Archive for May, 2013



NCAA Football 14 Presentation Video


Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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SEC Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The SEC has taken home each of the last seven national championships, and with Alabama leading the way don’t be surprised if the SEC makes it seven straight. The SEC West is the best division in college football, but the East has a few teams capable of a BCS run as well. Check our predictions below.

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East

  • 1. Georgia 10-2 (6-2): The ‘Dogs may need to rely on the offense more than ever this year, and luckily it should be more than up to the task. QB Aaron Murray should own the major SEC passing records by the end of the year, and there may not be a better RB tandem in the nation than Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, who are both just sophomores. The line is also back in full force, though it will need to improve if the offense is to reach new heights. The defense may take awhile to come around; Georgia must replace SEVEN players that were selected in this year’s NFL draft. Unfortunately, the schedule won’t give the Bulldogs any time to settle in on defense: the first two games are against Clemson’s high powered offense and SEC east rival South Carolina, and LSU comes to town for game four. The defense will almost surely end up as a strong unit, the only question is how big of a hole Georgia will be in after the early part of the schedule.
  • 2. South Carolina 9-3 (6-2): The Gamecocks will feature a pair of quarterbacks this season and will need both to improve their play to help offset the loss of RB Marcus Lattimore and WR Ace Sanders. WR Bruce Ellington appears ready to fill the void left by Sanders, and there are several other receivers looking to step up this fall. RB Mike Davis will get the first crack to replace Lattimore, but it will likely take a group effort make the offense go. You already know about DE Jadeveon Clowney, but the secondary is a strong group as well. LB is a bit of a mystery as all three starters must be replaced. South Carolina misses the Big Three from the West (Alabama, A&M and LSU) so the schedule aligns nicely for a run at a division championship. An early season matchup with Georgia will go a long way in deciding the East. (more…)
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Big 10 Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Wisconsin has quietly won three straight conference titles, but 2013 is shaping up to be the season in which the traditional powers return to the top of the heap: OSU is an early favorite for a National Championship appearance, and Michigan will be involved in a three-way race in the Legends division. However, there will still be plenty of competition in the final season before division re-alignment. Check out our 2013 Big Ten predictions below.

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Legends Division

  • 1. Michigan 9-3 (6-2): A year ago, Denard Robinson’s departure was a scary thought for Wolverines fans, but QB Devin Gardner showed flashes of brilliance down the stretch last fall. Gardner doesn’t have Robinson’s wheels, but he can still run enough when he needs to and is a far more accurate passer than Denard. LT Taylor Lewan will protect Gardner’s blind side, and WR Jeremy Gallon, TE Devin Funchess and RB Fitz Toussaint give Michigan plenty of weapons on offense. DC Greg Mattison has quickly turned the Michigan defense into an intimidating unit, and his expertise will be needed to keep the unit near the top of the conference this season. Several impact performers departed after last season and LB Jake Ryan suffered an injury this spring that will keep him out for most of the season. There are some pieces though, including LB Desmond Morgan, safety Thomas Gordon and DE Frank Clark, who could bust out and earn all-conference honors this fall. The Wolverines get the two biggest games (Notre Dame and Ohio State) at home, but trips to Penn State and Michigan State will be tests. Look for Michigan to improve on last season’s 8-5 mark and fight for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game.
  • 2. Northwestern 9-3 (5-3): After surprising the conference and winning 10 games in 2012, the Wildcats could be even better this year. The offense returns largely intact, led by do-everything QB Cain Colter, dynamic RB Venric Mark, and a host of talented receivers. Colter is again expected to rotate with QB Trevor Siemian, but the Wildcats are just a steady passing attack away from having one of the deadliest offenses in not just the Big 10, but the entire country. The offensive line is a bit of a question mark, but the Wildcats excel at getting their playmakers in space and doing work in the open field. The defense was only average in 2012, but all-conference talent at each level provides reason for optimism this fall. DE Tyler Scott is a sack machine, LB Damien Proby racks up tackles, and safety Ibraheim Campbell is as productive as any safety in the Big 10. Mix in LB Chi Chi Ariguzo and CB Nick VanHoose, and the Wildcats defense is filled with playmakers. After opening conference play with tough games against Ohio State and Wisconsin, the Wildcats play five straight against Legends competition and will certainly have a say in who represents the division in the Big 10 Championship. (more…)
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Big 12 Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

