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Messages - Bob Loblaw

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Only a true fan can support her team without resorting to logic. The gators will win because I love them and I said so :)

This is the correct argument for Florida fans to make...irrational fans are tough to argue with.  This is precisely the type of thing I hear from Buckeye fans all year long around here and I learned to stop fighting it about a decade ago.  Except this time, those homers are right.  There have been much bigger upsets in the past, however, so I would not be totally surprised if your Gators pull it off

I agree that Florida deserves to be in the game because they had a one-loss season with a murderous schedule, but I don't know why some people are discounting what OSU accomplished this year on the basis of their schedule.  They did this: lined up and systematically dismantled everybody they the tune of ONLY TWO games being single-digit wins (and most people would agree those two games weren't that close).  Florida, on the other hand, could have easily lost to Tennessee and S. Carolina and had a lot of trouble putting away Georgia, FSU, and Bama...not to mention that they actually lost a game.  All of this while keeping in mind that OSU has more overall talent at virtually every position (subjective) makes it easy to see why they are the clear favorite.

By the way, Michigan was really good this year.  Anybody saying their defense wasn't absolutely nasty might as well be shouting "I DIDN'T WATCH THEM PLAY UNTIL I SAW THE OSU/MICHIGAN GAME!"


The Buckeyes will not be able to run the football all night.

Just like they couldn't run against the best rush defense in the land?  Oh wait...nevermind.

Not too tough for Michigan to be the #1 rush defense in the land when you only beat one ranked opponent all season (Notre Dame).  I'm sure the Wolverines rush defense really had to be good to hold Vanderbilt, Central Michigan, Northwestern, Ball State, and Indiana to low rushing yards.  We won't even get into how terrible Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota were this year.

But my point isn't even about Michigan.  It's about OSU, and how easy they've had it all season.  They played 4 top 25 teams.  Two were legitimate (Michigan, Texas), but 2 were wannabes that dropped out of the top 25 by the end of the season (Penn State, Iowa).  Rough schedule.

Let's look at Florida's opponents: 4 top 25 opponents, all of whom are still in the top 25 at the end of the season (#18 Tennessee,#4 LSU,#10 Auburn, and #13 Arkansas).  All four of those teams were in the top 15 when they played the Gators.  Three of them still are.  And they've been battling scrappy Southeastern Conference teams all year, not Cincinnati and Northern Illinois.  The Gators came out the other side of this schedule 12-1, their single loss on an extremely questionable official review.

Two unranked teams beaten by the Gators, Georgia and Florida State, had top 15 ranked defenses in the country, by the way.  No one else has faced the strength of teams Florida has, especially the defenses.

You want to compare offenses?

Ave. total offense         OSU 409 ypg, UF 398 ypg
Ave. rushing offense     OSU 180 ypg, UF 160 ypg

Wow, I guess OSU is better in both categories.  The difference is they do it against Cincinatti, Indiana, Northern Illinois, and Bowling Green.

Florida's schedule is an excellent justification for getting into the title game over Michigan, but that's where it stops.  Congrats, you played more tough teams (although you also played your share of dogs too) go beat the Buckeyes.  Nobody else has in like 18 games.  Your description of OSU's offense is inaccurate because you fail to mention that half of their games involved them being up by 30+ points early on and then they go conservative to run out the clock.  Tressel does not run the score up on purpose...I can't imagine their numbers if he did.  Looking solely at YPG is misleading.  I think they are just a little better than Florida at virtually every position and that's why they will win.

The scary part is, their defense is playing about as well as they did in '02 when they won the title...and they are mostly underclassmen.  If they can replace Troy Smith next year, watch out

Law School Admissions / Re: T2--->T4 Status checkers
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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: When to visit
« on: December 07, 2006, 10:54:14 AM »
yeah, I am waiting for acceptances and then using vacation time to road trip it for a week this spring.  I would say that if you visit while your app is pending, as long as you are well-informed, interesting, ask good questions, etc. that it will probably help your application by showing your enthusiasm in the school.

Let me preface this by saying that I am from Ohio, but I hate Ohio State (yes, we do exist)...

The answer is obviously Ohio State.  They have displayed no weakness all year, with the exception being the fact that they let Michigan back into that game in the 4th quarter.  Florida, on the other hand, lost a tough game and was very fortunate to beat Tennessee and South Carolina.  I agree that Florida had a tougher schedule and has great individual stars, but they will need all the big plays to go their way and a defensive miracle to pull off the upset.  The funny thing about the Buckeyes is that there has not been one point all year where you said "wow they might actually lose today"...they have been simply dominant.

Also, nobody repeats in college basketball...the nature of the ncaa tourney makes it too tough.  I think it has only happened once in the last 30 years.  Again, edge goes to OSU.

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