Yeah. Things are gonna pick up BIG TIME with our schedule in coming years. Kinda what makes this year's opportunity lost hurt even more.
Wanna be start working on some nightmares? In 2023 our preseason slate includes Boston College, followed by Texas, then at Notre Dame!!! Then the BIG schedule starts! Wow.
No transfer. Just think he's part of the group that won the NC as is gonna look to get paid. Hope not, cause I think he'd improve his draft stock by playing another year as WR, but my thinking right now is that anyone who CAN go will, and if they come back I'll be pleasantly surprised
Two teams from one conference may happen, but it ain't gonna be the ACC. If Clemson loses they are out. UNC will have an argument if they win, but I know the selection committee hates those FCS schools on the schedule.
USC barely lost to Stanford when their staff was in chaos, no reason to think they can't win this time around.
Florida absolutely WOULD NOT. No way that team makes the playoff, even if they beat Bama.
Stanford and UNC would be dicey, but not locks.
This scenario is our best hope. Alabama losing would make it highly probable. However, that is an extremely unlikely upset.
I agree. That would be a reasonable thing for a number of players to do, but I just don't expect it.
I agree with this.
Which is disappointing because the most likely upset will be the UNC over Clemson one.
I don't think it should be true, but the committee has made it clear that they value conference champions. Therefore, both Stanford and UNC pose real threats to jump over us if the door opens. Therefore, what we really need to happen is also BY FAR the least likely, which is for Alabama to lose.
It would also help us if MSU or Iowa win in a blow out.
For everyone thinking any of these guys are coming back, remember that we had a number of possible early entrants that came back after the NC last year and I think they came back to get the repeat. I don't see that happening again. It seems like a situation where they were going after the historic run, and it came up short. But now, I think everyone who has a legit shot at getting paid will go do so. I don't like it, but I expect that is what we'll see.
Looks like a solid starting place, though I agree Apple is gone and Jalin likely won't be back either.
There is likely going to be a mass exodus of our juniors and redshirt sophomores. Anyone coming back will surprise me after the two year run they had and the number of definite departures.
I have some advice, expect everyone who can to go. And then if they come back think of it as a recruiting victory. Next year could be rough.
I understand where you are coming from and those who make this argument, but there has to be something said for schedule and the WAY a team loses. Our loss though hideous, was in horrible weather, to a very good top 5 team, on a list second FG. UNC and Oklahoma have much worse losses, and UNC should be penalized for their schedule.
UNC isn't a lock, but it'd be a vigorous debate. Florida pulling the miracle would be our best chance
We have an extreme outside chance.
Oklahoma is in, though I'd argue our one loss is more forgivable than theirs and we should be in over them. (But we won't).
The MSU/Iowa winner is in, and I doubt the loser would still be under consideration.
So, two spots left. Clemson or Alabama, one of them MUST lose. Alabama would be better because Florida couldn't jump in, whereas UNC might if they upset Clemson. So, the upset that would be better for us is the least likely by far.
It would also help in the above scenario if Stanford loses.
Not looking good for us.
I'm not optimistic, but its not impossible. MSU isn't great. We just played our worst game one 50 yrs against them. And still had to lose on a last sec fg
Even early in the 2nd half we were not making any contact on their runs until they were 3-4 yds down field. That's not acceptable, especially because everyone knew they were running.
I won't torch you for it, you are spot on. The only time this offense under Urban has been really elite against good competition was when they were forced to throw down field to set up their runs. Otherwise, its been an exercise in trying to out talent people and wait for the big play to break out.
Speaking of getting torched, I will add that I am underwhelmed by Urban's game day coaching. He seems to be a master motivator for sure. And he gets some great players and, more often than not, he puts together a pre game plan to utilize them well. However, what I've not seen at OSU (didn't watch enough at his other schools) is that his in game adjuments (of lack thereof) are seriously wanting.
17 points against that personnel on that day is TOO many.
You're right. The only way we need chaos is if Sparty wins.
Ok, I know they aren't great, but come on, they are like 7-4. Not exactly Purdue or Rutgers bad but remember, those two nearly beat MSU.
I'm with you on this one. Something just not right about this team this year. Even those very close to the program don't know quite what it is. They just haven't gelled from top to bottom.
Let's be honest, this particular version of Ohio St, though supremely talented, has simply not been a great team. It just goes to show that a great team is MORE than the sum of its parts... Kind of like last year.
I think if we beat TUN, and a sparty loss allows us a chance to beat Iowa, we would be in the top 4 no matter what else happens above us.
Unfortunately, all this rests on an INEPT PSU offense.
That end of game management was atrocious. Credit to Dalton and the offense for getting down there, but they needed to play the clock better, and that throw to the end zone on third and three made no sense.