Friday Night Spotlight 10/20

Week 10 Top 25

4A

School (Record)

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Week 10 Opponent

1 Mallard Creek (8-0) vs #17 North Mecklenburg (7-1)
2 Wake Forest (8-0) vs Rolesville (3-5)
3 Harding Uni. (8-1) at South Mecklenburg (2-6)
4 D.W. Butler (6-1) +1 vs #19 Hickory Ridge (7-1)
5 Scotland (6-1) +1 vs Pinecrest (5-3)
6 Heritage (8-0) -2 at Knightdale (4-4)
7 West Forsyth (8-0) +1 at R.J. Reynolds (6-2)
8 Glenn (8-0) +1 at #22 Davie (4-4)
9 Hoggard (8-0) -2 at North Brunswick (1-7)
10 Myers Park (7-1) +1 at East Mecklenburg (5-3)
11 Page (7-1) -1 vs High Point Central (5-4)
12 Providence (5-3) +2 vs Olympic (3-5)
13 Hough (6-2) +6 vs West Charlotte (3-5)
14 Cardinal Gibbons (8-0) -1 at Broughton (2-6)
15 Z.B. Vance (6-2) +3 vs Lake Norman (1-7)
16 West Mecklenburg (6-3) -3 BYE
17 North Mecklenburg (7-1) -2 at #1 Mallard Creek (8-0)
18 Richmond (5-3) -1 vs Lumberton (2-6)
19 Hickory Ridge (7-1) +1 at #4 D.W. Butler (6-1)
20 Seventy-First (6-2) -4 vs Purnell Swett (3-5)
21 East Forsyth (4-4) at Ronald Reagan (3-5)
22 Davie (4-4) -1 vs #8 Glenn (8-0)
23 Porter Ridge (5-3) +2 vs Rocky River (1-8)
24 Sanderson (5-3) at Millbrook (4-5)
25 Middle Creek (6-2) -2 at Apex (3-5)

3A

School (Record)

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Week 10 Opponent

1 Charlotte Catholic (8-0) at Parkwood (2-6)
2 Dudley (7-1) vs Parkland (6-3)
3 New Hanover (8-0) +1 at Ashley (3-5)
4 Marvin Ridge (8-0) -1 vs #9 Weddington (6-2)
5 Jacksonville (7-1) +8 at Swansboro (5-3)
6 Southern Nash (7-1) -1 at Hunt (2-6)
7 Kings Mountain (7-1) vs Burns (1-7)
8 Mount Tabor (6-2) -2 at #24 SW Guilford (6-2)
9 Weddington (6-2) +2 at #4 Mavin Ridge (8-0)
10 Havelock (7-1) vs Northside-Jacksonville (5-3)
11 Clayton (7-0) +5 vs Cleveland (5-3)
12 Western Alamance (8-0) +2 at NE Guilford (5-3)
13 Sun Valley (6-2) +5 at Cuthberson (4-4)
14 A.C. Reynolds (7-1) +5 at North Buncombe (1-8)
15 Cape Fear (7-2) -6 at Pine Forest (4-4)
16 Lee County (8-0) -4 vs Union Pines (4-4)
17 Crest (5-3) -9 at North Gaston (2-6)
18 A.L. Brown (7-1) -3 at NW Cabarrus (5-3)
19 Terry Sanford (7-1) -2 at 4A South View (7-1)
20 Eastern Guilford (7-2) NR vs Southern Alamance (4-4)
21 South Iredell (6-2) +4 vs East Rowan (2-6)
22 J.M. Robinson (6-2) vs Cox Mill (3-5)
23 D.H. Conley (7-1) -2 vs J.H. Rose (3-5)
24 SW Guilford (6-2) NR vs #8 Mount Tabor (6-2)
25 Alexander Central (8-0) -5 vs St. Stephens (3-5)

Dropped Out: #23 SE Guilford, #24 E.E. Smith


2A

School (Record)

