Uh, three dimensional chess ?
1.) Appalachian State or Georgia Southern
2.). aTm or Texas
3.). Notre Dame
The less we rely on transfers going forward the better.
That is also my knee jerk reaction then I remember personal failures in my working career by failing to embrace new ways of doing business. We have to accept that the "transfer portal" is the first of many changes coming to the business model of college football. Adapt or die and thankfully Coach Day seems to ahead of the change curve. It is not 1957 anymore though I wish it was.
Sorry to have stirred the pot. My thought on Burrow for the 2019 season is that he is complete in the sense of having possibly the best combination of football saavy, leadership, along with running and passing skills. My praise for Jeaux no way means I think he is as physically gifted as Haskins, Tua, or Lawrence.
Why? I think because of Buckeye fandom we are conditioned to not acknowledge greatness in anyone who does not wear scarlet and gray. Murray is an exceptional talent in his own right. Murray will succeed in a system that values a mobile quarterback like Patrick Mahomes. Haskins will flourish in a system that favors a Manning or Luck. Fandom should never be a zero sum game.
Best wishes for Jeaux in 2019. He may be the best all around college quarterback this season. Think of the positive qualities of JT Barrett but with a arm.
GB66, I share your concern that the institution of college football is changing before our eyes. I am saddened that the concept of loyalty to a school seems to be a thing of the past. Yet I feel the transfer portal free agency is a feeble effort by the NCAA to get ahead of the curve on legal actions that we know are coming. College pay for play beyond scholarships, unfettered free agency, and no limits for eligibility for the pro drafts are looming on the horizon. Like it or not, individual rights are being championed in today's society. I guess it is time for us old curmudgeons to get out of the way of the younger generations, our institutions be damned.
I want very much to trust process. I want very much to believe that playing time will be determined by merit. So why am I of the opinion that a quid pro quo was involved in the recruitment of Mr. Fields via the transfer portal?
I will show my cynical old ass to the door.
From an OSU perspective as to qualifying for the playoffs:
- Do not lose to Sparty on a windmill field goal.
- Do not lose to Iowa and lumbering tight ends.
- Do not lose to Purdue's engineering nerds.
The committee got it right as it pertains to our beloved Buckeyes.
I know it is fashionable to demean all things Michigan and Harbaugh, but I sense the university at Ann Arbor and its head coach have reached a comfort level where nine to ten wins a year are acceptable for the Wolverines. If otherwise, the khaki milkman would be looking for another sleepover gig.
As one grows older, this type of story is cherished equally if not more than who is getting first team reps in football. After all the first word in the term "student athlete" is student.
The wakeboarding on Mirror Lake was way cool. However water sports in the hollow are nothing new. I can personally attest that "submarine races" occurred as early as fall quarter 1968.
Although they amount to no more than click bait, way to early polls are interesting and serve to set expectations.
As to Ohio State, the infusion of new talent will be intriguing but games are not won or loss on paper. Bookmark this thread for review a year from now.
Back in 1970, I had a fall quarter real estate class that met from 7p to 10p on Monday nights. Coincidentally the class overlapped the TV broadcast time of the inaugural season of Monday Night Football. The TA who conducted the class, would adjourn the class and relocate the session from Haggerty to the Student Union. 3.2 beer, football and the principles of highest and best use made for a fun class.
I would be more into regional matchups. Kentucky, Notre Dame, Pitt, or West Virginia. While "marquee" match ups might be great for our fan egos and recruiting, such match ups can also deflate and hurt.
The transfer portal giveth and taketh. Is free agency and outright pay for play just around the corner?
Actually it is 8 miles uphill both ways in blinding snow storm.
Now everyone please turn down their damn music so I can listen to my Johnny Mathis and Ray Coniff LP's.
I would be happy just to have the linebacking corp have and execute a basic scheme. Read keys and execute your assignment rather than flying around trying to make the spectacular play. Some Buckeye fans may have felt that Raekwon McMillan never lived up to his billing because he rarely made the highlight reel play, but he was an all american because he was consistent and rarely gave up the big play.
Tiffin? I always associated the word with toilets.
That said, Tiffin was the quintessential prosperous midwest town steeped in agriculture and industry. Tiffin was also the home of Stadium Dorm mate Chris Shuff who lost his life in a motorcycle accident almost fifty years ago.
I am somewhat of a Reds history buff and somehow this name eluded me. Mr. Harmon indeed live a varied life.
There was a time when the NIT was actually more prestigious than the NCAA tournament. Of course there was also a time when I had hair and testosterone surging through my veins. Dayton and Xavier graced Madison Square Garden on many occasions.
Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff from Cincinnati. Doris was both wholesome and hot back in the day!
Que sera sera, what ever will be will be (apologies to Doris Day).
The bigger debate is not about Baldwin, but rather about the NCAA as it is edging closer to free agency and some form of pay for play arrangement. I am a free market guy, but I am afraid that I will not like the future of big time college football.
I was in Ohio Stadium that day. No memories except that it was the most physically intense game I have witnessed. In my opinion this contest was the first where hatred seeped into The Game. It was no longer just a rivalry.