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Only NFLHC games this week; only CFBHC games the following week; back to normal after that.

It Takes Two

It took two overtimes for Minnesota to top Illinois on a clinching run by RB Tredaveon Jennings.

Sometimes, It Be Ya Own Self

The Saints ruin their undefeated season by running trick plays, as punter Adonis Rosa throws an interception. You'd think people would have learned by now.

What Happens in Reno

Nevada upsets #6 Duke 17-13 by shutting down QB Bryce Thompson; true freshman Damon Goode had a pick for the Wolf Pack.

Cardiac Cards

The Cardinals were down 17-0 in the 4th quarter... and put up 21 points to win. WR Marcus Banks caught a 40-yard TD pass with a minute left to cap it.

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  1. 5 points
    Thomas Wheeler looks for an open man against Las Vegas Apologies for missing the last week of Power Rankings...holiday concert schedule got the better of me. I was hoping that the Question prompts after Week 5 would be enough to gin up some discussion, but that didn't really seem to go anywhere. So, returning to a familiar format, here we go. Lots of movement in the Top 12 over the last two weeks, as we're starting to see some stratification. Potential #1 seeds are making their cases for the top spot, but only two undefeated teams remain. The major shakeup is in the #6-18 range, really, with most of those teams flip-flopping regularly. Where's your team at this week? Find out below... Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! 1. Miami Dolphins (6-0) 2. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0) An undefeated Miami at this point is not exactly a surprise. They HAVE kicked everyone’s patoot throughout this first part of the season, have couple REALLY good wins (DET early, LVR recently), and have simply been dominant, despite losing key cogs for portions of time. It looks like they’ve come through most of the OL injuries in the clear, and the offense is still humming. This definitely feels like a case of Coach K winning a COY at Duke: well, yeah, they should win all the time, they’re the Dolphins. But Coach @smckenz3 has done a very good job of holding it all together and kicking tail. Now, the Steelers being 7-0 IS a bit surprising. I think folks had an idea of what could be possible in the preseason, as Brooksheer opened his Revenge Tour with some nice performances, but I’m not sure that anyone would have said they would be one of two undefeated squads at basically the halfway mark. The offense has been fantastic, and despite a palpable talent gap on defense, PIT is playing together so well as a team. Their chemistry is excellent and the coaching has been stellar. Kudos to @joedchi and the crew. We're totally gonna ignore the almost-choke-job in DEN on Sunday... 3. Green Bay Packers (5-1) 4. Tennessee Titans (5-1) 5. Detroit Lions (5-1) I’m lumping these three together. All are one small slip-up away from the top two, and all are playing wonderfully unified football. All have shown flashes of dominance and all have snuck past for a win. Perhaps TEN should be slightly ahead, since they’ve already had a couple really nice wins, including the shootout in Nashville against the Raiders. Seems like the Titans could use one more dangerous edge rusher to compliment Tyler Jones and their nasty back 7. Rookie Tyrese Thompson has been a plug-and-play contributor and TEN is even starting to see some gains in the ground game. Their schedule is brutal, though, so we’ll see where they end up. Barring injury, I think the Titans are the #2 seed in the AFC. The two NFC North kingpins are fascinating case studies in Front Office perseverance. The Lions, preseason contenders since forever, finally have the right mix of just about everything to be truly scary. And it feels as though the DET FO didn’t do anything grand to achieve that mix. Just kept drafting well and signing good players to long-term, team-friendly deals. Plus having three Defensive All-Pros helps, and a couple behemoths on the OLine opening holes for rookie Kenyon Randall (surefire OROY at this point, right?). The Packers, meanwhile, just keep winning. Jason Johnson shuffles out with his cane and slings another two touchdowns every game to the best WR unit that no one talks about. This FO certainly HAS made some flashy moves, but that was before their Super Bowl season—now, it more about sustaining that greatness with good chemistry and a shot of adrenaline in the play book periodically. Luckily for the rest of us, GB and DET play each other TWO MORE TIMES. Can’t wait. 6. Carolina Panthers (5-2) 7. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-2) Welcome back, Panthstars! Oof, after a troubling two weeks of dingers to open the season, Carolina is right back in the hunt in the NFC and somewhat surprise leaders in the South with the squeaker over New Orleans on the weekend. Skaggs is Skaggsing again, and Mike Latta is just a damn good football player. The leading receiver changes week-to-week, and that’s just fine for Skaggsy (though one should note the noticeable drop off for TE Curtis Henry in his second season). The defense has mostly been good, led by Kendrick Droughns and Nate Tensi, he of the complete shutdown job on Sean Jenkins in week 7. Jacksonville, on the other hand, has slipped a tiny bit due to some surprising bobbles on the road. Losing to Dallas in Big D isn’t a huge problem. Getting blown out in Dallas while your best player has 8 carries IS a problem. That has felt more aberration than regular spice for the Jaguars this season, but they did miss a chance against the Titans to have a really stellar win. Now, they’ve mostly mowed down mediocre-to-bad squads and failed against the two teams that really had something going for them. Jaguars, right now, are IN, but with the Chiefs, Jets, Colts, and Bengals playing pretty well, we’ll see how long that lasts. 8. Washington Football Club (5-2) 9. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) I know it’s strange to have a 5-2 team just ahead of a 3-3 team, but that’s where we are in the NFC East. Washington is starting to play big man football. Steve Jordan is an animal, and Ricardo Reed is the most underrated quality back in the League. The Eagles would LOVE to have a Ricardo Reed, especially now that RB Marshawn Miller is done for the season. The Eagles ran into some injury problems weeks 3-6, but have looked better of late and are starting to get back to the team I thought they’d be in the first quarter of the season. It will be very interesting to see how these battle it out (they have one remaining game, in D.C.), and if/how they hold off the Cowboys, who just missed the top 12 this week. Two predictions: PHI’s injury woes continue, with a big name going down soon, and the Iggles limp to 8-8. WAS, on the other hand, rides a relatively easy schedule to a surprising #3 seed in the NFC at 11-5. Right now, neither team would win a playoff game against the #5 or #6 seed. 10. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) 11. Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) 12. Las Vegas Raiders (4-3) The leader of the AFC West is 4-3. That’s better than the NFC West, at least, though mostly pathetic. Kansas City has buckled down and gotten back to a run-first outfit leaning on its best player, Terrence Rodgers. They’ve gotten really good production from the rookie QB Harris, and the defense is salty in most spots. They are coming off a couple really nice wins (NO and HOU back-to-back). Too bad they play an AFCW schedule (multiple games about the AFCS coming up). All this dittos the Raiders, who I think are clearly the best three-loss team, but they’ve lost two in a row and are one monster DE sack away from Nick Hall’s arm hanging loosely from its socket. It, of course, may not matter if the Raiders continue to get punt and kick return touchdowns and huge games from no-name tight ends. Just left lamenting the fact that both the Chiefs and Raiders are imminently “get-able” this year and the Broncos have not the QB to get that done. If you need me, I’ll be over there, putting my arm in a band saw. Coming later this weekend...Part Two, #13-32 "New Bottoms!!!!" Moving Up: , , , Falling Down: , , ,
  2. 4 points
    imerman

