That might be a product from lack of winning tradition. Beating Bama at any point in the season is a big deal, but how you handle it is whats important. If you believe you can win a natty or even a conf title, you have to handle big success just as well as little ones. When Bama or LSU beat a good team early, they tend not to implode later on.
I think what the OP is saying is that Cardale's deep ball strength is almost fool's gold. He doesnt have Smith to catch contested jump deep passes and he doesn't read defenses well enough to make the throws on time. Thats why so many plays r "left out there".
Having the deep ball is great but we saw even WMU could make plays on the ball. Against better teams that might be an issue.
I don't think its a coincidence that those guys still have their stripes though. They're the highest rated in the class, they have the most to prove. If this class pans out, then those top three players become stars and leaders. I think to set a standard for everyone in the class, it has to be tougher for them.
I just wanna know what happened to the read option. Not sure why that's been practically removed. And with it gone, JT is pretty much useless.
Samuel made that play a good one btw. Cardale threw the ball to the inside of the defender. Luckily, only Curtis turned to see it and made the adjustment.
I've been saying this for years.
I'm not a graphic designer but I dabble a bit, used to make custom covers for NCAA Football and MLB The Show (don't judge me lol). And on IG, I constantly see athletes post edits that people send to them and they can't even do basic color correction. It drives me crazy. Players wearing white jerseys with blue noise. Silver pants looking green. Skin colors distorted.
Everytime OSU posts that flex photo after a player signs his financial aid agreement I cringe.
Can't believe Zeke is faster than Curtis in a straight line
I dunno if it's about SEC "relevancy". They still are the best conference in the nation. Look at recruiting sites and the past drafts. Look at OSU NEEDING to win recruiting battles in their territory: the program is better because Urban recruits the south (Bosa x2, Vonn, Raekwon, JT, Dixon, etc) better than Tressel, it's undeniable. And their top teams are still very good.
The issue is the SEC East is whack until proven otherwise. Mizzou has owned that division for 2 or 3 yrs now? Lol. Until SEC East bluebloods win it back, I can't take that division seriously. Also, Miss State beats some alsoran and gets moved up to top 25 but Northwestern beats a ranked squad and no ranking love?
It's not desire to SEC as anything in particular, it's just perception and executing that perception as reality: I think theyre great, so they must be.
If I had to choose, I'd move Georgia down a few spots because they shouldnt have been ranked so high in preseason. And I'd move Tenn and Miss State out completely. Maybe move Ole Miss down to 25.
Les Miles hit that topic too smh
Bucks will roll but I wudn't be shocked if the first series or two, they look OFF.
I didn't understand that at all. Curtis is gonna lose touches to Braxton from scrimmage, so why not have him return punts (and if the defense does what it's supposed to do, they will force many of those)? And Zeke needs to be protected, why he was back there was beyond me. But I guess Samuel didn't do enuff in camp to warrant being there so....
No love for Jalyn Holmes and the forced fumble?
How does ESPN find these fans so quickly lollll
It's nitpicking but I'm shocked people don't comment on how herky jerky the offense is with Cardale. There's no tempo and it's big play or bust with him. Big plays are important, no doubt but I want to see him put drives together consistently. Also, that off the back foot thing has got to go....
Ppl have overplayed his early impact from the day the switch is made. I expect that the four most important ball handlers on monday will be JT, Zeke, Thomas, Curtis, in that order. And Vannett must also be involved.
What worries me with Braxton is ball security, lining up correctly, blocking, not holding while blocking. The extra stuff that comes with being a WR/H. Making mistakes there--things freshman tend to do--can stall a drive in an instant. I expect his impact to be felt later in the year.
Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I thought the real issue last year against Va Tech was letting them convert 9 of 17 third downs and 4 red zone chances to TDs. Which position group or which individual defender needs to have a big game to ensure a Buckeye win?
Not sure if he's a downfield target. And I worry about his hands. He's really a runningback, he's just small. He doesn't shy away from contact, actually think he takes too mant hits. I want to see if he is able to make same cutbacks that Zeke was making last yr. He does that, he's a big play machine
Maybe I'm biased cuz I'm a Brooklynite but I can't believe Braxton stars over Curtis at a position he just learned 2 months ago. And Weber is now the #2 RB over Curtis as well? Does Samuel have an actual position?
I think Braxton will do well over time but I think people are really overplaying his early impact. He's basically a freshman at this position now.
Born in Brooklyn, NY. Dad played guard for the Bucks, so there was only one college team to root for growing up lol.
His high school tape was really good: big and still running away from defenders like it was nothing. I really want the tight end to be part of the offense, a real weapon. When he committed I thought that change was coming, we have to wait and see
All these guys busting Guarantano's chops forget the fact that these guys are trying to go pro. We delude ourselves into thinking they're 100% here for our entertainment and ego-boosting when they win titles/conferences. Look at the situations guys like Coker (FSU/Bama), or basically every USC Qb in the last 5 years find themselves in. Yea, you're at an elite program, but so are 4 other dudes.
I mean, were there other elite Qb recruits at Vandy or Purdue or Tennessee when Cutler, Brees, and Peyton got to their respective schools? Gabbert at Mizzou? Luck at Stanford? Don't think those guys didn't choose those schools cuz they knew there would be little competition.
I mean, it's great that Danny Clark and Joe Burrow are Ohio lifers but its likely one of them is never the starting QB of the Buckeyes.
I guess a better assessment would be percentage of attempted tackles missed? Also, pace of the opponent you're playing means less or more attempted tackles. Tackles is such a misleading and inaccurate stat sometimes.
I thought Cam Burrows was a Junior. Didn't he come in with Apple?
I looked as hard as I could and it definitely looks like a #1. But yea, no visor so who knows? Curtis does tend to take hard hits, more than I would like.