I agree - but I think the play calling stunk up until the VT game. Other than Carlos Hyde, who did they use - no one really. It was BM and CH running the ball with few long passes sprinkled in.
You are exactly right - except for the part about BM making a difference. I think the play calling stunk up to this point and VT was a wake-up call. With BM at QB, we beat VT, but I'm not sure we win the NC, because I don't think the play calling changes.
I disagree - I think it had more to do with the playcalling - they rarely ever let BM come out and complete a few short easy passes to build confidence like you would expect. Seems like it was Run, throw a 50 yard pass, BM make a play - 1st down. I love the Bucks but think the play calling was not great until we lost to VT. It changed the next week.
BM would have had a monster year last year with the play calling change - however, I'm not sure we ever see that change had he not been injured. The play calling had to change to get everyone involved and try and take some of the load off the QB after VT. We would have also beaten VT with BM and I really think that loss had more to do with the season overall than anything else. That loss had more to do with the change in coaching and play calling than it did the actual players. A healthy BM starting this year will put up numbers that are astounding and (in a comeback/motivation year for BM) may be our best chance to repeat. Though I'm pretty happy with the alternatives at QB! However, I think our defense, the one that really started to play well at years-end, will be a key to repeating.
I am trying not to be too optimistic. I started following the Buckeyes in the mid 1960's and remember all of the hype surrounding the Super Sophs - Greatest College Team of all-time. 1968 was fantastic - 1969 did not end so well for a repeat. I know it is different time - different coaching and I hope we crush the skunk weasels by 50 in aa but I hope we are already preparing for this game.
Couldn't agree more. VT was the last straw and I've said all along that the coaching and play calling improved even more than the players. I think what is exciting for the coming year is the defense. Last year we were improved but I think you saw what our D can be like vs. Wisc and OR. It would have been the same against AL too except for the offense gave them too many opportunities. It really started coming together at the end of he season. I am not one who thinks we are going to beat VT by 50 - but beat them we will and it won't be super close.
Right on Spider. I've seen a lot of posts where people think we are going to torch VT. You know they will have something that they have been working on all summer to try and derail us - and it is at VT this time. I don't think it will matter, but I doubt we win by 5 TD's either.
I thought I recalled somewhere after the game that Saban even said, early on, even though we were up, OSU was hammering us.
The Bucks made them complacent. I happened to rewatch the game again last night before seeing this article this morning and the Bucks were the better team physically. AL was bigger, but not stronger, or faster. I remember seeing their linebackers and interior defensive lineman at the start of the game and thinking - how do you block these guys? AL dished out some hard hits but the Bucks dished out even more and never stopped.
I was also struck by the fact that the Bucks shot themselves in the foot on the first 2 drives in the red zone, losing yards on first down both times for what appeared to be the jitters on Cardale's part, bad clock management at the end of game, a really bad play on the part of our safety to give AL a cheap TD and not being able to get out of our own end zone at the end of the third and start of the 4th quarters. And then I look at the mistakes that AL made that could have changed the game and I come away with the fact that AL played a good game for them and still lost and had OSU fixed even a few of the blunders, they would have won by 3+ TD's. Given all that happened, they still should have won by at least 17.
So Amari, just shut up and admit that the Bucks were a better team. I hope they do get a rematch next year in the NC game next year.
Also, Cooper seems to be the odd man out. Most of the AL fan posts I've seen give plaudits to the Bucks, as does the OR fan base. However, the delusional SCum fans are still thumping their chests - for what?
No doubt about it - Thomas was great last year. He has hands like glue and I didn't realize he was as big as he is. If he stays healthy, he will have a monster year.
Yep - thought the game last night had a lot of similarities to the football season. Now can Wisc finish it?
Refs were just not good last night. The no call on the reviewed slap to the head against KY was a joke. What replay were they looking at? A couple of "should have been" charging fouls against KY, the bucket after the clock expired for WISC. Wisc beat KY - not the refs.
Agree - think Thomas will have a monster year!
Upvoted every positive comment about Amir - Have not seen a bunch of the Bucks games over the last 4 years, but against decent competition, that was his best effort.
I think it was good to report it and especially after Dre'mont posted it to twitter.
At the start of the season, I must say I was not a Grant fan - but he was a big part of that good D at the end of the year and I am glad it worked out that way.
I would throw the winning percentages out the door. I am trying to ever remember a FT team that played as weak of a non-conference schedule that we play now. We were 11-2 this year before the B1G season started, and both of our losses were to the only ranked teams we played. On the other hand, I would give credence to the B1G winning percentage though for Matta. I voted Taylor but think it is a toss-up.
Couldn't agree more - Warriner is the MVP.
Can't be an OSU team without Lucas!
C - Oden
F - Lucas
F - Sullinger
G - Conley
G - Havilcek
1. Trouble with the curve
2. Outlaw Josey Wales
3. Heartbreak Ridge
4 .Dirty Harry
5. Gran Torino
...it's the TCU fans that have been unbearable! I said before the final rankings came out that I'd be ok with Baylor being ranked 4th - but not TCU - TCU did not win the Big 12 no matter how you cut it - Baylor did.
I agree - after hearing the Bama fans on posts over the last several years, they are now mostly very respectful and giving credit where credit is due.
Glad you came to OSU. Look forward to you and the rest of our linebacker core light it up for the next 4 years.
Regardless - this is still a better team than it was 2 months ago. Didn't realize they were only 5-13 on FT's.
Me too! um would like nothing better and they will be ready. The atmosphere will be crazy.
I agree - the one thing I have noticed in the um since UFM has been here is that we play conservatively at least on one side of the ball. um has had nothing to lose and pulled out all of the stops. We will need to play aggressively on both sides of the ball for the entire game. In 2012 our offense was very passive, in 2013, it was our defense. Last year we seemed to play conservatively the first half and then opened it up. We can't let them hang around - especially not next year, Harbaughs first, in aa. Shades of 1969...we need to be the living crap out of them.