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College Football Preseason Top 25

Hello fellow college football fans, welcome to my college football season preview series. Today I am posting my preseason top 25 college football rankings. Please feel free to interact and debate my conclusions, I enjoy interacting with all college football fans. So without further ado let us get this party started.

  1. Alabama- Last year: 13–1 (7–1 SEC); Beat Georgia in College Football Playoff national championship
  2. Georgia- Last year: 13–2 (7–1 SEC); Lost to Alabama in College Football Playoff national championship
  3. Clemson- Last year: 12–2 (7–1 ACC); Lost to Alabama in College Football Playoff semifinal
  4. Wisconsin- Last year: 13–1 (9–0 Big Ten); Beat Miami in Orange Bowl
  5. OSU- Last year: 12–2 (8–1 Big Ten); Beat USC in Cotton Bowl
  6. Washington- Last year: 10–3 (7–2 Pac-12); Lost to Penn State in Fiesta Bowl
  7. Oklahoma- Last year: 12–2 (8–1 Big 12); Lost to Georgia in College Football Playoff semifinal
  8. Auburn- Last year: 10–4 (7–1 SEC); Lost to UCF in Peach Bowl
  9. Miami- Last year: 10–3 (7–1 ACC); Lost to Wisconsin in Orange Bowl
  10. TCU- Last year: 11–3 (7–2 Big 12); Beat Stanford in Alamo Bowl
  11. Penn St- Last year: 11–2 (7–2 Big Ten); Beat Washington in Fiesta Bowl
  12. Michigan St.- Last year: 10–3 (7–2 Big Ten); Beat Washington State in Holiday Bowl
  13. Notre Dame-Last year: 10–3; Beat LSU in Citrus Bowl
  14. Stanford- Last year: 9–5 (7–2 Pac-12); Lost to TCU in Alamo Bowl
  15. Virginia Tech- Last Year: 9-4 (5-3 ACC); Lost to Oklahoma State in Camping World Bowl
  16. USC- Last year: 11–3 (8–1 Pac-12) Lost to Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl
  17. West Virginia- Last year: 7–6 (5–4 Big 12); Lost to Utah in Heart of Dallas Bowl
  18. Michigan-Last year: 8–5 (5–4 Big Ten); Lost to South Carolina in Outback Bowl
  19. Mississippi St- Last year: 9–4 (4–4 SEC); Beat Louisville in Taxslayer Bowl
  20. FSU- Last year: 7–6 (3–5 ACC); Beat Southern Miss in Independence Bowl
  21. LSU- Last year: 9–4 (6–2 SEC); Lost to Notre Dame in Citrus Bowl
  22. Boise St- Last Year: 11–3 (7–1 Mountain West) Beat Oregon in Las Vegas Bowl
  23. South Carolina- Last Year 9–4 (5–3 in SEC) Beat Michigan in Outback Bowl
  24. Oklahoma St- Last Year: 10–3 (6–3 in Big 12) Beat Virginia Tech in Camping World Bowl
  25. UCF- Last year: 13–0 (8–0 AAC); Beat Auburn in Peach Bowl

 

College Football Preview VIII SEC

Hello fellow college football fans, welcome to my college football season preview series. From now until the college football season starts, I will be previewing two college football teams a week. I plan to cover all major programs within all the conferences. I plan on looking at teams from the ACC to the SEC. I will give you my predictions for what these teams will do this year. Please feel free to interact and debate my conclusions, I enjoy interacting with all college football fans. So without further ado let us get this party started.

