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McLean With It

Rice QB Eric McLean, taken by the Giants, becomes the 10th #1 overall pick, and is the first from a non-P5 school.

Rocket Men!

Toledo players were the final two picks of the draft, giving them Mr. Irrelevant (SS Isiah Poole) and allowing them to become the school with the most total players taken in the 2023 draft.

Trades. Trades Everywhere

10 of the top 12 picks in the draft were traded, the most notable of which involved the Colts moving up to #3 from #18 where they eventually took Georgia CB/FS Dominique Dawkins.

3rd Round Kicker? I Barely Know Her!

South Dakota State K Harrison Hacker (#69 to the Cardinals) and Cincinnati K TJ Bendbrook (#77 to the Houston Texans) both went in the 3rd round, extending the NFLHC trend of highly selected kickers.

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  1. 15 points
    TuscanSota

    Who commits where?

    What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in the CFBHC School of Crooting, and I've been involved in numerous seasons on CFBHC, and I have over 300 signed croots. I am trained in tactical crooting and I'm the top recruiter in the entire Mountain West Conference. You are nothing to me but just another coach. I will out-croot the fuck out of you with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this website, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of coaches across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your crooting class. You're fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can out-bid you in over seven hundred ways, and that's just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in crooting, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the visits and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the interface, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little "clever" comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn't, you didn't, and now you're paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You're fucking dead, kiddo.
  2. 12 points
    Rome

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

  3. 9 points
    acewulf

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    he's comin for that ass
  4. 9 points
    The wait is over, and the season is here today! The nation's most exciting conference wastes no time in bringing two of the best matchups of the marquee week 0. The Friday night undercard is the first conference game of the year nationwide as Texas looks to start their new era on the right foot against a Kansas team that is competing with them for sleeper status. But the opener might be the Game of the Year before the year's even had a chance to begin, as 2nd-ranked TCU meets top-ranked Auburn in New Orleans in the very first game of the entire season. Let's talk about the games. Thursday Night CFBHC Kickoff Game: #1 Auburn (0-0) vs. #2 TCU (0-0) (+5.5) (Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA) How many bigger games have there ever been to start a season? These two playoff semifinalists enter the season as the two primary national title favorites, meaning all eyes will be on New Orleans as they meet. If you're an NFL scout, you're watching this game. If you're on either team's schedule, you're watching this game. If you just enjoy college football, you're watching this game. But what are you looking for? The most obvious answer's going to be Heisman contender Marcus Black--but before I get to him, I want to talk about both of these teams' defenses. Auburn ranked 5th in the country in allowing under 16.1 points per game last season, and TCU was 8th with 17.2 allowed per game. Despite that, it's TCU fans who are more excited about their defense coming into the season while Auburn fans salivate over the offense. The Tiger defense doesn't have much of a talent dropoff compared to TCU, but they sure are younger. Five of Auburn's starters in the front seven alone are freshmen or sophomores, including the whole linebacker corps. Obviously you won't find a ton of freshman linebackers more talented than Brett Combs, who some close to the program say could get drafted into the NFL today if he were allowed. True freshman outside linebacker and pass rusher Francesco Tidwell also figures to be exciting, and gap-eating defensive tackle Jason Siegel partnered with true freshman defensive end Myles Wallace and an ever-dangerous Thomas Handy (who had 10.5 sacks last year) make for an intimidating defensive line. The youth up front removes one of TCU's biggest offensive concerns from the ledger: the Horned Frogs have a pair of freshmen starting on the offensive line and not much depth across the unit, so that makes for a youth-on-youth matchup. Auburn also has a young pair of safeties, with redshirt sophomore Daniel Joiner joining true freshman Jackson Smith back deep. Expect TCU to see what they can get downfield against a secondary that no longer features Kenyon Justice or early declaree Eddie Burks. Felix Luck threw for school records of 4,155 yards and 31 touchdowns last season, and the trio of Finn Nielsen, speedster Griffin McHanna, and tight end Miguel Aguilera now have an extra year of experience under their belt. Add in redshirt freshman slot receiver F.T. Grady and the Frogs' offense can spread the field and attack the Auburn defense horizontally or vertically so long as the blocking holds up. There are three main question marks, all of which are tied together. First, can Luck become a more efficient passer? He set volume records and won games, and there's nothing wrong with that--but a completion percentage better than 59.7% and a passer rating greater than 127.5 would go a long way toward taking this offense from #41 in scoring to championship-level. That said, his efficiency numbers were down in part because he threw 633 times, which calls for the question of whether TCU will attempt to balance things out more--and that immediately brings up a third question of whether Martin Gifford can be the reliable tailback that the Horned Frogs haven't had since Bradley Cooley. The redshirt junior from West Texas will get his shot; if after a few games he can't establish himself, look for redshirt freshman Matteo Cates to get his shot. I would expect the Horned Frogs to find purchase against the Tiger defense. But if they don't, then that vaunted defense can still keep them in the game as long as they can find some way to slow down an Auburn offense led by Heisman co-favorite Marcus Black. Easy enough, right? In the regular season last year, Black completed 71.2% of his passes for 3,425 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. What TCU may key in on, though, is the fact that he showed a clear focus on his top two guys. Jariel Martinez caught 64 passes for 1084 yards and 9 touchdowns; Kelvin Andrade added 58 receptions for 846 yards and 10 scores. The pair accounted for 47% of the team's receptions, 56% of its yards, and over 70% of its receiving touchdowns--in other words, they saw heavy usage and still exceeded expectations per catch. The Horned Frogs aren't worried about matching up one-on-one with them, because they have elite corners like Roman Blackmon and William Cooper. Their safeties aren't the strong point of the defense, but it's hard to imagine an easier situation for Ian Worley and Anthony Easter to walk into. One difference between the task TCU's defense faces and the task Auburn's defense faces is the sheer range of expected options. Auburn is more able to afford to bet that TCU will try to throw it, because if they lose due to TCU's run game then they picked the correct poison. TCU, however, can reasonably expect to have to defend the pass, the handoff, the quarterback keeper, the option--all of it's on the table. Marcus Black's elite, his receivers are elite, his offensive line is elite (and experienced, featuring four senior starters to go with a redshirt freshman left tackle), and his backfield partner Sean Meade is elite. Meade ran for 1490 yards and 18 touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry, averaged 124.2 yards per game despite sharing a backfield with Marcus Black, and showed breakaway speed with touchdown runs as long as 75 yards. If you're TCU's defense, confronting the offensive line and making plays in the backfield is beyond crucial. There are a lot of Horned Frogs capable of doing that; they had 28 rushing tackles for loss last year. Returning defensive linemen Aidan Morrell, Aidan McAlister, and Kwon Shaw combined for 10, and you can expect defensive tackle Jasiah Pickens to pick up some of the slack. Senior linebackers Elliot McElmore and Chance Herring combined for 6 last year, and rising sophomore Richard Farrell co-led the team with 6. Will that be enough to stop Black and Meade? Probably not. Will it be enough to slow them down? Maybe. Will it be enough to win? My gut says yes. Give me the more experienced Frogs in a shootout. #2 TCU 38, #1 Auburn 31 Friday Night Texas (0-0) at Kansas (0-0)* (-7.5) The first conference game of the year goes to the nation's most exciting conference, as an under-new-management Texas heads up to Lawrence to try to break a two-game losing streak to the Jayhawks. The Longhorns begin the first full season of the constapatedape era with a quarterback change, as junior Lucas Beckwith took over the starting spot from senior Kyler Tackett--who will undoubtedly push his younger counterpart in practice to win the job back. The Longhorns are hoping that Beckwith's superiority on his feet will be an advantage as well as a distraction from the threat of Simeon Wells running up the middle. The three-year starting tailback had the best season of his career last year, cruising to 1594 yards and 15 touchdowns on nearly 5.5 yards per carry. The Longhorns return an experienced line with two junior starters (headlined by left tackle Bobby Drake) and two senior starters. And boy, are they going to need it against a talented Jayhawk defensive line. Defensive ends Noah Urlacher and Jamari Callahan and defensive tackle Albert Duke combined for 20.0 sacks, 9 rushing tackles for loss, and 3 fumbles forced last season. Two of those sacks, two of those tackles for loss, and Callahan's fumble forced and recovered came in the Texas game. If Texas can control the line of scrimmage, they shouldn't have trouble working through the soft middle of Kansas's defense and moving the ball downfield a few small pieces at a time. If not, though, then negative plays and turnovers are a risk. But the same's true for Kansas's offense against a strong Texas defensive front. Tristan Priest had 8.5 sacks and 4 rushing tackles for loss by himself last year; defensive tackle Jamal Robinson added another sack-and-a-half and 5 tackles for loss. Add a healthy Zion Gaines to the mix and a young Jayhawk line (four starters are sophomores or younger) is going to have its hands full. The offense is going to mostly be on Christian Graham's shoulders, because the receivers can't really expect to win one-on-one battles with the Texas corners (especially not Devon Braxton) and runningback Andre Black is almost completely unproven. He'll at least have a pair of safety valves in tight ends Jaime Bautista and Samuel Hardy, though--Bautista last year was one of just three Big XII tight ends to ever record over 900 receiving yards and at least 10 touchdown receptions in a single season, joining Steven Maloney in 2018 and Hastin Rider in 2020. Texas's linebackers are a question mark just like Kansas's; they moved inside linebacker Samir Sneed to the outside for coverage purposes. Both of these teams have a lot of question marks, some self-inflicted and others not--bu both have potential, and the winner's going to earn immediate dark horse status in the conference race. I think both will struggle to score in this one (and both will play top-notch defense), but I'll take Kansas to come out on top and eke out a home win. Kansas 17, Texas 13
  5. 8 points
    Weeze56m

    [2022]AAC Positional Grades(EAST)

