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 :)
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 :)