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I still think the Pac 10 was the most underrated conference -- by far!!

It was pretty solid with Stanford, Arizona,USC,Oregon State,Washington etc. Seeing what Oregon did to all of them makes you wonder though. On the other hand, Stanford worked Va Tech who was pretty damn good.

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Oregon wasn't all that different between the 2 years and Ohio State improved as well, especially Pryor. Oregon showed that their offense has trouble with a defense that has NFL athletes.

Contrast that with all those offenses that absolutely thrive playing against defenses loaded with NFL talents...

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There has never been a shortage of elite, NFL defensive talent in the Pac-10. This year was no different and the first 3 rounds of the draft will prove it.

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The problem isn't that the offense won't work. It obviously does, but what becomes an issue is having your defense practice against that offense all the time. It doesn't prepare you for the Wisconsin's & OSU's.

Florida ran a form of a spread offense with Urban Meyer and had no trouble at all with OSU in the national championship game.

I don't think there is any evidence to suggest that teams with spread offenses will have worse defenses. Several of the top programs the last few years (Florida, Texas, Oklahoma) ran versions of it and were very successful. 4 of the last 6 national champions ran versions of the spread. You can win with a Pro-style offense. You can win with the spread. More importantly, you win with talent and good coaching.

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Florida ran a form of a spread offense with Urban Meyer and had no trouble at all with OSU in the national championship game.

I don't think there is any evidence to suggest that teams with spread offenses will have worse defenses. Several of the top programs the last few years (Florida, Texas, Oklahoma) ran versions of it and were very successful. 4 of the last 6 national champions ran versions of the spread. You can win with a Pro-style offense. You can win with the spread. More importantly, you win with talent and good coaching.

I though Hokes complaint was more about teams that zone block too much of the time. Is a high percentage of zone-blocking a necessary requirement of everything you might call a spread?

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completely disagree. There is plenty of talent that is now Sophomores and Juniors instead of Freshman and Sophomores. Bring in a decent class(already some solid defenders in the class) and you have a pretty nice talent base on defense. You have a vet defensive line that Hoke should be able to do good things with(DL coach at UM), the return of our 3 most veteran DBs from injury(Woolfolk,Floyd,M.Williams) and some emerging talents at S,CB and LB(Robinson,Furman,C.Johnson,C.Gordon,Jones,Demmens,Fitzgerald,Christian,Countess,Talbott,Crawford,Hollowell). An upgrade of defensive coaching and another year in the strengh program(whether Barwis or Hoke's guy) as well as the top Big 10 teams losing a lot of defensive talent should all help in making us a much better D, possibly top half of B10.

Quoted for being surprisingly correct, also with an excellently apt user name.

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