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Jeremy
01-05-2008, 08:50 AM
In case I don't mention it before Monday, good luck to the Buckeyes of Ohio State. The last thing I want to see is Les Miles rewarded for the classless way he got his team in to the Championship game. Maybe the Buckeyes can show the country that Illinois was a fluke and they really are the best team in the country.

revefsreleets
01-06-2008, 06:02 PM
As we approach the game, I've thought more and more about it. Tress seems to have his team literally laser honed sharp. They are business-like, ignoring all the distractions of NO and totally focused on the game. People forget that with the exception of last years NC game, Tress is a multiple NC championship winning coach. NOBODY is better at preparing a football team for big games. Look at OSU's bowl record before Jim Tressel arrived and look at it after. Look at the recent OSU vs. UM games.

Both are great teams, and very talented. I actually expect OSU to come out and take the game over early and never look back. They are physical enough to deal with LSU physicality, and they are fast enough to deal with that speed. It will comes down to scheme and execution, and I'll take Tress over Les in that battle any day.

Rhee Rhee
01-06-2008, 06:29 PM
they're gonna need all the luck they can get..

revefsreleets
01-06-2008, 06:46 PM
Why? OSU matches up in every facet of the game at least as well as LSU, and they are better defensively. LSU's advantage is pretty much all on paper at this point, and I don't buy it.

CrimsonTideSteelersFan
01-06-2008, 07:55 PM
The biggest hurdle that OSU will have to climb will be the hornet's nest of the Louisiana Superdome. This is a home game for LSU and the LSU fans are by far the rowdiest fans in the country. Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge is bad enough but the Superdome will be like 'Tiger Stadium with a roof' which will make it much more hostile. I don't think the OSU fans and players know what they're getting themselves into Monday night.

Being an Alabama fan, I've grown up with SEC football and with LSU fans. Sugar Bowls at the Superdome always give the SEC teams an advantage there - especially when LSU is in the game. My senior year in high school, I went to the 1993 Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Miami for the national title where UM was a 14 point favorite. The Dome was 85% Alabama fans and that created all types of intimidation for the 'mighty' Hurricanes that night. Alabama, a two touchdown underdog, whipped UM and Heisman Trophy winner, Gino Torretta, 34-13.

If this game were being played in a neutral venue, I'd probably pick OSU to win the game, but not in New Orleans. The pro-LSU crowd cannot be underestimated in this game in New Orleans.

But ya'll are correct in your analysis of Tressel v. Miles. Tressel comes across as being a more competent coach without a doubt. And I'm sure that OSU will want to make up for their terrible performance against Florida last season out in Glendale.

revefsreleets
01-06-2008, 09:00 PM
This, again, is all paper analysis. Trust me, the "advantage" of LSU being at home will not be nearly as large as it's being touted. Tomorrow the Bucks prove their travel power, and i expect the crowd to be about equal. It's sacrilege to suggest so to the SEC crowd, who somehow think that God invented SEC football and broke the mold, but OSU's program is bigger, wider spread, and travels better than anybody else. This is not an idle boast. In less than 24 hours the whole world will see what I'm talking about.

I say Good Luck Tigers. THEY are going to need as much good luck as they can get.

CrimsonTideSteelersFan
01-06-2008, 09:27 PM
If this game were in Pasadena, Glendale, Miami, or any other locale, I'd agree with you about the OSU fans. Only the Alabama and Tennessee fanbases (and Florida to some extent) can compete with the OSU fans in traveling. But, because this game is one hour from Red Stick, LSU will have the majority of the fans inside the Dome tomorrow night.

revefsreleets
01-07-2008, 09:15 AM
I expect LSU will have an edge, but it will be no more than probably 60/40. It won't be a big factor in the outcome of the game.

Jeremy
01-07-2008, 10:28 AM
Here's what it's going to come down to:

Can Ohio State grind down LSU or will LSU be able to run all over OSU?

I really think this game is going to be a blow out one way or the other.

CrimsonTideSteelersFan
01-07-2008, 10:46 AM
I expect LSU will have an edge, but it will be no more than probably 60/40. It won't be a big factor in the outcome of the game.

60/40 is about what I think it will be. I still think that LSU has a home field advantage in this game because of where the game is being played. LSU plays really well in the Dome and have already played a game there this season.

One of the OSU players was asked what it was like when the Bucks got off their jet at the New Orleans airport and walked through the terminal full of LSU fans and he responded by saying that it reminded him of when Rocky walked into the arena in Moscow before his fight with Drago. Maybe the OSU players can use this to their advantage somehow.

