OTP Team Previews 2013

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  1. schreck822

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    2012 Team Previews
    Hey fellas, one of the typical things we do at TSO is post a team preview at the beginning of each season. Now that most of us have our teams settled, it would be a great time to throw those out there. It's just a fun way to tell everybody what your team is going to look like this season, offense/defense overview, key players, playbook, key conference games on the schedule and a season record prediction. ​
    You can follow my basic template below, or make your own. Some guys do really cool stuff with graphics and tables and whatnot, but I am not that good :oops:. In any event, have fun with it. ​

    Notre Dame Fightin' Irish
    2012 TEAM PREVIEW
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    The Irish come into the 2012 season following 2 mediocre 8-5 seasons under coach Brian Kelly. Hopes are high despite that as the players are now fully into Kelly's system and the insane number of untimely turnovers of a year ago surely cannot strike again. In addition, many key contributors return and are bolstered by an influx of young talent and depth. The Irish should have the horses to hang with any team on their schedule, it will all come down to execution and limiting stupid mistakes. All the pieces are in place for a strong contender in year 1 of Over the Pylon.
    OFFENSE
    Notre Dame will most likely run a slightly modified version of the Stanford playbook. Coach Schreck prefers to go with the power run game and playaction passing off of that. Fortunately ND is loaded with several high quality running backs, led by RS Junior Cierre Wood who is coming off a 1,100 yard season. ND also boasts arguably the best TE in the game in Mackey favorite Tyler Eifert. The WR group will desperately need somebody to fill the very large hole left by Michael Floyd. There are several solid options, but no true gamebreakers. ND will also likely be breaking in a new QB in RS Freshmen Everett Golson. Tommy Rees just doesn't have the skills to lead an elite team, so it is time to give the young guy his shot to return the team to glory. There may be some growing pains, but his athleticism and big play potential should make up for it.
    KEY PLAYERS
    Cierre Wood
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    Wood brings it in the game this year with 96 spd, 94 acc and solid break tackle and elusiveness. He'll be a nightmare for defenses and may be a dark horse in the Heisman race.
    Tyler Eifert
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    Eifert is a matchup nightmare for any D. The coach loves to rely on his tight end in key situations and at 6'6" 251, with 89 spd/acc, this monster should be able to beast any defender. He is our best hope to fill Floyd's shoes in the passing game.
    DEFENSE
    Notre Dame will most likely be sticking with the 3-4 to capitalize on it's strong LB core led by All-Everything MLB Manti Teo. The DL will be led by the veteran 5th year Kapron Lewis Moore, though youngsters Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III bring exciting athleticism to the line. The real question mark will be the DB's, as 3 key starters are gone, including 1st round safety Harrison Smith and 5th round corner Robert Blanton. The development of Bennett Jackson at CB will be key for the team, as will finding him a worthy counterpart on the other side. Zeke Motta and Jamoris Slaughter each played major minutes at Safety the past few years, and should be ready to step up and be difference makers. Overall, the strength of the D lies in the front 7, which is a good place to be.
    KEY PLAYER
    Manti Teo
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    The Irish D will begin and end with Teo. He could have been a 1st rounder as a Junior, but wanted to come back and lead the team to greatness. RB's and QB's everywhere beware. He brings elite athleticism and size to the middle, and will contend for all the big awards.
    KEY GAMES
    Many of these are TBD, but with the recent news of Jolts taking over Michigan, that game instantly jumps to the top of the list.
    Recruiting Priorities
    ND will be in desperate need of a go to WRand MLB to take over for Manti. Other than that, will need to build up the lines and depth across the board.
    Season Prediction
    We are going 12-0 boys :cool: . I have no idea what my schedule looks like, but what's the point of being modest? Might as well aim high and fall hard :).

     

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  2. Wick36

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    Typical ND fan! Aims too high and thinks his team is actually going to be relevant. :)

    In all seriousness, ND is very good in the game... I have used them a lot in '13. Eifert and Teo are ridiculous.
     
