This was my freshman year at OSU as well. You can say whatever you want about what happened off the field, but this was one of the all time great recruiting classes at Ohio State.
I honestly don't think this is that surprising. Traditional linebackers don't get drafted very high regardless of how good they are, and Shazier definitely is not a 100% ideal prospect.
Defense is really, really good. Offense is really, really bad.
I think Ohio State is capable of beating any of Alabama, Oregon, and Florida State. We should not be favored in any of those games though. That being said I like our odds against FSU and Oregon waaaaaaaaaay more.
I don't buy all the SEC hype, but I definitely buy the Alabama hype. All of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th year players were members of the consensus number one recruiting class. They have one of the absolute best coaches in the history of the sport (We do too; Oregon and Florida State do not). They have a senior quarterback who is going to have 40 starts going into their bowl game (Assuming they win the SEC West).
Two words: Style. Points.
1) 6 feet 4 inches tall and with a 6-foot-9-inch wingspan: That's insane
2) PG – Shannon Scott (Sr.) / Russell (Fr.): Can't believe thiis is the last year with Aaron Craft.
Is there a way to watch this?
"Imagine a high octane Oregon type offense paired with an SEC-caliber defensive line, LBrs, secondary, all infused with some Buckeye attitude!"
This is exactly what I had in mind when Meyer came on board one and a half years ago. Hopefully Wilson or one of the other many explosive freshman can add another play a threat to go the distance on every play to the offense (Braxton) because that's about the only thing missing from what could be the best offensive attack the Buckeyes have had in a long time.
I think some people may be nervous about offering a pro-style quarterback because of how John Brantley turned out at Florida. It's important to remember that he (Brantley) primarily failed at Florida because he was a bad player. A pro style quarterback can excel in Meyer's offense as long as they aren't a total statue in the pocket.
I think Oladipo is definitely the choice. Pair him with Craft at guard and you have the best defense in the country bar none. His slashing/passing ability combined with Thomas's shot would give us an elite offense as well.
I don't think you can really call OSU's win yesterday an upset; we were favored by 3.5 points. The Big Ten season has proven it's almost impossible to win on the road against the top teams in the conference, and the order of the top five teams (Excluding Indiana who is pretty clearly number one IMO) is incredibly fluid.
No way. UVA is in a bigger market, but Duke has a MUCH more powerful national brand.
Tough loss, but it's not easy to win on the road in this conference. Thomas is a player of the year candidate, and there isn't a team in the country that can come close to matching the ammount of pressure this team can bring on defense.
The whole inbound defending thing announcers always seem to say about us is amazing.
Yes! We're going to get another shot!
I miss Sullinger.
The offensive line is considered the best in the country by the end of the year paving the way for a top ten rushing offense.
He should easily average 20+ points on a team that will float between ten and twenty for most of the year. Combine that with playing on a team with as much media exposure as Ohio State and you have an easy All American with a solid shot at the first team.
The story of the 2013 retruiting classes of Ohio State and Michigan is the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.
I like to think (And am assuming) he's doing it for Pryor.
Purdue and Penn State were my two favorites from the season, but the undefeated season one is a masterpiece.