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OT - November* 2022 College Football thread

The longest month.  This year even longer than usual.


* 30 days hath November, except in the college football thread, where it runs through Championship Week before giving way to the Bowl Spectacular.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 30, 2022 at 08:08 AM | 440 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 29, 2022 at 01:37 PM (#6103117)
Hmm.
   2. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 29, 2022 at 01:42 PM (#6103118)
No words for how shocking it is that Penn State leads at the half after the way things looked to begin with.
   3. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 29, 2022 at 02:10 PM (#6103122)
Very lame play call on fourth down.
   4. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 02:47 PM (#6103123)
One of the problems with the Johnson/Klatt broadcasting duo is that neither one of them have any idea what the rules of football are. So when there isn't time to cut to Blandino or whoever, like on that FG penalty, we never have any idea what actually happened.
   5. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 29, 2022 at 02:47 PM (#6103124)
Much better play call on fourth down.
   6. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 02:48 PM (#6103126)
That did not look like a TD live.

...obviously not a TD.
   7. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 02:52 PM (#6103127)
"Is this 4-down territory?" (from the 1-foot line)

If it's not, just give up now.
   8. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 29, 2022 at 03:10 PM (#6103128)
Pfft. That turned to #### in a hurry.
   9. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: October 29, 2022 at 03:15 PM (#6103129)
Pfft. That turned to #### in a hurry.
also the title of sean clifford's sex tape.
   10. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 03:37 PM (#6103131)
All because they kicked that FG on the 4th-and-3. That was not really a justifiable decision and they got what was coming to them for it.

That kind of thing is exactly the reason why Franklin has a hard time getting respect. In his heart, he's always still coaching at Vandy, just trying to stay competitive against the bigger teams.
   11. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 03:39 PM (#6103132)
Am I the only one who was a little surprised Vince Dooley was still alive until this week? Certainly I can't be the only one surprised that he was only 90 ... he retired from coaching a lot earlier than I thought, he was still in his mid-50s.
   12. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: October 29, 2022 at 03:41 PM (#6103133)
That kind of thing is exactly the reason why Franklin has a hard time getting respect. In his heart, he's always still coaching at Vandy, just trying to stay competitive against the bigger teams.
i don't know how anyone could watch that game and think the problem was anything other than...well, marvin harrison jr...but also: sean clifford turning the ball over 4 times on his own side of the field.

you're not going to beat top 10 teams when your QB is throwing multiple interceptions to defensive linemen.
   13. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 03:47 PM (#6103134)
i don't know how anyone could watch that game and think the problem was anything other than...well, marvin harrison jr...but also: sean clifford turning the ball over 4 times on his own side of the field.

And yet, they were in the game until Franklin waved the white flag with that FG.

Gators defense opens the game by allowing UGA to convert 1st-and-25, and then gets a stop on the very next set of downs. Go figure.
   14. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: October 29, 2022 at 03:47 PM (#6103135)
Am I the only one who was a little surprised Vince Dooley was still alive until this week? Certainly I can't be the only one surprised that he was only 90 ... he retired from coaching a lot earlier than I thought, he was still in his mid-50s.

people used to look a lot older.

i blame the lack of preservatives in their diet.
   15. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: October 29, 2022 at 03:52 PM (#6103136)
And yet, they were in the game until Franklin waved the white flag with that FG.
- kick the FG
- get a defensive stop
- run the clock down
- score a TD

i don't think that's an unreasonable plan.
   16. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 03:55 PM (#6103137)
i don't think that's an unreasonable plan.

You are truly addled if you thought PSU was likely to get a defensive stop by that point of the game.
   17. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:05 PM (#6103141)
It's not going to matter, but I think you have to go for it there on fourth and four near midfield.
   18. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:13 PM (#6103143)
Agreed, touchdowns or bust in this game.

