2016 T1 Team Previews

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  1. Hellisan

    Hellisan Schemin 'em up

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    2016 T1 Team Previews

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    ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE


    Last Year: 11-3 (8-1) 548 points, 290 allowed

    Alabama started off winning 10 straight before getting derailed in an ugly game against North Carolina, then getting blasted two weeks later in the conference championship game against Georgia. The primary reason appeared to be a team that had been hot just got cold. But the problems ran deeper. They had only one true receiving threat, and QB James McLaughlin had trouble finding another target when he wasn't open. The result: 64 sacks allowed, a record in high school, college, and the pros. (made that up... sorry) An amazing 11 sacks allowed against Georgia in the SEC title game didn't help matters. The offensive coordinator has been fired, and they're relying on a new philosophy this year. Look for them to run the ball a lot more. They demonstrated that they can dominate a game doing just that in the final minutes against Auburn last year.

    2016 Offense: This team has the most elite talent of any team in the NCAA this season. Coach JFosh has seen to it that there's not a single hole on offense. QB McLaughlin 95 OVR has great talent with the speed to scramble for yards and the arm to shred the defense. They have two halfbacks who can beat you at any time in Miller 93 OVR and Davis 92 OVR. They may not have that 85 STR plugger that breaks tackles every play but they will commit to the running game this year, bank on that the WRs and TEs have great talent, with good speed and all-around ability to match. We especially love the line, where there isn't a single starter under 95 OVR. They key with this team is if they are playing free and easy as well as smart you just aren't going to stop them. They can, however, stop themselves.

    2016 Defense: The standout on defense is senior DT Brian Smith 99 OVR. His combination of awesome size, strength, and quickness puts any offensive lineman on their heels. They do have a pronounced weakness on defense in my opinion, and that's a lack of speed in the secondary. Coach Fosh basically plays zone all game but a smart offensive coach can take advantage of that more than man defense sometimes. They don't have the ability to man you up, and they know it.

    2016 Projection: Who knows what will happen with this team in 2016. This is such a complete offensive team that we can see them going unbeaten if they can be consistent there. They hide their weaknesses on defense by playing good zone coverages. But if they struggle again on offense they could lose three games. Prediction: 12-2




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    AUBURN TIGERS


    Last Year: 10-3 (6-2) 624 points, 243 allowed

    Like Alabama, Auburn started off on a roll, reeling off 8 straight wins before the powerful Georgia defense took them out in week 9. The Wetumpka Wizard continued his development but needs one more significant bit of improvement in terms of fewer interceptions to be considered a Heisman contender. We doubt if that will happen due to a lack of premium receivers. The leader of the defense was Derek Bradley. His incredible season included the Lombardi Award. His 97 tackles, 38 TFL, 17 Sacks set a new standard for what a defensive tackle should strive for. Both Bradley and Frank Owens (15 sacks, fed off Bradley's double teams) will be back again next season. They allowed the second fewest yards of any team in the nation last year, which is exceptionally hard to do.

    2016 Offense: The Wizard was given a fifth year of eligibility thanks to a glitch. Officially, his sophomore season has been his best as he fell off a bit last year. The defenses who face Auburn this year will likely all attack them the same way: Attempt to stop the run and keep Hamilton from scrambling around. Make him throw to a very pedestrian group of wide receivers. If they are successful he will once again have struggles. He needs to make good use of the excellent George Gordon at TE (83 OVR) who can really catch the ball in traffic. The line is solid but unspectacular, compared to other teams in the ACC/SEC.

    2016 Defense: The Auburn squad makes it tough for the offense to do anything thanks to great penetration by the massive Derek Bradley, who has the speed and agility of a much smaller man. Their safeties are solid and their corners are very good and fast, so they will have some options in terms of how they attack defenses. We think they'll be even better in 2016 than they were in 2015, and that's scary.

