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  1. They're my #1 band right now. Every time I do anything in the kitchen with music, I play them
  2. Artists 1. Fat Night 2. Lily & Madeleine 3. Lake Street Dive 4. Little Green Cars 5. Kendrick Lamar Songs 1. Honest Man - Fat Night 2. Bad Self Portraits - Lake Street Dive 3. B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas 4. Better Than - Lake Street Dive 5. Alone - Trampled by Turtles 6. Mexico - The Staves 7. Say You Love Me - Jessie Ware 8. Bellbottoms - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 9. DNA - Kendrick Lamar 10. Seventeen - Lake Street Dive Total Time: 11,534 Minutes (my time have gone up every year) My Artist of the Decade is: Lily & Madeleine
  3. Match-Up: Ohio (5-3) at Kent State (2-6) Coach @bbates728 takes his Bobcats into Kent State to take on Coach @Traith and the Flashes. Ohio is being lead by Junior QB Austin Lowe, who has been outstanding this year. He's doing a great job of pacing the offense, getting points on the board, and avoiding turnovers. RB Mike Cazares has been mostly down. He's rushed for 6 TDs with 4.26 YPC and 62 YPG. If he could get his YPC up to 4.5-4.6, this Ohio offense would see a huge boost if they could get more out of Cazares. The Bobcats sport a 3-Headed Monster in the receiving corps. Jordan Barnes, Dontae Hicks-Lundy, and Miles Hooker have combined for over 1600 Yards and 14 Touchdowns. It's hard to cover all three of these guys at once. For Kent State Defensively, DE Geno Mason is super important. If you don't get pressure on Lowe, he will tear you apart. Mason along with OLB Abraham McCormack will need to get after Lowe to disrupt the passing game. CB Micah Tatum leads the team with 2 Picks, but the Flashes struggle as a team to create turnovers. Kent State allows more PYPG than any other MAC Team. Definitely not a good match-up. On Offense, QB Cameron Hare is under center, and he really has not played well. He's completing under 54% of his passes and has thrown more Picks than TDs. Kent State cannot win with Hare playing like that. RB C.J. Williams has had a nice year. He's rushed for 6 TDs on 4.79 YPC and 79 YPG. Even though he's played well, Kent State usually goes down early and has to try to pass and get back. If the Flashes can slow down Ohio, maybe Williams can keep the Flashes in it. TE Mark Ashley leads the team with 408 Yards, while A.J. Addison leads with 3 TD Receptions. The Kent State receiving corps is certainly not at the level of Ohio. The Bobcat Defense is lead by DE Nicholas Blackwell who has 20 Tackles, 4 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, and a Fumble Return TD. His DE partner William Coates has 3 Sacks. This duo will come up big late in game. The weakness of the Bobcats defense is it's LB Group. You can run Ohio. OLB Adriel Frias leads the team with 35 Tackles with 3 TFL. Kent State has to target the middle of this defense in the run game. The Safeties will have to come up and support the LBs in the box. I think Ohio is far too talented to lose this game. My Prediction: Ohio 31 Kent State 20 Match-Up: UMASS (1-7) at Miami (OH) (0-8) Coach @TBoostR brings the Minutemen to Ohio to take on Coach @chawsley and the Redhawks. QB ER Coleman will lead UMASS onto the field. He has not played well, completing under 57% of his passes for 9 TDs and 7 Picks. UMASS has struggled at times, and Coleman has been a big part of that. RB Rick Strauss has played ok. He has 8 TDs on 4.36 YPC and 77 YPG. UMASS is 1-0 against the MAC this year, and this may get them to 2-0. WR Daniel Ramirez leads the team with 558 Yards and 4 Touchdowns. There aren't many talented players in this group, but Ramirez has really excelled. Defensively, the Redhawks have struggled hard. They're lead by ILB Kayden Shaw with 40 Tackles. DE's Kamari Haywood and Josiah Ornelas lead the team with 2 Sacks each. DT Morris Jackson hasn't done much this year. This team as a whole just does not create many negative plays or turnovers. The Redhawks have gone to a super run heavy scheme, they have 46 Yards in the air combined in the past 4 Games. QB Ahston Hilliard has completed fewer than 50% of his passes with twice as many Picks as TDs thrown. RB Nazir Randolph has become the focal point of the offense, and he frankly isn't build to run that kind of scheme. He's rushed for 3 TDs with 4.15 YPC. But, holding the ball is the best bet for Miami to make their games competitive. With this scheme, the receivers are spending their time blocking, so they won't make an impact in this one. For UMASS on Defense, they give up over 31 PPG and over 350 YPG. ILB Carter Schell leads the team with 30 Tackles. FS Marc O'Malley will spend plenty of time in the Box and tracking down Randolph. I think UMASS wins this one, they are able to create enough on offense to come away victorious. My Prediction: UMASS 24 Miami (OH) 10 Match-Up: Central Michigan (5-3) at Eastern Michigan (2-6) Coach @robcarlson77 takes the Chips into Ypsi to take on