Ahhh! Loose seal!
Honestly, I think Northwestern is a completely worthy opponent for the B1G Championship. Venrick Mark is an absolute weapon and both QBs were very impressive.
But I don't see you guys getting past Wisky. It's not that Wisky is better--I don't think they are. It's that you guys will have to play a night game in Madison after your huge game against Ohio State. It's really, REALLY tough for CFB teams to get up for big games two weeks in a row, and it's even harder when you have to go on the road (at night) for that second game. Camp Randall is going to be a zoo.
Making matters worse, Wisky is coming off their bye week. They'll be rested and ready, with a well honed game plan. As a Northwestern grad school alum I'll be rooting for the Wildcats against Wisky. But it ain't gonna be easy.
The weather may help protect NW's terrible secondary, but it'll also make them more one-dimensional on offense. If this game devolves into a muddy tractor pull, we will dominate--especially with NW's best DT (Sean McEvilly) out.
Turnovers are always the wildcard, but I think we win by 2 TDs.
One thought/request for you on these wonderful breakdowns. Is there a way to have the animated GIFs play at half speed? I think that would really help illustrate the points you are making.
The red-shirt on Mitchell is perplexing to me. He was a five-star recruit and really highly regarded. Does Meyer think he's a five-year type of player? Given the lack of depth at linebacker right now, I don't see the benefit of pushing his eligibility back into the 2014 class. Does anyone know if he's been injured or is otherwise underperforming?
I personally like the idea of starting Guiton and then subbing in Braxton. If Braxton plays well, you stick with the hot hand and let him do his thing. But if he struggles or shows affects from the injury, you can put Guiton back in command without actually 'benching' Braxton.
Seconded. ESPN is (thank god) getting out of the recruiting business. Drop those rankings right away. They are polluting the overall results.
Totally agree. Meyer learned some hard lessons at UF--lessons that are still following him around today.
What i really like is that players' return are set in a competitive context. You want your starting spot back after suspension? Go earn it. Frankly, any player who isn't willing to fight to get his job back probably isn't a player you want tying up a scholarship.