It’s an open thread.
Well, tempus fugit and all that! It’s time for football! This promises to be a very interesting and exciting season as ESPN explains in this link. Many Many variables are in play with many unknowns starting the 2015 season.
One thing is for sure, The Ohio State Buckeyes are the best team in football depth wise. They are not in the top 25 discipline wise:
Ohio State is unquestionably the most complete team on paper entering the season. The Buckeyes aren’t without challenges; they must sort out who starts at quarterback and overcome an opener against Virginia Tech, the only team to beat them last season, without four players, including star defensive end Joey Bosa, who are suspended due to either marijuana or academics, a source told ESPN’s Joe Schad. But Urban Meyer’s team enters the season with more championship-type ingredients than anyone. Good luck finding many other teams that can feel completely at ease about their quarterback, their offensive line and their defensive line.
OSU’s Achilles’ Heel under Jim Tressel and then Urban Meyer has been discipline off the field. Terrelle Pryor being a prime example of it. Yet another squirrel-brained, moderately talented, gadget/runner to fail out of the bigs…see Tim Tebow and Johhny “football’ Manziel as further examples of this type of QB.
The Championship is OSU’s to lose.
Alabama could be overdue for a national title, but the Tide must navigate a neutral-site opener against Wisconsin as well as trips to Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and a crossover test at Georgia, which last played Alabama in the regular season in 2008. Nick Saban’s team faces four teams coming off open weeks, while no other SEC team faces more than two.
USC’s long-awaited return to glory could be sidetracked by a slate featuring Pac-12 division crossovers against Stanford (home) and Oregon (road), trips to Notre Dame and Arizona State, and home tests against Arizona, Utah and UCLA. The Trojans could face seven or eight ranked teams — not a great draw for a team still not quite over the hump with its roster depth.
Taxing schedules could trip up teams like Georgia (division crossovers with Auburn and Alabama and a trip to Georgia Tech), Georgia Tech (division crossovers against Florida State and Clemson), and Arkansas (road trips to Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU and Tennessee, plus a neutral-site game against Texas A&M).
All these factors could make the 2015 season feel more like Royal Rumble than WrestleMania — without the script, of course. My unscientific hypothesis is that most college football fans will revel in the madness.
Most of you fans like drama, at least in moderation. You celebrate the weeks where upsets pop up like thunderstorms, and quickly forget those that follow the oddsmakers’ scripts.
But here’s the ultimate test: How did you feel about the 2007 season? LSU fans, you’re excused because we know the answer. But for the rest, did you view that season, especially the final few weeks, as a wild ride of endless entertainment, or a detour into murky messiness? It’s OK to say both, but you have to lean one way or the other.
For those who need a refresher, 2007 was madness. South Florida rose to No. 2 in Week 8, only to be replaced by Boston College at No. 2 in Week 9. Other nontraditional brands like Kansas, Missouri and West Virginia also cracked the top 3 of the BCS standings. The BCS standings after Week 13 looked like this: No. 1 Missouri, No. 2 West Virginia, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Kansas, No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 7 LSU.
A week later, they looked like this: No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Virginia Tech, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Missouri, No. 7 USC.
Just imagine if there had been a playoff and a selection committee that year. The committee had it pretty easy in its first go-round, and came out looking sharp after Ohio State won the national title.
There should be more angst in the decision room this year. A two-loss team won it all in 2007, and a two-loss playoff participant certainly seems possible this season.
So sit back, relax and enjoy what should be a wild ride this season. Or find a good hiding place.