the Eagles. QB Byron Suggs is the best Quarterback in the conference. He's thrown for over 2700 Yards with 23 TDs and just 3 Picks. He hasn't done a ton of work on the ground, but when he does, he is effective. RB Daveed Huff has been pretty mum for the most part, but is really improving lately. He is now over 5 YPC on the season with 9 TDs. Joseph Aikman, Dontae Peppers and William Coates have combined for over 1900 Yards and 20 Touchdowns Good luck covering all 3 guys all game long. They score more points per game than any team in the MAC and throw for more yardage (by about 50+/game). They should overwhelm the Eagles fairly easily. On Defense, EMU gives up over 30 Points and over 225 Yards in the Air Per Game. 3 Eagles have over 30 Tackles, DE Thomas Randle-Douglas (who also leads the team with 3.5 Sacks), ILB Leo Forrest (who leads the team with 3 Picks), and OLB Marlon Grier. This trio should get after Suggs and do a solid job of containing Huff early on. I just don't see this defense keeping up with Chips for a whole game. Offensively, QB Robert Frazier has been a huge step back from Shaw. He's completing under 55% of his passes and has thrown 10 TDs and also 10 Picks. His YPA of 6.07 is dreadful and works among the worst in the conference. But, RB Tyler Pearson is possibly the best RB in the MAC, and that includes DeSean Madison. He's rushed for 997 Yards with 10 TDs on 6.23 YPC. He's a Capital D Dude and you have to watch for him every game out there. Central has been pretty good about defending the run, giving up just over 98 YPG on the ground. But, they are 2-3 when giving up more than 100, so if Pearson can get over that mark, EMU may be in business. DE Dante Joiner leads the team with 4 Sacks, while DT Kareem Lindsey has 3.5. They both have 4 TFL and so does DE Jay Huff. This DL must play great this week, if they don't get into the backfield and hit Pearson early, he'll rumble his way to 150. ILB Justice Norriega leads the team with 36 Tackles, and will have a big role to play plugging up the running lanes. I just don't see how EMU keeps this game close after the 1st Half. My Prediction: Central Michigan 42 Eastern Michigan 17
  4. Match-Up: Northern Illinois (2-6) at Buffalo (3-5) The Coachless Huskies roll into Buffalo to take on Coach @Jordan and the Bulls. NIU is lead by QB Emmett Mast, who has thrown 14 TDs to 15 Picks. The Huskies scheme has called for Mast to throw it about 45 Times a game, and he just isn't suited for that. He's completing under 57% of his passes, and just can't avoid throwing Picks. He's thrown an Interception in every game this year. But, the running game hasn't been there for NIU. RB Khalil Eubanks has rushed for 207 Yards in 8 Games. He has just 1 TD run on the season, and is getting 3.7 YPC. WRs Maxwell Rider and Gabriel Davidson each have 50+ Receptions for over 600 Yards. Rider has 6 TDs and Davidson has 4 TDs. This duo works well together and stretch the field. But NIU doesn't have a player to take advantage of that space underneath, so they struggle to move the ball at times. Buffalo's OLB Alexander Moffett leads the team with 28 Tackles and 6 PD. Moffett does a great job in coverage, and he'll be needed there this week against the Huskies. CB Laquon Boston is coming on strong, he now had 5 Picks and 5 PD on the season. Against a NIU team that is prone to throwing Picks, Boston has to be licking his chops right now. The Bulls Defense gives up just 213 PYPG, while NIU throws for 284 YPG. I think you can throw on the Bulls, but it takes a complete WR Corps to do it. And NIU doesn't have that. Offensively for the Bulls, QB Levi Thompson is legit good now. He's completed just under 63% of his passes on the season, but has thrown for 8 TDs to just 2 Picks for a QB Rating of 141.68. He has really improved this season and is playing great lately. RB Alec Self has 951 Yards and 10 TDs on the year, rushing for 5.14 YPC. He's been among the best RBs in the conference. Buffalo's WR Group isn't the most talented, but they are deep. They're all pretty equal in talent and Thompson is not afraid to go to any guy on any play. They have 4 guys with over 200 Yards on the season. On Defense, NIU has been pretty solid. They allow 235 PYPG, but 121 RYPG. They're struggling on the ground, which is a huge liability this week. OLB Ivan Rosenberg has playe dwell, with 22 Tackles, 1 TFL, and a Sack. ILB Oliver McNeal leads the team with 45 Tackles, 4 TFL, 1 Sack, and 2 FF. He has to play out of his mind on Thursday. Buffalo is going to run a ton, and McNeal is going to have to come up big to slow them down. The Huskies Corners have not done much this year, combining for just 4 Tackles. SS Antonio Weeks leads the team with 2 Picks and 2 PD, and he'll have to be a big presence to keep the Bulls passing game in front of him. I think Buffalo's Defense will play pretty good against this Huskie Passing Game, and I think they run good enough to beat NIU. My Prediction: Buffalo 27 Northern Illinois 17 Match-Up: Ball