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|1 day 8 hours ago||Ohio State, last year. Tempo,||
Ohio State, last year. Tempo, spread runs, dynamic quarterback, all of it. Oregon is the standard-bearer here, but OSU is no baby kitten.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Not sure about this. If the||
Not sure about this. If the Kelly-Helfrich era Ducks have a weakness, it is that their offense can struggle when they face a team that brutalizes the point of attack. Physical defensive fronts can overwhelm the nimble guys on Oregon's OL, and that grinds the train to a halt. See, for example, the BCS Championship against Nick Fairley, and LSU's hatchet job on their running game the next season.
Marriotta is a better passer than Darron Thomas was, but MSU is exactly the kind of defense that Oregon struggles against. It will be an interesting matchup.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Huge non-reversal. Calls are||
Huge non-reversal. Calls are breaking FSU's way.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Oh, right! So one who so||
Oh, right! So one who so desires can watch football for a full 18 hours.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Jameis. Wow.||
|2 days 1 hour ago||Is that a fumble?||
Is that a fumble?
|2 days 1 hour ago||You can call that PI. Hit the||
You can call that PI. Hit the arm before the ball got there.
PI calls like that should be reviewable both ways. Big break for FSU.
|2 days 1 hour ago||17-7. Good thing the SEC has||
17-7. Good thing the SEC has speed.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Ok State approaching FG||
Ok State approaching FG range, within 3.
|2 days 1 hour ago||So LSU's not a playoff team.||
So LSU's not a playoff team. Neither is Wisconsin; it is good that they clearly belong on the same field.
Worth noting that LSU often has a substandard offense, even when they're really good.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Wonderful playcall on that Ok||
Wonderful playcall on that Ok State TD, too.
|2 days 1 hour ago||So FSU joining Bama and OSU||
So FSU joining Bama and OSU in looking decidedly mortal today.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Yes. He's very good at it.||
Yes. He's very good at it.
|2 days 2 hours ago||USC continuing to exact||
USC continuing to exact revenge on Fresno State for almost beating them in 2005.
The one USC home game I attended when I lived down there. It was amazing. Fresno State never recovered.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I hate to break this to you,||
I hate to break this to you, but Spielman is both a classy guy and one of the best analysts in the business.
|2 days 2 hours ago||This may be an||
This may be an Elway-over-Doug Williams 10 point lead, but it's still impressive.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Impressed with Mcevoy's feet||
Impressed with Mcevoy's feet there.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Our top guys aren't that||
Our top guys aren't that fast,but they're very strong.
Johnson and Hayes are that fast, though. Speed is nice at RB, but it's not required.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I know, I know: it wasn't the||
I know, I know: it wasn't the speed, it was just Wisconsin running a tricky play that LSU wasn't expecting.
You know, that sweep they ran 5-10 times a game last year.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I have an "automatic up vote||
I have an "automatic up vote for non-profane responses that properly bash the SEC-speed myth" policy.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Too bad the B1G doesn't have||
Too bad the B1G doesn't have any speed, or Love would've scorched the LSU secondary even more.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Not just there, either. Same||
Not just there, either. Same thing in Minnesota and in LA when I lived there.
|3 days 8 hours ago||So what he was saying was, if||
So what he was saying was, if they "played chess" at the LOS they would wind up passing way too much, hurting the team overall. Not that he "never played chess."
I consider that particular clause of the quote a nothingburger. But people want to feel good about themselves, so they'll take it out of context so that they can think they're a better coach than Al Borges.
Ironically, there's a ton of other rippable stuff in that blockquote.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Lots of teams use tackle over||
Lots of teams use tackle over looks from time to time. Michigan's execution of it was unusual. It was predictable, tipped by personnel packages, and used remedially to get some push rather than as a tactical move to exploit the defense.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Yep. Consider, for example,||
Yep. Consider, for example, Ole Miss's third TD last week, where Wallace ran the exact same pass to Treadwell three times in a row and Boise could neither stop it straight up (Treadwell was running 12 yards, halting, and leaping for it as the CB was still recovering 3 yards away--I don't feel as bad about this now that our receivers look good) or adjust coverage because Ole Miss was snapping too quickly.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Seeing guys run in sand makes||
Seeing guys run in sand makes me nervous. Remember what happened to Robert Edwards?
|3 days 9 hours ago||6. reshp1 bringing back his||
6. reshp1 bringing back his old avatar.
7. Good execution, low mistakes. No throws to nowhere followed by DG and a receiver trying to figure out who goes where. No linemen completely blowing protections or run block assignments (they might get handled, but they need to make the right move). No wildly blown coverages. Minimal dumb penalties. This is a team that is gaining experience, good coaching should manifest in good execution.
|3 days 9 hours ago||I could correctly predict||
I could correctly predict most of Chip Kelly's play calls at Oregon, and I'm not even an Oregon fan. I guess something's wrong with Kelly.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Totally agree with your||
Totally agree with your schedule analysis, and I've kicked around those ideas elsewhere. If someone has serious hopes of a playoff berth, this is a rough schedule--road games against all 3 rivals, two of which are peaking? Not good.
But most people will accept 9-3 this year, and it's a great schedule for that. Michigan SHOULD be better than all 9 of those teams. They have more talent, thanks to Hoke's recruiting (his one area of demonstrated strength). There are no toss up games against Iowa or Nebraska that have real loss potential. This is where Michigan shows growth by beating all of the teams they ought to beat.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Hoke came to Michigan||
Hoke came to Michigan preaching MANBALL. It was one of his calling cards.
The fact that he has utterly failed to produce even a mediocre running offense is all the more gallon because of that. And, if Michigan has a poor year, this understanding should be a factor in his evaluation. If you can't execute what you set out to execute, there's a problem.