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    Because we at the Chicago Tribune analytics department believe that all human experience can be quantified and solved by math, we made a simple formula to determine what we think the best games of the season will be. The rating is essentially the sum of the two teams' individual ratings, minus the projected margin of their game. If both teams are good, the game will rate highly. If the game is projected as a blowout, it will sink. A close game between good teams will rate the highest of all. We will look at this in three parts. First, we'll present a list of the top 100 games of the year. Second, we'll take a somewhat deeper dive into the top 10 games of each week. Third and finally, we'll look at each individual team's most exciting game of the season. This is part four of a five-part series. I. The One Hundred Best Games of the Year 1. Florida (0-0) at LSU (0-0)* (-6) (52.7 rating) 2. SMU (0-0) at TCU (0-0) (+3.5) (47.9 rating) 3. Tennessee (0-0) at Florida (0-0)* (-5) (46.9 rating) 4. Auburn (0-0) at LSU (0-0)* (-9) (46.6 rating) 5. TCU (0-0) at Florida (0-0) (-6.5) (44 rating) 6. Illinois (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (+5) (41.3 rating) 7. Oklahoma (0-0) at TCU (0-0)* (-3.5) (41 rating) 8. Auburn (0-0) vs. Miami (FL) (0-0) (TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL) (+4) (40.4 rating) 9. Illinois (0-0) at Penn State (0-0)* (+6) (39.4 rating) 10. Clemson (0-0) at Pittsburgh (0-0)* (+3.5) (39.1 rating) 11. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Duke (0-0)* (E) (38.7 rating) 12. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Pittsburgh (0-0)* (E) (38.6 rating) 13. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Oregon (0-0) (E) (37.5 rating) 14. TCU (0-0) at Oklahoma State (0-0)* (+3.5) (37 rating) 15. Oklahoma (0-0) at Oklahoma State (0-0)* (+2) (36.9 rating) 16. Florida (0-0) at Missouri (0-0)* (+8) (36.7 rating) 17. Tennessee (0-0) at Missouri (0-0)* (+5) (36.7 rating) 18. Tennessee (0-0) at Alabama (0-0)* (+5) (36.6 rating) 19. LSU (0-0) at Alabama (0-0)* (+12) (36.5 rating) 20. Florida (0-0) at Florida State (0-0) (+8.5) (35.6 rating) 21. Tennessee (0-0) at Florida State (0-0) (+5.5) (35.6 rating) 22. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Florida State (0-0)* (+1.5) (35.3 rating) 23. Pittsburgh (0-0) at Penn State (0-0) (-2) (35.2 rating) 24. Pittsburgh (0-0) at Duke (0-0)* (-2) (35.1 rating) 25. LSU (0-0) at Mississippi State (0-0)* (+13.5) (33.4 rating) 26. Duke (0-0) at Virginia (0-0)* (+1) (33.3 rating) 27. Penn State (0-0) at Mississippi State (0-0) (+1) (33.2 rating) 28. Missouri (0-0) at Georgia (0-0)* (E) (33 rating) 29. Oregon (0-0) at Oklahoma (0-0) (-6) (32.9 rating) 30. Alabama (0-0) at Virginia (0-0) (E) (32.9 rating) 31. Alabama (0-0) at Mississippi State (0-0)* (E) (32.8 rating) 32. Oklahoma State (0-0) at UCLA (0-0) (-1.5) (32.7 rating) 33. Oregon (0-0) at UCLA (0-0)* (-1.5) (32.7 rating) 34. Alabama (0-0) at Florida (0-0)* (-12) (32.6 rating) 35. Alabama (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)* (-9) (32.5 rating) 36. San Diego State (0-0) at Hawaii (0-0)* (-1.5) (31.7 rating) 37. Florida (0-0) vs. Georgia (0-0) (TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL)* (+11.5) (31.6 rating) 38. SMU (0-0) at Navy (0-0)* (+11.5) (31.6 rating) 39. Rice (0-0) at Missouri (0-0) (-2.5) (31.5 rating) 40. Michigan (0-0) at Maryland (0-0)* (E) (31.3 rating) 41. Florida State (0-0) at Clemson (0-0)* (-9.5) (31.3 rating) 42. Michigan (0-0) at Penn State (0-0)* (-4) (31.3 rating) 43. Clemson (0-0) vs. Georgia (0-0) (Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN) (+8.5) (31.3 rating) 44. Penn State (0-0) at Maryland (0-0)* (+2) (31.3 rating) 45. Duke (0-0) at Maryland (0-0) (+2) (31.3 rating) 46. Michigan (0-0) at Tennessee (0-0) (-10) (31.1 rating) 47. UCLA (0-0) at USC (0-0)* (E) (30.9 rating) 48. TCU (0-0) at USC (0-0) (+7) (30.1 rating) 49. Georgia (0-0) at Tennessee (0-0)* (-10.5) (29.6 rating) 50. Georgia (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)* (-10.5) (29.5 rating) 51. Maryland (0-0) vs. Navy (0-0) (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD) (E) (29.4 rating) 52. Mississippi State (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)* (-10.5) (29.4 rating) 53. UCLA (0-0) at Washington (0-0)* (+1) (29.3 rating) 54. Virginia (0-0) at Miami (FL) (0-0)* (-6.5) (29.3 rating) 55. Virginia (0-0) at Pittsburgh (0-0)* (-5) (29.2 rating) 56. Penn State (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)* (+3) (29.1 rating) 57. Purdue (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)* (+4) (29 rating) 58. Oregon (0-0) at Washington (0-0)* (+2) (29 rating) 59. Mississippi State (0-0) at SMU (0-0) (-15) (28.9 rating) 60. Missouri (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0) (+2) (28.7 rating) 61. Florida (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0) (+12) (28.7 rating) 62. LSU (0-0) vs. USC (0-0) (Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV) (+17) (28.4 rating) 63. Penn State (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0)* (+3.5) (28.4 rating) 64. Maryland (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0)* (E) (27.9 rating) 65. Maryland (0-0) at Illinois (0-0)* (-14) (27.4 rating) 66. Illinois (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0)* (+12) (27.2 rating) 67. Maryland (0-0) at Washington (0-0) (-1) (27.2 rating) 68. Maryland (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0)* (E) (27.1 rating) 69. Navy (0-0) at Temple (0-0)* (E) (27.1 rating) 70. Maryland (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)* (-1) (27.1 rating) 71. Ohio State (0-0) at Michigan (0-0)* (-5) (25.1 rating) 72. Ohio State (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0)* (-1) (25 rating) 73. Michigan State (0-0) at Central Michigan (0-0) (E) (24.8 rating) 74. Ohio State (0-0) at LSU (0-0) (-20) (24.8 rating) 75. Michigan State (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)* (-2) (24.7 rating) 76. Ohio State (0-0) at Nebraska (0-0)* (E) (24.6 rating) 77. Michigan State (0-0) at Michigan (0-0)* (-5.5) (24.4 rating) 78. Michigan (0-0) at Nebraska (0-0)* (+3.5) (24.3 rating) 79. Michigan State (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (-8.5) (24.3 rating) 80. Oklahoma (0-0) at Nebraska (0-0) (+8.5) (24.2 rating) 81. Duke (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0)* (+6) (23.3 rating) 82. Western Michigan (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0) (+6) (23.2 rating) 83. Pittsburgh (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0)* (+6) (23.2 rating) 84. Oklahoma (0-0) at Baylor (0-0)* (+9) (23.1 rating) 85. Minnesota (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (-9) (23.1 rating) 86. Oklahoma State (0-0) at West Virginia (0-0)* (+5) (22.6 rating) 87. Temple (0-0) at Rice (0-0) (-6.5) (22.6 rating) 88. Auburn (0-0) at California (0-0) (+12) (22.5 rating) 89. USC (0-0) at California (0-0)* (+2) (22.3 rating) 90. TCU (0-0) at West Virginia (0-0)* (+11) (22.2 rating) 91. Oklahoma State (0-0) at Texas Tech (0-0)* (+5.5) (22 rating) 92. Nebraska (0-0) vs. Virginia Tech (0-0) (Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN) (E) (21.8 rating) 93. Missouri (0-0) at Vanderbilt (0-0)* (+5.5) (21.4 rating) 94. Georgia (0-0) at Vanderbilt (0-0)* (+4) (21.3 rating) 95. Mississippi State (0-0) at Vanderbilt (0-0)* (+4) (21.2 rating) 96. Central Michigan (0-0) at Western Michigan (0-0)* (-9) (21.1 rating) 97. Nebraska (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0)* (-4) (20.4 rating) 98. Nebraska (0-0) at Illinois (0-0)* (-17.5) (20.4 rating) 99. Navy (0-0) at Notre Dame (0-0) (+3.5) (20.3 rating) 100. Nebraska (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (-10.5) (20.2 rating) II. The Top Ten Games of Every Week Week 0 1. SMU (0-0) at TCU (0-0) (+3.5) (47.9 rating) 2. Auburn (0-0) vs. Miami (FL) (0-0) (TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL) (+4) (40.4 rating) 3. Pittsburgh (0-0) at Penn State (0-0) (-2) (35.2 rating) 4. Oregon (0-0) at Oklahoma (0-0) (-6) (32.9 rating) 5. Alabama (0-0) at Virginia (0-0) (E) (32.9 rating) 6. Oklahoma State (0-0) at UCLA (0-0) (-1.5) (32.7 rating) 7. Clemson (0-0) vs. Georgia (0-0) (Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN) (+8.5) (31.3 rating) 8. Michigan (0-0) at Tennessee (0-0) (-10) (31.1 rating) 9. Maryland (0-0) vs. Navy (0-0) (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD) (E) (29.4 rating) 10. Missouri (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0) (+2) (28.7 rating) The hand-selected best week of the season features two of the eight games with a 40+ rating, one of which is the resumption of a previously dormant rivalry between the defending national champion and the prior year's national runner-up. Even outside of those games, expect to see multiple teams stake their claim to a spot in the national picture week 0--and expect a whole lot of back-and-forth competition across the country. Week 1 1. Michigan State (0-0) at Central Michigan (0-0) (E) (24.8 rating) 2. USF (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0) (-6.5) (16 rating) 3. Boston College (0-0) at Clemson (0-0)* (-17.5) (15.2 rating) 4. UTSA (0-0) at Texas (0-0) (-2) (9.9 rating) 5. Washington State (0-0) at Texas Tech (0-0) (-6.5) (9.3 rating) 6. Fresno State (0-0) at UCF (0-0) (-1) (9.3 rating) 7. Iowa State (0-0) at Arizona (0-0) (-5) (5.8 rating) 8. Nevada (0-0) at Arkansas (0-0) (+3.5) (4.9 rating) 9. Kansas State (0-0) at California (0-0) (-9) (4.7 rating) 10. Toledo (0-0) at San Diego State (0-0) (-16) (3.8 rating) Largely picked clean in favor of week 0, this is easily the least exciting week of the season. Still, a mix of traditional and non-traditional matchups provide some intrigue highlighted by surprisingly even-footed P5-G5 matchups between Michigan State-Central Michigan and UTSA-Texas. Week 2 1. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Oregon (0-0) (E) (37.5 rating) 2. Duke (0-0) at Maryland (0-0) (+2) (31.3 rating) 3. TCU (0-0) at USC (0-0) (+7) (30.1 rating) 4. Ohio State (0-0) at LSU (0-0) (-20) (24.8 rating) 5. Oklahoma (0-0) at Nebraska (0-0) (+8.5) (24.2 rating) 6. Western Michigan (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0) (+6) (23.2 rating) 7. California (0-0) at Washington (0-0)* (-5.5) (18.3 rating) 8. Vanderbilt (0-0) at USF (0-0) (-1.5) (17.2 rating) 9. Notre Dame (0-0) at Michigan (0-0) (-9.5) (16.3 rating) 10. Mississippi State (0-0) at Nevada (0-0) (+6.5) (16.1 rating) This is an early prove-it week for the ACC and Pac-12 in particular. Miami-Oregon and TCU-USC will each meet each other after having had an opportunity to impress or disappoint week 0. Duke will have its first real test post-Bryce Thompson. Virginia Tech will look to overcome underdog status against G5 darling Western Michigan. California and Washington present a potentially intriguing conference opener as well. Week 3 1. Tennessee (0-0) at Florida (0-0)* (-5) (46.9 rating) 2. Auburn (0-0) at LSU (0-0)* (-9) (46.6 rating) 3. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Florida State (0-0)* (+1.5) (35.3 rating) 4. Penn State (0-0) at Mississippi State (0-0) (+1) (33.2 rating) 5. Maryland (0-0) at Illinois (0-0)* (-14) (27.4 rating) 6. Navy (0-0) at Temple (0-0)* (E) (27.1 rating) 7. Purdue (0-0) at Notre Dame (0-0) (+8.5) (20.2 rating) 8. Texas Tech (0-0) at TCU (0-0)* (-15) (18.1 rating) 9. Duke (0-0) at South Carolina (0-0) (+9) (17.4 rating) 10. Alabama (0-0) at Fresno State (0-0) (+9.5) (13.3 rating) This is an early contender for the most important week of SEC football, as Tennessee-Florida and Auburn-LSU make for the #3 and #4 matchups of the entire year. These two games will likely form the contours of the division race of the best conference in the country early on. Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Alabama also make appearances on this list. Week 4 1. TCU (0-0) at Florida (0-0) (-6.5) (44 rating) 2. Illinois (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (+5) (41.3 rating) 3. Mississippi State (0-0) at SMU (0-0) (-15) (28.9 rating) 4. Ohio State (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0)* (-1) (25 rating) 5. Pittsburgh (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0)* (+6) (23.2 rating) 6. Oklahoma (0-0) at Baylor (0-0)* (+9) (23.1 rating) 7. Temple (0-0) at Rice (0-0) (-6.5) (22.6 rating) 8. Nebraska (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0)* (-4) (20.4 rating) 9. Florida State (0-0) at Boston College (0-0)* (+6) (19.3 rating) 10. California (0-0) at UCLA (0-0)* (-8.5) (18.5 rating) The top two games rank #5 and #6 on the national calendar. Illinois-Purdue is rather likely to decide the Big Ten West from the word go, and TCU-Florida could be a preview of the national championship game--or it could be a game that eliminates one or the other from title contention if they don't both come into this game undefeated. Mississippi State-SMU shouldn't fly under the radar, though the champs are heavily favored in this one. Several early and potentially impactful conference matchups round out the headliners this week. Week 5 1. Oklahoma (0-0) at TCU (0-0)* (-3.5) (41 rating) 2. Florida (0-0) at Missouri (0-0)* (+8) (36.7 rating) 3. Tennessee (0-0) at Florida State (0-0) (+5.5) (35.6 rating) 4. San Diego State (0-0) at Hawaii (0-0)* (-1.5) (31.7 rating) 5. Maryland (0-0) at Washington (0-0) (-1) (27.2 rating) 6. Ohio State (0-0) at Nebraska (0-0)* (E) (24.6 rating) 7. Minnesota (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (-9) (23.1 rating) 8. Auburn (0-0) at California (0-0) (+12) (22.5 rating) 9. Navy (0-0) at Notre Dame (0-0) (+3.5) (20.3 rating) 10. Illinois (0-0) at East Carolina (0-0) (+18.5) (14.3 rating) The seventh of the top eight matchups of the season is slated for week 5, and Oklahoma-TCU is once again the matchup that's most likely to shape the course of the Big XII season. Florida will continue its brutal slate to start the season with a road trip to Missouri, but the other big matchup from a conference championship perspective is the San Diego State-Hawaii tussle that may very well decide the MWC West--and consequently, the MWC as a whole since the West is far stronger. Week 6 1. Missouri (0-0) at Georgia (0-0)* (E) (33 rating) 2. Purdue (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)* (+4) (29 rating) 3. Duke (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0)* (+6) (23.3 rating) 4. Oklahoma State (0-0) at West Virginia (0-0)* (+5) (22.6 rating) 5. Baylor (0-0) at TCU (0-0)* (-14.5) (19.1 rating) 6. Mississippi State (0-0) at Texas A&M (0-0)* (+5.5) (18.4 rating) 7. Notre Dame (0-0) at Pittsburgh (0-0) (-11.5) (16.1 rating) 8. UCLA (0-0) at Arizona (0-0)* (+8) (15.7 rating) 9. Texas (0-0) at Texas Tech (0-0)* (-6) (9.9 rating) 10. Penn State (0-0) at Iowa (0-0)* (+13) (9.5 rating) Another week, another SEC East showdown that finishes at or near the top of the list. There's a bit of P5 conference diversity, though, as a cross-division matchup between Purdue and Ohio State (a potential but not favored Big Ten title game matchup) and a big Coastal matchup between Duke and Virginia Tech are next up. Also included are three Big XII matchups: Oklahoma State and West Virginia are both looking for a breakthrough win against each other, as are Texas and Texas Tech; Baylor is hoping they can carry dark horse status through a tough rivalry matchup against TCU. Week 7 1. Illinois (0-0) at Penn State (0-0)* (+6) (39.4 rating) 2. Tennessee (0-0) at Alabama (0-0)* (+5) (36.6 rating) 3. LSU (0-0) at Mississippi State (0-0)* (+13.5) (33.4 rating) 4. Florida State (0-0) at Clemson (0-0)* (-9.5) (31.3 rating) 5. Maryland (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)* (-1) (27.1 rating) 6. Michigan State (0-0) at Michigan (0-0)* (-5.5) (24.4 rating) 7. TCU (0-0) at West Virginia (0-0)* (+11) (22.2 rating) 8. Nebraska (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (-10.5) (20.2 rating) 9. Virginia Tech (0-0) at Miami (FL) (0-0)* (-11.5) (19.2 rating) 10. Vanderbilt (0-0) at South Carolina (0-0)* (E) (17.4 rating) Despite the fact that most of the top matchups come early, weeks 7 and beyond run deeper with quality than weeks 1 through 6 as a whole. In fact, summing the ratings of every game would imply that week 7 is the best week since week 0 (and fifth-best overall). A potential Big Ten title game preview headlines the list, followed by a potential SEC title game preview. The rest of the week is laden with opportunities for top teams to trip up: LSU has a trap game against Mississippi State (where's Justin Hunter?), Clemson has a trap game against Florida State, and TCU has a trap game against West Virginia. Week 8 1. TCU (0-0) at Oklahoma State (0-0)* (+3.5) (37 rating) 2. Pittsburgh (0-0) at Duke (0-0)* (-2) (35.1 rating) 3. Oregon (0-0) at UCLA (0-0)* (-1.5) (32.7 rating) 4. Alabama (0-0) at Florida (0-0)* (-12) (32.6 rating) 5. Rice (0-0) at Missouri (0-0) (-2.5) (31.5 rating) 6. Mississippi State (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)* (-10.5) (29.4 rating) 7. Penn State (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0)* (+3.5) (28.4 rating) 8. Georgia (0-0) at Vanderbilt (0-0)* (+4) (21.3 rating) 9. Temple (0-0) at USF (0-0)* (+1.5) (19.9 rating) 10. Virginia Tech (0-0) at Boston College (0-0)* (E) (19.2 rating) If TCU survives in Morgantown, they have to head to Stillwater immediately afterward. If Duke survived Virginia Tech two weeks ago, they now have to host Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, we have the biggest matchup involving a Pac-12 team since week 2--and in fact, it's one of the two most likely conference championship game matchups as Oregon heads south to take on UCLA. And, of course, there's a lot of SEC as usual--take your pick as to whether cross-divisional Alabama-Florida, non-conference Rice-Missouri, or intradivisional Mississippi State-Auburn is the headliner. Week 9 1. Clemson (0-0) at Pittsburgh (0-0)* (+3.5) (39.1 rating) 2. LSU (0-0) at Alabama (0-0)* (+12) (36.5 rating) 3. Florida (0-0) vs. Georgia (0-0) (TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL)* (+11.5) (31.6 rating) 4. Oregon (0-0) at Washington (0-0)* (+2) (29 rating) 5. Maryland (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0)* (E) (27.1 rating) 6. Michigan State (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)* (-2) (24.7 rating) 7. Michigan (0-0) at Nebraska (0-0)* (+3.5) (24.3 rating) 8. Mississippi State (0-0) at Vanderbilt (0-0)* (+4) (21.2 rating) 9. West Virginia (0-0) at Oklahoma (0-0)* (-13.5) (18.2 rating) 10. Notre Dame (0-0) at USC (0-0) (-7) (16.2 rating) A mini-rivalry week erupts here in the third-best week of the season (by sum of game ratings). No, Clemson-Pitt isn't a rivalry--but with Clemson favored to win the Atlantic and Pitt in the mix in the Coastal, it's one to watch. Meanwhile, there's little love lost in the next five matchups: the bitter LSU-Alabama matchup, the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, the likely Pac-12 North championship game, any game involving Maryland, and a matchup between Big Ten East sleepers. Week 10 1. Florida (0-0) at LSU (0-0)* (-6) (52.7 rating) 2. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Pittsburgh (0-0)* (E) (38.6 rating) 3. Duke (0-0) at Virginia (0-0)* (+1) (33.3 rating) 4. SMU (0-0) at Navy (0-0)* (+11.5) (31.6 rating) 5. Penn State (0-0) at Maryland (0-0)* (+2) (31.3 rating) 6. Georgia (0-0) at Tennessee (0-0)* (-10.5) (29.6 rating) 7. Illinois (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0)* (+12) (27.2 rating) 8. Michigan State (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (-8.5) (24.3 rating) 9. Clemson (0-0) at Notre Dame (0-0) (+13) (20.2 rating) 10. Baylor (0-0) at Oklahoma State (0-0)* (-9) (19 rating) Florida-LSU is our early candidate for Game of the Year, as our projected #3 and #1 teams in the nation. Despite the fact that there are several really good games with conference implications (particularly twin juicy ACC Coastal matchups between Miami-Pittsburgh and Duke-Virginia), nothing else lives up to the preseason billing of this one. If both teams navigate their schedules to this point, then week 10 might be the most important week of the season in both the SEC and ACC. Week 11 1. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Duke (0-0)* (E) (38.7 rating) 2. Tennessee (0-0) at Missouri (0-0)* (+5) (36.7 rating) 3. Alabama (0-0) at Mississippi State (0-0)* (E) (32.8 rating) 4. Michigan (0-0) at Penn State (0-0)* (-4) (31.3 rating) 5. UCLA (0-0) at Washington (0-0)* (+1) (29.3 rating) 6. Virginia (0-0) at Pittsburgh (0-0)* (-5) (29.2 rating) 7. Nebraska (0-0) at Illinois (0-0)* (-17.5) (20.4 rating) 8. California (0-0) at Oregon (0-0)* (-9) (18.6 rating) 9. Texas Tech (0-0) at Oklahoma (0-0)* (-13.5) (18.1 rating) 10. Auburn (0-0) at South Carolina (0-0)* (+14.5) (17.6 rating) The ACC Coastal continues to make waves as the same four teams that met week 10 shuffle around to play each other week 11. The headliner is Duke-Miami, with the talented Hurricanes looking to reach their potential and break the also very talented Blue Devils' iron grip on the ACC Coastal. The good news for whoever loses week 10 is that they can potentially get right back in it with a bit of luck week 11. The bad news is that two bad weeks in a row will certainly be enough to eliminate someone from the race. Week 12 1. Michigan (0-0) at Maryland (0-0)* (E) (31.3 rating) 2. Georgia (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)* (-10.5) (29.5 rating) 3. Virginia (0-0) at Miami (FL) (0-0)* (-6.5) (29.3 rating) 4. Penn State (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)* (+3) (29.1 rating) 5. USC (0-0) at California (0-0)* (+2) (22.3 rating) 6. Oklahoma State (0-0) at Texas Tech (0-0)* (+5.5) (22 rating) 7. Missouri (0-0) at Vanderbilt (0-0)* (+5.5) (21.4 rating) 8. Baylor (0-0) at West Virginia (0-0)* (-1.5) (19.3 rating) 9. Florida (0-0) at South Carolina (0-0)* (+17.5) (17.8 rating) 10. Washington (0-0) at Arizona (0-0)* (+4.5) (16 rating) The Big Ten East gets some love here, with division favorite Michigan hitting the road to take on dark horse Maryland and division almost-favorite Penn State also hitting the road to take on somewhat deeper sleeper Ohio State. These are clear trap games for both teams in blue. Georgia-Auburn provides some intrigue if either one of these teams fares better-than-expected in SEC play, and Virginia-Miami has the potential for Coastal implications if they emerge from the prior weeks' chaos in good shape. Week 13 1. Oklahoma (0-0) at Oklahoma State (0-0)* (+2) (36.9 rating) 2. Florida (0-0) at Florida State (0-0) (+8.5) (35.6 rating) 3. Alabama (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)* (-9) (32.5 rating) 4. UCLA (0-0) at USC (0-0)* (E) (30.9 rating) 5. Maryland (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0)* (E) (27.9 rating) 6. Ohio State (0-0) at Michigan (0-0)* (-5) (25.1 rating) 7. Central Michigan (0-0) at Western Michigan (0-0)* (-9) (21.1 rating) 8. Nebraska (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0)* (-3.5) (20.2 rating) 9. Virginia Tech (0-0) at Virginia (0-0)* (-7) (19.3 rating) 10. West Virginia (0-0) at Texas Tech (0-0)* (-2) (18.3 rating) Rivalry week! This is a deep, deep slate of matchups and we rate it as the second-best week of the season as a result. Hooray for bookends! Bedlam is the game to watch, and it has the potential to carry both conference and playoff implications. We will likely know by