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I've been saying this for about 10 years now and big boy football is slowly but surely melting away.
Why is this? There are more better athletes today. (Grammatically correct, I believe) Look at the BCS rankings this week in the top 25. Boise St, San Jose St, Northern Illinois, Kent St. Seriously, this is where there's top 25 football nowadays?
Your staff matters tremendously now. Yes, you need great athletes, but before you could get away with having "down" performances and easily come out a victor. Now, nothing is taken for granted and I believe it's the development of the spread offenses and their concepts to get an athlete in space. Does anybody here think 20 years ago that if a kid from Kent St caught the ball "in space" against a team like Ohio St or Texas that he would ever do damage? No. He would either A) drop the ball or B) urinate down his leg when he caught it.
The game has changed and another equalizer is the rules. I understand the need to try to protect players, but if I was an offensive coordinator, I would run all my routes as deep ins and posts and slants. The safety now is scared to hit you because of the helmet to helmet and defenseless receiver rules. It equals the playing field to a team that has a kid that can move at 5'9" rather than NEEDING that 6"4" guy who can take a shot and still hold onto the ball.
Bottom line is this: You HAVE to have a great staff to get there first and foremost and if you don't, you'll never get that opportunity.
So what staffs are the best and what ones are the worst?
Key word is ALMOST. You play 12 games, so you lose 2 (5 to 1 is about 83%) and you DON'T get to the title game.
The title game match-up is likely going to be ND versus Bama.
Yeah, things have really changed since back in the '70s.
The point also being, there are more better athletes, so you have a kid who's a stud, but the drop off isn't NEARLY what it was even 10 years ago. 30 years ago and it was ALL big name schools. Now, Utah beats Bama in the Sugar Bowl? C'mon man, if people don't see stuff like this, they're blind.
Boise St beats Georgia and Va Tech? It's happening more and more often and pretty soon a 4 team playoff won't be enough. It will HAVE to go to 16.
I'm not sure if its "more better athletes" or if it's limited scholarships per team.
Show me in the 70's where teams like kent st and san jose st were ranked. They weren't and in 10 years, they'll be top 10 teams. Even Elway as great as he was didn't have a GREAT Stanford team. Now look at those "smart" guys...
Well, how many do you want? 150? You get I believe 82??? That's MORE than enough...
Same thing in college basketball. Chaminade beats Virginia in 1980. ONE TIME!!! Now, VCU, George Mason are final four??? Gonzaga is a ELITE program now?
You take your 3 star team and I'll take my 4/5 star team. We'll see who is winning more
Kent St and San Jose St, top 10 teams eventually?
What drugs are you on and where can I get some?
It is a combination of talent and coaching, along with some other variables (lack of injuries, etc).
Not sure how anyone can say it is all coaching or all talent.
Show me 20 years ago where these teams were ranked. You just happen to think that this and basketball are just one big coincidence???
Louisiana Monroe DESTROYS Arkansas? Middle Tenn St BURIES Georgia tech? These aren't teams from the SEC, they're from conferences that people can't even pronounce.
Times are a changin' and ya' better have the staff in place!
When's the last time anybody here can tell me a team like Utah OWNED Alabama in their backyard in a bowl game???
They CRUSHED them. All 5 stars and Utah had what?? 2 5 stars on the team???? Mo better players, bro....
You missed the point.
When there wasn't any limit on scholarship numbers the best teams (ie traditional powers) would sign all the best players. Schools like Kent State and no chance at convincing a decent player to come to their schools.
Scholarship limits moreso than "more better athletes" is why schools like Kent State can compete once in awhile.
I'm just saying there are a LOT more better players now a days and talent alone will not win it for you.
You need the staff in place first. Look at Rutgers 20 years ago. How are they now?
There aren't more. They are now just more spread out.
No way dude. You can't tell me that football in states like Hawaii and Nevada haven't gotten better in the past 20 years. How many Somalians played 20 years ago? How about now? What about states like Maryland and Virginia? There are 1,000s of solid kids out there now as opposed to a handful from yesteryears.....
This. Coaching being equal, give me the athletes. There are several reasons they the coaches from the smaller schools move up the ladder, and getting the better players gives them a better chance of winning it all, which gives them a better chance at a bigger payday.
No Andre Smith in that game showed how weak we were on the OL that game. 08 was young and talented and Utah had an experienced Senior team.
Again, you're reaching
The numbers are SIGNIFICANTLY higher and you need a staff that will gameplan, adjust, x and o it, etc...
How did Manziel and his dynamics do against bama? That game showed me that if Bama went up against Oregon, I was betting the over if it was 110 1/2.....
And if there weren't scholarship limits all of those Samoans (LULZ at Somalians playing football btw) would be going to USC, not Hawaii.
That's not the point...
If recruits don't matter then please explain to us why you are paying to be apart of a recruiting based website?
LMAO!! My bad, not Hawaii for college, but their high school systems. There's just a TON of kids out there now. You can't tell me that Alabama doesn't have depth and talent on the second level. That's just lying.
Ok, I'm not getting the point across.
Your theory is very sound. No really, it is.
The AP top 25 poll from 20 years included such powerhouses as,
Didn't you mention something about schools like Stanford, Hawaii, Fresno State...
All I know is those Somalians need to bulk up a little bit if they're going to play D-1 football.
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