I can't wait for this game! I wish VT were still a perrenial top 15 team as they were when this matchup were scheduled. I'm still pumped up and I watched that entire Bama game last year. That is what scares me, just like OSU, Alabama were breaking in a new offensive line, and VT dominated defensively during points of that game. LIke VTBuck stated, it was the special teams that let Va Tech down against Alabama. I believe Va Tech is unranked for a reason, and with this being the first home game, a night game on top of that. OSU wins 38-21. 38 may be way too high against a Bud Foster defense, but I'm counting on the OLine to continue off of their solid second half performance against Navy, and for Barrett to get even better from week 1 to 2.
I remember the good days of watching our beloved Buckeyes from Kandahar Afghanistan. Would wake up in the middle of the night just to watch the Bucks on FirstRowSports.EU.
Also, I firmly believe Barrett would of put up 300+ passing yards yesterday had he not played an offense that ran the clock down every single play. On the flip side, don't be too caught up in Barrett's completion %, all of the screen passes and jet sweeps inflated his stats.
Ohio State's offense is most dangerous if you have a passing first QB at the helm. Once JT gains some experience I believe the OSU offense will be more dangerous than it was with Braxton at the helm. When I say experience I'm not talking about game 4 or 5 of this season, I think when JT Barrett is a JR/SR he will have this offense firing on a different level than Braxton ever had it running at. I think you can clearly see that JT Barrett is much further ahead as an actual QB than Miller was at that same point in his career. Having said that, Braxton will be the starting QB if he returns next year.
Lets not undersell LSU. They are a perennially powerhouse SEC program. MSU / Oregon is a toss up in my opinion, and i have OSU/Michigan winning by double digits. If my predictions come true and MSU upsets Oregon (given Stanfords success, it is not that unlikely) the B1G will look very solid in the early part of the year. Nebraska has a chance to build in that in a couple weeks at home against Miami as well.
St. Eds won, I believe 38-7. St. Xavier also dominated top out of state competition in East St. Louis I believe and St. Ignatious won a game against pretty good out of state comp. as well.
Don't worry, Ohio Stadium will be rocking Saturday. May not be on par with USC (Texas in 2005 was the best atmosphere I've ever been to) but a primetime night game against a OOC opponent like Va Tech, the crowd will bring the juice. Not to mention first home game of the year, and the unvieliing of the "new" Shoe. The stadium will be ROCKING!
Talent trumps all. I'm sorry but just like in 2012, people said OSU would lose 2-4 games. Sorry, OSU is simply better at every position than any team they face. Also have a better coaching staff. That's just the reality. O-1 losses. Only possible loss is MSU.
Maybe I'm not being rational, but Minnesota is till a "trap game" yes, but Ohio State should still win big. Urban Meyer / Tom Herman offenses are designed to cover flaws/inexperience by Qb's. OSU will be fine.
i know it seems dilusional, but even without Braxton Miller only one team on Ohio State's schedule is legitemately close in talent, and coaching. That is Michigan State. Barrett has 8 games to prepare. OSU will be just fine. Go Bucks!
All I needed to hear was "Exceptional leader" "Quick Release" "Accurate" and "been preparing as the starter since February". JT is a baller, and oddly enough I may be even more excited now to see Urbans first QB recruit at tOSU go out there and perform. Go Bucks!
Respect. I love this.
Never underestimate how big it is to have your QB returning. Not to mention the first game under passionate head coach James Franklin. I'm taking Penn State in a close game.
Both teams have their built in excuses. Brand new QB, RB, WR's for LSU. Brand new WR's and front seven for Wisconsin. I think it's going to be the Melvin Gordon, and Leonard Fournette show. I can't wait. There hasn't been a non QB Heisman winner in a while, but if Gordon shreds the LSU defense much like he did against South Carolina, could vault him to the front of the Heisman list.
I've been obsessing over opening weekend for quite some time. In order of precedence, here are the games/story lines I'm most excited for.
