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Coach JFace907: 7 seasons
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Conference Standings Prediction
#11 Cincinnati Bearcats
#19 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
#21 Pitt Panthers
West Virginia Moutaineers
Players to Watch
Offense: David McKeon, QB, Cincinnati
Defense: Brent Holland, OLB, Rutgers
Special Teams: Sheldon Butler, K, Pitt
Week 1#11 vs. #19 @ #21 @
Game of the Week#11 vs. Five Big East teams play in Week One, and Big East Weekly has its eyes on the Bearcats vs the Cornhuskers. Cincinnati is looking to start their season off right with a big win against a storied program. The team swears they have put the letdown of the 2016 BCS National Championship Game behind them and are focused on returning to the big game, this time coming out victorious. To do that, they must first repeat last year's feat of an unbeaten regular season. Junior QB David McKeon returns for the Bearcats after a season that saw him toss a school record 34 touchdowns. He's going up against a tough Nebraska pass defense led by Preseason All American corner Jason Kelly. Should be a great matchup and we see the Bearcats coming away victorious but only by a possession or two.
Cincinnati, OH: The Bearcats were tested in their season opener by a stout Nebraska defense and one heck of a running game. David McKeon had a hard time getting comfortable in the pocket as he was frequently pressured and was sacked twice in the game. The Bearcats played stout D themselves limiting Nebraska to just 104 yards in the air. The run defense was a little suspect allowing HB Sean Silva to 162 yards on the ground including one scamper that went 87 yards for a score in the third. The Bearcats blew a few opportunities on defense dropping several picks. "Its something we're gonna address in practice," Coach Jones said after the game. "We may even put em through our receiver drills just to get them used to catching the ball. We're happy they break up passes, but when the chance is their for a change of possession, we have to take it advantage." Next for the Bearcats is a trip to West Lafayette, Indiana to take on the Boilermakers of Purdue.
The game started off fast for the Scarlet Knights, with the opening kickoff being returned for a TD by star WR Craig McCoy. From there, Rutgers had the game pretty much under control. ASU was only able to build offense off of long pass plays. They were unable to sustain a drive at pretty much any point in the game. At the beginning of the game, the Scarlet Knights offense certainly struggled. Senior QB Will Ashley's troubles continued, posting a completion percentage of around 50. NFL scouts seem to believe that this is due to his height and trouble getting the ball over linebackers and defensive lineman. Craig McCoy was also able to return a short field goal attempt for 6 points and catch a pass for a TD, a performance that will certainly worry future opponents. Defensively, Brent Holland (7 tackles, 1 sack) and Mike Austin (9 tackles) made plays all over the field today. Erik Joseph, Dan Avery, and Trey Carrington intercepted passes. Carrington took his back for a TD. Overall, the defensive play by Rutgers was very good. They held the Sun Devils to 7.69% on third down and gave up just under 2 yards per carry. The lackluster pass rush and vulnerability of the corners will certainly be a factor in this season for Rutgers. Will new coach Killernuts be able to lead his team to a Big East title and BCS bowl game in his first season with the Scarlet Knights? Only time will tell.
Next week the Scarlet Knights will take on Notre Dame.
Week 2#10 @ #18 vs. #20 vs #16
Game of the Week#20 vs #16In a battle of top 20 teams, the LSU Tigers travel to Heinz Field to take on the Panthers of Pitt. Pitt is looking to continue the momentum from the Week 1 beatdown they gave Cal where they limited the Golden Bear offense to 240 yards. They will have to find the quarterback like they did last week bringing down Beverly 5 times in the game. If they can do that again this week, the Panthers have a chance at the upset over the SEC power. LSU will have to keep a balanced attack to keep the Pitt passrushers at bay, but may find it difficult having to deal with the Pitt fans as well. Pitt rarely plays a courteous host and we don't see that changing here. Pitt wins 20-14.
Week 1 Winners & LosersWinners
Week 1 POWsOffense: Craig McCoy, JR WR, Rutgers207 All-Purpose Yrds, 2 TDsDefense: Antwan Edwards, SR CB, Pitt6 TKLS, 2 INTs
Upset at Heinz field
In week 2 LSU came into Pittsburgh looking to run over a much less talented Pittsburgh team, and found itself on the business end of a good old fashion beating. LSU quarterback Nate Higdon found himself under duress early and often , getting sacked 3 times and pressured often. The Pitt defense was lead by sophomore OLB Mike Tyson , after a lackluster first week Tyson exploded for 6 tackles, 2 sacks , 1 forced fumble and 1 INT. The Offense was lead by true freshman Tony Nash who threw for 333 yards despite being pressured all day.
