Originally posted by eonblue:
Originally posted by DelCed2486:
GREAT win by Stanford...and now for the 'but'. BUT, the Shaw Doctrine was in full effect, which is take a dominating, impressive blowout in the 4th qtr and turn it into a game closer than it ever should have been. I know the Stanford OL was dominant, but feel free to mix in a forward pass once in a while...nothing crazy, maybe a screen to Barry Jr.? But SOMETHING to maybe get a TD instead of keep settling for FGs, which it was inevitable one would get blocked.
If Stanford wins out, which would include a win over Notre Dame (who may still be ranked at that time) plus a victory in the Pac-12 title game, they would end up with 6 or even 7 victories over ranked opponents, playing in arguably the best conference not named the SEC. But because college football is stupid and doesn't have true playoffs, they'll get screwed by that Utah loss unless something happens with FSU, Baylor ( and maybe OSU, although think Stanford would leapfrog them regardless)...personally, though, I think Stanford is better than all 3 of those teams and would give Bama the best challenge in title game.
Why pass it when the Oregon can't stop the run? You're trying to eat clock and eliminate turnovers. Why even put the ball into the air for an incompletion that stops the clock or turnover that puts them in the game? I mean your equating the running game to the blocked FG because they didn't score but passing hardly guarantees a score. In fact the field is shorter so routes are limited and blitz is more likely. The Stanford passing game wasn't strong to begin with so in the RZ I take Gaffney in the Rz over Hogan any day, all day.
Btw College football doesn't have a playoff system period. That's next year. I don't even feel like getting inti that discussion but going by rank is best. I think Stanford is better than Baylor and OSU. FSU has just as good a defense as Stanford's. Not as technically sound but more athletic and explosive. They have your offense dead in the water tho. That would be a good game but I don't think you shut them out. They just have too many good skill position players, a transcendent qb, and a top 10 oline. You guys greatly benefitted from Mariottas implosion. Winston's a baller though and he wouldn't be missing the throws Mariotta was.
Yeah, I know there's no playoff system. I said "true playoffs", as the conference championship games are a pseudo playoff, although even this isn't foolproof when we've seen a team not win their conference yet still make it to the title game. And I never said anything about having Hogan all of a sudden start throwing the ball all over the yard...there are very low-risk passes, e.g. screen/swing to Gaffney/Sanders, bubble screen to Montgomery, just the occasional mixing in of something to get the ball to a playmaker in space, including jet sweeps that worked multiple times earlier in the game. And to be fair, running up the middle isn't risk-free, that was extremely fortunate that Gaffney was able to recover his own fumble. Oregon wasn't stuffing the run in the 4th, but since they pretty much knew what was coming they were able to force 4th downs/FG attempts...even David Shaw said he wasn't happy with how they finished the game.
I'll reiterate, it was a GREAT win, and shows that when Stanford is playing their high-caliber football and not sleepwalking (Utah), they are one of the 2-3 best teams in the nation. Stanford vs FSU would be a great game, but I do think Stanford on their A-game would win. If it were 2014 we'd probably get to find out.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM ]