When he started at Houston, Herman explicitly referenced Howard Schnellenberger and how he built the program at Miami. Houston is maybe the one metro area in the country other than Miami where that model could work. It wouldn't surprise me to see Herman try to deliver on that. The money he's getting is already, um, let's say substantial, and the challenge of building a program might be more appealing than jumping through hoops for boosters and trustees at some moribund helmet school like Texas.
So, a little off topic, but the OP makes me want to ask this question. Buckeyes are 48-3 since Urban took over as head coach. Dantonio is 40-10 at MSU during that same span. Question is how would the Buckeyes have looked since 2012 with Dantonio at the helm? Championship? No championship?
Gratitude for his role in bringing the Buckeyes a national championship. Respect for what he's been able to accomplish at MSU. Mild irritation for his constant "chip on the shoulder" routine.
IF --and this is the big if-- but if the Buckeyes beat MSU on Saturday by any margin, the Buckeyes deserve to be number one, period. Clemson's romps over Wofford and Appalachian St. are meaningless, and only slightly more meaningful is their romp over a completely dysfunctional Miami team. Their resume, such as it is, depends on their 23-13 win over a fairly mediocre FSU team, and their skin-of-their-teeth swamp rain win over a typically overrated ND team. Other than that they've posted the kinds of performances that Ohio State always gets raked over the coals for. 20-17 over unranked Louisville? 37-27 over unranked Syracuse?
I get that the Buckeyes have played nobody to date, and that's been frustrating as a fan (why, oh why must we play Rutgers and Maryland every damn year?!), but this Saturday we do, and if we win, the Buckeyes have earned the number one spot.
I know Sparty has been banged up along the OL during the season. Does anyone know the status of Conklin and Allen?
Birm, I know this is a huge recruiting weekend, but is anyone actually on commit alert, or is this just setting things up with guys who are likely all-star game or signing day commits?
I finally figured Harbaugh out. He's Barry from Archer.
Football is a violent game where career ending injuries are possible on every snap you play. It is also an extraordinarily lucrative career with a notoriously narrow window of earning. A year not earning plus a possible injury that could cause a drop in draft position with possible additional lost time for playing = none of us should hope for, or even allow, Joey Bosa to come back next year. Thanks Big Bear and good luck in the NFL.
Herman was a great hire, and people who doubted it at first came to realize it. Beck was a bad hire, and people will come to realize that too. My guess is Urban already has.
Buckeyes will have to play their best game of the year to cover that spread, and I have a feeling they will. Buckeyes roll 38-20.
Oregon beating Stanford helped Sparty in two ways: knocking Stanford out of the way, and putting some shine back on their win over the Ducks.
Not trying to bash ESPN, but . . . the scroll last night read "Clemson wins on the road by double digits." I guess that sounds better than "Clemson beats six-loss Syracuse by 10."
So when Alabama struggles against a team it shows how good the other team is, but when OSU struggles against somebody it shows how weak we are? I think I get it now.
Team has regressed under Klinsmann. I get that he's trying an overhaul but he's been the head man for a while now and it's past time to start showing some results.
I probably could have tossed ND in there as well. They are getting an awful lot of credit for LOSING to Clemson. Other than that their only wins against ranked opponents are against a GT team that has now lost seven games this season, and a four-point win over Temple.
Things you have to ignore to agree with Joey Galloway's statement:
- Ohio State is somehow still undefeated and beating teams by an average of three touchdowns.
- Stanford lost to NW.
- LSU just got blown out by Alabama.
- Utah got blown out by USC.
- Florida lost to LSU and looked awful in barely getting past Vanderbilt.
- Oklahoma lost to Texas, this year, 2015.
- Michigan State just lost, last week, to Nebraska.
- Michigan lost to that MSU team, and to Utah just for good measure, and should have lost to Minnesota as well.
Those are all the teams that Joey Galloway would apparently rank ahead of the Buckeyes. That's, um, interesting.
A very weird and unpleasant game with turnovers, bad penalties, and a fourth quarter rally to escape with the win. Something strange like 26-22.
As long as we keep winning, we'll be the number one seed. It'll be hard to argue with the defending champs closing the season out with three consecutive wins over top 15 teams.
People seem to be conceding the top seed to Clemson, or even a one-loss Bama, but if the Buckeyes win out against MSU, UM, and Iowa, I think the Buckeyes can still grab the top spot, particularly if we look good doing it.
So . . . Fire Urban Meyer?
PSU is a different team at home. Just this season they are 6-0 at home with an average score of 30-10. Michigan, on the other hand, has only played three true road games this season, losing to Utah in one and barely surviving at Minnesota. Can't wait to see the Vegas spread on this game, but if PSU is getting any points I'm all over it.
Got a bad feeling that our fg problems will cost us a game as the competition improves.
Michigan will lose at PSU.