A Way-Too-Early Look at the 2014 Michigan State Spartans

By Jeff Beck on February 17, 2014 at 1:00p
Comin' For You Cook
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The road to a Big Ten Championship will go through East Lansing in 2014. On November 8th the Buckeyes have a date with Mark Dantonio’s boys in a tilt that will most likely decide the B1G East champion.

There’s no need to rehash what happened in Indianapolis last December. Ohio State’s defense was exposed plain and simple. Since, the Buckeyes have put in significant work on that side of the ball, hiring two new coaches while snatching up defensive talent on the recruiting trail.

Unlike Ohio State, the Spartans will lose quite a bit of juice from their top defense of a year ago. With that said, they’ll charge into 2014 with most of their offensive weapons intact. So, let’s take a way-too-early look at how the Spartans are shaping up.

Offense

For the first time since Kirk Cousins, the Green and White will have a defined starter heading into the season. Connor Cook emerged as the Spartans go-to, consistently getting better as the season wore on. In the final two games of his 2013 campaign, Cook put up career bests pinning 304 yards and 3 TDs on the Buckeyes then following that up with a Rose Bowl MVP performance where he threw for 332 yards and two TDs.

Joining Cook in the backfield will be running back, Jeremy Langford. The senior-to-be put together an amazing 2013, rushing for 1,422 yards and 18 TDs. 

Bosa'd
Cook is a returning weapon in 2014.

Making the sledding a little tougher for Cook and Langford is the fact that three of the Spartans’ starting hog-mollies ran out of eligibility. Offensive line coach, Mark Staten is forced to replace right tackle Fou Fonoti, right guard Dan France and team captain, left guard Blake Treadwell. Staten claims the Green and White went eight deep on the line for most of the year, so replacing the familiar faces shouldn’t be a problem.

If Cook get the protection he needs, he’ll be throwing to a lot of the same guys. The only significant change will be the departure of Bennie Fowler, who exhausted his eligibility and will take his game to the NFL. Depth will be supplied by Keith Mumphery, Andre Sims Jr. and Monty Madaris, with some projecting the starters to be Aaron Burbridge (22 receptions for 194 yards), Macgarrett Kings (43 receptions for 513 yards and 3 TDs), and Tony Lippett (44 receptions for 613 yards and 2 TDs).

Defense

On defense things aren’t as static. The Spartans are losing two starters on each level of their staunch D. Gone is the B1G’s best cornerback Darqueze Dennard as well as strong safety Isaiah Lewis. From the LB position the Spartans lose the incredibly talented duo of Max Bullough and Denicos Allen and on the line the Green and White will be forced to replace tackles Tyler Hoover and Micajah Reynolds.

Lucky for Pat Narduzzi the defensive line will return two phenomenal ends in Marcus Rush and Shilique Calhoun. The two combined for 67 tackles and 12.5 sacks in 2013. As aforementioned the Spartans will lose both tackles. Junior backup Damon Knox looks to have one of the spots locked down, filling the other will be a toss-up Joel Heath (who would be converting from defensive end), James Kittredge, Noah Jones and Devyn Salmon.

Taiwan Jones will return at the weakside linebacker position. The senior put together an admirable 2013 campaign notching 57 tackles including 8 in the Spartans’ Rose Bowl win. Possibly the biggest question heading into 2014 is who will join Jones on the field?

It seems the coaches have tabbed backup Ed Davis for one of the two open spots. In limited playing time last season Davis tallied 17 tackles and 4 sacks. He should get a look at the strongside slot as well as the middle linebacker position. Ideally the coaches would love either Shane Jones or Jon Reschke to step in and fill the middle linebacker void. Both redshirt freshmen were four-star recruits who have the size, intellect and athleticism to see the field. Also battling for the Mike spot will be Darien Harris and Riley Bullough.

