Re: USC v OSU Mark II
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Alright, the OSU running backs (TB and FB) come in averaging 3.5 stars, but only 0.5 varsity letters. Boom earned his last year and the Bucks will be breaking in a freshman FB. As we know, USC lost some incredible linebackers last season, but their backups could be equally impressive. Maybe a little smaller and leaner, but faster and meaner. They average 4.3 stars, 2 varsity letters featuring 2 juniors and a sophomore. They've been waiting in the depth chart line for their time to shine, and you can bet money they'll be ready to do just that. Even though our O-line is improved this season, I still think running off tackle might be a challenge in this game. OSU will have to use their speed advantage on the outside to help open things up in the middle. Hopefully Tress will call plenty of bootleg plays with Pryor running to pass. He throws well on the run, and when he takes off, the defense cheats up. That could be the leg up the WRs need to get open and make big plays. With this group on the offense, I believe the playbook can be unlimited. Tress needs to practice taking chances with this squad, and let them do their thing. No need to be conservative this year.
Forgot the flip side. USC could have the best goup of running backs in the nation this season. The second and third stringers could start and be stars for any team in the country. That spells problem for all of their opponents this season. Especially with that awesome O-line coming in. USC RBs average 4.5 stars, and the second string RB is also a 5-star guy. They average 3 varsity letters and feature senior leadership at TB. The FB is a junior. Expect to see a pro-set with two 5-star TBs on the field early and often. OSU's LB corps will feature a little more speed than last year, but the presence of Little Animal will be missed. Think of this LB corps as having 3 Marcus Freeman's on the field at once. The outside LBs should be able to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. With this group of USC running backs, the extra speed will help. OSU LBs average 3.3 stars (with at least one 5-star on the depth chart...could get a redshirt this year), average 2.3 varsity letters, and will feature a senior and two juniors. They'll have their hands full in this game, but I'm expecting a solid performance...once they settle down. Everyone will be shaky at the onset.
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