If Temple is ranked, I could see PSU closing the gap in the SOS, at least in terms of Top 25 teams. OSU was 4-1 against Top 25 until Nebraska fell from the rankings last week. This would make both teams 3-1 against Top 25, with PSU holding a conference championship and the head to head. The only difference would be Top 10 wins and overall record.
So a loss to Iowa in the big 10 west impacts Michigans standing in the big 10 east? Michigan is still undefeated in big 10 east play.
Urban Meyer throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium would be more impressive if they didn't ask Penn State's James Franklin to do it a few games earlier... It seems like clever marketing.
I wondered the same thing. I remember back in early December they accepted invitations to play. Strange...
This will definitely be an interesting off season. The health of Braxton's arm is a question mark that won't really be answered until Fall camp, if he sticks around. Otherwise, I'm not sure how you sit J.T., a hiesman finalist that guided a young team early in the season, or Cardale, the guy that brought it home. Everyone brings something different to the table, I wouldn't be surprised to see a 2 QB system next year.
There's also the speculation that his hire may impact Joe Burrow.
There was also losing Dontre to a broken foot or the death of a teammate. Somehow this team finds a way.
I completely agree. If you look at the raw statistics, Minnesota has a respectable defense. Ironically, so does Michigan, they just can't score. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a lower scoring game on Saturday.
For all the talk about a young team stepping up yesterday night, you have to tip your hat to an offensive coaching staff that has been criticized for playcalling in the big games. It seemed like Herman took a step forward yesterday night as well.
Pat Narduzzi says "it seemed like they were one step ahead of us all day."— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) November 9, 2014
While they didn't play their best, they did have a few three and outs with some nice broken up passes. That's something we didn't really see last year.
Has anyone else noticed all the recent crystall balls that point Burrell to Penn State?
My point is that we can go on and compete for a national championship even without a top ten class. Alabama doesn't look like a top 10 team this year and they've pretty much had the top recruiting spot the last three or four years. It's not always a direct correlation.
This. Plus VT has had a number of injuries since they played us. I'm pretty sure they were on there 4th string RB yesterday.
They play Navy the week after FSU. That should be fun too.
Getting a top 5 class every year isn't everything, just ask Alabama...
Another week without Marcus Baugh listed as a TE, did I miss something?
It's not like we've played any amazing D's since the disaster with VT and fans have short memories. I'll reserve judgment until after the MSU game.
Exactly. I'm just imagining a scenario, where OSU wins out, and Navy and VT go on to have impressive seasons. A long shot maybe, but not impossible.
I wouldn't disagree about MSU over OSU. I just thought it was helpful to be reminded that one loss shouldn't matter as much in the new system. Imagine if Navy could pull an upset over Notre Dame or VT runs the tables to the ACC championship game. At the end of the season we won't be talking about what teams were ranked or not ranked in September.
You would think that they would have installed some higher percentage plays for man coverage after dealing with MSU last year. Third times a charm I guess.
Actually, it’s a compliment to what we’ve done here in the past in the run game, the way people are lining up against us right now.
I'm not sure it's a complement at this point. Good defenses will load the box against us because we haven't really proven in the UFM era that we can beat anyone through the air. I hope they can think outside the box a little when we face MSU again or the results will be similar to last year.