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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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. 13 points
    TuscanSota

    What do you look like?

    Got to hang out with @SageBow last weekend for Austin City Limits. Lotta music, lotta fun.
  8. 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.
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  10. 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
  11. 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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  13. 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 ()
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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    Number of coaches: 7 Coach of the Year: KakesuSora Offensive Player of the Year: Eric McLean, QB, Rice The Dexter Flowers Award for Defensive Player of the Year: Javier Grady, DT, North Texas Specialist Player of the Year: Graham Chandler, P, UTSA The J.B. Blacknall Award for Best Junior College Transfer: Kieron Brooks, ILB, Charlotte All-Conference Team: QB: Eric McLean, Rice RB: Justin Barksdale, UTEP FB: Carter Helms, Charlotte OL: Rice (Christopher Proctor, Raphael Brannon, Bryan Starr, Dante Vick-Schaeffer, Timmy Herrington) WR: Keith Triplett, Rice WR: Randall Johnson, Southern Miss TE: Charles Sherrill, Southern Miss DE: Javier Grady, North Texas DE: David Tracy, Florida International DT: Benjamin Chappell, Western Kentucky DT: James May, UTEP ILB: Kieron Brooks, Charlotte OLB: Zachary Maldonado, Florida International OLB: D'Andre Newton, UTSA CB: Darren Logan, Old Dominion CB: Ryan Felix, Charlotte FS: Janoris Callahan, Western Kentucky SS: Kevin Faulkner, Marshall K: Samuel Sheppard, Louisiana Tech P: Graham Chandler, UTSA
  18. 7 points
    UBL

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #7

    USF 14-35 Army Told you Nice job @TheLiberator
  19. 6 points
    #1 vs #3 - (Pasadena, CA/+7/+6)
  20. 6 points
    TazerMan

