No kidding. It’s hard to believe but Elliott is likely already half way through his NFL shelf-life... let that sink in for a minute.
It kind of sucks that they’re going to have a fake bad year and end up with a top three pick (in all likelihood). There are other teams who need top picks substantially more.
I guess it’s made a little better by the fact that this draft class is about as good as a Michigan recruiting class.
What’s Kiner’s 40 time? With a top 5 like that, I think it will be getting slower...
If I were a betting man, I'd bet there will be no mention of OSU by ESPN when Burrow goes number one. It will be all about LSU and the SEC.
I bet he thinks Will Shipley is a scrub too...
Not bad at all. If we land just the guys you’re over 50% on right now, we’d have 10 top 100 recruits, with Carrico just on the outside of that. That’s a hell of a class on its own, and I wouldn’t be shocked if we hit on a couple more, either on or off that list.
For perspective, in the 2020 class, Bama and Georgia each finished with 11 top 100 recruits, and Clemson had 10. We’re on a great pace.
Agreed. My immediate reaction was, why not both? I understand if you have a kid from Florida or California who may only be making one unofficial to your school, you prefer it to be during a 1 on 1 weekend, but what's the harm in having a big recruiting weekend where guys who are likely to make more than one trip can really start to look around and think, wow, these could be my teammates! and really get down to thinking about what it would be like to play with those guys.
At the beginning of the year, I thought Fields would be a top 5 QB in college football, and the O-line would be light years better than last year. I thought that Olave would be our best receiver by far, and would double up every receiver not named KJ Hill in touchdowns and yards. I also thought our secondary would rebound to be a top ten unit in college football.
However, I thought that, while Dobbins would be improved, he would still more closely resemble his sophomore year than his freshman year, and that he would be nothing more than a 4th round kind of guy if he went pro. I thought that Chase Young wouldn't hold up to the Bosa treatment he'd get from every team and would have a disappointing season stat-wise. I also said that at least one linebacker would lose his job and, as a unit, they would once again not play at an OSU level and we'd continue needing DB's to save us from getting gashed against the run.
Finally, I had us with the same final record as you. 12-2, with a Big 10 title and a loss in the playoffs.
QB is obviously the biggest question mark, and that will determine whether we're elite or not.
OL would be the next biggest concern, but I would imagine that Miller will slide to C, Enokk will man one of the guard spots, and tackle with be all set with some combo of NPF, Jones, and Johnson. The only real concern is the other guard spot, which will likely either fall to an incoming freshman in that class, or the loser of the tackle battle (though they all seem a bit large for G).
Not worried about LB. Mitchell, Gant, and Pope will all be solid if not spectacular. I wouldn't expect a drop off there at all. If anything, I've been quietly waiting for Mitchell to get more time, as I think he could very easily be better than Borland/Browning.
Also not worried about DB. I think all of Proctor/Brown/Banks/Johnson will be solid this year, but none of them will be threats for early entry. I think in 21, it's reasonable to expect that one corner develops into a round 1-2 kind of guy while another becomes a round 3-4 type player. More than good enough to get the job done.
This point is mostly spot-on. I think you're losing people by saying no one could argue that Clemson is the better program right now. When they've been to four of the last five NC games, and won two of them, that could easily be argued. I think what you meant was nobody could look at that game and argue that Clemson was undoubtedly the better team last year. There were four or five game-changing moments in that game, and they all went against OSU. Most of them directly resulting in a point swing. It took all of that to allow Clemson to barely squeak by. I think if that game is played 10 times, OSU probably wins seven or eight of them. But that's why they play the game. The best team doesn't always win, and the team that wins isn't always the best.
You're saying we're going to start throwing to our tight ends!?!?!?!
I think his comment was meant in sarcasm... He's insinuating that Jones isn't as good as his ranking, hence Illinois being a legitimate option for him. Not so much that Illinois has bagmen, which is why they're in on a 5 star.
