Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CFB Preview Day 2: Flexing Our Muscles!

Thumbs Up Danario Alexander!  Never Forget.
Now that we have the "ratings" done for the week, it's time for our cast of contributors to showcase their genius and teach us all something.  In the past, when I've asked them for a "player to watch", it is a chance to remind everyone how smart you are.  It isn't a time to say "BROXTON MILNER!" because everyone that comes here know who he is.  So today, we line up and give the world our players that you probably have never heard of that you may want to keep an eye on PLUS our picks for coaches on the way to the offseason bread lines. And if you are confused by the Danario Alexander picture/reference, it's cool.  Years ago, GSaul named him his Player To Watch even though he was already in the NFL.  LULZ were had.  On with the show...


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.

35 comments:

Grumpy said...

The running backs coach at Kent gets fired.

GMoney said...

Save that for bold prediction day! Is that Treadwell?

Nice homemade videos last night, old turd. You should've won an Emmy.

Anonymous said...

G$, what's your thoughts on chuck Martin and Hendrix being named qb1

Larry

Grumpy said...

Chuck Martin: #GOOGLEMYNAME

GMoney said...

There was no other option than Hendrix that wasn't green as fuck. Martin is a stud. It's a damn shame that we will only have him for 3 years (give or take).

Anonymous said...

For some reason, I just don't see Hoke getting fired even if he loses to OSU, MSU and ND. I think he should...but, Brandon is just so arrogant that I don't think he will be willing to fire HIS football hire just yet. But, it would definitely be in Hoke's best interest to show things are moving in a positive direction...as of yesterday you could still buy 100 tickets together (LOLZ!) for this weekend's Web Redemption game against App State. Empty seats won't sit well with the higher ups even if Brandon is going to stick with his man.

I really like Lil' Strut's pick of Treadwell...so happy that he took whatever Ole Miss was selling and didn't go to Michigan as he was expected to.

Damman is OBVZ really smart with the coach firing pick.

The Wig Master dropped a lot of Rutgers knowledge, which was weird but appreciated.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

"I like to keep this category to a TRUE FRESHMAN....young boys...just like how Ape likes em'."

"Michigan is starting a true frosh at LT....LOLZZZZ!"

Ide

GMoney said...

We already had the talk about Hoke's job security over the summer and both sides have a lot of merit. Brandon may be arrogant but he might not have a choice if the team fucking sucks and the BoT/Pres tell him to put out or get out.

Nibbles said...

"But, it would definitely be in Hoke's best interest to show things are moving in a positive direction"

I agree, which backs up why I think he'll be fired.

2011 - 11-2
2012 - 8-5
2013 - 7-6

Record against rivals: 2-4.

This is all against a SOFT Big Ten conference.

If he drops both games against his rivals this year (which he will), and drops two more against Penn State and Notre Dame (which is possible), it's over.

Even if he manages a win over PSU or ND, but drops a bowl game, I still think it's over.

Again, this all assumes Michigan hasn't lowered their standards below beating your rivals and winning bowl games.


Jeff said...

Brandon and Hoke are good for MEHchigan.

Cakes said...

I don't know what's taking Michigan so long to realize this fat tub of lard is not the answer. Recruiting is down, you are bribing students to come to games and the record is getting progressively worse. Just end it already!

"The season opener allows Michigan to even up their all-time series with Appalachian State (LOL)" THIS! A MILLION TIMES THIS!

Tim Beckman is TOTES getting fired but that won't change anything because Illinois.

I bet Iceman will be crushed when his man crush, Muschamp, is let go.

BGSU shout-out! Fuck yeah! The Falcons have the team to re-claim the MAC. I'm going to a few this season. Definitely will be there to see a Big Ten team play on our field.

Anonymous said...

Iceman won't be mad when Muschamp gets shown the door. He will talk about how it is a NEW DAY, and how there will be HOPE for the Gators in Swamp country. This year will be a transition from shedding his Walmart roots in acceptance of his new Aldi heritage. EMBRACE CHANGE!

Ide

GMoney said...

Re-claim? You currently hold the title, "fan". Wig Master loves his Falcons.

Does anyone know why Penn State and Central Florida are playing in Ireland this weekend? Is George O'Leary just trying to visit a bunch of scotch distilleries? I get why Notre Dame would play over there but not Ass Rape U and Bortles College.

Anonymous said...

Ide...I don't get your two quotes of mine. There are plenty of true freshmen that make immediate impacts at big schools....just not on the OL. Unless you are Cameron Robinson....last year's # 1 recruit in the nation and are somehow starting for Bama which just means he was as absurdly good as the recruiting experts pegged him to be.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

G$....I would venture to guess it's because PSU has been banned for bowls so it's their way of getting their alumni/fans an opportunity to travel to a fun destination and watch them play a football game.

--Drew

GMoney said...

Makes sense. Plus it will give those people a whole new batch of young boys to violate. What are the extradition policies like over there?

Prime99 said...

Florida firing Muschamp and hiring RichRod would be the best possible scenario I can think of. Iceman couldn't escape!

