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MiamiBuckeye

North Miami, FL

MEMBER SINCE   September 15, 2016

After receiving my MFA in creative writing at Florida International University in Miami and adjuncting there for a few years, I've now moved to Denton, Texas where I'm a teaching fellow and PhD candidate at University of North Texas. Never been to Ohio but my family is a Buckeye family so I bleed Scarlet and Gray.

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Comment 16 Jan 2020

Honestly if they lose to Texas it could be 5. 

Now, don't get me wrong, LSU should be very good again next season, and anything is possible. Good coaches are going to be lining up to work for a team that just won a CFP trophy (as if they wouldn't already be lining up to work for a blueblood).

That said, their schedule is tough, and I think Bama, Florida, and Auburn are all going to beat them, which leaves Texas and Texas A&M as possible tossup games. 

Comment 16 Jan 2020

KJ Hill and JK Dobbins are both going to be absolute steals for whichever team drafts them. 

I've seen Dobbins listed as the 4th or 5th (!!) RB taken in the draft, which is crazy considering the season he had. 

Comment 16 Jan 2020

Just wondering, has the statute of limitations for sexual assault for Ben Boulware on Curtis Samuel lapsed? 

Because I think that incident was far more deserving of an arrest warrant...

Comment 15 Jan 2020

I'm definitely going to be watching Oregon's game against NDSU. Hard to gauge where the Bison are compared to FBS teams, but I'd imagine they'd be a decent team in the Mountain West and not a total doormat in the PAC-12. 

If Oregon blows out NDSU that may not mean anything, but struggling against them will certainly not be a good omen against Ohio State. 

Comment 15 Jan 2020

Oregon and the PSU game are the only ones I'm worried about losing. No one else on our schedule worries me. 

If we lose to Penn State that could be really bad, as they'd probably go to Indy instead of us, but losing to Oregon might be just fine, especially if Oregon ends up winning the PAC-12 as I believe they will. 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

LSU will be what it has been for a long time: a very good program that should expect to win 9-10 games a season and ocassionally challenge for an SEC title. 

Clemson has maintained its dominance largely because of coaching continuity--Dabo and Venables are probably the best HC/DC combination in CFB. Coach O is not Dabo, he's never going to be Dabo, he's never going to build a dynasty. 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

OU also plays a super soft schedule. Army is the only OOC team on their schedule with a pulse, and the Big 12 may be even worse next season than it was this season. OU could very well become the first 13-0 P5 team to get left out of the playoffs. 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

In the scenario I posted above, the real question for the committee isn't between 12-1 Oklahoma (no one's willing to give them the benefit of the doubt this time) or 12-1 Oregon but between Oregon and a 12-1 non-champion Alabama team. In the end, I think fear of the PAC-12 revolting compels the committee to give Oregon the nod. 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

LSU never felt like a dynasty--Coach O is good, but he's closer to a Jimbo Fisher or a Les Miles than he is to a Saban. 

Brady leaving just confirms it--LSU will be good, maybe even great, but they won't be winning another title next year. 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

1. Ohio State (13-0) goes undefeated and looks like the best team in the country once again, only this time there isn't a flashy team like LSU with a comparable schedule that can deny Ohio State the #1 seed. Ohio State shellacks Minnesota in Indy. 

2. Clemson (13-0) starts the season #1 but close games against Notre Dame and Florida State drop them to #4. Eventually, thanks to other teams ahead of them losing (Alabama, Georgia) Clemson climbs back up to 2. It has a closer than expected game in the ACC title match. 

3. After losing in the regular season to Alabama, Georgia (12-1) gets its revenge in the SEC title game, and the questions about Nick Saban's decline continue. 

4. Oregon (12-1) loses at home by two scores to Ohio State, but proceeds to dump every team in its Pac-12 schedule, including USC in the title game. 

