I really have no idea. I think that, by the end of the year, JT was playing at an overall higher level than Braxton was at the end of last year. But he also got a *lot* more help from his wide receivers. And had another year in the system and of preparation. I just don't know, man.
I have a feeling that things will start to cycle back to some variant of the Power I. Especially as teams are getting smaller and smaller at the linebacker position.
Got to beat the King to be the King. Nothing would say that more decisively than beating Alabama and FSU back to back.
Damn! That answer makes me as happy that he's coming here as his tape does.
I think MSU is overall better. But Amari Cooper is scarier than anyone on MSU's roster.
OTOH, Smith and Craft were in great shape at the combine. I got the impression that Ross gained about fifteen pounds between when he left school and the combine.
I think he saw it was covered, and put it where neither of the defensive backs could get it. Savvy move.
Don't look at total offense - look at quarterback development. Meyer's an offensive innovator himself -- he wants someone who can mold him a QB more than someone to take play calling away from him.
I think Herman is going to have better options.
Really think it would take at least a mid-tier Power 5 school to be an improvement over having another very good chance at a national championship with Meyer next year.
Agreed. Assistant pay is a valid criticism of Wisconsin's AD, but it's not a reason to go to Oregon State.
I just want to know why he left. Is Alvarez that horrible to work for?
I heard rumors they clashed a bit on recruiting philosophy... but honestly, I don't know why you'd go away from Wisconsin's philosophy. Any time they have had a halfway decent quarterback they've been nearly unstoppable on offense.
If I were them I'd pay every dollar possible for a real quarterback guru at the QB coach position, try to get a few more athletes at the WR spot, and leave everything else exactly as it is.
That said, Barry knows good coaching. They'll get someone else solid up there. I fully expect them to do a better job with their hire than Michigan will.
Rule34 yikes or UrbanDictionary yikes?
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If any of the higher rated teams in their championship game had lost, Baylor is in and the argument goes the opposite way.
The message was "have a better strength of schedule", which OSU did *after* they took out the 13th ranked team in the country.
The championship game is a high stakes gamble.
It makes it more likely your conference will not have anyone in the playoff. Look at how many teams have been booted out of the BCS national championship by a loss in their championship game (I'm looking at you, Missouri).
On the other hand, every other league's champion on saturday picked up an extra win against a top 15 squad. It's a huge boost to your strength of schedule, and at the end of year when it matters most.
I want to see him doing whatever makes him happy.
I'd like to see him get a shot at the NFL, but I don't think it's what he wants.
I could maybe see him going back to a lower level job like FCS.
I'm less concerned about our D-line than our linebackers and safeties. It's mistakes there, not in the line, that lead to the big runs.
It really depends on what our defense is doing. The last thing you want to do is have your defense give up a long drive, then immediately go up tempo and 3-and-out on offense.
What I'm actually worried most about him is his vision. I think he'll make decent passing decisions, and good enough read decisions. I just hope he can pick the right holes on QB runs to get us the short yardage plays. That's our base response right now when it comes to combating a stacked box, and Wisconsin is definitely going to give us a stacked box on those plays.
And this is why it is absolutely ridiculous for the selection committee to release any sort of ranking until all the games have been played.
May you go on to better things and rub it in Michigan's face.
Hoke always seemed like a decent enough guy. I'm still kind of surprised at his level of mediocrity. I expected him to get to more of a Bo Pelini level of success -- hanging around with 8-4 type seasons for a while. Given the way he was recruiting they never should have had a losing season.
Honestly, the Mattison hire was bigger for Michigan than the Hoke hire was. If they can convince him to stay and hire an offensively minded head coach who doesn't have his head up his behind, they could be dangerous.
I think if we win, we deserve it. Because Wisconsin is a legit team. If JT had gone down in the 4th quarter of the Wisconsin game, I'd think differently.
I don't think we're going to beat Wisconsin with a third string quarterback unless our defense *really* steps up their game.
I don't think you can fire Wilson after beating the SEC East champion and then losing both his quarterbacks to injury, especially since they've started winning as Diamont has started to grow into the position. He should get one more year.
I think the SEC is a bit weaker than they have been, and the B1G a bit better. I'd still expect the SEC to have a winning record there on a neutral field, but I don't think they'd sweep the matchup.
If I were Michigan... I'd fire Hoke before the game. Bet nothing would motivate this team more and give them a better chance against OSU.