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South Carolina 2015 Team Preview
The 2015 Season will be coach Gregg Garrity's first complete season at USC. Since taking over he is 1-1 with a loss to Clemson, and a strong showing in the Cotton Bowl against #9 Kansas. This season his squad will be tested early and often as they compete in the always tough SEC East.
QB-The starter here will be highly touted Brenden Noskovitch. His accuracy should be a positive to this team, but his lack of footspeed may become a major hindrance for Coach Garrity's uptempo attack.
HB- This is hands down the strength of the team. With 5 upperclassmen all rated between 85-91.
FB- This is purely a manifestation of an outdated offensive system. The two players here are simply mandated to be on the team and thus have no impact on the season.
TE-With three solid options at TE the Gamecocks look deep and solid here.
WR- A thin corp may become a liability at some point but the top three can play.
OL-Deep and old, which is a recipe for success. How they handle the blitz will determine the long-range success of this team.
Defense: The defense is thin in a few spots (DT, MLB) but pretty solid overall. Barring any major injuries this defense should have all the pieces to compete.
@ #3 Ohio State Spayer419
@ #11 Georgia
vs. UL Monroe
vs. Mississippi State
vs. New Mexico State
@ #1 Texas A&M cyhiphopp
vs. #2 Florida
vs. #11 LSU MrWitness36
vs. #12 Clemson
The Gamecocks have one of the tougher schedules in the SEC East this year as they face six ranked teams, and the three top ranked teams in the preseason #1 Texas A&M, #2 Florida, and #3 OSU.
Prognosis: This team will have some issues handling some of the higher ranked teams on their schedule. A 9-3 finish would be a high mark, look for a 7-5 to 8-4 finish.
#3 Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Preview
The Defending national champions bring back a ton on offense. Sophomore QB JT Barrett is back after leading the Bucks to the promised land as a freshman, and is poised to have a big year now that he's more comfortable in the OSU offense. Barrett's main weapons are do-it-all tailbacks Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliot. Wilson has been a prominent fixture in each of his first two years and could have a big season as the Buckeye's primary home run hitter. Elliot has been productive, though out of the spotlight, in two years in Columbus and Buckeye Nation considers him to be a prime candidate for breakout player of the year. If Elliot isn't the Bucks top breakout player, it will likely be James Clark. The sophomore receiver showed flashes of brilliance last year out of the slot, and had a penchant for making big plays in big games. Clark will be joined in the slot by the elusive Jalin Marshall and out wide by Michael Thomas, both of who'm provide experience and playmaking ability. Marshall will also return punts, a role in which he thrived in last year with two PR touchdowns. The Buckeye offensive line returns three starts and appears to be both more talented and deeper than last year's unit.
Once again the Silver Bullets will be led by an outstanding defensive line. The 2015 is definitely the best yet for OSU with seniors Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence at defensive end. What's so scary about this group is that while Spence and Washington are likely the best duo in the nation, backups Joey Bosa and Ray Sutton could start for just about any other program in the nation. Ohio State will definitely rotate and mix in different packages in the trenches, as Washington and Bosa can both play a little DT as well. The linebacker unit loses Bednarik award winner Curtis Grant, but is bolstered by returning starters Taylor West and Josh Perry. West, the #1 OLB in 2014, started every game last year as a freshman and will be asked to play a bigger role this season. Perry started every game for the last two years. The duo is joined in the middle by Mike Mitchell who was the fourth man in the rotation last season and has all the physical tools to be great. The secondary features junior Thorpe winner Vonn Bell who will look to defend his trophy and make a run at the Bednarik this year. Bell's safety mate, Cam Burrows, also returns after an impressive sophomore season. For the first time in four years one of OSU's starting corners isn't Bradley Roby, but the Buckeyes like the talent they have at that spot.
