LOL. Love that tweet from Fryar's mom. Looking forward to this class coming into OSU. Seems like a lot of really solid, high character kids.
Didn't struggle with a 1-loss SEC team? You realize they won 3 games by a TD or less, including 3 points over Auburn. OSU struggles for a half, still beats a top 10 team by double digits and somehow gets dinged for that. It's like the committee shut the entire rest of the season out of their minds. There is no good justification for LSU over OSU. Almost every computer ranking, and objective metric has OSU as the better team AND with the better resume.
This is a historically great OSU team by many measures. If they can't get the 1 seed over the SEC champ, then I don't think anyone will. And that's just straight bias.
Not all those guys are playing this year. They lost a ton of talent and their recruiting hasn't kept up until this year. This isn't last year's team. Nowhere near as good. The ACC is just straight garbage. Worse than the AAC. So it would be like OSU playing Cincy and worse every week.
Clemson has a lot of elite talent (QB, RB, WR, Simmons at LB, CB), but the rest is pretty meh. They can absolutely be had. Bucks are going to win this game. They are the better and more talented team, especially on the lines.
I'd take both PSU and Wisconsin over Georgia and Florida.
LSU won three games by one score including a 3 point win against Auburn. If OSU being down at halftime of one game (they trailed for like 8 minutes the whole year before it) cost them the #1, even though they won by double digits, then the committee members are complete morons. Why play the entire season if only the last game is going to mean anything.
Carman did not look like an elite LT when I've watched them play. He was the biggest weak link on the line by far. OSU should be able to get lots of pass rush.
I don't see how Clemson is going to stop OSU's running game. No one has yet and PSU and Wisky are two of the best rushing defenses in the country. OSU has a huge advantage on both lines and I think that's going to be the difference.
They've shown repeatedly that they don't care about schedules. Definitely not about the 8 versus 9 conference games. Those with 9 need to either continue to put pressure on the committee to make that a point of emphasis or do away with the 9th game.
Are you saying undefeated in the 9 conference games or undefeated overall with 9 conference games? Because Oklahoma went undefeated in 9 conference games in 2016, but lost 2 OOC games (against Houston and OSU).
I see that CBs are rolling in for Jalen Berger to Rutgers. Probably a good starting point for Schiano. Kid's offers (or at least rumored committable offers) never seemed to line up with his ranking. Always been a weird recruitment.
Looked to me that they switched to more man to man defense. I'm also convinced that the coaches thought weather was going to be a bigger factor and they may not have thought that Shea would be able to throw on them very well. Which is why they went with the 4-4 defense to start with. I also thought the pass rush was conservative. Like they thought Shea was going to run more so they spied him instead of getting upfield.
There was also a number of plays where the secondary was confused, including UM's 2nd touchdown where two guys chased the guy in motion and left the deep safety spot wide open. Guys playing out of position and young guys in there caused it I think. Did much better in the 2nd half. Think Banks, Brown, and Riep all look solid for next year. Will need Proctor or Hooker to step up.
That will really hurt Michigan. The NJ and New England areas have become their key recruiting grounds. Of course, Penn State also has a big presence there. Probably good news for OSU in the long run.
He's the backup to Werner. OSU is playing with 3 CBs and a single high safety. Werner rotates back to play safety in some looks. If Pete got hurt, White would be the one to go in for him. That's basically it. He was beaten out.
They do have more top 25 CFP wins than anyone except LSU and OSU. Doesn't matter. It'll sort itself out in the SEC title game. Win and in. Lose and out.
Seemed to me that they were a little lost in the 1st half and blew multiple coverages. When they switched from zone to more man to man schemes in the 2nd half, they really stepped up. Brown, Banks, Riep, and Hooker all played a lot in the 2nd half. Good experience for them.
For those talking about Rhule to PSU. He signed a 9 year contract in September with one of the highest buyouts in college football. Though I believe that it does not apply for NFL jobs. Bottom line, he isn't going to PSU anytime soon.
Guessing you'll see a lot more of these upsets. The talent pool is really flattening out in college basketball due to the 1 and dones (and more recently the none and dones like Basley, Lamelo and a couple of other kids). This wasn't a great year for freshmen, so the teams that really on them like UK and Duke are good but not the world-beaters of the past.
When I saw MSU was the unanimous #1 at the beginning of the year with what they had back, I knew it was going to be a wide open race. They look very unimpressive to me and lack really elite talent. Hopefully, this is reflected in more mid-majors in the NCAA tournament.
I always thought the polls were given too much weight. Frankly, it's inane that LSU has so many first place votes in both polls.