So Rex Ryan was just BSing when he said there was a talent gap between us and Clemson... stick to Fox sports people. Good article, thanks for the link.
It was a catch.
No talent gap with Clemson for sure. PED gap, maybe.
"PED canyon" is more like it. Also, depending on the meaning of said acronym, we're all chasing Penn State.
stick to Fox sports people
Yes, yes, one thousand times yes. I was never an 'ESPN is biased' guy. Never... but this year that changed. I don't believe ESPN is biased against Ohio State specifically, but I know ESPN 'personalities' make outrageous statements in order to drive ratings. Driving ratings is completely understandable, as a matter of fact, ESPN is obligated to drive its ratings, so I get that. What I don't get is their strategy to drive the ratings. Rex Ryan, one example in a billion of them, is either as ignorant about college football as my 28-year-old, totally disinterested in football (but loves football parties) daughter, OR he makes preposterous statements -- like repeatedly saying that Clemson would blow Ohio State's doors off -- to generate interest in ESPN's morning content, which gets regurgitated across social media the rest of the day. Anyone who has spent any reasonable amount of time following college football this season and still comes to the conclusion that Clemson (or any team) would "blow Ohio State's doors off" is clearly saying that for impact, not because he believes it to be true... and if he does believe it to be true, then we're back to my 28-year-old football-apathetic daughter... he is clueless about the sport. Either way, it's a horrible look for that network, because it makes their 'analysts' look moronic. Desmond Howard (king moron), Rex Ryan, Heather Dinich (lol), Mike Greenberg (same as Dinich, just with a beard), Cowherd... they're ALL varying degrees of stupid and hyperbolic.
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Agree with most of everything you said, but it's not just ESPN. If I'm not mistaken, Cowherd is on Fox and he's just like all the others that just spout off whatever take they want in order to generate clicks and get people to argue with them to drive up ratings. Unfortunately this is the world we live in.
Pretty sure his son played for Clemson so I'm sure theres no bias at all there
Removing the "ESPN bias" narrative from the equation, Fox sports still puts out a more quality product in my opinion. Outside of their moving our big games to noon all the time, I think Joel Klatt & Gus Johnson do pretty good. Not to mention, their pre game show is insane. You have a 3 time national champion coach, and 2 Hesiman winners offering relatively unbiased analysis. And as much as we hate him, Charles Woodson adds some value too.
I asked myself this exact question around 10am last Saturday: would I rather watch these clowns on ESPN generate hot takes and eat food on live television, accompanied by copious amounts of country guitar riffs in the background, or... would I rather watch a pre game crew with 10,000 times more clout offer unbiased, qualified opinions all while teaching me about the game. That choice will continue to be easy.
As for Cowherd, he'll be an asshat no matter who employs him.
Cowherd is on Fox
Yes, he is, and so is Clay Travis, so FOX isn't innocent, but ESPN seems to have cornered the market on outlandish comments to drive ratings, or at least it seems so to me at this point.
I would not include Cowherd in that, Cowherd plays a role & really does not hide that he is playing it which allows him to play off the more well spoken & rational guests he often has.
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It's weird that irony is lost on them. Making outrageous claims to drive ratings has the opposite effect on their viewers. If pandering to the folks in the other parts of the country, i.e., ACC, SEC by clowning on the BIG or PAC12/BIG12, is to drive ratings in those markets, they must not understand at all the population centers in this country, or the impact of huge alumni bases.
I commented yesterday that if TTUN were to start putting together regular Top 5 classes that it COULD potentially close the gap. But you still have to develop your 4- and 5-star recruits too. Just having them show up as true freshmen and sophomores and expecting them to be elite (cough, cough, Rashan Gary, cough) from the get-go isnt how it works. Compare Chase Young in 2017 to Chase Young now. I doubt Chase would've developed into a monster if he had gone to TTUN.
To be honest, Penn State has recruited closer to us than TTUN has. No way TTUN has any defenders like Micah Parsons and I dont see that changing.
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