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T-C-U BETTER BELIEVE IT

#3 TCU took on #5 LSU this weekend and let everyone know that the Horned Frogs are legit. It was a defensive struggle but TCU was able to come out on top 13-10.

THE BUC STOPS HERE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't give Christian Skaggs any break Sunday, sacking the QB 6 times. The offense did their part behind QB Taylor Heiden and rookie RB DeNorris Jackson and came away with a 28-21 win.

DREAM KILLERS?

A top 15 matchup between the #11 Toledo Rockets and #15 Florida Gators ended in heartbreak for the Rockets. Florida managed to pull out the 25-22 win on the road. Anyone doubting either team was put on notice.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

The Green Bay Packers have raced to a 5-0 start after beating the 2-2 Seattle Seahawks. This game was very banner worthy which is why it is on here. I wonder if anyone can "catch" the Green Bay Packers, or maybe "intercept" them? No no, definitely catch.

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  4. Last Week's Picks: 4-4 Season to Date: 25-10 Last week didn't go so swimmingly for Everyone's Favorite Conference, as the Redhawks and Rockets lost close games to ranked opponents. This week the focus turns inward as the majority of our #MACtion is conference-based. For this week's silent special guest Derrick Fenner, I'm Bruce Baguen. To the (long-awaited) games! Thursday Night New Mexico State (0-4) at Bowling Green (2-2) Last Week: The Aggies’ search for their first program win continues (L at 14-19), while the Falcons managed to win their second straight without a coach. (W at 24-45) Injuries: None There’s really not much to say here. NMSU has some players with pro potential such as LT Shane Hardison and LG Donald Reilly, and coach Jamarquan has the right idea in featuring the offense around RB Shane Walker (101 rushes for 444 yards, 5 TDs in 4 games). But first-year teams just come with too many holes to compete against established FBS schools. This should be a nice welcoming present for new Falcons coach @Jhaa4 - if he shows up. He might have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Prediction: 38-7 The bigger battle this week for Bowling Green will be on the recruiting trail. Ball State (2-2 overall, 1-1 conf.) at Central Michigan (2-2, 1-1) Last Week: The Cardinals avoided the dreaded 21-3 curse in a comfortable win (W at 28-17), while there was no fourth quarter magic for the Chips this time. (L vs. 17-21) Injuries: RB Makai Carr - Probable (Moderate Ankle Sprain) This is a very important conference matchup, one that both teams believe they can win. A victory here goes a long way toward a bowl berth and towards staying in contention for the MAC West. An aside here: The MAC Network ("If it's not MAC, it's wack!") loves seeing more coverage of any and all things MAC, and the Ball State Daily put out an excellent preview of this game. You should totally check it out! Warning signs are popping up all over the offense for the Chippewas. QB Byron Suggs (75 of 126 for 896 yards, 7/4 TD/INT) is also their leading rusher for the season (23 rushes for 139 yards, 1 TD). Granted that's with starting RB Makai Carr (49 rushes for 129 yards, 1 TD) missing a game to an ankle injury, but look at these numbers: 52, 99, 51. Those are their rushing yardage totals for their last three games. With the running game struggling Suggs is feeling the pressure to try and do more himself, and it allows opposing defenses to just tee off on him. The freshman QB is the face of the CMU offense, yes, but he needs help from both the running game and from his wideouts. Suggs' 7.11 YPA shows a lack of successful deep shots and while TE Jasper Rowley has picked up some slack lately (14 rec for 234 yards, 2 TD, 2 Drops), WR Joseph Aikman is struggling. The big freshman (17 rec for 225 yards, 3 TD, 2 Drops) hasn't broken 70 yards since week 1 and has more drops over the last three games (2) than TDs (1). He and Suggs need to find that chemistry that they showed in week 1 where Aikman had 102 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Obviously Ball State has no interest in letting that happen. Their "bend don't break" defense worked very well against the Blazers last week, limiting UAB's Lorenzo Deaton to 82 yards on 20 carries and harrassing poor Elijah Currie-Madison into a woeful 13/25 for 140, 1 TD, 1 INT day. Granted Central is much more talented offensively than UAB. But that's where DE/DT Isamaeli Afamasaga (5 TKL, 2 TFL, 2.0 Sacks) and DT Rashaad Malcolm (6 TKL, 2.0 Sacks) come in against a Chips O-line ranked eighth in the conference, while SS DeAndre Simms cleans up on the back end (12 TKL, 0.