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Week 10 Opponent

1 Shelby (7-1) at East Gaston (2-6)
2 South Point (8-0) at R-S Central (2-6)
3 Reidsville (9-0) BYE
4 East Duplin (9-0) BYE
5 Wallace-Rose Hill (6-1) +1 at Goldsboro (4-4)
6 Hibriten (8-0) -1 vs East Burke (1-7)
7 Northeastern (8-0) vs Bertie (4-4)
8 North Davidson (7-1) at Central Davidson (0-8)
9 Mountain Heritage (7-0) at Madison (3-5)
10 Franklin (8-0) vs East Henderson (3-5)
11 South Granville (8-0) +3 at Bunn (6-2)
12 South Columbus (8-0) -1 vs South Robeson (3-5)
13 Newton-Conover (7-1) -1 vs North Lincoln (2-6)
14 Mount Pleasant (5-2) +2 at Forest Hills (3-5)
15 Randleman (6-1) +2 at Trinity (4-4)
16 East Bladen (7-1) -1 vs East Columbus (0-8)
17 SW Edgecombe (7-1) +4 at Farmville Central (4-4)
18 Nash Central (6-2) -6 vs Beddingfield (5-3)
19 Hendersonville (5-3) vs #25 Pisgah (6-3)
20 Ledford Sr. (7-1) NR BYE
21 Maiden (8-0) +3 vs East Lincoln (5-3)
22 SW Onslow (5-3) vs Richlands (6-2)
23 Whiteville (7-1) NR at West Columbus (0-8)
24 Patton (7-2) -1 BYE
25 Pisgah (6-3) -7 at #19 Hendersonville (5-3)

Dropped Out: #20 Kinston, #25 East Rutherford


1A

School (Record)

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Week 10 Opponent

1 Tarboro (9-0) at Riverside (4-4)
2 Mount Airy (8-0) vs WPA (1-6)
3 East Wilkes (7-0) at Ashe County (2-6)
4 J.A. Holmes (7-1) at Gates County (5-3)
5 Mitchell (7-1) +1 at #16 Polk County (6-2)
6 Murphy (7-1) -1 at #24 Swain County (4-4)
7 North Rowan (7-1) at #10 North Stanly (7-1)
8 Bessemer City (8-0) +1 vs #18 TJCA (8-0)
9 North Duplin (7-0) +1 at Princeton (6-2)
10 North Stanly (7-1) +1 at #7 North Rowan (7-1)
11 Cherokee (7-0) -3 vs #14 Robbinsville (6-2)
12 East Surry (5-3) at North Stokes (0-8)
13 Manteo (7-1) vs Perquimans (1-7)
14 Robbinsville (6-2) at #11 Cherokee (7-0)
15 Mountain Is. Charter (6-2) +1 vs Pine Lake Prep (3-5)
16 Polk County (6-2) +1 vs #5 Mitchell (7-1)
17 Northampton County (8-1) +1 at KIPP Pride (1-7)
18 T.J.C.A. (8-0) +1 at #8 Bessemer City (8-0)
19 Starmount (4-4) +3 vs 2A North Wilkes (6-2)
20 West Montgomery (6-2) +1 vs North Moore (2-6)
21 Lakewood (6-2) -1 at Hobbton (0-8)
22 East Carteret (5-3) -7 vs Pender (4-4)
23 Southside (6-3) +2 vs Northside-Pinetown (3-5)
24 Swain County (4-4) vs #6 Murphy (7-1)
25 Union Academy (5-3) -2 vs CDoD (3-5)

Games of the Week

4A

  • #17 North Mecklenburg at #1 Mallard Creek
  • #19 Hickory Ridge at #4 D.W. Butler
  • #8 Glenn at #22 Davie

3A

  • #9 Weddington at #4 Marvin Ridge
  • #8 Mount Tabor at #24 Southwest Guilford
  • #19 Terry Sanford at 4A South View

2A

  • #25 Pisgah at #19 Hendersonville
  • #21 Maiden at East Lincoln

1A

  • #5 Mitchell at #16 Polk County
  • #6 Murphy at #24 Swain County
  • #7 North Rowan at #10 North Stanly
  • #18 Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy at #8 Bessemer City FNS GAME OF THE WEEK
  • #14 Robbinsville at #11 Cherokee

 

Jeremy Lin’s Season Is Over

The NBA has just started back up and we’ve already had multiple season-ending injuries. First, Gordon Hayward, and now, Jeremy Lin is done for 2017.

