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#1 Alabama (roll tide)

QB: Should not even be a decision. Tua has to be the guy! He can put Bama over the top, while Hurts is a good “college” QB he cant touch the talent Tua has. The running/passing game is full of weapons.

Rbs: Damien and Najee Harris are going to be a great tandem and Josh Jacobs will get his touches also.

Wrs: were all Fresh last year and got some good game action. Jeudy,Ruggs and Smith will be fast and athletic group.

OL: Very talented and deep. They will be pushing people around this year as usual and the offense is going to put up some big points with Tua at the helm!!
Defense:

Secondary: is going to be an issue especially early with trying to get used to each other.

DL and LBs: (especially LBs) are going to shine this year. But in the early games vs fast pace offenses you might see the secondary struggle a little bit. As the year goes on they will get better.

Prediction: Bama will coast all year and go undefeated and we will see them vs Georgia in SEC championship game and the winner in the National Championship again!!! Roll Tide!!!


 

#2 Clemson Tigers

Qb: Kelly Bryant returns to start with Trevor Lawrence waiting in the wings. I am not a believer in Bryant as a big time qb. I think he is a good quarterback but he will struggle big time vs good defenses. Will Lawrence takeover by season ends?? We will wait and see.

RBs: Etienee is the starter and is one of the fastest players in college football. He is a big playmaker and threat with his speed.

Wr: Clemson returns Hunter Renfrow. 2 true freshmen could see plenty of time for the Tigers in Kendrick and Ross.

DL: WOW might be the best DL in college football. With Lawrence and Wilkins leading the way!! Watch out this group will takeover games!!

LB and DBs: A good not great group. A deep group which is always a plus. With the experience that Joseph has they will be just fine. Basically with that pass rush they just have to be decent.

Prediction: Clemson is going to breeze through the ACC and be in the playoffs once again!! Prediction they also go 12-0!!


 

#3 Georgia Bulldogs (Go Dawgs)

Qb: Similar to Clemson they have too many good QBs. From was awesome last year and is only going to get better. True fresh Fields is also the real deal. Not a bad problem to have.

RBs: The loss of 2 big time RBs would hurt most schools but Georgia will be just fine. Swift who is another speedster should have a big time year as the #1 back.

WRs: One of the most talented and deepest groups in college football. Godwin and Hardman lead the way with a great TE in Nauta.

DL and LBs: Lbs have some big shoes to fill after 2 big time players left for the NFL. Look for Grant to be the next big pass rusher for the Dawgs. Walker and Natrez will be just fine too.

DBs: This is the best part of the defense this year. A lot of guys back from last years team with Baker and Reed leading the way.

Prediction: They will be 10-2 or 11-1 going into the SEC championship game vs Alabama and the winner goes to the playoff!!


 

#4 The Ohio State Buckeyes

Qb: Looks like Haskins will be under center to start the year. Let’s face it all he has to do is be decent and get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. Offense will put up a lot of points if Haskins is just decent.

RBs: Dobbins is as good as it gets. He will be in the heisman race all year. Webber is complement him really well too.

Wr: Top 6 wrs are back. A very talented group with Dixon and Campbell leading the way.

DL: A very strong group with Bosa and and Young leading the way. They will be a tough matchup for any OL all year.

LBs and DBs: DBs are going to be very young but very talented. LBs is where hey might struggle a little bit on the defensive side. But look for the defense to be very good.

Prediction: Should be 11-1 10-2 Believe it’s between them and Penn State to play Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship game!!


 

#5 Oklahoma Sooners

QBs: Murray has all the talent in the world and should shine in this offense. His mind just has to be in the right place for a couple months then go play baseball.

RBs: With Anderson and Sermon they will be a very explosive 1,2 punch and put huge numbers in the running game!!

WRs: Very talented group and will make a bunch of big plays with Brown Jones and Lamb going to put up big numbers.

DL and LB DBs: Nothing great to report here. In the Big 12 you just have to hold teams to field goals instead of touchdowns. DBs are the best on the defensive side.

Prediction: Tough to predict these guys. They should light it up on offense as always but defensively might struggle. We are going to say a 10-2 year.


 

#6 Wisconsin Badgers

QB: Hornibrook does not fit the build of a great college qb but he gets the job done.  He is very smart with the ball and for the Badgers style of play he fits perfectly.

RB: Jonathan Taylor is an absolute stud.  He will be in the discussion for the Heisman all year and it always helps to have all 5 OL returning.  Shaw, James and Deal will get a couple touches a game also.

