CFB Team Preseason Top 25’s

With the week 1 schedule of games kicking off later on tonight, the college football team have put together their Top 25’s and some of them even threw in their final four and bowl game predictions.

Let us know what you think!

Lee
 Preseason Top 25

  1. Alabama 
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma 
  4. Georgia 
  5. Ohio State
  6. Oregon
  7. Notre Dame 
  8. LSU
  9. Utah
  10. Florida
  11. Washington
  12. Texas
  13. Auburn
  14. Stanford 
  15. Virginia 
  16. Miami 
  17. Michigan State 
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Michigan 
  20. Iowa
  21. Syracuse 
  22. UCF
  23. Wisconsin
  24. Boise State 
  25. Cincinnati 

New Years 6 Bowls
CFB  Playoff

#1 Alabama vs. #4 Oregon – Peach Bowl

#2 Clemson vs. #3 Oklahoma – Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State vs. Utah – Rose Bowl

Georgia vs. Texas – Sugar Bowl

Miami vs. LSU – Orange Bowl

Notre Dame vs. UCF – Cotton Bowl

Trevor
Preseason Top 25

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Florida
  9. Oregon
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Washington
  12. Michigan
  13. Auburn
  14. Utah
  15. UCF
  16. Texas
  17. Iowa State
  18. Missouri 
  19. Michigan State
  20. Penn State
  21. Minnesota
  22. Syracuse
  23. Iowa
  24. Wisconsin
  25. Boise State

New Years 6 Bowls
CFB Playoff 

#1 Clemson vs #4 Alabama – Peach Bowl

#2 Ohio State vs #3 Georgia – Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame vs UCF – Cotton Bowl

Virginia Tech vs Florida – Orange Bowl

Minnesota vs Oregon – Rose Bowl

Oklahoma vs LSU – Sugar Bowl

Tom
Preseason Top 25

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. LSU
  6. Ohio State
  7. Oregon
  8. Texas
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Florida
  11. Michigan
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Utah
  14. Washington
  15. Auburn
  16. UCF
  17. Penn St
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Michigan St
  20. Iowa
  21. Syracuse
  22. Washington St
  23. Iowa St
  24. Missouri
  25. Stanford

New Years 6 Bowls
CFB Playoff


#1 Georgia vs. #4 Clemson – Peach Bowl

#2 Oklahoma vs. #3 Alabama – Fiesta Bowl

Ohio St vs. Oregon – Rose Bowl

LSU vs. Texas – Sugar Bowl

Miami vs. Florida – Orange Bowl

UCF vs. Notre Dame – Cotton Bowl 

Thomas
Preseason Top 25

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Ohio State
  6. Texas
  7. Michigan
  8. Oregon
  9. LSU
  10. Utah
  11. Florida
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Washington
  15. Auburn
  16. Penn State
  17. UCF
  18. Syracuse 
  19. Michigan State
  20. Wisconsin 
  21. Iowa 
  22. Washington State
  23. Iowa State
  24. Stanford
  25. Nebraska 

No NY6 Bowls Predicted. 

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ACC Preview By Thomas Rowberry

Welcome to the Full 10 Yards ACC Conference Preview

Looking Ahead…

The ACC is very much a talent laden conference but realistically Clemson will again sit atop the conference when all is said and done. The defending National Champs return one of the most talented offenses in all of football with Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross and a handful of offensive linemen returning to Death Valley.

Whilst I expect Clemson to run away with the ACC there are still teams that on their day could cause an upset against the Tigers. Syracuse gave the Tigers everything they could handle at the Carrier Dome in 2018, Miami look to be much improved in Manny Diaz’s first full season as Head Coach and Virginia return one of the most explosive quarterbacks in the conference in Bryce Perkins.

What About 2018?

Well…. Clemson finished the season 15-0, atop the Atlantic Division, beat the Pitt Panthers comfortably in ACC Championship game (winning 42-10) and then went on to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 in the College Football Championship game.

The Pitt Panthers (7-7) were the best team in a competitive yet somehow underwhelming Coastal Division in 2018. 5 teams finished above .500 in 2018 with Pitt (7-7), Georgia Tech (7-6), Virginia (8-5), Miami (7-6) and Duke (8-5) all besting the mark, unfortunately for Virginia and Duke who both posted better overall records than the Panthers their conference play was mediocre at best, Virginia finished 4-4 in conference play whilst the Blue Devils somehow managed to put together a 3-5 conference record.

Behind Clemson the Atlantic division was a little more competitive with both Syracuse (10-3) and North Carolina State (9-4) both posting records that would have come atop the Coastal division. No team in the ACC took a bigger step back in 2018 than the Louisville Cardinals, they went from finishing 8-5 in 2017 to just 2 wins. Losing Lamar Jackson, one of the most dynamic players college football has seen proved to be too big an issue to get over. Florida State went into 2018 with a new Head Coach for the first time in 8 years as Jimbo Fisher left for the challenges of the SEC and Texas A&M, a combination of Willie Taggart’s first season as head coach plus bad play from tumultuous quarterback Deondre Francois saw the Seminoles drop from 8 wins to just the 5 wins in 2018.

Back to Looking Ahead?

So, is there anybody in the ACC that can realistically push the Clemson Tigers? Probably the most suited to do so is are the Syracuse Orange, last season the Orange gave Clemson everything they could handle in a 23-27 loss, they go into this season with Tommy DeVito as their new starting quarterback. Whilst serving as Eric Dungey’s backup in 2017 DeVito flashed that he might be something special, against Florida State (whilst spelling for an injured Eric Dungey) DeVito guided the Orange to 24 second half points, against North Carolina the Orange blew a lead in the third quarter DeVito came in and changed their fortunes, tossing three touchdowns in a triple overtime victory. As well as going into the season with DeVito as QB1 the Orange return seven defensive starters, including Andre Cisco, one of the best safeties in the country who led College Football in interceptions in 2018.

