TEAM PREVIEWS

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  1. Danthraxxx

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    One of the staples of OD here at TSO is team previews. I will be requiring a preview to be done by ALL OD members. This shows you have some vested interest in your team, and the league. I will consider this the same as the "TEAM MISSION STATEMENT" thread , as in it must be done and posted prior to playing. Since I am dropping this one on you late I will allow it to come in after week 1 as an exception, but I would prefer you get them in sooner.

    Below is a link to the PAC 12 previews we have done in my Premier League OD as a good reference. These are all veteran members, and the content here is pretty solid. While I do not expect you do do anything as elaborate as these , I do expect them to be decent.


    http://forums.traditionsportsonline.com/threads/season-1-pac-12-team-previews.80407/#post-1015018



    *I STRESS DO NOT POST IN THESE FORUMS, THIS IS NOT OUR OD*
     
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    BOSTON COLLEGE
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    Offensive Scheme: Pro
    The Eagles will be using more of an “up-tempo” scheme this year. While they will remain balanced between the run and the pass, an increase in the use of no-huddle and spread attacks can be expected. QB Chase Rettig should show a lot of development this year, but might struggle to find a consistent threat out of his WR’s. And while the offense is young, the team should be able build on the returning starters from last year.

    Defensive scheme: 4-3
    The defense has lost a star in Luke Kuechly, and is a bit small and inexperienced. But the promise of young LB Kevin Pierre-Louis could help the team maintain a strong presence on that side of the ball. Boston College has a slew of young DB’s ready to play and build a unit that should be strong for a few years.

    Recruiting Needs : The team is young and won’t be replacing a lot of seniors at the end of the year. So finding immediate replacements won’t be the teams focus in recruiting. Instead, the Eagles will look to find talent that can learn for a year or two before becoming the next “flock of eagles.”

    Season Expectations : After a very disappointing year in 2011, BC has hopes of returning to dominance within the conference. However, that is easier said than done as they Eagles will be operating a new offense amidst playing a tough schedule Look for them to be above .500 but anything more than 8 wins will be considered a success. On the other hand, less than 6 wins might bring about wholesale changes to both sides of the ball in the future.
     
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    2012-2013 Maryland Terrapins Preview
    The Terps are coming off a disappointing 2011-2012 campaign. 2011 was supposed to mark a new beginning, new leadership, new coaching staff, even new uniforms. Randy Edsall failed to deliver and has received all kinds of criticism for not living up to the hype that he rode in on. Those days of UConn and the Fiesta Bowl have long gone, and Terp nation is expecting results. With new Athletic Director, CTfromDC at the helm, Edsall will be forced to live up to expectations and get this program moving in the right direction, or he will find himself in Div - 1AA again.
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    Junior CJ Brown takes over as the starter at QB, replacing the Danny O'Brien who transferred to Wisconsin
    Offensive Scheme: Maryland will run a pro-style/west coast offense. With Brown taking over the reigns as starter, they will look to protect him and keep him upright behind an average O line. Utilization of their quickness in the backfield to help Brown will be key if they want to score points. Sophomore Justus Pickett is dynamite in a 5'10" 175lb frame. If he can stay healthy, look for this young man to put up a couple of 100+ all purpose yard games this year. Brown's primary targets will be Senior TE Matt Furstenburg and Senior WR Kerry Boykins. Brown is the only impact players on offense, flawless execution is a must for us to be competitive!​
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    Seniors FS Eric Franklin, DE Joe Vellano, and MLB Demetrius Hartsfield lead the Maryland Defense
    Defensive Scheme: Maryland will be running a 4-3 base defense. Anchored by the Senior leadership on the D-line by Joe Vellano, Demetrius Hartsfield at middle linebacker, and Eric Franklin guarding the top ate Free Safety. We will look to put pressure on the opposing offenses from the outside and up the the middle, utilizing exotic zone blitz packages. We hope to cause enough confusion and force QB's to make mistakes so that Mr Franklin and crew can get turnovers.​
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    Recruiting Needs: Where do we start, DT, OLB, CB all can use an upgrade. We have our top 3 defenders graduating this year, but have descent backups who are read to step up. CTfromDC will attempt to land an impact player this year. He has made the Kool-Aid as sweet as he can, now he just has to force feed it to these HS Bluechips. Offensively, We will focus on getting a QB, WR, TE, and C. With Danny O'Brien transferring and and Ricky Schulz graduating in the spring, we will definitely need to add a QB to replace Brown 2014. TE is a must, with three graduating Seniors. WR needs a Play-maker, so that Brown can showcase his talents. It will be interesting to see some of these young guys develop, our current corp is filled with Freshman and Sophomores.​
    Season Expectations: Realistically, you cant do much worse than 2 - 10. A solid .500 season would be a welcome improvement. I don't expect to be bowl eligible, but we will be more competative in 2012-2013 and play with pride. 2013 - 2014, WE WILL BE CHAMPS. At the end of each game, our opponents will definitely FEAR THE TURTLE!
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    2012 Pittsburgh Football Preview: Transition And Angry Sons

