Mid-Season Review

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  1. tothevictors56

    tothevictors56 Walk On

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    So far So good for the Ten Yard Fight programs. Currently six teams rated in the top 25 several of those are going to be in serious contention for conference and national titles. Here's a review on how each team got to this point.

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    (1)IOWA HAWKEYES 4-1(1-0)
    Currently number ten in the country, Iowa started the season off by sending a message to the rest of the BIG 10 with a decisive victory over national title favorites USC. They continued to knock down opponents by way of the passing game and James 'Vanderbeek' Vanderberg who is 4th in the country in that category. James Morris is also a early candidate for Conference DPY with over 40 tackles, 3 Sacks, and 2 INTs: He's been a nightmare for opposing offenses. The Hawkeyes had one defensive slip up in Blacksburg against the Hokies but with that high powered offense, its likely we see Zombie and the hawkeyes tapping at the Big 10 title door.

    (2)MICHIGAN ST. SPARTANS 3-2 (0-1)
    Sparty has some good wins against Boise St and Notre Dame but also has the bad loss on the road to Ole Miss that shut down this war party before it got started. A recent defensive collapse against Ohio St. has spoiled any opportunity for a national title this season behind new quarterback Andrew Maxwell but the future looks bright as the junior leads the nation in passing yards. He has had issues with ball security early on this season with 11 INT's and will need to adjust his reckless style if this team expects to see themselves near the top of the conference. Le'Veon Bell, Pre-season All-American RB, has gotten off to a slow start thus far and may be in store for a bigger role come conference play. And what was suppose to be a strength of the team this season has turned to disaster as the defense is currently ranked 4th to last in total yards allowed.

    (3)PURDUE BOILERMAKERS 2-2 (0-0)
    Purdue finally has the talent on the team this year to do some damage in the big 10. Unfortunately they need to get to conference play to do that damage. They dropped a winnable game in South Bend in a rivalry game against the Fighting Irish and the next week they allowed 48 points to a rebuilding Texas A&M offense. But not all bad is happening in Boilermaker country as they started off the season with a victory over top 15 West Virginia and just pulled in upset on the road in Chapel Hill against North Carolina. Purdue has a trio of solid QB's but they feel they've found their leader in Rob Henry. On defense Junior Dwayne Beckford has commanded attention of opposing teams with constant plays in the backfield and almost 25 tackles thus far. There will be brighter days in the future for this team and the signing of 4* RB Tim Johnson, there could be a transformation of the offense to one that controls the ground game.

    (4)NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS 2-2(1-0)
    The Wildcats season started off rough with a brutal schedule that saw them face two consecutive top 25 teams and played well in both contests but ended with 2 'L's in the standings. They have since rebounded with a huge home win against a always talented Hurricane squad which was sparked by one of the best single game performances we've since so far this year from anyone, Kain Colter. When Colter has played within himself, he's been close to unstoppable. Problem being, he sometimes attempts to do too many things by himself and can lead to untimely turnovers. Heading into the heart of conference play though, the wildcats appear to be turning themselves into a threat in the Legends division of the BIG 10 but will need to find more balance in the offense to see themselves near the top at the end of the season.

    (5)ILLINOIS FIGHTIN ILLINI 2-2(1-0)
    With the offense sputtering for most of the season under new Head Coach Tim Beckham, the defense has helped protect the season as a top 10 unit this season. A note of optimism though for the Illini offense in the first conference game of the season as they put up 38 points and 400 yards against a very formidable Penn St. defense. Is this a sign of things to come? Or merely just a bad gameplan from the Nittany Lion coaches?


    SEC Still to come.
     
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    MISSISSIPPI ST. BULLDOGS 5-0 (1-0)
    The bulldogs are one of the hottest teams in the country right now and have notched big victories against ranked opponents Oregon, Washington, and Georgia Tech. Their offense has been propelled by a very consistent two headed rushing attack with the ability to create big plays in the passing game. Junior RB LaDarius Perkins has solidly replaced last years star Vick Ballard in the running game. Defensively, they have adopted a very aggressive scheme that is meant to disrupt the opposing QB. They are averaging around four sacks a game and have gotten surprisingly dominant play from Soph. MLB Ferlando Bohanna who's a constant problem for offenses. The Bulldogs have a big stretch of games coming up against top 20 opponents; Tennessee and Alabama, followed after by #4 LSU and top ranked Arkansas. Should they escape that schedule unscathed then they will likely be representing the SEC in the Title game.

    TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS 5-0 (2-0)
    There have been few weaknesses shown in the Volunteers game so far this season and they've gotten an early start on conference play with 2 big victories against Georgia and Florida. Everyone knew they would have a talented passing game with returning All-American candidates Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers catching strikes from QB Tyler Bray. The surprise so far is the emergence of Soph. RB Marlin Lane who is now 2nd in the country and rushing yards. Chances are Tennessee will be in the hunt for an SEC championship by the end of the season.

    SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS 4-2 (3-1)
    Peaks and Valleys has been the theme thus far for the Gamecocks season, they have 3 wins already over top 25 teams but also have a conference loss to a bad Kentucky squad. In the BIG 10/SEC battle, Iowa exposed a rebuilding secondary for South Carolina that led to a 42-14 loss for the Gamecocks at home. As everyone expected, Marcus Lattimore has been a solid consistent performer but has yet to have his breakout game coming off the ACL tear from last season. Conner Shaw has performed well enough to win most games and has spread the ball around in the process with five receivers having double digit receptions.

    MISSOURI TIGERS 3-1 (1-1)
    The new guy in the SEC is pulling their own weight so far with a great performance against ranked Georgia. Everything for the Tigers seems to be centered around one guy, Heisman hopeful James Franklin who has been very explosive as a runner while also keeping defenses off balance with a ton of big plays through the air. So far more than a quarter of his completions have gone for touchdowns and is averaging almost 30 ypc. It is yet to be seen if this defense can hold up against some of the higher powered offenses in the league but we will find out shortly what this team is made of.

    OLE MISS RUNNING REBELS 3-2 (0-1)
    Ole Miss was not expected to compete in the talent rich conference of the SEC but they have played surprisingly well at the start of the season. After knocking off a equally weak Oregon St. team they hosted a ranked Michigan St team and put a defensive clamp on everything they wanted to do and left with a 24-10 victory. Since then they have stumbled a bit, dropping a game against a high powered Oklahoma St. team and then being slowed down and pummeled by the Crimson Tide on the road last week. The Rebels have found some form of balance to their offense with undersized back Jeff Scott who is currently top 10 in rushing yards. Their future is centered around the development of Sophomore QB Bo Wallace who has too much talent to fail.
     
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  3. hornfaninbama

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    Excellent man! I love reading this kind of stuff. Nice work.
     
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    Thanks Bama (Commish). Just had the whole day off and nothing to do. I enjoy writing these write-ups and it helps me connect better with the league and I hope it does for you all as well.

    I'll maybe to a recruiting write up late once teams have a few more commits.
     

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