In the secondary, the heralded “No-Fly-Zone” will be tasked with replacing the team’s best player, Darqueze Dennard. Dennard was a force to be reckoned with, and finished out his career in the Green and White as the Spartans’ first Jim Thorpe Award winner and consensus All-American.

The soon-to-be junior Trae Waynes looks to be that replacement. Waynes put together an impressive 2013 notching 35 tackles and 3 interceptions including a beauty in Pasadena. With a player like Dennard, teams constantly challenged Waynes and more often than not, he delivered. He wants to be the man next season and claims he is ready to accept the responsibility.

The leader to take over Dennard’s spot is Ezra Robinson who will be a sophomore in 2014. But others in contention are Jermaine Edmondson, Justin Williams, Arjen Colquhoun and Darian Hicks.

Replacing Isaiah Lewis at strong safety is also going to be a challenge. RJ Williamson filled in for Lewis after an injury in 2013 and played admirably. Conventional wisdom would suggest he will be the starter but Demetrious Cox is also in the running.


There are questions for Michigan State heading into 2014 and the offense appears to be further along than the defense in terms of answers. The Spartans are losing some of the best defensive talent in the country. If they want to continue their dominance (particularly their “No-Fly-Zone” reputation) they’ll need to find replacements who have the confidence and ability to step into some incredibly large cleats right away.

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Hovenaut's picture

11/8/2014, East Lansing.

 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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BassDropper's picture

We know. It says the date and location in the article.

DIRECTIONER

Hovenaut's picture

Thanks for reading.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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Mortc15's picture

I'm of the mindset that I hope both teams are undefeated and rolling heading into this game. Probably not likely but wouldn't that put more pressure on MSU, considering they're the reigning champs and it's in East Lansing? Either way, I think it'll be a great game if both teams are healthy come 11/8.

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pabdublin78's picture

Their defensive coaches have proven over and over that they can coach up replacement players and Sparty's defense has been pretty solid throughout Dantonio's tenure.  I would expect by the time we play them they will have things sorted out to some degree.  I have great confidence that we will be highly motivated and prepared for them....

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TMac's picture

Sparty steps back on Defense as the Buckeyes get faster and more explosive, Opps.... Should be a great game on November 8th by which time our O-Line has come together. 

hit_the_couch's picture

Meh, last year was a once in a lifetime season for MSU. It won't happen again for quite some time. 

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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BTwrestle04's picture

I wouldn't be so confident about that. Their schedule isn't exactly murderer's row next year. We will get a good gauge as to how good they are in their second game when they play Oregon in Autzen Stadium. After that, they don't really have that tough of a conference schedule. They play Nebraska (should be tough), TTUN (pretty mediocre IMO), and Ohio State all at home. Their one big road game is Penn State their last game of the season. Our match-up with them will decide who plays Nebraska or Wisconsin in Indianapolis in my opinion. 

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sb97's picture

Hasn't Michigan State won 11 or more games three out of the last four seasons? 

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BucksfanXC's picture

2013:13-1  2012:7-6 2011:11-3 2010:11-2
 

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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youngbuck32's picture

How did we lose to them? Props to their d... even though we ran over them they stopped us when they had to... can I just say as the great Bart Scott famously said... CAN'T WAIT!

Can't is the real "C" word!

HeuermanTheFireman's picture

Honestly... we played like crap. Easiest answer.

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

Forget Xs and Os, forget Jimmys and Joes, the primary reason MSU won the B1GCG last year was because they had the better mindset.  They played loose and aggressive, the Buckeyes were tight and by turns, anxious and overconfident.  MSU and D'Antonio will face a different set of pressures this season.  We will see how they will handle it.

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BuckeyeJ's picture

I agree with you on this. They played all out because win or loose they were playing in the Rose Bowl. I see a bunch of pressure that the "new" secondary will have to handle. Returning on 4 starters on a D that controlled teams will be hard. And replacing 3 All-American LB......not easy to do (as we all know!). 

