The Final Season - Schedule and Season Preview

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  1. Hellisan

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    I looked through and noticed that everybody had 3 conference user games. So no odd "trying to get somebody their four games" type shit. I got to thinking, let's make this last season epic. Everybody will have 5 user games this season, and whomever wins this one will clearly have run a gauntlet and deserve that ring.

    Schedule coming up, followed by a season preview.
     
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  2. jfosh

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    NIce really nice!
     
  3. BRUCE80

    BRUCE80 Let the dirt just shower over you..

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    Sounds good thanks.
     
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    USF VS UCLA has to be in there somewhere
     
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    Big East Season Preview

    Rutgers looks to Rebound, while USF aims to "repeat" undefeated season

    The Big East has one team clearly on the rise as of last season in the USF Bulls led by Coach Blaza. Another team has struggled since JCSpartan took over (Cincinnati) due to a dearth of talent. Rutgers and cooach MoGriff are looking to bounce back and become title contenders again despite a dropoff in talent. Finally, Pitt wants to prove that its lapse against USF in an absolute drubbing was a one-time thing, and that they can contend in the suddenly tough Big East.

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    JCSpartan2

    Team Ratings
    Offense: B-
    Defense: B-
    Special: B-

    Out of Conference User Games
    Hotrod - Purdue
    Twister - Stanford

    Strengths and Weaknesses
    + Talent is slowly improving. They have some speed on offense and a QB that can spread the ball around, with an average line in front of him.
    - Team remains extremely weak on defensive line and at WR, TE

    Prime Contributors
    - SO QB Tyrell Sledge - 83 OVR - has a solid arm (90/89) and should be the unquestioned starter. His lack of mobility means that the team needs to use a system that fits him.
    - SR HB Jared Gibson - 84 OVR - Talented and has speed, (93 SPD/94 ACC) which is hard to find these days
    - SR C Marvin Austin - 93 OVR - Solid center calling plays for the line
    - JR MLB Josh Armstrong - 78 OVR - Bad OVR due to low AWR rating, but 92 SPD means he will be all over the field
    - SO FS Jonathan Godfrey - 78 OVR - Again, physical talent with 95 SPD and 6'4 Stature

    Keys to the Season
    The team needs Sledge to stay healthy, first and foremost. They have some speedy playmakers, but with the team needing to game plan around Sledge and his solid arrm, the backup QB's will be virtually worthless if he goes down. They are fast QB's without very good arms. The defensive line has to play over its collective head, because it is just bad on paper. The obvious way to attack this team is to just come right at them and hope you can push them around. If that doesn't work, there are other options because this simply is not a star-studded team. They are vulnerable, and every game will be tough. JC got stuck with a tough squad to use here... Thanks for hanging in there, and go get 'em this season.

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    MaxATX34

    Team Ratings
    Offense: B
    Defense: B
    Special: B

    Out of Conference User Games
    JFosh - Cal
    Perry - Illinois

    Strengths and Weaknesses
    + Speed at wide receiver. An adequate interior defensive line and secondary
    - Lack of a clear-cut starter at QB. Lack of bulk and strength on the interior of the offensive line. Lack of great pass rushers

    Prime Contributors
    - SO HB Justin Dawson - 80 OVR - Despite lack of a great rating, he has shown the ability to make tough yards for PITT. Can he do it for a full season?
    - SR WR Matt Wood - 92 OVR - Upper echelon (98) speed, great awareness. Hasn't cracked the 1,000 yard mark, should do it this year.
    - SO WR Todd Castillo - 85 OVR - Workhorse last season for the Panthers. More of a possession guy but is capable of making the big play.
    - SR TE Adrian Samuel - 89 OVR - Six-foot-seven beast who can both block and catch
    - SO MLB J.J. Jameson - 87 OVR - Looks to be one of the leading tacklers in the Big East. He'll have a lot of messes to clean up unless this team overachieves
    - SR CB Lee Thompson - 82 OVR - Speedy corner has 12 interceptions in his career. Pittsburgh will need him to have another big season.

    Keys to the Season
    The coach needs to develop confidence that this group of miscreants can compete with the big boys. Will a bad loss last season affect that confidence level negatively? They have a QB controversy developing with the talented Scott Calhoun (80 SPD, 98 ARM, 81 THA) being challenged by the smarter, more accurate Howard Sowell (60 SPD, 86 THP, 89 THA). Neither has played much, so there's no telling if Coach Max will go with talent or guile here. Whatever decision they make, it needs to be the right one. They have to be multi-dimensional and dangerous on offense because their defense is going to be porous.