    AAC Positional Grades East Version! With the Kickoff of the 2022 season less than 24 hours away, It is time we take a look at each of the 12 schools and see what they are bringing to the table this season! In this article we will be looking at the 6 teams who are specifically in the Eastern division, Cincinnati, Uconn, ECU, UCF, USF and Temple. *Note about Grades given. Each position was given a grade between A and F. 5/5=A, 4.5/4.5=B+, 4/4=B, etc. If you started a 3.0/4.0 you will notice that doesn't fit the easy mold. In these cases, people were more often than not given the next grade up based on skill. 3=C, so C+. There were a few that fit the mold even less. For some of those odd balls ones(such as a 2.0/5.0) basically just graded them with the eye test. Everything was based off of skill/potential. No stats were looked up. Don't like that? Do it yourself then. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Cincinnati (4.2-7.8 overall, 2.9-5.1 AAC) Cincinnati will be the first team we start off with. The Bearcats have long been a bottom dweller in the AAC, and more honestly the NCAA. However, things began to change under Former Coach, and Current Auburn coach, Rome. He began to bring in talent and find ways to succeed with a team that just wasn't very good. They have a long way to go, and according to the projections, they aren't expected to do much this season either. However, if you look at the team over all, they aren't behind the curve like they use to be. With good coaching, and a little luck, they may actually be able to make a little bit of noise in the conference this season. Might be a little foolish to say they are going to be contenders, but they won't be the push over everyone is use to them being. They are the only team in the Conference to receive an A for their kicker, In fact the only team in the East to have a kicker rated higher than a C+. They have a good quarterback, behind a decent offensive line, with a few weapons to use. Their defense isn't the best, and it has plenty of holes, but as long as it doesn't collapse, their offense could very well give them the chance to put up a fight this season. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Connecticut (3.1-8.9 overall, 1.8-6.2 AAC) If Cincy is the bottom dwellers, than UCONN might be the scum the bottom dwellers sleep on. They are an enigma to be sure. They have had some talent in the past, they have manage to upset teams, but a lack of coaching, consistent coaching, has really kept them from making any real strides. The huskies are predicted to have the second worst record this season in the AAC behind only Tulane. Given the talent they have currently, they aren't likely to prove the predictor wrong this season. However, it is not all doom and gloom. They have the best Graded players at the WR 1 spot. Honestly that might be the truth for the last two seasons. They also have a QB who can air the ball out if he has the chance. But given the defense, given some of the supporting cast on offense..the huskies are going to be real one dimensional this season, and probably easy to predict. UCONN might have the only A graded receiver, but they are also the only team to have a player grade F at any position. Buckle up Huskies..expect every team to run the air raid on you... The Chicago Tribune Projection: East Carolina (3-9 overall, 2-6 AAC) ECU is one of those teams that have been hard to predict over the last few seasons. Last season they were expected to finish near the bottom of the conference, but managed to claw their way back to finishing second in the east. A few seasons earlier, they started 1-3, but went on a fantastic run and almost had their first double digit season in team history, had it not been for a bazaar upset by Uconn. The team has also been in a rebuild mode since 2020. Aside from a horrific recruiting campaign in 2019, ECU's coach has been able to recruit very well, finishing in the top 30 the last two seasons. His teams grades really are a result of young guys not growing up yet. Especially on the defense side of the ball. Coach Weeze has always manage to finish the season with at least 7 wins. Given his schedule and conference opponents, its going to take some good coaching, and a lot of luck to keep that streak alive. If the defense can play up to their potential in the big moments, they could have a special year with a Freshmen quarterback leading the way. The Chicago Tribune Projection: UCF (9.4-2.6 overall, 6.9-1.1 AAC) The Chicago Tribune has UCF ranked number 1 in the east. If i were a betting man, I might put my chips on another team who shows up later on on this list. That said, UCF is probably one of the most talented teams in the AAC. They could easily fight the top dogs in other conferences. However...they also have a new coach. He is young. But he does have spirit. It will be interesting to see what he can do with this squad. More importantly, how will he recruit in the great battle royal that is Florida. If he can overcome those challenges..he might be able to carry over the legacy and get UCF back on track to become the great dynasty that former head coach UBL was building. The D line at UCF is probably the best graded in the conference, with only South Florida a notch behind them. The future of this team really depends on the coaching. They could be great..or they could fall apart leaving us to wonder what happened. The Chicago Tribune Projection: USF (7.2-4.8 overall, 4.7-3.3 AAC) USF is a team looking to break away from the middle of the pack. They had a good run a couple seasons ago, but like a lot of the AAC took a big step back last season. They need to show they are still the team we expect them to be. They have a lot of young talent. Especially on defense. They were once thought to be the best offense team in the AAC. But a look at this defense..they might have turned into one of the best Defenses. The D-line is probably the second best behind UCF, and arguably have the best secondary in the conference. If USF can get the offense to show up, their defense should be able to overcome any mistakes they might make. The O-line is probably the worst in the AAC..but its young. It could be the very thing that helps make this team..or break it. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Temple (9.3-2.7 overall, 5.8-2.2 AAC) Temple is expected to finish second accord to the Chicago Tribune, but Temple has dominated the East for the most part for the last several years. With UCF having a new coach, and all the troubles that come with having a young new coach, it would not be much of a stretch to expect Temple actually take the top spot in the East again this year. A Young Quarterback, with lots of weapons around him behind a solid line should see the Owls have one of the better offenses in the east. Only UCF might have a better offense in the east. Defensively, the grade well across the board. Their nickel corner spot might be a problem, but I expect they will be working closely with the safeties to help. Their Linebacker unit is solid, and their tackles upfront will be a problem for most of the conference. The line will make or break USF. Quarterback will break or make Temple. Jordan North leaves behind a big hole. Their coach is a hard nose man, with a lot of respect attached to his name. I expect his team has faith in him, and expect him to find a way to win. Something the great coaches do. All in all, it should be a much better year for the AAC East. Many of the teams are still rebuilding, but they are better prepared than what they were last season. UCF has all the talent to be dominate. The big question mark is the Coach. Temple has a lot of talent, and a proven coach who can win. USF though isn't a team that should be ignored. Evans has a great defense and has put together an exciting offense in the past. East Winner: Temple Key Match: UCF @ Temple Dark Horse: USF Last: Uconn
  6. 7 points
    SageBow

    [2022] SBI 5 Stars Recruits

    SageBow Inc. 2022 5 Star Recruits After thorough scouting of the high school ranks for months, SageBow Inc. is proud to introduce their internal rankings of their 5* Recruits. (Disclaimer, these rankings are my own personal rankings and have nothing to do with how these players will actually do in the sims) 1. Brendon Irving, CB, 5-9, 164, DeLand, FL.Rating: 1.0000 2. Erick Daniels, FS, 5-10, 195, Saraland, AL Rating: 0.9999 3. Travanis Ponder, DE, 6-4, 246, Malvern, AL Rating: 0.9995 4. D'Onta Streeter, SS, 6-2, 192, Bothell, WA Rating: 0.9992 5. Mike Freeman, RB, 5-10, 229, Midlothian, VA Rating: 0.9988 6. Antonio Jackson, WR, 6-3, 214, Portage, MI Rating: 0.9986 7. Gabe Weber, OG 6-7, 322, LaPorte, IN Rating: 0.9985 8. Anthony Carlin, OT, 6-3, 277, Hot Springs, SD Rating: 0.9984 9. Brandon Willis, WR, 5-10, 175, Bakersfield, CA Rating: 0.9981 10. Joey Wolfe, QB, 5-11, 229, Kennett Square, PA Rating: 0.9981 11. Shane Hadley, OT, 6-7, 258, Veedersburg, IN Rating: 0.9975 12. Terrence Walker, CB, 5-10, 201, Mission Viejo, CA Rating: 0.9973 13. Kayvon Harris, CB, 5-11, 177, San Marcos, CA Rating: 0.9964 14. Sean Davenport, OG, 6-7, 291, Pensacola, FL Rating: 0.9962 15. Ryan Small, OT, 6-5, 263, Katy, TX Rating: 0.9962 16. Donte Delmas, ATH, 5-11, 150, Anniston, AL Rating: 0.9957 17. Dante Barfield, ILB, 6-3, 253, Laurel, MS Rating: 0.9947 18. Riley Stark, OG, 6-3, 316, Franklinton, LA Rating: 0.9945 19. Tran Nguyen, WR, 6-3, 190, Castle Dale, UT Rating: 0.9942 20. Jack Green, OT, 6-4, 309, Indianapolis, IN Rating: 0.9934 21. Tremaine Clemons, RB, 6-0, 197, Merced, CA Rating: 0.9932 22. Byron Hubbard, TE, 6-1, 192, Magazine, AR Rating: 0.9928 23. Dillon Dooley, OG, 6-6, 256, Des Moines, IA Rating: 0.9927 24. Booker Hawkins-Hawthorne, WR, 6-0, 220, Gibsonia, PA Rating: 0.9919 25. Finn Leonard, QB, 6-3, 196, West Valley City, UT Rating: 0.9912 26. Marcus Kimbrough, ATH, 6-0, 208, Port Neches, TX Rating: 0.9912 27. Demarion Moore, RB, 6-0, 210, Columbia, SC Rating: 0.9910 28. Larry Frey, OG, 6-6, 287, Bayard, NE Rating: 0.9905 29. Logan Miles, WR, 6-3, 205, Lawrenceville, GA Rating: 0.9891 30. DaJuan Banks, DE, 6-3, 258, New Deal, TX Rating: 0.9883 31. Rashard Pitts, FS, 6-0, 203, Moville, IA, Rating: 0.9880 32. Bryce Echols, TE, 6-3, 222, Bowman, SC, Rating: 0.9869 33. Oluwafemi Okoye, DE, 6-5, 250, McLean, VA, Rating: 0.9868 34. Grant Pace, C, 6-2, 246, Auburn, ME, Rating: 0.9853 35. Kavon Palmer, DT, 6-1, 282, Port Charlotte, FL, Rating: 0.9853 36. Luke Cleary, RB, 5-6, 231, Elmira, OR, Rating: 0.9851 37. Nicholas Farnsworth, OT 6-1, 299, Covington, TN, Rating: 0.9851
  7. 7 points
    pumph

