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  1. Please update your depth charts ASAP and confirm in this thread once you've done so. Your team pages will also be updated shortly. QB Christian Coates 6-3 210 (Jr) Columbus Community (Columbus, IA) 3.5 of 4.0 [Scrambling] from Kentucky to Syracuse QB Connor Dawson 6-2 205 (So) Espanola Valley (Espanola, NM) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] from Arizona State to Arkansas QB Austin Stearns 6-2 206 (Sr) Lawrence County (Moulton, AL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pocket] from Georgia Tech to Kentucky QB Jabari Sneed 6-4 202 Jr Powell (Powell, WY) 2.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling] from Boise State to BYU QB Malik Light 6-2 215 Jr Owendale Gagetown (Owendale, MI) 2.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling] from Tennessee to Colorado State QB Harrison Lancaster 6-2 203 Sr Cook (Adel, GA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling] from Miami (FL) to UMass RB Preston Griggs 6-0 170 Sr Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville, IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] from Ohio to Northwestern RB Gabriel Shields 5-11 176 (Jr) Owendale Gagetown (Owendale ,MI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] from Western Michigan to Michigan State RB Jamel Jamison 5-6 205 (Sr) Morgan Park (Chicago IL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Power] from Illinois to Eastern Michigan FB Joshua Rupp 5-9 202 Sr Acalanes (Lafayette, CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] from San Jose State to Utah FB August Mace 6-1 243 Sr Connors State College (Conner, OK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] from Texas to Kentucky FB Oliver Gagnon 6-1 246 Sr Owyhee (Owyhee, NV) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Nevada to UTSA WR Ahe Salanoa 6-1 187 Sr New Deal (New Deal, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] from Oklahoma to Cincinnati WR Samir Palmer 5-10 214 (Jr) Northland Christian (Houston, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] from Oklahoma State to Arizona WR Jayden Tinsley 5-10 187 (Jr) River Road (Amarillo, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] from Baylor to North Carolina TE Darnell McNeal 6-2 230 Sr Bourbon County (Paris, KY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blocking] from Vanderbilt to Akron TE Jaiden Parris 6-3 235 Jr Hoosac Valley (Cheshire, MA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blocking] from Buffalo to Arizona OT Pita Kamu 6-6 310 Sr Farmerville (Farmerville, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Air Force to Oregon OT Arthur Haas 6-2 309 (Sr) Blissfield (Blissfield MI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Purdue to Bowling Green OT Christian Ferreira 6-4 275 (Sr) Everett (Everett MA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] from Virginia to Wyoming OG Trevor York 6-2 314 (So) Manistee (Manistee, MI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Wisconsin to Oregon OG Matthew Rector 6-5 293 Jr Gaither (Tampa, FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] from Ole Miss to Temple C Kieran Davenport 6-4 247 (Sr) Saks (Anniston AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] from LSU to UAB C Samuel Beck 6-4 299 Sr Augusta (Augusta, KS) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Michigan to Stanford C Milo Goldsmith 6-4 241 (Sr) Central (Little Rock AR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] from Louisville to Baylor DE Zion Lanier 6-2 256 (Sr) Thomas Jefferson (Bloomington MN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] from Kansas to Iowa DE Darren Roberson 6-2 244 Sr Flatonia (Flatonia, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] from Baylor to Boise State DE Thierno Hayes 6-2 250 (Sr) Bourbon County (Paris KY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] from Kansas to Marshall DE Joseph Grace 6-2 240 Sr Hebron Christian (Pheba, MS) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] from Georgia State to Oklahoma DE Jeremy Grey 6-2 246 Sr Aurora (Aurora, NE) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] from Kansas State to Oklahoma DT Thierno Pearson 6-5 313 (Jr) Rich South (Richton Park, IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] from Ball State to Charlotte DT Ricardo Torrez 6-3 302 Sr Manchester Central (Manchester, NH) 3.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] from Air Force to Colorado DT Curtis Early 6-5 277 (Sr) Baker (Baker LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] from Miami (FL) to Florida OLB Maxim Hillman 6-1 238 (Jr) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] from USC to Baylor OLB Julian Nolan 6-3 240 (Sr) Patrick Henry (Ashland VA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] from Maryland to West Virginia OLB Evan Talley 6-1 250 (Sr) Portage Central (Portage MI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] from Michigan to Northern Illinois ILB Jaiden Saenz 5-11 220 (Sr) Lake Providence (Lake Providence LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will] from Texas Tech to Oregon State ILB Aaron Faust 6-1 235 (Sr) River Valley (Cheshire OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will] from Illinois to Kent State CB Elias Crawley 6-1 183 (Jr) Johnson City (Johnson City, TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] from TCU to South Carolina FS Anthony Davis 5-10 204 Sr Eastern (Greentown, IN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] from Toledo to Oregon State SS Jordan Harley 5-10 215 Sr Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee WI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] from Northern Illinois to Pittsburgh K Declan Havens 6-1 204 (So) Galileo Academy (San Francisco, CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Power] from Nevada to Virginia Tech K Derek LeBlanc 6-1 151 (Jr) John Marshall (Chicago, IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] from Penn State to Miami (FL) P Tyson Evans 5-8 187 Jr Decatur (Federal Way, WA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Power] from Washington to Washington State