An Influx of Talent
Columbus welcomes and extremely talented freshman class, featuring 5 players ranking as a 80 overall or better. Cornerbacks Marshon Stephens and Shaquille Thomas are both extremely talented athletes and will figure into the Bucks Dime and Dollar packages. Tightend Thaddeus Dawkins is a physical specimen and has all the tools to be a record-breaking receiver from the tightend spot. If he could learn to block the coaches wouldn't be able to take him off the field. Juju Payne is an athletic linebacker that, at the least, will make an immediate impact on special teams. And finally Aaron Jenkins is a dynamic scatback (Will give you flashes of Tavaris McLaurin, Glen Cieske) who will return kicks and factor in some unique packages for the Scarlet and Grey. There are also a few redshirt freshman from OSU's top-ranked 2014 class that will factor into the Buckeyes' plans this year, namely receivers Josh Smith and Daquel Newell. Smith is a sure-handed slot receiver ala Anthony Gonzalez, and Newell provides some much needed height in the flanker spot. Tackle Charles Slaughter will also be featured as a primary rotation man on the offensive line.
vs. #14 South Carolina (carolinaeasy)
at Virginia Tech
vs. #24 Maryland
at Michigan State
at #10 Penn State (Jbek)
vs. #16 Michigan
The 2015 schedule fills out well for the Buckeyes, who avoid both Iowa and Wisconsin as user crossovers. Opening with a user is never easy, and Ohio State has no familiarity with South Carolina or their coach. That being said the schedule definitely lines up for the Buckeyes to be in contention for another title come November.
Oregon Ducks 2015 Season Preview
The Ducks return 3 of their running backs from a 2014 campaign that saw all of them each go for at least 700 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. The group is spearheaded by Senior Byron Marshall, who will share the backfield with Junior Thomas Tyner and Sophomore Calvin Davidson. The 3-headed monster (in addition to QB Marcus Mariota) led the nation in rushing last year, and they look to repeat. However, 3-year starter Mariota has left for the NFL, and will now be replaced by RS Freshman Jarvis Lumpkin. The Duck coaching staff is incredibly high on this kid, and for good reason. His combination of speed and a great arm have the Ducks looking toward a 3rd straight PAC 12 title.
The offensive line will have to replace 3 starters, but the returning linemen are very talented. If this year's crew can open holes for the great running backs, it will really take a lot of pressure off of Lumpkin and will allow him to manage the game better.
The receiving corps is better than last year, and speedy Bralon Addison will lead the group. It will be tough to replace All-American TE Colt Lyerla, but the returning tight ends are good and should be able to pick up where he left off.
Although the Duck cornerbacks aren't as talented as last year, the defense is better overall. The strength is the front seven, with Senior All-Americans DT Arik Armstead and Tyson Coleman leading the way.
@ Michigan State
vs. #1 Texas A&M (cyhiphopp)
vs. San Diego State
vs. #19 USC
@ #5 Stanford (Antonio T.)
@ Washington State
vs. Oregon State
2015 Season Preview
The Offense will be led by the highly-touted SR Evan Crower (97 Ovr.) , who will finally get his chance to shine after Kevin Hogan's departure to the NFL. Crower will have All-American and Heisman candidate Barry Sanders Jr. returning to the backfield, as well as SR Remound Wright and SO Korey Robinson able to come in and give him a spell. SR(RS) FB Charlie Hopkins will have a second year in the role, and should be a much reliable blocker and receiver. The receiving corps are bolstered by two of the best TE in the nation, SR Luke Kaumatule and SO Adam Jones. All-American returner SR Kelsey Young will look to make his mark on leading a respectable group of wideouts, and Kody Whitfeld and Devin Cajuste look to fill even bigger roles than last year. SO Troy Thomas looks co come back stronger from injury and receivers Francis Owusu and Mark Rector will vie for the 5th receiver role. The O-line is in a transition mode as the 4 All-Americans from the previous 2 years are gone. Preseason All-American Andrus Peat will look to anchor a formidable front five. Once again, the nation's total offense leader and 2nd scoring offense leader form 2013 should be able to continue to fire on all cylinders.
Stanford's defense had a subpar year in 2014, despite having a bevy of talented players. Heading the defense in 2015 will be the stout senior corner-back trio of Alex Carter, Wayne Lyons, & All-American Ronnie Harris, who combined to pick off 12 passes in 2014. All 3 look to have excellent seasons and are high-projected draft picks in the upcoming draft. Shane Barton takes over at FS from the departed Ed Reynolds, and Zach Hoffpaiur will man the strong side after producing in a limited role last season. The line-backing corps are not as strong as 2014 with the graduations of AJ Tarpley and James Vaughters, but Kevin Anderson and Blake Martinez will look to fill the positions admirably. The D-line will be anchored by JR DE Azuz Shittu, who will play LE this year after spending the last two years on the right side. JR DTs Ikeena Nwafor and Nate Lohn will look to hod the fort in the middle of the defense.
