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Comment 12 hours ago
No comments in here about how we need help out west, I still think Oregon gets in ahead of us, and MSU, if they don't lose again
Comment 19 Oct 2014

I think the PAC12 and BIG12 champs MUST have two losses for us to have a chance. 

The SEC champ is automatic, a one loss SEC west team is almost automatic (the way the current narrative goes), and FSU is a near certainty.  That leaves one spot at this juncture and a one loss Oregon and a one loss TCU or Baylor (I can't believe I just typed those two) will be taken over us.  If both those conference don't have a one loss team, then it would come down to hoping ND loses and we win out. 

Long road ahead, IMO. 

Comment 19 Oct 2014
I can agree with many of the criticisms and validations of our ranking, but one thing is becoming clearer to me, and that is that I don't see us making it to the playoff unless there are no are any more than a combination of four undefeated teams and undefeated teams. If there are two unbeatens and three one losses, we will be left out
Comment 18 Oct 2014

What amazes me most about this catch (the one vs. Akron) was how he snagged it turning around and grabbing the ball in the mid-section, not at the nose you see some one handed catches.   Do you have any idea how hard it is to stop the ball going that fast and not even cupping the nose of it!?  Simply remarkable. 

Comment 18 Oct 2014

Really good considering, would have been a bit better with a sharp focus.  Still pretty awesome. 

Comment 10 Oct 2014
1) The SEC is lock for one team and a threat to get two with the "right" one loss team (eg Alabama). So, I agree with above that it would be best for one of them to remain unbeaten and every other team pick up two losses. 2). FSU is the most likely team to remain unbeaten, so unless somebody pulls the shocker (which of course Clemson had), I'm penciling them in. ND is a dark horse in this one, but win out and they are in, instead of FSU. 3). I think any one loss PAC 12 is in, to make sure the entire west coast doesn't tune out the playoff altogether. 4) So, in my opinion, it comes down to a contest between the B1G and Big 12 champion. Our top rooting interest is for them to all lose, preferably twice.
Comment 29 Sep 2014
Agreed about the jury still being out in multiple areas on defense, as well as offense. Honestly, I think Maryland is the best team we've played yet and we'll know a lot more about the positive trends we've seen after Saturday. As I look at it, I think other than MSU that this week will be our stiffest test left in the regular season.
Comment 21 Sep 2014
He should, and he will, be fired. That team is a hot mess and they have WAY too much money tied into that stadium to not fill it. I think they should drop him now and give one of the coordinators a trial run, then if they are no better you go national. Not saying I don't love beating on them and seeing them in the toilet, just thinking from what I'd do from their perspective.
Comment 20 Sep 2014
That may be the worst loss of a game (Clemson) I've ever seen.
Comment 15 Sep 2014
LSU was for sure, we backed into that game, it really wasn't a NC caliber squad. Ironically, that team played better than the 2006 squad. However, I think that '06 team was a better team, that believed its hype and came in cocky. Troy Smith was clearly out of shape after his Heisman run and the loss of Ginn on the first play killed us. So, sure in that game UF was better, but that OSU squad was the best in the country until we had 40+ days to get fat and happy.
Comment 13 Sep 2014
Don't want to rain on the victory parade, and we did a lot of nice things today; but that is a bad football team at Kent St. The VaTech loss at home (to a good but not great team) really reflects on just how much room for improvement we have.
Comment 12 Sep 2014

Well, this is definitely not the forum for this, but I would take issue with how one defines "better" in terms of how the Scandinavian countries you mention are "doing better" than us.  Also, there is a big difference between investing in national infrastructure (education, economic opportunity, etc) and simple welfare or redistribution of wealth, with no accountability or expectations.  We have a permanent underclass because of low expectations and dependency, not because of lack of opportunity. 

Also, it is a bit more convenient to be able to invest all your national economy in the above areas when you don't have to be the police force for the world, as we are.