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    Stanford University Cardinal
    2012 Season Preview



    Summary:

    • With the 2012-2013 season kickoff right around the corner, it's time to take a look at the Stanford Cardinal. After an 11-2 season last year which included a heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in overtime, Stanford still sits in prime position to make another run at the top. Even with the loss of the enigmatic and extremely talented Andrew Luck, and key losses on the offensive line in G David DeCastro and T Jonathan Martin, the program is stocked full with talent that should be able to bridge that gap. Stanford scored huge on the recruiting stage last year picking up what many analysts consider the most talented incoming offensive line in the nation. Running behind the talented offensive line is is Senior HB Stepfan Taylor. He carried the ball 242 times last year for 1330 yards and 10 touchdowns. Stanford is going to be leaning on Taylor to shine and put up more production this season.
    Offense:

    • With the loss of Andrew Luck, the offense will take on a slightly different approach. Sophomore Brett Nottingham will be taking over the reins at QB and will have extraordinarily large shoes to fill. Nottingham will look to Stepfan Taylor and the power run game in order to open up the play action. Stanford's run game did take a hit, however, when Senior Tyler Gaffney declared he was leaving the team for the Major League Baseball draft. Without Gaffney, Stanford will now rely more heavily on backup Junior Anthony Wilkerson. That being said, the offensive line, anchored by returning starters David Yankey and Cameron Fleming, will be the main reason for Stanford's success this season. The Cardinal signed seven of the top-rated linemen in the country for its 2012 recruiting class, scary depth up front.
    Key Offensive Players:

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    • Senior HB Stepfan Taylor is coming off his second consecutive 1000 yard rushing season. He will no doubt share some carries with Wilkerson, but he will certainly be looking to put forward his biggest production yet for the Cardinal.
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    Cameron Fleming & David Yankey

    • Two incredibly talented anchors for the Stanford front five. These guys have All-Conference talent that will open huge holes to be exploited by Stanford's power running offense.
    Defense:

    • The 3-4 defense is likely to remain a staple at Stanford as Shayne Skov and Chase Thomas return to make one of the most talented Linebacking duos in the nation. The biggest weakness for Stanford last season was in their secondary. The Cardinal are going to have to rely on Juniors Barry Browning and Terrance Brown to bolster the pass defense that was almost inept at times last year. The one thing that the Stanford secondary is not short on, however, is speed. Stanford has three cornerbacks with 94+ in the speed department. Look for the the Cardinal secondary to be hungry and to tally more than the paltry 7 interceptions recorded last season.
    Key Defensive Players:

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    • These two linebackers are down right scary and are considered to be All-American contenders out of the gate. Even though Skov missed a majority of the season last year with an injured ACL, look for this duo to prove their worth giving opposing quarterbacks nightmares all season long.
    Key Games:

    • Cal will certainly be looking to revenge the 31-28 heartbreaker they lost in the Big Game last year. Cal Junior QB Zach Maynard, who put up nearly 300 yards passing and 2 touchdowns in a losing effort, will be ready to put up another fight. Will Stanford's secondary be up for the challenge this year?
    Recruiting Priorities:

    • Stanford will be looking to fill a pretty large hole in the linebacking core, in addition to addressing some underlying secondary issues. The Cardinal will also need to pick up a punter as Senior Daniel Zychlinski will be leaving.
    Season Prediction:

    • 9-3. Stanford is looking strong within Conference play, however the non-conference games remain a mystery. How will Stanford match up? Will the power running attack be enough to mask the inexperience of Soph QB Nottingham?
     
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  4. schreck822

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    Dude, you should hang around some ND websites and see what real fans think of the team. Go to www.ndnation.com if you want to see some really jaded, sad individuals. For better or worse, I am one of the holdovers that still thinks ND is relevant, and they have the pieces in place to make a big push the next few years if they can put it all together.

    Anyway, when I saw the 97 OVR ND got, I was kind of shocked, but going through it at an individual level, they seem to have actually gotten most of the players pretty accurate. 12-0 was a joke, I always keep user games close and find a way to piss them away (just to keep it realistic to ND's style lately ;)). Honest prediction is more like 10-2 with a conference championship appearance and who knows what will happen there.
     
