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    Welcome back! For those who don't know, this series of articles is a deeper dive into college prospects for the upcoming 2020 NFLHC Draft. I'm going off of eligible players and conferences that have updated their stats. This column will only include those players who have already been rated. Let's get to it. Blow, Man For Bowman Washington Redskins (1-10-1): In their first three seasons of existence, Washington largely was mediocre, going 6-10, 9-7, and 8-8 in those first three seasons respectively. That is relative success for an expansion team and is largely due to the blockbuster Javier Fields trade made prior to the 2017 NFLHC Draft. In the end, I'm not sure either side won the deal as the Falcons used the #2 pick acquired in the trade on AJ Jefferson, who has not lived up to the expectations of that pick. Nonetheless, it allowed Washington to stay competitive enough in their first years of existence. However, a couple of seasons of relatively mediocre drafting - with the exception of C Matt Cole - and the Redskins no longer have the talent to compete with the rest of NFLHC. Combine that with serious regression from Fields: he had 30 TD / 11 INT in 2019 compared to 11 TD / 12 INT thus far in 2020, and Washington's disaster of a season doesn't seem all that surprising. Outside of Tanner Bowman, this does not seem like a particularly enticing QB class right now. With the relative devaluation of QB in the draft compared to their impact on a team the Redskins might not have to use their high first rounder on a QB. In fact, I'd recommend they didn't. This team is bereft of talent and with the dearth of overall talent entering the draft thus far, and they'd be hard pressed not to use it on a high overall early declaration or perhaps North Carolina's DE Josiah Harden. Back to the QB position, Fields' serious regression has to be concerning, and when backup Yancey Musgrave got a chance to start he didn't look particularly good either. Depending on who enters, the Redskins could draft and develop a player. Someone like Nicholas Garland from Stanford or David Oates from Washington State could be intriguing options, or if Washington is inclined to develop a scrambler Pitt's Grant McConnell could also be an option. Fields' contract is expiring and I don't see Washington paying him, so we'll likely see Musgrave, someone brought in in a trade, or a free agent signing starting in the capital next year. Dallas' Taylor Rodriguez could be an intriguing short-term option, but either way, a new solution is needed. The Skins drafted Ricardo Reed in the 2nd round of the 2019 draft. He had a solid rookie year with 4.35 YPC and 8 TD in 16 starts, but has regressed this year with 3.92 YPC, just 4 TD, and 7 fumbles (4 lost) so far. However, this is a terrible RB class and with other pressing needs Washington should probably give Reed at least another year and look in another direction to fill needs. Receivers-wise, Washington's corps was terrible going into the 2020 draft, but Sam Hiller-Weeden was picked in the first round and he's been pretty good for a rookie whose QB is terrible as he's caught nearly half of the TDs Fields has thrown. Outside of that, the Redskins WR corps is a flaming dumpster fire and needs to be upgraded ASAP, as only SHW and the injury-prone Patrick Burke are on roster for 2021. A free agent signing and a draft pick is not out of the question. Someone like Kansas' Malcolm Davis could be an intriguing pick at the top of the 2nd round - with 5 TD already this season he could be a nice redzone complement to Hiller-Weeden's chain-moving abilities. Another depth pick at WR, such as USF's Claudio Howard, could bring a nice speed element out of the slot. Washington also has 2 solid TEs on roster, though only James Ware comes back and he's more of a blocker than a receiver (he has 0 TD this season). There is depth in this TE class so someone could potentially be added. Washington's offensive line is probably the most stable part of the team - unfortunately however they are a bottom 5 line by rating this season, a regression from the average line they were in 2019. As the line has stayed relatively healthy overall, it's clear that upgrades are needed. The interior seems solid with Matt Cole being a Pro Bowl level player, Clayton Williams being an acceptable level starter, and rookie 2nd round pick Nick Ramos filling it out. The blame should likely partially be put on the rookie guard and the older tackles; the tackles should probably be upgraded. OTs are not heavily valued commodities in the draft at this juncture and so Washington may be able to land a solid plug-and-play tackle like Virginia's Shawuan Holsey at the top of the 2nd round. As they obtained a rookie 75 overall tackle in the 7th round of the last draft only one should probably be drafted, and in the 2nd-3rd round if Washington is leaning that way. Oklahoma State's OT/OG Beckett Miller may be in consideration at Washington's high first round pick as well. Defensively, Washington is below average. On the line, Fred Romanowski has a lower sack total this year but he's still an imposing force up the middle; Mike Hill is a solid player who can both rush the passer for 6-7 sacks a year while stopping the run effectively; Kevin Nitschke is just a mediocre DT2; and rookie DE Kenneth Stanford is a JAG who has contributed nothing this year, though he's only recently been filling in for Dennis Abdullah. Washington could consider DE Josiah Harden if they're in position to draft him, but with heavy drop-off after Harden and UNT's Javier Grady with the next highest player being just a 76 overall, that's a move that could play out in Washington's favor. Abdullah is acceptable as a starter but his contract is expiring and a player like Harden is a clear upgrade; but if Harden or Grady are not drafted Washington probably will not draft one except in the late rounds as depth. Nitschke could be upgraded as backup DT but it shouldn't be a huge priority. Washington's linebackers are also extremely mediocre. OLBs Craig Davis and Anthony Brown are both uninspiring players who have done much nothing much this year, and neither are extremely impressive in coverage or against the run to make up for it. Depth at OLB could be possible in the mid-rounds but otherwise I don't see Washington addressing the position for another year or two as both are under contract for another year. Washington is weak at ILB as 2019 7th rounder Nicholas Haskell starts. Washington starts rookie 3rd rounder Raheem Burkett as will ILB. Haskell has been OK but he's been more of a stat accumulator than impact player, while Burkett is yet to appear on the statsheet. ILB is weak in this class (although most positions are weak) but if Washington falls in love with one of the top guys they could be added as all 3 (Illinois' Jamal Harley, Arizona State's Garrett Holiday, and Penn State's Christopher Clayton) have the potential to be available at Washington's 2nd round pick and would be likely upgrades over Haskell. The Redskins secondary is definitely a weak point. CB1 Michael Barber is a solid coverage player but doesn't offer much turnover-wise, but he is a nice piece to have as CB is so valued. CB2 Joe Gammon is an acceptable nickel but probably shouldn't be relied upon as a major starter at this point. He was brought in for a 4th round pick in the 2020 draft and does have another year under contract, so he'll probably start another year, but his coverage isn't great and he doesn't bring much turnover-wise either. The depth is a weak point and Washington should see if they can land a developmental nickel type player, like Temple's Christopher Anthony, in the mid-to-late rounds in 2021. Washington's safeties have combined for 2 INT and 1 FF this year but the team has actually been above average defending the pass and with only a couple of impact safeties appearing in this class the Redskins could potentially draft for depth but nothing more, holding it off until next year unless FS Patrick Parks walks after his contract expiration. Rookie K Thomas McMahan has been OK and only Penn State's AK McGowan would be an upgrade from this draft class, and the Redskins would be better off building depth at offensive and defensive positions with mid and late round picks. P John Collins is good and fully guaranteed for the next 2 years so the team is fine there. The Redskins do need to infuse talent at some key positions like QB, WR, OT, ILB, and CB. It might take a couple of seasons and a solution at QB before this team is back into contention. Also in the hunt: Los Angeles Chargers (1-11) Chicago Bears (2-10) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-10) Buffalo Bills (3-9) New England Patriots (3-9) New York Giants (3-9) Minnesota Vikings (3-9) Let's Play Matchmaker This section will look at some of the top talent in college football and match those prospects up with teams that have a dire need at the position. New England Patriots: DT Hudson Adam, West Virginia The Patriots rush defense has been serious problem this season - they are the worst team in the league by 12 YPG. This is definitely partially due to starting Rich Moore at NT. He is known for being a great