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.

 

NC FBS Report Week 14

NC FBS Week 14 Scoreboard

Week 14:

Mountaineers Crush Cajun’s to Claim Share of Conference Crown

Louisiana-Lafayette (5-7, 4-4) 14
Appalachian State (8-4, 7-1) 63

At halftime one thing was clear, Appalachian State wanted their share of the Sun Belt Conference Title. The score at the half was 35-7 Mountaineers. In the second half, the onslaught continued. App State poured on another 28 points to stretch the final advantage to 63-14.

In his final, game at Kidd-Brewer Stadium, Taylor Lamb went out with a bang. The Calhoun, GA native completed 17 out of 22 pass attempts for 242 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 87 yards and a touchdown on five rush attempts. Over Lamb’s four seasons as App State’s starting QB, the Mountaineers are 19-5 at home.

On the ground, aside from Lamb, freshman Daetrich Harrington and junior Jalen Moore were unstoppable. Each carried the ball seventeen times apiece, Harrington racked up 118 yards and touchdown and Moore totaled 110 yards and two touchdowns. 

“When I think back to five years ago, we were 4-8,” App Head Coach Scott Satterfield said. “And then four years ago, we step into this conference and started out 1-5. But since that point, it has been a great journey.


NC FBS Power Rankings

1 NC State (8-4, 6-2)
2 Duke (6-6, 3-3)
3 Wake Forest (7-5, 4-4)
4 Appalachian State (8-4, 7-1)
5 North Carolina (3-9, 1-7)
6 East Carolina (3-9, 3-6)
7 UNC-Charlotte (1-11, 1-7)

NC Team Bowl Games and Predictions

  • Dollar General Bowl (Mobile, AL) – 12/23 7:00 PM
    • Toledo (11-2) vs Appalachian State (8-4)
      • Prediction: App State
  • Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit, MI) – 12/26 5:15 PM
    • Northern Illinois (8-4) vs Duke (6-6)
      • Prediction: Northern Illinois
  • Belk Bowl (Charlotte, NC) – 12/29 1:00 PM
    • Texas A&M (7-5) vs Wake Forest (7-5)
      • Prediction: Wake Forest
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX) – 12/29 3:00 PM
    • Arizona State (7-5) vs #24 NC State (8-4)
      • Prediction: NC State

*RONGY- 51-28 (W14: 1-0) through Week 14 Picks*


NC FBS Report Week 13

 

State and Dave Doeren Reach Extension

NC State and Dave Doeren Reach Extension

The Dave Doeren Saga

First things first, congratulations to NC State head football coach, Dave Doeren, on a well-deserved contract extension. Early in the season, it was reported Doeren and State were in preliminary talks on an extension. As the season went on, no deal was reached. Then the season ended and vacancies at higher-profile school were floating Doeren as the possible replacement. With Doeren being such a hot commodity, State had to pounce and execute a deal quick. They did and now Doeren is signed to be the Wolfpack head man for at least the next five seasons.

When NC State first hired Doeren after letting go of Tom O’Brien, the initial question was how is this guy going to make us better? O’Brien’s inability to recruit consistent talent limited the Pack’s chances of competing in the ACC. After the 2012 season, O’Brien was released for Doeren who had just led Northern Illinois to back-to-back 11+ win seasons. In Doeren’s first season in Raleigh, State went 3-9. After that first season, there were many questions about the acquisition of Doeren from Pack fans. How Wolfpack fans wish they can take those concerns back now. The highest ranking the Pack ever achieved with O’Brien was 25th in 2010. This season Doeren had NC State as high as 14th in the nation. Counting their pending bowl this season, Doeren has taken State to four straight bowl games.

Arguably the most important stat for State fans for validating a head coach is that coaches record against North Carolina. Doeren and the Pack have won three out of the last four against the Heels, including this season in Chapel Hill. Beating UNC is always a good way to stay a head coach in Raleigh.

How The Extension Got Done

Even with the above information, NC state was still hesitant to pull the trigger on an extension for the coach. Fortunately for Doeren, who genuinely seems to want to be NC State’s head coach, there is a mess in Knoxville. As extension talks with NC State stalled out, a failed coaching search at Tennessee suddenly had its eyes on Dave Doeren. Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie even met with Doeren in Raleigh Wednesday to discuss the job. Nevertheless, this was the leverage Doeren needed to get the deal done. Within 24 hours, Doeren said no to the Vols and it was announced that he and the Wolfpack had a deal in place.