What was once a strong point for Stanford in the past has now become it's weakest asset. Gone are K Jordan Willamson and P Bret Rhyne, who for years kept the unit as being one of the best in the nation. Replacing them are two freshmen, K David Shelton and walk-on P J.D. Cleveland. Cleveland struggled in spring camp and it looks like Shelton will handle both punting and kicking duties for the time being. All-Amercian Kelsey Young is back to return kicks again, and Troy Thomas will look to assist, as he did last year before doing down with a season-ending injury in Week 4. Hopefully this will not be the unit that will keep the Cardinal from reaching their ultimate potential.
at 15 UCLA
at Washington State
at Oregon State
vs 9 Notre Dame
The schedule makers did not do Stanford any favors starting out early, as both newcomers and former Big 12 powers Oklahoma and user-controller Texas come calling in the Cardinal' first two games. Stanford then gets to hit the road to face a tough UCLA squad. After a home and road against the Washington schools, Stanford gets its first non-conference visit from Big 12 member Kansas, who were ranked for all of 2014. After a trip to Corvallis versus Oregon St., the annual PAC-12 game of the year awaits. Last year Stanford let one get away in Eugene, blowing a 14 point lead in the 4th quarter to lose 31-28. This year Stanford will look to avenge what is currently Stanford's previous home loss, which occurred versus Oregon in 2013. A home date with the MWC's Nevada is next, following by "The Big Game" versus Cal. Rounding out the 2014 schedule, the rival Fighting Irish will make their trip to the Farm. Despite what looks to be a very tough schedule, the Cardinal did luck out getting 8 home dates this season.
Stanford is starting out the year in the Top 5 for the third consecutive year, which means that there are high hopes, very high hopes that this is the year that the Cardinal get to the PAC-12 Championship game, and possibly the National Title game. The date at home vs. Oregon on again shall tell if Stanford is ready for that next step. 2015 might be the best year yet.
The offense will be led by returning Heisman winner, JR Matt Davis at quarterback. His running mate Brandon Williams has moved on, but speedster Trey Williams looks to pick up where he left off. He should be just as good as Brandon and the Thunder to his Lightning, Tra Carson should be able to rack up some tough yards.
Davis' top target, Mackey Award winner, TE Cam Clear went on to the NFL but Steve "The Joker" Miller and Darrick Tanner return to lead the two TE look. WR Mike Evans returns for his final season and wants to rebound from a down year. He leads a deep veteran receiving corps.
The OL returns returns 3 Seniors and should be rock solid helping
The biggest losses from last seasons defense will be both starting LBers and sack leader Tyrell Taylor at DE. DL is by far the deepest position though so breaking in new LBers, including a few true freshman will be key.
Deshazor Elliot went to the league but DeVante Harris returns for his Senior season to lead a very good secondary. Starting safeties Howard Mathews and Floyd Raven have graduated but last years star strong safety recruits should be up to the task along with free safety Kameron Miles.
A preseason #1 ranking is a big bulls eye. It will be really hard to go wire to wire with Oregon, Arkansas, South Carolina, and the ever dangerous Alabama on the schedule for the regular season. Not to mention the SEC championship. The talent is strong enough and Coach HipHopp will need to do his part in these tough matchups.
#10 Penn State 2015 Season Preview
After a successful 11 win season in 2014 capped with a Fiesta bowl victory over West Virginia, the Nittany Lions are eager to reach the next level. The 2015 iteration of this storied program will once again be led by the arm of Christian Hackenberg, now in his third year as the team's starter. Last years B1G Offensive Player of the Year, and the B1G Freshman POTY in 2013, Hackenberg has put up gaudy numbers while leading the Nitwits to a 20-6 record. However, he will need to cut down on turnovers before the team can finally beat conference bully tOSU, and have a chance to reach the promised land.
