Nice! Bandon is gorgeous, and that's doable. It's about a four hour drive from Portland to Bandon, and it's stunning most of the way, particularly if you take the coast (which will be slower). Eugene is exactly in between. It's an hour up the coast, then an hour inland from Bandon to Eugene. And, weather doesn't get any better out this way than that time of year. That sounds like the perfect plan.
I know. I was kidding. But, they actually may find themselves in FCS before long. They left the AAC - a pretty good conference - without a future home. They've had about 15 kids transfer this offseason, their recruiting class was worse than many FCS programs, and the football program is bleeding money.
Not a big fan of hosting FCS opponents, but since we already have Texas and Washington, I'm good.....
Solid choices! Love Car Seat Headrest, and of course Jason Isbell. Good for you to get a little pop in there too.
Love these threads. Some of my current favorites (seen them all live):
Billy Strings, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Hiss Golden Messenger, Courtney Barnett, Jason Isbell, Marcus King Band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Gary Clark, Jr., Drive By Truckers, Barr Brothers, Lucy Dacus, Black Pumas.....
Such a smart move by Fickell. I grew up in Cincy, and left more than 25 years ago. UC is a completely different school than it was a generation ago - most of their students now live on or around campus, their enrollment is thriving, and they have some great academic and athletic facilities. Yeah, there's the P5/ G5 thing and some of the discrepancies are real, but UC operates like a P5, and better than most. Their conference is heads and shoulders above other G5s (and likely the ACC), and they're always going to be in the conversation for a NY6 bowl.
This man speaks truth
The American was impressive this year - they're clearly better than all other G5 conferences, and better than at least the ACC, PAC-12 south, and a good chunk of the Big 12. It's a solid conference.
Can't wait for this one! Autzen is a great place to see a game, and this will be one of the biggest home games in program history. If you're looking for a fun road trip, September is pretty magical out this way. Spend a day or two in wine country, and a day or two on the coast, each within about 50 miles of Eugene.
I like big men w/ bulk who know how to use it down low.
I'm totally open minded about this kind of thing, but there may be a more appropriate board for discussing it.
The calls were in our favor, especially a few of the charges.
UC doesn't play a pretty brand of basketball, but they play hard and they still play clean. Hack isn't a word that I'd use to describe them. They're a perfect nonconference team to help us prepare for the Big Ten schedule.
Not pretty, but a fun game and a great OOC matchup that can become a true rivalry.
We should play UC every year.
Fired up to see the new guys tonight! And, just renew the series with UC already. We should play them each year.
Turtles all the Way Down! Solid Sturgill Simpson reference (at least that's how I'm interpreting it).
Love these threads. Just finished Dopesick, a brutal and riveting accounting of the opioid crisis.
Also just finished Don Winslow's Power of the Dog series, a fictional account of the Mexican drug war over the last 15 or so years. Great read.
Seen the man 6 or 7 times now. An American legend. Great post.
I couldn't be more pleased that we're getting a solid UC squad in here, especially considering this is the one year where we don't have one of the marquee teams on the schedule. UC will give us the kind of game that we need in order to prepare for the Big Ten schedule. Their defense is rock solid, and - as was stated - they have a great running game and Tight Ends. Their vulnerability, though, is on the line. Two of their starters are brand new, and one of those is newish to football. He's a mountain of a man - a 6'9" athletic German, but last week was his first start. He had a few false starts last week, and he's going to be susceptible to our rush. I believe that's where the game is going to tip.
I have to give whoever made those shirts credit - pretty damn creative.
UC's D-Line is very good, and might be among the top 3 or 4 that we face. But, UC lost two starters to the draft and our D-Line is elite.
Yep. I'm psyched for next week. UC is a good opponent, and we need them to be a good test in a year when we don't have a truly marquee out of conference team.
Just stop. They're not the equivalent of a MAC school. Not even close.