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    Someone needs to come up with a good Waters - Moses - Green Wave thing for Tulane. It writes itself. Good win with them. Hopefully, the start of turnaround for the program.
  8. 6 points
    It's football season once again in the Best Damn Conference in the Land, but the ACC has a much different vibe after a relatively lackluster 2020 season. The tenth season of ACC football doesn't feature the division rivalries of old that would dictate who would see their way down to Charlotte for a title game appearance. Rather, it's a year of catch-up for teams not named Duke and Clemson, the overwhelming favorites to meet each other in the ACC Championship Game. Some teams, namely those in the Sunshine State, will be looking to take their youth and challenge for the spotlight after a down year or two. Others will look to try to maintain their success from last season in spite of top players taking the next step in their careers. The aforementioned frontrunners head the conference in the initial coaches poll, with the U making their return to the Top 25 for the first time since Brett Fisher's departure. Hang on, because we'll give you a few things that will hopefully get you ready for tonight's kickoff. Preseason Projections *Projections provided by the Chicago Tribune ACC Atlantic Division 1. Clemson (8.7-3.3 overall, 6.1-1.9 ACC) 2. Boston College (8.3-3.7 overall, 5.3-2.7 ACC) 3. Louisville (7.5-4.5 overall, 4.1-3.9 ACC) 4. Florida State (6.8-5.2 overall, 3.8-4.2 ACC) 5. NC State (5.8-6.2 overall, 3.5-4.5 ACC) 6. Wake Forest (5.1-6.9 overall, 2.2-5.8 ACC) 7. Syracuse (2.1-9.9 overall, 1.5-6.5 ACC) ACC Coastal Division 1. Duke (9.7-2.3 overall, 6.3-1.7 ACC) 2. Virginia (8.6-3.4 overall, 5.2-2.8 ACC) 3. Miami (FL) (8-4 overall, 5-3 ACC) 4. Virginia Tech (7.6-4.4 overall, 4.4-3.6 ACC) 5. Pittsburgh (6.3-5.7 overall, 4.2-3.8 ACC) 6. Georgia Tech (6.2-5.8 overall, 3.9-4.1 ACC) 7. North Carolina (1.1-10.9 overall, 0.3-7.7 ACC) ACC Championship Game Projection: Duke (-4.5) over Clemson How do we stack up nationally? Here we take a look at our bowl projections (Irish not included). Bowl Projections Orange Bowl: Duke (vs. Texas A&M) Orlando Bowl: Clemson (vs. Texas) Charlotte Bowl: Virginia (vs. Tennessee) Sun Bowl: Virginia Tech (vs. Washington) Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College (vs. Nebraska) Gator Bowl: (vs. Mississippi State) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Preseason All-ACC Team QB: Bryce Thompson, Duke RB: Ronnie Peterson, Miami (FL) RB: Christian Collins, Duke WR: Anthony Swanson, Georgia Tech WR: Ricky Cameron, Boston College TE: Dwayne Lawton, North Carolina State OT: Jay Campos, Pittsburgh OT: Izzy Garvey, Pittsburgh OG: Cole Fay, Virginia Tech OG: Josh Pennington, Miami (FL) C: Bryon Alexander, Clemson K: Jeremy Bouchard, North Carolina DE: Michael Britt, Boston College DE: Glenn Thorpe, Clemson DT: Emmanuel McDermott, North Carolina State OLB: Ahmed Nicholas, Duke OLB: Cameron Faulk, Virginia ILB: Soldier Brooks, Virginia ILB: Patrick Everett, Miami (FL) CB: Trevor McKinney, Virginia Tech CB: Logan Swain, Louisville FS: Marquise Holliday, Clemson SS: Jon Mallory, Boston College P: Matteo Doran, Clemson RET: Art Vogt, Louisville ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Preseason Heisman Contenders We'll be separating these by favorites, dark horses, and long shots, with reasons as to why each has a shot at taking home the most prestigious individual award in college football. Favorites: These names have been brought up often in the hype of the Heisman discussion, and you'd be called crazy to say these names won't be in the thick of the race later down the line. Bryce Thompson, QB, Duke - Widely regarded as a frontrunner alongside Marcus Black and Solomon McLaughlin, Thompson gets the pleasure on having a solid running back behind him, a sturdy offensive line in front of him, and some clearly talented receivers around him. Add in the fact that the ACC in general seems weaker, and you can expect Thompson to improve on his 4,000-yard performance last season. Akiem Williams III, QB, Clemson - Division 1 college football has never seen the skillset of the infamous AW3, a JuCo name highly sought after this past season. Ultimately won by Clemson, Williams III is expected to be a massive hit for a Clemson offense with a rapidly improving running back and some serious talent out wide. It's a very similar position to Thompson, only the weapons are better, though the potential remains untapped at eye level. Dark Horses: These names have seldom come up in the conversation and have a few issues that can keep them out of the race towards the end, but they still have the potential, and possibly luck, to be in New York at the end of the season. Josh Beckett, QB, Georgia Tech- No story has been as romanticized in college football as Beckett's story. Beckett has lit the conference aflame over the past two seasons, leading last season with a remarkable 4,478 yards passing. He returns his close friend, roommate, and stud wideout in Anthony Swanson, and though his top producer is gone in tight end Jahmir Rolle, the introduction of Gabriel Sewell could give Beckett that second reliable target that he had with Rolle. Josiah Brock, RB, Clemson - Brock found his stride late last season, eventually racking up 1,182 yards and finding the endzone 13 times without losing the football once. That was as a freshman. Brock's only getting better as he grows older, and he looks to be among the best backs in the conference by a long shot. The only thing that should hold him back isn't really in his control, as an explosive season from Williams III would easily overshadow Brock's consistent yet powerful performances. Soldier Brooks, ILB, Virginia - It's really odd putting a defensive player in a tier of players that have a reasonable shot at taking home the Heisman, but make no mistake: Brooks is far and away the best defensive player in the country. There is no player with the impact or the presence that Brooks gives this Cavalier defense, and if he can be as explosive as he was both in the backfield and in the center of this defense, there's a very real chance that Brooks could be among the finalists at the end of the season. Long Shots: These names need a few things to happen for them to even be considered for a spot in New York City, but they shouldn't dare be ruled out before the season has begun. Ronnie Peterson, RB, Miami (FL) - The leading returning rusher for last season, the talent is starting to come to Coral Gables for Peterson's final hurrah. With two experienced and exceptional guards paving the way, Peterson could find himself with more than enough room to build on last season's success. If newcomers B.J. Cornell and Darren Keys live up to their potential at right tackle and center respectively, then Peterson could easily make a name for himself as one of the nation's more dangerous running backs. Ricky Cameron, WR, Boston College - With Manny Ferguson out of the picture, Cameron is the de facto receiver in this Eagles' offense. If the passing game takes off behind new quarterback J.M. Gill, there will be no questions asked over who the man behind the resurgence will be. There's two many unknowns about Boston College's offense right now in both facets of the game. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mini Team Previews For a small appetizer, we'll discuss briefly each teams biggest strength and weakness as well as why they will win the ACC title. As you'd expect, that's a lot harder to do for some teams than others, but hey, is anything impossible? (Short answer yes) Boston College Eagles - HC deandean1998 Player Spotlight: WR Ricky Cameron. We touched on this earlier, but Cameron is the clear best player on this offense. With newcomers at quarterback and running back and leading receiver Manny Ferguson gone from tight end, it's up to Cameron to carry the passing game. We don't know how his service is going to be, but Cameron will provide J.M. Gill with a reliable and explosive target. Cameron is seen as the best receiver in the conference right now; expect him to live up to it. Biggest Strength: Defensive Experience. Many people within the conference will be familiar with the likes of Michael Britt, Finn Little, Darius Butler, William Gary, and Jon Mallory. All of these players make up the core of this Boston College defense. With very little turnover from last season and a few highly-regarded newcomers in Deondray Platt, Joan Espinoza, and Colin Judd, this defense could be fearsome and, to a further extent, elite in this conference. Boston College will likely be in most games they play this season thanks to their defensive playmakers. Biggest Weakness: Questions in the Backfield. J.M. Gill takes over the reigns at quarterback, and Jordan Godson enters the fray as a JuCo running back, stealing a job from the underachieving Jorge Tovar. We're aware of how good they are at receiver, but will the young Gill be able to feed them effectively? Will Godson live up to the hype surrounding him, or will he fall flat like Tovar? The defense might keep them in games, but it's up to Gill and Godson to get them over the hump. Why They Will Be Champions: Scoring Defense. The fourth-best defense and third-best scoring defense in the conference last year returns many pieces and adds newer and flashier ones. With Louisville and Syracuse receding and Florida State not expected to be up to snuff yet, the big challenge for this defense will be putting a stop to Clemson's projected high-power offense. It's very doable, and a low-scoring affair could very easily swing in the Eagles' favor, especially with big play receiver Cameron on the field. Clemson Tigers - HC Emperor_of_Orange Player Spotlight: QB Akiem Williams III. The biggest unknown in the conference, but make no mistake that AW3 is far and away the player with the most attention nationally. After a gruesome recruiting cycle which saw Clemson nab him over SMU in the dying weeks, coaches from across the country will be looking to see if AW3 was worth the fight. If Williams III truly does light up the conference, an already high-powered offense will take off in style, and there will be no team that will be able to put a stop to it. Biggest Strength: No Fly Zone. Once again, the pride of the Emperor's defense will be the secondary. Headlined by Marquise Holliday and featuring five players that will all likely see the pros later on in their careers, it's tough imagining most quarterbacks in this conference making too much of a dent in this defense. They'll get a shot at Josh Beckett late in the season though, if you wanna see the proof for yourself. Biggest Weakness: A Youthful Shield. A lot of talk surrounding this Clemson offense has been around the backfield and studded receiving corp, but what of their offensive line? Clearly it has talent, headed by center Bryon Alexander, but is it too young to perform at the level that this offense needs? Matt Maynard looks like a stud at right tackle, but this is his first year in action. This offense in one year's time might be one of the best in the nation easily, but can it get anywhere close to those levels this year? They might need to if they're to vie for anything more than a conference title. Why They Will Be Champions: Simply Talented. I highlighted this a bit earlier, but this team will, without a doubt, be unstoppable if Williams III is as good as the hype will tell you. There's pro-level talent at every position bar special teams and fullback. We've seen how good some returning pieces on this offense can be, and we know how unbreakable an Emperor defense can be with the right players, which is believed to be the case here. If everything comes together, this team will run over the Atlantic Division and over a Bryce Thompson-led Duke team and right into the College Football Playoff. Duke Blue Devils - HC Darman Player Spotlight: QB Bryce Thompson. Best returning quarterback in the conference? Check. Solid supporting cast? Check. Stable offensive line? Check. Heisman favorite? Check indeed. Indeed, if there are any questions about this Duke team, none will circle around Thompson outside of if he's able to take his play to new levels. Having come off a season in which Duke made the long-awaited trip to Charlotte, captured their first-ever conference crown, and slipped into the playoffs, there's a ton of hype behind the dual-threat quarterback behind the believed best team in the conference. It's no longer a question of if they can do it; rather, how much farther can he take them? Biggest Strength: Backfield Synergy. All the talk circles around Thompson, but I'd be hard-pressed to believe that part of his success doesn't come from a tight-knit relationship with running back Christian Collins. The two combined for 1600+ yards rushing last season, making this Duke team unpredictable yet efficient offensively. The Blue Devils took a hit in losing their two leading receivers in Sean Spaczek and Amari Nicholson, but the returning Dean Stinson and the new addition of Jeremy Foley should keep this offense from being one-dimensional. Biggest Weakness: Defensive Turnover. A lot of players on both sides of the ball have taken their leave, but this is more notable on the defensive side of the ball. Brandon Brinkley, Jeremy Easter, Sonny Rice, and Vincent Tharp are all no longer in this Duke defense, and the ball falls to the likes of Jordan Reeves, Samuel Gant, Julian Edwards, and Da'Quan Glover to fill these holes. The latter two are a far cry from their predecessors at defensive tackle and free safety respectively, and Reeves hasn't seen the field of play