By - Mr_Wy
"A head coach away"
"An offensive line away"
"A football team away"
7ish points away on a weekly basis.
On average, only about 1 point. Give or take a tenth here and there.
Fuck it, this year we ball
I'll drink that kool-aid with you bro. Ballin or bust.
“A Tom Osborne away”
“Human sacrifice away”
Oklahoma State: Half-a-yard away
Damn, that one stung.
Most important play in UC history
Our welcome gift for our new friends.
Also an Iowa State loss away in 2011 :/
That game by isu was poetically one of the hardest fought and most effort put in games I've ever seen. It was pretty awesome.
I'm going to have to disagree, but I'll admit I might be just slightly biased.
Minnesota - rich uncle pennybags
Oooh. That’s a good one.
I might expand it further and say we’re missing a passionate fanbase. They don’t have wealthy donors, rabid local fans, or alumni network. Even the students are fickle at best.
It’s mind blowing that up until last year they were the only D1 program in the entire state and have never able to convince the best players to stay.
I went there in 2013 and the best way I could describe it was the students felt like they had to be there out of obligation.
The on campus stadium and recent moderate success has made people care waaay more than it was in 2013, especially the students
Yeah, moving out of the Dome has been big for the culture, but that culture has only been built on for about a decade so it's not as developed as lots of other schools (speaking as someone who grew up in St Paul and is in grad school @ the U)
The *least* you could do, then, is make the U your secondary flair!
Come on, you can’t ask them to get rid of the Summertime Lover flair!
Yep. Student section was packed for every game last season, even after the loss that shall not be named
That fricken student section wasn’t full even for the Wisconsin game when I went in like 2018. Glad to hear it’s gaining some steam!
that was probably 2017, and that was before PJ really turned the corner. I believe the demry croft-led gophers lost 30-0 to wisconsin. Things have been... better since that game.
A fellow Texas/ Minnesota flair 😱 rarely seen ✊🏾
Wow another one! You’re the fourth I’ve seen let’s goooo! 〽️🤘🏼
It’s always gonna be tough to garner sustained interest from the fanbase with the amount of pro sports available in the Twin Cities. You go anywhere else in the B1G (apart from Northwestern) and those teams don’t have to deal with that.
I think the biggest issue with Minnesota is that, for the most part, the only people who care about Gopher Football live in the metro. I grew up out state and nobody I knew ever talked about or cared about the Gophers. Which boggles my mind because it’s the only FBS program in the state and the Dakotas. I would think Minnesota football would be big in the state not unlike Badger football is in Wisconsin. Maybe nobody cares about the Gophers because there’s the Vikings but Wisconsin has the Packers. I only started rooting for the Gophers after I moved East after college and needed someone to cheer for because I was certainly not going to pull for the Buckeyes.
I did not have the same experience growing up in Central Minnesota. When it comes to football, everyone roots for the Gophers. I see Gophers merch all the time, even if the person wearing it clearly didn't go there. It's different in hockey, of course, where the fan base is much more split across local areas with multiple D1 teams to root for. That could be a contributing factor to the lack of a universal Minnesota fanbase, though. Our college hockey fandoms are generally much more intense than our college football fandoms (not for me, but for most other Minnesotans I know). It can be hard to put that aside and root for your bitter hockey rivals come football season (which also overlaps with hockey season).
I find it's just a pro sports city. The people in the twin cities just care way more about pro sports than college sports.
I notice how much basketball talent minnesota has produced; holgrem, Suggs, and bueckers. None of them stay home for college,
Kansas - a victory.
We coming for you Tennessee Tech
Time to be loud and proud. leave the paper bag for Texas when they go to the SEC and have 6-6 seasons every year.
Oh I'm drinking the kool-aid
Ready to go 4-0
Now you're talking.
That victory was against Mizzou in 2007 at Arrowhead. Imagine if we had a Kansas-West Virginia championship game that year. Probably saves Kansas football and the Big East, win or lose.
It would have been wild for Kansas to win it all in football and basketball a year after Florida did it.
You can only schedule Texas so many times a year
isn't that the truth. NDSU on the schedule really hurts us.
Indiana: A football team away
Or another pandemic away
A win against Pitt.
Sadly, same. Well 2007 specifically
That’s not always necessary.
3 seconds away in 2005 :(
An undefeated season would’ve been nice, but it really wouldn’t have made any difference.
Desean Hamilton not dropping the TD away.
Jahan Dotson not tripping on air away.
4th quarter defense making 1 stop away.
That covers 4 of our last 6 seasons.