Iwearmocs's picture

I'm of the opinion the MSU should be the favorite next year in the big ten.  Our offense loses as much as their defense does.  And quite frankly MSU's offense is better then our defense next year on paper.  With the game being on the road next year, I don't see us scraping out a win.  Hopefully I'm wrong.

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seafus26's picture

We have a race team with a budget and facilities of a Corvette. We shouldn't get beat by one of a Camero.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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FitzBuck's picture

The Camaro ZL1 has accepted your challenge.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Ohio State lost to a team with a bunch of two and three stars. You can have the best facilities in the world and the most money, but it doesn't mean shit if you don't have great coaching in all areas of the game. On paper we shouldn't but coaching isn't evaluated on paper but on the field. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

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seafus26's picture

Absolutely true. The driver matters too.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

BuckeyeJ's picture

I think u mean to say......the 2014 Corvette Z06

Ahh Saturday's picture

Your hopes have been answered.  You're wrong.  Very, very wrong.

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NeilAve's picture

Not going to lie, this game scares the hell out of me.

seafus26's picture

"We Don't Give A Damn For The Whole State of michigan!"

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

If Sparty finds a way to beat Oregon in Eugene, the showdown in Novmeber is going to be incredible.

Unfortunately, that is the same week as the Bama/LSU game, so I am sure that is all we will hear about...

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"How firm thy friendship....O-HI-O"

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

I want MSU to beat Oregon, but I don't see it happening.

MSU will get beat by double digits. They are a slow-starting team offensively, they just don't gel until mid-October.

Oregon is the opposite...nobody can stop them offensively...until November.

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sb97's picture

MSU could certainly beat Oregon.  It has been shown that if you beat Oregon in the trenches you can negate their speed.  MSU has two very bright defensive minds to put together a plan to slow the Oregon offense down.  Given that it is a home game for Oregon, I agree they have to be the favorite but I think MSUs style of play will serve them well in that game.

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CowCat's picture

I agree.

Oregon loses to physical teams that can run the ball at them and eat the clock.  Michigan state is that kind of team.

When you run the ball at them you keep their offense off the field and you break their offensive rhythm.   Throw in a couple of defensive stops and there you have it.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

they just have to play Stanford Football.

WB

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d5k's picture

I think you are confusing time with quality of opponent.  Oregon has lost some early season games against tough teams.  They also have beaten good teams late in the year.  And MSU started slow last year with an uncertain QB situation so not sure where else you are getting the slow starting idea.

Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

No, I'm actually not confusing anything.

I'm basing my statement on recent history backed up by facts and statistics.

2013 Oregon Ducks.

  • August-October record: 8-0, w/ an avg. of 50 ppg
  • November record: 2-2, w/ an avg. of 29 ppg

2006-2013 Oregon Ducks.

  • August/September (early season) record: 31-4. That is a winning percentage of 87%.
  • November record: 18-12. That is a winning percentage of 60%.

..........

 Michigan State conversely, started out slowly...

Week 1: beat a 1-11 Western Michigan team 26-13.

Week 2: beat a 2-10 South Florida team 21-6. USF was widely regarded as the worst FBS team in the country; MSU didn't register one offensive TD against USF.

MSU lost to a decent, but far from great, Notre Dame team two weeks later.

Unfortunately, we saw firsthand how strong MSU closed the season.

 

So....that's where I'm getting those ideas facts.

Again, I want them to win....but I'd bet anything they won't win. If the game were in November up in East Lansing, however....I'd bet anything Oregon would lose to Michigan State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

...I'd bet anything Oregon would lose to Michigan State

You would probably lose that bet.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

The premise was a hypothetical one, which you forgot to include....IF it was a November game in E.L.. Very important to my argument.

