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Matt Jones and his #4 Purdue Boilermakers continue the chug along to a B1G West division championship and possibly more following their 38-21 win over Nebraska on the road.


Things continue to click in Miami and the Dolphins were able to remain undefeated Sunday Night with a 35-19 win over the New York Jets. The acquisition of rookie WR J.C. Weldon seems to be just what the doctor ordered.


#12 Arizona bounced back in a big way following their surprising loss to the Utah Utes last weekend. Smacking the Colorado Buffaloes 45-10 behind an offensive explosion from QB Sam Parish and his weapons


Misfortune strikes again in Minnesota as the Vikings get beat down 45-11 by the Baltimore Ravens in their own house. On top of that, their already injury plagued team picked up four more injuries. Was that headline a stretch? Why yes...yes it was.


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  1. 64 points


    I would like to apologize to those that have been hurt directly by my words or actions over the course of their time here. Theres probably a much larger number than the specific person I'd like to call out but please know that I do truly mean it. In particular I'd like to apologize to @deandean1998 for harmful words I've said in the past. It was taken too far and I hope this apology reaches him even if he is no longer here. I'd like to thank to Darmam in particular for talking to me personally in a responsible and friendly way. If you plan to continue to enjoy this site he can be thanked far more than what it seems. I'll be instituting some rules and site changes over the next few weeks to assure a consistent and peaceful environment on this site. Please know that I've read every single "testimonial" posted in aliens channel and every single pm I received (both on here and discord) even if I did not respond to them directly. I will spend the next few months to focus on improving the user experience on this site as a priority and hopefully we can all help in this endeavor together. Darman has had some great ideas to improve communication and general morale on the site and I can't think of a better person to help me improve the weakest aspect of this community. To those who have chosen to leave I can honestly say I'll miss you. Not everyone is my friend but I've still known some of you for quite a long time. Yes Ted even you. To those who are staying I ask only one thing, please help me in my sincere attempt to improve the site and to make sure this continues to become the best possible place for people to escape their lIves for even just a few minutes a day. To Darman, thank you for your words and thank you for lIstening. You've done far more than you can imagine. Soluna
  2. 31 points
    Ryan White, Nordic Network Auburn, Alabama Social media’s influence on the sports world has never been greater. In fact, just today, all of the top Twitter trends happened to revolve around the world of collegiate football. So it should come to no one’s surprise that…. Twitter is changing tradition. Tonight, the Iowa Hawkeyes (2-2) travel to Auburn to take on the undefeated Tigers, in a battle that could shape the season for either team. Iowa, still reeling from a loss at Indiana last Saturday Evening, is desperate for a win, and will rely on the arm and legs of redshirt senior quarterback Mikeal Black to carry them to victory. Auburn, with National Title hopes, will look to their own promising quarterback – Marcus Black. The fact that both quarterbacks have the last name Black is entirely coincidental; Twitter superfans dubbing this the #BLACKOUT, as seen at the top of the trending list, is not. As early as last Wednesday, fans of both Auburn and Iowa began a friendly twitter competition, noticing the shared surname, and then comparing the two Blacks, and eventually, some notable alums weighed in. Heisman trophy winning running back, former Auburn Tiger and current Green Bay Packer, Jaz Durant, supported his former teammate: Meanwhile, a few others, of Iowa fame, threw their names into the backing of Mikeal: Recognizing the friendly rivalry between his two Minnesota Vikings teammates Jared Lee and Jacory Kessler, but also recognizing the charity work both Marcus and Mikeal Black do around their communities, Vikings wide receiver Aaron Ayala decided to expand the challenge, extending the bet from Jaz Durant, Jared Lee, and Jacory Kessler to the entirety of both fan Iowa and Auburn fan bases. Shirts for the game can be picked up at shopncaasports.com/BLACKOUT, or in a limited supply at the game tonight. Each shirt (pictured below) comes in sizes S-XXL, choosing Iowa or Auburn, and will take $19.99 plus applicable tax out of your wallet. The front of each shirt features a commemorative logo, featuring images of both Mikeal Black and Marcus Black, along with basic information surrounding the game. The back of each shirt is unique to each school, showing allegiance to either Mikeal or Marcus Black. With all of the surrounding hype, inspired by the competition between the fan bases, and by Aaron Ayala’s recognition of their student-athletes, the University of Iowa and Auburn University decided to come together to do something special. Iowa is no stranger to wearing different uniforms. They’ve experimented in the past, wearing alternates against Minnesota. Mikeal Black scrambles against Minnesota during their Week 4, 2021 matchup, donning an alternate "Midnight" design. But Auburn has yet to change it up. They haven’t even worn white unis at home before, proudly wearing their Navy Blues at Jordan-Hare since 2013. This week, social media has changed tradition. Auburn, as the home team, will be wearing white uniforms. In honor of the two QBs taking the national spotlight, Auburn will be wearing all-whites, with black and gray trim, with an emphasis on the black. They’ve even pealed the typical Burnt Orange and Navy Blue decals off of their white helmets, opting for black and gray. And Iowa will be wearing almost entirely black unis, with a light gray trim and a steal-like numerical pattern, and charcoal gray helmets. Following the game, all uniforms from both teams will be auctioned off, with the proceeds joining Aaron Ayala’s t-shirt sale donations to Marcus and Mikeal’s causes. Players from Iowa and Auburn enjoyed taking part in a special photo shoot surrounding their alternate uniforms. Pictured are action models, ILB Elias French (left, Iowa) and Sean Meade (right, Auburn) “I never knew a last name could have this much importance,” laughed Mikeal Black in an interview earlier this week. “Now the university president is reaching out to me – the Auburn University president.” No matter the result this weekend, Twitter has shown the good-natured abilities and the reach of college football’s culture.
  3. 24 points
    I am honored to be the next commissioner of the C-USA. I would like to thank all the C-USA coaches that voted and a special thanks to Rocketcan (FIU). I am replacing Isaac829 who was the conference commissioner since the beginning of the C-USA in 2018. I would like to take the foundation he built and maximize our potential as a conference. With coaching stability, we will continue to grow as a conference. I will do my best to produce media (starting with reviving the weekly roundup), ensure that every team has an active coach, and help with the site in any way I can.
  4. 23 points
    So at the beginning of the 2020 CFBHC season @TuscanSota had the brilliant idea that the losing coach of the "Country Roads Clash" has to record themselves singing John Denver's brilliant song "Country Roads". At the time I was thinking "Sure, why not I mean I have Mohammed Foster and J.C. Weldon and they are only Juniors, I'm not losing to him anytime soon." Yeah, well that didn't work out so well. Anyway - here it is in all its glory. A few things to note: 1. I didn't play an instrument, because I have 0 musical talent. 2. I definitely multi-tasked while recording this video, because who wants to watch me stare at the screen for 4 minutes? 3. The multi-tasking caused me to mess up in the beginning.. Oh well.. 4. It's truly 4 minutes of me singing, you're not missing anything if you don't watch..
  5. 20 points

