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  1. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. Washington Huskies: 8-1 conference, 10-4 overall Last Year's Conference Finish: 1st (1st Pac-12 North) Coach: Jieret (3rd year) Returning Starters: Offense: 4 Defense: 7 Key Losses: QB Jake Davis 6-3 227 Sr Skyline (Sammamish WA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pocket]: 314 of 470 (66.81%) for 4046 yards, 36/7 TD/INT, 289.00 YPG - Drafted 15th overall by JAX OT Alan Robertson 6-1 298 (Sr) Bothell (Bothell, WA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OG Logan Romano 6-6 257 (Sr) Shelton (Shelton, WA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] - Drafted 69th overall by NO OT Patryk Lawson 6-4 290 (Sr) Palmer (Palmer, AK) 3.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] DT Dominique Black 6-2 287 Sr Raritan Valley Community College (North Branch NJ) 5.0 of 5.0 [1-Gap]: 14 TKL, 5 TFL, 3.5 Sacks - Drafted 26th overall by MIA OLB Jaden Grace 6-2 239 (Sr) Eielson (AFB, AK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage]: 21 TKL, 1 FF Key Returnees: RB Kofi Walls 5-10 180 (Sr) Soldotna (Soldotna AK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed]: 254 rushes for 1156 yards, 10 TDs, 3 Fumbles (1 lost), 4.55 YPC. 3 catches for 24 yards. WR D.D. Dyson 6-0 197 (Jr) Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 4.5 of 5.0 [Target]: 93 catches for 1345 yards, 13 TDs, 4 Drops, 1 Fumble (0 lost), 14.46 YPC WR Charles Kemp 5-9 175 (Sr) Shorecrest (Seattle WA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed]: 62 catches for 970 yards, 8 TDs, 2 Drops, 15.65 YPC OG Charlie Barker 6-4 324 Sr Colorado Northwestern Community College (Rangely CO) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] DE Cassius Garner 6-3 247 So Tekoa-Oakesdale (Oakesdale WA) 2.5 of 5.0 [Blitz]: 27 TKL, 6 TFL, 13.5 Sacks, 2 FF DE Antoine Dudley 6-5 271 (Sr) Service (Anchorage AK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]: 27 TKL, 6 TFL, 10.0 Sacks OLB Solomon Wheatley 5-11 229 So McKinley Tech (Boston MA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]: 55 TKL, 5 TFL, 4.0 Sacks, 2 INT, 1 PD CB Kofi Dennis 6-0 162 (Sr) Columbia (Burbank WA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]: 8 TKL, 2 INT Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) QB Anthony Holmes 6-6 239 Fr Grand Junction (Grand Junction CO) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] WR Jeremy Thompson 6-3 207 (Jr) Carl Sandburg College (Galesburg IL) 4.0 of 4.5 [Target] (JuCo) OT Sawyer Randall Jr. 6-1 297 (Fr) Tekoa-Oakesdale (Oakesdale WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] (Redshirt freshman) DT Khalil Prince 6-3 308 (Fr) Charles Wright (Tacoma WA) 2.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] (Redshirt freshman) 2024 Depth Chart: http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/32221-2024-washington-huskies-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: WON vs. Hawaii 28-24 WON at Utah 31-10 LOST at Illinois 17-19 WON vs. Oregon State 41-21 WON vs. Arizona 27-23 WON vs. Stanford 38-0 WON at California 20-14 LOST vs. USC 17-24 LOST at SMU 20-23 WON vs. Colorado 52-18 WON at Oregon 24-23 WON at Washington State 30-20 Postseason: WON CCG vs. Arizona 31-23 LOST CPF Quarterfinals vs. SMU 24-27 For all you proponents of Strength of Schedule, we present your poster child: The 2023 Washington Huskies. How does a three-loss team make the College Football Playoffs? By winning the conference, first of all, but also by having an absolutely brutal OOC schedule. They played Hawaii, Illinois, and SMU, and none of them were at Husky Stadium - Hawaii was a neutral site game in Texas, Illinois and SMU were away. The away games were both losses but tight affairs (2 and 3-point margins respectively), while the 28-24 Hawaii win opened the season. Following the week 4 loss to the Fighting Illini, the Huskies seemed to alternate efficient wins and blowout wins until back-to-back losses to USC and SMU dampened the mood on campus. But a week 13 Oregon loss to Arizona meant the Oregon-Washington game in Eugene was a winner-take-all affair, one the Huskies pulled out with three Jake Davis touchdown passes. The dream carried through the Apple Cup, then a rematch with Arizona in the conference championship game. It continued when the pollsters and computer selected Washington as the eighth seed. It then ended in a rematch with SMU the same way the first game did - a three-point loss. But the CFP Quarterfinal was almost a bonus game; the seniors got the prize they sought for so long, the Huskies' first Pac-12 title since 2016. 2024 Key Points: Le roi est mort, vive le roi! Jake Davis is the best quarterback in Washington history, end of story. A four-year starter, he left Montlake with nearly every Husky passing record in his pocket and now plays in the pros. Anthony Holmes could someday get there. But he's at the very beginning of his journey, and who knows where he ends up. Coach Jieret recruited him as the QB of the future, but didn't expect him to be the QB of the present too. But he won the job in camp, and here we are. We don't know how he'll do in the real games, and with the West Virginia tilt bumped to opening weekend he doesn't get to ease his way into the college world. We know you have a strong arm, Anthony. Hope you learn quickly too. Livin' on the edge. There's offensive turnover almost everywhere for the Huskies, not just at QB. Washington had four starters on the offensive line graduate plus their starting tight end. Senior Kofi Walls is a three-year starter but hasn't shown that he can be a bellcow-type back (to be fair, he hasn't been asked to yet). That leaves the wide receivers as the clear strength of the offense. D.D. Dyson's 2023 set Husky season records in all three categories (receptions, yards, TDs), and the hope is that he can use that experience and skill to bring Holmes along. He won't have to do it by himself though, last year's WR2 Charles Kemp technically doesn't count as a returning starter; he's moving to the slot to make way for JuCo signee Jeremy Thompson. The trio is probably the second or third-best WR group in the conference, behind USC and maybe ASU depending on how you feel about KR Amari Dunbar. They'll need to show their quality and lead the way. The best offense is a good defense. With so many questions on the offense, the one thing that could reassure Husky fans is that they asked the same questions of the defense last year and they passed with flying colors. Despite playing four true freshmen Washington finished in the top three of the conference in many defensive metrics. One of those was sacks per game; the Huskies averaged 2.43. Bookends Cassius Garner and Antoine Dudley both recorded double-digit sack totals, and Dudley only needs five to become Washington's all-time sack leader. The Huskies will need them to continue their productive ways to compensate for their offense. From first to? Washington was considered a conference favorite going into 2023, based on a potent offense led by the Davis to Dyson combo and a talented-but-inexperienced defense. Now the reverse is almost true where the Huskies have a skilled defense and an offense with promising pieces but only has four returning starters. You have to imagine a bowl berth as the team's floor, but the volatility around Anthony Holmes (and the talent levels of the North teams in general) is way too high to try and confidently predict where the Huskies finish. Schedule: 0 West Virginia 1 at Middle Tennessee 2 California 3 at Oregon State 4 Bye 5 Maryland 6 Arizona State 7 Bye 8 at Stanford 9 Oregon 10 at Colorado 11 UCLA 12 at Arizona 13 Washington State
  2. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. Utah Utes: 1-8 conference, 2-10 overall Last Year's Conference Finish: 12th (6th Pac-12 South) Coach: @Kirby (3rd year) Returning Starters: Offense: 7 Defense: 6 Key Losses: OT Elijah Durham 6-2 289 (Sr) Grand County (Moab, UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] - Drafted 126th overall by MIA C Ralph Estep 6-2 240 (Sr) West Limestone (Lester, AL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] CB Zion Hooker 5-11 195 (Sr) Pleasant Grove (Grove, UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]: 12 TKL, 1 TFL, 2 FF - Drafted 41st overall by LAC Key Returnees: QB Finn Leonard 6-3 196 So Hunter (West Valley City UT) 3.5 of 5.0 [Pocket]: 237 of 435 (54.48%) for 2644 yards, 16/14 TD/INT, 0 Fumbles, 220.33 YPG RB Bronson Love 6-1 215 So Orange Glen (Escondido CA) 2.0 of 4.5 [Power]: 151 rushes for 530 yards, 5 TDs, 1 Fumble (0 lost), 3.51 YPC WR Zain Hyde 6-1 225 Sr College of Eastern Utah (Price UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target]: 55 catches for 828 yards, 6 TDs, 3 Drops, 15.05 YPC OG Austyn Riggs 6-3 300 Sr Pasco-Hernando State College (New Port Richey FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OLB Alex Odom 6-4 226 So Grand County (Moab UT) 2.0 of 4.5 [Blitz]: 32 TKL, 3 TFL, 6.0 Sacks FS Avery Gilmore 6-1 212 (Sr) Williston (Williston ND) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]: 9 TKL, 1 PD Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) WR Brandon Saucedo 6-3 187 Fr Florida Christian (Miami FL) 2.5 of 4.0 [Speed] LS Natano Multiauaopele 6-0 251 Jr Ellsworth CC (Iowa Falls IA) 4.0 of 4.5 [Traditional] (JuCo) OT Pat Hopper 6-4 271 Fr Taylor County (Perry FL) 2.