1) Texas A&M @ South Carolina: Big time SEC matchup, top 20 matchup as A&M is ranked 20th in coaches poll, South Carolina starts out at #9. Kevin Sumlin against Steve Spurrier. How is life after Johnny going to be for A&M, and nobody can deny Sumlin's offense is one of the most entertaining to watch in all of college football.
2) Boise State vs Ole Miss (Atlanta): Life after Chris Peterson for Boise State. BSU is no stranger to big time OOC matchups, and opening up against #19 Ole MIss in Atlanta is no different.
3) Rutgers vs Washington State (Seattle): Most people regard the Pac 12 as the second best conference (and closing). Good chance for Rutgers to prove they belong in the B1G, while also helping this amazing conference gain some national recognition. As neither team is in the top 25 preseason poll, this is a winnable game for the B1G here.
4.) Penn State vs UCF (Dublin): The James Franklin era begins for Penn State. Christian Hackenberg could become the first big time NFL QB prospect the B1G has had in quite some time.
5) Ohio State vs Navy (Baltimore): Need I say more? Wish Ohio State were opening against a more traditional opponent so we could see this new agressive press defense in action. Could this be the start of Braxton's Heisman campaign, and how well will BuckeyeNation show out in Baltimore?
6) Arkansas @ Auburn: Will Arkansas show any progress in year two of the Bielema era? Or will this be another chance for B1G fans everywhere to make fun of this dope? Was Auburn a fluke last year? Keep in mind this team could of very well lost 3 - 4 games last year, many to teams that were average at best.
7) Clemson @ Georgia: First big time OOC matchup of the year. Will #1 DT QB recruit DeShaun Watson start, and if so is he the real deal? Mark Richt always has talented teams at UGA, and always seems to lose a couple he shouldn't, could this be one of those games?
8) Florida State vs Oklahoma State (Dallas): FSU should win, and should win big. This will be the start of many games this year I root against Winston, only because LONG LIVE ARCHIE!
9) Wisconsin vs LSU (Houston): Last but not least, my game of the week. If preseason rankings, and conference polls are any indication this game is a toss up. Could this be the game that really starts to earn the B1G some respect back?
Does anybody know when the non permanent South stands were first put in Ohio Stadium?
Birm - During a time a lot of Buckeye fans are starting to lose confidence in Jefferson to OSU, why does it seem like you are growing more confident? Has something came out recently?
Buckeye transplant out here in Kansas. I have DirecTv, and had to make the tough decision. Do I threaten to switch to cable unless DirecTv gives me Sunday Ticket or League Pass. With Manziel Mania in full swing, I had to go for Sunday Ticket. So today made me very happy and relieved that I will be able to watch 29 Cavs games,not including their playoff run. Today is a great day to be an Ohioan. Go Bucks! Go Browns! Go Cavs!
I agree Hundley is a much better pro prospect at the point than Miller, and a much more advanced passer. Having said that, he is correct, Hundley is not close to Braxton's speed, agility, and quickness when he decides to run that football.
I checked Rivals, ESPN, and Scout. None have released their 2017 rankings. Wouldn't that suggest 247's composite, and their own rankings are the same?
I'm not sure if I have just misread your statement about 5* players or what but there are 42 5* players. Not 3
I do feel great that Josh Myers is in the '17 class. I believe Clark will be an even better recruiter than Hilliard / Cornell.
Seeing how Alabama is king of college football right now, I'm very pleased that according to Lindsay the two programs are "more alike than different"
I am a diehard Browns fan, and here are my unbiased observations from last nights game in Detroit...
Both QB's looked very good. Without WR drops from perfectly placed balls Manziel would of been 9-11, and Hoyer would of been 9 - 14. Great ball placement by both QB's, you just get the sense that Manziel is going to be every bit the passer that Hoyer is, but he can run as well. The job is eventually going to be Manziel's. What is making it tough on the coaching staff is that Hoyer has done absolutely nothing to lose the job, he just can't physically do the things that Manziel can. I expect Manziel to be the week 1 starter in Pittsburgh.