  2. The Chicago Blackhawks are seeking a head coach. Please PM me if you're interested.

  3. Julius Minnow is not going down without a fight, wow.
  4. NO DAYS OFF After 1-4 start, pressure is on Bears to "win" bye week with Packers, Lions looming Andrew Fazande running full-speed through a drill during Bears practice on Thursday
  5. GRAHAM DAZZLES IN SPRING GAME Redshirt Freshman Christian Graham throws for 335 yards, 4 TD in 38-6 win Christian Graham drops back in the pocket and reads the opposing defense Christian Graham threw for 335 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead KU White to a 38-6 triumph over KU Blue in the 2020 spring game. The redshirt freshman--who was listed at the top of the depth chart heading into spring ball--likely solidified his hold on the starting quarterback position and will almost certainly become the first freshman Jayhawk quarterback to start a season opener. "I've been practicing nonstop with the rest of the 1st team, just trying to get used to their tendencies and see how I can fit in," said Graham. "We still got a whole summer ahead to get our timing down." Graham threw a touchdown pass in each quarter. He hooked up with Sebastian Huff for an 18-yard score in the first, Malcolm Davis for 7 yards in the 2nd, Rod Fulton for 22 in the 3rd, and a jump pass to fullback Nick Tubbs for 3 in the 4th. "Yeah, we ran a play for Tubby," said Graham. "Kind of snuck him under the defense, faked the sneak, and popped it right to him." The Blue offense struggled for the entirety of the game, unable to find much consistency through the ground or through the air. Junior Kaden Cazares finished 15-30 for 135 yards and an interception, and three-year starter Jalen Clayton gathered 80 yards on 20 carries. KU Blue was limited to two field goals from junior Cody Lombardi (40, 35). Clayton's performance is particularly notable when compared to that of junior college transfer Rod Fulton, who enters as a redshirt junior. Fulton finished with 84 yards rushing on 18 carries, 51 yards receiving on 3 catches, and two total touchdowns. "We're gonna need time in the film room before we decide on the final post-spring depth chart," said 7th-year coach stormstopper. "Christian and Rod were impressive out there for sure. [Wide receiver] Malcolm [Davis] was his usual incredible self, and I was pleased with what Sebastian Huff gave us as well. But Christian in particular was a standout, and we're gonna keep him working with the 1st team." While most eyes were on the two offenses, there were some impressive performances on defense as well. Senior Amir Ransom and true freshman Jamari Callahan each collected a sack for Blue while junior Chad Haywood added a sack for White. The only turnover of the game was a second-quarter interception by sophomore free safety Richard Clemons, who is pushing senior Isaiah Heard for the starting job. "Overall, I would've liked to see more out of our defense," said stormstopper. "I loved the effort I saw out of Amir and Jamari, and both Richard and Noel [Barfield] were out there making all sorts of crazy plays on the ball. I'm feeling confident at the front and back of the defense, but we can't let that middle be a soft underbelly or we're gonna be a wet tissue. That's something we're gonna work on." The real highlight of the game, though, came after time expired. Several players and coaches stayed after the game for the Train Like A Jayhawk clinic, running drills and teaching skills for kids grades 1-6. Is it too early to offer this kid a scholarship?
  6. I don't understand Denver, but credit to them for hanging onto this one.
  7. I'd second that, and also suggest that a scholarship be worth at least enough to cancel out the in-state bonus so that in-state schools have to do at least the bare minimum to defend their state's recruits.