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] DE Ha'Sean Watson 6-2 245 Fr Meigs County (Decatur TN) 2.0 of 4.0 [Contain] DE Joseph Blackmon 6-3 267 (Fr) Pioneer (Whittier CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Contain] (Redshirt freshman) ILB Kane Witherspoon 6-4 257 Sr College of Eastern Utah (Price UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Mike] (JuCo) OLB Kameron Durham 6-3 218 (Jr) Alliance (Alliance NE) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] (Transfer - Air Force) 2024 Depth Chart (Pre-Transfers): http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/31535-2024-utah-utes-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: WON vs. Utah State 24-17 LOST at USC 7-26 LOST vs. Washington 10-31 LOST vs. Oregon State 17-28 LOST vs. USF 24-35 LOST at UCLA 28-31 WON at Arizona 27-24 LOST at Arizona State 14-27 LOST at California 0-37 LOST at Washington State 6-38 LOST at BYU 10-23 LOST at Colorado 17-35 Postseason: None Let's not bury the lede; last season was never about 2023. With so many freshmen playing due to years of terrible recruiting prior to coach Kirby, no one expected success in the field for the Utes. Not even the coaches or the fans themselves. There were a few bright spots on the field, mind you. Utah split the OOC state turf war, beating Utah State to open the season but falling to BYU. The Utes also played their most complete game in a Week 9 upset of Arizona. "Sir" Finn Leonard was efficient in his best game of the year (19 of 34 for 260 yards, 2 TDs), Zain Hyde torched Nawkaw Rudd for 99 yards and a score on 6 catches, and the defense harrassed Christian Graham into two interceptions. But... that was about it for highlights. All their losses except for one were by multiple scores. The team was a "chicken-and-egg" question of badness: Did the struggling offense force a tired defense on the field too often, or did a defense that had no playmakers outside of Zion Hooker (now graduated) let opposing teams get ahead, which caused the Utes offense to become one-dimensional and predictable? It's a question we may never know the answer to, and truth be told Utah is okay with that - as long as it doesn't get asked again. How about that 21st-ranked recruiting class though? 2024 Key Points: Reinforcements are on the way! Mostly inexperienced, but still! You're gonna get to see a good chunk of that 21st-ranked class really quick. Saucedo will give Leonard another downfield threat to complement Hyde, and Watson will give the Ute defense another pass rushing threat besides Alex Odom (no Utah lineman had more than 3 sacks last year). It's not all on the youngsters though; the coaching staff landed two critical JuCos last year. The big one is middle linebacker Witherspoon, but even Long Snapper Multiauaopele will anchor the middle of the OL. But the biggest improvement must come from someone already on the roster. It's not all on tailback Bronson Love, but the true sophomore struggled mightily last season (3.51 YPC? Ick). The hope in Salt Lake City is that his trial by fire accelerated his learning curve and slowed the game down for him. A better OL will help, but Love must show more and be more of a partner in Utah's backfield relationship. The better Love plays, the less of a burden placed on Finn's shoulders. What kind of leader is Kane Witherspoon? A fast-learning one, hopefully. The big (6'4" 257) senior is easily the best player on the Utes defense and he's going to need to impart his wisdom and steadiness on the rest of the squad. Both defensive ends are freshmen, and the cornerbacks are fighting it out with Arizona State for the title of worst group in the conference.* Senior safety Avery Gilmore will be able to steady the CB group as well, but there's a ton of work to do if the Utes want to do better than 29.33 points allowed per game (3rd worst in the Pac). *Freshmen studs CBs Tierre Harvey (1.0/5.0) and Jeremy Wesley (1.0/4.5) are redshirting this year. Welcome to 2024, where we focus on 2025! Utah has enough potential on their team that they shouldn't be considered a virtual Bye by anyone (again, I point you to their Arizona game last season). But there's enough inexperience and lower-skill ceilings present that they can't be called favorites in many games. Much like Colorado, Utah is looking to the future, although the Utes are a step or two ahead of the Buffs on the rebuilding front. Schedule: 0 Bye 1 at Utah State 2 at Kansas 3 UCLA 4 at Arizona 5 at Stanford 6 Bye 7 Oregon 8 Arizona State 9 Washington State 10 at Oregon State 11 at USC 12 Colorado 13 BYU
  3. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. USC Trojans: 6-3 conference, 9-4 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 5th (2nd Pac-12 South) Coach: @Jumbo (4th year) Returning Starters: Offense: 8 Defense: 10 Key Losses: C Conor Hall 6-3 242 (Sr) Hilltop (Vista, CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] - Drafted 121st overall by ATL OG Dennis Gonzalez 6-4 322 Sr Needles (Needles CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] - Drafted 194th overall by ATL OLB Gregory Gibson 6-3 239 (Sr) South (Bakersfield, CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Coverage]: 12 TKL, 1 TFL, 2 FF - Drafted 142nd overall by CAR Key Returnees: QB Riley Sharp 6-2 205 So Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pocket]: 252 of 415 (60.72%) for 2898 yards, 15/9 TD/INT, 4 Fumbles (1 lost), 222.92 YPG RB Charles Bowser 5-7 216 (Sr) Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power]: 242 rushes for 1083 yards, 12 TDs, 3 Fumbles lost, 4.48 YPC WR Brandon Willis 5-10 175 So East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 4.0 of 5.0 [Speed]: 69 catches for 1002 yards, 8 TDs, 0 Drops, 14.52 YPC OT Anthony McGregor 6-4 319 Jr Desert (Edwards CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] DE Austin Mason 6-5 272 (So) De La Salle (Concord CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Blitz]: 22 TKL, 7 TFL, 9.5 Sacks DT Christian Callahan 6-3 331 Jr Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 4.5 of 5.0 [2-Gap]: 14 TKL, 5.0 Sacks, 1 FF CB Darren Tamayo 5-10 165 (So) Acalanes (Lafayette CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]: 25 TKL, 6 INT, 2 PD FS Chase Clemons 6-1 189 (So) Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 4.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]: 21 TKL, 3 INT, 1 PD Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) TE Sean Graham 6-6 234 Fr Seneca (Seneca SC) 2.0 of 5.0 [Receiving] OG Jamir Newton 6-5 300 (Fr) Argonaut (Jackson CA) 2.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] (Redshirt freshman) OG Wayne Carter 6-3 313 Jr Trinidad State Junior College (Trinidad CO) 4.5 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] (JuCo) OLB Cory Jenkins 6-4 229 (Fr) Hilltop (Chula Vista CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Coverage] (Redshirt freshman) CB Rashawn Brinson 6-1 162 Fr Argonaut (Jackson CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] 2024 Depth Chart: http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/32235-2024-usc-trojans-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: WON vs. Southern Miss 24-20 WON at Utah 26-7 WON vs. San Diego State 27-14 LOST vs. California 16-17 WON at Stanford 21-6 WON vs. Colorado 14-12 WON vs. Arizona State 23-20 WON at Oregon 16-22 WON vs. Washington 24-17 LOST at Arizona 7-23 LOST at Notre Dame 10-20 WON vs. UCLA 33-30 Postseason: WON Bay Area Bowl vs. Iowa 23-20 In 2023 USC looked vulnerable, relatively speaking. They had five freshmen starting on offense and another four on defense, even though they all showed promise (2.5/3.5 RT Solomon Levesque was the worst of them). One was 1.5/5.0 QB Riley Sharp, a true freshman at the most important position on the field. His primary target was 2.5/5.0 true frosh Brandon Willis. Questions were plentiful. How will Sharp deal with pressure, especially with three second-year players on the line? Will the Trojans lean heavily on Charles Bowser to make things easier for Sharp, even though they were playing 3 and 4-wide sets regularly? How will that young (all second-year) secondary hold up? We'll come back to these questions. The season started with USC being conservative, relying on Bowser and a strong defense, and keeping things simple for Sharp. It worked for the most part, although Cal happily upset them by playing into the slog-filled tactics and racking up more rushing yards than passing (197 to 188). Warning signs appeared in a close win against Colorado where the Trojans barely broke 200 yards of total offense, and a sloppy Week 10 overtime loss in Autzen stadium served as a call to make some changes. Change things they did. They caught their next opponent Washington unprepared, with Sharp the focus of the gameplan. And he delivered with 350 yards and 3 TDs in the 24-17 victory. But the scouting tape got out there quickly, because the pass-heavy approach didn't work in losses to Arizona and Notre Dame. The loss in Tuscon took the division title out of their control, and in week 16 Arizona's victory over ASU gave the Wildcats the South. The Trojans would be playing for pride. Not that they needed any excuse to play hard against UCLA. Charles Bowser chose a great time to have a heck of a game. Bowser's production had been steadily dropping even before the Washington game, but his 155 yards and 2 TDs against the Bruins basically equalled his stats from the previous four games combined (159 yards, 1 TD). USC won their rivalry game and drew the Bay Area Bowl against Iowa. Their bowl victory was a workmanlike affair, one where their defense set the tone with three sacks and an interception. It wasn't the most exciting game but a win is a win, especially when it was one of the few Pac-12 bowl successes. 