pass rusher and terrible run defender, but as he only has 2.5 sacks this year he's not bringing that proper value anymore. Bringing in someone who can actually stop the run at NT could help the defense seriously improve. The team did just sign him to a 3 year, 30 million extension with the first 2 years fully guaranteed (??????) but they could potentially switch to a 4-3 or trade Moore to a 4-3 team with this pick as someone who can stop the run up the middle is sorely needed. Adam (6-0, 310) got some Heisman hype leading up to this season after his 12-sack junior year. He only has 3 sacks thus far in 2020, but that's still pretty solid up the middle. NFLHC isn't typically a huge fan of short DTs but Adam has incredibly burst for a man of his size and will almost certainly be a top 20 pick. He can rush the passer effectively but also holds his own against the run, often breaking through double teams to bring down ball carriers up the middle, almost like a Rich Moore who can actually stop the run. Detroit Lions: CB Robert Bleeker, Arkansas The Lions secondary, since they're being coached by SlinkyJr, is usually expected to be pretty good. Unfortunately, this year the team ranks 24th in pass defense. While part of that is playing in a pass-happy division with Brian Vardell, Norris Brooksheer, and Jason Johnson all passing the ball at an above average rate, the Loins have neglected their secondary needs for a while. Keyshawn Thompson has been having a rough season by his standards but part of that is not having anyone else to help him. While I'm sure SlinkyJr would love to land Michigan State's Kordell McKinnon, that seems unrealistic for where Detroit is likely to finish. Adding Bleeker and even playing him in the slot for a year could be a good option and allow Slinky to develop a high-picked CB for the first time in 6 drafts. Bleeker (5-11, 188) is a JUCO transfer to Arkansas. He had a lot of D1 offers coming out of high school but couldn't qualify academically. He reportedly got his act together his local school Arkansas Baptist College after a couple of years before transferring to Arkansas and winning the CB1 job immediately. Bleeker does have an interception thus far this year, but he'll likely need to show a bit more to solidify himself as a first round pick in the upcoming draft. But with its current weakness he could easily fall to Detroit and slide into a nice situation. Minnesota Vikings: WR Luke Cobb, Florida State The Vikings are not having a good year. After trading face of the franchise Chester Henson, the team's offense has seriously struggled. The team is last in rush yards by almost 100 and Brian Vardell is posting the worst season of his entire career with 16 TD / 8 INT and an 85 passer rating. Part of that is definitely due to a weak receiving corps, with former first round pick Sonny Beckett proving to be more of a complementary piece. Wayne Wegert is terrible, Mohamed Charles is mediocre, and 2020 4th rounder Jacory Kessler is still learning to be a receiver. Instead of waiting on Kessler to develop, Minnesota can just go after Cobb. Cobb (6-5, 198) is one of the most hyped high school recruits we've seen. A so-called "unicorn," Cobb is a tall fast receiver who can beat you down the field, win jump balls in the end zone, and even play as a target move-the-chains player if needed. He's looking like he'll be a top pick in the upcoming draft. In a normal draft he probably wouldn't be the best receiver, but he is having a great year (just look at the UMass game where he put up 280 yards and 4 TD), has a great track record with 1100+ yards and 10+ TDs each of the last two years, and will probably be a good NFL receiver; and at this point Brian Vardell could use that. That should be Minnesota's priority at this point. Dallas Cowboys: SS Cameron Whitney, Connecticut The Cowboys are having a renaissance after a disappointing season last year. The team picked QB Graham Burnett at #7 and will likely start him in 2021. The team is surprisingly vulnerable in some spots; they're starting a 4th year 75 overall SS who has not put up any stats. The team's pass defense has been top 5 this year, but picking a player like Whitney could improve the run defense as well with his ability to play in the box. Whitney (6-2, 183) is a tall, lanky safety who can cover the TE and make plays when needed. He famously had a 3-interception game last season against Louisiana Tech which won him a Player of the Week award. A 2019 JUCO transfer, Whitney is a great coverage safety who can also hit hard though he does need to improve his tackling ability. He has the potential to be chosen above where Dallas picks, as he is a potential game-changer at the position; but if he does fall to them he's a great fit for their needs and defense as a great coverage safety who can play man to compliment rookie FS Emmanuel Slade could play well and make Dallas' defense even better in 2021. Buffalo Bills: TE Jonathan Greer, Virginia The Bills, after blowing a 3-game AFC East lead to finish a last-place 9-7 in 2019, have regressed to 3-9 thus far this year. Their starting QB a month ago is now playing WR2 and a highly paid, highly rated defensive line is only 11th in sacks thus far this year. It's been overall disappointing for Buffalo. While the team does have some minor needs, TE is an important position where the Bills are completely bereft of talent. They can remedy this by taking Greer (6-2, 217), the top rated TE in this class who nevertheless will likely be available in the 2nd round. The 2019 first-team all-ACC TE has been steadily improving as a receiver since he's been on campus, as he came in as a converted high school offensive lineman (coach npklemm thought 217 pounds was too small to play offensive tackle). With 51 catches for 707 yards and 8 TD in 2019 and being on pace to eclipse that in 2020, Greer could offer an upgrade as a blocker at TE while also being a target for whatever the Bills define as a QB. Oakland Raiders: OLB Caleb McNamara, Vanderbilt With QB Nick Hall injured, the Raiders are in danger of missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Of course, the AFC is so terrible that even at 6-6 the Raiders are right in the thick of contention. The Raiders did defeat Miami with Charlie Walter at QB, but a setback against the Ravens this week and Hall's likely absence for at least 2 more games this season makes it an uphill battle for the Raiders especially with so many teams around the same record. Both of the Raiders starting OLBs have been good this year, with Sergio Miller being solid with both sacks and turnovers; nonetheless, a player like McNamara could make the defense even better. McNamara (6-2, 217) is mostly known for his coverage ability, but in that respect he'd be an upgrade over Baumgartner. With 2 sacks this year, he's also shown an improved ability to get after the quarterback thus far. There's also a Vanderbilt connection as McNamara played with former Raiders first round pick David Pennington for 2 seasons. alienufo could look to continue the pipeline and also have some immediate chemistry between the two. Team Draft Report In this section, we take a deeper look at a specific team and where they stand in regards to the 2021 NFLHC Draft. Cincinnati Bengals: I wanted to cover the Bengals for this section as they're in one of the more intriguing positions in NFLHC. The AFC North is garbage, but the teams are all almost equally as bad. Cincy is currently in last at 5-7, but all other teams are 6-6 so the team could still potentially qualify for the playoffs. 6 of the highest 7 paid players on the team are expiring, and with some of them probably not being brought back into 2021 this team is going to see a larger amount of turnover than most of NFLHC usually does. There's probably some cap flexibility to go after free agents as well. With most impact players needing to be re-signed, how the Bengals play their re-signings will also factor into how they play their draft. Joel King, who the Bengals traded a massive amount of picks up to get before almost immediately regretting it and trading down a few spots while still nabbing him, has at the very least made progress this year. He went from 56.6% completion, 13 TD / 14 INT, and a 70.13 rating as a rookie to 62.13% completion, 22 TD / 17 INT, and an 87.55 rating this year. The picks are definitely a serious problem, though, and a likely massive reason for improvement are the respective trades for Rodney Montgomery and Adrian Jankowski which turned the Bengals receiving corps from one of the worst to a top 5 corps. King still does not look comfortable and his mistakes often compound on themselves; when he stays calm and solid in a game it seems to extend until he makes a mistake when it starts piling on. With the Bengals needing to make a decision on his 5th-year option and future as a starter next offseason, I'd assume he needs to at least make progress to the mid-90s in QB rating and cut down on the picks in order to have a certain long-term future in Cincinnati. Both Cincinnati backups are OK but also expiring, so if they can't re-sign either someone may not to be brought in in the draft. Ron Thomas is a really good RB who has stayed healthy and looked good