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ACC Football: Week Five Rewind

The ACC has struggled a bit this season, as they only featured two ranked teams in Week Five. Clemson won a close game against Syracuse, while Duke lost to fellow ACC team Virginia Tech. Pittsburgh, who has struggled on the road this season, lost to a ranked UCF team, as well.

 

Final Scores

North Carolina 10, Miami 47

Syracuse 23, Clemson 27

Pittsburgh 14, UCF 45

Virginia Tech 31, Duke 14

Temple 35, Boston College 45

Bowling Green 17, Georgia Tech 63

Virginia 21, NC State 35

Rice 24, Wake Forest 56

Florida State 28, Louisville 24

 

Breakout Stars

Travis Etienne

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It was expected the Etienne was going to see a heavy workload in this game after Clemson opted to start their freshman signal caller, Travis Lawrence. Etienne saw an even larger workload after Lawrence was injured in this game. Overall, he totaled 27 carries for 203 yards and three touchdowns. He showed true workhorse running back characteristics, and this was the best showing of the season for Etienne.

AJ Dillon

Dillon hasn’t quite enjoyed the Heisman campaign most were anticipating, but he has still found plenty of success, including in this game. Surprisingly, Dillon split carries with Ben Glines, although Dillon still led the team with 28 carries. He turned those into 161 yards and two touchdowns. He could’ve had a much bigger game if Glines did not also see 23 carries, but it’s nearly impossible to allow one running back that many carries in a single week.

Olamide Zaccheaus

Virginia lost this game, but at no fault of Zaccheaus. He led the team in both rushing and receiving. He needed only two carries to run for a team-high 39 yards. He also posted nine receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns, leading the team in each category, while nearly doubling the rest of the team in those categories, as well.

Greg Dortch

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Dortch has been enjoying an elite season, and he has posted his best game to date this week. Sam Hartman only completed 15 passes in this game, and Dortch was able to record 11 catches for 163 yards and four touchdowns. Overall, Dortch recorded 64.7% of the teams receptions, 67.1% of receiving yards, and 100% of receiving touchdowns in this game.

Deondre Francois

Francois enjoyed his best game this season, dominating Louisville’s defense. He only completed 59.3% of his passes, but he also posted a 14.8% touchdown rate in this game. He needed only 27 passes (16 completions) to total 294 yards and four touchdowns. He only added four rushing yards on four carries, but this is the type of game that can get Francois back on track for the rest of the season.

Complete College Football Weekend Television Schedule

No more chanell surfing to try and find your favorite team, or a game in your conference, or the best game on at any particular time. Below is a list of every game that is on television, what time, and what network. Now, how easy was that?

Friday, Sept. 21
Florida Atlantic at Central Florida, ESPN, 7

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Penn State at Illinois, FS1, 9
Washington State at Southern California, ESPN, 10:30

Saturday, Sept. 22
Boston College at Purdue, ESPN2, noon
Buffalo at Rutgers, BTN, noon
Georgia at Missouri, ESPN, noon
Kent State at Mississippi, SEC, noon
Minnesota at Maryland, BTN, noon
Navy at SMU, ESPNews, noon

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Nebraska at Michigan, FS1, noon
Nevada at Toledo, CBSSN, noon
Notre Dame at Wake Forest, ABC, noon
Ohio at Cincinnati, ESPNU, noon
Florida International at Miami (Fla.), ESPN2, 3:30
Kansas at Baylor, FS1, 3:30
Kansas State at West Virginia, ESPN, 3:30
Northern Illinois at Florida State, ESPNU, 3:30

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Texas A&M at Alabama, CBS, 3:30
Tulane at Ohio State, BTN, 3:30
Virginia Tech at Old Dominion, CBSSN, 3:30
Arizona at Oregon State, Pac-12, 4
Connecticut at Syracuse, ESPNews, 4
South Carolina at Vanderbilt, SEC, 4
TCU at Texas, Fox, 4:30
Florida at Tennessee, ESPN, 7
Louisiana Tech at LSU, ESPNU, 7
Mississippi State at Kentucky, ESPN2, 7
North Carolina State at Marshall, CBSSN, 7

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Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, FS1, 7
Arkansas at Auburn, SEC, 7:30
Michigan State at Indiana, BTN, 7:30
East Carolina at South Florida, ESPNews, 8
Stanford at Oregon, ABC, 8
Wisconsin at Iowa, Fox, 8:30
Air Force at Utah State, ESPN2, 10:15
Arizona State at Washington, ESPN, 10:30
Eastern Michigan at San Diego State, CBSSN, 10:30

ACC Football: Week Three Rewind

Week Three was a bit odd for the college football world. Hurricane Florence hit the East coast, causing multiple teams to cancel their games. UCF/UNC, ECU/VT, and WVU/NC State were all canceled, and it seems unlikely that they will be made up. Clemson and Miami were the two ranked teams that played for the ACC, winning by a combined 56 points.  

