Not to mention that no Miami fan ever brings up the 3rd down conversion that Michael Jenkins CLEARLY picked up that would have iced the game in regulation, but the refs kept Miami in it by calling him out of bounds.
Shhhh Knar, it's Idaho, no one even knows where that is, they can't be any good!
One thing that really makes me sad is that the part of Zapp Branigan in Futurama was literally made for him...that show is one of my favorites but just thinking about Phil being in it....damn.
Almost, it would have been worse had PSU crushed Wisconsin and OU lost. But yeah, we had to sweat just a little bit.
It's pretty clear that after the top 10 the committee literally didn't give a shit. I mean, Florida and Louisville? Are you fucking kidding me? And Utah? These rankings are downright pathetic.
Seriously, Wisconsin loses 2 conference games and they clinched before playing their last game. That's why only making conference championships matter for the CFP is a fool's errand: conferences, and even more so divisions, are not balanced. That's why I think in the end there should be two B1G teams in the playoff and Washington should be left out. Sorry, maybe next year they should play a schedule with a pulse. Anyone with half a brain can tell the PAC 12 is worse than the B1G.
I mean, that's kind of the problem, we were counting on a defensive end to make an absolutely essential block.
And if I'm the committee I say "We have a pretty good idea how good you are, seeing as how you've struggled against teams like Georgia Southern, Northern Illinois, and Kent freaking State." They haven't done a single thing to merit inclusion in the playoff. Winning all their games against the country's 105th ranked schedule does not impress anyone.
Washington would be tough to leave out, but if you actually look at the resumes you'd have to. Wazzu will not count for anything, they'd likely be unranked after losing their last 1/2 (they play Colorado next) and the lost to a FREAKING FCS TEAM. UW would have one good win, Utah. Then in the PAC 12 title game they'd play either USC (who they would be 1-1 against if they won), Utah (who they'd then have beaten twice, why should they get credit for beating the same team again?), or Colorado (whose best win is unranked Stanford). Our resume would absolutely dwarf theirs, and the committee obviously already loves the B1G.
Michigan's offense, and Speight in particular, got exposed. IDK how they've been doing it all year, but I've felt like I was taking crazy pills, because I just don't see a good offense there.
No team, and I mean no team, not even Alabama, would have as strong of a resume as we would. If we win out there is no way we get left out.
I like that Wade said 100%, because we all know 110% means someone's going to flip.
Ok, so since there is a lot of consternation on this board about Braxton, I spent about the last hour or so watching every video I could of the kid and reading up on him a bit. Now, granted, these are HIGHlight videos, so they probably don't tell the whole story, but here is what I see:
First, two things stand out: 1. This kid clearly has a great feel for the game and 2. He is not an elite athlete.
Now, Aaron Craft is not an elite athlete, but he certainly did just fine for us and is still playing well in the D-League. But this kid is not Aaron Craft. Despite his size and athleticism, he gets into the paint and scores well when driving. He also has a pretty, repeatable shooting stroke where he keeps the ball high. Not only that, but he knows how to create space for his shot, which is very important at 5'11". He doesn't make many flashy passes, but he does seem to make good decisions. I'd say he's a bit shot-happy, but most of the videos available are of AAU ball and, well, that's just AAU for ya. This kid was first team all-state in Kentucky, a state that is obviously hoops-crazy, before going to Hargrave, which is a big time basketball school.
If I had to guess, I would assume that his "meh" athleticism, small frame, and lack of stellar defensive tape are the reason for his low ranking. But, like I said, the kid just knows how to play the game and put the ball in the basket. While he might struggle to be a great defender for us, Thad is known for strong D, so I think he can find a way to use Braxton's talents and cover his weaknesses in his system, especially with the high-level athletes we tend to have as wings. Having Braxton's shooting ability on the floor could be a huge boon for our future teams, especially with the big man talent we have coming down the line. I think he's a good fit and I'm glad to see Thad going after a kid like Braxton who has established basketball skills rather than the reverse, as we've all seen the guys with great potential come through who never developed those skills, for whatever reason.
With a commit like this, you have to assume Thad knows what he's doing. Let's hope he doesn't ever have to score 70 for us though!
I always thought that he was a great hire, but he severely neglected his defense early on in his tenure. He seems to be getting that turned around now to go with his high-powered offense, and IU seems to finally be headed towards being a more consistent team.
That sucks, I just want to beat UM at full strength and they did not appear to be at full strength with his replacement. I hope he heals up and can play us next year though!
To be fair, Wake is 4-1 so far...not that they're great or anything, but they aren't horrible.
Holy hell how did that happen in a soccer game?! Hoping she heals up soon!
I guess I'm the only one who noticed, but how about the B1G having 5 of the top 8 teams that turn it over the least, that's pretty wild.
Personally, I don't really get the point of the wildcat with our personnel. It's effectively our typical formation, just without the threat of a pass. When your QB can't run (see Mustain, Mitch) and you have three great running backs (Felix Jones, Darren McFadden, and Peyton Hillis) it brings something different to the table. But when you have a talented running quarterback, the Wildcat really doesn't bring anything different to the table. I suppose it saves Barrett from getting hit for a play or two and opens up the possibility for a trick play, but I can't recall a single instance of Urban throwing from the wildcat.
Great to see Evan Spencer's name there, that's awesome!
I'm hoping Cornell cracks the rotation at DT, I really want to see him get going.
Some Basketbuck/Thad hater rolled through here earlier lol. I'm really looking forward to this season and the direction of this team. I hope Thad's enthusiasm carries over into the season, he wasn't a happy dude last year.
That is beautiful.