State (5-3) at Toledo (2-6) The Cards role into Toledo to take on new Coach @Megman and the Rockets. The Ball State offense is lead by QB Erik Parker, who has struggled recently. He hasn't put up a real good game since Week 8 against Eastern Michigan. He's been pretty accurate this season, with a Completion % just under 64. But, he has also struggled to get the ball into the endzone. He has 7 TD throws in 8 games. In their Week 11 win over Akron, the Cards had to settle for 5 Field Goals. That is not winning football. They'll have to convert their Redzone Attempts into Touchdowns if they want to win. RB Damani Laws has been the 2nd Best RB in Conference this year (Tyler Pearson is leading right now). He's rushed for over 1,000 Yards and 10 TDs on 5.88 YPC. He's an explosive player and can take any carry to the house. The Cards leading receiver is WR Sebastian Amato, who has 447 Yards and 2 TDs. TE Steven Moya has 377 Yards and 2 TDs himself. This duo gives Parker a potential open target on every passing down. The Toledo Defense plays great Run Defense (most of the time). They're allowing 79 RYPG, but have given up big yardage to the 2 5.0 RBs they've face. Fresno ran for 144 Yards and WMU ran for 162 Yards. Their other opponents are primarily passing teams, so I think their YPG stat is a little misleading. They're giving up 246 PYPG, which is 2nd Worst in the MAC. The Toledo DL has not been great, they've combined for 32 Tackles, 8 TFL, and 7 Sacks in 8 Games.This unit will have to play better this week. OLB Blake Gauthier is the leading tackler with 27, he also has 3 TFL and 3 Sacks. OLB Dennis Jarrett leads the team with 4.5 Sacks, and has added 3 TFL to it. ILB Ryan Carr has finally started showing up, he now has 22 Tackles, 2 TFL, and a Sack. He'll have to show up big time this week. The Secondary has been victimized routinely, having allowed 250+ Yards 4 Times. This defense has created just 4 Turnovers all season long. On Offense, QB Mario Pierre has not played well at all. He's completing under 56% of his passes with 8 TDs and 5 Picks for a QB Rating of 117.77. He hasn't added much on the ground either. Toledo's ground game basically disappeared for 4 Whole Games, but has been much better the past two weeks. RB Alvin Hines has 555 Yards with 9 TDs on 4.44 YPC. He got off to a hot start, and then was useless for a few weeks but is now playing pretty solid. The Rockets certainly need the running game to step up this week. WR Prince Malone is the leading receiver, with 441 Yards and 2 TDs. TE Amir Donovan leads the team with 4 Touchdowns, and has 351 Yards. This receiving corps is pretty mediocre, but Elias Schwartz is a solid #2. For the Cards Defense, they've been OK in most games. They give up 227 PYPG and 97 RYPG. The Cards DL has been good, combining for 37 Tackles, 7 TFL, and 10 Sacks. DE Samuel Cleveland has been a great addition. OLB Dominique Brantley is 2nd on the team with 20 Tackles, and also has 4 TFL and 3 Sacks. CB Amara Flowers and FS Geno Atkins lead the team with 2 Picks each. Ball State has been much better at creating turnovers, almost doubling the amount Toledo has forced. In the end, I think the uncertainty of the Toledo backfield and coaching scheme, Ball State takes this one. My Prediction: Ball State 21 Toledo 20
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  6. Offense True Contenders WR Sawyer Waters, Waters has 42 Receptions for 629 Yards and 6 Touchdowns for the Falcons so far. Bowling Green leads the East right now, and Waters has been a big part of that. He doesn't lead the team in receiving, that honor belongs to Brandon Lockhart. However, Waters has been stellar. He's averaging just shy of 70 Yards Per Game and leads all Freshmen in Receiving Yards. If he maintains his current average through the rest of the season, he'd finish with about 850 Yards and 9 TDs. That'd be a great start to his career. But, one thing that could sink his campaign are his hands. He has 6 TD Receptions, and also 6 Drops. If the season ends and voters are trying to pick between Waters and another player, his drops may become a factor then. TE Miles Hooker, Hooker has only made 6/8 Statsheets for his team, but has caught 39 Passes for 548 Yards and 5 Touchdowns. He's getting about 91 Yards/Game in which he makes the statsheet. His per game statistics are the best among All Freshmen. In 5/6 of the statsheets that he's made, Hooker has lead the Bobcats in receiving that game. That's very impressive when he has to compete with Jordan Barnes and Dontae Hicks-Lundy for catches, both guys who will play in the Pros. He's been very productive this year after replacing Aaron Thibodeaux. If Hooker maintains his per game averages through the rest of the season, he'd finish with 913 Yards and 8 TDs. The only factor that may hurt Hooker is his two missing statsheets. Had he been more productive earlier, he have been a lock for 1K Yards. But, if he does finish with over 900 yards, I think voters can overlook that. WR Villiamu