How was your European holiday?
   19. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:17 PM (#6103146)
Paris is lovely. A bit overwhelming -- you really need more than a week there. I was amused at how comprehensively my athletic rooting interests failed in my absence -- UF lost, Chiefs lost, Braves got eliminated in the LDS. Totally struck out there.
   20. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:18 PM (#6103147)
You are truly addled if you thought PSU was likely to get a defensive stop by that point of the game.

at that point in the game (6 minutes left, down 9), there were 3 scenarios that could have led to a penn state win:

franklin's scenario:
- kick the FG (70%)
- get a defensive stop (40%)
- run the clock down (50/50)
- score a TD to win the game (because you're down 6) (33%)

your best case scenario:
- convert 4th down (50/50 at best)
- finish the drive with a TD (another 50/50 tossup)
- get a defensive stop (40%)
- run the clock down (50/50)
- kick a FG to win the game, because you're only down 2 points (70%)

your lowball scenario:
- convert 4th down (50/50 at best)
- finish the drive with a TD (another 50/50 tossup)
- tosu drives for a TD anyway (let's call that 40% likely)
- score a TD to get within 1 score, because now you're down 9 points again (33%)
- recover an onside kick because you're still trailing (20%)
- drive down the field in the last two minutes (50/50 at best)
- kick a game winning FG (70%)



i don't know how you could possibly think either of those scenarios (where we're already assuming penn state wins two coin flips) is more likely to yield a victory than the one franklin chose.
   21. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:24 PM (#6103151)
That's because you're just making up numbers and you lack the fundamental understanding that kicking the FG was useless without the defensive stop, which was never going to happen, especially since OSU only needed a FG to basically end it.

   22. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:25 PM (#6103152)
FWIW:

PSU's win probability went up after franklin chose to kick the FG
   23. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:25 PM (#6103153)
I almost went to Paris this last spring but decided against it in the end. Will happen one of these years.

Where'd you stay? Hotel or rental?
   24. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:27 PM (#6103154)
Hotel in the middle of the city. It was a Rick Steves tour, so they handled that part of it. There was a metro station a block or two away, which makes it very easy to get around the city -- once you figure out the metro system you can get basically anywhere in Paris without too much stress.
   25. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:28 PM (#6103155)
That's because you're just making up numbers and you lack the fundamental understanding that kicking the FG was useless without the defensive stop, which was never going to happen, especially since OSU only needed a FG to basically end it.
fine, tell me how penn state could possibly win the game from that point if they can't stop tosu's offense?

show me your work.
   26. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:28 PM (#6103156)
FWIW:

PSU's win probability went up after franklin chose to kick the FG

From 91.0% OSU to 87.3%, according to ESPN.

Not good enough.
   27. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:29 PM (#6103157)
fine, tell me how penn state could possibly win the game from that point if they can't stop tosu's offense?

Well, they can't. But driving for a TD gives them at least a little margin for error.
   28. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:30 PM (#6103159)
From 91.0% OSU to 87.3%, according to ESPN.

Not good enough.
if it was a bad decision, the win probability would go down. the decision james franklin made gave penn state a better chance to win the game. how in the #### can someone turn that into a bad thing????
Well, they can't. But driving for a TD gives them at least a little margin for error.
then why the #### are you shitting on james franklin??????
   29. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:32 PM (#6103160)
Hotel in the middle of the city. It was a Rick Steves tour, so they handled that part of it. There was a metro station a block or two away, which makes it very easy to get around the city -- once you figure out the metro system you can get basically anywhere in Paris without too much stress.

Sounds great, I love transit myself so that would always be how I'd do it - I was close enough to booking a trip that I actually have the Paris Metro app on my phone.

Probably won't be an option in 2023, but it's definitely on the board for 2024.

I don't know what the Gators did to make the gods so angry, but holy hell, obviously this game was going to be hard enough without that kind of sh*t luck.
   30. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:34 PM (#6103161)
That was probably Burney's best pass coverage snap in his entire career, amusingly.
   31. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:38 PM (#6103163)
if it was a bad decision, the win probability would go down. the decision he made gave penn state a better chance to win the game. how in the #### can someone turn that into a bad thing????

Well, for one thing, we don't know what the odds would have been with a conversion, especially if it was followed by a TD. My whole argument was that the decision was shortsighted and traded a meaningless short-term benefit at the expense of holding on to slim bigger-picture odds. As I've said, you're fundamentally misunderstanding this point by emphasizing the meaningless short-term benefit.
then why the #### are you shitting on james franklin??????

What point do you even think you're making here?

I'm done with this conversation, so say whatever you want as the last word.
   32. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:42 PM (#6103167)
if it was a bad decision, the win probability would go down.

