15 wins it all in '15 - Heisman and CFP. then 16 wins it all in '16 - Heisman and CFP. Maybe Jalin Marshall can hang around to make it 17 in '17!!
This was a maddeningly frustrating game. We should have won this in a blowout. If we score coming out of the half like we should have it is a 24-0 game and we probably win 41-0. I know everyone points to this as the "turning point" but it was a mess of our own making that should never have happened. Given the way the season played out, it didn't matter, but I sure as hell didn't enjoy anything about this game at all after the Pick 6. I felt sick to my stomach at the end of this game. We owe these guys BIG TIME payback in the Shoe this year.
He is an amazing talent and I am glad he chose OSU for his one year of college ball. It would be like winning the lottery for Buckeye fans if he would somehow decide to come back, but I think there is a .0000001% chance of that so I am just enjoying the time we have with him in Scarlet and Grey. For me, the most amazing thing about his game is his extremely high basketball IQ. He knows where guys are going to be before they get there and places passes so perfectly, that the ball couldn't be placed any better that where he puts it - and he does it from 25-30 feet away, through traffic. His court vision is tremendous and his hustle is well above average - especially for a guy with his talent.
It was immediately apparent that Rutgers was not B1G caliber, and as the first half wore on, it became more and more clear. I remember saying multiple times, "and Michigan lost to this team, wow". As bad as TTUN was I didn't think they had it in them to lose to a team that really looked like a mid-tier MAC team. I guess I should have taken it as a sign that we were pretty good, and I was beginning to think we were, but I have seen mediocre OSU teams mop the floor with lesser opponents before too.
I read that Bleacher report article yesterday and not one single B1G coach was quoted. Gerry DiNardo was the only person they talked to and he hasn't been in coaching in how long? A decade or more? I really wish they'd stop with this conference bullshit, every team is built differently and some have advantages - that is life. We happen to be one of the most advantageous programs for many reason, geography, population, tradition, etc. Additional unofficial visits is not a bad thing for the B1G, it is probably bad for schools like Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois who are in the middle of nowhere but I tend to think it would be an advantage for OSU. Then again I don't follow recruiting at all, so I really don't keep track of who is going where, but I hate when the media lumps all the B1G teams together like they are all cut from the same cloth. They are not.
I have compared him to Buford a couple of times this year. Remember Buford had a really good freshman year, then kind of had a sophomore slump year, he ended the year strong, but had a really rough time for a lot of the season. I said going into the game last night that I hope he isn't having one of those sophomore slumps like Buford did. I think getting benched has had a positive effect on his game and I hope it continues, even if he works his way back to the starting 5 (which I think he will).
If this team gels with a nucleus of Russell, Tate, and Loving with contributions from other guys here and there, we are gonna be a tough team to beat.
I know, this absolutely cracks me up every single time. And it will forever. Something just so insane about a guy in a duck costume running for his life all by himself is infinitely funny.
I have no problem with people coming on here and other similar sites to vent. It's a hell of a lot better than doing it to the players' twitter. I one thing for sure, I have never walked out of the 'Shoe more shocked and disgusted than I was on Sept 6, and I was there for the '98 MSU game too. That MSU game was a fluke, but this one we just looked like absolute garbage and never held the lead in our own stadium. Not acceptable. I was thankful for one thing, the season's lofty goals and expectations were gone early and I wouldn't have to worry about that whole "playoff" thing coming down to the wire for us...
I was at the game last night and we still had our typical slow start. I guess that will get it done at home, but that is playing with fire on the road. Maryland is not a good basketball team, and honestly right now the B1G is not a very strong conference. It still blows my mind that we got swept by Iowa and lost at Indiana. This team really should be 8-1 right now, so our margin for error is zero. Next Wednesday is the biggest game of the season. If we get a W at Purdue I will believe we are legit, if we don't that is a sign that this team is still on a yo-yo. Our road wins have come at Minny in OT, by 2 over NW - the 2 teams at the bottom of the conference. We got embarrassed in Iowa City and played flat in Bloomington in the 2 losses.
It is going to be very tough to get a W at Purdue, and even though MSU appears to be way down, I am still very nervous about any game at Breslin. Izzo always has his guys ready to play us at home and their home crowd will be on fire. It could very well come down to the Wisky game to determine the B1G champion and I expect we should win that game at home. Lotta potential land mines between now and then though.
Regarding the basketball game last night - Maryland is not that good of a team, I expected us to win by 20, and we did just that, while playing a not very good first half. Their reputation was built on a neutral site W over Iowa State and a sweep of the much weaker than usual Spartans. The B1G is WAY down in basketball this year, and I see nothing that would lead me to believe that the addition of Maryland will increase the number of tourney teams we get year in and year out.
Regarding Army - I can't imagine why we would entertain talking to them again. Have the powers that be already forgotten that they backed out of a series with us just 5 years ago? We scheduled Navy in their place, so I think it is a mistake to talk to them again so soon - chances are they will back out again, they are a very unstable program and certainly will have coaching changes before any scheduled games are played.
I was sitting in C Deck close to the end zone where Bosa knocked Kiel into another universe, that play was amazing. Also, as a little footnote to this game, Cardale came in for some mop up duty and we promptly lost 20 yards on a bad snap - not quite a harbinger of things to come!
Parking was my nemesis as well. I was a commuter student living at home and every day was some kind of nightmare. I actually did turn around and go back home once. My dad saw me walk in the door and gave me that wtf? look. I told him I circled lots for the entire time and could not find anything. He immediately called OSU T&P and read them the riot act. It obviously didn't do any good but it made him (and me) feel better.
