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Give us your prediction of how your team will do
2015 Wisconsin BadgersThe #5 preseason ranked Badgers come in a year after losing the national championship game to Ohio St after not having their head coach there. They now look to rebound and strive for another 12-0 regular season. The schedule isn't easy, but it rarely ever has been for the Badgers. Out of conference games include LSU, UCLA, Notre Dame and Rutgers, who are all preseasonlly ranked. Games against Iowa, Michigan St, Illinois, and Penn St could be daunting, and Illinois will be out for revenge after last years squeaker. The big game finally comes this season, as the #1 preseason ranked Buckeyes are finally on the Big 10 schedule.On offense, the Badgers have 2 great QBs, both who work in different ways. Livingston is more athletic and loves to run with the ball. Herron is a traditional drop back passer. The OC from Buffalo will work with both QBs to get a good glimpse of what kind of offense will be run. HB Williams is now the head tailback, but look for Bain and Holman to receive many touches also. WR Ward looks to continue his fast maturation and will have to with a young receiving corps behind him. The offensive line is experienced, with 4 seniors and 2 juniors leading the way.On defense, their are holes that will need to be filled fast. 2 new DEs will be starting, and possibly a true freshman who has shown promise. The interior of the line is good, and will look to cause havoc in the run game and force QBs out of the pocket. 2 new faces will appear at LB, but the leader Moore returns for his senior season after his starting teammates left early. The group still looks to be one of the fastest in the nation. At CB, the Jefferson/Scott combo that both started as true freshman 3 years ago are now all grown up and seniors. Their will be some movement at safety in the future, as the position is still up for grabs.
2015 UCLA BruinsUCLA comes into the 2015 season with its highest preseason ranking in Coach Rec's tenure, #8. The Bruins face a daunting first weeks of the season with 2 OOC games against #6 Texas, @ #5 Wisconsin and then later in the year UCLA will travel to Houston to take on the CUSA Champs. Conference play will include games @ #2 Oregon, @ #20 Arizona and home against Oregon State.
On offense, Senior HB Joe Dixon looks to have a monster season and carry the load in the back field. Sophomore QB Alex McCray and Sophomore WR Jon Allen look to continue on what they built chemistry wise in their Freshman season. The O-Line looks above-average for the first time in a while, as all 5 starters are rated above 80 overall. Look for the Bruins to run the ball first, then use that to throw the ball down the field to their big play wide outs and tight ends. Should be a better offense than last season.
On defense, All-American OLB Fred Tromblay returns for his Senior season, looking to improve on what many thought would be the strength of this team last season. In 2014, the Bruins took a step back defensively. Tromblay and company look to turn that around and return to form in 2015. Junior (RS) transfer from Oregon SS Paul Spence gets his 2nd season under way leading a young but vastly improved secondary. Look for Sophomore CB Mike Slater to have big season as well. Up front, the Bruins need to worry a bit as the front 4 are not the greatest this school has seen. Hopefully they can hold their own, and let the athletic and fast Linebackers take it from there.
Prediction - I have no idea...crazy early schedule will test this team early. If I can beat Oregon right off the bat it should make thing interesting in the Pac 10. Too bad that game is on the road. Our team goal is make a BCS bowl game and win...get that 6th star!
On offense : All american tandem Qb Huff and WR Shumpert have graduated so offensively we will have to get a little more exotic with the playcalling. WR Ben Clark had a good season last year. With a nice oline to protect our starting QB Robinson means this year Clark will get to shine.
On Defense: that's another story, due to past bad recruiting I still have some 'dead' weight in the system but should be able to keep with the bend but don't break too often philosophy .
Prediction: Believe it or not even as ho hum my preview is I believe Iowa will pick up at least 2 more wins this season: 9-3 or better because coaching wins games
2015 Ohio State BuckeyesAfter an impressive 2014 season where The Ohio State Buckeyes went 14-0 and won their 2nd National Championship under Coach Boda, The Buckeyes come into 2015 ranked #1 and have a big target on their back. OSU lost some key players to the NFL draft, including their starting QB Hunter Battle and starting HB Michael Chapman, they also lost defensive stud and All-American SS Kris Dunlap to the NFL. All-Time NCAA Sack Leader Solomon Thomas and his 53 career sacks graduated to the NFL as well. Even with those big losses, The Buckeyes still think they are the team to beat this year.
