GWJ2STAR 3.0 - Week 1

Welcome to Week 1!

We have preseason rankings!

#22 SMU
#28 SDSU
#31 Nevada
#37 Marshall
#46 Buffalo
#51 Illinois
#57 Eastern Michigan
#80 UTEP

=============== Buffalo Bulls (0-0) ===============
This week, the Bulls are idle.

=============== Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-0) ===============
This week, the Eagles travel to East Lansing to face the Michigan State Spartans (0-0).

=============== Marshall Thundering Herd (0-0) ===============
This week, the Thundering Herd will host Purdue (0-0).

=============== Nevada Wolf Pack (0-0) ===============
This week, the Wolf Pack travel to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies (0-0).

=============== Northern Illinois Huskies (0-0) ===============
This week, the Huskies are idle.

=============== San Diego State Aztecs (0-0) ===============
This week, the Aztecs travel to Cincinnati to face the Cincinnati Bearcats (0-0).

=============== #22 SMU Mustangs (0-0) ===============
This week, the Mustangs travel to Waco to face the Baylor Bears (0-0).

=============== UTEP Miners (0-0) ===============
This week, the Miners will host New Mexico (0-0).

Looking at the Preseason Rankings lends some insight to what I was saying about kicker ratings. Six of the Top 10 teams have special team ratings of D or D-. This is attributed to the dorked kicker creation. But I also noticed that many of you guys have D's, too. If you want me to increase the kicker sliders, I'm open to it.

I'm content with the human kicking. Give the AI some help though, they are bad.

Finished my recruiting. Looks like it might be a good year at SMU, as I picked up a 4* FS on day one.

The donors must be buying cars for everyone!

I had no 4* interest this year

Looks like another ho-hum recruiting class for EMU. I only have 1 position of "need" but I do like me some depth.

Tough first week opponent too. eek

Leroyog wrote:

I had no 4* interest this year

Looks like another ho-hum recruiting class for EMU. I only have 1 position of "need" but I do like me some depth.

Tough first week opponent too. eek

I actually had seven 4* rank me first. So I'm going hard after as many as I can get this year. It may bite me in the butt if I fail to sign them, and the 3*'s I am ignoring get snapped up. Still no 5* interest this year, though.

A first for me this is a that I have access to all promises now. So I have a few more options available with out having to promise a kid I won't redshirt him or play him.

=============== Northern Illinois Huskies (0-0) ===============
This week, the Huskies are idle.

f*cking tease.

I had 7 4* players list me in the top 3...about 6 of them are WRs.

#80...wtf

No love for the Miners.

I guess I'll be handing out plenty comeuppance this year.

By the way, I've finished my recruiting...so now all I have to do is wait. And wait.

That's okay, as I barely have one player rated in the 80s and am likely to get crushed this season, especially against Iowa with the importance of speed difference emphasized.

Done. UTEP wins a close one 24-14.

This is going to be rough. New Mexico's D-line was channeling the '85 Bears but I was still able to muster over 200 rushing yards as a team on right around 45 carries.

Lost my starting QB for a couple weeks, so the back up came in and threw 2 picks.

I really need to make some adjustments or next weeks Wisconsin match up won't be worth the price of admission.

SMU went to Waco and got whacked 40-38.

It was a crazy game that mostly came down to failures on defense. SMU was 10-7 after the fist quarter. But midway through the third they found themselves down 27-10, and entered the 4th down 34-17.

But Kyle Padron decided to put on a show and drove the Mustangs on two long TD drives. Down just 34-31, though, SMU ent back to the run and stalled quickly. Believing Baylor would run the ball, SMU got caught way out of position and gave up another quick TD, and now were behind 40-31. Yeah, the infamous cruddy kickers were at work for Baylor.

Padron mobilized the Mustangs for his 4th TD pass of the day, going over 400 yards. But the defense could not get the ball back.

Two missed FG loomed large for kicker Chase Ford.

So, uh, yeah, let's move those sliders up!

All-American Zach Line had just 79 yards on 16 carries. The huge lead they gave up kept SMU from feeding him the ball more.

Robert Griffin for Baylor had 364 yards, completing 24 of 32 passes. Salubi ran for 101 yards on 19 carries.

Not the best result, but it really was a fantastic game.

Baylor, while ranked 60th, is a B- team, with a B+ offense and a C+ defense. So going on the road, this felt like a fair result. I had shots to win, and if I played it 10 times I think I could win at least six of them.

I could also tell how much better this SMU team is from the original.

I'll play mine in 1 hour after work, I'm excited, that looked like an exciting game Jay. I only had 3-star players ranking me highly, so I'll be average again throughout recruiting. I have a bad feeling about facing Cincy on the road, if I remember correctly they run the no huddle, and I hate playing no huddle teams with good QB's!

I just spent about 45 minutes in practice and my D-Line was in the backfield within 2 seconds of the snap. I was counting it off; 8/10 snaps. I'm not feeling good about my game against MSU. I think I'm going to play it in the morning when I've had less beers. We'll see.

SDSU gets wiped out at Cincy (Leroy, I wish I had had a few beers before/during).

I won't complain because I wanted more difficulty (and this was my 2nd time playing any game since my bowl game), but Cincy was beastly!

I started to figure out some offensive plays that worked near the end, but I think they broke 75 tackles, which was embarrassing for a team that finished #1 in defense last year! Have fun in all of your games!!

