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12/23/2018 - 11:16pm J-E-S-T, JEST, JEST, JEST!

J-E-S-T, JEST, JEST, JEST!

12/23/2018 - 9:37pm Sparty, you fat, bloated…

Sparty, you fat, bloated idiot!

11/13/2018 - 5:41pm Last week certainly proved…

Last week certainly proved NC State, BC and UK  deserved their lofty rankings. Oh, wait....

11/13/2018 - 5:17pm Gotcha, thanks. Now if I…

Gotcha, thanks. Now if I only understood how the oscillating fan factors into things...

11/13/2018 - 5:11pm I agree with that. An…

I agree with that. An undefeated ND squad (or any non-UCF team) is hard to snub, but with one loss, the committee could bring in mitigating factors in our favor, saying their loss is worse because it's more recent, etc. Also, I think the committee could argue it wasn't so much judging a ND-UM horse race, but comparing all the one-loss teams as a group, so the head-to-head tiebreaker didn't come into play.

11/13/2018 - 5:03pm I agree it doesn't mean…

I agree it doesn't mean everything. But it matters when there's a slim margin between two teams, as there is now.

The Akron-is-better-than-OSU argument is a strawman since it's based on the Kevin Bacon transitive property; even if it were an actual head-to-head comparison, it still wouldn't make Akron the better team because the Zips are 4-5 and the Bucks are 9-1.

Between ND and UM, the scales are far more balanced, however.

--ND has no losses, we have one. That would put us at a disadvantage even if they weren't the folks who gave us the L. We have a demerit on our record, and their slate is clean, simple as that.

--While us two may think UM has many more good wins, that's not how the committee will see it. As far as that panel's concerned, a "good win" is defined a victory over a squad currently in the top 25. Based on tonight's likely rankings, they'll have one (us) and we'll have one (PSU). If Sparty sticks, we get a slight boost, and if NW makes the list, it it's a wash.

--As for how we fared against common opponents, our respective NW games is at best a push for us.

--Strength of schedule is definitely in our favor, but it's not so large a contrast as to overwhelm the other evidence, especially the L-shaped elephant in the room.

All in all, we're not so far superior to ND that the head-to-head doesn't matter. In fact, it's probably the most important factor at this time.

11/13/2018 - 4:01pm Are the points per victory…

Are the points per victory determined by how the opponent was ranked at game time or how that team is ranked now?

11/13/2018 - 3:55pm While I think the committee…

While I think the committee isn't in love with ND and might like to drop 'em a spot, it won't do it. There's no plausible way to justify the move this week. They'd have some cover if they wait 'til we win the Big Ten championship, but right now it's inexplicable.

Personally, as long as ND's undefeated, I think they deserve to be ranked ahead of us. Head-to-head should mean something, and I'm pretty sure we lost. Also, imagine if the situation were reversed and we got bumped...

11/10/2018 - 11:06am Looks like the machine…

Looks like the machine awarding the post participation point has conked out again. Other folks still getting their point? How about upvotes?

11/10/2018 - 11:04am I believe the machine…

I believe the machine awarding post participation point has conked out again.

11/10/2018 - 11:00am Yes, the Sooners' O makes…

Yes, the Sooners' O makes them attractive, but our D is just as pretty, so it cancels out that advantage. The eye test would also require viewing their two-OT home win over Army and a squeaker against Texas Tech, neither of which impresses. Factor in our relative strength of schedules and their lack of any big win, and I think we grade out as the much better team.

That said, I agree that the committee could well pick OU over us for some reason, but it would hard for them to defend given their previously stated criteria.

11/10/2018 - 10:43am All we need is for Notre…

All we need is for Notre Dame to be considered a good loss; a ND squad at 11-1 (or even 9-3) would still do the trick. 

11/10/2018 - 10:05am Exactly, twotrueblue.The…

Exactly, twotrueblue.The idea that both OSU and Oklahoma control their own destiny when at least one team, if not both, need losses somewhere else to get in is, to put it technically, stoopid.

