I think the the Buckeyes DL stops Ferguson and forces Illinois into a lot of 3rd and longs. I would be surprised if Illinois scores more than 28 points.
I would love to see Jalin get a drive or two as QB. The kid could flat out play in high school. We know what he can do in space, I think he could be more than enough of a passer to move the ball down the field. The playbook would probably have to change to even more of an uptempo spread to fit his game better.
I think ball security and hands are more important than playmaking ability on punt returns. Yeah, Jalin did some things that made me hold my breath, but I felt so much more comfortable with someone like him, a former quarterback and basketball player, than I did with Philly Brown and Dontre.
Still couple weeks too early for this IMO. We don't even know enough about a lot of the 1 loss teams to figure out where they should be.
Even Finebaum didn't have 3 SEC teams in it. He had FSU, Miss St, Alabama, Oregon with ND, TCU just missing and Georgia a sleeper. Whose playoff bracket prediction was this?
Cavs already got one of those players!
Outback Jesus himself:
Because conference wins is completely relevant when previewing a non-conference game.
There are 4 SEC teams in the top 5, and two of them have a loss. Not sure how that doesn't look biased or media influenced, but I'm not so sure that any of the one loss teams out there couldn't beat anyone in the SEC.
Sigh, I'm going to have to rant here before the circlejerk starts. I'm with Fowler here. Tell me 1 loss teams you would put above Alabama or Auburn? Notre Dame is the only other one with an "argument" and they are right there behind them (plus they just lost last week and you always see drops immediately after a loss). Alabama and Auburn (and Notre Dame) lost to the undefeated teams above them on the road. Oregon? No, they lost to Arizona, who has one loss. Michigan State? No, they lost to Oregon, who has one loss. You can go on down the entire rankings like this. The rankings pretty much reflect the "food chain" in college football and that's exactly what they are doing. Sure you can argue spots here and there, but the overall picture is fine right now. Expect the playoff picks to work in the same way.
Imagine Wisconsin was #1 and OSU lost to them on the road, but has looked really good otherwise. We fans sure as hell would be arguing that we are the best 1 loss team and should be right there in the top 5 still and in contention for a playoff spot. And it would be completely valid. ESPN and other media members are looking at the general picture:
Undefeated Teams (Miss St, FSU, Ole Miss) > Teams with only 1 close loss to undefeated teams (Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame)> Teams with 1 loss that have lost to other really solid teams with 1 loss (MSU, Oregon, Kansas State, TCU) > The rest of the 1 loss teams in some order.
Then you have to add in the fact that teams like Georgia, Arizona State, Ohio State lost to teams that didn't seem as bad at the time so they didn't drop much even though since then those losses look worse now.
TL:DR - Sure SEC has momentum with rankings/media/playoff likelihood, but they are completely valid for the time being.
Exactly. If you're looking at 1 one loss teams at the end of the season, you will most certainly look at a 1 loss Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, Notre Dame, one of the Mississippi schools, or even TCU because they only lost to undefeated teams (one the road usually) or teams that are also looking "elite". Whereas OSU lost by 14 to a team that looks to be mediocre at home. There isn't a narrative, that's simple logic and I'm sick of posters here whine (even sarcastically) about being victims to media bias. OSU needs to win big week by week to show that, hey, this isn't the same team and this IS one of the best teams in the country.
If I were a playoff committee voter, my opinion now of OSU would be: "Okay, Buckeyes, you are starting to garner my attention, now take care of business by leaving no doubt in every game until B1GCCG and then I'll strongly consider you for the playoffs."
A lot of youth, Royals especially. Most of these Royals players will become more well known in the coming years, they are almost all still on their rookie deals and due for big paydays. Giants have more well known guys - Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence to name a few.
Can't stand Joe Buck as a baseball announcer. I wish they'd get someone else on World Series games, get someone that actually loves baseball. I also wish someone other than Fox had the coverage rights.
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I'm pretty sure Tennessee has had a lot of attrition in the past year or two, more than usual, which is why they've been able to bring in large classes.
A huge chunk of potential viewers live in B1G territory. It covers some of the most populated areas of the entire country already, and now with the footprint into New Jersey/Maryland areas, it's even more so. Pair that with the giant and historical schools of OSU, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, and others, it's pretty obvious that B1G schools being really good would be really good for ESPN and CFB business.
Saw this trailer a few days ago - that's how you make a trailer. This doesn't give anything away, but was gripping enough that I really want to see this movie.
When RR first got to Michigan, he did not have near the caliber of talent/depth that his system needed. He recruited it, but was never able to utilize a mature roster full of his players. He steps into Arizona and already has a roster of guys that fit what he wants to do.
The defense never seemed to be there (nor did it show any signs of getting there soon) for Rich Rod at Michigan. So even if his offense was stellar, the D would've likely been lacking and caused problems regardless. That type of D works in the PAC12 whereas is wouldn't have worked as well in the B1G (that era of the B1G at least).
RR belongs in the PAC12 or Big 12. He fits in there very well.
I think anything around -8.5 to -11.5 is reasonable. This isn't a laughing stock Maryland team that we've seen in recent memory. A lot of talent on both sides of the ball. And it's a lot of these guys' first time playing in an away game. I will go with 38-24.