I totally understand what you're saying, but the whole "playing with house money" idea is accurate, because we are definitely ahead of schedule. That doesn't mean we should take lightly the opportunity that's at hand, and I certainly don't think that the coaches or players are feeling like they're playing with house money. That's an idea that fans and commentators are expressing.
They certainly benefit from getting to practice against one of the best D lines in the country!
It also matters that in the 2014 draft, the SEC had just recently added Missouri and TA&M, two more teams than the B1G had in that draft, and TA&M had 3 of those first round selections, and Mizzu had 2 drafted. When you have 14 teams to pull from, and you play in the warmer southern weather, that makes a difference.
OneWise, your point is spot on. It's not how many get drafted, it's how many become contributors. OSU is always near the top of the list in number of players on active and practice squad rosters.
I don't think he's missing the point. I think your statement would be fine, maybe last year, or the last few years, but not this season. Blake Simms, Dak Prescott, and then, umm - who ya got? The kid from Ole Miss? Would that be good Bo or bad Bo?
Seriously, Braxton, J.T. and Cardale are 3 arguably better QBs on just ONE B1G team, than the entire SEC QB group. Throw in Connor Cook, and the debate would be completely settled.
So we got that going for us. Which is nice.
I understand the sentiment that we want Michigan to be top 10 so that beating them will be more enjoyable, but the flaw in that thinking is that a) the only way Michigan gets back into being perceived as top 10 is for them to beat OSU, at least occasionally. If they beat everyone else, but always lost to us, then b) they would NOT be a top 10 team, and our win over them would continue to be de-valued.
So screw them. I hope they always suck, and I hope we always beat their asses. And if they don't completely suck, and manage to win some big games, I hope they manage to do so against others, while continuing to get beat down by the Bucks. I remember the 80s and 90s too vividly to ever want anything other than beating them year in, and year out, and laughing at their smug suckiness. Even with all the losses in the last 15 years, they continue to be smug. They are an amazing force of style over substance, talk the talk but not walk the walk, overhyped, overrated ND wannabees.
Wait, I heard that Sparty was the best team in the galaxy! Does that mean, if we beat Bama, we beat the TWO best teams in the galaxy/universe/known space-time continuum?!!
It's that whole Pete Carroll vs Jim Hairball thing. Hairball is a perfect villian, which is why he was the perfect Meatchicken man. Which is why he's such a perfect asshole.
The old adage "you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him" applies to our Offense. I think any D goes in with a plan to try and limit the damage.
Can they keep us under 30? I think that's going to be the line of demarcation. The team that scores 30 points will be in excellent position to win. And I think our D can keep them under 30. Go BUCKS!!!
I think you're right on the money! I don't think Bama can take away both. Those safeties are going to have their hands full.
If they manage to control the running game AND take away the deep ball, then it would take a special kind of performance from the D and the offensive coaches to over come it.
Gus Johnson is great, but he's very polarizing. Because of his excitement, his game calls almost always end up pleasing one fan base and pissing off the other one.
Lucky for us, he seems to always be giddy about the Bucks.
I like the way you think, Hansman!!
It's Dec 2006 all over again, and Urban Meyer's loving all the motivation that he's being given to work with. And this time around, it's the BUCKEYES that will benefit from his psychological brilliance!
The NFL is many things - but it's nothing like a kid's game.
They're offering him a 6 yr contract. Doesn't mean that he's locked in at all, not with the way contracts these days are handled, but there is at least a symbolic long term commitment. Not just for him, but for his family as well.
I disagree. If he were truly considering it, he's way too competitive to let recruiting continue to stagnate and fall further and further behind. Even tho it's a "dead" period (which only means no visits or face to face interaction), coaches can text and call recruits.
If he were really considering it, he'd have pulled the trigger already and San Fran and Meatchicken would already have a buyout negotiated. Remember, he's under contract thru 2015 and the 9ers are in no hurry to make a decision on him.
Using rankings for scoring offense, here's what you're looking at:
1. WVU - 38th
5. Ole Miss - 58th
7 TA&M - 33rd
10. Miss St - 15th
12. Auburn - 23rd
OSU - 4th
Hell YEAH they haven't seen an offense as good as ours!!
Should we not forget RECENT history? When they got their asses handed to them by Oklahoma?! OklaHOMA for pete's sake!! I don't see that outcome having any impact on this year, but it does show how they have the ability to show up for big games thinking they've already won just by being there. Teams that routinely show up and punch them in the mouth give them all kinds of trouble (LSU, Auburn, Arkansas). I'm hoping we show up angry, underrated, with chips on our shoulders, yada yada yada.
I think we've already won the battle of motivation.
Guess I shoulda kept reading before commenting above!
If you take 3 quarters out of OSU's season, we're undefeated and ranked #1 or 2, with a Heisman finalist leading us into the Playoff.
Yeah, if he wanted to actually back up his moronic opinion, he'd pick OSU, since they already beat the best team in college football.
And you're exactly right, dipshits like this betray to the world that they don't actually watch the games they're commenting on.
If lovin' Jameis is WRONG, Ed don't WANNA be RIGHT!
I think you hit the nail on the head - Most of the things these uninformed asshats say are just calculated to piss people off. Congrats, Ed, you managed to piss off 7 of the top 8 fan bases in one fell swoop. What an Idiot. He's such an Idiot, you have to capitalize Idiot.
I'm with ya! He's the quintessential cocky meatchicken asshat, and he's really the perfect fit for their program. His players will be even more inclined to strut around and talk shit, even before they've actually accomplished anything.