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Comment 26 Sep 2016

It would be awesome if Urban Meyer could find a way to sneak up the tunnel and be a live witness to his mentor and friend getting this honor, but I expect Urban will be in the locker room, locked into getting his players ready to go.  

Comment 25 Sep 2016

I hated that we lost that game.   Though, I think our outplaying them for much of that day (along with their very narrow victory in the Rose Bowl) helped keep them from an outright national title, instead sharing with a Nebraska team that would have shredded them by 3 TDs head to head.  

Comment 25 Sep 2016

I think MSU had an off-day yesterday.   I don't for a second believe Wisconsin is that much better than the Spartans.  But the Badgers are a very good team.   Madison will be at least as tough a battle as Oklahoma.   There may be some out there telling the players they've cleared their biggest hurdle.  Before the season, I sort of thought that.  I don't anymore.  A lot of these players went home for the bye weekend and spent a couple days hearing that they are the greatest.  Good that Meyer remind them, repeatedly, that they haven't won anything yet but three football games.  

Comment 23 Sep 2016

Well, that sucks.   Anyone remember what the "cut-off" is for getting a medical red-shirt for a season.  Is it three games or four games, or more?    Hope he can apply and get back this season's eligibility.   

Comment 23 Sep 2016

I think debating over who gets "starts" on this defense is a bit of a non-issue.   So much rotation, so many guys getting so much quality time and contributing so much to OSU's success, whether they start or not.   The story of the off-season was only returning three starters on defense, but probably 5 or 6 of the 8 who weren't starters last year still have more than enough experience to step in.  The country sees that now.   

I like Webb.   He's had some "swing and a miss" plays on open-field tackles, but the guy closes well and I don't see him at all looking lost or out of position.  I think to compare him with the plays that Hooker has made is apples and oranges.   They're both safeties, but they have very different roles.   Webb is much closer to the line of scrimmage.   Hooker is more in the traditional "free" position, getting to be a ball hawk.   Don't get me wrong, he's making spectacular plays and has been a very solid tackler, but I think Hooker has made a bigger splash than Webb partly because he's in a better position to get those sorts of opportunities.   

I think Rutgers and Indiana will be times for the rest of our receiving corps to sort out their pecking order.   KJ had a great week one, really no one outside of Samuel at H-back stood out in terms of receptions in week two, and clearly Noah Brown established himself as our #1 in week 3.   I'm expecting the next two games to start to see one or two guys (I think Hill and McLaurin) start to distinguish themselves.   Personally, I don't want us going to Madison with a lot of questions about our receivers beyond knowing that Noah Brown is our go-to guy.    Samuel, Wilson, and Brown leading the way with minor contributions sporadically from several others has worked so far, but I think we need to see a few people standing out from that crowd for us to run the table.   

Comment 23 Sep 2016

Thoughts and prayers with the cyclist for a strong recovery.  Here's hoping this is the most negative piece of news that we read during the bye weekend.  In fact let's all try to say a quick prayer or send good thoughts or vibes that the Buckeyes have a good weekend off with no traffic citatiins or other off-field incidents.  

Comment 22 Sep 2016

Ok, Zeke's off to a less than stellar start with the Cowboys, but it's week 2 of the season.  In week 1, Dallas' gravy train QB fell apart like a china doll and all of a sudden Zeke has not just the run game but possibly the offense on his shoulders.   He will work on his game, he will figure out who he can trust, and he will begin to show the great things they drafted him for.  

Comment 21 Sep 2016

Yeah, Florida people are still a little butt-hurt, and it's been almost 6 years.    Sad.   

A friend who is actually an Auburn fan and likes Meyer has told me that some in Florida claim Meyer left because he was having an affair and Shelley demanded that he retire from the school.   It's the usual sort of story.   "Friend has a friend who has a friend who was a housekeeper for Urban in Florida and...."  Sad, sad people.   How far the Gators have fallen.   

Comment 20 Sep 2016

What I see about this unit is maybe not the greatest athletes, but that Meyer finally has all the roles being filled.  He has a QB in JT that runs things and that he trusts completely and that makes really great decisions and reads (for all Braxton's many gifts, he didn't always make the best decisions in the system, especially in the zone read).  He may not have an elite, all-American receiver but he has enough depth to spread the field and enough physicality in the receivers to get blocking support for the run game.  He has a solid, talented power back who is good at improvising but trusts and reads the o-line really well.  Most important this year is that Samuel has finally given him the "H" that he wants.  Might not be the most raw talent, but it's the most complete offense in terms of what Meyer needs.  

Comment 20 Sep 2016

Thinking that Rutgers, Maryland, possibly NW will provide McCall some opportunities.  I think those three games could get out of hand really fast.   Don't see a lot of other blowouts on the schedule, even though I don't see a game remaining that we shouldn't win if we execute as we showed on Saturday.  

