Clemson is terrible and I don't expect a game. That is possibly the flaw in your theory.
Not even then.
It is sad to me that CFB has devolved into chest thumping over conference strength. I got the argument under the BCS when so much of the formula was SOS (which was mostly comprised of IC play). Once upon a time, winning a title and regional bragging rights (beating rivals) meant something. Now, all everyone seems to care about is who wins the mythical title and which conference is the best (the latter will always be unsupported conjecture).
Agreed. 0-12 is my hope for them every year.
This is why I feel so bad for Braxton. Truth is, he should switch to wide receiver, but for the fact that he hasn't been able to even stay healthy at QB where one might reasonably expect to take fewer big hits. Now, if that shoulder keeps him from throwing consistently well, it's going to be challenging for him to have a good pro career, whether he leaves this year or comes back for one last season. I would also have concerns that he has never demonstrated the ability to put touch on his passes. That said, I wish him the best and can already say he will be one of my favorite Buckeyes ever.
Indiana just lost on the road at a MAC school and travels to the home of the reigning SEC East champions for the return leg of this home-and-home series. This will not end well.
It's also not going to start well either. As it turns out, you have to play some defense in football if you hope to keep it even clos.
Things will probably be fine for the Gators this game. Probably.
I am assuming this is sarcasm. They were a delay of game penalty away from losing to Kentucky. ON the plus side, I watched much of that game and didn't see an offensive player block another offensive player. Not even once. Things, indeed, are looking up in Gainesville.
Are comments posted on this site primarily for Michigan Men?
From what I recall, UM attendance begins to fall off after you guys drop 2 or 3 games, something that typically occurs by week 5. Everyone is optimistic early. It might start early this year after Utah takes you guys out behind the woodshed.
Most of what I have read from OSU fans is that this will be a close game decided late. So, to me, we should be on upset alert. Not sure what you are reading...
Friendly bet--Utah beats TTUN and Hoke and Brandon remain. Now, they may be fired after the season, but with about 5 months till signing day and no real great coaches on the market now, it would be assinine to fire anyone.
^^^ This. When UM is good, they will probably beat us more often, so be careful of what you ask for. Maybe I am a bit older than some on here, but I remember the nineties vividly. The thought of even one person in Ann Arbor smiling on a Saturday is enough for me to kick my lunch. I hope they go 0-12 every year.
When people say it's good for ND to be good, they are usually talking about generating fan interest in watching games on tv. Since I don't see any of that money, doesn't matter to me. ND being good really is only good for tv execs, the Irish, and their fans. This is another sports platitude that isn't wrong, but I think people don't really think it through. ND sucked last year, and yet, CFB had some of its highest tv ratings ever. People just don't turn on NBC to watch ND v. Navy, they watch something else.
S&G, people keep saying this. Can you tell me why? Was Michigan strong last year? Nope, and yet, we beat MSU and conventional wisdom says we play for the title. I just don't get why people keep saying this (I think it harkens back to the old days when it was the Big 2 and little 8). We probably do need some teams in the conference to be good so that when we beat them it counts for something. But why does it have to be Michigan? Last year it was MSU, and if in the future Penn State becomes good, or Nebraska, or someone else, i really don't see the difference. People just keep repeating this but I would love it explained to me in a way that makes sense.
I don't know, they hired Rich Rod who attempted to take them from a power running game to a spread. Recent history suggests to me that they just haven't had the right guys as head coaches, not that they have hidden behind past success and the Michigan man thing. JMO...
Hackenberg may go down as one of the best QB's this conference has ever seen. But right now, with lack of depth and playmakers on offense, I think he will be limited. I mean, PSU scored 13 against Rutgers? Look what Washington State put up on them?
Every down that Grant plays for Raekwon *where no injury is involved) is a gross misuse of talent. I do think Grant has come a long way but he still is deficient in pass coverage. You can just see with Raekwon that he has that special "it" component, and I hate to waste even part of one of his three years playing an inferior player. Isn't this exactly what we did with Vonn Bell last year? Plus, you can only sell "the best will play" to new recruits for so long if it turns out to actually never be the case.
The flaw in your logic I think is that alot of teams will be emphasizing matchups against quality opponents. Even if you could identify 10 years in advance who they are (and this is challenging to say the least), the competition for these matchups may make this more difficult.
Actually, there is plenty of data from the last five years, so no, we don't have to rest our claims on one weekend.
It didn't help that OSU and TTUN lost to what are believed to be marginal teams at this point (VT may have already proved it. Even in ND goes on to be really good, TTUN wasn't even competitive).
What is worse is that this is a product of the old cable subscriber model that may soon go the way of the betamax.
Besides puffing, what exactly has Franklin done at PSU? Beat Rutgers?
Now don't get me wrong, he could go on to be a great coach. But to date, he has done exactly squat.
It's this kind of "credit" that makes me wonder if some B1G fans aren't a bit delusional.
We aren't kicking teams out, agree there. But you are kidding yourself if you think one more game pitting second rate national teams will fix all that ails the B1G. We lost to three MAC teams this year. Illinois lost by almost 30 to a mediocre Washington team. Possibly the worst team in the B1G 12 beat the B1G team many thought were going to go start 10-0. Ohio State was dominated at home (at least at times) by a young VT team that got worked by East Carolina. I could go on and on. I really fail to see how one more decent IC game fixes all of this.
If the league isn't already embarrassed by Ap. State beating TTUN, or Iowa scrapping every year with Northern Iowa, or weeks like two weeks ago which seemingly happen now regularly, what effect do you think this will have? This is the Chicago Cubs problem--keep making money as fans support programs win or lose, and there is no incentive to get better. What will be real scary for the league IMO is if the mandatory subscriber fees disappear from television packages which is the lifeblood of the B1G Network. God help the conference if consumers actually start to make decisions based on watching only quality entertainment (which in sports is linked to watching winning football).
Well, I happen to think that both UF and LSU were better than those Buckeye teams. UF on the D-line, and LSU all over the field. Still, us shitting the bed in 2006 and 2007 mark the shift in conference perception as far as I am concerned. Just calling it like I see it...
I know regularly scheduled games with B1G bottom feeders would increase wins for programs like Toledo.
I couldn't resist.