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    MoGriffJr

    Team Ratings
    Offense: B+
    Defense: B+
    Special: B+

    Out of Conference User Games
    Zetroc - Michigan St
    Hellisan - Washington

    Strengths and Weaknesses
    + Good depth and ability on offensive line. Tons of athleticism on defense, can compete with just about anybody in that regard
    - The halfback situation is not ideal. Although the QB has shown improvement, he is still operating in a dark shadow of the former starter. The interior of the defensive line lacks speed on the outside, and bulk inside.

    Prime Contributors
    - SR QB Kevin Wilson - 90 OVR - Wilson completed over 60% of his passes and had a good TD to INT ratio. He is still not the type of player that led Rutgers to glory in the past
    - SR TE Travis Spencer - 89 OVR - Extremely gifted tight end has over 1,000 yards receiving in each of the last three seasons. Only an adequate blocker, his combination of speed (88) and skill ratings are such that you'd be stupid to have him block more than a couple of plays per game.
    - JR LT Ryan Phillips - 98 OVR - 6'5" 329 lb. monster with great strength, awareness, and blocking skill. Leader of the offensive line
    - JR MLB Nelson Witherspoon - 89 OVR - Fast, athletic middle linebacker who should break out this year. Sideline to sideline playmaker
    - JR CB Rob Scott - 89 OVR - The only experienced returning starter in a talented cast of corners. Needs to create turnovers.
    SR K/P Terrence West - 99 OVR - 99 KPW/KAC/AWR

    Keys to the Season
    Rutgers is a team that loves to pass, but as coach MoGriff has pointed out, they have their best success when they are running the ball well. Last year they didn't do that consistently, as both the returning ball carriers that saw a lot of carries were just under 5.0 yards per carry. Good in real life, horrible in a video game. Buck Scott was much maligned. He gained over 1,000 yards but struggled to break tackles and fumbled 6 times. We look for JR HB Joe Manning (80 OVR, 93 SPD) to possibly get a shot at some point. Rutgers has adequate weapons on offense to run their style. Like most teams they need their stars to stay healthy. Above and beyond that, they need their defense to be special. On paper this defense has big holes, but with a good scheme and a few breaks they could be dangerous.

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    Blaza

    Team Ratings
    Offense: B
    Defense: B+
    Special: B

    Out of Conference User Games
    JMS - Wisconsin
    Bruce80 - UCLA

    Strengths and Weaknesses
    + Genuine Heisman candidate running back with fast, dangerous supporting case of wide receivers. Fast, athletic defense culled from South Florida
    - Questions at quarterback abound. Secondary is talented, but lacks upper echelon technique.

    Prime Contributors
    - SR HB Victor Larson - 89 OVR - [**Heisman Candidate**] - Larson toted the rock 256 times for 1,844 yards and 30 touchdowns last season... And didn't win the Heimsan trophy. Whatever the Heisman voters were smoking must be as good as the stash of chillums Coach Blaza be dippin' into. If Larson can even approach what he did last year, this should be another good run by a very talented team. Larson constantly falls forward with the ball and has deceptive speed in the open field. USF is great at getting him to the perimeter of the defense where he typically gains 3-5 yards upon contact with defensive players.
    - SR WR Josh Little - 97 OVR - As dangerous as Larson is, Little is the perfect accompanying weapon. Little can beat just about anyone down the field with his 99 speed. Also a heady player who can really catch the ball. The less "careful" Blaza is with his scheme, the better this guy could do. His stats last year were not in keeping with his ability.
    - JR DT J.P. Richardson - 88 OVR - Richardson is quick off the ball, sheds blocks, and can make the tackle. They are replacing all of the interior line this season so Richardson needs to play up to his abilities.
    - SR MLB John Hicks - 94 OVR - Physical player who is up to top speed in no time. Still learning the position as as senior which is unfortunate, but his physical tools and ability are outstanding.

    Keys to the Season
    Coach Blaza demonstrates the ability to be multi-dimensional when he needs to be, but the season depends on the health of HB Larson. The coach not only believes in Larson, but relies on him. It's almost a case of putting all the eggs in one basket. Larson got shafted in the Heisman race last last year, but if coach Blaza has his way, Larson will run the Bulls all the way to the BCS trophy which eluded them last season. They have an EXTREMELY difficult schedule to work through, but Blaza has honed his game plan and looks to be ready for the challenge.
     