    CFBHC swag

    I just converted to Mormonism. No swag though.
  6. 20 points
    You know, after every week I tend to feel inspired to boast about the vaunted teams in our rankings. There's always three or four fantastic performances from these teams that makes me want to write this articles almost immediately after the games are finished. This week though? These kind of performances were lacking. The big hitters on this list were off this week. A few more managed to fall out of the rankings with performances against conference opponents. There was nothing truly inspiring outside of a game or two. Oh, and let's not forget the massive controversy regarding one of our teams. This was a wacky week for the Bottom 10. Our Week 3 list is sponsored by Appalachian State University, who apparently wants to force involvement where it shouldn't be. Also included in our sponsors is, as always, Imposter Studios. Now on to our coveted list. *Disclaimer: this list is all satire and not meant to call coaches out for being bad or to hop on the circle jerk against people. This is my list simply to poke fun at teams for either being bad or for having very questionable results. 1. Charlotte 0-and-2ers (0-2) It was a quite week in the streets of Charlotte, at least on Saturday. There were no offensive lines to mock, no quarterbacks to praise/fear for, no defenses to watch painfully. It was a week of pure bliss for the football program, and that alone might be the biggest win of the season so far for the 0-and-2ers. Reality will reach the Queen City this week, however, as the 0-and-2ers take their talent to Boca Raton to take on the team formerly known as the Fighting Randy's of F-A-Yew. 2. UMess (0-2) Another highly-ranked team on bye this past week. After two interesting performances to open the season, the college football world might finally be posed with a rather difficult question. With the North Dakota State Bison, champions of the FCS two years ago and near-victors against Georgia Tech and ranked Nevada this year, coming to Amherst, could we finally see the FCS take down an FBS team? I'll give you a quick answer: no. North Dakota State is more of an FBS team than UMess is at this point. 3. Liberty Flamed Out (0-2) Liberty wished they could have been on bye after a riveting game against the good ol' Hilltoppers from Western Kentucky. The Riley West show took all the fire from this Flamed Out team out of Lynchburg, throwing for 376 yards and a whopping 5 touchdowns on this dimly-lit defense. Liberty's David Clevenger did his best West impression by throwing 46 times (one less than West in that game). Now all he has to do is work on the completion, touchdowns, and interceptions part of his impression for it to be perfect. We'll see how his impression comes along on the big state in Ann Arbor. 4. O-3DU (0-3) The Monarchs of O-3DU tend to crown someone else as their king during a game. This week, O-3DU went down to Houston and decided to crown Rice receivers Darius Watkins and Deontray Clay as co-kings, as the two receivers combined for 246 yards and 4 touchdowns against this royally bad defense. It's the third consecutive game in which O-3DU has allowed 35 points or more; coincidentally, it's the third consecutive game in which O-3DU has scored 10 points or fewer. They're well on their way to become the monarchs of our Bottom Ten rankings, although a date with the Charlotte 0-and-2ers might eventually decide that in the last week of both teams' seasons. 5. State of Kent (0-3) The State of Kent loves showing me what they can do to move their way up our rankings. One week after giving up 35 points in a 4th-quarter meltdown, the State of Kent showcased a more long-term meltdown, giving up an astounding 42 points in the 2nd half of their 48-9 loss to the Redhawks of Miami Ohio. In fact, it was at one point that the State of Kent actually held a lead over their in-state rivals, but they're determined to solidify their place in the Bottom Ten, and for that, I have to respect the State of Kent. 6. South Alabama Baguars (0-2) We all love a good scandal, but I will not stand for the screwing over of a Bottom Ten team. If Appalachian wanted to beat the Baguars (which they should've as it was), they could've done it without an ineligible player (who happened to be the MVP of this game). They didn't need him to beat the 0-and-2ers of Charlotte, so why did they play him against the Baguars? There are so many questions around that decision, but in the end, the Baguars failed to get a win and remain on the list. On the bright side, that win may or may not stick around for the Mountaineers? 7. UNLV Reb-Ls (0-3) At some point I have to stop punishing teams for losing to Oregon State. I can, however, punish teams for blowing a halftime lead without scoring any points in the 2nd half, as I did with the State of Kent earlier. The Reb-Ls were doing the impossible by beating the Beavers 17-10. Then the Reb-Ls realized what the bigger prize was. How else would they get name recognition if they were to leave this list? The Reb-Ls summoned their inner Kent and gave up 24 second half points in a 34-17 loss, sealing their place in the Bottom Ten for another week, thus letting the world continue to remember their existence. 8. North Carolina Tar Holes (0-2) It's a bit sudden to move the Tar Holes up two places after a bye week, but I had to account for the removal of the UAB Blamers and the Boys of Troy, and the following two teams in this list don't strike me as worthy of Bottom 8 status yet. The most inefficient offense in the Atlantic Coast Conference finds itself in what could be a reservation game for this list; they host the Kansas State Wildcats, who most notably got their hide handed to them by the Akron Zips. It's not often that we get a Power 5 stinker, but boy will this be a stinky one. 9. LolTech (0-2) Speaking of reservation games, it was LolTech who fell in a showdown against the Blamers of UAB this past week, thus earning their spot in the prestigious Bottom Ten while sending the Blamers off the list. The game itself was worthy of being on this list, with a combined four turnovers (plus a self-recovered fumble), three recorded drops, and some pretty awful passing from LolTech. LolTech went 50% in the passing game, converted 43.75% of their third downs, and converted 0% of the win. Next comes Rice. Next comes McLean. Next comes typical LolTech. 10. Florida State SemiNOs (0-3) Y'all thought I wouldn't put two ACC teams on this list, didn't you? I gave the SemiNOs the benefit of the doubt last week, but after another duck of a game against Virginia Tech, I couldn't resist the notion any longer. Red Mosher started at quarterback surprisingly, but his offensive performance was not-so-surprising. The SemiNOs have given up 30+ points in every game so far while only scoring a maximum of 16 points. Those are Conference-USA numbers. The SemiNOs are not a Conference-USA team. But the SemiNOs are playing a lot like one right now. Don't be the SemiNOs. Honorable Mentions: CC-Eww (0-2), Sinsee Bearcats (0-2), Boys of Troy (1-2), UAB Lamers (1-2), Georgia Southern-Not-State Eagles (0-2), Ineligible transfers (1-1, 2-0 if you count individual performances and not team performances) Editor's Note: Let me know what you guys think in the comments and what I can improve on when it comes to these. I'm always looking to improve the media I put out!
  7. 19 points


