2016 College Football Previews

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  1. Leonardfan

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    Hey Everyone,

    College Football Season is less than 100 days away so I figured I would get the conversation started to see how many volunteers will contribute to doing some write-ups this year.

    Heretic had an interesting idea - to have one person take a whole conference. I have no issue with that although taking a whole conference can be quite a bit of work. Also, there are posters who have done a great job covering certain teams (one example is Phall's Michigan write-up which is something I look forward to every year). Perhaps we can split it up - the Mountain West, WAC, Sun Belt and Conference USA are all admittedly not the most desirable conferences to do. Maybe we can have volunteers cover all the teams in one of these conferences.

    What are everyone's thoughts? Who wants to volunteer and contribute (even doing one team is a great help)?
     
  2. Heretic

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    I'm in. I'll still take the Mountain West for starters and go from there.
     
  3. Claimjumper

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    I'm in for the Pac 12 (South) and I can bite the bullet for the Sun Belt too if we go the conference route :)

    PS: Apparently the MW isn't as undesirable as youd thought Leonardfan, looks like Heretic beat me to the punch this year lol...if you don't mind, I'd enjoy doing CSU again this year as its my alma mater! (and possibly AFA and WYO)
     
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  4. celticdb15

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    Reporting for duty. I'll take whatever! Only preference I'd like to preview Wisconsin again this year!
     
  5. Leonardfan

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    I am going to see if I can find a Google
    Doc like site that does not require signing in to access a document. That way I can just post a spread sheet and people can pick their teams/conferences
     
  6. Leonardfan

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    I started a conversation with Heretic, Claimjumper and Celticdb. Let me know if you guys are all able to see the contents of it.
     
  7. Phall

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    Thanks, Leonardfan! I enjoy writing the Michigan preview every year and am glad it is appreciated. If Michigan looked more like an SEC roster, it wouldn't be as much fun to research and write. As such, I usually volunteer for the previews of Michigan's opponents, since I have some vested interest and familiarity already.

    One conference per person is a bold idea. I like that it would familiarize the author with the hierarchy, recruiting practices, and ranking of CF preference. This would perhaps augment our template a bit for consuming otherwise-bland games midseason. The downside is a potentially huge workload for some members, perhaps at the expense of detail. Another is that frankly, some conferences are whiter than others. I could probably preview the SEC in a couple easy hours, listing the white contributors with the takeaway "root for the underdogs."

    Maybe a compromise is assigning a conference "half" per person, with possibly those teams' non-conference (non-P5) opponents tied in as well. Then we can fill in the blanks from volunteers while assuring that no big programs get missed. I must have searched for last year's missing UCLA thread five times, lol!

    Regardless, I will do the Michigan writeup and happily take on another 5-10 teams.
     
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  8. Jack Lambert

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    I'm pretty busy this summer, but I wouldn't mind doing my usual Nebraska write-up! I'd also probably be able to do 5-10 other teams as well.
     
  9. Leonardfan

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    Phall, Jack Lambert keep an eye on your private messages
     
  10. Leonardfan

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    Anyone interested in write ups just let me know here and I will send you a private message with details
     
  11. Vanilla_Sky

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    My favorite time of the year! I will gladly aid in this, and do not at all mind doing some of the non-Power 5 conferences! Just let me know what is left.
     
  12. Colonel_Reb

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    I'm glad y'all are getting this going, and it really isn't so complicated that it requires such planning, but that's just my $.02. The level of detail has always been variable with these previews. In 2005 and 2006, when team websites and online info about players in general was much more difficult (approaching indescribably so) to get than today (or even 5 years ago), I was previewing the majority of FBS (1-A) teams by myself, although I didn't generally include info on backups unless they were "high profile" or they became starters during the season. Now, doing THAT many previews in that era required a huge amount of time. I don't think that the SEC can be adequately covered in two hours, although it is a very dark and depressing conference to work on. I do think that some posters would do a great job of previewing one conference and would have the time for doing it right.
     
  13. Leonardfan

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    Col. Reb,

    I just like to start this thread up every year to coordinate with everyone who wants to do writeups. I think the more people who do write ups the better. Not trying to complicate things at all just want to make sure everyone who wants to contribute gets a chance.

    Also thanks for doing the Ole Miss write up
     
  14. Colonel_Reb

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    Leonardfan, you're doing a great job and I think this thread is exactly what is needed, as coordination always helps things along. I was referring mainly to the suggestions that Phall made as not being necessary. Of course, I could be wrong. It sure wouldn't be the first time. :)
     
  15. Leonardfan

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    Thanks Col. Reb

    One person taking a conference and laying it all out would be a pretty big undertaking for an individual as everyone has pointed out. I like the original write-up format that you established and it is what I have become accustomed to using over the years when I do previews. I also appreciate that other board members are taking a vested interest in the write-ups and bringing different ideas to the table.

