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

THE BUC STOPS HERE

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

DREAM KILLERS?

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

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

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

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  1. 15 points
    10 Things I like, and Don’t Like, including a very sad New York Giants offense After an extended break, here we go The State of Traded QBs There were multiple QBs moved this past offseason and regular season through trades, including a trade of starting Quarterbacks. Reggie Watkins, Paul Davenport, RJ Stanford, and Mike Thomas were all traded for, but only one of these trades has really gone well. Reggie Watkins is having an excellent season for the Patriots. He is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes, and has a 12:3 TD to INT rate. The AFC East isn’t winnable for the Pats still, but Watkins hot play so far has made this team much more interesting. For the 3 trades the results have not been good. The Giants made trades for both Mike Thomas and Paul Davenport, and still neither of them started this past week. Paul Davenport is still holding out, and Mike Thomas has been a bust so far for the team. Mike Thomas has easily been the worst QB of players who were intended to start this year. This is a family article, so I won’t show his stats. But they are bad. And he’s been benched. For David Brezina. On purpose. Maybe he has potential too. The Giants received Davenport in a trade with the Steelers for RJ Stanford. The Steelers were considered a contender in the AFC North, though that doesn’t mean a ton this season, but the Davenport holdout situation changed the trajectory. Replacing him with R.J. Stanford has had moderate success in Pittsburgh, however his production is a significant step down from the production of RJ Stanford. The Steelers have indicated that Stanford is not the answer. The Steelers may be in a precarious position of being too good for a top tier QB, and could struggle opening up their pocket books for a Free Agent Quarterback. Oregon State 2021 I recognize that the good times may not last forever in Corvallis, Oregon. But this is a program that has struggled keeping a coach and creating program momentum for their entire existence. Oregon State had won 4 games over the past 5 seasons before this one. So when Oregon State can start a season a season 4-0, even after losing their head coach in the offseason, they deserve their moment. Oregon State has even started to receive some Coaches Poll votes. While these votes are probably less indicative of their skill and level of competition, it does recognize the hill that Oregon State has had to climb to even get to this point. This is the feel good story of the college season so far, and I know there are plenty of people who want to see this team have even more success. End of Toledo 2021? [Insert video of Sad Titanic Flute playing]. If you like Field Goals, Toledo-Florida could be the best game of the season. The implications of this game were huge, as Toledo was looking to make a run to the playoffs this season through a non P5 conference. Toledo had started the season 3-0, even though they had looked shaky at times, and had the chance to launch their playoff run with a win against Florida at home. However, backed by their dominant run game and offensive line, Florida was able to pull off a double overtime victory on the road. This definitely damages the chances that Toledo has of making the playoffs, and deflates some of the self promoted hype, but Toledo still controls its own destiny. It is simple for Toledo. Win out. TCU rumbling on The Hype is real for this TCU program. Coach Danger has promoted his team heavily this season (as he does in most), and going into Conference play, this TCU team seems worthy of the hype. They have wins against talented programs out of conference in USC and LSU (who both considered themselves playoff contenders preseason), and have survived their first two conference games against Tennessee and Texas Tech. TCU hopes to finish their season strong, and not suffer from any lapses, as the pressure of the potential of playoffs creeps closer with every victory. Bears and Chiefs Surprise Starts Even the most optimistic fans of Chicago and Kansas City could not have seen this coming. Using different methods, the Chiefs and the Bears have both come out the gates at 4-1. The Chiefs have leaned on a very run heavy offense, that has prioritized ball security in the passing game, and an opportunistic defense. The Bears have gotten a good start out of Norris Brooksheer, despite shaky offensive line play. While the Bears haven’t faced an intimidating running back in their wins, the play of their run defense has been excellent. Both teams feel that they can make the playoffs, the Bears play a weak schedule to finish out the season, but the Chiefs face a more difficult schedule. Both teams have played duds of games so far this season, and will need to have consistent performances to continue their success. My Quarter Season Award Winners MVP/Offensive Player of the Year: Brian Brown MIA. It feels like Brian Brown had fallen away from the public eye to a degree these last few seasons. Quarterbacks like Christian Skaggs, Aaron Shea, Nick Hall, and Jason Johnson have gained a lot of attention in the last few seasons, at the expense of Brian Brown. But Brown is back this season. The addition of J.C. Weldon has proven to be one of the best picks in the 2021 draft this season. That’s a sentence that makes the Jets organization cringe. Brown is 5th in the NFL in passing yards, second in passer rating, and a ridiculous 13 to 1 TD to INT ratio. The Dolphins were unlucky to miss the playoffs last season, and this year they hope to take luck out of the equation in their chase for a trophy. Runner Up: Thomas Wheeler TEN, one of the best free agent signings in recent memory. Defensive Player of the Year: Carlos Washington PIT. It is strange to me that my leading candidate for this award plays for a struggling defense. But the rookie defensive end out of Michigan has come out the gates hot this year. He has 5 sacks, which is tied for 8th in the NFL, 1st in Tackles for Loss, and is tied for 2nd in the NFL in tackles. Oh, he’s also forced 2 fumbles and has a recovery this season. Not a bad start to his career. Runner up: Anthony Ortiz BUF. Is he the player you’d want to start a defensive line with the most right now? Offensive Rookie of the Year: J.C. Weldon MIA. Who gave Brian Brown a receiver? That trade was ridiculous at the time, and hasn’t aged well since. But this isn’t about bad trades, but about good plays. Weldon is first in his rookie class in Catches, Yards, and TD’s at the WR position, and has top 10 NFL numbers in each of those categories. Along with veteran receiver Greg Cobb, Weldon has helped Brian Brown get back into the MVP conversation, and he looks to dominante AFC East Defensives for Years to come. Runner Up: Denorris Jackson TB. Close battle for this number 1 position. DNJ may actually be more important to his team’s success than Weldon. Defensive Rookie of the Year: Carlos Washington PIT. See Above. Runner Up: Javier Grady/Josiah Harden DAL/ARI. It’s not really close but I needed to fill this slot. Coach of the Year: Coach Nmize KC. While I expect a different name to be here by the end of the season, Nmize has to get his props for getting an Erasmus McCready led team to a 4 win season. Will it continue? Probably not. Is it possible for it to continue? First of all, through God all things are possible, so jot that down. Giants terrible offense The Giants are averaging 6.6 Points per game. End of the Penn State Dynasty This isn’t a complete surprise to many people, including Coach Gravy. It’s not even completely disappointing either for the Penn State program, who lost the #1 and #2 picks in the 2021 NFLHC draft. With 2 losses, the Nittany Lions have most likely been eliminated from the College Football Playoff. But instead of mourning the end of this dynasty, the success of this team should be celebrated and we should look forward to a much more open season of CFBHC, with no team seeming to be as dominant as this Penn State team. Western Michigan and Illinois 2 of my favorite programs in CFBHC are Illinois and Western Michigan. What makes them my favorite programs are their coaches, FlutieFlakes and Jieret. Both of these guys are, in my eyes, top 10 college level coaches. Jieret made the playoffs with Western Michigan last season, and showed that his team deserved his place in the playoff. The Illinois team consistently has one of the best defenses in the the Big 10 and Flutie has crafted a unique identity for his squad. Neither of those two coaches have shown any indication of leaving their teams, but it would be interesting to see what they could do at a program like Texas (if it ever opened up). Panthers Struggles Christian Skaggs and the Carolina Panthers: The Panthers declared themselves as being all in before this season started. While they could still save their season in a weak division, they haven’t played like title contenders so far. Skaggs hasn’t played like an MVP candidate, and while his play isn’t bad, it is far below his normal standard, and he does lead the NFL in Interceptions so far. The Panthers have an opportunity of Thursday Night to try to get their season back on track, as they play a divisional foe in the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers defense has been bad this year, and their offense hasn’t been good enough to overcome it. While the NFC South is a flawed, and weaker division, the Panthers can’t be lethargic, because those Tampa Bay Bucs are a talented team as well. If the Panthers can’t find their groove again, their season could be in trouble.
  2. 13 points
    I don't believe either of you will win...
  3. 11 points
    inspiral

    [2021] Week 5 Headlines

    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Taylor Blasts CFBHC Banner as FAKE NEWS The CFBHC Banner refuses to acknowledges the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl win and 5-0 start to the 2021 season; in an interview after the game TE Bernard Taylor called the CFBHC Banner "FAKE NEWS" and said "just like my girl TSwift says 'haters gonna hate, hate, hate.'" Bernard Taylor's tweet after the game about the CFBHC Banner refusal to acknowledge Packers success.
  4. 11 points
    SageBow

    [2021] SSC: Week 4

    Week 4 is over! After a slight delay, lets check out the Stats Leaders! STATS LEADERS Passing Yards Tucker Dowden, - 1233 yards Elijah McManus, - 1189 yards Eric McLean, - 1088 yards Passing Touchdowns Elijah McManus, - 14 TDs Eric McLean, - 13 TDs Zack Cera, - 13 TDs Rushing Yards Ethan Newby, - 541 yards Trevon Yeldon, - 538 yards Jamal Trufant, - 498 yards Rushing Touchdowns Ethan Newby. - 9 TDs Evan Grant. - 8 TDs DeSean Madison, - 8 TDs Receiving Yards Artavius Hopkins, - 430 yards Deontray Clay, - 420 yards Tevin Lattimore, - 417 yards Receiving Touchdowns Artavius Hopkins, - 7 TDs Daniel Hobbs, - 6 TDs Parker Tripp, - 6 TDs NOTABLE TIDBITS Take a Bow El Chacko! The NDSU superstar led them to a huge win over FBS UMass Thursday Night. Artavius Hopkins is a force to be reckoned with. 10 receptions, 139 yards, and 3 Touchdowns in huge victory over Georgia Southern. He's got superstar written all over him heading into the next level. Another big win for Florida led by Ethan Newby. 3 TDs and 172 yards on the ground as he pounded through Kentucky's defense to keep the Gators perfect. Michigan and Lucas Benton slaughtered Liberty in brutal fashion. The Wolverines sacked poor David Clevenger 10 times, as the Flames signal caller was literally seen running for his life the entire afternoon. Down goes the Nittany Lions! Led by Khairi Bryant, the Buckeyes beat the reigning national champions in Happy Valley! Watch out B1G! MATCHUP OF THE WEEK WR Jarvis Ward vs CB Kenyon Justice Two true superstars clashed in SEC West Divisional Play. Lets take a look to see how they performed. Ward - 6 receptions for 45 yards, 1 TD Justice - 1 INT, 2 Tackles Verdict - Kenyon Justice Not many people can limit Jarvis Ward. Kenyon Justice is not people. The corner shut down one of the most explosive receivers in the nation all night long. Though Ward had plenty of receptions, he was largely limited in what he could do all night.
  5. 10 points
    wrigleyfan

