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Penn State goes back to back and defends their National Championship in an explosive 44-23 match up against UCF

CALM BEFORE THE STORM

As the college season comes to a close, NFLHC front offices prepare themselves for the draft. Who's going to make their mark?

ROUND AND ROUND IT GOES

Where it stops? No one knows. CFBHC offseason can only mean one thing. It's time for the coaching carousel! Will inspiral stay at Purdue? Who will take USC? Which coach will leave, then come back to a different team, but then switch back to their original team? It could be you!

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  1. 32 points
    Santa Clara, CA - A controversial ruling that will be talked about all off-season headlined the 2020 MWC Conference Championship Game. "Hard to digest really," coach DescretoBurrito said during the post game press conference. "It's really inexcusable at this level to make these kinds of mistakes. We'll never know whether Lorenzo would have made the field goal but it robbed us man, it may have robbed us." The call came during the final drive of the game. Down by 2, Air Force was driving and had just completed a 15 yard pass to make it to the Nevada 49 with 6 seconds left. Clock stopped - set the stage; here's the call from the game: "Kaufman under center, Valentine in the I, 2 wide right, 1 left. Kaufman with the drop back, looks left, looks right, fires - COMPLETE TO JAMES HALL AT THE NEVADA 33. What a catch. Wait, the referees are waving it off. Looked like a clean catch to me. What's going on?" What could have been the set up for a 50 yard field goal attempt by one of the best kickers in the nation would be negated. The referee, seemingly incorrectly, called the receiver out of bounds during the catch. "Man it was in. I knew it was in. I [expletive] knew it was in," James Hall said as he walked off the field. The call, whether correct or not, will likely rob the Falcons of a chance at the 2020 CFBHC Playoffs. "I don't want to make excuses. It wasn't just that one call that cost us the title but I can't pretend that it didn't play into it," DescretoBurrito said as he walked off. Air Force gains +15% intensity for their bowl game. Intensity is a new characteristic that defines how much teams will invest in risk early in the game. If combined with aggressive play high intensity teams will favor quick play-calling and will play through minor injuries.
  2. 29 points
    bingo415

    William Doherty Fails Drug Test

    We at the Denver Broncos are troubled to find any news story involving members of our organization that detracts from the quality product on the field and the positive impact we have in the Denver community. We are disappointed in William's inability to see how his decisions impact the team and reflect poorly on the organization. As such, William will be held out of the first preseason game--a missed opportunity for him to demonstrate his development in the off-season. We believe in William's potential on the field, and hope that this will remind him that all Broncos are under an obligation to make sure they do nothing to embarrass the team, themselves, or their families. However, without an established NFLHC substance abuse policy, we feel that any punishment meted out by the League would be arbitrary and unnecessary. Further, in 2021, we as an organization believe that it is unnecessary to legislate against legal recreational activities, as marijuana is legal in Colorado. We will invite William to participate in BroncosCare, our program aimed at informing youth about the negative effects of illicit drugs. We believe an internal handling of Wiliam's situation to be sufficient at this point.
  3. 27 points
    Soluna

    2020 Champions

    Congratulations to everyone for completing the 2020 season, our 8th as a site. Congratulations especially to the following organizations for their championships. Of special note is that Penn State has successfully become the first team to defend a title on the site. 2020 CFBHC National Champion - Penn State Nittany Lions 2nd Title Coached by grv413 2020 NFLHC Super Bowl Winner - Green Bay Packers 1st Title Organization: inspiral
  4. 24 points
    Welp, we're finally here. After 16 weeks of collegiate football plus conference championship games, everyone has reached the end of the line. UCF completed a perfect season to clinch the top seed in the playoffs. Penn State made their case to defend their title. USC and Air Force had chances to stay in the fray but were knocked out by Oregon and Nevada respectively. There's a lot to discuss between now and the unveiling of the computer rankings, but it's clear that six teams have clinched a spot in the College Football Playoffs. Two more teams will be given a shot to take the college football crown, while one or two more teams will be left to play in a bowl game while ruing any missed chances that would've put them in the Top 8. Per usual, placing Group of Five teams is hellish. Not usually, however, I'll just be posting projected matchups instead of the blurbs that go with it (was requested by multiple people). So without further ado, here's my projected bowl outlook. College Football Playoffs: Quarterfinal 1 (Atlanta, GA) Playoff #1 vs. Playoff #8 UCF Knights (13-0) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (11-2) Quarterfinal #2 (Pasadena, CA) Playoff #2 vs. Playoff #7 Penn State Nittany Lions (12-1) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (11-2) Quarterfinal #3 (Glendale, AZ) Playoff #3 vs. Playoff #6 LSU Tigers (12-1) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (11-1) Quarterfinal #4 (Arlington, TX) Playoff #4 vs. Playoff #5 Virginia Cavaliers (12-1) vs. Auburn Tigers (11-1) College Football Bowls: Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) Big Ten #1 vs. Pac-12 #1 Michigan State Spartans (10-2) vs. Oregon Ducks (9-4) Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, FL) ACC #1 vs. Big 10 #2 / SEC / ND Clemson Tigers (9-4) vs. Michigan Wolverines (9-3) Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA) Big 12 #1 vs. SEC #1 TCU Horned Frogs (8-5) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (9-4) Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX) Big 12 #2 vs. Pac-12 #2 Kansas Jayhawks (7-5) vs. USC Trojans (10-3) Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL) Big 10 #2 / ACC if Big Ten gets Orange Bowl vs. SEC #2 Duke Blue Devils (9-3) vs. Alabama Crimso Tide (9-3) Orlando Bowl (Orlando, FL) ACC #2 vs. Big 12 #3 (fill-in) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4) vs. Air Force Falcons (11-2) Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA) Big 10 #4 vs. Pac-12 #3 Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4) vs. Stanford Cardinal (9-3) Texas Bowl (Houston, TX) Big 12 #4 vs. SEC Oklahoma Sooners (6-6) vs. Missouri Tigers (7-5) Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN) Big 12 #5 / AAC vs. SEC / AAC Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-5) vs. South Florida Bulls (11-1) Charlotte Bowl (Charlotte, NC) ACC vs. SEC North Carolina Tar Heels (7-5) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4) Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX) ACC vs. Pac-12 #5 Florida State Seminoles (6-6) vs. California Golden Bears (8-4) Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, NY) ACC (fill-in) vs. Big 10 #6 Western Michigan Broncos (12-1) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-5) Tampa Bowl (Tampa, FL) Big 10 #3 vs. SEC Illinois Fighting Illini (9-3) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4) Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN) ACC / Big 10 #5 vs. SEC Louisville Cardinals (8-4) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (8-4) Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL) Big 10 #5 / ACC vs. SEC Wisconsin Badgers (7-5) vs. Florida Gators (7-5) Bay Area Bowl (Santa Clara, CA) Big 10 #7 vs. Pac-12 #4 Maryland Terrapins (6-6) vs. Washington State Cougars (8-4) Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA) ACC / AAC / C-USA vs. SEC / AAC / C-USA Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (6-6) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (6-6) Detroit Bowl (Detroit, MI) ACC / MAC (fill-in) vs. Big 10 #8 / MAC Fresno State Bulldog (8-4) vs. Ohio Bobcats (8-5) Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas, TX) Big 10 #9 / Big 12 (fill-in) vs. C-USA Arizona Wildcats (7-5) vs. Rice Owls (10-3) Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV) MWC #1 vs. Pac-12 #6 Nevada Wolf Pack (10-3) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (7-5) Cactus Bowl (Phoenix, AZ) Big 12 #6 / MWC vs. Pac-12 #7 / MWC Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5) Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX) Big 12 #7 vs. AAC Texas Longhorns (6-6) vs. Houston Cougars (6-6) Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas) AAC vs. MAC SMU Mustangs (10-3) vs. Akron Zips (9-3) Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, FL) AAC vs. C-USA Temple Owls (7-5) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (6-6) Miami Beach Bowl (Miami, FL) AAC (fill-in) vs. MAC Army Black Knights (9-3) vs. Toledo Rockets (8-4) St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, FL) ACC (fill-in) vs. AAC (fill-in) BYU Cougars (6-6) vs. Miami (OH) Redhawks (7-5) New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, NM) C-USA vs. MWC North Texas Mean Green (6-6) vs. Utah Stat Aggies (6-6) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, ID) MAC vs. MWC Buffalo Bulls (9-3) vs. Boise State Broncos (7-5) Military Bowl (Annapolis, MD) ACC (fill-in) vs. AAC (fill-in) San Jose State Spartans (6-6) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (6-6) Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, AL) AAC vs. SEC East Carolina Pirates (7-5) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6) Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu, HI) C-USA vs. MWC Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (8-5) vs. Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (9-3) Thank you all for an exhilarating 2020 season. We've seen quite a bit this year, and we only have a little more to go before we close the books on another chapter. This is ImposterCauster, signing off for the final time in 2020.
  5. 20 points
    Jumbo