The Miami Hurricanes look to be a completely different kettle of fish in 2019. This offseason they’ve seen a quarterback battle become the concentration of their Spring and Fall practices with returning sophomore N’Kosi Perry, freshman Jarren Williams and transferred ‘star’ Tate Martell battling for QB1. On August 12th Manny Diaz officially announced that Jarren Williams will be Miami’s starting quarterback heading into 2019, whilst Williams is a freshman and the decision was somewhat unexpected the hopes are that he can lead a much improved ‘Canes offense. Only four starters return from last years offense that finished 13th in the ACC in yards per game. Defensively Miami look to remain the best in the ACC and one of the best nationally, last season they finished 1st in the ACC and 14th nationally and bring back the best linebacking group in the country with Michael Pinckney, Shaq Quarterman and Zach McCloud returning for their senior years. The Coastal Division looks to run through Miami as they Hurricanes play both Virginia and Virginia Tech on home soil in 2019.

Speaking of Virginia, everything revolves around the play of Senior quarterback Bryce Perkins. Last season Perkins threw for 2680 yards and 25 touchdowns whilst rushing for an additional 923 yards and 9 touchdowns… that’s electric. Two of his top three receivers (Hasise Dubois & Joe Reed) return for 2019 so should help cover the loss of the Cavaliers leading guy in Olamide Zaccheaus and provide a level of stability going into this season. Virginia returns seven starters on one of the best defenses in the ACC, an explosive offense plus a very good defense in a division that has uncertainty for talented teams could mean the Cavaliers win the Coastal division for the first time.

Who Else Should You Keep Tabs On?

A couple teams that could surprise in 2019 are the Florida State Seminoles and Virginia Tech Hokies The Seminoles were horrific in 2018, Deondre Francois and all that comes with having him at quarterback are no longer on the roster, instead Willie Taggart will choose between James Blackman and Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook. Both of which should represent an upgrade over Francois, who will now be competing at the FCS level. There is a considerable amount of hype surrounding Florida State this offseason, they have bounce back candidates in running back Cam Akers and return eight starters on the defensive side of the ball. Florida State should bounce back and get themselves back into a bowl game.

The Virginia Tech Hokies finished last season 6-7 and yet they go into this season with a little bit of hype surrounding them. Defensively the Hokies put together the worst season that a Bud Foster unit has ever had, finishing 77th in the nation. The same eleven starters are coming back in 2019, and whilst that might sound bad it isn’t, all eleven starters come back more experienced than the year before and with a chip on their should after such a bad year. The main reason the Hokies are getting a bit of hype? Senior quarterback Ryan Willis, the former Kansas-transfer replaced Josh Jackson after two games last year (Jackson went down with an injury) and honestly outplayed all expectations, Willis threw for 2716 yards with 24 touchdowns to just the 9 interceptions. It is fair to expect Willis to replicate and even improve on those numbers in 2019, especially if the defense makes the jump people expect.

Anyone Else?

This might be slightly out on the limb but I really like what Wake Forest have coming into 2019. They have one of the best quarterback situations in the conference with both Sam Hartman and Jamie Newman proving to be more than capable starting quarterbacks. Before breaking his leg Hartman had thrown for 1984 yards, 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in nine games, whilst Newman played in six games tossing 9 touchdowns, 4 interceptions for 1083 yards. Head Coach Dave Clawson should be more than happy with whoever trots out as the week one starter.

The biggest question marks surrounding the Demon Deacons revolve around their mediocre defense, last season they had no real stars and struggled to rush the passer with only 25 sacks all season long. They return only four starters from that defense so it’s unknown as to how their defense will look in 2019, there is a chance they could be every bit as bad but the hope is that an almost completely new defense can provide a little more test for teams than last year’s showing.

Dropping Down a Notch from 2018?

One team stands out as a team that is almost certainly going to take a step back in 2019 – the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Following back to back 9 win seasons you would be forgiven for thinking that NC State could build on that momentum, the problem is that they have lost as much offensive talent as any team in the country. They lost 3900 yards and 25 touchdowns in Ryan Finley, 1000 yards and 19 touchdowns in Reggie Gallaspy II, a combined 2000 yards and 11 touchdowns in Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers, All-American centre Garrett Bradbury and their offensive co-ordinator Eliah Drinkwitz left to become Head Coach of the Appalachian State Mountaineers. This many losses might be too much for the Wolfpack to overcome in 2019.

Shout Out To?

Boston College, Pittsburgh Panthers, North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils. All four of these teams won’t be good enough to compete for either the Atlantic or Coastal division in 2019 but have talented players and should be at least interesting to watch.

Boston College are Boston College, they’re about as consistently average as a college football programme can be, they more or less float around seven wins every season and there isn’t really any reason to expect differently this year. They return a trio of very good offensive players in quarterback Anthony Brown, receiver Kobay White and potential dark-horse Heisman candidate AJ Dillon. Unfortunately for BC their defense is bad, they only return three starters, this will probably halt any progress the offense has made.

Pittsburgh finished the 2018 season atop the Coastal division, they did so by having two 1000 yard rushers in Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall… unfortunately for Pittsburgh both Ollison, Hall and four of their starting offensive linemen are no longer on the team. Pitts defense should remain solid in 2019, their season will hang on the play of Kenny Pickett at quarterback. Pickett was less than spectacular in 2018, he threw for just shy of 2000 yards and just the 12 touchdowns. Those numbers need to improve, without Ollison and Hall Pickett will see far more opportunity to utilise his arm.

Why are the Tar Heels interesting to watch in 2019? One reason really, the return of Mack Brown. North Carolina don’t have a particularly good roster, there is a reason they won just the two games in 2018 but Mack Brown has proven to be a fantastic college coach (might be understating that a bit), if anybody can inspire a Tar Heels turn around its him.

The Blue Devils finished the 2018 season with an 8-5 record and a win against Temple in the Independence Bowl, so why isn’t there any real buzz surrounding them going into 2019? Well, they have a new quarterback in senior Quentin Harris but don’t have many weapons surrounding him. Their defense should remain solid as they return nine starters, but they have a brutal schedule in 2019, in non-conference play they face both Alabama & Notre Dame and face Syracuse & Wake Forest from the Atlantic division. The only way this could have been worse is if they ended up with Clemson on their schedule as well.

Also Rans?

There are only two teams that I expect very little from in 2019, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Louisville Cardinals.

