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THE GAME (OF THE YEAR)

The Game lives up to the hype this year as (10-1) Michigan traveled to Columbus to take on (10-1) Ohio State for the right to take on Purdue in the B1G Championship. After a grueling battle that took 2 overtimes to decide, it was the Wolverines who stood victorious 36-33 in what was possibly the best game of the season.

WILD WEST

The Las Vegas Raiders and the Denver Broncos both won their games Sunday, setting up a week 17 showdown to decide the AFC West. The Raiders toppled the Chiefs 24-14 and the Broncos survived the Jaguars 27-23.

CHAMPIONSHIP SZN

As the final week of the regular season wraps up, teams turn their attention to the conference championships and bowl season. There are some solid match ups to look forward to with big implications.

NICE

The Detroit Lions and the Indianapolis Colts won this week, while the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings took losses, all becoming 6-9 on the season.
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    Franz Kafka

    [2021] Kafka's CCG Previews: C-USA

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    WELCOME TO KAFKA'S 2021 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEWS


    ep. 1:
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    Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-5) @boogyman10

    vs.

    Rice Owls (11-1) @Bubada

     

    With a spot in the playoffs a feather away, Rice hopes to solidify their resume with a school-record 12th win.  Can Western Kentucky play spoiler?

     

     

    Three important matchups:
     

    DT Felix Jennings 6-0 298 Fr Oconto (Oconto WI) 2.5 of 5.0 [1-Gap]

    OG Raphael Brannon 6-2 334 (So) Roma (Roma, TX) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking]

    FS Janoris Callahan 5-11 223 So Todd County Central (Elkton KY) 3.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage]
    QB Eric McLean 6-2 206 (Jr) Blanco (Blanco, TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pocket]

    QB Riley West 6-1 190 (So) Munroe Day (Quincy, FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] 

    CB Gerald Sykes 5-10 204 So Van Alstyne (Van Alstyne TX) 3.5 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]

     

    First off the bus:
     

    DE Ahmed Eubanks 6-7 261 Fr Poteet (Poteet TX) 2.5 of 3.0 [Blitz] 
    ATH Brandon Dawkins 6-7 268 (Fr) Floydada (Floydada TX) 2.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]


     

    WESTERN KENTUCKY's strengths

    Big plays, big plays, big plays

     

    Western Kentucky's offense is led by sophomore signal-caller Riley West. He's thrown for 646 yards and 5 touchdowns in his last two games and enters the C-USA title game as sharp as ever.  He'll need to rely on big plays and minimize his mistakes if Western Kentucky is to pull off the major upset.

     

    WESTERN KENTUCKY's weaknesses

    Taking the 'defense' out of rush defense

     

    The Hilltoppers are not good at stopping the run.  In their last three contests, they've given up 6 TD on the ground and right at 5 yards per carry.  If Eric McLean gets the Owls out to a big lead, look out for a steady diet of ground and pound to shorten the game.

     

    RICE's strengths

    Eric McLean.

     

    The Heisman semifinalist has lit up scoreboards all season and shows no signs of slowly down as he rolls into the conference championship game. He's thrown 46 touchdowns against only nine picks, while completing nearly two-thirds of this passes. Could this be his final audition for NFLHC scouts?

     

    RICE's weaknesses

    One dimensional

     

    When you have an elite quarterback like Eric McLean, being one-dimensional isn't necessarily a bad thing - if the Owls run into a red-hot secondary, however, they could be in for some trouble. Their tailback, Nate Wooten, only has 98 carries on the season.

     

     

    PREDICTION

    RICE 38

    WESTERN KENTUCKY 13


    MVP: Eric McLean, QB :rice: 

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    15 minutes ago, Franz Kafka said:

    WESTERN KENTUCKY's weaknesses

    Taking the 'defense' out of rush defense 

     

    The Hilltoppers are not good at stopping the run.  In their last three contests, they've given up 6 TD on the ground and right at 5 yards per carry.  If Eric McLean gets the Owls out to a big lead, look out for a steady diet of ground and pound to shorten the game.

    this won't matter one bit against Rice.

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