NCAA Football Coach Exchange

NCAA Football Coach Exchange

Updated 2/1

Is your coach on the hot seat? If you’re in the SEC and didn’t finish in the top half of your division, odds are your coach has been fired by now. Check out all of the coaching changes here at the NCAA Football Coach Exchange.

Power Five

ACC

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M) -> Willie Taggert (Oregon)

Big 12

NONE

Big Ten

Nebraska: Mike Riley (Fired) -> Scott Frost (Central Florida)

Pac 12

Arizona: Rich Rodriguez (Fired) -> Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)

Arizona State: Todd Graham (Fired) -> Herm Edwards (ESPN)

Oregon: Willie Taggert (Florida State) -> Mario Cristobal (Oregon OC)

Oregon State: Gary Andersen (Fired) -> Jonathan Smith (Washington)

UCLA: Jim Mora Jr. (Fired) -> Chip Kelley

SEC

Arkansas: Brett Bielema (Fired) ->  Chad Morris (SMU)

Florida: Jim McElwain (Fired) -> Dan Mullin (Miss State)

Mississippi State: Dan Mullin (Florida) -> Joe Moorhead

Tennessee: Butch Jones (Fired)-> Jeremy Pruitt (Alabama DC)

Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin (Fired) -> Jimbo Fisher (Florida State)

The Rest of FBS Coaching Changes

AAC 

SMU: Chad Morris (Arkansas) -> Sonny Dykes (TCU/Cal)

Central Florida: Scott Frost (Nebraska) -> Josh Heupel (Oklahoma/Missouri)

C-USA

Rice: David Bailiff -> Mike Bloomgren (Stanford)

UTEP: Sean Kugler -> Dana Dimel (Kansas State)

Independent

NONE

MAC

Kent State: Paul Haynes -> Sean Lewis (Syracuse)

Mountain West

NONE

Sun Belt

Louisiana-Lafayette: Mark Hudspeth -> Billy Napier (Arizona St.)

South Alabama: Joey Jones -> Steve Campbell (Central Arkansas)

Roll Tide – Bama Squeaks into the College Football Playoff

Roll Tide

For weeks now, we debated back and forth over who deserves to be in the College Football Playoff. After Championship Saturday, all the games were over and the fate of the playoff selections were all in the hands of the selection committee. By Sunday the conception was that Clemson, Oklahoma, and Georgia had all secured the first three spots. In the hunt for the final spot was Big 10 Champion Ohio State and Pac 12 Champion Southern California. Also in the mix, one-loss Alabama who did not play in the SEC Championship Game. Due to the Pac 12’s mediocrity after its top four teams, the fight for the last spot was really between Ohio State and Alabama. Would the committee select a two-loss conference champion or a one-loss dynasty? Upon final unveiling, the Committee responded with a resounding, “Roll Tide!”

Bama vs. Buckeyes

Without a doubt, Alabama football is the most prestigious college football program in the nation. Until Clemson or someone else rattles off several National Championships over the next few years, that won’t change either. They get the best recruits and roll through the tough SEC year in and year out. This season they did the same. The Crimson Tide won every game they played this season until their season finale at sworn rival Auburn. By losing to Auburn, the Alabama conceded the SEC West to the Tigers. Subsequently, the Tide didn’t make the SEC Championship. Their regular season ended with a record of 11-1.

Urban Meyer and Ohio State are no scrubs either. Everyone remembers what they did with Cardale Jones in 2014. The third-string QB led a loaded team to three straight victories, Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship, Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and Oregon in the National Championship. Now to this season. Despite an early-season loss to Oklahoma and an embarrassing beat down in Iowa City by the Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes took out undefeated Wisconsin to claim the Big 10 Championship. To boost their resume, Ohio State owned wins over Penn State (39-38), and Michigan State (48-3). 

Why Bama Got In

Some speculate the Committee chose Alabama because of their name alone. Others believe it’s because they prefer the SEC over the Big 10. I believe it is a rating-grab based off of the rest of the rankings.

Look what happened last season in the Playoff. Clemson utterly trolled Ohio State in the semifinals. Then the Tigers played Alabama in one of the greatest National Championship games ever. After the Committee chose Clemson as number one, how could they not select Alabama for number four? The storylines and speculation surrounding a Clemson/Alabama rematch with a trip to the title game on the line are too good to pass up. On the other hand, if Oklahoma was the number one team in the rankings, Ohio State had a more legitimate shot at making the Playoff. In that scenario, the Baker Mayfield rematch with Ohio State would be a dream semifinal matchup. 

