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Comment 09 Dec 2014

In this day and age it is all too common to blame the victim for assault.  So sad.  Wisconsin fans who even consider this a reality need to put down that crack rock. 

Comment 06 Dec 2014

This is a good Wisconsin team, not a great team.  They have a great RB but that is the extent of their elite talent.  Their QB can be good, he can just as easily be really horrible.  I'd be a lot more concerned about playing Michigan State tonight and Sparty wasn't close to being as good as they were last year. 

Their defense is sound and well coached but they've had some really bad offensive opponents.  The decent offenses they've played are one dimensional and they had the good fortune of seeing a hobbled Abdullah and hobbled Cobb down the stretch. 

If OSU plays inspired, at their peak of ability football they could smoke Wisconsin and I mean Urban Meyer blitzkrieg shock and awe dismantling. Urban has a history of doing this in huge games with teams who are being counted out.   If OSU goes out and plays a solid game it will be close but I still think our talent overwhelms them.  It will take a downright poor outing by OSU on both sides of the ball to lose this game.

Comment 06 Dec 2014

Gordon had 15 carries last year because he left the game with an ankle injury and couldn't come back.  He dinged his hip against Iowa and his ankle against Minnesota.  His per carry average dropped a lot against both of those teams. 

Gordon is not close to 100% and after back to back weeks of 30 carry games with 300 touches overall. The season is starting to catch up with him. We owe Iowa and Minnesota a cold beer because they both laid the wood on Gordon.  This kid at 75% is still ultra talented but it can't hurt to see him a step slower. 

The bigger worry for Wisconsin fans is their OL.  Their veteran center is limited at best but likely out.  They are talking about burning a redshirt on a kid because their OL depth has taken some hits and they are already reshuffling their line. 

Comment 05 Dec 2014

Gordon went for 260 against Northwestern but for some reason he couldn't find the end zone more than once.  The QB's were god-awful, under 50% passing and 3 costly INT's. 

I'll take Gordon getting 260 if we limit them to 14 points all day long.  People would whine about the run D but I could care less what he does between the 20's. 

Comment 05 Dec 2014

Wisconsin hasn't played a single dynamic offense with multiple threats this year.  No teams with speed and power combos, multiple big play receivers and multiple ball carriers who combine speed and power the way OSU does. Their toughest game on paper was Nebraska and a one-legged Ameer Abdullah showed up.  OSU and Wisconsin shared 4 common opponents and had virtually identical defensive stats.  Considering the fact that no one believes OSU is a monster D, guess what, neither is Wisconsin. 

Now, going by the numbers Wisconsin's offense has played some pretty terrible defenses en route to their lofty stats.  Only LSU ranks ahead of Ohio State as a defense.and they shut Wisconsin down after halftime and sent Gordon to the bench.  Iowa's D did good things against the Badgers and put their offense in position to win the game.  Northwestern held them to 14 points, Gordon rushed for 260 and they lost. 

Wisconsin's success is a factor of their schedule as much as anything. 

Comment 05 Dec 2014

You can hate Fickell all you want but he didn't start Boren over Shazier, that is just plain wrong. 

Zach Boren took over at MIKE for Storm Klien when it was clear Klien was too hurt to play a full game.

Ryan Shazier is a prototypical WILL LB and would have been far too small to play MIKE.  He took over the WILL job from Andrew Sweat about the same time Boren came over to the defense. 

Comment 05 Dec 2014

Wisconsin's D should be really leery of this offense because they haven't seen anything close to this much talent on the field at the same time.  Add in the wrinkle that they have limited looks into what Cardale does as a QB. 

They've played a lot of one dimensional teams with a running back as the primary offensive weapon and no real secondary weapons.  They also got to see Abdullah with an MCL sprain and Cobb with a gimpy hamstring.  Cobb still worked their D over for 125 yards.  They are a great D on paper but that is where it ends, they are a decent D on the field. 

Cardale, Jalin and Zeke in the backfield at the same time presents a dizzying array of options.  It is beyond anything Wisconsin has seen in terms of power and speed from multiple players going in different directions.  

Comment 05 Dec 2014

If he gets 225 on 30 carries then OSU has done enough. MG3 is going to get a couple big runs, just count on that now because he has done it just about every time he suits up.  If he gets 80-100 yards on 2 touches it means OSU effectively controlled him 28 times and that is a win against an All American caliber back.  Gordon's legs are far from fresh as Iowa and Minnesota made him earn it the hard way the past 2 weeks. 

Stave isn't going to beat us.  Had a career best game against us last year and Wisky lost. 

Comment 28 Nov 2014

VT is 5-6 with 11 FR starting now and injuries to their top 3 RBs, 2 best DL's and their best DB.  If we played them this week we win by 24+. 

Bad luck and youth explains their record. They caught us at our most vulnerable and at their peak. 

Comment 28 Nov 2014

It wasn't a sales job by Hoke it was a "don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out" from Saban. 

Bama's offense was getting pretty stale. They had elite talent all over the field and couldn't move the ball last year. 

Comment 24 Nov 2014

Gibson is exciting in a lot of ways but I just see his 6'4 200 pound frame as too small to be running wildcat a lot as a FR.   He needs to pack on at least 20-25 pounds to be effective in college over the long haul, 30-35 would be ideal but might be hard to accomplish.  If he evolves into a QB he will be running about 15 times a game in Meyer's offense.  At a hair over 200 pounds and closer to 6'5 than 6'3, he needs mass.

If Miller and JT are both in the QB room there is about a 1% chance Gibson sees the field.  If they really feel he is QB material they will redshirt him and test his resolve.  Allow him to prove he can take the mental reps and workouts. 

