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Buckeye Chuck

Member since 26 March 2011 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Cie Grant spinning Ken Dorsey into history. Also, my first Michigan game in 1982, though the aftermath had a little to do with me listing it among the best.

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Comment 17 hours ago

Cincinnati will never be able to recruit at the level of Notre Dame or a top Big Ten school. When the Bearcats start actually getting players the Buckeyes, Irish etc. really want, then I'll be concerned. 

I don't want to see any of the assistants leave, but some folks here seem to be under the impression that this is a brand new problem in the history of top-flight football programs. Assistants come and they go. Alabama seems to be holding up OK without Kirby Smart. Like the weekend terror over the Bucks possibly missing the playoff, there will be anguish for 24 hours and then the program will move on like nothing ever happened.

Comment 17 hours ago

I don't think the cold weather theory holds a lot of weight, because frankly we don't play in the cold very often. You'd have to be awfully sensitive to think it was cold for this past Michigan game (and of course, that would be a tough team to move the ball on regardless of the weather).

And we've had some success in cold and snow -- at home against Indiana when it snowed a few years ago, against a better team in Minnesota two years ago, and up in East Lansing in a night game in early November in 2014. 

The only recent game in poor weather where I remember our offense really having issues, and where the quality of the opponent was likely not the main factor, was at Michigan State a month ago. That one was hard to understand. Then again, if Weber doesn't fumble in the red zone in the third quarter, we may have scored there and been able to play more loose afterwards.

Comment 07 Dec 2016

On the subject of Prince being "dead last," a few things to keep in mind: One, the strength of the opposition we faced, which very few of those 174 tackles had to deal with; two, the Buckeyes probably have a higher percentage of their pass plays coming on "obvious" passing downs than most teams, which will put more pressure on the blockers; and three, in the games we had against weaker teams, Prince often wasn't in there for much of the second half, where he could have padded his percentages a bit. 

This isn't to say he had a very good season, just providing a little extra context. 

Comment 07 Dec 2016

I doubt the Oregon fanbase will be thrilled with this. Compared to when Washington managed to pry Chris Petersen out of Boise, it's not even in the same ballpark.

The options seem to be narrowing for Lane Kiffin. I can't see him going to a non-Power 5 program.

Comment 07 Dec 2016

Is it true that "the HC job will always be available?" Fickell is now 43. If he has ambitions of being a head coach, this is probably the time to go for it. Wait too long, and suddenly you may find you keep losing out to "the hot young candidate." 

I think the Bearcats job would be perfect for him. We've seen that's a place where a good coach can succeed. And if Luke doesn't have it in him to be a successful head coach, best we find that out at another school and not this one.

Comment 07 Dec 2016

UConn is a big name, but it's not much of a team. 4-4 with a loss to Wagner. And guess what? Kevin Ollie, who unlike Matta HAS won a national championship, is feeling some heat.

Nothing at all unusual about the fan reaction here to a program in clear decline.

Comment 06 Dec 2016

I have noticed this pattern:

When Matta has had All-American centers (Oden, Sullinger), he's contended for national championships.

When he's had All-Americans who weren't centers (Turner, Russell), we've been good, but at a level below national championship caliber.

When he hasn't had either one, we've been pretty forgettable.

Comment 06 Dec 2016

Let me clarify that. Ayers stayed as long as he did because of a general attitude of, "He had the team winning once before; we don't want to give up on him as long as there's a chance he can do it again." But that was a vain hope. 

Comment 06 Dec 2016

Before anyone says "this is gonna happen with a young team," 56 of the 77 points tonight were scored by players in at least their third year of college basketball. There are younger teams scattered throughout the Top 25. 

It's becoming more and more apparent that we're about where Eldon Miller was in the fall of 1985, or Randy Ayers for pretty much his entire last five seasons. Fair minded people want to give Thad Matta the chance to turn this around, but at a certain point a program loses its mojo, and there's no coming back without a change at the top. It's all just delaying the inevitable at this point.

Comment 06 Dec 2016

While it's true almost all bowl games are held in warm weather sites, it's not true that they're all held in places that are hotbeds of tourism. There has been a bowl game in Shreveport for the last 40 years, and now that every decent-sized city seems to have a casino, there is absolutely no reason to ever go to Shreveport.

I'm of the opinion that a NCAA-sanctioned playoff system should involve all sections of the country, and I think Jim Delany should have insisted on some sort of Midwestern presence for the CFP before signing on to the new system. But minor bowls in warm-weather sites isn't much of an issue.

Comment 05 Dec 2016

Using the "best player on the best team" standard, Jonathan Allen ought to be there instead of Peppers. And two players from Oklahoma can't be justified. 

Basically, if you're not a dual-threat quarterback from a fast-paced offense, or a running back from Alabama, you have little chance to win the Heisman Trophy in this era.

Comment 05 Dec 2016

They are consistent in one important respect: they have never taken a Power 5 team that has a worse record than another Power 5 team that was left out. Oklahoma (1 loss, conference champs) went last season instead of the Buckeyes (1 loss, no conference or division title), and that was the correct decision. 

Bowlsby pretending not to know that his champs had a worse record than the four teams that made it ... he's smarter than that. Maybe. 

Comment 05 Dec 2016

This is basically true -- though conference expansion cost us the annual game with Illinois, which had been our oldest uninterrupted rivalry. 

I's a way of preserving, as best you can in a 14-game conference, a bit of schedule commonality among a group of teams. It can't ever be exactly even -- Penn State didn't have any conference trip remotely as tough as us having to go to Madison -- but it's as good as you're going to be able to get.

Comment 04 Dec 2016

Where I like the matchup is that we force a lot of turnovers, and Clemson turns it over a LOT. Where I don't like it is that Clemson can score in bunches, and I worry that it might take us a little while to wake up on offense. 

I like our chances, but it's a legitimately close call. I hope we don't see too many comments about "Clemsoning" in here. There was a lot of that three years ago, and it looked pretty silly afterwards. 

Comment 04 Dec 2016

I really thought Washington might jump Clemson, so to see Clemson jump us is a little surprising. But the matchup is the same anyway, so who really cares?

There were some complete hysterics in here the last 13 hours. Off to have a few laughs  at your expense. 

Comment 04 Dec 2016

Were Kanell and Pollack this upset about Alabama and LSU playing for the national championship five years ago?

Comment 04 Dec 2016

That's a bad look for Howard. Are there even many avowed Michigan fans who are making a case for them? Especially making a case for them OVER the Buckeyes? 

Comment 04 Dec 2016

The flipside of that is that playing Oklahoma, and beating them, is probably the one thing keeping the Buckeyes alive right now. We went 11-1 last season and missed out on the conference championship -- sound familiar?

Washington had the weak nonconference, but they won the Pac-12. We had a tough nonconference (even Tulsa is better than anyone Washington played), but didn't get the Big 10 title. But both teams will get their chance in the playoff.