    It's my turn to apologise as well. The way I left was classless and uncalled for, and for that I am truly sorry. I do appriciate the apology as im sure everyone else does. If possible I would love to continue as the Cardinals head coach and OU can go to another deserving member. If not, I understand and hope everyone continues to enjoy the site.
  8. 19 points
    Just like the title says, I got curious about some info about the First Round of the Draft All-Time and decided to make some Pivot Tables and find some cool stuff. I will include my data at the end. What started this off was a conversation between Rome and I about what specific college team had the most first rounders (i.e. the irl 2001 Miami Hurricanes had like 8 future First Rounders on that team). That will be at the end, because I felt there were some other really cool things to go through before we get there. Let's get started y'all. College Teams with the Most First Round Picks. 1. Penn State - 13 t2. Florida State - 8 t2. Michigan - 8 t2. USC - 8 t2. Virginia Tech - 8 t2. Wisconsin - 8 3. Michigan State - 7 I don't think any of those schools are particularly surprising. What's maybe surprising is who's msising: Alabama (6) Ohio State (6) Oklahoma (6) LSU (5) These schools were close, but just barely missed the cut of the "Top" Teams. Top Positions Taken 1. Defensive End - 30 2. Cornerback - 29 3. Wide Receiver - 24 There's one glaring omission, Quarterback. There have been 23 QB's taken all time. And their prevalence is going down (5 in 2014, 4 in 2015, 2 each in 2019-2021). I think part of that is how reliable first round QB's tend to be. Of all the positions taken in the first round, the one with the fewest selections is Tight End with 4 followed by Free Safety with 5. What Positions Have Teams Taken the Most? This one is a little different. I decided to see what position each team has taken by year. Here's what I found: There have been 28 Instances of teams taking a Certain Position more than once in First Round History, of those: 8 were Defense Ends 7 were Cornerbacks 3 were Quarterbacks 3 were Outside Linebackers 3 were Wide Receivers The teams who have chosen QB's twice are: Chicago (Norris Brooksheer and Mohammed Foster) Cincinnati (Blake Shell and Joel King) New Orleans (Allan Taylor and Aaron Deveraux) Only once has a team taken one Position twice in the same draft: 2016 - Carolina Panthers selected DE Ron Rice at 11 and DE Kendrick Droughns at 13. Most Common NFLHC-CFBHC Pairings? In this section, we look at which NFLHC teams have taken the most players from the same College (unfortunately, there's 15 instances of 2, no one NFLHC team has taken more than 2 from any one CFBHC team) Baltimore Ravens - Texas Longhorns LA Chargers - Alabama Crimson Tide Cincinnati Bengals - USC Trojans Cleveland Browns - Penn State Nittany Lions Dallas Cowboys - Penn State Nittany Lions Houston Texans - Ohio State Buckeyes* Houston Texans - Virginia Tech Hokies Jacksonville Jaguars - Notre Dame Fighting Irish* Miami Dolphins - Florida Gators Minnesota Vikings - USC Trojans New England Patriots - Wisconsin Badgers New York Giants - Florida State Seminoles LA Rams - Penn State Nittany Lions Seattle Seahawks - Oregon Ducks The * indicate those two picks were in the same draft. In the 2016 Draft, the Texans picked both CB DeAndre Hawkins and OT Matt Bogle out of Ohio State In the 2014 Draft, the Jaguars picked both QB Kareem Taylor and RB James Bush out of Notre Dame. Which CFBHC Team had the most Picks in one Individual Draft? That honor belongs to Ohio State in 2016. Their picks were: 13. DE Kendrick Droughns to Carolina 14. CB DeAndre Hawkins to Houston 20. OT Matt Bogle to Houston 22. RB Marcus Barry to Tampa Bay And now, the Grand Finale: Which Individual Class had the Most Future First Round Picks (not including players who were a RS)? Unfortunately, we don't have one King at the top of the Mountain. We have: 2013 USC 2014 USC 2017 Penn State All with 7. Depth Charts: The 2014 Virginia Tech Hokies and 2013 Florida State Seminoles each had 6 players eventually taken in the 1st Round. 2nd Finale, Teams with Most Future First Round Players Taken (including RS): Again, no one team stands tall. 2014 Penn State 2015 Miami Hurricanes 2015 Michigan 2015 USC 2016 Miami Hurricanes All had 6. Depth Charts: 2016 Penn State 2013 Oklahoma 2015 Virginia Tech All tied for 2nd with 5 Players taken (including Red-Shirted Players) Addition: Most Players of a Specific Position Drafted by a School This was requested by @SlinkyJr. There's a new tab called "Slinky" that summarizes this whole thing. Essentially, is there a QB U, or RB U, etc? Turns out, kind of not really. There are 4 CFBHC teams who have 3 players from a certain position get drafted in the First Round. Michigan - DE (Ron Rice, Jared Self, Carlos Washington) Michigan State - OT (Tron Moses, Robert Haynes, Mike Woods) Virginia Tech - OG (Joe Farmer, LaMont Sherriff, Jason Osorio) Wisconsin - QB (Darrell Murphy, Erik Wegert, Lawyer Johnson) Additionally, there is one occasion of two players from the same CFBHC team that play the same position get drafted in the same First Round. Florida State - 2017: Grey Brown - Detroit Glenn Boyd - Jacksonville Link to Data: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1b1DLiyM-6Yat-5whaGurIpe5OTELJ9seS16qOcLn5vw/edit?usp=sharing I'm sure there's cool stuff I'm missing, so if you find something, point it out in the comments. I'd love to see what interesting data points I missed out on.
  9. 17 points

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

    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.
  10. 17 points

    CFBHC swag

    So I've been coaching a virtual Purdue football team for 3 IRL years now, and like most of you I didn't really have any connection to the school beforehand. I figured I'd get a memento so if I'm still kicking it 30 years from now I'll look back and reminiscence about the virtual gridiron. So here's my one Purdue thing proudly displayed in my livingroom: Anyone else ever get something based on their CFBHC/NFLHC team?
  11. 17 points

