Pretty much loathe ND but good for them. They've accelerated the time line. Conventional wisdom was they'd play out the year and then if they didn't right the ship they'd fire VanGorder in the offseason. This puts the entire coaching staff including Kelly on notice right now. This is fantastic news for potential Buckeye recruits because possible coaching changes make kids/parents nervous.
Solid game. Now he just needs to realize this isn't Ohio State and when he asks to be subbed out in the red zone he's not getting back on the field. Twice tonight he did that after taking the ball inside the 20 and had to watch Morris and Dunbar scores TDs after he did the heavy lifting. Do wish they would throw him the ball more..
That was my one and only trip to the big house. Still remember with like 4 minutes left down 14-20 from like our own 30 Germaine had a pass on first down that if Lumpkin could have hauled in probably goes 70 yards for a score. Just off his fingers as he broke behind the defender and no one behind him....
I meant skipping past a new OC and straight up firing Gus Malzahn.
Makes no sense. They would be 2-3 years away from having a roster that could actually run a Briles offense. It's not plug and play as you have to have the right QB, running back and receiver set to make it work. Have a hard time believing they would be okay "rebuilding".
I'd put more money on them overpaying for Kiffin then a Briles hire...
Heartbreaking.... crazy how life works. He was scheduled to pitch today so he would have been home asleep but yesterday Miami bumped his start till tomorrow so a guy could pitch off the DL so Fernandez went out late on the boat with friends... so sad...
Another reminder that life is so unpredictable. Grab a loved one today and give em a big hug...
They have the same problem other programs with unlimited money/resources have... if you fire the guy you hire who?? Having said that I thought his seat should have been at least a little warm at the end of last season after getting outclassed the final two games and now 1-3 to start this season makes it even worse imo. And they don't exactly have a bunch of easy wins left on the schedule. The fact that Texas and Tennessee seem to have at least turned the corner won't help Kelly either because they'll be boosters/board members who think they can do it too if they fire him.
To have a bad season and fire some coaches and keep Kelly doesn't fix the problem imo. From the top down it's not a smooth running program. People can blame VanGorder all they want but put the Duke tape in and let it roll. Lack of effort and execution just as bad as the x's and o's and that sort of stuff reflects back on the head coach.
From a recruiting standpoint I love it :)
Still a tough road game for people no matter what the roster looks like. They just have a workable schedule because the "easy games" are on the road.. Purdue, Rutgers and Indiana.... then that leaves Maryland, Minny, Buckeyes, Michigan State and Iowa at home..
I think they win those road games and that makes them 5-2... Buckeyes take care of them... 5-3... split with Minny/Maryland 6-4..and i'm not sold on Iowa or MSU so split there would get them to 7-5... Key is having those 5 home games. As bad as they've been they've been pretty good at home..
Heck... even 6-6 and bowling should be a win for them.. They're not good but they aren't as bad as they looked today up North. That felt like a bowl game. Everything went against them early in that game and they just folded./
Yes..... they are just clueless with all of that stuff. You can't start the actual healing process until you completely let go.
I'm not so sure... he goes and you get who?? there's still a stink on the program and I still think think they need five plus years of not even mentioning the name Paterno ( why on earth they celebrated him last week is beyond me) before recruits who didn't grow up in the area rooting for the team start to give them a look again. Ban the word Paterno on campus and take your lumps with Franklin for a few more seasons then find a guy. They just need to be a realistic. Keep Franklin go 7-5 and bowling and call the season a "win".
Every loss makes that seat a little warmer for Brian Kelly. Program is a mess. 1-5 in the last 6 and over 200 points given up.
Good to know. Saw scouting services with his height all over the place from like 6'7-6'10 so I wasn't sure. One things for sure if he's a legit 6'11 that's one of the tallest open gyms I can remember. He's not towering over anyone really which means there's a ton of 6'6+ guys at open gym. Crazy.
Speaking of the hot seat and recruiting in our neck of the woods... What about Notre Dame? Isn't Brian Kelly's seat at least starting to heat up? 1-4 in their last 5 games and given up 178 points. They still have Stanford, VaTech, Miami and USC and haven't looked good all year. Not saying Duke will beat them this weekend but stranger things have happened. I'd imagine if they go 7-5 this season it has to have an effect on 2017/18, right?
Like what we see in the video but hard to believe Sterling is 6'11. Looks more like 6'8'ish ( and if that's the case maybe more of a power forward than a pure center?). Could still be growing as well.
