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  1. Gg brother. Feels so good to win again. Pretty sure that puts me back at .500 overall for my career. (I’m CFBHC Jeff Fisher?) He’s been going off all year. Far exceeded my expectations but he’s got holes for days with my OL. also
  2. Paul Davenport=Comeback Player of the Year?
  3. ACC Week 3 Preview No teams are on bye this week so we get a full slate of games in the ACC this week. Thursday Night Charlotte (1-1) at NC State (0-2) First up we have the the Wolfpack playing their most winnable game of their season so far. Luca Maguire has looked shaky at his best so far this year but there isn’t much better that can be said for the 49ers QB Mark Sanchez either. Isaac is an experienced head coach and Charlotte will not be written off as an easy game by NC State. Charlotte is coming off of a close loss to a solid New Mexico team following their win over UMass. I expect this game to come down to the running back play as both QBs have only shown the ability to not turn the ball over yet both have struggled to move the ball down the field. I like my chances when it comes down to that. My prediction NC State 24, Charlotte 14 Georgia Tech (1-0) at Wisconsin (2-0) The ACC is home to the best game on Thursday Night this week with two teams who have came out of the gate strong this season. Jacob Ramsey and the Yellow Jackets impressed in their first game vs Vanderbilt and Vernon Muhammed and Wisconsin have hit the ground running in their first two games and currently lead all teams in rushing yards per game. Georgia Tech’s win was certainly more impressive than either of Wisconsin’s due to the strength of their opponent. However, the margins of victory for Wisconsin have been incredible and Wisconsin is only behind Rice in point differential. There is no chance that Wisconsin wins by 38 this week, but I do see them winning by a margin somewhere between 3 or 8. Going into Camp Randall against a Wisconsin team playing this well may just be too much for Georgia Tech to handle. My prediction Georgia Tech 24, Wisconsin 28 Friday Night Wake Forest (0-2) at Vanderbilt (0-2) ChicagoTed1 returns to Wake Forest this week and boy did they need him. Ted may be able to make Leo Brown look like a competent quarterback, fans will certainly hope so. Ted made headlines in the college paper when he moved star WR Owen Condon out of the starting role and into the slot. Personally, I like this move and think it could help open up lanes for Condon and the passing game in general for the Demon Deacons. That being said I don’t really see it happening for Wake this week. Vanderbilt has a far more talented team and it’s very unlikely that Wake will be able to keep up. My prediction Wake Forest 6, Vanderbilt 31 Pittsburgh (1-1) at Army (0-2) Army has been getting dunked on by their opponents so far this season losing by 45 points on average. Pittsburgh is a solid team and Messiah Winston and the rest of the weapons on Pittsburgh’s offense should have a field day this week. I doubt this one is close. My prediction Pittsburgh 45, Army 3 Saturday Morning North Carolina (0-2) at East Carolina (2-0) UNC’s offense has really struggled early on this year with Sebastian Norwood and Mike Foy unable to move the ball down the field consistently. ECU is a talented squad with a great QB in Kyler Wilson whose connection with young TE Will Sorensen is blossoming into an unstoppable attack. LAX is going to have to call a perfect game to get UNC in the win column this week and that is much easier said than done. My prediction North Carolina 14, East Carolina 31 Rutgers (1-0) at Boston College (2-1) This is the premier matchup of young scrambling quarterbacks based out of colleges in the northeast as Kayshon Rhodes will face off against Omari Ricks-Hargrove this week. Ricks-Hargrove wasn’t asked to do a lot in their week 2 opener against Cincinnati and Rutgers picked up most of their yardage on the ground. Boston College matches up really well with Rutgers as the Rutgers front 7 easily contained Cincinnati’s offense, but