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Comment 18 Dec 2014

I agree Barnsey, I don't think the gap is as far as it might look.   Another thing to remember is that virtually all these recruiting sites are Southern creations.  These sites push southern teams and give higher stars to guys who are looking at the big SEC schools. If Alabama is looking at you, you pretty much automatically become a four or five star.  

Now, there is certainly some truth to this.  These services don't know as much as the coaches so to an extent, if Saban or Meyer chase you thats a better indication of your  value then what some schlub who works for Rivals that used to coach high school thinks but the whole star system is quite imperfect.

I remember Malcom Jenkins was  3 star in some services and when he played as a freshman it was obvious the kid knew how to play defensive back form day one.  

Ill take our roster right now.  

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Yes they have won 3 championships but they are far from invincible.   They have one unblemished season and they got one of their championships from a "do over" against LSU.   Another they got against a grossly overmatched Notre Dame squad.    Their other game, against Texas, was one they benefitted form an injury to Texas' star QB in the first quarter.  Texas had hit them in the mouth early and was driving for another score when McCoy went down.  The backup struggled the rest of the half and Bama built a lead.  A second half rally by Texas fell short but Bama far form overwhelmed a Texas team with a backup QB.  They have also lost to Utah and to Oklahoma in bowl games they were heavily favored.

Saban deserves a lot of respect but he should not be feared.  He is very good but he has weaknesses too.  OSU just needs to find them and exploit them.  Yes they have played in a lot of overhyped SEC games against good teams but they are very beatable. 

Comment 08 Dec 2014

Ive pretty much always rooted for most Big Ten teams most of the time in bowl games. Its more on the  level of pulling for teams I am more familiar with as opposed to some way to hitch my teams fortunes to the rest of the conference.

 I think the SEC nation has taken the whole conference thing to a new level of ridiculousness where your sorry ass fan base gets to beat its chest over the accomplishments of Alabama or LSU and by the transitive properties of conference affiliation only and feel they get to claim that their sorry ass 6-5 team would whip any BiG team too!!  

Truth is unfortunately that in todays CFB world, there is a lot to be gained by being perceived as being tested week to week.  You see a huge difference in how quickly SEC teams rise or fall based on voters thinking they are playing tougher games each week.  Its a simple fact of the modern CFB landscape. 

Lets all pull for the rest of the BiG to succeed when they aren't playing OSU!!

Comment 07 Dec 2014

I agree that we sound a little disingenuous criticizing the Big 12 for not having CCG when the BiG has only had four in its history.  I don't care that they don't have a clear cut champ. The Big 12 should have some way of resolving tiebreakers and awarding champ, just as the BiG had ways of determining who was RoseBowl rep in case of tie.  In the end I think it had nothing to do with no clear cut Big 12 champ it was simply Ohio St performing on the national stage in a BIG BIG way.

Id feel bad if I were a Baylor or TCU fan but we will have this EVERY year. Someone is going to feel bad.  It'll be us one of these years.

Comment 03 Dec 2014

I couldn't watch the second half.   Im usually in bed by 9:30 and wanted to stay up but the first 20 minutes was too much for me.  They looked totally ill prepared for the moment. I wasn't gonna be tired for work today to see a 25 pt blowout I saw coming,

 Glad to see they made a game of it and not surprised really.  Thad usually gets 40 minutes out of his teams thats for sure.  This will definitely help this team.  

Comment 30 Nov 2014

Nice breakdown and I agree

They have all week to prep Cardale to make about 10 -15 plays.  He is going to get some tough yards himself on broken plays and some of the designed runs will be effective. Just need a few plays form some of the outside guys and a defense that is playing with a chip on its shoulder

I like our chances in Indy very much

I hope that the committee will "see" that if our 3rd string QB can win a BCG with a week to prep that they can probably beat any of the other playoff teams with a month to prep.

Comment 30 Nov 2014

I think you have to go with Collier if Jones goes down.  Removing Jalin from H Back and simply doing running plays won't get it done with the competition we have left.  Collier can run all the plays Im sure .....with a little tutelage.  Ya gotta have a true QB to win BCG and any playoff game.

Comment 30 Nov 2014

I have no problem with someone thinking TCU is above us.  There is room for that opinion and anyone who thinks OSU would simply stomp TCU is delusional.  What bothers me about May is he consistently just disses OSU..... for obviously personal reasons.    He can make an argument for TCU......  but remember that one of the arguments for anyone being selected will be AND must be...... will there be viewership.  Will networks find this game compelling.  If its not a slam dunk when looking at records, opponents etc then "other" factors must be considered.  OSU wins, in my opinion, when it comes to those other factors.

Comment 22 Nov 2014

Mine was a few years earlier, the 69 RoseBowl between OJ Simpson and Woody.

