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Iowa State Football Predictions

Iowa State Football Predictions

2015 Iowa State Football Predictions: 8th Big-12 (2014 record: 2-10) Head Coach:  Paul Rhoads Big-12 Champion Odds: +15,000 National Championship Odds: +120,000 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 3 (-140), Under 3 (+100)   Offense In recent years, the Iowa Cyclones have turned into a bit of a punching bad for the Big 12 Conference. After two seasons with a total of one with within the conference, one has to believe Coach Rhoads is coaching on a short leash. In 2014, the offense was lethargic. They gained a total of 372.5 YPG of total offense while only scoring 23.2 PPG. The only positives to take away from last year was the offense limited its turnovers to 16 while the entire team only committed 51 penalties for 490 yards. At least they didn’t beat themselves with mental mistakes. As Coach Rhoads heads into the new season needing to turn this team around, he has to find a way to generate some offense in order to compete against the other high-powered offenses in the Big 12. The reality is his talent seems a bit limited at this point in time. He’ll start his offense rebuilding with steady as she goes red-shirt SR QB Sam B. Richardson who performed admirably considering the lack of explosive skilled players around him. He passed for 2,669 years for 18 TDs while only tossing only 9 interceptions. He was also the team’s second leading rusher with 421 yards and 3 TDs. With the loss of top rusher Aaron Wimberly and the need for a couple of reliable wide receivers on the outside, Coach Rhoads will be...
Texas Tech Football Predictions

Texas Tech Football Predictions

2015 Texas Tech Football Predictions: 8th Big-12 (2014 record: 4-8) Head Coach:  Kliff Kingsbury Big-12 Champion Odds: +4000 National Championship Odds: +30,000 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 6 (+120), Under 6 (-160)   Offense After a promising 2013 season, Coach Kingsbury’s Red Raiders really struggled during the 2014 season. With 511 YPG on offense, it’s hard to point the finger at players on that side of the ball. However, those same guys did a horrible job taking care of the ball. They committed 33 turnovers with a total of 18 interceptions. That might explain why they only scored just over 35 PPG while gaining so many yards. After watching two quarterbacks share the position in 2014, departing senior Baker Mayfield (2,315 yards, 12 TD passes) leaves the door open for JR QB David Webb to takeover the team on a full-time basis. In 2014, Webb did a great job while passing for 2,718 yards and 20 TDs. While he is certainly going to miss the team’s leading receiver Jace Amaro (1,352 yards, 7 TDs) from last year’s team, he does have an exciting athlete returning to take up the slack. At 5’7″, SR Jakeem Grant is not what most people would consider a prototypical Big 12 receiver. However, he has proven he belongs, accounting for 65 catches for 796 yards and 7 TDs. In the running game, Coach Kingsbury is going to be looking for someone to step up and carry the load. That someone might be JR Quinton White who rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries. At 10 YPC, that’s the kind of explosiveness this team...
Kansas State Football Predictions

Kansas State Football Predictions

2015 Kansas State Football Predictions: 7th Big-12 (2014 record: 9-4) Head Coach:  Bill Snyder Big-12 Champion Odds: +1300 National Championship Odds: +17,500 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 7 (-130), Under 7 (-110)   Offense With Coach Snyder entering his 23rd season as head coach, he reigns with one of the longest tenures in the country. Even more amazing is the consistency his teams have shown over the years. In 2014, the Wildcats had another strong season with 3 of its 4 losses coming against top 15 teams. The offense was solid gaining 421.6 YPG and scoring just over 35 PPG. The most impressive stats were 13 total turnovers and 57 total team penalties, which shows how much emphasis Coach Snyder places on field discipline. Unfortunately for the K. State offense, they lose two All-Americans and a big part of the offensive production from last year. After three years as a starter, QB Jake Waters is headed to the NFL after passing for 3,501 yards and 22 TDs and rushing for another 484 yards and 9 TDs on the ground. Joining him in the NFL will be WR Tyler Lockett who grab 106 passes and 1,515 yards to finish in the top 4 in the nation in both categories. He also had 11 TDs. That leaves Coach Snyder with and inexperience QB in JR Joe Hubener, the team’s second leading receiver in JR Collin Sexton who had 1,059 yards receiving and 5 TDs and a group of running backs led by JR Charles Jones who led the team in rushing in 2014 with 540 yards and 13 TDs. The...
West Virginia Football Predictions

West Virginia Football Predictions

2015 West Virginia Football Predictions: 6th Big-12 (2014 record: 7-6) Head Coach:  Dana Holgorsen Big-12 Champion Odds: +1700 National Championship Odds: +20,000 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 8 (+150), Under 8 (-190)   Offense It looks like the Mountaineers might be finding life to be a little rough in the Big 12 Conference. In 2014, the issues on this team seemed to revolve around mental mistakes on offense. The had 85 penalties and 29 turnovers that time and again would halt drives and keep them out of the end-zone. This is supported by the fact they were able to accumulate 500 YPG in total offense, but only scored 33.5 PPG. Fixing mental errors is one the most difficult things for a coach to correct. For Coach Holgorsen, he might have to simplify the offense and allow these guys to play within themselves. With the loss of his entire passing attack (QB Trickett – 3,285 yards passing, 18 TDs, WR White – 1,447 yards receiving, 10 TDs, WR Alford – 945 yards receiving, 11 TDs), he has to hope that JR QB Howard Skyler is ready to take the reins. In two starts last season, he threw for 829 yards and 8 TDs while adding another 140 yards rushing. After that, the coach is going to have to find someone to catch his passes after losing those to receivers. The good news is the backfield looks set with both parts (JR Rushel Shell, JR Wendell Smallwood ) of last year’s rushing platoon returning this year after combining for over 1,900 yards of total offense and 9 TDs in 2014....
Texas Football Predictions

Texas Football Predictions

2015 Texas Football Predictions: 5th Big-12 (2014 record: 6-7) Head Coach:  Charlie Strong Big-12 Champion Odds: +1200 National Championship Odds: +8000 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 6.5 (+145), Under 6.5 (-185)   Offense Oh how the mighty have fallen. Who ever thought they would see Texas finish any football season with a losing record on the backs of one of the worst offenses in team history? The numbers speak for themselves. Texas scored a measly 21.4 PPG on total offense of 337 YPG with 25 turnovers. There isn’t a major Division I conference in the country where those numbers would be good enough to get the job done. In just his second year as the Longhorns’ head coach, it will be interesting to see how patient school officials and boosters are going to be while Coach Strong tries to rebuild this program. While most of the starting skilled players from last season were lost to graduation, the rebuilding process will have to start with the return of all-purpose JR QB Tyrone Swoops. In 2014, he threw for 2,409 yards and 13 TDs. He also rushed for 242 yards and 4 TDs. While these numbers might fail to inspire confidence, it should be noted the offense was playing with a lot of young players on the offensive line. While that offensive line figures to again be young, several starters are sure to benefit by having a year of experience under their belts. If there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it would be because the roster is now filled with blue-chip recruits at almost every position....