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Comment 08 Aug 2017

I am not sure how one is supposed to tell that sort of thing most of the time. As there are a fair number of folks posting that sort of comment seriously on other fans.

Nor am I totally sure why my response deserved 4 downvotes but folks have nothing better I guess.

Comment 08 Aug 2017

Not sure it matters too much who wins per se. It is an epic quality win that would help the winner ooc for sure, but it would also be a quality ooc loss. If that was the only loss on a schedule it would not hurt that much at all.

It would be a bit surprising if Alabama did not win the SEC and if FSU did not win or at least contend for ACC. I think they are better than Clemson this year but we will see. It will be a fun match up to watch and will be hyped, it should be, but it is a bit deceptive as neither team will be eliminated by this. The other team will be boosted though.

Comment 07 Aug 2017

I see it happening more and more for their final seasons. I do not like it, because it seems like you are letting the team down for your last horrah with them. But at the same time if you get hurt you potentially could lose out on loads of money. However, I am more with the former.

I do not see it happening with the playoff teams but with the other bowl games it will probably happen more often. Seems if you are in a big bowl game than being a part of it is important or at least should be. Another chance to show off your skills against a good quality team. Most of the time anyway.

There are loads of bowl games though. I do enjoy watching most of them but really the guys that are going to sit out are those with talent that can potentially go to the next level. So it would likely be players from more elite programs with somewhat, in their minds, disappointing years.

Comment 07 Aug 2017

This is true. It is even true from college to the pros. The level of competitions steps up each time and some cannot cope with it. One reason in particularly that it is hard to start straight out of high school in a big time program. Some positions more than others.

Comment 07 Aug 2017

OSU should just focus on winning each game as they come. Easier said than done. Particularly by folks on the internet. But that is key. Win the games, win the Big Ten and make the playoff. Then go from there. The team should get better as the year goes along too. Seemed like they regressed towards the end of the year last year.

Michigan is a good team and all but that game was rough to watch. We saw a fair bit ineptness on offense and offensive play calling in that game that were prophetic for the Clemson game. Teams with good defenses are something OSU will see but given the level of talent. No team should shut them down totally. At best they should be slowed down some.

Comment 07 Aug 2017

True, but I would disagree that it needs to be one specific guy like a Devon Smith. A bunch of guys could fill the role. And should. Hopefully, they will take some more shots this year and get some of those big plays going. It is a concern but there is reason to be hopeful at the moment.

Comment 07 Aug 2017

I would say getting to watch the Miami title game or OSU beat Alabama in the Sugar bowl. It was more the experience of watching them with my immediate family and how they went. I may have cheered a bit but my dad was super into it. The Oregon game was pretty fun but it was strange in the sense that I was never really worried about winning that one.

Comment 07 Aug 2017

I think the moral of this story is that OSU's DL should be pretty great. Have to see if talent comes to bare but with that much of it some should be as good as advertised.

Hopefully this helps out the inexperienced but talented secondary and also the LBs. If the runs are stuff by the front 7 or even front four than that is a big edge. If you can pressure with your base package it is even bigger. The other team bringing in extra protection hurts the number of playmakers they can have out there.

So, the DL has the potential to be historically good.

Comment 04 Aug 2017

That is true, but this past year or so when there were instances like this they did not hit them either. Various reasons but they did not connect. The scheme could do a better job of making the other team adjust and so on. I have to imagine the coaches know that but they just did not put much pressure on the other teams DBs. Consider the team speed with OSU it is a bit staggering that they did not do a better jobe of it.

Comment 04 Aug 2017

I disagree, seems like that is honesty. It is hard to throw when you are under pressure, let alone deep and if guys are not getting ope nand so on. Barrett shares in the blame for sure but Wilson has the bigger job of helping tinker and fix the offense. If everything else is looking good and Barrett cannot get it done than there is something to it but at the moment it is pretty clear that Barrett is not alone in having issues the past few years.

If play calling was a major issue than replacing the coaches should help.

Comment 03 Aug 2017

That may be a reality but it is not like last year was not similar in some respects. The SEC had a fair number of teams fall out of things too after they lost for the third time and some Big Ten teams climbed in.

The top of the BT can compete with whomever, after that it varies year to year.

Comment 03 Aug 2017

Have not really had issues with either. I feel taxi drivers do tend to drive a bit more recklessly or aggressively. They both work out fine. I feel a bit that Uber drivers are more easily exploited by their model though.

Comment 03 Aug 2017

It will be interesting. I just hope the offense is less conservative than it was at times and does not play afraid at times. If it does that than I am pleased. I am hopeful that Wilson will bring something to the table. It will still be Meyer's scheme, it is his team, but the scheme seems to work out alright. There were just messes at various positions last year that never seemed to improve and the coaches rarely adjusted.

Comment 03 Aug 2017

In mop up duty but I imagine that is it. There are instances of a two QB system doing ok, but more that it does not work out.

Comment 02 Aug 2017

I do not buy that the formula is bias in and of itself but the data may not be entirely reflective either. Which is much more possible. As teams may be given strengths of schedule that are not really deserved at the moment.

Computer formulas are only as good as the people who make them (did they put it together right) and only as good and reliable as the quality of information going in. I tend to think flaws lie with the later.

That said, I do not put much stock in FPI. It is a fancy way of basically pointing out the better team when it is clear or that two teams are more even.

Comment 02 Aug 2017

If I had to guess, a guy that is clearly a number one ready to start guy. The coaches should know what that is but a guy like that should translate to the field and be a go to option. Last year there was not one consistently. There is loads of talent at the position, hopefully they are all just great.

Comment 02 Aug 2017

I am not sure I am as down on some of the spots. I like Weber a fair bit and think he is a good underused back. The WRs were a let down and were not utilized well in the game plan at all. A guy like Samuel should not be your main pass catcher.

My comment was meant at a sizable or at least loud group that seems to think replace Barrett and the other problems go away. Not that easy I am afraid. With what was going on last year at times a better QB may have made a difference but there were loads of problems. Even if they managed to win almost all the games.

The play calling and utilization has to get better. And I agree that JT held the ball too long. It seems he has regressed since his freshman campaign. I am hoping he can get back on track. And most importantly that the play calling gets better.

Comment 02 Aug 2017

It would be nice to get a few more kids from Ohio for sure. Meyer said it is a goal, but OSU is also a school that can go after the best kids everywhere. They are more than just a regional power. I imagine they will get some more Ohio kids in the class by the end (at least I hope) but at the same time the elite level athletes we are seeing now were not there with Tress.

Comment 01 Aug 2017

I suppose so, but I also think there was a fair bit of hype around those players. OSU and other schools get the same, but UM went from so-so to sort of around where they were and folks were ready to annoint them back right away. Before they beat either rival. And even after they beat a very down MSU.

Harbaugh and his coaches have done well, no doubt, but at the same time I also would say that the last few years in direct competition it was hard to compare. UM had a very senior team one year and was blown out by OSU the other year. The guy is doing good things with their program, but he also has not really done much to push the team over the hump either.

Comment 01 Aug 2017

UM is improving in the rankings for what it is worth but they still have a fair bit to prove on the field. The recruiting numbers are great but are not as important as play. UM is recruiting better than they were. So they have closed the gap in that way, but at the same time they have not done quite as well.

And between the two, OSU has won the games, which is all that matters in the end. Crazy Jimmy has a giant King Kong sized monkey on his back that happens to look like Brutus.