I really hope you are correct, that is their charter. The problem is ESPN is so heavily invested in the SEC that they keep pushing for in-game (and out-of-game) "top 4" leaderboards that have 2-3 SEC teams listed based on the continued circular logic of rating teams like the Carolina and A&M highly and calling any victory over them a "quality win". I hope the committee is above this politicking but if they are really watching the games, guess who is providing the story-lines and subtexts?
Ask Bill Simmons if he thinks ESPN is dedicated to accurate/insightful journalism or promoting its media product and partners.
Your comment seems too well thought out and insightful given all the schadenfreude available for feasting upon, but +1 anyway.
Don't look now, but if Oklahoma pulls this out they will have that sole distinction (for 24 hours anyway)
Note that if we do win tomorrow we will break our tie with USC for most BCS wins (or break our tie with Florida if you believe vacated games never really happened).
If they lose it will be because they didn't play Stanford football.
Interesting reading the history here, but I don't agree with the conclusions. Bad shooting nights happen... and most games show significant variation in metrics from season-long averages. It just so happens that these games were in the tournament, so 1) we remember them and 2) they were against other good (tournament) teams that win when the other team is having an off night. That is why I hate the tournament as a way to determine a champion... it has a lot more to do with being streaky/lucky... not having any off night on the nights they chose to schedule the games. The NBA uses a series of games so that a good team's season does not end due to one single game.
Wow, horrible reporting.
On CBS John Adams said that hypothetically, if Craft's foot was above the line, a blocking foul occurred. He went on to say that he thought it seemed as though the foot was above the line, but he had not seen anything that conclusively demonstrated that. To misconstrue Adam's statement as saying the call was incorrect.... horrible job Yahoo!
I didn't think there were many things that could compare to beating TSUN, or Better Know a Buckeye, and then you show me that TBDBITL doing Fantasia is a thing! My reality is at least 25 points better than it was one hour ago! Thank you, Vico, you are killing it!
First of all... wow, great writeup, sorry I could only give it one helmet sticker.
Second, I still have trouble seeing this. I really hope Delany proves me wrong, but as someone who has family in NYC and visits their annually, I don't see Rutgers as delivering the NYC market. Same thing with Maryland. Unless the B1G adds the Ravens and the Giants, I don't think we get these markets. Notre Dame, on the other hand, has far more fans in these markets.
The biggest problem I have with all these sorts of analysis is dichotomy of reasoning expected... "think like a businessman" but also "think like a Univerity President." To the businessman I say, "Its about the product, stupid!" CFB drives the bus, and UNC, UVA, and some other university I am to bored thinking about to scroll up do not provide a better product. Nor, for that matter, do Rutgers/Maryland (again, hope I am wrong here). If the B1G wants to "Live B1G", get Notre Dame, Florida, and/or UT or GO HOME! Delany did a great job with Nebraska, but chasing demographics with a bad product is a sure path to business failure.
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Between the way tOSU will dominate TTUN, TDBITL, and what will surely be a deafening cheer for The Vest and The Best Damn Team in the Land (2002 edition), Meyer will be able to put on a great show in front of a huge contingent of top-notch recruits. 12 days to go!!!
Oh please please please tell me we will see the Bobcats prevent AACC from making a Sweet 16 appearance again, that was almost as sweet as cheering the Buckeyes all the way to the Final 4.
Deep leauge too... only Northwestern and Nebraska are outside his top 68 teams. There could be a lot of B1G dancers at the end of the year.
Thanks all for your comments! I don't know why, but I do feel better that other people saw the ball drop between Bryant's hands. I will look more closely the next time I can catch a replay. Maybe I am only one for three, as I also thought Stephon Taylor's elbow was down on ND's OT goal line stand.
NW Buckeye makes a great point on the onside kick... Roby gave up on that play. I love Roby's nose for the ball and how he has been playing this year in general, but that was just bad effort.
Here's hoping Braxton continues to roll and our D causes some boiler ache this weekend and gets back to Silver Bullet form.
The AP ballot is a lot like the Heisman race thus far, the Tide is so far out in front of everyone. I have to admit the Gamecocks shocked me with their performance, so maybe they could give 'Bama a shot (I really want to watch the MNC this year, so I really hope that it isn't another unwatchable SEC showdown). After that, everyone is pretty even. I picked UF, only because I am not at all impressed by their resume (sorry, LSU's pre-season ranking doesn't change the bleh they have shown on the field so far).
I have a good feeling about this game. I think we have been playing to the level of our opponent a lot and can get it clicking on offense. The Oline has been playing pretty well and will have to have a great game against a talented D line. I predict the offense finally putting together 4 angry, solid quarters with an open playbook and unleashed Braxon Miller. Meanwhile the D doing enough to keep us ahead. Shocking barn-burner: 42-34
Does anyone think we will have trouble getting to 12-0? Yes, today's performance left the distinct impression we are a "good" team at best. We have major fundamental defensive issues and an offense predicated on running inside the tackles with no inside-the-tackles threat. Nonetheless, tonight I watched Sparty wishing he could get within a Sparty of Spartying all over himself... and that was for the "best team" in the B1G... against Notre Dame! This is a deeply flawed team, but between UAB and the woeful B1G I have a hard time seeing a loss in the schedule, since we fortunately miss Nerdwestern this year. Wait, what did I just say???