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South Carolina at the Swamp - The Game Guide

Hello Friends,
Over in the Fg Discord this season we have put together a game guide each week where each day we look a little deeper into the upcoming matchup. It begins with a short recap of the prior game and moves forward from there. If you are not yet in the discord, please join us! We'd love to have you. We have daily discussions on recruiting, analysis, and most of the time we just hang out and chat Florida Gators.
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Without further ado, the Game Guide. Let us know what you think and if you have any ideas or feedback, we'd love to hear it. Special thanks to Chitowngator and Eric-UF for their contributions this week.
Week 1 Recap
Week 4 of Football, Week 1 of SEC play had the Gators kicking off against Ole Miss in the Grove. Your Florida Gators took care of business with a final score of 51-35. Coming into the game Oddsshark, had the line for this game at -13.5, with an estimated scoreline of Florida 41.5 - 23.6 Ole Miss. Turns out that was pretty close, although if you bet on the "over" you'd be a definite winner. This game was nearly a shootout due to "lack of availability" for the Gators on defense for several key players, including an early game ejection of starting safety Shawn Davis. Other notable absences were Stewart and Campbell. Ole Miss came out quick early and Lane Kiffin showed he had a few tricks up his sleeve. Even these tricks were no match for the dueling Kyles of the Gators, who lit up Ole Miss like a Christmas candle. Don't you love fall? The Gators were never in any real danger, however, and played multiple freshmen throughout the game, getting valuable experience on key targets such as Bogle, Whittemore, and more.
The Gators were rewarded for their effort Sunday by a #3 ranking in both the AP and Coaches Poll, seeing Georgia and Oklahoma fall in the poll.
Stat leaders were as follows:
Passing: Kyle Trask - 30/42 - 416 Yards - 9.9 AVG - 6:0 TD:Int - 93.4 QBR Rushing: Kadarius Toney - 2 Carries for 55 Yards - 27.5 AVG - Long of 50, Dameon Pierce - 9 Carries for 54 Yards - 6.0 AVG., Malik Davis - 7 Carries for 49 Yards - 7.0 AVG.
Note: On throws 20+ yards downfield, Kyle Trask went 4 for 5, 126 Yards, and 4 TDs. It was an explosive night for anyone named "Kyle".
Defensively, here's some stats of note:
Ventrell Miller - 15 Tackles (13 solo), 1 Sack, 2 TFL Brenton Cox - 8 Tackles (4 solo), 1 Sack, 2.5 TFL 1 Interception - Gervon Dexter - Forced by Brenton Cox
Team Stats:
3rd Down Efficiency - UF: 6 for 10. Ole Miss: 9 for 14 (0-1 on 4th Down) Penalties - 4 for 40 yards. Time of Possession - 33:29 UF to 26:31 Ole Miss Total Yards: UF - 642, Ole Miss - 613 Total Rushing: 29 Carries for 196 Yards - Good for 6.8 Yards per Rushing Total Passing: 31 for 45 for 446 Yards - Good for 9.9 Yards per Pass.
The FG Discord Mod team has selected a few players from the game as their "Player of the Game". They are as follows:
Zlat: To avoid spoiling the podcast, this selection has been redacted, and will be updated at podcast release Stev: Offensively, my pick has to be Trask. It was always going to be Trask or Pitts but they are two sides of the same coin. Does one have as much success without the other? Defensively, I have to go with Cox. He played up to the expectation of the #1 Jersey to me and my pick reflects it as such. Chitown: "Defense - Ventrell Miller was a dominating force and added a sack as well. He helped anchor down a few of our bigger defensive stops. Most improved player - KT. Seemed to have dedicated himself to learning routes and looked much more complete than his previous plays. Can actually play a vital role in the offense instead of being used in gadget-type plays." Toph:To avoid spoiling the podcast, this selection has been redacted, and will be updated at podcast release
Matchup Preview
This week, the Gators host South Carolina who are coming off a defeat to Tennesee 31-27. Tennessee almost blew a 2-TD lead but Gamecocks weren't able to close it out. Will South Carolina have a rebound, or a slump?
Some stats of note
South Carolina is dealing with a QB situation, much like other teams in the SEC.. They started Colin Hill, a journeyman Senior who was pedestrian at best. He put up a statline of 25 for 39, 290 Yards - 7.4 AVG 1:1 TD-Int ratio and a QBR of 51.1 His rushing stats were far less impressive due to 4 sacks given up.
On the receiving end, though, Senior Shi Smith had himself a night with 10 receptions for 140 yards and a TD. He could have a similar game to Elijah Moore if the UF DB's don't figure out the gameplan quickly.
South Carolina struggled heavily to run the ball against the Tennesee DL. The team only put up 89 rushing yards with a 2.5 AVG and a long of 13. They were able, however, to punch it in from close twice for 2 TDs.
The matchup has opened as high as -22.5 Florida on some sites but has settled down to -19.5 according to Oddsshark. What are your key things to look for in this game? I would watch the Defensive adjustments to see how they handle a lesser offense. There's a good chance Ole Miss was the best offense we'll face all season. Will the younger DBs pickup the scheme? Will we stunt more on the DL?
There's no doubt the offense will continue to fly high and have success with the attention Kyle Pitts commands. What are your predictions? Personally, I'm guessing 41-17.
Today's write-up on players to watch provided by chitowngator USCjr Names to Watch Out For
Offense
QB - Collin Hill (Grad Transfer)* Stephen Garcia Collin Hill is a graduate transfer that arrived at USCjr from Colorado State, following over the Cocks' new Offensive Coordinator, Mike Bobo. Beating out last year's starter, Ryan Hilinski, Hill previously was the starter at CSU, before getting injured 3 games into the 2019 campaign with his 3rd ACL tear. Against Tennessee, he threw for 290 yards with a 64% completion rate, tacking on a touchdown and a tipped pass that resulted in a pick-six.
Look for Hill to stretch the defense North/South and attack the middle of the field, especially after the tape we put against Ole Miss. Against Rocky Top, Hill had 5 completions over 20 yards, including 3 to Shi Smith.
WR - Shi Smith (Senior
To say Shi Smith was USCjr's offense on Saturday is an understatement. Smith caught 13 of the 25 total completed passes for a whopping 140 yards, including a 29 yard touchdown.
After losing Bryan Edwards to the NFL, Smith is the only returning receiver at South Carolina with any meaningful offensive production (43 receptions, 489 yards). Look for Mike Bobo to use Smith's breakaway speed to beat Florida over the top, like Exhibit A(Fade route, man-to-man coverage), Exhibit B(skinny post into double coverage), and Exhibit C(post route)
RB - Kevin Harris (Sophomore)
Following the departures of seniors Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster, Harris is stepping in to replace the highly-touted freshman RB Marshawn Lloyd, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in late August. Harris is a physical runner who won't hesitate to try and bowl over an opponent. Harris received the majority of the carries against Tennessee, rushing for 55 yards on 13 carries, and adding a touchdown.
You can also expect to see additional carries split between Deshaun Fenwick and Zaquandre White, as this running back by committee approach combined for 26 of USC's 31 rushing attempts, amassing 105 yards in the process.
Defense
CB - Israel Mukuamu (Junior)
Mukuamu's breakout moment came last year in USCjr's victory over UGA, where he picked off Jake Fromm 3 times, including this beauty of a pick-six, where Mukuamu made Fromm look like the giant baby that he really is.
Last weekend, Mukuamu experienced a groin injury, forcing him out of the game in the second half against Tennessee. While South Carolina returns a relatively experienced secondary in Jaycee Horn (CB, Jr), RJ Roderick (S, Jr), and Jammie Robinson (CB, So, 2019 SEC All-Freshman), they lack depth as corner Cam Smith (RS-Fr) replaced him.
DT - Kingsley (JJ) Enagbare (Junior)
Enagbare was easily the defensive player of the game against Tennessee. In the contest, he had 9 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, including 2 sacks and a forced fumble. As he worked more snaps than any of USC's other defensive tackles, expect him to step up to take the place of 1st round draft pick, Javon Kinlaw. Here's a video of him putting the lockdown on GuantanamoBay last weekend to force the Vols to punt.
You can also expect contributions from Keir Thomas (DT, RS-Sr), Aaron Sterling(DE, Sr), as well as highly ranked 5* underclassmen Zacch Pickens (DT, So), and Jordan Burch (DE, Fr).
Talent/Position Group Comparison
Thanks to our friend Eric-UF, we've gotten a talent comparison (as seen on the sub in prior seasons) of the upcoming matchup for South Carolina. Today, we'll just look at one position group vs. one poisition group. As a recap, the talent ratings are adjusted to account for experience from a freshmen to senior level. The Raw ratings are not.
As many saw and have debated about in length since last week's game, our defense struggled a bit against the Ole Miss up-tempo offense and a scrambling QB. The good news is Collin Hill shouldn't be running on us like Corral did. The bad news is that he's not a terrible quarterback. He's no Drew Lock, though. He's pretty pedestrian but he does have the experience, as he's a senior and has been in college football long enough to be average.
As seen here
Our DBs are at an adjusted 0.861 talent level compared to a 0.908 raw, which means we are very young in the defensive back field. South Carolina's receivers are boasting a 0.901 raw, 0.841 adjusted. Just like us, they have talent receivers who just need a bit more time in college football. We spoke earlier about Shi Smith - He's the dangerous one.
This comes out to be a Draw, or if nothing else a very slight Florida edge for the Florida DB's. This should be a fantastic learning experience against an SEC opponent for our young backfield.
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Kiper Updated Big Board

1. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 264 | Previously: 1
Young, who finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, is a dominant pass-rusher whose 16.5 sacks broke the Buckeyes' single-season record. He had a phenomenal season and is the clear top prospect in the class. The NFL loves twitchy edge rushers who can get after quarterbacks, and that's Young. He caught my eye as a true freshman in 2017, and he really came on in 2018, picking up the production with Nick Bosa sidelined; Young finished with 9.5 sacks and 14.5 total tackles for loss that season.

2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 221 | Previously: 2
Burrow's final line in his Heisman-winning season: 60 touchdown passes with just six interceptions while completing 76.3% of his passes. Those are unreal numbers. Oh, and he led 15-0 LSU to a national title. I don't think there's any doubt now that he has cemented his spot as the top quarterback in this draft. Burrow's improvement was one of the greatest stories of the season after he started 2019 as a fringe NFL prospect. With a great release, much better accuracy at all levels of the field and enough athleticism to maneuver the pocket to evade rushers, Burrow reminds me of Tony Romo. Coaches rave about his leadership and toughness, too.

3. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 205 | Previously: 4
Credit Todd McShay here: He had Okudah at No. 4 overall in his preseason rankings. When I went back through the 2018 tape, I saw why Todd was so fired up. This is a potential top-five pick with a high ceiling based on talent alone. The problem? Okudah hadn't picked off a single pass in his first two seasons for the Buckeyes. He had three interceptions in 2019, though, including two picks in a blowout of Nebraska. While Young got all of the publicity for the Ohio State defense, Okudah is a true shutdown corner. His 41-inch vertical and 4.48 40-yard dash time at the combine showed his explosive traits.

4. Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson

HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 238 | Previously: 5
Simmons is a rare athlete with the frame of a linebacker and the athleticism and top-end speed of a safety. He showed his elite traits at the combine, running a 4.39 40-yard dash, the second-fastest 40 time for a linebacker at the combine since 2006. Simmons is exactly what NFL teams look for in three-down linebackers in today's game. He has the size and speed to run sideline to sideline to chase down tailbacks, and he has the athletic ability to cover tight ends in the slot. He could even flip his hips and play some safety. He had 104 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions and 16 total tackles for loss this past season, and he was one of the best players on the field in the loss to LSU in the national championship game.

5. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

HT: 6-foot-0 | WT: 217 | Previously: 3
Tagovailoa, who dislocated his right hip and suffered a posterior wall fracture in November, didn't work out at the combine, but he was supposed to throw for NFL coaches and scouts in April. That's up in the air now, in which case teams might not be able to see his progress from his injury before they use a valuable pick on him. Tagovailoa's injury history -- he dealt with ankle and knee injuries over the past two seasons -- will complicate how teams evaluate him, and while reports about his medicals have been good, each team will have its own report. As a player, Tagovailoa is a top-five talent with elite accuracy and all the physical and mental tools teams look for in a starter. But his injuries make him a wild card in this class.

6. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 326 | Previously: 6
I wrote about Brown early last season, when he had two sacks and a forced fumble in the Tigers' win at Texas A&M. He had another sack and a forced fumble -- plus two fumble recoveries -- in Auburn's loss at Florida. Brown took a leap in 2019, turning his traits into production, and that's what he needed to show. NFL teams want interior disruptors who can knock down quarterbacks, and Brown hasn't shown he can do that consistently just yet. He is still raw, but he has top-five talent in a massive frame.

7. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

HT: 6-foot-7 | WT: 364 | Previously: 11
With long arms and a 6-foot-7 frame, Becton sticks out on tape, and he dominates at the point of attack, pushing aside pass-rushers but also showing tremendous feet for his size. He is rising after his junior season, once teams got a closer look at his tape. He showed off his athleticism at the combine, running a 5.10 40-yard dash at 364 pounds, which is a fantastic time. He could be a top-five pick.

8. Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 312 | Previously: 12
I had Crimson Tide left tackle Alex Leatherwood ranked higher than Wills throughout the season, but Leatherwood is headed back to school, and Wills declared for the draft. The right tackle is another rising lineman, as Wills is blessed with a great set of physical tools. He is a physical run-blocker who can shut down edge rushers or interior pressure in pass protection. Wills is another possibility as the top tackle off the board.

9. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 192 | Previously: 7
Jeudy is a special talent, a true No. 1 receiver the minute he gets drafted. Just watch him run past the Arkansas secondary for one of his two touchdowns in that game. He is unguardable at the college level. He finished the season with 77 catches for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns. I said in May that he is the most talented receiver to enter the NFL since the duo of Julio Jones and A.J. Greenwent in Round 1 in 2011. The Biletnikoff Award winner can run every route and has elite ball skills, and he blazed by SEC defensive backs every week.

10. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

HT: 6-foot-6 | WT: 236 | Previously: 9
Herbert is a maddening evaluation, though overall he showed improved accuracy and better decision-making this season. He can have games in which he looks rattled (he threw two fourth-quarter interceptions in the Ducks' loss to Arizona State), but he also can take over games through his talent. As I wrote last May, he just looks like a potential No. 1 pick -- great size, a powerful arm to make every throw, limited interceptions, good athleticism. Yet, he took a step back in consistency in 2018, and that's why I thought he made a good decision to return to Oregon for his senior season. Herbert had 32 touchdown passes and five interceptions in 2019, and he showed off his athleticism with three touchdown runs in a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. Because of his physical tools, there will be teams that love him. But there also will be teams that stay away from him because of his inconsistent play.

11. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 320 | Previously: 15
Left tackle, right tackle -- it really doesn't matter anymore. NFL teams aren't differentiating between the value of the two positions. Teams just want good tackles, period. Wirfs, a former high school wrestling champion, plays right tackle for the Hawkeyes -- though he has had a few series on the left side -- and he just mauls defenders. Dominates them. He has incredible strength and power -- check out this video -- and he also can move his feet. At the combine, Wirfs put up a 36.5-inch vertical and ran a 4.85 40-yard dash, the fastest time by a 320-plus-pound player since at least 2006.

12. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 193 | Previously: 8
Lamb showed how special he can be in the Sooners' win over Texas in October, catching 10 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns. But you should really watch the highlights, because the overall numbers don't quite capture his dominance. He had 65 catches for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2018, and that was as the Sooners' No. 2 target. With Marquise Brown off to the NFL, Lamb was the top target for Jalen Hurts last season, averaging 21.4 yards per catch with 14 touchdowns. Lamb is an advanced route runner, has outstanding hands and can get open against any defender. He doesn't have elite speed -- he ran a 4.50 at the combine -- but he can beat cornerbacks in several different ways.

13. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

HT: 5-foot-11 | WT: 188 | Previously: 20
As the Crimson Tide's No. 2 receiver, Ruggs' game is all about speed, though he improved as a route runner in 2018, when he had 46 catches for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 18.6 yards per catch last season, and he had seven touchdowns, though he didn't get much target volume in a stacked Bama offense. Check out this route on a 74-yard TD catch on which he almost outruns the throw. I predicted he'd be the fastest prospect at the combine, and he proved that with a 4.27 40-yard dash.

14. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

HT: 6-foot-5 | WT: 324 | Previously: 10
With a massive frame and great athleticism for his size, Kinlaw is physically gifted. And we know NFL teams are looking for interior pass-rushers, which is what Kinlaw can provide. After putting up 4.5 sacks in 2018, he had six last season. And he is getting to quarterbacks with quickness and power. Kinlaw moves really well for his size, and he can eat up blockers in the running game. He was really good at the Senior Bowl in January.

15. Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 224 | Previously: NR
So McShay and I have a pre-draft bet on the books -- $5,000 to the Jimmy V Foundation -- on whether Herbert or Love will be picked first. I have Herbert, McShay has Love. That we're even having this conversation shows how far Love has come and what NFL scouts think of him. Let's start with the bad: 20 touchdown passes, 17 interceptions last season. But realize Love lost his top five pass-catchers from his breakout 2018 season (32 TDs, six INTs). He also had a new coaching staff. It was a struggle. The good? Just turn on the tape from the 2018 season, with Love displaying stellar traits in a 6-foot-4 frame. He also had a good week at the Senior Bowl, showing teams that he belonged. Still, Love is raw, and that's why whichever team picks him -- and it's likely to be in the top 25 picks -- needs to take its time with him and let him keep developing. He has a high ceiling.

16. K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU

HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 254 | Previously: 21
Every year, teams covet edge rushers with projectable traits, even if they don't always produce huge numbers. That's Chaisson, who had just 6.5 sacks this past season, only 3.5 of which came in the regular season. Those high-ceiling edge rushers don't always go in the first round, of course, but you can see on tape why a team might love Chaisson's potential. He starred in the Tigers' win over Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff, picking up two sacks. It's fair to say there is risk involved; Chaisson missed most of the 2018 season with a knee injury, and he finished his LSU career with just 9.5 sacks. Again, though, this is all about upside, and this isn't a great class for elite edge rushers after Chase Young.

17. D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

HT: 5-foot-8 | WT: 212 | Previously: 16
Just watch Swift on this 48-yard screen. He runs through and by defenders, showing off what has scouts so excited about his potential. It starts with speed, and Swift's 4.48 at the combine was a great time for him. He also has a physical side, and he makes tacklers miss. After running for 1,049 yards as part of a rotation in 2018, Swift was the Bulldogs' clear No. 1 back this past season. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry, with eight total touchdowns. He caught 32 passes in 2018, so he is already a third-down threat. That versatility will be important for his future.

18. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

HT: 6-foot-5 | WT: 315 | Previously: NR
There have been some mixed opinions about Thomas over the past year, but I'm going to trust the tape. The left tackle, who started on the right side as a true freshman in 2017, is great in pass protection, showing off tremendous footwork, strong hands and excellent technique. He stones pass-rushers. And while the three-year starter tested so-so athletically at the combine, I've heard good things about Thomas' interviews with teams. This a really strong tackle class at the top.

19. CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

HT: 6-foot | WT: 204 | Previously: 18
Henderson dealt with an ankle injury this past season, sitting out a few games. He returned for the two tough matchups with Auburn and LSU, and he had three pass breakups in each of those games. Henderson is a lockdown cover corner who needs to improve on the little things to make his all-around game better. With six interceptions combined in 2017 and 2018, Henderson has tremendous ball skills, and he has the athletic traits to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL. His 4.39 40-yard dash at the combine was an outstanding time, locking in his status as the No. 2 corner in this class.

20. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 216 | Previously: 23
It's the size that sticks out with Higgins: He has a huge frame to create mismatches. But he also is a better-than-expected route runner, and he helped stretch the field for quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He can box out smaller cornerbacks in the red zone, and he can high-point the ball on sideline throws. Check out this catch-and-run from two seasons ago. Higgins was a touchdown machine in 2018, scoring 12 times on 59 catches. And he averaged 19.8 yards per catch on his 59 receptions last season, with 13 TDs, including three apiece against Wake Forest and in the ACC title game against Virginia.

21. Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU

HT: 6-foot | WT: 229 | Previously: 17
The more I watched LSU's defense last season, the more I liked Queen. He just constantly showed up on the film, making sure tackles and penetrating into the backfield. And he was great in the Tigers' two College Football Playoff games, with four tackles for loss and 16 total tackles. Queen is a run-and-hit middle linebacker who has some coverage skills, though he can still improve there. He'll be an instant starter as a rookie.

22. Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 202 | Previously: NR
I picked Jefferson as my top riser from the first day of the combine, as the wideout ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and blew away my expectations. He has a chance to be a top-15 pick now. Jefferson broke out last season, catching 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns in a devastating LSU passing attack. He also led the FBS in total catches and first-down receptions (66) last season. That was after just 54 catches -- and seven drops -- in 2018. He's a really good player who could play out wide or in the slot.

23. Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma

HT: 6-foot-2 | WT: 241 | Previously: 19
Murray is a chiseled specimen with great athleticism for his size. Murray can be a little stiff in coverage, but he has excellent diagnostic ability, and he flies to the football. I think he will improve in space with more reps; he was asked to be a tackling machine for the Sooners, who didn't have a ton of other defensive studs. Murray also showed that he can blitz, as he had 8.5 sacks over the past two seasons. He could be a linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

24. Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

HT: 5-foot-9 | WT: 203 | Previously: NR
Winfield is small, but he is a true ball hawk who had seven interceptions last season. As I mentioned in my Mock Draft 2.0, interceptions can be misleading as a projection tool for prospects, but he also had 88 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles for the Golden Gophers. Apart from his small stature, Winfield also has a checkered injury history, as hamstring and foot injuries prematurely ended his 2017 and 2018 seasons. Still, the talent is too hard to ignore, and he's my new No. 1 safety in this class.

25. Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

HT: 6-foot-2 | WT: 307 | Previously: 24
I really like Ruiz's 2019 film, and I have a higher grade on him now than I did last year on Garrett Bradbury, the 2019 draft class' top center. Ruiz can play guard -- he started five games there for the Wolverines -- and that's why his value is so high. NFL teams love versatile interior linemen, and I could see a team drafting him to play guard.
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2020 NFL draft rankings: Kiper's Big Board, with top 25 prospects and best 10 at every position

2020 NFL draft rankings: Kiper's Big Board, with top 25 prospects and best 10 at every position

We're now less than a month away from the 2020 NFL draft kicking off, and things have changed since the combine, which feels like it happened months ago. The coronavirus pandemic has ended all pre-draft visits for prospects, and the draft, which was supposed to be showcased in Las Vegas on April 23-25, is closed to the public.

With free agency largely in the rearview mirror, though, below is my post-combine Big Board for the 2020 NFL draft -- my top 25 prospects overall as it stands right now -- plus my list of the top 10 prospects at every position. You'll see quite a few changes here. You can also check out my Mock Draft 3.0. Here we go:

Jump to: Position rankings

1. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 264 | Previously: 1

Young, who finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, is a dominant pass-rusher whose 16.5 sacks broke the Buckeyes' single-season record. He had a phenomenal season and is the clear top prospect in the class. The NFL loves twitchy edge rushers who can get after quarterbacks, and that's Young. He caught my eye as a true freshman in 2017, and he really came on in 2018, picking up the production with Nick Bosa sidelined; Young finished with 9.5 sacks and 14.5 total tackles for loss that season.


2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 221 | Previously: 2

Burrow's final line in his Heisman-winning season: 60 touchdown passes with just six interceptions while completing 76.3% of his passes. Those are unreal numbers. Oh, and he led 15-0 LSU to a national title. I don't think there's any doubt now that he has cemented his spot as the top quarterback in this draft. Burrow's improvement was one of the greatest stories of the season after he started 2019 as a fringe NFL prospect. With a great release, much better accuracy at all levels of the field and enough athleticism to maneuver the pocket to evade rushers, Burrow reminds me of Tony Romo. Coaches rave about his leadership and toughness, too.


3. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 205 | Previously: 4

Credit Todd McShay here: He had Okudah at No. 4 overall in his preseason rankings. When I went back through the 2018 tape, I saw why Todd was so fired up. This is a potential top-five pick with a high ceiling based on talent alone. The problem? Okudah hadn't picked off a single pass in his first two seasons for the Buckeyes. He had three interceptions in 2019, though, including two picks in a blowout of Nebraska. While Young got all of the publicity for the Ohio State defense, Okudah is a true shutdown corner. His 41-inch vertical and 4.48 40-yard dash time at the combine showed his explosive traits.


4. Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 238 | Previously: 5

Simmons is a rare athlete with the frame of a linebacker and the athleticism and top-end speed of a safety. He showed his elite traits at the combine, running a 4.39 40-yard dash, the second-fastest 40 time for a linebacker at the combine since 2006. Simmons is exactly what NFL teams look for in three-down linebackers in today's game. He has the size and speed to run sideline to sideline to chase down tailbacks, and he has the athletic ability to cover tight ends in the slot. He could even flip his hips and play some safety. He had 104 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions and 16 total tackles for loss this past season, and he was one of the best players on the field in the loss to LSU in the national championship game.


5. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
HT: 6-foot-0 | WT: 217 | Previously: 3

Tagovailoa, who dislocated his right hip and suffered a posterior wall fracture in November, didn't work out at the combine, but he was supposed to throw for NFL coaches and scouts in April. That's up in the air now, in which case teams might not be able to see his progress from his injury before they use a valuable pick on him. Tagovailoa's injury history -- he dealt with ankle and knee injuries over the past two seasons -- will complicate how teams evaluate him, and while reports about his medicals have been good, each team will have its own report. As a player, Tagovailoa is a top-five talent with elite accuracy and all the physical and mental tools teams look for in a starter. But his injuries make him a wild card in this class.



6. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 326 | Previously: 6

I wrote about Brown early last season, when he had two sacks and a forced fumble in the Tigers' win at Texas A&M. He had another sack and a forced fumble -- plus two fumble recoveries -- in Auburn's loss at Florida. Brown took a leap in 2019, turning his traits into production, and that's what he needed to show. NFL teams want interior disruptors who can knock down quarterbacks, and Brown hasn't shown he can do that consistently just yet. He is still raw, but he has top-five talent in a massive frame.


7. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
HT: 6-foot-7 | WT: 364 | Previously: 11

With long arms and a 6-foot-7 frame, Becton sticks out on tape, and he dominates at the point of attack, pushing aside pass-rushers but also showing tremendous feet for his size. He is rising after his junior season, once teams got a closer look at his tape. He showed off his athleticism at the combine, running a 5.10 40-yard dash at 364 pounds, which is a fantastic time. He could be a top-five pick.


8. Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 312 | Previously: 12

I had Crimson Tide left tackle Alex Leatherwood ranked higher than Wills throughout the season, but Leatherwood is headed back to school, and Wills declared for the draft. The right tackle is another rising lineman, as Wills is blessed with a great set of physical tools. He is a physical run-blocker who can shut down edge rushers or interior pressure in pass protection. Wills is another possibility as the top tackle off the board.


9. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 192 | Previously: 7

Jeudy is a special talent, a true No. 1 receiver the minute he gets drafted. Just watch him run past the Arkansas secondary for one of his two touchdowns in that game. He is unguardable at the college level. He finished the season with 77 catches for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns. I said in May that he is the most talented receiver to enter the NFL since the duo of Julio Jones and A.J. Green went in Round 1 in 2011. The Biletnikoff Award winner can run every route and has elite ball skills, and he blazed by SEC defensive backs every week.


10. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
HT: 6-foot-6 | WT: 236 | Previously: 9

Herbert is a maddening evaluation, though overall he showed improved accuracy and better decision-making this season. He can have games in which he looks rattled (he threw two fourth-quarter interceptions in the Ducks' loss to Arizona State), but he also can take over games through his talent. As I wrote last May, he just looks like a potential No. 1 pick -- great size, a powerful arm to make every throw, limited interceptions, good athleticism. Yet, he took a step back in consistency in 2018, and that's why I thought he made a good decision to return to Oregon for his senior season. Herbert had 32 touchdown passes and five interceptions in 2019, and he showed off his athleticism with three touchdown runs in a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. Because of his physical tools, there will be teams that love him. But there also will be teams that stay away from him because of his inconsistent play.


11. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 320 | Previously: 15

Left tackle, right tackle -- it really doesn't matter anymore. NFL teams aren't differentiating between the value of the two positions. Teams just want good tackles, period. Wirfs, a former high school wrestling champion, plays right tackle for the Hawkeyes -- though he has had a few series on the left side -- and he just mauls defenders. Dominates them. He has incredible strength and power -- check out this video -- and he also can move his feet. At the combine, Wirfs put up a 36.5-inch vertical and ran a 4.85 40-yard dash, the fastest time by a 320-plus-pound player since at least 2006.


12. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 193 | Previously: 8

Lamb showed how special he can be in the Sooners' win over Texas in October, catching 10 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns. But you should really watch the highlights, because the overall numbers don't quite capture his dominance. He had 65 catches for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2018, and that was as the Sooners' No. 2 target. With Marquise Brown off to the NFL, Lamb was the top target for Jalen Hurts last season, averaging 21.4 yards per catch with 14 touchdowns. Lamb is an advanced route runner, has outstanding hands and can get open against any defender. He doesn't have elite speed -- he ran a 4.50 at the combine -- but he can beat cornerbacks in several different ways.


13. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
HT: 5-foot-11 | WT: 188 | Previously: 20

As the Crimson Tide's No. 2 receiver, Ruggs' game is all about speed, though he improved as a route runner in 2018, when he had 46 catches for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 18.6 yards per catch last season, and he had seven touchdowns, though he didn't get much target volume in a stacked Bama offense. Check out this route on a 74-yard TD catch on which he almost outruns the throw. I predicted he'd be the fastest prospect at the combine, and he proved that with a 4.27 40-yard dash.


14. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
HT: 6-foot-5 | WT: 324 | Previously: 10

With a massive frame and great athleticism for his size, Kinlaw is physically gifted. And we know NFL teams are looking for interior pass-rushers, which is what Kinlaw can provide. After putting up 4.5 sacks in 2018, he had six last season. And he is getting to quarterbacks with quickness and power. Kinlaw moves really well for his size, and he can eat up blockers in the running game. He was really good at the Senior Bowl in January.


15. Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 224 | Previously: NR

So McShay and I have a pre-draft bet on the books -- $5,000 to the Jimmy V Foundation -- on whether Herbert or Love will be picked first. I have Herbert, McShay has Love. That we're even having this conversation shows how far Love has come and what NFL scouts think of him. Let's start with the bad: 20 touchdown passes, 17 interceptions last season. But realize Love lost his top five pass-catchers from his breakout 2018 season (32 TDs, six INTs). He also had a new coaching staff. It was a struggle. The good? Just turn on the tape from the 2018 season, with Love displaying stellar traits in a 6-foot-4 frame. He also had a good week at the Senior Bowl, showing teams that he belonged. Still, Love is raw, and that's why whichever team picks him -- and it's likely to be in the top 25 picks -- needs to take its time with him and let him keep developing. He has a high ceiling.

Is Jordan Love worth a top-ten pick?Dan Orlovsky is high on QB Jordan Love, who is now projected No. 6 in Todd McShay's latest mock draft.

16. K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU
HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 254 | Previously: 21

Every year, teams covet edge rushers with projectable traits, even if they don't always produce huge numbers. That's Chaisson, who had just 6.5 sacks this past season, only 3.5 of which came in the regular season. Those high-ceiling edge rushers don't always go in the first round, of course, but you can see on tape why a team might love Chaisson's potential. He starred in the Tigers' win over Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff, picking up two sacks. It's fair to say there is risk involved; Chaisson missed most of the 2018 season with a knee injury, and he finished his LSU career with just 9.5 sacks. Again, though, this is all about upside, and this isn't a great class for elite edge rushers after Chase Young.


17. D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
HT: 5-foot-8 | WT: 212 | Previously: 16

Just watch Swift on this 48-yard screen. He runs through and by defenders, showing off what has scouts so excited about his potential. It starts with speed, and Swift's 4.48 at the combine was a great time for him. He also has a physical side, and he makes tacklers miss. After running for 1,049 yards as part of a rotation in 2018, Swift was the Bulldogs' clear No. 1 back this past season. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry, with eight total touchdowns. He caught 32 passes in 2018, so he is already a third-down threat. That versatility will be important for his future.


18. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
HT: 6-foot-5 | WT: 315 | Previously: NR

There have been some mixed opinions about Thomas over the past year, but I'm going to trust the tape. The left tackle, who started on the right side as a true freshman in 2017, is great in pass protection, showing off tremendous footwork, strong hands and excellent technique. He stones pass-rushers. And while the three-year starter tested so-so athletically at the combine, I've heard good things about Thomas' interviews with teams. This a really strong tackle class at the top.


19. CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
HT: 6-foot | WT: 204 | Previously: 18

Henderson dealt with an ankle injury this past season, sitting out a few games. He returned for the two tough matchups with Auburn and LSU, and he had three pass breakups in each of those games. Henderson is a lockdown cover corner who needs to improve on the little things to make his all-around game better. With six interceptions combined in 2017 and 2018, Henderson has tremendous ball skills, and he has the athletic traits to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL. His 4.39 40-yard dash at the combine was an outstanding time, locking in his status as the No. 2 corner in this class.


20. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 216 | Previously: 23

It's the size that sticks out with Higgins: He has a huge frame to create mismatches. But he also is a better-than-expected route runner, and he helped stretch the field for quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He can box out smaller cornerbacks in the red zone, and he can high-point the ball on sideline throws. Check out this catch-and-run from two seasons ago. Higgins was a touchdown machine in 2018, scoring 12 times on 59 catches. And he averaged 19.8 yards per catch on his 59 receptions last season, with 13 TDs, including three apiece against Wake Forest and in the ACC title game against Virginia.


21. Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU
HT: 6-foot | WT: 229 | Previously: 17

The more I watched LSU's defense last season, the more I liked Queen. He just constantly showed up on the film, making sure tackles and penetrating into the backfield. And he was great in the Tigers' two College Football Playoff games, with four tackles for loss and 16 total tackles. Queen is a run-and-hit middle linebacker who has some coverage skills, though he can still improve there. He'll be an instant starter as a rookie.


22. Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 202 | Previously: NR

I picked Jefferson as my top riser from the first day of the combine, as the wideout ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and blew away my expectations. He has a chance to be a top-15 pick now. Jefferson broke out last season, catching 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns in a devastating LSU passing attack. He also led the FBS in total catches and first-down receptions (66) last season. That was after just 54 catches -- and seven drops -- in 2018. He's a really good player who could play out wide or in the slot.

23. Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma
HT: 6-foot-2 | WT: 241 | Previously: 19

Murray is a chiseled specimen with great athleticism for his size. Murray can be a little stiff in coverage, but he has excellent diagnostic ability, and he flies to the football. I think he will improve in space with more reps; he was asked to be a tackling machine for the Sooners, who didn't have a ton of other defensive studs. Murray also showed that he can blitz, as he had 8.5 sacks over the past two seasons. He could be a linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

24. Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
HT: 5-foot-9 | WT: 203 | Previously: NR

Winfield is small, but he is a true ball hawk who had seven interceptions last season. As I mentioned in my Mock Draft 2.0, interceptions can be misleading as a projection tool for prospects, but he also had 88 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles for the Golden Gophers. Apart from his small stature, Winfield also has a checkered injury history, as hamstring and foot injuries prematurely ended his 2017 and 2018 seasons. Still, the talent is too hard to ignore, and he's my new No. 1 safety in this class.

25. Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
HT: 6-foot-2 | WT: 307 | Previously: 24

I really like Ruiz's 2019 film, and I have a higher grade on him now than I did last year on Garrett Bradbury, the 2019 draft class' top center. Ruiz can play guard -- he started five games there for the Wolverines -- and that's why his value is so high. NFL teams love versatile interior linemen, and I could see a team drafting him to play guard.


Top 10 prospects at each position
An asterisk denotes the prospect is an underclassman:

Quarterbacks
  1. Joe Burrow, LSU
  2. *Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
  3. Justin Herbert, Oregon
  4. *Jordan Love, Utah State
  5. *Jacob Eason, Washington
  6. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
  7. *Jake Fromm, Georgia
  8. Steven Montez, Colorado
  9. James Morgan, Florida International
  10. Nate Stanley, Iowa

Running backs
  1. *D'Andre Swift, Georgia
  2. *J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
  3. *Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
  4. *Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU
  5. Zack Moss, Utah
  6. *Cam Akers, Florida State
  7. *AJ Dillon, Boston College
  8. Joshua Kelley, UCLA
  9. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt
  10. *Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State

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RB D'Andre Swift's most memorable moments at GeorgiaD'Andre Swift was a feature back in a crowded backfield at Georgia and takes his game to the NFL.
Wide receivers
  1. *Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
  2. *CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
  3. *Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
  4. *Tee Higgins, Clemson
  5. *Justin Jefferson, LSU
  6. Denzel Mims, Baylor
  7. Michael Pittman Jr., USC
  8. *Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
  9. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
  10. Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

Tight ends
  1. *Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  2. Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
  3. *Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
  4. *Hunter Bryant, Washington
  5. Adam Trautman, Dayton
  6. *Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
  7. *Devin Asiasi, UCLA
  8. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
  9. *Colby Parkinson, Stanford
  10. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue

Offensive tackles
  1. *Mekhi Becton, Louisville
  2. *Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
  3. *Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
  4. *Andrew Thomas, Georgia
  5. Josh Jones, Houston
  6. *Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
  7. *Austin Jackson, USC
  8. *Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
  9. Matt Peart, Connecticut
  10. Tyre Phillips, Mississippi State

Guards
  1. Ben Bredeson, Michigan
  2. Robert Hunt, Louisiana-Lafayette
  3. Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
  4. Damien Lewis, LSU
  5. John Simpson, Clemson
  6. Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
  7. *Netane Muti, Fresno State
  8. *Solomon Kindley, Georgia
  9. Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson
  10. Shane Lemieux, Oregon

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Centers
  1. *Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
  2. *Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
  3. *Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU
  4. *Matt Hennessy, Temple
  5. Nick Harris, Washington
  6. *Keith Ismael, San Diego State
  7. Darryl Williams, Mississippi State
  8. Trystan Colon-Castillo, Missouri
  9. Jake Hanson, Oregon
  10. Cohl Cabral, Arizona State

Defensive ends
  1. *Chase Young, Ohio State
  2. *A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
  3. *Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
  4. Marlon Davidson, Auburn
  5. Bradlee Anae, Utah
  6. Alex Highsmith, Charlotte
  7. Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina
  8. Jonathan Greenard, Florida
  9. Alton Robinson, Syracuse
  10. Jabari Zuniga, Florida

Defensive tackles
  1. Derrick Brown, Auburn
  2. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
  3. *Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
  4. Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
  5. *Ross Blacklock, TCU
  6. *Jordan Elliott, Missouri
  7. Davon Hamilton, Ohio State
  8. *James Lynch, Baylor
  9. McTelvin Agim, Arkansas
  10. Raekwon Davis, Alabama

Inside linebackers
  1. *Patrick Queen, LSU
  2. *Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
  3. Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
  4. *Jacob Phillips, LSU
  5. Troy Dye, Oregon
  6. Malik Harrison, Ohio State
  7. Logan Wilson, Wyoming
  8. Evan Weaver, California
  9. Kamal Martin, Minnesota
  10. Markus Bailey, Purdue

Outside linebackers
  1. *Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
  2. *K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
  3. Zack Baun, Wisconsin
  4. *Terrell Lewis, Alabama
  5. Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
  6. Josh Uche, Michigan
  7. Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
  8. *Curtis Weaver, Boise State
  9. Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
  10. *Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State

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What should the Giants do with the 4th pick?Todd McShay explains why the Giants can either potentially take LB Isaiah Simmons or move back in the draft to try and snag an offensive tackle.
Cornerbacks
  1. *Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
  2. *C.J. Henderson, Florida
  3. *Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
  4. *Jaylon Johnson, Utah
  5. Jeff Gladney, TCU
  6. Trevon Diggs, Alabama
  7. Kristian Fulton, LSU
  8. *A.J. Terrell, Clemson
  9. Damon Arnette, Ohio State
  10. Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame

Safeties
  1. *Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
  2. *Xavier McKinney, Alabama
  3. *Grant Delpit, LSU
  4. Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
  5. Ashtyn Davis, California
  6. Jeremy Chinn, So. Illinois
  7. Brandon Jones, Texas
  8. Julian Blackmon, Utah
  9. Terrell Burgess, Utah
  10. Tanner Muse, Clemson