There also seems to be a BIG XII bias built in to the system, or at least a failed understanding of what the committee is looking for. For instance, if you use the site's projection calculator and have Bama, Clemson, ND, UM and Oklahoma win out, it gives the Sooners a 75% playoff chance and puts us at 42%. A committee using good wins, good losses, strength of schedule and the eyes test has little basis for choosing OU over us. Sure, I have an irrational fear that the committee just might do that, but the model shouldn't reflect my angst and lack of faith in the committee's intelligence.

Edit: P.S. The 538 calculator is here.

11/09/2018 - 6:19pm What's really amazing is a…

What's really amazing is a staff that boasts two former head coaches and two former coordinators appears remarkably ego-free.

11/09/2018 - 12:13pm Glad someone remembers the…

Glad someone remembers the legend! Here's a special delivery for you, all the way from Antigua.

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11/09/2018 - 11:33am This is sad, silly and wrong…

This is sad, silly and wrong. Nice trifecta.

11/09/2018 - 9:29am Here's a pseudobang for…

Here's a pseudobang for everyone from someone without thumbs.

+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+Michigam+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1

11/09/2018 - 9:26am Also, not everyone's voting…

Also, not everyone's voting has been fixed.

11/09/2018 - 9:09am Prices have actually gone up…

Prices have actually gone up a little this week. I sold a pair in Sec. 122 on Tuesday for $58, and there was a few more in that neighborhood then.

11/08/2018 - 1:02pm Rutgers's 2016 attempt to…

Rutgers's 2016 attempt to retake, or at least stripe, the birthplace was a replay of the Chidren's Crusade.

11/08/2018 - 11:28am A brief note from the First…

A brief note from the First State: Delaware State are the Baby Seals; Delaware are the winged-helmet wearing Fightin' Blue Hens.

Also, it's pronounced die-a-BEET-eez.

11/08/2018 - 11:08am A birthplace unstriped

A…

A birthplace unstriped

A garden lacking fences

A Bull's Blood bouquet

11/07/2018 - 10:15pm Now getting the…

Now getting the participation point for posting, but still can't vote. It's hard to play Siskel & Ebert with no thumbs. Wondering if non-voters can get banged and have it stick, though, so if anyone reads this, please contribute to science and give me the ol' J. Arthur Rank treatment...

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11/07/2018 - 9:36pm Yep, voting still not…

Yep, voting still not working. My offer to piss on a spark plug still stands, if you think it'll do any good.

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11/07/2018 - 12:33pm "Prolix" would do nicely.

"Prolix" would do nicely.

11/06/2018 - 7:00pm Ha, good old Foggy Nelson,…

Ha, good old Foggy Nelson, he popped into my head as well.

11/06/2018 - 4:24pm Damn, was hoping to see…

Damn, was hoping to see Steve Perry. I am old. That is all.

11/05/2018 - 9:34pm Thanks for checking! I guess…

Thanks for checking! I guess it makes sense, being that there's not a ton of football talent 'round here and what there is stays fairly local. Top of my head, the greatest all-time, Randy White, went to Maryland, and the most-recent pro, Quadree Henderson, went to Pitt.

Plus, any kid with an affinity for winged helmets doesn't have to look farther than U of D.

11/05/2018 - 8:46pm You'll get Rutgered and like…

You'll get Rutgered and like it!

Owen Bowles

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as Spaulding Smails

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11/05/2018 - 7:23pm But is Watson the best…

But is Watson the best Delawarean to ever play at U of M? Inquiring First Staters like me wanna know.

11/05/2018 - 5:43pm OK, I'll bite: How's the…

OK, I'll bite: How's the test going?

Let me know if you need a little help...

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11/05/2018 - 5:34pm God bless their cotton…

God bless their cotton-pickin' hearts:

LS Billy Taylor vs. RB Billy Taylor

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Say it with me:

"Long-snap Billy Taylor! Long-snap Billy Taylor!"

