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  1. Team Coach OFF DEF SPC CLK DIS YTH OVR Texas Ape 17 17 10 14 13 12 83 TCU DangerZoneh 16 16 9 10 10 19 80 Kansas stormstopper 14 16 10 12 14 14 80 Iowa State Minnow 16 19 10 9 12 14 80 Texas Tech acewulf 15 13 10 10 16 15 79 West Virginia smackemz 16 12 9 10 13 12 72 Oklahoma HAFFnHAFF 12 18 8 10 13 9 70 Kansas State Swipet 11 11 8 10 8 20 68 Oklahoma State Kremit 15 12 8 9 10 12 66 Baylor Vivid 13 13 9 8 9 12 64 The Nation's Most Exciting conference is known for its overall coaching consistency, with many of the coaches having been at their program since the beginning. @Ape leads the conference in overall with 83 total points, followed by @DangerZoneh, @stormstopper, and @Minnow with 80 overall. @Ape again leads the conference in offense with a total of 17, with @smackemz, @DangerZoneh, @Minnow each coming in with 16. @Minnow and @HAFFnHAFF lead the conference on defense with 19 and 18 points respectively, with a few others coming in at 16. The conference doesn't put much stock in special teams with no one going above the default value of 10. @Ape leads the conference in Clock Management while @Vivid comes in with the lowest score there at 8. @acewulf put a lot of stock in Discipline with 16 which is fairly significantly over everyone except storm. @Swipet leads the conference in Youth Management with a max score of 20 while @HAFFnHAFF has a low score of 9 in that category. The Big XII seems to have ranked the placed the categories in the following order of importance. DEF = OFF > YTH > DIS > CLK > SPC Here is how the average Big XII coach compared with the SEC and B1G. (I did not include the ACC because they did not have averages on their snapshot). Conference OFF DEF SPC CLK DIS YTH OVR BigXII 14.5 14.7 9.1 10.2 11.8 13.9 74.2 B1G 15.5 15.6 9.8 9.6 10.4 12.2 73.1 SEC 14.6 13.7 9.3 10.7 9.6 10.9 68.8
  2. Big XII Season Previews Iowa State Cyclones 2023 Season 6th in Big XII 7-5 (5-4) Record Liberty Bowl Win vs Alabama Introduction We're back here with the 2024 Big XII Network Season preview series. I’m your host Leo McGarry and I’m actually joined by my co-host Kenny Battle @HAFFnHAFF. Over the next few weeks we are going to continue to dive into each program in the Big XII and examine where they are and where they will end up at the end of the season. Today we are here to talk about the Iowa State Cyclones coached by @Minnow. Iowa State had a bit of a resurgence last season as they settled into a more balanced game plan and allowed Vaughan Sheppard to take some of the load off Kofi McCullough. This resurgence took them from the dark ages at the bottom of the conference in 2022 to a Liberty Bowl victory over Alabama in 2023. Can the Sheppard/McCollough combo challenge for a conference title? Key Departures OT D'Neal Norris 6-4 272 (Sr) Norton Community (Norton, KS) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] OT Brady Meek 6-3 272 Sr Columbus Community (IA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OLB Paul Bryant 6-0 233 (Sr) Border Central (Calvin, ND) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] CB Khalil Howard 6-1 180 Sr McCook Central (Salem SD) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS Mark Barbour 5-10 204 (Sr) Hot Springs (Springs, SD) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] SS Laurent Daniel 6-2 184 (Sr) Notre Dame-Catherdal Latin (OH) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] Kenny: - Well Leo, I think the thing that sticks out the most to me is the departure of the safety duo of Mark Barbour and Laurent Daniel. This secondary wasn’t the best last season, but they could always rely on that duo to limit big play potential. This year with them out of the picture I am pretty concerned about that Cyclone pass defense. Leo, what sticks out to you here? Leo: - Kenny, I’m going to go with the OLB Paul Bryant. I was tempted to say D’Neal Norris, but the most concerning aspect of the 2024 Iowa State roster is the defense. They have the utility knife Demetrius Clay, who plays on both sides of the ball, but they lost a lot of talent on that defense and I’m not seeing an influx of talent there for 2024. Key Returning Starters QB