Rutgers secondary will have a much harder time slowing down Rhodes and all of his weapons. The Boston College front 7 is also equally as talented as Rutgers and their secondary is in another class. Hard to see BC losing this one. My prediction Boston College 27, Rutgers 20 Clemson (3-0) at Syracuse (0-2)* The second best game in ACC conference play this week has Clemson coming into the Carrier Dome to face a Syracuse team who has not been phased too much by ranked opponents so far this year. Syracuse has played extremely well in the face of a brutal opening schedule. In order for them to pull off the upset they will need to force Frederick Snyder into making mistakes and Connor McLean will need to protect the football. Bryce Smith will have to keep Demarion Moore in check, which is possible but I think Clemson just has too much talent when it is all said and done. My prediction Clemson 30, Syracuse 17 James Madison (2-0) at Virginia (2-0) James Madison is one of the best FCS programs in the country but it’s hard to see them coming out on top against Virginia. Jeremy Ellington is fresh off his beatdown of the Southern Miss defense but I think this will be a closer game for Virginia this week. It should still be one where they ultimately come out on top by a few scores though. My prediction Virginia 45, James Madison 20 North Dakota State (1-1) at Virginia Tech (1-1) What is up with the ACC and these FCS trap games this year? Virginia Tech has enough talent on their roster and coming off their win over Western Michigan I think they should be able to come out on top but it’s by no means a cake walk for the Hokies. The Bison are a very well coached team and have talent all around, but Virginia Tech has been an established program for a longer time and that advantage will likely be too much to overcome for North Dakota State this week. My prediction Virginia Tech 24, North Dakota State 17 Saturday Afternoon Louisville (1-0) at Memphis (1-1) Memphis almost seems to be attempting to join the ACC as they are now facing their consecutive 3rd ACC opponent to start their season. Memphis put up a decent fight against Miami in their first game and swiftly handled Wake Forest last week. I think they will be able to keep it competitive this week. In the battle of the QBs however, Nick Carr certainly has the upper hand. If Mario Stewart III performs close to the level he did against Tulsa, Memphis has no chance. My prediction Louisville 31, Memphis 16 Saturday Evening Miami (FL) (2-1) at Florida State (2-0)* The ACC game of the week has the Hurricanes coming off their close loss to Oregon facing a 2-0 Florida State team who haven’t wowed in their performances but remain unbeaten. It’s the first real test for the Seminoles and it’s really hard to say if they are up for the challenge. The Seminoles ground game has been lethal in their first two games of the season, but they haven’t played a front 7 with as much talent as Miami. And Miami’s defense already showed what they could do to a talented rushing attack when they shut down Auburn in week 0. Miami isn’t an overwhelming favorite here because their offense has shown faults of their own. Logan Wilson has been relatively underwhelming in his showings so far this year and Ethan Green cost the Hurricanes the game last week. With all that said I still like Miami’s chances this week, just a little bit more My prediction Miami (FL) 27, Florida State 20 Duke (2-0) at South Carolina (1-0) This game is incredibly intriguing to me. We haven’t seen a ton of Rasheed Bullock and the rest of this Duke offense as a unit or this South Carolina team under Sarge’s coaching. The Gamecocks looked incredibly sharp against North Carolina but Duke is a whole different beast. Duke’s defense looked a little shaky against Maryland last week and staying on the road and going into Columbia shows signs of potential trouble for Duke. I think Darman will be able to keep his boys sharp and will ultimately come out on top this week, but Sarge may have a storm brewing for the Blue Devils. My prediction Duke 27, South Carolina 24
