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    1. [2021] Inactives - Week #2

      Dolphins inactives: QB Glenn White 6-2 176 5 Texas Tech [Pocket] 78 WR Jaheim Lemons 5-11 204 1 Michigan State [Target] 80 OT Ben Goode 6-6 312 R Kansas [Pass Blocking] 80 C Davern Lemmerman 6-4 272 4 Wisconsin [Run Blocking] 74 OLB Alton Drazenovich 6-1 217 3 LSU [Coverage] 82 CB Giovanni Bynum 6-0 195 R Florida [Man Coverage] 70 FS Alejandro Bowen 6-3 202 2 Houston [Zone Coverage] 75
    2. It was a pretty quiet week in the nation's most exciting conference with only three games on the docket. Week 2 should bring a more normal slate of games but for now let's look at how last week's games and events affected the overall landscape of the conference. Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech all had their season openers, but who gave their fans something to be excited about? Let's get to the rankings. 1. TCU Horned Frogs The Horned Frogs had the week off so you know coach Danger and his staff spent their time on the recruiting trail. This week TCU has a prime-time match up with the Tennessee Volunteers in Fort Worth. It's no secret that TCU is going to enter all of their games as the favorite, but the Vols bring in highly touted QB Adrian Golson which should provide a nice challenge for the Frogs. 2. Oklahoma Sooners The Sooners have another week off so expect Ted to spend time prepping for the week 3 game at Nebraska. Local reports from Norman show that the Sooners have been letting QB Eric Pope air it out some in practice and the results have been positive. 3. Texas Longhorns Texas opens their season with in-state foe Houston in Austin. The Cougars aren't expected to give the Longhorns much of a challenge, but it'll be nice to see what Texas looks like on the field. 4. Baylor Bears Tuscan and the Bears spent their bye-week prepping for a neutral field battle with the Golden Gophers of Minnesota. Baylor really challenged themselves with their OOC schedule this year which should really help prepare them for a run in the Big XII. The way Baylor opened the season the panel of one thinks they have a shot to put a scare in the teams ranked above them. 5. Oklahoma State Cowboys Did any fan-base have a more up and down week than the fans of Oklahoma State? First off longtime coach panther suddenly retires, however; the athletic department went on the search quickly and brought in storied head coach randye to lead the Cowboy program. Randy brings with him a couple of national championships and a pedigree that only a handful of coaches can come close to matching. Unfortunately randy took over on a Wednesday and only had a couple of days to try and get the team prepared for their game against Virginia Tech. The Cowboys came out strong but faded down the stretch spoiling the debut for the legendary coach. OK State stays at the #5 position this week because of the coach they hired, it's expected that they'll rebound from their opening day defeat. 6. Kansas State Wildcats +2 Kansas State cleared a major hurdle on their race towards bowl-eligibility. "The Greatest" had a nice outing with a couple of touchdown passes and only one interception with a fairly efficient completion percentage. The Wildcat defense bent a little bit allowing Rutgers to move the ball with ease, but clamped down in the redzone holding them to field goals instead of touchdowns. For now that will get them the victory, but as they get into conference play the defense is going to have to improve and that starts with (Fr) Brendan Scherer. 7. Iowa State Cyclones Like Oklahoma, Iowa State has another week off to focus on improvement. They run the ball with ease during Week 0 so look for coach Minnow to focus on continued success in the running game and limiting turnovers. 8. Texas Tech Red Raiders -2 At the end of the day the Red Raiders have to be pleased with their performance against #8 Arizona. Arizona is one of the most talented teams in the country and Texas Tech went into Tuscon and gave them a scare. The Red Raider defense was solid and they moved the ball well on the ground, however; the team doesn't have the firepower to come back from turnovers so they will need to clean that up. Unfortunately they get a week off and then face TCU who sports one of the country's best defenses. 9. Kansas Jayhawks Kansas gets to play football this week as they open the season with Tulsa. The panel isn't sure what this game is going to tell us about the Jayhawks, but it's absolutely a must win game if there's any hopes of a bowl in Lawrence. The defense should make life miserable for Tulsa, but the real question remains is there enough offense on this team to win big games? Only time well tell. 10. West Virginia Mountaineers Well the Mountaineers announced that Bobby Davies will start at quarterback against Virginia. The Cavaliers sport a significantly weaker offense than week 0 opponent Missouri, but have one of the best defensive players in the nation in Soldier Brooks. Like most games this season this will be an uphill climb for WVU, but slightly less uphill than their opener against Missouri. Thanks to @HAFFnHAFF for creating a logo for the rankings.
    3. [2021] Week 1 Headlines

