Orange Bowl Open Thread

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on December 30th, 2018 at 12:00 AM

I'll just get this out of the way for everyone.

Alabama vs. Oklahoma. Here we go.

Comments

Lakeyale13

December 29th, 2018 at 9:05 PM ^

We have multiple guys that fit the mold of Trevor Lawrence, Kyler Murray or Tua?  You are speaking of Michigan right?

Shae played as an above average B10 QB, but was far from being a top tier QB nationally.  McCaffrey looks to be the real deal but has yet to start a game.  Not gonna say he is up to Tua levels until he plays an entire game.

OkinawaGoBlue

December 29th, 2018 at 8:50 PM ^

What is needed is a truly elite O line, not just one that is "improved." Shea was conditioned to feeling constant pressure from the ND game, and continued to feel it throughout most of the season. It affected his play. The running game also suffered. Should have been able to run between the tackles at will. Never could. 

bronxblue

December 29th, 2018 at 8:14 PM ^

Alabama feels like they're already playing with their food and it's only been a minute of gametime.

Oklahoma's defense isn't going to do anything against Alabama.

Lakeyale13

December 29th, 2018 at 9:19 PM ^

This.  Correct.  You first have to admit something is wrong before you can change it. 

Apparently, according to his press conference, we are at good but just need to get over the top. We will just prepare harder and work harder and it will all change.  He's starting to sound like a Hoke press conference now...minus all the Fred Flinstone bumbling.

BroadneckBlue21

December 29th, 2018 at 9:11 PM ^

No, he adjusted to a run-heavy RPO with Hurts, then a year later to a pass heavy, 3- to 4-wide system with Tua. Tus is mobile, so be runs, but they are not the same Onas they were with Hurts.  

Harbaugh cannot commit to a pass first spread, no matter how much he tries. See the ND game. I’m a big fan of JH, but his stubbornness is either going to get him fired/moving on or a NC in 2019. 

He alread said after this game he did not anticipate staff changes. If true, next year is make or break. Too many fans and media with Bama-like expectations. 

bronxblue

December 29th, 2018 at 9:46 PM ^

So...exactly what I said?  Kiffin started the transition with Hurts because Alabama before him was a very classic Greg McElroy/AJ McCarron-type QB situation; they threw the ball but it was mostly a run-under-center offense that tried to minimize turnovers.  Alabama threw the ball 382 times and 255 times with Hurts as QB the first two years.  Sure, it helped that Hurts was a run threat, but Kiffin also threw the ball with the likes of Jake Coker and Blake Simms far more aggressively than Saban had did under past OCs.  

I agree about Harbaugh seemingly not committing to the more open offensive philosophy.  How much of that is on him and how much is on Hamilton and the rest of the OC is up for debate, but it needs to change.  I think he'll make changes to the staff; Harbaugh said basically the same thing after last year and then Drevno was gone.  I don't think Hamilton deserves all the blame for the past two weeks; the scheme they had against OSU probably works out better if the defense had held up better against OSU.  But he's been here a long enough time that we've seen what he brings to the table and it's time to move on to someone who will either demand more control over the offense or convince Harbaugh to let it rip.

 

J_Dub

December 29th, 2018 at 8:54 PM ^

From watching the Amazon series I have no doubt Rashan wants to play and win, but he didn't see the risk/reward in playing in the bowl game. 

It sucks but people do what they are incentivized to do and the current system means non-playoff games just aren't as compelling as bowls used to be.

That said, I would love 11 Chase's - he's got a ton of heart and love for our school.