  4. Idk how that seems biased to you lmao those are all objectively true statements
  5. Weirdest part to me was West Virginia climbing 3 spots to jump you after barely beating Syracuse.
  6. 2024 Week 2 ACC Power Rankings 1. #4 Clemson (3-0) Last Week Rank: 1 (-) Week 2 Result: 41-14 win over Delaware Clemson continues their reign at number one in my power rankings. It's been fairly easy going for Clemson so far this season, their most difficult stretch of games is in the horizon kicking off after this coming week's game against Syracuse. Syracuse has been playing their ranked opponents extremely close and Clemson does have to travel to the Carrier Dome. That being said, I don't see a Clemson loss on the table until the following week against Louisville and even then Clemson have to be favored. #Demarion4Heisman 2. #6 Duke (2-0) Last Week Rank: 2 (-) Week 2 Result: 34-28 win over Maryland The second episode of the Rasheed Bullock Show may not have been as consistently good as the debut but was solid nonetheless. Duke had quite the challenge at hand going on the road to Maryland and asking Bullock to throw at Isaiah Simpkins, but Duke and Bullock passed the test. They will soon face another difficult opponent as they take on a talented South Carolina roster in Columbia next week. 3. #13 Miami (2-1) Last Week Rank: 3 (-) Week 2 Result: 24-27 loss to #21 Oregon If you're a playoff competitor and you have to drop a game you want it to be early. Miami fans will be hoping their loss to Oregon was just a small bump on the road to the CFB Playoff, but this game definitely illuminated concerns with Miami. Logan Wilson and Ethan Green will have to play at a better level if Miami is to stay competitive in the ACC. Their defense can only carry them so far. 4. #21 Virginia (2-0) Last Week Rank: 4 (-) Week 2 Result: 49-10 win over Southern Miss Virginia fell one rank in the coaches poll this week for reasons that don't make sense to me. Jeremy Ellington is a damn good QB and Warwick Joyner and Bucky Drake are one of the best CB tandems in all of college football. Virginia's schedule for the next few weeks is incredibly soft but it ends with a brutal slate of conference games. Will Virginia be able to keep up their success when they get there? 5. Louisville (1-0) Last Week Rank: 5 (-) Week 2 Result: Bye Louisville is one of the ACC teams we know the least about at this point in the season as they have only played one game so far, a close win over Tulsa. Mario Stewart III impressed in their first game and Louisville looks like they will have a balanced offensive attack that they were unable to put on the field last year. Their big test will come against Clemson in Week 4. Only then will we start to know just how good Louisville can be this year. 6. Pittsburgh (1-1) Last Week Rank: 6 (-) Week 2 Result: 24-10 win over UNC The Pittsburgh hype train was derailed following their Week 0 loss to Penn State but they got back on track this week as they had complete control of their game against North Carolina. Messiah Winston and Kareem Jackson played more on par with their preseason expectations. Pittsburgh has a brutal schedule ahead of them and will need to see more performances from Winston and Jackson like last week if they want to make noise in the ACC this year. 7. Georgia Tech (1-0) Last Week Rank: 7 (-) Week 2 Result: Bye Georgia Tech holds their place in the power rankings this week as I'm a little more impressed with their win over Vandy than FSU's win over Iowa. Jacob Ramsey played well in Week 1 but faces some very good opponents in the weeks to come. Ramsey will have to keep his volume up and his turnovers down for the Yellow Jackets to remain competitive. I think he can get it done, but time will tell. 8. Florida State (2-0) Last Week Rank: 8 (-) Week 2 Result: 38-31 win over Iowa Florida State's ground game is second to only Clemson in the conference but their passing attack leaves so much to be desired. Brett England is yet to cost the Seminoles a game, but I'll be damned if he hasn't been trying. England and Snyder seem to be duking it out for most disappointing QB in the conference, but at least England can run. England has been averaging nearly 30 attempts a game and I don't see continued success if England continues to throw at that rate. 9. Virginia Tech (1-1) Last Week Rank: 10 (+1) Week 2 Result: 37-31 win over Western Michigan What a win for the Hokies last week! A double OT thriller propelled Virginia Tech over a talented Western Michigan squad as the Hokies showed off their ability to move the ball on the ground. The two-man backfield of Swain and Ross could not be contained, and with new starting QB Kacey Tucker having wheels of his own defenses will have their hands full trying to stop this rushing attack. 