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    Michigan



    The wolverines are looking to keep the momentum from last season heading into the 2012-2013 season. After 5 straight years of underachieving seasons and 5 bowl losses the University of Michigan hired coach Brady Hoke. In his first season as U of M head coach he led the Wolverines to a 11-2 season, beating Ohio State and Notre Dame along the way, and a huge Sugar Bowl win vs Virginia Tech. On a 15-year championship drought, the Wolverines are looking to enter the hunt this year led by star quarterback Denard Robinson.



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    Following multiple 1000-yard rushing seasons, QB Denard Robinson is looking to lead his team to glory. Despite being heavily criticized for throwing too many picks in recent years, he's still a front runner to win the 2012-13 Heisman. He'll be leading Michigan's balanced offensive attack, and with new Offensive Coordinator Charlie Sheen in place you'll never expect what's coming.


    Michigan is looking to duplicate last seasons recruiting efforts, where they had the #5 recruiting class in the nation. It will be hard replacing Robinson, but Michigan already has their sights set on Michael Vick, a 5-star QB from Virginia Tech. There's been concerns raised about Vick's dope and gambling habits but Michigan OC Sheen should be a good mentor for the young star.
     
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    Rutgers Scarlet Knights
    2012 Season Preview
    The Scarlet Knights finished the 2011 season 9-3 with a bowl win over Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. They now have a new coaching staff with Greg Schiano taking the head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. New head coach Kyle Flood looks to build on what Schiano left. It appears the Knights have the talent to be a very good team but the question is the maturity the young players will show
    Offense
    The Knight have two different young quarterbacks who can help out this year. They did however lose a key receiver last season to the NFL in Mohamed Sanu. Sanu led the Knights in receiving last season with 1200 yards. The next closest Knight had 500.
    Key Players
    Chas Dodd and Gary Nova
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    Whatever one of these two QBs gets the starting job will be a key contributor to the offense. Nova looks as if it is his job to lose.​
    Jawan Jamison
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    This sophomore running back had a nice freshman campaign putting up almost 900 yards and 9 TDs. Barring any injury he should easily eclipse 1000 yards this season.​
    Defense
    Rutger's defense should be quite good this year. There are really no holes in it and it seems to be quite balanced. Expect a solid year from this defense.
    Key Players
    Khaseem Greene
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    Greene (ROLB) should be the key guy on the defense. He is coming back from an injury in last years bowl game.​
    Logan Ryan
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    Ryan will be the key to stop the passing game.​
     
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    Florida Gators
    2012 TEAM PREVIEW
    The Gators start of 2012 following a season where we lost every relevant game that was played last year, until we ended the season right by knocking off the Buckeyes in the Gator Bowl. The Gators expect to start off the season with wins, and keep the winning coming. We are going to be keeping the same offensive and defensive scheme that was used by Florida last year.
    OFFENSE
    The Gators this year will be using a version of the pro style offense. The gators are also planning on implementing some option concepts into their offense as well. The gators offense looks to just move down the field and punch it into the end zone. We will have many different looks to make sure that the defense does not know what is coming.
    DEFENSE
    On defense we will be running the Gators Multiple D scheme. The Gators use a 4-3 and 3-4 for the most part, but sometimes will slip in a 46 to keep the offense off balance. We will be disguising our defenses and have many different blitz schemes so the QB’s that play against the gators better be ready to be hit.
    KEY PLAYERS
    OFFENSE
    On offense we have two great quarterbacks that as of right now, are both planning on splitting the starting job. We will see when week 1 comes if that will change or not. Driskel has a better upside because he can roll outside of the pocket and make plays himself, which fits the option part of our scheme while Brisset is definitely the better pocket passer, which fits the pro style of our offense. The battle may work itself out, or we may be switching it up mid season, and mid game.
    DEFENSE
    On defense Ronald Powell is going to be the key to making this defense work. He is our hybrid linebacker/lineman that allows us to play 3-4 and 4-3 respectively. On top of that, our secondary is looking great with senior safety Josh Evans leading the way. We look forward to shutting down offenses, and confusing quarterbacks with our multiple scheme.
    KEY GAMES
    A lot of our games we are very excited for. Our first game that we are looking forward to is playing against LSU. We know they will be hungry after being the first team in NCAA football history to be shut out during the championship game. Then we are looking forward to a game against Georgia, who is pre-season looking like a possible contender for the National Championship.
    Recruiting Priorities
    We will be needing a few MLB this season for sure. Other than that, we are still unsure which direction we want to go on offense. We are leaving it wide open right now, depending on what happens with our quarterback situation.
    Season Prediction
    This season we are expecting to have a great season. While we are expecting our defense to be top 10 in the nation, our offense has a few question marks, including our quarterback competition as of now. We are expecting to work this out quickly and efficiently, and are looking to finish the season 10-2.
     