I’ll keep this short and sweet, the Yellow Jackets hired Geoff Collins as their new head coach but don’t really have the personnel to play his traditional system. They return just four starters on offense and only the three starters on defense. That is a LOT of gaps that need filling, if that wasn’t enough to say the Yellow Jackets were going to be bad their schedule should put the final nail in the coffin. In 2019 they travel to Clemson, Miami (Fla) and Virginia whilst hosting Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Georgia to end the season…. I struggle to see a win in any of those games.

I’ll be equally as short with Louisville, they just don’t have a talented roster. The offense without Lamar Jackson was abysmal in 2018, quarterback Jawon Pass was really bad (8:12 TD:INT & less than 2000 yards in ’18), their leading rushers were backup quarterback Malik Cunningham and freshman Hassan Hall (who had only 303 yards) and their defense was horrendous, finishing last in the ACC in both scoring defense and yards allowed. Not a lot has changed heading into 2019, the Cardinals have seemingly fallen even further behind the rest of the ACC.

Predictions:

Atlantic

1. Clemson 12-0

2. Syracuse 10-2

3. Florida State 8-4

4. North Carolina State 8-4

5. Wake Forest 6-6

6. Boston College 6-6

7. Louisville 3-9

Coastal

1. Miami 10-2

2. Virginia 9-3

3. Virginia Tech 8-4

4. Pittsburgh 6-6

5. Duke 4-8

6. North Carolina 3-9

7. Georgia Tech 3-9

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AFC North Breakdown

By Thomas Rowberry (@Rowberry_)

Last Season

Baltimore Ravens 10-6

Pittsburgh Steelers 9-6-1

Cleveland Browns 7-8-1

Cincinnati Bengals 6-10

Baltimore Ravens

Draft Selections: Marquise Brown, WR (1.25), Jaylon Ferguson, OLB (3.85), Miles Boykin, WR (3.93), Justice Hill, RB (4.113), Ben Powers, G (4.123), Iman Marshall, CB (4.127), Daylon Mack, DT (5.160), Trace McSorley, QB (6.197)

Offseason Key Additions: Earl Thomas, S (Seattle Seahawks), Mark Ingram, RB (New Orleans Saints), Seth Roberts, WR (Oakland Raiders)

Offseason Key Departures: Terrell Suggs, OLB (Arizona Cardinals), CJ Mosley, LB (New York Jets), Eric Weddle, S (Los Angeles Rams), John Brown, WR (Buffalo Bills), Za’Darius Smith, OLB (Green Bay Packers), Joe Flacco, QB (Denver Broncos), Michael Crabtree, WR (Free Agent)

Super Bowl Odds: 40-1

Analysis: Eric DeCosta’s first offseason as ‘the guy’ was spent overhauling the Ravens roster to fit the skills of their young signal caller. DeCosta completely overhauled the offensive threats around Lamar Jackson, ridding the team of starting receivers John Brown and Michael Crabtree whilst adding former Saints running back Mark Ingram to be a bell cow back and drafting college standouts Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown and Miles Boykin as downfield threats.

Defensively the Ravens lost as much talent as any team in the league, losing stalwarts Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley and Eric Weddle as well as pass rushing specialist Za’Darius Smith. That being said they may now have the best defensive backfield in the league thanks to the addition of former All-Pro Earl Thomas who joins Marlon Humphrey, Travon Young, Brandon Carr and Tony Jefferson. The one area that remains a concern for the Ravens is the front seven, the losses of CJ Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith haven’t really been addressed in the offseason meaning the likes of Tyus Bowser, Kenny Young and third round pick Jaylon Ferguson are going to need to have big seasons to cover the losses.

Don’t get it wrong, Baltimore still have one of the best situations in the league. There is talent at the offensive skill positions, they have one of the best offensive lines in the league and arguably the best defensive backfield in the league. Baltimore will be good.

Look Out For: The thing everyone is looking out for regarding the Ravens is the evolution of Lamar Jackson, will he take the steps to become a true passer in the NFL or will the Ravens zig whilst the league zags and lean into the running game that served them so well last year? One team played the Lamar Jackson led Ravens last year, the Los Angeles Chargers, they figured the Ravens out and forced Jackson to throw the ball to disastrous results so unless Jackson has improved the Ravens could struggle offensively even with the talent around him.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Draft Selections: Devin Bush, LB (1.10), Diontae Johnson, WR (3.66), Justin Layne, CB (3.83), Benny Snell Jr, RB (4.122), Zach Gentry, TE (5.141), Sutton Smith, LB (6.175), Isaiah Buggs, DE (6.192), Ulysees Gilbert III, LB (6.207)

Key Offseason Additions: Donte Moncrief, WR (Jacksonville Jaguars), Mark Barron, LB (Los Angeles Rams), Steven Nelson, CB (Kansas City Chiefs)

Key Offseason Departures: Antonio Brown, WR (Oakland Raiders), Le’Veon Bell, RB (New York Jets), Morgan Burnett, S (Cleveland Browns), Jon Bostic, LB (Washington Redskins)

Super Bowl Odds: 20-1

Analysis: Has a team ever lost two of the best players at their respective positions in one offseason before? Because that’s what happened to the Steelers this offseason. Following a 9-6-1 season that saw Le’Veon Bell sit out the year and Antonio Brown ‘quit on the team’ the Steelers parted ways with both, allowing Bell to sign as a UDFA for the New York Jets and trading Brown to the Oakland Raiders for a pair of draft picks (2019 third and fifth round picks).

In Bell and Brown’s absences last year the Steelers saw running back James Conner and receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster breakout as two of the best young players at their respective positions, they’re hoping for similar jumps from their supporting casts. Ben Roethlisberger remains one of the best quarterbacks in the league so with Conner, JuJu and a supporting cast that features Vance McDonald, Eli Rogers and James Washington the Steelers offense should remain one of the best in the league.

In Devin Bush the Steelers have one of the most highly touted rookies in the league and look to have finally found someone to have filled the gap created by Ryan Shazier’s devastating injury a few seasons ago. Reports suggest that Bush is already showing up as a leader for the Steelers defense, a unit which has been missing a true leader in the middle of the field.  The Steelers defensive backfield should be much better in 2019 with the additions of Steven Nelson from the Chiefs and rookie Justin Layne, both of who should feature somewhat heavily after seeing disappointing play from the likes of Artie Burns in 2018.

