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    Syracuse is back in the Dome for the second straight Saturday when it hosts Western Michigan on September 21. The Broncos blasted Georgia State a week ago, who had won at Tennessee in its season opener. What does this all mean?

    PLAYING THE MATCHUP GAME
    Comparing results, especially in the early portion of the college football season, is not for the faint of heart. Taking a team's reults in an attempt to predict outcomes is not always a productive plan.

    For example -- Georgia State opened its season by winning at Tennessee, 38-30.

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    Syracuse is back in the Dome for the second straight Saturday when it hosts Western Michigan on September 21. The Broncos blasted Georgia State a week ago, who had won at Tennessee in its season opener. What does this all mean?

    PLAYING THE MATCHUP GAME
    Comparing results, especially in the early portion of the college football season, is not for the faint of heart. Taking a team's reults in an attempt to predict outcomes is not always a productive plan.

    For example -- Georgia State opened its season by winning at Tennessee, 38-30.

  • Tar Heel Times: Mack Brown: Good energy this week, evaluating center, and why he left App State after one season

    Mack Brown: "The energy has been really good this week. We talked about the lack of energy we had Friday, that you have to earn the right to win and if you don't come out with all you've got and play your best, you're probably not going to win. We're not good enough to do that at this point. Practice yesterday was really good, practice was really good today." (Heels Maven)

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    Mack Brown: "The energy has been really good this week. We talked about the lack of energy we had Friday, that you have to earn the right to win and if you don't come out with all you've got and play your best, you're probably not going to win. We're not good enough to do that at this point. Practice yesterday was really good, practice was really good today." (Heels Maven)

    Recent Football News:

    UNC Preparing for ASU's Unknown
    Wednesday September 18, 2019

    Opponent Preview: Appalachian State
    Wednesday September 18, 2019

    Phil Longo's assessment "a big hit to the stomach" for Tar Heel offensive line
    Wednesday September 18, 2019

  • Fansided: Miami football senior safety Robert Knowles more focused in 2019

    Robert Knowles was a safety net for the Miami football team in their loss to North Carolina earlier this month. Knowles was focused like a starter when he had to enter the game after junior starting safety Amari Carter was ejected for targeting against the Tar Heels He finished with a career high tying five tackles versus North Carolina.

    Knowles' performance against North Carolina earned him his first career start on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman. He finished two tackles, a half tackle for loss and a fumble recovery that was the first time Knowles got to wear the turnover chain.

    Robert Knowles was a safety net for the Miami football team in their loss to North Carolina earlier this month. Knowles was focused like a starter when he had to enter the game after junior starting safety Amari Carter was ejected for targeting against the Tar Heels He finished with a career high tying five tackles versus North Carolina.

    Knowles' performance against North Carolina earned him his first career start on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman. He finished two tackles, a half tackle for loss and a fumble recovery that was the first time Knowles got to wear the turnover chain.

  • Card Chronicle: Seedy K's Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IV

    Quick recap: Purdue's defense played like they'd been drinking boilermakers instead of engineering and building them. The Tar Heels came back to earth. Florida State self destructed. Again. Kentucky did what Kentucky has traditionally done. And the University of Louisville Cardinals continue to show improvement, but that they still have a way to go.

    Which is to, in an oh so subtle manner, advise that the kid was a perfect 5-0 last weekend.

    Not bad for someone who believes the shtick is more important than the predictions.

    12-5 for the year rounds out to 70% correctitude.

    Quick recap: Purdue's defense played like they'd been drinking boilermakers instead of engineering and building them. The Tar Heels came back to earth. Florida State self destructed. Again. Kentucky did what Kentucky has traditionally done. And the University of Louisville Cardinals continue to show improvement, but that they still have a way to go.

    Which is to, in an oh so subtle manner, advise that the kid was a perfect 5-0 last weekend.

    Not bad for someone who believes the shtick is more important than the predictions.

    12-5 for the year rounds out to 70% correctitude.

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  • Fansided: FSU Football in the NFL: 2019 season Week 3 schedule

    Man, it has not been a good start to the college football season for the FSU football fan base...but at least those in garnet and gold have had plenty to root for in the pro game, right? I mean, the Jacksonville Jaguars...okay, not a good example. What about the Miami Dolph...never mind. Ummm...the Tampa Bay Bucs won a game last week?

    Okay, so maybe it hasn't been the best of times to be a pro football fan from the Sunshine State either, but with 15 regular season weeks left, things have to change...right? The Dolphins have to win a game...right?

