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    How are you feeling about your IRL teams CFB Season next year?

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    How are you feeling about your odds for next year? Why? Who is someone on your team we should be looking out for (both obvious and non-obvious)?

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    Feeing another 9-3 season for ND.

     

     

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    Just now, constapatedape said:

    Feeing another 9-3 season for ND.

     

     

     

    Who are your top players this year?

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    9-3 would be a solid season for ND. We lost a bunch on defense. 

     

    For Ball State. I don't know. We don't seem to be getting better. I'm hoping for a Bowl Game, but nothing I've seen the past 5 years gives me any reason to think it will happen. 

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    Illinois: pretty worried at the moment. At this point Lovie has had enough time and the consensus is that this season essentially requires a bowl game or he's fired. Our only QB left with real experience just transferred, so we're in the market for 2 transfer QBs as well as hoping that our highly ranked incoming freshman QB (Isaiah Williams) can learn the system quickly. Our defense could be better this year, but unless the offense can consistently put up some points and stay on the field then we're done for. The main bright spot is our running game, I believe we were around the top 10 last year in several categories in that area and we should maintain most of that for this year. Reggie Corbin can break one open from nowhere, and we have a good stable of RBs of all running styles behind him. The OOC looks to be not terrible, but it's going to be an uphill climb in an important year.

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    UK has to replace the best RB and OLB/DE in school history, and follow up the best season in at least 40 years.  That sets the bar impossibly high.   That said, I think 6 wins is a fair goal, and I expect to win 7.  

    Our QB Terry Wilson should be primed for a breakout year.  He runs at an elite level, and if he can improve as a passer at a reasonable rate, should be one of the better SEC QBs.  Our O-line is still one of the better units in the SEC, and we still have our defensive vocal leader, ILB Kash Daniel.   However, our defense is replacing quite a few starters, including our entire secondary, and we only have one returning WR with any real experience.  So this season could just as easily go off the rails.  

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    Oregon State

     

    Our last 4 seasons have been 2-10, 1-11, 4-8, 2-10. Expectations are higher this year, probably between 4-6 wins. We picked up four transfers who were 4 star recruits last season that will be eligible this season. If you look at our all-time recruits on 247sports, it's taken us over 10 years to get four 4 star recruits so we have high hopes for these transfers. One is a QB named Tristan Gebbia who transferred from Nebraska. Our starting QB is either him or sixth-year senior Jake Luton who started last year.

     

    If you watch an Oregon State game, the biggest (and really only) thing to watch is our two RBs: Jermar Jefferson and Artavis Pierce. Pierce ran for a 78 yard TD and a 80 yard TD against Ohio State in the first game but was injured early in the season. True FR Jermar Jefferson stepped in and became a freshman All-American and ran for 1,380 yards. Jefferson averaged 5.8 YPC and Pierce averaged 7.6 YPC. Our offense should be above average but our defense will likely be horrible again.

     

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    I'm excited for Les Miles, but I'm not expecting immediate payoff in terms of wins, especially with question in the air about Pookas return timetable. 

     

    It also will be interesting to see who wins the QB battle. We have like 6 QBs already and one more incoming this fall. 

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    18 minutes ago, Soluna said:

     

    Who are your top players this year?

     

    Ian Book (QB)

     

    Klemm and I also really like Cole Kmet (Tight End)

     

    Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara on the D-Line

     

     

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    12 minutes ago, Bubada said:

    Oregon State

     

    Our last 4 seasons have been 2-10, 1-11, 4-8, 2-10. Expectations are higher this year, probably between 4-6 wins. We picked up four transfers who were 4 star recruits last season that will be eligible this season. If you look at our all-time recruits on 247sports, it's taken us over 10 years to get four 4 star recruits so we have high hopes for these transfers. One is a QB named Tristan Gebbia who transferred from Nebraska. Our starting QB is either him or sixth-year senior Jake Luton who started last year.