    [2020] MAC Recruiting Results

    As promised, we have a breakdown of each MAC class with input from Commissioner and Playoff coach, Jieret! There is a fair bit of speculation evolved, as we still don't have transfers, and most coaches will still be experimenting during the off season, but we can give you our thoughts on how these recruiting classes look initially, and how we think they will impact immediately and further down the road. Committed Recruits (by potential) Total Recruits (all *) Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Croot Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 11 Buffalo 3 1 4 2 1 0 11 37 3.36 26 Kent State 5 7 8 3 2 0 25 84.5 3.25 14 Miami (OH) 2 4 1 4 0 1 12 45 3.21 15 Ball State 1 4 6 1 1 2 13 48 3.2 20 Akron 4 5 7 1 1 1 19 64 3.2 25 Eastern Michigan 6 8 6 2 1 1 24 79.5 3.18 22 Western Michigan 2 6 6 2 1 1 18 69.5 3.16 15 Ohio 1 5 3 1 1 1 12 46.5 3.1 21 Central Michigan 2 9 4 2 1 0 18 64.5 3.07 26 Bowling Green 10 13 0 1 0 0 24 71.5 2.75 29 Toledo 23 2 0 0 2 1 28 79 2.72 16 Northern Illinois 4 4 1 1 1 0 11 43.5 2.72 Class Rankings (* denotes JuCo): 1. Ohio (3.1 avg, 15 total recruits, 12 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: DE Nicholas Blackwell 6-3 249 Fr Godby (Tallahassee FL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Contain], WR Jordan Barnes 6-0 223 Fr Ada (Ada OH) 1.5 of 4.5 [Target], CB Cooper Rainey 5-10 203 Fr Hales Franciscan (Chicago IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage], CB Savion Willingham 6-0 169 Fr Triway (Wooster OH) 2.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage], OG Amosa Neru 6-4 274 Fr Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale FL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] The Bobcats landed a good mix of upside at multiple positions, headed by Blackwell who committed from sunny Florida, and Barnes from Ohio providing another offensive weapon for an increasingly scary offense. Ohio is steadily continuing to raise their talent level and addressing holes in their roster, and coach beeznik continues to accumulate talented playmakers to continue improving one of the best programs in the MAC. Jieret likes: Cornerbacks. With only two actual CBs on the roster, beeznik did well to get an immediate starter in Willingham and a long-term solution in Rainey to pair with Shawn Tillman. Jieret wonders about: Linebackers. Of the 11 linebackers on Ohio’s roster, all but 3 are either graduated or will graduate after the 2021 season. Redshirting will slow the attrition, but I expected to see another LB or two join incoming 3-star Adriel Frias. 2. Kent State (3.25 avg, 26 total recruits, 25 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: SS Steven Gordon 6-1 213 Jr CCBC-Essex (Essex, MD) 3.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage]*, DE Geno Mason 6-2 267 Fr River Valley (Cheshire OH) 1.0 of 4.5 [Contain]. QB Cameron Hare 6-3 238 Fr Pampa (Pampa TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid], RB C.J. Williams 5-7 214 Fr Brookhaven (Columbus OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Power], ILB Cooper Merritt 6-3 226 Fr St. Joseph (Brownsville TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike] One of the biggest classes in the MAC has surprisingly very little filler, with only one player below 2.5 potential. This group does a very good job of raising the talent floor while filling in the majority of upcoming roster holes. John Garland and Harrison Mullin can't stay at Kent State forever so Hare and Williams will be ready to take over when they finally depart. On the defensive side, Mason and Gordon are the highest profile recruits they've had in some time, and Merritt will be a key contributor in the future. Jieret likes: Overall balance. With 10 of their 3.0+ potential recruits hailing from outside the MAC footprint, Kent State capitalized on going after overlooked prospects from prospect-rich states and bringing them into the fold. This helped to fill in the holes inconsistent coaching left on this squad. Jieret wonders about: Wide Receiver. The Golden Flashes' top four wideouts all graduate, which means that both incoming WRs Will Westfall (2.0/3.0) and Ashton Hannah (1.0/3.5) expect to see significant playing time. Kent State could have used another body or two here, and I expect this will be a priority position for TazerMan to fill next cycle. 3. Western Michigan (3.16 avg, 22 total recruits, 18 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: OLB Christian Reese 6-0 219 Fr Port St. Lucie (Port St. Lucie FL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Coverage], CB Miles Bradford 5-9 171 Fr Pacelli (Stevens Point WI) 2.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage], DE Kayden Soriano 6-6 271 Fr Glen Lake (Maple City MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz], QB Misu Curtis 5-11 188 Fr Holland Christian (Holland MI) 1.5 of 4.0 [Hybrid], P Tony Post 6-0 184 Fr Holy Cross (River Grove IL) 3.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] The focus this cycle for the Broncos was on defense - 13 of the 22 players play on that side of the ball. That doesn’t mean the offense was neglected though; Curtis is the heir apparent to Chase Sims. Normally when I talk about special team players in key positions, it means the class was in trouble. But Post will step in and contribute right away for the graduating Leo Coy. Picking up Bradford helps to alleviate the loss of Sean Taylor a bit, but he will still be sorely missed by Jieret, and only Jieret. Jieret likes: Continuity. I believe that you recruit for the roster two years from now, and this class should be in good shape to take over for next year’s starters when they graduate. Jieret wonders about: Christian Reese’s readiness. P Post and CB Bradford were expected to see immediate playing time from day one, but the failure to secure a more polished outside linebacker means the 5-star from Port St. Lucie may man a starting position as well. 4. Miami (OH) (3.21 avg, 14 total recruits, 12 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: OT Felix Mccormick 6-3 260 Fr Edgewood (Ashtabula OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking], OG Matthew Waldron 6-2 302 Fr Springfield (Holland OH) 1.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking], ILB Kayden Shaw 5-11 239 Fr Indian Lake (Lewistown OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will], CB Jeremiah Christy 5-11 191 Fr Central Catholic (Pittsburgh PA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage], SS Matthew Arnett 6-0 186 Fr Eastmoor Academy (Columbus OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] Another class on the small side, but one with a lot of quality. It looked like the Redhawks focused on certain positions, as the 14 recruits include 2 TEs, 3 OL, 2 ILBs, and 4 CBs. Miami definitely wants to not get caught short on the CB position! The Redhawks picked up some quality players in this class, but the lack of depth might show up in a few years. Jieret likes: Offensive Line. A strong passing game needs a strong pocket, and coach caesari knows how important it is to keep his QB upright. Mccormick and Waldron will be ready to play by the time the current starters graduate. Jieret wonders about: Wide Receiver. Considering the offense the Redhawks like to run, I'm really surprised that there were no wideouts in this class. They have one coming off a redshirt, but with all of Miami's wideouts graduating after 2022 having capable replacements in place needs to start now. 5. Eastern Michigan (3.18 avg, 25 total recruits, 24 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: RB Tyler Pearson 6-0 226 Fr Sterling (Sterling IL) 1.5 of 5.0 [Power], FB Ned Hansen 5-9 245 Fr Holland Christian (Holland MI) 2.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking], FB E.J. Greer 6-1 249 Jr Little Big Horn College (Crow Agency, MT) 3.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking]*, ILB Mosi Gary 6-3 236 Jr Wayne County Community College (Detroit, MI) 3.5 of 4.0 [Will]*, OT Keith McNeil 6-3 286 Fr Manistee (Manistee MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] This is one of my favorite classes in the MAC simply because coach Jamzz recruited with his identity in mind. Bringing in a powerful 5-star stud like Pearson and excellent lead blocker such as Ned Hansen reinforces the tough-running game the Eagles want to perfect, and picking up an even better FB in JuCo doesn't hurt. Also with Gary's addition EMU has approximately 3409821 inside linebackers. If only the 2-5 defense was a thing in CFBHC. Jieret likes: Backfield. Look at Pearson/Hansen/Greer. Look at them. Then look at the scuffling Eagle run game this season with a backup TE as the fullback. If only the Wishbone was a thing in CFBHC. Jieret wonders about: Offensive Line. Is this the new "every MAC team needs a corner?" EMU had a 4.41 O-line rating last year, which is definitely not what you want when you want to be a heavy running team. McNeil will help in time but quality is needed here, not depth. 6. Central Michigan (3.07 avg, 21 total recruits, 18 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: RB Daveed Huff 5-10 186 Fr G.A. Dondero (Royal Oak MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed], TE Shia Houser 6-1 230 Fr Bentley (Burton MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blocking], OLB Bradley Lloyd 6-3 232 Fr Flushing (Flushing MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Coverage], OLB Jalen Kemp 6-0 244 Fr Flushing (Flushing MI) 2.0 of 3.0 [Coverage], CB Bill Haas 6-2 180 Fr Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] The Chippewas focused on playmakers on both sides of the ball, sprinkling them in amongst depth across the board, and taking Lloyd from Michigan should build confidence in the recruiting potential of the Chipps. The offense in particular looks like it could something to behold in a couple of years with a 5.0 QB, 4.5 RB, 4.0 FB, 4.0 WR and 4.5 TE. Scary stuff. Jieret likes: Offensive skill positions. With Huff, Houser, and 2.0/3.5 WR Dontae Peppers in the fold, coach johnkirk is giving his prized QB Byron Suggs plenty of weapons over the next few years. Jieret wonders about: Offensive Line. CMU has some good freshman ready to step into starting roles, but the center and tackle positions could have used a talent upgrade and not just depth. 7. Buffalo (3.36 avg, 11 total recruits, 11 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: RB Denzel Porter 5-9 210 Jr Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City, NY) 3.5 of 4.0 [Power], SS Dominique Waller 5-11 191 Fr DePaul Catholic (Wayne NJ) 2.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage], ILB Leo Rincon 5-11 220 Fr Harrison (Harrison NJ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will], OG Daniel Bridges 6-3 307 Fr Harrison (Harrison NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] The smallest class in the MAC is pretty high-quality for its size. Buffalo gets a bridge to redshirt freshman RB Alec Self in Denzel Porter, and Waller will be a force once he takes over for Thomas Gordon. They also managed to sign 7 defenders of 11 total, the offense might not be as deep in years to come. Jieret likes: RB. Buffalo must always have a strong run game, it is known. The Fabulous One will ensure there is very little dropoff in quality after MAMADOU SMASH graduates. Jieret wonders about: The size. I don't know why Buffalo gets such small classes, but there were a lot of roster spots that could have been addressed but weren't (CB, K, DE). The lack of fresh bodies is exacerbated when you realize that three of the eleven recruits are OLB - two is fine, but they didn't need all three. 8. Akron (3.2 avg, 20 total recruits, 19 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: ILB Devin Frazier 6-1 257 Jr Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, OH) 4.5 of 5.0 [Mike]*, RB Bryan Ellison 5-11 221 Fr Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg PA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power], RB Shontrell Driver 5-6 212 Fr Troy (Troy OH) 2.0 of 4.0 [Power], CB Jason Holguin 5-11 177 Fr Blanchester (Blanchester OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage], CB Marc Dumas 5-9 182 Fr Jackson (Masillon OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] Much will be expected out of JuCo MLB Frazier, who will combine with Marlon Bailey to make a scary pairing in the middle of the Zip defense and coach darkage worked to upgrade the talent at CB. CBs Holguin and Dumas need redshirts though, so expect to see more FS getting converted next year. Jieret likes: RB. Neither Ellison nor Driver need to play this year, this will give Akron a nice multi-headed monster to work with after Nathaniel Ruff graduates. Jieret wonders about: DE. The Zips are VERY thin at DE with defensive tackles currently occupying the backup spots, and both starters entering their senior years. They did recruit 3-star Carlos Edmonds, but they desperately needed more bodies to fill out the 2-deeps. 