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  1. 1. South Alabama Jaguars (2-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: Bye Positives: The Jaguars got a well-deserved rest week following their win over fellow Sun Belt contender Arkansas State. Getting a week to prepare for the top-ranked team in the nation certainly helps too. Negatives: Hopefully they make it out of Auburn relatively unscathed. That’s about all I can say. What’s next: at Auburn 2. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (1-4, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: vs. Appalachian State W 35-20 Positives: Louisiana-Lafayette picked up their first win of the year in fairly convincing fashion. After a pretty tough OOC schedule it has to feel good picking up that first win, against a conference foe nonetheless. Andrew Ruiz was lights out for the Ragin’ Cajuns in this one, passing for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns. Michael Snowden was the main beneficiary, catching seven passes for 102 yards and scoring once. The defense didn’t allow App State to manufacture much of anything in the air or on the ground. Negatives: It’s kind of amazing Ruiz managed to have this type of game with the line playing how they did. They posted a rating of just 2,1, tied for the lowest in all of college football this year. By the fourth quarter the game was all but decided, but giving up fourteen fourth quarter points isn’t a great look. If ULL lets teams back into games, they could get one stolen from them. What’s next: Bye 3. Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-3, 0-1 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: vs. Louisiana Tech W 26-17 Positives: The Red Wolves are back on track after losing three in a row. Eugene Salas and Roscoe Bishop continued their great seasons in this one, with Bishop catching eight of Salas’ 28 completions and one of his three touchdowns. The defense kept Tech dual-threat quarterback Khalil Simpkins in check, as he put up just 209 yards of offense and threw an interception. ASU now gets a bye week to prepare for a road test against conference opponent Georgia State. Negatives: Despite the air raid being alive and well again, Arkansas State put up just 26 points. Finishing drives was an issue in this one and is something that will need to be fixed going forward if the Red Wolves want a shot at the conference championship. It doesn’t help that kicker Jack Edwards was just 2 of 3 on both extra points and field goals. What’s next: at Georgia State 4. Georgia Southern Eagles (1-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: at New Mexico State W 37-20 Positives: First win in school history! Congrats to bmlig95 on this achievement and I’m sure there will be many more to come this season and in coming years. Running back Messiah Sheppard could not be stopped this game, carrying the ball 24 times for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns. Combined with an efficient performance from QB Ian Sorensen, there wasn’t much the Aggies could do defensively. John Small and Jaiden Powell led the defense to a dominating performance, giving up just 13 points (the other seven came from a punt return). Negatives: The special teams gave up a touchdown on a punt return, but I’m sure that’ll be fixed next week at practice. Other than that, this was a fairly dominating day for the Eagles. They do play the Louisiana schools the next two weeks, which could be tough as they’ve looked good so far. It will be interesting to see if the offensive line can keep performing like they did in this one, with this being their highest rating of the season. What’s next: vs. Louisiana-Monroe 5. Georgia State Panthers (1-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +2 Last week: Bye Positives: The Panthers had a bye to get ready for Arkansas State’s potent offensive attack. If they can slow down Salas and the great group of receivers they should have a decent shot at winning. Negatives: So far this year Georgia State’s offense has depended on the performances of quarterback Zachary Mattson. If he doesn’t play well in this one it could spell trouble for the Panthers. What's next: vs. Arkansas State 6. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (1-4, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: -1 Last week: at Southern Miss L 20-24 Positives: On paper the Warhawks should’ve lost this game by a lot more, but props to them for keeping it close with Southern Miss. Martin Johnson continues to have a nice season for ULM as he had 306 yards and 2 touchdowns in this one. And despite giving up quite a few yards, the Warhawk defense was able to limit the Golden Eagles to just 24 points. Negatives: Being able to close out games is important when almost every Sun Belt team is vying for just a few bowl bids. Every win matters. It just means more™. If ULM wants to compete for the top spot in the tough Sun Belt West, they’re going to have turn things around pretty quickly. Tion Mays continues to struggle running the football, meaning all opposing defenses really have to do is focus on the pass. And being one-dimensional won’t win a lot of ball games. What’s next: at Georgia Southern 7. Texas State Bobcats (0-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: Bye Positives:. Texas State had a bye week to prepare for conference foe Troy. This is a prime opportunity for the Bobcats to pick up their first win of the year, as they are coming off of a bye and going up against first-time head coach Maverick. Negatives: Texas State has looked less than spectacular this year, albeit against very respectable opponents. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. What’s next: vs. Troy 8. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-3, 0-2 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: vs. Troy L 16-17 Positives: Cornerback John Mitchell continues to have a nice season for the Chanticleers as he picked off his third pass of the season in this one. As a whole, the defense played really well, limiting the Trojans to just 17 points in this low-scoring battle. Kicker Greg Luther III finally made a field goal for Coastal Carolina this season, going 3/3 from distances of 35, 22, and 21. The Chants get a bye week to prepare for cross-division foe Texas State. Negatives: Unfortunately when you’re kicking field goals that close it means you’re unable to finish drives in the red zone. That was the difference in this one. CCU will have to get better at finishing drives with touchdowns if they want any sort of relevance in the Sun Belt East this year. Running back Amadou Jackson had a day to forget, rushing just 9 times for 26 yards. Roger Reese threw for just 171 yards, meaning the Chanticleers failed to eclipse 200 total yards. What’s next: Bye 9. Troy Trojans (1-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: at Coastal Carolina W 17-16 Positives: It’s not easy to win a toss-up conference road game but the Trojans did just that last week. A superb effort by the defense led the way as they only allowed 197 total yards of offense. Cornerback Henry Parker had a pick six that sealed the deal for the Trojans in the fourth quarter. The defense also forced Reese to fumble once as well, setting themselves up in decent field position. Negatives: Troy is lucky their defense came to play in this one because their offense did not. Troy actually managed to gain even less yards than CCU, but was still able to win the game. Kicker Jack Rodriguez did not help the cause either, making just one of three field goal attempts. Troy committed quite a few penalties and made quite a few offensive mistakes, but a win is a win. They get another tough road matchup against the Texas State Bobcats next week. What’s next: at Texas State 10. Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) Change: -1 Last week: at Louisiana-Lafayette L 20-35 Positives: This was a road game against one of the top contenders in the Sun Belt West so it’s not quite panic time in Boone yet. One thing the defense has been able to do so far this year is put pressure on the quarterback. They sacked Ruiz three times in this one. The Mountaineers now get a bye week to hopefully scrap together some sort of identity as they host Florida Atlantic the week after. Negatives: Finding a way to get receiver Jermaine Jennings more involved would help this team tremendously. He has just 172 yards on the season which is disappointing for a 4.5/4.5 talent. The offense as a whole couldn’t get much of anything going either until the fourth quarter when the game was basically decided. The defense doesn’t look like it’s going to stop many teams this year, so the offense will need to step up if they want to keep pace with some of the more potent offenses in the conference. What’s next: Bye We also have a new feature: a chart depicting the movement in the power rankings so far this season. Credit goes to @Jieret for the idea and @bmlig95 for putting it together for the Sun Belt!
  2. imerman

    [2022] Week #6 - FNF

    Alexa, play Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
  3. imerman

    [2022] Week #6 - FNF

    Mean but fair
  4. imerman

    [2022] Week #6 - FNF

    Oh no I didn't notice that... I'm curious now as well
  5. imerman

    [2022] Week #6 - TNF

    Was there a brawl in the NM-Ole Miss game? Holy penalties. And Andrew Ruiz had a nice performance for ULL despite pretty bad line play.
  6. Yeah at the moment a lot of these OOC games are tough for us, so it's hard to see who the real contenders are for the conference. Things will get sorted out after a few weeks of conference play though. And hopefully in a couple seasons we can be competitive in OOC games after some decent recruiting classes.
