How would the 'Bama offensive line compare to Wisconsin's? I know Wiscy has always had a solid line, and given the way our boys handled them up front, I wonder if it shows any sort of comparison in terms of our ability to reset the line as you mentioned. Of course, this was also benefited by the one-dimensional nature of the Wiscy offense, but any chance it shows our one-on-one matchups, or is there a more fitting comparison this year?
Same thing happened to me for the Orange Bowl last year. Bought them at around midnight the night before the game. I agree that it is most likely the cut-off for physical delivery.
Yes, I think depth is key, but I also think at least some of it comes down to the mentality of not being intimidated by Bama. It happens a lot with the underdogs where, despite how much they may try to convince themselves otherwise, they are almost expecting to lose. So when they come out and have a solid game, either winning (Auburn) or keeping it close (Mizzou), all it takes is for one quick change of events when Bama takes the lead late and the players can almost quit on themselves in the sense of "Yup, I guess it was only a matter of time before they came back... well it was fun while it lasted..." Obviously, I can't say this always happens, but as a spectator, too, you feel it happen. When Bama finally started to come back against Auburn after they left them hanging in there for so long, I knew to myself Auburn was going to lose that game. It was only a matter of time. Same could be said for Mizzou.
Long story short, depth is key, but as they say: "Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth." Don't underestimate the mentality of them being no better than us and being able to respond to the inevitable punch in the mouth.
Very interesting, and I think very possible, idea about Brown. I remember seeing him in there and my first thought was, "Oh, Philly is back in the game..." After a brief moment it occurred to be that good ol' Philly wasn't even on the team any more, let alone in the game! Though I felt like an idiot for a second, it oddly put a smile on my face seeing Noah in there. He's got the tangibles to make something special of his career, and it was just pretty cool to see him get some PT, like you said.
I do like that we will, statistically speaking, be the best offense Alabama has played against all season, whereas contrarily, we've played two better offenses than Alabama, shutting out one in the conference championship game and basically manhandling the other during a night road game (if it weren't for early miscues, that could have ended very similar to the CG). Obviously, these numbers don't tell the whole story, but still interested to see.
Oh how sweet it is!
So do I! Best part is when a few years ago a Miami fan (I live in Southern Florida) saw me at a rest stop off the highway wearing it and told me I should put a big red "X" through it. I just laughed and told him he might wanna buy a lot of Sharpies then because UM was about to get the death penalty (sadly that didn't come to fruition, but it sounded good at the time).
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advancing to the National Championship Game in Dallasbeating Alabama in "'Bama Country."
Don't get me wrong, I would love to win the Natty, but beating 'Bama will be a championship all in itself. In my opinion, the best part of going to the national championship is just knowing that we would have beaten 'Bama to get there!
I don't know if it has to be the DCs being creative, really. Meyer has coached and tried to prepare, offensively, for a Nick Saban and Kirby Smart 'Bama team before. Add that to the fact that we have nearly a month to prepare him, and I think there shouldn't be a problem at all. We've seen some great blitzing defensive minds this season, so at least our O-line is experienced in that sense. As for Cardale, just constantly switch it up in practice against him. It doesn't matter what you do relative to what 'Bama does, we should have enough time to literally throw anything and everything at him just to develop the sense of calm and poise when faced with something unforeseen in the pocket.
I would rather him be given a look from every random which way than for them to say "This is what is going to happen," then have a Va. Tech remake when 'Bama comes out in a unique defense.
I am damn proud of this group of Buckeyes and know that they will NOT fear the "all mighty" 'Bama. This team, led by master motivator Urban F'ing Meyer, is too close, too focused to let something like that trip them up. We will win? That I can't say, but it won't be because we came out stale or scared. At the end of the day when the clock strikes all zeros, if the scoreboard doesn't read in our favor, it won't be because our boys didn't put every ounce of their passion and heart out on that field. We have the talent and the motivation, now it's just time to execute! One thing is for sure, though: our honor defend, they'll fight to the end, for O-HI-O!!!!!
He has a long way to go and a lot left to prove, but I would be perfectly happy with him if he chose to do so. Kid has already earned my respect, going out there and doing what you mentioned would put him deep into my book of Buckeye Lore, whether he sticks around or not!
