Yeah the all star game updates I was reading made it sound like parsons was killing OL from his DL position. This seems fishy, although, I feel way better about missing on Parsons if he's a future LB. We need DEs
Expectations are a moving target, at least for this fan base. Many say it's 'national championship or bust' but is that really what they mean? Bama has made the playoffs all 4 years, but if GA beats them (and I'm hoping they do) they have the same titles in this era as OSU. Likewise Clemson, 3 appearances, 1 championship. I'm guessing those same people would say we're chasing those programs (ONLY those programs) So is making the playoffs the expectation? Even then, you can only control what you can control. Bama got in this year, we should've gotten in in '15. Please spare me your bitching about blowing it. If you think a reasonable expectation for each year is perfection, I can't help you.
As an analyst he was a bit of biased blubbering blowhard, but, Lou Holtz the coach always says, you coach a different team every week. Like it or not, he's right. These guys have breakups, health issues, family nonsense, tough classes....hell, they start believing what ESPN says about them. It's why we play the games, because 'any given team on any given day....' I'd like to win more titles, but I have a hard time being too bent because we 'only' have 1 natty in 4 years, 49 total wins and a slew of revolving door dudes going on to star in the league. Enjoy it ladies and gents. It may never be better than this.
Barkely is the best RB on the field, by a lot, but with dobbins, weber and jt I'd argue our run game is better. And seriously, mrsorley is a better qb than jt? We're still saying stuff like this.....? smh
Forgive me if this is answered elsewhere, but I've heard lots of folks say PSU can only take 1 more DL. How do we know that? I mean if they really had a chance to take parsons, smith and oweh....and wanted them....isn't it likely that they have some 'difficult conversations' with current commits? I'm not saying I approve of that approach (and honestly I'm not saying I don't, as it's served us well too at times) but it seems to me that if they want those guys, they 'make room'. And while I'm thrilled with how this class is shaping up and am confident we'd be fine if we whiffed on all 3....the thought of all 3 going to psu is....unsettling.
It's all well and good that Mayfield (who is an excellent player) is motivated. It's an entirely different thing to parlay that into a win against a team with more talent and better coaching on the road. If we think Ok is looking for revenge after last year's game in Norman, this buckeye team is looking redemption....and a title....after the Clemson debacle. I'll keep saying it, maybe it's close early but the bucks win easily.
I'd argue we stopped ourselves for a half, but whatevs. You absolutely could be right though, and I admit, I'm probably too confident. But to me it boils down to this: do I think this Ok squad is better than last year's version? No. Do I think we'll be better than last year's version? Yes. We have a ridiculous coaching advantage, and we're at home. Doesn't mean we won't have to hold on for dear life in a dogfight, just what I'm basing my confidence on.
Hey I get it, any team can beat another on a given day. Totally agree! That said, anyone that thinks Okl is bringing in the caliber of players Osu is, in the #s we are, isn't paying attention. Okl has talent and tradition but they don't have the depth of studs we do. They just don't. Not many teams in America could lose what we lost in '15 and reload like we did in '16...and '17....and..... jmo.
With all due respect to Riley and his prowess, I find it hard to convince myself we'll struggle with this sooner team, at night in the shoe, that no longer has Westbrook, Mixon, Perrine or Stoops. Mayfield and Andrews are weapons, but otherwise this team ain't got the horses to hang imo. They can't stop our run game and I'm not convinced they can stop our pass game either. Bucks by double digits.