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2013 Season Previews

Discussion in 'Freshmen Phenoms' started by Brandon S., Jul 16, 2013.

  1. Brandon S.

    Brandon S. Freshmen Phenoms Commissioner

    Jul 15, 2011
    We aren't going to do your normal Season Preview in Freshmen Phenoms. Instead of previewing your own team, we'll preview cross division teams. This will encourage other users to know what is going on with more than just their team. It doesn't have to be much, it should take no more than 10-15 minutes for a quick write up of an Offense, Defense, and Record predictions with a few key players, toughest opponents and all that jazz.

    There is no rush for this, but i would like it done by Week 3.

    The following teams will preview each other:

    Michigan St & Ohio St
    Penn State & Nebraska
    Iowa & Wisconsin

    Miami & Clemson
    Florida State & North Carolina
    Syracuse & Virginia

    Memphis Blue
    Cole Springer
    LB Fitted
    Da Rat
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  2. TN_Mike

    TN_Mike Walk On

    Jun 23, 2011
    Miami Hurricanes 2013 Season Preview

    Coming off of last seasons 7-5 overall record (5-3 in ACC play) the Hurricanes look to continue to build towards becoming a team of dominance once again.

    With 9 offensive starters returning, the offense should be in great shape. QB Stephen Morris returns after throwing for over 3,000 yards and 21 TDs with only 7 INTs. Returning rusher Duke Johnson was 50 yards shy of 1,000 last season, look for him to get over the 1,000 yard mark this season if he can stay healthy.

    The defense returns only 5 starters, so a few shootouts may be on hand until the new starters are ready to excell. Shayon Green is the teams leading returning tackler with 67 stops last season, Anthohy Chickillo returns with 4 sacks and James Gaines leads the secondary with his 2 INTs last season. To improve upon last years mark, the defense will need to step up and make more difference making plays and stops.

    Miami has an early season battle with rival Florida, if the Hurricanes can somehow pull out the W they could be lining themselves up for a great season. The schedule Gods did the Hurricanes a favor by not scheduling them to play Clemson this season, that surely would have been a loss ;). User games @ FSU and @ North Carolina will probably be the most challenging of the season, but don't sleep on a talented Virginia team late in the season, that is also a user team. The Hurricanes also better come prepared for a trap game in the middle of their schedule @ USF, who somehow always manages to find their way into the top 10 at some point of a dynasty!

    All and all I see the Hurricanes improving on their record of last season and finishing the regular season at 10-2 and potentially earning a spot in the ACC championship game. A win would obviously take them into a BCS Bowl but a loss would still manage to earn them a very nice bowl game. Look for this season to propel Miami to even greater heights the following season!

    Passing: Stephen Morris, 245 of 421, 3,345 yds., 21 TDs, 7 INTs Rushing: Duke Johnson, 139 car., 947 yds., 10 TDs Receiving: Phillip Dorsett, 58 rec., 842 yds., 4 TDs
  3. -Cougars-

    -Cougars- Walk On

    Dec 30, 2010
    The Syracuse Orange
    The Syracuse Orange are coming off of a 8-5(6-2) record. The Orange also even made it to a bowl game and beat an up and down West Virginia team to give them that 8th win. The Orange are looking to replace now professional QB, Ryan Nassib. Nassib was the offense and losing it was a huge blow to the Orange who are now looking an identity. The Orange look to improve that 8-5 record and hope to become a championship caliber team. Now that the Orange is in the ACC the competition only looks to become tougher. The Orange defense needs to hit the recruiting trail hard as the orange only have 11 returning starters.
    I expect the Orange to repeat their season going 8-5 again. I just don't see too much happening with the depart of Ryan Nassib.
  4. LB Fitted

    LB Fitted Walk On

    Jul 17, 2009
    2013 Michigan State Season Preview


    Pretender or Contender: Contender

    Last year, the heart, soul and everything else of the Spartans offense was La'Veon Bell; and although it was exciting times in East Lansing, those times have gone on to the NFL and now its back to the drawing board. For most teams this would be a huge setback to the program, but Michigan State is a powerhouse! They return starting QB Andrew Maxwell who wasn't the best qb to throw the football for old sparty, but he can get the job done! And the best part about a powerhouse school...you have DEPTH! Spartans also have qb's in Connor Cook, Tyler O'Conner, and Damion Terry backing Maxwell up to choose from; all of which could start at other programs! The running back situation will be a huge hole to fill! The most experienced would be Nick Hill, but the redshirt freshman Nick Tompkins has a strong chance of filling Bell's shoes!

