The Sock 'Em, Bust 'Em Board Because that's our custom

VIDEO: WVU QB Austin Kendall, Missouri game week

The full Week 2 AP Top 25 can be found here. My ballot is below.

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




All photos by Sean McNamara


No big pregame blog post here this week. We’ve been over all the angles. We’ve written about all that can be written about. Neal Brown begins his tenure as the WVU head coach today. Feel free to share your thoughts  on the game in the comments section below.


A few weeks ago, sometime after the start of preseason camp, I sat down and — I can’t stress this enough — just for fun — I picked every game for every Big 12 football team this season on a scrap piece of notebook paper. Looking back now, I still feel pretty good about these picks (with the exception of the Texas Tech/Arizona game — yikes). I mentioned these on the debut episode of our new podcast and said I would post them to the blog, so here they are.

Again, these were made for no other reason than I was bored during preseason camp. Standard rules apply — if I’m wrong let’s never speak of them again, and if I’m right expect me to gloat.

Continue reading…

West Virginia just published its first football depth chart of the season. It’s copy and pasted below from


Position First Second Third
WR (X) Sean Ryan Bryce Wheaton
WR (H) Tevin Bush
LT Colton McKivitz Junior Uzebu
LG Michael Brown James Gmiter
C Josh Sills Briason Mays or
Adam Stilley
RG John Hughes or
Chase Behrndt
Briason Mays
RT Kelby Wickline Tyler Thurmond
TE (Y) Mike O’Laughlin Jovani Haskins or
T.J. Banks
SLOT T.J. Simmons Randy Fields Jr.
WR (Z) Sam James George Campbell
QB Austin Kendall Jack Allison Trey Lowe III
RB (F) Kennedy McKoy Martell Pettaway Leddie Brown or
Alec Sinkfield
FB (S) Logan Thimons Jackson Knipper


Position First Second Third
DT Reese Donahue Dante Stills Stone Wolfley
NT Darius Stills Brenon Thrift Jordan Jefferson
DE Jeffery Pooler Jr. or
Taijh Alston or
Reuben Jones
BANDIT Quondarius Qualls Zach Sandwisch Jared Bartlett
WLB Josh Chandler Exree Loe Deamonte Lindsay
MLB Dylan Tonkery Jake Abbott or
Shea Campbell
SPEAR JoVanni Stewart Kwantel Raines or
Dante Bonamico
LCB Hakeem Bailey Tae Mayo Devan Wade
FS Josh Norwood Kerry Martin Jr.
CS Sean Mahone Tykee Smith Noah Guzman
RCB Keith Washington Jr. Nicktroy Fortune

Special Teams

Position First Second Third
K Evan Staley Casey Legg
H Josh Growden Trey Lowe III
P Josh Growden Kolton McGhee
KO Evan Staley Casey Legg
LS Rex Sunahara Kyle Poland
KOR Sam James Keith Washington Jr. Kennedy McKoy
PR Alec Sinkfield

Tom Bragg’s AP preseason Top 25 ballot

Here is my Associated Press preseason Top 25 ballot. I’ll do my best to post these each week through the season. Reminder, the next one is not out until after Labor Day.


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