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    By Bill Connelly - NCAA Football, Basketball and Tennis Contributor
    Including interim coaches, selahsdaddy is the fifth head coach Pitt has had in 18 months. That is not healthy. But if they Panthers can overcome yet another transition, not to mention the discipline struggles that sometimes come with going through multiple fathers in a short period of time, they have some interesting potential.

    Offense

    Throw the ball, Tino. My god, get rid of the ball.
    In Paul Chryst's seven seasons as Wisconsin's offensive coordinator, he pulled off something rather incredible: he not only modernized the run-first, run-second Wisconsin offense, but he made it better. It took him a few years to work out the kinks -- the Badgers were 56th in Off. F/+ in 2008 -- but the last two years in particular were just devastating. They ranked fourth in Off. F/+ in 2010, and despite solid turnover at each level of the offense (Wisconsin returned just four starters and had to replace its quarterback, two All-American linemen and three of its top five receiving options), Wisconsin improved to No. 1 in the country last fall, better than Baylor, better than Stanford, better than Oregon, better than Oklahoma State. (They lost three games, in part, because their defense was worse than that of any of the aforementioned teams not named Baylor.) The Badgers were ruthless and efficient; they were as big as you would expect a Wisconsin power offense to be, but with Russell Wilson behind center, they were able to wing the ball around when they needed to.
    Needless to say, Tino Sunseri is not Russell Wilson. And he took more hits than any non-option quarterback in the country last year. Hell, he may have had the option guys beat, too. He was a reasonably effective runner (94 pre-sack carries for 487 yards), but when passing, he held. The ball. For far. Too. Long. Let's put it this way: a 13.5 percent sack rate isn't completely unheard of if you're in a run-first, run-second offense and tend to throw the ball mostly on passing downs. It is bad no matter what, but it isn't unprecedented. It quite possibly is, however, unprecedented for a pass-first spread offense. Quick math: what is 13.5 percent of 445 pass attempts? 60 sacks. Sixty. Sunseri was sacked almost five times per game. That is simply absurd. And it falls mostly on Sunseri. The Pitt line ranked eighth in the country in Adj. Line Yards (suggesting a reasonably high baseline of quality), and backup quarterback Trey Anderson was sacked only once in 34 pass attempts (sack rate: 2.9 percent). Sunseri was not made to run the spread offense, and it showed.
    That said, he will still be the starter in 2012, and he should find a lot to like about the Paul Chryst offense, as should the line. Wisconsin ran 69 percent of the time on standard downs (national average: 60 percent) and 43 percent of the time on passing downs (national average: 33 percent). Pitt's averages were 58 percent and 27 percent, respectively. If nothing else, that should ensure that Sunseri gets hit less in 2012. Beyond that, however, there are three reasons why a run-heavy approach could suit Pitt well:
    1. The Panthers are deep at running back. Assuming Ray Graham is 100 percent healthy this fall (he was lost to a knee injury in the eighth game of the season), Pitt returns a back with serious workhorse potential. Graham averaged 25 carries per game over the first six contests last season and owns seven career 100-yard games and a career Adj. POE of plus-23.5 (meaning he has been about four touchdowns better than the average back given his carries, blocking and opponents). He has some interesting backups, too; Isaac Bennett managed a respectable minus-0.7 Adj. POE last year as a freshman thrust into service with Graham's injury. Bennett, sophomore Corey Davis and incoming high-four-star signee Rushel Shell should give Pitt interesting options when Graham needs a breather.
    2. The Pitt offensive line is enormous. On Pitt's statistical profile, I listed 10 returning linemen. Average size: 6'6, 318 pounds. No lineman listed is shorter than 6'5, and only two are smaller than 305 pounds. It goes without saying that you need quality and experience too, and the Panthers are at least somewhat lacking in the latter -- four players with starting experience return but have combined for only 33 career starts. But this is still a line that ranked eighth in Adj. Line Yards last year. Chryst can work with that.
    3. Devin Street, Mike Shanahan and Hubie Graham were meant for this offense. Street and Shanahan are each big wideouts (6'4 and 6'5, respectively) who thrive more in downfield routes. The two combined for a catch rate of 61 percent (not great, not terrible) but averaged a healthy 13.3 yards per catch. This isn't perfect for a spread offense, but they could take well to play-action opportunities. So could Graham, an Illinois transfer who found himself a fish out of water in Todd Graham's attack. (And yes, every Graham in college football was associated with Pitt last year, just like every hyphenated player goes to UConn, and every Williams goes to South Florida.) Graham managed a healthy catch rate of 75 percent and averaged 8.3 yards per target, but the 230-pound senior should be much better-suited for the new offense.
    Defense