since 2020. This defense can still be good if not better, but a fair bit relies on these four players. Why They Will Be Champions: They've Been There. There's turnover, yes, but there's also a ton of studs that played in this game one season ago. While Miami and Virginia lurk as challengers to the throne, none of them can claim that they have the best player in the conference, nor can they claim that they're used to the week-to-week pressure that comes with challenging for a spot in Charlotte. A duel with Clemson in the Hornet's Nest seems incredibly likely, and while we don't know what Clemson will bring to the table offensively, you know what you're going to get out of Duke, and that's a safe as bet as any. Florida State Seminoles - HC DStack11 Player Spotlight: DE Anthony Walton. This Florida State squad suffered on both sides of the ball last season, but one player in particular who had himself a year was now-sophomore end Anthony Walton. With 10 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and a forced fumble to his name, Walton appears to be the spark on this improving defense. This incredibly young but talented defense is going to need proven playmakers, and Walton will be expected to step up time and again when needed. He was big last year; expect him to be so much bigger now. Biggest Strength: Offense is Coming Home. Last season saw the 'Noles look abysmal offensively behind Red Mosher. Enter Brett England who, while not particularly great in his own right, was more than good enough to stop the ship from sinking completely. Injuries also put the offense into a misshapen mess, but with Mateo Gates and Wyatt Cornett both healthy, and with Noah Wooten a more reliable piece in the backfield, the offense should fall back into place and being looking more like the glory days with Schuler and Cobb. Okay, not that far, but it won't be last year's dumpster fire. Biggest Weakness: Can We See Your ID? This Florida State team as a whole is young. There is youth and inexperience scattered everywhere across this team, from the secondary to the linebackers to the offensive line to the receiving corp. Yes, there are a few playmakers that return from last year, but for the most part, this team is almost entirely unproven. Expect lots of growing pains, but the potential of this team should know no bounds. Why They Will Be Champions: Age Isn't Everything. It's hard to gauge just how good, or bad, the 'Noles can be. One imagines that they comfortably make a bowl game this season, but there are questions over if this team is one, or even two, years away from being a true contender. Florida State is going to have to grow up fast, but if they do, they undeniably have the talent to not only challenge this well-built Clemson machine, but to take it to Duke in Charlotte and overachieve their way to a conference title. Is the conference crown finally coming home? Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - HC statsheetstuffer Player Spotlight: QB Josh Beckett. The Yellow Jackets have been living by a "fly or die" offensive play style for ages. Last season showed lots of promise, and this season expects to bring more or less the same with leading passer Josh Beckett ready to give his swansong. The nation's most notable volume passer has generated a lot of buzz for quite a few reasons, but all of the focus will be on his arm as the Jackets vie to send him out as more than just a few passing titles to his name. Biggest Strength: Basketball on the Grass. Everyone and their mother has heard about the infamous Beckett-to-Swanson connection, whether it be related to their actual play on the field or their stories off the field. While Jahmir Rolle no longer serves as the nation's most reliable safety blanket, his replacement in Alexander Bundy is no slouch, and the emergence of Gabriel Sewell out wide gives Beckett more than just Swanson to throw to out wide. The Jackets already had a devastating passing game, but with new weapons comes so many new possibilities. Biggest Weakness: As Strong as a Wet Paper Towel. Mayer Ludwig aside, this offensive line is everything short of special. Leonard Tharp seems to have a fair bit of potential, but he joins an offensive line that seems incredibly weak on the left side, and that's a critical weakness in a conference that includes strong right defensive ends, notably Glenn Thorpe, Samuelu Lealofi, and Jabari Jean. The Yellow Jackets gave up 38 sacks last year, and this appears to be more than just a one-season thing. Beckett needs to get the ball out fast. Why They Will Be Champions: Outscore Literally Everyone. Yes, the defense has taken strides. The secondary remains less than stellar but has a tad more promise, the linebackers had a proven leader in Tanner Madison, and Julian Mondragon looks like a promising player that can add to a pretty shallow pass rush. But if Georgia Tech is gonna challenge, they're gonna have to do what they do best: score points. Georgia Tech averaged a conference-best 31.62 points per game last year, and with the offense only getting better, expect Atlanta to be a hive of excitement with potentially shootouts following each other week after week. You can never score too many points after all. Louisville Cardinals - HC Broletariat Player Spotlight: CB Logan Swain. With the offense taking huge steps back for obvious reasons (more on that later), look for the defense to be the main focus of this Louisville team. Logan Swain comes off a season in which he lead the country in interceptions as a sophomore, and the clear captain of this defense will look to replicate this performance and turn Louisville's defense into an unbreakable force. He'll have his fair share of help of course in Zack Temple and Beckett Ring. Biggest Strength: How Are You Gonna Score? The conference's top scoring defense loses Prince Matos, but he ends up being replaced by the highly-touted Zack Temple. A linebacker group of Miles Rinehart, Beckett Ring, and Temple is easily the scariest group of linebackers in the conference. Swain and Donte Whitfield head a relatively strong secondary, and sack machine Damien Holley lurks ever-so scarily on the defensive line. Louisville's defense is loaded with studs in key positions, making moving the ball much tougher despite a few soft spots in the defense. Biggest Weakness: How are YOU Gonna Score? Between the loss of first-rounder DeSean Dockery, a new and inexperienced QB, a rather rough receiving corp, and a line that's decidedly average outside of Brady Holmes, the offense appears to be in a state of turmoil. Unlike the situation of the aforementioned J.M. Gill, new quarterback Nick Carr doesn't have the firepower around him to bail him out, nor does he have the reliable running back that Harrison Pratt was able to lean on last season. Perhaps wideouts Hikialani Feu'u and Artavius Dutton, a pair with a single reception between them last season, can step up, but that's a big ask at the moment. Why They Will Be Champions: Stalemates Aren't Losses. Dockery took the Cardinals to new heights, but his departure appears to bring Louisville back to the years where they relied on defense to keep them in games, only this looks like a defense that could straight up win them games. This team forced 15 turnovers last season, and that number will likely have to increase given the presence of a certain newcomer in the division. This team needs to be able to grind out results and make enough plays on offense, assuming they can find a playmaker that can consistently step up. It's not the biggest ask, but it's an important one for a team that could still challenge for a divisional title. Miami (FL) Hurricanes - HC ajyoungmark Player Spotlight: RB Ronnie Peterson. A big talking point in the conference was the loss of top runners Dockery and Reginald Saunders. Enter Peterson, third in the conference in rushing yards behind these two players. Whereas Jason Ledford hasn't been anything more than a game manager for the 'Canes, Peterson is the heart and soul of this offense, as has been the case since the days following Brett Fisher's drafting. With the team improving rapidly around him, it's up to Peterson to keep pounding the rock as effectively as he's been doing since he's been in Coral Gables. Biggest Strength: Raw Talent. When examining this roster, prepare to be taken aback. This team is chock full of highly-touted recruits. The biggest talking point about Miami is that they're a year away from being a true competitor, and it's easy to see when their team is absolutely loaded with 4.5-star and 5-star recruits. That alone should be enough to not count Miami out of any game this year. The potential of this team is through the roof, and you can bet that they're going to be able to tap into that this season on more than one occasion. Biggest Weakness: Raw Talent. When examining this roster, prepare to be taken aback. This tea is chock full of highly-touted recruits, but they're just that right now: highly-touted recruits. The biggest talking point about Miami is that they're a year away from being a true competitor, and it's easy to see when their team is absolutely loaded with 4.5-star and 5-star recruits that, for the most part, haven't seen the field of play yet. The potential of this team is through the roof, but the floor for this team is still rather low, and you can bet that they'r going to hit that floor this season on more than one occasion. Why They Will Be Champions: Refined Talent. Miami's recent records won't show this, but they're led by a coach that has won an ACC title. ajyoungmark has had talent on this squad before and has been able to refine it into a title-winning team, and the possibilities with this squad are so much more plentiful than they were back in 2018. If he can find out how to get the best out of his players, then the Hurricanes are going to be a serious challenger for not only the conference crown, but for a spot in the playoffs as well. Yes, they're a year away, but who's to say that they can't speed up the process? North Carolina Tar Heels - HC ObliviousLax Player Spotlight: ILB Noel Stinson. Most of the defense has fallen off, but UNC's leading tackler and playmaker from a year ago remains at the heart of this defense. From ball-hawking to jarring hits to know the ball free, and from sitting back to keep the run contained to getting in the backfield to harass the ball carrier, Stinson has proved that he can do it all. In a defense needing leaders now more than ever, expect Stinson to carry the torch for the Heels. Biggest Strength: A Pumping Heart. There really is not a lot to like about this North Carolina team, but one group that shows a fair bit of promise are the linebackers. Stinson aside, Charles Wilkins is growing into his own next to the senior linebacker, and the introduction of the young Terrence Keyes on the outside could provide a bit of a boost to the defense as a whole. Prince Gilmore has been a steady playmaker on the other side of the linebacker group for a few years now and gives the defense a fair bit of experience. The linebackers are clearly the strongest group on this defense, and it's up to them to step up and make the plays that will appear to be so badly needed this year. Biggest Weakness: An Offense in Need of a Heart. I'll put this bluntly because I don't know how else to put it: this offense is really bad. Luka Beckman is the best receiver on this team and he's shown to be nothing special by any means. There's a true freshman in Stephen Barbour starting at tight end. Kristian Noel was among the cycle of running backs last season, and his inability to pull off big runs or find the endzone or really produce at all should be a big red flag, especially considering he only lasted two games before being replaced. Mitchell Denton takes over at quarterback and could maybe provide a spark to an offense that gave the ball over a conference-worst 21 times and averaged a conference-worst 13.67 points per game. Why They Will Be Champions: One Can Dream? There are three teams that I truly cannot make a case for this year, and the Tar Heels are admittedly the worst of that bunch right now. They'll need a lot more than a few things to swing their way, but there's a chance this team could provide more of a challenge this year. If the offense finds a rhythm on the ground and Denton looks to be solid with what he has at receiver, then there's a small belief that the Tar Heels could at least contend for a bowl game. North Carolina State Wolfpack - HC ImposterCauster Player Spotlight: DT Emmanuel McDermott. A unanimous selection for the Preseason All-ACC team, it's now time for Manny McDermott to take the conference by storm. The defense fell apart towards the end last season, but McDermott quietly showed what he was capable of, picking up four sacks and three tackles for loss on the season. While the team behind him as improved for the most part, it's up to McDermott to live up to the hype and become a game-changer for this team. A big year for him could see the Pack dream of bowling, and maybe even more, once more. Biggest Strength: Offensive Security. A big part of the disastrous runs after the 2016 season stemmed to an imbalance in the offense. Quarterbacks would be swapped out regularly, and the offense never really found a rhythm to stick by, rather relying too much on the legs of one Marshawn Matthison. Gone are those days, as Jacob Eubanks is the firm starter at quarterback, and he takes a fair share of the load with senior running back Keith Harley, a consistent if not explosive runner. With weapons such as Felix Browning and Dwayne Lawton, the offense seems to be as stable as ever, even if it is lacking in general firepower. Biggest