even when Cincy made him handle a significantly larger workload than he should have. Cincy's only current backup is Charles Rocha who should probably be on a practice squad. This draft doesn't have too much at RB but if I was Cincinnati I'd at least be looking for a backup or someone who can handle 3rd down duties. Boston College's Zahir Watts is in a similar mold to Thomas and has been relatively productive; I think he could be a nice fit as a backup to spell a few snaps and come in in case Thomas starts to break down or pick up some injuries. He could potentially play 3rd down back as well if needed. FB Tom Edwards is good and under contract for another two years so the team is fine there. The team's top 3 receivers are really good; Montgomery and Jankowski are a great tandem and Greg Newman is a solid slot receiver. There's no depth however and both Montgomery and Newman see their contracts expire this offseason. Montgomery just rejected an extension offer from the Bengals and was reportedly insulted with how much the team lowballed him; the team likely wants to bring him back but if they can't Newman could see an offer as well. If Montgomery does come back, though, Newman will walk. Brandon Lane is an OK 4th receiver but the team could probably add someone in the mid-rounds as a developmental player. Southern Miss' Randall Johnson is an intriguing option; while he doesn't catch many TD he can pick up yards and move the chains which is what the Bengals would mostly want from a depth receiver. Cincy only rosters one full-time TE, Tony DeMarco, and his contract expires this offseason. He wasn't offered at mid-season, but I could see the team attempting to bring him back. Even if so a TE needs to be brought in during the draft as depth at the very least. Texas' Steven Maloney and Air Force's Cayden Reese are intriguing options as tertiary options for King, as both have shown to be solid receivers when needed. The Bengals' o-line is highly rated but there could be issues if OT Blake Pile walks this offseason. He's playing on the transition tag this year and just rejected an extension saying that he wants more money. Losing a 94 OT would be a serious issue for any team, and I wouldn't want to worsen King's protection right now; I'd back up the truck for him if I was the Bengals. The line is mostly fine outside of that; depth could be used along the line and a new RT will probably be needed in a year or two but it's performing acceptably for the most part. Defensively, Brett Bailey is good (and just signed an extension!), although he did have more sacks in one game last year than he does all of this year combined (4 in one game vs 3.5 this year). EJ McQuarters is an OK DE2. Both will come back next season so unless Cincinnati opts for Josiah Harden or Javier Grady the team is fine at the position, and there's acceptable depth currently. The team is extremely weak at DT and although Bill Kelly is owed 3 million guaranteed next year he's been benched for underperformance. The team does run a 3-4 so someone like Hudson Adam could fit in at nose; Stanford's Emmanuel Serrano or LSU's Cameron Street could probably immediately start for the Bengals and will most likely be available in the 2nd and 3rd round respectively. At linebacker, Nick Upshaw just signed an extension. That said, he's going into his 8th season and will almost certainly start declining in the next season or two. Still, he's still a decent starter (though he has just one statsheet game with 5 tackles this year) and since he signed an extension the Bengals likely aren't looking to replace him. Germaine Dixon has been really good at OLB this year, and is under contract for two more years. Will linebacker Daniel Barnes has played really well as a rookie in 2019 and has been on par with that this year. He went +3 this past offseason as well, and as he's under contract another two years he's locked up a starting spot for a while. Other OLB starter Mike Hulsey is just an OK player. He could easily be replaced if the Bengals like a player in the draft. The team mostly needs depth at mike ILB as Upshaw could start becoming injury prone and Richard Pitts is a questionable backup. The team also has absolutely no quality depth at OLB and so at least one pick should be spent in the mid-rounds on someone who can come in and play backup at bare minimum. You can't be having 66s and 65s as primary backups at this point for the most part. The team's corner situation is intriguing. DJ Reed has not been good as the team has been exposed against any team with a good WR1. He's been one of the league's worst CBs this year though he's not exactly in a fair situation. Blake Turner has been solid in his rookie year as CB2 as he has 2 picks (both returned for TDs) and has been playing admirably in coverage for such a raw corner. The team traded for Aaron Stiles this season in exchange for what boils down to a 3rd round pick. He's playing nickel in Cincinnati now and has been alright; he probably needs another year of development before he's really ready to start. He's still really young, but his development is definitely boom-or-bust. Those 3 are an acceptable trio for now developmentally and with the overvaluation of CBs in the draft I'd ignore the position for now. At FS, Jim Sisemore definitely won't be paid $10 million by Cincinnati again next year. With just 2 picks combined the last 2 years and a declining overall, Sisemore is declining to the point where he won't be starting for much longer. The team drafted Kenneth Schwartz in 2019 and he's developed alright behind the scenes. I expect him to start in 2021. The team might draft a backup, but this draft is weak at FS and so they might be better off just signing a free agent backup FS. 2017 2nd round pick SS Calvin Celestin has pretty much plateaued at 81 overall and with his contract expiring the team will likely let him walk unless he's wiling to come back at a cheap price point. Rookie Jose Leon was drafted to develop a year and potentially start next year; Cincinnati might also be looking at UConn's Cameron Whitney or TTU's Cameron Riley as SS of the future if the value is right. Leon is the most likely 2021 starter, however. K Justin Nielsen, a 5th round pick last year, is >90% on field goals this year and has been solid. Cincinnati's punting, however, is 30th in the league this year and the team should look to move on from current P Tommy Brown. He has $1 million guaranteed next year, but the team saves $1 million by cutting him. Just cutting him and drafting or signing a cheaper P is probably worth it as he has declined in his average ranking amongst punters the last couple of years. Oregon State's Patrick Wolff or USC's Giuseppe Bernstein are both options. The Bengals could re-structure their team in a million different ways. It could look very similar or very different in only 2 seasons, depending on who they want to re-sign and who wants to re-sign with them. With their division an easy one to take over with correct development, the team could be the kings of the AFC North in 2 seasons or a dumpster fire, and I don't see too much in-between.
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    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    Matt Jones literally has the most boring Twitter feed ever.
  3. 12 points
    Another week is in the books in the nation's most exciting conference, and what a dramatic turn of events we had. The main event was a phenomenal shootout between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, in which the Cowboys came away with their undefeated record intact. The highly anticipated duel between TCU and Kansas turned into a defensive slugfest. Baylor-Iowa State turned into a Marcus Swartz fireworks display. But it was West Virginia who rode in to steal the show, setting everyone abuzz with a massive win over Texas in the Longhorns' own house. It's the kind of win that redefines expectations for the whole conference, especially if West Virginia can back it up next time out. But we'll save next time for next time. For now, here are the players who made this week what it was: Offensive Player of the Week: Mohammed Foster, WVU, 24 of 33 for 329 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT; 7 carries for 67 yards, 1 TD Defensive Player of the Week: Caleb Whitmore, KAN, 1 INT, 5 Tackles Special Teams Player of the Week: Andrew Trimble, TCU, 44.1-yard punting average And now, let's talk about the games. Thursday Night Baylor 42, Iowa State 20 Why Baylor won: Any explanation has to start with Marcus Swartz. The senior had another brilliant game, throwing for 301 yards and three scores on 20-29 passing while also adding 81 yards and a score on the ground. All that yardage takes him over 10,000 combined passing and rushing yards for his career, along with 80 total touchdowns--both rank 3rd in Big XII history. He found tight end Hastin Rider over and over again, and the junior responded by amassing triple career highs: 9 receptions, 145 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Baylor struck early and often, rolling out to a 35-10 halftime lead and coasting from there. The defense played its part as well, sacking August Blank 3 times and picking him off twice. Why