now whether Florida's likely to make the SEC title game, but a road trip to Tallahassee is a late chance to spoil any playoff hopes they carry with them. The Iron Bowl probably won't decide the SEC West (but could!). UCLA-USC seems quite likely to decide the Pac-12 South, however; both teams are clear favorites over the rest of the division. The Game (not the one you lost) and Maryland-Michigan State could combine to decide the Big Ten East. Central Michigan and Western Michigan are the clear favorites in the MAC West (and the MAC as a whole), so this game seems likely to decide the whole conference. Nebraska-Minnesota might only decide who finishes third in the Big Ten West but is expected to be very competitive. Virginia-Virginia Tech could have an impact on the Coastal, as both teams (the Hoos in particular) are expected to be in the division mix. And West Virginia-Texas Tech is a battle of deep dark horses in the Big XII to round things out. III. The Top Game for Every Team Cincinnati 205. UCF (0-0) at Cincinnati (0-0)* (E) (6.8 rating) East Carolina 145. Illinois (0-0) at East Carolina (0-0) (+18.5) (14.3 rating) USF 104. Temple (0-0) at USF (0-0)* (+1.5) (19.9 rating) Temple 69. Navy (0-0) at Temple (0-0)* (E) (27.1 rating) UCF 164. USF (0-0) at UCF (0-0)* (+2.5) (11.2 rating) Houston 465. Memphis (0-0) at Houston (0-0)* (+6) (-14.2 rating) Memphis 264. East Carolina (0-0) at Memphis (0-0)* (+4) (2 rating) Navy 38. SMU (0-0) at Navy (0-0)* (+11.5) (31.6 rating) Tulsa 166. Temple (0-0) at Tulsa (0-0)* (+6) (10.5 rating) SMU 2. SMU (0-0) at TCU (0-0) (+3.5) (47.9 rating) Tulane 566. Houston (0-0) at Tulane (0-0)* (+1.5) (-21.6 rating) Boston College 107. Florida State (0-0) at Boston College (0-0)* (+6) (19.3 rating) Clemson 10. Clemson (0-0) at Pittsburgh (0-0)* (+3.5) (39.1 rating) Florida State 20. Florida (0-0) at Florida State (0-0) (+8.5) (35.6 rating) Louisville 279. Virginia (0-0) at Louisville (0-0)* (+14.5) (0.4 rating) NC State 309. East Carolina (0-0) at NC State (0-0) (+6) (-1.7 rating) Syracuse 522. West Virginia (0-0) at Syracuse (0-0) (+18) (-17.7 rating) Wake Forest 698. Louisville (0-0) at Wake Forest (0-0)* (+14.5) (-32.5 rating) Duke 11. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Duke (0-0)* (E) (38.7 rating) Georgia Tech 283. Vanderbilt (0-0) at Georgia Tech (0-0) (+8.5) (0 rating) Miami (FL) 8. Auburn (0-0) vs. Miami (FL) (0-0) (TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL) (+4) (40.4 rating) North Carolina 327. Tennessee (0-0) at North Carolina (0-0) (+24.5) (-2.4 rating) Pittsburgh 10. Clemson (0-0) at Pittsburgh (0-0)* (+3.5) (39.1 rating) Virginia 26. Duke (0-0) at Virginia (0-0)* (+1) (33.3 rating) Virginia Tech 81. Duke (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0)* (+6) (23.3 rating) Iowa State 176. Oklahoma (0-0) at Iowa State (0-0)* (+15.5) (9.8 rating) Kansas 206. Oklahoma State (0-0) at Kansas (0-0)* (+13) (6.7 rating) Kansas State 194. Texas Tech (0-0) at Kansas State (0-0)* (+4.5) (9 rating) Oklahoma 7. Oklahoma (0-0) at TCU (0-0)* (-3.5) (41 rating) West Virginia 86. Oklahoma State (0-0) at West Virginia (0-0)* (+5) (22.6 rating) Baylor 84. Oklahoma (0-0) at Baylor (0-0)* (+9) (23.1 rating) Oklahoma State 14. TCU (0-0) at Oklahoma State (0-0)* (+3.5) (37 rating) TCU 2. SMU (0-0) at TCU (0-0) (+3.5) (47.9 rating) Texas 149. TCU (0-0) at Texas (0-0)* (+15) (13.9 rating) Texas Tech 91. Oklahoma State (0-0) at Texas Tech (0-0)* (+5.5) (22 rating) Indiana 247. Michigan (0-0) at Indiana (0-0)* (+14) (3.1 rating) Maryland 40. Michigan (0-0) at Maryland (0-0)* (E) (31.3 rating) Michigan 40. Michigan (0-0) at Maryland (0-0)* (E) (31.3 rating) Michigan State 61. Florida (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0) (+12) (28.7 rating) Ohio State 56. Penn State (0-0) at Ohio State (0-0)* (+3) (29.1 rating) Penn State 9. Illinois (0-0) at Penn State (0-0)* (+6) (39.4 rating) Rutgers 326. Ohio State (0-0) at Rutgers (0-0)* (+13.5) (-2.3 rating) Illinois 6. Illinois (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (+5) (41.3 rating) Iowa 175. Purdue (0-0) at Iowa (0-0)* (+13.5) (9.9 rating) Minnesota 66. Illinois (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0)* (+12) (27.2 rating) Nebraska 76. Ohio State (0-0) at Nebraska (0-0)* (E) (24.6 rating) Northwestern 404. Purdue (0-0) at Northwestern (0-0)* (+22.5) (-8.1 rating) Purdue 6. Illinois (0-0) at Purdue (0-0)* (+5) (41.3 rating) Wisconsin 346. Iowa (0-0) at Wisconsin (0-0)* (+4.5) (-3.4 rating) Charlotte 325. Arizona State (0-0) at Charlotte (0-0) (+1.5) (-2.3 rating) Florida International 306. Western Kentucky (0-0) at Florida International (0-0)* (E) (-1.6 rating) Marshall 789. Louisiana Tech (0-0) at Marshall (0-0)* (+1.5) (-39.3 rating) Middle Tennessee 695. Florida International (0-0) at Middle Tennessee (0-0)* (+13) (-32.3 rating) Old Dominion 396. Charlotte (0-0) at Old Dominion (0-0)* (E) (-7.2 rating) Western Kentucky 250. Nevada (0-0) at Western Kentucky (0-0) (+4.5) (2.9 rating) Florida Atlantic 425. Florida International (0-0) at Florida Atlantic (0-0)* (+2) (-10.2 rating) Louisiana Tech 690. North Texas (0-0) at Louisiana Tech (0-0)* (+20) (-31.8 rating) Rice 39. Rice (0-0) at Missouri (0-0) (-2.5) (31.5 rating) North Texas 169. UTSA (0-0) at North Texas (0-0)* (-1) (10.3 rating) Southern Miss 244. BYU (0-0) at Southern Miss (0-0) (+1) (3.6 rating) UTEP 674. UTSA (0-0) at UTEP (0-0)* (+20) (-30.1 rating) UTSA 146. Rice (0-0) at UTSA (0-0)* (+8.5) (14.3 rating) UAB 251. San Diego State (0-0) at UAB (0-0) (+14.5) (2.8 rating) Akron 432. Ohio (0-0) at Akron (0-0)* (+4) (-10.9 rating) Bowling Green 485. Akron (0-0) at Bowling Green (0-0)* (E) (-15.3 rating) Buffalo 449. Ohio (0-0) at Buffalo (0-0)* (+5) (-12.7 rating) Kent State 595. Toledo (0-0) at Kent State (0-0)* (+13.5) (-23.4 rating) Miami (OH) 639. South Alabama (0-0) at Miami (OH) (0-0) (+8) (-26.5 rating) Ohio 270. Western Michigan (0-0) at Ohio (0-0)* (+17) (1.2 rating) Ball State 291. Central Michigan (0-0) at Ball State (0-0)* (+11) (-0.9 rating) Central Michigan 73. Michigan State (0-0) at Central Michigan (0-0) (E) (24.8 rating) Eastern Michigan 496. Western Michigan (0-0) at Eastern Michigan (0-0)* (+25.5) (-16 rating) Northern Illinois 732. Ohio (0-0) at Northern Illinois (0-0)* (+16.5) (-35.8 rating) Toledo 200. Western Michigan (0-0) at Toledo (0-0)* (+13.5) (8 rating) Western Michigan 82. Western Michigan (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0) (+6) (23.2 rating) Air Force 266. San Diego State (0-0) at Air Force (0-0)* (+15) (1.8 rating) Boise State 265. Nevada (0-0) at Boise State (0-0)* (+5) (2 rating) Colorado State 390. North Texas (0-0) at Colorado State (0-0) (+7.5) (-6.7 rating) New Mexico 520. Texas A&M (0-0) at New Mexico (0-0) (+16) (-17.6 rating) Utah State 579. Colorado State (0-0) at Utah State (0-0)* (+5.5) (-21.9 rating) Wyoming 661. Fresno State (0-0) at Wyoming (0-0)* (+19) (-28.9 rating) Fresno State 156. Alabama (0-0) at Fresno State (0-0) (+9.5) (13.3 rating) Hawaii 36. San Diego State (0-0) at Hawaii (0-0)* (-1.5) (31.7 rating) Nevada 134. Mississippi State (0-0) at Nevada (0-0) (+6.5) (16.1 rating) San Diego State 36. San Diego State (0-0) at Hawaii (0-0)* (-1.5) (31.7 rating) San Jose State 616. San Diego State (0-0) at San Jose State (0-0)* (+28.5) (-25.3 rating) UNLV 767. Hawaii (0-0) at UNLV (0-0)* (+34) (-37.5 rating) California 88. Auburn (0-0) at California (0-0) (+12) (22.5 rating) Oregon 13. Miami (FL) (0-0) at Oregon (0-0) (E) (37.5 rating) Oregon State 509. Stanford (0-0) at Oregon State (0-0)* (+5.5) (-16.9 rating) Stanford 307. UCLA (0-0) at Stanford (0-0)* (+16.5) (-1.7 rating) Washington 53. UCLA (0-0) at Washington (0-0)* (+1) (29.3 rating) Washington State 155. USC (0-0) at Washington State (0-0)* (+6.5) (13.3 rating) Arizona 136. Washington (0-0) at Arizona (0-0)* (+4.5) (16 rating) Arizona State 226. USC (0-0) at Arizona State (0-0)* (+10.5) (5.1 rating) Colorado 367. Nebraska (0-0) at Colorado (0-0) (+13) (-5.7 rating) UCLA 32. Oklahoma State (0-0) at UCLA (0-0) (-1.5) (32.7 rating) USC 47. UCLA (0-0) at USC (0-0)* (E) (30.9 rating) Utah 436. Arizona State (0-0) at Utah (0-0)* (+6) (-11.2 rating) Florida 1. Florida (0-0) at LSU (0-0)* (-6) (52.7 rating) Georgia 28. Missouri (0-0) at Georgia (0-0)* (E) (33 rating) Kentucky 459. Florida (0-0) at Kentucky (0-0)* (+33.5) (-14.1 rating) Missouri 16. Florida (0-0) at Missouri (0-0)* (+8) (36.7 rating) South Carolina 124. Florida (0-0) at South Carolina (0-0)* (+17.5) (17.8 rating) Tennessee 3. Tennessee (0-0) at Florida (0-0)* (-5) (46.9 rating) Vanderbilt 93. Missouri (0-0) at Vanderbilt (0-0)* (+5.5) (21.4 rating) Alabama 18. Tennessee (0-0) at Alabama (0-0)* (+5) (36.6 rating) Arkansas 227. Mississippi State (0-0) at Arkansas (0-0)* (+12) (5 rating) Auburn 4. Auburn (0-0) at LSU (0-0)* (-9) (46.6 rating) LSU 1. Florida (0-0) at LSU (0-0)* (-6) (52.7 rating) Mississippi State 25. LSU (0-0) at Mississippi State (0-0)* (+13.5) (33.4 rating) Ole Miss 361. Arkansas (0-0) at Ole Miss (0-0)* (+3) (-5.3 rating) Texas A&M 114. Auburn (0-0) at Texas A&M (0-0)* (+14) (18.6 rating) Appalachian State 768. South Alabama (0-0) at Appalachian State (0-0)* (+13.5) (-37.5 rating) Coastal Carolina 427. Louisiana-Monroe (0-0) at Coastal Carolina (0-0)* (E) (-10.4 rating) Georgia Southern 456. Georgia Southern (0-0) at Alabama (0-0) (-25) (-13.8 rating) Georgia State 434. Temple (0-0) at Georgia State (0-0) (+17) (-11.1 rating) Troy 597. South Alabama (0-0) at Troy (0-0)* (+6.5) (-23.6 rating) Arkansas State 682. Kansas (0-0) at Arkansas State (0-0) (+16.5) (-30.6 rating) Louisiana-Lafayette 540. Texas A&M (0-0) at Louisiana-Lafayette (0-0) (+17) (-19.6 rating) Louisiana-Monroe 426. South Alabama (0-0) at Louisiana-Monroe (0-0)* (-1.5) (-10.2 rating) South Alabama 366. Ball State (0-0) at South Alabama (0-0) (E) (-5.7 rating) Texas State 512. UTSA (0-0) at Texas State (0-0) (+13.5) (-17.1 rating) Notre Dame 99. Navy (0-0) at Notre Dame (0-0) (+3.5) (20.3 rating) BYU 171. Notre Dame (0-0) at BYU (0-0)* (+3) (10 rating) Army 588. Syracuse (0-0) at Army (0-0) (E) (-22.1 rating) UMass 711. Army (0-0) at UMass (0-0)* (+3.5) (-33.6 rating) Liberty 858. Connecticut (0-0) at Liberty (0-0)* (+12.5) (-52.5 rating) New Mexico State 835. Appalachian State (0-0) at New Mexico State (0-0) (E) (-42.2 rating) Connecticut 596. UCLA (0-0) at Connecticut (0-0) (+27.5) (-23.5 rating) Eastern Washington 412. North Dakota State (0-0) at Eastern Washington (0-0)* (+3.5) (-9.1 rating) Montana 853. Harvard (0-0) at Montana (0-0) (+16.5) (-49.8 rating) North Dakota 569. Northern Iowa (0-0) at North Dakota (0-0)* (+3) (-21.7 rating) North Dakota State 316. North Dakota State (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0) (-12.5) (-1.9 rating) Northern Iowa 471. South Dakota State (0-0) at Northern Iowa (0-0)* (-1.5) (-14.4 rating) Portland State 733. North Dakota (0-0) at UC Davis (0-0)* (+5) (-35.8 rating) South Dakota State 424. North Dakota State (0-0) at South Dakota State (0-0)* (+4) (-10.1 rating) UC Davis 733. North Dakota (0-0) at UC Davis (0-0)* (+5) (-35.8 rating) Delaware 497. Delaware (0-0) at Clemson (0-0) (-33) (-16 rating) Florida A&M 731. Northern Iowa (0-0) at Florida A&M (0-0) (+10) (-35.7 rating) Harvard 484. James Madison (0-0) at Harvard (0-0)* (-1.5) (-15.3 rating) Illinois State 615. Youngstown State (0-0) at Illinois State (0-0)* (E) (-25.2 rating) James Madison 461. South Dakota State (0-0) at James Madison (0-0) (-1.5) (-14.1 rating) New Hampshire 710. Youngstown State (0-0) at New Hampshire (0-0)* (+4.5) (-33.6 rating) Yale 730. Harvard (0-0) at Yale (0-0)* (+9.5) (-35.6 rating) Youngstown State 554. James Madison (0-0) at Youngstown State (0-0)* (+2.5) (-20.3 rating) This Weekend: Win Projections
  2. 26 points
    Soluna