BucksfanXC's picture

It is a very common mistake to spell MSU's football coach's name like the name of the NBA coach, but there is no apostrophe in the MSU football coach's name: Dantonio not D'antoni

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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ChazBuckeye's picture

It's going to be similar to 2012 in East Lansing.  However I could see OSU taking it personal and taking it to a greener MSU secondary (more so than last years).  I can see the OSU wr's hurting their dbs this year unlike last year.  A way too early prediction, but here it goes: OSU 28-10.  With much of that 10 coming late.  OSU's defense will be MUCH better and it will resemble what it used to (at least I hope).  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

And what wr of ours will hurt MSU DBs? That is a big question mark just like their DBs. All of which will have time to sort itself out by the time we play.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

ChazBuckeye's picture

Sorry, just now saw your reply.  Well, Mike Thomas for one, Greene for two and Wilson, Samuel and others besides Smith and Spencer, I feel, will hurt MSU's secondary.  MSU lost more than you're anticipating in the secondary and we lost no wrs (OSU actually gained two 6'3+ wrs with the two aforementioned guys).  I see OSU being a better wr team in 2014. I'm more optimistic about 2014 then I was about 2013 as far as wide outs.  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

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“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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D-Day0043's picture

Why isn't this game at the shoe? That's two games in a row during the regular season in E. Lansing. 

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buckeye4life050233's picture

schedule reshuffle due to Maryland and Rutgers joining the B1G and the changing of teams into the east and west divisions

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D-Day0043's picture

Thanks! I've been wondering about that for a while.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Deal with it....

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

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CowCat's picture

I hope Urbz puts a beating on Sparty like we did to PSU in 2013.   No mercy.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Congratulations, MSU, you had a great 2013 season. Now, please take your rightful spot next to the also-rans and runner-up hopefuls. The Buckeyes have some conference order to restore. 

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Quite arrogant aren't you. It's kinda shocking how inflated people get about MSU and their title run. I hate to say this but MSU isn't going anywhere.  Just look at the last three years beyond their Big Ten title season in 2013. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

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RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

You may be right. They certainly have a great coach.

I'm just not quite ready to call a team that has 3 Rose Bowl appearances since 1966 a perennial Big Ten power. They did have all of one BCS appearance. 

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

 Just look at the last three years beyond their Big Ten title season in 2013.

Did you forget the part where they went 7-6 in 2012?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Nope. But check the games in which they lost last year and how many were actually winnable. 4 out of 6 of those games were lost in the closing moments.  In a game of inches, MSU was one of the most unluckiest teams in 2012 behind an incompetent offense. Sure you can't point to an anomaly for MSU in 2012, a year in which they won their bowl game, but there is a reason they've been successful over the last four years and the most consistent B1G team.  As stated before,  MSU is going no where. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Almost winning is not winning. :/ The one year MSU had high expectations going into the season, they crumbled under the pressure.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

MSU had high expectations after losing Cousins and company? Is that right......

MSU crumbled because they didn't have an offense and Maxwell was garbage. They tried to run Bell into the ground on top of that....

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

One big thing that a lot of people are overlooking, we played our worst FB the last 3 games. Our worst. We beat ourselves, period. We are loaded at every position. Thats 1 thing that TOSU couldn't say and for a while too. We are deep almost too deep at the skill positions. We FINALLY have a gr8 group of LBs. Yes they are raw but its gona be a strength of the D here soon. Our 2ndary has crazy scary talent; and it goes 3 deep across the board. Our DLine is 2nd to none going 3 full deep across the line (we have the depth to rotate 3 different lines; we have what 13/14 kids) and all are very talented; and most could start at any college, ANY. Thats just the D, we all know what we have on the O side of the ball. MSU may have a solid FB (my way-2-early score is 41-14 Buckeyes) team BUT no team in the B10 comes close to the talent AND depth that we bring to the table. We will see come the 8th of November but this team we have could do very special things here in the near future. Things not seen here in the history of this storied program. WE ARE 4 REAL!!!!!! And all of CFB will be seeing that starting this year. This team will challenge for Natys' every year!!! GO BUCKS!!!!

