College Football

CFB Impressions and Predictions: Week 2

By: Trey Walker

This football season is still very young, and lots can change. However, some teams have started to pave their paths early on for the whole year. Let’s check it out….


NC State: 

Marshall was a nice break. It took State a while to wake up, as Marshall came thundering out of the gate up 13-3 early. But monster performances from Kelvin Harmon and All-American Jaylen Samuels helped the Pack come out on top.

Big time players make big time plays……

Next week’s matchup should be more of the same. State’s offense really stepped up to the plate in the second half and proved they could get things going. Furman will have no match for weapons like Samuels and on the ground game with Gallaspy. This will be a commanding win for NCSU.

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Duke: 

Might I say Duke is a football school?

All signs are pointing toward a promising year for the Blue Devils. After a lopsided victory week 1 versus NCCU, Daniel Jones and Company welcomed some tougher competition into town in Northwestern.

This didn’t seem to change things.

Duke is rolling right now on both sides of the ball, and I think they will be too much for a struggling Baylor team.

 

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North Carolina: 

Where to begin?

Carolina is a mess right now. As long as the quarterback competition between LSU grad transfer Brandon Harris and redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt remains “open”, expect an out-of-sync offense for the Heels.

However, the defense that was supposedly poised to have the most experience on the team, and lead the Heels this year, is not living up to the hype. They rank 126th in total defense in the FBS (3 from last place), surrendering on average 7.53 yards per play and 587.0 yards per game. No wonder Lamar Jackson looked great last week, not only is he an incredible athlete that can get yards in all ways possible, but he played arguably one of the worst defenses in football last week. Those two factors aligned to create the perfect storm of 525 total yards and SIX touchdowns. Yikes.

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Lamar Jackson had no trouble getting in his groove against a struggling Tar Heel defense          (PC: herosports.com)

Tar Heel fans, prepare for a long season ahead…..

As far as this week’s matchup goes, the Tar Heels will most likely earn a much needed win, as they travel up to Norfolk with a matchup with Old Dominion. Last time the Tar Heels met with the Monarchs, they led 80-20 going into the fourth quarter, and it had to be shortened.  This is a struggling team but I am confident they will walk away with a W.

Pick:

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HEISMO-METER

Baker Mayfield’s 226 yard/2 TD performance to lead the Sooners over Ohio State bumps him just above Lamar Jackson in this week’s 919 Sports Report Heismo-Meter….

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Our graphics guy, Ross Bechtel displayed the Heisman standings after Week 2 in the 919SR Heismo-Meter

Manziel comforts Trump, deletes account after

By: Trey Walker


It has been quite an interesting time in the political world of the United States recently, and earlier this month, former president Barack Obama passed the presidential torch to the Republican victor, Donald Trump. In this article, OT Sports analyzed the impact of Johnny Manziel’s Twitter posts in his own career, and in the political atmosphere.

DISCLAIMER: OT Sports is not a political news outlet. Our mission is to deliver the best stories in the sports world. However, in this particular instance, politics crossed paths with the beaten path of our sports coverage, so giving this matter some recognition seemed appropriate.


We have a soft spot for Johnny Manziel. He has always found away to beat the odds against him. Standing at a meager 6′ 0″, Manziel was never deemed worthy by scouts to be a good quarterback, but proved otherwise. After winning the Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in college football, in his freshman year, he finished his career as an Aggie, and left after his sophomore year to pursue his dream of playing in the National Football League. The Cleveland Browns decided to give the troubled quarterback a chance, promising that they would provide stability for him. Unfortunately Manziel fell out of the league after a short two seasons, struggling again with substance abuse and his relationship with his girlfriend.

Manziel’s tumultuous tale is a sad one, but he doesn’t believe that this is how it ends for him. This month, he surged back into headlines, this time for antics on Twitter, promising a return…..

No lie.. I was a douche in 2016 I’m just trying to be a good PERSON again#LostInTheSauce

— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) January 19, 2017

It will take intensive rehab and consistent good behavior for a franchise to even fathom picking Johnny Football back up, but it is not impossible.

The real comedy happened when Manziel comforted President Trump about Twitter haters, and how he should block out the noise…..

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…….Shortly after publishing the tweet, Manziel deleted his account. He cited distraction, and his need to commit more to his comeback as reasons for leaving.

Whether or not Money Manziel actually makes it back to the gridiron ever again, we can always count on him to make stunts that will entertain us all.

 

TOP SECRET: Wakeyleaks

By: Trey Walker


For Wake Forest, it has been a rollercoaster of events in the past couple of weeks. The Deacs have hit highs, when they finished the regular season 6-6 and became bowl eligible for the first time under Dave Clausen. On the flip side, they have been investigating an ongoing internal affair where a former player was caught slipping the playbook to opposing teams.

Who is the contact getting intel on the inside?

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Elrod has been tagged as the culprit.                                            PC: Greensboro News and Record

Tommy Elrod. This guy balled out for Wake in the late 90s, and went on to be a graduate assistant for Jim Grobe. After Grobe was let go, the Deacs brought in Dave Clausen from Bowling Green. Clausen opted not to retain Elrod on his coaching staff, but he still kept close ties with the program and became the IMG radio analyst for Wake football. Little did the Deacs know that Elrod would later turn on his alma mater and leak information that would jeopardize wins for the team.