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    Big Ten Season Preview

    While Purdue dusts itself off again, Wisconsin looks to break through

    Traditionally, the Big Ten has two teams fighting for a spot in the top 5 and that's Wisconsin and Purdue. These coaches have been here since the beginning, they have recruited well and been very consistent. The other two teams are coaches that transferred to down-and-out teams midway through the process, and it has not been easy. After a loss that disappointed him greatly in the recent championship game, Hotrod looks to pick himself up off the mat once again and have another stellar season. Wisconsin, meanwhile, looks to break through and play their best in every single game. That's what it will take for them to win a title. We believe that not much will change this year in the conference. While we'd love to see some surprises, we don't think our eyebrows will be raised too much by the happenings of this coming year.

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    Papa Perry

    Team Ratings
    Offense: B-
    Defense: B+
    Special: D+

    Out of Conference User Games
    Hellisan - Washington
    MaxATX34 - PITT

    Strengths and Weaknesses
    + Competitive at linebacker, corner, and safety. A trio of capable, swift running backs, and good depth at QB.
    - Slow wide receivers which is a killer. Offensive line has major holes, and they need help at defensive tackle badly

    Prime Contributors
    - JR HB Jonathan Bonds - 84 OVR - Leading returning rusher has great AGI (95) and SPD (92) coupled with awesome STR (80). One of three capable backs
    - JR DE Terrell Medley - 87 OVR - Solid lineman had 5 sacks last season, looks for more this year.
    - SR MLB Mike Kelly - 88 OVR - Incredible at pursuing the ball carrier (99) and has good all around talent. This is his only season as a starter
    - FR OLB Craig Moore - 78 OVR - He is our "pick to click" as we don't even know if Perry plans to start him but this guy is a nice find. He's a very good tackler, has good pass rush moves, and is great in zone coverage. We wonder if Perry considered making him a defensive end.
    - SR CB Darius King - 90 OVR - King is the only player on the team that you could expect to put on a really good WR and see him hold his own.
    - SR FS Charles Morris - 94 OVR - Knowing that free safeties make so few plays on their own, we'd play him at corner most likely.

    Keys to the Season
    Illinois needs to find the right solution at quarterback early on. Every user team has games early in the season this year, and Coach Perry has leaked that he will likely start freshman QB Thad Brooks (78 OVR, 86 SPD). Well they have two other QB's in front of Brooks that look just as good or better. Meanwhile, Brooks would likely be their best all-around wide receiver. Jonathan Bonds needs to go off and have a spectacular season. I would make him the focal point of this offense, look to get him the ball 30 times a game via the handoff or occasional screen pass. On defense, they need to not have important players in the secondary or d-line get hurt. They are very thin at spots. Even if everything goes right, this team will have a difficult time taking down the beasts in Madison, WI and West Lafayette, IN.

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    Zetroc

    Team Ratings
    Offense: C+
    Defense: C+
    Special: C

    Out of Conference User Games
    BRUCE80 - UCLA
    MogriffJr - Rutgers

    Strengths and Weaknesses
    + Decent offensive roster for an option-oriented team. Good "speed depth" at WR and CB... They're not a slow team
    - Paper thin roster at a lot of spots. A lot of guys they cannot afford to lose. Lacking in skill at some positions even if the athleticism is there.

    Prime Contributors
    - JR QB Marcus Wallace - 78 OVR - Fast option-style QB with 90 speed. He's the only decent QB on the roster.
    - JR HB Jared Jordan - 88 OVR - Very solid all-around workhourse style running back who can do it all, including catch the ball.
    - SR DT Roderick Terrell - 85 OVR - He is the only interior lineman that poses a problem for the offense. Big and strong. They can't lose him.
    - SR FS Calvin Mitchell - 85 OVR - Compared to a lot of safeties with much better ratings, he had great stats. Probably due to other players lack of ability.

    Keys to the Season
    I don't know too much about Zetroc from a "scheme" perspective, I know he can run hot and cold. He can beat or lose to anybody in this league. He likes to run the option some, which matches up well with his starting quarterback. Of all the teams I've seen so far, they have the most players that can't afford to lose. Every one of the "prime contributors" above is absolutely priceless to this team. So keeping them healthy would be job 1. Second is getting a few breaks. Third would be all the other teams forfeiting. I kid, but it is true that this team just lacks talent when compared to others. At least they have a few weapons to turn to. Good luck this season, MSU. And thanks for making a return and being an outstanding member of T1 this year.