All in all, Alabama is in the College Football Playoff and that isn’t going to change. Their rematch with Clemson sets up one of the most anticipated semifinals to date. When you look back at the past two National Championships, can you blame the Committee? 

 Enjoy the rematch New Years Eve.

 

WTF Is Happening with Tennessee Football?

Nightmare in Knoxville 

By now, you have to have seen the utter chaos that went down this past Sunday at the University of Tennessee surrounding the Tennessee football team. To start, it was leaked that AD John Currie had reached an agreement with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano (former HC of Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers University) to become the team’s next head football coach. Then all hell broke loose. Essentially, Tennessee athletic boosters and fans threw a massive fit and began protesting the Schiano hire. 

Out of nowhere, Schiano’s reputation was on the hot seat. Every skeleton in Schiano’s closet was in the limelight. However, none were nastier than the allegations that he had failed to report sexual assault while working at Penn State in the early 90’s. 

That morning, The Rock on the UT campus read: “SCHIANO COVERED UP CHILD RAPE AT PENN STATE.”

On television, fans had taken to the street in protest.

On Twitter, state representatives were blasting off:

All because fans weren’t happy with the hire. Not because they actually analyzed the Freeh Report on the Penn State allegations. Not once did they care that Schiano has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. At no point did anyone care what damage this would do to the man’s reputation when he clearly did nothing wrong. 

Was Schiano Really the Problem?

In reality, Greg Schiano wasn’t a poor hire in the first place. Look at what he did at Rutgers. Over eleven seasons, Schiano took Rutgers from an FBS doormat to a perennial bowl team. From 2005 to 2011 Rutgers went 56-33 and won five bowl games over a seven-season span. 

After the 2011 season, Schiano received an offer he couldn’t refuse. A chance to be a head coach in the NFL. Unfortunately, Schiano’s tenure as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach lasted only two seasons. Funny thing is, you don’t remember fans in Tampa ever mention the Penn State scandal in relation to the Schiano hire. 

By all accounts, the temper tantrum thrown by the state of Tennessee over the weekend was not because people across the state are suddenly in outrage about child rape. Per WorldAtlas.Com, Tennessee has the thirteenth highest population of sex offenders in the country. No. Tennessee fans are upset that John Gruden or another big name isn’t jumping at the bit to be the Volunteer head coach.

Now here we are. Right about here:

No one wants the job. After the display Vols fans put on this weekend who would want it anyway? The Tennessee football program is a dumpster fire and the fire started with Phillip Fullmer’s firing in 2008. Over that span, UT hasn’t won 10 games in a season once and has a 60-54 record. 

The state of Tennessee is no slouch when it comes to football talent. When Fullmer was fired, no one in the athletic department took into account that he was an excellent in-state recruiter. They must have assumed all the good prospects in-state were coming to UT because they were UT not because Fullmer was selling young men on his program. Now the likes of Nick Saban at Alabama, Kirby Smart at Georgia, and even Mike Norvell at Memphis are poaching Tennessee blue-chips right out from under the nose of the Vols.

Who Should Tennessee Football Hire?

If I’m UT Athletic Director John Currie, I’m no longer looking to make a splash with a big-name hire. In the next Volunteer head coach, I’m looking for someone fresh, someone new, but also someone who can recruit the state of Tennessee and furthermore the entire south. Tennessee has the resources to recruit against anyone in the nation. They just need to give the right man the reigns. 

Also, if I’m John Currie, I have to get this right or I need to start packing up my office.

If given the opportunity, I would hire Alabama Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to be the Volunteers 24th Head Football Coach. Over ten seasons as an assistant at the college ranks, Pruitt has had his fingers all over championship defenses including the 2011 & 2012 Crimson Tide, as well as 2013 Florida State Seminoles. Pruitt had deep ties in high school recruiting, especially in the state of Alabama where he coached for seven seasons.

If anyone is flying under the UT radar, it’s Pruitt. He’s a potential homerun without the day-to-day drama that comes with hiring a high-profile name. 

