It's a shame to see a talent go elsewhere, but at least he provided the staff with enough time (be it through telling them or just giving them the right vibes) that they have been in more contact with Arnette (sp?) to hopefully replace him. Wish him the best of luck moving forward, just not against us!
If I recall correctly, just yesterday Mike Thomas, when talking about his feelings post-Championship, mentioned that he isn't very emotional about it because he knew it was going to happen and is really just ready to go out there and do it again. Don't think someone who is leaving would mention wanting to get another ring next year.
For Ohio State, the largest revenue to keep track of would most likely be liscensing and such from all the merchandise selling for having won it. Also, can't put a dollar sign on the other "paydays" from recognition (i.e. donors/alumni throwing money at the school, students/recruit choosing Ohio State, etc.).
It might have been looked down upon by the Seminole Tribe to be used in such a mockery-esque scenario. It's not like those commercials are making the mascots look strong and serious. Also, FSU does actually pay the Garnet and Gold Guys each game for their get-up, so they're like pseudo-mascots.
Having watched of few of his latter games this season, I would definitely say this is possible. Even during one of the games (maybe the Pac-12 Championship?), the announcers were talking about how he doesn't throw many interceptions, but has at least a few every game that should be intercepted but are dropped. Not sure if it is an indictment on the Pac-12 defenses, but from watching the games, I can definitely see it. Even against FSU there were some extremely easy, dropped INTs. I think our guys will have their chances, especially with the level of intensity and energy they bring, and wouldn't be surprised to see them come down with a couple.
The FSU defense was gashed by their own offense. They performed very well for most of the game, but once their offense starting screwing them over, they not only got tired from quick turnarounds, but they lost their edge and will to fight. Either way, the easiest way to stop the tempo is 3-and-outs. Doesn't matter if they only have 8 second between plays if they can only get three out per drive.
There definitely was one close in the corner. I expected it to be let go, but to be fair it was pretty close to the endzone so it wasn't a given.
Great! Now you've gone and jinxed him and every kick against Oregon will go out of bounds! Thanks, buddy...
I was overall very impressed with his kicking. Between his consistent drops within the 5-yard line and C. Smith's missile-like approach to taking out their returners, our kicking game was quite impressive all night.
I would take our DTs. Not to say they had a poor game against 'Bama, but Oregon's offense is largely built on the read option so, as always, we need to be able to take the dive out of the game. If the DTs can handle the middle without the need of the end to crash down, Frazier/Miller/Bosa would then be freed to key on the QB, thus eliminating the read option. If not, then I would take the Outside LBs/Corners to be able to come up on the edge and take out the outside run threat.
^This. I remember at one point thinking Bosa wasn't doing anything and getting upset. Once I started actually paying specific attention to him each down though, you find he actually was a large part of our success. Did he put up numbers? No, but he did get some important pressure (forcing sacks as mentioned or errant throws) and did a solid job of taking on blockers and forcing the ball elsewhere, allowing other players (e.g., Lee and Grant) to come up and make the play. Would love a bigger day statistically from him, but he definitely wasn't nowhere to be found.
How would the 'Bama offensive line compare to Wisconsin's? I know Wiscy has always had a solid line, and given the way our boys handled them up front, I wonder if it shows any sort of comparison in terms of our ability to reset the line as you mentioned. Of course, this was also benefited by the one-dimensional nature of the Wiscy offense, but any chance it shows our one-on-one matchups, or is there a more fitting comparison this year?
Same thing happened to me for the Orange Bowl last year. Bought them at around midnight the night before the game. I agree that it is most likely the cut-off for physical delivery.
Yes, I think depth is key, but I also think at least some of it comes down to the mentality of not being intimidated by Bama. It happens a lot with the underdogs where, despite how much they may try to convince themselves otherwise, they are almost expecting to lose. So when they come out and have a solid game, either winning (Auburn) or keeping it close (Mizzou), all it takes is for one quick change of events when Bama takes the lead late and the players can almost quit on themselves in the sense of "Yup, I guess it was only a matter of time before they came back... well it was fun while it lasted..." Obviously, I can't say this always happens, but as a spectator, too, you feel it happen. When Bama finally started to come back against Auburn after they left them hanging in there for so long, I knew to myself Auburn was going to lose that game. It was only a matter of time. Same could be said for Mizzou.
