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Comment 13 Jan 2015

Cardale Jones played in three huge games, won them all, and played very impressively.  I'd like to know how you think he can't beat out Barrett (Jones is a better passer and runs well) and Miller (coming off a severe injury, injury-prone, not a good passer to begin with).  I honestly have no idea who would win that QB battle.

Comment 01 Dec 2014

Agree with the positive thoughts on Cardale. His skillset is very impressive and his supporting cast will make this much easier.  He truly does have a cannon for an arm, which I think is very exciting in this offense and probably very worrisome for the badgers dcs.  I hope Herman doesn't keep him on a short leash for long. I would anticipate a v tech like scheme early on to force Herman to truly give Cardale the keys to the offense. 

Comment 30 Nov 2014

I agree. That was bad football.  Anyone who is calling that an impressive win didn't watch the game. Texas is terrible and tcu was only slightly better. 

Comment 22 Nov 2014

They should. Ugly wins should be a factor as well. That's all Fsu has been getting lately. 

Comment 22 Nov 2014

Joe burrow threw a touchdown pass to himself tonight in his team' trouncing of desales in the regional final, 52-20. Threw a pass and then caught it for a 12 yard touchdown. Pretty sweet 

Comment 20 Nov 2014

It is a big game but not for that reason.  One could argue that the reason we jumped ahead of Baylor is not simply a perception shift among the panel, but rather, when you get right down to it,  it is because Baylor has the worse loss.  Baylor lost to WVU, who has not beaten a single team in the top 25 besides Baylor.  Virginia Tech, on the other hand, beat both Ohio State and Duke.  West Virginia beating a decently ranked Kansas State team will mitigate some of Baylor's loss, which could turn around and bite Ohio State.  We have to root for Kansas State to win against WVU and then to also beat Baylor.         

Comment 21 Oct 2014

You make some good points, but explain how Guiton was able to distribute the ball to multiple receivers, vertically and horizontally, even though he was working with a group of underachieving wide receivers.

Comment 21 Oct 2014

He is a good fit for what we are doing this year but Braxton would be too. It's amazing how anti-Braxton some people are.

A good fit for what we are doing this year?  This is how the spread offense is designed to work.  Equal threat of run and pass, challenging the defense both horizontally and vertically.   This is not just a phase we are going through because Braxton Miller is hurt.  This is how the offense is meant to operate.  If Braxton could have made the right reads on the defense and executed on the short and mid-range passes, this is what we would have seen last year and the year before that.  The offense was modified to meet Braxton's skill set.  The people you call anti-Braxton have nothing against Braxton Miller; it's the type of offense that his skill set forced onto the coaches, which was heavy on the run and playaction deep pass.  It was an offense that was very successful but ultimately vulnerable to 1) good run defenses and 2) injuring key players (Braxton Miller).  I think we are in a much better position to win those elite games with a well-balanced offense that we have seen over the past couple of weeks.   

Comment 02 Sep 2014

Not sure how much can be gleaned from the Navy game.  Bell was obviously more instinctual and thereby more effective defending against the run, but the focus on this year's defensive overhaul has been pass defense, which must be where Burrows has outplayed Bell in summer and fall workouts.  This question will be easier to answer once we see them up against a team that throws and runs, not just one or the other.

Comment 06 Feb 2014

Spielman and Laurenaitis started as freshman at LB (althouigh I think Laurenaitis' only start was the bowl game because Carpenter was hurt).  What he should have written was that Katzenmoyer was the first true freshman to open up the season as a starting LB. 

Comment 07 Jan 2014

Mich st gets the win but ohio state, after an early season of easy games, got to see that  they are for real. They played a TERRIBLE game and almost won on the road against a decent MSU team. Hate to lose but let's face it, in basketball it doesn't matter till March. Hopefully the guys who brought them back get some confidence and hopefully Ross gets the wake up call he dearly needs. 

Comment 06 Jan 2014

Agreed. It's weird that the passing game can breakdown for a lot of different reasons, and probably the most unlikely of those is what people tend to believe. Do we have great receivers?  Not especially. But they were all big time recruits, they are all fast (some actual track stars), and they have all gone through two years of coaching from a coach we all have a lot of faith in. And yet people still believe that our passing woes are on the WRs.   On most pass plays we have 3 - 5 guys running routes. You can believe on the one hand that all 3 - 5 receivers are not able to run a route where sufficient space is created between the receiver and the defender for a pass to be completed.  And remember also what many football experts say: covering a receiver is the hardest thing to do in football because the QB and receivers have already preplanned the route. And on the other hand you have the possibility that the QB is not able to effectively read the defenses quick enough or to deliver the football into the Windows created.  

Comment 09 Aug 2013

The only reason I'm reading these comments is to understand why the poll didn't read: 100% defense, 0% offense.  Thank you for offering some clarity to that. 

That being said, I'm even more surprised that you're surprised that people think the defense has more to prove.  Sure, the offense was limited last year, and Miller as a throwing quarterback does have something to prove.  But the fact of the matter is that the offense won games last year and the defense managed to do just enough not to lose them.  I know, there are exceptions to that, but by and large that sums up last year.  Even if Miller's passing is not improved, our offensive scheme will not suffer dramatically.

The major point is that our offense went 12-0 last year.  Almost the whole unit is returning.  That is why people are comfortable.  We know we can win running the ball if we have to.  That it is simple doesn't necessarily negate its effectiveness.

Just to remind you about our defense from last year:  We had to steal a running back from the offense to fill out our linebacking corps.  That same defense is even thinner at linebacker this year, and it is behind a defensive line that is impressive on paper but short on experience.