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C-USA Football 2014: Finding Value

With the season fast approaching, I am going to take a look at teams inside the C-USA, MAC, and Sun Belt and provide some analysis on where I think teams are going to be overvalued and undervalued. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @Smithers513.    UTSA  If you followed any of my write-ups last year, you’ll know my documented love affair with the Roadrunners. In only their 3rd season in college football,...

Fresno State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or abou...

Fresno State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE Fresno State’s offense is unlikely to be better in 2014 than it was in 2013. Derek Carr, Marcel Jensen, Davante Adams, and Isaiah Burse have moved on to the NFL Draft. The Bulldogs’ biggest task will be replacing Carr, who is considered by many to be a first-round NFL Draft pick. Fortunately, the Bulldogs got a little help in this department when Duke QB...

FIU Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

FIU Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths The offensive line, a group of young grasshoppers last year, looks much improved with a year of experience and physical growth. All five starters return from a group that went from pure spread blocking to blocking out of a one-back, double-tight end formation a good chunk of the time.  FIU started a walk-on freshman cornerback at one point last year. This year, with cornerback...

Middle Tennessee Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Middle Tennessee Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up. Strengths & question marks coming out of spring Strengths – Offensive run game. Although they sat out spring practice with injuries, all four RBs return from last season’s team that averaged nearly 200 rushing yards per game. And regardless of which quarterback is named the starter in August, it will be a mobile QB that can add to the ground attack. Defensively,...

Tulsa Football 2014 Spring Review

One of our readers, jimmyd, who also hangs out with SoonerBS over at Cappers Empire, sent me this thorough and humorus preview of the Tulsa Hurricane. 2013 in Review Tulsa finished 3-9 (2-6) and next to the bottom of the C-USA West conference last year. Thank you UTEP. Mind you, this was vs. competition that included Southern Miss, who won a game for the 1st time in 2 years, UTSA a 1st time Div 1 school and some ex-Sun Belt...

Ball State Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Ball State Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths & question marks coming out of spring  The team’s strength offensively is the offensive line and the run game. Jahwan Edwards is back and is one of the MAC’s most talented running backs. He will benefit from running behind the offensive line, which returns four starters from last season. The biggest question mark is who is going to be the starting quarterback in the...

Toledo Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Toledo Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths & question marks coming out of spring The greatest strength is depth on the offensive line. Coach Matt Campbell says his five reserves are of starter caliber, which speaks to the talent of his front-line guys. For the second year in a row, UT will likely field the best line in the Mid-American Conference led by NFL prospect Greg Mancz. Mancz, who sat out the spring recovering...

Colorado State Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Let’s start the Colorado State Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up by taking a look back at the 2013 season. Colorado State’s 2013 Season In Review  The 2013 season did not start well for the Rams. They were three point favorites in their season opener against their in-state rival, the Colorado Buffaloes, but they were repeatedly torched on defense in a 41-27 loss. Then after blowing a 10-point fourth quarter lead in a loss...

Ohio Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Ohio Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths & question marks coming out of spring The challenge for Ohio this spring was to rebuild an offensive unit that was pillaged heavily via graduation. The Bobcats lost eight offensive starters and 12 seniors from the offensive two-deep from last season. For all intents and purposes, Ohio will be starting with a clean slate on that side of the football in 2014, and used the spring...

FAU 2014 Spring Football Wrap Up

FAU 2014 Spring Football Wrap Up Strengths & question marks coming out of spring FAU’s strength rests in its secondary and offensive skill positions. The Owls return one of the nation’s best shut-down cornerbacks in D’Joun Smith and standout strong safety Damian Parms, who could work his way into the NFL Draft conversation with a strong 2014 season.  Offensively, FAU has two ready-to-play quarterbacks...