Five Cavalcade of Whimsy footballey opinions and, like, other stuff
5. Points are not boring
I’m not sure why so many people feel so threatened by the Chiefs-Rams classic a few Monday nights ago, and I can’t tell why so many are in a twist over the Big 12 shootouts with outlandish point totals and big plays all over the place.
If you don’t like it, and if it’s too much stimulation … pitchers and catchers report in a few weeks.
Not only is this the future, but it’s the answer.
There will be a time when players aren’t going to be allowed to hit things with their heads. I know, you don’t like it, but the evolution to football being like 7-of-7 drills is coming.
It actually is possible to play football and love it – especially because gambling and fantasy play such big roles – without the players ruining their brains. There’s a whole new generation of football fans growing up who don’t care about your three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-boring football.
It’ll be okay, like …
2. Texas A&M 74, LSU 72, 7 OT
Okay, Old Artie Farty, I’ll come to your party.
The college overtime system is vastly superior to the NFL version, however, I’m with many of you. There needs to be a tweak.
Start at the 35 instead of the 25. It makes the offense have to earn it a bit more.
That puts an end to any more Isner-Mahut situations, and it actually makes it a bit more strategic overall. If you don’t like your kicker and he doesn’t have the range, maybe you push a little harder to end the game in regulation by going for two.
But before we get our panties into a twist over one moment of craziness, there have been 30 overtime games in college football this year. 23 of them only lasted one round, only five went more than two, and only A&M-LSU and San Jose State-Hawaii – a five-overtime affair – went more than three.
3. Party like it’s 2014
This is starting to become eerily similar.
In 2014, the College Football Playoff featured a deadly quarterback from Hawaii who won the Heisman. Marcus Mariota, meet Tua Tagovailoa.
The 2014 CFP had an undefeated team that wasn’t that great, but had to be put in because it had to be done. Florida State, say hi to Notre Dame.
That CFP featured an Ohio State team that appeared to be disqualified after a key loss, but ended up getting in after a historic beatdown – 59-0 over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship – late in the campaign.
It also gave the Big 12 the hope of getting in thanks to a favorable spot in the next-to-last rankings with TCU at No. 3, only to – yoink – pull the rug away and put in the Buckeyes.
And, of course, Alabama was the No. 1 seed in 2014, too.
2. And, to make this crazy, Ohio State probably needs Tom Herman to come through
To Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt. Please, PLEASE, don’t make the narrative about Ohio State winning the Big Ten Championship one big Buckeye/Meyer family pity party.
Do NOT use the words overcome or adversity.
Yeah, it was an emotional time for Shelley Meyer as the Michigan win was coming to a close – she was crying on the sidelines at the end of the game. Yes, Urban Meyer suffers from headaches and issues when he’s stressed.
But they’re not the victims from the offseason scandal.
Ohio State as a football story is amazing. But please, Gus, don’t pull out anything like that Penn State “welcome back to Camelot” barf bag crap you did at the end of the Big Ten title game a few years ago.
1. Going for two
Don’t confuse the metrics of the NFL types going for two and the college teams trying for the conversion when they don’t have to.
In the NFL, over the long haul, kicking the extra point is becoming the equivalent of the bunt. The odds and percentages are in the team’s favor – they have to hit around 48% of the twos for it to pay off, and they’re doing it – if you blow off the extra point and always go for two, much like you’re better off shooting threes in basketball if you have the personnel to do it.
But there are two massive differences between the NFL types going for two and the college guys giving it a try.
1) The NFL guys are better, and 2) the NFL kickers are better on long field goals.
Even with the gaudy numbers for some of the college passing games, in general – especially in tight spaces in the red zone – the NFL guys are more consistenlty accurate.
And then there are the kicking games.
Miss the two-point conversion in the NFL – when the scores are more consistently tighter – and you can still count on the field goal kickers from longer ranges. In college, that’s a big roll of the dice to combine the possibility of a missed two point try and potentially having to press for points instead of going for longer field goal attempts.
Basically, in the NFL, go for it. In college, only go for it when you absolutely have to.