    Sometimes it does get a little tedious when searching through page after page to find a team write-up because you want to post a roster update or link to an article of a player. Also, with the information that is out there and incorporating the great work done by members in the HS football recruiting thread into the college football previews is another good idea but also could be somewhat labor intensive. I welcome all input from the participants to see what everyone thinks.

    Another idea I had is to just great a thread for each conference and in that thread members could post their team previews. Whoever would like to cover the conference can start the thread and in the first post in the thread they can just update and edit it once all of the team previews are posted.

    We could really go down a rabbit hole with this whole thing :smash2: lol. I would like to hear what other participants think.
     
  16. Phall

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    I would volunteer to try a 2-hour SEC CF preview. Maybe for this site's own charity... let's try it. 12 minutes per team constant. Easy peasy
     
  17. Leonardfan

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    Phall by all means go for it if you want to!

    Just bumping this thread to see who else wants to do some write ups.
     
  18. celticdb15

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    I'll volunteer to do some of the leftover and undesired teams in the Sun Belt and Wac, etc.
     
  19. Leonardfan

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    I have been somewhat missing from posting the past few weeks - I have been real busy. Hoping to start posting some of my write-ups this weekend.
     
  20. Leonardfan

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    Is anyone else using ourlads for depth chart info? I typically get two of the preview magazines and cross check with ourlads and the school's official depth chart/roster. Just wanted to see if everyone else uses ourlads as well.
     
  21. TwentyTwo

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    I use a combo of Sporting News & Our Lads(more for the mid-majors)...however noticed some 2-deep depth charts were incomplete..but are being updated as we speak.

    Previewing the ever growing; now 128 FBS Teams is a tall order...had the privilege of doing the last few Stanford write-up's as well as a few of the more obscure teams(La.Tech, etc) in the past.
     
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  22. Leonardfan

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    Hey everyone I have been busy with school/work but plan to start churning out previews this week.
     
  23. Leonardfan

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    Here is the list of taken, completed and available teams. Please reference this list if you want to take any teams not spoken for by any other member:

    Boston College Eagles ACC Leonardfan - done
    Clemson Tigers ACC Leonardfan - done
    Duke Blue Devils ACC Leonardfan - done

    Florida State Seminoles ACC Phall
    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ACC Jack Lambert
    Louisville Cardinals ACC Vanilla_Sky
    Miami (FL) Hurricanes ACC Jack Lambert
    North Carolina Tar Heels ACC Leonardfan - done
    NC State Wolfpack ACC Phall
    Pittsburgh Panthers ACC Leonardfan - done
    Syracuse Orange ACC Leonardfan - done

    Virginia Cavaliers ACC Phall
    Virginia Tech Hokies ACC Jack Lambert
    Wake Forest Demon Deacons ACC Jack Lambert
    UCF Knights American Phall
    Cincinnati Bearcats American Leonardfan - done
    Connecticut Huskies American Deadlift - done
    East Carolina Pirates American Leonardfan - done

    Houston Cougars American Celticdb15
    Memphis Tigers American Celticdb15
    Navy Midshipmen American Celticdb15
    South Florida Bulls American Celticdb15
    SMU Mustangs American Celticdb15
    Temple Owls American Celticdb15
    Tulane Green Wave American Vanilla_Sky
    Tulsa Golden Hurricane American
    Baylor Bears Big 12 Jack Lambert
    Iowa State Cyclones Big 12 Heretic - done
    Kansas Jayhawks Big 12 Heretic - done
    Kansas State Wildcats Big 12 Heretic - done

