Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by Jayrah, Jan 16, 2011.
The Vibe for your team coming into season 4.
Not good, lots of youth on this years UCLA team as I lost 20 seniors. Will be tested early with Tennessee and Iowa!
Oregon Ducks -- 2013The Year of Redemption
With the 2012 campaign finally behind the Ducks, coach dakota has his players focused and ready to begin the 2013 season. Led by dual threat rsJR QB Bryan Bennett, the offense will be rededicated to the power running game and balanced by more play action passing. The Ducks will still maintain their identity and stay true to their spread option principles, but will operate under center more than anytime in recent memory. The Ducks' defense is led by MLB Bosekeo Lokombo, two lockdown senior cornerbacks in Avery Patterson and Terrance Mitchell and JUCO transfer DE Ira Brown. This is a hungry team looking to reclaim the Pac-10 title.
Texas A&M Aggies
Preseason Rank - #21
Preseason Conference Finish - 3rd
"Young Guns": The Aggies are extremely young. Only 8 seniors on the roster, and in high contrast 28 Freshman. The fans and athletic director have high expectations, wanting to play in more than the Cotton Bowl, but this team has a lot to learn and not a whole lot of time to learn it. In all fairness, if this team equals last seasons output of 9-3, it would be a terrific year in College Station.
Offense: Freshman qb Alfred Howell has beat out sr Jameille Showers, as the staff thinks that even though Howell doesn't rate out as well or have as strong an arm, his awareness, presence and accuracy give him an edge in the pocket. With the young qb, it increases the need for a physical Front 5 (which the Aggies have, with 4 of their top 5 players on the O-line) and lots of touches for all 3 rbs Mister Jones, DJ Jones, and Ben Malena. Wr Kenrick Mcneal has developed into a decent mid range threat the past couple years, but will have to expand down the field for the offense to have big plays. Michael Golden also returns at the 2nd receiver with some good speed.
Defense: Replacing star LB Mangan is going to be difficult, and the onus is going to fall on the D-line to make more plays than expected. The secondary is ok, but with 2 freshmen and a sophomore splitting time at free safety, could be exploited at times. Hopefully a bit more speed than the last couple years means the Aggies will rally to the ball better.
Special Teams: Freshman Kicker Willie Higgins will handle all of the Kicking and Punting duties, which is always a difficult thing to assess. The Aggies were horrible last season in the kicking game, which really led to short fields and missed opportunities at points. We really need Higgins to blossom quickly. In the return game Ben Malena (also splitting time in the backfield) has serious breakaway speed, and has really improved his burst this year, meaning the Aggies are hoping he will lead the conference in the return game and do some similar things as Texas' Goodwin last season, setting up the offense with short fields and easier opportunities.
The New Fab Five: 3 years ago 5 highly touted lineman recruits came to Texas, and now as RS sophomores they are all starting together as possibly the most feared offensive line in the country. They refer to themselves as "The Gruesome, Five-Some." Texas has switched from the spread to a more run based prostyle offense, so opponents better be ready for the gruesome five-some and some serious smash mouth football.
Offense: Connor Wood returns for his Junior year, this time as the starter from the onset. Wood has great mobility, a wonderful arm, and would probably be one of the top rated QBs if he were not considered to be dumb as a post. 250lbs HB Chris Whaley finally gets his turn as a started in this his senior season. 2nd year Juco Transfer HB Robert Sanders had an amazing offseason and nearly surplanted Whaley as the starter this year. RS Junior WR Mike Davis looks to take over for last years heisman winner, and appears to have all the tools to do so.
Defense: Returning 6 starters, the lornhorn defense maintained Quality starters top to bottom. The new starter have more than adequately filled the holes left by last years graduating class. RS Soph OLB Trey Flanagan improved dramatically in the offseason and is now not only the leader of the defense, but also considered the best player on the team.
#14 Oregon State
Preason Perdiction 2nd Place in the PAC-10
Last season the Beavers were picked for last in the conference, and this year they are ranked 14th in the country and are picked to finish second in the conference. What a difference a year makes. The Beavers returned a healthy RS Junior Sean Mannion, and will be starting Malcom Marable at running back. The Beavers have a good set of receivers. On defense, the great defensive line is gone, but the Beavers strength will be found in the linebacking crew. The Beavers goal this year is to win the PAC-10 Conference or play in some other BCS Bowl Game.
Illinois - unranked
Projected 6th in the Big Ten
Much speculation surrounds the Illini on the offensive side of the ball after losing stud HB Justin Green to graduation. It is currently unknown how Illinois will match his production from last year, but Coach Cheez has hinted at spreading the ball around more. This will mean more responsibility for senior quarterback Tate Forcier.
The defense looks to be improved, but also very thin in the front seven. It will be key for Illinois to avoid injuries in these positions if they wish to have any success at rushing the passer, which is a key component of Coach Cheez's defense.
2013 Fighting Illini Schedule:
Aug. 24 - vs. Missouri
Aug. 31 - at # 24 BYU
Sept. 7 - vs. Pittsburgh
Sept. 21 - vs. Michigan State
Sept. 28 - at #13 Iowa
Oct. 5 - at Indiana
Oct. 12 - at #7 Boston College
Oct. 19 - vs. #5 Penn State
Oct. 26 - vs. #4 Wisconsin
Nov. 2 - at #1 Ohio State
Nov. 9 - at Purdue
Nov. 16 - vs. Northwestern
The Illini will have one of the most brutal stretches of games in the country from October 12 to November 2nd, where they will play 4 consecutive preseason top 10 teams - ending with a trip to Columbus for a match with the top ranked Buckeyes.
