This will depend entirely on our defense. If Ash is able to turn the pass D around and bring back the Bullets of yore, then I think we can grind our way to a berth on a run-first ball-control offense, assuming we can beat MSU. Remember, we went 12-0 with a second-year Braxton Miller in his first year of Urban Meyer's offense. If the defense can't deliver on their promise, we'll probably be 2nd, maybe 3rd in the conference...
Every time I watch that play in slow motion, I feel a murderous rage fill me directed entirely at that shitbird Clemson DL Shuey. You see him turn midair and drive his shoulder straight into poor Braxton's arm on that late hit. Is there such a thing as roughing-the-passer's career, because 15 yards in that game wasn't enough.
As a medical professional, this x1000
We'll be more explosive than last year, but less consistent.
That last gif perfectly highlights the beauty of Sail against zone defenses. The LBs had dropped back into a middle zone, covering thin air, neither contributing to the pass rush nor covering receivers, while the scUM DBs were getting overwhelmed by a flood of Buckeye WRs to the play side. Simple yet strategically elegant way to gain chunk yardage in an obvious passing situation.
In all honesty, it'll take an unbeaten season and a bit of good luck. Regardless of losses, you know an ess-ee-seeee team is going to get a bid. That leaves three spots between 4 major conferences: the B1G, Pac-12, BigXII, and ACC. Usually the ACC gets laughed out as the smallest of the majors, but FSU will be (over)ranked highly enough going this year that barring multiple losses, they'll find a way to sneak in. Oregon is also a perennially overestimated media darling which will make a good push to be in the conversation (not to mention, their Kryptonite, Stanford suffered quite a bit of attrition in this years' NFL draft). Finally, the Big XII also often gets the nod as the supposed "second best" conference, and following their Sugar Bowl win, Oklahoma will also be a highly-esteemed contender. The bottom line is that tOSU has no choice but to go undefeated and hope their contemporaries do not, because the unjustified ESPiN motif will be working against us all year.
He definitely would have been invited to NYC at least if he'd played the first 3 games (which would have been under the assumption that he never had been in the altercation at the bar that led to the suspension in the first place).
Now, if we fed him the rock in the 4th quarter and we overcame MSU to land ourselves in the title game, I think he could have won. The narrative would have been flawless: A senior who overcame significant early-career adversity to carry the team on his back (see Northwestern, Iowa, scUM, MSU) to a national title bid. The fact that OSU is tailback-U certainly doesn't hurt his image either.
Given Johnny Manziel's flame out and the botched rape case against Jameis Winston, I find it hard to believe El Guapo wouldn't have been the "safe" pick for the Heisman Committee. How cruel history is :)
It's been forever since I commented here, but The Situational always brings me back. Especially the Bourbon.
Thanks for being my favorite sports writer in the world (without actually being a professional sports writer), Ramzy.
This is the best poll I've ever seen here.
- Ohio State: 41
- Cal: 33
50-16 good guys.
This is the most Murrrcan photo I've seen in ages. True American heroes, right there.
I love the intensity Coach Coombs brings to this team, but Ed Warriner is simply a magician with what he was given, then delivered, in terms of the O-Line.
I'm so excited about the elite speed we have at the RB/H-WR position. I love me some Jordan Hall, but was a little concerned about who would replace him come 2015. I guess we have our answer :)
I'm surprised that ND values academics over ethics (i.e. the rape cases ignored by the school). Oh wait, nevermind.
Thank you, everyone who has pointed out that Bama has been vulnerable at least once a season in the SEC. I think we would have done fine, given the success of Texas A&M and the blitzkreig spread we now run. Saban is scared now that Meyer (the only coach who has humiliated him multiple times) is back in the game, and he knows it. Alabama is an amazing program, but its match has hit town. GO BUCKS!!!
Thank God. I might be able to catch this tilt in person, and if I can't get tickets, when I get off call for once :/
Generic. I suppose that works in some capacity. Never had anything against the Big East. Hope this helps them regain some mojo...
That's unfortunate. Kid was a solid talent and had many years ahead of him to crack the depth chart. Well, I suppose he knew something the rest of us didn't, and his decision is his own. Wish him the best of luck with that...
Now that's just bellyaching. FSU's recent track record against the SEC (read Florida) has been pretty putrid. And no, FSU has not played the SEC anywhere, anyplace, anytime.
Nice try Mike.
Rutgers has been moderately competitive in non-conference games. Otherwise, they're in our division, and given the difficulties of having to play scUM and PSU every year, I wouldn't mind any additional slack in our side of the B1G.
Otherwise, the only thing I care about is revenue. More $$ means better practice facilities, equipment, and recruiting for the Scarlet and Grey, and at the end of the day, I value that more than the successes of the Big Ten. GO BUCKS.
Georgia Tech, huh? Bet the kid can block. Also, that year of paying for his schooling should hopefully leave him hungry to compete come 2014. Gotta give this one to Coach Urbs. Brilliant motivator!
I think Stoney's in the best position to break out. Finley was injury-prone and unremarkable last year, and all it takes is one more hurting to hail in another Joker TE in the pass-happy attack they run in Green Bay.
This kid has a bright future ahead of him. I doubt we'll hear his name next season, but in 2014, we may have a challenger for the starting RT spot in the queen city :)