WR: Well we all know this is a running team that sets up pass with play action.  No big time receivers and are young.

LB: This is a very scary and good group of LBs.  They are the strength of this Jim Leonhard defense.  With Edwards and Connelly leading the way they will provide the best LB core in the Big 10.

DL and DBs:  Both groups lost a lot after last year.  Carriere-Williams is back at safety and they are going to rely on him to help out the other DBs.  They will get a test right away with the passing attack of Western Kentucky.  DL will be tough as Wisconsin defenses always are.

Prediction:  Two really tough road games at Michigan at Penn State this year may haunt them in looking for a playoff spot.  Their offense is in great hands and should dominate the ball.  Defense is always good and they have a great D coordinator.  We think they win one of those road games and finish 11-1. We are high on this team this year!!! Go Badgers!!


 

#7 Washington Huskies

QB: Feel like this is Brownings 10th year there!! He has been as good as it gets since he has been there.  A good running game this year will help even more!!

RBs: With Gaskin coming back this running game should have a huge year!! Ahmen and McGrew are lightening fast and are going to compliment Gaskin very well.

Wrs:  The receiving core will be just fine after losing their #1 in Pettis. With the big targets TE duo of Bryant and Sample and the speedy receivers Fuller and Baccelli they should put up some good numbers and points.

DBs:  Loaded DB group. With their 4 top players returning in both safeties Rapp and Bryant  and 2 corners Murphy and McIntosh.

DL and LBs: Going to be tough to replace Vea as he was the anchor of the defense.  But with Burr-Kirven and Bowman back at LB they will help the DL out.

Prediction: Tough game to open with vs Auburn but if they can win that game, they will be in great shape to make the playoff as they are the class of the PAC 12.  Tough road game at Oregon will be another hard fought game.  10-2 is where we stand this year with the Huskies!!


 

#8 Auburn Tigers

QB: Watch out for Jarrett Stidham this year!!! He is a stud!! If the OL can rebuild after losing 4 starters from last year, Stidham will have a big year!!

RBs: Losing their top RB in Johnson but this group is very talented.  Martin and Whitlow will most likely see the bulk of the early action but Asa Martin as the season progresses.

WR: Already lost 2 top targets.  But look out for Slayton to be a game changing threat that Stidham will be looking for downfield.

DL: With the duo of Brown and Russell the Tigers will be just fine up front!!

LBs and DBs: The team leader in tackles is back in Davis but besides him there will be a lot of new faces. Look for the D to struggle a little bit early on and be better towards the end of the year.

Prediction: We are not in love with Auburn this year. Stidham should of a solid year but the OL and defense scares us.  We are going to say the Tigers go 9-3 this year.


 

#9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Qb: Brandon Wimbush is the starter for now. He is a lot better runner then he is a passer. However if he fails the Irish can go to Ian Book. Book is the more polished passer as we saw in last years Citrus Bowl.

RBs: The loss of Adams is big. Dexter Williams (suspended 4 games) is next up to fill in. He will be very good in their up-tempo style offense. They graduated 2 great OL as well but Notre Dame always has a very good line so I would not worry there.

WRs: This is where someone has to step up. If no receivers step up teams are going to load the box and stop the run. The receivers are very big and tall just need someone to step up.

DL and LBs: Tillery is back to anchor the line and watch out for Khalid Kareem to have a big year!! Coney is the leader on the defense and he is back and will get the rest of the LBs ready.

DBs: Julian Love should have a real good year as one lock down corner. Where they are going to struggle is safety. There hope is freshmen Houston Griffith to win one of the spots.

Prediction: A real tough schedule here for the Irish. Opening week vs Michigan @Vtech @USC vs Florida State vs Stanford. We are projecting a 8-4 season for the Irish. We don’t believe is Wimbush and defense might struggle.


 

#10 Penn State Nittany Lions

Qb: McSorley is an absolute stud!!! He can do it all as a “college” qb. He is very smart and always makes the right decision.

RBs: Saquon is gone but the Nittany Lions will be just fine. Miles Sanders will step in and do just fine. Slade will also be a factor in the run and passing game.

WRs: Johnson and Hopkins lead the way and they are very reliable. Key is to get super star freshman Justin Shorter involved quickly.

DL: They have a 3 headed monster for the pass rush in Miller and Toney who will have plenty of sacks especially when they are ahead.