On Thursday, it was announced Doeren had signed a 5-year extension at 3 million a year to stay in Raleigh. Doeren has the recruiting ability to keep the Pack relevant for years to come. He is bringing in top 25 talent and using it to win games. As a result, look for the Pack to build upon their success of this season and try to grow a program that is a factor year in year out in the ACC.

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

NC FBS Report Week 13

NC FBS Week 13 Scoreboard

Week 13:

Pirates Get Tagged by Tigers

East Carolina (3-9, 3-6) 13
#20 Memphis (10-1, 7-1) 70

In their last game of the season, and perhaps Scottie Montgomery’s last as head coach, ECU got trounced in Memphis. Gardner Minshew came back down to Earth and tossed three interceptions. To make matters worse Memphis outgained East Carolina 635-466 and didn’t commit a turnover. ECU never had a chance. Despite Minshew’s struggles, Trevon Brown continued to shine. The junior from Wilmington caught seven passes for 128 yards.

”This probably was the best team we’ve played to this point, and it’s going to be an interesting championship game,” Pirate coach Scottie Montgomery said. ”That’s a championship team we just watched. In this league, there’s going to be teams with speed, and then there’s the rest of the group,” Montgomery added. ”I think we can play with a lot of the teams that are not these speed teams, but (speed teams) expose you…Today, was a really, really clear sight of that.”


Devils Down Deacons

Duke (6-6, 3-3) 31
Wake Forest (7-5, 4-4) 23

It came down to their last opportunity, but David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils are bowl-eligible. Despite being down 10-0 after one quarter, Duke was able to come back and top Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. The Blue Devils held a clear advantage in total yards, time of possession, and first downs. Though he threw three interceptions, Daniel Jones was 25 for 44 on pass attempts for 346 yards and two touchdowns. On the other side, John Wolford struggled just a bit more. Wolford threw for 191 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions on 16/33 passing. 

“Today we were better on third down,” Duke QB Daniel Jones said. “That’s big. Against an ACC team, you have to be able to convert third down. Also in the red zone, we’ve been better at converting our opportunities into touchdowns.”

“Whatever you want to say, they outplayed us, out-prepared us, outcoached us, they just out-executed us and they deserved to win the game. We didn’t.” – Wake Head Coach Dave Clawson


Mountaineers Pounce on Panthers

Appalachian State (7-4, 6-1) 31
Georgia State (6-4, 5-2) 10

Jalin Moore racked up 239 yards rushing. That was all App State needed as they kept their Sun Belt Title dreams alive with a win over Georgia State. Moore’s awesome day included a massive 58-yard run that the Mountaineers capitalized on for a touchdown. On the very next drive, A.J. Howard intercepted a Connor Manning pass and returned the ball 61 yards. Two plays later ASU was in the end zone to extend the lead to three possessions.

“We really challenged our offensive line today to come out here and run the football against a team that didn’t give up many rushing yards. I think we ended up with probably the most rushing yards they’ve given up all year today.” – ASU Head Coach Scott Satterfield


Charlotte’s Season Ends at the Hand of Kiffen and Owls

Florida Atlantic (9-3, 8-0) 31
UNC-Charlotte (1-11, 1-7) 12

Charlotte’s dreadful season is finally over. The Niner’s final loss of the season came to the Florida Atlantic Owls who outgained Charlotte 563-255 despite two turnovers to UNCC’s zero. It was clear, from beginning to end Florida Atlantic was the superior team in this contest. 

“Yeah, no question, no doubt about it,” UNCC Head Coach Lambert said Saturday after the game, when asked if he thought he was still the right coach for the 49ers. “We’ve started fast and everybody wants more wins. I want more wins. We don’t come to work 14-hour days to lose, I promise you that. But there’s no doubt I’m the right guy for this place. We come in with the right attitude to represent this university in the right fashion,” Lambert added. “We need a better record next year. We’ve got to continually grow and move forward and win games.”


Hines Torches Heels

North Carolina (3-9, 1-7) 21
NC State (8-4, 6-2) 33

Despite UNC’s two-game win streak, NC State cooled off the Tar Heels Saturday. Nyheim Hines is simply a baller. The junior from Garner tallied a career-high 196 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. Ryan Finley added two rushing touchdowns of his own. For the Heels, Anthony Ratliff-Williams continued his fantastic sophomore season with five receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. 

