Team Season Preview

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  1. gowazzucougs

    gowazzucougs WSU is better than UCLA

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    I thought it would be good for everyone to write a quick blurb about your team and your expectations for the season. I will be posting mine soon.
     
  2. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ┬┐Te quieres naranjas?

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    2014 Wisconsin Badgers
    Offense: The OC from Memphis has stepped his game up to the Big 10 and ready to implement his one back scheme that has worked well for the Badgers. The offense is experienced as 10 players with significant playing time return. The main, huge question lies at QB as RS JR Livingston and RS FR Herron will battle out for the starter role. Livingston is more experienced and is better athletically, but Herron has a deadly accurate cannon for an arm. It looks as though Livingston will start out the season as the starter, but things could change. FR Bain comes to the backfield with White and Williams returning to provide a punishing downhill attack. The team is deep at WR with 8, and different WR could be used depending on the formation. The line returns 4 starters, with JR Dorsey added to the mix.​
    Defense: The defense itself returns 10 starters. DE Alston and DT Nicholas can cause havoc against the run or pass. Even with the early departure of Miller, the LB corps is a good one. OLB Moore looks to be the head hunter now. They bring a lot of speed to the table. This will help as to the defense can stay in a 7 man front against a 3 wide offensive set. CB Jean proved his worth last year and could see a significant increase in playing time his senior year. There is still some uncertainty at the S position, but the coaches are hoping it wont become a liability.​
    Outlook: The Badgers are coming off last year losing their last two games of the season and a shot at the national title. The Badgers are ranked 9th in the Preseason Poll. This ranking will be tested early, as the Badgers face 4 top 12 ranked teams to start off the season with @ Tennessee, Oregon, @ Oklahoma and @ Michigan. The Badgers must then go through conference play in which is probably one of, if not the best conferences in the nation. Minnesota always seems to be a wild card. Coach Cheez's Illini team always plays the Badgers hard. Coach Omega's Iowa team is always highly ranked. The season ends with a game against Alabama, which could have national title implications written all over it for both teams. Coach Mexi - "This team isnt the sexiest team out there. We don't have the big name guys like Texas, Ohio St and Bama has. All we ask out of our guys is to do their job, and that if all 11 players do their job on every play, well beat the more talented teams every time. It hurts that we were once again that close to the championship, and yet it slipped away from our grasps. But it can only make us hungrier. I want nothing less than a ring on my finger this year."​
     
  3. gowazzucougs

    gowazzucougs WSU is better than UCLA

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    OREGON STATE BEAVERS SEASON PREVIEW

    This season The Beavers look to continue their winning ways and contend for the PAC-10 title. Returning at Quarterback is Sean Mannion (92) OVR. Mannion is finally a senior he brings with him a strong and accurate arm, 93 ratings for throw power and accuracy. In addition he is very mobile with very good speed. At the running back position, the back field is quite loaded with Malcolm Marable, Damien Williams, and true freshman Justin Davis looking to get the ball. Marable is lightening quick with 93 speed and 99 acceleration. At the receiver position the feature players are going to be Matt Wilkinson and Michael Houston. Houston is going to be Mannion's deep threat. In addition someone to play close attention to is true freshman Myron Downs. Downs and Davis came to Corvallis as top recruits from last season's recruiting class. Oregon State's Coach expects big things from these two players during their careers. The only question the Beavers have is what their playbook is going to look like there are rumors they are in talks with the offensive coordinator from Pullman, but there are several leading candidates for the position.

    On the defensive side of the ball, Oregon State's Coach was looking to make a series of position changes in hopes of making the defensive line quicker during the offseason. However, Oregon State's wife had different plans forcing him to miss most of the offseason on an European Vacation. Maybe next season I will have to coach the UW, OSU's coach's wife alma mater for her to stop interfering. Instead the Beavers are going with the same set up as before. The Beavers have a strong defensive line and linebacking crew. The unit is led by ROLB Joe Townsend, he is the best rated overall player for the defense with a 91 rating. There are concerns the secondary is weak, but it is a functional.

    The N.O. Scheduling Committee would like to tell you that "they like" the Beavers, but this statement is very questionable. The Beavers go to Gainesville Week 1 to take on the #10 Florida Gators, then follow up with another road game against #22 Missouri. Then the schedule gets interesting because the Beavers have three byes between Week 3 and Week 7, the two weeks the Beavers play they host #17 UCLA and #19 Arizona. The Beavers of course finish PAC-10 play with the overrated #6 Oregon Ducks, and then host the Pre Season #1 Ohio State Buckeyes.
     