Vainu'upo, Vainu'upo leads the Broncos with 33 Receptions for 539 Yards and 6 Touchdowns. The Broncos offense have been one of the best and most balanced in the Conference, and Vainu'upo has benefited greatly from that. He gets a little over 67 Yards/Game, and if he maintained that through the rest of the season, he'd finish with 808 Yards and 9 Touchdowns. Villiamu is at a slight disadvantage compared to the other two contenders, as WMU runs a very balanced offense and the opportunities for Receivers can be limited. His path to winning this award is definitely more difficult than either Waters or Hooker. But, if Villiamu can really turn it on the last 4 games and get closer to 90 Yards/Game and 1.5 TDs/Game, Villiamu will be right up there in the running. Dark Horses: TE William Griggs, Griggs has 27 Yards for 413 Yards and 4 Touchdowns. He's had a good season, but he's clearly a step or two behind the other Receivers this year. He's averaging 68 Yards/Game when he does record a statsheet. Which would put him at 688 Yards and 6/7 TDs on the year. A good first year for a TE, but definitely not good enough to win. His path forward has to include Waters/Hooker each having duds and Villiamu struggling while he surges. But even then, it might not be enough to topple the top group. QB Erik Parker, Parker has completed 135/211 of his passes (63.98%) for 1,576 Yards with 7 TDs and 5 Picks (and 2 FL) for a QB Rating of 132.93. Parker got the season off to a hot start, but has cooled considerably in Conference Play. He's definitely a step below Griggs for this award, and has the toughest path forward to winning it among all competitors. However, if he can turn it on and start throwing for 250 Yards/Game with 2/3 TDs/Game with no Picks. He'd finish with about 2,600 Yards and 15-18 TDs. Then he may be in contention, but even then it seems like it'd be hard for him to win it. Defense True Contenders OLB Micah Bean, Bean has 29 Tackles, 4 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 PD. He leads all freshmen in tackles and is tied for lead in TFL. Bean has done a bit of everything for the Falcons. He is a Pass Rusher at heart, and has done a good job of that this year. If he can finish with about 6-8 TFL and 5-7 Sacks, Bean would be in great position to win this award. If the Falcons do finish this thing out and win the East, Bean would be a Hero of that season and may get a little bump. DE Quincy Williams, Williams has 15 Tackles, 2 TFL, and 5.5 Sacks. He leads all Freshmen in Sacks. Williams has been the primary Pass Rusher for the Falcons, as they have terrorized opposing QBs all season long. Williams may not be able to have the Turnover Impact that Bean can, but he still brings a ton of pressure in the backfield. If he finished with over 20 Tackles, 5+ TFL and 10 Sacks, then Williams would be a hard player to top for FOTY. CB Keandre Williams, Hey, another Bowling Green player in this article. The youth movement for the Falcons is in full force. Williams has 14 Tackles, 5 Interceptions, and 2 PD. He has the most PD of all Freshmen, and is tied for most Interceptions. So the Falcons have a the Freshmen Tackle Leader, Sack Leader, PD Leader and tied for TFL and Interceptions. Williams had a super hot start, but has been very quiet recently. That may doom him if he isn't able to make anymore Statsheets. Unless Williams is able to get 2-3 More picks this season, I don't see him winning. CB Christian Washington, Finally, a non-Falcons player. Christian Washington got off to a much slower start, but has really come on hard lately. He has 13 Tackles with 5 Interceptions, and a PD. The Akron defense doesn't have the Star Power that the Bowling Green Defense does, so Washington may get a bonus for doing it "all by himself". But, like Williams, if he isn't able to get more Picks this season, he may fall too far behind the Falcons Front-7 Players. Dark Horses DE Samuel Cleveland, Cleveland has been excellent for the Cards. He has 16 Tackles, 2 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 FF. While a good season, he's a little behind Bean and Williams. Samuel has some work to do if we wants to win this award. He probably needs to get close to 30 Tackles with 6 TFL, and about 10 Sacks. That would get him right in the middle of the competition. OLB Dominique Brantley, Brantley has been very good for the Cards D alongside Samuel Cleveland. He has 20 Tackles with 4 TFL (tied for 2nd among Freshmen), 3 Sacks, and 1 PD. LBs have a hybrid role in the defense, they must rush the passer and play pass coverage. Brantley probably needs to get to around 30 Tackles, 7 TFL, and 8 Sacks if he can add a Pick or another couple PD to be in contention for DFOTY. My Predictions: Offense - TE Miles Hooker, Defense - CB Christian Washington,