Hackenberg will have a similiar variety of tools in the shed as last year. Big play producer and National return man of the year Alex Kenney graduated, but the WR stock has much potential. Jason Lewis, a workhorse wideout entering his sophomore season, will look to expand on his impressive numbers from last year (62 rec 880 yds 4 ts).
Joining the ranks this season is redshirt freshman Paw Jones, a speedster with good size who is expected to make some big plays this year. The Tightend position will once again be strong this year, led by Senior team captain Kyle Carter , who will compete for national awards. Junior Adam Breneman could be a force this year, as he will be a key player in a new group of formations designed to enhance the running game. Akeel Lynch is expected to be the feature back. The Junior from Ontario ran for over 1,000 yards, mostly behind the blocking of All B1G Left Tackle Donovan Smith. Although depth is a concern at the runningback position, true freshman Boris Garand has impressed the coaching staff and will get some carries each week.
With the departure of team leaders Mike Hull and Adrian Amos, the blue and white defense will need to find a new identity. The answer may lie in sophomore Travis Thompson, an intelligent player who can fly from side-line to side-line. The rest of the LB core is impressive, and many guys will get time in a sub-heavy scheme. Ben Kline is moving into a larger role, as he has been a run stopping monster in years past. Trevor Williams moves over to safety, a position that saw no returners or experienced players. The other safety spot will be played by multiple players. The D-line lost two top contributors from last year, but the talent differential hasn't been apparent in training camp.
Vs. #7 Miami
Vs. Boston College
@ #13 Iowa
Vs. #16 Michigan
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@ Michigan State
Boris Garand and Paw Jones...lol
yep, too much swag to handle, i know.
LOUISIANA STATE 2015 SEASON PREVIEW
The 2015 Season will be coach Witness coming out party. Since taking over LSU things have been going up and down , but most recently winning there bowl game gets things rolling. This season Tigers will be tested throughout the season facing 6 rank teams in top 25. Hopefully putting up a good fight for the SEC east title with Fla and South Car in the way.
QB-Senior S. Rivers is the most experience one on the depth chart but inconsistent. Soph A. Jennings who came in last during the bowl game after poor performance from Rivers shinned to
HB- Senior J. Hill will the starter and a Senior who lost the starting position as a Junior will need to get things going early to have a successful campaign.
FB- A.Patterson is a talented fullback only a sophomore skies the limit.
TE-2x solid guy both 85+ Senior Senior Gordon should be leading the way but watch for a two TE system.
WR- Departure of Landry and Beckham will hurt the Tigers passing attack. Whos the next rising stud Junior Dural or true Freshman Robert Fisher?
OL-Veterans and experience plain and simple.
Defense: Defense will be the focus point for this year. With one of the most talented secondary all Seniors will be big to replace but for now CB Jalen Collins should be causing havoc on the field. D-line is tough who can hold there own all we need is a little pressure for the secondary can have fun.
vs. #8 Louisville
vs. #18 Georgia
vs. #2 Florida
vs. #20 Bama
vs. #12 Clemson
@ #14 South Car
@ #6 Arkansas
Prediction: 10-2 with a bowl a possibly ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!
Joel Stave is a Senior and the leader of the offense, he will need to have a near perfect season if the Badgers want to make it to the B1G title game. Melvin Gordon is looking like he could make a Heisman run, but it all depends on the Offensive Line. With a group that is young, 3 So. and 2 FR, Gordon will have to be patient while some of the kinks are ironed out. Expect this group to continue getting better as the season goes on. Tight Ends Austin Maly and TJ Watt will look to dominate the middle of the field and improve from the abysmal season last year which saw to many drops by the TE and WR corps.
Change is coming on Offense. Coach Cieske hinted in the Spring that some changes would be made to help get their playmakers is space. Coach Cieske didn't go into detail on his plans but we saw a glimpse during the Badgers spring game. The Badgers came out in more Pistol and Shotgun formations then they have in the last two years. Jordan Frederick, The Badgers best WR, loves the new look offense that gets more WR on the field. He stated he likes it because it forces the defense to account for more potential receiving threats so there less attention on him and his counterpart AJ Jordan.