    The Defense should be steady although they lost a few senior leaders but again, when you are a legit program, you reload... and there are a few underclassman looking to step up and show their talents! The LB position looks to be the strongest for the Spartans defense and they will need it in what looks like a tough Big 10 conference!

    projected record: 8-4
  5. SPL22

    SPL22 Walk On

    Jul 10, 2013
    North Carolina Tarheels

    2012 Results

    Sept. 1, 2012
    Elon (RJ/JP) W 62-0 1-0
    Sept. 8, 2012 at Wake Forest (FSN-South) L 28-27 1-1 (0-1)
    Sept. 15, 2012 at Louisville (ABC) L 39-34 1-2
    Sept. 22, 2012 East Carolina (ESPNU) W 27-6 2-2
    Sept. 29, 2012 Idaho W 66-0 3-2
    Oct. 6, 2012 Virginia Tech W 48-34 4-2 (1-1)
    Oct. 13, 2012 at Miami-FL W 18-14 5-2 (2-1)
    Oct. 20, 2012 at Duke L 33-30 5-3 (2-2)
    Oct. 27, 2012 NC State W 43-35 6-3 (3-2)
    Nov. 10, 2012 Georgia Tech L 68-50 6-4 (3-3)
    Nov. 15, 2012 at Virginia (ESPN) W 37-13 7-4 (4-3)
    Nov. 24, 2012 Maryland W 45-38 8-4 (5-3)

    2013 schedule

    Aug. 29, 2013 at South Carolina (ESPN) 6:00 pm ET | Tickets
    Sept. 7, 2013 Middle Tenn. 12:30 pm ET | Tickets
    Sept. 21, 2013 at Georgia Tech TBA | Tickets
    Sept. 28, 2013 East Carolina TBA | Tickets
    Oct. 5, 2013 at Virginia Tech TBA | Tickets
    Oct. 17, 2013 Miami-FL (ESPN) TBA | Tickets
    Oct. 26, 2013 Boston College TBA | Tickets
    Nov. 2, 2013 at NC State TBA | Tickets
    Nov. 9, 2013 Virginia TBA | Tickets
    Nov. 16, 2013 at Pittsburgh TBA | Tickets
    Nov. 23, 2013 Old Dominion TBA | Tickets
    Nov. 30, 2013 Duke TBA | Tickets

    Coming of an 8-4 record in the 2012 season, the 2013 North Carolina program faces several challenges along the way. They open the season with a very tough South Carolina team, then have away games at Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. They also have home games vs Miami and a sneaky East Carolina team that could give them problems.

    Looking ahead at the 2013 season, I see some soft spots in the schedule expecially with the back half of the schedule, in the last 6 games of the year. They have games against Back up University, I mean Boston College, NC State, Virginia, Pitt, Old Dominion and Duke. The two teams with a pulse are Virginia and Pitt. I could see North Carolina making a solid run this year and end up with a 10-2 or 11-1 record and making a bid in the ACC championship game and possibly in a BCS bowl game.
    For North Carolina to be successful this year, they need the Seniors on offense and most importantly AJ Blue and Bryn Renner to have strong years. They still have plenty of talent on the defensive end to keep themselves in games.
  6. Patster7

