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MankillingMastodon

"A head coach away" "An offensive line away" "A football team away"


chrisdub84

7ish points away on a weekly basis.


boomja22

On average, only about 1 point. Give or take a tenth here and there.


SwaglordHyperion

Fuck it, this year we ball


Psychwrite

I'll drink that kool-aid with you bro. Ballin or bust.


No-Artichoke-5045

“A Tom Osborne away”


Campcruzo

“Human sacrifice away”


TSUplayer74

Oklahoma State: Half-a-yard away


TedWheeler11

Damn, that one stung.


Kirbymonic

Most important play in UC history


succulentlysimple

Our welcome gift for our new friends.


college-football

Also an Iowa State loss away in 2011 :/


onyxblade42

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.


El_Dud3r1n0

I'm going to have to disagree, but I'll admit I might be just slightly biased.


Minneapolis_W

Minnesota - rich uncle pennybags


IraqouisWarGod

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.


Rodgers4

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.


austinwer

The on campus stadium and recent moderate success has made people care waaay more than it was in 2013, especially the students


who_questionmark

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)


boomja22

The *least* you could do, then, is make the U your secondary flair!


c-williams88

Come on, you can’t ask them to get rid of the Summertime Lover flair!


wheelsnipecellybois

Yep. Student section was packed for every game last season, even after the loss that shall not be named


boomja22

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!


uw-70_uo-21

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.


bijanator

A fellow Texas/ Minnesota flair 😱 rarely seen ✊🏾


austinwer

Wow another one! You’re the fourth I’ve seen let’s goooo! 〽️🤘🏼


ThMaF23

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.


RodenbachBacher

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.


Vavent

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).


jas07

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.


Cncnchejrb

I notice how much basketball talent minnesota has produced; holgrem, Suggs, and bueckers. None of them stay home for college,


collegeball110

Kansas - a victory.


Indolent_Architect

We coming for you Tennessee Tech


collegeball110

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.


Indolent_Architect

Oh I'm drinking the kool-aid Ready to go 4-0


collegeball110

Now you're talking.


5WinsIn5Days

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.


JimBeam823

It would have been wild for Kansas to win it all in football and basketball a year after Florida did it.


crackpipes4hunter

You can only schedule Texas so many times a year


collegeball110

isn't that the truth. NDSU on the schedule really hurts us.


mdtroyer

Indiana: A football team away


MonsieurAuguste

Or another pandemic away


thegravysnake

A win against Pitt.


Country-roads21

Sadly, same. Well 2007 specifically


JimBeam823

That’s not always necessary.


soxfannh

3 seconds away in 2005 :(


Harryshotterdad

An undefeated season would’ve been nice, but it really wouldn’t have made any difference.


IHateStrawberryTea

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.


Thee-Renegade

Or a few more touchdowns against Michigan honestly


roll2tide

Oklahoma: Defense


iSlacker

Fuckin tell me about it. Hopefully we got that sorted now.


Swinight22

Now all you need is a QB!


iSlacker

I doubt that's the case.


txman91

Same. Y’all keep pulling mf’ers out of the woodwork. I was real excited when Rattler got benched. And then…


AxeEm_JD

I hope the horns fans chant “We want Booty!” during gameday.


itstrueitsdamntrue

Well you have probably the best defensive coach in the country as your HC so it looks like it's your time!


redviper192

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.


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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.


mejok

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.


ADAS33

yall had Russell Wilson


eatapenny

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


According_Eye_7057

That Michigan State game still haunts me. Kirk Cousins still lives rent free in my head from that hail mary


spartan_mk

The B1G Championship that year still haunts MSU fans


tedthebum9247

I was so upset I told my cousin (badger) that he can go die in a car fire. I was very upset.


ZachAntonio

Bruh


Steve5590

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.


TheSheriman

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.


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Its_a_Badger

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.


Sober_and_Relevant

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.


angelamerkelsboner

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.


Existing_Departure82

And that was only 10 years ago!


estDivisionChamps

Our best DB missing the season killed us. We were a Braxton Miller moment of magic away from playing LSU in the Natty.