    Man, it has not been a good start to the college football season for the FSU football fan base...but at least those in garnet and gold have had plenty to root for in the pro game, right? I mean, the Jacksonville Jaguars...okay, not a good example. What about the Miami Dolph...never mind. Ummm...the Tampa Bay Bucs won a game last week?

    Okay, so maybe it hasn't been the best of times to be a pro football fan from the Sunshine State either, but with 15 regular season weeks left, things have to change...right? The Dolphins have to win a game...right?

  • @ClemsonFB • 8h

    Fansided: Clemson Football: CBS already showing major SEC bias

    It didn't take long for CBS to change its mind about who the No. 1 team in the country was.

    Despite Clemson football being ranked No. 1 in every other major poll, CBS decided to move the Alabama Crimson Tide into the No. 1 spot following the Tide's impressive (*cough*chuckle*cough) win over South Carolina.

    Though Alabama gave up 23 points to the Gamecocks and it very well could've been more had it not been for poor coaching and officiating, the organization made the decision that Alabama deserved to be ranked ahead of Clemson football.

    It didn't take long for CBS to change its mind about who the No. 1 team in the country was.

    Despite Clemson football being ranked No. 1 in every other major poll, CBS decided to move the Alabama Crimson Tide into the No. 1 spot following the Tide's impressive (*cough*chuckle*cough) win over South Carolina.

    Though Alabama gave up 23 points to the Gamecocks and it very well could've been more had it not been for poor coaching and officiating, the organization made the decision that Alabama deserved to be ranked ahead of Clemson football.

  • @NCAAF • 8h

    Bleacher Report: 2019 National Title Odds: Alabama, Clemson Co-Betting Favorites After Week 3

    The 2019 college football season is three weeks old, and according to Caesars Sportsbook, not much has changed since No. 1 Clemson routed No. 2 Alabama 44-16 in last season's College Football Playoff National Championship.

    Wednesday, Caesars revealed updated title odds with Clemson and Alabama each at +245 (bet $100 to win $245) to win the 2020 national title:

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    Ahead of Week 4, both squads have cruised to 3-0 records. According to ESPN's Football Power Index, though, Alabama holds a slight edge moving forward.

    The 2019 college football season is three weeks old, and according to Caesars Sportsbook, not much has changed since No. 1 Clemson routed No. 2 Alabama 44-16 in last season's College Football Playoff National Championship.

    Wednesday, Caesars revealed updated title odds with Clemson and Alabama each at +245 (bet $100 to win $245) to win the 2020 national title:

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    Ahead of Week 4, both squads have cruised to 3-0 records. According to ESPN's Football Power Index, though, Alabama holds a slight edge moving forward.

  • Tomahawk Nation: FSU fans' confidence in program direction rebounds after UVA game

    What a difference a week makes. After the Seminoles broke into the win column against UL-Monroe, Florida State fans showed their disdain for how the 'Noles played, needing overtime to top the Warhawks. No surveyed fanbase in the country was less confident in the direction of its program.

    But after FSU's first road and conference game, a close loss to Virginia, our Tomahawk Nation FanPulse voters reacted much more positively. Here are the weekly totals, regarding how many of you are confident in the direction of the Florida State program:

    The lowest confidence level is a tie between Stanford and Rutgers, at 0%.

    What a difference a week makes. After the Seminoles broke into the win column against UL-Monroe, Florida State fans showed their disdain for how the 'Noles played, needing overtime to top the Warhawks. No surveyed fanbase in the country was less confident in the direction of its program.

    But after FSU's first road and conference game, a close loss to Virginia, our Tomahawk Nation FanPulse voters reacted much more positively. Here are the weekly totals, regarding how many of you are confident in the direction of the Florida State program:

    The lowest confidence level is a tie between Stanford and Rutgers, at 0%.

  • @ClemsonFB • 9h

    The Clemson Insider: Big Peach State OL 'can't wait' to visit Clemson Saturday

    A prospect from the Peach State on Clemson's radar will make his first unofficial visit to Death Valley this weekend.

    Atlanta (Ga.) Marist 2021 offensive tackle Davis McKenna is set to attend Saturday's 7:30 p.m. game against Charlotte.

    "This is going to be my first visit to Clemson as a recruit," McKenna told TCI. "I've only gone to one other Clemson game, and the atmosphere was incredible. I can't wait to experience it as a recruit."