LBs and DBs: Key to the LB core is big time recruit Micah Parsons. He needs to be really good for the LBs to have a good year. DBs are going to struggle losing all 4 starters from last year. Luckily they have the first month of the season to get it going with not playing any top passing teams in first 4 games.

Prediction: We believe in McSorley!!! Penn state will challenge Ohio State to play in the Big 10 championship game. They play Ohio State/Michigan State and Wisconsin all at home and only tough road game will be @ Michigan. We say a 10-2 season for the Nittany Lions and winner of Ohio State game goes to the Big 10 championship!!


 

#11 Miami Hurricanes

Qb: We are not believers in Malik Rosier. He is just good enough to get the job done and nothing more. If the Hurricanes struggle early on look for them to make a switch here.

RBs: Homer had a good year last year and they need Lingard to take over and take some pressure off Rosier for the Hurricane offense to have success.

WRs: Going to be a whole new cast here this year with Berrios and Herdon IV gone. Whose going to step up???

DL and LBs: WOW this group was amazing last year and will not skip a beat this year!! The pass rush will be led by Jackson and Willis. All 3 LBs are back!!! Big time year for this group again!!

DBs: All 4 starters back from last years Turnover chain squad!! Johnson leads the way for this group!!

Prediction: Defense is going to be one of the best in the nation!!! But offense could struggle at times especially right out of the gate vs LSU. They have a very favorable schedule this year and are home vs Florida State. Look for them to be 10-2 or even 11-1 but then get crushed in ACC championship game again vs Clemson.


 

#12 Michigan Wolverines

Qb: Enter Shea Patterson. We aren’t huge Patterson guys but he is definitely an upgrade. He struggled big time vs good defenses last year at Ole Miss and he will see some big time defenses this year.

RBs: Also not in love with their backs. Higdon just doesn’t do it for us. Oline has to be better too in order for the backs to succeed.

WRs: This is a strength for this offense and plenty of weapons for Patterson. Black/Peoples-Jones/Perry have to get their touches and make plays for this offense.

DL: This is going to be a dominate group with Hurst and Gary leading the way. They will get after the qb all season long.

LBs and DBs: Bush is the leader of this group and he is everywhere on the field.

Prediction: This defense will be great but the offense just doesn’t do it for us. We believe this will be another down year for the Wolverines and look for us to take a season win total under bet. We think this is an 8-4 team this year.


 

#13 Michigan State Spartans

Qb: Brian Lewerke will be under center for Sparty. He did well last year and should be even better this year with plenty of weapons.

RBs: Scott Sr. will be the head back and catching the ball out of the backfield. If the line does a better job this year then last year he should have a solid season.

WRs: Plenty of receivers for Lewerke to work with. Felton Davis is a very good one and he will be the lead guy!! Look for a different style for Sparty and put up some points on offense!!

DL and LBS: A very solid group against the run but they have to do a lot better job getting after the Qb.

DBs: Another group that is returning a lot but they just have to be better. They gave up way to many yards and points last year which is unlike the Spartans of old.

Prediction: We like their offense and think they will move the ball and score consistently all season. Defense has to be better and the sky is the limit. Getting Michigan and Ohio State at home their big road test is @ Penn state we think this is a 9-3 team.


 

#14 Stanford Cardinals

Qb: This offense just needs Costello to be decent.  With his O-Line and running game behind him, he just has to do his job and stay in his comfort zone.  David Shaw is the perfect coach for him to keep him safe.

Rbs:  Heisman front runner Bryce Love will get all the attention.  The Cardinals can really use Scarlett to keep Love fresh.  Scarlett is also really good.  With this O-Line in tact the running game should have a huge year!!

Wrs: Arcega-Whiteside will lead the way for this receiving core.  He has a lot of talent and if Costello can get him the ball with consistency he should of a big year! The Cardinals always have a really good TE and this year is no expection with Kaden Smith.

DL and LBs: This is where Stanford is going to struggle this year.  All 4 LBs graduated from last years team.  They are going to have to have people step up on both DL and LBs.  They are going to struggle vs good running teams.

DBs: Dbs a the strength to this defense.  Buncom is a very good safety and Antoine is back at corner and they will do really good job.  But a little pash run can go a long way to help out.

Prediction: The Cardinals have a tough start of the schedule with vs USC @ ND @ Oregon in its first 5 games.  If they can go 4-1 in those first 5 games the only other big test will be @ Washington in November.  We think this offense can be special and the run game will be great (will help keep the Defense off the field).  We see an 9-3 year for the Cardinals.  The winner of the Washington game will go to the Pac 12 Championship but the Huskies will get them.