    [2021] Top 10 NFLHC Free Agents

    The signings are in (unless you're the Bengals), the rejections are in, and the players are about to hit the market. These are, in my opinion, the top 10 players that are hitting the market in the first NFLHC free agency where multiple actual good players will be on the market. I would say that the top 7 are the definitive top players on the market, while the other 3 are the most intriguing options that are all on a lower tier. The first player ranked is the only QB as he is the only free agent QB I'd project to 100% definitely start on a team in 2021. 1. QB Thomas Wheeler 6-1 208 6 Florida State [Pocket] 93 Former Team: Kansas City Chiefs The former Giant and only player to start the majority of games in each of the Chiefs' first 4 seasons, the hot-and-cold Wheeler rejected a contract offer from the Chiefs. The top QB on the market by far, he is the best player in this free agency class by sheer virtue of being a QB, though he's never made a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team. He is seemingly upset with the direction the front office has taken, and after getting the tag last offseason he rejected a deal from the team. The rumor mill from his camp is that he's done with GM Nmize and wants a new opportunity. He will certainly get a ton of money from teams trying to lure him in, and with a few teams having question marks at the QB position right now, I'd say the main contenders to be his new team are the Bills, Patriots, Cardinals, Redskins, and Titans, with the Chiefs still remaining a possibility. Predicted 2021 team: Washington Redskins The two main contenders for Wheeler's services are probably the Redskins, as at present moment they have $56 million in cap room remaining. All other contenders for Wheeler have under $30 million in cap room with the exception of the Chiefs. I believe the Redskins will bid on par with the Chiefs and Wheeler will be more than happy to choose to go to Washington and start throwing to Sam Hiller-Weeden and crew. He could be the first near-elite QB in NFLHC to change teams through free agency as he potentially heads to his third team. UPDATE: as I was writing this the Cardinals traded for Taylor Rodriguez, so he's probably not going there. 2. DE Ron Rice 6-6 275 5 Michigan [Blitz] 93 Former Team: Carolina Panthers Rice is one of the top DEs in the league, as he has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons. Also having racked up double-digit sacks in each of the last three years, Rice had his best season yet in 2020 with 13.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR, and just for some bonus fun an interception. He was a large part of the reason Carolina had a top 10 defense in 2020, but with the Panthers having just $12.25 million in cap remaining there's almost no way they could afford to retain him, and unsurprisingly he has rejected their offers to re-sign and elected to hit the open market. The main contenders for his services are probably the Redskins (as they will be for every player on this list), Jaguars, Cardinals, Vikings, and Bengals. Predicted 2021 team: Jacksonville Jaguars Soluna has $42 million in cap room to play with. The Bengals will be too focused on retaining their own players they've lost (more to come on that later), the Redskins could be too tied up in battles for other players, and the Cardinals don't have nearly as much cap room to play with. I think the Redskins are a legitimate possibility, however, depending on how much focus they put on acquiring Rice vs. Wheeler. The Vikings are a definite possibility as well with around $30 million in cap to play with and a major hole at DE. I think the race will be tight between the Vikings and Jaguars, and Soluna will put most of his effort into acquiring Rice. However, I think the Jaguars can afford him more and Soluna will end up on top of the battle. 3. SS R.C. Rone 6-1 204 7 Oklahoma State [Zone Coverage] 94 Former Team: Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl III MVP and one part of the Falcons' 3-headed monster secondary, Rone is hitting the open market for the first time. A Pro Bowler in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2019, and an All-Pro in 2014 and 2016, Rone has shown no signs of falling off as he tallied 5 interceptions and 2 FF this past season. The Falcons were unfortunately not in a good cap situation, and forced to choose between RB Akili Wallace and Rone they opted to tag Wallace. With not nearly enough left to give Rone his market worth, Rone has decided to leave Atlanta for the first time. The main contenders for his services are the Redskins, Bengals, Bears, and Chiefs. Projected 2021 team: Kansas City Chiefs The Chiefs have to spend the money they can't on Wheeler somewhere. Their current SS are pretty bad, and incumbent starter Mark Brown has regressed significantly and is thinking of retiring. The Chiefs are desperate for elite players at this point and Rone offers that, at the very least. You just have to hope you're not paying for the downswing of his career. I think the Bears and possibly Redskins could put up significant competition for him, as both teams aren't very strong at SS. The Bears spent a 4th round pick on Jeremiah Joseph this past draft so they may elect to focus elsewhere. The Redskins can't just buy every top free agent, and the Bengals will probably be too focused on their own free agents to focus on filling their SS hole with an elite player like Rone (they may try to just bring Calvin Celestin back). 4. OT Blake Pile 6-5 311 5 USC [Run Blocking] 93 Former Team: Cincinnati Bengals Pile, a Pro Bowler in 2016 and 2018, regressed -1 this past season and that is why the Bengals elected to not re-sign him. All jokes aside, Pile has been a solid LT for a while now. The Bengals do have a pretty solid amount of cap space left to bring back their franchise LT, and of all the free agents they've lost I think he has to be the priority. WR can be slightly ignored due to the emergence of Adrian Jankowski. Outside of the Bengals bringing him back, the other main contenders are probably the Redskins who could use talent literally anywhere and the Titans who could use an upgade along the offensive line. Predicted 2021 team: Cincinnati Bengals The Bengals will make it a priority to bring back at least one of their guys, and I think Pile is probably the player they'll want back the most. It's as simple as that. 5. WR Rodney Montgomery 6-0 185 6 LSU [Target] 94 Former Team: Cincinnati Bengals Montgomery spent 5 seasons in Miami before being traded in a cap dump where the Bengals also managed to get rid of Jamal Brunell - some would call that a double win. A Pro Bowler in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019, Montgomery had a decent season though possibly down by his standards as he moved from catching balls from Brian Brown to Joel King. He put up 81 catches for 1109 yards and 12 TD with 5 drops, a pretty decent statline for a #1 receiver. The Bengals might want him back, but I don't think their focus will be on him (as I indicated above). The main contenders for his services should be the Vikings, Bengals, Redskins, Chiefs, Jaguars, and Bills. Projected 2021 team: Buffalo Bills The Chiefs re-signed their mediocre receivers and might choose to focus their cap elsewhere. The Bengals and Vikings should be in the running, and the Bills may have an outside shot if they want to upgrade their receivers, but ultimately Washington and Jacksonville have the most cap room to play with. The Jaguars drafted Raheem Robinson in last year's first round and Washington drafted Sam Hiller-Weeden. Robinson is obviously better, and the Redskins receiving core is nowhere near as deep. The Redskins could commit a bunch of money to Wheeler, so Montgomery to the Bills seems like a realistic possibility. 6. OT Walter Adair 6-1 310 5 Army [Run Blocking] 93 Former Team: Seattle Seahawks Adair is a relative unknown quantity as he is an offensive tackle who's never made a Pro Bowl or All-Pro and wasn't a first round pick, so most have no reason to have ever heard of him. That said, he's hit 93 overall so he can't be that bad. The Seahawks might have some interest in bringing him back, and they have a solid amount of cap room, but ultimately I feel they won't be able to afford him on the open market. While OT isn't a general need across NFLHC, and he's probably the 2nd best OT on the market, teams like the Bengals (if they can't bring back Pile), Redskins, Cardinals, Chargers, and Titans could also show interest. Projected 2021 Team: Washington Redskins Your 2021 free agency all-stars: the Washington Redskins! I mean, when you have $93 million in cap to spend and it doesn't roll over you have to spend it somewhere. Washington's current starting tackles are OT Tom Scott 6-4 300 5 Auburn [Run Blocking] 83 and OT John Marchetti 6-4 320 6 North Carolina [Pass Blocking] 80, which unsurprisingly led to the team having the 29th ranked offensive line in NFLHC last year. If you're going to bring in Wheeler, you should try to protect him, right? 7. ILB Zion Adakwa 6-2 224 4 Illinois [Mike] 89 Former Team: New York Jets Adakwa has been the Jets' starting ILB for the past 4 seasons, and is also the first player to appear taken outside of the top 64 picks. Adakwa has been a rock in the middle for a team that has had a solidly above average defense over that time. I won't give away my free agency plans in this article, but it's relatively obvious that it will be difficult for us to bring him back with our current amount of cap room. Outside of the possibility of him coming back to the Jets, the main contenders should be the Redskins, Cardinals, Titans, and Bills. Projected 2021 team: Washington Redskins This is the last guy I project to the Redskins, I promise. The Cardinals and Titans already have decent ILBs and don't have the most cap space so I find it tough to see Adakwa going to either. The Bills are the most realistic other option for Adakwa to hit up as they have a decent chunk of space and a hole at the position. That said, I'm blinding myself to the possibility of him leaving for another team in-division and brightfalls has expressed significant interest in Adakwa over the years and in the shoutbox once he heard Adakwa was a free agent, which leads me to believe the possibility of him going there is high anyway. 8. WR Charlie Paul 5-9 163 5 Maryland [Target] 86 Former Team: New York Jets The second consecutive Jets player on this list, Paul has been a starter in New York ever since Week 4 of the 2016 season. He's put up two consecutive 1,000 yard seasons as a WR2 and led the Jets in receiving in 2020 due to injuries to Paul Howell's injury problems. A durable player, Paul regressed to -2 this past offseason as he led the league in drops with 11. That said, Charlie Paul is a reliable WR2 that most teams would love to slide in at that slot. The main contenders for his services should be the Redskins (assuming they don't sign Montgomery), Chargers, Vikings, Bills, Bengals, and Patriots. Projected 2021 team: Los Angeles Chargers The competition should be decent for Paul. I don't think the Redskins will end up with him, and I think any of the other teams listed could use a good WR2. In the case of all the teams but the Bengals and Patriots I actually think he should slide in as WR1. I lean to the Chargers here as they could use some help for Matty Swift. The Bills, Patriots, Vikings, and Bengals are all realistic possibilities however and it wouldn't be surprising to see him go to any of those teams. 9. DE Steven Jordan 6-7 279 6 Iowa State [Contain] 86 Former Team: Seattle Seahawks A 2015 UDFA signed by the Giants, Jordan came into the league as a 68 overall rookie. He has started for the Seahawks for 5 seasons, but was kind of unknown. And for good reason, as his career high for sacks coming into the 2020 season was 4. However, in his contract year Jordan turned it on and tallied 11 sacks, 3 FF, and 1 FR while going +3 in his progressions. He rejected a deal to return to Seattle as he felt he was being lowballed. Out on the open market, he'll be a good second option for teams that lose out on the Ron Rice race. His main contenders should be the Seahawks attempting to bring him back, Jaguars, Cardinals, Vikings, and Bengals. Projected 2021 team: Minnesota Vikings I think the Vikings and Seahawks will be the main bidders for Jordan, but he'll ultimately go to Minnesota. Minnesota has more cap room to play with and a serious, serious hole at DE. With how hard it can be to find DEs in the draft, it's much easier to fill one of the spots with a player like Jordan and worry about the rest later. I wouldn't doubt the Seahawks being a serious possibility for him to go back to, however. 10. K Cliff Chamblin 6-4 191 6 LSU [Power] 97 Former Team: Los Angeles Rams Surprisingly, Chamblin is not the UDFA from the 2015 draft on this list, as he was taken by the Rams with the 115th pick in the 5th round of the 2015 NFLHC Draft. Chamblin chose a good time to hit free agency, as before this season he'd only made the Pro Bowl in 2015; this year, he made his second Pro Bowl and added his first All-Pro selection. Chamblin is extremely likely to get the largest contract for a specialist in NFLHC history. The Rams have $14 million in cap space, so there is a definite possibility that he comes back to LA. Outside of the Rams, his main suitors should be the Redskins, Vikings, 49ers, Browns, Seahawks, Bears, and Bills. You'll notice that rather than the teams with the most cap space, these are (mostly) the teams with the worst kickers last season. Projected 2021 team: Chicago Bears Honestly, just draw a team out of a hat. That said, the Bears have the best combination of most cap room they'll find it tough to spend in this free agency (besides the Redskins, but enough with projecting them to sign players). GM stormstopper certainly knows the importance of special teams, and I think he might be willing to open up his checkbook to get Chamblin to Chicago. This all depends how crazily the Rams will want him back, however.
  6. 19 points
    Coach iliveinadreamtorium looked on one last time to see his Trojans win another bowl game, defeating Kansas 33-17. LOS ANGELES, CA- I went into Coach iliveinadreamatorium’s Los Angeles home with no idea what was in store. It was shortly after the Trojans’ most recent bowl win, so I was expecting to see a man excited for what his team had accomplished and ready to prepare for the next season ahead. I was only partly correct. “I’m so proud of what these men have accomplished this year. This team was probably the best group of players that I ever had the opportunity to coach and I’m truly grateful that I had that opportunity,” the coach told me. “We really should’ve made it farther than we did. I know in my heart that we should’ve. And I’m to blame for that. It weighs heavy on my mind at night. I think about some of the wrong calls that I made. I think back to that Stanford game and I just see in my mind all the ways that we could’ve and should’ve won that game if I had done something different. But I didn’t.” I’ve followed the Trojans for the past couple of years and have developed a good working relationship with Coach Dream, the nickname the fanbase has given him. Never in my years of covering the team had I seen him like this. He seemed endlessly exhausted, had prominent bags under his eyes, and looked like the embodiment of a man who hadn’t gotten a good night’s sleep in over a year. That morning, as I watched him prepare us some eggs for breakfast, he broke the news to me. “That’ll be the last game I coach for the USC Trojans,” he said with a sigh of resignation. “I’ve loved my time with the program, but I’m no longer capable of keeping up with a program of this stature. Having to deal with everything that I’ve had to- the LA media- no offense, but y’all were worst [expletive] part of my job and I’m gonna sleep a lot easier at night not having to mess with y’all. You and the boosters- both have some amazing people, but you have very little patience and I have just as little patience. It was just never going to be a healthy relationship for me.” As we talked throughout the following days as I developed the story, it became clearer how important this decision was for him and his health. Just a few days after he told me, there was a noticeable change in his demeanor. He went from slouching around his home to walking around with a pep in his step. Several days in a row, he very excitedly discussed the garden that he had grown at his house. “People don’t realize the value in self-sustainability anymore,” he told me while he showed off some of the tomatoes he had grown. “Lots of people don’t even bother with manual labor nowadays- for the longest time, I was one of them. Why would I grow my own food if I can just go down to the local Whole Foods and get what I need and move on with my day? But it’s really worthwhile- you can see the reward of the work that you put in. I think I really got into gardening during the stretch of losing seasons for that reason. I think it’s a really important skill to have. You know, I’ve tried for seasons now to get my team into gardening, but they all just think I’m crazy and wasting my time. And maybe they’re right, but at least I have some [expletive] tomatoes.” When he mentioned the players throughout the week, it became clear why the decision to resign took so long for him to make. He had developed a real connection with these players. Every year, Dream held a Thanksgiving dinner for players on the team who didn’t have the opportunity to go back to their families. As the years went on, more and more players attended the dinners, as for many of them, the team had become their family. Luke Trickett, the star quarterback for the Trojans, who will likely be selected in the NFL Draft this year, had a lot of praise for the culture that Coach Dream had established. “Coach really helped build a sense of fraternity on the team. With a lot of teams I had played on in this past, there were always guys who were looking out for their own self-interest. They weren’t sold on being a cohesive unit, they were sold on selling themselves the best that they could. You never saw that at USC. We looked after each other, we took care of each other when one of us went down. We weren’t just a team, we were a support system. Everything that we did helped shape me as a player, but did doubly so for shaping me as a person. He’s a big part of who I am today and I’m incredibly honored to have him in my life as a mentor and as a friend.” Dream began joking around more as we continued talking. He discussed what he thought of his legacy at USC, saying that he felt like he’d be remembered positively, but that he didn’t believe that he’ll be the most fondly remembered coach the program will ever have. “I’ve been talking a lot with the AD about the coaching search for finding my replacement,” he had told me, “and I really think the school will wind up in better shape after my departure. If I had stayed here for another year or two, I think things would’ve regressed. I wasn’t really feeling on top of things anymore and I feel like some of the guys had started to figure me out. I need a blank slate, a reboot. This resignation is going to be like a controlled burn- if you weren’t paying attention, you might be like ‘oh [expletive], there’s a fire. This can’t be good.’ But I really think this is going to have a positive outcome for all involved parties.” What happens next for Dream and the Trojans? Well, as for the Trojans, it has become clear that discussions are already underway to select the next head coach. There’s no doubt that the position will bring in some high-caliber candidates and it seems like the AD might just have the pick of the litter. And as for Coach Dream, there’s no telling what exactly he’ll be doing. He discussed his future a little bit with me. He talked about the health of his grandparents in Ohio, discussing a need to be closer to them so he can help look after them as their health deteriorates. But he is still interested in coaching, but he’ll need something less demanding than the LA lifestyle that became acquainted with over his time at USC. But wherever he goes, one factor will be an absolute necessity- having land for him to continue his garden.
  7. 18 points
    Soluna

    CFBHC v1.4f

    CFBHC v1.4f October 22nd, 2017 Pre-Release v1.3.3.3 Notes: Thanks to all those who helped testing and recommended stuff as usual. CFBHC * (NEW) Added medical issue recruits. High school recruits may be generated with severe injuries suffered their senior year of high school. * (NEW) Added medical redshirting/ medical hardship waivers. Medical redshirts will be declared via a thread in the NCAA forum. The injury must be season-ending as defined by the medical injury google doc. The injury must occur prior to the 5th game of the season for the school which the student attends. Medical redshirts still count towards the players five year limits and cannot be taken by players who have already redshirted through the regular means. * (NEW) Transfer rules have been updated. Players must sit out one year when transferring to another FBS school. Transfers may now also happen to Junior Colleges or FCS schools in which case the player will be eligible immediately. If they transfer to a JuCo they may return to recruiting a second time. Students who are ineligible on your roster due to transfers must be placed in a new "Transfer Ineligible" category at the tail end of your depth chart. Years sat out transferring count against the 5 year limit.
  8. 18 points
    Soluna

    CFBHC v1.4b

    CFBHC v1.4b October 14th, 2017 Pre-Release v1.3.2.5 Notes: Thanks to all those who helped testing and recommended stuff as usual, for this patch in particular: Jumbo, Rome, and Jieret. CFBHC * (REVERTED) Winning or losing a bowl grants you that bowls points (+2/+1, etc) ONLY. Removed +3 addition from patch 1.4. * Recruiting will now begin two weeks BEFORE the regular season and will go until Week 14 of the CFBHC regular season. * (NEW) Border State Changes * Removed Star Recruits. * (NEW) Added Recruiting Talents - for every three wins (beginning with a 2nd win) the school achieved the prior season (including a potential bowl win (but not multiple bowl wins for playoff teams, just one) the current head coach will choose one of the following improvements to that school's recruiting for the next year. These must be set before week 1 and are not visible to anyone except the Head Coach.
  9. 18 points
    As a member of a smaller state, I'd be in favor of fewer total states if those states are more heavily populated. And more total states if those states aren't as heavily populated. A rough example could be: Colorado: KS, NE, NM, OK, UT, WY Alabama: FL, GA, MS Georgia: FL, SC, TN
  10. 16 points
    Bubada