For the first time in years, Oklahoma is not the favorite to win the Big 12. The Sooners may still end up on top, but the league is wide open at the top, with 4 teams capable of winning 10+ games. We think the conference will boil down to the two traditional powers and Oklahoma State, but anything could happen in the unpredictable Big 12.

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  • 1. Texas 10-2 (7-2): The Longhorns spend the last few years meddling around in the middle of the conference, but the burnt orange is primed to leap back to the top of the pile this year. The offense is shifting back to a fast-paced, spread style, and the only question mark is if QB David Ash can run the show. Texas is as stacked at the skill positions as any team in the conference, and the line will be a strength. The defense should be among the best in the league, with big-time star potential in DE Jackson Jeffcoat, LB Jordan Hicks and CB Quandre Diggs. This team is a lock to win 8 games, but if Ash can settle in and provide a consistent presence at QB, the Longhorns could find themselves in the BCS picture. The conference could very well come down to Texas vs. Oklahoma State, and we’ll give the nod to the home team.
  • 2. Oklahoma State 10-2 (7-2): Much like in-state rival Oklahoma, the Cowboys must replace an offensive star from last season. For Okie State though, that star is RB Joseph Randle. RB Jeremy Smith has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, and he won’t need to shoulder the whole load on offense. Even with the departure of QB Wes Lunt, the passing game is in good hands with QBs Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh and WRs Josh Stewart and Charlie Moore, both of whom may end up as all-conference players. The defense was only middle-of-the-road in the Big 12 last season, but we expect slightly better play this season, which should be all the offense needs to outscore most opponents. The schedule has just four conference road games, and only a date with Texas looks like a challenge there, which sets the Cowboys up nicely for a run at the conference crown. (more…)
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Pac 12 Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The Pac 12 North boasts two teams with legitimate National Championship hopes, while the South is wide open and waiting for a team to step up and take control of the division.

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North Division

  • 1. Stanford 11-1 (8-1): At first glance it seems the Cardinal offense is filled with question marks, but a closer look reveals big potential on that side of the ball. QB Kevin Hogan is a legitimate dual-threat and is 5-0 as a starter. Stanford will replace RB Stepfan Taylor with a trio of backs including Taylor Gaffney, who spent last season playing baseball, and redshirt freshman Barry Sanders Jr. Hogan and the group of backs will operate behind one of the nation’s best lines. The only real question on offense is at WR, but Stanford knows how to utilize RBs and TEs as good as any team in the country, so the lack of proven wideouts shouldn’t be a major concern. Much like the offensive line, the defense is loaded. A pair of ferocious defensive ends, a trio of talented LBs, and a secondary stacked with NFL players ensures the Cardinal defense will again be among the best in the nation. The schedule is a bit tougher than Oregon’s, but Stanford gets the Ducks at home and looks strong enough to make a run at the Rose Bowl.
  • 2. Oregon 11-1 (8-1): How much will the loss of Chip Kelly effect the Ducks? There will almost certainly be a drop off: Kelly led the Ducks to four BCS games and won 46 games in his four seasons. The good news is that few teams in the country return as much talent as Oregon. QB Marcus Mariota is coming off of a fantastic season and is getting Heisman publicity, and do-everything RB De’Anthony Thomas will get his chance to shine with the departure of Kenjon Barner. The Ducks also return a deep receiving corp and at least three future NFL players on the line. The defense must break in several new linebackers, but a loaded secondary and solid line should make the transition easier. Even with the loss of Kelly, the Ducks seem like a lock for double-digit wins and another run at a BCS bowl, with only a November date at Stanford standing between Oregon and the Pac 12 Championship game. (more…)
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ACC Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Clemson and Florida State appear to be the class of the ACC this season, and the matchup between the two will likely decide the eventual conference champion. The Coastal division is much more wide-open as it looks like a toss-up between the top three teams in the division. However, each of the top teams is flawed enough to leave the door open for a surprise team to sneak into the CCG. Let’s get to it.