    [2021] Week 3 Power Rankings

    Justin Davis deflects an Aaron Shea pass Week 3 brought a couple of very interesting matchups and performances to the fore. The list of undefeated teams whittled down some, and a couple of previously winless squads got 'W's'. Who's going to stick around the top all season? Who's going to make the long journey up and down the rankings? Stay tuned, as this week we break the ranking apart for some tiered action! Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! The Undefiled 1. Green Bay Packers Pack are the class of the League, though one might have suspected a slightly more convincing win over the Luke Williams-led Cowboys on Monday night. A Green Bay-Miami Super Bowl would be amazing, but the Pack have to get past the über-hot Eagles and the in-division Bears. Miami : Jordan-era Chicago Bulls :: Jets : Isaiah’s Pistons. Can the Dolphins get over the hump of the Jets stranglehold on the East? Oh, and the Chiefs just keep winning. Terrence Rodgers is making a weekly pitch for the Pro Bowl…or is that the MVP trophy he’s staring at…? 2. Miami Dolphins 3. Philadelphia Eagles 4. New York Jets 5. Kansas City Chiefs 6. Chicago Bears One Loss, Feeling Pretty Good 7. Las Vegas Raiders 8. Carolina Panthers 9. Tennessee Titans 10. Arizona Cardinals 11. Atlanta Falcons I was going to label this the “One-loss Contenders,” but really I’m not sure that Arizona and Atlanta ARE contenders. They’ve played well, but the Falcons’ loss to Tampa Bay raised an eyebrow, and the Cardinals looked all sorts of lost against Tanner Bowman and Washington. Titans look legit and just had a stumble, ditto the Panthers and of course the Raiders. Damn, I hate the Raiders. Best Two-loss Team 12. Jacksonville Jaguars Why are the Jags here and not lower in the 2-loss Disappointments? Well, their losses are by 3 to the Titans and by 4 to the Jets. Yes, both were in JAX, which makes me wonder about the mental toughness of this team, but we’re going with the Jags as the best 2-loss team that will bounce back and challenge for a playoff spot. One Loss, Feeling FUCKING GREAT! 13. New Orleans Saints 14. Houston Texans 15. Washington Redskins 16. Buffalo Bills Absolutely all of these teams (yes, even Rome and the Texans) have to feel pretty amazing about being 2-1 right now. Saints are on top because their close loss to the Falcons showed lots of grit. They took Minnesota’s best shot and mostly parried it away. Bills got to Wheeler and took the Titans down a peg. Anthony Ortiz will absolutely win DPOY…he’s just been amazing. What can you say about Tanner Bowman other than wow! He was efficient versus the Broncos in week 2, and off-the-charts against Arizona. Two-Loss Disappointments 17. Indianapolis Colts 18. Los Angeles Rams 19. Cleveland Browns 20. San Francisco 49ers 21. Dallas Cowboys 22. Denver Broncos All of these teams are looking at the standings, shaking their heads, and saying “What?” Denver is the only team to win in Week 3, but looked awful in the first two weeks (though the Washington loss looks much better now, eh?). Indy ran into Carolina, and then got shelled by the Dolphins. The Rams have dropped two in a row without injuries to blame. The Niners got nipped by the Bears and then lost McBride for the season. The Cowboys actually played the Packers pretty tough, but are still staring at the Luke Williams era for a few weeks. I don’t necessarily expect any of these teams to remain down here for too long, but if they are still here around Week 6 or so, shouldn’t we just admit that they aren’t as good as expected? One Win, We’re Working Stuff Out 23. New England Patriots 24. Pittsburgh Steelers 25. Seattle Seahawks 26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27. Cincinnati Bengals “Working stuff out…” is almost too kind for the Bengals and Steelers, given their off-season front office turmoil, but it’s mostly apt for now. The Seahawks were lucky to hit the Lions without LeCount for a close win, or else they’d be lower. RJ Stanford, one week after looking like he belonged, crashed back to earth in a bloodbath. Bucs got the win over the Falcons, but need to show MUCH more consistency. One thing is clear in the Bay: DeNorris Jackson is a stud. I have absolutely no idea what is going on with the Patriots—are they the team that beat a no-gameplan Bengals by 30? Or the gang that got zipped by the Texans? Need a Win BADLY! 28. Detroit Lions 29. Baltimore Ravens 30. Minnesota Vikings 31. Los Angeles Chargers 32. New York Giants Lions and Ravens lost close ones on the road, while the Vikings put up 31 against the Saints and lost. The Chargers are beginning to show some life on offense, and it was good to see Easely make a stat sheet. The Giants could very well be in their own category of stink, but we’ll lump them here to avoid piling on. Out of these teams, I think the Ravens get a win first.
  12. 16 points


    You're welcome to come back. I didn't think it was particularly bad or any worse than something I said I just felt it was a sad way to see you go after over four years.
  13. 16 points
    Combining two weeks into one? Now we're getting spicy, except not really. In truth, the work schedule of yours truly had to override the ten suckers from last week's rankings, thus leading me to combine the past two weeks into this single ranking. Don't worry, I'll still let you know how last week shaped up seeing as there was quite a bit of movement. Perennial Top 5 team South Alabama found victory in the form of Bottom Ten-newcomer New Mexico State, earning them a one-way flight out of the Bottom Ten; the Jaguars decided to take it a step further with a second-consecutive victory this week, so the bags they once donned are long gone for the time being. That's really it for last week. Everyone else kept being themselves with either crushing defeats or very tight losses with other Bottom Ten contenders. Here is how the list looked last week: 1. UMess 2. Charlotte 0-and-4ers 3. Liberty Flamed Out 4. State of Kent 5. O-4DU 6. UNLV Reb-Ls 7. North Carolina Tar Holes 8. New Mexico State ALDIs 9. LolTech 10. UConned But wait! This list is super outdated! Week 6 brought not one, but TWO newcomers. LolTech found their way off the list after just three weeks, dooming another team to the Bottom Ten. UConned, in the meantime, disappears for a week simply because their football literally disappeared from the playing field. So who takes over and joins this small group of prestigious teams? Find out below. This week's list is presented by the great folks at Great Value, providing discount products at discounted prices! There's even Great Value products of Great Value products! Also included in our sponsors is, as always, Imposter Studios. Now on to our coveted list. *Disclaimer: this list is all satire and not meant to call out coaches for being bad or to hop on the circle jerk against people. This is my list simply to poke fun at teams for either being bad or for having very questionable results. 