    2021 NFLHC Combine SPARQ Ratings

    SPARQ Ratings is a test created by Nike that measures athleticism. Using the data from the 2021 NFLHC combine and these adjustments, I created an estimated SPARQ rating for the participants. I explain a little more in the thread I did for the 2019 combine here. FULL SPARQ RATINGS HERE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1H3_XY9wS3HhZRdaewUwd3Eehrgp3A_2tUZIm_c8G6ps/edit?usp=sharing Top 5 SPARQ 1. CB Devin Little: 135.7 2. FS D'Qwell Moore: 133.4 3. RB Marshawn Miller: 131.7 4. CB Shane Brinkley: 131.5 5. PR Glenn McCurdy: 129.7 Average SPARQ is 106. I adjusted this rating by position to see who really stands out for their position. I made the average pos-adjusted SPARQ equal to 100. Top 5 Position-Adjusted SPARQ 1. TE Emory Johnson: 121.4 2. CB Devin Little: 118.2 3. FS D'Qwell Moore: 115.6 4. WR Luke Cobb: 114.5 5. CB Shane Brinkley: 114.5 I noticed that height and weight play a big factor in this. This last measure removes height/weight. This should be a measure of pure athleticism with no regard for height or weight. Top 5 Height/Weight-Removed SPARQ 1. FS D'Qwell Moore: 131.4 2. WR Luke Cobb: 131.1 3. PR Glenn McCurdy: 128.9 4. TE Noah Hills: 127.0 5. CB Devin Little: 126.3
  11. 16 points
    Welcome to the 2020 Bowl Season DID YOU KNOW... Two bowl games feature teams with a four-win differential #11 Air Force (11-2) vs. Colorado (7-5) in the Cactus Bowl SMU (10-3) vs. Texas (6-6) in the Armed Forces Bowl Of non-playoff games, five bowls feature two teams ranked in the Coaches' Poll #8 Purdue vs. #20 Oregon - Rose Bowl #10 Michigan vs. #15 Alabama - Tampa Bowl #17 Illinois vs. #18 Stanford - Holiday Bowl #21 Mississippi State vs. #23 Iowa - Gator Bowl #24 Notre Dame vs. #25 Clemson - Orange Bowl Three top-15 teams play unranked foes in their bowl games: #11 Air Force vs. Colorado - Cactus Bowl #12 Michigan State vs. Tennessee - Citrus Bowl #14 Georgia vs. TCU - Sugar Bowl For playoff games, the largest Coaches' Poll differential is six places #3 Pittsburgh vs. #9 Western Michigan Three bowl games feature a pair of 6-6 teams Maryland vs. Buffalo - Detroit Bowl BYU vs. Southern Miss - Heart of Dallas Bowl Kent State vs. Utah State - St. Petersburg Bowl Zero bowl matchups feature teams whose names begin with the same letter Three bowl games feature teams from the same state #11 Air Force (Colorado Springs, CO) vs. Colorado (Boulder, CO) - Cactus Bowl SMU (Dallas, TX) vs. Texas (Austin, TX) - Armed Forces Bowl California (Berkeley, CA) vs. San Jose State (San Jose, CA) - Sun Bowl None of the playoff matchups feature teams with the same record UCF (13-0) vs. Virginia (12-1) Pittsburgh (11-1) vs. Western Michigan (12-1) Penn State (12-1) vs. Auburn (11-1) LSU (12-1) vs. West Virginia (10-2) Only two playoff teams have zero 5.0 skill players at QB, RB, or WR LSU Virginia Only one playoff game features a pair of teams with a 5.0 skill player at two of the above positions Penn State vs. Auburn Only one playoff game features a pair of teams who are both ranked in the top five of the Coaches' Poll #1 Penn State vs. #5 Auburn Only five bowl games feature teams from bordering states Nevada vs. Arizona - Las Vegas Bowl North Carolina vs. South Carolina - Charlotte Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Missouri - Texas Bowl East Carolina vs. Old Dominion - Boca Raton Bowl Temple vs. Akron - Miami Beach Bowl Two playoff teams are located less than 500 miles from their bowl location UCF (403.2 miles) vs. Virginia (442.79 miles) Here is the rest of the data on that point Western Michigan (909.12 miles) Pittsburgh (1086.33 miles) LSU (1251.97 miles) West Virginia (1830.34 miles) Auburn (1880.01 miles) Penn State (2236.44) Only one playoff team is from outside the Eastern time zone LSU (Baton Rouge, LA) Only three playoff teams were ranked in the preseason Coaches' Poll Penn State (#1) LSU (#3) Auburn (#8) Only one playoff team received zero votes in the preseason Coaches' Poll Western Michigan Only one team ranked in the preseason Coaches' Poll did not make a bowl Baylor (#15) Only three teams ranked in the preseason Coaches' Poll won their conferences Penn State (#1) LSU (#3) Oregon (#22) Only one playoff team from 2019 is in the playoffs this season Penn State Only two 2019 Playoff teams won their division in 2020 Penn State Clemson Only two 2019 playoff teams won 10+ games in 2020 Penn State Nevada Only four bowls feature a division winner and a team who was not even runner-up in their division #11 Air Force vs. Colorado - Cactus Bowl SMU vs. Texas - Armed Forces Bowl Rice vs. Hawaii - Hawaii Bowl #13 USC vs. Kansas - Alamo Bowl Only two bowls feature two conference winners UCF vs. Virginia - Peach Bowl LSU vs. West Virginia - Fiesta Bowl
  12. 16 points
    A couple of weeks ago, prior to the free agency period article, I wrote an article on this year's top 10 free agents as can be found here. Now that all have been signed, I'll review my prediction and the player's actual destination, and what that means for the landscape of NFLHC. 1. QB Thomas Wheeler 6-1 208 6 Florida State [Pocket] 93 Former Team: Kansas City Chiefs Predicted New Team: Washington Redskins Actual New Team: Tennessee Titans Wheeler joins his 3rd team after 2 years playing for the Giants and 4 for the Chiefs. Wheeler has been a very up-and-down QB throughout his career but was still highly coveted in free agency. He is said to have chosen the Titans over the next closest suitor, the Buffalo Bills, because their offer had "just the right amount of money per year for a star QB." The contract: 3 years, $64.5 million, $45 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: The Titans should become immediate contenders in the AFC. The AFC is notoriously not a great conference, but with the Titans now likely on the upswing they'll reside in the conference's toughest division along with last year's #1 seed Jacksonville Jaguars (who got better themselves!) and the Indianapolis Colts. With lots of young talent on this Titans squad the projections for this team are skyhigh, with many pundits picking this team to the Super Bowl. I think it'll take Wheeler the first year of his contract to gel before the Titans become real contenders to win it all. 2. DE Ron Rice 6-6 275 5 Michigan [Blitz] 93 Former Team: Carolina Panthers Predicted New Team: Jacksonville Jaguars Actual New Team: Jacksonville Jaguars One of my few correct predictions! Rice was the Jaguars' clearest target and joins the Jags after 5 years playing in Carolina. The bidding was mainly between the Patriots, Jaguars, and Chiefs, with the latter two the clearest two competitors. With both offering similar contracts, Rice ended up choosing Jacksonville as he reportedly wanted to continue playing for a winning team, and didn't believe that the Chiefs would be contenders this year after losing Thomas Wheeler. Rice ended up signing by far the largest contract for a DE, and defensive player, in NFLHC history. The contract: 5 years, $77 million, $71 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: Last year's AFC #1 seed gets even better, and they could use the help with the Titans likely to be much better next year and the Texans improving with Alex Leshoure at the helm. The Jags and their strange trick play offense also added Gary Faneca via trade, so this team is looking utterly ridiculous for 2021 at present moment. After a disappointing playoff showing in their second ever playoff appearance (they're 0-2 all-time with both losses coming against Oakland), Jags GM Soluna was clearly looking to improve the team to try to bring the first ever playoff victory and perhaps Lombardi Trophy to Jacksonville in 2021. 3. SS R.C. Rone 6-1 204 7 Oklahoma State [Zone Coverage] 94 Former Team: Atlanta Falcons Predicted New Team: Kansas City Chiefs Actual New Team: Cincinnati Bengals The Falcons reportedly tried to hold on to Rone, but their cap space was far too limiting and they fell out of the bidding early. The two highest bidders early ended up being the Titans and Redskins. Rone was reportedly ready to sign with Washington on his visit there but received an offer from the Bengals soon before he was going to sign on the dotted line. He took a visit to Cincinnati, loved it, (and the money they offered him), and Cincinnati got their upgrade to Calvin Celestin. The contract: 3 years, $51 million, $51 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: Well, the Bengals did end up losing some of their talent, but they managed to bring in the same amount of players in the 90s OVR that they started with going into the offseason. Depending on how strong the AFC North ends up being this year, the Bengals could be possible contenders to win their division, but with the offense likely taking a step back following some other losses I think this team will struggle a bit. Rone might be better help towards a Bengals playoff berth in year 2 or 3 of this contract depending on how the team ends up bringing in reinforcements. 4. OT Blake Pile 6-5 311 5 USC [Run Blocking] 93 Former Team: Cincinnati Bengals Predicted New Team: Cincinnati Bengals Actual New Team: Cincinnati Bengals I figured the Bengals would make Pile their priority among the players lost, and that ended up being the case as Pile ended up returning to the Jungle. The Redskins and Chargers were also in on the bidding reportedly, but Pile is said to have felt that neither of those teams were closer to winning a Super Bowl than Cincinnati and he didn't want to uproot his family for no reason, as his main goal is winning a Super Bowl ring. The contract: 3 years, $55 million, $47 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: Pile's return will bring continue stability in a Bengals offense that probably needs it. With Joel King coming into the ever-important 3rd year as QB, he'll need all the help on offense he can get. I'm still not a fan of what Cincinnati is looking like at present moment, but bringing back Pile while signing Rone undoubtedly improves this team. Pile's contract is also humongous, but with little impact talent coming up for new contracts outside of Ron Thomas that's unlikely to affect the team in the near future. 5. WR Rodney Montgomery 6-0 185 6 LSU [Target] 94 Former Team: Cincinnati Bengals Predicted New Team: Buffalo Bills Actual New Team: Kansas City Chiefs Montgomery's new team is the first one on this list that actually surprised me. The bidding was constrained to 4 main teams: the Bengals, Patriots, Chiefs, and surprise bidders (though not so surprising after trading Gary Faneca) the Seahawks. The bidding was close between the Patriots and Chiefs but Montgomery was mainly focused on the amount of money he'd receive in his new contract and chose a 4/56 offer from the Chiefs over a 4/55 offer from the Patriots. The contract: 4 years, $56 million, $50 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: Probably not that much. Since the team did lose Thomas Wheeler, Montgomery becomes this team's only non-specialist player in the 90s overall. And as a receiver, that's much less impactful for a team than having a QB in the 90s overall. The team will likely take a step back, but perhaps GM Nmize0 feels that Montgomery can help break in this team's new QB, whether that's incumbent backup Erasmus McCready or someone from the draft. If he's still as great as he is now in year 3 and 4 of this contract, this signing becomes more impactful, but for now Montgomery will likely be putting up stats on a losing team. 6. OT Walter Adair 6-1 310 5 Army [Run Blocking] 93 Former Team: Seattle Seahawks Predicted New Team: Washington Redskins Actual New Team: Washington Redskins Well, I've gotten #2, #4, and #6 right so far. The only two main bidders for Adair ended up being Washington and the Cardinals, though the Steelers reportedly did have an offer in that wasn't as close in total value. The Cardinals weren't willing to guarantee as much of his contract as the Redskins, so Adair ended up in Washington. The contract: 5 years, $68 million, $58 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: This is the first contract I'd say might be a bit steep, as 5 years seems like a bit of a risk for a guy who's never even seen a Pro Bowl. That said, similarly to Kansas City, this signing becomes the team's only non-specialist player in the 90s overall, which should help out ???? at QB in 2021. This team very well might be tanking again, though, so it could be a couple of seasons until this pays dividends and even then Adair could possibly be on the downswing. I don't hate it by any means, but Washington's lack of other impact free agent activity leaves this team in a position that isn't so great, in my opinion. 7. ILB Zion Adakwa 6-2 224 4 Illinois [Mike] 89 Former Team: New York Jets Predicted New Team: Washington Redskins Actual New Team: Seattle Seahawks There were a lot of teams in on the bidding for Adakwa. The Jets reportedly tried bringing him back but didn't have the cap space to do so. Teams in on the Adakwa bidding included the Patriots, Jaguars, Chiefs, Buccaneers, Packers, and Seahawks, with the latter three being the main bidders. In the end, Adakwa was reportedly coaxed by former Jets teammates CB John Queen and WR Jim Umenyiora to sign in Seattle. The contract: 4 years, $46 million, $46 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: Seattle's in an interesting spot; after trading away star WR Gary Faneca and former first round draft pick CB Corey Quinn, Seattle has reloaded with draft picks while clearing cap space. They've spent a lot of it here, bringing in Adakwa to pair with Malcolm Douglas-Scott to form probably the league's most feared ILB duo. It's not going to be easy to run up the middle on Seattle with these two and Christian Okonkwo manning the middle. With that said, without a first rounder, Seattle's success still hinges on Jarius Jones and crew, and that will be harder without Faneca. I'm not sure I see this team improving quite yet, but it depends on how well their slew of mid-round picks pan out. 8. WR Charlie Paul 5-9 163 5 Maryland [Target] 86 Former Team: New York Jets Predicted New Team: Los Angeles Chargers Actual New Team: Pittsburgh Steelers Paul is the only free agent on the list to have received very few (just two) offers as his APY requirements scared most potential bidders who would have been interested off of the process. After trading away Anthony McCardell, the Steelers were in the market for a consistent player to line up next to Samuel Jolley, and Charlie Paul is a solid signing in that regard as he can slot right in as the #1 or #2 receiver depending on matchups. The contract: 1 year, $7.5 million, $7.5 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: This contract seems pretty low, but it is only a one year deal as most potentially interested teams were in on the Rodney Montgomery bidding, anyway. The Steelers are potential favorites for the AFC North crown next year, as either Paul Davenport or Rob Corp will try to lead this team to their first ever playoff berth in 2021. I think after their trade with the Bucs and this signing, they may be in position to go for it. With the Ravens having a question mark at QB with Reggie Watkins almost certainly holding out and Brett Fisher unproven, this may be Pittsburgh's time to strike for the crown. 9. DE Steven Jordan 6-7 279 6 Iowa State [Contain] 86 Former Team: Seattle Seahawks Predicted New Team: Minnesota Vikings Actual New Team: Washington Redskins Of the three free agents I predicted the 'Skins to sign, they only signed one. And then they went after one I figured they wouldn't. In fact, none of the three teams that ended up pursuing him were on my radar for him at all. The main suitors were Washington, the Browns, and the Cowboys, but Jordan wanted to cash in on his payday while he could and ends up in Washington. The contract: 4 years, $32 million, $18 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: This deal is relatively reasonable for Washington, as Jordan becomes easily cuttable in years 3 and 4 of the contract. As I mentioned before, I don't think that the Redskins are in much position to be competitive any time soon so I think the signing of Jordan will have a negligible impact on NFLHC as a whole, although he might be around by the time Washington is competitive again if he lives up to this contract. He might be a one-year wonder, though, so it's tough to say for certain. Maybe I'm pessimistic, but I'm leaning towards it being difficult for him to live up to his new deal. 10. K Cliff Chamblin 6-4 191 6 LSU [Power] 97 Former Team: Los Angeles Rams Predicted New Team: Chicago Bears Actual New Team: Arizona Cardinals The Cardinals have now made the two most impactful signings of a specialist in NFLHC history, as Cliff Chamblin joins Steve Noonan in Arizona's special teams unit. Chamblin made it clear he would sign with whichever team gave him the most money, and while reports were that the competition was mostly between the Browns, 49ers, and Bears at first, the Cardinals swooped in last second, giving Chamblin a 4-year deal and offering the most total money. That was enough to sell him. The contract: 4 years, $28 million, $21 million guaranteed This signing's impact on NFLHC in 2021: Even after adding Taylor Rodriguez, I don't quite see the Cardinals being competitive in 2021 as of yet. In that sense, this signing doesn't have much impact yet. By 2022 Arizona might be ready to start approaching a playoff berth, and Chamblin is likely to remain on the team for all four years of this contract, so there's that. However, the larger impact is on the Rams who now have a potential black hole at kicker, which could largely hurt a team that many thought was the best in NFLHC last season. We'll see what kind of moves LA makes at the position, but as of now this could definitely hurt. FA Winners and Losers: Winners: Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars got better by adding Ron Rice and losing no one of value, while among their direct competitors only the Titans really got better. Rice adds the pass rush element this team was sorely lacking last year and it's tough to see any huge holes on this team anymore. Tennessee Titans: They got their QB. It was going to be tough to add a QB to fill that fits with what seems to be this team's timeline in the draft, and in that sense bringing in Wheeler is huge. Washington Redskins: I trashed their signings, but at the end of the day they still likely got better as a result of their deals and don't lose anyone who matters significantly to the team. Losers: Cincinnati Bengals: They brought back Pile and brought in another impact free agent in Rone. Even though they lose Montgomery, Adrian Jankowski is good enough to be the team's #1 receiver moving forward. Someone else will have to be brought in to help out Joel King after they also lost Tony DeMarco, however, and bringing back Pile and bringing in Rone isn't enough to offset the total sum of their losses (and also, having to overpay Pile by a significant amount compared to what he probably could have been given during re-signings doesn't help). New York Jets: The team got worse (independently of trading) while the rest of the conference, for the most part, got better. That doesn't bode well for the team's continued success. However, their AFC East rivals failing to sign anyone any major free agents can be counted as a win. Indianapolis Colts: This team continues to stagnate in the AFC South, and with both of their direct rivals now getting significant upgrades while Indy can't improve due to cap constrains, they could be in trouble in 2021. A potential playoff miss for the first time in a while could be looming.
  13. 16 points
    It's been shakeups galore since my previous edition of bowl projections. #1 went down, and #2-turned-#1 soon followed. Then #3 decided to lose as well, so now we're down to two undefeated teams - and they play each other this weekend. Team chaos took the reigns and now I have to reap the consequences cause we're currently one team short of having the field filled with teams that earned six wins. Someone please step up. I beg you. As previously stated in the last edition, this is the second of three projections coming to you in the 2020 calendar year. Please don't make this harder than it should be, America. Give me 70 6-win teams. Also, G5 remains as hard as ever to place this year with the P5 slacking and the G5 picking up the pace. I've got a lot of interesting matchups with which you may or may not agree. Without further ado, here's the Top 8 (side note: I'm going to drive myself crazy picking between West Virginia and Air Force. Both are arguably deserving of a spot): Quarterfinal #1 (Glendale, AZ) Playoff #1 vs. Playoff #8 #1 UCF Knights (Proj. 13-0) vs. #8 Purdue Boilermakers (Proj. 11-2) Thanks to quite a few upsets and the fact that the Top 4 seeds in the playoffs are based on overall record, the Knights surprisingly claim the top spot in our Top 8. It's been a dream season for the Knights, and with a win over undefeated rivals South Florida, UCF would conclude their first-ever undefeated regular season. I project them to play SMU again in the conference championship game with a similar result to their regular-season meeting. Purdue fell victim to the mystery that is the Iowa Hawkeyes, but their sights are still set on the playoffs. Barring a loss to Indiana (a team that hasn't beaten Purdue ever), the Boilermakers should find themselves in the playoffs regardless of a loss in the conference championship game. Quarterfinal #2 (Arlington, TX) Playoff #2 vs. Playoff #7 #2 Penn State Nittany Lions (Proj. 12-1) vs. #7 Virginia Cavaliers (Proj. 12-1) The Nittany Lions just keep cruising, knocking off Michigan in a big divisional test. Their final regular-season challenge is Michigan State in East Lansing, but the Spartans don't appear to be matched up particularly well against this star-studded Penn State squad. The Nittany Lions should beat Purdue in the conference championship game, earning them the #2 spot in the playoffs despite what should be a #1 overall ranking in the polls. Virginia slipped up with a chance to clinch the Coastal, getting blasted by Louisville's DeSean Dockery. Their playoff chances are still intact, but the margin for error is all but gone. They'll have to beat Virginia Tech to clinch the Coastal, and then they'll need to oust defending conference champs Clemson in Charlotte. We'll find out if the Cavs truly have what it takes to get into the Top 8. Quarterfinal #3 (New Orleans, LA) Playoff #3 vs. Playoff #6 #3 LSU Tigers (Proj. 12-1) vs. #6 Pittsburgh Panthers (Proj. 11-1) LSU put an end to Auburn's undefeated run, clinching out a close victory under the lights in Death Valley. With only Florida left on a brutal schedule, the Tigers can find themselves in Atlanta playing for the conference title; getting to Atlanta should clinch a spot in the Top 8 for the Tigers as it is. Now you might be wondering why Pittsburgh is seeded above Virginia. Well, between the Panthers likely remaining above Virginia in the polls until at least the conference championship game and the fact that Pitt has already played (and beaten) Penn State, it makes sense to avoid the rematch and put the Panthers in New Orleans after a successful 11-1 regular season. Quarterfinal #4 (Miami Gardens, FL) Playoff #4 vs. Playoff #5 #4 Air Force Falcons (Proj. 12-1) vs. #5 Auburn Tigers (Proj. 11-1) I'm never consistent, so this week I have Air Force and what appears to be a superior resume in the Top 8 as opposed to West Virginia, who has better losses. Air Force has clinched the Mountain Division and is set to do battle with Nevada, who handed the Falcons their lone loss earlier this season. With wins over Mississippi State, Notre Dame, and Army already, it gets harder and harder to imagine a Top 8 without Air Force, especially given that Nevada made it in last year with fewer quality wins. Auburn slipped up at LSU, but a stunningly dominant season outside of that blip won't cost the Tigers. A loss to Alabama might, however, with the Tide being the last obstacle for Marcus Black and Aubie. And now for the complaints section. "West Virginia's been smoking opponents and plays in a tougher conference! Why aren't they in over Air Force? The Pac-12 is never dead; why can't you believe that? Why would 2-loss Purdue be in the Top 8 over a West Virginia, Western Michigan, or USC? They lost to Iowa!" Sadly, the playoffs can only have eight teams. Also sadly, the Power 5 conferences need to pick up the slack. We wouldn't be in this mess if a few teams stopped flubbing. Now on to the rest of the projections: Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) Big 10 #1 vs. Pac-12 #1 Michigan State Spartans (Proj. 10-2) vs. USC Trojans (Proj. 11-2) One of the few constants I have from last edition's projections. With Michigan all but out of the race and Wisconsin also losing to Iowa, the Spartans are seeing nothing but roses right now. They'll want to see more, but it's hard to see this team beating the likes of Penn State. Either way, a 10-2 record and a spot in Pasadena is golden for a team that really fell off last season. SoCal really could've done more this season, but a game with Oregon likely awaits them in Santa Clara. The Rose Bowl shouldn't really be a great consolation for a Trojan squad that dreamed bigger (no pun intended), but there's never a downside to playing in the Grandaddy of Them All. Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, FL) ACC #1 vs. Big 10 #2 / SEC / ND Clemson Tigers (Proj. 10-3) vs. Michigan Wolverines (Proj. 9-3) Clemson survived a scare against Boston College, gritting their way through to the ACC title game and putting them on track for another 10-win season. Theoretically, the Tigers can beat Virginia/Pittsburgh to defend their conference crown and maybe slip into the Top 8, but the Orange Bowl seems like a way likelier destination. Michigan dropped the ball against Wisconsin, which admittedly I did project happening, but it's still been a relatively successful season for Michigan. That is unless they lose to Ohio State, which no fan of Big Blue wants to see happen. Ever. Once was enough. Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA) Big 12 #1 vs. SEC #1 West Virginia Mountaineers (Proj. 11-2) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (Proj. 9-4) It's not your fault, 'Neers. You can blame it on the rest of your conference if you so desire. At 11-2 (with a projected win over TCU in the conference title game), West Virginia should have been a lock-in for the playoffs, but this year has been interesting. The Big 12 as a whole has been down and Air Force had some quality wins out-of-conference, forcing me to believe that the computers will favor the Falcons. A conference title is nothing to scoff at, however, and a showdown with one of the SEC's best is a great consolation. Georgia seems primed to escape the hot mess that is the SEC East thanks to a win over Missouri, though they'll need one of Missouri or Vandy to win to ensure this. I can't imagine Georgia beating LSU or the winner of the Iron Bowl seeing as Georgia has already been decimated by Auburn and Mississippi State, but it's been a year of improvement in Athens. Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX) Big 12 #2 vs. Pac-12 #2 TCU Horned Frogs (Proj. 8-5) vs. Oregon Ducks (Proj. 8-5) The TCU train took off with a solid win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys, putting the Frogs in the driver's seat for a spot in the conference title game against West Virginia. Baylor stands in their way (as does Oklahoma via Bedlam if TCU were to lose), but Baylor's been too inconsistent to properly predict this season. Oregon has almost survived after dropping a game to Washington this season; all that's left for the Ducks on their quest for a division title is snatching a win from rivals Oregon State. Yes, that Oregon State. USC will await in Santa Clara, and it's not out of the realm of possibility to see an Oregon win. Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL) Big 10 #3 / ACC if Big Ten is in Orange vs. SEC #2 Duke Blue Devils (9-3) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (Proj. 9-3) Duke fell flat in their season finale, failing to reach a program-best 10 wins and missing out on a chance to secure their first ever win over North Carolina. However, Duke is comfortably in a high-tier bowl game after their best-ever season, and despite ending the regular season on a sour note, they'll reap the benefits from a successful campaign overall. Alabama still has unfinished business with rivals Auburn hosting the Tide for the Iron Bowl. There's a chance that Bama can make the playoffs yet - they'll have to beat Auburn, hope Florida beats LSU, then beat either Florida or Georgia in Atlanta. The Tide are hoping for more, but the Citrus Bowl should end up as their likeliest destination. Orlando Bowl (Orlando, FL) ACC #2 vs. Big 12 #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Proj. 8-4) It wasn't meant to be for the Irish as they fell short of knocking off Alabama and finishing at 9-3. At eight wins, however, the Irish have grown from last year's semi-disastrous campaign, and they look to be close to back among college football's best. Oklahoma State lost out on a potential conference title, being eliminated in a surprising loss to TCU. They still have the 2nd-best overall record in the Big 12, but missing out on a shot at the conference title might sting for a bit in Stillwater. Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA) Big 10 #4 vs. Pac-12 #3 Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4) vs. Stanford Cardinal (Proj. 9-3) In the last edition, I said it was unlikely that Iowa would knock off Purdue. I was wrong. Seriously, someone help me understand this team. With wins over Wisconsin, Purdue, and Minnesota to close out the season, the Hawkeyes should secure a spot in San Diego barring the Big 10 not getting two teams in the playoffs. Stanford did all they could outside of losing to Oregon, but they'll need the mightiest of upsets to happen to the Mighty Ducks if they're to play for a conference title. A huge win over Washington State put an exclamation point on a phenomenal season in Palo Alto. Texas Bowl (Houston, TX) Big 12 #4 vs. SEC Kansas Jayhawks (Proj. 7-5) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (Proj. 8-4) Kansas got the big win over Oklahoma to ensure they'll be playing in a bowl game yet again. A 7th win should come against Kansas State, and that win would feel even better knowing that the Jayhawks can deny the Wildcats a return to the postseason. Mississippi State came oh so close to continuing the trend of chaotic upsets, narrowly losing to LSU this past weekend. They likely will win the Egg Bowl over an improved Ole Miss squad, with Kansas in Houston looking like the best possible matchup for the Bulldogs. Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN) Big 12 #5 / AAC vs. SEC / AAC Texas Tech Red Raiders (Proj. 7-5) vs. South Florida Bulls (Proj. 11-1) The Red Raiders have quietly put together a solid season behind freshman running back Solomon McLaughlin, and they now have a chance to pick up a huge win over West Virginia and end the Mountaineers' shot at the playoffs. South Florida has been disrespected all season, and while I can't see them beating a superior UCF team, they won't get disrespected out of a decent bowl game, claiming the alternative spot in Memphis over the SEC. Charlotte Bowl (Charlotte, NC) ACC vs. SEC North Carolina Tar Heels (Proj. 7-5) vs. Missouri Tigers (Proj. 7-5) The Tar Heels refused to suffer their first loss to rivals Duke on Saturday, turning their season around with a dominant win over the Blue Devils to clinch postseason eligibility. They can pick up a big 7th win over rivals NC State this weekend. Missouri was officially eliminated in the SEC East chase with a loss to Georgia, but the Tigers can't let this slide continue in a very winnable game against Arkansas in Fayetteville. Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX) ACC (fill-in) vs. Pac-12 #5 Western Michigan Broncos (Proj. 12-1) vs. Arizona Wildcats (Proj. 8-4) With the ACC lacking enough bowl-eligible teams this season, I figured that I'd reward Western Michigan's superb season with a trip to face Arizona in El Paso. The Broncos can wrap up their regular season by claiming the Michigan MAC trophy against former bully Eastern Michigan, then a rematch with Ohio in the conference championship game will officially close out the Broncos pre-bowl season. Arizona got the big win over Hawaii and close things off with a trip to Tempe against weakened rivals Arizona State, so the Wildcats might finally finish a season without necessarily underachieving for once. Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, NY) ACC vs. Big 10 #6 Florida State Seminoles (Proj. 6-6) vs. Maryland Terrapins (Proj. 7-5) A season of major disappointment is almost over for the Seminoles, with only a game against Miami (FL) remaining on their regular season schedule. Surely they can beat the Hurricanes, right? Right? The Terps have no such worries about a fight for survival; all that's left on their mind is beating up poor Rutgers in the season finale and hoping to explore the great Bronx. Tampa Bowl (Tampa, FL) Big 10 #3 vs. SEC Illinois Fighting Illini (Proj. 9-3) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (Proj. 8-4) Illinois might not have returned to the great heights of last season, but a rock-solid defense has kept the Illini winning. With a game against pitiful Northwestern left, the Illini should breeze to a 9-3 record and onto a booked flight for Tampa. The Vols still have SEC championship aspirations, but they'll need to beat Vanderbilt and hope that Missouri falters against Arkansas, giving the Vols the tiebreaker over Georgia for the division title. Sadly, Arkansas has been the SEC near-equivalent of Northwestern, so it's hard to imagine the Vols getting what they want. Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN) ACC / Big 10 #5 vs. SEC Louisville Cardinals (8-4) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (Proj. 8-4) Louisville stunned the college football world with a win over undefeated Virginia this weekend, and DeSean Dockery cemented his status as one of the nation's best running backs in the process. With their season now complete, Louisville looks poised to take on any team thrown at them, and Vanderbilt will certainly be a fun challenge. The 'Dores might not be able to make it to Atlanta this season, but they can still take a win over rivals Tennessee and finish with a strong nine wins. Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL) Big 10 #5 / ACC vs. SEC Wisconsin Badgers (Proj. 8-4) vs. Florida Gators (Proj. 7-5) Wisconsin certainly stumbled with a loss to Iowa, but a solid win over Michigan kept them in the running for a decent bowl game. They'll need to beat Minnesota to ensure a solid 8-4 season, with a trip to Jacksonville likely if they don't falter. Florida suffered a shock defeat to Texas A&M, and with LSU standing in their way, things look to get worse in Gainesville. It's been a much-improved season for the Gators however, and a game against big bad Wisconsin could make or a nice ending. Bay Area Bowl (Santa Clara, CA) Big 10 #7 vs. Pac-12 #4 Minnesota Golden Gophers (Proj. 6-6) vs. Washington State Cougars (Proj. 8-4) Supposedly, the Gophers were supposed to beat Iowa cause of how Iowa's season was working, but it wasn't quite meant to be. Minnesota will be hoping for a home win over the Badgers this weekend, else the Bay Area Bowl will host the Gopher's last game of the 2020 season. Washington State will rue missed chances against Stanford, but a win over hated rivals Washington could yet savage this season. Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA) ACC / AAC / C-USA vs. SEC / AAC / C-USA Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (Proj. 7-5) vs. Mississippi Rebel (Proj. 6-6) The Golden Eagles may not have been as flashy as they were a season ago, but they've done the work necessary in Hattiesburg to return to the postseason for a 2nd-consecutive year. The Rebels ended their bowl drought with a win over Arkansas, ensuring that the big names on this Rebels' roster will get to play in the postseason at least once in their young careers. Detroit Bowl (Detroit, MI) ACC / MAC (fill-in) vs. Big 10 #8 / MAC Army Black Knights (Proj. 9-3) vs. Ohio Bobcats (Proj. 8-5) The Black Knights continue to dominate in this very unlikely 2020 campaign, and they'll have a shot at Navy this weekend to clinch a 9th-win this season, likely ending up in Detroit for a quality bowl game against probable MAC runners-up Ohio. The Bobcats clinched their 3rd-consecutive MAC East division crown by beating Central Michigan, and now they get to rub that in when they play the team they beat out for the crown in Akron. Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas, TX) Big 10 #9 / Big 12 (fill-in) vs. C-USA Arizona State Sun Devils (Proj. 6-6) vs. Rice Owls (Proj. 10-3) Arizona State continues to land in Dallas for geography's sake, but they failed to do Stanford a favor by losing to Oregon this past weekend. A win over Arizona in the Territorial Cup would go a long way for improving the Sun Devils' bowl situation, but for now, they should be lucky they're even in a bowl. Rice reminded North Texas who the class of the C-USA was with a dominant division-clinching victory, and now the Owls just need to clean up shop against UTSA before playing Western Kentucky for the conference title. Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV) MWC #1 vs. Pac-12 #6 Nevada Wolf Pack (Proj. 9-4) vs. California Golden Bears (Proj. 8-4) Nevada's division-clinching win over a high-powered Fresno State offense reminded the country that this team is real, and they can prove it once more with a rematch against Air Force awaiting in the MWC conference title game. Of course, they'll have to avoid a slip up at home against Boise. Cal gets to close out a standard season with a trip to LA against the Bruins. A likely indicator of how this game goes depends on the comparison between Cal's losses and Steven Gore's interceptions. Cactus Bowl (Phoenix, AZ) Big 12 #6 / MWC vs. Pac-12 #7 / MWC Texas Longhorns (6-6) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (7-5) The Longhorns have simply been average in an average conference, and that was just enough to secure yet another postseason berth in Austin. Nobody could possibly explain how Colorado let Utah keep close and eventually claim their first win of the season, but what's done is done, and Colorado is eyeing a trip to Phoenix this bowl season. Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX) Big 12 #7 (5-7) vs. AAC Baylor Bears (Proj. 5-7) vs. Houston Cougars (Proj. 6-6) Yes, Baylor comes in as our first projected 5-7 team, needing to beat TCU in Waco to get that 6th win. It's not likely, but Baylor could still end up in the postseason, and ironically playing on the field of the team that supposedly ended their chances. Houston remains the favorite from the AAC to land in Fort Worth, though they could knock off SMU this weekend and find themselves challenging an undefeated Florida school for the conference crown. Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas) AAC vs. MAC SMU Mustangs (Proj. 10-3) vs. Akron Zips (Proj. 9-3) All things considered, this hasn't been a bad season for SMU. With a win over Houston, they can clinch the West yet again and challenge an undefeated Florida school for the conference title, and you have to believe that this squad is feeling a bit more confident after back-to-back blowout wins. Akron might've missed out on the MAC East title, but a school-record for wins in a season more than makes up for it. It can get even better with a win over Ohio this weekend. Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, FL) AAC (fill-in) vs. C-USA Miami (OH) Redhawks (Proj. 8-4) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (Proj. 6-6) Like Colorado, the Redhawks dropped an inexplicable game against Kent State (although this result might save me some more time digging through 5-7 teams). It's not bound to affect too much in terms of bowl position, but it's still a loss that has many people in Oxford wondering what even happened. Old Dominion sneaks in here after stunning Florida Atlantic, knocking the Owls into a win-or-go-home situation against WKU (they did not win). The Monarchs can clinch their first-ever bowl appearance with a win over two-time East champions Marshall, although the Herd are on a huge low this season. Miami Beach Bowl (Miami, FL) AAC vs. MAC Temple Owls (Proj. 7-5) vs. Toledo Rockets (Proj. 8-4) The Owls haven't seen the same success this season after losing a few big playmakers, but it's been enough to get them back to a bowl. They'll place 7-win East Carolina to close out the season, and I expect the Owls to come away with a win there. Toledo finally beat their personal demon in Central Michigan, but followed it up immediately with a loss to Akron. It's hard to gauge how good this Toledo team really is, but it likely doesn't matter at this point in the season. St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, FL) ACC (fill-in, 5-7) vs. AAC (fill-in) Oklahoma Sooners (Proj. 5-7) vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (Proj. 9-3) As disastrous a season this has been for Oklahoma, they can still salvage it by beating rivals Oklahoma State in Bedlam. Even if they don't, it'd be hard to imagine the Sooners not getting an invite assuming we're short a few six-win teams. Fresno's surprising season saw it's goal of a conference championship dashed by the Wolf Pack, but they can conclude a solid season with a win at San Jose State, who is still trying to claim that all-important sixth win. New Mexico Bowl (Albequerque, NM) C-USA vs. MAC North Texas Mean Green (Proj. 7-5) vs. Utah State Aggies (Proj. 6-6) I'm not changing this matchup, period. North Texas may not have taken the West from Rice, but they'll be glad to know that they'll be in the postseason after a long drought. As for the Aggies, surely they can't mess up an easy win over Wyoming right? Home game in Logan against a coachless and toothless Cowboy squad with a first-ever bowl appearance on the line? What could possibly go wrong? Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, ID) MAC vs. MWC Buffalo Bulls (9-3) vs. Boise State Broncos (Proj. 7-5) Buffalo picked up a school-record ninth win to close out an extraordinary season despite missing out on the division crown. Boise is still up in the air despite having clinched a bowl berth, but they can really cement their season with an upset win over West division champs Nevada. Military Bowl (Annapolis, MD) ACC (fill-in) vs. AAC (fill-in) BYU Cougars (Proj. 7-5) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (Proj. 6-6) BYU's bowl spot is pretty much left in the wind, blowing wherever the field may take them. Getting a 7th win certainly makes them more of a priority though, and that should come against 1-win Utah. Kent State stunned the Redhawks this past weekend, improving their chances at a first-ever bowl berth exponentially. They'll have to take out the Chippewas of Central Michigan to secure a bowl berth, and that could prove troublesome given their 0-for record against CMU. Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, AL) AAC / ACC vs. SEC / AAC East Carolina Pirates (Proj. 7-5) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (Proj. 6-6) The Pirates seem set to play regional rivals South Carolina in either Birmingham or Shreveport. The Pirates close the regular season in Greenville against last year's division champs in Temple, though I'm not sold on an ECU win. South Carolina ensured their spot in this bowl season with a win over Kentucky. While they seem way overmatched against Clemson, it's good that the Gamecocks avoided a win-or-go-home scenario against their in-state rivals. Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu, HI) C-USA vs. MWC Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Proj. 8-5) vs. Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (9-3) Western Kentucky became the first C-USA East team to end Marshall's run, clinching the division with a win over a much-improved FAU side. A juicy game against Hawai'i in Honolulu would make for an emphatic conclusion to the season, although not in the way the Hilltoppers remember from just two years ago. Speaking of Hawai'i, the Rainbow Warriors rolled to their best season in recent memory, losing only to Fresno and Nevada in conference. The fluidity of the G5 remains a pain to predict, but I feel that most of these would work out quite well for most teams. As usual, your opinion can differ from mine, and I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. The last edition of these projections will be posted after conference championship games. This is ImposterCauster, signing out.
  14. 16 points
    For those who have no idea what is going on, please check the wiki page for the Baylor - WVU rivalry. Dubbed the "Country Roads Clash", both head coaches of the two football programs agreed to sing Country Roads, if they were to lose their annual season match up. Because the Baylor Bears lost in their latest matchup to the West Virginia Mountaineers, coach TuscanSota is honing up to his end of the rivalry and will be singing "Take Me Home, Country Roads", live here on CFBHC. The video will be left here for your viewing pleasure. edit: I didn't realize I was on mute until the 5th minute. If you want to get to the chase of me singing, go to 5:00 in the video. Or just watch the whole thing and laugh for your own entertainment
  15. 15 points
    Hey guys. I know some people may be worried about me, and I'd like to assure everyone that I'm fine. School and IRL football have been keeping me pretty busy lately (I'm 16 for anyone who doesn't know), and this sim has been shoved to the bottom of my list of priorities. Due to me being stripped of my role as head coach of Tulane, I've decided to return at the beginning of the 2021 season with a brand new team. I can't wait to see how this season turns out. Thanks for all your help and support after over a year of being on this site, and I promise I'll be back soon.
  16. 14 points
    The combine comes out tonight, so I figured why not make a mock draft that'll become outdated almost immediately. Sorry if I misread your team needs/mocked you a player that you hate. Please remember to direct all salt to the Cowboys' headquarters, we're running low on ingredients for Vaughan Abraham's anti-aging potion. So with no further ado, here's serwendel's mediocre pre-combine mock draft. 1. Los Angeles Chargers - OLB Shane Easley 6-4 236 R Penn State [Blitz] 83 Even though the Chargers drafted edge rushers in the past two drafts, they aren't talented enough to pass on the best player in the draft. Adding Easley to a linebacker corps that includes Tunch Richardson would instantly solidify the Chargers run defense, and hopefully takes some pressure off of their last two first round picks. 2. Washington [Redacted] - QB Tanner Bowman 6-2 203 R Penn State [Pocket] 82 With Mohammed Foster's early declaration, Washington is guaranteed one of the two good quarterbacks in this year's draft to replace Javier Fields. I think that the [Redacted]s would prefer a pocket passer in Bowman over Foster to build up a passing game with Sam Hiller-Weeden and further differentiate themselves from a run-first division. 3. Buffalo Bills - QB Mohammed Foster 6-0 194 R West Virginia [Scrambling] 82 This is where things get difficult. The Bills have made it pretty clear that they only view Kamau Davis as a stopgap QB. While the Bills do have a few holes on their roster, they'll probably look to grab their future QB here, and try to solidify their secondary with the 13th pick. 4. New England Patriots - WR J.C. Weldon 6-2 183 R West Virginia [Target] 82 With Darren Werner's return to New England, the Patriots look to give him a WR here to line up across from Beckham. JC Weldon has had a monster season this year, which should propel him above Tyron Chambers and Luke Cobb on most teams draft boards. 5. Chicago Bears - C Dean Strauss 6-3 284 R Auburn [Pass Blocking] 82 Da Bears' disappointing season was lead by a disappointing interior offensive line performance. With a weak guard class, Chicago ends up emulating division rival packers by drafting a great center in the first round. Chicago might also take OT/OG Beckett Miller, but I feel like he projects better at tackle than guard, leading the Bears to take Strauss. 6. Minnesota Vikings - CB Kordell McKinnon 6-0 195 R Michigan State [Zone Coverage] 81 The Vikings have enough holes that they could go in a few directions here. They look to continue to rebuild their secondary by drafting McKinnon, the latest export of Michigan State coach Slinkyjr's CB cloning facility. I could also see the Vikings trying to build up at WR, OG, or RB here too. 7. Arizona Cardinals - OT/OG Beckett Miller 6-1 300 R Oklahoma State [Pass Blocking] 82 Randy marvels as he is able to grab the top OL prospect at 7. Beckett Miller is probably the safest pick in the draft, but falls to 7 due to a deep tackle class. Great value drafting a potential top tier left tackle at 7. 8. Tennessee Titans - OG LaMichael Harley 6-2 297 R Michigan [Pass Blocking] 80 The Titans look to bolster their line play by grabbing the only 80+ guard available. Harley should slot into their depth chart pretty easily and hopefully will be a contributer in the future. 9. New Orleans Saints - CB Sean Taylor 5-9 193 R Western Michigan [Man Coverage] 81 Once again, New Orleans enters a draft needing corners. They have a tough decision here between Sean Taylor and Boston College star Andrew Boyd. Boyd does have better stats in a better conference, but he seems too small to stick in the league. This choice that'll probably come down to combine and pro day performance, but size is pretty important, so I'd bet on former MAC commissioner Imposter taking the Western Michigan standout. 10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ILB Garrett Holliday 6-3 234 R Arizona State [Mike] 81 Tampa owner/GM Rabidsnowman has made it clear that he wants a monster ILB who can rack up tackles. Holliday was a beast for the Sun Devils last season with 68 tackles, and a couple of sacks. 11. Cincinnati Bengals - OT/OG Justin Way 6-2 294 R Marshall [Pass Blocking] 80 With both guards thinking about retiring, Cincinnati needs a replacement quickly. Way is a big body who can play guard, something that's lacking in this draft. The Bengals do have quite a few holes on their defensive roster, so I could definitely see them looking in that direction with this pick though. 12. New York Giants - WR Luke Cobb 6-5 198 R Florida State [Speed] 81 The Giants desperately look to add more weapons in the vain hope that RJ Stanford will live up to his potential. They end up taking a great player in Cobb who somehow managed to live up to his hype at Florida State. 13. Buffalo Bills (from Houston) - CB Andrew Boyd 5-10 175 R Boston College [Man Coverage] 81 This pick feels like a foregone conclusion looking at Buffalo's roster. Their current number one corner, Anthony Hotchkiss, is a 77 overall veteran who is more suited to be a nickleback. They end up grabbing Boyd and hope that this early exposure doesn't end up ruining him. 14. Kansas City Chiefs - CB Kevin McQueen 5-11 176 R UCF [Man Coverage] 80 The Chiefs look to give Teddy Walker a partner at cornerback. McQueen has done a great job at top-2 UCF, and looks to parlay his great season into a high draft pick. It's quite possible that KC just goes BPA here; their roster has a ton of holes, and NMize isn't expecting this squad to be competitive next season. 15. Cleveland Browns - RB DeNorris Jackson 6-0 235 R UCF [Power] 80 The Browns finally take a NFL quality RB here. DNJ has been dominant at UCF, leading his team to the national championship. DNJ should immediately start at Cleveland over Sean Bell and his 3.38 YPC. 16. Miami Dolphins - WR Tyron Chambers 6-4 220 R Arkansas [Target] 82 Miami has a surprisingly well balanced team, but they do have a weakness at wideout with several mediocre WRs to work with Brian Brown. They'll try to fix that by taking Tyron Chambers who had yet another 1000 yard receiving season. 17. Arizona Cardinals (from Seattle) - DE Josiah Harden 6-3 249 R North Carolina [Blitz] 82 Having solifidied their offensive line, Arizona now looks to build up their defensive line. Harden had 10 sacks, helping a mediocre North Carolina team exceed expecations. 18. Pittsburgh Steelers - DE Carlos Washington 6-0 261 R Michigan [Blitz] 80 So I'm not going to lie, I have very little idea of who's on Pittsburgh's roster. They do still seem to have a weakness at DE, so it looks they'll take Michigan's star DE Carlos Washington and his 11 sacks. 19. Atlanta Falcons - DT Sila Lotomau 6-5 296 R Hawaii [2-Gap] 82 Atlanta finally gets the monster space eating DT that they've been looking for. I'm honestly a little confused at why I haven't mocked Lotomau yet, he has all the potential to be the next extremely overhyped NFC South DT. 20. Philadelphia Eagles - WR Malcolm Davis 6-6 216 R Kansas [Target] 80 The Eagles look to improve the quality of Allen Taylor's targets. What they get in Malcolm Davis is a massive receiver who should be as dominant in the redzone as he was in college. 21. Denver Broncos - DE Javier Grady 6-1 238 R North Texas [Blitz] 81 The Broncos look to replace the aging Adam Scott with the last available 80+ DE. Grady is undersized and his competition in college was questionable, so don't be surprised if Denver passes here and goes BPA. 22. Indianapolis Colts - CB Robert Bleeker 5-11 188 R Arkansas [Zone Coverage] 80 The Colts try to improve their aging CB unit by taking the JUCO transfer out of Arkansas. Bleeker has had a disappointing season for his rating with only 3 picks, but solid corner help is hard to find. 23. San Francisco 49ers - RB Marshawn Miller 6-1 225 R Connecticut [Speed] 81 With running back Mike McCray reportedly angry at his team due to usage concerns, it appears that his days in San Francisco are numbered. The 49ers respond by taking Marshawn Miller, who should be happy at being the secondary option after carrying an entire team on his back for four years at UCONN. 24. Detroit Lions - FS D'Qwell Moore 6-3 203 R Florida State [Zone Coverage] 81 Detroit finally looks to replace long time FS Kenneth Farr. In D'Qwell Moore, the Lions get a solid safety who has shown some good ability with his 3 interceptions. 25. Baltimore Ravens - WR Geno Harris 6-5 225 R Ole Miss [Target] 80 Whichever of Baltimore's QBs starts this season will need a target other than David Wells to throw at. Harris had a solidly productive season with Ole Miss this season, his 914 yards show him as a consistent threat on a spotty offense. 26. Arizona Cardinals (from Jacksonville) - TE Noah Hills 6-2 206 R Kansas [Receiving] 82 Arizona fills their gaping hole at TE with their third first round pick. Hills is a little skinny for a TE, but he should give Taylor Rodriguez a nice safety net at a position he loves to throw to. 27. Dallas Cowboys - WR Hakeem Black 6-2 208 R California [Target] 81 The Cowboys hope that Black can improve their putrid WR unit. Black had a surprisingly unproductive year at Cal this year, hopefully it's just a one time issue. 28. Los Angeles Rams - RB Daniel Hutchins 5-7 212 R Northern Illinois [Power] 80 With Chacon dissatisfied with team leadership, Los Angeles look to find a new option for the running back who they ignore. Hutchins had a monster season at NIU this year, but is dogged by competition concerns. 29. New York Jets - WR Josiah McCray 6-1 199 R Clemson [Target] 80 The Jets are pretty happy to get a second wide receiver for Erik Wegert to throw to. McCray had nine touchdowns on the year at Clemson, and New York hopes that he can reproduce that in the NFL. 30. Carolina Panthers - DT Joseph Bynum 6-6 298 R Oregon [1-Gap] 80 Cade looks to reunite with his former defensive tackle Bynum. Bynum took over as the center of Oregon's defensive line this year, where he was moderately effective garnering 13 tackles and 2 sacks. 31. Las Vegas Raiders - OT Shawaun Holsey 6-2 297 R Virginia [Run Blocking] 81 Alienufo ends up ecstatic with the lack of tackles taken this round. He manages to get a long term solution at tackle to replace John McKelvey next year. This might end up as Damian Mason out of Tennessee, although that depends on whether the Raiders view Robert Lee as a long term option at left tackle. 32. Green Bay Packers - ILB Jamal Harley 6-3 222 R Illinois [Mike] 81 Finally we have the Super Bowl champion Packers. This team is pretty balanced at the moment, but it looks to me like Inspiral will want to replace ILB Peyton Roaches. Harley is a solid pick at ILB here, he could either start from day one for Green Bay, or sit a year and learn the position before coming in.
  17. 14 points
    Soluna