9. Ball State (3.2 avg, 15 total recruits, 13 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: ILB Gregory Wilkins 5-11 241 Fr Amelia (Batavia OH) 1.0 of 4.5 [Will], CB Aaron Edmonds 6-2 166 Fr Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage], DE Julian Tate 6-3 235 Fr Briggs (Colombus OH) 2.0 of 3.5 [Contain], QB Andre Grubbs 5-10 238 Fr Godby (Tallahassee FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pocket], OLB Frank Long 6-0 221 Fr Vernon (Vernon FL) 2.5 of 3.0 [Coverage] A decent mix of talent across the board. Ball State got the near-mandatory CB recruit and a QB to step in when Causey/Carter's time is done. But two more SS recruits when you have 4-star redshirt freshman DeAndre Simms? That time probably could have been better spent looking for line help. They also signed specialists at kick and punt returner, so new coach npklemm can expect to win some more field position battles. Jieret likes: Linebacker. Top recruit Wilkins has a year to redshirt and bulk up for college play. Almost no else outside of Muncie is excited about OLB Long, but I like him for Ball State. He will step into a starting position from day one. Jieret wonders about: Offensive line. OG Elisara Mataafa is their only recruit for this group. As a 3.5 potential player, that ties him for second-highest amongst all Cardinal offensive linemen. Ball State needs higher-quality beef on the lines to protect whoever will be playing under center in 2021 and beyond. 10. Bowling Green (2.75 avg, 26 total recruits, 24 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: QB A.J. Coyne 6-3 203 Fr South (Cleveland OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pocket], DT Matt Hamm 6-4 305 Fr Eunice (Eunice LA) 2.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap], DT Phillip Woodruff 6-1 320 Fr Emma Sansom (Gadsden AL) 2.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap], OLB Joshua Lyles 6-1 223 Fr Jesuit (Tampa FL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Coverage], OLB Denzel Ventura 5-11 232 Fr Edgewood (Ashtabula OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] The Falcons get a lot of bodies for depth, but the few starter-quality recruits they did land may have to play much sooner than Bowling Green would like. With holes is lots of places, coach Popadom17 has some hard decisions to make in planning for next year's recruiting cycle. Jieret likes: QB. Star recruit (and the only recruit above 3-star quality) A.J. Coyne gets to learn behind Eddie Connelly for a year before being handed the reins. He should keep the QB position steady for three-four good years. Jieret wonders about: OLB. With Brandon Thomas leaving for the NFL, the Falcons only have ONE true outside linebacker on the roster. OLB Joshua Lyles may be introduced to the college game much sooner than he should be. 11. Toledo (2.72 avg, 29 total recruits, 28 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: OT Isaac Decker 6-3 286 Fr Central Community (Breese IL) 2.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking], OG Brett Spangler 6-5 291 (Jr) Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking]*, DE Ezekiel Williams Jr. 6-1 265 Jr Southwestern Community College (Creston, IA) 4.0 of 4.5 [Blitz]*, WR Joshua Hoskins 6-5 231 Fr Girard (Girard OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target], OT Amir Qualls 6-1 290 Fr Greenville (Greenville GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] Hoo boy, this is not a good class. Clearly looking to the short-term, the Rockets tried to go after various big fish across the country and got rebuffed repeatedly. They did not sign a recruit until week 10, and it wasn’t until JuCo that Toledo got a second recruit with potential higher than 3.0. #Toledo2021 is still in play, but what about Toledo 2023 and 2024? Despite the lack of depth, the three big players helped to build up the weakest parts of this Rocket roster: Offensive and defensive line. Jieret likes: JuCo results. Spangler and Williams probably fill the biggest immediate needs the Rockets have; Toledo will be stacked on both sides of the line. Jieret wonders about: What happens after 2021? The offensive line will be in great shape, but there will be a LOT of turnover after next season. With an incredible 24 of 29 recruits at 2.5 potential or less, it’s hard to see Toledo’s window extending past the next couple of seasons. 12. Northern Illinois (2.72 avg, 16 total recruits, 11 2.5+ recruits). Key Recruits: ATH Faresa Lealofi 6-1 283 Fr Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne IN) 1.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking], QB Emmett Mast 5-11 199 Jr North Iowa Area Community College (Mason City, IA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid], WR Gabriel Davidson 6-1 189 Fr Munroe Day (Quincy FL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Speed] Not a good class. Not a good class at all. Former coach Noobie lived up to his name, recruiting without a plan or purpose. Out of their 16 incoming players, an alarming 9 are 2.5 potential or less, indicating a lot of walk-ons. That kind of inactivity is hard to do anything about. That won’t impact them too much this year, but it definitely damages what could have been a very good 2023 roster. Emmett Mast gives another option at the revolving door that was the Huskies Quarterback position. Jieret likes: That they got their star recruit? At least they got a WR since they only have one returning starter (who was their WR4)? Jieret wonders about: How a coach with a pulse can recruit at NIU. The previous coach did very little and by the time coach subsequent came on board, there was almost nothing to salvage.
  21. 6 points
    It's rare that a fanbase looks back on a loss with fondness and reverence. It's rarer still that a loss feels like the moment that a program's rise to prominence began. But it's with good reason that TCU's 27-24 loss to Georgia back in the 2016 season fits both of those descriptors: it was much closer than the 58-7 beatdown the Horned Frogs suffered the year before, and they used the momentum from the season-opening near-miss to catapult themselves to an 8-game winning streak, a bowl bid, and success year after year. Now, these two teams face each other again, and TCU wants to upgrade that moral victory to an actual victory. If you're a fan of classic, hard-nosed, defensive football, this is the game for you. Both teams are led by the strength of their respective defenses. TCU allows a bit under 25.5 points per game in the high-scoring Big XII; when adjusting for their schedule, they're top-30 at holding opponents below their season averages. Georgia does them a bit better: they rank 12th in the country in raw points allowed per game at 18.3, though that dips to "only" 17th when adjusting for their opponents. The two defenses ooze with talent, particularly in the secondary--where they combine for perhaps 9 players who will play on Sundays eventually. Let's break them down. We'll start with the less familiar Georgia Bulldogs. Throwing on the Dawgs has generally been a mistake this year: they give up just 180.9 yards per game through the air, allowing opponents to complete 60.7% of their passes and giving up just 13 touchdown passes against 9 interceptions. Adrian Goldson (308 yards) is the only quarterback to get past 250 yards against this defense. Sophomore Dominique Dawkins (6 INT) is a stud at cornerback, and avoiding him to throw at any of the other defensive backs won't help you out at all. Even Marcus Black, Tucker Dowden, and Elias Allen-Hollis managed 229, 190, and 200, respectively. But the defense can be cracked on the ground--which makes sense, given that their defensive front is not nearly as ruthlessly loaded. Don't underestimate mike linebacker Alex Felder (85 tackles, 2.0 sacks), and be aware of Lese Mauiliu (9.5 sacks, 34 tackles) coming off the edge, but a good offensive line can poke holes in the Georgia defense and open up running lanes. Georgia's 4.2 yards allowed per carry is somewhat misleading--they massacred the worst rushing attacks they faced, but teams like Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, Missouri, and even South Carolina ran the ball successfully. Whether TCU can match that success on the ground or not is an important question. Unless Sam Milner (15 TD to 14 INT, 54.9% passing, 159.6 yards per game) has a revelation during bowl practice, the TCU offense is going to depend on the ability of Milner and Shamar Burroughs to earn their yardage the hard way. Burroughs has shown some sparks at times, but ultimately has averaged 95.2 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry. Milner's mostly been a nonfactor on the ground (and has in fact lost net yards in each of his past two games), but he can't be discounted as a goal line threat. But again, Burroughs is the man to watch here. If Plan B doesn't work out for TCU, they can always go back to Plan A: whack the opponent with their defense and take as much of the load off of the offense as possible. TCU's been successful at just about everything on that side of the ball efficiency-wise: they give up under 7 yards per pass attempt and under 4.2 yards per carry--and they lead the Big XII in both categories. They don't force a ton of turnovers, though their 12 picks is more than Georgia's defense had. They do excel, though, at getting after quarterbacks. Their 25 sacks led the Big XII entering bowl season, and they can bring pressure from just about anywhere--they had seven different players record a sack this season. Elliot McElmore (51 tackles, 3 INT, 1.0 sack, 1 FF) has been the focal point of the defense, but there isn't really a weak spot in it. Safeties Matthew Dyson and Christopher Malone are not going to let much past them. Corners Roman Blackmon and William Cooper are young studs. And again, the defensive front is fierce. But we'll see just how fierce it is, because Georgia's best weapon on offense is its run game. The powerful Isaac Wilson rushed for 1475 yards and 22 touchdowns on nearly 5.3 yards per carry, including a red-hot finish to the regular season: 166 yards and 3 touchdowns against Missouri, followed by 176 yards and 2 touchdowns against rival Georgia Tech. He is priority number one for the TCU defense to stop, and given the prowess of the Georgia line that won't be an easy task. However, succeeding there puts a lot more pressure on quarterback Salvatore Tanner, who's never really wowed audiences this season. The senior completed 61.4% of his passes, throwing for 17 touchdowns and 6 interceptions and maintaining a 135.2 passer rating. In SEC play, he throw just 8 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. He did score 6 touchdowns as a secondary running threat, but his passing leaves much to be desired. He relied heavily on #1 receiver Ja'Wuan Howard, who comes into the Sugar Bowl with an impressive 75 receptions for 1152 yards and 13 touchdowns. He'll be the only priority for the TCU secondary, but the shallowness of the Georgia receiving corps means that TCU can focus on stopping him without really diverting from their primary goal of stopping the run. TCU's defense will give them a fighting chance in this one. If they can limit Wilson and Tanner on the ground, then all that needs to happen for TCU to win is for the offense to find just one player to step up and make plays down the stretch. That kinda sorta has to be Shamar Burroughs, but unfortunately for the Frogs it's been hard to predict which games he'd be able to make an impact in. Sure, Georgia's defense is vulnerable on the ground--but is TCU the team that can take advantage of it? I think it's possible. But I don't think it's likely. I'll take Georgia in a closely fought, low-scoring rockfight. #14 Georgia 16, TCU 13
  22. 6 points
    stormstopper

