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Comment 05 May 2016

You know what, I don't know if you were trying to be funny or if you're just really insightful, or both, but it looks like this guy actually did cut his teeth under Jim Harbaugh.  Looks like he was a grad assistant at Stanford in Harbaugh's last season.

Hard to think he developed this disposition and quick temper under David Shaw or Frank Beamer.

Comment 05 May 2016

I think the difference between what J. Harbaugh and Z. Smith do is that they "cryptically" tweet things about other coaches or schools, not about players, commits or former commits.  I don't remember either of them crossing that line.  

Comment 01 May 2016

While this article takes time to point out the negative things that happened to the SEC this weekend, it failed to mention that this weekend also served as yet another reminder that the SEC is still the most athletic conference in the country.  As usual, the SEC had more draft picks than any other conference.  51 vs 47 for the B1G

Article Here

Bad publicity paired with empirical evidence that SEC PR types can spin into conference superiority.  They'll take that trade.  Is that really a TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD WEEKEND?  A successful draft and conference bragging rights?  Is that as bad as it gets for the SEC?

Comment 27 Apr 2016

Just because someone gets benched or has a bad game doesn't mean that they sucked, are a bad football player or that they don't have the skills to be successful in the right situation.  For instance, Cardale Jones was benched this year after several bad games.  In fact, while you said the UTSA game was one of the worst you've seen, O'Korn's QB rating was 70 and his QBR (espn metric) was 10.  But, Cardale Jones' against NIU this year had a QB rating of 33 and a QBR of 6.  Yet, this week, some team is going to draft Jones (despite being benched) because they think he has the skills to succeed in certain situations.    

Comment 26 Apr 2016

Here's an article that disagrees with you.  It was written about a week ago.  Author thinks Michigan State's depth chart losses are misleading.  Andy Staples,  It essentially argues the MSU rotates so many players (including on the O Line???) that while they lose starters, they still return lots of experience.  It's essentially saying what you said about the OSU D Line from the bowl game applies to MSU as well.  First time starters (and people returning from injury), with experience.

"We've just tried to make that a given to give guys experience," Dantonio said. "So when we do have guys go down or guys graduate, we have some experience. We're not starting fresh all the time. It's a luxury to have that. You have to play yourself to that."

Comment 23 Apr 2016

See, I disagree with this kind of idea.  The idea that one game is "all that matters" is near-sighted, in my opinion.  This comment fails to address the big picture.  I think we need to keep in mind what is best for a player's overall career.  Let's assume he accepted Tressel's offer and then got coached up by Meyer.

Cooper won a national championship with Alabama in 2012, catching 2 TDs in the national title game.  If he had "chose better" he could have been sitting home on probation.  Also, he would have one conference championship to his name if he had chosen OSU, but he won two SEC championships at Alabama.  Lastly, and this is just speculation, but I doubt he gets drafted in the first round (yet alone top 5) or wins the Biletnikoff Award if he was a product of Meyer's system.  This system doesn't throw the ball much, and Smith hasn't produced any first round WRs yet.  There was plenty of speculation that Thomas would end that drought, but he wasn't one of the three WR in the mock draft Byrnes linked above.  Cooper had an amazingly successful college career, and most signs seem to suggest he would have been less successful in he went to OSU.

Comment 18 Apr 2016

In the spirit of not "reading too much in to a spring game," we've seen how disappointing it can be to read too much into Meyer's spring QB play. In 2010 (after Tebow left Florida), Florida's spring game led to headlines like: "Brantley Shines in Florida Spring Game."  The article notes: ``Boy, he was good,'' coach Urban Meyer said. ``He was good.''  Brantley threw for 201 yards, 2 TDs on 15-19 passing.  Yet, Brantley finished the 2010 season 10th (out of 12) in SEC passer rating (89th nationally) with a 9-10 TD-INT ratio.   Florida's offense faltered all year and Meyer had his worst season ever at Florida, losing 3 games by at least 3 TDs.  For me, unknown quantities remain unknown quantities until the fall in real game action.  I'm not knowledgable enough about scrimmages and roster depth to know if it's possible to get an accurate read on most position groups during Spring games.  But, I do know that you can't get a good read on QBs.

Comment 08 Jan 2016
Actually, Tennessee was under rated this year. In the preseason AP Poll, Tennessee was ranked number 25. They finished the year number 23, and beat a highly ranked, albeit overrated, northwestern team very badly in the bowl game. They're going to finish top 20, which is pretty good for a team who started the season ranked number 25. Technically they were underrated.
Comment 03 Jan 2016

Don't forget, before OSU plays Oklahoma, they actually have to play against pass happy, Art Briles-inspired Tulsa.  Tulsa actually finished the season ranked higher than Oklahoma in passing yards/game (Tulsa 332 yards/game; Oklahoma 308 passing yards/game)  Since Tulsa doesn't have the athletes (or the defense) Oklahoma will bring, the OSU-Tulsa matchup should provide OSU with an opportunity to practice against a Big 12-inspired passing attack without the real threat of losing.  (When Oklahoma played Tulsa this year, they won 52-38.  I could see a similar outcome for OSU.) 

