In a four team playoff, number 5 will always be screaming that they should have been included over one of the other teams. If the playoff goes to eight teams, 9 and 10 will be screaming tat they should have been included. Same thing if you go to sixteen teams. The ones left out will always be frustrated and angry that they weren't included. But of all the teams not included, if Notre Dame is the last team out they will always be screaming the loudest "it should have been us."
I was there and it was very painful. We drove up there and had a great time until the game started. The Bucks scored the first two times they had the ball missing the extra point on the first touchdown and going for two and failing on the second. From the second quarter on it was all down hill. What made it particularly difficult was that we had some little pissant Michigan fan with his wife and kid there and he was going nuts and had a very big mouth. Every great play by Michigan, he made an obnoxious comment. I'm sure it was one of the most joyous times of his life.
OSU had a great team. I believe that the average score of an OSU victory that year was about 42-7 even with the Michigan loss. The year before OSU beat Michigan, a highly ranked team, 50-14. The last touchdown, OSU went for two not to rub salt in the wound of the loss but because their kicker was injured during the game and he couldn't make the kick. That's not how Michigan saw it and it definitely infuriated the Wolverines when in a post-game press conference when asked why he went for two Woody made his famous quote, "because I couldn't go for three." Talk about a chip on their shoulder, that was't a chip - that was a deep gauge. In the locker room after the game, the retiring Michigan coach was understandably incensed about the two point insult and told his broken-hearted players to remember the contempt shown Michigan on that play. (not exact words but exact sentiment, I once met a Michigan guy who played in both games,)
The next year they hired Bo, who was an assistant coach under Woody before he got his head coaching gig at Miami. Michigan had I believe two early season losses but I noticed that in the last few games before the Ohio State game, they had huge blowouts. Michigan had two big advantages that game that I believe the Bucks took lightly. One was an insanely hostile crowd and the second was a head couch who knew everything OSU was going to do in the game before they did it. It was a classic case of pride coming before the fall.
I believe the Michigan-Ohio State game will be the most dangerous game on the schedule. The similarities are stark. OSU has beaten Michigan twelve out of the last fourteen years (talk about a grudge) and during the Tressel years, some of those games were blowouts. They have hired a great coach who I'm sure will have his players prepared and rabid with hatred before they take the field against us in Ann Arbor. The Michigan fans will be in an execrated frenzy and if the game is close in the fourth quarter, the crowd could will them to win and in my opinion, as great a couch as UBF is, the wins against Michigan have been uncharacteristically sloppy. I don't think that will be a concern this year but the team should be prepared to face a crowd much worse than they experienced at Penn State last year.
Say what you will about Brady Hoke, if there's one ability he possessed it was the ability to recruit. Yes, OSU has greater talent but the history of college football is filled with underdog wins, teams that beat a rival when they shouldn't have been on the same field with them. (Michigan against Appalachian State). And we all know that OSU has a huge target on their back and for some teams, playing OSU will be their bowl game.
OSU should win but it will probably be a much more difficult game than currently expected.
I hope I'm wrong.
Yeah, well, this early in the process, all it means is the kid has the Irish in his top three.
Yes, 2016. And I hope you're right.
It's a great thing that OSU was able to get the verbal commitment of such am outstanding athlete but I think he made a mistake. When does he think he will ever get a chance to play? Right now OSU has six quarterbacks on scholarship for one spot. We will probably lose two at the end of next season but that will still leave four before his arrival, unless we lose all three starters to the NFL after the season, a possibility. In 2017 we get Danny Clark. They can't all play quite obviously. I don't Meyer should take a querterback in 2015.
On a separate note, I saw on ESPN that Kareem Walker is rethinking his commitment due to 1) the departure of Stan Drayton and 2) because he believed that OSU would only take one running back in 2016. That makes sense. OSU has too many RBs although Zeke will probably leave after this year.
I believe that we will loose a QB, a RB and a wide receiver before the fall camp
I don't understand what the big deal is if Mike Weber flips to Michigan. That's where his heart is. He's a Michigan Man so let him pursue his dream at Michigan. But he's not as good as Zeke. He's not as good as Curtis Samuel. He may be nearly as good as Brionte Dunn or Warren Ball. He'`s not as fast as Terry McLaurin or Parris Campbell. As I understand it, OSU has the number one and number four running backs committed for 2016 and the number three running back is leaning towards OSU. OSU doesn't even need to recruit a running back in 2015. Let Harbaugh try to win a running game against OSU with Mike Weber. Good luck.
The only negative I see in Weber flipping to Michigan is a win for Harbaugh late in the recruiting cycle against UFM. I think he can handle it.
Six quarterbacks on scholarship next year and only four years to play? Another top ranked quarterback in 2016 and 2017? One, maybe two will go if they're smart. Same thing with the running backs. Ball and Dunn didn't come to college to ride the bench at Ohio State. Both could be starting for most of the top programs in the country but definitely at schools like Minnesota, Indiana, and Rutgers. Their time is running out. Someone's probably gonna go. Same thing at wide receiver - big logjam there.
You want to know what would really make a real quarterback nightmare? If OSU wins the National Championship with Cardale as the quarterback. Then who gets to start next year?
I DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE HAS GOT IT CORRECT YET, BUT HOKE IS LEAVING WITH $3 MILLION OVER 25 MONTHS PLUS $1.9 MILLION IN DEFERRED COMPENSATION.
I agree with your analysis but what saved the defense and the season was when Zach Boren was moved from fullback to middle linebacker.