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    2012 Season Preview
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    Oklahoma State comes into the 2012 season with fresh faces hoping to ride the momentum of last year's 13-1, Fiesta Bowl winning season. The Cowboys will have to replace six offensive starters as well as three starters on defense. However, the coaching staff has high expectations of the young talent coming into starting roles. Not only are there new faces on Oklahoma State, but there are new foes within the conference. The Big 12 becomes even more powerful with the addition of West Virginia and TCU. The outcome of the 2012 season depends on how quickly the new starters can replace the former stars for the Cowboys and find a rhythm.
    Offense:
    The offense moved the ball at will through the air in 2011 with veteran leadership at key positions. The Cowboys lost QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon to the first round of the NFL draft in April. Just how important were these two? Weeden accounted for 66% of total offense, and Justin Blackmon accounted for 18% of all yards gained. Your answer, Huge. Skill positions were not the only losses on offense. The offensive line has to replace three fulltime starters; two of which were All-Big 12. This may devastate many teams, but Oklahoma State is not one of them. The Cowboys have really nice, talented depth on the o-line. Not all stars were lost however, Joseph Randle, starting halfback returns after scoring rushing for 1216 yards and an astounding 24 touchdowns.

    In the air raid system, it all starts with the quarterback. The question is who, will that be? The favorite heading into fall camp is Clint Chelf, a junior who has been learning the system for the past two years. In his two years of mop-up duty, Chelf has completed 69% of his passes, throwing for 520 yards and 5 TDs.
    Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson look to fill in the starting receiver roles after the departure of Blackmon and Josh Cooper. Each saw a fair amount of playing time in 2011 with Moore receiving 45 passes for 672 yards and 4 TDs and Anderson earning 315 yards on 28 receptions as well as 4 scores.
    Replacing the key players #2 Passing and scoring offense will not be easy. The offense certainly has the capability to maintain success, but don't expect to see the same amount of offense in Stillwater this year even if the Cowboys find the correct pieces to plug in to Mike Gundy's system.
    Key players:
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    Tracy Moore #87
    Defense:
    The Cowboys' offense was elite and lost a large amount of talent. The exact opposite can be said about the Cowboys' defense. Eight starters (including All-American CB Brodrick Brown) return after losing Jamie Blatnick-DE, Richetti Jones-DE, and Markelle Martin-SS. Losing two key defensive lineman will hurt this unit. Expect to see more blitzing this season. This veteran squad must improve to support the young offense.
    Oklahoma State fans saw big play after big play allowed by their defense last year. This must be addressed in 2012. The orange black defense ranked as follows:
    • Total: #107 (456.8 ypg)
    • Scoring: # 61 (26.8 ppg)
    • Passing: #107(271.8 ypg)
    • Rushing: # 90 (184.9 ypg)
    • Sacks: #29 (30.0)
    Despite the poor defensive rankings, the Cowboys did excel at one defensive statistic: turnovers. The Cowboys were ranked first in turnover margin (+21), Interceptions (24), and fumbles recovered (20). Turnovers are nothing to count on, but continued emphasis on creating turnovers will help greatly by giving the offense more chances to score.

    Key Players:

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    Key Games:

    09/08/12 @ Arizona Wildcats
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    Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
    Pac-12 Network
    9:30 p.m. CT
    09/29/12 vs Texas
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    Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
    TBA
    10/11/12 vs WVU​
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    Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK​
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    11/24/12 @ OU​
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    Gaylord Family OK Mem. Stadium, Norman, OK​
    TBA​
    Offensive Recruiting:
    Center is the most immediate need for the black and orange. Two seniors make up the depth chart heading into 2012, so expect two centers to be signed. The Cowboys will also lose Justin Horton at tight end and therefore be looking to sign a replacement. Depth at quarterback and running back is also a concern.
    Defensive Recruiting:
    The Cowboys coaching staff will spend much of their time focusing on defensive players. There are no quantitative needs on defense, but quality depth must be signed. Defensive End, cornerback, and safety will be the focal point of the class. Defensive tackle, middle linebacker and outside linebacker will also be points of emphasis. Every position can be improved by signing depth. The departure All-American K/P Quinn Sharp will also call for a punter to be recruited.
    2012 Prediction:
    The progression of the offense will be crucial early in the season. The Cowboys will go as far as Clint Chelf will take them. If the incoming starters pick up the offense and hit their stride stride early in the year, the Cowboys can certainly compete for the Big 12 Championship again. The early pressure may be on the offense, but the defense will be feeling pressure throughout the season. Bend but don't break will not cut it this year. Improvement defensively is needed if the Cowboys want remain at the top of the Big 12. If the Cowboys can continue creating turnovers, decrease the total yards given up, and pick up the offensive system quickly this year can be special again.

    Record: 9-3 (8-1)
     
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  9. Wick36

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    2012 Texas Longhorns
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    Offense
    The Texas offense definitely has some talent and explosiveness that should lead to a good amount of points being put up. The offensive line is one of the stronger units in the entire country. They should be able to open some big holes for Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron. The Longhorns also have some very good talent at WR, with Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis both coming in at 90 or above. These guys should definitely help take some pressure off of whoever ends up playing quarterback this season. It looks to be a three way battle between David Ash, Case McCoy, and freshman Connor Brewer. Ash is a dual threat quarterback, with some decent speed. Brewer is the most talented passer in the group. McCoy is right in the middle of both categories. Quarterback will be the weakest position on the offense, and whoever is chosen will be relatively inexperienced. The Longhorns have to hope that there won't be too many big mistakes that come from this position.​
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    Defense
    Defensively, Texas is probably the best all around team in the country, and that may be a necessity with the ground and pound with a young quarterback type of offense the Longhorns are fielding. The defense is lead by defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and safety Kenny Vaccaro. All of the individual defensive units average out to just under 90. The thing that will separate the Longhorns from most teams, other than the lack of a glaring weak spot, is the presence of two All American quality cornerbacks. Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom both come in at 90 overall. Their elite coverage skills should help keep the pass heavy offenses of the Big XII on lock and allow for some creative blitzes by the front 7.​
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    Prediction
    Last year the Longhorns had an 8-5 win season, which ended with a Holiday Bowl win. This year, they look to make the jump back up to elite status. Double digit wins should be expected, and if they can avoid an early loss while the quarterback gets acclimated, they could certainly be in the national title hunt. 10-2 or 11-1 regular season is my prediction.​
     
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    2011 season review-

    The cardinals started out their 2011 season looking as if they were still a little big headed from their bowl win the year before starting 1-1 to two teams that should have easily been beat in murry state(FCS) and florida international. In the biggest rivalry game of the year louisville wanted to end the 4 year reign of in-state rival kentucky. it looked as if the game would be in doubt as quarterback Will Stein went down to injury. In stepped true freshman and highest ranked recruit in louisville cardinals history, Teddy Bridgewater
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    That seemed to be the answer the team needed as they rallied and won that game. Teddy played brilliant all year and even though he did have his growing pains on the way to a 2-3 start to the season ended it on a tear going 5-2 the rest of the season and set this team up to be probably some of the best in Louisville history. With great young talent and lots of it this team should be set for years to come
    Offensive Preview
    This Louisville team will take on a new look as they will rely heavily on the power running of Dominique brown and Jeremy Wright
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    But don’t think the power focus takes anything away from three stellar recievers in michalee harris, andrell smith, and devante parker ( pictured )
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    Defensive Preview
    This defense will be the glue that holds this team together. There is a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball but it is young talent. But talent is talent right? The rocks of this defense will be the outside linebacker sr. preston brown and sophmore standout safety hakeem smith ( pictured )
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    It will be up to them to hold this teams defense together and get the stops needed to win ball games.
    Projected season outcome-
    This reporter thinks that this team will blaze through the big east undefeated but slip to one or two of the out of conference foes giving them a 11-1 or 10-2 record.
     
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