     

    If you watch an Oregon State game, the biggest (and really only) thing to watch is our two RBs: Jermar Jefferson and Artavis Pierce. Pierce ran for a 78 yard TD and a 80 yard TD against Ohio State in the first game but was injured early in the season. True FR Jermar Jefferson stepped in and became a freshman All-American and ran for 1,380 yards. Jefferson averaged 5.8 YPC and Pierce averaged 7.6 YPC. Our offense should be above average but our defense will likely be horrible again.

     

     

    What was Pierce's injury?

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    3 minutes ago, Soluna said:

     

    What was Pierce's injury?

    An elbow injury. He returned after a few weeks but was only given a couple carries per game the rest of the season since Jefferson was doing great. I'm expecting Pierce to get like 10 carries per game and Jefferson to get 20.

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    18 minutes ago, paperllamasunited said:

    I'm excited for Les Miles, but I'm not expecting immediate payoff in terms of wins, especially with question in the air about Pookas return timetable. 

     

    It also will be interesting to see who wins the QB battle. We have like 6 QBs already and one more incoming this fall. 

    I have to agree with Llamas here.  Les Miles is bringing new life to the program but needs time to get his guys and fix the scholarship problem(53 out of 85 scholarship players). Pooka's return is really the most important question.  If he comes back soon, the offense could be at least decent, but if he doesn't then its a crapshoot.  I feel like the QB battle has been narrowed down to two guys: One of which is a JUCO guy brought in by Miles and the other is a Senior who was slept on by the last coach.  When I went to the spring game, those two seemed far and away the best QBs, but the WRs will need to not have so many drops.  The defense is losing a lot, with the top 2 leaders in school history with TFLs graduating, so it'll be interesting to see how it plays this year.  I am interested to see how the Senior safeties Mike Lee and Bryce Torneden do this year as well.

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    Very excited about year 2 under Jimbo. After winning 4 in a row and 7 of the last 9, it seemed everyone bought in down the stretch. However, this year's schedule IS BRUTAL. 

     

    @ Clemson 

    Bama

    @ UGA 

    @ LSU 

     

    Those last 2 are back to back to finish the season. 

     

    Hitting 9 wins would be a very good season and I think it's doable. 

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    We're losing Daniel Jones and a ton of our passing game production along with our two starting linebackers, so this year could be a rough one. Also we start out against Alabama. But as long as we survive that (and I mean that in terms of "as long as we are a physically existing team after that," because the chances of us winning that game are slimmer than a New York Yankee's pinstripes), we should be able to at least try to make a run at a bowl game. My worry is if things cascade from that point onward.

     

    Frankly, if we beat Carolina for a fourth straight year I'll probably be fine with whatever we end up doing.

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    Baylor University

     

    3rd Year under Matt Rhule. I'm expecting a bowl game, and hopefully, 7 regular season wins. 8 if we're lucky. I think some of the polls have us in the top 25, and while I think that's generous, I think it's only because our team keeps getting more experienced.  We should be making less mistakes than last season, and the season before.

     

    Our QB Charlie Brewer should improve. If he doesn't do well on the field, I can see him benched for the RS Freshman, Gerry Buchanan, who I heard (through the great vine) is really good.

     

    Our O-Line was atrocious last year, I think giving up 39 sacks on the season. It's supposed to improve, especially siince a transfer from Clemson (Jake Fruhmorgen) will be eligible to play.

     

    I'm not as knowledgeable on our defense, but we're replacing a few guys on our D-Line. We still have James Lynch on our D-Line, one of our players that made the All-Big-12 Conference team.

     

    If we beat TCU this season I might break my sobriety.

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    If you would've asked me last year I would've said a 10 win season almost surely and that didn't come so I can't say with confidence that we will be back to that level, but we certainly have the talent to. It all depends on our QB play this year, Jonathan Taylor will be there and will be great but if Mertz or whoever else takes QB1 this year can't take the load off him we're 8 wins at absolute best. If he can its a 10 win season, and could possibly be better. Our OOC is in its last year of being piss easy so hopefully we take advantage of that. Our games against the Big Ten East aren't easy at all, and I have no idea what to expect of teams like Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, or Purdue this year so I'd say the only guaranteed conference win is Illinois. 