    Early Season PAC-12 Award Leaders

    With the first quarter of the season in the books here are my early predictions and odds for PAC-12 individual season awards. Offensive POY: Donald Culver – (SR) QB Utah Culver has helped lead the Utes to a 3-0 start by throwing 10 TD passes to only 1 INT, both best in the PAC-12. He is #1 in completion percentage (68.1%) and #2 in yards per game (321.3). The Utes will need Culver to continue his level of performance to challenge for the PAC-12 crown. Current odds: 2-1 Trevon Yeldon – (JR) RB Oregon Yeldon has been dominate through 3 games averaging a conference best 179.3 rushing yards per game. He is #1 in yards per carry at 7.47 (min 15 carries) and tied for #1 in rushing TDs with 5. He also has 2 receiving TDs. As the focal point of the Oregon offense he should continue to put up monster numbers for the remainder of the season. Current odds: 2-1 Jay Arreola – (JR) WR UCLA Arreola leads the PAC-12 in catches (23), receiving TDs (4), and receiving yards per game (115.0). In UCLA’s pass friendly offense Arreola should continue to see the ball thrown his way the rest of the season. Current odds: 8-1 Offensive FOY: Bradley Hassan – (FR) QB Washington State Hassan has thrown for 266.3 yards per game with 8 TDs and only 2 INTs with the highest yards per attempt (9.63) in the conference. Current odds: 2-1 Israel Carlson – (FR) RB Arizona State Carlson has rushed for 140 yards per game and is tied with Yeldon for the most rushing TDs with 5. Current odds: 2-1 Defensive POY: DeSean Barkley – (JR) CB Colorado Barkley currently leads the PAC-12 with 4 interceptions through his first 3 games. No other conference player has more than 1 interception. Current odds: 2-1 Henry Negron - (JR) DE Washington State Negron ranks 3rd in tackles (20), tied for first in tackles for loss (3) and tied for 4th in sacks (3.5). Current odds: 3-1 Travis Napier – (JR) DE Colorado Napier makes the list as the PAC-12 leader in sacks with 4.5. He also has tallied 10 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Current odds: 5-1 Defensive FOY: Adam Gibson - FR DT California Gibson has compiled 3 sacks, 9 tackles, and 2 tackles for loss through his first 3 games. Current odds: 3-1 Alpha Goldman – (FR) DT Arizona State Goldman has compiled 2 sacks, 9 tackles, and 1 tackles for loss through his first 2 games. Current odds: 4-1 Special Teams POY: Sam Walsh - (SR) K California Walsh has made 9 of 9 extra points and 7 of 7 field goal attempts, including a long of 54 yards. He is currently the only PAC-12 kicker with made field goals of more than 50 yards (2 of 2). Current odds: 3-2 Jamari Turner - (SR) CB Oregon State Turner currently leads the PAC-12 with 2 punt return TDs. Current odds: 5-1 Coach of the Year Jim Henson - Oregon State Current odds: 4-1 owensr37 - Utah Current odds: 5-1 Franz Kafka - Colorado Current odds: 6-1 With all three coaches having their teams of to a 3-0 start, we would give a slight edge to coach Jim Henson right with the job he has done at Oregon State.
  6. 9 points
    All smiles in Jacksonville after the win over the Chiefs Week 5 is just about when the real ceilings of team become apparent--early season coaching missteps are usually corrected by now for main contenders, injuries are beginning to pile up, but not so significant that teams with a real chance are lost to the training table, and defenses are either figuring out how to defend bad offenses or they aren't. Call it the first REAL weekend of football. At least that's what I'm going with this week. Remember, if you don't like where you are in these Rankings...play better! Their Toughest Opponents Might be the Injury Report 1. Green Bay Packers 2. Miami Dolphins 3. New York Jets 4. Las Vegas Raiders The Jets were primed for an upset: scrambling QB vs. Grv, tons of injuries, no WRs to throw to besides Paul Howell…and the Jets pulled it out. Three more injuries to defensive starters put them seriously behind the 8-ball this week at the Dolphins, who look very much like a Ferrari approaching 6th gear, but with an injury question of their own in Marcus Barry. Green Bay is finding new and exciting ways to get emotionally invested in games each week, and the Raiders look like their singular mission is to get back to the Super Bowl (and maybe get Nick Hall an MVP along the way). Clearly in the Playoff Hunt, These Teams are One Injury Away from the Top Tier 5. Philadelphia Eagles 6. Tennessee Titans 7. Jacksonville Jaguars 8. Kansas City Chiefs 9. Chicago Bears The Eagles handling of the Saints in New Orleans was impressive on a couple counts, but it was no coincidence that it came with a healthy backfield. The Titans made minced meat of the Chargers, but yet another ding, this time to Tyler Jones, leaves the Training Staff as the MVP of the Tennessee sideline. The Jaguars, no strangers to exotic offenses, abruptly quieted the Kansas City cheers. Christian Barkley has not been asked to do much more than make a few throws and not turn the ball over, but he put the team on his back and threw darts. The Chiefs fell back to earth a bit, but they still have a solid cushion and a run-based offense that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The Bears beat the Vikings again, but three of there 4 wins are against Minnesota and San Fran—not the caliber wins of the teams just ahead of them. The NFC South is the Terry Crews Version of the AFC North 10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11. New Orleans Saints 12. Carolina Panthers 13. Atlanta Falcons 14. Dallas Cowboys Yes, I know that Dallas is not in the NFC South…but they really should be. They are the team that completes the South: run-oriented beasties that counter the slick-passing Panthers, edge-rushing Falcons, dual-threat Bucs, and airing it out Saints. So, for the purposes of this list, Dallas is in the South. Now…at this point, the South is a toss up, just like AFC North. Unlike the AFC North, all of these teams have legit playoff aspirations, and all would be favored by 10 points over any AFC North team. I give a slight edge to the Bucs and Saints, but only because their wins have been in-division and I think they have a bit more consistency (which is crazy to say) at QB than the Panthers and Falcons. If Dallas loses to the Broncos this weekend, they’ll be sent back to the mostly-pathetic NFC East. Slightly Above-Average Teams that Play Brutally-Tough Schedules 15. Houston Texans 16. New England Patriots The Pats are the best 2-3 team in the League, but they aren’t gonna win many more, because they have 6 more games against teams ranked higher than they are here. That, rightly, sucks for the Pats and Reggie Watkins. The Texans have shown some muscle at times, but couldn’t put it together for a home win against the struggling Broncos. And THEY play 7 more games against teams ranked above them here. That sucks for Leshoure and the Houston faithful as well. The other thing these two teams have in common: defend the pass and they have no answers. Who Freaking Knows?…5-11 or 9-7 is in the realm of possibility 17. Washington Redskins 18. Los Angeles Rams 19. Denver Broncos 20. Arizona Cardinals 21. Buffalo Bills The Rams, Cardinals, and Bills all had a bye in Week 5, which was probably good, considering what happened to the Redskins. The blasting at the hands of the Cowboys indicates that Tanner Bowman, as one would expect of a rookie, is going to have some terrible games. Accordingly, Washington is going to have an up-and-down season. I lean slightly toward more ‘up’ than ‘down’ for the Skins, but who knows. The Rams, clearly one of the more talented teams in the League, just hasn’t had a season they are used to, but have the ability to turn it on. The Bills and Cardinals appear to be identical entities: bright spots in a cloudy sky. But the Broncos are coming off a win at Houston that felt less like an aberration and more like a team (and a coach) that have shaken off 4 weeks of rust and are starting to play like division winners again. I know it’s only one week, but says here Denver walks into Dallas and beats the Cowboys for two in a row. ABSOLUTELY Should be in the Top Half of these Rankings 22. Indianapolis Colts 23. Pittsburgh Steelers These two teams are too talented not to be ranked higher. Yes, the Colts have the rest of the AFC South to contend with, and just lost to the Raiders. The schedule can be uncompromising at times. But, c’mon Colts—you have Aaron Shea in his prime. This is getting awkward. (DISCLOSURE: Colts beat the Broncos in week 1) And the Steelers should have walked away with the AFC North this season. They stole Chester Henson and had it all on a platter. Losing to the Patriots in London is only Example D of why this has been a massive disappointment in the Steel City. The Power Rankings are officially angry at both franchises for not being better right now. It’s Up to the Coaches to Makes Some Adjustments 24. Detroit Lions 25. San Francisco 49ers 26. Baltimore Ravens 27. Cleveland Browns 28. Minnesota Vikings 29. Cincinnati Bengals Baltimore, in their close Monday night loss to the Jets, showed some underrated coaching prowess, moving their secondary offense to the wishbone. That move gave them a real chance against the Jets, and opened Brett Fisher to have the best game of his career, albeit against a Gravy-coached team. That type of coaching innovation/adaptation/exploration will be necessary for all these teams, if they hope to be drafting outside the Top 5…let alone make a push for the playoffs. Kudos to Blake Shell and the Lions for getting win #1…boo to the Niners for not realizing they were playing Blake Shell and blitzing accordingly. The Best BAD Team in the League 30. Seattle Seahawks I’ll say it: the Seahawks are bad. Like, almost-lose-to-the-Giants-then-score-3-points-against-the-Packers BAD. And they deserve to be ranked here at present. But…I would wager on the Seahawks to beat the two teams below them, and half the teams ranked #24-29, so…I’m calling them the Best BAD Team in the League. And that makes them kinda fun or funny, in a way. Not Funny Ha-Ha, but Funny Uh-Oh. Who’s Getting a Win First? Answer: Neither 31. Los Angeles Chargers 32. New York Giants I now believe that, given their talent and schedules, neither of these teams will win a game this season. And then in week 7, when the Chargers beat the Broncos, I will bury my face in snow until March.
  7. 9 points
    Soluna

    [2021] Week #5 - MNF

    Could you imagine if they finally drafted a WR, you'd be so fucked.
  8. 9 points
    ImposterCauster

    [2021] Week #5 - FNF

    Can we talk about how Liberty's David Clevenger has thrown 10 interceptions in his past two games?
  9. 9 points
    alienufo

    [2021] Week #5 - FNF

    i like how georgia state had one completion but two receivers made the stat sheet because of a drop.
  10. 9 points
    believer

    [2021] NFLHC Key Injuries: Week 4

    Welcome to the week 4 edition of the NFLHC Key Injury Report! This week we look across the AFC and the dire receiving situation in New Orleans! Elvis Williams, RB, New England Patriots, Moderate Wrist Fracture The Patriots lose their best running back for a considerable amount of time. Williams is out with a wrist fracture that sidelines him until a possible week 11 return. The Patriots are currently 1-3, and Williams was a key source of offense. Williams has ran 64 times for 278 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots are looking to rookie Daniel Hutchins to step up and fill his role until then. Jonathan Goodwin, DE, Indianapolis Colts, Severe ACL Rupture Goodwin’s season is sadly over. The Colts’ top defensive end is done after rupturing his ACL in week 4. The defensive end was looking towards a solid season, as he racked up 14 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Now the Colts have to look at veteran Keyshawn Vance to step up in his stead. The talent difference between the two is considerable. The problem this poses for the Colts is if Vance can bring any sort of pass rush. Rodney Montgomery, WR, Kansas City Chiefs, Moderate Biceps Tear Attention Kansas City Chiefs opponents: Just focus on stopping the run. The Chiefs lose their top WR for at least 4 weeks. This is a huge blow to the Kansas City offense. Quarterback Erasmus McCready will have no one reliable to throw to outside of star tight end Spec Davidson. Prepare to see the Chiefs be carried (no pun intended) by running backs Terrence Rogers and Justin Buchanan. Sergio Miller, OLB, Las Vegas Raiders, Severe ACL Rupture The pipe is unforgiving when it comes to ACL injuries. The Raiders lose their best outside linebacker for the whole year. Miller racked up 4 tackles and 1 sack so far this season. Now the Raiders have to look at the combined effort of Jamie Price and Timothy Smith to fill that void. Outside linebacker is now the weakest position for the Raiders, and they will need to figure out how to infuse talent into that position. Carlos Warren, WR, New Orleans Saints, Mild Elbow Fracture If you’re a wide receiver and want to stay in good health, don’t play in New Orleans. The Saints are down to only 3 active wide receivers after the loss of slot receiver Carlos Warren. Warren is out until week 9 with a mild elbow fracture. The Saints did trade with the New York Giants for receiver Cotton Lewis in exchange for Patrick Lambert and a 4th round pick. The Saints will have to hope the duo of Cotton Lewis and Sean Jenkins is enough to generate any pass offense. One thing is for sure, running back Sterling Brown is going to continue having field days while the passing offense figures itself out.
  11. 8 points
  12. 8 points
    ZackTyzwyz

    [Shitbox Poll] Favorite Soda

    Didn't even list Root Beer what the hell kind of poll is this?
  13. 8 points
  14. 7 points
    ImposterCauster

    [2021] Week 5 Coaches Poll

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

    [2021] Pac 12 Recruiting Recap Week 5

    - USC Trojans - National Ranking: 9 (-) Pac 12 Ranking: 1 (-) DT Christian Callahan 6-3 331 Fr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] CB Maximillian Wilcox 5-11 164 Fr Long Beach Polytechnic ( CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] WR Wendell Causey 6-2 161 Fr Edison (Stockton CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed] OT Anthony McGregor 6-4 319 Fr Desert (Edwards CA) 3.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] FS Chase Clemons 6-1 189 Fr Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 1.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Austin Mason 6-5 272 Fr De La Salle (Concord CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] TE Jermon Donaldson 6-5 211 Fr Eastlake (Chula Vista CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Receiving] DT Janoris Lindsey 6-0 317 Fr Oakdale (Oakdale CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] QB Kevin Bacon 6-4 223 Fr Liberty (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] OT Solomon Levesque 6-2 321 Fr West Covina (West Covina CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] P Tristan Wagoner 6-0 178 Fr Williams (Williams CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] DE Tank Christian 6-1 252 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] CB Christian Stubbs 6-0 190 Fr Argonaut (Jackson CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] WR Robaire Holman 6-4 195 Fr Hilltop (Chula Vista CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Target] OLB Thierno Hyde 6-3 244 Fr Watsonville (Watsonville CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] The Trojans did just enough to remain in the top 10 of the national rankings as well as #1 in the Pac 12. They continued to bring in top-shelf talent this week by getting a 4.5 DE in Austin Mason. As a cherry on top, they also got 3.5-star punter Tristan Wagoner who looks to be a serviceable punter after a couple of seasons of development. The Trojans aren’t done yet either. We’ll see if they can bolster their secondary in the upcoming weeks by convincing CB Darren Tamayo and SS Ryan Smiley to bring their talents to Southern California. - Stanford Cardinal - National Ranking: 10 (+5) Pac 12 Ranking: 2 (-) RB Jeremiah Bonner 5-8 211 Fr West Valley (Hemet CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Power] C Uluwehi Seumanufagai 6-2 274 Fr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 1.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] WR Aboubacar Oates 6-0 184 Fr Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] DE Shawntez Solomon 6-4 241 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] DT Kofi Hyde 6-0 291 Fr Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap] CB Hakeem Grey 6-1 170 Fr Ripon (Ripon CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] WR Jake Britton 6-4 226 Fr West Valley (Hemet CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Target] OG Siaosi Louganis 6-3 314 Fr Golden Valley (Merced CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] ILB Mikeal Holman 6-3 221 Fr Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] OLB Alex Melendez 6-3 241 Fr D.S. Jordan (Los Angeles CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] RB Clinton Singleton 5-11 197 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Power] DT Anthony Benton 6-6 319 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] QB Julius Browning 6-0 213 Fr Pioneer (Whittier CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] WR Nijrell Delmas 6-0 181 Fr Long Beach Polytechnic ( CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] TE Grant Dye 6-3 195 Fr Ripon (Ripon CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] In my completely unbiased opinion, the Cardinal had a great week in recruiting. They got their first 5-star recruit in who knows how long and it’s a skill position at that. RB Jeremiah Bonner will look to leave his mark on Palo Alto over the coming years. They also managed to keep OG Siaosi Louganis from going to the uncivilized (dare I say “shithole”?) part of California (we all know I’m talking about San Diego) and get him to bring his pass blocking technique and large frame to Palo Alto. Oh, they also managed to move their way into the top 10 of the national rankings. Not a bad week. - Oregon Ducks - National Ranking: 24 (-5) Pac 12 Ranking: 3 (-) TE Jack Booth 6-1 218 Fr Dallas (Dallas OR) 3.5 of 5.0 [Receiving] QB Alex Gruber 6-2 213 Fr Blanchet Catholic (Salem OR) 1.0 of 5.0 [Hybrid] OG Grant Vanhorn 6-7 321 Fr Newberg (Newberg OR) 1.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] CB Chance Muse 5-11 190 Fr Dallas (Dallas OR) 1.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] DE Golden Grigson 6-6 255 Fr St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] ILB Ryder Gruber 6-3 235 Fr Salem Academy (Salem OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike] WR Shane Moffett 6-4 168 Fr Lebanon (Lebanon OR) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] Oregon drops yet again in the national rankings but still have a top 25 class. They did, however, snatch DE Golden Grigson out of the clutches of California this week. The 4-star lineman with the 5-star name is pretty much a giant at 6’6”, 255 pounds and will probably make his home state schools pay over the coming years for not paying more attention to him. I don’t expect the Ducks to fall much further, especially if they can manage to get OG Grady Baxter, OLB Theo Meade, and FS Brady Palumbo to wear the green and yellow. - California Golden Bears - National Ranking: 33 (-3) Pac 12 Ranking: 4 (-) RB Naiquon Barner 5-11 211 Fr Desert (Edwards CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Power] ATH Chris Darnell 5-8 159 Fr Southwest (San Diego CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Accuracy] ILB Phillip Randall 6-3 217 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Will] TE Benjamin Anthony 6-3 194 Fr Jordan Valley (Jordan Valley OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] SS Joshua Parris 6-0 179 Fr Avenal (Avenal CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] OT Jude Schmitt 6-1 310 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Ari Todd 6-2 276 Fr West Valley (Hemet CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] ILB Ben Wray 6-0 244 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] CB Zachary Riggins 5-11 202 Fr Argonaut (Jackson CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] DT Miles Poole 6-3 307 Fr St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] SS Marc Reid 5-11 186 Fr Manistee (Manistee MI) 1.0 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] K Solomon Ellsworth 5-7 206 Fr White Pigeon (White Pigeon MI) 1.0 of 2.5 [Power] Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of depth this week for the Golden Bears. None of these commits will really jump out and wow you, as they do all need some time to develop, but I do like that Cal went out and added some quantity to a very thin class that they had the week before. The Golden Bears are stretched quite thin when it comes to upper tier talent, but I’m expecting them to sign one or two more big names. OLB Finn Johnston anyone? - UCLA Bruins - National Ranking: 58 (-6) Pac 12 Ranking: 5 (-) FS Nathan Tolliver 5-10 196 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Cayden Pendleton 5-11 191 Fr Desert (Edwards CA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] RB Ualesi Maimoana 5-11 210 Fr East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Power] TE Sebastian Sands 6-4 196 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] CB Kai Wooten 5-9 160 Fr Fontana (Fontana CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] LS Noa Figiel 6-0 273 Fr Pioneer (Whittier CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Traditional] OT Richard Benton 6-1 294 Fr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] CB Nijrell Overton 6-1 162 Fr D.S. Jordan (Los Angeles CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] OLB Jordan Fay 6-3 215 Fr Desert (Edwards CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DE Ohanko Keene 6-1 246 Fr Serra (San Diego CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] This is where the Pac 12 starts to move into sort of a different tier of recruiting. We’ve officially moved out of the top 50 of the national rankings and were getting into the “middling” classes, for lack of a better word. UCLA doesn’t have a bad class by any means, they have more 4 stars then I can count on one hand, but you would like to see them move up a tad being in the oasis that is California. No new commits for the Los Angeles Bruins this week, but they are in the hunt for WR Wesley Davis and ILB Will Jennings, so I don’t think they’re quite done yet. - Arizona Wildcats - National Ranking: 60 (-5) Pac 12 Ranking: 6 (+1) RB Josiah Smallwood 6-0 203 Fr The Orme School (Mayer AZ) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] OT Julian Gilbert 6-5 305 Fr Desert Eagle (Scottsdale AZ) 2.5 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] CB Jerraud Collins 5-10 179 Fr Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Landon Wilkes 5-11 210 Fr Seton Catholic (Chandler AZ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] WR Demothi Kinney 6-0 187 Fr Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] OLB Filip Leach 6-3 228 Fr Seton Catholic (Chandler AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] One commit and it’s a pretty good one. The Wildcats are kind of in the same boat as Stanford in that they have a glaring need at wide receiver, so any help will do. Why not a 6-foot tall speedster? And I know you’re probably tired of hearing it, but at least they aren’t Arizona State… Look for Zona to make big pushes on ILB Jared Hansen and SS Ashton Richmond over the coming weeks. - Washington State Cougars - National Ranking: 61 (-7) Pac 12 Ranking: 7 (-1) OT Joseph Wheeler IV 6-4 305 Fr Shorecrest (Seattle WA) 2.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] TE Simon Lay 6-0 230 Fr Concrete (Concrete WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] OT Harry Barton 6-4 303 Fr Richland (Richland WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] CB Ian Gaston 6-0 185 Fr Mt. Diablo (Concord CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] WR Kieran Pollock 6-5 226 Fr Richland (Richland WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] ILB Thierno Streeter 6-1 241 Fr North Thurston (Lacey WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] For the second week in a row, no new commits for the Cougs. Now, I don’t know how they’re doing on depth talent, but Washington State does seem to be in a couple of trench battles over some highly touted recruits. They’re currently trying to wrestle OLB Finn Johnston away from his home state of California, with none other than California. Up north, they’re in a trench battle with the Huskies over zone corner Lawrence Colbert. I’m looking forward to seeing if they can pull away with one, if not both, recruits. - Colorado Buffaloes - National Ranking: 80 (+1) Pac 12 Ranking: 8 (-) ILB Noah Murphy 6-1 220 Fr Englewood (Englewood CO) 1.5 of 4.5 [Will] LS Andrew Abbas 6-0 255 Fr Middletown (Middletown DE) 3.0 of 4.0 [Specialized] DT Julien Baumgartner 6-5 283 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] TE Golden Clay 6-1 221 Fr Tecumseh (Tecumseh OK) 1.5 of 3.0 [Blocking] OT Rafael Parish 6-6 306 Fr Brush (Brush CO) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Coach Franz was in Delaware recently on a vacation that wasn’t football related in the slightest and happened across a high school where Andrew Abbas was snapping footballs through an 18-inch hole from 50 yards out. Abbas is now on his way to Boulder once summer comes around where he’ll be snapping to kick holders and punters from day one. Other than that, just a few depth signings. Look to see if the Buffs can manage to get WR LaRon Quarless to come to leave the Beehive State and bring his talents to Colorado where things are a whole lot greener if you catch my drift. (Did you know that current Utah law sets a limit of 3.2 percent alcohol by weight in beer sold at grocery and convenience stores and at establishments operating under a "beer only" type license, such as taverns, bars, and some restaurants. Quarless doesn’t deserve that.) - Oregon State Beavers - National Ranking: 124 (-1) Pac 12 Ranking: 9 (-) P Vic Smallwood 6-1 168 Fr Dallas (Dallas OR) 1.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] CB Makai Watson 5-9 188 Fr Mohawk (Marcola OR) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS Justin Moses 6-2 192 Fr Kearns (Kearns UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] LS Naiquon Lattimore 6-0 235 Fr Vernonia (Vernonia OR) 1.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] OG George Churchill 6-1 275 Fr Emery (Castle Dale UT) 1.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] QB Bob Foster 6-2 237 Fr Box Elder (Brigham City UT) 1.0 of 2.5 [Scrambling] DE Shawntez Robertson 6-5 247 Fr Payson (Payson UT) 1.0 of 2.5 [Blitz] Here’s a scenario, your class is ranked 123 in the nation, you sign 4 recruits and you still drop a spot. That probably means the commitments were not a big deal. Rumor has it, Oregon State’s coach doesn’t even show up anymore. They’re still 4-0 though, so I can probably shove this summary where the sun doesn’t shine. Enjoy it while it lasts Bieber fans because if this class doesn’t change soon that won’t happen again for a while. - Utah Utes - National Ranking: 125 (-) Pac 12 Ranking: 10 (-) TE Alan Luna 6-2 244 Fr Desert Edge (Goodyear AZ) 2.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] QB Maxwell Greenberg 5-11 197 Fr Kearns (Kearns UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pocket] ILB Ethan Cahill 5-11 219 Fr Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] CB Carlos Newsome 5-10 197 Fr Woods Cross (Woods Cross UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] Well, the Utes got another commitment, but still no big names. Maybe WR LaRon Quarless and DE Tristan Alvarado will change that. Pick it up Utes. - Washington Huskies - National Ranking: 129 (-) Pac 12 Ranking: 11 (+1) CB Geno Darden-Johnson 6-1 174 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] Congratulations, you have a commitment. The “You’re the only school in the nation with no commits” club - - Arizona State Sun Devils - *BOLD INDICATES NEW COMMITMENT
  16. 7 points
    Jumbo

