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T-C-U BETTER BELIEVE IT

#3 TCU took on #5 LSU this weekend and let everyone know that the Horned Frogs are legit. It was a defensive struggle but TCU was able to come out on top 13-10.

THE BUC STOPS HERE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't give Christian Skaggs any break Sunday, sacking the QB 6 times. The offense did their part behind QB Taylor Heiden and rookie RB DeNorris Jackson and came away with a 28-21 win.

DREAM KILLERS?

A top 15 matchup between the #11 Toledo Rockets and #15 Florida Gators ended in heartbreak for the Rockets. Florida managed to pull out the 25-22 win on the road. Anyone doubting either team was put on notice.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

The Green Bay Packers have raced to a 5-0 start after beating the 2-2 Seattle Seahawks. This game was very banner worthy which is why it is on here. I wonder if anyone can "catch" the Green Bay Packers, or maybe "intercept" them? No no, definitely catch.

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  1. 13 points
    I don't believe either of you will win...
  2. 9 points
    All smiles in Jacksonville after the win over the Chiefs Week 5 is just about when the real ceilings of team become apparent--early season coaching missteps are usually corrected by now for main contenders, injuries are beginning to pile up, but not so significant that teams with a real chance are lost to the training table, and defenses are either figuring out how to defend bad offenses or they aren't. Call it the first REAL weekend of football. At least that's what I'm going with this week. Remember, if you don't like where you are in these Rankings...play better! Their Toughest Opponents Might be the Injury Report 1. Green Bay Packers 2. Miami Dolphins 3. New York Jets 4. Las Vegas Raiders The Jets were primed for an upset: scrambling QB vs. Grv, tons of injuries, no WRs to throw to besides Paul Howell…and the Jets pulled it out. Three more injuries to defensive starters put them seriously behind the 8-ball this week at the Dolphins, who look very much like a Ferrari approaching 6th gear, but with an injury question of their own in Marcus Barry. Green Bay is finding new and exciting ways to get emotionally invested in games each week, and the Raiders look like their singular mission is to get back to the Super Bowl (and maybe get Nick Hall an MVP along the way). Clearly in the Playoff Hunt, These Teams are One Injury Away from the Top Tier 5. Philadelphia Eagles 6. Tennessee Titans 7. Jacksonville Jaguars 8. Kansas City Chiefs 9. Chicago Bears The Eagles handling of the Saints in New Orleans was impressive on a couple counts, but it was no coincidence that it came with a healthy backfield. The Titans made minced meat of the Chargers, but yet another ding, this time to Tyler Jones, leaves the Training Staff as the MVP of the Tennessee sideline. The Jaguars, no strangers to exotic offenses, abruptly quieted the Kansas City cheers. Christian Barkley has not been asked to do much more than make a few throws and not turn the ball over, but he put the team on his back and threw darts. The Chiefs fell back to earth a bit, but they still have a solid cushion and a run-based offense that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The Bears beat the Vikings again, but three of there 4 wins are against Minnesota and San Fran—not the caliber wins of the teams just ahead of them. The NFC South is the Terry Crews Version of the AFC North 10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11. New Orleans Saints 12. Carolina Panthers 13. Atlanta Falcons 14. Dallas Cowboys Yes, I know that Dallas is not in the NFC South…but they really should be. They are the team that completes the South: run-oriented beasties that counter the slick-passing Panthers, edge-rushing Falcons, dual-threat Bucs, and airing it out Saints. So, for the purposes of this list, Dallas is in the South. Now…at this point, the South is a toss up, just like AFC North. Unlike the AFC North, all of these teams have legit playoff aspirations, and all would be favored by 10 points over any AFC North team. I give a slight edge to the Bucs and Saints, but only because their wins have been in-division and I think they have a bit more consistency (which is crazy to say) at QB than the Panthers and Falcons. If Dallas loses to the Broncos this weekend, they’ll be sent back to the mostly-pathetic NFC East. Slightly Above-Average Teams that Play Brutally-Tough Schedules 15. Houston Texans 16. New England Patriots The Pats are the best 2-3 team in the League, but they aren’t gonna win many more, because they have 6 more games against teams ranked higher than they are here. That, rightly, sucks for the Pats and Reggie Watkins. The Texans have shown some muscle at times, but couldn’t put it together for a home win against the struggling Broncos. And THEY play 7 more games against teams ranked above them here. That sucks for Leshoure and the Houston faithful as well. The other thing these two teams have in common: defend the pass and they have no answers. Who Freaking Knows?…5-11 or 9-7 is in the realm of possibility 17. Washington Redskins 18. Los Angeles Rams 19. Denver Broncos 20. Arizona Cardinals 21. Buffalo Bills The Rams, Cardinals, and Bills all had a bye in Week 5, which was probably good, considering what happened to the Redskins. The blasting at the hands of the Cowboys indicates that Tanner Bowman, as one would expect of a rookie, is going to have some terrible games. Accordingly, Washington is going to have an up-and-down season. I lean slightly toward more ‘up’ than ‘down’ for the Skins, but who knows. The Rams, clearly one of the more talented teams in the League, just hasn’t had a season they are used to, but have the ability to turn it on. The Bills and Cardinals appear to be identical entities: bright spots in a cloudy sky. But the Broncos are coming off a win at Houston that felt less like an aberration and more like a team (and a coach) that have shaken off 4 weeks of rust and are starting to play like division winners again. I know it’s only one week, but says here Denver walks into Dallas and beats the Cowboys for two in a row. ABSOLUTELY Should be in the Top Half of these Rankings 22. Indianapolis Colts 23. Pittsburgh Steelers These two teams are too talented not to be ranked higher. Yes, the Colts have the rest of the AFC South to contend with, and just lost to the Raiders. The schedule can be uncompromising at times. But, c’mon Colts—you have Aaron Shea in his prime. This is getting awkward. (DISCLOSURE: Colts beat the Broncos in week 1) And the Steelers should have walked away with the AFC North this season. They stole Chester Henson and had it all on a platter. Losing to the Patriots in London is only Example D of why this has been a massive disappointment in the Steel City. The Power Rankings are officially angry at both franchises for not being better right now. It’s Up to the Coaches to Makes Some Adjustments 24. Detroit Lions 25. San Francisco 49ers 26. Baltimore Ravens 27. Cleveland Browns 28. Minnesota Vikings 29. Cincinnati Bengals Baltimore, in their close Monday night loss to the Jets, showed some underrated coaching prowess, moving their secondary offense to the wishbone. That move gave them a real chance against the Jets, and opened Brett Fisher to have the best game of his career, albeit against a Gravy-coached team. That type of coaching innovation/adaptation/exploration will be necessary for all these teams, if they hope to be drafting outside the Top 5…let alone make a push for the playoffs. Kudos to Blake Shell and the Lions for getting win #1…boo to the Niners for not realizing they were playing Blake Shell and blitzing accordingly. The Best BAD Team in the League 30. Seattle Seahawks I’ll say it: the Seahawks are bad. Like, almost-lose-to-the-Giants-then-score-3-points-against-the-Packers BAD. And they deserve to be ranked here at present. But…I would wager on the Seahawks to beat the two teams below them, and half the teams ranked #24-29, so…I’m calling them the Best BAD Team in the League. And that makes them kinda fun or funny, in a way. Not Funny Ha-Ha, but Funny Uh-Oh. Who’s Getting a Win First? Answer: Neither 31. Los Angeles Chargers 32. New York Giants I now believe that, given their talent and schedules, neither of these teams will win a game this season. And then in week 7, when the Chargers beat the Broncos, I will bury my face in snow until March.
  3. 8 points
  4. 7 points
    ImposterCauster