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    Hotrod

    Team Ratings
    Offense: A+
    Defense: A-
    Special: A+

    Out of Conference User Games
    JCSpartan2 - Cincinnati
    Stanford - Twist18

    Strengths and Weaknesses
    + Deep, talented offense that literally has no holes. They can beat you any way you want. Stars all over the defense as well.
    - Not much. They will allow yards through the air when they don't get to the QB, due to a very average group of corners

    Prime Contributors
    - SR QB Brandon Sanders - 99 OVR - [** Heisman Candidate **] - Well yes, Sanders is indeed a Heisman candidate since he won the thing last season. He is fantastically athletic and his arm has developed to where it is no longer a weakness under any circumstances. He is truly an unstoppable all-around threat. The only concern is his ability to hold onto the football. His career fumble total now stands at 31. That is skewed somewhat by an astounding 19 fumbles as a true freshman (he has 12 over two seasons since then) but the fact remains, that this guy is a huge risk-reward waiting to happen when he pulls the ball down to run. He could get a huge gain, or provide a costly turnover to the other team. Nevertheless, at least 10 of the 12 players in the league would trade QB's with Purdue in a heartbeat.
    - SR HB Ken Sampson - 99 OVR - This is an interesting running back situation. You have Sampson, who has "good" speed and great abilities elsewhere, and then you have three very fast running backs in his stead with lower OVR ratings. Will Sampson get all the carries he had last season? A reasonable man says no, he probably won't. But he had a nice season last year and should do so again.
    - SR WR Eric Crooks - 99 OVR
    - JR WR Joshua Cohen - 96 OVR - Crooks and Cohen are the ringleaders of an incredibly talented quintet of wide receivers that will be very difficult to stop this season. Crooks has enjoyed status as Coach Hotrod's "favorite" in the eyes of the league but last year Cohen outperformed him. Cohen is bigger and faster (on paper) than Crooks but it is pointless to argue who is better. The only thing you need to know, is that you cannot stop them. Or likely any of the three behind them.
    - SR DT Marcus Roberson - 98 OVR
    - JR DT Jammal Henry - 96 OVR - The group of defensive tackles on this team rivals that of the wide receivers. Roberson is more of a run stopper, while Henry is an awesome interior pass rusher in the mold of a young Richard Seymour. Both would be first round draft picks. With these guys around, the defense must play straight up against the good, but not outstanding, defensive ends.
    - SR MLB Jacob Mitchell - Mitchell is a good example of the type of linebacker you can find in NCAA. Great ratings, average production. Whether that was due to playing time or the great players in front of him is not known but Mitchell has the talent to be an impact player.

    Keys to the Season
    Purdue is one of the two best teams in this dynasty. They want to win it all. They need to win it all. Will that result in them putting more pressure on themselves than they need to? That is a possibility, but it is one that I'm not biting on. The key for this team is to not get behind early. They are a great come-from-behind team but sometimes begin the comeback too late. There are no depth or talent concerns on this roster other than the fact that the corners can be beaten. I don't think teams will have much time to sit in the pocket though. Still, on days when the pass rush isn't there, they will be involved in shootouts.

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    Team Ratings
    Offense: A-
    Defense: A-
    Special: A+

    Out of Conference User Games
    JFosh - Cal
    Blaza - USF

    Strengths and Weaknesses
    + Great components on offense including one of the best two or three running backs in the nation. Rock-solid secondary
    - The worst you can say about them is "they're not what they once were." They have depth issues at a couple positions and lack of talent at one or two positions that could limit them to certain schemes (if they're smart).

    Prime Contributors
    - SR HB Cameron Kelly - 99 OVR - Kelly is not only a do-it-all back, he's the only REALLY good back on this squad. They have capable talent behind him but the dropoff from Kelly to the next guy is big. He would be a Heisman candidate if there was somebody better behind him. I know JMS well enough to know that in this situation, he will probably pull Kelly anytime he is satisfied with the lead. Therefore, no Heisman.
    - SR WR Justin Williams - 94 OVR - Talented wide receiver with good hands and the ability to catch the ball in traffic
    - JR RT Cole Larsen - 93 OVR - The only really great offensive lineman they have left. Weird to see low 80's here instead of high 90's. Let's be clear... They are not bad, just young. But nevertheless this team isn't going to open up truck-sized holes like Clay had.
    - SR MLB Matt Williams - 97 OVR - Williams is a phenomenal talent who has matured to the max. Gets off block and brings the pain when he arrives.
    - SR CB Clay Thomas - 93 OVR - Thomas is the leader of a group of corners that's just about as good as it gets in a multi-player dynasty in NCAA '11. They typically do not have great OVR ratings unless they are transferred ATH or FS's. But all of these guys are extremely fast, and all of them can cover.

