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CFP Title Game, Alabama vs tOSU, Jan 11, 8:15 ET on ESPN, Miami

Discussion in '2020 Football Season Capsule' started by BB73, Jan 2, 2021.

  1. AuTX Buckeye

    AuTX Buckeye Beam me up, Mr. Speaker. Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion

    Cable at a time when more people are cutting the cord... no surprise its down plus all sporting events have been down...wild card was down 22% ... DIsney made a mistake putting it solely on ESPN... put it on broadcast and watch those numbers shoot up
  2. Mike80

    Mike80 Kevin Warren is a fuckwit


    I think it just goes on too long. People are moving on to the winter sports as well. It's entirely possible those numbers would have been slightly worse if the NHL was in full swing like it usually would be....
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  3. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I agree. By Jan the 11th the only CFB fans who give a shit enough to stay up late on a Monday night are the fans of the two teams.
  4. Don Muenz

    Don Muenz Different season, same era of greatness

    Me, too, Mike80. Just do not like the very long wait to get this done.

    If the truth be told, I do not like another Big Ten game after The Game, either.

    Beat blue and go bowling, one more game.
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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  6. Jim Hunter

    Jim Hunter Rookie

    Thanks guys - enjoyed it! Look forward to more games down the road.
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  7. OregonBuckeye

    OregonBuckeye Semper Fi Buckeyes

    The commercial breaks have also gotten out of hand. I don't watch non-tOSU games nearly as much as I used to because of all the commercials
  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    Alabama's 52-24 win over Ohio State drew an audience of 18.7 million TV viewers, the lowest for any national championship game since the national championship game began with the Bowl Championship Series in 1998.

    Previously, the least-watched national championship game came at the end of the 2004 season, when USC blew out Oklahoma 55-19 in the final game of the season.

    Entire article:

    Just sayin': Apparently a lot more people than just LovelandBuckeye watched the Hallmark movie instead of the game...... :lol:
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  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    I've always liked the "Grumpy Old Buckeye" (aka Michael Citro) articles:

    After (Forced) Further Review: Olave Garden Closed

    Chris Olave sure looked to me like he got his left foot down with possession late in the game for a cosmetic touchdown. The Buckeyes had to take a timeout to even get the replay official to look at the play, which is not how it’s supposed to work. How it’s supposed to work is that a potential scoring play that looks questionable is supposed to be reviewed. Then the play wasn’t overturned. Herbstreit told me the ball was moving while the video was showing Olave’s foot on the ground and the ball not actually moving. I’ll chalk this one up to ‘not enough evidence to overturn.’ A missed defensive holding call on fourth down play later and it was Alabama’s ball, spoiling a shot at a late touchdown to push the score above 30.

    Just sayin': This one pissed me off. A play just before that we had a Smith-Njigba TD reversed on replay and the Olave catch that should have been reversed to a TD wasn't. (which was what the announcers were saying before the commercial break). Two reviews involving a possible TD in the span of 5 seconds go against us.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2021
  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    It’s okay to be disappointed over the way this season ended for the 2020 Ohio State Buckeyes, but that doesn’t make this season a disappointment.

    This season wasn’t even supposed to happen, and as the saying goes, “‘Tis better to have played and lost than never to have played at all.”

    On August 11, the Big Ten announced there would be no football season. And then said nothing else for over a week. Players had questions and coaches were left holding the bag.

    How do you keep a culture going when the discipline and goals required to even create a culture now have no direction? Rumors and questions flew that maybe there would be a season, only giving hope to shadows and whispers. Eight days after canceling the season, conference commissioner Kevin Warren doubled down on the decision saying that it would not be revisited.

    Ohio State, however, was among the schools that chose to revisit said decision. They chose to fight and fought every day since. Today is their first real day of rest in who knows how long.

    Five weeks after canceling the season, the Big Ten once again opened up for business, doing so in a short-sighted, uphill kind-of-way that put more pressure on the programs than was necessary. But Ohio State did everything they could to make a successful season happen, and there is no shame in coming up one game short in a year unlike any other.

    Sure, the 52-24 loss to Alabama in the national championship game was rough, and the team fell shy of its ultimate goal, but sometimes when you choose to fight, you get knocked down. The Buckeyes chose to fight this summer and the fans were right there with them.

    Should the fans abandon the team now that the fight didn’t go their way for one night?

    Should the excellence demanders ignore the fact that it required excellence just to get to this point? Without excellence, there would have been no call for a season to even begin. There would have never been a fight. It required excellence to even stand up to the very Big Ten Conference that shot them down.