  7. 1. South Alabama Jaguars (2-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: +2 Last week: vs. Arkansas State W 34-30 Positives: The Jaguars came in with a similar offensive game plan as last week: feed Ray Jay Dougherty and let Rafael Higgins make the throw he needs to make. And they executed it almost to perfection yet again. There were some hiccups in the first half but the offense surged in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points to complete the comeback. The Jaguar defense accommodated to the Red Wolves’ passing attack and shut them down in the second half, allowing the Jaguar offense to go to work. South Alabama now carries a two game win streak heading into their bye week. Negatives: It’s not a good idea to rely on fourth quarter comebacks to win ball games. If the Jaguars defense hadn’t been able to shut down Eugene Salas in the second half, this would have been a completely different ball game. After the bye week, South Alabama gets the pleasure of heading up to Auburn to presumably be a tune-up game for the Tigers. What’s next: Bye 2. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (0-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: at UNLV L 14-38 Positives: Not much went right in this one for ULL, but at least they’ll have the chance to right the ship next week at home against Appalachian State. It seems coach Dr_Novella tried out the wildcat in this game and it didn’t work so hot, but with another week with it under their belts it should bode a little better against the Mountaineers. The Ragin’ Cajuns were able to move the ball decently well against UNLV’s backup in the second half. Negatives: The wildcat doesn’t seem like the type of system you’d want to install when attempting to turn your season around. Running back Raymond Herrera attempted two passes in this game, one resulting in an interception. With quarterback Andrew Ruiz throwing another pick and the Ragin’ Cajuns amounting just 155 total yards of offense it was tough to find any rhythm. The Ragin’ Cajuns were down 28-0 at half leaving almost no chance to come back. Although it wouldn’t have made much of a difference, kicker Vaughn Hudgins missed two field goals as well. What’s next: vs. Appalachian State 3. Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-3, 0-1 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: at South Alabama L 30-34 Positives: Eugene Salas and his receiving corps continued to wreak havoc on defenses (for about a half, but more on that later). When the Red Wolves are executing offensively, there aren’t many G5 teams that would be able to keep pace with them. The trio of sophomore linebackers Carl Booth, David Bullock, and Martin Acosta played well in this one, combining for 16 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. Negatives: The Red Wolves were only clicking offensively in the first half. Once the second half got underway, the Jaguars defense completely shut them down. The same thing happened to the defense as they allowed 21 second half points, resulting in losing the game. There’s going to half to be some halftime adjustments made by the coaching staff if they want to be able to close out games. Giving more than one carry to the running back might not hurt either. What’s next: vs. Louisiana Tech 4. Georgia Southern Eagles (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: Bye Positives: Georgia Southern had a week off to prepare for what should be a nice out-of-conference win for them. New Mexico State appears to be struggling this year, so this is a perfect opportunity for Georgia Southern to pick up their first win in school history. They’re also coming off a nice showing against Rutgers. Negatives: Besides the Rutgers game, Southern hasn’t looked great this year. The offensive line will probably continue to struggle, but there should be enough talent to win this ball game. What’s next: at New Mexico State 5. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (1-3, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: +4 Last week: vs. Coastal Carolina W 31-28 Positives: Is it time to start talking about how Louisiana-Monroe’s passing attack might be on the same level as Arkansas State’s? Personally, I think so. Despite throwing two picks, Martin Johnson lit up this Chanticleer secondary and spread the ball around plenty, with three different receivers catching touchdowns. The Warhawk pass defense came to play in this one, sacking and intercepting CCU quarterback Roger Reese two times each. They also held CCU running back Amadou Jackson to a yard under his season average. Negatives: Clearly this is a pass-first team, but they could run into trouble if they play a team with a solid secondary as running back Tion Mays has failed to impress thus far. He averaged just two yards per carry in this one. This might be attributed to the fact that the line play was abysmal. They managed just a 2.4 rating in this one. Bad line play hasn’t been a common theme for ULM prior to this game, so it will be interesting to see if it continues. What’s next: at Southern Miss 6. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-2, 0-1 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: at Louisiana-Monroe L 28-31 Positives: After a not-so-great first half, the Chants came out of the gate firing by scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter. Unfortunately for them, the game is in fact four quarters long so it wasn’t quite enough to get the win. Gregory Brown and Amadou Jackson continue to be solid playmakers for this offense with each scoring a touchdown against ULM. Cornerback Joseph Pepper showed off some ball skills, intercepting two of Martin Johnson’s passes. Coastal gets Troy at home, looking to pick up their third win of the season. Negatives: Roger Reese continues to be hot and cold throwing just about as many picks as he does touchdowns. The Chants secondary was torn apart by the Warhawks’ lethal passing attack. Junior strong safety Gerald Jackson will need to take some leadership of the unit if they want to improve over the rest of the season. Greg Luther III has yet to make a field goal this season and missed two in this one. Coastal also racked up over 100 yards of penalties, setting themselves up for failure. What’s next: vs. Troy 7. Georgia State Panthers (1-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: vs. Charlotte W 42-27 Positives: Georgia State won a game and Zachary Mattson played really well! I feel like I've sort of been hating on this team and QB, but this is a nice change of pace for the Panthers after three tough games. Mattson was efficient both running and throwing the ball, racking up 271 yards of offense and scoring 3 touchdowns himself. Running back Samuel Coyne had quite a nice game, carrying the ball 24 times for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense was able to hold Chris Billings and the 49er offense in check. Sophomore corner Ladarius Beasley recorded a game-changing pick-six. The Panthers get a week off to prepare for Arkansas State’s lethal passing attack. Negatives: This was a good win for coach justinquan and the Panthers, but they can’t get too cocky just yet. Charlotte isn’t a great team, and they still have a fairly tough Sun Belt schedule ahead of them. Georgia State also managed to win this one despite a whopping 13 penalties for 128 yards. That undisciplined play won’t fly once conference games roll around. What's next: Bye 8. Texas State Bobcats (0-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: -3 Last week: vs. UTSA L 16-31 Positives: I know I said this last week too,but the schedule really does lighten up for Texas State now. They get a bye week to prepare for a home game against Troy, one the Bobcats should definitely have marked as a good chance for a win. As far as this game goes, Jeremy Spears continues to impress in his first season in college football. The true freshman totaled four tackles, with one coming in the Roadrunner backfield. Negatives: Unfortunately for coach rabidsnowman and Texas State, they’ll have to wait until next year for a chance to beat one of their in-state rivals. The line play didn’t do them any favors in this one, netting a 2.7 rating for the game. The offense also needs to start finishing drives. Settling for four field goals typically won’t cut it. The defense wasn’t very opportunistic, failing to force the UTSA into a turnover. With a poor record, it’s tough to stay motivated and optimistic for the remainder of the season, but if they do, they could certainly make some noise in conference play. What’s next: Bye 9. Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-3, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: at Duke L 6-52 Positives: At least there’s no more P5 teams on the schedule? The Mountaineers scheduled some brutal OOC games and there’s only one remaining which should bode well for this team’s confidence going forward. Redshirt freshman strong safety recorded ten tackles in this one, bringing his total to 16 on the season. Negatives: To be blunt, everything. But, this is a Duke team that has playoff potential so not too much to be ashamed of here for the Mountaineers. All in all, Duke did what it was supposed to do against App State and it was ugly. (RB Omar Triplett had 6 carries for 9 yards, nice). The Mountaineers get their second crack at a Sun Belt team, but it is against an angry ULL team looking for their first win, so Appalachian State could be in trouble. What’s next: at Louisiana-Lafayette 10. Troy Trojans (0-4, 0-1 Sun Belt) Change: 0 Last week: at Central Michigan L 27-34 Positives: If the first quarter didn’t count, Troy looked great in this one. The defense played well, holding CMU to just 13 points in the final three frames and scoring 27 themselves. Running back David West looked good, rushing 23 times for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Lawrence Strange showed flashed some potential, catching 6 balls for 78 yards and a touchdown. Up next for Troy is a Coastal Carolina team that didn’t play so well last week, so this could be a golden opportunity for the Trojans. Negatives: Unfortunately, the first quarter does in fact cound and the Chippewas was almost able to put the game out of reach right off the bat. Being down 21-0 after a quarter isn’t a recipe for success and the Trojans will need to make sure to come out ready next game. Central Michigan did whatever they wanted in the air and on the ground. They totaled 483 yards of offense. It’s actually kind of surprising they only managed 34 points on that many yards, but that shows how much the Trojans defense stiffened up after the first quarter. What’s next: at Coastal Carolina
  8. He's going to play school
  9. imerman

    Favorite Recruiting Memory

    This is my first season so I guess I'll go with securing my first 4.0 prospect in ILB Joleon Pratt
  10. To me, it seems like it might be tough for Duke to get Ashton. I haven't been following all of these battles the whole season, but Duke is fighting hard on a lot of guys so Ashton may not get the loving he deserves and end up staying home to play for randye4. And I don't think LSU is going to let Christiansen fall to Tulane. LSU got a lot of their top guys to commit early so I don't see any reason for them not go hard after him, because Tulane won't be able to keep pace on points. It's also weird seeing UTEP and Kansas State fighting for one of the top safeties in Texas.