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For my eighth installment, I decided to go with the mighty South Eastern Conference (SEC). You cannot talk SEC football without talking about Alabama. There is no doubt that Alabama is the standard when it comes to establishing and maintaining a college football dynasty. Alabama has the best coach possibly of all time in Nick Saban who does an excellent job controlling the narrative when it comes to Alabama football. Nick Saban has done a great job maintaining the noise around his quarterback situation. There is no doubt in my mind that barring injury that Tua Tagovailoa will start over Jalen Hurts this season. There is no denying that Jalen Hurts is an excellent athlete but not a great quarterback. He can make plays happen with his legs but cannot throw from the packet. Alabama will continue to do what makes them successful, run the ball and play outstanding defense. Damien Harris will return after rushing for 1000 yards with a 7.4 average yards per carry average. I also expect to see more playing time for Najee Harris in the backfield as well. When you look at Alabama’s schedule, I see only two games that might give them problems and that is September 15that Ole Miss and November 3rdat LSU. Alabama will get Miss State and Auburn at home this year. I think both those games will be close but Alabama wins. I see Alabama going 12-0 and of course winning the SEC West.

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The other team from the SEC I have to pay attention to is the Georgia Bulldogs. The Georgia Bulldogs were impressive all season rolling into the College Football Playoffs and eventually the National Championship game. Georgia will have to regroup after a heartbreaking lose in overtime to Alabama in the National Championship game. There is no doubt they won the battle on the recruiting trail and will open the season again loaded with talent. Georgia will return quarterback Jake Fromm who last year threw for 2615 yards with 24 touchdowns. Now Fromm did fracture his non-throwing hand during a lake accident in July. Even after losing Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to the NFL draft, they still have D’Andre Swift who has star potential written all over him. When you look at Georgia’s schedule they do have some tough games you can point too and see them losing, everyone is interested in the September 8thshowdown at South Carolina. I am not as concerned about that game because I am not as high on South Carolina as many other people are. October 13ththey will visit LSU, which is a team many people are guessing what they will look like; I can see a close game with Georgia winning in the 4thquarter. The November 10thmatch-up with Auburn will be another good game but I still see Georgia winning. I believe the Bulldogs will go 12-0 and winning the SEC East. How great would it be to have Alabama and Georgia unbeaten playing each other for the SEC championship? To me that would be great for college football.

Let me know what you think and I will see you next week.

Troy Trojans 2018 College Football Preview

A new season comes to a new opportunity for many College Football teams starting this Fall. Last year, the Troy Trojans had the best season they have ever had in their FCB career by accounting for an 11-2 record. This includes a 24-21 win over the LSU Tigers on September 30th and a 50-30 victory in the New Orleans Bowl over the North Texas Mean Green. The Trojans were Sun Belt conference co-champs with the Appalachian State Mountaineers as they have both only had one conference loss.

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This season, the Sun Belt Conference Championship game and a divisional setting of East vs. West will be enacted to avoid the title of co-champs again. The Trojans will be in the Eastern Division with Appalachian State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, and Coastal Carolina. The Western division will be composed of Arkansas State, Texas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, and their in-state conference rivals in the South Alabama Jaguars.

 

A new Quarterback and Running Back must be ready to lead the helm

The Trojans have a total of 7 starters from last year’s team that will be returning for the upcoming 2018 College Football season. Troy, though, must replace a large selection of leaders and talented players who made Neal Brown’s transition of Head Coach much easier. Former Gulf Shores Dolphin and long-time Trojans Quarterback Brandon Silvers will no longer lead the Trojans into a fall session. At the same time, the Trojans highly established Running Back in Jordan Chunn. Despite the heavy losses of talent and leadership, the Trojans are expected to recover quickly for the Fall. Kaleb Barker is expected to take over as the starting Quarterback for the Trojans after Silvers had led them for 4 seasons. Barker does not have a lot of playing experience, as he only threw for 143 yards and a touchdown on 8 completions (out of 13 attempts) last season. At the Running Back position, Jamarius Henderson is looking to secure the top spot as the starter. The Trojans might initiate a double tandem at the Running Back position with Henderson and B.J. Smith, however.