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #12

    Final season stats for selected players: Christian Graham, Kansas: 228-369 for 2,828 yards, 24 TD, 16 INT (61.79%, 7.66 YPA, 138.96 passer rating) Graham set the Big XII freshman record with 24 touchdown passes, and moved to second place on the Kansas career passing touchdowns list His 2,828 yards are the 2nd-most by a Big XII freshman quarterback, trailing Mohammed Foster's 2,868 in 2018. His 16 interceptions, however, tied the Big XII record set this season by Rahim Murrell and Chester Brenner. His 138.96 passer rating ranked 4th among full seasons by Kansas quarterbacks--Eric Jennings's sophomore and senior seasons and Christopher Brooks's senior seasons outranked it, though he beat both seasons of DeAndre Jackson and Eric Jennings's junior year. Rod Fulton, Kansas: 268 carries for 1214 yards, 11 TD Only note here is that this is the most rushing yards by a Kansas player in a single season since James Otero in 2014, which is more of a commentary on Paul Gibbs and Jalen Clayton than anything else. Eric Pope, Oklahoma: 150-246 for 1829 yards, 13 TD, 7 INT (60.98%, 7.43 YPA, 135.18 passer rating); 67 for 409 yards, 5 TD, 2/2 F/L Eric Pope tied the Oklahoma freshman record for passing touchdowns with 13 (with Graham Burnett) and broke the school record for total touchdowns accounted for by a freshman quarterback with 18. Maurice White, Oklahoma: 338 carries for 1638 yards, 17 TD, 2/2 F/L White's 1638 yards rank 2nd in a single season in Oklahoma history, trailing Greg Hadnot in the national championship season. Hadnot had three extra games to get the last 45 yards. White set a school record with 129.46 rushing yards per game, beating out 2018 Sean Egloff by more than 7 yards per game. His 338 carries also set a school record, but he did so while averaging 4.98 yards per carry--the highest by any Big XII runningback this season. Jamari Callahan, Kansas: 48 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR, 1 safety Callahan set a Kansas single-season record for sacks--by any player, not just by a freshman. He also finishes his true freshman leader in second place on the Kansas career sack list. (Amir Ransom leads with 14.) Callahan's 11.5 single-season sacks are the fifth-most by any player in Big XII history. It is a conference freshman record, and the most by an underclassman since sophomore Anthony Ortiz recorded 12 in 2015. Final career stats for selected players: Malcolm Davis, Kansas: 297 receptions for 4316 yards, 37 TD Davis finished his Kansas career with the school record in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. He was the second 4000-yard receiver in Big XII history, finishing second in yardage to Raheem Robinson. He also finished second in receiving touchdowns to Robinson. Davis finished 3rd in receptions, trailing both Raheem Robinson and Todd Sykes. He appeared on 50 statsheets, which is second in Big XII history to...actually, not Raheem Robinson. It was Texas's Jacky Walters, who had 51. He is one of 8 Big XII receivers to average at least 14.5 yards per reception (min. 100 career receptions). Noah Hills, Kansas: 134 receptions for 1906 yards, 21 TD The early declaree finished third in Kansas history in receptions and receiving yardage (10 behind senior Timmy Sutton in both categories) and second in touchdown receptions. He is second to Steven Maloney in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a tight end in Big XII history. He and Hastin Rider finish tied for second in Big XII history for receptions by a tight end, also behind Maloney.
  23. 6 points
    Damn man... No chill.
  24. 6 points
  25. 5 points
    TheTodd15

    Serwendel's Pre-Combine Mock Draft

    Technically this is discrimination
  26. 5 points
    Soluna

    CFBHC v1.4c

    This should be the yearly hall of shame.
  27. 5 points
    Today we are proud to announce our new Head Coach. He was formally the coach of the University of Virginia for 8 Seasons. He compiled a 50-44 Overall Record which included 4 Bowl Games, an ACC Championship, and a Playoff Appearance. He is also an Alumnus of Ball State. Please help me in introducing our newest Head Coach, npklemm. Thank you. I am so proud to be here. Leaving the University of Virginia was not easy. Charlottesville has become a second home to me. But, it's just that, my second home. My first home is right here in Muncie. I love this University and am incredibly honored to get this opportunity. Ball State Head Coach is my dream job and I am incredibly lucky to have the chance to be here and help lead the Program to success. We have a tough road ahead of us, but I believe in these kids here now and the staff and I know we'll be on top of the MAC in no time. I want to thank the University of Virginia for their support the past 8 years and to all the players who came through the program for all their hard work. I also want to thank Ball State University for giving me this opportunity. I'm excited to get started. And once I'm started, I don't stop. Buckle Up Cards, I'm here to win. Chirp Chirp. I will now take questions.
  28. 5 points
    The Arizona Wildcats completed their 2020 season with a loss to MWC champions Nevada in a closely contested game in the Las Vegas bowl. After finishing below 500 last season the Wildcats finish this season with a record of 7-6 with a conference record of 4-5 under first year head coach wrigleyfan. The offense was led by juniors QB Sam Parish and RB Shane Strong with senior leader and 1st Team All Pac-12 section Mendy Morrow leading the offensive line. The offense showed promise early in the season with the team going 5-1 but was held in check later in the season with the team going 2-5 and being held to 20 or less points in those losses. The story for the defense was much the same with early success giving way to last season struggles. The defense was lead by 1st Team All Pac-12 sections OLB Josiah Benton and CB Eric Hall. With the 2020 season in the books for the Wildcats the page turns to the 2021 season. Coach wrigleyfan is excited to have back many returning starters on both sides of the ball but will have to replace 2 major contributors on the offensive line (Morrow and 2nd Team All Pac-12 OT Elias Roman). They will look to 2nd Team All Pac-12 OG Luka Pratt to lead the way. The defense will lose senior DT Constatine Burnham but hopes the young returning front seven can step up in his absence. Arizona will also welcome a deep 2020 recruiting class that doesn't boast any star players but adds quality depth across the team. The team will begin preparing for the 2021 season with offseason workouts in preparation for spring practices. Coach wrigleyfan mentioned that there may be some surprise team-building outings scheduled but did not comment on any specifics.
  29. 5 points
    Jumbo

