Last year's Iron Bowl was probably the game of the year in college football with the play of the year in college football. This year's Iron Bowl doesn't seem to be as hyped up as last year"s. Maybe it's because it's not "winner goes to the championship" this time. I live down here in Dothan, Al where there are Auburn and Bama fans right here in the office together, wearing their gear-- nobody's talking about it. Actually, they're talking about how Meyer issued a warning about fighting and how they've never seen something like what happened at The Game last year ever happen in an Iron Bowl.
I think the BAMA V OSU title game would be BANANAS; probably the most watched championship game ever! Being down here in BAMA country (Dothan, AL), I would love to see that matchup. I agree with you, I think we'd be able to handle BAMA or FSU for that matter. As high powered as Oregon has been most of the year, though, I think they are the only team I would be leary of.
I personally like Herbstreit. He's done nothing to me or to Buckeyes in my opinion. It's a shame he had to vacate Columbus for Tenn years ago because of constant harrassment from OUR fans. He has at times seemed to be a little overly critical of the Buckeyes, but I seem to remember this starting to happen after he was practicing homerism like his counterpart Desmond Howard does for MIchigan before we got it handed to us by the Gators back in 07 and again by LSU the next year. Every since then, for the most part, he has been objectionable and has toned down his Buckeye love since he is on a NATIONAL platform. To me, he does give credit where credit is due though. That's what I don't like about shows like Finebaum (catereing to people like Jim from Tuscaloosa) that have a national airing but obviously caters to a particular type of fan.
The only "perfomance-enhancing" X pills give you is NOT felt on the football field............
Yes, that was an interesting bit. But, I feel that if we take care of business against Indiana, TTUN, and the B1G CG (presumably an top 10-15 Wisconsin), we will play our way right into the final 4. Only if we take care of OUR business though.
I totally agree with the idea that the perception that the B1G has has made it hard for the Buckeyes to catch up after a loss to a mediocre (previously horrible) Va Tech team. There are several factors that contribute to this. I think the main reason is because of all the polls that are put forth BEFORE the season starts. According to what we heard about the new CFP system, teams are supposed to be judged according to their play ON THE FIELD. However, it seems that many team, namely the SEC teams, are getting credit for just waking up out of bed and being in the SEC. Don't get me wrong, I am in agreement that the SEC is the best conference in college football but it's not like they are the see all, be all semi-pro football conference that they and their Finebaum listeners make it out to be. If the polls (any polls -- AP, coaches, or any other) didn't come out until maybe week 6 or 7, many of these SEC teams wouldn't get so much credit for beating teams like Clemson, TAM, and South Carolina. The CFB committee can say whatever about how they don't pay attention to any of the other polls but the way things have played out that is definitly not the case.
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When I hear about the vast physical improvements that have been made because of a change in the strength coach, it really makes me wonder what the old regime was doing. I mean, Tressel won a NC, several B1G titles, and had a magnificent record -- imagine what those Tress-ran teams could have accomplished if those players had of been in shape!! What did they do when they hit the weight room under Tress? Everybody knows what everybody else is doing; why weren't the OSU coaches imitating what was going on in the practices and weight room sessions of the southern power houses like Florida and Bama?