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Comment 15 Sep 2014

There are a lack of programs that can sustain success as a Top 25 team, let alone a top 15 team for 3-5 years.  Seriously, Ohio State is the only lock for this list. Sparty - there is potential, and they probably have the highest 5 year trajectory of any other team in the conference.  But again, can they sustain the success?  Nebraska and Wisky have good arguments, but I am not sure if these two are consistently top 15 programs.  Pelini is seems to always be getting himself into some sort of trouble, whether its on or off the field.  You can make an argument for Penn St, but they have a lot of work to do but they have legitimate upside.  Michigan - what is going on up there? They are in bad shape.

Who are the top teams for the next few years?  I do not see how this conference is going to make notable improvements throughout and become competitive.  Not too many are even close to keeping up with Meyer

Simply put, these programs have almost not shot of sustained success: Purdue, Indiana, Rutgers, Illinois, and Northwestern.  Minnesota, Maryland, and Iowa, well the jury is still out their future identities and if they can turn out winning seasons consistently.

Comment 15 Sep 2014

It goes beyond just hiring extra staff.  It is total budgetary issues at schools.  The lack of spending and keeping pace nationally with football programs is horrendous.  The attitude of being frugal is the fundamental issue.  It is a systemic cultural breakdown of mediocrity and denial of football's evolution from I-formations to a spread game.  You need athletes and speed, the B1G just does not have it.

Comment 17 Aug 2014

Don't think Urban lied?  He already did.  Said he was 100% at media days and ready to go.  Well, 2 weeks to the opener and we have not seen Braxton fully practice.  That narrative was created to deter questions and speculation at the start of camp and to avoid distractions.  Look, if he was sore and they hold him out for a few scattered practices, fine.  But the team has everything to gain with him running the 1st team offense, this is a major development for the course of the season.

I will concede that the schedule can allow for limited practicing.  OSU's season is determined what happens from Oct 18th and on.  These 8 games (including B1G game) determine the season I am not too particularly worried about the first five games (Navy, VT, Kent St, Cincy, and Maryland) but any one of those teams (minus Kent St) could give OSU a tougher game than expected.  OSU can pace itself with 2 bye weeks before Oct 18th.  But this team better be peaking in November.  7 regular season games without a bye week is brutal.

Comment 30 May 2014

Their two returning leading receivers caught 25 and 18 passes last season.  They lost their top RB who scored 12 TDs and still need to replace 4 starters on the OL.  Depth and overall talent is a major concern.  Hackenburg completed 58% of his passes and he desperately needs to improve that percentage.  He is going to need a lot of help from his WRs/TEs to improve that percentage.  He has 2 good TEs but those two are not going to win games. Depth, talent, and experience are all issues they must encounter. Can this offense really compete against an OSU or Sparty defense this season and next?

They might win 8 or 9 games this year, but that means going 5-3 or 4-4 in the conference, which might be the best they can do.

And just for the record, PSU needs to improve that SOS; 3 teams from the MAC (Akron, Temple, and UMass) and UCF.

Comment 13 Apr 2014

I have concerns with each.  Jones needs to control that arm and make good decisions.  I thought JT looked better yesterday than he did at Student Appreciation Day.  But with that being said, his size is a major concern to me.  I noticed how he struggled to see over the OL during last weekend's scrimmage.  The footwork seemed to be off at times when he struggled to see downfield, which negatively impacted his throws and velocity.    I just felt like his field vision is not there.  I stood right next to him last weekend and he was at least 2-3 inches shorter than me and I am barely 6-2. He really has the build of a WR or DB.  In all honesty, I would not be surprised if he was 5-11 and 200 pounds. There is no way he is 6-1 and 225, as he is listed on the roster.  To put it into perspective, Warren Ball is listed at 6-1 and 224.  Maybe that field vision will develop, but his size is an impediment to that.  Will be able to be a starting QB and consistently take those hits?!?!....

I felt like JT has better decision making than Jones but JT might have the shorter road to be ready as the starter.