    [2024] Recruiting Master List

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  3. 22 points
    New Mexico State is facing heat, and it's not just from the typical Las Cruces sun. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have engaged in a legal battle with the school following NMSU pulling out of a pre-arranged out of conference game that the Jackrabbits had already sold out if their allotted tickets for. NMSU instead opted to schedule a game at North Texas, citing financial difficulties. The move seemingly prevented NMSU from having to pay FCS opponent SDSU to travel from Brookings to Las Cruces, with NMSU looking to gain a payout themselves by traveling to Denton. Last season, the Jackrabbits near-desperately tried to get Wake Forest on their schedule, but to no avail. The mess last year ended with NCAA Scheduling Deputy @Rome assigning the Jackrabbits to play at UNC, a game that went to overtime with the Jacks falling to the Tar Heels on a rare Isaiah Best interception. "Unless you're in the Dairy Bar, there's no use crying over spilled milk," quipped Jackrabbits HC @llamas at a press conference regarding the matter. "But there are definitely times where you look back, and you think 'if x went differently, maybe we're in a different position come playoff time at 9-3 instead of 8-4. But also maybe we get blown out, have less of an exciting game, and our 8-4 doesn't look quite as strong.'" This season, though, the Jackrabbits and SDSU might have more legal ground to stand on. The SDSU @ NMSU matchup was booked an extremely long time ago, with the FCS schedule itself being built around the matchup. The Jackrabbits, again, sold out of all of their tickets to the game, and now have to not only issue refunds, but now will pay UTEP to come to Brookings during their opening week, rather than gaining a financial boost from being a "punching bag". In an email from the athletics department, the Jacks had initially offered the game at NMSU as part of a "destination tour" to season ticket holders, a planned annual trip to watch the Boys in Blue somewhere warm before the long Dakotan winter settled in. Athletic Department advertising for the now-cancelled season opener For players like Caleb Olmsted, whose Baylor boo and now-fiance Courtney hales from Roswell, as well as Carlos Zapata, Nat Grayson, and a handful of other Texas-born Jackrabbits, this removes a "homecoming" game of sorts from the schedule. Zapata, just a freshman, will have other opportunities for the Jacks to travel southbound, but for Olmsted, the chance is gone. "I don't want to sound full of myself - but I was excited about going back down to the area, y'know - being the ex-Baylor QB coming down and looking for redemption in front of my girl and my family. It's harder for them to all come out to a game up in Brookings." And while this will all inevitably end up dragged out in court for years, the current student base has been rolling with the switch. Versatile offensive weapon Liam de la Cruz, who is wrapping up his degree in advertising this academic year, posted a modified flyer for the game to his Instagram, making light of UTEP's proximity.
  4. 14 points
    npklemm

