Well said James!
I am sick and tired of hearing about TCU. By any stretch of the imagination, they didn't even win the conference title! I said before the final rankings came out - if Baylor is chosen ahead of us, so be it, but they beat TCU in a head-to-head and TCU, if everyone wins out, should be ranked 6th. If OSU beats WI 28-24, Baylor was going to the playoff anyway, not TCU. I hope TCU does get into the playoff next year and we curb stomp them 70-3.
No how - No way!
That might top the list! ...and especially to pull it off in the shit
Best I've ever heard it put!
Been an OSU fan since 1965 or 66 and I didn't really start following 11W or other recruiting and college football news sites until the recruitment of TPryor - and then not all that much. The last year that JT was here, I started following things more closely. I vividly remember all the arrogant um comments after the hokesters first year. They were trashing OSU at every opportunity and I remember them predicting quite a bit - a BCS Championship Bowl appearance. They started the year vs. Alabama in Dallas and the comments were no way we lose to it is going to be close. We remember the score and I remember I was very happy. They have continued to fall but it appears that the arrogance is little changed. They are ranked as the most delusional fanbase in sport for a good reason.
With all of that being said, they play out-of-their minds against us and jh will have them crazy. That will be a tough game for us - in fact, I think our toughest game of the season. We will more than likely be undefeated and they would like nothing more than a repeat of 1969.
Personally, I hope they struggle to finish .500 but with that schedule, they could win 10 games or more, meaning an upset somewhere. I love to go on their sites and just read the misery and delusion. I can't stand them and I hope we hang 70 on them with the last play of the game being a 70 yard H Back pass from BM to JT or Cardale.
Many similarities to 1969. Buckeyes and the super soph class coming off a dominating 1968 national championship run.
Cruise through the 69 season until they run into the skunk weasels who were like 8-3 entering the game. They played out of their minds that day and made us look bad. We also did not have the type of system at that time that could come back from being down. 2015 - New first year coach in aa, game in aa, have some confidence going in that even with hoke, they kept the games close - even last year, we were only up one score with 4 minutes left. They will be ready and they will play out of their minds. We will need to play our best game of the year.
I feel bad that someone is going to sit - after last year. Unless he has regressed, I think it is Cardale's to lose.
Thanks for the espy update. I started watching at the beginning and made it all of 5 minutes into it before switching and watching reruns of the office and then the NC game replay (for at least the 20th time.)
Agree - when Thomas leaves OSU, he will be remembered as one of the all-time greats - and I know we have had some great ones. He's big, he's fast, and he catches everything thrown at him.
Right on. Without the VT defeat, no way we win the NC. Things changed after that game - especially the play calling.
Exactly right. I was surprised when I saw our D against Wisc in the B1G championship game and I attributed our being able to stop them to them being one dimensional. Then came the Sugar Bowl. We were faster, stronger and better prepared than AL. If not for turnovers, and bad clock management at the end, AL probably only scores 14 points. Against OR we just beat the snot out of them. You could tell by the 4th qtr, they wanted no more of the Bucks D.
I think this year you are going to see some pretty great defensive efforts.
Lets give credit where credit is due - that was a good block. He will fit right in on the um offensive line. One good block every 4 or 5 plays. Will probably start as a freshman with these skills.
We need great receivers!
Best Assistant in college football. Hope he stays a long time.
I really consider the BCS era not much different than what came before it. As previously stated, the preseason rankings were BS (See GA - every year). The SEC gets over rated drastically and even when they lose to each other, the loss is downgraded because the SEC is so great. The BCS was set up so that it could be manipulated if one so desired, and espn used their bias to almost insure that an SEC team was going to get into the championship game, thus virtually guaranteeing them a 50% chance every year at a NC. I do think the SEC is good - but they are not THAT MUCH better than anyone else.
That is JT over a whole season, not just VT, and I agree with you on VT. The VT loss had a lot to do with play calling, not the OLine or the QB. But watch Cardale in the last 3 games. He has a pocket awareness that is really unusual for a college QB and an arm to be able to wait until the last second to throw. I have watched all of the OSU QB's since before Rex Kern in 68, and there is no one - yes it was only 3 games, but against great competition - that has been as good as Cardale is in the pocket under pressure.
Agreed somewhat, but tell me there is a huge difference between the middle of the sec and MN, PSU, NEB, WISC, Rutgers. And for rivalry games, you have to admit that um plays out of their minds against us, much like Auburn and AL. Even IN beat MO last year -at MO - and the bowl results were favorable to the B1G. B1G has OSU and MSU as elite teams. sec is AL and ? (who else)? More than likely, the schedule appears easier than it really is because we are the Buckeyes!
1. Same old SEC bull - well the SEC is so great, that they have every team ranked in the top 15 BS preseason poll pushed by espn. So when one gets beat, it was only because of top competition and they barely drop in the rankings so another team gets the benefit of playing yet another over ranked and over blown sec team. OSU will play a team this year as good or better than any sec team - MSU.
2. QB rating under pressure: My prediction as to why Cardale will start vs. VT. Cardale is uncanny in the pocket. He feels pressure about as well as any college qb I can ever remember, he moves very well in the pocket, and has an arm to be able to release the ball at the last second and negate the rush. VT tries to get pressure and he will bury them. Watch the last 3 games - he was off the charts. He did get some long ball help from Devin Smith with some great catches, but I have a feeling Marshall is poised to take over that spot and by seasons end, Michael Thomas will be in the Heisman race-he is that good.
Great comments on um. No matter how bad they are, they are always going to play out-of-their-minds against us. As bad as Hoke was, and seeing a lot of their games, it was almost unfathomable they were playing that well against us. MSU just destroyed them and it looks like um almost gave up. But not vs. the Buckeyes. THE GAME this year will be the same. No matter how bad their season is or isn't - a W against us will make their year...and you know they are going to be heavily pushing all of the similarities of the 1969 season. Of all the games on our schedule - this one will be our toughest - given that the weeks leading up to it will be brutal and it is in aa. As easy as their schedule is, I would not be surprised if they don't enter our contest with 9 wins and a chance to tie us for the B1G East Championship with a win.
We normally have a huge target on our back for all of our games. This year will be even larger. VT is sick of hearing how we are going to get some payback and they will be ready. MSU is very good, and they will be ready.... I have faith in the Bucks. We are very good - and we will be ready too. Here is to 15-0 again and the title of UNDISPUTED REPEATERS.
If you watched any of the Rose Bowl, the main reason the Ducks pounded FSU was uniforms. They were so green, you could barely see them against the grass.
Too many logos is the main reason I loved these jerseys. May we get to wear them again next year - especially the one with 2016 Championship.
And that is exactly why Cardale should be the starter. BM and JT are great - Cardale is more of a classic style QB and in this system - watch out! Regardless, I don't think Zeke wins the Heizman - I think our starting QB does - if they stay healthy. I hope they all negate each others votes because they are all having fantastic season on the way to being UNDISPUTED REPEATERS! Go Bucks.
Erick Smith is already better than Powell. I became a critic during the Alabama game. First, with under 3 minutes to play and Bucks up 14, he lets the Bama receiver get behind him for a 50+ yard completion. Then, with a one score lead, due in large part to him and some bad clock management, he intercepts the Hail Mary, and then tries to return it - 2 MAJOR bonehead plays that could have easily cost us the Sugar Bowl. I too think Smith will displace him.
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.