Iowa State lost: For the second straight game, Iowa State struggled on both sides of the ball. August Blank completed just 13 of 26 passes, balancing his one touchdown against two interceptions and throwing for just 141 yards. Josiah Edmonds had a better second effort (including a touchdown), though they really need to get more than 81 yards out of him on 20 carries. The offensive line couldn't keep Baylor at bay, putting even more pressure on a struggling backfield. The offense showed more life this week than it did last week--enough, in fact, to give the Cyclones a real chance--but the defense couldn't touch Marcus Swartz. For the second straight week, they had no answer for the opposing tight end despite David Tolliver keeping the opposing lead receiver in check. It got late early for Iowa State on Thursday, and it's getting late early for them this season. The bottom line: Baylor gets a much-needed win that gets them back on track for a bowl game at minimum. Their offense continues to light the world on fire, pushing the Bears back over 40 points per game. But what's more important for Baylor is that the defense looked like a whole different unit, punishing Iowa State on all fronts and ensuring that this game just would not be competitive. They'll hope that they can keep this effort up next week when they host Texas Tech. For Iowa State, the loss drops them to 1-4 with more questions than answers. The offense pretty much has to be taken as it is at this point, but the defensive issues that have cropped up at the start of conference play make things that much harder. And things don't get easier when they have to go to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State's high-scoring offense. Saturday Afternoon West Virginia 48, #21 Texas 17 Why West Virginia won: Um. Wow. We have a new most impressive performance by a Big XII team this season. West Virginia was merciless in every facet of the game, and it all started with Mohammed Foster. The junior accounted for nearly 400 yards and 4 touchdowns on his own, treating the Texas defense like practice dummies, distributing the ball throughout the receiving corps, and keeping away from pressure. His offensive supporting cast was excellent--J.C. Weldon, Elias Langston, and Stephen Hager each caught touchdown passes and Mohamed Mustafa scored twice on the ground--but the defense went above and beyond. It held Texas under 100 yards rushing, kept Kyler Tackett in check, picked up a sack and an interception, and never gave the Longhorns a chance to answer the West Virginia scoring onslaught until it was too late. Why Texas lost: Kyler Tackett, Nehemiah Staples, and Zahir Rouse were the only ones who really came to play. Tackett kept the offense alive with a pair of touchdowns (against one pick) on 65.5% passing, but none of his receivers really had a breakout game. Simeon Wells had a dud of a game, earning just 80 yards on 20 carries. Tackett's not at the point yet where he can win a game with his arm all by himself; the Longhorns need to be able to establish the run. On defense, the Longhorns couldn't overpower West Virginia at the line, and that opened up the Mountaineer offense to take advantage downfield. They were all over Mohamed Mustafa, but West Virginia used so much zone-read and play-action that they had Texas tilting at windmills more often than not. In short: Texas didn't stop Mohammed Foster, and very few teams can keep up with him otherwise. The bottom line: West Virginia put the biggest hurting on Texas that the Longhorns have ever seen--the 31-point margin of defeat is a Texas record, as are the 48 points surrendered. It was nothing less than a statement win for West Virginia, who showed flashes of improvement over the course of a difficult non-conference slate. If they're putting it all together in conference play like this, then they're going to be dangerous the rest of the way. For Texas, it's a very unwelcome start to Big XII play--especially after the progress they'd made in their 3-0 start. It's not often that a single game can drastically change expectations, but this is certainly one that makes you see both teams in a different light. TCU 16, Kansas 10 Why TCU won: Defense! (*clap, clap*) Defense! Points were at a premium in this one, and TCU's defense seized control of this one early on. The Horned Frogs took the lead in the first quarter with a pair of field goals, and the defense never let Kansas tie it up or take the lead outright. In fact, they were even able to keep the Jayhawks out of the endzone entirely until the fourth quarter. They held Christian Graham to 140 yards passing--the fewest Kansas has accumulated in a game since Eric Jennings was a sophomore--and intercepted him. But they also locked down Rod Fulton on the ground, holding him to 4 yards per carry and out of the endzone. They got Kansas off the field on 3rd down, they kept them out of field goal range, and they were able to score from the red zone themselves--even if they had to kick three field goals from inside the 10. Why Kansas lost: Kansas played its second good defensive game in a row, but the offense just wasn't there to join it. They accumulated just 228 yards and scored just 10 points. Joel Hawley missed yet another field goal, finishing 1/2 on the day. Christian Graham completed just 13 of his 25 passes, averaged 5.6 yards per attempt, and threw for one touchdown to one interception--and Rod Fulton wasn't much help on the ground. Just as last week against Iowa State was Kansas's offense's best-case scenario on, this was their worst-case scenario: a new backfield that didn't quite click with the rest of the team, putting them behind the 8-ball in a winnable game. This one's gonna sting. The bottom line: In the first of many duels between freshman quarterbacks Sam Milner and Christian Graham, Milner got on the board first. It's the first win for TCU in six tries against Kansas, and it's a win that TCU fans have held up as a bellwether for their hopes in conference play. The Horned Frogs have now won three straight and open conference play 2-0. With two byes coming up in their next three weeks, they'll have a singleminded focus on what's suddenly become a much more important task: taking on West Virginia in Morgantown week 8. For Kansas, it's another disappointing loss that puts them in a 2-3 hole. It's a loss to a team that looked like a peer, and it's never good to come up on the short end of the measuring stick in that kind of game. They, too, will have a bye next week before taking on still-undefeated Oklahoma State. Saturday Evening Oklahoma State 41, Texas Tech 38 Why Oklahoma State won: Offense! (*clap, clap*) Offense! There wasn't a whole lot of defense in this one, and that's where Oklahoma State's been comfortable this season. Chester Brenner stayed dangerous, throwing for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns (his 11th straight multi-touchdown game) on accurate 29-41 passing (70.7%) to pace the Cowboy offense. With all of his top three receivers--Jeremy Bridges, Xavier Gant, and Jay Dunn--hauling in a touchdown catch and Khalil Bell scoring twice on the ground, Oklahoma State didn't lack for contributors on the offensive end. They didn't really stop Texas Tech, but that's okay because Texas Tech couldn't stop them either. They led after every quarter, and established just enough of a cushion to hold of Tech's last-ditch rally and stay undefeated. Why Texas Tech lost: Despite their point total, Texas Tech didn't do as much on the offensive end as they needed to. Solomon McLaughlin gained 108 yards on 28 carries--less than 3.9 yards per carry--but did make up for it with 3 touchdown runs. Chase Shapiro accounted for 100 yards passing, 31 yards rushing, and 2 scores. In all, that's 5 touchdowns on just 239 yards between them. There's credit to be given there, of course: Texas Tech had a lot of short fields because the defense was aggressive, setting up the Red Raider offense in stellar field position twice via interception and using Oklahoma State's offense against them. The Red Raiders won the big-play battle, but Oklahoma State dominated on a per-down basis. Win the big plays and even the score a little bit on per-downs, and this is a Texas Tech win. The bottom line: In the first highly anticipated Big XII battle, Oklahoma State came away with a big road win that leaves them as the Big XII's only remaining undefeated team. The Cowboy offense is showing no signs of slowing, cruising past the 40-point mark for the third time in four games. Sure, the defense is letting up a lot more points than they'd like, but this game is the first piece of evidence that it might not matter as long as 1) their offense stays hot, and 2) opposing Big XII offenses won't be able to take advantage. It's not likely that their game against Iowa State next week will do much to change those assumptions. For Texas Tech, it's not a bad loss. Their 4-1 start means they're still almost certainly bowl-bound, and they're still right in the thick of the conference race. They still have a rushing attack that's going to give a lot of the conference some problems, and they'll look to rebound next week in Waco. Byes: Kansas State (3-1), Oklahoma (0-4)
  4. 9 points
    rabidsnowman

