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  1. going off stats, I definitely agree with Brinkley, CB's was a tough choice. I imagine some Gophers on the final one
  2. I am excited to announce the preseason All-B1G team. Unfortunately I did not receive enough votes to build a team based on the views of all the members of the B1G like planned, so these are instead based on my own opinion. Offense: QB: Tanner Bowman - Penn State RB: Jamal Trufant - Wisconsin FB: Rory Horton - Illinois WR: Morgan Patton - Penn State WR: Frederick Bartlett - Purdue TE: Sebastian Babb - Nebraska OT: Kyle Will - Michigan OT: Mendy Cheney - Wisconsin OG: Noah Barney - Ohio State OG: LaMichael Harley - Michigan C: Leo Talbot - Wisconsin Defense: DE: Lucas Benton - Michigan DE: Khairi Bryant - Ohio State DT: Shamar Ware - Penn State LB: Shane Easley - Penn State LB: Jamal Harley - Illinois LB: Christopher Clayton - Penn State LB: Damien Norman - Illinois CB: Benjamin Parris - Iowa CB: Kordell McKinnon - MSU FS: Tyler Patino - Illinois SS: Zachary Trotter - Illinois Special Teams: K: A.K. McGowan - Penn State P: Jesse Dowdy - Ohio State Selections by team: - 6 - 5 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
  3. The return of SlinkyJr. to MSU has the team and fans excited hoping to return to former glory Season Overview: After a 1 season hiatus, Slinky is back at the helm at MSU and looks to build upon his success at MSU. Known for his defenses and future talent like Keyshawn Thompson and Brandon Sauter, Slinky could have his next superstar in Kordell McKinnon (loins pls). I believe Slinky is one of the better coaches on the site, and should be able to elevate MSU to higher levels than one might expect for this team. With Kyle Davidson and RB transfer Gabriel Shields, MSU will be a threat in the East. Strengths and Weaknesses: Strength: CB Kordell McKinnon 6-0 195 Sr Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Sean Freeman 6-1 167 (Jr) Posen (Posen, MI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Kofi Neal 6-2 215 (Jr) Wonewoc-Center (Wonewoc, WI) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Eddie McCullough 5-11 196 (Jr) Clarke Community (Osceola, IA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] With Slinky back coaching at MSU, you knew we were going to talk about the secondary. McKinnon is the gem of the group, all 4 players have pro potential and Slinky hopes that will form a No Fly Zone 2.0. They definitely have the talent here, and while the rest of the defense might not be as strong, it might not matter as much with Davidson, Shields, and Thurston leading the offensive side of the ball. Slinky knows how to coach the defensive side of the ball very well, and I expect large strides made on this side of the ball and for these 4 players in particular, after the 1 season of RayBaxter at MSU. Weakness: WR Joseph Thurston 6-0 210 (Sr) Blair-Taylor (Blair WI) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target] TE Samuel Hare 6-5 203 Fr Bellevue (Bellevue MI) 1.0 of 5.0 [Receiving] WR Henry Oswald 6-4 202 (Fr) Barnesville (Barnesville, OH) 2.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR Benjamin Serna 6-1 194 Fr Holland Christian (Holland MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] TE Finn Chase 6-3 227 Sr Holy Cross (River Grove, IL) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blocking] Pre-transfers, if I was writing this I would have definitely had said RB was the biggest weakness for the Spartans, as they only had a 2.5/2.5 on the roster. Luckily they were able to bring in Shields, who should help MSU tremendously and keep the team more balanced where teams will now have to respect the run. Before he transferred, and with these receiving weapons outside of Thurston it would have been expecting a lot from Davidson. Starting a true freshman TE at WR2 who only has 1.0 skill is a risky move for Slinky, but considering the other options at WR, I understand why he is doing it. I think it will pay off in a few games, but overall I expect Hare to struggle against the more elite secondaries in the B1G, and again, I'm generally not a huge fan of playing players out of position, but Hare looks to be built almost more as a WR than a TE so this could work out well for Slinky. Still, with only 1 player with higher than 2.5 skill, I expect Thurston to carry the load on the receiving end, and Slinky to try and limit turnovers and play a more conservative offense and rely on his secondary to keep them in games. Key Games: vs. Toledo vs. Iowa @ Michigan Week 1 against Toledo is a huge match-up for Slinky. Toledo has the talent of a team in the B1G, and should be a great litmus test into how they will face against the top-tier teams in the B1G. If MSU is able to pull out the win, then Slinky has the team back on track and they will be a dark horse in the East. Get blown out and it could be a long season for Slinky. I think the game against Iowa will be another very important game on the schedule for the Spartans, this seems like a game MSU needs to win in order to compete in the East and try and do more than win 6/7 games. MSU got a relatively schedule, avoiding Illinois, Purdue, and Wisconsin from the West, so Slinky must take advantage of this and try and win 2/3 of these games in order to really surprise people this season. Finally, the first match-up between Slinky and I as coaches of MSU and Michigan has been highlighted on the calendar ever since Slinky announced his return to MSU. Lose and Slinky will never hear the end of HARBAUGH in the Lions chat, win, and Slinky might be looking for a new job in NFLHC