Punters and Kickers
  1. Braden Mann, Texas A&M (P)
  2. Joseph Charlton, South Carolina (P)
  3. Alex Pechin, Bucknell (P)
  4. *Michael Turk, Arizona State (P)
  5. Tyler Bass, Georgia Southern (K)
  6. Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse (P)
  7. Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia (K)
  8. Tommy Townsend, Florida (P)
  9. *Arryn Siposs, Auburn (P)
  10. Austin Parker, Duke (P)

Long-snappers
  1. Blake Ferguson, LSU
  2. Steve Wirtel, Iowa State
  3. Rex Sunahara, West Virginia
  4. A.J. Carty, Washington
  5. Matt Beardall, Marshall
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Around the Alliance 11.19: THE END IS NIGH

THE END IS NIGH

by Ethan Spira
WE MADE IT!
The regular season is over in the first UFFA season. As Vegas pays out it's first round of bets, we take a moment to look back and look ahead in this edition of Around the Alliance.
In this edition:

Regular Season Review

ALASKA KODIAK (10-4)
Finishing at the top of the Exterior Division and gaining home field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Kodiak have to be satisfied with their outcome. That said, it wasn't always a clear path from draft day to playoffs. Alaska was the most active front office over the course of the season, executing more trades than any other franchise. Because of that the week 1 and playoff rosters look quite different.
Among these trades, some of the most significant involved the QB and RB rooms, while the TE position was bolstered through free agency. At the beginning of the season, Kyler Murray and Josh Allen seemed to be the future with Andy Dalton and Derek Carr serving as backups. Now, Murray plays superflex to starting QB and MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, with Jacoby Brissett and Drew Lock waiting in the wings.
Likewise, David Johnson spearheaded the RB group with Leonard Fournette and Aaron Jones complimenting him. Preseason acquisitions of Dalvin Cook and Derrick Henry made the Kodiak the top running team in the UFFA. This depth allowed for the trades of David Johnson and Derrick Henry (bringing in draft picks and Lamar Jackson).
DUNEDIN RANGERS (7-7)
Starting off the year strong, the Rangers took the Exterior division by storm in the first half of the season. Taking the mantle of "Air Raid" away from Kliff Kingsbury, the Rangers put up major points through the strong passing attack of Patrick Mahomes and Russel Wilson.
Dunedin faced a difficult second half stretch with several games on the road. This back half of the schedule was brutal for players and coaches being far removed from family (though owneGM Jake Koch was able to be home in time for the birth of his first child), and problems were compounded further by injury to Mahomes. This injury bug seemed to infectious, as the Rangers lost Marlon Mack and David Johnson (shortly after acquiring DJ).
Though the season ended with a rough 2-5 stretch and a 3rd place finish in the division, the Rangers are well positioned for the future, which is good as they are without a 1st or 2nd round draft pick through 2022. They do have enough cap space to make some movements in free agency thanks to expiring contracts, so expect them to make a strong push for one or two big names this Spring rather than giving out extensions.
Along with that, Koch and company should be encouraged at the health demonstrated by Todd Gurley and Sony Michel, who were sources of injury concern in the preseason. While the passing attack looks strong, expect Dunedin to look into a coaching change for the running game. Inside sources suggest Adrian Peterson could retire and move from the sideline to the skybox, using his Hall of Fame experience to build up any rookies brought in.
FLEMINGTON HEDGEHOGS (9-5)
The Hedgehogs took the UFFA by storm in the first half of the season, beginning their franchise with a 7 game winning streak. However, Flemington stumbled to the finish line, going 2-5 to end the season, including backing into an Interior Division title with a 3 game losing streak. Some say the players were so excited in week 8 to see the Alaskan Northern Lights that they stayed up late into the night and were thus tired for the following day's game. Other reports suggest there was a bought of sickness from a yellow snow incident. The latter would account for the late season struggles.
While the trading of Lamar Jackson could be seen as a major turning point in the season (it did accompany their losing), the trade that sent Jackson to the Kodiak also brought in Derrick Henry (who likely played himself into a massive contract extension) as well as a 2020 1st. Prior to this, they had no picks in the 1st or 2nd round of 2020. The more significant trade happened in the preseason with the Kodiak, when the Hedgehogs brought on Josh Jacobs and Kenny Stills for Jamaal Williams, an over-hyped Robert Foster, and trading down a 1st and 2nd to two 3rds.
As of now, the Hedgehogs are in the thick of the UFFA title hunt, though momentum feels against them. Then again, with CMC running the show, a win is always in the cards. Beyond the season, the question remains: Will the Hedgehogs remain in Flemington with ownership looking down the barrel of a second impending move? While the past says yes, don't overlook the fact that Philip Lindsay has moved BACK in with his parents and allowed his lease to expire.
OKLAHOMA CITY STORM (9-5)
While they lost the division on tiebreaker, the Storm certainly feel like the moral division winner, having surged down the stretch and beaten the Hedgehogs in a week 14 showdown. This sets them up for an immediate rematch in the semi-finals, albeit this time in Flemington (more below).
The Storm took a while to find their groove, but seem to have hit their stride at precisely the right moment. When Drew Breesus went down, it looked like the Storm might be lined up to dig a hole too big to climb out of. Yet, the three-headed ownership of Reynolds, Reynolds, and Alexa never backed down and kept to the plan, plugging in Teddy Bridgewater into the SF.
Oklahoma City has become known this season for it's strong home presence, though fans did not always travel as well as the front office hoped. This is due in large part to the onset of college football and the dominance of OU and OSU. Should the Storm bring home the UFFA champions trophy, things could easily flip in 2020. The Storm are a youthful team with great hopes in rookie RBs Montgomery, Sanders, and Henderson serving as the Robin to Alvin Kamara's Batman. But the unsung hero for the Storm has to be Michael Thomas, who is rumored to be the team's pick for MVP nomination.
Come this offseason, the Storm will have some contract extensions to handout with names like Miles Sanders, Anthony Miller, and Raheem Mostert at the top of the list. Whether or not Teddy Bridgewater has earned a spot going forward versus saving money for free agency remains to be seen. With a lack luster amount of draft capital, expect the Storm to try and push this roster for titles now and trust Analytics Chair, Micah Reynolds to figure out a formula for keeping the team in the black.
NORTHWOODS HODAGS (8-6)
Though the Hodags made the playoffs as the 2nd wildcard, the tale of 2019 could have been spun a vastly different way with just a few breaks. In truth, Nate Smith put together a powerhouse that was runner-up in total scoring on the year, higher than the division winning Hedgehogs. From top to bottom, the Hodags are making good on their preseason hunting promise, as they boast TE depth unmatched in the UFFA (MANdrews, Kittle, with OJ Howard, Jace Sternberger, and Irv Smith as stashes) as well as pleasant surprise contributions from Tannehill and Carson.
The season could have gone differently for the Hodags, given that they shipped off Derrick Henry before week 1 (getting back Mattison and some draft capital), but thanks to a strong rookie class of Terry McLaurin, AJ Brown, and Gardner Minshew the Northwoods stood strong. What's more, the Hodags have set themselves up for the future with a full stock of draft picks, spacious cap room, great youth, and obvious extension targets in Irv Smith, McLaurin, Tannehill, Minshew, and Jalen Hurd.
But what makes the Hodags truly terrifying is The Lair, where opposing teams struggled all season. Building a UFFA caliber stadium in the middle of the woods was certainly a bold move, but ownership stuck to it's guns and chainsaws. The resulting fortress is nothing if not intimidating. The Hodags tied an Alliance-best home record of 6-2 thanks in large part to the eerie darkness that falls over the Northwoods at night. The real shame is that the Hodags won't be hosting a playoff game in 2019. Would they have, it seems unlikely that any could escape with the UFFA Champions Trophy (though they could grab some Briq's Soft Serve at the Cario Gate on the way out).
SAN JUAN SHRIMP (7-7)
When betting opens for the 2020 season, do not be surprised to see the Shrimp near the top of the lines. Even though they had a .500 record, Deshaun Watson and company came painfully close to a winning record (a 1.2pt loss in week 7 made the difference), posted a better points for total than OKC, and went 5-2 over the back half of the season including decisive wins over both division champions.
Now the Shrimp have a shot at getting the number 1 overall selection in a loaded 2020 class, which could be helpful should Tom Brady choose to hang it up. More likely though, the top-4 selection will be used to strengthen the RB room, which is the only true weakness on the team. The WR corps goes deep, even if it lacked a true superstar in 2019, and the TE position is anchored by the hyper competitive Mr. Julie Ertz.
Much like the Hodags, San Juan was met with some skepticism as a football destination, yet ownership has been utterly vindicated. The feisty crowds at La Ima Nonmexicana are things of legend in the UFFA. Even if they posted a meager 4-3 record at home, sales of Corona and Cup O Noodles alone kept the team massively in the black. While some have questioned if Justin Ramos has been completely on the up and up with his bookkeeping, we have it on good authority that the exchange rate of USD to Puerto Rican currency is very favorable to the Shrimp. Don't look into it. There's no cartel here.
ST. LOUIS CLYDESDALES (0-14)
It certainly wasn't the start the Clydesdale hope for in St. Louis, but there is a lot to be positive about going forward. The team is stockpiled with draft picks, and should they get a few breaks could land up to 5 top 15 picks! Surely, Wisconsin standout Jonathan Taylor will be at the top of Steinke's board. Pairing the prospect with fellow Badger alum Melvin Gordon would make for an excellent transition in the backfield.
Add in the strengths of players returning from injury, and 2020 looks pretty bright. Among the lost in 2019 were Stafford, Big Ben, Hockenson, Evan Engram, Derrius Guice, and Gordon (holdout). Their comebacks, plus the emergence of DJ Chark Courtland Sutton, and the arrival of Noah Fant via trade rounds out the Clydes quite nicely.
While no one wants to be remembered for a goose egg record, St. Louis and ownership are looking to build a long term legacy that spans well beyond 2019. Speculation of the team's desire to move seem to have fizzled out, as the city rallied behind the horses. Hopeful supporters were even spotted in the Edward James Dome with "No Glue For You" shirts as they heckled the Hodags. If fans can be that crazed in the midst of this season, can you imagine the type of damage they could do next year when they start winning?
SWANSEA CITY DUCKS (6-8)
While not the outcome the Ducks had hoped for coming into the season, the lone European power should feel confident of their team chemistry. "We're all in this together," said team captain, Baker Mayfield. "Management and ownership gave us their word, and true to form they have backed it up."
Mayfield is referencing Swansea City's commitment to existing players, as the front office made zero transactions during the season. While some might see this as a Cincinnati level of management, the locker room sees it as a rallying point to build team chemistry. The Ducks also possess all their 2020 draft picks, and are in good position to grow that locker room through solid drafting.
Another positive for this rebuilding franchise going forward is their cap situation. Team leaders Mayfield and Saquon Barkley are locked up through 2025, and only Kirk Cousins and Jared Cook are likely to get extensions this coming Spring. That leaves a lot of room for the Ducks in free agency.

The Roaring 20's (possible) Review

ALASKA KODIAK (2019, 2029 champs)
December 30th, 2029
In preparation for the dawning of the 2030's, the Alaska Kodiak will be hosting an all night rave billed as "Rave in the Cave." Attendance is expected to bring out 13 million fans. The team has advised that they wrap the glow sticks AROUND their coats, rather than decking out for the rave prior to dressing for the -76 windchill. Along with the copious amounts of drops from D.J. Corey Davis, the team will also be providing unlimited hot chocolate spiked with unlimiteder whiskey. DeAndre Hopkins will be celebrating his 2nd UFFA championship as coach of the Kodiak by assisting season ticket holders with keg stands over the Cario Cup.
DUNEDIN RANGERS (2026 champs)
December 31st, 2029
Following a narrow playoff miss, the Rangers have announced an ownership agreement between Jake and Joseph Koch. The former will remain the majority stakeholder of the Dunedin franchise that he established 10 years ago. Meanwhile, Joseph Koch has been granted a new franchise that will be based out of Africa and called "Djibouti Kickers." This comes after advisement that he not locate his team in Baghdad after the pre-teen learned the difference between Middle Earth and Middle East.
MONTREAL MOUNTIES (2024 champs) [formerly PORTLAND PIONEERS, formerly LONDON MONARCHS, formerly SALT LAKE CITY SUPERSONIC, formerly, BERLIN BLITZ, formerly AUSTIN RANCHERS, formerly ORLANDO APOLLOS, formerly TORONTO METROS, formerly BOISE THUNDER, formerly SAN ANTONIO CROCKETT, formerly OKLAHOMA CITY STORM]
December 25th, 2029
Statement from team president, Micah Reynolds...
Effective December 31st, the Mountie family will be bidding farewell to Evan Alexa as he seeks to establish his own UFFA franchise in Mexico City. While we are happy for Evan and his family, they will dearly missed in the Montreal community.
Speaking of which, so will we. Effective January 1st, 2030 we're relocating the team to Tokyo. Sayōnara!
NEBRASKA NEBRASKAS (est. 2021) [formerly NEBRASKA STEPHENS, formerly NEBRASKA NAILERS, formerly NEBRASKA RAILERS]
December 29th, 2029
After a wildcard loss to the Hodags, the Nebraskas will again be welcoming in the new year with hopes that theirs is right around the corner. Learning from last year's "Corn You Believe It's 2029 Party" debacle, Andrew Malan has announced the team will NOT be serving Runza catering.
NORTHWOODS HODAGS (2020, 2025 champs)
December 27th, 2029
The Hodags came up just short to the Kodiak, making the score between the franchises an even 3-3 in the Cario Cup playoffs (2-1 in the championship in favor of Alaska). Losing to their inter-division rivals leaves a bitter taste in mouths of Northwoods fans, though some take consolation in knocking out their division rival Sheboygan out of the semi-final round. Whispers from the woods say the Hodags may be making a splash in free agency. Perhaps they will finally be the team to lure Andrew Luck out of retirement on the St. Louis sidelines. He's not even 40, which means he has another 22 seasons ahead of him in Tom Brady-years.
SAN JUAN DUCK-SHRIMP (2023, 2027 champs) [formerly SWANSEA CITY DUCKS & SAN JUAN SHRIMP)
December 28th, 2029
The Duck-Shrimp will host their annual goose-prawn buffet for all Puerto Rican residents. While the 2029 season saw the team miss the wildcard, it can still be seen as a huge success. Thanks to the efforts of ownership in negotiations with president Kayne West, the small island shed it's territory status and is now the 52nd state in the United States union, following the entrance of the state of Mars.
SHEBOYGAN YOU'BET'CHAS (2028 champs) [formerly FLEMINGTON HEDGEHOGS]
December 30th, 2029
Despite failing to defend the Cario Cup in 2029, the "Betches" are still planning on lighting up the new year with a fireworks show over Lake Michigan. Misfelds brats will be catered along with copious amounts of Miller Lite. By popular request, the annual tradition of relabeling the bottles of beer to poke fun at St. Louis-based Bud Lite will continue. What will brandish this year's brews cannot be repeated in print. Let's just say, the Betches are still not over 2022.
ST. LOUIS CLYDESDALES (2021, 2022 champs)
December 24th, 2029
Statement from owner and president, Jeremy Steinke:
To all fans of the Clydesdales, I'm happy to confirm that Stephen will be at the Christmas party tomorrow at the Dome. If you want tickets, you'll have to attend Christmas Eve AND Christmas morning services at my church. Approved notes from my sermon are required admittance.

