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Kurt


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Comment 30 Mar 2015

Bama's ridiculous depth of talent doesn't hurt.  Would you say the same for Pro-Style Michigan State against Oregon?  

In fact, in talent-wise, MSU vs Oregon is probably quite equal.  The offensive scheme makes all the difference.

Comment 30 Mar 2015

Nice to see an article dedicated to this debate.  I've been pondering this issue for years - since 2010 when Tress has Pryor and couldn't get us to the title game at the exact same time that Malzahn had Newton and won it all.

I think when you look to the recent history of the spread-to-run (power spread, zone read) offenses it came down to some coaches deciding that they had nothing to lose but to take a chance by doing something dramatically different to gain some advantage.  In the NFL you have a collection of coaches that are extremely risk adverse and would much rather stick to doing what is known than take a chance on the unknown or untested.  

Often I think NFL coaches (and some college) claim injuries as a reason to not adopt a power spread attack.  But Ross nails it here with the reality that it is much easier to find the skill-set for a power spread qb than a pro-style qb.  As OSU demonstrated you can get 3 or more guys with similar talents and not have to change around the offense entirely if one guy goes down.  I've been surprised that Kelly at Philadelphia hasn't really gone this direction.  I don't know if he truly gets it...

EDIT: This is all without mentioning the quick rebounds many teams have made at the college level from year to year after losing a a multi-year starter.  Just to name a few off the top of my head: Oregon, Auburn, Texas A&M.....Ohio State!   Have all done very well right away with first-year starting QB's with spread offenses.

Comment 25 Mar 2015

As we know from last year our schedule isn't the only factor in earning a top-4 spot.  The schedules of our opponents (or maybe it didn't matter in the end, I get confused) are also relatively important.

So on this front there are a couple key games: 1) Michigan State hosts Oregon and 2) Minnesota hosts TCU.  Honestly a lot of the other non-conference schedules leave a bit to be desired, looking at Indiana and Penn State specifically.

Comment 23 Mar 2015

Because I'm still bitter about the 2011 loss to Kentucky, and I'm certain OSU was by far the best team in the tournament that year, I was looking at that season's roster.  Unless I'm mistaken only 1 guy is in the NBA, Sullinger.  If that doesn't point to Matta doing a hell of a job developing and coaching up a team I don't know what would.

Comment 12 Mar 2015

Urban must be your worst nightmare then.  I mean, what was your reaction when he took a deep shot on our last possession?!

(I personally loved it, the potential payoff was worth the risk.)

Comment 12 Mar 2015

I was at a bar in Brooklyn.  Elliot broke free and it was immediately clear it was going to be a touchdown.  Next thing I know I'm rolling around on the floor of the bar with my brother and a random friend we made that night.  

Comment 12 Mar 2015

Andrew Luck is a one in a million QB, almost any coach can be successful with him throwing darts.

Alex Smith on the other hand is actually very interesting.  Consider this, Smith has been the starting QB for both Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh.  It's not an apples to apples comparison but Urban did go undefeated with him in his offense (also it was Urban that even got Smith NFL-bound).

Yes, we'll see though.  I'm just surprised he would go the route of trying to find the pocket passer versus a multi-talented QB.

Comment 11 Mar 2015

The Buckeyes won the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship with these sticker-covered bangers.

Anyone else notice the author's use of DJ's trademarked term?!

Comment 11 Mar 2015

I had to look it up to confirm, but Jedd Fisch is not the OC at Michigan, that's Tim Drevno.

I'm just going to go ahead and go broken record from here on out: Harbaugh will never get beyond a 10-win season.  He had an incredible athlete in Kaepernick at QB in SF and he now at UM he apparently thinks immobile pocket-passers is the way to go.  I find it hard to think he's a complete moron, so something isn't adding up.

Comment 02 Mar 2015

Haha!  Of course.  Also a number of good craft brews.  And of course a lot of poutine (the best was the Wild Boar Poutine at the restaurant at the peak of Kicking Horse, FYI).

Comment 02 Mar 2015

Yes, that drive was magnificent!

No powder at either.  Just ice.  The top 1/3 of KH was decent, bottom 2/3 a sheet of ice.  Revy was possibly in even worse shape when we arrived, but as the week went on it warmed up making afternoon skiing at least decent on groomers.  Needless to say we didn't travel all the way out there to ski groomers in the afternoon sunshine....  The locals told us it hasn't snowed in Revelstoke since around February 10th.  

Comment 02 Mar 2015

Just got back from skiing in Kicking Horse and Revelstoke.  We timed out trip for the worst season they've had out there in many many years unfortunately.  Regardless the landscape was incredible and the Canadian hospitality is always second to none.  

Comment 23 Feb 2015

Gus Malzahn says it's just a catchy cliche that defense wins championships and that it isn't actually true.  I pretty much agree with him, offenses score points, and ultimately win championships.  But obviously defense helps.  

Regardless: #FireFickell 

Comment 17 Feb 2015

Thanks!  

DJ, shame to see ole Warren G didn't have a cat... he had a flaw after all.

Comment 17 Feb 2015

DJ, I'm a day late with this question, but in light of President's Day, how many presidents have had cats in the White House?  We all know about Bo and many other presidential dogs that have preceded him, but how about cats?  Are cats Un-American?!

Comment 16 Feb 2015

20 years ago (or maybe less) the amount of recruiting coverage we see today would've terrified fans and parents.  I hope that as a whole recruiting coverage will wane in the future, but this is not a good indicator.  I choose to not follow.

Comment 15 Feb 2015

The tricky thing I find about identifying Ohio Buckeyes is differentiating them from Horsechestnuts.  I've seen what I initially (and excitedly) thought to be Buckeyes (both in Europe and US) only to figure out they were Horsechestnuts.  

Here's a helpful link for identification and some differentiation tips: http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/ohiobuckeye 

I did however come across a beautiful line of Buckeyes planted as street trees in Montreal (streetview link) (not all of the trees along here are Buckeyes, in fact only a few are).  If you zoom in on the grass to the left of the tree you'll see a single Buckeye nut.  I gathered a bunch of nuts from around these trees but have yet to make a necklace from them.