      Explosive! Big Days from Greg Cobb and Ben Blankenship Lead to a 30-7 Rout of Ravens. WR Greg Cobb hauls in a touchdown. He finished with 10 catches for 131 yards and a TD on the day.
    4. [2021] Week #1 - Saturday Evening

      That's my boy Nathan Singletary.
    5. Dillonscott

      In all seriousness the teams you selected are all filled. I think the only team that is available is North Texas. If you update your application the conference commissioner will be along to review it.
    6. .. Do you mean first names longer than their last?
    7. [2021] Inactives - Week #1

      Miami Dolphins Week 1 Inactives: QB Glenn White 6-2 176 5 Texas Tech [Pocket] 78 RB Caleb Sherwin 6-0 192 2 Missouri [Speed] 73 WR Jaheim Lemons 5-11 204 1 Michigan State [Target] 80 OT Ben Goode 6-6 312 R Kansas [Pass Blocking] 80 C Davern Lemmerman 6-4 272 4 Wisconsin [Run Blocking] 74 CB Giovanni Bynum 6-0 195 R Florida [Man Coverage] 70 FS Alejandro Bowen 6-3 202 2 Houston [Zone Coverage] 75
    8. I feel bad for Darren, but we decided to hand the reins to Bobby Davies. Bobby played in the spring game last year and I was comfortable with the way he handled that game. I don't think either really gives us much of a chance to win, but I feel like Davies at least is a little more dynamic.
    9. Dillonscott

      Did you tear your ACL recently?
    10. Week 0 ended up being a solid showing for the nation's most exciting conference. TCU was the biggest winner of the week going into the Coliseum and pulling out a victory over Jumbo and the Trojans. TCU wasn't the only team with reason to be excited as Baylor and Oklahoma pull off big victories over Cal and Michigan State respectively. Iowa State might have a new star in (Fr) Kofi McCullough as he gorged the Wisconsin defense for 200 yards in his debut. Only 5 of the conference's teams played during opening week, but enough happened to warrant a shakeup in the rankings, so let's get to it. 1. TCU Horned Frogs TCU went into Los Angeles and came out a big winner. Felix Luck had a decent debut with 300 yards and 2 TDs and found early chemistry with wide-out Finn Nielsen who had 100 yards and a touchdown on the day. If there's one major takeaway that coach Danger should have from this game it's that USC was able to run the ball all day long on the vaunted Frog defense. Shook and Lockwood combined for 144 yards at an efficient 5.3 YPC and with White, McLaughlin, and now McCullough on the schedule TCU will need to get that resolved quickly. 2. Oklahoma Sooners +1 Oklahoma was able to score a big victory over Kyle Davidson and the Michigan State Spartans. Maurice White continues to do Maurice White things as he rumbled for 145 yards and 2 TDs on the day. The difference this year, however; is the receivers that QB Eric Pope has at his disposal. Teams who focus too much on White are going to get burned by the Sooner aerial attack as coach Ted will be able to attack opposing defenses in various ways. The biggest boon for the Sooners has to be the play of their young defensive line. The OU defense was able to sack Davidson 3 times which has to have the fans pumped. 3. Texas Longhorns -1 We won't see the Longhorns until week 2 of the season. I was so impressed with the way that Oklahoma's defensive line played that I had to give them the bump early. Texas has as much talent as anyone in the country so let's see what they do in week 2. 4. Baylor Bears There's a lot to like about Baylor's rival win over Cal. First off, welcome to the show Miles Street - Street had a great day getting over 100 yards on the ground with 2 TDs and getting 50 yards through the air and 2 TDs. Street made life easier for first time starter Caleb Olmsted and that has to make coach Tuscan happy. The biggest plus is the performance of the Baylor defense. It's no secret that Baylor's defense really struggled all of last season, but Powers and the boys held Cal in check. The scoreboard says that Cal has 26 points, but 14 of those were in garbage time after the game was out of reach. If I'm in Waco right now, I'm feeling good about where the Bears are headed. 5. Oklahoma State Cowboys The Cowboys open up the season with a visit from the Hokies of Virginia Tech. As I said last week Oklahoma State is solid across the board, so look for them to get the season started on the right foot with a victory over VT. 6. Texas Tech Red Raiders Texas Tech has a date with uber-talented Arizona this week. On paper this is going to be a tough match-up, but it will allow us to quickly see how that offensive line is going to hold up for Soloman McLaughlin. 7. Iowa State Cyclones +1 Yes - the Cyclones lost on Friday against Wisconsin. However they proved that they have one of the best offensive lines in the country. (Fr) Kofi McCullough had a sensational debut with 200 yards and 2 TDs. Fr. Vaughn Sheppard wasn't asked to do a whole lot, but he did have an interception that hurt the Cyclones down the stretch. Iowa State will need to work on their rush defense, but they had a good enough showing to move them up a spot for now. 8. Kansas State Wildcats -1 Kansas State opens up on Friday night against Rutgers. This is a fairly even match-up and should give us good insight into how Rahim has grown over the offseason. The Wildcats have little room for error in their quest for a bowl so getting started on the right foot is imperative. 9. Kansas Jayhawks My assessment of the Jayhawks was pretty harsh in the inaugural rankings. There's still a lot to like about Kansas they sport a spectacular secondary and downright scary defensive line. Christian Graham is an extremely talented quarterback and he does have weapons around him. If the pipe is kind to the Jayhawks they have the potential to rise up the rankings, but their margin for error is very slim. We won't see the Jayhawks in action until week 2. 10. West Virginia Mountaineers Going into the match-up with Missouri any sane person had to know it wasn't going to be a pretty game. Missouri sports a historically great set of offensive players and it was going to be an uphill battle for the rebuilding Mountaineers. If there are any positives to take away from the game it's that WVU was only down 7 at the half and Mohamed Mustafa had a decent day on the ground. Unfortunately QB Darren Lemons threw 2 interceptions in the second half and the game turned into a rout. WVU can't win if they lose the turnover battle so they'll look to practice hard this week and improve for week 2 against Virginia.
    11. [2021] Week #0 - Saturday Evening

