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College Football 2021: Welcome to America's Most Absurd Silly Season

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edited November 30 in Social Entropy++
Welcome back, folks. It's Week 12 as I post this OP and the season is as weird as ever.

If you want to get the general zeitgeist of this group, I suspect you'll be well served to check out two of my favorite podcasts. First, you've got the Internet's ONLY College Football Podcast, the Shutdown Fullcast. Next up, you've got the more-than-spiritual successor to Podcast Ain't Played Nobody, Split Zone Duo.

And here's the current standings of our season long pick 'em:
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Note that picks for Week 12 are currently due. See this post from the previous thread for details! https://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/comment/44207731/#Comment_44207731

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  • SorceSorce Not ThereRegistered User regular
    Five points out of first place. I feel like a G5 team this week!

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  • ani_game_bumani_game_bum Optimistic, Rule-Breaking Nice Guy Always fading out of existence...Registered User regular
    Repost of Week 12 CFP/AP Rankings
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    Undefeated Cincinnati knocking on the door of the CFP not absurd enough for you? Check out how much the Top 5 highest paid college football coaches make a year! (paywall for the full list, sadly)
    USA Today wrote:
    The top five highest-paid coaches this season are predictably from schools that have won multiple national championships except one outlier.

    No. 1 Nick Saban, Alabama ($9,753,221)
    No. 2 Ed Orgeron, LSU ($9,012,917)
    No. 3 David Shaw, Stanford ($8,924,683)
    No. 4 Dabo Swinney, Clemson ($8,370,775)
    No. 5 Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma ($7,672,710)

    And only two of those five coaches have 9-1 seasons so far this year.

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  • SorceSorce Not ThereRegistered User regular
    Look, if Notre Dame gets in but Cincy doesn't, that... would actually be expected at this point. Sigh.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    I don’t think there’s any way ND gets in over an undefeated Cincy

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  • cursedkingcursedking Registered User regular
    Wow, the Stanford one is hilarious, I did not know that.

  • SorceSorce Not ThereRegistered User regular
    I don’t think there’s any way ND gets in over an undefeated Cincy
    I just don't want to get my hopes up, is all.

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  • ani_game_bumani_game_bum Optimistic, Rule-Breaking Nice Guy Always fading out of existence...Registered User regular
    Straight Up

    Iowa State @ #13 Oklahoma (-4)
    #10 Wake Forest @ Clemson (-4)
    UCLA (-3) @ USC
    California (-1.5) @ Stanford


    Against the Spread

    #7 Michigan State @ #4 Ohio State (-18.5)
    #21 Arkansas @ #2 Alabama (-20.5)
    Nebraska @ #15 Wisconsin (-9.5)
    Southern Methodist @ #5 Cincinnati (-11.5)


    SGotW

    Purdue (-10.5) vs. Northwestern - BOILER UP!


    GotCotW (Straight)

    #3 Oregon @ #23 Utah (-3)

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    cursedking wrote: »
    Wow, the Stanford one is hilarious, I did not know that.

    The David Shaw/Stanford thing is just….it’s bad, neither is going to give up and the program is just going to get worse and worse

  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    Stanford has had really bad injury luck this year

    That said I don’t see why they’re so attached to Shaw; he must be really good with the boosters or something

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited November 18
    He’s a Stanford lifer with a .700 career winning record, just low enough that people will always want better but not too low that it won’t be painful as hell to let him go

    Pat Fitzgerald-eqsque…Scott Frost could maybe get there if they start doubling their wins

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  • Romanian My EscutcheonRomanian My Escutcheon Two of Forks Registered User regular
    I don’t think there’s any way ND gets in over an undefeated Cincy

    Michigan State 100 percent leapfrogs them if they beat Ohio State this weekend, and even if they don't, Michigan's in the wings.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    I don’t know- OSU dropping a 2nd game means MSU owns a win over a disappointing 2-loss OSU, which may not boost them enough

    There just aren’t enough games to have enough common opponents, and not enough weeks (or healthy bodies) to have the big ass tournament required to account for that

  • SmurphSmurph Registered User regular
    Repost of Week 12 CFP/AP Rankings
    DVxkvEN.jpg

    Undefeated Cincinnati knocking on the door of the CFP not absurd enough for you? Check out how much the Top 5 highest paid college football coaches make a year! (paywall for the full list, sadly)
    USA Today wrote:
    The top five highest-paid coaches this season are predictably from schools that have won multiple national championships except one outlier.

    No. 1 Nick Saban, Alabama ($9,753,221)
    No. 2 Ed Orgeron, LSU ($9,012,917)
    No. 3 David Shaw, Stanford ($8,924,683)
    No. 4 Dabo Swinney, Clemson ($8,370,775)
    No. 5 Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma ($7,672,710)

    And only two of those five coaches have 9-1 seasons so far this year.

    Might have come up in the last thread but Michigan State is set to make Mel Tucker #2 with a $9.5M/year 10 year deal. Not confirmed yet though, just rumors.