    The Pitt defense, long a relative strength under Wannstedt, held steady last year despite the move to a 3-4. The Panthers ranked 27th in Def. F/+ and have now ranked between 21st and 32nd in every year since 2007. They did show some cracks -- they provided abnormally soft coverage and relied on a solid pass rush to bail them out -- but the results were at least decent. New defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable, however, has his work cut out for him to maintain that level of quality, as Pitt must replace three of its top four linemen and four of its top five linebackers.
    To be sure, there is still talent up front. For whatever recruiting issues may have beset the Panthers through their numerous transitions (Two-year recruiting rank: 48th), there could be as many as eight former four-star recruits in the two-deep for the front seven. Plus, the Panthers still have Aaron Donald. The small, quick tackle (270 pounds) logged 16 tackles for loss last year, which is incredibly high for a 3-4 lineman. He is a strong playmaker, but he might find the going a bit rougher without the services of Chas Alecxih (15.5 tackles for loss) and Myles Caragein alongside him. Four-star sophomores like tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith and ends Bryan Murphy and T.J. Clemmings need to begin proving their potential sooner than later, as do upperclassmen like senior end Shayne Hale and converted offensive lineman Jack Lippert. The line was only mediocre against the run before those losses, so this is an enormous question mark.
    If the line turns out okay, Pitt can move on to its next concern: linebackers. Four 'backers who combined for 29 percent of Pitt's tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and eight passes defended are gone, leaving behind a mix-and-match crew with potential but little experience. Four-star sophomore Todd Thomas is particularly intriguing -- he combined 4.0 tackles for loss with four passes defended -- and sophomore Ejuan Price was used aggressively (and successfully: 6.5 of his 22.0 tackles were behind the line of scrimmage) last season. They will join long-injured upperclassmen Dan Mason and Manny Williams as the most proven players in the unit. There is more potential here than with the line, I think, but the experience level has taken a hit.
    The top five safeties from last year's defense return, which should provide at least some continuity for a unit that prevented big plays rather well. Throw in a pair of Michigan transfers -- safety Ray Vinopal and corner Cullen Christian -- and as with the rest of the defense, you've got some potential. I don't expect the Panthers to continue playing at a Top 30 level, but they could avoid a tumble beyond about 40th or so.
    Defining Success