I don't know if 'Bama has better RB play overall, though they certainly do have plenty of talent with Yeldon, Drake, and Henry. That said, I agree with most everything else, but I think the most important part you mentioned was the fact that Cardale was able to play loose and confidently. That's the main thing that concerns me going into the 'Bama game is that if we don't come out hitting on all cylinders and maybe get behind a score or two, does Cardale have the mentality to stay calm and play his game? Or, similarly, if we get an early lead but 'Bama comes back and makes it close down the stretch, does he have the JT-esque "ice in his veins" ability to zone it all out and get the job done? Outside of the first drive of the game, really, Cardale didn't have to worry about pressure or anything during the B1G Championship. Of course, this is all fixed by just dominating 'Bama from the moment the foot hits the ball, but the chances of that happening aren't exactly too high.
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I can't say what I think the gameplan will be given some inexplicable gameplan choices by Herman at times, but for the most part, I agree with you. I feel like Wiscy will be selling out to stop the run (I think one of the Staff articles mentioned the possibility of the Cover 0 look), so we need to get some short and easy passes for Cardale to gain his sea legs before blowing the top off the secondary. It is almost guaranteed they will make Cardale win the game (i.e. take Zeke out of the picture by selling out for the run), so it is up to Herman to call plays towards Cardale's strength (i.e. arm strength) and for Cardale to execute.
Also great to hear his teammates keep his head up. It's easy to forget those comments over the off-season about how the defensive mindset was so much more of blaming others rather than owning up to your mistakes and lifting up those guys around you. Hopefully this next week no one will be needing lifting up other than Gordon and the Wiscy QB when they get railed into the ground by Bosa, Bennet, and Co.
I also believe a lot of it has to do with the QB as for the definition of set. When the QB is braced and calling a cadence, movement would be considered false start. Once the QB exits out of his brace and ends his cadence, often resulting in looking at the sideline or calling adjustments, then players are provided more freedom to move until the play is "set" again. This confusion is all due to the difference with linemen not having their hands on the line as much, as someone else has mentioned. Thus, you can't as easily define "set" other than when, like I said, they are sort of "braced" for the play. Ambiguous, yes, but generally works in a reasonable way.
My school kept it simpler. They (I wasn't one of them) were simply "the fat guys." They loved it, though most outsiders seemed to think it was an insult.
Just as a tidbit of info, I played football for a small high school, and we didn't even have enough funds for outfit all the freshman with helmets. Each helmet, even the generic ones that a high school would get (just all black), cost several hundred each. It's the technology built into them and the safety factors and all that that seems to make them expensive, not the fancy chrome/gold finish.
Well if they really do enjoy their double A-gap blitz, then that will certainly leave holes right over the middle for quick dump-offs to the big fellas. Also, if their safeties can be deemed a bit of a weakness as I think I have seen somewhere, that's another threat for the TEs (see the all vert issues that MSU had against Oregon). Barring a total shake-up in their defensive scheme, which is unlikely, there should be the opportunity there at least.
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Sadly, the stats don't matter because they are still controlled by national perception. If people ask why do B1G teams have statistically good offenses and defenses, the national audience and media will just claim it is because every other B1G team sucks. Obviously, the SEC has some bad numbers because every SEC team is just that good. Perception = Reality. The only time these numbers will matter is when we make them count against other conferences, at which point we will be changing the Perception more so than the Numbers themselves.
My only criticism to that is that, without Braxton, we haven't exactly had all these crazy plays. The explosive plays I can think of are more straight-forward (i.e. Devin Smith burning a defender, sweeps hitting the edge, or quick passes finding holes and getting hit in stride).
Although I do think the easiest benefit would be to State's power run game, I think that if the receivers come out with sure hands and JT can maintain control, the quick passing could be just as effective, because the cuts that defenders have to make on such passes are harder than the receivers', which could lead to them slipping on quick hooks and slants, providing more room for YAC. Of course, given some of our WR play in recent years, them actually catching the ball isn't something you can overlook.
(A)ffect = (A)ction, so you got it right :)
I agree that it could help Sparty's running, as they may be more of a "power" run team, but we like to run it power just as much. One thing to note, however, is that the wind and rain is more likely to affect the deep ball rather than the short passes. In this case, I think it would hurt Sparty more than us since they rely on the big play, play-action passes while we can rely on the short routes much more (though, we do like our deep shots, it's not the heart and soul necessarily of the offense this year).