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Comment 27 Aug 2014

Not ignoring your argument, I have conceded that when given the opportunity, the SEC has taken care of business.  My point was that they have been given the opportunity (and the benefit of the doubt) most often.  So, we might be talkng past each other, completely different points.  As you can tell, I don't consider how a team did in the game relevant at all (maybe Okie State kicks the crap out of LSU.  We will never know).

I know I had looked up 04-05 SOS once before and could have sworn that Auburn was ranked lower, but that isn't what I am seeing now.  So, I guess I have to do a mea culpa:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/fbt04.htm

My frustration regarding the benefit the SEC has gotten is from arguments with others who adopt positions that fit their argument at the moment.  Some argued Florida should have played in 06-07 game because UM already had their shot.  That argument was turned on its head in 2011 when bama fans insisted that Alabama should get the nod over Okie State because of a better quality loss.  And I will never except two loss LSU getting a shot in '07 with two losses against four loss teams (and I know that '07 was a mess).  These instances make it very difficult to argue that since Auburn (and maybe because of it), along with recent history, that the SEC hasn't been given the benefit of the doubt at the expense of other teams that had similiar or better resumes.  Really my only point.

Comment 27 Aug 2014

"Alabama won the game so you can't say they didn't deserve to be there" is the worst argument ever and when I hear it my head almost explodes.  I see, so for that system (trying to determine who deserves to play in the game), all you need is a time machine.  You see who wins the game, then you go back and make the correct decision.  Is that what you are suggesting?  Alabama won the game in part because they got to play in it.  Would Oklahoma State have won?    You are supposed to make the decision with the information at hand, so who wins the game (when you are trying to dtermine who should play in it) is of no help whatsover.  Please Catch-5, I am begging you, don't ever make that ignorant argument again.

Comment 27 Aug 2014

Catch 5, Auburn had the worst SOS of the three undefeated teams that year.  Don't believe me, look it up.  It's funny how SOS is important until it isn't.  Alabama and SEC fans couldn't wait to change the narrative when Oklahoma State had a better SOS than Alabama a few years ago.  "But, but, but, it's about the quality of the loss you see.  That's what we've always said."  Auburn was left out in 2004, as they should have been.  This shouldn't disturb you too much, because of the "fake Auburn got snubbed " crusade, years later an undeserving Alabama team was allowed to play for the title.  That should be music to your ears.

Comment 27 Aug 2014

Not sure who you are talking to, but DJ did say he is impressed with the 7 straight by the SEC.  What annoys us is the hyperbole that now surrounds the confernce.  I'm now suppposed to believe that Kentucky is something other than a basketball school because Nick Saban wins titles.  You are also naive if you believe that in a sport where perception is very important, ESPN, until recently unchallenged, plays a role.  This explains it better than I could (and for the record, I don't believe in a conspiracy with ESPN, as they have contracts with all confernces.  Still ,there is no ignoring the fact that SEC teams have been given the benefit of the doubt at every turn since the fake Auburn snub):

http://www.thepostgame.com/commentary/201208/better-without-em-northern-manifesto-southern-secession-chuck-thompson-sec-bcs

Comment 25 Aug 2014

Yeah, I agree.  While he was rehabbing, he supposedly was bustin' his but watching video.  I have read that he knows the offense so well, he could have called the plays (they were going to give him almost carte blanche on audibles).  Having him travel with the team is almost like having another coach at this point, very important for a young QB.  I would also think his selflessness would be an inspiration as well.  I can't understand why anyone would object to this.

Comment 25 Aug 2014

I knew Braxton would be a captian.  Just how UFM rolls.  Curtis Grant surprised me.  Captains have to be able to lead in part by their play.  I hope this is an indicaiton that Grant is taking a huge step forward this year.  Last year, he proved to be a good blitzer and was solid against the run, but still looked lost on pass coverage.  He fixes this (i.e. reads the play quicker), and no joke, he has a shot at being an All American.  If not, well, it will be more of the Curtis Grant we have seen the last few years, and it's hard to be an effective captain from the bench.  Me, I am pulling something fierce for the kid.