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Whoever will start at the Quarterback position, they will be comfortable knowing that the Trojans have an experienced Offensive Line with 4 returners. All four of these returners have been combined 72 career starts with the Trojans. The only position where the Trojans needed a new starter was at the Right Tackle position where James Peach has pretty much locked down the starting position. Last season, the Trojans Offensive Line were tied for 12th in the nation in fewest of sacks allowed all season with only 15 total sacks. The Trojans return two of their top Receivers from last season in Deondre Douglas (48 receptions for 628 yards and 4 touchdowns) and Damion Willis (42 receptions for 620 yards and 3 touchdowns). While the Trojans are looking for two more starters, they are confident with their selections in Sam Letton and former Louisville Cardinals Wide Out in Traveon Samuel. In his 3 seasons with Louisville, he has accounted for at least 18 receptions each season including multiple seasons with 2016 Heisman Trophy winning Quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the helm.

 

New players; same defensive format for Trojans

The defense for the Trojans was very efficient last season in stopping opposing offenses in the red zone from scoring. They were ranked 7th in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (105.7) and were tied for 8th (with Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan, and TCU) in sacks accounted for with 42 total sacks. This was due to their ability to make efficient reads on the opposing offenses and relied on the star playing ability of their Defensive Line. This season, they will not have DE Jamal Stardom and DT Baron Poole to create heavy pressure on the opposing Quarterback. This will be a big concern as they rely on their Defensive Line as a huge part of their defensive philosophy.

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The Trojans will return OLB Hunter Reese to lead the Trojans defense as last season he accounted for 34 total tackles, 18 solo tackles, and 10.5 tackles for loss. His leadership and versatility as a Linebacker and a down Defensive Linemen will be a huge asset for a defense that relies on creating chaos to an opposing offense. Another huge philosophy for Defensive Coordinator Vic Koenning is the defensive reading they do to match every systematic that the opposing offense inserts. Therefore, the Trojans defense was so efficient in the Red Zone and how they were ranked 11th in the nation in points allowed per game (18.5).

The Trojans are having to recover with losing their main Defensive Linemen, OLB Sam Lebbie, and CB Tyquae Russell. They do return their two tacklers in LB Tron Folsom (80 total tackles) and 8.5 tackles for loss and FS Cedarius Rookard (74 total tackles). In the main 5 Defensive Back setting on their defense, they must replace 3 of their starters but one of those new starters is CB Marcus Jones. He had a fantastic Freshman season last season as he accounted for 49 total tackles (5th highest on the team), 2 interceptions, and 6 pass deflections (tied for highest on the team). Last season, Jones was named the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the year due to his contributions as an efficient reserve in the Defensive Back units. He was also the 2017 ESPN Freshman All-American Kickoff Returner as he accounted for 3 kickoff touchdown returns. CB Blace Brown will be returning for his Senior season and will lead the Trojans highly-talented Defensive Back unit. Last season, Brown accounted for 33 total tackles, 23 solo tackles, 6 pass deflections, and 5 interceptions.

 

Expectations of the Trojans this season / Neal Brown’s ultimate test

Athlon Sports has predicted that the Troy Trojans will certainly face some turmoil this season but will finish with an 8-5 record. They also said that the Trojans will finish 2nd in the Eastern division behind Appalachian State. There are many that the Trojans will recover quickly from their loss of players and starters to make a run for the Sun Belt conference championship title. For the Trojans to continue success by accounting for at least 8 wins or more after coming through an offseason of replacing a Quarterback, Running Back, and their top Defensive Line shows that they are a powerhouse in the Sun Belt conference. This will be an impressive task for Coach Neal Brown to complete as he is one of the hottest coaches to take over a Head Coach position for a top division 1 football program.

 

College Football Preview

 

Hello fellow college football fans, welcome to my college football season preview series. From now until the college football season starts, I will be previewing two college football teams a week. I plan to cover all major programs within all the conferences. I plan on looking at teams from the ACC to the SEC. I will give you my predictions for what these teams will do this year. Please feel free to interact and debate my conclusions, I enjoy interacting with all college football fans. So without further ado let us get this party started.

