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Comment 16 Dec 2014

Have they did as much on the field? Nope. On paper according to recruiting services they may have looked better but the results show otherwise, so far at least.

One of those wait and see kinds of things. A lot of highly-rated guys who we don't know a whole lot about, because frankly with their depth Bama hasn't needed them (thinking of players like Reuben Foster, Altee Tenpenny, Robert Foster, etc.). At the moment I'd give the nod to OSU's 2013 class as well. The only players on that Bama list that really stand out to me as difference makers are Derrick Henry and OJ Howard -- though admittedly I don't watch Bama week to week.

Comment 14 Dec 2014

I think the key to the game will be Bama's red zone defense (#58) vs. OSU's red zone offense (#61). Both are much better than their rating, and Alabama's ability to hold Auburn to 4 field goals in the first half from inside the 20 yard line was the difference in that game (12 points from field goals vs. 28 points from TDs would have = a 16 point difference. Auburn lost by 12).

OSU HAS to cash in on chances inside the 20. Make it count and put 7 on the board, rather than settle for 3. Their red zone defense has won a lot of games for Bama over the last 5-6 years.

Comment 12 Dec 2014

@All-Neo69: I believe you're thinking of DT Adam McLean (one-time PSU commit, friend of Matt Burrell, but now committed to Maryland).
 

Comment 12 Dec 2014

Any idea what position he projects for, Birm? I've heard some mix of OLB/DE, was curious as to whether you believe OSU is recruiting him at a specific position.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

Love hearing Indiana RB Tevin Coleman say he thinks Ohio State wins the college football playoffs.

Seems like one of the few B1G guys sticking up for another B1G team these days.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

I was surprised by that as well.

Craddock was 18/19 (94.7%) this year, Aguayo was 25/27 (92.6%) -- so I guess it was closer than I thought.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

I've had pretty much the same reaction. Not trying to bash him at all, he is a great fit in Alabama's system. Sure tackler, very powerful. Doesn't strike me as necessarily a great fit in OSU's outside of a pure run-defending MLB. Not fast enough from what I've seen to be consistently effective in pass coverage. The OSU defensive scheme really calls for the MLB to help out in pass defense, though (as we've seen from Curtis Grant's struggles last year), which I don't think is his strength at all from what I've watched of him.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

Very true, I wouldn't say it's one particular style of offense that works persay. The key to me IRT what works against Bama is pretty simple (in theory, harder to do in reality) -- be aggressive, protect your QB [especially from their blitzes, which come essentially every 3rd and medium-to-long in Kirby Smart's defense], and find mismatches when possible; especially in pairing up your WRs against their LBs in pass coverage (they, a lot like OSU this year actually, like to stick to packages that are LB-heavy rather than introducing extra DBs). The key to Bama's defense is shutting out your running game first, which means a lot of leaving their DBs on an island. Doesn't always hurt them because their secondary is very talented, especially Landon Collins at Safety, and because their pass rush has been very good this year. However, if you CAN protect against their pass rush, that's when you start to see a lot of those long passes being completed that have been mentioned. The key is to keep your QB upright long enough for the WRs to be able to run those long routes in the first place.

Alabama's pass defense is #58 in the country, that is not on par with what they have been in years past. What that says to me is that there's a weakness to be exploited. Key is whether OSU can give Cardale the protection he needs to make those throws, and whether the OSU WRs can win their one-on-one matchups. They have been lately, let's just hope it continues!

Comment 10 Dec 2014

I have the forum bookmarked, so I don't access 11w through the main page. Many others don't as well.

Comment 10 Dec 2014

Typically for commitments we have one main page thread and one forum thread for those who never go to the main page.

Comment 10 Dec 2014

Link to Travis Haney piece from last week that explains Andersen was supposedly becoming increasingly frustrated with:
1) Wisconsin's academic standards that were hurting his recruiting efforts
2) Wisconsin's unwillingness to pay their assistant coaches what they would get elsewhere (i.e. SEC, Pac 12, etc.)

B1G essentially loses another top coach (as much as many of us hate Beilema, he IS a good coach) because of their unwillingness to pay comparable to other big conferences.
 