    [2021] Week 5 Coaches Poll

    Alabama has been less than convincing especially considering I had them ranked in the Top 3 to start the season. A 3-point loss to Michigan only dropped them to #6 for me, but getting beaten rather handily at home against a team I had ranked 13 spots below them kinda hurts them. A 2-2 Alabama side who owns wins over Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic probably doesn't earn a spot in the Top 15, especially considering some of the performances I've seen so far. They're the highest two-loss team in my poll though. Georgia moved nowhere in my poll after this week. It's hard to gauge a team who owns a tight win over Wyoming, a blowout win over 0-4 Georgia Southern, and a tight win over 0-4 Tennessee, but also has a double-overtime loss to a Top 10 team in LSU. They're winning games though, and it's hard to punish that. Heck, they gained a point for winning despite dropping a spot. You dropped a rank but gained votes in the poll, so apparently you're not being punished by the voters for your win. Maryland continues to remain unbeaten, and generally unbeaten teams get a boost in the poll. They picked up 17 votes after the win, Understandable given that they're 4-0. I personally have them ranked below you because I would expect you to kinda wipe the floor with them, and you're one loss isn't that bad a loss despite getting waxed in Blacksburg. It wasn't a convincing win over a Kansas State team that, as a team I ranked as high as 11th this year, you should have handily beaten, but I didn't punish you for winning on the road. It's also worth noting that Maryland came down from 17-3 in that game, which deserves credit for showing resiliency. But again, I can't speak for the other voters; I can only assume what they'd do, and generally voters would favor a team that's 4-0 over a team that's 3-1 with a 20-point loss to a then-unranked side, especially if that 4-0 team is in a Power 5 conference. I can't really answer this one as these are teams I have at 24th, 26th, and 27th in my polls. 25th is Oklahoma State, who I swapped out with OU given how they've played since the loss to Virginia Tech, and they just destroyed an Iowa State side that just destroyed what looked like a solid Baylor side. I need to see more from all of these to add separation between them. Reasonable-ish complaints, but hostility towards the pollsters changes nothing. Just for future reference.
  5. 7 points
    Jumbo