Either way, Tennessee, it’s been fun. Thanks for the laughs.

 

 

 

Championship Weekend Preview- College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff: Championship Weekend

After a wild rivalry weekend, it all comes down to this weekend. With Alabama and Miami both losing last weekend, there are eight teams with a legitimate claim for a top-four spot should the dominoes fall their way this weekend. We’ll take a look at all four pivotal championship games here. For the 2017 College Football Playoff: Championship Weekend means everything.

Tuesday’s rankings have been released. We’re also under the assumption, if you lose this weekend, you’re out.

IN

1. Clemson Tigers (11-1)

2. Auburn Tigers (10-2)

3. Oklahoma Sooners (11-1)

4. Wisconsin Badgers (12-0)

OUT

5. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)

6. Georgia Bulldogs (11-1)

7. Miami Hurricanes (10-1)

8. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2)


Big 12 Championship Game

#11 TCU Horned Frogs (10-2) vs #3 Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) 

Location: AT&T Stadium (Dallas, TX)

Time: Saturday- 12:30

Television: Fox

Three weeks ago these two teams met in Norman and the Sooners won rather convincingly 38-20. Looking back, that game was essentially a de facto playoff game. The winner is still alive and the loser is done. The Big 12 Championship is the only conference championship in which both teams have a shot to make the playoff. Simply put, Alabama displaces TCU out of the top 8 for obvious reason. Regardless, Baker Mayfield and the Sooners need to be on full alert and ready for the Horned Frogs best shot. If Mayfield can put up similar numbers (18-27, 333 yards, 3 TD) or better yet Rodney Anderson (23 carries, 151 yards, 2 TD) to the first meeting, Oklahoma should be in good shape to win their third straight Big 12 crown.

Oklahoma wins if Baker Mayfield does Baker Mayfield. The only thing that stands in the way of a Sooner victory is Baker Mayfield. In so many fewer words, he needs to protect the football without compromising his style of play. 

TCU wins if they come out fighting early. The Horned Frogs need to take control of the game early and deliver big punches to the gut of Oklahoma if they want to steal the conference title.

Oklahoma makes the CFP: They win

TCU can’t make the CFP


SEC Championship Game

#6 Georgia Bulldogs (11-1) vs #2 Auburn Tigers (10-2)

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA)

Time: Saturday – 4:00 PM

Television: CBS

Without a doubt, the SEC Championship game is the most straightforward. Win and you are in. Three weeks ago these two foes meet at Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Tigers put the beat down on the Bulldogs. Furthermore, Auburn went on to beat Alabama last weekend to set themselves up to be the first two-loss team to ever qualify for the College Football Playoff. Don’t let the November, 11th matchup fool you Georgia won’t go down as easily this time. Especially with the SEC title being decided on Georgia soil. In its inaugural season, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will assume the Georgia Dome’s role as host of the SEC Championship Game so expect the Dawg Pound to be out in full force. 

Auburn wins if the defense holds the Georgia running game in check again. During the November 11th matchup, Georgia only tallied 46 rushing yards on 32 carries.

Georgia wins if Jake Fromm plays more efficiently than in the first meeting. The Bulldogs are a running team, but if Fromm can take some pressure off of them, they’ll likely see better running lanes. In the first meeting, Fromm struggled mightily.

Auburn makes the CFP: They Win. Wins over Alabama and Georgia twice will secure the Tigers spot in the Playoff.

Georgia makes the CFP: They Win. This under the assumption that a win over Auburn would leap from Georgia over Alabama based on the magnitude of the victory and the fact that their only loss is to Auburn, to begin with. 


ACC Championship Game

#7 Miami Hurricanes (10-1) vs #1 Clemson Tigers (11-1)

Location: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)

Time: Saturday – 8:00 PM

Television: ABC

Clemson’s chances of making a third straight National Championship game comes down to a date with Miami in Charlotte. The Tigers are currently a nine and a half point favorite, but we know anything is possible when it come’s to The U this season. Unfourtnualy, the Hurricanes loss last weekend keeps this from being the top 3 matchups we dreamed of. Either way, Miami should be amped up for a rebound and you know Dabo Swinney is going to have to Tigers fired up. While the numbers on paper indicate an impending Clemson victory, do not be surprised if Miami makes this a game, there will be a ton of pride and heart put into this battle.

