Going forward, I am going to try to avoid wasting my time reading the "We needed style points in that game, Urban is getting soft and I'm really starting to doubt Herman" threads. Before I do that though, I wanted to get a few thoughts out there because I have kept pretty quiet in them in the past. Maybe I have a unique perspective, maybe no one gives a shit...maybe it will keep you off the ledge and save your life; regardless, here goes:
I am fine with others having different (and negative) opinions, but football is only here for a few months of the year and I prefer to celebrate the season and do my best to enjoy the wins, rather than over-analyze victories and make the season miserable with proclamations of thoughts/complaints that the coaches didn't do things the way I originally wanted it to be done.
Regarding style points, I get it. We lived with Tresselball for years, we saw Urban on the horizon and naturally our first thought was "YES!! Now we can blow teams out and show complete domination." I don't know if Urban is softer or not nowadays, but I still believe he is incredibly intelligent and well thought out when it comes to his decisions. I believe most things he does he has a true reason for them. If Oregon or Clemson go undefeated (perhaps even Stanford, but I am not certain on that one), we are out of the game, regardless of how much we blow teams out by. Look at their schedules compared to ours. Oregon would have beaten Tennessee, Cal, UCLA, Washington, Stanford. Beating Stanford is the sole reason they would make it in over us...we don't have a Stanford on the schedule, due to our B1G counterparts regressing. Now look at Clemson, they would have beaten Georgia, Florida State, Maryland (overrated maybe), and South Carolina. Remember that game they barely won over NC State? No one gives a shit that they didn't have "style points" there because they play good competition throughout the season so they don't need them. Scheduling is our issue, not execution of gameplans under UFM. There aren't enough style points in the world to overcome the hand that we have been dealt with scheduling, it is just a buzz word that people have become infatuated with.
I was in the camp previously of "If we win them all, we will get in", but now I don't know that for certain...our schedule has gotten considerably weaker whiles the others', as detailed above, have gotten considerably stronger. Is it worth worrying about either way? No. Pray for wins, let the rest figure itself out, and stop clamoring and stressing about the damn style points. Clemson will Clemson. Hopefully a real defense stuns Oregon like we have seen every year in the past. Maybe Stanford has a tough matchup during midterm week and the players will be shakey on the field after a tough week. Style points aren't getting us into the MNC game one way or the other without a little help from PAC10, ACC, SEC cannibalism, so stop harping on them. Enjoy the victories.
I believe Urban knows that style points aren't going to change a damn thing about the outcome of the season...there are many other more significant variables that have much more of a driving impact on that, namely the other teams losing and us not. I also firmly believe that Urban doesn't think we are losing a game this season, and I think he is keeping as much hidden as he can, always keeping things hidden for when we we truly need it. Against Wisconsin, it was obvious that the game was ours to win. We also have our toughest matchup the following week, oh and by the way it's on the road. Why not cruise into the win and try to conserve as much of your players and the playbook as possible? Again, I think he is putting out what is necessary (in his mind, by his definition) and not an ounce more.
Look at the first quarter if you want a guage for our team. We are dominant, and then we peel back a bit in the second, a bit more in the third, and we are essentially in neutral for the fourth. You may thank UFM down the road for the vanilla shit if we have some new snags to unviel when the moment truly calls for them, perhaps a night like Jan 6th.
Just my thoughts on things. Sit back, relax, and do what you can do enjoy the season. It's already almost half way over, no reason to worry and stress is by. Go Bucks!