Sports Illustrated: Cam Cameron shapes LSU offense
2013 College Football General Talk
Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:39 PM
Yahoo: Coaches who could probably use a big season - No. 5, Steve Spurrier
Seems like a filler article, you need a big year every year especially in the SEC. In this instant gratification&what have you done for me lately society, you need to win and if you are winning, you need to continue winning. If anything, Spurrier is relatively safe. He's said before he's not going coach to the point of JoePa or Bowden, where he's more of a figurehead and not wearing a headset.
Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:59 AM
CBS Sports: On-field results don't come close to matching potential for ACC
In the last three recruiting classes, only the SEC has signed more prospects than the ACC in ESPN's top 150. In the last nine NFL drafts the SEC and ACC are the only two leagues to have at least 30 players drafted. Florida State just had 11 players taken last month, a school record matching its total of the previous four drafts combined.
In the 2012 Pro Bowl it wasn't even close. The SEC (26) and ACC (20) had more players on the rosters than the other three BCS conferences (Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12) combined (44).
Conclusion: The ACC is recruiting good players and producing more than its share of pros. But the mystery grows when they actually play football at ACC schools.
Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:54 AM
Sports Illustrated: Top 2013 Non-Conference Games
Stewart Mandel's Top 5 in the first Month:
1. Georgia at Clemson, Aug. 31: This sporadically re-continued regional rivalry takes on national importance this season, as it's likely to pit two preseason top-10 teams and two potential first-round quarterbacks, Georgia's Aaron Murray and Clemson's Tajh Boyd. It should also feature a healthy heaping of Tigers receiver Sammy Watkins and strangely overlooked Dawgs running back Todd Gurley. (As a freshman, Gurley ran for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns, including 122 yards and two scores in the SEC title game against Alabama.) The winner will gain serious legitimacy going forward, especially if either Georgia's reloading defense or Clemson's perennially up-and-down unit can slow the other's offense. Expect a 45-42 kind of game.
2. Oklahoma at Notre Dame, Sept. 28: I covered last year's edition of this matchup in Norman, and it was electric. Granted, it helped that the Irish were undefeated at the time, but it's always cool to see two of the sport's all-time powers line up on the same field. I really have no idea what to expect out of the Sooners this season; on paper, it's Stoops' least confidence-inspiring team since the 2005 Rhett Bomar squad. But Oklahoma did win 10 games last year, even though we primarily remember its big-game losses. Similarly, most understandably assume the Irish will take a step back after losing key veterans like Manti Te'o, Tyler Eifert and Cierre Wood, but Brian Kelly's squad still returns 14 starters and should be very talented.
3. Notre Dame at Michigan, Sept. 7: We're down to the second-to-last edition of this series for the foreseeable future because, as Brady Hoke put it, the Irish are "chickening out of" it. Like the fantastic 2011 game, when Denard Robinson threw two touchdowns in the final 1:12 to cap a 17-point comeback, this one will happen under the lights at the Big House. (Wolverines fans are trying to forget last year's Robinson interception-fest in South Bend ever happened.) Playing South Carolina close in the Outback Bowl can only be a rallying point for so long; beating one of last year's BCS title game participants would be a nice momentum builder for the Wolverines.
4. LSU vs. TCU, Aug. 31: While this year's Cowboys Classic won't host a top-10 matchup as it has in seasons past, it should still put on a very intriguing game. LSU will be favored, but it will take the field with a practically brand new team after 11 Tigers underclassmen turned pro and eight defenders were drafted. It will also be the first game for new LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Meanwhile, TCU is a trendy dark-horse pick to win the Big 12. The Horned Frogs should trot out yet another top-20 defense, plus quarterback Casey Pachall is back and reportedly well after losing most of last season while in substance abuse treatment. Gary Patterson has a history of knocking off the big boys, though TCU is no longer the cuddly underdog it was while in the Mountain West.
5. Florida at Miami, Sept. 7: It's great to see the two Sunshine State schools renew their rivalry for the first time since 2008. The 'Canes are poised to take a big step forward this fall, barring further NCAA restrictions, and they would have won their ACC division with an extremely young team had they been eligible last year. Now, they return nearly everybody, most notably overlooked quarterback Stephen Morris, all-purpose threat Duke Johnson and defenders such as linebacker Denzel Perryman. Is Miami yet on Florida's level? We'll get to find out. I was a repeated Gators skeptic last year, but their offense can only get better. The defense lost a bunch of stars, but quite a few remain on hand.
Alabama fans will surely howl for leaving the Virginia Tech game off this list, but it's only because I don't expect it to be much of a game. (Offshore books already have the Tide as 22-point favorites.) It was tougher leaving off UCLA-Nebraska.
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