Playoffs: 

1 Ohio State vs 4 Oregon 

Having learned from their regular season meet and being extra motivated, Oregon comes out strong and has Ohio State on its heels for the early goings, racing out to a 10-0 lead. The second quarter begins, Justin Fields gets settled against a stout Oregon defense and puts Ohio State on the board with a dime to Olave in the endzone. As the game goes on, Oregon's D gets gassed and Ohio State takes control. Halftime score: 21-13 Ohio State. The second half is a slaughter as the floodgates break open and Ryan Day makes adjustments that Oregon and Cristobal can't counter. Final score: 45-21 Ohio State. This sets up 2021's game in Columbus as the most anticipated OOC matchup of that year--Ohio State-Oregon Pt 3. 

2 Clemson vs 3 Georgia

Georgia puts up a good fight here, but in the end their archaic offensive model is exposed once again, and after a close, low-scoring first half, their elite defense wears out and Clemson finishes the game like a track meet. 34-16 Clemson 

Title Game

1 Ohio State vs 2 Clemson

Just like this year, Ohio State races out to a big early lead, dominating Clemson in the trenches. Clemson's inexperienced O-line is its big weakness, and though Lawrence does his best he gets hit a lot, and this time there's no targeting call to bail him out. Lawrence is put into concussion protocol after getting leveled on a QB design run. Halftime score, 24-7 Ohio State. In the second half, Lawrence is confirmed out, and backup freshman QB DJ Uiagalelei suits up. The young QB has surprising success against Ohio State, leading a 75 yard TD drive on his first series. 24-14. Ohio State answers back, scoring a 63 yard TD pass from Fields to Wilson. Clemson tries to mount a comeback, getting into the redzone before Amir Riep picks off Uiagaleile and runs it to the house. 38-14 Ohio State. From then on, Ohio State pounds the ball methodically with Teague, Crowley, and Chambers, milking clock and icing the game. Clemson scores two garbage time TDs when the game is all but over-final score 48-28 Ohio State. 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

East

Ohio State 12-0 (9-0) (6 point come from behind win at Happy Valley is the only time this team comes close to losing) 
Penn State 10-2 (8-1) (Gets shocked early in the season by Virginia Tech, proceeds to clobber every other team but the Buckeyes and Michigan--wins a close one in Ann Arbor, loses the aforementioned game to Ohio State) 
TTUN 9-3 (6-3) (Losses to Minnesota, Ohio State, and Penn State, beats Washington and Wisconsin) 
Indiana 8-4 (6-3)
Michigan State 5-7 (3-6)
Maryland 4-8 (2-7)
Rutgers 3-9 (1-8) (Modest improvement under Schiano) 

West

Minnesota 11-1 (8-1) Loses one headscratcher to Northwestern or Nebraska, beats all the good teams on its schedule. 
Wisconsin 10-2 (7-2) (Loses to Minnesota and Michigan, beats Notre Dame) 
Iowa 9-3 (6-3)
Nebraska 7-5 (5-4)
Northwestern 6-6 (3-6)
Purdue 4-8 (2-7) 
Illinois (4-8) (1-8)
 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

I'm not going to be happy until Dabo's scandals come to light. 

And believe me, that dude has some scandals that are just waiting to bubble over. 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

I wish older generations had taught that lesson to themselves--I've been cussed out by old people more than kids. Usually involving parking spaces. 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

Burrow transfered because Haskins beat him out. At the time it was absolutely the right move—2017/18 Burrow couldn’t hold 2019 Burrow’s jockstrap

Comment 14 Jan 2020

That monster recruiting class won't make that big of an impact in '20, it's '21 and '22 where Clemson is going to be terrifying. 

I actually wouldn't be surprised if '20 is a dud year for Clemson (dud for Clemson means 13-1 or 12-2) 

Comment 14 Jan 2020

Odds are way too generous to LSU and Bama. 

LSU may be defending champ, but they'll be the weakest defending champ since FSU in 14 with the loss of Burrow and most of their secondary. 

As for Bama, yeah they bring back a lot of guys, but who knows if their next QB is going to be elite (Bryce Young looks like the real deal, but just because Trevor Lawrence did it doesn't mean it's reasonable to expect a freshman QB to win a natty)

Ohio State and Clemson should be the clear top contenders to win it all.