"Who fits National Title Mold?"

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  1. CParso

    CParso Founding Member

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    Defending champ Trojans do, but the same can't be said for the Tigers

    Five that fit the mold:

    USC: The Trojans should be dominant yet again in both stopping the run and producing sacks and turnovers, since their projected starting front seven were all major contributors a year ago. They also have no shortage of playmakers, highlighted by sophomore tailback/receiver Reggie Bush, and a favorable schedule that, on paper, includes just one daunting road game (at Washington State). The only concern: Whether USC's inexperienced offensive line can be anywhere near as dominant as their defensive counterparts.

    GEORGIA: The Dawgs should field a prototypical big-play defense, led by All-America DE David Pollack, LB Odell Thurman and safety Thomas Davis. On offense, wide receivers Fred Gibson and Reggie Brown are potential game-breakers. Although no SEC schedule is ever easy, Georgia at least has the luxury of facing LSU and Tennessee at home. The biggest question mark is the O-linemen -- if they've improved from last season, QB David Greene will be less likely to throw interceptions.

    OKLAHOMA: While it doesn't hurt that the Sooners have returning Heisman Trophy winner Jason White back at quarterback, the real strength of this team is the staggering amount of experience on its lines, including senior defensive ends Dan Cody and Jonathan Jackson and senior O-linemen Jammal Brown and Vince Carter. OU has playmakers galore in the form of Mark Clayton and Brandon Jones, as well as a loaded secondary. Biggest concern: Oklahoma's tough schedule, which includes trips to Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

    VIRGINIA: The Cavs, 8-5 last season, have all the ingredients for a breakthrough. Their offensive and defensive lines, so young the past two years, are now both experienced and talented. Look for guard Elton Brown, tight end Heath Miller and defensive end Chris Canty all to have big years. The linebacking trio is among the finest in the country and should help produce turnovers. Quarterback Marques Hagans needs to avoid mistakes, and a couple of playmakers need to emerge on offense. It's not inconceivable that Virginia could be 7-1 heading into a Nov. 13 home date with Miami.

    WEST VIRGINIA: With Miami off to the ACC, the Mountaineers' schedule is almost laughable. Their toughest opponent, Maryland, is at home. The presence of touted tailback Kay-Jay Harris and five starting offensive linemen should allow QB Rasheed Marshall to play keep-away, then launch an occasional big strike to receiver Chris Henry. And while West Virginia's defense gave up nearly 400 yards per game last season, it produced enough turnovers to hold down opponents' scores. Biggest question: whether the defense can produce more than 17 sacks.

    ... and three assumed contenders that might not:

    LSU: The Tigers' 2003 national championship came largely on the strength of a dominant defensive line, but that unit lost two stalwarts in tackles Chad Lavalais and Marquise Hill. Their replacements are untested. The schedule also isn't as kind this season, with trips to Auburn, Georgia and Florida within the first six weeks.

    FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles have struggled at times to stop the run the past few seasons, and while linebackers Ernie Sims and A.J. Nicholson are seen as stars-in-the-making, the front seven as a whole is inexperienced. And while FSU has no shortage of playmakers on offense, quarterback Chris Rix has shown a penchant for committing crucial turnovers.

    MIAMI: As strange as this sounds, the 'Canes go into this season with no proven playmakers, not to mention a quarterback, Brock Berlin, who threw 17 interceptions last season. They also take a severe step up in the scheduling department in their first ACC season, visiting Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Virginia, and hosting tough non-conference foe Louisvile.

    -Mandel, SI.com
     
  2. DDTigerFan

    DDTigerFan Back from the Dead

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    I don't mind being left off the list, but the fact that he lists Virginia and West Virginia ahead of us is ridiculous.
     
  3. CParso

    CParso Founding Member

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    I hate how everybody overlooks the fact that USC has weeknesses. It's like they refuse to admit that anybody graduated or left for the draft. And all we hear about, is how LSU lost this & lost that. That's alright though. We'll just have to reprove ourselves.
     
  4. uscpuke

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    You have to keep in mind that part of the "mold" is having the schedule on your side - as mentioned with USC, West Virginia, and mentioning Georgia having their toughest opponent at home. That is part of what it takes to make it, an easy cupcake schedule...and that we do not have.
     
  5. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    Laugh_Uh_BULL


    USC loses their entire offensive LINE and possibly the best player in college football but has no real losses? haha

    not to mention an already overlooked weak-ass secondary that can be lit up by most teams.

    we return possibly the best offensive tackle in the country as well as THE best center and one of the top lines overall yet we lose 2 studs on defense and we can't contend? We have the best defensive coach in college and perhaps pro yet defense is our weakness.

    god how do some of these people get jobs in the first place.

    no mention of our quarterback? i could buy that.
     
  6. islstl

    islstl Playoff committee is a group of great football men Staff Member

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    Leinhart will be eating lots of grass this year.
     
  7. Whitey4Man

    Whitey4Man Founding Member

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    Virginia will get that nice little "mold" crushed when the old Tigers visit whatever their stadium is called.
     
  8. Geekboy

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    I Can't Wait

    USC is going to be exposed! We do have an extremely tough road schedule.
    I hope like hell we get to play those cupcakes in some bowl if we're not fortunate enough to play in the Orange.
     
  9. Carface

    Carface What the...?

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    You're forgetting that USC is the best team in the country with absolutley no flaws. They even have the best player of all time playing for them.

    :dis:
     
  10. locoguano

    locoguano Founding Member

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    I keep hearing about how the elite programs "reload"... guess those great recruiting classes we've had don't qualify us for "reloading".. heh
     

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