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Texas Tech Red Raiders The Red Raiders are looking to improve after going 8-5 last season. After Tommy Tuberville's departure of the Red Raiders this young team is looking for an identity. Coach Cougs has jumped on the opportunity to coach this young team as they already know the Air Raid concept, thanks to former coaches, Mike Leach and Tommy Tuberville. Lets look at the positions. QB: We have Sophomore QB, Michael Brewer. Brewer barely saw the field since the team was led by Senior QB, Seth Doege. Michael now believes he has to step into his big boy shoes early to try and lead Texas Tech to greatness. RB: The Texas Tech Backfield has two good backs in, Kenny Williams, and Sadale Foster. Both backs seem to be two different backs. One is used for power and the other is for running downhill as they have two totally different skills. WRS: The Red Raiders certainly should be stacked at this position due to an Air Raid offense, well not at all. It looks like the offense is going to have to rely on Eric Ward due to his freak of nature abilities. Defense: Eh, defense has never been the Red Raiders strong suit unless you count cupcake teams. The Red Raiders easily gave up 30+ points a game last season once they got into conference play. If the Red Raiders want to accomplish big things and put themselves on the map they're going to have to get better at defense.
2013 BYU Cougar season preview
The BYU offense will be going through a bit of a make over under my play calling. The days of 60 pass attempts are gone. We will be much more balanced on offense, and will be looking to take advantage of the talent we have at all skill positions. This offense is led by So. QB Taysom Hill, who is a dual threat with 83 speed, and 88 acceleration. He also has a big arm but can be a little erratic. We also will be showcasing So. RB Jamaal Williams 81 overall. Williams is balanced and there's nothing he doesn't do well. We also have power back Michael Alisa to spell Williams and also to work in short yardage. Alisa is a senior and will be very useful in short yardage. The highlight of this team however is our dynamic duo of impact recievers. SR. Cody Hoffman and Jr. Ross Apo are both impact players outside and will keep heat off of the running game. Our TE's are good and our offensive line is good. Not great, but they should be more than servicable.
Our defense should be in for a good year. We have two impact players in DE Eathyn Manumaleuna in Kyle Van Noy. Both players are potential 1st round picks. Van Noy is one of the best Linebackers in the country, and certainly one of the best defensive players in the Big 12. Our secondary should be decent, but may struggle against the pass happy offenses in the Big 12. The hightlight of the secondary is Hard Hitting SS Daniel Sorensen. He's known for laying the wood and should be in for a big senior season.
The offense is poised to break out. There is good young talent at key positions here and the running game, along with the defense should keep us in just about every game. The offensive line, with our qb's athleticism and our running game should help keep high powered offenses we play on the sidelines enough to control the pace of games. Our defense is very skilled at most positions and should be good enough to control scoring and to make sure we don't get into too many track meets.
Our secondary isn't great. That's not good in the Big 12. If the pass rush struggles, and the offense can't score enough points, we could be in for a long season. I can see scenarios where we get blown out a few times against high powered offenses we are going to see in our new conference. We are good at almost every other positions, and very good at a few positions but that one glaring weakness is the worst possible weakness we could have. Our safeties are good, but they aren't spectacular in coverage.
Best case scenario:
Our running game proves to be the strength of our team and we control pace and clock in most games. Our passing game is good enough to keep us in any shootouts we get into and the secondary plays above their head, aided by an outstanding pass rush. Our schedule is somewhat forgiving and we avoid some of the heavy hitters in the south in year one. We go 10-2 and are in contention for a BCS bowl game at the end of the year.
Worst case scenario:
What looks like good skill position players on paper turn out to be just average against major programs like Texas and Oklahoma and we struggle to score enough points to hang in some games. Our running game is barely average and our passing game is good enough to score some points, but not nearly enough. We get smoked against top teams, hang in against average teams and beat the teams we should beat. All together we go 6-6 against a tough schedule and limp into some stupid ass, kotex tampon bowl or Armour hot dog bowl and we lose several key players in the offseason to the NFL and the rebuilding project begins.
This season will probably be somewhere in the middle. I think we'll play well and have a fun season. I foresee 1 blowout lose, 1 blowout win, a loss against a team we shouldn't lose to, an upset of a major power house program, and a .500 user record. All together we finish 8-4, have a fun season and wind up in a christmas bowl game.
2013 Kansas Jayhawks
The Jayhawks look to bounce back from a 1-11 (0-9) record from 2012. Enter new coach Willie Lump Lump. Kansas doesn't have a bunch of talent but they do have leadership in 19 SRs. Coach Lump Lump has a lot of work to do if he wants to turn this program around into contenders.
QB- JR Jake Heaps will lead the offense this year. Heaps has a decent arm and decent accuracy. He won't run away from you but can probably make something happen occasionally with his feet. Backup will be SO Michael Cummings who saw some action last year.
