I have news for everyone: The Game was a great thing before someone decided that an event that's younger than the World Wide Web is some sort of timeless "tradition," and it's going to be great after the university pulls the plug.
The Buckeyes would absolutely not get in over any 1-loss team from a Power 5 conference that was a conference champion.
The most realistic possibility is also the simplest: get to Indianapolis and win there. That only requires one unlikely development, Sparty losing this week.
Michigan State seems to be doing OK in both.
I'd like to see them pull off a couple of home upsets in the second half of the season. Something has to happen to provide optimism that this is just a blip.
Problem is that this does not look like a team whose upside in a couple of years is "Big Ten contender." Those kinds of teams rarely start out looking quite this poor.
If my math is correct (certainly not a sure thing), if we assume the only other nonconference losses will be against Kentucky, Virginia, and Connecticut (also far from a sure thing), the Buckeyes would have to go 8-10 in Big Ten play to become NIT-eligible, or go 7-11 and win at least one B1G tournament game.
That's looking really unlikely.
Well, it's not as impressive as beating UT-Arlington was. But still a nice win for La. Tech.
That offensive foul might be a killer.
Can't really disagree with any of this. It's indisputable that this team never fulfilled its potential.
You don't see them, period. For all we know, Antonio Brown spent his bye week in a Pittsburgh opium den But TMZ doesn't care about that.
I thought the biggest play of the game was that third down pass Michigan State completed at the start of the drive right after we took the 7-0 lead. We force a quick punt there, and maybe the momentum begins to build in our direction. But they made the play, then made a couple more, and before long it was tied.
I'm sure it's not fun. But that passion made her daddy a rich man.
I'll have "perspective," eventually. For now I'm still kinda mad.
Shorten the clock by running the ball, hope for turnovers. Cook being unable to play again would certainly help.
Wow, Rutgers is some basket case. But we already knew that.
I have to say, our university is playing with fire when it comes to the constant money grab. There are longtime tailgaters who are seriously pissed off about the changes to gameday parking that are coming next season, and those same fans had to sit through a tribute to the generosity of the Wolfe family during Saturday's game, because we can't kiss those gold-plated asses near enough.
They will be spared the backlash as long as we keep winning, but any lull in the program is going to be punished.
I wouldn't eat Domino's if it was headquartered in Woody Hayes's old office. That's some nasty-ass shit.
My first thought is that if "bulletin board material" is even necessary this week, that's not really a good sign. My second thought is that Harbaugh offered up the most obvious bulletin board material of all time 29 years ago and backed it up, so I doubt he'd be afraid to do it again.
I've been saying it for years: I don't mind the empty backfield on short yardage so much (though considering we usually have a major stud running back, I'm not sure it's always the best idea) as I do the fact that we almost never throw out of that formation.
I really think some of the "easier" games are when you need to show the rest of the teams on your schedule that you are willing to throw out of the empty backfield. Even if it doesn't work and you have to punt or worse, you've at least put that thought in other coaches' heads.
Compare with what Bo Ryan has done in basketball. Have the Spartans ever had even one Top 10 recruiting class in Dantonio's tenure?
Really didn't understand that either. I've never seen a season here where first-year freshmen played less of a part. Most of that was obviously because we had so many veterans back at so many positions, but we've had loaded teams before where freshmen were able to get into the rotation and even start. And Meyer is supposedly Mr. "I don't redshirt unless I have to."
I think it all fed into the complacency that sank this season -- no one who began the year with playing time ever had to worry about losing it, and no one who didn't have it ended up winning any.
It's hard to say, though they obviously wouldn't have had such a QB-run centered strategy with Jones back there, so it would have opened things up out of necessity. And it's impossible he could have done any worse unless he had turned the ball over.
Benching quarterbacks mid-game, regardless of how bad things are going, is rarely done. We sort of saw it against Northern Illinois, but back then both QBs were still technically co-#1s, so it was less a benching than Barrett coming in and staying in. I just don't think Urban wanted to go there one more time.
If it's the play I'm thinking of, it wasn't even "third and long;" I think it was third and 4 and went for all of 2 yards. Very frustrating, especially since that was some of our best field position all day.
I know we were underdogs against Oregon, but a lot of people did pick us to win that game coming off the previous two wins.
And as I posted above, your "we will all" does not speak for me.
I think all recruits know what the weather is like here in the four months beginning with November. If that's an issue for you, it could have been 60 degrees and clear yesterday and it wouldn't have made any difference -- such a kid is not going to come here.
I don't know if it was a factor in the loss, because there's nothing to compare it to. But I will say that if Meyer is uncomfortable running our team's normal offense in weather that is not unusual for the third weekend in November in Columbus, that's a potentially major issue. This ain't Gainesville, Urban. Adjust, or continue to lose to better prepared teams this time of year.
I give them a chance with a veteran quarterback, but it's hard to get over the fact that they lost a shootout with Nebraska.
I certainly won't be pulling for them, I don't care if they play the Sabans. I haven't had any Bama fans taunt me in my own stadium lately.
The number of Ohioans on the Sparty roster has to be a factor, especially when you consider that I doubt most of them were ever seriously looked at by the Buckeyes (that's less likely to be the case with Ohio kids who wind up in Ann Arbor).
I don't think the two losses to Michigan State really have much in common. The main issues in the 2013 loss were 1) the weak secondary; i.e. the inexplicable reluctance to play Vonn Bell over Pitt Brown and the injury to Roby; and 2) the bizarre decision to go away from Carlos Hyde after he had carried us back into the lead. Plus, as was mentioned above, that MSU team was really good, easily the best Big Ten team of the decade outside of last season's Buckeyes.
I'm just not going to credit Michigan State's talent or strategy for anything that happened yesterday. An entire season of football has shown us that their defense isn't good at all, and without Cook, they should not have been able to move the ball anywhere nearly as easily as they did. We unilaterally chose not to put any pressure on their defense, with Urban making lame excuses about the weather; and our own defense conceded 5 yards on run after run because we were worried that they were going to get pass-happy with inexperienced quarterbacks. It was a historic disaster against a team not nearly as good as the Buckeyes.
If I thought Zeke was mad solely because of the way he was or wasn't used, then I'd probably be pretty upset with him. That's Terrell Owens-like behavior, and I don't want anyone like that on my team.
But the way I interpreted it was this: I wasn't used very much, and it didn't work because the offense barely moved the ball and we lost the game. Asking Zeke to come out and mouth the usual nonsense about how "we just didn't execute" or "we were flat" when it's obvious the coaching staff did not put the team in the best position to win is asking way too much. Just one fan's opinion.