On Offense - New Starting QB Craig Howard should pick up where Battle left off last year, as he is just as accurate as Battle was(99 thr acc) and has one of the strongest arms in the country(99 thr pwr), but he is still untested and has only thrown 30 career passes. Howard had better stay healthy if the Buckeyes want to make it to another National Championship because there is no depth behind him. The only other 2 QB's on the roster are both JUCO recruits who are not ready to start. Howard should have some good targets to throw to, as OSU only lost 1 key WR in James Louis. TE Matt Jenkins who had a great year last year should have an even bigger year this year. New starting HB Skyler Brooks has some big shoes to fill as he takes over for 1st round NFL draft pick Michael Chapman. Brooks had a great year last year behind Chapman and ran for over 1200 yards and 17 touchdowns and is ready for a big year as he is the only HB on the roster with rushing attempt as the other 3 HB are all redshirt freshman. Brooks should have some good lanes to run thru as Ohio State has their best O-Line in years (all 5 99 overall).
On Defense - The loss of All-Time NCAA sack leader Solomon Thomas will be a huge loss, but new LE Bryan McGee should be a force on the D-Line. The Buckeyes bring back all 3 starting LB's and the duo of MLB Anthony Lindsay and OLB Josh Howard is one of the best duos in all of college football. The Buckeyes have arguably the fastest defensive backfield in the country, with starting CB's Marks(99 spd) and Madison(97 spd) and safeties Parker (98 spd) and Garrett (99 spd). Even with the losses on defense this is still one of the best defensive team in the country.
Prediction - Ohio State will definitely be tested this year as they have one of the tougher schedules in the country. Week 3 is the big one @ Texas, Week 4 vs Oklahoma, Week 11 is a rematch of last years National Championship vs Wisconsin, Week 12 vs Illinois, Week 13 @ Michigan, and Week 15 a tough road game @ Oregon. Even with the tough schedule, I still see Ohio State going 12-0 and going to another National Championship .
2015 Illinois Fighting IlliniIllinois is in full-fledged rebuilding mode. The best chance that the Illini had at making the Rose Bowl went away with Chandler Harnish and the 9 other seniors who left the team for bigger and better things. However, one of the strengths the Illini do have is their youth, and it is evident that Coach Cheez believes in that as he has elected to go with (RS) Freshman David Blake on opening day. It will be no easy task to fill the shoes of Harnish, but Coach Cheez thinks that Blake might have the potential to be something special.As far as running the ball, expect Junior Renaldo James to have another big year. This is his second season with starting for the Illini, and he certainly paid dividends last year by rushing for over 1200 yards. Expect (RS) Sophomore William Jackson to get a few carries each game as well. When asked about the placement of Jon Justice (last year's backup to Renaldo James), Coach Cheez had this to say:"We had an open competition in camp this year, and it was evident that Jon didn't progress as much in the offseason as we would have liked. He might still be quick getting up to that top speed, but it looked to me as though William [Jackson] was hitting the holes better and was much stronger."The youth that Coach Cheez on the offensive side of the ball is nowhere to be seen on defense. The Illini will start 8 upperclassmen (three seniors), and have more than a few upperclassmen as replacements. Some would view that as a luxury, however, in the event of injuries.2015 Scheduleat Arizonavs. Utah *Alumni Dayat #23 Rutgersat Indianavs. #17 Penn State *Homecomingvs. #5 Wisconsinat #22 Iowavs. #10 MichiganBYEat Minnesotaat #1 Ohio Statevs. Northwesternvs. Texas A&M *Senior DayStarters