Meh. Isn’t Clemson losing 4 offensive lineman? Good luck running behind that against a team with a defensive pulse.
Let's assess this comment logically.
Clemson was 5th in the country in offensive efficiency, and statistically dominated every team they played. Yet they managed only four scoring drives on our defense, which, you know, started those three linebackers... Now let's dive deeper!
- Score #1: Clemson was forced to punt before an objectively questionable call prolongs the drive, placing Clemson in plus territory before they immediately target Wade's replacement and get PI.
- Score #2: On second and 10, we have two linebackers and 5 DBs in the game. On a play where both linebackers blitz, Lawrence scrambles, finds a seem and takes off. He jukes our young, inexperienced safety out of his pants and goes the distance.
- Score #3: Once again, Clemson is forced to punt when a 15 yard penalty extends their drive on 4th down. Two plays later, Clemson hits a screen and Malik Harrison (Not one of the linebackers in question) takes an ish angle and misses a tackle at the line of scrimmage. Clemson puts bodies on bodies downfield and it goes for 60. Browning and Werner were in coverage on the other side of the field.
- Score #4: Slant on Okudah for 10 yards... QB scramble for 10 yards... Pass deep to a receiver lost by Proctor... Lawrence fakes a run, pulling our backers up and Tebow-jump-passes it over our heads. Fuller takes a bad angle and it goes for 6...
So those sorry linebackers were not directly responsible for any of the points scored by the 5th best offense in college football. Most of the blood was spilled on Proctor who may or may not have been in the game without Wade's ejection. The only plays you can say the linebackers got honestly beat on were the screen (Harrison) and the final jump pass (which after the way Lawrence had scorched us, you have to respect his ability to run). Not sure where you're getting us not being championship-caliber with those linebackers when we absolutely were championship-caliber with those linebackers this year.
As is said; a lion doesn’t need to say it’s a lion.
If you’re as big a deal as you seem to think you are, you’d be secure enough not to feel the need to explain it to everyone else.
The only objectively terrible call was the overturned scoop and score. I thought the moment I saw the replay that Dobbins touchdown catch would get overturned. And while I was furious about the targeting, and maintain its a horrible call, I could be convinced that strictly “according to the rule” it could technically meet the description. The scoop and score was the only egregious call in the game. The more time sets in the more I believe we just gave away the game on our own. It should have been 24-0 by the time the targeting happened, and if that’s the case, one lone touchdown doesn’t swing momentum the way it did. Let alone if we don’t rough the kicker in the second half.
If we take care of our business the officiating doesn’t matter. We still win by 14+.
Will watching this video make them not try as hard? No. Not at all. But to give you an idea, I had a player transfer to my school from the inner city. And when he came to my school he was a mess. Teachers at his old school told him as long as he shut up and didn’t cause problems they’d pass him. And he knew nothing. Not how to study. Not how to pay attention in class. And he certainly couldn’t see why any of it was important. And I spent hours and hours working with him, and he managed to scrape through my class with a D. But I kept working with him and two years later I had him in a different class and he got a B. By his senior year his lowest grade was a B-. I’ve never been prouder of a student.
Half way through his senior year he decides to get a face tattoo. His reasoning: Post Malone has them and he’s still successful. And my heart breaks. Not because he can’t still be successful, but because I know - right or wrong - every time he goes for a job interview in the future, he’s going to be judged. And fair or not, that decision he made because he thought a celebrity looked cool will impact him for the rest of his life. So don’t say this stuff doesn’t matter. Because I’ve watched student after student throw away promising opportunities because they didn’t understand how to dress for an interview, or didn’t understand that what they post on social media can get them fired, or didn’t understand that simply borrowing a tie from a friend could help them get ahead.
We can keep saying athletes aren’t role models, and what they do is their choice, and it doesn’t matter. But I see first hand that it does. If we never start holding people to a higher standard, then things never change. And more and more kids will make bad decisions because they have no one at home telling them these people on TV aren’t to be idolized.
