Discussion in 'Zeros to Heroes' started by OnIowa, Mar 27, 2011.
2011 - 2012 Colorado Buffalo Season Preview
Returning Starters: Offense 9/ Defense 6
Key Losses : CB Jimmy Smith, CB Jahlil Brown
Players to Watch: HB Rodney Stewart, , LB Tyler Ahles, SS Anthony Perkins
Newcomers: WR Paul Richardson, CB Paul Vigo, CB Lou Johnson
Strengths: Safety/Halfback - Colorado returns all Big-12 HB Rodney Stewart, who will see an increased in carries with a refocused running attack. In the Buffs 4-2-5 defense, Safeties are the key, and the Buffs welcome back Safeties Ray Polk and Anthony Perkins for another stellar defensive campaign.
Weakness: Pass Blocking - Colorado boost a very good line at the point of attack, which should secure a great running game in the Big 12, but pass blocking will be yet another issue as the Buffs look to replace All-American LT Nate Solder.
Key Games: the whole schedule is key for the Buffs this year. Last year's 7-6 record was littered with great wins but also some very bad losses, look for the Buffs to take no opponent lightly.
Recruit to Watch : Center - Cameron Cooper. Cooper is a Great Lakes kid coming from the small town Hamtramck, MI. Cameron is an excellent run blocker and engages with targets quickly after the snap, current schools Cooper has interest in besides Colorado include Wisconsin, Michigan State and
2011-12 Oklahoma Sooners FootballPreseason PreviewReturning Starters: The Sooners return eight starters on offense and six on defense.Key Losses: Star tailback and kick returner DeMarco Murray is a huge loss for the Sooners. The Sooners also lose star receiver Ryan Broyles, an early entrant to the NFL Draft.Key Newcomers: Redshirt Freshman Brennan Clay will take the bulk of the carries for the Sooners. Clay is extremely agile and boasts great speed, drawing comparisons to Reggie Bush's college days in spring practice. Redshirt Freshman Trey Franks will also see extensive time on offense, playing in the slot after transitioning from running back in his first year on campus.Key Games: Week One @ LSU, Week Two vs. Alabama, Week Three vs. Ohio State, Week Six @ TexasBiggest Question Mark: Running back is a big question mark for Oklahoma. Murray played all four years for the Sooners. Clay has the talent, but it is yet to be known if he'll produce. Sophomore Roy Finch produced in limited playing time last season.Most Important Recruit: Tackle Mark Jackson is a must-have for the Sooners. The 6'6", 295 pound Virginia native would likely see immediate playing time. Oklahoma is currently competing with USC, Alabama, and LSU for his services.
2011- 2012 Texas Longhorns Team Preview
Key Returners: QB Garret Gilbert, RB DJ Monroe, OLB Emmanuel Acho, K Justin Tucker
Key Losses : MLB Jared Norton, Cornerbacks
Player to Watch: Junior RB DJ Monroe- Monroe led the nation in rushing yards last year as a sophomore even with a lack luster passing game that kept the Longhorn's mostly one dimensional.
Strengths: Multiple looks- With so many athletes on both sides of the ball Texas will have the ability to show their opponents many different looks. From option concepts, to power running game, to 4 wide run and gun- Texas will look to attack with every offense possible. On defense, blessed with strength, size, and speed Texas will be able to run the 3-4 and 4-3 almost interchangeably.
Weakness: Young starters- Texas will depending on a ton of true freshman to step up this year and fill some big shoes. Most noteably on the offensive line and in the secondary. Can these young kids hold up to the pressure of big time college football? Only time will tell
Key Games: Texas will waste no time playing key games. Game 1 @ #7 Auburn, Game 2 vs. #19 Miami, Game 3 vs. #22 Cal... other key games-- Week 6 vs. #2 Oklahoma, Week 9 vs. #4 Nebraska, Week 12 vs. #21 Florida State
Quote of the Off-season: "We're the University of Texas. As a coach here we're not measured by wins and losses we're measured by Conference Championships and National Championships. So is winning games good enough? No. Winning Championships is the only thing that matters."
