I don't think the Buckeyes want Xavier in the first round, not exactly a good matchup. Stainbrook could tool Amir Williams around and Semaj Christon is an NBA level talent unlike anything the Buckeyes have. Those two, matched with Justin Martin getting hot could spell a lot of trouble for Ohio State.
Maybe for once give them kudos instead of acting like we were too high and mighty for them? Clemson beat Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, let them celebrate. Just like I would celebrate an Orange Bowl victory over Clemson. The Graveyard is one of their traditions, just like we have our own. Stop being so arrogant.
If you would've told me that Philly was in the same league as Sammy Watkins speed-wise, I would've called you a liar. I'm really surprised Philly had this in him, I hope he gets a legitimate shot on Sundays.
Being from Southwest Ohio, this is so much more convenient than going to Canton. I remember traveling to see my high school play in the state title game in 07 and it was ridiculously far. That and the general animosity from everyone towards our fanbase was pretty outrageous. Setting dogs on the student section to prevent them from going on the field made for a diminished experience. I've always felt a general dislike from the rest of the state towards SW Ohio, but maybe I'm wrong. Regardless, this is a much better situation.
Extremely optimistic about the WR corps next year. Thomas, Corey Smith, Jalin Marshall could really give Braxton a lot of help.
If I were a Spartan fan, I would shell out some serious cash for a Rich Homie Quan MSU jersey.
I think Tressel gets a bad rap from everybody about his handling of the TatGate deal. He didn't turn over information to the NCAA about his guys committing an infraction, one that everybody knows is petty at best. Selling one's personal items can in no way be logically condemned. Standing by your guys and starting them anyway, despite heat over some media-incited nonsense, was a move that I personally liked. The NCAA is not a judge of morals and just because they, along with the media, decided that breaking an arbitrary rule deserved condemnation does not mean that Tressel has to go along with it. The reputation of Ohio State to those on the outside is not and is never going to be good. That's an indisputable fact. People outside of Ohio see Woody as the guy who punched Charlie Bauman, Tressel as a snake for trying to hide information in the best interest in winning, and Urban as the devil incarnate. When you can finally come to terms with the fact that Ohio State is not well-liked, you have to see certain decisions as being made in the interest of those within the program. And I will always want the guy who is loyal to Ohio State and his players first and that's what I see in Tressel. He tried to protect his guys from sanctions and went down with them when everything went bad. And when he started them in the Sugar Bowl, I like to think of it as a statement, a statement that declares that Buckeyes will always come first, not what others think about us. Maybe that's naive, but that's what I'll always think about Tressel, a guy who was fiercely loyal and is a Buckeye forever. And that's the threshold of what I want in an Ohio State head coach.
With that being said, I am pumped about Kwon the Chef.
From what I understand, he liked LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and will look at Iowa because of his brother. Did not like Alabama. I also heard that three weeks ago, so maybe something changed.
Having attended multiple ND games and being a lifelong fan (secondary to the Buckeyes), I cannot believe that that was your experience. As a student, I do not get to tailgate outside Ohio Stadium and this bothers me greatly. At Notre Dame, the students are mixed in with everyone else outside the stadium which is an awesome experience. And as for tame, I always see kegs being rolled freely around campus and open container is not an issue. I have also seen adults dancing on cars and one dad actually smash an empty liquor bottle over his head. The last word I would have ever used for their gameday is tame. But this is a student perspective so maybe my experience is unique.
I don't think it's possible for the Big Ten to sink any lower. I really hope this is the absolute lowest valley we'll see for the next decade or however long these cycles really last.
I couldn't disagree more with the last line of your blog. De'Anthony Thomas weighs 2 pounds more than Wilson and is the most electrifying player in college football. There's no grounds to compare Dontre Wilson to anyone who's ever worn a Buckeye jersey. He will be a special player and I agree with your excitement, but I just hate to see Dontre pigeon-holed to a role that has never existed at Ohio State. It's a new era for Ohio State and I would love to see him and Jalin Marshall define that era.
Although I don't think anyone will be touching Alabama this year, IF a team were to find its way into the NC game besides Ohio State and Bama, it will absolutely not be Clemson. For years, Clemson has brought in recruiting classes that people have marvelled at, only to lead to another Peach Bowl appearance. Can only hope for a break-through for so long before you have to lower expectations and they need to be lowered for Clemson.
Ease of schedule for Oregon gives them the chance to run the table relatively easily, in a similar situation to Ohio State. Only team that I can legitimately see making a run at an undefeated year besides the Buckeyes and Alabama.