  4. The return of former coach LDYo has Indiana fans excited and hopeful of the future Season Overview: After a strong start to the season last year under now Arizona coach Wrigleyfan, the Hoosiers turn back to former coach LDYo to build upon last season's bowl appearance and be a dark horse team in the B1G East. While a B1G title game appearance is most likely out of the question, Indiana could play the like of Maryland of last season and surprise some folks in games this season. With Adrian Rupp ready to eruppt this season, Indiana has some pieces on offense to keep them games and put up some points on the better defenses in the B1G. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, tough West opponents in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Purdue could bring disaster for Indiana's expectations this season. Strengths and Weaknesses: Strength: QB Adrian Rupp 6-2 238 (Jr) Wayne Trace (Haviland, OH) 4.0 of 4.5 [Scrambling] WR Graham James 6-4 152 (Jr) Bismarck State College (Bismarck ND) 3.5 of 4.0 [Target] WR Patrick Rollins 5-9 180 Sr Pacelli (Stevens Point, WI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] TE Miguel Elias 6-5 201 (So) Spencerville (Spencerville, OH) 3.5 of 4.0 [Receiving] Rupp is the focal point of the offense for the Hoosiers and he should have some decent playmakers to help him this season. Although Rupp is a scrambling QB, he might have to rely more on his arm than his legs this season if Indiana wants to win games this season. Currently starting a FB at RB, I expect Rupp to really take a step forward in his playmaking ability this year. Depending on how LDYo designs the offense, he could compete with FB Early in rushing yards. A big if, but if Rupp plays well on the ground and in the air, one could argue he is the most valuable player to any team in the B1G, and most vital to any team's success. Rupp takes another step forward and the Hoosiers can surprise some people, perform the same as last year or worse and it will be a long season for the Hoosiers. Weakness: DE Ricardo Fernandez 6-3 237 Jr Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, IL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] DT Jasper Kane 6-5 330 Jr Goshen (Goshen, OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] DT Raymond Harley 6-2 314 (Sr) Bullock Creek (Midland MI) 3.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] DE Mark Brice 6-0 260 Jr Keystone (La Grange, OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] 0 NFL potential players on the DL for Indiana could cause trouble for the Hoosier defense and keep them out of games against the top teams in the B1G. Any team with a strong OL playing against the Hoosiers should be able to have all day to throw or run against the Hoosiers. Top to bottom, the defense is definitely the worst part of the Hoosiers team and they will have to rely on the offensive and Rupp in order to win games. Only 1 current starter on the defense has pro potential, in OLB Felix Hinojosa. With a schedule that includes Penn State, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Purdue, that defense might not be enough to keep them games against these teams. While the DL might as a whole be the worst unit, the LB's are probably their best part of the defense, and could help shore up areas that the DL doesn't and make the front seven somewhat respectable for the Hoosiers. Key Games: vs. Ohio State @ Maryland @ Michigan State Looking at Indiana's schedule, outside of the gauntlet of Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Purdue, all other games can be seen as games that I anticipate Indiana could compete in and come away with a win. On paper I expect Indiana to have 4 wins coming from it's weaker OOC and a down Rutgers. Indiana would then need to win 2 of the 3 key games above to reach a bowl game. This could be a tough task, as they play 2 of these on the road, and might not be able to handle the firepower of Davidson at MSU, or Indiana coach TheSam now at Maryland as Maryland is another dark horse team in the East. I think Indiana is looking at 5/6 wins this season, and will need to steal a game from one of these three teams or risk falling out of bowl contention. The week 3 game versus Ohio State could be telling in how this season will go for the Hoosiers.