QB: #6 David Blake - (RS) Freshman - 75HB: #35 Renaldo James - Junior - 76FB: #22 Derek Fowler - Freshman - 51WR: #86 Victor Edwards - (RS) Senior - 88WR: #83 A.J. Williams - (RS) Senior - 83TE: #85 Jonathan Lumpkin - Junior - 75LT: #70 Dwayne Horne - Junior - 76LG: #74 C.J. Sutherland - (RS) Senior - 80C: #65 Myron Hill - (RS) Senior - 85RG: #62 Andrew Johnson - Freshman - 73RT: #63 Paul Gonzales - (RS) Junior - 79LE: #97 Kyle Scott - (RS) Senior - 87RE: #90 Jim Davenport - Freshman - 73DT: #93 Jared Berg - (RS) Junior - 76DT: #92 Anthony Washington - (RS) Junior - 74LOLB: #50 Matt Scott - (RS) Senior - 73MLB: #56 Phillip Adams - (RS) Senior - 83ROLB: #52 Antwan Page - (RS) Junior - 73CB: #21 Brett Ferguson - Junior - 79CB: #28 Mike Ryan - (RS) Junior - 74FS: #39 Kyle Perry - (RS) Sophomore - 74SS: #27 D.J. Lloyd - (RS) Senior - 77K/P: #14 Bernard Weddle - Senior - 76Prediction: Ultimately, the talent gap is going to be the downfall of the Illini. Expect a mediocre season that may or may not result in a bowl game.Record: 6-6 (3-5)
Things were disappointing last season with the Beavers going 5-7 and not playing in a bowl game. The loss of Sean Mannion really hurt this team last season. However, it gave a chance for Tyler Johnson to shine. He threw for over 2000 yards and 16 touchdown passes. Johnson is going to be looking at several receivers with his focus being on senior Michael Houston and Myron Downs. At running back the Beavers are going to employ a running back at committee philosophy. With Sam Edwards, Paul Davis, and Justin Davis looking to carry the ball.
On defense junior Michael Hill looks to continue terrorizing quarterbacks he so far as 17 career QB sacks. While defensive tackle Greg Mcnamara looks to plug the middle. The linebacking corp looks suspect with MLB Brian Foster looking to be the only high impact player. The secondary has speed, but the real question is can they cover people.
The schedule is not kind to the Beavers as they get to play what appears to be annual rivalry with the Florida Gators, and then hosting Texas A&M Magicians. Then conference play starts with road games at Arizona and UCLA. Then the big game, the Beavers host The Condoms. Then the Beavers get a bye and three straight road games. The Beavers hopefully will be able to win some of these games because last season was very disappointing and upsetting.
(New team mascot, Jeanne Tripplehorn)
Texas has revamp their offense with the TrippleHorn Option attack led by Tripple threat sophmore QB Brian Holman (that's right, he invented an all new top secret third threat). Going against all common sense the grusome five-some is back for their 5th year. Pro scout have been drooling over these 5 standouts for 2 years now, and in all likelyhood they may all go in the top 5 picks in the 2016 draft. Texas lost 11 starters, but should be able to play at close to the same level they did last year.
Expect the unexpected from the TrippleHorn Attack: a heavy dose of FleXbox One, a smidge spread option, a dabble of old school run and shoot, and a giant sleave of tricks.