Look Out For: In order for the Steelers to be great this season they’re going to need Big Ben to have one of his best seasons, their schedule looks one of the most difficult in the league with them typically facing three tough games to every ‘easy’ game this season – First four quarter of the season see them play the Patriots, Seahawks, 49ers and Bengals, the second quarter sees them play the Ravens, Chargers, Dolphins and Colts, the third quarter they play the Rams, Browns, Bengals and Browns before finally ending the season with games against the Cardinals, Bills, Jets and Ravens.

This team is still one of the most talented in the league, and they still haven’t had a losing record with Mike Tomlin as Head Coach but the schedule is rough, the offensive skill position players surrounding Conner and JuJu are mostly unproven at this point so if Big Ben doesn’t have a big season the Steelers could be in for a long season.

Cleveland Browns

Draft Selections: Greedy Williams, CB (2.46), Sione Takitaki, LB (3.80), Sheldrick Redwine, S (4.119), Mack Wilson, LB (5.155), Austin Seibert, K (5.170), Drew Forbes, T (6.189), Donnie Lewis Jr, CB (7.221)

Key Offseason Additions: Odell Beckham Jr, WR (New York Giants), Kareem Hunt, RB (Kansas City Chiefs), Olivier Vernon, DE (New York Giants), Sheldon Richardson, DT (Minnesota Vikings), Morgan Burnett, S (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Key Offseason Departures: Kevin Zeitler, G (New York Giants), Jabrill Peppers, S (New York Giants), Emmanuel Ogbah, DE (Kansas City Chiefs), Brien Boddy-Calhoun, S (Houston Texans), Breshad Perriman, WR (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Super Bowl Odds: 20-1

Analysis: After a 7-8-1 season that saw Hue Jackson, Todd Haley and Gregg Williams given their marching orders and Baker Mayfield break the rookie touchdown passing record the Browns & John Dorsey have spent the offseason building arguably the most talent laden roster in the entire league. This offseason has seen the Browns acquire arguably the best receiver in the league in Odell Beckham Jr, one of the best but most troubled backs in the league in Kareem Hunt, beefed up a defensive line that already featured Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi with the additions of Olivier Vernon & Sheldon Richardson.

The Browns offense has the potential to be one of the best units in the league, Baker Mayfield threw 27 touchdowns in just 13 games last season as a rookie. With a full offseason working as ‘the guy’ in Cleveland it’s fair to expect him to make a leap this season, especially when you look at the talent Dorsey has put around him. Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Antonio Callaway, David Njoku as receiving targets, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in the backfield…. There isn’t a more talented offensive roster in the league.

The Browns defense isn’t to be laughed at either, Dorsey and his staff have put together a defense that could be every bit as good as the offense. There aren’t too many defensive lines better than the Browns in the league right now, the linebacking group is solid without having a true superstar and now their secondary has a cornerback tandem that could develop into one of the best in the league with rookie second round pick Greedy Williams partnering sophomore Pro Bowler Denzel Ward.

Look Out For: Is it wrong to say the Browns as a whole? A team that went 7-8-1 last year probably shouldn’t be as high on people’s radars as the Browns are but they became one of the most fun teams to watch once Baker Mayfield took over last year and now have a roster full of blue chip talent. This Browns team could go onto win the Super Bowl as early as this year BUT they also have the potential to implode.

As good as Mayfield has been he runs his mouth a lot and could rub his teammates, will Odell Beckham continue to be as divisive as New York media would have you believe he was for the Giants? Can he co-exist with Jarvis Landry? Is Freddie Kitchens up to being a Head Coach after only a handful of games experience as an offensive co-ordinator? Will suspensions for Kareem Hunt and Antonio Callaway hurt in the early part of the season? And will the weight of expectations be too much for the Browns young roster to handle?

Cincinnati Bengals

Draft Selections: Jonah Williams, OT (1.11), Drew Sample, TE (2.52), Germaine Pratt, LB (3.72), Ryan Finley, QB (4.104), Renell Wren, DT (4.125), Michael Jordan, G (4.136), Trayveon Williams, RB (6.182), Deshaun Davis, LB (6.210), Rodney Anderson, RB (6.211), Jordan Brown, CB (7.223)

Key Offseason Additions: John Miller, OG (Buffalo Bills), Kerry Wynn, DT (New York Giants), B.W. Webb, CB (New York Giants)

Key Offseason Departures: Vontaze Burfict, LB (Oakland Raiders), Michael Johnson, DE (Free Agent)

Super Bowl Odds: 100-1

Analysis: Has a team had as bad an offseason as the Bengals this offseason? The Bengals FINALLY made a good move in letting Marvin Lewis leave, replacing him with 36-year-old Zac Taylor but since then they have done very little to inspire confidence going into this season.

They spent very little in the offseason, John Miller will likely start at guard for them but he isn’t exactly great. Kerry Wynn and BW Webb were both backups for the Giants and will likely struggle to get into the Bengals rotation in the defensive line and secondary respectively. Many have questioned the quality of the Bengals draft class, which is now under more scrutiny with top pick Jonah Williams likely missing the entirety of the 2019 following surgery on a torn labrum. Star receiver AJ Green suffered ligament damage in a preseason practice session and will now likely miss 6 to 8 weeks, oft-injured speedster John Ross was expected to have a bigger role this year but he’s been out with a hamstring injury since July.

There just isn’t a lot to talk about with the Bengals, their draft was underwhelming, their offseason additions don’t inspire confidence and they’ve suffered injuries to two of their most important players this season. The only real positives for this team is that they do have talented young players and have one of the best running backs in the league in Joe Mixon. This could be a long year.

Look Out For: The Bengals aren’t going to be good in 2019, I know it’s a bit harsh to be so blunt but they play in a division that features the Ravens, Steelers and much improved Browns. In Andy Dalton you could argue they have the worst starting quarterback in the division and a have an unproven 36-year-old at Head Coach, that’s just not a recipe for success in 2019.

2019 Season Prediction

Browns 10-6

Ravens 10-6

Steelers 8-8

Bengals 3-13

The Jury’s Out On Sam Ehlinger – Lee Vs. Thomas

Here we are, The Jury’s Out and this time we’re talking college QB’s and more specifically, we’re talking Texas Longhorns QB, Sam Ehlinger.

I will be going up against our very own Thomas Rowberry for this one. I’ll be taking the Ehlinger is bad angle, whereas Thomas is taking the more positive end of the spectrum.

You, the readers, the people are the ones who will make the judgement.

Before we get into it, here are Ehlinger’s stats from last season:

Passing – 25 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 3292 yards, 64.7%, 146.3 QB Rating

Rushing – 17 touchdowns, 482 yards

Let’s start on a positive note with Thomas…

Sam Ehlinger enters his Junior season at the University of Texas on the cusp of establishing himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of Texas Longhorns football. Last year as a Sophomore, Ehlinger took control of the Longhorns offense and provided stability at the quarterback position not seen since the days of Colt McCoy in 2009.

With Ehlinger at the helm Texas recorded their first double-digit win season since Colt McCoy led them to a 13-1 record in ’09. In doing so Ehlinger set multiple school and conference records, these include the Texas record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback after scoring 17 surpassing Longhorns legend Vince Young’s record of 15. He also set the Big 12 record for consecutive passes without throwing an interception, doing so by going 10 weeks and 308 passes without throwing an interception, breaking former West Virginia star, Geno Smith’s record of 273.

Throughout the 2018 season Ehlinger faced off and often outplayed some of college football’s elite quarterbacks, going head-to-head against the likes of eventual Heisman Trophy winner & first overall pick Kyler Murray, 2019 third round pick Will Grier, USC true freshman JT Daniels and likely 2020 first round pick Jake Fromm. In these games he and Texas beat Oklahoma 48-45 in the Red River Showdown, destroyed USC 37-14, lost in a 42-41 shootout against Will Grier and the Mountaineers, lost in the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma and then beat Jake Fromm and the Georgia Bulldogs in the All-State Sugar Bowl.

So why was Ehlinger so successful in 2018?

Improved Throwing Mechanics

One of the big reasons we saw an improvement in Ehlinger’s game in 2018 was down to an improvement in his throwing mechanics. In this article on Burnt Orange Nation they go into greater depth about how Tim Beck and the Texas coaching staff helped improve/shorten Ehlinger’s elongated throwing motion. The short version is that Ehlinger has compacted his lower body throwing motion, reducing the size of his strides whilst also holding the ball much higher than he did in 2017. The emphasis on raising where Ehlinger holds the ball helps sure up his throwing motion, taking seconds of his wind up and release allowing him to get the ball out far quicker than he did in 2017.

Improved Accuracy

In his nine starts in 2017 Ehlinger threw for 1915 yards, 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions whilst only completing 57.5% of his passes for an average of 7.0 yards per attempt, not horrific numbers but not exactly lighting the world on fire either. These struggles looked to have followed Ehlinger into 2018 as he struggled somewhat in the 34-29 season opening loss to Maryland in which he threw a pair of interceptions to match a pair of touchdowns. This however proved to be an anomaly, over the next 10 games spanning two months Ehlinger would go on to complete 308 consecutive passes without throwing an interception whilst throwing for 19 touchdowns in the process.

Ehlinger finished the 2018 season having thrown 25 touchdowns to only 5 interceptions, for a TD:INT ratio of 5:1 which came second in the Big 12 to only Kyler Murray.

Athleticism

Vince Young is arguably the most athletic quarterback the University of Texas has ever had, he ran for at least 11 touchdowns each of his three years playing for Texas, eclipsing the 1000 rushing yard mark twice (he fell short by 2 yards his first season) whilst setting the school record for rushing touchdowns scored by a quarterback in a season, scoring 14 in 2004. Well, in 2018 Sam Ehlinger broke that record and did so by becoming a dominant redzone running threat. In 2018 Texas scored 33 redzone touchdowns, 16 of those were scored by Ehlinger.

It wasn’t just Ehlinger’s ability to run in short redzone touchdowns that were on display though, his ability to tuck the ball and find an open running lane helped keep drives alive, he showcased the ability to roll out of the pocket and throw on the run.

Against West Virginia (whilst playing with a grade 1 sprain of the AC joint) the Mountaineers sent an all-out blitz after Ehlinger who absorbed pressure and threw a 40 (air) yard dime off his back foot to Collin Johnson.

As stated at the beginning of this piece, Sam Ehlinger is going into 2019 with the opportunity to become one of, it not the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the University of Texas. His jump in production both as a passer and a runner from 2017 to 2018 cannot be stressed enough, with an additional year playing for Tom Herman and Tim Beck, and continued improvement on his mechanics we should expect Ehlinger to produce in 2019. Is he good enough to close the gap on Oklahoma in the Big 12? Potentially. Will he be a high draft pick in 2020? Again, potentially. At this point I see his upside being a third round pick. He has plenty of arm strength, albeit not elite. Has a good awareness on the field and an uncanny ability to find the goal line whilst in the redzone.

Sam Ehlinger is not Justin Herbert, Jake Fromm, Tua Tagovailoa or Jacob Eason however he is a damn fine quarterback who has all the abilities to succeed at both the college and NFL level and who might just go down as the greatest quarterback to walk the campus of the University of Texas.

Please look out for a follow up podcast in which Lee and I will debate Sam Ehlinger a little more, as well as a couple other quarterbacks we have differing opinions on, but without further ado, here part 2 with Lee being all dreary…

I don’t know what Thomas will have said as we did this as a blind article but I will open up by saying this, Sam Ehlinger isn’t a terrible player, he’s actually a fairly fun watch in some respects. However, I’m looking for college players who can be a success at the next level and make waves in the NFL. I’ll leave being a fun guy to Kawhi Leonard, just for a second.

Thomas probably spoke about Ehlinger’s size, how he fits the athletic profile that the modern day NFL just loves to see in quarterbacks and how he is a threat as a ball carrier… and that’s all well and good but is it enough?

