This is why in some ways Wisconsin at 5 isn't too crazy. Let's say they run the table (which they very well could) going into the B1G Championship Game. If they were to end the season with a single loss in the B1G CG then top-5 would be appropriate.
100% correct. Thank you CC.
The UGA win however was a stroke of luck, however, it was a game that Auburn was winning comfortably until relatively late into the 4th.
Auburn only beat us out by less than 13,000 (if my math is correct)...so the difference was mediocre attendance to the Orange Bowl vs sold out Rose Bowl for the title game.
Jordan-Hare seats 85 or 86k as I recall, so that's probably just small enough to take them out of the top-10 for home games.
Phil thinks he's got all the bases covered, but what about schools with fan bases that travel and have a strong presence at road games?!
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Noticed that as well, just beat me to it Walt!
I said it in the Skully, there is certainly a chance it could be done. The beauty of what Meyer and Herman have built offensively is that it's relatively simple and it is run-oriented and is very friendly to young QBs (look at what Braxton did his first season in the offense).
We need only to look at what Auburn did last year with Nick Marshall (or alternatively what Oregon has done with all of their QBs over the past 5 years). It's more than possible to win (especially with the rest of the talent on this team) without a singular superstar and we have the offense to do it.
Obviously terrible news about Braxton...apart from hoping for a Year of the Buckeye title run I was really looking forward to seeing him own every record in the books at Ohio State.
Looking forward (if without Braxton) the rebuilt O-line becomes more worrisome along with the loss of Hyde. However, we just need to look at what Auburn did last season as evidence that we could still have an excellent season with the Meyer/Herman spread and without any singular star. I remain optimistic.
DJ, agree. Although perhaps there's an alternative option in which ESPN broadcasts the Little League World Series Pro Bono without advertisements.
Ohio State will be fine with fewer high school kids playing football - is the trend true in other states as well? I just hope the 10,000 or so fewer kids not playing football are playing soccer instead and increasing the talent pool for the US Men's National Team.
Also Texas A&M is ranked. I'd estimate them around 4 or 5 losses which usually lands teams in the also receiving votes category. Although they're in the SEC West, so who knows...they could be a 4-loss 15 ranked team.
This made me realize that K-State is ranked while VaTech is not. From limited knowledge I'd have to think there's little difference between the two.
You may be right, but I bet Chip Kelly would love to have him - or Harbaugh have him as a in-kind backup for Kaepernick.
I've used Ebay on numerous occasions on the past and haven't had any negative experiences. I think you just have to be careful - as in life...
A home and home with Bama this year and next would be great. But in 3 year's time I worry that they'll have faded enough that the lustre of the matchup of titans will have faded. As far as SEC teams go, I'd be much more excited for an Auburn series.
There should be some kind of deposit requirement when teams reach these agreements. It's so easy to flake out when there's literally nothing lost on either side.
After he's dismissed from the team he'll be transferring to LSU. Michigan Man Les Miles has a soft spot for guys with a good left hook.
Haha...oh so witty in the morning Oyster.
ODOT! How hard was that?! Thank you, finally.
We have to support him now as he's the only leader in the SEC who promotes democracy.
@Soldier Field plz.
LOL, Scarlet_Lutefisk, I like your style... are you familiar with PFTCommenter?
Is that all Richie Incognito was doing?
I will say, we would know more about Herman if Urban Meyer weren't his head coach. What I mean by that is if Herman were OC for a defensive-oriented HC then we would fully know his offense and, for example, exactly what calls he would've made against MSU in the B1G Champ Game (I believe it's on the record that Urban made those last couple of calls against MSU) or how the offensive game plan would've been different against Clemson.
Now, this also leads us to how we even got into the situation to question those 2 calls (3rd and 4th downs). You assert (as many have) that we should've gone to Hyde. After the Orange Bowl I made a blog post here on 11W saying that our downfall in the final 2 games offensively was due to failure to throw the ball downfield more which would've opened up more holes for Hyde/Miller on the ground. This is a bigger picture thing that Urban may have influence on, we simply don't know - but I'm inclined to think from a comment by Urban in the spring that he did have influence on how much we threw the ball last season (also, Herman is a passing spread guy historically while Urban is the opposite).
Anyway, I think it's safe to say that Herman is among the best in the game and we're in a much much better place offensively than we were a few years ago with Tressel and Bollman (with all due respect to Tress). When you say the jury is out, I hope you mean that along the lines of we're only deliberating whether he's in the top-3 or top-5.
Regardless of when he leaves, with Urban I trust that another bright mind will be found - we just have to hope that he doesn't interfere negatively when new ideas are brought to the table.