Season 2 PAC-12 Team Previews

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  1. Bulldog

    Bulldog Coach Richt is my Dawg!

    Jul 1, 2010
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  2. MartyWebb

    MartyWebb C.R.E.A.M.

    Jul 25, 2010
    2013-2014 Season Preview
    Last Season : 9-4(5-4) | Little Caesar's Bowl win over Western Michigan​
    Offense : Air Raid
    Offensive Player to Watch :
    WR Jerry Rice Jr., SR(RS) | After a successful 2012 campaign, that saw him lead the team in nearly every receiving category, Rice Jr expects to be a big part of the continued success for the Bruins passing game. Averaging 92.8 yards per game, his counterparts in the receiving core should keep him from getting double teamed, and allow him to get open as he did in 2012. This is largely attributed to his ability to run precise routes, but he'll have to improve his speed if he wants to win the Biletnikoff Award in 2013.​
    Offensive Question Mark :
    RB Malcolm Jones, SR | The departure of Johnathan Franklin, who was effective last season, Malcolm will certainly have some big shoes to fill. Jones was used sparingly last season, with only 16 rushes for 88 yards and 4 catches for 18 yards. With the shelf life of running backs, this should allow him to be fresh in two ways. His body will not have the wear and tear, but he also needs to get better at reading defenses for pass blocking, because he'll have quite a handful of that to do this season. ​
    Defense : 3-4
    Defensive Player to Watch :
    CB Antoine Sapp, JR | Antoine joins the team halfway through his college career after spending the first two in the JuCo ranks. Sapp, at 6'0" and 183 pounds will have to keep up with the high flying PAC-12, something that JuCos cannot prepare you for. He'll be the #2 CB behind Erick Zumwalt, and looks to have a big year when UCLA attempts to take away opposing team's number one option in the passing game. With one of the highest verticals on the team, his size won't become a factor against the big brutes across the West Coast.​
    Defensive Question Mark :
    LE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, SR | Besides being a mouthful, Odighizuwa will get the start for the first time in his career at left end. Last season, in relief, he was only capable of 3 tackles, with 2 tackles for loss; the question remains whether or not his stamina will be an issue now that he'll play most of the defensive downs. ​
    Expectations : ​
    While UCLA performed above their means last season, they lost a big chunk of defensive standouts. With an already weak defense, they'll be relying on the Air Raid to keep them in games. The Conference schedule must be kind to them this year, as it was responsible for every loss that occured to Jim Mora Jr.'s Bruins. On offense, Sophomore (RS) QB Brett Hundley will have to improve his TD/INT ration from last season to keep his squad on the field, which gives UCLA the best chance to win. We expect that the Bruins go 7-5 this season, and 6-3 in the conference.
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  3. Baron

    Baron "I'm PFP's reckoning."