  7. After the Commitment Kieran Edmondson two weeks ago, the Cards have locked up three more recruits highlighted by 4* RB Nick Carson out of Napoleon High School in Napoleon, Michigan. OLB Logan Christopher (Baytown, TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] Logan comes to Ball State all the way from Baytown, Texas. It will certainly be an adjustment for Logan, going from the Gulf Coast to East Central Indiana. We'll likely see Logan red-shirt in his year on campus, then becoming a Special Teams player/Rotational guy. He might not see any real action on the field on Defense until his Sophomore year. Logan is a 6-4, 216 Pass Rushing Specialist. He excels at speed rushing around the edge and getting pressure on the QB. With his height, he does a good job of getting his hands up and disrupting passing lanes. He's certainly an athletic player and should have a good career in Muncie. DE Seneca Norwood (Bowman, SC) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain] Seneca hails from Central South Carolina, in a town of just under 1,200 People. Seneca stands 6'7 Tall and 262 Pounds. He's a large presence on the outside and keeps everything inside. Like Logan, he gets his hands in the passing lanes and bats them down. In the Cardinal 3-4, having a big Contain DE to keep the RB from bouncing outside and opening up blitzing lanes for the OLB is super important, and Norwood looks to fill that role well. Also like Logan, we won't see Seneca on the field year one. He'll probably get a chance to start as a RS Freshman, and we could see him start for 4 years. TE Nathaniel Urban (Port St. Lucie, FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blocking] The Cards recruited their TE of the future in 2023 in Joel Leone Jr. But, the Cards could use a TE2 in blocking formations and 2 TE formations. Urban is on the short end for TEs at 6;0, but comes in at 238 Pounds. Urban will most likely Red-Shirt year one. After that, he'll become a career Special Teams Player and rotational TE player. Don't expect to see Urban on the field a lot, but he'll have a very specific role that he can fill well and help the team win. RB Nick Carson (Napoleon, MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [speed] The closest player to Muncie yet, Nick Carson looks to be the next guy in line for the Cards at RB. Ball State has always featured a Pro Caliber Running Back, and Nick Carson will continue that trend. He'll take a Red-Shirt year one, and then will likely start in 2025. He'll be following the best Back in school history with the graduation of Damani Laws, so he'll have big shoes to fill. He'll be a great pairing with (FR) Erik Parker for a couple years. Napoleon is a town of just over 1,250 People, so coming to a city of Muncie's size may be a bit of an adjustment for him. Here's a statement from Coach npklemm on this group of Commits: "We got some great guys here. Logan has a motor that won't quit and is a pest to every QB he faces. Seneca is a mauler and really excels at defending the run. Going his way is usually not a good decision. Nathaniel is basically another lineman that can catch. I'm very excited to get him involved in our offense and blow people over in the running game. Nick is a stud. He's got great speed, and can take any carry to the House. With the OL we've recruited the past couple of years, he should have a formidable group ahead of him his entire time here. This class is shaping up very well, I'm really excited to get all these guys out on the field"
  8. Welcome to the MAC! Please go here: And politely request to be assigned to Toledo. Then go here: And make an account. Keep your Username the exact same as it is here. Afterwards, find the blue box with the text "Need a team?". The text directly below is a link to request a new team. Make sure you select CFBHC Toledo, not CBBHC Toledo. Please feel free to PM me for any questions you may have. #MACTION
  9. Thursday Night Score: Ball State 22 Akron 20 My Prediction: Ball State 27 Akron 20 POTG: K Mitchell Randall, Ball State, 5/5 FG - 39, 44, 27, 28, 37 What Happened: Mitchell Randall was insanely clutch for the Cards as both offenses struggled to move the ball. QB Erik Parker had his worst game yet, completing 9/19 passes for 135 Yards. The Zips Secondary did a great job of confusing Parker and shutting down this passing attack. RB Damani Laws was harder to stop however. The Junior rushed for 166 Yards and a TD, pushing him over the 1,000 Yard Mark for the season. Laws had 24 Carries, so this Ball State offense clearly depended upon him. WR Sebastian Amato lead the team with 67 Yards, while TE Steven Moya had 28. Without Laws, this team wouldn't have been in FG position. Defensively for Akron, DT Jeremiah Clarke had a monster game. 5 Tackles, 3 TFL, and a Sack. He was constantly in the backfield, harassing whoever had the ball. Brian Graham lead the defense with 8 Tackles. One key however is the lack of turnovers forced. The Cards have been pretty loose with the ball lately, but the Zips defense didn't take advantage of that. On Offense, QB Cole Richter wasn't given much of the offensive load. He threw just 15 passes, completing 7 for 100 Yards with a TD and a Pick. He did have a TD on the ground as well. RB Shontrell Driver faced 8 Man boxes frequently, but still played pretty well. He had 21 Carries for 125 Yards. He didn't get into the endzone, but helped keep the Zips on schedule. Ryan Buckner lead the team with 40 yards receiving, while TE Guillermo Mercado had the TD Reception. For the Cards on Defense, OLB Dominique Brantley had a game for himself. 