The first clue of Elrod’s shenanigans occurred after the Deacs week 10 matchup with Louisville on the road. At the half, Wake had inched their way out to a 12-3 lead over the Cardinals. But Lamar Jackson finished the game with a strong second half to push Louisville forward to a 44-12 victory. Jackson’s performance may have not been the only thing that helped them win……

After the defeat, Louisville’s offensive coordinator, Lonnie Galloway, was found guilty of accepting “confidential and proprietary game preparations” from members of the Wake Forest football staff. Galloway and Elrod were graduate assistants under Jim Grobe from 2011-2012. Since then, Louisville has suspended their OC for their upcoming game against LSU in the Citrus Bowl.

Louisville was the first school to crack and admit their wrongdoings, but it seems that this will not be the last school to come out. Since then, Virginia Tech has admitted that they were offered, and accepted information from Elrod regarding special trick plays before the game. Sources say that Elrod may have been distributing pre-game plans as early as 2014. Just think about it……..

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Elrod leaked information as far back as 2014, giving teams a large advantage                            PC: deadspin.com

Other notes:

  • Army has admitted that they were contacted by Wake Forest, but did not accept anything
  • UNC/NCSU have not commented on the issue

So, what’s next?

To be quite honest, I don’t think anyone knows. Espionage on this level hasn’t happened before in college sports(or to our knowledge at least). The ACC has established strong disapproval to the schools who knowingly accepted stolen property. Stressing integrity in the conference, commissioner John Swofford issued both Louisville and Virginia Tech $25,000 fines.


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It didn’t take long for the ACC commish to lay down the law. PC: si.com

Swofford’s Press Release:

“I am deeply disturbed something like this would occur, and regardless of the degree of involvement, the protection of the competitive integrity of our games is fundamental to any athletic contest,” Swofford said. “Sportsmanship and ethical values are at the core of competitive integrity and in these instances, those were missing. The expectation, regardless of the sport, is that any athletics department staff members would immediately communicate with their supervisor if they are approached by someone from another institution with proprietary information.”

 

 


So far, Wakeyleaks has been all over the place. With new information coming out constantly an end is not in the foreseeable future. Wake Forest has proven this year, after going 6-6 with a leaked playbook, that they truly are the ACC Juggernaut. Dave Clausen should win ACC Coach of the Year, unopposed, as he willed the Deacs to a bowl with most of his opponents knowing his strategy.

The Doeren Dilemma

By: Trey Walker


On Friday afternoon, NC State will head to Chapel Hill to play the Tar Heels in the final game of the regular season. However, this is more than just a game. No matter how reluctant Carolina fans are to embracing the Wolfpack as true rivals, they must recognize that this matchup means something now.

North Carolina will be seeking vengeance. In the last meeting between the two teams in Chapel Hill, the Wolfpack used a strong 3 touchdown performance from QB Jacoby Brissett to breeze past Carolina, 35-7.

Senior Tar Heel Guard, Jon Heck expressed how much that game hurt in an interview with Inside Carolina.

“Nobody has forgotten two years ago and that was a nightmare for us and a terrible feeling,” Heck said. “Looking back when they came in and destroyed us, that’s one of the worst feelings I’ve had in my life.

Its this feeling that the Heels hope to never feel again.

On the flip side, NC State has plenty to play for. With a win they can: ruin any possibility for UNC to reach the ACC title game, and become bowl eligible for the third time under Dave Doeren. This brings us to my main point….. The Doeren Dilemma.

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So State fans, lets face it. Getting rid of Tom O’Brien was a COLOSSAL mistake. TOB owned UNC, losing to the Heels only 1 time in his final season(5-1 overall). He also coached State to 4 bowl games, and pulled an impressive upset in the 2010 Russell Athletic Bowl against a strong West Virginia team, ranked 22nd nationally at the time. That team finished with a 9-4 record, the second highest win total in school history. O’Brien was let go by Debbie Yow after the 2012 season, claiming that she was unimpressed with recruiting.

Since Dave Doeren has taken over the program, little improvement has taken effect. Many say that he has made the program worse.


Community Viewpoints: Luke Brizzolara

FullSizeRender.jpgA junior at Broughton High School, Luke has been apart of the Pack since day one. He has seen the ups and downs of the program, and has developed a strong opinion on Dave Doeren’s performance as head coach, and how important Friday’s game is.

Q: Will Doeren’s future at NCSU be determined in this last game of the regular season?

LB: We need to be super competitive and continue to show we have the ability to go up against a top-25 team. If we get blown again, our games against FSU and Clemson won’t save him, as we have consistently underperformed against inferior or equal opponents. If we don’t win against Carolina, I don’t see a scenario in which we keep him. Too many seasons have been sub-par with Dave. This will be the nail in the coffin if he loses and fails to make a bowl game. 


As head coach, Doeren maintains a 23-26 overall record at State, and has never broken gotten his team ranked in the top 25 at any point. His bowl record is 1-1, the win coming against a mediocre Central Florida team. The statistics show that Doeren is no where close to as good as O’Brien was.

If NCSU doesn’t pull out a victory against UNC, it will be the second time (2/4 seasons) that a Doeren Wolfpack will be ineligible for bowl play.

Bottom Line: Cut ’em loose