Transfers relate more to this ever-growing narrative that "the conferences that cancelled their season don't care about football, and I want to be somewhere where they do care about football." Probably not going to be that significant, but you never know.
I think the Ohio State brand is stronger than any restrictions or cancellations set up by the B1G Ten. Is it going to take a hit? Yes, absolutely, and I expect to see some decommitments along the way unfortunately, may have to anticipate some transfers too, depending how things go and if the other conferences do actually play, but I think Ohio State will overcome this, even if it takes some time.
It's most painful right now, but we have to see how it plays out. Regardless, the decision makers in the B1G Ten are full of shit.
My instincts tell me no one is playing, but honestly if the ACC/Big 12/SEC can make it happen they would be idiotic not too. 2/5th's of the power five, 1 of those 16 teams being the highest profile team, arguably, in the country right now aren't playing any football at all. Literally all eyes would be on the ACC/Big 12/SEC... people will be so desperate for football that even their most bottom-barrel matchups would get coverage. People would want to watch Vanderbilt vs. Missouri, or Knasas State vs. Texas Tech.
If they do wind up playing they'll never have this opportunity to be as featured ever again.
This was what I was wondering, if they do play a spring season, what's the point? Just to play? Will there be a recognized "spring national champion?" Of the teams that are currently slated to play in the spring, Ohio State is far and away the best team of both power 5 conferences currently committed to spring ball, and Ohio State won't play anyone from the Pac-12... So again... what's the point?
It's crazy that now all we have to hope for with the football season is that the SEC and ACC show as little a spine as the B1G and Pac 12 and cancel their football season too.
Well this is a bunch of fucking bullshit.
Potentially the most talented roster the Buckeyes have ever had on offense and we're not going to get to see them.
That's a bummer, he and Sawyer were going to be hell-raisers for the time they were to be in Columbus.
That's a drag, but we go onto the next one.
The thing I think anyone and everyone is struggling with right now is that there is SO MUCH information out there about the pandemic, some of it good, a lot of it absolute horse shit conjecture, but all of it can be window dressed to look credible.
It's difficult to even know what/who to believe anymore.
Sorry to spoil your retort, but what I said was they would play in the ACC in 2020 (they would play all ACC games), this schedule list is an indicator for 2021.
It's difficult to imagine the B1G Ten making the right call in this scenario, but literally everyone that this would have any effect on whatsoever has come out and said it's BS and the football program has said they'll do what they need to do to make sure there is football.
Don't screw this up, B1G Ten...
Locking up that top spot is really only important in the sense of making sure that Ohio State is landing the top quality players left on the board. The vanity of having the #1 ranking is all well and fine, but just need to make sure those top quality recruits left on the board wind up playing in Columbus.
Like everything else in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes can set the trend and show the rest of the league how to properly take care of their players with how they've done it. Cancelling this season would indeed be a massive mistake.
It's time to stop BSing and make this damn thing happen. If the B1G Ten can't get it done then the Buckeyes need to look elsewhere.
If the Big Ten cancels, Ohio State should reclassify to the ACC for this year, then secede from the ACC next year and just be independent. They could still schedule Michigan every year, play a MAC school every year, play what would right now be considered 1 huge OOC game (the marquee game of the season), play 1 lesser OOC game (notable-ish group of 5 school), play a service academy, play 2 B1G Ten schools, 2 ACC schools, then fill in the last 3 games at random.
Week 1: Home vs a MAC school
Week 2. Home or away "attraction" game (think the home and home vs. Oklahoma or USC)
Week 3: Home or away vs. a lesser B1G Ten team
Week 4: Home vs. a "lesser" at large team (potentially notable group of 5 team like Cincinnati or FAU)
Week 5: Home vs. a service academy team
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: Home or away vs. a mid-range ACC team
Week 8: Home or away vs. a notable B1G Ten school (Penn State/Sparty/Nebraska)
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: Home or away vs. a lesser ACC team (Take your pick, all but Clemson qualify)
Week 11: Home or away random match-up, maybe another B1G Ten team
Week 12: Home or away vs. Michigan
Conference championship week could be open, but if a game has to be scheduled to keep up with the conferences that play a championship game, so be it, schedule a mountain west school.
Wouldn't hurt my feelings, the B1G Ten isn't interested in doing anything progressive anyway.
We take the piss out of Michigan because they allow these big time in state recruits to land elsewhere... It's fun, no question...
But what about Sparty? They're not landing these kids either.
Right and that's kind of the point. The NCAA and the conference powers are so used to holding all the cards that even in a season that's in jeopardy due to a pandemic they can't come to the table and work with the schools and teams and players and coaches to come up with common sense protocols that make everyone feel better about playing the season? They'd rather just throw their hands in the air and say "fuck it, let's just cancel the whole thing."
Greed, it's a powerful drug.
Keep at it with the fitness, but with no haste on Saturdays to be freed up by noon, may as well take my time.
My wife wants to take up hiking... I guess that's going to be a thing.
This stance that the B1G commissioners proclaim of being ready to "pull the plug," that seems so crass and cavalier.
It's like they'd rather just cancel the season then come to the table with the players and coaches and figure out the safest way to move forward together.
No reason not to love this stance by the players. Stand united for your own health and safety.
I guess what I'm struggling with is, did the conference heads just hope the coronavirus was going to go away prior to football starting? They've had a lot of time to discuss and figure out some way to make it happen, whether you build a bubble like the NBA or the NHL, or whatever it is you ultimately end up doing. How can you be the president of a conference, or a high ranking NCAA official and not have a valid contingency plan in place?
These presser notes have been sorely missed. Glad to have something to read related to the team!
Awesome video, great message, and the thiiiiiic blonde woman at 0:34 walking that dog didn't hurt my eyeballs at all.
This was the only thing that popped into my head when reading this.
I think an empty stadium at night vs. an empty stadium during the day is kind of 6 of one and a half dozen of the other. I think the advantage at night is the atmosphere. This would be a night game for the sake of a night game, so I'm not sure there's much of a point, especially when we can assume it will be a Fox game, and we know Fox loves that big noon kickoff.
I'm not against it, not really even for it, just not sure that this year of all years it makes a whole lot of difference.
Fields was the motor on the offense last year. I think he's the reason that, whomever is the #1 RB is going to have a big season, obviously can't predict Dobbins like production, but I think Fields opens up the offense so much that everyone benefits.