Season Previews

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  1. NDCOLTS1979

    NDCOLTS1979 I love you red solo cup

    Oct 17, 2009
    Season Previews

    Post your previews here for your respected teams. You can have a couple says to complete them thats fine but make sure you get them done. Do with it how you like
  2. xx Vols xx

    xx Vols xx Vol Nation

    Jul 31, 2010
    Southern Miss Football 2010 Preview

    2009 Record: 7-6 C-USA Record: 5-3 2010 Returning Starters: 14: 4 Offense, 9 Defense, Punter

    Coach: xx Vols xx

    2010 Southern Miss Players to Watch: WR DeAndre Brown, QB Austin Davis, DL Cordarro Law, LB Martez Smith, NT Anthony Gray

    2010 Southern Miss Strengths:
    Davis returns from an injury and will have Brown to throw to for at least another year. Brown finished with 785 yards and nine touchdowns and is one of the most talented receivers in the country. The running game should be more than adequate behind senior V.J. Floyd and impressive sophomore Desmond Johnson.

    2010 Southern Miss Weaknesses:
    The biggest question is on the offensive line, where only center Cameron Zipp returns. Defensively. the only concerns will be in the secondary, which must replace two starters. Redshirt freshman Deron Wilson earned one of the vacated jobs in the spring by taking over at boundary corner. Kendrick Presley rnoved into the free safety position.

    2010 Southern Miss Offense:
    Starting quarterback Austin Davis returns from a foot injury that sidelined him for most of last season. Backup Martevious Young also returns, giving Larry Fedora the strongest 1-2 combination at quarterback in C-USA. Davis, a junior, passed for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns before suffering the season-ending injury. Davis is the ideal signal caller in Fedora’s spread offense – a quarterback who makes good, quick decisions and is accurate. Young started the fmal eight games and went 4-4. He tossed 16 touchdown passes and was intercepted only three times. At running back, Fedora was encouraged after spring practice by senior V.J. Floyd and sophomore Desmond Johnson. He also liked the change-ofpace offered by special teams standout Tracey Lampley, who is 5-9, 170 pounds. The offense will always be a threat because of DeAndre Brown, who has 114 catches for 1,902 yards and 21 touchdowns in two seasons.

    2010 Southern Miss Defense:
    The Golden Eagles ranked an uncharacteristic 80th nationally in total defense last season and were 109th in pass defense, but there might not be a better front seven in C-USA. Each of the starters on the defensive line and at linebacker return. What should aid a potential turnaround – and what will make the defensive front even more imposing – will be the return of veteran end Roshaad Byrd. Byrd dislocated his ankle in practice midway through last season, but should be in the mix when the season starts. He started the team’s first six games and had three tackles for loss before the injury. At linebacker, Martez Smith, Korey Williams and Ronnie Thornton are effective and punishing. Williams finished third in the league in sacks (7.5), fifth in tackles for loss (11) and sixth in total tackles (121). Thornton had 10.5 tackles for loss and 114 total tackles. Cornerback c.J. Bailey, a three-year starter who has 26 career pass break-ups, is the all-conference candidate in the secondary.

    2010 Southern Miss Special Teams:
    Tracey Lampley averaged 14.5 yards per punt return to rank sixth in the NCAA. He was 15th in the national rankings with a 27.6-yard average on kickoff returns. Lampley scored touchdowns last season four different ways: on a punt return, a kickoff return, a pass reception and a rush. The Golden Eagles must improve the kicking game. Southern Miss missed 10 extra-point attempts, including one that cost it the East Division title. Danny Hrapmann has taken over those duties.
  3. NDCOLTS1979

    NDCOLTS1979 I love you red solo cup

    Oct 17, 2009
    The Rockets needed a change from “Toledo Tom” (former coach Anstutz) and in 2009 Tim Beckman brought new enthusiasm, accountability and discipline. Unfortunately that led to a 5-7 record, their fourth losing season in a row. Now under Coach Welchel there is a new excitement

    Eric Page led the nation's freshman in 2010 receiving yardage.
    Despite a very effective offense and freshmen star Eric Page, the defense was lousy 116th nationally in scoring (37.7 points per game) and the team turned the ball over far too much. While four-year starter QB Aaron Opelt has graduated, the offense could be stronger behind a solid O-line and talented RBs.

