I like Oklahoma to cover based on how Baylor lost last time. I don't think the Fighting Fickells knock off Memphis unfortunately. I also wouldn't be shocked if the SEC forces LSU to take a dive in order to get two teams in this year, or at least throws flags against LSU at inopportune times to even things out.
I feel like Utah might get upset although I wouldn't bet on it...I just feel like even though they are the better team, Oregon might play angry, inspired football
Obviously this season isn't over, but I'm of the opinion that not only Day should get a pay raise, so should his assistants. If Ohio State doesn't buck up and pay, guaranteed these guys will be gone.
Hafley, Living Legend LJ especially need pay bumps along with Day
I don't know, I think Rutgers fudged up in not hiring Schiano. I don't know how Rutgers expects to try and compete in college football these days without investing in their program. It didn't sound like Schiano was asking for anything unreasonable! I mean their program has been a doormat in the B1G since joining, and it's going to take a lot to build a competitive program, especially considering you have to play tOSU, Penn State and Xichigan every year - even Xichigan State every year is no gimme. Based on recruiting, there is a lot of talent in New Jersey, but in order to convince recruits to go there, you have got to invest some cash in good assistants and support recruiting nationally, finding over-looked talent, guys who didn't get an offer from their dream schools, and develop players. It won't be easy, but it's feasible that Rutgers could be a bowl-eligible team annually.
However, as a first time head coach, I think Hafley could land a much, much better job so long as he's patient. Rutgers could potentially ruin future opportunities like it's seemed to with Chris Ash
If Ryan Day and this coaching staff go undefeated, winning the B1G Championship and possibly more, then they need to increase these coaches' salaries! Pay Hafley and Day more cash to keep them there, give LJ a nice bump because he deserves every penny he makes and then some.
However, right now Day makes a relatively modest salary, considering guys like Jimbo Fisher are raking in 7 mil/year or something like that.
It's a very real possibility that Hafley, without a significant pay raise, will take a head coaching gig someplace else. Unfortunately in today's ruthless coaching/coaches' assistants market, if tOSU wants to maintain the phenomenal level of player development, not to mention the recruiting prowess of guys like Hafley, Hartline, living legend LJ and Day himself, then they are going to have to shell out some cash. Either that or struggle every year or two to keep talented assistants in tow, having to spend almost as much time recruiting coaches! Besides the effect that can have on recruits...
Everything I've read about Hafley and co. is that these guys are the real deal. It's possible to keep a talented defensive assistant on staff, i.e. Brent Venables at Clemson.
Really excited for the direction the program is heading in, if I was a talented QB, I would want to come to Ohio State - they have almost always had talented O-lines to play behind, guys who go up against LJ's defensive line in practice... Plus with the skill positions Hartline is recruiting and developing, there aren't going to be too many places that could offer what the Buckeyes will - I just hope Ohio State pays these coaches to stay right here!
I definitely think Indiana is trending up, and they should be able to, Indiana is not a bad state for high school football, plus recruiting Ohio kids who don't make it to tOSU they should be able to field nationally competitive teams. I think they have some good offensive minds, and in fact I think they were a BIG reason for the Buckeyes offensive success against Xichigan last year, Indiana exposed their defense with the success they had attacking the middle with crossing routes, even though they lost. I think they showed that teams can have success against the PSU secondary, although I also believe that PSU could have been caught looking ahead to the matchup in Columbus. In fact, that's what's so infuriating about having to play the two next best teams in the entire conference in back-to-back weeks! If Ohio State can make it to December undefeated, then I definitely believe they can hang with ANYONE. My worry also is they can get really banged up right before The Game, which is on the road.
How about teams from the West hire coaches who go out and recruit better? I don't think realignment is a real answer. Besides whatever division Ohio State is in will always be perceived to be the tougher division and I love the fact Ohio State plays Michigan and Penn State every year with (usually) the best team from the West in a Championship game. Those potential wins are necessary in a conference with a lot of national cellar dwellers.