    2016 Projection: They don't face Tennessee which is always a blessing. If they had one or two big-play threats on offense we'd be higher on them but we think this will continue to be a case of Hamilton throwing and running the ball all over the field in a panic since nobody is open. As the great John Wooden once said, "Never mistake activity for achievement." Prediction: 10-3





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    CLEMSON TIGERS


    Last Year: 11-3 (7-2) 565 points, 365 allowed

    Clemson was upended in a close one against Georgia Tech, a team they have demonstrated they can play well against. Then they were beaten by Georgia and Virginia Tech later on, incidentally the teams that squared off for the BCS Championship. At this point, they are a team to be reckoned with as their talent just keeps getting better and better due to recruiting success throughout coach Colemanchu's tenure. This is a team that really needs to find a running game because at this point, the coach is convinced he cannot run. Once you think you can't... YOU CAN'T. The coach knows how to find elite linemen, has decent talent at running back, and needs to commit to it but also have confidence when he decides to go to the air.

    2016 Offense: Will talent lead to a great season for the Clemson Tigers? We've already stated that we don't think they think they can run. They have two good runners and a good line, so it's possible that they will. Plus they have Parham, 94 OVR QB who can light it up with his feet or arm. He's due for at least one exceptional season before he goes pro. Look for these guys to score around 625-650 points this year so I'm expecting a big improvement.

    2016 Defense: This defense has awesome overall talent. they have a pair of great DT's, very good DEs, and that's just the start. MLB Jerod Woods 94 OVR is one of the best around, with great size and speed combined with awareness, and the outside backers are talented too. They have a great CB in true shutdown CB Doug Morris, 99 OVR. After allowing 365 points next year they'll drop that this year.

    2016 Projection: We're projecting them to score more points and allow fewer points. For that reason, we also think they'll improve by at least one win. Prediction: 12-2.




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    FLORIDA GATORS


    Last Year: 7-6 (4-4) 565 points, 398 allowed

    A team that has steadily been going downhill, Coach VaSteel needs to get a handle on this, and fast. They went 0-6 against the powerhouses of the SEC and ACC last year, and were increasingly unwilling to throw the ball. They threw it fewer times than just about anyone, but at the same time threw quite a few interceptions. It's not a good combination. The bright side is that they led the NCAA in rushing yards, but it's tough to do that every single week. At some point, a team is going to make you pass it. Might as well practice the passing so that when you need it, you have it. They lose John Spence, who was second in the nation in rushing yards and had 21 touchdowns, but have the lightning-fast Davis Leonard (7.5 avg YPC) taking his place. Leonard was a JUCO transfer but was just as sophomore last year, which guarantees he will be around for two more seasons.

    2016 Offense: I'm wondering who will start at QB this year; O'Connor has good speed and a decent arm but I think Stewart is a premier QB who should start. The combination of Little 90 OVR and Leonard 83 OVR, 96 SPD will be tough for opposing teams to contain, but they need to pass the ball more effectivel and throw fewer interceptions. That's the bottom line here. the tight ends are a huge concern, if I'm Florida I keep these guys in to block most of the time. The line is a weak point compared to other user teams.

    2016 Defense: Honestly, the defense is just a weakness at this point. It's not horrible or anything, but they're not fast at the ends or anywhere on the line. The linebackers are average for a user team and the defensive backs are slow. One bright spot is at middle linebacker, where D.J. Ham is solid, but freshman Anthony McDaniel, 86 OVR is a future star.

    2016 Projection: "“I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.” - Jim Morrison... And VaSteelah. Prediction: 9-4





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    FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES


    Last Year: 10-3 (6-2) 499 points, 344 allowed

    Florida State is slowly getting comfortable with their place in the league, and we wouldn't be surprised to see another leap forward next season. They are solid running and throwing the football, but show a real propensity to abandon the run in the red zone, which can hurt a team against a smart opponent. The heart and soul of this team is OLB kevin Carroll. As a sophomore, he earned All-American status with 110 tackles, 6 sacks, and 3 interceptions. They had two bona-fide pass rushers who are also sophs and will be back next season.