  5. Devoid of the star talent from years back, Nebraska appears to be on the outside looking in in the B1G West Season Overview: After the departure of Nmize0 to UMass the Cornhuskers brought back a former B1G coach in Dean_Craig_Pelton, former Ohio State coach to lead the team into a new direction. On paper this looks to be a down year for the Cornhuskers. No longer with Sean Hamilton or Marcus Williams to carry the load, the talent on the offensive side of the ball is either too young to make a difference or lacks the talent to compete with the likes of Purdue, Illinois, and Wisconsin in the West. This could be a rough season for the Cornhuskers, not too many years removed from a National Title appearance. Strengths and Weaknesses: Strength: OT Rafael Vitale 6-7 284 So Augusta (Augusta, KS) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Christopher Quarless 6-1 328 (Fr) Atwood (Atwood, KS) 2.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] C Leon Moran 6-1 291 (Jr) Hazen (Hazen, ND) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Abe Bowles 6-6 284 (So) Columbus Community (, IA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OT Ned Eller 6-7 323 (So) Ellsworth (Ellsworth, KS) 3.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] The most consistently talented part of the Cornhuskers is the offensive line. Which should work in their favor and keep them in games they shouldn't be in. They will help shield the new talent on the offensive side of the ball and let them develop a little bit faster than one might have anticipated because of the strength of the OL. Vitale anchors the line, and was probably Nmize0's biggest recruiting pull as coach of the Cornhuskers and anticipates to be a strong NFLHC prospect when he eventually heads to the NFL. All with pro potential outside of Bowles, the OL should allow Nebraska to compete with the other middling teams in the B1G but probably won't be enough without the great skill players to compete with the top teams in the B1G. Weakness: RB Hakeem Nixon 5-8 204 Fr Frankfort (Frankfort KS) 2.0 of 4.5 [Speed] WR Richard Stanford 6-1 219 (Jr) South Heart (South Heart, ND) 3.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR Moussa Bolden 5-9 185 (So) Atchison County Community (, KS) 2.5 of 3.5 [Speed] WR Ramon Mondragon 5-9 189 (Fr) Wink (Wink, TX) 2.0 of 3.5 [Speed] The Cornhusker offense is seriously lacking any big time play-makers outside of the TE position. A new QB Talley and a new true freshman RB in Nixon has Nebraska entering a new era and that doesn't appear to be pretty at least this season. Outside of TE Babb, no real receiving threat exists and with a true freshman RB, he is expected to struggle in marquee match-ups and play closer to his 2.0 skill rather than his 4.5 potential. I think it will be difficult for the Cornhuskers to consistently put up enough points to win big games, as the defense is also not as strong as it used to be. The amount of NFL talent the Cornhuskers have lost is staggering, and this sets up for a rebuilding year for new coach Dean. Key Games: vs. Iowa vs. Ohio State vs. Iowa State Nebraska opens their season with a tough stretch of games, playing Wisconsin and Purdue in 2 of it's first 3 games. Losing both will pretty much eliminate Nebraska from winning the West, but I don't believe that to be the goal of Nebraska anyway. I think the main goal is getting to 6 wins, and if Nebraska doesn't get at least 2 wins in these 3 key games I find it hard to believe they will get to 6 wins. Tough games versus Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota, and Penn State look on paper to max out Nebraska's season at 7-5 and a loss to any of these key games puts a bowl in jeopardy. Nebraska will have a sense of what to expect this season very early on. Wisconsin, Iowa State, Purdue, and Illinois are it's first 4 games. Start 0-4 and a bowl is probably out of the question. 1-3 would be my expectation, but anything better and Nebraska could surprise some people and play spoiler in the tough B1G West.
