Until OSU shows otherwise, I have to believe this will be a low scoring ugly affair that is much closer than it should be. Something like 28-12. Why in the world we are favored by 33 when we haven't shown all year we can actually play up to potential, is beyond me.
Zele's big runs weren't that surprising, what was surprising is that it took so long for the first one to happen. IU had loaded the box and anyone who has watched Zeke run the last 2 years should not be surprised that once he breaks through that level there is no chance of catching him.
IU had the most surprising big play of the game, so I am not sure what Kevin Wilson was watching. The runs by Zeke were big pays, but those are kind of expected Your scrawly little backup QB isn't expected to do that, and actually should have been tackled for a 5 yard loss on the play. And those wounded ducks he tossed up that got caught? Yeah those were big plays too. Indiana actually got MORE big plays than OSU, otherwise your team wouldn't have been in the game at all.
And some OSU fans need a reality check. All is not well because we won the game. Indiana may be a little better but they are still Indiana. Their ceiling is 7-5. We knocked out their starting RB and QB and STILL let them hang around. The #1 team in the country does not allow that. There are glaring issues on both offense and defense that should no way exist this deep into the season. That is alarming, and if it hasn't been fixed by now chances of us getting things fixed become significantly less each week. By this time last year this team was on a roll, with blowout wins over teams like this. We look like FSU2.0 and I don't like the way that movie ends.
Based on 1 week's worth of games I don't see how OSU and MSU can still be believed as the 2 best teams. Right now I'd have Iowa and NW up there above OSU/MSU. They both performed better against better teams than OSU and MSU did. It almost looks like these 2 are just treading water hoping to get to 11/21 where they are now, and that's a recipe for disaster.
That was a painful 4 hours. No excuse for allowing that game to come down to the wire like that. I have resigned myself to the fact that the coaches are just going be content to plod along on offense and not try to get any better, but now that the defense is leaking again we are in deep, deep trouble. Urban must be the only person in America who cannot see that Cardale is absolutely killing this team. He can't hit anything outside of the 40 yard bomb and that puts way too much pressure on the run game. And our play calling is dumbfounding. I know a loss or 2 is coming, and honestly I just don't care anymore. Glad we won the title last year because it sure as hell isn't happening this year at this rate.
Get that camera fired up, Hoosier Media, it is time for the biennial overhead picture at Memorial Stadium!
Mr. Glass neglected to thank the people who actually bought those tickets - OSU fans who will be there in droves, just like every other year when we get to play in that cute little stadium over there on the west side.
I think OSU puts a beatdown on the Hoosiers Saturday in the friendly confines of whatever they call their high school stadium over there in Bloomington. This game is probably going to be like VaTech - we have some sense of "revenge" in that the game was closer than it should have been for far too long, even though it's our own fault we fell asleep after a quick 14-0 lead. I expect the team to be focused.
UGA beats Alabama, maybe even by a significant margin. If UGA gets by this one it is clear sailing to the SECCG with a 12-0 slate. They have been my pick for the SEC title and a playoff spot from the beginning, and I haven't seen anything to change my mind on that front so far.
I don't understand why Gameday still exists. Do people really watch it anymore?
I think OSU will do fine in
Bloomington West Columbus. For some reason we seem to be playing better away from the 'Shoe than we do at home for the last couple of seasons. I would like to see us feed Zeke more, but they are clearly saving him from taking too many hits in games we really don't need it to win. Remember last year leading up to the playoffs Urban's main concern was it is now a 15 game season, but teams still have the same # of players that they did when it was a 13 game season. I think it's part of his plan to lessen the impact some of his key players take in games that just don't warrant it. Personally I'd rather see him get all 15 int eh first half as we roll out to a 35-0 lead and then let Samuel, Ball, and Dunn take over, but it is what it is.
In addition to full stadium takeovers, I've been to games where, at the start we weren't quite as numerous as the "home team" but by the 4th quarter we had over 75% of the fans that were still in the stadium!
Yeah this will be interesting. I said when Arky hired him he wouldn't last 5 years, and it looks like he will not. Recently Iowa fans have been pretty vocal about wanting him to "come home" but I would bet the more he talks the less they want him there. He will probably end up at some P5 cellar sweller like Kansas or Wazzu or something.