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #10

    Well it was a pretty damn good season for what I was expecting going in. GG @UBL. Also, fuck you Jaeden Daniel.
  30. 5 points
    KAFKA'S BOWL PREVIEWS Playoff Semifinal#1 vs #5 (New Orleans, LA) FOUR KEY MATCHUPS RB DeNorris Jackson 6-0 235 (Sr) Lake Wales (Lake Wales FL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Power] ILB Abe Rock 6-3 235 (Jr) Trinity (Trinity, NC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Mike] DeNorris Jackson leads the nation in touchdown, is second place in rushing yards, and third in yards per carry. Abe Rock & Co. will look to slow UCF's best player. CB Kevin McQueen 5-11 176 (Sr) Eunice (Eunice LA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] WR Adam Coles 6-0 198 (Jr) Parkersburg (Parkersburg, WV) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed] McQueen leads UCF in interceptions (6) and Coles leads Pitt in catches, yards, and touchdowns. Something's gotta give in this aerial showdown. OG Marcus Slade 6-4 256 Sr North Florida Community College (Madison, FL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] DT Matthew Waldron 6-6 292 (So) Penn Cambria (Cresson, PA) 3.5 of 4.5 [1-Gap] Slade will look to open big running lanes for DNJ and the 6'6" 292 lbs Waldron hopes to eat space and bottle up the Golden Knight's running game. Waldron is Pitt's fourth leading tackler and tied for second on the team in sacks. DE Devin Blakely 6-2 256 (Fr) Sheldon (Eugene, OR) 3.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] OT Jaime Reyna 6-2 277 (Jr) Ohatchee (Ohatchee, AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] Blakely is the better half of the Knight sack duo (Matthew McNeil) who totaled 23 sacks this season. Jaime Reyna will have to play one of his best games this season to keep Blakely at bay. UCF WINS IF... DeNorris Jackson rushes for 125+ yards AND they win the turnover battle. PITTSBURGH WINS IF... McConnell throws for one or fewer interceptions AND scores 3+ touchdowns. OFFICIAL PREDICTION Pittsburgh 28 UCF 27
  31. 5 points
    10-3. Let me say that again. TEN and THREE. If I had come to you a year ago at the end of 2019 and told you that this team would not only win more games than last year but we would get our FIRST double digit win season in the history of the program. Our FIRST bowl win in the history of the program. I don't think anyone would have believed me if I had said that. This team went 1-11 last year and from when I was having a look at the last game of the year before I had accepted this job to now I have seen a lot of change. I have seen a lot of players here step up and do what is asked of them and as a coach I couldn't be prouder of any of them for this. No one on this squad has played in a bowl game, our RS seniors have seen a bowl but they were on the sidelines for it all the way back in 2016 so it is fair to say we don't have the bowl experience of other teams. However we came out hungry for the win tonight ladies and gentlemen and it showed. The final rankings will show how good this team is, we have had close losses to top 25 teams, in fact all of our losses were to teams that are currently in the top 25 and now we finally have a win against one this year, maybe we can finally make that list too. At this time ladies and gentlemen I would like to recognize a few individuals. Unlike most of the programs in this great nation the majority of our Seniors go on to serve proudly in our military, however we do allow for our more talented players to represent the US Army in the NFL and at this time I would like to recognize those players who have declared for the NFL draft. Jamir Hurt-Braxton, Arthur Skelton, and Nikolas Gleason. These fine young men are going to make us proud in the NFL and we wish them the best as well as the rest of our senior class. With that I have one final thing to say, GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY! I will now open the floor up to questions.
  32. 5 points
    Vxmonarkxv