“Growing up here, it’s just really important for me to play in this game. I knew I would not miss this game for anything. I’d basically have to break an arm or a leg not to play.” – Nyheim Hines

“He told me on Sunday, ‘They’re going to have to amputate parts of my body for me not to play against Carolina.” – NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren 


NC FBS Power Rankings

1 NC State (8-4, 6-2) +1
2 Duke (6-6, 3-3) +2
3 Wake Forest (7-5, 4-4) -2
4 Appalachian State (7-4, 6-1) -1
5 North Carolina (3-9, 1-7)
6 East Carolina (3-9, 3-6)
7 UNC-Charlotte (1-11, 1-7)

Week 14 Games and Predictions

  • LA-Lafayette (5-6, 4-3) at Appalachian State – Saturday, 2:30 PM
    • Prediction: App State 

 

*RONGY- 50-28 (W13: 4-1) through Week 13 picks*

NC FBS Report Week 12

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

Tuesday’s College Football Playoff Rankings Actually Mean Something Now

The first few weeks of College Football Playoff rankings were completely useless. Everyone can count wins and losses among Power 5 teams. Now things are down to the nitty-gritty. With one week to go before Conference Championships weekend, we’ve reached the best part of college football season. It’s rivalry week and with playoff spots up for grabs, every game now is do-or-die.

I’m sorry Central Florida. Clearly, the CFP Committee only cares about lining their pockets with that Power 5 money. I’d give you guys a shot any day.

The Current Four

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0)

  • IN: If the Tide beat Auburn Saturday, it’ll be hard to keep them out of the playoffs even if they lose the SEC title game.
  • OUT: They get blown out by Auburn. 

2. Miami Hurricanes (10-0)

  • IN: Take care of business against Pitt and then beat Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.
  • OUT: Lose either game.

3. Clemson Tigers (10-1)

  • IN: Beat rival South Carolina and then win the ACC Championship Game against Miami.
  • OUT: Lose either game.

4. Oklahoma Sooners (10-1)

  • IN: Beat West Virginia and then the Big 12 Championship.
  • OUT: Lose either game.

Next In Line

5. Wisconsin Badgers (11-0)

  • How they get IN: They beat Minnesota and then win the BIG 10 title game against Ohio State. However, they also need Auburn to lose to either Alabama or Georgia. They benefit second from the Clemson/Miami impending matchup.

6. Auburn Tigers (9-2)

  • How they get IN: They must beat Alabama this weekend and then Georgia in the SEC Championship. If they do that, I believe their strength of losses favors the Tigers over Wisconsin with priority into the playoff first.

7. Georgia Bulldogs (10-1)

  • How they get IN: The Bulldogs need a win against Georgia Tech this weekend and hope Auburn beats Alabama. Then Georgia needs to beat Auburn in the SEC Championship. They will need either Oklahoma or Wisconsin to stumble once as well.

Need a lot of Help

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-2)

  • How they get IN: Aside from winning out, Notre Dame also needs both Clemson and Miami to lose this weekend and then Clemson win the ACC title game. Furthermore, they need Alabama to beat Auburn and then Georgia in the SEC title game. Finally, they need Wisconsin or Oklahoma to lose in their conference title games.

9. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-2)

  • How they get IN: Urban Meyer’s team has to beat Michigan this weekend. Then they have to beat Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game. Alabama has to win the SEC. Both Clemson and Miami have to lose this weekend and then Clemson has to win the ACC title game. Finally, Oklahoma has to lose their final two games.

Last Week:

Who’s Still Standing? – College Football Playoff Contenders

NC FBS Report Week 12

NC FBS Week 12 Scoreboard

Upsets and Blowouts: NC FBS Week 12

Pirates Break Records and Bearcats

Cincinnati (3-8, 1-6) 20
East Carolina (3-8, 3-5) 48

For the first time all season, ECU’s offense was too much for another team to handle. East Carolina was up 21-0 before the Bearcats could even get on the scoreboard. Gardner Minshew threw for a career-high 444 yards. His main target: Trevon Brown. The junior from Wilmington logged 9 receptions for a score-record 270 yards. On the day, the duo connected for two touchdowns including a 95-yarder, another school record.