The win probability went up *after the field goal was made*, not when the decision was made to kick. It also would have gone up with a first down, but before the play we don't get to just account only for the successful outcome and ignore the downside.

And that stuff is based on average game states and tells us nothing about Penn State's specific likelihood of getting a stop against Ohio State (evidently very low) and then scoring again.


But driving for a TD gives them at least a little margin for error.

Yes. The "three scenarios" did not include "Score a touchdown and still have the chance to win with a second touchdown if you manage to hold Ohio State to a field goal."
   33. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:45 PM (#6103169)
K-State up 28-0. Touchdowns of 38, 62, 31 and 41. Exactly nobody saw that coming.
   34. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:47 PM (#6103171)
If you'd told me that with 9 minutes left in the first half, the Gators defense would already have forced 2 punts and a turnover ... never in my most horrible nightmares would I have thought they'd be down 21-0 anyway.

Like what the hell.
   35. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 04:54 PM (#6103173)
Not a fan of that FG either, just for the record. I know it's 4th-and-11, but without making some plays at some point in this game, they're pretty much ######.
   36. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: October 29, 2022 at 05:06 PM (#6103175)
Yes. The "three scenarios" did not include "Score a touchdown and still have the chance to win with a second touchdown if you manage to hold Ohio State to a field goal."

that's fair. let's break down that scenario, assuming PSU can hold tosu to a FG instead of a TD:


- convert 4th down (50/50 at best)
- finish the drive with a TD (another 50/50 tossup)
- tosu kicks a FG (give that a 60% chance, including the possibility of an outright defensive stop)
- score a TD to win the game (because you're down 5) (33%)


franklin's scenario:
- kick the FG (70%)
- tosu kicks a FG (give that a 60% chance, including the possibility of an outright defensive stop)
- score a TD to get within 1 score, because now you're down 9 points again (33%)
- recover an onside kick because you're still trailing (20%)
- drive down the field in the last two minutes (50/50 at best)
- kick a game winning FG (70%)


so, yeah, that would be a point in favor of going for it on 4th down.

except you would also still lose the game on the spot (more or less) if you get stuffed on that 4th down (which had already happened once in the 3rd quarter).
   37. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 05:12 PM (#6103178)
You don't want to call OPI on that, OK, but there's no multiverse where that's defensive pass interference.
   38. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 05:16 PM (#6103181)
This has been a thoroughly depressing first half. Really sucks that the Bad AR from the USF game showed up, tentative and inaccurate ... I wouldn't say that the defense has been "good", exactly, but they've been better than I expected and should be good enough to keep them in the game, if the offense was capable of anything at all.
   39. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 05:47 PM (#6103183)
I wonder if inducing a UGA player to smack Richardson after a Georgia timeout and getting a 15-yard penalty is a sustainable offensive strategy.
   40. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 05:51 PM (#6103184)
Also, I'm pretty sure I forgot that Andre Caldwell has the most receptions in Florida history. He would not have been my first guess.
   41. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 05:52 PM (#6103186)
I dunno, UGA only has 2 more timeouts and even with points here, the Gators are still down 3 scores. Math doesn't work out.
   42. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 05:53 PM (#6103187)
I'd have probably guessed Reche Caldwell (RIP) before I guessed Andre Caldwell.
   43. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:03 PM (#6103188)
That's the second drive of the game where Napier clearly intended to go for it on fourth down, only to have an uncreative third and long run get stopped for no gain, putting them into fourth and long and defaulting to a field goal.
   44. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:10 PM (#6103189)
That's the second drive of the game where Napier clearly intended to go for it on fourth down, only to have an uncreative third and long run get stopped for no gain, putting them into fourth and long and defaulting to a field goal.

Yes, and that's a good point - he clearly has an aggressive mindset but he's undermining himself with the 3rd down play calls.

That said, no easy answers here. UGA is plainly too quick on defense for the Gators to get away with a lot of outside run plays. And Napier plainly doesn't have a lot of trust in Richardson throwing the ball.