Vaughn Sheppard 6-5 196 Sr York (York NE) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pocket] RB Kofi McCullough 5-9 177 (Sr) Lincoln (Sioux Falls SD) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed] WR Luka Snell 5-11 165 (Jr) North Delta (Batesville MS) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] ATH Demetrius Clay 6-0 235 (Jr) Columbus Community (IA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blocking] OG Dillon Dooley 6-6 256 So Dowling Catholic (Des Moines IA) 3.5 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] ILB Ian Johnson 6-1 210 (Sr) Kee (Lansing IA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will] K Evan Shipley 5-8 188 (Sr) Adel-DeSoto-Minburn (Adel IA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] P Ben Groves 5-10 184 Sr Century (Rochester MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] Kenny: - For all of the woes I expect from on the defensive side of the ball, Iowa State returns a lot of key contributors on offense. Anytime you bring back a senior QB and RB you should have a shot to be competitive. However, when that RB is Kofi McCullough you should inspire fear in your opponents. Last season he rushed for 1,625 yards and 19 TDs while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He had 11 100 yard games on the year which led the conference. If Sheppard can take a step forward in his 4th year starting Kofi really has the potential to carry this team. Leo: - Demetrius Clay needs to be a force on the defensive side of the ball. We all know how talented he is at blocking from the tight end position, but Iowa State is going to need him to cause disruption on the defensive side of the ball. If he can get to the quarterback with consistency, it would allow all the new faces in the secondary time to gel. New Faces This Year OT Arthur Stout 6-2 284 Jr Howard Community College (Columbia MD) 4.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] FB Alex Coffey 6-0 218 Fr Blair Oaks (Jefferson City MO) 2.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] ILB Amari Swann 6-1 257 Fr Durant (Durant IA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Mike] CB Malik Carradine 6-2 162 (Fr) Southeast Warren (Liberty Center IA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] Kenny: - Iowa State brought in the 41st ranked recruiting class last season, but nobody is going to be more important to their success than JuCo transfer Arthur Stout. Losing their duo of OTs from last year is going to be tough on this offense, but Stout gives them a high quality starter on 1 side and from there they should be able to figure it out. Leo: - Arthur has big shoes to fill and it shouldn’t be discounted how important it is for Iowa State to give Sheppard and Kofi time and space to work. The Questions? Can Vaughn Sheppard take a step forward to take some of the focus off of Kofi? Can Clay keep up the two-way play? Will the defense be able to sustain the loss of their starting safety duo? Can special teams prowess keep this team afloat in close games? The Schedule Iowa at Arizona Bye Bye Kansas Oklahoma State at Kansas State at BYU West Virginia at Texas Tech Oklahoma at TCU at Texas at Baylor Predictions Kenny: - I could see this team taking a small step forward this year but not a big step, which is a shame for a team with such a generational talent at the RB position. Their out of conference schedule isn’t too bad and I think this is definitely a bowl bound team, but Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and TCU certainly have them outmatched. Kansas State could also provide a pretty stiff challenge with the emergence of Shane Kruse against what could be a pretty porous secondary. West Virginia is also a team that could definitely take notch a win over them as well. I’m not sure what games they win and lose, but I see them in the neighborhood of a 7 or 8 win team. Leo: - I’m right there with you Kenny. I think this team will take another step on offense, but frankly I’m concerned about their defense. This seems ripe to be one of those seasons where the team improved, but the win total does not. I expect Iowa State to hit 7 wins this season with a chance to get 8 from a bowl game.
