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Good, and going in the right direction Division 1 College Sports

Division 1 college sports gameday preview with schedule and roster strenght and overall potential

Sept. 3, 2012 - PRLog -- Good, and going in the right direction

#44: Texas Tech
Schedule strength: 45
Roster strength: 26
Overall potential: 61

The short on the Red Raiders:
Texas Tech has shown steady improvements on both sides of the line and has a solid roster to make it to the postseason. The big question is: Can Eric Stephens come back healthy and strong? His injury early last season broke the Red Raiders season. With a strong Stephens and Kenny Williams and DeAndre Washington as capable backups, the Tech offense will again be focusing on the run first. But don't overlook quarterback Seth Doege, who was the third best passer in the conference last season.
#43: North Carolina
Schedule strength: 43
Roster strength: 44
Overall potential: 41

The short on the Tar Heels:
With eight offensive starters back from a year ago, there would be high hopes for UNC to go a long way. Quarterback Bryn Renner has the arm and makes good play calls, but can running back Gio Bernard come back healthy and repeat his strong performance from a year ago? And the UNC has an offensive front line that was among the ACC's best. Not many weaknesses on the defense to speak of, but room to continue to improve upon.
#42: Washington
Schedule strength: 55
Roster strength: 21
Overall potential: 52

The short on the Huskies:
Washington is coming around under Steve Sarkisian. Quarterback Keith Price had strong numbers last season, completing 66.9 percent of his attempts for 3,063 yards and 33 touchdowns against 11 picks; and there is room to improve. Several new faces on offense will be a minor challenge for Price. All he needs to do is up his completion percentage and cut down on INTs. The main problem facing Washington is defense, it was horrible last season. If the defensive changes and improves this year, the Huskies will be bowling for the third straight season.

#41: Penn State
Schedule strength: 25
Roster strength: 51
Overall potential: 51

The short on the Nittany Lions:
The Paterno era is over and the Bill OÕBrien era begins. With all the scandal and NCAA restrictions placed upon the program, no bowl, and allowing players to leave at will - and several have and more are likely, it is hard to say what Penn State football holds this season - and beyond. Pride will be the motivation that will lead Penn State to a winning season.

At the bottom of the Top 40
#40: Baylor
Schedule strength: 36
Roster strength: 45
Overall potential: 46

The short on the Bears:
It is going to be tough for Baylor to repeat last seasons record, 10-3, and follow up the performace of its team leader, Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. Six starters on offense and eight on defense are back. Can quarterback Nick Florence lead like RG3? Doubtful, but with three solid receivers in Terrance Williams (59 receptions for 977 yards), junior Tevin Reese (51 for 877) and senior Lanear Sampson (42 for 572) from last season, the offense will be in fine shape. Over on defense, the question is will it survive a full season. It fell apart late last season after starting off hot and strong. If the defense stays strong all season long and the offense click, Baylor will see at least 8 wins.

#39: Georgia Tech
Schedule strength: 42
Roster strength: 57
Overall potential: 27

The short on the Yellow Jackets:
Another school with many returning starters, 7 on offense and 6 on defense, bodes well for the Jackets. Tevin Washington is the odds on favorite to start at quarterback and his supporting cast on offense includes running back David Sims, wide receiver Orwin Smith, and a solid front line. Over on defense, consistent play is a must. Last season the Tech D fell apart and cost the Jackets games it should have won. As long as Georgia Tech stays focused and healthy, another 8 win season will be a reality.
#38: Cincinnati
Schedule strength: 33
Roster strength: 50
Overall potential: 42

The short on the Bearcats:
Ten wins last season may be a stretch this season with only 4 starters returning on offense. Munchie Legaux isn't a polished quarterback, but has shown steady improvement. The running game is not as strong as a year ago with only George Winn the lone starter with any experience. Tech's offensive emphasis will be the passing game. Kenbrell Thompkins, Anthony McClung, and Alex Chisum will be the go-to trio at wide receiver. The Bearcat special teams and defense are mostly in tack and strong. A winning campaign is likely.

#37: Miami FL
Schedule strength: 39
Roster strength: 9
Overall potential: 77

The short on the Hurricanes:
Can a team with a lot of green talent be a bad thing? That remains to be seen. Al Golden needs to shape quarterback Ryan Williams into a star leader. The holes that were left behind due to graduation on the offensive front line have been filled by moving players around. And the Cane defense is adequate and good enough to get the job done. If all the hype is true about the newcomers to the Canes, this year Miami will see a slight improvement over the 6 wins from last season. Next year, watch out.

Just win baby
#36: Iowa
Schedule strength: 35
Roster strength: 43
Overall potential: 45

The short on the Hawkeyes:
James Vandenberg is a throwback quarterback pocket scrambling passer that gets results and he has shown he can adapt and make the smart decisions. His main receivers should be Kevonte Martin-Manley and Keenan Davis. The run game is a huge question mark: is Jordan Canzeri healthy and strong to take the load? Iowa's defense isn't strong, and could be the weak link to the Hawkeyes success. What Iowa does is win games through perseverence, determination and team effort.
#35: Houston
Schedule strength: 26
Roster strength: 59
Overall potential: 30

The short on the Cougars:
Case Keenum is gone and his replacement, David Piland, has to be himself and run the offense the best way he knows how to. The offense won't be the run and gun of a year ago, it will be more about balance between pass and run. Piland's go to offensive threat should be running back Charles Sims. The offensive front line is one of the strongest in the country, and the defense has few weak spots to speak of. Houston will be the team to contend with in C-USA, but a repeat of last seasons 13 win tally may be a stretch.
#34: BYU
Schedule strength: 30
Roster strength: 61
Overall potential: 20

The short on the Cougars:
Riley Nelson knows one thing, how to win. And he has done it with an underrated but strong receiver corps: Cody Hoffman (61 catches for 943 yards and 10 scores), Ross Apo (34 for 453), and J.D. Faslev (31 for 330) Still rough around the edges and with room to grow, Nelson won't win every game until he cleans up his game. The Cougar defense returns 7 starters from a year ago and that is very good news. One of the stingiest defenses, allowing just 19 points per game last season, look for more of the same this season. Barring injuries or collapse, BYU could match last season's win total.
#33: Kansas State
Schedule strength: 34
Roster strength: 58
Overall potential: 17

The short on the Wildcats:
Kansas State ranked fifth inside the Big 12 in scoring but ninth in total offense. They were outgained in every single conference game but still won seven of nine Big 12 contests. The offense will not be as lucky this year. Last season's defense chopped off 100 yards and almost 2.0 yards per carry from its 2010 numbers. However, the unit was dead last against the pass inside conference play. The secondary must improve in a hurry with the additions of West Virginia and TCU.

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