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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

After falling to #2 in the rankings, the Michigan Wolverines received some more disappointment over the weekend as they fell 17-16 on a last second field goal to the 25th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. This loss opened up the B1G East and set up a potential deciding game in the final week between Michigan and long time rival and 7th ranked, Ohio State.

SOMEONE HAS GOTTA DO IT

As the AFC North tries to figure out who really wants to win the division and play in the playoffs, the battle heats up as Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Baltimore all win their respective games. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play Monday night to see if they can remain tied with Baltimore for the lead at 6-6.

STARS OF TOMORROW

Recruiting season begins to wind down but there are still some major decisions to be made as teams look to fill out their classes. Will these players be able to live up to the hype? Or will they crumble under the pressure of expectations. Stay tuned to find out.

EASTBOUND AND DOWN

The battle for the NFC East remains hot as well, for all the right reasons as both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys picked up wins on Sunday. The Eagles beat the Falcons 31-28 and the Cowboys beat the Panthers 31-20, making the NFC South a bloodbath as well as the league heads towards the playoffs.

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  2. Thoughts on New Anthem Rule

    TheTodd’s first argument was more compelling than his last. I’m not sure how anyone can say that Cuba has a state of the art health care system, i’ve seen whole hospitals of doctors not able to treat patients because they don’t have the necessary medicine. It is true that the people can receive “health care” for (almost) free when they need it, but it is NOT world-class, despite the over-abundance of doctors. And it is most certainly not true that people never want for food. The state-run food program does provide everyone the barest level of nourishment, but many are hungry, all the time. I have been there and seen it. Those claims are simply untrue. It is a magical place filled with amazing people, but it is far from a “shining example of the Communist ideal.” Kaep, while he has taken on a subject of great importance with mostly a head above the water (and with a strong measure of grace) MUST know he stepped in it with a tone-deaf act in Miami. It shows his human frailty, and also shows that even the best of intentions can meander off course. I still respect him for taking a stand and shining light on a social issue that needed to be lifted up, and that respect also means that I can acknowledge that he did a dumb thing. That said: this NFL rule is bullshit, and forced patriotism is not true patriotism. Legalities of the issue aside, I am disgusted that an entity with a special tax consideration has legislated an activity that has absolutely nothing to do with the activity for which it’s employees are being compensated. The rule is pandering in its worst form, and regressive beyond measure.
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  4. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    Man, Cal needed that one for a confidence boost. Congrats to BGSU and WMU! We know Jieret is super good, and it looks like Kirby could be a good coach too...
  5. 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Thread

    canceled plans to visit central Florida this weekend because of this storm. Hopefully its a low-impact one
  6. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    Name a more iconic duo. ...Rams and wide receivers getting hurt?
  7. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    but we actually made one too this time
  8. Alright looks like we'll have our first one in the next 24-48 hours. Hope the New Orleans-Tallahassee area is ready for some gnarly rain.
  9. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    Texas is now bowl-eligible for the ninth time in nine seasons, the only Big XII program and one of five programs overall to accomplish that feat. But this is the third consecutive season that they'll do so with 7 or fewer regular-season wins. A bowl is a bowl, though. As for West Virginia...well, there's always the Tulane game.
  10. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    Rams with another missed field goal.
  11. Editor's Note: I intended to publish this after work today before games were posted. I then received a call from a friend and we had a lovely conversation...that lasted nearly 90 minutes, by which time games were up. Here is what I had written. Thursday Night Texas (5-5) at West Virginia (1-9)* There are few things more dangerous than a team with everything to lose. One of those things? A team with nothing to lose. That's the matchup we have in Morgantown. Texas comes into this one having lost three straight, all at home, to squander a 5-2 start. With TCU looming after this, this has suddenly and improbably become a must-win game if Texas hopes to go bowling for the ninth time in nine seasons. Oh, and they have to do it against the program that's had more success against Texas than any other. Yes, West Virginia is on an 8-game losing streak. But five of those losses came by one possession and two came in overtime--including the Mountaineers' game last week. They reportedly made a tweak to their offense that seems to have opened up the running game, if the 140 combined rushing yards between Mohamed Mustafa and Jamel Herron was any indication. And Texas does give up 110.5 rushing yards a game on 4.6 yards per carry, both of which rank in the middle of the Big XII pack. The Longhorns haven't shown much ability or desire to adapt to each opponent lately. The ingredients are all there for a trap game--all except for the talent on the field. Kyler Tackett, Simeon Wells, and Tristan Priest are likely to be the best, second-best, and third-best players on the field, though West Virginia defensive end Aaron Pagan will surely be in the conversation. If you're West Virginia, how do you counter those three? To keep Priest out of their backfield, they'll need senior right tackle Austin Wooten and sophomore right guard Kahikina Kasimani to wall him off. Texas is obviously talented at all levels of the defense, but if West Virginia can't get past that first level then they're cooked anyway. Darren Lemons has been a nonfactor at best, so they'll absolutely need to run the ball successfully or they're cooked again. And if they can't slow down the Texas backfield, they're cooked as well. The Mountaineers allow 131.1 rushing yards per game on 5.4 yards per carry, and they allow opponents to complete 67.0% of their passes for 21 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a 158.8 passer rating. They can survive a monster individual performances (Texas Tech needed 185 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns from Solomon McLaughlin to win in overtime). They probably can't survive two. They'll need Aaron Pagan living in the backfield. They'll need Lamont Carson locking down whoever he's matched up with. They'll need just about everything to go their way, and they're overdue for that--but the football gods don't do overdue. I think Texas wins on sheer talent and earns bowl eligibility in Morgantown. Texas 27, West Virginia 16
  12. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    That will be Liberty/UMass
  13. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    i wish that game would have ended in a tie
  14. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  15. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    Congrats to SJSU for not going winless!
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  17. [2021] Week #14 - TNF