Playoff Preview

OKLAHOMA CITY (9-5) @ FLEMINGTON (9-5) [season split 1-1] {FLEMINGTON +25}
A quick turn around! These teams just played in week 14 in OKC, and now are playing again. This time the Hedgehogs hope that being the home team will give them the edge. They dropped 3 straight to end the year, but secured the Interior division thanks to piling up a lot points early on in the season.
"No fear. None," said Derrick Henry. I believe him. The dude is huge. Look at him!
Should the Storm want to pull off the upset, they'll need to find a way to contain not only Henry, but also Christian McCaffery who lead the Alliance in RB points for any team's top pairing. Along with some stout defense, OKC will be leaning on their own 6-headed RB monster of Kamara, Singletary, Sanders, Montgomery, Ekeler, and Mostert.
Both teams sticking to the ground game seems like a safe bet given the weather conditions in New Jersey this weekend.
NORTHWOODS (8-6) @ ALASKA (10-4) [season split 1-1] {ALASKA +10}
Math says these are the top two rosters in the Alliance, but the playoff seeding says they meet in the semi-finals. Both teams hosted a home record of 6-2 on the season, which means the game being in the Cave rather than the Lair might be the difference maker.
Weather is unlikely to be a factor, with precipitation unlikely and the temperature stable in the low 30's/upper 20's. Even if it were to get ugly, you know the Northwoods are almost as brutal as the frozen frontier.
"We need to make it nasty," said Nate Smith as he knocked back another swig of Applebee's Long Island while pouring over analytic and actuarial numbers. "Lamar and Kyler are our top priority. Containing them will funnel it all into Dalvin Cook, and THAT'S exactly what we want, because then they'll have no choice but to over think, over correct, and over react and BAM! We roll out Tannebomb in time for tannebaum!/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/65783814/Tannehill_Getty_Ringer.0.jpg)"
Ryan Tannehill's resurgence with the Hodags has come in large part thanks to his chemistry with AJ Brown, Kenny Golladay, Chris Goblin, and the TE monstars of MANdrews and Kittle. The Hodags could be in line to snatch a rare win in Alaska thanks to a rash of injuries for the Kodiak. Coming out of week 14 they lost Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, and Rashaad Penny to season-ending injury.
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[Game Preview] Week 11 - Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) at Dallas Cowboys (5-4)

Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) at Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
The Eagles won their bye within the division as all three of their divisional opponents suffered losses in week 10 while the Eagles took a much needed break to get healthy. Doug Pederson will try to use some of his mentor’s bye week magic to come out and get another win at AT&T Stadium. Philadelphia is 5-4 at AT&T Stadium, winning 3 of its last 4 games at the venue and they will look to improve upon that record on Sunday Night Football in Arlington. The Eagles are rode a 7 game win streak into the bye after dropping a 50 burger on the stout Denver defense and they will look to do the same against a Cowboys team that is on the ropes. Though the Eagles have lost some key players this season to injury they should get one back when cornerback Ronald Darby returns to action after being injured in week 1. The Cowboys are coming off a rough loss vs. the Falcons where Dak Prescott was sacked 8 times and the team struggled missing Ezekiel Elliott, Tyron Smith, Sean Lee and Dan Bailey. The Cowboys will be desperate for a win to keep their division hopes alive, a as a loss would all lock up the division for the Eagles pending an unlikely collapse. Two of the last three games against these teams have ended up in overtime, so I would expect some fireworks in this one.
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Date
Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Game Time Game Location
8:30 PM - Eastern AT&T Stadium
7:30 PM - Central 1 AT&T Way
6:30 PM - Mountain Dallas, TX, 76011
5:30 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Retractable Roof
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 55°F
Feels Like: 55F
Forecast: Some clouds in the morning. Clear overnight.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 0%
Wind: ENE 2 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Philadelphia by -4.5
OveUnder: 48
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 7-2, Dallas 5-4
Where to Watch on TV
NBC will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play duties and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines.
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Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (41st season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Dallas Radio
Dallas Cowboys Radio Network Brad Sham returns for his 39th season in the Dallas Cowboys radio booth. Beloved by Cowboys fans, Sham's award winning play-by-play has provided the soundtrack to many of the most memorable moments in Dallas Cowboys history. Babe Laufenberg returns as the Network's full-time color analyst. A fixture on the sideline, veteran reporter Kristi Scales provides instant updates from the field.
National Radio
Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Jason Taylor (analyst) will call the game for Westwood One’s national broadcast.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Cowboys Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 81 (Internet 825) SIRI 83 (Internet 808)
XM Radio XM 81 (Internet 825) SIRI 83 (Internet 808)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 81 (Internet 825) SIRI 83 (Internet 808)
Eagles Social Media Cowboys Social Media
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Instagram Instagram
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NFC East Standings
Team Record Pct Home Away Div Conf PF PA Strk
Eagles 8-1 .889 5-0 3-1 3-0 6-0 283 179 7W
Cowboys 5-4 .556 2-2 3-2 2-0 4-3 233 205 1L
Redskins 4-5 .444 2-3 2-2 0-3 3-4 207 232 1L
Giants 1-8 .111 0-4 1-4 0-2 0-7 150 238 3L
Series Information
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (65-51)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 30th, 1960 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Dallas Cowboys 25 - Philadelphia Eagles 27
Points Leader
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (2533-2292)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 1-1 against the Cowboys
Jason Garrett: 7-7 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Jason Garrett:Series tied 1-1
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Cowboys: 1-1
Dak Prescott: Against Eagles: 1-1
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Dak Prescott: Series tied 1-1
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Cowboys lead the Eagles: 8-6
Record @ AT&T Stadium: Eagles lead the Cowboys: 5-4
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 1 - Cowboys No. 14
Record
Eagles:8-1
Cowboys 5-4
Last Meeting
Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Eagles 27 - Cowboys 13
Wentz and Ertz finally gelled at the end of the season as they connected for 2 TDs against a Cowboys team that already had things wrapped up and rested many key starters. Tony Romo threw the final touchdown pass of his career in relief of Dak Prescott.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016
Cowboys 29 - Eagles 23
Dallas WR Dez Bryant has 4 catches for 113 yards & TD. Cowboys TE Jason Witten has the game winning 5-yard TD catch in OT.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
1/1/2017 Eagles Cowboys 27-13
10/30/2016 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/8/2015 Eagles Cowboys 33-27
9/20/2015 Cowboys Eagles 20-10
12/14/2014 Cowboys Eagles 38-27
11/27/2014 Eagles Cowboys 33-10
12/29/2013 Eagles Cowboys 24-22
10/20/2013 Cowboys Eagles 17-3
12/2/2012 Cowboys Eagles 38-33
11/11/2012 Cowboys Eagles 38-23
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Cowboys Cowboys
2017 Weekly Matchup
Week 11 - Iron Rank Matchup
Week 11 - "Expert" Picks
2017 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Cowboys Season Stats
2017 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 176 291 60.5% 2262 23 5 104.1
Prescott 183 289 63.3% 1994 16 4 96.3
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Blount 109 504 56.0 4.7 2
Ajayi 8 77 77 9.6 1
Elliott(SSPD) 191 783 97.9 4.1 7
Prescott 32 237 26.3 7.4 5
Morris 25 169 24.1 6.8 0
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 43 528 66.0 12.3 6
Bryant 42 478 53.1 11.4 4
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 5.0 25.0
Lawrence 11.5 28.0
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 50 34 16 1.0
Smith 53 30 23 1.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Mills/Robinson 3 11
Brown/Heath/Jones/Lewis/Woods 1 5
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
D. Jones 34 1586 59 46.6 41.0 9 3 0
C. Jones 35 1523 62 43.5 40.8 20 2 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 20 17 85% 61 24/27
Bailey(INJ) 7 7 100% 56 16/16
Nugent 6 4 66.7% 48 8/8
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Smallwood 4 93 23.3 28 0
Switzer 10 220 22.0 33 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Barner 6 183 11.4 76 0 6
Switzer 14 92 6.6 21 0 6
League Rankings 2017
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Offense 377.0 4th 355.2 11th
Rush Offense 136.8 4th 143.6 2nd
Pass Offense 240.2 14th 211.7 20th
Points Per Game 31.4 2nd 25.9 8th
3rd-Down Offense 47% 3rd 46% 4th
4th-Down Offense 70% 3rd 56% 10th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 68.0% 2nd 44% 28th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Defense 315.9 10th 325.9 15th
Rush Defense 66.4 1st 104.7 12th
Pass Defense 249.4 26th 221.2 14th
Points Per Game 19.9 10th 22.8 17th
3rd-Down Defense 30% 3rd 44% 27th
4th-Down Defense 36% 14th 38% 15th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 52.4% 15th 46.7% 9th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Turnover Diff. +6 T-6th +2 T-12th
Penalty Per Game 7.00 T-19th 6.2 8th
Penalty Yards Per Game 64.2 27th 61.6 T-22nd
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Video – The Eagles were on the bye week 10, but dropped a 50 burger on the usually stout Broncos defense in week 9. The Eagles dominated every aspect of the game Wentz was 15 of 27 for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns and the Eagles added 197 and 3 TDs on the ground including a 44 yard rumble by Jay Ajayi who joined the Eagles earlier in the week in a trade from the Miami Dolphins. The defense did their part as well holding the Broncos rushing attack to just 35 yards and forcing Brock Osweiler into two interceptions while sacking him three times. Overall a dominate performance by the Eagles.
Cowboys - Video – The Cowboys struggled against the Falcons in their first game without Ezekiel Elliot as he serves his 6 game suspension. The Cowboys were also out All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith and All-Pro Kicker Dan Bailey and lost Pro Bowl MLB Sean Lee in the first half. The Cowboys struggled block the Falcon’s pass rushers particularly DE Adrian Clayborn who sacked Dak Prescott 6 times on the day and the Falcons got him 8 times overall. The Cowboys defense also struggled without Sean Lee in the middle as Tevin Coleman was able to run for 83 yards and a TD and Matt Ryan tossed two more TDs as the Falcons dominated most of the day.
Connections
Eagles RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a native of Haltom, TX and went to Haltom High School. Vaitai played collegiately at TCU in Fort Worth, TX
Eagles S Jalen Mills was born in Dallas and grew up in DeSoto, TX and went to Desoto High School.
Eagles LB Jordan Hicks played collegiately for Texas.
Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson played for the Eagles during the 1994-95 season.
Cowboys Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett was selected in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles but was released before the season began.
Cowboys Assistant Director of Video Stephen Gagliardino began his NFL career in 1995 as a ball boy with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was 16 years old, working training camp and game days at Veterans Stadium. He did that for four seasons before moving over to the Eagles video department in 1999, where he worked full time as an intern for three seasons (1999-2001).
Many Cowboys fans were born and raised in the Greater Philadelphia Area, however have no ties to Dallas nor have ever been to the city.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was born in Abington, PA, located roughly 15 miles north of Philadelphia
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott played together at Mississippi State University when Prescott was a red shirt freshman.
Eagles OT Lane Johnson is from Groveton, TX and has family who are Cowboys fans including his grandmother who has told “Shut up, if you want to see 75” while she was routing for the Cowboys.
Eagles WR Mack Hollins and Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer played WR together at University of North Carolina the last 4 seasons.
Pro Bowlers
Eagles Cowboys
OT Jason Peters (Starter) QB Dak Prescott(Starter)
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) RB Ezekiel Elliott (Starter)
DE Brandon Graham (1st Alt) OT Tyron Smith (Starter)
FS Rodney McLeod (1st Alt) OG Zack Martin (Starter)
PR Darren Sproles (1st Alt) C Travis Fredrick (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (2nd Alt)
ST Chris Maragos (2nd Alt)
General
Referee: Bill Vinovich
Philadelphia has produced 20 points or more in thirteen consecutive contests dating back to Week 14 in 2016, which is the longest active streak in the NFL.
The Eagles currently hold the best record in the NFL (8-1)this season. Philadelphia has started 8-1 for just the fifth time in franchise history (tied for the Eagles’ best start all-time through 9 games), having previously done so in 2004, 1980, 1960 and 1949
Philadelphia is the only NFL team to score 20+ points in every game in 2017.
The Eagles have won 7 consecutive games, which is tied with New Orleans for the longest active streak in the NFL. The last time Philadelphia posted a 7+ game winning streak was from 12/27/03-10/31/04 (8 games)
Philadelphia’s 283 points this season are the club’s 3rd most through 9 games in franchise history, behind 1948 (300) and 1949 (289)
The Eagles have scored 25+ points in 7 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for the the club’s 2nd longest streak in team history.
The Eagles lead the NFL in 10+ yard plays (137).
Philadelphia leads the NFL in 20+ yard rushing plays (12).
Philadelphia has scored on 13 of 14 goal-to-go drives and lead the NFL in goal-to-go TD efficiency (92.9%)
Philadelphia leads the NFL in rushing defense (66.4). The Eagles have allowed just 598 rushing yards this season, which are their fewest allowed through 9 games since 1944(518). Philadelphia has not allowed a 100+ yard rusher since Week 6 vs. Washington in 2016 (Matt Jones - 135 yards).
The Eagles rank 3rd in the NFL in third-down defense (30.1%), behind Denver (27.6%) and Minnesota (28.7%).
Carson Wentz is the youngest NFL QB since 1950 to throw 23+ TDs and no more than 5 INTs through 9 games. Only three other NFL QBs have accomplished that feat since 2014: Matt Ryan in 2016 (23-4), Tom Brady in 2015 (24-3) and Aaron Rodgers in 2014 (25-3).
Zach Ertz has caught a TD in 4 consecutive games, which is the longest streak by an Eagles TE since Charle Young from 12/1/74-9/21/75 (also 4).
Philadelphia ranks 3rd in the NFL in punt return average (11.2), trailing only Detroit (17.9) and Baltimore (11.8).
Philadelphia ranks 2nd in the NFL in average time of possession (33:12), trailing only Carolina (33:42). The Eagles also rank 2nd in the NFL in 5+ minute drives (17), behind Carolina (19).
Draft Picks
Eagles Cowboys
DE Derek Barnett DE Taco Charlton
CB Sidney Jones CB Chidobe Awuzie
CB Rasul Douglas CB Jourdan Lewis
WR Mack Hollins WR Ryan Switzer
RB Donnel Pumphrey S Xavior Woods
WR Shelton Gibson CB Marquez White
LB Nathan Gerry DT Joey Ivie
DT Elijah Qualls WR Noah Brown
DE Jordan Carrell
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Cowboys
WR Torrey Smith OG Byron Bell
WR Alshon Jeffery OG Jonathan Cooper
DE Chris Long
DT Timmy Jernigan
RB LaGarrett Blount
CB Patrick Robinson
G Chance Warmack
QB Nick Foles
S Corey Graham
CB Ronald Darby
K Jake Elliott
LB Dannell Ellerbe OT Will Beatty| |
Notable Off-season Free-Agent Departures
Eagles Cowboys
CB Nolan Carroll QB Tony Romo
DE Connor Barwin OG Ronald Leary
DT Bennie Logan OG Emmett Cleary
QB Chase Daniel DT Jack Crawford
CB Leodis McKelvin DT Terrell McClain
WR Dorial Green-Beckham CB Brandon Carr
DE Marcus Smith CB Morris Claiborne
RB Ryan Mathews SS Barry Church
FS JJ Wilcox
Milestones
QB Carson Wentz (5845) needs 160 yards to move up to 12th on the Eagles all-time passing list passing Adrian Burk.
QB Carson Wentz (39) needs 1 more passing TD for 40 career passing TDs.
TE Brent Celek (4,940) needs 60 more yards to reach 5000 career receiving yards.
TE Brent Celek (392) needs 8 more receptions to reach 400 career receptions.
TE Zach Ertz (3368) needs 126 yards to move up to 16th on the Eagles all-time receiving list receiving list passing WR Harold Jackson
TE Zach Ertz (19) needs 1 more receiving TDs for 20 career receiving TDs which would tie him with Keith Jackson and Terrell Owens for 20th all-time in Eagles history.
DE Brandon Graham (34 – 9th) needs 1.5 sacks to move up to 8th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying William Fuller. He needs two sacks to move up to 8th passing William Fuller*.
DE Fletcher Cox (33 - 13th) needs 1 sack move into a tie for 10th all-time on the Eagles sack list with Brandon Graham and Dennis Harrison.
S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player. Jenkins is the only Eagles player to have a pick 6 in 3 straight seasons
DE Demarcus Lawrence(21.5) needs 1 sack to move into a tie for 13th on the Cowboys all-time sack list with LA'Roi Glover
DE Tyrone Crawford(16.5) needs 1.5 sacks to move into a tie for 17th on the Cowboys all-time sack list with John Dutton
QB Dak Prescott (5661) needs 179 passing yards to move up to 8th on the Cowboys all-time passing list passing Quincy Carter.
QB Dak Prescott (39) needs 1 more passing TD for 40 career passing TDs.
QB Dak Prescott (494) needs 6 more completions for 500 career completions.
Pro Football Focus Matchup Charts courtesy of PFF Edge