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

BuckeyeJ's picture

I see our WR being WAY more difficult for them to defend this year. IMO we have stepped that up from what we have had. I also feel that our D will also be MUCH improved with Ash making it really difficult for Cook to throw. We will have one of the best Dlines in the nation also putting pressure on them to perform.

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bigbadbuck's picture

If Braxton hits the slides with his throws and his percentage goes down again in the late season like it did last year it's probably going to matter a whole let less about who Sparty has to defend.

Patriot4098's picture

Hate to say it, but their defense will be fine. Better than fine. They rotate their guys pretty well, and some of these backups are already proven commodities waiting their turn. They're not just a B1G contender, they're in the National conversation this year.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

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kingjamborah's picture

Die, Sparty.

JammaRamma

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BuckFly's picture

Spartan Stadium post 11/8/2014

 

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DUMP the chUMps's picture

I would very much like a new stadium, especially if it is like the one shown next to the implosion!

The Michigan Difference is a marketed illusion. They are not who they say they are. You can't spell chUMp without UM.

Chise47's picture

Way too many rose colored glasses answers. MSU was supposed to have trouble replacing Gholston last year, BAM!!! (Funky Fingers Productions style) The Calhoun kid busts out like gang busters. Bullough suspended for Rose Bowl ? No problem !

Now, we see a team lined up with starting QB, RB, & WR's all in place where offense was always supposed to be a Walrus, oops, weakness.

Wake up brethren, Dantonio is the real deal. And his team will reflect that. Let's just be glad he can't get recruiting classes that Thee Ohio State University can, or he would REALLY be trouble !!!!!!!!!!

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RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

But...I like my rose scarlet colored glasses!

Apparently strike through font doesn't work on an iPad. Pretend that the word rose has been struck through, please.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I remember the last time MSU had this kind of hype. It was 2012. How'd that go?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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DUMP the chUMps's picture

Well, it went badly. On the flip side, MSU had NO offense and big problems at receiver, QB and O-line causing 5 loses by a total of 13 points. Then the Spartans lost their BEST three players, RB Bell, DE Gholston, TE Sims who all left early to the NFL plus other key players. Then 2013 rolls around, O-line solved, receivers solved and through the season found QB, RB, DE replacements and you have a team that would have been in the new playoff format had it started a year earlier. Still, in 2014, when the big game rolls around I think MSU will be an underdog to Ohio STATE (I always capitalize the STATE because the chUMPs up north refuse to call you guys by your real name and they actually use the name of another institution as an insult!) - I think MSU should be glad to just split the Oregon and Ohio STATE games. Given the choice, I'll take the conference game.

The Michigan Difference is a marketed illusion. They are not who they say they are. You can't spell chUMp without UM.

DUMP the chUMps's picture

Well said and true.

What Spartans have to remember that MSU/Dantonio simply can not attract the caliber of athlete that tOSU/Meyer can. Coach D does a great job of doing more with less. I would just love to see him do more with more.

The Michigan Difference is a marketed illusion. They are not who they say they are. You can't spell chUMp without UM.

Daddypete's picture

I still say one of the keys for this year's success is going to be the improvement in Braxton's ability to make his reads, find the open receiver, and then pull the trigger. To that end, the O-line has got to step up and deliver, much like MSU's did this year. Frankly, they man handled our D-line in that Championship game. They did prety much whatever they wanted and protected their quarterback (which is more than I can say for our guys!) I do not pretend to have all the answers, but we are paying these coaches a ton of money to figure out the answers...we had better get on it because Sparty ain't goin' nowhere. I can not discuss the defense here, I do not have enough time....plus it make's my head hurt!