    Good Job Bowling Green
  18. Yesterday
  19. Jumanji

    It's a joke him and I have. He only coaches 5.0 QBs.
  20. Jumanji

    What
  21. Welcome to Franz's Facts! Your weekly home for tidbits, nuggets, statistical leaders, and the like Due to my absence last week, this will be an extended version. WEEK 13 - STAT LEADERS Passing yards Darrell Murphy, LAR - 360 Christian Barkley, JAX - 355 Tanner Bowman, WAS - 343 Rushing yards Akili Wallace, ATL - 125 Kaleil Keil, PIT - 122 Ron Thomas, CIN - 107 Receiving yards Allama Banta, LAR - 136 Tony DeMarco, WAS - 125 David Gaines, CHI - 105 Tackles Tom Reis, ARI - 9 Caleb McNamara, CLE - 8 Daleroy Smart, SF - 8 Randy Humphreys, TEN - 8 Ray Taylor, PIT - 8 Rodrick Milligan, PHI - 7 Rob Hamilton, KC - 7 David Doherty, TEN - 7 Kenji Sagatomo, SEA - 7 Jeff Brooks, CAR - 7 Sacks Ryan Frey, PHI - 3.0 Barron Anthony, GB - 2.0 Fred Romanowski, WAS - 2.0 W.M. Mitchell, GB - 1.5 Jeremy Owen, NE - 1.5 Rodney Galbreath, BUF - 1.5 Anthony Beltran, LAR - 1.5 Interceptions No players had multiple INT for the fourth straight week. Penalty Yards MIA - 94 IND - 84 NYG - 84 NO - 84 TEN - 84 Most field goals made Brian Evans, GB - 4 Thomas McMahan, WAS - 4 Trent Michaels, NYG - 4 WEEK 13 FACTOIDS After a week of barren tackle leaders, Week 13 featured 10 players with 7+ sacks. For the first time on Franz's Facts, we have an international high temperature Mexico City, MEX - 80 F vs. The lowest OL rating this week was 7.4 Teams with a higher OL rating than their opponents were 9-7 this week and only 15-14 the last two weeks. There were 11 "severe" injuries this week Jaz Durant, RB - Severe Back Disc Tear Pete Choboian, RB - Severe Achilles Rupture Lance Nattiel, ILB - Severe Quadriceps Strain Randy Lehr, OLB - Severe Toe Sprain Scott Howard, TE - Severe Biceps Strain Akeel Morris, ILB - Severe Shoulder Strain Jack Green, OG - Severe Thumb Sprain LaMichael Harley, OG - Severe Wrist Bruise Art Baber, WR - Severe Achilles Rupture Kevin Nguyen, SS - Severe Shoulder Rotator Cuff Carlton Sylvester, FS - Severe Elbow Sprain For the second straight week, ZERO teams had multiple severe injuries Home teams were a disappointing 6-9 this week Of the 16 games this week, only five were decided by one score. That figure is only half as many as last week. Teams who had a higher 3D% were 9-5-2 this week A far cry from the 12-4 record last week. When a bipedal mascot faced off against a non-biped, the bipeds were only 2-6 this week (after going 6-0 last week) This includes animals who are bipedal on the ground and were determined by mascot name.
  22. Jumanji

