PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
I normally agree with Rittenberg but just don't get why people think Michigan would beat the Bucks.
OSU's going through their third coach in as many years, while UM is building off a monumentally successful inaugural campaign for their coach. They have a bone-a-fide Heisman contender quarterbacking their team, an explosive RB, and an exceptional defensive coordinator. Sure, they also have plenty of holes, but so does Ohio State. I can't blame people for thinking UM will beat OSU--Hell, I hope we come in as double-digit dogs. I want this team pissed off with a chip on its shoulder. But I can't blame anyone for thinking that a team that finished 11-2 last year will have a good chance of knocking off their rival the year following NCAA sanctions, a coaching change, and a 6-7 season--even if the game's at home.
Fair enough. When Michigan goes 8-5/7-6 this season, however, and they stammer, "nobody saw that coming," they can't blame us for rolling our eyes at them.
I hear you on all this Hodge but I can't name a Wolverine defender aside from Roh and Kovacs (I can but I had to think about it). I just don't think they have the defensive horses to hold back a second year Braxton. Now if our new receiving corps takes a dump...well then, all bets are off.
Of course this is August as the other poster said. Can't wait to see the season progress.
Maybe not giving up 270 rushing yards would be a nice start too, the defense being better will go a long way in that game. Last year that was the difference IMO. Every time they got a one point lead it was gone before Braxton had a chance to build on it.
Bedhead: why not, they beat us last season?
I'm with you Bedhead..... I think OSU is better or equal to scUM at every single position on the field other than possibly WR, RB and a couple on the O-line. Playing at home and having Urban Meyer on our sideline should easily make up for those though. Unless we lose half our guys to injury before that game, there's absolutely no way we're losing to them again. Think about it..... we scored 34 at their place last year..... with Walrusball. And I know its difficult b/c of all the intangibles and so on and so forth, but we honestly should go 12-0. We will not play a single team all year more talented than us.
Looking better on paper doesn't mean squat. They beat us last season...they deserve the respect to say they could possibly do it again.
You didn't play a single team last year with more talent than OSU. If you did, I'd be interested in hearing who it was.
Michigan State. They didn't BEAT anyone with more talent than OSU, that's for sure.
How are you going to make a prediction in AUGUST that Michigan and Ohio State will go to overtime? I know it's just silly stuff get people reading and commenting but that stuff kills me
yeah, it's all pretty silly and the OT stuff is just added for color. not anything to really get worked up about in any event; 9-3 or 10-2 is about where most people expect OSU to be at this year anyway (i'm still hedging my bets by saying 8-4 or even 7-5 is a possibility)
You sir are a pessimist. 8-4 means we lose the pick'em games and 7-5 means we drop one we should win no problem.
all i have to do is look back at our staff predictions for last year to see that we can sometimes be a taaaddd overly optimistic
EXACTLY!!!!! I think people believe since Urban is the coach we'll see a 0 or 1 loss team. Watching the training days stuff, I'm not convinced the offense is going to be significantly different than last year, and even when they do start firing and gaining yards, there are going to be brain farts or misreads by Braxton that will lead to turnovers.
I'm setting my expectation at 8-4, with the belief they COULD POSSIBLY exceed those expectations and get to 10 wins. If they get to 5 or 6-0 I could be convinced otherwise, but until then I definitely have tempered my expectations a bit.
That said, it is the preseason and if you are going to make a pick based on seeing nothing from the team yet, may as well be optimistic and say what the hell 12-0!!!!!
Last year no one could know how much the staff would not be ready and how unprepared we would look each week. The being said we should have beat Nebraska and won against Wisc. Can't beleive we had the extra point blocked by Purdue. I am predicting 9-3 or 10-2. My prediction we lose to Wisc and MSU. Illinois may pull an upset since they seem to play well in our house and have won like 6 of the last 10 in the shoe. I do not feel we will lose all four pick'em games and also fall to someone we should have beat.
That's funny; I don't see anybody hating on Bennett right now... Haha
Here's how I see it:
Miami (OH): If this isn't a Win, then there's something wrong...
UCF: This could be closer than expected, but I still expect a Win here.
Cal: Once again, I don't think Cal is all that great, so, once again, I expect a Win.
MSU: They obviously still have a great D, but they lost some key players on O. I could see a potential loss here, but even last year's game wasn't a strong Win by MSU.
Nebraska: We should have won last year. Can you say payback?
Purdue: Again, payback...
Penn State: They shouldn't be very good for obvious reasons.
Illinois: This is a home game, so I definitely like our chances. Plus, our D is getting used to defending against the spread.
Wisky: This will be a tough game, but I certainly like our chances based on key losses at Wisky including much of their coaching staff.
scUM: Frankly, we could have won last year, and they lost some players as well. This is a home game, and Coach Meyer takes this rivalry very seriously, so I see a Win here.
So, I've been going with 10-2 with the most likely losses potentially @MSU and Wisky. I still feel like that's a conservative guess, but I'll get a better feel for our Offense in the coming weeks.
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