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The Huskies have a rookie head coach (Wdunn60958), a redshirt freshman quarterback at the helm (Roosevelt Moore), and play in a pretty tough conference. All of those things together could spell trouble for Washington, who starts the year ranked #18. Expect a heavy dose of run with new starter sophomore Chaz Bush at HB, who only had 4 carries in his freshman campaign. Hopefully the season won't be too long with all of the young on the offensive side of the football.
It appears as if nobody wants the Ducks to succeed. First the recruiting is all messed up so I get screwed over and now the schedule comes out and I only have 4 home games. Cool.
It will be an up-hill battle all year for Coach Hood who just recently took over the program. He has the smallest roster in all the NCAA and also the toughest start to the schedule. He vows to have his team percerviere and make this a succcesful season.
Senior QB Daryle Hawkins leads they way for this Duck squad. He is a threat both thru the air and on the ground and the team's offensive success really lies on his shoulders. Another season with 19 INT's will spell doom for the Ducks. In the backfield two sophomores will be counted on to carry the load. Both Talib Knox and Curtis Battle should see plenty of carries with the option attack Coach Hood is implementing. Michael Robinson and James Ray should also see some touches. The wide recieving corp should be a strength for the offense. Xavier Parker will be the main target but big Chris Harper and John Clark also will be big time factors. Up front, the Ducks are solid. Everette Benyard is the best OT in the country and the other 4 linemen are plenty capable of moving some bodies this year. Overall this unit should be able to put up some points, consistency is the main concern here.
The defense comes into this year as a big question mark for this squad. Uncertainty over the talent level abounds everywhere. Up front, the Ducks don't have a true pass rusher and are forced to start a walk-on at DE. The DT's are solid but not spectacular. The LB corp should be the strength of this unit. Nick Greene and Eric Woods are both solid on the outside and Boseko Lokombo is a playmaker at MLB. He will be counted upon as the leader of the D. In the secondary there are some question marks just like along the line. Cliff Harris is a very good corner but the other 3 starters are not proven. A lack of speed is also of great concern here. Overall this unit needs to have good fundamental tackling and as long as they are not god awful they oughta keep Oregon close in every game.
Seniors Jeremy White and Ray Slaughter will handle the kicking duties. Both are spotty at best. It i syet to be seen who will handle the return duties but no matter who it is this unit needs significant upgrades.
Coach Hood took this job knowing it would be tough, but things are much tougher than he anticipated. He will not let it faze him and his boys will play hard. We may not have loads of success off the bat but it's a process and this program will be elite in a few years. We have a tough schedule this year but I think a winning season is definitely within our grasps and anything less than a bowl birth will be considered failure.
Florida comes into this season fresh off of an Orange Bowl victory over Cincinnati. That being said, the Gators were disappointed not to have reached the SEC Championship last year. Getting to Atlanta is goal number 1 for Florida this year.
Florida has plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. Starting with seniors Andre Debose and Mike Gillislee. Florida will go as far on offense as these two take them.
On defense the Gators have a talented core of LBs led by seniors John Bostic and Jelani Jenkins. DE, however, is a position of concern for the Gators.
The schedule is tough with out of conference games in the swamp vs TAMU, Penn State and FSU, as well as an away game at Kansas St.
Prediction: 9-3 (SEC East Champs)
The University of Southern California is ready for the football season. Coach JFunk really likes where his team is right now. While they did lose starting RB Curtis McNeal, his primary backup, Marlin Ward is no slouch and he will take over the reins. Starting QB Matt Barkley returns and looks to really have a coming out this season. His primary target will be the dangerous Devon Flourney. He is a fast, shifty WR with good size. With a good corps of WR/TE and a strong returning O-line this offense could be very powerful.
On defense USC will rely on the pass rushing abilities of it's two stellar DE's, Devon Kennard and Kevin Green. A very good secondary will be a key to shutting down the high flying offenses that USC this year.