 “I cannot say enough about our seniors today, getting this win for them in their last time here on Bagwell Field was big,” ECU coach Scottie Montgomery said. “We didn’t hear much out of the seniors, it was the younger guys who all wanted to get this one for the seniors,” Montgomery added.


Heels Trounce Western

Western Carolina (7-5) 10
North Carolina (3-8, 1-6) 65

Though it was against an FBS opponent, a win is a win and North Carolina will take all they can scavenge at this point. Nathan Elliott led the Tar Heels to their second straight win with four touchdowns on the afternoon. Michael Carter added 103 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own. Anthony Ratliff-Williams didn’t throw for a touchdown in this game, but he caught one and totaled 88 yards on five total receptions. 

Heels Head Coach Larry Fedora: “I’m proud of our guys, especially the seniors. Our seniors have done a tremendous job of keeping the locker room positive and keeping our guys playing hard no matter what the situation was. I said it from the beginning, these guys love each other and play hard for each other and I’m proud to have coached them this year and we have one more to finish it up.”


Charlotte Smoked by Southern Miss

UNC-Charlotte (1-10, 1-6) 21
Southern Mississippi (7-4, 5-2) 66

As expected, Southern Mississippi dominated Charlotte from start to finish. The story of the season for UNCC. Hassan Klugh threw a couple of pick-sixes and that was that.

“We couldn’t handle them up front — we couldn’t block them. They got after us pretty good in our run game.” – Charlotte’s Brad Lambert said of Southern Miss.


Duke Rolls Ramblin Wreck

Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-4) 20
Duke (5-6, 2-3) 43

It was a rough six weeks for the Blue Devils, but Saturday they were finally able to snap their six-game skid by beating Georgia Tech in Durham. The Duke rushing attack was on full display. Between Brittain Brown, Shaun Wilson, and Daniel Jones, the trio combined for 280 rushing yards. Jones added 177 through the air. He and Brown accounted for five Duke touchdowns. 

“You’ve got to take the challenge on yourself to try to outrush a team,” coach David Cutcliffe said. “And about the only way you’re going to outrush a Georgia Tech team is to be on the field more than they are. We accomplished that. I told them, ‘When you’re playing an option team, prepare to play from behind at some point,’” Cutcliffe said. “To play these teams, you have to catch up to the speed of that offense. It’s not a scout team. So it takes you awhile to get your sea legs.”


Deacons Upset Pack at Home

#23 NC State (7-4, 5-2) 24
Wake Forest (7-4, 4-3) 30

No Greg Dortch, no problem. Wake Forest established themselves as the best team in the state Saturday with a win over NC State. Deacon LB Demetrius Kemp forced a fumble on the goal line late in the fourth to lead Wake Forest to victory. Tabari Hines caught 139 of John Wofford’s 247 yards and all three of his touchdown passes. 

On the other side, Ryan Finley did his best to keep the Wolfpack in the game. The senior QB tossed for 327 yards on 34/52 passing and one touchdown. Kelvin Harmon led the State receiving corps with 105 yards on 8 receptions. Jakobi Meyers caught 10 passes for 90 yards.

“That was just a pure hustle play,” Kemp said about the game-winning forced fumble. “I saw the quarterback throw the ball and just burst to the ball. That’s what we preach every day in practice — just burst to the ball and just hustling.”


NC FBS Power Rankings

1. Wake Forest (7-4, 4-3) +1
2. NC State (7-4, 5-2) -1
3. Appalachian State (6-4, 5-1)
4. Duke (5-6, 2-3)
5. North Carolina (3-8, 1-6)
6. East Carolina (3-8, 3-5)
7. UNC-Charlotte (1-10, 1-6)

Week 13 Games and Predictions

  • East Carolina at Memphis (9-1, 6-1) – Saturday, 12:00 PM
    • Prediction: Memphis
  • Duke at Wake Forest – Saturday, 12:30 PM
    • Prediction: Wake Forest
  • Appalachian State at Georgia State (6-3, 5-1) – Saturday, 2:00 PM
    • Prediction: App State
  • Florida Atlantic (8-3, 7-0) at UNC-Charlotte – Saturday, 2:00 PM
    • Prediction: FAU
  • North Carolina at NC State – Saturday, 3:30 PM
    • Prediction: NC State

*RONGY- 46-27 (W12: 2-3) through Week 12 picks*

NC FBS Report Week 11

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