I think Thad deserves a lot of credit for what he has been able to do here, but he probably deserves to be held a little accountable for the development of this years seniors. They didn't develop much as players or in the weight room. I will give Thad a pass on this since he obviously deserves one, but I think he needs to right the ship next year. It'll be interesting to see what the starting lineup will look like next year after losing these seniors and likely Russell. I predict:
1- Kameron Williams, A.J. Harris
2- Jaesean Tate, Austin Grandstaff
3- Jaquan Lyle (I think we get him), Keita Bates-Diop
4- Marc Loving, Mickey Mitchell
5- Daniel Giddens, Trevor Thompson, Dave Bell
I think the staff probably knew about Dodson before the official announcement was made, or at least had some insight. In my opinion 2 was and is the magic number. I think they will take two more defensive lineman if they can get them from your list above. They may add just one more. I don't see them stretching on any prospects. I believe they are at 65 returners, which means they are counting on losing 5-6 through attrition already, can't see that number going any higher. 26 is possible, but I believe it'll be 25.
Honestly, Braxton is still the guy I think. He has had a longer track record. I see Barrett getting meaningful snaps and then taking over the following year, provided Braxton doesn't suffer another injury. Cardale is likely a career backup, but a damn good one. I think the fact that Barrett and Jones both have had success is a sign of how well the coaches are doing and how easy the scheme is to pick up. It is QB friendly. I definitely could see some situation where we have both Barrett and Braxton on the field together. It will be hell for them to defend us next year.
I think they add four teams to solidify their conference. It will be Cincinnati, Boise State, BYU, and Memphis. No other changes necessary. Idaho will replace Boise State in Mountain West Conference and AAC just goes to 9.
Agree with ArmyVet83:
An example may be:
I see, Florida State losing to either Miami or Florida, and that takes them out of the playoff discussion in my opinion. Oregon will win out, that will take care of Arizona St., Miss St. will beat Alabama this weekend, knocking them out as well. Miss. State will lose to Ole Miss and be the sole 1 lose team left in the SEC when all is said and done. TCU loses at Texas, and Baylor wins out. So I see the final rankings like this.
1. Oregon 2. Baylor 3. Ohio State 4. Miss. St.
I'd say that is it. Class of 22. If Harris is out then maybe Weber in his place, but the others I'm fairly confident about.
Did anyone notice on that last drive it was 3rd and 1 for Alabama and they had a false start. The refs marched it back five yards and then started the clock again allowing another 25 seconds to wind off the game clock, which prevented ARK from getting the ball back. I guess I was unaware of this and assumed the clock would stop on an offensive penalty. With that rule, a team could just tell their line to continuously false start and you could run the clock out no matter what? Clarification if any of you have it.
I am sticking with Clark on this one. I know the idea is bring in the best at every position, but with Barrett, Collier, Burrow, Clark, and maybe Gibson, I think we will have plenty of QB's.
I hate to be redundant, but Burrow is the QB in this class. He is way further along in his development than Gibson. Gibson may still be a QB, but I see a player that would need at least three years to develop. He will in my opinion elect to go to receiver to get on the field sooner.
I'm glad we have a playoff now, it's long overdue, but it just didn't go far enough. I think it should be very simple. 5 power conference champions get automatic bids. Then the selection committee can choose 3 at large teams and seed them. Problem solved.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Mike Denbrook, Notre Dame's offensive coordinator get a look at Michigan and/or Illinois. He was born in Michigan, seems to be a good recruiter and does things the right way.
I'm more worried probably than I should be. In the end I call it 42-24. Our offense keeps rolling and our defense surrenders a couple long plays again.
What a problem to have. I think Braxton is more explosive, and has a better arm. Barrett is a more accurate in the short game and makes really good decisions. Man, it'll be hard to keep one of them off of the field.
More experience yes, but also on that play before the half, not having a safety deep wasn't the best strategic move. I am so glad to see press coverage though. I am much more satisfied with the defense this year than I was last. Grant has been the most consistent, but he is also the oldest. The others will get better with reps. Corners really need to work on turning and finding the ball.
It is absolutely possible. However, we have to win convincingly over the ranked teams in the BIG. Wisconsin, Nebraska, and MSU games will be big.
Missouri if we could still get them makes a ton of sense. I'd then go after Notre Dame one last time. Colorado would be an interesting move as well and move our footprint out west a little further and still be contiguous. Plus Colorado and Missouri are AAU members and Notre Dame has top notch academics as well.
I have felt and still feel that the end game is 5- 16 team conferences with an 8 team playoff. The winner of the 5 power 5 conference championship games would get automatic bids and the other 3 teams would be at large and they would be selected by committee and then they would all be seeded.