    For any chance at a winning season, the defense needs to be vastly improved after giving up 30-points or more in ten of twelve games.

    The Team

    The offense returns five starters and several proven backups. While Toledo likes to pass the ball, look for Morgan Williams to lead an active running game backed up by Adonis Thomas, Jake Walker and Darius Reeves. QBs Austin Danton, Alex Pettee and David Pasquale make plays but neither has proven himself to be the undisputed starter. Page is a special player at WR and led the nation’s freshmen last season with 82 catches for 1,159 yards, but star WR Stephen Williams graduation means Kenny Stafford or new freshman James Green need to hit the ground running.

    The defensive line has more size than years past but is still unproven; guys like DE Alex Johnson and DE Douglas Westbrook will need to step up this year. True freshman Jayrone Elliott could contribute immediately as a pass rush specialist. Archie Donald is a solid MLB and Dan Molls is quickly becoming a stable too at LB. The safeties can make plays while the CBs will need much improvement. Outside of return specialist Eric Page, the special teams are not too special.

    The VerdictThe Rockets killed themselves last year with turnovers ranking 111th out of 120 in turnover ratio. Any improvement in that area should push UT over the .500 mark for the first time in four seasons. A defense that ranked 95th nationally in total yards (407.4) has to be better too although a schedule that includes high flying offenses like Boise State, Wyoming, Arizona and Purdue will be tremendously challenging.

    Offensively Toledo will score points so defensive improvements and holding on to the ball better will determine if this team goes 5-7 for the fourth time in the last five years or finally breaks into bowl contention again. The solid O-line with lots of returning starts should allow for more offensive balance while they break in a new starting QB.
  4. Andrews

    Andrews Walk On

    Jul 28, 2010
    2010 Marshall Thundering Herd:

    Last C-USA Conference Championships: 2002
    2009 Record: 7-6 (4-4)
    2009 Bowl: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (vs Ohio Bobcats: W- 21-17)

    Notable Matchups in 2010:

    Week 1: @ #2 Ohio St. (0-1 All-Time Against OSU)
    Week 2: West Virginia in the Friends of Coal Bowl Rivalry (0-9 All-Time Against WVU)
    Week 4: Ohio in the Battle of the Bell Rivalry (18-29-6 All-Time Against Ohio)

    With the lost of former Head Coach Mark Synder (22-37 Overall Record as HC), the Herd look to the future with Jon Holiday as new Head Coach. The Herd are expected to finish 4th overall in tightly contested Conference USA.

    Coaching Contract Year 1:

    Beat Rival - WVU
    Recieve a Bowl Bid
    Beat Ohio State

    A little harsh for a first year Head Coach.

    2010 Marshall Players to Watch:
    LB Marlo Harvey, TE Lee Smith, RB Martin Ward, WR Antavious Wilson

    2010 Marshall Strengths:

    The depth at wide receiver nicely fits Holliday’s pro offense. The key will be getting consistency out of the quarterback position. Mario Harvey has a chance to be one of the nation’s best at linebacker.

    2010 Marshall Weaknesses:
    Shoring up the pass defense Is a must after the Herd ranked 90th in the nation a year ago. UTEP burned them for 517 yards and five touchdown passes in the regular-season finale. QB Brian Anderson threw 13 Interceptions last season. and he’ll probably put the ball In the air more this season.