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 PD). Ball State has won their last two. RB Austin Laws has had back-to-back 100-yard days. Coincidence? We think not. Laws (88 rushes for 371 yards, 3 TDs) has been an underrated back for years, although that was due to the Cardinals' consistent struggles - in the past he's put up some good numbers on some bad teams. Will this be a repeat? That depends on Elias Carter. The Drifter has pedestrian numbers (55 of 93 for 692 yards, 4/4 TD/INT) but his last two games have looked much better than the 125-yard clunkers he put up in the first two. We're not saying the 16 or 26 for 209 with a TD and an INT he had against UAB is ideal, but as long as Carter shows sufficient game manager skills at QB that's all coach @npklemm wants out of him. This might be a game where the Cardinals can use their short passing game to good effect, running lots of option routes with Jayson Zarate-Lima and Sebastian Amato against a cornerback duo of 3-star Sebastian Simpson and redshirt freshman DeSean Mathis who are probably the weak spot on the Central defense. CMU defensive ends Rory Bolin and Nazir Tatum-Kimbrough have five of the six Chippewa sacks on the year, yet they are going to be asked to take the lead on bottling Laws up and force Carter to make plays. It's going to be harder for them this week than last, UTSA doesn't have an offensive lineman as talented as LT Aiden Hammer. Can NT Jabari Hardy step up? He hasn't made the box score yet and while his role is primarily to eat up blockers for the linebackers, it sure would be nice for the Chips if he can make some plays and force Carter into uncomfortable decisions. Prediction: 27-17 Ball State is finding its groove while Central is scuffling. We're not sure that the Chips offense will rediscover the form they showed in week 1, which they'll need to keep pace with a rejuvenated Austin Laws. Friday Night Northern Illinois (0-3 overall, 0-2 conf.) at Kent State (0-4, 0-1) Last Week: The Huskies regrouped (BYE), while all things considered a 26-point loss to a ranked team on the road doesn't look horrible for the Golden Flashes. (L at 0-26) Injuries: FB Harrison Mullin - OUT (Severe Achilles Rupture) This one is also an important conference game, but for a different reason: Someone's going to have a win after this game! It's hard to say what NIU is trying to do on offense, because neither QB Charlie Sanford (40 of 67 for 462 yards, 3/4 TD/INT, 154.0 YPG) nor RB Julian Holcomb (55 rushes for 196 yards, 1 TD, 1 Fum Lost) have been effective through the Huskies' first three games. Even Sanford's three TDs are a bit misleading, as two of them came in garbage time after the game was already over. Two numbers that aren't misleading are NIU's OL rating of 4.87 (third-worst in the conference), and 25.58% (NIU's 3rd down conversion rate). When the offense continually finds itself in third and long situations, they typically don't get to stay on the field. (We'll come back to these stats later.) Facing overmatched CBs Alpha McNeill and Gregory Ponder Northern may be tempted to air it out, except that Kent State's best defender SS Steven Gordon (14 TKL, 1 INT, 1 PD) is in support there. Is that a gamble they want to make, even if by stats WR Nathaniel Alford (12 rec for 180 yards, 3 TDs) is their best offensive weapon right now? The Huskies may best be served by staying patient with Holcomb and expecting a beleaguered OL to wear down a front seven giving up the second-most rushing yards in the MAC (115.25). Take 90% of everything we've said up above about NIU's offense, remove the names, and put them against a defense marginally better than Kent State's. That's basically Kent State's offense versus NIU's defense. What's odd is that the Huskies have good talent on defense such as ATH/MLB Oliver McNeal, ILB Kieran Linn, and CB Samuel Echols, yet the average score in a typical NIU game this season? Opponent 30, NIU 12.33. What's going on? They are shorthanded at CB - only three on the roster, and playing Linn out of position at OLB, so that's not helping. They're just thin all over the roster except at MLB; the Huskies have 11(!) ILBs on the roster including McNeal. Good thing for them that they're playing against an offense scuffling even worse than their own. Remember we were going to come back to the horrific NIU offensive stats? (4.87 OL rating and 25.58% 3rd down conv.) 3.93 and 22%. Those are Kent State's numbers for those same stats - even worse. These numbers also come with another - 12, as in sacks