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|3 hours 56 min ago||There's no denying that ohio||
There's no denying that ohio st enjoys an advantage probably only LSU has in NCAA football - being the only "Power 5" school in a talent rich state. Even Penn st has to share with Pitt - as one-sided as that rivalry has been through the years.
As a comparison, look how many teams have to share Fla, Texas, Cali - Hell even INDIANA has 3!!! (counting ND even though they're not in a conference!)
So no one who supports Michigan ever expects osu to fall off a cliff or disappear. But from the time Bo was hired until the time Tressel was hired - and that's several generations of football talent there - M won more games, and dominated the series for longer stretches, than osu.
So with the right mix of coaching and recruiting it's possible to turn this into a very real rivalry again - and I don't mean in our hearts, where it never dies, but on the field!
We think we have the right man in place. Year 1 was a good step forward, despite how lousy we all felt about The Game outcome. Now, Bosa, Elliott, any others who might like to earn an "honest" living - head off to the NFL - as many as possible really! JH will have his men working and grinding. And we'll all be very grateful if we come up with a better game plan for the next Game!!!
|4 hours 29 min ago||Where was our Goddam "GALAXY||
Where was our Goddam "GALAXY SIZE COACHING ADVANTAGE" out there last Saturday 71? Huh!?!
It's time people just accept it ain't gonna be no overnight fix to overcome the advantages osu has in personnel and HAD in coaching and talent evaluation for many years.
Patience, the most unpleasant of tonics, wil be required!
|4 hours 38 min ago||This is a fairly reasonable||
This is a fairly reasonable response to that butt whooping, so you will likely get negged! ;-) I'm not sure most of us are feeling all that reasonable right now!
That said, if you read through the posts here, people are either adamently against blaming tactics and instead say we need talent- or conversely say our talent is "4* & 5*" and our coaches let us down in this one (as if Kalis, Green or Isaac have ever performed like 5* for us)!
Obviously there's truth to both. Addressing some specific items Brian touched on in terms of strategy and of personnel:
What would the field position have been if we'd simply set up for a return on the punt? Great to incredible? The risks are too great going for a block when you're gonna have the ball well into their side of the field anyway I think - especially when you're relying on B1G refs to correctly enforce the rules.
As for whether LBs need to be "fast" - one could certainly argue that in the photo that leads the piece Gedeon could have been in better position to tackle Elliott if he were either "quicker" to diagnose or "faster" to get to the spot once he does. It's a difficult position to recruit, coach, judge for all those reasons. I remember when James Ross was called one of the most "instinctive" LB to come out of HS we'd seen. Now...?! So trying to judge the LB we have committed currently or are still recruiting and figuring out whether they're the answer for the run D problems is problematic. Stocking up massive, powerful DL seems like a safer bet - like making Onwenu a NT!
And another topic frequently discussed that Brian touched on is whether osu just gave us a "better effort" than they gave msu, or virtually any other team on their schedule - DUH!
I think by now we should count on that, every year, home or away. We need to meet that, exceed it, crush it! Better players will help, and the coaches need to make better adjustments - and our fans should stop selling their tix to bucknuts while we're at it. WE have a part to play in this too!!!
|4 hours 42 min ago||But only one of them was a||
But only one of them was a douche... Oh wait, it wasn't one of them!
|6 hours 32 min ago||Didn't we say '14 was gonna||
Didn't we say '14 was gonna be a "down" Meyer team after Braxton got hurt? How'd that turn out?
I think expecting to go into Columbus and win - ever - is a tough task. Go back to Bo and count the victories "down there"... a handful. But when we do, they are some of the biggest, most important victories in program history: '76, '86, '96 (and oh so Damn close in '06!)
So based on that timeline, maybe '16 IS the year to break this streak?! Depends on how many of their players bolt, and how good their replacements are. It's gonna be a year til we know, cuz if last Saturday reminded us of anything - it's that what they do vs other teams has NO bearing on how they'll perform vs M.
And in a year like '96 cited above, or '13 or '14 - how we'd performed previously had NO bearing on how we performed against them!
|6 hours 55 min ago||Oh, they'll "replace" the||
Oh, they'll "replace" the starters all right - it's just a matter of whether you guys think players like Bosa & Zeke are "generational" talents or just another guy?
We look at it like they're exceptional talents, and several of the other players who will or may leave are also better than anyone who might replace them.
We have to play msu & osu on the road in '16 - thanks to the B1G screw job of having us switch to play them both on the road the same season during realignment. So me personally, I'm expecting about the same record next year as this for Michigan.
But we improved as a TEAM throughout this season - the run D vs Indiana & osu obviously excepted. I expect a similar curve of improvement throughout the Bowl practices, spring, summer and next season.
Then hopefully we'll get some Bosa & Elliott types and presto - Rivalry Reborn!
|7 hours 15 min ago||Yeah but... HOW different a||
Yeah but... HOW different a result could "a simple adjustment" have made? 30 pts difference?!?!