    Jul 5, 2011
    2013-14 Utah Football Season Preview

    Key Losses: QB Jon Hays, HB John White, WR Devonte Christopher, NT Star Lotulelei, CB Ryan Lacy, MLB Boo Anderson​
    No team can easily suffer the loss of their starting QB, HB, leading Receiver, rock of the defensive front, interception leader, and emotional leader on defense and expect to get better. But Utah is tired of being a flash in the pan team and wants to join the big boys that reload each season.​
    "We've lost some key guys, no doubt about it, but that's the nature of college football. Every team loses guys each year, but the great teams find ways to keep on rolling. And we want to be a great program."
    Key Returners: QB Jordan Wynn, HB Kelvin York, WR Dres Anderson, TE Kendrick Moaei, LOLB Trevor Reilly, CB Mo Lee, FS Eric Rowe, SS Brian Blechen​
    Kelvin York saw significant playing time last year as the Thunder to John White's lightning. But Senior QB Jordan Wynn will need last year's leader in TDs and yards, Dres Anderson to up his game for the Utes. Perhaps the most important returner is TE Kendrick Moaei, a Mackey award watch-list.​
    Utah's secondary was depleted by graduation but they return #1 corner Mo Lee and their FS and SS in Rowe and Blechen. Both players figure to fly around the ball as they did last year. Trevor Reilly may just have to be a super-man to support a young a front 7.​
    "Are we as talented as last year? Hell we might be even more talented. But the issue is, can the talent cover some weaknesses that we do have. And, like last year, depth is an issue, so we have got to stay healthy."
    Defensive Outlook:
    Defensive Line
    Utah lost two great DT's last year in Lotulelei and Kruger, but this year they might be able to cover that loss up by returning their two outstanding DEs in Joe Kruger and Nate Fakahafua. DT Seni Fauonuku will have to step up to make sure the d-line does not lose a step from last year's group that saw all three starters named to the 2nd-All-Pac-12 Team.​
    "Nate and Joe are damn good football players. And we need them to hold their blocks down for our linebackers. But if last season was an indication, they'll not only hold their blocks but disrupt the offensive backfield."
    VJ Fehoka was openly called out by Head Coach Baron heading into last season. VJ responded like a boss, posting a solid season as the number 2 MLB. He'll now take over the top spot of the defense and be ideally placed to help MLB #2 Jard Norris make the transition to the 3-4. But as good as Fehoka and Norris are, the OLBs are even better. Trevor Reilly (LOLB) and Jacoby Hale (83) will both have to have great years.​
    "This group's only gotten better. We might not be as good up the middle as I like, but the way the game is played these days, setting the edge is almost just as important."
    With returning starters at FS (Eric Rowe, 88 overall), SS (Brian Blechen 93 OVR), and #1 Corner (Mo Lee, 89 OVR) the Ute secondary would probably not miss a beat 10 years ago. But with the passing attacks they'll face, Coach Baron will need some young and untested talent to emerge at CB to keep the Utes from getting shredded through the air.​
    "We had to move FS Terrell Reese to CB, and we'll need true freshman Kevin Morton to grow up real fast. Failing that, our #2 Strong Safety in Quade Chappuis might have to see some time at corner."
    Defensive Questionmark:
    Will the Ute secondary hold up under the aerial assaults headed their way? With two great safeties, the Utes might not be that vulnerable through the air, but in order to bring the sort of aggressive pressure that Coach Baron likes to bring, the Ute corners will need to be able to be on islands at critical moments this season.​
    Offensive Outlook:
    Quarterbacks:The Utes lost their do-it-all QB in Jon Hays. But while Hays went down for a short injury last year, Jordan Wynn performed admirably as a backup without complaint. Ultimately it was that performance last year, his grace backing up Hays, and his performance in the offseason that saw Wynn get the start over true freshman Luke Dunn.
    "In the end, Jordan earned the right to go out his senior season as the starter. And the fact that Luke gets an entire year to work on his mechanics and our offensive gameplan is an added bonus."
    Runningbacks: While losing 1,000 yard rusher John White is certainly painful, returning RB Kelvin York was no slouch last year. York had nearly 700 yards rushing and 8 scores. York will likewise have a compliment in Harvey Langi to help share the load.​
    "Good running back play is key. I mean, ultimately, our goal is to run the football. The four wide, spread, shotgun stuff is really just there to help us pound the rock. And with our numbers running the football last year, and the overall production that led us to, we don't want to miss a beat, and I think Kel will make sure we don't."
    Wide Receivers: Once again the deepest position for Coach Baron, Dres Anderson comes back from his monster 15-TD season last year to lead the Ute receiving Corps. But as important are how Sean Fitzgerald and Kenneth Scott perform.​
    "We have to have our guys scare opposing teams on the outside. Because they've gotten a taste and game tape of our rushing attack. If these guys don't perform, our opponents will stack the box and shut us down."
    Tight End / H-Back: Kendrick lMoeai comes back for his senior season and looks to make it even better than last year's. The numbers of 523 yards and 6 TD's belie just how important Moeai was for the Utes.​
    "He blocked so well for us last year, it was incredible. And when you get that from your H-back that can then go and be as dynamic as Ken can be, well you've got something special."
    O-Line: The weak link for the Utes on offense will most likely be their offensive line. Baron has to replace his C, RG, and RT. Key for the Utes will be how true-freshman starter at RG Andrew White performs.​
    "We try not to ask our O-line to do too much, but if they can't get their blocks, then it won't matter the talent we have at the skill positions.
    Recruiting Needs :
    The three areas that the Utes need to focus on are the same as last year: Offensive line help, a tough MLB, and depth for the secondary. CB and SS are of particular concern for Head Coach Baron.​
    Game to look for:
    USC. The Trojans and Head Coach Bulldog will be out for blood after last year's game and the Utes will have to travel to the unfriendly confines of the Coliseum.​
    "Last year we might have been flying under the radar a bit. But last year we put people on notice. And while that's a whole hell of a lot of fun to do, you then gotta hunker down and survive the backlash against that."
    Season Expectations :
    Like last season, Utah has a very high ceiling and a very low basement. If their advanced talent can cover some of the youth and inexperience, the Utes could very well be right back in the PAC-12 title hunt. But if injuries and poor coaching make an appearance, the Utes could drop off from the lofty heights of 2012.​
    "We got to the top of the PAC-12 mountain and then smacked around a damn good UNC team. So we're where we want to be or close to it. We can't afford to take a step back."
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  4. Bulldog

    Bulldog Coach Richt is my Dawg!