    2016 Offense: O.k., so we said they're getting comfortable, but this is a problem. This is a painfully slow team that will struggle to put up points against user teams this year. They landed one of the best QBs in the class in Brian Barber, 80 OVR, but he's a couple years off. Steve Callahan 92 OVR, 85 SPD put up good yards last year but we can't see him dominating a user game with so little speed, and frankly that's all that matters. Look for Abraham Newton to catch at least 85 passes but without any other reliable weapons it could get ugly at times for whomever is playing QB.

    2016 Defense: They need to have Calvin McKenzie have a season for the ages. The 93 OVR 95 SPD senior has the talent to win the Thorpe award and they need him to do it. Landing DT Justin James, freshman 84 OVR was a nice get last year. The ends lack speed and we expect very few sacks. Casey Calhoun 91 OVR at MLB will be key. He has the speed to cover teams out of the backfield. The corners are sub par, and we expect that they'll struggle in pass coverage all year long as a result.

    2016 Projection: The talent is down from last year, so while they might be getting into the swing of the league, we expect a downturn. Prediction: 9-4





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    GEORGIA BULLDOGS


    Last Year: 14-0 (9-0) 774 points, 167 allowed

    If you can score 4.5 times more points than you allow, you have a good shot at success. Before last season the Georgia coach said that this team resembled his old Purdue teams closer than any of his teams so far at Georgia, due to an immobile, but smart and accurate QB, good skill position talent, and a good defense. That combination led to a season where there were only a couple of close games. A 37-0 shutout against a powerful Alabama team was a high point, even in a BCS Championship season. Nick Murray threw for 4,488 yards and 49 TD against just 11 INT, the Bulldogs had two 1,000 yard rushers and two 1,000 yard receivers. On defense there weren't any spectacular numbers but there were plenty of good performances. Outside linebacker Marques Brown missed half the season but still had 7 interceptions.

    2016 Offense: The Bulldogs have decided to redshirt the "upside" talents at QB in Booker and Melton, giving the starting nod to Brian Clark 79 OVR 80 AWR. They will use two QBs though, with Kennard Allen 83 OVR 88 SPD coming in to run the option and provide a change of pace. If 261-lb HB Curtis "madden ambulance" Bower 91 OVR can stay healthy he should pass 1,500 yards, and they still have a weapon in Shawn Lee 94 OVR 98 SPD. Teams will really key on Lee so TE Geremy Brown 96 OVR 86 SPD will have to come up big. This is a team with good talent everywhere, but the QBs are likely going to be a big weakness due to their youth. No question about it.

    2016 Defense: This is a squad that lost a couple of key players in two senior linebackers but might return more overall talent than they had last year. DE Brent Henderson 96 OVR 86 SPD is a monster, as his opening game (14 TAK, 6 TFL, 5 SACKS) would attest to. Marques Brown 96 OVR 89 STR is a contender for whatever award you can think of. Georgia has one of the best collections of talent at cornerback in the nation. They're all exceedingly fast. The safeties won't give you a break either, as 2-star Joe Forte 91 OVR 94 SPD and Tanner Jenkins 97 OVR 95 SPD will ruin your day with one hit.

    2016 Projection: It's a big plus that they face Tennessee in week 3. If they don't prevail, they have the rest of the year to move up the rankings, and they don't face Alabama or LSU. There are three tough games at the end of the season in Auburn, Ga Tech, and Miami. This team just got better as the season progressed last year but this year they have to find an identity on offense without an established QB. Look for a step back, but don't look for a prediction.
     
  2. Hellisan

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    GEORGIA TECH YELLOWJACKETS


    Last Year:11-2 (7-1) 566 points, 316 allowed

    It would appear that the rest of the world is catching up to the Yellowjackets. They're still getting the wins, but is the mystique still there? Is anybody afraid of Coach Moreecemos anymore? For the Jackets, the 2016 season will be about bringing that mystique back. But first, this was a season in which the coach grew accustomed to a much different style of QB in J. Cooke. Cooke's 3,512 yards, 35 TD, and 16 INT are proof that process is going very well. Look for him to crack 4,000 yards and 40 TD's if healthy next season. Tech is developing some good weapons around Cooke, including Clifford Perry, who the team hopes can have more big plays next year (4.1 avg. YPC in 2015). The biggest disappointment on the team had to be George Dunn. Anointed as the next great one by the coach, he delivered, with three great seasons, but too often in 2015 the stat sheet had a bunch of zeros following the tackle stat.

