Michael, I'm surprised at the tone of this article. Yes, the Buckeyes will need a varied attack, probably more so than what was needed in the last two games. But I don't see it as Thomas , Marshall, Heuerman and Spence not producing or disappearing. I think the staff took advantage of the hot hands of Zeke and D Smith, riding them right into the playoffs. Bama will scheme, but Cardale will take the pre-snap read, look to the sideline for the play, and utilize all the available tools. This offense is damn good.
He's right - every Monday morning at the gym it's "SEC baby". To which I usually reply, I understand how you need to root for an entire conference because your team isn't very good (Arkansas, Vandy, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M - and usually Ole Miss and Miss State). Don't look now, but Michigan State and Wisconsin can beat any of these teams - and cAn play with the rest.
Sounds like a job for Les Wexner-like alumni to take care of. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the NcAA. If I want to buy my neighbor a ticket and flight, I'm free to do that any day if the year. So if Les wants to kick in $50K to send 25 families - let it flow. Who has his number ?
I am ecstatic that we are a big dog for the Sugar. We were dogs against MSU and in the BIG CG. No one has stopped this offense. I live in Alabama country and the smart ones have said all season that the defensive backfield is not that good.
This team will stand toe to toe with mighty Bama , and will end up winning 38-28. And I will be there - happy new year everyone !
Tickets were steep but hotel rooms were steeper. But I don't care. It will be my first bowl game ever ! I won't be so bold as to say we'll win because of this or that, but I am more confident going into this game with this team than I was in 2002 or 2007. We will represent very well
Omg - Corey Smith actually turned his head away and hit the guy with the back of his shoulder. Mike pereira, the Fox "expert" commented " he clearly led with his crown". What an idiot
I know we're basking in an awesome win. But does anyone else wonder how the hell they called #84 Corey Smith for targeting when he clearly braced to aim with his shoulder and proceeded to hit the guy with the BACK of his shoulder ? I don't even know how they called it a penalty because he clearly did not clip the guy
When Las Vegas has Wisconsin as the favorite, no one can or will discredit this victory.
The way Fox sports was pumping up Bucks all game and post game, Danny Kannell had Bucks #3, and most importantly, Paul Feinbaum said,"this team is THE STORY in college football in 2014. The committee has to put them in." - all shows how outsiders view the Buckeyes. We'll be in. Don't surprised if #3.
Paul Feinbaum said that OSU is the story of the year and that there's no way the committee can leave then out
Gentlemen., the MSU game plan made the season. It was masterful. It took advantage of JT and Jalin and Dontre's talents against what will now be a top 7 team.
Jalin has an expanded role and enter the behemoth gunslinger. Ted Ginn Sr said the whole country will be surprised. I have it from an extremely close source to the team that Cardale has looked amazing all week. Accurate and fast. The game plan will be for the throat like it was against MSU. 38-17
Alwayz , good point about D line depth fatigue. Urban has commented several times that the back up D linemen just aren't where they need to be. I think the reputation for depth evaporated with Spence and Jamal Marcus gone.
I'm not making an excuse here because I don't think Wisconsin can match up athletically at all. But with an average defense that is young - I've been saying all year that next year looks way more promising .
Hey guys, it's JT, and Darron Lee, and Joshua Perry, and Michael Bennett, and Doran Grant ... Raekwon. ... Adolphus ... Elflein ... Decker ... Marshal ... Heuerman ... Zeke
ever hear these guys interview ? The class of people being recruited is unbelievable
Guys. Concussions can completely change a person to the point of suicidal thoughts. Be very mindful if your family is affected.
Not a psychiatrist or neurologist , just a guy who leads a very large organization, and has first hand experience with people in it. This is a recurring theme.
DJ - I was at that Browns / Titans game in Nashville. We had a block of 40 clad in Orange and Brown sitting in the top section, midfield, Browns side (east). The whole section was Browns fans and there were no issues with standing. I was very proud at how many represented in what resulted in the biggest away team comeback in the history of the NFL !
TTUN is a lot like Indy with a better D and not as fast RBs. Gardner can run around and they have one really good receiver, but they will throw picks when pressured. It would be really nice to see the defense hit on all cylinders.
No kickoffs should be going out of bounds after week two or three unless you're at Illinois in 25 mph winds.
I get the strategy of closing up the field for the return team, but it's not worth it if the ball is placed on the 35. The D does not react well with unfavorable field position.
JTB throws a great ball and has TD passes that we haven't seen around here for a while. But out of curiosity, how many of this uear's TD passes were of the shovel pass nature ?
I am totally amazed by the wave of positive comments coming from the Worldwide Leader. WE know how good the Buckeyes are and how much talent is on the field. But to hear it from the national media, transcending the Big Ten schedule, is very gratifying.
And to think that we only lose four seniors on D and three on O is just awesome.
A factor that no one is stating is that The VT loss is not as egregious, now that they beat #22 Duke last week. That, plus Jeff Long's statement of consecutive impressive road wins, justifies logic of #6.
We all knew Urban's recruiting pedigree, which made us wonder even more about "in game" coaching in big games. But 10 weeks later, one top ten win, one top 25 win, play calling like we haven't seen since 2006, a more aggressive D - and we're sitting at #6.
Uncommitted Recruitshave got to be saying "I need to look harder at TOSU's offer". Burrell commits sooner, Davis looking to stay - watch what happens as we move up to #5 on the brink.
Look at facts. Freezing in Minny, we win. Freezing at Oeegon State, Arizona State lost. Beat #25 by 7, TCU needed to comeback from down ten to beat unranked Kansas by 4.
Should be at #6. A 30 pt win probably wasn't going to move us to #5.
But Run D will be the key to beat either Wisconsin or Minny in Big 10 Championship.
JM - do not listen. These guys are in their 30's and they live through you players - and they never started in a varsity game in their lives. I dropped a TD wide open in the end zone against MOUNT UNION in D3.
My coach put me back in the next possession and the first down call was a 12 yd out. Case closed. You kicked ass at MSU, and again yesterday on flanker sweeps and a great catch on the TD - I know that ball was behind you. Go get 100 rushing and 100 receiving against Indie and the last game to shut these pussies up.
Not necessarily related to the pipeline theme, but did you guys catch last Saturday night how many players on MSU's roster are from Ohio ? I always knew the other TUN poached their best players and Heisman winners from OH, but I never realized the haul at MSU.
So I jumped ship in Hong Kong, and I made my way over to Tibet. I get on as a looper on a course over in the Himalayas. So I tell 'em I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me ? The Dali Lama himself, the twelfth son of the Lama.