surrendered. That's 3 times per game QB John Garland goes down with the ball in his hands behind the line. The Kent State coaching staff has tried almost everything to keep the games close, but basically nothing has worked. Garland is completing just over 50 percent of his passes, RB James Ridley-Henley is rushing for just over 50 yards a game since "Ol' Reliable" Harrison Mullin tore his Achilles. Again Kent State has played a rough stretch of games, but they won't have that excuse this week if they struggle again. So is this where the Golden Flashes say, "Damn the Torpedoes?" Will Kent State pull out all the stops in this game? Looking at their remaining schedule, this is perhaps the best chance they have to get that elusive first win. The talent disparity between them and Northern Illinois isn't as obvious as it is with other teams, especially looking at NIU's offense vs. Kent State's defense. Prediction: 17-14 Kent State's done it before, pulling out games where they looked outclassed. We're sure they'll do it again at some point this season, but it's hard to predict when so we can't in good conscience call it here*. Not against a team with a bit more talent spread across the roster and an active coach. We think this will be a sluggish, conservative game. What we don't think will happen is Northern playing reckless enough to give the Golden Flashes the openings they need to pull this out. (* It's Akron. When in doubt choose the Akron game) (Saturday to follow)
  5. You're assuming I put a level of thought into this that frankly I don't think I'm capable of. You're absolutely right though, that should be a great game of two future MWC powers. I was even debating a hipster choice of Wyoming and Colorado State as a massively improved Wyoming takes on another up-and-coming MWC team. But Air Force is still one of the two marquee MWC teams and Boise is also going to be really good soon so I went with that.
  6. This game is going to be an easy Air Force win, 38-20. I really thought the Fresno/SDSU game would be the most competitive (at least on paper) this week. But these games aren't played on paper, they're played on Soluna's computer, so it'll probably be another blowout loss for me.
  7. MWC Game of the Week: Boise State @ Air Force Previous MWC Game of the Week Outcome: Utah State 28, New Mexico 7 After conference play started last week with only one game between two Mountain West schools that aren't exactly powerhouses, this week looks to rectify this with five conference games: Wyoming @ Colorado State, New Mexico @ UNLV, Fresno State @ San Diego State, Nevada @ San Jose State, and finally this week's Game of the Week- Boise State @ Air Force. In last week's MWC Power Rankings, both teams were ranked 0 because that's not a thing. Boise State enters conference play 1-3 after a very tough out of conference schedule, defeating only Kent State in a Week 1 41-14 thrashing, but suffering a very close 33-31 loss to Miami (Fl) in Week 2 and then getting spanked by Texas Tech 42-17 where coach Believer was quoted as saying "well that didn't go as planned". The Broncos then went on to earn their final loss against one of the nation's hottest offenses in South Carolina, where they lost 49-9 but managed to hold the Gamecocks to their second lowest scoring output of the season so far, so that's something. Air Force is entering on a much higher note, coming in an undefeated 4-0 in out of conference competition and having already secured the Commander in Chief Trophy with a close 38-35 victory over Navy and squeaking out a one point 27-26 win over Army. The Falcons started their season by putting the hammer down on Florida State 49-16, and last week beat Miami (OH) 35-30. Surprisingly, the only time Air Force looked like the powerhouse they did last season was against FSU, with narrow victories against their G5 opponents. Both teams are led by extremely similar quarterbacks: both are 4.0/4.0 scramblers in their senior year averaging around 200 yards per game separated by just an inch in height. However, Air Force QB Giovanni Luke has had a far more successful season thus far, passing for 8 touchdowns and no interceptions, and rushing for another 3 touchdowns. Boise QB Roman Green has had less luck, throwing for 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, with 1 rushing touchdown. Whether or not this disparity is a function of Boise State playing tougher OOC teams remains to be seen, and who plays better will set the tone of both team's in-conference seasons. Catch the game this Saturday Afternoon at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  8. Week 6 PAC-12 Preview