That's three TOs and 3 punts forced now. I don't want to overstate the Gators' defensive performance here, but it's clearly progress over what we've been seeing this year, and it should be good enough to keep the Gators in the game more than it has.
   45. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:10 PM (#6103190)
Well, credit where it's due -- they haven't just packed it in after going down 28-3.
   46. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:13 PM (#6103191)
There we go! We're in business now, folks.
   47. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:14 PM (#6103192)
You know, if they had the "receiver left uncovered 30 yards down the field" play in their bag this whole time they might have called it a little sooner.
   48. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:15 PM (#6103193)
You know, if they had the "receiver left uncovered 30 yards down the field" play in their bag this whole time they might have called it a little sooner.

In fairness, I'm pretty sure they called it earlier and AR overthrew it.
   49. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:17 PM (#6103194)
At some point Smart is going to give his team one of those Nick Saban "You guys pull your #### together right this second or you're walking home" speeches and Georgia is going to respond with a 12-play touchdown drive featuring a relentless rushing attack and three huge passes to Brock Bowers, but this is fun in the moment.
   50. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:20 PM (#6103195)
Damn it. And just when things were going so well.

Still, an answer score here by the Gators keeps them in it. In a lot of ways, they've already done the heaviest lifting, in terms of a comeback.
   51. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:31 PM (#6103196)
Gary Danielson literally sounded like he wanted to cry because the Gators were going for it on that 4th down. "What's wrong with a punt here?" he said, his voice quivering.

   52. Brian C Posted: October 29, 2022 at 06:39 PM (#6103197)
Well, I think that 4th down conversion by UGA effectively ends it.
   53. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: October 29, 2022 at 07:07 PM (#6103201)
That reception by the delightfully named Thai Chiaokhiao-Bowman.
   54. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 29, 2022 at 09:14 PM (#6103216)
Michigan really needs to figure out what it's doing inside the 10.
   55. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 30, 2022 at 12:18 PM (#6103286)
Michigan is 8-0, sure. I'll take it. But they've beaten mostly bad teams, and a few OK teams unimpressively. (Hey, guys! You're not gonna beat Ohio State with field goals.)
   56. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2022 at 07:18 PM (#6103580)
                              Week 10             Week 11                 Week 12              Week 13

 1 Tennessee                  @ Georgia           Missouri                @ South Carolina     @ Vanderbilt
 2 Ohio State                 @ Northwestern      Indiana                 @ Maryland           Michigan
 3 Georgia                    Tennessee           @ Mississippi State     @ Kentucky           Georgia Tech
 4 Clemson                    @ Notre Dame        Louisville              Miami (FL)           South Carolina
 5 Michigan                   @ Rutgers           Nebraska                Illinois             @ Ohio State
 6 Alabama                    @ LSU               @ Mississippi           Austin Peay          Auburn
 7 TCU                        Texas Tech          @ Texas                 @ Baylor             Iowa State
 8 Oregon                     @ Colorado          Washington              Utah                 @ Oregon State
 9 USC                        California          Colorado                @ UCLA               Notre Dame
10 LSU                        Alabama             @ Arkansas              UAB                  @ Texas A&M
11 Mississippi                --                  Alabama                 @ Arkansas           Mississippi State
12 UCLA                       @ Arizona State     Arizona                 USC                  @ California
13 Kansas State               Texas               @ Baylor                @ West Virginia      Kansas
14 Utah                       Arizona             Stanford                @ Oregon             @ Colorado
15 Penn State                 @ Indiana           Maryland                @ Rutgers            Michigan State
16 Illinois                   Michigan State      Purdue                  @ Michigan           @ Northwestern
17 North Carolina             @ Virginia          @ Wake Forest           Georgia Tech         NC State
18 Oklahoma State             @ Kansas            Iowa State              @ Oklahoma           West Virginia
19 Tulane                     @ Tulsa             Central Florida         SMU                  @ Cincinnati
20 Syracuse                   @ Pittsburgh        Florida State           @ Wake Forest        @ Boston College syr
21 Wake Forest                @ NC State          North Carolina          Syracuse             @ Duke
22 NC State                   Wake Forest         Boston College          @ Louisville         @ North Carolina
23 Oregon State               @ Washington        California              @ Arizona State      Oregon
24 Texas                      @ Kansas State      TCU                     @ Kansas             Baylor
25 Central Florida            @ Memphis           @ Tulane                Navy                 @ South Florida
   57. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2022 at 07:45 PM (#6103586)
Not a very good answer on the Alabama-TCU question from the new head of the committee. Something about "balance" between offense and defense, and tried to contrast TCU trailing before winning with Alabama beating up Mississippi State, but also mentioned the Texas game in the same breath.

