2013 Team Previews

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  1. Hova

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    Virginia Cavaliers 2013 Team Preview

    Offense
    The Cavalier offense looks to be a force this year, with transfer Philip Sims likely taking the quarterback spot for his senior year. If not, however, the Cavs still have Michael Rocco who has loads of experience and is a talented quarterback in his own right. The Cavs also return a talented group of receivers, led by senior Tim Smith that will give whoever starts at quarterback some great targets. At the halfback slot, burner Kevin Parks looks to be the starter and at 5'8" he won't be running anyone over, but he has top level speed and agility.

    Defense
    The defense this year is a big question mark for UVA. The Cavs lose co-defensive MVP Steve Greer and have no real star power behind him. The strong point of the Cavalier defense looks to be the secondary, as they return three good corners. The linebackers and defensive lineman will have to find someone to step up and play well for them if the Cavs want to repeat their run they had last year.

    Outlook
    Look for the Cavs to ride their offensive talent this season as they will likely be in the thick off the ACC Atlantic race again in 2013, challenged 2012 Champs UNC.
     
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    Let's face it, team success depends greatly on individual players and what kid of impact they can make.
    Illinois will certainly need to get the most out of their impact players if they want to take the team to another level.

    So let's talk about impact players.


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    Nathan needs to step it up if Illinois want to win.
    Last year he had 12 passing TDs and 15 interceptions while throwing for 1655 yards.
    The senior redshirt had a lowly 48.5 completion percentage and was sacked 20 times.
    On the ground Nathan rushed the ball 64 times for 117 yards and 1 TD.


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    Young had 212 rushing attempts last season and 1134 yards.
    He found the endzone 8 times on the ground and once through the air.
    He had 16 catches for 157 yards and two drops.
    Young needs to be a true impact players and make the Illini offense move if they want to win!

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    The anchor man for the defense is Johnathan Brown.
    Brown had 51 tackles including 9 for loss, and forced two fumbles.
    He also had an interception and 4 sacks last year.

    The secondary is weak so the front 7 have to get pressure on the QB while stopping the run.
    This wont be easy because the D-line is a work in progress lead by Senior Akeem Spence at DT.

    Check back at the end of the year and if these three fine athletes have had a great year, so will the Illini!
     
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  4. abolishthefed

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    2013 UCLA Bruins

    UCLA starts the preseason ranked #68 in the nation by the "gurus" at ESPN. The team has rankings of 87 overall, 86 offense, and 82 defense. The Bruins should be improved this year, but the schedule will be brutal. UCLA plays @ #12 Oregon, @ #2 Washington, and home against #4 Michigan St in weeks 3, 5, and 6. Plus, they have to make a trip to #11 Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium in late October followed by conference user games @ Colorado and home against Arizona St. Followed by challenging divisional games against #10 USC and Stanford at home to end the season.

    Offense

    The offense will be anchored by standout Jr RT Xavier Su'a Filo. Filo is a preseason 2nd team All America candidate with a 95 overall rating. He recorded 15 pancake blocks in 2012. Sr C Chris Ward is a solid 89 in the interior of the line. Coach Moon hopes to whip the rest of the line into shape during fall camp this season.

    The Bruins have 8 QBs to choose from on the roster and it appears that there is a race between RS So Brett Hundley and RS Sr Richard Brehuat to start in the home opener. Both players have similar skill sets and it will be a tough decision for coach MoonBBad.

    The running back position is a bit weak for the Bruins this year, but it looks like 6'0" 228 lb Sr Malcolm Jones will hold down the position. Jones rushed for 253 yards and 3 TD last season on 54 carries. Backup RB RS Jr Jordon James is a great change of pace back who also runs track in the spring for the Bruins. Look for James to play frequently in screen and draw play situations.

    WR is a position of strength for the Bruins this season, with 3 players rated above 80 and one more in the high 70s. RS Sr WR Shaquelle Evans is a playmaker who caught 39 balls for 585 yards last season. He needs to have a big season this year for Coach Moon. 87 overall RS Jr TE John Young adds another dimension to the UCLA attack. Young is known for his punishing blocking, but his 80 speed allows him to get open against most linebackers.


