I think the Gophers are due for a slight step back this year. I really can't imagine this even being a close game.
Not sure why but I'm down on Wisconsin this year. As you said, seems like they are always tough every year. However, it seems like they lost a lot of guys, still don't have a QB, and had the odd coaching departure in the offseason. Just doesn't feel like there is a lot of momentum over there in that program right now. I think they hang around because Bama is replacing a lot of guys, but Bama should cover the 10 point spread rather easily in this one.
Witnessing the 59-0 game may play a part in my opinion as well.
Not sure on #2. The committee showed last year they really value conference championships. And throughout the process they really (over)valued the SEC. So as a whole, they still recognize the SEC as the strongest conference.
Say Alabama loses 2 games but wins the SEC championship. And there also is another 2 loss championship from either the ACC or PAC-12. Then Bama is the one getting in for sure. So it is certainly possible. Maybe not likely, but possible. I also don't think they get in with 2 losses if the other 4 conference champs (or ND) all have 0 or 1 losses.
Prediction: Cardale starts at least one game this year.
The fact of the matter, whether we like it or not, is the backup QB has been forced into meaningful duty every season under Urban due to injury to QB1, and I don't expect that to change this year.
Yep, I'm already dealing with the preseason excuses from an Alabama fan I know. "I don't know why everyone has us ranked so high. I mean we're going to be pretty good, but we have the toughest schedule in the nation so there's just no way we can do it this year."
You're going to probably get some downvotes for these shenanigans.
In addition to that, they'd have to sneak in as the #4 team, which would mean an in-conference rematch game in the playoffs. Wouldn't be fair to the Buckeyes having already beat them once, and wouldn't be a very interesting game for the rest of nation.
I maintain that the conference regular seasons / championship games are the first round of the playoffs. You don't win that, you don't belong in the final 4. The committee is just there to seed and make the pick on which conference champ gets left out. I think most years it will be more obvious than not. Last year felt kind of uncommon to not have at least one conference with a 2+ loss champion.
Agreed, there were, in my opinion, too many different people who had this "rumor" pretty much dead on accurate. Felt like a done deal to me after reading all the postings the last several days.
I understand a lot of people wanted to bury their head in the sand, or ignore the rumors until officially public. But I did not understand the viciousness towards those who were just conveying what they had "heard" for insiders.
I'm fairly certain Corey Smith caught exactly 0 passes that traveled over 25 yds in the air, so I'd have to disagree with that. I completely made that stat up based on my recollection of the season, please correct me if I'm wrong.
Until someone else proves themselves, we have no deep threat this year outside of Mike Thomas. He can go get jump balls on deep passes.
I noticed that as well, but was chalking it up to an out of date graphic or mistake on ticketmaster's part. Then again, the Team Tix site also has a graphic that shows the East still being on the home side. So I don't know for sure at this point.
I'd be very surprised if it didn't rotate, just from a fairness perspective to all the schools. There are some nicer amenities on the home side of the stadium, and one would assume the locker room / clubhouse is a little nicer as well.
Yes, the "home" team rotates every year, so this year the East division will be on the visitor sideline. It is how it has been done every year previously, so while I can't say I've 100% confirmed that for this year, I would feel pretty confident that will be the case.
Sorry, but your instant savings logic on buying used or basic cars could just as easily by applied to your vacations.
"Want to save an easy $5k? Don't go on vacation to Hawaii for a week. Now I've got an extra $5k to use on something that is more important to me personally, like a newer or nicer car..."
I don't have a dog in this fight, just sayin.. Everybody has their own set of ideals and things that are important to them that they are willing to spend their money on. Some people like to spend more on their cars or houses or other things/hobbies, some like to travel/take vacations. It's all personal preference and just because you value certain things more than others do, does not make you smart and them morons.
For the record I share you beliefs in cars. They are a means for transportation and nothing else to me. The money saved can be applied to the things I'm more interested in.
A couple notes if this wasn't clear to everybody. Any section 100 level to 400 level that is between the 20 yd lines are NOT for public sale ever. So for the OSU side this year that would be sections 111-115, 211-215, 311-315,411-415. Those are reserved for some combination of players families, the schools, corporations, team tix, etc. You will not see anything in those areas in the public sale.
