2014 Team Previews/Expectations

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  1. Masler

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    2014 Stanford Cardinal Preview

    Offense:

    I honestly have no idea who I want to start at QB this year. Warren has shown me he plays beyond his ratings while Crower has the better arm in terms of accuracy. Then we have this redshirt newcomers by the name of RJ Montgomery who also has great potential. Depth Chart currently sits at Warren, Crower, Montgomery...possible split time. The O line looks pretty solid this year, plenty of room for Wright to find some running room, but Kelsey is right behind him as a solid backup (remember the Taylor/Wilkerson duo) The receivers are looking well rounded with no one really standing out from the other except Peterson who is prime for a break out season. And last but not least the weak point of the offense in the FB, both of them are young and extremely lowly rated, you won't see me in the I Formation very often...and my tricky FB Runs may cease to exist this year.

    Defense:

    The front 7 is pretty inexperienced except for DE Plantaric and OLB Skov, the rest are new to the starting position and this could cost us in some cases when it comes to the run game. As for creating pressure in passing situations, I am not worried. The Secondary is the pride of my team this year, three sophomores control this unit and they will be hard to beat. Ford and Hall both have great coverage skills, look for them to be shut down corners. We has SS Derrick Smith starting at FS because his skills flat out beat the usual FS and that seems to be an area of the field I usually struggle.

    Special Teams:

    Peterson will once again be on the kick return unit while RS SO Kevin Kane will take the role of return specialist by taking back both kickoffs and punts.

    Expectations:

    Even though we lost the Natty, we are gunning for another Pac-12 crown at the very LEAST. That will mean another flawless conference record and a solid perfomance in the CCG. This team has all the makings of greatness. The weak areas are manageable, so watch out guys I think my team has what it takes for another National Title run (not that we all don't think like that about our teams).

    Final Record: 12-2 with bowl victory.

    I'm stoked for this season, good luck to everyone!
     
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  2. Big Suge Knight

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    The Wolverines have a good deal of talent at the skill positions on offense this season, starting at the likely two-headed QB tandem of Perry Riley and Michael Turner. Turner has the arm talent while Riley is mobile and can spin it also. Look for Turner to start but Riley will see the field quite a bit. At HB Thomas Rawls returns after missing the last 5 games and bowl week due to injury. He will have JR Watson and EJ McDonald to help keep him fresh and see time in certain packages. The wideouts are truly six deep and talented with Hayes and Williams last years starters returning in addition to role players, Branch, McKinney and Daniels. Those five are good but Coach Knight is truly excited to see how Justin Muse performs, as the 6'6 gifted wideout surplants Williams in the startin lineup. the o-line is without bookend tackles Lewab and Schofield but Marques Jones steps in for Lewan while "Mayor" Adam West takes Schofields right tackle spot.

    Defensively Deon Richardson and Aaron Anderson will look to provide the rush on the outside while Kory Webb finally gets to see the field. The last years team Rookie of the Year Chris Hagen looks to avoid a Sophomore slump as he teams up with Jake Ryan to lead the defense. Defensive backs are strong with Hollowell and Rodgers playing a great deal of man coverage on the outside. A pair of Sophomore safeties, Cox and Dowell, will look to use their talents and speed to deter opposing offenses from trying to across the middle.

    This years team is looking for double digit wins for the first time under Coach Knight. Hopefully opening up the offense to be a little more vertical wont result in forced plays and turnovers.
     
  3. jello1717

    jello1717 "Those who stay will be champions." -- Bo

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    2014 Arizona State Sun Devils Season Preview

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    Offense:
    Things could get dicey on offense for the Devils this year as 9 of their 11 starters are rated below an 80, including their entire offensive line. The offense will also be in flux throughout the year until coach Jello finds something that works. On the one hand he has JR QB Mike Eubanks who has been an incredibly efficient passer during his career as well as an overachieving runner. On the other hand, he has true FR Robbie Thomas who was the fastest QB recruit in the nation last year and the #4 overall QB recruit. Will Eubanks continue to overachieve on the ground and hold on to his starting spot? Will Thomas overachieve as a passer and take the spot from Eubanks? Will Eubanks fail as a runner and lose playing time and possibly his starting spot to Thomas? These questions will take some time to answer.

    HB will be a strong spot for the Devils with 4 decent backs seeing carries during the year. SR balanced back Marcus Washington should see the most carries followed by speedy SO Clifton Love. The main question will be 'can the O-line open up holes for these backs to run through?' ASU's receivers are deep, but severely lacking in talent with the best of the bunch only rated 78 OVR.

