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devils1854


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:07 am    Post subject: 2014 Pre Spring Practice Top 25 Reply with quote

This is early, and things will change, but I was bored so I quickly went through the depth charts of all the major college teams, and wrote out a rough draft for a top 25. This will definitely change, but some conversation is always good.

1.Florida State
Key Returnees:Jaemis Winston, Cameron Erving, Mario Edwards
Key Losses:Lamarcus Joyner, Christian Jones, Kelvin Benjamin
Top Games:Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, @Louisville

2.Alabama
Key Returnees:Landon Collins, TJ Yeldon, Amari Cooper
Key Losses:AJ McCarron, CJ Mosley, Haha Clinton-Dix
Top Games:Auburn, @LSU, West Virginia

3.Oregon
Key Returnees:Marcus Mariota, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Hroniss Grasu
Key Losses:Terrance Mitchell, Taylor Hart, Josh Huff
Top Games:Michigan State, @UCLA, Stanford

4.UCLA
Key Returnees:Brett Hundley, Myles Jack, Eric Kendricks
Key Losses:Anthony Barr, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Shaq Evans
Top Games:Texas, Oregon, USC

5.Auburn
Key Returnees:Nick Marshall, Gabe Wright, Reese Dismukes
Key Losses, Tre Mason, Dee Ford, Greg Robinson
Top Games:@Alabama, South Carolina, @Kansas State

6.Michigan State
Key Returnees:Connor Cook, Shilique Calhoun, Kurtis Drummond
Key Losses:Darqueze Dennard, Max Bullough, Denicos Allen
Top Games:@Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan

7.LSU
Key Returnees:Jalen Mills, Danielle Hunter, Anthony Jennings
Key Losses:Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham, Anthony Johnson
Top Games:Wisconsin, Alabama, @Auburn

8.Ohio State
Key Returnees:Braxton Miller, Joey Bosa, Michael Bennett
Key Losses:Carlos Hyde, Ryan Shazier, Jack Mewhort
Top Games:@Michigan State, Michigan, Virginia Tech

9.South Carolina
Key Returnees:Mike Davis, Dylan Thompson, Skai Moore
Key Losses:Jadeveon Clowney, Kelcy Quarles, Victor Hampton
Top Games:Georgia, @Clemson, @Auburn

10.Texas
Key Returnees:Malcolm Brown, Malcolm Brown, Jordan Hicks
Key Losses:Jackson Jeffcoat, Mike Davis, Carrington Byndom
Top Games:UCLA, Oklahoma, Baylor

11.Oklahoma
Key Returnees:Trevor Knight, Charles Tapper, Eric Striker
Key Losses:Aaron Colvin, Gabe Ikard, Jalen Saunders
Top Games:Texas, Baylor, Tennessee

12.Georgia
Key Returnees:Todd Gurley, Ray Drew, Jordan Jenkins
Key Losses:Aaron Murray, Garrison Smith, Chris Burnette
Top Games:@South Carolina, Auburn, Clemson

13.Baylor
Key Returnees:Bryce Petty, Shock Linwood, Bryce Hager
Key Losses:Cyril Richardson, Ahmad Dixon, Tevin Reese
Top Games:@Texas, @Oklahoma, Texas Tech

14.USC
Key Returnees:Su'a Cravens, Leonard Williams, Nelson Agholor
Key Losses:Marqise Lee, Morgan Breslin, Devon Kennard
Top Games:@UCLA, @Stanford, Notre Dame

15.Wisconsin
Key Returnees:Melvin Gordon, Sojourn Shelton, Rob Havenstein
Key Losses:Chris Borland, Jared Abbrederis, Dezmen Southward
Top Games:LSU, @Iowa, Minnesota

16.Washington
Key Returnees:Hau'oli Kikaha, Danny Shelton, Shaq Thompson
Key Losses:Bishop Sankey, Austin Seferain-Jenkins, Keith Price
Top Games:Stanford, @Oregon, UCLA

17.Stanford
Key Returnees:Kevin Hogan, Ty Montgomery, Andrus Peat
Key Losses:Trent Murphy, Shayne Skov, Tyler Gaffney
Top Games:@Oregon, @UCLA, @Notre Dame

