You’re not old - you just haven’t lived. We’ve spent years playing down to competition, or getting a 7 point lead on the first series, then spending the next 55 minutes milking the clock and playing field position. The football we’re watching is gratifying if you like to see discipline and execution from the main players.
My favorite season to date was 2014, because everyone was new, young, and it was a pleasure to watch them develop into the team that ran through the playoffs. I’ll take this over any other year I’ve watched, and it’s about to get even better.
I don’t think we’d use it in a big game, but we’ve shown it and teams will need to stretch their front line return guys. If that’s against PSU and it goes out of bounds, they get it at the 50, or worse. Yes, it was executed beautifully, but it’s a one time thing.
The better question is, what else have they been messing around with...
MSU is definitely a step up. Under Dantonio, they’re the only team in the East that can consistently go toe to toe with Ohio State and potentially come out ahead. They have a bit of a downturn now, which I think is a reflection of Dantonio letting old friends stay too long on staff, but a younger coach could pull in the talent he needs pretty easily.
It depends on who is #4. There’s no way they’ll let LSU at #1 play an SEC team in the first round. Either LSU drops to #2 or Georgia/Alabama magically jump to #3 based on ... something. They’ll line it up for the possibility of an all-SEC final.
Uringate. Those were some dark times.
CFB Final, first segment, they billed the highlights as AP 1 vs 2 LSU and Alabama. LOL. These guys won’t give up the ghost.
I saw what Joe did to Marv and Harry when his parents left him Home Alone, and he just did the same thing to Saban. I wouldn’t want to get on his bad side.
LOL. Show me where Rece Davis works for CBS...
Bollman would be a terrific replacement for Tim Beck down in Texas. Herman deserves it.
The same App State who just manhandled South Carolina? The same South Carolina who beat Georgia? Yep, that close loss to the team that got beat by ... App State ... is meaningless. LOL.
Congrats. You just got nominated for the Robin Ventura Post of the Day.
1). Lots of people talked about the game yesterday, before, during and after. Pretty much on every network. It was kind of a big deal.
2). Thanks for getting over there and correcting it. It was driving me crazy.
ESPN, forever, has adjusted their rankings to use the CFP rankings once they came out. Yesterday was the first time I’ve noticed that they refused to use them, and instead called the Game 1 vs 2. There might have been a time where Rece Davis said “although Ohio State might have something to say about that”, what with our win over Cincinnati and all.
Not homerism at all, IMO. Compare SOS, strength of record, FPI, SP+, etc. Data analytics love the Buckeyes and don’t love LSU as much as people want them to. Take away the motion, and it’s the Buckeyes. Put in emotion, and people want LSU. It’s neck and neck, but there’s plenty of reasons for non-homers to put the Buckeyes #1.
Browning and Mitchell also warmed up with the DEs yesterday. Whether Chase is in or out, I think we have some schemes coming that are going to smother opponents.
Venebles is the wild card out there. He is able to scheme to take away their opponents go-to tendencies, and then hit teams where they’re most venerable. He can out scheme better than any other DC we might go up against.
Berry hasn’t really been in the plans at TE this year, and we can definitely afford to play him at DE against MD and Rutgers. He’s a body that lets other guys sit out and get healthy. He’s not an option down the stretch.
Nothing against Hilliard - he’s been electric on the field this year - but with his injury history I don’t think you can assume he’ll be there for 15 games. Nothing against him personally, but you have to plan for him being out.
I’m kind of hoping Chase’s first game back is TTUN for a bunch of reasons. First, I pity the first team to see him back in uniform, because he will play like a man possessed. Secondly, it’ll get in their heads that the NCAA, Big Ten, and everybody else is part of some elaborate plan to keep them from being anything other than mediocre. Ok, ok, they already believe that, but this’ll solidify it.
Finally, when Chase’s suspension gets reduced, it’ll be because of Tom Mars Mars is the guy responsible for bringing Patterson to TTUN, but he now works in NCAA enforcement. He’s the guy making sense of all this and deciding the length of suspension. That’ll be their “proof” that everybody’s in on it.
I’m guessing that something the guys just messed around with in summer or something. The staff probably saw it and figured out a way to use it. Crazy accuracy on the parts of both Olave and Haubil.
Oh, Grinch is fine. Championship caliber coach, no doubt. It’s just that his Oklahoma defensive players are all of a sudden entitled, and that’s why they can’t stop anybody. Totally not his fault.
Day gets it. Mattison gets it. Hartline and Wilson get it. LJ and Washington get it. And the players live for it.
We’ve yet to see a lot of Mattison’s creativity on D, though he’s introducing little twists as we get into November.
Not only are the coaches prepared, but I think Patterson might get so battered and confused that he quits at halftime. And for all the gruff we gave Winovich last year, he played hurt and never bailed so many other TTUN guys tapped out when they realized they were getting their asses handed to them on the national stage. The same will happen this year - I’m confident in that.
Soft and garbage are not even remotely equivalent. Tua can pitch and catch all day and, for the zbama offense that wants to do that, he has the perfect skill set. But when you get pressure, when his OL isn’t capable of keeping him clean, when he gets popped in the mouth, he’s a very different QB. He falls apart. He’s done it against every big time opponent. Coincidentally, the worse he plays, the more he limps. Every time. Great talent in 7 on 7. Soft when it counts.