Is IU for real? Or is this akin to VT's upset of the Buckeyes: to be followed by humbling defeats? Time will tell.
We don't know for sure who the top teams in the B1G are, because they are evolving. They could be MSU and Nebraska, or they could be OSU and Wisconsin, but whoever they are, they will be better by season's end.
And, by the same token, we don't know how good the various SEC teams are, because we don't know what anyone's record will be at year end. That's how teams are judged, and why the games are played. And there are a lot of shades of gray between black and white.
Yeah, we don't have to chant "B1G! B1G!" like we are desperate to be taken seriously.
For decades B1G fans attending their own school's game have applauded when other conference teams make good showings against other conferences' teams. With at least one exception.
Interesting analysis that I hadn't heard before, BucksFan. I agree the B1G needs better coaches, including assistants. And just spending more cash isn't going to do it if they don't hire better coaches.
I suspect the Buckeyes were not at their best because they were distracted. Enlarged stadium & record crowd, permanent lights, smoke on entry (awfully hokey) to the field, etc. It might have been good for recruiting—although the evidence isn't in for that yet—but it doesn't win ball games.
You can't just recruit well, you have to coach 'em up and get 'em to FOCUS.
Hoke told the Wolver-weenies to turnover a new leaf for this game.
But all they understood was turnovers: 4 so far today.
Ben Morris of FiveThirtyEight.com used a perhaps more sophisticated analysis, but he compares NFL players vs the national average. He does use a similar age range for NFL players and tries to use income data.
But he still does not compare the crime stats of college educated men against NCAA football players, much less in the more specific category of domestic abuse/violence.
studies indicate that football players are less likely to engage in those activities than male teenagers and young adults among the general population.
I'm not sold on this argument. Methinks comparing college football players with the general population is apples to oranges. Show me some stats of men who have completed some college versus college football players. Since admission to college and acceptance on a team, where there are rules and expectations, are hoops the general population doesn't have to jump through, that's a more apt comparison IMO.
Tell Braxton we've already named a campus building after him.
Riverboats, like the Delta Queen, etc.
All the Cinderellas say that.
he also faced perhaps the best secondary he’ll see all season in the Virginia Tech game.
The VT secondary that ECU shredded for 427 yards?
Granted, ECU completed only 23 of 47 passes, but that's a lot of yards.
Yes, and it's not just varied play-calling, but good execution by all members of the offense that defeats a good defense.
Great play-calling can't help when a receiver drops a catchable ball, a TE whiffs on a block, an RB bobbles the ball, or the QB doesn't see the open guy, or over- or underthrows him.
Oversigning might make other schools competitive, but it won't solve the problem, because some schools will just find other ways to bend the rules. The real problem is the emphasis on pro-football at the SEC, and other schools following suit, IMO. At too many colleges, football players spend way too much time on their sport, to the detriment of their education—in and out of the classroom—and often their health, with injuries to knees, feet ankles, shoulders, backs, necks and heads, especially their heads. And they can't hold jobs out of season, because there is no off-season. And they miss out on a lot of college life. And recent lawsuits reflect these problems.
The number of coaches, support staff, and exclusive facilities dedicated to the sport are way out of hand. The BigTen, ACC, PAC12, etc should leave the SEC and SEC-wannabes behind, and form a major college division for actual college STUDENTS who are also athletes.
It would have to be magic to have 5 guys block 7 or more, or 6 guys block 8 or more. There has to be a successful offensive scheme to burn teams that send 7 or more rushers. Then execution—or magic—must happen, but it has to come from play-calling, and repetitions in practice of more and varied plays.
Those 13 people will choose which conference champs will be invited to the playoffs.
No conference will get 2 teams in, regardless of what ESpin or any other media folks say. If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.
The polls are BS and anyone who relies on them is gullible. By and large, the people who vote in them are biased and uninformed.
Stop giving them credence.
OSU would still have to be a pretty darn good team to accomplish all that.
This is the direction I hope OSU goes: QB's who can pick up defenses, find and hit the open receiver, or throw him open. Plus a little scrambling and knowing to avoid 6+ yds sacks by throwing the football away.
Ironic how Va Tech has had two games that are almost mirror reflections of each other, except with the shoe on the other foot: Home team down 21-7 at half, then tie it 21-21 late in the 4th, only to allow the visitors to drive right down the field and go up a TD.
The best thing about being 2-1...[with a bye week...]
is a chance to get better in all phases of the game. And the offense can become proficient in several (many? )more plays.
The best thing about being 2-1... [with a bye week]
is a chance to get better in all phases of the game. And it allows the offense to become proficient in several more plays.
Are the 2nd team OL in now?
Go Buckeyes, kick some flash!