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Spooky Scary Scramblers

The Ravens jump to 2-0 as the 0-2 Jets are still unable to overcome their fear of scrambling QBs.

No Luck Needed

Felix Luck leads TCU to 4th quarter victory over in-state foe Rice.

Y'all Got Any More of Them OLBs?

With W.M. Mitchell tearing his ACL, the Packers have 3 OLBs on IR just two weeks into the season.

Missouri Builds the Wall

And makes Kansas pay for it as they take home the victory in the Border War 28-14.

Battle for AW3 2... Me

After AW3's scorching debut, Clemson fans will be cheering him on while SMU hopes to show him he made the wrong decision.

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    Remember: If you don't like where you are, vote. Pac-12 Power Ranking after Week 2 Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes) Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week 1 (80) USC Trojans (5) 2-0 (0-0) W2 - 2 (77) Washington State Cougars (2) 2-0 (1-0) W2 +1 3 (73) Washington Huskies (1) 1-0 (0-0) W1 -1 4 (62) Oregon Ducks 2-0 (1-0) W1 - 5 (53) Colorado Buffaloes 1-0 (0-0) W1 - 6 (47) Arizona Wildcats 2-0 (0-0) - +3 7 (42) Arizona State Sun Devils 0-1 (0-0) L1 -1 8 (33) Stanford Cardinal 0-1 (0-0) L1 +2 9 (26) California Golden Bears 0-1 (0-1) L1 -1 10 (22) Utah Utes 0-0 (0-0) - +1 11 (21) UCLA Bruins 0-2 (0-1) L2 -4 12 (10) Oregon State Beavers 1-0 (0-0) W1 - Number of voters: 7 12 points awarded for first, 11 for second, etc. The top of the Table isn't surprising. USC stays on top after their pair of dominating victories, and Wazzu moved ahead of the idle Huskies after similar results. The bottom though... the bottom half is fascinating. Maybe not the Wildcats, their jump after going into Reno and knocking off a Nevada squad that was receiving Top 25 votes impressed our voters here. But winning the award for "Most Impressive Showing in Defeat" is the Stanford Cardinal(no s). The Tree traveled south to sunny San Diego and gave the 14th-ranked Aztecs all they could handle in a 34-28 loss. That was enough to make some voters reconsider the effectiveness of that freshman receiving corps and Troy McMurray, and thus their spot on the Table. "Not as Impressive in Defeat?" That would be the Bruins, who tried to make a game of it in Pullman but just couldn't keep pace with Bradley Hassan and Luke Sikuli. This resulted in their unfortunate drop of four spots, just ahead of the 1-0 Beavers who voters aren't sold on quite yet it seems. This week's games: at (non-conf.) at (non-conf.) at at at (non-conf.) at Byes: , , The P12 Network's Pick to Click? at . The Trojans are making an early statement that the road to the Pac-12 South title goes through LA Memorial Coliseum. We've been keeping an eye on the Buffs as a dark horse for the division, and they'll have their chance this next weekend. Redshirt freshman Mike Naylor was really impressive in his debut against Colorado State, but that USC front seven is another animal completely.
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    Cleveland ran right around the Raiders this week with an Overtime win What a crazy week of NFLHC action! We had some shootouts, some blowouts, some nail-biters, and some cakewalks. Results this week have given us not only a new #1, but also a new #32, so congrats the NY Giants on not being the bottom anymore. The AFC North suffered it's first loss of the season (yes, that's true), but still see 3 of 4 teams in part one of these rankings. It is truly the Spookiest time of year...when up is down and in is out. It's all a blur these days in the NFLHC. Bring on the rankings... Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! Power Rankings – Following Week 2 1. Philadelphia Eagles (+1) The Iggles used their Sunday 1pm matchup to essentially run masterclass for the Bears on how to build a team based around a running QB. While Vaughan Abraham had a nice day, he was matched in every way by Marshawn Miller. The Philly WRs were effective (despite the loss of Seb Babb), and Allan Taylor just flat out busted Mo Foster. Stat of the Game: 3/14 on 3rd down for the Bears vs. 4/11 for the Eagles. 2. Tennessee Titans (+2) The Titans are starting to look like contract killers—no emotion, just destruction. They went into the Nation’s Capital and wiped Washington off the field. Not only did the ball-hawking secondary force Bowman into 2 picks, the Titan offense even found a little balance with Dess and Crowe. I’ve got the Titans jumping the Dolphins slightly because of the apparent ease of victory, even though both were on the road. 3. Miami Dolphins (--) This “Steven Gore as Closer” thing is starting to be really fun. Gore stepped in for the Legend Brian Brown, threw a touchdown, and then went back and sat down. Pretty nice for the Phins to have a guy like that behind Brown, who is showing his age a bit this season. More to the point, the Miami back 7 did some WORK on Alex Leshoure—50% passing, an INT, and a fumble lost. Not a good day for the Texans gunslinger. It feels like Miami will be dealing with injuries all season, but they keep winning, so they stay up in these rankings. 4. Jacksonville Jaguars (+1) Soluna’s men do all the little things extremely well. Nice punt average, very few penalties, generally do ok at things like 3rd conversions (both O and D), etc. Sowell is being eased back into a heavier workload, but it’s working out nicely because TRod is having a very nice bounce-back season throwing to better receivers than he’s ever seen. JAX @ TEN (and the return trip) is starting to look like Game of the Year in the AFC South. 5. Green Bay Packers (+1) The Pack walked into L.A. and kicked the Rams to 0-2. Jason Johnson and Jaz Durant were fabulous on the day, and the Pack got up to a quick 17-3 lead. That hazards the Rams to come back, since they have moved away from a Verticals offense at all (am I remembering that right?) and are going with a more balance-oriented approach in Spread-Pistol. While I’ll talk about the Rams later (Pistol?!??!), this was a nice chance for the Packers to prove that close loss to the Eagles in Week 1 wasn’t a fluke. They’re still a very solid team, and might meet their nemesis in Philly in the Playoffs. 6. Las Vegas Raiders (-5) I get to drop the Raiders this far because they lost to the Browns. That is no longer a dig (seriously), but it was the WAY in which they lost. Granted it was overtime, but Hall didn’t look especially good, and since the Browns scored a TD in OT, Hall didn’t have a chance to ‘come back’. The Raiders DLine got absolutely gashed in this game, and the OLine didn’t fare much better. I think they will continue to be okay, because LVR is getting some intense contributions from offensive playmakers, but the decay on both lines is worrisome. 7. Detroit Lions (+1) I really wanted to move Detroit up higher than this. Their beatdown of Carolina AT Carolina was really quite impressive, and should be recognized as such. The key to the win was at three levels: Keyshawn pilfered Skaggs twice (and knocked down another); LeCount was decently efficient, and Kenyon Randall learned a valuable lesson from Week 1—run with passion and you’ll be okay. That stingy Panthers D had no answer for the rookie from LSU, to the tune of 20 carries for 111 yards and 2 TDs. Lions are flying right now…can’t wait for Lions-Packers coming up… 8. Pittsburgh Steelers (-1) I’d like to drop the Steelers a little bit more than just one spot for the tepid showing against the Chiefs, but I think the Chiefs are better than, say, the Saints first two opponents, which would affect the Steelers’ ranking. So, here they are. The Brooksheer Revenge Episode 2 was a little hot & cold—the Steelers got up early through two Norris TD passes, but then coasted the rest of the way, and almost let K.C. come back. Nice to see Chester Henson helping out with some efficient running (and a long burst on one run to the outside), but sad to see Pat Murphy go down with an injury. 