 

Final Scores

Boston College 41, Wake Forest 34

Georgia Southern 7, Clemson 38

Miami 49, Toledo 24

Florida State 7, Syracuse 30

Georgia Tech 19, Pittsburgh 24

Duke 40, Baylor 27

Ohio 31, Virginia 45

Western Kentucky 17, Louisville 20

 

Breakout Stars

Anthony Brown

Brown looked unstoppable for Boston College last week. He needed only 25 pass attempts to total 304 yards and five touchdowns. He posted a 93.3 QBR, while finding four different receivers for touchdowns. Each of Brown’s five touchdowns came from over 25 yards out, including a 71 yard touchdown to Jeff Smith. This was an overall great game for the majority of the BC offense, but Brown is the player that stands out above the rest.

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Travis Etienne

This game was a bit of a blowout, but Etienne still looked extremely impressive. He led Clemson with 16 carries, turning those into 162 yards and two touchdowns. Surprisingly, Etienne played nearly the entire game, scoring once in the second and one in the fourth. His touchdown in the fourth was 40 yards, displaying his speed against an inferior defense. Etienne was a Heisman hopeful at the beginning of the season, but that now looks unlikely after his limited workload in the first two weeks.

Taquon Marshall

Marshall struggled as a passer last week, which is far from surprising. He completed only 40% of his passes for 66 yards and one interception. He isn’t known for being an elite passer, although this line is fairly concerning for any quarterback, regardless of the style of offense.

Marshall’s rushing prowess was on full display, which more than made up for his passing struggles. He led Georgia Tech with 28 rushing attempts, which is extremely high for a quarterback. He turned those carries into 103 yards and two touchdowns. While the line is not overly impressive, there were only a select numbers of games for the ACC this week. Marshall displayed the ability to take over GT’s offense, and his rushing attempts were a bit of a surprising part of this game.

Bryce Perkins/Olamide Zaccheaus

There were three overly impressive players for Virginia this week, so I opted to use a QB/WR pairing here. Perkins was nearly unstoppable, completing 25 of 30 pass attempts for 379 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 12.6 yards per attempt, while recording an 87 QBR last week.

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His main target was Zaccheaus, who led the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He caught nine passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, scoring one touchdown in the first quarter and one in the fourth quarter. He averaged 27.4 yards per reception, while nearly matching his receptions and touchdowns in the first two weeks. Zaccheaus also more than doubled his receiving yards on the year.

Jordan Ellis

Ellis was the other standout star for Virginia last week. He led the team with 19 carries, totaling 171 yards and three touchdowns. He scored from 18, 75, and 6 yards out, displaying tremendous speed against Ohio. This was his second elite game of the season, with the first coming against Richmond in the first week.

Your Complete Saturday College Football Guide

Are you like me and spend the first few minutes searching the television landscape for the best college football games? Do you have a few in mind that you want to DVR, a couple that you want to watch live, and a couple that if you get time you will watch? Then you are like me, and you try to find the right time, the right network, which ones overlap each other and so on. You don’t have to do that anymore. We at cleatgeeks are giving you the Complete Saturday College Football Guide so you can quickly find every game on every station all day long! Even the not on prime time games, but with our quick reference guide you can find your team no matter if they are in the ACC or the WAC. So here they are, enjoy, and DVR at will.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Ball State at Indiana, BTN, noon

Central Florida at North Carolina, ESPNU, noon

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Florida State at Syracuse, ESPN, noon

Hawaii at Army, CBSSN, noon

Kent State at Penn State, FS1, noon

Miami (Fla.) at Toledo, ESPN 2, noon

Oklahoma at Iowa State, ABC, noon

Temple at Maryland, BTN, noon

Texas-El Paso at Tennessee, SEC, noon

Troy at Nebraska, BTN, noon

UC Davis at Stanford, Pac-12, 2

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Vanderbilt at Notre Dame, NBC, 2:30

Boise State at Oklahoma State, ESPN, 3:30

Brigham Young at Wisconsin, ABC, 3:30

Duke at Baylor, FS1, 3:30

Georgia Southern at Clemson, ESPN2, 3:30

Lehigh at Navy, CBSSN, 3:30

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LSU at Auburn, CBS, 3:30

Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota, BTN, 3:30

South Florida vs. Illinois, Chicago, BTN, 3:30

SMU at Michigan, BTN, 3:30

West Virginia at North Carolina State, ESPNU, 3:30

Colorado State at Florida, SEC, 4

Houston at Texas Tech, Fox, 4

Texas-San Antonio at Kansas State, FSN, 4

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Houston at Texas Tech, Fox, 4:15

San Jose State at Oregon, Pac-12, 5

Alabama at Mississippi, ESPN 7

Arkansas State at Tulsa, CBSSN, 7

Middle Tennessee at Georgia, ESPN2, 7:15

Akron at Northwestern, BTN, 7:30

Louisiana-Monroe at Texas A&M, SEC, 7:30

Marshall at South Carolina, ESPNU, 7:30

Massachusetts at Florida International, beIN, 7:30

Missouri at Purdue, BTN, 7:30

Northern Iowa at Iowa, BTN, 7:30

Eastern Washington at Washington State, Pac-12, 8

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Ohio State vs. TCU, Arlington, Texas, ABC, 8

Southern California at Texas, Fox, 8

Washington at Utah, ESPN, 10

Arizona State at San Diego State, CBSSN, 10:30

Fresno State at UCLA, FS1, 10:30

Southern Utah at Arizona, Pac-12, 11

ACC Football: Week Two Rewind

Week Two of college football is officially in the books! The ACC struggled a bit this week, but they are still represented by a few ranked teams. Clemson defeated an impressive Texas A&M team to improve to 2-0. Virginia Tech also moved to 2-0 this week with a blowout win over William & Mary. Miami, the final ranked ACC team, recorded their first win in a 77-0 game against Savannah State.