Clemson-Michigan didn't get addressed.
   58. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: November 01, 2022 at 08:36 PM (#6103596)
one of these things is not like the others....

1  Tennessee                 '@ Georgia'          Missouri              South Carolina     Vanderbilt
 2 Ohio State                 
Northwestern      Indiana               Maryland            'Michigan'
 
3 Georgia                     'Tennessee'      Mississippi State     Kentucky             Georgia Tech
 4 Clemson                    
Notre Dame        Louisville              Miami (FL)           South Carolina
 5 Michigan                   
Rutgers           Nebraska               'Illinois'         '@ Ohio State'
 
6 Alabama                   '@ LSU'           '@ Mississippi'            Austin Peay          Auburn 
   59. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 01:45 AM (#6104273)
Power outage is going to turn Pac-12 After Dark into Pac-12 Before Dawn.
   60. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: November 05, 2022 at 11:12 AM (#6104284)
one of these things is not like the others....


I assume you are talking about Austin Peay. Alabama always schedules the cupiest cake they can find the week before the Auburn game. TBF, Auburn usually does the same. They are playing Western Kentucky.
   61. Howie Menckel Posted: November 05, 2022 at 11:28 AM (#6104287)
surely it is not that one of the teams doesn't play anybody who is ranked
   62. greenback needs a ride, not ammo Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:02 PM (#6104292)
####, I have to root for Notre Dame today.
   63. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:07 PM (#6104293)
Watching the end of Gameday, I'm reminded of how culturally out-of-step with the rest of the conference Florida is.
   64. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:10 PM (#6104294)
RGIII informs us that football "means so much to the city of College Station", so he's definitely on his A-game as an analyst today.
   65. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:13 PM (#6104295)
I think Florida-A&M might be the most interesting matchup of the early slate, such is its dogshittiness.

The race to be eligible for a trip to Birmingham is on.
   66. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:15 PM (#6104296)
OK, Billy, I'm going to need you to stop with the running plays on 1st/2nd and 15.
   67. Mike A Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:19 PM (#6104298)
Gators or Jimbo...Gators or Jimbo...

Sometimes you can't choose. It's like heads they win, tails you're gonna lose.
   68. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:45 PM (#6104301)
Northwestern lost seven in a row because it was saving up all its mojo for Ohio State.
   69. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:47 PM (#6104302)
I know the Gators don't have a lot of talent on defense, and I'm very aware that mostly this same group was also historically awful last year and to some extent also in 2020. I get that it's a rebuild.

But I also sort of understand the griping we're hearing about Patrick Toney, because no one on this defense ever seems to be where they're supposed to be. It's not like they're just getting beat - even terrible offenses like A&M are easily finding blown assignments all over the field.

On the bright side, AR seems to be feeling good today.
   70. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:49 PM (#6104304)
As I recall, they tried to find a veteran, credible defensive coordinator after Napier was hired, missed on a couple guys and then named Toney the DC. So nothing about this is inspiring confidence.

Feels like a first-to-50 kind of game.
   71. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: November 05, 2022 at 01:09 PM (#6104307)
Feels like a first-to-50 kind of game.


First team to get a stop wins.
   72. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: November 05, 2022 at 01:16 PM (#6104308)
Florida can false start with the best of them. They don't need any help from the crowd.
   73. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 01:27 PM (#6104309)
Gators actually force a punt, thanks to an A&M holding penalty that wiped out a big gain and set them back. All the same, any 3rd-and-long stop is a reason to celebrate with this defense.
   74. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 01:27 PM (#6104310)
So, my ESPN affiliate just cut into live action for commercials...for the second time today.
   75. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 01:29 PM (#6104311)
RGIII calls Gators LB Ventrell Miller "The Ventrell-oquist" and you know why? Because he's the one always telling everyone where to be. Just like a ventriloquist, I guess.
   76. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 01:31 PM (#6104312)
Ohio State finally gets on the board after 27:34, tying Northwestern.
   77. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 01:41 PM (#6104313)
This last Gator drive before the half is one of the most pathetic things I've ever seen.
   78. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:10 PM (#6104315)
How are Aflac commercials getting worse?
   79. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:13 PM (#6104316)
I feel like the Fansville commercials have gotten more clever the last couple seasons. Maybe they have a new showrunner.
   80. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:15 PM (#6104317)
The meta turn of Fansville has been quite welcome.
   81. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:19 PM (#6104319)
I don't object to Northwestern going for fourth down in its own territory, but I do object to trying to Manball it up the middle on consecutive plays.

