Nice of Georgia to follow the Mack Brown approach of scheduling a middle of the road P5 team to get them ready for conference play.
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I see Penn State is skirting its true rival yet again tsk tsk. We want PSU!
The B1G has 11 teams that play at least 10 P5 opponents. The B12 has 9. P12 has 8. ACC has 5. SEC has 0.
THE SEC AIN'T PLAY NOBODY PAULLLLLLLLLLLLL
Did you remember each SEC team counts double?
You think the playoff committee gives a rat's ass about this?
Today marks 4 days until kickoff! Let's remember the first 4 team College Football Playoff in 2014!
The inaugural college football playoff was first held in 2014 in an effort to find a better way to determine the national champion than the BCS.
The College Football Playoff (CFP) is an annual postseason knockout tournament to determine the national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football competition in the United States. The inaugural tournament was held at the end of the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season.Four teams play in two semifinal games, and the winner of each semifinal advances to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
The College Football Playoff is not an officially sanctioned championship event by the NCAA, the sport's governing body. The NCAA has never recognized an official national championship for FBS football, instead merely recognizing the decisions made any of a number of independent major championship selectors. Consequently, Division I FBS football is the only NCAA sport in which a yearly national champion is not determined by an NCAA event, nor is an official NCAA national championship awarded.Nevertheless, the CFP's inception in 2014 marked the first time a major national championship selector in college football was able to determine their champion by using a bracket competition.
A 13-member committee was created to select and seed the four teams to take part in the CFP. The founding members of were influential people from College Football and other industries, including:
Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez
USC AD Pat Haden
Former Air Force player, Coach, and Superintendent Lt. General Michael C. Gould,
Former executive Vice President of the NCAA Tom Jernstedt
WVU AD and former WVU and NFL QB Oliver Luck
College Football Hall of Fame QB Archie Manning
Former Nebraska Coach, AD, and member of the US House of Representatives Tom Osborne
Clemson AD Dan Radakovich
Former Secretary of State and Provost of Stanford Condoleezza Rice
Former Big East Comissioner Mike Tranghese
Sportswriter Steve Wieberg
Former College football coach Tyrone Willingham
and the Chair of the comittee Arkansas AD Jeff Long
On December 7th, the final CFP rankings were released and the top 4 were 1. 12-1 Alabama, 2. 12-1 Oregon, 3. 13-0 Florida State, and 4. 12-1 Ohio State. Oregon and Florida State were to meet in the 101st Rose Bowl on New Year's day; Ohio State and Alabama were to play immediately after in the Sugar Bowl.
The Rose Bowl
Oregon entered the game 12-1 behind head coach Mark Helfrich and Heisman Trophy Winning QB Marcus Mariota. Their only blemish on the year was a 31-24 loss to Arizona at home on October 2nd. They blew out Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship game to all but gurantee a spot in the first playoff.
FSU entered the game undefeated behind head coach Jimbo Fischer and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The Seminoles were holding a 29 game win streak heading into the game, having won the final BCS title game the year before over Auburn, and their last loss was over two years earlier against Florida on November 24th, 2012.
The Sugar Bowl
Alabama entered this game ranked number 1 and 12-1, their only loss being at Ole Miss by 6 points. They blew out Missouri in the SECCG to ensure a berth as the number 1 team in the playoff.
Ohio State entered the game 12-1 on their third quarterback of the season with Braxton Miller and JT Barrett being injured earlier in the season. Their only loss on the year was an early 14 point home loss to eventual 7-6 Virginia Tech in front of a record crowd in Ohio Stadium.OSU blew out Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten Championship game behind new starting QB Cardale Jones.
Alabama was around a touchdown favorite in this game, but Ohio State won by 7 behind Ezekiel Elliot's 230 yard 2 TD performance, including a 85 yard TD run.