      Well. That was a lemon now wasn't it.
    12. Well it was fun while it lasted.
    13. [2021] Week #0 - FNF

      Was he even the best RB in the game though?
    14. [2021] Injured Reserve

      Miami Dolphins place TE Dillon Scott 6-5 210 R Arkansas [Blocking] 74 on injured reserve He suffered a Severe Achilles Tear in preseason week 4 and is out for the entire season.
    15. Morgantown, WV - West Virginia University is excited to announce the second member of the WVU Football Hall of Fame. Mohammed Foster - QB (2018-2020) Mohammed Foster played quarterback at West Virginia University from 2018-2020 and became WVU's all-time leader in every major passing category. He was also the first member of the Mountaineers to earn the prestigious Heisman Memorial Trophy winning the award during the 2020 season. During the 2020 season, Foster passed for 4,697 yards with 41 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions, he ended with a Big XII record 181.75 passer rating on the year. More than just a passing threat, Foster used his legs to gain 698 yards rushing on 8.31 yards per carry and 10 total touchdowns. He finished the season as the Big XII's offensive player of the year and won many national awards including the Heisman Trophy. Foster was named captain of the 2020 team and would guide them to an undefeated record in the Big XII conference. The Mountaineers would finish the regular season 10-2 overall and qualify to play in the Big XII Championship where they would face the TCU Horned Frogs. Foster would light up the scoreboard and guide WVU to a 49-3 victory over TCU and earn a birth into the CFBHC Playoffs. Although the Mountaineers would fall to LSU in the playoffs they would finish the season as the highest scoring team in the nation averaging north of 42 points a game. WVU would score no less than 35 points during conference play and would 9/10 total conference games would end with the Mountaineers scoring more than 40 points. Foster would guide the Mountaineers to an Orlando bowl victory over #20 Virginia during the 2019 season. The team would start slow but win 6 out of their last 7 games to propel them into a record breaking 2020 season. Breaking onto the scene, as a true freshman, in 2018 Foster would explode and earn national player of the week honors during his first game a loss to #7 Kansas. Foster would finish his WVU career with 11,169 passing yards, 79 touchdowns, 1,656 rushing yards, and 18 touchdowns during his three years on campus. At the conclusion of his junior season Foster would declare for the 2021 NFLHC draft where he would be taken fifth by the Chicago Bears. A native of Pennsylvania, Foster would attend the Taft School, an academic boarding school in Watertown, Connecticut. The Rhinos would win multiple state championships while Foster was under center.
    16. If Ward can win the Biletnikoff that would give Texas A&M 3 different winners. That's crazy.
    17. Smack Ums Penny Pincher Magazine. For a new conference the Sun Belt sports a surprising amount of coaching success in it's ranks. Duster coached 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Dylan Bishop, neovenator had several successful seasons at Arizona, rabidsnowman had a lot of success at Nebraska. How do you plan on selling yourself and your program to potential recruits knowing you have to go up against these household names?
    18. The Mountaineers haven't lost a conference road game since 2018, can they keep the steak alive? Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Smackems’ Big XII Power Rankings. Last season we worked with the coaches of the conference to come up with our rankings, however; this year we’re saying forget the coaches my opinion is the only one that matters! Our goal here is to look at a myriad of different things to determine where the Big XII teams stack up against each other. We will look at the team, how they are playing, who they are playing, and some good old-fashioned Smackems’ intuition to get these rankings on a weekly basis. It’s pre-season though and almost every team in the conference is excited about the new year, so let’s dive In and see where they stand! 