 

Final Scores

North Carolina 19, East Carolina 41

Clemson 28, Texas A&M 26

William & Mary 17, Virginia Tech 62

Penn State 51, Pittsburgh 6

Savannah State 0, Miami 77

Duke 21, Northwestern 7

Georgia Tech 38, South Florida 49

Towson 20, Wake Forest 51

Georgia State 7, NC State 41

Holy Cross 14, Boston College 62

Wagner 10, Syracuse 62

Indiana State 7, Louisville 31

Samford 26, Florida State 36

Virginia 16, Indiana 20

 

Breakout Stars

A.J. Dillon

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Dillon is a Heisman hopeful, who simply was not needed more than a handful of times this week. He touched the ball only six times. He turned those touches into 149 yards and three touchdowns. Dillon scored the first three touchdowns of this game, scoring twice from seven yards out, while also taking a handoff for 74 yards. Each of these scores came in the first quarter, as well.

Deondre Francois

Francois and company struggled to produce in their first game, but that was not the case this week. He proved why he deserves this starting job, totaling 320 yards and three touchdowns on 46 pass attempts. Francois also featured a 67.4% completion percentage against Samford.

Francois didn’t only find success through the air, as he totaled 15 yards and a touchdown on five rushing attempts. It’s a bit worrisome that Florida State didn’t blow out a team like Samford, but at this point, a win could potentially get FSU back on track. Francois is going to need to continue to play at a high level if they want to continue to find success.

Eric Dungey

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Syracuse features one of the most prolific offenses in the NCAA, and Dungey is the main reason for that. He only attempted 32 passes on Saturday, but completed 23 of them for 218 yards and five touchdowns. His only blemish was an interception, which can be forgiven after four first half touchdowns.

Dungey is not only a passer, though, as he is one of the best running quarterbacks in the NCAA. That was somewhat on display this weekend, as he totaled 44 rushing yards on only 11 attempts. That’s a bit of a low total for Dungey, but is acceptable due to hit passing in this game. He’s arguably the most important part of this team, and a major reason they are 2-0 to start the season.

Ryan Finley

Finley is seen as a darkhorse Heisman candidate and one of the top NFL quarterback prospects in the NCAA this season. He was an extremely efficient passer in a relatively easy match-up against Georgia State. Finley completed 81.6% of his passes this week for 370 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw one interception, but featured an elite 93.1 QBR. This is a game that most will overlook, but it’s a great sign for a quarterback that needs a big year to improve his draft stock.

TaQuon Marshall

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Marshall had plenty of ups and downs in this game. He totaled 183 passing yards and one touchdown before leaving with an injury. He threw two interceptions, lowering his QBR to 80.7. Marshall also only completed 50% of his passes, but his arm simply is not what he’s known for.

Before leaving the game, Marshall ran for 113 yards and one touchdown on 13 caries. It’s a bit shocking that he did not return to the game for Georgia Tech after getting cleared on the sidelines. His passing potential (over Tobias Oliver) could have potentially helped lead a comeback. Regardless, Marshall needed only two quarters to total 296 yards and two touchdowns.

College Football Review

College Football Week One Review

Hello fellow college football fans, welcome to my college football season series. Please feel free to interact and debate my conclusions, I enjoy interacting with all college football fans. So without further ado let us get this party started.

Week one of college football season had some big match-ups. It started with Notre Dame beating Michigan. Michigan was outplayed form the tip on both sides of the ball. All I heard all off-season was that Michigan only needed a quarterback to be elite. Well Shea Patterson is not it. The Notre Dame defense was all over him and he went 20 out of 30 for 227 yards and an interception. I actually felt that when Dylan McCaffrey came in the offense looked better. In addition, I heard people say how great the Michigan defense was but they allowed 132 yards rushing. Tony Jones Jr. ran for 45 yards on nine carries averaging 5 yards per carry. I have not seen Michigan show up and win a big game since Harbaugh became the head coach. I felt Michigan was overrated to start the season and Notre Dame proved it.

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Texas is back, Texas is back, and no, they are not. Tom Herman went into Maryland facing a team with an interim coach and a half empty stadium and still lost to an unranked Maryland team. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger looked like a deer in headlights at times throwing for 263 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Texas running game was solid rushing for 142 yards. In addition, the Texas defense gave up 143 yards rushing while Kasim Hill threw for 264 yards and one touchdown. I felt that Texas was overrated to start the season and Maryland proved it again because they beat them last year as well.

