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Minneapolis (via Columbus)

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Comment 04 Nov 2019

Michigan seems like a very good team this season.  Though they lost to the two apparently toughest teams they've played thus far.  And a person could argue that ND is overrated every year, and this year is no exception.  And I don't trust Jim Harbaugh to motivate a football team.  On second thought, they don't seem like a very good team this season.

Comment 28 Oct 2019

Really?  I mean, I'm pretty sure OSU's o-line opened up bigger holes for Dobbins than Wisconsin's did for Taylor.  Dobbins is awesome, and I think OSU proved that it has a better running game than Wisconsin, which is a major feat, but to say there is "no good faith argument" for Taylor individually is a little much.  

Comment 31 Jul 2019

Rank these players in order of the number of meaningful, non-ST snaps during the season (that is, snaps before a game is out of hand and there subs across the board): Mitchell, Browning, Proctor, Pryor, Harrison, Friday, Vincent, Togiai, Wilson, Saunders, Gill, McCall, Ruckert. 

Comment 30 Jul 2019

If he ends up at Texas Friday I personally will feel scorned. 

Really, you're going to take this personally?  I mean, I'll be bummed and all, but given that Bijan has no idea who I am, I'm not going to take a long look in the mirror over it. 

Comment 25 Jul 2019

I have no idea how it's going to play out for Browning, but I do think fans need to get their heads around the possibility that he's not the best option.  His 5-star status in high school is not relevant, and it sure seems like it's Harrison and either Borland or Mitchell as the two every-down LBs, with Werner rotating with the Bullet position.  I'm sure Browning is at least a backup somewhere, but if it doesn't happen (and the opportunities have been there), there's a reason.

Comment 20 Jul 2019
I was very surprised by this comparison until I figured out that by Tony Gonzalez, you meant Anthony Gonzalez, not, you know, Tony Gonzalez.
Comment 25 Jun 2019

Is Melton a take if Simon is in?  I'd gotten the impression somewhere along the line that once the staff realized that Simon wasn't a given to ND, he bumped Melton and there was only room for Simon and Kourt, assuming they both join.

Comment 09 Jun 2019
Interested to know whether the insiders didn't know anything about this possible flip, or if they were somehow made to keep it silent. I follow recruiting here, Lettermen Row and Bucknuts, and I've never seen this guy come up as a possibility. I can't remember a commit like this that was totally off the radar except maybe a guy or two who committed without a commitable offer, and we were quickly told it wasn't likely to stick.
Comment 28 May 2019
Rank these players in order of defensive snaps played next season: Wade, Proctor, Browning, Mitchell, T.Smith, Harrison, Vincent, Togiai
Comment 05 Apr 2019

I get it.  Lincoln Riley has created an all-world offense and demonstrated that he's a scheme and QB guru, but he hasn't shown the ability to field a competent defense.  Consider whether Oklahoma would be better off with a different head coach who completely handed the keys of the offense to Riley.  The offense should be the same, and the defense could only be better.

Ryan Day is currently in the same vein.  He's an offensive genius.  He made Haskins a Heisman finalist and a top 10 pick in one season.  I have no doubt that Fields (or even Baldwin) will put up huge numbers this year.

But in his pressers, he rattles off offensive players and talks at a high level about the defense.  He is going to call plays on game day, which means he can't talk to the defense when they're on the sideline.  He has joked that he has to remind himself to go over and watch the defense during practice.  He's nailing down spectacular offensive recruits, but the defensive recruits are lagging (I realize the defensive staff turnover is playing a role in that, so that's not entirely on him).  He sought out an innovator to replace him on offense (Yurcich), and a caretaker to be a DC (Mattison).  Bottom line, he still seems like someone who is primarily concerned with the offense.

That sounds a lot like Riley to me.  And I'm hopeful that Day's ceiling is higher than Riley because the defense shouldn't be so pathetic.  So a comparison to Riley is a backhanded compliment - he's an offensive genius, but the defense is forgotten.