  6. Trufant looks to lead Wisconsin to a B1G West Title, and follow the success of mentor Sowell Season Overview After a strong season, but slightly disappointing in not being able to capture the B1G West Title, the Badgers will rely heavily on Trufant to repeat last season's success and push them over the edge in the West. A strong OL but completely new and young weapons at the WR position makes it seem pretty clear the direction Taffy has the Badgers going this season. Trufant will try and lead the revenge tour of Wisconsin RBs after the controversial Heisman vote that cost Sowell a few seasons ago. Strengths and Weaknesses: Strength: RB Jamal Trufant 6-1 223 (So) Carmel (Carmel, IL) 4.5 of 5.0 [Power] OT Mendy Cheney 6-3 291 (Jr) Amelia (Batavia, OH) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Omari Streeter 6-5 260 So John Marshall (Chicago, IL) 3.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] C Leo Talbot 6-3 265 Jr Southeast Warren (Liberty Center, IA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OG Leon Slack 6-5 263 Sr McHenry County College (Crystal Lake, IL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Bryan Kimball 6-3 314 (Sr) Oconto (Oconto WI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] Taffy has built this Wisconsin to be like the irl Badgers with a strong RB and good OL. Really Kimball is the only weak spot on this offensive line, but with one of top OL's in the B1G, Trufant should have holes to run through this season. The concern for the Badgers is the lack of strong skill players at the WR position. Will teams go all in against the run? Wisconsin does have a strong QB in Jarvis, a 4.5/4.5, but starts 2 1/4.0 WR's. When those WR's play closer to their 1.0 skill than their 4.0 potential, teams will stack the box against Trufant and the Badgers could struggle. It'll be interesting to see how strong these young WR's can be, otherwise this team will be relatively one-dimensional in Trufant, who is good enough to carry that load, but probably wouldn't be enough for the Badgers to win the West in that case. Weakness: WR Afasa Vaaelua 6-0 208 Fr Dominican (Whitefish Bay WI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Target] WR Chance Thurman 6-1 223 Fr Germantown (Germantown WI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Target] WR Levi Brandt 6-0 231 So V.J. Andrew (Park, IL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Target] Again, as I keep mentioning the biggest mystery and biggest weakness is the WR corps. While Jarvis will have a 4.0/4.0 TE safety valve, it remains to be seen how the Badgers will be able to handle a team that can handle a strong RB. There are many 5.0 CB's in the B1G who I imagine will be all over a 1/4 WR, and could really limit a Wisconsin team that is otherwise one of the stronger in the B1G. In some ways, this reminds me of my Iowa team a few seasons ago with Brezina and Thomas. That team didn't really have that many great weapons at WR, and teams played the run every week. I ended up going 8-5. I think that could definitely happen here with Wisconsin, but I give Taffy the benefit of the doubt, and think they can do slightly better than that and compete for the West title. Key Games: vs Purdue @ Illinois vs. Michigan Wisconsin also has a very tough game against USC on it's schedule, but I don't believe this team has National Title aspirations, and more B1G Title aspirations, so I am focusing on the three biggest match-ups Wisconsin has on it's schedule in the B1G. Wisconsin runs into some bad luck getting Michigan and Maryland from the East, which are definitely two of the tougher teams in the East, although they avoided Penn State. A loss vs. either of them could end up being costly. If history repeats itself here, I expect the West to beat up on each other, and 2 losses in the B1G might win the West, but unfortunately for the Badgers, they might go back and forth with the West in intra-division games, but lose one against the East and knock them out of the West title picture. I think @ Illinois could be their toughest game on the schedule, as Illinois has one of the top defenses in the country to contain Trufant and Wisconsin has to face them on the road. If they lose to both Purdue and Illinois, I don't really see the path for the Badgers to win the West.