    [2021] Week 5 Pac-12 Power Rankings

    One premier game at the top of the power rankings and lots of byes for the shit tier. Let's get to it. 12. Stanford Cardinal (0-4, 0-3 PAC) -- Still winless, the Cardinal continue to hit new lows as they lost to the Beavers of Oregon State by multiple scores at home (though at this point, that's honestly not terrible). Still, that BGSU loss keeps them in the basement at bare minimum at least until they win a game. Congrats on a top 10 recruiting class thus far, though. Next: Bye 11. California Golden Bears (0-4, 0-2 PAC) -- A 7-point comeback by Wazzu in the 4th quarter, including a 40 yard scamper by RB Bill Hoffman who'd been mostly contained to that point, resulted in a 4th straight loss for the Bears. What has happened to BLT? He has just 1 pick in 4 games and let up 8 receptions for 118 yards and a TD to Wazzu freshman 2/4.5 wideout Luke Sikuli. This can't be what Quasar expected to start like going into the year. Next: Bye 10. Washington State Cougars (2-2, 1-1 PAC) -- Congrats to ape on the win and all, but it was against a pretty unimpressive team in Cal and required a 4th quarter comeback to happen at all. This team is composed of a lot of freshman on offense so some struggles will happen, obviously, but a mix of some talented players on defense has been relatively disappointing as they've allowed nearly 30 PPG against a relatively weak schedule. Next: Bye 9. USC Trojans (1-3, 1-1 PAC) ↓3 The Trojans' offensive output against Arizona was pitiful. In fact, barring a 40 yard endaround from Marc Ponder in garbage time in the 4th quarter, USC did not score a point. Part of that can be blamed on QB Sebastian Reardon, who by all accounts did not look good in practice and looked even worse in the game, but RB Bernard Shook could have performed better to pick up the load while the Trojans' starter is injured. USC and 1-5 looks like destiny at this point. Next: Bye 8. Washington Huskies (2-2, 1-2 PAC) -- One week after looking pathetic against Arizona, Jake Davis looked a lot better in Oregon this week, putting up 300 yards and 3 TD against a solid Ducks defense. It was a close game, but Washington's defense could not handle Trevon Yeldon in any way, shape, or form, and Oregon pulled out with a close win. The Huskies go ahead of USC by sheer virtue of the close loss to a good Ducks squad (#qualityloss). If they can handle their next game, it'll go a long way towards conference relevancy this season. Next: vs Oregon State 7. Colorado Buffaloes (3-1, 1-1 PAC) ↓2 I figured it was coming, but Colorado was a bit exposed against ASU this week. The offense couldn't move the ball against a PAC opponent once again thanks to Latavious Murray's injury, but the Sun Devils (unlike Stanford) actually have an offense that can move the ball against good opposition and it showed. Israel Carlson moved the ball consistently and QB Parker Townsend added a long rush, and Elijah Corey wasn't good enough to move the ball. Evan Torres has been incredibly disappointing WITH Murray in the game, and looked even worse without him. Until Murray gets healthy I don't know how this team is going to win any games without significant help on defense. Next: Bye 6. Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2, 2-1 PAC) ↑3 ASU looked solid against Colorado, helped out by the aforementioned Murray injury, and cruised to a win with their ball control offense. They've got to be disappointed the matchup against USC came before Marc Lockwood's injury, since they'd easily win a rematch with them right now. This team is still relatively average, but I can definitely see a path to a bowl with only 3 PAC wins needed (I'm assuming they'll cruise past NIU). Next: Bye 5. Oregon State Beavers (4-0, 2-0 PAC) ↑2 Well, they did it. A second PAC-12 win in two tries. Past all my doubts that they could even hang with the bottom they've won their first two conference matchups for the first time ever. They're technically against 2 of the bottom 3 teams in the PAC, but that's still damn good compared to historical OSU squads. Lloyd Samuels looked great last year and he has continued that to over a 5 YPC this season. A bowl game is almost certainly happening, as they only need to beat UMass at home and grab one more PAC win. This team could easily start 8-0, but based on history I'm not going to crown them higher until they beat someone in the upper echelon. Next: @ Washington 4. #25 Oregon Ducks (3-1, 2-1 PAC) -- The Yeldons Ducks squeaked past Washington, with the defense surprisingly struggling against Huskies QB Jake Davis. Blake Martin had a pick and a sack to move to 3 sacks and 2 picks this year, but CB Tre'Davious Dikes was sloppy defensively. Following the loss to UCLA, if this team wants to take the PAC North they'll need to take care of business against the rest of the North teams in a more clear fashion than they did against the Huskies. Next: Bye 3. UCLA Bruins (1-2, 1-2 PAC) -- UCLA isn't budging from the top 3 next week barring an extreme upset from Eastern Washington, a team that lost by 35 to Washington State. They could easily end up sweeping through their remaining schedule, as I don't think there's any significantly hard competition remaining. But in this conference, they'll probably drop a couple of games. Next: vs Eastern Washington 2. #21 Utah Utes (3-0, 2-0 PAC) -- Donald Culver reportedly took the bye and relaaaaaxed, as he was spotted by locals at the local Massage Envy every day. That will hopefully get his arm back into throwing shape for this week's incredibly important game in Tucson. The Wildcat defense has been stifling, allowing just 11 PPG through 4 games, so he'll need to be at his best for the Utes to pull off the upset. Next: @ Arizona 1. #5 Arizona Wildcats (4-0, 3-0 PAC) -- If Arizona can pull off the win this week, they'll have already pushed off all of their main competition in the PAC South less than halfway into the season. The Wildcats defense as mentioned before is great, but their secondary can be exploited by good QBs such as Utes QB Donald Culver. The Wildcats cruised to a win against USC this past week, as USC's backup QB was... not good. Culver is much much better, and with his renewed health the Utes have a chance at the upset. I don't think the chances are high, as Arizona is healthy and this team is as complete as they come. Next: vs Utah
  17. 7 points
  18. 7 points
    Jieret

    [2021] MAC Recruiting Numbers

    So I got bored, didn't feel like working on my normal media stuff, made a recruit commit spreadsheet, and fell WAY down the rabbit hole. So I had to share this so I could justify my life over the last eight hours or so. This isn't to step on @TazerMan's excellent recruiting analysis articles (of which he really should publish the latest one...), but a pure look at MAC croot numbers. Accio tl;dr chart! Offense Defense Special Teams/ATH All commits Position-neutral Ratings** # of commits Total # of Stars Avg Stars/ commit # of commits Total # of Stars Avg Stars/ commit # of commits Total # of Stars Avg Stars/ commit Total # of Stars Avg Stars/ commit Tot. Rating* Avg. Rating* Total Commits Akron 23 10 32.0 3.20 8 25.0 3.13 5 17.0 3.40 74.0 3.22 66.0 2.87 Ball State 6 3 11.0 3.67 3 10.5 3.50 0 0.0 0.00 21.5 3.58 22.8 3.79 Bowling Green 4 1 3.0 3.00 2 5.5 2.75 1 3.0 3.00 11.5 2.88 11.3 2.81 Buffalo 3 2 7.0 3.50 1 3.5 3.50 0 0.0 0.00 10.5 3.50 8.8 2.92 Central Michigan 7 4 13.5 3.38 3 10.5 3.50 0 0.0 0.00 24.0 3.43 19.5 2.79 Eastern Michigan 19 7 21.0 3.00 8 24.5 3.06 4 11.5 2.88 57.0 3.00 53.5 2.82 Kent State 2 0 0.0 0.00 2 8.5 4.25 0 0.0 0.00 8.5 4.25 6.3 3.13 Miami (OH) 3 1 3.0 3.00 2 7.0 3.50 0 0.0 0.00 10.0 3.33 8.5 2.83 Northern Illinois 5 4 12.0 3.00 1 3.0 3.00 0 0.0 0.00 15.0 3.00 16.5 3.30 Ohio 3 3 10.5 3.50 0 0.0 0.00 0 0.0 0.00 10.5 3.50 12.3 4.08 Toledo 7 5 17.5 3.50 2 9.0 4.50 0 0.0 0.00 26.5 3.79 25.8 3.68 Western Michigan 14 7 26.0 3.71 7 25.5 3.64 0 0.0 0.00 51.5 3.68 46.8 3.34 *Rating refers to the CFBHC Team rating player formula: Player rating = Skill + (Potential/2). Higher rating indicates readiness of player to start. It does NOT necessarily indicate probability of long-term success. **Position-neutral does not adjust for player position, i.e. a Kicker is considered as valuable as a QB. (I tried to include the positional adjustments as per the Team rating sheet, but it got really messy. Really messy. So they were excluded.) The full sheet is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wmlL77pxKCJyluKgN94KdW955pnXOCpf0h84FNoIfhw/edit?usp=sharing. You're welcome to copy the sheet and use it for your own conference or purposes. Features/Notes: A tidbit about each team, looking at the sheets: Except for a 4-star long-snapper, every signed recruit is a 3 or 3.5-star. The Zips look to be using this class to build much-needed depth. None of Ball State's signed players come from a home state, border state, or pipeline state. The only MAC school to not currently have a commit rated 3.5-stars or better. This is your school on coachless recruiting. Any questions? To this point, every commit is a 1/3.5. Central Michigan stayed close to home; only one commit is from out of state and he's from neighboring Ohio. The Eagles have the only Athlete in the entire MAC recruiting cycle. Quality over quantity? Only two recruits but they have the highest star average. All three commits are in-state players who will man the trenches on both sides of the ball. The Huskies also didn't venture far from home, with their only out of state player a medium-floor/low-ceiling tackle from Minnesota. The Bobcats have the highest average player rating (4.08), suggesting a tendency to go after polished high school players even if their potential is capped. The Rockets are third in the average player rating (3.68). However, their average stars per commit (3.79) is second-highest, so they have commits with 4 and 5-star potential and not just players starting at 2+ skill. (Or it could be both) The Broncos have currently pulled in the most wide receivers, with three. More numbers by position and potential. How are we doing as a conference? Offense Defense Special Teams/Athlete Ask away if you have any questions or comments!
  19. 7 points
    McWovin