Weakness: Cutting Corners. Kamari Cheatham, while never spectacular, leaves a massive hole at cornerback. Whereas the safeties are stronger and reliable, the corner position both lacks depth and ball-hawking talent. Julian Revis takes over as CB1, and though he led the team in interceptions with five last season, he was mostly unreliable against faster or taller receivers. Damien Chatman is mostly unproven at CB2, but it's hard to imagine this group being anywhere close to consistent in helping out against the pass. Why They Will Be Champions: Defensive Playmakers. This defense really only loses Cheatham, Stuart Patterson, and Brian Tolliver, and their linebacker group is quickly becoming a reliable bunch of playmakers. Jamari Lloyd and Kameron Blackman have only gotten better at applying pressure, and a resurgence from McDermott could easily up State's sack production from last season. The offense should be consistent enough to average move than their middling average of 23.91 points per game from last season. If State can remain in games, which they should as a decidedly average team, then there's always a chance to pull off upsets and remain in the hunt. Pittsburgh Panthers - HC TheLiberator Player Spotlight: RB Brayden Pepper. I don't want to choose freshman, but Pepper brings an air around this Pittsburgh team that hasn't really been felt for a long time. Last season was a fair bit disappointing with Raymond Smiley taking snaps, but with Smiley transferring out and Pepper looking to be a stud signing early through practices, his production on the field could go a long way towards deciding the fate of this Panthers' team. Biggest Strength: This Cat Has Bite. Messiah Winston got off to a slow start in his Pittsburgh career, but the scrambler has evolved not just with his legs, but with his surprisingly accurate arm. Receiver Franklin Pineda and tight end Dovid Dobson were big targets for Winston and are back in the fray, and the emergence of Pepper and freshman receiver Kareem Jackson could be monumental to this offense. Behind a line with the two best tackles in the conference, the Panthers should emerge as one of the more explosive offenses in the conference. Biggest Weakness: This Cat Can't Leap. The most notable weakness in this defense last season was in the passing game, as teams generally passed at will on the Panthers. Only two teams in the ACC gave up more passing yards last season than Pittsburgh, and while Dominique Baptiste is slowly becoming a shutdown corner, the rest of the secondary, specifically the other corners, have a long ways to go before they can really feel safe against the likes of Beckett and Thompson. Why They Will Be Champions: Less Salt, Extra Pepper. If Pepper is the real deal, and if Kareem Jackson turns out to be as good as the tape shows, then this offense will be dangerous, scoring early and often. The Panthers won't quite be in the situation as their division rivals down in Atlanta thanks to a sturdier run defense and hope of playmakers in the secondary, but we'll likely see the Panthers aiming to win through offensive domination. Syracuse Orange - HC CoachAnson Player Spotlight: FS Logan Harley. It looks to be a down year for the Orange, but one of the game's dominant safeties looks to continue his reign for one more season. Harley was as reliable as reliable could get last season, picking the ball off six times while swatting away six more passes. With the middle of the defense particularly lacking, he and his backfield partner in Javari McGhee-Key will be forced into damage control situations at the worst, and turnover-inducing situations at the best. Expect Harley to cap off his career with a big season. Biggest Strength: A Pickett Fence. Whereas Harley is the lynchpin of a fading secondary, Boyd Pickett is the lone sturdy wall of a crumbling castle. The line outside of Pickett is rather poor, but Pickett for over half of the Orange's sack numbers last season. The pass rush has never really been called into question thanks to Pickett and outside linebacker Gavin Benner, who picked up another fourth of the sacks on his own. If there's one thing that you can expect the Orange to do, it's to make opposing quarterbacks as uncomfortable as possible, and they do that so very well. Biggest Weakness: The Floodgates Are Open. Save for Donovan Caballero, I don't see how this offensive line is gonna hold up. The Orange reside in the same division as Clemson's dominant defensive line, Anthony Walton, Jamari Lloyd, Damien Holley, and many many other pass rushers. Caballero on his own is not going to stop them all. New quarterback Connor McLean is going to have to hold on to his helmet, because he's gonna go for a very rough ride this season. Why They Will Be Champions: Maybe Next Year? This is another team I see with no real shot at contending for the division title. Other teams would have to melt down, but even then, there's too many questions around this offense in particular, with only two returning weapons, to really leave an impression. Perhaps CoachAnson finds out how to utilize his new toys. He's still got a defense that's as soft as a cloud in the middle of the field. It looks bleak in Syracuse to say the least. Virginia Cavaliers - HC beeznik Player Spotlight: ILB Soldier Brooks. Hands down the best defender in college football. An undeniable leader, an insane playmaker, and a player with a very bright future in football. There's not a lot than can be said about Brooks that hasn't already been said, but this defense is a hell of a lot better with Brooks on the field. No words need to be said about that. Biggest Strength: Award-Winning Linebackers. Soldier Brooks is all the talk nowadays, but let's not forget that Cameron Faulk was a massive hit in his freshman season and hasn't really lost the pace. Faulk sat back more in coverage last year, picking up five pass deflections while still maintaining some presence in the pass rush when called upon. They bring newcomers to the middle four, but Aden Willett and Amadou Trotter are not rookies by any stretch of the imagination. This is a special group already, but the emergence of these two would be huge for this defense. Biggest Weakness: Ol' Reliable No More? Reginald Saunders is in the pros now. In his place is Isaiah Clinton, an unproven yet talented running back. Clinton could very well turn out to be good, but it's hard to imagine that he will have the same impact this year as Saunders had in his final two years as a Cavalier. Saunders could shoulder the load for a young Mike Lucas. Lucas doesn't quite need that crutch now, but if things go south in the passing game, is Clinton going to be able to carry the offense? It seems unlikely right now, but that's just a baseless opinion. Why They Will Be Champions: A Smothering Defense. Samuel Lealofi had 14 sacks last season. He returns to the field. Steven Proctor had 12 sacks last season. He returns to the field. Soldier Brooks had 41 tackles and 8 tackles for loss last season. He returns to the field. Jaylin Fulton had 3 interceptions last season. He returns to the field. Ashton Evans had 6 interceptions last season. He returns to the field. For all the inconsistencies about their passing game that may or may not be solved, and with new questions arising in the running game, this defense can and will keep Virginia in the fight against the best of them. They'll be Duke's prime challenger in the Coastal division, and a strong defensive performance against them could take them down from Charlottesville to Charlotte. Virginia Tech Hokies - HC vtgorilla Player Spotlight: CB Lucas Freeman. A lot of eyes will be on Trevor McKinney as he looks to grow into the product that saw him fought over between the two Virginia schools a few years ago, but Lucas Freeman has consistently provided for this defense and will be expected to do just the same while McKinney finds his way. With seven interceptions and two pass deflections to his name last season, the standout corner looks to lead the Hokie defense against the massive offensive threats that lie in the Coastal division. Biggest Strength: Quarterback Harrassment. The Hokies return players that accounted for 23 of the team's 29 sacks from a season ago, with 21 of those sacks being from the production of defensive ends Mahamadou Chavis (11 sacks) and Jabari Jean (10 sacks). Only division rivals Pittsburgh and Virginia could top the Hokies' 29 sacks, but the introduction of defensive tackle Kevin Best and outside linebacker Mike Owens Jr., replacements of another 4 sacks from last season, should not only maintain the Hokies' pass rush, but improve it drastically, especially if Owens Jr. can play up to his potential. Biggest Weakness: Who's Open? The Hokies lost their trio of leading receivers in Darnell Pierre, Isiah Rainey, and Aaden Kemp, leaving Mario Watkins and his 313 yards as the leading returning receiver. He's joined be Leolani Pita and Brandon McGowan, but none of the three look to be that go-to receiver that Becket Morrison can rely on in times of need. Granted, he didn't necessarily have that last season where he threw for 3,000 yards, and Pita looks more like he can be that guy out wide, but the receiving corp in general just looks weaker overall, and that could be an issue for an offense that doesn't have that powerful downhill runner. Why They Will Be Champions: No Passing Allowed. Between a hefty pass rush and potentially two shutdown corners, it's hard to imagine teams throwing the ball often against the Hokies. If McKinney finally becomes the ball-hawking corner coaches have longed for him to be, this defense will make quarterbacks endure nightmares on the regular, which is huge in a division with Bryce Thompson, Josh Beckett, and Messiah Winston. Assuming the Hokies can find their rhythm in the passing game, this team will always be dangerous, as is to be expected from a team with divisional title aspirations. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - HC K3ndr!ck_L@mar Player Spotlight: WR Deshaun Pickens. The plan to hold on to as much talent as possible for a successful season worked out, but the backfire is that the current state of this team is the result. Deshaun Pickens and Abdoulaye Hawkins were both reliable for James Betts last season, but Pickens gets the nod here as he enters his final season as the second receiver and the man to watch on special teams. Pickens is a receiver that's bound to create mismatches in the passing game, so look for Betts to exploit any and all situations that Pickens works out. Biggest Strength: Wideouts Oversee All. There isn't much to see with this team in general, but the aforementioned Hawkins-Pickens group out wide accounted for 1500+ yards combined in the passing game. Betts has not one but two targets that he can find normally, and though the two don't necessarily have the surest hands, dropping the ball a combined 5 times, they're going to find ways to be open, and they're going to make plays. Throw in slot receiver Owen Condon, making his first career start next weekend, to the mix, and this has the potential to be one of the more dangerous receiving groups in the conference, surprisingly. Biggest Weakness: No Anti-Aircraft. De'Marius Mims and Devon Newton might be returning to their respective safety positions, but the entirety of the corner group is new and, with the exception of true freshman Vernon Fair, not looking too great. The defense will miss Alexander Glenn's six interceptions, namely because he was the only player on this defense that was able to pick the ball off. Not much is expected of these corners, and anything they do manage to do will surely exceed expectations, especially if Fair plays up to his potential. Why They Will Be Champions: Taking the Demon out of Demon Deacons. The Demon Deacons aren't expected to do much at all this year, especially after losing Kyle Palmer and Julio Cass to the draft, and you'd imagine the team itself is quite a bit stretched after the redshirting and subsequent transferring of struggling receiver Jacob Benson. That's the big news with this team, and that will likely remain the headline over the season as there doesn't appear to be much promise to this season. However, there might be enough firepower in the offense and maybe, just maybe, a few playmakers on this defense to grind out a few wins and maybe contend for a bowl game again? We've seen crazier happen.
  9. 5 points
    1st Team Offense: QB: Eric McLean, Rice RB: Gregory Crosby, MTSU FB: Jasiah Braxton, Rice WR1: Gabriel Willis, CHAR WR2: Uzumati Jones, UTEP TE: Tristan Rucker, FAU OT1: Sam Duvall, UAB OT2: Mateo Martin, MTSU OG1: Raphael Brannon, Rice OG2: Jared Cornejo, WKU C: Shawn Cortez, MRSH 1st Team Defense: DE1: Leonard Graves, USM DE2: Jermon Brock, FAU DT: Keiki Simi, MTSU OLB1: Darrelle Paige, FAU OLB2: Joseph Nugent, NT ILB: Andres Arriaga, Rice CB1: J.J. Fowler, ODU CB2: Darren Logan, ODU FS: Janoris Callahan, WKU SS: Kaden Jennings, CHAR 1st Team Special Teams: K: Samuel Sheppard, LT P: Charles Coe, UTEP RET: Adam Noel, FAU 2nd Team Offense: QB: Chris Billings, CHAR RB: Jasiah Braxton, Rice FB: Cole Chappell, MRSH WR1: Deontray Clay, Rice WR2: Tyler Hansen, UTSA TE: Ari Blair,UTEP OT1: Simon Bruce, NT OT2: Bryan Shultz, ODU OG1: London Cary, MTSU OG2: Tristan Painter, UTEP C: Darius Nixon, FAU 2nd Team Defense: DE1: Omari Pearson, ODU DE2: Brandon Dawkins, Rice DT: Ashton Roland, UAB OLB1: Eli Macdonald, MTSU OLB2: D'Andre Newton, UTSA ILB: Cordarelle McGill, FIU CB1: Gerald Sykes, Rice CB2: Joshua Finney, UTSA FS: Riley Goldberg, MRSH SS: Tywin Cody, MTSU 2nd Team Special Teams: K: Teddy Lentz, ODU P: Ronan Betts, WKU RET: Gary Holguin, FIU
  10. 5 points
    Jumbo

