As I recall it's exactly what Saban was saying in 2011 and 2012 after those titles. And I also recall that was about the time when all the Saban-to-Texas rumors where flying. Those rumors have since been since verified that he was very close to ditching Tuscaloosa for Austin. Good question is does Saban hang it up while still in Ala or does he move on for one more fixer-upper.
Saban reversal to the dark side has been incredible. Just a few years ago he was aligned with Bert Bielema against hurry-up spread offenses and here he is possibly hiring a Gus Malzahn copy-cat. And don't forget when Kiffin came to Tuscaloosa he was still a Pro-Style/West Coast OC but quickly got into hurry-up spread. Saban is something else.
But increasingly less.
TV is upset because 2 teams from the same conference are in the playoff?! Well the networks have the ACC and SEC to blame! As I recall they were adamant that a conference championship NOT be a prereq to get into the 4 team field. That is literally all that has to be changed to the current system to have avoided this disappointing championship game. It's kind of ridiculous to be discussing an expansion to 6 or 8 or whatever when the fix is so clear and easy.
Also, as for the TV money in an expanded field. It might well be worth 10 billion, but I think the odds and quantities of lopsided games will increase Every year so far of the playoff there have been lopsided semi-unwatchable games. And that's in 4 years of a 4 team playoff. I think that would only get worse as it would grow and ratings might actually suffer.
Yep, that's the risk. I was quite surprised with that game.
The big downside to Leach is if the QB isn't having a good day then they're dead on arrival.
I'll counter. WSU wins tonight. MSU's defense/secondary will struggle against the air raid. They won't create enough confusion nor blitz enough to pressure Falk into bad decisions and passes. It almost goes without saying that MSU's offense doesn't excel at scoring points.
TIL: Jalin Marshall was a 5*
If we're taking bets my money is on Jason.
Given Frank Solich's success at OU I'm surprised that model is followed more. Older coach with HC experience that isn't looking for a stepping stone.
I'm with you. But I don't get too worked up about it because people also had pitchforks for the majority of Luke Fickell's tenure right up until, well, August 31st, 2017.
You're also exactly right in my opinion to point out who saw value in him and hired him, every OSU fans beloved Tom Herman. Also worth noting what Herman said upon his hiring, that he couldn't understand why people were so upset with the OSU offense because it should've been well known Beck wasn't calling the plays (11W link no less).
Where did the other co-OC from the previous 2 seasons land? Right, position coach at UM (not that one).
I'm not going to argue that he would've been putting up Herman's offense's numbers. But he certainly doesn't deserve so much ire from this fanbase. To momentarily digress, in my opinion the blame on that all goes to Urban for botching the transition from Herman to successor by promoting a (very good) o-line coach (Warriner) to co-play caller. Then in the end there were 3 cooks in the kitchen and it was a disaster.
At least in the year in review of 2018 we won't have to revisit this stupid topic.
*** EDIT ** I hit reply to the wrong post, I do not agree with suburbanmeyer, I was replying to dwcbuckeye below. Thanks.
Did anyone mentioned Meyer for B1G Coach of the Year? #laughingcryingemoji #everythingelseispossible
It got real chilly after the sun went down that day FYI.
Don't forget the obvious here: 3 non-conference games as opposed to 4 in SEC/ACC.
Ms St sneaking in there with NC State has me thinking that Michigan should be ranked too. It's certainly down the chain but certainly still an erred data point making Alabama look better than OSU.
I don't know what day the team arrived in town, but tipping off at midnight-thirty against a pacific standard time based team is a little questionable. I was there and it got to be so late during the game that even we went home before it ended.
Excited the Bucks are coming to PDX! I'll be there Thursday night for #B1GAfterDark
It's really easy to get under his skin.
Man I just want to see him use that right arm to send a projectile through space again...... even that tennis ball for the dog was chucked underhanded! Really think he was underrated as a QB but nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed watching him play.
Has anyone told Penn State our other rival is Illinois?
I like your optimism!
And also credit Meyer for having the sense after the Oklahoma debacle to get out of the way. The offense has looked entirely different.
I've been thinking the same thing...but is there a quote anywhere that would confirm he's given more latitude to Wilson?