Clemson wins if their offense protects the ball. You can not turn the ball over against Miami. They will make you pay. 

Miami wins if they can break Clemson’s defense. The Tigers have one of the best defenses in the country, but if the Canes can slip the defense for a few big plays they will have a shot.

Clemson makes the CFP: They win.

Miami makes the CFP: They win and Oklahoma or Wisconsin lose. They need three (Georgia/Auburn, Clemson) teams ahead of them to fall for the Canes to make the playoffs. Alabama and the SEC winner control priority over Miami based on strength of losses. 


Big 10 Championship Game

#8 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) vs #4 Wisconsin Badgers (12-0)

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)

Time: Saturday – 8:00 PM

Television: Fox

Even though the Badgers are undefeated, Ohio State enters the game as a six and a half point favorite. Urban Meyer’s team may have stumbled late in the season to Iowa but are still one of the most talented teams in the nation. Wisconsin has wins over Iowa and Michigan, but without a doubt, Ohio State will be the best team the Badgers have faced all season. J.T. Barrett’s status for this game remains unclear after OSU’s star-QB reaggravated a knee injury before last weekends game with Michigan during an incident with a sideline cameraman. If Barrett can’t go, freshman Dwayne Haskins would assume the Buckeye’s signal-calling duties. All to eerily similar to the Cardale Jones situation from 2015.

Wisconsin wins if their defense turns the ball over. If the Badgers can force a few Ohio State turnovers, they will control this game. 

Ohio State wins if they use their talent correctly. By most accounts, Ohio State is the more talented team in this game. 

Wisconsin makes the CFP: They win. They’re the only undefeated (*cough* UCF *cough*) team the CFP Committee cares about. 

Ohio State makes the CFP: They win and (1) Clemson wins and Oklahoma losses.


It’s worth mentioning, aside from the SEC Championship, Alabama would be the first into the CFP if any of the higher ranked teams in the title games lose.

Last week…

After Cupcake Weekend, How Much Has Changed? – College Football Playoff Contenders

Who’s Still Standing? – College Football Playoff Contenders

Tuesday’s College Football Playoff Rankings Still Mean Nothing

On Tuesday, the College Football Playoff Committee will release their third edition of playoff rankings. This is just a friendly reminder, the rankings release is just another cash grab by the NCAA and ESPN to generate excitement. Right now, no one has a clue who will actually be the last four standing. Everything is so convoluted for the sake of debate. For sanity’s sake, here’s a clearer view of where every contender stands right now. 

There are three tiers of teams to look at: Undefeated and one-loss Power 5 teams, of course, but also two-loss teams with really good losses. While no team with two losses has ever made the college football playoff, one team, if not many, have a legitimate shot at changing that.

Undefeated 

(Rankings based on AP Top 25)

1. Alabama (10-0)

A loss to Auburn in two weeks would put Saban and the Tide in a weird spot. Otherwise, Bama seems destined for another playoff appearance.

2. Miami (9-0)

The Canes still have an ACC title matchup with Clemson looming. Right now it looks like it could be a de facto playoff play-in game.

5. Wisconsin (10-0)

With Alabama/Auburn and Miami/Clemson still on the horizon, Wisconsin just needs to take care of their own business.  Their first test, the weekend versus Michigan. Then they need to win the Big 1o title. It will be hard to leave a Power 5 team with a zero in the loss column out of the playoff.

14. Central Florida (9-0)

They’re undefeated, but their non-Power 5 schedule really hurts. They need everyone to lose, like twice. 

One Loss

3. Oklahoma (9-1)

Baker Mayfield and the Sooners are in the driver’s seat. They just need to avoid the trap against Kansas, take care of a West Virginia team that they are better than, and win the Big 12. They have the easiest road to the playoffs out of any team still remaining.

4. Clemson (9-1)

All eyes are on the ACC Championship game between Miami and the defending National Champs. It’s most likely that the winner is in the playoffs and the loser is out.

7. Georgia (9-1)

Georgia needs to redeem themselves in the SEC Championship Game. Right now, it looks as if only a conference title will land the Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff.

Legitimate Two Losses, Power 5

6. Auburn (8-2)

Auburn is still alive based on the notion they win out. If they win out that would entail beating Alabama at home on the 25th and then beating a one-loss Georgia in the SEC Championship. Basically, the Tiger’s control their own destiny. 