18.Texas A&M
Key Returnees:Cedric Ogbuehi, Deshazor Everett, Tra Carson
Key Losses:Johnny Manziel, Jake Matthews, Mike Evans
Top Games:@Alabama, @Auburn, @South Carolina

19.Notre Dame
Key Returnees:KeiVarae Russell, Jaylon Smith, Everett Golson
Key Losses:Louis Nix, Stephen Tuitt, Zack Martin
Top Games:@Florida State, @USC, Michigan

20.Duke
Key Returnees:Jamison Crowder, Jeremy Cash, Anthony Boone/Brandon Connette
Key Losses:Ross Cockrell, Kenny Anunike, Justin Foxx
Top Games:Virginia Tech, North Carolina, @Miami

21.Virginia Tech
Key Returnees:Kendall Fuller, Brandon Facyson, Trey Edmunds
Key Losses:Kyle Fuller, James Gayle, Derrick Hopkins
Top Games:@Duke, @Ohio State, Miami

22.Minnesota
Key Returnees:David Cobb, Theiren Cockran, Eric Murray
Key Losses:Ra'Shede Hageman, Brock Vereen, Aaron Hill
Top Games:@Wisconsin, Ohio State, @Michigan

23.Houston
Key Returnees:John O'Korn, Deontay Greenberry, Derrick Matthews
Key Losses:Zach McMillan, DeAnthony Sims, Thomas Bates
Top Games:@Cincinnat, @BYU, UCF

24.Michigan
Key Returnees:Jake Ryan, Blake Countess, Devin Gardner
Key Losses:Taylor Lewan, Jeremy Gallon, Michael Schofield
Top Games:@Ohio State, @Michigan State, @Notre Dame

25.Utah State
Key Returnees:Chuckie Keeton, Kyler Fackrell, Zach Vigil
Key Losses:Nevin Lawson, Tyler Larsen, Joey DeMartino
Top Games:@Tennessee, @BYU, @Boise State

Just Missed:
Clemson, Miami, Florida
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say this is a pretty good spring top25.

The only changed I would really make would be switching Michigan and Duke and switch Georgia and Stanford
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

buno67 wrote:
I say this is a pretty good spring top25.

The only changed I would really make would be switching Michigan and Duke and switch Georgia and Stanford


I will say this. Michigan is the toughest team to place in the whole rankings. You look at their roster and 2 deep, and you see a team that is probably one of the top 10 most talented teams in the nation, but then you see what they lost, and what players underachieved last year, and you're stuck scratching your head. If I saw someone have them in the top 15, I wouldnt argue. The same if someone had them at 30. They are going to be a tough team to gage before the season.

I personally feel the same way with my team, Georgia. We have 9 starters back on defense and Jeremy Pruitt, and the combo of Gurley and Marshall, plus our top 4 receivers back, but I have no faith in Hutson Mason. That alone could push us closer to 20 in the rankings.

I really want to be higher on Stanford. I love the school, and Shaw is a great coach, but they lost so much. Yankey, Wilkes, Danser, Fleming, Gaffney, Gardner, Mauro, Murphy, Skov, Tarpley, and Reynolds. I know they develop talent well, and they've had some nice classes the past few years, but I cant be high on them with that many good players gone.

Duke, well call me a huge homer, but once I looked at the depth chart, I smiled. They lose two players that made a difference last year. They are good players(Cockrell, Anunike), but everyone else is back, and they were pretty young in a lot of spots last year. I never count out Cutcliffe.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think last season was a perfect storm for Auburn. I think they lose 4 games next season. They were incredibly lucky to not have 3 losses last season.
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I think last season was a perfect storm for Auburn. I think they lose 4 games next season. They were incredibly lucky to not have 3 losses last season.


Maybe. Maybe not. I didnt even take schedules into account when I did this.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man I love USC but I don't know if I'd put them that high. Top 20 but...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks pretty good.

