I am another Buckeye in Illinois. I worked at UIUC, and then UIC, so I will root for the Illini in the most passive way possible (I was there during their NC run). I don't acknowledge the existence of the UIC Flames, but I do know part of their fight song (written by the team that wrote the Burger King jingles in the 70s).
I went to OSU for undergrad and Duke for Grad School. OSU basketball was abysmal while I was there. Jimmy Jackson had just left, and Randy Ayers was captaining the Titanic all the way down to the bottom. They advertised open try outs in the Lantern after 3 basketball players were arrested and kicked off the team for stealing radios from cars in a parking garage. OSU is on it's third coach since I was there. I cheer for OSU in basketball, but almost as an after thought. Meanwhile football was pretty good, except for a certain weekend in November. I went to the Rose Bowl and watched a team that should have won a national championship.
While I was at Duke, they played for the national championship twice, once losing to UConn and once beating Arizona. The same coach is still there. I cheered for Duke football as an after thought (hey, let's go to the FREE football game and watch FSU destroy them), and appreciate their recent success. So that's how I root for Buckeye Football and Duke Basketball.
And don't forget that they lost 4 games in 2004.
So 9 out of 14 losses came in 2 seasons. There was 1 each in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
They should have gone back to 2002 which would have only meant 2 more losses in 2003. 16 Big-Ten regular season losses in 13 seasons!
I appreciate everything J.T. did last season, but I'm a little curious about the "record-breaking" number of touchdowns he is associated with. He probably threw a record-breaking number of shovel passes, which Troy Smith eluded to when he was asked about JT getting the record. If you remove shovel passes, which I would really consider a hand-off, I wonder what his total is?
Of course on the flip-side, if he does the read-option correctly and a hand-off results in a touchdown, he doesn't get credit, so maybe it all even in the end?
At first I thought it was bizarro-world Matt Hayes, but he managed to get a dig in about Urban leaving Florida and then questioned Urban's ability to sustain success. And the world once again continued to turn on its axis.
I think JT's official spring status is "limited." I am guessing that means he throws, but doesn't run, and probably doesn't take too many snaps. I would bet Jones and collier are the spring game QBs.
I think Cardale will barely beat out JT, just as JT barely beat out Cardale last year for the following reasons:
1) Cardale gets all the spring reps; 2) due to the chemistry built at the end of the season and spring ball, Cardale will have equal or better command of the offense; 3) Cardale's superior arm strength really allowed the receivers to show their speed, as stated by no less than Nick Saban; 4) This also opened up things better for Zeke.
I think if Braxton is serious about the NFL, he will consider a position change. Imagine having Braxton, Jalin, and Dontre competing for h-back, although I think Braxton wins that easily.
While it admittedly may be a little early to drink the Kool-aid, think of the VT game this way: one of the best defensive coordinators in the country was able to employ the perfect defense because he knew he would be facing an inexperienced quarterback in his 2nd start and an inexperienced offensive line. Unless JT and the offensive line fail to improve over the course of the season, I don't think we will be seeing that scheme used to that extent, even in a bowl game with an opponent that plays good defense.
Probably the most depressing thing about the game was that the defense made such great plays on 1st and 2nd down, only to have Brewer make miracles happen on 3rd down (must be how other teams felt watching Braxton). Maybe Brewer is a phenomenal athlete and VT will have a terrific year. Time will tell. Their 3rd down conversion percentage was absurd, but last years defense could have conceivably not forced third downs.
The offensive struggles did not surprise me and I think they will get better. The inability of the defense to get off the field on third down and a mile was just terrible. Or to put it another way...
I have made these points before (and been downvoted for it as well :( ), but I think you are dead-on about Withers. Sometimes it seemed like our front 7 and the back 4 were in two entirely different schemes. I'm not sure how much of that was Fickell, but I think a good bit was Withers. I think Meyer "encouraged" Withers to leave, which is why he is at an FCS school despite being an (interim) FBS head coach at UNC.
Even before Withers left, I had heard that the front 7 and back 4 schemes were totally disconnected (which was pretty obvious). I'm actually surprised how few negative comments have come out about Withers. I really believe he was the main problem as opposed to Fickell (though he shares some responsibility). Interesting to see someone mention Mark Snyder. Synder and Withers are easily the worst defensive coordinators at OSU in the past 20 years.
I think it's interesting to note that the first drive where they marched down the field was scripted. My guess would be that the further into the game they get, the more improvising Herman/Meyer are doing, and they happen to be a lot more conservative when they improvise. I am really surprised how much Tresselball we have seen, though.
I watched the 60-min version of the game, and Miller definitely was shaky. I remain concerned that certain hits make Miller go limp and completely lose ball control. Think MSU last year, Wisconsin last week. In all Braxton had 8 fumbles (5 lost) in 2012 (tied for 8th). Maybe that's par for the course for running QBs, as Tahj Boyd had 7 fumbles (3 lost) in 2012. Still Johnny Manziel had 0 last year. At least he was no Taylor Martinez with 16 (!) fumbles (8 lost) in 2012. But at this point, Boyd, Martinez and Manziel have 0 fumbles lost vs. Miller's 2. Still something to work on during the bye week.
Fumbles have been a small but noticable issue for Braxton's entire career, but now it's time to do something about it. On certain plays where Braxton takes hard hits, he just loses all ball control. The Michigan State game last year when the play was ruled dead was a gift. Last week Braxton had two such plays. On one Wisconsin got called for a facemask and on another fortunately he was already down. I haven't checked, but my guess there are about 10-15 similar plays over the past season and a half. Just hoping that they can work on this with him in the bye week.