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Finally yet importantly is my favorite. It was the LSU Tigers providing a beat down, to a Miami team who talked big and wore big chains. The game started with a pre-game dustup between the two teams during warmups, and after that, LSU whipped Miami from start to finish. The LSU defense held Miami to just three points in the first half and moved the ball well on offense. Nick Brossette exploded on the scene rushing for 125 yards on 22 carries. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry and had a 50 yard run for a touchdown. All eyes were on new quarterback Joe Burrow who looked poised throwing for just 140 yards but you had zero turnovers. He managed the game very well and did not turn the ball over, which is what they asked him to do. Justin Jefferson had five catches for 81 yards with the longest catch going for 37 yards. In addition, LSU had a kicking game thanks to Cole Tracy who went three for three including a 54-yard field goal. The LSU Tigers exposed a Miami team who has a potential problem at the quarterback position. Malik Roster went 15 out of 35 pass attempts for 259 yards and two interceptions. One of those interceptions turned into a pick six, resulting in LSU breaking out the turnover towel (which was too funny). LSU imposed their will on a Miami team who made their living off turnovers and false provato. SEC, SEC, SEC!!!

Let me know what you think and I will see you next week.

ACC Football: Week One Rewind

Week One of college football is officially in the books! The ACC had a few teams find success, while others failed to capitalize in tough matchups. Overall, it was a good week for the Conference as a whole, though. ACC teams combined for a 9-3 record against non-conference opponents, losing to only Alabama, LSU, and California. The final results of the week are posted below:Image result for wake forest logo

 

Wake Forest 23, Tulane 17

Wake Forest was a bit of an unknown team entering this game, as freshman Sam Hartman took over the team. He flashed tremendous skills, leading the team with 378 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and 64 rushing yards. As expected, Greg Dortch was a major part of the offense, recording 12 receptions for 149 yards. Freshman Safe Surratt had a breakout game, totaling 150 yards on 11 receptions. Alex Bachman was the red zone option, though, catching five passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Surprisingly, Cade Carney out-touched Matt Colburn, although neither had an overly impressive game.

The Wake Forest defense somewhat shut down Tulane’s star quarterback, Jonathan Banks, who finished the game with a 48.7% completion percentage and 2.5 yards per rush. Terren Encalade was the only player to find true success against WF, posting an 8/189/2 receiving line. Darnell Mooney also found some success, totaling 74 yards on eight receptions. Overall, it was a strong showing from a relatively young, unknown Wake Forest team.

 

Syracuse 55, Western Michigan 42

Image result for syracuse logoAs expected, Syracuse’s offense came out firing this season. Eric Dungey was inefficient as a passer, but threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns. The majority of that production went to Jamal Custis, who totaled 168 yards and two touchdowns on six receptions. Dungey also lead Syracuse in rushing with 200 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. Moe Neal led the team with 28 carries, rushing for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Dontae Strickland also ran for two touchdowns on 11 carries.

The Orange struggled defensively in this game, as well. They allowed opposing quarterback, Jon Wassink, to throw for 379 yards and three touchdowns. D’Wayne Eskridge was the leading receiver for Western Michigan, recording eight receptions for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Jayden Reed was the other damaging receiver, adding seven receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown to this game. LeVante Bellamy (11), Jamauri Bogan (6), and Chase Brown (4) split carries, but totaled 228 yards and two touchdowns with Bellamy doing most of the damage. This should come as no surprise, though, as Syracuse plays at a fast pace and features one of the best offenses in the NCAA.

 

Army 14, Duke 34

Image result for duke logoDuke’s defense flashed in this game, helping them take a relatively early lead, while also forcing Army to somewhat abandon their triple option gameplan. Kelvin Hopkins Jr. is a more dual-threat quarterback than strictly runner, but he attempted nearly a third of the amount of passes Army attempted all last season. Duke also stuffed Army’s triple option game, holding them to 168 rush yards. While that seems like a lot, Army averaged 349.8 rushing yards per game last season, which was second in the NCAA.

Daniel Jones played an efficient game, posting a 76.5% completion percentage, while averaging 11.6 passing yards per attempt. He also added 43 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Brittain Brown broke out before getting injured, totaling 75 rush yards and one touchdown on only 11 carries. Deon Jackson was the other running back to find the end zone, rushing for 25 yards and one touchdown on seven carries. Aaron Young was the most impressive receiver for Duke, catching four passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. T.J. Rahming, who is expected to lead Duke this season, totaled 4 yards on five receptions.

 

North Carolina 17, California 24

Image result for north carolina logoNorth Carolina’s offense predictably struggled with multiple players suspended. Nathan Elliott struggled quite a bit, posting a 42.9% completion percentage. He only totaled 137 passing yards and one touchdown, while also throwing four interceptions. Elliott also led the team with 58 rush yards. Antonio Williams was the main beneficiary at running back from UNC’s suspension, leading the team with 17 carries. He turned them into only 47 yards and one touchdown, though. Anthony Ratliff-Williams is one of UNC’s top prospects, and he posted a 3/62/1 line, scoring his touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game.

