Discussion in 'The Trifecta' started by bravejaf, Aug 18, 2011.
You should know drill. Please talk about expectations for your team in the upcoming season.
Offense (7 Returning Starters)
This is a talented offense that struggled passing all year last year. Word is that Tahj Boyd made significant strides in improving his accuracy which will help. Another key thing is that he has TE Dwayne Allen returning for his senior year along with fellow senior WR Jaron Brown and junior WR Deandre Hopkins, both returning starters. The main flaw in this offense is the lack of experience on the offensive line. Only 2 starters return which could pose a problem in the sacks allowed department. The running game has been said to be even more explosive with the 2 back combonation of SR Andre Elligton and SO Mike Bellamy. Bellemay is actually a preseason All American for his performance as a true freshmen return specialist. He returned 3 kick offs for a TD and came close on a lot of punts.
Defense (8 Returning Starters)
This defense should be really good this year led by returning sack leader DE Malliciah Goodman. While he is the only returning starter on the defensive line the other guys are expected to do their part and help this team lead the nation in sacks for the 2nd year straight. The linebacker corps returns all 4 starters, 2 of which started last year at true freshmen, and will be the heart of this defense. Corico Hawkins is a true leader of this very talented group. The secondary lost a very good CB to graduation but that shouldn't slow them down. They are led by team INT leader CB Xavier Brewer and team tackle leader SS Jonathan Meeks. Bashaud Breeland is the new starter to the group and should contribute right away and had 2 INTs in mop up duty last season.
This season will be tricky for the Tigers when it comes to out of conference opponents. They renew an old rivalry when they travel to Athens in week 2 to face a Georgia team that they seem to be on the same level with. Then they get Michigan State at home in a game that looks like they'll have a slight edge in. Conference play will also be tough. Kicking off the ACC schedule against FSU in Tallahassee is not desirable for anyone. They will also face Virginia Tech early but luckily the Tigers will be at home. Clemson should have a slight edge because of home field advantage. This is a great team that will provide upsets in big games.
Expected Regular Season Record: 11-1
#7 LSU 2012
We return 15 starters from last years SEC West Championship team.
Our offense should be very good as all of our skill position players return including Z. Mettenberger, S. Ware, R.Randle, R. Sheppard and 3 O linemen return. Spencer Ware is preseason 2nd team All American and on the initial Heisman trophy watch list. Our running game will be very strong....it's our passing game that could be a problem. We should be able to hold that steady with all of the experience we have in the passing game.
Our Defense returns 6 starters from one of the best defenses in the country last year. The main strength will be our front 7. They are very fast, very athletic and can really get after the QB. Our secondary has some new faces but also has our best defensive player Tyrann Mathieu at one of the CB positions.
#10 Virginia Tech (user)
Penn State (user)
@ #18 Auburn (user)
@ #8 Florida (user)
#14 Mississippi State
I predict a great season for LSU. I think the running game is strong enough to control most games, and the passing game will stay out of the way enough to not cost us any games this year like it did last year.
I think we'll split the first two user games at home and then split the road SEC user games. We'll take our 4-2 record and run the rest of the SEC table and beat Texas to finish 10-2, in the top 5, with a rematch against Florida in the SEC title game. The winner of that game will play for a national title. Like last year, the team that lost the regular season matchup between LSU and Florida will win the SEC title. I'll lose in the Swamp week 7, but will win the rematch in Atlanta and LSU with 2 losses, will be one participant in the NC game. This will outrage 2-3 teams that we leap frog with 1 loss from lesser conferences.
And I will smile and say....but it's the SEC man! This is just how the motha f'ng cookie crumbles kids!
I'll get a favorable draw in the NC game, and will win my first TSO National Championship!
David Wilson, David Wilson, David Wilson. Wilson suprised everyone and decided to comeback for his senior year. He is the most dynamic RB in the country and has the capcity to turn any carry into a long TD run. Expect Wilson to also be involved in the return game as well. Logan Thomas must improve his TD-INT ratio, but has shown he can be productive in the air as he set VT's single season passing yards record as a first year starter. Who will Thomas will throw it to is the big ? as they lost their top 4 WR when Marcus Davis's greedy ass decided to test the NFL market.
Virginia Tech's defense should be top 5 D as they return 8 starters from last season. The Hokies secondary took the biggest hit with the departure of CB Hosely and FS Whitley, but expect VT to reload at those positions. MLB Bruce Taylor is a 3rd year starter and will be the commander of what should be a dominant D for 2012.
As usual the fans at Blacksburg expect their Hokies to compete for the ACC title and Virginia Tech is just 1 or 2 plays away from competing for the BCS title. If the Hokies can make it to the ACC CG again unscathed, expect them to get their revenge and capture the ACC title on their way to a BCS title. BCS or bust!!
Last season Ohio State lost 2 very close games against Nebraska and also racked up a sketchy loss to Oklahoma in the bowl game. This year OSU looks to reclaim the Big 10 crown from the Huskers. The Buckeyes have regular season games against Nebraska, Michigan State and Penn State so just getting to conference title game will be no easy feat.
The keys have been passed to true sophomore Miller at the QB position. He will lead a very young offense that needs to replace WR1 Posey, HB1 Herron and most of the offensive line. Brown, Fields and Reed will need to step up at WR, along with freshmen wide receivers Pryor and Atkins. This is a very talented group but lacks experience. Herron's hard nosed run style will be missed but depth at HB will minimize the impact. Berry is expected to be the #1 guy but Hall, Smith and Hyde will see carries this season. As for the offensive line, Miller may need to use his feet to buy time or escape pressure. This unit is one of the weaknesses for OSU this year.
This unit brings back many key starters but early departure of Sabino left an unexpected hole. MLB Whitting should be a capable starter but his only backups are two true freshman. OLB should be solid with Sweat and Klein manning those positions. The secondary also should be solid, especially at safety. Barnett, Wood, Johnson and Bryant give the Buckeyes four very talented safeties. The corner backs are also solid, led by returning starter Howard. As for the front four, Williams is gone but the rest of the starter return. Simon will man one end of the line, while Fellows fills the spot vacated by Williams. Hankins and Bellamy return in the middle of the line.
North Carolina (user)
Penn State (user)
Michigan State (user)
This is a young Ohio State team with no real super stars, but a lot of depth. Right now the Michigan State and Nebraska games appear to be the toughest challenges for OSU. With a little luck against Nebraska last season, Buckeyes would have been undefeated going into its bowl game. Plus Ohio State already got some revenge on Oklahoma in week 1, so Nebraska better look out.
Regular Season Prediction - 12-0
Offense: The key to resurrecting a former 5 star program will rest on the arm of RS Jr Aaron Murray and legs of SO RB Isaiah Crowell. Murray has progressed much the same as last year and the strength of the passing game is also on the backs of TE Orson Charles and a trio of SR WRs, Wooten, King and Brown. The OL lost All-World C in Ben Jones and experience at the OT position but will be solid enough to scrape by. The loss of K Welch will also hurt but Rod Williams was added during the offseason and provides a very strong leg as well. RB Carlton Thomas mans the RS spot.
Defense: The Dawgs will again play the 3-4, led by monster NT Kwamie Geathers and RE Abry Jones. The LBs will be led by ILB Chris Robinson and OLB Jarvis Jones. The secondary will be a veteran one with FS Shawn Williams leading the way. The defense overall is loaded with JRs and SOPHs so there is alot of potential.
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