I looked at the day's slate of games and there's not much there by way of prime match-ups. Here's the list of games that feature ranked teams and a "decent" opponent. Texas Tech - Oklahoma. Clemson - UNC. Ole Miss - Alabama. Virginia - Notre Dame. USC - Washington. Washington St. - Utah. Mississippi St. - Auburn.
The issue I see with this approach is that you could end up with some 8-4 Pac-12 team getting in that doesn't deserve to be in anything other than the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.
That's why I don't think auto-bids are good. I'd much rather have multiple teams from a conference get in over an auto-bid for a crappy conference champ.
"If we weren’t improving and getting better and going in a really good direction that was obvious to a lot of people, we wouldn’t have those guys on ESPN coming to town. This is special. Our guys need to be able to operate and flourish amidst whatever distraction brings along with it.”
Meh. ESPN is coming to town because you are hosting Ohio State. That's the reason. It's a big game because you've got Ohio State at home and they're a top 5 opponent. It's special because you have an opportunity to upset a Playoff contender at home and prove to the country 'they're back'.
I think it's a good thing for Nebraska. I really do. And I hope they can find some level of success. But really, ESPN has themselves a win-win situation. They do Game Day at a place they haven't been in over a decade to hype a game they'll be airing on ABC that night. If Nebraska upsets OSU, it'll make for big drama and everyone will scream OSU is overrated and Nebraska is back. If OSU wins, they'll be showcasing one of the best teams in the country in pursuit of the Playoff.
He's a talented player for sure and he can do a lot of things. They do have some playmakers, no doubt.
But here's a few things I'm banking on in this game: Ohio State's defense looks to be much improved from last season. My hope is we see more evidence of this Saturday night. Also, Nebraska's had turnover issues in every game this year (14 total fumbles/9 lost, 2 interceptions). Let's hope this is a continuing trend and OSU can force several. And finally, I just don't think their defense is very good. Will they be able to stop Fields, Dobbins, and the rest of OSU's offense? From what I've seen of them this season, I have my doubts.
According to his wikipedia page, which who knows if its accurate - he lived in State College, PA for a while growing up. His father was supposedly a professor at PSU. He's a Colorado grad though, but maybe he's still got some Nittany Lion fandom from back in the day.
I guess this means the Bengals will win the division now...(HA! I almost said that with a straight face.)
I like the enthusiasm of this post - but as a lifelong Browns fan - being cautiously optimistic is my go to move for this sort of thing.
I love what I see from this team, but up to this point they have faced little to no challenge or adversity thus far.
Man. It's true, you follow a team closely for a long time and the broadcasters become a part of your life. I didn't know Fred but I felt like we shared a bond. He seemed like a first class guy, loved the game of basketball, loved Cleveland, and loved the Cavs and their fans. He will be missed.
Here's a few things I thought about during and after their win over Army: 1.) For the most part I give their defense a pass for this game. The triple option is hard to prepare for and execute against. See our previous games against Navy and Oklahoma going to double overtime with Army last year. 2.) Their offense was awful Saturday. I don't know exactly what the problem was, but they couldn't do anything. Hats off to Army's defense. 3.) They had to run a fake punt against Army. They couldn't get enough offense going in the game so they had to run a fake punt...against Army. Sad. 4.) When the game was over the team and the fans acted like they'd just won the National Championship. It was one of the most ridiculous displays I've seen. I was fully expecting the crowd to storm the field.
Welcome aboard, Mick!.
This whole thing has had so many twists and turns. Breaks up with Big Ben and Steelers. Gets traded to Oakland. Freezes his feet doing cryo-therapy and misses training camp. Has ongoing helmet saga. Fined by GM for unexcused absences from practice. Gets into with Raiders GM leading to game suspension. Did I miss anything? Can't wait to see what happens next.
Logged in just to upvote NorCal's comment.
And don't forget that damn honey fried chicken.
It's certainly an unconventional hire, but a clown? I don't know where you're getting that.
Fun fact about John Beilein: the guy has NEVER been an assistant coach. True story. He's the only guy I've ever heard of with that kind of resume. He has worked his way up from high school to community college to Division III to Division II to lower level Division I programs to the major conference programs West Virginia and Michigan - and now the NBA. And he's never been an assistant coach.
Cronin is a Cincy guy who's never been anywhere outside of the Ohio-Kentucky area as a coach (UC, Louisville, Murray State). Who knows if he will be able to recruit guys there. The UCLA job, like Indiana and some others, isn't what it used to be - so instead of a Calipari level coach, you get Calipari (and Rick Barnes) using the job as leverage and you end up with Mick Cronin.
The media is painting the whole thing as a domestic violence issue, which in my opinion, that is one piece of a much bigger pile of crap that included pretty much everything Zach Smith said or did while employed by Ohio State.
Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9.
Beatles fans might get that reference...
Yes. Meyer and OSU completely f'd this whole thing up from the beginning.
What if Saban getting a pass on something doesn't mean squat when it comes to the situation at Ohio State?
Andy - just wanna say thanks for all the great work covering wrestling. As someone who hasn't followed the sport too closely over the years, its been nice to get back into it thanks to your writing.
This thing is dragging on dangerously close to dinner time kids...
She must've heard about the pizza...
My sources are telling me part of what's taking so long is that they're trying to come up with a new name to replace 'Zone 6'.
I feel like this has been a given ever since he transferred from Ole Miss.