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For my seventh installment, I decided to go with the PAC 12. The team I see that will be interesting to watch will be the Washington Huskies. There is no doubt that quarterback Jake Browning will be what makes the offense go. Browning threw for 2719 yards with 19 touchdowns to just five interceptions. His completion percentage was 68.5 percent. In addition, running back Myles Gaskin should have another big year; he averaged 6.2 yards per carry. Also defensively, they have a talented defensive backfield to anchor their defense. Washington will be tested week one playing Auburn, after that I see them being the favorite in every game the rest of the season. I can see Washington going 10-2 winning the PAC 12 North.

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The other team from the PAC 12 I have to pay attention to is of course the USC Trojans. This historic program is another one of those teams’ either fans love or hate. USC enters the year coming off an 11-3 season and a conference championship win. USC’s biggest question marks will be at quarterback with Sam Darnold leaving and running back with Ronald Jones leaving. Will USC, use a running back by committee approach to this season? I see USC having a strong defense but everything will center on what happens at the quarterback position. I think USC will have a rough start to the season with games at Stanford in week two and at Texas in week three. I think USC will rebound from a 1-2 start and finish the season with a 9-3 record that will be good enough to win the PAC 12 South.

Let me know what you think and I will see you next week.

LSU Tigers Team 2018 mid-Summer Outlook

Uncertainty continues to surface the LSU Tigers program after an up-and-down season last year in Coach Orgeron’ s first full year as Head Coach. The Tigers had high hopes with a strong roster and a challenging SEC West division but that all came crashing down after their embarrassing home loss to the Troy Trojans of the Sun Belt conference on September 30th. This was the first time ever that a ranked team like LSU (ranked #24 at the time) loss to a Sun Belt team. This season, there are more questions than answers revolving around the stability of the program from the players to the Head Coach. There are many problems and holes that the Tigers must solve in order for their season and their hopes to remain intact, not only for this season but for the future.

 

Tigers are facing severe lack of Running Back experience

For years, the LSU Tigers offense has been dictated by the efficiency of their run game. They have had many powerful, fast Running Backs that have gone to the NFL including Spencer Ware, Leonard Fournette, and Derrius Guice. Since the 2013 College Football season, their offense has either been ranked 29th or better in rushing yards per game. For the first time since the 1974 season that the LSU Tigers do not return a Running Back that accounted for a rushing touchdown from the previous season. This comes at a difficult time for the Tigers as they are still trying to figure out who will be their starting Quarterback when the regular season kicks off on September 2nd against the dreaded Miami Hurricanes defense.

The top returning rusher from last year was Nick Brossette, who only accounted for 96 rushing yards on 19 rushes. He was the 5th leading rusher of last season behind Darrius Guice’s 1,251 yards and Darrel Williams’s 820 yards. Quarterback Danny Etling rushed the ball 72 times for 128 yards during either Quarterback sneaks for escaping pressure. Last season, there were times where Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada would insert multiple schemes that have the Wide Receivers, primarily Russell Gage, would run jet plays. Gage accounted for 232 rushing yards and a touchdown on 28 rushes.Image result for steve ensminger lsu

With a new Offensive Coordinator in Steve Ensminger, the Tigers will likely run a more traditional style of run plays that the team is more accustomed to. The lack of experience from Brossette and sophomore Running Back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who accounted for 31 yards on 9 rushes last season, will make the main attack game of the offense more difficult to utilize. With the main offensive identity being in the run game as well as the fact that the Tigers are still deciding on a starting Quarterback, this may be a rough year for the Tigers to create a high-power offense. This remaining offseason will be focused on building off the potential and talent of Brossette, Edwards-Helaire, or a younger player ready to explode.

 

Will White, Lawrence, and newcomers continue success at the pass rush?