    Defense:
    ASU is still trying to transition to a 3-4, but still lack the personnel to do so. Once again they will play equal amounts of 3-4 and 4-3. The unit is marginally stronger than the offense with "only" 5 starters rated below an 80. You can expect big things this year from SO FS Jerry Sullivan, SR DE Jordan McDonald, JR DT Mo Latu, and JR transfer OLB Christian French. French has CB speed in a LB's body and should be creating havoc all over the field.

    Outlook:
    The team looks worse than anticipated. There are only 2 user teams rated worse than the Devils (Arizona and Northwestern) so it could be very tough going this year. The biggest challenge to overcome will be the offensive line. While there is some nice young talent there (7 of 10 lineman are FR and SOs with the worst one being a 75), it'll take a couple of years for them to progress into a dominating line. If they're unable to hold their own this year, it'll be very rough sledding for the Devils.
     
  4. jello1717

    jello1717 "Those who stay will be champions." -- Bo

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    I just checked out your QBs and looked @ Riley. I saw that he has freaking 89 SPD, 93 AGI, 88 ACC!!!! I looked at his stats and saw that he has -236 rushing yards in his career and I died a little bit inside.:eek:
     
  5. UofCWildcat

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    Arizona Wildcats Team Preview 2014

    Offense:
    The Arizona offense gets back a key stable that will have to help with it's focus on a running game. Ka'Deem Carey will be that player. He will have a speed that will help move the offense in the Pistol set. QB Jeremy Johnson will get his shot and hopefully be the best of managers. Arizona has not had a consistent starter since Nick Foles. The offensive line returns a good amount of guys headed by Senior 99 overall starting Center Mickey Baucus. Speedster WR Garic Wharton returns to add a solid deep threat to the Wildcat offense. Beware of the SPEED in Tuscon. It's gonna be a hell of a ride.

    Defense:
    The Arizona defense took the off-season to renovate their atrocious run defense. Moving from a 3-3-5 to a 3-4 is something that wasn't too difficult for the defensive line. Returning LE starter Joe Jackson is excited to get more pressure on people with the more exotic blitzes. For the linebackers, it'll be a new ideal. George Parker will have another line backer next to him while the OLB's including returning starter Phil Bracken will be used for blitzes. The DBs too will be through some changes. FS Willie Parker will be the only returning starter. Safe to say, it's gonna be a tough year for the defense.

    Special Teams:
    Arizona returns both specialist in K Dale Matthews and P Leonard Long who were very productive last season. Garic Wharton will take the return position and hopefully add a spark to a crucial part of the Wildcat's team.

    Overview:
    The Wildcats are way behind the 8 ball after failing to qualify for a :5stars: of prestige. The recruiting this year looks very good but young talent is very questionable at times. We need to recruit this well for 2 years to catch up. Arizona looks to repeat as South Champions with the only competition being USC and the bastards in Tempe (and some bitch ass Buffaloes). OOC is another story. Gonna have a lot of big games and winning those would sure help bumping up a prestige.
     
  6. Big Suge Knight

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    Yeah I've struggled with a bit of an identity crisis on offense.
     
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    2014 Arkansas Razorbacks

    After 2 straight SEC titles and Sugar Bowl wins(Should be 3, and a shot at the NC in season one, god damn pneumonia!), the Arkansas Razorbacks are looking to continue its recent tradition of domination of the SEC. Although the Razorbacks have lost a few games they wish they could take back over the past few seasons, they have showed up and prevailed when it mattered most.​

    Offense​

    The Razorbacks are finally finding their identity on offense with the emergence of the running game last season, and hope to grow on that with the Legs of QB Jacoby Walker, and the laser accurate arm of Brandon Allen(98 accuracy). The offense will institute a single-back spread offense that places a focus on getting the ball out early with quick routes and take advantage of the deep athleticism of WR core. The deep backfield of the Razorbacks will be led by last years true Fr Heisman finalist HB Pierre Cruz. The one thing this offense has that others should be scared about is the amount of speed on this team and will be able to take advantage of less athletic defenses.​

    Defense​

    The defense will look to grow on last years performance and a switch to a 34-43 Hybrid as they look to use the strength of its LB core to shut down opposing offenses. The Razorbacks will need to shut down the run better this year if they look to repeat as SEC champs for a 3rd consecutive season. The defense will be led by last years FR phenom MLB Dennis Johnson and the edges should be solid with Cook and McClelland holding the edges. The secondary is full of veteran leadership and look to improve on being one of the Nations best pass defense units last season.​
     
  8. JCspartan2

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    2014 Michigan State Spartans