WDB Matchups (CAPS = Shadow Coverage)

Eagles WRs vs. Dallas DBs
Tm Rec/DB Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
PHI Alshon Jeffery LWR 75 218 4.48 322 47 17 36 23 50 1.66 74.2 +5
DAL Jourdan Lewis RCB 70 170 4.54 266 9 9 82 14 63 1.05 76.7
PHI Nelson Agholor Slot 72 198 4.42 260 6 87 8 16 74 1.74 79 +27
DAL Orlando Scandrick Slot 70 196 4.32 257 5 69 26 19 66 1.55 70.2
PHI Torrey Smith RWR 72 205 4.41 266 35 20 45 12 53 0.91 42.7 -44
DAL Anthony Brown LCB 71 196 4.33 361 71 16 13 14 57 0.85 60
Dallas WRs vs. Eagles DBs
Tm Rec/DB Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
DAL Cole Beasley Slot 68 180 250 6 86 8 16 67 0.83 73.6 +12
PHI Patrick Robinson Slot 71 191 4.46 296 8 70 22 17 56 1.35 90.7
DAL Dez Bryant LWR 74 220 4.52 335 49 26 25 25 55 1.56 81 +24
PHI Ronald Darby RCB 71 193 4.38 12 100 0 0 17 61 1.27 *45.1
DAL Terrance Williams RWR 74 210 4.52 266 37 9 53 17 74 1.45 68.3 -16
PHI Jalen Mills LCB 72 191 4.61 399 81 5 15 20 61 1.2 69.8
TE Matchups
Tm TE/Def H Wt Rt Bl% Inl% S% W% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
DAL Jason Witten 78 263 355 14 39 54 8 29 82 2.13 69.9 -1
PHI Nigel Bradham (LB) 74 241 36 3 100 0.31 78.6
PHI Zach Ertz 77 250 299 9 44 38 18 27 75 2.51 85.8 -5
DAL Byron Jones 72 199 102 12 25 0.41 81.8
OL/DL Matchups
Note: Pressure Rate and Yards Before Contact are projected numbers based on the starters' grades and are adjusted for injuries. All other stats are based on this season's data
Tm Pr% SackConv YBCon Runs ins. 5 yd ln/gm D ins. 5 yd ln% PB Adv RB Adv
DAL (OL) 5.9 15 1.98 1.3 42 -27 -16
PHI (DL) 7.3 18 1.35 0.7 17
PHI (OL) 4.8 21 2.41 1.3 33 +6 +38
DAL (DL) 6.6 17 1.87 0.7 33
Stats to Know
The Cowboys' Edge Defenders
[DeMarcus Lawrence has been playing lights-out in 2017. He's generated the 4th-most number of pressures (46) for Edge Defenders and has the 5th-best Pass Rush Productivity Score of them, too (14.4). In their last game, the Eagles game-planned around negating/mitigating Von Miller--who also primarily rushes from the left side--and it largely worked, despite him coming up with 5 pressures on the day. The trouble for the Cowboys could come if the Eagles are also able to slow/mitigate Lawrence's pass rush because their next best pass-rushing ED, Tyrone Crawford, ranks 67th in PRP and 45th in total pressures. For comparison, the Eagles, who heavily rotate their EDs--and sometimes use Graham at DT--spread the wealth, with the 4 primaries ranked 8th, 32nd, 35th, and 38th in pressures. (Courtesy of PFF Elite)
Matchups to Watch
Eagles Offensive Line vs. Cowboys Pass Rush
It wasn’t that long ago that the phrase “Cowboys Defensive Line” was actually referring to their defense of Greg Hardy. A few years later, their defensive line is actually playing quite good on an otherwise lackluster unit. They are led by Demarcus Lawrence, one of the leagues leaders in sacks, who almost exclusively lines up at LDE. Lawrence has posted a sack in nearly every game this season. The Cowboys defensive line also features David Irving, who returned from early season injury and has posted 6 sacks on the season. Irving is tall and has the length to keep opposing offensive linemen off him. This unit has done a lot of damage to opposing offenses and will be the key component in stopping the Eagles offense, especially since All Pro LB and Eagles killer Sean Lee will be missing this game. The Eagles offensive line has been one of the best units in football this season even without future Hall of Fame tackle Jason Peters. Lane Johnson has another tough task this weekend in Demarcus Lawrence. Fans should have a lot of faith in Lane to play well since he has neutralized virtually everyone he has gone up against this season. Irving is a tough matchup on the interior and will pose some issues throughout the game. If the Cowboys want to win they need to win this matchup considering Lee’s absence. The difference between the Cowboys defense with and without Lee is appalling. The Eagles offense will look to further exploit that weakness.
Eagles Defensive Front vs. Cowboys Offensive Line
For a long time, we heard how great the Cowboys offensive line is. Under the microscope, in their first game without Zeke and future Hall of Famer Tyron Smith, the Cowboys offensive line collapsed on itself like a dying star. Cowboys’ replacement tackle Chaz Green went out on the field in Atlanta and made former Eagles tackle Winston Justice look like an All Pro. Keeping that offensive line together over the long term was always going to be a challenge considering Tyron, Frederick, and Martin are all among the tops at their positions and will require (and have required) sizeable investments in them for their services while remaining in good health for long stretches of their careers. Doug Free retired in the offseason and was replaced by their former guard La’el Collins. As of week 11, Collins ranks as PFFs 60th ranked right tackle. Last week, per NEXGEN stats, the Cowboys ran the ball almost exclusively to their right side, which is smart considering Collins is at least better than Chaz Green and Zach Martin is an All Pro. Left tackle, and really the entire left side of the Dallas offensive line without Tyron Smith, is a huge liability for the offense. As of today, the status of Tyron Smith for Sunday isn’t resolved, though he likely won’t play. Sunday presents a big challenge for Dallas as the Eagles have one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL from top to bottom. The Eagles are made in the trenches and are built to be able to combat what Dallas brings. The Cowboys coaching staff has to be able to adjust if Tyron Smith is out again. Zach Martin and Travis Frederick are as good as ever but they cannot carry the line without adjustments. The Eagles defensive line is full of game wreckers. How can Dallas combat this with the lack of real depth on their roster?
Dak Prescott vs. Eagles Defense
Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension will loom large again this week while Dallas figures out a way forward without last year’s rushing leader and fashion nobody. What everyone knew but what was finally understood last week was Elliott’s ability as a runner and pass blocker would surely be missed. The Dallas offensive line is one of the better run units in the league and Elliott is a load to bring down without litigation. He has excellent patience, vision, and strength in between the tackles and on stretch runs. He’s a true bell cow, 3 down back, whose absence really forces the Dallas coaching staff back to the drawing board. While he is not the best player on that offense – Tyron Smith is – his loss changes the effectiveness of the Cowboys offense. Now they have to rely on their second year signal caller, which did not go well last week. Make no mistake; regardless of who you think is better, Dak Prescott is a franchise QB. This isn’t to say he is flawless but he’s no scrub. Prescott is lethal in the running game, especially if the Cowboys are in the red zone. Additionally, he is a very good QB throwing on the run. The Cowboys would be wise to incorporate more read option looks and boots to try and slow down the Eagles pass rush and keep them off balance – especially if Tyron Smith is out. Cole Beasley hasn’t played to the level of last year’s production but is an effective receiver from the slot. They still have their stud CB and PBU leader Dez Bryant outside. And Jason Witten still somehow walks. While their offense has taken a step back some from last year’s pace, they Eagles still have a lot to game plan for. It’ll be up to the Eagles defense to play smart and contain Prescott. If the Eagles are up to the task, it could be a long night for Dallas.
Eagles Offense vs Cowboys Defense
The Eagles will march into Dallas with the 5th ranked offense per DVOA, 5th through the air and 10th on the ground. They will face a Dallas defense that is ranked 22nd per DVOA, 19th against the pass and 26th against the run… and this time it will be without Sean Lee. The Cowboys defense is an average at best unit with Mr. End the Talking Horse playing but drops off more quickly than Jaylon Smith’s foot when he is out of the lineup. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, this has been a vicious cycle with Lee throughout his career. Lee is excellent in run and pass defense and has made it habit to stomp the Eagles with his hooves when he plays. After Lee, the Cowboys will trot out Anthony Hitchens and the ghost of whatever Jaylon Smith used to be in college. Hitchens is currently PFFs 24th ranked LB. He is solid in run defense but is nowhere near as good as Lee is in coverage. The Cowboys will likely lean on second year but basically a rookie LB Jaylon Smith. Smith was a stud LB at Notre Dame and likely top 5 pick in the 2016 draft who suffered a major injury in his final college game. This dropped him into the second round where the Cowboys took a major gamble on him. So far, Smith has struggled to look like he belongs in the league, registering only a few bad ass tackles and generally being a liability on the field. He has had to overcome a lot just to see the field again for what is basically his rookie season. Time will tell if he improves. Right now, Cowboys fans must be nervous. Lastly, the Cowboys remade their entire starting secondary outside of second year CB Anthony Brown. The CBs have been decent as the season has gone on – they’ve certainly taken their share of L’s. Jourdan Lewis, one of the few Cowboys to ever win in court, avoiding a conviction, has had a solid rookie season at CB. The same could be said for fellow rookie Xavier Woods. The Cowboys will likely be without Safety Jeff Heath, much to the joy of Cowboys fans. Rookie Chidobe Awuzie may get the start alongside PFFs 43rd ranked Safety Byron Jones. Long story short, the Cowboys secondary has dropped off from last year’s average pace when 3/4ths of their starters walked in free agency. Additionally, their run defense is very weak. Enter the Eagles, who have a diverse offensive scheme that is difficult to game plan for and can beat you in many ways. Lead by MVP Front Runner and the best QB of the 2016 NFL Draft Class Carson Wentz, the Eagles will look to establish dominance over a young and struggling defensive unit. The Eagles won’t take this match up for granted and neither will the Cowboys. This is a huge rivalry game that could effectively end the NFC East race should the Eagles win. The Eagles offense has a number of match up advantages against the Cowboys defense in this game that may likely prove to be too much, especially considering the Eagles have put up at least 20 points in every game this season.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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Week 10 SEC vs SEC matchup preview

Hello all! Welcome to the third in the series of fan produced game previews. Sorry this one is later in the night than normal, but I have had a busy week. But, its almost Friday and that means that SEC football is almost here! Before we get to the previews we need to look at the winner of the guess the score contest from last week. The winner is u/joblanco40 and South Carolina! Jo’s prediction was 27-21 SC which was just three points away from the actual score of 27-24. This brings the score to Tennessee 1 South Carolina 1.

Texas A&M @ Auburn 12:00 ESPN

Texas A&M perspective by u/TryhardTim of

HOWDY!

Well, that Mississippi State game left a sour taste in my mouth. Let’s hope that’s not a sign of things to come. (Also, shout out to Kirk Herbsteit, who (jinxed us on College Gameday last week)[https://twitter.com/tengland150/status/1056248973760102410])
This week, the Aggies will play their final road game of the season against the Auburn Tigers. It’s easy to call any game at this stage of the season an important game, but I want to stress how important it is for this Aggie Football team. We’re currently sitting at 5-3. One win will make us bowl eligible, but that was never really going to be a problem for this team. You see, this game is important because we need to build confidence before we hit the home stretch of the season. We *need a win this week. Let’s see how we can take care of business:
**WHAT TO WATCH FOR
*What’s an offense???? Sheesh, last week was ugly. Like, not ugly in a kind of cute way, but ugly in a I-want-to-go-throw-up- after-seeing-that way. We still have yet to score more than two offensive touchdowns in any SEC game this year (We even got to overtime in one of those games). If this team wants to get a win against the SEC equivalent of Jekyll and Hyde, they need to get their act together on the offensive side of the ball. Namely, they need to improve in the red zone, where they have an appalling 38% TD rate against SEC opponents this year. Another problem the Aggies had last week was dropped passes. Like, a lot of them. Anyone who claims that the gloves that receivers wear make catching the ball too easy needs to watch the Aggie receiving group last week. If the offense can get back to the form that we saw in the first 4 weeks of the season (Mond being accurate with the ball and making plays with his legs, actually targeting Jace Sternberger throughout the game), the Aggies will have a good chance to win this game. *Are we becoming the “get right” team of the SEC West? Nick Fitzgerald was on the verge of being benched before he broke out and had a season-saving performance against us. This week, we get to face another struggling QB who has performed well against the Aggies in the past in Jarrett Stidham. Aggie fans do not need to be reminded of the absolute beating we took last year at the hands of Stidham and now pro running back Kerryon Johnson. To prevent what happened last week, the defensive secondary, led by a (for once) non-suspended Donovan Wilson needs to do significantly better than how they performed last week, where missed tackles and giving up too much space to receivers were all too common.
**FINAL WORDS
This game is a relatively simple one to preview. If the Aggies show up and play to their full potential, they will win this game. If not, this game could get ugly like last week’s game, and it’s time to start panicking about the now possible chance that we lose to Ole Miss at home. I feel as though Jimbo Fisher will be able to get our players back in form, and we can win in a stadium where we have had success since joining the SEC. **#BTHOauburn #WarEagleTigers? #AtLeastTheLonghornsLostToo
Texas A&M 20, Auburn 14
Auburn perspective by u/patsey of
Hey Y’all!
A quick note to the AU family: Kelly Bryant visited campus! Gus is back on his recruiting horse, Bryant is obviously the “highest value free agent ever” filling the void Jalen's dad created.
On the Field:
Gus Malzahn’s system revolves around the rushing attack. Boobie Whitlow has been what passes for a breakout star but is injured and likely out. Also in that stable is a senior walk-on in Malik Miller and a pair of talented freshmen in Shaun Shivers and Asa Martin. Martin was the highest rated of them all as a prospect but has only seen 6 carries this year, his fumble in the A-State game a likely reason for this. Kam Martin the day 1 starter is almost negligible as he is simply never good for more than 4 carries per game.
All this may be a relatively moot point as the O-line has been just putrid. There is some talent there but none besides right tackle Jack Driscoll is even holding his own. This is unlikely to change this week as A&M boast the 5th ranked rush defense in the country. The question is can they get straight through our O-line to Stidham.
Malzahn and Lindsey will likely need to lean on the passing game, maybe quick passing game if they expect to defend their honor in the eyes of recruits. The problem is the O-line was inexcusably bad against the pass rush of Miss State. Driscoll was injured in that game and that hole may have been patched but this exposes Stidham’s most glaring weakness, the way he responds to pressure. When his spidey sense goes off he instantly tucks to run and does so with the grace of an old Peyton Manning.
The Culture War:
Named after a 3 hole stretch at August National, Amen Corner is the name Pat Dye gave to the last 3 games of Auburn’s schedule- at the time Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. AU Athletics has since broken up that uphill finishing stretch by adding a cupcake in between Georgia and Alabama week. That term may be applicable again if we are going to play A&M at this time every year. There is no doubt the tectonic plates of the SEC West changed when A&M entered the league, and Jimbo’s hire was an earthquake for the rest of the division. Bama have proven they are still superior, but we will see how their recruiting is affected. LSU will catch them last in what may prove to be the new battle for 2nd place in the West.
Auburn had become the third best recruiter in the West behind Saban’s Bama and Les’s LSU. With A&M in the picture we could easily find ourselves 4th, and a loss this Saturday will only fuel that shift. Mississippi State has something to say in this too as they beat A&M last week and effectively throttled Auburn in their stadium. Traditionally they are not considered a recruiting threat but we have to wait and see what Moorehead’s first class looks like. Going in to the LSU game this year AU Family had great reason to believe Auburn could capitalize on Gus being the last face Les Miles saw on the battlefield. That was not to be despite a 10 point lead in that game, and now we are seeing Coach Orgeron show up in Alabama during his bye week to recruit in our state. To read an extended look at how this affects the big picture go to PatrickBrickson.com
Auburn 22 – Texas A&M 19

South Carolina @ Ole Miss 12:00 SEC Network

South Carolina perspective by (the returning champion) u/joblanco of
South Carolina (4-3, 3-3) will be traveling to Oxford this Saturday to take on the Ole Miss Rebels (5-3, 1-3) in a cross divisional matchup that could be a good one. South Carolina was once again a terrible football team in the first half against Tennessee, continuing a trend that has just left Gamecocks fans everywhere completely stressed the fuck out. Tennessee was moving the ball down the field effectively and our defense was just being gashed by short and intermediate crossing routes. Guarantano rarely attacked the ball downfield, but he managed the team well and we were just out schemed in the first half, especially on the defensive side.
The defense wasn’t helped by the fact that South Carolina was just as worse on offense. Our running game was effective against Tennessee; we consistently set the edge and were able to get some good chunk runs down the field. It was just the passing game just would completely kill our momentum. Our passing game limited our offense to a point where Bentley received a healthy dose of booing for the second consecutive game. While Bentley did have his bad throws, that first half performance was NOT all him. Majority of the blame should go to the offensive coordinator, Bryan McClendon.
But!!! It all changed in the end of the first half. My own father, Deebo Samuel, just showed the SEC what just makes him so special as a player: one-handed grab in the endzone. He just absolutely saved Bentley too, because he definitely overthrew that pass. But it didn’t matter because Deebo is that dude and can jump to the moon. He gave our team the spark we needed to gain momentum into the 3rd Quarter, and we took advantage. Rico Dowdle (underrated football name, btw) just bullied defenders in that second half and finished the game with 140 yards rushing with a touchdown. His play, and Jake too, led our team back in another gritty, comeback win for the Cocks.
If they start slow against this Ole Miss team, then they might be going down a hole that will be too hard to get out. Ole Miss can be ELECTRIC if they get clicking. The game against Texas Tech was just a barnburner and Ole Miss looked unstoppable on offense. They’ve already scored more than 70 points twice this season. Led by the “Throwin’ Samoan” Jordan Ta’amu, this Ole Miss offense has weapons that can hurt the Gamecocks. AJ Brown is a first round pick (here’s a hot take: DK Metcalf is a better player), Scottie Philips is good, and they have a sneaky good tight end in Dawson Knox (another underrated football name). Their Oline is experienced, and Ta’amu is mobile enough to make plays with his feet.
This team is good on offense, but holy fuck they are awful on defense. They gave up 41 points to Southern Illinois. Southern Illinois. Do you know what the team name of Southern Illinois is? I bet you don’t. Don’t lie to me and tell me you do. They’re called the Salukis. The fucking Salukis. The only reason why you would name yourself after a Saluki, is probably because you’re an asshole. But that’s beside the point. Ole Miss is bad at defense. They lack depth at linebackers and the secondary (especially at secondary). Its so bad that they had to convert two running backs (who started this season as backup running backs!!!!!) into safeties. And these guys get meaningful snaps. If the Gamecocks don’t start fast against this team, then I’ve just lost hope that it’ll ever change while Bentley is at QB.
From a gambling perspective, this game is listed as a pick em’. I normally don’t like to bet on the Gamecocks, but this is looking to be like a win with some added value. I believe Will Muschamp will try to combat this prolific offense with an old school ideology: Keep them off the field. I think the Gamecocks run the football early and often against Ole Miss, and just milk the clock. Ole Miss has serious problems wrapping up, and the Gamecocks have good physical runners that can break tackles. Look for Deebo to get the ball out of the wildcat a bit more this game, and look out for sneaky big games from Ty’Son Williams and Mon Denson. I think the gamecocks play complimentary football with the running game, and make enough plays in the secondary on defense to maintain the lead against this high-powered offense. Also I'm pretty sure nobody will be at the game in Oxford since it starts at 11 am. So there's that too. Gambling tips for the game: South Carolina Pick em, UNDER 68 points.
32 South Carolina-27 Ole Miss
Ole Miss perspective by u/Rebbel228 of
This week the 4-3 (3-3) South Carolina Gamecocks visit Oxford and take on the 5-3 (1-3) Ole Miss Rebels. It’s going to be a great matchup for mediocre football provided to us by one of the worst in the East and the second worse in the West (thanks Arkansas). This is the first time these two teams have met since my junior year of high school when Ole Miss was ranked #4 and lost on a Thursday night in 2008, which personally is a game I’d like to forget.
(Editors note: the fact that these two teams haven’t played in nine years is ridiculous. We want a 9 conference game schedule!)
The Gamecocks are looking for their 5th win in hopes of becoming bowl eligible in the next 4 weeks. This is a must win for them, as Florida and Clemson are both on the docket for the month of November. South Carolina will be looking for some consistency this season after alternating wins and losses. They’ve been winning the games and they’re not supposed to and losing the games they’re not supposed to. Luckily for Ole Miss, that means this weekend looks pretty good for the Rebs.
Let’s be real. Ole Miss has been a dumpster fire this season. Granted, on paper, the Rebs don’t look that bad. They can score points. We all know that. They can’t stop the other team from scoring points though and that’s rough in today’s world high tempo offense. Ole Miss likes to score quick which doesn’t leave much time for the defense to rest. The key to this game will be the Ole Miss offense to play a good game with little to no mistakes and to for the defense to step up and make a few huge plays. Force turnovers, Jake Bentley has thrown 8 INTs this season and 1 or 2 turnovers can be very beneficial for the Rebs.
Mississippi is a sports betting state so I’ll throw a quick pick in. Pick your conscience. This game can really go either way, you’re picking the winner with this spread. This game opened Ole Miss (-1) but my local sportsbook currently (10/30) has this game as a PK. I personally am staying away from this game because I don’t like losing my money, but if I had to pick I’d take Ole Miss straight up, or whatever the point spread moves to by this weekend. From what we’ve seen of South Carolina this season, they start off slow and pick up in the second half. Ta’amu and Co. will have no problem scoring points early. This game will also most definitely go under 66.
It'll be an emotional game for both sides. Hotty Toddy, y’all.
Ole Miss 38, South Carolina 31