10. Boston College (2-1) Last Week Rank: 9 (-1) Week 2 Result: 38-7 win over UC Davis Boston College looked good this week but their wins haven't exactly been against the highest caliber teams as they've taken down UConn and now UC Davis. Kayshon Rhodes will need to show he has the ability to perform against FBS competition at the same level he did last week for me to have faith in this Boston College side. Rhodes will get the chance to prove himself this week as the Eagles take on Rutgers at home. 11. North Carolina (0-2) Last Week Rank: 11 (-) Week 2 Result: 10-24 loss to Pittsburgh I have been tempted to move this UNC side down a spot or two as I think they've been the least impressive of the 0-2 teams outside of Wake Forest. They had a better showing this week against Pittsburgh but if their offense doesn't find some rhythm soon I can see this team very easily sliding to 0-8. 12. NC State (0-2) Last Week Rank: 12 (-) Week 2 Result: 21-30 loss to #25 Minnesota The Wolfpack kept it close again this week while the offense under Luca Maguire struggled to move the ball down the field. The defense allowed a good chunk of yards for the second straight week but despite that the team still kept it competitive. Prince Brandon and Takoda Sheldon continued to shine for NC State and they will both need to perform in order for NC State to get one in the win column against Charlotte next week. 13. Syracuse (0-2) Last Week Rank: 13 (-) Week 2 Result: 14-23 loss to #23 West Virginia Bryce Smith is carrying this Syracuse defense and keeping them competitive in games that have no business being as close as they are. If the Orange are to have any shot at bowl eligibility they will need Connor McLean to act like he's a competent QB and soon. John Reis has been a fantastic addition to the Syracuse offense but they need to see more from McLean in order to make those bowl dreams a reality. 14. Wake Forest (0-2) Last Week Rank: 14 (-) Week 2 Result: 17-35 loss to Memphis Wake fans are ecstatic with the return of ChicagoTed1 and the players are too. With an actual coach calling plays for Wake moving forward we should see a better looking offense for the Demon Deacons. Real success may still be quite distant for Wake fans but having anyone is a good start for Wake.
  7. Wow all the way up to the top 10, the Saints shot up big time.
  8. The Washington Football Team is 0-2 and the Saints are 2-0. Just as we all expected...
  9. I did not expect us to be 2-0 at this point but gotta love it. WHO DAT!
  10. Week 2 Players of the Week Offensive POTW: Jeremy Ellington (28/38, 380 Yards, 4 TDs) vs. Jeremy Ellington and the Cavaliers showed up this week in a big way. Ellington nearly copied Rasheed Bullock's POTW statline from last week against the Zips and showed why many media members are so high on Ellington as a player. Ellington seldom makes mistakes and is a huge reason for Virginia's success so far this year.  Honorable Mentions: Demarion Moore (23 carries, 174 yards, 3 TDs) vs. , Kareem Jackson (9 catches, 109 yards, 1 TD) vs. Defensive POTW: Robert Royal (4 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 INT) vs. Robert Royal showed up in a big way for the Hokies defense this week against a very talented Western Michigan offense. Royal hauled in a crucial interception and also wrecked havoc in the backfield stuffing Jamel Garrett behind the line of scrimmage twice. Royal's performance helped revitalize a down VT fanbase and should put them back on track in 2024. Honorable Mentions: Warwick Joyner (5 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 TD) vs. , Bryce Smith (6 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 INT) vs. Special Teams POTW: Gabe Grove (2/2 FG {44, 43} , 5/5 XP) vs. Gabe Grove continues to be one of the most consistent kickers from distance in the ACC as he hit two 40+ yarders straight through the uprights again versus Delaware this week. He is now a perfect 6/6 on FG and 12/12 on XP to start the season. Honorable Mentions: Andre Fry (47.5 Yard Punt Average) vs. , Gavin Jackson (2/2 FG {39, 35}, 4/4 XP) vs.