    [2021] Week 5 Pac-12 Power Rankings

    One premier game at the top of the power rankings and lots of byes for the shit tier. Let's get to it. 12. Stanford Cardinal (0-4, 0-3 PAC) -- Still winless, the Cardinal continue to hit new lows as they lost to the Beavers of Oregon State by multiple scores at home (though at this point, that's honestly not terrible). Still, that BGSU loss keeps them in the basement at bare minimum at least until they win a game. Congrats on a top 10 recruiting class thus far, though. Next: Bye 11. California Golden Bears (0-4, 0-2 PAC) -- A 7-point comeback by Wazzu in the 4th quarter, including a 40 yard scamper by RB Bill Hoffman who'd been mostly contained to that point, resulted in a 4th straight loss for the Bears. What has happened to BLT? He has just 1 pick in 4 games and let up 8 receptions for 118 yards and a TD to Wazzu freshman 2/4.5 wideout Luke Sikuli. This can't be what Quasar expected to start like going into the year. Next: Bye 10. Washington State Cougars (2-2, 1-1 PAC) -- Congrats to ape on the win and all, but it was against a pretty unimpressive team in Cal and required a 4th quarter comeback to happen at all. This team is composed of a lot of freshman on offense so some struggles will happen, obviously, but a mix of some talented players on defense has been relatively disappointing as they've allowed nearly 30 PPG against a relatively weak schedule. Next: Bye 9. USC Trojans (1-3, 1-1 PAC) ↓3 The Trojans' offensive output against Arizona was pitiful. In fact, barring a 40 yard endaround from Marc Ponder in garbage time in the 4th quarter, USC did not score a point. Part of that can be blamed on QB Sebastian Reardon, who by all accounts did not look good in practice and looked even worse in the game, but RB Bernard Shook could have performed better to pick up the load while the Trojans' starter is injured. USC and 1-5 looks like destiny at this point. Next: Bye 8. Washington Huskies (2-2, 1-2 PAC) -- One week after looking pathetic against Arizona, Jake Davis looked a lot better in Oregon this week, putting up 300 yards and 3 TD against a solid Ducks defense. It was a close game, but Washington's defense could not handle Trevon Yeldon in any way, shape, or form, and Oregon pulled out with a close win. The Huskies go ahead of USC by sheer virtue of the close loss to a good Ducks squad (#qualityloss). If they can handle their next game, it'll go a long way towards conference relevancy this season. Next: vs Oregon State 7. Colorado Buffaloes (3-1, 1-1 PAC) ↓2 I figured it was coming, but Colorado was a bit exposed against ASU this week. The offense couldn't move the ball against a PAC opponent once again thanks to Latavious Murray's injury, but the Sun Devils (unlike Stanford) actually have an offense that can move the ball against good opposition and it showed. Israel Carlson moved the ball consistently and QB Parker Townsend added a long rush, and Elijah Corey wasn't good enough to move the ball. Evan Torres has been incredibly disappointing WITH Murray in the game, and looked even worse without him. Until Murray gets healthy I don't know how this team is going to win any games without significant help on defense. Next: Bye 6. Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2, 2-1 PAC) ↑3 ASU looked solid against Colorado, helped out by the aforementioned Murray injury, and cruised to a win with their ball control offense. They've got to be disappointed the matchup against USC came before Marc Lockwood's injury, since they'd easily win a rematch with them right now. This team is still relatively average, but I can definitely see a path to a bowl with only 3 PAC wins needed (I'm assuming they'll cruise past NIU). Next: Bye 5. Oregon State Beavers (4-0, 2-0 PAC) ↑2 Well, they did it. A second PAC-12 win in two tries. Past all my doubts that they could even hang with the bottom they've won their first two conference matchups for the first time ever. They're technically against 2 of the bottom 3 teams in the PAC, but that's still damn good compared to historical OSU squads. Lloyd Samuels looked great last year and he has continued that to over a 5 YPC this season. A bowl game is almost certainly happening, as they only need to beat UMass at home and grab one more PAC win. This team could easily start 8-0, but based on history I'm not going to crown them higher until they beat someone in the upper echelon. Next: @ Washington 4. #25 Oregon Ducks (3-1, 2-1 PAC) -- The Yeldons Ducks squeaked past Washington, with the defense surprisingly struggling against Huskies QB Jake Davis. Blake Martin had a pick and a sack to move to 3 sacks and 2 picks this year, but CB Tre'Davious Dikes was sloppy defensively. Following the loss to UCLA, if this team wants to take the PAC North they'll need to take care of business against the rest of the North teams in a more clear fashion than they did against the Huskies. Next: Bye 3. UCLA Bruins (1-2, 1-2 PAC) -- UCLA isn't budging from the top 3 next week barring an extreme upset from Eastern Washington, a team that lost by 35 to Washington State. They could easily end up sweeping through their remaining schedule, as I don't think there's any significantly hard competition remaining. But in this conference, they'll probably drop a couple of games. Next: vs Eastern Washington 2. #21 Utah Utes (3-0, 2-0 PAC) -- Donald Culver reportedly took the bye and relaaaaaxed, as he was spotted by locals at the local Massage Envy every day. That will hopefully get his arm back into throwing shape for this week's incredibly important game in Tucson. The Wildcat defense has been stifling, allowing just 11 PPG through 4 games, so he'll need to be at his best for the Utes to pull off the upset. Next: @ Arizona 1. #5 Arizona Wildcats (4-0, 3-0 PAC) -- If Arizona can pull off the win this week, they'll have already pushed off all of their main competition in the PAC South less than halfway into the season. The Wildcats defense as mentioned before is great, but their secondary can be exploited by good QBs such as Utes QB Donald Culver. The Wildcats cruised to a win against USC this past week, as USC's backup QB was... not good. Culver is much much better, and with his renewed health the Utes have a chance at the upset. I don't think the chances are high, as Arizona is healthy and this team is as complete as they come. Next: vs Utah
  6. 6 points
    Darman

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    0-0 tie
  7. 4 points
    pumph

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    When I made the trade, I was thinking it would be about the 25th-28th pick in the draft. That it could be in the low-to-mid teens is juicy. I know you'll rebound, but playoffs will be tough considering the division you are in. Probably winds up somewhere around 17th-18th for us. I'd say I'm pulling for you, but that wouldn't be entirely genuine. Honestly though, other than this draft pick thing, and my pick at the start of 2020 that the Titans would be the next AFC team to win the Super Bowl, I'm pulling for the Colts.
  8. 4 points
    stinsy