Image result for rashard lawrence lsuOne of the main attributes that make the LSU Tigers is how they have been a consistent developer of NFL talent. This year is no exception with the potential of CB Greedy Williams, S John Battle, and LB Devin White. Every year, the Tigers have a high-level talent in their pass rush with last year having DE/OLB Arden Key. This past season, the LSU Tigers were tied for 17th in the nation in total sacks accounted for with 35 sacks. This season, however, there seems to be a concern of the lack of players who can make a big impact in the pass rush game. White is the leading sacker from the previous season with 4.5 sacks (4th highest last season) as he spent time at the Middle Linebacker position. The Tigers lost Arden Key and DE Christian LaCouture, who were the Tigers main pass rushers.

DE Rashard Lawrence is the Tigers sole returning Defensive Lineman that started last season but he will need to create more of an impact in the pass rush as he accounted for 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Breiden Fehoko will be getting the start for the Tigers as he was sitting out last season as a transfer from the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The main position for the Tigers to address in the pass rush is the Buck Linebacker (hybrid Defensive End/Outside Linebacker). Last season, K’Lavon Chaisson accounted for 27 total tackles, 9 solo tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 2 pass deflections as a reserve for Arden Key. This position is important because much is demanded from the Buck as they must know the entire Defensive playbook, play multiple positions in formations, and be a leader on the defense. The defense was very efficient in every phase of the game as they were 14th in the nation in points allowed per game (18.9) and 12th in total yards allowed per game (316). The pass rush is the beginning of the success on defense, if Lawrence, Fehoko, and Chaisson are the trusted starters, the Tigers must train efficiently throughout the remainder of this offseason.

 

Coach Orgeron needs to take control of his team

There were high hopes for the Tigers last season with a highly-talented roster including a rare efficient Quarterback-Running Back combo in QB Danny Etling and Guice. Those dreams came crashing down when the Tigers suffered an embarrassing loss at the home to the Troy Trojans on September 30th to fall to a 3-2 record. Before that game, there was reported tensions and conflicts between Head Coach Ed Orgeron and Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada. The conflicts involved the systematics and philosophy of the offense that Matt Canada established in his offense from the offseason prior and how Orgeron wanted to run a more pro-style run setting.

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This not only caused friction in the coaching staff but also with the players and divided the fans so early in the 2017 season. The loss to the Troy Trojans wasn’t the beginning of the problems with LSU but it was where the conflicts were the most vocal. Fans did not like the predictable of the season and how inefficient the Tigers were to get a drive going. On the other hand, fans were more upset about how Coach O was limiting Canada on his job of expanding his multiple formations offense.

Now that Coach O has Steve Ensminger as his Offensive Coordinator, there will be less tension with the coaching staff. The problem with Coach O and his style of coaching is that he does not give his coaching staff much freedom to expand on their philosophies. Ensminger is running a pro-style offense, mainly focused on the running game, the main focal point of Coach O. If the Tigers want any chance of success in the SEC West then he will need to trust his coaches and run their systematics that they have trained all offseason for.

 

Coach O might be under the hot seat already

This season is not a now or never for Coach O because of the problems of the offenses in the upcoming season. Tiger Nation, however, is starting have serious doubts that he will bring them back SEC West contention days with Les Miles as Head Coach. They are noticing the cracks that were brought on but Coach O had brought on. In the 2018 recruiting class, the LSU Tigers had the weakest recruiting class they have had in the past couple of seasons by being ranked 15th in the nation including the signing of only 1 five-star athlete. There may be a chance that recruits are looking at the recent downfalls of the LSU Tigers in regards to their coaching staff power struggles and the emergence of other teams and may sign with those teams.

One more 9-4 or 8-5 season may not get Orgeron the boot as Head Coach but he will certainly be further judged by the administration. He cannot control his team and get them to the National Championship title contention like he promised then this may be the last full season as Head Coach. Much like they did with Les in the middle of the 2016 College Football season.

