The receivers on this team just do not get open.
The Giants would be a great fit. They desperately need a running back that can do it all and participate in all three downs. They shuffled four different running backs all season and it fooled no one. The Giants also have a few young linemen that are really coming along. I think Zeke would be dynamite there.
Not crying. Not crying.
DAMNIT RAMZY STOP MAKING ME HURT!
Also, most, importantly.
Tyvis, I'm sorry Cardale walked out on your mom all those years ago.
Hats off to - undoubtedly - one of my all-time favorite Buckeyes.
Thank you, Mr. Powell, for choosing Ohio State when few would have done so.
I'm sure most fans will remember you for two big-time interceptions, but I'll remember you just as much for your sense of humor.
Go get 'em in the NFL young man!
Notre Dame lost to both Clemson and Stanford by a combination of four points.
This is a pretty good football team.
I expect a fine game. Go Bucks.
LET'S GET IT ON.
Breathe, my friend. Urban knows this is all part of the process. It'll be fine.
I understand, but in the end I'd say the only team that was truly penalized - in any impactful way - for winning ugly was Notre Dame after their close win against Boston College, which was followed by a loss to Stanford anyway.
Iowa wasn't penalized for winning ugly because, going into this weekend, they were one of only two playoff contenders with an unblemished record. They deserved to be where they were, because we knew they'd have to put up or shut up in the Big Ten Title game anyway.
Slow down, fellas.
People seem to think that a six-or-eight-team playoff is down the pike. Have we forgotten how long it took us just to get HERE? I wouldn't go thinking a playoff expansion is a certainty, and I definitely don't see it coming any time soon.
Moreover, I'm good with four. Yes, it sucks this year because I do believe Ohio State is one of the country's four best teams and they aren't in it, but you can often say the same thing for just about any sport; the best team doesn't always win.
The only difference is that college football involves voting, and that sometimes makes us believe that a team that f*cked up should be put in any way because they win the "eyeball test." Well, no. You earn it on the field with wins and losses. Ohio State had a bad night and, consequently, didn't earn it on the field this year. It sucks, because they're talented enough to win the whole thing, but if teams were put in the playoff based on talent alone then we'd be picking the four based on Rivals rankings and not what's done on the field.
That's why Iowa got passes for "winning ugly." Because of the "win" part. That's all that matters. The college football playoff is not about assembling the best teams. It's about the teams that deserve to be in it.
Also, I think we've learned this year (and last) that an out-of-conference loss doesn't end your playoff bid, as long as 1) It happens early and 2) You make it to your conference's title game.
We were saying basically the same thing in September of 2014.
There's more than enough talent in the state of Georgia to make its namesake university a yearly contender for the SEC crown. Plenty of talent has come through the door over the past decade and more often than not, it's been squandered.
Given that, I really don't see why Georgia fans are expected to shut up and be content with perpetual 9-3 seasons and a coach that has done nothing but lose big games for years. I like coach Richt, but I understand the fans' frustration and it's definitely time for a change.
Good hire for Miami, I see Richt doing very well there.
I've said this in other threads, but I really don't understand the criticism of Georgia for letting him go. They'd clearly plateaued under his guidance and they've had more big-game blow ups in recent years than any program should have to endure. Alabama's still king of the conference, but they can be beaten. There's no reason Georgia can't be in the mix for the SEC crown with all the talent its state produces.
I really don't understand those condemning Georgia over this. Yes, Richt is probably the 2nd-best coach in program history, but they've clearly plateaued under his guidance. It's a program ready for a change.
Would the Rose Bowl be on the table? Perhaps against Stanford if they win the Pac 12 and don't sneak into the playoff? Or would that go to the loser of the Big Ten title game?
YOU BLEW ETTTTT!!!!!!!!!
I think you really hit on something. Now, we're partially to blame (we have to be) for letting expectations get in the way of enjoyment, but what you said is right. It was so obvious that last year's team was having fun, even before they hit that unforgettable three-game stretch. They smiled, they laughed, they cracked wise and teased each other. We all fed off of that and had just as much fun with them because of it.
It should always be fun when you're winning, and for 10 games this team did that just fine. I just wish they'd had more fun doing it. Maybe their own expectations got in the way of that.