CAA Scheduling 101 - William & Mary


CAA Scheduling 101 - William & Mary

Improving on last season's total of six wins - four in CAA play - figures to be the most basic of goals for William & Mary men's basketball team. Even without leading scorer Quinn McDowell, lost to graduation, the Tribe appear poised for that and then some especially if rising sophomore Marcus Thornton builds on the promise flashed during his freshman campaign.

The explosive 6-foot-4 guard and former Bishop McNamara star averaged 11.1 points per game last season primarily in a reserve role. Thornton now joins a lineup with three returning starters and is part of a W&M roster that includes nine players with at least 16 games of experience from last season.

Pinpointing the foes that stand out as easy targets is another matter. The early part of the upcoming schedule includes road games against major conference programs like Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Purdue. The Tribe's most intriguing out of conference home date is against Miami (Oh.) out of the always formidable Mid-American conference while the only meeting against CAA favorite takes place at Kaplan Arena.

The rest of the schedule looks like this ( denotes CAA games)

Fri, Nov 09 Hampton
Mon, Nov 12 Liberty
Sat, Nov 17 at High Point
Wed, Nov 21 Miami OH
Fri, Nov 23 at Wake Forest
Wed, Nov 28 at Richmond
Sat, Dec 01 Old Dominion
Thu, Dec 06 Howard
Sat, Dec 08 at Radford
Sat, Dec 29 at Purdue
Wed, Jan 02 at Vanderbilt
Sat, Jan 05 George Mason
Wed, Jan 09 at Towson
Sat, Jan 12 Hofstra
Wed, Jan 16 at Georgia State
Sat, Jan 19 Drexel
Wed, Jan 23 Northeastern
Sat, Jan 26 Towson
Wed, Jan 30 Delaware
Sat, Feb 02 Hofstra
Wed, Feb 06 at James Madison
Mon, Feb 11 at Northeastern
Wed, Feb 13 UNC Wilmington
Sat, Feb 16 at Old Dominion
Mon, Feb 18 Georgia State
Sat, Feb 23 George Mason
Wed, Feb 27 at UNC Wilmington
Sat, Mar 02 James Madison

Heisman Hopefuls: Too little, too late for Leonard Fournette


Heisman Hopefuls: Too little, too late for Leonard Fournette

It took awhile, but Leonard Fournette finally looked like the player we all knew he could be. On Saturday against Ole Miss, Fournette rushed for 284 yards and three touchdowns in just 16 carries. It's too bad it won't matter in terms of the Heisman race.

Heading into this season Fournette was a player to watch given how he started the 2015 season. He faded after a poor performance against Alabama, but his talent cannot be denied. Fournette's 2016 season has been a struggle, but on Saturday he finally broke through.

After Saturday's performance, Fournette is actually getting some love from experts in terms of the Heisman race (like here and here). With all due respect to Fournette, who is absolutely remarkable, this is completely ridiculous.


Fournette has been hampered by injuries this season and has missed three games as a result. That right there virtually knocks him out of the running. Add in the fact that LSU is only playing 11 games this season because the South Alabama game was canceled, that means his Heisman resume will be only eight games, nine at the most if LSU somehow reaches the SEC Championship game. Whatever Fournette does for the rest of the season, it's going to be hard for him to prove he is more deserving of the Heisman than any of the other contenders who have been great for 12+ games.

Plus, it's not as if Fournette has been unreal in every game he has played this year. Before the Ole Miss game, Fournette was averaging just under 130 rushing yards per game. That's not bad, but it's not all that Heisman worthy either.

So no, Fournette is not among the Heisman hopefuls this week despite his monster performance. Enjoy it LSU fans, it was a phenomenal game, but it was not enough to put him back in Heisman contention.

If Fournette is out, who's in? Find out in this week's Heisman Hopefuls gallery.

College Football Playoff projections: Ohio State still controls its own destiny


College Football Playoff projections: Ohio State still controls its own destiny

No longer among the ranks of the unbeatens, Ohio State’s playoff chances certainly took a hit Saturday with their loss to Penn State.

But let’s not start digging their grave just yet.

Michigan now sits atop the Big Ten East standings, but they still have to finish the season with the big game against the Buckeyes. And it’s at Ohio State.


The truth is, if the Buckeyes win out, they still will win the Big Ten East and will have a chance to play (likely) either Nebraska or Wisconsin for the conference championship.

Will the committee really leave a one-loss Big Ten champion out of the playoff? Perhaps, if either Baylor or West Virginia remain undefeated, but if the winner of the Big 12 has at least one loss, it’s hard to see how either team would get in over Ohio State.

Again, assuming they win out, the Buckeyes will have beaten Oklahoma in Norman, Wisconsin in Madison, Nebraska, Michigan and the Big Ten West winner. Neither Baylor or West Virginia can match that resume.

So let’s not declare Ohio State’s playoff hopes done just yet. Their biggest challenge is likely rival Michigan, and the Wolverines have to travel to Columbus. That’s a very tough place to play, especially if you’re wearing maize and blue.

Will the Buckeyes ultimately reach the playoff despite their loss to Penn State? Who else will join them? Found out here in this week’s updated College Football Playoff projections.