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Posted: 3/15/2017 9:22:48 AM
ARKANSAS - Defend the run.  Defend the run:  If the Razorbacks had bothered to approach defending the run in 2016, things would have looked a lot different during a 7-6 season.  Instead, Arkansas was always trying to outscore teams, and that's no way to go through a season, especially in the SEC.  New defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads will be the new voice for the defense.  Rhoads will switch to a 3-4 base defense from the 4-3 the Razorbacks ran last year.  The make over is badly need but how much it helps in 2017 is yet to be seen.  Arkansas was ranked 89th in the country in run defense last year giving up 215 yards per game.  Bret Bielema is entering his fifth season at Arkansas with a 25-26 record.  Let's just say the run defense needs to get better!

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Posted: 3/16/2017 7:21:11 AM
ALABAMA - With four former 5-Star running backs competing for the starting job, Bama's backfield will be the battle of the spring.  It's no secret Saban wants to run the ball more this year and he has a stud group of backs to carry out that goal.  Junior Damiem Harris, junior Bo Scarbrough, sophomore Josh Jacobs and sophomore B.J. Emmons all played last year with Harris going over 1,000 yards.  Add in 5-Star, number one RB recruit Najee Harris who is on campus and will go through spring drills and you have one talented RB grouping.  This will be a fascinating competition this spring and summer. 

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Posted: 3/17/2017 12:52:08 PM
MISSISSIPPI STATE - The University recently gave head football coach Dan Mullen a contract extension that will run through the 2021 season.  Mullen is beginning his ninth season with the Bulldogs and is set to make $4.5 million this season and is currently the second-longest tenured head coach in the SEC.  During his time in Starkville, he has produced a 61-42 record and is just 12 wins away from being the schools all time leader.  Mullen was named SEC and National Coach of the Year in 2014.  Good move on Mississippi State's part because it is hard to win at the school, especially being in the SEC West Division.

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Posted: 3/18/2017 8:00:00 AM
OHIO STATE - The Buckeyes started spring practice on March 7th, having to once again fill in some massive talent holes.  For anyone else (except Alabama) losing what OSU does would be a killer.  However, the defensive line will be the best in the Big Ten and maybe the country.  The offensive line will also be really good.  Years of excellent recruiting will create several great position battles this spring and summer.  The athletes are there...the coaching is there...and the expectations are there.  After all, Meyer is an amazing 61-6 since he arrived.

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Posted: 3/18/2017 8:49:19 AM
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Your TALENT determines what you can do.  Your MOTIVATION determines how much you are willing to do.  Your ATTITUDE determines how well you can do it.

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Posted: 3/19/2017 10:46:52 AM
TEXAS A&M - The quarterback competition will arguably be the biggest storyline heading into next year for the Aggies.  With last year's starter headed to the NFL, it isn't known who will start the opener against UCLA in Pasadena.  Senior Jake Hubenak and redshirt freshman Nick Starkel return this year along with highly rated incoming freshman Kellon Mond.  Mond is a true dual threat athlete who chose the Aggies over Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Baylor, Miami and a few others.  The big advantage Mond gives the offense is his ability to make plays with his feet.  The quarterback battle will certainly be of great interest to Aggie faithful.

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Posted: 3/20/2017 10:18:24 AM
PAC - 12 - Oregon, Arizona State and Cal all fielded horrible defenses last year.  But these programs have hired three accomplished names to combat there defensive woes.  Former Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter is California's new defensive coordinator.  New Arizona State DC Phil Bennett was once SMU's head coach, while Oregon DC Jim Leavitte is a former South Florida head man.  There's enough name power there to expect at least some positive results on the field.  While improvement may take some time, progress will be worth tracking.  If any of these teams enjoys a boost on the defensive side, the Pac-12 complexion will change.  All three schools pack potent offenses, so any betterment elsewhere can change this league's list of contenders and pretenders.

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Posted: 3/21/2017 8:11:21 AM
WESTERN MICHIGAN - The Broncos had a great season last year by winning 13 games.  Don't expect the same results this year.  Western Michigan lost their coach (P.J. Fleck)  as well as quarterback Zack Terrell (3,533 yards, 33 TDs, 69% completion rate) and wide receiver Corey Davis (97 catches, 19 TDs).  Those will be big shoes to fill, especially losing the best coach in the MAC.  Because of Fleck's strong recruiting like a mid-tier Big Ten program, the Broncos will still be a player in the conference.  I have them winning 8 or nine this season.  After all, they will open on the road against Southern Cal and at Michigan State...two tough outs.

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Posted: 3/22/2017 1:26:46 PM
ARKANSAS STATE - The Red Wolves have some serious questions to answer this off-season.  How's the offensive line going to look?  How long will it take to replace all five starters and find the right combination?  How's the defensive line going to look?  Three very solid starters are gone.  Arkansas State stunk in the red zone last year and has to learn how to score at every opportunity, especially inside the 20.  Yeah, lots of questions for the Wolves.

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Posted: 3/23/2017 8:32:58 AM
NORTH CAROLINA - Few programs lose more on offense this off-season than the Tar Heels, who say goodbye to future NFL quarterback Mitch Trubisky, top running back Elijah Hood, and top receivers Ryan Switzer and Bug Howard.  That's a huge chunk of North Carolina's offense, and the quarterback turnover could be something to watch.  As the ACC expands its depth, particularly in the Coastal Division, North Carolina's offensive setback could quickly drop the Tar Heels down the standings.  The Tar Heels also lose defensive coordinator Gene Chizik who retired.

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Posted: 3/24/2017 9:51:38 AM
COLORADO - The problem with the strong season (10-4) the Buffalos produced last season is that they're very hard to maintain.  Colorado made a surprising six win leap from 2015 to '16, but even if they don't drop back to the bottom of the Pac 12 South, they're likely to regress a bit.  With Steven Montez taking over at quarterback and Phillip Lindsay back at running back, the offense should be in decent shape, but just three returning defensive starters spells trouble for a unit that finished 12th in the country in defensive S&P ratings.  To make matters more difficult, Colorado won't sneak up on anyone this year.

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