2014 National Championship Game
The National Championship Game was held 11 days later on January 12th in Arlington Texas. Vegas had Oregon winning, as around a 6 point favorite, but Lee Corso thought differently and picked Ohio State to win it
Many people regard the switch to a 4 team playoff as a good start but not a perfect system. However, the TV ratings and viewership of the two semi-final games and the national championship game were better than the BCS national championship game the year before. The Rose Bowl had 28.2 million viewers and the Sugar Bowl had 28.3 million, over two million more viewers than the 2013 Florida State- Auburn matchup. The CFP National Championship Game set a cable ratings record with over 33 mllion viewers. Also, the eventual national champions Ohio State would likely not have even had the chance to play for a national championship in the old BCS system. There was some controversy with the first playoff due to many people believing one of 11-1 Baylor or TCU belonged in, but many believed that the committee left them out because the Big 12, at the time, did not have a conference championship game. People also claimed that it was due to these two teams not being a “name brand”, but most believe it was due to them not having a 13th game like the rest of the top 4. However, don't let any of this distract you from the 4th and 14 Will Grier to Antonio Calloway 63...
I will remember this playoff for CENTURIES
Hey, this isn't about the Gat- ah, there it is.
This is the last time we'll ever have a national championship game that doesn't feature at least one SEC team.
It would appear that TaQuon Marshall did indeed come to play school.
On the other hand, this would be the least uga thing I've ever heard.
Thats most GA Tech thing I’ve ever heard.
Somewhere, off in the far distance, you can hear the echoed shrieks of a distraught Cardale Jones.
Preseason introduction to the Flexbone Offense
With the season right around the corner I wanted to provide insight into one of the most debated offenses in college football – the flexbone/spread option/Georgia Tech/”triple option”[sic]. My goal is to pull back the curtain a little for your education/entertainment as many people have little knowledge or incorrect assumptions about the system.
Tl;dr – The flexbone offense has many moving pieces that allows teams to make up for size and skill deficiences. When run well it’s a thing of beauty.
Who am I?
Other than another scrub on the internet, I run a YouTube channel that focuses on the Flexbone offense and breaks down GT film.I also coach high school football at a school that runs a very pure version of the Flexbone as well.
What is the Flexbone Offense?
The flexbone offense, also referred to as the spread option, is a series-based offense that uses multiple plays that look similar. Many of the plays are “option” plays, where one or more defensive players are unblocked and the ball carrier changes post-snap depending on how the QB reads the unblocked player(s).
For decades the traditional wishbone offense was a staple of college, high school and grade school programs. As defenses began stacking the box and the game trending towards more passing the flexbone became a compromise of how to maintain a strong option run game while forcing the defense to respect the forward passing threat.
By splitting the two tight ends out wide and moving the half backs (HB) just outside the Tackles, but off the line of scrimmage, the Base formation was born. This puts opposing defensive coordinators in bind. Viewing the A-backs as potential running threats would lead to putting 8 players in the box to stop them. However, the A-backs are also eligible receivers, so that would leave 3 DB’s to cover 4 potential deep threats. That threat is also enhanced by the fact that the base formation. There’s no strength for the defense to key on. Herein lies the problem that has plagued Defensive Coordinators since the Flexbone’s inception.
QB – Doesn’t have to be the fastest player (thought it helps) but he does have to be your smartest. He is tasked with making split second reads on almost every play. He will also carry the ball more than his fair share
B-Back – More of your bruiser back. Will carry the load between the tackles and needs to be a threat for defenses to respect his ability on fakes and play action.
A-Backs – Think of them as the speedier backs compared to the B-Backs. They have the hardest job on the field as they are often the homerun hitters with the ball in their hands they also are tasked with having to block LB’s and S’s 1-on-1
OL – Another great aspect of the system is that it does not require giant road-grating linemen. Typically your best OL are at C/G as oftentimes the DE is unblocked. Linemen will typically take wider splits to spread the defensive front out. You will also notice the G/T’s lined up as far back from the center as the rules allow (earhole to C’s waist) – this allows more room for them to maneuver while the defensive is distracted with trying to figure out who has the ball.
WR - With an emphasis put on the run game often times WR’s will run free, uncovered, through the defensive backfield. If at any point the defense gets too lax in their coverage or too antsy to come up and play run the WR’s have to be ready to be the big play threat.
