Coach Day is amazing for a number of reasons but I think this is huge. Having his ability to coach up the most important position on the field is huge as a head coach and then his play calling is equally as important. 2015 season is all the evidence I needed to confirm how important play calling is. Its still only his first season and there is definitely a little extra fire to him wanting to prove himself in replacing a legend but Day is on his way to being a legend in his own right. Gene really nailed this hire.
Beat me to it but I could definitely see him going down there. Lots of things make sense.
I could see him getting approved and going the Grad Transfer route and playing at Cincinnati with Coach Fickell and Freeman. He would be guaranteed starter and get lots of playing time back in his hometown. Don't get me wrong I would love to see him back and fulfill his potential that we saw on 10 star Tuesday or whatever day that was that we melted the servers. I think Cinci has a couple senior linebackers and he might be able to fill in one of those roles well. Again not trying to push the kid out at all but if I were in his position and given another year I would want to play as much as possible and just enjoy playing. With his injury history his best chance at the pros is as an UFA and he needs to have more tape to make that a reality.
I think that in most every year there are probably not 3 teams better than the best team in each of those conferences. Pac 12 has probably been the weakest in the past few years and their conference champion has been a top5-8 team every year. The ACC champion has been in every single playoff as is so they would most likely be included in a top 8 as well.
And you are right, as is there is no need to have one of those Group 5 teams in there but if we get to the end of the season and Cincy's only loss is a road loss to OSU I bet they will be top 10 and be trying to make an argument as to why they should be in. That's why I included that caveat though cause if one of those teams has 2 or more losses, based on their schedule they don't deserve it but also because of that they most likely wont be in a top 10/15 ranking. If they're undefeated or one loss to a good power 5 team, why not? Crazier things have happened. UCF beat Auburn, Boise regularly beats Power 5 teams and Memphis or Houston could easily as well with the right coaches/players.
1. The support systems at these large schools would make it happen. If the FCS can make everything work with a 24 team playoff then the big boys can figure out the logistics of a 8 team playoff.
2. Fans will always make it out. If anything it might offer some fans that cant make every playoff game a chance to go to one. The tickets might not be thousands of dollars and maybe a dad can afford to take his son (or Mom/Daughter).
3.the rest of the Bowls are already devalued and have been for a while now. I only watch the major bowls and have been for a while. The top 10 Non New years 6 bowl games get between 40-60,000 attendees. Those games would still get those numbers because it is the alumni bases of schools like UVA, Northwestern, Kentucky, Purdue, Stanford, Vandy, Army etc. Teams that likely arent going to play for a big bowl anyway.
4. Again I think the players already sit out these games regardless.
I think the schedule that could work for everybody might work best would be the 12/21, 12/28, 1/11. that would give time to finish up exams and then the first week of school is generally "syllabus week" and typically isnt something that couldnt be made up or done in advance in most courses.
I think the bowl system, even somewhat with the BCS was already trending that way. The bowl games are more corporate events than games normal fans can go to. I keep mentioning the FCS because I was at University of Richmond when we won the title. When we won in the semis lots of students decided last minute to go to the game. That would never happen at the FBS level because of how expensive everything has been for some time now. If anything this might allow for a playoff atmosphere on the campus, which is awesome by the way, and then have the corporate bowls for the semis and final like it already is.
There are blowouts in every playoff system in every sport. I for one would have loved to see OSU make a run last year. There could definitely be an argument made that yes they had a disaster game in the middle of the season but by the end they could play with anybody.
One thing that is somewhat underrated, it would help the Pac 12 and Big 12 teams in recruiting tremendously. They could keep some of the local talent home with a real promise that if we win our conference we go to the playoff and have a shot at a title. I think there are only 4/5 teams that can realistically pitch to recruits that if they come here they have a legit shot at the title every year and the recruiting rankings show. Clemson, Bama, OSU, Georgia and maybe LSU if their offense continues on this path and doesn't revert back to the 80's when Burrow leaves. Thats a big pitch for schools like USC, Oregon, Washington Texas Oklahoma, hell even TCU or KState.
I just think that teams that have one bad game or maybe two can still go out there and beat every other team in college football and this would give them the ability to prove it on the field.
Maybe not the place for coach but this is an internet forum so what the heck, make it 8 teams. Each Power 5 conference champion, the highest ranked group of 5 and then two wildcards. So in that situation you could have Alabama, OSU, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oregon, LSU Penn St. and then somebody like Cincy, Boise St, Memphis or SMU. Maybe you put a caveat for the Group of 5 team where it has to be ranked in the top 10 or 15, if not then a third wildcard. That would be awesome. FCS has a 24 team playoff, don't tell me FBS cant have an 8 team playoff with 20 more scholarship players. The New Year's Six bowls are the first six games so they can keep their importance for whatever reason. The semi finals would rotate between those six and then the national championship rotates cities like it does currently.
I think he's a bears fan and giving up on Trubisky which would definitely make sense. Was confused on that one too though.