    [2022] Week 6 Sun Belt Power Rankings

    1. South Alabama Jaguars (2-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: Bye Positives: The Jaguars got a well-deserved rest week following their win over fellow Sun Belt contender Arkansas State. Getting a week to prepare for the top-ranked team in the nation certainly helps too. Negatives: Hopefully they make it out of Auburn relatively unscathed. That’s about all I can say. What’s next: at Auburn 2. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (1-4, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: vs. Appalachian State W 35-20 Positives: Louisiana-Lafayette picked up their first win of the year in fairly convincing fashion. After a pretty tough OOC schedule it has to feel good picking up that first win, against a conference foe nonetheless. Andrew Ruiz was lights out for the Ragin’ Cajuns in this one, passing for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns. Michael Snowden was the main beneficiary, catching seven passes for 102 yards and scoring once. The defense didn’t allow App State to manufacture much of anything in the air or on the ground. Negatives: It’s kind of amazing Ruiz managed to have this type of game with the line playing how they did. They posted a rating of just 2,1, tied for the lowest in all of college football this year. By the fourth quarter the game was all but decided, but giving up fourteen fourth quarter points isn’t a great look. If ULL lets teams back into games, they could get one stolen from them. What’s next: Bye 3. Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-3, 0-1 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: vs. Louisiana Tech W 26-17 Positives: The Red Wolves are back on track after losing three in a row. Eugene Salas and Roscoe Bishop continued their great seasons in this one, with Bishop catching eight of Salas’ 28 completions and one of his three touchdowns. The defense kept Tech dual-threat quarterback Khalil Simpkins in check, as he put up just 209 yards of offense and threw an interception. ASU now gets a bye week to prepare for a road test against conference opponent Georgia State. Negatives: Despite the air raid being alive and well again, Arkansas State put up just 26 points. Finishing drives was an issue in this one and is something that will need to be fixed going forward if the Red Wolves want a shot at the conference championship. It doesn’t help that kicker Jack Edwards was just 2 of 3 on both extra points and field goals. What’s next: at Georgia State 4. Georgia Southern Eagles (1-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: at New Mexico State W 37-20 Positives: First win in school history! Congrats to bmlig95 on this achievement and I’m sure there will be many more to come this season and in coming years. Running back Messiah Sheppard could not be stopped this game, carrying the ball 24 times for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns. Combined with an efficient performance from QB Ian Sorensen, there wasn’t much the Aggies could do defensively. John Small and Jaiden Powell led the defense to a dominating performance, giving up just 13 points (the other seven came from a punt return). Negatives: The special teams gave up a touchdown on a punt return, but I’m sure that’ll be fixed next week at practice. Other than that, this was a fairly dominating day for the Eagles. They do play the Louisiana schools the next two weeks, which could be tough as they’ve looked good so far. It will be interesting to see if the offensive line can keep performing like they did in this one, with this being their highest rating of the season. What’s next: vs. Louisiana-Monroe 5. Georgia State Panthers (1-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +2 Last week: Bye Positives: The Panthers had a bye to get ready for Arkansas State’s potent offensive attack. If they can slow down Salas and the great group of receivers they should have a decent shot at winning. Negatives: So far this year Georgia State’s offense has depended on the performances of quarterback Zachary Mattson. If he doesn’t play well in this one it could spell trouble for the Panthers. What's next: vs. Arkansas State 6. