landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
On the Audible yesterday, Mandel and Feldman said the Big XII appears to be moving closer toward expansion as a study commissioned by the league indicated a much improved chance of making the CFP if it went to a 12-team league with eight conference games, plus a championship game. When discussing candidates, both listed Cincinnati as the number one candidate, UCF two, BYU three with other schools like UConn, Houston and Boise State mentioned as more longshot candidates.
Both stated that UCF had improved its facilities and had a good tv market, as well as giving the league an outpost in Florida as its best sellign points.
My question is, isn't this also true of USF, which doesn't have it's own stadium, but does play in an NFL stadium? And, hasn't USF demonstrated, better than UCF, that it can sustain itself as at least a competent program? Basically, USF has had a lower ceiling but also a much higher floor.
UCF went from a BCS game to an 0-12 season in two years under the longest serving coach it ever had. USF has now had at least decent success under two different coaches.
What am I missing?
On September 10 Michigan hosts Central Florida with new head coach Scott Frost (former QB of Nebraska's 1997 MNC team, and former Oregon OC).
Central Florida will be sporting new duds in Michigan Stadium.
No idea what combo they will pick. The gold-on-silver helmets do look sharp though:
I haven't been providing as much content, either here or at my blog, recently due to a variety of reasons (baby, job promotion, travel, computer breaking, etc.). Still, I have recently written three different pieces, two concerning Michigan and one concerning OSU.
The two about Michigan discuss how Michigan's defense plans on agressively stopping teams from adding blocking to the point of attack (i.e. pulling OL). Brown is a very aggressive DC, and his goal is to be more aggressive than the opponent at the POA. Effectively, this looks at how McCray performed during the spring game, both good and bad.
But Harbaugh is used to teams doing this. Teams like Virginia Tech, Michigan State, and others have been aggressively attacking pullers with the best of them. Last year, Michigan couldn't really get enough out of the OL to pull off many of these tricks, but still managed some. In the future, you can expect even more. Here's what is up his sleeve.
Lastly, if you're interested in the rival, I look at OSU's Pivot Follow concept, an iteration on the mesh concept that Seth diagramed a bit recently (I went into a bit more detail).
A redditor put together this fan map by county - thought it was interesting: LINK for full version
Another example of how Harbaugh continues to be innovative in college football by incorporating GoRout Technology.