We have a new number one! For the first time since the final week of our 2015 poll, Alabama is not the number one team in our poll this week. Congratulations to the University of Georgia for dethroning their conference foes in the highly regarded OSR College Football Playoff Poll.Read More
The NBA offseason is upon us, and offseason festivities kick off with tonight’s 2017 NBA Draft. Here is my mock draft, made up of what picks I think SHOULD be made, not necessarily what picks I think WILL be made. The Kings will inevitably draft another damn center because they’re the Kings, it’s what they do. Each pick has the players’ primary position, followed by secondary positions that they can feasibly play, and a short synopsis on why the team should take that player.Read More
Last Thursday at 3:00 PM was the trade deadline in the NBA. Although there were only a few moves, mostly for rotational players with one notable exception, the NBA landscape did change as the regular season winds down. OSR’s February Recap will focus on the winners and losers of the deadline.Read More
As the second month of the NBA season draws to a close, we are about a third of the way through the year. In the holiday spirit, I am recapping each team individually by coming up with New Year’s Resolutions for each team. All stats come from either nba.com/stats or espn.com. They are current through games on December 30, 2016.Read More
I spent last fall studying abroad in Athens, Greece, so Notre Dame naturally had the best season of my four years as an undergraduate student here. Nevertheless, I followed the Irish as best as I could, including watching their regular season finale against Stanford from start to finish. The sun rose over the Acropolis as Conrad Ukropina’s game-winning field goal shattered Irish hearts around the world, but a year later, the heartache is not the biggest takeaway I have from the game. It was all I remembered for a month after the game, but I cannot even say with certainty that Notre Dame would have made the playoff with a win over Stanford. What I remember from that game is DeShone Kizer.Read More
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And that’s a wrap! The 2016 college football regular season (minus the Army-Navy game) has officially come to a close. It’s been a wild season, despite Alabama’s dominance and stranglehold on the playoff’s top spot.
Now the fun begins, as the actual playoff committee has to decide whether Ohio State actually deserves a spot, despite not being a conference champion and losing to a team that did actually win their conference. Does Washington deserve a spot, despite playing in a weak Pac-12, but doing work on pretty much every team in the conference, including their Pac-12 title game thrashing of a strong Colorado team? Regardless of what the real committee believes, here are the OSR playoff committee’s final rankings!
Thanks for following along all season and a big thank you to Team Chaos for making this a crazy last month and a half. Now lets go bowling!
1. Alabama (13-0): “Alabama came out in the second half and did unspeakable things to Florida, posting their third 50 point game of the season. This defense is one of the best I think we've seen in years and this team is special to watch.” – Justin Wagner
2. Ohio State (11-1): “Say what you will about Penn State winning the Big Ten title, but I think that Ohio State’s resume with wins over four nationally-ranked opponents is too strong. Wins by Oklahoma and Penn State on Saturday helped the Buckeyes and they are worthy of a playoff spot.” – Curt Ashcraft
3. Clemson (12-1): “The Tigers really made things interesting with some late penalties against Virginia Tech, but the defense came up with a huge 4th down stop when it mattered the most. The offense may be too dependent on Watson's legs, but at this point you have to put all your chips on the table.” – Matthew Ruskan
4. Washington (12-1): “The Huskies went into the PAC 12 Championship and flat out took care of business. Colorado got dominated in that game...so much so that it looked like Washington was in a warm up game.” – Matt Shock
5. Penn State (11-2): “The Big Ten Champs did everything it could as of late to be in the college football playoffs. They are crowned Big Ten Champs, but the two losses to Michigan and Pitt were just a little too much for me to put them in the playoffs, while Washington only has one loss and has been dominating their opponents.” – John Pearson
6. Michigan (10-2): “The Wolverines needed a lot to get into the playoffs and it just didn't go their way. They knew going into the game against Ohio State that if they won, they were in and if they lost, they were out. A couple of losses from Clemson, Washington and Wisconsin could have done them wonders, but it wasn't meant to be. An incredible season they had nonetheless.” – John Pearson
Now it’s officially conference championship week (except for those clowns in the Big 12…) and we actually have some toss up games, in my opinion. I think the Big 10 championship between Wisconsin and Penn State might just be the best of the weekend, as both teams have shown vulnerability this season, but seem to be peaking at the right now.Read More
The 2016-17 NBA season has gotten under way, and after the month of November (and the last week of October), now seems as good a time as any to size up where the league stands. Below is a commentary on surprises and disappointments, as well as the teams doing exactly what was expected.Read More
Another week, another top-four team losing. With Louisville’s loss and the impending top-four matchup between Ohio State and Michigan, this means we’ll have four-straight weeks with a top-four team losing to end the season. Since my Oregon Ducks have been garbage this season, (minus that huge win at Utah!!) I’ve been all-in on Team Chaos. So really, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the college football season.Read More
Week Nine of the college football season saw a handful of top-10 teams lose on the road and Clemson made a legitimate case for jumping in the rankings with their win over Florida State. It’s also reached that time in the season where our committee here at OSR differs a lot on the bottom teams in our top-10 rankings.Read More
It’s Nick Saban’s world and we’re just living it. Seriously, his Crimson Tide looks untouchable for the foreseeable future. So while they continue to mow through the rest of the SEC, lets focus on the rest of the country where they’re still playing fun and competitive football. Alabama games aren’t even fun to watch right now.Read More
Remember last week when I boldly (stupidly) claimed that either Alabama or Ohio State would lose their top-ten matchup? Yeah, about that…sure the Buckeyes put up their scariest performance of the season, they were going up against a very solid Wisconsin defense. I won’t even dive into the Bama and Tennessee game, because the score line (49-10) and total yards (594-163) speak for themselves.Read More
For the first time this season we have a consensus number one team in the OSR College Football Playoff Rankings. Congratulations to Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide, I’m sure this is an honor they never saw coming and are greatly appreciative to receive.Read More
Week five of college football gave us a solid selection of top-10 matchups, some easy victories for top teams, and another last-minute Tennessee victory. Both Clemson and Washington seem to have cemented...Read More