Might be small, but LJ putting his hand on Marvin's relative's shoulder (is it his dad? brother? I haven't followed the recruitment closely so I'm not sure), I think is a great sign of the comfort level there. Looking good for the good guys here!
ABuckeye15: I had to log in to upvote you for this. John Crichton is my role model.
And Farscape is one of the most underrated shows of all time.
Solid, but really disappears some games. Which may not be his fault so much as play-calling.
I noticed a few days ago when looking at the statistics: in almost every game this season where he ran for less than 100 yards, Clemson's opponents were within 7 points. Even Troy and NC State. If you stop him Clemson becomes very one dimensional.
Just so I understand, according to 11W rules:
Gifs of jiggling, heavenly lady bits: bad.
Gifs of horses shatting on women's heads: good.
I don't think I want to live in this world anymore...
Biggest key to victory I've noticed when playing Clemson: stop their run game. When Gallman isn't having a big day, teams are within a TD of Clemson (Troy, NCST, Pitt, FSU, Va Tech).
Deshaun Watson is the best QB in the country, but he does have a tendency to throw a few INts. In fact, he's had 4 games with 2+ INTs thrown this year. If OSU continues to force TOs, they will make Clemson pay for them. Despite OSU having a very good defense, I think this will be 35-32 kind of game. Clemson has enough talented WR threats to make really challenge OSU's secondary (Mike Williams, Leggett, Cain, and Scott are all legitimate threats; Renfrow is one of those frustrating possession WRs you see every great team fielding). Clemson's defense will definitely give up points, but they do have some talent there, if underperforming. In all honesty they remind me a whole lot of OSU last year: very talented but with a focus that wavers.
Wait, according to the ESPN stats Browning has 3280 yards passing (matching your #2), and 42 TDs / 7 INts this year (definitely not matching your 16 TDs). Am I missing something?
Edit: I see where the error came in. It looks like you matched his 2015 TDs number with his 2016 stats, easy mistake to make! Browning has had a fantastic year, and Bama's weakness is definitely their secondary. I think if Washington's OL can find a way to hold up (HUGE ask of them) they can definitely challenge Alabama downfield.
Yes. Playing no one on their way to this year's national championship will better support their "this is the best Bama team ever" narrative down south.
I think this Bama team is good, but I personally believe they've had better ones. We still haven't seen Jalen Hurts prove that he can regularly complete downfield passes, or see Bama's secondary challenged this year (outside of the Ole Miss game, where Kelly threw for 421 yards).
Should be a battle of top 5 teams next year in Columbus, I look forward to it!
OSU and FSU are the only teams in the country who recruit at anywhere near the same level as Bama, and so have comparable talent to Bama, so of course their fanbase doesn't want OSU to get in. A playoff without OSU (even a young, slightly flawed OSU team) is a much better bet for Bama to win yet again.
Thought #1: SEC is really hard to watch this year. The separation between Alabama and every other team in the SEC is just too too big, not even enjoyable to watch. Given the lack of great coaches in their conference now (and Saban in no hurry to retire), I don't feel like it's necessarily going to get any better over the next few years.
Thought #2: Alabama is a really great team. But it'd be interesting to see what a game against OSU or Clemson would look like if those two teams didn't gift wrap TDs for Bama the way Florida has today. UF was able to pass pretty effectively against them that first drive.
Sept. 16 - Oct 7th would be a good time for the starters to go on vacation. Although I hear that Army is pretty solid these days.
Really happy they got rid of the MSU - UM back to back scheduling as well, by the way. Mind-boggling that anyone let that through this year.
Would rather see OSU vs <pick your SEC team>. The TCU and Oregon matchups look like snooze fests, even though we're a few years away (so anything could happen between now and then, obviously). I know they've scheduled Tennessee (and perhaps Georgia as well?) at certain points and those fell through. Wonder why Wisconsin's always seem to stick but not OSU's?
I guess OSU will just have to stick to beating SEC teams in the playoffs. I really would love to see an OSU v Georgia or Tennessee game, even if it's not a home-and-home. Talk about recruiting, playing in Georgia would be every bit as useful for recruiting as playing against TCU in Texas, and it would be a game that people would actually tune in for.
It pains me to say this, but I honestly think at this point of all the ESPN crew, after Herbstreit I'd give the most credibility to Paul Finebaum. Ever since OSU beat Alabama, he seems to have become shockingly realistic about OSU's talent/place among the CFB elite. The rest of the ESPN croneys are bandwagoning a new team every week (Louisville, Clemson, Washington, and Michigan so far this season), aside from continuing to trumpet the "Bama is unbeatable!" (until they lose) tact that continues on that network every year. I'm not saying it's completely unreasonable given the amount of titles Bama has won, but every team is beatable, and even in most of those title runs Bama dropped at least one game that season.
