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post #542 of 564

Good riddance to the 2011 season.

 

Here's to 2012:

 

 


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10. FLORIDA STATE
Starters projected to return: 16 
Buzz: On paper, the Seminoles look primed to regain their spot among the national elite. But they looked good heading into the 2011 season, too, and lost four times. The defense should be one of the best in the nation, with playmakers and depth everywhere. The offense must become more consistent. The offensive line is the biggest issue. It wasn’t that good this season, and the two best linemen (Ts Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders) were seniors. T Bobby Hart, who was pressed into duty as a true freshman because of an injury to Datko, looks to be a big-timer, though.
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9. GEORGIA
Starters projected to return: 16 
Buzz: A young receiving corps made big strides this season, and the passing attack, with Aaron Murray at the controls, should be excellent. But the offensive line, which struggled at times this season, is a gigantic question mark with the departure of three seniors; two of those, T Cordy Glenn and C Ben Jones, were the Bulldogs’ best linemen. Isaiah Crowell’s long-term viability at tailback also is a concern. The front seven on defense should be nasty, though the secondary could be iffy if some juniors turn pro.
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8. MICHIGAN
Starters projected to return: 14 
Buzz: The offense again should be potent. QB Denard Robinson has one more year, and TB Fitzgerald Toussaint became a dependable option as this season wore on. Refining the passing attack will be important during spring practice. So will rebuilding the defensive line; three starters are leaving. The back seven on defense has a ton of promise, and it will be interesting to see how coordinator Greg Mattison deploys his guys.
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7. SOUTH CAROLINA
Starters projected to return: 13 
Buzz: For the first time since he has been at South Carolina, coach Steve Spurrier should go into the offseason confident he has a quarterback who understands what he wants – and can get it done. Connor Shaw’s running ability should add an extra element to Spurrier’s playbook. The back seven on defense will have some holes, but the front four will be solid; the same goes for the offensive line. TB Marcus Lattimore will be back, too, and could end up challenging for the Heisman.
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6. ARKANSAS
Starters projected to return: 13 
Buzz: QB Tyler Wilson returns for his second season as the starter, but he will be working with a revamped receiving corps. The return of TB Knile Davis from a knee injury will be big, and the offensive line should be a strength. DE Jake Bequette and LB Jerry Franklin will be missed, but chances are the defense, which will have a new coordinator, will be at least as good as it was this season.
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5. OKLAHOMA
Starters projected to return: 13 
Buzz: The Sooners went into the 2011 season as the preseason No. 1, but they ended up losing three times. They won’t be as highly hyped this offseason, but this remains a top-level program. QB Landry Jones’ return is big, and the rushing attack should be fine thanks to the return of four starting linemen and a solid group of tailbacks. A go-to receiver has to emerge.Kenny Stills was fine as the No. 2 guy, but he couldn’t make the transition to the lead guy after Ryan Broyles was hurt. The defense should be better across the board, which should make coach Bob Stoops happy.
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4. OREGON
Starters projected to return: 12 
Buzz: Chip Kelly’s offense should continue to churn out the yards even without LaMichael James, who is turning pro. In QB Darron Thomas, TB Kenjon Barner and DeAnthony Thomas, who seemingly can play anywhere, Kelly has three playmakers. The offensive line should be at least as good as it was this season. Some receivers need to step up, though. If Kiko Alonso can stay on the straight and narrow, linebacker could be a strength. The defense as a whole should be better than it was this season.
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3. ALABAMA
Starters projected to return: 9 
Buzz: There undoubtedly will be some underclassmen turning pro early, but QB A.J. McCarron showed Monday night that he is a nice building block for the offense. He should be protected by a strong line. Depth at tailback must be developed, and a pecking order has to be established at receiver. The front seven on defense should be stout, but depth in the secondary could be a question, depending on who turns pro.
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2. USC
Starters projected to return: 17 
Buzz: A lack of depth certainly will be a factor, but as long as there aren’t a huge number of injuries, the Trojans should be fine. QB Matt Barkley’s decision to return to school makes USC a legitimate threat to win the national title. (Hmmm … a national title game involving Lane Kiffin and an SEC school? The mind boggles.) The Trojans have the best receiving duo in the nation in Marqise Lee and Robert Woods. The offensive line returns four starters. There is a solid group of tailbacks. This offense should average at least 45 points per game. The back seven on defense will be good, but the front four has to be rebuilt. If it is rebuilt to certain specs, this team will win the national title.
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1. LSU
Starters projected to return: 13 
Buzz: LSU must use its embarrassing performance in the title game as a sort of offseason fuel. Line play is going to be a strength, especially on defense. Seven of the top eight defensive linemen return, and only one starter must be replaced on the offensive line. Depth at tailback is tremendous. Upgrading the passing attack has to be the No. 1 priority this spring, and Zach Mettenberger – a JC transfer who began his career at Georgia – should be the quarterback. CB Tyrann Mathieu and FS Eric Reid seem likely to be the only returning starters in the secondary, but backup CB Tharold Simon is a big-timer. The linebackers, as a whole, should be better than they were this season.

 

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post #543 of 564

Found this on one of my other forums.  Enjoy biggrin.gif

 

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EDIT

 

F****n thing isn't working right...go to link below for non-glitchy version

 

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Edited by rpearce1475 - 1/12/12 at 9:30am
post #544 of 564

Both FSU and OU are probably over ranked. But I guess if they're going to overrate SEC teams they might as well overrate ACC and Big 12, too. 

 

I'm surprised Ohio State and Texas aren't ranked. 

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I'm an Alabama fan, and I think we're overrated.  I agree on the Ohio State and Texas thing.  But LSU will be dominant next year I do believe

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The Trojans certainly will have a good chance to win it all with Barkley coming back, the Kiffen duo entrenched, and a collective chip on their shoulder.

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As it stands now, I have no idea who we're playing this fall. Oliver Luck is adamant that WVU will play in the Big XII. It's all in the hands of the lawyers now.

 

In an amusing subplot, WVU fans will be rooting for the ex-Pitt coach at ASU, while Pitt fans will be rooting for the ex-WVU coach at Arizona. It'll all end in tears, I know it. beyersmile.png

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I can tell you that fans in the Big 12 are expecting to play WVU next season. And honestly, I'm quite excited myself to have you guys in the conference as I view WVU to be a step-up from Missouri: better football, better basketball, better game atmosphere, and better fans. 

 

Holgorsen is already under the skin of many fans in the state of Oklahoma by courting Brent Venables and by stealing Joe Deforest. 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by J W View Post

I can tell you that fans in the Big 12 are expecting to play WVU next season. And honestly, I'm quite excited myself to have you guys in the conference as I view WVU to be a step-up from Missouri: better football, better basketball, better game atmosphere, and better fans. 

 

Holgorsen is already under the skin of many fans in the state of Oklahoma by courting Brent Venables and by stealing Joe Deforest. 



Should be fun. Can't wait. beyersmile.png

post #550 of 564

Cal's recruiting class is sick.

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**** Ohio State.

That is all.

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Originally Posted by Mdraluck23 View Post

Cal's recruiting class is sick.


I read about that, the Pac-12 North should be interesting this year if the Bears can give Stanford and Oregon a run for their money.

post #553 of 564

Tosh Lupoi just went to Washington, he might be bringing Shaq Thompson with him. Oh noes!!

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Good riddance to the Sweater Vest, looks like it's now Lord of the Flies time at OSU. Urban Meyer the corporate motivator lol.

 

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ap-ohiost-spring
Edited by grokit - 3/28/12 at 1:04pm
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Did you see that $1.4 million house he snagged? I wonder if he thinks he can flip it. 

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