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Comment 23 Nov 2015

In our last two losses, the inability to adjust is glaring. 

Not defending the performance of the offense in this game as it was one of the most painful-to-watch games I can remember.

A little perspective on the about quote though:

In between our last 2 losses were 23 consecutive wins with an average score of 41-18

Comment 18 Oct 2015

Anyone's opinion on how uniforms/clothing looks is purely subjective. I am one who thinks the main uniform should never be drastically changed but like the idea of an alternate uniform1 week a season. I haven't liked all of the alternates and was unsure about the idea of the all black but I thought the team and stadium looked awesome last night.

Comment 14 Oct 2015

I keep seeing a link for "The Worlds 10 Most Beautiful Women" with a picture of Sloan from Entourage and haven't minded one bit.

Comment 12 Oct 2015

The reason he would leave Houston for Maryland is simple. Because of conference affiliation an undefeated Maryland team is a virtual lock to be in the playoff, while the same can't be said for Houston.

Comment 08 Oct 2015

I really enjoy the Film Study articles Kyle does, and any X & O's articles are great.

What NorCal, I believe, was referring to was breakdowns like this:

Michigan St

Then there were also the Film Study articles as well.

Michigan St

These 2 articles together were great at showing what happened on the field the previous week.

Comment 06 Oct 2015

According to CBSSports.com Jalin Marshall has touched the ball 115 times since the beginning of last season and fumbled the ball 5 times. That means he fumbles on 4.3% of his touches, which didn't seem like a lot to me.

For comparison though, Zeke has touched the ball 414 times since the beginning of last season and fumbled 4 times which is 0.97% of his touches.

Comment 01 Oct 2015

A simple but effective rule for reading run/pass is the "hi-hat/lo-hat" rule.

Attacking LB’s and overhang players with RPO’s (Run/Pass Option) is a big part of IU’s offensive scheme.

Couldn't RPO's make the "hi-hat/lo-hat" rule ineffective? Offensive line run blocks, slot receiver runs a route and the QB reads the safety.

Comment 01 Oct 2015

It sounds like Indiana's offense is going to be pretty much the same thing that our defense sees in practice every day.

Shotgun and Pistol formations, 11 personnel, inside zone, buck sweep, flash and bubble screens as constraint, RPOs, deep shots off playaction... sounds like the Buckeye offense of the last couple years to me.

Comment 29 Sep 2015

Something additional I noticed on both of these plays is that the left guard slides over to the right side of the line in pass protection. Is this to make the linebackers hesitate or come up to play the run, even though nothing the QB or RB is doing sells the playaction?

Comment 24 Sep 2015

This exactly. As Kyle explained in his last Film Study, mental mistakes are really killing any offensive momentum. Multiple bad snaps by the center, or a good snap that is mishandled/fumbled by the QB, have thrown off the timing of plays. Illegal motion, holding, and false start penalties have negated positive plays or put the offense behind the chains seemingly every drive. QBs have missed open receivers, everyone is missing blocks, receivers are running routes short of the first down.

Mental mistakes of all kinds, from every position, are what is slowing this offense right now.

Comment 21 Sep 2015

It seems to me like one of Barret's strength is making the correct decisions on time, both in the option-run game and the run/pass option packaged plays. Maybe we'll see more of both if JT is the full-time starter.

Comment 21 Sep 2015

It was mentioned in the article that the sweep play was called often to some success and the multiple penalties and other mental errors kept it from being more successful. 

Additionally, the Buckeyes regularly called for the crack-sweep that many of us know so well from its success in the Sugar Bowl.....

But the success of this concept perfectly captures why the Buckeye offense struggled so much that afternoon. On the game's opening play from scrimmage, Samuel galloped for 25 yards with this exact play-call, only to see it negated by an illegal motion penalty

Comment 14 Sep 2015

I don't know about the specific scheme our secondary is playing in any of these examples. The general idea though, is that on 3rd-and-long the defense will gladly give up a short completion allowing the defensive backs to come up and make the tackle short of the first down marker. If your DBs are not consistently making that tackle than that's obviously a problem, but I believe this is the general idea.

Comment 09 Sep 2015

There are 11 players listed here as WR in the depth chart, plus 2 at H-B and 3 at RB. Is this just a reflection of how many players are likely to see the field against Hawaii, or does the depth chart normally show 16 "skill-position" players?

A couple things I find interesting:

1. Marshal and Wilson listed as WR not H-B

2. Torrance Gibson not one of the 9 WRs listed here. Is this still injury related?

Comment 03 Sep 2015

I'm with you on this one. I can never bring myself to actively cheer for _ichigan, and last season proved that Ohio State doesn't need the Big Ten to be good to make the playoffs and win the National Championship, but I don't think there is much argument against Big Ten teams beating teams from other major conferences helping our chances.

Comment 25 Aug 2015

Against Illinois earlier in the year, Noah Brown is in the spot Spencer manned on this play.

Buck Sweep vs Illinois

It looks like the backside linebacker (#52) is being held backside by the option-read. When Brown comes to set the crack-back block, only the playside linebacker is there. Brown would possibly have gotten in the way of the backside linebacker as well had he followed the play.

Against Bama, the backside linebacker (#33) follows the play only to be taken out by Spencer's block. Spencer is probably supposed to come in short motion just like Brown does in the play against Illinois, but is able to make the block either way.

Comment 24 Aug 2015

This was my thought as well. Sort of reminded me of the sex talk that is often given to teenagers now. Instead of preaching abstinence it's "No matter what we say we know you are still going to have sex, so just make sure you use a condom."

In this case it's "No matter what we say we know that some of you idiots are still going to do something stupid, so just make sure you have a fall guy."

Comment 18 Aug 2015

A couple stories of intangibles make me think that JTB will be the starter.

  1.  JTB gave the pre-game pep-talks and appeared to still be the leader of the team during the playoff games.
  2.  As many others here have brought up, Braxton went to JT for offseason work when he was working on becoming a receiver.

As far as I understand it, the QB can affect the run game in a couple ways in Urban's offense.

  1.  The QB can "block" a defender by reading him on read/option plays.
  2.  Defensive backs can be forced to stay off of the line-of-scrimmage because of the threat of the passing game.

Cardale threatens with the deep pass more than JT does, but I think that JT is better able to use both tools to keep defenders off of the base run game.