I think you're kidding yourself there... our players AREN'T AS GOOD as theirs at this time. Pray for all those money grubbing SOBs to bolt for the NFL even if their draft assessment says stay - Barrett included.
And if you watch a lot of college football, specifically if you watched osu a bunch - you'd know that the only 2 games this entire season where they put forth the type of effort they did against M was VaTech (revenge for only loss in '14) and vs us. NOT coindidentally VaTech was about the only other game where they ran as effectively.
I'm not in the media, barely even on social media, but I watch A LOT of college FB - that's not my lazy narrative talking, it's intense scrutiny. And you could say pretty much the same about msu for most of the season. Those programs have reached the point - in talent and coaching - where they CAN flip the proverbial switch in big games.
Not saying it doesn't grate on their coaches that the players feel that way - but it is what it is if you keep winning. No one at msu feels "lucky" to beat us - they only feel "screwed" they lost to Nebraska!
|19 hours 58 min ago||Ok, like I told a guy about 20 posts up: if you're||
Ok, like I told a guy about 20 posts up: if you're not a Brady fan - GTFO!
|20 hours 44 sec ago||Deion Branch begs to||
Deion Branch begs to differ
|20 hours 3 min ago||I call him Urbz all the time. Does the 'z' make it||
I call him Urbz all the time. Does the 'z' make it cool with you Sydney?
|20 hours 4 min ago||Oh c'mon - it was awkward, not offensive. <p>WE||
Oh c'mon - it was awkward, not offensive.
WE ALL have questions knawing at us after yesterday's drowning in that red red rain.
Braylon just came at us defenses down, with the trust of a child...
|20 hours 24 min ago||Ok I'm on the West Coast, so my time relationship||
Ok I'm on the West Coast, so my time relationship with many of you is skewed - but it wasn't Nov 30 in ANY time zone in the US at the time this was posted was it?
|20 hours 27 min ago||But you ARE a Brady fan, right?! Else GTFO||
But you ARE a Brady fan, right?! Else GTFO
|20 hours 28 min ago||I have an irrational hatred of Valentine! Can't||
I have an irrational hatred of Valentine! Can't splain it really, he just makes me feel violent
|22 hours 57 min ago||Well I meant to say Tom Brady is playing American||
Well I meant to say Tom Brady is playing American football right now - so post something about that somebody!
|1 day 44 min ago||That's 2 or 3 times you||
That's 2 or 3 times you mentioned Pallante in the space of a couple posts - did he see the field at all in '15, or is he expected to in'16?
I never heard his name mentioned as even a possible contributor except in direst emergency, so is there something come out recently that suggests Pallante would earn PT above even true frosh like Elliott and (God willing) Gary?
Without R. Glasgow, any contribution he could've made would've been much needed and appreciated... but all I recall seeing was Henry and Hurst, terribly out of position (aganst the spread teams) and being pushed away from the plays.
I've posted this a couple times already, and Magnus you always seem ready with a contradictory opinion when you think someone on this blog or a recruiting service have a different view of a player than you do - Onwenu just seems more NT than OG to me.
His build, his power, it all says "push forward & disrupt" more than "pull and trap" to me... I think he's a guy who should be considered for NT, allowing them to allow T. Davis to commit while still making a push for more OT (Delance, others?).
|1 day 7 hours ago||Well to some extent that's||
Well to some extent that's about coaching... but these coaches could only work with the players they have, mostly inherited, as very few true frosh played this season (none on D I believe?)
So while the Indiana & osu games looked like they exposed coaching issues, we have to be realistic about the talent on the roster (especially compared to Urbz year 4).
Unfortunately that extends into '16 as well. We'll have some better players, RS or true Frosh though. They'll be better coached another year into the system, but compared to Dantonio yr 10 or Urbz yr 5, both on the road?
It's hard to watch a performance like yesterday's and tell yourself "Patience" - our brains are exploding and our guts are seething. When the bucknuts unfurled the giant "Welcome Home Coach Harbaugh" banner ya just wanted to shove it down their throats...and JH WILL do that, but it can't happen overnight. They have too big a headstart, they're too well coached.
Let's just root for as many msu & osu players to cash in on their NFL aspirations as soon as possible, while ours work and grind.
Being in the Bay Area I've had the opportunity to "enjoy" several years of Harbaugh pressers already. What he gave to the media post-osu (or to Cowturd last August) is pretty representative of all you can expect from him. He'll heap out plenty of praise to players and the coaching staff when things are going well... but when they're not, think Giant Clam!
|1 day 20 hours ago||Everyone is over-rated except||
Everyone is over-rated except us... and apparently WE'RE over-rated too!
But on the real side - if I could pick 4 teams based on how they've looked the past 3 or so weeks without regard for anything that happened in Sept or Oct - Stanford, Oregon, Clemson, Oklahoma would be my FINAL 4. Not in that order. The Pac12 teams would have to be split, but I wouldn't be all that surprised by a Stanford-Oregon final. Oklahoma is playing very well too though.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Upvoted for Grinch reference||
Upvoted for Grinch reference - but isn't it Who-pudding and Roast Beast?
|1 day 20 hours ago||That's not how this works...||
That's not how this works... That's not how ANY of this works!
|1 day 21 hours ago||Well - that may be true, but||
Well - that may be true, but if Larry Foote challenges you to a fight, I'm taking Larry!
|1 day 21 hours ago||Stanford just gave up 36||
Stanford just gave up 36 points to ND - including getting absolutely gashed on the rush options that killed us today - and WON THE GAME!!!
