Well, the go to excuse will be Mando sprained his ankle.
Prognostication for a basic MCL sprain is just a few days. Considering the injury is reaggravated, I'm guessing it's somewhere around grade 2, which according to the interweb is up to four weeks.
Guessing that what we saw from Fields post GW TD was his endorphins pumping like mad in the heat of a big game. As someone who's suffered mcl and acl sprains myself, I can only imagine that come dusk, Fields was probably in a great deal of pain, as injuries of such a magnitude at night can be excruciating even with pain meds.
The Fields we see on Saturday will likely be the Fields we see for the rest of the season, should He endure the BTCCG imo. I'm certain He'll be in a slightly better situation come playoff time if the game on Saturday is a forgone conclusion in favor of the good guys.
This is all coming from the words of an armchair doctor, and I could be completely wrong, but based on experience this is my guess.
I hate TTUN as much as the next guy, but I'd love to see them beat Bama. Alabama hasn't lost 3 games in like 9 or 10 years, and that would put them in a deep degree of depression not seen since the early 2000s. Plus you know, bragging rights? It doesn't really matter what the rest of the B1G does if OSU wins a national championship, but for Alabama to lose to a 3rd string Buckeye QB and a team that finished 3rd in the B1G East and was carpet bombed in the Out House by a team from the wEaK bIg TeN would be pure comedy.
If I had to guess without looking it up, the year they lost to the Auburn Cam Newtons?
Call me nuts here, but I genuinely wouldn't mind playing Clemson round 1. While I agree with Dabo sticking it to Paul fanboy, it's getting really annoying, and the guy is just mouthing off aimlessly. Call me selfish, but I'd love for OSU to beat Clemson straight up, because I'm tire of hearing about 31-0. Though I understand why yinz aren't nuts about playing them because of how physical a game that would be heading in to a potential track meet with LSU with just a week to prepare.
On the flipside, LSU could be somewhat gassed as well if they were to play OU. I'd bet that would be a shootout.
I'm honestly starting to wonder what the definition of "targeting" is. Last year, I saw officiating call mostly anything that involved a helmet hitting another helmet, even when it was clear the defender was trying to bring to slow himself down, called as targeting. This year, it's mostly the same thing, except I've seen a lot of hits that could be passed as targeting, (Whop Philyor getting hammered against PSU, Dobbins getting drilled in the helmet against MSU to name a few.) not called. Fuller's hit obviously wasn't targeting, but if this were last season, We wouldn't be seeing him next week.
Jim Harbaugh wants to respect the troops.
players hitting us defenselessly,
Defenseless huh? You mean like McGrone drilling a defenseless Fields out of bounds for no good reason other than to injure? How about Hutch driving Ruckert into Fields' leg?