Because Jabrill Peppers.....
No way Robinson stays on the team after felony stolen weapons and drug charges.
You're right. Auburn will pick him up.
I'm confused.... you say you disagree, but then say it came down to execution, which is exactly what I said.
I agree that Sparty gained confidence as the game went on.... I'd gain confidence too if I were the opposition after watching what the OSU game-plan was. I just hate when people say "someone wanted it more" like the other team wasn't trying hard enough. That's BS. You can tell when that's the case, and that certainly was NOT why we lost that game.
Obviously Zeke's hospitalization during the week wreaked havoc on the game-plan for the coaches. I think they started to plan for him not to be able to play, then he did, hence the low number of carries. Was he even 100% by game time?
I think too much is made of the weather, because IIRC the rain stopped in the 2nd half. Why didn't we throw the ball then?
Regardless, when the original game plan didn't work, the coaches didn't make the necessary half-time adjustments... which was shocking considering Meyer is one of the best in the business at doing just that. I think Meyer thought his defense could hold on, and they just got gassed late in the 4th.
Game-plan, play-calling, and execution were the main culprits IMO, in addition to Zeke's hospitalization being more of an issue than I think most of us realized.
It has nothing to do with who wanted it more. There's no such thing. Both teams were playing their asses off.... our defensive front just got tired, the MSU O-line took advantage, and our offense didn't help the defense at all. It came down to execution, and MSU executed their game-plan better than OSU executed theirs. Huge matchups like that almost never come down to "who wanted it more." That's Matt Millen talking-head speak.
I have some ideas, but those with more skills than me will have to do it:
1) Double-bird Marcus Hall in the video screen
2) Dead Devin Gardner lying on the turf on the screen
3) Zach Boren over Gardner on the screen
Giving the ball to Guapo would've worked better.
Boone, NC? What a fantastic place! And I've never been there!
Don't worry, I haven't forgotten. Unfortunately.......
Miami.... the worst sports town in the world.
I second that.
I cried my 17-year-old self to sleep the night of the Game 7 loss to the Marlins in '97. Not bawling, but tears of frustration and heart-break. I'm not afraid to admit that.
I don't think you read the article.
The irony there is that not only is Zeke the better ball-carrier, but the better blocker too.
Carter probably didn't earn too many future backers at ESPN with his "fall guy" spiel, but I refuse to weep about the exit of anyone from my life if it means more Randy Moss.
Ahhhh 2008. Back when beating Sparty was easy.
I'm with you on this one. That '05 USC team wasn't as good defensively as they were the year before. I think Troy and Co. could've lit them up the same way Texas did. They gave up a ton of yardage/points to freaking Fresno State earlier in the year, plus Notre Dame as you mentioned.
The '05 Buckeyes are one of the most underrated teams in program history. Two very narrow losses to two exceptional teams. Us losing to Texas and PSU sure saved the BCS a lot of headaches though.
Pretty sure they needed time to gel and get to that point, very similar to how the offense got off to a slow start in '14.
The jpeg needs to be a Photoshop Phriday op.
Not the same effect as seeing 0-4 below Hart's smuggy face.
John Cooper's downfall wasn't bringing in out-of-state kids. His downfall was that HE was from out-of-state.
I'm all for bringing in top notch talent from out of state, but I will always believe the core of the team should be from Ohio. They should be the foundation of the program. It's these young men that fully understand what OSU football is all about, and also realize that the season is divided into thirds: the regular season; The Game; the post-season.
Ferocity in battle indeed