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #7

    AAC AAC AAC
  33. 4 points
    Rome

    Serwendel's Pre-Combine Mock Draft

    This is bigoted against teams without a first.
  34. 4 points
    It's tricky to stop a guy (or slow a guy) who throws on time like Trickett. The redshirt junior signal-caller for USC has put together an incredible season that's flown under the radar thanks in part to three upset losses and a number of games taking place after east coasters had turned off their TVs for the night. In 13 games for the Trojans, Luke Trickett has gone 340-488 for 4200 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions through the air, and he's added 471 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground (albeit with 2 fumbles lost). From an efficiency standpoint, that's a completion percentage of 69.7%, a passer rating of 167.2, and nearly 6.4 yards per carry. All that's to say that Trickett is one of the two best quarterbacks Kansas will have seen this year, and the other one's team scored 51 on them. And that's just the introduction. USC's had a strange season. When they're on, they're on; when they're off, they are perplexing. They finished 4th in the country with 37.0 points per game, and their 19.4 points allowed ranked 17th. Their 10 wins came by an average of 25.5 points. They routed Wisconsin on the road, knocked off Washington State at home, and won the Pac-12 South by four full games. But they also lost to a mercurial Notre Dame in week 2, blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead at home in a loss to Stanford, and no-showed the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon. This would seem like a prime opportunity for Kansas if not for the fact that the Jayhawks have been even less consistent this season. The route to 7-5 was marked by peaks and valleys and a whole bunch of Houdini acts. After starting 2-3, the Jayhawks scored 16 defensive points to upset Oklahoma State. After falling to 4-5, they rallied from 31-20 down to stun Oklahoma in Norman, followed it up by rallying from 34-14 down at the half to shock Texas, and closed the regular season by winning without scoring a touchdown against Kansas State. The decidedly rollercoaster-like nature of the Kansas season can be attributed to a whole bunch of different things, but it boils down to a high-risk high-reward defense and a redshirt freshman quarterback. Let's start with the defense, and how it matches up with USC's offense. Kansas has relied on outsized contributions from three players: Bradley Spurlock (6 INT, 3 TD), Kameron Reaves (45 tackles, 1 sack), and true freshman Jamari Callahan--who won Big XII Defensive Player of the Year with 44 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 2 fumbles forced, 1 fumble recovered, and a safety forced. As a whole, the unit struggled. Kansas has given up a school-record 29.3 points per game, including five different 40-point efforts. But the defense also makes big plays. They've recorded 22 quarterback sacks, forced 17 turnovers, and scored 37 points on defense. Against a USC offense that absolutely oozes talent, though, relying on the big play is extremely risky. If they can't stop Samuel Gulla (1235 yards, 13 TD) and Sean Waller (989 yards, 15 TD) from doing whatever they want, whenever they want, then the mere idea of holding USC under 40 is a lost cause. The Jayhawks will be looking at the Oregon blueprint--the Ducks sacked Trickett three times and intercepted him twice in the conference championship game--but there's a stark difference between using a blueprint and replicating what made it successful. The other small matter is that USC's defense is an elite unit in its own right. But this is an area where Kansas feels like they're on somewhat less disadvantageous footing. The Jayhawks score 28.1 points per game, and they've cracked 40 points four times. As you recall from earlier, that offense has bailed Kansas out from significant deficits. The Jayhawks in fact have a winning record (3-2) when their defense allows 40 points or more. In order to get any kind of offense going, Kansas needs balance--and it has to be earned balance. Christian Graham's going to get his reps, but Kansas is at its best when Rod Fulton's a running threat that takes some of the heat off of Graham. The junior college transfer at tailback finished the year with 1150 yards and 11 touchdowns, but four of his five 100-yard efforts came in games where Kansas scored 40 or more points. He's been a complement to redshirt freshman quarterback Christian Graham, who cooled down against Kansas State after a scintillating two-game stretch against Oklahoma and Texas. For the season, Graham is a 61.8% passer with 23 touchdown throws to 15 interceptions; he has thrown for 2658 yards and maintains a 139.7 passer rating. With receivers like Malcolm Davis (912 yards, 14 TD) and tight end Noah Hills (609 yards, 5 TD), Graham has help. But USC's pass defense is a bunch of man-eaters. They've allowed opponents to complete just 56.9% of their attempts, allowed 194.5 yards per game, and intercepted 20 passes while allowing just 17 touchdowns through the air. Until the Pac-12 title game, they'd picked off at least one pass in each game this season. In more than half of their games, they've picked off two. That means that Kansas absolutely has to run the ball successfully if they want to have a chance. The Trojans have had surprisingly mixed results against the run: opponents earn close to 4.6 yards per carry against them despite the fact that USC didn't really face a great set of runningbacks. Kalei Keil and Owen Sorenson of Notre Dame combined for 211 yards in their upset win; Trevon Yeldon and Jason Baum put up 159 in their title win. Even Noel Mason and Parker Townsend of Arizona State ran for 131 yards on 27 carries in a loss. To USC's credit, they bottled up Jamal Trufant; however, that merely serves to underscore why it's so important that Kansas can't let Fulton suffer the same fate. It'll be a matter of whether the Jayhawk tackles can keep Ilan Kuhn and Nasir Womack--human pincers with 21 combined sacks masquerading as defensive ends--from crashing in and blowing up the run before it can get started. It'll depend on whether Fulton can beat Louis Landry (57 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 3 INT) to the edge. It'll be a matter of whether Graham can take care of the ball against a ferocious defensive backfield. It'll depend on a lot of things, but pretty much everything has to go right in order for Kansas to win. USC's inconsistencies have been more high-profile, but that's only because they're the better team. Kansas has had a great relationship with the Alamo Bowl with two wins here, but a third one here does not seem to be on the horizon. Give me USC--by a lot. #13 USC 42, Kansas 27
  35. 4 points
    DescretoBurrito

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #10

    gg @Franz Kafka Elite kicking saves the day! This is the first time that Air Force has played Colorado, and also the first time that all three Colorado schools have played in the same season. Going 2-0 against in state competition, I claim the state championship!
  36. 4 points
    Jumanji

    CFBHC v1.4e

    We love you, Sagebow.
  37. 4 points
    Jieret

    [2020] Bowl Challenge Cup

    Updated with Day 8 results. With the Independent "Conference" currently at 2-0 with one game to play, the following conferences cannot win the Bowl Challenge Cup. Better luck next year! American Athletic Conference (1-3, 2 games to play) Big XII Conference (1-3, 3 games to play) Conference USA (0-4, 1 game to play) Mid-American Conference (3-3, 1 game to play) The following conference still has a shot but requires its playoff representative to win the NCG: (no pressure, @Jumbo !) Atlantic Coast Conference (1-3, 4+ games to play) The following conferences are still alive for the BCC: Big Tweleven B1G (3-1, 5 games to play) Mountain West Conference (3-1, 3 games to play) Pacific-12 Conference (1-1, 6 games to play) Southeastern Conference (6-2, 3 games to play) Independents (2-0, 1 game to play) Guess y'all non-Independents are rooting for Clemson.
  38. 4 points
    The midpoint of the Big XII bowl season looks to be one of the highlights of the year for the nation's most exciting conference. Oklahoma State takes on Missouri in a battle of teams that have had ups and downs and fits and starts, but throughout the season they've both had one thing stay mostly consistent: offense. The Tigers rank 13th in the country in scoring offense at 32.8 points per game; the Cowboys are one of the few teams to top them, ranking 10th with 34.5 per game. What's more is that neither team's been great on defense. Missouri gives up 26.4 (66th) and the Cowboys give up 28.3 (83rd). What happens when two unstoppable forces meet two very movable objects? You get a game between a team that's ranked 7th in over-under (the Tigers) and a team that's ranked 4th (guess who)--a formula for a shootout. Both teams are heavily reliant on elite quarterback play. Missouri is led by Tucker Dowden, the next in a line of quarterbacks that includes Indianapolis Colts regular-season star Aaron Shea. Dowden demonstrated two things above all else this season that make him a great candidate for this year's draft should he declare early: pinpoint accuracy with his arm and breakaway speed with his legs. Let him sit in the pocket and he'll find one of his four main targets downfield. He completes 71.1% of his passes, he's thrown 31 touchdowns to 5 interceptions, and he's completed 70% of his passes or more in 10 of his 12 games. He's got guys like wideouts Daniel Hobbs (63 for 943 yards, 10 TD) and K.J. Strauss (46 for 627 yards, 5 TD), as well as tight ends Justin Burris (43 for 699 yards, 8 TD) and Walt Bauer (36 for 457 yards, 6 TD). But flush him out of the pocket, and he's got the ability to run. In fact, he put up 558 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground this season to complement Nathan Coleman's 1227 and 9. As a team, Missouri rushes for a full 5.5 yards per carry and 148.8 yards per game. Combine that with the fact that you just plain can't leave your DBs on an island and you understand why Missouri can score in bunches. Oklahoma State doesn't force you to pick between stacking the box or getting extra DBs on the field. They're unsubtle, and they actually got worse when they tried to achieve more balance. But it works because very few teams can actually handle the offense they put forth. Even though Chester Brenner's thrown 15 interceptions, he's been effective. He's completed 65.9% of his passes for 3425 yards and 34 touchdowns, putting up a passer rating of 151.7 despite his high volume. The Cowboys succeed because of Brenner's high-risk high-reward approach--and because his wide receivers mitigate the high risk. Jay Dunn (64 for 903 yards, 10 TD) and Xavier Gant (64 for 890 yards, 13 TD) lead the team, but freshman Jeremy Bridges (50 for 635 yards, 6 TD) and tight end Christopher Vinson (22 for 330 yards, 2 TD) provide complementary threats. This is important against a thin Missouri secondary. Only one Tiger has intercepted more than one pass this season. However, that one Tiger was David Triplett, and he had 8 picks. They have a few different players who can generate pressure--four of them have between 4.0 and 5.0 sacks--but that's not often enough to threaten quarterbacks protected by some of the better offensive lines they face. Senior tackle Beckett Miller will be critical to buying time, as will interior linemen Edward Meyer and Jay Sotelo. The good news for fans of defense is that both teams are better against the pass than against the run, and Oklahoma State's better against the run than Missouri is. The Tigers give up nearly 5.0 yards per carry, but that won't matter all that much unless this game gets close. (More on that later.) Oklahoma State gives up 4.5 yards per carry, in comparison, though they've allowed 19 touchdowns on the ground. The Cowboys have had a lot of success slowing down the pass: they've picked off 17 passes to 19 touchdowns allowed, and they allow a 59.2% completion percentage. Where they're less successful is preventing home-run passes, as they allow a full 12.1 yards per completion. Missouri, though, would consider those numbers an improvement. They've given up 20 touchdowns to 11 interceptions, allowed opposing passers to complete 60.1% of their passes, and allowed nearly 13.0 yards per completion. That said, they haven't given up any phenomenal passing games--it's just that they also don't really break anybody that way. The offensive advantage belongs to Missouri, but the defensive advantage belongs to Oklahoma State. The X-factor is that both of these teams have had a ton of experience in close games: out of the 24 they've played, just 7 have been decided by more than one possession. Missouri is 4-5 in one-possession games, whereas Oklahoma State is 4-4. They've both won and lost heartbreakers, and are both a few breaks away from being conference champions or bowl-ineligible. It might come down to the little things--like the fact that Oklahoma State's Ralph Hinson is 26-27 on field goals whereas Kai Ragsdale is "only" 22-25. It might come down to Missouri's third-down defense getting itself off the field 73.3% of the time to Oklahoma State's 67.4%. If Brenner avoids a turnover, Oklahoma State is more likely than not to win, but even one free possession might tip the scales in favor of Missouri--after all, it might come down to who can get the last defensive stop when it counts the most. Despite every fiber in my being warning me not to, though, I'm taking the Tigers. Seeing what Maurice White and Eric Pope did to this Cowboy defense shows that there's a template Missouri can follow--while Coleman is no Mo White, Pope is no Tucker Dowden. And that, too, could be the difference. Missouri 45, Oklahoma State 42
  39. 3 points
    Gravy bby. Keeping the club elite. Congrats
  40. 3 points
    SlinkyJr

