Let me preface this by saying that I would love to see Braxton 100% and starting next season. That being said, the answer is JT and it is not even close. Unless you are another Devin Smith, Cardale would not be the best guy to throw to you. JT makes his reads, that boy is cerebral. He can check down and find the open guy. He can thread the needle. If I am a WR at OSU and not a pure deep threat, I want JT all the way. JT had roughly 62% completions, 300 yards, 3 TDs, and no interceptions against a great secondary at MSU. Cardale had 51% completions, 243 yards, 1 TD, and 1 int against a great secondary in Bama. The Sugar Bowl was one of my favorite games of all time, but I am sick of the "what have you done for me lately?" view on the QBs. Yes, it was Cardale's second start, but the offense was also much more fluid and the team was much more fired up at this point. JT completed almost 5% more of his passes throughout the season, and this includes the early games where the offense was not clicking as much and Zeke wasn't getting 200+ yards rushing per game. Another fun fact, JT had a 7% higher completion rate during away games this season. Mike Thomas, Jalin, anyone who wants a good amount of targets has to be thinking Barrett.
Since Cardale will be the only QB with a realistic chance of starting that is healthy, I doubt there will be over like 85k. If Braxton and JT were healthy, then this would probably be the most interesting spring game in the history of college football and could have broken 100k.
Great analysis! A lot of this got overlooked because of the caliber of games that Cardale was winning. I'm more of a Braxton/JT guy, but this Spring should provide Cardale plenty of opportunities to gain more of a mastery of the offense should he start this season.
I was already standing since the Spencer-to-Thomas connection (damn OCD/superstitions). As soon as Zeke hit the hole I started progressively louder shouts of "go... Go... GO!!!" As soon as they showed Saban I gave him a double bird, hugged my buddies and my dad, and proceeded to dance tear-eyed around the room. I was giddy as a school girl. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life thus far and definitely the most exciting play in sports I have ever witnessed. I will never forget that game, and I will never forget the moment when #15 stuck an 85-yard fork in the SEC.
This is most certainly true. A lot of the people that I talk to attribute the missteps (wrongly) of the 2013 team to Braxton. A good deal of the time the kid was playing balls to the wall. Had he not missed those three games he very well could have won the Heisman. Insert the numbers Guiton collected during his three starts into Braxton's stat line and I think it would have made a better case than Winston. The reality is that the defense was no where near what it was this past season. A quarterback cannot make up for a defense that gives up an a lot of yardage/points all the time. In many cases, Braxton (along with Hyde) did make up for the horrid defense such as in the game against TTUN. If you look at this season, there were many times when the defense would step up and get the other team off the field. This was not the case in 2013. Even mediocre teams would have ridiculously long drives against us. This isn't even mentioning the fact that the offense as a whole was more skillful this year after the first few games. As everyone has said, any of the QBs can do the job, but there is really no reason to assume that Braxton wouldn't do at least as good as the other options.
Think they are just saying he can't run at the moment and Braxton can't throw at the moment because of their injuries. Not that two heisman contending QBs can't throw or run in general.
Braxton ran a 4.32 and was the second fastest person on the team behind Roby (4.29) during the 2013 season. If he is full speed by the season he will likely be the fastest person on the team (I believe Dontre and Samuel both ran around 4.4 and 4.38 coming in). Not to mention Braxton is the most elusive person on the team and one of, if not the most elusive player in the nation. Regardless of whether he is QB or not, if he is 100% he will be on the field a good deal. They could move Dontre/Jalin to receiver and the other could take the snaps at h when Brax wasn't in. And Braxton returning punts would be outstanding. That being said, I hope he comes back 100% and ends up starting where he wants, whether that be QB, H Back, or wherever. He has earned it.
We have to understand that Braxton is in a completely different situation. For Cardale it was either OSU or NFL, neither of which would cause anyone to dislike him. For Braxton it is OSU, potentially transfer, change positions, or maybe not even be able to play ever again. There is a lot going on with him and he has a lot of variables with his future. You can, however, see he wants to be a Buckeye so we can't be mad about his lack of transparency.
Bama, and it is not even close. I enjoyed this win more than any in my life, even the high school/college games I played in (albeit only D2). I was fairly young during the 2002 season, so I was not as involved then. Honestly, after hearing all of the talk since 2006, the victory over bama was just supremely satisfying.
They always charge, although it is pretty cheap. Last time I went it was $5 online or $10 at the gate per person. Now I think it is something like $10 and $20.
He tweeted this evening that he was praying.
Win or lose, this is almost every conference opponent on a yearly basis.
I don't think the first 3 are bold at all. I will be surprised if Zeke doesn't get at least 150+, this is the toughest DL they have faced - I can see mariota throwing a couple picks, and 500 yards should be incredibly easy with them having a low ranked defense. I don't think the offense we run with 12 gauge at the helm is conducive to him scoring 6 TDs. This isn't the JT or Brax playbook where they are constantly running the QB. I think he has 3 passing and gets a rushing TD in a goal line scenario. The three touchdown win prediction is bold, but I can see us getting ahead early and breaking their spirits. It would be awesome for sure.
To supplement the first three... I will say:
1. Bosa will have two sacks, forcing a fumble that someone takes for 6 on one.
2. We will have a +3 turnover margin.
3. Curtis Samuel will take a KR to the house.
I want Braxton to stay as much as the next guy, but my whole take on the scenario is a little different. I didn't know that tweets I favorited were broadcast on my followers timelines occasionally until recently. He doesn't tweet a ton and definitely doesn't favorite a ton. It is very unlikely it would have been uncovered that he favorited that tweet had it not been broadcast on other timelines. Maybe I am being a little over cautious, but I have had the feeling that he may want to go somewhere to better showcase his passing. Just because he has vocally complained about all the designed runs in the past and he didn't look very satisfied on Thursday. Also, another probably insignificant factor, but he was wearing a gatorade towel that covered up the OSU logo on his jacket the whole game.
If you just do a google search you can find people that post their username and password for others to use watchESPN. It works.