  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited November 19
    That’s a painful buyout waiting to happen

    Edit: in other words, is 8-4 every year worth that

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  • Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    On the one hand, 95 million for a coach with only one good season (one boosted by an all-time great transfer pickup and some luck at that) under his belt seems like a bad gamble

    On the other hand, per the immutable law of the universe that says everything always turns out badly for Michigan, he’s guaranteed to earn every penny of that contract

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  • NiryaNirya Registered User regular
    Stanford has had really bad injury luck this year

    That said I don’t see why they’re so attached to Shaw; he must be really good with the boosters or something

    Injury luck doesn't explain what's wrong with Stanford. They've had years of poor recruiting and development finally catch up to them the past few years, and they saw a huge amount of guys transfer out after last season. Stanford is never going to fire Shaw but that program is deep in the Coaching Death Spiral.

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  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    It seems pretty high, but then who knows what LSU is planning to offer their new head coach. And I'm sure MSU has to offer a premium to keep top talent vs more prestigious schools.

    And really all he has to do is beat Michigan 50% of the time or better. Dantonio always had a few losses every year and he kept the job for over 10 years.

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  • knitdanknitdan Registered User regular
    I was able to watch part of the first quarter in a sports bar and it was snowing pretty hard in Pullman

    Always a good time

    And now it appears the Cougs are taking the Wildcats to the proverbial woodshed

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  • OghulkOghulk Registered User regular
    Petition to include in the OP the only thing someone needs to know about the Texas Longhorns

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  • ASimPersonASimPerson Cold... ... and hard.Registered User regular
    If watching SDSU-UNLV just to see some punts is wrong, then I don't wanna be right.

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  • knitdanknitdan Registered User regular
    (John Blanchette writes about sportsball for the Spokesman-Review)

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited November 20
    Trajan45 wrote: »
    It seems pretty high, but then who knows what LSU is planning to offer their new head coach. And I'm sure MSU has to offer a premium to keep top talent vs more prestigious schools.

    And really all he has to do is beat Michigan 50% of the time or better. Dantonio always had a few losses every year and he kept the job for over 10 years.

    Dantonio won the Big1(2)0 and B1G and made it to a playoff- most successful coach in MSU history

    He also didn’t report the rapes and sexual assaults his recruits and players committed, and fighting the lawsuit about this is why he “got too tired” to keep coaching

    We’ll see if Tucker gets there. It’s too early to tell either way, and this is a surprisingly good year for them….but likely reversion to MSU-football mean would indicate that’s a bad contract.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited November 20
    Also ~45 degrees with no wind or sun in Columbus, maybe we’ll see 10 explosive passing TDs combined

    Edit: lol shit I guess the sun is out in Columbus

    Double edit: John O’Neil fuuuuuuckkkkkkkkkkk

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  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    edited November 20
    This is going about how I expected… Just bottle up our run, our pass offense is inconsistent and our pass defense is non-existent.

    How in the world do you not just keep someone deep since our coverage is so bad. This is going to be a 45-13 type of game.

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  • ZeroCowZeroCow Registered User regular
    Also ~45 degrees with no wind or sun in Columbus, maybe we’ll see 10 explosive passing TDs combined

    Edit: lol shit I guess the sun is out in Columbus

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    MSU secondary is traaaaash

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  • Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    The BFL-ometer is currently vascillating wildly between “hey, this helps Michigan get the Rose Bowl bid!” and “oh fuck, OSU is going to put 70 on Michigan”

  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    Our offense isn’t doing much better. Why in the world are the wr’s stopping their routes? The OSU secondary is physical.

    Shocker, Reed actually runs down field and gets a catch.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited November 20
    I am not at the game, just doing yard work all morning to get a feel for the conditions :)

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    That's a fumble, but spiritually speaking should stay with MSU because that was obviously holding on the DB.

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    #29 was giving an 8 yard cushion and was dead beat at 12 yards.

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  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    And i’m out. Why did i get back into college football again. MSU mistakes and a trash fire of a secondary, with equally trash coaching. After the first TD you should be yelling at them to never let someone get behind them. Let them have the short stuff.

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  • WeedLordVegetaWeedLordVegeta Registered User regular
    clemson has borrowed the pitt superweapon

  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Is it too early for me to start feeling 2014 vibes from this young OSU team that lost its “non-conference test” game in week 2?

  • ZeroCowZeroCow Registered User regular
    Is it too early for me to start feeling 2014 vibes from this young OSU team that lost its “non-conference test” game in week 2?

    Yes.

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    charging

  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    ZeroCow wrote: »
    Is it too early for me to start feeling 2014 vibes from this young OSU team that lost its “non-conference test” game in week 2?

    Yes.

    Yeah, we need Stroud to break his ankle next week and for McCord to step in and be even better

  • PellaeonPellaeon Registered User regular
    Trajan45 wrote: »
    This is going about how I expected… Just bottle up our run, our pass offense is inconsistent and our pass defense is non-existent.

    How in the world do you not just keep someone deep since our coverage is so bad. This is going to be a 45-13 type of game.

    Well you were close to OSU's halftime score anyway.

    Yikes

  • Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    ZeroCow wrote: »
    Is it too early for me to start feeling 2014 vibes from this young OSU team that lost its “non-conference test” game in week 2?

    Yes.

    Yeah, we need Stroud to break his ankle next week and for McCord to step in and be even better

    So you’re saying Michigan will inexplicably play well enough to have a chance to win at the end of the game

    I’ll take it!

  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    So 42-0 is a lead every team but Texas would feel good about

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