8. Ohio State (8-2)

The Buckeyes need a lot of help from the top to sneak into the playoffs. They need Alabama to win the SEC title and Miami to beat Clemson. Then Ohio State needs to beat Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship. The cards have to fall the right way but don’t count these guys out yet.

Next In Line Should Everything Hit the Fan

9. Notre Dame (8-2)

12. USC (9-2)

13. Penn St. (8-2)

 

 

 

NC FBS Report Week 11

Week 11 Scoreboard

Week 11 had a little bit of everything. Check it out here.

Mountaineers Get Back on Track

Georgia Southern (0-9, 0-5) 6
Appalachian State (6-4, 5-1) 27

App State made easy work of their rivals at home Thursday night. Marcus Williams Jr. paced the Mountaineer offense. The freshman RB from Rocky Mount, NC rushed the ball 28 times for 130 yards. Taylor Lamb did as Taylor Lamb does. Lamb completed seven of his fifteen attempts for 161 yards and two touchdowns. One to Collin Reed, one to Ike Lewis. “We’ve got it down pat,” Lamb said. “If they got one-on-one with (Lewis), that’s where we are going.” On defense, Austin Exford, Antonious Sims, and Rashaad Townes all recorded a sack each. For the most part, the game was in the Mountaineers’ favor throughout the afternoon. 

With the win, the Mountaineers are now bowl-eligible. “It’s awesome to get six wins,” App State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “It’s really fitting and nice to get it against Georgia Southern, that’s awesome too, against our big rival team.”


Heels Notch Second Win of Season

North Carolina (2-8, 1-6) 34
Pittsburgh (4-6, 2-4) 31

Eleven days between games proved to be beneficial to the beat-up Tar Heels Thursday Night. Nathan Elliott threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns as Carolina earned their first conference victory of the season in Pittsburgh. Anthony Ratliff-Williams was a playmaker all night for the Heels. For starters, he returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Later, Ratliff-Williams took a reverse handoff on an end-around play, pulled up and launched a bomb to Josh Cabrera for a 35-yard touchdown.  The day wasn’t over for ARW. Midway through the fourth, Elliott hit Ratliff-Williams in the end zone with the eventual game-winning touchdown. In total, the sophomore ended the day with five receptions for 75 yards, 230 total yards, and three total touchdowns.

ARW after the game, “I’m tired.” Heels Head Coach Larry Fedora, “You go on the road in the ACC and win here, that’s a tough thing to do. I’m proud of those guys. It’s something they can build off of. The staff and the seniors have done a great job of keeping them close and keeping them believing. Good things are starting to happen.”


Pack Survive Scare

#23 NC State (7-3, 5-1) 17
Boston College (5-5, 3-4) 14

#9 Notre Dame, #4 Clemson: acceptable losses. Unranked Boston College: unacceptable. Fortunately for NC State, a healthy Nyheim Hines wasn’t ready to let that happen. Hines led the Pack with 110 rushing yards, none bigger than the 50-yard scamper early in the fourth for the eventual game-winning touchdown. “Not only did we have him, but we had him back healthy,” said Dave Doeren after the game. Furthermore, he added that Hines was a “difference maker.”

Though Ryan Finley has put together a stellar season to date, Saturday he played rather pedestrian. The junior from Phoenix, AZ only completed 13 of 32 pass attempts for 146 yards. In terms of team stats, the two squads were essentially even. Total yards: NCST 367-347. Time of possession: NCST 30:28-29:32. Turnovers: 2-2. First downs: BC 20-17.


Army Fends of Devils

Duke (4-6, 1-3) 16
Army (8-2) 21

After starting the season 4-0, Duke is struggling to find a win. The sixth and most recent loss came at the hands of Army in West Point Saturday Afternoon. The Black Knights raced out to a 21-3 lead at halftime and never looked back. Duke rallied and cut the lead to five in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as the Blue Devils would come to victory. 

Coach Cutcliffe’s Devils struggled both on the ground and through the air. For the afternoon, Daniel Jones and the passing attack accounted for 164 of Duke’s 253 total yards. The struggling Blue Devil backfield accounted for the other 89 yards. Duke now must when their last two regular-season games to become bowl eligible. With Georgia Tech and Wake Forest left on the schedule, the road to bowl season is uphill for the Devils. 