The defense saw some changes as well. With the lack of talent at LB, Coach Cieske has decided to use a 4-2-5 when offense spread out. Alec James will look to continue dominating on the field as he lead the B1G in sacks last season. He will need some help and Coach Cieske thinks Vince Biegel's move from OLB to MLB might be the answer. Vince's speed and coverage will help free up James on the edge to make more plays in the opponents back field. The Badgers will get an infusion of youth this year on the defensive line, with 3 highly touted freshman in the rotation the Badgers will look to be able to stay aggressive all game long
The Badgers got it easy this year. No tOSU or Penn State. But match-ups against a very talented Arkansas team and Iowa squad will be the Badgers ultimate test this year.
@ #25 NC STATE
@ #22 Nebraska
2015 Iowa Hawkeyes
The 2015 Iowa Hawkeyes come into the season looking to build on their progress since 2012. They have climber from 4-8 in 2012 to 9-4 in 2013 and 9-3 last season. They finished last season one game short of winning the B1G West, and look to make the next step this season. It will take a full team effort to accomplish this goal, and we have some key pieces that can make it possible.
OFFENSE: Finally going to see his first starting snaps as a Hawkeye, Jake Rudock takes over at QB this season. Not a speedy QB, yet capably mobile, Rudock has the arm to make the throws needed in the Iowa offense. He will be joined in the backfield by RB Jordan Canzeri. Canzeri has waited his turn patiently since tearing an ACL during camp of his sophomore season. He gets his shot this season. Canzeri is small, yet powerful. He should be an interesting asset in the backfield this season. His supporting cast brings a little bit of variety, Michael Malloy is the burner, Barkley Hill is the bruiser, and true freshman Ricky Johnson, is the prodigy that will get his feet wet this season working on special teams and spot duty in the backfield. The wide receivers offer big targets for the QB. Standout seniors Jacob Hillyer and Tevaun Smith top the depth chart, and are backed up by class of 2012 standouts Derrick Willies and Derrick Mitchell. The wide receivers are only half the battle when it comes to the Iowa passing game, as the tight end plays quite the roll as well. Iowa has had a long string of TE's graduate and make it to the NFL, and this current crop looks to continue that trend. Jake Duzey is a true receiving TE, where as Ike Boettger is more of a 6th lineman. Be on the lookout for true freshman Steven McLaughlin. He looks to be the next in line of great Iowa TE's. Last is the offensive line. The pride of Kirk Ferentz. Even when Ferentz has a team that is light on talent, he still manages to make yet another farm boy into a road grader that makes an NFL roster. This line takes its cue from C Austin Blythe. The veteran of the line, he is also the most talented. As he goes, so goes the offense.
DEFENSE: The front four is veteran, lead by SR DE Drew Ott. Ott skipped a redshirt, and got on the field as a true freshman. Since then, he has grown into the role of Iowa's strongside DE. Faith Ekakitie makes the other end of the line quite impassable as well. He sets the weakside edge against the read option teams and puts pressure on the QB when needed. Inside, the combo of Jaleel Johnson and Darian Cooper eat up blocks, and keep the LB's free to make plays. Iowa is light at LB, but has a strong veteran in Travis Perry leading the group. Michael Scherer and Josey Jewell will be asked to make big steps this season. In the secondary, Jordan Lomax and Maurice Fleming lead the group. Nickelback Sean Draper has been on the field since he was a freshman. The safeties are young, but talented. Anthony Gair and Malik Rucker bring serious athletic talent to the position, so while they may be raw, they can make up for some inadequacies.
Special Teams: Connor Kornbrath is the vet in this unit. A 4-year contributor at punter, he is handling kickoffs as well this season. Tyler Lindsey will handle placekicking duties again this season. Returns will be in the hands of Michael Malloy and Ricky Johnson.
Week 1 - @ Iowa State
Week 2 - Ok. State
Week 4 - Bowling Green
Week 5 - Boise State
Week 6 - @ Minnesota
Week 7 - Penn State
Week 8 - @ Wisconsin
Week 9 - Northwestern
Week 10 - Illinois
Week 11 - Purdue
Week 13 - @ Michigan
Week 14 - @ Nebraska
Big games - Back to back user games against PSU and Wisconsin will determine our place in the B1G. But the stretch to end the season will tell what this team is really made of.
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