And Bennett and Washington and Bosa and Frazier and Miller. But yes, Grant has a shot to make bank in January...
Raekwon is a true frosh, 1 year younger than these guys
The key to keeping Cooper quiet is to beat the piss out of Sims over and over and over and over (etc..). If our D Line can do what Mizzou started to do, which they showed against Wisky, then look for the INTs to follow. If that happens then we force Kiffin to become a bit more risk averse and 1-dimensional. Don't be overly afraid of our secondary getting exposed. We have the 4th most INTs in the nation this season (here) partly because of the competition, partly because of the D Line, but also because these kids are coming along nicely. On the contrary, I expect Bama's secondary to get its doors blown off.
I would love to see the TEs and Elliot get involved. Cardale is a big dude; with enough time he could certainly spot over the line a Hauerman or Vannett sneak behind the LBs.... Elliot needs to be used in space to keep the LBs honest and spread the zone out. He just can't drop the ball and leave 4 points on the table this game.
If I recall correctly, Urban Meyer led the charge as underdogs then and that turned out pretty well for him.
New Year's day will be huge for that perception. Mizzou / Minnesota and Auburn / Wisconsin could be interesting as well. The ACC went 4-0 against the SEC East last weekend. What on earth would they do if by some chance the B1G went 2-0 against the pride of Alabama some 6 weeks later?
We beat a much-closer-to-home Arkansas team there as well.
I think a lot of this also has to do with the play calling, caused by lack of confidence in execution. Last night the game plan was brilliant. They came out guns blazing with no fear and nothing to lose. I think Herman has turned the page from fear at times or trying to just take what he thinks the offense might be able to execute to unleashing the kraken, now knowing full well this O Line and this offense can do whatever he might have for them, against anybody, anywhere. There's no reason to bottle up against Bama, obviously. I want to see Devin and the CJ12 cannon outrun Bama's secondary. All that SEC speed on display and whatnot...
there are not four teams better in the country, and there are probably fewer than two
Nobody would have beaten that team last night.
D. Grant has played like a grown ass man this season. His vs Cooper is going to be awesome. If Sims doesn't have time to let Cooper's routes develop, look for INTs.
Another thing to note about Cooper here is our D Line pushed around big boys last night, and can do the same on Jan 1. Wisky's line probably is not as athletic as Bama's but they've been opening holes for Gordon all season and they weren't overrated as Jesse Palmer would like you to think. I expect this to be a great game in the trenches for us, which will give lots of help to Lee, Bell, Raekwon, etc.
Did you see the Mizzou game? A team with a good D Line can shut down Bama's offense. I like to think our D Line showed they're pretty good last night... They give up a lot of points on the other side of the ball as well. I know it's a rivalry, but still, 99 points in the Iron Bowl? Hmm. They're beatable.
Bennett, Miller, Lee, Grant, Bosa, Elliot, Devin, Cardale.... everyone played out of their minds. Could have been 10 MVPs tonight.
The guys on Fox and even CBS has OSU in. Mark May is on an island.
I'm 33. That was possibly the most impressive Buckeye victory in my lifetime. Unbelievable. If these kids don't get in, there will be all kinds of things on fire tomorrow. To be honest, that might be true in southern Florida or Texas tomorrow.
Johnny Unitas FTW
GT Sucks. So does FSU...
This team is at least #3. Nobody more impressive in their conference championship. Period.
I want to be dogs to Bama on New Year's.
They have trailed by double digits many times this year, to unranked opponents, and have 7 single-digit wins. Not much in the way of style points there. I understand that they get everyone's best shot every week, but in several cases it didn't appear to me that the other team was playing with their hair on fire... instead the Noles looked to be playing down to inferior competition. If they lose they should fall out of the top 10, and if we sleepwalk and barely beat crap teams all year long next year I would expect the same treatment. You claim to be the best, and think you deserve a shot in January? Prove it in October, November and December. They could have lost to Oklahoma State week 1 in Dallas, and haven't looked any better since. They only reason they're in the discussion at all is because of last season and miraculously remaining unbeaten - due to weak opposition - this year. I expect them to get destroyed on New Year's by anybody else in the top 4 if they win tomorrow.
He could beat his own record by 12 TDs next season.
He hasn't been passing because his duties have been limited to killing the clock, not racking up more points. In most of his drives, the coaches are fairly content with going 3-n-out while taking the other team's time outs or time away.
I believe if Barrett is healthy we would have finally jumped Baylor this week. There's no other explanation.
In that case, yes. However, even if Baylor and TCU both win, I can't imagine the committee would take both. That game has already been played. I really think we just need 1 of Oregon, Bama and FSU to lose. Not that it's a given, but again, I actually expect to see FSU lose. I can't see Saban blowing their game, but Oregon will need to do better than their last 2 attempts with Arizona.
Obviously Wisky is a must win or this is all for naught.