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    Tennessee

     

    Year Two of CJP and there are signs of optimism. We're returning a ton of starters from last season and despite floundering at the end, still managed to defeat ranked Auburn and Kentucky teams. New OC Jim Chaney is a familiar face on campus and it's evident he'll be taking advantage of our strongest position group (WRs) often this season. Defensively the secondary looks stout but there's a lot of new blood in the front 7; all 3 starting D-Linemen from last year have graduated.

     

    6 wins is my best stab at it. I don't see us topping Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Toss up games against Miss State, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and Vanderbilt. Saying we win half of the toss up games and all of our OOC lands us roughly at 6 wins. Bowl eligibility is the goal this season, along with putting a player in the NFL Draft. Best bet is OLB Darrell Taylor, though S Nigel Warrior, WR Jauan Jennings, WR Marquez Callaway, and TE Dominic Wood-Anderson are all potential guys that could get taken. OT Trey Smith is the most talented player on the team, but the former 5 star is dealing with blood clot issues and may not play this season.

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    12 hours ago, paperllamasunited said:

    I'm excited for Les Miles, but I'm not expecting immediate payoff in terms of wins, especially with question in the air about Pookas return timetable. 

     

    It also will be interesting to see who wins the QB battle. We have like 6 QBs already and one more incoming this fall. 

     

    I'm excited for Les, but I don't think we see success for a while. I'm giving us a 3-9 record or potentially a 4-8 record if we fuck around and grab a conference game from a big boy.

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    I'm assuming most here don't follow, or care, about MAC football, but my bias opinion is that the conference plays some good football. CMU went 1-11 last year barely sneaking out a win over an FCS team. I can't even put into words how truly awful that team was on offense. We were 128 of 130 in scoring offense averaging only 14.8 PPG. 129 of 130 in total offense per game. We scored double digits in the first half only 4 times and we're held to 3 points or fewer in the first half in 7 of 12 games. Our QB's threw 10 TD's and 18 INT's and our leading rusher had 402 yards on the season. It. Was. Bad.

     

    On the bright side, the coach was fired and we somehow managed to hire Jim McElwain. I know he got run out of Florida and he has his issues, but for a school like CMU to be able to hire someone with recent success like McElwain, was pretty surprising and has many of us optimistic. He has already brought in 3 new QB's, including a grad transfer and JUCO, and I just pray one of them is at least average. We did not have a D-1 QB on the roster last season. We have several transfers that had to sit out last season that will hopefully be able to make an impact. 

     

    I think McElwain wants to prove he can still coach and be successful. Ideally, he's able to turn CMU around quickly and will likely land a higher profile gig somewhere like Brian Kelly and Butch Jones did before him. We're so desperate to get back to winning that our fan base will be able to live with him leaving, as long as that means he was successful.

     

    Overall, I'm hoping to get to six wins and get back to beating Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. We haven't beaten Toledo since I was a student there 10 years ago so it would be nice to get a win over them, but they've been ta the top of the MAC for many years now. 

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    13 hours ago, npklemm said:

    9-3 would be a solid season for ND. We lost a bunch on defense. 

     

    For Ball State. I don't know. We don't seem to be getting better. I'm hoping for a Bowl Game, but nothing I've seen the past 5 years gives me any reason to think it will happen. 

    I was surprised that BSU kept Neu as the coach. Losing both Neal and Gilbert isn't going to make things much easier, though I don't know if they've brought in any transfers to offset those losses.

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    I'm really excited for the future of West Virginia football.  With all the departures from last season and their tough schedule I only expect like 6 wins, but damn am I pumped that they hired Neal Brown.  The recruiting has already improved over Dana and Brown just brings a different energy, he just seems like he actually wants to be here.  