Georgia @ Kentucky 3:30 CBS

Georgia perspective by u/DuragofJupiter of
Following a cathartic 36-17 victory over the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, the sixth ranked Georgia Bulldogs will continue their travels as they face the ninth ranked Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington this weekend in what is certainly an SEC East title decider, as a win for either side would give them an insurmountable lead in the race to Atlanta. In order for UGA to return to Athens victorious, the offense will have to continue the (mostly) mistake-free play it demonstrated against the Gators, while the Bulldog defense will have to tackle far better than they have throughout this season to contain the Wildcats’ powerful running game, which is led by their star tailback, the bruising Benny Snell.
Offensively, UGA will need to be at their best against Kentucky, as the Wildcats boast one of the nation’s best defenses. Kentucky currently ranks third in Defensive S&P+, and they are particularly dangerous against the run, as the ‘Cats rank ninth in Rushing S&P+, while their passing defense is also exceptional, ranking 12th in Passing S&P+. Kentucky’s defense also achieves the difficult feat of combining excellence at preventing explosive plays, ranking 12th in IsoPPP, with a top-15 Havoc ranking. Finally, Kentucky’s defense excels when their backs are against the wall, as they allow only 3.09 points per scoring opportunity, good for fourth in the nation. In summary: they’re damn good, and they’re the unit that’s powered Kentucky to 7-1 and a top 10 ranking this season and Georgia will have to be at their best to even move the ball against a defense this dominant.
Fortunately, the Bulldogs have some experience with defenses as talented as UK’s as they’ve already played LSU and Florida this season. While Georgia was overawed by LSU’s speed and physicality in Baton Rouge, UGA’s work during their bye week in between the LSU debacle and the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party clearly paid off, as the offensive unit was far more consistent against the Gators than it had been against the Tigers. In particular, Jake Fromm was far more in command against Florida than he had been against LSU, as he went 17-24 for 240 yards and 3 crucial touchdowns, including a pair of excellently placed fadesto Jeremiah Holloman and a perfectly thrown crossing route to Terry Godwin. Fromm’s performance against an athletic Florida defense has almost certainly quieted the calls for Justin Fields to start, and he will need to continue his efficient play against the Wildcats’ dominant defense, particularly given some of the recent struggles of the running game.
While the running game has been a strength for the ‘Dawgs this season, their performance against Florida could have been better, as the Bulldogs stunk in short-yardage against the Gators, particularly in the red zone. This was highlighted by Florida’s goal-line stand in the third quarter, when Georgia had 7 tries to gain one yard following a Feleipe Franks fumble, and got pushed backwards. Of course, some credit is due to the Gator defense for their efforts, but the Bulldogs must be better against Kentucky in these situations in order to escape Lexington with a win. I’d look to see Elijah Holyfield get more carries as he’s a bit more physical than D’andre Swift, which could wear down the Wildcat defense in the second half.
While the Wildcats’ defense is certainly legit, their offense is a bit… shit. Kentucky ranks 109th in Offensive S&P+, and their passing game is somewhat atrocious, as presumptive starter Terry Wilson has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns this season. However, despite his inefficiencies as a passer, Wilson is a dangerous runner on the option and as a scrambler as he’s run for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns this season, and he’s got fairly good speed, as shown on hisTD run against Florida. Luckily for Wilson and the Wildcats, star tailback Benny Snell has been able to carry the offense on his shoulders despite the struggles of the passing game. Snell has toted the ball 179 times for 935 yards, and he combines speedwith a nose for the endzone, as he’s found paydirt 9 times this year. Snell will often take direct snaps from the center in short-yardage situations, and he’s even tossed a td pass this season. While Kentucky does have a few other threats, including sophomore receiver Lynn Bowden Jr, it is clear that Snell is the foundation for all of Kentucky’s offensive success.
While it is no surprise that Kentucky will run Snell as often as possible, Georgia will still have to stop him, which will prove a tall task for Georgia’s underperforming run defense. Despite the talent level across the UGA defense, the Junkyard Dawgs have been pedestrian against the run, ranking 77th in rushing S&P+, and they’ve both struggled to inflict negative plays, ranking 77th in stuff rate, and to prevent opposing backs from getting into the second level, ranking 105th in opportunity rate allowed against the run. However, if UGA can leverage Kentucky into passing situations, the Bulldog defense should easily handle the Wildcat passing attack, and could hopefully force a few turnovers as Terry Wilson is forced to test future NFL players such as Deandre Baker, J.R. Reed, and Richard Lecounte.
While Kentucky is having their best season in more than 40 years, I’d expect their dreams of a berth in the SEC Championship to end on Saturday against Georgia. The ‘Dawgs are too complete on all levels for Kentucky’s offense to keep up, particularly given their struggles with the passing game. Kentucky’s defense will keep the game close, however, and I’d expect the first half to stay relatively low-scoring, barring a spate of turnovers on either side. Nevertheless, Georgia’s offense will eventually wear down Big Blue defensively, and the Bulldogs will leave Lexington with an SEC East title and a date in Atlanta with the winner of the Alabama-LSU game.
Georgia 27- Kentucky 13
Kentucky Perspective by u/B1ackMagix of
In a shocking turn of events, the SEC east will be decided in Lexington against Georgia and Kentucky. While I believe Kentucky’s defense is up to the challenge it’s do-or-die time for the offense. Kentucky needs to pay attention to the strong Bulldog opponents past games to hopefully find some keys to victory. Offense
We’ve got a match made for our offensive line. Georgia’s pass defense is top notch (9th in the nation) while their rush defense leaves something to be desired (clocking in at a much lower 43). Compare this to the games we’ve already played and we’re looking at teams like Texas A&M (5), Mississippi State (15), And Mizzou (28). We’ve got a large opportunity to let Snell, Rose and Wilson do what they do best as long as they don’t put a spotter on Wilson. Charge those lines and get some rushing yards. If there’s a game to let our rushing offense shine, it’s here.
Don’t be afraid of the RPO though. Wilson made some incredible passes in the past 8 minutes of the Mizzou game and I hope that confidence carries through. We’ve proved that Bowden is a weapon to be used and we should try to get him some good looks.
Defense
Georgia is going to keep us guessing. They like to balance passing with the rush and aren’t afraid to take shots down field when they feel they can. Our defense will need to play top notch to stiffen their offense. Georgia is tied right there with Kentucky as far as sacks allowed go so Allen needs to get his name out there early. Make the offense settle for short gain plays and try to keep them out of their rhythm.
Outside Influences.
The crowd is going to be a factor. We need to be loud and proud and support our team. I don’t see this being a big issue, but it should be a sellout crowd and we should have blue and white be as loud as possible. Saturday is looking cold and cloudy in Lexington, so we should prep for that.
I think this game is going to be close. If Kentucky plays the best game of the season, then we could pull out the upset but that’s a big if. I do think the game will be a lot closer than people give us credit for. Kentucky will play hard but unfortunately our offense is lacking. Our defense won’t be able to cover the slack the offense leaves behind but it will be a close game.
Georgia 28 -Kentucky 24

Missouri @ Florida 4:00 SEC Network

Missouri perspective by u/Marc1221 of
First off, before we get into this game, let’s review the debacle that was last week’s Kentucky/Mizzou Game. I sure hope that wasn’t anybody’s first experience watching college football. It would have been their last. Mizzou got ZERO first downs in the second half and still would have won if either a) the officials didn’t make the worst pass interference call since the 2002 BCS Championship game; b) the remaining crew had the balls to overturn it; c) they run the ball with a late lead and trying to take time off the clock (see SC also); or d) Barry Odom knew something about clock management. But, hey, in the end, this is Mizzou in a nutshell. We are on the wrong end of these game-changing/season- defining/legacy-making calls all the time. It’s a cliché, but if it weren’t for bad luck, Mizzou sports would have no luck at all. The 5th Down. The Flea Kicker. The 1960 KU Jayhawk cheaters. Michael Porter. Jontay Porter. Tyus Edney. Norfolk St. Northern Iowa. And on…and on… and on. Anyway…
I doubt Mizzou shows up for this game. The players are saying the right things…they still believe…they are behind their coach, etc. But Barry Odom is a dead man walking if they lose this game. And part of me would not mind that scenario. Like on Survivor, when a team loses a challenge on purpose to get rid of someone on their own team. A win could energize the team against a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way. And maybe sweeten the prospect of landing Clemson QB transfer Kelly Bryant. And Drew Lock, God love him, has not shown in 4 years that he can lead Mizzou to a victory over any team of significance. Mock drafts still show him as a first round pick, but I would not want to be the GM that made that call. Of course, these mock drafts are made by people with no NFL draft experience, but I see him going 3rd round or lower. His inability to deliver early in his career was explained away because he played 3 sports in high school; he didn’t have time to focus solely on football like his peers. But there is no excuse for 8 CONSECUTIVE three and outs in the second half against Kentucky. That was the Missouri offensive output. 8 possessions…8 three and outs. This team has the talent to contend, but whether it’s coaching or Lock’s breakdown against superior defenses, they find themselves at the end of the season needing a must-win in the 12th game to make a mid December bowl game. I’m not saying they are Bama ready, but eight 3 and outs? How is that even possible?
So, about this game. Florida is 11 in the latest poll and has a couple impressive wins already. Even though they are coming off a tough loss to Georgia, they have a lot more to fight for than the Tigers. They are good in all areas but not great in any particular one, but a better than average passing defense will once again neutralize Drew Lock. We will see how much the Tigers are committed to Odom and this season, and three of their 4 losses so far are against top 10 teams, and they did reel off 6 straight wins last year after a disastrous start to became bowl eligible, including a win at home over Florida, but again, this year had so much more promise. I think you can stick a fork in this team. They are done.
Florida 27 – Mizzou 17
Florida perspective by u/dcspringer (and his wife apparently) of
Florida comes in this week following a loss that a score suggest was more one sided than it felt. The game spiraled out of control in a matter of mere minutes for the Gators, and showed that perhaps they are not ready to contend for crown of the SEC yet. But they are close, and they can get back on track this weekend when a high-powered Missouri offense rolls into Gainesville.
The Gators and Tigers do have something in common, they both have a loss to Kentucky, but the similarities stop there. This Florida team is much improved over that Florida team that lost to Kentucky, and Missouri seems to have regressed on the season. This game is more important for Florida than many give it credit for. Dan Mullen is facing the large conundrum of keeping his team motivated. The Gators making the SEC championship game at this point is an impossibility. Florida holds the clear advantage in talent on both sides of the ball, and the biggest question will lie on whether Gator QB Felipe Franks will deliver a performance worthy of bang or a dud.
The Tigers have the 23rd best ranked passing offense in FBS ball in terms of YPG. Florida, with its 11th ranked pass defense, will look to shut down a Missouri pass offense that has seen its fair share of struggles recently. Missouri has done a decent job of keeping Drew Lock upright, giving up only 10 sacks through 8 games, and that includes a game at Alabama. Florida, on the other hand, has done a decent job of getting to the QB 22 times in 8 games. Getting to Drew Lock should be an important point for the Gator defense to disrupt the passing offense of the Tigers and give the ball back to the Gator offense.
The contractually obligated FSU wife preview:
Florida is a swamp ass garbage team whose players are as criminally inclined as its fans. Spending one second in the swamp is akin to spending an eternity sitting on a boiling hot pile of garbage. It is no wonder that the team is a trash bag full of smaller trash bags full of elephant sh*t. I and the rest of the conscious world look forward to continue to watching it implode for the rest of time until there is nothing left in its place except a work camp for the criminally insane.
(Editors note: yeah… this checks out)
Predication:
Florida has been a decent but not great team of running the football and using the spread offense. Think how the gators ran when Tebow was there under the glory days of MeyeMullen. Florida must do a better job of ball security and not allow Missouri to have their run of the field when they want. Expect Mullen to give Felipe Franks easy throws early and often to build confidence and allow UF playmakers to make plays in space. Missouri is a team that is as desperate, maybe more so than Florida is. But Florida just gets it done this week. They get off to a slow start due to the cocktail hangover, but open it up and get off to the races. Don’t be surprised if Mr. Jones shows up and shows out if things get fun.
38 Florida-21 Missouri

Alabama @ LSU 8:00 CBS

Alabama Perspective by u/dbatchison of
Oh man, oh man, oh man, I am excited for this game. Some people will say that this is Alabama's first test of the year. Despite us really dominating the Alabama/LSU series for the past 7 years, this rivarly has always been awesome. Coach O has brought some much needed life to the Tigahs and really is the perfect person to hold the reigns in Baton Rouge. When I was growing up, LSU absolutely dominated the series winning 7 of 8 between 2000 and 2007. I was a junior at Alabama for our 9-6 defensive slugfest and went to the championship game in New Orleans that year. Following the game, I experienced the perfect summary of what Alabama vs LSU is all about:
While standing in front of Fat Catz on Bourbon Street, a crying, gorgeous, blonde tiger fan yelled between tears and quick breaths "SUCK... THAT TIGAH... DICK, BITCH!" at me while throwing a full unoppened can of bud light, hitting me square in the jaw. She then ran up, hugged me, and started making out with me. Ending her passionate embrace, she shoved me away and stumbled away into the crowd, blending with the masses as quickly as she appeared, vanishing away into the night.
I believe this is a perfect summary of the Alabama-LSU rivalry. We love to hate each other. Corndogs, I expect a hell of a fight and am eagerly anticipating it. Roll Tide. I also believe this rivalry (along with the Iron Bown) needs a trophy. I suggest having a large, gold plated Gumbo Pot something this size mounted on a base with placards riveted around the sides of the pot featuring the games. The team that wins keeps it until next year. I don't like the name "the Saban Bowl" because this rivalry goes all the way back to the 1900s. It should be called something else, the "Boudin Bowl"... the Cajun Confrontation... the "At least we're not Mississippi" Showdown... the Corndog Combine... idk, something like that
35 Alabama-24 LSU
It really hurts me to say I have no LSU preview this week. Alas, 5 outa six aint bad. As always if you would like to write a preview pm me! It’s a first come first serve basis so even if someone wrote for your team this week they may be available next.
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