SO - maybe there is something to this theory that you just need to be the team that scores the most points?!
Playmakers make plays people!
|1 day 22 hours ago||Clark had very solid, almost||
Clark had very solid, almost great coverge on the TD pass in 2nd Q. Pass coverage gets much better when QBs are under duress (Hackenburg)..
Barrett had the D on its heels the entire game. No push up front (missing proper NT played a role), DE taking poor angles or simply being too slow to direct runners into tacklers, LBs missing the tackles when they did.
There was a play when the game was still very much in doubt wherre we had Elliott trapped for a 8-10 yd loss on a pitch play or sweep - he just ran around or broke the tackle attempts. It was symbolic of the entire game because the D couldn't make the plays it needed to get off the field.
That was the superiority of their athetes pure and simple - Barrett & Elliott are simply faster or have better balance and power than our tacklers.
As those defending the coaches in these threads have pointed out - you can only coach guys to be in the right place - you can't make the tackle for them!
|1 day 22 hours ago||I think "spot on" is glossing||
I think "spot on" is glossing over too many weaknesses. We would've no doubt looked better with the complete DL as depth-charted in camp out there - but who has that? Everyone suffers injuries.
The LB (well mostly Bolden, sometimes Morgan, and Ross when they let him play) were getting dinged in UFR the entire season, even when R. Glasgow was in front of them.
That's the reason for this thread and the reason it has so many replies. The LB situation was passable for most of this season before osu, but could be literally dire next year.
|1 day 22 hours ago||So I know you just did a best||
So I know you just did a best guess 16 v2.0 - is there anyone even on our board that's a Jaylen Smith type?
Bush Jr? J. Jones? I mean, they're from Fla at least, a place which has been demonsrated to produce fast LBs... but Jaylen Smith was close to a Top-10 player in his class, wasn't he, or at least the #1 LB?
We're down to hoping for 1 or both of the Floridians, while hoping the camp commits JH got last summer are either true undervalued gems - or as seems increasingly likely according to your update - asked to greyshirt or just left hanging?
After today we need to do something more about that position!
EDIT: OK, apparently you answered all these questions while I was typing.
D. Jackson is still a legit hope, and maybe one who could play in '16 even if not being a huge difference maker right off, right?
|1 day 23 hours ago||We haven't seen ANY of the||
We haven't seen ANY of the players Harbaugh has "pulled in" play yet, so what are you basing that on? Starz? What if some of the LB still on the board come to M? The class of '16 isn't complete or signed yet.
My larger point was about the margin for error we have due to ohio's natural recruiting advantages. For the next couple classes that margin is nearly 0 - or we're going to fall further behind. And any further behind it stops being a rivalry in all but name.
13 out of 15, next game in Columbus with Barrett still likely at the helm... the bucks will lose quite a bit of talent in the next draft, but really they are in full reload mode now. Bosa's don't come along every year, but they'll find players.
We need to find better ones!
|2 days 29 min ago||The question is how do schools that share a||
The question is how do schools that share a relatively modest talent base with another conference school (as do Michigan, Indiana, Illinois), or are sparsely populated or have an even less than modest talent base to begin with (Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin) compete with a traditional power in a talent rich state that has no other Power 5 conference team in their state?!
This is an uphill battle for every team in the B1G, even Penn State due to the sanctions they brought on themselves. Let's review the last period of sustained success M had vs osu, the 90s:
2 Heisman winners ( both from Ohio), and a roster similarly littered with players from Ohio & Pennsylvania.
What to do? Well, keep raiding ohio for one ;-)
|2 days 4 hours ago||My wife wandered thru the room to see how it was||
My wife wandered thru the room to see how it was going near end of 3rd quarter. All she could say was "Ooh! What happened?"
I said we're getting beaten so thoroughly we've already lost next year's game too!
Seriously, what infusion of talent and coaching would be required to close the gap we witnessed today? O, D, ST... we were outcoached, outplayed & worst of all, out-hustled all day in all facets.
The '16 & '17 crootin classes have to hit at about an 85% success rate or this rivalry will truly just wither and die. And 85% is asking A LOT! Almost asking the unreasonable really.
But if there's one person I'd feel ok with asking to accomplish the unreasonable it'd be Jim Freaking Harbaugh!
|2 days 7 hours ago||Special teams Fuck up & look where we are now!||
Special teams Fuck up & look where we are now!
Heads - including the coaches - must be in the game!!!
|2 days 8 hours ago||Question for those knowledgeable: Why can't we||
Question for those knowledgeable: Why can't we just run a play like the toss to Drake at least once every possession? It almost never gets stopped!