It's a tough game to handicapp, but turnovers will likely come into play, as well as big plays. Both teams have a lot to prove. LSU wants to prove that with two losses they belong in this game and OSU wants to make amends for the fiasco in Glendale from last season's title game.

Jeremy
01-07-2008, 10:52 AM
I think both teams are going to have motivation to win this game based on the total lack of respect they've received from the national media. Just this morning, Mike Golic said that the winner of this game will be national champion in name only.

I want a playoff as much as the next guy, but I'll also call the winner of this game the national champion.

revefsreleets
01-07-2008, 01:41 PM
Playing in the dome for these Buckeyes will be like taking a relaxing gentle walk on plush green grass in the Spring compared to playing in a whiteout in happy Valley.

GoFins11
01-07-2008, 04:45 PM
I say Good Luck Tigers. THEY are going to need as much good luck as they can get.

No Offense but how can OSU fans still talk so much crap after all that humble pie you guys ate last season.

OSU has a good football program but so does LSU. It wouldn't suprise me if either won.

I can't wait til all this paper talk is over and the score goes final. Good luck to both.

Steeler in Carolina
01-07-2008, 06:11 PM
I agree. Good luck OSU. I wouldn't hate LSU except that ****y coach they have.

SteelCityMan786
01-07-2008, 07:30 PM
Touchdown Buckeyes. 7-0.

GoFins11
01-07-2008, 09:11 PM
LSU 24-10 Half

revefsreleets
01-08-2008, 07:52 AM
LSU DID have all the good luck. OSU again has a team good enough to win but just totally shot themselves in the foot. FIVE personal fouls? A stupid momentum killing penalty that probably turned 14-0 into 10-0. A dropped TD pass that ended up instead as a blocked FG. Int's. Other stupid penalties. Players caught out of position. The Buckeyes looked like ass throughout the entire 2nd and 3rd quarters, and LSU is way too good of a team to not capitalize on all those mistakes.

Still, I'd rather lose the national championship game every year then beat some mid-tier team in the Holiday Bowl.

GoFins11
01-08-2008, 08:05 AM
LSU DID have all the good luck. OSU again has a team good enough to win but just totally shot themselves in the foot. FIVE personal fouls? A stupid momentum killing penalty that probably turned 14-0 into 10-0. A dropped TD pass that ended up instead as a blocked FG. Int's. Other stupid penalties. Players caught out of position. The Buckeyes looked like ass throughout the entire 2nd and 3rd quarters, and LSU is way too good of a team to not capitalize on all those mistakes.

Still, I'd rather lose the national championship game every year then beat some mid-tier team in the Holiday Bowl.

Luck had nothing to do with it. LSU is a great team and they dominated. There isn't really anything else you can say. LSU came to play and OSU didn't

The only play that had bad luck was that roughing the punter penalty, I guess. How on Earth did he miss the ball.


SEC goes 7-2 this bowl seson.

CrimsonTideSteelersFan
01-08-2008, 08:43 AM
The most glaring factor in the game last night was that LSU's coaching staff out-schemed OSU's coaching staff. That's right - Sweatervest got outcoached by the Mad Hatter (what is the world coming to?) Aside from coaching, the OSU players never showed any confidence in the game, even after they took the quick 10-0 lead. LSU settled down and developed that Eye-of-the-Tiger killer instinct and OSU could not muster any sort of effective counter-punch. LSU just simply wanted it more.

Right now, the SEC is light years better than the Big Ten. The Big Ten teams - especially OSU - need to do some soul searching in the offseason and determine whether or not they want to legitimately compete for national titles anytime soon. Getting to the title game isn't going to cut it any longer because of how severely the Big Ten (OSU) has been dominated in the last two outings. 0-9 all time against the SEC in bowl games is an ugly stat.

revefsreleets
01-08-2008, 09:26 AM
I must not have watched the same game. I saw a Bucks offense move up and down the field (then repeatedly self destruct). The SEC speed myth is just that, OSU was just as fast. Luck is sure-handed Hartline dropping a TD pass, a MLB jumping on a punt and missing it, a bobbled punt not recovered, etc, etc...

I'm not taking anything away from LSU, they were clearly better prepared, but they are not "light years" ahead of OSU in any way shape or form, they simply made the most of their opportunities where OSU did not.

Lord Stiller
01-08-2008, 09:37 AM
The most glaring factor in the game last night was that LSU's coaching staff out-schemed OSU's coaching staff.

BINGO

They really confused that #1 D. Impressive