    Jul 1, 2010
    2013-2014 Team Preview
    Last Season: 10-3(6-3)​

    Offense: USC(custom) Pro-Style
    Defense: 3-4(custom)

    Overview: The USC Trojans hope to have a better season and make it to the PAC-12 conference championship. In order to do that we have to get past UCLA and Utah in the south division. We will be running the same style of offense this year but look for the ball to be run more with Barkley gone. We only have 10 seniors this year but there is also alot of talent returning and some new talent coming in from last seasons #1 ranked recruiting class.

    Above: Cody Kessler in this years spring game

    Quarterbacks: Cody Kessler will be the starter no doubt about it. Freshman Jeremy Heinz will be the backup. I was going to start Heinz but his throwing accuracy is nowhere close to as good as Kessler's. The only downside with having Kessler starting is his speed, the kid has absolutely no speed at all.

    Running backs: DJ Morgan will be the starter but backup George Farmer will get alot of playing time as well and Farmer will also be returning some punts and kickoffs because he has very good speed and acceleration.

    Wide Receivers: Probably the two best wide receivers in the nation will be Kessler's targets this year. Robert Woods(99ovr) and Marqise Lee(95ovr) are both returning after a very good season last year. Lee was an All-American and is only a junior and Woods should have been an All-American but was hit with injuries earlier in the year. Also returning Victor Blackwell(NCAA Freshman All-American) and De'Von Flournoy who were a huge part of Matt Barkley's impressive numbers last season.

    Tight Ends: Two Tight Ends returning, starter Xavier Grimble and backup Randall Telfer who were both apart of that deadly Matt Barkley passing attack last season. Look for them both to get more involved this season.

    Linemen: Alot of talent returning and alot of talent coming in. Coach Bulldog recruited five very good linemen last year and most of which will be taking the field this year. We have all the talent we could ask for.

    Defensive Ends: Returning senior right end Kevin Greene will lead the defensive ends this year. Also we recruited a left end Cody Williams but he will be redshirted his first year on campus.

    Defensive Tackles: At defensive tackle we have Juniors George Uko and JR Tavai returning. Look for them to have a huge season.

    Outside Linebackers: At ROLB we have Hayes Pullard returning and he hopes to have his best season yet. Pullard is only a JR and should be back for next season unless he decides to go to the draft. Also returning is LOLB Dion Bailey who also had a huge season last season. Both are looking to do some damage this year and hopefully get a nice new shiny ring.

    Middle Linebackers: That beast Will Andrew returns to hopefully get a shiny ring. He worked very hard last year but it just didn't turn out the way he had hoped. He is more determined than ever with this being his last season as a Trojan.

    Cornerbacks: All-American Nickle Robey returns this year and is one of the best cornerbacks in the nation at a whoping 95 overall rating. I bet you all can guess what his favorite formation to run is. Also Torin Harris returns for his final year as a Trojans. Both look to shut down any passes thrown their way this season.

    Safety's: At SS Demitrius Wright returns and will have to coach up the newbies at FS this year. Adam Hale will be the starter at FS and hopefully he works out after we stole him from North Carolina last year he better work out.

    Kicker: Andre Heidari returns for his junior season after an awesome season last year we are glad to have him. Heidari hit a few from 50+ last year.

    Punter: Freshman Sam Pratt coming in this year and we hope he's as good as every says he is.
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  5. Danthraxxx

    Danthraxxx Walk On

    Mar 17, 2011

    The Ducks look to improve upon 10-3 season and get back into the national title picture .


    On the offensive side of the ball the Ducks will be led by junior QB Bryann Bennett . Bennett , who had 3500+ total yards last year will look to expand his efficiency in the spread air raid offense installed by coach Danthraxxx last year. Oregon also returns 6 other starters on offense this year and will look to get exciting burner and return man of the year De'Anthony Thomas more involved this season. With multiple starters coming back and talented others stepping up look for Oregon to put up big points this year.

    Offensive outlook : great ​

    The Duck defense was very strong last year , anchored by multiple seniors who are now playing on Sundays. This seasons the defense only has 4 returning starters in the front 8 , and 2 new safeties , but returns every single corner on the roster. The Ducks should be tough to pass on this year with such great cover men, led by juniors Terrance Mitchell & Troy Hill. I would look for the Oregon staff to rely a lot on the depth at corner and try to make up for the inexperience up front by sending a lot of heat at opposing QB's.

    Defensive outlook : work in progress ​

    Last season the Ducks put the special in special teams. Return man of the year De'Anthony Thomas will be back as will standout kicker Maldonado. I look for more great things from this unit this season.

    Special teams outlook:​
    outstanding (y)


    The Ducks have a trio of outstanding prospects at WR this year, led by true freshman Khalid Christian. Look for some of these youngsters to get some catches in 5 wide sets and if any injury occurs to the top 3 WR on the roster.


