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Comment 12 Sep 2019

 The service academy offenses aren't exactly formidable juggernauts, they're just different. You have to gameplan for them differently and that year OSU clearly didn't do that with Navy (and I'd say to an extent scUM didn't bother game-planning much for Army either).

I actually read that Michigan dedicated time like each week to preparing for Army going all the way back into spring practices.  They did prepare, the defense wasn't their problem.  They gave up 21 points, but two TD's were handed to them with short fields after fumbles.  The defense only gave up 243 total yards.  And that's with losing a time of possession battle.  It was their offense that flat out almost lost them the game.  A team like Army, or any running team without a throwing threat, plays directly into the TTUN defense.  That's why this Wisconsin game is interesting.  Wisconsin would love to run it at them, but they are going to have to see if that inexperienced QB that has done pretty well can keep it going against a defense that has holes if you can spread the ball around.

Comment 12 Sep 2019

Did you actually watch the Army/TTUN game?  I did and it was embarrassing.  Army controlled the game.  They win the game in regulation with a decent kicker.  Not to mention people are affected by the media.  All spring and summer everyone heard what a machine the TTUN offense was going to be because of Gattis.  They have pretty much laid a couple of duds and look lost.  Pair that with the fact that Army needed a late score to beat a terrible Rice team the week prior showing that they may not be the team they were last year.  This is apples and oranges.

Comment 11 Sep 2019

I think the emotion was there for Fickell.  Almost guarantee it.  He just didn't express it outwardly because he was trying to as you said keep the focus on his team, and protect the players from getting overworked.  He is trying to build the program into a legitimate competitor.  Not trying to be the small time program that needs a game of high emotion coupled with a couple lightning strikes to try and be able to compete with a OSU program caliber.  I respect him for it.

Comment 11 Sep 2019

So the opponents dictate the quality of a team?  I agree, the ACC was horrible last year, and is again this year.  But last years Clemson defense alone is impressive as hell.  That's without considering the weapons on offense.

Comment 11 Sep 2019

Related, remember when people were trashing Justin Fields' throwing ability after watching a few reps of a fake football game three months after he arrived on campus?

I also remember a year and three months ago many people worrying about the same thing after Haskins did not perform well in the spring game.  Funny how that happens.

Comment 10 Sep 2019

Couple thoughts:
1. Controversial but... 2014 > 2002
2. 2018 Clemson isn't top 5
3. Teams from the 1800s should be excluded

1.  If talent is the main factor you are right.  But 2002 was an unexpected magical run.  Defied all odds.

2.  Yes they are.  They were absolutely loaded and it showed.  They had NFL talent all over their offense and an entire NFL defensive line.  They made Alabama looked like Army (too soon?).

3.  Maybe.  I think (hope) whoever put this list out tried to basically grade on a curve.  Obviously if you put a team from 1888 on the field with 2018 Clemson, Clemson might win 300-0.  

Comment 10 Sep 2019

Well, judging by the intelligent conversations over the past few weeks on mgoblog:

2 weeks ago:  Who is going to stop us?  Don Brown is a mastermind and will have the defense at top 10 level, and former WR coach Josh Gattis is going to make us an offensive juggernaut.  

1 week ago:  A couple of mistakes kept this game from being over earlier.  Shea was on track for 500 yards after the first half.  There were some questionable calls like having both of our QB's on the field multiple times which doesn't make sense but we have to trust the coaches.

This week:  &#!@&%(%^@^%(!~!  Here we go again.  Nothing has changed, it's the same offense as before.  Shea looks injured why don't they sit him?  Where is the speed in space?  Why are our WR's not being targeted?  Is Harbaugh calling these plays?  We are going to get destroyed by Wisconsin.  Another 8-4 season on the way and that's possibly overshooting it.

So I would say things are going well and they are all happy to have a Michigan man?

Comment 09 Sep 2019

Maryland has a problem...they have done this before and then went on a run where they could only clean up the bottom of the conference.  This year could be different, but history shows they are going to finish in the bottom half of the conference.  LSU competes in the SEC yearly for the most part.  Texas is usually overhyped and the LSU win won't look as good.  Again, just going by what has been happening every year for the past five years or so.

But it's week 2, it doesn't matter who is ranked where right now.  If Maryland wins their next 5 and are still sitting at 21, then they can complain as other teams with losses would be ahead of them.  

Comment 09 Sep 2019

I have a 6 disc changer in my car.  There are 3 CD's that I don't even know what they are in there, and a Frozen soundtrack for the kids, and a couple of empty slots haha.  But yeah, I hear you.  Some people find value, others don't.  I will say that having the unlimited streaming everywhere has helped me to find a TON of bands that I enjoy that I would have otherwise not heard of.  That's where I have found a ton of value in it.

But either way, vinyl still just feels better.  I'm happy to see it is making a comeback.  

Comment 09 Sep 2019

I hear what you are saying, as vinyl just feels right.  But I have yet to find a car that can play vinyl.  Therefore I have brought myself into this century and subscribed to a streaming service.  For $10 per month, I can literally listen to any song/album/artist you can think of anywhere at any time.  It's a much better alternative to driving around 270 trying to fumble through a book of CD's.

Comment 06 Sep 2019

Pretty sure Fickell is the only reason they have as many Ohio kids as they do, because his predecessors didn't seem to care.

Comment 06 Sep 2019

Edit..45/119 kids....either way, I'm not sure how that is even close to almost all.

Comment 06 Sep 2019

almost all the team is from Ohio and didn't have an OSU offer

45/99 kids on their roster (UC website) are NOT from Ohio....

Comment 05 Sep 2019

Rock is most certainly not dead.  It's just not mainstream.  I'm in my late 30's.  My generation has added to the declining popularity of rock.  Through the 90's we saw a wave of pop, R&B, and country music start to take hold.  Rap became, well, no longer rap.  It became pop.  Country has become no longer country, it's pop.  I hate country, but for the love of god if you are going to claim to be country, don't come out with some stupid catch pop song.  I despise the way music has gone over the past 15-20 years.

BUT...rock is very much still alive.  The festival in May that has been going on for over a decade says so.  The multiple festivals that have now become the norm around the country as spinoffs of our festival say so.  And the best part?  Go listen to an interview of many of the younger rock groups where they are asked what their influences are.  They will list off many of the artists mentioned in this article.  There are incredibly talented musicians both young and old out there.  Actual musicians, that actually write their songs with their bandmates sitting on a back porch drinking Miller Lite.  Hell there are a few newer bands that are gaining traction worldwide that came right out of central Ohio.  Red Sun Rising is one, they come from Akron.  Starset is another, they are starting to get a lot of recognition....straight out of Columbus.  And one of my current top 3 bands, Beartooth, also from Columbus.  

The music is there, people just have to turn off the computer generated music that pollutes the radio today and go find it.  Rock fans have to pass it on to their children.  That's how we build it back up.  I'm a rock fan because my dad taught me to dive into the music and see how difficult it is for 3, 4, 5, 6 people to be playing their own music simultaneously and have it come together into a song.  It's truly remarkable...a talent I couldn't even begin to imagine having.  

Sore subject for me, had to rant for a minute...rock on

Comment 04 Sep 2019

I remember being pissed off that they stopped alcohol sales for the rest of the game and wanting to drown in my misery that although we were down, it was because of some dumb luck and a couple of mistakes.  Then you could just field it building into something huge.  I have also never heard that stadium that loud in my life.  I thought the cement was going to crack when Baugh caught the TD.