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Atlantic

  • 1. Clemson 11-1 (8-0): The offense was explosive a year ago and returns star QB Tajh Boyd, but the losses of WR DeAndre Hopkins and RB Andre Ellington will sting. Roderick McDowell is capable of filling in for Ellington (and let’s not forget that Boyd is no slouch on the ground), but WR Sammy Watkins will need to rebound in a big way in order to replace the production lost with Hopkins. The line should be a strength, but a lot hinges on the WR position. The defense should be fine; DE Vic Beasley is a capable replacement for departed Malliciah Goodman and the rest of the front seven is back in full force. The non-conference schedule is brutal with a season-opening bout with Georgia and the annual season finale at South Carolina. Those two games will make it tough for the Tigers to run the table, but only a date with FSU should stand between Clemson and an 8-0 run in the ACC.
  • 2. Florida State 10-2 (7-1): Freshman QB Jameis Winston appears to have won the keys to the offense and he has plenty of talent to make him feel comfortable, most notably Rashad Greene and a loaded WR group. The line is also well stocked and FSU boats two capable runners in Devonta Freeman and James Wilder. Expect the Seminoles to take a step back from last season’s 39 points per game, but the offense should still be a threat no matter who lines up under center. On defense, the key will be replacing all four starters on the defensive line. Bjoern Warner and Cornellius Carradine can’t simply be replaced, but rising star Mario Edwards and a pair of solid tackles should have the line playing better than expected. Overall, the schedule is fairly friendly and even with a new QB the Seminoles should make a run at double-digit wins. (more…)
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American Athletic (formerly Big East) Football Predictions – 2013 Season


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

It may be just a shadow of the league it once was (and will soon lose both Louisville and Rutgers as well), but technically the new American Athletic Conference is still a BCS league: the winner will get an automatic spot in a BCS game. This year it will be a battle of the old members, as none of the new teams look up to the challenge of tackling the top teams in the conference. Read on for our 2013 AAC predictions.

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  • 1. Louisville 11-1 (7-1): Fresh off a surprising Sugar Bowl win over Florida, Louisville is widely considered the obvious conference favorite in 2013. Star QB Teddy Bridgewater tore apart defenses all season and he will return a ton of weapons this season, including a two-headed running attack and WR DeVante Parker. The defense also returns mostly intact, led by tackle-machine LB Preston Brown. Behind the steady arm of Bridgewater and what should be an improved defense, the Cardinals will only need to fend off Rutgers and Cincinnati – which they should do – to take the AAC and lock up a BCS bid. In fact, we think it’s more likely that Louisville runs the table than it is that they win less than 10 games.
  • 2. Cincinnati 10-2 (6-2): QB Brendon Kay took over for the struggling Munchie Legaux last season and never looked back, leading the Bearcats to a 4-1 finish. Kay should put up another solid season behind the conference’s best offensive line, led by potential All-American LT Eric Lefeld. Look for a big year from RB Ralph David Abernathy as the Bearcats look for someone to fill the production lost with departed George Winn. The defense is led by what could be one of the best LB groups in the country. MLB Greg Blair will be at the top of the nation in tackles, OLB Nick Temple has a chance for all-conference honors, and former FSU LB Jeff Luc is a former high school All-American that could elevate the group to elite status. Cincy should roll through the early part of the schedule, with the conference race coming down to their final three games: @ Rutgers, @ Houston and a home date with Louisville on senior day. If the Bearcats take care of business the rest of the way, they could send the seniors out with a win that clinches a BCS game. (more…)
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