  8. April 27 Kansas Blue vs. Kansas White Blue: 1st Team Offense/2nd Team Defense White: 2nd Team Offense/1st Team Defense Major position battles: RB, DE, FS Minor position battles: QB Newcomers to watch: QB Christian Graham (blue), DE Jamari Callahan (white), SS Noel Barfield (white) What to watch for: Kansas is undergoing a revamp on both sides of the ball, and for different reasons. Redshirt freshman Christian Graham (blue team) is the favorite to earn the starting job at Kansas year 1 post-Jennings, though junior Kaden Cazares (white team) hasn't been ruled out for the job. Also on offense, three-year starter Jalen Clayton (white) is being challenged by junior college transfer Rod Fulton (blue). On defense, look for the longtime 3-4 program to experiment with some 4-3. True freshman Jamari Callahan (white) has a real shot to earn Marshall-bound Thierno Hayes's old starting spot over junior Chad Haywood and senior Brian Stokes (both blue) while senior safety Isaiah Heard (white) looks to hold off redshirt sophomore Richard Clemons (blue) for the starting safety spot. This is an audition, yes, but also a chance for Kansas to understand what they have heading into the all-important 2020 season. April 28 Kansas State Purple vs. Kansas State Silver Purple: 1st Team Offense/2nd Team Defense Silver: 2nd Team Offense/1st Team Defense Major position battles: None Minor position battles: QB, ILB Newcomers to watch: QB Rahim Murrell (purple), ILB Brendan Scherer (purple) What to watch for: Like their in-state neighbors, Kansas State will be breaking in a new presumptive starter at quarterback. For the Wildcats, Rahim Murrell (purple team) will take the reins of the first-team offense, joined by Elijah Humphrey in the backfield and the duo of Devon Tillman and Ricky Seau downfield. But even with Murrell looking like The Guy going forward, don't rule out Julius Minnow (silver team). The starter for chunks of the last two seasons isn't going to go down without a fight. A strong performance against the second team probably won't be enough to win him back the job, but who knows? The only other position battle to watch is between Brendan Scherer (purple) and Albert Wyatt (silver) at middle linebacker. Scherer is the bluest chip of a prospect Kansas State's had in a long time, but a redshirt appears to be in the works so he can get up to college weight. Kansas State's depth chart is largely set, so this will be more of a showcase of the team as-is than an audition for anyone. April 29 West Virginia Blue vs. West Virginia Gold Blue: 2nd Team Offense/1st Team Defense Gold: 1st Team Offense/2nd Team Defense Major position battles: None Minor position battles: None Newcomers to watch: OLB Julian Nolan What to watch for: West Virginia's depth chart is even more set in stone than Kansas State's, so we can all admit that we're all here to watch three of the best players in the country ball out. Mohammed Foster is throwing to J.C. Weldon (both gold team) while Hudson Adam (blue team) tries to chase him down. How is that anything other than must-see TV? In all seriousness, though, we ought to get a good look at the state of West Virginia's defense. With newly acquired transfer Julian Nolan (blue) in the fold at outside linebacker alongside junior college transfer Nathan Wilks (blue) at the mike, the Mountaineers are hoping that the defensive issues that plagued them will be abated in 2020. Since they face an offense that's a known quantity (and a known very, very good quantity), the Blue defensive performance will likely be the most instructive out of any Big XII unit this spring. May 1 Oklahoma State Orange vs. Oklahoma State Black Orange: Split Team Offense/Split Team Defense Black: Split Team Offense/Split Team Defense Major position battles: RB, CB Minor position battles: OLB, K Newcomers to watch: WR Jay Dunn (orange), WR Jeremy Bridges (orange), WR Samuel Barfield (black), TE Mark Westbrook (black), DT Amir Pryor (black), FS Prince Pruitt (orange) What to watch for: Oklahoma State is the only Big XII spring game that isn't divided neatly into 1st team and 2nd team on both sides of the ball. The Cowboys have a lot of young guns to watch out for, some of whom will not actually be seeing any action until the 2021 season--runningback Jamal Boyd (orange team), tight end Mark Westbrook (black team), free safety Prince Pruitt (orange), defensive tackle Amir Pryor (black) chief among them. Wide receivers Jay Dunn and Jeremy Bridges are the newcomers to watch on offense, and they'll be paired with Chester Brenner (all orange). Heir apparent Ian Baldwin has no set of slouches to throw to either: Xavier Gant, Samir Palmer, and blue-chip true freshman early enrollee Samuel Barfield (all black). The team mixing will make these two teams more evenly matched, so it'll be easier to evaluate each player's individual performance as if it's a vacuum--with the downside being that it'll be hard to evaluate whole units. Honestly, though, the individuals are what we're here to watch. Oklahoma State's recent recruiting has left them with an inordinate amount of studs. This is going to be the first glimpse at the future of the nation's most exciting conference.
  9. The man is the hero of the 2019 Alamo Bowl. Don't you dare waste him.
  10. Ville Heronen: Jerzy Pawelski: Ole-Einar Vardalen:
  11. Kansas depth chart and spring game depth charts updated. Additionally, all team pages should now be up to date for transfers.
