If a fan from say MSU or Wisky (just for this season and as long as they continue to accrue bigger bowl wins) did this, I'd be more liable to congratulate them on winning (after laughing at 59-0) then if say a Purdue or Illinois fan did it.
IMO it wasn't so much that Marshall wasn't a Group of Five team so much as their SOS was horrible. I don't think a school needs quite as much as what Cplunk says. The CFP was right to exclude Marshall when they sported such tough schools as Old Dominion, Rhode Island, and a couple 3-9 schools. Had a team like Boise State gone undefeated (game against Mississippi as well as winning the more respectable MWC) or UCF (including wins against PSU & Mizzou) they would have at least been considered for the CFP. Haven't we seen enough Midmajors win big bowl wins against top competition for them to at least earn consideration if a team not in the Group of Five has a strong season?
It's not so much the recruiting priority as it is the players that are buying into Herman's vision. I was just caught off guard that a HC with that much success on the offensive side of the ball would see more early success recruiting on the defensive side of things. It's easier to sell any offensive guy on playing for a HC who's overseen great offenses @ Ohio State and Iowa State. Not that I blame ANY kid who buys into what Herman's doing at Houston as that program's in for quite a lot of success in the next couple of years.
Tom Herman's doing work at Houston. It's surprising to see him reel in the bigger fish thus far on the defensive side of the ball. I would've figured he'd see more success recruiting for the offense. Over/Under on how many Big10 teams get outrecruited by Houston? I'm saying 9 teams. At the rate Herman's going, I wouldn't be surprised to see Houston finish with a top25 class.
Thanks, it's pretty much why I voted somewhat as well. Fingers crossed .. .
The talent & experience both on the field and on the sidelines is there. It's just hard to win it all two years in a row. They can win it all as long as the team stays focused, the Bucks avoid letdown games, and catch a lucky break here and there.
"Let's pick apart Cardale Jones by comparing all of his attributes to an amalgamation of what I think are the greatest single strengths of other QBs." -NFL GM (probably)
No QB ever will stack up if you start comparing his strengths to that of a mythical QB who has the greatest anything of every QB who plays or ever played in the NFL.
As long as they're getting that playing time and we don't play a short bench.
Went the Army route after high school as my family didn't have much and I didn't want to go into debt up to my ears.
Count me in as interested as well. I couldn't watch the game last night and the only videos I've found have been post game interviews.
Of the five teams you used, OSU is the team with the lowest number of seasons unranked.
That five game stretch will be brutal and repeating is never a gimme. It'll be tough no doubt, but I have full confidence in this team and the coaching staff. A lot of things have to go right in order to come away with those championship rings and Urban & Co will ensure this team has the right mentality. They've got the talent and now it just comes down to whether they can stay healthy or get those bounces that championship teams always seem to come up with.
I think that app needs a bit of work still.
I'll admit that I was one of those who thought that Grant shouldn't start over some of the younger LB recruits mentioned in this story. I was happy for both Grant and the team for the productivity he had this year. He wasn't the big flashy guy, but he did his job and I liked what I saw this past year. Reading this story though really brought to light the kind of impact he's had on the LBers specifically and the team as a whole. Thank you Grant for what you've helped instilled in this group of LBers and for doing your part to bring that hardware to OSU.
Birm, do you see the Big10 as a whole having stronger classes than the year prior with some big coaching changes and some momentum after last season's bowl performances? Have you seen any indications of such or do you expect to?
Also, it's interesting that a school known for it's defense in MSU has stocked up on a lot of offensive pieces. Six of their seven commits are on that side of the field. A couple more OL prospects and that's a pretty good set of pieces to build around in years to come. It's both exciting and scary to see that in a school like MSU that's more known for player development and finding hidden diamonds.
... Or those of us who live on the West Coast that have to wake up for games at 9am. Ugh.
Try waking up for OSU games when you're stationed out in Hawaii. Not that it was all hardship and strife of course!
Very true and granted. But it'd be a fine bit of karma for some Big12 team get knocked out of it solely due to their whining and wheedling a CCG when they don't have the teams to host one now.
How ironic would it be if an undefeated Big12 team lost in the CCG game to a 2 loss team and thus was removed from the playoffs?
As a former Army NCO . . . NO . . . just no. Black Knights all the way and here's why:
1. Black Knights is a much fiercer name.
2. Cadets is exclusive by narrowing down from the entire Army to just officers. I get that the members of the team are all cadets, but it's still not the right move.
3. Cadets? Really? Of all the names they could have gone with it?
My gut says UK. And I'm really having a hard time rooting for any of these four teams.
Sorry, was busy compiling my real list and figuring out who would get the final couple of spots!
I went by movies and shows because I'm an anarchist!
1. Chuck Norris: Need I say anything here?
2. Ripley: She's a survivor plain and simple.
3. Ron Swanson: Outdoorsman extraordinaire plus he could cobble together some swanky shelter and/or barricades. I mean he already builds traps to protect his property against humans . . . plus did you see his getaway kit and plan. You know he's prepared for whatever may come.
4. Hemione Granger: She's a powerful witch that can carry a bottomless supply bag and transport far out of trouble in a second if need be. Plus she'd probably research the heck out of some potion or other that could cure the disease.
5. Gandalf: When things look dark this is the guy you want at your side.
6. Sarah Connor: She knows her weaponry and has all kinds of knowledge about tactics, leading, first aid, survival, etc.
7. Daryl: What list would be complete without this guy on the list? Hunter, outdoorsman, and silent killings are just some of what he could bring to the table.
8. Katniss: Another survivor with a whole range of skills including hunting.
9. Luke Skywalker: Badass with a lightsaber with some really cool force powers that make him an almost unstoppable force in close combat.
10. Xena Warrior Princess: Another close combat specialist and can't argue with the looks either.
Just missed the cut: Lara Croft, Rambo, Arwen (LOTR), Indiana Jones.
1-10 Chuck Norris and he laughs at your M/F ratio.
I'll admit it, I switched allegiance from Coke to Pepsi. It just tastes better dang it!
I'm leaning towards Russell with my heart, but my head says that Conley was the better freshman at this point. Conley really turned it on during march madness and that tips it towards him in my opinion, hard to say no to that level of play on that level of stage vs some stiff competition. Let's see what Patient Zero does though in the next month or so though.