As far as the rivalry games are concerned, those are what make college football what is, the traditions. Besides watching the Big 12 championship game is kinda lame because it's always a rematch, and just like last year, what good is a rematch, especially between teams like Texas and Oklahoma who play on a neutral site during the regular season AND during the conference championship if they split??? It just seems like you need a rubber match. That's another reason I hated the playoff rematch between Alabama and Georgia a couple years ago, who played two neutral site games against each other - and big surprise, Alabama won both. However had Alabama lost the National Title game in a close loss, what would we have learned?? It's always tougher to beat a team twice in one year in football
I got a similar score for the Buckeyes as last week, in fact, I don't even think our starters should play unless necessary, but if they do I have trouble imagining Rutgers doing better than Maryland did against us. I think Rutgers will score 3-6 points.
I'm picking the Spartans in an upset, I think they come out against an arrogant Xichigan squad and shock the fighting Harbaughs
My brother gave me great advice - bet against your favorite team, that way if they lose, at least you get paid. If they win then it's kinda worth it to spend the money for a V!
Also props to Ramzy and Vance, you guys are killing it. I don't know if you are like me at all, but the only time I do any good at calling games is if I have nothing riding on it. Soon as I bet money my Nostradamus disappears - if he was ever there in the first place.
I don't expect tOSU to cover the ridiculous spread, only because Chase Young isn't playing, he was a major factor in their defensive dominance, which added to their offensive tries... Imagine the second half of the Wisconsin game without him! I know he wasn't the only defensive lineman creating chaos, but he was a big factor.
That said I got Alabama covering if Tua plays and is healthy, in fact I think Alabama will flex their muscle on LSU with only Joe Burrow showing out against them with a lot of passing yards totalling over 300, 1-2 TDs with an INT. I am hoping LSU beats Alabama but between Orgeron and Saban, plus the recruiting talent over the past four years alongside home field advantage for the Tide, I just don't see LSU winning. Last year at home LSU got clobbered, and although these aren't the same teams, they also aren't THAT different.
For PSU and Minnesota, I almost feel like this could be an upset in favor of the Gophers, but I also feel like Penn State could blow the doors off them. A lot of intriguing games tomorrow! I will ride with Minnesota covering, though I'm thinking Penn State will win, in fact I'm hoping they win up until the 23rd.
I have Wisconsin over Iowa, I think they cover if only because they are at home - if in Iowa I would ride with the Hawkeyes
If this loan was for airfare for his family the NCAA should be ashamed of themselves for suspending him. In fact, there SHOULD be a program that pays for families of players to go to home games at least! The NCAA has enough money, so does the B1G - not to mention that money is made on the backs of these parents' kids!
Like how a lot of you feel, I was thinking that things were just going too well for the Buckeyes. I hope and pray we get Chase Young back by the Penn State game! Ugh how unfortunate that a couple days after finally getting some love from the playoff committee, THIS happens...
If Chase is out indefinitely then we can kiss the CFP Championship goodbye - hell, we might not even win the B1G Championship without him! Offenses have to game-plan around him, not T. Friday or T. Smith, Cooper or Z. Harrison. I hate to be so pessimistic, but if ANY major program was under the microscope (Clemson, say) someone could find violations. Of course it's regarding our best player and not anyone else.
That said, I don't blame Chase, these kids (yes, KIDS) are under A TON of pressure, they are virtual National Celebrities, essentially treated like Rockstars in Columbus, and many at only 19, 20 years old! I can't imagine the pressure of not making a mistake, doing something stupid - I know I could NOT have handled that well when I was 18-21, so I feel for Chase Young, I hope he can come back and continue to chase a Nattie with his teammates
I hadn't realized that Scott Frost was complaining about playing the better half of the BIG East - what's crazy is just not too long ago Nebraska fans were complaining about the division alignment because they DON'T get to play teams like Ohio State enough! I know the fans sometimes want different things than the coaches, but I wonder how the fans feel today?