We all know that the quarterback position is the most difficult position to play in sports. Not only is it is a physically demanding, requiring requisite arm talent, nimble footwork and strength but also the ability to process mentally  and have the ability to perform under pressure, whilst remaining true to your throwing mechanics and make the correct decisions with the football.

Let’s get going then.

Let’s start positive, Ehlinger does have a good athletic profile; he’s 6’3 and over 230lbs, so we’re talking about a big dude, essentially a shorter Josh Allen. Ehlinger also has a good amount of arm strength, unfortunately however, not as strong as Josh Allen, and is a decent runner and is especially potent in short yardage and goalline situations, hence why he scores a heap of touchdowns, 16 in 2018 in fact.

However, as he saw with Josh Allen and other mobile QB’s, such as Lamar Jackson recently being able to gain yards with your legs should be an added bonus, an ancillary trait, not something to hang your hat on.

What he should be doing, is wowing fans, coaches and scouting teams with his throwing abilities. 

So He Can Run, Can He Throw?

Texas play this super spready offense, which asks Ehlinger to throw to the sideline quite often, which to be fair to him, he does pretty well. He’s got the arm strength to reach the sidelines and his completion percentage was a respectable 64.7%, respectable but by no means elite. I’d really like to see that rise a few points in 2019. There are a lot of easy and quick throws incorporated in the offense; wide receiver screens and quick outs. There are also more difficult corner routes and then a fair amount of deep shots – I mean, why wouldn’t you with a receiver like Collin Johnson in your ranks?

Generally, over shorter and intermediate distances, Ehlinger is decent but I feel that he lacks a hell of a lot of polish. One thing that really stands out is his carelessness with his ball placement. 

On this designed roll out, Lil’Jordan Humphrey makes his out cut and since the slot corner is playing inside, Humphrey gets a load of separation – Ehlinger just has to pop the ball in front of him and it’s an easy 5 or 6 yard gain. This is a bit of a layup throw and it’s completely airmailed. Really disappointing play in the 4th quarter of a big game.

I noticed a little bit of a theme when watching Ehlinger that as the distances get further away, he struggles more and more when being asked to throw with timing and anticipation to hit a receiver whose route is on the horizontal plane. 

Humphrey runs a 15 yard route with an in-cut and Ehlinger really should be doing is putting it out in front of his receiver to allow him to continue his route and gain more yardage. Maybe there was a little miscommunication on the route because the ball is delivered behind the receiver, like he was expecting a deep curl. Either way, it really needs ironing out for next year.

On the last throw, Ehlinger wasn’t really under any pressure, which is a good thing… Because when he is, he falls to bits a little bit.

Here against USC, he has a defender bearing down on him and what everyone wants to see is the QB stand and deliver – take a lick but throw the TD. Ehlinger falls away from the throw and his mechanics go awry and again, he air mails a sure fire TD.

I don’t see a lot of finesse when it comes to Ehlinger’s game…

I don’t see touch passes, like ever. I don’t think in the 4 games that I’ve studied and those I watched when studying Collin Johnson, I don’t think I’ve ever been wowed by his ball placement.

To me, he hits what he should and the rest is pretty shaky, especially his deep ball. This is something I really take umbrage with… He doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing when throwing the ball deep…

Exhibit A)

Exhibit B)

That second clip, against Maryland, Ehlinger overthrows his man by 7 yards. I mean, what are we doing here? I just think he’s just heaving it up and hoping. 

One last thing in the passing game, before we move on to Ehlinger as a runner.

Pocket Awareness

Another disturbing theme is that Ehlinger really lacks pocket and situational awareness. If a defense can back Texas up and then put him under pressure then he is pretty liable to eating a bad sack.

To me, this screams that Ehlinger isn’t reading the defense correctly pre-snap and struggles to make snap decisions when he needs to.

Texas is in max protection and Ehlinger only has two routes to hit, both of which come to nothing but he’s slow to diagnose. This surprises me, as usually, he’s pretty quick to tuck the ball and run.

I’ll admit, having two route is hard and lack of options can lead to coverage sacks. However, there’s definitely issues making pre-snap reads, as this clip against Oklahoma shows.

Again, hopefully he’ll take a leap in his Junior season in this regard – He’ll need to if he’s going to be a high pick when he comes out.

Right then, on to one that all important athleticism…

Ehlinger is a good athlete and this naturally turns heads but I do think he can get himself into some situations in the backfield that he simply won’t be able to wriggle out of at the NFL level when he’s going up against bigger and stronger opponents.

I feel that sometimes he backs himself too much and it leads to sacks and modest gains. I don’t think he’s quite as athletic as he thinks he is. 

And I noticed that he can be neutralised by a spying linebacker fairly easily…

This is Cameron Smith, who ran a 4.69 40 yard dash and posted other mainly average athletic numbers at the Scouting Combine this past spring.

Like I said, he’s not Josh Allen in terms of his arm and he’s not Josh Allen in terms of his legs, either… And we all know how much I loved Allen coming out of Wyoming. [insert staring emoji].

Conclusion – I’m going to be blunt, I wouldn’t want my team to draft him, I think he’s a mid round QB with athletic upside, at best. He’s much more comparable to a Will Grier than Cam Newton or other large but mobile QB’s. In the college landscape he’ll win some games, especially in the Big XII, where defense isn’t exactly the cream of the crop. He will win hearts and minds and like I said at the top, he will be fun to watch… But does that make him a “good” prospect? Well that’s your choice.

“We’re back”, that’s what Ehlinger declared after the Sugar Bowl victory last year. Texas will be a decent bet for the Big XII title next year considering Oklahoma, lost a whole host of players including another Heisman winning QB, West Virginia lost a bunch of starters and Iowa State lost their best running back and wide receiver.

Can they do it? I’m not so sure, he does have time on his side and I do think Texas will win games in 2019 but to me it’s more like Sam Meh-linger… 

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BAFA National Leagues Week 12 Roundup

Sunday 30th June – By Thomas Rowberry (@Rowberry_) & Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)

Week 12 of the BAFA National Leagues saw more blowouts than a bad electrician throughout all three tiers of British American Football with 17 of the 21 games played decided by more than one two scores, seven of these results saw shutout victories for the Northumberland Vikings, Sandwell Steelers, Shropshire Revolution, Bury Saints, Halton Spartans, Swindon Storm and London Blitz B. The latter two also able to hit the half century.

