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Comment 05 Apr 2019

I get it.  Lincoln Riley has created an all-world offense and demonstrated that he's a scheme and QB guru, but he hasn't shown the ability to field a competent defense.  Consider whether Oklahoma would be better off with a different head coach who completely handed the keys of the offense to Riley.  The offense should be the same, and the defense could only be better.

Ryan Day is currently in the same vein.  He's an offensive genius.  He made Haskins a Heisman finalist and a top 10 pick in one season.  I have no doubt that Fields (or even Baldwin) will put up huge numbers this year.

But in his pressers, he rattles off offensive players and talks at a high level about the defense.  He is going to call plays on game day, which means he can't talk to the defense when they're on the sideline.  He has joked that he has to remind himself to go over and watch the defense during practice.  He's nailing down spectacular offensive recruits, but the defensive recruits are lagging (I realize the defensive staff turnover is playing a role in that, so that's not entirely on him).  He sought out an innovator to replace him on offense (Yurcich), and a caretaker to be a DC (Mattison).  Bottom line, he still seems like someone who is primarily concerned with the offense.

That sounds a lot like Riley to me.  And I'm hopeful that Day's ceiling is higher than Riley because the defense shouldn't be so pathetic.  So a comparison to Riley is a backhanded compliment - he's an offensive genius, but the defense is forgotten.

Comment 02 Mar 2019

I don't expect much from Harrison in year one.  I actually think a redshirt is more likely than a major impact.  This says nothing about his long-term potential, of course.  But I think those that expect him to be a Bosa from day 1 will be disappointed.

I'd add Josh Proctor.  Sounds like he was really coming on at the end of last year, and with the possibility of Brendan White becoming more of a hybrid, he could easily jump Pryor and Wint.

Comment 10 Jan 2019

Wake grad here.  Hate to have to root against Gattis...but I will make it happen.

Comment 04 Dec 2018

Urban brought a swagger to the program that isn't going away with his retirement.  Tressel was awesome, but his old-school style (from sweater vests to I-formation) and big-stage losses (e.g., back-to-back championship games, USC home-and-home) had OSU trending toward a punchline.  Urban made OSU cool among recruits and fans.  And that gave the players a belief that there were almost the best team on the field.  The team doesn't win many of the biggest games of the Urban era without that.  Ohio State is a cool program now, and that isn't going away anytime soon.

Comment 03 Dec 2018
He's definitely behind Jones, Landers, Hamilton, Garrett, Vincent and Togiai. Might be behind Cage, too.
Comment 14 Nov 2018

Dude, you haven't lived if you haven't got some Old Bay seasoning.  Famous for using with seafood (I boil shrimp and crab with it), but I throw it on eggs and many other things too.

Comment 12 Nov 2018

Toughness.  This team has been pushed around on both sides of the ball, relying on a finesse passing game to get by for basically the whole season.  This was the first game that it felt like the team played tougher than their opponent.  Considering that toughness is the key ingredient in Dantonio's teams over the years, this was especially notable.  Adding toughness to talent, which has always been there, would go a long way toward a strong finish to the season.

Comment 05 Oct 2018

I hear you on ND/Pitt and USC/Colo (the OP was stretching on those), but I can't believe you're not seriously interested in the MSU/PSU and UM/Wisky games.  Those are two of the biggest B1G games of the year.  If you really don't care about those games, then I think what you're saying is that you only care about the games that are top 10 matchups.  And if that's the case, I think it's fair to say that you're just not a big CFB fan.  That's ok, I'm not trying to be critical, but if top 25 matchups with conference championship implications aren't interesting to you, then you're right, there aren't many games each week that are going to keep your attention. 

That said, I'm not sure how the NFL would meet your need.  I'm not even sure who the top teams are, as the NFL is as muddled as ever, so it's hard to identify huge matchups.  Some would say that's an argument in favor of the NFL v. CFB (parity and turnover of playoff teams each year), but if it's big games you're looking for, the NFL has fewer than CFB.  Frankly, I don't know what I'd call the biggest NFL game of the year so far, but I'm certain it wasn't as big as OSU/PSU, Auburn/Wash, ND/Stanford, or many others.