Years ago, very few true freshmen ever made an impact. That changed. No reason a true freshman OL couldn't be good. Not LOLZ worthy. Just lazy trolling.

Cakes said...

I knew that, G$. I was at five games last year. I used "re-claim" because I have a tenuos grasp on the English language. In my slightly hungover mind it sounded like I was saying that I wanted to win another one. Whatevs. Leave me alone.

Shedding Walmart roots in acceptance of his new Aldi heritage made me LOL.

Anonymous said...

Prime...we went through this yesterday. Please list for me true frosh OT's that did well and started from Week 1 in recent years for big time programs. Ape listed two and they turned out to be the two of the best OL Michigan has had in 2 or 3 decades draft-wise...which means they are an exception to the rule by quite a bit. Alabama's got one this year and he was thought to be the best player in the country, so that sort of makes sense I guess...still hard to imagine he's better than the older guys at Bama of all places.

But, please list them for me. We can all name LB's, RB's, WR's..hell, even QB's sometimes. But, OT's...please enlighten me how this has turned into a normalcy. Until then, I'll continue thinking this is another sign that Michigan's worst ever OL last year is still in very bad shape.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

I didn't even remember that Taylor Lewan REDSHIRTED his first year. So, Ape doesn't even know his facts! LOLZZZZZ @ Ape.

Here's an article that lists the 5-star OL from the last decade.
http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2014/five-star-offensive-linemen-last-decade/

Very few of them even started their Freshmen years with it seems like at least half of them redshirting. Of course that doesn't even mean that the ones that did play were ELITE when doing so. Mason Cole was Composite # 126 meaning he's a very nice player...and probably will turn into a good player for Michigan. But, he's not a freak.

--Drew

Prime99 said...

I'm just saying that sports in general have let younger players excel if they are good enough. LOLZing at Michigan for starting a freshman OL seems presumtious at best until you see App State DEs blow by him. Then LOLZ away. Similar to G$'s opinion yesterday, really.

Anonymous said...

Prime...I think we might be looking at the LOLZ in two different ways.

I'm not so much LOLZ-ing at Mason Cole...maybe he can be decent? As much as I am LOLZ-ing at the fact that I think his ceiling may be decent this year...which if he's beating out the other returning members, means that their OL is probably once again pretty awful. Let's not forget their record awful rushing attack for much of last year.

--Drew

GMoney said...

Yeah, let's wait and see if he is a turnstile before we have him killed. But I am all for killing teenagers. I wonder if this Mason Cole is related to Charlie Coles...

Cakes doesn't know what re-claim means. Sounds about right.

Where the fuck has Iceman been this week? I know it isn't "working" or contributing to society. He's probably on some haunted house/swamp tour.

Anonymous said...

My left is my better side...

-Danario Alexander

Cakes said...

I briefly drank with Iceman on Saturday night. He flew back in for a fantasy football draft. Livin' of the GUBMIT sounds awesome.

I'm sure the cell reception sucks on an air boat in the middle of a swamp.

Mr. Ace said...

I knew Lewan redshirted. I was just (correctly) assuming you didn't and wouldn't look it up.

I think Michigan's line will be bad again, but it will be because of the interior, again, and not Cole.

I don't think Hoke will get fired this year unless we get 5 losses....or maybe 4 embarrassing losses. I don't see it happening because I think we are strong at every position group outside of O line...and I expect Nuss to handle that better than Borges.

I really thought Beckman would do good at Illinois based on what he did at Toledo. But he is a giant ruhtard.

Anonymous said...

G$...College football preview week and Ape and Iceman both basically vanish. It's not too hard to connect the dots here.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

"I knew Lewan redshirted. I was just (correctly) assuming you didn't and wouldn't look it up."

Wait a second...you knowingly made up facts to support an argument in a post where you called me a "troll". Uhhhhh....what?

--Drew

GMoney said...

No, I think that Cakes makes a great point for once. Bad wi-fi on the airboat.

Yankees/Tigers tonight! Time to embarrass you fools again. Do you think that Buck Farmer ever imagined that he wouldn't be the most white trash pitcher in a starting rotation?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the vitriol from the UM side seems to have finally died down until the season. They will bide their time until our first loss then the Ape's and Saul's of the world will hop out of the Detroit alleyways like rats on garbage day. Iceman will start to give us lukewarm SEC takes with MUDawgfan backing his play.

Ide

Mr. Ace said...

Because we aren't delusional? Most of you clowns think a National Championship is still possible with your backup rs freshman starting at qb and replacing 4 O linemen. I guess I can throw out some of those predictions too if that will make you guys feel better.

And school has officially started back up so I don't have a whole lot of time to get comments out.

Anonymous said...

There hasn't been a single OSU fan here that has predicted anything like a national championship. Quit making up "facts"...two days in a row.

--Drew

GMoney said...

I thought that you got fired for rape, Mr. Sandusky? You should have.

Anonymous said...

G$....I thought so too. Unfortunately, we can't believe anything Ape writes here nowadays after these last two days. #ApeFibs are the new #IdeLies.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

USC may start not ine, but two, freshmen on the O-line. Dump.