Charlotte Falls at Home Again

Middle Tennessee (5-5, 3-3) 35
UNC-Charlotte (1-9, 1-5) 21

It’s been the theme of Charlotte’s season. A team gets out to an early lead and the 49ers can’t do enough to keep up. Saturday’s matchup with Middle Tennessee was no exception. The Blue Raiders used a 28-7 halftime lead to cruise to an easy victory. In total, Middle Tennessee outgained UNCC 457-356 and held the ball five minutes longer than the 49ers. Charlotte couldn’t contain Middle Tennessee’s run game at all. Tavares Thomas carried the ball 29 times for the Blue Raiders and totaled 195 rushing yards and two touchdowns. 

“I was disappointed they ran the ball the way they did with 202 yards and Thomas had 195,” Charlotte Head Coach Brad Lambert said. We can’t allow that.” It also appears theirs a full-on kicking competition open in Charlotte. “Starting” Kicker Nigel Macauley has only made three out of ten field goal attempts this season. “We can’t make a field goal,” Lambert said. “We’re just going to go for it. We’ll let Kyle [Corbett] try and see if he can make some. We can’t keep coming up empty-handed all the time.”


Wake Hangs a 60-Burger on ‘Cuse

Wake Forest (6-4, 3-3) 64
Syracuse (4-6, 2-4) 43

Carrier Dome scoreboard operators were busy Saturday afternoon as the Orange and Demon Deacons combined for 107 points. The second half featured a furious comeback by Wake Forest. At halftime, Syracuse held a 38-24 led. By the end of the third quarter, it was 43-40 Orange. Then Wake Forest took over. In the fourth quarter, the Deacons scored 24 unanswered points to walk away with the conference victory.

John Wolford and Matt Colburn had outstanding days for Wake Forest. Colburn ran for 237 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. Wolford completed 25 of 38 passes for 363 passing yards, he also ran for 136 yards and scored six touchdowns in total. Wolford couldn’t take all the credit though, “The defense played lights out in the second half and we obviously put up some points. When you put all of those things together you’re going to come out with a win.”


Pirates Drowned in OT

Tulane (4-6, 2-4) 31
East Carolina (2-8, 2-5) 24

After trailing by ten at one point, ECU tied their conference bout with Tulane late in the fourth quarter. However, the Pirates couldn’t complete the comeback in overtime. In the extra session, Tulane took possession first and scored a touchdown. During their overtime possession, the Pirates drove to the one-yard line, but Darius Pinnix was denied on fourth and one to end the game. 

“I just take a lot of pain out of this one, that’s about it,” a distraught Scottie Montgomery said after the loss. “There’s no moral victories. We didn’t come out here tonight to play close and go to overtime. We came out here to win.”


NC FBS Power Rankings

1 NC State (7-3, 5-1)
2 Wake Forest (6-4, 3-3)
3 Appalachian State (6-4, 5-1)
4 Duke (4-6, 1-3)
5 North Carolina (2-8, 1-6) +1
6 East Carolina (2-8, 2-5) -1
7 UNC-Charlotte (1-9, 1-5)

Week 12 Games and Predictions

  • Cincinnati (3-7, 1-5) at East Carolina – Saturday, 12:00 PM
    • Prediction: Cincy
  • Western Carolina (7-4) at North Carolina – Saturday, 3:00 PM
    • Prediction: UNC
  • UNC-Charlotte at Southern Mississippi (6-4, 4-2) – Saturday, 3:00 PM
    • Prediction: So Miss
  • Georgia Tech (5-4, 4-3) at Duke – Saturday, 3:30 PM
    • Prediction: GT
  • NC State at Wake Forest – Saturday, 7:30 PM
    • Prediction: NCST

*RONGY- 44-24 (W11: 6-1) through Week 11 Picks*

NC FBS Report Week 10

NC FBS Report Week 8

Week 8 Scoreboard

Pittsburgh (3-5, 1-3)

24

Duke (4-4, 1-4)

17

In college football, all it takes is one big play to deflate the home crowd and swing momentum completely positive. Duke found that out the hard way Saturday. Late in the third quarter, T.J Rahming hauled in Daniel Jones’ second TD of the day. After the point-after, the Blue Devils looked to be in control of the game as the fourth quarter neared up 17-7. On the ensuing kickoff, the Panthers made an error bringing the kickoff out of the end zone. As a result, Pitt had to begin their drive on their own 8-yard line. Then it happened. On the first play of the drive, Darrin Hall found a gap up the middle and never looked back. The junior broke the plane 92-yards later to cut the Duke lead to three.

