So "Franklin sux" is still a thing. Would not have guessed.
Seeing as this will be the last Pitt home game sellout for another 25 years I think it's a pretty good idea.
I'm sure the buckeyes have their location outrage takes ready to go just in case :).
That said, they're playing really well right now. Should be a fun region, really disappointed the PSU game isn't on real TV.
I can't seem to find any TV info for the first round...looks like all the games are effectively at the same time, which is a bummer.
Looking at how Iowa chooses to live is illustrative I think, here's there last several OOC matchups:
North Dakota State
...that Pitt series is both funny ("we can't play two P5 teams a year, but we will schedule Iowa State and Pitt") but also doesn't count: basically it was a hangover schedule between the 8 and 9 conference game seasons, booked before the new reality. They don't have a single major team scheduled in the future outside of ISU.
Playing Pitt is fine I guess, but like Dan says, it sure doesn't seem worth trading every other major P5 school for.
Amen. Put him behind Wiscy’s line and that schedule and he’s got 3000.
Before this year I thought this was the dumbest award ever, then I went in denial mode about it because it felt like people saw how rediculous a player he was and that was enough, then it got dumb again.
I really liked the idea, at the time, of a Neb-PSU rivalry. Now, I'm fine with just accepting OSU as our biggest game, even if it's not always theirs.
Also f rutgers and maryland. What a waste of perfectly good fall weekends.
Agree, I think that's the point, though. There's this kind of tick where JF & JM feel obligated to get it to SB despite himself, and it's hurting the offense.
Yeah I catch myself doing it too...kind of hoping they give SB those red zone touches because he’s the reason they get to the red zone, even when he never touches the ball. The stuff Michigan’s linebackers were doing, and the way Rutgers played that toss option were hilarious, and I wish Heisman voters were more appreciative instead of looking at box scores and pretending like he somehow is a letdown.
That said, the Heisman has always been super stupid and the only reason I even care this year is because SB deserves _something_ for being such a joy to watch.
As the dust settles, and as dumb as this sounds, there’s an argument that makes sense to me that this year is an over-achievement given the situation on OL and DL. We were focused on the skill positions, and have talent there to overcome a lot, but not against a great talent like OSU with a QB playing the game of his life, or a shitty weather game like MSU where line play is more critical. I’m fine with everything.
Also if Wisconsin wins the Big Ten CCG there’s a pretty good case for PSU in a NY6 game, that’s exciting.
Thing I'm most looking forward to: the passionate run-up of the score.
It's actually pretty good CFP strategy too.
If NC St and Texas have decent weekends I’m feeling better.
One other wild card — if ND finishes with three losses, which isn’t crazy, I’m not really sure you can call that any better of a win for UGA than PSU > Michigan, so maybe that helps open things up a little if the Big 12 plays themselves out of a spot. Especially if Bama rolls in the CCG.
I think, regrettably, OSU still gets in as you have it outlined. Might depend a little on how OU does, I guess
Penn State’s problem, honestly, is Pitt. They are terrible, people forget we even played, and with the way the East has planned out, they needed a VT type win.
I think OSU gets in at 11-2 as you have it, but if PSU was 11-1 with a half-way decent OOC game? Probably changes my opinion.
Good article. Franklin is like five years ahead of schedule, iin part but not totally because of SB, with the added benefit of showing the county you can win a Heisman here.
This was a game of depth and good on Urban for playing to his strength. And good on JT for having the very best of his 843 total career Saturdays in Columbus.
Treb this is good stuff
(Well they have fake turf in columbus because they are a coward land grant school. PSU turf grass 4 eva.)
Yeah I don’t get this. Someone is going to have to put on pennys by the 2nd quarter.
Line moved to 6-6.5. That sounds about right to me, going to be a lot of fun.
The players are having so much fun.
Normally a game like this you start to second guess the opponent, because of how good things went. But this time I really think Michigan’s D is very good. That’s probably what I feel best about going into Columbus.
Was kinda waiting for this from Bill C:
But the 2017 Nittany Lions have been more efficient and less big play-oriented this fall — their success rate ranking has risen from 80th in 2016 to 18th thus far, but their IsoPPP (explosiveness) ranking has fallen from second to 33rd. That’s great for your long-term title prospects; it’s less great for winning this competition, but that’s probably fine with PSU.
We're seeing a totally different offense. Trace was "lucky" last year because everything was a big play, and for some reason that meant he wasn't any good. Now they have the 18th most efficient offense, and he should be benched, or something.
This comment from GSAPS is my favorite.
Also ask yourself why in the world SB would be left 1on1 in the flat over and over again.
Trace's job is to run the offense, not make the most difficult play available without fail. What's available has changed a lot this year.
I just want to be on record as saying I don't understand any of this shit, really. The idea is not to have a perfect quarterback, it's to take a bunch of kids and put together a good offense. We have the best offense in the conference by a mile. We have a QB without a single clearly better alternative in all of CFB (what you want darnold? Lamar the anti-Trace?).
We had 3nOuts in the BTCG, we had them yesterday. Trace was 18/29 with a 4/3 ratio in the RB, so what exactly is the expectation here?
Trace missed some throws. Trace was sacked on some passing downs. News at 11.
I'm already sad knowing this can't last forever.
I wasn't really expecting SB to turn into LJ Jr or anything this year on account of the line, so for me at least, things are going exactly as expected there. The whole knock was that big plays are apparently not repeatable, but I'm having a hard time reconciling that with what we're seeing on the field.
Also I said this on twitter but the world, and this article, are very different things if Paterno wouldn't have pulled the heaters from the sidelines in '08. That was a pretty good metaphors for the football strategy of that era, and why a team like Iowa was able to be so dominant against him during that span you outlined.