1. UMess (0-5) We're nearly halfway through the season, and UMess is approaching some seldom-charted waters. There have been a few instances where a team wins a game over the span of two seasons, but to go two full seasons without putting a "1" in the win column? That's increasingly rare, but after back-to-back blowout defeats to Bowling Green (45-24 in Amherst) and Penn State (66-0 in Happy Valley). the opportunities for a win are quickly fading. A trifecta of Sun Belt games give hope, as does a home showdown with fellow Bottom Three member Liberty, but the fact that those are the only semi-winnable games should speak volumes about the current position of UMess. 2. Charlotte 0-and-5ers (0-5) Whereas UMess gets blown out by better teams on a week-to-week basis, the Charlotte 0-and-5ers keep losing tight games to competition arguably at the same level. A week after a semi-crushing loss to former Bottom Ten member South Flawrida, the 0-and-5ers let another former Bottom Ten member, the UAB Lamers, quite literally walk through the offensive line in sacking Chris Billings three times in a 23-21 loss. Billings is somehow still among the living, but opportunities for a victory this season are quickly approaching death, with only one Bottom Ten member left on the schedule in O-5DU. 3. Liberty Flamed Out (0-4) I was very prepared to write about this Flamed Out team last week after a 55-0 shellacking at HOME to Buffalo, but prior arrangements came up. Instead, I can write about them here! Through two games against Michigan and Buffalo (the latter of which is struggling on their own), Liberty's David Clevenger has thrown TEN whopping interceptions and has been sacked SIXTEEN times! If it weren't for the fact that the 0-and-5ers were losing to teams in consideration for the Bottom Ten, Liberty would be an easy choice for second on the Bottom Ten rankings. Will Clevenger make it through the season? Will the offense learn how to score again? Why can't Liberty and Charlotte play for the title of worst offensive line? 4. State of Kent (0-5) There were no fourth-quarter collapses these past two weeks, with the State of Kent going scoreless against Illinois (26-0) and trailing by 12 going into the half against Northern Illinois (28-16). As opposed to the reoccurring theme of the teams above them in the power rankings, there's always a feeling that the State of Kent can win games. In the MAC, that's incredibly doable, but the absence of Harrison Mullin might erase a lot of those chances at victory. Outside of WMU, Oregon, and potentially Akron, the remaining schedule isn't terribly hard for the State of Kent, but whipping that offense into shape is a must if they're to escape. 5. O-5DU (0-5) I can only go so far with that name, right? O-5DU actually played Riley West and Western Kentucky close, only to turn around with a flat 35-0 loss to the U.S. Army. Still, there's a sign of hope, and with a closing stretch of four games against Bottom Ten contenders, the opportunities are plenty for 0-5DU. That, however requires this poor offense to break their season-high of 20 points, and that's proving harder to do than my ability to come up with a backup name for O-5DU in case they finally win a game. My inbox is always open to suggestions. Their offense is not. 6. UNLV Reb-Ls (0-5) If there was any doubt about the inclusion of the Reb-Ls on this list, the past two weeks have completely cemented their place in the Bottom Ten. After Rice's Eric McLean continued his streak of impressive performances against his fourth Bottom Ten team in a row (49-14), New Mexico finally found their bite and relived a bit of the glory days with a smashing victory over the Reb-Ls (34-14). The defense has let the bottom fall out in recent weeks, and with an offense unable to live up to the school's actual name, the Reb-Ls no longer look like a threat to win games. This can change with a few toothless teams left on the schedule, including one current Bottom Ten team, but the verdict on this season is already out. The Reb-Ls could be here all season. 7. New Mexico State ALDIs (0-5) Because ALDI is the Great Value of Great Value, and the Aggies are easily the ALDI version of Texas A&M, with Utah State sandwiched in the middle (thanks to Tuscan for the name). I was reluctant to add the ALDIs on this list at the beginning of the season, but they could no longer escape the bottomless pit that is the Bottom Ten when they dropped a game to former Bottom Five member South Alabama. The ALDIs have that feel that they can win a game against the right opponent, but the South Alabama loss disproved that immediately. In their immediate wait lies a Bottom Ten near-contender, a current Bottom Ten team, and a former Bottom Ten team. Surely they can find a way to not put out a discount performance, right? 8. North Carolina Tar Holes (0-5) The Tar Holes had arguably three winnable games on their schedule. Over the past two weeks, they've lost two of those games. The offense lacked an ability to charge like a ram in a bad loss to Miami-South (23-7), then found that their defense was about as unbreakable as a small twig in a loss to Pittsburgh (34-20). Their only hope arguably lies in their season-finale against NC State, although the Tar Holes have historically bullied Duke. Without any form of running game at all, though, how possible is a win? The Tar Holes have proven to be the worst team in a slightly mediocre ACC, but they can take solace in not being the worst team in the state of North Carolina. 9. Texas-North (0-4) And here we have it: the first technical newcomers on the Week 6 rankings. Texas-North landed in the consideration group a few weeks ago with a disastrous 40-7 loss to San Diego State, and now they've cemented their place in the Bottom Ten this week after falling to then-7th ranked LolTech at home. The team clearly has a trend of building success off of one player before disappearing for a season or two, with the departure of Javier Grady once again proving this after last year's 6-win effort. Nowadays, the offense is rather dead and the defense rarely finds pressure, with last week's game against paper-thin LolTech being the exception. The good news for Texas-North is that their next four games (and five of their next six) are against teams in consideration for or already in the Bottom Ten. 10. San No-se State (0-5) The second of our newcomers! San No-se has been in consideration for a while, accumulating losses to NC State (23-13) and Bottom Ten outsider Sinsea (24-19) before finally landing on the list with a no-show against Nevada (38-7). The defense has been poor throughout the season, but the secondary in particular has been completely ravaged. The offense has no pulse on the ground and the passing game took a hit as primary target Luke Gage went down with severe hamstring tendonitis in the loss to Nevada. With the meatiest part of the schedule coming up for San No-se, there's a pretty good chance that they'll end up at 0-10 before a winnable game against the Reb-Ls arrives. Honorable Mentions: Georgia Southern-Not-State Eagles (0-4), EC-Yew Pirates (0-4), Georgia State-Not-Southern Panthers (0-4), UConned (1-3), FresNO (0-5), a proper balancing of a pretty hefty workload (0-however many days it's been since the last proper article I wrote). Editor's Note: Let me know what you guys think in the comments and what I can improve on when it comes to these. I'm always looking to improve the media I put out!
  14. 16 points

