Everyone wants to bad mouth the polls, particularly preseason polls (count me among the bad mouths) but these voters have been doing it a long time. Having Virginia Tech unranked to start the season was not an accident or an oversight. They are not that good. It'd be nice if they were, and be even better if Ohio State was top 10, but this is not the case. Virginia Tech matched up with OSU well that night and beat us. Such is life. My beautiful scarlet and gray sun will rise tomorrow.
I tried on purpose not to bring up last year's Big Ten Championship game, but that was replaying in my mind. It's so ridiculous. If you can't count on your offensive line - (I'm looking at you, Dabo Swindler) regardless of skill and experience - to get enough push to allow you skill player to get ONE YARD, then yada yada yada. Fill in the blanks. Woody's 3 yards and a cloud of dust was prolific offense compared to these idiots who can't even get one yard in this era of point scoring. *Reminiscent sigh of disgust*
It's college football. Michigan vs Utah. Only get 7 or 8 Saturdays a year to be in the country's largest stadium. If it was baseball, I'd leave. But for the price of tickets and concessions, it will be the best rainfall I'd ever experience.
Also, I only live 45 minutes from Ann Arbor, and have been to quite a few games, including when my hometown Toledo Rockets pulled the first ever MAC upset of Michigan.
I couldn't believe the lack of people there. Started off with over 102,000 people but looked like less than 1,000 after the delay. Still 8 mins to go in the game, only two score difference. If Brady Hoke thought there were "fake" Michigan fans before, I can't wait to hear how he blames the fans for this one. Somebody get the popcorn.
Sweat is GREAT for detox.
John L. Smith! He's a fungi! ;-)
That's what I remind our dear State fans of. Braxton and Hyde both had over 100 yards rushing, even without Hyde playing in the 4th quarter. Offensive line dominated that Spartan front. It was the WR's that disappeared.
All about matchups.
Kent State tried to run that Bear Zero nonsense against us, to no avail. VaTech had the athletes to go 1 on 1 with our receivers. We didn't have the size or speed at WR to make them pay for isolation. When E.Carolina lit up the Hokies on Saturday, they had a 6'3" [I think close to] 190/200 pound WR who could get separation and out-jump those VaTech DB's. E.Carolina made them pay. And I'm not certain, but I would assume that they didn't have a freshman QB makin his 2nd start in the last 3 years.
I say all that to say teams will probably try to mimic that VaTech defensive scheme, but it probably won't work because you have to have the players to fit that scheme. Ask Brady Hoke and RichRod about that. I'm very optimistic that Urban Meyer and Tom Herman are pushing these guys to make plays downfield and mid-field to help out J.T. should teams try to cheat up in the box and force him to throw.
I agree with you. It does sound like it got out of hand. The problem is when parents "beat" their kids while angry. That anger shows up on the kids' bodies. Good intentions, bad results.
In this day in age where every kid gets a trophy and prize for mere participation, society is tuned to panic and over-overreact to the slightest news of "abuse". I am a teacher, and am one of the biggest advocates of child protection, but there are times when kids need discipline AND correction. "Child Protection" actually protects kids from the discipline and correction they need to help them GROW UP. My parents corrected me of my mistakes and snot-nosed rebellion with a paddle, a spoon, a belt, etc., but I was disciplined to get up early and go to school, and mow the lawn. The problem is that parents and society confuse correction with discipline. Kids need both. They are not instinctively disciplined. Otherwise, you wouldn't need to wash their clothes or make their meals after you have to wake them up. But when they REFUSE to obey mom and dad, time for correction. That's where the term "Correctional Facility" comes to mind. While I don't know the details of Adrian Peterson and his son, I, obviously, won't say Yea or Nay on the situation, but I will say that I wouldn't be the disciplined person I am today without the correction of my parents. Anyway, my two cents.
Actually, Matt Millen, the Kent State defensive line has also given J.T. Barrett all kinds of time in the pocket.
Don't forget that incredible one-handed snag his freshman year.
Hey... he's come a long way from drafting receivers every year for the Lions and brown paper bags on fans' heads in the stadium.
Millen is still better than "She who shall not be named".
Wow, Marcus Baugh. Good for him.
When someone says that, I order one expensive drink with multiple straws. FYI. ;-)
Darron Lee is nice. Our linebacking corps looks good for the foreseeable future.
Won't happen. We need a few bad weekends from the analysts and the committee. ;-)
Buckeyes should cover spread midway through this quarter. Drinks on me, comrades!
I'm of the belief that VaTech put all their eggs in one basket against OSU last week. I don't think the same result would play out in a rematch.
Someone slipped some ecstasy in Virginia Tech's drink.