    FAU Week Recap, Post-Game

    HC McWovin Great First week here with the team in Boca Raton. The family moved in nicely and the wife settling in to the warm 80 degree weather. *chuckles* But I do believe this team is a C-USA championship contender. We've had an exciting week here at the University, as we are now 2-0 in conference play and 2-2 to start the season. A tight one in Murfreesboro this past day as we squeaked in conference play. I'm excited for this upcoming season and I'm expecting a lot for my players. I know it's hard to come into a program when the season has already started but I think I'm fitting in nicely. I'm very satisfied with the game our boys played last night, and I want to give a shoutout to a few players in which I was extremely proud of. Gregory Crowder threw for a nice 270 yards with a couple TDs and an INT. Overall I was satisfied with Crowder's game except for the 57% completion. We'll be working on that during our bye week. Our players will be will rested for our next contest in Huntington, WV at Marshall. Tristan Rucker brought in a comfortable 105 yards with a sweet TD to finalize the performance. Sean Parham was close to triple digits as his carried for 89 yards with 2 TDs. Good Win to add to the resume. Boca Raton is rocking after the recent recruit 5.0 RB Rafael Larimer signs how letter of intent and signs with the owls. After that recruit and many more, the Owls jump to 67th on the recruiting team rankings, and we keep climbing it. Quinten Dickerson was also another recruit who recently signed. He'll be a great addition to the WR core. We have a some tough out-of-conference games this season such as Tennessee and UCF. They will be hard fought games but our players will be ready for the matchups and give it all they have. I'm really looking forward to this season and for this team to win some games. I love the energy here at FAU and from what I've seen from this first week I'm very excited to call FAU my new home. Salute the Hoot! I will now be taking questions.
  20. 7 points
    taffyowner

    [2021] Week #5 - TNF

    pipe too OP... pls nerf
  21. 7 points
    Franz Kafka

    [2021] Franz's Facts: Week 4

    Welcome to Franz's Facts! Your weekly home for tidbits, nuggets, statistical leaders, and the like WEEK 4 - STAT LEADERS Passing yards Taylor Heiden, TB - 370 Thomas Wheeler, TEN - 350 Erik Wegert, NYJ - 346 Rushing yards Ron Thomas, CIN - 140 DeNorris Jackson, TB - 121 Terrence Rodgers, KC - 109 Receiving yards Richard Wilson, TB - 150 Kevin Williams, TEN - 127 J.C. Weldon, MIA - 125 Tackles Willard McCready, DET - 8 Cameron Jonah, DEN - 8 Leigh Davey, LAR - 8 Sacks Ray McBride, CLE - 2.0 Charles Woods, TEN - 2.0 Ron Rice, JAX - 2.0 Penalty yards 109 102 92 Points 41 41 38 35 35 WEEK 3 FACTOIDS The high temperature this week was 88F Las Vegas, NV - 88 F - vs. The low temperature this week was 64F Minneapolis, MN - 63 F - vs. The lowest OL rating this week was 7.6 There were only six "severe" injuries this week. Half as many as last week Todd Hevesy, OG - Severe Elbow Fracture Marcus Ratterman, WR - Severe Concussion Tim Kassell, CB - Severe PCL Rupture Sergio Miller, OLB - Severe Achilles Rupture Adam Newman, SS - Severe Patellar Tendon Bruise Jonathan Goodwin, DE - Severe ACL Rupture Zero teams had multiple "severe" injuries Home teams were 10-4, improving over an 8-8 record last week All four losses were by four points or fewer. Kickers were a combined 41/59 this week 69% Two teams had a 300 yard passer/100 yard rusher/100 yard receiver Heiden 370/Jackson 121/Wilson 150 Brown 346/Barry 103/Weldon 125 The longest rush of the week was 61 yards Moussa Goode
  22. 6 points
    Darman

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    0-0 tie
  23. 6 points
    Rome

    [2021] Week 6 Fun Facts

    Did you know... RECRUITING ADEDITION? is the top class? I think you knew that. MOVING ON. leads the ACC with 6 5-potential players signed? Conference Face and coach Stormstopper has signed ONLY ONE player so far?! leads the in total recruits with 21? is the only C-USA team in the top 40? The future star QB is Garrett Cameron out of Chesapeake, Virginia? have a staggering 23 signees, but are only ranked 84? For reference, has 7 signees and is ranked 48th. 's coach sucked up for a mention of his future NFLHC player, Wide Out Booker Randolph? Owner of the worst logo, , has signed 6 wonderful players of a 3.5 potential? A nice base going forward for them. has still not signed a player? The has a staggering NINE schools in the top 25 of the rankings? leads the nation with a whopping 28 players signed?
  24. 6 points
    Offense and defense get all the love, and offense gets most of it. But there are three phases of the game, and special teams seemed to have an outsized impact on the nation's most exciting conference this week. Kickers were particularly high-profile this week--some in good ways, some in bad--and we saw punting make an impact too. (Sorry returners, you'll have your day sometime.) In this edition, we'll definitely talk about how each team fared on offense and defense, but the impact of special teams will get its own section. So with that in mind, let's talk about the games. Thursday Night Texas Tech 16, Marshall 13 Close call: Marshall's defense knocked back Texas Tech a bit, and the Red Raider offense struggled to get going for most of the game. A Cayden Gipson touchdown put Marshall ahead early, though Texas Tech would lead 9-7 at the half on the strength of three field goals. Texas Tech would not score a touchdown until Solomon McLaughlin (who else?) found the endzone in the fourth quarter to cap off a 25-carry, 115-yard day and put his team in the lead for good. Shutdown D: While the offense struggled to get out of bed in the morning, the defense had already eaten its Wheaties, laced up its cleats, and brought the wood to the Thundering Herd. They let up a touchdown in the first quarter, but Marshall struggled to move the ball for most of the game. Brandon Adler completed just 13 of 26 passes for 127 yards; he and Gipson combined for just 55 rushing yards on 21 carries. Those are defensive numbers that you'll take any day. You'll also take 3 tackles for loss, courtesy of Curtis Jones, Austin Callahan, and Hunter Cross. The Third Phase: Special teams matter, y'all, and that's going to be a theme down the line this weekend. Texas Tech couldn't affect the field positioning battle, as true freshman punter Richard Brock averaged just 33.2 yards per punt--that's the sixth-lowest single-game mark since that stat was tracked. This is the second straight season that punting has been a problem for the Red Raiders, and until it improves their defense is going to be playing on short fields any time the offense struggles. On the other hand, special teams worked in Tech's favor as well. Jayden McPherson hit from 28 and 35, but his 46-yard miss wound up being equal to the margin of victory--meanwhile, redshirt sophomore kicker Jeffrey Gauthier was a perfect 3-3 including a 40-yarder and a 45-yarder. Kohler injury: A run-heavy offense like Texas Tech gives its fullbacks a lot of work, and they'll be hoping that Isaac Kohler's hamstring injury isn't too serious. He's expected to play but be limited for the next month or two; look for classmate Walter Hatfield to pick up the slack. Next up: Texas Tech will look to win its third straight as they host Iowa State. First team to throw the ball loses. Saturday Afternoon Baylor 26, West Virginia 23 Gone Wilder: Lamont Wilder was the straw that stirred the drink on Saturday, hauling in 8 catches for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns--one right before halftime, and one to tie the game at 23 in the fourth quarter. With the run game nonfunctional (18 carries for 44 yards) and quarterback Caleb Olmsted struggling to find anyone else (he finished 21-36 for 241 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT), Wilder was the difference-maker in this game. Big Play Defense: While Wilder and Mohamed Mustafa (24 carries for 108 yards, 1 TD) were the only players to have a truly good day on offense, much of the credit has to go to both defenses for making big plays in big moments. Alex Whitney and Ezekiel Sewell combined for 3 tackles for loss, and linebacker Thomas Morton led the team with 6 tackles, an interception, and a pass breakup. And that's not to undersell how tough West Virginia made Baylor's offense's life: Aaron Pagan and Elvis Cornejo had a sack apiece, and a suddenly freshmanlike Caleb Olmsted threw picks to both Marquise Rollins and Lamont Carson. Both defenses also held strong in the red zone, allowing 2 touchdowns apiece while forcing 4 field goal attempts each. Which brings us to... The Third Phase: I'm not trying to call out Felipe Munoz. He's been a fantastic kicker throughout his career, and his 328 points are more than any Big XII kicker not named Chiaverini or Aguirre. While he's 1-4 from beyond 40 yards this season that could still be an aberration considering he was 27-32 his first three years. His missed 42-yard attempt on Saturday is not the only reason that West Virginia lost. But the fact that Baylor's Jesse Cantrell hit from 48 and 43 (and 30 and 27) is a significant reason that Baylor won this game. West Virginia's offense has enough constraints that it can't afford a kicking crisis on top of that; meanwhile, as Baylor's offense cools down they have to be happy that Cantrell has already exceeded last season's field goal total despite fewer attempts. Country Music Awards: The standing bet between coaches TuscanSota and smckenz3 is that the loser of the Country Roads Clash has to sing the greatest song of all time, and I'm sure you can guess which one I'm talking about. For reference, here is the Baylor head man himself singing it last year; we look forward now to hearing smackems's best singing voice. Hyde Out for Season: Baylor Offensive tackle Joshua Hyde appeared to slip while retreating to pass block and stayed down. He was unable to support his weight and had to be helped off the field. MRI confirmed Baylor's fears: Hyde had torn his Achilles and is out for the remainder of the season. Next up: Baylor gets a bye before their lengthy homestand continues with back-to-back games against Texas and Kansas State. West Virginia takes on Oklahoma on Saturday morning, for their part (ask Robert Price and Gary Baldacci about this game on that time slot sometime). Oklahoma State 35, Iowa State 10 Fast Start, Fast Finish: Oklahoma State's first-ever trip to Ames was a fairly routine one. The Cowboys took control of this game early, rolling up a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and a 21-7 lead at the half. While their defense never let Iowa State have any room to breathe or any room to get back in it, they didn't truly pull away until a 14-0 fourth quarter brought us to our final margin. Perhaps they were disheartened by losing their shutout bid against the Cyclones in the fourth quarter of last year's 30-7 win in Stillwater. Dunn Dunn Dunn: Jay Dunn could very easily have won OPOTW this week after hauling in 7 catches for 105 yards and a pair of scores for Oklahoma State to pace the team. It's kind of weird to say he was the MVP of the Cowboy offense when his quarterback threw for 4 scores, but the rest of Ian Baldwin's day (58.8% passing, 7.1 YPA) showed that his receivers' playmaking was what carried the offense. Even with Xavier Gant out, Dunn and Jeremy Bridges (3 catches for 79 yards, 1 TD) stepped up and more than made up for his absence. And, of course, don't forget about Barack Holmes's 102 yards and a score on 20 carries flat. Too Early To Call: Oklahoma State has been taking names on both ends of the field this season, ranking 6th in scoring (40.75 PPG) and 7th in scoring defense (12.25 PPGA). Their +28.5 margin per game is more than 20 points better than the next-highest team in the Big XII. Pessimists will say that's come against Virginia Tech (a loss), Florida International (Florida International), West Virginia (having a down year), and Iowa State (inconsistent so far). Optimists will tell you that they're outperforming that schedule by a lot. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but my gut leans toward the optimists. Freshmen Will Be Freshmen: Iowa State's up-and-down offensive start continued as the freshman backfield fell back into struggle mode. Kofi McCullough did all right, ripping off a 37-yard touchdown run but not much else; he'd finish with 92 yards and the one score on 22 carries for the day. They'll usually need more than that to win because of the amount that they rely on McCullough for the offense, but he's pretty far down the list of culprits for the Cyclones. Quarterback Vaughn Sheppard, on the other hand, looked like a true freshman in his fourth career game out there--mainly because he is. He finished 11-25 for 105 yards and 2 picks, and his 63.28 passer rating is the second-worst passer rating by a Big XII quarterback this season. It's also the worst by an ISU quarterback since August Blank put up the literal exact same statline against Texas Tech late last year. The Third Phase: Special teams wasn't anywhere near decisive in this one. Oklahoma State's Ralph Hinson missed his only attempt (from 46), and Evan Shipley hit from 40 but missed from 44. Squall Line: Iowa State's offensive line rating by game: 7.3, 5.3, 6.8, 5.7. Iowa State's point total by game: 24, 13, 38, 10. You can do the math. Next up: Oklahoma State's road tour continues as the Cowboys ride up to Manhattan to take on Kansas State (more on them next). Iowa State, meanwhile, heads down to Lubbock for a matchup between the Fightin' McCulloughs and the Fightin' McLaughlins. May the better McRunningback win. #22 Texas 21, Kansas State 10 Run the Dang Ball...Effectively: Neither team was shy about putting the ball in their respective runningbacks' hands, with Simeon Wells taking 23 carries and Jaiden Givens taking 20. But the effectiveness, not the volume, of the run game was the difference here. Kansas State was consistently unable to make any headway against a Texas defensive front that looked like a completely different unit, as Givens earned just 40 yards on 20 carries. For comparison, Simeon Wells's touchdown run alone went for 67 yards--and if you take that out, Wells still had more than twice as many yards on the day as Givens. As a whole, Texas outgained Kansas State 169-40 in the run game. Pinpoint Accuracy: Both opposing passers had no trouble slicing and dicing the opposing secondary, each hitting a variety of receivers and each missing very few of his throws. Kyler Tackett completed 21 of his 29 passes, the third time in four games that he's been over 72% in a game this season. And those weren't just baby checkdowns, either; he threw for 260 yards and a pair of scores in the first quarter that gave Texas the lead for good. Murrell's accuracy was even better, which is more impressive considering the length of throw he was forced into on third downs due to the aforementioned run game struggles. He completed 22 of 27 passes, an 81.5% completion percentage--that's a career high by more than ten percentage points, and the highest completion percentage by a Kansas State quarterback since Marshall Newman's 16-19 effort against Iowa State in 2016 during the bowl run. That said, one of Murrell's five incompletions was indeed an interception. A Touchdown Every Time Out: Murrell and Tackett are both rewriting the trivia books (and maybe soon the record books), as they each continued their streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to start their careers. Rahim Murrell has now thrown a touchdown pass in all 16 games he's started, which is the fifth-longest such streak in Big XII history; Kyler Tackett has done so in all 17 he's started, which ranks 4th. Ahead of them are Brad Davis (18), Chester Brenner (19), and Norris Brooksheer (33 for 33). The Third Phase: Special teams didn't really have that much of an impact on this one, but until Simeon Wells's backbreaking run in the fourth quarter it very well could have. This was a 14-10 game headed into the 4th quarter, but the two kickers combined to go 1-4 on field goal attempts. Texas's Giovanni Esposito missed opportunities to put the screws on, which you can hardly blame him for because his attempts were from 48 and 56 yards out. Wildcat counterpart Martin Kay made his 28-yard chippie, but if he'd connected from 45 then Kansas State would have been within one possession even after the fourth-quarter touchdown. Next up: Texas's long road trip takes a break next week as they go on bye, but they follow it up with a 100-mile drive to Waco to take on Baylor. Kansas State, meanwhile, gets to stay home to take on red-hot Oklahoma State. Saturday Evening #3 TCU 13, #5 LSU 10 Felix Felicis: It wasn't the prettiest game for Felix Luck. 23-for-40 with 221 yards and a pair of interceptions is a tough statline to overcome in a win. But despite the adversity, despite trailing into the fourth quarter, despite a tough LSU defense, Felix Luck made the throws he needed to make when it came down to it--particularly on 2nd and 10 from the LSU 28 with the clock getting noticeably shorter with every passing drive. The call was play-action to Shamar Burroughs, and Luck sold the handoff well enough that the senior tailback was walloped at the line of scrimmage. But it also drew in the defense and got McHanna in one-on-one coverage. Luck said after the game that he was eyeing Finn Nielsen's side of the field to keep the safety from cheating over, and he delivered a perfect lob to the back shoulder to where only McHanna could catch it for to go-ahead touchdown. Throws like that are why Luck has earned the starting job, and he only needs to make one or two such throws per game the way the defense is playing. Lights Out: Speaking of which, TCU's defense is (to borrow a term from hockey) standing on its head. LSU had entered this game averaging more than 27 points a game and scoring at least 26 all three times out. TCU held them to ten. They made normally reliable Elias Allen-Hollis a nonfactor, holding him to 13-26 passing for 140 yards and 2 interceptions and sacking him twice. Kenyon Randall did break off a 40-yard touchdown run, but his other 21 carries went for a total of 45 yards. They held the Tigers to 3-14 on third down and, again, held them to 10 points total. This is the second opponent TCU's held to 10 or fewer this season and the third that couldn't reach 20 against the Horned Frogs. Their 15.0 points allowed per game is a top-15 rank in the country, but that's against a schedule that's included USC, Tennessee, Texas Tech, and LSU--absolutely no gimmes on that list. Rock Fights: Along with the 9-7 win over Tennessee, TCU has now won two games this season in which they scored 13 points or fewer. That ties a Big XII record with three other teams: 2014 Oklahoma State, 2015 Texas Tech, and 2018 Iowa State. The 2014 Pokes had a laundry list of future NFL players on that defense--Anthony Ortiz, Dewey Tomlinson, and Louis Peterson being among them. The 2015 Red Raiders went 12-0, did not allow a touchdown in conference play, and made the playoffs. The 2018 Cyclones made the playoffs over both participants in that year's conference championship game. That's good company for a defense to be in, and the ability to win consistently with defense can make up for offensive struggles. The Third Phase: Special. Teams. Matter. Both teams missed a field goal in this game, and the final margin ended up being exactly three points. That's not necessarily anything that William Finn should be concerned about; he hit his attempts from 42 and 26 and his only miss was an end-of-half desperation try from 55 yards. No shame in that. But Wyatt Abel's got to be kicking himself after banging a makeable 43-yarder off the upright in the third quarter. Those single kicks are never the only reason that a team loses a close game because there are so many plays on which a game can turn--but you sure would like to have them back when they don't go your way. Best Résumé in the Country: TCU didn't move up in the polls even with a win over a top-5 team, but they've done as much as you could reasonably ask for in non-conference play to boost their playoff résumé. USC was top-10 at gametime, and TCU played them with a healthy Marc Lockwood. Tennessee...well, they have talent and good coaching even though the season's looking like a bust. And LSU was a playoff team last year that remains a bona fide contender this year--and the pollsters didn't punish them for the loss, dropping them three spots and leaving the Tigers as the highest-ranked one-loss team in the poll. TCU will obviously have to take care of business in the conference season, but they will not lack for quality wins when decision time comes. Next up: TCU got their first-ever win against Kansas in a defensive struggle last year, and they'll look to go back-to-back with a trip up to Lawrence next Saturday. Byes: Kansas (2-1), Oklahoma (2-1)
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    Jieret