    This was a program that wanted an opportunity to play. Their families wanted it. The coaches wanted it. And you the fans wanted it. You can’t now look back and say you didn’t just because one game didn’t go the way you wanted.

    Don’t cheapen what everybody in the Ohio State program went through by letting your emotions get in the way of their accomplishments.

    This isn’t sunshine pumping. This is a request for people to appreciate the difficulties of pulling all of this off. The endless hours of protocols. The stopping, the starting, the stopping again. A year full of disappointments, but yet it also had football. And football made everyone happy. Don’t lose the happy in the fray of disappointment.

    This was an amazing season. Ohio State lost players by the week and found ways to move up and move on. The culture prevailed even as it was held back by a pandemic.

    This has been a difficult year for all of us. Every person reading this and every person not. You got to watch the Buckeyes this year and for that, you are thankful. How can you not be? In a year where we’re all begging for distractions, the Ohio State football program handed you three-and-a-half months of them.

    A national title would have been nice. You aren’t the only person thinking that. Everybody in the Scarlet and Gray wanted it and did what they could to make it happen.
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  11. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    That and I imagine a lot are tired of seeing Alabama, Clemson or Ohio State.
  12. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    In the grand scheme of things, I don't believe Bama was 4 TDs better than the Buckeyes. But they were definitely better.

    Congratulations to the Tide, and hope to see them next year in the same event.
  13. Zander42

    Zander42 Stupendous Nut

    Like most of us, I was 'bitterly disappointed' by the 2nd quarter. I wasn't necessarily expecting a win, but I thought they were doing well even after the field goal. That happens. Good teams get stops. We got a fumble on them after all. I'm not sure what happened after that, but I haven't seen a Buckeye melt down like that for a while, and it's a first under Day. Perhaps the defensive scheme changed after the FG, not sure, or maybe Sarkafterdark adjusted to what we were doing. Either way it's obvious that it failed in the most spectacular way possible. The white flag possession at the end of the 2nd was terrible. Did Day actually think they could run out the clock? Was the straight up run game there at all? Don't think it was. Of course it just lead to another TD and put the game out of reach. It was nice of the players to say that the scheme was there but they just didn't execute. That's what they have to say but the scheme was most certainly 'not' there in the 2nd. I hope Day isn't as bizarrely loyal to his coaches as Urban and Tressel were.

    That said, who out there is better that isn't getting a box full of Notre Dame hoodies in the mail this week?

    There's has been some talk that even with Sermon and Togiai in, that wouldn't account for the point differential. I'm not so sure. Football is a remarkably non-linear sport because of the possession and down structure. There is a statistic that is something like, if you get and average of 6.5 yards per play, you will average in the low 20's in scoring, but at 7.5 yards per play, the PPG goes up to the 40's or something. That one yard is huge. Don't remember the details but it's something like that. I certainly do think Sermon and Togiai cold account for a yard per play on their respective sides of the ball. Maybe Sermon runs a little better than Teague and we don't settle for a FG in the 2nd, so the D coaches don't panic. Maybe Togiai gets just enough push to make Jones' get nervous and we don't have to start those blitzes that weren't getting there either. Ah well, we'll never know.

    Great but frustrating season.
  14. Zem

    Zem Junior

    I think think this is a growing threat to the sport's popularity. It was far more level back in the day with at least 10 blue blood schools fighting for the championship every year. Now UGA and OU seem to be the only other schools that have a shot to at least be competitive in the playoff.
    Edit: I could see West Coast people especially losing interest with the Pac12 fading as it seems to be doing.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2021
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  15. 1926Buckeyes

    1926Buckeyes Senior

    There's no flow to games due to ads, and I also think the gap between CCGs and the bowls/playoffs can be shortened. If they could find some way to line up the CCGs, semis, and finals so that it ended on the 1st, it'd be much better. As of now it feels like it should be ending right after Christmas while people are home and want something to watch. NYD is an event day and traditional CFB day. Easy to remember and identify with instead of...a Monday.

    This is the bigger issue. Overall, I think parity between 128 and 5 is better than ever. Scouting, training, and creative schemes have helped smaller programs level the field. But the sport has never been more professionalized and the talent more condensed at the top. And it's magnified by needing 22 starters and 15+ rotation players good enough to step in and make plays. You're a very talented OSU team, but mediocre at DB and backup RB? Losing by 28. Zero margin for error. Not entertaining for people who aren't diehard CFB fans.

    Watching highlights from the biggest games just 10-15 years ago during quarantine drove that home. Other than the 01/02 Miami teams (and they'd have Dorsey as a liability), none of those champions had the talent + depth required to win a title in this era. Not even close. Pretty sure even '05 Texas and '08 Florida would be losing by 2 TDs.
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