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2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SEASON PREVIEW

By Autumn 11

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BOWL PROJECTIONS

COTTON BOWL

(1) Clemson vs (4) Georgia

ORANGE BOWL

(2) Oklahoma vs (3) Ohio State

SUGAR BOWL

Iowa State vs Alabama

FIESTA BOWL

Notre Dame vs Utah

ROSE BOWL

Wisconsin vs Oregon

PEACH BOWL

North Carolina vs Cincinnati

CITRUS BOWL

Penn State vs LSU

ALAMO BOWL

TCU vs Washington

OUTBACK BOWL

Texas A&M vs Indiana

MUSIC CITY BOWL

Iowa vs Kentucky

SUN BOWL

Wake Forest vs Arizona State

GATOR BOWL

NC State vs Florida

HOLIDAY BOWL

Miami vs USC

LAS VEGAS BOWL

UCLA vs Minnesota

TEXAS BOWL

Oklahoma State vs Ole Miss

LIBERTY BOWL

Kansas State vs Missouri

CHEEZ-IT BOWL

Virginia Tech vs Texas

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL

Boston College vs Auburn

REDBOX BOWL

Michigan vs California

FENWAY BOWL

Florida State vs Memphis

PINSTRIPE BOWL

Virginia vs Northwestern

GUARANTEED RATE BOWL

Baylor vs Nebraska

MILITARY BOWL

Pitt vs Houston

College Football Playoff National Championship: Clemson vs Ohio State

Clemson wins the College Football Playoff National Championship

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PROJECTED FINAL CFB PLAYOFF RANKINGS

Rank Team Record

1 Clemson 13-0

2 Oklahoma 13-0

3 Ohio State 13-0

4 Georgia 12-1

5 Alabama 12-1

6 Oregon 12-1

7 North Carolina 12-1

8 Notre Dame 11-1

9 Iowa State 11-2

10 Utah 11-2

11 Washington 11-1

12 Miami 10-2

13 LSU 10-2

14 Texas A&M 10-2

15 Penn State 10-2

16 Wisconsin 10-3

17 Indiana 10-2

18 TCU 10-2

19 Kentucky 10-2

20 Arizona State 10-2

21 Ole Miss 9-3

22 Florida 9-3

23 Cincinnati 11-2

24 Oklahoma State 9-3

25 North Carolina State 9-3


BEST NON-CONFERENCE GAMES OF 2021

SEPTEMEBR 4-6

• GEORGIA vs CLEMSON

• MIAMI vs ALABAMA

• LSU @ UCLA

• STANFORD @ KANSAS STATE

• LOUISIANA @ TEXAS

• TEXAS TECH vs HOUSTON

• NOTRE DAME @ FSU

• LOUISVILLE vs OLE MISS

• WEST VIRGINIA @ MARYLAND

• OREGON ST @ PURDUE

• BOISE STATE @ UCF

• SJSU @ USC

• ARIZONA vs BYU

• WMU @ MICHIGAN

• FAU @ FLORIDA

SEPTEMBER 11

• OREGON @ OHIO STATE

• WASHINGTON @ MICHIGAN

• IOWA @ IOWA STATE

• TEXAS A&M @ COLORADO

• TEXAS @ ARKANSAS

• UTAH @ BYU

• APPALACHIAN ST @ MIAMI

• PITTSBURGH @ TENNESSEE

• RUTGERS @ SYRACUSE

• ILLINOIS @ VIRGINIA

• CALIFORNIA @ TCU

• NC STATE @ MISS STATE

SEPTEMEBR 17-18

• NEBRASKA @ OKLAHOMA

• AUBURN @ PENN STATE

• VIRGINIA TECH @ WEST VIRGINIA

• MINNESOTA @ COLORADO

• MICHIGAN STATE @ MIAMI

• PURDUE @ NOTRE DAME

• OKLAHOMA STATE @ BOISE STATE

• MISSISSIPPI STATE @ MEMPHIS

• ARIZONA STATE @ BYU

• STANFORD @ VANDERBILT

• UCF @ LOUISVILLE

• BOSTON COLLEGE @ TEMPLE

• FRESNO STATE @ UCLA

• NORTHWESTERN @ DUKE

SEPTEMBER 24-25

• NOTRE DAME vs WISCONSIN

• SMU @ TCU

• MISSOURI @ BOSTON COLLEGE

• KANSAS @ DUKE

• MARSHALL @ APPALACHIAN STATE

• LIBERTY @ SYRACUSE

OCTOBER 1-2

• CINCINNATI @ NOTRE DAME

• LIBERTY @ UAB

• BYU @ UTAH STATE

OCTOBER 9

• BOISE STATE @ BYU

• NOTRE DAME @ VIRGINIA TECH

OCTOBER 16

• ARMY @ WISCONSIN

• BYU @ BAYLOR

OCTOBER 23

• USC @ NOTRE DAME

• BYU @ WASHINGTON STATE

• WAKE FOREST @ ARMY

OCTOBER 30

• NORTH CAROLINA @ NOTRE DAME

• VIRGINIA @ BYU

NOVEMBER 6

• LIBERTY @ OLE MISS

• ARMY vs AIR FORCE

NOVEMBER 13

• NOTRE DAME @ VIRGINIA

NOVEMBER 20

• BYU @ GEORGIA SOUTHERN

• GEORGIA TECH @ NOTRE DAME

• LOUISIANA @ LIBERTY

NOVEMBER 27

• FLORIDA @ FLORIDA STATE

• GEORGIA @ GEORGIA TECH

• CLEMSON @ SOUTH CAROLINA

• BYU @ USC

• NOTRE DAME @ STANFORD

• KENTUCKY @ LOUISVILLE

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UPSET SECTION

Below are a few games that have potential upset capabilities for top teams in 2020. An upset in any of these games

is unlikely but they fit the description of a “trap game”. A “trap game” is a game against a perceived lesser

opponent and fits one or more of the following: scheduled between big games, scheduled before an upcoming big

game or before entering a bye week.

Louisiana @ Texas – The first game of the year and as the head coach of the Longhorns for Sarkisian could be a

nightmare. Louisiana went 10-1 last season with a 7-0 record on the road, including a 17- point win over Iowa State

to start the year. The only Ragin’ Cajun loss was by a field goal to 11-1 Coastal Carolina. To make things worse for

Texas, Louisiana is set to return the most production of any team in the FBS. Texas could get caught looking ahead

to the following week’s road game at Arkansas.

Mississippi State @ Memphis – A road game against one of the best group of five teams after playing NC State and

the week before facing LSU is not ideal.

Cincinnati @ Notre Dame – Arguably the best group of five team in 2020 and 2021 could find the Fighting Irish in a

bad time, after Wisconsin and before traveling to Virginia Tech. Notre Dame hired Cincinnati’s defensive

coordinator in the offseason.

Liberty @ Ole Miss – After a road trip to Auburn, before hosting Texas A&M. Liberty was 10-1 with their only loss

coming by 1 point. Wins in 2020 included Virginia Tech, Syracuse, and Coastal Carolina who was 11-0 at the time.

Liberty is led by former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (2012-16) and has NFL prospect Malik Willis at QB.

Appalachian State @ Miami – The Hurricanes face the Mountaineers after starting the season vs Alabama and

before hosting Michigan State. Appalachian State is only 2 years removed from a 13-1 season that included wins

over North and South Carolina.

West Virginia @ Oklahoma – This game is scheduled on the week after Nebraska and before Kansas State. OU

could come in high off a win over Nebraska and looking ahead to revenge against K-State who has won two in a

row vs OU and is a potential upset of its own worthy of this list. The Mountaineers are 0-8 vs the Sooners since

joining the Big 12. That streak is bound to snap at some point.

Penn State @ Iowa – The Hawkeyes have proved to be good for an upset every couple of years. Kinnick is a tough

environment to play in, especially at night. This time PSU does not have Saquon Barkley to save them like 2017.

This game for PSU will be after an emotional contest vs Indiana and before a bye week. If things play out like last

season, Iowa beating Penn State might not be an upset after all.

Other potential upsets that are not trap games:

San Jose State @ USC – The Spartans went undefeated in the Mountain West in 2020 before losing their bowl

game. SJSU was one of two teams that did not lose a fumble last season. Starting QB Nick Starkell is back. The

defense only allowed 19.9 PPG (15 th best in FBS).

Army @ Wisconsin – A game featuring fullbacks. Army took Oklahoma to overtime in 2018 and Michigan to double

overtime in 2019. The Black Knights lost by a field goal to West Virginia in their bowl game to end 2020.

Fresno State @ UCLA – The Bulldogs return their starting QB Jake Haener (2021 YDS, 14 TD passing in 6 games).

Nevada @ Kansas State – Nevada has one of the best proven QB/WR connections with Carson Strong (2858 YDS,

27 TD in 9 games) throwing to Romeo Doubs (1002 YDS, 9 TD) and Elijah Cooks who missed last season with injury

but had 926 YDS and 8 TDs in 2019. K-State could get caught slipping before beginning conference play. Nevada

plays Idaho State the week prior to KSU and has a bye week after. Arkansas State upset the Wildcats last year.

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THE HEISMAN TROPHY

FAVORITES:

• Spencer Rattler QB – Oklahoma

• Bryce Young QB – Alabama

• D.J. Uiagalelei QB – Clemson

• Sam Howell QB – UNC

CONTENDERS:

• Jayden Daniels QB – Arizona St

• Kedon Slovis QB – USC

• Bijan Robinson RB – Texas

• Emory Jones QB - Florida

THE FIELD:

• Tank Bigsby RB – Auburn

• Master Teague RB – Ohio State

• Brock Purdy QB – Iowa State

• Zamir White RB – Georgia

• Desmond Ridder QB – Cincinnati

• Dillon Gabriel QB – UCF

• Michael Penix Jr QB – Indiana

• D’Eriq King QB – Miami

• JT Daniels QB – Georgia

• CJ Stroud QB – Ohio State

• Matt Corral QB – Ole Miss

• Breece Hall RB – Iowa State

• Isaiah Spiller RB – Texas A&M

• Jase McClellan RB – Alabama

• Casey Thompson QB – Texas

• Max Johnson QB - LSU

• Max Duggan QB – TCU

• Anthony Brown QB – Oregon

• Dorian Thompson Robinson QB - UCLA

• Kyren Williams RB – Notre Dame

• Malik Willis QB – Liberty

DeVonta Smith had 1 to 66 odds in the preseason to win the Heisman which means he would

be considered someone from the Field. There are quite a few athletes on this list that I think

could win the award. Keep in mind the winner of the Heisman has been a quarterback in 17 of

the last 21 years. Also, the winner is usually on one of the teams that is competing a national

championship by seasons end. If an outsider from the ‘Field” were to be a finalist, my guess

would be Anthony Brown, Max Johnson or Max Duggan. If a “Contender” were to win, it would

be Breece Hall or Emory Jones. When December rolls around, I expect Spencer Rattler, DJ

UIagalelei, Sam Howell and Breece Hall to be the finalists. My best guess is that DJ Uiagalelei

will be Clemson’s first winner of the Heisman Trophy.

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ALABAMA

#1 SEC WEST: CONF 11-0, HOME 5-0, AWAY 6-0, BOWL: W/W

Head Coach: Nick Saban (15th) OC: Bill O’Brian (1) DC: Pete Golding (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost Mac Jones (4500 YDS, 41 TD, 4 INT) to the NFL who threw for the most yards and second most touchdowns of any QB in 2020 and

boasted the highest completion percentage. Sophomore five-star Bryce Young (156 YDS, 1 TD) is the new starter after almost getting to start

over Mac Jones last year. The backup will be either four-star freshman Jalen Milroe or Paul Tyson, the great grandson of Paul “Bear” Bryant.

RB: Lost Doak Walker Award winner and FBS touchdown leader Najee Harris (1466 YDS, 26 rush TD, 4 rec TD) to the NFL. Backup Brian

Robinson Jr. (483 YDS, 6 TD) is back and ready to take over the starting role. 2019 five-star Trey Sanders (134 YDS in 4 games) will backup

Robinson and 2020 four-star Jase McCllellan (245 YDS, 2 TD) will not be denied his share of carries either. Deeper in the backfield is four-star

sophomore Roydell Williams (71 YDS, 1 TD). Junior Keilan Robinson (254 YDS, 2 TD in 2019) transferred to Texas after opting out in 2020. Fourstar

sophomore Kyle Edwards also entered the transfer portal.

WR: Lost Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award winner DeVonta Smith (1856 YDS, 23 TD) to the NFL. Also lost Jaylen Waddle (591 YDS, 4 TD)

who was off to a better start than Smith until missing eight games for an injury. Returns their third best receiver John Metchie III (916 YDS, 6

TD) who put up more yards than most teams leading receiver. Also returns Slade Bolden (270 YDS, 1 TD). Outside of Metchie and Bolden, no

other returning receiver had more than 24 yards, however, there are 6 four-stars and 1 five-star (Ja’Corey Brooks) on the roster. Expect early

enrollee Agiye Hall to have a breakout season, who is already drawing comparisons to DeVonta Smith. Jameson Williams (154 YDS, 2 TD)

transferred in from Ohio State. Even with NFL departures the room is deep with players mentioned above along with Xavier Williams and Javon

Baker.

TE: Returns Jahleel Billingsley (287 YDS, 3 TD) and senior Major Tennison (55 YDS, 1 TD in career). No other tight ends on the roster recorded

any receptions on offense in 2020. Kendall Randolph and Cameron Latu saw playing time but had no catches. Randolph can also play at tackle.

6’5 250lb Latu could see more passes his way this season. Brought in freshman four-star Caden Clark.

OL: Lost C Landon Dickerson, T Alex Leatherwood, and G Deonte Brown to the NFL. Returns 6’7 360lb LT Evan Neal who is one of the best in the

country and has started since arriving as a five-star. The other projected starters are LG Tommy Brown, C Chris Owens, RG Emil Ekiyor Jr, and RT

Kendall Randolph or Freshman All-SEC selection Javion Cohen. Last season four starters returned on the offensive line, this year only two

starters are back which is more in line with their usual numbers, considering the amount of NFL talent moving on from Bama every year.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Christian Barmore to the NFL. DE starters will be Labryan Ray (12 TOT in 7 games) and Justin Eboigbe (19 TOT, 1 INT) with Byron

Young (29 TOT,6.5 TFL, 1 sack) and Phidarian Mathis (31 TOT, 5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 FF) also seeing a lot of time.

LB: Lost Dylan Moses (80 TOT) to the NFL after leading the team in tackles two straight years. Former 5-star Ale Kaho (33 TOT, 3 blocked punts

in 3 years) transferred out. Returns one of the best linebackers in the country with All-SEC freshman Will Anderson Jr who ranked third in the

SEC in both sacks (7) and TFL (10.5) as a true freshman. Also returns Christopher Allen (41 TOT, 6 sacks, 2 FF), second leader in tackles Christian

Harris (79 TOT, 4.5 sacks), and Jaylen Moody (18 TOT) who should all start. Henry To’o To’o transferred in from Tennessee where he led the

Vols with 68 TOT. Also returns Shane Lee (3 TOT in 2020 but 86 TOT in 2019) and 2020 5-star Drew Sanders (9 TOT). King Mwikuta and Demouy

Kennedy were both 4-star recruits.

SF: Returns five of six defensive backs that made a start (CB Surtain was drafted). Returns Daniel Wright (60 TOT, 2 INT) and Jordan Battle (66

TOT, 1 INT) who are the projected starters. Also returns All-SEC freshman Malachi Moore (44 TOT, 3 INT). Brian Branch (27 TOT, 2 INT) and

Demarcco Hellams (62 TOT, 1 sack) are also back.

CB: Lost Patrick Surtain II (38 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Josh Jobe (55 TOT, 2 sacks) who is one of the best DBs in the country and Jalyn

Armour-Davis (3 TOT) who will start. Marcus Banks (2 TOT) will provide quality depth.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns All-American Will Reichard (84/84 XP, 14/14 FG) who contributed 69 kickoffs. Backup Joseph Bulovas (22/29 FG) transferred to

Vanderbilt.

PR: Lost LS Thomas Fletcher to the NFL. Starting punter Charlie Scott (39.2 YD AVG) is no longer listed on the roster. Punter Jack Martin (46.1 YD

AVG) transferred in from Troy where he also handled kickoffs. Someone will have to return punts in place of DeVonta Smith. WRs Xavier

Williams, Slade Bolden and CB Kool-Aid McKinstry returned punts in the spring game.

SPIN

Tuscaloosa, AL – Saban has only lost two games in the month of October since being hired as head coach of the Tide

and has not lost to an SEC East team since 2010. Alabama is tied for the best home win percentage (93.3%) since

2010. The 2020 defense led the SEC in scoring allowed (19.4 PPG) and the offense ranked 2 nd nationally, scoring 48.5

PPG. 2020 was Alabama’s first undefeated season since 2009. In the last 13 seasons, Alabama has finished the regular

season without a loss only 4 times, which is no minor achievement, but I would have thought it was more. There are

only 12 returning starters from last season, tied for the fifth fewest among power five teams, 3 on offense, 7 on

defense. The defense will be a strength thanks to experience and depth. It will be tough to replace the players who

led the FBS in rushing TDs (Harris), receiving TDs (Smith), and second most passing TDs (Jones) but if anyone can, its

Bama with a five-star recruit for each. Reloading is not the problem. The concerning part is that more than half of the

coaching staff from 2020 has departed. For a regular season win total, at worst, Alabama loses one game. I think they

will repeat as West Division Champions.

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ARKANSAS

#7 SEC WEST: CONF 3-7, HOME 2-3, AWAY 1-4

Head Coach: Sam Pittman (2) OC: Kendal Briles (2) DC: Barry Odom (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost Feleipe Franks (2107 YDS, 17 TD, 4 INT passing, 204 YDS, 1 TD rushing) to the NFL. 6’3 240lb KJ Jefferson (295 YDS, 3 TD

passing, 67 YDS, 2 TD rushing) appears to be next in line to start but 2020 4-star Malik Hornsby is not out of the question. KJ

Jefferson is a more capable runner than Franks was.

RB: Lost Rakeem Boyd (309 YDS, 3 TD) to the NFL. Returns Trelon Smith (710 YDS, 5 TD rushing, 159 YDS, 1 TD receiving) and TJ

Hammonds (101 YDS rushing, 63 YDS receiving). 4-Star freshman AJ Green should see the field.

WR: Returns 6’3 Treylon Burks (820 YDS, 7 TD receiving, 75 YDS rushing) who finished 5 th in the SEC in receiving yards and will

be one of the best receivers in CFB for the 2021 season. The second best receiver on the team Mike Woods (619 YDS, 5 TD)

transferred to Oklahoma. Other contributors returning are De’Vion Warren (278 YDS, 3 TD), Tyson Morris (67 YDS, 1 TD) and 6’5

Trey Knox (70 YDS). 2020 4-star 6’3 Darin Turner redshirted last season. True freshman 6’3 Jaedon Wilson is a 3-star recruit.

Warren Thompson (104 YDS, 1 TD) transferred in from Florida State.

TE: Returns Blake Kern (201 YDS, 2 TD) and Hudson Henry (92 YDS, 1 TD).

OL: Unit combines for 110 career starts. Returns OT Dalton Wagner who is competing with Charlotte transfer Ty’Kieast

Crawford. The starting QB was sacked 30 times last season (5 th most in CFB). Offensive line coach left for the same job LSU.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Jonathan Marshall (35 TOT, 1 sack) to the NFL. Returns 298lb Eric Gregory (27 TOT, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT), 290lb DE/DT

Isaiah Nichols (23 TOT), DE Zach Williams (22 TOT, 1 sack), 300lb Taurean Carter (11 TOT), 315lb Marcus Miller (7 TOT), DE

Montaio Soli (5 TOT) and DE Dorian Gerald (5 TOT, 1.5 sacks). Added former Missouri DT 295lb Markell Utsey (19 TOT). Tre

Williams (21 TOT, 2 sacks) also transferred in from Missouri.

LB: Returns leading tackler Grant Morgan (111 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT) who had the second most tackles in the FBS. Also returns

Bumper Pool (101 TOT) who had the 7 th most tackles in the FBS. Other returners are Hayden Henry (25 TOT, 1 sack), Andrew

Parker (12 TOT), Jackson Woodard (2 TOT) and Deon Edwards (2 TOT).

SF: Myles Mason (33 TOT) transferred to Louisiana Tech. Returns one of the best safeties in the country in Jalen Catalon (99

TOT, 3 INT) who had the 9 th most tackles in the FBS. Also returns Joe Foucha (60 TOT, 1 sack, 2 INT), Simeon Blair (23 TOT) and

SF/CB Myles Slusher (15 TOT).

CB: Lost Jerry Jacobs (17 TOT) to the NFL. Returns starters Hudson Clark (47 TOT, 3 INT), Greg Brooks Jr (39 TOT, 2 INT) and

Montaric Brown (31 TOT, 1 INT). Also returns LaDarrius Bishop (17 TOT), Nick Turner (12 TOT) and Khari Johnson (8 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost AJ Reed (27/29 PAT, 7/11 FG). Returns Matthew Phillips (1/1 FG).

PR: Returns Reid Bauer (43.5 YD AVG) and Sam Loy (5 punts, 35.2 YD AVG). True freshman Patrick Foley is a 5-star punter.

SPIN

Fayetteville, AR - Prior to 2020, Arkansas lost 20 straight SEC games and four straight non-conference games to group of five

schools. In 2020, three of Arkansas’ losses were by a combined 7 points- LSU, Auburn, Missouri. Arkansas returns 18 starters

from last season, 9 on each side of the ball. Only four programs return more starters. Defense had its moments last season but

gave up 34.9 PPG (3 rd most in SEC) and 259 passing YDS/G. The offense averaged 25 PPG. Scoring less than the defense gives up

is not a recipe for winning in the SEC. With Franks gone to the NFL and Woods transferring to

Oklahoma, quarterback play will take a step back, however, Jefferson should improve as the year

goes on. The defense should improve with the return of linebackers Grant Morgan and Bumper Pool

and a full offseason with the defensive coordinator without COVID interference. The Hogs will have

the toughest schedule in the country which is nothing new given that the SEC West has been the

best division in football for quite a while. They could make a huge statement week 2 with a win over

Texas in Razorback Stadium. Georgia Southern is a tricky team. The SEC road schedule is brutal

starting with consecutive trips to Texas A&M (neutral), Georgia and Ole Miss and back to back games

in November at LSU and at Alabama. Even with this schedule, a .500 record is achievable.

Considering the Hogs losing streak to SEC schools extending into recent years, the fact that Arkansas

realistically has a shot to make a bowl game is incredible progress in such a short time which is due

to their head coach. No doubt, Sam Pittman is the right guy to lead this program. Now the question

is, will they be able to compete for the top spot in the SEC West in the next five years? It’s too early

to tell. A bowl game would be a step in the right direction. Their last divisional championship was in

2006. I think they come up just short at 5-7. Texas and Auburn will be their best chances to get to 6.

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AUBURN

#3 SEC WEST: CONF 6-4, HOME 4-1, AWAY 2-3, BOWL: L

Head Coach: Bryan Harsin (1) OC: Mike Bobo (1) DC: Derek Mason (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns two-year starter 6’3 Bo Nix (2415 YDS, 12 TD, 7 INT passing, 388 YDS, 7 TD rushing) who can make highlight plays

scrambling. The QB competition went from non-existent to extremely competitive when 6’7 TJ Finley (941 YDS, 5 TD, 5 INT)

transferred in from LSU in May after starting five games last season at LSU as a freshman. 6’4 Grant Loy (0/2 pass attempts) is

also back after transferring in from Bowling Green (1137 YDS, 6 TD passing in 2019 as the starter) prior to the 2020 season.

Chayil Garnett entered the transfer portal.

RB: Tank Bigsby (834 YDS, 5 TD) is back after exploding onto the scene as a true freshman in 2020 and could be the best college

running back in 2021. Also return a quality backup in Shaun Shivers (276 YDS, 1 TD). Mark Anthony-Richards (76 YDS)

transferred to UCF. 2019 3-star DJ Williams (199 YDS, 3 TD) transferred to Florida State.

WR: Lost top three receivers Seth Williams (760 YDS, 4 TD), Anthony Schwartz (636 YDS, 3 TD) and Eli Stove (359 YDS, 3 TD) to

the NFL. Former 5-star and No.1 WR of the 2016 class, Demetris Robertson (110 YDS) transferred in from Georgia. Returns 6’2

Shedrick Jackson (84 YDS), 6’4 Elijah Canion (80 YDS, 1 TD), 6’4 Ze’Vian Capers (77 YDS, 1 TD) and Kobe Hudson (70 YDS).

Ja’Varrius Johnson could contribute as a slot receiver. The Tigers have tall receivers but will need a big play threat to emerge.

TE: Returns John Samuel Shenker (97 YDS), 6’7 Brandon Frazier (13 YDS) and Luke Deal (11 YDS). Incoming freshman Landen

King is a 3-star recruit. 305lb JJ Pegues (57 YDS) moved from TE to DT.

OL: Five starters from last season return on the offensive line. This is a welcome site after entering the 2020 season without 4

starters from 2019. Center 300lb Nick Brahms is the leader of the unit. Other returning starters are 320lb LT Alec Jackson, 335lb

LG Tashawn Manning, 335lb RG/RT Brandon Council and 330lb RT Brodarious Hamm. Bo Nix was sacked 21 times last year.

DEFENSE:

DL: Former 2019 four-star Jaren Handy (10 TOT, 1 sack in 2 years) transferred to Indiana. DT Daquan Newkirk (28 TOT, 1.5

sacks) transferred to Florida. Big Cat Bryant (17 TOT, 3 sacks, 1 INT) transferred to UCF. 335lb DT Tyrone Truesdell (22 TOT)

entered the transfer portal. Returns DE Colby Wooden (42 TOT, 4 sacks), DT Zykeivous Walker (14 TOT, 1 sack), 295lb Dre Butler

(14 TOT, 1 sack), DE Caleb Johnson (6 TOT), 310lb Marquis Burks (4 TOT, 1 sack) and 335lb Jeremiah Wright (4 TOT). 305lb JJ

Pegues (57 YDS) moved from TE to DT.

LB: Lost ILB KJ Britt (23 TOT) to the NFL. Returns Zakoby McClain (113 TOT, 3 sacks) who finished with the second most tackles

in the FBS after the bowl game. Also returns Owen Pappoe (93 TOT, 4 sacks, 1 INT), Derick Hall (21 TOT, 3.5 sacks), TD Moultry

(9 TOT, 1 sack), Cam Riley (9 TOT) and Wesley Steiner (3 TOT).

SF: Lost Jamien Sherwood (75 TOT, 1 sack) and Jordyn Peters (42 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Smoke Monday (73 TOT, 1

sack, 2 INT), Ladarius Tennison (21 TOT) and Zion Puckett (15 TOT). Donovan Kaufman (15 TOT in 2 games) transferred in from

Vanderbilt where he missed most of the season for an injury. Former 4-star Chris Thompson entered the transfer portal.

CB: Returns Roger McCreary (45 TOT, 3 INT), Nehemiah Pritchett (25 TOT, 1 INT), Jaylin Simpson (14 TOT). Lockdown corner

Dreshun Miller (31 TOT, 1 INT) transferred in from WVU. Christian Tutt (31 TOT) entered the NFL Draft. The No.3 JUCO corner of

the 2020 class, Marco Domio (8 TOT in 7 games) entered the transfer portal.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Anders Carlson (24/25 PAT, 20/22 FG). Donovan Kaufman (1 kick return TD in 2 games) transferred in from

Vanderbilt.

PR: Returns Aidan Marshall (42.2 YD AVG) and Oscar Chapman (41.1 YD AVG).

SPIN

Auburn, AL – The highlight of last season for Auburn was their 37-point win over LSU. The Tigers had

the third most outgoing transfers (14) in the SEC, yet 9 starters return on offense and 7 on defense.

The biggest question marks are at receiver and defensive line. Auburn is set everywhere else. Bryan

Harsin was 69-19 with 3 MWC titles in 7 seasons at Boise State. Former Stanford DC and Vandy head

coach Derek Mason was hired as the new DC and former South Carolina OC Mike Bobo as the new

OC. Auburn is tied with Georgia for the 8 th most wins (27) over ranked teams since 2010. A trip to

Penn State in week three is one of the best non-conference games of 2021. The Tigers will get to

play in three of the best atmospheres in CFB- at Penn State, at LSU and at Texas A&M. The LSU game

is followed up by a visit from Georgia. Alabama will visit Jordan-Hare Stadium. The regular season

win total will be around six or seven.

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LOUISIANA STATE

#4 SEC WEST: CONF 5-5, HOME 2-2, AWAY 3-3

Head Coach: Ed Orgeron (5) OC: Jake Peetz (1) DC: Daronte Jones (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns 6’4 Myles Brennan (1112 YDS, 11 TD, 3 INT) who looked similar to Joe Burrow before an injury ended his season.

One month before the season started, Brennan injured his arm which will require surgery that will cause him to miss half of the

season. 6’5 Max Johnson (1069 YDS, 8 TD, 1 INT passing, 119 YDS, 2 TD rushing) also returns and will be the starter with

Brennan injured. Johnson started the final two games of the 2020 season, leading the team to wins over Florida and Ole Miss.

Both QBs have proven themselves as great options to lead the team and depth took a huge hit with one of them out, especially

since TJ Finley (941 YDS, 5 TD, 5 INT passing, 1 TD rushing) who started five games as a freshman last season, transferred to

Auburn in May which left the team with three scholarship quarterbacks, two of which are available. Originally third, now

second on the depth chart is 4-star early enrollee Garrett Nussmeier, son of the Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks’ coach.

RB: Returns 230lb Tyrion Davis-Price (446 YDS, 3 TD), John Emery (378 YDS, 3 TD) and Josh Williams (88 YDS). Armoni Goodwin

and Corey Kiner are both incoming 4-star recruits. Chris Curry (145 YDS) transferred to Utah. 2020 4-star Tre Bradford (58 rush

YDS, 1 rec TD) transferred to Oklahoma after one season with the program.

WR: Lost Terrace Marshall Jr (731 YDS, 10 TD), Ja’Marr Chase (2020 opt out) and Racey McMath (195 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL.

Returns Kayshon Boutte (735 YDS, 5 TD) who had 308 yards vs Ole Miss as a freshman last year and Jaray Jenkins (397 YDS, 2

TD). Senior Jontre Kirklin (184 YDS, 3 TD) is back and had 125 YDS and 1 TD in the spring game. Also returns Koy Moore (177

YDS), Trey Palmer (108 YDS) and Alex Adams (6 YDS). 6’5 true freshman Brian Thomas Jr is a 4-star recruit.

TE: Lost TE/FB Tory Carter (42 YDS) to the NFL. 6’5 240lb Arik Gilbert (368 YDS, 2 TD) transferred to Georgia. Returns 6’7 Kole

Taylor (36 YDS).

OL: Lost OT Austin Deculus to the NFL. Was returning all five regular starters on the line until starting left tackle Dare Rosenthal

transferred to Kentucky. Rosenthal missed one game last season vs Auburn, a 48-11 loss in which LSU only rushed for 32 yards

(276 yards the prior week). Offensive line coach James Cregg was let go at the start of June. His 2019 line won the Joe Moore

Award for the nation’s top blocking unit. Hired Arkansas’ offensive line coach Brad Davis. Arkansas starting QB was sacked 30

times last season (5 th most in CFB).

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Tyler Shelvin (2020 opt out) to the NFL. NT Siaki Ika (5 TOT, 1 sack) transferred to Baylor. Returns DE 315lb Neil

Farrell (25 TOT, 1 sack), DT Ali Gaye (32 TOT, 1 INT, 2 sacks), DT 300lb Jaquelin Roy (18 TOT, 2 sacks), DE 335lb Glen Logan (17

TOT) and DT 310lb Joe Evans (13 TOT). Added 5-star DT 290lb Maason Smith.

LB: Lost ILB Jabril Cox (58 TOT, 1 sack, 3 INT) to the NFL. One of the best LBs in the country Mike Jones Jr transferred in from

Clemson. Added JUCO transfer Navonteque Strong (59 TOT in 6 games). Micah Baskerville (55 TOT) sat out the spring to focus

on academics. Returns starter Damone Clark (tied team lead with 63 TOT, 1 sack), Andre Anthony (24 TOT, 5.5 sacks), DE/LB BJ

Ojulari (16 TOT, 4 sacks), Soni Fonua (7 TOT) and Josh White (6 TOT).

SF: Lost JaCoby Stevens (63 TOT, 3 sacks) to the NFL. Maurice Hampton (started 5 games in 2020, 27 TOT) transferred out. 2020

4-star Major Burns (played in 6 games) transferred in from Georgia. Signed 3 safeties who were all top 100 overall recruits.

Returns Todd Harris (30 TOT, 2 INT), Cameron Lewis (8 TOT), Jordan Toles (4 TOT) and Darren Evans (6 TOT).

CB: Lost Kary Vincent (2020 opt out, 47 TOT, 4 INT in 2019) to the NFL. Returning arguably the two best corners in CFB with

former 5-star recruits Derek Stingley Jr (27 TOT) and Eli Ricks (20 TOT, 3 rd in SEC with 4 INT). Also returns Cordale Flott (43 TOT),

Jay Ward (29 TOT, 3 INT) and Dwight McGlothern (9 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: The kicking game should be a strength with Cade York (36/36 PAT, 18/21 FG, made 6 beyond 50 YDS).

Returns Avery Atkins (181/210 kickoffs for touchbacks).

PR: Freshman Peyton Todd is the No.1 ranked punter recruit.

SPIN

Baton Rouge, LA – Welcome to Death Valley. LSU has the ninth best home win percentage (86.1%) since

2010. The defense ranked dead last in passing YDS/G allowed, giving up an average of 323 YDS through

the air and 34.9 PPG. 9 starters return on defense. Only four assistant coaches remain from the entire

2020 staff. Cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond is the only returning defensive staff member. The offense

only averaged 121.7 rushing YDS/G (19 th lowest in FBS). 7 starters return on offense. Coming off a

national championship, the 5-5 season in 2020 was a disappointment but this team should bounce back in

a big way. The opener at UCLA will reveal if this team can make a run in the SEC. 9 to 11 wins sounds right.

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MISSISSIPPI

#5 SEC WEST: CONF 4-5, HOME 2-3, AWAY 2-2, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Lane Kiffin (2) OC: Jeff Lebby (2) DC: DJ Durkin (2) / Chris Partridge (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns Matt Corral (FBS 7 th 3337 YDS, 29 TD, 14 INT passing, 506 YDS, 4 TD rushing) who looked phenomenal

in every game except the six interception performance vs Arkansas that was in large part the reason he threw the

second most picks in the FBS. If Corral can fix his interception problem, he will get some hype for New York.

Backup John Rhys Plumlee (65 YDS, 1 TD passing, 94 YDS rushing, 79 YDS receiving) is too athletic to keep off the

field. Corral and Plumlee were on the field at the same time quite a bit last season which allowed Kiffin to be

creative. Plumlee is a capable backup with starting experience in 2019 (910 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT passing, 1023 YDS, 12

TD rushing).

RB: Returns Jerrion Ealy (745 YDS, 9 TD rushing, 155 YDS, 1 TD receiving) who is one of the best in CFB. Also returns

Snoop Conner (421 YDS, 8 TD), Henry Parrish (263 YDS, 2 TD) and Kentrel Bullock (11 YDS).

WR: Lost Elijah Moore (1193 YDS, 8 TD) to the NFL. Returns Dontario Drummond (417 YDS, 7 TD), 6’2 Jonathan

Mingo (379 YDS, 3 TD) and Braylon Sanders (376 YDS, 4 TD). All receivers should see a dramatic increase in catches

with Moore gone and should put up good numbers considering how well Kiffin gets the ball to receivers. Senior

Jalen Knox (305 YDS in 2020, 1031 YDS, 4 TD in career) transferred in from Missouri. 3-star freshman JJ Henry could

see the field.

TE: Lost Kenny Yeboah (524 YDS, 6 TD) to the NFL. Returns Casey Kelly (115 YDS, 1 TD) and Chase Rogers (18 YDS).

OL: Lost OT Royce Newman to the NFL. Center/LG Orlando Umana (26 starts) transferred in from Utah. 4/5 starters

are back. Returners 64 combined career starts.

DEFENSE:

DL: Ryder Anderson (42 TOT, 2.5 sacks) transferred to Indiana. Returns Sam Williams (39 TOT, 4 sacks), 295lb

Tariqious Tisdale (19 TOT), Tavius Robinson (18 TOT, 1 sack), 320lb Sincere David (12 TOT), 320lb KD Hill (9 TOT),

305lb Hal Northern (9 TOT) and 300lb Quentin Bivens (7 TOT).

LB: Leading tackler Jacquez Jones (75 TOT) transferred to Kentucky. Chance Campbell (42 TOT, 1.5 sacks)

transferred in from Maryland where he led the Terps in tackles. Returns Lakia Henry (62 TOT, 2.5 sacks), Momo

Sanogo (60 TOT, 1 sack), Ashanti Cistrunk (32 TOT), Daylen Gill (18 TOT), Cedric Johnson (7 TOT, 3 sacks), Brandon

Mack (6 TOT) and Zikerrion Baker (5 TOT).

SF: Returns AJ Finley (62 TOT, 3 INT) and Otis Reese (23 TOT, 1 INT). Jon Haynes (31 TOT, 1 INT) transferred to IU.

CB: Returns Keidron Smith (64 YDS, 1 INT), Jalen Jordan (53 TOT), Jakorey Hawkins (28 TOT), Jaylon Jones (27 TOT

in 4 games as starter before injury), Tylan Knight (20 TOT), Deane Leonard (14 TOT) and Miles Battle (6 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Luke Logan (45/48 PAT, 6/10 FG) left for the NFL. Sophomore Cale Nation has not played in a game. Caden

Costa (3-star) and Land Gebhart are true freshmen.

PR: Returns senior Mac Brown (46.6 YD AVG).

SPIN

Oxford, MS – Nobody put a bigger scare into Alabama last season than Ole Miss when they

traded TD for TD (tied in 4 th quarter). If the defense could come up with a stop (Bama scored

TDs on 9/11 possessions) they could’ve won. Ole Miss is one of four SEC teams that return

their starting QB and offensive coordinator. The offense averaged 39.2 PPG which ranked 14 th

nationally. 8 starters return on offense. WR Moore and TE Yeboah are gone after combining

for half of the team’s receptions. The defense gave up 312.1 passing YDS/G (3 rd most in FBS),

519 total YDS/G (2 nd worst) and 38.3 PPG (11 th to last). 9 starters return on defense. The

opener vs Louisville should reveal if the defense improved and how functional the offense is

without its centerpiece WR Elijah Moore. LSU and Texas A&M are both home games. Alabama,

Auburn and Mississippi State are road games. Liberty in early November could have upset

potential if the Rebs are looking ahead to Texas A&M the following week. Feels like nine wins.

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MISSISSIPPI STATE

#6 SEC WEST: CONF 3-7, HOME 2-3, AWAY 1-4, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Mike Leach (2) OC: Mike Leach DC: Zach Arnett (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost KJ Costello (1283 YDS, 6 TD, 11 INT) to the NFL Draft. Returns Will Rogers (1976 YDS, 11 TD, 7 INT) who took over for KJ

Costello part way into 2020. Jack Abraham (1224 YDS, 7 TD, 4 INT) transferred in from Southern Miss and should be a quality

backup if he can match his level of play at USM. Chance Lovertich (619 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT) transferred in from South Alabama.

Freshman 6’4 Sawyer Robertson is a 4-star recruit.

RB: Lost Kylin Hill (58 YDS rushing, 237 YDS, 1 TD receiving) to the NFL. Returns Jo’Quavious Marks (312 YDS, 3 TD rushing, 268

YDS receiving) who led the team in receptions (60) last season. Dillon Johnson (225 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 157 YDS receiving) should

work his way into playing time next to Marks. Leach is not trying to run the ball but ranking dead last in the FBS in rushing yards

per game needs to improve.

WR: Lost Osirus Mitchell (505 YDS, 4 TD) to the NFL. JaVonta Payton (225 YDS, 1 TD) transferred to Tennessee. 6’5 240lb

Geor’quarius Spivey (121 YDS) transferred to TCU. Cameron Gardner (117 YDS) transferred to Montana State. Tyrell Shavers

(107 YDS) transferred to San Diego State. Returns Jaden Walley (718 YDS, 2 TD), 6’3 Austin Williams (372 YDS, 3 TD) and 6’3

Malik Heath (307 YDS, 3 TD), Lideatrick Griffin (61 YDS, 1 TD) and 6’5 Brad Cumbest (12 YDS, 1 TD). Jamire Calvin (183 YDS, 1 TD

in 4 games in 2020) transferred in from Washington State to reunite with Leach. Under Leach, Jamire Calvin had 797 YDS and 4

TDs in 26 games. 6’3 Makai Polk (183 YDS, 1 TD in 4 games) transferred in from Cal. 6’5 Caleb Ducking joined the team from

JUCO. Tight end is not a listed position on the roster for MSU.

OL: Lost Dareuan Parker to the NFL. Returning linemen combine for 37 career starts. Starters will likely be 310lb LT Charles

Cross who was a 5-star of the 2020 class, 300lb LG LaQuinston Sharp, 305lb Center Cole Smith, 320lb RG Kwatrivous Johnson,

315lb RT Scott Lashley or 305lb Kameron Jones.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Marquiss Spencer (32 TOT, 3 sacks, 1 INT) and DE Kobe Jones (30 TOT, 2 sacks) to the NFL. Returns 310lb DT Jaden

Crumedy (32 TOT, 2 sacks), DE Jordan Davis (22 TOT), DE Aaron Odom (18 TOT, 2 sacks), 300lb Nathan Pickering (15 TOT, 2

sacks), 310lb DT Cameron Young (13 TOT, 1 sack) and DE Jack Harris (10 TOT). DE Randy Charlton (18 TOT, 2 sacks) transferred

in from UCF.

LB: Lost leading tackler ILB Erroll Thompson (96 TOT, 3 sacks, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Aaron Brule (76 TOT, 4 sacks), Nathaniel

Watson (39 TOT), Tyrus Wheat (30 TOT, 5 sacks, 1 INT) and Jett Johnson (3 TOT).

SF: Lost Marcus Murphy (34 TOT) to the NFL. Returns Shawn Preston (65 TOT), Londyn Craft (57 TOT), Collin Duncan (46 TOT, 2

INT), Fred Peters (20 TOT) and Landon Guidry (12 TOT). Jalen Green (14 TOT, 1 INT) transferred in from Texas.

CB: Returns 6’2 Martin Emerson (72 TOT), Emmanuel Forbes (44 TOT, 5 INT), Esaias Furdge (14 TOT, 1 INT) and Jay Jimison (5

TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Brandon Ruiz (10/12 FG) who also kicked off. Backup kicker Jace Christmann (5/5 PAT) transferred to Florida.

PR: Returns punter Tucker Day (42.9 YD AVG).

SPIN

Starkville, MS - One of four SEC teams that return their starting QB and offensive

coordinator. The Bulldogs had the second most outgoing transfers (15) in the SEC.

Returning production is good, with 8 starters back on offense and defense.

Quarterback play needs to be top notch since most teams will once again rush three

and drop eight into coverage against the air raid offense. The air raid only averaged

21.4 PPG (19 th lowest in FBS), only 19.1 not including LSU week 1, and the ground

game was the worst in the FBS with (43.9 YDS/G). The first 3 non-conference games

will be a challenge- LA Tech, NC State, at Memphis. Follow those games up with

consecutive games vs LSU, at Texas A&M, Alabama and the schedule is not

favorable. However, drawing Vanderbilt and Kentucky from the East is about as

generous as it gets. This year might be a last place finish in the West Division for the

MSU Bulldogs.

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TEXAS A&M

#2 SEC WEST: CONF 8-1, HOME 4-0, AWAY 4-1, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher (4) OC: Darrell Dickey (4) DC: Mike Elko (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost Kellen Mond (2282 YDS, 19 TD, 3 INT passing, 294 YDS, 4 TD rushing) to the NFL. 6’3 2020 4-star Haynes King (59 YDS, 1

TD, 1 INT passing, 43 YDS rushing) is the replacement to start for Mond and is just as talented of a passer. Zach Calzada and

freshman Eli Stowers will compete for the two spot.