    New CFBHC Wiki Updates

    As many of you know, it's rough sledding migrating info to the new wiki due to the inability to do massive page transfers at once. We are instead having to copy/paste a lot of information. Therefore, this thread is to update as major parts of the old wiki are moved over.
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  27. 6 points
    Jumbo

    [2021] Week #5 - MNF

    We've let up 30+ to the Ravens and Bills at home, we just lost 3 of our starters, can't wait to see how our next game at Miami goes!
  28. 6 points
    TuscanSota

    [Week 5] College Gameday LIVE

    SURPRISE LIVESTREAM SEND YOUR GAMEDAY SIGNS NOW
  29. 6 points
    SlinkyJr

    [2021] Week #5 - SNF

    HIS NAME IS BLAKE SHELL
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    johnkirk

    [2021] Week #5 - FNF

    Loving the Sunbelt games. Seems like they all wind up to be brawls.
  31. 6 points
    ObliviousLAX

    ObliviousLAX

    1. Please list your email address and/or your reddit username at which you can be contacted. ObliviousLAX 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. The wiki is down for me but I'll read it as soon as I can 3. What team do you want to coach? UNC 4. Please select two backup teams (in descending order of preference) in case your first choice is unavailable. I was told UNC is the only one open currently so N/A 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 23, I finally went back to school, and I'm not as stressed as I was previously. I still live in Greenville and I figured I'd give this another shot. 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 only work weekend nights and only have 8 credit hours this semester so probably greater than 10 hours for sure. 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. All of my teams are still bad so I've gotten used to losing. I still watch them so I believe I can handle losing. 8. How did you find out about this site? If recommended by a friend, please post his/her username. I found out about the site back in 2014 on my first go around but grv convinced me to come back.
  32. 6 points
    Week 4 Recap Winners: 23-13 San Jose State, 27-16 Tulane, 49-48 (2OT) Pitt, 52-23 E. Michigan, 21-16 UM, 21-10 at GT, 31-13 LVL. 30-10 Texas Losers: 48-49 (2OT) at Wake, 16-21 at BC, 20-21 Duke, 14-24 Kansas State, 13-31 at Clem On Bye: (0-3) Players of the Week: Offense: QB Beckett Morrison, Virginia Tech - 21 for 26 (80.77%) for 302 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT (196.03 QBR); 2 carries, 18 yards Defense: OLB Jaeden Winston, Georgia Tech - 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 2.0 sacks Special Teams: PR Greg Brady, Syracuse - 89 PR yards, 1 YD Week 5 Previews Teams On Bye: Clemson (1-2), Louisville (2-1), Wake Forest (3-0), Georgia Tech (2-1), Virginia (2-1), Virginia Tech (3-0) Thursday Night Football Tallahassee, FL - Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-1) at Florida State Seminoles (0-3) Headliner: New England. Three games, three disasters. That's been the story of the Seminoles so far, but with redshirt freshman quarterback Brett England finally getting the start over Red Mosher, the offense will look to finally put something together. What better opponent than a Sun Belt team giving up just under 400 yards and exactly 30 points per game? Florida State's offense has been downright pitiful, averaging 247 yards per game, turning the ball over five times, and mustering a measly 13.67 yards per game. Does the offense find its groove, or will the Seminoles continue down this woeful path? Notable Injuries: WR Mateo Gates; none. Mateo Gates is still out with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 3. Gates was Mosher's favorite target, accumulating 10 receptions for 93 yards through three games as the #1 receiver in a very lackluster passing game. With Gates not expected to make a full recovery until Championship Week, Zion Barnes, with just two receptions to his name thus far, will take over on the outside. Player to Watch: CB Khalil Harrell. Arguably the best player on this rather porous defense, Harrell will be tasked with covering the nation's current leader in receiving yards, Red Wolves' receiver Artavious Hopkins. It's fairly obvious what the Red Wolves want to do on offense; snap the ball to Eugene Salas, dump it off as quickly as possible to Hopkins, and let the senior receiver do the rest. The 'Noles haven't been particularly great at getting to the quarterback through three games - they've only managed four sacks - so expect Harrell to be tight on coverage against the nifty receiver. Prediction: 20-31 . Arkansas State has proven that they can score points, but the Seminoles have far more talent on this defense, albeit younger and more raw, than the likes of any opponent the Red Wolves have played up to this point. While I don't expect a new breath of life in this Florida State offense, strides will be made with a quarterback with more upside and confidence than the downtrodden Mosher. It'll be closer than it should be, but given the state of the 'Noles, any win will do. Saturday Morning Football Syracuse, NY - North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-1) at Syracuse Orange (2-1) Headliner: Who's Halfway There? Syracuse and NC State have both taken a pair of wins from uninspired opponents after started out 0-1 against tougher competition (Colorado State and Washington, respectively). This meeting in the Carrier Dome should provide a further look at what both teams bring to the table, where they are in terms of their rebuild, and if either of these teams has a realistic shot at a bowl game. The Orange bring a rather deadly pass rusher in Boyd Pickett, the current ACC leader in sacks with 5.5, but State's Jamari Lloyd is right behind him with 4.0 of his own. Both teams have near-identical defensive stats; so even in fact that both teams have had the same exact number of plays run on each other (143). Which team can rise above the other and get to a very important third win? Notable Injuries: QB Jacob Eubanks, TE Elijah Scanlan; none. Whereas Scanlan remains questionable following a severe concussion endured in Week 3, Jacob Eubanks will likely return to the field despite suffering a moderate thumb sprain in the win over San Jose State last week. Eubanks put together the best game of his young career last week in spite of the sprain, leaving enough faith in the junior quarterback to start the game over senior quarterback Andrew Crockett. Player to Watch, NCSU: OLB Rory Foote. The youngsters have been stepping it up for the Pack in recent weeks, and the linebacker corp in particular will have their hands full between running back Aaden Trammell's legs, quarterback Christian Coates' arms and legs, and tight end Joshua Killian's presence in the short field. Rory Foote, alongside inside linebacker Solomon Mahan, has been fairly solid at keeping scrambling quarterbacks in check, recently taking part in a collective effort of containing Liam Carver and East Carolina's rushing attack (15 carries for 29 yards). Killian is #2 in receiving yards for the Orange this year, so Foote and Co. will have to be on their toes in keeping the junior tight end from doing major damage. Player to Watch, Cuse: ILB Aiden Saenz. There's no secret that the weak point in this Orange defense is at linebacker. Whereas other teams haven't been able to punish this weakness, the Wolfpack bring an improving running back in Keith Harley and a rather dangerous blocking/receiving threat in five-star tight end Dwayne Lawton. Thrown in a dangerous receiving threat in Felix Browning and the linebackers will have to keep sharp. The secondary is more than capable of backing them up, but little to no yardage is better than 5-6 yards per play. Prediction: 27-26 . These two teams have been near-mirror images of each other this year, but the NC State defense has fewer holes/more upside than the Orange, and while Coates might be the best player offensively on either side of the ball, my gut tells me that NC State's young and rapidly improving front seven will hold up strong, giving the Wolfpack a very slight edge in the Carrier Dome. Pittsburgh, PA - Duke Blue Devils (2-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (0-3) Headliner: Putting Away a Demon. Duke comes into this game looking like the far better team, but there's one piece of history that can't be overlooked: the Blue Devils have never beaten Pittsburgh. Indeed, the Panthers have maintained a considerable advantage over the Blue Devils, winning seven out of seven games in the series. This year, however, the Blue Devils look primed to end that streak in dominating fashion; Duke looks to take advantage of a Pittsburgh team that is nearly down and out for the count after losing to Wake in two overtimes last week. Can Messiah Winston and the Panthers awake from their slumber to keep the streak? Or will the Blue Devils finally conquer one of their Coastal demons? Notable Injuries: TE Ahmed Guinn, SS Jordan Reeves, ILB K.K. Sykes; WR Franklin Pineda. Duke hasn't been lucky with injuries thus far, with Reeves being out for the season with a severe ACL/MCL rupture suffered in the loss to Western Michigan. Guinn is questionable but isn't expected to play through severe hamstring tendonitis. K.K. Sykes, the latest victim to the injury bug, will be out for the next two weeks with moderate hamstring tendonities, with sophomore Willy Reilly taking the starting spot in his place. The Panthers will sorely miss the presence of leading receiver Frankin Pineda, who left the game against Wake with a moderate foot fracture. Pineda is expected to be out for the next four weeks and isn't expected to make a full recovery until Week 15. Yikes. Kaden Torres takes over on the outside, with the senior receiver being 2nd on the team in receiving yards behind Pineda. Player to Watch, Duke: RB Christian Collins. One week after Kyle Palmer tore through the Pittsburgh defense to the tune of 109 yards on just 16 carries, Christian Collins steps up to the plate looking to do the same. Collins and Thompson have provided a powerful 1-2 punch that would combine to be fourth in the conference if they counted as one player, but it's Collins that gets the bulk of the carries. With the Blue Devils averaging 138 yards per game on the ground and with Pittsburgh giving up about 107 yards per game on the ground, the numbers favor Collins to have a very strong performance against a Pittsburgh team that's relatively weak on the outside. Player to Watch, Pitt: OLB Christian Cowart. Double-dipping with the CC names, but all jokes aside, someone in this front seven has to step up. While the Panthers have been notably aggressive in getting into the backfield - they are second in the conference in sacks - they leave themselves very open for nifty running backs to slip through holes and pick up 5-6 yards on average. Most of the backfield damage has come from a sack-happy defensive line, but the outside linebackers have yet to prove that they can reliably cover their blitzing linemen. After seeing the damage done to them last week by Kyle Palmer, freshman outside linebacker Cowart will have to atone for his mistakes in containing a very dominant Duke running game. Prediction: 35-13 . The streak will die for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, Pitt's offense is bound to struggle without their best weapon. The running game is very stale, and their best receiver is no longer on the field. The defense has shown sort of an ineptitude to stop the run, and while they can put pressure on Thompson, all the Blue Devils really have to do is run the ball. With Pineda, I'd expect the potential for another story, but Pittsburgh won't be able to score against a far better defense without their best player. Miami Gardens, FL - North Carolina Tar Heels (0-3) at Miami (FL) Hurricanes (2-1) Avoiding the Letdown. Miami went up to Chestnut Hill and played a good Boston College team very close, but they were unable to muster the offense to knock off the Eagles in what would've been a marquee victory for the 'Canes since their epic 2018 season. Now they return home to take on a poor but experience Tar Heels' side coming off a fresh 24-14 defeat to Kansas State. Miami's offense has put the M.I.A. in Miami since opening the season in dominant fashion, mustering just 26 points in a tight win over UCF and a crushing loss to BC. The Heels don't have as tough a defense to break down as BC or UCF, but Jason Ledford and the 'Canes are lacking in confidence on that side of the ball right now. Can they find it back to triumph over UNC? Or will the Heels get that evasive first win of the season down in the Sunshine State? Notable Injuries: none. none. I envy you both. Player to Watch, UNC: ILB Noel Stinson. With Ledford and the passing game struggling hard right now, expect Miami to lean on the reliable Ronnie Peterson. Enter Stinson, North Carolina's leading tackler and captain of what's been a rather lackluster front seven. Stinson has shown time and again that he can meet running backs anywhere in the second level, but he'll have to do more than just that against a very quick and elusive Peterson who, despite rushing for 300 total yards so far, has also coughed up the ball twice. Limiting Peterson or forcing a turnover or two - something the Heels haven't really done much of so far - could very well keep UNC in this game. Player to Watch, UM: FS Devin Hawkins. Let's go ahead and get one thing straight. North Carolina is going to throw the ball. All they do is throw the ball. Miami should expect them to throw the ball. The Heels have gone to the air on an astounding 86% of offensive snaps, and while quarterback Sebastian Norwood has a respectable 725 yards in three games, he's also completing under 60% of this throws and has turned the ball over a conference-leading seven times. Outside of Jayden Tinsley, his receivers haven't given him much help, and Tinsley is being covered by Akiem Pryor, who continuously proves his worth to this Miami defense. The rest can go to Devin Hawkins and a Miami secondary that has allowed a mere 191.33 passing yards per game. Prediction: 13-24 . Offense may win games, but UNC's offense tends to contribute more to the opposing team's offense more often than not. Expect more of the same here, with a turnover-happy Tar Heel side throwing it into a very sturdy Miami defense. Miami's offense should focus on getting their groove back, but I'm not entirely sold on them managing that in this game. Still, this should be a comfortable win for the 'Canes. Saturday Evening Football Chestnut Hill, MA - Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-2) at Boston College Eagles (2-1) Taming the Dogs. Had this game been a week earlier, the Eagles might not have had too much to worry about, but instead, Boston College catches Mississippi State at full strength with quarterback Ryder Shipman coming back from a moderate thumb fracture. That spells trouble given that the Bulldogs have two of the premier receivers in the country in freshman Nick Rawls and junior Ryan Childs, both certain to play on Sundays in the future. What can the Eagles do to slow down that vaunted passing attack? Can the Eagles keep up offensively if they can't stop the monsters out wide? Notable Injuries: WR Eddie Owens; none. The Owens injury matters more here than it did last week, with the sophomore receiver still being held out despite an upgrade to questionable in the injury report. The Bulldogs don't have the best of secondaries, but with the Eagles missing a pro-level receiver due to moderate hamstring tendonitis, exploiting that secondary becomes a bit more of a challenge. Player to Watch, BC: WR Ricky Cameron. I could list a thousand things that any particular player on this defense could do in an attempt to slow down Rawls or Childs, but realistically, Boston College is going to have to put on a show offensively if they're going to win this game. With Devin Ruff patrolling the front seven, I don't expect leading receiver Manny Ferguson to make too much of an impact this week, so the weight falls on the other guy, Ricky Cameron. I noted that the Bulldogs don't have the strongest of secondaries, and their pass rush isn't anything to get worked up on either. The Miles Carmichael-Ricky Cameron connection has been one of the best in the conference so far (but only 2nd-best on the team), and I expect it to bloom against the Bulldogs. Prediction: 38-31 . This game really should be an exciting one to watch, but the Eagles have been too hit-or-miss lately for me to have full confidence in them. The defense is only giving up 202.33 yards per game in the air, but Mississippi State is an entirely different animal. If the offense is more hit than miss this week, they can go toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs and might come out on top. If it's more miss than hit, then we'll likely see flashbacks of the debacle in South Bend a few weeks prior. Either way, I expect a more seasoned passing game from Mississippi State to emerge victorious.
