After an 11-3 season which included appearances in the Big 12 Championship and Sugar Bowl, Matt Rhule left Baylor in order to become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. That wasn’t the only major loss from the 2019 Bears as nine defensive starters from BU’s matchup with Texas either graduated or left for the NFL.
Michigan had lofty expectations for its 2019 offense. Shea Patterson, despite his faults, was a senior quarterback that Jim Harbaugh himself had chosen. Harbaugh brought in Josh Gattis to coordinate the offense to help the Wolverines escape the shadow of the elite Ohio State Buckeye program.
Over the past few months, I’ve filled many hours of my newfound downtime at home playing video games. I’m not one for lengthy storylines or super intricate puzzles. I really enjoy the simplicity of sports games, which was one of the only ways to fill the world’s sports void for a good while in the spring.
An advantage the 2020 linebacker corps may have over the 2019 squad is the man leading it. This site opined often last year that Todd Orlando the linebackers coach hurt the efforts of Todd Orlando the defensive coordinator. Orlando has been replaced by Coleman Hutzler, who spent the previous four seasons with Will Muschamp at South Carolina.
Ever since Mike Leach stepped on campus in Lubbock, the Red Raider offensive identity often revolved around a fast-paced offense predicated on the forward pass. Second-year head coach Matt Wells and his offensive coordinator, David Yost, are no different. In their first season, the Red Raiders were 10th nationally and 1st in the Big 12 in plays per game, per TeamRankings.com.
The Longhorn defensive line arguably stands to benefit the most from the addition of Chris Ash to the Texas staff. After three years mostly utilizing a three-man, odd front with directives to allow for other defenders to make plays, the Longhorn defense will switch to a four-man front in order to let the D-linemen make plays themselves.
On Monday, 104.9 The Horn interviewed the last four men to hold the title of athletic director at Texas. In their over 35 years of combined experience, DeLoss Dodds, Steve Patterson, and Mike Perrin never faced anything like current athletic director Chris Del Conte faces in 2020.
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown is set to begin his second season in Morgantown, but 2020 may be his "Year 1" after a 5-7 “Year 0.” Much of the Mountaineers’ 2019 was spent trying to get the most out of transfer quarterback Austin Kendall before making the switch to transfer quarterback Jarret Doege later in the year.