    CFBHC v1.4d

    CFBHC v1.4d October 15th, 2017 Pre-Release v1.3.2.8 Notes: Thanks to all those who helped testing and recommended stuff as usual, for this patch in particular: Jumbo, Rome, and Jieret. CFBHC * (NEW) Added additional bowl challenge cup recruiting impact. The conference with the highest win percentage after all bowls have been completed will receive an additional +3 weekly points. The conference with the second highest win percentage after all bowls have been completed will receive an additional +1 weekly point. If there's a tie for winner all will receive +2 instead of +3/+1. If there's a tie for second all those conference will receive +1. *Changed the Strong Academics talent (11 Win Tier) scholarship boost from 25 to 28.
  18. 14 points
    Darman

    bmlig95

    Ultimately this site is supposed to be fun right? Most people haven't had to build a team from nothing. It sucks sometimes, especially if you don't feel like you can recruit there. I know if I wasn't a Duke fan irl I would be tempted to leave. So I understand wanting to leave
  19. 14 points
    The Mormon religion has no boundaries. I petition the NCAA to have maximum points in every state. Except Louisiana. Only heathens live there.
  20. 14 points
    Soluna

    2020 Pro Bowl Skills Challenge

    Precision Passing - Players attempt to tag a small target on a dummy's hand at various distances, players who tag more in a direct matchup with another player advanced. Best Hands - Aaron Shea throwing to various wide receivers running various routes of certain length while covered by Justin Davis, most catches wins. Power Relay Challenge - 4 4-man relay teams run a relay race, have to have one player from each of the following groups: O-Line, D-Line, Linebackers, Secondary Dodgeball - 5v5 Classic Dodgeball
  21. 13 points
    UBL

    [2020] CFBHC National Championship Game

    Congratulations to grv and the Nittany Lions! You guys were easily the best team in CFBHC this year and this championship is well earned. I'm sure you've made Soluna proud as you've established Penn State as the CFBHC dynasty. Needless to say, a national championship run was not remotely on my radar at the beginning of this season. An undefeated regular season was not on my radar. A 17 game unbeaten streak was not on my radar. The last three seasons for UCF have been average at best, going 8-4, 7-5, and 7-5 with bowl wins from 2017-2019. My main goal with this season was to make the AAC championship and a decent bowl so that this senior class would really have something to show for their talent and hard work, especially those continuing their careers in the league. I never imagined that in my entire career with this site that I would participate in a national championship, and while of course I wish the result had been different, I'm proud of what UCF has become over the last five seasons, and hope to continue that tradition of success that has been established here. Congrats again grv, be proud. (P.S. We're still forever going to claim the 2020 First Half National Championship Title, so we've got that going for us)
  22. 13 points
    TuscanSota

    What do you look like?

    Got to hang out with @SageBow last weekend for Austin City Limits. Lotta music, lotta fun.
  23. 13 points
    Soluna

    CFBHC v1.4e

    CFBHC v1.4e October 19th, 2017 Pre-Release v1.3.2.10 Notes: Thanks to all those who helped testing and recommended stuff as usual. CFBHC * (NEW) Added conference prestige bonus points for recruiting. This overwrites any conflicting old system that was used for bonus points. Conference receive points based on media, commissioner work, and overall performance throughout the year.
  24. 13 points
    npklemm

    [2021] Virginia Special Conference

    Good Afternoon. Thank you all for coming on short notice. Our season didn't end the way we wanted it to, and the blame falls on me and the rest of the coaching staff. We didn't do our job in preparing the players for the Game against UCF and it shows. I have decided at this time that a change in careers is necessary. I am resigning from the University of Virginia effective immediately. This decision does not stem from the result of the game, I want that to be clear. I made this decision a couple of weeks ago when my Alma Mater lost it's coach to the CUSA. I have decided to go home and coach the Ball State University Football Team. I'm incredibly excited for this adventure, but I am also sad. Sad to be leaving UVA and the ACC. I have been here for 7.5 seasons now and this team is completely mine. I have recruited every single one of these kids to this program. I am incredibly proud of what we achieved this season and last, and over the course of my time here. I wanted to go to Ball State now for a couple of reasons. First, it was available. Second, UVA is young and has a ton of promise and I think the time is right for someone else to come in and shape the program. I have quite a few people to thank, so I'll get into that. Fellow ACC Coaches: All, I left a little note in the private forum, but I thought I might expand on that here. @Jumbo - You have dominated me. But your game was always a benchmark for me to tell me how I'm doing. You are a great guy and I have enjoyed shitboxing with you as a fellow ACC member. @ImposterCauster - You are incredibly dedicated, smart, and passionate. You were the best candidate for Commissioner this season and I know the conference will be fun as long as you stick around. @Darman - 7-0. But, that 1 is coming sooner rather than later. It's going to be fun watching your team grow in the next few seasons. @Broletariat - We have been cross division rivals for a while now. And you always seem to find a way to fucking surprise me, including this season. Keep building, you've really got something growing there in Louisville. @Brightfalls - We have had some battles, both on the field and in the recruiting trail. You aren't close to predictable and have stumped me on more than one occasion. Thanks for being a great rival. @Dstak11 - You were one of my big hires at FSU, and even though you had a down season this year. I know you'll be back on top in no time. @smokingcricket - I brought you in for BC, with a little bit of controversy. But you have proven to be a great hire and I look forward to seeing what you do in the future. @Emperor_of_Orange - Wow, I forgot you in the original post. I have no clue how. You are probably the best coach in the Conference, and a hell of a guy. Let's meet in the playoffs some time. With that said, I am now available for questions.
  25. 13 points
    2020 Hill of Fame Inductee Alexander Hardison Inside Linebacker (2018) --------------------------------------------------------- 2018 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year 2018 C-USA All-Conference 1st Team 78 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 TD --------------------------------------------------------- Drafted: 4th round, 108th pick by the Baltimore Ravens (2019) NFLHC: 92 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 FR --------------------------------------------------------- Transcendent players are few and far in between. These game-changing athletes make an impact both on and off the field. Alexander Hardison, who stole the spotlight after transferring from Tennessee before the start of the 2018 season, led Western Kentucky in its inaugural season to its first ever bowl game. Hardison made game-saving plays, mentored younger teammates and was a true leader - he was the highest rated player on Western Kentucky’s team that year. In order to provide for his aging mother, he declared early for the draft, and was evaluated as one of the most intriguing prospects in CFBHC history - a 75 overall rated 3.5/4.5. He started in his rookie year and hasn’t looked back while playing for the Baltimore Ravens - he has progressed +7 to an 82 overall. While he only played one year, his legacy has paved the way for Western Kentucky. His tenure at WKU inspired later big-time recruits to come to WKU - such as (but not limited to) 1.5/4.5 Freshman ILB Miles Freeman, 1.0/4.5 Freshman RB Trevor Workman, 2.5/5.0 high school senior DT Felix Jennings, 2.0/4.5 Freshman FS Janoris Callahan - all these guys cited following Hardison’s footsteps as reasons they chose to come build something at Western Kentucky. In addition to this, the success of his younger teammates - QB Riley West and DT Benjamin Chappell - helped propel Western Kentucky to another bowl game in 2019 as well as their upcoming bowl game (while breaking the WKU season record for wins) in 2020. His achievements and his legacy will forever be remembered as he enters his perch atop the Hill of Fame. Hardison will be inducted at the Western Kentucky end of season banquet after the conclusion of their 2020 season.
  26. 13 points
    ImposterCauster

