My wife has been on my case for the better part of a decade to "take a single Saturday" in the fall to do "fall things". Hope she's ready to cash all her chips in, because, hunny, we're going to be doing a whole lot of socially-distanced, mask-wearing apple pickin' come 10 weeks from now.
I think you're right. Despite whatever jargon Harbaugh is tossing around, several B1G AD's and coaches (Day, Franklin and Fitzgerald come to mind) have taken a "health/safety before sports" approach here.
Gauging the comments, there's going to be some very upset Buckeye brethren when the inevitable occurs for us.
If we can go to games, we'll be wearing them anyways. So yes.
This is the only game on the entire schedule that gives me any sort of pause, and even with a loss, 11-1 probably punches your ticket to Indianapolis and 12-1 gets you in the playoff. PSU will lose a tricky game somewhere (ex: that road game in Bloomington the week of looks ripe).
The bowl tie-ins need to stop, and I say that as a traditionalist who loves him some Rose Bowl. These slate of games suck in large part to how the bowls have to choose teams. Imagine swapping UVA for Penn State, and getting UF vs. PSU. That game is immediately 100x better than what we're getting now, which is an awful Orange Bowl... perhaps the worst in recent memory (or ever?).
In terms of intrigue, I like a few of these games. TTUN vs. Bama, MSU vs. Wake and Minnesota vs. Auburn are all interesting on paper.
Not as excited about the Rose as some are, but I'll watch it—like always. Wisconsin either wins that game in a methodical fashion by a point or two, or they'll get decimated and it'll be over by half.
Illinois vs. Cal is skippable. No thanks. Indiana vs. Tennessee is something I'd turn on if I have nothing else to do.
I loathe the Cotton Bowl. After hearing the breakdown of PSU's lines vs. Memphis (80+ pounds, and no way Memphis' OL will be able to block Matos or Parsons), it's a gimme NY6 trophy for Franklin.
Can't pull myself to root for Bama ever, even when against those guys. I am so tired of them, and knowing they'll always be a thorn.
Kirk mentioned this in the preview show, but Penn State outweighs and out-athletes Memphis on OL and DL by an exceptionally large margin. I wouldn't be surprised if this game ends up exactly how it looks on paper, especially with Memphis having an interim HC.
It is overrated, so long as you don't lose a single game in conference. To me, it matters.
Were you not being honest last time?
Oh, it absolutely is. Will go down as the best recruiting class in terms of star power ever.
I bet Dabo wishes he could those EIGHT 5-stars he has committed for 2020 ready for this game.
I've thought about this too. Could be anarchy.
Unless the new TTUN QB is great and we just don't know it, I don't see them being any better. Lots of turnover already on their D, and some mishaps and bad vibes coming from underclassmen.
PSU should be on par with this year, it seems. They lose some starters on defense and maybe Hamler, but the 13 other returning starters were young this year. Parsons should be an absolute nightmare. They'll still lose a game or two, as they do.
For stability reasons, this is a major W for Penn State.
For x's and o's reasons, this is a major W for Ohio State.
Maybe the new contract helps the PSU AD with buyout money? It was very low. Also wonder how much he's getting now and what kinds of facility "promises" he got from their AD, since that was a large part of this.
I don't dislike Franklin like most, but I do think his game management (and calls down the stretch) is suspect at best. He's a great recruiter, sure, but what's it matter if you can't get over the hump? On the contrary, Michigan fans have to hate this. They'll be pillow fighting for third best B1G East team forever.
Just listened to the preview podcast from the sister (or little brother) site Roar Lions Roar. Two of three guys keep beating the play loose drum as if that is going to help them.
I really don't like where any of this is headed, especially where there are states OK with the proposal (most notably PA). I'm indifferent on my feelings as to college athlete's being paid as a whole, to be sure, but I fear seeing half the "blue bloods" splitting from the NCAA's mandate and going on their own, and what that does to the sport as a whole.
Penn State being able to offer legal $$$ is ABSOLUTELY an unfair advantage vs. Ohio State, and they will absolutely reap the benefits of such. Why would a 17-year-old teenager not accept the benefit of legal pay-outs, if available? The B1G will have to address this directly with legit regulations, if it comes to that... even if that requires schools like Penn State to be removed.
Day suddenly going in home with Nester tonight? Trying to block his visit to PSU this weekend. Wiltfong suggesting that if Nester gets to PSU, he's flipping.
Man, riding high after Fields... and this took the wind right out of my sails. Massive hire for OU/Riley, who are a good D scheme away from taking that next step.
Seems to be the case, which is a bummer.
Wiltfong on 247 saying Nester's recruitment is "even", or basically "open", now. Take it FWIW.
My man, thank you!
Oh lord, is there a link for that?
Mentioned in another post earlier, but Penn State's class snuck up on me this morning (it's actually very talented). I need to pay more attention.
Michigan, meanwhile, is going to wear this "Recruiting King" crown around like a 12-year-old who just won a game of H-O-R-S-E against their grandpa.
Just looked myself, #3 nationally in terms of blue chip/average recruit ranking. Pretty darn good!
Surprising: TTUN wouldn't even finish second in the B1G—Penn State would. PSU right behind us, class is all 4/5 stars, we just have more 5 stars to beat them out.
The problem with the QB position isn't the spotlight as much as it is that it's just one spot. These 4 and 5 star HS QB's aren't going to college to sit the bench, thus Fields decision himself to transfer. So, let's play the hypothetical game...
Fields comes to Ohio State; has to sit a year / Haskins declares: GREAT! Tate has 2019 to sew his spot. Maybe he's a one and done too? I think Tate will wait this out and stick by us.
Fields comes to Ohio State; has to sit a year / Haskins stays: Tate is gone. He's right back to competing for the spot again in 2020 and he has a year to mettle his NFL dreams.
Fields comes to Ohio State; doesn't have to sit a year / Haskins declares: Something will have to give. I'm 50/50 on what happens in the competition.
Fields doesn't come in: Dwan Mathis, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?