    Oregon dodged a bullet this year in not having a rematch with perineal powerhouse Tulsa out of conference . This year the Ducks will have to travel to Nevada out of conference and that could be a sleeper game. The Ducks really only have one tough road game and that is at Washington , so the conference outlook is pretty decent & they manage to avoid USC somehow, but will have to tangle with PAC 12 champs Utah. The week 3 matchup against Florida State will be a tough test , but the home field advantage should help.

    Season prediction :​

    10-2 ( tie for north again :rolleyes:)

    With the talent Oregon has, and a fairly favorable schedule the Ducks should get to 10 wins if they can take care of business at home.

    Toughest game : week 3 FSU

    Game coaches are most worried about : game #12 vs. Oregon State at home
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  6. sawemoff

    sawemoff #FearTheBeard

    Dec 29, 2011
    Team Motto: "Win the Day"
    After coming off a 10-3 season the Oregon State Beavers will try to build upon their success last year. Coach Saw has brought in some great talent in his last recruiting class but will they step up and "win the day" this season?
    Offensive Style: Custom Pro Style- Arkansas Based
    Defensive Style: Custom 3-4
    Offensive Question Mark: With only making it through one game without an injury can starting RB Malcolm Agnew stay healthy the entire season? Coach Saw is predicting he will not and hopes that Jovan Stevenson, Terron Ward, and Storm Woods can rise to the occasion when he does go down.
    Defensive Question Mark: Rashaad Reynolds is back for one more year and came off a pretty decent season but who will try and lock down the other side? Right now the candidate is SR Sean Martin but if he can't get it done then look for Coach Saw to replace with him with FR Brian Fields or FR Chris King.
    Circled Game: Week 4 against California. In last years game the Golden Bears spoiled the Beavers chances of going to the PAC CCG and absolutely ran over them. The loss did not settle well with the coaching staff or players.
    QB: Junior Sean Mannion hopes to lead the Beavers back to a 10 win season and to the PAC 12 Conference Championship game. If he can limit the mistakes and make better reads he should put up pretty good stats.
    RB: Junior Malcolm Agnew should have had a stellar season last year but injuries cost him. With only making it through one game without getting injured Agnew needs to toughen up or he will find a spot on the bench. When he is healthy he is great but when hurt he is worthless.
    FB: Freshman Markus Hall came into camp as a TE but was moved immediately to FB. Coach Saw had the hardest time recruiting a FB and once he figured no one would come he would have to move someone. Hall is a big body with a blocking set that will make him start all four years.
    WR: Junior Brandin Cooks and Sophomore(RS) Obum Gwacham has to be on top of their if the running game cannot get going. Cooks returns and looks to really build upon what he did last year next to Markus Wheaton. Gwacham is a big body with a great skill set. With his size and speed he can play a big role in this years offense.
    TE: Sophomore(RS) Caleb Smith and Freshman Randy Tate will have to be versatile and play to their strengths. Smith is an excellent target to throw to and Tate is pretty much an extra OL out there. These two will have to work together to confuse/block the LBs on every down.
    OL: Sophomore(RS) Darryl Jackson, Junior Roman Sapolu, Junior(RS) Michael Beaton, and Senior(RS) Michael Philipp all return to push the Beaver running game down field. Freshman(RS) Issac Seumalo will join their efforts to bust at least one of OSU's RBs over the 1,000 yard rushing mark.
    DL: Junior Scott Crichton, Junior Dylan Wynn, Senior(RS) Mana Rosa will be the guys anchoring down the first year transition to the 3-4 defensive scheme. The big bodies will hopefully plug up the running/passing lanes to give their young LBs time to get into the back field or set in their coverages.
    LB: Junior DJ Welch, Freshman Jason Vaughn, Freshman Keith Freeman, and Senior Michael Doctor is a solid LB corp. The young guys in the middle will have to look up to Welch and Doctor for guidance and leadership. This will be the strength on the Beaver defense.
    CB: Senior(RS) Rashaad Reynolds and Senior(RS) Sean Martin leaves a big question mark in this secondary. Reynolds started last year and Martin is moving from the nickel position. These two guys will be replaced by the two Freshman, Brian Fields and Chris King, if they cannot get their act together. In the style of play Coach Saw likes to implement on defense will put a lot of stress on these guys.
    S: Sophomore(RS) Peter Ashton and Junior(RS) Ryan Murphy will keep reigning terror in the deep half, third and quarter this year. Ashton has been moved to the FS spot so Ryan Murphy can get on the field more. The decision was made after Tyrequek Zimmerman and Mich Audiss decided to have a horrible offseason. Ashton and Murphy are a dynamic duo who will contribute and lead this defense into battle.
    Expectations: Last year opened up the eyes of the PAC 12 to not take Oregon State lightly. With a bigger target on their back they will try to repeat a 10 win season and hopes to break into the PAC 12 CCG.
    Recruiting Needs: P and QB are the biggest shoes to fill but look for Coach Saw to grab depth at key positions.
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