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CAL SEASON PREVIEW: CAN BIGELOW & GOLDEN BEARS REPEAT AS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS?
RB Brendon Bigelow rushes for a 41 yard touchdown in the BCS National Championship Game
SR RB Brendon Bigelow
SR QB Kyle Boehm
SR DT Mustafa Jalil[/CENTER]
OFFENSE: California's offense boasts 7 returning starters and should be a strong unit. Filling the shoes of RB Justin Goode and WR Kaelin Clay will be key for the Golden Bears to continue to improve from last season's productive numbers. QB Kyle Boehm returns after playing a major role in leading Cal to a National Championship. He passed for over 2400 yards, had 25 TDs to 14 interceptions, and was able to maintain a 57% completion rating. The runningbacks took a huge blow with the loss of Goode, but HB Brendon Bigelow showed flashes all year and had his best performance during the NC against South Carolina. WR Clay was a huge playmaker last season for Cal and will be missed, but the WR Unit as a whole should be better. Expect the offensive line to be slightly improved as well. DEFENSE: The Golden Bear defense returns only 3 starters but still should be a stout group overall. The defensive line and secondary will be strengths while the linebacking core will feature a new starter at each position. DT Mustafa Jailil is an All-American and experienced veteran who will provide much needed leadership to a young defense. The defensive ends also possess new starting bodies but both Barr and Scarlett are more talented than their former teammates. The entire linebacking core is being replaced, with OLB Jason Gibson the biggest loss. Overall the new group is much more athletic and has much more potential that should bring a lot of excitement to the defense. The secondary lost 3 starters but should be just as good or even better. Robinson and Williams will finally get their chances to start after sitting behind Coley and Cook for most of their careers. PREDICTION: California will be hard-pressed to repeat as National Champions, but they do have the potential to take off if the youth and experience on defense finds their way quicker than expected. Coach IrishBearcat once again has the team with the least amount of holes, and should expect a 10 win season and to be in contention for the North Division all the way down to the final week of conference play. The Golden Bears will sneak into the CCG and depending on their opponent will be in position to win their first Pac-12 title under Coach Irish.
The Colorado Buffaloes, 2 seasons after not making a bowl game, finished off 12-2, Pac 12 Conference Champions, and Rose Bowl Champions. Possibly 1 win away from playing in the National Championship. This program has completely been turned around, and it looks like recruits are finally starting to notice. Two mediocre classes have came in, but next seasons class should be a lot better than the last 2 that have came in. Not top 10 material yet, but finally heading in the right direction. This season, the Buffaloes will look like a much different team graduating the starting QB, both starting RBs, and their lead receiver. The team will depend on guys that haven't received a lot of playing time, but hopefully, are up for a new challenge.
QB- Stevie Dorman will get the start. The former transfer from Arizona has great size at 6'4, and decent speed (78 speed, 88 acc). He lacks arm strength (82 the) but is very accurate. (91 tha). It will be interesting to see how he does in the Buffalo offense. He will need to minimize his mistakes, and be safe with the ball to be successful. One thing is for sure, he will be throwing the ball early and often.
RB- Rashad Hall will get the start, and he's a very solid running back. He's fast enough (93 speed, 95 acc) for the spread offense, and never gets tired (99 stamina). He has big shoes to fill from Tony Jones, but the coaching staff believes he can do it. He's not as good as Jones was, but he still should have a very good season rushing the football. The team will need him to get going to take the pressure off first year starter Stevie Dorman.
WR- The Receiving crew isn't anything to brag about, but then again, the Colorado receivers have never been too strong. Junior College transfer Michal Rawls will be asked to do a whole lot this season, and hopefully he can come through for the Buffaloes. If one of the Freshman, John Perkins or John Sutton can have a break out year, that'd be huge for Dorman. If not though, he'll have to depend on the upperclassmen like Nick Spruce who aren't the fastest, but they've been reliable so far.
No one on the defense is going to step out and wow you, but they have an above average unit for the most part. Defensive end Matt Moore is in his Senior season and hoping to make some big things happen. At defensive tackle, 6'8 Stephan Nembot will head it up. He will be responsible for clogging up the middle, and stopping teams run game will depend on him. The Linebackers are veteran leaders, but they'll require on their experience more than they will their skill. None of the guys are that great in coverage, which could hurt the Buffaloes when they try to cover guys in the 4-3 set. The Cornerbacks return from last year, and played pretty well in coverage against high passing offenses last season. The safety positions are lacking a lot of talent, but hopefully they'll be able to hold up against fast paced offense like Oregon in Pac 12 play.
Special Teams- The highlight of this team was being able to sign the Jr College transfer kicker with a huge leg John Jacobs. He comes in with a great leg, (96 power) and will be able to kick the long field goals that Colorado will sometimes have to rely on in close games.
Expectations- To be honest, it would be a very hard task to repeat as Pac 12 champions, or to even get into the Championship game with the talent in the South. I think we will win at least 8 games, but probably not more than 10. The bright spot for the Buffaloes is that some 4 star players are finally interested in coming to Colorado and hopefully I can land some before the season is over.
Entering the 5th season as Head Coach at Oregon State (39-9) Oregon St is on the verge of being a very dominant team in the Pac-12. OSU shocked many after finishing with a 13-1 record. After going to two CCG in the last four years and falling short Oregon State will look to rebuild/make a push for the Pac-12 crown in the next season or two. Oregon State loses one of the best RB's/players ever in NCAA football history. RB Craig Jackson won three straight heisman's before becoming the first overall pick in the NFL draft. Oregon State did not have many holes to fill on its team from last year. Also, in the last two years OSU has brought in 22 4 star recruits and 1 five star. Oregon Ducks are becoming little brother to Oregon State.
QB: QB Wheatley (Jr) and QB Smith (Fr) will look to battle for the QB spot throughout the season. Both QB's have solid arms. Wheatley has started the last two years but has struggled at times. QB Smith might bring an added dimension to the offense with his 4.4 speed.
RB: This is the biggest hole that OSU has to fill. RB Woods (Sr) looks to be the starter. Woods saw limited action the last two years only having 31 carries for 174 yds and 1 TD. RB Murphy (RS Fr) will backup Woods. OSU only has two active RB's on their roster. FB Brown (So) may see time at the HB position in certain formation's.
The rest of the offense is pretty solid. OSU only has 4 Seniors starting on offense. This makes fore a very young offense.
Defense: OSU has done an excellent job in recruiting at the DB and LB position the past two years. This is now paying off as these many of these players are in their second year. This is one of the youngest defense's in all of college football with OSU only having 1 senior starting on defense. CB Faulk (So) and CB Moore (So) were both Freshman All-Americans last year. They combined for 10 Ints.
Special Teams: OSU returns their kicker/punter Stevenson. Stevenson has one of the strongest leg's in college posting up 98 OVR power & accuracy. K Olson (RS Fr) more than likely won't see the field until Stevenson graduates which will allow him to mature and progress.
This looks to be a down year for OSU. Youth and inexperience will hurt the Beavers throughout the season. OSU is project to finish 7-5.
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