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    meh
  11. 5 points
    stinsy

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    reserved
  12. 4 points
    Jieret

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    Ye gods, Franklin Riggins! (This is me patting myself on the back for picking Nebraska as a surprising team)
  13. 4 points
    Bubada

    Who commits where?

    RB Antowain Lawlor 5-10 221 Fr Jemison (Jemison AL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Power] This guy that was just added to the G5 list has UAB written all over him. For those who don't follow C-USA teams, UAB is a great running team and has had the 1st team All C-USA RB in 3 of our 4 seasons with 3 different RBs. 5 star power RB in Alabama with only G5 in mind? Perfect for UAB.
  14. 3 points
    I would like to make an announcement regarding our quarterback situation here in Logan, Utah. After a rigorous summer composed of many practices, and after many countless hours of training and observing the performance of our players, we have came with a conclusion on who will take the helm as the starter for the Utah State Aggies offense. It was not an easy decision, as both players are not only hard-working, but are both young, and very talented athletes. We are very thankful to have both players on our team. We are going to implement a system that’s very rarely used at both the collegiate level and the professional level. It is a system that utilizes the strengths of not only one quarterback, but two. In the same scenario where two running backs might be placed under center or rotated out, such as that will be here in Logan, but for quarterbacks. We call it the 2QB System. An offense both dynamic and unpredictable on both sides of the ball. Our first Quarterback will be Kieron Farmer. Kieron’s finished this summer impressing us with the talent he possesses at such a young age. Though he’s made a few misses and practices, and could work on his reads, we believe that he is the QB who should start for the Aggies come gameday. QB Kieron Farmer 6-5 220 (Fr) Bountiful (Bountiful UT) 2.0 of 4.5 [Pocket] And in the event that Kieron is forced off of the football field for any reason, whether it be for penalties, obnoxious rain delays or injuries, he will be replaced by our second QB, Eli Holman. QB Eli Holman 6-4 188 Fr Layton Christian (Layton UT) 2.5 of 3.0 [Scrambling] Like Kieron, Eli is a very talented young quarterback. He brings to practice a passion for the game, and is always challenging his teammates around him. While he is capable of starting ahead, we felt like it was best to keep sharpening Eli’s skills, and be able to surprise our opponents with his talents when the need rises. In this case, it will be if Kieron is not physically capable of throwing a football. So yeah, that's how our 2QB system is going to work. Thank you to everyone who kept up with the Aggies over this very long and arduous summer. We look forward to this season with our first game in week two against one of our in-state rivals, the Utah Utes. Have a great evening, and HAIL THE UTAH AGGIES! I am also open to questions at this time. Ask away.
  15. 3 points
    believer

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    FOOTBALL IS BACK FOLKS
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    pumph

    [2022] Week 0 Preview

    I love seeing Edmondson's stats in bold, red, lettering. He was known last year for having 3 good games, then one meh one. Let's hope he's matured and doesn't get off to a slow start. But balance is the key for me. I'm not just going to try and throw 40 times. I've got two horses in the backfield and looking to find ways to get the ball into their hands. I think this game comes down to my OL versus the Toledo DL. My line is also chock full of NFL talent. They are still a year away from really being good though. Can they do enough to keep Edmondson clean and make some holes for the running game? If so, we win. If not, it's going to be a struggle. Gabe is going to get his. But I need to hold him to that 130. Because I don't think Toledo gets 300 yards of total offense if he's not over that mark. I like my chances if Gabe runs for 130 and they throw for about 170. I don't like them if he rattles off 150+. Should be a great matchup. Too bad one of us has to get knocked off so early.
  17. 3 points
    stinsy

    Who commits where?

    SEC coaches dealing with Sun Belt coaches
  18. 2 points
    ESPN

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    CFBHC Kickoff Game: Auburn (0-0) vs. TCU (0-0) (Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA) Troy (0-0) at Tulane (0-0) Tennessee (0-0) at Nebraska (0-0)
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    npklemm

