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  1. 2018 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Was wondering about JUCO help on the offensive line. Good to hear.
  2. SEC Bias discussion

    Dear Aggie..., Ooops!!! http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/20737925 i always thought the imponderable of the SEC was stability of coaches. Once they retired/changed... anything goes. Aggie assumed the bar of success would remain. But it was always dependent on quality of coaching... and for 14 teams. Alabama created a false sense of coaching quality permeating the conference, and doing so indefinitely.
  3. Just put this on another thread... here's how a team Herman was coaching (Ohio State and Houston) fared against favored teams. This is ALL the teams Herman's team was an underdog. Won all of them. Those last two games... 13-point underdog to OU... 17-pt underdog to Louisville. In that game, sacked the Louisville QB 11 times. https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2016/11/18/13674378/tom-herman-houston-underdog-louisville As for how Herman's teams have performed as underdogs, going back to his time as offensive coordinator at Ohio State, look at this 11-0 streak: 2012 Ohio State 17, 2-point favorite Michigan State 16 2012 Ohio State 21, 1-point favorite Wisconsin 14 2014 Ohio State 49, 4-point favorite Michigan State 37 2014 Ohio State 59, 4-point favorite Wisconsin 0 2014 Ohio State 42, 7.5-point favorite Alabama 35 2014 Ohio State 42, 6-point favorite Oregon 20 2015 Houston 34, 13.5-point favorite Louisville 31 2015 Houston 52, 1.5-point favorite Navy 31 2015 Houston 38, 7.5-point favorite Florida State 24 2016 Houston 33, 13-point favorite Oklahoma 23 2016 Houston 36, 17-point favorite Louisville 10
  4. In addition to Herman's 6 wins against ranked opponents, under his coaching, back to Ohio State, has been on the winning side of all 11 games his team was the underdog. Last year, the Cougs sacked Louisville QB 11 times. Believe that QB went on to win the Heisman. Granted this team does not have the 5 Star defensive tackle Houston has, there are a number of talented players on this defense that are capable of unleashing havoc. Malcolm Roach, Nasshon Hughes, Anthony Wheeler, Malik Jefferson, Kris Boyd, Breckyn Hager, Gary Johnson... to name a few. With Poona Ford and Chris Nelson plugging up the middle... My prediction. Texas 41 USC 38 Okay, found the list of wins against teams Herman's team was an underdog: https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2016/11/18/13674378/tom-herman-houston-underdog-louisville As for how Herman's teams have performed as underdogs, going back to his time as offensive coordinator at Ohio State, look at this 11-0 streak: 2012 Ohio State 17, 2-point favorite Michigan State 16 2012 Ohio State 21, 1-point favorite Wisconsin 14 2014 Ohio State 49, 4-point favorite Michigan State 37 2014 Ohio State 59, 4-point favorite Wisconsin 0 2014 Ohio State 42, 7.5-point favorite Alabama 35 2014 Ohio State 42, 6-point favorite Oregon 20 2015 Houston 34, 13.5-point favorite Louisville 31 2015 Houston 52, 1.5-point favorite Navy 31 2015 Houston 38, 7.5-point favorite Florida State 24 2016 Houston 33, 13-point favorite Oklahoma 23 2016 Houston 36, 17-point favorite Louisville 10
  5. Shane Update

    A Defensive End for USC will not be playing. No likely anyway. Maybe he can play with two screws in a toe http://www.insidesocal.com/usc/2017/09/13/porter-gustin-toe-surgery/
  6. Shane Update

    Chip Brown tweeted yesterday that Buechele threw but was limited in reps. Today, Wed, tweeted that he threw again, and that all 3 QBs will be available for the game, as just posted here. Does not give away the game plan. Saw in another tweet a reminder... Herman won all 6 games at UH against top ranked teams. Has won all 11 games as underdog in teams he has been involved in coaching. Just saying.
  7. Saw this... Defense End out with toe surgery http://www.insidesocal.com/usc/2017/09/13/porter-gustin-toe-surgery/
  8. USC ROLL CALL

    No one is writing about Tue practice. But did find.... Chip Brown put on his twitter about 6 hrs ago... Shane practiced and threw but limited reps... linked to page at Horn$ Digest, but I'm not a subscriber. I predict Ehlinger will start, with increased Heard package; emphasis on the run game big time, aiming at time of possession, field position, keeping the ball out of the hands of their offense, make them face long fields as much as possible. Use Heard between the 30s, not just on short yardage and inside the Red Zone. Mix it up. I hope those who travel are not disappointed, have a great dinner afterwards and enjoy the finest trip back, glowing all the way to Austin, or to wherever you may live if elsewhere than Lone Star State. Hook'em!!!
  9. NFL never looks the same from pre-season to regular, and from regular to post-season. Whole different game. Same players. Higher stakes. This team Saturday night will make us wonder where the hell they were Sept 2nd. We will be scouring the depth chart examining names and numbers.... We'll see hitting and gang tackling and pursuits that will make us think it's Jan 2006 all over again. Revolution about to break out. Gonna get nasty. USC about to get some smash mouth Texas football delivered in Storm Trooper White. Fast. Hard. Reckless.
  10. Wisdom from Urban Meyer

    last week Colin Cowherd suggested Herman's comments did not warrant the perception from Meyer -- and that likely it's about recruiting battles between the two... I'm pretty sure Herman poses a threat to Meyer continuing to raid top Texas talent. Especially if Herman can get through this season and can hold the 2018 verbals. Right now Rivals has it Ohio State, Miami, Penn State, Texas -- and Meyer just got schooled by a BigXII team that made his offense look tepid. With a QB from Wichita Falls that Herman once coached, but did not look good in an offense Sat night. https://n.rivals.com/team_rankings/2018/all-teams/football
  11. Buechele update - 9/7/17

    Sounds about right. Need Shane completely healed and ready for USC game, and week long practice. Start and play Sam and work Heard in for that amount of plays maybe more. Get two backups 'up' to game speed and ready to play on the first road game.
  12. Buechele update - 9/7/17

    "when he was blown up at the goal line on the first offensive drop back for Texas" ... my exact analysis upon several reviews of that play few days back. Slo-mo shows both feet came off the ground and, ball tucked into his belly, he led into the defender with his throwing shoulder ... going down on his left shoulder, with the defender landing on top of him on his throwing shoulder. Wonder a collar bone was not broken/stressed.
  13. Buechele update - 9/7/17

    As succinct as can be said. Agree.
  14. My Thoughts Following The Maryland Debacle

    Questions on how good was Maryland... Durkin was DC for Harbaugh in 2015. Last weekend, Michigan held Florida rushing game to NET 11 yards on 27 carries. For Texas, Chris Warren and Kyle Porter combined for 52 yards on 14 carries. I cannot find penalty stats for the UM/Florida game, but I've a theory that a defense that can force holding penalties has an edge. If I'm a scout I make notes of teams who defenders play into holding; not just linemen but backs and receivers that are also flagged for holding. Of all penalties in the game, I hate holding the most.
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