  12. Burning Question: Kansas State's three-year bowl drought is the longest in the conference. What will it take to get back to the postseason in 2020? Last year's record: 3-9 (0-7) Key departures ILB Julien Daly FS Christopher Figueroa SS David Frazier Key returnees RB Elijah Humphrey WR Devon Tillman OT Ari Kern DE Matthew Mayfield DE Javier Tovar Impact newcomers QB Rahim Murrell (junior college transfer) FS Ahmad Winston (true freshman) Four-Year Recruiting Rank: 71st overall, 9th Big XII Chicago Tribune Preseason Rank: 85th overall, 10th Big XII Schedule and Projection Florida Atlantic Central Michigan Wyoming TCU at Texas Baylor Iowa State at West Virginia Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Texas Tech at Kansas Projected record: 3-9 (0-9) Best-case scenario: 8-4 (5-4) Worst-case scenario: 3-9 (0-9) Bellwether game: Week 5 vs. TCU. The Wildcats should easily sweep their opening three opponents, and if they don't then they're in serious trouble. That means that their home game against TCU to open up conference play will be the clearest look into how strong of a team Kansas State is bringing to bear this season. The two purple squads were the only Big XII teams to miss the postseason last year, so the conference opener for both teams will help determine what path each team can take if they want to make it back. For Kansas State, the matchup in particular is intriguing: TCU's secondary ought to be tough for the Wildcats' passing attack, but Kansas State's defensive balance means they can get creative devising a counter to a young TCU offense. Three Strengths The passing game should become a plus for Kansas State, with newly acquired Rahim Murrell throwing to capable receivers like Devon Tillman and Ricky Seau along with tight end Damani Askew. Kansas State should be strong on both lines of scrimmage, with Ari Kern headlining the offensive line while Matthew Mayfield and Javier Tovar wreak havoc on the edges on defense Perhaps most importantly: just about every position will be filled by a player who belongs as a starter in a power conference. Three Weaknesses Kansas State lost both safeties off of the 2019 team, and their cornerback situation barely improved over the offseason. Losing Julien Daly means losing the surest tackler on the team and the captain of the defense. There isn't a whole lot of receiver depth after Tillman, Seau, and Askew: that trio combined for more than 70% of the team's receiving production last season. Outlook Kansas State's 16-game conference losing streak probably won't survive through the 2020 season. They may not favored in any of their conference games, but they're finally good enough to have a puncher's chance in all nine. There's only so long before you roll a natural 20 after all--but that's not the only reason Kansas State should break the streak this year. They should (theoretically) see improved quarterback play as junior college transfer Rahim Murrell steps in for Julius Minnow. They're a lot more balanced on both sides of the ball, covering up most of the weaknesses that defined them in 2018 and 2019. They have identifiable strengths: their passing game, their balance and ability to show multiple looks, and a strong edge rush that'll get in the faces of all the Big XII's young quarterbacks. Kansas State's best-ever start is 1-0 in 2019; in 2020, they ought to triple that to 3-0 and get some momentum under their belts thanks to a well-designed non-conference schedule. From there, they have a lot of winnable conference games, because they're simply not as far behind the pack as they used to be. It will still be an uphill climb to break the conference oh-fer or--more importantly--to count to 6 wins and get back to the postseason. But they'll be playing with house money, and that bet is going to pay off sooner or later. There is reason for optimism in Manhattan for the first time in a while. Presented by the Big XII Network
  13. For one year only, my starting quarterback was Christopher Brooks. He was a redshirt senior 4.5/5.0 scrambler, and he was the perfect complement to Jayhawk legend and 2014 Doak Walker Award winner James Otero. I never asked him to do too much, other than play near-perfect football when his number was called. And he delivered. He threw barely 20 times per game, but averaged more than 8.1 yards per attempt when he did. He ran the ball a decent amount, and he averaged nearly 6.9 yards per attempt. But his consistency was the most important thing. He completed 68% of his passes. He threw 3 interceptions all year--and all three were in wins. He only had two 300+ yard games and never threw for more than 2 touchdowns in a game, but that's not what I asked of him. I asked him to get me 12 to 18 completions on 17 to 25 passes, get me a touchdown, and don't turn the ball over--and that's what he did. I speak very highly of James Otero, but that 2014 team wouldn't be nearly as good without Brooks. He was a capable enough passer that teams couldn't put everything they had into stopping Otero. Blitz on me, and he'd throw that slant to Richard Zimmerman and you can just have a nice day. Our offense was simpler back then, but its simplicity was its strength. And in large part because of Brooks, we had the 4th-highest scoring offense in the country that year. I wish he would've had a bad pro career, because bad would be an improvement over what his career was. He got a couple of chances to start on the Jags, but he just wasn't cut out for NFL football. He never threw for a touchdown pass, and at times he could have improved his passer rating just by taking every snap and spiking it into the dirt. He mercifully retired after the 2018 season. After spending a year traveling the world, he has enrolled at the University of Kansas for his master's degree and will be a graduate assistant for the football program starting in 2020.
