Preview for Gameday. Quick question.
The vast majority of preseason stuff is just masturbatory.
The worst of which is the polls that can actually hurt/help teams based on assumptions.
+1 to you sir for your correct and opportunistic usage of the word masturbatory.
When stats from the previous season are used in conjunction with analysis of which starters from last year return/left, it can sometimes be meaningful. Otherwise we wouldn't be able to say with as much confidence as we can that Alabama will be a much better team than Akron.
I don't think taking an extreme example makes for much of an argument... And even they can be way off the mark (take Michigan's improvement on D last year). It's all done for entertainment purposes, which is fine except when it's at the expense of fairness.
Fair enough. How about it's how we can say that Purdue will likely be better this year because they return a bunch of starters, or how we can say that MSU may struggle on offense this year but should remain strong on defense? Yes they can be way off the mark, but their predictive power goes beyond just entertainment.
For those who don't follow blogs like mgoblog, many use the previews to learn about potential new contributors to the team for the season. Whether it is a new qb, incoming freshmen or a new coaching staff, the show can at least provide a small amount if input on what or who to look for in the upcoming season. It also may highlight a player that came on big as the season progressed and will be primed for a breakout year. It also gives fans of opposing teams some details on who could be a problem in their match up.
is it just me or is mgoblog getting alot of threads that are wasted space?