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Every team has its Achilles heel. The Cards should have the ability to contend with anything the American teams throw at them. Barring injury, Strong will have his team focused and in a position to win every week.
That said, I don't think it's a Top 5 team. Maybe Top 10 by virtue of record, but Louisville won't surprise another BCS team this postseason.
4 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Louisville Cardinals
@CFBZ Agreed, but it should be amped and ready for season opener.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
@BigTeaBone Interesting order. I don't share your confidence in Cincinnati or UConn, but I expect UCF, Houston and USF to be better than you expect.
Just saw the news: academically ineligible. This hurts but not as much as Sims. Coogs have some depth at WR.
6 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Houston Cougars
@aztecfan1 Why do you expect a freshman to start? I think Holder has one CB slot sewn up. What about Whittaker for the other?
6 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: San Diego State Aztecs
@CFBZ Sims's departure seems to be the story so far. Here's hoping someone else emerges to give this team a spark.
Paul Petrino has his hands full but, as an independent for 2013, the Vandals have nothing to lose.They can -- and should -- leave it all on the field each week. Those two home games -- Temple & Old Domion -- may seem the only legitimate opportunities for Ws, but just let someone overlook them and Idaho spoils their season.
6 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Idaho Vandals
Truth is the school really needs the visibility. UMass needs to get out of Foxboro though. That'll improve the bottom line.
6 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: UMass Minutemen
I'm actually really high on this program. They've got a tough schedule, so I agree that the wins will be few, but the losses shouldn't be as lopsided as last year.
@CFBZ One thing UMass definitely has going for it: the arrival of Georgia State in the FBS.
6 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Temple Owls
@CFBZ Not in Moscow...
The fans like Coyer but he's not a pro set QB.
Regardless of how other teams fared last year, Temple is going to be much different this year. There are no easy wins on the schedule.
@CFBZ Coyer's move is a done deal. Temple wants to stretch the field and his throwing ability doesn't allow them to do it in the manner they want to.
I don't share your optimism about this team's potential under a rookie head coach, with the loss of so much talent, with a wholesale scheme change and with so much travel. ...
6 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Temple Owls
@CFBZ Navy is virtually always undersized, no matter the opponent. The flexbone, when executed well, helps overcome that disadvantage to a degree ... but you still have to stop the other team from scoring too.
Keenan Reynolds and Noah Copeland give the Mids some hope on offense, but the D needs to improve because the flexbone, when effective is going to eat up clock but not necessarily run up the score. Navy put up 56 points at East Carolina last year, but averaged 25. The D held VMI to just three points, but gave up an average of 25.6.
As narrow a margin as 0.6 points is, it doesn't add up to Ws.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Navy Midshipmen
Congrats to the seniors for their endurance. A new head coach every season is no bargain.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Arkansas State Red Wolves
@CFBZ I've been to Toledo.... Not sure why they can recruit so successfully, but hats off to them. Of course, recruiting success is measured by pundits at their keyboards rather than players on the field.
Whatever the case, the Rockets were young an inexperienced last season. Look for improvement, but the MAC is a funny conference in that there's seldom a runaway team. The season is often in question until the finals weeks.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Toledo Rockets
@CFBZ There's a good piece over at Crystal Ball Run on the Toledo defensive picture this season: http://www.bloguin.com/crystalballrun/2013-articles/may/mac-preview-tom-matukewicz-leads-toledo-rockets-defense.html
@CFBZ The Aztecs just picked up several defensive recruits that should provide some help even this year. Long runs the 3-3-5 scheme, popularized by Jeff Casteel at WVU (and now again with RichRod at Arizona). Its an effective system but requires the right personnel and discipline. They should be very stingy on that side of the ball in 2013.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: San Diego State Aztecs
@CFBZ I've done plenty of both ... mainly the latter.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Western Michigan Broncos