Furthermore, the public sale consists basically of 2 opposite "corners" of the stadium. 116-125, 216-225, 316-325, 416-425 and then the other corner 143-153, 243-249, 343-349, 443-449. And then for the most part the entire 500 and 600 levels should be fair game for the public sale.
Lastly, the opposite 2 corners that I did not list are what get reserved for each school that makes it.
***Now the interesting thing to me is I don't think anybody today saw any seats in 116/117, 216/217 type areas which I know are public sale. Either somehow they are all sold out to previous ticket buyers, or they are being held back until Saturday. Guess we'll find out Saturday.
Yes. You need to wait until the week of the game. A couple things happen during that week.
1) Any of those Team Tix reservations that people opted NOT to buy, get dumped on the market at random times. It's not many, but there's some really good seats there.
2) The 2nd thing that will happen is any of the school allotments that don't get sold get dumped on ticketmaster about 2-3 days before the game. Last year there were entire sections in the 300 level corners (even for OSU) that were open. These tix were actually $80 versus the $90 we're all paying today. Plus fees of course.
3) Because of the 2 things above happening, many tickets on the reseller/ticket broker sites really plummet the last 2 days before the game. Seat Geek is my go to for an aggregate view of those sites, nicely mapped to the stadium sections. Check it daily the week of the game.
It is tough to wait it out that long, just look at me. I bought so-so tickets when I told myself I wouldn't. :) But if you stay disciplined you can get a good seat for face or less. Keep in mind this game I don't think ever sells out. Worst case scenario there will always be seats in the upper level available. On the street those go way below face value.
Good luck everybody and Go Bucks!!
Yeah I ended up using my phone as well. Had to settle for seats in 220. Probably should've just waited and played the long game like I did last year. Ended up in row 10 on the 40yd line behind OSU bench last year for face ($175).
I got on in the opening seconds and did not see anything that wasn't in a corner. So unless the people who did the snail mail presale bought all those seats, the public block SHOULD go over to the 20 yd line - i.e., 116/216/316, etc. Wondering if those are being held back for the main release on Saturday. I started searching for singles early on and couldn't get anything that wasn't all the way in the corner.
I'm waiting until Saturday now to re-check and see if there is anything better. Might have to double down if I can get substantially better seats.
Yeah, I had some OK seats in 121 off the bat, but got greedy and threw them back. Then got nothing decent, and now it won't give me any tickets at all. There's no way they sold out that fast. But whatever, I was only going to jump this early on really good seats.
If the last 3 years have shown us anything, it's that the backup (and sometimes 3rd string) QB will be needed in a big way at some point in the season. Just because 1 guys wins the job for the opener doesn't mean the other is done for the year. And J.T. and Cardale know that now more than ever. We'll need them both over the course of the year, and I expect they'll both be ready whenever their number is called.
This is truly what is best for both Braxton and the team. Go Bucks!
I refuse to believe that there is any rational follower of college football who could possibly think Tennessee is better/would be favored over MSU on a neutral field to start the season. But, according to ESPN's FPI...
Is there a more punchable face in the sports industry? (non Tom Crean division of course. He is in a class of his own.)
No. Not going to happen, and I don't want it to happen. Many of us were going crazy last year with the multiple teams from the SEC West talk. Without going into all 30 of them, the same reasons apply here. No one wants to see a rematch in the CFP.
The only way it is possible is if you have multiple conferences with every team having 2+ losses, and have ND with 2+ losses. Which does happen from time to time I suppose.
I guess it if it does happen, it is going to be more about other conferences having complete meltdowns versus some super special 2nd place team from a conference that already has one in the CFP.
I don't know why but I never have gotten this, despite purchasing directly the last couple years. Anyway, probably will just wait for the presale code and try to nab decent seats in the public sections if there are any.
Otherwise, if you wait until the week of the game and hawk Ticketmaster, you will be amazed at what seats pop up on there. There is no shortage of options to get good seats for this event.
Heck, even OSU didn't fill their allotment last year and entire sections in the 300 level corner were out there a couple days before the game.