UNC’s defense played relatively well, holding Cal to only 119 passing yards and 160 rushing yards. They shut down two of the better receivers in the country, holding Kanawai Noa and Vic Wharton III to six receptions for 33 yards. The only player to hurt North Carolina was Patrick Laird, who totaled 109 yards and two touchdowns on 33 touches. Essentially, North Carolina lost by a interception returned for a touchdown.

 

Louisville 14, Alabama 51

Image result for louisville logoLouisville totaled only 16 rushing yards on 26 carries. There is reason for optimism, though, as Jawon Pass flashed upside in the passing game. He threw for a total of 252 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, although it was on 39 pass attempts. Kemari Averett was the player to catch both touchdowns. Seth Dawkins led the team with three receptions for 68 yards, while Dez Fitzpatrick recorded 40 yards on three receptions. Keep in mind, this was against arguably the best defense in the NCAA.

The Cardinals defense had no answers for Alabama’s offense, which was a major concern on Saturday. Tua Tagovailoa needed only 16 attempts to throw for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Jerry Jeudy had somewhat of a breakout game, catching both of Alabama’s touchdowns. He also added 64 yards on four receptions. DeVonta Smith led the team with four receptions for 99 yards, while freshman Jaylen Waddle added 66 yards on three receptions in this game. Alabama totaled 222 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, but they didn’t have anyone total more than eight rush attempts on Saturday.

 

Furman 7, Clemson 48

Image result for clemson logoThis was an easy win for Clemson, as expected. Kelly Bryant threw for 127 yards and one touchdown, while adding 44 yards and a touchdown on the ground in limited snaps. Trevor Lawrence relieved Bryant, and put the pressure on him with 137 yards and three touchdowns on 15 pass attempts. Amari Rodgers led their receivers with three receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown, although no receiver stood out as a top option. Travis Etienne continued to flash, rushing for 63 yards and one touchdown. Lyn-J Dixon lead the team with 89 rush yards, but that is only because this game was a relatively quick blowout.

 

James Madison 13, NC State 24

Image result for nc state logoJames Madison was surprisingly efficient against NC State on Saturday, but fairly to consistently score. Ben DiNucci completed 23 of 27 pass attempts for 197 yards and one touchdown. Riley Stapleton was his top target, recording 88 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions. DiNucci also added 79 yards on the ground, while Marcus Marshall added 65 yards throughout the game. Overall, those two combined for 5.5 yards per attempt.

Ryan Finley showed why he was a top NFL prospect entering this game, throwing for 309 yards and two touchdowns on 43 attempts. Jakobi Meyers was his top receiver, totaling 161 yards on 14 receptions. C.J. Riley and Thayer Thomas were the two players to catch the touchdowns, though. Reggie Gallaspy II led the team in rushing with 68 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries.

 

Alcorn State 0, Georgia Tech 41

Image result for georgia tech logoAs the score suggests, Alcorn State found very little offensive success in this game. That wasn’t the case for Georgia Tech, though. Taquon Marshall threw for 104 yards with one touchdown and one interceptions on only 18 attempts. He also added 77 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Jordan Mason led the team with 85 rushing yards and one touchdown, while KirVonte Benson added 75 yards and two touchdowns to the win. Tobias Oliver was the other player to make an impact, rushing for 72 yards on 12 attempts. Brad Stewart was the focal point of the Georgia Tech receiving, totaling four receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown in limited opportunities.

 

UMass 21, Boston College 55

Image result for boston college logoBoston College’s secondary stifled UMass’ original passing game, but struggled against backup quarterback Ross Comis. Comis threw for 145 yards and one touchdown on only 13 attempts. Andy Isabella predictively did most of the damage in the passing game, recording 95 yards on four receptions. UMass ran for only 66 yards on 33 attempts, although they did find the end zone twice on the ground.

AJ Dillon was a clear focal point of the offense, totaling 125 yards and one touchdown on 22 total touches. Anthony Brown was the star of the show, though, throwing for 279 yards and four touchdowns on only 21 attempts. Kobay White and Ray Marten recorded the majority of the receiving stats, combining for a 6/155/2 line.

 

Image result for pittsburgh college logoAlbany 7, Pittsburgh 33

Similarly to the other small schools, Albany struggled offensively in this game. Dev Holmes was the only player to find real success, posting a 9/148/1 receiving line. Kenny Pickett posted a relatively efficient line, completing 16 of 22 passes for 154 yards, two touchdowns, and one interceptions. Rafael Araujo-Lopes was the only receiver to stand out, catching three balls for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Qadree Ollison led the team with 73 rushing yards on only seven carries. A.J. Davis saw 13 carries, but turned them into only 46 yards. On top of his passing, Pickett also added 42 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

 

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Richmond found very little offensive success against Virginia’s defense, scoring their only touchdown on an interception. Bryce Perkins showed off his versatility for Virginia, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 108 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Olamide Zaccheaus was his top receiving options, catching six passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Ellis was the other standout player for Virginia, leading the team with 146 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

 

Miami 17, LSU 33

Image result for miami college logoMiami’s offense struggled to gain any traction in this game. Malik Rosier needed 35 pass attempts to throw for 259 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He added seven yards and one touchdown on the ground, although he also led the team with 16 rush attempts. The only player in Miami’s offense to truly flash was Jeff Thomas, who recorded 132 yards on five receptions.