    Oklahoma Sooners Big 12 Vanilla_Sky
    Oklahoma State Cowboys Big 12 Heretic - done
    TCU Horned Frogs Big 12 Vanilla_Sky
    Texas Longhorns Big 12 Leonardfan - done
    Texas Tech Red Raiders Big 12
    West Virginia Mountaineers Big 12 Heretic - done
    Illinois Fighting Illini Big Ten Phall
    Indiana Hoosiers Big Ten Jack Lambert
    Iowa Hawkeyes Big Ten Heretic - done
    Maryland Terrapins Big Ten Jack Lambert
    Michigan Wolverines Big Ten Phall -
    Michigan State Spartans Big Ten Jack Lambert
    Minnesota Golden Gophers Big Ten Heretic - done
    Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten Jack Lambert
    Northwestern Wildcats Big Ten Heretic - done
    Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten Phall
    Penn State Nittany Lions Big Ten Leonardfan
    Purdue Boilermakers Big Ten Jack Lambert
    Rutgers Scarlet Knights Big Ten Phall
    Wisconsin Badgers Big Ten Celticdb15
    Charlotte 49ers C-USA Leonardfan - done
    FIU Panthers C-USA Leonardfan - done
    Florida Atlantic Owls C-USA Leonardfan - done
    Louisiana Tech Bulldogs C-USA Leonardfan - done
    Marshall Thundering Herd C-USA Leonardfan - done
    Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders C-USA Leonardfan - done
    North Texas Mean Green C-USA Leonardfan - done

    Old Dominion Monarchs C-USA Phall
    Rice Owls C-USA Vanilla_Sky
    Southern Miss Golden Eagles C-USA Vanilla_Sky
    UTEP Miners C-USA
    UTSA Roadrunners C-USA
    Western Kentucky Hilltoppers C-USA
    Army West Point Black Knights Independent Jack Lambert
    BYU Cougars Independent
    Massachusetts Minutemen Independent
    Notre Dame Fighting Irish Independent Jack Lambert
    Akron Zips MAC Phall
    Ball State Cardinals MAC Leonardfan - done
    Bowling Green Falcons MAC Leonardfan - done

    Buffalo Bulls MAC
    Central Michigan Chippewas MAC Leonardfan - done
    Eastern Michigan Eagles MAC
    Kent State Golden Flashes MAC Leonardfan - done
    Miami (OH) RedHawks MAC
    NIU Huskies MAC
    Ohio Bobcats MAC Leonardfan
    Toledo Rockets MAC
    Western Michigan Broncos MAC
    Air Force Falcons Mountain West Heretic
    Boise State Broncos Mountain West Heretic
    Fresno State Bulldogs Mountain West Heretic
    Colorado State Rams Mountain West Claimjumper - done
    Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors Mountain West Heretic
    Nevada Wolf Pack Mountain West Heretic
    UNLV Rebels Mountain West Heretic
    New Mexico Lobos Mountain West Heretic
    San Diego State Aztecs Mountain West Heretic
    San Jose State Spartans Mountain West Heretic
    Utah State Aggies Mountain West Heretic
    Wyoming Cowboys Mountain West Heretic
    Arizona Wildcats Pac-12 Claimjumper
    Arizona State Sun Devils Pac-12 Claimjumper
    California Golden Bears Pac-12 Claimjumper
    UCLA Bruins Pac-12 Claimjumper
    Colorado Buffaloes Pac-12 Claimjumper - done
    Oregon Ducks Pac-12
    Oregon State Beavers Pac-12
    USC Trojans Pac-12
    Stanford Cardinal Pac-12 Heretic
    Utah Utes Pac-12
    Washington Huskies Pac-12
    Washington State Cougars Pac-12 Vanilla_Sky
    Alabama Crimson Tide SEC Vanilla_Sky
    Arkansas Razorbacks SEC
    Auburn Tigers SEC
    Florida Gators SEC
    Georgia Bulldogs SEC
    Kentucky Wildcats SEC
    LSU Tigers SEC Phall
    Ole Miss Rebels SEC Vanilla_Sky - done
    Mississippi State Bulldogs SEC Vanilla_Sky
    Missouri Tigers SEC Vanilla_Sky
    South Carolina Gamecocks SEC Vanilla_Sky
    Tennessee Volunteers SEC
    Texas A&M Aggies SEC Vanilla_Sky
    Vanderbilt Commodores SEC Vanilla_Sky
    Appalachian State Mountaineers Sun Belt Claimjumper
    Arkansas State Red Wolves Sun Belt Claimjumper
    Georgia Southern Eagles Sun Belt Claimjumper
    Georgia State Panthers Sun Belt Claimjumper
    Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Sun Belt Claimjumper
    Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Sun Belt Claimjumper
    New Mexico State Aggies Sun Belt Claimjumper
    South Alabama Jaguars Sun Belt Claimjumper
    Texas State Bobcats Sun Belt Claimjumper
    Troy Trojans Sun Belt Claimjumper
    Idaho Vandals Sun Belt Claimjumper
     
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  24. celticdb15

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    You can mark me down for the rest of the American conference and I'll help out with the MAC if needed.
     
  25. Leonardfan

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    31 teams down so far!
     

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