    2010 Marshall Offense:

    Senior quarterback Brian Anderson threw for 2,646 yards and 14 scores last season, but he is joined in competition by redshirt freshman A.J. Graham, Florida’s Mr. Football two years ago. And there’s more. Quarterback Willy Korn, a prime prospect at Clemson in 2007, transferred to Marshall after an injury-plagued run with the Tigers. He is a graduate student and has two years of eligibility remaining. The wide receiving corps, led by a stellar playmaker in Antavious Wilson, is deep. He led the Thundering Herd with 60 catches for 724 yards and three touchdowns last season. Aaron Dobson averaged 24.1 yards per catch last year. Courtney Edmonson is back after suffering a season-ending injury in last season’s first game. Tight end Lee Smith has 20 starts and is known for his blocking, as well as sure hands; he caught 23 balls for 335 yards last season. New head coach Doc Holliday will have some talent in the backfield with the duo of Martin Ward and Andre Booker. Ward averaged 4.8 yards per carry and rushed for 136 yards in his first start, a win over SMD. The Thundering Herd returns three starters on the line, led by center Chad Schofield.

    2010 Marshall Defense:
    Linebacker Mario Harvey will be the catalyst for the defense. Harvey, who made 117 tackles last season, has a strong complement at middle linebacker in Kellen Harris, who had 71 stops, six for loss. Holliday will have a deep defensive front as Michael Janac has 21 starts at both tackle and defensive end; he will start at defensive tackle. The Herd will miss Albert McClellan on the end, but Vinny Curry should be able to step into McClellan’s spot after he was a tough assignment for opposing offensive lines, garnering 59 tackles, 8.5 for loss. Cornerback DeQuan Bembry was indefinitely suspended in the spring; he made 53 tackles and three interceptions a year ago. D.J. Wingate is scheduled to start at one corner, with returning starter Ahmed Shakoor opposite him. Omar Brown and Donald Brown will man the middle of the secondary. Omar Brown was third in tackles with 73 last season, and he defended 10 passes.
  5. djnnfl

    djnnfl Walk On

    Apr 9, 2010
    2010 Central Michigan Football Preview

    CMU Overview:

    The Chippewas have been by far the most dominate team in the MAC over the past four seasons putting together a resume of a national ranking (2009), two bowl wins (2006 & 2006), four straight bowl games (2006-2009) and a combined record of 38-17 with three MAC titles. Losing a four-year starting QB (Dan LeFevour) and a coaching staff means that this year may be a transition year for Central. CMU returns just eleven starters overall but has recruited well under the previous coaches Brian Kelly and Butch Jones so the cupboard is not bare. Former Michigan State assistant coach Dan Enos takes over the program now.

    The Team:

    QB Ryan Radcliff looks to be the starter this fall and he has the ability to make all of the throws. The big change may be the offensive philosophy itself; gone is the spread offense and in is using more plays under center and mixing in a stronger running game. Central loses it’s top two rushers from a year ago, QB LeFevour (graduation) and RB Bryan Schroeder (left the program). Fear not Chip fans, this team is loaded with running back talent in Carl Volny, Paris Cotton, Kevin King, Ben Brown and Zurlon Tipton. Expect this team to rush on average for nearly 200-yards per contest this fall. The top two receivers need to be replaced but there is still talent at wide out led by WR Kito Poblah and TE David Blackburn. The offensive line is solid with Jake Olson, Jeff Maddux, Colin Miller and Rocky Weaver. Two of the MAC’s top linebackers are Matt Berning and Nick Bellore, both finished with well over 100 tackles last season. Sean Murnane and John Williams lead a very active front four the secondary needs to be totally replaced. Central ranked 66 th in the nation in pass defense in 2009, expect that ranking to fall in 2010. More work is needed on special teams units.

    The Verdict:

    Dan LeFevour departs as one of the most successful QBs in MAC history, his big-play abilities, leadership and calm demeanor cannot be replaced. Losing Antonio Brown early to the draft didn’t help either which could be part of the reason for change in offensive philosophy from pass heavy to run heavy. Central ranked 13 th in the nation in scoring offense last year (34 PPG) and will not match that output this fall. Defensively they were solid and gave up just 19 PPG and that too will not happen. Bottom line, this is still a very good football team but no longer championship caliber.