1. TCU Horned Frogs TCU comes in as one of the most talented teams in the country. Coach Danger will be looking to (So) Felix Luck to take over the reins at Quarterback after he won the preseason competition against 2020 starter Sam Milner. Luck will have multi-year starter Shamar Burroughs to help keep opposing defenses off balance as he works to gain chemistry with second year starting wide outs Finn Nielsen and Griffin McHanna. Defense is where TCU really shines bringing in a unit that should see all 11 starters playing on Sundays. Led by 2020 all-conference selection Elliot McElmore look for the Frog defense to make life miserable for the conference’s offenses. 2. Texas Longhorns Texas has the defense to go toe-to-toe with TCU, but their relative weakness along the offensive line keeps them a step below in the rankings. The Longhorns return superstar running back Simeon Wells and solid quarterback Kyler Tackett that should be enough to win them several games. The issue for Texas is that they don’t really have a go-to receiving option to prevent teams from stacking the box, and their offensive line leaves a lot to be desired. Wells will be tasked with a lot of work here as the Longhorns look to prevent turnovers and let their defense 3. Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma sports the conference’s best running back in Maurice White. Outside of White, they have surrounded sophomore quarterback Eric Pope will solid weapons in Dykes, Royal, and Salanoa along with a solid offensive line. On defense Sooners’ front seven leaves a lot to be desired, but they have a nice secondary that should alleviate some of their issues. If the offense controls the time of possession then they should be able to take a lot of pressure off the young front defense. Oklahoma could be perfectly suited to defeat the Longhorns this season only time will tell. 4. Baylor Bears Coach Tuscan has one of the nation’s best set of linebackers in Waco. Pair that with a nice secondary featuring future first-rounder Kyle Cunningham and that equals one of the best defenses in the conference. The offense is obviously in a transition period with the declaration of superstar Hastin Rider and graduation of quarterback Marcus Schwartz. Brian Chavez is back to anchor the Bears offensive line and Lamont Wilder is still there to help first time starter Caleb Olmsted. This is enough to get the Bears up into the top four. 5. Oklahoma State Cowboys The Cowboys have a solid team across the board and with the right breaks could have a very important matchup with the Sooners during rivalry week. Jr. College transfer Barack Holmes should add some much needed balance to the Cowboys offensive attack, which is breaking in first-time starter Ian Baldwin at quarterback. Baldwin is blessed to have weapons in Bridges, Dunn, Gant, and Barfield, which will certainly ease his transition into the role. Defensively Oklahoma State sports a solid unit that does not appear to have any weaknesses at least on paper. If Coach Panther and Baldwin get the offense rolling early I could see them challenging for a spot in the conference championship game. 6. Texas Tech Red Raiders in 2020 Texas Tech rode freshman sensation Solomon McLaughlin to seven wins, however; they are going to need a bigger contribution from (Sr) Chase Shapiro if they want to compete with the upper echelon of the conference. It’s usually not fair to pin the success of a team on one player, but Texas Tech’s season could ride on Kristian Kirkland’s ability to transition from center to the right tackle. Shapiro doesn’t have any big play weapons on the outside, so if Kirkland struggles in his new role McLaughlin will have to try make plays without a lot of holes to run through. TTU has a passable defense, but it’s not good enough to get them victories if they can’t control the ball with Solomon. 7. Kansas State Wildcats Coach HAFF continues to build the talent at perennial bottom-dweller Kansas State. Rahim “The Greatest” Murrell returns this season looking to build off his interception-laden 2020 campaign. If Murrell can keep the turnovers down and Seau, Palacios, and Askew can take some of the pressure off new running back Jaiden Givens the Wildcats could see themselves reaching bowl eligibility. (Fr) Brendan Scherer looks to inject some star power on a defensive unit that features many solid but not spectacular players. If Scherer grows up quickly Kansas State could see itself rising up the rankings. 