I might be in the minority here but I don't think things are as dire for the B1G as some people think. While we have yet to come up with a big win as a program we are in position to compete with other top tier teams. MSU just came off a big Rose Bowl win, and if you remember last year, they are a program that gathers steam and really comes on at the end of the season. I could say similar things for Wisconsin. PSU and Franklin have yet to show what they can do but they have promise for the future. We need Nebraska, Iowa, TTUN and maybe one more team to step up and become a decent middle tier team. But I think Wisky, MSU, OSU and PSU show promise that they will be able to compete with top programs going forward, the out of conference play was just bad this year, but I think our top programs are in good position, could be better but still good.
I would say it's fair in that V tech who we battled with and lost went on to lose to East Carolina. Everyone knew Kent State had no chance, but Virginia Techs loss pushes the perception again that OSU can't beat great teams or in V techs case decent teams.
Samuel was actually recruited to fill the H-back position. Meyer said that Samuel was playing so well at RB they decided to leave him there and keep Dontre and Jalin at the H.
Dixon has some wheels. That is one thing I took away.
I don't know if I'm just immature but I chuckle every time they say Jake Butt.
Excellent back for sure. He has some pounds on Samuel that I think gives him a little edge at busting through lines though I would say it IS close between him and Samuel, Samuel is a stud who at some point I would love to see at the H.
I like how Raekwon has played literally one or two snaps against V tech and a few snaps against a terrible team and people are saying he should start. He should get more reps but the incredibly small sample size is not nearly enough to suggest he start over Grant who is much improved.
Doesn't matter whatever happens. We aren't going to make the playoff. Just focus on having the best season possible and try to earn a shot at the B1G Title.
Don't know about starter but definitely should get more reps.
The greatest thing I have seen a marching band perform on a field.
Live by the troll, die by the troll. BD's philosophy.
He had a lot of drops but one point someone made is he might have been one of the only ones who was getting open. I don't have the heart to rematch the game to see if it is true.
Still learning a new scheme, bound to be mistakes, however the DBs looked waaaay better in this game than last year.
The NCAA is a giant mess of hypocrisy fueled by money. If it was just Jerry Sandusky the NCAA has no place to get involved as that is just a criminal act by one individual. However there was numerous evidence that much of their administration had some sort of knowledge or failed to properly report what was going on in fear of the repercussions, that is the business of the NCAA for what they claim to be trying to do.
You can get a list of statistics OSU's athletic site. It list the opponents average return yards at 18.4 I don't know where to find the statistic on the average yard line the opposing team was stopped at.
They are bad though V-tech and the play calling made them look worse than they are in my opinion. Experience is what will help them grow the most. I agree I think it is likely we suffer another loss, maybe 2, but I think the O-line will continue to improve and be O.K by the end of the season.
It worked very well last year on special teams. It forces them to take it and we usually got them inside the 25 and sometimes inside the 20. If your special teams are good you can take the risk and put the opposing team in worse field position. I think this was a fluky game for special teams, I expect them to be much better.
Agree. I am not saying only the offense was to blame, but I feel like some people were expecting an MSU defense right out of the start of the season. The pass defense is probably mediocre right now which is a big step up from bad. As long as they continue to improve you can't ask for much more. Chris Ash needs to be given the whole season to see what he can accomplish.
It is a matter of professionalism. If an employee is not performing up to snuff then you have a word with them privately, you don't berate them in front of the nation. Units and players are students who at time can use a heavy hand if they need motivation. Calling out you're own coaching staff in public shows a lack of professionalism and can damage their career; do you think Withers would have been hired if Meyer had called him out after last year?
How big a setback do you think Saturday was for the B1G?
It doesn't but 21 came in the first half only 7 in the second. It is not where we want it but the guys are learning a completely new scheme from no scheme last year. As long as the defense continues to progress and get better throughout the season I think we will be ok in that department. The offense is the most concerning aspect of our game right now.
Agree. I think Special teams had a fluke game and won't play that bad the rest of the season.
Agree to an extent, 2 things people should be surprised by. Offensive play calling; come one we are better than that. Special teams; I'm going to chalk it up to a fluke, I think our punting and kicking as well as coverage will be much better throughout the season, no reason for special teams to be that bad.
I think this is a little ridiculous. Cardale has the same amount of experience as J.T. Less now that J.T. has started 2 games. While J.T. has made some freshman mistakes it is the coaches, receivers and O-line that has let the team down. I seriously doubt Cardale could do any better in that situation not to mention J.T. is younger and has more opportunity to grow. He has played well not great but well considering the situation. It is time for the rest of the offense and Herman to step up.
I don't think our defense was the main problem. I still think we can become a very good defense team this season. Herman is the one who should be under fire.