 

 

Comment 04 Feb 2014

For as big as Saine was, he didn't run between the tackles very well.  He was a great receiver out of the backfield.  It was disappointing that Saine and Herron weren't on the field together more often. 

 

Comment 29 Jan 2014
I unfortunately spent too much time in PA and Penn st is definitely a rival. They treat us as one and its a huge game every year for them. They hate us and for some, we are their biggest rival. Wisconsin is a rivalry in the making. Tressel went 4-4 to wisconsin, they were the only team osu truly struggled with. I hate them, I hate that jump around thing they do. From a competitive standpoint, minnesota is awful and my Wisky friend, who is an alum, always says OSU is their biggest game of the year. They love being the thorn in our side and the feisty games.
Comment 26 Jan 2014

Which is just ridiculous.  I mean, if OSU is willing to play Oregon, Texas, USC, why not play a SEC team like Georgia or LSU?  Or anybody for that matter?  I believe the SEC teams would not schedule and then criticize the B1G and the others for a weak schedule.  That's the easy way to cop out.

Comment 22 Jan 2014

Four is probably the best option.  Transparency is a major issue on this subject.  Look at James Jackson several years ago, he accused Tressel of oversigning. 

 

Jackson, a wide receiver, says he was asked to transfer after last season, two years into his college career.

"They had an oversigning issue," Jackson said. "They had to free up a few scholarships, and coach (Jim) Tressel told me I probably wouldn't play and maybe Ohio State wasn't the place for me."

http://oversigning.com/testing/index.php/2011/07/01/james-jackson-and-ohio-state-part-1/

Fair or not, there are two sides to every story, Jackson could be bitter, who knows, we don't know. 

Who's choice is it to leave?  Coach/University's?  The players?  This is why 4 year scholarships are becoming the way of the future and was something Coach Meyer wants.  Fortunately, Ohio State offers these.  At the same token, scholarships must be earned, and why many want them to be renewed each year.  What if a player is not working hard and is not taking care of their responsibilities? 

Option four is probably combined with option 5 being the tactics of many in the SEC (cough,  Saban, cough Miles, cough)

 

 

Comment 20 Jan 2014

There is plenty of potential in the WR corps.  Now it is time put it all together. 

It is time for someone to step and become a possession WR who is a truly a great route runner who can catch 60 passes this season.  I'm looking at you, Smith and Thomas. 

Comment 15 Jan 2014

This team had to replace all 4 starters on the DL this year.  And considering how they were 3rd in the nation with 42 sacks, is pretty impressive.  They played a lot of 1st and 2nd year players on the DL. 

Consider this:  Washington, Spence, Bosa, Carter, Marcus, and Schutt were either backups or still in HS.  These guys are still physically growing, maturing, and developing their bodies into the collegiate level. 

Bosa was a monster and Vrabel deserves a lot of credit for his development. 

Spence is a great pass rusher who played his freshman year at 225.  he is still growing and another year in Marotti's program will help him out.  He has a lot of potential.  Combining his potential, Coach Johnson, Coach Marotti, and still learning the game, he will get better.  No doubt he needs to improve against the run but I think he will.

Washington got hurt, outplayed by Bosa, and never really seemed to recover.  I think he is better suited to play inside. 

As for Bennett, he had a great first half and you are right.  Somewhere between Iowa and Purdue is where it tailed off.  He needs to finish. 

Hale is solid but unspectacular.  Schutt missed the first half of the season and idk what to say about him other than he should be developing this spring. 

Chris Carter had a good year.  He's a big man with space eating ability.  Meyer called him out and it appears the light has finally come on for him.  He earned some snaps.  Conditioning is/was an issue for him but still, he improved. 

Marcus is a great player and definitely earned his reps.

It is very hard to get DL to an elite level with young, inexperienced players.  Our DL play was not elite, and idk if anyone expected it to be, but it was certainly pretty good.  Our run defense ranked 9th in the country.  While our pass D was weak, our run D held its own pretty well. 

Our DL figures to be 10-13 deep this year.  There is talent.  I truly expect it to be elite.  But the progress that it made was tremendous and it took a big leap.  There is a lot here and Coach Johnson has to be very excited when looking at our DL.