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Comment 22 hours ago

Six teams is my preferred format as well, but I think you could add a ton of intrigue to the final weekend by adding in one stipulation: the top two seeds have to be conference champions.  

Outside of that, the other four spots are at the committee's discretion, but this way you provide a tangible reward to teams that win their conference titles, while still allowing yourself the freedom to pick the 6 best teams.  Since you're only required to pick two conference champs, a couple freak upsets can alter the matchups -- but won't dilute the quality of play in the playoff.  After all, when was the last time you didn't have two conference champs in the top 6?

Comment 28 Nov 2016

Reading this, it makes sense that we played so conservative through so much of this season.  JT is the spoon that stirs our drink; so we needed to keep him healthy -- which limited the openings his legs could create in the intermediate passing game.

JT's injuries in the past meant the offensive brain trust couldn't give him free reign to run at will -- which limited the rushing constraint on pass plays (as well as the subsequent opportunities in the pass game it could create).  Unfortunately, our young o-line isn't good enough in pass pro (nor were our receivers great at consistently gaining vertical separation) to enable our offense to consistently punish defenses who weren't concerned with the constant threat of a running JT.

Whatever games lie ahead, I'm hoping we go for broke and let JT run wild -- consequences be damned.  Besides, Joey Burrow seems to be capable enough should the worst occur.

Comment 28 Nov 2016

Missed calls on both sides Saturday, and while I was bitching about OSU defenders getting mugged all game, there's no question that at least one hold went uncalled on Samuel's Excellent Adventure.

Bottom line is that officials don't decide games. Was PSU interfering with Clark on JT's last-chance deep ball? You bet your ass. Am I pissed about it? No. We lost that game in 100 different ways all on our own. 

Comment 28 Nov 2016

Just stumbled across this thread on MGoBlog, and it's probably the most definitive analysis of the spot I've seen.  Because the angle isn't directly from above, parallax error messes with our perception, and makes just drawing a line across the 15 inconclusive (for example, if said view showed the ball just touching the plane, the spot would actually be short by a few inches).

TL; DR - this guy's exhaustive analysis shows that Barrett likely made the line to gain by about 1-2 inches.

Comment 27 Nov 2016

Wife surprised me with tix to The Game a few weeks back. We were in 6C, one row below the top. Easily the greatest game I've ever seen—and likely ever will. Even now, my ears are still ringing, my vocal chords are completely shredded, and I'm utterly out of emotion. Some of the greatest catharsis and exhilaration I've ever felt. That's gonna stay with me forever. 

We were right next to the visitors' section. And though we shared the game with their less-than-ideal company, I'd like to think we did our sacred duty pretty well—drowning out their chants every time they opened their damned mouths.

Comment 22 Nov 2016

Why not six? I get the want to expand the playoff, but really—how many times have you ever had teams 7 and 8 with a legitimate case to play for the title?

With six teams, you give your top two seeds an actual reward: a first round bye. Oh, and those top two seeds have to be conference champs (all other four berths can be conf. champs or not). Throw in home-site semis for top seeds in the first two rounds and you've got my preferred format. 

Comment 21 Nov 2016

JT.  If the Texas Titan has a big game, we're going to be in good shape.  That means that two things have likely occurred:

  1. The coaching staff is calling an aggressive gameplan that's putting our wideouts/TEs/HBs in positions to succeed.
  2. JT is delivering catchable balls.

Our offense is objectively better than Michigan's, so if we can have a solid level of success against their defense (which is likely to pressure JT into winning the game), I like our chances.

Comment 21 Nov 2016

This might seem counter-intuitive, but if Michigan is dead set on blanketing Samuel all game, why not use him as a decoy and motion him away from the play?  Gotta think that, if he's drawing Peppers and Lewis constantly, this will be getting guys like KJ Hill, Noah Brown, and Marcus Baugh in some favorable matchups, right?  

Granted, it's going to be on those guys to actually make the most of those opportunities when they're handed to them.  JT isn't going to be delivering perfect balls, but most of them should be catchable.  A handful of drops from Baugh and Brown could be all the difference between success and failure come Saturday.

Comment 19 Nov 2016

Yeah, life's been pretty crazy of late, and I haven't had a whole lot of downtime, unfortunately.  Still perusing the forums, just haven't had much time to post.  

Fortunately, things are slowing down at the exact right time.  It's hate week, children; and it's good to be back.  Fuck Michigan.

Comment 01 Nov 2016

Not true.  For PSU to get in the B1G championship game, they have to win out and Michigan needs to drop another game outside of The Game.  If PSU wins out and UM's only loss is to OSU, it creates a 3-way tie at the top of the B1G East.  In that case, a tiebreaker would come into effect that compares the teams' full records, which eliminates PSU since they would have one more loss (to Pitt out of conference) that UM and OSU.  From there OSU has the tiebreaker over UM with a head-to-head victory.

Comment 24 Oct 2016

I've noticed the same thing.  I wonder if the offense is getting frustrated that they haven't been scoring at will since they walked into Norman and laid waste to the Sooners.  Makes me wonder if maybe they're pushing a bit too hard -- kinda like JT was when he was battling Cardale for the starting spot last year.

Comment 23 Oct 2016

OSU is only in if there's a three-way tie atop the division.  That means that Michigan has to win out too.  If UM drops a game between now and The Game, we could potentially face a two-way tie atop the East Division with PSU (provided they win out as well).  In that scenario, PSU would go to the B1G Title Game, since they have the head-to-head advantage.

Granted, PSU still has to beat Iowa, Indiana, and MSU to even maintain their edge (along with beating Rutgers and Purdue as well).  That's hardly a Murderer's Row; but it's not necessarily a walk in the park for a team of PSU's caliber, either.