OSU's offense put up huge numbers last year against weaker competition. When they faced comparable competition against MSU and Clemson, Herman was thoroughly out-coached. So far this year, the same thing can be said. Outside of the deep pass to Smith against Navy, the play calling has been terrible. Yes, OSU lost Hyde and 4 o-linemen, but OSU has struggled because Navy and VA Tech have strong coaching staffs and Herman no longer has Braxton's freakish play making ability to bail him out of his horrific play calling.
- I realize Tom Herman led an offense that scored a lot of points, but I thought his play calling against MSU and Clemson was terrible and ultimately lost OSU both games. He should have run Hyde 40 times in both games.
- I hate 8pm games b/c they end at midnight. I wish the Buckeyes would play more often at 6pm like they did against Penn State a few years ago.
- I miss a portion of the 3:30 games to go to Mass because I hate going to Mass on Sunday.
Schlegel was terrible, most of his defects were covered up because he played next to Hawk and Carpenter. He was slow, stiff hipped, and a poor tackler. I never remember him driving driving a ball carrier backwards, I only remember him getting plowed over by them. There is reason why he rarely saw the field with the Jets and Bengals. Schlegel played particularly poor in OSU's losses against Texas and Penn State. In my opinion, if Tressel played Laurenitas as a Freshman instead of Schlegel, we probably would have beaten Texas and Penn State
Also, he was not a late transfer, he left the Air Force after his sophmore season.
Underrated-Pittman, Mangold (elite), Sims, Ballard (under-utilized), Hawk (great throughout), Kurt Coleman (terrible Sophmore, but great Junior and Senior years), Germaine, Pryor (production), Sanzenbacher, Galloway, Glenn, Boston...
Overrated-Schlegel (Laurenitas should have started over him), Nickey, Hartline (very good pro career), Robinski, Shazier (had a very good career, but he did not show up against MSU and Clemson)..,
Didn't Fitzgerald turn them down after they fired RichRod?
Great insight on UM recruiting, but lots of teams that win 8-10 games annually do not land top recruiting classes. At some point it is about player development and coaching. Hoke was a below .500 coach at Ball State and he did not exactly dominate at SDSU. At best he might be the 6th or 7th best coach in the Big 10 (Meyer, Dantonio, O'Brien, Fitzgerald, Anderson, and maybe Ferentz).
Nobody does less with more than Miles. He is one of those coaches who can recruit, but not manage a game.
Saine just like Michael Wiley would have made a great WR. Wilson can do both and at the next level he will be a receiver like Percy Harvin
This is why the Cavs didn't want to sign him
Not sure I understand the blind loyalty by any former OSU O-lineman to Bolman. So many elite O-line recruits came here and improved marginally (if at all) over 4 years. If Ed Warriner coached the O-line under Tressel, I wonder how much better the team would have been
I have a hard time questioning Chris Grant. He knocked it out of the park with Irving, both Waiters and Thompson have played well and still have a lot of upside, and Tyler Zeller is a solid player. My only question is whether or not Bennet can play SF?
No one in the national media wants to give Hyde any love. If he played on an SEC team we would be hearing about how great he was every five minutes from ESPN. He is a complete back who can do everything.
We are lucky that he stayed for his senior year, had he turned pro he probably would have owned the combine and been the first RB taken in April's draft.
I am a little relieved. Allen might end up being a great college QB, but from what I read he is more of a pro-style QB and he does not fit in Meyer's scheme.
I had a different experience. I grew up in Columbus (just outside of UA), while there were a lot of Cincy fans, Cleveland fans always outnumbered the Cincy fans.
My only question is where did all of the Pittsburgh fans come from? I hardly saw any growing up and now I see them all over Columbus and all over the East-side of Cleveland when I visit my fiance
Walt Harris wasn't fired. He quit Pitt after leading them to a BCS Bowl against Urban Meyer and Utah. He left to accept the head coaching position at Stanford where he was justly fired a few years later.
Also, Larry Coker is such an awful coach, that he was not even considered for another head coaching job in 1A after being fired. He ultimately wound up as a 1AA head coach. The success of the 01-03 Miami teams can be attributed to the system that Butch Davis installed.
Rick Neuheisel at Washington would be someone that should be higher on the list. They went from being a top ranked team to awful right after he was fired.