Do you mean the place that was just south of Chittenden, up a set of stairs and next to a Subway? Because I loved that place, whatever it was called.
Navy is joining the AAC, which ironically would make them outside of the new SEC definition for "Power 5 non-conference".
Also, does the committee know that Purdue and Maryland are in the same conference now?
Hopefully this means OSU won't have to rely on their half-court offense too much. Could be a blessing in disguise.
As a kid I liked the Oakland Raiders, but as I got older I began to understand what a prick Al Davis was and that went by the wayside. I don't follow any NFL team now, and the only pro team I follow regularly now is the Crew.
I've been an OSU football fan all of my life, and during my post-doc at UW-Madison I was asked by one of the grad students in our lab "How does it feel to root for a different team now?". My response was laughter, followed by "wait...are you being serious?".
Just a little joke, didn't mean to offend anyone. I resisted posting something like this a few weeks ago when the new Crew uniforms were first introduced, but with MLS having its "Jersey Week" I took the opportunity. Hopefully the Crew will actually get to wear them this year.
For the record, I'm pretty much done with alternate unis for the OSU football team, but I'm fine they want to try something new for a single (non-ttun) game every few years or so.
Here's a good link about Big12 expansion from Frank the Tank, who consistently gives the best commentary on conference realignment: http://frankthetank.me/2013/10/30/the-big-12-expansion-index-wake-me-up-when-its-all-over/
His analysis of Houston concludes with "There is also the wild card that the Big 12 may want a physical presence in the Houston market in the same way that TCU is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, but the Cougars would still need to have some overwhelmingly extraordinary football success for this to be a possibility." We'll see what Herman can do about the latter part of that statement.
Did not see the game so I have no overall comment on the officiating, but after seeing the gw shot I have to agree that it looks like a moving screen. Pretty bad no-call.
If Urban Meyer is asked by the media about either the Weber/Drayton situation, or the fact that OSU is oversigned I'd like for him to give honest answers, with as much info as can be divulged. This is a coach whose candor is routinely praised within these comments, and now that there are a few genuine issues regarding recruiting I'd hope to get more than "Weber is a Buckeye, and that's it" or "the numbers will work out in the end". Note that I am not saying that I (or we) "deserve" this, just commenting on what I would like to hear from a coach that normally does not hold back much.
From every schedule I've checked, OSU actually plays Western Michigan, not Central Michigan. Still a MAC team, but WMU is usually much better than CMU.
I agree with the first half of your comment, especially with regard to the defense. Also, the WRs bailed out Cardale several times by out-competing DBs to get the ball. During the post-season though, I think Cardale's "dgaf" attitude was his biggest asset. As for next year, I'm fine with any of the three being the starter - as you said it would be great to see Braxton get a chance to run this offense.
Actually, ESPN3 is the one that is available to everyone for free. I don't have cable, and have used it several times. I watched the spidercam version during the semifinal game vs. Alabama, and it was like watching a video game.
Fickell? Sorry, couldn't resist.
Reading these comments reminds me of why I usually don't visit these threads.
Ah, the glorious Land Grant Trophy. I bet it has secret compartment containing a smaller, more tasteful trophy.
The "away game" uniforms in that picture are awesome and should never be abandoned again. Go Bucks!!
I was thinking the same thing. I recall being more upset at the defense for its inability (or unwillingness) to defend quick passes like the bubble screen - a type of play the OSU offense seemed to abandon vs. Penn St in the 2nd half.
Look, I don't want Herman fired. I think he's a great OC and an asset to the team. But I honestly don't think the playcalling used the playmakers to their fullest extent last night, regardless of whether JTB was injured or rattled. The offense is designed to spread out the defense, and it did not do that.
Any QB - injured or rattled - should be able to throw a quick bubble screen, or execute a quick shovel pass on a jet sweep. Yet these plays were pretty much absent, and replaced by QB runs. I'm fine with running the QB, but not with abandoning the offensive philosophy of spreading the ball around to the playmakers.
Agreed. I'm fine with running the QB, but not with abandoning the overall offensive philosophy of spreading the ball around to all of the playmakers. In particular with quick plays that attack the edges, as you mentioned. Even a partly injured QB can throw a bubble screen to a WR.
The offense over the 4 games before PSU seemed to be one that distributes the ball to all of the playmakers, all over the field. Granted, that is much easier to do against mediocre/poor defenses that give the QB plenty of time to make decisions. My problem with last night is that the offensive playcalling just seemed to abandon this philosophy altogether, particularly in the passing game. The offense established the run very well, and then did little in the passing game to capitalize on that. And bubble screens, jet sweeps, anything to test the edges just disappeared. I get that JT was injured, but it doesn't take much to quickly throw it out to a WR and let him make a play, or at least make PSU defend the entire field.
Well, they did wear the chrome helmets against UM, which was almost a loss.