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    The Rose Bowl Champs lost a lot of talent from last year and are breaking in new starters at over half of the major positions. "Rebuilding" is a word no one likes to use, especially with a program that has had so much success in the last few seasons, but that's exactly what this season might be for the Spartans while the young talent waits to take over.​

    Offense:​

    Maxwell is gone. Fowler is gone. Sims is gone. New play makers need to emerge. HB Nick Hill could be a heisman candidate, but I don't see that panning out behind this offensive line. The Spartans appear set on using both QBs Connor Cook and Alex Lindsay. The two boast very different styles, but are about equal in talent. Neither is a big time game-changer and are just occupying a spot while last years top QB recruit George Chase redshirts for a year. This won't be your typically "Pound, Green, Pound" Spartan team, the talent for that type of style just isn't there. Instead, MSU has a wealth of talent at WR and lots of speed, so expect to see some more spread looks. I don't expect this to be an overly explosive offense, but it should be able to move the chains and hang on to the ball for large chunks of the game as usual, the style is just a bit different.​

    Player to watch: WR/HB Keith Mumphery. Mumphery had a breakout year last year when WR Titus Gross was lost for the season in week 2. He is the fastest guy in the nation and has improved his hands to become a reliable target. With the lack of depth the Spartans have at HB and the addition of some spread to their pro-style attack, look for Mumphrey to become the next Percy Harvin.​

    Defense:​

    MSU made their money on this side of the ball last season, however they are now breaking in 7 new starters. The secondary is the strength of this squad, and they are extremely talented. Freshman SS Jim Morris will be a household name by seasons end. The weakness is the defensive line. There is little talent and little depth. This could be the Spartans undoing this year, enough for me to expect at least 4 losses. MSU does have a talented and deep group of linebackers that may be able to cover up that weakness against evenly matched opponents, but when the Badgers and Buckeyes roll into town it could get ugly.​

    Player to watch: Senior CB Mylan Hicks. Hicks is finally getting on the field after waiting 4 years. He is extremely quick and has vastly improved his coverage skills in his time on the practice squad. He will be the nickle corner, so he will be an important player when teams like UofM and Northwestern line up against the Spartans.​

    Special Teams:​

    Easily the best unit in the nation. 3 time Groza winner K Kevin Muma returns for his senior season, as does two time Ray Guy winner Punter Mike Sadler. On top of that you add one of the most electric guys in college football in Keith Mumphery at KR and this unit is NFL caliber.​

    Player to watch: Look for WR MJ Houston to get some time returning punts this year as Mumphery will likely need to be spared some time on the field with his new role on offense. Houston is a sophomore now, and has yet to see the field.​

    Expectations: I predict around 4 losses for this team against Wisconsin, Stanford, Ohio State, and one other loss to a team we probably shouldn't lose to. The Big Ten championship game is a difficult goal this year, but it is still possible with the parity within the legends division. It will take time for the offense to get grooving with the new additions, so the defense will need to carry the Spartans early. All in all, a new years day bowl would be a successful year for this group, and they will all return hungry in 2015.​
     
  9. blLL flo

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    2014 Georgia Bulldogs Season Preview

    Last year was a great season for UGA. They rebounded from an opening loss to win 10 of the next 11 and make it to the SEC title game ranked #2 in the country. A win would have propelled them into the NC, but Arkansas would claim their 2nd straight win against the Dawgs as they fell short of their goal. The consolation prize was a Fiesta Bowl berth vs Oklahoma. UGA would play well enough for a victory that gained a 6th prestige star and some momentum into the new season.​

    Offense
    This season the Georgia QB will still be named Murray, but he will be a completely different player. Brian Murray, recruited as a part of the #1 class during season 1, has sat behind veteran Aaron Murray for the last 3 years. This season the job is his and he will give defenses a new look when they face the Bulldogs. Brian has great speed, acceleration, and elusiveness along with a decent arm that will keep teams honest. Expect Brian to be using his legs to help complement RBs Isiah Crowell and Corey Kimbrough. These two players have a lot of talent and will pick up right where Ken Malcome left off last season. Every single one of the WRs is back for UGA including JR Andrew Tompkins would could really break out this year. The big question mark for this team is along the offensive line where 3 starters were lost. The line is still solid, but will have to have rsFR Larry Kimbrough hold his own at RT for the offense to move the ball.​