    2016 Offense: Let's get one thing clear. QB's aren't rated right in this game. Get a QB with a great set of legs and a decent arm and he's a 99. A guy like Cooke, who has great AWR, a good arm, and great accuracy.... is a 91. Well give me this guy anytime. Clifford Perry should have a much better season last year with any luck. Although the WRs aren't great, we've seen Mo do a lot with worse. The line is very solid from left to right. If they had one big play guy - just one - we'd think this was a championship caliber offense.

    2016 Defense: This is a very strong unit. Marcus Gunn is just a MONSTER. 99 OVR 88 SPD 90 AWR. It just doesn't get much better than that, I look for 15+ sacks. or 25. You won't get a break on the other side, as Darryl Moss improved a lot after his redshirt season, 84 OVR 86 STR. the interior guys aren't pass rushers but can stop the run. Their CB speed will match up with the vast majority of offenses and combined with their pass rush should be fine. Safety is a potential weakness. They have talent in Merriman and size in Alvarez but they're just not that good or smart yet. Mo might control one and make that point moot.

    2016 Projection: "“For the longest time, I never thought I was intimidating to guys, but I'm kind of finding out that maybe there is some tiny thread of intimidation.” - Beverly Mitchell, actress. Mo gets by on a combination of intimidation as well as skills as I'm convinced people just don't want to play him for the most part. But make no mistake, they are getting more familiar with his tendencies and the intimidation is going down the drain somewhat. Prediction: 13-1





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    LSU TIGERS


    Last Year: 8-5 (5-3) 430 points, 332 allowed

    LSU Coach Rynoaid was enthused about his team before the 2015 season, but unfortunately Tennessee seems to be good at stamping out a team's hope. They bounced back against Florida with a nice win, but lost a tough one to Auburn and then had the revenge factor going against them against Alabama. They weren't sure who their QB or RB was going to be, and that ended up being Michael Clark, now graduated, and Jayson Bailey. Bailey is an awesome talent and will only get better. His 1,485 rushing yards and 17 TD were just a starting point. This is a team that can move the chains, as their 261 first downs were among the elite, but they had a dearth of big plays and seemed to make mistakes at important moments.

    2016 Offense: A solid line, good QB, and maybe the best big-play HB threat in the game in Jayson Bailey. I want to see Bailey get 2,000 yards this year, that will put LSU in a position to up their win total from last season significantly. Garrett Wall 92 OVR is a big, athletic QB with a big arm but he can be a little erratic. The gut feeling here is that Bailey is going to get worked to death and Wall will probably have great games and some bad ones too.

    2016 Defense: They have Tyler Bowman 96 OVR 86 SPD a great one at DE, but the rest of the line is young and we think it's a weakness.... for now. Look for improvement in the future. The linebackers are solid average for a user team. The corners are experience and pretty good, the best one might be youngster Zach Dailey. They have very good size in the secondary. Overall I think this is a team that will struggle to keep people from scoring.

    2016 Projection: With one of the best big-play threats around and a defense that might struggle, this is the case of making a Heisman run with Bailey and seeing if that can take them the distance. Prediction: 10-3





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    MIAMI HURRICANES


    Last Year: 9-4 (4-4) 517 points, 278 allowed

    Miami started out the season 2-3 in losing a tough, close game against Clemson and getting beaten badly by FSU. They also struggled against Georgia Tech but played decent against Va Tech before getting an important confidence booster against Florida late in the year, 42-39. In the process, Juggs learned that he has a QB he can rely on but can't rely on, as Ray Wise is immensely talented but also injury prone. Halfback Richard Smith did a good job of moving the chains and the defense for the most part did a good job getting off the field. Middle linebacker Tony Austin led the team into battle, with 78 tackles, 11 for loss, and 2 interceptions. He's an athletic linebacker who plays bigger than his listed size of just 200 lbs. In our opinion this was a season where Miami gained some confidence despite not having a great record.

