So pleased about this. Cardale stepping in for JT will be remembered forever. Remember before the Wisconsin game in 2014, all the doom and gloom about losing a chance for the national championship? If Cardale had not played like he did, no national championship. And then he handled the difficulty of last year with grace. Very impressive. Glad he gets this money.
Rooting for the Cavs to beat the Warriors is like rooting for Penn State to beat the Buckeyes in football. Luckily I get to root for the Buckeyes in the Fall. Love=Hackenberg. Great on paper but never comes through.
If Cardale had started every game last year, there is a decent chance that OSU wins the national championship. Sure--MSU might still have won and we could have lost in the playoff. But we had a 25% chance at least. And if that had happened, he would have been arguably the greatest college football quarterback ever.
Not sure if anyone on this board has ever discussed this type of hypothetical or considered whether Cardale or JT was the better option. My observations might be the first on the subject.
What did Vince Lombardi say, "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser."
Did Woody Hayes react well to late game interceptions in second-tier bowl games? No, he did not.
Did Peyton Manning congratulate the Saints players after he lost the SB to them? No, he did not.
Did Zeke throw out some accusations after the MSU loss? Yes, he did.
Has the author of this post thrown household items at the wall during certain recent games against Michigan State and Virginia Tech? Yes.
Jim Brown still looks pretty big and strong. Zeke looks like a little kid.
The price for OSU's 13-2 record against Michigan and destruction of multiple TSUN coaches is that TSUN is always a news story. OSU knocks them down and they have to get back up. The getting back up is an interesting story. OSU is not an interesting story because it is consistently good on the field and in recruiting. Harbaugh did a great job and Michigan's class looks tremendous. The future for Michigan looks better than it did in the last two years of Hoke. But the future at OSU has been bright every year since 2001.
Seems likely we don't get Lawrence and Michigan does get Gary. Michigan will then be #1 nationally and there will be no end to the headlines until next year. Get ready for it. And be prepared to respond to all Michigan fans with the video of last November's clobbering.
2014 Schlabach Way Too Early Top 25:
9. Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes fell just short of going undefeated in two consecutive regular seasons under Urban Meyer, but then finished the season with consecutive losses against Michigan State and Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl. Now Meyer will have to rebuild much of his offense, even with quarterback Braxton Miller returning for his senior season. OSU will have to replace four starting offensive linemen, tailback Carlos Hyde and H-back Philly Brown. The Buckeyes might bring back seven starters on defense; safeties Corey Brown and C.J. Barnett, junior cornerback Bradley Roby and junior linebackerRyan Shazier are the only starters leaving. OSU opens the season against Navy in Baltimore and plays Virginia Tech and Cincinnati at home in nonconference games. The Buckeyes won't play Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern or Wisconsin during Big Ten play, and their most difficult league road games seem to be at Penn State and Michigan State.
(He did get 3 of the top 4 right, though . . .)
Years from now, once the day-to-day ups and downs of the season are forgotten, Buckeye fans will look back on this season and wonder why Urban benched Cardale.
I was all for Cardale's benching but I think we would be in the CFP if we had stuck with Cardale. The simple fact is that Cardale is undefeated as a starter. JT has lost two games--both because of his inability to throw the ball downfield. Cardale has never failed OSU when the game was on the line. Yes, there were a lot of under thrown balls this season, but all OSU needed was one or two deep balls against MSU and OSU would be in the CFP.
Again, I understand why JT was put back in and I would have done the same thing, but 12 gauge/20 hindsight says we should have stuck with Cardale.
Herbie's entire brand is to be as bland and safe as possible. He never takes a controversial position. Everything he says is predictable--respect for the game, toughness, blah, blah. He will always be right in the middle about the Buckeyes.
I don't blame him for this--makes good career sense--but I would prefer almost everyone else as an announcer.
Who is going to play in his place against ND?
The complete shift to JT (which seemed to make sense at the time) doomed the team. The article boils down to: we should have thrown deep more.
Team should have kept switching Cardale and JT or stuck with Cardale. We still would have beaten Illinois and Rutgers. And would have had more of a deep threat and more of a chance against MSU.
The coaches panicked because we were not winning by enough. And so we went with the QB that helps us destroy clearly inferior teams (including Michigan) but is weaker against teams with fast, disciplined defensive lines that are not vulnerable to the QB run (like MSU). We ditched the QB that has won every big game in his career and gives us a better chance against good teams (see Fulton's article and last year for evidence). Sadly, Meyer knew at the beginning of the year that Cardale was the ticket to the Playoffs. But then he switched midstream.
The coaches choked. They are supposed to be smarter than stupid, emotional fans like us who call for a QB change all the time. Should have stayed the course. A few deep balls against MSU would have won the game . . .
Let's not forget how bad things looked right before the National Championship--darkest before the dawn.
We suffered an equally if not more horrific loss to Michigan State and then got embarrassed by Clemson. Mike Thomas calling out coaches. Braxton gets hurt. Virginia Tech embarrassment. After the VT loss, OSU was as low as it could be. No hope. And we know what happened next.
Zeke just was a victim of poor timing. If the Heisman vote had been after the National Championship game last year, he might have won. Mariota certainly did not look like the best player on the field. You have to be the flavor of the moment--that is why Doug Flutie won.
Someone above pointed out that we only got 17 plays against MSU in the second half--well we only got 17 plays because we were not getting first downs. Give the ball to Zeke and that means first downs and more plays.
So many things had to go right for MSU to beat us. We were in control the whole game--even though we were playing poorly.
Bosa's offsides . . . JT deciding to pick up his friend after a few drinks . . .
We are better than MSU and Iowa. . . . Ugh.
I bet even Michigan would beat MSU and Iowa.
We handed MSU a gift. No one thought they were good until the MSU-OSU game.
But that is the way the cookie crumbles. . . Alabama still thinks it was better than us last year.
If Iowa keeps it close and loses, we won't even be in the Rose Bowl. Fiesta or Peach.
People hate Ohio State. We are Darth Vader. People like the ewoks--NC, Stanford, Iowa--not us. So we are not going to get any breaks.
Is JT really going to be the QB for the next two years? Wow. That is a nice security blanket.
We are great at skill positions on offense. Our DBs will be great. Real question is o-line.
Also, in response to a question above, I don't feel great about 2084. Harbaugh will probably have righted the Michigan ship by then.
Except I just realized, we still cannot make it.
Oklahoma is in. Iowa/Michigan State is in.
If Florida beats Alabama, Florida is in.
If North Carolina beats Clemson, North Carolina is in.
The Committee says it takes conference championships into account. It does not say it takes into account what you did last year . . .
And my jinx post got me enough helmet stickers that I can now write a blog post.
What a day!
Jinx intended. Love the ND loss.
Well that was better!
Alabama feels the same way about OSU last year that we feel about MSU this year. Maybe they run Derrick Henry a little more . . . Maybe Steve Miller doesn't get that Pick 6. We should be happy we won it last year.
I am an Indians fan. What I would give for just one World Series . . .
We are blessed.