I've always believed in sports you take the best player possible. Would rather take someone like Sterling with tons of upside then reach on a guard.
Still not buying MSU yet because that ND win does nothing for me. We will have a much better feel for what Dino has up there after this weekend vs Wisconsin.
Notre Dame has no defense and were clearly overrated to start the season. Last 5 games they have given up 178 points and are 1-4 ( they beat Nevada).
He'd play the Darron Lee hybrid LB/ DB and we'd LOVE the guy. But that's how it works when you play for the wrong team. We don't love you!!!!
Hmmm, not sure I buy that... yet... If this coming weekend the schedule was something like this you think we win 2 of 3? or does ACC Atlantic win 2 of 3?
Ohio State vs Louisville
*ichigan vs Clemson
*ichigan St vs Florida State
The crazy thing is the top three divisions in football probably don't include the SEC at all.. in some order it's
Big Ten East
PAC 12 North
1.. Don't love both safeties "freelancing" Let Hooker be the freelance guy and Webb be the stay at home do your job guy. Webb flat out left their tight end open for that touchdown when he left him thinking the play was going to the corner instead of over the middle.
2... WR group. a LOT of raw talent but to me it's concerning when Corey Smith with a giant cast got so many snaps. Especially even after Smith tried to call a timeout when we didn't have one and then proceeded to just stand around instead of lining up. I like Brown and like the H-Back guys Wilson and Samuel but we need another guy or two to separate from the WR pack.
3.. When Booker is healthy how do we get Baker on the field? one of those good problems to have but Baker is just too talented and has too much speed to be getting second team reps when we are healthy at LB...
No love for the Cowboys but tuned in to see Zeke's TD. Don't know who calls the plays for the Cowboys but how could that person not see that there was a giant sun glare on the right side of the field. Most have been 3-4 plays late where the Cowboys receiver flat out couldn't see the ball and they kept running plays to that side of the field. Crazy.
I thought for a lot of the first half we got caught up in some sort of scripted "let's get the ball to the guys who didn't get touches in game 1 ( McLaurin, Dixon and Campbell). Ended up looking like we tried to force a lot of stuff that wasn't there. Seemed to be no flow until we went back to a more natural calling plays based on what we saw on the field. Having said that no matter what play was called it was disappointing they didn't execute in the first half.
First half reminded me of early last season where JT couldn't make a zone read to save his life ( I think he got it right once in the first half yesterday plus that fumble) and then as the coordinators found a better rhythm in the second half I think JT missed the zone read like one time.
We only took one over the top shot and my guess is that was just the staff being vanilla and saving some things for Oklahoma.
I think that's part of it but imo it's personnel. I'm not sure we always have the most dynamic guy back there returning kicks. We seem to have the guy who wont fumble, knows when take to take a knee and can get it out around the 25-30 routinely. Heck it's not even TDs. You can probably count on one hand the number of times a kick-off return has gone past mid-field.
Wildcat is essentially a backup QB. This is about the long game and covering bases. You don't want to go into Oklahoma or any other big game this year and lose a QB and either not trust or watch the back-up not execute and not have a plan c. Coach Meyer has one and I think the Oklahoma game is why we saw it so early in the season. If for some reason you have to go to it during the Oklahoma game it's not rusty... it's tested...
Coach Meyer is the only Coach in my lifetime ( Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper, Jim Tressel, Luke Fickell, and Urban Meyer) that doesn't have a kickoff return for a Touchdown. You think it will happen this week? Season? If not any ideas why an Ohio State Coach Meyer led football team has taken one to the house?
Only a one game sample but Nick Chubb looked like the best RB in the nation yet he's the 4th on odds.
Still think McCaffrey has zero chance. People won't see the Stanford games and plenty of people will still say something like " if you let Curtis Samuel return punts, kickoffs, run the ball and catch to the ball like 30 times a game he'd have the same stats"...
I still think this is Deshaun Watson's to lose..
It was a win Texas and Charlie Strong had to have and they got it but not sure it will be more than anything as a win and a step in the right direction for the program when the season ends. Notre Dame now has three losses in a row ( Stanford, Ohio State and Texas) and has given up 132 points in the those games. Their defense is garbage. I just don't see that Texas squad beating a number of teams in the B12. I still believe the bulk of 4 and 5 star kids want to chase a playoff championship and I just don't see that at Texas this year or next.