RB: 225lb Isaiah Spiller (1036 YDS, 9 TD rushing, 193 YDS receiving) is back and will be one of the best in CFB. Also returns

Orange Bowl MVP Devon Achane (364 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 97 YDS, 1 TD receiving), Earnest Crownover (16 YDS), 225lb Deondre

Jackson (15 YDS as true freshman) and Ainias Smith (364 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 564 YDS, 6 TD receiving) is listed as a RB but

primarily played receiver last season and led the team in receiving yards.

WR: Lost Jhamon Ausbon (2020 opt out) to the NFL. 6’2 Camron Buckley (877 YDS, 4 TD in career) grad transferred to Indiana

after missing 2020 with an injury. Returns Chase Lane (409 YDS, 2 TD), Hezekiah Jones (178 YDS), 6’2 Jalen Preston (74 YDS) and

6’5 Caleb Chapman (151 YDS, 1 TD vs UF, 3 TD on season) who sat out the spring to finish rehabbing from a knee injury vs UF

that caused him to miss the rest of the season. Former 2020 5-star recruit 6’3 Demond Demas may be facing discipline. 4-Star

freshman Shadrach Banks transferred to TCU before playing a season for the Aggies.

TE: Returns Jalen Wydermyer (506 YDS, 6 TD) who has become one of the best tight ends in CFB but had to miss the spring for a

hand injury. Also returns Max Wright (42 YDS, 1 TD) and 6’7 Baylor Cupp (UA All-American in high school, missed 2020 with

injury).

OL: Four starters have moved on. Lost RT Carson Green, LT Dan Moore, RG Jared Hocker and center Ryan McCollum to the NFL.

Returning linemen combine for 40 career starts. All-American 325lb Kenyon Green is the only returning starter and did not

allow a sack last season. Green moved from LG to LT. 305lb Aki Ogunbiyi (2020 4-star) should start at LG, 320lb Luke Matthews

at center (2018 4-star), 330lb Layden Robinson at RG and 300lb Jahmir Johnson at RT who transferred in from Tennessee where

he started 17 games.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Bobby Brown III (22 TOT, 5.5 sacks) to the NFL. Returns former 5-star and starter 290lb DeMarvin Leal (37 TOT, 2.5

sacks, 1 INT) who is one of the best in the country. Also returns 310lb Jayden Peevy (34 TOT, 1 sack), DE Tyree Johnson (23 TOT,

4 sacks), Michael Clemons (14 TOT, 4 sacks) and 335lb McKinnley Jackson (13 TOT, 1.5 sacks).

LB: Lost ILBs Anthony Hines III (2020 opt out) and Buddy Johnson (86 TOT, 4 sacks, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Aaron Hansford

(49 TOT, 3 sacks), Andre White (32 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT), Chris Russell (4 TOT) and 2020 4-star Edgerrin Cooper (2 TOT).

SF: Returns Leon O’Neal (48 TOT, 2 INT), Demani Richardson (36 TOT, 1 INT), Keldrick Carper (27 TOT, 1 INT), Brian Williams (6

TOT, 1 sack).

CB: Returns 6’4 Myles Jones (39 TOT, 1 INT), former 5-star Jaylon Jones (30 TOT, 1 INT), Devin Morris (25 TOT), Antonio Johnson

(14 TOT), Erick Young (11 TOT), Brian George (6 TOT, 1 INT) and Elijah Blades (2020 opt out, 19 TOT, 1.5 sacks in 2019).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns kick off specialist Caden Davis (53/61 touchbacks) and Seth Small (41/42 PAT, 11/13 FG). WR Chase Lane (3

attempts) and WR Jalen Preston (4 attempts in 2019) will return kicks.

PR: Returns primary punter Nik Constantinou (40.5 YD AVG). Ainias Smith will return punts.

SPIN

College Station, TX – The 2020 season ended with an Orange Bowl victory and an 8 game win streak.

The only loss of the year was to the eventual national champions Alabama. Because the loss was by 28

points, Texas A&M was kept out of the playoff. Last year, I predicted Texas A&M would make the

playoff and they came up just short in favor of Notre Dame. The defense boasted the second best run

defense in the FBS, allowing only 92 YDS/G rushing. The defense should be a top unit in the country

with 8 starters returning. 6 starters return on offense. Losing four starters up front usually means the

offense will drop off but there is confidence in this unit to perform at a level close to last years’ starters.

Will Spiller be as productive behind an almost entirely new blocking unit? Can Haynes King match Kellen

Mond’s level of play? We will find out when the Aggies face an old Big 12 opponent from Boulder,

Colorado. Texas A&M should give Alabama a better effort than last year. Looking at the schedule, A&M

does not play at another teams’ home field until October 16 th . I think they will reach 10 wins but fail to

win the West Division over Alabama. Jimbo has this program set up nice for the future.

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FLORIDA

#1 SEC EAST: CONF 8-3, HOME 4-1, AWAY 4-2, BOWL: L

HC: Dan Mullen(4) OC: Billy Gonzales(4)/John Hevesy(4) DC: Todd Grantham(4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost Kyle Trask (4283 YDS, SEC lead 43 TD, 8 INT passing, 3 TD rushing) who threw the most touchdown passes and second

most yards of any QB in 2020 to the NFL. 2018 6’2 4-star Emory Jones (221 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT passing, 217 YDS, 2 TD rushing) will

be the starter and should have a major breakout season, especially as a runner. Also returns 6’4 Anthony Richardson (27 YDS, 1

TD, 1 INT).

RB: Class of 2020 5-star Demarkcus Bowman (32 YDS) transferred in from Clemson. 215lb Dameon Pierce (503 YDS, 4 TD,

rushing, 156 YDS, 1 TD receiving), Malik Davis (310 YDS rushing, 377 YDS receiving), Nay’Quan Wright (213 YDS, 2 TD rushing,

219 YDS receiving) are all back. Also returns Lorenzo Lingard (32 YDS) who was a 5-star recruit in the class of 2018.

WR: Lost Kadarius Toney (984 YDS, 10 TD) and Trevon Grimes (589 YDS, 9 TD) to the NFL. Returns Jacob Copeland (435 YDS, 3

TD), 6’5 Justin Shorter (268 YDS, 3 TD), 6’3 Xzavier Henderson (148 YDS, 1 TD), Trent Whittemore (128 YDS, 1 TD), Rick Wells

(120 YDS) and Jordan Pouncey (27 YDS, 1 TD). This could be a breakout season for Justin Shorter who was the top WR recruit

out of high school in 2018. Ja’Markis Weston (13 YDS) and Ja’Quavion Fraziars (4 YDS) are both 6’3.

TE: Lost Kyle Pitts (770 YDS, 12 TD) to the NFL. Returns Kemore Gamble (160 YDS, 3 TD) and Keon Zipperer (145 YDS, 2 TD).

OL: Lost RT Stone Forsythe to the NFL. The other four starters are back and combine for 89 career starts. Starters are LT 310lb

Richard Gouraige, LG 315lb Ethan White, C 340lb Stewart Reese, RG sophomore 340lb Josh Braun and RT 300lb Jean Delance.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT T.J. Slaton (38 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Kyree Campbell (24 TOT, 1.5 sacks) and Marlon Dunlap (11 TOT, 1 sack) to the NFL.

DT Anthony Shelton (14 TOT, 6 sacks) transferred in from Penn State. DT Daqun Newkirk (28 TOT, 1.5 sacks) transferred in from

Auburn. Returns DE/LB Brenton Cox (41 TOT, 4 sacks) who was the No.2 ranked DE in the 2018 class. Also returns Zachary

Carter (36 TOT, 5 sacks), 300lb Gervon Dexter (19 TOT, 1 INT), Dante Lang (5 TOT) and Princely Umanmielen (3 TOT, 2 sacks).

LB: James Houston IV (37 TOT, 1 sack) transferred to Jackson State. Leading tackler Ventrell Miller (86 TOT, 3.5 sacks) returns

and should be among the top linebackers in the country. Also returns Mohamoud Diabate (67 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT), Amari

Burney (52 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT), Khris Bogle (27 TOT, 4 sacks), Jeremiah Moon (14 TOT, 1 sack), Ty’Ron Hopper (13 TOT) and

Andrew Chatfield (13 TOT, 2.5 sacks).

SF: Lost Donovan Stiner (58 TOT) and Shawn Davis (42 TOT, 2 INT) to the NFL. SF/LB Brad Stewart (42 TOT, 1 sack) graduated.

Returns 6’3 Trey Dean (34 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Rashad Torrence (25 TOT), Tre’Vez Johnson (15 TOT), redshirt freshman Kamar

Wilcoxson (3 TOT) and Mordecai McDaniel (3 TOT).

CB: Lost Marco Wilson (33 TOT) to the NFL. Projected starter Jaydon Hill (14 TOT) tore his ACL and will miss the season. Returns

Kaiir Elam (39 TOT, 2 INT) who is one of the best DBs in the country. The No.5 JUCO prospect of 2021 Jadarrius Perkins

transferred in from Missouri before playing a game with the Tigers. 5-star recruit Jason Marshall Jr will begin his first year with

the team. 2020 4-star Jahari Rogers (2 TOT in 4 games as a redshirt) transferred out.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost Kicker Evan McPherson (52/52 PAT, 17/22 FG) to the NFL. Returns Chris Howard (7/7 PAT, 2/2 FG) who also kicked off

10 times. Jace Christmann (5/5 PAT) transferred in from Mississippi State.

PR: Returns Jeremy Crawshaw (49 YD AVG on 2 punts).

SPIN

Gainesville, FL – The offense averaged 39.8 PPG which ranked 13 th nationally. Only 9 starters

return from last season, the third fewest among power five teams, 5 on offense and 4 on

defense. Even with these NFL losses, I don’t think they will take as big of a step back as others

expect. The backups have experience and there were transfer additions at all positions that

needed them. Besides the rebuild on offense, the question is if Grantham’s defense will improve

after allowing 30.8 PPG and an SEC worst 28 TD passes. Mullen hired new coaches for the

safeties and corners. It was the total opposite of 2019 when UF allowed the 3 rd fewest passing

TDs in the FBS and intercepted the 5 th most passes. A crossover game against West division

opponent LSU is standard but Alabama is not. Only three SEC games will be played in Ben Hill

Griffin Stadium this season. Fans will be happy to have Alabama, Tennessee and Florida State at

home this year. I would set the minimum regular season win total at 8 with a max of 10. Do not

make the mistake of thinking Georgia will stroll past Florida with a win on their way to the East

Division crown.

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GEORGIA

#2 SEC EAST: CONF 7-2, HOME 3-0, AWAY 4-2, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Kirby Smart (6) OC: Todd Monken (2) DC: Dan Lanning (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns former 5-star 6’3 JT Daniels (1231 YDS, 10 TD, 2 INT) who looked great after overcoming an injury that prevented him from starting

until the last 4 games. 2020 4-star 6’4 Carson Beck looked like the backup in the spring. Bringing in 5-star Brock Vandagriff who is the No.3

ranked QB of the 2021 class. Also returns senior Stetson Bennett (1179 YDS, 8 TD, 6 INT passing, 2 TD rushing).

RB: This is always a loaded position room. Returns 215lb Zamir White (779 YDS, 11 TD) who was the nation’s top RB recruit of the 2018 class.

Also returns 2018 4-star James Cook (303 YDS, 3 TD rushing, 225 YDS, 2 TD receiving), 2019 4-star Kenny McIntosh (251 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 111

YDS receiving), 2020 4-star Daijun Edwards (218 YDS, 1 TD) and 2020 4-star 220lb Kendall Milton (193 YDS).

WR: Returns 6’3 George Pickens (513 YDS, team high 6 TD) who was slowed down by nagging injuries in 2020 and tore his ACL in March, out

indefinitely. It looks like he will return mid to late season. One week later, Jermaine Burton (404 YDS, 3 TD), who finished 3 rd on the team in

receiving yards last season, hyperextended a knee in practice that required him to be carted off the field but did not require surgery. Also

returns Kearis Jackson (514 YDS, 3 TD), Arian Smith (86 YDS, 1 TD), 6’2 Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint (62 YDS, 1 TD) and Dominick Blaylock (missed

2020 for ACL injury and still recovering, 310 YDS, 5 TD in 2019). 6’4 freshman Adonai Mitchell could see playing time. Demetris Robertson (110

YDS) transferred to Auburn. The No.1 TE out of high school, Arik Gilbert (368 YDS, 2 TD) transferred in from LSU with plans to play WR for

Georgia until mid-August when he left the team to deal with “personal issues” according to Kirby Smart. It is unknown when he will rejoin the

team.

TE: Lost Tre McKitty (108 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Returns 2020 5-star 6’7 Darnell Washington (166 YDS) and 6’7 John Fitzpatrick (95 YDS, 1 TD)

and who will both have a productive season again. Also returns 6’5 Brett Seither (12 YDS) and 2019 4-star 6’6 Ryland Goede could also see

playing time. Added 4-star Brock Bowers who was the No.3 ranked TE of the 2021 class.

OL: Lost C Trey Hill and OG Ben Cleveland to the NFL. Returns two of the best OTs in the country with 325lb Jamaree Salyer (rehabbing from

injury in spring) and 330lb Justin Shaffer. The third returning starter is 300lb Warren McClendon at RG, leaving center and LG open. 330lb Xavier

Truss and 305lb Warren Ericson are the favorites to fill in. If Truss plays LT, Salyer would play LG. In total, the unit returns a combined 38 career

starts.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Malik Herring (20 TOT, 2 sacks) to the NFL. DE Jermaine Johnson (14 TOT, 4 sacks) transferred to Florida State. Returns 315lb

Devonte Wyatt (25 TOT), 340lb Jordan Davis (16 TOT, 1 sack), 310lb Jalen Carter (14 TOT), 2019 5-star Travon Walker (13 TOT, 1 sack), 295lb

Zion Logue (8 TOT) and 300lb Julian Rochester (6 TOT). Teams will have a tough time getting anything going against this unit.

LB: Lost OLB Azeez Ojulari (31 TOT, led SEC with 9 sacks) and ILB Monty Rice (49 TOT, 1 sack) to the NFL. Starting ILB Nakobe Dean (team high

71 TOT, 1.5 sacks), who handled calls for the defense, missed spring practice while rehabbing from an offseason labrum surgery. Also returns

Quay Walker (43 TOT, 1 sack), Nolan Smith (22 TOT, 2.5 sacks), 2018 5-star Adam Anderson (14 TOT, 6.5 sacks) and Channing Tindall (13 TOT, 3

sacks).

SF: Lost Richard LeCounte III (26 TOT, 3 INT) to the NFL. Added Tykee Smith (career 111 tackles, 4 INT) who transferred in from West Virginia

where he was a two-year starter and could be the best safety in the country. Returns Lewis Cine (52 TOT) who is the only full time returning

starter in the secondary from last season. LeCounte’s backup last season, Christopher Smith (26 TOT) is back and has put on 10lbs of muscle

since the end of last season. Also returns Latavious Brini (11 TOT).

CB: Lost Mark Webb (21 TOT, 1 INT), Eric Stokes (20 TOT, 3 rd in SEC with 4 INT), Tyson Campbell (29 TOT, 1 INT) and DJ Daniel (9 TOT) to the

NFL. The third ranked CB of the 2019 class Tyrique Stevenson (34 TOT) transferred to Miami. The group got a needed boost when Derion

Kendrick (20 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) transferred in from Clemson where he was a starter last season. Although experience is not there, the position

is still talent rich with 6’3 Ameer Speed (3-star), Jalen Kimber (2 TOT, 4-star), Christopher Smith (2018 4-star), Kelee Ringo (true freshman 5-

star), Nyland Green (true freshman 4-star), and Lovasea Carroll (freshman 4-star RB). Former 4-star Brandon Turnage (No.16 CB of 2019)

transferred in from Alabama where he appeared in four games. 2020 4-star Major Burns (5 TOT in 6 games) transferred to LSU.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Jack Podlesny (38/38 PAT, 13/16 FG) who also kicked off 21 times.

PR: Returns punter Jake Camarda (46.6 YD AVG) who also kicked off 41 times.

SPIN

Athens, GA - One of four SEC teams that return their starting QB and offensive coordinator. 8

starters are back on offense. JT Daniels will put up big numbers as long as his receivers can stay

healthy. Even with two starters gone on the offensive line, the rushing attack should shred

through defenses with the talent in this backfield. The title of best run defense of 2020 belonged

to Georgia, only surrendering 72.3 YDS/G. Eight players in the secondary have either transferred

out or gone to the NFL since the end of the 2020 season. Only 4 starters return on defense.

Georgia has the seventh best home win percentage (86.8%) since 2010. A win over Clemson in

week 1 would move the Dogs to No. 1 in the polls. A loss would mean UGA would have to win out

the rest of the way to make the CFP. 12-0 is reasonable. 11 wins with this schedule is the standard.

Georgia vs Alabama in the SEC Championship Game is the most likely scenario.

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KENTUCKY

#4 SEC EAST: CONF 4-6, HOME 3-2, AWAY 1-4, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Mark Stoops (9) OC: Liam Coen (1) DC: Brad White (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Terry Wilson (1187 YDS, 7 TD, 4 INT pass, 424 YDS, 5 TD rushing) transferred to New Mexico. Will Levis (421 YDS, 1 TD

passing, 260 YDS, 3 TD rushing) transferred in from Penn State. The competition was between Joey Gatewood (109 YDS, 1 INT

passing, 62 YDS rushing) and Will Levis. In mid-August, Levis was named the starter and Gatewood entered the transfer portal

but will not be eligible to play anywhere else this season. Beau Allen (40 YDS) will be the backup.

RB: AJ Rose Jr (666 YDS, 2 TD) left for the NFL. Returns 224lb Chris Rodriguez Jr. (785 YDS, 11 TD) who is arguably be the best

proven returning running back in the SEC. Also returns Kavosiey Smoke (229 YDS, 1 TD) and Jutahn McClain (62 YDS) who

should both get more carries with Rose gone. Travis Tisdale (21 YDS) also returns.

WR: Allen Dailey (139 YDS, 1 TD) transferred to South Alabama. Akeem Hayes (54 YDS, 1 TD) transferred to Arkansas State.

Returns Josh Ali (473 YDS, 1 TD), 6’1 Demarcus Harris (87 YDS), 6’2 Isaiah Epps (63 YDS) and Michael Drennen (26 YDS).

Wan’Dale Robinson (461 YDS, 1 TD receiving, 240 YDS, 1 TD rushing), originally committed to Kentucky out of high school

before flipping, transferred in from Nebraska. 6’6 Tre’Von Morgan (46 YDS, 1 TD in 1 game) transferred in from Michigan State.

TE: Returns Keaton Upshaw (198 YDS, 3 TD), Justin Rigg (145 YDS, 1 TD) and Brenden Bates (14 YDS).

OL: Lost Center Drake Jackson and OT Landon Young to the NFL. The starting LT for LSU, 325lb Dare Rosenthal, transferred in.

Returns one of the best tackles in the country with 6’5 345lb OT Darrian Kinnard. 350lb Jeremy Flax and Luke Fortner are

expected to start at OG. Quintin Wilson or Kenneth Horsey will start at Center.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Quinton Bohanna (10 TOT) and Phil Hoskins (30 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns DE Josh Paschal (32 TOT, 1

sack, 1 INT), 375lb NT Marquan McCall (22 TOT), 335lb Justin Rogers (9 TOT, 1 sack) and 300lb DE Isaiah Gibson (5 TOT).

LB: Lost leading tackler ILB Jamin Davis (102 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 3 INT) and Jamar Watson (40 TOT, 5 sacks, 1 INT) to the NFL.

Jacquez Jones (75 TOT) transferred in from Ole Miss where he led the team in tackles last season. Returns Deandre Square (60

TOT), Jordan Wright (45 TOT, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT), JJ Weaver (33 TOT), Marquez Bembry (27 TOT), Jared Casey (20 TOT) and D’Eryk

Jackson (4 TOT, 1 INT).

SF: Returns Yusuf Corker (77 TOT, 1 sack, 2 INT), Tyrell Ajian (48 TOT, 1 INT), Vito Tisdale (10 TOT) and Jalen Greiger (3 TOT).

CB: Lost Kelvin Joseph (25 TOT, 3 rd in SEC with 4 INT, opted out after 9 games) and Brandin Echols (54 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL.

Jamari Brown (injured in 2020, started 3 games in 2019, 25 TOT) transferred to Purdue. Returns Davonte Robinson (27 TOT),

Quandre Mosley (19 TOT), Cedrick Dort (10 TOT), Carrington Valentine (9 TOT) and Joel Williams (3 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Matt Ruffolo (22/23 PAT, 12/14 FG) and Chance Poore (5/5 PAT, 1/1 FG) who handled kickoffs.

PR: Lost Punter Max Duffy (2019 Ray Guy Award Winner for nation’s top punter) to the NFL. Returns Colin Goodfellow (47.7 YD

AVG on 10 attempts).

SPIN

Lexington, KY – Mark Stoops has built the Kentucky program into something respectable,

producing two 1 st round NFL Draft picks in the last three years and six total draft picks in 2021. The

talent is staying too, the Wildcats only had five players transfer out which was the fewest of any

SEC team. The defense forced the most interceptions (16) of any SEC team last season. Only four

starters return on defense. The cupboard is not bare, nine of eleven projected starters on defense

will be seniors. In 2020, the Wildcats’ problems fell on the other side of the ball. The offense only

averaged 21.8 PPG (21 st lowest in FBS) and 121.5 passing YDS/G (6 th worst in FBS). Seven starters

are back on offense. Stoops brought in a new OC. UK needed another threat which they got in

Wan’Dale Robinson, and a big target which they got with 6’6 Morgan. For this team to turn the

corner and compete with the best in the SEC, the offense needs tremendous improvement in the

pass game. With a good defense and an offensive line getting a lot of hype, the success of the

team will come down to QB and WR play which was inconsistent last year. Will Levis was expected

to win the starting QB job and he did. The schedule has a tough stretch- Florida, LSU, at Georgia

consecutively without a bye week between any. After that, the ‘Cats could win out. Kentucky will

get to play four teams with a first-year head coach. Louisville could be tough, but UK should sweep

the non-conference lineup. The regular season win total could range anywhere from seven to ten.

Kentucky could pull of an upset somewhere in that schedule.

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MISSOURI

#3 SEC EAST: CONF 5-5, HOME 4-2, AWAY 1-3

HC: Eliah Drinkwitz (2) OC: Drinkwitz / Marcus Johnson (1) DC: Steve Wilks (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns Connor Bazelak (2366 YDS, 7 TD, 6 INT passing, 2 TD rushing) who finished No.5 in the SEC in passing yards on a

67% completion percentage as a freshman. Four of Bazelak’s seven touchdown passes came in the first game of the season vs

LSU. Also returns redshirt freshman Brady Cook (72 YDS, 1 TD). Shawn Robinson (185 YDS, 1 TD) moved to DB.

RB: Lost Larry Rountree III (972 YDS, 14 TD rushing, 100 YDS receiving) to the NFL. Filling in is 5’8 194lb Tyler Badie (242 YDS, 4

TD rushing, 333 YDS, 2 TD receiving), Elijah Young (78 YDS) and redshirt freshman 227lb Michael Cox.

WR: Lost 6’3 Damon Hazelton (397 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Senior Jalen Knox (305 YDS in 2020, 1031 YDS, 4 TD in career)

transferred to Ole Miss. Returns 6’5 Keke Chism (458 YDS, 1 TD), 6’2 Tauskie Dove (300 YDS, 2 TD), senior Barrett Banister (252

YDS), 6’3 Micah Wilson (81 YDS, 1 TD), 6’2 Chance Luper (69 YDS), Boo Smith (65 YDS) and 2020 3-star Jay Maclin. 4-star Mookie

Cooper transferred in from Ohio State. Brought in freshman 4-star Dominic Lovett.

TE: Returns Niko Hea (130 YDS, 2 TD), 6’8 Messiah Swinson (38 YDS) and Daniel Parker (37 YDS). Logan Christopherson (47 YDS)

decided to medically retire. 3-star freshman Ryan Hoerstkamp chose Mizzou over Alabama.

OL: Lost RT Larry Borom to the NFL. The other four starters are back combining for 88 career starts. Returns Michael Maietti

who is one of the best centers in CFB. 320lb OT Connor Wood transferred in from FCS Montana State.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns nose tackle pass rusher 295lb Kobie Whiteside (12 TOT) who missed most of 2020 for an injury. Also returns DE

Trajan Jeffcoat (23 TOT, 6 sacks), DE Isaiah McGuire (18 TOT, 3 sacks as true freshman), Akial Byers (15 TOT), Darius Robinson

(12 TOT, 1 sack), Chris Turner (7 TOT) and Cannon York (5 TOT). DT Realus George transferred in from JUCO via Miami where he

was a 3-star recruit. Tre Williams (21 TOT, 2 sacks) and Markell Utsey (19 TOT) transferred to Arkansas.

LB: Lost ILB Nick Bolton (95 TOT, 2 sacks) to the NFL. Senior Jamal Brooks entered the transfer portal after playing a backup role

throughout his career outside of two starts in 2019. Returns Devin Nicholson (82 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT), Chad Bailey (11 TOT),

Cameron Wilkins (7 TOT) and Jamie Pettway (2 TOT).

SF: Lost Joshuah Bledsoe (41 TOT, 1 INT) and Tyree Gillespie (46 TOT) to the NFL. Returns former 4-star Jalani Williams (14 TOT),

Ishmael Burdine (9 TOT), Jaylon Carlies (8 TOT), Mason Pack (6 TOT) and former starting QB Shawn Robinson (5 TOT, 1 INT) who

officially moved to safety.

CB: The No.5 JUCO prospect of 2021 and projected starter, Jadarrius Perkins, transferred to Florida before playing in a game

with the Tigers. Jarvis Ware (11 TOT, 1 INT) was competing for the start before transferring to UCF. Adam Sparks (72 TOT, 3 INT

in career) transferred to ULM. 6’2 Akayleb Evans (29 TOT, 1 sack) transferred in from Tulsa, choosing the Tigers over Notre

Dame, Texas and Georgia. 6’2 Allie Green IV (28 TOT, 1 INT) also transferred in from Tulsa, choosing the Tigers over Arkansas

and Texas Tech. Evans and Green reunite with their DBs coach from Tulsa. Returns Ennis Rakestraw (24 TOT, 1 sack as true

freshman).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Harrison Mevis (28/28 PAT, 17/20 FG) and Sean Koetting who handles kickoffs

(46/52 touchbacks).

PR: Starting punter Grant McKinniss (42.8 YD AVG) is back.

SPIN

Columbia, MO – One of four SEC teams that return their starting QB and offensive coordinator.

Seven starters return on offense which should improve in the pass game and come close to

matching its ability to run the ball. Four starters returning on the line helps but losing Rountree

(14 TD) is a setback. Drinkwitz promoting OL coach Marcus Johnson to Run Game Coordinator

is a sign of confidence. Losing leading tackler LB Nick Bolton and both starting safeties to the

NFL would usually mean the defense is going to take a step back. However, the defense

surrendered 32.3 PPG last year which resulted in the hiring of a new defensive coordinator,

Steve Wilks who was head coach of the NFL Arizona Cardinals in 2018 (4 th best in pass YDS

allowed) and the DC of the Cleveland Browns in 2019. There was some major shuffling at

corner in the offseason but when it was all said and done, the Tigers ended up fine with the

additions of Tulsa’s starting corners and an exciting player returning of their own in Ennis

Rakestraw Jr. I would put their regular season win total right at 6 or 7 games.

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SOUTH CAROLINA

#6 SEC EAST: CONF 2-8, HOME 1-4, AWAY 1-4

Head Coach: Shane Beamer (1) OC: Marcus Satterfield (1) DC: Clayton White (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Collin Hill (1411 YDS, 6 TD, 6 INT) moved on to the pros. Ryan Hilinski transferred to Northwestern after playing just 2

games in 2020 and starting 11 games in 2019 throwing for 2357 YDS and 11 TD to 5 INT. Luke Doty (405 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

passing, 91 YDS rushing) will start unless FCS St Francis transfer 6’3 Jason Brown (3084 YDS, 28 TD in 2019) wins the job.

RB: Deshaun Fenwick (297 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 108 YDS receiving) transferred to Oregon State. 220lb Kevin Harris (1138 YDS, 15

TD rushing, 159 YDS, 1 TD receiving) is back and is the leading returning rusher in the SEC. Also returns 224lb Rashad Amos (99

YDS) and 210lb Zaquandre White (59 YDS). 2020 4-star Marshawn Lloyd, who was expected to be the featured back last season,

will be in the rotation after missing last year with an ACL injury. These four will combine for one of the most talented backfields

in CFB.

WR: Lost Shi Smith (633 YDS, 4 TD) to the NFL. Returns Dakereon Joyner (55 YDS, 1 TD receiving, 61 YDS, 1 TD rushing) who

should be the leading target. Also returns Xavier Legette (113 YDS), 6’2 Jalen Brooks (100 YDS), Josh Vann (88 YDS, 1 TD), Trey

Adkins (20 YDS) and 6’2 Rico Powers (19 YDS). WR/TE 6’7 240lb EJ Jenkins transferred in from FCS St Francis (779 YDS, 13 TD).

Ahmarean Brown (579 YDS, 8 TD in 2 years) transferred in from Georgia Tech. 2020 4-star Mike Wyman entered the transfer

portal. Someone will have to emerge in this unit to get the offense going.

TE: Nick Muse (425 YDS, 1 TD) should have a significant role in the pass game again. Also brings back Keveon Mullins (110 YDS)

and Jaheim Bell (29 YDS).

OL: Lost OG Sadarius Hutcherson to the NFL. Returns four starters, three of which started all 10 games last year.

DEFENSE:

DL: DE Keir Thomas (32 TOT, 3 sacks) transferred to Florida State. The best player on the defense will be DE/LB Kingsley

Enagbare (30 TOT, 6 sacks). Also returns 305lb Zacch Pickens (35 TOT, 1 sack), 310lb Rick Sandidge (5 TOT, 1 sack), DT Jabari Ellis

(27 TOT), 305lb MJ Webb (26 TOT), 300lb Tonka Hemingway (16 TOT) and Rick Sandidge (5 TOT, 1 sack). 310lb Keem Green (3

TOT) transferred in from Nebraska. DE/LB Jordan Strachan (FBS leader with 10.5 sacks) transferred in from Georgia State.

LB: Lost Ernest Jones (86 TOT, 1 sack) who had the 23 rd most tackles in the FBS to the NFL. Returns Damani Staley (51 TOT),

Jordan Burch (19 TOT), Mohamed Kaba (13 TOT), Aaron Sterling (9 TOT), Hot Rod Fitten (8 TOT), Brad Johnson (8 TOT) and

Darryle Ware (6 TOT).

SF: Jammie Robinson transferred to Florida State (74 TOT, 1 INT). Shilo Sanders (32 TOT) transferred to Jackson State. Tyrese

Ross (33 TOT in 2019) transferred in from Washington State where he only played one game in a four game 2020 season.

Returns 6 th year senior Jaylan Foster (43 TOT), RJ Roderick (23 TOT) and Jaylin Dickerson (20 TOT, 1 INT).

CB: Lost Jaycee Horn (16 TOT, 2 INT) and Israel Mukuamu (10 TOT, 2 INT) to the NFL. 2018 3-star John Dixon (37 TOT, 1 INT in 8

starts) transferred to Penn State. Freshman All-American Karon Prunty (26 TOT, 1 INT) transferred in from Kansas. Returns Cam

Smith (16 TOT, 2 INT) and Darius Rush (8 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Parker White (26/27 PAT, 11/19 FG) who did not attempt a field goal inside 30

yards last season but did attempt 4 from over 50 (0/4).

PR: Returns starting punter Kai Kroeger (43.3 YD AVG).

SPIN

Columbia, SC – It is a rebuilding year for first year head coach Beamer. Probably havn’t heard

that since 1987 when his father Frank Beamer was hired as coach of Virginia Tech. Beamer was

most recently the assistant head coach and TEs coach at Oklahoma for three seasons. This is

his first time as a head coach. During his career he has coached positions on both sides of the

ball, been special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. He will get to work with 7

returning starters on both offense and defense. The 2020 season featured an upset win over

Auburn before the Gamecocks were blown away in 5/6 games after that. Both of their wins

were against teams that fired their head coaches. It’s not tough to see why- the defense gave

up an average of 36 PPG and the offense scored an average 23.5 PPG. They pulled Texas A&M

and Auburn in cross-divisional games which is not easy but its better than Alabama and LSU.

With a strong ground game, big additions at receiver and experience on defense, SC should be

more competitive under Beamer. Regular season win total at 5 or 6.

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TENNESSEE

#5 SEC EAST: CONF 3-7, HOME 1-4, AWAY 2-3

Head Coach: Josh Heupel (1) OC: Alex Golesh (1) DC: Tim Banks (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Jarrett Guarantano (1112 YDS, 6 TD, 4 INT passing, 4 TD rushing) transferred to Washington State. JT Shrout (315 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT)

transferred to Colorado. Hendon Hooker (1339 YDS, 9 TD, 5 INT passing, 620 YDS, 9 TD rushing), a talented runner at 6’4 218 lbs, transferred in

from Virginia Tech. 6’5 Joe Milton (1077 YDS, 4 TD, 4 INT passing, 109 YDS, 1 TD rushing) transferred in from Michigan where he was the starter

at the beginning of the 2020 season. 6’5 Harrison Bailey (578 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT) and 6’3 Brian Mauer (2/6 for 9 YDS passing, 41 YDS rushing) are

back and will compete for the starting job with Hooker and Milton. True freshman 4-star Kaidon Salter was suspended from the team in the

spring then dismissed from the program in June before transferring to Liberty.

RB: Eric Gray (772 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 254 YDS, 2 TD receiving) transferred to Oklahoma. Ty Chandler (456 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 111 YDS receiving)

transferred to North Carolina. Added 220lb Tiyon Evans who was the No.1 JUCO running back. Returns Jabari Small (117 YDS), 225lb Dee

Beckwith (25 YDS as freshman) and 220lb Len’Neth Whitehead (missed 2020 freshman year with injury).

WR: Lost Josh Palmer (475 YDS, 4 TD) to the NFL. Brandon Johnson (231 YDS) transferred to UCF. Heupel said 6’3 Cedric Tillman (67 YDS, 1 TD),

Velus Jones Jr. (280 YDS, 3 TD) and Jimmy Calloway (20 YDS) were the most impressive wideouts in spring practices. Also returns Jalin Hyatt

(276 YDS, 2 TD) and 6’3 Ramel Keyton (76 YDS). JaVonta Payton (225 YDS, 1 TD) transferred in from Mississippi State. 2020 4-star Malachi

Wideman (24 YDS) is no longer on the team.

TE: Returns Princeton Fant (103 YDS, 1 TD), Jacob Warren (73 YDS, 1 TD). Freshman Miles Campbell is a 4-star recruit.

OL: Lost OG Trey Smith to the NFL. OT Jahmir Johnson transferred to TAMU. Three starters return. OG/OT Cade Mays returns after starting 7

games last season and is a projected as a first-round NFL prospect. Added 315lb OT Jeremiah Crawford Butler CC.

DEFENSE:

DL: DE Deandre Johnson (28 TOT, 4.5 sacks) transferred to Miami. Darel Middleton (15 TOT, 1 sack) transferred to West Virginia. Returns

Matthew Butler (43 TOT, 2 sacks), Kurott Garland (22 TOT), Aubrey Solomon (17 TOT), LaTrell Bumphus (14 TOT, 1 sack), Omari Thomas (10

TOT) and 350lb Elijah Simmons (10 TOT). Added the No.2 JUCO DE Byron Young. Former four-star recruit and veteran senior backup Caleb

Tremblay transferred in from USC. 320lb DT Da’Jon Terry (14 TOT, 2 sacks) transferred in from Kansas where he played in 8 games and made 2

starts in 2020 as a redshirt freshman.

LB: Henry To’o To’o (team high 76 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) and Quavaris Crouch (57 TOT) transferred out. Kivon Bennett (22 TOT, 4.5 sacks) was

dismissed from the team. Juwan Mitchell (team high 62 TOT) transferred in from Texas. Returns Jeremy Banks (28 TOT), Tyler Baron (21 TOT, 1

sack), Aaron Beasley (7 TOT) and Roman Harrison (7 TOT, 2 sacks). Added 4-star recruit Aaron Willis.

SF: 4-star Key Lawrence (8 TOT) transferred to Oklahoma. Returns starters Trevon Flowers (63 TOT) and Jaylen McCollough (43 TOT). Also

returns Tamarion McDonald (11 TOT) and Doneiko Slaughter (8 TOT, 1 sack).

CB: Lost Bryce Thompson (36 TOT, 2 INT) to the NFL. Shawn Shamburger (47 TOT, 1 INT as starter in 2019) entered the transfer portal after

appearing in only three games last season. Kenny Solomon (1 INT in 2019) entered the transfer portal. Returns experienced options in seniors

Theo Jackson (31 TOT, 1 INT), Alontae Taylor (29 TOT, 1 INT) and Kenneth George Jr (25 TOT). Also returns junior Warren Burrell (17 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Brent Cimaglia (19/20 PAT, 5/9 FG) transferred to Georgia Tech. Returns Toby Wilson (7/8 PAT). Chase McGrath (118/119 XP, 32/42 FG in

career) transferred in from USC and is the only place kicker on the team on scholarship. WR Velus Jones Jr was the primary kick returner last

season averaging 22 yards. RB Tiyon Evans returned 2 kicks for touchdowns in JUCO last season.

PR: Returns Paxton Brooks who handled punts (43.6 YD AVG) and kickoffs for the last three seasons.

SPIN

Knoxville, TN – Two of the Vols 3 wins were over teams that fired their head coach. After the firing of Pruitt

there was an exodus of players entering the transfer portal (24) resulting in a shortage of star power and

depth on the roster. The top two pass rushers from last season are gone. In total, only 11 starters return

from last season which is the fourth fewest among power five teams. As a result of starters leaving,

Tennessee attracted some talent from the transfer portal. With so much roster turnover, it is tough to

predict how the 2021 season will play out. Even though Heupel arrived one week before National Signing

Day, the Vols still signed a top 25 recruiting class. The Tennessee offense only averaged 21.5 PPG (20 th

lowest in FBS) which is in stark contrast to Heupel’s UCF offense averaging 44.3 PPG (5 th best in FBS).

Splitting the difference would come out to 32.9 which would rank 5 th in the SEC. Heupel will try to mimic his

up-tempo quick strike offense he ran at UCF which scored on almost half of its drives. The UCF offense

under Heupel has leaned on exceptional QB play- Dillon Gabriel (8:1 TD:INT ratio) and McKenzie Milton (4:1

TD:INT). Right now, Tennessee does not have a QB that can pass at a level good enough to make the

offense really go. I think the best option is Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker who has shown the most

potential as a passer, finishing the 2020 season with 65.3% completion rate and going 10/10 passing vs

Louisville. Looking at the schedule, eight of their 12 games are in Neyland Stadium. I expect the Vols go 0-4

on the road. A win against Pittsburgh in week two could mean the difference for bowl eligibility. Heupel will

get a chance to beat Pitt who he lost to with UCF in 2019.

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VANDERBILT

#7 SEC EAST: CONF 0-9, HOME 0-5, AWAY 0-4

Head Coach: Clark Lea (1) OC: David Raih (1) DC: Jesse Minter (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: The starting job is between sophomores 6’3 Ken Seals (1928 YDS, 12 TD, 10 INT) and 6’3 Mike Wright (51 YDS,

1 TD, 1 INT) who were the only players to attempt a pass at QB last year for the Commodores. The only other

option is 6’3 Jeremy Mousa who is in his second year with the program after transferring in from JUCO where he

threw 353 passing yards/game and 37 touchdowns in nine starts.

RB: The top four rushers are gone. Keyon Henry-Brooks (494 YDS, 2 TD rushing, 258 YDS receiving) transferred to

Louisiana Tech. Ja’Veon Marlow (186 YDS) and Mitchell Pryor (117 YDS, 1 TD) are no longer on the team. Jamauri

Wakefield (123 YDS) entered the transfer portal. Re’Mahn Davis (1259 YDS, 9 TD rushing in two years) transferred

in from Temple and will probably be the starter. Returns Rocko Griffin (92 YDS). Freshmen 225lb Dylan Betts-

Pauley and Patrick Smith are 3-star recruits.

WR: Four of their top five receivers from last year are back. Returns Cam Johnson (545 YDS, 3 TD), 6’4 Amir Abdur-

Rahman (406 YDS, 1 TD), 6’4 Chris Pierce Jr (371 YDS, 5 TD) and 6’3 Will Sheppard (30 YDS) who was turning heads

in the spring. Jayden Harrison (20 YDS) transferred to Marshall. 6’2 Gamarion Carter and Quincy Skinner are 3-star

freshman.

TE: Returns Ben Bresnahan (300 YDS, 4 TD) and 6’6 Justin Ball.

OL: Three starters are back. Retuning linemen combine for 103 career starts. Grant Miller (16 starts) transferred to

Baylor. There are six offensive linemen who are seniors. Now 5 th year seniors 340lb Cole Clemens, 320lb Jonathan

Stewart and 305lb Bryce Bailey were all seniors who opted out of 2020.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Dayo Odeyingbo (32 TOT, 5.5 sacks) to the NFL. Returns Daevion Davis (19 TOT), Christian James (11

TOT), Raashaan Wilkins (8 TOT), Malik Langham (7 TOT) and Nate Clifton (6 TOT, 1 sack).

LB: Lost Andre Mintze (21 TOT, 4 sacks) to the NFL. Dimitri Moore (36 TOT in 2020, 99 TOT in 2019) entered the

transfer portal. Kenny Hebert (4 TOT) transferred to Arizona after playing a limited role in 2020 and starting 7

games in 2019. Returns leading tackler Anfernee Orji (65 TOT, 1 sack), Ethan Barr (37 TOT), Brayden DeVault-Smith

(16 TOT, 1 sack), Alston Orji (16 TOT) and Michael Owusu (7 TOT, 1 sack).

SF: Tae Daley (2020 opt out, 57 TOT, 3 INT in 2019) transferred to Virginia Tech. 2020 four-star Donovan Kaufman

(15 TOT, 1 kick return TD in 2 games) transferred to Auburn after missing most of 2020 for an injury. Returns

Dashaun Jerkins (44 TOT), Brendon Harris (42 TOT), Maxwell Worship (31 TOT), Justin Harris (9 TOT) and Chase

Lloyd (9 TOT).

CB: Returns Jaylen Mahoney (57 TOT), Allen George (45 TOT), Gabe Jeudy-Lally (13

TOT, 1 INT) and BJ Anderson (1 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Pierson Cooke (9/9 PAT, 4/9 FG). Joseph Bulovas (22/29 FG in career)

transferred in from Alabama and could kickoff.

PR: Returns punter Harrison Smith (41 YD AVG).

SPIN

Nashville, TN – Former Vanderbilt player Clark Lea was hired as head coach this

offseason. He was previously the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame from 2018-

2020 which featured some of the best defenses in the country. Vandy wore

numberless plain jerseys in the spring game which make it tough for opponents to

scout them and also tough for media members to follow. Lea took all numbers and

gave them out to players based on merit, with the hardest workers getting first pick.