  14. Burning Question: The Big XII's all-time leading passer has now graduated. If this is the final year of the current window of Kansas football, how will it fare in the hands of a redshirt freshman? Last year's record: 9-4 (4-3) Key departures QB Eric Jennings ILB James Carson CB Chad Bullock SS Harold Lange Key returnees WR Malcolm Davis TE Noah Hills OT Ben Goode OG Judah Murphy CB Bradley Spurlock Impact newcomers DE Jamari Callahan (true freshman) OLB Caleb Whitmore (junior college transfer) SS Noel Barfield (redshirted freshman) Four-Year Recruiting Rank: 19th overall, 4th Big XII Chicago Tribune Preseason Rank: 31st overall, 6th Big XII Schedule and Projection Rice at Vanderbilt vs. Notre Dame at Iowa State at TCU Oklahoma State at Texas Tech West Virginia at Baylor at Oklahoma Texas Kansas State Projected record: 6-6 (4-5) Best-case scenario: 10-2 (8-1) Worst-case scenario: 3-9 (1-8) Bellwether game: Week 3 at Vanderbilt. The late-scheduled Commodores brought a formidable defense to the table last year and project to do even better on that side of the ball in 2020. With a linebacker set of Caleb McNamara, Adam Lovelace, Samuel Sands, and Damien Dailey, with safeties like Khalil Dennis and Omar Broussard, this is less of a defense and more of a full-scale blockade. That's not to sell the Vandy offense short, led by targets DeAndre Felder and Messiah Gresham, runningback Kareem McGee, and quarterback Justin Malloy. Vanderbilt will easily be the best team Kansas sees in non-conference play, and will possibly be the best team they see all season. Don't expect a win here, Jayhawks fans, but it'll be a good look at how Kansas reacts to being stress-tested in every possible direction at once. Three Strengths Kansas returns its best four players from one of the top offensive lines in the country, including one of the best tackles out there in Ben Goode. The offense will have no shortage of passing targets, led by Malcolm Davis and Noah Hills and supported by Timmy Sutton, Chris Burgos, and Jaime Bautista. Defense receives an infusion of young talent in Albert Duke, Noel Barfield, and potentially Jamari Callahan and Richard Clemons Three Weaknesses There are two quarterback scenarios for the Jayhawks: either they will start a redshirt freshman on day one for the first time ever, or he won't be good enough to win the job. Neither is ideal. The linebacker corps is particularly thin, with just two outside linebackers on the roster who aren't true freshmen. The run game as a whole is a question mark, with the primary options being Jalen Clayton (who has been sub-4.5 YPC for his career) or unproven junior college transfer Rod Fulton Outlook Fourteen seniors adorn Kansas's starting lineup, many of whom are among the finest in Jayhawk history. That means two things: this is a group that's been battle-tested, and it's a group that only has one more year of battles to fight before fully transitioning into the next era. That transition officially began this offseason, though, as 42-game starter and Big XII all-time leading passer Eric Jennings graduated, handing the reins over to freshman Christian Graham. That leaves the Jayhawks in an interesting position: they're one of the most talented teams in the conference overall, but so much of their success is going to depend on a player who has yet to take his first college snap. That would be challenging enough on its own, but Kansas is also still searching for the success on the ground that really hasn't been there since 2014. They'll need to find success somewhere in the backfield if they want to have a chance. The Jayhawks for this reason have a very high ceiling and a very low floor, and they may oscillate between the two on a week-to-week basis. There's not a single game on their schedule that they can't win (except for the game at Vanderbilt), and there's not a single game on their schedule they can't lose. Strap in, Kansas, it's going to be a bumpy ride. Presented by the Big XII Network
  15. Burning Question: Three of the best players in Cyclone history are gone. Is the Iowa State program strong enough to withstand their departures? Last year's record: 7-6 (3-4) Key departures QB Clifford Wilcox RB Arturo Pacheco WR Tom Oldham OT Harry Mock C Aden Hastings K Eric Graves Key returnees WR Elliott Efi OG Max Gavin DE Mekhi Tolbert DT Kai Voss CB David Tolliver Impact newcomers QB August Blank (redshirted junior) OT D'Neal Norris (redshirted freshman) C Russell Daigle (redshirted junior) OLB Paul Bryant (redshirted freshman) SS Laurent Daniel (redshirted freshman) Four-Year Recruiting Rank: 25th overall, 6th Big XII Chicago Tribune Preseason Rank: 35th overall, 8th Big XII Schedule and Projection at Nebraska at New Mexico at Minnesota Kansas Baylor at Oklahoma State at Kansas State TCU at Texas Texas Tech at West Virginia Oklahoma Projected record: 4-8 (2-7) Best-case scenario: 8-4 (6-3) Worst-case scenario: 1-11 (0-9) Bellwether game: Week 2 at Nebraska. The Huskers are about to go through their own struggles with the departures of Sean Hamilton and Marcus Williams, so the two programs will be fighting on relatively even strength. Both teams need to figure out who their playmakers are on offense: Nebraska's Sebastian Babb and Iowa State's Elliott Efi are the prime suspects. Both teams have some serious talent on defense to make up for their relative lack of offense. On paper, Iowa State looks a little bit better than Nebraska, but playing this game in Lincoln adds an extra wrinkle to their opener. A win here leaves the Cyclones feeling good about their bowl chances. A loss means they'll only have a couple of weeks to get their ducks in a row. Three Strengths Iowa State's offensive line should be one of the most impressive groups in the conference, anchored by elite interior linemen Max Gavin and Russell Daigle along with blue-chip D'Neal Norris. This projects to be the best defensive line Iowa State's had yet. Defensive ends Mekhi Tolbert and Jalen Pittman along with defensive tackle Kai Voss could all be playing on Sundays. Redshirt freshmen Paul "Bear" Bryant and Laurent Daniel are an immediate talent upgrade and can elevate Iowa State's defense to be among the conference's best. Three Weaknesses Replacing their top three offensive playmakers will be difficult, and matching the talent level of Wilcox, Pacheco, and Oldham is nearly impossible. Receiving corps isn't very deep: after Elliott Efi and tight end Kamari Malloy, no other Cyclone has shown an ability to consistently get open. A young linebacker corps will put more pressure on the defensive line to keep containment and bust backfields open. Outlook The first squall line has passed. With the graduation of Clifford Wilcox and Arturo Pacheco and the early departure of Tom Oldham, Iowa State will now have to build around a new identity. In 2020, that identity's going to come from their defense. With a strong defensive line, a young but talented set of linebackers, and a secondary led by David Tolliver and Kamari Wilkins, the Cyclone defense that's given up 16.6 points per game over the last two years should continue to be a force to be reckoned with. But against a tougher schedule than they're used to facing, Iowa State's defense will need to turn up the heat to another level--and perhaps more importantly, the offense will have to build a new identity overnight. The offensive line will be strong, so it'll depend on what the Cyclones see from the backfield. As of now, junior quarterback August Blank and senior runningback Avery Jeffries are slated to start. If things go south, senior quarterback Peter Edge or junior runningback Josiah Edmonds could see some time. Blank's mobility would allow for the most schematic continuity from the Wilcox/Pacheco system, but Iowa State's #1 priority on offense will be finding the combination that can be most effective. Bottom line, though: there's some upside here for Iowa State, but we're going to need to see it to believe it. Presented by the Big XII Network
  16. PANTHER PREY Third-quarter lead evaporates in Charlotte, Bears fall to 1-4 Mike Latta takes Trevor Reed with him into the endzone for the go-ahead touchdown
  17. Burning Question: Baylor has earned the right over these past two years to consider itself a contender. How will the Bears adapt to losing their Bell cow? Last year's record: 11-3 (6-1) Key departures RB Sean Bell C David Lemons (early declaration) ILB Luke Barker Key returnees QB Marcus Swartz WR Lamont Wilder TE Hastin Rider DE Alex Whitney OLB Julian Neville CB Kyle Cunningham Impact newcomers OT Brian Chavez (junior college transfer) OLB Zachary McHale (true freshman) CB William Travis (redshirted 2019) Four-Year Recruiting Rank: 37th overall, 7th Big XII Chicago Tribune Preseason Rank: 14th overall, 1st Big XII Schedule and Projection UCLA at Arkansas California at Iowa State Texas Tech at Kansas State Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Kansas at Texas at West Virginia TCU Projected record: 9-3 (6-3) Best-case scenario: 11-1 (8-1) Worst-case scenario: 5-7 (3-6) Bellwether game: Week 4 vs. California. Baylor faces a pair of talented but thin teams to open their schedule, and California is by far the biggest challenge in their non-conference slate. The California offense will test the Baylor secondary with the combination of Leonard Norris and Hakeem Black. But just as importantly, Cal's defense is going to pose a few problems for Marcus Swartz, Lamont Wilder and the Baylor offense thanks to a lockdown secondary led by Blaine Lewis-Thompson. This is the point in the season where the Baylor offense will need to have some idea as to its identity--because if it can do that, it'll have a leg up on all the Big XII contenders