11/04/2018 - 5:02pm When you're right 52 percent…

When you're right 52 percent of the time, you're wrong 48 percent of the time...

11/04/2018 - 12:26pm TV should really bleep out…

TV should really bleep out horrible four-letter words like Ohio.

11/03/2018 - 8:19am Very nice! Just needs a…

Very nice! Just needs a voice over of little kids chanting "One, two, Don Brown's coming for you..."

11/02/2018 - 8:12pm "I think better with my bat."

"I think better with my bat."

11/02/2018 - 7:31pm I refuse to accept that MN…

I refuse to accept that MN State's mascot is not a Screaming Eagle. They're the Mavericks, apparently. So they like Top Gun more than Coach? Geez.

Anyhoo, thanks for the good work IBMNB.

10/20/2018 - 6:57pm They won't make it all the…

They won't make it all the way home with just 94 yards.

10/13/2018 - 11:33pm And star of They Live II:…

And star of They Live II: The Chasening. Boffo box office.

10/13/2018 - 4:27pm Putting aside the requisite…

Putting aside the requisite and oft-proven caveat about how this is not the OSU team we'll face in November, this year's Buckeyes just don't look right.

Usually, they sleepwalk through the opening half of a game like this, catch a break or two, then hammer away with a future NFL back and burst the dam with a few 80-yd plays. They may be lazy for a while, but a some point they look good.

Today, their running game was a mess, passes never traveled eight yards and Minny often outmuscled them. The RT's technique (and effort) was comically atrocious, like that of a third-string high-school tackle who only play cause he wants a letter jacket and doesn't like gym.

If it bleeds, we can kill it.

10/13/2018 - 3:57pm Goddamit, I'd piss on a…

Goddamit, I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it'd do any good toward fixing points and voting. Can't you go through the backdoor or something?

10/13/2018 - 3:30pm Ok. State would tell you…

Ok. State would tell you they're a Big XII team every year...

10/13/2018 - 2:29pm Minny's converted from 2&17…

Minny's converted from 2&17 and 1&25 so far this drive

08/09/2018 - 7:17pm Ditto.

Ditto.

08/02/2018 - 9:53pm Goodyear?

Goodyear?

07/18/2018 - 4:55pm Howdy, Seth. Points don't…

Howdy, Seth. Points don't update and voting still not working on my account. I wonder if the two issues are somehow connected, so if one doesn't work the other doesn't. Have you tried it with actual user accounts that are having problems? Feel free to log in as me if that helps.

Cheers.

07/17/2018 - 8:50pm Posted most of the following…

Posted most of the following in another thread, but since I crave the immortality that a sticky provides...

I understand that Drupal had the life expectancy of a grandpa on Logan's Run, but the new site is both charmless and wonky, a pretty poor combo. Launching the update in the slow summer months makes sense, but only if you use that time to actually go bug hunting.The fact that we're one month in and I still can't vote makes me feel like an unwanted outsider. More frequent updates would help mitigate the general grumbling/ennui. The CFB Risk guys managed to put out a daily briefing for two months straight, so it ain't that hard to let folks know what's going down. Also, the fact that avatars are compressed while join dates and (unupdated) point totals are given acres of land is not a plus.

07/17/2018 - 8:00pm Yup, I'm on here much less …

Yup, I'm on here much less (and I never used the app, so the lack of one makes no difference to me). I understand that Drupal had the life expectancy of a grandpa on Logan's Run, but the new site is both charmless and wonky, a pretty poor combo. Launching the update in the slow summer makes sense, but only if you use that time to actually go bug hunting.The fact that I still we're one month in and I still can't vote makes me feel like an unwanted outsider. More frequent updates would help mitigate the general grumbling/ennui. The CFB Risk guys managed to put out a daily briefing for two months straight, so it ain't that hard to give a heads up.

05/25/2018 - 12:20pm Someone will have to help him with the big words, of course,

But the point holds.

05/23/2018 - 5:28pm Don't Panic

I finally figured out what the artwork reminded me of--the computerize illustrations from the old BBC Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.