    Defense

    RS Jr Tevin McDonald is a playmaking FS for the Bruins. He is above average to exceptional in all his traits and had a solid 2012 campaign with 51 overall tackles and 2 INT. He will be the emotional leader for the Bruins this season and will have to be all over the field to give help coverage over the top to the young corps of cornerbacks. Sr SS Dietrich Riley is a solid performer who chipped in 58 tackles and 3 sacks last season.

    Sr Jordan Zumwalt leads the linebackers. Zumwalt is a heady player who had 53 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season. Sr LOLB Anthony Barr and RS Jr MLB Eric Kendricks need to play above their ratings this season for the defense to have success.

    Three of the four starters on the defensive front are seniors this year for the Bruins. Sr DT Seali'l Epenesa is the class of the bunch, recording 7 sacks and 14 TFLs in 2012. The other starters have solid ratings and should hold up well this season.
     
  5. uncleho

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    2013 Washington Huskies

    The defending National Champions return the best player in college football in QB Keith Price who is looking for a Heisman Trophy in his final season. They begin the season #2 (lol) ranked behind #1 Notre Dame (LMAO). Anything short of a National Title this season will be a disappointment for Washington.

    Offense

    Price comes back for his final season as a 98 OVR quarterback after having a dominant year last year. His weapons include 92 OVR junior WR Kasen Williams who is a great all around receiver. 94 OVR junior TE Austin S Jenkins is one of the best tight ends in the nation and a dominant player at that position. When the Huskies don't feel like throwing the ball where ever they want to Price can turn around and hand the ball off to 92 OVR junior Jesse Callier who is a great back and always a threat to score. The offensive line is rated between 80-88 making it the "weakest" part of the offense but they always seem to play solid.

    Defense

    The defense isn't as stacked as the offense but is a solid unit all around, led by possibly the best strong safety in the nation in 96 OVR senior Sean Parker. 90 OVR junior LE Josh Shirley also returns to terrorize quarterbacks this year. Those are the two standouts of the defense but everyone else is pretty solid and rated 80 or higher except for the #2 and nickel corners and they have solid skills. Fortunately this unit plays with a lead most of the time and uses that to let Shirley run rampant and disrupt the offense. If offenses can get enough time they will find success in the air, Washington usually plays pretty stout defense and anyone who can run the ball will give themselves a big leg up in a game.
     
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    Colorado 2012​
    Last year the Buffaloes went 8-5 and made it to the Sun Bowl where they lost to the Clemson Tigers​
    Offense​
    The offense is led by returning Returner of the Year and Bilentnikoff runner up Paul Richardson. They also return their QB Hirschman and their RB Jones. Both had impressive seasons last year. The line doesn't look to be anything special, but they should be good enough to allow their talented skill players to make big plays. Look for another big season in the Colorado passing as they will look to build on their top 5 finish in passing yards yards.​
    Defense​
    The front 7 for Colorado is pretty weak. They don't have any huge gaping holes, but nobody is really a different maker in this unit. Colorado will likely have to play aggressively with these guys top stop the run and get pressure. The defensive backfield for the Buffaloes should make up for this a bit and allow the defense to be aggressive. They have 3 corners and 2 safeties rated over 80. ​
    Outlook​
    I am predicting a 9-3 season for Colorado. They have a couple of tough user and CPU games, but should be able to split them.​
     
