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 :)
Bell--but not for his running ability. The kid doesn't have much burst. That said, he is amazing in pass protection and grinds with a lot of toughness in short-yardage situations. Personally, I was hoping my Cardinals would pick him up, but definitely not in the second round. The Steelers overpaid for him.
Ball is one of those backs that could either be a solid starter or simply be unable to keep up with the NFL toughness.
Also, DES is way preferable to Mark Dantonio's condition (actual heart attack, totally life-threatening) and Jerry Kill's disease (epilepsy, potential for serious injury and even death).
Just to throw in my two medical cents here, I think the media's fixation with Meyer's health is ridiculously overblown not just from a reporting perspective, but also a physiologic/pathologic one:
There's nothing wrong with Urban Meyer's heart (at least that we know of).
Our Commander-in-Chief has a condition called diffuse esophageal spasms (DES). In this disease, the muscles that help you swallow contract incorrectly squeeze in an uncoordinated manner. Think about the last time food got stuck in your throat. Now imagine it 1000 times more severe and lasting nonstop for several hours on end. Since the esophagus runs through the chest, it can manifest as extremely powerful, horrifying chest pains accompanied by sweats, shortness of breath, and racing heart that certainly can mimic a heart attack, but has nothing to do with the heart itself. Sadly, my girlfriend has the condition, and the pain is enough to knock you writhing in agony to the floor (both of us are in the medical field and it stills scares the crap out of me when it happens).
Luckily for us Buckeye fans (and personally myself) the spasms are frightening and painful, but outside of the discomfort, not actually life-threatening (nor lasting over 12 hours). Better yet, there are medications that both reduce the likelihood of it occurring as well as terminating the episodes when they happen. They're quite effective--the only problem is that many people with DES go undiagnosed, or are labeled as having an unclear "heart condition". In short, Coach Meyer can just pop a pill if he feels one coming on, and it will reduce the severity of symptoms.
"Why, you ask, would this then cause Meyer to leave his job at Florida?" I don't have a definitive answer to this, but one of the biggest triggers of DES is stress. We know now that Meyer was under a tremendous amount of pressure at UF in his final days there, and had worked himself raw away from family, friends, and happiness. In this regard, I'd guess that restarting in his home state, surrounded by loved ones, restructuring his priorities (not to mention decreased football competitiveness in this conference) would be huge in reducing stress, thus decreasing the number of DES attacks. He also has appropriate medications now to control the disease.
In short, Coach Meyer's health won't be as much of an issue at OSU as it was at Florida as he now has effective meds and (hopefully) decreased stress.
Yep. The red-crested cardinal. Those things were everywhere during my childhood in Honolulu :)
We have a winner.
I really liked Great Plains / Lakes. They're also semi-geographical and are more easily remembered than say "Atlantic" & "Coastal" and "Mountain" & "West"... waitaminute...
Obviously, the power balance favors the East. Having scUM, Penn State, and OSU in the same division alone tips the balance far away from anything Wisconsin and Nebraska could. I agree that for competitive balance, MSU should have been moved over with a protected cross-division rivalry.
To be honest, I think these divisions are simply a stopgap until our next round of expansion. No way they throw OSU, scUM, and PSU in the same division and leave Nebraska as the slum lords of a pathetic Great Plains section. Sith Lord Delaney knows there needs to be some semblance of parity for better conference championship viewership.
Wait, why do we have to play them twice? With the new divisions, we only have to beat them once, no?