8. Iowa State Cyclones Iowa State was by far the hardest team to rank in the inaugural Smackems’ Big XII Power Rankings. On one hand, they have arguably the best offensive line in the conference blocking for (Fr) running back Kofi McCullough. On the other hand, they are starting a true freshman quarterback Vaughn Sheppard who adds a lot of unpredictability to the offense. If Sheppard can play within himself and not turn the ball over then Iowa State has the potential to control the ball and win many games. Iowa State has a good enough defense that if they control the clock and run behind their offensive line they could surprise many folks. 9. Kansas Jayhawks Kansas is a Chris Burgos injury away from being a really, really, really, bad football team. The positives here is that they return Rod Fulton and Christian Graham and they have TE combo Jaime Burns and Samuel Hardy to take some pressure off the three wide receivers on the roster. Kansas needs to stay healthy on offense or they could be in for a very long season in Lawrence. Defensively they bring in one of the best lines in football led by 2020 conference defensive player of the year Jamari Callahan. The Jayhawks also sport a very scary secondary, which should help to mitigate some of weakness in their linebacking core. Kansas needs Fulton to run well, Graham to take care of the ball and control the tempo, and some injury luck to allow their defense to keep them in games. 10. West Virginia Mountaineers The Mountaineers had three players drafted in the first round from their 2020 playoff run. Early Declarations happen to many teams, but when a team loses its top 2 players to them that team is going to struggle regardless. Heisman winner Mohammed Foster and Biletnikoff winner J.C. Weldon left early and were drafted in the top five of the NFLHC draft. Former Big XII Defensive Player of the Year Hudson Adam graduated and was selected in the first round of the draft. The positives here are that the Mountaineers return 4th year starters in Mohamed Mustafa and Elias Langston to help new quarterback Darren Lemons. On the defensive side of the ball Nathan Wilks, Riley Reardon, and Lamont Carson return to help break in the eight new starters on that side of the ball. That is realistically the end of the positives in Morgantown, the future is bright but this season fans will be excited for basketball.
    19. I went back and forth on OK State and Baylor. For the preseason poll I gave Baylor the nod because of the star power, but OK State could very well be the 2nd best team in conference. It's hard to judge this early. Kansas had the most players drafted in the draft this season. With Kansas State gaining coaching consistency, I think they just haven't had the same level of recruiting success recently. I think continuity plays a big role in the sim. The 2020 WVU defense outplayed the sum of it's parts, and I think that's because even the "weak* links were 3 year starters. TCU has the talent and they are building that continuity - it's a scary thing for sure. *Disclaimer - I don't know for sure that multi-year starters actually play better that's just my theory based on our performance.
    20. Thanks! I really like the makeup of the Sooners. I think they have the perfect offense to balance out their weaknesses on defense. I went with Texas initially because of their defensive strength, but it wouldn't surprise me if Oklahoma finishes #2.
    21. [2021] Pre-Season Week #2 - 1 PM

      That's 3 sacks for Isaiah Riggins so far this preseason. Nice guy to have in case of injury.
    22. QB Kyle Jefferson 6-2 204 Jr Parkview (Lilburn, GA) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] from Duke to Chattahoochee Technical College (Marietta GA) Leaked video of Kyle Jefferson celebrating getting away from the messy QB situation at Duke.
    23. I'm really enjoying this series of articles. Good stuff!