     

    We brought in a transfer quarterback from Oklahoma - Austin Kendall.  He was a highly rated recruit but got stuck behind Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.  He's got 2 years of eligibility left, so if he comes in and does well that will be a big boost.  We have a deep and talented group of running backs, so there's potential there for him to work his way into it. 

     

    Like I said - I expect to take a step back this season after losing all those guys from last year, but I'm more excited than I have been in a long time.   

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    8 minutes ago, robcarlson77 said:

    I was surprised that BSU kept Neu as the coach. Losing both Neal and Gilbert isn't going to make things much easier, though I don't know if they've brought in any transfers to offset those losses.

    Neal really never improved. We started Plitt at the end of last season and he seemed to fit Neu's style a bit better. So hopefully he does. We're pretty deep at RB, but none are as good as Gilbert imo. We are good at WR too, so hopefully the offense gets a little more consistent.

     

    The biggest problem for us is our horrific defense. We just can't ever seem to be plain bad, we have to be terrible.

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    Grateful for the wins and turnaround under Meyer, but really sick of all the shit he brought here. So far Ryan Day has absolutely knocked it out of the park, and I love having fresh blood in the program. I think he's had an even better offseason than Meyer would have had. I'm most excited about a revamped Shiano-less defense that almost certainly has to improve over last year's defense which was the worst in OSU history. With new coaches at every position except D-Line (Larry Johnson is GOAT), I expect to see more sound play and a simplified scheme. Most excited to watch Chase Young at DE; I think he'll be a top-5 pick next year. 

     

    Offense is full of question marks, but has an incredibly high ceiling. Injuries at QB, OL, and potentially RB could totally derail the season. So depth is a huge issue. The biggest question mark is Justin Fields. He is OSU's highest rated recruit ever, but he's only been here since January to learn a new offense. Luckily, OSU has an easier schedule to start with so he can ease in and learn. Still, it took Haskins 2 years to learn the offense so, it'll be tough to expect a ton out of him right away. I'm highly anticipating Ryan Day's offense, as I think we only got flavors of it the last two years. Fans have correctly (imo) regarded Meyer as holding back OSU's talented offensive players since 2015, so I think Day having complete control could be huge. 

     

    Expectations don't change though. This team is absolutely capable of winning the Big 10, and I expect them to be in Indy in December. A 10+ win season is a must, but falling just short of winning the East would be acceptable for a 1st year coach to me. The biggest test will be Michigan in Ann Arbor. Wins against UM felt almost guaranteed under Meyer (and they practically were). But that is no longer the case. Harbaugh will have everything on the line. If he loses to a 1st year coach in AA to go 0-5, I'm not sure where Michigan goes after that. 

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    Cautiously optimistic. As much shit as he gets I love Locks and think he was the right hire for us. There's a lot to be said about someone getting their dream job and he's already done a better job marketing the team than DJ or Edsall ever did. We needed a charismatic, honest guy like him to take over the PR dumpster fire and regain the trust of recruits, families, and fans. He also far exceeded my expectations of him patching together a class for 2019 with limited time and essentially no commits when he came in. He landed some big names and solid hires.

     

    That being said, everyone knows he's a great recruiter. It's the on-field product that is the concern. We have a really talented young team, with Anthony MacFarland being a top-tier runningback in the nation, a stacked young receiving and runningback group, and a decent secondary even with Savage being taken in the first round. The QB curse is always present at Maryland but Josh Jackson was a great pickup and I think could make a huge impact if he's ready to play. I watched him a ton at Tech since my brother went there and he's been giving me the scoop on how he may not be in great shape after not playing but I'm hopeful. I'm also happy that Locks had said he won't be calling the plays, which is good news since I think Scottie Montgomery was a slam dunk OC hire. Little wary about the DC since he hasn't had much success and he has a depleted linebacker and dline to try to get up to snuff. 

     

    I think we should get to a bowl but this is a big reset year and there's so much uncertainty in how the coaching will be and if they can take advantage of our great skill players. Go Terps 

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