    [2020] Week #16 - TNF

    Congrats to the Golden Flashes and Aggies for becoming bowl-eligible for the first time ever! @TazerMan and @ZackTyzwyz has done a fantastic job this season!
  27. 12 points
  28. 12 points
    Jumbo

    [2020] Week 16 Coaches Poll

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  29. 12 points
    The year was 2016. Kansas State entered the Sunflower Showdown against the Kansas Jayhawks with a 5-6 record and a bowl berth on the line. The Jayhawks trotted a freshman QB by the name of Eric Jennings onto our turf to try and stop our first bowl appearance. Well, a 138 yard passing performance and 2 picks later the Jaybirds went home with their wings clipped and we went to our first ever bowl game. Tomorrow afternoon the Jaybirds are, once again, the only thing standing between us and a bowl game. And once again the trot out a freshman QB, Christian Graham, who isn’t ready for the spotlight. There are a lot similarities between 2016 and 2020. But one key thing is different: As special as it was to clinch a bowl in front of our home fans, it will be even better to do it on their field, in front of their fans. Nothing is better than hearing a record breaking crowd go from amped up at opening kick off to completely silent when the final horn sounds. And make no mistake, that is exactly what is about to happen. Kansas is a good football team, but they have no idea what is coming for them. Nothing will stand in the way of our bowl game. We have come too far to go home empty handed. I’m dedicating this one to our seniors. Elijah Humphrey - You work harder than anyone I have ever seen and you don’t get enough credit. 924 yard rushing and 12 TDs this season. That is a heck of a senior year. Let's get you that 1,000 yards and your first victory over the Jaybirds. My man Devon Tillman, I wanted that 1,000 yard season for you this year and it didn’t break that way. But it’s been a pleasure working with you all season (and beating you down in Madden after practice). You may not make 1,000 yards, but we can get you to 10 TDs when you burn Bradley Spurlock a couple of times. Ari Kern - You always have my back brother. I’ve never had someone watching my blindside like you do. I couldn’t do it without you. Brian Kowalski - 32 tackles, 3 sacks, and a forced fumble. You have been a force at OLB. Lets hook up for 1 more game and get that bowl berth brother. The national media doesn’t give us a chance. They say Kansas has a better running game, better wide receivers, better tight ends, and a better offensive line. They say that every area of their defense is better than ours and that it will be a 3 score game. But they don’t know how pissed off we are. They don’t know how ready we are to play. They don’t know how we used our bye week to prepare. I wouldn’t trade anyone on this team. To my teammates - We are building something special here, something the fans have longed for for years. And tomorrow we see phase 1 of that. Tomorrow we earn the right to go bowling, but it doesn’t stop there. To the fans - this is for you. You have suffered for far too long. You show up and pack out Memorial Stadium (seriously, who names a stadium that? Memorial to what? The 2020 season?) and you won’t be disappointed. We can’t do this without you. To the Jaybirds - When you walk off the field in defeat tomorrow, don’t beat yourself up too much. Afterall, I AM THE GREATEST.
  30. 12 points
    statsheetstuffer

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  31. 11 points
    (Troy, Alabama) 2021 - This afternoon, Troy University revealed that coach SBowman has accepted the offer to become the head coach of the Troy Trojans football team. With support from the entire University and its fans, coach SBowman spoke to the press alongside the Athletic Director and the University President. AD: Good afternoon everyone. First and foremost, I want to personally thank the University President, our regents, and especially the fans for all of their support throughout this process. We are all so thrilled and happy to have coach SBowman lead of football program. Troy is a special place, and it deserves a special coach. We believe that coach SBowman will take our program to new heights that will enable us to reach our goals. He's exited about the opportunity to be here at Troy and we are certainly exited to have him. Please join me in welcoming coach SBowman. *SBowman walks towards the podium* SBowman: Thanks for coming today folks. I, too, would like to thank the entire University, athletic department, and fans for all of the support. Ever since my childhood, I have devoted my life to football and this opportunity gives me the chance to live out my dreams. I have a lot in mind for the football program. I came here, I coach, for one purpose; To develop and work with these young men. I'm here to coach football, and I'm here to be the best partner that I can be for Troy. My philosophy, it's all about culture. My responsibility as head coach is to make sure we have the culture that we want. If you want to be great then you have to be great in all aspects of your life, academically, socially, not just on the football field. Hard work is key; if we want to be successful here, everyone must work hard. I want to win. The guys want to win. We are going to accomplish that by building a team. We're going to work hard, we're going to compete, and we're going to build a team that wins. Thanks. I'll now take a few questions from the audience.
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    Since the creation of the USF Bulls in 2017, the USF-UCF series, known as the War on I-4, has been exciting to say the least. In 2017, USF tour through the AAC with a then-historic passing attack, led by Jeremy Henry, highlighting their 10 win season with a home win against the UCF Knights, who were coming off a playoff birth and undefeated in AAC play in their own right. Quite surprisingly, USF and UCF had a couple big time players that played major roles on that 2017 team. CB Kevin McQueen shut down Heisman finalist Christopher Harris, and RB DeNorris Jackson, while solid overall in 2017, was outran by current Viking starting RB Josh Taylor. On the USF side, there are 3 current defensive starters from that team- James Blue, Guillermo Murphy, Christopher Ross - all started as true freshamen while star WR Claudio Howard saw a greater role as the season progressed. After an exciting 2017 game, the War on I-4 became somewhat dormant for a while. USF struggled to a 5-7 season and UCF had a couple bland seasons with around 7 wins. Arguably the bigger war was fought on the croot trail. WR Sila Aveau was hotly contested a cycle back between both programs, only to lead the league in WR's so far as a freshman. DE Mathew McNeil and DT Devon Brinson were initially target by USF as well. The rivalry returned somewhat in 2019, in which saw the Knights narrowly prevailed in a back and forth affair in which USF missed a late 55 yard FG that would have tied the match up. Flash forward to 2020 and the two schools - both Central Florida but more South than North - are combined 22-0. Both have beaten an erratic P5 team (Iowa and Tennessee). Both have played fairly soft out of league schedules. Both USF and UCF are undefeated, and are meeting up for a chance to play in the AAC title game against USF/UCF and a likely playoff birth if they prevail in both contests. Thus, both squads are competing in what could be dubbed as the G5 Super Bowl - only three times have two undefeated teams played so late in the season and the first outside the so-called power five conference. Both teams are senior laden - UCF losses 5 starters on defense, and 8 on offense while USF graduates 5 and 6 respectively. The similarities end there. UCF for the longest time and still is a very run heavy team - as run heavy as you could get without going full smashmouth, with them usually getting no more than 20 passes a game unless they are behind big. They seldom deviate from this gameplan, as they've had a plathera of great running backs that date from Big XII legend Trace Buchanan to legendary formula bust Buzz Etcheverry to 5 star croot DeNorris Jackson and given it's gotten them ranked for three of the past five seasons, including a playoff birth in 2016, it's fairly successful. They've always tried to go after mobile QB's, with QB Dwayne Bennett, a sophomore, being the ultimate game manager, with only 1 interception on the year and completing more than 65% of his passes. USF, somewhat like AAC West powerhouse SMU, is fairly pass oriented with strong wide receiver corps. Christopher Harris out of nowhere had a magical season in 2017, and Ramon Stewart (currently on the Cowboys) and Claudio Howard have continued that legacy, and now has been passed on to the young Aveau. On offense, USF's pass heavy attack has been led by senior QB Daniel Lentz. The Junior college transfer, Lentz, in his 2nd year starting, has averaged around 68% completion, is nearing 4,000 yards, which would become the second USF player to ever do so in four seasons, behind Rams backup QB Jeremy Henry, and 39 touchdowns to 9 pick sixs. Of course, UCF is just as efficient passing the ball, just with much lower attempts. RB Johnny Taylor has been decent but not elite and help keep defenses honest, but of course this pails in comparison to DeNorris Jackson, averaging 5.56 YPC and has over 100 rushing yards in all 11 games, along with 24 TD's; two of these figures that lead the conference. USF has the better receivers, led by the previously referenced Sila Aveau and Claudio Howard, the two leading AAC receivers, even though UCF's aren't exactly bad either, led by Justice Pierre. Their offensive lines are similarly experienced, although UCF has given up far fewer sacks this year. On the defense, both squads fair fairly well in the linemen counterpart. DE's Devin Blakely and Micheal McNeil have had 10.5 and 9.5 sacks respectively, both ridiculous numbers for a freshman. Meanwhile, USF has had talented D Line players, but due to scheme, haven't put up the stellar numbers the UCF Knights have, with star DT James Blue having 1 sack on the year. Additionally, UCF has an edge on the linebackers on paper, although USF OLB Mohamed Mims has overachieved this season for one of the least herald of their starters, with 1.5 sacks, while four year starter Christoper Ross has 2 sacks (NOTE: SACKS NOT WORKING ON AAC STATS DOC) has another 2. On the other side of the coin, UCF has fewer linebackers sacks, but as a unit, also have a net total of 2 interceptions. Both the USF and UCF secondaries have been great at forcing turnovers, with both team's star number one corners - freshman Austin Copeland and likely 2021 1st rounder Kevin McQueen each having 5 interceptions. Weirdly enough, their second and third best interception leaders are both their #2 CB and both their #1 FS, although UCF FS James Munnerlyn a guy scouts should keep an eye on, as he'll likely be the UCF top secondary player for years to come. So now that we know more than needed about these two teams, let's talk about their seasons. Both USF and UCF have looked dominant at times in 2020, although the latter has had some slip ups as of late. RB Johnny Taylor failed to reach 3YPC in their last outing against Uconn, and QB Lentz has looked turnover prone as of late. The coaching on USF has been more questionable than the rock solid and consistent UCF gameplans that the Knights have rolled out as of late. UCF has no pronounced weakness that the one trick pony USF offense is particularly good at exploiting. Still, it'd be unwise to completely underestimate how explosive the USF can be at times, most notably they poured in 55 points against a solid Houston team, including 45 in a half. But since the Bulls have had a fairly soft OOC and conference slate, they really haven't played a secondary on caliber to UCF - which may be the best AAC team since Brian Brown. Prediction: UCF 28, USF 17. Final.
  33. 11 points
    Dacder

    Dacder's 2021 Mini-Mock

    1 Los Angeles Chargers - OLB Shane Easley 6-4 236 R Penn State [Blitz] 83 2 Washington Redskins - QB Tanner Bowman 6-2 203 R Penn State [Pocket] 82 3 Buffalo Bills - WR Tyron Chambers 6-4 220 R Arkansas [Target] 82 4 New England Patriots - DE Josiah Harden 6-3 249 R North Carolina [Blitz] 82 5 Chicago Bears - OT/OG Beckett Miller 6-1 300 R Oklahoma State [Pass Blocking] 82 6 Minnesota Vikings - WR J.C. Weldon 6-2 183 R West Virginia [Target] 82 7 Arizona Cardinals - DT Sila Lotomau 6-5 296 R Hawaii [2-Gap] 82 8 Tennessee Titans - C Dean Strauss 6-3 284 R Auburn [Pass Blocking] 82 9 New Orleans Saints - CB Andrew Boyd 5-10 175 R Boston College [Man Coverage] 81 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DE Javier Grady 6-1 238 R North Texas [Blitz] 81 11 Cincinnati Bengals - OT Shawaun Holsey 6-2 297 R Virginia [Run Blocking] 81 12 New York Giants - WR Luke Cobb 6-5 198 R Florida State [Speed] 81 13 Buffalo Bills (from Texans) - CB Sean Taylor 5-9 193 R Western Michigan [Man Coverage] 81 14 Kansas City Chiefs - CB Kordell McKinnon 6-0 195 R Michigan State [Zone Coverage] 81 15 Cleveland Browns - OLB Brandon Thomas 6-3 229 R Bowling Green [Blitz] 81 16 Miami Dolphins - WR Hakeem Black 6-2 208 R California [Target] 81 17 Arizona Cardinals (from Seahawks) - OT Damian Mason 6-3 296 R Tennessee [Pass Blocking] 81 18 Pittsburgh Steelers - ILB Jamal Harley 6-3 222 R Illinois [Mike] 81 19 Atlanta Falcons - DT Hudson Adam 6-0 310 R West Virginia [2-Gap] 81 20 Philadelphia Eagles - WR Adam Coles 6-0 198 R Pittsburgh [Speed] 81 21 Denver Broncos - OLB Caleb McNamara 6-2 217 R Vanderbilt [Coverage] 81 22 Indianapolis Colts - RB Marshawn Miller 6-1 225 R Connecticut [Speed] 81 23 San Fransisco 49ers - DE Carlos Washington 6-0 261 R Michigan [Blitz] 80 24 Detroit Lions - CB Kevin McQueen 5-11 176 R UCF [Man Coverage] 80 25 Baltimore Ravens - WR Malcolm Davis 6-6 216 R Kansas [Target] 80 26 Arizona Cardinals (from Jaguars) - FS D'Qwell Moore 6-3 203 R Florida State [Zone Coverage] 81 27 Dallas Cowboys - DT Joseph Bynum 6-6 298 R Oregon [1-Gap] 80 28 Los Angeles Rams - OT/OG Justin Way 6-2 294 R Marshall [Pass Blocking] 80 29 New York Jets - ILB Garrett Holliday 6-3 234 R Arizona State [Mike] 81 30 Carolina Panthers - ILB Christopher Clayton 6-0 240 R Penn State [Mike] 80 31 Oakland Raiders - OT Kevin Grey 6-5 260 R USC [Pass Blocking] 81 32 Green Bay Packers - OLB Nathaniel Jeffries 5-11 253 R Tennessee [Blitz] 80
  34. 11 points
    Soluna

    Banner Flown Over Bengals Offices

    For about three hours early this morning a plane carrying a banner "WE'VE HAD ENOUGH - DANGERZONEH OUT" was seen circling the Bengals' offices in Cincinnati. "He's a cool guy and all but seriously what is he even doing? I could be a better general manager than this clown. He knows how to party but his management skills are about equivalent with a rotting Gourd," said incensed fan Steve Williams (43). Williams' friend Chris Davis (45) added on, "I thought we really had something going and now it seems we're back at the beginning. I will NOT be renewing my season tickets." Bengals lose 10% fan opinion and the media has asked General Manager DangerZoneh to take a stand (in this thread).
  35. 11 points
    Having been with the Atlanta Falcons for several years and grown to love Atlanta, Riddick Smith has spent his off-season working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, taking a leading role in the fundraising and planning for the Fulton County Teen Center, a social and scholastic retreat for teens. Smith, in conjunction with several teammates, also created Atlanta BORN Inc to provide lower income high school boys with resources and networking opportunities. Riddick Smith receives a new player line: WR Riddick Smith 6-0 185 7 Texas A&M [Target] 87
  36. 10 points
    joedchi

