Season 2014 Preview.... With tonight's offseason upon us season 2014 will be here by tomorrow and the first time ever we will have all conference champs play in the regular season. This should make for an interesting season. Illinois goes for one for the thumb, as Iowa and Wisconsin both take aim for to knock Illinois off in the Big Ten. Last year's Wisconsin game game down to the final seconds, and the game against Iowa was decided by the CPU, so both games should be very interesting. For Illinois this is the year after Burke. Burke was the straw that stirred the drink for Illinois the last four years winning 4 Titles on his way to the all time Illinois leader in TD's. He was an amazing back who carried the Illinois ground attack, without him, Illinois will turn to two bruising but slow footed backs to carry the load, which can be a recipe for disaster. On defense, Illinois is looking to continue the success of last season's defense and is looking very strong led by All-American Aaron Gray a MLB that has been all conference 3 times in 3 years. Throw in EJ Barnes at SS and Andre Mayes at DE, and you have three all american candidates at all three levels, reminiscent of Notre Dame's 1989 defense with Zorich, Stonebreaker, and Lyght. On the recruiting front, Illinois needs Lineman. Lots and lots of Lineman. Illinois is looking to sign 4-5 offensive lineman and 2-3 Defensive lineman. Throw in 1 or 2 MLB, and should be the focus of Illinois recruiting this year. Looking around the rest of the Tradition league and this year could be interesting to say the least, just a quick review of tradition teams and the following quick reviews lets everyone know what to expect this season: Iowa - Matt Atkins the two time Thorpe award winner and a host of speedy wideouts lead an Iowa team that should contend for a Big Ten and National Title. KSU - Losing Pendleton and Montgomery will hurt, but KSU will have back most of its defense as well as two 98 ovr speed WR's, they are still the favorite in the Big XII. Kansas - Fresh off a 10 win season, Kansas led by All American Chad Sutton is ready to knock off JR. Nebraska - After a disappointing season, Nebraska returns the best back in 2014, Joel Holmes who has to be considered a Heisman favorite. Wisconsin - Led by Desi Miller and Heisman winner David Ball the grind it out offense people used to see from Wisky is no more. Wisconsin looks to avenge a close loss to Illinois. Arizona - Still stinging from a Rose bowl loss, Zona hopes to continue its Pac-10 dominance Oreg St - After narrowly missing the Pac-10 title, Oregon state is ready to make a big move in the Pac 10. Cal - Has the most talent in the Pac 10 and though still haunted by a tough fumble against OSU, most expect Cal to compete for the Pac-10 Title again. Mizzou - They return a QB who threw for 5000 yards last year. That is not a typo. After putting up 56 points on JR, I would expect Mizzou to be extremely tough to handle. MSU/Washington - Both teams are still trying to improve the talent base and hope this is the year to break through against fellow TTII users. Should be an interesting season.