Well. Last year I got lectured about throwing the ball too much. I adjusted and learned to run the ball. The d-Line is insane, though. Guess who's going to be abusing the seams this year?

Yeah, DS, I only could hit the seams in my game to the TE/slot. It was a fight throughout..

Yeah, guys. I'm out. Thanks for the past two seasons.

Honestly I don't follow the threads that closely if it wasn't obvious. So I just found out about the sliders recently. Like days ago. Feel free to make me the bad guy if you like, but I just don't like the sliders. Better to bail now than before I possibly ding the record of a human opponent or cause a key injury.

In a stunning move, San Diego State has changed their offense to become an option team. Their coach hasn't run the option since he played the NCAA '06 game on PS2, we will see how the change works!

Since I'm going to have to practice some, I want to get back to my first love, the option! I have a slow QB and haven't run the option in an NCAA game since college, back in '04, so this should be fun!

airicc8 wrote:

In a stunning move, San Diego State has changed their offense to become an option team. Their coach hasn't run the option since he played the NCAA '06 game on PS2, we will see how the change works!

Since I'm going to have to practice some, I want to get back to my first love, the option! I have a slow QB and haven't run the option in an NCAA game since college, back in '04, so this should be fun!

I tried running the option with Kansas in the other league. I happen to have a fast QB, so it worked pretty well. I finally gave up on it, as I found myself still having to pass out of it too much. When it worked well it was great. When it didn't, it was brutal.

If you want any help, feel free to ask. I think they implemented the option in a really fantastic way. But it does produce slowly developing runs, and those can get eaten up pretty quickly. The first thing I had to learn was how to avoid those killer bad pitches.

Thanks for the offer to help. I will definitely ask for help and try not to randomly pitch when I'm in a bind. My wife is off the island for the weekend for school, so I'm gonna practice all night (I haven't been able to do this for a while, I'm stoked).

Did you use the option run playbook or a specific team??

OK, just played a Quarter with last year's SDSU vs. Army, and scored with the option on my second poss. (using our sliders). I am going to see how it works against Cincy now.

airicc8 wrote:

Thanks for the offer to help. I will definitely ask for help and try not to randomly pitch when I'm in a bind. My wife is off the island for the weekend for school, so I'm gonna practice all night (I haven't been able to do this for a while, I'm stoked).

Did you use the option run playbook or a specific team??

I ended up using Georgia Tech the most. Air Force has some nice standard formations mixed in.

This video was something that kind of helped me wrap my head around the what the triple option was trying to accomplish.

Thanks! I went to Georgia Southern for Grad. school and got to watch a lot of Triple Option in person (they won the FCS championship a lot back in the day with GTech's Paul Johnson as coach). I'm stoked to do the option again, this video is sick..Thanks!

No problem! I would love to run some option with SMU, but Padron is a fumbling machine, and a terrible runner. My third string guy, and probable starter next season is a great runner, so I might give it another go.

I took SMU originally because I thought it would be fun to learn the Run and Shoot the same way. But that was a lot less fun, because I really like running the ball. And running out of it is pretty hard.

Although Zach Line has really established himself in the real SMU offense. I'm pretty excited to watch some SMU football this season to see how the kid develops. I would have thought a speed back would be better. But Line is a load and a half. I guess he forces teams to keep LB's in while Padron slings the ball around.

There is a June Jones video on Youtube similar to the Paul Johnson one. But mostly he explains why the present day run and shoot doesn't use motion so much any more. Instead, they read the defense after the snap, and routes are changed based on it. It doesn't translate to video game football very well.

That's why I went to the one back, and now multiple formation playbooks.

I do like how the NCAA 11 has led me to learn about some parts of college football I never really followed becasue I watched mostly pro ball.

airicc8 wrote:

Thanks! I went to Georgia Southern for Grad. school and got to watch a lot of Triple Option in person (they won the FCS championship a lot back in the day with GTech's Paul Johnson as coach). I'm stoked to do the option again, this video is sick..Thanks!

Georgia Southern is pretty fun to watch. I saw them play Oregon State in Corvallis a couple years ago in one of those awful games where a D-1 school schedules a FCS team. They were scrappy.

EDIT: Also, the wishbone is my favorite offense of all time. I have a soft spot for all option / veer teams. Partly because I played line in that offense and partly because I grew up watching those Nebraska teams with Tommy Frazier and the Colorado and Georgia Tech teams that ran the option. I always liked the brilliant simplicity of making decisions on the fly like that. Reading and reacting, etc. I suppose that goes back to the fact that I'm more of a basketball guy at heart, so even though I played a lot of football, even through college I always preferred sports that were semi-improvisational.

I'm glad I waited to play sobered up then. I'll knock my game out here in a few.

I run a little wishbone/flexbone from time to time with EMU as my QB has average speed(above average depending on the opponent) In the other dynasty though, my QB is fast as lightning so this formation really helps.

I didn't realize MSU was filled with Adrian Petersons LOL

I lost. When MSU wanted a TD, the game gave them one with a 2-3 broken tackle run by someone.

Leroyog wrote:

I didn't realize MSU was filled with Adrian Petersons LOL

I lost. When MSU wanted a TD, the game gave them one with a 2-3 broken tackle run by someone.

That is harsh. Do you try to go conservative in the gameplan adjustments? I had to make several to get Baylor under control.

I will get the league rolled to week two in a bit.

I didn't think I had to. The AI would break 1-2 tackles by the time they got to the second level.