    Despite last year's regression, Pitt did still manage to qualify for its fourth consecutive bowl and ninth in 12 years. With the ridiculous head coaching drama, a fifth straight bowl would have to be considered a success, especially since it will require a 7-5 record with two FCS opponents on the docket.
    Prognosis

    I just don't know what to think. The offense fits the new coach's philosophy, and the defense has both consistency and upside on its side. But how do you handle moving to your third offense and your third defense in three seasons? In a sport where intuitive action is key -- if you're thinking, you aren't playing quickly enough -- how could this roster possibly play to its full potential? I am comfortable enough with this team to think another bowl season is possible, but they probably won't be in a position to contend for a Big East crown by any means.
     
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    Cavs Hope To Skip Rebuilding Mode


    Virginia is coming off its best effort in four seasons, and has recruited the fertile Commonwealth extremely well over the last two years. However, the program must replace a slew of key starters from last season's 8-5 squad. The offense ought to be more potent, especially with the return of leading rushers Perry Jones and Kevin Parks, and next-level tackles Oday Aboushi and Morgan Moses, but the defense is a genuine concern. Virginia has not only lost more than half of last year’s defensive starters to graduation, but the pass D is going to be particularly vulnerable. The unit is going to be very talented, but also very young, especially in the early stages of the 2012 campaign.

    Top Offensive Threat- Senior RB Jones. Jones is Virginia’s top running back, and some might argue its best pass-catcher as well. The do-it-all 5-foot-8, 195-pounder not only rushed for 915 yards and five scores on 184 carries, but also finished second on the team with 48 catches for 506 yards and three TDs. Jones is rugged and versatile, the physical and emotional heart of the Cavaliers offense.

    Defensive Game changer-Senior LB Steve Greer. The man in the middle for the Cavs has been a fixture on defense in Charlottesville over the last three seasons. He’s a prototypical run stopper, quickly reading the flow of a play, and sifting through the traffic to find the man with the ball. He found the man with the ball an awful lot in 2011, making a team-best 103 stops, six tackles for loss and two sacks. Greer could teach a course to the rest of the Cavs on how to wrap up in space and prevent additional yards.


    The season will be a success if: The Cavaliers win seven regular-season games. The actual win total really isn’t as essential as it is for Virginia returning to the postseason. Considering all of the personnel losses, especially on defense, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for this young program to veer south in 2012. If, however, the Cavs buck conventional wisdom, it’ll be another sign that they’re here to stay.
     
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    Michigan State Football 2012-2013 [​IMG] Offensive play style: A balanced attack of run and pass

    Defensive playstyle: 4-4 defense Immediate Goal: B1G Conference Champions Long Term Goal: 6 * success and National Championships
     
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    sorry but for some reason mines is acting retarded :( wont let me line things up properly or anything
     