 

#15 USC Trojans

QB: The QB battle continues with Sears and Fink but will super star Freshmen JT Daniels win the job? We just have to wait and see.

RBs: Car and Ware look like the duo to replace Jones.  Ware is more the power and Car is more of a 3rd down back catching the ball out of the backfield.  The O-Line was bad last year and they have a lot back but they need to be a lot better.

Wrs: Tyler Vaughns is a really good option at receiver.  But star recruit who the Trojans hope is ready to start right away is Amon-Ra St. Brown.  He has all the potential in the world and could be huge for this offense if ready.

DL and LBs: Rector and Gustin are both back this year and will be force for the pass rush!! Pili is back as the anchor and they need him to have a solid year.

DBs: Iman Marshall will be a high draft pick in next years NFL draft and will have a very solid year at corner.  Tell III is a very good safety and he will be the backbone of the Trojan secondary.

Prediction: 2 out of the first 3 games @Stanford @Texas is very tough especially if the young QB starts right away.  Then the schedule gets a lot easier until the last week with the showdown vs the Irish.  We are very high on the Trojans this year and especially with their schedule.  They are looking at a 10-2 record and headed to the PAC 12 championship game!!


 

#16 UCF Knights

QB:  McKenzie Milton will be the highest rated QB in the nation and lead the top rated offense in the country this year!! He is so smart and makes all the right plays.  He will not skip a beat with coach Frost leaving because Josh Heupel style is even faster.

Rbs: All of the backs are back from last year with Killins leading the way.  He averaged more the 6 yards per carry and will have another big year with most of the O-Line also back.

Wrs: Losing 2 top targets for Milton will not be a problem.  Most of the year receivers used last year were Freshmen and they are all back this year with Snelson Jr. as his top target.

DL and LBs: A lot of guys including Griffin are gone but they will be just fine.  Hill will lead the DL group.  Pat Jasinsk is going to be a beast at LB. This group won’t be as good as the Auburn game but should get the job done.

DBs: Getting back 3 out of 4 starters is always good. With Gibson leading the way here. You can’t look at the stats from last year bc they were so far ahead in most games that other teams just had to pass vs UCF all game.

Prediction: Another undefeated season is not crazy here!!! Especially with this high powered offense they will light the scoreboard up!! Defense just has to be solid get off the field on 3rd downs and hold opponents to field goals. Will be a very entertaining game vs Kiffin’s FAU team. First team to 50 wins. We predict not undefeated but 11-1 year!!!


 

#17 Va Tech Hokies

QB: Josh Jackson is solid college QB.  He is mobile and is a decent passer.  He is not great but is very solid.

RBs: The Hokies return their top back from last year in McClease who is a small quick back.  Most likely other back is Peoples who is bigger.  O-Line returns 3 starters so they will be just fine there.

WRs: A bunch of receivers are back this year and they love to spread the ball around.  Leading the way at receiver are Savoy and Kumah.

DL: This will be the strong point for Bud Foster’s defense!! Gains and Hill are very good ends and Walker in the middle they should of a good run defense.

LBs and DBs:  This is where they are going to struggle and Bud Foster is going to have to pull some magic.  Losing a bunch of guys from graduating to eligibility to transfer, Hokies are going to have to find some guys to step up.

Prediction: We do not like this team this year.  The defense is really going to struggle at times vs big time offenses and will struggle right out to the gate vs the Seminoles.  Though they have a few cupcakes in their non conference schedule. We are predicting a 8-4 season for the Hokies.


 

#18 LSU Tigers

QB:  The Tigers have no named their starting QB as of yet.  They believe it will be Ohio State transfer Burrow.

RBs:  Edwards-Helaire is their speedster and got some time last year. But you know Coach O wants to pound the ball and Brossette will be that guy.  With 4 OL returning they will be just fine running the ball.

WRs: Giles and Jefferson will be the top 2 receivers used this year.  They will do a great job just hope the QB can get them the ball.  The big question mark is if super star recruit Terrace Marshall can contribute right away.  That would be huge for this offense with his size especially in the red zone!!

DL and DBs:  LSU always has a good front and this year will not be any different.  Lawrence and Alexander will be 2 options they are counting on but they have plenty of depth there.  Future 1st round pick Williams will be one corner and Battle at safety will lead the way for the DBs.