Or a few more touchdowns against Michigan honestly
Fuckin tell me about it. Hopefully we got that sorted now.
Now all you need is a QB!
I doubt that's the case.
Same. Y’all keep pulling mf’ers out of the woodwork.
I was real excited when Rattler got benched. And then…
I hope the horns fans chant “We want Booty!” during gameday.
Well you have probably the best defensive coach in the country as your HC so it looks like it's your time!
Wait a second... You mean to tell me we're allowed to have an offense AND defense?! I thought we were only allowed to have one or the other based on the last 7 years or so.
Try 14, Oklahoma has had dominate defenses in the past, 70's through the 80's and again 00-08. Legit happy for the change.
Yeah I think this is bad info. I think we're only allowed to sign offensive players and we just have to convert some of them to defensive players and let Mike Stoops try to teach them how to play D.
yall had Russell Wilson
And they came 2 Hail Mary's (maybe just 1) away from the BCS title game that year.
If one of those doesn't happen, they're 12-1 entering bowl season. That might've been enough to get the \#2 ranking instead of Alabama. If both of those don't happen, they're unquestionably playing LSU for the national title at 13-0
That Michigan State game still haunts me. Kirk Cousins still lives rent free in my head from that hail mary
The B1G Championship that year still haunts MSU fans
I was so upset I told my cousin (badger) that he can go die in a car fire. I was very upset.
I felt bad for Michigan State. In 2010 they beat the Badgers straight up but there was that 3 way tie for first place with Ohio State. The Badgers ended up going to the Rose Bowl as the “conference champion” rep, Ohio State ended up in a different BCS bowl and MSU was rewarded Bama in the Capital One Bowl.
Then in 2011 they again beat the Badgers in the regular season. But then lost a heartbreaker in a rematch vs Wisconsin in the first ever B10 Championship game. Again this put them on the outside of a BCS bowl.
I felt bad because they beat Wisconsin both seasons and still didn’t get to the Rose Bowl out of it.
We made it in 2013 in what was a magical season and it healed many of those Wisconsin wounds but yes 2011 big 10 title game was heartbreaking.
Reminder that JJ Watt had just left a year early before that season started. No way those hail marys happen with 99 coming off the edge.
Why does everyone always call the OSU play a Hail Mary? It was just horribly busted coverage at the worst time. It was shitty execution, not luck.
Agreed, but I also (maybe delusionally) believe that if we had won the MSU game the week prior, we wouldn’t have come to Colombus as flat as we did.
And that was only 10 years ago!
Our best DB missing the season killed us. We were a Braxton Miller moment of magic away from playing LSU in the Natty.
or JJ Watt coming off the line
he’s left early for the NFL
No sure fire top 10 pick would come back tho.
He made the right decision but it’s fun to imagine we play for the natty if he comes back
Had Wilson for one year and went to the Rose Bowl
Went to a rose bowl the year before and year after too for what it is worth
Year after was a fluke with Ohio state and Penn state ineligible
For 1 season
We’ve been saying we’re a stud qb away for a while now too, really it’s more like consistent top 5 recruiting classes but heyy maybe…
If ND beats Ohio State in the National Championship with Lloyd Carr's grandson...well I'll be upset but not *that* upset!
Can somebody call up the rest of the original Big10? I might have a solution to our SEC problem....
I remember when I was excited for Gunner Kiel 😖
Didn’t Deshone Kizer make an NFL roster?
So did Ian Book, Jimmy Clausen, Brady Quinn, etc. As much as I love them all none have had real valid success, you pretty much have to go back to Joe Montana to get real nfl accolades
Briefly. He wasn’t good and left college too early. I couldn’t tell you where he’s at now a days and don’t care enough to google it lol
I legit like ND. I just feel like their biggest problem is they need better depth. They always have good/great starters but like most of the championship teams the last few years it's being 3 deep at every position with guys that would all start at a fbs school that makes a difference.
It's hard to stay in games when your opponent can rotate guys in with basically zero drop off.
Exactly. Teams like yours and Bama for that reason can mow people down by sheer number of top tier talents up and down the depth chart.
And the starters are fresher all year because they only play half of every game! ND does struggle with depth though, I remember a couple of years back we had an injury or two at safety and had to play guys out of position - and got torched
Yeah /u/Mr_Wy, that’s our line!
It's cornerbacks and it isn't even close. Even our great ones have been 3 stars usually. Freeman has already changed that. I can't wait.
In Saban's early nonChampionship teams the answer was: a kicker.
Alabama: A year away from victory
The next 30 for 30
You're talking pretty early, since he started winning championships in year 3!
