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BuckeyeDevil


Findlay OH (via Cambridge OH)

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Long time OSU fan-attended my first OSU football game which was against Michigan in 1982. Former season ticket holder for basketball way back in the Perry Carter/Treg Lee days. I go to basketball and football games now as budget and schedule permit. My daughter attends the same high school that Aaron Craft attended so we made it a point to see him play in person.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching Anthony Carter get crunched in the 1982 Michigan game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Anyone who helps us beat Michigan
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: It was Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Don't care about it-let Canada have it
  • NBA TEAM: Boston Celtics
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Why anyone cares is a mystery to me

Recent Activity

Comment 21 hours ago

I tend to agree with TINMAN. It is kind of like getting married to a woman who is good looking, sweet, and the one you couldn't do without. A few years later you ask yourself what happened to that wonderful woman. And then you realize that your wife ate her.

This might be what happens with Harbaugh. He will be the hot chick you had to have only to beg God for a merciful death shortly thereafter.

Comment 21 Dec 2014

I agree with the article and have some concerns. But at the same time, I think it is pretty hard to argue with the results. With the exception of last year, the 2011-13 seasons were pretty successful including a Sweet 16, Final 4, and an Elite 8 (that should have been another Final 4 if we would have played the first 25 minutes against Wichita State). We didn't exactly have killer non-conference SOS in those years. 2014 was a hard season and the NCAA loss was disappointing, but it seems that a lot of high profile teams have a down year or a hiccup in the NCAA tournament, i.e. Syracuse and Duke.

The bottom line for me is that I don't think the SOS would be such an issue for us if we won against UNC. We would have acknowledged it but would have been noting the improvement since the Louisville game and saying that the team was ready to turn the corner. As it stands, we have loaded up on cupcakes and the fear remains that we are going to crash from the sugar high.

Comment 14 Dec 2014

Houston makes a lot of sense. They play in the mediocre AAC where there is a good possibility of immediate success for a coach who has a clue. Texas is talent rich in high school players. Houston has shown itself to be a stepping stone for bigger jobs (see Art Briles and Kevin Sumlin recently). Herman is a Texas guy.

I would be surprised but happy to still see him in an Ohio State polo style shirt next year.

Comment 14 Dec 2014

Hard to say what Herman might do. I get all the talk about staying at Ohio State and being the OC for UFM and waiting it out to see what might open up at a P5 conference school.

The thing that troubles me is that Houston went 7-5 in the mediocre AAC conference and it might not be the most difficult place to go and have some fairly immediate success, especially considering the access to talent rich Texas. Plus, don't forget that Houston has served as a springboard to bigger jobs in recent years with Art Briles going to Baylor and Kevin Sumlin to Texas A&M. So it isn't a bad place to go and cut your teeth as a head coach.

Comment 13 Dec 2014

Agree with Gasman. We all get frustrated at times with certain players and sometimes understandably so. But while I try to be a student of the game, I try to remember that I never played organized football past age 14 and I sure never kicked a ball out of the end zone or made a tackle at the collegiate level (but I did finish 2nd in Punt, Pass, and Kick!). I don't think bashing a particular player is a good thing.

If the thread was phrased differently it might have been better. For example, "What has been the most frustrating aspect of this season?" might have worked a little better (in which case I would have said not throwing to the tight end a little more, or the play of the defense at certain times). But it is kind of hard for me to even go down this route given the progress and success of this season against all odds.

Even if we get thrashed in the semifinal and TCU and Mark May gloat, the point remains that we won the league and were considered one of the best 4 teams in 2014. Granted, I know that players, coaches, and fans want a national title, but it has been a great year. Beating down a player at this point doesn't do any good.

Comment 07 Dec 2014

It is hard for me to determine how ESPN appeals to a demographic of men aged 18-35 with Mark May who played for Pitt all the way back in the Jackie Sherrill days over 30 years ago and is about 55 years old, and Lou Holtz who is 77 and last coached a meaningful game around 20 years ago at Notre Dame (I don't count beating Ohio State when he was at So Carolina as meaningful). How can either one of them appeal to that demographic?

Comment 07 Dec 2014

I am not sure. While I am certain others have done so over the years, I have already sent ESPN a complaint about his continual "subjective and arbitrary anti-Ohio State venom" and I urge Buckeye Nation to do the same. I am going to send a letter to by snail mail as well to Bristol. Wouldn't it be great if ESPN was bombarded with a few hundred thousand complaints about this idiot? Maybe ESPN keeps him on to ensure that Buckeye fans watch to see what stupidity he is going to spew weekly. I hate him.

