We begin today with the diehards that swear the NFL remains a superior product to CFB. I watched college football for 12 hours yesterday (hi, haters) and felt every emotion on the spectrum of humanity as a neutral observer.
The only two emotions I feel watching the NFL are boredom and frothy self-loathing. (Disclaimer: I'm a Browns fan.)
Still salty, however, that fellow Millennial Lincoln Riley wilted, like a weed baptized by pesticide, down the stretch against Georgia.
Oklahoma's offensive plays in OT:— Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) January 2, 2018
-- Run by RB Rodney Anderson
-- Glorified handoff to WR Marquise Brown
-- Handoff to WR Jordan Smallwood(!)
-- Run by Anderson
-- Incomplete pass
-- Option to QB Kyler Murray(!)
-- Dump-off pass to Anderson
-- Dump-off pass to Brown
As much as it pains me to see a generational comrade fail a moral test to a Generation Xer, the scenes painted by this tweet will remain with me forever...
#UGA LB Davin Bellamy screaming at Baker Mayfield as he congratulated Bulldog players HUMBLE YOURSELF! HUMBLE YOURSELF!— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 2, 2018
Looks like Bellamy succeeded. He rattled Baker so much the Heisman winner signed a Tweet from his own account like a grandpa logged into Facebook for the first time.
Thank you Sooner Nation. Thank you for giving me never ending support. I hope you know I gave it everything I had. It has been and unbelievable ride and I'm so glad we enjoyed it together. I love y'all. God Bless and Boomer. -Bake— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) January 2, 2018
Browns can't draft a Millennial that signs his tweets like a Boomer forwarding chain mail (FW: FW: FW: FW: NO OFFENSE).
As for Alabama–Clemson, so begins the downfall of William Swinney.
- Film Study: How Ohio State's defensive line choked USC.
- Bold predictions for 2018.
- Reports: Lions and Colts interested in Mike Vrabel as head coach.
- The five biggest questions entering 2018.
- Reserve your (or your business' spot) next to the life-size statue of Woody Hayes coming to Newcomerstown!
Word of the Day: Quockerwodger.
LIGHTSPEED. Ohio State smothered USC, but the final score obscured the worst Buckeye offensive output of the year. Eight sacks were the only thing separating this year's bowl outcome from last year's.
As always, Urban Meyer is the only one that can change the offense's course.
Now that we’re clear on the difference between negativity and reality, what conclusions can be drawn from Kevin Wilson’s first year as Ohio State offensive coordinator? And where does the offense go from here, knowing that it was seldom awful but still struggles more than it should against better teams. The Buckeyes’ 277 yards against USC were its fewest of the season.
We know Wilson can orchestrate a dangerous, up-tempo offense, because he did so at Oklahoma and Indiana, and coaches don’t get less creative. Unless forced to. Does a stubborn Urban Meyer muddy Wilson’s magic touch? Or can the stop-start offense be traced directly to the limitations of quarterback J.T. Barrett?
My hunch is yes and yes. I don’t know to what extent, but with Barrett having played his final game in scarlet and gray, we’re about to find out.
Oklahoma, up until the time it neglected to to for it on 4th-and-1 in a game it had already scored 45 points, made me wonder...
I watch the way Oklahoma runs its offense and it makes me wonder how much better Ohio State's offense would have been with that kind of vision, aggressiveness and ceativity.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) January 1, 2018
The staff needs a Millennial. I'm sorry if this #take offends, but it's true. The Cotton Bowl offensive output would have been a disaster against any CFP team.
WHO HAS IT WORSE THAN US? Michigan entered the Outback Bowl as 7½-point favorites over South Carolina. They exited with a 7-point loss.
Michigan, led by an ostensible quarterback guru and two offensive assistants making more than $1 million a year, produced a highly predictable offense after a month of training.
When asked if there was a moment where the Gamecocks’ defense felt they had solved the Wolverines, cornerback JaMarcus King gave an affirmative answer. He felt that way after Michigan’s first two drives.
“They gave us everything,” King said. “After that, we knew we could stop everything.”
Why? King felt the Wolverines were playing to their tendencies — running a lot of the same routes over and over again.
“The choice route where the receiver runs a mesh and the tight end runs a dig,” King said. “So they ran that probably 85 percent of the time, and they ran a lot of stop routes on the back side.”
The lizard brain theory up north is Shea Patterson, a Mississippi transfer who might not be eligible next year, is powerful enough to right the shipwreck we've witnessed for the last three years.
The best part? Look at Michigan's key games next season...
- at Notre Dame
- at Northwestern
- at Michigan State
- Penn State
- at Ohio State
Michigan will lose every road game next year, though I hope I'm wrong about its trip to South Bend. Irish–Wolverines it the one time a year I pull for Big Blue. I can't wait to bet $5 on Northwestern (+8½), either.