In what is sure to be many peoples result of the weekend we saw the now 5-2 Manchester Titans fall at the hands of the now 2-6 Edinburgh Wolves. Tamworth are handed back the initiative whilst sitting at home. Tamworth face the Wolves next week.

The close run race that is the NFC 1 South division saw more twists as the Shropshire Revolution took advantage of bye-weeks for both the Lancashire Wolverines and Nottingham Caesars, whilst the division leading Sandwell Steelers continued their dominance with a crushing 43-0 blowout against Chester.

The recently featured Coach McLaughlin and his East Kilbride Pirates continued their quest to promotion with a dominant 52-6 victory against the Aberdeen Roughnecks showing that despite being already qualified for the playoffs prior to the game, Scottish pride was more than enough to evoke motivation from the Pirates squad. The Northumberland Vikings kept up their quest for a playoff lock with an equally impressive 42-0 performance against the Glasgow Tigers.

In the SFC1 east, the London hornets edged out the Cambridgeshire Cats, keeping up the pressure on the Cats and now moving to within 1 game of the lead. All to play for in that division. Shame most of the other divisions aren’t as tight.

In the second division we saw the Birmingham Bulls crowned the NFC 2 South Champions following their 21-7 road win against the Lincolnshire Bombers. The Swindon Storm climbed to .500 in style by racking up 69 unanswered points against the lowly Hastings Conquerors, who have battled hard but unfortunately not troubled the scoreboard this season to this point.

I really want Hastings to have a final scoreline of 10-66. Anyone else?

RESULTS

Prem North

Edinburgh Wolves 17 – Manchester Titans 6

Prem South

Bristol Aztecs 8 – London Blitz 20

Kent Exiles 8 – London Olympians 28

 

NFC 1 North

East Kilbride Pirates 52 – Aberdeen Roughnecks 6

Glasgow Tigers 0 – Northumberland Vikings 42

 

NFC 1 South

Chester Romans 0 – Sandwell Steelers 43

Shropshire Revolution 43 – Doncaster Mustangs 0

 

SFC 1 Central

Hertfordshire Cheetahs 6 – Sussex Thunder 23

Oxford Saints 7 – Berkshire Renegades 26

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts 9 – Solent Thrashers 47

 

SFC 1 East

Cambridgeshire Cats 6 – London Hornets 9

Ouse Valley Eagles 0 – Bury Saints 27

 

NFC 2 Central

Knottingley Raiders 0 – Halton Spartans 47

Morecambe Bay Storm 16 – Furness Phantoms 43

 

NFC 2 South

Humber Warhawks 14 – Staffordshire Surge 8

Lincolnshire Bombers 7 – Birmingham Bulls 21

 

SFC 2 East

Ipswich Cardinals 21 – East Essex Sabres 7

Norwich Devils 6 – Essex Spartans 8

 

SFC 2 South

Hastings Conquerors 0 – Swindon Storm 69

London Blitz B 68 – Jurassic Coast Raptors 0

 

SFC 2 West

Worcestershire Black Knights 6 – Somerset Wyverns 44

BAFA National Leagues; Week 11 Roundup

 Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June – By Thomas Rowberry (@Rowberry_)/ Tim Monk (@Tim_Monk85)

Week 11 of the BAFA National Leagues saw only two of twenty-three games played decided by one score or less, those being the Kent Exiles 17-12 win over the Bristol Aztecs and the Cambridgeshire Cats 14-9 win against the Wembley Stallions.

Saturday saw one game, and it was an important one, as the Hereford Stampede played their first competitive game in 30 years as they set out to prove to the British American Football League that they are ready to play in a competitive league for the 2020 season. Their campaign got off to the best possible start with an impressive 27-0 victory against the Northants Knights.

Sunday’s action saw some of last week’s biggest loser’s return to winning ways with the Tamworth Phoenix bouncing back from their loss to Manchester by beating the Leicester Falcons 28-7 in a game that looked edgy from the start and defences on top for the majority of the first half. Staying in the North, the Edinburgh Wolves are standing over the relegation trap door after a loss to the Sheffield Giants.

Heading south, Britbowl was a bit of a damp squib between the Blitz and the Warriors to the point that even Vernon Kay stuck the knife in…

The Shropshire Revolution who lost on a 2pt play against Lancashire last week managed to return to winning ways with a 20-6 home victory against the Chester Romans.

In one of the weirder results of the weekend the Doncaster Mustangs were awarded a 1-0 walkover loss at the hands of the Lancashire Wolverines. The Mustangs were informed by BAFA that they would not be able to provide officials for the fixture so per league rules the Mustangs had to provide enough coaches to ‘self-officiate’ the game, unfortunately the Mustangs could not comply so were given a yellow card and given the 1-0 walkover loss.

Who says that there isn’t controversy in American Football on these shores!?

Undefeated teams stayed undefeated this week as the London Warriors (7-0), East Kilbride Pirates (7-0), Sandwell Steelers (7-0), Solent Thrashers (6-0), Cambridgeshire Cats (8-0), London Blitz B (5-0) and Essex Spartans (5-0) all came out of the weekend unscathed.

All in all, only 2 games were decided by 1 score. Not great matchups from a competitiveness standpoint. In the game between shutouts and 50 burgers, Shutouts won 6-5.