2024 Key Points: USC did indeed not win the South. But.... So about those questions. Riley was on a tight leash, slipped his leash, then got reigned in a bit at the end. They relied on Bowser until they didn't, then he reminded them that he can ball out sometimes. And did that secondary hold up? DID they. Even though the answers to those questions in the above Review did indeed add up to not-a-title, the other teams in the Pac might not like the way they were answered. That's because USC didn't completely fall apart, and the progressions their players had in the offseason strongly suggest that their reload took much less time than expected. After all, several of their key youngsters got the full +1.5 treatment, including... Sharp. Willis. Touchdown. Coach Jumbo turned heads in the 2023 preseason by putting both true freshmen in the spots he did (QB, WR1). But the chemistry they showed was undeniable as Sharp clearly trusted the speedy wideout on the deep balls; Willis' 1002 receiving yards is over 400 yards more than the second-leading receiver (Wendell Causey with 599), and his 8 TDs are more than double Causey's 3. Both got the max progression and it looks like the only thing that will disrupt their connection is leaving for the NFL, whenever that is. >_> (touchdown) The airspace over University Park is restricted. Coming into the 2023 season the talk about the Trojan defense centered on the middle; defensive tackle Christian Callahan and linebackers Nate Garrett and Gregory Gibson. At the end of the season, people were talking about the secondary. Specifically, the cornerbacks. Specifically, CB2 Darren Tamayo. If offensive coordinators decided to target him as the weak spot of the secondary Tamayo quickly showed them the error of their ways; not only did he lead the conference with 6 picks but his 25 tackles led all Pac-12 cornerbacks. One could argue that Tamayo and Maximillian Wilcox were just as good, if not a better tandem than Oregon's Jamir Lacey and Donte Terry. And unlike the Duck duo, they're still here for at least 2024. New game+ started, hard mode engaged. In several other previews I've already mentioned that I expect the Pac-12 South to be a two-team race, so instead I'll briefly ponder on the Trojans' 2024 ceiling. They have more freshmen of various flavors starting again, but after last year it's hard to bet against them doing well. But this time around SC has raised the stakes: With a brutal slate of OOC games against #2 LSU, #5 TCU, and #26/27 Notre Dame (according to the preseason Coaches Poll), USC may be ensuring themselves a seat at the playoff conversation table if they have respectable showings here and play as well in-conference as many expect. Hey, it worked for Washington somehow! Schedule: 0 LSU (Vegas) 1 Bye 2 TCU 3 at Arizona State 4 Oregon State 5 Bye 6 Stanford 7 at Colorado 8 at Washington State 9 Notre Dame 10 Arizona 11 Utah 12 at California 13 UCLA
  4. Our defensive line was busy - they had the only sack of the game AND the only INT of the game. DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY Derrick Dawkins 3/1 - 1/0 0/0 0/0 DE Derrick Dawkins 6-0 241 2 Purdue [Contain] [0/C] 78 CHOO CHOO
  5. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. UCLA Bruins: 5-4 conference, 8-5 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 8th (4th Pac-12 South) Coach: @cultur3 (4th year) Returning Starters: Offense: 7 Defense: 7 Key Losses: FB Calvin McClellan 6-1 233 (Sr) Salem Academy (Salem, OR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] - Drafted 240th overall by NYJ WR Brian D'Angelo 6-4 171 (Jr) Contra Costa College (San Pablo CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed]: 74 catches for 1120 yards, 14 TDs, 4 Drops, 15.14 YPC - Drafted 106th overall by ATL CB Andrew Poole 6-0 202 (Sr) Columbia (Burbank, WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]: 17 TKL, 3 INT Key Returnees: QB Aaron Harden 6-3 218 (Jr) Fontana (Fontana CA) 4.0 of 5.0 [Scrambling]: 299 of 495 (60.4%) for 3861 yards, 33/6 TD/INT, 2 Fumbles (0 lost), 297.0 YPG. 31 rushes for 234 yards, 4 TDs RB Tremaine Clemons 6-0 197 So Golden Valley (Merced CA) 3.0 of 5.0 [Power]: 228 rushes for 1377 yards, 15 TDs, 1 Fumble (0 lost), 6.04 YPC WR Noah Tumaalii 6-4 225 (Sr) Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target]: 71 catches for 1186 yards, 12 TDs, 4 Drops, 16.70 YPC OG Ayden Kilpatrick 6-7 255 (Sr) Golden Valley (Merced CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] DT Sila Tuputala 6-4 333 Sr Contra Costa College (San Pablo CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap]: 24 TKL, 7 TFL, 5.5 Sacks, 1 FF ILB Dillon Hall 6-3 243 (Sr) South (Bakersfield CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Will]: 47 TKL, 1 TFL, 1.0 Sack, 2 INT, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 TD OLB Damian Thompson 6-2 225 So Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 2.5 of 5.0 [Blitz]: 48 TKL, 6 TFL, 3.0 Sacks, 4 INT, 1 FF, 1 TD Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) WR D'Mario Russell 6-1 188 Fr Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed] OT Shane Houston 6-1 255 (Fr) Acalanes (Lafayette CA) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] (Redshirt freshman) CB Golden Owens 5-10 197 Jr Reedley College (Reedley CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] (JuCo) 2024 Depth Chart: http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/32289-2024-ucla-bruins-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: WON vs. Ball State 49-21 WON at Coastal Carolina 69-8 (nice) WON vs. Stanford 35-13 WON vs. Arizona 31-17 LOST at Arizona State 23-31 WON vs. Utah 31-28 WON at Oregon State 38-22 LOST vs. Washington State 22-35 WON at Colorado 24-21 WON vs. Florida International 39-21 LOST at California 21-31 LOST vs. USC 30-33 Postseason: LOST Sun Bowl vs. Virginia 28-42 2023 looked like it could be their year in the South, things lined up so well. They missed Oregon and Washington in cross-divisional play. Their hated rivals USC were starting a true freshman at quarterback, while their own true freshman starter was the #2 RB recruit in the nation. If UCLA took care of business, it seemed like things would take care of themselves. Things started off so well for the Bruins. A pair of tune-up games eased them into victories against Stanford and Arizona and a shiny 4-0 record with all their winning margins by multiple scores. Then, a stumble to the Fighting Israel Carlsons of Arizona State. Then, a narrow 3-point win against last-place Utah presaged an uneven end to the season. Comfortable wins against Oregon State and FIU traded with sloppy losses to Wazzu and Cal, all sandwiching yet another narrow win against lowly Colorado. And yet. And yet. And yet, UCLA still had a chance at the division title heading into Week 16. It wasn't completely in their hands, mind you. They had to beat USC, yes, but they also needed Arizona to win the Territorial Cup. Going into their prime time game, the Bruins hopes stayed alive as the clock ticked down on an Arizona victory. One down, one to go. Now all UCLA had to do was take care of business themselves, and they tried. Lord, they tried. But four quarters and two overtimes later it was the Trojans who walked out of Pasadena victorious. Instead of a division crown, the Bruins got themselves a trip to El Paso to face the Virginia Cavaliers. The Sun Bowl ended up being a microcosm of their season. Harden had the flashy 402-yard, 3 TD day. UCLA was tied at 21 heading into the fourth, and even took the lead on a short Clemons run. Then the kickoff team blew a lane assignment, and the floodgates opened. The Cavs ended up scoring as many points in the fourth as they had in the first three quarters. The Bruins... did not. 2024 Key Points: Harden might be a rock star, but he isn't a solo artist. The junior QB has been the face of the team ever since he became a starter in 2022, and he -and the offense as a whole- had quite the year in 2023. The Bruins led the Pac-12 in several offensive team metrics such as yards