    [2021] Week 5 Power Rankings

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  15. 16 points
    Here are some assorted thoughts on various teams upcoming first round draft selections. All of these teams are bad so far this season so hopefully this can give them some hope in these times of need. I included some people who I think are very obvious early decs from the 2023 class. Anyway here it is: Minnesota: Most Likely Pick: RB DeSean Dockery, Louisville Analysis: The Vikings have looked surprisingly competent on offense so far this season with Vardell and Keith Dunn both performing above expectation, but I still think they ought to try and recapture the magic of the Vardell+Henson duo. Dockery is a stud and I expect his draft stock to stay high throughout the offseason leading up to the draft. The other big option for them is an EDGE rusher, especially DE. Justin Glass is old and mediocre. The team's pass defense is still bad but they've invested too much in the secondary already to keep throwing darts against that dart board so I think additional pressure from the pass rush is where they look to improve next. Primary targets here are Sebastian Smallwood and Timothy Key. They could also go for a wide reciever since Luke Cobb has improved the team so much. There are three great Wrs this year but I think Morgan Patton out of Penn State would pair especially well with Cobb and create a fearsome duo. Cleveland: Most Likely Pick: FS Seth Scott, Colorado Analysis: The Browns are honestly extremely tough to analyze here because they are the sort of team that is decent everywhere but elite nowhere (except WR1 and Center). With these sorts of teams that are solid but lacking special players when they take big time playmakers and that's exactly what Seth Scott is. He's one of the biggest ballhawks in CFBHC history with 10 interceptions last season and that sort of play would be a welcome step up from their current safety LaMichael Jones, who while competent isn't very exciting. The other big option for them I think is offensive guard to replace the soon to retire Calvin Milloy. That option would probably be better if they were further down in the 1st because this class on the surface lacks elite OG prospects. Otherwise the team is full of solid young players so while they could upgrade elsewhere I don't think it's as likely as OG or safety. Indianapolis: Most Likely Pick: CB Kyle Cunningham, Baylor Analysis: Indy has avoided picking high end corners for years now and I think it's finally starting to bite them in the ass. Forget about the run game, that pass defense is bottom 10 in the league right now despite the amount of pressure the Dline is getting. Cunningham is the best corner out of this relatively weak class for the position right now and I think he'd fit snuggly in at Indy. Other positions they could go are runningback if it turns out Otero really is done for, I actually think Ricky Vega would be a great fit here and likely available wherever they pick, maybe even in the 2nd round. As usual they could also use an upgrade at center with Xavier Cueller. There aren't many good OLBs this draft but Jabari Fletcher wouldn't be bad to replace the aging Keyuo Clark. New York Giants: Most Likely Pick: QB Matt Jones, Purdue Analysis: It looks like Davenport isn't gonna be a Giant after all and right now they're starting David Brezina so if they don't address quarterback this draft it will be an absolute tragedy for the team's fans. Matt Jones is my favorite QB of this draft so far and I think he'd fit nicely with the team they have in New York right now. I think Marcus Black could also be good if they want to go the scrambler route. Either works really but right now I favor Jones. The Giants roster is honestly just plain terrible right now so I could see them going a lot of directions otherwise. Maybe they want to get their defense going with Smallwood. They could also look to trade down and select Jarvis Ward, Morgan Patton or Tyler White at wide reciever. But as I said before, I think their #1 priority right now has to be the QB position, so unless they address that in free agency I think it'll be their pick of Black or Jones. Dallas Cowboys: Most Likely Pick: WR Tyler White, Penn State Analysis: The Cowboys are better than their record for sure but the weaknesses they've shown are still real. The roster is extremely well rounded and I don't think there are any particular problem areas bigger then WR so I look for the Cowboys to draft one of the big three (Ward, Patton and White). I think White is the most likely to be available when Dallas picks but it could be any of them. A star WR could unlock Graham Burnett and provide some balance to their offense to provide the boost they need to become true superbowl contenders. Other than wide reciever I could see them upgrading the secondary a bit with a free safety or CB2. Seth Scott would be interesting if they could grab him for example. Some of their olinemen are getting old so maybe they want to draft one for cap relief but that'd be kind of a waste IMO. Really I think the Cowboys going WR makes too much sense for it not to happen but we'll see, they could lose someone to free agency that opens up another hole before the draft. LA Chargers: Most Likely Pick: OT Alex Vasili, Penn State Analysis: Assuming he declares I would love Vasili to the Chargers. They have a lot of needs but #1 to me is offensive line which is absolutely atrocious right now for them, the worst in the league. Vasili isn't sexy but he's played well enough over the course of his career that he'd be worth it in my opinion. The Chargers have a lot of other places they could go besides OT. Their wide recievers are still bad so they could upgrade there. Aside from Oliphaunt their secondary isn't great so if they trade down they could get value there. Maybe they'll be sick of Matty Ice by the end of the season and take a chance on Black or Jones but I think in their situation it makes more sense to upgrade the supporting cast first. Pittsburgh Steelers: Most Likely Pick: QB Marcus Black, Auburn Analysis: As Sagebow has himself said publicly, RJ Stanford is most likely not the answer. If they can get their hands of Marcus Black I think it'd be an absolutely perfect fit, and I think Sage is going to aggressively pursue him assuming he declares. Matt Jones could also go here, and if the Steelers are cheeky and want to get some other positions they could probably go after someone like Ryan Harris or even Jordan North in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. If they decide to hold off on QB until a bit later on they have a couple options in the 1st. They could grab Xavier Cueller at center for a needed upgrade to their offensive line. If a good DE or FS falls into their lap that wouldn't be a bad idea either if they wish to focus on the defensive end. The other obvious need is wide reciever, and as I've said many times by now there are plenty of options at that position, any of which would work well I think. Detroit Lions: Most Likely Pick: DE Sebastian Smallwood, Alabama Analysis: The Lions' stars being murdered in a ritual sacrifice to the pipe may actually be a good thing for them going into next season if they can secure Smallwood. He'd provide a nice bit of pressure for a Dline that really isn't performing great right now. Plus, Smallwood looks to be an absolute stud and maybe the best player overall in the draft. Hard to beat that. The Lions could go wide reciever if they wanted to give Lecount some weapons in his return. Maybe they'll trade down and grab a playmaker at Free Safety like Seth Scott. With Otero gone the Lions are also prime candidates for DeSean Dockey and it honestly would not surprise me if the decision to trade Otero was made with Dockey in mind. One thing is for certain: regardless of who they choose, the Lions will be superbowl favorites next season. Cincinnati Bengals: Most Likely Pick: DE Timothy Key, Florida Analysis: DE is a pretty large hole for thatfunk's newest team with EJ McQuarters as a starter, and Key is great because he has elite stats while also being a scheme fit for the Bengals' 3-4. While Key isn't the prototypical contain guy that isn't necessarily a bad thing and it could be a nice boost to the 2nd worst defense in the NFL right now, especially against the run. The other positions I could see the Bengals upgrading are at the right side of the Oline and, maybe if they are feeling a bit cheeky, Joel King. The King has not performed up to par in Cincy so far despite a ton of support, so it's possible there's a revolution in Cincy if the right guy falls to them. Other than that the Bengals are looking pretty solid across the board right now, but we'll have to see what type of offseason disasters might beset them this time leading up to the draft.
  16. 16 points