To chase down a donut he saw up there. Then he had to give up because taking the high road was too difficult.
Bert could learn from Kingsbury how to handle things a certain way. Like keep your fat mouth shut until AFTER you kick someone's ass.
Based on the games through yesterday I would have to say there was a shake up at the top of the B1G too. MSU is clearly better than OSU right now. Will it be that way on Nov 21? I sure as hell hope not, but yesterday's game was a huge pile of shit for OSU while MSU took care of business with Air Force, yes they gave up a garbage time score, but our game was so close there never WAS any garbage time. Unacceptable. I think now that JT has solidified himself as the starter, and will get all the reps with the 1s in practice, this team will start to gel. But through 3 weeks, we are not the best in the B1G, MSU is, and I would rank them #1 in the polls right now, followed by UGA. I would be tempted to drop OSU out of the top 10, but there were so many other crappy performances yesterday that would be hard to do, so maybe somewhere between 3 and 5 is where I would slot OSU right now nationally.
It was on the BTN alternate channel, which is not in HD, so it is hard to watch. I saw it was close and kept flipping over to it, and did get there in time to see the 57 yard FG - and that thing would have been good from well over 60.
The one thing I hope we take away form this is don't ever agree to moving a game to a different day when your opponent asks! As I said the moment it was announced that OSU allowed VT to move the game, it was immensely stupid. We already had a game scheduled the following Saturday, why in the world did we agree to give 2 opponents an advantage? You can bet that Urban told Gene immediately after Saturday's game - "don't you ever do that to one of my teams ever again"
And I agree with Urban, the short week excuse is not a valid excuse - we did it to ourselves knowing full well the consequences.
I think they will drop out. You can't go to OT with a I-AA team and stay ranked.
RIP Dr Woods, a true Buckeye legend. I know he had been suffering since his daughter was murdered a few years ago, and at last that pain is gone.
Did you really have trouble getting in and out of Blacksburg? I thought it was a breeze. Left Cbus shortly after noon, checked into hotel in small town on WV/VA border at 4, arrived in Blacksburg right around 5 pm. Parking was a NIGHTMARE since it doesn't exist even in empty lots less than a mile from the stadium. I drove around for well over an hour until giving up and parking on a side street. Even after the game there was not much traffic to deal with getting out. I was expecting an Indiana-type experience and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to get in, around and out.
Yep, my thoughts exactly, that was nowhere near an intimidating or hostile place to play. It was a nice environment, but intimidating? lol no.
I was wondering too, I just assumed they weren't making the trip, then all of a sudden there they were. They certainly couldn't have been stuck in traffic because the traffic was shockingly easy to navigate and never jammed up. Parking was a different story, but I imagine that isn't an issue for them.
I was at the game and came away just not very impressed. For starters their band didn't even play or take the field pregame. WTF is up with that? That quasi-military "band" did and played the Star Spangled Banner, but I swear I didn't even hear the Hokie band until halftime, and I was sitting 2 sections over from them.
Sandman was mildly entertaining. Yeah the students were jumping up and down, but it seemed to me that VT came out on to the field very early, and the whole thing was over by the time OSU entered their tunnel. And while the stadium was loud at some points, it was never close to deafening, I mean with only 65k how loud can you be? I have no idea why the media thinks that place is intimidating. Hell, Iowa's stadium is louder and more hostile.
And did anyone else notice the hundreds of empty seats in the upper deck of the north end zone? That shocked me - I thought this was supposed to be the 1st and 2nd biggest game in VT history, according to Beamer. And they can't even sell it out? Wow.
Love the poster. I also really enjoy the movie, and in fact just watched it again a couple weeks ago.
Braxton looked great out there. That spin move is something that we have missed for a year, still in awe of how he does things like that - as were the VT fans sitting near us last night. I was also very glad he caught the first pass thrown his way. I hope he stays healthy because he is likely to have a phenomenal year.
TUC has no shot at the playoffs. Oklahoma is winning the B12 and I think will do so by 2 games. TCU is good, but they are certainly not the #2 team. I thought the TCU-Minny game was the best played game yesterday, and was really between 2 even teams. TCU has an easier schedule so will win more games, but I see at least 2 B12 losses for them.