The damage done by the collective offensive incompetence of Franklin/Donovan/Rahne/Hand is significant. Given that Hack was a less developed QB when he left Penn State than when he got there straight out of high school is scary. I honestly don't know if he can reasonably expected to be ready in his second season.
I should also note that I thought State had a floor of 6 and 6 so I won't too sold on a 10 and 2 season.
Other than Mark Richt, the list looks about right to me. Nitpicking, I'd bump Mike Gundy a tad lower, Mark Dantonio a tad higher. Other than that, I don't see anything wrong with it. Franklin's spot looks about right. You could argue anywhere between 15 and 25.
I have been to Auburn for a game, not a place worth visiting.
I picked them to go 10 and 2 best case with losses to Ohio State and Michigan State. D'oh! But I did fully predict Moorhead's impact. If only he were around in 14 and 15 instead of the bumbling idiot. Still can't help but think how good last year's team would have been if Hack had stayed. Maybe undefeated. Barkley may have won the Heisman.
Barkely is No. 1, end of story. Hack was the only reason (offensively, the D was great to) the offense did anything and he carried the team to bowl games in 14 and 15, in 16 is was Saquan turn to be the man. Barkley's presence covered up lots of warts all season allowing the team to win a Big Ten title. Without Barkley, they finish closer to 6 and 6. Heading into this year, without Chris Godwin, he may be even more valuable now that opposing defenses have film on the offense.
That was last year with a soft schedule. This is a new season which what looks like a more difficult slate. Except for the losses, his play was inconsequential in most of them.
He is a great kid and more than capable of getting this team to 9 or 10 wins but I doubt he can do more because it will require more than he can give.
Actually the opposite is true. He throws as hard as he can to area of the field and then it is 100% on the receiver to get it.
There is a reason for that, and it is it limited skill set. He simply doesn't have the arm to effectively throw the mid-range pass which is why those guys are open. Throwing the ball as hard as you can deep when there is no safety support and the DB is not playing the ball is a much safer throw and has far less risk.
Doubt it. We'll see come September.
Love him, can't wait to see what the line looks like come September. McGovern should be a lock for center, where everyone else plays should be interesting. Some talk about Mahon moving inside. Not sure I like that. Of course, we only saw him inside during the heyday of Donovan's and it incoherent blocking scheme so maybe he will work out fine. Either way, get the best players on the field now so we are ready to win a title 2018.
Where did I ever say the loss was Trace's fault? I didn't. I merely used USC's simple adjustment as an example of the limitations his skill set brings to the offense. The game film backs up that assessment. The defense is an entirely different issue altogether. The loss to USC was a team failure. I already talked about what those adjustments were. All they did was shift the alignment of the safeties and flipped the coverage sot he corners were playing the ball instead of face guarding receivers effectively taking away the jump ball because they don't trust him to throw against certain looks because he doesn't have the arm. It showed up all year and showed up yesterday as well.
Can't argue my point can you?
Do you really know the staff has Trace locked in to be the starter this year? My guess is no. Unlike most, I am grounded in reality. I am also willing to speak my mind even when it is unpopular.
So what? His arm is his arm. Everything we saw last year is still there. Different year, Weakest link on the offense.
"Tommy Stevens isn’t suddenly the starting quarterback."
No he won't suddenly be the starter but we know an open competition is needed this summer if the offense it to improve.
We saw them on display today. Did you see the typically underthrown deep ball that should have been picked? USC stopped face guarding receivers and they realigned the safeties so the deep one can go either way. Deep passing game shutdown+no mid range passing game to speak of because Trace doesn't have the arm=Offensive collapse. The defense could have played better but they got not help when they needed it, and it all comes back to the QB.
He had two reads in the passing game last year, one pre and one post snap. Figure out where the deep safety is going, look the opposite way, if the DB is face guarding the receiver, buy time and throw as hard as he can, if not, run. That was the deep passing game. It didn't work today because the DBs know enough to keep their head turned around.
That is actually a question everyone should be asking, including the coaching staff, and I believe they will come camp when there is an open competition.
His TD/INT ratio was good because JoeMo turned him into a role player when the streak started to keep him from losing games. The offense came alive at that point and they went with it. It caught up to them in the Rose Bowl.
I was at the game, and I think he played his role. Nothing more, nothing less. He had a couple of nice throws but it was the system more than anything. Forgive me but I am simply not as impressed with the deep passing game as most, especially now after USC shut it down with two small adjustments. I fully expect more of the the same this year which I, and a lot of other knowledgeable people are ready for Stevens.
I don't know if I trust Stevens or not but I know I don't trust McSorley. Did you see how easily Michigan shut down the offense and how USC did it in the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl with two adjustments?