This team could be special and there are high hopes in Los Angeles. If this team can stay healthy and play their game with discipline and minimize the mistakes this could be a very good season for The Trojans. They fully expect to capture their third straight Pac-10 title and make a run for another National Championship.
Arkansas is in a state of rebuilding. With many new Starters
Two guys are vying for this spot. Johnny Mosley and Alex Brown. Johnny has the edge Accuracy wise, but Brown is making a push for his ability as an option threat.
This is the strong point for the Razorbacks this season. TWO all-americans in Knile Davis and Julian Davis. These guys look to be the next Mcfadden and Jones.
All new Starters step up to take the helm this season. One Standout to look for is RSSOPH Jeff Allen. he is the most experienced. But i expect another young WR to shine this season as well.
Michael Mitchell is the main Guy here he will be the blocker and PA guru.
3 new Starters step here. They are all Decent and will do...we look for their progression into next season.
Weak Spot of the D. To young guys start here. They are fast off the ball but lack some basic fundamentals. They are a work in progress.
PLEASE PLEASE run it up the middle. And u will meet All-American Nate Anderson and his bash Brother Willie Jackson. They are Quick and strong. They are expected to be all over the opposing QBs.
Two New Starters but solid none the less. RSFR Phil Larson steps up at LOLB. Speedy and smart. He will be a threat for years to come. ROLB Ryan Dunlap(Cousin to Florida DE Carlos Dunlap)...with out the drinking habits. The Returning Starter is Senior and Captain of the Defense MLB Josh McNamara. He puts his heart and soul into this D. He inspires players and the play better because of that. He looks to have a stellar senior season and show the scouts he is the best LB in the class.
Starting CBs include Senior Rudell Crim who has finally come into his own and earned the starting Spot after backing up others for 3 years. The other is also a new starter in Dan Lee. These guys have something to prove.
At FS, 4 year Starter Steve Douglas returns to lead his secondary. SS include second year starter Chris Gore, who earned All-American honors!! This is a solid group and i see no problems stemming from them.
HBs, Interior DL and LBs
WRs, Secondary, OL
The KSU Wildcats look to continue this year in the tradition of Bill Snyder. He has stepped back into the program, and has helped K State get back into the fight in the Big XII. This year is a year of discovery for the Wildcats on the offensive side of the ball.
QB - At QB they have a first year starter in George Triplett. Triplett looks to lead the team for the next two seasons. He has good arm strength and accuracy, and is nimble, but not fleet of foot. Gaining some experience at backup is QB in waiting James Martindale. Martindale will work on his accuracy this year, but as a RS freshman, he is a promising prospect.
RB - This is definitely a gray area this year. Last year Jarell Childs pounded the rock for KSU all season long. He was spelled by both Michael Davis and Brett Stevenson. These guys will be like ying and yang. If you don't wrap Davis up, he is getting more yards. Period. If you don't respect the speed of Stevenson, he will make you pay with his burst. These guys need to be effective for this team to contend.
WR - The top 2 wr's from this team last year both have left the team. One seeking greener pastures, the other due to old age. That leaves two large openings to be filled. This position could be a tossup all year. Marcus Kennard needs to be more assertive, and this is Lewis Moore's first time at the plate. Kennard is a big body, and he needs to use it this year if he wants to be successful. Moore is a little shiftier, and he will make you pay with yards after the catch.
TE - The true talent on this team lies in the depth at TE. Led by SR Jason Burns, this group works well together, basically being interchangeable. They add another element to the passing attack, as well as being great blockers out on the edge.
OL - These guys are young. 3 JR's and 2 SO's as starters. With 2 SO's and a FR as backups. But the years together should make them a solid bunch by the time they graduate.
DE - Returning starter, SO Christian Jones, looks to continue to dominate opposing lineman. Totalling 50 tackles, 7 TFL, and 3 sacks a year ago, Jones is poised for another big year this year. Starting opposite him is true freshman, Alan Smith. Smith is another big body out on the edge, but don't let his size fool you. He gets you in his sights, he will track you down.