College Football Preview

Hello fellow college football fans, welcome to my weekly college football season preview series. From now until the college football season starts, I will be previewing two college football teams a week. I plan to cover all major programs within all the conferences. I plan on looking at teams from the ACC to the SEC. I will give you my predictions for what these teams will do this year. Please feel free to interact and debate my conclusions, I enjoy interacting with all college football fans. So without further ado let us get this party started.

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For my sixth installment, I decided to go with FBS Independents. A team that surprised me last season was the Army Black Knights. The Army Black Knights went 10-3 last season. It is always surprising to me when a team that only throws for a total of 361 yards for the season can get 10 wins. However, the Black Knights did rack up 4710 yards rushing with 1746 yards coming from quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. They also had Darnell Woolfolk had 812 yards rushing, while Keill Walker also had 629 yards rushing. The rushing attack also accounted for 50 touchdowns as well. This rushing attack also eats up time of possession and limits the other team’s offensive reps. Looking at the Black Knights schedule it starts at Duke but their two biggest games are at Oklahoma on September 22nd and versus Navy on December 8th. If the Black Knights continue to have success with their rushing attack, I can easily see them going 9-3 this season. I see the Army versus Navy game again being a good close game. It is one of my favorite games of the season and the tradition that both those teams have make it a must see game for me.

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The other team from the FBS Independents I have to pay attention to is of course the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This historic program is one of those either teams fans love or hate. The Fighting Irish went 10-3 last season which included going 6-0 at home. Brandon Wimbush will be behind center who is a dual threat quarterback that threw for 1870 yards and ran for 803 yards. He accounted for 30 total touchdowns last year. I would not be surprised if they called on him to do more with the departure of Josh Adams who ran over 1430 yards. The Fighting Irish have a challenging schedule this season opening the season versus Michigan, at Wake Forest on September 22nd, versus Stanford on September 29th, at Virginia Tech on October 6th, versus Florida State on November 10thand closing out the season at USC. I can see the Fighting Irish going 8-4 navigating this tough schedule.

Let me know what you think and I will see you next week.

College Football Preview

Hello fellow college football fans, welcome to my weekly college football season preview series. From now until the college football season starts, I will be previewing two college football teams a week. I plan to cover all major programs within all the conferences. I plan on looking at teams from the ACC to the SEC. I will give you my predictions for what these teams will do this year. Please feel free to interact and debate my conclusions, I enjoy interacting with all college football fans. So without further ado let us get this party started.

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For my fifth installment, I decided to go with Conference USA. Let us look at a team that has brought attention to the conference because of their head coach Lane Kiffin, let us look at the Florida Atlantic Owls. The Owls went 8-0 in conference last season and 11-3 overall. It will be interesting to see how the Owls offense will look with their new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis Jr. I am sure Coach Kiffin sees this young man as capable of doing the job; they actually spent some time together at Alabama. Charlie Weis Jr. was actually an offensive analyst while Coach Kiffin was the offensive coordinator. The Owls will have Jason Driskel at quarterback who had a quiet season with 1977 yard passing and just 13 touchdowns. The offense will rotate around Devin Singletary that had 1796 yards and 29 touchdowns. That is right he had 29 touchdowns and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. It will be interesting to see how Charlie Weis Jr. will build his offense around that young man. The Owls will start their season at Oklahoma, which is not a place to try out a new offense. I see that game getting out of hand fast, as Oklahoma will be looking to make a statement in week one. The second week does not get much easier with Air Force coming to town. The Owls will have an interesting road match-up with UCF on September 21st. I think that will be a close game but the Owls will bounce back and get that win. After that game, I see the Owls winning six straight before going to North Texas on November 15th. I can see the Owls going 10-2 this season but the blowout loss to Oklahoma will keep everyone from taking about them after week one. They will still win the Conference USA East title and possibility the Conference USA title as well.

