The thing is, Franklin went through the same thing at PSU that Harbaugh is now at Michigan. Guess who got more immediate results? Franklin ended up coming in and flipping a number of guys (including 4-star WR Blacknall) and getting that class finished in the Top 25. Harbaugh better get to work. I'm not impressed.
Not for me, but I don't mind watching.
Meet you at the bar, where we can ignore this altogether.
We're on the same page. I'm numb to this decision.
I wouldn't bet on that. The NFL coffers are much deeper than what college AD's are willing to pay, and Harbaugh and O'Brien recently got paid big to jump. It's coming out this morning Oakland offered "somebody" $10M/yr., though it was turned down.
You're going to be really upset if you think Meyer will be making $7M at Ohio State anytime soon. That'd be a massive raise in bulk. Might Meyer "flirt" with another job and retirement, a la Saban-Texas, soon for a raise? Perhaps. But he simply won't be handed an extra $2.5M one morning as he walks into his office.
This class is about wrapped up. I think there's 2 spots left for 2015, but maybe there is only 1.
Funny you mentioned PSU. Did you see their massive facility overhaul? Franklin out there fundraising. Renderings look pretty cool.
Oh yeah, and they have Michigan at home. If they beat Michigan State, who I think will be more down than this year, they very well might be 11-1. Paper tiger is a good way to put it.
They're very likely undefeated (6-0) and ranked coming to Columbus.
I think they'll get to 9-3 or so. I'm not sure I've ever seen an OOC schedule as bad as theirs is next year (no excuses), and there's no possible way their OL is as bad as this year. They were awful. PSU is very, very young, younger than us, and they played more true freshman than any other B1G team this year.
The only game I'm remotely nervous about next year is week 1, on the road at Virginia Tech, at night. Always like weak games the first week to work the kinks out.
"Unfinished business"? What's that besides a national title? Truth is, there's good turnover there at MSU for next year. Nobody will be remotely close to Ohio State next year in the conference.
2015: MSU loses a lot. Michigan is down and will have to test the QB waters—for real this time—and have a new coach... maybe. Maryland was the most experienced team in the conference I believe I read (most seniors) in 2014, so they'll be all gone. Nova is out at Rutgers after 10 years of service. What's sad is that the bottom two might be the best improvement besides OSU. Indiana will get their QB back, and could be a little extra thorny (though Coleman will be out). And Penn State's only losing, what, 2 starters total? 2nd youngest team in FBS. As lousy as they were, they're going to be our long-term threat once the depth is restored.
I dunno. Maybe I'm alone, but I still think Michigan State is on a wave of sorts right now, and it's a matter of time before PSU and their in-state brothers give them an additional reality check to Ohio State.
Whitehead was allegedly down to WVU and PSU the day he made his shocking decision. I think that ship has sailed. Frankly, we don't have room for everybody we want. And PSU just got Taylor, so they probably wouldn't take him either.
This poll question a few days after "Do you want Michigan to return to glory?", which was answered to a resounding no.
Delete this thread. Please God. Somebody send help.
I can see that.
I guess, for me, the downside of their lousiness is that the rivalry has taken a massive hit nationally. Nobody outside the Big Ten cares on that weekend anymore, and why should they? Michigan simply has no chance, and they're not good with nothing on the line. We all want 3:30 and night games, but frankly, why would ABC or ESPN want to air that over a FSU-UF, Ole Miss-MSU, USC-ND to take on The Iron Bowl, which is now viewed as thee premier rivalry game?
I just miss the brutality of these games, I guess.
Something I'm yet to read and I find VERY important to this game: Who are the officials going to be? What conference? That's a HUGE concern of mine.
Maybe I'm alone, and that's fine. I love your guys' enthusiasm. This cloud feels good. That said...
My take: We're two weeks removed from a slow Michigan game, three weeks from Indiana giving us fits well into the 4th, and four weeks from Minnesota taking us to the wire. The Wisconsin game, to me, is an outlier to the previous three games, and I feel like I need to remind myself of that—as excited as I was Saturday night.
It's going to take a pretty special performance to knock off a team with the size (above all else) and depth (recruiting champions, what, the past 5 years?) as Alabama. And I fear, too, that our fanbase might need reminded of just how good Alabama really is.
Hard to evaluate. Right now without knowing Michigan's hire? Penn State, and that's only because of their recruiting momentum for the 2014,'15, and '16 classes, all of which were Top 25 minimum (#24 last year, #10 currently, and trending well for next year).
Well, good luck to you, sir. If the four teams above us win, you'll be the biggest figure skating fan I know. I do like Chazz Michael Michaels though.
I think he's paid well, and honestly, why bump him to Saban money "just because" right now? I'm not arguing with you that he's not worth it, but wondering why we'd just raise him to get him to that level.
To boot, I wonder if such $$$ creates a short leash for that fan base. They'll want wins quick if they're ranking that high in paid head coaches, or they'll want somebody else.
I'm thinking of all the coaches Penn State could have gotten instead of Franklin with that kind of cash. Not that they don't have it (I know they're one of the few profitable AD's), but I'm surprised they're throwing around that kind of cheddar for football (sarcasm).