Spoiler: Scoring Summary
Spoiler: Box Score
West Lafayette, IN: The 10th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats were looking to get their offense going Saturday after sputtering a bit against the Cornhuskers last week and that they did. A well balanced attack led by Junior running back Reggie London would carve up the Boilermaker defense in route to the first Cincinnati beatdown of the season. The Bearcat D also stepped up big scoring two defensive touchdowns of their own. However, the Bearcat D lost a key cog when Junior OLB Justin Roberts went down with a tear in his abdomen. He will be out for a minimum of 8 weeks. The Bearcats will go toe to toe with the second ranked Georgia Bulldogs between the hedges in what should be a tough battle next week.
Notre Dame 20
The Scarlet Knights came into this game underdogs, but they proved to the country that they can hang with more talented teams by beating Notre Dame. Things were going poorly early on for Rutgers, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but they were able to pick things up and achieved victory. QB Will Ashley had a good game, completing 21/30 passes for 259 yards and 2 TDs without throwing a pick. The Rutgers running backs combined for 173 yards on 36 carries, a very solid performance. The ball was spread out well through the air, with 4 players catching 4 or more passes. Defensively, Holland and Austin made a lot of plays again. The Rutgers defense is still struggling to make impact plays, like sacks and turnovers, but overall they've been solid when they haven't given up big plays. All 3 of Notre Dame's TDs were the result of big plays due to blown coverages or poor tackling.
Stat of the Game: Time of Possession
Rutgers - 23:24
ND - 8:36
Week 3#10 @ #2#14 @ #16 #15 vs #9
Week PreviewThis is arguably the biggest week the Big East has seen in Out Of Conference play in the conference's history. Three teams are ranked in the top 15 and their opponents are each in the top 20. Each team matches up well with their opponent and they should all be well fought games. The well rounded Cincinnati attack goes Between the Hedges to square off with the second ranked Bulldogs of Georgia. Look for the Bearcats to pull the road upset led by Reggie London controlling the game. The high flying Scarlet Knights of Rutgers step into Death Valley to take on the Clemson Tigers and their surprise attack offense. You never know what QB is gonna take the field for the Tigers and each one features a different trait. Clemson will ride the momentum of homefield to victory in a high scoring slugfest. The Panthers of Pitt play host to the Michigan Wolverines in what is expected to be an all out battle. This game should feature hard hitting, high speed action. QBs will be on life alert and pockets will be non existent as these two teams love to pressure the passer. Whoever has the last QB standing will take away this game. I've gott Pitt coming out victorious.
The Week That Was
Spoiler: Week 2 Scoreboard
Should be a tough game.
Week 4#14 vs. #19 vs #20 @ #2
Game of the Week#20 @ #2After a DISASTROUS Week 3 for the Big East Conference, the Pitt Panthers need to help earn this conference back some respect. Things don't get any easier for them as they go out to the Horseshoe to take on the second ranked Buckeyes. Pitt is honestly overmatched in every category we can cover, but a good solid gameplan could very well knock off these Buckeyes. Winning the turnover battle will be key for Pitt as well as dominating the clock. They desperately need the O-Line to dominate the battle in the trenches and open holes for HB Junior Flowers. The Buckeyes front four is quite nasty, but maybe a few chop blocks with quick passes will slow them down to set up a rushing attack. We'd love to give you Big East fans a optimistic prediction, but some of those goals we just don't see the Panthers achieving. We've got the Buckeyes playing poor hosts and making Pitt regret their visit. 35-10.
Spoiler: Week 3 in Review
Players of the WeekJoey Bennet, SR WR, USF12 Rec, 209 Yards, 2 TDsAndrew Holland, JR LOLB, UCONN6 Tackles (5 for loss), 2 Sacks
Week 5#12 @ #20#18 @ #24
Game of the Week#18 @ #24Big East conference play kicks off in a big way with Pitt playing their third straight ranked opponent. They are 0-2 in this stretch with two losses to Top-10 teams. They look to bounce back against the high powered Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. They recovered quite nicely after suffering their first defeat, shutting out Arizona 41-0 last week. The winner of this one will be on of the conference early. Two questions come to mind for the Panthers. Do they have the D to stop the high octance offense? Are they already looking forward to next week's rematch against conference favorite Cincinnati? Its going to be a slugfest and we've got the visiting Scarlet Knights just squeaking out a victory here 31-28.
