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Old 01-06-2006, 05:37 AM   #1
El Jefe
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Default 2006 schedules/discussion

Put your team(s) up, and if you'd like size 'em up for next season. I'll go with the local boys...starting with my favorite:

UCLA
9/2 Utah
9/9 Rice
9/23 @ Washington
9/30 Stanford
10/7 Arizona
10/14 @ Oregon
10/21 @ Notre Dame
10/28 Washington State
11/4 @ California
11/11 Oregon St
11/18 @ Arizona State
12/2 USC

I think a 9-3 or 8-4 stretch here would be a solid year for a young Bruins squad that will be led by Ben Olson. Maurice Drew might bolt for the NFL, which would be a mistake imo, but Chris Markey and Khalil Bell had some great moments when they saw action, particularly in the Sun Bowl. WR should not be a problem for the Bruins at all with everyone returning, including injured No.1 Junior Taylor. The defense should be improved with the return of key D-line members Kevin Brown and Nikola Dragovic and a crop of young big men to add depth. Reggie Carter and Aaron Whittington are expected to help fill the big losses of Havner and London, and Christian Taylor has improved over the course of the season. If John Hale, who has tremendous upside but is still relatively new to the position, can improve his game, they won't be hurt too badly at LB. The secondary also will have some solid returnees in Trey Brown, Chris Horton, Rodney Van, Eric McNeal, and Dennis Keyes. Promising youngsters Shawn Oatis and Aaron Ware should help counter the loss of Cassell and Page.

The O-Line, who lose three key players in McCloskey, Blanton and Cleary, will face the challenge of implementing some new young talent. The recruiting class this season covers this area heavily and they look to be a strong class. Coaching in this area has been a big plus with Tom Cable, and it will have to continue for the Bruins to have a good season. Shannon Tevaga has flashed some brilliance and Nathaniel Skaggs really played well as a fill-in center for the bowl game.

USC
9-9 @ Arkansas
9-16 Nebraska
9-23 @ Arizona
9-30 @ Washington State
10-7 Washington
10-14 Arizona State
10-28 @ Oregon State
11-4 @ Stanford
11-11 Oregon
11-18 California
11-25 Notre Dame
12-2 @ UCLA

The early part of the season will be huge for this team. Whether it be Booty or Sanchez filling in, the offense will have to find a new identity with the likely entries of Bush and White into the draft. Dwayne Jarrett made his case in the Rose Bowl, and should be the featured face of the offense along with Smith, Turner, and Davis. That's still quite the receiving corps. The O-Line should still be strong even with the loss of Lutui and potentially Khalil and Justice. It'll be an open battle for RB which should have Hershel Dennis, Chauncey Washington, Desmond Reed, and Michael Coleman in the mix. Then there's whoever they may grab by signing day too, such as Staphon Johnson or C.J. Gable.

The defense looks like it will be much improved, but will still have to deal with losing 5 starters, possibly 6. The LB corps has the talent to be something special next season, and the secondary should be re-stocked well as long as the injuries suffered heal up properly. The D-Line will miss Rucker and Ramsey, but should have the depth to help cover the losses with the likes of Kyle Moore, Jeff Schweiger, and Averall Spicer. Both Lawrence Jackson and Sedric Ellis will continue to build on their success to lead them.

With recruiting still a major strength of the Trojans, I wouldn't be surprised to see them sticking around the top 5 for next season, but they'll certainly have to come out of the gates fast to do so. While the Trojans do have home field for many key matchups, this could prove to be a tough schedule for the Men of Troy to handle.
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