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    The Yellow Jackets will have a new QB at the helm to start the year. Tevin Washington was a huge part of Georgia Tech's offensive success last year, so losing him will be something to watch. Junior (RS) Synjyn Days will come in with potential to really surprise some people this year. He will be asked to jump into things head first with the Jackets welcoming #8 TAMU into Atlanta week 1.​
    Georgia Tech will have all the talent it needs in the backfield. Not a lot of on field experience but kids who have been in the system for a couple of years and have the tools to really put together a good campaign as a whole. They have one of the best fullbacks in nation, David Sims (91 OVR) who should open up some nice holes as well as catch some out of the backfield.​
    The WR group is one of the week spots to this GT offense, with only 1 WR with an overall over 80, they will be lacking the playmaking WR like they have had in the past. The TE position is even thinner. No TE’s overall is above a 79 and both of the starters are receiving TE’s with one being a true freshman. Having TE’s with such lackluster blocking ratings in this run first offense might be an issue, or Coach RyanC might have another way to implement the TE’s into the offense this season. Only time will tell.​
    The offensive line should be really solid this year with the average overall for the unit coming in at 85.2. This group is led by their LG Will Jackson (90ovr) who is going into his fifth and final season as a yellow jacket. This offense has the ability to really pound the rock and with doing that they should open up holes in the passing game. Even though the WR’s are not great, they will have plenty of opportunities off of play action this season.​
    The front four on defense is pretty thin with talent but they are anchored in the middle with DT Ben Keith (85ovr). I would not be surprised if Georgia Tech ran the 3-4 defense this year as their real strength is in the LB group. The average overall for the three starters are 88.7 so expect a lot of big plays coming from all three of the LB’s.​
    The secondary does not have any gaping holes but not a lot of playmakers. If this group can play solid disciplined defense then they should make a lot of progress as a defense as the year goes along. This defense as a whole has enough playmakers on the field to give opposing offenses fits, especially with their strength at the LB position.​
    Prediction: I see the Yellow Jackets having no less than 9 wins this season and if things work out they could be an 11 win team in the regular season.​
    The ACC looks to claim it's second National Champion in a row and GT could make a run for that if they stay healthy..​
     
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    I wanna know when the ACC claimed its first National Champion....:p
     
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    Wrong dynasty on that info for sure ha... Washington will probably win it all again judging by his offensive talent. But the ACC has a shot for it's 1st title (y)
     
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    Offense - The defending ACC champs looks to chase another title this year led by Senior QB Bryn Renner. He is rated 92 OVR this season and has 2 solid starting WRs to target this year. He will also receive moving the chains with HB AJ Blue who is also a Senior. Blue is a very well rounded back with solid athleticism and good power to go with. The offensive line looks average this year with weakness at the G spot and the right side. The line is very young in the weak areas so this will improve with time. The offense is rated 91 OVR and should the strength of this squad.

    Defense - The defensive line should be very sold for UNC this year with 4-5 guys who could all start on the line. They should have great depth and the ability to bring pressure all game long. LOLB Darius Lipford will lead the LB core at 87 OVR. A huge weakness in the defense could be at MLB where a 68 OVR freshman will be starting in the middle. Once you get past the LB Core the secondary is very solid. UNC has one of the best secondaries in the ACC with 3 solid corners and leader FS Tre Boston coming in at 91 OVR. They should be able to cover alot of ground in the secondary and slow down some of the ACC passing attacks.

    Season Outlook - UNC has a huge game this week vs Bama which will put them into the top 10 in the nation with a W. They are currently ranked 11th in the nation and should the the favorites in the ACC again if they can get past GTECH. Other big games on the schedule include a trip to VA Tech week 8 followed by a huge matchup on the road vs Washington who will probably be ranked #1 by then. The season then ends fairly light opponent wise so if they can win some big games early they could make a national title run.

    Prediction: 11-1, BCS Bowl
     
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    God damn it. It's stuff like this and 2 seasons of "If Washington gets anything less than a national title it will be a disappointment."

    If I don't lose this year, I am pretty sure I will lose next year.
     
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    Wick36 Don't take it as increased expectations, just as a tribute to your performance thus far. We all have the ability to be beat including yourself but your still the favorite until someone knocks you off.
     
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    Dude, what do you expect? You are one of, if not the the best player in the OD, and you have a young and talented team. People may have different opinions on what constitutes a disappointment and If I were in your shoes I would be disappointed if I did not win a NC. I'd feel the same way if I were in PIG's position at MSU. I am not saying that you cannot lose a game but you and PIG with the talent you have are held to a different standard.
     