    [2024] AFCW Preview

    Denver Broncos 2023 Record: 3-13 Offensive Rank: 30th Defensive Rank: 28th Overall Rank: 30th 3 Key Players Offense QB Troy McMurray 6-2 189 1 Stanford [Scrambling] [+1/C] 82 RB Amral Brown 5-6 231 R Oklahoma State [Power] [0] [#] 82 WR Marcus Holmes 6-1 172 2 Tennessee [Speed] [0] 86 The Broncos turned to T-Mac early into the 2023 Season, and he was rough. He completed 58% of his passes, while throwing 5 TDs and 12 Picks. He started 12 games for the Broncos last year, giving him exactly 1 Pick Per Game. Of all players who started double digit games, he had the worst QB Rating. But, it wasn't all bad for him. He rushed the ball quite well, rushing for 417 Yards and 5 Touchdowns on 6.32 YPC. He definitely has potential, but has to take a big step forward if the Broncos want to be competitive again. Denver took Amral in the first round of the draft, and that was a fantastic move. You have a young running QB, you have to give him a good option in the backfield. Marshawn Matthison started most of the season, he managed to get 593 Yards with 2 TDs, while losing 6 Fumbles. Brown is an immediate improvement, and I think this Broncos offense will take a step forward day one. Marcus Holmes was blossoming under Raheem Robinson. Holmes had just over 1K Yards and 6 Touchdowns in 2023 for the Jags. Now, the Broncos have Derrick Schwartz, Marcus Holmes, Gavin Faulk, and Aaron Thibodeaux running routes. I'm really starting to like the pieces on this offense, it will all depend on T-Mac. 3 Key Players Defense DE Oghale Adelangwe 6-4 241 R Penn State [Blitz] [+1] 82 ILB Cameron Jonah 6-1 243 8 Hartnell College [Mike] [+2/C] 92 CB Cameron Newhouse 5-11 177 9 Oklahoma State [Man Coverage] [0/C] 90 Denver won big time at the draft by getting Oghale when they did. Denver was middle of the pack in sacks for 2023, having recorded 23. They had traded Charles Johnson heading into the season, and the team didn't respond well to it. Adelangwe gives the Broncos a real pass rush threat opposite Deyonte Davis. Cameron Jonah has been one of the best Mike Linebackers in the league over the past few seasons. Last year was no different, as he had 90 Tackles, 2 PD, 4 Sacks, and 5 TFL. He's the undisputed leader of the defense. His time seems to be coming to an end, and I'm sure he'd be glad to help lead the defense a couple more years and make Denver a true threat again. Denver made a big trade prior to the season, and Cameron Newhouse was one of the biggest pieces to come back. They've had serious issues at CB for years, and they hoped Newhouse would help fix some of them. But, one player can't fix an entire unit. Newhouse had 4 Picks and 2 PD, to go along with his 21 Tackles. I don't think the Broncos can ask Newhouse to do too much more, he just has to help mentor Jordan Westbrook along. Biggest Losses RB Marshawn Matthison WR Sean Waller DT Frank Williams FS Kofi Neal CB Samir Ware We've already discussed Marshawn. Waller was definitely an easy guy to move with all the other players they've brought in, he'd be the 4th guy out. And he didn't do too well last season anyways. Frank wasn't a big statgetter last season, and the Broncos decided to go younger at the position. I don't mind his loss all that much. Kofi Neal was a mediocre young guy, they won't miss him much. Samir Ware is an OK Nickel guy, so his loss could be impactful. But, that impact has real limits. None of these losses are truly bad. Biggest Additions RB Amral Brown 5-6 231 R Oklahoma State [Power] [0] [#] 82 WR Marcus Holmes 6-1 172 2 Tennessee [Speed] [0] 86 OT Joel Snow 6-4 265 3 Michigan State [Run Blocking ] [+1] 84 DE Oghale Adelangwe 6-4 241 R Penn State [Blitz] [+1] 82 FS Seth Scott 6-2 193 2 Colorado [Man Coverage] [0] 82 I've already discussed Brown, Holmes, and Adelangwe. Joel Snow was brought in to replace Gary Tomlinson, but that trade didn't go through. So now, they have both Snow and Tomlinson. Snow is a high end back-up OT, and if the Broncos get a decent trade off for Gary, they can easily pull the trigger and be fine on the OL. Seth Scott was brought in to replace Kofi Neal. At one point, before he was drafted, I had high hopes for Scott. He hasn't lived up those hopes, but I do think he has way more potential than Neal. I think every one of these additions made the Broncos a better team. Strengths New Offensive Weapons - Getting new weapons around T-MAC was the right move. He's young, and clearly raw. He needs help. Bringing in Holmes and Brown were A+ moves in my mind. Health. Denver had massive injury issues at WR and TE last season. All of those guys are now back, and the Coaching Staff has to be happy. Pass Rush. With the addition of Adelangwe, Denver has two legit pass rushing threats. In a division with Nick Hall, Matty Swift, and Ryan Harris, you need to be able to get after the Quarterback. Weaknesses Secondary. While they've made moves to improve that unit, it's still a huge problem. We mentioned those QB's they face twice a year earlier, and having a questionable secondary is going to bite them in the ass. Linebackers. Outside of Jonah, I don't love what they have there. Walsh is unhappy. Shamar Addison is probably a back-up level player at this point. The whole back two levels of this defense is a serious issue in my mind. Schedule Although I like what they're building on offense, I still do not trust T-Mac at all. And their issues on Defense are too much for me to ignore. This is a team who could go 8-8 if things go well. Kansas City Chiefs 2023 Record: 13-3, L in Superbowl Offensive Rank: 1st Defensive Rank: 13th Overall Rank: 4th 3 Key Players Offense QB Ryan Harris 6-4 213 2 Fresno State [Pocket] [0] 90 RB Terrence Rodgers 6-0 173 4 Mississippi State [Speed] [+1] 90 WR Allama Banta 6-0 185 8 Boston College [Target] [+1] 88 Ryan Harris absolutely lit the league on fire last season. He lead the league with a 112.17 QB Rating. Completing over 65% of his passes, throwing 4,700 Yards with 43 Touchdowns to just 7 Picks. Insane season, one of the best we've every seen from a Quarterback. He gives the Chiefs a chance to win each and single game he plays. He may come back down to earth a little, but he'll still be a MVP level player. Meanwhile, Rodgers quietly finished 3rd in the league with 1,525 Rushing Yards. He ran in 14 Scores, while only fumbling once on 5.08 YPC. This offense was literally insane. And they get even better, they bring in Allama Banta, who was far and away the best receiver for the Rams. He had over 1,400 Yards and 8 TDs on the year. Defenses in the West have to be scared right now. 3 Key Players Defense DE Preston Bryant 6-8 280 7 Michigan State [Blitz] [+1/C] 89 OLB Zack Temple 5-11 220 R Louisville [Blitz] [0/C] 82 SS Cameron Riley 6-1 197 3 Texas Tech [Zone Coverage] [0] 91 The Chiefs struggled in pass rush last season, and Bryant should improve that quite a bit. Bryant recorded 10 Sacks and 12 TFL for the Jags in 2023. KC as a team recorded 21 sacks. I love this pick-up for the Chiefs, they've had questions at DE for a while now. LB was an area where they got devastated by retirements after 2023, so they brought in Zack Temple out of Louisville. I personally don't like Temple all that much as a prospect, but I do think he's an improvement over what they had on the team prior to his selection. Cameron Riley lead the team with 74 tackles, while picking off 6 Passes. Stellar season from a SS, but definitely a concern that your leading tackler is a Safety. But, having a player that talented and reliable in the back should give the Chiefs Coaching Staff some flexibility in their gameplanning. I can see this team going hyper aggressive next season, and just rushing the passer with all they have. Biggest Losses RB Justin Buchanan WR Kevin Branch OT Ki'Jana Parrish ILB Dewey Tomlinson Buchanan is a legend in KC, but by his last season, was a shell of himself. He was a decent #2 option, but he didn't bring much. His loss will be felt more in the locker room than on the field. Branch was acquired via a trade during Harris's rookie season, a move I loved. He managed 369 Yards and 6 Touchdowns last season. He was clearly on the last legs of his career, but he was a good veteran presence for the team. Losing depth on the OL is always going to sting. Losing Parrish will be no different. Dewey had been replaced by Sammy Dawkins in the starting lineup, but losing veteran players, especially guys who played major minutes like Dewey had, hurts. Fortunately for the Chiefs, they didn't lose any starters, but did lose valuable back-up veterans. Biggest Additions WR Allama Banta 6-0 185 8 Boston College [Target] [+1] 88 DE Preston Bryant 6-8 280 7 Michigan State [Blitz] [+1/C] 89 OLB Zack Temple 5-11 220 R Louisville [Blitz] [0/C] 82 I've already discussed these guys. But, every guy makes the team better. Strengths Backfield. Having the offensive firepower in both Harris and Rodgers gives this team a chance to win every game. I do not want to play them. CB. Walker, Warner, and Boyd are a good trio. Neither are a star, but they're all solid and play well together. This is a hard unit to beat consistently. Weaknesses Linebackers. This to me is the biggest issue with the team. Dawkins is a fine Mike, but he's still young. Temple is a guy I don't particularly like, and Sean Springs is ancient. Like I said earlier, I think this team will just go hyper aggressive and try to get to the QB as fast as possible. Schedule I really like this team again. The offense gets better somehow. Their defense isn't complete, but the addition of Preston Bryant will be huge for them. Las Vegas Raiders 2023 Record: 11-5, L in Wild Card Offense Rank: 15th Defense Rank: 8th Overall Rank: 9th 3 Key Players Offense QB Nick Hall 6-2 221 9 Syracuse [Pocket] [+3/C] 98 WR Mike Tripplett 6-3 173 9 Ohio State [Target] [-1/C] 95 OT Kiuga Kamu 6-6 293 3 Houston [Pass Blocking] [+1] 84 Nick Hall is Nick Hall. The Raiders run game was barely a threat in 2023, and this forced the Raiders to air it out 736 times. This lead to Hall finishing with a 88.93 QB Rating. He was also sacked 50 times! That's an insane number. Hall is still one of the best QB's in the league, so he can carry this team quite far on his back, but he does need some help. Mike Tripplett has been his partner for so long now. Tripplett had 1,277 Yards and 5 TD receptions in 2023. This duo is among the most productive in league history. Having to face these guys should make defense fear for their lives. Kiuga Kamu is the permanent guy at LT now, and he has a tall task. He has to protect Nick Hall. I think the Raiders will go a little more balanced, but they should still be among the league leaders in pass attempts. Allowing 50 Sacks is just not acceptable. Kamu will be looked to protect his blindside and let him not take a beating. 3 Key Players Defense DE Shah Vereen 6-1 259 4 South Carolina [Blitz] [-2] 90 ILB Alex Martin 6-0 240 7 Texas A&M [Mike] [+3/C] 96 CB Mike Gradishar 5-10 166 7 Alabama [Zone Coverage] [0] 93 Vereen lead the team with 8.5 Sacks last season. That number isn't stellar, but I think Vereen is capable of more. He is going to be relied upon more in the pass rush department than ever since Andrew Fazande retired. They have a couple young guys at the position, but they will need Vereen to shoulder the load. I'd like to see him get closer to 12-13 Sacks while getting 10+ TFL. This defense really needs that out of him. Alex Martin is one of the quietest guys in the league, but he just racks up tackles. He lead the team with 64, while adding 1 TFL and 2 FF. I would like to see more plays in the backfield, but even if he's just a sure tackler over the middle, most teams would kill for that. Gradi is one of the best Corners in the league. He had 4 Picks and 5 PD last season. LV employs a zone scheme, so most of the time you see Gradi playing the strong side of the field, and can just shut that side of the field off. Having a player that talented is a huge boost. Biggest Losses TE Brian Gary DT Gregg Martin DE Andrew Fazande OLB Jamie Price Brian Gary finally hung them up. I think the title for best TE in NFLHC history is either his or Scott Howard's. But, making an argument for Gary wouldn't be hard. The Raiders planned ahead and have talented young guy to replace him. However, Gary was so reliable and consistent, that's hard to replace easily. Gregg Martin was never a superstar, but he was a stout figure in the middle of the DL and allowed guys around him to flourish. The Raiders planned for his retirement as well, and have a couple young guys there. But they're inexperienced, so I think the Raiders will see some reduction in play there. Fazande hung them up as well, the Raiders weren't as equipped for his retirement, so they had to address it in the draft. Fazande was never a superstar, but was always a reliable pass rusher. Losing that will hurt the Raiders for sure. Jamie Price leaving is whatever. He got replaced by a far better player, so his loss isn't a big deal. Biggest Additions RB DeSean Madison 5-7 222 R Western Michigan [Power] [0] 81 WR Trevon Bowser 6-0 217 R Mississippi State [Target] [0] 80 OLB Jeff Cox 5-11 220 6 California [Blitz] [+2] 88 DE Devin Blakely 6-2 256 R UCF [Blitz] [0] 80 I personally love DeSean Madison. I think he can be one of the top RB's in the league. He'll split caries with Major Morris this year, but it won't be long before he's the feature back. He can bring balance to LV finally. The Raiders have WR Depth Issues, and grabbed Trevon Bowser to help fix those issues. I personally don't like him very much, but he's playing with Nick Hall. A great QB like him can turn a poor prospect into a productive player. Jeff Cox came over from Tennessee, and the Raiders needed some talent at OLB. They haven't valued OLB highly in the draft, so they were a little bare at the position. While Jeff Cox isn't a Pro Bowler by any means, he's a vast improvement over what they had. Devin Blakely is who they tapped to replace Fazande. He'll be a step below Fazande year one, so they'll definitely need Shah Vereen to step up hard. Strengths Improved Running Game. This team needed to get some balance in the offense. Bringing in Madison will help that quite a bit. They have a 1-2 punch in the backfield now. And while they won't win awards, even getting 20-25 carries between the two productively will be a huge help to this offense. Improved OL. This unit gave up 50 Sacks last season. But, Brendan Doherty is back and healthy. Kamu and Will are progressing nicely. I think this OL will take a big step forward this year, and maybe only give up like 40 Sacks. Weaknesses WR Depth. Man, I don't like what this team has out wide. Mike Tripplett and Lamont Crawford are both good. But, the next two guys up are Trevon Bowser and Adrian Allen. One injury to Tripplett or Crawford, and your passing game takes a turn up shit creek. I would love to see this team trade for even a mediocre vet guy. DL. I like Shah Vereen, I think he's capable of being very productive. But, the rest of it is a question mark for me. I don't particularly like Devin Blakely, and they have a couple young DTs, neither of whom have been relied on in a leading role. Last year, they had Fazande, Gregg, and Vereen as their main guys. Now they'll have Blakely, Bailey, and Vereen. That's quite different, and much more inexperienced. Schedule I think the Raiders are still in good enough shape to maintain what they did last season. I do think KC has taken this division over for the short term. Of course, having Nick Hall cures most ails. This team could throw their way to 12-14 wins. But, they do have some tough road games that will keep them closer to 11. Los Angeles Chargers 2023 Record: 5-11 Offensive Rank: 26th Defensive Rank: 22nd Overall Rank: 26th 3 Key Players Offense QB Matty Swift 5-11 198 5 Texas A&M [Pocket] [0] 88 RB Israel Carlson 5-7 229 R Arizona State [Power] [0] [#] 82 WR Greg Cobb 6-3 188 7 Cincinnati [Target] [0] 88 Matty Swift is in his 90th year starting for the Chargers it feels like. I don't think he's all that good, but the Chargers Front Office is sticking with him. Swift completed 60% of his passes while throwing 23 Touchdowns and 17 Picks. Matty has always had a trouble with turnovers, but 17 Picks is a lot. Hard for your team to win when you give the ball away like that. But, they finally got him some RB help. After years of essentially ignoring the position, the Chargers Front Office finally felt like they had good value and took the best RB in the class. Israel Carlson will be an instant upgrade over Brannon Austin. He's a stud, and should be a favorite for Rookie of the Year. Giving Swift some assistance in the backfield will only help cut down on the turnovers and hopefully take some pressure off of Matty. Greg Cobb is the team's best WR, and I think he's just fine. He had 1.099 Yards and 8 Touchdowns last season. The most impressive part of his year though were his 0 Drops. Although he isn't explosive, and not an elite guy. He does have reliable hands, or did in 2023. This offense was inefficient, and hated having possession so much in 2023. I think they'll be much better in 2024. 3 Key Players Defense ILB Tunch Richardson 5-11 217 7 Alabama [Mike] [+3/C] 93 OLB Shane Easley 6-4 236 3 Penn State [Blitz] [+1] 93 SS Mario Ruff 6-1 185 4 Cincinnati [Zone Coverage] [0/C] 86 Tunch was 2nd on the team with 45 Tackles, and added 1 Pick, 1 PD, 3 TFL, and 2 FF. He's a fairly versatile player. He's the leader of the defense, and the Front-7 really revolves around him. His play is key for that unit, if he's on point, they can be really good. However, if his play drops, they'll struggle as a unit. Shane Easly is a monster. He had 39 Tackles, 8 Sacks, 7 TFL, and 2 FF in 2023. The Chargers are doing exactly what they should with him, just unleash him on the opposing QB. Let the other team figure out how to block him on every down. He brings constant pressure, and the other team has to gameplan around him. They brought in Mario Ruff after the season in order to address a dire position for them. Ruff isn't a star, but I do think he's important for the Chargers. I don't love their Corners, and I think Ruff will have to make up for a lot of their problems. They'll need him to reliable in both coverage and tackling, or they'll give up a lot of big plays. Biggest Losses OT Bryan Green Green was a back-up. So his loss won't be that hurtful. But other than him, the Chargers didn't lose a lot. Biggest Additions RB Israel Carlson 5-7 229 R Arizona State [Power] [0] [#] 82 WR Eddie McFadden 6-4 163 7 Baylor [Speed] [+2/C] 81 WR Kevin Garvin 6-4 224 4 Boise State [Target] [0] 82 OT Matt Bogle 6-1 341 8 Ohio State [Pass Blocking] [+2/C] 89 OG/C Kualii Umaga 6-3 255 R Western Michigan [P ass Blocking] [0/C] 80 CB Jeremy Evans 6-0 191 4 BYU [Zone Coverage] [-1/C] [+] 84 CB Zion Hooker 5-11 195 R Utah [Zone Cover age] [-1] [# ] 8 0 SS Mario Ruff 6-1 185 4 Cincinnati [Zone Coverage] [0/C] 86 I've already addressed Carlson and Ruff. McFadden and Garvin are mediocre guys. But the Chargers were absolutely decimated by injuries at WR last season. These guys are mostly depth guys, I don't expect either to have big roles in the offense. Matt Bogle was a good get, he's older, but he's still a solid OT. They've had issues on the OL for so long, and I think bringing in a vet like Bogle will be good for them. Especially with the [+2/C] designation, they have plenty of leadership on that unit now. Umaga was getting 1st Round hype for a little while. I think he has 1st Round talent, but is too raw. They can play him anywhere on the IOL, and I love having that versatility. They've had issues at Center for a while, so maybe they eventually put him there. Jeremy Evans is a player. He's not going to transform their CB unit, but he brings some experience to it. With him, Kenyon Justice, and Ian Garner, the Chargers Corners are approaching respectable. Zion Hooker got some bumps coming into the draft, I think he'll be a good Nickel guy down the line. Strengths WR Depth. Finally having some depth there will give this coaching staff some relief. Linebackers. They have on of the better LB groups in the league. Kearns is the weakpoint there, and that's really not bad. Weaknesses DL. Man, this is just a black hole. Hall is the best, and he had a good year. But can he do it again? Do we have reason to think he will? They have old man Zion Hopkins at DT, and his role really is to eat space. He's not going to make many statsheets by design. But Tyrone Rivers? Oof. The LBs on this team are so good, but the DL will let them down quite a bit. WR Talent. Yes, they have depth and can withstand injuries better. But, are they even good? Greg Cobb is fine. Jarvis Ward hasn't shown much in his time so far. Then you have McFadden and Garvin who've never been more than depth guys. This unit may let Matty Swift down at times. Schedule This team will improve, but only marginally so. Plus, having Tennessee, Jacksonville, and the Rams as Road Games outside their conference don't help. Also, playing in the same division as Nick Hall and Ryan Harris doesn't help either of course. I do think they could push for .500. They could get LV or IND at home. Hell, I think they could take down KC at home as well. Divisional Standings In my mind, this is KC's division to lose.
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    We have spoken with Javorius and after extensive conversation we believe he understands the gravity of the mistake he made and the risk he put not only himself in but other members of the Houston community. After those conversations we came to an agreement with Javorius where he will be under probation for the rest of the 2024 season where any additional issues will be meet with further scrutiny and punishment. Furthermore, we are putting in place a system for all Texans employees where they can call a private number and receive a ride home no questions asked from an independent contractor not associated with the team. We encourage all players, personnel, and staff to take advantage of the program as much as they would like.
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    Sarge