Comment 07 Dec 2014

I would like to think that OSU is in and they deserve to get in. Winning that game with the 3rd string QB speaks volumes as to the quality of this team at this point in the season. IMO they are the second best team in the country behind Oregon.

But when the selection committee ludicrously put TCWho in the 3 slot last week, I think that signaled that one of the top 4 would have had to lose for us to make it. Regardless of the Big 12 co-champion model shortcoming, the selection committee will absolutely lose too much credibility by dropping the 3rd ranked team out of the playoff picture in one week's time. That would be akin to admitting that they never should have been there to start with and I don't think that will happen. I hope I am wrong.

Regardless, I am satisfied with this season and proud of this team. There isn't a team in the nation that has shown more character or developed more this season that Ohio State.

Comment 06 Dec 2014

Playing the B1G championship game with the third string QB. A RB on the opposing side who has been eating up defenses. I am not surprised that the odds makers see us as a dog. If we had JT the numbers would be reversed. Coming in as the dog is a good thing.

Comment 06 Dec 2014

No love for Kenton? That little redneck town produces some good football. A little help from Maty might come in handy.

I bought my daughter's horse from "Melvin The Hip Amish Man" in Kenton. Dude was awesome. He took a train to California to help a friend move, went deep sea fishing, and had an English girlfriend that he went to see almost everyday.

Needless to say, he saw the light and left the Amish shortly thereafter. I wouldn't even recognize him without his Amish garb.

Comment 02 Dec 2014

I would have Cardale throw a few passes early, maybe even a long ball to show his arm and make Wisconsin think a little. They cannot think that we are going to live and die with the run. The one thing I take some solace in is that we will be the best team they have faced all year.

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Comment 30 Nov 2014

Statistically, Ohio State is 42nd nationally against the run at 148 YPG, 12th in passing yards allowed at 183 YPG, and 18th in total defense at 331 YPG. We are 56th in red zone defense, 25th with 23 forced turnovers, and 30th in scoring defense at just under 23 PPG. These stats are through 11 games via the NCAA website. Yesterday's game with 372 total yards against will impact these ratings somewhat but probably not enough to take us out of the top 20 in total defense. I would say that if we were told OSU would statistically be a top 20 defense nationally in September that we all would have been happy.

But I will grant one thing, this defense does not seem to be that good especially when I look at the way the defense is trending recently: over 500 yards to MSU, almost 400 yards at home to IU, and 372 at home to a team that previously did not look that good offensively for most of the season. That is 3 of the last 4 games folks and it scares me as we approach the B1G championship game next week. Maybe it won't play out negatively, but I think that most of us have to be nervous if we are honest, regardless of where we rank statistically on defense.

So what do we conclude? If Wisconsin puts up big numbers against us next week, I will conclude definitively we still have an issue. And I think that will be a relatively fair conclusion. Further, we have to keep the ball out of their hands if we have any chance of winning.

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Comment 27 Nov 2014

Which scenario would you have preferred: 1) JT with a below average year, OSU with 7 wins, just waiting for Braxton to return; or 2) JT with a record setting year, going to the B1G championship, a chance to make it to the 4 team playoff, and wondering what we are going to do next year if Braxton comes back?

I for one select option 2. How miserable this year could have been! At least we are not blaming the failure of the year on losing the starting QB.

Comment 27 Nov 2014

Thanks for giving us the starting QB on our last national championship team.

Directions to Ann Arbor: North until you smell it, West until you step in it.

Comment 26 Nov 2014

I think OSU wins it but the prospect of rallying around the lame duck head coach is a little scary to me.

I recall a hard luck OSU team coming off a painful last second loss to Iowa to drop it to 5-4-1 rallying around its outgoing head coach in 1987 to win in Ann Arbor.

Comment 26 Nov 2014

So what happens if Alabama loses to Auburn and Mississippi State loses to Mississippi? I know that is unlikely.The SEC would not have a team with less than 2 losses at that point and I think it would be hard for the committee to have a 2 loss team end up in the 4 team playoff regardless of conference. Wouldn't there be too many 1 loss teams with legitimate claims to a spot in the playoff which would leave the SEC on the outside looking in?

A playoff without the SEC. I like the sound of that. If that would happen we would almost certainly be ensured of having an 8 team playoff next season which is the way it should have been in the first place because there is no way the powers that be want a playoff that does not include at least 1 SEC team.