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The other team in Conference USA I am looking at is the North Texas Mean Green. They are a young team that went 7-1 in conference play and 9-5 overall. They did not finish their season strong losing their last two games. North Texas will have to improve on defense with just a seven-point difference between their points for and points against, in other words that’s horrible. In addition, they must play better on the road going 3-4 last season. North Texas has a gunslinger at quarterback with Mason Fine, he threw for 3749 yards and 28 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 64.3 percent. North Texas has a good receiving corps with Jalen Guyton, Micheal Lawrence and Rico Bussey Jr. with 18 touchdowns between the three of them. In addition, they average between 15.9 to 14.3 yards per catch. The offense will score points but again the question mark will be on the defensive side of the ball. North Texas will get a challenge on September 15th at Arkansas, October 20th at UAB and November 15th against FAU. Other than that, their schedule is a cakewalk and they should go 10-2 and win the West title in Conference USA.

Let me know what you think and I will see you next week.

College Football Preview

Hello fellow college football fans, welcome to my weekly college football season preview series. From now until the college football season starts, I will be previewing two college football teams a week. I plan to cover all major programs within all the conferences. I plan on looking at teams from the ACC to the SEC. I will give you my predictions for what these teams will do this year. Please feel free to interact and debate my conclusions, I enjoy interacting with all college football fans. So without further ado let us get this party started.

For my fourth installment, I decided to go with the Big Ten Conference. The first team I am looking at is the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State went 7-2 in conference and 11-2 overall. Penn State ended their season on a four game winning streak. They lost at Ohio State 39-38 and at Michigan State 27-24 in two good games. Penn State has an underrated quarterback with Trace McSorley throwing for 3228 yards with 26 touchdowns. He also has rushing ability running for 431 yards and 11 touchdowns. What makes him effective is his very low turnover number of just eight interceptions. Penn State will have to replace Saquon Barkley and his rushing and play making ability. Penn State has a good receiving corps led by Juwan Johnson and DeAndre Thompkins who had over 100 yards receiving against Michigan State. Looking at Penn State’s schedule, they get Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin at home, and their toughest test on the road will be at Michigan on November 3rd. I have Penn State going 11-1 this year and making it to the Big Ten Conference Championship game.

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The other team in the Big 10 is one of my favorite teams the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin went 9-0 in conference play last year and 13-1 overall. To me they are a hard working team with a SEC mentality. They run the ball and play great defense. Their points for was 288 and points against was only 114. Wisconsin features a beast at running back with Jonathan Taylor. I think this kid is special and will lead the conference in rushing. Wisconsin will ensure that the rushing attack is featured and have quarterback Alex Hornibrook throw out of a lot of play action. The problem is that Alex Hornibrook had too many turnovers last year with 15 interceptions. By playing to their strengths of running the ball and good defense, I can see Wisconsin steamrolling through their schedule headed into a showdown at Michigan on October 13thand at Northwestern on October 27th. The game at Penn State on November 10thwill be a barn burner and we will see these two team playing again in the Big Ten Conference Championship. I have Wisconsin going 11-1, winning the Big Ten Conference Championship and getting a playoff spot. The only thing that could hurt Wisconsin is their non-conference schedule but in the end, it will not affect them if they handle their business.

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Let me know what you think and I will see you next week.

College Football Preview

Hello fellow college football fans, welcome to my weekly college football season preview series. From now until the college football season starts, I will be previewing two college football teams a week. I plan to cover all major programs within all the conferences. I plan on looking at teams from the ACC to the SEC. I will give you my predictions for what these teams will do this year. Please feel free to interact and debate my conclusions, I enjoy interacting with all college football fans. So without further ado let us get this party started.

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For my third installment, I decided to go with the Big 12 Conference. The favorite in the Big 12 Conference every year has been Oklahoma but this year will offer a challenge for the Sooners. They must look to replace Baker Mayfield at the quarterback position. The Sooners were looking at Kyler Murray as a possible replacement but he was drafted by the Oakland A’s this week in the MLB draft. He has reached a deal with the Oakland A’s that will guarantee him close to five million dollars. The question is what is in that contract as it pertains to him playing football this year? In addition, will that contract affect his eligibility? Those are two big questions to ask this summer for Oklahoma. With that being said, I see Oklahoma looking at Rodney Anderson to carry the load on the ground. He had 960 yards last year and shined against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and TCU. The Sooners will be solid again on defense this year and should be the best defense in the Big 12 conference. Their toughest test will be FAU to open the season, than at TCU and ending the season at West Virginia. Even with questions at quarterback, I can see Oklahoma going 10-2 but not winning the Big 12.

