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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #406 on: June 20, 2018, 06:13:44 PM »
Superb work as usual, so who makes the playoff.
We'll get to that in August

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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #407 on: June 20, 2018, 06:48:45 PM »
Superb work as usual, so who makes the playoff.
#1, #2, #3, & #8
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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #408 on: June 21, 2018, 09:48:10 AM »
So in other words, the usual suspects again (save for Wisky).


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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #409 on: June 21, 2018, 11:16:07 AM »
1. Clemson Tigers
#1 in ACC
Alabama has bullied teams around teams for a decade in the trenches.  While Clemson went toe to toe with them thanks to a superstar quarterback, the Tigers now possess the ability to surpass anyone in trench play this year.  Clemson had six of the nine first team all-ACC linemen last year.  Five of them return.  That kind of combination of talent and experience on both lines means Clemson can cover for off days at the skill positions and the secondary.  Kelly Bryant looked good enough, when healthy, trying to DeShaun Watson, but he wasn't the special player back there that Watson was.  The margin for error also isn't large with true freshman Trevor Lawrence breathing down his neck.  Lawrence was not only the #1 rated quarterback in the 2018 class, but the #1 overall prospect.  Lest you think he's all hype, he showed enough in the spring that sophomore Hunter Johnson, who was the #2 quarterback recruit in the class JUST LAST YEAR, up and transferred during the spring to Northwestern, rather than spend the duration of his career as Lawrence's backup.  Bryant should be able to lean heavily on the run game behind that dominant offensive line.  The Tigers' return their top three rushers from a season ago, led by Travis Etienne who was fantastic as a true freshman.  The issue was that he put up big numbers against overmatched opponents, but disappeared in bigger games.  IN seven games against ranked teams (plus South Carolina) he averaged 33.6 ypg, in the other seven games he averaged 75.6 ypg.  He needs to be more consistent because aside from Hunter Renfrow, the receiving group is very inexperienced.  The defense looks to be all kinds of nasty.  As mentioned earlier, the Tigers had three linemen who were expected to declare for the NFL Draft, and all three return, joined by 2nd team All-ACC Austin Bryant.  All that means is what still would have been a very good defensive line, is now Clemson's second unit, is an insane wealth of depth.  To top it off, they added the #1 and #3 defensive end recruits in the nation.  The weakest link is the secondary, which should be ok if they stay healthy, which they didn't last year.  Due to those injuries in 2017, even with two new starters, the starting four should be ok. Depth will be a bit of an issue, but that is nitpicking for a defense that finished on top of the ACC in every statistical category, and was top 4 nationally in scoring, passing and total defense.  The offense, which sunk to the middle of the ACC, is what determines if Clemson can win their second national championship in three years, or just "merely" make its fourth consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.
Key Players
RBTravis Etienne, Sophomore
WRHunter Renfrow, Senior
TMitch Hyatt, Senior
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DEClelin Ferrell, Junior
DTChristian Wilkins, Senior
DTDexter Lawrence, Junior

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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #410 on: June 22, 2018, 08:55:36 AM »
And to end this little exercise, a WAY, WAY, WAY too early Preseason Top 25 for 2019

  • OHIO STATE
  • Oklahoma
  • Alabama
  • Auburn
  • Georgia
  • Florida State
  • WISCONSIN
  • MICHIGAN
  • IOWA
  • PENN STATE
  • USC
  • Clemson
  • Notre Dame
  • MICHIGAN STATE
  • Virginia Tech
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Miami
  • Central Florida
  • Washington
  • Texas A&M
  • Oregon
  • Kansas State
  • Duke
  • Mississippi State

Three teams, in no particular order, that just missed, but I'd keep an eye on: Iowa State, LSU, Stanford

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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #411 on: June 22, 2018, 11:22:29 AM »
I’m always impressed by this exercise.  Nice job, ELA.

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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #412 on: June 22, 2018, 01:05:14 PM »
Never’ve seen a better preseason, on paper DL than Clemson’s. 3 of the 4 DL show up regularly on 1st/2nd preseason All-American teams and all 4 get listed as All-ACC. Think about that - the entire DL unit is listed as 1st team All-Conference by some publications.

Anyway, thanks once again ELA; 9th year of following your countdown.

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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #413 on: June 27, 2018, 08:04:48 AM »
Just wanted to get a more condensed look at ELA's 2018 Pre-season top 25:

1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Wisconsin
4.  Auburn
5.  Michigan State
6.  Georgia
7.  Ohio State
8.  Washington
9.  Penn State
10. UCF
11.  Michigan
12.  Notre Dame
13.  Oklahoma
14.  Miami (FL)
15.  Mississippi State
16.  USC
17.  Virginia Tech
18.  South Carolina
19.  Northwestern
20.  Iowa
21.  Boston College
22.  Florida State
23.  Boise State
24.  Stanford
25.  Oklahoma State

Sorry, I don't see how to single space the list.
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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #414 on: June 27, 2018, 08:14:19 AM »
My comments on ELA's Top 25 for 2018.

I think I would switch places between Michigan State and Ohio State. 
I would put Washington a little higher thinking they'll win the PAC again.
Penn State and Michigan's spots at 9 and 11 respectively may be generous, more so for the Nitts.
I think Florida State will do better than #22.

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Re: ELA 130 Team Countdown
« Reply #415 on: August 17, 2018, 06:40:32 PM »
Just caught this yesterday.  Glad ELA is still doing these.  They are impressively comprehensive in scope.  I think it was only 117 teams back when I joined the board years ago.  Guess I'm getting old.  

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« Reply #416 on: August 05, 2019, 05:59:17 PM »

 

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