    Keys to the Season
    I remember a couple years back when Wisconsin had so many defensive ends always wanting to come there, that Coach JMS turned up his nose to a couple really good ones. The ones they have on hand now are solid, but I bet he would have grabbed all he could now. Well... That said... The obvious key to the season is Kelly staying healthy. This team is good at running the ball and Kelly is a great guy to run it with. It's just hard to keep these guys healthy in this year's game. They have two great FS, I just wonder who will start. The other should start at SS... I really like their QB. I didn't list him above, but this is the heady, solid type of QB I have won just about every of my titles with over the years. Just speaking from personal experience... Give me Jake Locker and I'll piss the season away, then win it all with Nick Montana. Wisconsin may be able to do the same. When you don't have a GREAT QB you simplify things a bit. Sometimes that's the best way to go. The last thing I will bring up is scheme. I really think they need to consider a solely single back offense this year. They have no fullback, and they don't have enough tight ends to stick one at FB. Plus, that usually doesn't work anyway. Run a potent single-back attack is my suggestion.
     
  7. Hellisan

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    I'll just say talent wise and ratings wise, best Rutgers team I've ever had. I have a legit shot of going all the way this year! and Wilson maybe just enough to get there...though he's not the freak passer I'd hope he'd become, completing over 60% of his passes is good enough for me. Buck Scott's improvement leads me to believe he's ready to go beast mode.
     
  9. Blaza

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    Helli, not sure if you finished the schedule up, but I haven't played Mich St or Illinois in the OD yet. Like to get 1 or both on there.

    EDIT: saw the schedule was already done my bad.
     
  10. Blaza

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    VERY cool preview! I'm so fuckin happy I landed DT Richardson in the offseason. I have had some speedy DLs, especially on the edges, but I have struggled to find true stalwarts at DT. At 88 OVR, he comes in as one of the best DT's I've coached at USF so far.

    You're right about that schedule, sheesh! I will be out for blood against Wisconsin as we gave away a game against them in our last meeting. UCLA vs USF will be the battle for of the two split national champions from last season. :D The Big East looks like it has risen to challenge the Pac-10 for toughest conference in T1 over the last few seasons.
     
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    Good work man.

    My d-line last season was horrible, and it's no better this season. It looks like I got shit on this offseason from a progression stand point.
     
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    Nice write-up Helli. I think Im going to roll with the 98THP scrambler at QB this season. Having him back there will open up the playbook a little bit. If he starts slipping Ill go ol' ball coach on him though and put the more accurate passer in.
     
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    I'm out for blood against USF and Pitt. That strategy of trying to establish the run heavily against those teams= over.

    Scott improved tremendously too but Wilson will hav to be the star here and I'ma test him.
     
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    Don't get picked off bruh :D

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    HotRod You ain't bout dat life!

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    When are we gonna get the rest of the preview Lord Hellisan?
     
  16. Hellisan

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    I will be doing the Big Ten next, I'm part way through it but hope to get it done soon.

    PS lol "Lord Hellisan"
     
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    Updated with Big Ten preview above.
     
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    Purdue is definitely my favorite to win it all here...his offense is ridiculous now and it will be very tough to stop right now...just too many weapons to overcome. Only thing that could get him in trouble is HR loves to get into slugfests, and sometimes it's a gamble especially if you have a team that can score just as much. But like I said, that team just has too much talent not to be the #1 contender.

    Wisconsin...while Helli likes this QB, I don't. I just feel JMS isn't at his best with a pocket passing QB. He needs a QB that can be on the move, kinda a dual threat type QB. Kelly is a monster and his health will be key. And defensively, like you said Helli, JMS turning his nose up on those DE's can prove costly. A JMS led defense always had a dangerous defensive line. This year, that line isn't that.
     
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    Well Kelly didnt make it through the 1st quarter before he went out for the game. Butler and Townsend took the lead roles vs Cal. Butler specifically won player of the game and is a more consistent runner then Kelly. Kelly is just too fucking fragile.

    Jarrett Brooks is the starter at QB for Wisconsin. He is the sophomore with a quick release. We like him better than Mark Taylor. He played on the road yesterday and we are excited to see how well he does this season.

    Yes Hellisan is correct about our secondary, they are pure cover guys and it showed yesterday vs CAL as we only allowed 66 passing yards. We like the team this year but we are very thin depth wise and our Oline is young. Ultimately it will be up to me and the decisions I make on the field will be why I win or lose this season.
     

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