    2020 Orange Bowl Preview

    The Orange Bowl is here and both Notre Dame and Clemson are looking to finish on a high note. Clemson is coming off back to back losses to South Carolina and in the ACC Championship game to Virginia. Notre Dame is coming off a loss to Alabama. Clemson feeds off their defense and hopes their offense doesn't turn the ball over. Notre Dame relies on their efficient offense and hopes their defense doesn't give up too many big plays. Last Meeting: This is the first meeting between these two schools. What a win means for Notre Dame: After 2 sub par seasons, the Irish have made themselves relevant again on the national stage. A loss would still land them at 8-5 which has them trending in the right direction but a win would give them a fourth win over a ranked team this year. Beating a program like Clemson would give a huge boost to this team going forward to next season. What a win means for Clemson: The Tigers started the season ranked #4 and haven't lived up to expectations. A win here would get them to 10 wins which would be a great season for most schools. Jamel Armstrong and the offense have struggled to find an identity but a win would be a boost to his confidence heading into his senior season. Key Offensive Players: Notre Dame QB Owen Sorenson - 196 for 303, 2,570 yards, 21 TDS, 8 Ints RB Kalei Keil - 285 carries, 1,374 yards, 13 TDs TE Jonas Grover - 41 receptions, 577 yards, 6 TDs Clemson QB Jamel Armstrong - 248 for 438, 2,769 yards, 20 TDs, 18 Ints RB Timmy Mark - 248 carries, 999 yards, 11 TDS WR Josiah McCray - 64 receptions, 836 yards, 9 TDs Key Defensive Players: Notre Dame DE Eric Samuels - 46 tackles, 10.0 sacks CB Antonio Early - 14 tackles, 5 interceptions ILB Cameron Spiller - 40 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions Clemson DE Glenn Thorpe - 34 tackles, 9.5 sacks CB Malachi Douglas - 13 tackles, 5 interceptions ILB Omar Trotter - 52 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH ORANGE BOWL CLEMSON TIGERS 8-4 Record 9-4 Independent Conference ACC 24 Ranking 25 NOTRE DAME OFFENSE CLEMSON 31.0 Points / Game 24.5 367.25 Total Yards / Game 297.35 214.17 Passing Yards / Game 213.00 153.08 Rushing Yards / Game 84.35 5.39 Offensive Line 6.56 17 Sacks Allowed 15 40.43% 3rd Down % 29.70% 1-1 4th Downs 0-1 NOTRE DAME DEFENSE CLEMSON 25.8 Points / Game 21.1 333.66 Total Yards / Game 290.77 246.33 Passing Yards / Game 192.46 87.33 Rushing Yards / Game 98.31 13 Interceptions 13 1 Fumbles Recovered 0 24 Sacks 25 NOTRE DAME TEAM CLEMSON +4 Turnover Margin -5 6.42 Penalties / Game 7.31 53.67 Penalty Yards / Game 63.31 238 Punt Return Yards 305 200 Kick Return Yards 234 44.04 Punting Average 39.56 41-41 Extra Points 36-36 23-24 Field Goals 23-28 Prediction: Notre Dame 23 Clemson 17
  37. 10 points
    cmcgill

    LSU Returns to Baton Rouge

    After a heartbreaking loss in the National Semifinal game to top ranked Penn State, the LSU Tiger football team landed in Baton Rouge this morning to hundreds of fans waiting at the airport to welcome them back. The Tigers lead the entire game until late in the 4th quarter when PSU scored the final go ahead touchdown. Fans came out to the airport in droves to show support for the most successful LSU team since the 2013 National Championship team. After arriving back on campus head coach cmcgill held his annual end of season press conference and took questions. He started off by saying "the way we lost that game is absolutely heartbreaking because we showed we were could be the best team in the country for three quarters, but I have to give a lot of credit to PSU for putting together some amazing drives that we just couldn't stop late in the game." He also spoke specifically about PSU QB Tanner Bowman saying, "their QB showed why he is a Heisman candidate as we just couldn't stop him. Our guys would be in the positions we wanted them to be, but he was able to make NFL throws that you just can't stop." After adressing the media coach cmcgill was joined by all of the departing seniors and tackle Joel Perry (who declared for the NFLHC draft as a redshirt junior) as they released the following joint statement: --------------------------- We have all spent four or five years here in Baton Rouge and we have developed a strong bond with each other, our teammates, our classmates, and the entire LSU community. Some of us started four years and others never saw the field, but all of us share an experience that we wouldn't trade for the world. This past season has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of our entire lives. We wish it had ended differently, but we are proud of what we and our brothers have accomplished. For years we have dedicated our free time to getting LSU back to the top of the mountaintop where we felt we belonged and while we didn't reach the summit ourselves, we know we leave LSU in a better place than we arrived and have faith that this team will accomplish what we could not in the near future. The the fans, we want to say thank you for showing up every Saturday night and being the loudest most passionate fans in the country. To our teammates, keep up the hard work and make us proud in the coming seasons. We will be watching every game and we look forward to seeing you carry the torch for our Tigers. To coach, we want to say thank you for everything you did for us. You may not have been the coach who recruited us to Baton Rouge, but we couldn't imagine these past three years without you. Many of us will never play another down of organized football, but we feel more prepared for life after football because of your guidance. Forever LSU, QB Blake Craig QB Brady Fuller-McCormick RB Jayden Huff RB James Burnett FB Julius Gaston FB Aden Bunch FB Isamaeli Vaai WR Adam Vann WR Dwayne Maddox WR Andre Cannon TE Corey Garvin OT Joel Perry C Griffin Chappell DT Cameron Street DT Edward Lawler DE Luis Paz DE Brian Harvey DE Andre Seay ILB Jaiden Davenport ILB Chad Lockett OLB David Ellis CB Noah Doe FS Amir Pickett SS Kaden Bowser SS Terrence McGhee K Marcus Sewell K Jeremy Devlin K Jayden Phipps P Joel Matlock P Louis Roper
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  39. 10 points
    Get yourselves ready for a Texan civil war, as Texas makes the trip up from Austin to Fort Worth to take on SMU, who's in turn making the short hop over from Dallas. Regional rivalries aside, we're in for another good game involving the nation's most exciting conference. Texas is playing in a bowl game for the eighth consecutive season, and the Big XII's second-winningest program is seeking to ensure that they finish an eighth consecutive year with a winning record. Further on the line are in-state bragging rights, the attention of in-state recruits, and more in-state bragging rights. A year after putting up a stunning 172.7 passer rating with 29 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, Andre Webb has had more difficulty in year 1 after Kevin Muse. The Azle native started the year with scorching efforts against TCU (309 yards, 3 TD) and Cincinnati (333 yards, 3 TD) before coming back down to earth. He threw at least one interception in six games out of seven, threw two picks each in losses to UCF and Navy, and didn't put up a single game with a 150 passer rating in that span. He seemingly recovered after that, torching Tulane and Memphis (who are, of course, Tulane and Memphis) before once again putting up so-so numbers against Houston and UCF. The end result: 63.9% passing for 3718 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions--that's on 37.3 attempts per game and with a 141.9 passer rating. Webb largely looks for two receivers when he drops back: junior Dean Burkhart (82 for 1045 yards, 8 TD) and senior Sebastian Hatcher (66 for 959 yards, 10 TD). Aidan Blount and tight end Greg Mattingly can't be ignored, but they're not Webb's go-to guys. SMU has leaned on the passing game despite merely okay results, and a large part of that was an inability to get Terrell Holland going early. The senior tailback needed 5 games to reach 80 yards even once, and he was held to double digits in each of his first nine. The question SMU has to ask is whether Holland hit his stride in the final four games. He rushed for 135 yards against Tulane, just 67 yards but two touchdowns against Memphis, and put up 125 on Houston, and finished with 109 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 14 carries against UCF. Because of tat late burst, Holland actually averages just a hair shy of 5.0 yards per carry for the season. Catch that lightning in a bottle, and a more balanced attack can relieve some of the pressure from the SMU passing game. But if they can't, Texas's defense can pounce. Entering bowl season, Texas had the best passer rating allowed of any Big XII team, at 126.8. They allow just 190.3 passing yards per game, they've given up 15 touchdowns through the air, and they've intercepted 13 passes. It's particularly important for Texas to shut down the run game because their secondary isn't responsible for a lot of their interceptions. In fact, the linebacker unit is responsible for nearly half: Jabari Fletcher has 3, Axel Lozano has 2, and Thomas Eason has 1. This is a team that loves to drop back into coverage, which shows in their nearly 4.5 yards allowed per carry. It's incumbent upon the defensive line to gum up the works at the line of scrimmage, and either make the tackle themselves or force the runner to move laterally until help can arrive. They haven't done that very well this season, but if SMU doesn't take advantage then it won't matter. The Longhorns face a similar task on their own possessions. They're a heck of a lot more balanced than SMU: instead of 485 passes to 222 runs, they've been at 324 passes and 300 runs. Simeon Wells is important to this offense, and they're at their best when he can get going. He found the endzone in 11 of 12 games this season, hit the century mark for yardage 8 times out of 12 (including each of Texas's final 5 games), and averaged 4.75 yards per carry. SMU's defensive front is solid for sure, particularly with Jaden Westbrook (36 tackles, 8 sacks) lining up at right end against redshirt freshman left tackle Bobby Drake. But they've also given up good chunks of yardage on the ground against teams with mobile quarterbacks (TCU, Houston) and teams with DeNorris Jackson (UCF twice). Simeon Wells isn't a DNJ yet, but that's film the coaching staff will have been breaking down for weeks in advance of this game. This is probably advantage Wells. But even when Wells plays well, Texas needs to get a good game out of Kyler Tackett in order to win. The sophomore Collin College product put up numbers that qualified him as "not Sam Light" and "definitely not Dante Fraley." On an efficiency basis, he actually put up reasonably similar numbers to Brad Davis. He completed 65.4% of his passes for 2644 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions--that's on an even 27.0 passes per game and with a 150.8 passer rating. He's nominally a running threat, but more in terms of his ability to move within the pocket or roll out and throw on the run rather than his ability to take off downfield. The big thing is that he's a steady player who hasn't really had any "wow" moments. His career high for passing yards is 290, but he's completed 70% of his passes or more in half of his games. Part of that's his lack of downfield threats: if Abdoul Causey is your WR1, you don't have a WR1. Tight end Steven Maloney leads the team in all receiving categories with 50 receptions for 700 yards and 9 touchdowns. Outside of Maloney, Causey, Rory Stevens, and occasionally Shaun Lyles there isn't anyone else who Tackett looks to throw to. SMU's secondary is a tough one to challenge with that makeup. Sam Milner's the only quarterback to throw 2 touchdown passes against them in the same game. They've allowed just 11 touchdown passes all year--against 12 interceptions. Their opponents complete just 58.1% of their passes. Adam Young (4 INT) is a dangerous corner, and safeties Sergio Munoz (2 INT) and Blake Goodwin can hold their own. Tackett also has to be on the lookout for middle linebacker William Battle, who's tied for the team lead with 4 interceptions and whose team-best 65 tackles have routinely prevented yards after the catch. These teams have similar profiles, from up-and-down quarterback play to good coverage from the linebacker corps. But while SMU got away with some skating on thin ice early in the season (until the UCF and Navy games), they eventually got it mostly together and finished the season with their best football of the year. Texas doesn't have momentum on their side. They lost back-to-back games, five out of seven, and six out of nine to close the regular season after a 3-0 start. When their offense has been on, their defense hasn't--and vice versa. They are certainly capable of beating SMU if they put it all together, but they just haven't put it all together this year. The 'Stangs gallop to victory. SMU 30, Texas 23
  40. 10 points
    HAFFnHAFF