  33. 6 points
    Lesson learned: football teams don't reach their final form after two games, and they're capable of shocking swerves this early in the season. That said, this was a particularly expectation-shattering week in the nation's most exciting conference. Not only did two ranked teams go down, but they went down hard. Not only did players like Christian Graham, Maurice White, and (especially) Kofi McCullough put up incredible performances, but they all got overshadowed by Solomon McLaughlin's Heismanesque day. Somehow, we exit the week knowing only that all we knew before was wrong. So let's talk about the games. Thursday Night Kansas 41, California 21 Kick, Push, Kick, Push, Kick, Push, Kick, Push, Coast: A week after a fiasco of a first half cost them any shot of beating Missouri, Kansas wasted no time jumping all over the Golden Bears. The offense fired on all cylinders, with red-hot Christian Graham throwing for a pair of scores and Rod Fulton rushing for a pair of scores before the half. The defense was stifling, with safeties Richard Clemons and Noel Barfield picking off Leonard Norris one apiece. Kansas took a 28-0 lead into halftime and never looked back. The Boys from Basehor: High-school teammates Jamari Callahan and Noel Barfield were all over the place on defense for the Jayhawks. Reigning Big XII Defensive Player of the Year Jamari Callahan sacked Leonard Norris twice and dragged Zachary McFadden down in the backfield once. He also pressured Norris into bad throws, which Barfield took full advantage of. The sophomore safety batted down a pair of passes and intercepted one. Laundry Day: The officiating crew wasn't happy with either team, throwing a total of 22 flags over the course of the game. Kansas got tagged for 10 penalties that cost the team 102 yards, the second-highest penalty yardage Kansas has racked up in a single game since the Big XII Network began tracking that stat (it trailed the 2019 Alamo Bowl, also a Kansas win). Cal's 110 penalty yards, though, are the most that any opponent has incurred against a Big XII team. Graves Out for Season: Kansas's depth crisis somehow managed to get even worse. Chris Burgos missed this game with a hamstring injury, and true freshman Bronson Graves had to be helped off the field after what appeared to be a knee injury. MRI confirmed that Graves had torn his ACL; he'll miss the season, and the school will apply for a medical redshirt for him. Next up: The banged-up Jayhawks will get a much-needed rest next week before playing host to a tough, tough TCU. Saturday Morning Kansas State 24, North Carolina 14 Ricky's Rules: The Tar Heels had no answer for Ricky Seau, who blasted off to a new career high in receiving yardage for the second straight game. He torched the Carolina secondary to the tune of 135 yards--the highest single-game total by any Big XII receiver this season to date. He caught both touchdown passes that Rahim Murrell threw, and his steady hands hauled in 7 receptions for the game. The oldest of the Basehor Boys couldn't ask for a much better start to his senior year. Le Petit de Poteet: True freshman Sammy Schuler made his presence known against the pass-heavy UNC attack. The 5-10 cornerback from Poteet, Texas, showed why Kansas State made him their #1 priority in his class: he intercepted Sebastian Norwood once, batted down another pass, and was a hound dog in man coverage throughout the game. His presence is going to give opposing quarterbacks pause when they try to throw to the boundaries. Greatest Streak: Rahim Murrell's had some issues with turnovers--his interception and fumble (recovered by the offense) being the latest examples. But he's been reliable as they get at making sure the ball gets into the endzone at least once. In 15 games, Murrell has never failed to throw a touchdown pass. Only four other Big XII quarterbacks can truthfully say the same: national champions Norris Brooksheer and Brad Davis, Oklahoma State legend Chester Brenner, and rising star Kyler Tackett. The Greatest is in good company. Parham Concussed: Strong safety Matthew Parham took a hit to the head while making a tackle and was immediately escorted to the sideline. He would not return to the game and was quickly diagnosed with a concussion. His status for next week is in question, but the team is optimistic about getting him back soon. Next up: Kansas State opens up conference play at home against Texas, and they'll look to get revenge after last year's 48-41 shootout loss. Saturday Afternoon Iowa State 38, #22 Baylor 7 Kofi McCullough Is Really Good: We've seen three games from the redshirt freshman that Iowa State's bet their season on, and so far that's been a pretty dang good bet. After rushing for 200 yards and two scores in his debut, he had a pedestrian second game. All that did was lull the haters (and perhaps the Big XII Network) into a false sense of security, and McCullough unloaded in his first conference game. He ripped off a 45-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter, scored three times overall, and totaled up 166 yards on the ground on 26 carries. He was the best player on the field (on offense), and with his offensive line paving the way there was no way he was going to be stopped. The damage he's done through three games: 76 carries, 458 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 6.03 yards per carry--which all rank 2nd in the Big XII, but we'll get to why later. Top Dog Tolliver: David Tolliver and Kyle Cunningham have had a friendly rivalry since they both broke onto the scene as freshmen in days of yore. Now as seniors, both rank among the top four in Big XII history in career interceptions. Cunningham is the conference's all-time leader with 21, but Tolliver got the last laugh head-to-head on Saturday. He made Caleb Olmsted's life miserable with a pair of pass defenses and a pick-six. He didn't blank Lamont Wilder, but he prevented the star wideout from having an outsized impact on the game. Dazed and Confused: After a two-game offensive start that left fans breathless with delight and opponents breathless with exhausting, Baylor came crashing down to earth. Hard. Miles Street earned just 70 yards on 21 carries. Caleb Olmsted completed half his passes for just 140 yards, throwing 2 picks in the process. They struggled on third down, in large part because their poor showing on first and second down set them up to fail. Outside of Lamont Wilder (8 for 82 yards) and a 31-yard Street run, the offense was in full gridlock mode. Poking the Bear: And while Baylor's offense was gridlocked, the defense was unable to figure out how to put the Cyclones back on their heels. Andrew Newton and Garrett Powers each had a tackle for loss, but apart from that the defense was largely playing catch-up and triage. You could point to Vaughn Sheppard's 119 yards on 13-23 passing as something the defense did well, but it's just not relevant when Iowa State ran the ball so well. One loss doesn't erase the progress that Baylor's made, but it sure does seem familiar given the course of last season's roller-coaster ride. Next up: Iowa State finally comes home to Ames for their home opener against Oklahoma State, where they'll look to cool down another red-hot offense. Baylor stays home (they won't leave Waco until week 10) and plays host to West Virginia in the Country Roads Clash. Warm up your vocal cords! #23 Oklahoma 27, Fresno State 17 If I Hit 'Em High, Hit 'Em High, Hit 'Em High: Oklahoma's defense did their best to rock Ryan Harris's world on Saturday, sacking the star senior four times on the day. Max Abel, David Kaiser, and Jeremy Green each had a solo sack, and Abel and Kaiser decided to team up on another one. Given that he dropped back 43 times some pressure was certainly inevitable, but a sack on 8.5% of dropbacks sure ain't nothin' to sneeze at. The pressure didn't lead to turnovers, but it did lead to Harris having to rush some throws and lower his completion percentage. Unfortunately, it also led to a thumb injury for him--though he's not expected to miss any time. The Usual Suspects: Maurice White and Eric Pope put together a couple of trademark performances. White rolled up 127 yards and 2 touchdowns on 26 carries, his 16th straight 100-yard game. (Note: there are a total of 10 Big XII runningbacks with 16 total 100-yard games, let alone consecutively.) Pope, meanwhile, stayed efficient through the air with an 11-15, 182-yard day that came with a touchdown pass to Ty Royal. His 182 yards were the third-highest single-game total of his career, and his 12.1 yards per pass attempt were by far a career-best. He also ripped off a 31-yard carry in the fourth quarter that set up the go-ahead field goal. In the Clutch: Tied entering the 4th quarter, Oklahoma locked in on both sides of the ball to make sure they came away with the win. A 28-yard field goal from Louis Dwyer put them ahead, a touchdown run from Maurice White extended the lead, and the defense kept Fresno State off the board for the entirety of the final frame. And that's just what Oklahoma does in the 4th quarter. When they enter the final frame tied, Oklahoma is 9-2 all-time; overall, they now boast 17 wins in which the entered the fourth quarter tied or trailing. Next up: Oklahoma's earned themselves some rest before they embark on a tough road-road-neutral swing: their travels will take them to West Virginia and Fort Worth before going down south for the Red River Shootout. Texas Tech 42, Boise State 17 Solomon McLaughlin for Heisman: Solomon McLaughlin's been a stud from the day that he stepped onto Texas Tech's campus. But what he did to Boise State's defense was beyond jaw-dropping; it was record-setting. The true sophomore set a career-high for rushing yards in a single game with 246. It's the highest single-game rushing total by a Big XII runningback since Arturo Pacheco put 290 down on Florida Atlantic in 2018; before that, you'd have to rewind to Sterling Brown's 294 against Texas A&M. Overall, it ranks 6th by any Big XII ballcarrier, and he scored 4 touchdowns on the ground for emphasis. On top of that, he also caught 3 passes for 32 yards, and one of his receptions was a screen pass that went for a touchdown. He's the first Big XII player to rush for 4 scores and catch a 5th in a single game. He's rushed for 34 touchdowns in 16 career games, which is already 12th in Big XII history--and he's on pace to break Sterling Brown's record of 75 by the end of 2022. He's also at 2277 rushing yards for his career, which only ranks 20th but is still a fast enough pace to pass Brown by the end of 2022. With Regard to All the Records He Can Break By 2022: Solomon McLaughlin's eligibility doesn't run out until 2023. Defensive Gadget: Curtis Jones got some experience playing just about everywhere last year, but he's settled quite well into his role as the starting right end as a redshirt sophomore. Through 3 games he's already recorded 12 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and (not to undersell it) a Big XII-leading 4.5 sacks. In other words, the 1.5 sacks he had today "only" matched his season average. Jones led a hard-nosed defensive effort that would have held Boise State to 10 points for the day if it weren't for special teams. Next up: No rest for the wicked, as Texas Tech will have to get right back up and get going against Marshall at home on Thursday night. Saturday Evening Virginia Tech 30, #13 Texas 10 What Happened to Simeon Wells: Texas's junior tailback looked like he'd made a star turn at the beginning of the season. He torched Houston for 184 yards and 3 scores, followed it up with a stellar 148 and 2 against New Mexico, and then...this. He toted the rock 21 times in Blacksburg, and absolutely nothing went right for him. He managed 76 yards, the third-lowest yardage total and second-lowest yards-per-carry average of his career. (Yes, Texas lost the games where he fared worse.) But just as bad as his inability to move the chains was his inability to secure the ball. He fumbled twice, losing both of them. Kyler Tackett's interception made it three Texas turnovers, and that alone put the Longhorns behind the 8-ball to begin with. High-Risk, High-Reward, High Burn Rate: Texas's defense made a point of getting after Beckett Morrison and the Virginia Tech offense. Tristan Priest and Jabari Fletcher each sacked Morrison, Samir Sneed picked off a pass, and Jaylin Dickens flew in to bat down another. But outside of that, Texas's defense was leaking yards and leaking points. Morrison completed 21 of his 26 attempts--over 80%--averaged 11.6 yards per attempt, and had a passer rating of 178.3 for the game. The run defense was better 95.8% of the time. That's not an arbitrarily picked number; Texas did well in stopping 23 of Virginia Tech's 24 rush attempts. However, it also gave up a back-breaking 33-yard touchdown run to Julius Whitaker that kept them from even thinking about just sitting on the pass. Yeah, But How Did Kyler Do: Texas needs to get a good game out of either Kyler Tackett or Simeon Wells every single game, or the offense is going to struggle. The verdict for Tackett: he did okay but not above-average. He was 13-20 through the air for 192 yards, threw a touchdown and a pick, took 3 sacks, and rushed for 33 yards. None of his receivers outside of Shaun Lyles were of much relief, and that combination's just not enough to overcome the toxic cocktail of bad running and bad defense. Credit to the Hokies, Of Course: This is the second time this season that Virginia Tech's taken down a Big XII team after their rally to beat Oklahoma State a couple of weeks back. This team came out to send a message, and that message was that Virginia Tech is a team to be taken seriously. It's one thing to edge a team that was in a coaching transition, and it's one thing to punch out the worst team Florida State's ever fielded. But to knock out a talented and nationally ranked team like Texas? That'll turn heads...as long as Texas doesn't turn out to be overrated themselves. Texas Doesn't Lose Like This Often: You can count on your hands the number of times Texas has lost a game by 20 points or more. But for the first time, you now need both hands. This was the sixth 20-point beatdown Texas has suffered in its history and the fourth since the start of the 2019 season. It's also the eighth time they've been held to 10 points or fewer in a game (though only the second time since the end of the 2015 season). This is the type of game that Texas isn't used to, and it'll be a test of this team's character to see how they bounce back from it. Gaines Will Miss 2-3 Months: Redshirt freshman Zion Gaines struggled to get off the field after missing a tackle, visibly pained and holding onto his upper arm. The team has announced that it was an injury to his rotator cuff and indicated a timetable of 2-3 months. The Longhorns' first backup is Jamal Robinson, who started as a freshman last year. He's more of a 1-gap guy, though, so Texas will have to decide if they want to go with him or go with top backup 2-gapper Evan Muniz. Next up: Texas will head up to Manhattan for their conference opener against Kansas State. The Longhorns lead the Wildcats 4-0 in the series and have outscored them 136-55--though Kansas State came awful close last year in a 48-41 shootout in Austin. Byes: West Virginia (1-2), Oklahoma State (2-1), #4 TCU (3-0)
  34. 5 points
    GK12303