LBs: This a huge strength the for Tigers!! Leading tackler in White is back and super star hopeful Chaisson is ready to break out and have a big year!!

Prediction:  We do really like this Tiger team especially on the defensive side of the ball.  Also, their offense will be better then last years if Burrow can step up.  Just SEC is always so tough and a real tough 5 game stretch will determine their season.  If they can beat Miami in the first game of the year.  We think they can get to 9 wins.  But we are going to go with a 8-4 season for the Tigers.


 

#19 TCU Horned Frogs

QB:  This offense should not skip a beat with Shawn Robinson running the show!! He is a good runner and a good passer.  He is still young so he will show a little bit of struggles but he will get better and better every week.

RBs: Anderson will get most of the touches but look out for power back Olonilua to have a nice year in the run game and in the red zone.

WRs: Reagor is back who led last years receiving core in yards.  Turpin who is a game changer.  He can break one at any point of the game!!! If star recruit Stephens can show he can be relied on just brings another threat.

DL and LBs:  This team will once again get after the QB and they will need too.  Boesen/Collier/Banogu will all get after QBs.  Summers at LB will also be a factor in the pass rush.

DBs:  They lost a lot here.  This will be a very young group and will be a lot better in 2019 season after getting experience this year.  Coach Patterson is very high on this group.

Prediction:  We do like this team but its a tough schedule this year for the Horned Frogs.  With games vs Ohio State Oklahoma @ Texas @ WV it will not be easy.  We are going to predict a 8-4 record.


 

#20 Florida State Seminoles

QB: Deondre Francois (knee) has to be the guy for this offense to have a huge year.  Blackman was decent as a freshmen last year but Francois is the far better option for the Noles.

RBs: One of the better tandems in the country!!! Cam Akers is an absolute stud and will be in the Heisman race all year.  Patrick is the perfect compliment to Akers with his power.  With 4 OL back from last year watch out for this running game to take off!!!

WRs: This is a decent group for hopefully Francois.  The big question mark will be Tamorrion Terry.  He is a freak and if he is ready for the fall the WR core is in good hands.

DL: The loss of 2 starters hurts.  But the line has plenty of depth and should be better as the year goes on with Christmas and Burns leading the way.

LBs and DBs: Both of these groups are going to be young.  They will be ready to go once the season starts.  Thomas and Jackson will lead the LB core and Taylor and Samuels will lead the DBs but look out for super star Jaiden Woodbey to be the next big thing at D for the Noles!!!

Prediction: We really like this team offensively if Francois is a full go.  The running game can take over games.  Defensively they will get better as the year goes on.  A very tough schedule (could be the nations toughest schedule) will be a major factor.  We are predicting an 8-4 season for the Noles.


 

#21 OK State Cowboys

QB: Losing QB star Rudolph is not good so they will need someone to step up.  Under Mike Gundy it is a very fast and QB friendly offense so whichever QB takes over they should be just fine.  Options are Cornelius and transfer Brown.

RBs: Justice Hill is back and will have another huge year!! OL might need a couple weeks to gel but a real good running game will help out the new QB big time.

WRs: Losing top 2 receivers including big time player Washington hurts.  OK State always has a top go to receiver and this year will be no different! Stoner could be that guy.  Along with McCleskey the WRs will be just fine.

DL: Braiford is a top B12 pass rusher and he will lead the charge for this group.  They are usually up in games early and teams have to pass all game to get back into it so look for him to have a nice year.  Walterscheid is also another good DE that will help.

LBs and DBs: LB core is based on the outside LBs.  Bundage and Phillips on the outside is a very good tandem.  The 2 corners are back from last year in Williams and Green but safety is an issue for the Cowboys.  They will get plenty of work with the pass heavy B12.

Prediction: We are not too high on this team this year and think its more of a rebuilding year.  Their non conference game vs Boise is at home which helps and the others are 2 easy wins.  We are high on Texas Tech and that offense will give this secondary some trouble in that game.  We are predicting an 8-4 record for the Cowboys.


 

#22 Texas Longhorns Hook em’

QB: 2 options for Tom Herman to pick from.  The good thing is it will be their 2nd year in his offensive system.  Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele are both good and should be just fine whichever one wins the battle.

RBs:  Tre Watson (transfer) will be a huge upgrade and will step into the starting role and be great.  Especially catching the ball out of the backfield.  Young and Warren are also back but Watson will be the featured back.