    For some reason i disagree with you both.
  9. [CFBHC/NFLHC] Available Teams

    Updated January 23. Remember: Conference commissioners have final say in approving coaches to prospective jobs. First come does not guarantee first serve, although it may be a factor. Available jobs: Mid-American Conference Eastern Michigan Eagles Mountain West Conference Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels
  10. Week 6 PAC-12 Preview

    Speak for yourself. For this game, I'm a fan of the tsunami that will inevitably come and wipe out both teams ...
  11. Week 6 PAC-12 Preview

    We’re all Beaver fans this week
  12. [2021] MAC Recruiting Battles: Post Week 7

    Ah, I knew about that part. You know what, I misread the OP. I thought it was referring to how many points each team has on the player, not how much they have per week. Makes more sense now!
  13. http://cfbhc.herokuapp.com/cfbhc/teams/ Points, Pipeline, Host Camp, Visits.
  14. [2021] MAC Recruiting Battles: Post Week 7

    Wait... How do you see how many points other teams have?
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  17. [2021] Pittsburgh Steelers Interview

    I can't like this more, and hope you get a chance to do this with everyone over the course of a couple of seasons. (or shorter)
  18. [2021] Week #6 Inactives

    Detroit Lions Inactives: QB Rob LeCount 6-3 212 6 Michigan [Pocket] 90 DT Mark Walsh 6-8 317 2 Arkansas [2-Gap] 77 ILB Ron Sanderson 6-1 221 5 Penn State [Will] 76 DT Toussaint Tasker 6-5 294 4 UCLA [2-Gap] 75 FB Lorenzo Makovicka 5-8 211 5 USC [Run Blocking] 78 CB Keyshawn Thompson 6-2 181 6 Michigan State [Zone Coverage] 96 DE Ilan Kuhn 5-11 261 R USC [Blitz] 74 OT Grey Brown 6-6 308 4 Florida State [Pass Blocking] 96
  19. New CFBHC Wiki Updates

    Updates: All CFBHC Season pages in place Adjusted NFLHC infobox to allow proper links to preceding/following NFLHC seasons. 2021 NFLHC Standings created, thanks @Jumbo Thanks to @joedchi for the following: 2020 NFLHC Season page and templates Pro Bowl/Super Bowl pages CFBHC Awards
  20. [2021] Week #6 Inactives

    Miami Dolphins Inactives: QB Glenn White 6-2 176 5 Texas Tech [Pocket] 78 WR Jaheim Lemons 5-11 204 1 Michigan State [Target] 80 TE Denario Jackson 6-1 219 3 Pittsburgh [Receiving] 75 C Davern Lemmerman 6-4 272 4 Wisconsin [Run Blocking] 74 OG Todd Hevesy 6-2 284 3 Michigan State [Pass Blocking] 84 CB Giovanni Bynum 6-0 195 R Florida [Man Coverage] 70 FS Alejandro Bowen 6-3 202 2 Houston [Zone Coverage] 75
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  28. [2021] MAC Recruiting Battles: Post Week 7

    First season, was still trying to figure out the whole recruiting thing.
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