    [2021] Pac 12 Recruiting Recap Week 5

    - USC Trojans - National Ranking: 9 (-) Pac 12 Ranking: 1 (-) DT Christian Callahan 6-3 331 Fr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] CB Maximillian Wilcox 5-11 164 Fr Long Beach Polytechnic ( CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] WR Wendell Causey 6-2 161 Fr Edison (Stockton CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed] OT Anthony McGregor 6-4 319 Fr Desert (Edwards CA) 3.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] FS Chase Clemons 6-1 189 Fr Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 1.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Austin Mason 6-5 272 Fr De La Salle (Concord CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] TE Jermon Donaldson 6-5 211 Fr Eastlake (Chula Vista CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Receiving] DT Janoris Lindsey 6-0 317 Fr Oakdale (Oakdale CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] QB Kevin Bacon 6-4 223 Fr Liberty (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] OT Solomon Levesque 6-2 321 Fr West Covina (West Covina CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] P Tristan Wagoner 6-0 178 Fr Williams (Williams CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] DE Tank Christian 6-1 252 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] CB Christian Stubbs 6-0 190 Fr Argonaut (Jackson CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] WR Robaire Holman 6-4 195 Fr Hilltop (Chula Vista CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Target] OLB Thierno Hyde 6-3 244 Fr Watsonville (Watsonville CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] The Trojans did just enough to remain in the top 10 of the national rankings as well as #1 in the Pac 12. They continued to bring in top-shelf talent this week by getting a 4.5 DE in Austin Mason. As a cherry on top, they also got 3.5-star punter Tristan Wagoner who looks to be a serviceable punter after a couple of seasons of development. The Trojans aren’t done yet either. We’ll see if they can bolster their secondary in the upcoming weeks by convincing CB Darren Tamayo and SS Ryan Smiley to bring their talents to Southern California. - Stanford Cardinal - National Ranking: 10 (+5) Pac 12 Ranking: 2 (-) RB Jeremiah Bonner 5-8 211 Fr West Valley (Hemet CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Power] C Uluwehi Seumanufagai 6-2 274 Fr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 1.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] WR Aboubacar Oates 6-0 184 Fr Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] DE Shawntez Solomon 6-4 241 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] DT Kofi Hyde 6-0 291 Fr Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap] CB Hakeem Grey 6-1 170 Fr Ripon (Ripon CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] WR Jake Britton 6-4 226 Fr West Valley (Hemet CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Target] OG Siaosi Louganis 6-3 314 Fr Golden Valley (Merced CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] ILB Mikeal Holman 6-3 221 Fr Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] OLB Alex Melendez 6-3 241 Fr D.S. Jordan (Los Angeles CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] RB Clinton Singleton 5-11 197 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Power] DT Anthony Benton 6-6 319 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] QB Julius Browning 6-0 213 Fr Pioneer (Whittier CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] WR Nijrell Delmas 6-0 181 Fr Long Beach Polytechnic ( CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] TE Grant Dye 6-3 195 Fr Ripon (Ripon CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] In my completely unbiased opinion, the Cardinal had a great week in recruiting. They got their first 5-star recruit in who knows how long and it’s a skill position at that. RB Jeremiah Bonner will look to leave his mark on Palo Alto over the coming years. They also managed to keep OG Siaosi Louganis from going to the uncivilized (dare I say “shithole”?) part of California (we all know I’m talking about San Diego) and get him to bring his pass blocking technique and large frame to Palo Alto. Oh, they also managed to move their way into the top 10 of the national rankings. Not a bad week. - Oregon Ducks - National Ranking: 24 (-5) Pac 12 Ranking: 3 (-) TE Jack Booth 6-1 218 Fr Dallas (Dallas OR) 3.5 of 5.0 [Receiving] QB Alex Gruber 6-2 213 Fr Blanchet Catholic (Salem OR) 1.0 of 5.0 [Hybrid] OG Grant Vanhorn 6-7 321 Fr Newberg (Newberg OR) 1.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] CB Chance Muse 5-11 190 Fr Dallas (Dallas OR) 1.