  11. ACC Week 2 in Review Thursday Night Wake Forest (0-1) at Memphis (0-1) My prediction: Wake Forest 14, Memphis 24 The reality: Wake Forest 17, Memphis 35 We didn’t get to see @ChicagoTed1 on the sidelines this week for the Demon Deacons and they really could have used him. Leo Brown has looked absolutely lost under the interim head coach, throwing for only 190 yards at a 43% completion rate along with 2 touchdowns and interceptions this week. It was about time the program brought in a real coach. Owen Condon has also completely been wasted away and is in desperate need of some good coaching his two games this year he’s only raked in 9 catches for 96 yards. He’s still got good potential and I’m interested to see how he performs with some experienced coaching. I underestimated Memphis’s offense a little in my prediction but they moved the ball really well this week. A nice first win for @Vxmonarkxv in his return to Memphis. Florida State (1-0) at Iowa (1-1) My prediction: Florida State 17, Iowa 24 The reality: Florida State 38, Iowa 31 Both teams offenses played much better than I expected this week but Brett England is still leaving a lot to be desired as a passer. THAT RUN GAME THOUGH. The Adam Owens-Noah Wooten 1-2 punch was a thing of beauty this week as the duo amassed 176 yards on the ground and found the end zone 3 times. It even looks like Brett England found the end zone on the ground, but didn’t make the stat sheet over Wooten. The reverse potentially happened in Week One because these guys all seem to find the end zone on the ground. It might be time to stop trying passing plays, just saying. Saturday Morning UC Davis (1-0) at Boston College (1-1) My prediction was the reality: Boston College 38, UC Davis 7 Well I got exactly what I expected to see this game. We saw the debut BC fans wanted to see from Kayshon Rhodes as he had a really nice performance this week. Now he will have to learn to keep that up against P5 competition. Josh Russell continues to improve his draft stock brining in another interception. Bill Hoffman had his best performance of this season so far and passes the 100-yard clip for the second time this year. All in all, a great team performance for Boston College this week. Delaware (1-0) at #5 Clemson (2-0) My prediction: Clemson 56, Delaware 14 The reality: Clemson 41, Delaware 14 Clemson had another dominating performance this week despite Greg Carnes and the Fightin’ Blue Hens keeping it close in the first half. Demarion Moore has continued to pile on yardage on the ground and has now surpassed 400 yards along with 7 touchdowns. Moore is still my favorite to win the Heisman because he is a damn good running back. Clemson does have one serious problem however, and his name is Frederick Snyder. I’ve brought up concerns about him in nearly everything I’ve written about Clemson and his performances just seem like a ticking time bomb that will eventually cost Clemson a game they shouldn’t lose. Snyder is still yet to turn the ball over but he’s been throwing at a 54% completion rate so far this year and taking Andrew Harrison and Theo Chamberlain out of the offense. If Clemson is going to continue to terrorize opponents in conference play, Snyder has to step it up. Big time. #23 West Virginia (2-0) at Syracuse (0-1) My prediction: Syracuse 10, WVU 20 The reality: Syracuse 14, WVU 23 Do not sleep on Syracuse. The Orange have keep things extremely competitive against two ranked opponents to start their season. Connor McLean has continued to underwhelm behind center but John Reis has shown some promise for Syracuse on the ground. The real reason for Syracuse’s success (outside of @CoachAnson) is ILB Bryce Smith. Smith was the lone star on a weak Syracuse defense last season but now with more talent around him he is shining even brighter. Smith is the unquestioned leader of this defense and is elevating the players around him. North Carolina (0-1) at Pittsburgh (0-1)* My prediction: Pittsburgh 35, UNC 13 The reality: Pittsburgh 24, UNC 10 Good game for Pittsburgh as Messiah Winston and Kareem Jackson played like we thought they would coming in to the year. Not only did the offense show up, the defense did too. Dominique Baptiste was impressive only allowing 3 catches for 53 yards to Finn Harwood as he broke up 2 passes and forced an interception. The Sebastian Norwood-Mike Foy backfield for UNC still haven’t found their footing and their schedule does not get easier from here. One silver lining for UNC is George Grayson. The team’s leading receiver from last season has continued