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Of course, Cooper is only part of the story with Alabama's offense, and that's what makes them so dangerous. Keying on any one thing leaves the defense vulnerable, but not keying on any one thing still leaves Lane Kiffin open to mix up his bag of plays and rely on his players' athletic advantages. And yes, Cooper, White, Jones, and Howard do have athletic advantages on OSU's corners.
Les Miles could not convince the administration to up the ante on what was already the fourth-best salary for an assistant in the country. Kevin Sumlin gets a very capable coordinator and a man who's been able to stop Sumlin with his Mustang defenses.
Zach Travis sits down and talks about what's been missing that Jim Harbaugh can fix, Greg Mattison, and Harbaugh's long-term chances at Michigan.
It was easy to get excited about recruits during the Brady Hoke era, but obviously the problem was the other side of the coin. Harbaugh should deliver on developing players, but he may also be an even better recruiter.
On a decent number of plays this year, Gregory held his own against linemen with fifty pounds on him, and that was a plus from before. But it also wasn't something he could do all game, and he didn't stand a chance when multiple linemen tried moving him away from the action. It will never be his strength to stop the run, but NFL coordinators will find ways to mask his weaknesses and use his raw athleticism as often as possible.
The emphasis on assistants is a great lesson for other Big Ten teams, which have seen some osmosis there in recent years.
Three more interceptions for the Ole Miss defense, but the lack of a sturdy running attack killed the Rebels again. Meanwhile, TCU can still take another step forward if it finds a star running back somewhere on that roster, rather than relying on Boykin.
Don't look now, but the SEC isn't doing that hot in bowl season. 4-3 overall, two of their wins were uncomfortably close - A&M 45-37 over West Virginia, and South Carolina 24-21 over Miami.
It's been a while, but here's where all the Big Ten teams stand as the 2015 cycle winds down.
Jones will obviously be key for Minnesota next year without David Cobb.
If there was any team that needed a shot in the arm, it might have been Northwestern. With that said, the Wildcats finished a respectable eighth in the conference in total defense, as well as ninth on offense. They also managed to beat Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Penn State. But the Cats have now gone 5-7 two years running, and they need to show results in the Big Ten West in the next year or two.
Wisconsin's offense is in good hands with Paul Chryst, while Langdsorf brings a good record resurrecting Eli Manning's career.
For all that Tanner McEvoy was talked about, Stave has been a very solid safety net and game manager for the Badgers.
This was a great use of media by the Gophers in addition to their 'Brick by Brick' slogan and changing uniform design. They're doing more right than just play football.
This will be up to GoT enthusiasts to determine the accuracy of this list, but it's the second of a greatly entertaining series by TCR.