6 Tackles, 2 TFL, and a Sack. DT Vincent Uribe had 4 Tackles and 2 TFL. The Cards kept the Zips out of Field Goal range for most of the game. Akron did attempt a 40 Yarder, but Phillip Lane-Hickey hooked it wide. That ended up being the difference in the game. Score: Buffalo 28 Kent State 18 My Prediction: Buffalo 24 Kent State 21 POTG: QB Levi Thompson, Buffalo, 16/23 for 201 Yards with 2 TD What Happened: The Bulls had a balanced attack, while their defense harassed Cameron Hare all game long. QB Levi Thompson was great in this game, throwing for 201 Yards on almost 10 YPA for 2 TDs and no Picks. For 1.5 Seasons, Thompson felt like a liability in this offense, but the Coaching Staff have changed up their scheme and concepts and unleashed Thompson. He's become one of the best QBs in the Conference all of a sudden. RB Alec Self got back over the 100-Yard Mark, rushing for 122 Yards with a TD. WR Jake Shackelford lead the team with 73 Yards and a TD, while WR Prince Tatum had the other TD Reception. For Kent State, Abraham McCormack lead the team with 7 Tackle, while ILB Cooper Merritt added 4. The Flashes forced no negative plays in the backfield, and didn't create any turnovers. Kent State can't win that way. On Offense, QB Cameron Hare had a very Cameron Hare game. He completed 15/30 for 219 Yards with a TD and a Pick. No one has ever accused Cameron Hare of being an efficient passer. RB C.J. Williams had a solid game, with 18 Carries for 102 Yards and a TD. It feels like Williams has taken a clear step forward that Hare hasn't. TE Mark Ashley lead the team with 56 Yards, while WR A.J. Addison had 54 Yards and a TD. For Buffalo, CB Laquon Boston had a Pick and 2 Passes Defended. He's so good, and I don't know why teams keep throwing at him. DE Jeremiah Benitez and Alex Austin had a Sack each. OLB Alexander Moffett lead the team with 6 Tackles, and added a TFL and a PD. Huge win for the Bulls to try and get Bowl Eligible. Friday Night Score: Bowling Green 31 Toledo 27 My Prediction: Bowling Green 20 Toledo 17 POTG: QB A.J. Coyne, Bowling Green, 24/38 for 315 Yards and 3 TDs What Happened: A.J. Coyne would not be denied as the Falcons came from behind in the 4th Quarter to beat the Rockets. QB A.J. Coyne was outstanding. He threw for 315 Yards and 3 Touchdowns. BOWLING GREEN LEADS THE MAC EAST IN WEEK 11. RB Calvin Alexander had a poor game, rushing 12 times for 34 Yards. I really thought Alexander had to play well for the Falcons to win, but Coyne threw the team on his shoulders. WR Brandon Lockhart lead BG with 90 Yards and a TD, while WR Shia Everett had 85 Yards and a TD, and WR Sawyer Waters had the 3rd TD. For the Toledo Defense, ILB Ryan Carr did all he could. 4 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 PD. He was all over the place, but just wasn't quite enough. OLB Dennis Jarrett had a Sack, as did DE Wardell Jean-Georges. But, no turnovers ended up being fatal. On Offense, QB Mario Pierre completed 15/28 Passes for 241 Yards with 2 TDs and a Pick. He has been such a liability to this team. RB Alvin Hines was perfectly fine, rushing 20 times for 108 Yards and a TD. The running game as back, and the threw for almost 250 Yards and it wasn't enough to win. TE Amir Donovan lead the team with 82 Yards and a TD, while WR Elias Schwartz had the other TD Reception. For the Falcons Defense, Donovan Poole had the pick off Pierre. Micah Bean and Quincy Williams each had a sack. Huge win for Bowling Green, their path to the MAC East Title just got easier. Saturday Morning Score: Western Michigan 30 East Carolina 7 My Prediction: Western Michigan 31 East Carolina 21 POTG: RB DeSean Madison, Western Michigan, 25 Carries for 145 Yards and 1 TD What Happened: The Broncos defense smothered the Pirates Offense, while DeSean Madison and Keith Jackson played great. QB Keith Jackson completed 18/24 of his Passes for 251 Yards with 1 TD. He also ran for one on the ground. RB DeSean Madison had 145 Yards and a TD on the ground. This backfield duo has been among the best in the country this season. TE William Griggs lead the team with 108 Yards and a TD. For the Pirates Defense, Richard Jack lead the team with 7 Tackles and a TFL, while Joshua Hollis added a TFL as well. But, no turnovers and no real pressure on Jackson. That's not a great way to beat this Broncos team. QB Kyler Wilson completed 20/35 passes for 186 Yards with 1 TD and 2 Picks. Wilson is a stud, but just had a bad game. RB Samuel Baldwin III had 7 rushes for 9 Yards. Just a complete non-factor. WR Jacob Benson lead the Pirates with 60 Yards and a TD. On Defense, Damani Powell had a 1 TD and 2 PD, while Julius Reese had the other Pick and a PD. Kayden Soriano and Kevin Pope each had a sack, this Broncos team just completely harassed Wilson all game long. MAC OOC: 1-0 My Prediction Accuracy (Week): 4-0 My Prediction Accuracy (Season): 38-13