per game (430.54) and points per game (33.85). But it's telling that the four games where UCLA failed to reach 100 yards rushing were all losses (ASU, WSU, Cal, Virginia). As good as Harden, D'Angelo, and Tumaalii were, their offense requires balance to operate at full capacity. Tremaine Clemons was one of the best in the PAC as a true freshman and should only get better from here, so it would serve the Bruins well to feed him his share of the ball no matter what. Is Harden's understudy ready, just in case? Who even IS his understudy? UCLA is probably one of the deepest teams in the conference, if not the deepest. But despite our talk about the offense needing balance, Harden is the one part of this team they clearly can't afford to lose. Not only is he one of their best players, true sophomore Johnny Talbot is listed as their backup. Talbot is a 2.5/3.0. Their Trojan friends to the east still remember what happened in 2021 when starter Marc Lockwood went down and Sebastian Reardon, a 2.5/3.0 sophomore, tried to hold the fort. (Narrator's voice: He did not.) All the more reason, then, to not fill Harden's plate as much on offense. Can the defensive whole be greater than the sum of their parts or can they learn to play within themselves? (Pick your preferred sports cliche) The defense is improved from what it was in 2023. Their biggest loss, CB Andrew Poole, is more than offset by JuCo Golden Owens, and virtually every other defensive player saw progression. They're going to need it, because there was real estate to be had against the UCLA D last year. They ranked ninth in defensive yards and points surrendered per game (333.46 and 24.85 respectively), and only ranked sixth in sacks per game (1.69). Perhaps a big part of that was playing so many youngsters (only four defensive starters were juniors or seniors), which led to a lot of undisciplined play. UCLA "led" the conference with a whopping 110 penalties (for reference ASU and Washington were second with 93). Sometimes offenses didn't earn their yards and points as much as the Bruin defense gave it to them, this has to be a point of emphasis for the coaching staff this season. Can they be 11% better than USC? The Pac-12 South race is heavily handicapped towards the Los Angeles schools this year, and the Trojans have had the edge over the Bruins over the last two years (a certain coaching perk may or may not be involved in this). That aside, this game probably comes down to how well UCLA can contain Riley Sharp and that trio of 5.0 WRs. Golden Owens was a much-needed addition to the Bruin secondary, but that back four will still need the UCLA pass rush to get to Sharp with a quickness if they want to beat USC for the first time in the Aaron Harden era. The division may very well hinge on it (again). Schedule: 0 Oklahoma State 1 Louisiana Tech 2 at UConn 3 at Utah 4 California 5 Colorado 6 at Arizona 7 Bye 8 Oregon 9 Bye 10 at Stanford 11 at Washington 12 Arizona State 13 at USC
  6. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. Stanford Cardinal: 1-8 conference, 2-10 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 11th (6th Pac-12 North) Coach: @anonemuss (2nd year) Returning Starters: Offense: 8 Defense: 9 Key Losses: P Blake Thrasher 5-9 159 Sr Albany Technical College (Albany GA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Accuracy]: 40.35 Net Yards per Punt Key Returnees: RB Jeremiah Bonner 5-8 211 (So) West Valley (Hemet CA) 3.5 of 5.0 [Power]: 230 rushes for 1179 yards, 11 TDs, 4 Fumbles (1 lost), 5.13 YPC. 2 catches for 25 yards. WR Jake Britton 6-4 226 Jr West Valley (Hemet CA) 3.5 of 4.0 [Target]: 31 catches for 487 yards, 2 TDs, 3 Drops, 15.71 YPC OT Robert Davies 6-2 320 Sr Modesto Junior College (Modesto CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Lenny LeDesma 6-5 296 (Sr) Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] DE Byron Betts 6-3 255 (So) Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Contain]: 9 TKL, 4 TFL, 3.0 Sacks CB Damani Driver 5-10 178 (Sr) Eastlake (Chula Vista CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]: 6 TKL, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 FF SS Adalius Poole 6-2 193 (So) Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]: 10 TKL, 1 FF Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) QB Stephen White 6-2 204 (Fr) Liberty (Bakersfield CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Scrambling] (Redshirt freshman) ILB Juan Garza 6-3 226 (Fr) Williams (Williams CA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Mike] (Redshirt freshman) FS Branden Bonner 6-2 194 (Fr) Centennial (Corona CA) 2.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] (Redshirt freshman) K Mario Bales 6-4 165 (So) Hoggard (Wilmington NC) 3.5 of 3.5 [Accuracy] (Transfer - West Virginia) 2024 Depth Chart: http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/32327-2024-stanford-cardinal-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: LOST vs. Colorado State 20-23 WON vs. Buffalo 28-14 LOST at UCLA 13-35 LOST vs. USC 6-21 LOST at Oregon 21-54 LOST at Washington 0-38 WON vs. Colorado 20-18 LOST vs. Arizona 16-31 LOST at Notre Dame 21-45 LOST at Oregon State 24-27 LOST vs. Washington State 7-28 LOST at California 14-34 Postseason: None If there's a team you can say came to "play school" in 2023, it's the Stanford Cardinal. The season started well enough on the field, with a competitive loss to Colorado State and a victory over Buffalo. It started well off the field, convincing 5-star guard Shaq English to leave Texas and come west. But then- nothing. Head coach believer disappeared from the field and the recruiting trail in favor of libraries and mid-terms. While we would never disparage the importance of higher education, the timing left a LOT to be desired. Rudderless, the Cardinal faltered through a 1-6 stretch starting with a loss to UCLA and ending with surrendering the Legends Trophy to Notre Dame. And recruits who were talking to Stanford coaches never heard back from them for months. Eventually Stanford's AD convinced Tulane head coach anonemuss to fill their vacancy. Arriving in Palo Alto after the team returned from South Bend anonemuss wasted no time on the job, doing his best to salvage a disaster of a recruiting class. On the field he wasn't as successful but the season was lost anyway, so the focus was on the process as opposed to results. 2024 Key Points: They now have an aerial attack by default. That's because it can't possibly get any worse than last year. Ilan Downing never needed to be Troy McMurray, but he had to show SOME level of competency for the Cardinal to compete and he didn't. Did you notice he isn't even listed as a Key Loss even though he graduated? Check these passing stats: 179 of 313 (57.19%) for 2006 yards, 8/15 TD/INT 2 Fumbles lost, 109.87 QBR, 167.17 YPG. Yuck. He was the only QB in the conference to toss more picks than TDs, and it wasn't particularly close. In steps promising freshman Stephen White, and he steps into a very favorable situation. He inherits the keys to an offense with one of the best lines in the Pac and a pair of experienced third-year wideouts. It's really almost inconceivable to see the passing game NOT improve. But if things go according to plan for the Cardinal, they won't need White to chuck the ball 30-40 times. Their biggest weapon is running back Jeremiah Bonner, who provided over 1200 yards of offense and 11 TDs at over 5 yards a carry. Still only a redshirt sophomore, he is well-built (5'8", 211) to make his own holes in the unlikely circumstance that the OL doesn't do it for him. Expect the Cardinal gameplan to feature him prominently, with some runs and play-action from White when defenses key in too much on Bonner. Redwoods can be quite immovable. They don't have any blue-chip 5-star players on the defense but they boast an impressive blend of talent and experience, partially due to the tough love they took on the field in 2023. They introduce only two new players, and both of them (ILB Juan Garza, FS Branden Bonner) are redshirt freshmen with more potential than the players they replaced. This unit may not lead the conference in the various defensive stats, but they should be able to hold their own and rank in the upper third of the Pac. Could the Big Game determine the North? The Tree's window isn't as tight as Cal's, primarily thanks to the juniors and redshirt sophomores that made up their 10th-rated recruiting class in 2021. But some key members of their team (both starting WRs, both starting OTs, DT Kofi Hyde, their top three CBs) are juniors or seniors with not much currently behind them. So just like their rival, 2024 might be the best chance they have of doing damage in the North especially since the Northwest teams have taken steps back. Schedule: 0 Notre Dame 1 BYE 2 at Northwestern 3 Texas 4 at Washington State 5 Utah 6 at USC 7 BYE 8 Washington 9 at Oregon State 10 UCLA 11 at Arizona State 12 Oregon 13 California
  7. Davidson tore his ACL before recording a stat. Did he get injured on a sack? Turn the wrong way on a handoff? So many questions.