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    North Carolina Tar Heels 2012 Preview
    2011 Record: 7-6, 3-5 ACC
    Returning Starters: Offense – 8, Defense – 6
    Returning Leaders:
    Passing: Bryn Renner, 239 of 350, 3,086 yards, 26 TDs, 13 INTs
    Rushing: Giovani Bernard: 239 car., 1,253 yds., 13 TDs
    Receiving: Erik Highsmith: 51 rec., 726 yds., 5 TDs
    Tackles: Kevin Reddick, 71
    Sacks: Kareem Martin, 4
    Interceptions: Tre Boston, 3
    Redshirts to watch: DL Devonte Brown, OL Kiaro Holts, QB Marquise Williams, S Darien Rankin, OL Jarrod James
    Offensive Strength: North Carolina has two of the ACC’s top returning offensive players in quarterback Bryn Renner and running back Giovani Bernard. Renner led the ACC in passing efficiency last season as a sophomore, while Bernard, who will be just a sophomore in 2012, is the conference’s leading returning rusher. The Tar Heels also return four starters on the offensive line, which is anchored on the left side by Jonathan Cooper and James Hurst. Both earned 2nd team All-ACC honors in 2011.
    Offensive Weakness: There’s no question the Tar Heels will miss wide receiver Dwight Jones. Last year he led the ACC with 85 catches, was third in receiving yards (1,196) and fifth in the conference in touchdowns (12). The focus now shifts to who will step up and help senior Erik Highsmith (51 receptions in 2011) and become a reliable receiver for Renner. There’s also the matter of making the switch to new head coach Larry Fedora’s spread offense from the pro style scheme used last year by interim head coach Everett Withers and his staff.
    Defensive Strength: The Tar Heels return six starters on defense, headlined by linebacker Kevin Reddick, cornerback Tre Boston and defensive end Kareem Martin. They also return several experienced players from last year’s two-deep who are ready for the opportunity to become starters. This year’s defense will be under the direction of new co-coordinators Vic Koenning and Dan Disch. Koenning had been the defensive coordinator at Illinois the past two seasons, during which time the Fighting Illini’s defense improved from 91st in the country in total defense in 2009 to seventh in 2011. Disch follows Fedora from Southern Miss where he successfully implemented his brand of a 4-2-5 defensive scheme.
    Defensive Weakness: Although the defense returns six starters, it still lost a lot of talent and production in the departures of the other. Defensive end Quinton Coples is projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and linebacker Zach Brown will more than likely hear his name called in the early rounds as well. Defensive lineman Donte Paige-Moss and Tydreke Powell and cornerback Charles Brown could also get drafted or eventually end up on a NFL roster too. Just like the offense, the defense will be switching schemes as Koenning and Kisch are expected to implement a hybrid 4-2-5/3-3-5 style.
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    1. Coach Denton will be working hard to teach his spread offense to his new team this spring and it will be interesting to watch how quickly they pick it up. In his four seasons at Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles finished in the top 20 in the nation in total offense three times. The best North Carolina did in that same time span was 51st in 2010. Tar Heel fans shouldn’t expect to see instant results, as Renner isn’t the prototypical quarterback to run a spread offense, but should like and enjoy the new scheme more and more as the season progresses. Don’t be surprised to see Fedora and offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, who was with Fedora at Southern Miss, tailor the offense more this season to better fit the strengths of both Renner and Bernard, two of the ACC’s premier playmakers.
    2. Another reason to temper expectations with the offense is the lack of returning experience and production in the receiving corps. Highsmith is the Tar Heels’ leading returning receiver with 51 catches for 726 yards and five touchdowns. Bernard is next with 45 receptions out of the backfield. After the remaining returning wide receivers combined for 20 catches last year. The returning tight ends had more, but regardless someone will have to step up in the spring if North Carolina wants to develop any sort of consistent passing attack. Senior Jheraine Boyd and sophomore T.J. Thorpe are two receivers to watch, along with senior tight end Nelson Hurst and sophomore Eric Ebron. Two freshmen to keep an eye on are receiver Quinshad Davis, one of the key pieces to Fedora’s first recruiting class, and tight end Terrance Knox
    3.Denton and his coaching staff already had enough to deal with in their first season in Chapel Hill, including getting settled in their new surroundings, putting together a recruiting class in a short amount of time and start the process of teaching the players the new offense and defense. Now following the NCAA’s announcement of the additional penalties levied on the football program, they have a new challenge – keeping the team motivated throughout a season that will not include a bowl game. Because of the postseason ban, seniors will be able to transfer to another school and play right away. It remains to be seen if any Tar Heel seniors will go this route, but the success of the North Carolina football program moving forward could very well depend on how the younger players approach this season. Will it be the first step in laying a foundation for the future or will they just go through the motions and not take the opportunity to learn what Fedora and the coaching staff are trying to teach as he works to transform the football program into what he envisions. Only time will tell, but given all the circumstances you could argue no one has a tougher job in college football right now than Fedora and his staff.
     
