Author: Brian Mclaughlin

Brian joined Gridiron Heroics in the summer of 2022. He was named one of the Top 100 College Football Twitter "follows" in 2019 by ATHLON Magazine in its preseason preview. He will be a 2022 FCS college football national poll and postseason awards voter. Brian will also do some SEC and Tampa Bay Bucs blogging for Gridiron Heroics, along with a heavy dose of FCS work. I began writing about sports when I was a sports editor at my high school in Florida as a senior. This continued while at The University of Florida (Steve Spurrier and Bobby Bowden years) and beyond at stops at three Florida newspapers, and later at The Sporting News, PARADE Magazine, and HERO Sports. Hit me up any time on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.

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It’s time for the NFL playoffs. The cream has risen to the top, as the sports cliche goes. And the teams that didn’t qualify are pondering why — and positioning themselves for the NFL Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers playoff hopes are high, but the team has been perplexing this year. They’ve had a coaching transition, they’ve dealt with injuries and offseason personnel changes, a tough schedule (as to be expected after the past two seasons), and they took some lumps because of it. But … true to Tom Brady form, they’ve also had some exciting comeback wins. GridironHeroics previews…

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So who is going to win it all in the FCS in 2022? Will it be a new team? Or, will new FCS blood take the trophy on stage when it comes to FCS playoff bracket picks? GridIrion Heroics FCS writer Brian McLaughlin takes a shot at it. Also, when it comes to the eight-game second round this weekend  — who will be happy as hell Saturday night after advancing out of the second round, and whose season will be over with the program thinking about 2023? Below? I reveal my second-round picks.  Last week?: I went 6-2 in my…

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So who is going to win it all in the FCS in 2022? Will it be a new team? Or, will new FCS blood take the trophy on stage when it comes to FCS playoff bracket picks? GridIrion Heroics FCS writer Brian McLaughlin takes a shot at it. Also, when it comes to the first round  — who will be happy as hell Saturday night after winning in the first round, and whose season will be over and the program thinking about 2023? Below? I reveal my first-round picks — and beyond that will come soon. Happy Thanksgiving FCS Nation.…

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The shootings of three members of its football team have led its school to change plans as Virginia cancels its second straight football game. Both schools and the ACC announced the news on Monday evening, releasing this statement: “The ACC and Virginia Tech continue to support UVA following the devastating tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of three members of the Cavalier football team – Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, and injuries to students Mike Hollins (also a Virginia football student-athlete) and Marlee Morgan.” The game was scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 26. Virginia’s last game against…

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Each week in the 2022 regular season, GridIrion Heroics FCS writer Brian McLaughlin gave his FCS football playoffs outlook heading into the next week’s action. BMac now gives his final take on what tomorrow’s FCS playoff bracket will look like when the 24-team field is announced on ESPNU at 12:30 p.m. ATHLON’S TOP 100 COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRITERS TO FOLLOW: The list The weekly FCS football postseason predictions will always be pinned ASAP at the top of my Twitter acct (@BrianMacWriter), and will always be shared immediately with our good buddies — FCS Fans Nation — on the best message board…

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Each week, GridIrion Heroics FCS writer Brian McLaughlin gives his FCS football playoffs outlook heading into the next week’s action. BMac breaks down his projection on the eight-team seeding, which schools are just outside the seeding, who will get the at-large bids, and who will nab an automatic bid after winning its conferences. And last but not least? Which teams just missed this week’s 24-team postseason outlook but could be in the discussion next week? Congratulations are in store, as Samford won in its first SoCon automatic bid since 2013, and is locked into the playoff field. The Bulldogs certainly…

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Gridiron Heroics partners with Draft Scout to give each school’s Top 5 NFL Draft prospects in the ACC. Welcome to a list of the NC State Top 5 NFL Draft prospects from the 2023 class, as seen by Draft Scout. Each week brings us closer and closer to one of the most anticipated days on the sports calendar — the NFL Draft. This year’s draft will be held in Kansas City, Mo. from April 27-29. Starting today? We take a look at the NC State seniors, the class of 2023. Since we don’t know yet which underclassmen will declare? We’ll…

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Gridiron Heroics partners with Draft Scout to give each school’s Top 5 NFL Draft prospects in the ACC. Welcome to a list of the Duke Top 5 NFL Draft prospects from the 2023 class, as seen by Draft Scout. Each week brings us closer and closer to one of the most anticipated days on the sports calendar — the NFL Draft. This year’s draft will be held in Kansas City, Mo. from April 27-29. Starting today? We take a look at the Duke seniors, the class of 2023. Since we don’t know yet which underclassmen will declare? We’ll reconfigure the…

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Each week, GridIrion Heroics FCS writer Brian McLaughlin gives his FCS football playoffs outlook heading into the next week’s action. BMac breaks down his projection on the eight-team seeding, who is just outside the seeding, who will get the at-large bids, and who will nab an automatic bid after winning its conferences. And last but not least? Which teams just missed this week’s 24-team postseason outlook but could be in it soon? Before we go any further, let’s congratulate the three programs that are already locked in and have nothing worry about. St. Francis (PA) we recognized last weekend after…

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Gridiron Heroics partners with Draft Scout to give each school’s Top 5 NFL Draft prospects in the SEC. Now, we rank them all. Welcome to a list of the SEC Top 25 NFL Draft prospects for the 2023 class (underclassmen will come in when they actually declare), as seen by Draft Scout. Each week brings us closer and closer to one of the most anticipated days on the sports calendar — the NFL Draft. This year’s draft will be held in Kansas City, Mo. from April 27-29. Please check the team links below frequently so you can check out the…

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