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (1-4, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: -1 Last week: at Southern Miss L 20-24 Positives: On paper the Warhawks should’ve lost this game by a lot more, but props to them for keeping it close with Southern Miss. Martin Johnson continues to have a nice season for ULM as he had 306 yards and 2 touchdowns in this one. And despite giving up quite a few yards, the Warhawk defense was able to limit the Golden Eagles to just 24 points. Negatives: Being able to close out games is important when almost every Sun Belt team is vying for just a few bowl bids. Every win matters. It just means more™. If ULM wants to compete for the top spot in the tough Sun Belt West, they’re going to have turn things around pretty quickly. Tion Mays continues to struggle running the football, meaning all opposing defenses really have to do is focus on the pass. And being one-dimensional won’t win a lot of ball games. What’s next: at Georgia Southern 7. Texas State Bobcats (0-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: Bye Positives:. Texas State had a bye week to prepare for conference foe Troy. This is a prime opportunity for the Bobcats to pick up their first win of the year, as they are coming off of a bye and going up against first-time head coach Maverick. Negatives: Texas State has looked less than spectacular this year, albeit against very respectable opponents. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. What’s next: vs. Troy 8. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-3, 0-2 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: vs. Troy L 16-17 Positives: Cornerback John Mitchell continues to have a nice season for the Chanticleers as he picked off his third pass of the season in this one. As a whole, the defense played really well, limiting the Trojans to just 17 points in this low-scoring battle. Kicker Greg Luther III finally made a field goal for Coastal Carolina this season, going 3/3 from distances of 35, 22, and 21. The Chants get a bye week to prepare for cross-division foe Texas State. Negatives: Unfortunately when you’re kicking field goals that close it means you’re unable to finish drives in the red zone. That was the difference in this one. CCU will have to get better at finishing drives with touchdowns if they want any sort of relevance in the Sun Belt East this year. Running back Amadou Jackson had a day to forget, rushing just 9 times for 26 yards. Roger Reese threw for just 171 yards, meaning the Chanticleers failed to eclipse 200 total yards. What’s next: Bye 9. Troy Trojans (1-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: at Coastal Carolina W 17-16 Positives: It’s not easy to win a toss-up conference road game but the Trojans did just that last week. A superb effort by the defense led the way as they only allowed 197 total yards of offense. Cornerback Henry Parker had a pick six that sealed the deal for the Trojans in the fourth quarter. The defense also forced Reese to fumble once as well, setting themselves up in decent field position. Negatives: Troy is lucky their defense came to play in this one because their offense did not. Troy actually managed to gain even less yards than CCU, but was still able to win the game. Kicker Jack Rodriguez did not help the cause either, making just one of three field goal attempts. Troy committed quite a few penalties and made quite a few offensive mistakes, but a win is a win. They get another tough road matchup against the Texas State Bobcats next week. What’s next: at Texas State 10. Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) Change: -1 Last week: at Louisiana-Lafayette L 20-35 Positives: This was a road game against one of the top contenders in the Sun Belt West so it’s not quite panic time in Boone yet. One thing the defense has been able to do so far this year is put pressure on the quarterback. They sacked Ruiz three times in this one. The Mountaineers now get a bye week to hopefully scrap together some sort of identity as they host Florida Atlantic the week after. Negatives: Finding a way to get receiver Jermaine Jennings more involved would help this team tremendously. He has just 172 yards on the season which is disappointing for a 4.5/4.5 talent. The offense as a whole couldn’t get much of anything going either until the fourth quarter when the game was basically decided. The defense doesn’t look like it’s going to stop many teams this year, so the offense will need to step up if they want to keep pace with some of the more potent offenses in the conference. What’s next: Bye We also have a new feature: a chart depicting the movement in the power rankings so far this season. Credit goes to @Jieret for the idea and @bmlig95 for putting it together for the Sun Belt!
  3. 1 point
    I was also surprised at how low LV was, but I also thought they only had 2 losses. The loss to TEN wasn't that bad to me
  4. 1 point
    Should be a really good game when the Dolphins take on Green Bay when everything returns next week.
  5. 1 point
