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Texas was the second game of the year a lot has changed since then. You obviously watched the Vandy game with crimson glasses. Out of 8 first half possessions there were 4 three and outs and a 5 play drive. Those 5 drives netted a total of 25 yards. The first drive of the game was 75 yards of which 41 came because the second string lineman shot the wrong gap. The other two drives netted 97 yards. Vandy OL didn’t pushed them around. LSU offense was scoring on every possession in less than two minutes so Vandy got 8 possessions and LSU defense had no time to rest. Bama will likely score a lot of points but not necessarily because LSU defense sucks but because Bama offense is really good. It’s the same situation for LSU offense vs Bama defense.
This is a different era in cfb when your offense operates at warp speed the defense doesn’t have time to rest and the other team gets more possessions. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect a lockdown defense and spread offense on the same team. A team like Wisconsin has a ball control offense so their defense is rated high even though I don’t think they are a great defense.
Burrows QB rating while being pressured is through the roof. He navigates the pocket like a pro and knows exactly where to go with the ball. He is not a system qb LSU runs a lot of the saints offense. He didn’t look great at the beginning of last year because the offensive scheme was not good and he had only been with the team since that spring.
The dynasty isn’t nearly over but there are cracks in the foundation, What’s changing is the recruiting strength of Georgia, LSU, and Clemson who are all in the Bama recruiting footprint so Bama is not getting every single player they want. Bama is finally seeing attrition from juniors going to the NFL. Saban has been great at getting players to stay for their senior year but it looks like the tide is turning on that front...pardon the pun.
Vegas only cares about even money coming in on both sides it doesn’t mean they think bama will or will not win. More money will always come in on bama without the point spread due to reputation.
Then what is the incentive to schedule the game. Giving credit for scheduling perennially tough teams will encourage better match ups. Keep in mind teams can change dramatically for better or worse as the year goes on. So looking at a team this late in the year may not reflect how good or bad they were at the time of the game. So if Notre Dame tanks the rest of the way should Georgia not get credit for playing the game? We want to see games like that.
I don't think OSU should be penalized but LSU should be rewarded. OSU typically schedules tough OOC games and when that happens they should be rewarded. It doesn't matter if a team plays an FCS team or a really bad non-FCS teams. Either is a glorified scrimmage for top teams. The LSU/Texas game is exactly why teams avoid these games. Playing the second game of the year against a quality opponent on their field is risky. Teams are still trying to figure things out. It is not about LSU or OSU, it is about encouraging better OOC games. When the playoffs were proposed one of the selling points was teams would be encouraged to schedule tougher OOC games but as it turns out there are weeks where there are no compelling games to watch and we are left with "the eye test".
You are missing the point. I'm talking about scheduling teams that are likely to be good, not Rutgers. Scheduling a perennially good non-power team is better than a doormat Power 5 team but it is nowhere near like scheduling a perennially strong Power 5 team. Who is more likely to be highly ranked year in and year out Cincinnati or Texas? Nobody was excited about watching OSA vs Cincinnati except their fan bases. We need more compelling OOC games and the only way to get them is to reward scheduling win or lose. Oregon would be in much better shape if it hadn't played Auburn.
The CFP was supposed to encourage better ooc scheduling. Saying scheduling matters is a joke. LSU went to Texas so it should be rewarded regardless if Texas isn’t as good as was expected. OSU is being rewarded for not scheduling an ooc power five team. Cincinnati is better than expected but that’s relative to their competition. We all want to see great ooc games but if you are not rewarded for playing them then why do it.
Hard to say who is over or under rated this early in the season. LSU’s scheme was not great when they had OBJ and Landry. I would argue that the offense under performed considering the talent. This new offensive scheme is similar to the Saints and is vastly different than 2013.
Texas lost more production than any team in country from last years team. Not sure why they are rated so high.
They recruit talented guys but even if they are as talented as Moses it is the equivalent of the freshman Moses vs the junior Moses. Big difference.
I’m sure UGA has risen to the top of the recruiting rankings and beating out schools that pay by being squeaky clean. They all cheat including UGA that’s how the game is played.
The article leaves out key details which are that the player was already a member of the team, half of the money was kicked back to Funes, and he did the same thing with a former players family years after he was through playing. It wasn’t about paying the player. Why did he pay such a huge sum to only one active player’s family who was an offensive lineman? Why was half of it paid back to Funes? Why didn’t he spread it out among multiple players? The answer is that it was Funes way of laundering the money it just happens that he used a players father to assist in the fraud.
This isn’t about paying the player it’s an embezzlement scheme where Funes “hired” Alexander’s father paid him $180K and then the father gave half of it back to Funes. It was about enriching Funes not rewarding an offensive lineman that was already on the team. Funes also did the same thing with Rohan Davies family years after he had finished playing for LSU.
UCF scored on a pick six and a field goal after a muffed punt. To imply that their offense was effective after gaining only 250 yards on mostly second, third, and not even on the depth chart defensive players is a joke. LSU was down to five total defensive linemen and three corners of which one was a WR. I can't imagine what the true playoff teams would have done against that depleted defense.
So I'm supposed to believe that these guys were die hard LSU fans that beat a guy to death because of the game. He got married hours before the incident which means he got married on LSU/Bama game day and possibly during the game. Doesn't sound like a passionate LSU fan to me.
Has OU every been successful at getting someone to flip? If they have then they obviously paid him to flip. If they haven't then they are clean.
Because Foley refused to consider anything other than Saturday.
When a hurricane is approaching you prepare for the worse and hope for the best. Foley planned for the best and hoped for the best. He bet on the hurricane changing course and was adamant that the game would be played on Saturday in Gainesville. He refused to consider any other alternatives. So now Florida expects LSU to pay the price for Foley's poor decision.