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Or his ankle, that's pretty similar to how JT got rolled up with his leg pinned.
I think it just has to do with arm strength, not accuracy or timing or defense reading. Some of those can be learned but can't teach a dude to throw like Aroldis Chapman and it's easy to identify off of small sample sizes. His back foot bomb TD to Devin Smith while getting hit was proof of his arm strength, plus he likely has visited OSU's practices and watched spring game film as well.
Definitely between that and the Michael Thomas catch and run right before half. That was a dagger that took all the wind out of their sails.
Great minds or something...
Look at Alabama's class that year and you'll know why. Ours was great, but theirs was out of this world.
Not sure they are that far behind. They have had a string of very good recruiting classes, they just didn't have anyone to develop them. Harbaugh is clearly pretty good at that since at Stanford his players were typically much less talented. They will be able to turn it around pretty quickly with the right guy in place. And Harbaugh seems as well suited as anyone to be that guy.
I'd say it is close. They have a past of producing great HCs and he can recruit Texas. I wouldn't be surprised if he has better teams there than he would if he ended up at a B1G team right after OSU (unless that B1G team was Michigan). While we'll never know that answer, I would be willing to bet that Houston will be better than about half of the B1G during his tenure there.
I would argue that Houston might be a better job than about half of the B1G jobs.
Awesome for Tom. Hopefully we can get a replacement soon to lock down the offensive studs we have recruited.
Not sure that would have mattered, he's a young guy that clearly wanted to be a head coach. It was going to happen, and Houston seems like an ideal fit for him at this point in his career.
Win-win for OSU. If we keep him then we get to keep the best OC in the country, if we lose him then it just solidifies Urban as a producer of great assistants so we should be able to attract a great replacement. Herman deserves a shot for sure.
But nowhere near 1.5 million in Tuscaloosa, AL.
This attitude might have worked 20-30 years ago, but not so much anymore. It has to be about the right guy for the job and the job is winning games.
That would be a solid hire, I think Paul Chryst is the guy there though.
This sounds fairly similar to the incident between Storm Klein and his significant other. There was a disagreement and she became upset when he asked her to leave. There was some altercation in this case a push in that case grabbing if I recall and then police were called. It is understandable that these types of situations can get contentious, but someone as strong as Barrett has to be careful because any physicality can lead to unintended and definitely unwanted outcomes. Hopefully for everyone's sake no one was hurt and people can move on amicably.
I am not convinced a conference championship is necessary. This year it seemed to matter, but if OSU and FSU lost the last game of the season, they would have had 2 teams in the playoff and everyone would have said it was an advantage to not have to play a game. Making that call with only one data point seems not too smart.. Now there are other reasons that can be helpful, notably money, but just making the playoffs shouldn't be the only reason.
I posted the same thing in the other thread. Jumping to the conclusion that a championship game is necessary is very shortsighted after 1 year. People would have been complaining about how it was an unfair advantage had OSU and FSU lost on Saturday.
What's funny about everyone saying that they must expand because the have to have a conference championship game is that not having one very nearly made them the only conference with 2 entrants in the playoff. Say 2 of the three ahead of them lost in their championship games, everyone would have been saying how it wasn't fair that they had no championship game and how it is easier for them to get in without one. One data point is a dumb way to analyze a trend.
Does Saban really seem like the type of coach that puts up with a sense of entitlement? He comes from the Belichik school of GTFO if you don't want fit into this team.
The nice thing about this is getting him and Marshall on the field at the same time. That way if Marshall goes wildcat you can still have a true H-Back in there with him.
Not sure, but I thought he looked great last night. I know that the game was over so that may have impacted things, but he looked tougher than Elliott between the tackles. However he isn't the home run threat that Elliot or Samuel are. Pretty amazing that Dunn and Ball are our 3-4 backs. They have both been impressive whenever they touch the ball.
One game does not a season make. Just as it is ridiculous that people have wanted him fired for a bad performance there is no need to anoint him after one great one. I think the key take away from this season is that we are clearly making significant progress on that side of the ball. What we probably need right now more than anything is continuity so that the kids don't have to learn new things again. We ought to be able to retain all of our defensive coaches after losing 2 last year, that should help a lot for the future.