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  10. FCCarsenal

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    idk why its so dark but its there haha
     
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    FCCarsenal cut and paste from a mac ? lol

    Change that font to white and I am sure it will be a nice looking preview ;)
     
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    go in and edit post , copy the body of msg , change font to white , save and done (y)
     
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    Haha yes exactly... Thanks for the tip
     
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    I don't know too much about Purdue and I am definitely not a writer, but I'll give it a shot!


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    PURDUE BOILERSMAKERS: 2012-2013

    Having 7 Big 10 Championships and 1 Rose Bowl victory, this team wants a return to glory. The last Big 10 Championship being over 10 years ago, this program is hungry for another.

    They will run a Pro set offense with a large emphasis on being physical. The FB is an important position as a lot of run plays will go up the middle. Also, tight ends will be heavily recruited who not only run block, but can go out and make crucial possession catches.

    On Defense, the Boilermakers will run a 4-3 set, with the emphasis on speedy linebackers. As the spread is becoming more and more prevalent in college football, the necessity for speedy line backers is a must.

    This season, the goal is be in the hunt for the Big 10 Championship.
     
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    Louisville Cardinal preview

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    The Cardinals come into the 2012 season off of a 7-6 season looking to make a name for themselves in the Big East. With 12 returning starters and a new coaching staff the Cardinals may be a dark horse team to win the Big East this year.













    On offense a trio of sophomores retuning to the team will lead Louisville. Led by QB Teddy Bridgewater & fellow soph’s Eli Rodgers & DeVante Parker at the wide outs this team looks to put up a ton of points this year. If the young nucleolus can adapt to the new spread offense the scoreboard could get warn out this year.

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    Over on the defensive side of the ball the Cardinals return six starters and will be led by SS Hakeem Smith. Last season the Cardinals were not able to make many turnovers happen but were stout against the run, with the new staff being more aggressive look for Smith to be the cornerstone of the defense.



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    Key games

    Louisville will have some big matchups during non-conference play, taking on Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina & LSU. If the Cardinals want to make a name for themselves, this may be the year.

    Projections

    With so many tough road games this year the Cardinal will be lucky to make a run at a significant bowl game. One thing going for this years team some early tests on the road against Michigan State & LSU, if they can hold their own against these two top 25 teams it may give them the confidence they need to complete for the Big East

    Prediction 8-4 ( 5-2 conf )
     
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    Fighting Illini



    2011 record 7-6



    Notable returnees Offense:

    Soph QB Nathan Scheelhasse

    Soph RB Donovonn Young



    Notable returnees Defense:

    Jr DE Michael Buchanan

    Soph LB Jonathon Brown





    The Illini return to the gridiron this season without the HC, OC, and WR that sent them to a 6-0 start to the 2011 season. A 1-6 finish to the season, including a bowl game win, is the reason the HC and OC aren’t there, and the NFL draft claimed the 1200 yd receiver. With only 13 SR’s on the roster, it may be a long season.



    On offense, a very young QB and RB will be starting, while there will be a trio of JR receivers to try and replace the offensive production of the departed Jenkins. If the line gels, the RB and QB can mature throughout the season, the team in Orange from Champaign will try to make some noise.



    On defense, the Illini held their opposition to less than 20 points a game last year which was good enough for 15th in the country. They look to continue that tradition with playmakers in every level of the defense from the front line through the LB’s and into the Secondary. Because of the youth of the offense, the defense will be asked to carry this team at times this season.
     
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    2012-2013 Iowa Hawkeyes Football Preview

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    Offensive Scheme: Iowa (Pro-Style)
    Defensive Scheme: 4-3

    Impact Players: QB James Vandenberg, RB Jordan Canzeri, WR Keenan Davis, CB Micah Hyde

    Offensive Outlook: With a new offensive coordinator, Iowa will look to keep it very vanilla the first few weeks until the new OC gets used to his weapons. Iowa has veterans at the playmaker positions, QB James Vandenberg has a full season worth of chemistry with WRs Keenan Davis and Keavon Martin Manly along with TE Zach Derby, but gone is 1000 yard receiver and QB favorite Marvin McNutt who moved on the the NFL.