Illinois Preseason All Americans:
DE Michael Buchanan
Illinois Preseason All Big Ten:
QB Tate Forcier
DE Michael Buchanan
CB Terry Hawthorne
WR Lamar Whitehead
MLB Nate Bussey
SS D.J. Lloyd
K Bernard Weddle
The 2013 Wisconsin Badgers ESPN experts have been contemplating since the first preseason polls were announced about the Badgers #4 ranking. Many believe that they are overrated, with them losing many seniors, being a young team, and not being as physically talented as the other tier teams in the nation. Coach Mexi doesnt seemed to be phased by it. "We know how good we are. We just have to put it all together out on the field."Offensively, Sr QB Budymar now takes the reigns over the Badger offense, and with it a new playbook. The OC from Ball St has been working with the offense, hoping to spread the ball around more this season. Both starting HBs from last season are back, and will still be the focal point of the offense. Heisman candidate Williams graduated, but Ducky comes back for his senior year, and Rodgers and Hammond have experience playing last year. The offensive line, which was one of the best last year, is now one of the youngest, with only RG Fredrick returning. He will be looked onto lead the line, which features 2 freshman coming off of the Badgers great recruiting class last year.On the D side of things, their is much depth at the line, and we will see if DT Nicholas pans out as the great prospect he was coming out of high school. All American OLB Miller looks to be a playmaker once again, causing havoc in the backfield and also being able to cover well. The true freshman CBs of last year Scott and All American Jefferson are now a year older, and are turning into shutdown corners. The safety position will hold some concern, as both safety's graduated last year.Special Teams was hurt with the lost of P Roberts in the offseason, so K Jackson will work doubletime as place kicker and punter. KR Penn looks to add some excitement with his speed on returns.The Badgers began their season with a game against a Fresno St team that knocked em out of the BCS national championship game. Then they get 3 straight ranked opponents against Coach Arron's OU squad, West Virgina, and the always hard to beat Michigan. Once again, the Big 10 officials were drunk making the schedule, as once again Ohio St is left of the Badgers schedule. Week 10 pits us up against Coach Cheez's Illini team. The year ends with a stretch of games against #6 Penn St, Coach Omega's Iowa and Coach Jax's Mizzou."I feel good about this team. The players know what they have to do in order to be great. Noting extra spectacular, but just do your job, and will get to our goal of winning a national championship. This time hopefully by going 12-0."
The Tigers are Hungry...
There is no Denying the fact that the Mizzou Tigers are coming off a very disappointing campaign in 2012. "We just couldnt seem to put it together when we needed too." said Coach Jax, "But we are a different team this year, there is just a different feel in the locker room."
And if there opening game against their Arch Rivals the Fighting Illini is any indication of things to come, we could be in store for a great season.
Offensively, The Tigers look to maintain the strong passing attack from them last season. Jr QB T. Gabbert is looking forward to an injury free season as are we. This kid has shown some real talent and we are excited to see what he can do. As for the running game, the Tigers have made some changes and are looking to Jr HB K. Coleman to step up big this year...
Defensively, Mizzou looks very similar to last season... They did loose All American DE Alton Smith, but appear to be a much more well rounded group... We will have to see how they will hold up against the "Elite" teams of the Big 12.
Overall the team looks good and ready to go... Coach Jax - "We know we have the talent on the field and the sidelines to have a great year. We are looking to remain healthy this year as we had a lot of key injuries last year."
The Tigers did lose Sr WR Jimmie Hunt for 4 weeks in the opening game against Illinois... A BIG loss for the Tigers once again comes at the hands of their Arch Rivals....
Quite honestly, I'm not sure how I got this job. I failed last year with a mediocre Nebraska team and now have been promoted to a loaded Oklahoma roster. This team is great, and it's basically going to down to two games for us: Texas and Texas A&M. Those games will determine how we measure our season.
Offense: this team has a chance to be great. It's completely balanced and can change up any gameplan based on what the defense is running. If QB Allen plays up to his potential then he could be a Heisman finalist.
Defense: the team is strong up front but a little thin in the secondary. However, with some different schemes and looks from the guys in the back, this defense can give some teams fits.
Outlook: I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't terrified of Texas. I may or may not have just soiled myself thinking about that offensive line and those running backs. That game will be the Big 12 championship. If we lose that game, we'll have to settle for 2nd and take whatever bowl game comes our way.
Don't count out the Tigers... We want the Big 12 this year....
Yes, please overlook the 2nd best team in the big 12 over the past 2 seasons.
Big XII sux
Big 10 is where its at
No you guys suck too!
That's funny.... Help me out here... Who won the NC last season? Oh that's right.
THE BIG XII
How can this be? You guys don't settle your conference winner on the field, in the PAC-10 everyone plays each other, and in the Big 12 there is at least a conference championship game. In the Big # the two best teams do not play each other, thus it cannot be where its at.
I think the top 6 says it all...
#1 Ohio State
#5 Penn State
not sure how wisconsin pulled that off with a b overall team
you may have the best team in the nation (grated, they played fresno st for the title...), but im saying as a whole conference, the big 10 was the best. Michigan was probably the hardest cpu controlled team in the nation, along with penn st. All 4 user teams won their bowl games. Thus, Big 10, as a conference, is superior.
I think Ill make a thread keeping track of games that are big 10 vs big12/pac 10, and all other games. See if this year who is the best conference in the land.
Its not my fault they let northwesten play football
They want to be courteous towards me after the bcs scandal.
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