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Yahoo Pre-Season Countdown

The pre-season countdown from 120-1 has begun on Yahoo Sports and we DID NOT make the bottom 5! Woo Hoo! ULL did though. I know we will be in the worst 20 if not the worst 10 but that just gives us room to move up and surprise people. Kick some ass and earn that respect back players and Coaches!

We now have a most beautiful on-campus home with the seating RIGHT ON TOP of the field.

Owl fan's, let's make LOTS OF NOISE and support our Owls in our new FAU ON-CAMPUS HOME
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GeorgiaOwl said

The pre-season countdown from 120-1 has begun on Yahoo Sports and we DID NOT make the bottom 5! Woo Hoo!

:D

:-\

:'(
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Wow, talk about a difference of opinion. Athlon has us as 120 - dead last. But the new Yahoo/Rivals countdown has us somewhere in the top 100. Yes Rivals did not dis us that bad, beleive it or not!
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GeorgiaOwl said

Wow, talk about a difference of opinion. Athlon has us as 120 - dead last. But the new Yahoo/Rivals countdown has us somewhere in the top 100. Yes Rivals did not dis us that bad, beleive it or not!

They must be factoring in the intangible aspect of coaching…even with a forecasted down year we will likely beat some Sun Belt Teams picked ahead of us.

Actually, i kind of like the schedule…aside from having two Belt Road games early, we are basically going to be at home for the second half of the season…that could play out nicely.
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And what a home it looks like its going to be.  ;D

I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick @$$ and I'm out of bubble gum.

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#96!!!

COACH: Howard Schnellenberger (57-63 in 10 seasons at Florida Atlantic; 157-40-3 in 25 seasons overall)

LAST SEASON: 4-8, 3-5 (T-6th in Sun Belt)

OFFENSE: While Schnellenberger's best teams at FAU - and Miami and Louisville - have had quarterbacks who threw it around, look for senior TB Alfred Morris to be the focal point of this offense. He ran for 928 yards and seven TDs last season, and he rumbled for 1,392 yards and 11 TDs in 2009. The line this season will be more like the line in '09, so a 1,000-yard season beckons. T Samuel McRoy is the leader of the line and an All-Sun Belt candidate. It's good the rushing attack looks like a strong one because the passing game could be a problem. There will be a new quarterback, with 6-foot-7 junior David Kooi battling 6-6 junior Graham Wilbert for the starting job. Neither distinguished himself during spring drills, so the battle will continue during summer camp. The top three receivers are gone, which means DeAndre Richardson - who had 12 catches last season - is the leading returning wide receiver. Coaches are high on redshirt freshman Marcus Cunningham, who sits atop the depth chart after spring drills. Schellenberger loves throwing to the tight end, which means senior Darian Williams could double his career receptions total (23) this season.

DEFENSE: The Owls need to get a heck of a lot tougher against the run after allowing 203.6 rushing yards per game last season. They are shifting to a 3-4 set, and there's a nice-sized linebacker group headed by all-name team candidate Yourhighness Morgan, who should vie for all-league honors. David Hinds and former E Cory Henry are other 'backers to watch. Up front, E Kevin Cyrille should be one of the league's top linemen. NT Jarvis Givens might be the most important defender, as he has to prove he can hold up when taking on double-teams. FS Marcus Bartels has 422 career tackles, which leads all current players nationally; he had 104 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups last season. He is the only proven player in the secondary and both starting corners are new, which makes that a potential trouble spot.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Mickey Groody is the best punter in the league; he averaged 45.7 yards per punt last season. Vinny Zaccario is the new kicker. Both return men are back, though neither truly flashed last season. The coverage teams were spotty, especially considering the number of good athletes FAU coaches have at their disposal.

THE BUZZ: FAU opens a 30,000-seat, on-campus stadium this fall, and perhaps the Owls can use that momentum to surge back ahead of archrival Florida International in the battle for south Florida supremacy in the Sun Belt. The first game in the new stadium doesn't come until Oct. 15, and that's because FAU opens with five consecutive road games; the first three games - at Florida, at Michigan State, at Auburn. Ouch. Then comes the portion of the schedule where FAU must get some wins. A strong October would put FAU in position for a .500 record and a possible bowl bid heading into November.

http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1232725
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I'd say this is a pretty accurate write up, that Athlon one is just ridiculous.

Teambeer is the most knowledgeable FAU sports fan I know, way smarter than me.
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Very fair analysis and places us about right, maybe even a little better than expected. Very surprising from Yahoo/Rivals!

IF the line has matured and comes through we COULD get to a bowl as our home scehdule is winnable, just have to steal one or two on the road. If the run game works it will take pressure off of the inexperienced qb and wr's and allow us to use our multitude of te's effectively with a higher percentage short passing game. I really beleive the 3-4 will be a better fit with our talent and keep the dl fresher for substitutions and short yardage situations. Actually it can't do much worse than it has lately. Pass rushing fast lb's will get us more sacks or incs. and ints. with hurried panic throws and maybe even a few more qb fumbles. We gotta get this young qb a shorter field more often and hget the D off the field faster too.

With all of our bad expectations from the "experts", our more experienced O line, the D scheme change and our new HOME field, I think this will be an exciting comeback year for our Owls!
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While glad to see a higher prognostication, have to err on the side of caution and say that until we have a QB that can somewhat consistently throw the ball, we will be honed in on as a one dimensional team. And, since we will not have a power O-line, that is cause for some concern?

I mean last year you had JVC to Jean as threat to worry about, and this year you have…………

Accordingly, just as fast as teams closed in on our weakness last year, they will look to do so again this season.

Our best Hope is that the O-Line makes leaps and bounds progress and can open more holes, more often, this year.

Thats will help the weakened passing attack big time.
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