    [2020] Pro Bowl Voting

    Buccaneers to consider:
  5. 6 points
    See I consider myself a pretty good corner. The best actually. Since I was the first corner ever drafted back in 2014, I thought I'd share some insight to the position and the guys I match up against. Here is the official David Wilburn Top 5 Toughest Wide Receivers, in no particular order. These are guys I've gone to war against, and every single one of these guys play at the pinnacle of the wide receiver position. Walt Peck 6-5 203 pounds, with hands made of epoxy and the moves to boot. If God made a wide receiver, he'd make Walt Peck again. He's so big and so fast, but the biggest thing to note is just how good he is at catching anything that goes his way. See here he is against Keyshawn Thompson, one of the top corners in the league. Ball's in the air, but take a look at what Walt does when it hits him. First off, he does this one handed, crazy amounts of concentration to do that when you're going at full speed. With Keyshawn draped all over you, its downright impossible. But he makes the one handed grab. Then look at his hips. He extended out his right foot, the immediately shifted his hips, rebalanced, and fell with the ball cradled between his arms with no chance of escape. That's downright unbelievable. Him and Murph have been doing it for so long, even against the tightest of coverages they can do something like that. Walt is a physical freak, but its his concentration and catching ability that just makes him so fearsome. He'll downright win the mental game against lesser corners too. Guy talks trash like no one else. If chatting was a stat on Madden, Walt would have a 99. The stuff he says about your mother... Sean Jenkins Now comes probably the most physically gifted receiver I've ever gone up against. 6'6" 182, and one key thought. Jenkins doesn't think he's fast. He knows he's fast. There's a huge difference in that. Guys that think they're fast, they never hear the safety coming. They never expect the corner to be right on them. They think they can out run the coverage. Guys that think they're fast don't last long in this league. Guys that know they're fast, like Jenkins, that's a whole nother beast. One wrong step, and as a corner you're flirting with disaster. Don't believe me? Look at what he did to my boy Mike Gradishar down in Oakland. Jenkins doesn't even go in. He does a little hop at the line of scrimmage, then its off to the races, and when he's got a head start, even if its a 10th of a second, its absolutely over. Mike might as well not have even been there, its just pitch and catch between Devy and Jenkins. Jenkins is one of the few guys in this league that knows he's fast, and everyone else knows it too. He got absolute burners on his leg that keeps everyone scared. Dan Nomellini This guy is outrageous. Probably the best receiver in the league right now in my humble opinion. I've got a lot of memories of when he played in Carolina, but watch this crazy route running he does. Look at him chop his feet. That burst of explosion. People don't talk about this much either, but Nom is probably the most sure-handed receiver to ever grace the game. Then you combine his route running ability and his intellect and you've got a dangerous combination at wide receiver. Lots of guys with Nom's measurables don't make it in this league. 6-1, 182, not that fast, none of that crazy catch range. What he's accomplished is on pure effort and hard work. Jenkins and Walt, those are some freak talents. Nom is a guy that's crafted his way into the game by using his god given talent of juking corners out their shoes. Me and him man, those were some battles. Tai Miller When people think physical receiver, they usually go with a tall, jump ball guy. That's not what I think when I think physical. Tai isn't small, but he's not the 6'5", 6'6" basketball players I have to deal with, but he's also not a jump ball specialist. What he's got is some incredible handfighting abilities, and he's probably the best receiver at using his body in this league. Michael Barber is a hell of a cornerback, but you see Tai just uses his physical advantages all the way. Hand fighting throughout the slant, then he tucks in. Ball's actually thrown a bit high, but he adjusts, makes the play, and shields it all with his body. That is some absurd talent for a guy who's really starting to blossom into his own in this league. Rodney Montgomery Now when people think of Rodney, they think he's this shorter, speed guy that makes his living getting big yards. They're wrong. Montgomery may not be the 6'6" freak that Sean Jenkins is, may not have the physicality of Tai Miller, but he's absolutely a weapon in the red zone. Why? He's got the ups and knows how to use body positioning the only way an old vet does, years and years of practice. Here he is one on one against Troy Marshall of the Ravens. Marshall's all over Rodney, doesn't take a step wrong, but Rodney just uses his great vertical leap to jump right over Troy. Then as he's falling, he does the vet move to toe tap and lean out. Toe tap for the TD, leaning away from the defender to complete the catch with as little interference as possible. He makes a killing eating the lunches of DBs that allow him to get the short catches he can turn into YAC, but that all comes from how clean he runs his routes and how he uses his body. There you have it, the toughest receivers to cover in the league. These guys may be the best in the country at what they do, but I'm always down to go another round with them! DAVID WILBURN/CONTRIBUTOR
  6. 5 points
    Jieret

    Wiki Wednesday #10

    Working on this now. EDIT: Done for all existing team pages. Still haven't figured out how to get rid of that annoying </th></tr> thing though.
  7. 4 points
    Thanks to @HAFFnHAFF for the cover.
  8. 4 points
    Jieret

    Wiki Wednesday #10

    Finally got rid of that </th></tr> crap on the NFLHC pages. The NFL infobox template was causing it, even though the exact same code works fine on real Wikipedia. Had to get rid of a child infobox and move the Established/Location fields to below the uniform, but I doubt anyone really cares about that. If you see anything on an NFL team page that broke over the last couple of hours, let me know.
  9. 4 points
    joedchi

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    #26 Notre Dame @ #6 Air Force
  10. 3 points
    Sorry everyone, but this week's edition will only consist of stats and pictures. I hope you will enjoy it nevertheless; here are the top performances of Week 6. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK QB Kyle Davidson, Michigan State (24 of 35 for 380 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT vs #15 Minnesota) Honorable mentions: RB Jamal Trufant, Wisconsin (25 carries for 123 yards, 2 TD vs #1 Purdue); WR Gabe Barrientos, Michigan (8 catches for 119 yards, 1 TD vs Rutgers) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK ILB Max O'Connell, Purdue (1 INT, 9 Tackles vs #17 Wisconsin) Honorable mentions: DE Marcus Terrell, Illinois (2 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs Iowa); DE Carlos Washington, Michigan (1.5 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs Rutgers) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Michael Ewing, Michigan State (4/4 FG made from 37, 46, 29, 43 yards vs #15 Minnesota) Honorable mentions: K Jonathan Nash, Rutgers (3/4 FG made from 27, 23, 34 yards vs #12 Michigan); P Jesse Dowdy, Ohio State (46.3 punting average vs Maryland)
  11. 3 points
    CadeRich5

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    why would anyone be mad at the most woke pollster
  12. 3 points
    DStack11

    [2020] Pro Bowl Voting

    Philadelphia Eagles Players for your Voting Consideration (Through 12 games - Please note the Eagle's SOS in weighing these stats, the NFCE played the NFCW and AFCE this season) QB - Allan Taylor 263/430 - 3,223 Passing Yards - 21 Passing TD's - 6 INT 50 Carries - 244 Rushing Yards - 5 Rushing TD's After a slow and injury-riddled start, AT has regained MVP form of late and is absolutely carrying this Eagle offense that ranks 6th in points scored and 1st in 3rd down percentage (with relatively few game-breaking play makers around him) . AT accounts for over 72% of the offense's touchdowns and 81% of the total yards. DE - Ryan Frey 30 Tackles - 1 INT - 9 Sacks Ryan Frey is a quarterback's worst nightmare. Unfortunately he hasn't made stat sheets with as much frequency this season due to a plethora of play-makers of the defensive side of the ball for Philadelphia.My assumption is that opposing coaches have begun to game plan for quick releases to avoid Frey allowing our DBs to feast on forced/early/arrant throws. CB - DeAndre Hawkins 12 Tackles - 5 INT Ball Hawkins is certainly living up to his billing this season as he leads the NFC in interceptions (tied for league lead). He's also held some of the league's best receivers under 100 yards this season, including Kevin Branch, Walt Peck, Gary Faneca and Paul Howell. SS - Joe Johnson 17 Tackles - 3 INT - 2 FF - 1 FR - 1 TD The first draft pick in the Eagles' franchise is having a breakout year. Not only with a career high in interceptions 3/4 of the way through the year, but also in stepping up to support the run defense and causing havoc over the middle for receivers. FS - Kevin Hartley 19 Tackles - 4 INT - 1 FR - 1 TD Kevin Hartley has joined stablemate Joe Johnson in his 2020 coming out party as a defensive play-maker. Hartley is tied for the NFC lead in interceptions among Free Safeties and has returned one for a score. And last, but certainly not least:
  13. 2 points
    Jieret

    [2020] MAC Power Rankings after Week 6

    UNDEFEATED WOOP WOOP! A 2-0 record for everybody's favorite conference in OOC play last week (hey, it's still technically undefeated), Western Michigan made a statement in Buffalo, and Toledo got more than they bargained for versus Bowling Green. What did the voters think of this? Well... (Remember, you should probably vote if you don't like your ranking. And play well. That too) MAC Power Rankings After Week 6 Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes) Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week 1 (36) Western Michigan Broncos (3) 4-1 (2-0) W3 - 2 (32) Miami (OH) Redhawks 4-0 (1-0) W4 - 3 (30) Akron Zips 4-0 (2-0) W4 +1 4 (28) Toledo Rockets 3-1 (1-0) W3 -1 5 (23) Ohio Bobcats 2-2 (1-0) W1 +1 6 (22) Buffalo Bulls 3-2 (1-2) L1 -1 7 (18) Kent State Golden Flashes 2-2 (1-0) W2 - 8 (15) Bowling Green Falcons 1-4 (0-3) L2 - 9 (12) Northern Illinois Huskies 1-3 (0-1) L1 - 10 (9) Ball State Cardinals 1-4 (1-2) W1 - 11 (5) Eastern Michigan Eagles 0-4 (0-1) L4 +1 12 (4) Central Michigan Chippewas 0-5 (0-1) L5 -1 Number of voters: 3 12 points awarded for first, 11 for second, etc. After a hard fought win over the Bulls, the Broncos get to rest on their laurels for a week as they take in a bye. Best!Miami still hangs on to second while Akron climbs over Toledo and Buffalo and Ohio switch places again. It doesn't seem like any of the results involving teams ranked below Buffalo were surprising enough to do any serious shakeups. This week, conference play begins in earnest with only 1 OOC game: winless Utah at undefeated Akron. Every other matchup is in-conference with the most interesting from a rankings perspective being Best!Miami at Ohio. Will the Redhawks and the FLAMETHROWER ZACK CERA continue their high-flying ways? Or will they be grounded under the heel of the Bobcats rushing attack and Owen. Freaking. WALTON? Tune in and find out!
  14. 2 points
    tl;dr: We're so fucking bad
  15. 2 points
    Jumbo