The LSU passing attack struggled for the most part against Miami, as Joe Borrow threw for only 140 yards. Justin Jefferson was the only receiver that made a major impact, as he caught five of Burrow’s passes for 81 yards. Nick Brossette looked unstoppable, totaling 125 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He was the clear focal points of LSU’s offense, and Miami simply had no answer for him.

 

Virginia Tech 24, Florida State 3

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Virginia Tech played a relatively efficient game through Josh Jackson. Jackson completed 16 out of 26 passing attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns. His leading receiver, Eric Kumah, totaled 86 yards and one touchdown on four receptions. He also scored on a blocked punt. Deshawn McClease and Steven Peoples split carries, each totaling 13 attempts. McClease led the team with 77 yards, while Peoples ran for 44.

Florida State’s offense had no answer for Virginia Tech’s defense throughout this game. Deondre Francois threw for 233 yards with three interceptions on 35 attempts Nyqwan Murray was the biggest target in the passing game, recording five receptions for 52 yards. Cam Akers ran for 82 yards on 14 rush attempts, but did most of his damage in garbage time. Florida State’s biggest issue was their offensive line, and if they don’t get that fixed in a hurry, it’s going to be a long season for the Seminoles.

Pac-12 Game of the Week Review: Washington vs. Auburn

It was the game of the week on week 1 of the college football season, involving two of the top 10 ranked teams in the nation. The Washington Huskies faced off against the Auburn Tigers, in Atlanta.

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Huskies fans were seriously outnumbered in the stands and Washington was outmatched on the field, with the Tigers edging this one 21-16.

This was a battle between two senior quarterbacks who will both have aspirations of going to the NFL after this season. Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham is being talked about as a candidate to be the first QB off the board in a convoluted class where the cream has yet to rise to the top.

However, the Kentucky native came out of the traps all guns blazing with a long string of completions. Browning on the other hand, couldn’t buy a completion out of the gate and from the first drive the Auburn defense looked hyped up as they were flying towards the ball, backed by a deafening crowd from Alabama in the most part.

That defense was lead by tackle, Derrick Brown who did a great job of plugging up the middle and at times was even chasing Browning to the sidelines on the hunt for a sack.

Anyway that’s enough about SEC guys, let’s break the game down from a Washington perspective.

 

So what went well for the Huskies?

 

Defensively, I thought the Huskies did pretty well. They contained the running game very well, limiting the Tigers to 3.3 yards per carry.

I also felt that the coaching staff made some nice adjustments which helped stem the tide once Stidham got into his rhythm. This was mainly done by rushing 3 up front and dropping 8 guys into coverage and asking Auburn’s QB to find a pass; which usually led him to rolling out towards the sideline to buy time and throwing the ball out of bounds.

Washington worked well in the red zone, bending but not breaking on most occasions which allowed them to keep this one close and they were leading until they were breached by JaTarvious Whitlow up the middle for the game winner.

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Talking less generally, I thought that defensive back, Myles Bryant did a nice job. The sophomore had 4 tackles and 4 assists and was used intelligently as a blitzer from the nickel spot, registering 1 sack.

Other standout individuals were defensive tackle Greg Gains, linebacker DJ Beavers and Safety Taylor Rapp.

 

How did this one get away?

 

Well much like Auburn, once Browning found his range, the Huskies found it relatively easy to move the ball down the field. That was until they reached the 20 yard line and then it was Auburn’s turn to exhibit some excellent red zone defense.

It was on one such drive that Jake Browning gave up a back-breaking fumble on an attempted pitch. It was a drive that would have given Washington a healthy lead and you would have backed them to take the W back to Seattle.

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Alas no, Browning himself recognizing his error, acknowledging that he should have taken the sack and just have his team put up an easy 3 points. The QB said, “I just gotta take the loss there and kick an easy field goal. The turnover killed us.” An opportunity missed.

Speaking of opportunities missed, freshman kicker Payton Henry missed one if his 4 kicks whilst Auburn kicker, Andrers Carlson missed 2 of 5 in what was an iffy showing from both young men. Whilst you may think missing one kick is no big deal, you’d be correct but when taking into account that one of Henry’s successful attempts went through off the goal post, it leaves more food for thought. Maybe just a case of debut nerves, or so we all hope…

Back to Browning; it wasn’t all bad for the quarterback. He delivered a gorgeous throw to Quinten Pounds for what could have been the catch of the weekend and will be up there for catch of the season when it’s all said and done. Browning showed excellent ball placement and Pounds brought it in, one handed after a nice fade route on the outside.

Now for the elephant in the room. Myles Gaskin. After going for more than 1,300 yards and averaging no less than 5.7 yards a carry throughout his time in Seattle, the Senior was limited to just 75 yards on 17 attempts as he was bottled up by the Tigers. They will need much more from Gaskin in the coming weeks, and he’ll know that. Gaskin has a chance to be the first back off the board in the spring. I’m sure he’ll have better days very soon but these tight games are where big time players make big time plays… no dice this week for number 9.

 

So where does Washington go from here?