    bmlig95

    Agreed. It is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to build a team that isn’t already good or in a select few states. The only reason I’m still at KSU is bc I’m a Big XII fan in real life and love the conference on the site. But I’m questioning that decision more and more
  41. 10 points
    Friday, the SEC starts it bowl season with a bang as #6 Auburn takes on #3 Penn State in Pasadena, CA at the Rose Bowl. In what may be the biggest quarterfinal game this season, the Tigers will look to topple the #1 team in the coaches poll for a shot at the winner of the - game the next evening. In a game that will have NFL talent all over the field, the winner on Friday may well be the favorite for to hoist the CFP trophy back in the Rose Bowl a few weeks later. The game will likely come down to which team finds that late game edge and can drive home a win. Here we will go over a few of the most important battles you will see on the field Friday night. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Offensive Line OT Alex Vasili 6-5 310 So Caravel Academy (Bear, DE) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Sean Poole 6-6 261 (Jr) Notre Dame (Quincy, IL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] C Chase Kinney 6-1 296 (Fr) Cummings (Burlington, NC) 2.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Isamaeli Tuiasosopo 6-2 259 (Jr) Berrien Springs (Berrien Springs, MI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Will McCormick 6-5 272 (Sr) Leominster (Leominster MA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] vs. Defensive Front DE Thomas Handy 6-2 272 (Fr) Soldotna (Soldotna, AK) 2.0 of 4.0 [Contain] DT Taua Maui'a 6-1 302 (So) Slocomb (Slocomb, AL) 3.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap] DE Jacob Robb 6-2 249 (Sr) Port St. Lucie (Port St. Lucie FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] OLB Caleb Messer 5-11 222 Sr Southside-Gadsden (Southside, AL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] In some ways, both teams are really fortunate with this matchup. Both teams' biggest weaknesses will go head-to-head meaning that the other like won't be able to take advantage. There is definitely talent on both sides of the ball, but there is also a lot of youth. PSU's best offensive lineman is true Sophmore Alex Vasili who may struggle with the pressure, so PSU has needed to send help from the running backs and tight ends to help against the pass rush this season. However, the other side of the line of scrimmage is just as inexperienced with Jacob Robb the only upperclassman on the line, so look for PSU to leave their linemen one-on-one in pass protection this week. Advantage: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Offensive Line ATH Jackson Gibson 6-4 240 Jr Schley County (Ellaville, GA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] OG Kieran Moser 6-2 278 (So) Georgiana (Georgiana, AL) 2.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] C Dean Strauss 6-3 284 (Jr) Riverside (Avon, MS) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Jasper Whitley 6-5 325 Sr St. Xavier (Louisville, KY) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OT Setu Avea 6-5 263 (Fr) Iola (Iola, KS) 3.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] vs. Defensive Front DE Cory Hall 5-10 237 (Jr) Brandywine (Niles, MI) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] DT Shamar Ware 6-5 278 Jr Southern Guilford (Greensboro, NC) 5.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] DE Oghale Adelangwe 6-4 241 Fr St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia PA) 2.5 of 5.0 [Blitz] OLB Shane Easley 6-4 236 Jr Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, PA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] Unlike on the other side of the ball, there is no lack of talent and experience in this match-up. Jackson Gibson and Dean Strauss anchor the Auburn offensive line and both will be playing on Sundays next season. For PSU, Cory Hall and Shamar Ware have been disruptive this season combining for 7 total sacks, but outside linebacker Shane Easley had 10.5 and Oghale Adelangwe had 8.5. While Gibson will likely be able to keep Easley in check, Ware and Hall will work to eat up defenders and Adelangwe will be getting pressure on Black. It is going to take a masterful effor from Strauss and his blocking assignments to keep Black on his feet. while the Auburn line may perform above expectations, the Nittany Lion defenders will be getting a lot of pressure in the backfield. It will be on Black to be mobile in the pocket and buy to for a lot and running back Sean Meade to take advantage of any whole in the defense. Advantage: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Running Back RB Ricky Vega 5-10 214 Jr DePaul Catholic (Wayne, NJ) 4.0 of 5.0 [Speed] vs. Inside Linebackers ILB Tyrese Thompson 6-3 228 (Jr) Elba (Elba, AL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Mike] ILB Amadou Christian 6-3 243 (Sr) St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Mike] Vega has been an incredibly efficient running back this season, averaging 5.27 yards every carry and over 100 yards a game. While Vega is somewhat overshadowed by the play of quarterback Tanner Bowman, his effectiveness running the ball helps keeps defenses honest and opens up the play action pass that PSU has run so effectively this season. However, if Tyrese Thompson and Amadou Christian can fill the gaps properly to make up for the weaknesses on the defensive line the Tigers have a chance to keep Vega in-check. If Auburn has to start committing additional men to stopping the run then Tanner Bowman is going to pick apart the Tiger secondary. Advantage: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Running Back RB Sean Meade 5-11 218 (Fr) Hazlewood (Creek, AL) 3.0 of 5.0 [Power] vs. Inside Linebackers ILB Christopher Clayton 6-0 240 (Sr) East (Cheyenne WY) 5.0 of 5.0 [Mike] ILB Bradley Rainey 5-11 223 (So) Montville Township (Montville, NJ) 3.5 of 5.0 [Will] SEC offensive freshman of the year, Sean Meade, will look to establish the running game against an exceptionally stout PSU front. While Meade has been comparable in production to Vega this season he will be facing a much tougher challenge. Meade will need some exceptional blocking up-front in order to hold off the Nittany Lion defensive line, but if All-B1G First Team ILB Bradley Rainey and Christopher Clayton come keep up their solid play it may be a difficult introduction to the postseason for the Freshman running back. Advantage: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Passing Attack QB Tanner Bowman 6-2 203 Sr Manistee (Manistee, MI) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] WR Morgan Patton 6-3 193 Jr Purchase Line (Commodore, PA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target] WR Tyler White 6-0 156 (Jr) St. Clair County Community College (Port Huron MI) 4.5 of 5.0 [Speed] TE DeNorris Talbert 6-3 200 (So) Lee College (Baytown, TX) 4.0 of 4.5 [Blocking] vs. Pass Defense CB Kenyon Justice 6-1 177 (Jr) Faulkner State Community College (Bay Minette AL) 4.5 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Thomas Mims 5-11 193 (Sr) Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] FS Shamar Fair 6-2 207 (Jr) Russell County (Seale, AL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Eddie Burks 6-1 191 (So) Georgiana (Georgiana, AL) 4.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] The PSU passing offense may be the most talented group of skill players in the country. Many consider quarterback Tanner Bowman to be the Heisman frontrunner averaging over 300 yards passing a game and completing more than 70% of his passes. That is thanks, in no small part, to the talent he is slinging the ball to. Both Morgan Patton and Tyler White have more than 1,000 yards receiving this season and tight end DeNorris Talbert has proven to be a reliable red zone threat this season. In order for Auburn to win this game they have to keep Bowman in check and that is going to fall mostly on cornerbacks Kenyon Justice and Thomas Mims. While both are more than capable of playing at an elite level, it may take the games of their young careers. Shamar Fair and Eddie Burks will look to sure up the back end but if the Nittany Lion receivers are getting to the second level it will probably be too late. Advantage: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Passing Attack QB Marcus Black 6-6 225 (So) Plainview (Plainview, AL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Hybrid] WR Oscar Marroquin 5-11 161 (Sr) St. Cloud (St. Cloud FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] WR Andre Curtis 6-4 225 Sr Snead State Community College (Boaz AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] TE Jayden Townsend 6-6 194 (Sr) Emma Sansom (Gadsden AL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Receiving] vs. Pass Defense CB Austin Sheppard 6-1 188 (Sr) Spring Hill (Columbia TN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Samir Goodson 6-1 194 Sr Sandwich (East Sandwich, MA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Miles Lawton-Denson 6-2 187 (So) Montville Township (Montville, NJ) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Makai Riggins 6-1 192 Sr Dwight Englewood (Englewood, NJ) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] If there is one match-up that can win this game for the Auburn Tigers it is their passing game. Marcus Black is a monster of a quarterback and a contender for the Heisman in his own right. While Black doesn't quite match Bowman in the number of yards a game he has been arguably more efficient than Bowman averaging more yards per completion, a higher completion percentage, and throwing half as many interceptions. Additionally, Black has done so without the same receiving talent that Bowman has. While Oscar Marroquin and Andre Curtis have been effective neither has over 900 yards receiving. In order to stop a big day from Black PSU will look to Austin Sheppard and Samir Goodson to keep the receivers locked down. If they can stay close they can force Black to check down. Behind the receivers the safties Miles Lawton-Dawson and Makai Riggins can be exploited by the Tigers. If the receivers can get seperation and in behind the corners they should take advantage of the weak over the top coverage from PSU. Advantage: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Final Thoughts The Tigers and Nittany Lions will feature NFL talent all over the field. Both teams will look to take advantage of weaknesses in the pass defense of the other with their star quarterbacks. While neither defense should try and force turnovers from Bowman or Black, if they can stay in front of the receivers and force the check downs they will consider that a win. While Black will likely play better Friday night it wont be enough. The incredible talent all over the field for PSU will be enough to keep the Tigers in check. The PSU linebackers will take Meade out of the game, and Vega will be able to consistently find enough of a crease in the weak Auburn defensive line to be effective. That additional threat of the running game from PSU will be enough to outscore Auburn in a higher scoring affair than many believe. Final Score: 34 - 31
  42. 10 points
    Congratulations! The Oregon Ducks and coach @bingo415 are your 2020 Pacific 12 Conference Champions! We were able to speak to bingo415 immediately after the game: Q: Coach, what a turnaround. After how this season started, how did you keep your team focused on the big prize? A: I was really worried they weren't gonna play for me, especially after the North Carolina game. But...once we went with the scheme change against Arizona and got the win over a well-coached football team, they saw that their talent was gonna be enough to lead us to where we wanted to go. Q: How good is Trevon Yeldon? Can you talk a little bit about the impact he's had this season? A: Trevon is a hell of a running back and an equally stellar young man. Good in the classroom, great on the field, he is the bell cow, the leader of this team, even at such a young age. He's out best player, and when your best player goes out and practices as hard as he plays, it makes the whole team better. We knew he was gonna get the ball 25 times a game and we knew he was gonna run hard for all his yards. If he sticks around for another year, which he absolutely should do, he's got a chance at all the biggest prizes: Doak Walker, 2,000 yards, maybe more. Q: And finally, how does it feel to come home to Oregon and win the school's first conference championship? A: It feels great to be back at Oregon and even better to show the state that a winner is possible in Eugene. It's the school first PAC title, and my first win in 6 tries in Championship games. It feels great, I'm the luckiest guy in the world, and everything is right with the world.
  43. 10 points
    OREGON WINS IF... They win the turnover battle and Yeldon has 125+ total yards. Dikes and Lacey need to play lights out.
  44. 10 points
    With the regular season in the books, let's take a look at the PAC-12 team stats on offense! Top 3 Points Scored 1. USC Trojans, , 474 pts (39.5 pts/game) 2. Washington State Cougars, , 385 pts (32.08 pts/game) 3. UCLA Bruins, , 362 pts (30.16 pts/game) Top 3 Touchdowns Made 1. USC Trojans, , 57 TDs 2. Washington State Cougars, , 49 TDs 3. UCLA Bruins, , 44 TDs Top 3 Gained Yards 1. USC Trojans, , 5,292 yds (441 yds/game) 2. Washington State Cougars, , 4,397 yds (366.42 yds/game) 3. UCLA Bruins, , 4,108 yds (342.33 yds/game) Top 3 Least Turnovers 1. USC Trojans, , 6 Turnovers T.2. Arizona Wildcats, , 8 Turnovers T.2. Arizona State Sun Devils, , 8 Turnovers T.2. Oregon Ducks, , 8 Turnovers Top 3 Least Sacks Allowed 1. USC Trojans, , 10 sacks 2. Oregon Ducks, , 11 sacks 3. California Golden Bears, , 14 sacks Top 3 Pass Attempts/Sacks 1. USC Trojans, , 45 att/sack 2. Oregon Ducks, , 29 att/sack 3. Stanford Cardinals, , 25.2 att/sack Top 3 O.L. Average 1. USC Trojans, , 7.55 avg 2. Washington State Cougars, , 6.45 avg 2. Oregon Ducks, , 6.21 avg Top 3 3rd Down Convertion 1. USC Trojans, , 43,51% (57/131) 2. Washington State Cougars, , 39,37% (50/127) 3. Oregon Ducks, , 37,42% (58/155) Top 3 Least Penalties 1. Oregon State Beavers, , 73 penalties 2. Arizona State Sun Devils, , 75 penalties 3. Washington Huskies, , 77 penalties Top 3 Least Penalty Yards 1. Oregon State Beavers, , 621 yds T.2. UCLA Bruins, , 655 yds T.2. Utah Utes, , 655 yds Top 3 Most plays runned 1. USC Trojans, , 725 plays (60.41 plays/game) 2. UCLA Bruins, , 717 plays (59.75 plays/game) 3. Washington State Cougars, , 701 plays (58.41 plays/game)
  45. 10 points
    ZackTyzwyz

    [2020] Week #16 - TNF

    Dear lord bowling for the first time in Utah State history! Most wins in a season in Utah State history! More wins this season than ever other Utah State season combined! We did @TazerMan, time to start the campaign for being in a bowl together! Thanks for all the help you and everyone else gave me!
  46. 9 points
    bingo415

    CFBHC v1.4e

    Alright PAC-12. We need to talk. Get your crap together and help Franz out. We should AT LEAST be at or above the GD AAC, if that's even a real conference. Who do they have??!!? GD HOUSTON??!?!!!!! We all know that freaking Arizona would have taken down 4/5ths of the Big 12 this year, but there they are...at freaking +5, along with the scrub SEC, who has had less than half of their schools with a consistent coach since 2018. Don't worry, though, they have two Playoff teams, and how many did we have?!! Freaking ZERO, mostly because the guy with the most talented roster in the game couldn't be bothered to game plan against a team that lost to freaking North Freaking Carolina. So, everybody, get your poop in a pile and start to actually recruit and coach and if you want a freaking tutorial from the guy who just won the Conference in his first year with a team that lost two first round draft picks AND our first three games, just ask. At least we won't lose the coach from our worst team to the freaking Sun Belt anymore because they are somehow pulling FEWER points in a PRESTIGE ranking than the GD Conference of Champions. Kisses, Bingo ()
  47. 9 points
    So far this morning, she is stable and even though there is a small hole in her right lung, she is still able to use it. There is quite a bit less blood coming for the right lung, so that is good. Even though so much trauma has happened to her body over the past month, she continues to put up one hell of a fight.
  48. 9 points
    stormstopper

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #8

    Chester Brenner's college career comes to an end on a strange note from the department of obscure statistics: he became the first Big XII quarterback to throw for 300 yards in two bowl games without winning either. But on a more positive note: Brenner also became the first Big XII quarterback to throw 4 touchdown passes in multiple bowl games. His 2020 statline: 311-469 for 3753 yards, 38 TD, 16 INT, 66.3% completion percentage, 8.0 yards per attempt, 153.4 passer rating His 38 touchdowns would have broken Christian Barkley's single-season Big XII record if Mohammed Foster (41) hadn't already broken it. It is a school record. On the flipside, his 16 interceptions would have broken the record shared by multiple quarterbacks if Rahim Murrell (also 16) hadn't already broken it. It is also a school record. His 3,753 passing yards is the 2nd-highest total in Oklahoma State single-season history, after his own school record of 4,132 yards set last year. His career statline: 662-1066 for 7885 yards, 69 TD (nice), 29 INT, 62.1% completion percentage, 7.4 YPA, and a 140.2 passer rating The previous school record for career passing yards belonged to Wayne Schmidt at 7873. Chester Brenner now holds the record by just 12 yards. (Schmidt played in 37 games to Brenner's 26.) Brenner finishes 10th on the Big XII career passing yardage list. Brenner also set the Oklahoma State record for career touchdown passes with 69, tied with Brad Davis for 6th in Big XII history Last but not least, Brenner (69 TD) beats out Graham Burnett (62 TD) for the most touchdown passes by a quarterback that ChicagoTed1 recruited to Oklahoma.
  49. 9 points
    For the first time in five years, the Big XII will have a new champion to join Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Squaring off are two teams who have been here before, been here fairly recently, and come up just short in the nation's most exciting conference title game. It was just three years ago that West Virginia climbed the mountain to beat Texas in Austin, started 9-0 to rise to #2 in the country, won the Big XII North, and fell to Texas in the Big XII Championship Game by virtue of a Troy Marshall pick-six. A year later, TCU started 11-0 as part of a 15-game winning streak, seized control of the Big XII South, and turned the ball over three times in an upset loss to unranked Kansas. Either TCU or West Virginia will see redemption on Friday. Either TCU or West Virginia will be sent home heartbroken once again. Now, the Mountaineers enter this game as a heavy, heavy favorite. According to Vegas, they're expected to win this game by 16 points. And why not? After all, they haven't lost since their second game of the season, and their only two losses this season came to teams that are almost assured of a playoff spot. They've won 10 straight, eight of them have come by multiple scores, and they've come by 22.9 points per game on average. They have 4000-yard passer Mohammed Foster, who's on pace to set Big XII single-season records for completion percentage, passer rating, and passing touchdowns while also being deadly on the ground. They have receivers like J.C. Weldon and tight end Jason Dupree, they have underappreciated tailback Mohamed Mustafa keeping defenses honest, and they've been unstoppable for all intents and purposes on the offensive end. Not only that, but they already beat TCU by 21 back in week 8. What's so hard about doing it again? The hard part is that the Big XII Championship Game rarely goes according to script. Four of the past five editions of this game have been claimed by the lower-ranked (or in one case, the unranked) team. In 2014, 2016, and 2017, the title game featured a rematch of a regular-season matchup. In all three cases, the team that lost the first game exacted revenge in the rematch. With the scheduling reform producing a round-robin and guaranteeing a conference title game rematch, we find ourselves in this scenario once again. With Oregon's 16-point victory over USC as a 17-point underdog, TCU is emboldened. And of course the Horned Frogs feel like they alone had a shot to take down the surging Mountaineers. Why? Because TCU was the only Big XII defense to make that nuclear offense look human. Let's rewind to week 8. Sure, it was 28-0 at the half and 35-14 at game's end. But that 35 is the only time West Virginia didn't hang a 40-spot in conference play. It was also built on big plays by West Virginia's defense (and miscues by TCU's offense, of course): they picked off Sam Milner twice, and one of those was Mahamadou Moore's pick-six. That covered up the fact that Foster finished the game 19-36 for 231 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception--that's a 52.8% completion percentage, 6.4 yards per attempt, and a 119.5 passer rating.. That makes the TCU game the only time he's dipped under 289 yards passing, or completed less than 64.7% of his passes, or fallen under 8.5 yards per attempt, or recorded a passer rating below 146.5. The TCU game wasn't just a down game for him: it was a total outlier. Given that TCU's defense has been lights-out against the pass, it is very plausible that they can replicate the feat, at least to some degree. TCU's defense is built to handle an offense like West Virginia's. Aidan Morrell and Aidan McAlister on the edges can keep containment while linebackers John Kearns and Chance Herring blitz or drop back--or show blitz only to drop back and vice versa. They've got a pair of massive defensive tackles in Adriel Sierra and Jasiah Pickens, along with do-it-all middle linebacker Elliott McElmore to slow down Mohamed Mustafa's favored power runs. Their secondary can mostly stand on its own: young'uns Roman Blackmon and William Cooper are talented corners, Matthew Dyson is a vacuum at free safety, and Christopher Malone is so pro-ready that he's not even going to stay for his senior year. The defensive line is the only thing that can be considered a relative weakness on this defense--and might account for their lack of explosive defensive plays--but even that's kind of nitpicky. Their defense is legit, and it's the only one in the conference that would have had a real shot to slow down Foster, Weldon, and company. But again, West Virginia still found ways to score when their offense struggled, which means TCU's going to have to do the same. That's something they've become intimately familiar with, because the extremely young offense has not yet shed its growing pains. Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Milner felt the brunt of that. Among all 10 Big XII quarterbacks who threw at least 100 passes this season, Milner finished 7th in passing yards (1996), 8th in passing touchdowns (15), 9th in completion percentage (56.5%), 9th in yards per attempt (6.3), and 9th in passer rating (118.0). His receivers weren't a ton of help--Finn Nielsen led the team with 546 yards (15th in the Big XII) and 8 touchdowns (T-9th) with Griffin McHanna (428 and 4 TD) lagging a good bit behind. Nobody else on the team made it to 300 yards receiving. Shamar Burroughs became a reliable if inefficient runner, finishing 4th in the Big XII with 1179 yards but doing so on just 4.33 yards per carry. This is TCU's offense. But it's been good enough to win them 8 games and put them here. That said, it'll take more than usual out of that unit to win this one. They'll likely need at least 30 points here, and West Virginia's defense has snuck under the radar as one of the better units in the Big XII. They allow 24.3 points per game, which ain't too far off from the 23.5 that TCU's defense gives up per game. They have a lot of talent on that side of the ball, not all of which came in the form of high star ratings by the recruiting services. They were expected to have an all-conference performer on the defensive line, but who would've predicted it would be Messiah Bernard (7.0 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 TD, 31 tackles) and not Hudson Adam (4.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 26 tackles)? Nathan Wilks (1 INT, 2 FF, 1 FR, 42 tackles) has been a mike linebacker sent from heaven, cornerback Lamont Carson (6 INT) has been a freshman sensation, and Mahamadou Moore (4 INT, 1 TD) has been just as dangerous at the other corner spot. The defense isn't as consistent as the offense, as Baylor's 42 points and Oklahoma State's 49 points can attest. But those are offenses that proved from week 1 how hot they can get and carried on with explosive performances on and off through the season. TCU's offense has quietly warmed up these past three games with a 32.33 scoring average against Texas, Oklahoma State, and Baylor. But if West Virginia merely matches the point total they put on TCU last time, TCU's only crossed 35 points once all season--that was week 5 against Kansas State. So what do we know? Socrates and Ygritte would both say we know nothing, and I tend to agree. But the best picture we can paint is this: West Virginia has the most dangerous offense in the country led by the best quarterback in the country partnered with the best wide receiver in the country. TCU is the most recent defense to even make them break a sweat, and it wasn't enough--but maybe TCU's offense has improved since then. West Virginia's offense, in struggle mode, still scored more points against TCU than the Horned Frogs did in 11 of their 12 games this season. We can observe that history favors the underdog in the Big XII Championship Game, but TCU's a bigger underdog than the ones that were successful. We can postulate that TCU can give the heavily favored Mountaineers a run for their money, and we can't rule out the possibility of an upset. But when it comes to making the best guess we can, it's a no-brainer. West Virginia is one of the best teams in the country, both on paper and on the field of play. It would take TCU's best game of the season to slow them down, and even more than that to actually beat them. You should expect West Virginia to win this game, hoist the trophy, and with Air Force and Purdue's losses you can expect them to be in the playoff with a win. But you never know: they don't call it the nation's most exciting conference for nothing. #7 West Virginia 42, TCU 31
  50. 9 points
    Good game, Dream. Looks like the Ducks came to play today. First Conference Championship Game win...monkey off the back. Congrats to Grv and Jieret as well, and for the excellent seasons played by Ohio and Purdue. Denver Broncos current and former head coaches winning conference titles! I LOVE MY DUCKS!!!!
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