A time machine
texas tech - defense
What is this mythical 'defense' word you speak of?
don't know actually, just hear a lot of yammering about how we don't have it- whatever *it* is
UVA - same.
We had a title contending offense last year and a defense that'd give up 30 to high schools
Same answer for basically the entire B12
USC and Texas are always 1 coach away
I’m hoping we’re “an implementation of NIL” away.
From 2008-2018 LSU was just a QB away. In 2018-2019 they got the QB and it worked out OK.
I just watched every single bcs championship game and the LSU Bama one was by far the hardest to watch. That QB play was other worldly bad.
Ugh. That game is burned into my memory forever. What's crazy is we somehow went undefeated in every other game that season even with our QB issues.
And y’all also had the baddest group of dudes ever to take a field together. 21 grown men, but 2 children swapping out at quarterback.
That year our punter took one to house against Florida and got penalized for taunting. It was unreal the talent everywhere on the field besides QB.
I feel like being an Ohio State fan disqualifies me, so I’ll go with my main flair…
Dayton basketball: only a fucking pandemic away from glory
Dayton football: lmao
Best team of our lives... pandemic
As an SDSU aztec basketball fan, I fuckin feel that man.
fr, brings me so much pain
The 94 Expos of college basketball
The rest of the SEC West has been one giant meteor in Tuscaloosa away from probably picking up a few more national championships since 2007
We were 2 quarters away in 2011.
And a motherfucking pop fly
What could’ve been had Petrino not been fucking around with staff..
Also please don’t mention the pop fly
VT is a [winning program] away from a national championship
A safety who cares about his cleats
A healthy Seth Russell back in 2015. Damn what could have been. That offense was scary good.
We’ve been an entire football team away from glory for about a decade now.
Just one more coach and we’re there.
2007 - Dennis Dixon. Healthy knees. 😭
2010 - We were “Cam Newton kicked off the team for his and his dad’s shenanigans” away….
I’m not salty, you are! …. In all seriousness there were several places that if things had just gone a little different we may have had a title in 2010.
2015 - An offense. Or well, one could fairly argue an entire team. We beat Florida State soundly and then…idk, stopped for coffee and bagels during the championship game? We were horrible.
In general? Ugh. Where do I start? A winning/championship mentality as part of our culture, perhaps? We have shown we can get there…just not finish.
For 2010 you would have then gotten bama, I see it as more of a "the micrometers between Michael Dyers knee and the ground" away
Man it hurt watching the end of that Dixon season, that was such a fun team to watch and I was rooting for y'all.
But yeah salt away all you want for 2010, we finally got ours after being robbed in 2004.
To be fair, I’ve nothing against Auburn in general; in fact, I’ll typically root for them against whomever they’re playing. It’s just Newton and the whole Dyer being down/not down that drives me batty.
I was thinking though, if, heavy if, we had some hypothetical miracle season this year…and won a title, it would be ironic doing so led by a former Auburn player at QB.
2019: a better offensive scheme
I think Nick Fairley may have won that game harder for Auburn than Cam Newton did. That dude was an animal that night.
Agreed, he completely stuffed the offense.
I remember watching Dixon against Michigan that year and I thought he was gonna win the Heisman. I don't remember which game he hurt his knee but I remember watching him still play after that and it just gave out on him. It was very sad. I've always rooted for Oregon after that.
To this day, it’s one of the big what ifs for Ducks football. Still believe he would have won it and put us in a position to challenge for a title, as everything clicked for him and the team.
When he pulled off a statue of liberty and then a fake statue of liberty against Michigan, that was honestly the game that got me into college football.
One of my favorite plays in Ducks football history.
Dixon actually tore his ACL in the previous game against ASU on a fairly innocuous tackle. You would never have known just watching it live.
The next game against Arizona was when it completely gave out on him (incredibly, he ran like an 80-yard TD on the drive before).
That team wins the natty if it doesn’t happen I’m still convinced of it.
We were a quarterback away.
So we decided fuck that and built the best defense modern college football has seen.
You obviously haven’t ever seen the Waterboy documentary
Maybe, but I seem to remember that time when Bobby Boucher showed up at halftime and the Mud Dogs won the Bourbon Bowl.
On a totally unrelated note, when I think of what Kirby has done down 316 a ways I can’t help but think to myself:
*I just hate him
I hate him
I hate him*
There’s a couple of ways to define “modern college football”. The farthest back one could reasonably describe as the “modern era” is 1973, when the NCAA introduced scholarship limits.
