How dare you bring up the name Biakabatuka on this board, sir. I didn't downvote you. Not externally, anyway, but I sure did in my mind!
While a valid point, you could argue that Eze was in a different situation with a last minute visit to Mizzou, his dad being an ex-Mizzou football player, and a lot of home state pressure. I got the sense that he felt he needed to do that to explain to those in his home state why he was not choosing Mizzou.
Prince on the other hand has no connection to Alabama or Alabama football as far as I know, outside of being a current commit.
I trust Lorenz and Webb (UM recruiting writers) more, no offense to the OP. According to them Weber may take a visit to UM this weekend; in which case he could very well flip. Definitely hasn't signed with UM at this point.
I watched Frozen twice. Once to bash it and talk about how absurd it was that it's gotten so popular...
...and a second time because I secretly really enjoyed it and its girl power thematic elements.
My first ever CD that I bought (when I was 12 with lawn mowing money) was The Spice Girls. There's no shame here, partner.
Saw they promoted Tosh Lupoi to their LBs Coach position.
Interesting in the sense that there was a LOT of heat around him and his recruiting tactics when he was at CAL and Washington, to a point where Washington was being looked at closely by the NCAA IIRC. Somehow that's died down since he got to Alabama. Good ol' SEC.
Only had 29 carries in 4 years, so can't say I'm shocked. Wasn't really going to get any playing time with Green, Johnson and Ty Isaac in the fold next year.
My guess is OL Josh Wariboko. Said according to an interview (with I believe Rivals?) as of a few days ago that OSU had an edge over the other schools in his top 5, if you take him/the recruiting writer at their word. Might be the reason 3* OL Venzell Boulware's OSU visit didn't end up in him committing -- maybe they knew they had Wariboko in the fold behind the scenes, and weren't looking to take another OL commit anymore.
MSU - W
UM (@A2, with Harbaugh hype) - W
B1G CG - W
Would be an awful good impact run going into the playoff selection.
I could see (and have seen in this thread) some legitimate arguments either way.
Personally I think they have, for a few reasons:
*Their defense appears to have peaked in 2013: Narduzzi leaving for Pitt in 2015 + the fact that even in 2014 (while he was still there) it really looked like teams with offensive talent (Oregon, OSU, and Baylor especially) had figured out how to exploit that defense means IMO their best defensive days are behind them.
*With Harbaugh at UM for the foreseeable future, I think MSU's recent strangehold over the head-to-head matchup with Michigan loosens within a season or two. Beating UM so consistently in recent years is one of MSU's biggest selling points to elite in-state recruits like Malik McDowell, Aaron Burbridge, etc. along with any Ohioans that OSU hasn't offered and they have to battle UM for. If the series swings back in UM's favor, that could be the death knell for an elite MSU.
*Return of PSU: Franklin will be able to recruit a top-15 class most years because of the talent in the state of Pennsylvania + their positioning near the state of New Jersey. This means MSU has to contend every year (because of divisional alignments) with playing an OSU team that could be on the verge of a dynasty, a UM team that improves with Harbaugh at the helm, and a PSU team that will be far more talented than the one MSU has had to play over their impressive run over the last 5-6 years.
All of these factors I think means a return to respectable 9-4-ish seasons for MSU in future years.
That's how I read it as well. Outside of bowl/CFP games, he's not going to get wined and dined like this again until he gets to the NFL and becomes a free agent (and that's only if everything goes exactly as planned). Sounds like a kid taking advantage of the last few OVs the NCAA has given him.
Crazy thing is that you could argue the talent in Ohio is even better in the 2016 and 2017 classes.
Ohio's talent is no joke.
If she doesn't mind it, when I turned down the brightness on my Tablet it tends to extend its battery life considerably. I got tired of constantly having to recharge it, and can still see everything I need to see on the lowest brightness setting, so I tend not to need to charge it more than once per week (with a couple of hours of use every night or so).
Yep. Vannett leaves after 2015, and it sounds like Sam Hubbard will stay at DE, so TE will definitely be a position of need when he gets on campus in 2016!
I haven't watched a lot of his tape, but from what I've read, those who've followed him feel he's one of the more complete TEs (from a running, catching, blocking, etc. perspective) in 2016. The other top10 TE in Ohio (Luke Farrell) is considered an OSU lean as well; hoping both get in the class.
For anyone who doesn't follow recruiting -- #1 TE in 2016 according to Rivals (#3 TE on 247 composite), and a VERY important piece in locking down Ohio for 2016. A lot of ND fans thought he was a lock to ND early on.
Hopefully he'll also be able to work on top OL Liam Eichenberg I'd think.
Could be a sign of weak defense.
Think you might be being sarcastic, but 4 of the top 8 defenses in the country were B1G teams (#2 Penn St., #4 Wisconsin, #7 Michigan, #8 Michigan St.). OSU and Iowa weren't far behind at #19 and #22. Very strong defensive year for the B1G.
There was another punt (this time by Bama) in the 4th quarter where the scheme from OSU, I believe, was to send Marshall to the other side of the field to pretend he was fielding the ball there and bring Alabama's punt cover team with him -- allowing the ball to bounce into the endzone for a touchback.
What made this play interesting is that Armani Reeves was blocking a Bama punt cover guy on the other side of the field where the ball actually was bouncing -- and I swear it hit maybe a foot from him, he was not in the least ready for it. If that ball hits Armani and Bama recovers it, it would have been an EASY TD for them. I don't think a lot of people noticed it because it was subtle, but could have completely turned the game around for Bama in one play/unlucky bounce (ala the Philly Brown punt fumble against Clemson last year).
Funny how the smallest thing could have the biggest ripple effect.
Bill Greene is very solid. He was one of the few who predicted Jerome Baker to UF when almost no one believed/wanted to believe it. Obviously Baker eventually came back around to OSU, but I like that Greene's willing to get it right, even if it's not what people want to hear. Birm here at 11w is the same, I respect that a lot.
I was kind of a weird kid. Never really cheered for the big names growing up -- with two exceptions, Ultimate Warrior and The Undertaker.
But over the years growing up:
-Jake the Snake Roberts (no idea why, but the concept of a snake in a bag fascinated me to no end)
-Goldust (loved quirky, mysterious characters)
-Mankind (same as above; quirky weirdness, plus crazy matches)
-Raven (was an ECW fan, also enjoyed his somewhat apathetic character type)
I'm pretty much with you.
*Like their smashmouth style of football
*Like that they're one of the few B1G teams that has had success OOC recently
*Like that the last few years, they have provided a primetime game for OSU that has national resonance (in a way almost no team in the B1G has/can right now)
Reddit TIL (today I learned):
TIL The University of Montreal had to cancel a study comparing perceptions of women between men who watch porn and men who have never watched porn, because they "couldn't find any" of the latter.
^Saw earlier today on Reddit and it gave me a chuckle.
I do think his marijuana citation may be the thing that keeps OSU from taking a serious look at him. Unfortunate because this kid is clearly talented, top50 player out of HS, two years of tutoring from Alabama's fantastic RB's coach Burton Burns, kind of talented. But OSU generally doesn't want the headache of taking on transfers with issues you may have to work through, and I don't blame them.
He'll likely end up at a smaller school where he puts up great numbers.
Keep in mind that of the 3 guys who've CB'd Weber to UM in the past couple of months, two of them put in their call two weeks ago (i.e. so not based on any recent news), and they are writers for: Vanderbilt, USC, and ND. i.e. None have particularly close ties to the situation.