After an 0-9 season, anything will be an improvement. The offense only averaged

14.8 PPG (3 rd worst in the FBS). Four wins would be considered a real success.

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Projected Final 2021 SEC Standings

West SEC OVR East SEC OVR

1 Alabama 8-0 12-0 1 Georgia 8-0 11-1

2 LSU 6-2 10-2 2 Kentucky 6-2 10-2

3 Texas A&M 6-2 10-2 3 Florida 5-3 9-3

4 Ole Miss 5-3 9-3 4 Missouri 3-5 6-6

5 Auburn 3-5 6-6 5 South Carolina 2-6 5-7

6 Arkansas 2-6 5-7 6 Tennessee 1-7 4-8

7 Mississippi State 1-7 4-8 7 Vanderbilt 0-8 3-9

SPIN

Birmingham, AL – Alabama and Georgia will not only have the best defenses in the SEC but the entire

country besides Clemson. Alabama and Georgia are just about even across the board on offense and

defense. Georgia has a better running back room but with all the injuries to the receivers, Alabama will

be in better shape for the regular season. Georgia will lose their opener to Clemson for that reason but if

George Pickens returns from injury in time for the SEC Championship, this will finally be the year that

Georgia beats Alabama to win the SEC and advance to the College Football Playoff. The Dawgs have

lost six in a row to Alabama dating back to 2008. Two of those losses were in the SEC Championship and

one was to determine the national champion. Georgia has made the SECCG three of the last four years

with their lone victory coming over Auburn in 2017, which is the year they lost to Alabama in the CFP.

Alabama has lost too much production on offense from last year to be come close to matching the 2020

offense. Nick Saban is used to members of his staff moving on for bigger coaching roles on an annual

basis. This offseason had more departures than normal: OC Steve Sarkisian, RB/assistant to HC Charles

Huff, OL Kyle Flood, special teams coord/TE Jeff Banks, assistant to HC Butch Jones, defensive analyst

Charlie Strong, and strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran left to coach special teams for

Georgia. Last year I had Alabama and Texas A&M in the CFP. Notre Dame kept A&M out. This year,

Texas A&M will have a top ten defense, but the Aggies lost four offensive linemen to the NFL which is

why I have them losing to Alabama and LSU. Ole Miss will have a great offense, maybe the best in the

SEC, but there is no sign that the defense is going to improve. Harsin is inheriting a good team that

should make a bowl game. Arkansas is a victim of their schedule which is why they will not make a bowl

unless they upset Texas or beat Auburn like they should have last season. Looking at the East, Florida

will not be the same on offense but the defense should be better. Emory Jones could enter the Heisman

discussion if things go Florida’s way. Unfortunately, I have them losing to Kentucky who will be the

surprise team in the SEC because of their QB, RB and OL. Kentucky’s two losses will be LSU and Georgia.

However, Florida will beat LSU. Missouri will make a bowl despite losing their best players, RB Larry

Rountree and LB Nick Bolton.

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ILLINOIS

#7 B1G WEST: CONF 2-6, HOME 0-3, AWAY 2-3

Head Coach: Bret Bielema (1) OC: Tony Petersen (1) DC: Ryan Walters (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns ex-Michigan quarterback 6’5 Brandon Peters (429 YDS, 3 TD, 0 INT passing, 136 YDS, 1 TD rushing in 5 games) for

his second year with the Illini. Artur Sitkowski transferred in from Rutgers. Isaiah Williams (393 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT passing, 389

YDS, 1 TD rushing) switched positions, from quarterback to receiver and split time with DB Coran Taylor (379 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

passing, 74 YDS rushing) when Peters was out. Sophomore Matt Robinson (22 YDS passing) is the only other player still listed as

a QB to get time last season.

RB: Returns Chase Brown (540 YDS, 3 TD) and Mike Epstein (367 YDS, 4 TD) who will be complemented nicely with redshirt

freshman Reggie Love (12 YDS) and ECU transfer Chase Hayden (62 YDS). Sophomore Jakari Norwood was a 3-star recruit. True

freshman 240lb Josh McCray is a 3-star recruit.

WR: Lost leading receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe (297 YDS, 3 TD) to the NFL. Casey Washington (106 YDS) transferred to Wake

Forest. Former 4-star 6’3 Brian Hightower (209 YDS, 3 TD) looks like the top target in the unit. Also returns Donny Navarro (88

YDS), 6’4 Dalevon Campbell (48 YDS) and Carlos Sandy (29 YDS, 1 TD in 5 games). Quarterback Isaiah Williams (389 YDS rushing)

switched positions and will use his athleticism as a receiver this year after setting the school’s single game record for rushing

yards by a quarterback (192 vs Rutgers). 2019 4-star Marquez Beason switched from CB to WR. Jafar Armstrong (9 career TD)

transferred in from Notre Dame where he played RB/WR. NM State transfer 6’3 Desmond Dan did not play in a game last year

but could see the field. Freshman 6’3 Pat Bryant is a 3-star recruit.

TE: Daniel Imatorbhebhe (54 YDS, 1 TD in 5 games) transferred to Kansas State. Returns their second leading receiver from last

season in Daniel Barker (268 YDS, 2 TD). Also returns former 4-star recruit and Georgia Bulldog 6’6 Luke Ford (15 YDS) who will

get his catches.

OL: Lost OG Kendrick Green to the NFL. Returns Center Doug Kramer who had a couple great seasons before last year was cut

short with COVID and an injury. The unit combines for 131 starts.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns Jer’Zhan Newton (23 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Roderick Perry (17 TOT, 2 sacks), 335lb Calvin Avery (14 TOT, 1 sack), 265lb

DE/LB Owen Carney (27 TOT, 5 sacks), Keith Randolph (8 TOT) and Jamal Woods (4 TOT).

LB: Leading tackler Jake Hansen (68 TOT, 10 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 INT in 8 games) decided to return after initially declaring for the

NFL. Also returns Khalan Tolson (39 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Tarique Barnes (25 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Isaiah Gay (19 TOT, 2.5 sacks), Seth

Coleman (13 TOT) and Alec McEachern (5 TOT). Calvin Hart (18 TOT, 2 sacks, 2 FF) transferred in from NC State. Lost Camilo

Eifler (27 TOT, 1 sack) to the NFL.

SF: Returns second leading tackler Tony Adams (51 TOT, 1 INT) and fourth leading tackler Quan Martin (38 TOT). Also returns

Sydney Brown (36 TOT, started 6 games) and Kerby Joseph (19 TOT).

CB: Lost Nate Hobbs (31 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Marquez Beason (7 TOT), Lovie Smith’s highest ranked recruit, switched

positions to WR. Returns Devon Witherspoon (33 TOT, 2 INT) and Derrick Smith (22 TOT). 2018 3-star Eddie Smith transferred in

from Alabama (no stats).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns James McCourt (15/15 PAT, 6/10 FG) and Caleb Griffin (5/5 PAT, 1/1 FG). WR Khmari Thompson returns kicks.

PR: Returns punter Blake Hayes (43.7 YD AVG) who is a projected NFL pick.

SPIN

Champaign, IL – If the Big Ten works well for Bielema, Illinois made a great hire. At Wisconsin

(2006-2012), Bielema went 12-1 in his first season, 68-24 overall, only dropped below 9 wins twice

in seven seasons but still always made a bowl game, most notably the Rose Bowl three straight

years (0-2, interim coached 3 rd ). Bielema’s success in Wisconsin did not translate to Arkansas, 0-8

in SEC play in first year and 29-34 overall. The new OC Petersen was the OC at Appalachian State

last season (33.8 ppg) compared to Illinois’ 20.1 ppg in 2020. DC Walters was the DC at Missouri.

There are 21 scholarship seniors on the roster who took advantage of the extra year of eligibility,

which is the most of any power five team in CFB. I thought QB Brandon Peters would have a much

better season last year. Expect a bounce back performance from him in 2021. A season-opening

win over Nebraska would kickstart Bielema’s tenure at Illinois.

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IOWA

#2 B1G WEST: CONF 6-2, HOME 3-1, AWAY 3-1

Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz (23) OC: Brian Ferentz (5) DC: Phil Parker (10)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns second year starter 6’5 Spencer Petras (1569 YDS, 9 TD, 5 INT passing, 2 rushing TD). Alex Padilla (1

completion for 12 YDS) was the only other player to see game action at QB.

RB: Mekhi Sargent (432 YDS, 7 TD) declared for the NFL. Tyler Goodson (762 YDS, 7 TD rushing, 152 YDS receiving)

is back. Besides Goodson, there is little experience in the backfield. The second most experienced back is Ivory

Kelly-Martin (54 YDS) who had 13 rushing attempts last season. Also returns Gavin Williams (28 YDS). Leshon

Williams (redshirted 2020) could see the field after an impressive high school career.

WR: Lost Brandon Smith (231 YDS, 2 TD) and Ihmir Smith-Marsette (345 YDS, 4 TD receiving, 1 rushing TD) to the

NFL. Returns Nico Ragaini (191 YDS receiving, 1 rushing TD), Tyrone Tracey (154 YDS, 1 TD) and Alec Kritta (12 YDS).

Desmond Hutson has good size at 6’3 but is yet to record a stat. 6’4 true freshman Brody Brecht could get on the

field right away.

TE: Lost Shaun Beyer (158 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Returns Sam LaPorta (271 YDS, 1 TD). FB Monte Pottebaum (39

YDS) is back. Luke Lachey and Jackson Frericks are both 6’6.

OL: Lost Alaric Jackson to the NFL. Cole Banwart has also moved on. Center Tyler Linderbaum surprisingly returned

rather than entering the NFL and might be the best offensive lineman in CFB regardless of position. After a strong

showing in 2019, Right Guard Kyler Schott could also be among the best linemen in CFB despite his 2020 season

being cut short with an injury. In early August, Schott hurt his foot baling hay at home and is expected to miss the

start of the season. Justin Britt filled in. Other starters will be LG Cody Ince, LT Jack Plumb and RT Nick DeJong.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE/DL Chauncey Golston (45 TOT, 5.5 sacks, 1 INT), DT Daviyon Nixon (45 TOT, 5.5 sacks, 1 INT) and Jack

Heflin (21 TOT, 1 sack) to the NFL. Returns senior DE Zach VanValkenburg (30 TOT, 3.5 sacks) and backup DE Joe

Evans (7 TOT, 1 sack). New starters will be junior LT Noah Shannon (11 TOT, 0.5 sack), junior DE John Waggoner (3

TOT) and redshirt freshman RT Yahya Black (3 TOT) who played 4 games each in 2020.

LB: Lost leading tackler Nick Niemann (77 TOT) to the NFL. Returns second leading tackler Seth Benson (47 TOT, 2

sacks). Also returns Jack Campbell (29 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Mike Timm (4 TOT) and Jestin Jacobs (4 TOT). Dane

Belton moved from Safety to OLB and is expected to start. Kyler Fisher (2 TOT) moved from DB to LB.

SF: Returns senior Jack Koerner (45 TOT, 3 INT, 1 blocked FG) and Kaevon Merriweather (23 TOT). Backups are

Quinn Schulte (3 TOT) and Reggie Bracy (4 TOT). Dane Belton (33 TOT, 1 sack) is expected to switch positions to LB.

CB: Returns seniors Riley Moss (43 TOT, 2 INT) and Matt Hankins (41 TOT, 1 INT). Also returns Terry Roberts (9

TOT). Xavior Williams (26 solo tackles in 2019) transferred in from FCS Northern Iowa but missed spring ball.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Keith Duncan (26/26 PAT, 14/18 FG) moved on to the NFL. New starter will be senior Caleb Shudak (1/1 PAT,

0/1 FG in career) with Lucas Amaya as backup and walk-on Aaron Blom third string.

PR: Returns starting punter 6’4 230lb Tory Taylor (44.1 YD AVG).

SPIN

Iowa City, IA – The Hawkeyes finished last season strong with a six-game win streak. George Barnett

from Tulane (17 th best rushing offense) was hired to replace the offensive line coach who left to become

the offensive coordinator at Wyoming. Four starters on defense from 2020 are gone, unfortunately

three of those losses are on the defensive line. Iowa had the 10 th best run defense last year (107.6

YDS/G) and 8 th in total defense (313.8 YDS/G). Iowa will avoid Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State

in cross-divisional play. An 0-2 start to open the year is probable, beginning with Indiana followed up by

a trip to Ames to play the rival Cyclones out of the Big 12, however, Iowa has won 12 straight nonconference

games. Games that will determine the West are away from Kinnick: Wisconsin,

Northwestern, Nebraska. Iowa has played 30 straight games without a loss by more than 7 points. I

don’t see the Hawkeyes getting blown out in any of these games and none of them are unwinnable.

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MINNESOTA

#4 B1G WEST: CONF 3-4, HOME 1-2, AWAY 2-2

Head Coach: P.J. Fleck (5) OC: Mike Sanford Jr (2) DC: Joe Rossi (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns redshirt senior Tanner Morgan (1374 YDS, 7 TD, 5 INT passing) who took a step back in 2020 after

setting school records for passing yards (3253) and passing TDs (30) in a season in 2019. Morgan is 18-8 as a

starter. Zack Annexstad (1277 YDS, 9 TD, 7 INT passing in 2018) is also back and has starting experience (7 games)

but did not see game action in 2020 after also missing 2019 for injury. RS Sophomore 6’5 Jacob Clark and freshman

6’4 Athan Kaliakmanis were both 4-star recruits.

RB: Returns top 4 rushers including Big Ten RB of the Year Mohamed Ibrahim (1076 YDS, 15 TD rushing, 56 YDS

receiving), Cam Wiley (179 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 26 YDS, 1 TD receiving), Treyson Potts (121 YDS, 1 TD) and Bryce

Williams (13 YDS).

WR: Lost leading receiver Rashod Bateman (472 YDS, 2 TD) to the NFL. Chris Autman-Bell (430 YDS, 1 TD) broke out

last season and will once again be one of the best receivers in Big Ten. Autman-Bell suffered a minor injury in

August practice and is week to week. Also returns Daniel Jackson (167 YDS), Clay Geary (50 YDS) and Mike Brown-

Stephens (40 YDS, 1 TD). Someone in this unit will have to step up in place of Bateman and help Autman-Bell.

Freshman 3-star Lemeke Brockington could be the next big time receiver.

TE: Seth Green (18 career TD) who was used in goal line situations as a QB/TE has transferred out after being

under-utilized last season. Returns Bryce Witham (30 YDS), Ko Kieft (29 YDS, 1 TD) and 6’7 270lb Brevyn Spann-

Ford (4 YDS, 1 TD).

OL: Returns Daniel Faalele who will be the leader of a unit that returns all seniors who combine for 181 career

starts which is the second most in the FBS.

DEFENSE:

DL: DT Nyles Pinckney (98 TOT, 3 sacks in career with 15 starts) grad-transferred in from Clemson. 300lb Val Martin

(29 TOT in 22 games) transferred in from NC State. Returns DE Boye Mafe (27 TOT, 4.5 sacks), 300lb Deangelo

Carter (16 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT), Esezi Otomewo (15 TOT, 1 sack), 315lb Micah Dew-Treadway (10 TOT) and

Rashad Cheney Jr (6 TOT).

LB: Jack Gibbens (258 TOT, 7 sacks, 5 INT in career) grad-transferred in from FCS Abilene Christian. Braelen Oliver

(22 TOT, 3 sacks in 2019) returns after missing 2020 with an injury. Returns leading tackler Mariano Sori-Marin (54

TOT), James Gordon IV (16 TOT, 1 INT), Josh Aune (11 TOT, 1 INT), Devon Williams (10 TOT) and Cody Lindenberg

(9 TOT). Tank Brown (3 TOT) transferred to Michigan State.

SF: Returns both starters- second leading tackler Tyler Nubin (41 TOT, 1 INT) and third leading tackler Jordan

Howden (37 TOT). Also returns Michael Dixon (5 TOT) and RS Senior Calvin Swenson (4 TOT).

CB: Lost Benjamin St-Juste (14 TOT) to the NFL. Returns starter Coney Durr (24 TOT, 1 INT). Also returns Justus

Harris (19 TOT), Phillip Howard (11 TOT), senior Terrell Smith (3 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost Anders Gelecinskyj (5/5 PAT, 2/3 FG) and Michael Lantz (6/7 PAT). Returns Brock Walker (12/14 PAT, 2/3

FG). Matthew Trickett (94/95 PAT, 47/57 FG in career) transferred in from Kent State. Will Mobley (7/8 PAT, 4/6

FG) transferred in from Temple. 2020 5-star Dragan Kesich kicked off 24 times last season.

PR: Returns Mark Crawford (37.8 YD AVG). Daniel Sparks (44.6 YD AVG) transferred in from

Louisiana-Monroe.

SPIN

Minneapolis, MN – In 2019 Minny went 11-2. Returns 20 starters from last season which is

the most of any power five team. Mo Ibrahim is the best RB in the Big Ten. Will have to open

the season against the national champion runner-up Ohio State. Colorado week 3 in the nonconference

should be fun. The last 3 three games are tough- at Iowa, at Indiana, Wisconsin. If

the Gophers had more weapons at receiver, they could win the West.

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NEBRASKA

#5 B1G WEST: CONF 3-5, HOME 1-2, AWAY 2-3

Head Coach: Scott Frost (4) OC: Matt Lubick (2) DC: Erik Chinander (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Luke McCaffrey (466 YDS, 1 TD, 6 INT passing, 364 YDS, 3 TD rushing) transferred to Rice. Returns Adrian Martinez (1055 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT

passing, 521 YDS, 7 TD rushing) who led the team in passing and rushing yards but has a fumble problem. Martinez and McCaffrey split time

during most of 2020. Martinez ended with the fourth best completion percentage in the country. With McCaffrey gone, Logan Smothers will be

the backup which is significant given Martinez has missed time in all three of his seasons due to injury. Nebraska only completed one pass of

40+ yards last season. 6’5 true freshman Heinrich Haarberg is the first in-state scholarship QB to sign with Nebraska since 2001.

RB: Dedrick Mills (396 YDS, 3 TD) declared for the NFL Draft. The returning leader in rushing yards by a RB is Marvin Scott III (62 YDS). 235lb

Markese Stepp (165 YDS, 3 TD in 5 games) transferred in from USC but missed most of spring ball for a surgery. With Mills and Robinson gone,

the position is up for grabs. Behind Stepp and Scott, expect to see a large rotation of players with Sevion Morrison, 235lb Jaquez Yant and Gabe

Ervin early in the season. Ronald Thompkins (5 carries 24 YDS) retired from football.

WR: WR/RB Wan’Dale Robinson (461 YDS, 1 TD REC, 240 YDS, 1 TD rushing) the team leader in receiving yards, transferred to Kentucky.

Although Robinson is gone, four of the other top five leaders in receiving yards return, two of them at the TE position. 6’2 Zavier Betts (131 YDS,

1 TD) is the top returning WR. Levi Falck (122 YDS, 1 TD) returns as the only other receiver to post over 100 yards. The top JUCO WR recruit a

year ago was 6’4 Omar Manning who should be healthy after missing all but one game in 2020 for an injury. Alante Brown and Oliver Martin are

also back and could push for playing time after recording only five catches each. 6’3 Samori Toure (1,495 YDS, 13 TD) transferred in from FCS

Montana where he was the school’s record holder for receptions and receiving yards in a season and receiving yards in a game. Also returns

Will Nixon, who coaches have been high on but missed last season with an ACL injury. Signed three talented incoming freshmen, 6’3 Kamonte

Grimes, 6’4 Latrell Neville and 6’3 Shawn Hardy. Frost says this is “by far” his most talented receiver group he has had as coach of Nebraska.

TE: Jack Stoll (657 YDS, 6 TDS in career) declared for the NFL. Returns 6’8 Austin Allen (236 YDS, 1 TD) and 6’6 Travis Vokolek (91 YDS). 6’7 Kurt

Rafdal entered the transfer portal. Added the top TE recruit in the country for 2021 in freshman Thomas Fidone who was the highest-rated

recruit to sign with the Huskers since 2008. Fidone will miss most of the season with a knee injury. The Huskers also signed a top 15 nationally

ranked TE in James Carnie and a top 45 TE in AJ Rollins who is cousins with Iowa State RB Breece Hall.

OL: Lost OT Brenden Jaimes and OG Matt Farniok to the NFL. Backups Boe Wilson and Will Farniok transferred out. Three starters are back

including center Cameron Jurgens. Three offensive linemen who started multiple games are gone, leaving a young group to fill in. Turner

Corcoran (No.48 overall recruit in 2020 class) started the last game of the season at tackle and is expected to be the regular starter this season.

Right guard is open with Broc Bando, Ezra Miller, Trent Hixson and Nouredin Nouili competing.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns DEs Ben Stille (27 TOT, 1.5 sacks) who is one of the best DL in CFB. Also returns Ty Robinson (17 TOT). 335lb Damion Daniels (20

TOT) is back to fill the middle at nose guard. Casey Rogers (24 TOT) returns after showing a big upside in 2020.

LB: Returns leading tackler Jojo Domann (58 TOT, 5 PBU) who is one of the best LBs in the country when healthy. Starter Collin Miller (27 TOT)

medically retired following an injury against Illinois. Starters Will Honas (57 TOT, 3 sacks) and Garrett Nelson (30 TOT, 1.5 sacks) return,

however, Honas injured his knee and will miss the early part of the season. Luke Reimer (40 TOT, 2 sacks) will most likely take Miller’s spot. Nick

Henrich (27 TOT) and Garrett Snodgrass could also see time. Added transfer Chris Kolarevic (79 TOT in 2019) from FCS Northern Iowa who is

pushing to start.

SF: Returns starters Deontai Williams (51 TOT) and 6’2 Marquel Dismuke (47 TOT). Also returns 6’3 Myles Farmer (2 INT).

CB: Dicaprio Bootle (1 INT) declared for the NFL. Returns starter Cam Taylor-Britt (28 TOT, 2 INT) and 6’4 Braxton Clark (missed 2020 for injury)

to fill in for Bootle. Quinton Newsome (11 TOT) is back after playing in every game. Nadab Joseph and Tamon Lynum could also see playing

time. Former 5-star and the No.2 ranked safety in the 2018 class, Tyreke Johnson (8 career TOT), transferred in from Ohio State in June.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Retuns the Big Ten Kicker of the Year Award winner Connor Culp (20/20 XP, 13/15 FG) who also handled kickoffs.

PR: Returns starting punter from last season 6’4 250lb William Przystup (41.3 YD AVG). Australian Daniel Cerni might be the new starter after

missing last season to injury. CB Cam Taylor was returning punts in the spring game.

SPIN

Lincoln, NE – The Cornhuskers played five teams that finished the year ranked in the Top 25 last year, which tied

with five other teams for the most. Nebraska averaged just 23.1 ppg (3 rd worst in B1G) which ranked third to last

in the conference. The top 3 leaders in rushing yards behind Martinez are gone. Mills and Robinson, both gone,

made up 39% of Nebraska’s rushing yards and 35% of receiving yards. Combined with the departed McCaffrey,

three players responsible for over half the carries and rushing yards are gone. The Huskers hit the transfer portal

and came away with the additions of Stepp at RB and Toure at WR who should make an immediate impact. All

but two starters are back on defense, including the top 9 tacklers. Will Scott Frost (12-20 in Lincoln) reach the

.500 mark in his fourth season? If Martinez can match his freshman season, along with an improved WR room,

yes, the Huskers will break through and reach a bowl game, just not the one anybody had envisioned in year four.

However, with the second toughest schedule in the country, there is no room for error. The opener vs Illinois

could be the difference in bowl eligibility. It will be good to see Oklahoma and Nebraska on the same field again.

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NORTHWESTERN

#1 B1G WEST: CONF 6-2, HOME 4-0, AWAY 2-2, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Pat Fitzgerald (16) OC: Mike Bajakian (2) DC: Jim O’Neil (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost starter Peyton Ramsey (1733 YDS, 12 TD, 8 INT passing, 263 YDS, 3 TD rushing) and backup Riley Lees (48

YDS). Ryan Hilinski (2357 YDS, 11 TD, 5 INT in 2019) transferred in from South Carolina where he only played 2

games in 2020 after starting 11 games in 2019. Hunter Johnson transferred in from Clemson after the 2017 season

and started 5 games for NW in 2019 (432 YDS, 1 TD, 4 INT).

RB: Isaiah Bowser (230 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 52 YDS, 1 TD receiving) transferred to UCF and Drake Anderson

transferred to Arizona (256 YDS, 2 TD). Returns Cam Porter (333 YDS, 5 TD), Evan Hull (209 YDS, 2 TD) and Marcus

Cisco (6 YDS). Andrew Clair (266 YDS in 4 games) transferred in from Bowling Green.

WR: Top three receivers are gone. Lost leading receiver Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman (508 YDS, 5 TD). Second

leading receiver Kyric McGowan (366 YDS receiving, 141 YDS, 1 TD rushing) transferred to Georgia Tech. Lost Riley

Lees (214 YDS, 2 TD) to the NFL. Returns Bryce Kirtz (67 YDS), Malik Washington (51 YDS), Berkeley Holman (27

YDS) and Wayne Dennis Jr (26 YDS). Washington and Holman did not play the entire season because of injuries.

Returns JJ Jefferson (155 YDS, 2 TD in 2019) who sat out 2020. None of the receivers that caught a TD in 2020 are

back, not including TEs. What NW needs is deep threat which they may have gotten in Kansas grad-transfer

Stephon Robinson (727 YDS, 8 TD).

TE: John Raine (233 YDS, 2 TD) moved on to the NFL. Returns Charlie Mangieri (53 YDS, 2 TD).

OL: Lost OT Rashawn Slater (opted out in 2020) and Gunnar Vogel to the NFL. Nik Urban has also moved on. 3

starters are back- Center Sam Gerak, RT Ethan Wiederkehr and one of the best tackles in the country with Peter

Skoronski. Both starting guards need to be replaced.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Earnest Brown IV (32 TOT, 1 sack) to the NFL. Lost Jake Saunders (14 TOT, 1 sack) and Eku Leota (13

TOT, 4 sacks). Returns Adetomiwa Adebawore (17 TOT, 2 sacks), 300lb Joe Spivak (14 TOT, 1 sack), Trevor Kent (7

TOT) and Jordan Butler (4 TOT). DT Jeremy Meiser (24 TOT in 2019, 1 blocked FG) transferred in from ODU to help

the pass rush. DE Jeffery Pooler (23 TOT, 3 sacks) transferred in from West Virginia.

LB: Lost leading tackler ILB Paddy Fisher (86 TOT, 1 INT) and second leading tackler Blake Gallagher (332 TOT, 5 INT

in 4 years) to the NFL. Returns third leading tackler Chris Bergin (78 TOT, 1 INT), Peter McIntyre (7 TOT), Bryce

Gallagher (3 TOT), Jaylen Rivers (3 TOT) and Khalid Jones (3 TOT).

SF: Lost JR Pace (41 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL and Cameron Ruiz (23 TOT, 2 sacks). Returns Brandon Joseph (52 TOT, 6

INT) who is one of the best DBs in the country. Also returns Bryce Jackson (9 TOT, 20 TOT in 2019).

CB: Lost Greg Newsome II (12 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns AJ Hampton (26 TOT, 1 INT), Cameron Mitchell (18

TOT, 0.5 sack, 1 INT), Rod Heard (10 TOT) and Coco Azema (5 TOT, 1 INT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Charlie Kuhbader (27/27 PAT, 9/12 FG) who was the only player to attempt FG and PATs last season.

PR: Returns Derek Adams (41.8 YD AVG). Both backups have not played in a game.

SPIN

Evanston, IL – The Big Ten West champions only return 9 starters from last season, tied for

the least among power five teams. The defense ranked 19 th against the pass, only allowing

195.3 YDS/G through the air. Ryan Hilinski might be an upgrade at QB but there are not any

proven receivers to throw to. NW opens the season with Michigan State who was one of

their two losses last season. The ‘Cats should sweep the non-conference slate of Indiana

State, Duke and Ohio. Halfway through the season looks to be a tough stretch- at Michigan,

Minnesota, Iowa, at Wisconsin. However, NW is up for the fight- NW has won 2 of the last

3 vs Minnesota, 4 of the last 5 vs Iowa, and 2 of the last 3 vs Wisconsin. NW has been in 2

of the last 4 B1G Championship Games. Will Pat Fitzgerald surprise the CFB world again?

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PURDUE

#6 B1G WEST: CONF 2-4, HOME 1-3, AWAY 1-1

Head Coach: Jeff Brohm (5) OC: Shepherd (4) / Brian Brohm (5)

DC: English (1) / Lambert (1) / Hagen (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns 6’5 Jack Plummer (938 YDS, 8 TD, 2 INT passing, 1 TD rushing) who finished with the 5 th best completion% in the

FBS. Also returns 6’3 Aidan O’Connell (916 YDS, 7 TD, 2 INT) who split starts with Plummer last season. O’Connell started the

first 3 games and Plummer started the last 3 games when O’Connell was injured.

RB: Returns fifth year senior 6’3 230lb Zander Horvath (442 YDS, 2 TD rushing, 304 YDS receiving) and King Doerue (64 YDS

rushing, 20 YDS, 1 TD receiving) who were the only RBs to get carries last season. 2019 3-star Da’Joun Hewitt transferred out

(played 2 games in 2020). 220lb Sampson James (96 YDS) transferred in from Indiana. The only other RB listed on the roster is

Indiana native redshirt freshman 220lb Dylan Downing (8 YDS) who transferred in from UNLV where he appeared in two games

during his one season with the Rebels. The entire offense combined for only 4 rushing TD in 6 games last season.

WR: Lost Rondale Moore (270 YDS receiving, 1 TD rushing) to the NFL. Returns leading receiver 6’2 David Bell (625 YDS, 8 TD)

who led the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (104.2) last season and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2019. Also

returns 6’3 Milton Wright (305 YDS, 2 TD), 6 th year senior Jackson Anthrop (33 YDS) and 2019 3-star TJ Sheffield (11 YDS) who

could fill Moore’s spot in the slot. Former four-star 6’5 Maliq Carr (15 YDS) transferred to Michigan State. Broc Thompson (288

YDS in 4 games) transferred in from Marshall. 6’2 Mershawn Rice has impressed in practice. True freshmen 6’3 Preston Terrell

and Deion Burks are both 3-star recruits. Depth took a slight hit when backups Amad Anderson Jr (19 YDS) and Jared Sparks (38

YDS) transferred out.

TE: Returns junior Payne Durham (166 YDS, 3 TD) and sophomore Garrett Miller (48 YDS, 1 TD).

OL: OT Grant Hermanns entered the NFL Draft. Returns center Gus Hartwig (305lbs), RT Greg Long (300lbs) and OT/G Cam Craig

(305lbs). Also returns former starting center Sam Garvin (295lbs) along with Eric Miller (305lbs) and DJ Washington (315lbs)

who are all in their 4 th or 5 th year. G Tyler Witt (300lbs) transferred in from Western Kentucky. Backup Steven Faucheux

transferred to Marshall. Junior OT Will Bramel (started 10 games in 2019, played in 2 games in 2020) and G Kyle Jornigan (1

start in 2020) are taking medical redshirts.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost 325lb DT Lorenzo Neal (10 TOT in 2020, 72 TOT in career) who started 33 games and was honorable mention All-Big

Ten in 2020. 2019 4-star DT Steven Faucheux (did not play in 2020) entered the transfer portal. Returns DE George Karlaftis (54

TOT, 7.5 sacks, 1 INT in 2019) who missed most of 2020 with injury. Jack Sullivan (12 TOT, 1 sack), Branson Deen (11 TOT, 1

sack), Anthony Watts (6 TOT), Lawrence Johnson (4 TOT).

LB: Lost leading tackler Derrick Barnes (54 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns second leading tackler Jaylan Alexander (49 TOT),

LB/DE Damarcus Mitchell (34 TOT, 1 sack), Kieren Douglas (13 TOT) and Khali Saunders (2 TOT).

SF: Brennan Thieneman (33 TOT) graduated. Returns CB now S Cam Allen (27 TOT, 2 INT), Marvin Grant (14 TOT), S/LB Jalen

Graham (13 TOT), Sanoussi Kane (3 TOT), Antonio Stevens (2 TOT) and Zane Greene (2 TOT).

CB: Returns 5 th year Dedrick Mackey (16 TOT) and SF now CB Cory Trice (32 TOT). Jamari Brown (injured 2020, started 3 games

in 2019, 25 TOT) transferred in from Kentucky.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Edward Dellinger (20/20 PAT, 7/9 FG).

PR: Junior punter Brooks Cormier (42 punts in 2 seasons, 40.3 YD AVG) is no longer on the team. Australian punter Jack Ansell

will begin his first year with the team and compete with senior Zac Collins (10 punts) and freshman Brendan Cropsey for the

start.

SPIN

West Lafayette, IN – Purdue played five teams that finished ranked in the top 25 last year, tied for the

most of anyone. Five of Purdue’s six games were decided by one possession. The offense averaged 309

passing YDS/G (16 th best in FBS) but only 81.5 rushing YDS/G (4 th worst in FBS). Rondale Moore is

irreplaceable, however, he was injured for a large part of the season, so Purdue is used to not having

him in the rotation even though they lacked multiple explosive threats at receiver when he was gone.

David Bell is one of the best receivers in the conference and O’Connell and Plummer are both quality

options at quarterback, but there is not much else to get excited about for the Boilermakers this

season. The schedule only gives Purdue 6 home games, teams usually get 7. They are one of two Big

ten teams that does not play Rutgers or Maryland. Purdue will be fighting to not finish last in the West.

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WISCONSIN

#3 B1G WEST: CONF 3-3, HOME 2-1, AWAY 1-2, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Paul Chryst (7) OC: Paul Chryst (2006-11) DC: Jim Leonhard (5)

OFFENSE:

QB: Jack Coan missed the 2020 season to injury then transferred to Notre Dame because Graham Mertz (1238

YDS, 9 TD, 5 INT passing, 2 TD rushing) established himself as the starter going forward. Junior backup Chase Wolf

(29 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT) got valuable game experience. RS Freshman Daniel Wright is 6’8. 6’5 Senior Danny Vanden

Boom played in 3 games in 2018 (1 TD).

RB: Lost Garrett Groshek (300 YDS, 2 TD rushing, 119 YDS receiving) to the NFL. Nakia Watson (191 YDS, 3 TD)

transferred to Washington State. Jalen Berger (301 YDS, 2 TD) is back after leading the team in rushing as a true

freshman in only 4 games. Also returns FB John Chenal (80 YDS, 2 TD) and Isaac Guerendo (36 YDS). 2019 4-star

recruit Chez Mellusi (151 YDS, 3 TD) transferred in from Clemson where he was on the team for two years.

WR: Chimere Dike (189 YDS, 1 TD receiving, 48 YDS rushing) looks to be the top target for Mertz. Also returns Jack

Dunn (255 YDS, 1 TD), Danny Davis (78 YDS, 1 TD receiving, 1 TD rushing in 2 games in 2020, 1164 YDS in career),

Kendric Pryor (119 YDS in 3 games) and Devin Chandler (28 YDS).

TE: Returns Jake Ferguson (305 YDS, 4 TD) who is among the best TEs in CFB. Also returns Jack Eisenbach (27 YDS).

OL: Lost OT Cole Van Lanen and Jon Dietzen (4 starts LG, 1 start RG, 2 starts LT) to the NFL. Expected starters are LT

Tyler Beach, LG Josh Seltzner, C Kayden Lyles, RG Jack Nelson, RT Logan Bruss.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DEs Isaiahh Loudermilk (13 TOT, 2 sacks) and Garrett Rand (13 TOT) to the NFL. Returns 313lb NT Keeanu

Benton (8 TOT), DE Isaiah Mullens (4 TOT) and DE Matt Henningsen (2 TOT). Also get back NT Bryson Williams (2

TOT, 3 starts in 2018) who has dealt with injuries the last 2 years.

LB: Returns leading tackler Jack Sanborn (52 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) who is one of the best LBs in CFB. Also returns Leo

Chenal (40 TOT, 3 sacks, 1 INT), Nick Herbig (26 TOT, 1 sack), Noah Burks (18 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), CJ Goetz (10 TOT,

1 sack), Mike Maskalunas (5 TOT) and Tatum Grass (5 TOT).

SF: Lost Eric Burrell (23 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Collin Wilder (30 TOT, 1 INT), Scott Nelson (21 TOT, 1 sack,

2 INT), Tyler Mais (5 TOT) and Travian Blaylock (4 TOT).

CB: Lost Rachad Wildgoose (6 TOT) to the NFL. Reggie Pearson (65 TOT in career) transferred to South Dakota.

Returns Caesar Williams (13 TOT), Faion Hicks (13 TOT), Donte Burton (10 TOT), Deron Harrell (7 TOT) and

Alexander Smith (3 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Collin Larsh (23/23 PAT, 5/7 FG) who was the only one to make a FG and PAT. Jack Van Dyke kicked off

and is back.

PR: Returns starting punter Andy Vujnovich (41.6 YD AVG). Backup is Conor Schlichting (36.7 YD Avg in 3 attempts).

SPIN

Madison, WI – The defense finished 5 th in the FBS with 299.9 total YDS/G allowed and 9 th

with 17.4 PPG allowed. Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard turned down the Green Bay

Packers job offer. Graham Mertz played very well in his first season as a starter and he

returns all of his receivers, including the tight end. Camp Randall will be jumping in their

opener vs Penn State. PSU, Michigan and a scrappy Rutgers team in cross-divisional play

is a tough draw. However, they avoid Ohio State who has guaranteed the Badgers a loss

lately and almost all their key games to determine the West are at home. The bye week

comes in at week 3 which is too early, but it is before playing Notre Dame in Chicago, a

courtesy that the Irish do not share. The West Division Title is Wisconsin’s to lose.

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INDIANA

#2 B1G EAST: CONF 6-1, HOME 3-0, AWAY 3-1, BOWL: L

HC: Tom Allen (5) OC: Nick Sheridan (2) / Grant Heard (2) DC: Charlton Warren (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns Michael Penix Jr (1645 YDS, 14 TD, 4 INT passing, 2 TD rushing) who was leading a historic season for the Hoosiers

until he tore his ACL is the sixth game. Penix spent the Spring rehabbing from his injury. Backup Jack Tuttle (362 YDS, 2 TD, 1

INT) also returns.

RB: Lost top RB Stevie Scott III (561 YDS, 10 TD rushing, 86 YDS receiving) to the NFL. 220lb Sampson James (96 YDS) transferred

to Purdue. Returns Tim Baldin Jr (141 YDS) and David Ellis (61 YDS) also returns. Former five-star from the 2017 class Stephen

Carr (176 YDS in 2020, 1319 YDS & 12 TD in career) transferred in from USC and will no doubt get his carries.

WR: Lost Whop Philyor (495 YDS, 3 TD) to the NFL. Returns All-American 6’2 Ty Fryfogle (721 YDS, 7 TD) who was the go-to

target for Penix and looks to once again be a top 10 receiver in the country. Also returns 6’4 Miles Marshall (290 YDS, 1 TD),

Jacolby Hewitt (68 YDS) and Javon Swinton (52 YDS). 6’2 Camron Buckley (877 YDS in 3 years) grad-transferred in from Texas

A&M. Added FSU transfer DJ Matthews (2020 opt out, 355 YDS, 3 TD in 2019) who was the second-leading receiver for the

Noles in 2019. Almost the entire unit is over 6’0 tall.

TE: Returns one of the best TEs in CFB in Peyton Hendershot (151 YDS, 4 TD in 2020, 622 YDS, 4 TD in 2019). Also returns Matt

Bjorson (11 YDS). Khameron Taylor (1 TD in 2019) transferred in from South Alabama. TJ Ivy transferred to Coastal Carolina

after missing last season to injury and appearing in 11 games in 2019.

OL: Unit ranked 17 th in the country in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.25). 320lb C Zach Carpenter transferred in from

Michigan where he started 2 games but should start right away. Other starters are expected to be 360lb LT Caleb Jones (5

starts), 310lb LG Dylan Powell (6 starts), 330lb RG Mackenzie Nworah, 310lb RT Matthew Bedford (7 starts).

DEFENSE:

DL: DTs Jerome Johnson (18 TOT, 4 sacks, 1 INT) and Jovann Swann (4 TOT) went to the NFL. Returns 307lb DT Demarcus Elliott

(14 TOT), DT Sio Nofoagatot’a (12 TOT), James Head (9 TOT, 1 sack), DE CJ Pearson (8 TOT), and DE Jonathan King (6 TOT, 1 sack,

1 INT). Ryder Anderson (42 TOT, 2.5 sacks) transferred in from Ole Miss. Former 2019 four-star Jaren Handy (10 TOT, 1 sack in 2

years) transferred in from Auburn. Handy is cousins with WR Ty Fryfogle. DE Jalen Mayala transferred to UAB. Freshman DE

Damarjhe Lewis entered the transfer portal.

LB: Returns one of the best linebackers in the country with Micah McFadden (58 TOT, 6 sacks, 1 INT). Also returns Cam Jones

(35 TOT, 3 sacks), James Miller (24 TOT), Aaron Casey (15 TOT, 1 sack), DK Bonhomme (15 TOT, 1 sack), Michael Ziemba (11

TOT), Thomas Allen (8 TOT) and Alfred Bryant (7 TOT).

SF: Lost Jamar Johnson (43 TOT, 1 sack, 4 INT, 2 INT vs Ohio St) to the NFL. Returns Devon Matthews (40 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT),

Josh Sanguinetti (8 TOT) and Juwan Burgess (8 TOT). Bryant Fitzgerald, originally a safety (27 TOT in 2019), moved back to safety

from LB (17 TOT in 2020). Jon Haynes (31 TOT, 1 INT) transferred in from Ole Miss.

CB: Returns one of the best corners in the country in Tiawan Mullen (38 TOT, 3.5 sacks, 3 INT). Also returns Jaylin Williams (30

TOT, 1 sack, 3 INT) who is one of the best CBs in the conference along with Reese Taylor (29 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Charles Campbell (25/25 PAT, 10/11 FG). David Ellis is listed specifically as a RB/KR.

PR: Freshman James Evans is the only punter on scholarship. CB Reese Taylor returned 9 punts.

SPIN

Bloomington, IN – The Hoosiers are fresh off a season featuring wins over Penn State and

Michigan in the same year for the first time in IU football history. Michael Penix Jr does not get

the national recognition he deserves as a passer. The ground game only averaged 108.6 YDS/G

(14 th lowest in FBS). That should improve with the transfer portal addition of Stephen Carr.

Defensive coordinator Kane Wommack left for the head coach position at South Alabama. Allen

hired Charlton Warren who was previously the DBs coach at Georgia the last two seasons. 17

starters are back from last year. Week 1 at Iowa is a tough draw, the two have not met since

2018, a 42-16 win for Iowa. A lot has changed for Indiana Football since then. Cincinnati almost

beat Georgia in the Peach Bowl last season. The Hoosiers are trying to start and finish as an AP

Top 25 team for the first time ever. Indiana’s regular season record could be anywhere from 8-4

to 11-1 and it all hinges on the health of quarterback Michael Penix Jr. This team might not be

the most talented on the field, but it is usually the most tough.

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MARYLAND

#4 B1G EAST: CONF 2-3, HOME 1-1, AWAY 1-2

Head Coach: Michael Locksley (3) OC: Dan Enos (1) DC: Brian Stewart (1* 2012-14)

OFFENSE:

QB: Taulia Tagovailoa (1011 YDS, 7 TD, 7 INT passing, 2 TD rushing) is back. Returns backup Eric Najarian (218 YDS,

2 TD). Watch for VMI transfer 6’4 224lb Reece Udinski (1082 YDS, 7 TD, 71.5% completion).

RB: Lost leading rusher Jake Funk (516 YDS, 3 TD rushing, 1 TD receiving) to the NFL. Returns 245lb Peny Boone (86

YDS in 4 games), 220lb Isaiah Jacobs (61 YDS in 4 games), 220lb Tayon Fleet-Davis (26 YDS in 1 game in 2020, 589

YDS, 7 TD in two years prior). 270lb freshman Antwain Littleton could get in for goal line situations.

WR: Returns 6’3 Dontay Demus (365 YDS, 4 TD), 2020 5-star Rakim Jarrett (252 YDS, 2 TD), 6’2 Brian Cobbs (188

YDS, 1 TD), Jeshaun Jones (181 YDS, 1 TD), 6’2 Darryl Jones (81 YDS), Nick Degennaro (42 TOT), Deajuan McDougle

(21 YDS in 3 games). 2020 4-star Marcus Fleming transferred in from Nebraska and should contribute. This is their

best position group.

