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Comment 19 hours ago

The o-line did not have a good game. They got better late, but it still wasn't a good game.

Virginia Tech has three areas of excellence on their team- special teams, defensive line, and cornerbacks. A less than stellar o-line protecting a freshman QB against a good defensive line and strong corners is troubles. If we can't establish the run and that forces JT to throw on obvious passing downs, that is a recipe for turnovers.

We should win this game, but if the O-line is not better than they just showed, we open the door for VA Tech to take advantage of their own strengths. Turn overs can make anybody lose to anybody, and keep any game close.

Comment 30 Aug 2014

Polls are meaningless all year. 

only the committee matters. They are in no way constrained by the polls.

Comment 30 Aug 2014

None of the polls have anything at all to do with who makes the playoffs. I can go make a poll in my garage and it has the same affect on who gets in.

They can put us at 30 for all I care. All that matters is what the committee members decide on the last day they meet. Polls are not on the list of things they consider.

Comment 29 Aug 2014

I've found it useful to divide the day into the mimosa hours (breakfast), the rum & coke hours (light brunch), the nap hour, then the gametime drinking experience (margaritas, beer, chips & salsa). The late night game/post game can be capped off with a good scotch, enjoyed on the porch comtemplating the events of the day.

Comment 29 Aug 2014

The importance of the results of LSU-Wisky and later MSU-Oregon to the perception of the B1G, and the liklihood of a one loss B1G champ being in the playoff, cannot be overstated.

If Wisky and MSU crap the bed, it is undefeated or bust for OSU. If Wisky and MSU win, we can lose a game along the way and still have a shot. Perception of schedule/conference strength is vital.

Comment 26 Aug 2014


If I'm Navy, I know I can't win by just running my normal offense into the best part of Ohio State's defense. So of course, I wouldn't.

I expect to see lots of the regular option runs (which make defenders rely upon choices rather than physicla ability), but I would also bank on seeing a literal s**t-ton of screens of all sorts. We absolutely sucked at covering screens, misdirection passes, and play action last year. If I were Navy, I'd make us prove that has changed. It would not at all shock me to see Reynolds have 20+ passing attempts. They'll all be short and rely on misdirection and timing- in other words no matter how good our D-line is it will not matter as there just won't be enough time for them to reach Reynolds.

To me stopping Navy is going to come down to two things in this game- the LBs making the right reads quickly and Chris Ash's secondary being an improvement. If our secondary and Shazier-less LBs are at last year's level, Navy can stay in this and maybe steal it.

Comment 25 Aug 2014

On offense, blocking is so much more important than what goes on with the actual ball.

I love when we have blowout games because I can do something I can't/won't do when the game is competitive. If we hit the fourth quarter of a game that is no longer in doubt, I use my DVR and watch each play three times- once live, once in slow mo focusing on the O-line (usually one side of the line or just one particular player), and then once in slow mo watching some other aspect (depending on the view this might be the routes developing and the secondary responses or it might be focusing on the RB or TE and how they handle blocking assignments and their routes).

Comment 22 Aug 2014

All great coaches are thieves. 

It would be foolish not to use things others have proven effective.

I wouldn't worry about identity at all- Urban, like all great coaches, has been stealing ideas from others his entire career. He's then molded together everything he has stolen into his own philosophy and adjusted based on his own views. He's taking what he believes is the best of what Oregon does, but that is not at all the same as simply copying.

Also keep in mind that he is playing a recruiting game at every single moment. When he talks about winning, he says we are going to be Alabama. When he talks about offensive speed, he says we will be Oregon. When he talks about defense, he says we will have an SEC defense. Doing so not only sets goals for the current team, but also serves to be public relations- it connects the Bucks to the perceived greatest in each area. This has an affect on how recruits think about Ohio State. 

Comment 21 Aug 2014

This will make Tressel happy- there is no way in heck Cameron Johnston shouldn't be there. Pinned people deep constantly.

Comment 21 Aug 2014

For my money, he's behind Troy, Terrelle, Joe Germaine, Krenzel (yes, Krenzel- beat TSUN and win championships and you get in my rankings) and Rex Kern. I have him ahead of Hoying, Schlichter, Cornelius Greene, Tomczak, Jim Karsatos and Greg Frey. I debated having Greene and Schlichter ahead of Braxton too. It is debatable. .

I probably should have Horvath in there but that's too far back for me.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Can't speak for Urban, but I think Barrett is a better passer than Braxton overall.

That said, Barrett has some "young guy" issues that were really clear in the Spring Game. He stares down his receiver, and he holds the ball an extra beat before he throws as if he wants to be 100% certain the pass is there before throwing. These things won't matter against Navy, but they will matter a ton against the great CBs on Va Tech. I'm very worried about interceptions being thrown in that game.