  10. Welcome Back! Today, we examine the career and legacy of Adrian Goldson of Tennessee. Recruiting: QB Adrian Goldson 6-1 215 Fr Watertown (Watertown, TN) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] Goldson was a highly sought after Recruit. A 5* Quarterback doesn't pop up in Tennessee very often. The University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt battled hard to Goldson, but Adrian inked with the Volunteers in the end. He was the first 5* QB in Knoxville since Robert Aikman in the 2014 Season. Statistics (From Wiki): His 2023 Stats Include the Week 11 Game against Alabama. Outside of his Sophomore season, Adrian has been really good. His Career QB Rating of 144.40 is excellent. One thing Goldson does at an elite level is protect the ball. He's thrown more than 10 Picks just once, his Freshman year. He's on Pace to throw 6 in the regular season in 2023. He's been above 60% Completion every year, and above 65% 3/4 years. Statistically, it's hard to argue he's not the best QB in School History. Prior QB Statistics (From Wiki): Here are the full stats (from the Wiki) of all Tennessee QB's prior to Goldson's arrival. Those QB's are: Julius Thomas, Cleveland Jones, and Robert Aikman. One thing I want to illustrate is the season record for QB Rating before AG. It's 149.67 by Julius Thomas in 2018. Adrian Goldson's freshman season was 150.05, then his Junior year was 154.14, and his Senior sits at 162.40. And although Goldson is great at protecting the ball, that's a Volunteer QB Specialty. His 13 his freshman year is the most in school history. His 9 in both his Sophomore and Junior are then tied for 3rd Most. Thomas was the only other player who starter for at least 3 Seasons, and he threw 20 Total. Goldson is by far the most accurate QB. He has the 3 most Accurate Passing Seasons in school history. This to me shows how good Goldson has been. Awards: National None Conference None The SEC has had some good QBs in Goldson's tenure. Tucker Dowden, Marcus Black are the best 2 he had to compete against. But, not getting 2nd Team once? Goldson is certainly on pace to make one of those Conference teams this season. However, no other Volunteer QB has earned a National Award or made an All-Conference Team either. Team Performances: Tennessee has been very productive on the field with Goldson under center. They've gone to a Bowl Game every season, and have won a majority of their Conference Games in Each Season. The Vols have won 68.8% of their games in this time, including 67.8% of Conference Games. No 10-Win seasons, but the Volunteers have been right in it for the Division every season. Team Performances Prior QBs: Here are the team's performances before Goldson came to Knoxville. A 63% Win Mark, with just a 58.8% Win Mark in the Conference. But, the 2018 Team won the Division and went to the SECCG (but lost). The 2019 Team won the Division, and won the Conference over LSU and made it to the Semis of the Playoffs. The 2019 Season has been the best in school history. Tennessee finds themselves in 2nd Place behind Georgia in the East this season, and if both teams win out, would not win the Division once in Goldson's time. If Georgia wins out and wins the Division, Goldson's legacy takes a huge hit. Rivalries: We're counting: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Vanderbilt as Tennessee's Rivals. 2020 - 4-0 2021 - 2-2 2022 - 2-2 2023 - 2-1 Total - 10-5 Bama - 3-1 Florida - 3-1 Georgia - 1-3 Vanderbilt - 3-0 The Volunteers have really only struggled with the Georgia Bulldogs. Against the rest of their Rivals, the Vols have had great success. Going 3-1 against Alabama in this time is super impressive. The Tide are annual National Powers. Owning the In-State Rivalry with a normally good Commodores team is also impressive. The Soluna Coached Gators have been good over this time as well. This certainly goes a long way in Adrian's favor. Beating Vandy later this year only cements that. Verdict: For as good as Goldson has been and is, Vols fans have to feel a little disappointed wit the overall team's success. Never having a 10-Win season (although they are in great position to have one in 2023) definitely goes a long way to hurting your legacy. Tennessee had 3 10-Win seasons before AG. They also haven't won a Division Title with Goldson under center, and currently need some help to win it this season. Tennessee has never had a true QB Superstar, and the fans looked to Goldson being their first. And he just hasn't quite been that. 5, 10 Years down the line. Vols fans will look back at his tenure with a bit of pain. Being that good, beating your rivals, but never winning your Division? That'll be hard to swallow for Vols fans in the present and the future.
