Man did those 95 and 96 Northwestern teams benefit from not having to play OSU those years. Yes they beat that team up north, but our performance against them was not representative of the team's ability in the Cooper era. I'm of the opinion that OSU would have handled the plucky wildcats both years. Their resurrection was a nice feel-good story (because they were next-level terrible in the 80s, and pretty bad in the 70s and early 90s), but I think us being off their schedule ultimately bolstered their record.
I suspect the Russian diplomat used Sambo, since it's a Russian martial art (whereas Krav Maga is Israeli, and Jujitsu is originally Japanese but has a more modern and better known Brazilian format).
When ESPN low-balled the B1G for their media rights and said take it or leave it, but if you don't take our offer you're rolling the dice. I've always loved Delany's response which was: "Consider them rolled."
EasyE, if you click on the tag (100 teams in 100 days), then it comes up with a chronological list of all of these posts. Here is that link: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/100-teams-in-100-days
While this is true, if you look at the comparison of the teams that both played (USC, MSU, Northwestern) it appears that we were the better team (just came up short in one game). If the playoff had come decades earlier, I have to believe that this team would have done some serious damage and won it all. Shoulda, woulda, coulda...
It's also mine, Nikola Tesla's, Arthur Ashe's, Ronnie James Dio's, and Sofia Vergara's.
Not to mention that he claimed Holmes is our lone returning starter on the D-Line rather than Lewis.
I'm guessing the OSU staff did teach him the proper stance but didn't have the time to go through film of only him to critique him and tell him where, when, and how he's not applying the proper technique.
High 70s I believe.
I agree about the defense, though additional wrinkles aren't a bad thing if the players understand an execute the current schemes properly.
As for the offense, we all saw the difference between the early/mid-season form and the close of the season when it was finally firing on all cylinders (when Warinner moved to the booth). So I think the biggest change is that they've moved Ed up into the booth permanently (and hired Studrawa), which all happened prior to spring ball (i.e. basically after the MSU debacle).
Abe Simpson dropping truth bombs...
F+ is great, and they seem pretty transparent about wanting to both explain and improve their model.
Our 2016 slate of final 2015 F+ rankings:
It's completely unrealistic, but Bosa. Having that sort of freak talent on the DL will always be welcomed. Obviously if you have the potential to be the #1 overall pick, you go. But since you asked...
I have to disagree with the loss to MSU in '13. Our secondary wasn't up to the task that year. They had the talent, but until Chris Ash came to town our D wasn't quite ready to help deliver a Natty (the talent was there, just not appropriately utilized: e.g. Pitt Brown starting over Vonn Bell until the bowl game).
It's plausible, though not likely, that the committee could leave UNC out even if they beat Clemson. While people have (correctly) stated that last year our fate set a precedent (i.e. that conference champions from a conference with a championship game that only have 1 loss will still get in), Baylor's fate from last year is also informative. Baylor was punished last year because of their soft schedule (at least partially). You want a soft schedule, look no further than UNC which boasts 2 victories over FCS squads. In addition they've bested 1 team that was ranked (Pitt was 23rd) when they played and 0 from the current top 25. If you bust out the FEI strength of schedule, they're schedule is 117th most difficult (according to last week's data).
This isn't to say that they'd be left out even if they beat Clemson, but it may be more nuanced than just a binary decision. Did UNC look awful as Clemson managed to finally Clemson themselves into a loss? We probably have good shot. Did UNC look like we did last year against Wisconsin? Then UNC is playoff bound. Somewhere in between? That's where the rubber meets the road, but we'll still have a chance (not a great one, mind you, but a chance).
In the end I doubt it will matter; while Clemson may be more likely to lose than Alabama (against a Florida team sans offense), that isn't saying much.
Came here to say just this, and that Bert is not thinking outside the box. Bert is taking a good idea that someone else developed and claiming it's his.
First thing that popped into my mind when I saw that list was this:
This is most of it, but not all of it. There were a couple more:
3) Execution in the red zone. Some of these were penalties, but there were also plenty of poorly executed plays (a glaring example being Cardale missing an open Thomas). Both offensively and defensively they seemed to play mediocre to bad in the red zone (the defense's exception being at the end of the game).
4) 3rd downs. We were bad on 3rd down yesterday (2 for 14). The play-calling was sub-optimal at times (and other times downright confusing), and sometimes penalties contributed there as well. During the magical 3 game stretch last year Cardale seemed to pull a rabbit out of his hat quite often on 3rd down (be it scrambling, throwing, or a combination of both), but he and the entire offense just didn't have it yesterday.
Yeah, one of the fronts they ran when expecting pass was: Hubbard, Bosa, Washington, and Lee. That's clearly their best pass-rushing front, and one that will likely get some pressure without having to bring an extra man.
I think VT certainly would have scored more with Brewer at the helm, but I seriously doubt they would have been able to keep pace with the Buckeye offense in the 2nd half. So I think dodged a bullet is a bit too strong, rather we wouldn't have been able to get 2nd stringers reps as the game would have been closer (we also would have had to keep our foot on the gas as well).
But take a closer look at the Wisconsin/Northwestern series, the last time the home team lost in that series was 2000. Past results don't ensure future results and all that, but the safe bet is on Wisconsin because it's at Camp Randall (if it were at Ryan Field, then Northwestern would be the safe bet).
Okie State is a historic power and coached by a legend (John Smith). But that's one addition to a rather short list of non-B1G wrestling power houses.
There's a lot of empty middle of nowhere type of suck in the 330 as well (I'm from that portion).
At least according to these sources he did not do so on the regular, so this could be where some confusion is coming into play:
I could be wrong, but I thought that was one of their TEs; making it even more impressive.
Lee is an animal that was all over the field. Can't wait to see what he's able to do next year.