Not a pretty game, esp the first half, but I think that's to be expected with a young team. Loved the gritty way Young played, fighting for rebound and keeping us in it. And loved the way Holtman adjusted at the half and the way the players were able to roll with that. There's going to be growing pains this year, but this feels like a team that should be more growth than pain.
I thought the same thing. Just like I wouldn't make the long flight out to Las Vegas for a professional conference unless I thought there was going to be some really valuable content for my career...
Well, it's true, isn't it? There can be no doubt that he is one of the punters in the nation.
Wait wait wait. Does this mean that Georgia might not actually be that good? ::gasp::
Maybe... just maybe... they were overrated because they're in the SEC?
I'm shaken. I'm shook. What if... what if...
What if ALL the SEC teams are overrated??
Well, Streetsboro is there in the shadow of Kent State... he may not have realized until now that there are any other public universities in the state...
I'm not disagreeing, but the thought I had listening today was that FOX is all in on the B1G (i.e. Ohio State) in the way that they are talking up our team and players, talking up the talent of Wisconsin as we were smacking them down, in a similar way that the SEC gets from the likes of Danielson and ESPN. I'd like to think that it's just the unvarnished truth, but I can't help but think that FOX benefits from the bigger hype for B1G teams, considering they broadcast 'em. I guess we'll have to see what they say when we're actually not f***ing amazing, should that day ever come.
I mean, I thought ND was overrated, but I didn't realize they were that overrated. Anyone who can make that team up north look this good must be pretty bad. Even taking into account home field advantage there.
I'm not even sure that "frail" should be the only knock against Tua. He puts up big numbers against inferior competition, but even before the injury in last year's Georgia game, I thought he was looking pretty overrated.
I haven't seen anything from that team up north to think they will beat ND. I don't think the Irish are great, but I think they'll get it done.
Much like team rankings in the polls, they're seems to be a certain amount of carryover in outlook across the season. Guys who are favored at the beginning have an advantage over guys who aren't, and while you can drop from there, and you can even get into the conversation, I think it's really hard to overcome preconceived notions, especially when those ideas get backed up by the kind of stats Hurts and Tua have (say what you will about how those stats are complied).
I doubt Justin can do much more than stay in the conversation, but that should position him as a frontrunner next season.
You'd like to think so, but I certainly don't blame any teacher for not doing so. Teachers aren't trained or selected for their instinctual responses to sudden violence. Military and police are. And, in a way, so are football players.
And, for what it's worth, the situation matters a lot. I mean, he's basically right next to the kid at the door, makes a split-second decision to attack. Best decision he could have made. But imagine if he'd been across the room, with desks and students between him and the kid with the gun.... He really was right where he was supposed to be.
I coached a much different sport (tennis) at a much different level (high school), but I've experienced how tough it can be to get kids to stay focused against "lesser" opponents, and to learn and grow from opponents who aren't as skilled as you (I've also had teams that weren't as skilled as our opponents, but that's a different story). And I think we all know that as good as Meyer and Tressel each were, they weren't always successful at meeting this challenge. Much much much respect to Day and his staff for the way they've kept the Buckeyes focused and growing throughout the season. If they keep it up, the sky's the limit.
I don't know if I'd call it sleepwalking, but I wouldn't be surprised if the coaches were looking past Ill and prepping more for us, leading the players to execute a gameplan that wasn't tailored to the opponent, and wasn't effective, obviously. Maybe giving themselves too much credit and Illinois not enough.
Like ND is a legit Top10 team.
They're a top-10 team because of their name, and because Georgia is also (as always) overrated, making that look like a "good loss."
And, I guess, because SOMEONE has to be #9.
Burn, baby burn! Georgia goes down!
This is why I think it will be feast or famine for Nebraska. Without a kicking game, they're more likely to be aggressive on offensive fourth downs, and they could have an explosive offense. At the same time, our defense can absolutely wreck that line and leave a turnover-prone team with no rhythm as they give us lots of short fields.
I just think one way or another this game is going to snowball positively or negatively for Nebraska.
I liked that little dig at the end, asking Woodson if the Wolverines are coming back.
That would be awesome. I want their defense to be the talk of the nation before we torch them.
Man, it's clear Wisconsin has zero respect for this defense. Going for it on 4th down over and over--on their own side of the field, when they could have taken an easy 3, even with Taylor out.
Justin Fields is also 2nd behind Cardale in Big10 Championships won in 1st two starts (1 vs. 0), playoff wins (ditto), and wins vs. Alabama (and again).
I'm just saying, there's room for improvement.
Indiana is basically a pale imitation of Ohio: flat land covered with corn, soy, and wheat in the north; hilly, Appalachian-esque country in the south; big capital city in the center. Both have a Great Lake on part of their northern border, but again, Indiana is a pale imitation in this regard. City-wise, it's no contest: Indiana not only lacks Cleveland and Cincinnati, but doesn't have as many mid-sized cities. But then, Chicago is almost in Indiana, which almost makes up for everything else it lacks. I guess by that logic they could also claim Louisville...
I was exiled to Indiana for 9 years, btw.
Ramzy won this roundtable on the first question: "...despite his inability to gain a single pound of productive weight in a strength program run by Mickey Marotti." If that isn't all the indictment of a player that you could need, I don't know what is.
While on paper this should definitely be a win for the good guys, it's an intriguing matchup for the things we can/should see.
Defense: how will they perform against what should be a very good offense? How will our LBs (or Bullet) cover a really good TE? I don't think we need to panic if FAU puts up some yards and points, but we'll definitely learn something, for better or worse.
Offense: it's a great opportunity for our young QB to develop some rhythm as a passer and the leader of the offense against what should be a weaker defense. It's a great opportunity for JK Dobbins to establish the dominance that he aspires to. If the defense struggles, there could be some pressure on these guys to win the game--how will they respond?
Bottom line: can't wait for football!