Spoiler: Week 4 in Review
Players of the WeekDavid McKeon, JR, QB, Cincinnati18-26, 238 Yards, 4 TDsRicky Vincent, JR, SS, Rutgers2 Tackles (1 For Loss), Sack, Fumble Recovery
missing some game summaries fellas
Spoiler: Scoring Summary
Spoiler: Box Score
Boise, ID: The Boise State Broncos came into Saturday's game looking to play poor hosts to the Bearcats, but that was not to be. A Bearcats pick six set the tone for what would be become a beatdown of the Broncos. Junior Quarterback David McKeon continued his efficient season only missing one pass the entire game and throwing for nearly 300 yards. Reggie London chipped in with 83 yards on the ground with a touchdown. McKeon also had himself a rushing TD when he went 56 yards untouched on an option play that saw the Broncos D focus entirely on Reggie London. The Bearcats kick off their Big East schedule next week taking on the Panthers of Pitt.
This low scoring game was a war of attrition that will probably prove to be very important in the Big East race. Rutgers was able to get on the board first, and they never gave up the lead. They allowed two field goals in the second quarter, but the Panthers were unable to get it into the end zone. In the fourth quarter, Rutgers was able to score an insurance TD that forced Pitt to go for 6 rather than kick a field goal.
Both starting QBs completed ~70% of their passes, but both made a few mistakes that hindered their team's success. Pitt decided to pull their starter, but the backup didn't do much better. Pitt was unable to run the ball effectively, as the Scarlet Knights defense was playing pretty good run defense. The secondary didn't too a bad job either. They helped get a lot of sacks with good coverage. Star WR Spicer was held to 65 yards on 4 catches and the TE Pitts had similar numbers. The biggest factor in this game was the good pass rush by Rutgers. They were able to dial up 6 sacks on the day and forced 3 INTs. They sacks really made it difficult for Pitt to put points up on the board. At one point, Rutgers was able to get two sacks in a row, forcing Pitt out of field goal range. On the offensive side of the ball, Rutgers was able to run the ball very well and passed effectively. There were a few too many turnovers though, and that will need to improve if Coach Killernuts is going to lead his team to a Big East title and BCS bowl in his first season coaching at Rutgers.
Spoiler: week 3
The game was a bit closer than score, as Clemson got a garbage TD at the end of the game after Rutgers had a chance to score. This game was pretty crazy. Neither team was able to stop the run at well, with Clemson and Rutgers rushing for 430 and 294 yards respectively. Rutgers focused on stretch and power, while Clemson used more draws and tosses. The turn around point in the game was when Rutgers decided to go for some points instead of running out the clock at the end of the first half and through 2 INTs within 45 seconds. This led to a 10 point turnaround, so Rutgers went into the half down by 3 instead of up by 7. Both teams traded blows, neither of them able to stop the run. In the fourth, Rutgers had the ball and were moving down the field. With about a minute left, they were near the 30 yard line. A TE was wide open for a first down, but Ashley made made a terrible throw and it was intercepted, effectively ending any hope Rutgers had of winning the game.
Spoiler: week 4
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights were able to blank the Arizona Wildcats. They kept the Arizona offense to a completion percentage of around 50 and held their run game to 11 yards on 26 carries. Rutgers was able to rush for 220 yards. Will Ashley had a terrible day passing the ball, completed 9/27. This can't continue if Rutgers is going to have success. Holland's great season continued as he grabbed 12 tackles. The Scarlet Knights were able to force 3 turnovers, two of which were forced fumbles on big hits.
Week 6#10 vs #18 vs
Game of the Week#10 vs The long anticipated River City Rivalry kicks off again this week in what should be another thriller. This matchup went to overtime last year with Cincinnati squeaking out the win to remain undefeated in what would be their perfect regular season. The Panthers come into this years edition currently on a 3 game losing streak, but all to highly ranked foes (Michigan, Ohio State, and Rutgers). The Bearcats come off a 32 point handling of Boise State. Last season the Panthers had themselves a solid gameplan for shutting down All-Everything wideout Trevor Ball, but left the rushing lanes wide open for Reggie London to sprint through with ease. Ball is now giving NFL defenses hell, but London is still in Black and Red waiting to do the same thing this year. Does Pitt focus on the junior running back, forcing David McKeon and the Bearcat offense to go one dimensional? Or does Reggie London have a repeat performance? With how balanced things are in Cincinnati this year, i see Pitt having a hard time slowing down the Bearcats. In the end, the Bearcats continue Pitt's nightmarish run and win this one 31-17. In what is a top heavy Big East, the game will all but eliminate Pitt's BCS dreams.