Campus Parc is even worse - at least when it was run internally nights and weekends were free, but oh no, not anymore. I get to pay for the perk of parking 1/2 mile or more from The Schott for basketball games.
Thanks for the personal story and update on Tyson. It is good to hear that he is doing well. I have visited Dodd Hall as well, my uncle was there recovering from a stroke 20 years ago and my dad was there for physical therapy 2 years ago. I know what you mean about the gloominess and dreading going into places like that. I hate hospitals, rehab facilities, nursing homes, etc. and can be very hard to get motivated to go, but it is definitely worth the time and effort. I am 100% certain that seeing you that day was a huge lift to Tyson in his recovery. Seeing family and friends in times like that really do help motivate people to get better.
This season has been infuriating, losing games they shouldn't, and paying close games that had no business being close. Maybe they are hitting a stride, I sure as hell hope so. I love that Tate is getting not only the starts, but a lot of minutes, he and Russell are clearly our 2 best players. I actually would be OK with just the 2 of them touching the ball on offense, with the occasional Sammy Slam on a ridiculous assist from Russell. I am glad to see Amir sitting on the bench where he can do no harm, but it is frustrating that we have 3 big men -we have NEVER had 3 bigs under Matta - and not a single one of them can deliver useful minutes. We are thrilled when they don't kill us, that is pretty bad.
And Maryland is no "measuring stick" I expect a 20 point OSU win Thursday night. People forget we played this same Maryland team last year in the B1G/ACC challenge and beat them like a drum, and we were a worse team last year. Anyone who trailed NW AT HOME by double digits for 30 minutes, and needs a miracle shot to win is very suspect.
Regarding the potential move of the CFP games, I actually would prefer the finals to be played on a Saturday night. All college games are played on Saturdays except for bowl games (and gimmick programs who use Thursday to get viewers). I say choose the Saturday around the 10th and keep the semifinals on Jan 1 (or 2 if the 1st is Sunday). And, just as important - do not play any lower tier bowls in between! Move that shit back before Christmas where it belongs. Nobody wants to watch Toledo vs Central Arky Tech or Florida vs Directional-not-a-state Carolina in January. Sandwich the "New Year's 6" around NYE/NYD and then no games until the finals.
Matta has gotten help from LeBron. He has a locker in the OSU locker room; OSU was the first team to wear his Nike brand uniform, and he has attended games at The Schott. But there is the one small factor that LeBron plays basketball in a league that, coincidentally, plays their games during the same time that our basketball team does... I am sure that if OSU somehow makes the Final Four (yeah, not this year from the looks of it) LeBron would be there if his game schedule allows - but that isn't very likely considering early April is the stretch run in the NBA.
This is great!
I think right now you would have to rank the top 5 Wisky, Iowa, OSU, IU, Maryland.
Maryland had a nice opening but it wasn't as tough as it looks because MSU is WAY down this year and it took a miracle comeback to beat Northwestern - AT HOME. IU really isn't that good, won't be ranked much longer, and we should have swept them. I think OSU beats Maryland by 20 on Thursday night. We destroyed them last year and we were a worse team then than we are this year. I really cannot fathom how we got swept by Iowa, but since we did we have to stay behind them. I don't think Wisky is one of the 10 best teams in the country, but they look to be the best in the B1G.
I was at both the Navy game and the home opener the next week... can't remember who it was against... oh well it's inconsequential anyway :) We looked really, really bad after those 2 games and I said leaving Ohio Stadium "well at least the season ended early so I don't need to get all worked up over any more games since this team is clearly headed for the Outback Bowl."
Good ol' Uncle Verne. Did you all know that was the first time since 1911 that OSU hadn't scored a TD in the first half? I know it sounds crazy, but if Uncle Verne says so, it must be true!
I am lucky enough to have ben at both celebrations (and at the '03 Fiesta Bowl game too). There is just nothing like it. I could really do without the politicians, but at least they were fairly short (seemed shorter than '03) and it was nice to see the crystal football too. I thought Urban did a great job, and I loved the way he handled all 3 QBs. Each got well-deserved roaring reception, I don't know if there was a louder moment than Braxton's "we've got another year to do it" comment.
There were more than 50,000 people there. A deck was completely full, B deck had quite a few people in it, and even C deck had fans. I got there around 9:45 and it was fun to watch the place fill up like a football game. As Jeff Heuerman said, most teams in America don't even get this many people to come to their games, let alone a Saturday morning in January. I was there in 2003 when it was like 10 degrees, and again today when it was not quite that cold, but certainly not warm. There is just no place like Columbus when it comes to college football and I am damn glad I live here. Go Bucks!!
I was there too and EVERYONE booed Drake. It really is a a shame that Gee wasn't here for either of these celebrations. In 2003 that damn bitch who shall remain nameless was there, and now this jerkwad.
I hated Tresselball, not because of it's emphasis on defense, but for it's complete lack of regard for offense. The object of the game is to outscore the opponent, so you should rack up the points with no mercy, and you should stop the other team. There is plenty of room for defense in college football, but DO NOT play defense with your offense - in other words, don't focus on field possession, focus on scoring. Look back at the Woody years and you will see TONS of points, we routinely scored 40, 50, even 60 points in games, generally holding the opponent under 20. That is sound football. Run and pass them to death on offense, then squeeze the life out of them on defense.