TheDuceman

or JJ Watt coming off the line he’s left early for the NFL


estDivisionChamps

No sure fire top 10 pick would come back tho.


Alex_butler

He made the right decision but it’s fun to imagine we play for the natty if he comes back


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Had Wilson for one year and went to the Rose Bowl


guitmusic12

Went to a rose bowl the year before and year after too for what it is worth


Harmbert_

Year after was a fluke with Ohio state and Penn state ineligible


Uranus_Hz

For 1 season


jjtnd1

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…


The_Horse_Joke

If ND beats Ohio State in the National Championship with Lloyd Carr's grandson...well I'll be upset but not *that* upset!


EvilLibrarians

I’ll be…conflicted?


The_Horse_Joke

Can somebody call up the rest of the original Big10? I might have a solution to our SEC problem....


Large_Ad1385

I remember when I was excited for Gunner Kiel 😖


iHasMagyk

Didn’t Deshone Kizer make an NFL roster?


jjtnd1

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


Large_Ad1385

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


defiancy

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.


googly_eyed_unicorn

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.


Chiron17

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


hascogrande

Yeah /u/Mr_Wy, that’s our line!


Fletch71011

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.


Braveson

In Saban's early nonChampionship teams the answer was: a kicker.


Joker4479

Alabama: A year away from victory


Bama_gains

The next 30 for 30


VAGentleman05

You're talking pretty early, since he started winning championships in year 3!


SRCnole92

A time machine


butt-soup_barnes

texas tech - defense


redviper192

What is this mythical 'defense' word you speak of?


butt-soup_barnes

don't know actually, just hear a lot of yammering about how we don't have it- whatever *it* is


eatapenny

UVA - same. We had a title contending offense last year and a defense that'd give up 30 to high schools


Red_Jester-94

Same answer for basically the entire B12


Tmotty

USC and Texas are always 1 coach away


SandyDFS

I’m hoping we’re “an implementation of NIL” away.


Thatcajunguy35

From 2008-2018 LSU was just a QB away. In 2018-2019 they got the QB and it worked out OK.


BigJerry98

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.


therabidsmurf

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.


GeorgieWashington

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.


Thatcajunguy35

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.


lillipup03

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


RegionalBias

Best team of our lives... pandemic


Jpcjr17

As an SDSU aztec basketball fan, I fuckin feel that man.


Astronian

fr, brings me so much pain


GoRangers5

The 94 Expos of college basketball


RonanB17

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


turbancowboi

We were 2 quarters away in 2011. And a motherfucking pop fly


thehammer090

What could’ve been had Petrino not been fucking around with staff.. Also please don’t mention the pop fly


run_train_roger

VT is a [winning program] away from a national championship


ShowtimerHDD

A safety who cares about his cleats


tmbowden14

A healthy Seth Russell back in 2015. Damn what could have been. That offense was scary good.


stotts-tots

We’ve been an entire football team away from glory for about a decade now.


ChodeMode

Just one more coach and we’re there.


lucash7

My Ducks. 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.


QuesoDeVerde

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


Catfish_Mudcat

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.


lucash7

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.


JerryGoDeep

2019: a better offensive scheme


TheSweetestBoi

I think Nick Fairley may have won that game harder for Auburn than Cam Newton did. That dude was an animal that night.


green_and_yellow

Agreed, he completely stuffed the offense.


AmbiDexterUs

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.


lucash7

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.


LeddyTasso

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.


green_and_yellow

One of my favorite plays in Ducks football history.


dr_funk_13

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).


ScaredofBacon

That team wins the natty if it doesn’t happen I’m still convinced of it.


TrojanMan35T

We were a quarterback away. So we decided fuck that and built the best defense modern college football has seen.


kenjacas

You obviously haven’t ever seen the Waterboy documentary


willengineer4beer

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*


vindictivejazz

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.


Stipes_Blue_Makeup

For a while we were a decent defense away. Aaron Murray was a damn good quarterback.


Catfish_Mudcat

I guess I'm old but there was also #1 overall pick Matthew Stafford.


