Agree. If they are 6-7 this year, the program will implode. With the weak schedule that they have, if they are 9-3, it will be a disappointing season in aa - not that they would ever admit it. The coaching upgrade alone from Hoke and staff gets them 8 wins.
I thought that a healthy BM last year would have broken every QB record we had.
I started following the Bucks in 1965. 1968 was awesome - 2014 was better! Having to wait from 68 to 02 was way too long. I'd like some payback for 1969 with another 15-0 run this year.
I hope Zekes season plays out similar to last year. Plays "enough" in games 1-10. Rested and ready for games 11-15, averaging 250 yards per game on the way to being "UNDISPUTED REPEATERS." I haven't been watching the last few games of 2014 over and over to see if we have a Heisman worthy candidate - have been watching because we are UNDISPUTED - and want to see it again in 2015.
Didn't Indiana beat the SEC West champ last year - at Missouri???? What a bunch of crap.There are at least 4-5 teams in the B1G that would win the SEC West!
With Clarett, they win again in 03. He will never be regarded as one of the great OSU backs because he only played a year. However, you can see it with the great backs. They gain 2 yards when anyone else is stopped for no gain. Clarett fought for all his yards in '02. EZE is the same - a great back. He had some nice holes to run through this year, but he also had to squeeze through some pretty small ones too. With the improvement in OSU's defense at the end of last year, I don't think they will be as good as the '02 team, but not that far off. The offense should be light years better. If we can a avoid a letdown at the wrong time and take care of business in aa, we should make the 4 team playoff. From there, it is pretty much who can get the hot hand.
I hope the conference as a whole continues to improve. I used to be a proponent that the conference needed a strong um and hoped that OSU and um were both undefeated and ranked #1/#2 every year when they played. After following some of these sites for the past 5 years, and listening to the blowhard um fan base, I hope they enter every game with us 0-11 without having scored a point. For a fan base that has not won an outright NC since 1948, they have an elevated opinion of their worth.
However, no matter how bad they are, we always seem to get the best game of the year from them. Same with PSU, especially at HV. With um's schedule this year being as easy at it appears, if they don't win at least 9 or 10 games, it should be considered a failure, however, if they improve at all on last years record we will here about them "being back." Back to what?
um sucks. Go Bucks!
MSU is going to beat OR - no way they lose. AL is going to beat WI, Or St. and UM is a toss up. B1G wins the rest of them.
The Walker film is scary - this guy is going to be great.
Johnny - you hit it right on the head. I have said many times - Warriner should be the highest paid assistant in college football.
Tradition wise --- in their minds. I believe the Bucks have at least 5 real NC's since the last real um NC. um tradition is not that great - in fact, the last real NC they won was in 1948.
Looking back at the record, um was the first non-Ivy League school to win a NC, and they collected 9 of them through 1933. Their next and last real NC occurred in 1948. Since then little brother and OSU have both won 5. One might say that MSU has a better tradition than um. um's is all bs and undeserved. The only reason they get any props is because of the Cooper years where they ruined more than a few chances for OSU NC's.
Reminder: There were people who bet on Michigan — who again, was coached by Brady Hoke — to not only cover the spread, but win the game. I assume those people are bankrupt and in a gutter somewhere. They had it coming.
I can remember reading all of the bs from um fans that year about the opener with Alabama. um was going to win in a close one, um might lose but it would be less than one score. um was going to use this as a springboard to the NC. LOL.
These were the same fans posting that during UFM's first year, the Bucks were going to be 8-5 or 9-4 and um was going to crush them in The Game. To this day, I love watching um's delusional fan base make up excuse after excuse and wallow in misery. I hope it lasts long after I'm gone.
As much as I'd like to see the Cav's win, I said the winner of game 4 would win the entire thing. They played tired, and uninspired except for the center and Delanova, who ran out of gas. LBJ is holding the ball too long out front and then when he tries to make a move has no time left to improvise. If they can steal back game 5, then maybe they have a chance.
Harbaugh will inject toughness into the um team - something they lacked for a number of years now. That will be good enough for a few more wins. I think they win 10 this year. They will play out of their minds against MSU at home and they will play WAY OUT OF THEIR MINDS against us this year. We haven't been beating them by a lot to begin with. To many similarities to 1969 - though we have an offense that can come from behind if need be - and in 69 we did not have a come from behind offense. We better show up with our A+ game because we are going to get, by far, the best performance of the year - once again - from um.
I hope you are right. So far they have played us very well under UFM.
SlumLord you nailed it. Have been saying that um's schedule is tough if you look at what they did last year - but this is not last year. um has played the last 4 years without any heart and not much fire - unless it was against OSU. Harbaugh will give them some of both. The loses they have incurred in the past are not going to happen. If they beat Utah, they go at least 10-2. They will also play out of their minds against MSU and way out of their minds against us. I worry about the similarities of 1969 but one of the big differences between then and now is that OSU has an offense that can come back. I think um goes 10-2 also.
Have said it before. He will go down in OSU history as one of the three best backs to ever play for the Bucks - maybe the best.
A tall, fast wide receiver is exactly what we needed! Good luck Austin.
I am not one who subscribes to the notion that we will blow out VT. But I do think the Bucks will win. The big difference in this game, to me, compared to last year is our defense. No way they are going to convert that crazy number of third downs. The reason our OLine looked bad, as did JT last year, was plain and simply the play calling by OSU. We were calling plays like BM was still the QB. Luckily for us, VT was a huge wake-up call to the coaching staff and the play calling - and the rest is history. Give VT their due. They will be ready again this year, but this is not the same Bucks team or the same Bucks coaching staff. Go Bucks!
Good luck BM.
I said 2. Harbaugh will have them ready and their schedule is not that tough except for Utah, MSU, and OSU and many of their key games are at home. They will play out of their minds against OSU.
That was a horrible loss in '69. um played out of their minds that day and Harbaugh will have them in the same shape. They would like nothing more than to derail the Bucks. That being said, aside from all of the similarities, this ain't the '69 team. Rex Kern was a great option QB but not a great passer. They bludgeoned everyone so were not used to coming back or playing from behind. This team is different, or at least last years version was. Underdog with a 3rd string QB to Wisc? NO PROBLEM. Down 21-6 to AL, the greatest team , in the greatest division, in the greatest conference in all of the world? NO PROBLEM! Down quickly and 4 turnovers vs. OR and the Heisman winner and a team that ran a tempo offense that was just more than anyone could keep up with? NO PROBLEM.
Bucks better bring their A game, to um, but no way are the leaving without an undefeated season intact.
3 and 4 were interchangeable for me. But I still think Sugar Bowl is #1.
You are right about VT. We are not NC without that loss. A lot finally changed with that loss and I feel it was more to do with coaching and play calling than it was with the actual ability of the team.
I don't know how many times I've seen that play and I never get tired of seeing it. To me this was the most critical game in the history of OSU football as I know it - about 1966 on. This play was the biggest play in OSU history as I know it. It rid us of some demons of past missed championship seasons, especially 2006 and 1969.