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] DE Golden Grigson 6-6 255 Fr St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] ILB Ryder Gruber 6-3 235 Fr Salem Academy (Salem OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike] WR Shane Moffett 6-4 168 Fr Lebanon (Lebanon OR) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] Oregon drops yet again in the national rankings but still have a top 25 class. They did, however, snatch DE Golden Grigson out of the clutches of California this week. The 4-star lineman with the 5-star name is pretty much a giant at 6’6”, 255 pounds and will probably make his home state schools pay over the coming years for not paying more attention to him. I don’t expect the Ducks to fall much further, especially if they can manage to get OG Grady Baxter, OLB Theo Meade, and FS Brady Palumbo to wear the green and yellow. - California Golden Bears - National Ranking: 33 (-3) Pac 12 Ranking: 4 (-) RB Naiquon Barner 5-11 211 Fr Desert (Edwards CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Power] ATH Chris Darnell 5-8 159 Fr Southwest (San Diego CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Accuracy] ILB Phillip Randall 6-3 217 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Will] TE Benjamin Anthony 6-3 194 Fr Jordan Valley (Jordan Valley OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] SS Joshua Parris 6-0 179 Fr Avenal (Avenal CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] OT Jude Schmitt 6-1 310 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Ari Todd 6-2 276 Fr West Valley (Hemet CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] ILB Ben Wray 6-0 244 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] CB Zachary Riggins 5-11 202 Fr Argonaut (Jackson CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] DT Miles Poole 6-3 307 Fr St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] SS Marc Reid 5-11 186 Fr Manistee (Manistee MI) 1.0 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] K Solomon Ellsworth 5-7 206 Fr White Pigeon (White Pigeon MI) 1.0 of 2.5 [Power] Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of depth this week for the Golden Bears. None of these commits will really jump out and wow you, as they do all need some time to develop, but I do like that Cal went out and added some quantity to a very thin class that they had the week before. The Golden Bears are stretched quite thin when it comes to upper tier talent, but I’m expecting them to sign one or two more big names. OLB Finn Johnston anyone? - UCLA Bruins - National Ranking: 58 (-6) Pac 12 Ranking: 5 (-) FS Nathan Tolliver 5-10 196 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Cayden Pendleton 5-11 191 Fr Desert (Edwards CA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] RB Ualesi Maimoana 5-11 210 Fr East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Power] TE Sebastian Sands 6-4 196 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] CB Kai Wooten 5-9 160 Fr Fontana (Fontana CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] LS Noa Figiel 6-0 273 Fr Pioneer (Whittier CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Traditional] OT Richard Benton 6-1 294 Fr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] CB Nijrell Overton 6-1 162 Fr D.S. Jordan (Los Angeles CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] OLB Jordan Fay 6-3 215 Fr Desert (Edwards CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DE Ohanko Keene 6-1 246 Fr Serra (San Diego CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] This is where the Pac 12 starts to move into sort of a different tier of recruiting. We’ve officially moved out of the top 50 of the national rankings and were getting into the “middling” classes, for lack of a better word. UCLA doesn’t have a bad class by any means, they have more 4 stars then I can count on one hand, but you would like to see them move up a tad being in the oasis that is California. No new commits for the Los Angeles Bruins this week, but they are in the hunt for WR Wesley Davis and ILB Will Jennings, so I don’t think they’re quite done yet. - Arizona Wildcats - National Ranking: 60 (-5) Pac 12 Ranking: 6 (+1) RB Josiah Smallwood 6-0 203 Fr The Orme School (Mayer AZ) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] OT Julian Gilbert 6-5 305 Fr Desert Eagle (Scottsdale AZ) 2.5 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] CB Jerraud Collins 5-10 179 Fr Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Landon Wilkes 5-11 210 Fr Seton Catholic (Chandler AZ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] WR Demothi Kinney 6-0 187 Fr Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] OLB Filip Leach 6-3 228 Fr Seton Catholic (Chandler AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] One commit and it’s a pretty good one. The Wildcats are kind of in the same boat as Stanford in that they have a glaring need at wide receiver, so any help will do. Why not a 6-foot tall speedster? And I know you’re probably tired of hearing it, but at least they aren’t Arizona State… Look for Zona to make big pushes on ILB Jared Hansen and SS Ashton Richmond over the coming weeks. - Washington State Cougars - National Ranking: 61 (-7) Pac 12 Ranking: 7 (-1) OT Joseph Wheeler IV 6-4 305 Fr Shorecrest (Seattle WA) 2.