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Comment 19 hours ago

Not sure what happened, but updated results:

Brutus Buckeye (Ohio State) (20944 responses)

18%

Herky the Hawk (Iowa) (25828 responses)

22%

Purdue Pete (Purdue) (48955 responses)

43%

Comment 19 hours ago

While I'd love Ohio State to pull in every 5 star recruit, from what Meyer said it's important to not just recruit good players, but the right guys as well.  The last few classes seem to have a lot of high character, team-oriented guys that will not just play well, but bring the team together and make others around them better as well.

Comment 23 hours ago

While I'd prefer a home and home, a neutral site game would be fun to watch.  It would have to be against a top 10 opponent though and definitely not in SEC territory (if against an SEC/ACC team).  Would be cool if they could play in a classic NFL stadium like someone mentioned - Soldier Field, Lambeau, or the like.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I think it started when texting became the dominant form of contact between people, and only grew worse with Twitter becoming more popular.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

With the GPS capabilities I can imagine it can help to diagram each play as well - how each player ran it when it was successful, or not.  I guess it's not surprising that more technology / data analysis is working its way into football given its success in baseball, and basketball to lesser extent.

Definitely a cool concept - will have to see if other programs adopt this and how the technology grows in the next few years.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I chose Oregon - Pac-12 is not going to be easy this year, and there could be a lot of trap games for them.

I read the comments and understand the points on Ohio State - one loss and they're done, while the rest of the teams could likely suffer a loss against a marquee opponent and still squeek into the playoff.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Braxton's progression through the years reminds me a lot of Troy Smith, which is encouraging because in his senior year Smith really managed to become a quality pocket passer.  I do hope Braxton succeeds this year and is able to have a go at being a QB in the NFL, but it seems like he's been getting very little respect from the NFL scouts so far.  A great senior season will definitely help to bringing him up draft boards.

Comment 27 Jul 2014

Whomever we land of the three you listed I think this class will end up just fine, but I still think we have a chance with Kirk.  Success in recruiting seems to beget more success, so if Harris signs and Gibson starts to strongly lean towards Ohio State it might give a slight advantage for the Buckeyes.

Comment 25 Jul 2014
Comment 25 Jul 2014

It was written about in a prior article, but this season is one big interview for Braxton for the NFL draft - he has the physical abilities, and as Buckeye fans we all know he's a winner.  Now he just needs to prove that to the GMs who aren't known to be the best judges of talent at QB.

Comment 25 Jul 2014

Love it - and just in time for FNL...let's hope the recruits get a view of what awaits if you decide to sign - a program that will continue to be successful (and a sweet locker room).

Comment 25 Jul 2014

"Do you guys think Urban's hyper-recruiting could lead to some of the same problems at Ohio State? I could see it. Not saying it will happen, but I could see it."

While there's always a risk of losing your best players early to the draft, I don't really see this as being a major problem at Ohio State, at least in the short term.  Maybe after we continue to pull in top 5 recruiting classes, but even then the pipeline keeps getting filled up with top talent.  The risk lies at relying too much on one guy at a position - you need to build the kind of depth that someone can leave early for the draft and you're not worried about filling that position the following season.

Comment 24 Jul 2014

Maybe it's overconfidence after his first two seasons, but I think Urban will have his team prepared for this matchup, and won't have that much difficulty.  It's the 4th game of the season, which should mean the secondary will be much more comfortable with each other.  Ash is putting in place what sounds like a pretty aggressive mentality and Bosa, Spence, and the rest of the defense should keep Kiel scrambling.

Comment 23 Jul 2014

I remember planning the date for my wedding - I didn't tell the wife until after the honeymoon was over that I specifically avoided dates and came up with excuses that fell within the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament (in my opinion the best 4 day stretch in all of sports).  She was not amused, but it did let her know that those 4 days, plus any Saturday during college football season are sacred, so don't expect anything from me.

Not sure how I will broach the subject with my future children/in laws that they have a moratorium during college football season and parts of March for wedding dates.  Thankfully have some time for that...

Comment 23 Jul 2014

"I’m still a freshman, they still pick on me."

That's what I love about the family atmosphere that seems to be growing every year within the team, and why the future looks bright for the current squad and recruiting.  You need a really close knit group of guys for a 6-5 270 pound starter to get picked on and take it in stride, while at the same time somehow come out humble from a dominant freshman season.

Looking forward to seeing what Bosa can do this year.

Comment 22 Jul 2014

Agree that the spread is way too large, but a game early in the season at night in Oregon is going to be tough for any team, let alone one that lost the heart of its defense, and is going up against a perennially strong offense.  If MSU can play a similar game as Stanford did against Oregon last year - control the pace of the game and contain/defend against the big plays, they'll be a lot closer than 13.  For the sake of the Big Ten's reputation I do hope they win though, plus it'll make the matchup with OSU that much bigger.

Comment 22 Jul 2014

While I can certainly rant about the NCAA and how it selectively choose to enforce their "rules," I don't think it will add much to the conversation since most (all) will probably agree with me.

What I want to say is there is an incredible double standard for honest programs that report violations, and those that take care of them "in house" - comment today from B12 commissioner says it best: "I think it's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions."

This is the rule that many SEC schools seem to abide by today - if you get caught, deny everything and because the NCAA is so inept you'll likely slide with no consequences (if they weren't even successful at prosecuting the Miami case a few years back when the evidence was literally handed to them there's no way they can actually prove a case on their own).

Comment 22 Jul 2014

Time to let the other 2015 commits continue their recruiting efforts in person.  Have done a great job so far and this is a perfect opportunity to meet next year's group and get them excited about Ohio State as well.