So I don’t care how expensive Darius’ designer vest is. It sets a bad example, and it can absolutely have an affect on others.
You're right, saying "dumbass" was a poor choice of words, and inserting a subjective opinion into my argument was wrong and only works to detract from my initial sentiment. But my point still stands. As a role model for youths and a representation of the organization he belongs to, this is a poor look that says more about a "me first" mentality than caring about how your choices impact others. And sure, maybe he doesn't care, and he doesn't have to care, but being someone that others look up to is a responsibility, and it always bothers me when people say that responsibility doesn't matter. As a teacher and a coach, it becomes harder and harder to instill a sense in youths that how you present yourself matters. Especially when they repeatedly see their idols dress and act in a contradictory manner.
I agree with you. When you aren't at work, wear whatever the hell you want. If the video was from some creep paparazzi videoing him strolling down a neighborhood sidewalk, I'd shrug and say "Well that's odd." But I wouldn't waste much of a thought on it. In that video, he is at work. He's in the facility, and he knows there will be cameras. If you walked into work looking like that, your boss would have a talk with you. Mine would too.
And saying athletes aren't role models is bullshit. I don't care if he wants to be or not. I don't care that he isn't asking for people to look up to him. Being a role model isn't a choice you get to make. Its a choice that's made for you, and it happens whether you like it or not. Children look up to and try to emulate the athletes they adore. That makes them role models whether they want to be or not.
Maybe I'm just getting old, but am I the only one who believes that NBA players should look and act like the professionals they are? They are a representation of an organization and should be held accountable for looking like a dumb ass. Is there any professional setting on the planet where attire like that would be acceptable/not reprimanded?
I don't give a shit about your drip. Be a role model and an adult... you're not a rebellious 9th grader anymore.
Love the kick off rule.
Hate the punt rule.
Love the extra point rule.
Hate the double pass.
Love the overtime rule.
Also love only having to have one foot inbounds for a catch.
Ehh, there are usually what, only 350 four/five star players in the country? And the line between four star and three star is usually pretty blurry. In my mind any player in the 250-500 range is probably a dude, and their ranking, whether four star or three star, is pretty arbitrary and interchangeable.
Where this kid is ranked, you’ll probably find just as many people who think he’s worthy of a fourth star as people who don’t, but either way he’s damn good at football and the staff likes him. And that’s good enough for a boom from me!
I had them only losing 5 starters on defense. I must have been looking at an out-dated depth chart. If they’re really losing 7, that’s a little more glaring. Good catch.
That's possible. I think that Minnesota and Wisconsin will both be favored next season against Michigan, though, and we've seen how well they play as the underdog... I see both of those games as near-guaranteed losses, as well as OSU and PSU.
Minnesota only loses two starters (I believe) on offense, and while they get hit harder on defense, they should still be more than solid. I think most people see Wisconsin lose Taylor and Cephus and imagine them falling off a cliff, but the fact is they only lose two defensive starters from a unit that we spent two different first halves sputtering against (unless someone went pro I don't know about). They also only lose one player from TE to T across their line, and he was listed as an "OR" on the depth chart. We all know that's a hog-driven offense up there, and they'll likely churn out another 1000 yd rusher next year, even with the dropoff behind Taylor.
You have a first year starter behind an inexperienced offensive line. That's a recipe for early season struggles. If they dropped 3 or 4 out of Washington / Wisconsin / PSU / MSU / Minnesota in there first seven games, I wouldn't be shocked at all. If they can't generate push up front and the run game suffers, teams are going to sit back and feast on McCaffery. Late in the season they have Indiana, who showed they had a pulse this year, and Penix could have a field day against those corners if he has time to throw. That's all before their traditional end-of-season ritual sacrifice... You'd be surprised by 8-4? I think 7 wins is more likely than 9.