DT - Upperclassmen dominate the interior line. A 3 headed monster that includes JR Cedric McCoy, SR Tomasi Mariner, and SR Andrew Herring, these guys will breakdown the inside lineman and stop the play before it starts. Arguably the strength of the defense.
LB - If the DT's are the will, the LB's are the way. Led by SR MLB Blake Slaughter, this man hits like a lineman and covers like a safety. His speed in the middle of the field stretches every play to the boundary. The field is smaller when he is on it. To his left, a familiar name. No relation, different spelling, but a strange coincidence. Shaun Merriman. Merriman is a JR, and this will be his second year starting at LOLB. He had a pretty impressive year last year, racking up 63 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 ints, 1 FR, a safety and a defensive TD. Not bad for a his first year playing full time. On the other side, JR Matt Wright will be looking to prove himself.
DB - The defensive backfield is also a SR dominated group. 4 of the 5 starters in the nickel are seniors. And every one of them played large minutes last year. They will need to make plays this year for the defense to be successful.
K/P - Kicker Andrew Levine will handle FG's, XP's and KO's. Punter Beau Koch will handle the punting duties.
KR - This is where the money will be made. Marcus Kennard was not used last year, but some feel he should have been. The same mistake will not be repeated. Helping him out will be SR CB Thomas Ferguson. Ferguson has not touched a kick in three years, but is anxious to prove he should have been.
All in all, I did not walk into a bad team, just some small holes here and there that will need filled. 12 DB's. I cut two in teh offseason. I thought CPU recruiting logic got better....
Six Previews....12 users....
I'm one of the guys that hasn't done it. Sorry, I've been real busy last couple of days and havent been in front of my PS3 much
Ohio St Buckeyes
Senior QB Siems takes over and hope to be consistent, theres 2 great QB behind him but he gets the first shot. OSU has good RB in both Hall and Hyde.very good linemen to open holes for the HBs
Anchoring by a supreme line backer trios, (2 99's 1 96), the OSU defense looks to be troublesome for most offense. look for them to dominate nights in and out!
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Prediction: At least 2nd place big ten.
Defending Champions: Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013
Have a shot at defending the BCS championship.
- Depth; all the way around
- Talented O-line
- Good 1-2-3 punch of tailbacks
- Experience; only 11 seniors on this years team. Only 11 slots, lets keep it elite.
- Lack of gamechangers. Something last years version was stacked with.
- Kicking game, was a major weakness last year and continues to be.
Key losses from last season
WR S. Evans
QB D. Crist
Key returning players
LG Watt (99)
CB Banks (97)
DT Foreman (96)
LT Daniels (94)
QB Montana (91)
Focus for this year
On the recruiting front, recruit playmakers/gamechangers
On the offensive front, develop a more reliable run game
On the defensive front, keep bringing the heat and forcing TO's
Biggest game on schedule
No disrespect to the other opponents, but this is a time when our two biggest rivals are peaking:
Week 2: #1 Notre Dame @ #4 Michigan
Week 7: #3 USC @ #1 Notre Dame
If these games don't get you excited, nothing will.
The Longhorns are looking to improve on a pitiful 5-7 season. The strength of this team should be the defense while the offense still looks to improve.
The offense is led by Junior QB Case McCoy. The Senior RB Whaley is looking to finally display his talents as this will be his first year starting. The two starting WRs are a JR and SO. The top three WRs had a combined 49 cathes last season. There are only 3 SRs starting for the offense so youth will be a factor.
The strength of this team will by and far be the Defense. There are seven SRs starting on this Defense. This is a smash mouth Defense that will hit you hard. Though they will give up the occasional big play you better be ready to take a licking if you are on the other side of the ball.
In his first full year the 'New Ball Coach' is looking to take this team back to elite status in college football.
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