9. New Orleans Saints (--) On the flip side of the Steelers: the Saints. I’d LOVE to move the Saints higher up this list, but pasting #1 pick contenders is much different than beating Playoff teams, as the clubs above the Saints have done. Still, they are kicking royal ass these days, with fabulous WR play (three (!!!) 100 yard WRs in Week 2) and excellent interior defense. No one has been able to run on the Saints yet, nor stop Devy and Company through the air. Saints have an enormous game coming up that might give us a clue if they will continue winning by 3 touchdowns or come back down to Earth a bit. 10. Cleveland Browns (+7) CLEVELAND ROCKS! Wow, have the Browns played well in the first two weeks. I guarantee that when the schedule came out and the Cleveland FO looked at the Rams and Raiders in the first two weeks, they did NOT have those penciled in as “W.” But win they have, and they’ve been doing it on the ground. Ryan Clark has been rather efficient passing, but it’s the combo rushing by Sean Bell (a legit MVP candidate if the Browns keep winning), Clark, and Grady Mitchell that has propelled this offense. Yes, they needed a little help in OT by scoring before Hall touched the ball again, but this is not your father’s Cleveland Browns. This team has taken its first two weeks and knocked off the #1 seed in the NFC last season, and the defending champs. 11. Denver Broncos (--) Broncos got the gift of No Shea when Indy visited on Sunday at 4pm. Shea’s backup threw two picks, both to linebackers, and that was basically all the Bronco O needed to get into the end zone three times. I hold that if the Broncos score 28, they aren’t gonna lose. Well, this was only 24, and it was still plenty with a toothless Colts offense on the other sideline. The ageless Ken Peelle popped up as the leading receiver on Sunday, with the loss of Darren Jones, which was an interesting development. But JBB still rolled…he’s averaging over 5 YPC and scoring already as much as last season. 12. Buffalo Bills (+3) Hide your QBs, the Bills have decided it is fun to rush the passer again. A year after an odd drop away from Sack City, the indefatigable Buffalo front 7 is at it again. Plus, Matt Jones, who apparently only wins footballs games (no losses since 2020!!!), is playing just well enough to get the Bills into the endzone regularly. Two savvy moves for the Bills—picking up Gary Faneca Sr., and seeing the value that Marshawn Matthison still had. Double M has been really good so far, and provides enough on the ground to compliment the air attack. Bills currently 2nd best team in the AFCE. 13. Baltimore Ravens (+8) I’m doing one more, since this is the biggest mover up the charts this week. The Ravens, perhaps the goofiest FO around*, took advantage of Coach Grv’s complete inability to defend a scrambler and let Brett Fisher weave his way through the Jets for the win in Baltimore. The defense is nasty—obviously, any team with Tyrone Jones is gonna be filthy—but you gotta like that Moussa Goode is really play well too. Plus, the Darrell Mack trade is working out nicely for the Nevermores, and I’m glad to see him having fun again. What is happening to the AFC North?!?! So many years of early draft picks, and now three teams in the top 13, plus a Bengals squad that isn’t QUITE as bad as I had thought. BREAK UP THE AFC NORTH! Part Two, coming tomorrow. Here's some hints: Moving Up: , , Moving Down: , ,
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    constapatedape