See the video here:

Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that Jeremy Lin is as good as Gordon Hayward, but he is one of the better players on a terrible Nets squad. Losing him means that the Nets are going to give the Bulls and Suns a real run for the top pick next year. Unluckily for them, that pick belongs to the Cavs, because it was part of multiple trades.

I haven’t brought myself to watch the Gordon Hayward injury video, but I have seen the photo, and it was bad. Jeremy Lin’s knee injury is a little different. Anytime there’s a knee injury where the knee stays intact, it’s hard to tell the severity of the injury…that is until you see the player’s reaction. Jeremy Lin knew it was bad. His reaction went from confused to distraught and it was hard to watch, honestly. I’ve had my fair share of injuries playing sports over my lifetime, but nothing like a ruptured Patella Tendon. You have to feel for the guy. To work your ass off all summer trying to be your best for a terrible squad and then it’s just over. That sucks. Hopefully, Lin will rehab and get right back out there next season, but knee injuries are no joke, especially in the NBA.

Yankees vs. Astros: Game 6

Tonight at 8:08 PM, EST at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Game 6 between the Yankees and the Astros will be played. The Astros started out 2-0 in the series, but have fallen to 3-2 after three straight unimpressive offensive outings. The good news for the Astros, is they’re sending out their newfound ace in Justin Verlander.

Friend of QMS and avid Yankees supporter, Tyrell Brown aka Panda, has graciously supplied us with his “5 Keys” to the Yankees taking Game 6. I delightedly agreed to play Devil’s Advocate and supply my own “5 Keys” for the Astros, so I’ll lay them out, and we’ll see who calls it.

Panda’s 5 Keys (Yankees) TreBabs’ 5 Keys (Astros)
1. Scoring First:

In this series, the team that scored first has won 4 out of 5 times. The one exception being the Yankees in Game 4, large in part to their late innings rally. Best case scenario for the Yanks is someone in their lineup sends a Verlander mistake over the wall.

 

 

1. Justin Verlander:

Verlander has been a monster ever since he joined the Astros, especially in the postseason, but his best game of his tenure came in Game 2 of this series. He only allowed 5 hits & 1 ER, while striking out 13 in a Complete Game gem. Hopefully, for his sake, he’ll get a little run support this time around.

 

2. Aaron Judge:

As we’ve seen all year, the Yankees are a completely different team when Judge produces. In this series, he has gone a respectable 5-16, with 2 HRs and 6 RBI. The Yanks have won in every game that he has hit an RBI. It really comes down to the rookie, which is scary, because he was awful against Verlander in Game 2, going 0-4 with 2 Ks.

 

2. Power From Superstars:

This series has been completely different from the ALDS, where the Astros were sending balls out of the park left and right. They’ve only hit 1 HR as a team, which was a 1st inning shot from Carlos Correa. Severino has been known to leave a ball or two up in the zone, so this is the perfect match-up to pounce on a mistake.

 

3. Production From DH:

The Yankees’ DH spot has featured primarily Chase Headly, but Gary Sanchez and Matt Holliday have also hit in the spot for a game each. Combined, the DHs have went 5-16, with most of the production coming from Headly in Game 5. I imagine that Headly will get the call again for the Yanks. At the very least, they’ll need the veteran to be a tough out in the 9-hole.

