Fickell? Sorry, couldn't resist.
Reading these comments reminds me of why I usually don't visit these threads.
Ah, the glorious Land Grant Trophy. I bet it has secret compartment containing a smaller, more tasteful trophy.
The "away game" uniforms in that picture are awesome and should never be abandoned again. Go Bucks!!
I was thinking the same thing. I recall being more upset at the defense for its inability (or unwillingness) to defend quick passes like the bubble screen - a type of play the OSU offense seemed to abandon vs. Penn St in the 2nd half.
Look, I don't want Herman fired. I think he's a great OC and an asset to the team. But I honestly don't think the playcalling used the playmakers to their fullest extent last night, regardless of whether JTB was injured or rattled. The offense is designed to spread out the defense, and it did not do that.
Any QB - injured or rattled - should be able to throw a quick bubble screen, or execute a quick shovel pass on a jet sweep. Yet these plays were pretty much absent, and replaced by QB runs. I'm fine with running the QB, but not with abandoning the offensive philosophy of spreading the ball around to the playmakers.
Agreed. I'm fine with running the QB, but not with abandoning the overall offensive philosophy of spreading the ball around to all of the playmakers. In particular with quick plays that attack the edges, as you mentioned. Even a partly injured QB can throw a bubble screen to a WR.
The offense over the 4 games before PSU seemed to be one that distributes the ball to all of the playmakers, all over the field. Granted, that is much easier to do against mediocre/poor defenses that give the QB plenty of time to make decisions. My problem with last night is that the offensive playcalling just seemed to abandon this philosophy altogether, particularly in the passing game. The offense established the run very well, and then did little in the passing game to capitalize on that. And bubble screens, jet sweeps, anything to test the edges just disappeared. I get that JT was injured, but it doesn't take much to quickly throw it out to a WR and let him make a play, or at least make PSU defend the entire field.
Well, they did wear the chrome helmets against UM, which was almost a loss.
I'm all for getting rid of them, but shouldn't it be 0-2? I can only recall losses to Clemson and VT, who is the third?
Passes to the TE (provided that they are open).
Also, thanks to the OP for creating a simple, constructive thread here.
Having recently moved to the greater Boston area, all I could do is chuckle forlornly at that TV coverage map.
And Noah Spence.
Wilson - 75
I used to like these, but since they are being used so much I'm kind of bored with them. And some aspects are starting to annoy me, like how neither the gray nor the red in the helmet seem to match their counterparts elsewhere in the uniform. Personally I would go with a bit darker gray in the pants, and also a standard-width stripe for the helmet.
Oh, I can't stand seeing misuses of loose/lose on a sports-oriented website. Teams win or lose games (verbs). A defense can be tight or loose (adjectives). And for the love of all that is holy, please do not use "lost" as a noun, e.g., if a pro team passes on an OSU player it is their "loss".
I look forward to a rational, nuanced response to this news from the national sports media.
I always enjoy the OSU v. Illinois game - in terms of games that I look forward to this would be 3rd behind UM and PSU. I'm going to miss seeing this game every year after the new B1G divisions are in place. Of course, I also went to OSU during the Cooper years - in which OSU found increasingly baffling ways to lose to the Illini - so that likely biases my opinion.
They also pretty clearly picked an OSU db on a passing td. I remember watching the replays on the stadium monitors to see why their receiver was so open, and both me and a guy in front of me said "that was a pick!". Bad calls or not, Illinois deserved that win, plain and simple. A particularly unbelievable performance from their LB Jay Leman (sp?).
I'm going to throw this out here: if they make, say, 2 treys and a few FT, they would have been in the game at the end while still having deplorable stats. They're a poor shooting team, but that can turn around if a few guys get on a roll. Anything can happen in the tourney.
With that in mind, I'm more concerned about Matta's "stubbornness" sometimes with regard to who should be on the floor. e.g. I felt like LSJ should have played all 40 at IU if possible, or Ross should have been left in with 3 fouls, since he was hot at the time. Or during the final 5' of the PSU game Craft should have stayed on the bench, as Scott was doing well at PG. This team so rarely clicks - I feel like Matta just needs to keep playing whoever is hot, regardless of fouls, fatigue or some predetermined value.