Sainted Six Plays
One of the beautiful features of the Flexbone as a player, coach or spectator is that the entire offense boils down to ~6 plays that can be run out of any number of formations. Many of these plays feature misdirection and unblocked defensive players. The Sainted Six are:
- Also known as the Triple Option, after the snap of the ball the ball can either be handed to the B-Back, Carried by the QB or pitched to an A-Back depending on how the defense plays it.
Midline - This is a quick hitting inside double option play with the QB and the B-Back
Mid-Triple – What the result would look like if the two previous plays had a baby
Zone Dive - A simple inside run where the B-Back is tasked with finding the open seam in the defense – but looks almost identical to Inside Veer
Rocket Toss - An outside play that takes advantage of teams who are stacking the box inside to stop the run
Counter Option - On most plays the ball is going in the same direction as the man in motion. If the backside guys are not maintaining their responsibilities this play looks like Inside Veer going one direction, and then comes back with an option the other way.
Many defenses will change their entire scheme/responsibilities to stop a flexbone team. Also keep in mind that most teams only have one week to prepare for their next opponent. This can cause a lot of chaos and confusion when players are in spots with responsibilities they’re not accustomed to.
If/Then Play Calling
This is another spot where the beauty of the offense is its simplicity. There are times during the season that you will watch Paul Johnson at GT call the same play eight times in a row. His thought process is very simple – keep running the same play until the defense stops it.
Once they DO finally stop it, there’s a method to the madness. Based how the defense adjusted to stop the previous play there is a logical choice for the next play that takes advantage of that adjustment (sometimes called a ‘constraint play’). There’s a lot of If/Then sheets floating around but this one if probably my favorite and what I used to learn with. As a logic-based/IT/systems type personality, this type of play calling made a lot of sense to me – especially after play calling at the high school level and realizing that most coaches are winging it based on hunches/gut feelings/stubbornness
There’s a lot of strong feelings and opinions about the flexbone on both sides. In my quest to set the record straight here are the most common myths I hear about the offense:
It’s a ‘Triple Option Offense’ - The Triple Option/Inside Veer is a play within the offense. Not every play has three options – some are double options and some are single options. It’s not technically wrong, it’s just not as correct as it could be. Last year GT ran Triple Option 131 times out of 576 run plays (23%).
This offense is bad on third down - Not necessarily a myth, but the truth is that no offense is good on third down. The goal is to do well enough on 1st and 2nd down that 3rd down becomes manageable.
It’s not as exciting without big passing plays - Just because the offense passes less frequently doesn’t mean there’s fewer big plays. With defenses laser focused on stopping the run game it allows the offense to find it’s opportunities for big plays.
It’s a dirty offense because the O-Line just dives at the defensive player’s knees - (inhale) There is a HUGE difference between a CUT block and a CHOP block.CHOP blocks are illegal and dangerous. This occurs when a defensive player is engaged with an offensive player (high) and a second offensive player executes a block below the waist of the same defensive player (low). Serious knee injuries can occur. This is a 15-yard flag at every level of football CUT blocks are legal within the tackle box. An offensive player can legally dive at the legs of a defensive player as long as there is not attempt to engage above the waist first. This gives an equal chance for the offensive player to make a successful block and the defensive player to bypass him
The amount of people who miss this difference is astounding. Shout out to all the other cut-vs-chop blocking evangelicals here on /sub/cfb.
I hope this helped educate you a little bit on the Flexbone offense. Whether you love it or hate it there’s no question that it will always have a place in all sub-NFL levels of football.
If you have any questions I’m happy to try to answer them.
I run a YouTube channel that focuses on the Flexbone offense
I subscribed so fast
I feel like I just read my old high school playbook. I loved playing the option offense as a lineman.
Welcome back buddy. I love your work.
One of my favorite plays (outside the 6), when the B back is fast and not just a bruiser, is the load option (I have also heard it called the lead option, not sure which is right or if there is a difference). It is like the counter option only without the counter motion.
It is the QB and the B Back running outside in a double option with both A backs lead blocking. I loved this play with Nesbitt and Jon Dwyer.
Also, I am not sure GT has run the mid triple. Maybe we have and I just missed it.