 

Well, onwards and upwards. Auburn is the best team that they’re going to face this year and this loss isn’t terminal. The Huskies went on the road, across the country and came up just short against the 9th team in the nation. It obviously gives them less margin for error moving forward but I still expect Washington and their star men to have better Saturdays, for my money, they’re still one of the better teams in the PAC-12.

Maybe even the best.

Must See Action In College Football; Week 1

                What a teaser we got the last week. Finally got to watch some college football, even though it was small school action, we still got to sit back and enjoy the ride of the games. This whole season I will be presenting you all my personal 3 favorite games for the upcoming weekend, through many factors. Some being: purely excitement, upset brewing, and lastly could have huge playoff implications. Once I picked out the three games I will inform you all on what time the game is on and platform it is being broadcasted on, then will explain why this is going to be one of the better games to watch, and finally my overall prediction on the game. The games will be ranked from 3-1 being 3rd best to the GAME OF THE WEEK, now let’s stop chit chatting and get to the 3 go to games to watch, It’s finally here baby!

 

Virginia Tech VS Florida State

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Time- 8pm September 3rd Monday Night

Platform- ESPN

Analysis- Ah man who doesn’t love conference play in the first real week of the season, and to make it even better its two of the top 5 teams in the conference this season. We got two great coaches going at it in primetime, which both are confident in their teams and expect a very good season out of them. The ACC Is always remembered as Clemson vs Florida State in college football due to the dominance they have had in the past 6 years, but now there are two new schools trying to take over the top, one being Virginia Tech, and what way better than knocking the big boy in town in their town. Now from a game view, this is a crucial early season for both teams, knowing the effects of losing the first game and how confidence is shot and could lead to sloppy play later down the road, so I am very excited to see who can start the season with a boost and maybe use this game as crucial momentum to possibly take out Clemson later down the road.

Prediction- 21-17 Florida State comes out victorious with a crucial defensive stand late.

Washington VS Auburn

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Time- 3:30 September 1st

Platform- ABC

Analysis- Who doesn’t love a pivotal non-conference game with playoff implication going through the roof? Then include both teams are a part of the power 5 conference, what can be better? We have two top 10 teams going at it at the primetime time for the afternoon slate. Next, we have one electrifying offense in Washington and an Auburn team looking for its next playmaker after losing K. Johnson. Then you have Auburn needing this win to get a good start and possibly challenge Alabama later down the road which is what we all want, a playoff without Alabama. With Washington being the surprise team of 2016, we have higher expectation of them and would love to see them contend again after a sour season a year ago. What can be better than this?

Prediction- 20-17 Auburn, I may be at a fault with always going with SEC teams due to the conference dominance in the past 10 years. But I see Auburn having a clutch game winning drive then relying on their defense to seal the deal.

Michigan VS Notre Dame

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Time- 7:30pm September 1st

Platform- NBC

Analysis- This is hands down the game of the week! What more can we ask for? We have two teams who every year find a way to compete for a championship, then to add-on their own personal rivalry, what more can we get? This is going to be defensive showdown where both teams are going to rely heavily on their defense and run game with a couple passes here and there. My biggest question marks the QB play in Michigan, we all have heard that Jim finally has his guy, but we all know how many times we have heard that. Overall, I am pumped to watch this game with all the factors and knowing this could be crucial to the playoff later down the road.

Prediction-   13-10 Notre Dame, I expect this to be a defensive struggle where one or two crucial sacks or punts can be the deciding factor. Do not be surprised if a big punt is the big highlight in the game!

Growing Greats in the Garden State For Big 10

 

Cleat Geeks correspondent and New Jersey native Kevin Emmons highlights the emerging stars from his home state playing in the Big Ten Conference.

Does anybody know what makes MLB All-Star Mike Trout, NBA champion Kyrie Irving, and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins similar?  You’re probably thinking to yourself, “well they’re accomplished athletes, what other similarity could you pinpoint?” Well, if you were thinking geographically, good for you. You win.  

All three athletes are from New Jersey.  For decades, the Garden State has been producing talent in various sports, across various platforms of collegiate and professional levels. With the college football season quickly approaching, it is only fitting to highlight the young talent looking to make an impact on the field this season. Today, we will look at the emerging stars in the Big Ten Conference representing the state of New Jersey.

College football fanatics, I advise you to take notes.  You never know who will emerge as the next big star.

4 Players to Watch

 RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin)-  Height: 5-11 Weight: 221 Hometown/High School: Salem, NJ/ Salem HS Class: SOPHOMORE

 Jonathan Taylor is an early-season Heisman candidate for the Badgers, ranked 4th in the AP Top 25 preseason poll.  Last season, Taylor rushed for 1,977 yards and 13 TD’s on 299 carries. The Salem N.J. product eclipsed the 200-yard mark three times in 2017, including a career-high 249 yards against Nebraska on October 7th.  Taylor led the Badgers to a 34-24 victory over Miami in the Capital One Orange Bowl, rushing 26 times for 130 yards. Taylor was a 2017 All-Big Ten first team coach selection and first team media selection. As a freshman, Taylor was named to the AP All-American second team.  Taylor will be a main component to Wisconsin’s offense and could help them contend for a national championship.

