line. If the Cards can dominate the trenches defensively, then Grant can be slowed to maybe 3-4 yards per carry, which is decent but not great. Prediction: Georgia State 17-24 Louisville . Georgia State is solid despite suspect coaching, but they're no Illinois on defense, and the Cards' offense is more than capable on scoring. I don't think we'll see lots of points, but we'll see some great feature backs no matter how this game goes. Saturday Evening Football: Blacksburg, VA: #25 Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0) at Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0) What 2 Watch 4: The first conference game of the season, and it's a doozy. Pittsburgh comes in off a strong performance at rivals West Virginia, whereas the Hokies took care of Eastern Michigan. Winner takes control of the Coastal division, and for Pittsburgh, it's a crucial game in keeping up with Virginia. Bold Prediction: Trevor McKinney shuts down Samuel Ritter and picks up his first interception of what will be a great college career. We didn't see McKinney feature against the Eagles, but against a higher-profile receiver in Ritter, I think the young gun will rise to the occasion in this one. Keys to the Game, Pitt offense: Utilize Dovid Dobson more. Dobson looked impressive against the Mountaineers, and with the Hokies rolling in with a solid secondary unit, Dobson might have to play a larger role in the offense yet again. He should be a favorite of McConnell's in this game. Keys to the Game, VT offense: Win the war in the trenches. Maurice Ervin struggled to get moving against EMU's front seven; he'll need as much space/blockers as possible to prevent that from happening a second time, only this time in a big conference clash. Keys to the Game, Pitt defense: Abe Rock. It's no secret that the Hokies' will try to move the ball through Ervin, and Rock is, well, a rock in the middle of the field. The interior linebacker will clash with Ervin a lot; he either has to win these battles or hold off Ervin long enough for others to join the battle. Keys to the Game, VT defense: Don't let the slants best you. It's hard to imagine that Coach Jumbo is having McConnell throw anywhere other than the middle of the field. Dobson could be an issue for this linebacker corp, but it's important that the safeties trust in their corners and cheat up a little to help out in the middle. Prediction: Pittsburgh 27-13 Virginia Tech . Had Ralph Westfall or any of Tech's receivers been more impressive against EMU, I'd have potentially reconsidered, but I think the Hokies lack the offense to not only compete with Pittsburgh, but to compete in the ACC period. I'm weary of throw-only McConnell, but I have way more faith in Pittsburgh than Virginia Tech. Auburn, AL: #3 Clemson Tigers (1-0) at #5 Auburn Tigers (1-0) What 2 Watch 4: Two rivals and potential title contenders fighting to the nail out in the Plains. This is easily the marquee non-conference not only for this week, but for the rest of the season. Clemson comes in as national runner-ups and looked solid in beating TCU in Week 1. Auburn put on a show in their opener in Norman against the formerly-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The atmosphere will be electric, and the game itself will be even better. Bold Prediction: Marcus Black will fail to break 250 yards passing and will not have more touchdowns than interceptions. Black is an absolute stud, but even he won't be able to break the immovable object that is Clemson's secondary. Marquise Holliday is way too good for a true sophomore, and Malachi Douglas will easily shut down Black's top target in Oscar Marroquin. Keys to the Game, Clemson offense: Corey Bolden has to step it up. Josiah McCray will be locked in an ever-so tight battle with JuCo transfer corner Kenyon Justice, and Chris Irizarry will have his hands full dealing with Tyrese Thompson. Coach Emperor has hyped Bolden in press conferences, but he'll be needed more than ever as he battles senior Thomas Mims, a proven cornerback from Auburn's 2018 team. Keys to the Game, Clemson defense: Make Black beat you with his arm. Black and running back Sean Meade are scary on the ground, but Black is totally beatable in the air with this secondary. If Meade can be kept frustrated throughout the evening, and if Black can be contained within the pocket, it's hard to see Clemson losing this game. Prediction: #3 Clemson 24-21 #5 Auburn . The Plains will be rocking, but in the end, it'll be the visiting Tigers that come away with the win by finding just enough in the passing game. Both defenses will be tough to crack in this game, but I think Clemson's will be a bit more resolute in the end.
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    acewulf

    [2020] Week 9 Headlines

    Freddie Falcon demands more Guaranteed Money The cornerstone of the Falcons Spirit group is holding out for a better deal. "I have 3 little eyasses to feed. If acewulf wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money!"
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    Call it a coaching/confidence crisis, but I'm looking to chat with anyone regarding offensive/defensive coaching, things to look out for, etc. I want to get better. The sim deserves better.
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    stormstopper

    [2020] Week #3 - FNF

    Oklahoma State's got its swagger back.
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    TazerMan

    [2020] Week #3 - FNF

    First win! Also 16 total sacks is pretty crazy with no one one the statsheet
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    Obviously I'm happy with the result this week, seeing as it disperses any rumblings of a perpetual losing streak; but more than that, I'm really proud of our guys for going out there and giving it 100%. At times it wasn't pretty, and we can definitely gameplan better as coaches, but a win is a win. Now, I'm sure many of you have questions, so I'll leave the floor mostly open for discussion this week.
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    Thank you for your question- The focus this week will differ on different sides of the ball. On offense, we went out there and executed our game plan for the first half, but felt a drop off in the second, which means our guys are tired, which means conditioning for the offensive unit. Our defense impressed all game, clinching it late. I would like to get more physical with their wideouts in the red zone however, which you better believe we will be drilling this week. I think we as a team can pull out more than a few more wins this season. To cite one of my previous press conferences I believe in this team's ability to make it to a bowl game this year, and it seems as though my belief may in fact be more deeply rooted in reality than many pundits give it credit for. Under this administration at Wake, winning isn't anything to obsess over, it's simply the expectation.
  17. 1 point
    But as you know going 2-0 will get you higher. You may finish lower but right now id have to say youre a top 3 team. While I think Boise is going to be fine an 0-2 start should be worrying
  18. 1 point
  19. 1 point
    K3ndr!ck_L@mar

    [2020] Week #3 - TNF

    W. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  20. 1 point
    Jumanji

    [2020] Week #3 - TNF

    A win over Arizona State should put them at the top of the polls imo.
  21. 1 point
    notoriousbigej

    [2020] Week #3 - TNF

    So Stanford is pretty good
  22. 1 point
    SageBow

    [2020] Week #10 - TNF

    Turning it around! Great game Eli! Go Vols!
  23. 1 point
    Weeze56m

    [2020] Week #10 - TNF

    Good game. I think I might have found something
  24. 1 point
    Jokes on you! We've never lost a Super Bowl
  25. 1 point
    neovenator250

    [2020] Week 9 Headlines

    Leap of Faith: Saints (Finally) Win! The Black and Gold take a game from the Steelers with strong performances from Devereaux, Jenkins, Brown, and Miller Saints RB Sterling Brown goes airborne to score the game winning touchdown on a 4th quarter pass from Aaron Devereaux
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