    Clemson is showing interest in McKenna and invited the 6-foot-5, 275-pound junior to be among the program's guests for the Charlotte game.

    A prospect from the Peach State on Clemson's radar will make his first unofficial visit to Death Valley this weekend.

    Atlanta (Ga.) Marist 2021 offensive tackle Davis McKenna is set to attend Saturday's 7:30 p.m. game against Charlotte.

    "This is going to be my first visit to Clemson as a recruit," McKenna told TCI. "I've only gone to one other Clemson game, and the atmosphere was incredible. I can't wait to experience it as a recruit."

    Clemson is showing interest in McKenna and invited the 6-foot-5, 275-pound junior to be among the program's guests for the Charlotte game.

  • @NCAAF • 10h

    SI.com: Mailbag: Does UCF Have a Legitimate Shot at the Playoff?

    In this week's mailbag, we answer your burning questions about everything from UCF's Power 5 statement win, to how Florida is coping after losing its starting QB, to which outsider might crash the College Football Playoff party this year. Perhaps our answer to that last question will surprise you...

    From @Hamet4Deep: Dillon Gabriel looks like the real deal. Enough to finally get UCF some respect? Or just another Boise State of the 2000s?

    UCF made a statement over the weekend by rolling visiting Stanford, 45-27, behind an impressive performance by QB Dillon Gabriel. The true freshman, who is the fourth quarterback to start for UCF in its last six games, went 22-of-30 for 347 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

    In this week's mailbag, we answer your burning questions about everything from UCF's Power 5 statement win, to how Florida is coping after losing its starting QB, to which outsider might crash the College Football Playoff party this year. Perhaps our answer to that last question will surprise you...

    From @Hamet4Deep: Dillon Gabriel looks like the real deal. Enough to finally get UCF some respect? Or just another Boise State of the 2000s?

    UCF made a statement over the weekend by rolling visiting Stanford, 45-27, behind an impressive performance by QB Dillon Gabriel. The true freshman, who is the fourth quarterback to start for UCF in its last six games, went 22-of-30 for 347 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

  • @MemphisFB • 12h

    Official Site of the Tigers: My Favorite Things: Kinkaid Padgett

    Coaches enjoy veteran leadership, and they also love players with a defensive mindset. University of Memphis head coach Sean Burdette got both when junior Kinkaid Padgett became a Tiger in the off-season. The libero/defensive specialist transferred to Memphis after playing two seasons at Georgia State.

    At Georgia State, Padgett collected nearly 350 digs and had 13 matches in which she rolled up double-digit digs. She has brought that solid defense to the Blue and Gray in 2019, and her play has been pivotal in Memphis' early-season success that includes last weekend's Saluki Invitational championship run.

    Coaches enjoy veteran leadership, and they also love players with a defensive mindset. University of Memphis head coach Sean Burdette got both when junior Kinkaid Padgett became a Tiger in the off-season. The libero/defensive specialist transferred to Memphis after playing two seasons at Georgia State.

    At Georgia State, Padgett collected nearly 350 digs and had 13 matches in which she rolled up double-digit digs. She has brought that solid defense to the Blue and Gray in 2019, and her play has been pivotal in Memphis' early-season success that includes last weekend's Saluki Invitational championship run.

  • @VT_Football • 12h

    Gobbler Country: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Furman Paladins: a View from the Sideline Part 1

    So, Saturday was just weird. Okay? It was just a plain old weird day. Everyone should have known that something was screwed up because at the end of the National Anthem there was no promised flyover (overcast sky), and the Skipper misfired... leaving the captain of the gun crew yanking uselessly on the lanyard. A misfire of a field piece -even a replica firing blanks- is serious and requires some amount of care in clearing.

    I think that's when I got the first sinking feeling that something wasn't right with the entire day. Later, nature would play a nasty trick on everyone, again.

    So, Saturday was just weird. Okay? It was just a plain old weird day. Everyone should have known that something was screwed up because at the end of the National Anthem there was no promised flyover (overcast sky), and the Skipper misfired... leaving the captain of the gun crew yanking uselessly on the lanyard. A misfire of a field piece -even a replica firing blanks- is serious and requires some amount of care in clearing.

    I think that's when I got the first sinking feeling that something wasn't right with the entire day. Later, nature would play a nasty trick on everyone, again.

