if Russell is what they say he is then he won't be around in 2015, but you have to like Giddens inside and then the shooters from Texas. I think you may be onto something for a 2015 National Title. The team, on paper, appears that it will be better than the 2006-2007 team with Oden and Conley.
I think its surprising there'd even be bets taken on Purdue. Sure, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, but the likelihood they turn that pile of crap into conference title winning team must even exceed 1000/1. I suppose the fact they are in the West helps, but even 2000/1 would seem favorable for the boilers.
Cheeky little bet: throw 10 bucks on the gophers.
MSU odds are favorable for gambles. Nearly 4/1, and they get OSU at home. I'd have thought it'd be closer to 2/1, definitely worth tossing some money on it (I am a gambler, only partially a degenerate; sports gambling can be fun if done for the right reasons and amounts of money, adds a bit of intrigue)
meh, we will see what the records of each team are when the match up rolls around. If both unbeaten, I'd expect MSU to be the favorites as its at home at night.
IMO, we should have beat Michigan State and I don't think we were nearly as good as Auburn or Florida State. I think MSU could have done it, but in a playoff format they wouldn't have been put against Stanford, they would have played Florida State and then the winner of Auburn/Alabama (rematch) if they got by FSU. For the sake of what ifs, they'd have to beat FSU and then Auburn. Great defense, so-so offense. As good as their D was, Im not so sure they would hold FSU or Auburn to less than a few scores. I probably would take FSU and Auburn over MSU, but MSU was very capable of beating both, especially FSU given the type of offense they run IMO. Cant hurt to be confident Dantonio, they've earned it up there in EL.
As much as we need to improve on shooting, we desperately need a dominant presence inside. Amir is enormous but plays like a midget with stone hands 90% of the time, need Lee to step in and provide help in the post right away.
IMO, Mariota runs the offense better than Braxton due to his quicker decision making and better ability to sling the ball around. Don't get me wrong, Braxton is just as athletic and just as capable, but I think as of right now, Mariota is more fine tuned than Braxton. We will see what type of improvements Braxton has made, but Mariota's passing game is better than Braxton's atm, reminds most of Russell Wilson.
I don't mean to make this too political, nor do I mean to upset people, and I agree with the firing of Waters, but at the same time I feel blaming him alone is a bit extreme. Those who were uncomfortable with the environment chose to participate in it. IMO, its like seeing your steak is undercooked, eating most of it, and then sending it back and asking for a refund or a new steak. If its not what you want to be a part of, then don't participate and if its so bad, then talk to someone about it and create positive change. I mean if you are going to fire Waters for what happened, shouldn't you fire every college coach whose player breaks the law, like sexually assaulting or physically assaulting another student? These are college kids doing this, not Waters, and it took a parent to bring these problems to light, why didn't the student come out and stop it? There are several questions to be asked and degrees of blame to be passed around, but thus far what Ive read on here about Waters' firing has been IMO overly harsh considering he apparently took some steps to fixing the culture that he inherited (banning some sort of underwear march) but failed to change the use of sexual nicknames. I just think if its sexual nicknames created by the students and yelling at band members that got him fired, writers on here need to stop making it out like he pulled a Penn State, there are different degrees of this type of stuff and I think this situation is far less heinous than its being portrayed.
having a stadium that seats over 110,000 in a state that was hit probably the hardest from the recession and asking people to pay money to fill it every home game is a bit of a stretch. I know it can be done, but I think that has to be a factor as well when considering they'd be paying for crap football.
Going into this season, as much as I would have loved to have gone unbeaten last year and won a national title, it is kind of satisfying not to have that extra weight on the shoulders. Still have that pressure of going unbeaten (always do at Ohio State) but its no longer about a winning streak. Looking forward to seeing what Urban and Co. have in store for us fans this year.
Its a 'neutral site' game, not a home and home or as you put it "home and away".
Indianapolis would probably be the place if OSU gets the bigger say in where its help. Indoors, SEC teams play in Atlanta for most of their neutral site games and they have their conference title game there. I'd expect it to be someone from the ACC, maybe Florida State.
ESPN recruiting coverage is crap. I know people may enjoy this because of the highly-rated OSU players but ESPN has no idea what they are doing when it comes to recruiting.
Peppers is awesome, but he won't win them ball games single-handedly. I think he will be a tough player to go against but nobody to be that scared of, we have athletes that are comparable.
people want a bit of SEC flair in the B1G, I like the fact a coach of a crap program is introducing himself to the conference confidently. The B1G needs more of that.
well, its been said before, if Rutgers can sort out recruiting its region, it'd be a conference title contender. Another observation, no OSU logos next to those players...
OSU and MSU should secede from the B1G and let the rest of the clowns die a slow, painful death.
I'd like someone to ask Urban: "So you hung 35 on PSU in 2012, 63 on them last year, are you going for the cool 1-0-0 this year?"
One question that needs to be asked: How will we utilise the speed and athleticism of Dontre and Curtis Samuel. We know Dontre, but having two elite athletes on the field at once, it'd be interesting to hear what the plans are for that scenario.
Ah right, sorry for a double post if this is one. Just know that this is recent and their other RB, Hunter, got hurt previously so thats 2 San Fran RB's down in the course of a week.
I took the question as if you had to pick 4 of those 5 teams to be in the playoff and thus I voted OSU. One loss would mean the end, even if we were to win the B1G title. That MSU game is going to be incredibly tough and I really think our schedule is more difficult than some are making it out to be. One lazy week of practice will end up in a loss. I think at Penn State, although on paper looks like a W, will be a very tight game. Also (knock on wood), Braxton has yet to be injury free and with that in mind, we have no Kenny G. I don't think either Cardale or JT would be able to run the offense sufficient enough to win tough ball games. I think the other teams could still get in the playoff if they lost a game and then won their conference (maybe not Oklahoma, that would likely be a toss-up between a 1-loss OSU and a 1-loss OU). Have to also factor in the likelihood a 1-loss SEC team (assuming that loss is in the conference title game) would get in as the #4 team. I think anyone who doesn't vote OSU is effectively voting that OSU will go unbeaten, and as of now, I don't see that happening.
I get that in theory ND's NBC contract should provide constant exposure…but I rarely, if ever, watch NBC's ND coverage during the football season. Also, isn't it just home games for ND? So thats like maybe two 'big' games a year on NBC? If thats their selling point to recruits about the exposure of their program then they must be awesome at convincing people its legit because Im having a hard to thinking it is. I'd rather be on ABC for their saturday night coverage, seems like more people would tune into that than a ND night game on NBC.
Braxton's Orange Bowl performance was ballsy as hell. I hope luck is on his side and he doesn't get "dinged up" this year, because a healthy Braxton is a Beast Mode Braxton.
Looks like Carlos is sporting his gold pants.