But if you argue that the BCS era is the start of the modern era, Boucher’s amazing 1997 season with the SCLSU Mud Dogs comes just outside of that cutoff and the previous claim about Georgia’s defense being the best modern defense has some legitimacy.
For a while we were a decent defense away. Aaron Murray was a damn good quarterback.
I guess I'm old but there was also #1 overall pick Matthew Stafford.
You guys were literally the ‘85 Bears
I think you mean “and then we put Stetson in at QB.”
Being a Michigan fan, I have seen some pretty decent defenses. 2016 comes to mind.
I was absolutely blown away by Georgia. That team was on an entirely different level. When your 350 lb monster DT shoestring tackled Blake Corum in the backfield I knew it was over.
A team. For the amount of great coaches that have national and conference titles that have coached here you would think Iowa State would have something to show post giving Women the right to vote.
There was someone who pointed out a couple months or so ago on here, that Iowa has pretty much never had a QB who is status ally above average like ever. So Iowa is an above average QB away from probably winning multiple nattys.
From your lips to God’s ears, friend.
Drew Tate was legitimately good.
Tbf we did have a Heisman finalist in 2002, but yeah most of our QBs are just ok
Still in the NFL I believe
They got close in 2002 with Brad Banks (Heisman runner-up) and 2009 with Ricky Stanzi (at least pre injury)
CJ Beathard and Nate Stanley were pretty solid QBs. Not world beaters but they deserve some credit
They need a ton more talent at the skills positions too.
Yeah we’re having to play a bunch of walk ons for WR now due to injuries and people leaving. Compare that to Ohio State who has more 5*s on their WR bench than we have on our entire team, it’s tough to compete.
Stanzi's 2010 season was far above the average level of QB in CFB.
Syracuse is just a Doug Marrone away… seriously, we need to get him back - or someone like him.
Donovan McNabb never had any kids that could sling it around and barf before big plays?
Oklahoma has been a defense away for 15 years.
You are completely wrong. This is stupid. /s
It's been 14 years.
Purdue: an all-Ohio State schedule
2017 UCF - they were one playoff committee away from scaring the shit out of some blue bloods.
I believe 2020 Florida was a good defense away.
More like a shoe remaining on a foot away
Sadly this is correct. The worst part is that defense was chocked full of talent, the play calling was a different story.
Iowa is only an 'entire offense' away from glory. Hahahaha
Our TEs and FBs are good 🤷♂️
and usually OL
I think the answer might be ‘fast offensive players’
It’s still hilarious to me to go back and hear the words “USC can’t keep up with Iowa’s speed!”
Speed don't matter if your opponent can run three straight QB sneaks on your line.
I'd go with OC over offense. We don't even need a whole offense... half an offense would be sufficient
That’s only if you subscribe to the forward pass
What about Russell Wilson?
Tolzien too honestly
Just had this thread, tolzien had the 2nd and 4th best QB seasons for Wisconsin since 2000.
Russell Wilson and Coan being #1 and #3
To be fair, Russell was there for 1 year and they were 2 Hail Marys from being in the BCS national championship
BC has been 'a complete, systemic, and fundamental change in how amateur football is viewed in this country' for longer than I've been alive.
I’d say Vanderbilt is “a *good team* away”.
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Won't say glory, but FSU has been an offensive line away from respectability for the last 5 seasons.
You had Russell Wilson.
You pissed it away on a Hail Mary.
Edit: TWO Hail Marys. I forgot about the one against Ohio State.
2 Hail Marys
Still one of my favorite Braxton Miller plays ever. The highlight to a terrible year.
The result was Alabama-LSU championship game rematch. Basically you’re too blame for Alabama winning another Natty.
Again in 2017 you squeezed out a win over us that also would have stopped Bama from winning a Natty.
It’s all your fault!
Don’t worry. Russell worked his magic on Pitt in 2009.
Nebraska is a “Good/Great Coach” away from glory.
Last season we were a kicker away from a solid season.
A completed Aaron Rodgers TD pass from the five yard line against USC.
For Cal under Sonny Dykes: A competent defense away
For Cal under Justin Wilcox: A competent offense away
Jared Goffs last year at cal the offense was so fun but that defense gave up points like no one’s business
Just need an offensive line. Or maybe a 1,000 yard receiver?
Texas is a Defense away
Iowa- offensive coordinator
Nebraska is a 15 win season away from a championship.
Boise - A P5 conference invite.
Look at TCU, almost made the CFP their 3rd year in the Big12 if they actually had a conference championship and had won they might have made it in.
A few years back Boise’s answer would’ve been “a kicker”