    Offensive Question Marks: The offensive line is a huge question mark depleted by graduations and first round draft picks, the only sure bet is center James Ferentz. The mass exodus of running backs due to injuries, transfers and dismissals leaves sophomore Jordan Canzeri the only back to see any real field time.

    Defensive Outlook: The Hawkeyes have playmakers with experience in the defensive secondary with CB Micah Hyde and LOLB Christian Kirksey.

    Defensive Question Marks: The defensive line. With 1 senior and 3 freshman making up the front four, who knows what to expect this season. Which one of the freshman will step up and become the next Adrian Clayborne?

    Season Expectations: Winning the Legends Division is the goal of this years Hawkeyes. With a tough non-conference schedule, Iowa opens up the Big Ten season with teams that they should be favored against. Will this be another magical run like the 11-2 2009 season or a another disappointing 7-6 season. Prediction: 9-4 with Capital One Bowl Victory.

    Circled Game: Michigan St. Could be the make or break game for both teams in the legends division.

    Recruiting Needs: Number 1 QB. When James Vandenberg graduates after this season, there will not be a QB on the roster with a career start. Upgrades at the offensive line and FB are musts.​
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    RUTGERS YO!




    Offensive Scheme: Pro
    with a young core of skill position players rutgers is still struggling to find its identity on offense. the top qb wr hb and lt are all sophomores who hope to make an impact on the field as they mature. respectability is the goal this year on offense. next year greatness. pro scheme run the ball first

    Defensive scheme: 4-3
    with the offense struggleing to find its way it will be up to the stout defense to carry the team. lead by olb green the team is def looking forward to crushing a few players on the way to a great season

    Recruiting Needs : entire oline. and to replace an older defense with players that can carry on the rutgers tradition. offensive skill players will have a few years to mature on the bench as all of our young guys are on the field already

    Season Expectations :respectability is the key this year. dont lose a star so recruiting takes a hit. just be 500 and surprise some people. establish an identity on offense
     
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  19. rogadabomb

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    Offense style: Spread. We are going to try to stay as balanced with the run and pass though our running game is more talented. We have young qbs and rbs starting this year. Unfortunately, we lost our quarterback Scott mccummings half the season first quarter of the first game. which hurts because he was a key to our offense. The biggest question for unconn is will the line hold up?

    Defense: 4-3. Our defensive backs have been playing great as we expect them to, but our linebackers must step up for us if we want to have a successful defense.

    Expectations: we are currently 1-2. And in both games we were our own worst enemy's. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot, but kick it in, in the second half. I expect us winning around 8 games this year.
     
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    Offensive Gameplan: You're looking at it with senior star QB BJ Daniels. The bulls will play a one back style system and attempt to get Daniels outside of the pocket for open throwing lanes. One of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the country, he is called upon to do most of the workload with a premier RB and a very average Offensive Line he is often the center of the defenses attention. Top playmakers in the passing game is junior Sterling Griffin and Senior TE/Flex Evan Landi. Both will provide a nice safety blanket for Daniels.
    Defensive Gameplan: A multiple D system will help the bulls adapt to the different wide open offenses that are used in the BIG East. They have a history of producing very good defensive line prospects to the NFL and they have another good one coming along in junior Ryne Giddins. However they will likely lay back in a 'bend-but-don't-break' style this season with weaknesses in the secondary.
    Season Outlook: Already at 3-3(1-1) on the season the Bulls have plenty of conference schedule to climb the ranks of the BIG East and claim a conference title trophy
    RECRUITING NEEDS: The needs are very simple. Find the heir apparent to BJ Daniels or this program could sink. With very little experience/talent behind him this will be a key during recruiting. Other recruiting needs: Find a true power style RB-Would like to be able to wear teams out in the 2nd half but do not have the guys capable of doing so. Offensive line can always see an upgrade. Also dealing with real depth issues at CB at the end of the season.
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