    2016 Offense: QB... Check... HB... Check. He likes his blocking fullback and has some decent wide receivers as well. Stephens can't catch a cold but at this point is one of the faster wideouts around. The tight ends K. Keller 93 OVR and Nick Randolph 80 OVR 86 SPD offer some help.

    2016 Defense: Juggs is at his best when the DE's are beastly and that is the case this year, we'd probably play Senior Phillip Smith and hope that Benson would then come back for another season. Because Smith is a monster. The linebackers are very solid, we really like MLB Tony Austin to have a great season this year.

    2016 Projection: “There are some pretty good-looking players here. It should be fun. It should be a very interesting year.” - Jerry Royster. For whatever reason we sense that Juggs is semi-interested in his team and prospects this year. He has a tough schedule but has proven that when the team is good enough he can beat anybody. Predilection: 9-4 Prediction: 11-3





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    NORTH CAROLINA TARHEELS


    Last Year: 11-2 (6-2) 544 points, 308 allowed

    More than any other team, North Carolina went through a season of ups and downs in 2015. They started out nice, going 4-0 including a 21-20 squeaker in what some have called the one of the best games in T1 history in the early going. But then Clemson came along and held them to just 6 points in a beatdown. They won four in a row again, including beating FSU, but then suffered a loss in what is probably THE best game in T1 history, 49-46 against Georgia Tech in a barnburner. They then pasted Alabama 34-7 and finished off the season with a 20-17 bowl win against powerful Auburn. Throughout the year the coach lost confidence in his passing game and had to revamp his style, which worked at the end of the year. Which team will we see in 2016?

    2016 Offense: Well, we know that a great defense can shut them down as Tennessee had a 10-0 lead late in the game before it disconnected. Robertson has a great arm but tends to choose the wrong targets. Mario Davis 92 OVR 92 SPD 86 STR is a straight-up monster who will make the fans forget Kerr, at least for awhile. They're so thin at WR that QB Jeff Maxwell is getting a shot at WR. The O-line is a little spotty, but will do.

    2016 Defense: They're running a 4-2-5 and have some awesome defensive linemen. Defensive tackles D. Peters 98 OVR 73 SPD and Tim Blanco 96 OVR 71 SPD are special, and will create pressure as well as contain the run. The linebackers are pretty good too - They all have speed. The secondary is another strength, the corners are getting better every year and the combination of Dwane Phillips 90 OVR 94 SPD and Connor Blair 81 OVR 89 SPD should be good for years. We'd probably sub Derek Allen and his 6'4 frame and 92 SPD for Blair for now.

    2016 Projection: This has been an emerging team and they've continued to get better. Nevertheless they've had inconsistencies. They can beat or lose to anyone. Prediction: 10-3




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    TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS


    Last Year: 11-2 (6-2) 606 points, 271 allowed

    Nobody's drawing any conclusions from Tennessee's 2015 season. Once again they won every game in which coach Bruce80 was available. Family matters kept him on the sidelines against Georgia and Alabama, and that was the season. Halfback Brad Dawson's star-crossed career finally ended with a season-ending injury, which was not a surprise. However the coach found a halfback that he thinks can carry this squad in freshman T. Adams, who put up 1,700 yards and 30 touchdowns, one of the best freshman seasons of all time for the Vols. The defense once again created hate and discontent for offenses, as Ken Bush had 18 sacks and James Carter added 9. Soph. Jay Carrington won the Jim Thorpe award with his 93 tackle, 9 INT season. He has to be considered the best safety in the game as he not only hits like the elite safeties, but he catches the ball like a wideout.