  11. Like the others, Top 3 for Each Category. Statsheets will be listed in Parentheses. Passing Yards 1. Byron Suggs (8), - 2,703 2. A.J. Coyne (9), - 2,480 3. Emmett Mast (8), - 2,273 Passing Touchdowns 1. Byron Suggs (8), - 23 2. A.J. Coyne (9), & Austin Lowe (8), - 17 3. Keith Jackson (8), - 16 Completion % 1. Keith Jackson (8), - 70.00 2. Erik Parker (8), - 63.98 3. Byron Suggs (8), - 63.21 QB Rating 1. Keith Jackson (8), - 174.92 2. Byron Suggs (8), - 156.59 3. Levi Thompson (8), - 141.68 Rushing Yards 1. RB Damani Laws (8), - 1,018 2. RB DeSean Madison (8), - 1,001 3. RB Tyler Pearson (8), - 997 Rushing Touchdowns 1. RB DeSean Madison (8), - 12 2. RB Damani Laws (8), & RB Tyler Pearson (8), & RB Alec Self (8), - 10 3. RB Daveed Huff (8), & RB Alvin Hines (8), - 9 Rushing YPC (Minimum 50 Attempts) 1. RB Tyler Pearson (8), - 6.23 2. RB Damani Laws (8), - 5.88 3. RB DeSean Madison (8), - 5.62 Receiving Yards 1. WR Brandon Lockhart (9), - 803 2. WR Joseph Aikman (8), - 782 3. WR Maxwell Rider (8), - 662 Receiving Touchdowns 1. WR Dontae Peppers (7), - 8 2. Several - 6 3. Several - 5 TE Receiving Yards 1. TE Miles Hooker (6), - 548 2. TE William Griggs (6) - 413 3. TE Mark Ashley (7) - 408 Tackles 1. ILB Oliver McNeal (7), - 45 2. ILB Cooper Merritt (7), - 42 3. ILB Kayden Shaw (6), - 40 Sacks 1. DE Kayden Soriano (5), - 6.5 2. DE Quincy Williams (5), & DE Maximus Avila (6), - 5.5 3. DE Damione Ridley (5), - 5 Interceptions 1. CB Laquon Boston (5), & CB Keandre Williams (5), & CB Christian Washington (5), - 5 2. CB Miles Bradford (4), & CB DeSean Mathis (4), - 4 3. Several - 3 Tackles For Loss 1. DT Erik Stoner (6), & DT Kevni Pope (4), - 7 2. DE Kayden Soriano (5), - 6 3. DE Thomas Randle-Douglas (7), - 5 Passes Defended 1. OLB Alexander Moffett (5), - 6 2. CB Laquon Boston (5), - 5 3. CB Damani Powell (2), & CB Jerraud Bynum (2), - 3 Punting Average 1. P Eric Caudill (8), - 42.58 2. P Ivan Gonzales (8), - 40.96 3. P Tony Post (8), - 40.50 Points (Kicking) 1. K Declan Ball (9), - 67 2. K Harry DeMarco (8), - 64 3. K Mitchell Randall (8), - 63 Field Goal % 1. K Brandon Mayberry (8), & K Sam Painter (8), & K A.J. Montgomery (8), - 100 2. K Harry DeMarco (8), - 90.00 3. K Mitchell Randall (8), - 83.33 Longest Field Goals 1. K Harry DeMarco (8), - 50 2. K Sam Painter (8), - 49 3. K Phillip Lane-Hickey (8), - 48
  12. I expected the ECU-WMU game to be a little closer
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