  • Streaking The Lawn: An ode to the best 2-point conversion in football history

    At this point, it's safe to assume most Virginia fans have seen Saturday night's game against the visiting Florida State Seminoles, or at the very least seen the highlights. Even if you have, allow me to paint you a word picture.

    The No. 25 ranked Cavaliers trailed the Noles 17-10 at the start of the fourth quarter, but were driving deep into Florida State territory. Virginia needed just two plays and 45 seconds into the final stanza of the game for QB Bryce Perkins to find Joe Reed in the end zone for a 12-yard strike. A converted extra point from Brian Delaney tied the game at 17, but that score only lasted eight plays and 2:33 off the clock as FSU QB James Blackman led the Noles down the field to retake a 7-point lead with 11:42 left in the game.

    At this point, it's safe to assume most Virginia fans have seen Saturday night's game against the visiting Florida State Seminoles, or at the very least seen the highlights. Even if you have, allow me to paint you a word picture.

    The No. 25 ranked Cavaliers trailed the Noles 17-10 at the start of the fourth quarter, but were driving deep into Florida State territory. Virginia needed just two plays and 45 seconds into the final stanza of the game for QB Bryce Perkins to find Joe Reed in the end zone for a 12-yard strike. A converted extra point from Brian Delaney tied the game at 17, but that score only lasted eight plays and 2:33 off the clock as FSU QB James Blackman led the Noles down the field to retake a 7-point lead with 11:42 left in the game.

  • Fansided: Syracuse Football: Top solutions to inefficient analytics on 2019 Orange

    Syracuse football has endured a tumultuous start to the 2019 season as they enter Week 4 with a 1-2 record.

    After some sloppy play and lots of miscommunication, Syracuse has found themselves in the basement of the ACC standings.

    Just by the eye test alone, you can tell that Syracuse has faced many difficulties this season. However, if you look back to the box score, there are many scary stats as well.

    Head coach Dino Babers has primarily split the 'Cuse offensive plays almost 50-50 between run and pass plays. It is no secret that Syracuse has struggled on offense.

    Syracuse football has endured a tumultuous start to the 2019 season as they enter Week 4 with a 1-2 record.

    After some sloppy play and lots of miscommunication, Syracuse has found themselves in the basement of the ACC standings.

    Just by the eye test alone, you can tell that Syracuse has faced many difficulties this season. However, if you look back to the box score, there are many scary stats as well.

    Head coach Dino Babers has primarily split the 'Cuse offensive plays almost 50-50 between run and pass plays. It is no secret that Syracuse has struggled on offense.

  • Pack Insider: NC State's Depth Chart vs. Ball State (with notes)

    NC State released their depth chart for their matchup against Ball State this Saturday night yesterday at Dave Doeren's weekly press conference.

    Notes

    Last week there was an "OR" between Freshman Timothy McKay and Redshirt Freshman Derrick Eason at Right Tackle, with the former being listed before the latter. This week there is no "OR", and Eason has jumped over McKay to serve as Redshirt Junior Justin Witt's backup.
    Freshman Nose Tackle Joshua Harris was third string on the depth chart last week, but isn't on it at all this week.

    NC State released their depth chart for their matchup against Ball State this Saturday night yesterday at Dave Doeren's weekly press conference.

    Notes

    Last week there was an "OR" between Freshman Timothy McKay and Redshirt Freshman Derrick Eason at Right Tackle, with the former being listed before the latter. This week there is no "OR", and Eason has jumped over McKay to serve as Redshirt Junior Justin Witt's backup.
    Freshman Nose Tackle Joshua Harris was third string on the depth chart last week, but isn't on it at all this week.

  • Fansided: Miami football success on third down begins by stopping the run

    Speaking on Hurricane Hotline on 560 WQAM the Joe on Tuesday night, Miami football head coach Manny Diaz attributed the Hurricanes success stopping opponents on third down to their ability to stop the run. After last season's disaster in the Pinstripe Bowl against Wisconsin on the ground, it's an encouraging development.

    After finishing 42nd against the run in 2018, the Miami football team has improved defensively to eighth against the run in 2019. All of the schools ahead of the Hurricanes stopping the run are from Power Five conferences except for San Diego State who is third.

    Speaking on Hurricane Hotline on 560 WQAM the Joe on Tuesday night, Miami football head coach Manny Diaz attributed the Hurricanes success stopping opponents on third down to their ability to stop the run. After last season's disaster in the Pinstripe Bowl against Wisconsin on the ground, it's an encouraging development.