  3. Big XII Season Previews TCU Horned Frogs 2023 Season 5th in Big XII 8-4 (5-4) Record Orlando Bowl Loss (25-27) Virginia Tech Introduction Welcome back to the Big XII Network season preview series. I’m your host Leo McGarry and I’ll be handling this preview solo. Today we are going to examine the TCU Horned Frogs who are coached by @DangerZoneh. After consecutive runs to the playoffs in 2021 and 2022 the Horned Frogs took a step back in 2023 finishing 5th in the Big XII Conference with a loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Orlando Bowl. As has been the case for the last several seasons, TCU heads into 2024 with one of the most talented teams in all of CFBHC, but will this be the year they finally put it all together? Key Departures ATH Griffin McHanna 5-10 184 (Sr) Central (Independence, OR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed] WR Finn Nielsen 6-2 194 (Sr) Roscoe (Roscoe, TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target] TE Miguel Aguilera 6-1 192 (Jr) Mesquite (Mesquite TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Receiving]* OG Josh Carlisle 6-3 323 (Sr) Cooper (Cooper, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] DT Kwon Shaw 6-4 284 Jr Port Neches-Groves (Port Neches TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap]* OLB Richard Farrell 6-2 236 (Jr) Bonham (Bonham TX) 4.0 of 5.0 [Blitz]* CB William Cooper 6-1 170 (Sr) Longview (Longview, TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] K Ian Todd 5-8 200 (Sr) Comanche (Comanche, TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Power] For most teams losing this much talent would be hard to overcome, but at TCU they recruit well enough to just reload each season. Griffin McHanna finally moved from WR to RB, for his senior season, and had his best campaign for his time in Fort Worth, Finn Nielsen and Miguel Aguilera were the Horned Frogs top 2 pass catching options during the 2023 season, so it will be up to the quarterback Taylor Cook to see if he can develop chemistry with their replacements. TCU also suffered from early decs from DT Kwon Shaw and OLB Richard Farrell, but it seems like there are potentially players ready to step into their positions. The biggest loss might be that of kicker Ian Todd, a Lou Groza finalist, for the 2023 season. A kicker that a coach can rely on from anywhere is a big advantage in the college game, so it will be interesting to see how danger adjusts to having an untested option. Key Returning Starters QB Taylor Cook 6-3 199 (So) Northland Christian (Houston TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Hybrid] RB Matteo Cates 5-9 179 (Jr) Robert E. Lee (Baytown TX) 4.0 of 5.0 [Speed] WR F.T. Grady 6-3 211 (Jr) Brackett (Brackettville TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target] WR Julio Robledo 6-0 163 (So) Apple Springs (Apple Springs TX) 4.5 of 5.0 [Speed] C James Kaplan 6-2 302 Sr Floydada (Floydada TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] DT Hooker Jackson 6-5 285 (Jr) Irving (Irving TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] OLB Blake Burns 6-0 241 Sr Calhoun Community College (Tanner AL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Coverage] CB Patrick Ross 5-9 192 Jr Coronado (Lubbock TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] Any article about returning TCU players starts and ends with Taylor Cook and Patrick Ross. Considered 2 of the top players from their recruiting class they are the most important players on each side of the ball for the Horned Frogs. If TCU wants to return to playoff contention they need Cook to improve drastically on his 2023 campaign. The numbers weren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination ~2,900 yards, 22 touchdowns, only 9 picks, but with the balance TCU wants to bring to the game that type of stat line isn’t going to be nearly enough to achieve their lofty goals. Look for him to elevate his game like the conference’s best quarterbacks before him. Patrick Ross has an argument as being one of the best players in college football. He started as a slot corner his freshman year, but in 2023 he moved to the outside and the move paid off to the tune of 5 interceptions and 5 pass deflections. He brings a lot to the game that isn’t seen on the traditional statsheet either by locking up the opposing team's number one option. Ross will be critical as the Horned Frogs will be starting new players at CB #2, CB #3 and FS for the 2024 season, he will need to ensure the unit is functioning on the same page. Matteo Cates had nearly 1,300 yards last season on 4.82 yards per carry. With the graduation of McHanna the burden will be on Cates to carry the TCU rushing attack. If he can get that YPC to 5 while increasing his workload to make up for the loss of McHanna that will go a long way towards TCU having an explosive offense in 2024. New Faces This Year TE Spencer Griffin 6-5 209 Fr Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota FL) 2.5 of 5.0 [Receiving] OLB Jarvis Bowen 6-2 234 Fr Baker (Mobile AL) 2.5 of 5.0 [Blitz] CB Yadean Overton 6-2 185 Jr Simmons College of Kentucky (Louisville KY) 4.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Terrell Mosley 5-9 196 (Fr) Crowell (Crowell TX) 2.