Long story short, depth is key, but as they say: "Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth." Don't underestimate the mentality of them being no better than us and being able to respond to the inevitable punch in the mouth.
Very interesting, and I think very possible, idea about Brown. I remember seeing him in there and my first thought was, "Oh, Philly is back in the game..." After a brief moment it occurred to be that good ol' Philly wasn't even on the team any more, let alone in the game! Though I felt like an idiot for a second, it oddly put a smile on my face seeing Noah in there. He's got the tangibles to make something special of his career, and it was just pretty cool to see him get some PT, like you said.
I do like that we will, statistically speaking, be the best offense Alabama has played against all season, whereas contrarily, we've played two better offenses than Alabama, shutting out one in the conference championship game and basically manhandling the other during a night road game (if it weren't for early miscues, that could have ended very similar to the CG). Obviously, these numbers don't tell the whole story, but still interested to see.
Oh how sweet it is!
So do I! Best part is when a few years ago a Miami fan (I live in Southern Florida) saw me at a rest stop off the highway wearing it and told me I should put a big red "X" through it. I just laughed and told him he might wanna buy a lot of Sharpies then because UM was about to get the death penalty (sadly that didn't come to fruition, but it sounded good at the time).
We don’t know what the 2015 Sugar Bowl holds in store, but Ohio State has a shot at improving to 3-2 in the Sugar Bowl and, more importantly,
advancing to the National Championship Game in Dallasbeating Alabama in "'Bama Country."
Don't get me wrong, I would love to win the Natty, but beating 'Bama will be a championship all in itself. In my opinion, the best part of going to the national championship is just knowing that we would have beaten 'Bama to get there!
I don't know if it has to be the DCs being creative, really. Meyer has coached and tried to prepare, offensively, for a Nick Saban and Kirby Smart 'Bama team before. Add that to the fact that we have nearly a month to prepare him, and I think there shouldn't be a problem at all. We've seen some great blitzing defensive minds this season, so at least our O-line is experienced in that sense. As for Cardale, just constantly switch it up in practice against him. It doesn't matter what you do relative to what 'Bama does, we should have enough time to literally throw anything and everything at him just to develop the sense of calm and poise when faced with something unforeseen in the pocket.
I would rather him be given a look from every random which way than for them to say "This is what is going to happen," then have a Va. Tech remake when 'Bama comes out in a unique defense.
I am damn proud of this group of Buckeyes and know that they will NOT fear the "all mighty" 'Bama. This team, led by master motivator Urban F'ing Meyer, is too close, too focused to let something like that trip them up. We will win? That I can't say, but it won't be because we came out stale or scared. At the end of the day when the clock strikes all zeros, if the scoreboard doesn't read in our favor, it won't be because our boys didn't put every ounce of their passion and heart out on that field. We have the talent and the motivation, now it's just time to execute! One thing is for sure, though: our honor defend, they'll fight to the end, for O-HI-O!!!!!
He has a long way to go and a lot left to prove, but I would be perfectly happy with him if he chose to do so. Kid has already earned my respect, going out there and doing what you mentioned would put him deep into my book of Buckeye Lore, whether he sticks around or not!
I don't know if 'Bama has better RB play overall, though they certainly do have plenty of talent with Yeldon, Drake, and Henry. That said, I agree with most everything else, but I think the most important part you mentioned was the fact that Cardale was able to play loose and confidently. That's the main thing that concerns me going into the 'Bama game is that if we don't come out hitting on all cylinders and maybe get behind a score or two, does Cardale have the mentality to stay calm and play his game? Or, similarly, if we get an early lead but 'Bama comes back and makes it close down the stretch, does he have the JT-esque "ice in his veins" ability to zone it all out and get the job done? Outside of the first drive of the game, really, Cardale didn't have to worry about pressure or anything during the B1G Championship. Of course, this is all fixed by just dominating 'Bama from the moment the foot hits the ball, but the chances of that happening aren't exactly too high.
I don't know about the whole divorce-contract thing, but that picture is pure gold!