You always have the option to do something so egregious that you get disowned before the trip. Problem solved.
Upvote for you sir.
TL:DR version of this entire thread - no one knows the correct answer, not everyone will be happy and C.R.E.A.M.
"Oh, Coach, good evening - you were preseason top 2 and won all of your games, here is your hot towel and please follow the red carpet to the head table. We don't care how you got there, but you managed to win them all, so you are one of two teams to potentially be annointed the BEST TEAM IN THE COUNTRY. Nevermind this team that may have been abruptly breaking in a redshirt freshman QB, dropped a winable game and then ripped off 10 in a row in convincing fashion all the way to a conference championship. Let us look down our noses at them because - hahahah - they can't possible be the best team in the country now can they. They are just a flash in the pan anyway. No, no no, Coach, they won't get the opportunity to prove themselves in a playoff - that's just silly to even mention such a thing. Why should we let them into this club (even though they are playing at high level now, maybe an even higher level than your team), Coach? This is the room where we decide the BEST TEAM IN THE COUNTRY. Jeff Sagarin and the fine gentlemen who make the polls say you belong at the head of the table Coach - no need to prove yourself again. Here in college football, we like our opinions and rankings alone to put the "best" 2 teams into the finals. So please - right this way - dollars and glory await."
I don't think I ever said that I would settle for being the hottest team. But in some cases, I would take it. Look, EVERY team in the country wants to win every one of their games - I think that is a given. That usually doesn't happen. So in the case of the Buckeyes, would I feel guilty if they snuck into the playoffs and then won it? No F"N way. Currently only 6 (?) teams are left undefeated in the country. One of them is Marshall. They aren't the best team in the country. ND vs. FSU will cannibalize another of the undefeated teams - it's just not something that is a common occurence.
If given the choice, I'd rather have an early season, tough loss - correct the issues - and peak at the right time of the year heading into the playoffs as opposed to being undefeated, squeak through a few heart attacks, manage to survive a few close games and maybe not be playing our best football at playoff time.
See the 2013 Buckeyes. Yeah, we won 24 straight, but the defensive issues started to show their face at the end of the season We ran the table in the regular season and had it all but gift wrapped to make the BCS title game. Some could have argued we were the best team in the country. But we also shit the bed against Michigan State and subsequently against Clemson. Speaking of MSU, we know their story. Lose an early game against a tough opponent, but they put it together, get hot at the right time, roll through their B1G schedule, pants us in the B1G championship and beat the #5 ranked team in the Rose Bowl. They went from unranked in week 8 to finishing the year top 3. Which scenario would you prefer to have if you were rolling into a playoff? In that context, I'm picking Sparty.
I think there is something to be said about being the hot team at the right time of the year. Throw out all of this "overall best team over the course of the whole year" stuff. That's boring. It doesn't really make much of a difference to me if you were the best team in September and October. When the bright lights come on and it's time to win or go home, are you able to step up and win? I don't believe there is any other way to truly determine a champion other than a playoff. Football obviously is too physically demanding to play a best of format, so you have to have your A game when you need it. If you are a championship caliber team, you don't lay an egg in a big game.
To use your basketball example - is it feasible that a 2 seed technically is the "best overall team"? Sure. But the best overall team, doesn't let a 15 seed (in which you should have a athletic/coaching/facilities/recruiting advantage) hang around and even give them the opportunity to win the game outright. So yeah, the "best overall team" could have an off night, but should the "best overall team" have SUCH an off night that they let the Patriot League champ win? The old addage of settling it on the field is how it should be done. Computers running equations being part of the putting the "best overall team" on the field isn't what athletic competition is all about.
To quote the Nature Boy - "to BE the man, you gotta BEAT the man...WOOOOOOOOOO!!"
Wish I could offer more insight as well, although I agree with most. Three of us went to the infamous 2005 game and got the hell out of dodge immediately upon conclusion. We ended up driving back toward Columbus and stopped at some roach motel 45 minutes or so outside of Happy Valley to crash for a few hours. Going to Ann Arbor was like a family reunion compared to the experience at PSU. Strength in numbers, my friend.
Nope, I'm good.
Uni-Watch is a great site dedicated to uniforms across all sports. Paul Lukas is the site's founder, and he also writes uniform related articles for ESPN (which is one of the few things I will actually read on the WWL). It's actually pretty cool if you have some time to kill and are in to that type of thing.
What's worse, bye weeks or the offseason for these kinds of posts?
it got me thinking when Urban leaves (hopefully never) in my opinion in about 5-8 years who will replace him
I wish I had the time on my hands to think about who The Ohio State University's head football coach will be in the better part of a decade, but I have a hard enough time planning what is going on within the next few days or weeks. I'm all for prognosticating the next game on the schedule, but can we just table these conversations until they are really necessary?
I agree - never say never I suppose. But I wouldn't necessarily take 2 or 3 times my salary to carry a burlap sack behind the horses in the parade either.
The program at Illinois now is (somehow) worse off than it was with the Zooker. It wasn't all that long ago that we went into Champaign, and the Fighting Zooks were 5-0 and looking to make a statement win against us. Now they can't handle Purdue at home? Morris will probably flirt with a few schools after the season, get an increase, and go back to drawing up plays for Deshaun Watson to PWN everyone, all while maniacally laughing.
We only get 12-14 of these Saturdays a year. Can we enjoy this season, enjoy the development of our team, enjoy the win and talk who does what AFTER the 2014 season has concluded? Braxton isn't playing this season. Let's all chat after NSD, mmkay?
Unless someone on this board is a former Evans Scholar themselves, I don't think anyone can assume that the penalty isn't appropriate. I'm sure there is some sort of agreement in place in regards to maintaining their scholarship - and personal conduct is likely associated with the funds. Disclaimer that I wasn't on academic scholarship when I went to OSU, but if you were on a full academic ride, I don't believe you can fail all your classes and maintain that free ride (using that as an example).
I also am assuming that academic and athletic scholarships have different fine print. There are a multitude of examples of scholarship athletes having brushes with the law and retaining their schollies. At the same time, not all free rides are created equal.
I love reading the immediate comments about not crediting Sports By Brooks. Our world has been a better place without that guy trolling the interwebz.
From having to sit in the fringe of the student section Saturday, I can tell you there is much more Instagramming for some folks than cheering. The group of 5 who sat next to us showed up late, sat the whole first half on their phones and then left at halftime not to return. Surely disinterest from students has existed since long before the smartphone, but it certainly doesn't help.
Does this count as a jiggly lady part gif?
Insert buddy joke here.
Trust in the Lord of Whispers.
Couldn't find a good video - but the result of this play was pretty nice.
Absolutely. Helmet basically speared him near the chin area. Even if he didn't actually make helmet to helmet contact, he would probably be ejected for targeting today. They would likely tack on that this was a defenseless receiver, which is pretty true in this case. Compare that to the hit Roby was thrown out on last year. The Dumas hit was so much more violent.
Other than the Katzenmoyer vs Jones hit, I think this one wins out. That is unless you count hits AGAINST Buckeyes, in which case Ray Small getting creamed by a Gopher might make this list as well.
Leaving Gamble's pick 6 against Penn State in 2002 off of this list would be criminal. I went to every home game from 02-07 and still don't recall the Shoe being any louder.