Right now, Decker is the only one of those guys whose spot next year is pretty much guaranteed. The rest will be pushed, and will have to improve to keep their starting jobs. I'm guessing not all of them will.
Love the young talent at the skill positions and on defense for the Buckeyes. The one question for '15 will be the OL. Do we have the talent there do develop a top OL? I like seeing Jamarco Jones getting minutes this season, and I hope a couple of the other freshmen get some PT this season as well. I think the '15 Buckeyes are in great position to win the whole thing, but it will depend on the OL, and for the OL to really improve I think it's going to have to have a couple new faces next year.
Somewhat. I don't want to make too much of our drubbing of Kent or of UC's "struggles" to put away Miami. Buckeyes showed against VT that the defense still has trouble getting off the field on third down, and I think Gunner Kiel is a better QB than Brewster. This Buckeye team has a lot of room for growth, but until I see that growth against better competition than Kent, I can only be "somewhat" confident of our chances against any team with a pulse.
We don't exactly measure the standard of our program on whether or not we beat Ohio State.
We know. Michigan exactly measures the standard of its program based on the leather-helmeted accomplishments of Fielding Yost and wins over Case Scientific School and Michigan Agriculture.
Please Will Muschamp. Please Will Muschamp.
I think the ultimate act of disrespect came from Frank Beamer and his VT squad when they came into the Shoe and discourteously smacked the Buckeyes around in front of a national television audience.
I'd like to see Muschamp up at Ann Arbor.
The Buckeyes lost because they were a very mediocre football team that night. I think our team will improve as the season goes on, but the fact is that VT is not that good, but they're better than the Buckeyes, at least for now.
I might not disagree with what you say, but I will fight until death against your right to say it!!
The punter might have brought him down, but the vision and patience to find that seam in the instant after he received the punt was truly special. I don't know how many times I watched that replay and I still don't see what he saw.
Upvoted every "big board" idea/variation, and just echoing the sentiment here. Big board!
Utah at Michigan (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30 pm.). This should be win no. 2 for the Big Ten against a Power 5 conference opponent. Probably. Maybe? Hopefully. Even then, it's just Utah.
Hopefully? Speak for yourself. I never get tired of watching Michigan lose.
Rock, I was surprised to hear that Wiltfong doesn't see Burrell in this class. Any idea how the Buckeye staff is feeling on this one?
There is no chance Spence gets drafted in the first round without playing this season. None.
Utah will beat Michigan this weekend.
Birm, as always thanks for the update. I'm surprised to see two prospects who are currently committed elsewhere included in your class projection. We all know that Urban is famous for never giving up on a prospect, but is there any reason you can share with us for your confidence in flipping Richmond and Baker.
The development of the O-line will be critical to JT's season. If he doesn't get sacked six (6) --SIX-!!- times in the fourth quarter against VT, I think he could have led the Buckeyes to a victory despite the drops and the questionable play calling.
Wow! Lot of text being spent on a non-problem. The B1G sucks. Who cares? The story for the Buckeyes is the same as always; take care of business and play for a championship.
Only way a one-loss B1G team gets in this year is if the champion of another "power 5" conference has two losses, and even then it's not a given.
Sounds like a Buckeye to me.
Forgive me for not looking up the data this morning, but I'm pretty sure there are still more people living in the B1G footprint than in the SEC footprint, enough of a gap that would erase any skew of the demographic toward high school aged kids in the south. The addition of TAMU might have swung things over to the SEC, but only marginally so. The other thing to consider is that the B1G universities dominate the states in which they are situated whereas the SEC and the ACC and even the Big 12 are fighting over the same in-state recruits, and don't forget national programs like OSU, ND and others routinely raid the south for recruits. I agree that the B1G is looking pretty terrible right now, but there are other reasons for that rather than "population shift."
First, we beat Kent State. It's probably best not to forget the debacle of the previous week based solely on an easy win over an over-matched opponent. Still, this team is young and talented and will continue to improve as the season goes on. It will need to. A one-loss season isn't out of the question, but only because of how miserable the B1G has shown itself to be. However, even if the Buckeyes win the B1G with just one loss, there are five power conferences and only four seats in the playoffs. I'm afraid the reputation of the B1G --for this season at least-- was destroyed in the last two weeks, and deservedly so.
I'm enjoying this.