    Key Games:

    Week 2, Sept 11 @Temple
    Week 4, Sept 25 @ Northwestern
    Week 6, Oct 9 @ Virginia Tech
    Week 11, Nov 13 @ Navy
  6. rflagg905

    rflagg905 Guest

    The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Houston Cougars in last year’s Conference USA title game to earn their second straight conference title. Success usually brings change in smaller programs like this and it hit ECU hard in the offseason. Skip Holtz decided to take the head coaching position in South Florida after leading the Pirates to four consecutive bowl appearances.

    Alum Ruffin McNeill is the new head man after running Texas Tech’s defense the past two seasons. He has his work cut out for him with just eight returning starters from a nine win team. View the full conference breakdown in our 2010 Conference USA college football predictions article.

    ECU will look a lot like the Texas Tech of the East coast with 27 year old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley calling plays. Riley was formally the wide receiver coach at Tech and inherits Boston College transfer Dominique Davis as his projected starting quarterback. Davis appeared in three games as a freshman at BC and threw for 741 yards. He is effective running the ball also, but will have to beat out Josh Jordan and walk-on Brad Wornick for the starting position.

    Running the ball has been a staple at ECU the past few years with Tennessee Titans Chris Johnson and Dominique Lindsay carrying the load. The I-formation will be replaced by an all shotgun offense that thrives on creating space for passing and running. Senior Jonathan Williams is a likely candidate to replace Lindsay in the backfield.

    WR Dwayne Harris had a great season in 09 earning first team all conference honors. His 83 catches led the team and he was named special teams player of the year also. Those numbers should increase in the new pass happy offense.

    The production of this unit will largely depend on the play of the quarterback. Davis didn’t transfer to ECU expecting to run a spread quite like this, but if he picks up on the system quickly the Pirates might be a surprise team.
    Season Goals:beat USM,top 3 finish in c-usa,beat VT
  7. trustandfall

    trustandfall Walk On

    Jul 26, 2010
    There is a buzz in the air in Dekalb, Illinois as a new head coach takes the reigns of our on-the-rise football program.

    Having produced some incredible NFL talent recently, NIU is becoming a hot bed for amazing running backs and stifling defensive lineman and linebackers. Reports caught with new head coach Mike Brown as he was seen working with a separate group of newcomers on the third day of Huskie football practice. The Husky Gazette managed to get a few questions answered for the students.

    What are your goals for your first season?

    Coach Brown: "Well, I think we've got a lot on our hands here. I think the kids here at this school, as well as alumni, are starting to get used to winning some big games. I don't think they want that to change and I don't plan on letting it happen. You know, we're not real deep as far as senior talent goes but we've got an amazing amount of talent in our large incoming freshman class. Alot of them are going to see considerable playing time. It's really up to me and the other Coach's to make sure these kids are ready for the big time lights of college football."

    What type of offense and defensive schemes do you plan to use?

    Coach Brown:"That's a secret. No, just kidding. In all seriousness, we're not going to deviate far from what NIU has done as far as keeping it on the ground. We've got an amazing senior, and captain, tail back in Ricky Crider. I have a feeling he's going to have a huge year if he can stay healthy."

    Is there anything you want to tell the fans?

    Coach Brown"Get ready... we're taking this program to new heights, you can be sure of that."

    NIU's Schedule
    09/02/10 at Iowa State
    09/11/10 vs. North Dakota
    09/18/10 at Illinois
    09/25/10 at Minnesota
    10/02/10 at Akron
    10/09/10 vs. Temple
    10/16/10 vs. Buffalo
    10/23/10 vs. Central Michigan
    10/30/10 at Western Michigan
    11/09/10 vs. Toledo
    11/20/10 at Ball State
    11/26/10 at Eastern Michigan


    My personal notes:
    Man, talk about a brutal schedule. 4 of my first 5 away from home? At Illinois, at Minnesota? Phew, it's going to be rough.. If I can weather the initial storm, hopeful I can end up with a respectable record.

