Season Previews - Year 5

Discussion in 'The Trifecta' started by bravejaf, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Ohio State finished #3 in the final polls but the season was still a disappointment. The big loss for the Buckeyes in 2014 was the conference title game against Nebraska. For the third time in four years the Buckeyes lost to the Cornhuskers in the B1G Championship game. This year Ohio State brings back a very talented defense, but the offense has a lot of question marks.

    Offense (7 of 11 starters returning from 2014)
    The Buckeyes are starting a new QB, HB and 3 new wide receivers, At QB the starting QB will be Bryce Greene. He is a pure pocket passer with very good accuracy. He will be joined in the backfield by Ray O'Connor and Jason McAfee. The two running backs have very different run styles but O'Connor is expected to get the bulk of the carries. At 245 lbs. he is built better for the carries than the 165 lbs. McAfee. The only returning starter at wide receiver is speedy John Atkins. He will be teamed with seniors Greg Riley and Devin Smith, and junior Jeremy Powell. The group has a lot of speed. Tight ends Manny Freeman and James Ingram will also make plays in the passing game. The offensive line for Ohio State is the strength of the offensive unit. Most of the starters are back from last season. Senior center Van Terrell is the leader for the o-line.

    Defense (9 if 11 starters returning from 2014)
    OSU led the nation in sacks last season and the front seven returns all but one starter. Will White is a beast and he has a shot at the all-time sack record. The junior chose to pass on the NFL Draft for a shot at that mark. Defensive end Vincent Seward is another tough man to block. He was second on the team with 14.5 sacks last season. He has enough strength to out muscle offensive linemen or the speed to fly past the blocker. In the second level, the key returning starters are T.J. Matthews (MLB) and Deonne Darby (ROLB). Matthews is a solid tackler who has the awareness to make plays anywhere on the field. He and Darby are both three year starters for OSU. CB may be the only question mark for the Buckeyes' defense, and the unit is still solid. Charlie Harrell returns for his senior season. He led OSU in interceptions last season. Doran Grant will start on the opposite side. He was solid in coverage last season as the nickle CB. As for the safeties, this is another area of strength for OSU. Ray McKeon may be the best all-around safety in the country. He makes plays all over the field and his speed
    allows him to tack down plays on the opposite side of the field. He will be an asset against the run and the pass. Strong safety Alex Gordon is another talented player. He doesn't have the speed of McKeon but he is a very smart football player.

    I think the defense will carry this team to an undefeated regular season. The key will be limiting mistakes on offense and trusting the defense. The run game will be solid but the offense will largely be dependent on the run game. Greene is a solid QB that should avoid mistakes, but his lack of experience in critical games could be a factor.
  2. Brandon S.

    Brandon S. Freshmen Phenoms Commissioner

    Jul 15, 2011
    Florida State

    Prediction: 11-2

    The Seminoles finished horribly last season, but this year they are looking to take the ACC by surprise with a stacked team of 23 seniors. The Seminoles face a huge challenge in the 4th week of the season by taking on #1 ranked OSU, but the Senior leadership will guide FSU past the Buckeyes and into week 14 without a loss. However, the seminoles will lose to #7 Florida and then lose to the Hokies in the Conference Championship, only to turn around and win their bowl game and finish a great redemption season.

    Offense: Senior QB Jacob Coker doesn't have the talent to carry the team on his back, and he isn't anything exceptional, but he is a damn good QB that is capable of winning. Don't let his 83 OVR fool you, with 89 THP and 90 THA he is a dual threat that can beat teams on the ground with his 76 SPD and 72 BTK. He's 6'5", 231lbs and hard to sack.
    Senior HB Devonta Freeman looks to dash through opposing defenses as his stacked offensive line paves the way. The Seminoles have 5 Seniors on the offensive line, all above 90 overall, this will be huge for the running game, and obviously the passing game.
    The WRs Rashad Greene and Kelvin Benjamin are both Seniors (RS) that are looking forward to breakout years to end their collegiate careers, along with Senior TE Darrin Miller who is a huge target in the passing game as well as one of the best run blockers on the team.

    Defense: The defense is anchored up front by the Seminole Steel Curtain, with 3 D-Lineman above 94 OVR. The 3-4 defense is new to FSU but the Seminoles have the perfect personnel to be successful with it. Senior DTs Tim Jernigan (98 OVR), Niles Stample (94), and Cameron Erving (94) look to have huge years penetrating the offensive line and creating opportunities for the LBs to run free. The LB corps are led by Senior LOLB Arrington Jenkins (91) and Senior ROLB Terrance Smith (88). The CBs are the weakest link of the defense but they are guarded by a strong Safety duo in Senior FS Randall Parks (85) and Senior SS Karlos Williams (93).
    The defense is the strongest aspect of the team and HC Gngsta 4 Lyphe is looking to prove he knows how to play defense after a troubling year at UMD defensively.

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