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DL Rashan Gary (Michigan)-  Height: 6-5 Weight: 283 Hometown/High School: Plainfield, NJ/ Paramus Catholic HS Class: JUNIOR

 Rashan Gary returns for his third season in Ann Arbor and has been named a preseason All-American by the Associated Press. In 2017, Gary accumulated 6.0 sacks, 59 total tackles, and 1 forced fumble.  Gary is a catalyst for the Wolverines defense and will look to help Michigan, ranked 14th in the AP preseason poll, improve their win total from last season (8-5 record).  Gary has drawn attention from NFL scouts and could potentially be one of the top defensive players in the 2019 NFL Draft.  NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah has compared Gary to New Orleans Saints All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan.

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S Jordan Fuller (Ohio State)-  Height: 6-2 Weight: 204 Hometown/High School: Norwood, NJ/ Old Tappan HS Class: JUNIOR

 Fuller was named the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year and NJ.com Player of the Year during his senior year of high school, and continued to find success at Ohio State. In 2017, Fuller was named to the All-Big Ten defensive third team.  Fuller posted 70 total tackles and intercepted 2 passes for 51 yards. His biggest play of the year was an interception against conference rival Michigan that helped seal a 31-20 victory. Fuller will be a defensive leader for the Buckeyes, ranked 5th in the AP preseason poll, and could potentially emerge as an NFL Draft prospect.   

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WR Juwan Johnson (Penn State)-  Height: 6-4 Weight: 231 Hometown/High School: Glassboro, NJ/ Glassboro HS Class: JUNIOR

 

South Jersey native Juwan Johnson collected 54 receptions for 701 receiving yards and 1 TD in 2017.  Johnson was second on the team in receiving yards and was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention. However, Penn State graduated their leading receiver DaeSean Hamilton and lost tight end Mike Gesicki, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.  All-American running back Saquon Barkley was drafted by the New York Giants second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, which means Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley will need someone to turn to in 2018. Expect Johnson to emerge as an offensive leader and provide the Nittany Lions with a breakout season.

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Other notable Big Ten players from New Jersey:

 

LB Quayshon Alexander (Nebraska)- Prospect Park, NJ/ DePaul Catholic HS

 

WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette (Iowa)- Newark, NJ/ Weequahic HS

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DE Brandon Simon (Iowa)- Newark, NJ/ Don Bosco Prep HS

 

LB Michael McGinnis (Indiana)- Allentown, NJ/ Allentown HS

 

QB Brian Clarkin (Maryland)- Caldwell, NJ/ James Caldwell HS

 

WR Justin Brown (Maryland)- Hillsborough, NJ/ Hillsborough HS

 

LS Matt Oliveira (Maryland)- Watchung, NJ/ Saint Peter’s Prep HS

 

LB Nihym Anderson (Maryland)- Vineland, NJ/ Vineland HS

 

WR Cam Chambers (Michigan State)- Sicklerville, NJ/ Timber Creek Regional HS

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DL Gerald Owens (Michigan State)- Thorofare, NJ/ West Deptford HS

 

LB Drew Singleton (Michigan)- Union City, NJ/ Paramus Catholic HS

 

DB Brad Hawkins (Michigan)- Pennsauken, NJ/ Camden HS, Suffield Academy

 

DB Hunter Reynolds (Michigan)- South Orange, NJ/ Don Bosco Prep HS

 

DL Michael Dwunfour (Michigan)- Wayne, NJ/ DePaul Catholic HS

 

OL Cesar Ruiz (Michigan)- Pennsauken, NJ/ Camden HS, IMG Academy

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OL Kraig Correll (Michigan)- Blairstown, NJ/ Blair Academy

 

OL Jon Runyan (Michigan)- Moorestown, NJ/ St. Joseph’s Prep (PA)

 

OL Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Michigan)- Paramus, NJ/ Paramus Catholic HS

 

DL Ron Johnson (Michigan)- Camden, NJ/ Camden HS

 

DE Javonte Jean-Baptiste (Ohio State)- Oradell, NJ/ Bergen Catholic HS

 

DE Tyler Friday (Ohio State)- Ramsey, NJ/ Don Bosco Prep HS

 

WR Justin Shorter (Penn State)- Monmouth Junction, NJ/ South Brunswick HS

 

S Cody Romano (Penn State)- Newton, NJ/ Blair Academy

 

DE Jayson Oweh (Penn State)- Howell, NJ/ Blair Academy

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CB John Reid (Penn State)- Mount Laurel, NJ/ St. Joseph’s Prep (PA)

 

LB Manny Bowen (Penn State)- Barnegat, NJ/ Barnegat HS

 

DT Fred Hansard (Penn State)- Burlington, NJ/ The Hun School

 

OL Will Fries (Penn State)- Cranford, NJ/ Cranford HS

 

OL Steven Gonzalez (Penn State)- Union City, NJ/ Union City HS

 

 

Note: No Rutgers players were mentioned throughout this article, however the Scarlet Knights will have a feature story of their own.  The Scarlet Knights have too many New Jersey residents on their roster to fit into this particular story.

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