TE: Returns senior Chigoziem Okonkwo (missed 2020 with COVID) and Corey Dyches (appeared in 2 games). Also

returns Malik Jackson (1 catch for 20 YDS) who was the only TE to catch a pass in 2020.

OL: Three starters from last year are back. Starters are expected to be LT 315lb Jaelyn Duncan (5 starts), RT 330lb

Spencer Anderson (5 starts), LG 310lb Mason Lunsford (1 start), RG 330lb Johari Branch (5 starts), Hutchinson JUCO

transfer Center 300lb Aric Harris (8 starts at HCC).

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns 305lb Mosiah Nasili-Kite (18 TOT, 4 sacks), 330lb Ami Finau (18 TOT, 2 sacks), Sam Okuayinonu (17

TOT, 0.5 sacks), Joseph Boletepeli (8 TOT), 320lb Anthony Booker (8 TOT) and Lawtez Rogers (7 TOT).

LB: Leading tackler Chance Campbell (42 TOT, 1.5 sacks) transferred to Ole Miss. Ayinde Eley (19 TOT) transferred

to Georgia Tech. Returns Fa’Najae Gotay (22 TOT), Ruben Hyppolite (18 TOT, 2 sacks), Ahmad McCullough (15

TOT), Deshawn Holt (8 TOT), Durell Nchami (4 TOT, 2 sacks in 3 games) and Kobi Thomas (4 TOT). 5-star Terrence

Lewis will begin his career with the Terps.

SF: Antwaine Richardson (2 starts, 20 TOT) transferred to Kent State. Returns starter Jordan Mosley (41 TOT, 1

sack) and Nick Cross (3 starts, 23 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT).

CB: Returns Tarheeb Still (4 starts, 20 TOT as true freshman), Deonte Banks (11 TOT), Lavonte Gater (7 TOT) and

Jakorian Bennett (6 TOT). Erwin Byrd (2 starts, 5 TOT) entered the transfer portal but was not a projected starter

this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Joseph Petrino (14/14 PAT, 4/7 FG).

PR: Returns Anthony Pecorella (42.1 YD AVG) and Colton Spangler (39.3 YD AVG).

SPIN

College Park, MD - No Maryland players were invited to the NFL Combine. Last season

started terribly with a 40-point loss to Northwestern which was then unexpectedly

followed up by an upset of reigning Big Ten West champion Minnesota and East

Division power Penn State. Maryland’s last bowl game appearance was 2016. The

Terrapins are still seeking their first season with a winning record since joining the Big

Ten in 2014 (7-6). The 2021 season opens with old rival West Virginia. Cross-over

games are at Illinois, Iowa, and at Minnesota. A bowl appearance would be considered

a huge step in the right direction by head coach Mike Locksley. This season will be a

boom or bust year. I’m thinking bust, with a last place finish in the East. Realistically,

six wins would be a miracle season. However, there are a lot of teams who are jealous

of this receiver group.

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MICHIGAN

#6 B1G EAST: CONF 2-4, HOME 0-3, AWAY 2-1

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh (7) OC: Josh Gattis (3) DC: Mike Macdonald (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Dylan McCaffrey transferred out after opting out of 2020. Joe Milton (1077 YDS, 4 TD, 4 INT passing, 109 YDS, 1 TD

rushing), the starter at the beginning of the 2020 season, transferred out. Returns Cade McNamara (425 YDS, 5 TD, 0 INT, 1 rush

TD) who the new QB coach called the starter as of April. 2020 3-star Dan Villari also returns. Harbaugh says Villari will play a role

similar to Taysom Hill of the Saints in the NFL. Alan Bowman (1602 YDS, 10 TD, 7 INT) transferred in from Texas Tech. The No.2

pro style QB of the 2021 class, 5-star JJ McCarthy will join the mix.

RB: Lost Chris Evans (73 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Zach Charbonnet (124 yards, 1 TD in 2020, 850 career yards) transferred to

UCLA. Christian Turner (played 1 game in 2020) transferred to Wake Forest. Returns leading rusher 220lb Hassan Haskins (375

YDS, 6 TD). Also returns Blake Corum (77 YDS, 2 TD rushing, 73 YDS receiving). Early enrollee 4-star Donovan Edwards was

turning heads in the preseason and could make an immediate impact.

WR: Lost Nico Collins (2020 opt out, 729 YDS, 7 TD in 2019) to the NFL. 2019 4-star recruit Giles Jackson (167 YDS in 2019, 2

career kick return TD) who was a projected starter, transferred to Washington. Incoming freshman 4-star Xavier Worthy is no

longer with the team. Returns leading receiver Ronnie Bell (401 YDS, 1 TD). Also returns 6’3 Cornelius Johnson (254 YDS, 3 TD),

Roman Wilson (122 YDS, 1 TD), Mike Sainristil (82 YDS, 2 TD) and AJ Henning (59 YDS). 6’3 Daylen Baldwin (520 YDS, 7 TD)

transferred in from Jackson State. Freshman 6’2 Cristian Dixon is a 4-star recruit.

TE: Lost Nick Eubanks (117 YDS, 1 TD) and TE/FB Ben Mason (17 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Returns Erick All (82 YDS). Fifth year

senior Carter Selzer is 6’8.

OL: Lost OT Jalen Mayfield to the NFL. C Zach Carpenter (2 starts) transferred to Indiana. Had 4 new starters last season on the

O-Line. All 4 of them return in 2021.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Kwity Paye (16 TOT, 2 sacks) and Carlo Kemp (20 TOT, 2 sacks) to the NFL. Backup DE Luiji Vilain (4 TOT) transferred

to Wake Forest. Returns one of the best in the country in senior Aidan Hutchinson (13 TOT) who only played 3 games in 2020

but had 68 TOT, 10 TFL, and 4.5 sacks in 2019. Also returns Taylor Upshaw (17 TOT, 1 sack), 305lb Christopher Hinton (12 TOT, 1

sack), 318lb Donovan Jeter (11 TOT) and Julius Welschof (6 TOT). 358lb DT Jordan Whittley (2020 opt out, 14 TOT) transferred

in from Oregon State.

LB: Lost OLB Cameron McGrone (26 TOT) to the NFL. Adam Shibley (19 TOT) graduated. Returns Josh Ross (53 TOT, 1 sack, 1

INT), Michael Barrett (43 TOT, 1 sack), Anthony Solomon (5 TOT) and 2020 4-star prospects Kalel Mullings (1 TOT) and David

Ojabo (1 TOT).

SF: Returns Dax Hill (45 TOT, 1 INT) who should be an impact player and Brad Hawkins (39 TOT). Also returns Makari Paige (6

TOT) and 2020 4-stars Jordan Morant and RJ Moten.

CB: Lost Ambry Thomas (2020 opt out) to the NFL. Hunter Reynolds (14 TOT) transferred out. Returns Vincent Gray (25 TOT),

Gemon Green (22 TOT), German Green (1 TOT), 2019 4-star Jalen Perry (1 TOT) and 2020 4-star Darion Green-Warren.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Jake Moody (9/9 PAT, 1/4 FG). Lost Quinn Nordin (12/12 PAT, 2/5 FG) to the NFL.

PR: Returns Brad Robbins (45.3 YD AVG).

SPIN

Ann Arbor, MI – The program’s all-time leading rusher, Mike Hart was hired as the running

backs coach. 2020 opened up with a big win vs Minnesota in which the Wolverines looked like

a contender for the East. Things got ugly after week 1 with a loss to rival Michigan State who

had just loss to Rutgers and two historically bad losses- 38 points to Wisconsin and lost a 24-

game win streak vs Indiana. Michigan will rebound in 2021 but will not be a contender for the

East and is far from beating Ohio State. A week 2 matchup with Washington should reveal if

the team is back on pace for at least their usual eight win average under Harbaugh. Crossover

games at Wisconsin, at Nebraska and Northwestern is not a welcome sight. A 7-5 regular

season record seems about right.

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MICHIGAN STATE

#7 B1G EAST: CONF 2-5, HOME 1-3, AWAY 1-2

Head Coach: Mel Tucker (2) OC: Jay Johnson (2) DC: Scottie Hazelton (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Rocky Lombardi (1090 YDS, 8 TD, 9 INT) transferred to Northern Illinois. Returns backup Payton Thorne (582 YDS, 3 TD, 3

INT passing, 47 YDS, 1 TD rushing) who is not out of the question to start. Anthony Russo (6292 YDS, 44 TD in 3 seasons)

transferred in from Temple and is expected to start. Theo Day transferred to FCS Northern Iowa after competing for a backup

role for three years.

RB: Returns starter 230lb Connor Heyward (200 YDS rushing, 71 YDS, 2 TD receiving) and Jordan Simmons (219 YDS rushing, 34

YDS receiving). Elijah Collins (90 YDS rushing, 34 YDS receiving) is back after putting up big numbers in 2019 (988 YDS, 5 TD) but

was slowed by COVID in 2020. Kenneth Walker (1158 YDS, 17 TD in 20 games) transferred in from Wake Forest and is expected

to be a big part of the run game. 230lb Donovan Eaglin redshirted last season. RB group should look much better after

combining for 0 rushing TDs last season for the Spartans.

WR: The top three receivers from last season are all back: Jalen Nailor (515 YDS, 4 TD), Jayden Reed (407 YDS, 3 TD), Ricky

White (223 YDS, 1 TD). Also returns 6’2 Tre Mosley (71 YDS) and Cade McDonald (15 YDS). Added transfers in 6’4 sophomore

Christian Fitzpatrick from Louisville and former 4-star 6’5 Maliq Carr (15 YDS) from Purdue. Tre’Von Morgan (46 YDS, 1 TD in 1

game) transferred to Kentucky.

TE: Lost Matt Dotson (107 YDS). Returns Trenton Gillison (49 YDS). Junior Adam Berghorst is 6’7 260lbs.

OL: All five starters from last season on the line are returning, combining for 146 career starts which is the fourth most of any

FBS team. LT AJ Arcuri (7 starts in 2020), LG Blake Bueter (2 starts)/JD Duplain (5 starts), Center Matt Allen (1 start, injury)/Nick

Samac (6 starts), RG Matt Carrick (7 starts)/Kevin Jarvis (7 starts at RT). LT Jarrett Horst (7 starts) transferred in from Arkansas

State. Some shuffling will be needed for RT.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Naquan Jones (24 TOT) to the NFL. Returns DE Drew Beesley (27 TOT, 3 sacks), DE Jacub Panasiuk (25 TOT, 1 sack),

DE Jack Camper (18 TOT), DE Michael Fletcher (12 TOT, 3 sacks), DT Dashaun Mallory (15 TOT, 2 sacks), DT Jacob Slade (13 TOT),

DT Jalen Hunt (3 TOT) and DT Maverick Hansen (2 TOT). DT Simeon Barrow (redshirted 2020) was a 3-star recruit. Chris

Mayfield transferred to Ohio. DE Drew Jordan (35 TOT, 3.5 sacks) transferred in from Duke.

LB: Lost leading tackler Antjuan Simmons (75 TOT, 1 sack). Returns Noah Harvey (54 TOT), Chase Kline (29 TOT) and Terry

O’Connor (1 TOT). Former 4-star Tank Brown transferred in from Minnesota. 2019 4-star Quavaris Crouch (10 starts in 2020, 85

TOT in 2 years) transferred in from Tennessee. 2018 3-star Ben VanSumeren transferred in from Michigan. 2020 3-star Jasiyah

Robinson entered the transfer portal.

SF: Returns Xavier Henderson (41 TOT), Michael Dowell (27 TOT), David Kruse (4 TOT), Emmanuel Flowers (3 TOT) and Darius

Snow (3 TOT).

CB: Lost Shakur Brown (25 TOT, 5 INT) to the NFL. Brown was the only MSU player to intercept a pass. Dominique Long (13 TOT,

51 career TOT) transferred to Duke. Returns Angelo Grose (23 TOT), Kalon Gervin (22 TOT). 2020 3-star Marqui Lowery (did not

play) transferred in from Louisville. Ronald Williams (1 TOT in 3 games) transferred in from Alabama.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Matt Coghlin (13/13 PAT, 9/12 FG) who also kicked off. Cole Hahn handled kickoffs in 2019. WRs Jayden Reed

returned kicks (20.6 YD AVG).

PR: Returns Bryce Baringer (40.4 YD AVG) who is the only punter listed on the roster. Jayden Reed (2 attempts) and Jalen Nailor

(2 attempts) will return punts again.

SPIN

East Lansing, MI – This year will be the first true offseason Mel Tucker will have with his Spartan

team. He was hired in February and had very little time with the team before COVID arrived which

completely canceled spring practices before they started. Tucker only won two games after a

disastrous loss to Rutgers to begin the year in a game featuring 7 turnovers. However, those were

quality wins over rival Michigan and west division champion Northwestern. The offense only

averaged 18 PPG (12 th worst in the FBS) and 91.4 rushing YDS/G (6 th worst in FBS). The Spartans are

loaded at running back and the receiver room is stacked. Consistency at quarterback has been an

issue lately. This team will only go as far as Temple transfer Anthony Russo will take it. The opener at

Northwestern might determine if this team will make a bowl game or not.

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OHIO STATE

#1 B1G EAST: CONF 6-0, HOME 3-0, AWAY 3-0, BOWL: W/L

Head Coach: Ryan Day (3) OC: Kevin Wilson (5) DC: Kerry Coombs (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost Justin Fields (2100 YDS, 22 TD, 6 INT passing, 383 YDS, 5 TD rushing in 8 games) to the NFL. Former 2020 5-star C.J.

Stroud is expected to be the starter over the No.5 ranked QB of the 2021 class, 5-star Kyle McCord who enrolled early. There is

not a QB on the roster that has a pass attempt in a college game.

RB: Lost Trey Sermon (870 YDS, 4 TD) to the NFL. Returns 226lb Master Teague (514 YDS, 8 TD rushing, 46 YDS receiving), 220lb

Steele Chambers (86 YDS), 227lb Miyan Williams (64 YDS) and Marcus Crowley (14 YDS). Freshman 5-star TreVeyon Henderson

will have a role in the offense.

WR: This receiver unit is the best in CFB in 2021. Returns possibly the two best receivers in the game: Chris Olave (729 YDS, 7

TD) who could have been a 1 st round NFL pick if he declared for the draft and former 5-star recruit Garrett Wilson (723 YDS, 6

TD). There’s also Jaxon Smith-Njigba (49 YDS, 1 TD) and 6’2 Julian Flemming (74 YDS) who were both 5-star recruits. The squad

will also see the addition of the nation’s No.1 receiver in the freshman class, 5-star Emeka Egbuka who showed out in the spring

game. Freshman 4-star 6’3 Marvin Harrison Jr will also get on the field. Jameson Williams (154 YDS, 2 TD) transferred to

Alabama. 4-star Mookie Cooper transferred to Mizzou.

TE: Lost Luke Farrell (37 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Returns Jeremy Ruckert (151 YDS, 5 TD). Other options are Cade Stover (Ohio’s

Gatorade POY), Gee Scott (4 star as WR) and redshirt freshman Joe Royer (3 star).

OL: Lost OG Wyatt Davis and C Josh Myers to the NFL. Returns three-year starting 320lb OT Thayer Munford who could have

gone pro and 315lb OT Nicholas Petit-Frere (2018 5-star). 315lb Paris Johnson (2020 5-star) moved to the guard position. Other

starters expected to be 360lb junior guard Dawand Jones and either Harry Miller (2019 4-star), Luke Wypler (2020 4-star) or

Matthew Jones (2019 4-star). The unit has depth and experience.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Jonathan Cooper (24 TOT, 3.5 sacks) and DT Tommy Togiai (23 TOT, 3 sacks) to the NFL. Returns one of the best DE

pairs with Haskell Garrett (20 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT) and Tyreke Smith (9 TOT, 2 sacks). Also returns DE Zach Harrison (14 TOT, 2

sacks), DT Antwuan Jackson (11 TOT, 1 sack), DT Taron Vincent (9 TOT), DE Tyler Friday (7 TOT), DE Javontae Jean-Baptiste (6

TOT, 1 sack) and Jerron Cage (5 TOT). Incoming 5-star DE Jack Sawyer is already being labeled as one of the best DEs in the

country. According to the OL, they are having a tough time blocking freshman DE and former 5-star JT Tuimoloau.

LB: All three starters and an experienced backup are gone. Lost ILBs Tuf Borland (48 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Baron Browning (29 TOT, 1

sack) and OLBs Pete Werner (54 TOT, 1 sack) and Justin Hilliard (33 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. This is the only questionable unit on

the team but OSU is rich with star talent. Returns senior Dallas Gant (17 TOT), 2018 4-star senior Teradja Mitchell (6 TOT), 2020

4-star Cody Simon (4 TOT), 2020 3-star Craig Young (5 TOT), 2019 4-star Tommy Eichenberg (2 TOT) and 2018 4-star K’Vaughn

Pope (2 TOT in 2020, 13 TOT in 2019).

SF: Returns Josh Proctor (20 TOT, 1 INT), Marcus Hooker (15 TOT, 1 INT), 2019 4-star Ronnie Hickman (5 TOT) and 2020 4-star

Lathan Ransom (5 TOT).

CB: Lost Shaun Wade (34 TOT, 2 INT) to the NFL. Ex 5-star Tyreke Johnson entered the transfer portal after 3 seasons with the

program as a backup. Returns 5 th year senior Marcus Wiliamson (27 TOT), senior Sevyn Banks (23 TOT, 1 INT), 2020 4-star Ryan

Watts (5 TOT) and 2018 4-star Cameron Brown (1 TOT in 2020, 14 TOT in 2019).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost Kicker Blake Haubeil (24/24 PAT, 5/7 FG) to the NFL. Returns Dominic DiMaccio (3/3 PAT, 1/2 FG) and Jake Seibert

(16/16 PAT, 1/2 FG).

PR: Lost Punter Drue Chrisman to the NFL. 5-star Junior Michael O’Shaughnessy is expected to take over.

SPIN

Columbus, OH - 14 Players were invited to the NFL Combine and only 12 starters are back which is the

fifth fewest among power five teams. However, the Buckeyes have the roster talent to reload. The

offense ranked 11 th nationally scoring 41 PPG. The ground game averaged 256.9 YDS/G which ranked 8 th

best in the FBS. One concern is the 304 passing YDS/G allowed (6 th most in FBS). Ohio State is tied for the

best home win percentage (93.3%) since 2010. Average loss to East Division: 3 points. Average loss to

West Division: 30 points. But since Day took over, he is 18-0 vs B1G opponents by average score of 43-

14. Hosting Oregon in week two should reveal a lot about this team, but they can’t overlook Minnesota

in week 1. The bye week is placed perfectly before the toughest stretch- at Indiana and home vs PSU.

Either Ohio State or Clemson will have the best offense in the country.

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PENN STATE

#3 B1G EAST: CONF 4-5, HOME 2-3, AWAY 2-2

HC: James Franklin(8) OC: Mike Yurcich(1) DC: Brent Pry(8)/Anthony Poindexter(1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Will Levis (421 YDS, 1 TD passing, 260 YDS, 3 TD rushing) transferred to Kentucky. Returns Sean Clifford (1883

YDS, 16 TD, 9 INT passing, 335 YDS, 3 TD rushing) who split time with Levis last season. This will be the third year

starting for Clifford. Backup could be Ta’Quan Roberson (2019 4-star) or redshirt freshman Mason Stahl.

RB: Returns 220lb Keyvone Lee (438 YDS, 4 TD), Devyn Ford (274 YDS, 3 TD), Caziah Holmes (227 YDS, 2 TD), 237lb

Noah Cain (3 carries for 13 YDS in 2020, 443 YDS, 8 TD in 2019).

WR: Returns leading receiver Jahan Dotson (884 YDS, 8 TD) who could be the best receiver in CFB in 2021. 4-star

Parker Washington (489 YDS, 6 TD) will enter his second season with the program. Also returns Keandre Lambert-

Smith (138 YDS), Daniel George (73 YDS) and Cam Sullivan-Brown (119 YDS in 3 seasons).

TE: Lost Pat Freiermuth (310 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. 6’7 Zack Kuntz (26 YDS in 3 years) transferred to ODU. Returns

Brenton Strange (164 YDS, 2 TD) and Theo Johnson (56 YDS).

OL: Lost C Michal Menet and RG Will Fries to the NFL. Returns starters 308lb LG Mike Miranda (9 starts), 320lb LT

Rasheed Walker (9 starts) and 315lb RT Caedan Wallace (7 starts). Harvard Center 320lb Eric Wilson transferred in

and will compete with 315lb Juice Scruggs, 314lb Des Holmes and 300lb Sal Wormley for the two open spots along

the line.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DEs Shaka Toney (31 TOT, 5 sacks) and Jayson Oweh (38 TOT) to the NFL. DE Shane Simmons (16 TOT, 3

sacks) entered the transfer portal. DT Anthony Shelton (13 TOT, 3.5 sacks) transferred to Florida. Returns DE Adisa

Isaac (13 TOT, 1.5 sacks), DT Hakeem Beamon (7 TOT), Fred Hansard (6 TOT) and Dvon Ellies (3 TOT, 1 sack). DE

Arnold Ebiketie (42 TOT, 4 sacks) transferred in from Temple. DT Derrick Tangelo (40 TOT, 2 sacks, 3 FF) transferred

in from Duke.

LB: Lost ILB Micah Parsons (2020 opt out, 191 TOT in 2 years) to the NFL. Lance Dixon (9 TOT) transferred to WVU.

Returns leading tackler Jesse Luketa (59 TOT), Ellis Brooks (58 TOT, 1 sack), Brandon Smith (37 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT),

Curtis Jacobs (9 TOT) and Charlie Katshir (5 TOT).

SF: Lost Lamont Wade (37 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Jaquan Brisker (57 TOT, 1 INT) who is one of the best

safeties in CFB. Also returns Jonathan Sutherland (13 TOT), Ji’Ayir Brown (6 TOT) and Drew Hartlaub (4 TOT).

CB: 2018 3-star John Dixon (37 TOT, 1 INT) transferred in from South Carolina where he started 8 games in 2020.

Returns Joey Porter Jr (34 TOT, 1 sack), Keaton Ellis (12 TOT, 1 INT), Tariq Castro-Fields (12 TOT), Marquis Wilson

(12 TOT) and Daequan Hardy (10 TOT, 1 sack).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Jake Pinegar (27/28 PAT, 9/13 FG) and Jordan Stout (2/5 FG).

PR: Jordan Stout (41.5 YD AVG) handled punts.

SPIN

Happy Valley, PA – The defense ranked 17 th best in total YDS/G allowed (328.8). Brought

in Yurcich who was the OC for Texas last year which ranked (7 th PTS/G with 42.7) and

(19 th YDS/G with 475.4), an upgrade from PSU’s 430 YDS/G and 29.8 PTS/G in 2020. The

Lions were not ready for the start of last season- star LB Micah Parsons opted out, RB

Journey Brown medically retired after his backup Devyn Ford transferred- and it showed

with 5 straight losses. Never fully recovered from the loss to Indiana in week 1. Should

bounce back after a very disappointing 2020. PSU has a four-game win streak over

Wisconsin who they play first. The non-conference games are tougher than some would

think but 3-0 is a real possibility in those games. It will be great to see the crowd at full

capacity again in Beaver Stadium for a white out game.

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RUTGERS

#5 B1G EAST: CONF 3-6, HOME 0-5, AWAY 3-1

Head Coach: Greg Schiano (2) OC: Sean Gleeson (2) DC: Robb Smith (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returning Noah Vedral (1253 YDS, 9 TD, 8 INT passing, 193 YDS, 1 TD rushing) who has track speed and is

expected to get the start. Artur Sitkowski (444 YDS, 3 TD) was competing for that position until transferring to

Illinois at the end of April. Third stringer Johnny Langan (92 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT passing, 201 YDS, 4 TD rushing) is back.

RB: Returns 215lb Isaih Pacheco (515 YDS, 3 TD rushing, 130 YDS, 1 TD receiving) and Aaron Young (96 YDS, 1 TD

rushing, 100 YDS receiving). Kay’Ron Adams (159 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 73 YDS, 1 TD) transferred to UMass.

WR: Returns Bo Melton (638 YDS, 6 TD receiving, 69 YDS, 2 TD rushing), 6’2 Shameen Jones (378 YDS, 3 TD), Aron

Cruickshank (239 YDS, 1 TD), 6’3 Isaiah Washington (96 YDS) and Christian Dremel (39 YDS). Incoming 3-star 6’5

220lb Shawn Munnerlyn. Joshua Youngblood (73 YDS, 1 TD in 2019) transferred in from Kansas State.

TE: Returns senior 6’6 Jovani Haskins (58 YDS, 2 TD) and Matt Alaimo (23 YDS in 2020, 60 YDS in 2019). Also returns

6’6 Tahjay Moore who was a 3-star in the 2020 class and 6’7 Victor Konopka who played in 4 games last season as

a true freshman.

OL: Returns starters at every position. Sixth year senior center 315lb Nick Krimin will be starting for the third

straight year. Raiqwon O’Neil will start at left tackle. Options to start are 305lb RT/RG Reggie Sutton (9 starts),

310lb LG Cedrice Pailant (7 starts), 305lb RT Brendan Bordner (3 starts), 300lb RG Sam Vretman (3 starts) and RT

310lb David Nwaogwugwu who transferred in from Temple.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost Michael Dwumfour (23 TOT) to the NFL. Returns Mike Tverdov (36 TOT, 4 sacks), Julius Turner (34 TOT), CJ

Onyechi (27 TOT, 2 sacks), 285lb Mayan Ahanotu (12 TOT), Robin Jutwreten (10 TOT, 2 sacks), Aaron Lewis (8 TOT)

and 300lb Ireland Burke (3 TOT, 1 sack).

LB: Returns NFL prospect Olakunle Fatukasi (101 TOT, 3 sacks) who had the 7 th most tackles in the FBS. Also returns

Tyshon Fogg (65 TOT, 1 sack), Tyreek Maddox-Williams (39 TOT), Deion Jennings (22 TOT), Mohamed Toure (20

TOT, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT as a freshman), Rashawn Battle (16 TOT) and Drew Singleton (16 TOT).

SF: Lost Brendon White (38 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Christian Izien (65 TOT, 4 INT), Naijee Jones (29 TOT, 1

INT), Lawrence Stevens (16 TOT). 6’2 Peyton Powell (transferred from Baylor after 2019) was a 4-star athlete in the

2019 class.

CB: Returns Avery Young (50 TOT), senior Tre Avery (35 TOT, 1 INT) and freshman Max Melton (20 TOT). Darius

Gooden is 6’3 200lbs. Patrice Rene (28 TOT) transferred in from North Carolina.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Valentino Ambrosio (15/16 PAT, 9/11 FG) will kick field goals again. Aaron Cruickshank (2 kick ret TD) will

return kicks again. WR Joshua Youngblood transferred in from Kansas State (3 kick return TDs in 2019).

PR: Senior Adam Korsak (43.2 YD AVG) is back to punt.

SPIN

Piscataway, NJ - No players were invited to the NFL Draft Combine. Returns 19 starters

from last season which is tied for the most of any power five team. They are 1 of 6 FBS

teams that return all 11 starters on offense. Recently declared the Northwestern of the

Big Ten East. The Scarlet Knights have not been perfect in nonconference play since 2014

which was also the last year they played in a bowl game. Five of their nine games were

decided by one possession in 2020. The season opens with back-to-back old Big East foes

Temple and Syracuse. One concern is that they might be pushed around by a good

offensive line with only two defensive linemen weighing over 280lbs. A bowl appearance

would be Pandemonium in Piscataway. Keep chopping.

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Projected Final 2021 Big Ten Standings

East B1G OVR West B1G OVR

1 Ohio State 9-0 12-0 1 Wisconsin 8-1 10-2

2 Penn State 8-1 10-2 2 Iowa 6-3 8-4

3 Indiana 6-3 10-2 3 Minnesota 5-4 8-4

4 Michigan 5-4 7-5 4 Nebraska 5-4 7-5

5 Michigan State 3-6 5-7 5 Northwestern 3-5 6-6

6 Rutgers 2-7 5-7 6 Illinois 2-7 4-8

7 Maryland 0-8 2-10 7 Purdue 1-8 2-10

SPIN

Rosemont, IL – Since splitting into East/West divisions, the East has won all six conference

championships. 2020 marked Ohio State’s fourth straight Big Ten Championship win. Two against

Wisconsin and two against Northwestern. Ryan Day is yet to lose a Big Ten game. This season, it does

not look like that will change. Ohio State will win the Big Ten and play in the College Football Playoff.

Wisconsin has lost eight in a row to Ohio State, including three losses in the Big Ten Championship.

Wisconsin’s two other losses will be the opener against Penn State and Notre Dame in Chicago. Iowa

beat Wisconsin by 21 last season but that was a Badger team without Jalen Berger. Iowa has lost key

players on the defensive line and at receiver which is why the Hawkeyes will not finish on top of the

West, and the reason they will lose their winning streaks to Iowa State and Nebraska. However, when

the Big Ten’s best running backs meet to play for Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa’s Tyler Goodson will get the

win over Minnesota’s Mo Ibrahim. Minnesota and Nebraska have the same record but Minnesota will

have the head to head win. Minnesota will be a better team than the record will show, only losing to

Ohio State on their way to an 8-1 record before losing three close games to close out the regular season.

Northwestern is a team that is always underrated because they rarely standout on paper in the

preseason. This year, there were more departures than usual and for the first time in five years, the

Wildcats will be without linebackers Paddy Fisher and Blake Gallagher who combined for 733 career

tackles. Pat Fitzgerald will still get Northwestern to a bowl game. Indiana will come up short against

Ohio State again but they will still be in the mix for a NY6 Bowl even if they are 10-2 at the hands of Iowa

or PSU. Penn State will have a better outing this year but are still a step below OSU. Indiana vs PSU is a

toss up game, that could go State’s way, but the game at Iowa is looking like a loss, especially if it is

under the lights. Michigan will have a lot of talented young players who will set up the program nicely

going forward. I want to believe in the Rutgers magic but the Scarlet Knights will barely miss out on bowl

season. Maryland is loaded at receiver but nothing else about the Terps jumps out.

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BOSTON COLLEGE

#6 ACC: CONF 5-5, HOME 3-2, AWAY 2-3

Head Coach: Jeff Hafley (2) OC: Frank Cignetti (2) DC: Tem Lukabu (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns starter 6’5 Phil Jurkovec (2558 YDS, 17 TD, 5 INT passing, 150 YDS, 3 TD rushing). Backup Dennis Grosel

(568 YDS, 6 TD, 3 INT) also returns.

RB: Leading rusher David Bailey (503 YDS, 7 TD rushing, 1 TD receiving) transferred to Colorado State. Returns

Travis Levy (321 YDS rushing, 285 YDS receiving) and Pat Garwo (122 YDS). Alec Sinkfield (327 YDS, 3 TD)

transferred in from West Virginia. Freshman 3-star Xavier Coleman could get playing time.

WR: Returns Zay Flowers (892 YDS, 9 TD receiving, 1 TD rushing) who is the top pass target. Also returns CJ Lewis

(460 YDS, 5 TD), Jaelen Gill (435 YDS, 1 TD), Jehlani Galloway (197 YDS, 2 TD). 2020 3-star 6’3 Taji Johnson could

see an increased role.

TE: Lost Hunter Long (685 YDS, 5 TD) to NFL. Returns Spencer Witter (68 YDS).

OL: Jurkovec will get to take snaps behind five returning starters on the offensive line. Center Alec Lindstrom could

be among the best linemen in CFB. RT 310lb Ben Petrula, LT 315lb Zion Johnson, OG 305lb Tyler Vrabel and OG

315lb Christian Mahogany look like the starters. Freshman four-star OG Drew Kendall will provide depth and could

see the field.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Max Roberts (22 TOT, 4.5 sacks) to the NFL. Luc Bequette (18 TOT, 1 sack) transferred to Cal. Returns

DE Marcus Valdez (37 TOT, 2 sacks), Brandon Barlow (34 TOT, 1.5 sacks), DE Shitta Sillah (22 TOT, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT),

Chibueze Onwuka (20 TOT, 1.5 sacks), TJ Rayam (16 TOT) and Cam Horsley (13 TOT).

LB: Lost OLB Isaiah McDuffie (107 TOT, 3 sacks, 1 INT) and Max Richardson (99 TOT, 3.5 sacks) to the NFL. John

Lamot (21 TOT) is no longer on the team. Returns Kam Arnold (15 TOT), Nick DeNucci (8 TOT), Joseph Sparacio (3

TOT, 1 sack) and Hugh Davis (2 TOT). Vinny DePalma (33 TOT in 2019) will be back from injury after missing 2020.

Isaiah Graham-Mobley (26 TOT, 2 sacks) transferred in from Temple.

SF: Returns Deon Jones (38 TOT, 1 sack), Jahmin Muse (37 TOT, 3 INT) and Mike Palmer (24 TOT, 1 INT). Former

2018 5-star Jaiden Lars Woodbey (28 TOT) transferred in from Florida State.

CB: Tate Haynes (3 TOT) entered the transfer portal. Returns Josh Deberry (44 TOT, 1 INT), Elijah Jones (36 TOT)

Brandon Sebastian (32 TOT, 1 INT) and Jason Maitre (32 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT). Four-star freshman CJ Burton could

get on the field.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Aaron Boumerhi (30/30 PAT, 16/20 FG) and Danny Longman (2/3 PAT, 2/2 FG).

PR: Returns starting punter Grant Carlson (42.4 YD AVG).

SPIN

Chestnut Hill, MA – Jurkovec to Flowers will be a nice QB/WR duo this season and

can be even more effective if another target emerges. The ground game needs a

boost after ranking 10 th worst in the FBS in rushing with 101.7 YDS/G. Returning

everyone on the OL helps but losing their leading rusher does not. Overall scoring

needs to improve (27.8 PPG). The secondary and defensive line look good but

linebacker is a major concern. Six of their games in 2020 were decided by one

possession. The schedule is favorable. 2021 is definitely a bowl season for the

Eagles with Colgate, UMass and Temple as 3 of 4 non-conference games. Add those

to a win over Missouri and BC could have four wins before conference play begins.

The bye week allows them to recover after playing Clemson who they almost beat

last year. I think the Eagles will end up with around eight wins and a .500

conference record.

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CLEMSON

#1 ACC: CONF 9-1, HOME 5-0, AWAY 4-1, BOWL: L

Head Coach: Dabo Swinney (13) OC: Tony Elliott (7) DC: Brent Venables (10)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost Trevor Lawrence (3153 YDS, 24 TD, 5 INT passing, 203 YDS, 8 TD rushing) to the NFL. Returns 5-star DJ Uiagalelei (914

YDS, 5 TD passing, 60 YDS, 4 TD rushing) who started two games when Lawrence was on the sideline with COVID. DJ’s backup,

Taisun Phommachanh tore his Achilles in the spring game and was expected to miss the season but might return part way

through the year. Also returns Hunter Helms (77 YDS, 2 TD).

RB: Lost Travis Etienne (914 YDS, 14 TD rushing, 588 YDS, 2 TD receiving), the ACC’s all-time leading rusher, to the NFL. 2020 5-

star Demarkus Bowman (32 YDS) transferred to Florida. Chez Mellusi (151 YDS, 3 TD) transferred to Wisconsin. Returns Darien

Rancher (137 YDS, 1 TD), Kobe Pace (75 YDS) and Michael Dukes (55 YDS). Freshman 5-star Will Shipley will make an impact

right away. Phil Mafah is a 4-star freshman that will also see the field.

WR: Lost Amari Rodgers (1020 YDS, 7 TD) and Cornell Powell (882 YDS, 7 TD) to the NFL. 6’4 Justyn Ross (865 YDS, 8 TD in 2019)

will be back after missing the 2020 season due to a spinal injury. Also returns 6’3 EJ Williams (306 YDS, 2 TD), 6’3 Frank Ladson

(281 YDS, 3 TD), Brannon Spector (136 YDS), 6’3 Joseph Ngata (83 YDS), 6’3 Ajou Ajou (41 YDS, 1 TD). 4-star freshman 6’3 Beaux

Collins could see the field.

TE: Returns Braden Galloway (369 YDS, 2 TD), Davis Allen (247 YDS, 4 TD) and Jaelyn Lay (5 YDS).

OL: Lost LT Jackson Carman to the NFL. The other 4 starters are back. Returns one of the top tackles in 2020 in Jordan

McFadden.

DEFENSE:

DL: Nyles Pinckney (22 TOT, 1 sack) transferred to Minnesota. DE Juston Foster (opted out 2020, 41 TOT & 4.5 sacks in 2019)

initially ended his playing career after battling COVID-19 but rejoined the team in May. Returns Bryan Breece (23 TOT, 4 sacks)

who was the No.1 recruit of 2020 and is now one of the best defensive linemen in CFB along with Tyler Davis (13 TOT, 2 sacks).

Also returns DE Myles Murphy (38 TOT, 4 sacks), DE KJ Henry (23 TOT, 3.5 sacks), DE Justin Mascoll (18 TOT, 2 sacks), DE Regan

Upshaw (16 TOT, 2.5 sacks), Tyler Davis (13 TOT, 2 sacks), Tre Williams (7 TOT), DE Xavier Thomas (11 TOT, 3.5 sacks in 7 games)

and Darnell Jefferies (6 TOT). DT DeMonte Capehart will contribute as a backup after playing in 4 games last year.

LB: Pass rusher Mike Jones Jr (started 7 games, 26 TOT, 2 INT) transferred to LSU. Returns Baylon Spector (65 TOT, 4.5 sacks),

James Skalski (35 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Jake Venables (30 TOT, 2.5 sacks), Trenton Simpson (28 TOT, 4 sacks), Kane Patterson (16 TOT,

1 INT), Keith Maguire (15 TOT) and LaVonta Bentley (14 TOT, 3.5 sacks). Freshman 4-star Jeremiah Trotter Jr will contribute as a

backup.

SF: Returns Nolan Turner (53 TOT, 3 INT), Joseph Charleston (44 TOT), Lannden Zanders (25 TOT, 1 sack), Ray Thornton (15

TOT), Tyler Venables (14 TOT), Jalyn Phillips (12 TOT, 1 INT) and Carson Donnelly (5 TOT).

CB: Starter Derion Kendrick (20 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) transferred to Georgia. Returns Andrew Booth (27 TOT, 1 sack, 2 INT),

Sheridan Jones (22 TOT, 1 INT), Malcolm Greene (18 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT), Mario Goodrich (16 TOT, 2 INT) and Fred Davis (13

TOT). The No.6 CB recruit of the 2021 class, Nathaniel Wiggins, could get on the field.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns BT Potter (61/62 PAT, 18/23 FG), Aidan Swanson (2/2 PAT) and Jonathan Weitz (1/1 PAT).

PR: Returns starting punter Will Spiers (43.9 YD AVG).

SPIN

Clemson, SC – Clemson is tied for the best home win percentage (93.3%) since 2010 and is riding a 25 game win streak at home.

The offense was 3 rd nationally with 43.5 PPG. There was talk of OC Tony Elliot taking a head coaching position but he stayed.

Usually, losing the starting QB, RB, and top 2 WRs would be a major setback for teams, but not

with this talented roster. 5-star recruits fill in where the NFL talent leaves. 10 of 11 starters are

back on a defensive unit that was tied for the FBS lead in sacks (46) last season, accounted for 14

interceptions and ranked 15 th (112.7 YDS/G). Even though Derion Kendrick is gone, the secondary

is still loaded with talent and experience, led by Andrew Booth who is a top 5 corner in the

country. The opener against Georgia could have playoff ramifications for both schools. If they can

make it out of week 1 with a win, they will not face a team with enough fire power to beat them

until the ACC Championship Game which will most likely be against North Carolina or Miami from

the Coastal Division. Last year the Tigers beat Miami 42-17 and did not play UNC. Clemson has won

the ACC 6 years in a row and made the CFP in each of those 6 seasons. 2021 is looking like another

run at the National Championship for the Tigers.

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FLORIDA STATE

#13 ACC: CONF 2-6, HOME 3-2, AWAY 0-4

Head Coach: Mike Norvell (2) OC: Kenny Dillingham (2) DC: Adam Fuller (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: James Blackman (366 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT) is gone. McKenzie Milton (career: 8683 YDS, 72 TD, 22 INT passing, 1078 YDS, 20 TD

rushing) transferred in from UCF (27-6 as a starter) with one year of eligibility left and received full medical clearance to play in

the spring after recovering from a broken leg. Milton is one of ten returning QBs with 7000+ career pass yards. Returns Jordan

Travis (6 starts, 1056 YDS, 6 TD, 6 INT passing, 559 YDS, 7 TD rushing) and redshirt freshman Chubba Purdy (1 start, 219 yards, 2

TD, 1 INT) who missed spring camp for a broken collarbone. Also returns Tate Rodemaker (130 YDS, 0 TD, 3 INT). Milton hopes

to bring stability to the position after 4 different QBs started over the course of last season. Travis led the team in rush yards.

RB: La’Damian Webb (369 YDS, 3 TD as a freshman) transferred to Troy. Returns Jashaun Corbin (401 YDS, 5 TD rushing, 115

YDS receiving), Lawrance Toafili (356 YDS, 2 TD rushing, 120 YDS receiving) and Tresshaun Ward (54 YDS, 1 TD). 2019 3-star DJ

Williams (199 YDS, 3 TD) transferred in from Auburn.

WR: Lost Tamorrion Terry (289 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Warren Thompson (104 YDS, 1 TD) transferred to Arkansas. DJ Mathews,

who was the second-leading receiver for the Noles in 2019, transferred to Indiana. 6’2 Andrew Parchment (1028 YDS, 9 TD in 20

games) transferred in from Kansas. Returns Ontaria Wilson (382 YDS, 2 TD), Keyshawn Helton (119 YDS, 2 TD), Ja’Khi Douglas

(116 YDS, 2 TD), 6’2 Jordan Young (85 YDS) and 6’3 Kentron Poitier (39 YDS). Freshmen 4-star 6’4 Malik McClain and 3-star 6’2

Joshua Burrell will probably play right away.

TE: Returns Camren McDonald (263 YDS, 2 TD) and Preston Daniel (45 YDS).

OL: Guard 305lb Dillan Gibbons transferred in from Notre Dame. Returns all six players that started more than one game last

season. Projected starters: LT 310lb Devontay Love-Taylor (7 starts), LG 320lb Dontae Lucas (7 starts), C Maurice Smith (7

starts), RG Dillan Gibbons (1 start), RT 310lb Robert Scott (7 starts).

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Marvin Wilson (17 TOT, 1 sack) and DEs Janarius Robinson (26 TOT, 3 sacks) and Joshua Kaindoh (14 TOT, 1 INT) to

the NFL. DT Cory Durden (7 TOT) transferred to NC State. DE Keir Thomas (32 TOT, 3 sacks) transferred in from South Carolina.

DE Jermaine Johnson (14 TOT, 4 sacks) transferred in from Georgia. Returns 335lb Robert Cooper (15 TOT), 315lb Fabien Lovett

(14 TOT, 1 sack), DE Leonard Warner (12 TOT), DE Derrick McLendon (7 TOT), Tru Thompson (7 TOT, 1 sack) and Dennis Briggs

(6 TOT). Freshman Joshua Farmer was a 4-star.

LB: Returns Amari Gainer (65 TOT), Emmett Rice (61 TOT, 1 sack), Stephen Dix (44 TOT as true freshman), DJ Lundy (12 TOT),

DeCalon Brooks (8 TOT), Kalen DeLoach (7 TOT) and Jaleel McRae (7 TOT).

SF: Lost Hamsah Nasirildeen (13 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Former 2018 5-star Jaiden Lars Woodbey (28 TOT) transferred to

Boston College. Raymond Woodie (25 TOT) transferred to Cal. Jammie Robinson (74 TOT, 1 INT) transferred in from South

Carolina. Returns Brendan Gant (30 TOT, 1 INT), Renardo Green (27 TOT), Travis Jay (26 TOT, 1 INT) and Sidney Williams (21

TOT).

CB: Lost Asante Samuel Jr (30 TOT, 3 INT) to the NFL. Brandon Moore (missed 2020 with injury, 76 TOT, 2 INT in career)

transferred in from UCF and Jarques McClellion (opted out 2020, 59 TOT, 1 INT in career) transferred in from Arkansas. Returns

Jarvis Brownlee (26 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Jarrian Jones (18 TOT) and Meiko Dotson (9 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Ryan Fitzgerald (12/13 PAT, 4/7 FG) and Parker Grothaus (14/14 PAT, 4/7 FG).

PR: Returns Alex Mastromanno (43.5 YD AVG).

SPIN

Tallahassee, FL – After starting 2020 with a 1-3 record, FSU upset North Carolina and it looked like the

program was heading in the right direction but followed the game up with two blowout losses. With

Milton directing the offense, FSU will have one of the best QBs in the country. However, expect there

to be some rust. Milton has not played in a game since November of 2018 when he sustained a

severe leg injury. The offense should improve all around with starters returning on the offensive line

and transfer additions at quarterback and receiver. The offense put up 25.8 PPG. The defense gave

up an average of 36 PPG. NFL losses on the DL are huge but the transfer portal patched up those

holes. Notre Dame and Florida highlight the non-conference schedule as their first and last games of

the regular season. FSU can start the year off with home advantage- 4 of their first 5 games are in

Doak Campbell Stadium. Those games will be crucial for the Seminoles bowl game hopes because 3

of the last 5 games are against preseason top 25 teams. I would set the win total at 5 or 6.

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LOUISVILLE

#12 ACC: CONF 3-7, HOME 3-2, AWAY 0-5

Head Coach/OC: Scott Satterfield (3) DC: Bryan Brown (3) / Cort Dennison (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns starter Malik Cunningham (2617 YDS, 20 TD, 12 INT passing, 609 YDS, 7 TD rushing) who threw the

fourth most picks in the FBS and was sacked 28 times (7 th most). Also returns Evan Conley (48 YDS). Shai Werts

transferred in from Georgia Southern where he ran the triple-option but will play WR. Luke McCaffrey (608 pass

yards, 3 pass TD, 6 INT, 530 rush yards, 3 TD in 11 games over 2 years) transferred in from Nebraska then left the

team after a couple weeks.

RB: Lost Javian Hawkins (822 YDS, 7 TD rushing, 127 YDS, 1 TD receiving) to the NFL. Returns 220lb Jalen Mitchell

(347 YDS, 2 TD), Hassan Hall (223 YDS, 2 TD), Maurice Burkley (180 YDS, 1 TD) and redshirt freshman 6’3 230lb

Aidan Robbins (10 YDS). Jawhar Jordan (72 YDS rushing, 34 YDS receiving) transferred in from Syracuse.

WR: Lost Tutu Atwell (625 YDS, 7 TD, opted out part way into 2020 season) and Dez Fitzpatrick (833 YDS, 3 TD) to

the NFL. Returns Braden Smith (370 YDS), 6’3 Justin Marshall (87 YDS) and Jordan Watkins (57 YDS). QB Shai Werts

(8 TD passing, 720 YDS, 11 TD rushing) transferred in from Georgia Southern.

TE: Ean Pfeifer (101 YDS, 2 TD) decided to not return for his seventh college season. Returns Marshon Ford (309

YDS, 6 TD), Duane Martin (27 TOT), Francis Sherman (19 YDS, 1 TD) and Isaac Martin (11 YDS).

OL: Co-offensive coordinator and OL coach Dwayne Ledford left to be the OL coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Two

starters are gone from last season. Projected starters are LT Trevor Reid, LG 310lb Caleb Chandler (24 straight

starts), Center 315lb Cole Bentley (31 career starts), RG 315lb Adonis Boone and either Renato Brown or Bryan

Hudson at RT.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost Jared Goldwire (35 TOT, 2 sacks) to the NFL. Returns YaYa Diaby (18 TOT), Tabarius Peterson (15 TOT, 1

sack), Malik Clark (14 TOT), Ramon Puryear (8 TOT) and Dayna Kinnaird (7 TOT, 1 sack).

LB: Lost Dorian Etheridge (50 TOT, 2.5 sacks) to the NFL. Rodjay Burns (58 TOT, 2 sacks) moved on. Returns leading

tackler CJ Avery (79 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT), Monty Montgomery (47 TOT, 4 sacks, 1 INT), Yasir Abdullah (33 TOT, 3

sacks), Nick Okeke (30 TOT), Jack Fagot (24 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), KJ Cloyd (12 TOT) and Dorian Jones (7 TOT).

SF: Lost Isaiah Hayes (37 TOT) to the NFL. Russ Yeast (45 TOT) transferred to Kansas State. Kenderick Duncan (28

TOT, 2 INT) transferred in from Georgia Southern. Returns Josh Minkins (6 TOT).

CB: Lost Marlon Character (37 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) to the NFL. Marqui Lowery (did not play) transferred to Michigan

State. Returns Kei’Trel Clark (36 TOT, 1 INT) and Chandler Jones (24 TOT, 1 sack).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns James Turner (40/40 TOT, 13/15 FG). Ryan Chalifoux (3 kickoffs) is back. Freshman Brock Travelstead is

the No.5 ranked kicker recruit.

PR: Freshman Mark Vassett is the only punter listed on the roster.

SPIN

Louisville, KY – The offense ranked 31 st with 444.2 YDS/G. The Cards’ offense has been

explosive more often than not but some key parts have moved on- WRs Atwell and

Fitzpatrick and RB Hawkins. The defense ranked 17 th in pass defense, only allowing

189.2 YDS/G passing. Safety should improve a little with the addition of Kenderick

Duncan. Four of their losses were by one possession last season. Ole Miss, UCF and

Kentucky in the non-conference is good for college football fans but not for Louisville.

Those three games will probably be losses. However, the Cardinals will get to miss

North Carolina and Miami from the Coastal Division. Looking at the schedule, I do not

see six wins to make a bowl game. At best, I think the Cards could reach five wins. In

reality, three or four wins is how it will play out. Satterfield is a good coach that can

win (8-5 in first season) but this is not Louisville’s season to make a move.

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NORTH CAROLINA STATE

#5 ACC: CONF 7-3, HOME 4-1, AWAY 3-2, BOWL: L

Head Coach: Dave Doeren (9) OC: Tim Beck (2) DC: Tony Gibson (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: Bailey Hockman (2088 YDS, 13 TD, 11 INT passing, 3 TD rushing) transferred to Middle Tennessee. Returns Devin Leary (890

YDS, 8 TD, 2 INT) who was the starter for 4 games until he was injured. Leary is expected to start the 2021 season. Also returns

freshman Ben Finley (143 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT).

RB: Zonovan Knight (788 YDS, 10 TD rushing, 136 YDS receiving) is underrated. Also returns 220lb Ricky Person (643 YDS, 4 TD

rushing, 136 YDS receiving), Jordan Houston (143 YDS, 3 TD) and 235lb Trent Pennix (11 YDS, 1 TD receiving).

WR: Returns 6’3 Emeka Emeze (738 YDS, 5 TD), Thayer Thomas (529 YDS, 6 TD), Devin Carter (477 YDS, 2 TD), Porter Rooks (276

YDS), 6’4 CJ Riley (123 YDS, 2 TD), 6’2 Anthony Smith (69 YDS, 1 TD), Christopher Scott (49 YDS) and Keyon Lesane (37 YDS).

TE: Lost Cary Angeline (412 YDS, 6 TD) to the NFL. Returns Dylan Parham (52 YDS) and 6’6 Andrew Jayne (5 YDS).

OL: Four starters are back. 305lb Grant Gibson could be the best center in CFB. OT 320lb Ikem Ekwonu is projected to be an

early round NFL pick after next season. LT Tyrone Riley is back for a seventh season. Division II transfer Chandler Zavala should

start at RG with Dylan McMahon at LG. Bryson Speas is expected to start at RT.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Alim McNeill (25 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) to the NFL. Val Martin (12 TOT) transferred to Minnesota. 310lb Cory Durden (7

TOT, 1 sack, 1 FF) transferred in from Florida State. Returns Daniel Joseph (37 TOT, 6.5 sacks), DE Terrell Dawkins (36 TOT, 4.5

sacks), 300lb CJ Clark (24 TOT), Savion Jackson (20 TOT, 1 sack) and DE Ibrahim Kante (13 TOT).

LB: CJ Hart (17 TOT, 2 sacks, 2 FF) transferred to Illinois. Returns Payton Wilson (108 TOT, 3.5 sacks, 2 INT), Isaiah Moore (94

TOT, 3 sacks), Drake Thomas (58 TOT, 3 sacks), Vi Jones (35 TOT, 3 sacks), Jaylon Scott (16 TOT, 1 INT) and Seth Williams (5

TOT).

SF: Returns Jakeen Harris (76 TOT, 1 INT), Tanner Ingle (33 TOT), Joshua Pierre-Louis (27 TOT, 1 INT), Rakeim Ashford (12 TOT)

and Nicholas Treco (4 TOT).

CB: Isaac Duffy (27 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) transferred to FCS Albany. Malik Dunlap (20 TOT, 1 sack) transferred to Texas Tech.

Returns CB/SF Tyler Baker-Williams (59 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT), Cecil Powell (47 TOT), Shyheim Battle (36 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT),

Devan Boykin (19 TOT as true freshman) and Aydan White (6 TOT, 1 INT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Christopher Dunn (43/43 PAT, 12/17 FG).

PR: Returns starting punter Trenton Gill (44.9 YD AVG) who also handled kickoffs.

SPIN

Raleigh, NC – Under the leadership of Doeren, this team has been able to do more with less, making a bowl game 6

of the last 7 years. Half of their games in 2020 were decided by one possession. The offense only averaged 122.5

rushing YDS/G (21 st lowest in FBS) but averaged a decent 31.1 PPG. Having Leary back at QB will help the offense

out and in turn he will be helped by a receiving group that returns everybody. TE is the only group on offense that

lost someone to the NFL. Last season the OL dealt with a lot of injuries which is part of the reason the rushing

attack never took off. If they can stay healthy for this talented backfield, the run

game should improve quite a bit. The defense returns most of its major

contributors except DT Alim McNeil. 2020 was the first season as a full time

starter for LB Payton Wilson but he led the team in tackles the last two years.

Looking at the schedule, the Pack will be tested early against the Air Raid at

Mississippi State and open ACC play vs Clemson. Tough draw from the Coastal

Division- Miami and North Carolina- both losses in 2020. NC State has a good

chance to be 4-0 in the non-conference. In the preseason last year, I had the

Wolfpack picked to finish towards the bottom of the ACC which was a complete

miss. I expect the Pack to end up with nine regular season wins, with losses to

Clemson, Miami and North Carolina. Miami is a team NC State could upset. If they

win the close games, NC State could sneak into the CFP Rankings.

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SYRACUSE

#15 ACC: CONF 1-9, HOME 1-4, AWAY 0-5

Head Coach: Dino Babers (6) OC: Sterlin Gilbert (1) DC: Tony White (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Rex Culpepper (1028 YDS, 9 TD, 8 INT) moved on. Returns Tommy DeVito (593 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT in 2020, 2360

YDS, 19 TD, 5 INT in 2019). Also returns 6’4 Jacobian Morgan (285 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT).

RB: Returns Sean Tucker (626 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 113 YDS receiving) and Cooper Lutz (246 YDS, 1 TD). Jawhar

Jordan (72 YDS rushing, 34 YDS receiving) transferred to Louisville. Markenzy Pierre (48 YDS) transferred to FCS

Eastern Illinois. Fullback Chris Elmore is 280lbs.

WR: Nykeim Johnson (323 YDS, 4 TD) transferred to Kent State. Returns 6’2 TJ Harris (733 YDS, 5 TD), 6’2 Anthony

Queeley (378 YDS, 2 TD), Courtney Jackson (69 YDS), Sharod Johnson (41 YDS) and 6’5 Damien Alford.

TE: Aaron Hackett (63 YDS, 2 TD) transferred to Kent State. Returns Luke Benson (63 YDS, 2 TD).

OL: OT Willie Tyler transferred in from Texas with 3 years of eligibility remaining. Chris Bleich was not eligible to

play last year after transferring in from Florida State (8 starts at Guard in 2019). Other expected starters: Center

Carlos Vettorello, Guard 320lb Dakota Davis, LT 315lb Matthew Bergeron and RT Airon Servais.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns Josh Black (38 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT), McKinley Williams (35 TOT, 1 sack), Kingsley Jonathan (32 TOT, 3

sacks), Cody Roscoe (20 TOT, 2 sacks), Caleb Okechukwu (14 TOT, 1 sack), Curtis Harper (14 TOT), Drew Tuazama (7

TOT) and Kevon Darton (5 TOT).

LB: Returns leading tackler Mikel Jones (69 TOT, 1 sack, 4 INT), Geoff Cantin-Arku (63 TOT, 4 sacks), Lee Kpogba (42

TOT, 1 sack), Stefon Thompson (36 TOT, 3 sacks), Marlowe Wax (32 TOT, 3 sacks), Steve Linton (15 TOT) and Leon

Lowery (5 TOT). Tyrell Richards (26 TOT, 2 sacks) entered the transfer portal.

SF: Lost Andre Cisco (11 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Ja’Had Carter (65 TOT, 2 INT), Rob Hanna (55 TOT, 1 INT),

Aman Greenwood (17 TOT), Ben Labrosse (11 TOT).

CB: Lost Trill Williams (24 TOT, 1 INT) and Ifeatu Melifonwu (55 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Garrett

Williams (64 TOT, 1 sack, 2 INT), Adrian Cole (11 TOT) and Justin Barron (4 TOT). Added New Mexico State transfer

Jason Simmons (62 TOT, 1 FF).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Andre Szmyt (23/24 PAT, 9/11 FG).

PR: Freshman James Williams was the No.2 kicker of the 2020 class and the only punter on the roster.

SPIN

Syracuse, NY – Some fans were calling for Dino Babers to replace Muschamp at South Carolina after his team upset

Clemson in 2017 which was followed up by a 10-win season in 2018. After failing to reach a bowl game the last two

seasons, that prospect has faded. However, if history is any indication, the Carrier Dome is good for an upset from

time to time. Last season was a disaster, one win and only two losses within one possession. The offense only

averaged 17.8 PPG (11 th worst in the FBS) and 92 YDS/G rushing (7 th worst in FBS) and 265.3 total YDS/G (3 rd

worst). The defense allowed 463.9 YDS/G (16 th most). Both starting corners and one safety

departed for the NFL but the backups got plenty of playing time. Almost every contributor

on the defensive line and at linebacker returns which hopefully leads to an improved

squad. DC Tony White will get his first full offseason with the team. The offense gets back

the top two running backs and receivers. A new OC was brought to help rebuild the

offense. Watch out for Liberty (lost by 17 to the Flames in 2020) and an improving Rutgers

squad in non-conference play. Frank Solich retired from Ohio which should help ‘Cuse pick

up a win to start the season. Cross division games are against Virginia Tech and Pitt. I have

Syracuse going 4-8 this season, picking up one ACC win at some point. I think the Orange

will win one and lose one with Rutgers and Liberty. Last year was a dud but the new OC has

some weapons to work with but will need 2019 production out of QB Tommy DeVito.

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WAKE FOREST

#10 ACC: CONF 3-4, HOME 2-1, AWAY 1-3, BOWL: L

Head Coach: Dave Clawson (8) OC: Warren Ruggiero (8) DC: Lyle Hemphill (5)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns starter Sam Hartman (2224 YDS, 13 TD, 5 INT passing, 2 TD rushing) and backups Michael Kern (253

YDS) and Mitch Griffis (56 YDS, 1 TD).

RB: Kenneth Walker (1158 YDS, 17 TD in 20 games) transferred to Michigan State. Returns Christian Beal-Smith

(732 YDS, 5 TD), Justice Ellison (113 YDS, 1 TD) and Ahmani Marshall (18 YDS). Christian Turner (171 YDS, 1 TD in

2019) transferred in from Michigan where he was buried in the depth chart.

WR: Lost Sage Surratt (opted out 2020, 1001 YDS, 11 TD in 2019) to the NFL. 2019 4-star Nolan Groulx (58 YDS)

transferred out. Returns Jaquarii Roberson (926 YDS, 8 TD), 6’2 Donavon Greene (582 YDS, 3 TD), Taylor Morin

(405 YDS, 3 TD), 6’5 AT Perry (211 YDS, 1 TD), Ke’Shawn Williams (44 YDS), 6’4 Donald Stewart (41 YDS) and 6’4

Jahmal Banks (17 YDS). Casey Washington (106 YDS) transferred in from Illinois.

TE: Returns Brandon Chapman (65 TOT) and Blake Whiteheart (61 YDS).

OL: All five starters are back. Allowed 3 sacks per game (105 th in FBS).

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Boogie Basham (28 TOT, 5 sacks) to the NFL. DE Luiji Vilain (4 TOT) transferred in from Michigan.

Returns DE Jacorey Johns (32 TOT, 2 sacks), Miles Fox (24 TOT, 3.5 sacks), 300lb Sulaiman Kamara (15 TOT), Rondell

Bothroyd (11 TOT), Dion Bergan (10 TOT, 1 sack) and Will Smart (5 TOT, 1 sack).

LB: Lost leading tackler Ja’Cquez Williams (73 TOT, 2 sacks) to the NFL. Shamar McCollum (10 TOT) transferred to

Georgia State. Returns Ryan Smenda (52 TOT, 1 sack), Chase Monroe (19 TOT), Chase Jones (13 TOT), DJ Taylor (7

TOT) and Jaylen Hudson (3 TOT).

SF: Returns Nick Anderson (63 TOT, 4 INT as a true freshman), Traveon Redd (46 TOT, 1 INT), Zion Keith (31 TOT, 1

INT), AJ Williams (30 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT).

CB: Returns Ja’Sir Taylor (42 TOT, 2 INT), Caelen Carson (25 TOT, 1 INT), Christian Masterson (25 TOT), Nasir Greer

(7 TOT in 3 games during 2020, 65 TOT in 2019) and Tyriq Hardimon (6 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Nick Sciba (31/31 PAT, 14/17 FG). Ivan Mora kicked off 40 times.

PR: Returns punter/kicker Ivan Mora (40.8 YD AVG).

SPIN

Winston-Salem, NC – Two of Wakes’ four ACC losses, including UNC, were by one possession. Even though the year

ended with a loss to Wisconsin in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, they managed to put up 28 points on the Badgers which

was tied for the most they gave up all year. Returns 19 starters from last season. Only four programs return more

starters. They are 1 of 6 FBS teams that return all 11 starters on offense. The offense ranked 19 th nationally scoring

an average of 36 PPG (most in program history). The +10 turnover margin tied for 4 th

nationally. The defense allowed 32.8 PPG which needs to improve. With no power five

teams on the non-conference schedule, they should win all three games. Old

Dominion did not have a 2020 season, Norfolk State is an FCS school. If they can

survive Army (1 st in total YDS/G allowed, 2 nd in pass YDS/G allowed, 2 nd in PTS/G

allowed), then they only need three more wins to make a bowl game. Wake Forest is

set to play North Carolina which will not count as a conference game in the ACC

standings even though they are both ACC teams. Cross divisional opponents are Duke

and Virginia. The Deacs better get their wins early, the last four games on the schedule

are tough with three road games. Wake Forest should be able to challenge for the

second spot behind Clemson in the Atlantic Division. I have them going 9-3 and would

be surprised if they win less than eight games in the regular season.

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DUKE

#14 ACC: CONF 1-9, HOME 0-4, AWAY 1-5

Head Coach: David Cutcliffe (14) OC: Jeff Faris (1) / Re’Quan Boyette (1)

Co-DC: Ben Albert (4) / Matt Guerrieri (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Last years starter Chase Brice (2170 YDS, 10 TD, 15 INT, 1 TD rushing) transferred to Appalachian State after

throwing an FBS high 15 interceptions and was sacked 34 times, also the most in the FBS. Gunnar Holmberg (161

YDS, 0 TD, 2 INT passing, 1 TD rushing) will start. Also returns Luca Diamont (38 YDS, 1 INT).

RB: Lost Deon Jackson (682 YDS, 5 TD rushing, 85 YDS receiving) to the NFL. Returns senior Mataeo Durant (817

YDS, 8 TD rushing, 107 YDS, 1 TD receiving), Jordan Waters (100 YDS, 2 TD) and 230lb Grissim Anderson.

WR: Dennis Smith (235 YDS, 1 TD) transferred to Eastern Michigan. Damond Philyaw-Johnson (96 YDS) transferred

to FCS Jacksonville State. Returns 6’5 Jake Bobo (358 YDS, 1 TD), Jalon Calhoun (349 YDS, 2 TD), 6’3 Jarett Garner

(274 YDS, 2 TD), 6’3 Eli Pancol (241 YDS, 1 TD), 6’4 Darrell Harding (160 YDS), 6’3 Malik Bowen-Sims (36 YDS) and

Jontavis Robertson (25 YDS).

TE: Lost Noah Gray (285 YDS, 2 TD) to the NFL. Returns 6’6 Jake Marwede (145 YDS, 1 TD) and Nicky Dalmolin (42

YDS).

OL: 335lb starting OG Rakavius Chambers moved on to a professional career. Returns senior 305lb Center Jack

Wohlabaugh (18 starts) who was a team captain but missed 2020 with an injury and his backup Will Taylor (3 starts

before injury). Also returns starting OT 290lb Casey Holman, OT 310lb Jacob Monk and OG 330lb Maurice

McIntyre.

DEFENSE:

DL: Unit took a major hit when DEs Chris Rumph II (53 TOT, 8 sacks) and Victor Dimukeje (44 TOT, 7.5 sacks) left for

the NFL. DT Derrick Tangelo (40 TOT, 2 sacks, 3 FF) transferred to Penn State. DE Drew Jordan (35 TOT, 3.5 sacks)

transferred to Michigan State. Returns DT/DE Ben Frye (28 TOT, 1 sack), DeWayne Carter (12 TOT, 1 sack), 320lb

Gary Smith (9 TOT), Christian Rorie (4 TOT), DE RJ Oben (4 TOT) and Caleb Oppan (3 TOT, 1 sack).

LB: Rocky Shelton (35 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT) is no longer on the team. Returns leading tackler Shaka Heyward (79

TOT, 3 sacks), Dorian Mausi (29 TOT, 1.5 sacks) and Sayyid Stevens (6 TOT). Colby Campbell (355 TOT, 13 sacks, 1

INT in 4 year career) transferred in from Presbyterian. Adam Fakih transferred in from Michigan where he was a

backup.

SF: Lost Michael Carter II (41 TOT, 2 INT) to the NFL. Marquis Waters (71 TOT, 1 sack) transferred to Texas Tech.

Returns Nate Thompson (43 TOT, 1 INT), Lummie Young (26 TOT, 1 INT), Jalen Alexander (25 TOT), J’Marick Woods

(22 TOT), Jaylen Stinson (12 TOT) and Da’Quan Johnson (4 TOT).

CB: Lost Mark Gilbert (8 TOT, 1 INT in 2 games) to the NFL. Dominique Long (51 career TOT) transferred in from

Michigan State. Returns Jeremiah Lewis (45 TOT, 2 INT), Leonard Johnson (23 TOT, 1 INT) and Josh Blackwell (4

TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Charlie Ham (30/32 PAT, 13/15 FG) who also kicked off 22 times. Matt Alswanger grad transferred in

from Tufts.

PR: Jackson Hubbard might punt or kickoff (8 attempts). Porter Wilson is competing for

starting punting chores.

SPIN

Durham, NC – Last season was a disappointing one and for better or worse, only 12 starters

return from last season which is tied for the fifth fewest among power five teams. David

Cutcliffe gave up play calling duties to ex-TE coach now QB/OC Jeff Faris after the team

gave away a national worst 39 turnovers. Neither QB has much experience but they will be

helped out by the running backs and receivers. The non-conference schedule is manageable

with Charlotte, NC A&T, and Kansas but an always difficult Northwestern team.

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GEORGIA TECH

#11 ACC: CONF 3-6, HOME 2-3, AWAY 1-3

Head Coach: Geoff Collins (3) OC: Dave Patenaude (3)

DC: Andrew Thacker (3) / Nathan Burton (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns starter 6’3 Jeff Sims (1881 YDS, 13 TD, 13 INT passing, 492 YDS, 6 TD rushing) who threw the third

most picks in the FBS. Simms led the team in rushing yards. Also returns redshirt freshman backup Jordan Yates (16

YDS). QB/WR James Graham (85 YDS) transferred to Georgia Southern.

RB: Returns Jahmyr Gibbs (460 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 303 YDS, 3 TD receiving) who is one of the most promising young

players in the country. Also returns Jordan Mason (352 YDS, 2 TD rushing, 72 YDS receiving), Dontae Smith (296

YDS, 3 TD rushing, 52 YDS receiving), Jamious Griffin (229 YDS, 2 TD) and 220lb senior Bruce Jordan-Swilling.

WR: Lost Jalen Camp (439 YDS, 4 TD) to the NFL. Ahmarean Brown (579 YDS, 8 TD in 2 years) transferred to South

Carolina. Returns 6’3 Malachi Carter (290 YDS, 3 TD), Adonicas Sanders (223 YDS, 1 TD), 6’3 Peje Harris (138 YDS, 1

TD), 6’2 Marquez Ezzard (124 YDS) and Nate McCollum (15 YDS). Kyric McGowan (366 YDS receiving, 141 YDS, 1 TD

rushing) transferred in from Northwestern. 6’3 Bryce Gowdy is a 4-star freshman.

TE: Returns 6’6 Dylan Deveney (38 YDS, 1 TD) and 6’5 Dylan Leonard (23 YDS).

OL: Starting LG Jack Defoor moved on. Starting LT Zach Quinney also left. Returning lineman that have started and

played significant time are 330lb Jordan Williams, 300lb Mikey Minihan, 305lb Ryan Johnson (RG), 325lb Kenny

Cooper (C/LG), 310lb William Lay (C). Austin Smith could start at LG or Center. OT Kenneth Kirby, a two-time All-

MEAC player at Norfolk State and three-year Vanderbilt starter OT Devin Cochran both transferred in.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns Jordan Domineck (35 TOT, 4 sacks), Djimon Brooks (30 TOT, 1 sack), Ja’Quon Griffin (20 TOT, 2 sacks),

300lb Mike Lockhart (17 TOT), Antonneous Clayton (9 TOT, 2 sacks) and Jared Ivey (8 TOT). DE Chico Bennett (13

TOT) transferred to Virginia. Curtis Ryans (12 TOT, 2 sacks) entered the transfer portal. DE Keion White (62 TOT, 3.5

sacks) transferred in from ODU with two seasons of eligibility.

LB: Lost leading tackler David Curry (84 TOT, 1.5 sacks). Returns Quez Jackson (80 TOT, 1 sack, 2 INT) and Charlie

Thomas (18 TOT, 2 sacks). Ayinde Eley (19 TOT) transferred in from Maryland.

SF: Avery Showell (24 TOT) transferred out. Returns Juanyeh Thomas (59 TOT, 1 INT), Tariq Carpenter (39 TOT, 1

INT), Derrik Allen (13 TOT) and Jaylon King (11 TOT).

CB: Kaleb Oliver (31 TOT, 2 sacks) grad transferred out. Returns Wesley Walker (48 TOT), Zamari Walton (36 TOT, 2

INT), Tre Swilling (20 TOT), Myles Sims (15 TOT), Kenan Johnson (13 TOT) and Tobias Oliver (10 TOT). Picked up 4-

star transfer Kenyatta Watson II from Texas.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Gavin Stewart (22/24 PAT, 2/3 FG) and Jude Kelley (4/5 PAT, 1/5 FG). Brent Cimaglia (19/20 PAT, 5/9

FG) transferred in from Tennessee. Austin Kent is back to kick off again.

PR: Lost Punter Pressley Harvin to the NFL. Freshman David Shanahan will probably start.

SPIN

Atlanta, GA – Georgia Tech played five teams that finished ranked in the Top 25, which

tied with five other teams for the most. Returning their quarterback and running back

who both started last season as true freshman. Sims will have to improve his 1:1 TD to

INT ratio. The defense allowed 270.1 passing YDS/G (17 th most in FBS) and 36.8 PPG

(19 th most). This is one of the toughest schedules in the country thanks to five potential

playoff teams- Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia, UNC and Miami. Crossover games vs the

Atlantic Division are Clemson and Boston College. Making a bowl game will be tough.

Former GT player Tashard Choice is the running backs coach.

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MIAMI

#3 ACC: CONF 7-2, HOME 3-1, AWAY 4-1, BOWL: L

Head Coach: Manny Diaz (3) OC: Rhett Lashlee (2) DC: Manny Diaz (2016-2018)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns dual-threat D’Eriq King (2686 YDS, 23 TD, 5 INT passing, 538 YDS, 4 TD rushing) as a Heisman favorite

who is working his way back from a torn ACL suffered in the bowl game. King was 1 of 11 FBS QBs to be sacked

more than 25 times in 2020. King is also one of ten returning QBs with 7000+ career passing yards. Backup N’Kosi

Perry (348 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT) transferred to FAU. Landed the No.7 ranked QB of the 2021 class in 4-star 6’3 Jake

Garcia who had a great showing in the spring game.

RB: Returns Cam’Ron Harris (643 YDS, 10 TD rushing, 131 YDS, 1 TD receiving), Donald Chaney (322 YDS, 3 TD

rushing, 143 YDS receiving) and Jaylan Knighton (209 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 135 YDS, 1 TD receiving). Robert Burns (63

YDS) transferred to UConn. 240lb true freshman Thaddius Franklin Jr is a 4-star recruit.

WR: Charleston Rambo (312 YDS, 3 TD in 2020, 743 YDS, 5 TD in 2019) transferred in from Oklahoma. Returns Mike

Harley (799 YDS, 7 TD), Mark Pope (403 YDS, 2 TD), 6’3 Dee Wiggins (358 YDS, 3 TD), Keyshawn Smith (58 YDS),

Jeremiah Payton (35 YDS) and 6’2 Michael Redding (19 YDS, 1 TD).

TE: Lost Brevin Jordan (576 YDS, 7 TD) to the NFL. Returns Will Mallory (329 YDS, 4 TD) and Larry Hodges (2 TD in

2019). Freshman Elijah Arroyo is a 4-star recruit.

OL: All starters return from 2020 along with experienced backups who combine for 190 starts which is more than

any other college football team. OT Jarrid Williams will be in his seventh season. Justice Oluwasean transferred in

from UNLV where he played for Miami’s current offensive line coach Garin Justice.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost 3 DEs to the NFL: Quincy Roche (45 TOT, 4.5 sacks), Greg Rousseau (2020 opt out), and Jaelan Phillips (45

TOT, 8 sacks, 1 INT). Still have talent with 305lb Nesta Jade Silvera (35 TOT, 1 sack), Zach McCloud (27 TOT, 2

sacks), Jonathan Ford (19 TOT), Jahfari Harvey (18 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Jared Harrison-Hunte (17 TOT, 3 sacks), 320lb

Jordan Miller (11 TOT), Elijah Roberts (4 TOT). DE Deandre Johnson (28 TOT, 4.5 sacks) transferred in from

Tennessee. DE Cameron Williams (7 TOT) entered the transfer portal.

LB: Returns everyone- Bradley Jennings Jr (39 TOT, 3 sacks), Sam Brooks (37 TOT, 1 sack), Waynmon Steed (15

TOT), Corey Flagg (15 TOT), Ryan Ragone (14 TOT, 1 sack), Tirek Austin-Cave (7 TOT) and Avery Huff (5 TOT).

SF: Returns Bubba Bolden (74 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Amari Carter (53 TOT), Gilbert Frierson (53 TOT, 2 sacks) who

finished No.1, 2, 3 on the team in tackles. Also returns Gurvan Hall (43 TOT), Keontra Smith (22 TOT), Brian Balom

(10 TOT). True freshman 6’5 James Williams is a 5-star recruit and should contribute right away.

CB: Picked up Georgia transfer Tyrique Stevenson (34 TOT) who was the third ranked CB of the 2019 class. Returns

Te’Cory Couch (37 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT), DJ Ivey (36 TOT, 1 INT), Al Blades Jr (29 TOT, 2 INT), Marcus Clarke (5 TOT,

1 INT) and Isaiah Dunson (6 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost Kicker Jose Borregales (37/37 PAT, 20/22 FG) to the NFL. Returns Camden Price (1/1 PAT).

PR: Returns starting punter Lou Hedley (47.1 YD AVG).

SPIN

Coral Gables, FL – Miami lost to 3 of the 4 four ranked teams they played in 2020. They

return 19 starters from last season. Only four programs return more starters. The

offense ranked 26 th nationally scoring an average 34 PPG which should improve with 5

starters on the offensive line and the top three RBs and starting QB returning. The

defense allowed 27 PPG. Manny Diaz is taking over as DC. Other than the defensive

line, the entire defense returns. Besides an FCS tune up, the non-conference is tough-

Alabama, Michigan State and one of the best G5 teams in Appalachian State. Cross

division games vs Atlantic teams are NC State and Florida State. If North Carolina does

not win the Coastal Division, it will be because of Miami.

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NORTH CAROLINA

#4 ACC: CONF 7-3, HOME 4-1, AWAY 3-2, BOWL: L

HC: Mack Brown (3) OC: Phil Longo (3) DC: Jay Bateman (3) / Tommy Thigpen (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns two-year starter Sam Howell (3586 YDS, 30 TD, 7 INT passing, 146 YDS, 5 TD rushing), a preseason Heisman favorite

who threw for the fourth most yards and 6 th most TDs in the FBS. Howell was sacked 33 times which was the second most in

the FBS. Howell is one of ten returning QBs with 7000+ career passing yards. Returns backup Jacolby Criswell (16 YDS, 1 INT

passing, 26 YDS rushing) and 6’6 Jefferson Boaz. Bringing in 4-star Drake Maye who is the 8 th highest ranked QB of the 2021

class.

RB: Lost Michael Carter (1245 YDS, 9 TD rushing, 267 YDS, 2 TD receiving) and Javonte Williams (1140 YDS, 19 TD rushing, 305

YDS, 3 TD receiving) to the NFL. Ty Chandler (456 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 111 YDS receiving) transferred in from Tennessee. Returns

DJ Jones (65 YDS, 1 TD), Josh Henderson (61 YDS), Elijah Green (55 YDS) and Bitish Brooks (1 TD in 2019). True freshman 230lb

Kamarro Edmonds is a 4-star recruit.

WR: Lost deep threats Dyami Brown (1099 YDS, 8 TD) and Dazz Newsome (684 YDS, 6 TD) to the NFL. Four-star freshman Ray

Rose transferred out. Returns Khafre Brown (337 YDS, 2 TD), 6’3 Beau Corrales (238 YDS, 1 TD), Emery Simmons (201 YDS, 1

TD), Josh Downs (119 YDS, 3 TD) and 6’2 Antoine Green (38 YDS, 1 TD). 6’4 Tylee Craft was a 4-star freshman last season. Kobe

Paysour and Gavin Blackwell are both true freshman 4-stars.

TE: Returns Garrett Walston (255 YDS, 2 TD), Kamari Morales (16 YDS, 1 TD) and Kendall Karr (3 YDS).

OL: All five starters return on the line from last season: LT 325lb Asim Richards, LG 325lb Joshua Ezeudu, Center 305lb Brian

Anderson, RG 335lb Marcus McKethan and RT 340lb Jordan Tucker with 315lb Ed Montilus as a backup with 14 career starts.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns Tomari Fox (46 TOT, 4 sacks), 300lb Raymond Vohasek (29 TOT, 3.5 sacks), 310lb Jahlil Taylor (18 TOT), 305lb Kevin

Hester (10 TOT), 305lb Myles Murphy (8 TOT, 1 sack) and 300lb Clyde Pinder (6 TOT, 1 sack). True freshman 295lb DE Keeshawn

Silver is a 5-star recruit.

LB: Lost leading tackler Chazz Surratt (91 TOT, 6 sacks, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns second leading tackler Jeremiah Gemmel (78

TOT, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT). Also returns Tomon Fox (36 TOT, 7 sacks), Tyrone Hopper (27 TOT, 2 sacks), Eugene Asante (26 TOT),

Kaimon Rucker (21 TOT), Chris Collins (13 TOT, 3 sacks) and Desmond Evans (10 TOT, 1 sack). A pair of freshman 4-stars joined

the team in Rara Dillworth and Power Echols.

SF: Returns Cam’Ron Kelly (55 TOT), Don Chapman (48 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT), Trey Morrison (39 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Ja’Qurious

Conley (35 TOT, 1 sack) and Giovanni Biggers (3 TOT, 1 INT).

CB: Patrice Rene (28 TOT) transferred to Rutgers. Returns Storm Duck (37 TOT, 2 INT in 2019) who is arguably the best corner in

the ACC but missed 10 games last season for injury. Also returns Kyler McMichael (26 TOT), Tony Grimes (14 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT),

Ladaeson Deandre Hollins (13 TOT, 1 INT) and Obi Egbuna (8 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Grayson Atkins (63/63 PAT, 12/18 FG) and Jonathan Kim who handled kick offs (led FBS in touchbacks).

PR: Starting punter Ben Kiernan (43.7 YD AVG) is back. WR Dazz Newsome was the best punt returner in the ACC but is gone.

SPIN

Chapel Hill, NC – 10 starters are back on defense which forced 36 sacks (tied 5 th nationally). The defense allowed 154.3 YDS/G

rushing (50 th best) which was much better than the 246.7 YDS/G allowed passing (44 th to last out of 130 FBS teams). The

defense seemed to get bailed out by the offense at times, giving up 45 to VT, 44 to UVA and 53 to Wake. The offense ranked 6 th

nationally scoring 43 PPG. The ground game averaged 249.1 YDS/G which ranked 9 th best in the FBS and averaged 307.5 YDS/G

passing which ranked 19 th . The offense was one of the most explosive in the country, but it is tough to look past the lull against

a bad FSU team in a 31-28 loss. The offense lost major production to the NFL at RB and WR. Ty Chandler

was a huge pickup from the transfer market. There is still plenty of talent and the offense will be among

the best in the FBS again, but it will be tough to match the numbers of the 2020 season. Having five

starters back on the OL is a huge help. Sam Howell is as capable as any QB in the country and might be

the best pure passer. Cross division games against Atlantic Division schools are Florida State and NC

State. They also play Wake Forest which will not count in the ACC Standings. Traveling to Notre Dame is

a tough non-conference game, luckily there is a bye week prior. This team should compete with Clemson

for an ACC Championship and bid to the CFP. Starting the year off with a game at Virginia Tech is no easy

task. UNC will be one of the most fun teams to watch in CFB this year. The season win total over/ under

is at 10 games. UNC had an 11-3 season as recent as 2015. At worst they go 10-2.

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PITTSBURGH

#7 ACC: CONF 5-5, HOME 3-2, AWAY 2-3

Head Coach: Pat Narduzzi (7) OC: Mark Whipple (3) DC: Randy Bates (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Starter Kenny Pickett (2408 YDS, 13 TD, 9 INT passing, 145 YDS, 8 TD rushing) is one of ten returning QBs with

7000+ career passing yards. With Pickett’s injury that caused him to miss two games, the backups got plenty of

experience. Returns Joey Yellen (402 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT), Davis Beville (30 YDS) and Nick Patti (17 YDS).

RB: Returns Vincent Davis (632 YDS, 6 TD rushing, 154 YDS, 1 TD), AJ Davis Jr (266 YDS, 1 TD), Israel Abanikanda (95

YDS, 1 TD rushing, 1 TD receiving) who was a freshman last year and was New York’s Gatorade Player of the Year in

high school. Also returns 235lb Daniel Carter (57 YDS, 1 TD) and 230lb Todd Sibley (54 YDS, 1 TD).

WR: Lost DJ Turner (634 YDS, 3 TD) to the NFL. Returns Jordan Addison (666 YDS, 4 TD), Shocky Jacques-Louis (327

YDS), 6’3 Jared Wayne (326 YDS, 1 TD), 6’2 Taysir Mack (305 YDS, 2 TD), Jaylon Barden (140 YDS, 1 TD), Tre Tipton

(104 YDS) and 6’5 Garrett Bickhart (16 YDS). Melquise Stovall (480 YDS, 4 TD in 14 games) transferred in from

Hawaii.

TE: Returns Daniel Moraga (42 YDS, 1 TD), Kyi Wright (34 YDS), Jake Zilinskas (14 YDS) and 6’5 255lb Kaymar

Mimes. 6’6 260lb Lucas Krull will be back and is expected to start after missing all but one game last season with an

injury.

OL: Lost C Jimmy Morrissey and Bryce Hargrove to the NFL. Returns LT 315lb Carter Warren, RG 305lb Jake Kradel

and RT 325lb Gabe Houy. 310lb Owen Drexel (1 start in 2020) is expected to start at Center. Marcus Minor (17

starts) transferred in from Maryland and is expected to start at LG.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Jaylen Twyman (2020 opt out) and DEs Rashad Weaver (34 TOT, 7.5 sacks) and Patrick Jones II (44 TOT,

9 sacks) to the NFL. The cupboard is not bare, with Calijah Kancey (27 TOT, 1.5 sacks) returning after a promising

freshman season. Also returns Devin Danielson (19 TOT, 2 sacks), Deslin Alexandre (18 TOT, 3 sacks), David Green

(13 TOT, 1.5 sacks), John Morgan (12 TOT, 4 sacks), Tyler Bentley (11 TOT), Deandre Jules (6 TOT, 0.5 sack) and DE

Dayon Hayes (3 TOT, 2.5 sacks as a freshman).

LB: Returns every contributor- Sirvocea Dennis (55 TOT, 4 sacks), Cam Bright (50 TOT, 4.5 sacks), Chase Pine (43

TOT, 1.5 sacks), Phil Campbell (41 TOT, 4.5 sacks), Brandon George (17 TOT), John Petrishen (10 TOT) and Bangally

Kamara (4 TOT).

SF: Lost Paris Ford (41 TOT, 3 INT) and Damar Hamlin (67 TOT, 2 INT) to the NFL. Returns Erick Hallett (29 TOT, 2

INT), Brandon Hill (24 TOT, 1 INT), Judson Tallandier (8 TOT) and Buddy Mack (7 TOT). MJ Devonshire (played in 12

games) transferred in from Kentucky.

CB: Lost Jason Pinnock (20 TOT, 3 INT) to the NFL. Returns Marquis Williams (22 TOT, 2 INT), AJ Woods (17 TOT, 1

INT), Rashad Battle (5 TOT) and Damarri Mathis who missed 2020 with injury but had 23 TOT and 2 INT in 2019.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost Alex Kessman (31/32 PAT, 23/29 FG) to the NFL. Returns Ben Sauls (1/1 PAT). Melquise Stovall returned

kicks at Hawaii and could do the same for Pitt.

PR: Returns three-year starting punter Kirk Christodoulou (44.7 YD AVG in 2020).

SPIN

Pittsburgh, PA – It will be tough to improve on last season with 6 NFL departures. The

rushing offense only averaged 119.9 YDS/G (17 th lowest in FBS). On the flip side, the

defense only allowed 93.5 rushing YDS/G (3 rd best in FBS) but 246 YDS/G passing (85 th ).

The Panthers have a real chance to be 4-0 heading into ACC play, but they can’t overlook

WMU with Kaleb Eleby who had the 3 rd best QB rating in the FBS and 18 TD to 2 INT. Cross

divisional games are Syracuse and Clemson. Pitt’s regular season win total could be

anywhere from six to nine. I think they end up with eight wins. They should definitely

make a bowl game but it is not their year to win the Coastal Division like 2018.

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VIRGINIA

#9 ACC: CONF 4-5, HOME 4-1, AWAY 0-4

HC: Bronco Mendenhall (6) OC: Robert Anae (6) DC: Nick Howell/Kelly Popinga(6)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns starter Brennan Armstrong (2117 YDS, 18 TD, 11 INT passing, 552 YDS, 5 TD rushing) who threw the

fifth most interceptions in the FBS. Backup Lindell Stone (449 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT) is not listed on the roster. Iraken

Armstead (9 YDS passing, 68 YDS, 1 TD rushing) is back. Also returns QB/WR Keytaon Thompson (234 YDS, 3 TD

rushing, 98 YDS, 3 TD receiving) who transferred in from Mississippi State before last season where he thew 8 TDs

and ran for 10 TDs in his 20 games.