    After finishing 42nd against the run in 2018, the Miami football team has improved defensively to eighth against the run in 2019. All of the schools ahead of the Hurricanes stopping the run are from Power Five conferences except for San Diego State who is third.

  • From The Rumble Seat: Georgia Tech Football: Statistics Update - Post Week 3

    SBNation has partnered with SportSource Analytics this year to provide advanced stats to the blogs. The stats in this article were furnished as part of that arrangement. We'll continue to provide updates on these stats on a periodic basis.

    Now that the anger has settled a bit, it's time to start rationalizing what has happened so far this season and why. Believe it or not, there are some small reasons for optimism in the Tech's statistical profile. It's a profile that tells a story of a team that can't get out of its own way, and that is in desperate need of stability along the offensive line.

    SBNation has partnered with SportSource Analytics this year to provide advanced stats to the blogs. The stats in this article were furnished as part of that arrangement. We'll continue to provide updates on these stats on a periodic basis.

    Now that the anger has settled a bit, it's time to start rationalizing what has happened so far this season and why. Believe it or not, there are some small reasons for optimism in the Tech's statistical profile. It's a profile that tells a story of a team that can't get out of its own way, and that is in desperate need of stability along the offensive line.

  • Fansided: FSU Football: How heartbreaking loss to Louisville led to current demise

    For the FSU football team, the 2017 season was something that the program had not seen before. After five straight seasons of 10 or more wins that included three ACC titles, a national championship and countless awards for players, the Seminoles limped into the season wondering what the heck had taken place.

    After opening the season with a loss to top ranked Alabama and having two games postponed for weather reasons with Hurricane Irma, the Seminoles found themselves coming into the sixth game with a 2-3 record and people wondering if they were going to be able to turn things around.

    For the FSU football team, the 2017 season was something that the program had not seen before. After five straight seasons of 10 or more wins that included three ACC titles, a national championship and countless awards for players, the Seminoles limped into the season wondering what the heck had taken place.

    After opening the season with a loss to top ranked Alabama and having two games postponed for weather reasons with Hurricane Irma, the Seminoles found themselves coming into the sixth game with a 2-3 record and people wondering if they were going to be able to turn things around.

  • @ClemsonFB • 12h

    The Clemson Insider: Swinney: 'When I grow up one day, it is going to be awesome'

    As he was heading into his second year as a head coach, Dabo Swinney was asked what he learned during his first year on the job.

    The question kind of caught Clemson's coach by surprise. He had not thought about it.

    When he went back to his office later that afternoon, Swinney went into his desk draw and found a sheet of loose-leaf paper and wrote across the top, "What I have learned as a head coach." That single sheet of paper has now turned into five as he writes down those moments when he learns something new about his position.

    As he was heading into his second year as a head coach, Dabo Swinney was asked what he learned during his first year on the job.

    The question kind of caught Clemson's coach by surprise. He had not thought about it.

    When he went back to his office later that afternoon, Swinney went into his desk draw and found a sheet of loose-leaf paper and wrote across the top, "What I have learned as a head coach." That single sheet of paper has now turned into five as he writes down those moments when he learns something new about his position.

  • @NCAAF • 12h

    SI.com: Georgia Grocery Store Conveniently Out of Irish Spring Soap Ahead of ND Matchup

    One grocery store in Georgia is going the extra step in hopes of taking away the luck of the Fighting Irish ahead of a big No. 7 Notre Dame-No. 3 Georgia clash.

    Dill's Food City announced to customers it was removing Irish Spring soap off its shelves, conveniently before the home state's big top-10 matchup.

    A Facebook post said, "Sorry Dill's customers there will be no Irish Spring at our stores this week. Go Dawgs!" The sign itself read, "Temporarily out of stock," with the addition of "go 'Dawgs."

    Nothing says spooked and superstitious like getting rid of some soap.

    One grocery store in Georgia is going the extra step in hopes of taking away the luck of the Fighting Irish ahead of a big No. 7 Notre Dame-No. 3 Georgia clash.

    Dill's Food City announced to customers it was removing Irish Spring soap off its shelves, conveniently before the home state's big top-10 matchup.

    A Facebook post said, "Sorry Dill's customers there will be no Irish Spring at our stores this week. Go Dawgs!" The sign itself read, "Temporarily out of stock," with the addition of "go 'Dawgs."

    Nothing says spooked and superstitious like getting rid of some soap.