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] TE Simon Lay 6-0 230 Fr Concrete (Concrete WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] OT Harry Barton 6-4 303 Fr Richland (Richland WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] CB Ian Gaston 6-0 185 Fr Mt. Diablo (Concord CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] WR Kieran Pollock 6-5 226 Fr Richland (Richland WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] ILB Thierno Streeter 6-1 241 Fr North Thurston (Lacey WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] For the second week in a row, no new commits for the Cougs. Now, I don’t know how they’re doing on depth talent, but Washington State does seem to be in a couple of trench battles over some highly touted recruits. They’re currently trying to wrestle OLB Finn Johnston away from his home state of California, with none other than California. Up north, they’re in a trench battle with the Huskies over zone corner Lawrence Colbert. I’m looking forward to seeing if they can pull away with one, if not both, recruits. - Colorado Buffaloes - National Ranking: 80 (+1) Pac 12 Ranking: 8 (-) ILB Noah Murphy 6-1 220 Fr Englewood (Englewood CO) 1.5 of 4.5 [Will] LS Andrew Abbas 6-0 255 Fr Middletown (Middletown DE) 3.0 of 4.0 [Specialized] DT Julien Baumgartner 6-5 283 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] TE Golden Clay 6-1 221 Fr Tecumseh (Tecumseh OK) 1.5 of 3.0 [Blocking] OT Rafael Parish 6-6 306 Fr Brush (Brush CO) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Coach Franz was in Delaware recently on a vacation that wasn’t football related in the slightest and happened across a high school where Andrew Abbas was snapping footballs through an 18-inch hole from 50 yards out. Abbas is now on his way to Boulder once summer comes around where he’ll be snapping to kick holders and punters from day one. Other than that, just a few depth signings. Look to see if the Buffs can manage to get WR LaRon Quarless to come to leave the Beehive State and bring his talents to Colorado where things are a whole lot greener if you catch my drift. (Did you know that current Utah law sets a limit of 3.2 percent alcohol by weight in beer sold at grocery and convenience stores and at establishments operating under a "beer only" type license, such as taverns, bars, and some restaurants. Quarless doesn’t deserve that.) - Oregon State Beavers - National Ranking: 124 (-1) Pac 12 Ranking: 9 (-) P Vic Smallwood 6-1 168 Fr Dallas (Dallas OR) 1.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] CB Makai Watson 5-9 188 Fr Mohawk (Marcola OR) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS Justin Moses 6-2 192 Fr Kearns (Kearns UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] LS Naiquon Lattimore 6-0 235 Fr Vernonia (Vernonia OR) 1.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] OG George Churchill 6-1 275 Fr Emery (Castle Dale UT) 1.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] QB Bob Foster 6-2 237 Fr Box Elder (Brigham City UT) 1.0 of 2.5 [Scrambling] DE Shawntez Robertson 6-5 247 Fr Payson (Payson UT) 1.0 of 2.5 [Blitz] Here’s a scenario, your class is ranked 123 in the nation, you sign 4 recruits and you still drop a spot. That probably means the commitments were not a big deal. Rumor has it, Oregon State’s coach doesn’t even show up anymore. They’re still 4-0 though, so I can probably shove this summary where the sun doesn’t shine. Enjoy it while it lasts Bieber fans because if this class doesn’t change soon that won’t happen again for a while. - Utah Utes - National Ranking: 125 (-) Pac 12 Ranking: 10 (-) TE Alan Luna 6-2 244 Fr Desert Edge (Goodyear AZ) 2.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] QB Maxwell Greenberg 5-11 197 Fr Kearns (Kearns UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pocket] ILB Ethan Cahill 5-11 219 Fr Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] CB Carlos Newsome 5-10 197 Fr Woods Cross (Woods Cross UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] Well, the Utes got another commitment, but still no big names. Maybe WR LaRon Quarless and DE Tristan Alvarado will change that. Pick it up Utes. - Washington Huskies - National Ranking: 129 (-) Pac 12 Ranking: 11 (+1) CB Geno Darden-Johnson 6-1 174 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] Congratulations, you have a commitment. The “You’re the only school in the nation with no commits” club - - Arizona State Sun Devils - *BOLD INDICATES NEW COMMITMENT
  9. 4 points
    Bingo we literally play the Chargers.
  10. 3 points
    Hello fellow CFBHC and NFLHC coaches and community members! February 4th is Super Bowl Sunday--when we all enjoy the game with friends, liters/litres of beer/cola, more chicken wings than Jumbo can shake a stick at, and so much chip dip... February 4th is also the kickoff date for our Annual CFBHC Donation Drive. This Donation Drive is your chance to give back to the community that has given YOU so much. What do YOU get when you donate? * Consistent content, game reports, updates and media! * Soluna will be rolling out some new features when different benchmarks are hit in the Donation Drive--MORE INFO COMING SOON! * Peace of mind that you are contributing to an endeavor on which you spend a solid chunk of your precious entertainment time! * A way to say Thank You for the work that Soluna, Inspiral, and others put in to giving you the things you love! So that we can appropriately determine benchmarks and goals for the Donation Drive, please fill out this ANONYMOUS 6-question survey about your time, capacity, and intent: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4105530/CFBHC-Survey The Donation Drive will kick off Super Bowl Sunday, and last through February. What a great time to give!
  11. 3 points
    AzulCaballero

