He had under 800 yards this season, averaged about 3.5 per carry, and most of his TD's were in goal line type situations. 2015 was less than inspiring.
Losing Corey this past season was huge and the biggest loss of the season. I thought he was ready for about 30+ catches and 400-500 yards, and more outside blocking.
That kind of thinking has pretty much been show down on Eleven Warriors in the past. But my guess is that money will eventually do the talking and the CFP will expand.
I would not count on the Bungles taking Zeke. As I recall they could have taken Carlos Hyde but opted for some SEC flunky by the name of Jeremy Hill who has been nothing but a disappointment. And oh by the way, he contributed to the meltdown against the Steelers by fumbling when the game was virtually on ice giving idiots like Burfict and Pacman Jones the opportunity to contribute to the futility that is the Cincinnati Bungles.
I actually think that Zeke would be a good fit for the Cowboys. He is a great north and south runner and as I recall Demarco Murray did pretty well down there as a north and south runner.
Regardless of how great the coaches and players are, there stands to be some growing pains in the secondary this season. You just don't lose the skill and talent of 3 sure fire NFL draft picks without some consequences. It is going to be a fun year but it is going to be a different kind of season. Patience.
And I have to say, I hate the rule that allows a kid to go pro when 1 of his 3 years after high school was a redshirt.
If you are going to shoot 58% from the stripe you darn well better shoot about 58% from the field.
Not badmouthing here, but I always find it humorous when people point to the highs and lows of teams like Kentucky and Duke in comparison to the Buckeyes highs and lows. The key point is that they have a down year(s)following national titles. Yes, maybe Duke had a couple of sub par years but they were sandwiched between 2 National Championships. I don't think it is an apt comparison.
This is a good perspective on Thad's past accomplishments, and this is the stuff that I bring up to those who want a coaching change. The article could have also pointed to an Elite 8 in 2013.
I am not necessarily a Thad apologist. I think that some of his teams underachieved (i.e. 2011) while some of his teams overachieved (i.e. 2005). Taken at a whole, getting rid of Thad would look absurd to the outside world and send the wrong message to any prospective coaching candidate.
I have said before and yet again, I think Thad has pretty much earned a pass this year. I do think he will feel some heat if next year isn't markedly better.
They are brutal to watch and 6-3 is misleading as the wins have been Illinois (2x), Minnesota, Rutgers, the Mildcats of Northwestern, and PSU.
The good teams have totally embarrassed us and the real schedule starts this weekend. I don't think we should plan on 6-3 for the second half of the B1G season. But if they accomplish that they would truly deserve a Big Dance at large berth.
80 points in 7 league games and 17/29 from 3 point range.
Why isn't he starting or at least getting more minutes?
It's a fair question.
The success or failure of this season will not determine Thad's fate at Ohio State. Next season might be a different story with the returning players from this year and adding Potter and Funderburk in the mix. But the word up here in NW Ohio is that Thad is contemplating calling it quits possibly after this season due to his back and leg issues.
12-1 and a total dismantling of the two final big time opponents is a great year. And no one with a sound mind will argue or complain about 50-4.
But deep down, I think that there is a coach who believes that a golden opportunity was missed and regrets at the very least not winning the B1G and making the CFP ( not necessarily winning).
I think Giddens gets an A for trying to show some passion and leadership that doesn't seem to be emanating from anyone else. At the very least it shows that he hates what is happening on the floor and that it hurts.
Again, I am not being negative to this team or to Thad (on whom I maintain a position of neutrality) but why are we surprised with this result? It is a young, inexperienced team with no veteran leadership, on the road in an unpleasant environment (ask Duke about playing at College Park) with inferior talent against a Final 4 caliber team, falling behind early and seeing the floodgates open up, and throws in the towel.
I think most people expected this was going to be an even worse season than the previous 2 short of divine intervention. Thad will get a pass this year. If he doesn't put up 25 wins next year and have a decent performance in the Big Dance, then I think he is in B1G trouble. The handwriting on the wall is starting. As documented on Eleven Warriors, Gene Smith has said he wants better results. When your boss says that you better produce.
At this point it is a little hard to disagree with your comments. There were some horrific pre conference losses and 20 wins would look more palatable to the committee in this instance. Plus add in 2 embarrassing performances to date in conference with more likely to come. More than likely these Buckeyes are going to be NIT-ting in the post season.
This blue fan doesn't seem to be trolling and has a rational perspective.
I have to disagree with your last sentence. That almost sounds like you think Thad is on the level of an Izzo or a Coach K. Are we seriously saying that the best of the best couldn't make a difference at tOSU?
I maintain at this point a neutral stance on Thad. But one thing I know is that he isn't a Coach K.
They have to have at least 1 huge win in the B1G to get in, not lose any stupid games that they should win, and that 20 win season thing might actually help this year. More realistically an NIT bid is in the offing. There were some pretty bad losses mixed in with this equation.
He would not be the first player from Alpharetta, Georgia to play for the Buckeyes.
I say he is on his way to becoming a Buckeye.
I am not bad mouthing Matta or the Buckeyes by this, but why is this loss all that much of a surprise? On the road in conference for the first time against a decent team. There are going to be a lot more bumps on this seasons road, A 9-9 league mark will be a pretty good accomplishment for this group.
With the exception of the 81 yard TD pass to Fuller, I thought that Conley was about as good as Apple. I think he will have a better year next season than Apple did this year.
Kwon will be a good captain. But his success and tackles on the field will depend a lot on how the D line plays.
There is no way that Marvin gets fired tonight after the Steelers dismantle the Bungles. Mike Brown has had ample opportunity and justification to fire Lewis and has never done it. He will not do it after a season in which the Bungles won the division but went into the playoffs without its starting QB against the second hottest team in the AFC (behind the Chiefs). Plus Mike Brown knows that Marvin Lewis is one of few who would coach in a second class organization like the Bungles.
Do you want to be in the mix every year or expect to be in the mix every year? They are two totally different things. I want to be in the mix every year but I do not expect to be in the mix every year. That isn't very reasonable in this day even for UFM.
What doesn't seem too unreasonable to me is to expect to be in the mix during those seasons when appearances indicate that the team should compete on the bigger stage. And by that I don't necessarily mean winning the national title. In my mind that means at a minimum playing in the B1G championship, the winning of which would lead to consideration for the CFP in the current system.
I think that is why I am happy with the way the season started and ended, but disappointed that the Buckeyes didn't even play in the B1G title game, due to the fact that the stars seemed to be aligned in my mind (returning players, depth, schedule, etc.). It doesn't get much better than this year. But it also explains why I will not be disappointed if the Buckeyes don't play for a B1G title next year. The players and schedule don't suggest to me that this team will compete for a B1G title, let alone the CFP.
I heard there is a redshirt walk-on also leaving early for the NFL.