WorthyBuck, I'm not sure whether I should be impressed with our ridiculous talent (obviously I am ) or annoyed that a list of best talent in the conference can actually leave off Marshall, Thomas, Washington and Apple. Maybe it's a little bit of both.
When I see comments like those from Ford, I'm always reminded of the early to mid-2000 USC teams under Pete Carroll. One of the things that he preached was that competition at the highest level breeds elite talent. I absolutely believe that to be the case and can very easily see our Buckeyes dominating the next few years like USC, circa 2003-2006. I understand that guys want to play, but hell, look at someone like Matt Cassell. He never even PLAYED at USC and still got drafted and eventually earned a huge NFL contract. Urban's system will produce similarly dominant results and I believe we are recruiting guys that understand and embrace that mentality.
Do it. Better yet, send him a lock of your hair!
Yeah, but there are four B1G schools in the top 15 of ESPN'S 2016 recruiting rankings - only one fewer than the alrighty SEC. So it's definitely not all bad, but you're certainly accurate in that, outside of the four elite programs in the B1G East, you never see a school from the western division in the mix for top shelf talent. THAT is sad. I think Nebraska was the next highest rated at 25 or so. Yikes.
Lol wow... The delusion
was is real...
Just like they did when Tressel was hired. And when they hired Rich Rod. And again when they hired Brady Hoke. I'm sensing a pattern...
Isn't Penn State just precious?
Go over to the scurvy hive of delusional homers that is Black Shoe Diaries and listen to them try to explain how they're basically on par with Ohio State. It's just a gas.
Oh, so he's our Mike McQueary?
I don't closely follow Oregon recruiting, but they seem to more or less reload - especially at QB and the speed positions. I have no doubt that Oregon will be right back in it; maybe not this year but certainly next. I hope for Oregon fan's sake that they can stock up on defensive line talent and defensive guys in general. If ya'll can get a nasty D to go with that flashy offense, look out.
Ah, it didn't seem all that long ago when we took offense about folks bashing our own "0-9". Someone remind me; what was that all about, again?
They see that face in the mirror every morning when they wake up and realize they live in Michigan and root for TTUN.
Look, I despise TTUN and their arrogant fans as much as the next Buckeye, but he DID specifically state that the thread was intended to be a "best case scenario, and not what is likely to happen". Or something to that effect. They're desperate from nearly a decade of irrelevance and the buzz from the empty spray paint can that is Jim Harbaugh is starting to wear off. Let the poor bastards dream; we all know they ain't making it off the field November 28th with a W.
I guess Urban's heart problems are about to rear their ugly heads again...
- every Penn State & TTUN fan
My first game was with my grandfather in 1999. He is the reason I'm a Buckeye today because he went there and loved everything about Ohio State, which carried onto me in 1994, when I became a fan. Anyway, the 1999 game was against Wisconsin and eventual Heisman Winner Ron Dayne. We weren't very good but led something like 17-6 at halftime. Unfortunately, we wouldn't score again and Wisky kicked our asses 42-17. The result sucked but the tailgating and overall game experience with my grandpa was awesome. I still remember coming out of the tunnel into our seats and being amazed at how vivid and green the field was and how huge and glorious the stadium was. Thankfully, that's been the only Buckeye loss I've ever seen in person!
I was there! I flew in from Seattle with my girlfriend and I was so glad that I did. Absolutely wonderful game to watch in person.
I say "we", though fully aware that I'm not on the team and have accomplished nothing. They deserve all the credit and all the glory, as they're the ones grinding through two a days, practicing dozens of hours per week - in addition to working out, watching film and going to classes. However, as mentioned above, "we" are all apart of a family - Buckeye Nation. Though they deserve every ounce of praise for their efforts, one of the reasons the glory exists is because each one of us lives and breathes Ohio State football. Our ticket purchases, donations, apparel sales and TV ratings are a driving force in the draw of the brand that is Ohio State. Plus, many of my family members went there or work(ed) there, so I've more or less been affiliated with Ohio State since I was about 5 years old. So I don't think that anyone using "we" is out of line. I feel like I'm a part of something that's more than just the guys on the field, if that makes sense.
You took the words right out of my mouth, Navy. Using the word "epic" is only frowned upon when used frivously, such as in reference to a weekend's late night jaunt to Jack in the Box. In this context, I'd say it was perfectly justified.
First of all, the fact that half our freaking class is in the ESPN Top 40 is INSANE. And here I thought ESPN recruiting hated us? Lol, guess that died when we took home the title.
Most importantly, I'm seeing a lot of the 2016 and 2017 kids that seem to be genuinely good people who have high GPAs and don't have that whole "diva" attitude about them. From Danny Clark to Austin Mack to Pryor, they all seem like great kids who will fit in the leadership roles vacated by Josh Perry, Darron Lee, JT Barrett, etc. But I thought Urban only recruited thugs?
"Coach, that's what you get for making me take instruction from a video coordinator"!
Where did you find this childhood footage of Dilly Bar Dan?
My god, this is just getting ridiculous. I actually feel bad for, well, everyone.
Wait, no I don't.
They both obviously have a solid body of work and both would be great choices to lead the Buckeyes in their quest to repeat, but it seems like a lot of folks favor Cardale due to the recency bias effect. It's a tough call, though; JT looked amazing almost all season long, but he didn't play the same level of competition as CJ did. Cardale only played 3 full games but beat 3 straight top 15 teams in his first 3 starts. Simply incredible and one of the reasons why it's so damn great to be a Buckeye.
Haha I know. I'm just being a smartass. They probably do read this page, in which case I'm the idiot... :P
Uh, pretty sure the JT love has something to do with the 11 wins and 45 TDs before he got hurt.