    Patster7 CARDSTRONG

    Jul 21, 2010
    2013 Clemson Tigers Football Preview
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    Offensive Preview
    With the return of Tajh Boyd for his senior year Tiger nation breathed a sigh of relief and struck fear in every defensive coordinator in the ACC. The Quarterback-Wide Receiver duo of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins is arguably the best in the country. But, the replacement of star running back Andre Ellington will be their toughest task as he ran for over 1000 yards the past two seasons. The offensive line certainly is experienced as they return 4 at that position. While it may be tough for the Tigers to replicate the offense they had last year, it would be no surprise if Heisman candidate Tajh Boyd put the team on his back once again.
    Defensive Preview
    The Clemson defense is arguably one of the best in the ACC and maybe the country. In the last 7 games of the season, the Tigers held every opponent to under 25 points and were 3rd in yards allowed in the ACC. They return 7 starters but must replace star defensive end Mallicah Goodman and safety Rashard Hall. Defensive coordinator Brent Venable has certainly changed the culture of the defense at Clemson after having one of the worst defenses in the conference two short years ago. Look for Clemson's defense to be even better this year.
    Season Outlook
    Clemson's schedule is definitely no cake walk but certainly sets them up for a chance at a national championship. The Tigers open up against top 10 opponent Georgia at home but after this massive challenge, Clemson has few opponents they have to worry about the rest of the season. NC State in week 4 and Florida St in week 8 are the two roadblocks between the Tigers and an ACC championship appearance in Charlotte. Certainly no one can look over the final game of the season when the Tigers play South Carolina in Columbia and face Heisman candidate Jadeovon Clowney with national championship implications on the line, possibly.
    Prediction: 10-2
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2013
  7. Cole Springer

    Cole Springer Walk On

    Jul 11, 2013
    Penn State Nittany Lions
    Last year the Nittany Lions finished with an unexpected 8-4 season. This year will bring back 8 offensive and 5 defensive starters, also add in a pretty good 2013 recruiting class and this team has high hopes for at least a repeat performance. This will be no walk in the park however. They have a pretty tough schedule for this season including 4 teams ranked in the top 25. There also doesn't seem to be any lower tier teams on the schedule to add easy wins so every game is going to be a battle. Unfortunately I don't see the Lions having enough firepower on offence or the defense to keep up with the higher ranked teams and will even have trouble keeping up with the above average teams. They might get 1 or 2 upsets but i don't see this year being as special as last years.​
    Prediction: 5-7
  8. GDip

    GDip Walk On

    Jul 9, 2012
    2013 Wisconsin Badgers
    Coming off an 8-6 record in 2012, the Badgers are hoping to continue to progress under a new regime. A year after replacing QB Russell Wilson they are now faced with replacing another offensive weapon, this time in HB Montee Ball. Ready to step into Ball's shoes is James White, who had a successful season a year ago with more than 800 yards rushing and 12 TD's. It is assumed that White will carry the offense as running the ball has become more than just a staple of the Wisconsin offense, it's a way of life. However, White isn't the only weapon they have. Standout senior WR Jared Abbrederis should improve greatly on his season last year where he put up 49 catches for 837 yards and 5 TD's. TE Jacob Pedersen can also hold his own in the passing game. The question for the badgers is who will be getting those weapons the ball. After struggling to find consistent production at the QB position a year ago, it appears as if they are turning to sophomore Tanner McEvoy at the start of the season because of the speed he provides but it may be another season of musical QB's.​
    On the defensive side of the ball the Badgers are very formidable. Their front seven is stacked with the likes of RE Tyler Dippel and DT Ethan Hemer providing big boddies up front to clear paths for MLB Chris Borland to rack up the tackles. They will be a very difficult team to run against. So for opposing head coaches they may want to look at attacking the secondary of the Badgers which is replacing two thirds of the starters from a year ago. They are led by talented junior CB Peniel Jean, and senior FS Dezmen Southward but after that this a very young and inexperienced group. They should be in good hands though as the talent up front should be able to create enough pressure on the QB to prevent too many big plays. ​
    They should be able to improve on their 8 wins from last year and should be a tough challenge for the rest of the Big 10. Look for them to compete with the best teams and if they catch a break here or there we could be looking at a conference title.​
  9. Da Rat

