First: Ludacris (literally never went to a concert until my sophomore year at OSU)
First: Ludacris (literally never went to a concert until my sophomore year at OSU)
Not to excuse playing them, because the MAC is still pretty terrible and I don't expect either team to give Ohio State a game, but you could do a lot worse than Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. And it can't be a bad look to have defeated a conference champion, even if the conference isn't great. WMU has pulled in a lot of 3* the last couple years, which is a ton by MAC standards, and will be by far the most talented team in the conference (if they aren't already) -- it looks like it's been starting to pay off for them already, going 8-5 last year after 1-11 in 2012. NIU is always competitive, but I actually think that this is the year they'll get topped by WMU (or Toledo).
IMO, the MAC West will be one of the more intriguing conference/division races all season.
My brother has been a Michigan fan since before I was born. I know that he hates Ohio State, and he knows that I hate Michigan, but aside from three-ish hours on a certain day each year, we're respectful of each other. I don't rub OSU's success in his face, and he never rubbed Michigan's in mine.
I also have a couple friends who are Michigan grads, and we have a much more open "I hate you" type of relationship, but it's
mostly occasionally all just in fun.
1. When the Ravens came to Baltimore, I switched from the 49ers since I now had a hometown team to root for. (I understand that this might be a touchy subject for some here, so spare me any sort of vitriol and/or DVs because frankly I don't care nearly enough about professional football to engage in this conversation.)
2. I'm not from Ohio, as noted above, so I obviously didn't root for OSU until I went there.
Getting a Ph.D. in statistics.
I would hesitate to call it "very similar" since Ohio State had their coach in November and Michigan didn't have theirs until January. Makes a huge difference in recruiting IMO.
Relevant (scroll to the table at the bottom): http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/1/31/5364846/unclaimed-college-football-national-championships
This was compiled before the season, so obviously add one for OSU, but I think the rest of that is correct.
The existence of conference championship games basically mitigates all of this. No team is going to rest their starters, even if they're guaranteed a trip to the conference championship, because they'd likely miss the at-large bid if they lose their last two games.
For the record, I'd love for the playoff to stay at four, but if it expands, I have no issues with major conference champions getting autobids to the playoffs. If they're the most deserving team in a conference (i.e., they won it), then I don't see why they can't be in, especially since there's no longer an obviously weak major conference like the Big East. If they actually suck, like that UConn team you brought up, then they'll get blown out. I don't really have a problem with that. If a school doesn't want crappy teams making the playoffs over them, then beat them and win your conference.
IIRC, the NCAA does not officially award a championship for 1-A football (the polls/Bowl Alliance/BCS/CFP are responsible for that), so the FBS and FCS designations are still applicable.
Born and raised outside of Baltimore. Can confirm. (I still want to move back, though.)
Just about everywhere my life has taken me, people have been amazed by how much I follow college football given where I'm from. (They're also amazed when they find out there's literally nothing on this planet that I care less about than the entire sport of basketball.)
I think 2009 Alabama did the 1-2 thing (in consecutive games, not weeks): they beat #1 Florida in the SECCG (they were #4, IIRC), and then #2 Texas in the championship.
I work with an Auburn grad who, for the last two weeks, has yelled "GO BUCKEYES!" literally every time I've seen him (multiple times a day) and has constantly let me know that we have his full support.
I imagine I'd be doing the same thing if Auburn were to ever play Michigan in the playoff.
You know that Big Ten runner up (Wisconsin) is playing a team that finished fourth in its own division (Auburn), don't you?
Born and raised in Maryland. No ties to Ohio outside of when I attended OSU. Now live in Raleigh, NC.
Just posted this in another thread, but it looks like McElwain plans to try to retain Florida's defensive staff. So unless Durkin doesn't want to be DC there, I don't imagine he ends up here.
Rumors are that Foley and McElwain are going to try to retain their defensive assistants (or at least Durkin and their DB coach at a minimum, according to what I've read).
It's nice that Ohio State is prestigious enough to make kids like Richmond (in Tennessee) and Nate Craig (Florida?) lifelong fans, but sometimes it may not be the best fit for you personally.
I'm not an athlete, but eight years ago, I chose to attend Ohio State over the school that I was a lifelong fan of growing up (among others) because Ohio State was a better place for me to be, and I could not have been happier with my decision. I'm sure others have similar stories.
IIRC he failed to convert on a fake against Northwestern last year.
He's also the guy who said A&M definitely wasn't leaving for the SEC, and that they'd be keeping Mike Sherman as their coach, and that Texas was replacing A&M with Notre Dame as their Thanksgiving game, and tons of other crap that ended up not being true.
Even some of the Texas sites I've read admit that Chip Brown is a hack.
Sports: where I can see simply a set of two numbers and instantly know exactly what it means and then I become depressed.
I like F/+ quite a bit. I actually brought it up often last year when people talked about how bad our schedule was while ignoring that Florida State's was equally as bad (granted, FSU obliterated everyone and we didn't, but that wasn't what I was trying to argue). I looked up each conference's ranks without their top team (with the logic being that at the point in the season I actually did this, a few of the major conferences had a leader that was so far ahead of the rest of their conference -- specifically Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor) and it turned out that FSU brought up the ACC much more than Ohio State did for the Big Ten.
I meant to keep revisiting what I did throughout the season, but didn't. It wouldn't be as interesting this season since no conference appears to have a clear front-runner (OSU/Neb, MissSt/Bama,TCU/Baylor, etc.), and even those that do (like the ACC) don't have a clearly dominant team like last year -- Florida State isn't up to last year's standards, and I'm actually surprised by how close Miami is to them this year.
One last note: When this week's rankings came out yesterday, Bill Connelly (creator of S&P+, the "+" part of F/+), noted that our performance against MSU was so good that it actually raised VT's ranking to 28, despite the Hokies not even playing, and pushed MSU down to 25.
What "fundamental reform" do you think MLB needs, and why?
Current second favorite: I'll always pull for Kansas State for however long Bill Snyder is coaching there. I grew up cheering for North Carolina, but I don't pay much attention to them anymore (which is ironic considering I now live there).
New favorite: I'm inclined to say Michigan State for their style of play and the fact that Dantonio is Evil Jim Tressel, just like my answer to this question was Ohio State (under Tressel) before I made the decision to attend. I suppose I could also go with Maryland (home state school), but I've never particularly cared for them and certainly not in basketball. Always had a soft spot for UCLA too.
Was a replay of the RTP call on Grant ever shown? I don't know whether or not that was a bad call because no one seemed to actually see it.
I posted this a few weeks ago in another thread, but it's because some QBs didn't play under center in high school (or even before then) and are uncomfortable taking snaps from under center. It's very common in Texas high school ball, where Barrett is from, so it's not a stretch to infer that he's the same way.
Snapping the ball seems like something simple, but there's a world of difference between taking it from under center or catching it out of the air. Everything from how you see the defense pre-snap, to dropping back (whether for a pass or a handoff), or just even physically taking it from the center is different. If you're used to one way over the other, it definitely takes some getting used to, and it may not be worth spending time on it if it's not a staple of your offense.
I remember it wasn't all that long ago when a large criticism many NFL types cast upon college spread QBs was that they would have to learn to play from under center.