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Comment 13 Feb 2020

I try to look at the SP+ at more of a "30,000" foot view than worrying about whos #1 vs #2, etc. I see a few tiers in there.

Tier One: Bama, OSU Clemson, and Georgia. Don't think anyone can argue that in one way or another, these are your favorites. Georgia maybe a hair behind the other three, but enough ahead of the next tier to keep them out of Tier two. All capable of 12-0 or 11-1 regular season records.

Tier Two: PSU, LSU, Florida, OU, Wisky, A&M, Auburn. All very good teams, All more likely in the 11-1 to 9-3 range. I think Florida is the team that is most likely of the group to outperform their peers. Not buying A&M until they can knock off at least one of the Tier One or Two teams they play (Bama, LSU, Auburn). They finish with Bama and LSU though so they be flying high before then with Auburn as the only probable loss up to that point. I think Wisconsin is most likely to end up in the Tier Three by seasons end.

Tier Three: Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas, USC, Michigan, North Carolina. This is the strangest group I think. Lots of traditional powers that have underperformed thier "status" in the last decade, along with some newer blood. A win over any of these would obviously be considered a high quality win by seasons end. 10-2 is probably the ceiling for these teams, possibly 8-4 or 7-5 if things really slip. I think Oregon and Notre Dame are the most likely to outperform expectations in this group. 

Tier Four: UCF, Tennesse, Minnesota, Ok St, Memphis, Miami-FL, Washington, Nebraska. This essentially rounds out the Top 25. Solid teams, but I definitely see the SP+ predicting an improved season compared to last year for a lot of these teams (UT, Miami, Nebraska). Minnesota finished higher than this tier last season, but SP+ is not one to overreact to one year surges (or declines). I could see them the most likely team here to break into a higher tier. 

Comment 31 Jan 2020

It was both of his younger brothers, Colin and Carter. They both have their own careers. I'm sure they were just helping him get started. I doubt they planned on being considered "co-hosts" for a podcast indefinitely. 

Comment 08 Jan 2020

He sounds like a small town southern kid that only knows what he knows and isn't real interested in getting outside his comfort zone. Also sounds like he's been making strides in this area and OSU is growing on him. He'll love the football part of the official visit but I could see him not being "comfortable" that far from home. 

Comment 02 Jan 2020

Here is the all 22 on youtube if anyone wants it. Watching that play I really don't think it's a guaranteed TD. Safety made a nice break and Olave would have had a very contested catch. Maybe PI. Who knows. Fields stared him down the whole time. 

Comment 31 Dec 2019

This will still be a top 5-10 defense next year. Harrison and Smith will be havoc off the edge which will help the DB's. We may have to be more multiple to help Banks/Brown/Riep/Proctor but I think with the extra time in the system they will perform at a high level. Harrison was great too but I think next we see a lot more Teradja Mitchell somewhere in the mix along with Hilliard. Will be a solid four man rotation between those two ILB spots. 

Comment 30 Dec 2019
Was going to say the same. Clemson just landed their first top 5 recruiting class with the #1 2020 qb to move in after Lawrence. Alabama got a five star QB and has all top 3 classes the last few years. Until UGA gets a QB they will ne great but not elite. The big three arent going anywhere. Maybe LSU and Florida creep close if they can get a solid QB. OSU should be in good hands with Miller, Stroud, and McCord the next 4-5 years. To me Mattison is a very important piece to that run. Our defense needs consistency in scheme so they can play their fastest
Comment 29 Dec 2019
Who are the top teams that have QBs returning? Clemson and OSU. They will be on a collision course. Bama, Auburn, georgia and florida all right there too. PSU, OU, michigan, Wisconsin, LSU, Oregon in that next tier
Comment 29 Dec 2019

I think getting Coombs will make Wade seriously consider coming back because that was his recruiter that he trusted when he chose OSU. His dad was vocal about he constant upheaval of DB coaches being a negative but I imagine Coombs is the one and only coach that would make them reconsider leaving. Okudah and Young are definitely gone.

Comment 29 Dec 2019

It's almost identical to the stuff he ran at Michigan. Scheme wise it has Mattisons fingerprints all over it. Here's the better proof:

Mattison $1,100,000 salary

Hafley $950,000, same as Yurcich and Wilson, neither of who call plays on offense but have "coordinator" titles. 

The higher paying guy that wasn't even given a position to coach, is definitely calling the plays. I'll put it another way - what the hell would Day be doing paying a guy the most on the staff to NOT call plays and NOT coach a position?

Comment 29 Dec 2019
Dont underestimate the value of having a system in place for multiple years, something the defense hasn't had in awhile. Yes, the talent was great this year, but it was Year 1 in Mattisons D. The experience in the system will make up for some of those personnel losses. Think about Venables. Clemson has a few nice pieces, but they are solid year in and out no matter who the players are. They have a system in place that the young guys learn and perfect for 3-5 years. I think Riep Banks Brown and Proctor will able to step up to the plate and do a good enough job to keep this defense a top 10 D. If we can grab Coombs I'll be even more confident with that. The offense will be way better for the same reasons as well. This loss will motivate them all offseason. I have NC or bust expectations next year. Fields and Lawrence will meet again and Fields will have the last laugh.
Comment 29 Dec 2019
Dobbins drops were the killer in hindsight. Over 500 yards and only 23 points. Poor redzone offense.
Comment 23 Dec 2019
Good stuff. Watched the 1st half of the Clemson-Virginia game and it was obvious that weak spot #1 on the Clemson D was Tanner Muse. Complete liability in coverage and KJ Hill should have a big game on deep routes when they are in Cover 4. The other weak spot is the lack of pass rush for the Clemson DL. Perkins had good time on regular drop backs. Clemson had to bring extra guys to get pressure. I dont see how OSU scores less than 35 in this game. For me it's all about how the defense holds up against the best passing attack and offense they have seen all year.