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    Default Penguin Week: 10/12 @ YSU

    No time like the present to start getting over that hangover.

    It sounds like the YSU QB, Mayes, went down with a leg injury late in their game with UNI. Anyone have any update on his status?

    I have to think that their offensive strength of running between the tackles will play into our Defensive strength. But I'm concerned about their play action beating us down the field if Mayes is playing.

    On D, they appear to be pretty stout and will test our inconsistent O line. I'm also curious to see how J'Bore handles a game on the road against a good conference team. The forecast right now is callin for mild temps in the 60's and a chance for showers.

    This is a huge game to really guage where this team is at. YSU should still be ranked in the top 25, and will likely be a playoff team, barring a major collapse. They're 4-1, with UNI behind them now. They still have us, NDSU, and ISUr, but their non-conference schedule has given them some insurance. Should be a decent crowd on hand too.

    In the preseason, I had this game pegged as a loss. I'm not sure how I feel about it now. If Mayes is out, our chances probably go way up. If he plays, this is going to be a tough one. In 2017, they used a power running game and just enough play action to hold onto the ball for nearly 40 minutes and grind us down to a pulp. If we can't get off the field on D, and if our O can't establish some good ball control scoring drives, I'd expect more of the same. But our D this year is playing at a higher level than that D in 2017, so who knows.

    We are historically underwhelming in early-mid October, so this is a great chance to buck that trend and roll into the back half of the month at 2-0 in conference.

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    Also, it appears that YSU will not be providing any internal video feed for this game, so if ESPN+ has issues again, it looks like it's the radio feed or bust. I'm nervous because this game is also contracted with UTV, just like Saturday's game vs SIU. However, the feed will be through a local Youngstown station, so maybe it'll be a non-issue this time. That was frustrating last week and really inexcusable. I've never had trouble with the Youngstown feed before, so hopefully it's cleaned up this weekend.

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    Default Re: Penguin Week: 10/12 @ YSU

    I believe MyUTV, which is affiliated with KELOLAND-TV, will be carrying the game.
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    Default Re: Penguin Week: 10/12 @ YSU

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacked_Up View Post
    I believe MyUTV, which is affiliated with KELOLAND-TV, will be carrying the game.
    There go my hopes for watching it on ESPN+ !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacked_Up View Post
    I believe MyUTV, which is affiliated with KELOLAND-TV, will be carrying the game.
    Correct. If you don't have KELO or CW-Black Hills, ESPN+ is the only option. If ESPN+ gets their feed through the Youngstown guys, it's probably no issue. If it's through MyUTV again, it could be an issue.

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    Default Re: Penguin Week: 10/12 @ YSU

    It shows TuneIn on the GoJacks site.
    https://gojacks.com/schedule.aspx?path=football
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    https://gojacks.com/boxscore.aspx?id=8554&path=football

    Team stats from the 2017 loss to YSU. The time of possession line is kind of incredible: 45 minutes to 15 minutes, and over 300 yards on the ground given up. If I recall correctly, that was a game that we did not commit to running the ball, and the pass game was not clicking. That 2017 YSU team didn't make the playoffs, but I'm not sure that they weren't better than this year's iteration. The '17 Penguins had McCaster running the ball, which was a big part of their success in that game. They threw it 19 times for 14 completions and 113 yards. Primarily play action.

    Last year in Brookings, the 'Guins threw for 208 yards and ran for only 136. The jacks, meanwhile, ran for 253 and passed for only 78 yards. The time of possession was much more even than in 2017, at 31 to 29, Jacks.

    I still haven't seen any word on the Mays injury. Historically, he's been pretty average, but he's been having a pretty nice season this year, albeit against mostly weak opponents.

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    Rewatched the UNI game. Before watching it I thought this was a game we lost. After watching it, I'm not so sure. I had watched first halves of a couple of their non-conference games against inferior opponents.

    They are very good along the offensive and defensive lines but their skill isn't great. Their center started for West Virgia for 2.5 years and is a really good player. Their RBs are okay, Mays is a below average starter, and their WRs are pretty pedestrian.

    Defensive line they are small on the interior and it appears they are starting 4 defensive ends. Looking at their roster, they don't have the typical beef or experience at the DT that they normall do. They are quick as **** and really held UNI in check but got burned on some big passes and a fun nice runs. They are about the same size as LIU's group but much more talented. They've played the last few weeks in a 4-2-5 defense. Not sure why as the LB's who started earlier in the season are still playing, just not as much. Bryce Gibson is a nice player at corner but the rest of the secondary can be beat. Overall, they aren't as deep as they normall are.

    I'll save a prediction for later but I feel better after watching the UNI game then I did before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestSideRabbit View Post
    Rewatched the UNI game. Before watching it I thought this was a game we lost. After watching it, I'm not so sure. I had watched first halves of a couple of their non-conference games against inferior opponents.

    They are very good along the offensive and defensive lines but their skill isn't great. Their center started for West Virgia for 2.5 years and is a really good player. Their RBs are okay, Mays is a below average starter, and their WRs are pretty pedestrian.

    Defensive line they are small on the interior and it appears they are starting 4 defensive ends. Looking at their roster, they don't have the typical beef or experience at the DT that they normall do. They are quick as **** and really held UNI in check but got burned on some big passes and a fun nice runs. They are about the same size as LIU's group but much more talented. They've played the last few weeks in a 4-2-5 defense. Not sure why as the LB's who started earlier in the season are still playing, just not as much. Bryce Gibson is a nice player at corner but the rest of the secondary can be beat. Overall, they aren't as deep as they normall are.

    I'll save a prediction for later but I feel better after watching the UNI game then I did before.
    I remember Bo liking that 4-2-5 when he was HC at Nebraska.

    The guys are definitely going to need to be ready to play a physical game. Bo's teams haven't always been good, but they always seem to play really physical.

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    Default Re: Penguin Week: 10/12 @ YSU

    This is the game that starts the real meat of the season IMHO. So far, so good for the Jacks. We won easily on Hobo Day but didn't come away with the feeling we played great. Need to start dialing it in and really showing some consistency. This team has had some lofty expectations placed upon them and no doubt have as high if not higher expectations that they have placed on themselves. There's just no room for any slip ups. Going on the road and giving a team like YSU and their hot head coach our best game would be a really good indicator that they are locked in for the long haul.

    We have shown flashes of all of the talent this team has and it is very impressive. Probably the best team we have ever put on the field. Time to put it all together and get the home field advantage and make another deep run!

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