Comment 22 Nov 2014

Spence's appeal comes down the the B1G reclassifying MDMA/MDA as recreational drugs instead of PED's as they are currently listed.  If they do, he can be reinstated and his 12+ games suspended would be a season's worth of games. 

MDMA/MDA are types of amphetamines and as a result considered PEDs.  They are a far cry from Adderral or any of the daily use amphetamines that are used as  PEDs.  MDA/MDMA might enhance your performance on the dance floor but they sure as hell don't help you on a football field or in film study/game prep. 

Here is to hoping they see Spence's use as recreational illegal drugs and not PED's. 

Comment 18 Nov 2014

I think we have a great blend of talents in the QB room.  Only one guy can be the starter and we will have six deep next fall.  It really helps guys like Gibson who need a year in a strong QB room to really develop.  If he came into a program where there wasn't a defined leadership structure it could be very tempting for a staff to put him on the field before he is ready. 

Comment 14 Nov 2014

If Minnesota can't pressure Barrett he will eat them alive.  The only teams who have given him trouble are VT and PSU who did it with pressure from the middle.  Edge pressure doesn't seem to phase him at all. 

Minny has not dealt with spread packages well at all.  Purdue rushed for close to 300 with read option and they Boilermakers have zero vertical passing threat. 

The D has to show up ready to slow Cobb down early and give the O a chance to build a lead.  Cobb will wear a team down but he can't do it if Minny is behind.  Leidner passing more than 20 times in the game is bad news for Minnesota.  They are most effective when he throws around 15 times. 

Minnesota has no margin for error in this game and need a major letdown by OSU to win.  OSU can play decent and win.  If OSU plays as well as they have the past couple weeks this is a 3 score win no matter what Minnesota brings. 

Comment 09 Nov 2014

Some of it was line control but Langford is one hell of a RB.  Power and speed with a major attitude.  I think he has a huge NFL future, better than the guys BTN talks about every night. 

Comment 06 Nov 2014

Cook is taking more risks this year and has a much higher INT to attempt ratio than last season.  If OSU can get him throwing he will give up a costly INT.  His best passes come from a well-formed pocket.  He has real trouble on the run with decision making and targeting.  If OSU can force him to climb in the pocket or leave it, the odds he throws instead of passes go way up. 

His footwork is his undoing at times.  Guy has a huge arm but shuffles his feet and tries to rely on his arm strength.  Nebraska gave him fits last season and this season.  His comp rate was well below average and accuracy was not there, likely our coaches took a good look at the pressures they used both this year and last year. 

Keep Cook unsettled and bottle up Langford as best we can on the early downs and it will disrupt their O badly.  I'd expect Langford to get his 100+ but it is keeping him south of 120 and keep him out of the second level.  If he has to earn 110 on 30 carries, we should be in great shape. 

Comment 06 Nov 2014

Harbaugh is linked to a few NFL teams. The Bears, Dolphins and Raiders all have feelers out.  Harbaugh played in Chicago for 6 years so one could pull the "sentimental" card out for them as easily as they could for Michigan. The Dolphins are owned by fellow "michigan man" Stephen Ross.  Oakland would allow him to have a third job and stay in his Palo Alto home. 

20+ years in the NFL as a player or coach.  Three straight trips to the door of the NFL pinnacle and three straight disappointments.  Meanwhile Brother John has a ring. 

So many things point to him staying focused on his biggest goal, a Lombardi Trophy. 

Michigan might have a soft spot in his heart but a guy at the peak of his career with a goal in mind doesn't take a step back.  It would be very un-Harbaugh like for him to take his eye off the prize. 

Comment 05 Nov 2014

Cook is throwing picks at a higher rate this year than last.  1 out of 37 attempts this year, 1 out of 63 attempts last year.  Big increase in frequency.  He is averaging 24 passes per game this year, fewer than last year.  When he goes past his average he has thrown at least 1 INT in every game.  Above average passing attempts doesn't bring more TD's, he is good for 1-2 per game regardless.  Get him throwing and the secondary should get a couple INT's.  Cook makes some really bad throws when his feet aren't set. 

His worst game of the year came against Nebraska.  It was 46 and rainy at kickoff, the rain stopped and it stayed cool. He was pretty erratic, missing open receivers and he had a hard time putting together drives. Nebraska wasn't pressuring very well and it was mostly on Cook rather than a hostile D. Game time forecast is for 36 degrees and tapering rain.  If Cook is not a bad weather QB this is great news for OSU. 

The two teams are close across the board.  OSU has more weapons on offense but a lot more youth on the depth chart.  17/22 starters for MSU are RSJR or older.  Meanwhile OSU counts about 30 FR/SO/RSSO on their depth chart. 

Neither team has put together a solid 4 quarter game against anyone with a pulse.  MSU allowed 31 points to Purdue and their FR QB had the ball with 1:45 and a chance to tie the game.  The near-meltdown against Nebraska has to loom large for Sparty and there were a lot of gems on the Oregon film that should give OSU some D-breakers. 

I like our chances to pull off a big win in East Lansing.  We haven't played our best game yet, now is the time. 

Comment 04 Nov 2014

ESPN picked the three worst plays of the season and presented it as the norm.  The two UC plays and the MD coverage with Burrows were bad but pretty far from the norm.  The Apple and Grant plays were unfortunately more typical but I have seen Apple be more aggressive.

I think the first three plays were early season problems that have been fixed.  Grant is at his ceiling and while he is ok whoever takes his spot next season will have a higher ceiling.  I think Apple is getting better every time out and while he still has some developing to do we haven't seen his game plateau.  He'll start to make those 50/50 plays more frequently.