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Li'l Strut: Player to Watch – Laquon Treadwell, Soph. WR, Ole Miss. Treadwell lead the Rebels in receptions last year while nickel and diming in the slot and flying under the radar. This year, he will be the featured wideout in an offense that returns a 3,300+ yard passer. A few big games against SEC West heavyweights could make him a household name.
Coach That Will be Fired – Will Muschamp, Florida. After going 4-8 last year, Muschamp is on a short leash. Making matters worse, the Gators have the difficult task of heading to Alabama and hosting LSU in crossover games. Mix that with games against Georgia, South Carolina, and going on the road to Florida State and it looks like 7-5 might be UF’s ceiling, which is not likely to cut it for Muschamp.
Damman: Player to Watch – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama. At 6’3, 238 lbs, this guy is a freak that reminds me of Eddie Lacy only bigger. He didn’t do much during his first year last year, but he exploded in the Sugar Bowl with a 61 yard TD catch and a 43 yard TD run. Look for a breakout season from this guy. Dontre Wilson is my 2nd pick.
Coach That Will Be Fired – Tim Beckman, Illinois. I’d love to say Bert Bielema but I think he gets one more year of being terrible before his seat gets hot. Brady Hoke could get some votes here as he has led Michigan guns blazing into mediocrity, but they wouldn’t fire him during the season as Michigan and their fans are cool with being mediocre. So I’ll go with Tim Beckman at Illinois. Words cannot express how terrible Illinois has been the last two years under Beckman. They’ve won one conference game in 2 years (20-16 over a 1-11 Purdue team last year). The offense hasn’t been terrible but the defense has been atrocious. 35 points allowed per game and 482 yards allowed per game. I don’t see things improving much here as they have to go to Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State this year. So, yeah, he gone.
Drew: Player to Watch - Speedy Noil, WR, Texas A&M. I like to keep this category to a TRUE FRESHMAN....young boys...just like how Ape likes em'. The player to look out for this year is SPEEDY NOIL...he's a true frosh WR for Texas A&M. This kid is an absolute freak with his speed and moves.....and he sounds like he can barely speak English when you hear him interviewed, so you know he's gonna do some wild shit.
Coach That Will Be Fired – Tim Beckman, Illinois. This guy is just awful...his program is horrendous and he has no likable features. Well, except sending his entire coaching staff to PSU to recruit their players when the shit hit the fan there....that still makes me chuckle. I don't see any way he keeps his job after another awful year.
Larry: Player to Watch – Greg Bryant, RB, Notre Dame. I volunteered to do this for one reason and that was to bring my Notre Dame bias to the blog. I am pretty sure everyone on this site hates Notre Dame but that is to be expected from mouth breathing Ohio fans. Bryant is a Sophomore who saw limited action his freshman year due to a knee injury. He is 100% healthy now and with the great combination of speed and strength people should expect a big year and career out of him.
Coach That Will Be Fired – Will Muschamp, Florida. Muschamp is entering his fourth year with the Gators and has done nothing in his first three years. Following in the footsteps of a coach who won two National Titles is never easy but the fact that Muschamp has not even played in a conference championship his why he is guaranteed to get fired after another mediocre season in 2014.
G$: Player to Watch - Chuckie Keaton, QB, Utah State. This was Nibbles' pick to click last year (in the comments) before the guy tore his ACL against BYU but he is BACK and arguably the most exciting player in the country. If you are a lame-o that stays home on Friday nights (/raises hand), I'm sure that the Aggies are on ESPN every week and you should watch. Keaton is fantastic. I would even go as far as to say that he is a dark horse to get invited to NYC for the Heisman. But that's because he's black.
Coach That Will Be Fired - Dana Holgerson, West Virginia. The coach with the best skullet in football has been a pretty gigantic failure ever since he stole Bill Stewart's job and then killed him. One more year at the bottom of the Big 12 (definitely coming) and Holgerson can go back to his full-time job of stealing bottles of booze from casinos. Everything about this paragraph is ELITE.
Nibbles: Player To Watch - Leonard Fournette, RB, Louisiana State. LSU loses leading rusher Jeremy Hill to the NFL and returns two senior RB’s who have played RB by committee roles, backing up a younger Jeremy Hill. Look for the #1 recruit in the class of 2014 to have an instant impact in the offense this year.
Coach That Will Be Fired - Brady Hoke, Michigan. I’m going to go with the easy answer. Hoke’s third year at Michigan carried the same record as Rich Rodriguez’s, yet somehow he’s been given the opportunity to enter into his fourth year. The guy stepped into a system that was improving under Rodriguez, found a way to take RR’s players to the Orange Bowl in his first year, and slowly replace said players with his own recruits and regress each year. The season opener allows Michigan to even up their all-time series with Appalachian State (LOL), before a trip to Notre Dame. Losses to ND, PSU, MSU, and OSU, with a bowl win this year will leave Michigan at 9-4, but Hoke without a job. This all of course assumes the Michigan staff still values beating your rivals.
The Wig Master: Player to Watch - Matt Johnson, QB, BGSU. Let’s get a little MACtion in! Mr. Johnson is going to be fo’ real for a BG squad that should breeze through the MAC this year. Last year Matt threw for 3400 yards, 25 TDs, and had 5 TDs on the ground, and he also shredded N. Illinois in the MAC Championship. This season Matt gets to play under new head coach Dino Babers who is black and will bring an up-tempo offense that should mean even flashier numbers for Johnson. If you don’t know, now you know.
Coach That Will Be Fired - Kyle Flood, Rutgers. Flood has been at Rutgers for ten years now, and head coach for two. On paper, he looks like the long-term guy. However, year two under Flood was a step backwards. After a nine win inaugural season, Flood and the Knights only managed six wins last year. Year three looks like a nightmare for Rutgers. The school steps up its competition and starts play in the Big Ten. In a four game stretch Flood will face Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin…welcome to the party for shit’s sake. Rutgers bowl streak, eight in nine years, should be snapped this year and painfully. Flood will be job hunting in 2015.
By the sound of it, there are going to be quite a few job openings in the Big Ten this Winter. Stay away from Chuck Martin! Tomorrow, bring your big boy pants because we have 7 experts unloading creamy, hot takes on the world. It could get steamy.