  8. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. Oregon State Beavers: 2-7 conference, 4-8 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 9th (5th Pac-12 North) Coach: @jc_superman (2nd year) Returning Starters: Offense: 7 Defense: 6 Key Losses: QB Jeffrey Davies 6-1 186 Sr Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling]: 184 of 340 (54.12%) for 2095 yards, 12/9 TD/INT, 174.58 YPG. 36 rushes for 168 yards, 2 TDs. C Antonio Bolin 6-4 267 (Sr) Desert (Edwards, CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] DE David Rainey 6-5 256 Sr Columbia (Burbank WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain]: 16 TKL, 3 TFL, 2.0 Sacks, 1 FF ILB Nathaniel Brumfield 6-3 239 Sr St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Mike]: 31 TKL, 1 FF K Elliot Ellis 5-9 180 (Sr) La Marque (Marque, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy]: 31/31 XP, 10/12 FG (83.33%), Long 45 Key Returnees: RB Jayden Frey 5-8 194 (Jr) Corvallis (Corvallis OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed]: 193 rushes for 875 yards, 15 TDs, 3 Fumbles (0 lost), 4.53 YPC OT Mason Hamby 6-3 277 (Sr) Powers (Powers OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Nathan Baumgartner 6-3 267 (Jr) Harper (Harper OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] DE Larry Swain 6-1 242 (Jr) Blanchet Catholic (Salem OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]: 15 TKL, 5 TFL, 5.0 Sacks OLB Jacob Cotton 6-0 222 Sr Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz]: 38 TKL, 3 TFL, 2.0 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 FR, 1 TD CB Dylan Talbert 6-0 174 (Jr) El Dorado (Placerville CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]: 13 TKL, 2, INT, 1 PD SS Eli Woods 5-10 200 (Sr) Powers (Powers OR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]: 15 TKL, 1 FF Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) QB Leonard McIntosh 6-4 213 (So) Munroe Day (Quincy FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Hybrid] (Transfer - Ball State) WR Ryan Bowers 6-0 160 (Sr) Shade (Cairnbrook PA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] (Transfer - Temple) C Jerrod Mattingly 6-4 292 Fr White Pigeon (White Pigeon MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OLB Carter Fletcher 6-0 230 Fr Newberg (Newberg OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] ILB Usher Sherman 6-2 243 Fr Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] ILB Abdoul Dubose 6-4 249 Fr Durant (Durant MS) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike] FS Julius Seay 6-2 205 (Fr) Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] (Redshirt freshman) K Gavin Belanger 5-10 180 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] 2024 Depth Chart: http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/32428-2024-oregon-state-beavers-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: WON vs. New Mexico State 28-7 WON at Central Michigan 23-13 LOSS vs. Georgia 0-45 WON at Utah 28-17 LOST at Washington 21-41 LOST vs. Arizona 17-28 LOSS vs. UCLA 22-38 LOSS vs. Washington State 13-23 LOSS vs. California 24-49 WON at Stanford 27-24 LOSS at Arizona State 24-41 LOSS vs. Oregon 28-31 Postseason: None As Oregon State took the field for the first time in 2023, Beavers fans watched and cheered intently. But their primary focus wasn't on any of their star players. Not running back Jayden Frey, not tackle Mason Hamby, not defensive end Larry Swain. Instead they watched a man who wore a visor and headset rather than a helmet and pads. After a long string of barely- and never-there coaches, new Beaver head man jc_superman promised two things; vision and commitment. He certainly delivered on the first part in the offseason, implementing a run-focused offense and letting longtime starter Eli Sherrill transfer to Virginia Tech as a result. So far, so good on the second part. The Beavers were aggressive on the 2023 recruiting trail, bringing in nine players with pro potential en route to their highest-rated class since 2016. And they won't be shy about giving them early experience either. Halfway through these previews, I feel pretty confident in saying that Oregon State's "Key Newcomers" section will be the biggest of all the teams with FIVE true freshmen slated to start. Oh, you wanted to know about how the Beavers did ON the field? Oh. Compared to their fellow Oregonians to the south, the Beavers would have been ecstatic with a double-digit win season. That didn't happen in 2023, although they DID double their 2022 win total. A 2-0 start was punctuated by a road victory over MAC champions Central Michigan, but the overall talent difference between them and their remaining opponents asserted itself afterward - Oregon State went chalk, beating who they should beat (on paper), losing to who they should lose (on paper). That meant Utah and Stanford would be their only victories the rest of the year. They at least made the Civil War a competitive game, but that was against an Oregon team giving Alex Gruber his first (and only) start. But still, 4 wins doubles their total from 2022. And the Beaver faithful accept that this is a ongoing process. 2024 Key Points: Beavers are ground animals. In 2022 Leonard McIntosh started the first six games for Ball State as a true freshman. He struggled heavily, barely completing 55% of his passes and throwing twice as many picks as touchdowns before losing his job to Andre Grubbs. He transferred once the Cardinals made the decision to go with Erik Parker, and now seeks to prove he's better than that. Riley Grossman is the future, but he's redshirting. It's up to McIntosh to prove he deserves to be a multi-year starter and not a one-year bridge. To do that, he'll need to show better touch and enough awareness to not force the ball into tight windows. Hopefully he learned a lot from his 2022 experience and his sit-out year. But if things go according to plan for the Beavers, they won't need McIntosh to carry things. Oregon State's offensive identity revolves around a rushing game designed to bleed clock and shorten the game. At 5'8" 194, redshirt junior Jayden Frey may not be the most physically imposing back out there. His 875 yards and 4.53 YPC in 2023 may not wow folks. But he WAS the only Pac-12 back to score double-digit touchdowns with less than 200 carries. Actually, he tied for fourth with 15 rushing TDs. He has a nose for the end zone, he just needs carries to make it happen. An offensive line starting four upperclassmen aims to do just that. The fifth? Wisconsinite Mattingly, Oregon State's highest-ranked recruit and the 12th-best center in last year's prospect pool. A defense in flux. Things are much more unsettled on the opposite side of the ball. Not only are the Beavers making a switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4, they're starting three true freshmen at linebacker. They also have Julius Seay at free coming off a redshirt, so there is a LOT of inexperience on this Beaver defense. This makes shortening the game even more critical to Oregon State's success this year, but it does also put a lot of pressure on the few upperclassmen such as Swain, Cotton, Talbert, and DT Erik Benner to rally and lead the defense. Welcome to the big pond? One of the main reasons Oregon State did so well in recruiting was having one of the highest point totals in the G5 pool. But it's looking very unlikely that will be the case this year, and they'll instead be dealing with the P5 recruit pool. The Beavers won't be able to bully many schools this season, so how well will they do convincing players to come to Corvallis? Can they stay a big fish in a small pond? Oregon State did very well in recruiting the G5 pool last year, and it looks VERY likely they'll do it again. But now that everyone's had a year to see how these recruiting pools work, can they repeat their performance? One could argue this is the true Beaver battlefield in 2024 instead of the gridiron. (Editor's Note: It was pointed out that we were using the wrong team's points when writing the original version of this section. It has since been adjusted accordingly. H/T to @anonemuss) Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow/Creeps in this petty pace from day to day. This is not a team that's set to compete for the division this year. Oregon State fans are used to that. There's just not enough high-end talent on the field. Oregon State fans are used to that. There's a good amount of promising youth having to start early. Oregon State fans are NOT used to that. This isn't the place to talk in-depth about a team's future. But the future is where Beaver fans hang their hopes. For the present they're basically focusing on two things: Promise from the young guys and stars, and respectable play. A bowl berth would be the absolute best-case scenario, especially with the rough OOC they've set (@UAB, @Oklahoma State, BYU). But they'll settle for improvement. Schedule: 1 at UAB 2 at Oklahoma State 3 Washington 4 at USC 5 Arizona State 6 at Colorado 7 at California 8 BYU 9 Stanford 10 Utah 11 at Washington State 12 BYE 13 at Oregon