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish Thread

    Tickets almost got cheap enough for me to pull the trigger but I didn’t
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    The fearless leader of the Nation's Most Exciting Conference is out in the field working to ensure the Big XII remains the most exciting conference in the land, so I'll be working to fill in over the next few weeks. Just think of it this way folks the Big XII media is so good that the blowout settings have been engaged and the backup writer has been inserted. This week the Big XII saw a few near upsets, one actual upset, and a couple really solid wins. As expected the conference's top running backs performed up to their lofty standards while Baylor and Kansas return to the drawing board to figure out their issues. Let's stop talking about it and get to the games shall we? Thursday Night Kansas State 19, Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Zahir No-Moore: Although the game ended up being a lot closer than Wildcat fans had hoped they can take solace in the effort provided by sophomore outside linebacker Zahir Moore. He absolutely terrorized the Angry Cajuns to the tune of 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and a sack on the night. Moore was the catalyst of a defensive unit that stiffed the ULL run game to a total 37 yards on 13 carries which averages out to less than 3.0 YPC. Field Goal, Get Your Field Goal Here: Fans of watching special teams play can rejoice in the 9 combined field goal attempts that occurred during the course of the game. The Wildcats can’t be terribly excited about settling for 5 field goal attempts (with 4 makes) against a Sun-Belt opponent. As Kansas State progresses into their Nation’s Most Exciting Conference slate they are really going to need to turn some of those field goals into touchdowns. That’s Against the Rules: For the second week in a row Kansas State was heavily penalized racking up 9 penalties for 85 yards. Alas true to their nickname the Enraged Cajuns were also heavily penalized with 5 penalties for 75 yards on the night. Sloppy play plagued both team during this festival of field goals. Next Up: On Saturday Morning the Wildcats will be in Lynchburg, Virginia taking on the mighty Liberty Flames Saturday Afternoon Army 28, Baylor 26 Royal Pains: Nigel Royal, the sophomore runner, for the Army Black Knights jump started his sophomore campaign with 108 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries. The 4.7 yards per carry he got on the night is significantly improved over the less than 4.0 yards per carry he averaged during his freshman season. Royal kept pounding away at the Baylor defense consistently getting 4 to 5 yards on every carry while only having a long rush on 10 yards on the night. Streets to Nowhere: Coming into the game Baylor had to feel they had an advantage on the outside with the speedy red-shirt sophomore runner Miles Street. However the Army defense really locked down the Baylor rushing attack holding Street to 34 yards on 10 carries which is only good for 3.4 yards a rush. This put the onus on Caleb Olsted to carry the load for the offense and he responded by only completing 54% of his passes on a low efficiency day all around for the Bears. Penalties are Bad, mmk: Like Kansas State on Thursday night the Baylor Bears really played in an undisciplined manner. Baylor piled up 92 yards of penalties on the day which really put a dent in any momentum they might have been able to create. Combine that fact with Army’s ability to keep moving the chains and it created a hole that was just a little to deep for the Bears to escape. Next Up: The Bears travel to Columbia, South Carolina to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in a Friday night showdown. Oklahoma 38, Boise State 14 “Air” ick Pope: The Sooners went through a coaching change last year and the first thing HAFF did was instill more balance into the offensive attack. After getting a full off-season to learn the offense, Junior quarterback Eric Pope responded in a huge way with arguably the best passing performance of his career. Pope torched the Broncos with an efficient 20 completions on 26 passes for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns. If Pope can continue to put up good passing numbers the Sooners offense will be even more scary, speaking of scary… Mo’ Holes Mo’ Problems: The biggest beneficiary to Pope’s newfound passing prowess might be red-shirt senior Maurice White. White gashed through these holes for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns on a nice 23 carries. For those playing the home game that equates to a nifty 6.96 yards per carry which 3rd most efficient game in White’s storied career. The thing Oklahoma fans have to be stoked about is that White’s longest run was only 21 yards so he was consistently breaking off these solid runs which will open up more lanes for the passing game. Deflection Hattrick: Red-shirt senior free safety Julian Foster made a statement in this game with his 3 deflections. Since deflections started being tracked during the 2021 season this is the first time in Big XII history that a player has gotten more than 2 deflections in a single game. Oklahoma has talent all over the field so it’s nice for Foster to go out there and make a statement in game one. Next Up: The Sooners welcome the Missouri Tigers to Norman, Oklahoma. Missouri is working hard to earn an invitation to the Nation’s Most Exciting conference by playing their 3rd consecutive Big XII opponent. Texas 33, UTSA 30 Going to the Well(s): The Longhorns needed every bit of the senior’s 167 yards to survive the spunky Roadrunners. With the well-documented struggles of new quarterback Lucas Beckwith and the relative lack of wide receiver depth the Longhorns will go as far as Wells will take them this season. Early reports out of Austin suggest that red-shirt senior quarterback Kyler Tackett might return to the starting lineup after the early struggles of Beckwith. Big Play Jermon: The Longhorns really struggled to contain the big play ability of UTSA true freshman Jermon Bailey. Bailey carved up the Texas defense with 3 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown and also had 135 kick return yards and a touchdown. Bailey’s game should likely warrant him some player of the week hype, but should also provide a blueprint for future opponents on where to attack that Texas defense. Mr. Clutch: Junior kicker Devin