    Independents Preview: Week 6

    Welcome to Week 6 Independents Preview! We'll be looking into each game and see how each team stacks up. Plus, I'll also be discussing my predictions on the games as well. Without further ado, let's get into it! New Mexico State Aggies vs Bowling Green Falcons New Mexico State has had a rough year this season, still looking for a win to add to their record this season. They're going up against Bowling Green, a team that's also had it's struggles but the future for them this season is still bright. Last week, New Mexico State had gone up against another winless team, South Alabama. They proceeded to lose that game to still be winless. One big problem that game and basically this season entirely has been that they've trusted their ground game possibly a bit too much. Shane Walker has been solid this season, recording 5 TDs but with them only being able to score on the ground, as their passing game hasn't been up to par, they've found it hard to be able to score at all. Plus, their defense has been lackluster. While they've been able to put up an average of 17 points per game, opponents have put up 11 points more than NMSU and without that defensive power, especially going up against a offense heavy team, it's going to be incredibly difficult for them to even have a chance. On the other side, Bowling Green has a underrated but very consistent offense and their defense isn't bad at all. DE Malachi McKnight leads the MAC with 7.0 sacks and players like Zack Odell and Brandon Lockheart have really been factors for this Falcons team and will possibly be the players they need the most out of down the stretch later on. New Mexico State Aggies 7 - 31 Bowling Green Falcons I feel like NMSU's defense is too big of a liability to hold off Bowling Green and their offense won't make up the difference at all. Army Black Knights vs Old Dominion Monarchs Army has been the best independent team this season. Exceptional defense (Compared to other independents) and the offense has taken advantage of defensive plays that they've made for them. They've been one of the highest scoring offenses out of all independent teams, scoring 30 PPG and only allowing 22 PPG. They also 11 TDs on the season, 7 coming through the arm of Caleb Leggett. He's also had the good luck of not relying on one receiver, having 2 WRs with 190+ yards and a TE with 200 yards. As for the freshman Nigel Royal, he's done an amazing job of protecting the ball. He's been able to run for 160 yards in 4 games with 4 TDs to account for with no fumbles at all. As far as their defense, they've all pitched in and did what they needed to do as 2 of their players are tied with the lead for interceptions and one of their players have the most sacks as of now in this season. As of Old Dominion, you can't say anything. They've been in a disarray this season as they've had little to no bright spots and no indication of improvement. Army Black Knights 42 - 0 Old Dominion Monarchs This game should be a domination for Army as Old Dominion will have no answer for their offense and Army's defense should have a walk in the park. UMass Minutemen vs Penn State Nittany Lions We've went from one of the best independents teams to one of the worst (besides Liberty). UMass has been nothing besides awful. They've just had a change of direction with their new HC and QB and E.R Coleman did okay for his debut as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 2 TDs but having 3 interceptions in a eventual loss to Bowling Green. UMass is already winless and it doesn't look like the Minutemen will turn their fortunes around. They have a very good reciever and a possible NFL talent in Nicholas Spence Jr. However, with no other talent that can help this UMass team become solid, it'll be hard to even compete a year or 2 for this team. As for Penn State, they're just 2 years removed from a national championship and how they've done so far is solid but still needs improvement. Even though they have a RB and 2 WRs that are certain to be drafted this year in the NFL Draft, they haven't been able to do a lot since they have a true freshman as their starting QB. To add on, their defense is very strong, just hasn't been able to put it together. UMass Minutemen 7 - 34 Penn State Nittany Lions I feel as this is the game Penn State needs to get back on track and a dominating win over a UMass team that has a lack of talent all over is what they need and what they will get, as UMass is overmatched in every position and every way. Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Norte Dame has been amazing this season but going up against a undefeated Wake Forest team is still a challenge. Brendan Lange has been the best thing for Notre Dame this season, having 8 TDs with a QBR of 137.42 which is good for a redshirt sophmore with a solid supporting cast. The biggest help to Lange is Thierno McGhee who has been Lange's favorite target this season, going for 253 yards with 2 TDs. As for their defense, that's where this team does good. Even though everyone is a senior except for Matt Church, they've all put in their fair share of the work and being that they're all seniors, they bring that experience and talent that they've brought throughout their college career. Their opponent is no joke however. The James Betts to Deshaun Pickens duo is very good and add that Abdoulaye Hawkins and Jacob Benson are very capable of stepping up when they can is just scary. Their defense has been solid as well and has held up their part through the first 3 games that they've had this season. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 21 - 24 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Even though Notre Dame has a solid team and they've shown that they can step up, I don't think they will be able to stop the streak that Wake Forest has kept. Wake Forest is simply just a step up on Notre Dame. However, this game will be close, as their offenses are way to good to be kept at a minimum.
  35. 5 points
    Lemme bend your ear for a minute. TB - 6th in rushing yards/game 6th in passing yards/game 6th in points scored 4th in rushing defense 1st in interceptions 1st in sacks Cameron Newhouse - Leads the league in INTs. DeNorris Jackson - 4th in the league in rushing yards Taylor Heiden -3rd in the league in QB rating (right behind Brian Brown) 6th in the league in passing yards (right behind Brown) T5th in the league in passing TDs (right behind Brown) 5th in QB rushing yards/game (Has Brian Brown ever carried the ball across the line of scrimmage?) This is all from a team that was picked 23rd preseason in Bingo's Power Rankings. A team that only one person picked to win the NFC South in Rome's preseason poll. A team picked by 9 people to finish in the "bottom 5". A team rated 24th in Bubada's NFLHC Team Ratings. The Dolphins have been the darling pick all year, and Brown has made a career of being "the guy". Picked 9th preseason in the Power Rankings. There's magic happening in Florida, but you're looking on the wrong side of the state.
  36. 5 points
    South Carolina had their second-lowest scoring output of the season to date, dropping their PPG all the way down to 53.75
  37. 5 points
    K3ndr!ck_L@mar

    [2021] Week #5 - TNF

    This FSU win once again cements the ACC as the best damn conference in the land.
  38. 4 points
    pumph

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    When I made the trade, I was thinking it would be about the 25th-28th pick in the draft. That it could be in the low-to-mid teens is juicy. I know you'll rebound, but playoffs will be tough considering the division you are in. Probably winds up somewhere around 17th-18th for us. I'd say I'm pulling for you, but that wouldn't be entirely genuine. Honestly though, other than this draft pick thing, and my pick at the start of 2020 that the Titans would be the next AFC team to win the Super Bowl, I'm pulling for the Colts.
  39. 4 points
    Bingo we literally play the Chargers.
  40. 4 points
    AzulCaballero

    [2021] Week 5 Coaches Poll

    Lmao what the absolute fuck, win handedly on both sides of the ball against a decent 2-1 KSU and drop a rank. Meanwhile I get jumped by Maryland who beat a now 0-4 Michigan State by 7. OU on bye and drops out of the Top 25 Western Michigan then enters the rankings, on bye, jumping Oregon who played well and won against a pretty stout Washington team. Alabama loses by 14 to #18 for their second loss already, drops to #16 Georgia squeaks by an 0-4 Tennessee squad with a mediocre offensive showing, drops one spot. What are y'all doing?
  41. 4 points
    stinsy

    [2021] Week 6 Fun Facts

    Rankings as of right now: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  42. 4 points
    Jieret

    [2021] MAC Power Rankings, Week 5

    Live! From studio B Everyone's Favorite Conference Network, it's this week's Chart of Dubious Value! Ladies and gentlemen, did you think there wasn't enough change? Were the not enough green and red numbers for your taste? We've got your fix! Remember, you should probably vote if you don't like your ranking. And play well. That too. MAC Power Rankings After Week 5 Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes) Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week 1 (47) #24 Western Michigan Broncos (3) 3-0 (2-0) W3 - 2 (45) #15 Toledo Rockets (1) 3-1 (1-0) L1 -1 3 (39) Akron Zips 2-2 (1-1) W1 +2 4 (36) Miami (OH) Redhawks 3-1 (2-0) L1 -1 5 (31) Ohio Bobcats 3-1 (2-1) L1 -2 6-tie (26) Ball State Cardinals 2-2 (1-1) W2 +2 6-tie (26) Buffalo Bulls 2-2 (0-1) W1 +1 8-tie (19) Bowling Green Falcons 2-2 (0-1) W2 +1 8-tie (19) Central Michigan Chippewas 2-2 (1-1) L2 -2 10 (11) Eastern Michigan Eagles 0-3 (0-1) L3 - 11 (8) Northern Illinois Huskies 0-3 (0-2) L3 - 12 (5) Kent State Golden Flashes 0-4 (0-1) L4 - Numbers of voters: 4 12 points awarded for first, 11 for second, etc. We don't think we've seen this before. A team ranked higher in the Coaches Poll ranked lower in the Power Rankings. Is it that Toledo has a one in the loss column and Western doesn't? Is it that Toledo's starting left tackle is out until Week 11 or so? Who knows? But the numbers are what they are, and so these are the results. We also don't think we've seen two ties before - we certainly don't recall seeing two back to back like this. Ball State and Bowling Green are riding the waves of good play to surf on up the rankings, forcing ties with Buffalo and Central Michigan respectively. We haven't forgotten about Akron. This season's MAC Team No One Can Figure Out (previous winners: 2020 Kent State, 2019 Akron) doubled up Ohio in the first half en route to a thrilling 40-35 win. The voters haven't forgotten either, shooting them past the Bobcats and a Redhawk team that barely fell to Air Force. This Week's Slate is a full one: Thursday Night New Mexico State (0-4) at Bowling Green (2-2)Ball State (2-2) at Central Michigan (2-2)* Friday Night Northern Illinois (0-3) at Kent State (0-4)* Saturday Morning Miami (OH) (3-1) at Akron (2-2)* Buffalo (2-2) at Western Michigan (3-0)* Toledo (3-1) at Eastern Michigan (0-3)* Saturday Afternoon Ohio (3-1) at Hawaii (1-2) The Network's Pick to Click: Miami (OH) (3-1) at Akron (2-2). A critical battle that gives the winner a big leg up in the MAC East division race. "If it's not MAC, it's wack!"
  43. 4 points
    ZackTyzwyz