Brax is a super stud, but he's not very accurate on mid-range passes and lacks consistent touch on the deepball. This is an evaluation- not a knockdown. Every player has bad areas and good areas.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

This injury kills me for Brax because it puts him in a brutal spot. He just isn't going to get drafted highly after sitting out a year, especially when there was already significant doubt among NFL scouts as to whether his passing abilities were improving. He needed this year to show them what he can do in that regard.

But coming back is almost worse. If JT or Cardale craps the bed, then no problem. But if JT or Cardale kills it, Brax coming back is not really good for him and is flat-out awful for OSU. If JT takes us to the playoffs, I don't see how you don't have him as the starter next year. JT is going to be here for several more years, are you going to mess with his development the year AFTER he proves he's the man? Are you going to split time, which almost always destroys the rythym of an offense? Are you going to watch as the team internally starts to subtly split between the "this guy shouldn't lose his job to injury" and "this guy led us to the playoffs" camp?

Playing both won't work either. In any such situation Braxton will be primarily a runner, and the reason he needs to come back is to show his improved passing ability to the NFL.

This is just brutal timing for Brax, and if Barett succeeds this will be tricky for the team next year.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Doesn't work that way. QBs don't start out as what they will be. Troy Smith came out of the spring battling with Justin Zwick. And Braxton came out battling with the aforementioned Bauserman.

Barrett not having supplanted Jones easily doesn't really mean much in terms of judging what he will be.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

I love Brax but if he comes back I would not say "JT would liekly slide back to backup QB".

JT was a very highly recruited QB. If he has a really good year and Brax is coming off a season missed by shoulder injury, I don't think it will be that clear cut. In fact, I think it will be the worst possible situation- two possible starters. At any other position that is depth. At QB that is often a mess.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

There is a good chance we're talking another Braxton. He's young and will take some time, but the dude is talented. He was the country's number 1 rated dual threat quarterback when recruited. The country's number 1. He was offered by LSU, Baylor (hey, do they throw the ball every once in awhile?), Texas Tech (hey, do they throw the ball every once in awhile?) and he played his high school ball in Texas.

Not sure why you'd think we're talking Bauserman or Mullen. We're talking the future of the Bucks. He would have taken over for Brax this year if Brax left anyway, next year if Brax didn't.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

This season was always going to come down to the following:

1) Will the O-line hold up with all its new players?

2) Can we replace the production of one of the best backs in OSU history?

3) Will one of the talented youngsters be able to replace the production of our leading receiver?

4) Will our new defensive scheme work?

5) even if it does, can we replace a starting corner and both starting safeties?

6) Will we have a good kicker?

That is a lot of questions. I'm not sure we were much of a lock to make the playoffs WITH Braxton. That said, adding one more question (Will our QB be able to do the job?) doesn't help.

ALL OF THAT SAID, I think we still can make the playoffs, and I don't think the chances are actually that much worse than they were before. You answer for me the offensive line and defensive scheme questions and I'll tell you if we make the playoffs, Brax or no Brax. This season will hinge on those two things.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Hope Brax is fine, but folks y'all are sleeping on J.T. Barrett. Might not be right away, but he is going to be a very very good QB.

Our OOC is actually trickier than it looks at first. Navy, Va Tech and Cincy all present more challenges than you would think. We have a new O-line, no Guapo, possibly no Brax, and a new defense. Not an easy road even with Brax. That said, I still have faith. Lots of talent on this team.

Mark my words on Barrett. 

Comment 14 Aug 2014

I don't see Alabama having much difficulty because their schedule is fairly easy. The Auburn and LSU games are tough. Everything else? Not so much. Texas A&M is a big giant question mark without Johnny Football, and nobody else is very scary. If we were playing their schedule my only concerns would be those same two teams, LSU and Auburn.

Comment 08 Aug 2014

That Cincinnati team is a good team, it is favored to win its conference, it is coached by a coach with bigtime program experience, and it is coached by a coach that has gone up against and beaten Urban. Add to that the Cincy mindset towards OSU. Do. not. sleep. on. that. game.

I'm actually fairly worried about our out of conference schedule- Navy tends to make people that beat them look like crap on defense (and with the new playoff committee we can't have our perception dinged in game one), Cincinnati is a much tougher game than it first appears, and Virginia Tech always has the potential to win because their defense and special teams are always good. We should win all three on talent, but none of the three is a throw-away. They're kind of the worst type of of out of conference games- not big enough that wins give you major cred but the teams all have aspects that can hurt our perception even when winning and could beat us on a down day.