Comment 10 Dec 2014

Yep, that's why I could only remember the starters haha. I'm sure there are a lot of other SRs and JRs that I left off.

Comment 10 Dec 2014

That grid made me wonder -- is there any chance Joel Hale could take a redshirt for this year if he wanted one? I can't recall whether he's taken many snaps this year (though he might have with the 2nd team/in clean up time).

Comment 10 Dec 2014

Yeah, Decker is interesting in terms of how highly he will be appraised by pro scouts. Personally I think he's been fantastic all year.

Comment 10 Dec 2014

Just some folks off the top of my head:

Evan Spencer (SR)
Steve Miller (SR)
Doran Grant (SR)
Curtis Grant (SR)
Rashad Frazier (SR)
Darryl Baldwin (SR)
Adolphus Washington (JR) -- hopefully will come back but may get some pro looks
Nick Vannett (JR) -- likely to come back I'd hope but may get some pro looks
Josh Perry (JR) -- likely to come back I'd hope
Tommy Schutt (JR) -- likely to come back I'd hope
Armani Reeves (JR) -- likely to come back I'd hope
Taylor Decker (JR) -- hopefully will come back but may get some pro looks
Michael Thomas (RS Soph [I believe]) -- hopefully will come back but may get some pro looks

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Man, would have been interesting to see what Marshon Lattimore could have added (even if only on special teams) to this already insanely talented team this year! Dang season ending injuries!

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Yeah, not a fan of the black numbers on top either.

Based on the picture earlier in this thread, looks like it might be a 60s throwback. Personally if they were going to go with the gray striped shoulders, I wish they would have gone full-blown nineties with the ridiculously-large white numbers in front and on top:
 

Comment 09 Dec 2014

I watch a fair amount of B1G Network, and I'd agree with this.

The one thing I would say, the anti-B1G views I hear on the network, always tend to originate from their show "Big Ten & Beyond" which is a show where they bring in sports analysts from around the country. That is the one show that does frustrate me. If we're watching BTN, obviously we're fans of a team affiliated with the conference, so why would we want to watch a show on the network where they bring in fools like Pat Forde to bash it? It seems completely counter-intuitive to me. While I don't need the SEC level of drooling over ourselves, don't really care to listen to people who have anti-B1G biases on the Big Ten Network itself, it makes no sense. Especially when we can go to ESPN or the SEC Network for that.

Speaking of networks, outside of Clay Travis (who they employ for who knows why), I've really enjoyed Fox Sports 1's coverage of college football this year.

Comment 08 Dec 2014

I don't know if it's a fair comparison, but I saw a few Alabama fans on the 247 blue board who compared him to Mark Ingram. Not saying he necessarily projects to have the same sort of career obviously, but I think the comparison is intriguing. Mark Ingram was a 4* (#167 on Rivals) coming out of high school, which is comparable to Weber, and one thing I do think they both share is despite being somewhat small, they have tremendous lower body strength. Also great vision, maybe not track speed but very fast, great burst. Ingram ended up being a Heisman-caliber player, which is why it's not fair to compare them now, but the fact that several Bama fans agreed on the Ingram comparison (i.e. people who watched a lifetime more Ingram snaps than I did) kind of caught my attention. 

Comment 08 Dec 2014

maybe it's sour grapes but he could've gone to bat for the bigten a little there

I agree. Doesn't necessarily help national perception that even the B1G isn't sticking up for the B1G. Minnesota player says TCU is better than OSU, MSU player says Oregon is better than OSU. Glad OSU isn't drinking the same anti-B1G kool-aid the rest of these guys are drinking, otherwise they wouldn't even suit up for the game against Alabama. 

Comment 08 Dec 2014

I think location-wise it'd be a good move for him, but honestly if he stays at OSU another year or two, I think he can get a bigger profile job. If that's what he wants, of course. Part of the reason Chad Morris had to take the SMU job (rather than a bigger job) was that his stock was on the downturn (he was still highly thought of, but not as much hype as he'd had a year or two ago). I only see Herman's stock growing if OSU can find a way to win a national title in the next year or two.

There are lower-ranked power 5 teams (ala an Indiana, Kansas, Colorado, what have you) that would probably take a first time head coach if he has the reputation Herman is building at OSU.