    2016 Offense: Rusty continues to hate his QBs including Treangan who i'm not even has a door on his doghouse anymore. Tyler Adams can be a monster when the blocking is good and FB James Hughes is a threat too. He no longer has those big, tall receivers with great speed, the best of the bunch is the smallish Jake Palmer 90 OVR 95 SPD. They had difficulty making things happen in their opening game but the prediction here is Rusty will figure something out, even if he has to sub in his freshman QB.

    2016 Defense: Ken Bush had 18 sacks last year, continuing the tradition of UT defensive ends killing the opposing team. The linebackers are fast and will knock your head off. The combination of MLB Will McPherson 99 OVR 86 SPD, OLB Marlon Payne 89 OVR 90 SPD and OLB Tyler Perry 99 OVR 88 SPD (Robobacker) is tough for any offense to find room against. We'd sub in senior Derek Holley for Payne and have Payne back next year. The stars of the defense are FS Jay Carrington 93 OVR and SS Jake Denman 93 OVR, they eat up errant passes like crazy.

    2016 Projection: “The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” - Vince Lombardi. Let's face it, the Vols have dominated this dynasty. When it comes right down to it, I think they'll probably lose one this year but still be in the BCS game. Prediction: 13-1




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    VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES


    Last Year: 12-2 (8-1) 624 points, 263 allowed

    Va Tech had another banner year and have established themselves as the class of the ACC for the time being, much to the chagrin of Ramblin' Wreck. Their 624 points scored tied for second in the nation, and their offense relied heavily, once again, on Jeff Ellis. He had an amazing whore-like season with 92 Rec, 2,042 yards, 20 TD, and 2-star find, DE Aaron Harrington proved deadly to opposing defenses with his 18 sacks. The squad was upended, 21-20 at the hands of UNC on a clutch tackle at the end of regulation when they attempted to go for 2 rather than kick the extra point after tying it up late. But then they won 9 straight including the ACC Championship to face off against Georgia for the BCS Championship. The team was at their peak in week 14 and the Championship week as they won 34-18 and 34-15 against two very good squads.

    2016 Offense: It's time for Va Tech to break out those TE plays again. Yeah they have no Wolverine that much is certain, but Todd Stanley is going to need some help. I love Bruce Burton but I think most defenses can stop the run when they need to and for thhat reason I think Va Tech may struggle this season and lose their perch atop the ACC, primarily due to the offense. Other than Stanley, a 92 OVR WR with good speed, this is a team completely bereft of any playmakers out wide. The line is solid average.

    2016 Defense: DE Aaron Harrington is the kind of story I love, a 2-star find that has awesome stats. The 6'5" 266-lb Harrington is 84 OVR 85 SPD and plays even better. Just a sophomore, he might approach some records before he's through. They have some solid run stuffers inside but nothing scary. The Hokies have done great recruiting linebackers, they have some of the best around. The secondary is a bunch of ragamuffins as Blaza would say. Some talent here, some talent there, but the sum of the parts isn't anything special. Keep those safeties deep, because they're slow as shit.

    2016 Projection: “It is crazy. That's why every game is so important to us. You can't afford to be dropping games because we're not playing hard or we didn't come with the necessary intensity.” - Ben Gordon. Regardless of what you'll say about his team JMS always has the will to win every game. It doesn't always happen but it's never for lack of effort. Prediction: 10-3
     
  3. Mogriffjr

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    Excellent stuff Helli...this is what happens when you waiting on skanks!!

    As far as the Yellow Jackets, I think your right.

    I use to have the upper hand and I believe in their mind, I was already up 14-0 on my opponents. Now it's like everyone knows they have a chance against me and that's not good :(

    Part of it was due to poor recruiting on my part during the middle years recently. I haven't been getting the big time players before and while now I'm not getting those players still, I've been doing a better job of getting the top tier players, all the while snagging some of the top talent that's available.