3. Hitting With RISP:

The Astros have been absolutely terrible with runners in scoring position in this series, going 4-27. This is going to have to change tonight or their October run is going to come to an end.

 

 

4. Bullpen:

Over the course of this series, the Yankees’ Bullpen is averaging over 3 innings pitched a game. They know their strengths, and they are going to play to them. The only real mishap that their Pen’s had, is the walk-off Chapman gave up in Game 1. In a perfect world, Severino will give them a strong 5 innings tonight and hand the ball off with a lead.

 

4. Chasing Severino:

Severino has been an up and down pitcher all year long. He has tremendous upside, but he tends to get in trouble early in games. The Astros need to interrupt the Yankees’ game plan tonight by getting to Severino in the first couple of innings. If he gives the ball off with a lead it’s going to much harder for them to win.

 

5. Getting To Astros Bullpen:

Other than Game 5, the Astros’ Bullpen has actually been really good, but not as good as Justin Verlander. If the Yankees can get to at least one pitcher between Verlander and Giles, then their chances of winning this game will go up immensely.

 

5. Taking Back Momentum:

This one comes down to something more than statistics. We all know that “home field advantage” can be a very real thing, especially in the postseason. Ever since the tragic Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, their fans have really rallied behind this team, and they’re going to need that support to force a Game 7.

 

The Demise of The Chicago Bulls

The rebuilding Chicago Bulls made a splash in the headlines for a fight during practice, in which Nikola Mirotic received a broken jaw from teammate, Bobby Portis. Instances like this make you wonder, what happened to the once recent top contender?

Let’s start at the very top. The Owner and GM have turned what was once a top-3 powerhouse in the East, to what is now a more than likely top-5 lottery team. This front office is the most indecisive decision-making group I have witnessed in a long time. I’m going to take you back to when the Bulls decided to let go of Tom Thibodeau. During the coach’s tenure with the Bulls, he boasted a 255-139 record. In his time in Chicago, the Bulls were a force in the east, but due to tensions and the directional differences between Thibodeau and the front office, the coach was let go. Now enter, Fred Hoiberg. Who, to put it as nicely as possible has turned the once prominent Bulls into a class of mediocrity, in which he has boasted an 83-81 record since being hired in 2015. Hoiberg has been accused multiple times of not being able to control the locker room. There have also been multiple outlandish claims by players about the new coach, that suggests he may have been a better fit in college than in the NBA.

Next, let’s talk about the players. With Derrick Rose in MVP form, the Bulls were always a tough out in the playoffs. But when Rose suffered his first of several knee injuries, it seemed that the franchise’s hopes of obtaining a title would always come back to if D-Rose could stay healthy. To say the least, Rose has not been the same since he first became the injury meme sensation that he is today. With the downfall of D-Rose came the entrance of the new face of the franchise, Jimmy Butler. Immediately, Butler clashed with the new coaching style and was in every NBA trade rumor special from 2015 until Draft Night this year when the Bulls finally pulled the trigger. The front office decided to let the perennial All-Star go in exchange for scraps to the Timberwolves to reunite with none other than former coach, Tom Thibodeau. Before the Butler trade, many thought that the Bulls would take a page from the Sixer’s book and hit “The Process” mode in 2016, but that wasn’t the case. They surprisingly lured Dwyane Wade away from Miami and added veteran point guard, Rajon Rondo to the mix. The Bulls struggled for most of the season behind incompetent coach, Hoiberg, but they limped into the playoffs at 41-41 to play the number 1-seeded Celtics. The Bulls came out in a flurry shocking the whole basketball world by taking a 2-0 lead versus the number-1 team in the East. Unfortunately, the Bulls never looked the same after a Rajon Rondo injury and quickly fizzled out of the playoffs.