RESULTS

Saturday 22nd June

BAFA Associates
Hereford Stampede 27 – Northants Knights 0

Sunday 23rd June

Prem North
Leicester Falcons 7 – Tamworth Phoenix 28
Sheffield Giants 33 – Edinburgh Wolves 8
Manchester Titans 43 – Merseyside Nighthawks 30

Prem South
London Blitz 7 – London Warriors 54
London Olympians 68 – Farnham Knights 6
Kent Exiles 17 – Bristol Aztecs 12

NFC 1 North
Yorkshire Rams 23 – East Kilbride Pirates 34
Aberdeen Roughnecks 56 – Gateshead Senators 0

NFC 1 South
Nottingham Caesars 0 – Sandwell Steelers 48
Shropshire Revolution 20 – Chester Romans 6
Doncaster Mustangs 0 – Lancashire Wolverines 1

SFC 1 Central
Sussex Thunder 13 – Solent Thrashers 32
Hertfordshire Cheetahs 46 – Oxford Saints 9

SFC 1 East
Wembley Stallions 9 – Cambridgeshire Cats 14
London Hornets 37 – Ouse Valley Eagles 0
Bury Saints 58 – Colchester Gladiators 0

NFC 2 North
Dumfries Hunters 60 – Darlington Steam 14

SFC 2 East
Essex Spartans 27 – East Kent Mavericks 8
Ipswich Cardinals 29 – Maidstone Pumas 0

SFC 2 South
London Blitz B 32 – Swindon Storm 0

SFC 2 West
Bristol Apache 45 – Worcester Black Knights 2
Torbay Trojans 14 – South Wales Warriors 49

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BAFA National Leagues Week 10 Roundup

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June – by Thomas Rowberry

Week 10 of the BAFA National Leagues saw some of the more surprising results of the season, as well as eight shutouts. Saturday’s action saw the Manchester Titans go into Tamworth and walk away with a shock 21-0 against the Phoenix. You can check out our Britball podcast from Monday where we chat to the Titans QB about it all! A big game in the Prem North next weekend when the Manchester Titans host the Merseyside Nighthawks.

Saturdays action saw seven shutouts with Merseyside, Leicester, Clyde Valley, Leeds, Norwich, Bristol and the London Blitz B team all holding their opponents to a goose egg. In what was considered a big game in an extremely tight NFC 1 South the Lancashire Wolverines came from a 14-6 halftime deficit to beat the Shropshire Revolution on a made 2pt conversion.

East Kilbride keep rolling and look certain to quickly jump back up to the Prem North after a convincing victory over the Glasgow Tigers. Similar comments apply to the Clyde Valley Blackhawks in the NFC 2 North.  Full results below.

RESULTS

Saturday 15th June

Prem North
Tamworth Phoenix 0 – Manchester Titans 21

SFC 2 South
Jurassic Coast Raptors 6 – Bournemouth Bobcats 44

 

Sunday 16th June

Prem North
Merseyside Nighthawks 20 – Sheffield Giants 0
Leicester Falcons 10 – Edinburgh Wolves 0

Prem South
Farnham Knights 28 – Kent Exiles 13
London Olympians 7 – London Warriors 54

NFC 1 North
East Kilbride Pirates 39 – Glasgow Tigers 7
Gateshead Senators 7 – Yorkshire Rams 53

NFC 1 South
Lancashire Wolverines 22 – Shropshire Revolution 21

SFC 1 Central
Berkshire Renegades 6 – Sussex Thunder 17
Oxford Saints 17 – Portsmouth Dreadnoughts 36

SFC 1 East
Wembley Stallions 32 – Colchester Gladiators 6

NFC 2 North
Darlington Steam 0 – Clyde Valley Blackhawks 30

NFC 2 Central
Leeds Bobcats 44 – Knottingley Raiders 0

SFC 2 East
Norwich Devils 3 – East Essex Sabres 0
East Kent Mavericks 30 – Maidstone Pumas 19

SFC 2 South
Hastings Conquerors 0 – London Blitz B 39

SFC 2 West
Bristol Apache 28 – Cornish Sharks 0

BAFA National Leagues; Week 9 Roundup

Saturday 8th June & Sunday 9th June – By Thomas Rowberry (@Rowberry_)

Week 9 of the BAFA National Leagues saw perhaps the closest set of games since Full10Yards started covering British American Football with 6 games being decided by a field goal or less; the Sheffield Giants, East Kilbride Pirates, Glasgow Tigers, Hertfordshire Cheetahs, Cambridgeshire Cats and Lincolnshire Bombers all managed to come out of the weekend with hard fought Ws.

There were still a few shutouts this weekend with the Jurassic Coast Raptors, Chester Romans, Solent Thrashers, Leeds Bobcats, Birmingham Bulls and Torbay Trojans all managing to shutout their opponents.

Perhaps the result of the weekend saw the Lancashire Wolverines ‘upset’ the Nottingham Caesars 36-16. The Caesars went into the game coming off back to back victories against the Doncaster Mustangs and Shropshire Revolution whilst the Lancashire Wolverines went into the game off the back of a 59-6 beat down at the hands of the Sandwell Steelers. Nottingham now sit at 4-3 whilst the Wolverines keep their playoff hopes alive at 3-3.

RESULTS

Saturday 8th June

SFC 2 South
Jurassic Coast Raptors 9 – Hastings Conquerors 0

Sunday 9th June

Prem North
Sheffield Giants 14 – Leicester Falcons 12
Edinburgh Wolves 12 – Merseyside Nighthawks 33

Prem South
Farnham Knights 9 – Bristol Aztecs 26

NFC 1 North
Northumberland Vikings 5 – East Kilbride Pirates 8
Glasgow Tigers 13 – Aberdeen Roughnecks 12

NFC 1 South
Nottingham Caesars 16 – Lancashire Wolverines 36
Doncaster Mustangs 0 – Chester Romans 42

SFC 1 Central
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts 19 – Hertfordshire Cheetahs 21
Solent Thrashers 28 – Berkshire Renegades 0

SFC 1 East
Ouse Valley Eagles 12 – Wembley Stallions 21
Bury Saints 26 – Cambridgeshire Cats 27
Colchester Gladiators 3 – London Hornets 32

NFC 2 North
Inverclyde Goliaths 24 – Dumfries Hunters 15

NFC 2 Central
Leeds Bobcats 66 – Furness Phantoms 0
Morecambe Bay Storm 6 – Halton Spartans 47

NFC 2 South
Birmingham Bulls 74 – Crewe Railroaders 0
Staffordshire Surge 15 – Lincolnshire Bombers 17

SFC 2 South
Swindon Storm 7 – Bournemouth Bobcats 17

SFC 2 West
Torbay Trojans 49 – Worcestershire Black Knights 0
Somerset Wyverns 7 – South Wales Warriors 26