    [2021] Week 5 Coaches Poll

    Lmao what the absolute fuck, win handedly on both sides of the ball against a decent 2-1 KSU and drop a rank. Meanwhile I get jumped by Maryland who beat a now 0-4 Michigan State by 7. OU on bye and drops out of the Top 25 Western Michigan then enters the rankings, on bye, jumping Oregon who played well and won against a pretty stout Washington team. Alabama loses by 14 to #18 for their second loss already, drops to #16 Georgia squeaks by an 0-4 Tennessee squad with a mediocre offensive showing, drops one spot. What are y'all doing?
  12. 2 points
    Darman

    Independents Preview: Week 6

    Shid that might be the first quarter score
  13. 2 points
    GK12303

    Independents Preview: Week 6

    Welcome to Week 6 Independents Preview! We'll be looking into each game and see how each team stacks up. Plus, I'll also be discussing my predictions on the games as well. Without further ado, let's get into it! New Mexico State Aggies vs Bowling Green Falcons New Mexico State has had a rough year this season, still looking for a win to add to their record this season. They're going up against Bowling Green, a team that's also had it's struggles but the future for them this season is still bright. Last week, New Mexico State had gone up against another winless team, South Alabama. They proceeded to lose that game to still be winless. One big problem that game and basically this season entirely has been that they've trusted their ground game possibly a bit too much. Shane Walker has been solid this season, recording 5 TDs but with them only being able to score on the ground, as their passing game hasn't been up to par, they've found it hard to be able to score at all. Plus, their defense has been lackluster. While they've been able to put up an average of 17 points per game, opponents have put up 11 points more than NMSU and without that defensive power, especially going up against a offense heavy team, it's going to be incredibly difficult for them to even have a chance. On the other side, Bowling Green has a underrated but very consistent offense and their defense isn't bad at all. DE Malachi McKnight leads the MAC with 7.0 sacks and players like Zack Odell and Brandon Lockheart have really been factors for this Falcons team and will possibly be the players they need the most out of down the stretch later on. New Mexico State Aggies 7 - 31 Bowling Green Falcons I feel like NMSU's defense is too big of a liability to hold off Bowling Green and their offense won't make up the difference at all. Army Black Knights vs Old Dominion Monarchs Army has been the best independent team this season. Exceptional defense (Compared to other independents) and the offense has taken advantage of defensive plays that they've made for them. They've been one of the highest scoring offenses out of all independent teams, scoring 30 PPG and only allowing 22 PPG. They also 11 TDs on the season, 7 coming through the arm of Caleb Leggett. He's also had the good luck of not relying on one receiver, having 2 WRs with 190+ yards and a TE with 200 yards. As for the freshman Nigel Royal, he's done an amazing job of protecting the ball. He's been able to run for 160 yards in 4 games with 4 TDs to account for with no fumbles at all. As far as their defense, they've all pitched in and did what they needed to do as 2 of their players are tied with the lead for interceptions and one of their players have the most sacks as of now in this season. As of Old Dominion, you can't say anything. They've been in a disarray this season as they've had little to no bright spots and no indication of improvement. Army Black Knights 42 - 0 Old Dominion Monarchs This game should be a domination for Army as Old Dominion will have no answer for their offense and Army's defense should have a walk in the park. UMass Minutemen vs Penn State Nittany Lions We've went from one of the best independents teams to one of the worst (besides Liberty). UMass has been nothing besides awful. They've just had a change of direction with their new HC and QB and E.R Coleman did okay for his debut as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 2 TDs but having 3 interceptions in a eventual loss to Bowling Green. UMass is already winless and it doesn't look like the Minutemen will turn their fortunes around. They have a very good reciever and a possible NFL talent in Nicholas Spence Jr. However, with no other talent that can help this UMass team become solid, it'll be hard to even compete a year or 2 for this team. As for Penn State, they're just 2 years removed from a national championship and how they've done so far is solid but still needs improvement. Even though they have a RB and 2 WRs that are certain to be drafted this year in the NFL Draft, they haven't been able to do a lot since they have a true freshman as their starting QB. To add on, their defense is very strong, just hasn't been able to put it together. UMass Minutemen 7 - 34 Penn State Nittany Lions I feel as this is the game Penn State needs to get back on track and a dominating win over a UMass team that has a lack of talent all over is what they need and what they will get, as UMass is overmatched in every position and every way. Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Norte Dame has been amazing this season but going up against a undefeated Wake Forest team is still a challenge. Brendan Lange has been the best thing for Notre Dame this season, having 8 TDs with a QBR of 137.42 which is good for a redshirt sophmore with a solid supporting cast. The biggest help to Lange is Thierno McGhee who has been Lange's favorite target this season, going for 253 yards with 2 TDs. As for their defense, that's where this team does good. Even though everyone is a senior except for Matt Church, they've all put in their fair share of the work and being that they're all seniors, they bring that experience and talent that they've brought throughout their college career. Their opponent is no joke however. The James Betts to Deshaun Pickens duo is very good and add that Abdoulaye Hawkins and Jacob Benson are very capable of stepping up when they can is just scary. Their defense has been solid as well and has held up their part through the first 3 games that they've had this season. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 21 - 24 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Even though Notre Dame has a solid team and they've shown that they can step up, I don't think they will be able to stop the streak that Wake Forest has kept. Wake Forest is simply just a step up on Notre Dame. However, this game will be close, as their offenses are way to good to be kept at a minimum.
  14. 2 points
    joedchi

    Independents Preview: Week 6

    No offense but this might be the halftime score.
  15. 1 point
    bingo415

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    Holy shit, my short-term memory is going... Who are you again?
  16. 1 point
    TheSam

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    I'm pretty sure the chiefs are also running wishbone this year.
  17. 1 point
    Weeze56m

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    Oh my. When was the last time the bucs were this high in the power rankings
  18. 1 point
    believer

