OTish - Halloween HOT Takes

Submitted by ijohnb on October 31st, 2017 at 9:18 AM

Ahh, Halloween.  On a Tuesday!  The annual celebration of ........ ????  Spook?  Mini-Almond Joys?  Whatever.  It's that night a year when parents take their kidoos, every single one suffering from some kind of seasonal viral infection with a low grade fever, strolling through the rain soaked 37 degree neighborhood in a costume missing half of its peices from the classroom celebration cluster-F only hours earlier, collecting chocolate goods that will see roughly 30% of them spontaneously throw up in a near stupor before bed and stay home tomorrow because good god that kid can't go to school.  Because it's Halloween!  And that's what we do around here. 

Anyway, I think it is a good morning for some hot takes.  In a week that has seen (thankfully) far less hot takey OPs,  maybe we can get them all off of our chest here.  College football related or otherwise.  (Perhaps we can avoid rabbit hole topics, like if you get ready to type Manafort or Obama you are going in the wrong direction).  If you don't want to join in, fine, just try to avoid venomous snark for no reason other than to ensure discord. 

Hot Take - Alabama or Ohio State is going to lose this weekend. 

Ohio State, coming off a miraculous comeback win against Penn State, one week before hosting Michigan State in a game with division stakes and payback feels from two years ago, heads to the exact worst possible place I would want to be taking that team this week, cozy Kinnick Stadium (you may recall that stuff like this tends to happen there).  Iowa, stingy as ever, losing three close games this year and ready to pounce on their Florida-Meh-Bowl securing win.  I think this one looks tricky.

Alabama has been murdering everybody they play.  Seriously, this team has not had a close game in the second quarter since FSU.  They are due for a complication.  And after an ugly start, LSU has strung together a few nice wins including including a win over a pretty good Auburn team a couple of weeks ago.  I'm not saying Alabama is sleeping on this game, but I am saying that LSU is going to bring it this week.  I think this could be a sneaky game this weekend for the Tide.

Happy Halloween and let's hear your takes.



October 31st, 2017 at 9:23 AM ^

Your hot takes are going to be proven wildly false osu and Alabama win with ease this weekend. Lsu might put up a fight but osu is gonna roll Iowa. Kinnick or not Iowa is not good and osu unfortunately is very good they win by 21+.


October 31st, 2017 at 11:17 AM ^

I think he/she wants PSU to win, that way they don't have to hear it from Sparty fans (in West Michigan) about how great MSU is.

I live in West Michigan and can vouch, when Sparty was 6-1 rolling into Northwestern, an ungodly amount of flags started appearing on houses and any time I was out in public wearing UM gear, they couldn't help but make comments. Stuff like "Struggled with Indiana? I didn't expect that" or "I expected so much more from your defense. I guess they're not as good as we thought" after PSU. It's always passive agressive "I didn't expect that." or "What is going on?" comments. I was so happy when they lost to NW.

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October 31st, 2017 at 11:18 AM ^

PSU is only an 8 point favorite this week at MSU. I don’t care if state beat us, I don’t care they’re at home. I don’t give a shit if PSU just had a heartbreaking loss. MSU is dogshit and I will enjoy them being 6-4 two weeks from this Saturday.

Yes I realize this means them losing to PSU and OSU, and the only true winner is the meteor, but it’s fun when they’re down and moping.


October 31st, 2017 at 9:32 AM ^

But, Stanford, Wash St, NC St, Arizona, or USC will all fall out of the top 25 with a loss this week, and the fact that they all play against one another (NC St plays Clemson) means this wil happen for a couple of them. This will hurt a lot of teams with strength of schedule. 


October 31st, 2017 at 10:15 AM ^

"will all" 


but anways this really only effects Notre Dame's strength of schedule who has wins over/plays 4/5 of those teams. Everybody knows the Pac-12 is trash and the conference will end up outside of the playoff.

Notre Dame is the interesting part. Big game vs Miami coming up who will probably make the ACC title game. That game may make up for beating up on overrated PAC 12 teams. 


October 31st, 2017 at 10:42 AM ^

at all for the sake of this conversation.  Iowa held an offense that  went for 38 against OSU to under 300 yards total offense.  That is relevant to a discussion about potential Iowa v. OSU outcomes.


October 31st, 2017 at 12:39 PM ^

Iowa held Penn State to 579 yards of offense.  They had under 300 themselves.

They looked good in the sense that, if you didn't see the game and just looked at the final score, it appeared that they were good.


October 31st, 2017 at 9:36 AM ^

Wisconsin is actually not very good and will finish the year with at least 2 losses, but most likely 3. They only managed to beat Illinois 24-10 last week. We beat a Rutgers team that is better than Illinois by a wider margin with playing a QB that basically had two hooks for hands for the first 23 minutes of the game.

I am confident about us beating them, but even if we don't, they will get smoked in the Big Ten championship game, and then, as a 1 loss team, get smoked by a really good opponent in a bowl game they didn't deserve (like a 1 loss Notre Dame or Clemson that barely misses the playoffs, oh God). Their season will look a lot like our season last year, where they lose 3 of their last 4 games. 


Seems like a warm take, not too hot.


October 31st, 2017 at 10:27 AM ^

If Peters plays at least as well as he did Saturday, going forward, Michigan beats UW.  If Peters improves to slightly above average, Michigan rolls UW.  That said, I think UW was just on auto-pilot for Ill - no way was Ill ever going to win that game, regardless of who UW put on the field.



October 31st, 2017 at 11:21 AM ^

Now this is a hot take. I don't seem UM ever "rolling" UW. Their defense is too good. I feel like UW is rope-a-doping like PSU was. Their schedule is weak and they don't need to show much until Michigan. Indiana and Iowa won't force them to show anything, so I expect a lot of new wrinkles for UM.


October 31st, 2017 at 9:43 AM ^

We win out. Peters sees Rudock level of improvement over the rest of the year and the O-Line continues its upward trend, culminating in the upset of #3 Ohio State here at the Big House 35-28 with 4th quarter drive down the field for the win led by Peters and Higdon.  Fans storm the field as the MMB plays the Victors.


October 31st, 2017 at 9:45 AM ^

Is it wrong to have a separate container for kids dressed in msu Or osu gear? They get tootsie rolls, other kids get standard candy bar, Michigan dressed kids get a king size. So my neighbor says, asking for him.


October 31st, 2017 at 9:45 AM ^

martin luther took a hammer to the cathederal in wittenberg and nailed up a certain piece of paper.  


as for halloween, we live in the boonies and have never had a trick-or-treater.  way too far to walk from farm to farm.