Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wake Forest 2012 Preview

Just a few years ago, Jim Grobe won an ACC title, and took the Deacons to an Orange Bowl appearance. Since then, it's all been downhill for Wake Forest, and Jim Grobe, despite a minor bowl appearance last season, will have to start 2012 on our hot seat. Winning is everything in college football, and with the ever changing landscape of the ACC, it's not getting any easier to win. It's either take this seriously now, or be relegated to bottom feeder of this conference for some time to come. Grobe must answer the call in 2012. READ MORE

Washington 2012 Preview

The Huskies were happy to be attending another bowl game in 2011, but the Alamo Bowl appearance turned into a house of horrors against Baylor, as the defense gave up 67 points despite the offense putting up 56. Wholesale changes were made on the defensive side of the football in the coaching ranks, and improvements must be made. The offense on the other hand, appears headed in the right direction with Keith Price at QB. Is this the year that the Huskies take one more step forward under Steve Sarkisian and push past Stanford to challenge Oregon in the North? READ MORE

Washington State 2012 Preview

Paul Wulff was given every opportunity to turn the ship around in Pullman during his 4 year stay, but eventually, the losing all became too much, even though he was well liked by the administration. There were some at the school that were really pushing for a 5th season to give him one more shot. It was not to be, and now the Cougars have gone big with the hiring of controversial Mike Leach. This was a huge and bold move for the Cougars, who are finally showing a commitment to their program after years as flailing as an also ran in this conference. We may not see the results immediately, but give Leach a little time, and WSU will be threatening some power players in the Pac-12. READ MORE

West Virginia 2012 Preview

The Mountaineers have gotten their wish and are now free of the Big East, but the Big 12 is deeper and more dangerous than the Big East ever could be. Dana Holgorson has experience here, having come from Oklahoma State, so nothing the conference has to throw at WVU should come as a surprise. The Mountaineers are loaded with talent, and competing for a title in season one should not be much of a shock to anyone. READ MORE

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Western Kentucky 2012 Preview

Western Kentucky went from being a feel good story last fall to being a feel bad stroy come bowl season when the bowl committees, morons that they can tend to be, took a 6-7 UCLA team over a 7-5 WKU team that finished second in the Sun Belt. Turns out that was a bad decision, as UCLA fell flat in their bowl appearance. WKU also boasted one of the best players in football in Bobby Rainey. With Rainey gone, the Toppers are being forced to evaluate who they are. Rainey was a one man band, and now the music has to come from other sources, and they cannot be sure who that will be. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Western Michigan 2012 Preview

Nobody will dispute the fact that Bill Cubit is a solid coach for the Broncos, but the time to win is now. After spending all of last season sitting on our hot seat and swimming in the dead pool, Cubit has more pressure on him than ever to produce this season. Few teams in the country bring back as much experience as Cubit's Broncos provide, and so he will almost be expected to make a run at the MAC title this season, not next. READ MORE

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wisconsin 2012 Preview

Wisconsin lost several players off of their Big 10 Championship team last fall, but talent abounds, including RB Montee Ball, and LBs Mike Taylor and Chris Borland. Will they be enough to keep Wisconsin on top in the Big 10? READ MORE

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wyoming 2012 Preview

Wyoming was one of the surprises in college football last season, as nobody saw 8 wins and a 3rd place finish in the MWC as a remote possibility when the season began. Dave Christensen did an amazing job in getting the Cowboys to surpass all expectations, but they'll have a bigger target on their backs in 2012, as now everyone will see them coming. READ MORE

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Auburn 2012 Preview

One year removed from a BCS title, without Cam Newton running the show, Auburn was basically a very pedestrian football team that nearly lost to Utah State at home in their opener. That's basically how the rest of the Auburn season went. Nothing happened that was great, nothing happened that was horrible, and the season just sort of was for the Tigers. Now in his second season after the title run, Gene Chizik has to prove that the Tigers, and he himself, were not one year wonders with a perfect storm roster. READ MORE