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    lol shut up Wick, I am trying to jinx you when I say shit like that :D
     
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    After the game between me and Wick, I definitely think if MSU played a great game they could beat him.
     
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    Season 2 Preview

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    Offense A-
    Defense A-
    Special Teams B
    Overall A+



    Michigan State enters the year ranked #4 in the top 25, with high expectations after a Rose Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in PIG BOMB's first season as coach. With all the expectations, Michigan State has the talent to deliver.

    Offense
    Led by (RS)SR QB Andrew Maxwell, the State offense is full of veteran and young talent. Speedster Nick Hill will be carrying the load at halfback, but his strength and ability to break tackles at his size makes him a unique back. The WR position doesn't have any superstars, but goes 5 deep with guys who can play the position well and come up with plays when needed, as well as having one of the best multi-purpose tight ends in the country with Dion Sims. The offensive line is arguably the most talented group on offense, starting 3 seniors who all have ratings of 87 or above. If the Spartans can find a groove early on, this team will put up points in bunches in a traditionally defensive conference like the B1G, which could be enough to propel them to another Rose Bowl berth.

    Defense
    While not necessarily strong at DT (nobody rated in the 80s or higher), the starting tandem of 88 OVR defensive ends will certainly allow the Spartans to have one of the best pass rushes in the conference, which will help the weakest part of the defense: the secondary. While not terrible, there isn't much depth and no superstars in the Michigan State back 4. But when you have LBs like Sparty does, many problems will be solved. MLB Max Bullough and OLB Denicos Allen are both rated in the 90s and are sure fire NFL players. If they can lead this defense like they're supposed to, the Spartans will be an upper echelon defensive team this season.

    Incoming Talent
    The Spartans have many talented freshmen vying for playing time, which is always a good thing. While most of the freshman class will be redshirting (including 80 OVR LB Jason Moore), there are several young'uns that will see the field for Michigan State at some point this season. QB Clint Callahan is undersized at 5-11 192, but he is extremely athletic and has a solid arm for a freshman. FS Wade Washington (81 OVR) and CB Adam Sampson (80 OVR) add immediate depth to the secondary, and there is no doubt they will have opportunities to showcase their talent for the coaching staff. G Marvin Martin comes in at a 77 OVR, but with his size and pass blocking (87 rating) he seems destined for a move to the tackle position, which would probably boost him near an 80 OVR. Lastly, freshman K Troy Jones will be starting from day one. He has a very accurate leg, but isn't able to hit the 52 yarders at this point in his career.



     
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    2013 IOWA HAWKEYES

    Ratings
    Offense: B+
    Defense: A-
    S-Teams: B+

    The 2013 Hawk-eyes enter the season unranked but look to make a great impact in the B1G Conference.


    OFFENSE

    The biggest question mark for the Hawk-eyes to answer is who will take the helm at quarterback. Andre Stewart looks to be the front runner, the freshmen QB has the size and because of his age, the time to become a dominate quarter back in the B1G Conference. Though there is no clear cut starting QB, Iowa benefits from a deep offensive line and the return of Jr HB: Jordan Canzeri. Expect Canzeri to be a big piece of the puzzle for the Iowa's offensive success.


    Defense

    The Hawkeye front 7 is as good as any in college football. Sr MLB James Morris returns for his final season after finishing a dominating junior year. Morris will have a some incredible assistance on the outside with both OLB returning for their senior years as well. Iowa's weakness will be an the corner back position. With no clear #1 corner back, look for Iowa's starting safeties: Nico Law and Tanner Miller to make some big plays to assist a poor group of corners.


    With the depth at offensive line and running back, in combination with a dominating front seven there is not reason why the Iowa Hawkeyes cannot make a run for the B1G Championship. The toughest games this season will be against Michigan State and Wisconsin, both of which are very win-able. The overall success for the Hawk-eyes is going to come down to the Quarterback play and the playing calling of second year coach Uncleho.
    Season Prediction: 11-3, Losing to MSU in the B1G Championship Game.
     
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