I think you have Oregon/UCLA/South Carolina/Georgia/Washington/Texas A&M too high and Sanford/Baylor/Oklahoma too low.
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I don't understand having Oklahoma and Baylor below Texas.

I also think that K-State deserves to be ranked. They annihilated Michigan in the bowl game and ended the year on a decent sized win-streak IIRC. Jake Waters is primed for a big-time senior season. He improved a lot over the course of the year.
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Jacobys Homey wrote:
I don't understand having Oklahoma and Baylor below Texas.

I also think that K-State deserves to be ranked. They annihilated Michigan in the bowl game and ended the year on a decent sized win-streak IIRC. Jake Waters is primed for a big-time senior season. He improved a lot over the course of the year.


From their last depth chart, Kansas State only has 6 offensive starters, and 4 defensive starters coming back. The look to be light on both lines, and they lose big time players in Ty Zimmerman, John Hubert, Cornelius Lucas, and Blake Slaughter.

Even with Mack Brown as coach, Texas has still been one of the best recruiting teams in the nation over the past few years, and now that they have a coach that can get the best out of them, I see Texas flourishing. 7 starters are back on offense and 8 on defense. They have 2000 yards coming back from their rushers, 4 of their top 5 receivers back, and a solid QB in Ash. 7 of their top 10 defenders are back including Cedric Reed, Quandre Diggs, Mlacolm Brown, and Dalton Santos.

Baylor is losing two of their top three running backs, their whole left side of the offensive line, including the center, 4 of their 5 starters in the secondary, and half of their front 6. Having Bryce Petty, Shock Linwood, and Antwan Goodley isnt going to make up for all of the holes on the team.

Oklahoma lost their top 2 RBs, 4 of their top 5 receiver, and two important offensive linemen, and its not like Trevor Knight has shown more than a very small glimpse of promise so far. Defensively, Oklahoma should be one of the best in the conference, if not the nation, as long as they patch their holes in the secondary.
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I think 16 is a little aggressive, since I expected more around the 19-22 range, but I could see it.
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Clemson should be ranked.

I think Timmy Jernigan is a much bigger loss for FSU than Christian Jones.

Good job putting this together.
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He Hate Me wrote:
Clemson should be ranked.

I think Timmy Jernigan is a much bigger loss for FSU than Christian Jones.

Good job putting this together.


Im iffy on Clemson. Dabo is known for top classes, but he isnt known for getting the best out of his players. There are a lot of 4 and 5 stars that have gone to Clemson to only flicker out, so Im not sure they will be able to replace Boyd, Watkins, Bryant, McDowell, and Thomas this year on the offense, and plug in two new LBs, and corners, and still be successful.
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Do you think Utah State is going to beat Tennessee?
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adam9 wrote:
Do you think Utah State is going to beat Tennessee?


As of today? Id say no. If the game was later in the season, then I might say yes, but the first week of the season is going to be tough. The crowd, and big time atmosphere wont bother them, since they almost beat USC last year, but this will be Chuckie's first game back from injury, and he will have to break in a new RB. I will say this. Utah State's defense will give the Vols hell. Expect Kyler Fackrell, the Vigil brothers, and Brian Suite to keep the game low scoring. I do expect this to be the Aggies only loss. I think they get wins against Wake Forest, BYU, and Boise State.
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devils1854 wrote:
He Hate Me wrote:
Clemson should be ranked.

I think Timmy Jernigan is a much bigger loss for FSU than Christian Jones.

Good job putting this together.


Im iffy on Clemson. Dabo is known for top classes, but he isnt known for getting the best out of his players. There are a lot of 4 and 5 stars that have gone to Clemson to only flicker out, so Im not sure they will be able to replace Boyd, Watkins, Bryant, McDowell, and Thomas this year on the offense, and plug in two new LBs, and corners, and still be successful.

Skill talent isn't a problem as they have a lot of good prospects at both receiver and QB. They return the majority of their offensive line. They also have arguably the best DL in the ACC with Grady Jarrett, Corey Crawford, and Vic Beasley - who will all likely be high draft picks. Stephen Anthony could be an All American candidate at LB.

Clemson should be ranked.
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