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It’s Spring Training Time – MLB Season Predictions

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Tailgate Talk predicts the winners of each division and the wild cards:

AL West: Texas Rangers- More complete team then the Angels, lose CJWilson but can replace him with Yu Darvish

AL Central: Detroit Tigers- With the addition of Prince Fielder, lineup could be the best in the league. MVP Justin Verlander leads an experienced pitching core

AL East: NY Yankees- If Yankees can stay healthy, will be in good shape to beat out the Red Sox for the division. Fixed pitching problems this off-season.

AL Wild Cards– LA Angels of Anaheim and Boston Red Sox

NL West: Arizona Diamondbacks- Better depth to the starting rotation than the SF Giants. Will be a fun division race to watch.

NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals- They lose Albert Pujols but will look to replace him with Lance Berkman.  Pitching staff is much improved with Adam Wainwright’s return from injury

NL East: Philadelphia Phillies- Won 102 games last year, brought in Jim Thome in case Ryan Howard injury is more serious.

NL Wild Cards: Atlanta Braves and S.F. Giants

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Early Top 25 College Football 2012

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Is it ever too early to look forward until next college football season? I don’t think so. 2011 ended with a bang as college football saw a NFL talent Alabama defense dominate LSU in New Orleans. With signing day wrapping up last week, here is my top 25.

1. USC – Barkley to Woods? Unreal

2. LSU – Still a lot of talent coming back on both sides of the ball

3. Oklahoma – Landry Jones coming back was huge for the Sooners

4. Alabama – Losing some good talent (Richardson and probably 3 1st rounders on D) but still are loaded with talent. Bama/Michigan will start the season right in Dallas

5. Georgia – Had a great season, lost a close bowl game that they should of won. Returning some good defensive talent and QB Murray

6. Florida State – Already pretty good defense will return 9 starters. Another great recruiting class as well

7. Oregon – Bye bye LaMichael and Thomas but should be able to compete with USC for the Pac-12 title.

8. West Virginia – If you watched the Orange Bowl, you know what this offense can do

9. South Carolina – Marcus Lattimore? Best RB in the country next season

10. Nebraska – Big ten will struggle next season but look for Nebraska to take advantage

11. Ohio State – Did you see that recruiting class? Very young team last year

12. Stanford – Can they replace Luck? No, but recruited well and proving to be a force year after year.

13. Texas – Super young team last year that improved a great amount throughout the season. Talented defense

14. Michigan – Denard is back, but face a tough schedule (Bama, at ND, at NEB, at OSU, MSU)

15. Arkansas – High powered offense is back

16. Va Tech – Logan Thomas will have a great year, will keep Tech in games

17. Notre Dame – If they can find a QB out of the four, and replace M. Floyd at WR, defense will be super tough behind Manti Teo

18. Michigan State – Defense will be tough but losing Cousins, Baker, Cunningham, Martin, Nichol on offense will cost them

19. Wisconsin – Russell Wilson stole the show last year, getting Montee Ball back is big

20. TCU – QB Casey Pachall had better season last year than Andy Dalton did the year before

21. Kansas State – QB Collin Klein had the quietest 40 touchdowns in the country last year. Only losses last year were Oklahoma, Ok State, and Arkansas

22. Boise State – Losing QB Moore and RB Martin but don’t underestimate what this team can do. Plays Michigan State to kick off the year

23. Clemson – Don’t let the beating they took in the Orange Bowl fool you, Tajh Boyd is back and he is good

24. Auburn – Still trying to replace Cam Newton, but a good recruiting class with help

25. Florida – Won’t compete for the SEC Title, but will improve on the 7-6 mark from last year. Beating Ohio State in the Taxslayer.com Bowl was a huge stepping stone