  9. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. Oregon Ducks: 7-2 conference, 10-3 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 3rd (2nd Pac-12 North) Coach: @bingo415 (5th year) Returning Starters: Offense: 7 Defense: 7 Key Losses: OT Jadon Moses 6-3 266 Sr Powers (Powers OR) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] - Drafted 163th overall by NE CB Jamir Lacey 5-11 166 Sr Central (Independence OR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage]: 11 TKL, 3 INT, 4 PD - Drafted 43rd overall by TB CB Donte Terry 5-9 204 (Sr) Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]: 6 TKL, 2 INT - Drafted 164th overall by BAL FS Andrew Thomas 6-0 191 Sr Dean (Franklin MA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]: 10 TKL, 1 PD K Jeffrey Avery 6-0 200 (Sr) Golden Valley (Merced, CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power]: 36/37 XP, 26/30 FG (86.67%), Long 48 Key Returnees: QB Josh Allman 6-4 205 Sr Citrus College (Glendora CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pocket]: 222 of 373 (59.52%) for 2499 yards, 16/9 TD/INT, 208.25 YPG. RB Luke Cleary 5-6 231 So Elmira (Elmira OR) 4.0 of 4.5 [Power]: 258 rushes for 1406 yards, 16 TDs, 2 Fumbles lost, 5.45 YPC. TE Jack Booth 6-1 218 Jr Dallas (Dallas OR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Receiving]: 56 catches for 720 yards, 6 TDs, 3 Drops, 12.86 YPC. OG Roberto Goldberg 6-6 297 (Sr) Dallas (Dallas OR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] DE Golden Grigson 6-6 255 (So) St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Blitz]: 25 TKL, 9 TFL, 10.0 Sacks. OLB Jacob Gaines 5-11 227 (Jr) Newberg (Newberg OR) 4.5 of 5.0 [Coverage]: 35 TKL, 2.0 Sacks, 2 INT, 4 PD, 1 FF. CB Kayvon Harris 5-11 177 So Mission Hills (San Marcos CA) 3.5 of 5.0 [Man Coverage]: 10 TKL, 3 INT, 2 PD. FS Brady Palumbo 6-0 188 (So) Golden Valley (Merced CA) 3.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]: Did not start in 2023. Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) WR Martin Gage 6-3 154 Sr Louisiana State University at Eunice (Eunice LA) 4.5 of 5.0 [Speed] (JuCo) LS Antonio West 6-3 261 Fr Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Traditional] 2024 Depth Chart: http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/32322-2024-oregon-ducks-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: WON vs. Auburn 23-20 WON at South Carolina 30-14 WON at California 31-20 WON at West Virginia 20-3 WON vs. Stanford 54-21 WON at Colorado 23-7 WON vs. USC 22-16 WON at Arizona State 31-28 WON vs. Washington State 29-26 LOST at Arizona 28-29 LOST vs. Washington 23-24 WON at Oregon State 31-28 Postseason: LOST Rose Bowl vs. Illinois 6-20 Is it possible to finish with double digit wins, reach #1 in the voters' polls, and feel like the season was a disappointment? Ladies and gentlemen, Exhibit A: Your 2023 Oregon Ducks. They started the season as well as you could ask. A victory over #1 Auburn kicked off a 9-0 start to the season that including wins against USC, Cal, and West Virginia. Unfortunately it also matters how you end the season, and a thrilling three-overtime nailbiter of a win against Washington State wore the Ducks down. They proceeded to lose their next two games by a point each; a tough trip to the desert to face the Wildcats, then a heartbreaker at home against bitter rival Washington, costing them the Pac-12 North. They did defeat Oregon State in the Civil War to earn a NY6 berth but fell short in the Rose Bowl against the Fighting Illini, ending a 10-3 season that left Oregon fans, players, and coaches wondering went wrong. 2024 Key Points: Did you seriously put a long snapper as a key newcomer? Seriously? Yes, yes I did, and for two reasons. One: They don't really have many other players to put there. Two: Just in case you haven't heard, Oregon has no placekicker on the roster. They'll be relying on sophomore punter Jordan Lehman, but punter have traditionally been terrible at kicking. When it comes to special teams, every little bit counts for the Ducks and that includes the snapping. Field goals and extra points are already going to be dicey enough without the prospect of true freshman West throwing wild snaps in pressure situations. Hear me out; what if the Ducks were the ones doing the hunting in the air? Oregon loses three members of their excellent secondary to graduation? Not a problem, they'll just plug three equally talented players in to keep their No-Fly Zone intact. Kayvon Harris and Chance Muse look very likely to be just as good a cornerback pair as the Jamir Lacey-Donte Floyd duo was for many years. FS Brady Palumbo looks to be better than the man he placed, Andrew Dean. Heck, the entire back four should be eventually playing on Sundays - and they'll all only sophomores. Hear me out; what if the Ducks learned to fly? JuCo Josh Allman did not have a great 2023. It's not that he needed to be a team savior, not with Luke Cleary beasting it up behind him, but Allman ranked in the bottom half of the Pac-12 in every QB metric - he rarely made opposing defenses pay when they loaded the box against the Oregon run game. As a game manager-type he struggled there too; ball security was an issue with his four fumbles, tied for the most among Pac-12 QBs. To be fair to Allman, WR was easily the Ducks' weakest position group in 2023. 3rd-year slot man Gael Trujillo (2.0/4.0) was especially egregious, racking up only 390 yards on 32 catches and 5 drops to go with 0 touchdowns. The coaches hope he takes a step forward this year, but at least he won't have to shoulder any extra responsibility in the passing game. Oregon brought in Louisiana JuCo Martin Gage, bumping last year's WR1 Benjamin Solomon to the flanker position. With a better receiving corps compared to last year, a year or growth from Cleary, and still one of the better offensive lines in the conference, the tools are all there for Allman to bring some balance to the offense. What are the expectations in Eugene this year? On offense and defense, this is the most complete team in the conference. Oregon should be one of the first names out of people's lips when asked who the likely Pac-12 champion will be and playoff contention is a strong possibility, especially if they acquit themselves well against a rough OOC combination of Oklahoma and Miami (FL). But. But. That third phase of the game. The one with the not-kicker and the freshman long snapper. We know it will come back to bite them somewhere. But when and how badly it happens could be the difference between the Playoffs and another offseason of "what-ifs?" Schedule: 0 at Oklahoma 1 Bye 2 Miami (FL) 3 Bye 4 Colorado 5 Arizona 6 San Jose State 7 at Utah 8 at UCLA 9 at Washington 10 Washington State 11 California 12 at Stanford 13 Oregon State
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  11. I see you, Patrick Everett! (Also I guess this answers the question of what to do about Tyler White this year... sorry bb)
  12. I can't believe Jaheim Lemons actually got a top player grade, even if it is preseason.
  13. Seattle Seahawks place: WR Tyler White 6-0 156 2 Penn State [Speed] [+1] 80 on Injured Reserve. He suffered a Severe ACL rupture in Pre-season Week 1 and is out for the season.
  14. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. Colorado Buffaloes: 1-8 conference, 3-9 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 11th (5th Pac-12 North) Coach: @NateTheGreat (2nd year) Returning Starters: Offense: 6* (This includes FB Beckett Williamson 5-11 238 (Sr) J.K. Mullen (Denver CO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking], even though Fullback was not listed on the Pre-Transfer DC.) Defense: 4 Key Losses: WR Nico Helm 6-3 212 (Sr) Hilltop (Vista, CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Target]: 51 catches for 667 yards, 6 TDs, 5 drops, 13.08 YPC OG Wyatt Beck 6-4 288 Jr Hilltop (Chula Vista CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] - Drafted 229th overall by WAS DE Josh Bain 6-3 259 (Sr) Columbia (Burbank, WA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blitz]: 13 TKL, 3 TFL, 4.5 Sacks DT Jack Holland 6-6 333 Sr Sacramento City College (Sacramento CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [2-Gap]: 19 TKL, 4 TFL, 4.0 Sacks - Drafted 215th overall by TB OLB Sam Caron 5-11 228 (Sr) Williams (Williams, CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz]: 37 TKL, 3 TFL, 2.0 Sacks - Drafted 24th overall by GB SS Ivan Borden 5-11 195 (Sr) Lake Stevens (Stevens, WA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]: 37 TKL, 1 TFL, 1 INT Key Returnees: QB Mike Naylor 6-2 200 (Jr) West Covina (West Covina CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling]: 241 of 428 (56.31%) for 2617 yards, 20/10 TD/INT. 37 rushes for 169 yards, 2 TDs. WR LaRon Quarless 6-2 209 (So) South Summit (Kamas UT) 3.5 of 4.5 [Target]: 41 catches for 422 yards, 1 TD, 1 drop, 13.52 YPC TE Kameron McCrary 6-5 200 (Jr) Brookhaven (Brookhaven MS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Receiving]: 30 catches for 374 yards, 3 TDs, 2 drops, 12.70 YPC OT Abdoul Wiley 6-7 299 (Sr) Atchison County Community (KS) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] ILB Noah Murphy 6-1 220 (So) Englewood (Englewood CO) 4.0 of 4.5 [Will]: No stats in 2023 OLB Frederick Grant III 5-11 227 (Jr) Limon (Limon CO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blitz]: 24 TKL, 5 TFL, 3.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF CB Chad Manuel 6-2 203 (Jr) Thatcher (Thatcher AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]: 4 TKL Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) RB Johnny Hough 5-11 208 (Sr) Pioneer (Whittier CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] (Transfer) FS Cameron Ellington 5-11 194 So Elizabeth (Elizabeth CO) 2.5 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] (Redshirt Freshman) SS Xavier Barney 6-1 180 Fr DeLand (DeLand FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] 2024 Depth Chart (Pre-Transfer): http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/31760-2024-colorado-buffaloes-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: WON at Louisiana-Monroe 41-7 LOST at Georgia 24-30 LOST vs. Washington State 17-24 LOST vs. Arizona State 13-19 LOST at USC 12-14 LOST vs. Oregon 7-23 LOST at Stanford 18-20 LOST vs. Arizona 14-19 LOST vs. UCLA 21-24 WON at Colorado State 38-34 LOST at Washington 18-52 WON vs. Utah 35-17 Postseason: None Lots of coaches thought the Buffs would struggle with a new coach (MCanes305) and no Latavious Murray. And unfortunately they were all correct. The season started promisingly with a blowout win at ULM and a string of competitive losses, but competitive losses soon became the norm. Colorado suffered an eight-game losing streak where only one game didn't end within one score. The defense tried the best but it's not their job to score, and the Buffs' one-dimensional offense (and they often weren't very proficient in that dimension) couldn't get them over the hump. Add in a mid-season coaching change and a bad recruiting class, and Colorado's 2023 was mostly a season to forget. We say mostly because they did win two of their last three games to end the season, against regional rivals Colorado State and Utah. One could look at it as an omen of good things ahead (just don't pay any attention to that loss in the middle if you do). 