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  1. Here's my preview for the game, looking at OU's counter trey play and Alex Grinch's defensive philosophy! https://black41flashreverse.substack.com/p/oklahoma-preview-blasts-from-the
  2. Been off the board for a couple weeks (a) because I'm trying to move across the country for work and (b) was pissed about the loss, but I was able to get some time to put together a recap of the game looking at the offense and the defense, if anyone is interested. Looked at some of the key stats, why we might have used nickel so much, Adrian's play and the gameplan controversy and broke down one cool concept each from the offense and the defense. https://black41flashreverse.substack.com/p/illinois-recap-fumbled-opportunity
  3. The Martinez scramble was a boundary corner blitz that the secondary rotated over to cover. It wasn't prevent defense, Illinois was being very aggressive and for one of the few times we picked it up. It wasn't a fluke, it was Illinois being very stupid.
  4. Tannor and Daniels both graded out by PFF with the highest pass rush grades of their careers. Just one game but if they can generate an organic pass rush for the defense that helps out quite a bit
  5. He can say whatever he wants to but unless one back is significantly better than the rest this is still going to be a committee.
  6. We actually do run a decent amount of straight draw on top of the other QB run stuff. 10 times during the Iowa, Purdue and Rutgers games. They have an RPO off it with a swing route on box numbers they ran a lot last year, especially with McCaffrey in the game. Gif of the play below and I explain it more in the post.
  7. Quarterback run game is probably the best thing the offense was doing last season and Frost is really good at scheming it up so I don't think we should be trying to get rid of it. But you're right on both points. We've got to find a good non-QB running game so that those Martinez designed carries are happening 5-10 times a game and not 15-20. It needs to be the off-speed pitch and not the fastball.
  8. Here's a more specific breakdown looking at a handful of Nebraska's core concepts ahead of the 2021 season, if anyone is interested: https://black41flashreverse.substack.com/p/5-plays-nebraska-will-run-against
  9. You're framing this like he's mad because he doesn't think vaccination rates are relevant. He's asked a question about vaccination rates. He says someone else will speak about it later in the week. Then he's asked if HE wants to talk about vaccinations. Then he gives the clippy answer. It was a redundant question and he got annoyed. He should know that's part of the media's job and not react that way, but this isn't him saying vaccines don't matter.
  10. Yeah, when you crater a program it has reverberations that last beyond your tenure. Wild!
  11. From a logical perspective I can understand why he doesn't want to play a top 5 team in non-con on top of playing three top-15 and several other top-30 teams in conference, and I'm sure there were financial and recruiting motives to getting another home game. But this is sports. You don't back away from challenges. Especially not when fans are looking forward to them. If this is true (which I don't really know that it is; we're in some very big he-said-she-said territory here) that's something I'm absolutely not going to defend him on. At the very least they should have been smart enough to know this would have massive blowback.
  12. I don't agree with this at all. Riley inherited a team that was consistently ranked in the 20s or 30s in SP+ in Pelini's last several years and took it to the 60s in three seasons. Frost has taken a team in the 60s back into the 30s by his third season. If you are willing to apply literally any context to their two tenures this doesn't hold up.
  13. OK got it. That makes more sense. Was worried there's like more serious allegations about something actually bad like player mistreatment or assault, but maybe I was misreading.
  14. They are clearly hiring the Kicking Whisperer to relay detailed technique and instruction through the outside linebackers coach. We are the only program that's ever done this and the death penalty should be considered.
  15. Is Lars referencing these allegations or is he hinting at future stuff? I really can't tell.
  16. Lars is typically pretty solid but he also was the guy who reported Ed Stewart was going to be our new AD. I can't tell if these people are being overdramatic about what's come out, if there's more concerning stuff to come, or if they're talking about the leaks. Who knows but I'll be nervous until it's resolved.
  17. Wouldn't basically anyone talking to investigators want an attorney in the room with them? Genuinely asking; I have no idea. Just doesn't seem as if it'd be uncommon to want a lawyer in a situation like this, regardless of guilt or severity.
  18. Every team makes lots of adjustments at halftime. This is a dumb fan meme. It's not even true; we scored touchdowns on our first drive of the second half three of our last four games last year.
  19. Every single school does this with analysts. You're just supposed to not get caught on video doing it.
  20. Rutledge and special teams Frankly the OU stuff Sam is reporting is much more interesting/disappointing.
  21. This is not loss of a bowl game stuff. This is like lose 1-2 scholarships for a year stuff.
  22. KU got busted for this exact same thing (video footage of an analyst working with players) under David Beaty and I don't even think they faced an NCAA penalty. But excited for another day of jokes about us!
  23. I think you've made some big generalizations here. OU has been a top-five program since Lincoln Riley took over so that's a huge boon. Texas graded out as a top 25ish team for most of the last decade (obviously they're underperforming relative to where they should but they haven't really been actually bad at football like some are insinuating) so they're much ahead of Arkansas' level. And more than that, this is about the programs' overall prestige for negotiating a new TV deal, which both of these schools have a high value of.
  24. Hey everyone, I'm starting a new Husker newsletter breaking down scheme and analytics and thought some people here might be interested in reading the latest post, "What is Nebraska's Offensive Identity?" Link below: https://black41flashreverse.substack.com/p/what-is-nebraskas-offensive-identity I had previously mentioned in some other threads that I was revisiting our games and some of the personnel/tight ends stuff I had found, and people seemed interested, so I thought I'd share the post explaining overall what I discovered. That our tight end usage was that heavy -- basically heavier than any team I could find data for -- and the diversity of stuff Nebraska is running was pretty wild. Also, if you enjoyed reading and want more stuff like this, sign up for the free newsletter! All of the posts will be delivered to your e-mail inbox. The plan is to have weekly posts breaking down each game in the same way I did these and a weekly opponent preview, plus some other stuff mixed in when I feel it's necessary. And please share with anyone who might be interested in Husker football or scheme!
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