    [2022] Week 0 Preview

    The #25 Toledo Rockets are the only team in action this week, but boy is a big game. The Rockets travel to #15 San Diego State in the the MAC's best Non-Conference game, and it should be a great game. Toledo is coached by @deathcpo who is in his 7th season as the Rockets Head Coach and is also the only coach in Toledo History. He has assembled a fantastic team, but it does have holes. They are going to be one-dimensional on offense with a completely new QB and they aren't great at Cornerback. But Gabe Ciamo is probably a Top-5 Running Back in the Country and the Toledo Front-7 is pretty darn good. San Diego State is coached by @pumph who is in his 4th full season, he came in halfway through the 2018 season. Like Coach Deathcpo, he has done a fantastic job assembling this team. And like Toledo, they have holes. The linebackers are inexperienced and the safeties can be taken advantage of. David Edmondson might be the best Junior QB in the country and his experience and talent will play a big impact. Toledo Key Players Gabe Ciamo has to get 125+ yards on 5 YPC for Toledo to win. SDSU's offense is just to good to let them stay on the field, so running the ball consistently and efficiently with Ciamo will be key for the Rockets. Briggs will need to get pressure early and often on Edmondson. SDSU will try to run as well, and Briggs needs to help disrupt A.J. Garrett in the backfield. Toledo's corners aren't very good. So Singleton has to play Centerfield behind them and help stop Edmondson and the Gang in the Air. San Diego State Key Players Edmondson has a huge role to play. As a Sophomore, he had an incredible season. He has to be that and more, Toledo's Defensive Line and Safeties are very good, he'll get pressured often and the Safeties will be hungry looking for turnovers. As a Contain guy, McKinney will have help keep Ciamo from getting to the outside. If Gabe gets out, he has the speed to run away from the 2nd and 3rd line of the defense. English will be key to stopping the run. Even though Ciamo likes busting it outside, he won't get there every time. So when he has to cut inside, English has to be there to make a sure tackle and limit big plays. How Toledo Can Win Run, Run, Run. QB Giovanni Baughman is making his first start in his career as a Senior, and he's only a 3.5/3.5. His receiving corps isn't very good either. Prince Malone is a big play guy, but they have 3.5s behind him and Nate Linsley is really a blocker who doesn't factor much in the passing game. Gabe Ciamo has most of the offensive weight on his shoulders. But he has a great OL in front of him, they average 3.7/4.9. They're a little green, but they are insanely talented. All 5 could start in the NFLHC someday. If they can create some holes or seal the edge, Ciamo should have a good game. SDSU's offense is very good, so Toledo needs to hold the ball as much as possible and rushing with Ciamo is the key to doing that. Toledo has a pair of 4.5/4.5 Blitz DEs who have to get after Edmondson. This defense can't let Edmondson sit back in the pocket and pick them apart, they'll lose that way. With Toledo's Corner situation (3.5/3.5, 3.5/3.5, 1/4), there is a big opportunity for SDSU to target Zion Payton. So, getting pressure on the Quarterback will be huge. How San Diego State Can Win Target the Cornerbacks. It seems doubtful to me that Toledo's Corners can stop the passing game if they're targeted often. Zion Payton (3/4.5) leads this Aztec Receiving Group, his backups are a little meh. They bring up Abdoul Arrington and Ahmed Dillard, both 3/3, but they should be able still get some traction on the Toledo's Corners. A.J. Garrett, in his first start, will likely play a limited role. Toledo has great DT's and a very good ILB, so running up the middle probably won't be a winning strategy. Garrett will have to challenge the OLBs (a weakness of Toledo) on the perimeter and provide a change of pace for the offense and keep the defense on its heals. SDSU comes in playing a 3-4, with a DT at one of the DE positions. Stopping Gabe Ciamo is really the defense's only goal. McKinney, highlighted earlier, and Graham Spear at DE will have to soak up blocks and try to force Ciamo inside. Waiting there will be DT Gunther Watkins and ILB Micah English and Otto Wyman who will have to collapse on the play and surround Ciamo. If they can stop the running game, they could run away with this one. This job won't be easy though, Toledo has a great Offensive Line protecting Ciamo. Final Prediction SDSU 35 Toledo 31 I see a high scoring game even with both teams having solid defenses. I think Edmondson will go for 300+ with 3 Touchdowns. On the other side, I see Ciamo getting 130 Yards with 3 Touchdowns himself. The difference for me is that SDSU can bring in a running game to complement their main offensive strength while Toledo doesn't have that ability. SDSU can take advantage of Toledo's secondary, while I think Toledo can run on SDSU. Either way, this game should be insanely fun to watch.
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    [2018] Week #6 - Saturday Morning #12 Minnesota (2-1) at Kent State (0-3) FINAL SCORE: Minnesota 49-0 Kent State John Garland, KNT, 26 of 69 for 228 yards, 0 TD, 5 INT The very first game I ever coached. Did some research upon being accepted to Kent State, saw that 2 weeks before, Garland posted this statline John Garland, KNT, 20 of 35 for 292 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT against #9 Purdue. School record in passing yards, and not terrible overall, so I figured, hey, my team doesnt look very good, and Garland looks alright passing, let's run air raid. John Garland was a scrambling QB.
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    1st Team Offense: WR1: Gabriel Willis, CHAR 2nd Team Offense: WR1: Deontray Clay, Rice
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    rabidsnowman

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    Way to go Cornhuskers!
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    Jumbo

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    Adrian Goldson got destroyed by the Cornhuskers defense, Jesus
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    NEWS NETWORK Tonight the new season finally starts and with the Nebraska Cornhuskers being the first team to see on-field action in the Big Ten, we will be looking at the next former giant in this series that has a few years on the downswing under its belt. Five seasons ago the Lincoln based university made it to the national stage and only had to bow out in the Championship game, losing 19-34 to the Longhorns of Texas. After that the Huskers finished 9-4 and ranked two years in a row, still respectable. The 20s haven't been kind to them so far, though. 2020 was a complete letdown and Nebraska went 4-8 - last year they managed 6-6 and made a bowl game, but going into the season as the #7 in the inofficial team strength rankings, hardly anyone could find a cheer for that in them. Also, they lost there and had another season with a negative record to write into their history books. Will 2022 be the year they turn it around? LOSSES - HOPES While Nebraska lost a slew of uperclassmen to the draft and dropped in the overall rankings, the Big Ten as a whole lost ground and relative to other teams, the Cornhuskers find themselves in a promising spot - once more. Their solid but not really eye-popping attack duo of QB Sean Connell (2096yds, 59% completed, 14/6 TD/INT ratio) and RB Franklin Riggins (4,97ypc for 1248 and 17 TDs) both return for their Senior year and will have to step up their game a bit if they want to take some glory to the draft with them. This will not be easy, though. With TE Sebastian Babb (PHI), FB Zahir Willis (MIN), OT Ned Eller (IND) - declaring early - and C Leon Moran (undrafted) they lost four of their blocking staples to the Pros. They still have a solid line though and will look to add shifty Halfback Hakeem Nixon into the mix. Local media expects the Huskers to go more run-heavy this year and we heard that QB Connell had to come in for extra ball security training in the offseason to reduce his fumbling issues. He had 5 last year, amounting to nearly one every ten carries! GER CHANGES THAN THEY HOPED FOR While last year it was a - frankly - underperforming offense that hamstrung Nebraska, this year the Defense is the bigger question mark. With their pair of star DTs, Maxwell Quezada (ARI) and Devon Brantley (SF), running out of eligibility the proclaimed plan of the AD was that the Secondary, led by Ballhawk CB Jonathan McAfee was going to be this years' safety net. McAfee didn't agree and, after a great Junior season with 7 INTs, declared early (LAR). For the careful reader a pattern emerges: way too many brackets with NFLHC team abbreviations in them. In the back of the defense the whole responsibility now lasts on Safety duo Jadon Holmes and Bryce Moore, who will probably have to iron out more than a few CB mistakes - and also will have to collect a lot more turnovers than they did last year, combining for one INT. DE Tyler Ruff (9 sacks) and his counterpart Mario Browne (4.5) reliably pressured opposing passing attacks and outplayed their 3.5 rating, but this won't nearly be as easy without Quezada/Brantley basically sieging the whole o-line. Hope is at home in the NEB Linebacker corps, where JR ILB Nicholas Quinn already played a good season and matured to a vocal leader last year. WHAT IF WE WANT TO GO ANYWAYS With their new coach @caesari the Cornhuskers have found new hope though and as we said in the beginning, while there's a lot of signs pointing towards a rocky season in Lincoln, on paper they lead the second tier of Big Ten teams, following close behind Michigan and Purdue. Their matchup against Tennessee tonight will give a first insight into the competitiveness. If the offense manages to overcome the leaving stars, the run game holds its promises and QB/WR play gels just a little better then look for the defense to rally together and give this team a chance in every one of their games, be it at Auburn or Purdue. That's a lot of ifs though and while a big part of the Nebraska faithful think with the new staff there is a new atmosphere and work ethic to be found in this program that could take them back to the top, there's also the Cassandras. They think that not having a back-up plan for a struggling QB will backfire and another season is about to be lost in the ocean that is CFBHC mediocrity. We here at Gazzetto dell'American Football tend to see the glass half full and that Nebraska will profit from their ADs "optimistic" scheduling, giving all B1G teams a run for their money and staying in contention for the division championship until Purdue closely beats them to it. That doesn't sound too bad, right? 2022 Nebraska Cornhuskers Depth Chart 2022 Schedule: PS: Minnesota out of favor QB Robbie Koehler got the memo from our last issue and transfered to North Dakota from Minny. We wish him luck!
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    I AM UPSET THAT THE PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE IN BRAYDEN PEPPER. PEPPER GONNA SHOCK THE WORLD.
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    npklemm

    [2022] Bowling Green Preview

    Coached by @ecnirp The Falcons were lead to a Bowl Game by former coach @Kirby, but this year's rendition has a tough hill to climb if they want to go bowling again. Coach ecnirp is a first year coach, and he has a long ways to go to make Bowling Green a season in, season out competitive team. The Good: A.J. Coyne. Replacing Eddie Connelly is no easy task. Connelly completed over 66% of his passes for 22 Touchdowns and 9 Interceptions last year. With the lack of talent around him, the red-shirt freshman has to play well for this team to win. If Coyne can get around 65% completion and limit interceptions, the offense has a chance to stay on the field consistently. Israel Parson. DT Parson has a huge role to play in the defense, the rest of the F-7 is not good. Parson had 12 Tackles, 3 TFL and 3.5 Sacks last year. He needs to step up this year, the MAC likes to run and Parson is a big boy in the middle and needs to help disrupt the running game. Safeties. SS Antonio Jackson and FS Brody Grimes are maybe the best safety pair in the division. Grimes didn't start last year, but Jackson did and he had 49 Tackles, 6 Picks, and 8 Passes Defended. If Grimes and Jackson can play well and help clean up after the corners, the Falcons defense can maybe limit opposing offenses enough to give its own offense a chance. The Bad: Offensive Skill Positions: RB Calvin Alexander had less 4.5 YPC last season with only 10 TDs on the ground. WR Brandon Lockhart fared a little better, 57 catches, 832 Yards, 11 Touchdowns (but 3 Drops). WR Arthur Ledford had less than 500 yards and only 4 Touchdowns. TE Marc Brunner Jr. was a backup last season. The skill positions surrounding Coyne are either low on experience or are just average at best. Linebackers: OLB Thierno Neal, ILB Jackson Greenberg, and OLB Joshua Lyles combined for 42 Tackles, 1 TFL, and 2 Sacks (all by the OLBs) in 2021. McNeal is a 2.5/2.5 and Lyles is a 2.5/3.0. Greenberg didn't start last season but he is a 3.5/3.5. So the best player in the unit is the most inexperienced. Tight Ends and RBs out of the backfield should be able to do well in the passing game and stopping the run might be challenging for the Falcons Defense. Cornerbacks: Steven Lewis started last year (he's a 2.5/2.5 now) and managed 1 Pick last season. The #2 CB is SS Jaden Carson (3/3) who doesn't appear to have started in any capacity before. The #3 guys is SS Eli Hill (2.5/2.5) who is also inexperienced. Teams with poor passing games should be able to throw on these Corners. The safeties are going to have to put in overtime to cover for the Corners. The Schedule: The OOC is: Week 1 versus UTSA Week 3 at Marshall Week 4 versus Nevada Week 6 at MTSU I see a 1-3 record at best with the one win being at Marshall. Even then, I have that as a toss up game and could see a loss there easily. UTSA just has a higher talent level at this point in time, Nevada is a playoff hopeful, and MTSU has a similar talent level, but that game is at MTSU so I'll give the win to them. The Conference is: Week 7 versus Ohio Week 8 at Kent State Week 10 versus Central Michigan Week 11 versus Western Michigan Week 12 at Ball State Week 14 versus Akron Week 15 at Buffalo Week 16 at Miami (OH) I see a win Week 8 at Kent State (but that's a toss up as well). Ohio, CMU, WMU, Ball State, Akron, and Miami (OH) are all just better right now. (And Zak Cera might set CFBHC record when he goes up against these Corners). Buffalo being a road game flips that game for me over to a win for the Bulls (although that's a toss up). Final Record: 2-10 (1-7) or 1-11 (1-7) if Toss Up games go the other way.
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    Weeze56m