    [2024] New York Giants Subway Art

    --- NEW YORK CITY, NY With the announcement of preseason schedules recently, fans have been congesting a subway terminal near city hall due to some very popular neon work decorating the wall after the New York Giants were granted approval. Despite their challenges in the previous season, General Manager @Dean and Coach @Hagan have made waves with the roster and have high hopes for their quarterback's room with the veteran addition of Watkins and training camp standout rookie quarterback Sam Milner. Scout Sarge already has his eyes on some candidates in the upcoming draft that could potentially help the team, but would not divulge information currently. The recent addition of Okonkwo helps sure up depth on the Defensive Line and the streets of New York are sprawling with anticipation and eagerness for the upcoming season.
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    Saints QB Aaron Devereaux is reportedly out until Week 3 of the regular season "at earliest" with the mild wrist fracture he suffered at the team's training camp. Devereaux, 31, had been relatively durable up until last year, when his 123 consecutive start streak was snapped after suffering a biceps strain against the rival Falcons in Week 11. That streak was the second longest in NFLHC history, behind only Christian Skaggs, who has yet to miss any week in NFLHC history where he was eligible to play. Now with leaks from within the organization making it seem like this could be a lingering issue for much longer than has been initially stated, Saints fans on Twitter have reacted with disappointment. ___________ Jim Otto · @NFLHCInsiderJimOtto · 3d Aaron Devereaux's injury puts him out for 6-12 weeks, but wrist fractures can linger even longer than that. A source within the Saints org tells me that the team is expecting to rely on 4th year QB Nicholas Garland this year quite a bit. ___________ Who Dat Nation · @WhoDat · 2d Ugh I hope we don't actually have to rely on Garland this year... what happened to iron man Devy? It sounds like this is really a serious issue going forward. I hope he can come back healthy and the same as he was, but seems like 2024 might be a throwaway season at this point. ___________ Geaux cmc gill · @LSUForever · 2d Time to look for a new QB? If Devereaux can't stay healthy I don't know what he has going for him. Dontarrious Foster looks promising ___________ At the conclusion of Bills training camp, ILB C.J. Thomas had some more thoughts on the Browns organization he felt obligated to share with the world. Thomas had a tough time during Cleveland's 1-15 season last season and has already blown off some steam against his former team earlier this year. Thomas, 27, is a free agent after this year, and it seems as though he probably won't be returning to Cleveland. ___________ C.J. Thomas · @DawgToDawg · 1d First training camp in Buffalo complete! It's amazing how much better it feels when you have high quality catering at the team facility and you don't stay in a shitty old three star hotel in a shitty city like Cleveland! C.J. Thomas · @DawgToDawg · 1d i finally understood what Joakim Noah meant about no one going on vacation in Cleveland. People give shit to Buffalo but it's ten times the city Cleveland is. C.J. Thomas · @DawgToDawg · 1d I've already spared some thoughts on the Browns "organization", but now that I have some experience with a competent team in Buffalo let's talk a little more! C.J. Thomas · @DawgToDawg · 1d When I had that hamstring rupture my second year in Cleveland, I got fined for missing treatments multiple times! One of those was on freaking THANKSGIVING!!! I had to take care of my newborn at home for an emergency and they didn't care either, it was a max fine C.J. Thomas · @DawgToDawg · 1d Rehab feels like punishment already and then they fine you to the max. It's gross. I've already been told I won't be fined for that here (but I'll keep you updated if they do, hopefully I'm not even injured to find out) C.J. Thomas · @DawgToDawg · 1d My high school football team in OXFORD MISSISSIPPI had higher quality training facilities than the ones in Cleveland too. Oxford very well may have more scouts based on what I've seen. C.J. Thomas · @DawgToDawg · 1d That concludes my second Cleveland rant. You could offer me the entire salary cap's worth of salary per year to go back to Cleveland and I wouldn't want to re-join that sorry sad sack bunch of losers. ___________ I Love My Brownies · @Gpodawund · 19h I think C.J. is just mad that his position is a dying breed. We made a mistake picking a hothead inside linebacker high once, doubt we'll ever do that again! Can't wait for Buffalo to lose a playoff game, just for him to blame it on his teammates nOt tRyInG hArD.
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    Jieret

    [2024] Arizona Wildcats Preview

    So this time around the Pac-12 previews will be a bit different. Instead of talking about each team in capsule format in one post, we'll talk about each team in capsule format in separate posts! Note that none of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. But you're still getting pictures of cheerleaders, so there's that. Without further ado, Arizona Wildcats 6–4 conference, 9–5 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 2nd (1st Pac-12 South) Coach: @brightfalls (3rd year) Returning Starters: Offense: 4 Defense: 5 Key Losses: OT Emil Colon 6-7 327 (Sr) La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] - Drafted 33rd overall by CLE OG Samuel Teague 6-4 282 (Sr) Wink (Wink, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Luka Pratt 6-6 311 Sr Desert Edge (Goodyear AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] - Drafted 185th overall by TEN DE Tyriek Humphrey 6-2 245 (Sr) Stratford (Stratford, OK) 4.5 of 4.5 [Contain]: 17 TKL, 6 TFL, 6.0 Sacks, 1 FF) - Drafted 93rd overall by JAX ILB Adam Norman 6-2 236 Sr Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Mike]: 51 TKL, 5 TFL, 10.0 Sacks, 1 FF) Key Returnees: QB Christian Noonan 6-6 213 Sr College of Central Florida (Ocala FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pocket]: 284 of 460 [61.74%] for 3365 yards, 27/8 TD/INT. 240.36 YPG, 139.08 QBR, 7.32 YPA RB Josiah Smallwood 6-0 203 Jr The Orme School (Mayer AZ) 3.0 of 4.5 [Power]: 240 rushes for 1165 yards, 10 TDs, 6 Fum (2 Lost), 4.85 YPC, 83.21 YPG) WR Zion Carroll 6-1 160 (Jr) East Fork Lutheran (Whiteriver AZ) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed]: 66 catches for 1025 yards, 11 TDs, 2 Drops, 15.53 YPC) DE Gabriel Darwin-Turner 6-1 250 Sr Hartnell College (Salinas CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Contain]: 29 TKL, 5 TFL, 10.0 Sacks, 1 FF OLB J.T. Raji 5-11 236 (Jr) Douglas (Douglas AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]: 49 TKL, 8 TFL, 2.0 Sacks, 1 FF) CB Nawkaw Rudd 5-9 171 (Sr) Yuma Catholic (Yuma AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]: 5 TKL, 2 INT) Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) WR Takeo Marshall 5-9 194 Fr Holbrook (Holbrook AZ) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] OT Patrick Sorensen 6-3 271 (Fr) Fountain Hills (Fountain Hills AZ) 2.5 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] (Redshirt Freshman) C Dennis Timmons 6-2 257 (Jr) Marshall Prep (Duluth MN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] (Transfer) FS Damione Parham 5-11 206 (Fr) Temecula Valley (Temecula CA) 2.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] (Redshirt Freshman) P Elijah Kraus 6-4 184 Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] 2024 Depth Chart (Pre-Transfer): http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/31562-2024-arizona-wildcats-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: LOST vs. Oklahoma State 20-42 WON at Cincinnati 35-24 WON at Florida Atlantic 17-9 LOST at UCLA 17-31 LOST at Washington 23-27 WON at Oregon State 28-17 LOST at Utah 24-27 WON vs. Stanford 31-16 WON vs. Colorado 19-14 WON vs. USC 23-7 WON vs. Oregon 29-28 WON vs. Arizona State 17-14 Postseason: LOST Pac-12 Championship Game vs. Washington 23-31 WON Alamo Bowl vs. West Virginia 31-24 Unlike 2022, the 2023 Desert Cats did not roar out to a blazing start. As a matter of fact they sputtered to a 3-4 record midway through the season, capped(?) off by a loss to 2-win Utah. Apparently that was one heck of a motivational talk Coach gave the players after that game, because they proceeded to reel off five straight wins to clinch the South division including an impressive ending stretch of USC, Oregon, and Arizona State. Or maybe it was that those last five games were in Tuscon, while the six games before were all on the road had something to do with the down-and-up play. Regardless of how it happened, they survived the bloody battle royale that defined the Pac-12 South. They couldn't pull off the full redemption story however, losing to the Washington Huskies in the CCG. They COULD chalk up one of the Pac-12's few Bowl wins, defeating West Virginia in the Alamo Bowl 31-24 behind QB Christian Noonan's MVP performance of 360 passing yards and 4 TDs. 2024 Key Points: Does this team actually belong to the quarterback now? Josiah Smallwood had a down season compared to his freshman campaign (1215 yards and 16 TDs in 2022 vs. 1165 and 10 this year), but because Christian Noonan provided more than adequate play at the QB spot the Wildcats didn't suffer for it. And with Tevin Rodriguez waiting in the wings behind Noonan and a stud freshman WR in Takeo Marshall on board, we could see the ball flying through the air a lot more for the foreseeable future. Ironically this could lead to a bounceback year for Smallwood as defenses can't simply load the box against him and call it a day. 3.5/3.5 receiver Zion Carroll had over 1000 receiving yards, with freshman Takeo Marshall in the slot and a more talented WR2 (Demothi Kinney) compared to 2023 (Eli LeDesma), the weapons are there. But will the Wildcat offense have the time and space to use them? Emil Colon. Luka Pratt. Samuel Teague. Mark Vanhorn. These are the four offensive linemen who graduated. All of them had pro potential (even if not all of them were drafted). That's a LOT of experienced beef to replace. The tackle spots are solid with 4.0/4.0 RT Julian Gilbert and 2.5/5.0 LT Patrick Sorensen, but the interior isn't quite as stout. New RG Maximus Melendez in particular has yet to live up to his name (2.5/3.5). Real Wildcats don't kick. Or more accurately they really don't want to. Jesse Baugh was pretty atrocious as a true freshman last season, missing 5 extra points and half of his field goal tries (12/24). From long distance he was really bad, hitting a combined 2 for 11 from 40+. But with no other kickers on the roster he takes up placekicking duties once again. His +0.5 progression to a 1.5/3.5 won't ease anyone's nerves either. And Arizona's only punter is a 1/3 true freshman. Fourth down is going to be brutal for the Wildcats this year. Is a desert repeat in the cards? Graduation hit the Wildcats as hard as any team in the PAC, losing 4/5ths of their offensive line and some key pieces of their defensive front seven. They aren't crippled by any means - Noonan, Smallwood, and talented freshmen Patrick Sorenson and Marshall lead the offense, while Gabriel Darwin-Turner and Nawkaw Rudd anchor a solid defense. But is "solid" and "not crippled" good enough in a division where the talent factories of USC and UCLA look to make their mark? Especially when they go on the road to play Hawaii, Oregon, USC, Washington State, and Arizona State? You wouldn't think so. But many had the Wildcats placing 5th in the division last year.... Schedule: 0 at Hawaii 1 Iowa State 2 Toledo 3 Bye 4 Utah 5 at Oregon 6 UCLA 7 at Washington State 8 Bye 9 California 10 at USC 11 at Colorado 12 Washington 13 at Arizona State
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    Rome

    [2023] Quarterback Camp (Indianapolis, IN)

    Where these players went: 1. Jared Raddick - 2. Wesley Moss - 3. Nick Stewart - 4. Brett Champion Jr. - 5. Tavion Sankey - 6. Robert McCoy - 7. Daniel Young - 8. Brayden McCloskey - 9. Martin Gray - 10. Anthony Holmes -
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    Jieret

