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Discuss your team and expectations for the upcoming season
Ohio State Buckeyes Media Guide - 2016
Ohio State won its second B1G title under coach Bravejaf and made its second trip to the BCS championship game in three seasons. This trip was not as successful as the previous trip. The Buckeyes were embarassed by Florida State for the second time that season. Following the defeat, changes were made on the coaching staff to reshape the offensive and defensive schemes. These moves also fit with roster changes. The Buckeyes had 19 seniors last season, and a large portion were defensive starters.
Redshirt junior McCullough is going to get his first shot at starting and the offensive is being built to utilize his skills. His height, or lack of, makes it difficult to see him as an under the center passer so the offense will use more shotgun this season. McCullough possesses more speed than Greene so he will also be used in the running game. O'Connor and McAfee return so they will split carries at half back. The receivers will be different, with the top three receivers and top tight end graduating. The top WR is expected to be senior Powell, who almost went pro despite having under 400 career receiving yards. The receivers for OSU are talented but untested. For this reason the team will rely heavily on tight ends Ingram and Stuckey. The offensive line will be the strength of this unit as 4 of 5 starters return from last season. Depth will not be an issue at most positions, aside for WR and TE.
The change for the defense is switching from a 4-3 to a 4-2-5. Safety is the Buckeyes greatest strength on defense so the coaching staff wants to keep those guys on the field. This unit lost 8 of 11 starters so new players will need to step up. The key returning starters are seniors McKeon and White. McKeon was second in tackles last season for OSU and tied for the team lead with six interceptions. White had a down season compared to his freshman and sophomore seasons, but he is just 7 sacks away from the NCAA career sack record. Another reason for the change to the 4-2-5 was the graduation of all three linebackers, including tackle leader Darby and team captain Matthews. Both were four year starters for OSU.
The change in schemes has two possible outcomes, success or failure. After having success with the previous system, the coach has met some criticism for the recent changes. He responded by saying, "I prefer to build my game plan around the players on the field, rather than trying to force the players to fit within a particular system."
Ohio State hopes to have more success with the spread attack than the rival Wolverines had under Rich Rodriguez. The schedule this season has four key games with a very tough opening match against the Clemson Tigers. McCullough and the new offense will face a trial by fire in that opening match. The Buckeyes also have early matches against Georgia and Michigan State. The rivalry match against Penn State is later in the season. Wisconsin and Michigan are also threats, especially the Badgers who nearly beat the Buckeyes last season.
This is a young team and there are quite a few changes facing the squad. While an undefeated season is not out of the question, I expect some bumps in the road during the learning process. If the team can beat Penn State and Wisconsin, it should still earn a spot in the B1G Championship game.
Prediction Offensive MVP - Powell, he hasn't gotten much playing time through 3 seasons but this is his chance to finally shine.
Prediction Defensive MVP - McKeon, he is one of the best athletes on any college team and I predict he grabs at least 10 picks.
MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS - SEASON PREVIEW: S6
Sparty has been struggling as of late as they have been searching for a true identity, despite finishing 9-4 thanks to a sim at the end of the year, they may have finally found that path. Last years group seemed young but somehow the Spartans will look even younger this season with many Redshirt Freshmen coming into the fold form last years Top 3 recruiting class. Around the youth though will be the second year of a new offensive scheme and a reversion to the 3-4 of 3 seasons ago, this could make things very interesting.
The good? Sparty returns 4 Offensive linemen as seniors and comes in with an 87 OVR average up front, night and day form last seasons 79 average. This will prove key to utilizing the two headed monster they have at HB in the SR Ken Woods (90) and the JR Ronnie Smiley (90) in coordination with the best stable of blocking fullbacks in the country with SR T.J. Wright (87) JR Sidney Williams (86) and SO Russ Brink (85) who all three see the field in games. Add tot hat a senior laden receiving corp with solid speed and things look explosive for MSU offensively.
The bad? Coach Jman looks to be starting a strong armed true FR at QB in Keith Charles (78) rather than going with RS SO's Corey Stevens and Jason Brown (80/80). Add into that mix that RS FR TE and Michigan native A.J. Stone (83) will the the man in his spot youth is being served in some key spots on the Spartan offense.
