Ohio State is a big boy program. Urban should play to win, not play to make everyone feel good about themselves. Win at recruiting, win at practice, win in the game.
We are extremely well set up to shoot up the rankings by beatings 3 ranked teams (Sparty, Minn, and Nebraska) at the back half of the season when everyone is paying attention.
It would really help if Alabama and Auburn had 2 losses though.
You are assuming there aren't upsets. College football is littered with teams that looked like they had an easy road only to get upset by inferior competition. We know something about that in games against Purdue! The upsets are going to come, this is still college football regardless of BCS or playoff.
There's still a lot of losses to be handed out in college football. We aren't going to end the season with eight 1-loss teams. Lots of teams are going to loose and most are going to end the season with 2 and 3 losses. If Ohio state can be a 1 loss team at the end of the season there is a very large chance they're in the playoffs.
The football gods work in mysterious ways. Braxton's injury might paradoxically have been the best thing to happen for its national title ambitions. Its given the urban Meyer recruiting classes a year to catch up with Miller.
All the talent that this year is still figuring itself out like Michael Thomas, Eli Apple, and Rakewon McMillan will be fully functional next year. And that says nothing of all the 4 and 5 star offensive line freshman we have this year that are sitting on the bench waiting for their chance to fight for a starting job next spring and elevate the level of o line play.
Combining all that with the undeniable talent of braxton is the kind of thing we could only dream about until now, where it will shortly be reality!
It is a very rare year that a 1-loss team from a major conference does not end up in the top 4 of the BCS rankings. If the buckeyes win out everything is there for them.
Every week we notch another win, every week teams above us knock out each other, every week we rise.
Ohio State is back in the college playoff picture!
Even in week 6 Baylor is the only Big 12 team left with a shot at the playoffs. There are no Pac-12 unbeatens and with so many 2 loss teams (stanford, USC) that conference is no shoe-in to send a team to the playoffs if Oregon takes another loss. Notre Dame is in good shape but has a very tough schedule to try and play through.
Even if the SEC sends 2 teams and Florida State gets in I'm feeling very good about the Buckeyes being able to get that 4th spot if they run the table for the rest of the year.
I agree. There's 100 players on the roster and you need to start the best 22. Hats off to Grant for playing his best and being a class act but it's time for him to step aside. Kwon looks a shoe-in to be a starter in the NFL in 4 years and possibly a very good one. It's his time.
At this point it seems like they just give Rod Smith goal line carries to be nice to him since he's a senior. It's clear that when the game is in doubt or the drive is on the line it's EZ-E they want in there.
Also, with you on Kwon. I expected him to make way more mistakes as a true freshman but he looks to have the instincts of a Junior.
It's time. Devin is a 1 trick pony. It's a really good trick! I'm glad to have that trick in our arsenal but it's clear that all Devin can do is take the top off of defenses.
We wouldn't have lost the Virginia Tech game if we had a complete receiver on the field. Michael Tomas is the first guy that looks like a complete wide receiver since Devier Posey left (Corey Brown played H-back). We need a complete WR and Michael Thomas is the only guy on the roster that gives us a chance at finding one.
Coaches can only adapt as much as the players can. So the problem is what do you do? Last year they adapted the defense to the opponent but the players couldn't execute. This year they have a scheme the players can execute, but it's simple and predictable.
You can go to rehab for MDMA? That stuff isn't even addictive.
I don't know man, not a big fan of society demonizes college kids that experiment with drugs. Especially since most of those demonizing Spence probably couldn't pass a breathalizer after a typical buckeye game. Not exactly like the rest of us are puritains who never touch an intoxicating substance.
I have so many feels!
We don't have the talent at WR. Plain and simple. VT essentially played 5 linebackers and zero safeties in that game. Despite every receiver having 1:1 matchups where one missed tackle means they go all the way to the end-zone - NO ONE COULD MAKE A PLAY! We need the WRs to give us more than one big Devin Smith catch every 2 games.
Devin Smith is no Malcom Jenkins.
Dontre had 2 carries and no blocking - it's impossible to look decisive when you're getting hit in the backfield. Running against Navy Dontre had a 7 YPC which is fantastic. He's now caught 3 balls for 86 yards. He looks like a weapon to me.
By contrast Jalin Mashall has a total of 26 yards so far this year. He's the poster-boy for a supposed weapon that has so far been pedestrian.
How come Jim "I Formation" Tressell made sure he had a Malcom Jenkins, Ted Ginn, or DeVier Posey on all his teams but Urban "so many weapons" Meyer can't recruit one player that can actually catch a ball outside the numbers? He puts 2 WRs on the field every play but can't recruit one that can actually play at a championship level.
In my opinion it's a lack of talent. Tressel made sure he had a Malcom Jenkins, Ted Ginn, or DeVier Posey on almost every season's team. In the past 3 years all we've seen from Urban's teams are dropped passes and sloppy routes from everyone outside the numbers. And while he's recruited a thousand RBs and HBs he can only really put 2 on the field at any time, the rest are watching from the sidelines. Meanwhile we put 2 WRs on the field every play and he hasn't recruited a single top WR in his time here.
Can't use that speed if you drop the football
The number of on-target drops by this receiving corps through 2 games is inexcusable. We have, essentially, a running back in Dontre Wilson making 1-handed grabs but our WRs are letting balls bounce off their chests because they aren't even using their hands.
Going from Michael Jenkins, Ted Ginn, and DeVier Posey in the Tressel years to the current WR "clown show" is my biggest frustration with the Urban Meyer era.
I don't understand why we haven't seen the slant in an OSU route tree in a decade.
I don't want to hear the phrase "so many weapons" anytime soon. The only player whose proven himself to be a weapon is Dontre Wilson - everyone else on offense needs to stop reading their press clipping and start trying to make a play.
I feel like Meyer/Herman just don't believe they can run up the middle whenboth teams know that's what you're going to do. I feel like they always need to out-smart the opponent and they can't just, for example, call Dave and let Hyde and a senior online do its thing. They have to feel like they are outsmarting the opponent and can't just out the ball in the hands of their players.
Now, most of the time they do outsmart their opponent so that's good, but when it doesn't work I think that's why.
Basically the d-line destroyed while the linebackers struggled. Most runs up the middle got obliterated and it seemed like every time navy tried to pass they got sacked. But they ran tons of options to the ledt or right out in spacce and our linebackers and safeties were slow to get where they needed to be.