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  17. 15 points
    I am pleased to announce that I will be taking over as the next commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. I would like to thank those coaches that voted in our election, and who work to keep the conference as the best in the nation. As commissioner I will try to continue the SEC's tradition of producing great media, and will do what I can to help out the site. I hope that I can fill the shoes of my illustrious predecessors as commissioner, and look forward to continuing the SEC's stellar performance as a conference.
  18. 15 points
    WINNING IN THE MOMENT An unexpectedly bright present casts a growing shadow over the Chicago Bears' future Norris Brooksheer takes snaps with the first team in practice. Has he secured the starting job going forward, or is he still looking over his shoulder for rookie Mohammed Foster? CHICAGO - It was only a few short months ago that the Bears drafted Mohammed Foster with the #5 pick in the draft, signaling a drastic shift in the direction of a franchise still in search of its first playoff bid. Heading into the bye week in year 1 of the grand experiment, the Bears have already matched last season's win total, sit in 2nd place in the NFC North, and appear to have their best shot at the postseason since they fell one game short three years ago. The most surprising bit is that those two events are mostly unconnected. Norris Brooksheer retained the starting job coming out of training camp, and he's responded to the quarterback competition with his best season as a pro. Through 5 games, he has completed 64.1% of his passes for 1252 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. That's good for a passer rating of 99.88, the highest of the fifth-year starter's career, which is a 15-point improvement over last season--and still only good for 17th in the league among players who have started the majority of their team's games. "Norris is our starter, and we're more than happy with what he's given us this year so far," said Bears offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. "He takes a lot of hits, but he gets back up and isn't afraid to make the next throw under pressure." Brooksheer is playing for more than just this season: he's playing for a new contract. Having arrived in the option year of his rookie deal, he's seen his salary escalate from $8 million to $14.5 million. In this landscape, that contract is a bargain, as he is the lowest-paid quarterback in the NFC North. Rob LeCount is making $16 million a year, Jason Johnson earns $17 million a year, and Brian Vardell--whom Brooksheer has beaten five times in a row--makes $24 million annually. Sources within Brooksheer's camp have previously indicated that he wants to be paid like a top-tier quarterback. Sources close to the Bears front office have told the Tribune that they want him to play like a top-tier quarterback first. Both sides agree that there has been almost zero movement toward a long-term deal. In the meantime, tensions between the two sides that began after the 2019 season and came close to the boiling point after the Foster pick seem to have cooled somewhat. If not, Brooksheer has done a masterful job of saying the right things anyway. "It's been incredible working with Mo," Brooksheer said after a Tuesday practice session. "He's got such a great passion for the game. And his style's so different from mine that I can't help but learn new things around him." Foster, for his part, has not betrayed any impatience waiting for his turn--perhaps a lesson learned from the inconsistencies of starting as early as his true freshman year at West Virginia. "My job is to be ready to go the moment they call my name," the rookie said. "Norris has been a great mentor to me and a great friend, and I think we've both been able to push each other to greater heights on the field." Quarterback isn't the only place where the rookie class has seen virtually no time on the field. Marcus Waterman's moved into the starting right tackle spot, but kicker Will Ladd was the only other rookie to see significant snaps--and he has since been demoted to the practice squad after starting 2-of-5. The offense as a whole has averaged 21.4 points per game, the #21 mark leaguewide. But armed with the 6th-ranked scoring defense at 19.6 points per game, the Bears believe that this time is for real. "This is a five-star defense by necessity," said defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. "Everybody here knows we're paying for a five-star defense either in picks or cash or both. Anyone who doesn't wanna practice like they're the best of the league, anybody who doesn't wanna play like they're the best in the league, they know exactly where the door is." Still, most of the season remains. The Bears' four wins have come over the 1-3 49ers, the 1-4 Vikings (twice), and the 2-2 Rams. They were shellacked by the only team with a winning record they've played so far, and they still have yet to play the injury-plagued but still talented Lions or the reigning NFC North champion Packers. As they learned the hard way in 2018 after going from 10-3 to 10-6 to miss the playoffs, a good start is no guarantee of a playoff finish. But it's still a good start.
  19. 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.
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    1-6-18 (Cheyenne) -- After an unexpected 2nd win in his inaugural year, the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce is planning a day of celebration for January 7th. A parade will be run down main street, and Coach alexfall862 will be given a key to the city at an evening reception. Coach alexfall862 on the occasion: "Wow, well - this is all very unexpected. I think the defining ability of this team is to follow directions. After the disappointing loss to Georgia, I stapled a piece of paper above the locker-room door that said: Don't Not Win I think that's been the secret to our success!" alexfall862 then took questions from the press. Editor's Note: At the time of writing this article, a pair of socks have gone missing from the equipment manager's office. Box Score Below: Wyoming (1-1) at UL-Lafayette (1-1) Lafayette, LA - 85 F 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT1 OT2 OT3 SCORE Wyoming Cowboys (1-1) 17 7 7 0 - - - 31 UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (1-1) 10 0 3 7 - - - 20 Team Stats Comparison Wyoming Cowboys UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Injuries No Injuries No Injuries Offensive Line Rating 3.8 2.9 Sacks 3 3 Punting 42.2 37.6 Punt Return Yards 16 0 Kick Return Yards 23 16 Turnovers 1 1 3rd Down Conversion 4/11 6/15 4th Down Conversion 0/0 0/0 Penalties 8/82 4/45 Wyoming Cowboys PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L Jasiah Howard 20/30 302 3 1 0/0 RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L Devon Seals 22 123 1 21 0/0 Jasiah Howard 6 16 0 5 0/0 RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L Israel Carlos 6 105 2 0 0/0 Kyle Laughlin 3 52 0 0 0/0 Devon Seals 2 48 1 0 0/0 David Grier 4 44 0 0 0/0 DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY Kareem Beverly 1/0 - 1/0 0/0 0/0 Samuel Mercado 2/0 1.5 0/0 0/0 0/0 Jacob Brandon 5/0 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0 Jonah Battle 3/0 0.5 0/0 0/0 0/0 KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES Leonard McDonald 1/1 4/4 38 UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L Jacory Colon 22/39 208 2 1 0/0 RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L Anthony Lavigne 11 24 0 8 0/0 Jacory Colon 1 -2 0 -2 0/0 RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L Michael Snowden 7 66 1 1 0/0 Tyus Whitaker 2 35 0 0 0/0 Robert Johnson 3 32 0 1 0/0 George Green 3 31 1 0 0/0 DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY Kelly Cordero 3/0 - 1/0 0/0 0/0 Darren James 5/1 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0 Theodore Cook 3/1 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0 Don Gibbs 4/0 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0 KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES Eric Abbott 2/3 2/2 41, 28 - 46
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    Hello fellow CFBHC and NFLHC coaches and community members! February 4th is Super Bowl Sunday--when we all enjoy the game with friends, liters/litres of beer/cola, more chicken wings than Jumbo can shake a stick at, and so much chip dip... February 4th is also the kickoff date for our Annual CFBHC Donation Drive. This Donation Drive is your chance to give back to the community that has given YOU so much. What do YOU get when you donate? * Consistent content, game reports, updates and media! * Soluna will be rolling out some new features when different benchmarks are hit in the Donation Drive--MORE INFO COMING SOON! * Peace of mind that you are contributing to an endeavor on which you spend a solid chunk of your precious entertainment time! * A way to say Thank You for the work that Soluna, Inspiral, and others put in to giving you the things you love! So that we can appropriately determine benchmarks and goals for the Donation Drive, please fill out this ANONYMOUS 6-question survey about your time, capacity, and intent: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4105530/CFBHC-Survey The Donation Drive will kick off Super Bowl Sunday, and last through February. What a great time to give!
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    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17gxom5ELNCWktU3BnHjT6qklTvmwvUo7kNQiHo4jtwY/edit?usp=sharing Up to date through the end of week 0. Darman and I will be keeping this updated throughout the season.
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    [2021] Week 5 Fun Facts

    Did you know...? Conference Edition! The 's leading quarterback, Tucker Dowden, is completing 78.3% of his passes on the season? However, the Tigers are a combined 1-6 against LSU, Alabama, and Auburn, so no SEC Title for Tucker. The is a combined 33-9 on the season so far? 's leading rusher, runningback Solomon McLaughlin, has already tripled his career fumbles this season? leads the in penalty yards at a whopping 263 on the season? is the only team in the that has yet to record a defensive turnover? posted an amazing low 1.9 OL rating in a game this season? The is averaging only a 4.6 OL rating this season. The is perfectly 18-18 on the season? QB David Edmondson of is averaging 12.71 yards per ATTEMPT? 's Jamari Turner, a 4/4 corner, already has two punt return touchdowns? 's leading receiver is not Francis Brown of with 5 receiving touchdowns? It's actually Artavius Hopkins' 7 from .
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    [2021] Week #4 - TNF