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    By the looks of these predictions, the Chargers and Giants are going 0-15-1
  19. 1 point
    Your mans has been very busy this week, so I'm gonna keep this sort of short and sweet. The conference picked up another very solid out-of-conference win and saw some dominating conference games, as well as one ugly game in the Carrier Dome. A struggling perennial power finally got back on the winning side of things, but another struggling power continued their winless run. This upcoming week will see a lot more action as only three teams get a week off, and the slate of conference games will be some absolute slobberknockers. But for now, here's the current lay of the land. 1. Virginia Tech Hokies (3-0, Prev. 1, +/-0) The Hokies had the week off after their big win over the Longhorns. Next up is a home date with a Boston College side coming off of a huge OOC victory of their own. Beckett Morrison has been on fire to start the season, but will he have better success against the Eagles than Ryder Shipman and his Mississippi State Bulldogs? This is the premier game of the week, with the winner easily being dubbed the favorite to win the conference. 2. Duke Blue Devils (3-1, Prev. 2, +/-0) Duke finally put to rest a huge demon, beating the Pittsburgh Panthers for the first time in eight tries. Bryce Thompson and Christian Collins combined for 156 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and Thompson threw for 309 yards and 3 more touchdowns in the dominating 42-21 victory over the Panthers, extending Pittsburgh's woes while keeping Duke on the heels of the Hokies. The Blue Devils go back on rest this week before taking a trip to Ames to take on a very unpredictable Iowa State side. 3. Boston College Eagles (3-1, Prev. 4, +1) That was an emphatic performance from the Boston College defense. The Eagles looked worlds better against Mississippi State's vaunted receiving corp, holding the Bulldogs to just 189 yards passing and picking off Ryder Shipman twice in a 35-17 out-of-conference win. Neither Bulldog receiver made a big mark on the game, and the Eagles were able to capitalize off these turnovers with an efficient offense, both in the air AND on the ground for once. The grind doesn't stop here as the Eagles travel to Lane Stadium for a huge conference clash with Virginia Tech. 4. Clemson Tigers (1-2, Prev. 3, -1) The Tigers fall due to the Eagles' huge win whereas Clemson had the week off. Atlanta awaits for the Tigers, and while Clemson put in a dominant defensive performance in the win over Louisville, the passing defense has looked less than ideal against teams with an actual quarterback. Time will tell if the Tigers can contain the Swanson/Rolle duo. 5. Louisville Cardinals (2-1, Prev. 5, +/-0) 6. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-0, Prev. 6, +/-0) 7. Virginia Cavaliers (2-1, Prev. 7, +/-0) The next three teams on this list were all on bye, and no performance from the teams below them warrant a change here. Louisville and Virginia will clash in Charlottesville this week in what should be a very entertaining battle between solid defenses and very different offenses. Wake takes their undefeated record to South Bend looking to prove that they're the real deal against the team that wiped the floor with Boston College earlier. Wake's offense hasn't been slowed yet, but Notre Dame easily presents the biggest test of the season so far. 8. Miami Hurricanes (3-1, Prev. 8, +/-0) The Hurricanes took care of business against the visiting Tar Heels, stifling the visiting passing game in a 23-7 victory, giving the Hurricanes their first conference victory of the season. The 'Canes held UNC to just 242 yards of total offense, forcing an interception and even getting to Sebastian Norwood four times in the victory. It wasn't convincing from the Miami offense, but they'll get a week to fine-tune the offense before travelling to division-leaders Virginia Tech. 9. Syracuse Orange (3-1, Prev. 9, +/-0) The Orange won the ugliest ACC game of the season so far, beating NC State 16-9. The Orange only managed 272 yards of offense, but an early passing touchdown put pressure on an NC State offense that had not accomplished much of anything this season. The defense forced three sacks and two interceptions, and while the offense wasn't clicking, they did enough to secure a big conference victory. Syracuse hosts struggling Florida State next. 10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-1, Prev. 10, +1) The Yellow Jackets were also on break this past week, but they play host to a strong Clemson side. Josh Beckett has emerged after a disappointing sophomore season, but can he carry this Tech side to a massive upset over the Tigers? 11. North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-2, Prev. 11, -1) The Wolfpack played catch-up for most of Saturday's game against the Orange, with Jacob Eubanks throwing 33 times through his sustained injury from last week's game against San Jose State. The defense did well to hold the Orange, but an early passing touchdown proved more than enough for Syracuse, and the Pack could not muster anything offensively to get fully back into the game. It was a pivotal game for the Pack in their hopes of getting to a bowl game, but now they'll have to pull off an upset down the stretch to have a chance, preferably in two weeks against a soaring Wake Forest team. 12. Florida State Seminoles (1-3, Prev. 13, +1) The Brett England era has officially started in Tallahassee, but it did not get off to the best of starts in the 'Noles win over Arkansas State. Noah Wooten and the rushing game carried the offense through a hard-fought 33-24 victory over the Red Wolves, putting up 146 of the team's 281 yards. There are still major question marks about this team, and the win unfortunately answered very few of those questions. How many more can be answered in a trip to Syracuse? 13. Pittsburgh Panthers (0-4, Prev. 12, -1) The Panthers were unable to keep their winning streak going against Duke, thus extending their 5-game losing streak over the past two seasons. It wasn't the worst performance from Messiah Winston, who threw for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns with just a single interception, but it clearly wasn't enough to keep up with Duke's offense. The defense had absolutely no answers for Thompson and Collins. North Carolina lacks the firepower to explode on the Panthers' defense, but can Pitt finally pick up a W? 14. North Carolina Tar Heels (0-4, Prev. 14, +/-0) New running back, same problems. Mike Foy replaced Xavier Lancaster in the backfield, but the Heels remained as stagnant as ever offensively, with Foy only managing 38 yards on 10 carries in the 23-7 loss to Miami. North Carolina is averaging 9.50 points per game, nearly half that of the next-lowest in conference (Florida State at 18.50 points per game). Pittsburgh comes to Chapel Hill this week giving up over 35 points per game; can the Heels finally manage some offense?
  20. 1 point
    bingo415

    [2021] Week 5 Pac-12 Power Rankings

    Great write-up! Seems about fair from this point of view. Oregon's defense has been giving up big numbers to oppposing QBs the last two weeks, but it wasn't the CBs that struggled. I blitzed linebackers to get at Davis, and consequently Washington's TE went for a big day, while the WRs were held to relatively puny outputs. Since UDub doesn't run the ball, I knew we had some wiggle room with the passing game. We'll tighten it up. Go Ducks!!
  21. 1 point
    I ain’t even mad.
  22. 1 point
    Jamzz

    CFBHC Pick'em

    Thursday Night (4 Games) Rutgers (2-2) at UCF (1-3) Memphis (2-1) at Mississippi State (1-3) Ball State (2-2) at Central Michigan (2-2)* San Diego State (3-1) at Fresno State (0-4)* Friday Night (2 Games) Iowa State (1-3) at Texas Tech (2-2)* UTSA (2-2) at Southern Miss (3-1)* Saturday Morning (5 Games) Clemson (1-2) at Georgia Tech (2-1)* Florida State (1-3) at Syracuse (3-1)* Louisville (2-1) at Virginia (2-1)* Wake Forest (3-0) at Notre Dame (1-2) Miami (OH) (3-1) at Akron (2-2)* Saturday Afternoon (2 Games) Minnesota (1-2) at Illinois (4-0)* Ohio (3-1) at Hawaii (1-2) Saturday Evening (7 Games) Temple (3-1) at Navy (3-1)* Boston College (3-1) at Virginia Tech (3-0)* Iowa (2-1) at Indiana (3-0)* Nebraska (3-1) at Ohio State (3-0)* Oregon State (4-0) at Washington (2-2)* Utah (3-0) at Arizona (4-0)* Vanderbilt (3-0) at Georgia (3-1)*
  23. 1 point
    alienufo

    [2021] Week 5 Coaches Poll

    How many losses is bama allowed before they are no longer ranked?
  24. 1 point
    stinsy

    [2021] Pac 12 Stat Sheet

    Updated for Week 5.
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