WRs: Plenty of depth and will whichever QB plays will have plenty of options.  Their #1 guy is back in Collin Johnson and but other options are Humphrey/Burt/Heard.

DL and LBs: DL has plenty of depth and talent.  Johnson and Wheeler will anchor the DL but have plenty of options at end and tackle.  Roach and Hager will lead the LB core.  Both can do both drop into coverage and rush the passer.

DB: Boyd (suspended) is the next one up and he can be a star on this defense!! Jones is also back at safety but the other 2 spots are up for grabs.

Prediction: We are very very very high in the Horns this year!!! They have a favorable schedule with just 3 real road games.  Of course the showdown vs the Sooners will be fun!! If they can find their QB early in the season and stick with him the sky is the limit for this team!! Another step forward this year for Coach Herman to get the Horns back to where they are used to being and a 10-2 record will do it!!! Look out for us to take the over on season win totals for them too!!


 

#23 South Carolina Gamecocks

QB: Jake Bentley is back and he should have another good year.  He will have a lot of weapons at receiver and now with Bryan McClendon’s style offense he should put up some big numbers.

RBs: The running game will use 2 backs.  Williams who is more of a speedy back and Turner who is also fast.  Both guys are kind of similar.

WRs: This is a big strength for the Gamecocks!! They have 4 big time guys which one went down last year b/c of injury in Samuel and he is back.  Also Edwards and Smith are back giving Bentley plenty of options.

DL and Dbs: DL is not the typical SEC defense we see from Bama/LSU/Georgia.  But it is not terrible.  Wonnum is back and he is good but other then him they look a little small and could struggle vs good running offenses.  Fenton is back at DB and so is Williams.  They will struggle vs good passing offenses.

LBs: Brunson will be the captain of this defense and he has to have a healthy year for this defense to be any good.  They get back Allen-Williams bc of injury last year which will help.

Prediction:  A lot of high scoring games for the Gamecocks.  They will be just fine on offense but they will struggle defensively.  This is looking like a decent year with a favorable non conference schedule besides Clemson.  We will say a 8-4 record.


 

#24 Mississippi State Bulldogs

QB: Nick Fitzgerald is really good but is he going to be 100% after that gross leg injury last year?? If he is not Thompson will be ready to go and he looked good in the bowl game running the ball.

RBs: Williams and Hill are back and with a 4 starters returning from that very good OL from last year look for a nice year from the backs.  Remember whoever the QB is will also be running.

WRs: They are all back from last years team but that might not be the best thing.  This group just needs to make the easy catches and let Fitzgerald do his thing.  They are hopeful that transfer Guidry can be a spark plug for this group.

DL and LBs:  This is a very talented group and will be one of the nations best!! Simmons is a great DT and with Sweat rushing the passer they can form a real good 1-2 combo!!

DBs: At safety they have some really good players in McLaurin and Abram just got to find 2 corners to be decent.  With this DL these guys just have to be smart.

Prediction:  It is an easy game plan for these guys.  Run the ball well and play good on D.  With their only early test @KState they should be 3-1 or 4-0 going into the Florida game at home.  That will start their tough part of the schedule.  We do like this team and if Fitzgerald is healthy that would be a huge plus.  We have them at 8-4 which is a good year for the Bulldogs and the cowbells will be ringing.


 

#25 Boise State Broncos

QB: Rypien is back and he is a very talented and good QB.  He had a nice year last year and should be even better.

RBs: Mattison is next up for the Broncos and he can be really really good.  Feels like every year Boise has a real good back and Mattison will be that guy this year.  He is also a good receiver out of the backfield.

WRs: This is where this team needs someone to step up.  They have some options but no true #1 guy.  Richardson and Modster are back but they need one of their big time recruits in Hopper and Shakir to have a good year.

DL and LBs:  This is a big bright spot for one of the nations best defenses. Moa will work the inside at DL and Weaver and Frazier will have monster years rushing the passer on the outside!!! Maeva will lead the LB core and will do a good job.

DBs:  Horton and Williams will lock down the corners and Nawahine and Pierce will lock down the safety spots.  This is a very talented group and with the experience they all had last year that will help big time.  They will have their hands full week 3 @OKState.

Prediction: If the receivers can step up that would be a huge help for Rypien and this offense.  Defensively they are very strong.  @OKState will be a huge game for these guys and if they can win that one the Broncos could be looking at an undefeated season.  We are going to say 11-1 with a News Years Day Bowl game in their future!!