    Defense
    This season, the defensive strengths are opposite of those from last season. Last year, the front 7 was the strength of the team with 4 SR LBs and 2 SR DEs. Stepping in for these guys will be a lot of new faces. The coaching staff is most excited about MLB Ron Robinson who was a part of the 2011 #1 class as well. He will need to step up big in the LB corps because there is not much depth behind the starters. The secondary this year, should be a strength after being an inexperienced unit in 2013. JR Shannon Stone and SO Matt Wheeler have one year starting at CB under their belts and only look to get better. At the safety spots, Chad Lyles and Zach Washington will return as starters. This defense should hold up decently this year and allow UGA to be in every ball game, if they can find some success in stopping the run with a new LB corps.​

    Special Teams
    MSU claims they are the best in the nation, but UGA would like to "agree to disagree." They possess the most dangerous return man in the country in Corey Kimbrough, who has to strike fear in every special teams coordinator when they have to kick him the ball. He averaged 30.1 per return, took 4 kick returns to the house, and will only be better this year. The talent doesn't stop there as they return both kicker and punter from last year. Kicker Kevin Cole doesn't have any trophies to speak of, but he can say his only misses came from 50+ last year. At punter Jason Montgomery does a fine job when the Dawgs need him. Don't expect a drop off when these guys take the field.​

    Expectations
    The Dawgs will have the same goals as always. Win the SEC East. Beat Florida and Georgia Tech. And then win an SEC title. I think this team has the ability to achieve these goals, but they must find their identity and get into a groove quickly.​
     
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  11. GoGators

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    2014 Season Preview

    2013 Record: 7-6​

    Key Losses: HB Mike Trumpy, QB Evan Watkins, WR Rashard Lawrence, WR Tony Jones, RG Brian Smith, OLB Tim Riley, SS David Fleming​

    Three seasons into Coach Gators' tenure and the Wildcats are right where they began except they've made more bowl appearances than ever before in school history....unfortunately they still haven't won one. Last years team was inexperienced and lacked the guys in the trenches to win many ball games. Hopefully this year will be different, but with only 8 guys on the entire roster rated 80 or better it doesn't look like it.​

    Offense​

    The loss of HB Mike "Thumper" Trumpy comes with mixed emotions. Trumpy was a standout during his time at NU but last year wasn't quite up to par as he suffered through injuries. His departure makes way for the more explosive and versatile Kellen Williams to take the bulk of the carries. Unfortunately though football games are still won and lost in the trenches and this years OL looks to be worse than last years. Averaging a 72.8 overall up front simply isn't going to cut it and FR Rocky Grant starting at guard will be trouble due to his inexperience.​

    The best player on this years offense is Georgia transfer TE Jay Rome (86 overall. Thanks Bill!) Rome will likely be highly involved in this years offense as the Wildcats try to move the chains. Also, there's some talent at the WR position with Adonis Smith continuing to improve and SRs Cameron Dickerson and Venric Mark stepping up. So, the playmakers may be there on offense if we can get them the ball.......and that's where the story everyones been waiting for begins.​

    This summer, Evanston was home to an extremely fierce QB battle as JR Zack Oliver, SO Calvin Doucette, & true FR Laurence Burton went head to head for the starting spot. In the end, the coaches have decided to give SO Doucette the first crack at the gig as his athleticism will likely be needed behind this porous OL. FR Laurence Burton seems to be as good as advertised and has the most potential of anyone at the position, but the coaches have decided to give him a redshirt year to learn the offense. If things go real bad though, perhaps Burton sees time.​

    Defense​

    This years defensive line looks to have taken a step in the right direction. Last year this unit was maybe the worst in the nation getting blown off the ball way too frequently. With another year of development hopefully they can hold their own a bit more and give the LB corps a chance to make some plays w/o 3 OL providing the HB a caravan. Unfortunately the LB corps isn't nearly as good as last seasons and if there's any chance of success, they'll need a lot of help from the DL for them to be successful. Gone is team captain Tim Riley but in steps Jawara White for his chance to shine. Hopefully he can lead a group of young LBs as they'll need time to develop.​

    The secondary looks to be on par with last years unit. They're a bit better, but when your best player in the back is a 76 overall, things aren't going to be pretty.​

    Overall​

    The talent level is about the same as it has been for the past couple seasons the only difference is that the roster now has some depth in place. These kids will need to develop quickly in order for NU to be successful. Overall the goal for this team will be to make a bowl game and finally win one. Outside of that, being competitive will be my only other goal.​
     
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  13. jello1717

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    You're a bigger man than I. My 2 FR QBs came in as a 76 and 78 and they're behind an 85 Eubanks and an 88 SR QB. I certainly had every right to redshirt the 78 guy, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it and if he plays well enough, he could start over the 85 and 88 guys (he's already ahead of the 88 guy on the depth chart).
     
