Discussion in 'The Trifecta' started by bravejaf, May 3, 2011.
I will post Ohio State on my lunch break, not enough time before I leave for work
Chris Ford used up his eligibility so a new regime begins. Hollis brings a lot of the same traits as former Buckeyes' quarterbacks Walters and Ford. Unlike his predecessors, Hollis will be operating in a two-quarterback system. Fellow sophomore QB Horne will see the field in multiple formations, far more than other speed QB's have played in past OSU seasons. The quarterbacks will be joined by a pair of experience backs in Parker and Bennett. Both running backs will see the field this season, but Parker is expected to be the primary back. Parker returned after a 1,000+ yard rushing season as a redshirt junior. On the outside Ohio State loses top WR Burgess but Graham should be a capable wideout. He will be joined by speedy senior Diggs and lanky junior Miller. Tight ends Williams (SR) and Lewis (FR) give the quarterbacks big targets in pass game. The offensive line also should be solid, but not at the same level as previous seasons for OSU.
This group lost a lot of talent, especially in the front seven. The starting defensive line from last season has been replaced. The new group appears solid, including some more speed at defensive end with Turner and Jackson taking over. The defensive tackles should be solid, but have very little game experience. As for LB, this unit will be led by senior MLB Moses. The 4-year starter elected to return for his senior season and he will be the general for the defense. OLB Ginn returns and he will be joined by speedy LB Oliver. Newell and Seals give this unit depth in case of injury or fatigue. The secondary loses both safeties but returns the top 4 CB from last season. Armstong and Johnson struggled last season, so hopefully they improved in the offseason. They won't have the safeties backing them up, as Wallace went pro and Harrison graduated. Barnes will replace Harrison at SS, while Jones steps in for Wallace at FS. Jones has good speed but isn't great in coverage, Barnes is solid but lacks the speed of Harrison.
The season will be determined by how the team fares early. In the first 7 weeks Ohio State plays both BCS Championship participants (UCLA and Penn State), as well as Texas and Oklahoma. The rest of the schedule is favorable for OSU, but that early season stretch could put an abrupt hault on any title hopes. The team is also very young, with only 10 seniors.
After a disappointing 9-4 season and not reaching the Big XII title game for only the 2nd time in 9 years The Texas Longhorns will look to shake things up this year. Offensively the Horns will look to run a spread attack and utilize a 2 QB system. Defensively the Horns will stick with the multiple D to try and protect their young linebackers with the front 4.
It is rumored that the Longhorns have hired a Utah State Offensive Coordinator to bring the spread offense that Penn State has seen so much success with. This scheme will allow Texas to use both QBs in passing and option formations. It also gets both of Texas' speed backs on the field. The Qbs will be SR(rs) Bradley who at 95ovl with 99thp and 90tha to handle most of the passing duties and SR(rs) Mackey who at 96ovl with 88spd and 87accl to get on the field in option formations. In the back field with power back Bishop leaving early last year for the NFL Texas will rely on speed. JR Bell comes in at 94ovl with 96spd and 95accl and FR(rs) Farris is 87ovl with 96spd and 92accl. In short yardage and goal line situation Texas will most likely lean on SR(rs) Lowery with 92brk tkl. At wide-out Texas lost go to guy Joseph to graduation, but Hancock who at 99ovl looks to step up and be the guy.
The Texas D-Line will be anchored by DTs 93ovl Bowling and 90ovl Cabral. DEs Carlson and Fitch will be pressure off the edges. Texas LBs will all be getting their first starts and playing time so this will be the question mark for the Horns D. The secondary looks to be solid with returning starters at both corners and safties.
With the new offensive scheme this year will be a question mark. Opening the season up in Columbus at the Horseshoe against Ohio State will be an early test. The horns will also face all three user Big XII members. However, hopes are high that The Longhorns will return to the Big XII Championship and a BCS Bowl game.
Season 10 for WSU Cougars
Washington State begins this season with one of its best teams in terms of talent. It returns HB Antwon Brady and SS Lewis Elliot. The offense is going to be a little different this season then in season pasts. Gone is the spread offense, instead we will see a pro offense under the guise of Bobby Petrino. The Cougs hope this will allow Antwon Brady to produce the yards his talent is capable of producing. w At quarterback, the Cougs are going with Stevie Williams. WSU's coach is just not sure if the previous starter, Drew Webb, is the right fit under this new system. At receiver Mark Whitlock and Curtis Townsend will be the starters at wideout while Matt Davis and Ray Walker look to contribute as well.
On the defensive side the SS Lewis Elliot leads the secondary, but the star of the secondary may be CB Mark Taylor. Taylor intercepted 8 passes last season and looks to add more to that total. The linebacking corps looks to be solid as well. The defensive line could be stronger, however the line is getting better every year.
The special teams, the Cougs are going to roll with their punter doing both punting and kicking duties. He has a solid leg, which should benefit the Cougs this season.
As for the outlook, the Cougars are not expecting to win a National Title, but if it can knock of UCLA and win the conference that would be great. The Cougars are eventually going to knock down the UCLA wall, and maybe this will be the year.
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