    [2021] MWC Recruiting Update #1

    MWC Recruiting Update #1 After a wave of new commits from talent all over the county, it's time again to take a quick look at how the teams of the Mountain West are doing in recruiting this season. BOLD recruits are new commits since the last update. 1. Nevada (11th Nationally) SS Josiah Jackson 5-11 203 Fr Jackpot (Jackpot NV) 1.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] OLB Brandon Carr 6-3 224 Fr Galena (Reno NV) 1.5 of 5.0 [Coverage] TE Cristobal Estrada 6-6 199 Fr Mountain View (Las Vegas NV) 1.0 of 4.5 [Receiving] CB Damon Goode 6-0 198 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] ILB Alex Newberry 6-3 257 Fr Pioneer (Whittier CA) 2.5 of 4.5 [Mike] QB Tausa'afia Faletolu 6-3 208 Fr St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling] WR Traveon Currie 5-9 160 Fr Moapa Valley (Overton NV) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] RB Ashton Dyson 5-10 202 Fr Galena (Reno NV) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] FS DeNorris Wilson 5-11 195 Fr Las Vegas (Las Vegas NV) 1.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] 2. Fresno State (16th Nationally) CB Nat Bland 5-10 184 Fr Glendale (Glendale CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] OG Liam Souza 6-6 311 Fr De La Salle (Concord CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] P Alex Kauffman 6-2 179 Fr Avenal (Avenal CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power] CB DeAndre Burden 5-9 163 Fr West Covina (West Covina CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] TE Ian Wright 6-4 203 Fr De La Salle (Concord CA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Receiving] RB Shaq Wyatt 5-6 216 Fr Needles (Needles CA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Power] DE Larry Finney 6-1 254 Fr Gladstone (Covina CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] C Cooper Jones 6-3 249 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] WR Blake Coates 6-5 206 Fr Fontana (Fontana CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Target] 3. San Diego State (42nd Nationally) WR Cody Sharpe 6-1 216 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Target] P Chris Rodrigues 5-8 176 Fr East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] TE Jaivon Frazier 6-5 200 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] RB Mamadou Tubbs 6-0 190 Fr South (Bakersfield CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Speed] OG Mathew Chapa 6-5 332 Fr Acalanes (Lafayette CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] CB Jaiden Griggs 6-1 184 Fr West Covina (West Covina CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] ILB Zachary Main 6-1 243 Fr Pioneer (Whittier CA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Mike] DT Chance Chester 6-2 287 Fr Horizon (San Diego CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] 4. Boise State (44th Nationally) TE Owen Garber 6-5 198 Fr Bainbridge (Bainbridge WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] OG Gavin Stanford 6-5 265 Fr Sonoma Valley (Sonoma CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] RB Joe Carpenter 5-6 173 Fr Avenal (Avenal CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed] WR Nikolas McDermott 6-4 210 Fr East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Target] FB Kukane Tuaolo 6-1 231 Fr Bainbridge (Bainbridge WA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] OG Leonard Huffman 6-1 305 Fr Charles Wright (Tacoma WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] FS Carter Nash 6-2 184 Fr Lake Stevens (Lake Stevens WA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] QB Ian Rowland 6-5 231 Fr Bothell (Bothell WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling] SS Ted Harper 6-0 198 Fr Capital (Olympia WA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] DT Jerimiah Ivey 6-7 309 Fr Columbia (Burbank WA) 2.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] CB Albert Gann 5-10 177 Fr Renton (Renton WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] ILB Gustavo Saldana 6-1 226 Fr Montesano (Montesano WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Mike] CB Amari Early 6-0 196 Fr North Thurston (Lacey WA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] DT Derek Kennedy 6-1 291 Fr Bothell (Bothell WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] WR Eli Clay 6-3 158 Fr Avenal (Avenal CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] OT August Spence 6-4 296 Fr Bainbridge (Bainbridge WA) 3.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] WR Jhonny Avila 6-2 180 Fr North Thurston (Lacey WA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] OT Cole Casey 6-5 307 Fr Horseshoe Bend (Horseshoe Bend ID) 2.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] 5. Hawaii (52nd Nationally) P Lukas Metz 5-7 186 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Power] C Riley McCauley 6-2 259 Fr Kahuku (Kahuku HI) 1.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OT Levi Nolan 6-4 306 Fr Kamehameha (Honolulu HI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] DT Odell Wilson 6-7 320 Fr Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu HI) 2.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] RB Miles Logan 5-8 196 Fr Kamehameha (Honolulu HI) 1.5 of 4.0 [Speed] CB Rakeem Murphy 5-10 180 Fr Lahainaluna (Lahainaluna HI) 2.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] 6. Utah State (56th Nationally) QB Eli Holman 6-4 188 Fr Layton Christian (Layton UT) 2.5 of 3.0 [Scrambling] DT Jesse Eller 6-5 318 Fr Fountain Hills (Fountain Hills AZ) 2.5 of 3.0 [2-Gap] DE Harry Winter 6-6 264 Fr Independence (Glendale AZ) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] WR Tony Rhodes 6-1 200 Fr Cholla Magnet (Tucson AZ) 2.0 of 3.0 [Target] P Chase Duvall 6-4 183 Fr Golden Valley (Merced CA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Accuracy] OT Joaquin Redman 6-3 316 Fr Fountain Hills (Fountain Hills AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] DE TeJay Stinson 6-5 239 Fr Marcos de Niza (Tempe AZ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain] KR Willy Waldron III 6-5 199 Fr North Sevier (Salina UT) 1.0 of 4.5 [Hybrid] OLB Darius Mayfield 6-1 216 Fr Coronado (Colorado Springs CO) 1.5 of 4.0 [Blitz] LS Kahawai Mea'ole 6-2 274 Fr Hunter (West Valley City UT) 1.0 of 4.0 [Specialized] ILB Nikolas Sutherland 6-2 227 Fr South Summit (Kamas UT) 2.0 of 3.5 [Mike] WR Booker Randolph 6-2 165 Fr Judge Memorial (Salt Lake City UT) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] CB Terrence Minor 6-2 184 Fr Davis (Kaysville UT) 1.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] 7. Colorado State (73rd Nationally) C Miles Knowles 6-1 294 Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] DE Adam Anthony 6-1 244 Fr Columbine (Littleton CO) 2.5 of 4.0 [Contain] CB Tanquest Harden 6-0 189 Fr Wells (Wells ME) 1.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] OG Alex Olvera 6-5 291 Fr Aspen (Aspen CO) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] DT Shaun Hester 6-7 311 Fr Vian (Vian OK) 1.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] 8. Air Force (83rd Nationally) OT Marcus Comer 6-1 330 Fr Wind River (Pavillion WY) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Jael Olivas 6-4 335 Fr Eufaula (Eufaula OK) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] DT Frederick Stone 6-4 323 Fr Pawhuska (Pawhuska OK) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] OLB Ivan Rinehart 6-0 242 Fr Coronado (Colorado Springs CO) 1.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] OT Kayden Chisholm 6-2 279 Fr Okemah (Okemah OK) 2.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] WR Tyler Thornton 6-0 211 Fr Acalanes (Lafayette CA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Target] ILB Luka Scarborough 6-2 262 Fr Limon (Limon CO) 2.0 of 3.0 [Mike] QB Kieron Braden 6-3 224 Fr Grand Valley (Parachute CO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] SS Jaivon Finley 6-0 183 Fr Notre Dame (Lawrenceville NJ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] RB Nehemiah Dumas 5-6 228 Fr W.B. Travis (Austin TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Power] DE Damione Burroughs 6-3 252 Fr Stratford (Stratford OK) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain] FB Kahale Maeaeafeleasiolagi 5-11 216 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] CB Zac Jackson 6-1 177 Fr Sterling (Sterling CO) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] P Jared Justice 5-11 185 Fr Northeast (Macon GA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Power] QB Bobby Early 6-1 190 Fr Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey NJ) 1.0 of 2.5 [Scrambling] OLB Khalil Townsend 6-2 217 Fr Lincoln (Sioux Falls SD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] RB Matt Schilling 5-7 183 Fr Union (Tulsa OK) 3.0 of 3.5 [Speed] K Lorenzo Davies 5-7 176 Fr Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] LS Apelu Mea'ole 6-2 249 Fr Prestonwood Christian Academy ( TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Traditional] OG Xavier Munson 6-5 279 Fr Brush (Brush CO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] 9. San Jose State (86th Nationally) OT Avery Maurer 6-7 300 Fr Watsonville (Watsonville CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] CB Aaron Townsend 6-1 167 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 3.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] 10. UNLV (102nd Nationally) P Brendan Meier 5-10 202 Fr Douglas (Minden NV) 1.0 of 2.5 [Power] WR Larry Manning 6-3 162 Fr Liberty (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] C Iona Umaga 6-3 267 Fr Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] C Lakopo Fepulea'i 6-4 240 Fr Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] SS Calvin Sauer 5-11 185 Fr Jackpot (Jackpot NV) 2.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] LS Ivan Farrar 6-0 260 Fr Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] OLB Mohamed McNally 6-3 232 Fr Clark (Las Vegas NV) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] OG Jaylen Blanco 6-2 282 Fr Galena (Reno NV) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Jonah Higginbotham 6-4 267 Fr Las Vegas (Las Vegas NV) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] LS Dylan Mathews 6-0 259 Fr D.S. Jordan (Los Angeles CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] FS Marcedes Yancey 6-1 190 Fr Sonoma Valley (Sonoma CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] DE Aaron Burr 6-3 245 Fr Lund (Lund NV) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] ILB Adrian Ross 6-4 247 Fr Truckee (Truckee NV) 1.5 of 3.5 [Mike] CB Jahmir McKinney 6-2 202 Fr McQueen (Reno NV) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] 11. Wyoming (103rd Nationally) QB Marco Houser 6-1 233 Fr Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] FS A.J. Logan-Smiley 6-1 217 Fr Horizon (San Diego CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] ILB Alex Hirsch 6-1 223 Fr Orange Glen (Escondido CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] DT Elvin Mondragon 6-5 287 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] OT Ulises Crespo 6-2 320 Fr Elizabeth (Elizabeth CO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Maximillian Frederick 6-2 328 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] 12. New Mexico (111th Nationally) WR Alexander Pruitt 6-3 157 Fr Eden (Eden TX) 2.0 of 3.0 [Speed] QB Rafael Fraley 6-3 230 Fr Wylie (Wylie TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pocket] OT Greg Nickerson 6-1 329 Fr Sonoma Valley (Sonoma CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] WR Messiah Stanley 6-4 185 Fr Northland Christian (Houston TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] CB Bobby Beckham 5-11 188 Fr Bryan (Bryan TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Zack Condon Jr. 5-11 200 Fr Liberty (Bakersfield CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
  44. 4 points
    Isaac829

    [2021] C-USA Recruiting Sheet

    Thanks to Jieret for allowing other conferences to use his sheet. The 2021 Conference USA Recruiting Statsheet Will be updated every week as needed.
  45. 4 points
    alienufo

    [2021] Week #5 - FNF

    UAB had coaching poll votes.
  46. 4 points
    Jieret

    [2021] MAC Preview Show, Week 5

    Friday Night Ball State (1-2) at UAB (1-2) Last Week: (W at 30-22), while UAB becomes the first 2-loss team to… receive votes? (BYE) Injuries: None Attention please: we have an Ball State offense sighting. We repeat, we have a Ball State offense sighting. This leads to two questions: Where was this offense before, and will they be able to repeat it? The Cardinals were very successful against the Buffalo defense, and it seems to have started from their run game. Ball State was finally able to come up with a gameplan to unlock the running game, especially Austin Laws (24 rushes for 128 yards, 1 TD). But “the Drifter” Elias Carter helped out here too (6 rushes for 35 yards, 1 TD). Actually, Carter had probably his best overall game ever as the Cardinal ground attack increasingly isolated the Bulls secondary to his advantage (19 of 27 for 222 yards, 1 TD). They aren’t flashy passing numbers but they’re efficient numbers, and that’s what matters to coach @npklemm. The good news for an offense building up their confidence is that the Blazers don’t have a defense that scares anybody. Yes, giving up 51 to Michigan isn’t necessarily a surprise but 41 to Oregon State? They held Louisiana Tech to 277 total offensive yards and picked off two passes, but gave up three passing touchdowns. Ball State is better on offense than LaTech, and the only player on the UAB defense that should command extra attention from the coaching staff is DT Ashton Roland. There's enough inexperience on the Blazer defense that the Cardinals shouldn't feel the need to move too far from their preferred offense. The Blazers' offense is based around sophomore RB Lorenzo Deaton (60 carries for 258 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Fumble lost), but fellow sophomore QB Elijah Currie-Madison (48 of 71 for 535 yards, 3/5 TD/INT, 22 rushes for 94 yards) can't be a mere bystander. He will also need to play effective ball if the Blazers want to move the chains. In their two losses Currie-Madison took the checkdown reads constantly; he averaged only 6.75 yards per attempt. But in their week 3 victory over Louisiana Tech Currie-Madison had a more robust 8.8 YPA although we suspect a lot of that was due to the "run after the catch," after all it was their slot receiver Marlon Kimbrough who led the day with 7 catches for 102 yards and a TD. It makes us wonder if LaTech got overly aggressive playing the run against UAB. Ball State shouldn't need to sell out to hold Deaton in check, not while Isamaeli Afamasaga and Rashaad Malcolm are there to clog up the middle. Afamasaga had 2 TFLs and a sack against Buffalo, and while Malcolm's name didn't show up his presence was felt by Buffalo RB Denzel Porter who could only muster 62 yards on the ground on 15 carries. With UAB center Ned Schwartz unlikely to handle Malcolm one-on-one, it could create some overload blitzing opportunities for the linebackers. If the Twin Towers are causing havoc on the line of scrimmage it could be very hard for UAB to open clean running lanes, but perhaps more importantly it allows SS DeAndre Simms (12 TKL, 0.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 PD) to stay in a two-deep shell and support the cornerbacks rather than move into the box. Prediction: 24-16 Coach klemm looks like he found a scheme that suits Ball State. We expect that the Cardinals will repeatedly attack the edges of a UAB front seven that isn’t as physical as they are, with a few deep shots to Zarate-Lima and Amato thrown in for good measure. Likewise, the Twin Towers should put up some good numbers on the box score while frustrating the Blazers’ attempts at controlling clock. Bowling Green (1-2) at UMass (0-3) Last Week: Bowling Green made a heck of a statement in its first win (W at 35-31), while the Minutemen welcome a new old coach - whatever helps them forget the loss to an FCS school (L vs. 24-34). Injuries: None The beginning to this preview starts with the coaches. For the Minutemen, wandering coach @GK12303 returns in what is surely his last chance to show the collegiate world that he can stay committed a job. For the Falcons coach Popadom17 is still the head man even though rumors persist that he and the school may be parting ways, and this despite the Falcons upsetting the Cardinal in Palo Alto. With so much uncertainty surrounding the coaches, this game may straight up come down to the talent on the field only. We begin with UMass as they’re the easier team to talk about. They have two pro prospects on the offense in LG Thomas Turner and WR Nicholas Spence Jr. The offensive game plan is basically “get the ball to Spence.” QB Robbie McElroy has 577 yards, but a sub-50% completion rate and three times as many interceptions as touchdowns. Of those 577 yards, Spence (20 rec for 241 yards, 2 TD, 1 Drop) has almost 42% of them. No one else on the team has 100 yards on the season - either receiving OR rushing. It makes defending the Minutemen a simple proposition; can you limit what Spence does with the ball? Considering the multitude of holes up and down this roster, the answer is usually “yes” and the answer is usually in the form of knocking the crap out of QB E.R. Coleman. Coleman has been dropped 17 times, but with a OL rating of 3.70 it’s no wonder. BGSU DE Malachi McKnight has a primo chance to add to his 4.0 sacks on the season, and DE Maximus Avila and OLB Joshua Lyles will get their chances too. As far as a UMass running game… you did read the sentence where Spence is the only skill position player with over 100 yards on the season? And that was the stronger UMass unit. The lowest point total anyone’s laid on their defense is 34 - by the FCS North Dakota Fighting Chackos. Army dropped 42 on them, and Nevada ran up a 62-burger. They have a little skill at the back end with FS Douglas Graham and CB Jimmie Slaughter, but that’s really it. Opponents have converted 60% of third down opportunities against them. There just isn’t enough talent to have any confidence in their ability to stop opposing offenses. Prediction: 42-14 If it’s just a matter of talent versus talent then this pick is obvious. There just isn’t a phase of this game where Bowling Green can’t impose their will on the Minutemen. The main thing the Falcons will want to do here is stay healthy. Buffalo (1-2) at Liberty (0-3) Last Week: Problems familiar and not doomed Buffalo in their conference opener (L vs. 22-30), while Liberty… collected a paycheck, we suppose. (L vs. 0-66) Injuries: FB Christopher Heller - OUT (Severe Wrist Fracture) And now, the MAC Network presents: The Trouble With Numbers. In the pre-season, some analysts believed that Buffalo QB Blair Holcomb could find himself on periphery of the Heisman conversation. After three games he's put up some good numbers (57 of 88 for 796 yards, 7/1 TD/INT) - even if they aren't world-shattering stats, most would happily take them. But what's keeping him from being compared with the Tucker Dowdens and the Matt Joneses of the CFBHC world aren't those numbers, it's these: 1-2. Buffalo is stumbling out of the gates and it's primarily due to two other numbers: 4.73 and 7. The first is the Bulls' OL rating so far and the second is the amount of sacks they've surrendered. By way of comparison their 2020 line had a rating of 6.13 with only 9 sacks given up. The Bulls' OL struggles aren't something we've seen out of this team in a very long time, but it's something that was a giant question mark coming into the season (starting three centers will cause that) and we haven't seen any definitive answers. Holcomb really is very good, but if he has no time to stand in the pocket and make reads his skill doesn't matter. Fortunately the Bulls' opponent this week is one of the few that can't punish them for it. Actually, they wish they had Buffalo's issues - but more on that later. Liberty is in its first year of existence and that comes with all the warts and low-skill players you'd expect. On defense, that means their best player is 3.0 of 3.5 defensive end Warren Rose. He's also the only one on the Flames defense with a current skill at 3.0. That means that the Buffalo OL isn't at a disadvantage and should be able to give Holcomb time to find receivers. Khalil Stubbs (14 rec for 213, 2 TDs, 1 Drop) and Cristian Holguin (11 rec for 240 yards, 3 TDs, 1 Drop) will be able to pad their stats, and this provides a great chance for TE Xavier Frey to introduce himself to the box score. Meanwhile, Liberty QB David Clevenger looks at the seven sacks surrendered and sighs enviously. Clevenger was dropped TEN times in the Slaughter At Ann Arbor. 15 of 40 for 80 yards and 4 INT were his numbers for that game, and one can easily imagine the "chuck and duck" throwing form he assumed while getting plowed into the ground by the likes of Lucas Benton and Justin Edmonds. Buffalo's defense isn't as scary but it's more than capable of stifling the Liberty passing attack. In case you were wondering, there is no Liberty rushing attack. Liberty's leading rusher has 10 carries for 22 yards. On the season. Prediction: 49-7 Buffalo gets to work out their frustration and perhaps some kinks ahead of a tough game against Western Michigan. (Saturday to follow.)
  47. 4 points
    bingo415

    [2021] Week #5 - TNF

    Third week in a row CAL has severely injured someone on the opposition: two Achilles and an ACL #DirtyBears
  48. 3 points
    http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/19406-2020-coach-tuscansota-sings-take-me-home-country-roads-as-agreed-upon-in-country-roads-clash-rivalry/ I advise you skip to the 4min 50sec mark, for the most entertainment. Looking forward to hearing your beautiful singing voice, @smckenz3
  49. 3 points
    McWovin

    [2021] Week #5 - Saturday Afternoon

    Owls improve to .500!
  50. 3 points
    alienufo

    [2021] Week #5 - TNF

    Luke Cobb, WR - Severe ACL Rupture
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