  4. Jax351

    Jax351 Walk On

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    2014 Mizzou Tigers

    Offense: The Tigers have brought in a new OC from West Virgina and his scheme seems to be a great fit for Mizzou. Sr James Franklin is the Tigers new field general as last years starter Tyler Gabbert left early for the Pro's. In the Backfield Sr Kevin Coleman and Jr Ken Van will handle the running duties. The Receiving crew has 1 new face on the field in FR Marcus Bower. As for the OL they have 3 returning starters.

    Defense: On the defensive side of the ball the Tigers are led by All American LB Harry Jones. They are a good balanced group that are quick, make good reads and can tackle. Look for All American FS Stephen Smith to have a Big year.

    Summary: Overall this is a rebuilding year for the Tigers. They lost a lot of AA/Impact players due to leaving early or graduation. That being said they have a new offensive scheme that works toward their strengths. The Tigers are looking to take the Big 12 North again and are looking forward to playing in the CCG against the winner of the Big 12 South. The Tigers come in ranked #22 and are looking at only improving that mark as the season progresses...
     
  5. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    D'OH
     
  6. Jayrah

    Jayrah AllCougdUp.com Editor - A.M. avatar Guru

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    The Aggies are going to be a better team in 2014. Coming off of a 7-6 season, they are older and much better on both fronts. Still young, but definitely grown up after a rebuilding year that went better than expected, and a very small senior class. May be a year away from again challenging for a Big 12 Title, but they will be more formidable this year.

    Offense Strength: O-line! 90s across the board and a running game to match! New OC from Pitt will definitely take advantage of the big hogs this season. Mr Jones finished 3 yards short of 1000 yards last year. Anything less than 1500 will be a disappointment this season.

    Defensive Strength: Front 7! The coaching staff is excited about actually giving this crew a chance to shine this season as they have moved to a 4/3 look and try to slow down the running game. Opponents have been multifaceted against them in years past.
     
  7. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    2014 Illinois Fighting Illini: Season Preview

    Success for the Illini on the offensive side of the ball will be predicated on two things. Number one: can Chandler Whitmer successfully replace Tate Forcier? Whitmer was the starting QB for Coach Cheez when he first took over the Illini, but then Coach Cheez opted to go with the more experienced and then more talented Forcier. Since then, Whitmer has only seen the field on a few series - when Forcier was hurt. Needless to say, there are big shoes to fill, but Coach Cheez believes that there will be a seamless transition at the quarterback position. What worries him more is will the Illini be able to avoid committing turnovers. Last year, Illinois was near the bottom of the league in turnover differential, and started last season 1-3 after having a -16 differential in their first four games. Halfbacks Renaldo James and Jon Justice are both going to have to do a much better job holding onto the football in order for the Illini to have success.

    Defensively, the Illini are going to be similar to last year - with 2 differences. All American DE Michael Buchanan and LB Nate Bussey have both graduated, leaving big openings in both positions. The Illini have some younger guys to fill the void, but matching that production will be very tough.

    However, even if they do match the production of last year, something radical needs to happen in the secondary. Illinois was among the league worst in points against, in large part due to their pass defense. If that is rectified, then Illinois might give Wisconsin or OSU some trouble.
     
  8. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    2014 UCLA Bruins Preview

    The 2 time defending Pac 10 champs have something to prove this season. The nay sayers in their conference say they are lucky and should not have won the conference the past 2 seasons. Well, the Bruins hope to quiet the critics in 2014, taking home their 3rd straight Pac 10 Crown.

    On offense, the Bruins had quite a spring battle between Alex McCray (80 OVR), the highly touted freshman out of San Antonio, and Redshirt Sophomore Justin Green (78 OVR). In the end, the Bruins brain trusted decided to go with the true Freshman as their opening day starter to lead the offense. But as in seasons past, the hook is a short one on these young QB's. In the back field the Bruins return 2 talented HB's in SR(RS) Malcom Jones (90 OVR) and JR(RS) Joe Dixon (90 OVR). This looks to be the strength of the team. Look for the Bruins to pound the rock as they have in years past. The O-Line is average at best, but the entire line are returning starters from last season. Hopefully they will continue to mesh and open holes for the run game. In the passing game look for SR(RS) Paul Richardson to be the stand out. A preseason All-American with great size and speed. The Bruins also added another highly touted Freshman in Jon Allen. Although his talent is raw and unpolished, he will be the number 2 reciever this season.