As the fourth quarter started, Duke began their next possession. Unfortunately, it was only three plays and a punt. Blue Devil punter Austin Parker did his best to pin the Panthers deep in their own territory by putting the ball out of bounds at the Pitt 5. However, as had been the theme all day, Duke could not contain Darrin Hall.

Three straight runs by Hall gave the Panthers a first down and breathing room. Then the Pitt offense connected on two big pass plays of 25 and 49 yards and were suddenly on the Duke 11. At that point, it was back to feeding Hall. With seven yards on first down and the remaining four on second down, Hall was back in the end zone for his third TD of the day. Daniel Jones had two more chances to bring home a victory, but a missed field goal after a 10-play drive and an interception on the Pitt 8 sealed Duke’s fate.

Duke’s season is officially in turmoil. They have now lost four straight after beginning the season 4-0. The Blue Devils desperately needed to win a home against a Pitt team that hasn’t been anything special this season. Duke is in serious danger of missing a bowl game now. Three out of their last four games are on the road and in tough environments. Duke must steal two of these games if they want any chance of going bowling.


Coastal Carolina (1-6, 0-4)

29

Appalachian State (5-2, 4-0)

37

As expected, App State was a little too talented for Coastal Carolina. Give the Chanticleers credit, they had ASU on the ropes for the three quarters and were only down one heading into the fourth quarter. However, the fourth opened right in the middle of an App State drive that had already marched for 6-plays and 48 yards. Five plays later, Marcus Williams Jr. was in the end zone and the ASU advantage was 30-22.

On cue, as they’ve done all year, the App State defense came to life when called upon. Tasked with preserving the lead, the Mountaineer defense put the vise grips on CCU. The next three Chanticleer drives all were halted by the ASU defense early including a crucial fumble recovery on the Coastal Carolina 19-yard line. Like a record on repeat, five-plays later Williams Jr. was back in the end zone for his second score of the day. CCU added a late touchdown to cut the lead back to eight, but couldn’t corral the on-side attempt effectively ending their chances.

Taylor Lamb had a career day for the Mountaineers. Not only did the senior QB break Armanti Edwards record for career TD passes, he also threw for a career-high 427 yards in the victory. It’s been an outstanding four years in Boone for Lamb. The Calhoun, GA native took over the starting QB gig his freshman season and never looked back. Since then he’s thrown for over 8,600 yards, rushed for 1,700 and scored 96 TDs. Lamb has never thrown more than nine interceptions in a season. The Mountaineers are 34-12 over that period.


North Carolina (1-7, 0-5)

7

#14 Virginia Tech (6-1, 2-1)

59

You guessed it, UNC got trounced in Blacksburg. There’s not much to say. Virginia Tech is one of the best teams in the nation. Aside from the sanction-ravaged Baylor, UNC is probably the worst Power 5 team in the country. Saturday’s result was a mere formality even before the coin toss. Once the ball was kicked off, it all came to fruition.

On the day, VT rushing attack itself outgained the entire Heels offense 181-172. In total, Virginia Tech tallied 383 yards altogether. Furthermore, UNC committed three turnovers to the Hokies zero, and Virginia Tech gained ten more first downs than Carolina. Per usual, Chazz Surratt and Brandon Harris played like trash again. Surratt fumbled twice, losing one and Harris threw two INTs.

The 2017 season can’t end soon enough for the Tar Heels. This season has been extremely hard to watch. Things should get worse this Saturday when #8 Miami comes to Chapel Hill. On the bright side, UNC does have a game remaining against FCS Western Carolina. Knowing this Tar Heel team, they’ll find a way to make that game difficult as well. In all honesty, I wouldn’t be shocked if they lost.


