A year ago I wrote that it was time for the Clemson defense to step up to the plate. All they did was produce the NCAA”s #1 overall defense. Clemson rode the likes of Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony to nine regular season wins, plus a demolishing rout of Oklahoma in their bowl game. Like with FSU, the Tigers will have to face ‘15 without a number of quality starters.
Bobby “the weasel” Petrino stepped into a great situation and did not disappoint. Former HC Charlie Strong built this team and Petrino and his staff kept the defense at a high level. Petrino knows offense, so despite losing QB Bridgewater that side of the ball was still fine. I suspect the offense will continue to be creative but the defense must be rebuilt in ’15.
Survive and advance. FSU won seven games by six points or less during the ’14 season. With Jameis Winston joining ten other Seminoles as newly drafted NFL players, what’s the margin for error in ’15?
Updated list of Heisman Trophy candidates completed with currents odds via 5Dimes.
What better way to get the 2015-16 NFL season started than with a showdown against your biggest rival?! The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will be playing for the 190th time when the two teams meet in Soldier Field in Week 1.
Georgia never rebuilds, just reloads. A shocking 18 point loss to Florida ended their hopes of making the four team playoff in ’14. Some new faces will try to push the Bulldogs to the SEC East title ahead of two time champ Missouri.
Football is all about scoring these days. From ‘08 through ’13 Alabama allowed an average of under 12 points per game. In ’13 they held nine teams to 10 or fewer points. The point D was under 17 per game in the regular season of ’14, with seven teams held to 14 or fewer points. As the NCAA moves more to spread offenses it will be interesting to see if the Crimson Tide can continue their fine defensive play.
Let me repeat! Illinois is a huge university and one that should be a major player in college football. Tim Beckman is 4-20 in Big Ten play. Late wins enabled him to keep his job, but on and off-field concerns have him squarely on the hot seat again in ’15. When will the Illini get this right!