WanderLeft

You guys were literally the ‘85 Bears


renobleiii

I think you mean “and then we put Stetson in at QB.”


OakLegs

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.


CTeam19

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.


CommodoreN7

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.


Fail_Upbeat

From your lips to God’s ears, friend.


corundum9

Drew Tate was legitimately good.


not_mantiteo

Tbf we did have a Heisman finalist in 2002, but yeah most of our QBs are just ok


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oghawks18

Still in the NFL I believe


eatapenny

They got close in 2002 with Brad Banks (Heisman runner-up) and 2009 with Ricky Stanzi (at least pre injury)


Alex_butler

CJ Beathard and Nate Stanley were pretty solid QBs. Not world beaters but they deserve some credit


Sp00kyCats

They need a ton more talent at the skills positions too.


not_mantiteo

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.


Troggles

Stanzi's 2010 season was far above the average level of QB in CFB.


mcaffrey81

Syracuse is just a Doug Marrone away… seriously, we need to get him back - or someone like him.


Catfish_Mudcat

Donovan McNabb never had any kids that could sling it around and barf before big plays?


Lee-HarveyTeabag

Oklahoma has been a defense away for 15 years.


RoboticBirdLaw

You are completely wrong. This is stupid. /s It's been 14 years.


samrequireham

Purdue: an all-Ohio State schedule


tmbowden14

2017 UCF - they were one playoff committee away from scaring the shit out of some blue bloods.


Flying_virus

I believe 2020 Florida was a good defense away.


Nellez_

More like a shoe remaining on a foot away


aphromagic

Sadly this is correct. The worst part is that defense was chocked full of talent, the play calling was a different story.


SomerAllYear

Iowa is only an 'entire offense' away from glory. Hahahaha


HamburgerGoat

Our TEs and FBs are good 🤷‍♂️


TheDuceman

and usually OL I think the answer might be ‘fast offensive players’


mia-khalifa-is-myex

It’s still hilarious to me to go back and hear the words “USC can’t keep up with Iowa’s speed!”


MrWartburg

Speed don't matter if your opponent can run three straight QB sneaks on your line.


runningwaffles19

I'd go with OC over offense. We don't even need a whole offense... half an offense would be sufficient


Rock_man_bears_fan

That’s only if you subscribe to the forward pass


spartan_mk

What about Russell Wilson?


KitchenCredit4510

Tolzien too honestly


Alex_butler

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


liamisabossss

To be fair, Russell was there for 1 year and they were 2 Hail Marys from being in the BCS national championship


nevermindthatyoudope

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.


Michaelz1234

I’d say Vanderbilt is “a *good team* away”.


Jenetyk

A coach that sticks around after we shake up the status quo. Join my #KeepFickell gofundme


JesseDx

Won't say glory, but FSU has been an offensive line away from respectability for the last 5 seasons.


cxm1060

You had Russell Wilson. You pissed it away on a Hail Mary. Edit: TWO Hail Marys. I forgot about the one against Ohio State.


letsgetrough9

2 Hail Marys


TheBoook

Still one of my favorite Braxton Miller plays ever. The highlight to a terrible year.


estDivisionChamps

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!


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cxm1060

Don’t worry. Russell worked his magic on Pitt in 2009.


guydudeguybro

:)


The_G_89

Nebraska is a “Good/Great Coach” away from glory.


GuyNoirPI

Last season we were a kicker away from a solid season.


tibetanmask

For Berkeley, A completed Aaron Rodgers TD pass from the five yard line against USC.


adsfew

For Cal under Sonny Dykes: A competent defense away For Cal under Justin Wilcox: A competent offense away


jimboslice53

Jared Goffs last year at cal the offense was so fun but that defense gave up points like no one’s business


MiddyMn

Just need an offensive line. Or maybe a 1,000 yard receiver?


themark504

Texas is a Defense away


mnmmatt

Iowa- offensive coordinator


Unique_Feed_2939

Nebraska is a 15 win season away from a championship.


Snorepod

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.


DangerZoneh

A few years back Boise’s answer would’ve been “a kicker”