Comment 20 Sep 2016

I love his strength hitting the line and at the second level, and I think Rutgers will be the game where he takes one 40+ yards to the house.  But I expected the power and quickness we are seeing.  What impresses and surprises me is how quickly he's developed as a blocker not only in pass protect but also downfield.  That, and he's got pretty good hands.  A lot of teams have very fast running backs that are of little use in pass situations or when they're not getting the ball.  In Weber and Samuel, we have two backs who are valuable and useful on the field in any down and distance, any formation, any play call.  

Comment 18 Sep 2016

Once again, "field manager" JT Barrett put the hurt on a team whose QB was thought by many to be the bigger play-maker.   

The greatest thing about JT isn't his 300 yard passing days (of which he's now had many) or his gaudy rushing stats in some of the games over the years, but how effective he is at just getting done what needs to get done.   Too many times to be counted, Barrett has had a 2 or 3 yard gain which looking at the game stats sounds pedestrian, but those two or three yards usually come on plays where someone has him dead to rights at the line of scrimmage or in the backfield and he grinds and battles his way those extra few feet which often are the difference between getting a first down and continuing the drive or punting.   

If a person didn't watch the game, they'd look at his pass and rush numbers (apart from the TDs) and think that he had an unproductive night, and wasn't much of a factor.  But a lot of those short gains that didn't make the highlight reel were still enough to move the chains or at least keep us ahead in down and distance, which made a massive difference.   And the throws he made, even though he threw the ball sparingly, several of them were massive game changers.    

Comment 18 Sep 2016

Once again, "field manager" JT Barrett put the hurt on a team whose QB was thought by many to be the bigger play-maker.   

The greatest thing about JT isn't his 300 yard passing days (of which he's now had many) or his gaudy rushing stats in some of the games over the years, but how effective he is at just getting done what needs to get done.   Too many times to be counted, Barrett has had a 2 or 3 yard gain which looking at the game stats sounds pedestrian, but those two or three yards usually come on plays where someone has him dead to rights at the line of scrimmage or in the backfield and he grinds and battles his way those extra few feet which often are the difference between getting a first down and continuing the drive or punting.   

If a person didn't watch the game, they'd look at his pass and rush numbers (apart from the TDs) and think that he had an unproductive night, and wasn't much of a factor.  But a lot of those short gains that didn't make the highlight reel were still enough to move the chains or at least keep us ahead in down and distance, which made a massive difference.   And the throws he made, even though he threw the ball sparingly, several of them were massive game changers.    

Comment 18 Sep 2016

After the first two weeks, I liked the way the Buckeyes were executing, but I wasn't sure we deserved to be among the top 5 in the country.   After last night, I'm totally at ease with us being #2.   The team I've seen this year for most of the first three games is a team that I would say is playing better than teams 3-10.   After what we did to Oklahoma, I like our chances against any of the other ranked teams.   

Comment 15 Sep 2016

Given that both helped us win the NC in 2014 but neither got to contribute to the win at Jerry World, this road trip close to their home state must be very special for both of them.  I remember thinking of both of those guys during the Oregon game, especially Wilson, given the game was played a matter of minutes from Desoto - and also not far from Wichita Falls.  

My one worry with Dontre is that he tries to do too much, gets careless going for a "home run" play.  With all his injuries, I think he's more eager than most to shine this year.  If he can harness that eagerness and not force things, it's going to lead to some amazing highlights.  

Comment 15 Sep 2016

Sounds like he meant "basic" Asa slight that we're easy enough to figure out and pick apart.  Sounds like he missed some film study this week.  We may not do a lot of complicated shifting and moving around, but our secondary swarms like bees and apart from a handful of slant routes I don't think anyone had more than a step on our back seven in the first two weeks.  

The really disrespectful thing is the suggestion that OU lights us up to the point where this young man has to put on his helmet.  

Comment 12 Sep 2016

I love Braxton Miller.   I love that he handled success and injuries with class and dignity.   He was thrust into starting QB by necessity as a freshman and for three years he was one of the most electrifying players in the country.   He accepted everything in 2014 with grace and humility and ultimately adjusted to a rare shift from record setting QB to neophyte wide receiver and through all the transitions he worked his butt off and is now in the NFL where he will no doubt continue to succeed.   20 years from now, I think we will still look back and see Braxton Miller as the player who lit the fuse and along with Meyer brought OSU back from the brink.  Miller was the reason that it took us one year and not three to go from 6-7 to 12-0.  He will always have a special place in OSU football history.  

All that said, it is still frustrating to think back on last year and how often the team went out of their way and disrupted the flow and rhythm of the offense and what was working best in order to get him touches.  Braxton isn't to blame for that, but it got downright painful watching direct snaps to him because everyone in the stadium knew he was going to be carrying the ball.  It was like the staff in going out of their way to get him touches did so at the expense of the rest of the offense, and often really didn't help him by how predictable it became.