OSU took one for the league when it went to nine conference games. They have no problems selling out for a 4th OOC game; lesser B1G teams can't say the same. They need seven home games financially. The move to nine home games and the short-lived B1G-PAC12 challenge led to some unpopular scheduling changes. We all would have liked to see the home & homes with Georgia and Tennessee. The home & home with North Carolina was also a victim of the seven home game mandate. Note the consideration of the alumni base. I think that bodes for another California home & home, perhaps Stanford or UCLA.
Look at it financially. You are substituting a home & home for a neutral site paying $5M and a home game paying estimated $7M. I don't see it happening again.
But note Washington still made the playoffs.
Won't happen. If it was, Miami wouldn't have been added. OSU needs seven home games financially & they won't give up a home game for neutral site less money. Also reread the line about AD relationships. Former OSU staffer at FAU. Agree that I hope B1G has a banner year and UC is viewed as top non-Group of Five team.
Creative is a good description of the explanation.
The depth will tell in the third and fourth quarters as the season progresses. O-lines tend to wear down & seeing a perpetual d-line rotation will take a mental as well as physical toll.
Meanwhile the OSU staff is busily building for the future during the evaluation period that began April 15th and I expect Meyer, Schiano, and Coombs in the green room Thursday night. Harbaugh wishing on a fountain evokes the immortal Mick from Rocky quote: "You wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which gets filled first."
When was the last time a safety was taken in the top ten, let alone top five? Conventional thinking is safeties are not value picks. That's where aging corners who are savvy, but lost a step go before retirement.
I hope Peppers has a Brady Quinn-like experience in the green room. Coombs and Meyer, on the other hand, will be justifiably proud of Lattimore and Conley.
With Spielman as color commentator.
Last year's Oklahoma game was part of the B12 package owned by Fox.
You can bet the ranch OSU-Oklahoma and OSU-PSU will be night games. If there is a third, I hope it will be 6:00 PM. That UC start time was the sweet spot. You had all the night game benefits, but folks could go out to eat after the game or make the drive to other parts of Ohio at a decent time.
Good article about Fickell in today's Dispatch. OSU grad, lifelong Ohio ties.
I hope more players heed his advice to do things outside football. I can see it would be very easy to be encapsulated by football - dorm, dining table, study table, workout facility, etc. OSU offers a wealth of opportunities, especially now after spring ball when the weather is nice & you don't have practice pressure. Enjoy the break before finals & the cycle starts again.
Assistant coach #10 next spring & Zach Smith to recruiting coordinator? Keep those Texas ties strong.
Tempo is more than time between plays. The Ozone had a really good article about Kevin Wilson's talk at the coaching clinic. One thing that stood out to me was he said when the o-line is in their stance for 20 seconds, they always get beat by the defense. How many times have we seen that while a play call was changed? He waits until the defense deploys before calling the play. Now they will huddle near the line until a play is signaled in, set, and go. He also talked about not frequently rotating receivers. If you pull a receiver, he has a 40 yd. sprint to the sideline, watch two plays, then another 40 yd. sprint to get back to his position. He changes signals every year after spring ball. When he was at IU, H.S. coaches would come to his clinic and give his signals to Purdue. Sounds like he favors the poster picture method.
TBD. Schools get a voice, but B1G makes ultimate decision. I vote no.
Poster makes it clear who the headliner is.
Iowa. I'm hoping OSU can veto an 11/4 night game. That's a long way and the November weather can get dicey. Getting back at 0400 Sunday delays MSU prep.
Plus there will be extra seats as they have enclosed the open end. Lots of OSU demand, I am sure.
Miami didn't have a spring game this year or they would have been in contention for the greatest "fake news" spring game attendance.
If you're from Washington/Oregon or LA, would you rather go to Vegas or Santa Clara for the weekend?
More likely he stays for 2017 season and graduates in the spring. Why leave a team contending for a national championship? As a graduate transfer, he wouldn't have to sit out.
If Kyle can see it, so can Indiana and Oklahoma. Something they have to prepare for, even if it isn't used in the fall. Also note the absence of screen passes, something we all hope for in the fall.
You are spot on when you say OSU will always have seven home games. When you consider an OSU home game means $7M to OSU and an additional $3M to Columbus, you can't match this with a neutral site game. That is why they had all the schedule changes like North Carolina when they moved to the nine game college schedule.
Although I predict Haskins to win the backup battle, Burrow is no Bauserman (see above.) One other element is Burrow is a smart runner. I haven't seen Haskins in HS so I don't know about his running ability. He has a big frame, but he's not to Cardale stature yet. What we don't know is what premium Wilson will put on QB running. Based on what I recall about IU, passing ability comes first, although he'll call the appropriate plays for a runner (Xander Diamant.) I think it will come down to fall practice performance - minimize ints, maximize big plays.