    This will help me on the field. This year, I feel this is one of my better teams, going back to my title run with Jordan Luallen and the boys a few years back. I have a solid RB corps, good WR's, stable of TE's. On defense, my D-line seems dominant on paper, my LB's are definitely able to hold their own and my CB's are all worthy of playing 1 on 1 against WR's now. The safeties are a question, especially the SS. I'll be playing with Merriman, while he's small, he's simply a Cooper Taylor in a 5'11" body because he hits like a rock. Alvarez, I may sit depending on how he plays early on and I'll go with the more aware kid that's backing him up right now.
     
  4. Mogriffjr

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    I think this is Clemson's year to shine. I'm not a believer in VaTech again, they will struggle without Ellis.

    UNC is right there, they just seem to not be able to get over the top.

    Clemson has the talent and is seemingly putting it all together. They always play GaTech tough.

    On the SEC side, not a believer in Tennessee because now he can't score at will. Now it's time to see how he coaches...all that WR YAC helped that offense but now it's time for decision making and trying to get that smallish WR the ball as many times as he can.

    Georgia has the talent to win it all, they are my favorite.

    Alabama just needs to have a top notch gameplan against the UT and UGA's of the world.

    Auburn won't win with Wetumpka running like his head is cut off from his body back there. I ended those glory days promptly in 09's version of MR winning a title :).
     
  5. NYJuggalo45

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    great job bro. my 2 cents on miami.

    we are a strange team this year on offense. i love my qb. i really like my 1-2 punch at HB. i love my freshman WR campbell, and the other 3 top 4 on the depth chart all bring something different to the table, and TE Keller might be my favorite TE since Stoneburner with OSU. however, my OL is pathetic. and with possibly the most talented QB in college, who has been injured in each of his first 3 years, that could, and prob will be our death blow.

    on defense, i love my DL, my LB and my 2 safeties. the rest i could do with out. but as jms always says, ratings mean nothing on defense. 99ovr guys often play shitty and 90ovr guys have a tendency to shine.

    we have a brutal stretch to end the year, VTECH, akron, ALAMABA, GEORGIA. add in GT and FSU earlier in the year, and it's not an easy road for the canes.

    if wise stays healthy, we might be able to compete with the big boys. if (more likely when) he gets hurt, we will prob struggle
     
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    guess you not complaining about lack of speed this year eh Juggs? lol
     
  7. NYJuggalo45

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    ahh we still dont have it at WR, but what we lack in speed there we make up in size and catching.
     
  8. Colemanchu

    Colemanchu GOAT SPLITTER

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    Very good summary of where we sit this season, the talent on the field is as good as any.

    The key will be if the coaching staff can get that talent together and focus for an entire game.
     
  9. BRUCE80

    BRUCE80 Let the dirt just shower over you..

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    ACC:

    I see Clemson taking the conference title this year. Lots of talent on that team maybe the best ACC team to date. I think he can and should make the title game this year, if not its a failed season imo.

    VT: who knows he is wildly inconsistant in user games, one game a machine the next a turnover machine. Will test every user in conference games. JMS is a tough match up.

    UNC: I can see doing some damage also, very good defense to go along with some power house running backs. Play UT very tough in the opener but was a struggle on O for him. Will he be able to find a way to score enough points in a run and shoot ACC?

    Miami: I have no idea what to expect until we are a few games in and Juggs anger kicks in. He either loves or hates.....everything. Who is the QB? Who will run the ball? How long until my man Juggs pours gas on his team and throws a match on them? My guess is VT week.

    We shall see with GT, if he doesnt have a qb he can run around with, buy time and heave it up hoping for the best trouble may be in store..Some people say he is / has been very lucky, has his luck finally run out?

    FSU: Good player, good team. Pretty new still..no opinion really. FNG needs to start strong and cut down on his mistakes. His team is in a down year talent wise but is still talented enough to beat you if your not protecting your scalp.

    SEC

    LSU: Up and down team with a ton of talent. How much time will Ryno spend? When Jeff takes his time and plans he can play with and beat anyone. Is he willing to make the sacrifice for his team?