Comment 22 Aug 2014

One concern I have always had about up tempo offenses is that you score quickly oftend (definitely a good thing) putting the defense right back out on the field often (maybe not such a good thing).  I know Meyer is trying to make Ohio State deep on both sides of the ball, but with practice limitations, second stringers will always get more playing time.  The days of having a stifling defense capapable of throwing up shutouts, as long as we run the HUNHO a good chuck of the game, might be over.

Comment 21 Aug 2014

I can believe that the DL might be "best in the country," but I think applying that to the whole D with new faces at LB and rebuilding the secondary goes too far. Just curious, but you suggested "some have suggested best d in the country?"  Who suggested this?

Comment 21 Aug 2014

This article really confused me.  It seemed to go back and forth, sometimes concluding things should be just fine, other times suggesting it would be dire.

For instance, this appeared under the photo of TP: Ohio State fans should expect an offensive performance similar to the 2008 Penn State game this season.  I am not a big fan of "here is what happened in the past, so, expect that to happen again."  We are coming off of a record setting offense in 2013.  That wasn't the case in 2007.  This team is guded by Meyer/Herman and has more weapons IMO than the team in 2008 had (I guess that remains to be seen).  In 2007-08, the core of the team was defense with a very conservative offense that played field position football and relied on a power running game.  The exact opposite will probably characterize this team--wide open spread offense with most of the question marks on defense.

I do expect JT to struggle at times, no doubt about it.  But he is perfectly suited for this role because of the talent around him.  This team will compete for titles IF the defense plays much better.  If that happens, JT won't be asked to do that much.  If the defense is as bad or almost as bad as last year, and we have to try and outscore people, that's when this team can expect to get in trouble, at least against the best teams on the schedule.  For me, it all comes down to the defense.  Honestly, I'm not really that worried about the offense.

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Comment 20 Aug 2014

I never got the direct snap/wildcat thing.  As soon as you do that, you announce to the whole world "dude is running.  Plus, it often takes a few seconds for the o-line to create a whole and the RB to find it.  Never a big fan, don't get it.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

I do too.  As much as UFM is a master motivator, sometimes you can't contrive fake motivation.  These are 18, 19 year old kids who won a bunch of games and read the press clippings, and when told they are good over and over, sometimes putting it on autopilot is inevitable.  Sometimes the best motivation is telling talented overachievers that they CAN"T do something.  I think we are about to see something special folks.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Good points on Diesel.  He dominated that first class citizen Lewan in 2012, an eventual first round NFL pick.  He was hurt last year (if you never had a groin injury, consider yourself fortunate)--he actually could be the best of our pass rushers.  What an embarassment of riches that he is talked about fourth or fifth on our d-line!!  This is the key to this team--get pressure up front and drop six or seven (press at times), and if you still get pressure, turnovers and sacks will result.  As the defense goes, so go the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes.  I, for one, feel good about that.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

I have not been to their website or watched a non-live sporting event in 4 years and it's glorious.  Very, very low quality tv programming.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

If the O-line plays well, JT will grow into that position (there will be some bumps in the road).

I am choosing to focus on the positive.  I absolutely loved watching Brax do his thing for 3 years and thank him for all the great games I got to see because of him.  But, for whatever reason, he was never a consistent passer.  I think JT may be better at that, at least touch intermediate passes.  With all the weapons on offense, all he will have to do is manage the game if the O-line plays well (and it helps having the best O-line coach in the country).

And of course, best wishes go out to Braxton.  Buckeye Nation will always be behind you dude.  Heal, and heal quickly...

Comment 19 Aug 2014

It is funny, I did go through those five stages of grief.  I drew strength from an unsual source--haters, who took glee in texting me about this information (one was a weasel fan, as if we have to take any shyte from a 7-6 team that lost in the BWW bowl).  All this doom and gloom is unnecessary--though I just have a feeling that Braxton has played his last football here, I will say a prayere for his speedy recovery.  THe demise of Buckeye football, however, has been greatly exaggerated.  Time to reload!!