    In my other online dynasty, I control SMU, a pass-first offense. I run the ball 10 times a game and pass it around 40 or 45... Going to be nearly the exact opposite playing as NIU. Looking forward to the refreshing change of gameplan! See you guys soon.
  8. Milbut

    Milbut Walk On

    Apr 1, 2010
    2010 Temple Owls

    The Temple Owls return Nineteen starters to a team that went 7-1 in MAC play and played in their first bowl game in 30 years. Al Golden had been the Temple coach for 4 years and, although his overall record was only 19-30, most people are calling his time at Temple a success. He had been with the Owls since they joined the MAC and is coming off the first winning season at Temple since 1990. It came as a surprise to Temple fans when Golden announced on August 8, 2010 that he was leaving the Owls for greener pastures, just weeks before the start of the college football season. The Owls administration had to scramble fast to find a new head coach.

    Yesterday they announced that former High School Coach Milbut would be taking over the head job and with him he was bringing his Pistol Offense and 3-3-5 Defense. Coach Milbut is a virtual unknown in the college football landscape, but is known around the country at the High School level.

    The Pistol seems to be an ideal fit for Running Back Bernard Pierce who ran for over 1300 yards and 16 scores last year, despite starting only 8 games. All MAC guard Colin Madison and Tackle Darius Morris both anchor a strong offensive line which looks to create problems for opposing defenses this season.

    Of the seven returning defensive starters, none may be as talented as Free Saftey Jaiquan Jarrett, who is already garnering attention from NFL scouts for his ability to both play cover defense and make big plays in the running game. Defensive End Adrian Robinson and Defensive Tackle Muhammad Wilkerson will anchor an Owls defense that allowed just 3.2 yards per carry last season.

    Even with a new Head Coach, the Temple Owls are a lot of people's pick to win the MAC outright. In Golden's four seasons he laid the foundation for what could be a successful program for a long time, it is now going to be Coach Milbut's job to turn that foundation into something folks around the rest of the country have to worry about.
  9. Fisker

    Fisker Walk On

    Jul 30, 2010
    Ohio Bobcats 2010 Season Preview

    Last year should be considered a mild success for this team that finished 9-5 with a loss in the Little Caesars Bowl. They return 12 total starters and lose most of their offensive producers. QB Boo Jackson will have to step up and lead the team in his first year as a starter. Junior RB Kenny Ashley will provide plenty of help. The 5-8 230 runner has 1,000 yard potential. With 39 career starts between them, the offensive line will be a bright spot for the Bobcats. The defensive line has the potential to be the best in the MAC. The secondary could falter a bit compared to 2009 with the loss of a few starters. If they can stay in contention until their game with Temple they may have a shot at winning the MAC.

    Schedule: The non-conference schedule is extremely simple for the Bobcats as their only BCS conference opponent is Ohio State. Aside from that, they host lowly Wofford and Sun Belt Louisiana while traveling to nemesis Marshall. In league play, they draw Eastern Michigan and Toledo from the West while playing everyone in the East. That’s a great draw as EMU is almost certainly a win. Overall, the Bobcats have six home games and a very light slate in 2010.

    2010 Prediction: First in the MAC East . Ohio should be positioned to make another run in the MAC in 2010. This year’s line of scrimmage is stacked with veteran players on both sides of the ball. If the Bobcats can get consistent play out of their quarterback position, and a strong push from its defense every single outing, a 10-win season is certainly possible, as well as a repeat MAC East title.
  10. mickey13

    mickey13 Walk On

    Jul 29, 2010
    The Mustangs recorded the best turnaround in college football last season, going from 1-11 to 8-5, and then topped it off with a 45-10 blowout of Nevada in the 2009 Hawaii Bowl. It was their first bowl win in 20 years. Now Coach June Jones and his run and gun offense will look for even loftier heights in 2010 including another bowl bid, a shot at finishing atop the conference and possibly into the national rankings.

    If so they're going to need to fill some big holes left by the departure of star seniors Emmanuel Sanders, Mitch Enright and Chase Kennemer. The Mustangs returns a solid group of starters including eight on offense and six on defense. Their fate may rest on the ability of their defense to take pressure off of a still developing offense.

    Here's a closer look at the 2010 Southern Methodist Mustangs to help make your College Football wagers winners.


    SMU's offense ranked 5th in the Conference USA, setting new school records in passing yards, points, and total yardage gained in 2009.

    With so many young starters last year -- 13 were freshmen or sophomores--there will much work to do to keep up the intensity on the offensive side of the football.

    Replacing Sanders, the school's all-time leader in career catches, touchdown catches and receiving yards, will not be an easy task. But Jones has two top prospects to choose from. Senior Aldrick Robinson and junior Cole Beasley. Robinson seems the likelier of the two, and has explosive speed off the line. He was named to the All-Conference USA third team and finished the 2009 season with an 800-yard season averaging 17.0 yards per catch. Over his collegiate career he has snagged 116 passes for over 2,000 and 16 TDs.

    Beasley, who started seven games and saw action in 12, managed to finish 4th in receiving last season and will be a nice fit opposite Robinson.

    Coach Jones, who is known for building his offenses around the quarterback position, will look to freshman Kyle Padron. For not being the starter at the beginning of last season, Padron sure looked like a veteran signal caller by the end of the year, completing 67 percent of his passes for nearly 2,000 yards resulting in 12 TDs, while throwing just four INTs. He set a school-record with 460 yards passing and two touchdowns along with MVP honors in the 2009 Hawaii Bowl. The sophomore really came into his own displaying leadership and the ability to step up in the "big games."

    With the exception of senior Mitch Enright at center, the o-line is nearly intact. Freshman Ben Hughes will be a likely replacement and his job will critical in reinforcing a line that allowed 36 sacks last year. He will get some help from veteran tackles J.T. Brooks and Kelvin Beachum.

    They will also be expected to open the holes for the Mustang's running game, which may resemble a lame horse without NFL bound rusher Shawnbrey McNeal.

    Sophomore Zach Line and freshman Darryl Fields will share the backfield duties as neither has shown they alone can fill the role.


    Much emphasis will be put on the defense and despite already being stout--ranking No. 6, allowing 27.6 points per game--will be expected to improve as last year's youngsters continue to mature.

    The Mustangs return a number of defensive starters, although last year's leading tackler, LB Chase Kennemer, and the team's leader in interceptions, DB Rock Dennis, have graduated.

    Along the line of scrimmage will be junior DE Taylor Thompson and DT Mike O'Guin. Both are big and athletic defenders will be able to rush the passer as well as stand up strong against the run. Thompson had 40 tackles, 5.5 sacks, along with four pass breakups last season.

    Even without Kennemer, the second row is pungent. Sophomore linebackers Youri Yenga, Pete Fleps and Ja'Gared Davis are coming along and have made strides at the position during their rookie seasons. Look for them to raise the level of intensity as with more experience.

    2010 Prediction: Second in the C-USA West: With a good number of returning starters there's still a need to replace a few key seniors. But the feeling around the SMU camp is that the team should find enough wins to build on last year's performance. The team's chemistry is solid and the talent and experience are there for another run to a bowl game.

    SMU only has 10 seniors, so this is a very young team. Watch out for us in the next 2-3 seasons. We're coming to compete. Gotta love the Red, White, and Blue
  11. KLH528

    KLH528 Walk On

    Jul 14, 2010
    2010 Houston Cougars

    Despite a successful 2009 season, the Cougars come into this season wanting to forget last year, wanting to get done what they failed to do last season, and wanting to do even better this year.