2015 Texas A&M AggiesThe Aggies are looking for another winning season under coach Davis (Jayrah) in 2015. They have had a lot of success but have never finished the way they've wanted to in the past 5 years. 4 Bowls have all been loses and they haven't beat big brother either.In 2015 the offense loses 4 very big large contributors from the past 3 years, in Mr Jones (nearly 1600 yards last year), DJ Jones (teams best dual threat wr/rb), Malcolm Kennedy (biggest deep threat in 2014) and Ben Malena (fastest rb on the team in 2014, also returned kicks). With several holes missing, the key contributions this season will be from JR qb Alfred Howell, who has steadily progressed and is looking for a big season. To help him will be reliable Sr Wr Michael Golden, and Rb Johnny McCloud, who earned limited carries last season, but has looked very adequate in training camp.The defense returns a lot of players, but the D-line is still a major concern after getting run over much of last season and the D-backfield is still largely untalented. This does not bode well for the Aggies, as Texas and Oklahoma in the division are run heavy squads who have some very talented O-lines.Prediction: A bowl game is always the goal, and coach Davis and his staff are still fuming over an Insight Bowl loss at the hands of Michigan, in which they felt the referees cost them the game with a couple of crucial calls negating big yardage or touchdowns. In fact, Davis will be looking for his first bowl win in his tenure, and he could really use it. The fans at College Station aren't comfortable being such large underdogs to Texas, nor are they comfortable with 4 consecutive losses in postseason play. Even with the early recruiting class looking very good for next season, this is an important year for this team to start turning the corner. Beating OU or UT probably won't happen again this year, but an 8 win season, a revenge rivalry win over Tech, a 3rd straight win over Illinois and a postseason win all need to happen for Davis to not be in hot water.Schedule:Iowa@Oregon StateAuburnOklahoma State@Texas Tech@NebraskaKansas@Oklahoma@MissouriBaylorTexas@Illinois *Magic Bowl 2
On offense the Wildcats return their big 3 in Franklin, Williams, and Abrams. They also return big play slot receiver David Clay. Clay however seemed to looked a step slower in spring ball causing him to stay the 3rd receiving option in the Cats offense. Their O-Line is rather average but all Franklin needs is a couple seconds to find an open receiver with his deadly accurate arm. Williams may be a little bit of trouble as last year the offense had a hard time blocking for him and it resulted in a season ending injury against Oregon State last year. He looks great though, showing great speed and amazing elusiveness. The Cats have 7 seniors starting on the offensive side of the ball so a sense of urgency is definitely on the squad. "We have to win now," said Senior QB Ben Franklin. "We came here to compete and ultimately win a Pac 10 title and ultimately a BCS bowl bid."
On defense the Cats return 7 starters led by LOLB Jermaine Johnson. They lost All American corner Gerald Dawson early to the draft but this team is ready to replace him with the talent they have developed the past couple years. The defense is a bit slower than Coach JFace would prefer but he has a few tricks up his sleeve to compensate for the lack of speed. "We've got a bunch of geniuses on this team," the coach said yesterday. "I honestly don't know why some of these kids aren't at Stanford, Yale, or Harvard. Sometimes i even think they are smarter than me. But don't tell them that."
Prediction: The Cats have a relatively difficult schedule with the Pac 10 being the toughest its been in a few years. They do have the benefit of welcoming Oregon State and UCLA into to Tucson while going out to Eugene for their showdown against the Ducks. With the schedule and the sense of urgency this senior laden group should have, this should be the year they do it. And by do it, we mean IT, go all the way to the BCS National Title Game. However, this team will fall to either Texas or Ohio State in the game.
Remember a few seasons ago when the Texas coach said that Oklahoma might be in trouble due to a few weaker recruiting classes? Well that time is now.
On offense, Oklahoma lost Heisman Trophy winner HB Brennan Clay (97 OVR) and his amazing back up Roy Finch (93). They also lost 3 90+ starters on the offensive line. The replacements leave a good bit to be desired. However, they do have Senior QB James Wright and a very talented WR in Anthony McDonald. Wright is going to need to have a monster season for Oklahoma to compete.
Defensively, Oklahoma should be solid. They did lose a starting DT and FS but have some solid replacements. The stars are SS John Dickens, LE Mike Coley (who had to be persuaded to return for his Junior season), and linebackers Pete Ball and Derrick Campbell.
Outlook: We will know very early in this season where this team stands. With games against the reigning champs of the Pac-10, Big 12, and Big 10 in the first five games, it will take an upset for this team to avoid going 2-3. In all likelihood, this season will look like the previous seasons with a 2nd place finish in the Big 12 South.
Offense -- This team lost a lot, graduating QB Bryan Bennett and HB Matthew Pope. The team returns an excellent wide receiver corps and will attempt to feature this group by going back to a spread attack. rsJR QB Buck Townsend takes over the reigns of the Quack Attack and he is more than capable. Townsend enters the season with 88 speed, 88 thp and 96 tha. He will be the key to the Ducks season.
Defense -- Led by senior CB Christian Robertson, this unit has the potential to be explosive. The linebacking corps is extremely talented, as all three starters enter the season rated in the 90's. The defensive line is largely inexperienced, but has a lot of potential.
This team fully intends to defend its Pac-10 title from last year.
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