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Comment 29 Oct 2019

Couple of reasons for this, as far as I can tell. 

1. Defense. This year's defense is much, much better at getting off the field than last years. This leads to shorter fields for Fields, which will cause yardage numbers to be lower over the course of a game. 

2. Running Game. We're mashing people with our run game, so we don't have to rely on passing quite as much as we did last year. We're a more balanced team, and the YPG average suggests that. 

3. We haven't been getting into shootouts and/or haven't had to come from behind this year. This means less passing, more running and TOP. 

4. Fields, as great as he has been, has only been learning our offense for less than a year at this point. While he may have most of the playbook down from a technical standpoint, he doesn't quite understand it to the level that Haskins (who was here for 3 years before he started) did last year. On top of that, our offense is different under Fields than it was with Haskins. 

Comment 17 Oct 2019

Playoff needs to go to 8 teams. 

Every P5 conference champion

3 at large bids (can go to G5 teams, independents, etc.) 

If we're going to have a playoff to determine the best team in the country, it needs to include all the major conferences. 

This way the impact of conference play still matters, and the other G5 teams and independents can show their stuff. 

Comment 17 Oct 2019

As someone who has an abnormally large breed of cat (my Maine Coon Orion weighs right at 25lbs, and close to 3ft long), I can attest to this. Luckily, Maines are very sweet, affectionate animals.

But you can for sure feel how strong they are for their size. Wrestling him into a carrier when he doesn't want to go can be tricky, and it's unbelievable how high he can jump when he wants to. That, combined with their massive paws (and proportionately massive claws), and I have no illusions that he could absolutely ruin my day if he wanted to.  

Comment 15 Oct 2019

Was the throw you mentioned being wide open the one Lewerke overshot due to pressure from our DL? 

I'll agree, Wisky shut them down better than we did. MSU also didn't look nearly as sharp as they did against us. 

It's gonna be a good tilt here in a few weeks, but I'm not worried. I don't think Coan has seen a defensive front/secondary anywhere close to as good as ours is, and our offense will be by far the best one they've faced all year. 

We'll have another good data point after Friday night, but as of right now, they look like every Wisconsin team I've seen in the last decade, just a bit better at QB and defensively. Still don't think they have the necessary team speed to run with us. 

Comment 15 Oct 2019

Not concerned at all.

MSU threw absolutely everything they had in the tank at us a few weeks ago. They tried to scheme away our offense, pulled out all the tricks they could, tried to take advantage of the natural holes in our Cover 3 base scheme and played very, very, very hard in hopes of pulling off a 2015 style upset.

It worked, for about 15 minutes. We then adjusted our playcalling and tightened our execution up a bit, and the rout was on after that. 

If you have the game recorded, look particularly at the 2nd half. We (Day) took our foot off the gas in the 4th, and MSU's defense was done well before that. We took them on strength-on-strength (our OL and running game vs. their vaunted run D) and simply punched them in the face, over and over again, until they broke down and submitted. 

Really cannot overstate how beaten down and tired that entire team looked by the 4th quarter. They threw everything they had at us, and were found wanting. The game was never in doubt and over by halftime, as MSU realized that despite their best efforts, they simply couldn't hang with our talent, physicality, and depth. 

The MSU team that Wisconsin played was the dried out husk of the team that showed up in Columbus. They basically "blew their wad" against us in Columbus, and didn't have anything left for Wisconsin. 

Comment 03 Oct 2019
I think 56-7 if we consistently win the LOS and force Lewerke to throw early. IU had a lot of success with quick throws to the perimeter, so i think if we can negate Willekes and force Bachie to play sideline to sideline, we'll be in good shape. I think we're overall too athletic for them to force us into a phone booth type game I think MSUs defense is good, but i dont think it scales well when they face elite teams. And we're as good on the OL as I've seen in a long time. I think this could look a lot like the 2017 game, but worse. MSUs D in 2017 was quite a bit better than this one, but i think this team is far more talented than the 2017 squad, particularly up front.
Comment 24 Sep 2019

The Huskers have had this one circled for quite some time. After watching them, here are my takeaways

1. Martinez is the best QB we'll have faced this season so far. We need to be able to pressure him, but with his mobility, keeping rush lane discipline will be very, very important. 