Try BEING in the be B1G East! I really don't care that every year the Buckeyes have to play 3/4 of the best opponents in the B1G Conference just to make it to the B1G Championship where they get to play that 4th, especially in a season like this one where the Buckeyes have to try to beat what has been the 2nd best B1G team for the last 3 years THE WEEK BEFORE THEY PLAY THE THIRD BEST B1G TEAM WHO JUST HAPPENS TO BE THEIR HEATED RIVAL, but it's happening
Ok first time trying my hand at this:
UCF; Penn St;
Tenn; Ohio State;
My goodness I hope, I REALLY REALLY HOPE, that Gene Smith pay Hafley a head coach's salary, same for LJ, I would say the same about Mattison but he already is! Pay the guy so he stays, much like Venables at Clemson, Ohio State would be wise to have a sort of dual head coach scenario, Ryan Day running the offense, Hafley and Mattison running the defense as they have been, and the living legend LJ overseeing the uber-important defensive line, which in my opinion is one of the most critical components to a successful football squad, at least on defense
I watched the game between MSU and ASU last weekend and I thought it was pretty entertaining, especially the end where MSU's kicker finally hit a field goal only to have it negated by 12 men on the field! I couldn't stop laughing
Yeah I think the issue wasn't with Haskins not being a runner but with the offensive line not taking proper positioning last year for half the season. They wouldn't bend their knees, get low and plow forward, moving d-linemen and creating space. Supposedly they had difficulty due to RPOs, not knowing when to get into pass-protection stance, or run-blocking, which both are different positions, but other teams seem to not have the same difficulty as we did so not sure who that falls on
Um, Virginia Tech 2014
Werner's issue isn't that he is slow - that's Borland who is/was recovering from an Achilles injury (which is VERY difficult to come back from and retain the same speed/acceleration).
Werner's issue was that he was constantly out of position on run defense and wasn't the best tackler.
I don't think it's weird. I have skinny thighs and I'm always stunned at the strength of these dudes' legs. Being specific isn't creepy - however dude saying it's creepy has a gutter-focus. Don't sweat it
I personally wasn't too disappointed when Tathan Martell transferred - however I did want to see him try to compete for the starting job, then move on as a graduate transfer if he didn't win it -
That said I WAS disappointed when Matthew Baldwin transferred because I thought he might have been able to win the QB1 job, and if not, he still might've ended up playing - what concerns me is the fact that Justin Fields runs the football and if he doesn't give himself up and slide, could very well get injured. Heck, he could get hurt taking a shot in the backfield (knock on wood) - we all know how things went down in 2014, and thankfully we had two capable backups to Braxton Miller, neither of whom transferred... Apparently Cardale Jones came really really close to transferring, thank God he stayed because he transformed the offense at just the right time.
I still think about how utterly improbable that run was! Especially after the loss to Virginia Tech. I was living in Washington state at the time, and had to deal with a bunch of Oregon fans (from Vancouver, WA which is right at the border of OR) talking smack, especially after they beat Michigan State that same day. All I could do was say that our quarterback was hurt and shrug, pointing out the Ducks record versus the Buckeyes.
Still, watching them start blowing teams out after that loss, I tried to temper my enthusiasm, saying it was weak competition, considering how awful the B1G was in out of conference play. I became a believer after they waltzed into East Lansing and Blitzkrieged the Spartans.
Here's to hoping our guys stay healthy and have a great year!
I wasn't necessarily upset with Urban Meyer for his team being heavily penalized. They always were, however last year was really really bad. I do think B1G officials are told to focus on Ohio State, call me paranoid, I'm not sure why either... Last year so many bullshit calls, while similar plays would happen that should've gone against their opposition and didn't. I don't know what else to think, other than maybe they wanted to see somebody else win the B1G, I am willing to put on my tinfoil hat and say it