I agree that the atmosphere for that game was electric, but it was largely electric because they were playing us. The Buckeyes are like a giant generator that charges up any road crowd they play in front of.
Hope it doesn't mean anything, but a bunch of PSU picks starting to roll in on the Crystal Ball.
Let's just hope Sparty can't make a similar highlight reel out of our game. Schadenfreude is great, but I'm ready for some actual freude. Beat Sparty, beat Michigan, and establish the Buckeyes as the beast of the B1G.
The Buckeyes' '16 schedule looks pretty good, but '15 is even worse than this year. VT again and WMU, Hawaaii, and NIU. Horrible.
The second half of the PSU game has hurt the Buckeyes nearly as much as the VT game. Had OSU finished the game the way they started and walked out of Happy Valley with a 34-0 win, or something like it, I think we'd be as high as 11 or 12. The good news is I think the reality of the Buckeyes team is closer to what we saw in the first half and OT than what we saw in the second half. The bad news is the Buckeyes can beat Illinois by a million points and they won't climb one rung up the ladder. With Sparty ranked at only 8 even a win over them probably only raises the Buckeyes to 10, maybe 9. Playoff is looking less and less likely, just hope we get a good bowl opponent and that we actually beat them. Time to start earning some respect.
Birm, what's your take on the Burrell buzz from today? Any idea what "package deal" he's referring to, or how soon he might be committing?
I don't want to see one single designed run for JT against Illinois. Let him air it out and take him out at the half. If we need him for the whole game against the Illini we're in big trouble against Sparty.
Ramzy is a very good writer, and he didn't necessarily "screw up" anything, but he leaned on a cliche --as even good writers will sometimes do-- and it toppled over.
Well, if we're going to parse the language so closely, I'd have to agree that unanswered and consecutive, while commonly used without distinction, are different things. The Buckeyes answered the Nits streak of 24 consecutive points with 14 unanswered points to finish the game. Yay message boards!
And all four would make the inaugural CFB playoff.
This is the pecking order as I see it:
SEC champ in, guaranteed. ACC champ in only if it is FSU. ND in if they win out. PAC 12 in with one-loss Oregon. If one of those doesn't happen, next up is non-champion one-loss SEC, one-loss MSU, then one-loss Big 12 champ, and then finally a one-loss OSU. 12 spots to climb in six games. Beat Illinois, I guess.
Here is a graphic to help us understand the greatness of the SEC West:
So, the only one-loss Power 5 school ranked behind the Buckeyes is Utah.
Looks like the committee is on the SEC bandwagon. Not a good early sign for the rest of college football. ND, Oregon, and MSU should all be higher. I also think 16 is too low for the Buckeyes, but unfortunately not off by much.
Just out of curiosity, would you consider posting complaints about people talking about it to be time well spent?
I'm embarrassed for them.
In your scenario, it'd be ND for sure. The result in Tallahassee was the worst thing that could've happened for the Buckeyes playoff chances.
Like teams before it, the Nittany Lions unveiled a new defensive front in an attempt to slow the Buckeye run game.
I think the one plus of playing MSU is that they're confident enough in what they do defensively that they won't be trying to surprise us with much. Just hope we're up to the challenge.
I upvoted every other post you made in this thread. I am downvoting you here for admitting to being from Boston. Seriously though, your original post raised legitimate concerns and wasn't phrased in a way that merits the avalanche of DVs your getting. Not sure why people are piling up on you for introducing a point of discussion onto what is supposed to be a discussion board.
ND was one controversial call from beating the undefeated defending champions on the road. If FSU is anywhere in the top 4, ND --at worst-- should be one behind them.
I think one of the biggest factors that hampers crowd noise in the Shoe is expectations. The Buckeyes are almost always a home favorite and usually a huge favorite. During a blow out the crowd is feeling pretty good and easy and not really in a hollering mood. During close games you can hear the ulcers growing. Instead of getting loud, the Buckeye faithful have a tendency to get nervously quiet. The times when the Shoe has been the loudest are when we are playing highly ranked opponents that are expected to win or at least offer a very stiff challenge, see Texas, USC, The Game in '06. In games like that the Shoe can be deafening, but they are few and far between.
- FSU: to be the man you gotta beat the man
- ND: shoulda beaten the man
- MSU (Dixie Version): Yadda, yadda, yadda, SEC
- Oregon: Beat MSU (rustbelt version) convincingly
- MSU: Young D has improved since getting gassed in the 4th quarter against the Ducks
- Alabama: see number 3
- TCU: Shoulda beaten Baylor. Didn't beat Baylor.
- Ole Miss: Beat Bama; tough and dumb road loss to LSU
- OSU: Beat Nobody; tough and dumb road win over PSU
- KSU: gotta pick somebody