    Houston will be playing with a chip on their shoulder due to almost getting kicked out of the league, watch for Houston in 2010-11
    Despite the team's gaudy 10-4 record, there were many things for them to learn from, including the team limping to a 2-3 record over its last five games as they lost in the C-USA title game, and then lost 47-20 to Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to end the season.

    The Cougars return with one of the most explosive offensives in college football, including the high-profile Heisman candidate Case Keenum at QB. Keenum's top three receivers, James Cleveland, Patrick Edwards, and Tyron Carrier also return.

    No other ranked team is as unbalance as Houston's offense to defense. To compensate for lack of skill, Houston will run an aggressive, attacking defense. Houston plans to come out on single play and give it 150 percent.

    Houston will be playing with a chip on their shoulder due to the fact that they almost got kicked out of the league, watch out for Houston in 2010-11
  12. Paytonno1son

    Paytonno1son Walk On

    Aug 4, 2010

    UCF Football 2010 Football Preview

    2009 Record: 8-5 C-USA Record: 6-2 2010 Returning Starters: 17: 8 Offense, 7 Defense, Kicker, Punter
    Coach: Sean Rausa (At UCF: 0-0, Year 1)
    Offensive Coordinators: Charlie Taaffe Defensive Coordinators: Dave Huxtable
    2010 UCF Players to Watch: QB Rob Calabrese, TB Brynn Harvey, RT Jah Reid, WR Kamar Aiken, WR A.J. Guyton, DE Bruce Miller, LB Derrick Hallman, CB Josh Robinson
    2010 UCF Strengths:
    The offensive line Is set with the return of four starters, including Reid, an all-conference selection. The wide receiver corps is deep. Miller is an All-America candidate up front on defense. The secondary was rebuilt last year and welcomes back fifth-year senior Emery Allen, Injured In 2009.
    2010 UCF Weaknesses:
    Calabrese has been up and down in the last two years. True freshman Jeffrey Godfrey and Stanford transfer L.D. Crow back him up. Both starting tackles are gone on defense. Three freshmen, Including January enrollee E.J. Dunston, are listed on the two-deep.
    Coach Rausa is hoping his new philosophies along with his Miami playbook are enough to better an already positive 8-5 season. In order to do so the Knights will have to win some key games versus Houston, NC State, K State and Mississippi State. On paper, UCF has the talent. How that transfers to the field remains to be seen.
    (9-3 / 7-1 CUSA)
  13. Kapono

    Kapono Walk On

    Jun 28, 2010
    Ball State Season Preview

    Ball State is going to implement the FleXbox One offense for the first time this season. The Cardinals have a deep set of running backs and the option offense will spread the ball around to everybody. The top RB for Ball State is senior MiQuale Lewis. Look for Lewis to get the bulk of the carries, he is the speed back and Ball State will look to get him the ball on the outside. RB #2 is Corey Sykes who will see lots of action. At FB will be converted halfback Eric Williams. Williams, a sophomore will most likely to return to play halfback in his junior or senior year. Kelly Page is the option QB for Ball State. He is a sophomore and has the speed and the smarts to lead an option offense. If Ball State needs to abandon the option when they are losing, RS Freshman Aaron Mershman is a pocket passer. Briggs Orbson is the leading receiver for the Cardinals

    Ball State's defense looks to be very shaky in 2010. The highest rated player on the front 7 is MLB Travis Freeman (68 overall) who had 93 tackles last year and is poised to match that. The secondary will need to anchor the defense. CB Koreen Burch, FS Sean Baker, and SS Kyle Hoke will need to play very well in coverage if Ball State want to compete at all in the MAC.

    The amount of games Ball State wins this season will hinge on the success of its new option offense. Look for Ball State to win 4 or 5 games this season. If the Cardinals can go 6-6 and make a bowl game things will be looking up for the sophomore heavy Ball State team. A bowl game is a lofty goal, but it is certainly in reach if Ball State can pull out all the 50-50 games they play.

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