Players to Watch:
QB - Keith Charles - FR - 78 OVR
FB - Russ Brink - SO(RS) - 85 OVR
HB - Ken Woods - SR(RS) - 90 OVR
Returning starters on defense? Ten.
The Spartans are a year wiser and a year more athletic on the defensive side. To show off that athleticism, particularly at LB, they are looking to move back to the 3-4 defensive scheme. That aforementioned LB corps is the key with 83+ speed in every spot and excellent awareness as well. The defense at MSU has always been the Achilles for Coach Jman and hopes are this no-named group of youngsters can break through and finally make a name for themselves.
Players to Watch:
DT - Brady White - SO - 82 OVR
DT - Derek Harris - FR - 82 OVR
DE - Clayton Rogers - SO - 82 OVR
CB - John Manning - SR - 90 OVR
Its just going to be very tough for anything else. With LOADED Alabama, Ohio State, and Nebraska teams on tap and a very skilled North Carolina team, event hat might be pushing it with a freshman QB at the helm.
Real goal? Keep the 5th star and put up another decent class as next season could be very, VERY, good for Sparty.
The ACC has somehow become the most competitive conference in college football. Virginia Tech, UNC, Florida State, and Clemson have become the best top four in any conference. After back-to-back ACC Championship Game appearances, Clemson fell short last year due to a loss to undefeated National Champion Florida State. How will Clemson fare this year?
Despite losing 6 starters from last year's team, Clemson returns an offense that is better at every position except for fullback and tight end. Last year's offensive line had an average rating of 84, while this year that average rating is 87. But there are big changes for Clemson on offense this year. They have abandoned a pro style running based offense for the Air Raid. Senior QB Micah Jones will be getting the first significant snaps of his career, and the pressure will be on him. Can he make the right reads at the line? Can he be patient and take what the defense gives him? Those are the questions that will shape their season.
Clemson will return 9 starters from last year's defense, but one of those losses was the linebacker of the year. Because there were so few departures, Clemson's average rating for their defensive starters is going from 82.5 to 85. This defense is very balanced and has pretty equal squill at each level.
Because of the unbalanced ACC schedule, it is entirely possible that Clemson could beat Florida State but still miss out on the ACC Championship. Clemson played them close last year, and FSU had some key departures, so it should be a close game. However, Clemson also has to play UNC and Virginia Tech this year. The first game of the year will be against a tough Ohio State team that should serve as an indicator of what to expect this season.
I am hoping for just two losses this year. I think that should be enough to put me in a BCS bowl and get me the possible 6th star that has been so elusive.
Nebraska will suck. That is all
I call BS good sir. You play me, so chalk up a user win.
Says the person who took down Alabama
It was just Perry...
North Carolina Tarheels
Offense- Didnt lose much, didnt gain much. Two headed monster at RB with Neal and Mason.
WR Marcus Brooks will be the deep threat this year. Our OL is very average nothing special here.
Defense- Keeping with the tradition of fast LB's we got some studs this year. Our DL is very good. We have a very dangerous secondary, but
at the same time they are very young and we expect some mistakes.
Special Teams- Sophomore safety Beau Gatewood will be returning kicks after award winning returner Paul Washington graduated.
Prediction 10-2 BCS bowl bound. Compared to last year our schedule is manageable. We know what to expect from 3 of our 4 opponents.
Thi year is the same story as every year for LSU. We will have a top 10 defense but will struggle to score points.
Our running game will be the focal point again with Benjamin and Mason sharing carries. We will go with whomever has the hot hand.
Our passing game should be excellent except that I suck. We have 2 impact players at wr with Mendoza and Lee. We also have a 5th yr qb in Lee Roland. We have tried to start Roland in two separate seasons (this yr will be his third) and he always finds his way back to the bench. He is by far ratings wise the best qb on theteam though. He will have to play well for us to do what we need to do this year.
The defense is going to be a top 10 unit though and is national championship caliber. Tim Deangelis is going all tyrann mathieu this year and will b in the discussion for defensive poty.
I think the passing game is going to progress as the season goes on and the running game will do just enough to keep defenses off balance. Our defense will win us most games regardless.
We will lose 1 regular season game. Probably to Florida but we will win out and play Ohio state for the nat championship. We will win that game and finish 13-1 and two time champs.
Holler at your boy!
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