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Comment 18 hours ago

This is what TP did in his two BCS appearances: 

Passing: 37/62  487  4 1

Rushing:  35/187

Record: 2-0

Two-time MVP

TP had his off moments during his Buckeye career, and we all remember how painfully it ended, but when he was on his game he was close to unstoppable.  I wonder what he could've done if he had had an actual QB coach.

Comment 18 hours ago

Checked it out, and what I think is that is that it takes an awful lot of cooking the books to get a result that puts OSU at the bottom of the B1G.  As far as the teams that top that list, this is how each did against the Buckeye rushing attack:

MSU: 273/6.8 ypc

Iowa: 273/5.4

PSU: 408/8.0

Wisconsin: 192/4.5 (the only respectable performance)

And for good measure, here is what Michigan did against the Buckeyes: 393/8.5

So, please clarify for me if I'm supposed to be impressed by any of those run defenses, or put any faith in a statistical analysis that says they're any better than OSU.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

I expect a very much better year in terms of national overall defensive stats for Michigan, than Ohio State.

As bad as the Buckeye defense was last year, it was still better than Michigan in both total yards per game (362/367) and points per game (21.3/26.5).  Maybe Michigan will be better this year, but then again maybe OSU will be better as well.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

Fwiw, Shurburtt and Warren are currently 1 and 2 in the Crystal Ball rankings.  Would love to hear Birm's take on this.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

Everybody on this board knows where the question marks are for the '14 Buckeyes, but the most worrisome for me is the OL because a poor performance from the OL could render one of our greatest strengths, Braxton Miller, ineffective.

Comment 21 Jul 2014

I don't like Sparty's chances in an early season road game against Oregon.  People have been pointing out Stanford's success against the Ducks to argue that MSU matches up well against them, but Stanford also has the experience of playing them every year.  Sparty's dragging a lot of new defensive starters half way across the country to play against an Oregon team that brings back eight starters on offense, including a guy who might be the best QB in the country.

Comment 20 Jul 2014

Braylon Heard (Nebreska transfer from Youngstown) rushed for well over 100 yards against OSU his freshman year if my memory serves me right.

The only numbers I could dig up for Heard vs the Buckeyes are from 2012 where he ran for 24 yards on 5 carries.

Comment 18 Jul 2014

Nor do I mean any disrespect.  Braxton Miller is fast enough to have rushed for 3,054 and 32 TDs so far in his Buckeye career. It's the performance on the field that tells the story, not what a player does in short pants at some combine.

Comment 18 Jul 2014

Khalil Mack ran a 4.65 at the combine.  I don't know if he's faster than Braxton Miller or not, but I remember Miller not being able to catch him from behind.

Comment 11 Jul 2014

It seems like your question is looking to see if there are any converts out there, and having been raised in a futbol household, I don't think I qualify.  Still, I'll continue watching EPL games and continue to try to follow MLS which seems to be slowly becoming less awful. On question two, when the Korea/Japan World Cup was going on, I had no DVR and saw nearly every game of the group stage.  With a DVR, there's little chance I won't watch every game of the group stage in 2018.  On the third question, I have to admit I had no idea about the US hosting, and participating in Copa America, but I love the idea and will absolutely make an effort to get to a game or two.

Comment 11 Jul 2014

What's your take on the Gibson situation post-Opening?  Did he start to convince people he can play QB, or is WR starting to look more like his future?  Oh, and what are the chances he makes a trip to Columbus?

Comment 11 Jul 2014

Ohio State is a great program in a top 7 high school football state. 

I'd say even better.

Tier One: California, Florida, Texas

Tier Two: Georgia, Ohio

Tier Three: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia

Comment 11 Jul 2014

The answer to the OP is an equivocal yes, kinda, sorta, for now.  As an earlier poster pointed out, it hasn't seemed to hurt Alabama, but there is a difference between the two programs right now, and that difference is the championships that Alabama has won in recent years, that and the fact that Alabama keeps cranking out first round NFL talent.  High school kids are willing to wait in line for that sort of success. Last year was the best year in a while for Buckeyes in the draft, and if OSU can win a championship soon, I think we'll see the same thing in Columbus as in Tuscaloosa regarding the stockpiling of talent. Until then, the depth chart might start to look daunting to some prospects.

Comment 11 Jul 2014

Baker didn't grow up a Gator fan, he didn't dream of playing in the swamp, he doesn't have a brother, sister, best friend, girlfriend down in Gainesville, and he isn't a UF legacy.  The Gators went 4-8 last year, have no real reason to hope for better this season, and enter the season with a coach who's driven his dad's Ferrari into a ditch and is about to be shown the door.  UF can claim neither an academic advantage over OSU nor one of tradition, and allegedly his parents favored Ohio State.  So, why is he going to Florida?  Two answers: first, at this moment he is the only LB in the Gators' last two recruiting classes, and second those recruiting him to Ohio State couldn't overcome that one, and only, Florida advantage.

Comment 10 Jul 2014

Thanks for the info guys, and all I can say is that it looks like Drayton and/or Fickell got a little bit lazy on this one, because there's no way we should be losing a Cleveland guy to that dumpster fire down in Gainesville.  Any argument they can make to bring him down there should be easily countered, and if he likes palm trees that much, I think they have a couple at the botanical gardens.  

Comment 10 Jul 2014

4 to 1 are pretty long odds for a guy that everyone thought was a Buckeye until about four days ago.

Comment 08 Jul 2014

Going back to 2007, there have been 193 homicides in Garfield Park, 232 in Lawndale, 256 in Austin and 327 in Englewood.  During that same period there have been 6 homicides in Lincoln Park, 5 in Lincoln Square, 3 in Beverly and none at all in Mt. Greenwood.  The difference couldn't be more stark.  Yes, the city changes dramatically based on where exactly you live.

Comment 08 Jul 2014

Richt definitely tends to do less with more than most coaches, but it is also possible that Georgia, while being a great football state, is maybe just a little over-hyped by these recruiting services.

Comment 08 Jul 2014

Great list Hotsauce!  The only thing I would add is that I'd love to see the DL perform up to the hype. If people are saying that the Buckeyes have the best DL in CFB after the season is over, it will have been a great year.

Comment 08 Jul 2014

You are conflating two separate points.  Your first point is whether or not "Chicago" is safe, and the answer for that is that it absolutely depends on what neighborhood you live in.  Just because a neighborhood like, say, Englewood is dangerous does not make Lincoln Square dangerous even though both are a part of Chicago.  Your second point that it is "sad" that there are "constantly shootings" and that "something has to change" is absolutely true.  The segregation of violence in Chicago is indeed a problem and one that asks many uncomfortable questions of us all, but once again that doesn't make my neighborhood in Chicago any more dangerous than some supposedly "safe" neighborhood in Ohio.  

Comment 08 Jul 2014

Troy Smith, Terrelle Pryor, Braxton Miller . . . Joe Burrow?  What do you need to improve in your game to become the next great quarterback at Ohio State?