RB: Shane Simpson (278 YDS, 2 TD rushing, 133 YDS, 1 TD receiving) left for the NFL. Returns Wayne Taulapapa

(395 YDS, 5 TD rushing, 65 YDS receiving), Ronnie Walker (66 YDS) and Mike Hollins (112 YDS, 3 TD) who opted out

of the 2020 season.

WR: Lost Terrell Jana (423 YDS, 1 TD) to the CFL. Returns Billy Kemp (644 YDS, 1 TD), 6’7 Lavel Davis (515 YDS, 5

TD), 6’3 Ra’Shaun Henry (206 YDS, 4 TD) and Demick Starling (20 YDS, 1 TD). Dontayvion Wicks (61 YDS, 1 TD in

2019 as true freshman) will be back after missing last year for injury. Artie Henry III (308 YDS, 3 TD) transferred in

from Marshall. Lavel Davis tore his ACL in spring practice and is out indefinitely.

TE: Lost Tony Poljan (411 YDS, 6 TD) to the NFL. Poljan was the only TE to catch a pass. Returns Grant Misch (1 TD

in 2019). 6’7 275lb Jelani Woods (361 YDS, 4 TD in career) transferred in from Oklahoma State.

OL: Four starters are back from last season. The run game averaged 162.7 YDS/G which is nothing special but the

pass game averaged 260.6 YDS/G (37 th in FBS). Overall, the offense ranked 42 nd with 423.3 total YDS/G.

DEFENSE:

DL: Seven game starter Jowon Briggs (20 TOT, 3 sacks) transferred to Cincy. DE Richard Burney (16 TOT, 2 sacks)

medically retired. Returns DE Mandy Alonso (26 TOT, 2 sacks), Adeeb Atariwa (16 TOT, 2 sacks), 305lb Jahmeer

Carter (14 TOT) and Olasunkonmi Agunloye (4 TOT). DE Chico Bennett (13 TOT) transferred in from Georgia Tech.

LB: Lost OLB Charles Snowden (44 TOT, 6 sacks) and Zane Zandier (79 TOT, 2.5 sacks) to the NFL. Matt Gahm (38

TOT, 4 sacks) and Rob Snyder (10 TOT, 1 sack) moved on. Returns leading tackler Nick Jackson (103 TOT, 2.5 sacks),

Noah Taylor (44 TOT, 3 sacks, 1 INT) and Josh Ahern (6 TOT). Very thin in depth.

SF: Lost D’Angelo Amos (47 TOT, 2 INT) to the NFL. Brenton Nelson (12 TOT, 2 INT) is gone. Returns Coen King (30

TOT), De’Vante Cross (29 TOT, 1 sack, 2 INT), Joey Blount (25 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Antonio Clary (24 TOT).

CB: Returns Nick Grant (31 TOT, 2 INT), Darrius Bratton (8 TOT) and Elijah Gaines (5 TOT, 1 sack). Anthony Johnson

(42 TOT, 2 INT) transferred in from Louisville. Josh Hayes (59 TOT, 2 INT in 2019) grad-transferred in from North

Dakota State.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost Brian Delaney (35/36 PAT, 10/13 FG). Justin Duenkel is back after handling kickoffs last year. WR Billy

Kemp is back to return kicks.

PR: Lost starting punter Nash Griffin. Brendan Farrell is the only punter listed on the roster. Transfer WR Artie

Henry could return punts which he did for Marshall.

SPIN

Charlottesville, VA – Four of their five losses were by at least 17 points. UVA got hot at

the end and won four of their last five games, including a win over UNC. The defense

gave up an average of 304.4 passing YDS/G (5 th most in FBS) which needs to improve

since the DL and LBs will take a step back with so many departures. Bronco will have to

face his old BYU team in Provo, Utah in late October. Notre Dame will travel to Virginia

in November. Combine that with Illinois and the out of conference schedule is tough.

Cross divisional games are against Louisville and Wake Forest. The Cavaliers played in

the ACC Championship Game and the Orange Bowl as recent as 2019. I think UVA hits an

even .500 this year to find their way to a bowl appearance.

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VIRGINIA TECH

#8 ACC: CONF 5-5, HOME 3-2, AWAY 2-3

Head Coach: Justin Fuente (6) OC: Brad Cornelsen (6) DC: Justin Hamilton (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Hendon Hooker (1339 YDS, 9 TD, 5 INT passing, 620 YDS, 9 TD rushing) transferred to Tennessee. Quincy

Patterson (93 YDS, 2 TD passing, 1 TD rushing) transferred to North Dakota State. Returns Braxton Burmeister (687

YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT passing, 182 YDS rushing, 2 TD) and redshirt freshman Knox Kadum (68 YDS passing, 24 YDS

rushing). 6’5 Connor Blumrick (48 YDS rushing) transferred in from Texas A&M.

RB: Lost Khalil Herbert (1182 YDS, 8 TD) to the NFL. Returns backups Raheem Blackshear (255 YDS, 2 TD rushing,

154 YDS receiving), Jalen Holston (189 YDS, 2 TD) and 227lb Marco Lee (16 YDS).

WR: Returns Tayvion Robinson (592 YDS, 3 TD), 6’2 Tre Turner (529 YDS, 3 TD), 6’2 Kaleb Smith (88 YDS, 1 TD) and

Changa Hodge (25 YDS). Evan Fairs (18 YDS) entered the transfer portal.

TE: Returns one of the best TEs in CFB with James Mitchell (435 YDS, 4 TD). Also returns Nick Gallo (83 YDS, 1 TD)

and Drake Deiuliis (30 YDS).

OL: Lost OT Christian Darrisaw to the NFL. OG Doug Nester (allowed 0 sacks) transferred to WVU. The other three

starters are back. Outside of the returning starters, experience may be an issue, with only three starts between the

other nine linemen.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Jarrod Hewitt (31 TOT, 5.5 sacks) and DE Justus Reed (29 TOT, 6.5 sacks) to the NFL. DE Zion DeBose (6

TOT, 1 sack) transferred to Kansas. Returns Amare Barno (43 TOT, 6.5 sacks), Norell Pollard (28 TOT, 2.5 sacks),

290lb Mario Kendricks (14 TOT, 1.5 sacks), 305lb Josh Fuga (10 TOT, 1 sack), Jaylen Griffin (10 TOT, 1 sack),

Emmanuel Belmar (9 TOT, 3 sacks) and Eli Adams (6 TOT, 0.5 sack). Jordan Williams (55 TOT, 4 sacks in 3 years)

transferred in from Clemson.

LB: Second leading tackler Rayshard Ashby (69 TOT, 4 sacks) declared for the NFL. Returns Alan Tisdale (59 TOT),

Dax Hollifield (52 TOT, 1.5 sacks) and Keshon Artis (3 TOT). Freshman CJ McCray (opted out of 2020) transferred in

from Marshall.

SF: Lost Divine Deablo (55 TOT, 4 INT) to the NFL. Deablo will be replaced by Vanderbilt transfer Tae Daley (2020

opt out, 57 TOT, 3 INT in 2019). Tyree Rodgers (32 games played, 3 starts) transferred out. Returns Tyler Matheny

(22 TOT, 1 INT), Keonta Jenkins (10 TOT), Nadir Thompson (7 TOT) and JR Walker (6 TOT).

CB: Lost Caleb Farley (20 tackles, 4 INT in 11 games, opted out of 2020) to the NFL. Devin Taylor (55 TOT, 2 INT) will

not return. Returns leading tackler Chamarri Conner (81 TOT, 2 INT), Brion Murray (36 TOT, 2 INT), Armani

Chatman (32 TOT, 1 sack), Dorian Strong (22 TOT, 1 INT) and Jermaine Waller (10 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost Brian Johnson (34/34 PAT, 20/26 FG). Returns John Parker Romo who kicked off all year.

PR: Starting punter Oscar Bradburn left. Peter Moore punted 3 times when Bradburn was injured.

SPIN

Blacksburg, VA – Coach Fuente is only one win above .500 after a disappointing 2020

season. 4 of their 6 losses were by one possession. One bright spot was the ground game

averaging 240.1 YDS/G which ranked 10 th best in the FBS. In total yards they ranked 33 rd

with 440.7 YDS/G. However, the defense allowed 266 passing YDS/G (21 st most in FBS).

With a bad year, Fuente could find himself on the hot seat. Last year, I had them as a

preseason top 10 team that would finish second in the ACC but they ended up in the

middle of the pack. They have not been able to settle on a QB lately and now two of them

transferred out. Cross divisional games are against Boston College and Syracuse. Another

old Big East team is on the schedule with a trip to West Virginia. UNC opening week is a

tough draw but it will be great to see the crowd in Lane stadium again for Enter Sandman.

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Projected Final 2021 ACC Standings

Atlantic ACC OVR Coastal ACC OVR

1 Clemson 8-0 12-0 1 North Carolina 8-0 12-0

2 Wake Forest 6-2 9-3 2 Miami 7-1 10-2

3 NC State 5-3 9-3 3 Virginia Tech 5-3 7-5

4 Boston College 4-4 8-4 4 Pitt 4-4 8-4

5 Florida State 3-5 5-7 5 Virginia 3-5 6-6

6 Louisville 2-6 3-9 6 Georgia Tech 1-7 3-9

7 Syracuse 1-7 4-8 7 Duke 0-8 3-9

Spin

Greensboro, NC – Who will win the ACC? The real question is who will challenge Clemson? Florida State

in 2014 was the last team to beat out Clemson and win the ACC. The Tigers have won six ACC

Championship Games in a row, each time against a different opponent, in reverse order- Notre Dame,

Virginia, Pitt, Miami, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. That trend will discontinue when UNC faces

Clemson this year. North Carolina has the best chance of any ACC team to knock off the reigning

conference champions. The main reason I have UNC running through the Coastal Division is because of

their offense. Sam Howell is arguably the best quarterback in college football this season. However, the

offense lost its top two receivers and running backs to the NFL. The backups of the NFL departures are

talented and will be very productive for UNC but Clemson returns ten starters on defense and reloaded

on offense. I expect DJ Uiagalelei and Sam Howell to be finalists for the Heisman Trophy which will make

for a great game between them. This year looks to be another season that ends with Clemson winning

the ACC Championship and advancing to the College Football Playoff. Miami, a popular pick to win the

Coastal Division because of QB D’Eriq King, will be more competitive against UNC this time around after

an embarrassing loss to the Tar Heels last year, but the Canes will lose in a close game that will keep

them from winning the Coastal and even getting to take a crack at Clemson since they will not meet in

the regular season. Wake Forest and NC State will surprise people this year. Wake has a very talented

receiver group that will score plenty of points. NC State has a pair of great running backs and will

hopefully get a full year with quarterback Devin Leary. The Wolfpack also have one of the best

linebacker groups in the country, led by Payton Wilson. Boston College has a nice quarterback in Phil

Jurkovec but BC has some holes in the defense at linebacker. I think Georgia Tech will be better than last

year, but they have such a difficult schedule, their record will not reflect the progress they will make.

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BAYLOR

#9 BIG XII: CONF 2-7, HOME 2-2, AWAY 0-5

Head Coach: Dave Aranda (2) OC: Jeff Grimes (1) DC: Ron Roberts (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Four-year starter Charlie Brewer (9700 YDS career passing) transferred to Utah leaving a wide open competition between

junior Gerry Bohanon (career 296 yards, 3 TD), 2019 4-star Jacob Zeno (played in 1 game), Blake Shapen (redshirted 2020), and

four-star true freshman Kyron Drones who was also a run threat in high school.

RB: Returns Trestan Ebner (107 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 299 YDS, 3 TD receiving, 2 kick return TD) who has rushed for 891 yards and

7 scores in his career. Also returns Craig Williams (197 YDS, 2 TD), 230lb Qualan Jones (124 YDS), Taye McWilliams (68 YDS),

Jonah White (63 YDS receiving).

WR: Returns leading receiver RJ Sneed (497 YDS, 3 TD) and Tyquan Thornton (158 YDS, 1 TD in 6 games) who are both good

options. Also returns Gavin Holmes (244 YDS, 1 TD) and Josh Fleeks (181 YDS, 1 TD). Drew Estrada (8 TD receiving in 2019)

transferred in from FCS Dartmouth. Freshman Elijah Bean is 6’5. Jaylen Ellis (41 YDS) played in 8 games including one start as a

redshirt freshman.

TE: Six game starter Ben Sims (164 YDS, 3 TDS) is back with Drake Dabney (57 YDS, 1 TD).

OL: Brought in Eric Mateos who was the offensive line coach at BYU for a squad that only allowed 12 sacks in 12 games. “We

won’t set a starting five until 2 weeks before our first game”. Big unit, only 2 of 11 offensive linemen weigh under 300lbs.

Returning seniors LT Connor Galvin (23 career starts) and OG Xavier Newman-Johnson (23 career starts) who have both started

since their freshman years. Returns Khalil Keith (9 career starts). Grant Miller transferred in from Vanderbilt where he started

16 games. Jacob Gall transferred in from Buffalo.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Will Bradley-King (31 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks in 9 games) to the NFL. 4-star 350lb DT Siaki Ika (17 TOT in 2019, 5

TOT, 1 sack in 2020) transferred in from LSU and will tear it up in the Big 12. Returns TJ Franklin (23 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Brayden

Utley (20 TOT), Josh Landry (12 TOT, 1 sack, 1 blocked kick) and Ryan Miller (12 TOT, 1 sack, 1 PBU).

LB: Lost William Bradley-King to the NFL. Terrel Bernard (55 TOT, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT) was terrific in 2019 (112 TOT) but was injured

halfway through last season. He will be back. Also returns Abram Smith (48 TOT, 1 sack), Dillon Doyle (56 TOT, 1 sack) and Matt

Jones (11 TOT).

SF: Jalen Pitre (60 TOT, 13 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 INT for TD) returns as one of the best in the conference at his position. Also returns

starting senior JT Woods (46 TOT, 3 INT). Jairon McVea (33 TOT) started 3 games. Devin Neal played in all nine games as a true

freshman. Brought in 4-star freshman Lorando Johnson.

CB: Returns sixth year senior Raleigh Texada (29 TOT, 1 INT), one of the best corners in the country. Kalon Barnes (13 TOT, 1

INT) started five games. Mark Milton (17 TOT) started three games.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns John Mayers (22/22 PAT, 10/15 FG), the all-time career leader at BU in field goal percentage (76.5). Noah

Rauschenberg will handle kickoffs again. Bryce Roland redshirted last year as third string. Trestan Ebner (2 ret TD) was the 2020

Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year. WR Josh Fleeks also returned kicks last year.

PR: Returning starter Issac Power (40.3 avg) is the only punter listed on the roster. WR Drew Estrada returned punts and kicks

at Dartmouth.

SPIN

Waco, TX – Baylor played five teams that finished the year ranked in the top 25, which tied with five

other teams for the most. Three of their losses last season were by a touchdown or less. Hired OC Jeff

Grimes from BYU to the same role for the Bears. His offense was the nation’s third best scoring

offense (43.5 ppg) and the leader in yards per play (7.84). Last season Baylor was second to last in the

Big 12 in scoring offense (23.5) and total offense thanks to only averaging 90.3 YDS/G rushing (5 th

worst in FBS). Baylor happens to play BYU in mid-October as part of a non-conference slate that allows

Baylor to stay in Texas all three games. The defense is returning most starters. Just two years ago

Baylor was in the Big 12 Championship and Sugar Bowl. The schedule only forces the Bears to travel

out of Texas three times but playing Texas, TCU, OU and K-State consecutively in games 8-11 is a

tough stretch. I think Baylor squeaks into a bowl game with a win over Texas Tech in their last game to

get to .500 on the season. The main question with this team is at quarterback. Having Charlie Brewer

around would be huge. Since we have not seen much of any of these Baylor QBs it is tough to say if

any of them will be solid starters. If one of them settles in and plays well they could get to 7 wins.

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IOWA STATE

#2 BIG XII: CONF 8-2, HOME 5-0, AWAY 3-2, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Matt Campbell (6) OC: Tom Manning (3) DC: John Heacock (6)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns three-year starter and Fiesta Bowl MVP Brock Purdy (2750 YDS, 19 TD, 9 INT passing, 382 YDS, 5 TD rushing). Purdy

is one of four returning QBs with 8000+ career passing yards. Also returns backup Hunter Dekkers (118 YDS, 1 TD passing, 1 TD

rushing). Third stringer Blake Clark was the teams’ holder for PATs and field goals and is back again. 3-star redshirt freshman

Aidan Bouman has size at 6’6 242lbs.

RB: Returns Doak Walker Award runner-up Breece Hall (1572 YDS, 21 TD rushing, 180 YDS, 2 TD rec) who could have gone to

the NFL after being named ISU’s first unanimous First-Team All-American. Third stringer Jirehl Brock (46 YDS) looked promising.

Solid backup Kene Nwangwu (339 YDS, 4 TD) left for the NFL. Brought in 3-star recruit Deon Silas.

WR: Returns 6’3 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Xavier Hutchinson (771 YDS, 4 TD). Returns Tarique Milton (102 YDS in

6 games) who missed games for injury in 2020 but had 722 YDS in 2019. Sean Shaw Jr (212 YDS, 1 TD) and 3-star freshman

Tristan Michaud are big targets at 6’6 each. Also returns Joe Scates (134 YDS, 2 TD) and 6’3 Darren Wilson (1 TD). Daniel Jackson

could step up this year after redshirting last season.

TE: Lost Dylan Soehner (205 YDS) to the NFL. Returns the best receiving tight end in CFB in Charlie Kolar (591 YDS, 7 TD) who

could have gone pro. Also returns Chase Allen (236 YDS, 2 TD). DeShawn Hanika and Easton Dunn could contribute as backup

players. Brought in 4-star freshman Tyler Moore.

OL: All starting offensive linemen from last season are back on a unit that was 1 of 11 semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award for

best offensive line. Allowed 14 sacks, tied for the fewest in the Big 12. Four of the five starters are upperclassmen.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost the school’s all-time leader in career sacks JaQuan Bailey (38 TOT, 13 TFL, 7 sacks). Returns DE Will McDonald IV (33

TOT, 13.5 TFL 10.5 sacks) who tied for first nationally in sacks. Also returns 310lb DE Eyioma Uwazurike (27 TOT, 3 sacks) and DE

Zach Petersen (19 TOT, 1 sack) with DT Isaiah Lee (12 TOT). Watch for athletic freshmen 305lb DT Howard Brown.

LB: Returns Mike Rose (96 TOT, 10.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 5 INT) who was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and led the

conference in tackles. Starters O’Rien Vance (Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP, 68 TOT, 6 TFL, 1 sack) and Jake Hummel (77 TOT, 4.5

TFL) also return. Gerry Vaughn (24 TOT) and Aric Horne (15 TOT, 1 sack) also contribute.

SF: Returns Greg Eisworth (47 TOT, 1 INT) who has been awarded First Team All-Big 12 for three straight years. Jaquan Amos

(50 TOT, 4 INT) transferred in from Villanova and will compete with for the other starting spot with the Big 12 Co-Defensive

Freshman of the Year Isheem Young (50 TOT, 1 INT).

CB: Returns Anthony Johnson Jr (40 TOT) and Tayvonn Kyle (28 TOT, 1 INT). Datrone Young (25 TOT) is also back after playing in

11 games.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns senior kicker Connor Assalley (48/50 PAT, 13/19 FG) who elected to use his extra year of eligibility granted by the

NCAA. Andrew Mevis (31/33 PAT, 15/20 FG, 50 touchbacks in 63 kickoffs in 2019) transferred in from FCS Fordham. RB Kene

Nwangwu returned kicks last year (28.9 YD AVG/R) but has moved on to the NFL. They will look to backup RB Jirehl Brock to be

the primary kick returner.

PR: Corey Dunn is back to punt. Mevis (40.4 YD AVG) will compete for the starting job. Safety

Greg Eisworth returned 5 punts last season. WR Tarique Milton will likely be the primary punt

returner.

SPIN

Ames, IA - Returns 19 starters from last season. Only four programs return more starters. ISU

was the 8 th best defense against the run, allowing just 103.1 YDS/G rushing. With this many

starters back in 2021 to build on last years’ success, anything less than a Big 12 Championship

will feel a bit like a disappointment. The team has their sights set on winning the Big 12 and

making the playoff. The first step to make their dream season a reality is overcoming a glaring

5 game losing streak to Iowa. Oklahoma is circled on their schedule, but that game isn’t until

November 20 th . Could ISU be 12-1 and win the Big 12? Yes. Could ISU go 9-3? Yes. The Big 12 is

not absolutely going to be Oklahoma vs Iowa State for the Big 12 title. ISU lost to Louisiana and

Oklahoma State last year. Four of their eight Big 12 wins were by 7 points or less. Thankfully

Iowa, Oklahoma State, Texas and TCU are all home games. I think Iowa State will make the Big

12 Championship again but will not be without at least one loss when they arrive.

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KANSAS

#10 BIG XII: CONF 0-8, HOME 0-3, AWAY 0-5

Head Coach: Lance Leipold (1) OC: Andy Kotelnicki (1) DC: Brian Borland (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Senior Miles Kendrick (647 YDS, 6 TD, 5 INT) started in the spring game. Sophomore Jalon Daniels (718 YDS, 1 TD, 4 INT) is also competing

for the starting role. Jason Bean (1131 YDS, 14 TD, 5 INT passing, 345 YDS rushing in 8 games) transferred in from North Texas. True freshmen

6’5 Conrad Hawley and 3-star Ben Easters enrolled early.

RB: Lost thousand-yard rusher of 2019 Pooka Williams Jr (196 YDS, 2 TD, opted out 4 games into 2020) to the NFL. Returns leading rusher

Velton Gardner (325 YDS, 2 TD), 235lb Amauri Pesek-Hickson (145 YDS as a true freshman) and Daniel Hishaw (229 YDS, 2 TD). Freshman Devin

Neal was the No.1 ranked prospect out of Kansas. Incoming freshman fullback Jared Casey is 254lbs.

WR: Andrew Parchment (197 YDS, 2 TD) and Stephon Robinson (35 YDS in 3 games in 2020, 727 YDS, 8 TD in 2019) transferred out. Ezra Naylor

(66 YDS) transferred to Tulsa. Kwamie Lassiter (458 YDS, 2 TD) will probably be the top target again. Also returns Luke Grimm (255 YDS, 2 TD).

6’3 Lawrence Arnold could get more looks with so many departures. Incoming freshman 4-star Quaydarius Davis was the highest-ranked recruit

in Rivals history to sign with the Jayhawks but was dropped from the class due to legal issues. Trevor Wilson (319 YDS, 3 TD) transferred in from

Buffalo.

TE: Returns top two receiving TEs 6’5 Mason Fairchild (57 YDS) and 6’7 Will Huggins (20 YDS, 1 TD).

OL: The line gave up an FBS worst 47 sacks last season. First-team All-MAC Center Mike Novitsky (starter only allowed 1 sack) and OT Michael

Ford (redshirted freshman year) transferred in from Buffalo. Colin Grunhard transferred in from Notre Dame. LG Malik Clark the best returning

lineman on the roster. Armaj Adams-Reed (started 3 games) is listed at 391lbs on the roster. Chris Hughes and Adagio Lopeti also have

experience at guard. Bryce Cabeldue will compete with Ford at OT.

DEFENSE:

DL: Projected starter Marcus Harris (27 TOT, 7.5 TFL) entered the transfer portal. 320lb DT Da’Jon Terry (14 TOT, 2 sacks) transferred to

Tennessee after playing in 8 games and making 2 starts in 2020 as a redshirt freshman. Harris and Terry were the two best defensive linemen

for KU last year. Returns Caleb Sampson (15 TOT), Sam Burt (15 TOT), Caleb Taylor (3 TOT as freshman) and Malcolm Lee (6 TOT, 1 INT). Kenean

Caldwell has good size at 330lbs. Returns DEs Kyron Johnson (42 TOT, 3 sacks, 1 FF) and Steven Parker (27 TOT). DE Zion DeBose (6 TOT, 1 sack)

transferred in from Virginia Tech. DTs Ronald McGee (7 TOT, 1 sack) and 325lb Eddie Wilson (21 TOT, 1 sack) transferred in from Buffalo. 6’5

Freshman D’Marion Alexander could see playing time as a DE/LB.

LB: Returns Gavin Potter (35 TOT, started last 5 games), Nick Channel (30 TOT, 2 sacks), Nate Betts (25 TOT, 1 FF) and Jay Dineen (9 TOT in 6

games). Rich Miller (13 TOT) transferred in from Buffalo.

SF: Returns Kenny Logan (58 TOT, 2 INT, 1 sack) and Ricky Thomas (42 TOT). Takulve Williams (58 YDS receiving) moved from WR to safety. True

freshman 3-star OJ Burroughs had a very good high school career in Florida and could get playing time. Freshmen Landon Nelson could see the

field too.

CB: Top corner Elijah Jones (24 TOT) transferred out. Freshman All-American Karon Prunty (26 TOT, 1 INT), who was competing for the starting

job, also transferred out to South Carolina. Returns Deuce Mayberry (11 TOT). Donovan Gaines should get on the field. Three-star freshman

Jacobee Bryant could play right away. 6’4 Jeremy Webb (38 TOT, 3 INT) transferred in from FCS Missouri State. Webb was originally at Virginia

Tech after playing JUCO but left after an injury.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Jacob Borcila (6/9 FG, 10/10 PAT). Tabor Allen handled kickoffs and will again.

PR: Reis Vernon will be punting again (37.8 YD Avg). A breakout punt returner would be big for this team (averaged -1.3 return YDS).

SPIN

Lawrence, KS – Kansas played five teams that finished the season ranked in the Top 25, which tied with five other teams for the most. The

players campaigned hard for Emmett Jones to take over after the firing of Les Miles and it worked out.

Jones was the interim head coach until Lance Leipold was hired in May from Buffalo where he went 37-33,

had Buffalo ranked in the Top 25, won the school’s first ever bowl game and had a defense in 2019 that

ranked seventh nationally in total defense. Before KU, Leipold was head coach of D3 Wisconsin-Whitewater

where he won 6 national championships in 8 years with a record of 109-6. It will be tough to get the team

ready when Leipold didn’t have spring with the team. A few players transferred in from Buffalo which is a

good show of support for Leipold. Last season, KU almost beat Tech but lost the rest by at least two

touchdowns. The Jayhawks only averaged 15.8 points per game (5 th worst in FBS) and finished -4 in

turnovers. The hope is that Kansas will eventually be competitive. Avoiding an upset loss to South Dakota, a

win over Duke and a conference win would be considered a successful season. This sounds backwards but if

Kansas beat Coastal Carolina, it would be a big upset. Keep in mind nobody thought Arkansas would have

the year they did in 2020 but it’s tough to imagine Kansas having a magic season after not reaching 4 wins in

over a decade. Thankfully for KU, the teams that finished 6, 7, 8, 9 in the Big 12 will all travel to Kansas this

year. The best chances for the Jayhawks to pick up a conference win will be Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas

State. The first two games of the year are on Friday nights which will not make the fans happy but it will

bring more views to the program. With the head coach joining the program so late and a few key players

transferring out, I do not think Kansas will win a conference game. I think they beat USD with their best

opportunity for another win coming at Duke.

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KANSAS STATE

#7 BIG XII: CONF 4-5, HOME 2-2, AWAY 2-3

HC: Chris Klieman (3) OC: Courtney Messingham (3) DC: Joe Klanderman (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns sixth year senior and 30-game starter Skylar Thompson (626 YDS, 4 TD, 0 INT passing, 3 TD rushing) who only got to

play in two full games before an injury ended his season. Thompson can run too, 405 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing in 2019.

Returns Will Howard (1178 YDS, 8 TD, 10 INT, 364 YDS, 3 TD rushing) who started 7 games after Thompson was injured. True

freshman Jake Rubley was the 12 th ranked pro-style QB of his class.

RB: Returns the elusive 5’6 Deuce Vaughn (642 YDS, 7 TD rushing, 434 YDS, 2 TD receiving) who was named Big 12 Offensive

Freshman of the year last season but still hasn’t received the national recognition he is deserving of. Vaughn is the only true

freshman in a decade to reach 600 YDS rushing and 400 YDS receiving. Joe Ervin (2020 opt out, 95 YDS, 1 TD in 2019) will

contribute more during his third year with the program. Jacardia Wright (played in 4 games) will also back up Vaughn. Jordan

Schippers (131 YDS in 8 games at FCS Western Illinois) can play after sitting out last season due to transfer rules. 2020 3-star

Keyon Mozee entered the transfer portal after playing in nine games during his freshman season but was not expected to be a

key member in the backfield this season.

WR: Returns 6’4 Chabastin Taylor (293 YDS, 1 TD), 6’3 Malik Knowles (204 YDS, 3 TD receiving, 100 YDS, 1 TD rushing) and

Phillip Brooks (155 YDS, 2 TD). All three of them would probably have better numbers if Skylar Thompson was not injured early

last year. Keenan Garber should see more playing time after a limited role last season. Kade Warner (40 YDS) transferred in

from Nebraska where he was a team captain.

TE: Lost Briley Moore-McKinney (338 YDS, 3 TD) to the NFL. Returns Sammy Wheeler (134 YDS, 1 TD) and Nick Lenners who

only caught 3 passes last year but had 163 yards in 2019. Daniel Imatorbhebhe (54 YDS, 1 TD in 5 games) transferred in from

Illinois. 253lb Fullback Jax Dineen (78 YDS) did not get any carries but was used as a blocker and receiver.

OL: Tied for allowing the fewest sacks in the conference last year (14). The best player on the unit is Second Team All-Big 12

center Noah Johnson. 332lb Ben Addler, 320lb Cooper Beebe, 300lb Christian Duffie and 320lb Josh Rivas each started 8 games.

Backups have experience. 311lb Kingsley Ugwu transferred in from Hutchinson CC where his team won the JUCO National

Championship.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost best defensive player DE Wyatt Hubert (27 TOT, 8.5 sacks) to the NFL. Returns DEs Khalid Duke (26 TOT, 1 sack),

Bronson Massie (13 TOT, 2.5 sacks), Kirmari Gainous (14 TOT, 2 sacks) and Felix Anudike (1 sack, played 5 games as true

freshman). Returns DTs Eli Huggins (22 TOT, 6 TFL, 1.5 sacks), Robert Hentz (11 TOT), Jaylen Pickle (10 TOT). 326lb DT Timmy

Horne transferred in from Charlotte where he was a two-year starter.

LB: Returns Daniel Green (39 TOT, 5.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks) and Cody Fletcher (44 TOT, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks). Wayne Jones (24 TOT)

switched from DB to LB. Eric Munoz transferred in from Utah State where he was a walk-on put on scholarship after a good

2019 season. DaVonte Pritchard (2 nd best prospect in state) could play as a freshman.

SF: Returns Jahron McPherson (54 TOT, 2 INT, 1 FF, 1 sack) and Ross Elder (41 TOT). Russ Yeast (45 TOT) transferred in from

Louisville where he started the last two years. Cincere Mason (5 career INTs) transferred in from FCS Kennesaw State.

CB: Returns Justin Gardner (18 TOT, 2 INT) and Ekow Boye-Doe (25 TOT). 6’4 Julius Brents transferred in from Iowa where he

was productive as a backup. Reggie Stubblefield (32 TOT, 1 INT, 2 blocked kicks last season) transferred in from FCS Prairie View

A&M. Tee Denson (9 TOT, 1 start) and Aamaris Brown (9 TOT) should see more time.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost Blake Lynch (12/17 FG). Ty Zentner handled kickoffs last season. RB Deuce Vaughn returned

kicks, taking one 40 yards. WRs Phillip Brooks and Malik Knowles also returned kicks (1 TD in 2019).

PR: Jack Blumer shared punting duties with Ty Zentner (40.8 YD avg) all season, both are back. WR Philip

Brooks (3 career punt return TD) is back.

SPIN

Manhattan, KS – The 2020 season had its ups and downs with a loss to Arkansas State and a win over

Oklahoma then five straight losses to end the year. Three of their five losses were by less than a

touchdown. The offense was 22 nd to last in total AVG YDS/G. The defense allowed 267.5 passing YDS/G

(19 th most in FBS). Looking at the schedule, Stanford is obviously a tough draw but really watch out for

Nevada in the non-conference. OSU, OU and ISU in a row, who finished third, first, and second in the Big

12 to start conference play is not a welcome sight either. However, that two game win streak over

Oklahoma can’t be ignored. I have Kansas State finishing 7-5 with a 4-5 conference record.

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OKLAHOMA

#1 BIG XII: CONF 7-2, HOME 3-1, AWAY 4-1, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Lincoln Riley (5) OC: Cale Gundy(5)/Bill Bedenbaugh (5) DC: Alex Grinch (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler (3031 YDS, 28 TD, 7 INT, 67.5%, 160 YDS, 6 TD rushing) whose 28 TD passes ranked eighth in the

FBS. 4-star junior backup Tanner Mordecai (395 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT) transferred to SMU. Chandler Morris (39 YDS passing, 44 YDS, 2 TD rushing)

transferred to TCU. With Mordecai and Morris gone, the only QB with game experience besides Rattler is Tanner Schafer who played in one

series but didn’t attempt a pass. Thankfully, OU landed the No.1 ranked QB of the 2021 class in 5-star Caleb Williams. 2020 3-star Micah

Bowens (redshirted as freshman) transferred in from Penn State.

RB: Lost Rhamondre Stevenson (665 YDS, 7 TD rushing, 211 YDS receiving) to the NFL. TJ Pledger (451 YDS, 5 TD) transferred to Utah. 2020 fourstar

Seth McGowan (370 YDS, 3 TD rushing, 201 YDS, 1 TD receiving) and sophomore Mikey Henderson (81 YDS, 1 TD) were dismissed from the

team. Despite the losses, this unit is in a good place. Returns Kennedy Brooks who rushed for over 1,000 YDS in back to back seasons before

opting to not play last year. Former 4-star and No.3 RB of the 2019 class, Eric Gray (772 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 254 YDS, 2 TD receiving) transferred

in from Tennessee. 2020 4-star Kevontre Bradford transferred in from LSU. Also returns Marcus Major (187 YDS, 3 TD).

WR: Charleston Rambo (312 YDS, 3 TD) transferred to Miami. Theo Howard (163 YDS) transferred to Utah. Returns Marvin Mims (610 YDS, 9

TD) who could be the best receiver in college football this season. Also returns Theo Wease (530 YDS, 4 TD), Drake Stoops (219 YDS, 2 TD) and

Jadon Haselwood (65 YDS) who is the 5 th highest ranked recruit in OU history. Mike Woods (619 YDS, 5 TD) transferred in from Arkansas where

he was the teams second leading receiver. Woods has two years of eligibility remaining. Trejan Bridges (19 YDS) was dismissed from the team.

Brought in three 4-star freshmen- Mario Williams (No.4 nationally), Cody Jackson (No.17 natl) and Jalil Ford (No.21 natl). Mario Williams will

make an immediate impact.

TE: Jalin Conyers transferred to Arizona State. 6’6 Austin Stogner (422 YDS, 3 TD) returns as one of the best TEs in the country. Also returns

Jermiah Hall (218 YDS, 5 TD) and Brayden Willis (110 YDS, 1 TD).

OL: Lost C Creed Humphrey (1st round pick) and OT Adrian Ealy to the NFL. Three other starters return. Former UCLA transfer and All-PAC-12

selection Chris Murray is competing with former 4-star Andrew Raym for the starting job at center. Former 4-star OT Wanya Morris transferred

in from Tennessee where he was the No.2 recruit of the Vols’ 2019 class and a freshman All-American in 2019. Morris is expected to start in

place of Ealy.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Ronnie Perkins (23 TOT, 5.5 sacks) to the NFL. Returns All-Big 12 defensive linemen Perrion Winfrey (17 TOT) and Isaiah Tomas (31

TOT, 8 sacks). Jalen Redmond (23 TOT, 6.5 sacks in 2019) is back after opting out in 2020 and could be one the best in the country on the

defensive line. Also returns Josh Ellison (15 TOT, 5 sacks), Kori Roberson (11 TOT, 1 sack), Laron Stokes (10 TOT), DE Marcus Stripling (8 TOT, 2.5

sacks) and Reggie Grimes (6 TOT, 1 sack). Brought in the No.2 ranked freshman DE Clayton Smith. Freshman DE Ethan Downs could also see

playing time.

LB: Returns All-American OLB Nik Bonitto (32 TOT, 10.5 TFL, 8 sacks) and leading tackler Brian Asamoah (66 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT). Also returns

Dashaun White (34 TOT, 2.5 sacks), David Ogwoegbu (33 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Bryan Mead (27 TOT) and Shane Whitter (9 TOT).

SF: Robert Barnes (8 TOT) transferred to Colorado. Returns starting seniors Pat Fields (44 TOT, 1 INT) and Delarrin Turner-Yell (50 TOT, 1 INT).

Also returns Bryson Washington (7 TOT) and Jeremiah Criddell (13 TOT). Former 4-star sophomore Key Lawrence (8 TOT) transferred in from

Tennessee where he was the No.1 recruit of the Vols’ 2020 class. Freshman 4-stars Jordan Mukes and Billy Bowman could see time.

CB: Lost Tre Brown (31 TOT, 3 INT) and Tre Norwood (23 TOT, 5 INT) to the NFL. Brendan Radley-Hiles (30 TOT, 1 INT) transferred to

Washington. Projected starters are DJ Graham (20 TOT, 1 INT) and Woodi Washington (44 TOT, 2 INT) but both missed time in spring practice

because of injury. Also returns Jaden Davis (11 TOT), Joshua Eaton (3 TOT) and Kendall Dennis (redshirted). Freshman 4-star Latrell McCutchin

enrolled early.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Gabe Brkic (49/49 PAT, 20/26 FG) who also kicked off. Zach Schmit is the backup. CB Tre Brown

returned kicks (two big returns in the Big 12 championship) but is gone.

PR: Reeves Mundschau (39.1 YD AVG) is the only player to punt for OU during the last two seasons. Expect

WR Marvin Mims to return punts.

SPIN

Norman, OK – The Sooners have won six straight Big 12 Championships. OU has the eighth best home win

percentage (86.4%) since 2010. OU landed 8 of the top 10 highest ranked recruits in the 2021 Big 12 freshman

class. The offense was 6 th nationally with 43 PPG. Oklahoma had their best defense since 2009 last season

(29 th in total YDS/G allowed) and they should be just as good, if not better in 2021 with their top 7 tacklers

returning. Last season started bad in conference play with back-to-back losses to Kansas State and Iowa State.

OU ended last season with a Cotton Bowl win to cap off an 8 game winning streak. DeMarco Murray is the

running backs coach. Oklahoma has had a regular season loss each of the four times it reached the CFP. This

year should be different. Oklahoma should roll through the Big 12 on their way to the playoff. Alabama,

Clemson, Ohio State are all starting new QBs this year. Oklahoma has that advantage with Spencer Rattler

back as the preseason Heisman favorite. This receiver group has too many weapons for the rest of the Big 12

to stop, not to mention the two running backs Kennedy Brooks and Eric Gray. If the OL can learn to live

without two starters from last season, this team could go all the way.

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OKLAHOMA STATE

#3 BIG XII: CONF 6-3, HOME 3-1, AWAY 3-2, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Mike Gundy (17) OC: Kasey Dunn (2) DC: Jim Knowles (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns two-year starter Spencer Sanders (2007 YDS, 14 TD, 8 INT passing, 269 YDS, 2 TD rushing) who finished third in the

conference in passing efficiency but missed three games with injury. Sanders was MVP of the bowl game vs Miami in which he

passed for 305 yards and 4 touchdowns. 6’6 Backup Shane Illingworth (554 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT) got playing time as a true

freshman last season when Sanders was injured and will push for the starting job. Sanders will get the start because of his

experience and running ability, Illingworth had -18 YDS rushing. Ethan Bullock (20 pass attempts over 2 games) also returns

after beginning last season as the backup. There are no other scholarship quarterbacks listed on the roster. Gundy’s son,

Gunnar is on the roster as a walk-on.

RB: Lost All-American Chuba Hubbard (625 YDS, 5 TD) to the NFL. Dezmon Jackson (547 YDS, 4 TD) and LD Brown (437 YDS, 2

TD) were both major contributors last season and are ready to increase their role with Hubbard gone. Depth isn’t an issue

either, with Dominic Richardson (223 YDS, 3 TD) and Utah State transfer senior Jaylen Warren (252 YDS, 3 TD in 3 games).

WR: Lost top target Tylan Wallace (922 YDS, 6 TD) to the NFL. Also lost Dillon Stoner (573 YDS, 4 TD). Returns Wallaces’ backup

Tay Martin (149 YDS), Brennan Presley (125 YDS, 3 TD, 1 rushing TD) and Braydon Johnson (248 YDS, 1 TD). Outside of the

starters there are eight 3-star receivers on the roster.

TE: Not a position that gets many touches, mostly blocking. TEs are also used as fullbacks. Logan Carter (84 YDS, 1 TD receiving)

is back. 6’7 Jelani Woods (361 YDS, 4 TD in career) transferred to Virginia.

OL: Lost OT Teven Jenkins to the NFL. Due to injuries, linemen had to play multiple positions which allowed many players to get

experience. Returns 330lb Josh Sills who started every game last season. Redshirt senior 305lb Danny Godlevske transferred in

from Miami Ohio where he was a three year starter at center.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns best player on defensive line in DE Trace Ford (22 TOT, 4.5 sacks, 2 FF) who had to rehab from an ACL injury.

Returns DE Tyler Lacy (32 TOT, 4 sacks), DE Brock Martin (27 TOT, 2.5 sacks) and Tyren Irby (1 sack, 1 fumble ret for TD) who

missed most of the season for injury. Brings back 310lb Israel Antwine (20 TOT, 1 FF), 320lb Sione Asi (12 TOT, 1.5 sacks) and

Brendon Evers (9 TOT started 5 games). Watch for 2019 4-star 300lb DL Collin Clay who missed last season with an injury but

made 17 TOT as a freshman at Arkansas, where he transferred in from.

LB: Lost ILB Amen Ogbongbemiga to the NFL. Returns two year starter Malcolm Rodriguez (team high 82 TOT, 3 sacks, 2 FF) and

redshirt senior Devin Harper (37 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT). Lamont Bishop (39 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 FF in 5 games) joined the team

from JUCO.

SF: Both starters decided to delay their NFL futures another season and return. Tre Sterling (74 TOT, 2 INT, one returned for TD)

and Kolby Harvell-Peel (44 TOT, 2 INT) are two of the best safeties in college football. Senior Tanner McCalister (41 TOT) also

started ten games last season and finished fifth on the team in tackles. Kanion Williams (11 TOT) and Sean Michael Flanagan

could work their way up from a role on special teams. Also returns Jason Taylor (12 TOT) who scored on a fumble return and an

onside kick return. Trey Rucker (19 TOT, 1 INT) transferred in from Wake Forest.

CB: Lost Rodarius Williams to the NFL. Returns starter Jarrick Bernard-Converse (32 TOT). Christian Holmes (24 TOT), Thomas

Harper (31 TOT, 1 INT) and sophomore Korie Black (3 TOT) will compete for the open slot left by Williams. There are also four

other 3-star corners on the roster.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Kicker Alex Hale (13/14 FG, 10/10 PAT) is back after tearing his ACL in the middle of last season. Backup Brady Pohl (5/9 FG,

17/19 PAT) also returns.

PR: Returns 31-year-old Australian punter Tom Hutton (40.5 YD AVG) who is the only punter listed on

the roster.

SPIN

Stillwater, OK – The Cowboys have the 10 th most ranked wins (25) since 2010 and is one of seven teams

to post a winning season every year from 2010-2020. I had the Cowboys picked to win the Big 12 and

make it into the Playoff last season which went out the window after an overtime loss to Texas and a

blowout loss to OU. The final nail in the coffin was an upset bid by TCU. OSU should be able to match

third place in the Big 12 again this season with 8 starters back on defense. The non-conference games

could be tricky with Boise St and a Tulsa team that almost upset OSU in week 1 of 2020. OSU should win

both since Boise lost their head coach and Tulsa lost some key players. 10 wins is possible. 8-4 at worst.