    Odd. I didn't realize that Arizona had a 5.0 QB.
  23. Thoughts on New Anthem Rule

    Lmao
  24. Thoughts on New Anthem Rule

    I don't really want to get in a big discussion over this, I've heard the arguments you're presenting about Cuba before, and they're pretty baseless. I always know to end a conversation with someone about this topic when they start talking about how awesome Cuba is under Castro and blames any woes they have on the US(Despite Soviet assistance) . It's pretty clear at that point that you're only reading what you want to believe and even facts don't matter(I provided articles not from wikipedia for your pleasure). I would also guess that you haven't spoken to any actual Cubans about Castro.
  25. The Dallas Morning News

    Riding into the Final Stretch! Cowboys Beat Panthers, Keep Pace in NFC East
  26. Jumanji

    @bingo415 Couldn't wait till after I played them could you? Heres to hoping its already been simmed.....
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    Arizona, Pac-12
  28. Class of 2022 Introducing the Future Pirates of Tomorrow The final deadline for high school recruits and their commitments for where they will be attending school in the fall is Saturday at midnight. ECU for the most part looks like they are done on the recruiting trail. A few minor players remain on their board, but no one of any significant importance. The Coaching staff have spent the last few months calling, traveling, harassing, and making every sort of promise they could make to get the biggest, and best players to sign on. They did a pretty damn good job of it to. For the second year in a row, they will have a top thirty class. Further more, they managed to snag a vital piece again this season from junior college transfers. As we look at some of the big names they manage to get this season, we see another big focus on defense, with nice additions on offense. K Brian McLane Southeast Raleigh (Raleigh, NC) 1.0 of 5.0 ECU has had some great kickers over the years. W.K. Coffman, Robbie Fitzpatric, and soon, Brian McLane. McLane comes to East Carolina out of Southeast Raleigh High School. Does that high school sound familiar? It should as it has given ECU several players including Defensive Tackle Nico Russ, Safety Jayden Woods, Guard John Dolan as well as a few recruits this season we will mention. It is safe to say Head Coach Weeze and Southeast Raleigh High School coach, jim jimmerson, have developed a good relationship. McLane accepted the scholarship to play football over other scholarships to play soccer. A soccer star in high school, the all county honor athlete was also a record setter for FG in high school. He comes into college with great accuracy on his kicks, though he still needs to develop that long range muscle. Look for McLane to Redshirt this season behind Douglas Cisneros, a transfer last off season. If he stays at ECU all five seasons, he could easily be the next record breaker for Field goals and extra points. TE Will Sorensen Davie County (Mocksville, NC) 1.0 of 5.0 Will Sorensen, out of Davie County High School in Mockville North Carolina, was a surprise signing by East Carolina. A few weeks earlier, ECU signed Bryan Munnerlyn, a 4.5 star Tight End. Still, at 6-2, 208 pounds, look for this man to split time at receiver. Munnerlyn seems to have the edge with his ability to block, but Sorensen has the speed, and the length to be a down the field weapon that modern dat NFL franchises are looking for. Kyler Wilson will need these type of target as his era of ECU football is rapidly approaching. With the TE group being a little jumbled with young talent already, look for Sorensen to start out at WR first, before making the transition over to TE if he isn't red shirted this coming season. DT Rory McLaughlin South Point (Belmont, NC) 1.5 of 4.5 With the Senior Mateo Graf-Hart leaving at the end of this season, and Liam Childers leaving next season, the Pirates needed a big man. A fat man to plug up that middle. Defensive Tackle Rory McLaughlin was long thought to be headed to NC State. Some how the Pirates staff and scouts got in his ears to change that. The Man flipped and is now coming to Greenville North Carolina and we couldn't be more thrilled. With two Great Edge rushers signed, and now with a great player to plug the middle, look for the Pirates to improve their poor run defense, as well as improve their pass rush. A big time stud at South Point High School in Belmont North Carolina, he will be the first big time Defensive tackle ECU has had since Jeffery Bryant in 2014. TE Bryan Munnerlyn Eastern Guilford (Gibsonville, NC) 1.0 of 4.5 We mentioned Bryan Munnerlyn a little earlier. Coming out of Eastern Guilford High School, he was easily one of the top