October was not well-constructed
by ShermanOaksND (2015-01-02 15:52:40)
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  In reply to: Glad they have a BYE before facing Temple  posted by Hanratty5ND



except for Clemson coming right after UMass. If you're going to play UMass at all, they do belong between GT and Clemson. But to have Navy before USC, and the bye after USC and before Temple, is just dumb, unless it was unavoidable -- and I can't imagine it would've been impossible to persuade Navy to move our game from the 10th to the 24th.

Instead, I think Swarbrick acceded to Kelly's desire to have an off-week on the back-end of Fall Break. That strategy flopped this year and could blow up again in 2015 (and 2016 as well).


Navy opponents had an awful record this year after Navy.....
by brnd  (2015-01-02 17:16:28)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

....including OSU losing to VaTech.

Thus I completely agree that Navy before USC is problematic.

Further, I believe that USC has a Thursday game before ND plays them, giving them extra time to rest and prepare for ND.


Navy opponents were 6-4 week after playing Navy in 2012 & 13 *
by Father Nieuwland  (2015-01-02 19:24:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Ga Tech has same 'hangover effect.' *
by irishhawk49  (2015-01-02 18:21:50)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


You're right about USC's Thursday game
by ShermanOaksND  (2015-01-02 17:20:55)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

It does give them only a 2-day edge in terms of rest over ND, but given that we play Navy the preceding week, that could be a material difference.

I don't know if OSU suffered any major injuries against Navy. Braxton Miller was lost before that opener.


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