    November 25, 2022 Martin Marroquin, staff writer SAN MARCOS - The Roadrunners were able to beat Texas State in Coach mahrowkeen's first taste of the I-35 Rivalry. Coach @rabidsnowman and his Bobcats came out tough at home, looking to grab their first win. But, after the first quarter touchdown, the Roadrunner defense did not allow another touchdown holding the Bobcats to one field goal per quarter. The defense continued to be the strength of mahrowkeen's team. "D'Andre made some plays for us. He's upset that he didn't make the all-conference team last season, so he's hungry," mahrowkeen said about his senior leader. "He told me he was even more upset because Elijah (Briggs) got his second pick last week. So he was determined to make it even this week." The Roadrunners defensive line continued their solid play, bringing Bobcat quarterback David O'Rourke to the ground twice. That brings the groups total to 10 sacks and three tackles for loss in four games. Defensive tackle Eli Lalana currently has a streak of three straight games with a sack. The rest of the defense has done their part as well, grabbing their sixth interception on the season. As mentioned previously, linebackers Elijah Briggs and D'Andre Newton are tied for the team lead with two each. Another game, another efficient performance from Justin Radford. His 68.8 completion percentage on the day was just above his season mark of 66.7 percent. Radford kept the ball away from the defense, and was able to throw two touchdowns while also getting in on the ground for the first time this season. He and fellow sophomore Tyler Hansen were able to carve up the Bobcats to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Hansen's 10 catches for 135 yards were his biggest output on the season. After the big game, Hansen sits at 31 catches for 378 yards and three touchdowns thus far. "This was a nice win for us, and it's great getting off to a good start," Radford said after game. "We'll enjoy it tonight and grab turkey and all that, but my mind will be on Rice all weekend. We've got something to prove. For one, that we won't stall like last year. And that we're ready to compete with the better programs. The Bird Bowl will be a good test for us." The Bird Bowl. Maybe that will stick, but it will be up to UTSA to make the matchup relevant. Rice and potential number one pick Eric McLean came into the season with playoff hopes. Unfortunately, they fell short against national powers TCU and Alabama. Their 2-2 record is not indicative of their potential. For them, winning out and continuing their dominance of Conference USA will probably feel like a disappointment. The Roadrunners will probably end up being the first on the list of many teams for the Owls to take out their frustration. Coach @Bubada will definitely be looking to get things moving in a winning direction again in a big way. "We've got quite a task in front of us," mahrowkeen said. "The UT game was nice, and maybe some people took notice. But, if we can execute well and push Rice, that will say something. I like our chances, but we can't make mistakes. Can't wait for Saturday!"
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    AD3378: "I'll start with practice. It's not been at the best I've seen this year, but I'm confident our guys will give Bowling Green a tough challenge this week. As for our opponent this week, the Falcons have some great, young talent. A.J. Coyne has the potential to shine when he steps on the field as we saw last week. He and Calvin Alexander present a nice one-two punch in their backfield that we'll need to keep an eye on. They also have two of the most dominant offensive linemen on the interior with Briggs and Zambrano. I'm just grateful they're seniors. Brady's gonna have his hands full, and we'll be looking for him to step up in stifling inside rushing lanes. They also have their own tackle on the D-line that will be a handful with Israel Parson. We certainly noticed his disruptive ability against Middle Tennessee. Their safeties are the deadliest part of their defense with Grimes and Jackson, but I trust Austin to continue making good decisions as he has much of the season. Obviously, this game goes a long way to shaping the East Division, and we want to get a leg up. I'm looking forward to the challenge Coach @ecnirp and his team brings to us this week. Questions?" (Add any media questions below. Thank you.)
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    Timestamps: Akron - 1:32 Bowling Green - 9:52 Buffalo - 17:35 Kent State - 26:14 Miami - 32:39 Ohio - 39:52 Ball State - 46:32 Central Michigan - 54:06 Eastern Michigan - 1:00:57 Northern Illinois - 1:08:09 Toledo - 1:13:35 Western Michigan - 1:19:38 Final Standings - 1:25:53
  8. 1 point
    Really late listening to this, but you did give me an idea. Im gonna move Boston up to see if that makes things better. Thanks!
  9. 1 point
    Captin_Blue

    [2022] Week #6 - FNF

    This is fine. This is absolutely fine.
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    Soluna

    Board games

    Ocean is my favorite SI spirit.
  11. 1 point
    Roadrunners have been competitive all year. This week could be the pinnacle of your season if you pull off the upset against Rice. I wouldn’t put it past yoour squad to do it
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    pumph

    Draft Pick Ownership Chart

    Currently, view-only, until I get feedback on it. I could open it up for everyone's use to be user-maintained, be the sole "keeper of the chart", or pass it on to someone else for them maintain. Whatever you all (or just Soluna and Alien) think is best. With the deadline approaching, I thought this would at least be useful for everyone. Please review, check for errors, and let me know if and how you'd like to see it tweaked. I think spelling out the conditional picks would be wise, but I didn't feel like doing that right now, and some of them are rather complicated. For now, all potential picks involved in conditional deals are listed and marked with an asterisk. Let me know if there is a more clear way to show perhaps the most-likely option, or what you want to see from it. I picked through the trade block as best I could, but if a deal wasn't titled "2022 draft pick" for example, I didn't include it. PM me any omitted deals, linking the deals would be appreciated. I could also color-code who owns the picks instead of just using black text, if you think that helps you see all of a team's picks more easily. I know for some of you, the colors do not show up as intended (especially purple, for some reason). On my screen, they are perfect, and I like it that way. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15sl5DDMkYR8wAqAlkWC9qCssXSoP4CRJRemzJjMnd6w/edit?usp=sharing
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