LOL - now we get to debate what a "waist" is on a man! My wife says her waist is above her belt line where she is skinniest. I say my waist is where my belt is. That block is above the belt in my eyes. I don't know the NCAA definition of "waist" though.
The problem is if we keep physically damaging our opponents they are going to end up with poor records at the end of the year.
I watched and saw a TD called back by a questionable call, a turnover in the red zone and an offense that gained 500+ yards. I saw a defense that punished their offense and knocked out their best players and dropped an interception and made some dumb penalties. Indiana played a nice game, but if you think that was anywhere near "embarrassing" or if you think Indiana was the better team, I question how much football you've watched.
"Cardale Jones give us the best chance to win." -- Urban Meyer 2015
Good post! I agree. This team is analogous of an early version of Tiger Woods (insert joke here). He wins the Masters in record fashion and decides (or is forced) to revamp his swing. We lost Tom Herman and Warriner's been distracted from getting the offensive line is shape while trying to create a game plan. Beck is new and his "rhythm" with Urban on playcalling is not there. Someone up in the booth is not reading opponents' defenses well. And we're moved away from a zone-read offense and while we adapt, we've lost the up-tempo. There are going to be some growing pains but I firmly believe that Urban looked at our schedule and figured out that we would have time to work out the kinks before the "Majors".
I think by the time we hit MSU and TTUN, we'll be rolling.
I wouldn't say the most important things is being a leader. I think the most important thing is the ability to produce touchdowns. The more I start putting this puzzle together, the more I start to conclude that Urban loved the spread option against the sisters-of-the-poor but started to see it struggle against defenses with better speed and athleticism.
Cardale's coming out party against top competition may have lead him to believe we can get the same mathematical advantage using formation and motion without the reliance on the QB making a critical read. He seems not set on a game plan that includes a power running game and a devastating play action pass game.
I, for one, think that's the right direction also. How many read-option teams win a national championship?
I can remember at least two of the 8 where everyone recognized they weren't Cardale's fault. I wouldn't call that "massive" and let's be honest -- he's 6-0 as a starter with 4 games against very good teams.
I'm curious why you feel the QB is responsible for all turnovers or offensive performance in general? I am also curious why you don't then credit Cardale for historically great victories where the offense was practically an unstoppable machine but you are more supportive of JT who has one great game to his credit against a top team?
I think you might be making up some stats. Where on earth do you come up with 14 turnovers for Cardale??
The official stats say something different (including links to the official stats):
2015 VaTech: 1 interception, 0 fumbles, 0 fumbles lost
2015 Hawaii: 0 interceptions, 1 fumble, 0 fumbles lost
2015 N.Illinois: 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles, 0 fumbles lost
2014 Oregon: 1 interception, 2 fumbles, 2 fumbles lost
2015 Alabama: 1 interception, 1 fumble, 0 fumbles lost
(Hmm the links don't seem to work though)
It doesn't count for a turnover for Cardale.
Ah - I hadn't heard. Thanks. I wouldn't join Rivals if they paid me so I guess I am out of luck.
I think "athleticism" is NBA scout shorthand for "isn't going to win any slam dunk contests." Sam Thompson has that level of athleticism but I don't think he makes an NBA roster. I'll take D'Angelo's prospects over more athletic guys from the past like Harold Miner, Nate Robinson and Zach LaVine.
LOL @IslandBumBuckeye beat me to it. I couldn't tell if it was comic genius or not that DJ follows up his grammar take with ... more bad grammar ("How does a man roughly 52 years my senior remember grade school better than ME?") . It's very funny either way.
AJ, you've had a good run and a good career. Sign a one-year contract somewhere warm and get your 10-year NFL pension and preserve what's left of your physical health.
I don't think he actually removes them from the team, I think he has "The Talk" with them - often with the parents too. I think the Talk goes something like this, "You've been with the program x number of years, we feel like we've given you every opportunity to succeed but I have to be honest with you, I don't see you taking playing time away from the other guys we have at your position. At this point, I'd like to talk to you about your options."
I think the options are to stay and take up a roster spot for a coach that doesn't believe you can play (and some guys opt for that: Rod Smith, Cardale Jones), or let me help you find a MAC or FCS program where you will have a better opportunity, or maybe you stay in school an focus on getting your degree - because if you can't make the two-deep at Ohio State, you're not going to play in the NFL, let's be honest. "We can release a statement that its injury-related so you can stay a part of the team with your brothers and maybe we can find a way for you to help in other ways."
Frank the Tank has got it right. There's been any number of statistical study done on this. You're chances of being drafted, drafted in the first round, an All-Pro, etc. all are higher if you are a 5-star or 4-star compared to a 3-star or less. Of course, statistically there are always tons of exceptions. The smaller the sample size, the better your chance of thinking you found an anomaly. Most people forget to calculate that there number of 5-stars in any one year are very few compared to the thousands of three stars that are awarded.
Hey Jeremy -- considering the wealth of offensive linemen we have on tap for this year and next (and next?) combined with the serious (critical?) lack of defensive tackles, which of those OL commits might be the best candidates to flip over to defense?
LOL - if you get a chance watch the safety come up and make a great play in the Kareem Walker video (0:16). I think the referee may actually have been a concrete statue. Pretty funny.
Wait. You mean to tell me that the dude that ran Coach Cooper out of town on the back of his 2001 Outback Bowl MVP performance thinks our program is worth a BILLION dollars?? Kudos to Ryan for moving up to assistant professor, btw. :P
I could care less about the other teams in the conference being good. I would mind, however, if Ohio State became content with having just enough talent to win the Big Ten. The BCS-era computer rankings and the playoff analysis has (falsely) made people think that conference strength is a real thing that needs to be attained --- hogwash. In the glory days of the Big Ten, it was the Big 2 and the Little 8. Some of the most dominant teams in history came from weak conferences -- Miami, Florida State, and many others.
Conference strength only matters if you have a less than dominant team hoping to squeeze into the play-off on the basis of analysis. Our goal should be to win every game and have the talent to where anyone with a brain looks at our team and say "wow, that's one of the best teams in the country regardless of conference".
This year we care because we are a year ahead of schedule and barely made it in but that doesn't mean we should expect that "barely made it" is what we want every year. Next year, with a healthy QB, experienced O-line and even more recruiting talent adding depth, we will see the 4th year of Urban Meyer-- closer to what we should expect every year -- and there should be no doubt about whether we are one of the best or not.
After last year, I am not assuming anything. That said, IF we win out, I think we are in over TCU/Baylor because we would add both a conference championship AND win over a ranked team. The five-thirty-eight simulation is simply based on predicting the final records and movement in the polls -- there's no way to know how much a conference championship game win will factor in the minds of the committee.
Watching Michigan State tonight -- they don't run a "Bear Zero" in that they don't cover the center and guards but they do bring 9 guys in the box and they do a good job disguising where the rush is going to come from. Nebraska's offensive line couldn't get anything going running the ball and threw a lot of passes that were just prayers.
I love the development made even since the VaTech game. Hopefully a bye week and a few easier opponents will help our units be ready in time for that game at East Lansing.
To be fair - the UC website and the dictionary do give the definition of a bearcat. If having the animal be native to the area were a requirement we'd be hard-pressed to justify most team names - Panthers, Tigers, Lions, Wildcats, Cougars, and Bobcats are rarely indigenous to those areas. Don't even get me started on Knights, Trojans, Spartans and ... elephants.