Yea I think he's a fringe 1st rounder and that would be assuming he tests well at the combine. Conley was a back end 1st rounder and he had a much more polished resume as being a lead corner than Wade does. If wade comes back he would be in the top 10 convo vs borderline 1st. My hope is that he comes back but being a 1st or 2nd rounder is still a good amount of money and the real money is to be made on that second contract. If he can start the clock on his rookie contract and get to the second one sooner that could be worth it and an argument could be made to go early
Isnt The Game always at noon? I dont know if it is tradition because it has always been that way or if it really is a weather concern and that they dont want the game going into the night because the temps drop (cant confirm that at all, might have been an internet rumor I hear over the years or maybe just something I concocted in my head, who knows) but it seems like that game is always at noon.
Yea there is just a different atmosphere when it gets dark and the lights come on. A 3:30 kick would probably be dark by halftime based on how early it gets dark already which would just make the second half that much more fun.
Im flying into Cleveland to visit my buddy for the weekend. Columbus on Saturday and then Browns on Sunday so have a pretty solid back to back set up otherwise would be game because I have done that drive many times and it is definitely a bit of a haul.
This was one of the reasons I thought it had a chance to be Prime time because the rest of the week looks like garbage. You all are probably right on noon, but I would definitely take 3:30 if that was an option. It is definitely the best game of that day. Second best would be Texas Baylor probably but that could lose a little luster if Texas loses to KState and Baylor to TCU or Oklahoma.
Yea I think LSU would have a better shot at a 1 loss bid because they would have a slightly better schedule where as Bama would have wins over Auburn and .....I'm kinda rooting for the winner of this weeks game to go on undefeated and be the 1 seed. We go undefeated and are the 2. Clemson wins out and is 3 then one of the one loss teams is 4, be it Oregon/Oklahoma/LSU/Bama. We get a revenge game against Clemson to start and then a matchup with one of the SEC teams for the big one. That would be a pretty rare scenario though if you think about it, having 3 undefeated teams but at this point doesn't seem too outrageous.
I think the LSU and Alabama WR's are the only group that make you think, dang those guys are a pretty tough matchup. I think we have the guys to match them better than anybody else in the country though. Talk about a strength vs strength. Those WR's vs our DB's would be a fun match-up to watch.
Marvin Sr was my absolute favorite receiver growing up and tried to play wr like he did. Getting his son as a buckeye makes me so pumped. Hopefully he can be half of the player his dad was.
Also I feel like this is a ringing endorsement for Brian Hartline, not that we needed another but still. Sr. was an absolute technician and did all the little things as a wr that made him a hall of famer. Having him trust the development of his son to Hartline is an obvious endorsement and makes me feel like OSU is gonna be WRU for as long as Hartline is on staff.
Cowherd is the master of crafting an interview to get the subject to say a splashy headline type of statement. The way he leads into questions and discusses certain things in conversation. Honestly it’s really interesting and a pretty incredible talent but I don’t think there’s much substance here
Yea just from a long term health perspective I think its extremely beneficial for him to keep the weight off. It will probably be something that he has to work on his entire life but I hope that whenever his playing career ends be it in 5, 10, or 20 years, he is able to continue to keep it off. The long term health benefits are too numerous to count
I was surprised to see how thin our CB room will be after this year. Arnette and Okudah are gone after this year. Wade will be tempted to go if he continues to play well. He has that Jalen Ramsey, Derwin James kind of versatility. Only reason I see him staying is if he wants to prove he can be the #1 lockdown corner and get into that top 10 range. But if he leaves its pretty much Sevyn Banks, Tyreke Johnson and Cameron Brown. Williamson and Reip seem to be playing more safety than CB. He could definitely see some PT as a fresman and then potentially start as a soph. opposite banks or brown or something like that. And with the way we rotate in the secondary, just being in the top 3/4 means you are getting plenty of PT
Zach, seems like the DB recruiting is essentially trying to fill 2 remaining spots. Watts looks like a good candidate to fill 1 and then names like Grimes, Ricks and Ringo as the dream scenario to fill the last spot with Francois as a potential backup if all of those go somewhere else. Of those three dream guys, is Grimes the one we have the best shot on based on the other article today about him?
This! The other recruiting news is great but that average line of 200yds 3TDs(!) on 9 catches?? That's an average of 22 yds a catch and scoring every third catch, all at the highest level in Texas. That's insane
The staff has been very transparent with him. There were recent comments by both Miller and his dad saying that the coaches have been very open about the whole process and have said that they need to bring in another QB because they need another body in the room. Their comments seemed to be understanding and were ok with it.
I think at Alabama and probably Georgia, it never would have come to this. He would have gotten a speeding ticket, the program would've gotten a call from the station and said this kid needs to take care of this, they get on his ass and get it paid, then there is no warrant in the first place. That's the relationship and infrastructure that a well run program has in place to keep their guys, that aren't the sharpest tools in the shed, out of trouble. Having the support staff in place to keep things moving in the right direction and fixing problems before they snowball into something worse. Just shows you Pruitt has a lot to learn in terms of running a program.