    Auburn: Who knows what the Wizard will do this season, turnovers or TDs? This is a team and coach who can beat anyone, has he got the pieces to make a run? From a depth chart check his team is nice maybe the best to date for the War Eagle. Will they fly or get picked outta the air like one of the Wizards passes?

    Florida: A team with a ton of talent that gets thinner with every passing season. When will VA put a seasons worth of beat downs on people? VA has always been right on the edge of winning a ton of games but his luck is like a snowball rolling down hill, once it gets going it all seems to go bad in a hurry. Greg has the ability to turn it around, will he slow down long enough to do it?

    UT: Good not great team this season. Can we put a run together? Or is our run over? We have won consistantly and finished top ten every season after the first...Not sure what to think of my current team. Very good D and an average O. Can we win it all? Sure...will we? I doubt it. We just dont have the Qb to make crutial plays instead of mistakes. We will build on this season and should be a fantastic team for a few years to come.

    Bama: Great team, tons of talent. Can Josh stop making crutial mistakes in the biggest games? If so he is in the title hunt. Josh has had his share of crushing defeats in the biggest of games going on two years of the T1 dynasty. Always the brides maid can Josher finally get hitched with a BCS ring on his finger?

    Georgia: Defending champs, reloaded. Great on O, Great on D best team in the dynasty. Can Helli remain patient enough and not smash his mic? If so he can win this season in a walk. He has hurdles along the way, I know I will game plan the Georgia game this year to try and put a stick in the Georgia spokes..Is Helli a world class hunter or will he get a foot caught in one of the SEC traps waiting for him?

    I think this year boils down the the Alabama vs Georgia game. They have the two best teams and two very good coaches.

    My prediction is Josh and Helli have a very tight game, but a costly fumble will again push the Bama coach onto suicide watch.

    Helli will win the SEC and the BCS this season over the Clemson Tigers ina close game..Brian is a fine coach and has the best team on paper. Will he choke? I say no.
     
  10. Colemanchu

    Colemanchu GOAT SPLITTER

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    Well Helli sounds like these guys think you should just sim to the title game and make sure we are both in it.

    At which point in time my dog will be scratching at the back door. After letting her in I will see the fridge and think of green chile enchiladas. As I turn back towards the living room I realize I have 2 seconds to call a defense against the offenses 3 wide set. Frantically I will call a 4-3 safety blitz and get burnt by the slot guy for 6. I will then mope back to the fridge and grab a beer.
     
  11. Merih

    Merih XBL Gamertag: Ambasa10

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    What can I say...that's a fair assessment. The one thing that I can look forward to this season as opposed to last is that I have strong QB play. I think I can pull off another 10 win season, losing thrice, hopefully setting things up for a team in 2017 that is going to be loaded defensively. Still need speed on offense, but this years recruiting class seems to have a bunch of it.

    Great great stuff Helli, thanks for doing this!
     
  12. Mogriffjr

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    LOL sounds like this has happened before.
     
  13. jms493

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    Great Stuff Helli...love this review.

    Well Defensively I will make it work somehow vs the ACC....no big Explosive stars in the ACC. Losing that DE Mconnel will hurt now....I will have to see who is going to take over at that position....I dont think anyone is ready. lets hope Harrington wasn't a fluke! I like the CBS but am afraid the SS and FS are a weakness....they will have to cover deep and hope the LBs and CBs can take care of the short stuff.

    Offensively this is the first season we have not had an offensive weapon in the passing game. Kyle Howard should be pretty good this year but he will have to do it will scrubs running around. 4 years with Thomas and 2 year will Ellis any QB will look like a star. Look for Edwards to take a large role in the Passing game as well as Wilson at TE. I imagine Bruce Burton will be catching more balls as well. We will actually spread it around this year.

    Biggest problem is my first game of the season with my team will be against GA Tech....this will tell me alot but I wont be in stride yet. We will hope my mastermind coaching make it 3 in a row vs GTECH!!!
     

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