    [2024] Arizona State Sun Devils Preview

    Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. Arizona State Sun Devils: 6–3 conference, 8–5 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 5th (3rd Pac-12 South) Coach: @SageBow (1st year) Returning Starters: Offense: 5 Defense: 7 Key Losses: QB Parker Townsend 6-4 229 (Sr) Weatherford (Weatherford, OK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling]: 233 of 383 (60.84%) for 2860 yards, 16/4 TD/INT. 66 rushes for 366 yards, 4 TDs. RB Israel Carlson 5-7 229 (Jr) Navajo Prep (Farmington NM) 5.0 of 5.0 [Power]: 274 rushes for 1657 yards, 20 TDs, 3 Fumbles (2 lost), 6.05 YPC - Drafted 9th overall by LAC OG Francisco Leyva 6-2 308 (Sr) Azle (Azle, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Ilan Damico 6-5 335 (Sr) Tecumseh (Tecumseh, OK) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] CB Gavin Andrews-Bradley 5-11 192 (Sr) East Fork Lutheran (Whiteriver, AZ) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]: 11 TKL, 4 INT, 2 PD FS Antoine Ponder 5-11 207 (Sr) Santa Teresa (Teresa, NM) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]: 25 TKL, 5 INT, 1 PD, 1 FR, 1 TD K Rafael Guinn 6-2 151 (Sr) Skyview (Nampa, ID) 4.5 of 4.5 [Accuracy]: 40/40 XPs, 19/21 FGs (90.48%), Long 50 Key Returnees: WR Jordan Scott 5-10 166 (Sr) West Valley (Hemet CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed]: 64 catches for 795 yards, 3 TDs, 3 drops, 12.42 YPC WR Deon Kirksey 6-3 204 (Jr) Argonaut (Jackson CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target]: 62 catches for 796 yards, 11 TDs, 3 drops, 12.84 YPC OG Joseph Amato III 6-4 288 (So) Logan (Lgan UT) 3.5 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] DT Alpha Goldman 6-4 301 (Sr) Moon Valley (Phoenix AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [2-Gap]: 17 TKL, 4 TFL, 7.0 Sacks OLB Kieran Skaggs 5-11 236 (Jr) Desert Eagle (Scottsdale AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage]: 43 TKL, 2 TFL, 1.0 Sack, 1 PD, 2 FF, 1 FR FS Jacob Donald 6-0 216 (Jr) Edison (Stockton CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]: 8 TKL, 2 INT, 1 PD Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) FB Brandon Sutton 5-9 210 (Fr) Edison (Stockton CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] (Redshirt Freshman) TE Dylan Erickson 6-1 203 (Fr) The Orme School (Mayer AZ) 2.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] (Redshirt Freshman) SS Cordell Glenn 6-1 221 (Fr) Chandler (Chandler AZ) 2.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] (Redshirt Freshman) K Jayden Stark 6-0 159 (Fr) Largo (Largo FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] (Redshirt Freshman) 2024 Depth Chart: http://cfbhc.com/index.php/topic/32288-2024-arizona-state-sun-devils-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: LOST vs. Ohio State 34-37 LOST at Mississippi State 17-21 WON vs. New Mexico 37-7 WON at Colorado 19-13 WON vs. UCLA 31-23 WON at Washington State 24-17 LOST at USC 20-23 WON vs. Utah 27-14 LOST at Oregon 28-31 WON vs. California 24-21 WON vs. Oregon State 41-24 LOST vs. Arizona 14-17 Postseason: WON Las Vegas Bowl vs. Boise State 35-20 We wondered how an offense featuring four guards in the trenches would do. They got stiff tests right off the bat against Ohio State and Mississippi State and scared the bejeezus out of both of them before falling short. A tune-up game against New Mexico eased them into conference play and kicked off a four-game winning streak. But narrow losses to USC and Oregon put severe dampers on their division title hopes, and as the Sun Devils lined up for the opening kick to the Territorial Cup they knew they were playing spoiler - the Trojans' victory over the Bruins earlier in the day took them out of the running, but they could do the same to their rival. The game played out that way; a nasty, ugly, slog-filled contest decided by a failed last-minute onside kick attempt after Sparky clawed back late. The Sun Devils proceeded to take out their frustrations on the MWC Champion Boise State Broncos in the Las Vegas Bowl, with Carlson rampaging for 140 yards and 3 TDs. So how did the offense do? Not too badly, it turned out. Well enough to compensate for a defense that started a 2.5/2.5 at DE and a FS at CB2. Well enough to get them a puncher's chance at the division. 2024 Key Points: Is Sparky ready to actually throw the ball? A lot? The Israel Carlson Era is over in Tempe. Carlson put his name on every significant rushing record at ASU before leaving for the pros, and 3.0/3.0 junior Eddie Boston is not going to make anyone forget Izzy. But Deon Kirksey and Jordan Scott ARE still there. The talented wideouts have long been under-utilized in favor of emphasizing Carlson, but now they will be the focal point of the offense. Kirksey's 8 catch, 100-yard, 2 TD game against Boise shows what they're capable of when they get the ball. Add in talented returner Amari Dunbar as a slot man (37 catches for 544 yards, 1 TD, 14.7 YPC) alongside redshirt freshman TE Dylan Erickson, and it wouldn't be a shock to see lots of 3 and 4-wide sets this year. Alshon, we're ready for your close-up. QB Alshon Simon-Alford finally gets the keys to the Sun Devil offense. He's waited patiently behind Parker Townsend for what feels like years. But the offense he inherits is certainly not going to be the same one he's practiced with. How is his chemistry with Scott, Kirksey, and the other pass catchers? How does he look throwing the ball? Sparky didn't have a spring game, so outside observers won't have any idea until week 1 at Baylor. Can the offensive line keep defenses from seeing Alshon close-up? The four-guard OL is no more, but outside of future NFL pick Joseph Amato III this is one of the worst lines in the conference. They have two linemen with 2.5 potential starting, it's that bad. If the Sun Devils are going to a pass-happy offense as we expect, the OL will have their hands full giving Simon-Alford enough time to throw the ball. Free safety Jacob Donald might be the most important player on ASU's defense. This is not a slight on DT Alpha Goldman, a man that we at the Pac-12 Network have loved for a long time. But Arizona State does not have a cornerback on the roster with 3.5 potential or better. Like last year, Arizona State starts a free safety as their CB2. Strong safety Cordell Glenn has the highest potential of any secondary player but is a redshirt freshman. As the Sun Devils' last line of defense, Donald has to quarterback and organize an inexperienced back half that has a big lack of quality at CB. Schedule: 0 Bye 1 at Baylor 2 Washington State 3 USC 4 Toledo 5 at Oregon State 6 at Washington 7 at Charlotte 8 at Utah 9 Colorado 10 Bye 11 Stanford 12 at UCLA 13 Arizona
  12. 8 points
    StorMy

    2024 Independents Preview

    Heading into the 2024 CFBHC football season the independents has a chance to make some noise with some interesting story lines and strong teams. I will be previewing each teams schedule as well as reviewing recruiting classes, rosters (in lieu of official depth charts since not everyone has posted them), and last seasons performances for both coach and team. So without any furthur delay, StorMy presents.... THE 2024 CFBHC Independents Preview Notre Dame: Coming off of a season in which the Fighting Irish posted a Independents best 10-2 record as well as ranking 13th in the seasons final polls Notre Dame plans to improve on that performance and make a push for the playoffs this season. The Fighting Irish schedule is full of great match-ups highlighted by games such as ND @ Michigan, Navy is@ ND, and an Orange Bowl rematch with Clemson @ ND. Notre Dame posted the 34th ranked recruiting class to bolster an already very talented roster. A solid O-Line, stacked in all skill positions, and great top to bottom on defense this Notre Dame squad lead by Coach @joedchi is primed to make a real impact in 2024. UConn: Fresh off a move to the independents, the UConn Huskies, led by seasoned head coach @jmjacobs have a chance to improve on their 5-7 record from last season. The Huskies are coming off a lackluster year that didn't even result in bowl eligibility. UConn also posted the 139th ranked recruiting class so it may seem bleak for the Huskies but all is not lost. The Huskies biggest off-season acquisition was the hiring of head coach @jmjacobs and that could be all they need. JmJacobs decided to join the Huskies following a season where he led Michigan to a Big 10 Title and an appearance in the college football playoffs. While this season may feel uncertain I believe that the Huskies will make an immediate impact and make huge strides under their new leadership in 2024. BYU: Following a 9-3 season BYU looks to continue to improve and make an impact on the national stage. Coming off a season where they posted the second best record in the Independents and managed to post the 44th overall recruiting class in the nation as well as gain a bowl birth in the Hawaii bowl where they fell short of a victory, the cougars are set to make another solid run. BYU is great at all skill positions along side having a very solid O-Line and having a solid overall defense this team is set for great things this season. Good luck @NDIrish21 Liberty: The Liberty Flames are hoping to find more success in this upcoming season than they saw last season. The flames posted a 1-11 record which was tied with Army and UMass for the worst in the Independents. Liberty also posted a bottom 3 reruiting class coming in at number 144. But their roster has some solid pieces on both sides of the ball. Their schedule has a few games that they can win, it's just a matter of if it this roster can put it together and make the plays when they really count. UMass: UMass is another team that failed to make much happen last season. Like Liberty the Minutemen posted a 1-11 record on the year and fell to the bottom of the Independents. Despite the results of last season UMass is set to turn it around this around upcoming seasons. UMass managed the 112th overall recruiting class to add to the already solid roster. While the minutemen have no real standout position they still have potential to make progress from the previous season. Coach @TBoostR hopes to turn the program into a winner. New Mexico State: New mexico State ranked 3rd in the Independents but despite that they only managed to post a 2-10 record over the year. The Aggies only managed the 138th ranked recruiting class but this does not do much to address the weak skill positions on the offense. While the offense is lackluster, the defense has some potential to make so good plays but I'm not sure how much they can do to offset the struggles of the offense. The biggest upside for this team is a fairly weak schedule. Army: Army struggled tremendously last year and only managed to post a 1-11 record which was tied with Liberty and UMass for the bottom of the Independents. While the roster has potential with very solid skill positions, their ability of stop offenses is what may hold back this team. Army also managed to land the 119th ranked recruiting class and managed to address the offensive line. But how this season turns out is anyone guess. Projected Rankings Notre Dame BYU UConn Army UMass Liberty New Mexico State
  13. 8 points
    Thanks again to @pumph for designing this awesome game and letting us use it!
  14. 7 points
    jmjacobs

    [2024] Detroit Lions Hire New Head Scout

    Allen Park, MI The Detroit Lions are excited to announce the hiring of our new head scout, @Wahoo. After the promotion of Dacder from Scout to GM, we have been looking for another scout to join the organization. Wahoo has been on the site for a short period of time, but has already shown that he has the potential to be a smart mind within the Lions Front Office as he starts to learn about the NFL side of the site and we look forward to working with him throughout the season as we try and defend our Super Bowl Title. The Lions and Wahoo are open to questions. Fib Ur, Loins pls
  15. 7 points
  16. 6 points
  17. 6 points
    cmcgill

    Best type of Barbecue world wide poll

    Ahh so not BBQ? Got it
  18. 6 points
    Role List Prison Staff The Prison Staff had access to a separate map from Hagan's. All the booby traps were the same between the 2 maps. The Prison Staff map showed secret times the only the Prison Staff would get when they got to those rooms (this was the locker cue with not knowing who picked up the item). They could not see the items Hagan had on his map. The Prison Staff also had access to a factional kill where they would shoot someone (cue: in the forehead). They were limited on bullets, which is why the kills stopped the last few days. Prison Staff would win if no prisoners escaped. imerman - Warden. Would show as Prisoner if investigated. Started with a Bulletproof Vest and a Gun (1 bullet). Had the final say in who would be killed and what Prison Staff member would do the killing. Dean_Craig_Pelton - Prison Guard. Started with a Gun (1 bullet). No other abilities. cmcgill - Prison Guard. Started with a Gun (1 bullet). No other abilities. sleuthofbears - Snitch. Only Prison Staff member to not start with a gun. Could role block people during the night. VerifiedThing - District Attorney. Started with a PDA, which would allow him to investigate the role of any player. The PDA could be stolen, but it is voice activated, so no other player would be able to use it. Also started with a Gun (1 bullet). SageBow - Framer. Could plant evidence on 3 people throughout the game (can only plant once during a night) that would make them appear as Prison Staff if investigated. Third Party Jamzz - Serial Killer. Started with a Shiv. Could kill one person each night. If he lost possession of the Shiv, he could continue killing each night because he is just that darn good at it. Would appear as normal Prisoner to everyone except the District Attorney and Convicted Psychiatrist. Would win if he was the last alive, if everyone dies, or if he escapes while the Warden, District Attorney, and Convicted Psychiatrist are all dead. Prisoners As was discovered early on, the prisoners all had the same win condition. They each needed only one prisoner to escape to discredit the warden for his wrongdoings. Their family would receive a handsome settlement regardless of whether they lived or died. fever_ful - Convicted Doctor. Could protect one player during the night. Could not protect themself or the same person twice. nemolee.exe - Convicted Cop. Could investigate one player a night. anonemuss - Medic. Could protect one player during the night. If there chosen player was Prison Staff, the Medic would commit suicide. jared2001usa - DayVig. Started with a gun (2 bullets). Could kill 1 person during the day until he ran out of the bullets. Could pass the gun to another player at night. Hagan - Inside Man. Started with a map that showed secret items and booby traps. When entering a room with a secret item, if the Inside Man is alive, the item would be found by the group, and the group would decide who would get it the next day. brightfalls - Convicted Airport Screener. Could see if a player was holding a Gun during the night. MasonAsher - Convicted Psychiatrist. Could investigate one player a night to see if they are the Serial Killer. CadeRich5 - Light Sleeper. Could watch one player during the night to see who else targeted that player. Qupax - Tracker. Could track one player a night to see who that player targets during the night. vtgorilla - Voyeur. Could watch one player each night to see what actions were performed on that player. Kirby - Bodyguard. Could protect one player each night from one normal night kill. Would not stop the Serial Killer or multiple killers. If protection was needed, there was an equal chance the killer would die or Kirby would die instead of the original kill target. Could not protect the same player twice in a row. FlutieFlakes - Tough Guy. Started with a Bulletproof Vest that he got off a guard during the initial brawl. Would make him appear as Prison Staff if investigated. Could not pass the vest. HAFFnHAFF - Reflexes. Could jump out of the way of a booby trap explosion and live if he was the first through a door. SyndaKyt - Thief. Could try to steal an item from a player every night. If he used an item that he stole, he wouldn't be able to also steal that night. jmjacobs - Escape Artist. Could leave the room during the night 3 times during the game. Players targeting him would be told they could not find him during the night. Time - Explosives Expert. When entering a room with booby traps, would be told which doors have booby traps. Jumbo - Reformed Inmate. No special abilities. Found religion during incarceration, and thus could not hold any weapons. If a player tried to pass him a weapon, they would fail and receive the Divine Word of Mod. Dacder - Courier. Could use his notepad and pencil to write a 4-word note each night and give it to a player. The player wouldn't know who the note came from. GK23 - Armed Prisoner. Started with a Gun (1 bullet). Could kill only at night. Osu - Criminal Mastermind. Could motivate one player each night to perform their ability twice. Would not work for killing abilities. Could only motivate each individual once per game. grv413 - Sidekick. Could link to one player. All actions except kills would then go to the Sidekick. If the player linked to dies, the Sidekick must link to a new player the next night.
  19. 5 points
    Indianapolis Colts QB Aaron Shea posted some a cryptic photo on Friday after the close of training camp, fueling speculation on Twitter that he might be considering a future outside of Indianapolis already. Shea, the #1 pick in the 2018 draft, notably has yet to win a playoff game in Indianapolis. Shea, 29, signed a 5 year, $125 million deal with $110 million guaranteed with Indianapolis prior to the 2023 season. There have been minimal signs that Shea is unhappy with the organization, but the photo Shea tweeted out fueled rampant speculation regardless, and #Sheaxit began trending. ___________ Aaron Shea · @AyySheaa · 8h ___________ Jim Otto · @NFLHCInsiderJimOtto · 4h  My sources are saying that Aaron Shea does not want a trade but is fed up with the Colts organization not winning, and trading high picks away for minimal results. ___________ QB Wins Are Important · @BBIsMyQB · 3h The Colts should get rid of Shea! He's as overrated as Skaggs, and think how much he could fetch in a trade? #Sheaxit ___________ Daniel Jeremiah · @MoveTheSticks · 4h  If the Shea trade rumors are true, the Chargers have to be on the phone with Indy right now, right? Getting Shea onto a team that looks to be up-and-coming could help them challenge Kansas City immediately. ___________ Greg Bierria is good in my heart · @stloC · 2h No way Shea actually wants to leave, right? That shitty blurry stock photo could mean literally anything. #Sheaxit
  20. 5 points
    lol North Texas is like 10 hours away from the NM border
  21. 4 points
    Wahoo