    Bet the Patriots are glad they got Weldon with their #4 pick. Sure would suck if he played for a division opponent.
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    Brown takes his helmet off on the sidelines after tossing his 200th career TD. A major milestone for the league's best player happened on Sunday night. As Brian Brown sat back in the pocket, looked off Jets' OLB Dennis Himes, and threw a dart to Greg Cobb who took it in for the score the crowd erupted. Brown, who has been with the Dolphins since 2015, threw his 200th career touchdown pass in one of the biggest games of the young 2021 NFLHC season. The victory over the 5-0 Jets is just another chapter in what has been one of the best periods of QB play that the league has ever seen. Since the beginning of the 2020 season Brown has thrown for 6,732 yards at roughly a ~68% completion rate with an astounding 65 TDs to only 12 INTs. Obviously Brown has physical gifts, but what makes him special is his dedication to study and improving his craft. When asked about the milestone starting guard Jace Blakely said "The dude is always the first one in the building studying film. We'll get out there on the field and it's amazing how he reads blitzes and the coverage. It wouldn't surprise me if he knows some of these team's defenses better than their defensive coordinator." It's not just the study that makes Brown great it's the willingness to dedicate himself to making those around him great as well. Receiver J.C. Weldon was excited to be drafted by the Dolphins "It's a dream come true to play ball with a guy like BB. He's always staying after practice to work with me and GC88 (Greg Cobb) on the timing of our routes. It's hard not to work hard when your best player works harder than anyone." Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is able to add new wrinkles every week, "When you have a guy under center like Brian you can really open and expand on the playbook. He knows what to do and how to get everyone where they need to be, you don't throw 200 touchdowns this quickly unless you're special." The time for celebration is short in the NFLHC as the Dolphins are set to match-up with the 2020 AFC champion Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday night. As one would expect after the milestone victory Brown was solely focused on the Raiders. "I mean I love playing football and I'm blessed to have been in a situation that allows me to reach 200 touchdowns. However, I'm focused on the Raiders. I'm focused on David Pennington, or how to help my guys with the ways they blitz with Shah Vareen, or dealing with one of the best linebackers in the game with Alex Martin. I'll let you guys celebrate 200 touchdowns while I prep for Vegas." Well, we can do that Brian because 200 TDs is pretty damn special.
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    Congrats to Coach @NDunkelbarger69 for tying the knot with his old lady last weekend. Here's hoping for a marriage more successful than the simulation Buffalo Bills.
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    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.
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    [2021] Week #4 - 1 PM

    The Pipe answers to Ares, to Demeter, and to Hades; hatred of the Titans comes natural to it.
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    Recruiting is starting to wind down (JuCo excepted), and with the long break it makes a person look forward to the promise of next year and next year's croots even though we're not even halfway through the 2021 season. But when has that ever stopped meanyone? In this post I take a look at the 2022 projected rosters for the teams of the East division, and a bit further than that based on their current rosters and recruiting classes to date. Some notes before we begin: +1.0 progression is assumed for all players. An in-position player will ALWAYS be listed ahead of any out-of-position (OOP) players, no matter how much better/worse they are. This is done to show any potential holes. If there is a better OOP option, though, he will be mentioned in the analysis. Defense style (3-4, 4-3) chosen based on best guess of available personnel. LS/KR/PR will not be listed unless the team has specialized players at those positions. Akron Zips Analysis: 2022: Much like this year the 2022 Zips will lean on the defense, especially DT Jeremiah Clarke and MLB Devin Frazier. QB Griffin Donahue and RB Shontrell Driver are a potent one-two punch on offense, but there isn't much else there. Kind of like how Akron is this year, actually. After that: If Akron wants to continue competing for the MAC East title the 2022 recruiting class will be crucial to raise the talent floor. 2021's class has lots of bodies but very little quality (only 9 of 23 commits have potential above 3.0). The WR and OLB positions look to be especially weak with only five 2022 freshmen (true or redshirt) total among these groups, and only one with a potential greater than 3. Bowling Green Falcons Analysis: 2022: Somewhat surprisingly there are still some very good players on this Falcons squad. Bowling Green projects to have the safety duo in the conference in FS Brody Grimes and SS Antonio Jackson, and assuming guard Derrick Briggs doesn't declare he and C Jonas Zambrano still provide significant push up the middle. But the pieces around them.... Yes, that really is only one actual CB in that group. He is currently the only CB on the entire roster, including the 2021 recruiting class. After that: Bowling Green's coaching carousel has cost them over the last few years and is reaching into this year. Coach @Kirby absolutely needs to finish strong in recruiting this year (find some corners!) and sign some quality players next year to halt the Falcons' talent drain. Buffalo Bulls Analysis: 2022: For a primer on why recruiting class quantity matters as much as quality, see the Buffalo Bulls. Back-to-back years of tiny (10-11) classes leaves new coach @Wooden scrambling to find warm bodies, even though they've pulled in the likes of Blair Holcomb and Alexander Moffett during that time. None of the 2021 redshirts should crack the starting lineup, and there isn't anyone in the 2021 recruit class who currently is ready to help now. The big caveat is if the Bulls can hold off Army for blue-chip (2.5 of 5.0) CB Laquon Boston. But those offensive and defensive lines are bad, even if you slot center Julien Milner (projected 3.0 of 3.5 Run Blocker) in for LG Pete Culp. Think of how worse this looks if C D.J. Wilkinson were to declare for the 2022 draft (unlikely). After that: Unless the Bulls land Boston, there really isn't any significant help on the horizon. Even with Boston that's only one hole of many to patch (WR, any line position), so the coaching staff has a LOT of work to do to return the Bulls to their place in the upper half of the division. Kent State Golden Flashes Analysis: 2022: Kent is probably still at least a year away from contending for the division, but @TazerMan's care and attention to the Golden Flashes starts to bear fruit this year. The expected emergence of C.J. Williams means that medically redshirted FB Harrison Mullin can FINALLY play his natural position, and with only nine seniors among the expected starters the offense and defense will have time to develop serious chemistry with each other. DE Geno Mason will give Kent State a pass rush they haven't had in... a really, really, long time. After that: Kent State could actually be the favorites for the MAC East in 2023 and 2024, but after that depends on today. Even with the quality of their 2021 recruits (3 players with 4-4.5 potential) it's still only a 4-man class. It needs bodies, don't starve the class! Miami (OH) Redhawks Analysis: 2022: Probably the 2022 MAC East favorite, the Redhawks should return virtually everybody. With a still-explosive offense and another year of development on the defensive side (especially in the secondary), Best!Miami is ready to set everyone's defenses on fire one more time. After that: The defense will be okay for a bit, but nine of the eleven projected starters on offense are seniors in 2022. Who takes over? The only QB who will definitely be on the roster after Zack Cera graduates is Zac Donald, and as a 2.5-star he would probably struggle to fill one of Cera's shoes. And there's only one WR who will be on the roster after 2022. Without a lot of care and attention the Redhawks could go first-to-worst after 2022. Ohio Bobcats Analysis: 2022: Or maybe you like the look of the Bobcats as 2022 MAC East champions; Ohio and Miami definitely are the favorites in that division. Austin Lowe will have potential 1st-round pick Aaron Thibodeaux to catch passes over the middle while Jeffrey Flowers will find room outside. CB Shawn Tillman really should meet his full potential at this point, but again we're only projecting a 1.0 increase for all players. He will anchor a defense that is transitioning from depending on outstanding linebacker play to one that harasses the QB into bad decisions. That kicking game isn't looking too promising though, and we've seen plenty of times where a shaky placekicker left game-winning points on the field. After that: Perhaps trying to extend Ohio's window new coach @Chad_Michael went with a unique strategy of focusing on players that could contribute immediately, even if it meant their ceilings were capped. But with a small class to show so far (six commits in 2021), the Bobcats will need to expand their scope in order to replenish their two-deeps. While their potential for a drop-off isn't as severe as rival Miami's, there's quite a few spots that will bite them in the rear if they're not paying attention. As things stand there isn't a placekicker or punter on the roster after 2022, for example.... Jieret's first guess at 2022 MAC East order of finish: Hopefully you enjoyed this (very rough and incomplete) look ahead at the MAC East division! The MAC West will follow soon. Until next time!
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    Draft Pick Ownership Chart

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