Spoiler: Week 5 in Review
Spoiler: Big East Standings
Pitt 27 Cincy 14
Week 6 brought a much needed win to a struggling Pitt Panther team. Following 3 straight losses to ranked teams Pitt witnessed its season hang in the balance, and pulled off a huge upset. Freshman QB Tony Nash finally got on track on the road, going 13-17 168 yards 2 TD's passing and 1 on the ground. Cincy was plagued all day with exicution issues, failing to convert any 3rd down and 5 INT's . After back to back road teams getting the victory in this rivalry after a coaching change in Pittsburgh next year's rubber match in Pittsburgh should be one to watch.
Spoiler: Week 6
The game was a bit of a rocky start for Rutgers, as they through an interception on the 6 yard line on their first drive, which was returned for a TD. On the next drive they fumbled. The Scarlet Knights got on the board with a 79 yard run from Williams and surrendered a field goal a little bit later. From there on out, it was all Rutgers, all game. WVU decided to go pass heavy, throwing the ball 40 times for 225 yards as opposed to 26 rushes for 20 yards. Rutgers was exactly the opposite, with 42 rushes for 400 yards and 16 passes for 108 yards. Turnovers continue to hurt the Scarlet Knights as they gave the ball up 4 times, twice on fumbles. Both Peterson and Williams broke 100 yards rushing. Maxey and Austin made plays all over the field, combining for 22 total tackles.
Spoiler: Week 7
Syracuse never really had a chance in this one. The game started with an interception return for a TD by Fisher. From that point, the Scarlet Knights smashed the ball into Syracuse's front seven all game long. They only passed it three times, the lone completion being a 6 yard pass to the tight end on third and 6. RB Johnathan Johnson returned from his injury this week, and it looked like it helped the run game. He ended up just shy of 200 yards on the day. Williams picked up 231 yards. Peterson was taken out of the game pretty early, but even he managed to break 100 yards on the ground. All in all, 548 yards were picked up on the ground on 56 attempts - just short of 10 ypc. Defensively, Rutgers struggled a bit. They were giving up stuff on the ground and weren't making plays on ball in the air until the end of the game, but they were able to force stops and turnovers at the right times to prevent points. Austin, Mitchell, and Holland were the biggest difference makers on the defensive side of the ball.
In week 8, Rutgers will host Connecticut in what looks like it will be a battle of a high powered offense going up against a good defense.
Well, this game did not live up to its billing as Rutgers absolutely destroyed the Huskies. The Huskies were unable to do much on offense, posting a terribly 147 yds of offense on the day. On the flip side, Rutgers was able to gain 436 yards of offense, with 356 of those on the ground. These yards were split between Peterson (197) and Johnson (139). Johnson still looks to be showing some lingering signs of his injury, but Coach Killernuts expects him to be back at full strength soon. Both Maxey and Fisher were essential defensively, especially with less production out of Austin and Holland today.
Rutgers did not give up many points, but this defensive performance was not nearly as dominating as they surrendered 300 yards, although quite a few of those were against back ups at the end of the game. TCU wasn't able to get much of a rhythm going, as Rutgers was able to defend the run fairly well and caused more than half of the passes to be incompletions. This is probably why TCU was able to get some drives going, but not sustain them. Rutgers passed the ball a lot more than usual, completing just over 50% of the passes for 3 TDs and 273 yards, not too bad. On the ground, they racked up 153 yards, with Peterson and Johnson gaining 81 and 57 respectively. Both fumbled the ball in situations that probably would have led to points. Despite a lull last week, Austin and Holland were all over the field again today making a lot of plays. Logan pitched in with 2 sacks and Mitchell grabbed two picks.
Week 10 = bye
The next two games for Rutgers looks to be very easy, with games against Louisville (1-6) and ECU (2-5). In their final game of the season, Rutgers will take on Cincinnati (7-2) which looks like it will decide the winner of the Big East this season and the BCS Bowl Bid that goes with it. A win by Rutgers makes them solo champions. A Bearcats win means a 3 way tie at the top between the Scarlet Knights, Bearcats, and Panthers. It's tough to get much of a read on this game. Both teams lost to good out of conference opponents (Clemson and UGA). Both have dominated almost all of their other opponents, except for Cincinnati's loss to Pitt. However, Rutgers struggled mightily against Pitt, so it's tough to say that will translate over.
Will write my write up tomorrow... but had one hell of a game with @JFace907 in order to get a undisputed Big East title and clinch a BCS berth.
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