    Da Rat Walk On

    Jul 13, 2013
    2013 Iowa (2012 4-8, 2-6)

    Beginning in 1999, the Kirk Ferentz Era has been a positive one for the Hawkeye fans, including 10 bowl appearances, two shared Big 10 championships, and four seasons finished in the top 10. However in 2012, following the departure of OC Ken O'Keefe and DC Norm Parker, the Hawkeyes finished the season 4-8, their worst record since 2000, Ferentz 2nd year as HC. Perhaps more disturbing than the loss of offensive production from the 2011 to 2012 season (19.3 vs 28.6 PPG, 1476 vs 1384 [Marcus Coker alone], 7-8 vs 25-8 Passing TDs-INT) is that the Hawkeyes as-of-yet unnamed starting quarterback for 2013 will have had zero game experience. Add to this Iowa's brutal schedule, (Michigan St, @ Ohio St., Wisconsin, Michigan, @Nebraska) and the season in the BIG 10 could be a dark one for the Hawkeyes.

    However, on a positive note Iowa is returning a core of talented LBs, a talented RB duo, and two solid WRs. RB Mark Weisman finished the year with over 800yrds rushing, with backup RB Damon Bullock gaining over 500yrds in just 6 games. MLB James Morris, OLB Christian Kirksley, OLB Anthony Hitchens, and nearly all of the secondary are returning. The new Hawkeyes OC and DC both now have one year under their belts, and players should be more comfortable in their schemes. Look for the Hawkeyes to set the tone for the season in their opener against NIU. Key games will be Iowa St, Northwestern, and the Minnesota conference opener. Look for Iowa to finish the regular season at 6-6. This team will improve from 2012 and look forward to the 2014 season.

    NIU W
    Missouri St W
    Iowa St L
    W Mich W
    Minnesota W
    Mich St L
    OSU L
    NW W
    Wisc L
    Purdue W
    Mich L
    Neb L
  10. Brandon S.

    Brandon S. Freshmen Phenoms Commissioner

    Jul 15, 2011
    Head Coach Richard Moore takes the reigns in Atlanta as he leads the Yellow Jackets into the 2013 season with high expectations. Last year, the Yellow Jackets finished 7-7 ending the season with a win over USC in Sun Bowl. That wasn't enough to keep the previous coach in town, as Coach Moore is calling the shots now. ​
    QB Vlad Lee takes over as a Sophomore with little experience. He will be backed up with a strong rushing attack carried by the bruising FB Davis Sims. This RS SR FB teams up with HB Robert Godhigh to provide a strong ground game. Vlad Lee is a scrambling QB as well, and defenses will have their hands full trying to stop this 3 headed monster. G-Tech seems to be sticking with its trademark ground and pound game to disrupt defenses.​
    Senior CB Louis Young teams up with fellow Senior FS Jemea Thomas to create a tough secondary. The secondary is the strength of this defense, while the D-Line appears to be the weakest link. The Yellow Jackets might have their hands full trying to stop the run, but that pass defense should be scary. Senior OLB Jeremiah Attaochu will have a big impact on the rush defense as he appears to be the leader of the defense and impact player. ​
    The Yellow Jackets will definitely compete for a conference championship game this year but i think they will fall just short of the title. Im predicting 2 losses in the ACC, which will be 1 too many after a close loss to Syracuse. ;)
    Im predicting a final regular season record of 10-2, upping their total to 11 wins after the bowl game. Vlad Lee will show him Sophomore jitters but will overcome those mistakes to lead G-Tech to one of their best seasons yet. And the 3 headed monster rushing attack will be hard to stop this year.​
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  11. Memphis Blue

    Memphis Blue Walk On

    Jul 12, 2013
    Brandon S.

    Do you still want me to do the preview for Florida St. (since SPL left)? Or should I wait to see what new team may/or may not be added?
  12. Brandon S.

    Brandon S. Freshmen Phenoms Commissioner

    Jul 15, 2011

    wait for the new team to be added, we'll fill that spot soon

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