2. Their OL is average. Assuming we get Coop, Smith, and Landers I think the DL has another big day. If they're not back, we still have a big day, but I'm hoping we see the full potential of the monster LJ has created. 

3. Put Okudah on Spielman, have Wade on Wandale. Wouldn't be shocked to see a lot of White in this game, either spying Martinez in case he breaks contain, or just to have more speed on the field. This will be the best offensive team we've played, but they are turnover prone. If we tackle well in space, they'll probably cough it up a few times. 

4. Their defense is rather pedestrian. If we win the LOS, Dobbins/Teague could have a big night, as they don't have a ton of speed at LB or in their secondary. 

5. I think we see a few more wrinkles in Day's bag of tricks (still not convinced we've seen the entire offense). I think Fields sees a slight increase in carries as we will be looking to run the ball early to take their crowd out of the game. 

6. Look for a fast start by OSU. I'd bet my bottom dollar the 1st quarter of the Miami game has been used as a tool to encourage the players to come out fired up.

Ultimately, Nebby is still a year or two out from being a true contender in the West. They have some game-breakers at WR and a good/great QB, but their offense is mistake prone, and their OL is just aight. Not great, but not bad either. You need to be better than "just aight" against our DL. I like our secondary overall vs. Nebby's WRs, but Nebby catching us in an unfavorable matchup vs. their TEs and/or misdirection to take advantage of our aggression worries me.  

If we play to our potential, I see something like a 49-14 victory as being feasible, I don't think they have the horses to compete with us for 4Q, and our DL is going to give them a lot of trouble. 

More realistically, I'd probably say a 42-21 win is likely. Nebby gets a late TD to make the game seem closer than it actually was. 

MVPs: Young, Dobbins, Fields

Comment 19 Sep 2019

So where does the sausage come in? 

Directions say to brown the ground beef, I'm guessing that means brown the ground beef and sausage together? 

Comment 11 Sep 2019

Gonna be very, very hard to find a faster group of WRs than last year. Campbell, McLaurin, and Dixon may have been our fastest WR trio top to bottom that I've ever seen in the Scarlet and Gray. 

That being said, I think the WR room overall is fine. Olave, Victor, and Wilson have plenty of speed, while KJ and Mack have great hands and are more possession receivers anyways. Jameson Williams will likely be our next "burner" WR, but I'm very confident in the guys we have. 

Comment 08 Aug 2019

I think our OL will be improved this year in run blocking. We actually have players playing in their natural positions this year, as opposed to having 5 offensive tackles on the field manning the line. Jackson, Myers, and Davis will be far more punishing run blockers due to their shorter statures allowing them to get lower and dig out NT/DTs more effectively. IMO, a lot of our run blocking woes last year were due to our interior OL being too tall to generate leverage effectively. Great for pass blocking, as the longer reach makes it more difficult for DL to engage with their hands, but it hurts when you simply have to get lower than the other guy and root him out of his gap. 

Not to mention with teams having to worry about QB keepers (hopefully not too many) in the run game, lanes should be naturally more open for Dobbins, who hopefully focuses on finding the crease and hitting it hard, as opposed to dancing around trying to break the big one. 

Comment 02 Aug 2019

I actually agree with this. 

Berry >> Farrell IMO. Softer hands, better athlete, good blocker. Farrell seems more comfortable with his hand down, but Berry is a far bigger threat in the passing game.  

Comment 31 Jul 2019

Don't comment real often, but I figured I'd get take this opportunity to get these off my chest. 