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #12

    Good game Sage. Extremely proud of this team even if they're just a bunch of simulated names on a website, there was no reason for us to be in a position to win a solid bowl against a solid opponent this season but this team played way above their potential and resparked my drive for CFBHC, gonna be interesting to see where we go from here, probably some down years ahead but I think we can get back here soon.
  41. 3 points
    ECU Says Final Farewell Class of 2020 Goes Out With a Bang in Boca Seniors Charge the Football Field for the Final Time as Pirates Boca Raton Florida was the site of an historical game for ECU, as the program won its first back to back bowl game since coming into the CFBHC FBS League in 2014. They took a trip to south Florida to play the 6-6 Old Dominion Monarchs. While bowl games are important for coaches and the programs they represent, for the seniors across the country, it is the last time they get to take the field wearing their school colors. For Some it is the last shot they have to show off what they can do for NFL Scouts. For others, it is the last time they will play football. The same can be said for some of the seniors playing for the Pirates. Players like Center Ricardo Douglas, and Fullback Eli Tuitama prepare for their NFL Careers. Others like Patrick Cornett, despite his amazing season, do not plan on playing football again. "Today was an emotional day. For a good number of us, this was it. This was the last time we will suit up. We wanted to win so bad. Everything is better when you go out on top." Tristan Stephens commented after the game today. And go out on top they did. The 37-21 victory was assured by a dominate defense performance, coming away with three sacks, and two interceptions. The O-Line came out strong as well, looking its best all season. They allowed quality protection giving Liam Carver Plenty of time to throw the ball, and provided Eli Tuitama a nice hole which lead to a 45 yard touchdown run. A good sign as the Pirates should improve next season on the line with incoming Tackle Quincy Estep. and current redshirt freshman Levi Hickey starting at Center. The Line coach has been raving about Hickey, so we hope he is ready to step into the starting role next season. The Defense also only allowed 230 yards of offense, and shut out the monarchs entirely in the fourth quarter. The offense however continued to pour it on. It was a good game for the pirates as the finished the year 8-5, better than what many people thought they would do. Coach Weeze, now 17-7, has really shown he is committed to the program as he has begun turning around recruiting, bringing in the best ranked class since 2016. It is also reported that he has signed a two year extension with ECU, keeping him here until 2024. ECU Introduces Athletic Hall of Fame Inaugural Football Ring of Honor Announced Entrance view of new Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday following the excitement in Boca Raton, Fans, Alumni and Players were invited to see the opening, and unveiling of the new ECU Athletic Hall of Fame. The building has multiple floors and wings dedicated to the various sports, and historic athletic figures from East Carolina University. After giving a tour, and showing off the new building, guest were invited to observe an opening day ceremony. ECU Athletics announced they were going to introduce several historic figures, and several current players into the Football Ring of Honor. "Place of Honor isn't only for statistical significance. But it is also for those who truly represent what this school, and university stands for on and off the field. Some you will notice were not four year starters. Someone only attended this fine University for one year. We carefully, and meticulously selected our first inductees. Since this is a special occasion, we decided to induct six players, three former, and three graduating seniors. The Following Players were inducted: Robert Barraza OT 2014 14 Games 1st Player Drafted, Oakland 5th RD, 118th Overall 2014 All AAC 2014 was an amazing year for the Pirates. The Newly introduced team manage to fight, and grind their way to their first Conference Championship game. Part of that was indeed due to the great coaching from ObliviousLax. But when you have great line play, so many things from from passing, to running become easy. Robert Barraza was the corner stone of that first line. Barraza was a mauling, nasty man among boys. He was indeed impressive enough, that after only one year in the FBS, he was drafted in the 5th round by the Oakland Raiders. He spent a few years there before moving to the Buffalo Bills. While he did not spend a lot of time with the Pirates, he has left an impressive impression on fans as a loud, vocal leader who inspired the young offense to make some great plays. Sean Gomez ILB 2015-2016 15 Games, 101 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 1 Interception, 1Touchdown 2nd All Time Tackler, 4th Tackles in a Season 2015 All AAC Sean Gomez was an early defensive favorite, and a leader on the defensive side of the ball. In 2015 he would fill the shoes of of Jerome Rowell, the schools single season tackler leader. His play during the 2015 season currently has him fourth in most tackles in a season. That same season would see him recognized by the AAC as he also received All Conference Honors as well. Sean Gomez is considered the best inside linebacker, as well as one of the best defensive players in school history. Until this season, Gomez was the leader in career tackles. It should be noted, it took the current leader 9 more games to break his record. Ashton Best SS 2016-2019 18 Games, 86 Tackles, 1 Sacks, 8 Interceptions, 3 Touchdowns 1st player to receive multiple All Conference honors 2016, 2017 All AAC Ashton Best is one half of the greatest safety Duo in school history. The Duo was there for both the worst, and best years of ECU. During the two down years, the Duo was easily the brightest spot. Between being in on the majority of tackles, they two found a way to force turn overs. Ashton Best, the greatest Strong Safety in school history, was also the first player at ECU to be recognized by the Conference multiple times with All Conference Honors. Ashton Best ranks fourth in all time in tackles, and third all time in career interceptions. He is also fifth in single season interceptions. While he did set the record for most career interceptions in 2019, the record was broken in 2020 by the other half of the duo, and an excellent Cornerback who also played with both of them. Eli Tuitama FB/RB 2016-2020 37 Games, 758 Attempts, 3504 Yards, 45 Touchdowns 7 Receptions, 68 Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 9.71 YPC Multiple Single Season and Career Rushing Records 2018, 2019 All AAC Eli Tuitama, recruited as a Fullback, quickly found his way into the starting lineup in 2018 as a redshirt Sophomore. In his first season as a running back, the big bruiser pounded his way to his first All Conference recognition, as well as being largely responsible for the huge offensive success the Pirates had in 2018, when they returned for their second Conference Championship appearance. Rushing for over 1400 yards, he ended up with 13 touchdowns. The following year, he would return with over 1200 yards with 50 fewer carries, but 20 touchdowns. He did receive All Conference Honors for 2019 as well. Setting Multiple records, Eli set the career rushing record, single season rushing record, rushing touchdown record for both career and single season. Patrick Cornett WR 2017-2020 45 Games, 159 Catches, 2276 Yards, 19 Touchdowns, 14.31YPC Multiple single and career records Patrick Cornett is with out a doubt, the best Receiving threat in school history. There is some argument that earlier seasons relied more on a strong running game, but even just looking at the YPC, only one is higher in their career than Cornett. Cornett set just about every receiving record for the university there is. The only records he does not have, is yards in a game, and Touchdown receptions in a game. He has set the bar for most career receptions, touchdowns, and receiving yards, as well as single season records for the very same. Another more obscure record he set in 2020, 5 straight games of 100 yards receiving. As of 2020, he also has more stat sheet appearances than any other player in school history. It is also important to note, the majority of stats came from the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Devin Lloyd FS 2017-2020 24 Games, 105 Tackles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 11 Interceptions, 3 touchdowns Leading Career Tackles, Leading Career Interceptions, Devin Lloyd is the second half, and probably the best half of the best Safety Duo ECU has ever seen. Joining the Pirates a season after Ashton Best, Lloyd made his presence felt on the field every snap. Lloyd is the all time career tackling leader as well as the all time career interception leader. Devin Lloyd also ranks third on most interceptions in a season. He is one of three players to ever get over 100 tackles in their career at ECU. Along with Sean Gomez, and Inside Linebacker Sebastian Chaney, Devin Lloyd is arguably the best defensive player to ever play for the Pirates. ObliviousLAX 1st Head Coach 5 Seasons, 25 wins, 32 Losses, 2 Conference Championship Game Appearances 3 Bowl Game appearances,1 Win Coach ObliviousLax was tasked with starting up, and winning with a new program. In his first and last season, he lead the pirates to a conference Championship.He also lead the pirates to 3 bowl games. The 1 bowl game he won, was against then 8th ranked Ole Miss. Winning 17-16, the game still stands as one of the greatest, and perhaps the best upset in school history. ObliviousLax was also responsible for bringing in almost every great player in school history. Lax instilled an identity early on when the pirates needed it most. He ran a very heavy run game, with a gritty defense. It was a day of great speeches, and heavy emotions. It was great getting to see some old players younger fans might not have known about, as well as celebrating some current players who had amazing careers while attending ECU. The inaugural class 2020 Ring of Honor Class was big, and we probably won't see such a big class ever again, but it was well deserved. Each of these players contributed greatly to the success the school had on and off the field. Now forever enshrined in the Ring of honor, we hope their example will inspire others to reach new, and better heights. 2020 was a great season. We can't wait to see what 2021 brings us. Go Pirates!
  42. 3 points
    ESPN