RB- The ground game was a strong point last year for the Jayhawks. SR James Sims returns after 1013 yard season last year. Sims looks to be the go to guy for this offense. JR Tony Pierson rushed for over 700 yards a year ago and looks to help out even more this year. Pierson also caught 21 balls for 2 TDs last year.
WR/TE- JR Justin McCay and SR Nick Harwell should lead the receiving group. JR Andrew Turzilli and SR Chris Omigie have good size and should contribute well. TE Jimmy Mundine should improve from his 14 catches last year.
O-Line- The Jayhawks go with 2 SRs, 1 JR, and 2 SOs up front led by RT Riley Spencer.
D-Line- SRs Jordan Tavai and Keba Agostinho line up at the DEs. Also JR Michael Reynolds will rotate in also. In the middle are JRs Keon Stowers and Andrew Bolton looking to hold the middle down. Both are 6'3" and Stowers at 297 and Bolton at 310 should be a force.
LBs- This group is led by OLB Ben Heeny who covers the field well and can tackle. On the other side is SO Jake Love. In the middle is Darius Willis who is a decent tackler.
Secondary- this seems to be the least experienced group as RFR Greg Allen gets the start at CB who showed promise in the spring. On the other side is JR Cassius Sendish who has good ball skills. Brian Maura will play the SS position. Dexter Lincoln rounds out this group at FS.
K/P Ron Doherty will be the K and Trevor Pardula will handle the punting duties.
Outlook- It doesn't look promising this year but the win total should be up from last year. Coach Lump Lump has a huge task in front of him but he is up to the challenge.
2013 West Virginia Football
Morgantown, WV- The Mountaineers look to life after the Big 3. With the departure of Bailey, Smith, and Austin, the entire offense of WV went too. The offense is going to look to a few JUCO transfers to help the loss. RB Dreamius Smith should have a good season with his straight ahead running. Another JUCO player is WR, Kevin White. This is a name you will want to remember. At 6'4 210 pounds, this guy is a monster.
On Defense, you guessed it, JUCO players lead the way. WV got a steal when DE Dontrill Hyman committed. He was the #1 LDE in the country last season in JUCO. He will be hell on wheels.
A few noteable names coming to WV this season is Florida State transfer QB Clint Trickett, who most expect to win the starting job. Also on offense is the big time, 4 star WR, Shelton Gibson. Remember this name for the next few years. With 4.42 speed, he doesn't get caught. And last but not least, Charles Sims, last seasons starting RB at Houston transferred as well.
Some big names have left the WV program but the beauty of college football is another group has came in and are looking to duplicate the amount of success that was here last season. This should be a interesting season for Mountaineer footballl
BAYLOR BEARS 2013
The Bears have some excellent players on the offensive side of the ball. They're led of course by Lache Seastrunk, the former Oregon Duck. Seastrunk will be the legs of the Baylor offense this year, how far they go is going to depend on how healthy he can stay. He has speed, moves, and elusiveness that makes him one o the most dangerous players in college football.
The Baylor line is led by a pair of sophomores; Stefen Drango and Drew Earnest. Earnest needs to bulk up, but his technique and strength make up for the 245 pounder. Cyril Richardson is one of the best guards in the country. The Bears have a very good OL and the coaches hope they can gel, and lead the offense down the field.
The QB will be Jr. Bryce Petty. He's a little of a round peg in a square hole in Coach Trey's offense. He doesn't have the speed or elusiveness to be as effective as most spread option QBs, but he has enough to be dangerous. He needs a great season in order for the Bears to have a great season. Luckily he's got some weapons on the outside that an make his job easier.
Tevin Reese is the go to man on the outside for the Bears. He's fast with great acceleration, and he can make all the tough catches. RS Fr. Corey Coleman will join him on the outside. Hes got the skills to be great but he's very raw. If he can polish up his game a little he could be the next Terrence Williams for the Bears. And we can't forget about Jordan Navjar the TE. He always seems to have an impact on the game whether through his blocking, or receiving. He'll make money playin the game next year.
The Bears defense is led by Jr Bryce Hager. Hager is the son of former All-American Britt Hager. Bryce hoped to follow in his dads footsteps and play for Texas, but they never showed interest. He's been quite a catch for the Bears. Ahmad Dixon will lead the secondary from his S spot. He was a Texas and Tennessee commit during recruitment, but eventually came to the decision that Baylor was the place for him. So. Javonte Magee is the heart of the DL. Hes got good enough speed to rush the passer and the size and strength to be a factor in the run game. The Bears need a big season from all 3 players to have a chance at a good season.
The Bears are hoping the defense will no longer be something that hits the field just to give the offense a rest. Coach Trey is adamant that the Bears will build a defense tha will compete with the best defenses in the country.
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