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  1. brophog

    Big Ten regular-season win totals from Vegas

    Tedford has done an amazing job, but he's replacing his entire offense, save for RB. Tough job to get done early in the season against a strong OOC schedule. Gophers benefit, imo.
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    Huskers in 2019....

    Just a matter of time until former atm qbs get their own Netflix shows, too.
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    2019 AP Preseason Top 25

    So we confirmed we are not a G5 team. That’s reassuring, I was worried there for a moment.
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    Who's too good to not play this year?

    With this group of OLBs, playing to their individual strengths may be the best we can do.
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    Who's too good to not play this year?

    One of the safest picks for this list because of special teams. The question is how soon is he stealing reps on defense. Stock seems to rise daily.
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    Are we or aren’t we Rivals

    Interesting, because I wouldn’t claim any of those as reasons, though they would be contributing factors. 1) Some amount of hate. 2) Some amount of mutual respect.
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    ** 2019 Opponent Previews : Iowa (Game 12) **

    Defenses playing some variation of Nickel is just personnel matching against 11 personnel sets, the most common sets in modern football. The personnel isn’t really an issue, it’s where they are aligned and Frost uses motion and formation to generate and exploit that. The screen game is a huge part of this. He attaches some form of screen action to all sorts of plays. Let’s create a simple example. 11 personnel (1RB/1TE/3WR), Twins Left, H-back Right, RB left side of the QB. Put the ball on the left hash mark. There are 3 reasons the defensive strength will be aligned to the right side of the offensive formation: 1) The TE is there (as an h-back) 2) The RB is aligned left meaning after he crosses the QB to receive the handoff he’s most likely running to the right. 3) The right side is the wide side of the field. The defense has a few options here. They can shift their front to give an over hanging LB, but that’s problematic because that’s shifting away from the potential screen on the left side and that h-back can account for him. The better option is to rotate a safety down on that wide side. That’s a good option that allows either the second safety to account for the slot receiver or he can stay at safety depth and allow a LB/Nickel/etc to account for the slot. This is the conflict defender, and he’ll often try to set himself to play both the slot and be the extra man in the box. (Without him the offense has 6 blockers vs 6 defenders). All that setup is to get to the punchline. I’ve described a few ways the defense can remain balanced but Frost throws in a wrinkle. That h-back motions across the formation at the snap to catch a TE Screen. Now he’s really created quads against a balanced defensive alignment, vastly outnumbering the defense. Depending on how the defense aligned to that he can now run something else out of that same look. With a fast RB, that can be a handoff now to the wide side of the field, but the weak side of the defense if they adjust for the motion. Could be all kinds of plays, but that’s what he’s always trying to do is create unbalanced looks, move those safeties around and exploit that for huge gains.
  8. I haven’t seen this one, but more than enough to know they sound as you describe.
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    2019 Pundit Predictions

    They forgot to add the sugar.
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    Are we or aren’t we Rivals

    Michigan was definitely ‘meh’. That’s why they upgraded coaches to capt spicy.
  11. Interesting, because DiNardo didn’t seem as impressed with Wisconsin’s style just a few weeks ago.
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    2019 Pundit Predictions

    They didn’t use them like first rounders, though. Fant, in particular, was underutilized given how massive a mismatch he was.
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    Frost Appearances & Interviews

    Which means no answer I, or anyone else, will give will satisfy you. And that’s fair, you only have to wait a couple of weeks!
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    2019 Pundit Predictions

    Those are only the presents we hung on the tree. You don’t even know what’s in the other boxes yet.
  15. They’re simply a better program than Minnesota. They know who they are and it’s easier to project players into roles when that’s the case. Heading into year 3, we don’t know who Minnesota is. It’s a question that I think is holding people back from projecting them as high as they should. There are multiple Big Ten West teams that if they had this schedule, experience, and returning production they’d be heavily favored to win the division. Minnesota is often being picked fifth or sixth. It’s a huge opportunity for Minnesota to change how they’re perceived.
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    Frost Appearances & Interviews

    That often starts on the defensive side. Unlike the offense, defenses can’t take plays off. You’ve got to play with a certain attitude if you want any hope of being a decent defense. We are totally seeing that. It’s spreading like wildfire through the defense and starting to really infiltrate the offense. I don’t know how many games we will win, I suspect quite a few, but this program is definitely heading in the direction fans can be proud of. And, frankly, I think we can be proud of the fans. Who else sits through frigid temps to watch a 3-7 team play in a field goal kicking competition. I thought the fans last year showed remarkable patience and understanding of where this needs to go.
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    2019 Pundit Predictions

    I don’t see the point comparing Johnson and JD. They’re both at the “just let me have one” standard. Phenomenal players in their own right. Now, the Nebraska offense was a whole, that’s going to surprise those that aren’t paying attention. It's going to see a proper year 2 jump, and that jumping off point was already regularly producing 500 yard games.
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    Frost Appearances & Interviews

    I’m still in therapy from watching Minnesota torch us running baby’s first option.
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    One Player from the Riley Disaster

    There is only one play I care to remember from the Riley era....the pick six against Northern Illinois near our goal line that ultimately was his undoing.
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    Frost Appearances & Interviews

    I’ve said this before, but I don’t think we ever have to discuss firing Frost. If he didn’t think he could do the job he would step down before that decision had to be made by others.
  21. I agree on Mertz but it’s a precarious spot for them. Open with a South Florida team I think they beat, but certainly one that could win if you gave them too many chances. Then game 3 is Michigan, game 4 is Northwestern, game 6 is Michigan St. Not a great opening half of the schedule to be introducing the QB of the future.
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    The Running Back Room

    Yeah, 15 is a strange number because that’s often around safety depth. That’s why to illustrate this idea 10 and 20 yards are usually used to denote quality runs that did or did not beat the safety.
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    Which type I-back do you prefer?

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    2019 Pundit Predictions

    Scores are a second order stat, so they aren’t good at telling me why something happened, mostly just that it happened. I’m really only interested in the why and how repeatable something is.
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    ** 2019 Opponent Previews : Iowa (Game 12) **

    I wasn’t talking about his offense.....