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #11

    #2 vs #3 - (Miami Gardens, FL/+5) Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA/+3/+2) vs Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX/+2/+1) vs
  43. 3 points
    constapatedape

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #11

    Gravy tryna keep the Natty Club exclusive
  44. 3 points
    UBL

    CFBHC v1.4e

    Bruh
  45. 3 points
  46. 3 points
    acewulf

    CFBHC v1.4e

    Storm is the best. Long live commissioner Storm
  47. 3 points
    Weeze56m

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #10

    For the First time in school history... ECU has been to three consecutive bowl games, and have won back to back bowl games.
  48. 3 points
    AAC News

    [2020] All AAC + Awards

    Awards Offensive Player of the Year: RB DeNorris Jackon, UCF Defensive Player of the Year: DE Devin Blakely, UCF Coach of the Year: UBL, UCF Offensive Freshman of the Year: WR Sila Aveau, USF Defensive Freshman of the Year: DE Devin Blakely, UCF All-teams 1st team QB:Daniel Lentz, USF RB:DeNorris Jackson, UCF FB:Rafeal Willett, SMU WR:Sila Aveau, USF WR:Claudio Howard, USF TE:Garret Taylor, TEM LT:Isaac Montalvo, TEM LG:Marcus Slade, UCF C:Jayson Pierce, SMU RG:Andre Foy, UCF RT:Eugene Scott, USF DE:Devin Blakely, UCF DT:Zion Salcedo, NAVY DT:Damani Bradford-Jack, UCONN DE:Mathew NcNeil, UCF OLB:Omar Salas, TUL Mike LB:William Battle, SMU Will LB:Dylan Mitchell, HOU OLB:Victor Dozier, MEM CB:Kevin McQueen, UCF CB:Austin Copeland, USF FS:James Munnerlyn, UCF SS:Dominic Monk, CINCY P:Tyler Rankin, TEM K:TJ Bendbrook, CINCY 2nd team QB:Jordan North, TEM RB:Marshawn Miller, UCONN FB:Darius Conner, UCONN WR:Dean Burkhart, SMU WR:Sebastian Hatcher, SMU TE:Shannon Frank, USF LT:Zion MCKenzie, UCF LG:Jeremiah Berman, SMU C:Walt Nowack, UCF RG:Mendy Pace, ECU RT:Terrell McRae, SMU DE:Isiah Townsend, ECU DT:Darius Greene, UCONN DT:Arthur Ireland, SMU DE:Jaden Westbrook, SMU OLB:Logan Ware, HOU Mike LB:Austin Hamon, CINCY Will LB:Mendy Henson, NAVY OLB:Terrell Hatcher, NAVY CB:Andrew Young, SMU CB:Samuel Brown, NAVY FS:Chad Walker, TUL SS:DeAndre Stewart, UCONN P:Sean Bernard, UCF K:Dylan Stone, TEM
  49. 3 points
    vtgorilla

    [2020] Bowl Betting Bonanza

    Betting Trends LIVE! Wagers have yet to be placed on... Southern Miss (+4) in the Heart of Dallas Bowl! OR Florida (-5) in the Music City Bowl! The money is coming in at 2-to-1 favoring Missouri in the Texas Bowl! News Alert: vegasgorilla denies canceling accounts of bettors who have wagered on Oklahoma State. "Don't buy into the rumors, I'll take anyone's money," he declared.
  50. 3 points
    alienufo

    [2020] Bowl Games - Day #7

    Well I guess we aren't getting those bonus points
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