It was the first game I ever watched in its entirety on TV.  I was 9 years old and my dad was a rabid fan.  When it was over and OSU was crowned "The Best" at the end of the year I was hooked.  What kid doesn't want to be a fan of the "Best"?

Interestingly I think it was the same way for my son.  2002 was the first year he really followed CFB closely and kept up with all the stats and teams. I took him and my father to the 2002 Michigan game and we all know how that ended up.  My son was hooked after that dream year.  My grandson is almost three. I hope Urban hooks him within the next 6-8 years with a magical run.

I've always joked however that that day in 69 was a blessing and a curse. I watched with agony on many a New Years day as Ohio St dreams were punctured by USC, Stanford, UCLA and even 'Bama. I love me some Bucks but I have spent many New Years weekends crying 

Blessing AND curse

Comment 17 Nov 2014

I remember both those games but somehow they are over shadowed (for me anyway) by Bear vs Woody '76 or '77(35-6 I think)  FSU in 99 (38-17 I think) and '07 vs LSU 38-24 (I KNOW).

So that makes us 2-3 in New Orleans  by my calculations 

Our record in Pasadena is probably less than 40% victory rate but it seems a more friendly confine for us.  Many great wins there

Comment 17 Nov 2014

What I don't know is which site hosts the #2 vs #3 game and which hosts the #1 vs #4?

I want to play in Pasadena.  New Orleans has never been kind to OSU.

Comment 15 Nov 2014

Minnesota is coming off their biggest win in a long time too.  Might they not be a little flat as well?  I'm sure they won't be overconfident but they put a lot out there to smash Iowa and they were partying like it was 1999 after the game.  Minny might suffer a letdown as well.

I see two teams coming off huge wins playing in conditions which favor the better line play.   I like our lines over theirs.  We will break one or two big plays and win with relative ease I think.   

Comment 09 Nov 2014

Agree with you BuckeyeinGa

My wife is a Bulldog too. Son went to UGA .... and The OSU for grad school... (much bigger Buckeye fan though!!)   We've been in Athens 30+ yrs now.  I'm a big fan of Richts.  Would actually love to see him win a championship (as long as its in a down year for OSU).  

Comment 09 Nov 2014

My concern going in was short yardage packages. We had not done well up til last night and many thought  predictability was the reason. 

Our short yardage plays were effective tonight, but not cuz we mixed it up at all but because we executed.  Empty back field and JT running hard was the formula every time and it worked cuz we blocked well and JT fell forward.

Comment 07 Nov 2014

Ringer had knee issues before he even went to college, that is one reason the Bucks didn't recruit him that hard I believe.

Criticizing Dantonio for over working RBs  is unfair I think.  Plenty of coaches take horses and ride them.  Hyde would be getting a lot of carries if he was back this year.   

Im not sure I can agree with the idea that "NFL caliber" running backs shouldn't be given 30 carries a game.  Coaches have to win in college too.  They will do what they think they need to do to win.  

I like Dantonio for the most part.  I don't know a lot about him but I like what I have seen.  

Comment 02 Nov 2014

I hear this a lot about Meyer but I imagine it is true about EVERY coach.  Look at Sabans numbers and I ll bet he ran Ingram or Richardson on 3rd or 4th and shorts over 60% of the time as well.  Thats what a good team does, they can beat you when you know what is coming. Tressel ran Mo in 2002, Beanie in 07, 08.  UGA would simply announce "Herschel left" and dare you to stop it.  You have to find something you do well and you only do something well if you do it A LOT.

When Urban had Tebow why would you try anything else?  Our issue now is that our QB is NOT our best power runner and our best back is not a short yardage specialist so we need to find something...... soon.   

I agree that we have been suspect on short yardage but I disagree with criticizing Meyer or any other coach for being predictable on short yardage. How many times did Bettis get the ball on 3rd or 4th and short in the Steelers glory days?

We are trying to find that power play or find the play that works off that power look.  

One thing you can't do is try something different every time. You end up not being very good at something you do rarely.

Comment 21 Oct 2014

Agreed about Beilein in basketball.  Have always thought he was classy.

I like Tubby Smith as well

Comment 21 Oct 2014

Im a big fan of Mark Richt.  I've never heard him trash talk any opponent....... ever. Never takes shots at BiG like Spurrier and other SEC coaches do.  He's a class act who has had UGA forever at the cusp of greatness and has had 3-4 teams in his 12 years here that were arguably as good as anyone at the end of the year (2003, 2005 and 2011 when the lost to Bama in SEC title game in a squeaker).  

I also like Dantonio and I think Miles is good guy in spite of being a little "off".

Comment 19 Oct 2014

I miss it too, but I don't think there is any way to go back.  

I want to embrace the super conference structure, align them in reasonable ways which try and preserve some old regional rivalries and maybe create a couple new ones