    [2020] Jumbo's Afternoon Draft: Week 13

    Wow, that went completely over my head. I just assumed he died after the ACL injury
  16. 2 points
    With Romulus Jackson still around for at least another year I doubt we'll go after a strong safety too early. Great article though. Glad to see buzz for Caleb McNamara!
  17. 2 points
    stormstopper

    [2020] Pro Bowl Voting

    Vote Early, Vote Often for your Chicago Bears: WR David Gaines The league's highest-paid wide receiver is justifying his contract, putting up by far the most productive season by any wide receiver in 2020--and tracking with multiple NFLHC single-season records. Leads the league with 1178 receiving yards, a full 169 yards ahead of second place. On pace for more than 1570 yards; the current record is Mike Triplett's 1565 in 2017. Also leads the league with 89 receptions, whereas no non-Bear has more than 75. His pace of 118.7 receptions would challenge the current record of 122 (Triplett 2017, Nomellini 2018). Gaines represented the AFC in the 2014 Pro Bowl and the NFC in the 2019 Pro Bowl, and he has undoubtedly earned a spot in this year's Pro Bowl as well. WR Brandon Snead The former undrafted free agent who was left unprotected by the Dolphins in the 2017 expansion draft has been nothing short of a star receiver for the Bears, having been the most productive #2 wide receiver in the NFC this season and putting up Pro Bowl numbers despite seeing a lower share of his team's targets than most other Pro Bowl-candidate receivers. His 82 receptions are 2nd in the NFL only to teammate David Gaines. Again, no non-Bear has more than 75 receptions this season. 960 receiving yards ranks 2nd among all NFC WRs (to David Gaines) and 7th among all NFL players. Snead has more yardage than a litany of high-profile NFC receivers such as Sean Jenkins, Gary Faneca, and Dan Nomellini. Snead has not yet been to a Pro Bowl, but this breakout season has earned him a bid. TE Donnie Allen The 2019 Pro Bowler hasn't lost a step heading into 2020, once again putting up huge numbers in the Bears offense His 716 receiving yards trails only Curtis Henry among NFC TEs. He leads third-place Jerry Cipa by nearly a full game's worth of yards. He's already caught 58 passes this season, which ties him with Scott Howard for 5th among NFL TEs--and, more importantly, puts him alone in 2nd among NFC TEs. The next-best NFC TE is Jerry Cipa with 46 receptions. His 7 touchdowns--tied for a team high--place him 3rd among NFC TEs behind Henry and Bernard Taylor. Of course, he's been a more reliable everydown target than Taylor, with 23 extra receptions and 167 extra yards. Curtis Henry will get one of the NFC spots, no doubt about that one. But no NFC tight end has done more to earn that second spot than Donnie Allen. DT David Medley The second-year Monster out of Colorado made a name for himself with a Pro Bowl rookie campaign. After being wrongfully denied Defensive Rookie of the Year, he's come back with a vengeance as a sophomore. Medley's 6.5 sacks this season leads all NFL DTs--in fact, only three NFL DTs have as many as 5.0 sacks. In addition to his sack count, Medley forced and recovered a crucial fumble against he Minnesota Vikings that proved influential in a 3-point win. In 2018, the Bears were 22nd in sacks. After drafting Medley, they jumped to 2nd. And in Medley's second season, the Bears have led the league outright with 36 sacks through 12 games. Medley has been one of the most valuable DTs in the game--but more importantly, he's been the best DT in the NFC and deserves your vote. OLB Morris Millen Two-time Pro Bowler (2017, 2019) Morris Millen has put up one of the most diverse and complete stat profiles of any defensive player this season. Millen has recorded 33 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles forced, and 1 fumble recovery this season. Only one player in the NFC has recorded 4.5+ sacks and 2+ INT: Morris Millen. Only one player in the NFC has recorded 2.0+ sacks, 2+ INT, and 2+ FF: Morris Millen. All NFC players with 2+ INT have combined for 10.0 sacks. Millen alone has 4.5 of them. In a week 7 win against the Packers, Millen recorded this statline: 1 INT, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF, 6 Tackles Morris Millen has continued to be a Monster of the Midway, and his contributions in all facets of the game deserve recognition.
  18. 2 points
    stormstopper

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    For the fifth straight week, the Big XII has exactly one ranked team. Oklahoma State becomes the third different Big XII team to be ranked in that stretch. Help us, Okie State Kenobi, you're our only hope.
  19. 2 points
    Bubada

    [2020] Pro Bowl Voting

    Titans to consider: WR Kevin Williams: 86 Rec, 1209 yards, 8 TD 3rd in the AFC in receiving yards despite being on a team that is 28th in the league in passing yards. His TDs are lower than some but we have only thrown for 20 TDs this year. He has the highest percentage of receiving yards of a team's total in the league. DE Tyler Jones: 35 tackles, 8.5 sacks Tied 4th in AFC in sacks and leads AFC DEs in tackles DE Charles Woods: 33 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 1 FF 3rd in AFC for sacks and tied 3rd in AFC for tackles by a DE. OLB David Doherty: 55 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 FF, 1 FR Tied 3rd in AFC OLBs for tackles. May not rack up the sacks but that isn't the type of OLB he is. CB Jack Ramsey: 28 tackles, 7 INT, 1 FF, 3 TDs Leads league with 7 INTs. Leads league with 3 TDs. Tied for league lead for causing 8 turnovers. 2nd among CBs in tackles.
  20. 2 points
    As an aside, a few notes on the strange leaguewide passing trends this season to date with 46 combined games in the books: The Big XII is on pace for the highest leaguewide completion percentage in its history at 63.92%. But it's also averaging 12.03 yards per completion, which would be the lowest mark since 2014. Big XII quarterbacks are averaging 1.72 touchdowns per game and throwing touchdowns on 6.39% of their passes The current records are 1.57 TD/game (set in 2018) and a TD% of 5.34% (from 2017). The current pace would break the former record and shatter the latter At the same time, Big XII quarterbacks are averaging 1.05 interceptions per game and throwing picks on 3.87% of their passes. Both of these would shatter the existing records of 0.78 picks per game (2019) and a 2.70% INT% (set in 2015). The post-2013 record low for INT% is 2.03%. The current record high is 2.70%. The 2020 pace of 3.87% is not in the same ballpark. The conference-wide passer rating of 141.84 is on pace for the second-best in our conference's history, while the TD/INT ratio of 1.65 is on pace for the second-worst. It's too early to draw any firm conclusions, and sample size may consign these trends to oblivion. But with six weeks in the books and nearly 40% of the regular season done, it's worth noting and keeping an eye on.
  21. 2 points
    DangerZoneh