Minnesota HC P.J. Fleck announces true freshman Zack Annexstad will start at QB
Yep. Though he's probably not your traditional walk-on. He comes from IMG Academy and had P5 offers.
Wait isn't this guy a walk-on?
If this guy thought he was just gonna walk on in and be the starter, he was absolutely correct
Walk on true freshman**
Things could be quite different in the Harbaugh era if Newsome doesn’t get hurt. Outstanding person who should do big things in the future. Almost lost his leg, but still did everything he could to try and make it back. Looking forward to seeing what he does in his career.
This is just sad all around. I know there were a lot of fans really hoping he'd contribute a bit.
Awful. Had the makings of a great comeback story.
Pete Thamel on Twitter: Ohio State University Board of Trustees to Meet on Wednesday at 9am
People just think OSU can just shit out coaches.
And so it begins. The shitstorm that will define the offseason of 2018 approaches. A late season storm, but a powerful one nonetheless.
Ohio State: We are re-instating Urban Meyer as head football coach.
Brett McMurphy 5 minutes later: Here is video evidence of Urban Meyer with Aaron Hernandez during the time of the murder.
Meanwhile, Harbaugh's just over in Michigan making sure his shoe count is right.
[Week 1] 2018 /r/CFB Preseason Poll: #1 Alabama #2 Clemson #3 Georgia #4 Ohio State #5 Wisconsin. /r/CFB voters give #7 Washington and #13 Michigan benefit of the doubt, but not #18 UCF.
Here are the results of the 2018 /sub/cfb Preseason Poll:Rank Change Team Points 1 -- Alabama Crimson Tide 4658 2 +4 Clemson Tigers 4446 3 -1 Georgia Bulldogs 4237 4 +1 Ohio State Buckeyes 3852 5 +2 Wisconsin Badgers 3741 6 -2 Oklahoma Sooners 3617 7 +9 Washington Huskies 3577 8 +2 Auburn Tigers 3193 9 -1 Penn State Nittany Lions 3107 10 +3 Miami Hurricanes 2846 11 +4 Michigan State Spartans 2530 12 -1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2494 13 NEW Michigan Wolverines 2272 14 +4 Stanford Cardinal 2100 15 -3 USC Trojans 1980 16 -7 TCU Horned Frogs 1901 17 NEW West Virginia Mountaineers 1201 18 -15 UCF Knights 1183 19 +3 Mississippi State Bulldogs 1177 20 NEW Virginia Tech Hokies 1128 21 -7 Oklahoma State Cowboys 875 22 NEW Florida State Seminoles 855 23 -2 Boise State Broncos 750 24 -5 LSU Tigers 729 25 NEW Texas Longhorns 367
Next Ten: Oregon 343, South Carolina 296, Northwestern 257, FAU 236, Texas A&M 156, Utah 120, Florida 118, Arizona 114, NC State 106, Iowa 89
Additional Notes:Opinions on who should be #2 have solidified fairly dramatically over the offseason, with #2 Clemson picking up over a rank and half's worth of votes since the Way Too Early poll back in January. It's the highest Clemson has ever been ranked in the Preseason; Clemson entered last season ranked #5 despite coming off of a national title win. UCF's drop from #3 to #18 between the Final and Preseason polls represents the second largest such drop in /sub/cfb Poll history. The largest offseason drop occurred in the 2012 Preseason poll when #19 Oklahoma State also dropped from #3. This is Texas's fourth time being ranked in the /sub/cfb Preseason poll. Since 2011, Texas has been ranked at some point during seven of eight seasons, but has only been ranked once in a Final poll: #18 after the 2012 season.
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You bastards did it. You ranked Texas in the preseason poll.
Texas is back.
/sub/cfb : Texas shouldn't be ranked in the AP Top 25!
Can't believe it's time for this again!
Death, taxes, and u/KingKliffsbury submitting the least controversial ballot.
Shea Patterson to start vs ND
The worst kept secret in CFB is no longer a secret
We miss O'Korn.
He doesn't miss us though. He throws it directly at us.
This is my shocked face
Still not sure if he will be able to fill the shoes of the great John O'Korn
Mike from Plymouth is a loudmouth and is not to be trusted.