2024 Key Points: Johnny Hough will be carrying MUCH more than the ball. Quarterback Mike Naylor took a big step back last year, regressing in every efficiency stat there is. A good example: Despite throwing 75 more passes in 2023 than he did in 2022, he only had 23 more passing yards to show for it. It was clear that he - and the Colorado offense - badly missed Latavious Murray, and that Naylor wasn't ready to be the sole focus of the offense (except for that one game). William Ruff was, well, rough as the next man up to carry the rock (581 rushing yards, 5 TDs, 3.65 YPC), and so now the Buffs turn to Fresno State transfer Johnny Hough. Hough ran for 975 yards and 16 TDs (4.41 YPC) during his last active season. A mixed statistical bag to be sure, but one Colorado would happily take right now. Anything to give them some semblance of balance on offense. The student must now become the master. Last year Colorado had... not a great defense. On a per-game basis, they were 4th-worst in yards allowed, 5th-worst in points allowed conference-wide. And that's WITH talent like Sam Caron, Jack Holland, and Josh Bain. Now they're gone; how do the Buffs adapt? They've switched to a 3-4 system, which probably suits their existing personnel better. And the four returning defensive starters is a bit misleading, as nickelback Abdul Drummond saw extensive play at CB2 in 2023 and promising Will linebacker Noah Murphy finally gets a chance to play his natural position. But the overall defensive talent level is much lower than last year's squad. Redshirt junior Frederick Grant had three years to learn from one of the best OLBs in the country in Caron. Now that this is his defense, Colorado's going to need Grant to elevate not only his play but that of his teammates. Probably not now, but when? From top to bottom, Colorado's roster isn't terrible. Outside of defensive end, there aren't any obvious holes to exploit. But it's very unlikely they'll be able to surpass the Pac-12 South California schools this year, and the fact of the matter is that they aren't likely to get much better in the short term. Their last three recruiting classes have all ranked in the bottom half of the nation and the vast majority of their squad are upperclassmen, with not much behind them. The expectations may be lowered in Boulder this year, but to turn this program around NateTheGreat has a ton of work in 2024 to do both on AND off the field. Schedule: 0 Colorado State (Denver) 1 Bye 2 at Kansas State 3 Nebraska 4 at Oregon 5 at UCLA 6 Oregon State 7 USC 8 at California 9 at Arizona State 10 Washington 11 Arizona 12 at Utah
  15. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. California Golden Bears: 6–3 conference, 8–5 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 6th (3rd Pac-12 North) Coach: @noodlz2 (3rd year) Returning Starters: Offense: 8 Defense: 9 Key Losses: QB Nick Ellison 6-5 225 (Jr) Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling]: 239 of 341 (70.09%) for 3124 yards, 22/8 TD/INT. 42 rushes for 276 yards, 3 TDs. RB Zachary McFadden 5-10 190 (Sr) Mammoth (Lakes, CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed]: 279 rushes for 1610 yards, 17 TDs, 1 Fumble lost), 5.77 YPC. 11 catches for 174 yards, 1 TD - Drafted 160th overall by DET WR Spencer Sharpe 6-2 196 Sr Atlanta Metropolitan College (Atlanta GA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed]: 72 catches for 1124 yards, 8 TDs, 15.61 YPC - Drafted 78th overall by NE OLB Mamadou Holloway 5-11 226 Sr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage]: 22 TKL CB Shaq Kimbrough 6-0 163 Sr Darton State College (Albany GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]: 10 TKL, 3 INT, 1 PD, 1 TD - Drafted 230th overall by TEN Key Returnees: QB Max Lauer 6-5 202 (Jr) De La Salle (Concord CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling]: Did Not Play in 2023 WR Marcus Hightower 6-3 192 (Jr) Glendale (Glendale CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed]: 69 catches for 933 yards, 9 TDs, 2 drops, 13.52 YPC TE Kahiau Alama 6-3 212 (Jr) El Dorado (Placerville CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving]: 23 catches for 292 yards, 2 TDs, 12.70 YPC OT Philip Engel 6-2 301 Sr Golden Valley (Merced CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking]: 17 TKL, 4 TFL, 7.0 Sacks ATH Adam Gibson 6-3 331 Sr Horizon (San Diego CA) 4.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap]: 13 TKL, 1 TFL, 4.0 Sack ILB D'Andre Phillips 6-4 252 (Sr) Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Mike]: 36 TKL, 2 TFL, 2.0 Sacks, 1 PD, 1 FR Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) None 2024 Depth Chart (Pre-Transfer): http://cfbhc.com/index.php/topic/31953-2024-california-golden-bears-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: WON at Kansas State 30-27 WON vs. Houston 35-3 LOST vs. Oregon 20-31 WON at USC 17-16 LOST at Michigan 48-52 WON at Washington State 35-17 LOST vs. Washington 14-20 WON at Oregon State 49-24 LOST at Arizona State 21-24 WON vs. Utah 37-0 WON vs. UCLA 31-21 WON vs. Stanford 34-14 Postseason: LOST Holiday Bowl vs. Michigan State 24-27 In last season's preview, we tabbed Cal as the Pac-12's resident "spooky" team. Things certainly played out that way; their only loss by more than one score was a week four tilt versus Oregon. Even other conferences weren't immune to the BearScare as both Michigan and Michigan State needed fourth-quarter comebacks to knock off the Golden Bears. (The Wolverines game in particular should be on the shortlist for 2023 Game of the Year, with 21-point quarters by both teams and over 600 yards of offense from Cal.) Unfortunately for the 2023 Golden Bears, their signature wins (at USC, vs. UCLA) came against the Pac-12 South (AKA Not their division). Their losses against Oregon and Washington denied them a chance at the division title, instead sending them to the Holiday Bowl and a narrow loss to Sparty. But they doubled their 2022 win total and beat the crap out of rival Stanford, so there's that. In the end it's hard to call 2023 anything less than a successful one for the Golden Bears on the field. 2024 Key Points: Were you taking notes, Lauer? Coming into the 2023 season Nick Ellison was a question mark. He answered that question and then some, taking a huge step forward in 2023. The Michigan game introduced him to the world (25 of 32 for 413 yards, 3/1 TD/INT), but he was just really good all season - a far cry from the passing stats he put up in 2022 (195 of 339 for 2201 yards, 14/11 TD/INT). Ellison's improvement in the passing game made it impossible for teams to just stack the box against Zachary McFadden and Naiquon Barner and really supercharged the offense - the Golden Bears placed second in the conference averaging 30.38 points per game. Deciding to strike while the iron was hot, Ellison was a surprise early declaration and ended up signing with the Seahawks as a UDFA. So now it's up to Lauer to lead a fearsome Cal offense. He already has one start under his belt back in 2022, but it wasn't a good one (9 of 19 [47.37%] for 120 yards and 2 INTs). He'll need to be much better than that if Cal wants to challenge for the division in 2023. Two backs, one cup ball. Fresh off a redshirt, senior Raekwon Elam is listed atop the RB depth chart. As a JuCo player, he's yet to appear in actual FBS competition. Naiquon Barner played second fiddle to McFadden last year, and he's certainly talented enough to be the outright lead back. Will the Cal coaching staff run a two-back system? Or will he have to settle for a similar third-down role this year and wait until next year to shine? One thing's for sure; Naiquon is a heck of an insurance policy in case Raekwon fails to protect his neck. They might have them in the back half though, not gonna lie. While not ASU levels of bad, the Golden Bear cornerbacks (with a 3.0/3.5 at CB1) are the one position group every opposing coach is going to take a hard look at. And the Cal safeties aren't as talented as the Sun Devil tandem, so we'll see how much they can support the CB group while not losing their responsibilities. While Cal is well-equipped to limit their CBs' exposure via a healthy dose of offensive ground-and-pound, they have a LOT of formidable passing attacks on the docket. (Oregon, Wazzu, UW, USC, Auburn, even Kansas State likes to chuck the ball) Someone's already opened the window while we weren't watching. Returning 17 out of 22 starters (even if some play out of position) gives Cal lots of continuity and experience. Even though the departed players will be dearly missed - all five were draft-eligible - there is still a lot of talent here. But half of their current starters are upperclassmen, and there isn't a whole heck of a lot coming in the way of reinforcements outside of DT Constantine Holland, OLB Ned Morin, and SS Coleridge Beverly. 2024 might very well be their best shot at taking the division for the foreseeable future, especially with Washington breaking in a true freshman QB and Oregon caught sans kicker. Schedule: 0 Bye 1 Kansas State 2 at Washington 3 UNLV 4 at UCLA 5 Auburn 6 Washington State 7 Oregon State 8 Colorado 9 at Arizona 10 Bye 11 at Oregon 12 USC 13 at Stanford
  16. > Finish 3rd in division > Get hardest SOS in division
  17. Considering how much Soluna likes to play the young guys early, seeing him as one of the highest in Youth Management doesn't surprise me.
