Team Previews - Season One

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  1. MartyWebb

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  2. GDip

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    The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off a year that saw them meet expectations but not much more. They finished the 2011 season 7-6, finishing the season with an Inisight Bowl loss to Oklahoma.

    They are returning starting QB James Vandenberg, who leads the Hawkeyes offense with a strong arm and a strong knowledge of the game. He will be taking snaps behind a young but talented offensive line. The offense will be dependent on this line coming together quickly and allowing Vandenberg enough time to find his receivers down field. The receivers are all reliable and talented, but the teams lacks a speedy threat that can stretch the field against some of the better defenses. Also for the Hawkeyes, they will be using a committee approach in the backfield. With 5 HB's on the roster,(all FR or SO) none of them have the talent leve that the fans of Iowa are used to seeing. It will take more than one RB to supply the running game with the threat needed to keep defenses honest. Look for freshman Greg Garmon to be the future at the position and earn his way into a significant role.

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    On the defensive side of the ball they will be strong. A solid LB core is headed by James Morris. The secondary also should be a reliable unit. It is the d-line that has the head coach worried and considering his options. They have some young players who need to step up and give the Hawkeyes a pass rush.
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    Iowa definitely doesn't have top talent in the Big Ten this season, not even in the Legends division, however Iowa's schedule is favorable. The Hawkeyes have just two road games this season, traveling to Michigan and Michigan State, but Iowa gets the Huskers at home, and Iowa has the benefit of avoiding the Badgers and Buckeyes in 2012.
    Most people close to the team are expecting to match last years win total of 7, if not surpass it and reach 8 or 9 wins.
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  3. asurob

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    Special thanks to deseretnews.com who wrote this article.

    The Rob Roberson era begins. The league's oldest head coach takes charge at the ripe, old age of 49. "I hate mashing buttons because I'm not 18 anymore." Well mash buttons he will but he will have plenty of weapons at his disposal and experienced ones at that. Nine returning starters include record-setting all-conference running back John White (1,519 yards rushing last season), quarterback Jordan Wynn, top receiver DeVonte Christopher and three offensive linemen.

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    It's well known that Roberson loves a fast hard hitting defense and there's a big star in the trenches here. Star Lotulelei opted to put an NFL career on hold and return for his senior season. He was named the Pac-12's top defensive lineman (Morris Award) in 2011. Other returning starters include linemen Dave and Joe Kruger, cornerback Ryan Lacy and free safety Eric Rowe.

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    The schedule is kind as there is no Oregon or Stanford to face. A midseason game against projected national championship contender USC is surrounded by possible pitfalls — three road games, a trip to Arizona State beforehand and journeys to UCLA and Oregon State after the highly anticipated showdown. Sneak past those traps and Utah could find its way to the Alamo bowl, trip up USC and anything is possible.
     
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    Stanford University

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    For years it's been Stanford's strong academics that have brought the nation's bright future to the university, but in recent years football has taken over. Jim Harbough turned the program around and before leaving for the NFL he changed the culture at Stanford. No longer do people associate the school with future congressmen, but now we think of future NFL stars. After leading Air Force to a great 6-0 start last year, coach Josh B was forced to step down due to illness. Luckily for Stanford, coach David Shaw was arrested with charges of drug trafficking so the university landed stud coach Josh B to lead the program into the future. Stanford times talked to the new coach a few days ago and here's what he had to say "It's a great honor to be coaching at Stanford University. I'm looking forward to continuing the excellence Jim Harbough brought back to Stanford, and hopefully one day people will associate my name with the likes of former Stanford coach, Hall of Famer Pop Warner."

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    Offensive Outlook

    After losing a couple stars in the draft, most notably Andrew Luck, the Stanford Cardinals have their work cut out for them in the coming season. Thus far in the preseason workouts it's looking like sophomore QB Brett Nottingham will get the starter job. He's been on the team for a couple years and has learned a lot from former 2-time Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck so hopefully he can put that knowledge and experience to good use and lead this team for the next few years as the starting QB.