  • Urban was not a good gameday coach. Excellent recruiter, motivational guy, and (used to be) great at picking assistants. However, he relied solely upon out-recruiting the rest of the conference while he was here. We won 90% of our games during his tenure due to Jimmys and Joes, not Xs and Os. This can be evidenced by the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, 2017 Okie and Iowa, and 2018 Purdue. He flat out got outcoached and jumped by a more motivated, better prepared team in each of these scenarios. 
  • Given the talent that we have been recruiting over the last 5 years, Meyer underachieved here. 
  • Urban got lazy after 2014. His relative laziness with coach hirings/internal promotions/ going with friends instead of proven great coodinators cost us at least 1 repeat Natty (2015), a shot at the 2016 B10 title, and caused our post-season reputation to be tarnished (I would argue to this day) by his hiring decisions ultimately causing Clemson to spank us like a red-headed stepchild on national television.  
  • The team looked better last year under Day's interim tenure than Meyer's. The team looked/felt looser, more fun, and far more relaxed in the first 3 games (exception of Michigan) than they did for the rest of the year. The team started tightening up (not in a good way) after Meyer stepped back in, and it lead to the collapse against Purdue. 
  • The CFP committee threw us a bone in the final rankings before the 2017 B10 title game. Urban's love affair with JT cost us a playoff spot. If we play Haskins over a hobbled JT against Wisconsin, we would have shellacked Wisconsin in similar fashion to 2014. The committee was intrigued by the fact that Haskins came off the bench against UM and promptly started smoking a defense that had largely shut us down to that point the The Game. 
  • JT Barrett's career is incredibly overrated. Any QB that plays in Meyer's system (which the CFB world figured out after 2015) will rack up insane statistics. Barrett held the team back for the last 2 years of his OSU career due to both his lack of consistency as a passer, and his lack of explosiveness as a running threat due to wear on his body after 3.75 years in Meyer's QB run centric system, which wasn't fooling anyone after 2015, where we simply used our superior OL talent to steamroll people with an all-time RB to end the year. 
  • Tuf Borland was handed his starting spot due to having to take over in a game against a team that he was basically tailor made to play against (Army). Meyer wouldn't yank his starting spot last year due to misplaced loyalty, even when it became painfully obvious that he simply doesn't have the physical gifts to play against teams with any semblance of speed.  
  • Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette were by far our worst corner tandem in a very, very long time. Why teams didn't just chuck the ball at the person Arnette was covering on 3rd and long and wait for the inevitable PI flag more than they did puzzles me to this day. The fact that it took us 9 games and a targeting ejection to find out White was the answer at the other safety position was a travesty. 

That's all I got for now, I might add more to this thread later. If I seem unfair on Urban, it's only because the buck stops at him and I got really frustrated with the team over the last few years due to hiring decisions/stubborness on his part. 

Comment 18 Jun 2019
Receivers should be fine. We won't have a burner like Campbell (that type of long speed you don't see often), but we still have plenty of speed in guys like Olave, Gill, and McCall. That being said, make no mistake. Last years group, top to bottom, is probably right up there with the fastest group of WRs to suit up for the Scarlet and Gray. We had multiple guys (Dixon, McLaurin, Campbell) who all ran sub 4.5s at the combine, with Dixon being the "slowest" at a 4.41. McLaurin and Campbell both ran 4.3s. We probably had the fastest WR squad top to bottom in the country last year. This year will be different, but we've been recruiting more complete prospects at WR over the last few years, and I don't think we have anything to worry about as far as the WR room is concerned for the near future.
Comment 10 Apr 2019

Mattison was very solid at Michigan. The issue with their defense wasn't on his shoulders, it's Don Browns aggressive man-coverage scheme being great against teams that they can overwhelm with their DLine/LBs. 

However, as with all aggressive man-coverage schemes, if you can't match up man to man in the secondary, you're going to get torched if your pass rush can't get home and the QB is accurate. Case in point: the 2018 edition of The Game. Our line held up spectacularly, and gave Dwayne and company the chance to identify matchups and simply shred their secondary. 

Comment 02 Apr 2019

Mine is. I have a Maine Coon that greets me at the door when I come in, and then demands that he rub his face against mine for a good 10-15 minutes before he goes about his business. 

Also, he's leash/harness trained, and goes out on walks to the pet store with me on the regular. He cooperates about 90% of the time, which I consider a good success rate for a 23lb mini lynx who seems to have a Manchurian Candidate style switch that flips whenever he sees something that he could potentially kill. 

As far as a built-in security system, he's pretty people oriented in general, so I don't have that from him, but I didn't have that from my last dog either. 

Comment 07 Dec 2018

As somewhat of a comic nerd, this Captain Marvel appears to be the "Binary" version from the comic books, which is significantly more powerful than Carol's standard level.