Up until seam pass play to Braxton everything seemed to be pretty much as it was through the first 5 games. Then we finally made a pass look like a run with play-action, the defense got sucked in towards the line of scrimmage and there was Braxton all alone in the secondary. Then after this we managed to keep the tempo up and struck quickly with a TD. Most of the rest of the game the offense just seemed more balanced and less telegraphed. I feel good again about what we can do the rest of the season. Maybe Beck is finally getting into the flow of the play-calling.
Matt Hinton is arguably one of the best.
Gimmick offense? Is that you Bert?
I haven't watched the Western Michigan game yet (wedding), but hearing all the chatter about the deep misses sounds to me like a glass half full. Even if the QBs aren't hitting the deep threat, at least we're making the defense respect its presence in the offense and play-calling, whereas in the first 3 games it was rarely even called upon which allowed defenses to creep forward shutting down running lanes. Here's to hoping they keep going downfield, even if they don't connect every time.
With Oregon dropping is anyone discussing the validity of MSU's victory over them? The quality of that appears to be diminishing quickly. Furthermore by most accounts (I haven't seen them play yet) they're not exactly crushing inferior foes (sounds familiar). While MSU usually earns every ounce of their ranking, they might finally be over-ranked.
If we learned anything from last season it's this: who the QB is hardly matters.
If you're worried about that, you're losing the forest for the trees. As Urban has said, it's the offense as a whole, starting with the coach's game planning and play-calling. Get that right and it won't matter who is QB.
Ugh...the 'we're just not executing argument.' If that were the case Meyer would've just said that. It's clearly not, which is why they're digging deeper.
Sort of sounds like what I was hoping for: get Tim Beck more involved in the play calling and game planning.
So the "Dream of the 90s" is alive!
Reminds me of another issue I'm seeing is the lack of play-action in that passing game. Seems that pass plays and run plays are relatively telegraphed (which was a Tressel-offensive problem as well). I think the Meyer-Herman offenses were at their best when play-action was utilized. None of the QBs are so great to be able to sit back in a pocket without the threat of a run game to just dissect the defense.
I don't understand the apparent hesitation to not utilize the QBs in the running game - which is a staple of the offense. It especially makes no sense when you consider the depth at the position which was so evidently exhibited last year when the first two guys went down and we kept going strongly with the third! Cardale's just as capable of running as Tebow or Newton were. While slower and less agile than JT in some ways he's in some ways more ideal in that he can absorb the hits. But if he goes down, bring JT in and keep going, the offense should essentially be the same for both.
I'm also a little disappointed with the lack of creativity given the 3-headed QB monster that OSU is in the year 2015. If I'm not mistaken Braxton hasn't thrown a forward pass yet (is this being saved for the Michigan game?!). And we haven't seen all 3 on the field at the same time yet.
I'm also unclear on the co-OCs. I thought Beck was a co-OC as well. Are there too many cooks in the kitchen?
File this under 'the many beauties of college football' because this simply does not happen in the pros.
I hate to be rude, Braxton but I'd appreciate it if you weren't up late watching Monday Night Football and tweeting away rather than focusing on this week's game. //sarcasm
I'm all in favor of a home and home series with Hawaii!
The biggest surprise to me is the o-line. I thought Herb Hand was supposed to be a good coach, apparently not.
Objectively speaking I thought they looked really good. I've never liked Michigan's away unis, they're really weak in comparison to the iconic home uniform, white top with yellow pants just doesn't work. But the all white with subtle stripes and the iconic helmet was good for them.
Completely agree! I've been looking at that for months and do not like the scheduling at all. It was 5 years ago or so that VT play Boise on Labor Day night, then turned around and played a noon game the following Saturday and lost to a D2 team.
So can we fire up the 'Nick Saban to Illinois' rumor mill?
EDIT: Also funny to think about this on the same day that Spurrier is out throwing shade on other programs (OSU in this case, but does it matter really?). Tress was truly above all of that. DJ summed it up, he was too good for college football.
"Stuck" in Brazil. Rough stuff ;-)
If the B1G got equal treatment in the polls as the SEC Wisconsin would be ranked alongside Georgia. Penn State would be ranked alongside Arkansas.
That's interesting, but I wouldn't draw the Paterno (game passed him by) analogy to Saban so much. I would draw it to a guy like Frank Beamer. Anyway, he is getting passed up somewhat...or maybe more accurately, he is adapting, but reluctantly and perhaps not fast nor fully enough to keep pace.
I think the pressure to win at Alabama is immense and if he starts to falter they'll find a way to show him to the retirement pasture. OR maybe Saban sees it coming and says (as alluded in the Saban to Texas report recently) 'I was never about maintaining a program for the long-term anyway' and I'm leaving to turn School X around.'