People need to get this 3 vs 4 star stuff out of their mind and trust the staff. I was just reading an article about Isaiah Simmons, who is an all-world LB at Clemson. Guy came in as a 3*/#450+ player, and their staff made him into a star. Trust that Stud can do the same with our OL.
Also, next year we are on schedule to get highly-rated OL as well, so let that ease your concerns.
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I watched quite a bit of the show a year or so ago, and at that time she wasn't in great health so she rarely called in (and when she did it was only for a quick minute to express positive thoughts; kind of late in life reflection). She actually seemed like a really nice lady, it was unfortunate that she was characterized only by those crazy calls which Paul obviously wanted for ratings. Tammy the Auburn fan, on the other hand, genuinely seemed pretty out there haha.
It's always odd when these records are broken, being that people are playing more games. Eddie's 1927 was in 13 games, JK's will be in 14-15.
Regardless, both are fantastic seasons worth honoring. I was 9 years old when Eddie had that magical season, and I remember watching in absolute awe at how unstoppable he seemed.
Newest report from Larry Brown Sports (not sure how credible they are) says they'll keep him? Interesting situation regardless.
Went and saw Ozzy last year at an outdoor theatre in Noblesville, Indiana with Zakk Wylde. Still absolutely fantastic. It's so much fun to see someone who can do a two hour or so concert and you're still feeling like there were classics you wish he fit in the set.
You're right in that how they both (OSU and LSU) win matters, I think. And overall I felt that way too about LSU moving up, but I think the committee bumping Wisconsin up to #8 makes it easier for them to keep OSU #1. Beating #4 without 3 of their offensive weapons is not remarkably more impressive than beating a solid #8 twice. I also just think this is a year where no matter what the media wants to think, the committee just flat out like OSU better than LSU, and there's a lot of reasons for why that makes sense.
OSU wouldn't be #1 if they weren't blowing teams out. The SEC love is too strong, they would look at them as an accomplished team but not a dominate team the way they look at them now.
Stroud + those WRs in the class are going to be absolutely nasty in two years.
I like this theory! I do wonder about that. Either Clemson is going to come into their Semi-Final game the most rested team in America because they haven't played anyone, or they will come in unprepared for the level of competition. I like to think it's the latter, but this is a team where many of their players are coming off of a championship run last year, so unfortunately I have to believe it's the former.
But you never know. I am definitely someone who felt in years past that a weak B1G was not preparing OSU for the level of competition they had to play in bowl games and national championships (in the case of those Florida and LSU losses).
I don't mean this is a slight to you or your point at all 305, but just as a devil's advocate contrary opinion:
I think Georgia is going into this game way overrated personally given that:
1) They have virtually no offense
2) Their three offensive players on an already weak offense are either out (Cager), injured (DeAndre Swift), or suspended for the 1st half of the game (George Pickens).
I would legitimately not be shocked if LSU wins this game 28-7 or the like. People will assume it's because their defense has gotten considerably better, but I think it will be because of the fact that Georgia won't be able to sustain drives against any defense at this point, even flawed ones. But I hope I'm wrong.
This might sound crazy, but hear me out here: there's a part of me that actually hopes OSU gets bumped back to #2.
The more I think about it, from a pure selfish entertainment standpoint, I would much rather see OSU play (and beat) Clemson in the first round of the playoffs than play Oklahoma or Utah. I feel like if there's an OSU team that can beat Clemson, this is the one (discounting the one a few years ago that should have had it not been for the muffed punt). I think seeing a playoffs where OSU beats both Clemson and LSU in one year would be the best possible scenario as a fan.
That would be an interesting option for the Buckeyes, although @ 195 or so he's more of a speed/quickness back than a every down back.
The sites I looked at listed Lingard at 6'0, 200-203. Dobbins played his first two years at 5'10"/210ish (most of his weight gain was this off-season if I understand correctly). I don't see any reason Lingard couldn't be an every down back if he's willing to put in some time with Coach Mick.