Comment 17 Dec 2015

I know it's very unpopular to disagree with 11W staff, especially Birmingham, but WorthyBuck makes a very fair point.  Think about this.  OSU hired Larry Johnson in January 2014.  By January 2014, Nick Bosa already had 15 (15!!) crystal balls in favor of Ohio State.  This included a prediction from 11W staff member John Brandon.  Every single prediction was for OSU, not one for a different school.  

Birmingham can argue that Larry Johnson hit a home run with the Nick Bosa commitment, but everyone (including other 11W staff, Gleitman, Kurelic, etc...) all knew he was coming to OSU in 2013, before the Johnson hire.

Comment 17 Dec 2015

Plus I dont see why these DT recruits are not looking at our class saying wow they have 2 5* DE's why don't I be the anchor in the middle to be a dominant?  Just don't get it.

Remember, OSU isn't the only team that has talented players coming in.  Maybe the defensive tackles in question would rather line up next to Auburn players like Marlon Davidson (5*, #2 DE in 2016) and Byron Cowart (5*, #1 DE in 2015, #3 overall) rather than the OSU five stars.  OSU isn't the only school that can put DT's in an advantageous position, and some of those schools are a lot closer to home. 

Comment 12 Dec 2015

True, but he had fewer yards/carry than Cook, Fournette and Royce Freeman.  If you give them equal carries, they pull away from Elliot.  Additionally, people claim that Elliot is the most complete back, and point out his blocking and receiving.  Yet, his yards per reception were way, way below Henry, Freeman, Cook, McCaffrey and Fournette.  Freeman had the best season no one is talking about.

Comment 10 Dec 2015

That's true.  Similarly, I'm sure Nassib couldn't care less who gets drafted before him.  I'm sure he is over the moon that he will get any sort of NFL paycheck.  Dude didn't even earn a scholarship out of high school and he is about to become a rich man.  A truly amazing season.   

Comment 10 Dec 2015

Awards are all about numbers

Not necessarily.  For instance, in this thread, someone mentioned that Shazier should have won the best linebacker award over CJ Mosley in 2013.  But, what most award voters probably noticed was that while Shazier had more tackles, sacks (better numbers) he was also the leader of a very poor defense (There's a reason Ash was brought in after the 2013 season.)  Mosley was the leader of a top five defensive unit.  Perhaps Shazier accumulated so many tackles because teams kept picking up first downs against OSU and he played more snaps.  In 2013, Alabama's defense faced 771 snaps.  Ohio State's faced 1000.   

Comment 09 Dec 2015

It's strange that you would say that.  One Michigan-Ohio State preview I read said the exact opposite of what you just mentioned. (Said he was great, or at least good enough in coverage; a "disaster" in run support.) On MGoblog, the preview claimed 

(Michigan)State overloaded the receivers to one side to make Eli Apple an edge defender. They did best going to the offense's left, since a) Bosa's side has all the stars, and b) Conklin, and c) easier to pass the othe other way, and d) Apple is soo soooooo bad at run D.

They also included video clips showing Apple playing atrocious run support against Illinois.  

Eli Apple's coverage was perfect when they tried him (see video above in the coverage section). With his size and ability, he's easily going to the NFL as a cover corner. There someone will probably teach him to not be a disaster in run defense...That's a running back who barely dives at Apple's feet, and he's dead.

Comment 07 Dec 2015

You know, it's a bit harsh to hold Coker accountable for the Ole Miss loss, or imply he couldn't handle the pressure.  Alabama tried to throw Ole Miss a curveball and they started Cooper Bateman instead.  By the time they went back to Coker, Alabama was already down 17-3.  They actually did outscore Ole Miss 34-26 with Coker in the game.  He didn't play great against Ole Miss (3 TDs: 2 INTs), but Bama has been a better team since they fully entrusted the offense to Coker.

Comment 07 Dec 2015

Plus I think MSU's defense is better than most teams Bama has played so far. I think it will be a tight game.

I don't know.  I just checked the FEI Defensive rankings and Michigan State is ranked 15th.  Coincidentally, the two teams bracketing MSU are Texas A&M (14th) and Georgia (16th.)  Alabama played both those teams and put up 41 and 38 points, respectively..  Bama also put up 29 against Florida and 35 against Wisconsin, both teams that are a notch above MSU defensively.  I think MSU's best chance is to grind out a win in a low-scoring game, but based on Alabama's performance against similar (and better) defenses, I don't think MSU will be able to keep the score down.

Comment 06 Dec 2015
No. In 2004, Oklahoma went 11-0 in the regular season. They then defeated Colorado in the Big 12 championship game 42-3. Their only lost was in the BCS championship game.