  7. A new look Rutgers is expected to struggle after the departure of Vollmagnet Season Overview: This could be a rough season for the Scarlet Knights. After the departure of Vollmagnet, "The Prophet", and "Benny 100", the Scarlet Knights team is void of talent. A team most likely at the bottom of the B1G East this season after a strong season last year, new coach winthegame1256 hopes to prove everyone wrong and continue the success. Strengths and Weaknesses Strength: QB Blair Sullivan 6-1 228 So Cecil College (North East MD) 3.5 of 4.5 [Pocket] RB Sincere Gordon 6-0 212 (Sr) Indian River (Chesapeake VA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Power] FB Matthew Lindsay 5-11 246 Sr Dwight Englewood (Englewood, NJ) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] There isn't much talent on either side of the ball, but these three players should be the main focal point of the offense. Sullivan has the pressure of stepping into the QB position after the greatest QB Rutgers ever had in Moffett. Unfortunately I don't see him replicating the same success with a lack of weapons at the WR position and a poor offensive line. I expect the Scarlet Knights to try and be balanced with their RB/FB being arguably the strongest/ most consistent part of the offense, but it wont surprise me to see Sullivan throw it 35-40 times a game as they will be trying to come back in games. Sullivan shouldn't be the worst QB for the task, but I would have more confidence in this team if they still had Moffett. Weakness: DE Brian Crosby 6-0 249 Jr Horseheads (Horseheads, NY) 2.5 of 2.5 [Contain] DT Jeffrey Pendleton 6-1 321 (So) Cardinal Spellman (Bronx, NY) 2.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] DT Joel Carr 6-7 305 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 2.5 of 3.0 [2-Gap] DE Joseph Mackey 6-2 241 So Asheboro (Asheboro, NC) 2.5 of 3.0 [Blitz] Honestly, I could have put the entire defense on here outside of maybe the secondary. The Scarlet Knights are going to give up a lot of points this season. This is their starting DL, which I don't expect to get much pressure on the strong O-Lines in the B1G. Teams should be able to run and the QB have time to throw against this defense, which has only one player 4.0 potential or higher. I just don't see how Rutgers is going to win more than maybe 1 or 2 games in the B1G with a defense like that. There are too many elite teams in the B1G for Rutgers to really have a chance. Key Games: vs. Boise State @ Nebraska @ Indiana These might look like a random set of games for Rutgers, but I believe that if they don't go 3-0 in these 3 games then they aren't going to be going to a bowl game this year. I expect them to struggle against Maryland, Illinois, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State, and Michigan. That right there puts them at 6 losses. Rutgers needs to take care of the "weaker" teams in the B1G as well as their big OOC opponent otherwise the Scarlet Knights will be staying at home this postseason. A rough season lies ahead for the Scarlet Knights.