    Spotlight Tuesday #10

    I LOVE recruiting, as you can probably guess. I like the new system far more than the old, but nothing beat that absolute adrenaline rush when you were checking the results to see how you did after round 1. That would determine your entire recruiting cycle and there was SO much riding on it. I remember checking the results and seeing I landed Tom Wyman for 2 points and my hands were shaking. I still do love recruiting, in part because I remember where my team came from at the start. Originally, my team was SO bad that every recruit I got was a massive improvement on my team. I had 4 4.0s and 0 4.5+ potential players generated. Being able to get guys who could actually compete at a high level was THRILLING. Every single recruit I got was an excitement, and I loved seeing how my team could develop. It's the same way today. Recruiting is the future of your team and so much relies on the stars you can land. I love dreaming of the potential of the guys I'm gonna have on my squad and I can't WAIT to see players like Matteo Cates, Kwon Shaw, and Hooker Jackson hit the field. It is a different feel now, though, when you're recruiting players who will start 4 years down the road instead of 2. My single favorite day on the site was [2014] Week 9, Saturday Evening. The day I upset Texas. Later that night, Soluna did JuCo results while drunk. Most everyone had gone really conservative during JuCo and put all 20 of their points on one guy. I did the opposite, put 1 on 20 guys and landed SIX jucos, who were all better than anyone on my team. There's a video of my reaction to beating Texas somewhere. Still my favorite moment on the site. As an aside, we need to bring back the old school gamedays. Me, Ted, Soluna, Dean and dream yo.
  22. 2 points
    Jumanji

    Spotlight Tuesday #10

    There's just something special about NFLHC Draft season. The weeks leading up to it are full of mock drafts and shoutbox speculation. A lot of people are just throwing smoke, but it's still just great to see all the discussions over various prospects. Then the big night comes and practically everyone is online. The shoutbox is going crazy, the broadcast team is doing work, and internal strategic discussions are happening. I truly think it's cfbhc.com at it's best. If I had to impress a real life friend with any aspect of this site, the Draft would be it. It's the event that almost doesn't feel like we're playing a game.
  23. 2 points
    DStack11

    Spotlight Tuesday #10

    For my favorite crooting moment we'd have to go back allll the way to week 5 of the 2020 season. I had put a ton of points on one of @Jumbo's quiet little 4.5's in Florida he thought he had a comfortable lead on and no one else had noticed. It was him versus another small MAC school, with no other Florida schools in the hunt. Well, when I woke up the next morning to check the fallout, I noticed Jambo had sent several shoutbox messages "looking" for me and to "meet him in Temecula in 40 min." Among a few other expletive laden insults there was this gem: "DStack can get fucked with a rusty pipe, seriously" I didn't even have to check the interface to see if I was leading on the croot. Edit: Absolutely nothing beats the draft. Especially that first round: live coverage, everyone tuned in, shoutbox is shoutboxing, the research and prep, the feeling of excitement or loss if your prospect falls to you or gets sniped just before you pick! "CAN'T WAIT!" - Bart Michael Scott
  24. 2 points
    Isaac829

    Spotlight Tuesday #10

    I remember when people took forever in the 2021 NHLHC Expansion Draft. It was horrible. I love the part where you endlessly canvass people to make their pick/protect.
  25. 1 point
    SageBow

    [2020] Week 6 POTW

    Week #6 OPOTW QB Nico Kaufman, Air Force 22 of 27 for 315 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 6 carries for 83 yards, 2 TD vs Boise State Nico Kaufman won his second National Offensive Player of the Week award for the season, and sat down for his second interview of the year. Sage here once again with Cadet Nico Kaufman. Nico, huge game against Boise State, one of the Falcon's toughest rivals. How were you not just able to put up monster numbers, but put them up efficiently against the Broncos? I don't worry too much about the numbers. I'm trying to make sure no opportunity is wasted. Those guys on the line work hard every play, I don't want their effort to be wasted because I made a bad decision. We've been able to do a good job capitalizing on the opportunities we create, but we've still got some room for improvement. Nico, statistically you have had a blistering start to the season, putting you at the forefront of the Heisman race. What would being the first Air Force Falcon to win that award mean to you? Just being considered for the award is a great honor. I remember watching Allan Taylor and Brian Brown play while I was in high school, and it just floors me that anyone thinks I'm playing at that level, I sure don't think so. Really though, winning an award like this is not really in my control. All I can do is go out there and play my best. I can't let any sort of hype influence how I play, it's hard work that got me here. What about the naysayers that point at your teams strength of schedule? Any words for them? Well I don't make the schedule, but all we can do it just go out there and play our brand of football. If we can do that well, week by week and win, it will all work itself out in the end. I know I can speak for the entire team when I say that the opponents we have are important to us. This is your second time winning, so before I leave, care to tell your fans at home your favorite part of the Air Force Academy? My favorite part of The Academy is the camaraderie. I really can't quite describe it. Being able to share the experience of attending the Academy with it's traditions, and knowing that my classmates and I will be carrying that forward into service in the greatest Air Force on earth? No place else has that. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Week #6 DPOTW DE Marcus Terrell, Illinois 2 Sacks, 5 tackles vs Iowa Illinois defensive end Marcus Terrell wins his first national award, and was also able to sit down for a quick interview. Marcus, disappointing loss but you were still able to get a lot of pressure on the opposition quarterback. How were you able to tally your two sacks? Well, we have a strong defensive front which enables me to make plays and get to the quarterback. If we didn't have other threats like Javier (Davenport) or David (Hendrickson) I would have to play more against double-teams. Of course I also have to play as hard as possible to have a game like I had on Saturday, but I have to give credit to my teammates for helping me out. Football is a team sport, after all. You're quite accomplished as both a sack artist and run defender. What kind of defender do you pride yourself on being? I like to think that I'm a pass rusher first and a run defender second. Going after the quarterback has always come more naturally to me, and I think I have the physical tools like speed and agility to do it successfully not only in college, but at the pro level too. However, the ultimate goal for me is to become a complete player, so I'm aiming to become better at defending the run as well. I just want to become as good of a defensive end as I can possibly be. Speaking of growing pro, is there a dream team at the next level that you would just love to play for? Maybe the local Chicago Bears? I grew up in Nevada and most of my family roots for the Raiders, so I guess it would be kind of cool to play there one day. However, it's probably too early to talk much about being a pro given that I'm a redshirt sophomore. The most important thing right now for me is to be an impact player on this defense and help the team win more games. A lot more games. Thanks for the interview Marcus! Before I leave do you have any shout outs? Yeah, I'd like to send a quick message to my teammates and the coaching staff: If you're reading this, stop procrastinating and get back to work! Don't get lazy, don't get complacent; we have a chance to do something special this season. Thanks to Descreto and Flutie for their interviews this week. Best of luck to all the players in Week 7! Previous National POTW Award Winners
  26. 1 point
    Love it Jumbo, well written as always.
  27. 1 point
    Jumbo

    [2020] Week 13 Headlines

    WELL-OILED MACHINE RUNS OUT OF OIL IN LUCAS OIL Jets lose nailbiter to Colts, 19-17
  28. 1 point
    USA Today

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;} .tg td{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg th{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:1px;overflow:hidden;word-break:normal;} .tg .tg-uqo3{background-color:#efefef;text-align:center;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-baqh{text-align:center;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-yzt1{background-color:#efefef;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-xgyj{font-weight:bold;font-style:italic;font-size:18px;background-color:#9b9b9b;color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-5frq{font-style:italic;text-align:center;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-jogk{font-style:italic;vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-yw4l{vertical-align:top} .tg .tg-yvo5{background-color:#656565;vertical-align:top} Coaches Poll, Week 6 Rk Team Rec Pts Trend 1 Purdue Boilermakers (9) 5-0 248 -- 2 Auburn Tigers 4-0 239 -- 3 Alabama Crimson Tide (1) 4-0 222 -- 4 Penn State Nittany Lions 3-1 198 ↑1 5 LSU Tigers 4-1 194 ↑3 6 Air Force Falcons 4-0 193 -- 7 Vanderbilt Commodores 5-0 190 -- 8 Pittsburgh Panthers 4-0 180 ↑1 9 SMU Mustangs 4-0 165 ↑2 10 Clemson Tigers 4-1 160 -- 11 Michigan Wolverines 4-1 156 ↑1 12 Illinois Fighting Illini 4-1 147 ↓8 13 USC Trojans 4-1 138 ↑1 14 Virginia Cavaliers 4-0 120 ↑2 15 UCF Knights 5-0 107 ↑3 16 Michigan State Spartans 5-0 91 ↑8 17 Stanford Cardinal 4-0 70 ↑3 18 Georgia Bulldogs 3-1 69 ↑1 19 Wisconsin Badgers 4-1 62 ↓2 20 Washington State Cougars 3-1 54 ↓7 21 Duke Blue Devils 5-0 53 ↑4 22 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4-1 38 ↓7 23 Mississippi State Bulldogs 3-1 35 ↓1 24 USF Bulls 4-0 30 ↓1 25 Oklahoma State Cowboys 4-0 23 N/A Dropped from Rankings: Texas (#21) Others receiving votes: Notre Dame (17), California (11), Maryland (9), Hawaii (7), Arizona (6), Texas (6), Toledo (5), Western Michigan (3), West Virginia (2), Akron (1), TCU (1)
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    UBL

