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Welcome to as new season, head-fi college football fans!

I'm looking forward to going up to Ryan Field on Saturday for Northwestern's home opener, even though we're playing FCS Towson. Given that we have basically all new skill players on offense, we need a tune-up big time.

I'm thinking 8-4 from my 'Cats this year - light OOC schedule, and no OSU or Michigan in the B10. We have a solid defense and some talented returning starters there.

I think OSU will run away with the Big 10. There is no one close. Michigan in disarray, MSU too many key losses, Iowa no Shaun Greene, never believed in juice Williams. PSU could contend if they can rebuild the defense quickly.

Looking forward to some games! Especially looking forward to USC's visit to the Horseshoe on 9/12 - too bad for you Pac Ten guys they will show up with a true freshman QB...
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Michigan makes me /facepalm. and I'm from there. >.< Someone needs to tell the coach that you play the system that fits the players you have, not impose the system you want and hope it works. -.-
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It is going to go the SEC again this year. Go Gators!
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Definitely doesn't take much to give the nod to the Gators. More interestingly, who is good enough to legitimately challenge? Texas, and the winner of the OSU-USC game, probably. Others?
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
I'm thinking 8-4 from my 'Cats this year - light OOC schedule,
That may be the understatement of the year. Air would have a chance to go undefeated against that non-con.

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Here's my preview, c 'n p'd from my homer haunts:

These five college football truths I hold self evident:

  • All preseason ballots are mailed with USC already stamped in the top five. I don’t even think about it for my fan poll anymore. (I have UF 1 BTW, SC 3)
  • A school’s first depth chart released before the opener, is no more accurate than a Chinese press release.
  • Every team will claim a great receiver, too few great defensive tackles.
  • The term spread has been and will continue to be overused, many times wrongly. .
  • Opinion will again be forged by the ESPN juggernaut, with scant original analysis to be found.


The pcks:

The Atlantic Virginia Tech conference – Hokies, Taylor due to break out
The Big Soup – Pitt, total dart board.
Blue Turf Group – Buckin’ Broncos claim another.
Big Eleven Snoozefest – Bucks, Penn State woefully overrated.
Big No Defense – Sooners, toss up with Texas
Frequent flyer conference – East Carolina, talent surge because of ho hum Big East
Old Dixie league – Gators, Urban Meyer hugs recruits after they commit
Rodney Dangerfield group – TCU, Patterson one of better defensive minds in CF
SEC lite – Troy, last chance stop for former BCS talent
The Southern California conference – Trojans, more sure than death, almost as much as taxes
The where did all the jobs go conference? – Central Michigan, Dan LaFevour special

The champ: Florida, returning almost everybody, recruit like USC? No brainer pick, part of me thinks they're due for some bad luck however.

The ESPN trophy, formerly known as the Heisman – McCoy is due. Voters hate repeats.
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As a Buckeye fan from Columbus, seeing Rich Rodriguez get all choked up and cry yesterday at his press conference sent a wave of laughter over central ohio. WAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Who knows, maybe with all that extra time practicing Michigan will actually go 4-8 this year.

Doesn't matter, they're still going to get whipped by Ohio State this year for their 6th straight rivalry loss.

Terrell Pryor is over-rated, IMHO.
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^ I'm glad you mentioned that. I've read Pryor hasn't progressed in the passing game like they had hoped. Were they mistaken? You have any more good info for us?
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Originally Posted by virometal View Post
That may be the understatement of the year. Air would have a chance to go undefeated against that non-con.
Heck yeah, baby! Schools like NU don't benefit from playing tough OOC slates in the current world. For the BCS Conference schools, only true national title contenders need to play a big-time OOC game. For Northwestern, 4-0 in the OOC is much more important - that way 4-4 in the B-10 means a halfway decent bowl, and 5-3 in the B10 makes for a GOOD bowl.

For tOSU, well...they have to play a USC. And, frankly, USC has to play tOSU, for the same reasons.
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^ Yeah, that thinking is par for the course and probably wise. Too bad, it sucks for us fans. I look at my Idaho State ticket and cringe a little. Kudos to schools like SC and VT that get out there.
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Originally Posted by virometal View Post
^ I'm glad you mentioned that. I've read Pryor hasn't progressed in the passing game like they had hoped. Were they mistaken? You have any more good info for us?
No other info, I just think he gets way too much attention and is over-hyped. He's no Troy Smith.
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I'm excited about ASU's defense; the offense... not so much. Vontaze Burfict is getting hyped like he could end up being the best player to wear maroon and gold since Suggs. Total man-child. Plus with Dexter Davis on the end and Lawrence Guy holding it down at tackle, their defense should be dominating. I have no idea what to expect out of the offense, it's a complete question mark. It's looking like ASU will have to lean heavily on the defense to win games.

Hey Viro, I have an Idaho State ticket too! Bummer that BYU had to pull the rug out from under ASU; they had to replace BYU with a cupcake game vs Louisiana-Monroe. Not only does it hurt ASU's resume, but ASU-BYU would have been a fun game to watch.

Go Devils!
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Originally Posted by virometal View Post
^ Yeah, that thinking is par for the course and probably wise. Too bad, it sucks for us fans. I look at my Idaho State ticket and cringe a little. Kudos to schools like SC and VT that get out there.
Agree - it does suck for fans, in that there are less compelling early games on TV. When I go up to the stadium, 70-0 is OK with me as long as we win. But on TV, not so much, and I am sure that's more true for fans of schools like Northwestern than for a fan of a team that is perennially in the top 10 and plays in a BCS bowl almost every year.
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USC won't have much trouble at Ohio State. The score should be similar to last year's. Barkley is a true freshman, however, the offensive line is fast, seasoned and sharp. They'll give him the time and protection he needs. There's a good stable of experienced backs and receivers, too. USC's defense has a lot of new players, but they're fast and deep with the best defensive coordinator around.

The bottom line in every USC/Big Ten matchup is that USC has been consistently faster and quicker. Which is why the results are always lopsided.
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Hmmmmm...not so sure this year. I think OSU could prove a lot more difficult this time around with facing a more experienced OSU team on the road. But that's why they play the games
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
I'm looking forward to going up to Ryan Field on Saturday for Northwestern's home opener, even though we're playing FCS Towson. Given that we have basically all new skill players on offense, we need a tune-up big time.
All the time my dad was at Northwestern, he never told me about there being a football team.....
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