    Werewolf II Game Thread

    Less than 100 posts on Day 1?
  22. 4 points
    One is great, and the other is really great. Eastern uses the whole hog and a primarily vinegar-based sauce, whereas Lexington focuses on pork shoulder and the sauce--while still vinegar-y-- has more tomato to it.
  23. 4 points
  24. 3 points
    cmcgill

    Werewolf II Game Thread

    So Nemo outted himself what are the odds he peed Jamzz too
  25. 3 points
    sleuthofbears

    Werewolf II Game Thread

    "I'm not suspicious... yet," claimed nemolee. Unfortunately he was suspicious, and the town agreed almost unanimously. The led him to the gallows and hanged him without much discussion. As the life drained from his body, he grew hairier and eventually his true werewolf form was revealed. Additionally, his eyes, even in death, glowed with a mysterious red energy. nemolee.exe has been lynched. He was the Devil, Werewolf-aligned. Final Vote Tally: nemolee.exe (12) - anonemuss, MasonAsher, Dacder, Dean_Craig_Pelton, jmjacobs, Jumbo, GK23, CadeRich5, jared2001usa, HAFFnHAFF, Jammz, Time Jamzz (1) - nemolee.exe Night 1 has begun. It will end in 24 hours (2:00 PM Eastern, 6/3) or whenever all night actions have been received. Also as a reminder of the rules since it's different than the last game, feel free to post in the thread during the night phase.
  26. 3 points
    Sarge

    Sarge

    1. Please list your email address and/or your reddit username at which you can be contacted. furman.jacob@gmail.com /u/ithrow_UGA (Preferred to be contacted by email) 2. Before continuing, please thoroughly read the coaching course and feel free to ask questions. Confirm that you have read the coaching course by writing "Confirmed" below. Confirmed 3. What team do you want to coach? South Carolina Gamecocks 4. Please select two backup teams (in descending order of preference) in case your first choice is unavailable. MTSU Troy? 5. In three or more sentences, tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, what do you do, where are you from, why would you be a good fit here, etc. I'm 27 years old, I'm currently a Drill Sergeant (and Staff Sergeant) in the Army and have been for the past 8 years. I spent the first 20 years of my life in Georgia and have lived in S. Korea, Germany, and currently live on the TN/KY border. I'd like to think I'd be a good fit here because I'm a very passionate CFB and sports fan. This virus has me emphatically itching for anything resembling sports and forums are pretty nostalgic as a whole. 6. This site can be as time consuming as you want it to be. Weekly duties can be completed in 30 minutes or less, however interacting with your fellow players throughout the week makes it more enjoyable for most people. Approximately, how much free time do you have during a typical week? I have plenty of free time that I can manage throughout my week. I'd imagine 2-3 hours a week (at the minimum) would be the standard if we're doing Sunday as the start of the week and Saturday finishing it. 7. Losing games is an inevitable reality on this site, especially when accepting newer teams. Do you believe you can handle losing? Disappointment is expected, however we have had issues with people freaking out, and even leaving the site because of losing. The military is very good at making sure you're good at losing or become numb to it. Georgia State had to start somewhere before they upset Rocky Top nation! 8. How did you find out about this site? If recommended by a friend, please post his/her username.  Reddit/The Google
  27. 3 points
    "To tell the truth, I'm not excited to go to Cleveland, but we have to," Ichiro said through an interpreter. "If I ever saw myself saying I'm excited going to Cleveland, I'd punch myself in the face, because I'm lying."
  28. 3 points
    Minnow

    Best type of Barbecue world wide poll

    Us Midwesterners don't take too kindly to there being only 2 types of pulled pork. In my book there are only 2 types of pulled pork. Those made in crockpots and those made the real way in a smoker. Nothing else.
  29. 3 points
    pumph

    CFBHC Penitentiary Mafia (Game Thread)

    I stopped following pretty early on, but I'm glad you all enjoyed it. I think giving out the full map right away from the inside man sort of spoiled a lot of the intrigue. That's not something I would have expected, because I am used to games where people play MUCH closer to the vest than most of you do. Hope you all got some distraction out of this during this strange time.
  30. 3 points
    *** HAFFnHAFF moves slowly to the North door. How cruel would the Warden have to be to booby trap the door to the exit room? Well, knowing the Warden, no one in the room rules out the possibility. HAFFnHAFF eases the door open….silence. Audible sighs are heard behind him, along with a whimper that seems to be a cross of disbelief and joy. The group moves through the door into the brightly lit final room. They see the EXIT sign clearly. HAFFnHAFF, jared2001usa, Osu, and cmcgill give a final look around. They won’t miss these walls. They give each other a final look and nod – a nod that signifies everything they have been through together – before stepping through the final door separating their prison lives and their free lives. HAFFnHAFF falls to his knees. jared2001usa throws his gun to the side; he is a rehabilitated man and will not need a gun anymore. Osu just stands and stares at his environment. cmcgill takes off running. The other 3 watch him with mild amusement. But their amusement slowly turns to horror as they watch cmcgill strip off his prisoner uniform. The clothes beneath the uniform are unmistakable. cmcgill continues sprinting away in a full Prison Guard uniform. All this time, there was a last Prison Staff member amongst them. It becomes clear that he must’ve run out of means to kill the remaining prisoners and blended in with the group until he could get away. It becomes even clearer that this new freedom won’t be so freeing; each prisoner knows in their heart that cmcgill will hunt them down until either they are all dead or he is. The last 3 prisoners share a sorrowful look before staggering off in separate directions…. *** Prisoners win! Dead chat link: https://discord.gg/zu9dMCR
  31. 2 points
    brightfalls

    Werewolf II Game Thread

    the classic Jumbo pickup line
  32. 2 points
    Swipet

    Werewolf II Game Thread

    Me seeing how active this thread is 20 minutes into the game
  33. 2 points
    Crootsmas is the best mas. Thanks SolunaClaus!
  34. 2 points
    Last call for this, I'll probably be starting it up over the weekend/on Monday.
  35. 2 points
    Tribal Council Update The Simp Tribe walks into tribal council and casts their votes. Jeff: I'll go tally the votes... Jeff: If anybody has a hidden immunity idol and would like to play it now would be the time to do so. @vtgorilla Jeff.... *walks to podium*... I would like to play this for myself. Jeff: This is a hidden immunity idol, any votes cast for vtgorilla will not count. I'll read the votes. VT 2 DCP 2 anon 5 First vote: vtgorilla, does not count Second vote: vtgorilla, does not count Third vote: anonemuss Fourth vote: Dean_Craig_Pelton Fifth vote: anonemuss Sixth vote: Dean_Craig_Pelton Seventh vote: anonemuss The tenth person voted out of Survivor GMs vs Game-planners vs Grunts and the 4th member of our jury is: anonemuss. That's 4 votes, that's enough. You need to bring me your torch. @anonemuss Players: Please submit your day 21 actions by 05/29 noon EDT
  36. 2 points
    Thanks for running this and putting up with all of our questions! @Wahoo
  37. 2 points
    How San Jose State vs UNLV didn't make the list, the world may never know. Thanks for doing this, @stormstopper Always impressed with the work you put in. It is much appreciated.
  38. 2 points
    I will post full results when I am done work today
  39. 2 points
    As the title says, this is a list of all players changing schools due to the 2024 Transfer Portal. Regular season Depth Charts must list any players below in the appropriate sections; Transfer Ineligible (Incoming) or Transfer Ineligible (Outgoing) unless you . Reminder: Incoming transfers do not count against your 10 declared redshirts. This will also allow @Soluna to adjust AI rosters as needed. If you find any errors please comment below.
  40. 1 point
    Day 27 Update Immunity Challenge In this immunity challenge, players must position themselves under a metal structure and remain there while the tide rises. The last person under the structure wins immunity. Very early in the challenge @Dean began to panic and started talking about being claustrophobic and bailed out. @Ape was the next to go when a swell went over his head just as he was taking a deep breath. @cultur3 bounced as the water got up to his eyes and he couldn't handle it anymore and it became a duel between Kirby and Bingo. They battled valiantly but eventually @bingo415 outlasted @Kirby and claimed his 1st individual immunity win. Players: You may cast your vote for anyone except bingo. This is the last night that any advantages (if there are any) can be played in the game.
  41. 1 point
    npklemm

    [2024] AFCW Preview

    T-Mac has potential yes, but man he sucked some real turds last season. He'd have to improve quite a bit for Denver to overtake LAC this year imo.
  42. 1 point
    Dean_Craig_Pelton

    [2024] AFCW Preview

    You’re doing great media right now, keep up the good work! I personally think that the Broncos will end up over the Chargers because I think Matty Swift is too far gone at this point to become a successful starting QB, where as McMurray has potential. I currently feel like Swift won’t be the starter at year end.
  43. 1 point
    cmcgill

    Best type of Barbecue world wide poll

    If you need more than salt and pepper isn't the well cooked meat that you like the flavor of
  44. 1 point
    Swipet

    Best type of Barbecue world wide poll

    How do I delete someone else's post?
  45. 1 point
    (North)East Texas and West Texas are basically two different countries lmao
  46. 1 point
    Original Post: Posted July 23, 2019 (joined on July 20) In breaking news, APP State has just learned that they will suck! One win will bring down the goal posts! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the second annual Nittany Boiler review of the Chicago Tribune National Preseason rankings posting, App State again has just learned that they will suck coming in at 139 for 2024.
  47. 1 point
    brightfalls

    What do you look like?

    Oy lad with the cheeky lil hand in the mirror i got you bruv
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    Soluna

    Phillyfan3

    I expect that you've worn my patience thin. I gave you three chances, somehow each progressive attempt showed you giving less of a fuck. I'm tired of your trolling or supreme idiocy, whatever you call your existence. At least 5 members have spent a combined 20+ hours helping you do something that should take 5-10 minutes to complete. You're either unwilling to learn the rules, unwilling to figure stuff out unless it's handed directly to you on a platter, or have the thought capacity of a camel. You are free to reapply after you take a reading comprehension class. Banned.
  50. 1 point
    thatfunk

    Sit Down With Georgia Tech Recruits

    Dacder, don't be ashamed. I don't care what anybody else says, that shit was hilarious. Keep doing you.
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