UAB (4-3, 2-2)

24

UNC-Charlotte (1-7, 1-4)

25

Final/OT

They did it. UNCC finally did it. Down 17-0 early in the third quarter, it looked as if Charlotte was heading towards another defeat. On their first possession of the second half, Charlotte went three-and-out. However, on the punt, UAB muffed the punt and the 49ers recovered. Hasaan Klugh and Aaron McCallister then went to work on a 9-play, 35-yard drive capped off by a Klugh TD run to cut the lead to ten.

After a sequence of UAB-Punt, UNCC-Punt, UAB-Punt, the 49ers found themselves with the ball on their own 32 with 10 minutes to play. On the very first play of the drive, Klugh found Trent Bostick who took the ball all the way to the house for the score. Now UAB’s lead was down to three. UAB started to gain traction on their next drive but was suddenly halted by Ben DeLuca who forced and recovered a Blazer fumble. Already in field goal range, the 49ers Nigel Macauley drilled a 24-yarder to tie the game after the 8-play drive stalled out. The two teams traded a series of punts to end regulation.

UAB received possession first in overtime. The Blazers used six plays and eventually scored on a QB run by A.J. Elderly. A made extra point gave UAB a seven-point advantage. Hasaan Klugh then went back to work. This time the 49er QB was back in the end zone after eight plays that concluded on a one-yard scamper. Though they only needed one point to tie, the 49ers decided it was time to take the game into their own hands and go for it. On the two-point conversion, Klugh handed the ball off to his running back who then pitched the ball out to senior wideout Chris Montgomery. Instead of lunging toward the end zone, Montgomery pulled up, launched a pass and found his QB Klugh wide open for the win.


BYU (1-7)

17

East Carolina (2-6, 2-3)

33

In a matchup between two awful teams, ECU prevailed. Thanks, in part, to Pirate kicker Jake Verity who drilled field goals through on all three of East Carolina’s third-quarter possessions. In between those ECU drives, the Pirate defense was finally able to hold an opponent when needed. BYU was able to bend the Pirate defense for yards but couldn’t break through in the second half until it was too late.

Surprisingly enough, Gardner Minshew actually looked like a decent QB in the fourth quarter. In the last quarter, Minshew navigated the Pirates to two touchdowns to extend their lead and bleed the clock. On the day, Minshew finished 6/9 with 121 yards and the two scores.

While ECU’s season is still in shambles, some of the pressure bearing down Scottie Montgomery’s back should be relieved. The Pirates are on bye this weekend, so they better savor the victory now because the last four games of the season won’t be pretty for the Pirates.


Wake Forest (4-3, 1-3)

24

Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1)

38

Georgia Tech is good; they’ve lost two games all season by a combined two points. Both against ranked opponents. The Yellow Jackets have out-scored all other opponents 105-35. They were back at it again Saturday. This time at the expense of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Atlanta.

The Demon Deacons didn’t play badly. In fact, they held a 24-19 lead midway through the third quarter. Then the Rambling Wreck’s patented triple-option went to town on the Wake Forest defense. On consecutive drives, Georgia Tech strung together a series of runs that were both capped off by TDs. First, a 42-yard home run by Qua Searchy. The second, an 11-yard strike from KirVonte Benson.

Suddenly down a touchdown, the Wake Forest offense was unable to muster any success. Three straight drives ended with a turnover on downs and the fourth and final drive was intercepted. John Wolford ended with 252 yards on 17 for 30 passing. He also threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Freshman Greg Dortch continued his terrific season catching eight receptions for 125 yards. Cade Carney led with Wake Forest running game. The sophomore totaled 92 yards on 19 attempts.


NC FBS Power Rankings

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

Week 9 Games and Predictions

  • #8 Miami (6-0, 4-0) at North Carolina – Saturday, 12:00 PM

    • Miami embarrasses UNC
  • Louisville (5-3, 2-3) at Wake Forest – Saturday, 12:20 PM

    • Lamar Jackson & Co. are too much for the Deacons
  • Appalachian State at UMass (1-6) – Saturday, 3:30 PM

    • ASU rather easily
  • #14 North Carolina State at #9 Notre Dame (6-1) – Saturday, 3:30 PM

    • State shows the world they’re for real. Go into South Bend and leave with a win
  • Duke at #13 Virginia Tech (6-1, 2-1) – Saturday, 7:20 PM

    • VT is going to smother Duke in Blacksburg

 

*RONGY: 33-18 (W8: 3-3) through Week 8 Picks*

 

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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