So, what now? Instead of trying to build upon the somewhat of a success the Bulls had at full strength in the playoffs, the front office decides “eh, fuck it, we are just going to blow it up now.” They either neglected or sold their All-Star pieces for less than what water cost you at a restaurant. The Bulls neglected to re-sign Rondo, traded Jimmy Butler for pennies and misled Dwyane Wade into opting into his contract only to have to buy this same large contract, so he could go play with his old buddy, LeBron in Cleveland. The Bulls finally…FINALLY, after mulling the idea of going into the tanking mode so many teams are doing to try to rebuild their franchises, pulled the trigger in what seems to have been the most prolonged downfall in recent memory. Let’s be serious, anybody with any basketball knowledge knew at the end of 2015 the Bulls decline was inevitable, but management couldn’t get out of their own way. With the Bulls in full rebuild mode, it will be interesting to see how low they fall with their fresh look of youngsters. One thing is for certain, the demise of the Bulls has been a long, slow, and painful spiral into the bottom tier of the league.

Rapid Reaction: Marvel’s Black Panther Trailer #2

Every sensible human being is a fan of Marvel…it’s just a fact. How could you not like superheroes? It’s one of the things that keeps us all young. And now, finally, they’ve introduced the baller that is the Black Panther.

T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) hails from the hidden futuristic African nation of Wakanda. When T’Challa was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, we saw his father, T’Chaka murdered. From this trailer, it’s easy to see that this is going to be all about T’Challa coming into his own as the new King of Wakanda.

Now, to the trailer. The first thing that pops out, is the star-studded cast. It’s led by Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, but also features the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis. There are also more minor characters with big-time names, but I’m only focusing on the ones we saw in the trailer. And what’s almost more impressive than the acting bill, is the fictional nation of Wakanda. This place is like futuristic world meets Disney wonderland, and it’s so well hidden because it’s the only place on Earth that you can find Vibranium, which is the mineral that makes up the Black Panther’s super-suit and Captain America’s shield. All in all, Wakanda seems like the perfect place. Who would want to screw a place like this up? Apparently, Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue, otherwise known as Klaw.

We were introduced to the psycho, Klaw (played by Andy Serkis) in the first trailer, so I’ll focus more on Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan.) Killmonger is a native Wakadan that has been turned by Klaw, but it really seems like he is an emo brat that didn’t get his way. At one point in the trailer, it seems that Killmonger got his hands on some Vibranium armor of his own and he and T’Challa are about to throw down, which is going to be epic. Every Marvel movie has it’s fair share of action-packed scenes, and it seems that Black Panther is going to keep with the trend. Aside from all of this, probably the coolest part of the whole trailer, was the fact that they snuck in the 1970’s beat poem, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” by Gil Scott-Heron in the voiceover.

I for one, cannot wait to see this movie, which comes out in February of 2018.

*Side note…knowing that Marvel was bought by Disney, doesn’t this trailer give you all the feels of a very popular 90’s Disney film? African King dies, so his son has to become the hero that everyone knows he is, all while some emo guy that doesn’t feel loved tries to steal the crown. Maybe it’s just me?*

NC FBS Report Week 7

Week 7 Scoreboard

#20 NC State (6-1, 4-0) 35
Pittsburg (2-5, 0-3) 17

Nyheim Hines, what can we say? This guy is having a tremendous season. That continued Saturday as NC State took down the Panthers in Pittsburgh. On State’s third drive of the game, just after allowing Pittsburgh to score, Hines busted a colossal 83-yard touchdown scamper to even the game at seven. Six plays later, Hines was back in the end zone. This time, the Junior RB took a punt return 92 yards to the house. In total, Hines ended with 249 all-purpose yards on the afternoon.

Ryan Finley and Jalen Samuels, per usual, played well and were solid contributors to the Wolfpack offense. Finley passed for 198 yards on 14 completions and a TD. Samuels, who has become a viable threat in the run-game, stole a pair of touchdowns from Hines. On six carries, Samuels gained 62-yard to go with four receptions for 28 yards. Kelvin Harmon enjoyed the biggest day of the NCSU receiving corp. The sophomore hauled in only three passes but amassed 113 yards.

