There is no doubt in my mind that MD would never be able to duplicate what UFM has done and will continue to do in the recruitment arena. My only point is the development of the player. Dino seems to be able to really coach up the 2/3 stars to play at a very high collegiate level.
UFM is an absolutely great coach for this time at this U. But you can't help but wonder what Dino would be able to do with these 4 and 5 star recruits.
As I recall, in the 70's that Saturday was always a "Rivalry Double-Header" with OSU vs UM early and USC vs UCLA as the later game. The SEC was fairly irrelevant in the Midwest and West and played their games at night with no tv broadcast here.
Please remember the difference between the two infractions; one was for improper financial benefits and the other was for harboring a pedophile. There is no way the NCAA could possibly rule the two similarly. But then again, it is the NCAA.....
There, Moose. Took care of it for you!
MSU will bring a fifth defender on almost every down. Sometimes it will be a corner, then a Mike, then Sam, then a SS. JTB has to be very adept at reading where it is coming and what to do to counter. If he reads correctly most of the time our offense will be ok. If not then our O-line will be made to look inept, ala VT.
That statement is very accurate. On defense, MSU will bring five every play. And that fifth comes from all different angles. JTB needs to use what he has learned this year and read the defense correctly and react accordingly. MSU will be beaten if JTB makes enough of the correct reads and the O-line gives him those precious seconds.
I got tired of defending this true Buckeye from the whiners and complainers last year. LF is the embodiment of what a Buckeye is. Even in this post look at all of the dv's on positive comments about Fickell...very disheartening. Kudos to you and the rest of the "Honor Defend" nation!
History begs to differ. TTUN had a miserable 20 year run from 1951-1968. But then they reached out to a disciple of Woody named Schembechler. A coach that had no previous attachment to the school. And I am going to end this parallel here.
I always suspected as much; now it's been confirmed.
"had to get conservative to win the game"...Usually when a team gets conservative it is "not to lose the game". Tresselball was notorious for this philosophy. And more often than not, would end up winning by not losing.
If memory serves, Townsend bailed before Johnston had even been recruited.
On another note, that statistic is just sick! Even though we would like to see every drive end in the opponents goal, what an incredible weapon when needed!
By golly, Boxley, you are so right. Let's just fire Fickell!
To relate alternate football unis with a depiction from "A Clockwork Orange" is truly the work of an incredibly sick mind. Love it!
Anytime someone can link football unis with "A Clockwork Orange" depiction I can only smile at the meaningful ultra-V.
I don't really care for commentators that feel a need to sing their own praises but in this case I have to side with dmac. JT was late on many of his incompletions; for example, the immediate three following his first nine completions. Trying to force the ball into Spencer didn't allow him to flow with his normal progressions, ending up with late passes, behind the receiver, falling incomplete. The fault may be on the coaches for wanting to reward Spencer more than on Barrett for bad passes.
Y.T. - I agree with all that you have stated, but let's take it to the next level. Witness the teamwork and props to teammates, etc. UFM is also developing them as members of a community and preparing them for their lives post-football. Job Fares, resume writing classes, open discussions about life after playing days are over...these are the things that this coaching staff bring to the table.
The X's and O's are great but the complete mature adults he is producing is truly remarkable and memorable.
DSK - Not to discuss QB specifics, last years offense was terrific at protecting the ball and keeping the defense out of harms way, until the last two games. From my pov the major factor in both of those losses was exactly those problems, they turned the ball over and put the defense in bad field position.
It remains very evident how woeful our pass defense was, but let's not forget about the short field our TO's put the defense in with those two losses. Without those, possibly two very different outcomes. We'll just never know.
I also noted that...and no fumbled handoffs in a very complex read offense. This young man is indeed a very special qb.
M Man - Let me start by saying I have always appreciated your objective commentary and your non-trolling approach at this website. Apparently, many of the fans here cannot see past the winged helmet icon and get the gist of your message without getting their knickers in a twist. And I certainly understand your valid point that _ichigan's ticket sales can be based on factors other than shitty product. IMO when OSU did not have sell-outs at a specific game it was simply because we did not put a very good team on the field. Ticket costs, televised games, etc. has never been the issue here and therefore it is hard to envision your listed "other factors" from our perspective. Please understand where some of the commentary is coming from.
BTW, this will not be the first time we led the nation in attendance. As a matter of fact OSU led the nation in the 50's and 60's without having the largest stadium and some of those years our on-the-field product was a wreck. But our fan base still filled the seats.
Man, Cplunk, I think your summation of any offensive game plan is spot on! There can certainly be many good comments/ideas here, but by end of day, who could argue with the philosophy "you take what the other team gives you" and if DW is blanketed every play by good defense you attack elsewhere.
Troy Smith is the only player to account for over 1000 yds for a career in The Rivalry. M Man, I am sure you are not alone among the *ichigan faithful to suffer at the mention of the name. I still enjoy watching the TS-led Buckeyes in those three games. He was spectacular!
Or what, Okiebuck? Man, we all come here to root for the team and give our opinions, no matter the validity, but to come out and say things that sounds like a threat is bat shit crazy! In your mind, what would happen if UFM ends up 0-3 come Saturday night?
I don't agree with everything you wrote, but it was one entertaining read. Kudos to you for the heart-felt saga. War and Peace is still a few pages longer, however.