Bollinger came up huge for Texas connecting on all 4 of his field goal attempts on the game. Bollinger connected on a game tying field goal in the 4th quarter and hit the eventual game winning field goal during the 2nd overtime period. UTSA came into Austin unafraid of the Longhorns and they almost walked away with the big upset victory. Next Up: The Longhorns welcome conference foe West Virginia for both teams Big XII opener. Texas Tech 20, Temple 16 The Never-ending Story: If you have followed Texas Tech football over the past few years then you know that the main story is always superstar Solomon McLaughlin. Saturday was no exception as McLaughlin ran through the Temple defense to the tune of 179 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries. The 6.17 yards per carry has to make the Red Raider fans feel good considering everyone on the Temple defense was likely instructed to stack the box. The only negative to Solomon’s performance was the fumble he lost, but other than that he led them to victory. Now That’s just Defensive: Texas Tech utilized a fairly strong bend by don’t break strategy against the Owls. Redshirt freshman Eli Siegel never could find his rhythm as he passed for only 146 yards and an interception. Running back Julian Childs was also largely held in check gaining 82 yards on 20 carries which is a number the Texas Tech coaches will gladly live with. Curtis Jones and Samir Sample combined for 4 tackles for loss and a sack on the night which kept Temple in difficult situations on down and distance. The Money Down: Solomon and the Red Raider offense went for an efficient 5/11 on third down conversions. Texas Tech’s offense is designed to wear the defense down over time so anytime they can come in around 50% on those conversions and keep the defense on the field they are going to be happy. Next Up: Texas Tech plays host to the South Alabama Jaguars Saturday afternoon. Missouri 28, Kansas 14 Get that Man Some Help: Christian Graham is one of the best quarterbacks in the conference if not arguably one of the better guys nationally. However through the first 2 games he’s clearly not getting much help from his supporting cast. Sophomore back Andre Black was held to 15 yards on 9 carries and pass catchers not named Jaime Bautista really struggled on the day. If Kansas wants to capitalize on the time they have left with their excellent quarterback they are going to have to work to get production from their rushing attack. Graham completed only 50% of his passes and threw 2 interceptions to go with his 2 touchdown passes. The English Gentleman: In their first 2 games this season Missouri seems content to allow their speedy English transfer Aaron Johnson to handle a bulk of the offensive load. Kansas has a strong defensive line led by junior defensive end Jamari Callahan. However Johnson was repeatedly able to break to the outside and get into the meat of Kansas’ linebacking corp which is the weakest link on their stout overall defense. Johnson wss able to gain 115 yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries which allowed freshman quarterback Travis Ricketts the ability to manage the game effectively. At Least there’s Jaime: If there’s an offensive bright spot that Jayhawk fans can take away from the Border War it’s the play of tight end Jaime Bautista. The Senior hauled in over 50% of Christian Graham’s yards and provided at least one consistent weapon. Kansas is going to need Bautista to keep playing at a high level while they work on getting production out of their other skill players. Next Up: Kansas gets the week off from playing football. TCU 24, Rice 20 Flexible Felix: In a concerted effort to gain more balance on the offensive end TCU really focused on getting running back Martin Gifford more carries. Although Luck did not have the most efficient day he showed poise by throwing for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns on a day where TCU fundamentally changed their offensive attack. The Frogs will need Luck to improve on those numbers as the team heads into conference play. Settle Down: Rice came out strong in the 1st quarter as superstar quarterback Eric McLean would toss for 2 touchdowns to give the Owls a 14-7 lead. The TCU defense would dominate the remaining 3 quarters as they held the Owls to 6 additional points in their 24-20 victory. Aidan Morrell and Jasiah Pickens would each grab a sack and the defense would hold running back Jasiah Braxton to 59 yards on 15 attempts. Mr. Ross: Highly touted freshman corner back Patrick Ross would get his 1st career interception in the game. TCU boasts a ton of secondary depth so they have elected to work Ross into the rotation as the slot corner. The process seems to be paying off as he was able to read the eyes of Eric McLean and jump a route for the interception. It will be interesting to see what the Frogs will do if Ross continues to shine. Will they move him into a starting role? Only time will tell. Next Up: TCU gets the weekend off from playing football games. Byes: Iowa State (0-1), West Virginia (0-1), #6 Oklahoma State (1-0)
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    Probably one or more of the following: Oregon State is widely considered to have the least-talented roster in the Pac. Their win came over a then-coachless Kent State and was probably devalued. UCLA's played two tough games in Okie Light and Wazzu.
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    Bah gawd that’s KD’s music!
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    rabidsnowman

    Historic Coaches Poll Rankings

    I remember that week.
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    Power to the Pac! Hype for this weeks game! Arizona look a stern test... can really see where my teams at. One things for sure though: someone’s ‘0’s gotta go! (Too early?..... probably) (p.s. we are 1-0)
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    Jieret

    Historic Coaches Poll Rankings

    @Soluna, done. A few fun facts while we're at it: Only 18 teams have ever been ranked #1 in a Coaches' Poll. Most weeks at #1? Alabama with 23, followed by Texas with 18 and Penn State with 17. Nebraska and Ohio State are tied for least amount of weeks on top with 1. Michigan has the most amount of weeks as a ranked team on the site with 143. Penn State is close behind at 141, and LSU is 3rd with 139. 26 FBS teams have never been ranked or received votes.
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