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The other team in the Big 12 I am looking at are The TCU Horned Frogs. TCU went 7-2 in conference play and 11-3 overall. They will have Kenny Hill returning as a senior quarterback. He threw for 2838 yards and 21 touchdowns. In addition, Darius Anderson will be coming out of the backfield along with Kyle Hicks; these guys are a two headed monster and give each other breaks during the season. TCU always has a solid defense running different packages and schemes at opponents. I love the blitz packages that TCU throws at quarterbacks from different directions. TCU’s biggest game will be against Ohio State on September 15th. In addition, they get Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at home this year, having said that I see TCU going 11-1, they will win the Big 12 this year. TCU can be that team that no one sees coming that can just win and put themselves in position for a college football playoff berth at the end of the season.

Let me know what you think and I will see you next week.

College Football Preview

Hello fellow college football fans, welcome to my weekly college football season preview series. From now until the college football season starts, I will be previewing two college football teams a week. I plan to cover all major programs within all the conferences. I plan on looking at teams from the ACC to the SEC. I will give you my predictions for what these teams will do this year. Please feel free to interact and debate my conclusions, I enjoy interacting with all college football fans. So without further ado let us get this party started.Image result for kelly bryant wallpaper

For my third installment, I decided to go with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The first team I am previewing this week are the Clemson Tigers. The Clemson Tigers can make the case that they are becoming the second most powerful program in the nation. This team went 7-1 in conference and 12-2 overall, the season after winning the National Championship. Dabo Swinney has done a wonderful job putting Clemson in the National spotlight every year. This year I see Kelly Bryant improving from an average season where he threw for 2678 yards and just 13 touchdowns. Although he ran for 646 yards and 11 touchdowns, I would like to see him have more of an impact by making big plays with his arm. I can see Travis Etienne making an impact following a good season. Sometimes he gets lost in the offensive shuffle so we will see how many carries he gets. Their receiving corps is good not great and the defense will continue to be a strong point for their team. Looking at the upcoming schedule for the Clemson Tide I feel that their biggest threat could be at Texas A&M on September 8th, at Florida State on October 27th, and versus South Carolina to close out the season. I can see Clemson losing to an improved Texas A&M on the road and running the table the rest of the season. I see Clemson going 11-1 winning the Atlantic Coast Conference and making the playoffs.

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The other team in the Atlantic Coast Conference I am looking at is the Miami Hurricanes. Miami took the Nation by storm last year by playing excellent defense and introducing everyone to the “turnover chain.” They were an exciting young team that was winning games and having fun. They went 7-1 in conference and 10-3 overall. They ended the season losing their last three games. Mark Richit has done an excellent job coming over from Georgia and infusing new life into a great football program. The biggest question for the Hurricanes going into this season will be the play of quarterback Malik Rosier who threw for 2917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Although his last three games to end the season, he threw only three touchdowns to five interceptions. I see the offense leaning more on Travis Homer who ran for 902 yards and seven touchdowns. The Hurricanes receiving corps is good but will have to replace Braxton Berrios who had 634 yards last season. The Hurricanes defense will keep them in every game this season and I see them winning some close games. The Hurricanes biggest test is right out of the gate in Arlington vs the LSU Tigers in week one. The match-up with Florida State is a rivalry game that could swing either way, and the match-up at Virginia Tech on November 17thcould be a trap game following a trip at Georgia Tech. Having said all of that I see the Miami Hurricanes going 10-2 winning the Atlantic Coastal title in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Let me know what you think and I will see you next week.

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