2011-2012 Nebraska Cornhusker Season Preview
Key Returners - QB Taylor Martinez, DT Jared Crick, CB Alfonzo Dennard
Key Losses - CB Prince Amakamura, HB Roy Helu
Key Newcomers - WR Clifford Bright, TE Lorenzo Lowe, CB Michael Lewis
Strength - Defensive Depth. The Huskers have a solid group of returners on the defensive side of the ball, combined with a solid recruiting group last season spells big things for the Husker D.
Weaknesses - Passing Game. With no true go to guy for Martinez someone will have to step up and make plays should the Huskers plan to do big things running and passing the ball this season.
Key Games - Week 1 vs. #5 Arkansas, Week 6 @ at Missouri, Week 9 @ #25 Texas, Week 13 @ Colorado
"We are looking to build upon a solid season last year and take it to the new level. We came up just short of the BCS Title Game last season but hopefully we will be playing for the title this year."
dammit, another close loss, 16-14 Tenn.
Our only two losses were in VERY tight games.
Oklahoma 38, LSU 28. RS Freshman Brennan Clay led the charge with 26 carries for 213 yards and 3 TDs.
BIG XII BRAGGING RIGHTS!
Season preview for Mizzou when I get home!
But back to what CP9 said...pure dominance so far by the Big 12!
Key Returners: WR Jerrell Jackson, WR TJ Moe, MLB Will Ebner, DT Dominique Hamilton
Key Losses : QB Blaine Gabbert,
Player to Watch: QB James Franklin- He has big shoes to fill in the absence of Blaine Gabbert. However, Franklin is extremely quick and should cause headaches on the read-options. In the open field, he is difficult to bring down. His arm strength and accuracy is dangerous as well.
Strengths: Offense- WR's Jerrell Jackson and TJ Moe should find open spots all over the field in this spread-option offense. QB James Franklin has the ability to deliver the tough passes and keeping his WR's happy. HB Henry Josey is extremely fast and hides the line really well before exploding through the gaps.
Weakness: - Defense - Mizzou lost a lot of starters from last year. That defensive group was mediocre at best...which begs the question: Just how will this Mizzou team deal with rotating in unproven players that couldn't even break the starting lineup last year?
Key Games: Tough games abound this season for the Mizzou Tigers. Georgia, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado...the Tigers have their work cut out for them
Quote of the Off-season: "We finished 8-5 and now everyone is writing us off? I guarantee that this squad is going to turn things around and that we are going to make our opponents regret stepping on the field to face us. It's go-time." - Coach NRG_QBZ
Lost my starting HB for the year :-/
My starting halfback has 498 yards and 5 touchdowns through three games...
Just sucks because it was after the game froze with :22 sec to go the first time :-/
CU shuts out TCU 42-0, Horned Frogs are not the same without QB
Still a BIG win
Where is the Texas Tech preview ?
Buffs get past Badgers 28-27, freshman QB Hirschman leads the second half comeback for Buffs.
Sooners continue undefeated season, getting through a very rough OOC schedule...knocked off LSU, Bama, OSU, and FSU
Mizzou finishes their OOC schedule by defeating Georgia, Iowa, and Virginia Tech. Their only loss came to the Michigan Wolverines by a FG.
The Tigers open up Big 12 play with a 35-28 win over Kansas. Next up: Nebraska, who will be looking to avenge their loss to the Tigers from the previous season!
Sooners switch to a spread attack mid-game and capitalize on a fake FG to knock off a very pesky Longhorns team 24-17
Nebraska with a big game vs. Mizzou tonight...will be starting their third string HB since the first two are out
Made it through the gauntlet that was my first seven weeks...now only computer opponents stand in my way of Dallas.
We're getting embarrassed by the SEC off the field
At least we know who reigns supreme between the lines
Thru Week 8
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