Though Pitt had the ball for almost ten more minutes than the Wolfpack, NC State outgained the Panthers 446-326 and defense forced two turnovers while Finley & Co. committed none. Bradley Chubb and the defensive front pressured the Pitt O-Line all day long, recording eight QB hurries, seven tackles for loss, and one sack.


Florida State (2-3, 2-2) 17
Duke (4-3, 1-3) 10

Duke had their shot to knock off a vulnerable Florida State team but came up just a bit short in Wallace Wade Stadium. With two minutes and some change left in the third quarter, Brittain Brown tied the game on a 9-yard touchdown run. Four plays later, FSU freshman QB James Blackmon was picked off by Jeremy McDuffie and was returned near midfield; however, Duke was unable to capitalize and went three-and-out on the following drive.

After the three-and-out, the freshman duo of Blackman and RB Cam Akers went to work. It took ten plays, but on the last run Akers saw the end zone and refused to stop until he crossed the plane. On the afternoon, the Duke defense allowed 228 total rushing yards; 115 on 15 carries for Akers and 98 yards on 18 carries for Junior Jacques Patrick. Though Blackman threw two interceptions, he had his most efficient game as FSU’s de facto starter going 18 for 21 and 197 yards and a passer rating of 161.2.

The Blue Devils have now lost three straight games. Though the past two losses have been one-possession games to quality opposition, it may be time to start getting nervous in Durham. Three of Duke’s last five games are on the road including trips to Blacksburg to face the nationally-ranked Hokies, West Point to meet a good Army team, and finally, BB&T Stadium to clash with the Deacons. The Devils need to take care of business at home against Pitt and Georgia Tech if they want to keep their bowl dreams alive.


Virginia (5-1, 2-0) 20
North Carolina (1-6, 0-4) 14

The Tar Heel Implosion Tour rolls on. This time at the hands of the upstart Virginia Cavaliers. It’s hard to dis a team that’s been so decimated by injuries. It’s the same story every week: Carolina simply doesn’t have the volume of able bodies nor requisite talent left to compete in the ACC this season. This weekend Brandon Harris was afforded another opportunity to throw more interceptions and play as inefficient as possible. If the Tar Heels were healthy, QB play would be a major controversy in Chapel Hill, but with all the injuries it looks as if everyone in the program is getting a free pass this year, as of now.

Michael Carter and freshman DE Tomon Fox were the lone two bright spots for the Tar Heel against Virginia. Fox recorded his second and third sacks on the season. Carter had two touchdowns on 13 carries for 157 yards and was the only sign of life the Tar Heel offense showed all afternoon. On the day, UVA’s offense outgained Carolina 405-257 and controlled the ball for almost 20 more minutes than the Heels (39:58- 20:02).

Though I’ve dogged Carolina so far, Carter did give the Heels a 14-10 lead midway through the third quarter and a chance to pull out their first ACC victory of the season. Then the defense allowed an 81-yard touchdown on a one-play drive. Two plays later, Harris threw his third pick of the day to ruin the Tar Heel threat.


UNC-Charlotte (0-7, 0-3) 14
Western Kentucky (4-2, 2-1) 45

Western Kentucky is a good Conference USA team, UNCC not so much. That was the tale of the tape Saturday when the two conference adversaries met up. Charlotte was only able to muster nine first downs the entire game compared to 34 for WKU. The Hilltoppers doubled up the 49ers in total yardage (627-309) as UNCC’s defense didn’t stand much of a chance.

The biggest story of the game for the 49ers was freshman running back Aaron McAllister. McAllister totaled 157 rushing yards, including an 87-yarder, on 22 carries and scored UNCC’s only two touchdowns. Clearly, UNCC is already looking towards next year. This season is completely awash and now they need to focus on generating some momentum going into 2018. Going winless this season cannot be an option if the core coaching staff wants to remain.