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    The Wisconsin Badgers are coming off the most successful season in school history, having won the 2013 BCS Championship. The 2014 team was scheduled to be somewhat of "retooling" season. Having graduated 19 seniors, the 2014 team will be very inexperienced. However, the last 3 recruiting classes have been very strong, as all three ranked in the top ten nationally. So what you will see is a very talented, young team.

    Offense -- Replacing offensive linemen is never easy, but replacing 4 out of 5 is almost impossible. Center Dallas Leuwellan is the lone returning starter and he has been moved to right tackle. Three VHT rsSophomores will take over as starters. Heisman runner up HB Melvin Gordon returns for his junior year, as does HB Chris Johnson, who if not for Gordon could be in the Heisman discussion. Senior QB Joe Brennan takes over for Jon Budmayer. He is more of a traditional pocket passer. He has a very accurate arm and if he gets time could be extremely effective.

    Defense -- This unit also was decimated by graduation and will be replacing 3 out of 4 starters on the defensive line and all 3 linebackers. Both starting safeties graduated as well, however Bednarik winner Adam Jack moves back to strong safety and will take over the starting responsibilities. Two redshirt freshmen will start at defensive tackle and true freshman Jim Sims will be the starter at right defensive end. This is a very young unit, but with immense talent it has the potential to be dominant.

    Outlook -- With this young of a team, it would ridiculous to predict a repeat BCS title. However, we do feel we can compete for another B1G championship. This year is truly about developing young talent as we build for 2015.
     
  15. GoGators

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    I considered it, but Doucette played well enough last season in spots to get a crack at it this year. He's a 72 overall I think and he's starting over a 78 overall guy so I'm showing faith in him. Hopefully he doesn't disappoint.
     
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    Ole Miss 2014 Season Preview
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    With Ole Miss coming off a down year Coach Edge is getting geared up for another season. Ole Miss finished ranked inside the top 25 but Coach Edge is looking for much more this year. That will be a tall order with one of greatest SEC running backs Jeff Scott moving on to the NFL. Ole Miss is loaded with young talent the question is will it be ready this year?

    Offense
    Heisman Trophy winner Jeff Scott is gone and with him is 45% of the offense. The good news is Soph. RB Anthony Martin has a chance to be just as good. Running for over 600yrds as a true freshman he is a rare blend of size and speed that hit the home run at any time. On the outside Ole Miss started to show its highly touted WR’s abilities. With five wide outs coming 30+ catches and 400+yrds they all are big play’s waiting to happen. O-line is solid but will need to give Redshirt Freshman QB Brian Simpson time to grow.

    Defense
    The Defense will be starting 6 highly recruited freshmen which should be interesting. Ole Miss needed to rebuild the D and did so in a great way. The Key will be the secondary were they will start two Freshman CB’s and a Freshman SS. If they can hold their own early the Offense should score enough to keep them in the game.
     
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    The Washington Huskies are coming off what is being said their worst season is history. Last season the Huskies, as well as the press, expected great things from their young squad. In the end, it was rather disappointing as the offense had serious identity issues. The team teetered back-and-forth between coming out in either a passing or running front, yet suffered major setbacks in the turnover category. Since coach Randiesel has taken the reigns, while recognizing this issue, has not been able to resolve this area of their game which has cost them a winning record in the PAC-12.​
    This year, the Washington Huskies look to count on the new recruiting squad to help lift them into a new beginning. Look for new and big things from this young talented squad that has worked themselves through the ranks in the organization.​
     
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    2014 Tennessee Volunteers
    Season Preview
    The Vols enter the season on the tails of a dismal year. Finishing 3-5 in SEC play, Coach Nixon is feeling the heat from alumni and fans that aren't very happy. A surprise season here is needed as another lackluster campaign is almost expected with the loss of 26 seniors. The fate of this season will likely hinge on a Week 7 bout against the hated Dawgs.
    Offense
    Oh man. The lone returning starter is senior TE Cameron Clear. I would like to expect some good things from this group but with inexperience one can only hope. Looking to shine as he finally gets a chance, Marlin Lane, will take over the focus of this offense. He looks to be the man at running back at 6'1" 215lbs with 99 acceleration. At QB, Adam Moore will get the nod but with 3 viable options don't be surprised if all 3 see action. (Dunbar and Worley)
    Defense
    This unit looks to be solid. But the emphasis is on unit. With no standout players they will need to play together to give this team a chance. I'm hoping to convince them all that they are from Sparta and nobody can break through our line.
    Look for the team MVP to be senior punter Matt Darr. He will be crucial in changing field position this year along with scoring points as he owns all the kicking duties. And he has the leg to do it.
     

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