to produce under Norwood. I think he’s gotta be one of the best 3/3 receivers in the game and UNC gets him for another year where he is their best receiver returning. Western Michigan (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-1) My prediction: Virginia Tech 10, Western Michigan 35 The reality: Virginia Tech 37, Western Michigan 31 I really underestimated Virginia Tech and overrated Western Michigan. I said Virginia Tech would have to have a good game on the ground to win this game and boy did they ever. Marquise Swain and Victor Ross combined for nearly 150 yards and 3 TDs in the Double OT thriller. Robert Royal was all over the field for the Hokies this week getting 4 Tackles, 2 TFL, along with a potential game-sealing INT (I figure it was that or a missed FG for the Broncos in OT). The Virginia Tech front 7 had their way with the WMU offensive line getting 3 sacks on the day and giving the Broncos a paltry 3.5 offensive line rating. @vtgorilla has his team back on track. Saturday Afternoon NC State (0-1) at #25 Minnesota (1-0) My prediction: NC State 17, Minnesota 31 The reality: NC State 21, Minnesota 30 A solid performance from my boys this week but Luca Maguire is still not cutting it as a passer. Takoda Sheldon had to be wondering why he didn’t get more carries as he ran for 45 yards and a TD on only 8 touches. Prince Brandon continues to be the only receiver for NC State worth a damn and he was originally recruited as just a punt returner. Also if you didn’t know already, Malachi Pickett is the best pass rusher in college football and just made my solid offensive line who have played next to each other for the last 3 seasons look like that wasn’t the case. #20 Virginia (1-0) at Southern Miss (0-1) Jeremy Ellington looked more like the preseason All-ACC QB this week after a solid performance against Alabama in Week 0, Ellington slung the ball this week against the Golden Eagles throwing for 380 yards and 4 TDs. Brandon Bolton made his case for being the 2nd best RB in conference as he ran for 129 yards and 2 TDs. Julian Rapp learned what I have been saying since the preseason and that is that you shouldn’t throw on Warwick Joyner and Bucky Drake. Joyner got a pick six this week and the secondary as a whole shut down the Southern Miss passing game holding the team to only 139 yards on 34 attempts. NFLHC GMs and Scouts were worried about Jeremiah Kendrick’s production this year with a new QB and HC but Kendrick is still getting his due. My prediction: Virginia 34, Southern Miss 7 The reality: Virginia 49, Southern Miss 10 Saturday Evening #9 Duke (1-0) at Maryland (1-0) Rasheed Bullock looked good again this week behind one of the best offensive lines in College Football. Swartz and Mulinu’u are arguably the best offensive tackle duo in all of college football and have been locking down pass rushes and opening up lanes for Donte Harrell. Harrell was slowed down a bit on the ground this week but still had a fair showing. Duke’s front 7 stifled the Maryland rushing attack holding them to only 59 yards. They struggled to contain him in the redzone, however, as Barrow was still able to find the end zone twice. From the stat sheet this game was a little closer than it should have been and Duke will need to take better advantage of their opportunities moving forward if they want to win the ACC. My prediction: Duke 24, Maryland 13 The reality: Duke 34, Maryland 28 #7 Miami (FL) (2-0) at #21 Oregon (0-1) The issue with the Dangerzoneh school of scheduling is that when you schedule enough good teams, you are generally bound to drop at least one of the games. Going to Autzen at night proved to be too much for Logan Wilson and the Hurricanes this week and Miami’s offense fell a little flat against the Ducks this week. Wilson put up numbers to be expected, but the real disappointment for Miami offensively had to be Ethan Green. Green only managed an average of 4 yards per carry this week and had no runs over 10 yards. If Miami wants to be competitive in post-season play they will need to see more from Green. My prediction: Miami (FL) 21, Oregon 17 The reality: Miami (FL) 24, Oregon 27 On Bye Louisville (1-0) Georgia Tech (1-0) Dean’s Record this Week: 8-3 Dean’s Record for the Season: 15-4
  12. PAC-12 redemption after a rough start to the season.
  13. It’s definitely gonna take time for both of us to get our teams to consistently being competitive. You definitely have it harder than me though. At least you gave yourself some pieces to work with.
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