Mariota is way overrated, just like his team is every year. I will take MSU and the 13 pts all day. Not only will Sparty cover, IMO they win convincingly, although the score will not be the complete proof of this. Oregon scores late, but still loses 27-24. I would not bet on either team winning by 13. I believe MSU wins, but it is a pick em spread with Oregon playing in Eugene.
In due respect, I am a die-hard Ohio State fan, who has lived in Alabama for 30 years. I was 12 when our family moved here from Valley City, Medina OH. Everybody who knows me, which is nearly everyone in our small town, knows I am a lifelong Ohio State fan, but I learned early on waving it in the faces of people here is a recipe for disaster. After 30 years here, I have realised no matter how I talk, or walk, or look; I will always be considered an outsider. The Civil War down here is truly not over, in the minds of many. They really believe it is only halftime. Don't bet on Alabama losing 3 games. You will lose your money. Ironicaly, if Nick Marshall gets a slap on the wrist for Marijuana possession ( which he will down here), I believe both Alabama and Auburn will be undefeated entering their annual rivalry game. This is Braxton's last year, if we don't get it done this year it will be another 2 or 3 before we are legitimate contenders for the biggest prize. In hindsight, Meyer needed to roll the dice last year. He should have started Apple at Corner with Grant, and moved Roby to Free Safety with Bryant and Powell at Strong and Nickel, then Vonn Bell exclusively with Powell, after Bryant went down. He needed to have the Beast, Jamal Marcus, move to the MLB position. Barnett, Pitt Brown, Curtis Grant, and Cam Williams should only have been used in complete desperation. Not using enough Defensive Lineman, redshirting Apple and Michael Thomas (should have been starters}, and not plugging the Middle with the Beast are all factors which cost us a chance at a NC. IMHO of course. Its easy to make these decisions from the recliner LOL!!!
Joey Bosa = 125
Now that would be hitting the Jackpot, like getting the great Ted Ginn, Beanie Wells, Terrell Pryor, and LOL Curtis Grant! Although if I had to choose, I would rather lose Sweat this year, and get Nick Bosa in two years. I pray we get both, along with Harris, Burrell, Gallimore, and Kirk. May as well dream big.
Without Lindsay transferring from Alabama, I do not care how great Warriner is, Miller would have been running for his life. At least, one out of three Boren's was good! Zach was a great, and we sure could have used him in the Middle last year. His toughness and leadership almost make up for how awful Jacoby is, and how mediocre Justin was. Raekwon and Hubbard, IMO, were are most prized recruits of 2014, but getting Lindsay to come in as a grown man, to immediately start at Center was without a doubt our most important addition to the entire roster. I still have a hard time believing Elflein is the best Right Guard we have. I may be wrong, but he looks very average to me, at best. Besides two consecutive awful play calls, running Miller to the short side of the field, on 3rd and 4th down in the MSU game, Meyer not letting Hall play the whole game cost us a chance at a National Championship. No defense was going to keep Hyde from getting a yard given two chances. I am convinced Meyer did not want to win the Michigan State game, because of the damage an extreme embarrassment to FSU would have done to the program in the future. Clemson, a team Florida State literally dismantled, shredded our pathetic back 7 to the tune of 40 points. The sickening thing about giving up 40 to Clemson was all the damage was done by one player ( Sammy Watkins ). They had no running game whatsoever. Good Riddens Withers and your prevent defense, and adios Vrabel for your idiotic philosopy of not always and continually rotating 7 or 8 Defensive Lineman, especially when it was your deepest and most talented unit. With Warriner, Herman, Johnson, and Ash things are looking much better. Now if they would only fire Gene Smith, and a desperate University would take Fickell off our hands, I would be ecstatic. I guess you can't have it all. We could be stuck with Hokey Pokey, Lane Kiffin, or God help us, Charlie Weiss!!! In Urban I trust!!! Most of the time! LOL
Try five consecutive years for the state of Alabama. 3 for Bama and 2 for Auburn.
If I am replying to Luke. I bet they are great coaches to an Alabama fan. I would take somebody out of the stands over Jent and Paulus. Great coaches LMAO. Like Jim Bollman was great.
Let's be honest they suck.
Worse group of Assistants in College Basketball. God I pray they go, like I prayed Bollman would leave for about 5 years. Jent cost us a trip to the Final Four, and He really had an impact on this years club's shooting. Greg Paulus, the only player Coach K basically nudged out the door. He made me sick as a player and now as video coordinator, whatever that means. Those guys were tremendous recruiters. Never gave Matta any strong input on not taking Trey Burke, Traveon Jackson, or Aaron White, Chane Bohannon. Lavert from Michigan. The list goes on and on. As much as I think Matta is small time like Tressel, we could do much worse. I'm afraid his mentality of playing upperclassmen and favorites-Along with being able to read his decisions just like a book is never going to get us to the promiseland. Thank God For Meyer. Ross was not ready the second half of the season as a Freshman. Right, I cannot believe he did not transfer. Not sitting this Craft down longer when he struggles is his MO. Just like playing the great William Buford for 40 minutes a game, even when he would start 1 of 8, and he did it quite often against good competition. I have never been so happy to see a player leave Ohio State more than Buford except maybe Steve Bellisari, and Richard McNutt. Anyway goobye and good riddins to a first class bunch of stiff assistants.