    On defense, the Bruins are anchored in the middle by SR(RS) DT Cassius Marsh and on the outside by JR(RS) Fred Trembley. The front seven seem to be the strength of this unit and hope to shut down oppenents run game as they have in years past. One glaring weakness in the defense is at the CB position. UCLA is extremely young here and will be tested quite often I imagine. The only saving grace to secondary are the 2 starting safties. SR Dietrich Riley and SO Paul Spence are both talented and will try to make up for the lack of talent at CB with their play.

    On special teams, the Bruins have presason All American SO Glenn Harris back for his 2nd season. Hopefully, he has improved his leg strength a bit with some pretty heavy offseason work-outs.

    The Bruins have a tough road ahead of them trying to 3-peat in the Pac 10. Early tests on the road against Oregon State and at home against Oregon could set the table for how the conference season will play out.
     
  9. dakota7

    dakota7 Former Blue Chip Recruit

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    Oregon Ducks -- Time to Put Up or Shut Up

    The Ducks enter the 2014 season with high expectations. Led by an offense rated as a A+, this is a team that should compete for a BCS title. Anything less will leave the fans in Eugene disappointed.

    Offense -- Clearly one of the best units in the country, the Ducks are led by QB Bryan Bennett. Bennett is a true dual threat QB, entering the season with a 96 overall rating (89 speed, 91 acc, 88 thp, 99 tha), he is a true weapon. Behind him are senior Hbs Matthew Pope (96 ovr) and Kris Espinosa (92 ovr). Operating in front of this backfield is a veteran offensive line that is very talented. The entire line is rated over 90. The "weak" link of this offensive juggernaut is probably the receivers, who only rate in the 80's. The only people who can stop the Duck offense will be themselves.

    Defense -- This is a solid, if unspectacular, group. Rated as a B+ overall, the unit is led by the front seven. DE Ira Brown (91 ovr) and DT Justin Garrett (88 ovr) hold down the front line for linebackers Matt Randall (90 ovr), Ryan Harwell (86 ovr) and Jarrod Sharpe (85 ovr). This linebacking crew is experienced and fast. Big plays are expected out of them.

    The Ducks will be tested early in the season, as they travel to Camp Randall to face the Badgers.
     
  10. whygodwhy1111

    whygodwhy1111 Walk On

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    Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back
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    Texas 2014

    Texas comes back with their best team yet in search of a National Title Hat trick. With Whaley Graduating Shead takes the reigns at HB. Shead lacks the size of Whaley but makes up for it by being one of if not the fastest HBs in the college fooball today. QB Conner Wood comes back for this 5th year, and the new Texas OC is going to take advantage of that Laser Rocket Arm. Wood will also reap the benefit of returning 5 outstanding senior WRs, including star WR Mike Davis- who makes the Impossible probable when he laces up his cleats. Up front the Gruesome five-some is back and bigger, badder, and meaner than ever.

    Defensively Texas has switch the a 3-4 defense which seems to be out of vogue these days. The Defensive unit is lead by former Bednarik and 2 time Thorpe award winner, Mike Heinz. Heniz has the combination of instincts, strength, hands, and unbelievable speed, but has not had much impact since winning the Bednarik as a true freshman. The linebacking core is held down by Brent Holland who makes up for his lack of height, with his lack of speed... and bone crushing hits. The Defensive front is anchored by world class DT Mark Carter who combines the Size of a DT with the pass rushing ability of an unblocked defensive end.
     
  11. mboda

    mboda Walk On

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    2014 Ohio State Buckeyes
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    The Ohio State Buckeyes, who start the season off ranked #1 in the nation, look like one of the best teams in the nation. The Buckeye offense will be lead by two Juniors, QB Hunter Battle and HB Michael Chapman. Chapman turned down the NFL, and choose to come back. Chapman is coming off of two straight years of 1,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. This year he finally gets to carry the full load, as he is now the starter, after having to share carries the last two years. The BIG loss on offense is WR Brad Smith, who was runner-up for the Heisman and won the Biletnikoff after a terrific season.

    On Defense the Buckeyes should be one of the best teams in the country, as they bring back alot of talent. Starting with LE Solomon Thomas, who turned down the NFL and choose to come back for his Senior year. Junior MLB Anthony Lindsey leads a strong group of linebackers, which includes LB Josh Howard who should have a big year after taking over a starting job this year. The secondary will be lead by SS Kris Dunlap, who is in his third year starting for this defense.

    The Buckeyes start their season out with a tough road test against Alabama in week 3. Other big games for the Buckeyes will be week 6 at Iowa, week 11 at Illinois and they end the year with 3 huge games, week 13 + 14 are two tough homes games against Michigan and Texas, and Ohio State ends the year with a big road game at Oregon State.
     

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