Appalachian State (4-2, 3-0) 23
Idaho (2-4, 1-2) 20

Over 2,000 miles from home, Appalachian State was down 20-0 halfway through the third quarter. Taylor Lamb had just thrown an interception that the Vandals converted into a field goal, and ASU’s dream of an undefeated conference record was fading fast. For most teams, this would be the point to throw in the towel and get ready for a long flight back across country and week ahead. Not Scott Satterfield’s Mountaineers. Lamb shook off the INT and went to work. On the next App State possession, Lamb led a 7-play, 75-yard drive capped off with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Lamb to Ike Lewis.

It was at this moment, after giving up the field goal then watching their QB march downfield for points, that the Appalachian State defense put the clamps down. Every Idaho drive after either ended in a 3-and-out or a turnover including two fumble recoveries. Antonious Sims led the way for the Mountaineer defense recording 2.5 sacks on the day.

Taylor Lamb continued the comeback on ASU’s next possession, commanding the offense on a 7-minute, 14-play drive that resulted in a Collin Reed 6-yard TD grab; his only catch of the game. Down seven now, the Mountaineer defense forced another 3-and-out to give Lamb another crack at the Idaho defense. During the ensuing possession, Ike Lewis struck gold again, this time on a 45-yard TD reception; highlighting the 5-play, 62-yard drive to tie the game a 20.

On the very next play from scrimmage, Idaho fumbled on its own 28-yard line giving App State optimal field position with 10:04 on the game. Five plays and two and half minutes later Michael Rubino put a 31-yard go-ahead field goal attempt through the uprights to complete the Mountaineer comeback. The defense stood tall for three more Vandal drives to secure the victory.


East Carolina (1-6, 1-3) 21
#22 Central Florida (5-0, 3-0) 63

Much like we saw from their counterparts to the south, Central Florida remains undefeated after crushing ECU in Orlando. The Golden Knights air attack thrashed the Pirate secondary for 365 yards and cut through the ECU front-seven for 238 yards. Thomas Sirk and Gardner Minshew each got their opportunities and both sputtered out as we’ve come to expect.

Much like North Carolina, ECU’s QB play and defensive play have been absolutely horrendous. However, ECU’s defense isn’t a MASH unit like Carolina’s and are genuinely that bad. It doesn’t matter if they are playing top 25 teams or bottom-dwellers, any offense can move the ball effectively against the Pirate defense and plays the team out of games way before Minshew and Sirk have a chance to mess things up.


NC FBS Power Rankings

  1. NC State (6-1, 4-0) [-]
  2. Appalachian State (4-2, 3-0) [+2]
  3. Wake Forest (4-2, 1-2) [-1]
  4. Duke (4-3, 1-3) [-1]
  5. North Carolina (1-6, 0-4) [-]
  6. East Carolina (1-6, 1-3) [-]
  7. UNC-Charlotte (0-7, 0-3) [-]

Week 8 Games and Predictions

  • Pittsburgh (2-5, 0-3) at Duke – Saturday, 12:20 PM

    • Prediction: Duke takes care of business at home
  • Coastal Carolina (1-5, 0-3) at Appalachian St. – Saturday, 3:30 PM

    • Prediction: App in a blowout
  • North Carolina at #14 Virginia Tech (5-1, 1-1) – Saturday, 3:30 PM

    • Prediction: UNC plays surprisingly well or predictably bad, either way still lose
  • UAB (4-2, 2-1) at UNC-Charlotte – Saturday, 6:30 PM

    • Prediction: UAB handles Charlotte with ease
  • BYU (1-6) at East Carolina – Saturday 7:00 PM

    • Prediction: BYU is bad, ECU is probably worse. ECU squeaks one out with the help of home cooking
  • Wake Forest at Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-1) – Saturday, 7:30 PM

    • Prediction: The Rambling Wreck gives Wake fits, but the Deacons prevail

 

*RONGY: 30-15 (W7: 6-0) through Week 7 Predictions*

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