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Comment 16 Feb 2015

This thread is getting out of hand...

Cosmo, using that transitive property logic, VaTech is better than ALL the SEC West because its champion lost to OSU. It seems disingenuous to make a statement effectively claiming games played in Week 2 and Bowl Season are equivalent. Yes, the "didn't want to be there" excuse may carry some weight, but it's pretty damning on the coaching staffs of teams who use it to explain their failings, and as a result should IMMEDIATELY disqualify any team said to suffer from such a malady from any "objective" observation of greatness they may or may not have had.   

For what it's worth, I don't think the B1G East is "better" than the SEC West, but I don't think the gap is as wide as you seem to believe, either. The narrative of the SEC has been: win against each other early, establish a "dominant" conference profile, fatten up on cupcakes (usually later in the season, when other teams are facing the STRENGTH of their schedules), and rest up/prep for the bowl game. That this narrative failed this year--and, to a lesser degree, last year, seems to indicate that much of the "greatness" being observed is part of the story created by a conference very savvy in marketing. In other words: really good, maybe great, but just as easily not.

Meyer opened that can of worms in 2007, and closed it in 2015. Why not enjoy the symmetry of that with a clear head and open eyes?

Comment 11 Feb 2015

No, because Devin Gardner is gone.

Gardner was the classiest, most driven player for TTUN in The Game the past three years, with the peak being 2013. They have no one on their roster with as much heart as him, and Harbaugh won't be able bridge that gap by November.

Buckeyes by 10 (at least) in AA on Nov 28. 

Comment 23 Jan 2015

I remember Spielman saying something to the effect that Bosa would be the best defensive player to play at OSU before he finished his college career. That's some high praise, and I think he's on track to meet that.

Comment 01 Jan 2015

Watching the SkyCam feed from ESPN (I don't have cable, nor a television), and that stadium is EMPTY.

And where it isn't empty, there seem to be mostly Badger fans. Even with Auburn moving the ball, there is little SEC noise.

Comment 26 Dec 2014

Spoke to soon.

Perhaps extra points are FAR more difficult in bowl games?

Comment 15 Nov 2014

So you're saying "the committee" isn't watching the games? Why do you think OSU was 14 last week and 8 this week? THEY WATCH THE GAMES.

The real question: what did they see? I saw a frustratingly close win that was never really in doubt, on the road, in the freezing snow. OSU lost the turnover battle, and STILL won against "the committee's" 25th ranked team.

Comment 13 Nov 2014

Not sure I agree with that dogfight designation.

In the parts of the game I watched (a good deal of the first half), Iowa was outright terrible. They were the kind of hapless that would have had Cardale scoring point 62 midway through the third quarter. By contrast, MN looked competent, if unspectacular (yes, 35 points is a lot for a first half, but Iowa REALLY was sorry.)

These games are played by young men, so anything can happen, but the expectation should be OSU over MN like MN over Iowa. Anything less and, weather or not, it doesn't impress. The basement expectation should be for OSU to beat them as bad as TCU if the game is to have relevance to OSU title aspirations. (TCU isn't all that, either, IMHO--frankly, no one is this year--but they've already beat MN by 3 TDs.)

Comment 13 Nov 2014

I sometimes wonder if people have sat through a FULL MSU game. They are eminently beatable, and Bama will roll them this weekend. Prescott is the manager people hoped JT would be, while JT has become Mariota. OSU can beat the Tide, but MSU can't.

Comment 30 Jun 2014

I already walked away. The Decision was my Waterloo with pro hoops. Basketball, for me, was the last of the Big Three to fall, and, yeah, that's because I came from that area, and was indulging in a little front-running with LeBron leading the way.... 

It's pretty clear the whole of professional sports (PARTICULARLY basketball) is driven by money and ego. Why give in to that? Don't we see enough of that EVERY day in EVERY other aspect of our lives (work, politics, family)? Shouldn't sports--which, let's be honest, is a trivial endeavor meant to fill the times between when we're serious about ourselves--be an escape from that? Isn't it supposed to be fun?

Comment 03 Dec 2013

Great stuff. Thanks.

And, yes, Gardener was amazing that day. When people play like that--with the pain obvious, but the will untamed--they usually win. People have been bleeding all over about how bad the OSU defense is--and they certainly weren't good, but when someone plays like the way Gardener did, you just have to tip your hat and congratulate them. 

Only in this case, OSU got to keep the win.

Comment 24 Oct 2013

So, we're going to the "little brother" realm with PSU?

I think the PSU fella is right--people need to loosen up about TTUN being OSU's "one and only". I don't care all that much for UW, and that makes it a game to look forward to. I think the same applies to PSU, only moreso: putting a beat-down on PSU is only slightly less satisfying than a victory over TTUN. 

In other words, open your hearts for PSU. They're not UM, but they should still be forced to genuflect to OSU each year, and we should take great pleasure from that.

Comment 13 Oct 2013

Slight correction: Clemson did NOT roll over BC. Indeed, the game was in doubt until the last 10 minutes (when a BC turnover-for-touchdown provided breathing room and the final margin.)

One could say they were looking ahead to FSU, but they still squeaked by an average BC team. At home. 

Comment 10 Sep 2013

About the women's volleyball team--did anyone else notice that there are SEVEN B1G teams in the top 15? That's getting into serious SEC territory.

I don't know if dozens of people chanting "B1G, B1G" will play as well on TV, though.

Comment 12 Aug 2013

I think what you missed in your analysis was a change in coaching philosophy between 2011 and 2012. On the one hand, that plays to your points about Miller carrying the ball more, with a decided emphasis on him being the featured player. On the other hand (Bollman troll alert), the SCHEME of last year was much more integrated, even when Miller was making mistakes, than before, virtually guaranteeing better over-all output.

The training wheels are off this year, with knowledgeable players working within a consistent scheme. Regardless of the "pro ratings" of the line (which, really, who cares? this is college, not pro, thank the deity), it is certainly reasonable to expect them to be better this year than last, with the possibility of ALL the failings you note being wiped away by shared experience and repetition. 

And, yes, Miller has that going for him, as well. Combine the two, and I think questions of being "elite" won't really matter.