Wick36 azreinman xSavedByGracex the bigg dawgg whales30 Jolts57 Wick36 droid43 Theezy cyclonecountry EMbow513 xassassin4lifex 2012 Team PreviewsHey 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 . In any event, have fun with it. Notre Dame Fightin' Irish2012 TEAM PREVIEW 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. OFFENSENotre 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 PLAYERSCierre Wood 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 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 PLAYERManti Teo 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 GAMESMany 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 PredictionWe are going 12-0 boys . 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 .