  8. Purdue looks to finally win the West and compete for a B1G Title in 2020 Overview Purdue the past few seasons has been extremely close to making the B1G Title Game, but surprisingly has yet to make in their team's history. Inspiral and QB Matt Jones hope that this changes this year, as Purdue returns with a deep and strong roster to be considered in the upper echelon on the B1G. Will Purdue finally put the pieces together to win the West? Illinois seems to be their biggest challenge in the West, but they have the offense to match-up well in a showdown late in the season for a potential berth in the title game. Strengths and Weaknesses Strength: QB Matt Jones 6-3 208 (Jr) Glenn (Walkerton, IN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] RB Brendan Milton 5-9 210 Jr Illinois Valley Community College (Oglesby IL) 4.0 of 4.5 [Power] FB Dennis Chapman 5-9 230 (Jr) Notre Dame-Catherdal Latin (, OH) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] WR Frederick Bartlett 6-1 219 (Jr) Bellevue (Bellevue, MI) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] WR Milo O'Connell 6-0 209 (So) Elyria Catholic (Elyria, OH) 3.0 of 4.5 [Target] TE Ajani Winston 6-4 201 (Jr) Prairie Heights (LaGrange, IN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] The offensive firepower the Boilermakers bring this season will make it difficult for any team they play this season to stop them. Defend the pass well? They will ride Milton. Stuff the run? Jones decides to go off. A chance to be one of the most balanced and deadly offenses in the B1G make Purdue a threat no matter the opponent. All with NFL potential, outside of maybe Penn State, Purdue has the strongest offense in the conference and will put up plenty of points as they make their way through the B1G schedule. Weakness: OLB Christian Whitten 6-1 221 (Jr) Germantown (Germantown, WI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] ILB Max O'Connell 6-2 242 (So) Indian Creek (Trafalgar, IN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will] OLB Jeremy Woodall 6-2 236 So Waterford Mott (Waterford, MI) 3.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] Not bad by any means, but probably the weakest unit as a whole for the Boilermakers is the LB Corps. Only 1 starter with NFL potential, I imagine most teams will target LB's when facing the Boilermakers. If teams get past their strong DL, the LB's could be exposed by some of the elite talent in the B1G. Luckily for Purdue, they boast a strong DL and secondary to limit the mistakes that the LB's could cause. Top to bottom Purdue is one of the deeper teams in the B1G and I fully expect them to be right their competing for a title in the West. Key Games: vs. Michigan @ Wisconsin vs. Illinois Purdue gets a difficult draw having to face Michigan in the East, which could come back to haunt them compared to other teams in the West, with the potential for an extra loss in the B1G if the West comes down to tiebreakers like it seemingly does every year. Purdue also plays a tough Wisconsin team on the road the week after the Michigan, so Purdue's season could pretty much be settled at this point. Go 0-2 and they're most likely done, 1-1 and they have a chance, 2-0, and a potential loss to Illinois might not matter and Purdue is probably the West favorite at that point. It'll be an interesting year for Purdue. CHOO CHOO
  9. A strong defense can cause Illinois to reach new heights and make themselves legitimate contenders in the B1G Overview Arguably the best defense not only in the B1G but in all of CFBHC could make 2020 the Illinois coming out party. I fully expect Illinois to be able to compete with Purdue/Minnesota/Wisconsin in the West and put up a fight against someone like Penn State in the East to win the Big Ten. After an 11-2 finish last season, Illinois should be right there again this season. A true National Champion Contender, Illinois has all the pieces to compete, and only some pieces on the offensive side of the ball will hold this team back. Strengths and Weaknesses Strength: ATH Logan Holmes 5-11 201 (Jr) East (Cleveland, OH) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Jonathan Salter 6-0 192 (Sr) White Lake (White Lake WI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Tyler Patino 5-10 212 (Jr) P.L. Julian (Chicago, IL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Zachary Trotter 5-10 174 (Sr) Itasca Community College (Grand Rapids, MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] One of the best secondaries in the country rounds up what I believe to be the strongest part of the Illini defense. All pro-eligible, all veterans, I expect all of them to be playing on Sunday's. (For the Lions potentially? ) The scary part in teams gameplanning against this is that they see this and might favor playing the run, but the DL consists of 2 4/5/4.5's and a 4.0/4.0. The LB corps consists of 2 5.0/5.0's and a 3.5/3.5 at OLB. There's no obvious way to attack the Illini defense and I expect this team to force a ton of turnovers to get it's worse-looking offense into good positions to score. Weakness: OG Ousmane Cunningham 6-5 311 (Jr) Salem (Salem, IN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] C Ibrahim Pfeiffer 6-2 288 (Sr) John Marshall (Chicago IL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OT Devin Patton 6-3 330 (Sr) J.B. Conant (Hoffman Estates IL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] My main concern with the Illini is the offensive line. Starting 3 players of 3.5 skill/potential or lower could cause the offense to under-perform, especially with a FB starting at RB for the Illini. The WR's as well are not top-tier by any means, but should be serviceable and make occasional big plays. Again, with the defense as strong as it is, I don't think the offense will be too much of an issue unless the defense struggles against a strong opponent. If Illinois has to rely on it's offense to win a game versus the strength of it's defense, it probably means there is a high risk of losing that game. Key Games @ Iowa @ Minnesota vs Wisconsin @ Purdue I expect the Illini to be able to win every other game on their schedule outside of these 4, which can be seen as more of toss-ups. I think the Illini match-up well against the Gophers, but could potentially struggle against Iowa, Wisconsin and Purdue. I think the week 11 game versus Purdue might be the de-facto West play-in game depending on how things shake up. FlutieFlakes has built a strong squad, and should be rewarded with a strong season here in 2020.