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TEXAS

#4 BIG XII: CONF 5-3, HOME 2-2, AWAY 3-1, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian (1) OC: Kyle Flood (1) DC: Pete Kwiatkowski (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost four-year starter Sam Ehlinger (2566 YDS, 26 TD, 5 INT passing, 377 YDS, 8 TD) to the NFL. 4-star from the 2020 class

Ja’Quinden Jackson transferred to Utah. Casey Thompson is back after going 8/10 for 170 YDS and 4 TDs in the bowl game after

Ehlinger was injured. Thompson will compete with Hudson Card (1/3 pass attempts for 5 YDS) for the starting role in 2021.

RB: Keontay Ingram (1811 YDS rushing in 3 seasons) transferred to USC. Returns top rusher Bijan Robinson (703 YDS, 4 TD

rushing, 196 YDS, 2 TD receiving) who worked his way into the starting role as a true freshman in 2020. Also returns Roschon

Johnson (418 YDS, 6 TD rushing, 1 TD receiving) and senior Gabriel Watson (34 YDS). 2019 4-star Keilan Robinson (254 YDS, 2 TD

in 2019, 2020 opt out) transferred in from Alabama.

WR: Lost second and fourth leading receivers Brennan Eagles (469 YDS, 5 TD) and Tariq Black (240 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Third

leading receiver Jake Smith (294 YDS, 3 TD) transferred to USC. Top receiver Joshua Moore (472 YDS, 9 TD) returns along with

Jordan Whittington (206 YDS), Kelvontay Dixon (76 YDS, 1 TD), Kai Money (76 YDS, 1 TD), Malcolm Epps (42 YDS, 2 TD), Marcus

Washington (56 YDS, 1 TD) and Al’Vonte Woodard (34 YDS). Troy Omeire (No.33 ranked WR of 2020 class) will return from an

injury which caused him to miss last season. Brenden Schooler (140 YDS, 2 TD) switched positions to DB. Freshman four-star

Xavier Worthy transferred in from Michigan before spending a season with the team.

TE: Malcolm Epps (42 YDS, 2 TD) entered the transfer portal. Returns Cade Brewer (169 YDS, 2 TD), 6’7 Jared Wiley (166 YDS, 1

TD) and Brayden Liebrock (11 YDS).

OL: Lost OT Sam Cosmi to the NFL. Four other starters are back. OT Willie Tyler transferred to Syracuse.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Ta’Quan Graham (23 TOT, 2 sacks) and All-American DE/LB Joseph Ossai (54 TOT, 5 sacks) to the NFL. Returns 348lb

Keondre Coburn (24 TOT, 1 sack), Jacoby Jones (29 TOT, 2 sacks), 302lb Alfred Collins (22 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), 340lb T’Vondre

Sweat (22 TOT, 1 sack) and Moro Ojomo (21 TOT, 2 sacks). 5-star true freshman Ja’Tavion Sanders (No.12 National recruit)

could play DE or TE. Sanders’ position is listed as an athlete out of high school.

LB: Leading tackler Juwan Mitchell (62 TOT) transferred to Tennessee. Second leading tackler DeMarvion Overshown (60 TOT, 2

INT) is back. Also returns David Gbenda (19 TOT, 1 INT), Jaylan Ford (14 TOT), Jett Bush (14 TOT) and Ayodele Adeoye (5 TOT).

Former 2016 five-star Ben Davis transferred in from Alabama where he only made 7 tackles in 24 games. Devin Richardson (69

TOT in 2019) transferred in from New Mexico State. Other transfers into the program are Ray Thornton (45 TOT, 3 sacks in

career) from LSU and LB/DE Ovie Oghoufo (33 TOT, 5 sacks in career) from Notre Dame.

SF: Lost Caden Sterns (52 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL and team captain Chris Brown (46 TOT, 1 INT). Jalen Green (14 TOT, 1 INT)

transferred to Mississippi State. Xavion Alford (4 TOT) transferred to USC. Returns Chris Adimora (46 TOT, 1 INT), BJ Foster (41

TOT), Anthony Cook (18 TOT) and Jerrin Thompson (14 TOT, 1 INT). Brought in the No.7 safety JD Coffey III.

CB: 4-star Kenyatta Watson II transferred to Georgia Tech. Returns D’Shawn Jamison (31 TOT), Josh Thompson (28 TOT, 1 INT)

and Kitan Crawford (7 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Cameron Dicker (50/51 XP, 15/21 FG) who also kicked off (touchbacks on 61/73 attempts). CB D’Shawn Jamison

returns kicks (1 TD in 2020, 1 TD in 2019).

PR: Starter Ryan Bujcevski (43.3 YD AVG) is back. Dicker punted 8 times (43.6 YD AVG). Brought in Isaac Pearson who is the No.3

punter in the 2021 class. CB D’Shawn Jamison returns punts.

SPIN

Austin, TX – Three one possession losses and an Alamo Bowl was not enough to keep Tom Herman

around for another season. In comes Alabama’s OC Steve Sarkisian. Sark also brought Alabama’s special

teams coordinator and TEs coach Jeff Banks, OL coach Kyle Flood, as well as offensive analyst AJ Milwee.

The Longhorns will have to open the season against one of the best group of five teams with Louisiana.

Arkansas improved quite a bit last season. TCU, OU and OSU in a row is a tough stretch. UT’s last

appearance in the Big 12 Championship was 2018 vs Oklahoma. UT’s last Big 12 Championship victory

was 2009 when they defeated Nebraska before losing to Alabama in the BCS National Championship.

Everyone is excited to see Sarkisian bring in Alabama’s offense and watch Bijan Robinson make highlight

plays but they should also be excited about the defense because of DC Pete Kwiatkowski who was the

co-DC at Washington overseeing some of the best defenses in the country. The defense needs a boost

after giving up 56 to Texas Tech who averaged 25 against other Big 12 teams, including 16 vs Kansas.

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TEXAS CHRISTIAN

#5 BIG XII: CONF 5-4, HOME 2-3, AWAY 3-1

HC: Gary Patterson (21) OC: Doug Meacham (1*) DC: Chad Glasgow (20)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns two-year starter Max Duggan (1795 YDS, 10 TD, 4 INT passing, 526 YDS, 10 TD rushing) who was the team’s leading

rusher. Matthew Downing (168 YDS, 1 TD) is back after serving as the backup last year. Besides Duggan and Downing, every QB

on the roster is either a freshman or redshirt. Redshirt freshman Chandler Morris (39 YDS passing, 44 YDS, 2 TD rushing)

transferred in from Oklahoma and is competing for the starting job although he has not been released by OU. True freshman

Sam Jackson is the No.1 QB from Illinois. True freshman Trent Battle is the No.15 QB of the 2021 class and the No.1 QB in

Alabama.

RB: 2019 4-star Darwin Barlow (428 YDS, 4 TD) transferred to USC. Returns Zach Evans (415 YDS, 4 TD rushing, 76 YDS receiving)

who started three games as a 5-star freshman last season. Also returns Kendre Miller (388 YDS, 2 TD), Emari Demercado (199

YDS) and Daimarqua Foster (72 YDS, 1 TD).

WR: Returns 2020 4-star 6’4 Quentin Johnston (487 YDS, 2 TD) and Taye Barber (318 YDS, 2 TD). Also returns Derius Davis (209

YDS, 1 TD), Blair Conwright (207 YDS, 1 TD) and Mikel Barkley (33 YDS). JD Spielman (56 YDS) will be back after only playing in

three games because of an injury. Spielman had three straight seasons of over 800 YDS at Nebraska before he transferred.

TE: Lost Pro Wells (195 YDS, 3 TD) and Artayvious Lynn (88 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Returns Carter Ware (40 YDS, 1 TD). Freshman

Jasper Lott was the No.1 TE recruit out of Texas. Freshman D’Andre Rogers is a four-star prospect. 6’5 240lb Geor’quarius

Spivey (121 YDS) transferred in from Mississippi State.

OL: Austin Myers (18 starts in 3 seasons) transferred out. 315lb OT Obinna Eze transferred in from Memphis where he started

all 11 games at left tackle. Including Eze, seven linemen started games last season. Wes Harris will be back in his starting role at

left guard after an injury only allowed him to play in four games. Steve Avila and Coy McMillon both return after splitting starts

at center. 351lb Altrique Barlow is one of the biggest players in CFB.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns DEs Ochaun Mathis (46 TOT, 9 sacks), Khari Coleman (30 TOT, 15 TFL, 3 sacks) and Dylan Horton (8 TOT, 1 sack).

Returns DTs Terrell Cooper (23 TOT, 1 sack), George Ellis (11 TOT), Earl Barquet (9 TOT, 2.5 sacks), Patrick Jenkins (8 TOT, 1

sack), Corey Bethley (6 TOT, 1 sack) and Soni Misi (5 TOT). DT Kenny Turnier (12 TOT, 7.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 FF in 5 games)

transferred in from UCF.

LB: Lost ILB Garret Wallow (90 TOT, 3 sacks) to the NFL. Returns Dee Winters (65 TOT, 2 sacks) and Wyatt Harris (3 TOT in 2020,

26 TOT, 1 INT in 2019) who started 6 games in 2019. No other returning LBs on the roster recorded any stats last season. Jamoi

Hodge is back after missing almost all of last season for an injury. 4-star freshman WR Shadrach Banks transferred in from Texas

A&M before playing a season for the Aggies, he will play LB.

SF: Lost Jim Thorpe Award winner Trevon Moehrig (47 TOT, 2 INT) and Ar’Darius Washington (37 TOT) to the NFL, both of

whom were starters. Returns Nook Bradford (44 TOT), La’Kenrick Van Zandt (43 TOT, 1 sack, 2 INT), Josh Foster (11 TOT, 1 INT)

and Deshawn McCuin (6 TOT). Signed Abraham Camara (No.1 JUCO safety).

CB: Returns one of the best DBs in the country in Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson (26 TOT) who allowed only 12 catches on 45

targets. Returns Noah Daniels (13 TOT in 4 games) who was having a great year before season-ending injury. Also returns CJ

Caesar (12 TOT, 3 INT) and Kee’Yon Stewart (9 TOT, 1 sack). TJ Carter (118 TOT, 2 INT, 3 FF in 3 seasons) transferred in from

Memphis and might play safety in place of two NFL departures. 4-star Keontae Jenkins redshirted last year.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Griffin Kell (36/37 PAT, 12/17 FG) who also had kickoff responsibilities.

PR: Starting punter Jordy Sandy is back. WR JD Spielman returns punts.

SPIN

Fort Worth, TX – TCU has won six conference championships in three different leagues under Patterson.

Doug Meacham rejoined the program last season and is now the OC. He was OC for TCU from 2014-

2016. The 2015 team finished 3 rd nationally in total offense (562 YPG) and 7 th in scoring (42.1 PPG). Jerry

Kill is on the staff as special assistant to the head coach. TCU finished last season strong with five wins in

the last six games. As for the schedule, Cal and SMU are tough non-conference games and their bye

week comes too early which results in 10 straight games, however, the Big 12 games seem well

balanced. The biggest advantage of the schedule is not having to play outside of Texas until October

16 th . QB Max Duggan is the real deal and has a great supporting cast with RB Zach Evans and WRs

Quentin Johnson and Taye Barber. The biggest concern of this team is at LB since Garret Wallow left.

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TEXAS TECH

#8 BIG XII: CONF 3-6, HOME 3-2, AWAY 0-4

Head Coach: Matt Wells (3) OC: Sonny Cumbie (1) DC: Keith Patterson (3)

OFFENSE:

QB: The top choice at QB was Alan Bowman (1602 YDS, 10 TD, 7 INT) until he transferred to Michigan. Returns backup Henry

Colombi (1065 YDS, 8 TD, 4 INT passing, 103 YDS, 1 TD rushing) who started four games. Oregon’s starter Tyler Shough (1559

YDS, 13 TD, 6 INT passing, 271 YDS, 2 TD rushing) transferred in joining a crowded QB room with Colombi, sophomore Maverick

McIvor, 3-star Donovan Smith, the No.17 recruit in Texas Behren Morton and Troy transfer 6’5 Parker McNeil.

RB: Returns SaRodorick Thompson (610 YDS, 8 TD rushing, 124 YDS receiving). Also returns junior Xavier White (436 YDS, 2 TD

rushing, 104 YDS receiving), sophomore Tahj Brooks (255 YDS, 4 TD) and senior Chadarius Townsend (99 YDS, 1 TD). Incoming

freshman Cam’Ron Valdez was almost a 4-star prospect.

WR: Lost T.J. Vasher (227 YDS, 2 TD) to the NFL. KeSean Carter (290 YDS, 4 TD) entered the transfer portal. Ja’Lynn Polk (264

YDS, 2 TD) transferred to Washington. Returns leading receiver 6’3 Erik Ezukanma (748 YDS, 6 TD). Also returns Myles Price (305

YDS, 1 TD), Dalton Rigdon (133 YDS), 6’4 Trey Cleveland (81 YDS, 1 TD) and 6’4 Loic Fouonji (64 YDS, 1 TD). If McLane Mannix

(248 YDS, 3 TD in 2019) can stay healthy, he could be a major contributor. Kaylon Geiger transferred in from Troy (1625 YDS, 8

TD in career). Early enrollee 4-star 6’5 Jerand Bradley could play immediately.

TE: Returns both TEs who caught a pass, Travis Koontz (189 YDS, 1 TD) and John Holcomb (42 YDS). True freshman 3-star

recruits 6’8 Mason Tharp and 6’7 Jed Castles could see the field.

OL: Lost OG Jack Anderson to the NFL. The other four starters return. Experience overall is not an issue but experience at guard

in place of Anderson is. RT Josh Burger has started 35 consecutive games, Center Dawson Deaton 20. LT Caleb Rogers started 3

games as a freshman. TJ Storment (7 starts at LT in 2020) transferred in from TCU.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns Tony Bradford Jr. (28 TOT, 1 sack), Jaylon Hutchings (23 TOT, 1 sack), Devin Drew (21 TOT), Tyree Wilson (10 TOT,

1.5 sacks) and Philip Blidi (6 TOT, 0.5 sack). Watch for freshman 3-star Dooda Banks. DE Robert Wooten (3 TOT) transferred in

from Virginia Tech (No. 51 prospect out of Texas in the 2020 class) but will need a waiver to play this season.

LB: Returns leading tackler Krishon Merriweather (75 TOT, 2 sacks) and second leading tackler Colin Schooler (63 TOT, 3.5

sacks). Also returns Riko Jeffers (58 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Brandon Bouyer-Randle (32 TOT, 1 sack), Jacob Morgenstern (32 TOT) and

Kosi Eldridge (15 TOT, 1 sack). Jesiah Pierre (8 TOT in 13 games) transferred in from Florida.

SF: Lost Thomas Leggett (40 TOT) to the NFL. Returns Eric Monroe (60 TOT) and Dadrion Taylor-Demerson (16 TOT). Marquis

Waters (234 TOT in 4-year career) transferred in from Duke. Reggie Pearson (60 TOT in 2019) transferred in from Wisconsin

where he sat out the 2020 season.

CB: Lost best DB Zech McPhearson (53 TOT, 4 INT) to the NFL. Adam Beck (61 TOT in 2 years) transferred to Buffalo. Returns

Damarcus Fields (31 TOT) and Adrian Frye (17 TOT). Rayshad Williams transferred in. Malik Dunlap (20 TOT, 1 sack) transferred

in from North Carolina State where he started 10 games.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Jonathan Garibay (8/11 FG, 6/7 PAT) who handled kickoffs and also punted a few times. Lost Trey Wolff (26/27

PAT, 1/5 FG). RB Xavier White could return kicks.

PR: RB Chux Nwabuko returned punts in the last four games of 2020. No punters are listed on the

roster. Other place kickers are junior Trey Wolff, junior Austin McNamara and junior Landon

Reeves.

SPIN

Lubbock, TX – After coming off back-to-back four-win seasons and ending last season with its

lowest-scoring offense since 2000, the offensive coordinator was fired and replaced by former Tech

QB Sonny Cumbie. 6 of 10 games were decided by one possession last season. 15 starters are back

from last season. The opener against Houston is a neutral site game at NRG Stadium in Houston,

Texas. The bye week hits perfectly between Oklahoma and Iowa State. Tech will have to travel to

Texas and Oklahoma. The Red Raiders have not had a winning season since 2015. It does not look

like 2021 will break that streak. Tyler Shough is a good quarterback but he will not take Texas Tech

to the next level. Running back SaRodorick Thompson is the best player on the team. The Raiders

are loaded at linebacker which is the strength of the defense. I have Tech finishing 4-8 and will win

two conference games at best to reach five wins.

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WEST VIRGINIA

#6 BIG XII: CONF 4-4, HOME 4-0, AWAY 0-4, BOWL: W

Head Coach: Neal Brown (3) OC: Gerad Parker (2) / Chad Scott (3)

DC: Jordan Lesley (2) / ShaDon Brown (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns starter Jarret Doege (2587 YDS, 14 TD, 4 INT passing, -101 YDS, 2 TD rushing). Lost backup Austin Kendall (164 YDS,

2 TD, 1 INT). Returns third string Garrett Greene (24 YDS passing, 40 YDS rush).

RB: Returns Leddie Brown (1010 YDS, 9 TD rushing, 202 YDS, 2 TD receiving), Tony Mathis (55 YDS, 1 TD) and A’Varius Sparrow

(10 YDS). Alec Sinkfield (327 YDS, 3 TD) transferred to Boston College.

WR: Returns top two receivers Winston Wright (553 YDS, 2 TD) and 6’3 Bryce Ford-Wheaton (416 YDS 3 TD). Also returns Sam

James (300 YDS, 2 TD in 2020, 677 YDS in 2019), 6’3 Sean Ryan (264 YDS), Reese Smith (128 YDS), Isaiah Esdale (115 YDS), 6’2

Sam Brown (92 YDS) and Graeson Malashevich (30 YDS). Bringing in 4-star freshman 6’4 Kaden Prather who could have gone

anywhere.

TE: Returns all three TEs who made a catch, Mike O’Laughlin (137 YDS, 1 TD), TJ Banks (41 YDS, 1 TD) and Charles Finley (1

catch, 2 YDS).

OL: Starting QB Doege was sacked 20 times. G Doug Nester (allowed 0 sacks) transferred in from Virginia Tech. Incoming

freshman 4-star Wyatt Milum is the No.14 OT (109 NTL) in the 2021 class. Tariq Stewart entered the transfer portal.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Darius Stills (35 TOT, 2 sacks) to the NFL. DE Jeffery Pooler (23 TOT, 3 sacks) transferred to Northwestern. Returns

senior Dante Stills (35 TOT, 10.5 TFL 2 sacks) who is one of the best defensive linemen in the country. Also brings back Akheem

Mesidor (32 TOT, 5 sacks), Jared Bartlett (19 TOT, 3.5 sacks), Vandarius Cowan (17 TOT, 2 sacks) and Jalen Thornton (5 TOT).

Darel Middleton (15 TOT, 1 sack) transferred in from Tennessee.

LB: Lost ILB Tony Fields II (88 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) to the NFL. Lost Dylan Tonkery (19 TOT, 1 INT). Returns Josh Chandler-Semedo

(64 TOT, 1 INT) and Exree Loe (46 TOT). Also returns LB/DE VanDarius Cowan (17 TOT, 2 sacks). Lance Dixon (10 TOT, 1 FF)

transferred in from PSU. True freshman Jairo Faverus (4.4 speed) converted from CB to LB.

SF: Two-year starter Tykee Smith (career 111 tackles, 4 INT) who could be the best safety in the country for 2021, abruptly

transferred to Georgia in late March. Also lost Dante Bonamico (16 TOT). Returns Sean Mahone (53 TOT, 1 INT) and Scottie

Young (4 TOT in 1 game) entering his second year at WVU after transferring from Arizona where he started 29 games. CB

Alonzo Addae (66 TOT, 2 INT) switched to safety.

CB: The best corner on the team, Dreshun Miller (31 TOT, 1 INT) transferred to Auburn. Alonzo Addae (66 TOT, 2 INT) switched

to safety. The No.19 ranked corner of the 2020 class and possible starter in 2021, David Vincent-Okoli (did not play 2020) left

the team. Jackie Matthews (3 TOT) or Daryl Porter will start across from Nicktroy Fortune (35 TOT, 1 INT). Charles Woods

(redshirted 2020) transferred in from FCS Illinois State where he started 15 games in 2019 making 48 TOT and 4 INT.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Evan Staley (6/9 FG, 19/19 PAT), Casey Legg (5/7 FG, 9/9 PAT) and Tyler Sumpter (3/4 FG, 1/1 PAT). Casey Legg

kicked off most of the time.

PR: Returns Tyler Sumpter (37 punts, 40.5 AVG). Kolton McGhee punted 9 times (39.7 AVG). Redshirt junior Evan Matthes is the

only player listed on the roster strictly as a punter. CB Charles Woods could return punts.

SPIN

Morgantown, WV – Last season the Mountaineers were 6-4 overall. Two of their losses were by

one possession. The defense finished 4 th in the FBS for total YDS/G allowed (291.4), which was the

best of any P5 team and took the top spot in passing defense (159.6 YDS/G). The run defense

ranked 28 th in the FBS (131.8 YDS/G) and 4 th in the Big 12. The two best defensive backs, the best

linebacker and arguably the best defensive lineman on the team are all gone from last year which

indicates a step back on defense. Credit WVU for not scheduling multiple small schools, eleven of

their games are vs Power Five teams, including old rivals Maryland and Virginia Tech. Iowa State,

Oklahoma State and Texas are all home games. If the offense gets going, West Virginia could be a

dangerous team. I have West Virginia going 5-7, just missing a bowl game. That five win mark is

assuming they lose to Baylor and Kansas State which are both winnable games. Loking at the

confernce as a whole, if there is one time I thnk I might have underestimated, it’s West Virginia.

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Projected Final 2021 Big 12 Standings

RK School Big XII OVR

1 Oklahoma 9-0 12-0

2 Iowa State 8-1 11-1

3 TCU 7-2 10-2

4 Oklahoma State 6-3 9-3

5 Texas 5-4 8-4

6 Kansas State 4-5 7-5

7 Baylor 3-6 6-6

8 West Virginia 2-7 5-7

9 Texas Tech 1-8 4-8

10 Kansas 0-8 1-11

SPIN

Irving, TX - The Big 12 will look similar to last year. Iowa State was exceptional against the run only allowing 103.1 YDS/G (8 th in

the FBS) but Oklahoma was right behind at 105.1 YDS/G (9 th ). Looking at roster production, Oklahoma and Iowa State are pretty

much even except I would give Oklahoma the edge at receiver thanks to Mike Woods who transferred in from Arkansas. As far

as star talent and depth go, Oklahoma has a big advantage there. Oklahoma will have the home field advantage for the regular

season matchup. Spencer Rattler should be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and I would not be surprised if Breece Hall is too.

In the end Oklahoma will win the Big 12 Championship and advance to the College Football Playoff. I was close to giving Iowa

State another conference loss but most of their tough games are at home. If they were to lose another game besides

Oklahoma, it will be TCU, Iowa or Oklahoma State, in that order. The biggest criticism of my standings is that Texas should be

higher than fifth. I think the Longhorns will be a good team that will improve in years to come but they lost a lot of production:

starting QB, one of their top RBs, the No.2, 3, 4 WRs, their best defensive player Edge Joseph Ossai, leading tackler LB Juwan

Mitchell and their two best safeties. UT’s 8-4 record could be 9-3 but 8-4 assumes they beat Louisiana and Arkansas which is

not a given. Oklahoma State lost RB Chuba Hubbard and WR Tylan Wallace but the team played 4 games without Hubbard

when he was injured and OSU seems to always have someone step up in the receiver group. I might have them overrated but

they caught some bad breaks last season. TCU will be great on offense and at skill positions on both sides of the ball. With

Duggan and Evans, they will rack up a lot of yards on the ground. The Frogs could beat OSU or ISU if the new OC can repeat the

success of his first tenure as OC of TCU.


ARIZONA

#6 PAC 12 SOUTH: CONF 0-5, HOME 0-3, AWAY 0-2

Head Coach: Jedd Fisch (1) OC: Brennan Carroll (1) DC: Don Brown (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Grant Gunnell (625 YDS, 6 TD, 2 INT) transferred to Memphis. Backup Rhett Rodriguez (52 YDS, 2 INT)

transferred to Louisiana-Monroe. Backup Kevin Doyle entered the transfer portal. Freshman Will Plummer (388

YDS, 0 TD, 3 INT passing, 95 YDS rushing) will most likely start with Washington State transfer 6’5 Gunner Cruz (34

YDS, 1 TD) as backup. However, Jordan McCloud (2770 YDS, 21 TD, 10 INT passing, 357 YDS, 5 TD rushing in 2

years) transferred in from South Florida. McCloud will compete for the start but he did not participate in spring

ball.

RB: Lost Gary Brightwell (390 YDS, 1 TD) to the NFL. Nathan Tilford (363 YDS, 6 TD in career) entered the transfer

portal. The starting spot is in open competition between Michael Wiley (222 YDS, 3 TD), Darrius Smith (2020 opt

out, 203 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 181 YDS, 2 TD receiving in 2019), Jalen Kohn (30 YDS) and Nazar Bombata who should

all see the field regardless of position on the depth chart. Drake Anderson (256 YDS, 2 TD) transferred in from

Northwestern.

WR: Returns Stanley Berryhill (227 YDS, 3 TD), Tayvian Cunningham (139 YDS, 1 TD), Brian Casteel (133 YDS),

Jamarye Joiner (111 YDS, 1 TD), 6’2 Boobie Curry (89 YDS) and 6’2 Thomas Reid (6 YDS). Joiner injured his foot and

will miss the first three weeks of the season. Ma’Jon Wright (176 YDS, 1 TD as a freshman) transferred to MTSU

then back to Arizona during the offseason and will be eligible to play this season for UA.

TE: Returns Zach Williams (24 YDS) and Bryce Wolma (62 YDS, 1 TD in 2019). Freshamn Alex Lines transferred in

from UNLV.

OL: Three starters return. Sixth year senior Josh McCauley will start at center. Linemen combine for 81 career

starts. Gave up 18 sacks in five games. New OC Carroll is also the OL coach. Carroll was previously the run game

coordinator and OL coach for the NFL Seattle Seahawks.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost Roy Lopez (18 TOT, 1 sack) to the NFL. DT Leevel Tatum (20 TOT in career) transferred in from Fresno

State. Returns 315lb Trevon Mason (20 TOT), Jalen Harris (18 TOT), Kyron Barrs (17 TOT) and 298lb Aaron Blackwell

(6 TOT), Dion Wilson Jr (3 TOT) and Paris Shand (2 TOT, 1 sack).

LB: Kenny Hebert transferred in from Vanderbilt where he played a limited role in 2020 after starting 7 games in

2019. Malik Reed transferred in from Wisconsin. Jerry Roberts (93 TOT in career) transferred in from Bowling

Green. Rashie Hodge Jr (90 TOT, 10 TFL) transferred in as a walk-on from New Mexico State. Treshaun Hayward

(142 TOT, 5 sacks in 2019) transferred in from Western Michigan where he was the MAC Defensive Player of the

Year in 2019. Returns leading tackler ILB Anthony Pandy (30 TOT, 2 INT), OLB Rourke Freeburg (21 TOT), Isaiah

Johnson (13 TOT) and Derick Mourning (10 TOT). Jason Harris transferred in from Colorado.

SF: Returns Rhedi Short (30 TOT), Jaxen Turner (19 TOT), Isaiah Mays (13 TOT) and Jaydin Young (6 TOT). Freshman

Gunner Maldonado transferred in from Northwestern after one season.

CB: Lost Lorenzo Burns (24 TOT) to the NFL. Isaiah Rutherford transferred in from Notre Dame where he played

special teams duty. Returns Christian Roland-Wallace (26 TOT), Treydan Stukes (8 TOT) and Malik Hausman (3

TOT). Jakelyn Morgan

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Starter Lucas Havrisik (9/10 PAT, 6/7 FG) is back and will also handle kickoffs again.

PR: Returns Kyle Ostendorp (39.7 YD AVG) who punted 21 times.

SPIN

Tucson, AZ – Coach Fisch has brought new life to the deflated Arizona program that is on a

historically bad 12 game losing streak with a glaring 70-7 loss to rival Arizona State. The

offense only averaged 17.4 PPG (10 th worst in the FBS). New DC was the DC at Michigan the

last five years. I think 4 wins would be a good first year for the new staff but that is a lot.

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ARIZONA STATE

#4 PAC 12 SOUTH: CONF 2-2, HOME 0-1, AWAY 2-1

Head Coach: Herm Edwards (4) OC: Zak Hill (2) DC: Antonio Pierce (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns starter dual-threat 6’3 junior Jayden Daniels (701 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT passing, 223 YDS, 4 TD rushing in

short 2020 season, 2943 YDS, 17 TD, 2 INT in 2019) who is expected to be an early-round draft pick. Also returns

backup Trenton Bourguet (24 YDS).

RB: Returns Rachaad White (420 YDS, 5 TD rushing, 151 YDS, 1 TD receiving), 235lb Deamonte Trayanum (290 YDS,

4 TD), Daniyel Ngata (108 YDS, 1 TD) and Jackson He (1 TD).

WR: Lost Frank Darby (1 TD in 2019, 616 YDS, 8 TD in 2019) to the NFL. Starting Utah WR Bryan Thompson (187

YDS, 1 TD in 2020, 461 YDS in 2019) transferred in. Will have four receivers who were rated as 4-star recruits: 6’7

Johnny Wilson (89 YDS), LV Bunkley-Shelton (100 YDS), 6’1 Elijhah Badger (true freshman) and 6’1 Chad Johnson Jr

(true freshman). Also returns Geordon Porter (120 YDS, 1 TD), Ricky Pearsall (86 YDS, 1 TD) and 6’3 Andre Johnson.

TE: Returns 6’8 Curtis Hodges (98 YDS, 1 TD). Redshirt Jalin Conyers (2020 4-star) transferred in from Oklahoma.

Geor’quarius Spivey (153 YDS in career) transferred in from Mississippi State.

OL: Four starters are back. Redshirt freshman Triston Miller transferred in from North Carolina.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns one of the best defensive linemen in Jermayne Lole (24 TOT, 1.5 sacks). Also returns 325lb DJ Davidson

(19 TOT, 1 sack), Tyler Johnson (16 TOT, 5 sacks), DE Michael Matus (10 TOT, 1.5 sacks) and 305lb Tautala Pesefea

(6 TOT). DE Travez Moore (7 TOT, 1.5 sacks in 8 games) transferred in from LSU. 315lb Matthew Pola-Mao (2019

redshirt, 2020 opt out) transferred in from Kansas State.

LB: Returns Kyle Soelle (26 TOT, 1 INT), Merlin Robertson (24 TOT, 1 INT), Darien Butler (15 TOT), Connor Soelle (5

TOT), Dylan Devito (4 TOT), Caleb McCullough (3 TOT, 1 INT) and Jordan Banks (3 TOT, 1 INT). Xavier Steel (42 TOT,

1 sack, 1 INT, 1 FF in 2019) transferred in from UMass. Freshman Eric Gentry was a highly recruited 3-star.

SF: Lost Aashari Crosswell to the NFL. Leading tackler Evan Fields (38 TOT) could be a future NFL prospect. Also

returns Deandre Pierce (24 TOT, 1 INT) and Kejuan Markham (5 TOT).

CB: Returns Timarcus Davis (16 TOT), Jordan Clark (16 TOT), Chase Lucas (15 TOT), Keon Markham (9 TOT) and Jack

Jones (5 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Christian Zensejas (9/9 PAT, 2/4 FG) and Jack Luckhurst (9/9 PAT, 1/1 FG) entered the transfer portal. DJ Taylor

will return kicks. A combination of freshmen Jace Feely and Eddie Czaplicki and FSU grad-transfer Logan Tyler

(made 1 FG, 3 PAT) will kick off and handle placekicking duties.

PR: Starting punter Michael Turk (47.1 YD AVG) initially declared for the NFL then decided to return before

entering the transfer portal in early August. Punter Logan Tyler (42.5 YD AVG) transferred in from Florida State.

SPIN

Tempe, AZ – Edwards’ first season with the Sun Devils started the youngest defense in power five football. Now

they are deep at backup with players that could be starting on a unit that ranked as the PAC-12’s best defense last

season. Returns 20 starters from last season which is tied for the most of any power five

team. There are 14 players returning who would have exhausted their eligibility if not for the

bonus year granted by the NCAA. Returns 11 starters on defense. The PAC-12’s top-ranked

rushing offense is back (264.3 YDS/G) which ranked 7 th nationally. The offense also ranked

12 th nationally in scoring 40.3 PPG. However, the passing game was lagging with only 194.3

YDS/G (28 th worst in FBS). Those numbers could be misleading since they only played three

games in 2020. This team should be in the mix for a divisional and conference title. Looking

at the schedule, ASU should sweep the non-conference games that features zero P5

opponents. A home game vs USC and road trip to Utah will be big in determining the Pac-12

South.

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COLORADO

#2 PAC 12 SOUTH: CONF 3-1, HOME 1-1, AWAY 2-0, BOWL: L

Head Coach: Karl Dorrell (2) OC: Darrin Chiaverini (2) DC: Chris Wilson (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Last year’s starter, Sam Noyer (1101 YDS, 6 TD, 7 INT passing, 208 YDS, 5 TD rushing) transferred to Oregon

State. This will open the door for freshman 6’2 225lb Brendon Lewis (95 YDS passing, 73 YDS, 1 TD rushing in

Alamo Bowl) and Tennessee transfer 6’3 J.T. Shrout (494 YDS, 5 TD, 3 INT in career). Further down the roster is

true freshman 3-star 6’3 Drew Carter. Grant Ciccarone transferred out.

RB: Last years’ PAC-12 player of the year Jarek Broussard (895 YDS, 5 TD) will lead the herd. Also returns Alex

Fontenot who was the team’s leading rusher in 2019 (874 YDS, 5 TD), Joe Davis (34 YDS) and freshman 4-star

Ashaad Clayton (31 YDS, 2 TD). Jaren Mangham (35 YDS, 2 TD) transferred to South Florida.

WR: KD Nixon (132 YDS) transferred to USC. Returns Dimitri Stanley (335 YDS, 1 TD), 6’2 La’Vontae Shenault (193

YDS), 6’3 Brenden Rice (120 YDS, 2 TD), Maurice Bell (115 YDS, 1 TD), 6’4 Daniel Arias (105 YDS), Jaylon Jackson (17

YDS, 1 TD) and 6’2 Montana Lemonious-Craig (15 YDS).

TE: Returns Brady Rusell (77 YDS, 1 TD). The other tight ends only combined for five receptions, CJ Schmanski (14

YDS) and Matt Lynch (7 YDS). Freshman Caleb Fauria was a top 20 TE recruit. Freshman Erik Olsen was a 4-star

recruit.

OL: Lost OT Will Sherman to the NFL. The other eight players who started a game last season are back, including

four regular starters. Max Wray transferred in from Ohio State. Noah Fenske transferred in from Iowa.

DEFENSE:

DL: DE Mustafa Johnson (20 TOT, 3 sacks) is gone. Returns DE Terrance Lang (9 TOT), 305lb Janaz Jordan, 325lb

Jalen Sami (4 TOT), 300lb Na’im Rodman (3 TOT), Jeremiah Doss (1 TOT), 2019 3-star 300lb Lloyd Murray Jr. DE

Blayne Toll transferred in from Arkansas.

LB: Akil Jones (27 TOT) graduated. Returns defensive leader ILB Nate Landman (53 TOT, 4 sacks) who had to

recover from an Achilles injury in the offseason. OLB Carson Wells (37 TOT, 6.5 sacks, 1 INT) is also a very good

player. Others returning are ILB Jonathan Van Diest (19 TOT), OLB Guy Thomas (10 TOT), ILB Quinn Perry (6 TOT),

Jamar Montgomery (6 TOT), Joshka Gustav (4 TOT) and 4-star redshirt freshman Marvin Ham II. Jack Lamb (13 TOT)

transferred in from Notre Dame. Incoming 3-star freshman ILB Zephania Maea could see playing time.

SF: Derrion Rakestraw (36 TOT) transferred to Tulane. Robert Barnes transferred in from Oklahoma and will

probably start. Other starting candidates are Isaiah Lewis (33 TOT, 1 sack), Mark Perry (9 TOT), Chris Miller (2 TOT),

Toren Pittman (3 TOT) and Ray Robinson (3 TOT).

CB: Returns Christian Gonzalez (25 TOT), Mekhi Blackmon (15 TOT, 1 INT) and Nigel Bethel (3 TOT, 1 INT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Evan Price (16/16 PAT, 6/8 FG). Freshman Cole Becker was a top 2 kicking recruit in his class.

PR: 3-star Punter Josh Watts joined the team and is the only punter listed on the roster.

SPIN

Boulder, CO – The Buffs made the Pac-12 Championship as recent as 2016. Last season

was only their second bowl game appearance in the last 13 seasons. They have not won

a bowl game since 2005 vs Clemson. The stats might not blow you away but they only

played six games last year. Wins were over UCLA, Stanford, Arizona and San Diego

State. Losses were to Utah by 17 and Texas by 32 in the Alamo Bowl. A bowl game will

be tough to reach with Texas A&M and Minnesota in non-conference play. The Texas

A&M game is at Mile High in Denver. Three of the five South Division games are on the

road. With questions at QB, it does not look like Colorado will get over 5 wins this year,

but with Broussard at RB, they could surprise the South.

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UCLA

#5 PAC 12 SOUTH: CONF 3-4, HOME 2-2, AWAY 1-2

Head Coach: Chip Kelly (4) OC: Justin Frye (3) DC: Jerry Azzinaro (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1120 YDS, 12 TD, 4 INT passing, 306 YDS, 3 TD rushing in 5 games). Also

returns experienced backup Chase Griffin (451 YDS, 6 TD, 2 INT). Added former 2020 4-star redshirt freshman 6’3

Ethan Garbers from Washington.

RB: Lost Demetric Felton (668 YDS, 5 TD rushing, 159 YDS, 3 TD rushing) to the NFL. Returns Brittain Brown (543

YDS, 4 TD rushing, 84 YDS, 1 TD receiving), Keegan Jones (73 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 31 YDS, 1 TD receiving) and Kazmeir

Allen (40 YDS receiving). 220lb Zach Charbonnet (124 YDS, 1 TD in 2020, 850 career YDS) transferred in from

Michigan.

WR: Returns Kyle Philips (370 YDS, 2 TD), Delon Hurt (122 YDS, 1 TD), 6’3 Chase Cota (79 YDS, 2 TD) and 6’4 Matt

Sykes (24 YDS). 2019 4-star Kam Brown (55 YDS) transferred in from Texas A&M.

TE: Returns leading receiver Greg Dulcich (517 YDS, 5 TD) who is one of the best TEs in the country. Also returns

6’7 Mike Martinez (31 YDS, 1 TD).

OL: All five starters return. 300lb OG/C Paul Grattan (38 career starts) is back for a sixth season, second with UCLA.

Center 300lb Sam Marrazzo is back but missed spring camp with a leg injury. 305lb Alec Anderson and 320lb Sean

Rhyan are at OT.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Osa Odighizuwa (30 TOT, 4 sacks) to the NFL. Returns 320lb Otiti Ogbonnia (16 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Datona

Jackson (15 TOT), Odua Isibor (7 TOT), Dovid Magna (4 TOT) and 300lb Tyler Manoa. Former 4-star DT Jay Toia

transferred in from USC. DE Mitchell Agude.

LB: Returns leading tackler Caleb Johnson (44 TOT, 5.5 sacks, 1 INT), Bo Calvert (28 TOT), Mitchell Agude (24 TOT,

2.5 sacks), Carl Jones (21 TOT, 2.5 sacks), Damian Sellers (15 TOT), JonJon Vaughns (13 TOT), Choe Bryant-Strother

(9 TOT) and Kain Medrano (4 TOT). Ale Kaho (3 blocked punts, 33 TOT, 1 TD rec) transferred in from Alabama

where he was a backup and played special teams, a 4-star out of high school. Jordan Genmark Heath (42 career

TOT) grad-transferred in from Notre Dame.

SF: Elijah Gates (11 TOT, tied team high 2 INT) transferred to Fresno State. Returns Stephan Blaylock (42 TOT, 2

INT), Qwuantrezz Knight (39 TOT, 1 sack), Quentin Lake (33 TOT, 1 INT), William Nimmo (11 TOT) and Elisha Guidry

(5 TOT).

CB: Returns Mo Osling (26 TOT, 3 sacks, 1 INT), Jay Shaw (24 TOT, 2 INT) and Obi Eboh (19 TOT, 2 sacks). Added

North Texas transfer Cameron Johnson (49 TOT, 1 INT, 1 FF).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Nicholas Barr-Mira (30/31 PAT, 6/7 FG) and RJ Lopez who handled kick offs.

PR: Returns starting punter Luke Akers (43.1 YD AVG). Collin Flintoft is the backup punter. Receiver Kyle Philips (1

return TD in 2019) will return punts.

SPIN

Pasadena, CA – All four losses last year were by six points or less. Returns 20 starters from

last season which is tied for the most of any power five team. That includes 10 starters back

on defense which hopefully improves after allowing 274.1 passing YDS/G (14 th most in FBS).

The offense ranked 20 th nationally scoring an average 35.4 PPG. The ground game averaged

230.6 YDS/G which ranked 12 th best in the FBS. It seems like Chip Kelly is starting to get his

offense to perform like it did at Oregon. The non-conference games are not easy but will

allow UCLA to get a game in vs Hawaii before playing LSU who does not play a game before

traveling to the Rose Bowl. An upset over LSU would really shake up CFB. Fresno State is no

joke out of the Mountain West. UW, Oregon and Utah in a row is a tough stretch. Five of the

nine PAC-12 games are on the road.

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SOUTHERN CAL

#1 PAC 12 SOUTH: CONF 5-1, HOME 2-1, AWAY 3-0

Head Coach: Clay Helton (6) OC: Graham Harrell (3) DC: Todd Orlando (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns starter 6’3 Kedon Slovis (1921 YDS, 17 TD, 7 INT). Bringing in the No.9 ranked QB of the 2021 class in 4-star 6’3

Jaxson Dart who will compete with Miller Moss for the backup role. 6’3 Redshirt Senior Mo Hasan will miss the season for an

injury. Former 3-star Brendan Costello transferred in as a walk-on from Oklahoma State.

RB: One of the top two leaders in rushing yards from 2020 is back: 220lb Vavae Malepeai (238 YDS, 3 TD) is returning and

Stephen Carr (176 YDS, 2 TD in 2020, 1319 YDS & 12 TD in career) transferred to Indiana. Markese Stepp (165 YDS, 3 TD)

transferred to Nebraska. Keontay Ingram (1811 YDS, 11 TD rushing, 515 YDS, 6 TD receiving in 3 seasons) transferred in from

Texas. 2019 4-star Darwin Barlow (428 YDS, 4 TD) transferred in from TCU. Both should transform a group that ranked last in

the Pac-12 and 8 th worst in the FBS with 97.3 rushing YDS/G last season.

WR: Lost Amon-Ra St Brown (478 YDS, 7 TD) and Tyler Vaughns (406 YDS, 3 TD) to the NFL. Returns 6’5 Drake London (502 YDS,

3 TD) who could be one of the best receivers in CFB. 6’3 Bru McCoy (236 YDS, 2 TD) was temporarily removed from team

activities after a July arrest. Gary Bryant (51 YDS) and John Jackson (23 YDS) also returns. True freshman Michael Jackson III

could see the field right away. Tahj Washington (743 YDS, 6 TD) transferred in from Memphis. Jake Smith (294 YDS, 3 TD)

transferred in from Texas. KD Nixon (132 YDS) transferred in from Colorado.

TE: Returns 6’6 Erik Krommenhoek (59 YDS, 2 TD) and 6’6 Jude Wolfe (5 YDS). Malcolm Epps (292 YDS, 4 TD in 3 years)

transferred in from Texas.