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    Come on guys, you're almost there
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    Emperor_of_Orange

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    Funny coming from someone with 160 fewer votes Checkmate
  32. 1 point
    Time

    [2020] Week 13 Headlines

    Keep On Keepin on Rams Continue Win Streak In Close Game Over Denver
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    Emperor_of_Orange

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    did u considur gittin gud
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    Wonderbread

    [2020] Pro Bowl Voting

    #UABBLACKNALL
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    ImposterCauster

    [2020] Pro Bowl Voting

    The fact that Alex Stanford is on the ballot as our only corner pleases me tbh
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    believer

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    This Saturday's night games have some nice ranked matchups #21 Duke @ #14 Virginia #17 Stanford @ #8 Pittsburgh #18 Georgia @ #7 Vanderbilt
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    Jieret

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    Oh wait, didn't pay enough attention to the "Also Received Votes" section: 3 MAC teams ?!!?! (No, I didn't vote for any of them)
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    bingo415

    [2020] Week 6 Coaches Poll

    This looks like a good poll, not a ton of quibbles with my fellow voters. Maybe PITT so far below Penn State is a little weird, but this seems...correct...? Also, I'm the Bama #1 vote. In case you want to be angry at someone.
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    Jieret

    [2020] Week 6 MAC Players of the Week

    Offensive Player of the Week: QB Benjamin Hanson, Toledo 22 of 30 for 287 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT (W at Bowling Green) This kind of performance is starting to become old hat for the Toledo signal-caller; Hanson has shown up here three out of the four games he's played so far this season. It was good he played up to his usual standards, because the Rockets needed all that and then some to shake off a dogged Bowling Green squad. With an incredible 74.7% completion rate and a tidy 10/2 TD/INT ratio on the season, Hanson leads the MAC in QBR with a 180.53 rating and is key to Toledo's current and future aspirations. Defensive Player of the Week: ILB Kameron McCall, Akron 1 INT, 8 Tackles (W at Indiana) In contrast to Hanson's frequent visits to this list, this is McCall's first POTW award. But it doesn't mean that he was any less important to his team's victory against Big Ten Twelve Eleven Fourteen eleventybillion B1G member Indiana. McCall was cleaning up everywhere on the field while also picking off a pass for the undefeated Zips. McCall is one of the more unheralded players on Akron's defense, so good on him for stepping up and proving himself a vital member of their stop squad! Special Teams Player of the Week: K Timmy Wilhelm, Ohio 3/3 FGs (made 46, 27, 35), 2/2 XP (W vs. Western Kentucky) In contrast to the other two selections for this week's Players of the er, Week, this race was a complete shutout. No one in the third phase of the game had a more impressive day than Ohio's own Timmy Wilhelm. The senior stayed perfect on the year, including kicking a season-long 46-yarder among his three field goals. Perhaps even more impressive is that he tied MAC legend Emmanuel Fields for the most POTW awards in MAC history with eight. What a career Wilhelm has had with the Bobcats. Congratulations to all the winners!
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    Fake news, that was clearly Scott Cartwright
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    Head Coach Trey Chaffin steps to the microphone: "It pains me greatly to say this, but after a great run at Georgia Tech, I will be stepping down as head coach. I know it isn't an ideal time, but it is time for me. I am open to any questions." Stepping out of character, I want to say a few things. I know a lot of y'all probably thought I was already gone or whatever. I never thought this day would come. Never. This site meant so much to me for so long. Some days it felt like I was online all 24 hours. Anytime I was at home I was on, as soon as I got on the bus to go across campus I'd be on on my phone, I'd be on in class, it just meant everything to me. Soluna, I know I could rub you the wrong way, and I know I truly pissed you off sometimes, but I want to thank you. This site is incredible. It really is. To everyone I've gotten to know over the years here, whether we got along or not, I am thankful for all of you. The hours spent in the shoutbox no matter the topic no matter how vicious the arguments were always fun. I am ready to step down immediately if that is what is best and there is a coach in the waiting, but I am also willing to continue as long as y'all need me too. As soon as I write this post I'm gonna go do recruiting for the upcoming week. Also, I will not be stepping down from my role within the Bengals organization. I am far more active there than I am in cfbhc. I am truly sorry for how inactive I have been for quite a while, I know it hurts the sim as a whole and especially my team and my conference. I want everyone to know I tried, I really did. I fully expected to be back up to my past activity levels in 2017, but a lot has happened in my personal life and things that I used to enjoy just don't hold my attention anymore. After graduating in december I expected to be more active, however a lot has happened since then. I won't go into any excuses, but this year, especially since March, has been really tough. Sorry this post is kinda rambly, it's late and I do feel bad about this. In hindsight I should have done this a long time ago, but every time I thought about doing it, I would convince myself I could become more active. And I would try, I really did, I would log on a few days in a row check stuff out make my gameplan, and then it would slip again. I know there is someone out there that can take care of my beloved team and players better than me. Its been fun guys, I won't just disappear, I'll still have the Bengals to be disappointed by, uh I mean to be excited about.
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    UBL

    [2020] Week #13 - MNF

    I know objectively this is good for the Jags but it still feels gross
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    Emperor_of_Orange

    [2020] Week #13 - MNF

    Colts
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    Weeze56m

    [2020] Week #13 - 4 PM

    only one turn over to. Bright side, at least we have looked better stat wise..it just isn't adding up to points.. Good game Cade. i knew it was gonna be a tough one, i thought i had something to slow your offense down..but i guess i forgot to score.
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    darkage

    Spotlight Tuesday #10

    Honestly i love the media on this site it gets me engaged and makes me want to do other aspects well (recruiting/gameplanning) so it shows on the media.
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    cmcgill

    Spotlight Tuesday #10

    The draft is by far my favorite part of the site. This last draft I missed days 2 and 3 but I love every second of it, even doing something moronic every time... TRADES NOT WORKING ON THE INTERFACE
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    Jumbo

    Spotlight Tuesday #10

    I really love the draft, the site during the draft, and mostly making fun of people for their godawful picks and trades Also when I told @DStack11 to go fuck himself with a rusty pipe for taking the lead on a croot I was gonna win with barely any points invested. That's a fond memory.
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    bingo415

    Spotlight Tuesday #10

    I think the Draft is just so full of drama: who's gonna reach, who's gonna get a steal, who works well as a FO team? It's so thick with intrigue, I love it. But actually my favorite recurring part of the site is waiting for the new Master List of recruits each season...I LOVE seeing all the new talent available, and then trying to figure out who's going where, etc. Basically I just love this site in general, but the recurring things are absolutely what I get excited about.
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    I would like to start by apologizing to Green Wave Nation for my horrible coaching decisions against Duke and North Texas. I played around with strategies I had never used before and panicked instead of sticking to what I know. With that, I also apologize to my offensive captain and team leader, Sam Sloan. You gave this team the spark it needed to win, and a leader to have trust in, and I benched you after one bad game against one of the most talented teams in the country. With that out of the way, it's time to celebrate. We upset Houston last season on their turf, and my boys fought to achieve yet another upset, this time with our amazing home crowd behind them, and they have definitely shown that they know what it takes to win. Forget those first three games. This is where everything starts to mean something. This is the American Athletic Conference, and I promise that from now on, me and my boys will fight to the very last second of the regular season to win the Western Division and make it to a bowl game. The floor will now be open for any questions.
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    ImposterCauster

    [2020] Week #10 - 4 PM

    I will get better
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