    [2022]AAC Positional Grades(WEST)

    AAC Positional Grades West Version! With the Kickoff of the 2022 season less than 12 hours away, It is time we take a look at each of the 12 schools and see what they are bringing to the table this season! In this article we will be looking at the 6 teams who are specifically in the Western division, Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa *Note about Grades given. Each position was given a grade between A and F. 5/5=A, 4.5/4.5=B+, 4/4=B, etc. If you started a 3.0/4.0 you will notice that doesn't fit the easy mold. In these cases, people were more often than not given the next grade up based on skill. 3=C, so C+. There were a few that fit the mold even less. For some of those odd balls ones(such as a 2.0/5.0) basically just graded them with the eye test. Everything was based off of skill/potential. No stats were looked up. Don't like that? Do it yourself then. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Houston (4.8-7.2 overall, 3.6-4.4 AAC) Houston was once one of the dominate teams in the west. Coaching changes and poor recruiting have seen them fall to the middle. However, they seem to have stabilized and are starting to rebuild. That being said though, this is a young team. This is a team with plenty of holes, but they also have a lot of potential, and should continue to grow to be a good team if they can compete with SMU and the million other schools in Texas on the recruiting trail. They graded out as having one of the best Quarterbacks this season in the West, but unfortunately also have one of the worst supporting cast around him. If he can make things happen with his arms, and his legs, Houston might pull out a few surprises. All in all, Houston will probably see another middle of the pack season, but should have an eye kept on them. If they can find ways to beat SMU off the field, they might be able to beat them on the field soon. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Memphis (6.1-5.9 overall, 4-4 AAC) If you could equate Memphis to a team in the east, they probably could be compared to USF. Probably not likely to win the west, but they might cause problems for teams who are not prepared. They have a good quarterback, as well as the best graded Running back in the conference. Usable options at wide receiver, and a line that should hold up well against most defenses they play this season. But the QB and running back are going to have to score because they won't get much help from their kicker. He graded out as one of the worst. At the end of the season they may have one of the more productive offenses in the west, but their defense may keep them from challenging for anything special this season. Poor edge rushers, and a secondary that is meh, it may come down to who can score the most for them a lot this season. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Navy (8.8-3.2 overall, 6.2-1.8 AAC) It may be unfair to say Navy surprised people last season as they have been steadily adding pieces over the last several seasons. One reported even pointed out they were a team to watch a few seasons ago..but we won't mention anyone by name*cough*. However its a new year, and a new season for Navy as they are going to be hard pressed to follow up the season they had last year. It is not out the realm of possibility, but they have some holes that may keep them from going as far as they did last season. Much like the other teams in the west, the majority of the holes seem to be on the defense. But unlike some of the other teams, they seem to also have enough talent on that side of the ball as well to make up for some of those holes. Still, holes or not this is gonna be a good team, and i expect much of the same from last season. Much Like UCF @ Temple, SMU @ Navy could be a huge game for determining who will be playing in the conference championship. The Chicago Tribune Projection: SMU (9.3-2.7 overall, 6.4-1.6 AAC) SMU, the consistent top dog of the AAC West is looking to rebound after narrowly missing the championship last season. However, they will be doing it without Webb this season. The rest of the AAC watched JuCo and the infamous AW3 and his decision of where to transfer. Had AW3 transferred to SMU, they may have had the most complete offense in the conference. Despite the poor right tackle grade, this would have been a scary offense for the rest of the AAC to play. Two NFL caliber WR, a fanstastic running back and one of the best lines in the conference. Plus a highly graded kicker. Their defense has weak spots, but they also have great talent on that side of the ball as well. They are one of two teams to have multiple A grades on defense(UCF), and one of three teams to have multiple A rated players. We should see some really great match ups with SMU this season, as they will get to play at USF who we mentioned in the EAST article as having one of the better defenses, Temple, who has great players all over the field, and ECU who is young, but has talent(though that game should still get very ugly for ECU). Over all, it should be a good year for SMU and we should all expect another title appearance for the Mustangs. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Tulane (1.2-10.8 overall, 0.5-7.5 AAC) Tulane has been the stepchild of the AAC. Coaching problems, recruiting problems, winning problems..they've seen it all. Over all, they have the worst projection of any team in the AAC. This is a team that just needs a coach to give them a little love, and dedication. They have players. They have some potential. They are in a state where there are recruits to go after to help this team along. They just need some time. This season will be a rough one for the greenwave, but their coach seems optimistic. He is gonna need that. They have the worse receiving corp, and a QB that needs some work. But other than that..they do have some pieces in place for them to do some things. Maybe not this season, but if they can keep adding and building, they might be able to get New Orleans rocking. The Chicago Tribune Projection: Tulsa (4.8-7.2 overall, 3.1-4.9 AAC) Tulsa is a team that has kind of been in the same state as Tulane. A team that just needs a little love and a stable coach. However, coming in to 2022, they seem to have some surprising talent given their poor reputation. Defense, while not pretty, isn't ugly either. A little weak at the linebacker unit, but they aren't desperate. The offense has a decent man at quarterback, a runningback who might surprise some people, and a receiver corp that can get things done if they quarterback play is up to par. The interior of the line though may get bullied this season. I would be surprised to see a lot of runs up the middle, but with some fullback work, they may still have some success on the ground. With some good coaching a little luck, honestly Tulsa might be much better than their prediction. Maybe not enough to fight for the number one spot, but they may show they aren't a push over either.   All in all should be another good year for the AAC. A lot of exciting football to be played, and some interesting matchups to come. Expect SMU to come away as the winner of the division this year. A strong Team who also looks to be the most complete. But don't expect them to just roll through the conference. Navy will be sure to challenge them, and they get two tough cross opponent match up. But don't count out Memphis to possibly cause some noise, and make life difficult for a few teams. West Winner: SMU Key Match: SMU @ Navy Dark Horse: Memphis Last: Tulane
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    pumph

    [2022] SBI 5 Stars Recruits

    If it later comes out that arm strength is not one of his strengths, I want to trademark "Mormon Noodlecannon" now. He looks good in shorts (on paper) though. And....I might have to rethink my recruiting, if I don't have any of these players listed on my current board as targets For the 4th straight year, I'm probably not being aggressive enough.
  30. 1 point
    SageBow

    [2022] SBI 5 Stars Recruits

    Ooh boy you're just gonna roll over and take the fact that he's not even the #1 QB? And barely in the top 25? Wow lack of faith in Mormon Lasercannon Jr.
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    2017: Playing the pass against Chris Bell Playing the run and playing using conservative settings against Charlie Walter Not going after enough 4-4.5 croots 2018: Deciding to play conservatively despite good safeties with the Texans Benching Tommy Jones Deciding to throw it 30 times a game at USF despite a 3.5/3.5 QB and 4.5/4.5 RB in Josh Taylor Not recruting O Line hard enough, thinking I could win with a 3.5 O Line Thinking NFLHC QB combines were the gospel and could tell you everything about a QB 2019: Running spread offense with Vaughan Abraham and a historic O Line Playing aggressively on defense with the 2019 Cowboys team Throwing at linebackers against the Seahawks who had a great ILB whose name escapes me now Not trying pro style offense with my CFBHC team One could say taking the Cowboys HC altogether was a mistake but that's more on serwendel's part since he hired me (and even then my bad coaching allowed us to suck and get Burnett as there is no way we would have been able to afford TRod). Throwing at corners against Kevin McQueen and UCF. 2020: Taking Benjamin Franklin in the 2nd round. 2021: Screwing up defensive gameplan for first half of CFBHC season Not playing the run against Houston Also: Scheduling too many soft OOC games (and may have been why my offense didn't step up down the stretch in 2019-2022). I wanted to slowly work my way up as I got more comfortable with my team on a year by year basis without risking my W-L record as I didn't trust myself in tough games but it. Jumping right into NFLHC coaching without being a scout
  33. 1 point
    Rome

    [2022] SBI 5 Stars Recruits

    He's from AR. I was about to flip a tit.
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    D Stack

    Who commits where?

    After two straight years of getting shafted on OLB's, I've had enough. Come hell or high water I'm getting me a nice shiny OLB this season.
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    stormstopper

    [2022] Preseason Coaches Poll

    You may have more votes, but I'm gonna win the Electoral College
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    deathcpo

    [2022] Toledo Preview

    Choosing my scheme on offense was my hardest decision on the first game plan and yeah my freshman OLB and QB could defility see the field. kinda testing the waters in week 0.
  38. 1 point
    HAFFnHAFF

    Who commits where?

    All the Oklahoma croots to OU
  39. 1 point
    Had my second session Sunday (it's off season here so sessions are spaced out). Did some work as a receiver... ran some good routes but couldn't catch much. The ball felt alien to me but it's a lot smaller than a rugby ball and without making excuses it definitely didn't help that I didn't have any gloves on. Also did some coverage work as a linebacker. Felt much more comfortable playing defence, which I expected to be the case. Hoping to pick up where I left off next session.
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    Ape

    Who commits where?

    A bunch of people from Texas are coming to Austin
  41. 1 point
    pumph

    Who commits where?

    Mormon Laser Cannon 2.0 to Utah. That has to happen. Not sure where he is going, but I predict the most-recruited player Week 0 will be Aaron Piper, G5 ATH
  42. 1 point
    Trading back super early before the draft the year of Lester, Devy, and Wegert, thinking Devy would be picked super early and then Devy fell past the spot we originally were gonna pick and he was our number 1 target
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    Jumanji

    [2022] Week #0 - TNF

    Seeing the Auburn game report makes me sadder than I expected. Really happy for the team though. I knew they had this one.
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