who need longer to figure that out. Three Strengths Marcus Swartz returns for his senior season. With the highest 2019 passer rating (148.6) and most starts (39) of any returning Big XII quarterback, he'll bring stability to the position. Wide receiver Lamont Wilder and tight end Hastin Rider ought to make for one of the best one-two receiving punches in the country Pass-destroyer Kyle Cunningham leads a defense sprinkled with talent throughout. Three Weaknesses With David Lemons's departure, the offensive line is in bad shape. Two true freshmen are expected to start in the unit. Run game will be hard to predict in year 1 after Sean Bell, and the highly touted Miles Street is not expected to play in 2020. Getting nitpicky, but depth at outside linebacker and cornerback could be a problem against the right matchups. Outlook Over the last two seasons, Baylor has gone from afterthought to contender. They won 14 games in their first four seasons combined, and they've won 20 in their past two. They won a bowl game in 2018, then topped that by winning the Big XII South and earning a playoff bid in 2019. How will they follow it up in 2020? That depends on a few things. First of all, how will Baylor replace the irreplaceable Sean Bell? The Big XII's #3 all-time rusher is now a Cleveland Brown, leaving senior Nasir Burden to take the lion's share of snaps at halfback. His partner-in-crime in the backfield is the second factor for Baylor: can Marcus Swartz take the reins as the most experienced player on the offense? He's never truly had to carry the offense--but he's also never had an offense tailored to him, either. Finally, the third (and perhaps biggest) question is whether a young offensive line can keep the pressure out of the backfield. Assuming that a well-built Baylor defense holds its weight, Baylor has the chance to get off to a strong start. Their non-conference opponents all have something to prove (though Cal is certainly dangerous), and their first four conference opponents are all flawed as well. If they stumble early, there will be trouble. But if they can win the early games they're supposed to and parlay that into momentum and confidence toward the middle and end of the season, they'll have a shot to win their first Big XII title. Presented by the Big XII Network
  18. Arizona's 2015-2017 seasons earned them those expectations. They went 33-7 in that span.
  19. Tight end wound up being the hardest spot to fill, with three nominated candidates for the one spot. We expect both to continue to be very successful in the 2020 season. Dillon Scott's season last year, though, outpaced every returning tight end by a large enough margin that even a noticeable drop in statistical performance caused by outside factors would still leave him among the best in the country.
  20. The 2020 season is almost upon us, and you don't want to wait for the evidence to roll in before you start up your hot takes--but at the same time, you want to be able to say "I told you so" once the season ends. Over the past few weeks, the Chicago Tribune statistical team has been designing a model to rank every team in the country this season (except UMass). Based loosely on SBNation's S&P formula, the Tribune formula takes into account every program's performance last season (as measured by adjusted margin of victory), their past four years of recruiting, and the amount of production returned from last year, all based on what has shown correlation with past end-of-year Adjusted Margin of Victory rankings. Thanks to caesari and bmlig95 for helping get the necessary statistics together. Without further ado, here is the full list of all 118 FBS teams that are named things other than UMass (since there is no past data for the Minutemen). Who is too high? Who is too low? You decide. 118. Middle Tennessee (C-USA) 117. Florida International (C-USA) 116. Florida Atlantic (C-USA) 115. UAB (C-USA) 114. Charlotte (C-USA) 113. UTEP (C-USA) 112. Tulsa (AAC) 111. San Jose State (MWC) 110. Oregon State (Pac-12) 109. Wyoming (MWC) 108. UNLV (MWC) 107. Old Dominion (C-USA) 106. Louisiana Tech (C-USA) 105. Kent State (MAC) 104. Miami (FL) (ACC) 103. Wake Forest (ACC) 102. UTSA (C-USA) 101. Cincinnati (AAC) 100. Utah State (MWC) 99. Miami (OH) (MAC) 98. New Mexico (MWC) 97. Western Kentucky (C-USA) 96. Memphis (AAC) 95. Colorado State (MWC) 94. Central Michigan (MAC) 93. Southern Miss (C-USA) 92. Kentucky (SEC) 91. Georgia State (Independent) 90. BYU (Independent) 89. Marshall (C-USA) 88. Eastern Michigan (MAC) 87. Navy (AAC) 86. Akron (MAC) 85. Kansas State (Big XII) 84. Tulane (AAC) 83. Houston (AAC) 82. NC State (ACC) 81. Army (Independent) 80. Ball State (MAC) 79. Ole Miss (SEC) 78. Washington (Pac-12) 77. Buffalo (MAC) 76. North Texas (C-USA) 75. Rutgers (Big Ten) 74. Northern Illinois (MAC) 73. Florida (SEC) 72. Stanford (Pac-12) 71. Ohio (MAC) 70. Bowling Green (MAC) 69. Boise State (MWC) 68. North Carolina (ACC) 67. Fresno State (MWC) 66. Notre Dame (Independent) 65. Northwestern (Big Ten) 64. Syracuse (ACC) 63. Indiana (Big Ten) 62. Arkansas (SEC) 61. UCLA (Pac-12) 60. Georgia Tech (ACC) 59. Texas Tech (Big XII) 58. Louisville (ACC) 57. Utah (Pac-12) 56. Arizona State (Pac-12) 55. East Carolina (AAC) 54. Boston College (ACC) 53. Duke (ACC) 52. Texas A&M (SEC) 51. Nebraska (Big Ten) 50. Rice (C-USA) 49. Ohio State (Big Ten) 48. Iowa (Big Ten) 47. Colorado (Pac-12) 46. Hawaii (MWC) 45. Connecticut (AAC) 44. San Diego State (MWC) 43. South Carolina (SEC) 42. California (Pac-12) 41. Missouri (SEC) 40. Georgia (SEC) 39. Tennessee (SEC) 38. UCF (AAC) 37. Michigan State (Big Ten) 36. Temple (AAC) 35. Iowa State (Big XII) 34. Western Michigan (MAC) 33. Virginia (ACC) 32. Oklahoma (Big XII) 31. Kansas (Big XII) 30. West Virginia (Big XII) 29. TCU (Big XII) 28. Oregon (Pac-12) 27. Texas (Big XII) 26. Vanderbilt (SEC) 25. Oklahoma State (Big XII) 24. Alabama (SEC) 23. Pittsburgh (ACC) 22. Wisconsin (Big Ten) 21. USF (AAC) 20. Air Force (MWC) 19. Virginia Tech (ACC) 18. Florida State (ACC) 17. Minnesota (Big Ten) 16. Maryland (Big Ten) 15. Nevada (MWC) 14. Baylor (Big XII) 13. Arizona (Pac-12) 12. Mississippi State (SEC) 11. Illinois (Big Ten) 10. Washington State (Pac-12) 9. USC (Pac-12) 8. LSU (SEC) 7. Auburn (SEC) 6. Purdue (Big Ten) 5. Toledo (MAC) 4. Michigan (Big Ten) 3. SMU (AAC) 2. Clemson (ACC) 1. Penn State (Big Ten) A few notes: Once again, the Big Ten projects to be the strongest conference in the country. Defending champion Penn State tops the preseason rankings, returning an extremely high percentage of an undefeated title team--including quarterback Tanner Bowman, wideout Morgan "General" Patton, wrecking ball Shamar Ware, and all-around destroyer Shane Easley. But they'll face stiff competition within their own division from #4 Michigan, as well as the threat of two top-11 teams in the West (Purdue, Illinois). On average, the Big Ten West is the 2nd-strongest division in the country--behind only the Big Ten East. Is this the year of the G5? The likes of UCF, Air Force, SMU, Temple, Toledo, and Nevada have constantly vied for the title of G5 superpower, but none have managed to break the green ceiling. No G5 team has ever defeated a P5 team in a playoff game, and only 2014 Boise State (against FSU) and 2016 Air Force (against Wisconsin) were able to keep it within one possession. Toledo and SMU both look to be the cream of the crop. They've maintained top-10 recruiting classes over the last four years, and that's meant that their young guys are seeing a lot of playing time--which in turn means that they don't lose a lot of production year-over-year yet. Both finished just outside of last year's AMoV top 25, but both could be poised for flying leaps into the top 10 this year. The Big XII is a difficult conference to project this year, and perhaps this lends some insight as to why: seven of its ten teams are located in the 25-35 range. #85 Kansas State and #59 Texas Tech lag behind while #14 Baylor lands ahead of the pack. The fundamental problem is that the teams that have hit the recruiting trail hard are losing a lot of production, whereas the teams that are returning most of their production have had some lean recruiting years. The ten teams projected to make the most improvement over last season's finish (from 10 to 1) are: Georgia Tech, UCLA, San Diego State, USF, Michigan, Nevada, North Texas, SMU, Arizona, and Duke. No pressure. The ten teams projected to regress the most from last season's finish (again from 10 to 1) are: Arizona State, Oklahoma, Boston College, Arkansas, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Tennessee, Ohio State, Syracuse, and Rutgers.
  21. You can do that already. Start your search, then click on "More Search Options." That'll pull up a whole menu of options. On the left of that menu, you'll see "Content Type"--select Topics. It'll give you a dropdown menu where you can select which subforum(s) you want to search. However, it won't turn up results that are in spoilers (which is extremely relevant when it comes to game reports), so this is what a search of all the TV networks for "Skaggs" would look like:,223,224,226,222,234&sortby=relevancy. If you're looking for a player's results, you can sidestep the spoiler limitation by searching for the player's team instead.
  22. Thanks! And just a minor correction: I got Marshall and NC State reversed, so it should be NC State hosting Marshall.
  23. I can't believe Brendan Scherer didn't do the same.
  24. Quarterback navbox was already up to date, so I did two player pages: Bradley Spurlock: (Taylor High school: Judah Murphy: (added to Hoyt Valley HS page, which HAFF had already created:

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