Army 2012 Preview

No team in NCAA football played more freshmen than the Army Cadets did in 2011, and Rich Ellerson saw exactly how that affected his team in a negative manner. Youth, injuries, and bad breaks knocked Army back to Earth last season after a bowl trip in 2010 seemingly had Army back on the radar nationally. The good news about the youth of last season is that, while the team will be young once again in 2012, they will be experienced as well. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Arkansas State 2012 Preview

Hugh Freeze turned this program around in 2011, and now ASU is on the map, perhaps too much so, as Freeze was hired away after his one season in Jonesboro. ASU made another splash in replacing Freeze with Gus Malzahn, the long sought after assistant and offensive mastermind at Arkansas, Tulsa, and Auburn. The spotlight (and pressure) is all on him now to keep the Red Wolves competing at or near the top of the Sun Belt Conference. READ MORE

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Arkansas 2012 Preview

Despite the fact that Bobby Petrino could not do without a 25 year old whore on the back of his motorcycle, and
despite the fact that AD Jeff Long stole Weber State's newly hired head coach away to replace him once Petrino
was fired, the Razorbacks still look pretty good in many ways. READ MORE

Friday, May 11, 2012

Arizona State 2012 Preview

The Sun Devils are starting over again after the Dennis Erickson mistake cost this team some solid years of
advancing in the college football world. Erickson was essentially a fraud, and was never energized enough to take
ASU to the next level, but the Devils have taken another huge risk by employing one of the biggest mercenaries in
college sports in Todd Graham to run the show. This will either move the team in the right direction, or wreck it
further still. READ MORE

Arizona 2012 Preview

In many ways, the Wildcats are starting over again. The Mike Stoops era is over, and the Rich Rodriguez era is just beginning. The Nick Foles and Juron Criner eras are ending, and Arizona is undergoing a massive reconstruction effort that possibly has been a long time in coming. Where Stoops lost his players with his abrasive personality, Rodriguez will draw them in more. Whatever happens, the Wildcats have a ton of work ahead of them. READ MORE

Alabama 2012 Preview

The Crimson Tide won the BCS title last fall, but in my opinion, they did not deserve that title. As a matter of fact, most people outside of ESPN and the South don't believe that Alabama was the national champ. For instance, they failed in their quest to win the SEC West, and therefore never played in their conference championship, what many are considering a must for competing in any new playoff plan. That being said, Alabama will likely have a battle on their hands in 2012 to even get close to repeating their 12 win season of 2011. Holes have been opened in plentiful numbers, and even though talent always remains supreme for Nick Saban, he is forced to rebuild yet again from graduation and early departures. READ MORE

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Akron 2012 Preview

The Zips administration made a huge and bold move by hiring Former Auburn coach Terry Bowden away from D2 power North Alabama last winter, and the vibe immediately changed around the program. The word is that losing will no longer have a place at Akron, where it has become far to pervasive. Bowden will have his hands full fixing this mess, but it will likely get fixed sooner than later, but just not this year. READ MORE

Air Force 2012 Preview

It's a new era at Air Force on the field, as many of the talented seniors who drove this machine for the last 4 years have moved on. There are holes all over the roster, and Troy Calhoun may very well have his toughest job to date holding it all together in 2012. READ MORE

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Notre Dame 2012 Preview

The Fighting Irish were not all that they could be in 2011, and Brian Kelly is starting to feel some pressure to take
Notre Dame to the next level. Kelly has not had the impact on this program that anyone thought he would as they
hired him away from Cincinnati, and some are wondering if his style of football will ever really work in South Bend.
This is a make or break season. READ MORE

UCLA 2012 Preview

The UCLA Bruins begin a new era in 2012 under Head Coach Jim Mora, and he could be the toughest UCLA coach in years. Mora has a huge task in front of him, as the Bruins have become a soft, gelatinous mess under Bob Toledo, Karl Dorrell, and Rick Neuheisel. Mora's job is to change the culture at UCLA, and to transcend these weak, lifeless, and heartless players into a contending football team in as little time as possible. That sounds easy enough...READ MORE