Ohio State promptly scores to take its first lead.
   82. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:21 PM (#6104320)
Ventrell Miller has some significant physical limitations, but he seems about a thousand times smarter and more aware than just about anyone else on the defense.
   83. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:24 PM (#6104321)
Score a touchdown here and get another stop and all of a sudden you start feeling pretty good about things.
   84. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:26 PM (#6104322)
Northwestern has 40 yards passing with multiple sacks on "Don't see anybody open on a sprintout and eat the ball rather than throwing it away" plays. It's verging on a service academy's lack of a passing threat.
   85. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:30 PM (#6104324)
That was an amazing first down pickup by Etienne. No business getting even 1 yard on that, much less 4. Might have been able to get all the way except he dove to make sure he got the conversion, after he had already picked it up!
   86. greenback needs a ride, not ammo Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:30 PM (#6104325)
Pat Fitzgerald seems like a good guy, but he should be out of a job at the end of the season.
   87. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:32 PM (#6104326)
I don't object to Northwestern going for fourth down in its own territory, but I do object to trying to Manball it up the middle on consecutive plays.


Northwestern has 40 yards passing with multiple sacks on "Don't see anybody open on a sprintout and eat the ball rather than throwing it away" plays. It's verging on a service academy's lack of a passing threat.

That sure sounds like Northwestern, all right ... story checks out.
   88. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:37 PM (#6104329)
I don't know if that was actually a good play by Richardson or a bad play that happened to work out, but either way.

And it's good to see a few of the younger receivers make plays.
   89. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:39 PM (#6104330)
Not to toot my own horn, but I nailed that AFLAC trivia question.

For those not watching: the 4 SEC teams that have never played in the SEC Championship game.

RGIII keeps talking about the city of College Station as if it's some kind of proud sports metropolis like Chicago or something. Like, dude, there's literally nothing but the university there. It's in the name of the place and everything.
   90. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:43 PM (#6104331)
Texas Tech leading 17-13 at TCU late in the third quarter and gets a stop with a sack of Duggan, but there's a facemask called on what was a grab of the collar above the shoulder, extending the drive. TCU eventually scores to take the lead.
   91. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:45 PM (#6104332)
Intentional grounding on a flea flicker is not a good look.

But, converted on the next play, so no harm done.
   92. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:47 PM (#6104334)
Ohio State somehow gets caught out on a 3rd-and-8 quarterback draw against an offense that hasn't had an attempt eight yards downfield all day.
   93. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:50 PM (#6104335)
Northwestern immediately faces 4th-and-8, actually throws the ball past the sticks -- to an open receiver! -- but the pass is wide of the mark.
   94. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:51 PM (#6104336)
Surprised that AR only has 193 passing yards in this game ... sure feels like more.
   95. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 02:53 PM (#6104337)
Stroud is 10-25 for 76 yards. And Northwestern is going to lose, anyway.
   96. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 03:04 PM (#6104340)
Knock on wood, but the defense has actually played...well? this half.
   97. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 03:04 PM (#6104341)
Man, ever since I called out the defense, they've been all over it. There have been some poor throws by King to help out from time to time, but still, the defense just seemed to show up at halftime.
   98. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 05, 2022 at 03:14 PM (#6104343)
In the space of 10 minutes, Texas Tech went from leading and looking like it was getting the ball back to trailing by 17. A quick punt and a turnover on downs at its own 45, and TCU's offense has met no resistance since the phantom facemask.
   99. Brian C Posted: November 05, 2022 at 03:21 PM (#6104344)
Oh man, it's easy to blame the play call when things go sideways as badly as they did on that 4th-down play. But geez, I hate that play call.
   100. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: November 05, 2022 at 03:23 PM (#6104345)
Couple missed opportunities to put the game away this quarter. I'm not sure how to feel about the play call when the offensive line was magically transformed into a collection of subway turnstiles at the snap of the ball.
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