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    Senior HB Stepfan Taylor will be the workhorse of the Stanford offense. Even though coach Josh B is bringing the spread to Stanford, Taylor should still see 20+ carries per game so he should have a big impact and help lessen the load on young QB Brett Nottingham. Stanford is returning two stud tight ends this year. Juniors Zach Ertz and Levin Toilolo are both rated in the top 25 at their position and with Stanford's weak receiving corps the two tight ends will be a vital part of the passing game. Stanford has a young, extremely talented offensive line. It'll be anchored by sophomore right tackle Cameron Fleming who was an All American as a freshman.

    Defensive Outlook

    Stanford's defense held back the team last year but with a new coach and quarterback, if this defense doesn't step up the Cardinals will struggle. The defense is very young but returning senior MLB Shayne Skov will play a huge role in the improvement of the young squad. The defensive line may be a problem area for this group, but Stanford might have one of the best nickel packages in the country. Junior CBs Usua Amanam, Terrence Brown, and Barry Browning will be a force for any offense to deal with.

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    Recruiting Needs

    Jim Harbough did a great job bringing young talent to Stanford so even though this year might be a struggle, the team will only get better as the underclassmen develop. There's some notable weaknesses that need to be addressed though.

    -QB- Stanford doesn't necesarily need a QB right away since Nottingham should be a solid starter, but coach Josh B has stated he'd like to bring in some good competition to push his young QB

    -WR- Former coach David Shaw brought in some young receivers last season but this squad could use a couple more play makers at the position

    -Defensive Line- The Cardinals could use a couple more big bodies to anchor this unit. Coach Josh B's main focus is a big DT to hold the middle of his 3-4.


    All in all it's looking like Stanford will have a great season this year. It will be hard repeating the 11-2 performance of last season but this team might have what it takes. If young QB Brett Nottingham can step up and fill Luck's shoes with solid play, this team could contend for the PAC 12 title and possibly more.
     
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  5. CTfromDC

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    Auburn Tigers: 2012 - 2013 College Football Predictions​


    Auburn seems to be flying under the radar a bit this off-season, especially for a team that returns 15 starters and 48 lettermen from a squad that went 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the tough as nails SEC. The odds makers clearly see the Tigers as being inferior to their division brethren Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas as well as SEC East foes Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.
    Perhaps, that has something to do with how Auburn performed, on average, against those schools last season. The Tigers earned close wins over the Gamecocks (16-13) and Gators (17-6), but they lost to the other four by an average of 31.3 points per game.
    So some ground needs to be made up, but not all of those teams are the same either, which means Auburn has an opportunity to, possibly, put together another surprise season. Its schedule, while still difficult, is easier than last year’s slate as they get LSU, Arkansas, at home (a perk they did not enjoy last season) while avoiding South Carolina altogether. Auburn does have to travel to Tuscaloosa for its annual Iron Bowl clash with the Crimson Tide though, to finish the season.

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    Sophomore QB Kiehl Frazier is poised to lead the Tigers on offense.
    Offense - CT will implement the west coast pro style offense in Auburn this year. Establishing a running game and short to medium passes will open the passing game and play-action to take shots down field. Senior RB Onterio McCalebb share carries with Sophomore RB Tre Mason. Senior Wideouts Emory Blake and Trovon Reed round out the skill positions and provide reliable targets for Frazier.​
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    Junior Left Defensive End Corey Lemonier will anchor that ferocious Tiger D-Line
    Defense - CT will be running the Multiple D this go around. A mixture of formations and looks hopefully will be enough to disguise the pressure that will be sent to destroy opposing QB's. The secondary is filled with speed and good young players. Junior Corner Chris Davis, one of the nations best, is looking to show America that he too is amongst the elite CB's in the SEC.​
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    Recruiting needs - Auburn is set up to be a contender for the next couple of years. With only 9 seniors scheduled to leave, and 43 underclassmen, they will be good for some time to come. Immediate focus will be on FB, and upgrading the O-Line. MLB and Safety could use a boost as well.​
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    Season Expectations - Well Auburn plays in the toughest conference known to college football, S-E-C. We expect to compete, We expect to work hard, we expect to win. The Tigers finished the season at 7-5 and ranked #25 after a win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl over Virginia. Another major bowl bid is not out of the question and is definitely CT's goal. 8 - 4 is an optimistic prediction​

     
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