two tight ends in the state of North Carolina. If Sorensen was the best receiving tight end, Munnerlyn is the best blocking Tight end. ECU landed both. At 6-1, 244 pounds, Bryan Munnerlyn played with a nasty attitude. He used his size, and brute strength to over power, and clear the lanes for his teammates. While he is a capable pass catcher, he doesn't have the speed, or the hands of other pass catchers. His strength and size has been a be factor for him so far, but at the next level he will have to improve his technical skills. Look for Bryan Munnerlyn to redshirt his first season as Omar Stauffer will be entering his senior season and has played very well so far. FB Joshua Cornelius Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 1.0 of 4.5 With North Carolina putting out so much talent this season, ECU didn't have a lot of reason to leave the state. However, ECU has been known for a few things over the years, and having a great Fullback in the back field has been one of them. Eli Tuitama, enjoying his rookie season in New York with the play off bound jets, has left a void at the position that Damian Calderon has been asked to fill. He has done an ok job, but the team needs a stronger player at the position. At 6-0, 257 pounds, Cornelius comes in with a familiar build and size to Eli Tuitama. The Coaching staff went down to Florida to get him, and they fought long and hard with several schools. " You know it was weird getting all this attention, and talking to all these people after games and practices. I'm glad its over now and i can just focus on what i need to do." Schools in Florida were after him, but he also caught the attention of big name schools like Pitt. In the end, there was no one better than ECU. He comes in towering over Calderon in both height and weight. While he has the size, and the potential, look for Cornelius to Redshirt behind the more experienced senior to be. OG Lucas Aragon Southeast Raleigh (Raleigh, NC) 1.0 of 4.5 Another Product of Southeast Raleigh High School, Lucas Aragon was one of the two big named Linemen that ECU was going after. NC State had its revenge for McLAughlin when they nabbed Donald Stuart, an OT. However the Pirates locked down Aragon early. "He is a big time guy. He is loud, he is focused, he can run block like no ones business." Coach Weeze said of his new player. The Pirates have struggled to recruit linemen over the last two seasons, and see a void coming at the positions. Lucas has the potential to start next season, but it could be a battle in training camp between a couple other players who has experience in the current offense system. ILB Mario Redd Southern Guilford (Greensboro, NC) 1.0 of 4.5 With the Addition of Oliver Hood in this class, and Richard Jack last class, the only thing East Carolina was missing was a big time guy in the middle. Enter Mario Redd. At 6-1 226 pounds, he isn't a big run stopper, but he is fast, and hits like a mule. ECU is quickly putting together a scary front seven that will put the rest of the conference on notice. Mario Redd was a 4 year starter in high school, and holds records for tackles in a single season, as well as career. He has done very well in High School. With potential to start as soon as next season, he will need to step it up and do more than tackle. He'll need to learn how to take the ball away, maybe put on a little weight. Most importantly, he'll need to learn how to grow up fast and lead this defense. RB Amir Turner Jr. (JuCo) Louisburg College (Louisburg, NC) 3.5 of 4.0 The crown jewel of the recruiting season is Amir Turner. A junior College transfer, his mother was a former Basketball players for East Carolina back in the day, and her boy is returning home. Amir Turner initially went to LouisBurg College as he failed to gain much attention coming out of high school. While at Louisburg, he showed the country why that was mistake. Fast and strong, he lead his conference in rushing. Louisburg finished ranked 17 in the country. If Turner Jr can be as productive at ECU as he was for Louisburg, expect a much better offense from ECU. Kyler Wilson will be starting next season, and it will be good for him to have a reliable back to take some of the pressure as he grows, and continues to develop his arm. 5-8, 198 pounds, Amir isn't a big player, but he is quick and shifty, and should be able to give the nasty run game that juice it so desperately needs. Other Recruits: RB Samuel Baldwin III 1.5 of 4.0 OLB Oliver Hood 1.0 of 4.0 P Maximilian Eddy 1.0 of 4.0 CB Reshad Lipscomb 1.0 of 3.5 CB Samuel Amos 2.5 of 3.0* WR Samuel Rapp 1.0 of 3.0 OG Robert Archer 1.0 of 3.0 FS Booker Richmond 1.0 of 2.5 KR Tyus Lindsay 1.0 of 2.5* *possible starters
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