Yes, today's win against Michigan was something to not be ignored. I feel amazing, and what a way to cap off a perfect season for the team, the seniors, and we the fans. However I, like many of you, can't wait until next season with Urban Meyer having a full offseason to continue to implement his schemes and position his players in the best places possible.
2013 SEASON PLAYERS AND TEAM
- Heisman and Maxwell winner Braxton Miller*
- Butkus winner Ryan Shazier (at a minimum 120 tackles, 10 for loss, 4 sacks, 2 INTs, a TD and 2 FFs)
- Bedanarik winner Bradley Roby**
- Arguabely the best RB in the country Carlos Hyde
- Slim, SLIM chance, but if we are lucky the best D-Lineman in the country Johnathan Hankins, who is actually Sasquatch
- Best back-up in the country Rod Smith
- Offensive depth and experience out the wazoo, young defensive talent with time to blossom to an elite level
- An average margin of victory of 1 million or so points, the schedule being Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State at home, Cal (ha not this time assholes) and Meeechagin on the road. So basically, it's a one game season, two if Wisco has a pulse........and last but not least:
- A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
There is young talent galore as well, and the soft schedule will give them a chance to get some quality playing time late in blowouts and against the couple of cupcakes on the slate. The wide receivers should be SIGNIFICANTLY (we hope) better after a year of coaching. Now we just need Braxton to improve his ability to pass to them and his field awareness, but if we see this the coaches do too (no kidding haha) and it should be fixed and at least drastically improved. I know the defensive front 7 loses some talent, but we will have a few sophomores just frothing at the mouth to get in the game and HIT somebody. Don't forget about the recruiting class. Today's game will bring in a few blue-chippers.
The O-line I don't know too much about unfortunately, but we have such elite backfield talent that they will find their own lanes. And if the line plays anything like this year, we are A-OK. And we have the best line coach in the nation.
Urban Meyer can get the best out of players, and he will have quite a bit of talent to motivate next year. #8 and that other d-end recruit from last year ( in the excitement I forget who is Adolphus Washington and what the other one's name is lol!!!!!!! and I know these things usually) will wreak freaking havoc on opposing QBs under the tutelage of this staff. I think the defensive coaches will all keep their jobs after the showing the last 5 or so games, especially today's 2nd half which was the best performance I have seen by the Silver Bullets since 2002. The secondary will have experience and will be elite if Roby sticks around. I'm talking <200 yards a game passing in every game. And the schedule + the talent should mean a top-10 scoring defense. The rush defense will certainly have a drop-off after this season but we aren't Iowa for God's sake, we can reload. and the pre-conference schedule is set up for a huge amount of experience learning for the new front 7, with a great leader in Shazier holding it down during tough times. He reminds me of Brian Rolle, just a lot better :)
Tom Herman needs to help Braxton improve on the things he needs to improve on, plain and simple. Once that happens, the offense will score so many points that the defense will have lots of time to improve to the point of excellence. This Urban Meyer era will be one of excellence as a whole if this season is any indication, which it should be. what a motivator! I can't stress that enough! I really don't think I am being a homer here, all of these things can happen! But honestly Devin Smith, don't drop any more passes.....ok? Perfect.
Once the special teams improves and we find a true punt returner, our special teams TDs and our guaranteed blocked punts will be huge game changers. Kickoff coverage MUST tackle better though.
Anyways, next year's talent, schedule and leadership should equate to another, and it should be a lot easier, perfect regular season. The main question will be whether or not Meyer can use his 4 weeks of preparation to beat whatever SEC team is thrown at us in the MNC game. From what I have seen and unfortunately experienced with the Buckeyes in ought-6, he damn well can. So I hope these boys in the Scarlet and Gray go out there and beat some B1G and SEC ass! Thank God for Urban Meyer. And thank you Braxton and Ryan S for only being sophomores.
It is gonna be SOOOOOO sweet to cap off our NC run with a win in the Big House. and then a blowout against anybody but scUM in the B1g championship- the thought of a rematch makes me sick. Today wouldn't have been nearly as great if we played them again next week....I'll take the Nebraska Kernelpoopers though. If everything goes perfectly the next 2 weeks, it will be a repeat national championship for us after a split this year.
*Contingent upon the size of the media hard-on for Johnny Football by the end of next year
We all know that this is likely going to be an impossibility, let's hope he decides another year of experience will improve his draft stock
Wait a sec, did I just read correctly that Roby is actually a Sophomore as well? If so that's awesome but is he a RS or true?