Fickell doesn't control the DBs. He controls the front 7. Go look at the rushing yardage that was allowed by those "bad" defenses. Ash didn't fix the defense. Ash's philosophies match up with Fickell and that fixes the D. Fickell had good defenses at Ohio State before Urbz was coach.
Zeke is going to be a tremendous NFL rb but I think he would be the greatest fb of all time. Blowing up lbs in the hole, pass blocking, and running/catching passes.
I typically avoid the comment section this time of years because the newbies don't know that this isn't bucknuts yet.
But the team does affect the QB and that can't be sorted by this metric. For instance, Cardale had a TD throw wiped out due to a penalty. If the TD was added, his QBR would be higher. Or Marshall's fumbles in the redzone, those are opportunities for Cardale to score that no longer exist. In turn, fearing the pass game opens up Zeke.
What I am getting at is that these two figures are correlated and can't be easily separated.
Fickell never had a good defense before Ash got here.
Fickell had fine D units prior to Withers and fine D units after Withers but the problem must've been Fickell?
Meanwhile Withers gets "promoted" to a gig with a 250k pay cut.
Exactly. Its like continuing to do 7 Nation Army, unoriginal, a bunch of teams have already done it.
Yeah I've been unable to find it.
Haha @ RC Cola reference. I spent some time in Kosovo as part of the NATO mission there. RC Cola was advertising itself as "The Taste of America!"
Of course. I like JT A LOT! I think he'll rewrite nearly all of the records at Ohio State. I just don't think fans have afforded Cardale enough patience this year.
Washington has been underrated for years. Last year he played out of position to allow Bennett to shine. This year he is pushing the line of scrimmage and getting penetration right up the middle on nearly every play. Washington continues to set the table for everyone else.
Stats don't tell the whole story. First, you cherry picked 2 of 4 games mentioned.Second, you fail to consider that Cardale was part of the reason the offense was at max efficiency. Bama and Oregon schemes had to be modified such that Eze had far more room and ran for more yards than he would've without Cardale. Cardale was particularly good on 3rd down in those games, seemingly gaining a first down each time. Against 'Bama, Jones faced constant pressure and did far better than not crashing the car.
When Brax went down originally I was comforted by knowledge I had gained on this site about JT. I thought our offense was full of playmakers and perhaps would run well with a distributor type Qb.
I was at The Game when JT went down. When cardale came in, a kid lamented "great! the guy that can only run." I knew from this site he was the best passer on he team. I felt confident that he had what it took.
Then last year's wild ride proved that Cardale was a monster baller. He has had great games in all of the under the lights big time games he's started (Wisc, Bama, Oregon, VT). He and the rest of the offense struggle a bit during two midday games against lesser opponents and folks start acting like the guy is a bum. I just don't get it.
JT is great and will do an excellent job but it's Jones' time. We should be using the knowledge imparted in this site to take comfort in Urban's choice.
Instead, folks are writing craziness
haha guy wins 3 do or die games including the national championship, is considered one of the best NFL prospects in college football, yet fans act like he's a bum.
No. I expected more but I was also the lone person immediately after last year's VT debacle that thought making the playoffs was probable.
Doesnt really have anything to do with the point but I like patting myself on the back for that one.
I am just a bit surprised. The difference between me and most is I trust that the offense will get much better and don't think it's necessary to start blaming coaches and calling for qbs to sit. I have more patience. I think the team earned it. I also watched that season marathon on ESPN U a few weeks ago and it reminded me how ugly some of those games were.
Dontre looked like he was going to break out last season but foot injuries have slowed him. I think he's still slightly hobbled. Don't sleep on him though. He's the type of kid that breaks a huge play in an important game and people that don't follow closely are like "wtf is Wilson and why wasn't he playing sooner???"
On point. NIU is a bowl team, but, the Buckeyes played a little lack luster. The MAC played well in most of their early season match ups.
Exactly! And folks are remembering last year like the Buckeyes steamrolled everyone. They didn't. There were some rough and sloppy games but the Buckeyes won when it mattered. That's what great teams do.
Your expectations are out of whack. Give it time, this team has done everything to earn a bit of patience. The offense has played down to opponents but rose to the occasion vs vt. This time of year is full of folks new to be site overreacting and yelling for folks to get fired. Just stop it already.
We know the talent is there on offense. They will get it together. What we didn't know going into this season is if the silver bullets are truly back. Through 3 games, that question is now answered. This is a great D. Buckeyes will be fine. Luckily western Michigan is next week and Ohio Stare should be able to clean up on offense.
I would've liked to see Brax touch the ball a bit more
Haha points for the most over reactive post of the day
Right on, the 96 number is incredibly misleading. Thousands if not millions have played college football and the NFL. Around NFL 90 players that believed they had this issue donated their brains. Of course the vast majority of those brains would have issues. It doesn't tell us much about the population of NFL players as a whole.
I had no idea what I wanted out of life when I was a teenager either. Hope he doesn't lose out on good opportunities that are in front of him. Best of luck to him.
You're correct on this point. The prediction machine supports that OSU is better than 'Bama and that Ohio State has a much weaker schedule. Like I said above, I think there are factors that artificially widen the gap. However, the prediciton machine does nothing to weaken the SEC fan's argument. I am not sure how that seems to be missed.
No, it isn't a new program. Its a term for glutinously feasting on touchdowns.
The story is that Ohio State's chances to go undefeated drop from 50% to 18% which proves SEC fan's point. Of course Ohio State should do better against Alabama's schedule, the two played head-to-head just a few months ago. This year's schedule isn't that tough. It isn't Baylor level or anything, but it isn't tough. However, at the end of the year, some teams that are ranked won't be and some that aren't will be. The Buckeye schedule may look better then.
For instance, VT, and Minnesota may be ranked. SEC is losing ranked teams at an alarming rate. In short, SEC fan is right that their schedules are a bit tougher this year but they over exaggerate and I am guessing schedules will appear more even by season's end.