"Stand and Deliver!"

luckynutz's picture

I wouldnt say that party really dominated any part of the game. I'd say it was more that they had a game plan, executed it and stuck with it. Even when it see me like the buckeye were turning the tide and ready to deliver the knockout blow. They didnt panic, didnt change their approach and stuck to their guns. Wish I could say the same for our staff...hyde had them softened up and was ready to grind out the win. And Herman took the ball out of his hands. Not sure what the gameplan was offensively...but prior to that game it was pretty simple. Be creative early...and stick it in el guapos gut late to seal it. He had them worn down. Saw it at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Not saying s party didnt play well...they certainly did. And they deserved the win. But it wasnt like our bucks didnt have them reeling at one point. Just didn't finish it.

m5987usus's picture

That game will be an awesome game, im sure it will be an 8pm kick off in east lansing, it will be for the Big Ten Division crown also which will make the game even more awesome

O-H!

Seattle Linga's picture

So looking forward to the development of the defensive STUDS.

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

I for 1 think that the B10 and the all of CFB better look out. Think about this.... when UFM came to TOSU, we were a mess, flat out a terrible FB team. He is a very smart FB coach so he thought "what gives a team a chance to win?" The answer is you have to be able to put points on the board. So while he was thinking about how to build a Power House he went out and got some Offensive weapons and also got some studs on the DLine as well. Year 2 he went out and started the foundation of his team. Year 3 is where he finished the foundation as well as talented depth. Now the 1st 2 classes brought us relavet again. The 2014 & 2015 classes have/will be the foundation for the future here at TOSU under the UFM era. The 1st 2 classes will/then have the maturity and leadership to lead and mold the foundation that has been laid. So again the 1st 2 classes brought us to where we are 2day, pretty solid (gr8 chance to win games) but not dominant; not the traditional powerhouse that TOSU was/is. The 2014 & 2015 classes brought in and built was lays ahead for the Buckeyes. Think about it, how many people thought that this team would rattle off 24 str8 wins? Meyer and Co. did. Also, how many teams beat us? NO TEAM "beat" us. We beat ourselves period. Yes MSU had a gr8 D and they do have a gr8 HC and a D-Co that knows whats up. But we beat ourselves. Same for Clemson, pretty good HC a few gr8 players (and 1 gr8 WR that we made look even better) but same thing, WE beat ourselves. Played terrible and still had a shot to win. AND how many CFB analysts and comentators and coaches (basically people who know CFB) said "look out for them Buckeyes in year 3 under Meyer". Its true, UFM knows how to build a Perennial National Power House. A dominant team that will challenge for a National Title every year. He has been building this team to dominate CFB and look out CFB b/c these Buckeyes are loaded with talent across the board and they are hungry to win, not only the B10 Title but the want the Crystal FB. He got the O going and now he has the rest of the team laid out. Now they just nees to develop and gain the experience thats needed to win it all. The 2012 & 2013 classes will show these youngsters how to win and how to challenge for it all. They will have and show that leadership that is needed. Again NO team beat us the last 2 years, we beat ourselves in the last 2 games. Look out everyone, these Buckeyes are hungry and wanting to prove that they are worthy. Go Bucks!!!!

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

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Barnsey69's picture

I hold much confidence  UFB will make sure that OSU is the best team on the field every Saturday next fall, including November 8th....especially on defense.

Go Bucks!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

c11058's picture

I will always remember the beat down MSU put on SCum this past season.  The "totally beaten" look on Gardner's face in the second half of that game was awesome.  They had a helluva D, but this is a new year.  An OSU victory over MSU this season in East Lansing and over SCum in Columbus will set the tone for a Buckeye November in 2014.

DUMP the chUMps's picture

Garner actually had a NO-MAS moment. After getting hammered all game, on a 3rd down at mid field, he was scrambling for what appeared to be a first down, but as he approach the first down, with no one near him, he realized he would take a hit just after getting the first down. Instead of taking the hit, he just crumbled before line without a hit forcing the chUMps to punt - AGAIN! Then the "Little Sisters, Little Sisters" chants came raining down upon them. It was a beautiful sight. Devin No-Mas Gardner. Here some fun stuff on Garner: http://spartanresource.blogspot.com/search?q=gardner 

The Michigan Difference is a marketed illusion. They are not who they say they are. You can't spell chUMp without UM.