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  19. "To tell the truth, I'm not excited to go to Cleveland, but we have to," Ichiro said through an interpreter. "If I ever saw myself saying I'm excited going to Cleveland, I'd punch myself in the face, because I'm lying."
  20. Notes: None of these previews will predict records or standings, those will come in a future post. All stats are from 2023 unless otherwise mentioned. Arizona State Sun Devils: 6–3 conference, 8–5 overall Last Year’s Conference Finish: 5th (3rd Pac-12 South) Coach: @SageBow (1st year) Returning Starters: Offense: 5 Defense: 7 Key Losses: QB Parker Townsend 6-4 229 (Sr) Weatherford (Weatherford, OK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling]: 233 of 383 (60.84%) for 2860 yards, 16/4 TD/INT. 66 rushes for 366 yards, 4 TDs. RB Israel Carlson 5-7 229 (Jr) Navajo Prep (Farmington NM) 5.0 of 5.0 [Power]: 274 rushes for 1657 yards, 20 TDs, 3 Fumbles (2 lost), 6.05 YPC - Drafted 9th overall by LAC OG Francisco Leyva 6-2 308 (Sr) Azle (Azle, TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Ilan Damico 6-5 335 (Sr) Tecumseh (Tecumseh, OK) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] CB Gavin Andrews-Bradley 5-11 192 (Sr) East Fork Lutheran (Whiteriver, AZ) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]: 11 TKL, 4 INT, 2 PD FS Antoine Ponder 5-11 207 (Sr) Santa Teresa (Teresa, NM) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]: 25 TKL, 5 INT, 1 PD, 1 FR, 1 TD K Rafael Guinn 6-2 151 (Sr) Skyview (Nampa, ID) 4.5 of 4.5 [Accuracy]: 40/40 XPs, 19/21 FGs (90.48%), Long 50 Key Returnees: WR Jordan Scott 5-10 166 (Sr) West Valley (Hemet CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed]: 64 catches for 795 yards, 3 TDs, 3 drops, 12.42 YPC WR Deon Kirksey 6-3 204 (Jr) Argonaut (Jackson CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target]: 62 catches for 796 yards, 11 TDs, 3 drops, 12.84 YPC OG Joseph Amato III 6-4 288 (So) Logan (Lgan UT) 3.5 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] DT Alpha Goldman 6-4 301 (Sr) Moon Valley (Phoenix AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [2-Gap]: 17 TKL, 4 TFL, 7.0 Sacks OLB Kieran Skaggs 5-11 236 (Jr) Desert Eagle (Scottsdale AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage]: 43 TKL, 2 TFL, 1.0 Sack, 1 PD, 2 FF, 1 FR FS Jacob Donald 6-0 216 (Jr) Edison (Stockton CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]: 8 TKL, 2 INT, 1 PD Key Newcomers: (true freshman unless noted otherwise) FB Brandon Sutton 5-9 210 (Fr) Edison (Stockton CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] (Redshirt Freshman) TE Dylan Erickson 6-1 203 (Fr) The Orme School (Mayer AZ) 2.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] (Redshirt Freshman) SS Cordell Glenn 6-1 221 (Fr) Chandler (Chandler AZ) 2.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] (Redshirt Freshman) K Jayden Stark 6-0 159 (Fr) Largo (Largo FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] (Redshirt Freshman) 2024 Depth Chart: http://cfbhc.com/index.php/topic/32288-2024-arizona-state-sun-devils-depth-chart-rs/ 2023 Review: Regular season: LOST vs. Ohio State 34-37 LOST at Mississippi State 17-21 WON vs. New Mexico 37-7 WON at Colorado 19-13 WON vs. UCLA 31-23 WON at Washington State 24-17 LOST at USC 20-23 WON vs. Utah 27-14 LOST at Oregon 28-31 WON vs. California 24-21 WON vs. Oregon State 41-24 LOST vs. Arizona 14-17 Postseason: WON Las Vegas Bowl vs. Boise State 35-20 We wondered how an offense featuring four guards in the trenches would do. They got stiff tests right off the bat against Ohio State and Mississippi State and scared the bejeezus out of both of them before falling short. A tune-up game against New Mexico eased them into conference play and kicked off a four-game winning streak. But narrow losses to USC and Oregon put severe dampers on their division title hopes, and as the Sun Devils lined up for the opening kick to the Territorial Cup they knew they were playing spoiler - the Trojans' victory over the Bruins earlier in the day took them out of the running, but they could do the same to their rival. The game played out that way; a nasty, ugly, slog-filled contest decided by a failed last-minute onside kick attempt after Sparky clawed back late. The Sun Devils proceeded to take out their frustrations on the MWC Champion Boise State Broncos in the Las Vegas Bowl, with Carlson rampaging for 140 yards and 3 TDs. So how did the offense do? Not too badly, it turned out. Well enough to compensate for a defense that started a 2.5/2.5 at DE and a FS at CB2. Well enough to get them a puncher's chance at the division. 2024 Key Points: Is Sparky ready to actually throw the ball? A lot? The Israel Carlson Era is over in Tempe. Carlson put his name on every significant rushing record at ASU before leaving for the pros, and 3.0/3.0 junior Eddie Boston is not going to make anyone forget Izzy. But Deon Kirksey and Jordan Scott ARE still there. The talented wideouts have long been under-utilized in favor of emphasizing Carlson, but now they will be the focal point of the offense. Kirksey's 8 catch, 100-yard, 2 TD game against Boise shows what they're capable of when they get the ball. Add in talented returner Amari Dunbar as a slot man (37 catches for 544 yards, 1 TD, 14.7 YPC) alongside redshirt freshman TE Dylan Erickson, and it wouldn't be a shock to see lots of 3 and 4-wide sets this year. Alshon, we're ready for your close-up. QB Alshon Simon-Alford finally gets the keys to the Sun Devil offense. He's waited patiently behind Parker Townsend for what feels like years. But the offense he inherits is certainly not going to be the same one he's practiced with. How is his chemistry with Scott, Kirksey, and the other pass catchers? How does he look throwing the ball? Sparky didn't have a spring game, so outside observers won't have any idea until week 1 at Baylor. Can the offensive line keep defenses from seeing Alshon close-up? The four-guard OL is no more, but outside of future NFL pick Joseph Amato III this is one of the worst lines in the conference. They have two linemen with 2.5 potential starting, it's that bad. If the Sun Devils are going to a pass-happy offense as we expect, the OL will have their hands full giving Simon-Alford enough time to throw the ball. Free safety Jacob Donald might be the most important player on ASU's defense. This is not a slight on DT Alpha Goldman, a man that we at the Pac-12 Network have loved for a long time. But Arizona State does not have a cornerback on the roster with 3.5 potential or better. Like last year, Arizona State starts a free safety as their CB2. Strong safety Cordell Glenn has the highest potential of any secondary player but is a redshirt freshman. As the Sun Devils' last line of defense, Donald has to quarterback and organize an inexperienced back half that has a big lack of quality at CB. Schedule: 0 Bye 1 at Baylor 2 Washington State 3 USC 4 Toledo 5 at Oregon State 6 at Washington 7 at Charlotte 8 at Utah 9 Colorado 10 Bye 11 Stanford 12 at UCLA 13 Arizona
  21. Not gonna lie, I'm really glad I don't have a crapton of games on that top 100 list this year. I love the work you do as always! Also,
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