I've never really given Mike Greenberg's football opinions much credence. Can't really think of one insightful comment he's made about CFB or the NFL in the 10 or so years they've been on ESPN. Usually just takes the devil's advocate approach to seem like he's a free thinker, ala Skip Bayless's four SEC teams in the CFP approach.
Alabama just added a 4th OLB commit according to Birm. If they still get Browning that is just insane.
My optimistic side says maybe Browning called them during his OSU visit and told them he was going to OSU, and they let in a kid who was waiting to join their class.
OSU's inability to move the ball really worried me through 3 quarters. Once I saw OSU starting to complete passes and pick up chunks on the ground in the fourth quarter I breathed a sigh of relief, because I knew UM's defense was tired and points would be forthcoming. Kind of the same way I felt during the Wisconsin game. When OT came around and it was tied, I felt 70% sure OSU was going to win. The OT playcalling has been fantastic throughout Urban's tenure (it's really where the option game excels), and OSU's defense is ridiculously good inside the red zone.
Keep in mind that part of the committee's protocol is that they are not supposed to consider by how much a team won or lost against comparative opponents, only whether they won or lost. They're humans so it might leak in, but according to their written criteria itself the amount a team lost by is not supposed to be a factor. I do agree that Michigan has a better overall resume though, with the exception of that conference championships criteria.
Interesting point I hadn't thought about. Assuming both teams win next week, according to playoff committee protocol:
Oklahoma State vs PSU:
Comparative opponents: OkSt > PSU (Ok St. beat Pitt, PSU lost to Pitt)
Head-to-head: Ok St = PSU, null
Championships won: Ok St. = PSU
Strength of schedule: PSU>Ok. St. (but not by much on most sites in all honesty)
Records: Ok. St: 10-1, PSU: 11-2
And as you guys said, you could argue that Ok. St. is really 11-1.
Where this might become interesting would be if the committee says (ala TCU and Baylor two years ago), "you know, we see these two teams as essentially even, and both we see as a step below OSU." It gives them a reason to disqualify the two teams from the hunt, as they're essentially even, and the eye test says OSU is better than both.
I've thought the same thing for awhile. I think Bama is very good + very talented, but can we be honest for a second: they haven't played 1 legitimate top-10 team outside of USC, who was not the same team at the beginning of the year without Sam Darnold (you could argue they haven't even played a legitimate top-15 team). They haven't really met the team that can challenge them yet, which is not their fault, but it does make you wonder if they're the "best Bama team ever" that SEC country has been building them up to be.
I think Bama has some faults. Their front 7 is fantastic, but I'd argue that so is Michigan's (UM is statistically every bit the defense Bama is this year), and OSU found a way to win. Alabama's secondary is great, but I do think they can be thrown on, Ole Miss proved that. Especially now without Eddie Jackson, who was the best player in their secondary. I've heard people say OSU doesn't play well against mobile QBs, but I think the team speed of OSU's defense would actually be more apt to play well against a mobile/spread offense than they are against a traditional offense like Wisconsin or UM's. Hurts is great, but he's also been prone to turnovers the way any young QB is, and OSU's defense makes you pay when you turn the ball over. I think OSU would have a legitimate puncher's chance against Bama.
I was wondering that as well. Is that a newish rule? And if so, why?
Clemson is hot right now (ala OSU post-PSU loss; something in the Pitt loss seemed to spur them on/get them motivated) and they are going to play a VT team that struggled to beat ND, I think it's so small a chance it's almost not worth considering. I think Washington would have lost if they played USC, but having watched both Colorado and Washington lately, I don't think Colorado has much of a shot there either. Colorado's offense isn't explosive at all, their defense is solid but not spectacular (their secondary is very good), and Washington just has better talent throughout their roster/is playing very well right now.
Even given a possibility that they both lose, I think you would have:
3. B1G Champ
4. B12 Champ
in the playoff over Michigan. Even though I personally think Michigan would beat P12 champ, B12 champ, and possibly even Clemson on a neutral field.
Michigan's definitely out regardless I think. They would take a 2-loss B12 champion over Michigan, though personally I'd take Michigan this year against anyone not named Alabama, Clemson, or Ohio State. I think if we're going by talent and not record, my final 5 would look like:
2. Ohio State
Yeah, I never would have thought it. I mean, UM fans can be pathetic at times (as perhaps all fan bases can). But typically not PSU, "everyone's out to get us!" *tears*, kind of pathetic. Usually more of the, "We're on top of the world [in September]" kind of predictable pathetic.
I loved the part where I got to call my brother (the Michigan fan) after the game to see how he was coping with yet another epic UM meltdown.
Yeah, I don't see anything about his coaching that would make him appealing to the NFL either. I think while we're on the topic of Kellys, Chip is twice the coach Brian Kelly is, and even he hasn't done well in the NFL (at least not the last two seasons). He hasn't been terrible at ND, but I think the job is too big for him. He'd do well at a mid-level place where he can control everything (ala his old job at Cincy).