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Gabriel Sanders Jr. 6-0 193 Sr Baton Rouge Community College (Baton Rouge LA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] K Kyle Barfield 5-11 189 (Fr) Anson (Anson TX) 2.0 of 4.5 [Power] The most obviously exciting players on this list are TE Spencer Griffin and OLB Jarvis Bowen. Both of these guys have the potential to make a major impact on day one here in Fort Worth. Griffin should provide Cook that red zone threat and security blanket that he lost when Aguilera declared for the NFLHC draft. Bowen has a nose for the quarterback and should allow TCU to start to form some consistency in their defensive strategy. Both of these guys will be key as TCU looks to make a run back to the playoffs. The Questions? Is Taylor Cook ready to take the next step? Can TCU replace all of the offensive production they lost from the 2023 team? How will Hooker Jackson handle moving back to his natural position? Can Coach Danager manage such a crowded secondary? The Schedule SMU Bye at USC Texas Tech at Florida Oklahoma Baylor at West Virginia at Oklahoma State at Texas Bye Iowa State Kansas at Kansas State The Prediction The maturation of Taylor Cook is going to be the engine that drives the success of the 2024 TCU football season. The OOC schedule is brutal as the Horned Frogs open up with the defending national champion SMU Mustangs, travel to USC to play the Trojans, and travel to Gainsville to play the Gators. TCU could make major strides from the disappointing 2023 season and be staring at 0-4 after the first 4 games, their schedule is that hard. I think a split is more likely and the Frogs will head into a season defining game against the Oklahoma Sooners. That game will be a must win if TCU legitimately wants to make a run towards the playoffs. On paper TCU is a hell of a team. They have the talent to win the whole damn thing, but they play a killer first 5 games and have tough games at Oklahoma State and at West Virginia shortly after that brutal stretch. I think ultimately their schedule will end their at large playoff hopes early. I foresee a 9-3 regular season finish and an appearance in the conference title game. If they win that conference title game would it be enough to make them playoffs? AMENDED - I actually think TCU starts 4-1 and finishes 10-2 on the season.
  4. I think you and I have played the game pretty similarly. My voting record is pretty favorable, and I've tried to show all my logic in each decision. I'm in the same spot as you I think it's down to you and swipet. Earlier in the game I said I thought you were town based on the way you had been playing the game. I'm still leaning that direction so I guess I'm leaning that it's swipet.
  5. Green still falls under the exception. Any injury can be held out and not count towards the 6.
  6. I'm pretty tired and about to go to bed, so I'll proactively respond to Swipet's response. Ha. With the number of people left there's either 1 or 2 wolves left. If there is only 1 I think we're probably pretty good, but if there's 2 we obviously need to really think about this. Up to this point my voting record has been pretty solid. I've been in early on some wolf lynchings, and each time I've voted/ or even not voted I've tried to provide rationale for what I'm thinking. I think my activity level has been on par with basically everyone in the game. I feel both of these should alleviate some of the suspicion when compared to others. Personally my 3 most suspicious people are Qupax, wahoo, and Haff. Qupax has very little activity and then he jumps on and tries to lynch me 2 days in a row with the rationale being "activity". Feels like him and GK could have been working together? I'd have to go back through his voting record, but I think it has been pretty shaky. I went into detail on Wahoo earlier. His interactions with brightfalls early in the game lead me to believe that the brightfall kill last night could be some big brained moves by him. I will admit that's definitely a stretch, so my suspicion level is lower than it is with Qupax. Finally. Something about Haff just seems off. I don't have my finger on what it is yet, but he's definitely in the group of 3 I think are potentially wolves. Based on all that I'm going to vote Qupax for now
  7. How exactly do you find me sus?
  8. This is what I was referring too, but I misremembered exactly what you said. My fault, trying to go back and read posts and also post on mobile is difficult sometimes.
  9. Stellar response. I think I'm with Time and I'm looking at 2 people. Qupax, Haff, but I'm also going to throw Wahoo into the group. Wahoo had a beef earlier in the game with brightfalls. He then posted immediately after the kill to question the move. At this point that could be a reasonable strategy to distance from it? Worth discussing at least.
  10. This feels like a flail since Time mentioned that you and GK were working together. I voted for GK, and you did not. GK didn't even really defend me. He just said we had discussed not voting "Willy nilly" without discussion. Logically to me - it makes sense that a wolf would cherry pick to try and save themselves since GK got voted off, especially if Time's suspicions prove to be correct.
  11. While it's technically correct I didn't vote day 1 I made my suspicions about Nemo known. Day 2 several times throughout the day, but like most people I got confused about when the day ended. With less than 2 hours left in the day no one had voted. Trying to point out my activity based on that seems like a stretch.
  12. At this point I still think Qupax is pretty suspect, but maybe him and GK are working together. Time's claim makes sense to me. They could be wolves, but I think it's more likely to be accurate. vote gk23
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