Plus multiple incomplete passes. The best part, though, is the delay of game coming after an incompletion on 3rd down, which bled zero seconds off the clock.
We don't need that team up north to be good for us to win titles. We very well may win a national title this year with being very weak, AND us losing to team that might be even weaker. As long as OSU goes undefeated we will always have a shot, hell this year has proven that we can even take a loss and still have a shot. Other teams in the conference have already picked up the slack. Right now in terms of programs, they are already well back in the pack - behind OSU, Sparty, Wisky, and Nebraska. They are in danger of also falling behind NW, Minny and even PSU - right now I'd say they are in that grouping, which is 3rd tier. They can stay there or keep sliding.
The things that drives me nuts about the Cooper era is that we were the better team more than half the time and still only won twice. If his record has been reversed, we'd have the overall series lead now. If he had won just half we would be there in the next 2 or 3 years.
Exactly. The only reason I can say I like Hoke is because of how incompetent he his. I love seeing a buffoon coaching up north. Yes he is in WAY over his head, but I don't feel bad for him about that. He knew what he was getting into, it's his own damn fault for accepting a job he was not equipped for. I hope they go out and find someone just as incompetent as he is to be his successor.
This thing started when I was a student but I had no idea it existed. I think it was a pretty small group back then (you know Joh Cooper era and all...) I really, really wish I had known because my ass wold have been in that lake every damn year. Go Bucks!
OSU is going to absolutely blow the doors off ttun. I think the last 2 weeks there has been a bit of a focus problem. Fighting through the cold and snow in Minnesota, then last week jumping out to an easy 14-0 lead in the first 7 minutes, this team lost some focus. That will not be a problem this week. The whole season comes down to this. Urban knows it, the players know it, the coaches know it. They also know they had an unexpected dogfight up in whore-town last year and it's time for revenge. I think we are going to obliterate them and get a shutout.
And I am absolutely thrilled that the program up north is in complete shambles. I don't buy into the bullshit line that "we need a strong team up there" no we don't. Let them mire in 5-7 seasons forever as far as I am concerned.
Generally I think the trophy games are kinda stupid, but Minnesota seems to love them, and I think this new one is far and away better than any of the other new ones that the B1G has tried to contrive recently.
I can see the Minny equipment manager now to the Nebby folks "oh ya? you say you want your chair back? well to get it back you are gonna have to come up here and win it back, dontcha know?"
No we don't. A 12-1 OSU team will be in the playoffs, doesn't matter if we play Wisky or Minnesota, or sisters of the poor.
I don't get this love for Coombs. His special teams unit is a huge anchor holding this team back. And I am tired of his sleeveless shit. When it's 15 degrees outside why are you too stupid to dress properly? I think he is a gimmick guy and his gimmicks are costing us. I for one hope he gets the boot in the offseason and we get someone in here who has some sense and coach up the special teams effectively.
I assume he was talking about the regular season. Once you get past the first round of playoffs everyone is tough, but I would imagine in rural SE Ohio the first 10 games didn't pose many challenges. beating DeSales, especially by that margin, is VERY impressive.
The Hoosiers don't even get happy endings in basketball anymore.
No way would I have waited 45 minutes, the radio would have been on immediately, or if not in Cbus, yank the cable outta the TV and go old school with standard def ABC.
It has to be the lighting, they are certainly scarlet and grey.
I have seen Russell live now twice (the exhibition vs Walsh and last night) he is clearly the real deal and something special. Enjoy him wile we can he won't be here long, but as Matta said about Oden, his first one and done player - if he is going to play anywhere for a year I want that year to be at OSU. This team is going to be fun to watch all year long.
Thank God! I was wondering if that field was heated, I furred it probably had to be, that should help the conditions between the lines at least be somewhat closer to normal. I just hope it isn't snowing during the game, or very windy. I have resigned myself to the fact that it will be colder than any of our players have ever experienced but if we keep it to just the air temps that makes me a little less nervous.
Yes they should have. I don't like indoor football either but with their climate an outdoor stadium makes no sense. I guess they look at it as home field advantage, which is certainly is, but playing in those conditions is just stupid.
I don't know how you do it. I was up there in December once for work for 3 or 4 days. It was by far the coldest I have ever been. My gloves didn't work, my coat, which I had bought specifically for that trip didn't work. The car windows frosted up ON THE INSIDE!? And the whole time I was there the locals thought it was "warm" because it was above zero during the day.
Why in the hell did Minnesota build an outdoor stadium anyway? All year long I have been worried about the weather for this game and now it looks like it will be even worse than I feared. Temps near zero with snow? WTF??!! There is no way we can get acclimated to that - it will be colder in that stadium on Saturday than it will be here at all this entire winter. Can we please send Minnesota to the Big12? ugh.
There is no doubt in my mind that if we end up 12-1 we will be in the playoff. Just like last year everyone was worried about if we'd make it to the BCSCG, well had we beaten Sparty we would have. There is a lot of football left to be played and by now it should come as no surprise that there are upsets every week. I think we will jump TCU/Baylor although it is very possible both of them have another loss coming. ASU is certainly going take another loss. Either Alabama or Miss St will lose and fall behind us. FSU could lose this week. There are so many possibilities. Remember 2007 when were sitting at #8 after losing to Illinois even later in the season? We needed 7 things to happen to get to #2 and 8 things happened and we ended up at #1. Patience.
Second, why in the hell is the committee releasing a poll every week? This makes no sense to me. Now lets say there is some big shuffle between the next to last and the final poll. They will have to do a lot of explaining and answering of questions. Seems like it would have been better to handle this more like the basketball committee. Just wait until selection Sunday to announce the top 4.
History tells us all of these teams will not win, in fact the chances of OSU being one the Final 4 teams is much higher right now than chances of us not making it. Baylor could very easily lose to K-State. FSU can lose to Miami. There will not be 2 SEC teams in it. Arizona State will lose 1 or 2 more. USC will beat Oregon in the P12 title game. These things always work out.
Noon is a ridiculous time to kickoff a college football game. The players don't like it, the students HATE it. Most college students are barely awake at noon. The only reason the noon kickoff exists is because TV networks calculated they could start games early and get more games on TV. While that is fine, the early slot should be for lower tier games and programs. For all the people clamoring about noon being a "tradition" Nope. Try 1:30. Or have you already forgotten about the official kickoff time printed on every OSU game ticket until the mid 1990s?
Awesome, thanks for the link.
And did you notice that the imprint from the pre game double Script Ohio was in place on the turf all game long. OSU now firmly owns all the territory of that state up north!
That first quarter was a complete and total disaster, and all I could think of was how much it felt like the Clemson game. I was sure we were going to lose it on dumb plays. And of course, as always seems to be the case when we have a close game with Sparty, crazy shit started happening. I mean really how often does a team shank a punt so bad that it ends up hitting a blocker and they get rewarded for it. That felt like 1998 again. Just so glad they players corrected those mistakes and got on the right track before halftime. That last score to take the lead was monumental.
On behalf of the rest of Buckeye Nation, thank you for your sacrifice. And since you will now be watching the remaining games outside, I hope you are well stocked with beer and firewood!!
That was great. As the Sparty unfaithful :) started leaving the game you could hear it clearly, and more loudly every time as our fans sang it multiple times in the 4Q.
I like how we have now wrecked 2 "biggest home game in stadium history"s this season so far. Next up - in the freezer at Minny gottta keep it rolling and somehow prepare for the brutal conditions that we will face up there from Mother Nature. That has me more worried than anything else.