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  12. The new look Gophers look to return to the B1G Title Game and repeat as B1G West Champs Overview After the departure of coach Bingo to Oregon, there is uncertainty at Minnesota for the first time in school history. In comes experienced coach Lucas to try and live up to the standards fans expected after Bingo. Fortunately for Gopher fans, they had an amazing recruiting class and the future looks bright. However, I don't believe that they have the talent on the offensive side of the ball and with a new coach and potentially new look to repeat in the West. With Jamir Blackburn headlining the offense, and not many other stars on the offensive side, it'll be up to the defense to win them games. Strengths and Weaknesses Strength: OLB Keith Lovelace 6-2 241 (Jr) Glen Lake (Maple City, MI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] ILB James Burroughs 6-3 234 Sr Chatfield (Chatfield, MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Mike] OLB Dean Smalley 6-3 215 Sr Hibbing Community College (Hibbing, MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] The LB corps stands out to me as the strongest unit on the Gophers roster, with plenty of experience coming from these 3 pro potential players. These 3 players will be key to limiting opposing offenses and presents outside of Penn State arguably the best LB corps in the B1G. The LB's should shore up the front-seven, and help in run defense as the DL could struggle in the B1G starting 2 3.5/3.5 players at DT. Weakness: WR Jamir Blackburn 6-4 196 Sr Everett (Lansing, MI) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed] WR Michael Harper 6-2 171 (Sr) Northridge (Dayton OH) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] WR Bronson Davis 6-4 151 Fr Elgin-Millville (Elgin MN) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] TE Salvatore Marlow 6-3 228 Fr Northfield (Northfield MN) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] Outside of Blackburn the receivers on the Gophers lack the star power for teams to expect a ton from the passing game. I would expect most teams to double-team Blackburn and the Gophers are going to have to hope that these 3.5 and 3.0 players step up in the B1G and surprise some folks in the passing game. Another concern? The starting RB is also only a 3.5/3.5, so he won't be a huge threat to take away from any potential weaknesses in the receiving game. Expect many 17/21 point games and hope with the strong defense that it is enough to win the big games on the schedule. Key Games @ Michigan @ Purdue vs Wisconsin These 3 games will define the season for the Gophers. Outside of Illinois, who I think is a dark horse candidate to win the West, the front half of the schedule is relatively weak, and gives Lucas plenty of time to figure out his new team before the key games on his schedule show up. This should bode well for the Gophers, and with a couple of breaks, might be back in Indy playing for the B1G Title. Realistically, I expect the Gophers to go about 8-4/9-3, and be in the conversation for the West, but fall short to either Purdue/Illinois/Wisconsin.
  13. My first game was I believe vs. Alchemistix and the Todd Lester led Cal Golden Bears in 2013. I think I lost something like 28-24. I had no idea what I was doing and that game set a trend of losing games that season by under a TD.
  14. I generally target the weakness of the team I'm playing but keep the vast majority of my gameplan the same. I also generally only look at my next opponent unless I'm struggling and I'm thinking of a scheme change, in which case I might time my scheme change to either a team much stronger than me and take the L but set myself up for the rest of the season, or do it versus a team I think I can beat regardless of scheme change or not.

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