  11. Hello everyone! Since the top recruits page on the interface is down, I'd thought it'd be fun to look at which recruits teams are being highly recruited by some of the nation's top programs. I've included every 4.0+ player with at least two teams within five points of each other. This is where we stand after two rounds of commitments. Who do you think goes where? Any surprises? Let's discuss! Max Olson Fontana (Fontana, CA) RB Power Fr 5-10 224 1.0 of 4.5 Takoda Sheldon Loganville (Loganville, GA) RB Power Fr 6-0 226 1.0 of 4.0 Cameron Caldwell (G5) Central (Independence, OR) FB Pass Blocking Fr 5-10 231 1.0 of 4.5 Damian Smart Pineville (Pineville, LA) FB Run Blocking Fr 6-1 234 1.0 of 4.0 Pu'a'ho Esera Hoover (Hoover, AL) WR Target Fr 6-5 201 2.0 of 4.0 Kevin Hill Paraclete (Lancaster, CA) TE Blocking Fr 6-3 244 1.5 of 4.0 Bo Patrick Asheboro (Asheboro, NC) TE Receiving Fr 6-4 200 2.0 of 4.0 Henry Fitzpatrick Saltsburg (Saltsburg, PA) OT Pass Blocking Fr 6-7 306 1.0 of 4.0 Aaron Varela Paradise (Paradise, TX) OG Pass Blocking Fr 6-4 299 2.0 of 4.5 Patrick Lyles Comanche (Comanche, TX) OG Run Blocking Fr 6-4 313 1.0 of 4.0 Shiloh Marshall Wilcox County (Rochelle, GA) OG Pass Blocking Fr 6-5 332 1.0 of 4.0 Trevor Ashton Whitehaven (Memphis, TN) C Run Blocking Fr 6-1 279 1.0 of 4.0 Lucas Stahl North Florida Christian (FL) DT 1-Gap Fr 6-3 314 1.0 of 5.0 Tugboat Barber Flushing (Flushing, MI) DT 2-Gap Fr 6-7 282 2.0 of 4.0 William Hollis Valley (Bakersfield, CA) ILB Mike Fr 6-4 228 1.0 of 4.0 Cody Stallings Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach, FL) ILB Mike Fr 6-3 255 1.5 of 4.0 Grant Morrison DeLaSalle (Minneapolis, MN) ILB Mike Fr 6-1 248 1.0 of 5.0 Garrett Christiansen Eunice (Eunice, LA) OLB Blitz Fr 6-0 238 1.0 of 4.0 Darron Reed St. Stephen's (Austin, TX) CB Man Coverage Fr 6-0 167 1.0 of 4.0 Randall Taylor Cook (Adel, GA) CB Zone Coverage Fr 6-2 174 2.0 of 4.0 Judge Hargrove DeLeon (DeLeon, TX) FS Man Coverage Fr 5-10 212 1.0 of 4.0 Quinn Stout La Marque (La Marque, TX) FS Zone Coverage Fr 6-1 189 1.5 of 4.0 Branden Bonner Centennial (Corona, CA) FS Man Coverage Fr 6-2 194 1.5 of 4.5 Romeo Smith Staley (Kansas City, MO) SS Man Coverage Fr 6-2 215 1.5 of 4.5 David Finley Liberal (Liberal, KS) SS Man Coverage Fr 6-0 200 2.0 of 4.5 Hayden Treat North Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) K Power Fr 6-4 181 1.0 of 4.0 Oliver Shannon Grand Valley (Parachute, CO) K Power Fr 6-4 203 1.0 of 4.0 Kaholo Siula St. Louis (Honolulu, HI) P Power Fr 5-9 201 2.0 of 4.0 Travis Hurt St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) LS Specialized Fr 6-3 261 1.0 of 5.0 Charone Osgood Saguaro (Scottsdale, AZ) LS Traditional Fr 6-0 271 1.0 of 4.0
  12. imerman

    [2022] Week #5 - FNF

    Good game. My kicker is killing me man
  13. 1. Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +0 Last week: at UTSA L 20-24 Positives: Arkansas State’s defense showed out in this one, holding the Roadrunners to just 24 points and intercepting UTSA quarterback Justin Radford once and sacking him twice. They also held UTSA to just a 33% third-down conversion rate. The Red Wolves continue to show they have two of the best receiving threats in the conference with receiver Roscoe Bishop and tight end Manuel Gonzalez. The two combined for fourteen receptions and two touchdowns in the loss. Negatives: Arkansas State’s offensive line did not play well and it affected Salas’s performance. They had a 2.8 rating and allowed three sacks, resulting in the star quarterback to only average ten yards per pass and throwing two interceptions. Kicker Jack Edwards picked a bad day to miss two field goals. If both had been knocked through the Red Wolves would have pulled out the win in San Antonio. Arkansas State has to travel to South Alabama to take on a confident Jaguars team. What’s next: at South Alabama 2. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +0 Last week: Bye Positives: The Ragin’ Cajuns had a week off to prepare for Mountain West foe UNLV. This is the beginning of an easier schedule for ULL so the wins should start coming in for coach Dr_Novella. Negatives: The team may be lacking confidence following some tough losses. It will also be interesting to see how the team meshes with new starting quarterback Andrew Ruiz. Ruiz is experience so he should be able to handle the road environment in Las Vegas just fine. What’s next: at UNLV 3. South Alabama Jaguars (1-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +2 Last week: vs Liberty W 38-14 Positives: After criticizing the Jaguar backfield in week two, Ray Jay Dougherty and Rafael Higgins have certainly proved me wrong since. They combined for five touchdowns in the extinguishing of Liberty. The South Alabama defense took advantage of mistakes by Liberty, forcing two turnovers. The Jaguars get Arkansas State at home next week. Negatives: The Jaguars must avoid becoming too confident after this dominating performance. Seeing how this secondary responds the potent passing attack of the Red Wolves will be interesting. If Eugene Salas gets into a rhythm it could get out of hand quickly. What’s next: vs. Arkansas State 4. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +3 Last week: at Louisiana Tech W 23-19 Positives: This team has now won two scrappy games in a row. It took 14 fourth quarter points, but the Chants were able to pull out a win on the road against Louisiana Tech. Freshman Amadou Jackson continues to run well for CCU. He ran for a vital 34 yard touchdown in this one. Senior corner John Mitchell continues to be a veteran leader on this defense, as he added another interception to his stats on Friday night. Negatives: It sounds like a broken record at this point, but Coastal Carolina’s offensive line rating was poor yet again. At this point there’s no reason to assume they’ll get much better this season as they are starting four true freshmen in the trenches. If Coastal wants to continue this success into Sun Belt play, they’re going to need to be able to play the full four quarters. They can’t always rely on fourth quarter scoring. The Chanticleers will need to slow down ULM’s passing attack if they want to win next week. What’s next: at Louisiana-Monroe 5. Texas State Bobcats (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: -1 Last week: vs. SMU L 17-52 Positives: The schedule starts to lighten a bit from here on out for the Bobcats. They should still be able to put together a solid season as they play UTSA this week then begin playing against Sun Belt competition. It was good to see that Texas State was still playing hard at the end of the game, scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Negatives: Not very many things went well for the Bobcats in this one, but that’s not too worrisome as SMU is a very good squad. The backfield will need to avoid turnovers if they want to win against a fairly evenly-matched UTSA team. If Texas State isn’t able to win this week, coach rabidsnowman will need to keep his guys confident and driven the rest of the season. What’s next: vs. UTSA 6. Georgia Southern Eagles (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +2 Last week: at Rutgers L 24-28 Positives: While it wasn’t a victory in the traditional sense of the word, the Eagles have to be pretty happy keeping the game close with Rutgers. They kept the Scarlet Knight offense in check, forcing a turnover and now allowing the wildcat offense to trick them. Georgia Southern now has a lot of confidence heading to the bye week and the easier part of their schedule. Negatives: The Eagles allowed Rutgers to score fourteen fourth quarter points. Georgia Southern will need to close games better if they want to have a solid season in the Sun Belt. The o-line continues to perform poorly, but it appears that will be a theme that persists for the rest of the season. The Eagles also had two costly turnovers, that were momentum changers for the Scarlet Knights. What’s next: Bye 7. Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) Change: +3 Last week: at Troy W 24-23 Positives: Picking up that first conference win is always a good feeling. Running back Omar Triplett ran over the Trojan defense, averaging over five yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns. The Mountaineers showed good discipline on both sides of the ball, getting penalized just four times. The defensive line made Jose Lynn’s day tougher, sacking him twice. Negatives: It seems so far that Troy is one of the weaker teams in the Sun Belt this year, so a one-point win could be troubling for Appalachian State. Stud receiver Jermaine Jennings also needs to begin showing more in order to improve the offense and draw the attention of scouts. Their next game against Duke will probably be a bloodbath, but App State looks like they might be able to compete in Sun Belt play. What’s next: at Duke 8. Georgia State Panthers (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: at Arkansas L 10-35 Positives: Zachary Mattson showed a little bit of improvement this week. He completed fifty percent of his passes and only threw one interception against Arkansas’ defense. The line continues to hold the offense together, racking up a 4.6 rating in this one, which is actually a better rating than what the Razorback’s line managed. The Panthers have a good chance to pick up an out of conference win this week as they take on Charlotte at home. Negatives: Again, despite the good offensive line play, running back Samuel Coyne couldn’t get anything going on the ground. If Georgia State can’t beat Charlotte at home, it could turn into a long season for the Panthers. What's next: vs. Charlotte 9. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: -5 Last week: at LSU L 7-37 Positives: The schedule finally gets lighter this week as they take on Coastal Carolina at home. Martin Johnson and the Warhawk offense should be able to start playing a lot better as the Sun Belt schedule begins. Other than that, there weren’t many positives for the Warhawks in this one against a vastly superior LSU team. Negatives: Obviously this game was against an SEC opponent, but ULM will have to hope to force turnovers and start getting sacks if they want to disrupt some of the higher powered Sun Belt offenses. The offensive line will have to start keeping Johnson on his feet, as they allowed a whopping five sacks this game. If he keeps getting hit like that, he might not survive the rest of the season. What’s next: vs Coastal Carolina 10. Troy Trojans (0-3, 0-1 Sun Belt) Change: -1 Last week: vs. Appalachian State L 23-24 Positives: Although he didn’t have many big plays, quarterback Jose Lynn had a very efficient night for the Trojans. He completed 67% of his passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. The defense was also able to keep Mountaineer quarterback Hernando Cortez relatively in check as he passed for just 211 yards and threw an interception. They were also able to sack him twice. Negatives: Penalties and field goals are the main reason the Trojans couldn’t pull this one out. They were penalized eight times for seventy-one yards. Kicker Jack Rodriguez missed two field goals which could have won them the game. Troy will need a better performance if they want to be a feisty Central Michigan team on the road next week. What’s next: at Central Michigan
  14. imerman

    [2022] Week #4 - FNF

    Chants showed a lot of heart tonight. 14 fourth quarter points on the road against a better opponent isn't easy. Super proud of this team!
  15. 1. Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +0 Last week: at Tulsa L 35-40 Positives: The Red Wolves’ passing game continued its’ lethality against the Golden Hurricane on Friday night. Eugene Salas went 37/60 for 429 yards and five touchdowns. Salas is certainly making a great early case for Sun Belt offensive player of the year. Arkansas State looked good on third down converting on over 50% of their opportunities Negatives: This was certainly a winnable game for ASU, but their defense let them down tremendously. Tulsa was extremely efficient both in the air and on the ground and the Red Wolves had no answer. The offensive line could certainly improve as well, with just a 2.9 rating. If they improve, this Red Wolves offense could be unstoppable. What’s next: at UTSA 2. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (0-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +0 Last week: vs. Eastern Michigan L 23-30 Positives: The Ragin Cajuns continue to play close gritty games, losing by just a touchdown to Eastern Michigan. Defensive back Corey Flaherty continued his strong season in this one, adding another pass defended and an interception to his stats. Kicker Vaughn Hughes had a pretty strong game going three of four on field goals and two of two on extra points. Negatives: ULL is playing close games, but can’t seem to get over the hump. Quarterback Emory West failed to impress again, completing under 50% of his passes and tossing an interception in the loss. Raymond Herrera wasn’t able to take much of the weight off West’s shoulders either as he ran for just 28 yards on 13 carries. Luckily, the Ragin’ Cajuns have a bye week to try to get some things sorted out. What’s next: Bye 3. Texas State Bobcats (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +2 Last week: Bye Positives: Texas State had a bye week to figure out what went wrong against UTEP. This rest should benefit them as they take on a tough SMU squad this week. If the defensive line has a big game, they have a chance to pull off the huge upset. Negatives: SMU is coming off a tough loss to Clemson, so they’ll be coming into this game looking to take it out on the Bobcats. As two touchdown underdogs, it’ll be tough for Texas State to put enough together to beat the Mustangs for four quarters straight. What’s next: vs. SMU 4. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: -1 Last week: vs. USF L 14-42 Positives: Warhawk quarterback Martin Johnson was able to sling two touchdowns despite USF’s secondary being quite a bit better on paper. Although TE Abdoul Brinson wasn’t able to make it in the endzone this week, he showed he has the potential to be a problem for opposing defenses in coming games. Negatives: After having a great performance against Georgia, ULM fell flat against the Bulls. They couldn’t get any sort of run game going and their defense was torn to shreds by USF’s potent offense. Props to ULM for scheduling tough this year, but sometimes you wonder if these kind of games take any sort of mental toll on the players. Things don’t get any easier next week in Death Valley. What’s next: at LSU 5. South Alabama Jaguars (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: at Texas Tech 29-52 Positives: South Alabama was able to score 29 points against a pretty solid Big 12 defense. Quarterback Rafael Higgins was looked much better this week. He was very efficient going 21/27 for 280 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran in a fourth score as well. Defensive end Sean Boone was living in the Red Raider backfield with 3 tackles for loss and a sack. USA should be able to pull off a win at home against a weak Liberty squad next week. Negatives: I mean, how do you even game plan against this guy? I’m sure the coaching staff was planning for the run all week, and Solomon McLaughlin looked like a man amongst boys, running 30 times for 307 yards and five touchdowns. It’s hard to put too much blame on the Jaguar defense as McLaughlin is clearly a Heisman contender this season. South Alabama does need to cut down on the penalties if they want to keep games like this closer. They were penalized 8 times for a total of 68 yards. What’s next: vs. Liberty 6. Georgia State Panthers (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: -2 Last week: vs. Florida State L 7-35 Positives: Panthers’ mike linebacker Julien Grubb looked good in this one, putting together a nice seven tackle, two tackles for loss performance. The offensive line continues to impress this season against good competition. These guys will be tough to get past once Sun Belt play starts. Negatives: There continues to be a lack of playmaking on this Panther offense. Quarterback Zachary Mattson continues to struggle as well as running back Samuel Coyne. Despite the good offensive line play, these two can’t generate much of anything. Whether this is due to their ability or the scheme, the Panthers need to figure out something fast if they want to remain competitive. What's next: at Arkansas 7. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +0 Last week: Bye Positives: Coastal Carolina got a bye to prepare for a Louisiana Tech team that has struggled so far. They lack real leadership as their AD has been conducting a coaching search for several weeks now. This gives CCU a chance at winning another out-of-conference game in which they are outmatched on paper. Negatives: Louisiana Tech just took a tough loss to UAB and could be looking for revenge at home against the Chants. As stated above, Coastal Carolina is outmatched throughout the lineup, which means if even the slightest thing goes wrong, it could go downhill very quickly for this young team. What’s next: at Louisiana Tech 8. Georgia Southern Eagles (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +0 Last week: vs. Georgia L 3-44 Positives: Georgia had trouble keeping linebackers John Small and Jude Herring out of their backfield. The duo combined for ten tackles and three tackles for loss. Running back Messiah Sheppard had an alright day against the stout Bulldog front seven, running for 64 yards on 16 carries. The Eagles improved on the penalties, drawing a flag just three times this week as compared to ten last week. Negatives: Sheppard gaining 64 yards is almost a miracle considering the offensive line graded out at just a 2.5 rating. They also gave up four sacks. Hopefully Sorensen doesn’t get too banged up before conference play, because he should fare better once we get to that point in the season. It was more of the same on defense as another SEC school had their way with this young Georgia Southern unit. The Eagles will be big underdogs next week as they head up to New Jersey to take on the Scarlet Knights. What’s next: at Rutgers 9. Troy Trojans (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: +1 Last week: Bye Positives: Getting a bye before the first conference game is big for game planning and confidence. Troy knows this is a winnable game so they should be ready to go in front of their home crowd. Negatives: Appalachian State has suffered some bad losses as well. A fired up road underdog could be trouble for a Trojan team that has struggled on both sides of the ball so far this year. What’s next: vs. Appalachian State 10. Appalachian State Mountaineers (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: -1 Last week: Bye Positives: *Read first sentence of Troy section*. Appalachian State should come out firing after two embarrassing losses at the hands of Iowa and Mississippi State. While we don’t know yet, we can assume Troy fans won’t want to come out to watch a struggling Trojan squad take on a team that also has yet to win a game. This could be advantageous for App State if Troy’s home field advantage isn’t much of a factor. Negatives: Troy has been able to score some points this season. Appalachian State can’t really say the same. Their offense is going to need to show up in a big way if they want to get their first win of the year in Mobile. What’s next: at Troy
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