19 Jul 2011
College football season kicks off in only six weeks, and the good folks at Maple Street Press have just released their team-specific college football annuals to help fans get ready. Brian Fremeau and Bill Connelly each contributed essays to the collection this year.
In Crimson Tide Kickoff, Bill provides a thorough examination of Alabama's potential championship profile as well as an extended review of the Tide's demolition of Michigan State in its bowl game last January.
In Wolverines Kickoff, Brian breaks down Michigan's extraordinary success on offense last year and almost equally extraordinary deficiencies on defense and special teams, isolating on the keys to a successful debut campaign for Brady Hoke.
In Irish Kickoff, Brian takes a closer look at how field position successes and failures have been a critical factor in Notre Dame's decade of mediocrity, and finds that the Irish defense's ability to exceed expectations last fall was a critical factor in the late-season run.
Brian also designed position unit graphics for all 12 team issues (Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin) and a two-page graphic breaking down Notre Dame's 2010 season possession by possession.
Ordering information and a rundown of the complete table of contents for each issue including essays by a variety of friends of FO is available on the Maple Street Press website. The annuals are also available now in bookstores and news stands in each region.
8 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2012, 4:36pm by Glenn
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?