OL: Lost LT Alijah Vera-Tucker to the NFL. Jordan Rhodes (played in 20 games in 3 years) entered the transfer portal. Returns

other four starters- 320lb LG Andrew Vorhees, 295lb C Brett Neilon, 320lb RG Liam Jimmons and 320b RT Jalen McKenzie.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DTs Jay Tufele (2020 opt out) and Marlon Tuipulotu (23 TOT, 2 sacks) to the NFL. Former 4-star recruit and veteran

senior backup Caleb Tremblay (3 TOT) transferred to Tennessee. Freshman 4-star Jay Toia who was a potential starter,

transferred to UCLA before playing in a game for USC. Projected starting nose tackle Brandon Pili (5 TOT) will miss the season

with a torn Achilles. 295lb redshirt freshman Jamar Sekona will take Pili’s spot. Nick Figueroa (20 TOT, 3.5 sacks) will be the

other starter up front. Incoming five-star Korey Foreman who is the highest ranked recruit for USC since 2000, should also see

game action. Also returns 290lb Tuli Tuipulotu (22 TOT, 2 sacks) and 310lb Kobe Pepe (3 TOT). Former 4-star 330lb DT Ishmael

Sopsher (did not see playing time) transferred in from Alabama but missed the spring recovering from surgery.

LB: Palaie Gaoteote (9 TOT) entered the transfer portal. Returns ILB Kana’i Mauga (41 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), ILB Ralen Goforth (38

TOT), OLB/DE Drake Jackson (20 TOT, 2 sacks, 1 INT), OLB Hunter Echols (15 TOT) and ILB Raymond Scott (7 TOT, 1 sack).

SF: Lost leading tackler Talanoa Hufanga (62 TOT, 3 sacks, 4 INT) to the NFL. Returns Isaiah Pola-Mao (40 TOT, 1 INT), Max

Williams (22 TOT), Greg Johnson (15 TOT) and Chase Williams (4 TOT). 4-star of the 2020 class Xavion Alford (4 TOT) transferred

in from Texas. Former 4-star Chris Thompson Jr (8 TOT) transferred in from Auburn after one season with the Tigers. Other 4-

star safeties on the roster are freshmen Calen Bullock, Xamarion Gordon and Anthony Beavers.

CB: Lost Olaijah Griffin (22 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Chris Steele (26 TOT, 1 INT), Isaac Taylor-Stuart (5 TOT) and Dorian

Hewitt (2 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Parker Lewis (23/23 PAT, 9/13 FG). Alex Stadthaus will kick off again for the third straight year.

PR: Returns starting punter Ben Griffiths (46.4 YD/AVG).

SPIN

Los Angeles, CA – Eight starters return on both sides of the ball. The offense ranked 31 st nationally

scoring an average 33.3 PPG and passed for 319.3 YDS/G (13 th best). If the run game improves, the

offense should rank in the top 25 for total YDS/G. With Slovis at quarterback throwing to returning

targets and transfer portal additions, the pass game will be among the top of the PAC-12. The

defensive line and cornerback groups are thin which is concerning. Linebacker and safety will be a

strength. Cross-divisional schedule is generous- games against Stanford, Washington State and

Oregon State, while avoiding Oregon and Washington from the North. However, the nonconference

is tough- Notre Dame (CFP), BYU (11-1) and SJSU (MWC Champions). The Trojans should

compete for the PAC-12 South Division Title and Conference Title. The parts to make the playoff are

not quite there this season. The regular season win total will land right around 9. I think they will be

8-4 but they could end up with 10 wins.

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UTAH

#3 PAC 12 SOUTH: CONF 3-2, HOME 2-1, AWAY 1-1

Head Coach: Kyle Whittingham (17) OC: Andy Ludwig (3) DC: Morgan Scalley (6)

OFFENSE:

QB: Starter Jake Bentley (882 YDS, 6 TD, 6 INT passing, 113 YDS, 1 TD rushing) who originally transferred in from

South Carolina, ended up transferring to South Alabama in the offseason. Grad transfer Charlie Brewer is expected

to be QB1 after starting the last two seasons at Baylor where he threw for 9700 yards and 65 TDs, 28 INTs in his

career. Brewer is one of three returning QBs with 8500+ career passing yards and the only returning QB with

9000+ career passing yards. 4-Star from the 2020 class Ja’Quinden Jackson transferred in from Texas. Peter Costelli

was also a 4-star recruit. Cam Rising (45 YDS, 1 INT) missed the spring game with an injury.

RB: PAC 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and leading rusher Ty Jordan (597 YDS, 6 TD) tragically passed away.

Backup Devin Brumfield (85 YDS, 1 TD) transferred to Tulane. Returns Micah Bernard (76 YDS). TJ Pledger (451 YDS,

5 TD) transferred in from Oklahoma. Chris Curry (145 YDS) transferred in from LSU. Incoming freshman Ricky Parks

was ranked as the No.18 RB in the class.

WR: Bryan Thompson (187 YDS for 1 TD in 2020, 461 YDS in 2019) transferred to Arizona State. Theo Howard (163

YDS) transferred in from Oklahoma. 6’4 Munir McClain transferred in from USC. Returns Britain Covey (264 YDS, 3

TD), 6’3 Solomon Enis (108 YDS, 1 TD), 6’4 Devaughn Vele, 6’4 Tyrone Young-Smith (341 YDS, 1 TD in career) and 3-

star freshman 6’4 Conor O’Toole. Added 3-star true freshman 6’3 Makai Cope.

TE: Returns Brant Kuithe (236 YDS) who is among the best TEs in CFB. Also returns Cole Fotheringham (52 YDS) and

Dalton Kincaid (14 YDS).

OL: All five starters on the offensive line are back from last season. The QBs were only sacked 7 times.

DEFENSE:

DL: DE Maxs Tupai (6 TOT, 1 sack) left the team. Returns DE Mike Tafua (14 TOT, 3 sacks), 295lb Tennessee Pututau

(10 TOT), 305lb Hauati Pututau (10 TOT, 2 sacks), 300lb Devin Kaufusi (6 TOT), 304lb Viane Moala (4 TOT) and DE

Van Fillinger (3 TOT).

LB: Returns Devin Lloyd (48 TOT, 2 sacks) Nephi Sewell (40 TOT, 2 INT) and Andrew Mata’afa (3 TOT). Former 4-star

Josh Calvert transferred in from Washington where he will join competition with his brother 4-star Ethan Calvert

and 3-stars Mason Tufaga, Trey Reynolds, and Jonah Elliss.

SF: Nate Ritchie (27 TOT, 1 sack) will miss the year for a church mission. Returns Vonte Davis (16 TOT, 1 sack, 2 INT)

and Kamo’I Latu (4 TOT). Brandon McKinney (40 TOT in career) transferred in from Washington.

CB: Returns JaTravis Broughton (26 TOT), Clark Phillips (25 TOT, 1 INT) Faybian Marks (5 TOT, 1 INT) and Malone

Mataele (5 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Jadon Redding (17/17 PAT, 8/8 FG) and Jordan Noyes who kicked off.

PR: Freshman Cameron Peasley is the only punter listed on the roster.

SPIN

Salt Lake City, UT - No players invited to the NFL Combine. Eight starters return on defense,

19 starters return overall and they gained big additions from the transfer portal with

quarterback Charlie Brewer and running backs TJ Pledger and Chris Curry. If the passing

game gets going, the offense could rank in the top 25 for total YDS/G this season. Brewer

has plenty of tall receivers to work with. The defense was the 11 th best in the FBS against

the run (107.8 YDS/G). Pass defense was the problem last season. The addition of Brandon

McKinney should help. Looking at the schedule, Utah should be undefeated heading into

conference play. Three of the five South Division games are at home. Oregon and Stanford

are tough teams from the North Division, but Washington State and Oregon State are

usually at the bottom of the conference. The Utes should compete for the Division Title

again. In 2019, Utah was one win away from going to the CFP. #LLTJ

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CALIFORNIA

#6 PAC 12 NORTH: CONF 1-3, HOME 1-1, AWAY 0-2

Head Coach: Justin Wilcox (5) OC: Bill Musgrave (2) DC: Peter Sirmon (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Starter Chase Garbers (771 YDS, 6 TD, 3 INT passing, 75 YDS, 2 TD rushing) is back for a fifth year. Ryan Glover

(832 YDS, 3 TD passing, 2 TD rushing in 6 games) transferred in from FCS Western Illinois.

RB: Returns Damien Moore (194 YDS rushing, 29 YDS receiving), Marcel Dancy (156 YDS rushing, 68 YDS receiving)

and sophomore Chris Street (2 YDS on 1 carry). Also returns a unit of a running back in senior 235lb Christopher

Brooks (65 YDS, 1 TD).

WR: Makai Polk (183 YDS, 1 TD) transferred to Mississippi State. Returns Nikko Remigio (90 YDS, 2 TD) who was

Cal’s top target in 2019 (513 YDS, 3 TD). Also returns Kekoa Crawford (232 YDS, 2 TD), 6’4 Trevon Clark (23 YDS),

Monroe Young (15 YDS) and 6’2 Jeremiah Hunter (2020 opt out of freshman season).

TE: Jake Tonges (80 YDS, 1 TD), Collin Moore (29 YDS) and Gavin Reinwald (10 YDS) are back. 4-star freshman 270lb

Jermaine Terry could get on the field.

OL: Lost OT Jake Curhan to the NFL. Center Michael Saffell, an NFL prospect, medically retired. The other three

starters are back including senior 305lb Valentino Daltoso who could have moved on to the NFL. However, the unit

gave up 15 sacks in a short season.

DEFENSE:

DL: DE Zeandre Johnson (8 TOT) is gone. Returns 300lb Brett Johnson (19 TOT, 1.5 sacks), JH Tevis (18 TOT, 2

sacks), DE Ethan Saunders (1 TOT) and 340lb NG Ricky Correia. True freshman DE Akili Calhoun is a 3-star. 295lb

Luc Bequette (18 TOT, 1 sack) transferred in from Boston College.

LB: Returns leading tackler OLB Kuony Deng (31 TOT in 2020, 119 TOT in 2019) and OLB Cameron Goode (19 TOT, 3

sacks in 2019, 57 TOT in 2019) who are both NFL prospects. Also returns ILB Evan Tattersall (14 TOT), ILB Mo Iosefa

(11 TOT), Braxten Croteau (8 TOT), ILB Blake Antzoulatos (6 TOT), OLB Myles Jernigan (2 TOT) and Orin Patu (2

TOT).

SF: Returns Daniel Scott (team third 20 TOT). Elijah Hicks (28 TOT, 1 INT) opted to return for another year rather

than go pro. Also returns Craig Woodson (18 TOT). Raymond Woodie (25 TOT) transferred in from Florida State.

CB: Lost first-team All-Pac 12 pick Camryn Bynum (19 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns starter Josh Drayden (14 TOT,

1 INT) and Chigozie Anusiem (12 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Dario Longhetto (9/10 PAT, 4/5 FG) who also kicked off.

PR: Returns punter Jamieson Sheahan (39.9 YD AVG). Longhetto (40.9 YD AVG) punted in 2019.

SPIN

Berkeley, CA – Few teams played less games in 2020 than California. The season

looked like a disaster until they upset Oregon in their fourth and final game of the

season. Returns 28 of 33 players who made a start last season. The offense averaged

319.5 total YDS/G (12 th lowest in FBS), 126.8 YDS/G rushing (26 th lowest) and 192.8

YDS/G passing (27 th lowest). Because the 2020 season was shortened by COVID, OC Bill

Musgrave had limited time in the preseason to work with his new offense in his first

year. Hopefully with a full offseason, he can get the offense on track. It will have to

start with the offensive line after not run blocking or pass blocking good enough to

win. The defense only allowed 197.5 YDS/G passing (23 rd best). If the offense can score

more points to help out the defense that has been solid under Wilcox and Sirmon, the

Bears could be a wild card in the North Division. Opening week vs Nevada could be a

problem if Cal is looking ahead a week to TCU. Three of the last four games are on the

road. The in-state rivalries are all at the end of the year. Depending on the offense, the

season win total should be around 6 or 7 with a max of 8.

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OREGON

#1 PAC 12 NORTH: CONF 4-2, HOME 2-0, AWAY 1-2, BOWL: L

Head Coach: Mario Cristobal (3) OC: Joe Moorhead (1) DC: Tim DeRuyter (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Tyler Shough (1559 YDS, 13 TD passing, 271 YDS, 2 TD rushing) transferred to Texas Tech after sharing time with Anthony

Brown (164 YDS, 2 TD passing, 40 YDS, 2 TD rushing) who is back for another year. Brown is expected to start over 4-star

freshman Ty Thompson who is the No.6 ranked QB of the 2021 class. Competing for the backup role are 2020 redshirts Jay

Butterfield and Robby Ashford.

RB: Cyrus Habibi-Likio (4 TD rushing) transferred to Boise State. Top rushers CJ Verdell (285 YDS, 3 TD rushing, 96 YDS receiving

in 2020, 1220 YDS, 8 TD in 2019) and Travis Dye (443 YDS, 1 TD rushing, 239 YDS, 4 TD receiving) return. Sean Dollars (47 YDS)

will also get his carries. Trey Benson was a 3-star in the 2020 class. True freshmen Byron Cardwell and Seven McGee are 4-stars.

WR: Returns 6’5 Devon Williams (286 YDS, 2 TD), Jaylon Redd (281 YDS, 1 TD receiving, 1 TD rushing), Johnny Johnson (267 YDS,

2 TD), Mycah Pittman (123 YDS), Kris Hutson (37 YDS) and Josh Delgado (36 YDS). Added 4-star freshmen 6’5 Dont’e Thornton

and 6’2 Troy Franklin.

TE: Lost Hunter Kampmoyer (161 YDS, 3 TD) to the NFL. Returns DJ Johnson (113 YDS, 3 TD).

OL: Lost OT Penei Sewell to the NFL. The other four starters from last season are back. Returns 4-star redshirt freshman OT

Jonah Tauan’u. Added 5-star freshman OT Kingsley Suamataia. This unit should dominate most teams they play.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Austin Faoliu (16 TOT) and Jordan Scott (14 TOT, 1 sack) to the NFL. Returns highest ranked recruit in school history

DE Kayvon Thibodeaux (38 TOT, 3 sacks). Also returns Brandon Dorlus (12 TOT, 1 sack), Popo Aumavae (10 TOT), Kristian

Williams (7 TOT), Keyon Ware-Hudson (7 TOT) and DE Bradyn Swinson (3 TOT).

LB: Returns the PAC 12 freshman defensive player of the year in ILB Noah Sewell (team high 45 TOT), OLB Mase Funa (31 TOT),

fomer 5-star ILB Justin Flowe (played 1 game in 2020 for injury), Dru Mathis (11 TOT) and Adrian Jackson (4 TOT, 1 sack). Isaac

Slade-Matautia (45 TOT, 1 sack) transferred to SMU. Sophomore Andrew Faoliu (10 TOT, 2 sacks) transferred out.

SF: Lost Jevon Holland (2020 opt out), Brady Breeze (2020 opt out) and Nick Pickett (33 TOT) to the NFL. Returns Verone

McKinley (41 TOT, 1 INT), Jordan Happle (28 TOT, 1 INT), Jamal Hill (20 TOT, 2 INT), Bennett Williams (15 TOT, 1 sack), Steve

Stphens (7 TOT) and JJ Greenfield (3 TOT).

CB: Lost Deommodore Lenoir (30 TOT, 1 INT) and Thomas Graham Jr (64 TOT, 2 INT in 2019, 2020 opt out) to the NFL. Returns

starter Mykael Wright (25 TOT), DJ James (14 TOT) and Trikweze Bridges (2 TOT). Bringing in 4-star freshmen Dontae Manning,

Jaylin Davies and Avante Dickerson.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Henry Katleman (13/13 PAT, 4/4 FG) and Camden Lewis (15/15 PAT, 1/4 FG). Lewis handled the majority of kickoff

duties. CB Mykael Wright is back to return kicks (returned 2 for TD in 2019).

PR: Returns punter Tom Snee (43.6 YD AVG).

SPIN

Eugene, OR – There were big expectations for the Ducks heading into the 2020 season but it turned out to be a 4-3

disappointment, in part due to opt outs. Lost their three-game win streaks to Oregon State and Cal. The offense ranked 38 th

with 429.7 total YDS/G. Joe Moorhead was brought in this offseason as the new OC. He was the OC at Penn State when the

Lions won the Big Ten with Saquon Barkley. He has weapons to work with and a QB with lots of

potential, Anthony Brown who put up 4738 YDS, 40 TD passing in 3 years at Boston College before

transferring to Oregon. Defensive coordinator Andy Avalos left for the Boise State head coach

opening. Oregon hired Cal’s co-DC who did a great job at Cal, holding offense to 24 points or less in

20 of his last 24 games. Seven starters are back on defense. Defensive line and linebackers will be a

strength of the team. There were major losses to the NFL out of the secondary but there is plenty

of young talent. The 2021 Oregon team will have 11 of the school’s top 30 all-time recruits on the

roster. The Ducks are one of the few teams in the entire FBS that had nobody transfer into the

program. Oregon has the tenth best home win percentage (85.9%) since 2010 and has the 7 th most

ranked wins (28) since 2010. A week two trip to Ohio State sets up a rematch of the 2014 CFP

National Championship. The Ducks avoid USC and Arizona State from the South Division. Oregon

should compete to win the conference this year. I would set the regular season win total at 10 with

the ability to win 11. It will be tough to get there with trips to Utah and Washington.

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OREGON STATE

#4 PAC 12 NORTH: CONF 2-5, HOME 2-3, AWAY 0-2

Head Coach: Jonathan Smith (4) OC: Brian Lindgren (4) DC: Tim Tibesar (4)

OFFENSE:

QB: Tristan Gebbia (824 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT passing, 2 TD rushing) will start but missed spring ball with an injury.

Chance Nolan (537 YDS, 6 TD, 2 INT passing, 147 YDS, 1 TD rushing) is also back. Sam Noyer (1101 YDS, 6 TD, 7 INT

passing, 208 YDS, 6 TD rushing) transferred in from Colorado where he was the starter. Sam Vidlak is a 3-star

freshman that could be in the mix.

RB: Lost Jermar Jefferson (858 YDS, 7 TD rushing) to the NFL who was the star of last years’ team. Calvin Tyler (45

YDS, 2 TD) transferred to Utah State. Returns BJ Baylor (124 YDS, 1 TD) and ILB Jack Colletto who got 15 carries at

RB (128 YDS, 2 TD). Deshaun Fenwick (297 YDS, 1 TD) transferred in from South Carolina.

WR: Kolby Taylor (224 YDS, 1 TD) medically retired. Returns Trevon Bradford (239 YDS, 1 TD), Tyjon Lindsey (159

YDS, 3 TD), Zeriah Beason (148 YDS, 3 TD), Tre’Shaun Harrison (142 YDS, 1 TD) and Champ Flemings (107 YDS).

2020 4-star 6’2 Makiya Tongue transferred in from Georgia after one season.

TE: Returns 6’6 Teagan Quitoriano (185 YDS, 1 TD), 6’6 Luke Musgrave (142 YDS) and Jake Overman (19 YDS).

OL: All five starters return. Heneli Bloomfield transferred in from Utah State where he started four games.

Freshman Cooper Darling is 342lbs.

DEFENSE:

DL: 358lb DT Jordan Whittley (13 TOT in 2019) transferred to Michigan after opting out in 2020. Evan Bennett (10

TOT) transferred to Fresno State. Returns DE Isaac Hodgins (28 TOT, 1.5 sacks), James Rawls (10 TOT), Simon

Sandberg (5 TOT) and 310lb Alexander Skelton (3 TOT). Isaac Hodgins had foot surgery in August and will be out 8

weeks which will be an October return. Keonte Schad (8 TOT in 2020, 21 TOT in 2019) transferred in from

Minnesota where he played in 17 games.

LB: Lost OLB Hamilcar Rashed Jr (23 TOT) to the NFL. Returns leading tackler ILB Avery Roberts (69 TOT), ILB Omar

Speights (63 TOT, 1 sack), OLB Andrzej Hughes-Murray (23 TOT, 1 sack), ILB Jack Colletto (14 TOT), OLB Riley Sharp

(10 TOT) and John McCartan (6 TOT, 1 INT).

SF: Returns Akili Arnold (30 TOT), Kitan Oladapo (26 TOT, 2 sacks) and Alton Julian (14 TOT).

CB: Lost Nahshon Wright (30 TOT, 1 sack, 2 INT) and Isaiah Dunn (13 TOT) to the NFL. Returns Jaydon Grant (29

TOT, 2 INT), Alex Austin (29 TOT) and Rejzohn Wright (3 TOT). Elijah Jones (23 TOT) transferred in from Kansas and

will probably start.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Everett Hayes (19/19 PAT, 5/7 FG).

PR: Returns punter Luke Loecher (44.8 YD/AVG).

SPIN

Corvallis, OR – Last season Oregon State went 2-5 but the season did not feel like a failure. OSU beat Oregon in a

season that the Ducks were considered in the playoff picture and all losses were close, five of seven games decided

by one possession after losing the first game by ten points. The offense ranked 33 rd in rushing

YDS/G with 197.6 and 55 th in total YDS/G. A large part of their success on offense was due to

running back Jermar Jefferson who is gone now. Luckily Deshaun Fenwick transferred in. He

should be a breakout player in the PAC-12, especially with five linemen returning up front.

Gebbia was the starter when he was healthy last year but Sam Noyer could definitely move

into the starting role. Whoever is at QB will be helped out by Gergia transfer Makiya Tongue.

The only PAC-12 teams the Beavs do not play are UCLA and Arizona, two teams that have

each had losing records the last three years. Week one at Purdue might determine if this

team will reach bowl eligibility. Head coach Jonathan Smith seems to have the program

heading in the right direction. A bowl game would be huge in building this program. Regular

season win total should be around five games, just shy of a bowl appearance.

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STANFORD

#3 PAC 12 NORTH: CONF 4-2, HOME 0-1, AWAY 4-1

Head Coach: David Shaw (11) OC: Tavita Pritchard (4) DC: Lance Anderson (8)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost Davis Mills (1508 YDS, 7 TD, 3 INT passing, 3 TD rushing) to the NFL. 6’4 senior Jack West (154 YDS) and

6’6 sophomore Tanner McKee (62 YDS) are competing for the starting job. Sixth year Isaiah Sanders rushed for two

touchdowns but did not attempt any passes.

RB: Returns junior leading rusher Austin Jones (550 YDS, 9 TD rushing, 156 YDS receiving), junior Nathaniel Peat

(204 YDS, 1 TD), 220lb senior Justin Woods (8 YDS) and EJ Smith (7 YDS receiving).

WR: Lost leading receiver Simi Fehoko (574 YDS, 3 TD) and Connor Wedington (157 YDS) to the NFL. Returns 6’4

senior Brycen Tremayne (265 YDS), 6’2 senior Michael Wilson (261 YDS, 1 TD), 6’3 235lb Elijah Higgins (176 YDS)

and 6’5 John Humphreys (43 YDS).

TE: Lost Scooter Harrington (58 YDS, 2 TD) to the NFL. Returns Tucker Fisk (34 YDS, 1 TD) and fifth year 270lb

Fullback Houston Heimuli (10 YDS).

OL: Lost C Drew Dalman, RT Foster Sarrell, and LT Walker Little to the NFL. Three linemen who played significant

time in 2020 are back- 320lb OT Walter Rouse, 315lb OG Barrett Miller and 315lb OG Branson Bragg. Former 4-star

325lb OT Myles Hinton will start. 300lb Drake Nugent or Drake Metcalf will start at Center.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DE Thomas Schaffer (20 TOT, 3 sacks) to the NFL. Returns DE Thomas Booker (21 TOT, 1 sack) who is one

of the better defensive linemen in college football. Also returns 330lb DT Dalyn Wade-Perry (12 TOT, 1 sack) and

fifth year DE Ryan Johnson (4 TOT). True freshman 4-star DE Aaron Armitage should see playing time in his first

year.

LB: Lost Curtis Robinson (38 TOT) to the NFL. Returns ILB Levani Damuni (42 TOT, 1 INT), fifth year OLB Gabe Reid

(28 TOT, 2 sacks), OLB Stephen Herron (14 TOT, 1 sack), fifth year OLB Thunder Keck (9 TOT), sixth year OLB Jordan

Fox (9 TOT) and ILB Ricky Miezan (4 TOT).

SF: Lost Malik Antoine (38 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Kendall Williamson (32 TOT), Jonathan McGill (17

TOT) and Noah Williams (12 TOT).

CB: Lost Paulson Adebo to the NFL. Returns Kyu Blu Kelly (20 TOT), Salim Turner Muhammad (17 TOT), Ethan

Bonner (8 TOT) and Zahran Manley (6 TOT). 3-Star true freshman Jaden Slocum could contribute in his first season.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Lost Jet Toner (17/18 PAT, 7/11 FG). Joshua Karty kicked off once.

PR: Returns punter Ryan Sanborn (46.2 YD AVG).

SPIN

The Farm, CA – After starting out 0-2, Stanford rallied to win four straight games to close out the 2020 season,

opting to not play in a bowl game. The offense averaged 132.8 YDS/G on the ground (34 th lowest) which is

unusually low for Stanford. The pass game was on though, averaging 287.3 YDS/G (22 nd

best). That number will most likely drop off with the starting QB, the top two receivers, and

three offensive linemen gone. The defense lost one player from every level of the defense

to the NFL. The Cardinal hold the 6 th most wins over ranked opponents (29) since 2010.

After ten years with Stanford, head coach David Shaw has a 90-36 (.714 overall record) and

a 62-25 (.713) conference record with two Rose Bowl Game wins and three PAC-12

Championship wins. However, 2019 was a setback in which Stanford failed to reach a bowl

game for the first time under Shaw. Stanford is one of the few teams that had no players

transfer into the program. The Cardinal will play one of the toughest schedules in the

country with all power five teams in the non-conference: Kansas State, Vanderbilt and

Notre Dame. There is no breathing room with five of the first seven games on the road but

four of the last five games are at home. Regular season win total should be around seven.

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WASHINGTON

#2 PAC 12 NORTH: CONF 3-1, HOME 3-1, AWAY 0-0

HC: Jimmy Lake (2) OC: John Donovan (2) DC: Bob Gregory (1) / Ikaika Malloe (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns 2018 4-star Dylan Morris (897 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT passing, 2 TD rushing). Landed 5-star freshman Sam

Huard who is the No.1 ranked pro style QB (No.2 overall QB) in the 2021 class. 6’5 Patrick O’Brien (591 YDS, 3 TD, 2

INT) transferred in from Colorado State.

RB: Returns Sean McGrew (227 YDS, 4 TD), 225lb Kamari Pleasant (144 YDS, 3 TD), Richard Newton (122 YDS, 2 TD)

and Cameron Davis (67 YDS).

WR: Puka Nacua (151 YDS, 1 TD) transferred to BYU. Ty Jones (140 YDS) transferred to Fresno State. Returns Terrell

Bynum (130 YDS), former 4-star Rome Odunze (72 YDS) and Jalen McMillan (16 TOT). 2019 4-star Giles Jackson

(career 309 YDS, 1 TD receiving, 2 kick return TD) transferred in from Michigan. 6’2 Ja’Lynn Polk (264 YDS, 2 TD)

transferred in from Texas Tech.

TE: Leading receiver Cade Otton (258 YDS, 3 TD) passed on the NFL to return and could be one of the best in the

country. Also returns Devin Culp (15 TOT) and Jack Westover (9 YDS).

OL: All five starters return from last season. Jaxson Kirkland is the best on the unit.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DT Levi Onwuzurike (2020 opt out, 45 TOT in 2019) and Josiah Bronson (8 TOT) to the NFL. Returns 330lb

Sam Taimani (10 TOT), 300lb Tuli Letuligasenoa (5 TOT), 295lb Jacob Bandes (3 TOT) and 305lb Faatui Tuitele (2

TOT).

LB: Lost OLB Joe Tryon (2020 opt out, 41 TOT in 2019) to the NFL. Former 4-star Josh Calvert transferred to Utah.

Returns one of the best OLBs with Zion Tupuola-Fetui (13 TOT, 7 TFL, 7 sacks in 4 games), however he hurt his

Achilles in the spring and will miss at least part of the season. Returns leading tackler Edefuan Ulofoshio (47 TOT, 1

sack) who has the potential to become one of the best LBs in the country for 2021. Also returns Jackson Sirmon (27

TOT), former 2020 5-star Sav’ell Smalls (7 TOT), Ryan Bowman (6 TOT, 1 sack) and Daniel Heimuli (6 TOT). Jeremiah

Martin (11 TOT in career) transferred in from Texas A&M.

SF: Former 4-star Brandon McKinney (40 TOT in career) transferred to Utah after playing in 44 games but only

starting one in his career. Returns Asa Turner (17 TOT, 1 INT), Alex Cook (8 TOT) and Kamren Fabiculanan (4 TOT).

CB: Lost Elijah Molden (26 TOT, 1 INT) and Keith Taylor (9 TOT) to the NFL. Returns Trent McDuffie (14 TOT, 1 INT)

who is one of the best DBs in the country. Also returns Kyler Gordan (18 TOT). Brendan Radley-Hiles (30 TOT, 1

INT) transferred in from Oklahoma. True freshman 3-star Elijah Jackson should contribute.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Peyton Henry (13/14 PAT, 6/9 FG) and Tim Horn who kicked off.

PR: Returns starting punter Race Porter (42.4 YD AVG). WR Giles Jackson should return kicks.

SPIN

Seattle, WA – Jimmy Lake should have a good team after getting a full non-COVID

offseason with his team. Lake was previously the DC for Washington which ranked 1 st in

the conference for total YDS/G allowed in 2018. In 2020, the defense ranked 13 th best in

the FBS against the pass which was best in the PAC-12 (185 YDS/G) and it ranked best in

the PAC-12 in total YDS/G allowed (346.3). All four games the Huskies played in 2020

were at home. The offense only returned 4 starters last year. Now the OC has had a full

offseason with the team and returns five on the line. The transfer additions at receiver

need to step in and make an impact right away. As far as conference schedules go, 2021

is generous with the Oregon and Arizona State games in Seattle and UW does not have to

face USC or Utah from the South Division. A night game at Michigan in week 2 will be fun.

The regular season win total should be around 10 wins. The home game against Oregon

will probably determine which team will represent the North in the PAC-12 Title Game.

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WASHINGTON STATE

#5 PAC 12 NORTH: CONF 1-3, HOME 0-1, AWAY 1-2

HC: Nick Rolovich (2) OC: Brian Smith (2) / Craig Stutzman (2) DC: Jake Dickert (2)

OFFENSE:

QB: Returns starter Jayden De Laura (886 YDS, 5 TD, 4 INT passing, 2 TD rushing) but he was suspended in the

spring and might not get to play. Jarrett Guarantano (1112 YDS, 6 TD, 4 INT) transferred in from Tennessee. The

job is also open to 6’4 Cammon Cooper (99 YDS), 6’3 Victor Gabalis and true freshman 6’2 Xavier Ward. If De Laura

is not able to start the season, it isn’t clear which of these quarterbacks will.

RB: Returns speedy pass catching back Max Borghi (95 YDS, 1 TD in 2020, 817 YDS, 11 TD rushing, 597 YDS, 5 TD

receiving in 2019) who only got one game in 2020 before injury. Also returns Deon McIntosh (323 YDS, 3 TD) and

225lb Nakia Watson (522 YDS, 5 TD in 2 years) transferred in from Wisconsin.

WR: Jamire Calvin (980 YDS, 5 TDs in three seasons) transferred to Mississippi State. Lucas Bacon (57 YDS, 1 TD)

entered the transfer portal. Returns Travell Harris (340 YDS, 2 TD), Renard Bell (337 YDS, 2 TD), Joey Hobert (31

YDS), 6’3 Donovan Ollie (15 YDS) and Calvin Jackson Jr (12 YDS). The No.3 JUCO wideout 6’4 CJ Moore joined the

team. Lincoln Victor (103 YDS, 3 TD in two years) transferred in from Hawaii. Signed 3-star 6’2 De’Zhaun Stribling.

TE is not a listed position.

OL: RG Josh Watson retired to pursue his career. Four other starters return. OT Abraham Lucas decided to return

rather than declare for the NFL.

DEFENSE:

DL: Returns DE Brennan Jackson (19 TOT, 1.5 sacks), DE Ron Stone (13 TOT, 1.5 sacks), 295lb Ahmir Crowder (8

TOT, 1 sack), Dallas Hobbs (8 TOT), Amir Mujahid (4 TOT), DE Quinn Roff (3 TOT, 1 sack) and Ty Garay-Harris (2

TOT).

LB: Dillon Sherman (15 TOT) left the program. Returns Jahad Woods (31 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Justus Rogers (16 TOT),

Travion Brown (6 TOT). Ben Wilson (3 TOT, 2 blocked punts) transferred in from TCU.

SF: Tyrese Ross (33 TOT in 2019) transferred to South Carolina. Returns leading tackler Daniel Isom (32 TOT),

Hunter Escorcia (4 TOT) and Halid Djibril (2 TOT). Tyrone Hill (31 TOT) transferred in from Buffalo.

CB: Returns Armani Marsh (22 TOT), George Hicks (19 TOT), Jaylen Watson (13 TOT), Chau Smith-Wade (8 TOT)

and Derrick Langford (6 TOT). Kaleb Ford-Dement (26 TOT, 2 INT) transferred in from Old Dominion. Chris Jackson

(9 TOT) transferred in from Michigan State.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Blake Mazza (4/4 PAT, 4/4 FG) transferred to SMU. Returns Andrew Boyle who kicked off seven times.

PR: Lost punter Oscar Graguicevich to the NFL. Freshman Nick Haberer is one of the top punters in the 2021 class.

SPIN

Pullman, WA - No players were invited to the NFL Draft Combine. The run-and-shoot

offense had a rough first year that ranked 9 th in the PAC-12 for total offense. As always

though, the pass game was strong for WSU, ranking 3 rd in the PAC-12 in YDS/G through

the air. Seven starters return on defense which gave up an average of 307 YDS/G passing

(4 th most in FBS) and ranked second to last in the PAC-12 in total defense. The numbers

could be misleading since they only played four PAC-12 games, three of which were

against three of the best teams in the conference. There are some questions at QB which

is never a good sign. If the pass game can perform well again to combine with what

should be an improved run game, this team could be the surprise of the conference.

Rolovich has only coached four games so obody know how good his team will be. Tough

draw in cross-divisional games with the top three teams from the South: USC, ASU, and

Utah. Oregon and Washington in the North Division are both road games. Making a bowl

game with this schedule will be tough but it is not impossible. The Cougars will need to

make a run in October. The regular season win total could be anywhere from four to six.

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Projected Final 2021 PAC 12 Standings

North PAC 12 OVR South PAC 12 OVR

1 Oregon 9-0 11-1 1 Utah 8-1 11-1

2 Washington 8-1 11-1 2 Arizona State 7-2 10-2

3 California 5-4 7-5 3 Southern Cal 6-3 8-4

4 Stanford 2-7 3-9 4 UCLA 5-4 7-5

5 Washington St 2-7 5-7 5 Colorado 2-7 3-9

6 Oregon State 0-9 3-9 6 Arizona 0-9 2-10

SPIN

San Francisco, CA – The PAC 12 was tough to analyze because most of its’ members only played a handful of

games. There were limited samples of stats, players out because of COVID, and some teams that had more time to

prepare for the season based on the local health regulations where the university is located. Predicting the South

Division was the hardest part. It is stacked with teams that could make a run at the South title: Utah, ASU and USC.

Colorado should also be decent and they might end up in a bowl. Utah and Arizona State were pretty much even. I

gave Utah the win over ASU and the PAC-12 South Title because they have home field advantage. Charlie Brewer is

an underrated QB that should get the offense moving. Add that to transfer additions at RB and the Utes seem like

the team to beat in the South. UCLA will beat USC but the Trojans will have a better conference and overall record.

I like UCLA because of Dorian Thompson-Robinson but they are a step behind Utah and ASU because of the

defensive line. I also think UCLA will give LSU all they can handle. The main reason for leaving USC out of the top

two in the South is because of the defensive line and lack of depth in the secondary. The USC offense should score

plenty of points but not enough to always outscore what the defense allows. Utah will put up a better fight than

they did in the 2019 PAC 12 Championship but Oregon will win the PAC-12 and play in the Rose Bowl. In the

North Division, Oregon got the nod over Washington because the Ducks will be solid at almost every position,

especially OL, DL and LB. One question is will Anthony Brown be the man at QB? Before transferring to Oregon

prior to last year, Brown put up numbers at Boston College but never quite broke out because of injuries, including

one that caused him to miss half of his last season there. Tyler Shough transferring out makes me think Brown

established himself as the overwhelming starter going forward. Washington should be a great team with five

starters returning on the OL. I have the Huskies handing ASU one of their two losses of the season. The best

position group for Cal will be their linebackers, especially Kouny Deng. Cal did beat Oregon last year and

Washington in 2019 which leaves the door open to an upset possibility. However, in the preseason, the North

looks like a two team race between Oregon and Washington. An Oregon team with one loss to Ohio State will be

left out of the College Football Playoff. The PAC-12 is usually the one power five team left out of the four team

tournament, only making two appearances- Oregon (12-1) in 2014 and Washington (12-1) in 2016. Regardless, this

should be the best the PAC-12 has been in years.

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NOTRE DAME

#2 ACC: CONF 9-1, HOME 6-0, AWAY 4-1, BOWL: L

Head Coach: Bryan Kelly (11) OC: Tommy Rees (2) DC: Marcus Freeman (1)

OFFENSE:

QB: Lost three-year starter Ian Book (2830 YDS, 15 TD, 3 INT passing, 485 YDS, 9 TD rushing) to the NFL. Picked up transfer Jack Coan (2727 YDS,

18 TD, 5 INT passing, 4 TD rushing in 2019) from Wisconsin. Bringing in the No.10 ranked QB of the 2021 class in 4-star Tyler Buchner.

Sophomore Drew Pyne (12 YDS) is also competing for the job. Junior Brendon Clark (7 YDS) will not be in the mix due to a knee surgery for a

torn ACL.

RB: Starter Kyren Williams (1125 YDS, 13 TD rushing, 313 YDS, 1 TD receiving) is back. Returns Chris Tyree (496 YDS, 4 TD) who was a true

freshman in 2020. Also returns C’Bo Flemister (299 YDS, 5 TD). True freshman 4-star Audric Estime is 228lbs.

WR: Lost Javon McKinley (717 YDS, 3 TD) and Ben Skowronek (439 YDS, 5 TD) to the NFL. RB/WR Jafar Armstrong (807 scrimmage yards from

2018-20) transferred to Illinois. Former five-star Jordan Johnson (played in 2 games) transferred to UCF after one season. Returns Avery Davis

(322 YDS, 2 TD), Braden Lenzy (63 YDS, 1 TD), Joe Wilkins (63 YDS, 1 TD), Lawrence Keys (51 YDS) who could emerge as the top target. 6’2 Kevin

Austin (18 YDS) is also back but missed the spring for a broken foot. True freshmen 6’3 Deion Colzie and Lorenzo Styles are 4-star recruits.

TE: Lost Tommy Tremble (218 YDS) to the NFL. Returns Michael Mayer (450 YDS, 2 TD) who is one of the best in the country. Also returns 6’6

George Takacs (30 YDS).

OL: Lost OGs Tommy Kraemer and Aaron Banks and OTs Liam Eichenberg and Robert Hainsey to the NFL. That is 4/5 starters gone from the

2020 College Football Playoff team. Junior Zeke Correll could play center if last year’s starting center, Jarrett Patterson moves to tackle. If that

happens, Tosh Baker is expected to start with Patterson at left and right tackle. Josh Lugg and John Dirksen were expected to start at guard, but

things got interesting when star Marshall transfer Cain Madden transferred into the program in early June. Madden was one of the best O-

Linemen in CFB last season. True freshman Blake Fisher has the size to start in his first year. Backup Guard Dillan Gibbons transferred to Florida

State. Even with 5 starters back in 2020, QB Ian Book was still sacked 25 times (12 th most) last season.

DEFENSE:

DL: Lost DEs Ade Ogundeji (23 TOT, 7 sacks) and Daelin Hayes (16 TOT, 3 sacks, 1 INT) to the NFL. Backup DE Ovie Oghoufo (10 TOT, 1.5 sacks)

transferred to Texas. Isaiah Foskey (20 TOT, 4.5 sacks) is expected to start at DE. Also returns 300lb Kurt Hinish (19 TOT, 2 sacks), Myron

Tagovailoa-Amosa (17 TOT, 2.5 sacks), Justin Ademilola (16 TOT, 1 sack), Howard Cross (13 TOT), Rylie Mills (7 TOT), Jayson Ademilola (7 TOT),

Jordan Botelho (4 TOT), Jacob Lacey (4 TOT) and Alexander Ehrensberger (1 sack).

LB: Lost Butkus Award winner OLB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (61 TOT, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT) to the NFL. Jack Lamb (13 TOT) transferred to

Colorado. Returns Drew White (56 TOT, 1.5 sacks), Bo Bauer (26 TOT, 1 sack, 1 INT), Marist Liufau (22 TOT), Jack Kiser (20 TOT, 1 INT), Shayne

Simon (14 TOT), Isaiah Pryor (8 TOT, 1 sack), JD Bertrand (7 TOT) and Paul Moala (7 TOT).

SF: Lost Shaun Crawford (57 YDS, 2 sacks, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns leading tackler 6’4 220lb Kyle Hamilton (63 TOT, 1 INT) who could be the

best safety in CFB for 2021 but had to miss the spring for minor ankle surgery. Also returns Houston Griffith (14 TOT), DJ Brown (8 TOT) and KJ

Wallace (3 TOT).

CB: Lost Nick McCloud (33 TOT, 1 INT) to the NFL. Returns Clarence Lewis (33 TOT), TaRiq Bracy (24 TOT) and Cam Hart (3 TOT).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR: Returns Jonathan Doerer (48/48 PAT, 15/23 FG) who also kicked off 11 times.

PR: Returns punter Jay Bramblett (42.7 YD AVG).

SPIN

South Bend, IN – Notre Dame finished the regular season 10-0 including a win over Clemson, then lost the rematch with CU but still had the

resume to make the playoff. The Irish played Alabama tough, holding the eventual champions to their lowest score of the year. The offseason

saw the hire of new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman from Cincinnati who is on the schedule. Freeman inherits a defense that ranked

25 th best allowing a total of 343.6 YDS/G and only 113 YDS/G rushing (16 th ). 11 players were invited to the NFL

Combine, which does not leave many returning starters from the college football playoff team. For returning

starters, the Irish are tied for the fewest (9) compared with the power five conferences, however, ND has the

talent to replace but not necessarily reload at every position. Jack Coan will need to improve down field passing

if he wants to lock up the starting job, but it is his to lose. OC Tommy Rees had the offense clicking in his first

year, ranking 30 th nationally scoring an average 33.4 PPG. The run game was a strength, ranking 24 th (211 YDS/G)

but the passing game was behind ranking 58 th (237 YDS/G). The running backs return but the offensive line is

almost entirely new.

Looking at the schedule, the bye week splits their season in half nicely. Besides a neutral site against Wisconsin

at Soldier Field in Chicago, in which Jack Coan will face his former team, the most difficult games on the

schedule are in the House that Rock Built which is a good sign for the Irish who have won 24 straight home

games. Nothing will come easy- six schools have a bye week immediately before playing Notre Dame. Those

games are Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Southern Cal, North Carolina and Virginia. The opener against

Florida State could be tricky since they have UCF transfer McKenzie Milton at QB. Cincinnati was the AAC

Champion last year. Even the easy game against Toledo is a team that has a real chance to win the MAC. The

regular season win total should be around ten and could swing either way. I have ND going 4-1 against ACC

teams with the lone loss to UNC. The only other game I think they have a strong chance to lose is Wisconsin,

which would put them at 10-2 on the season which should get the Irish into a New Years Six Bowl.

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