Yes The Game is a different beast than HS rivalries, but this is why we saturate recruits and freshmen in the tradition. They never really "know" what its like until they step onto the field that late november morning, but the upper classmen lead the way in bringing them into the tradition. Meanwhile former players and coaches come by to keep the motivation high even as the recent results have been lopsided. The Game hasn't always been this one-sided and rarely has it been this one-sided in our favor, these coaches and players can speak to that.
He might be the best WR in the nation, but with a system like our's it can be difficult to prove it with the stats. We really like to spread the ball around. This might be the best year for our receivers though, with an RB room that loses one of our most productive backs in our history and Fields continuing to grow as a QB, it would be great if Olave can come out and shine as an elite WR in a field of many talented WRs.
I think we could have won the championship with him at the helm. After the Penn St game where JT willed the team to a victory on his sprained knee I was confident this team could go the distance if given a chance in the playoff.
However, if i recall correctly, the committee did take into account our walloping of Wisconsin when deciding to put us in the CFP. Would we have won the B1GCG by a similar margin? I just don't know, I know Urban knew we needed to have a big win and the gameplan would have been just as vicious. But obviously JT isn't dropping bombs to Devin Smith the way Cardale did. We still beat wisconsin, but is it enough? I don't know if we make the playoff with JT, but if we did I think we still win it. I think with JT at the helm against Bama those early game drives that stalled in the redzone end up being touchdowns and the flavor of the game becomes completely different. And I was never worried about Oregon in the national championship game.
Cardale being a different QB with less tape helped him a lot in his post-season run. But JT was just as capable of getting wins, and I'd argue more capable of putting the offense on his back that Cardale was. With some exceptions of drives where Dolodale bulldozed his way to first downs. But it doesn't matter if we don't make the playoff, and we don't get there without a smashing of the badgers in indi.
i have been summoned
If it came down to the performances in the conference championship games then it meant that the committee was pretty deadlocked between the two.
I'd focus more on how LSU played Arkansas, Texas AM, and Georgia for the final three weeks while OSU faced PSU, TTUN, and Wisconsin.
One of these things is not like the other...
jim tressel. hands down. i love that man.
TUN is about to revive the "champions of life" mantra from Tennessee
Who cares how it looks? No team should be forced to stay where it is, or be forced to move in the rankings, if they are still where they should be.
Its clear that teams get slotted into tiers. As of a week ago OSU, LSU, and Bama were the top tier as far as the pollsters go. Like 8 AP points separated the teams or something wild like that. Bama lost and they fell to 4th in the ap and 5th in the cfp. But they also fell into the next tier down, they're now competing with georgia, oregon, minnesota moreso than osu/lsu. Clemson exists in its own "3rd place because they are undefeated and clearly talented but not playing up to potential".
OSU won and remains in its tier, the top 2. Nobody cares which team is 1 or 2 really, and if you do then get over it. OSU dropped a spot because we destroyed Maryland while the team directly below us beat the team directly below them. LSU has wins against better teams even if we have been more efficient and a more impressive team.
Bama losing in what ended up being a close game against a team the committee and voters already considered to be better than them? Why does bama need to fall far? Bama, Georgia, Oregon, Utah, Penn State, Oklahoma are all 1 loss teams. If the committee thought Bama was the 3rd best team last week, it'd be weird to me if after that performance they felt Bama was suddenly 10th or something.
Georgia also has wins over App State (ranked) Notre Dame (ranked) and Florida (ranked), their one loss is a 3 pt loss in OT to SC. I find it very understandable that the committee is able to look beyond a close loss to a bad team when Georgia has beaten several good (but not great) teams. Personally I'd put Minnesota 4th in these rankings, but Georgia would probably be 5th because nobody else has any sort of case for 4th.
That's an intensity I haven't felt within myself in a long time.
Well, approximately 10 months or so.
Good job production staff, this one was a home run
I somehow completely forgot or completely avoided for a decade that steve mcnair was murdered. Woof
He specifically lists PSU over OSU as the upset of the year for the conference
Mattison was on the way out of michigan anyway, dude is old and wasn't being offered a new contract. We could use an old but good and experienced coordinator/recruiter though during this transition. No one is saying Mattison is the DC for the future. Hes an Urban guy who will help Day grow as a HC, groom Hafley for the DC job, who has experience working with Washington, and who isn't going to go up against LJ.
Mattison is a safe pick, all things considered.
Thats awesome that Dwayne knows the game so well at this point, but my biggest takeaway is how much Day helped and emphasized these skills with him.
complete domination of ttun
24-0 to start his time at osu
an expectation that every season we have a damn good opportunity to play for the CFP.
And i was fortunate enough to attend 3 of his 4 wins at ohio stadium. I'll never forget those days.
Is my guess on who will win. not necessarily who I want to win
Our conference schedule next year is going to be tough, period. Indiana always plays us well, Nebraska with Frost year 2 edition will be better (and they had an under-rated season anyway), and @Northwestern will be big in magnitude.
Beyond just who we play, the schedule is also difficult. @nebraska, Sparty, @Northwestern, Wisconsin all in a row. Then we get Maryland, @Rutgers, Penn St, @tun to following our bye. The only game that is easy is Rutgers.
Do you realize how you sound?
He said he wanted to win a national title with team before the season.
And believe it or not but a person can re-evaluate their priorities during these events. This doesn't mean he was 100% honest about his intentions before the season started.
Sucks but I can't fault him. its hard to sacrifice your health and future when you aren't getting paid for it. another injury and he immediately gets labeled as "injury prone" and it hurts his draft stock. meanwhile it would be poor form to force him out there when his head isn't 100% in it, even if he is physically healed. Hard decision that I doubt he took lightly.
Lets also not ignore that millenials are now getting deeper into the "buying a house and starting a family" thing, all while generally making less money than other generations did at these ages (adjusting for inflation and such) AND having a lot of student loan debt. Even with millennials being less into football, those that are into football just can't afford it like others.