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Comment 16 Sep 2014

Definitely Marshall returning punts.

Other aspects of their game are more even.  I know there are a lot of staunch Wilson defenders on this site, but he just does not have "it" when it comes to being a true game breaking homerun hitter. Just like you said, seems to be lacking a little bit of shake/wiggle and vision in the open field.  He's had plenty of touches in space and return opportunities in his career thus far, and he's yet to hit a home run and break a long TD.  I feel like his 43 yard highlight catch against VT last week was the long play of his career. Too lazy to look it up to make sure. While that was an awesome catch, even it was a no YAC play.

Comment 15 Sep 2014

I suppose it is possible but we would need about 1.7 million things to happen:

1) We beat the snot out of every opponent from here on out.

2) Penn St., MSU, and Wisconsin all win out prior to playing us, and then see #1.

3) Va Tech goes like 10-2 and wins their ACC division, and then upsets FSU in the conference championship game.

4) Navy and Cincy go on to nice 9-10+ win seasons. Kent St. doesn't go 0-12.

5) One SEC team rises to the top and goes undefeated. All other SEC teams have at least 2 losses. Let's face it, they're getting 1 in no matter what. I'd rather have 1 team at the top and a bunch of suspect contenders after that versus a two or three 1 loss teams looking to take 2 spots.

6) The PAC12 (or Big 12) cannibalizes itself like last year.

That's the formula. 1 clear cut SEC team, 2 teams out of ACC/Big 12/PAC-12, and then fighting for the 4 spot is 1-loss OSU against mostly 2-loss teams from other conferences.  Remember last year, prior to losing to MSU, the media war machine was already churning how much of a travesty it would be in an undefeated OSU got in over a 1 loss Auburn team, so it is going to be really tough to get in even if all of the above happens.

Long story short, I voted No. 

Comment 09 Sep 2014

2 more losses, 9-3 sounds about right for this team. Seems like MSU is a given, and one of the other road B1G games.

Hopefully the players AND the coaches get better as the season goes along, we still pound TTUN, and get a winnable matchup against an SEC team in the Capital One bowl and we can grab some momentum heading into 2015.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

After all we've heard about the spread offense and the base run game giving OSU a "numbers advantage", it sure seems like good opposing defenses (MSU, VT) are able to counteract that and then some.  The spread-to-run offense has no chance of working if the opposing defense doesn't let itself get "spread" out and basically ignores the slot WR and TEs as legitimate receiving threats.

It boggles my mind to hear Herman say it was "impossible" to run the ball against that front, and he had much the same response when questioned on not giving it to Hyde more in the B1G championship game.  If that's the case, then we have a serious issue with this offense we're running, and it will never be successful against an elite defense.

If you have no ability to actually spread the defense out and threaten them with quick screens to the outside, and TE/slot WRs running routes over the middle behind the LBs, then it is quite an easy offense to defend. Make no mistake, the deep ball still has to be a part of the offense to loosen defenses up, but it cannot be the only call we default to when a defense pressures us like MSU/VT has.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I'm sure someone has pointed this out (but frankly there are way too bitchfest forum threads to read through on this site), but I am in the camp that with Braxton Miller we win this game. And the reason is not just the actual plays he makes, (or that J.T. was bad) it is the effect he has on the opposing defense's scheme. I just don't think VT would've been able to completely sell out their zero coverage blitz fest against us, especially once Braxton gashed them a few times in the first half.  He surely would've been sacked more than a few times, but I think he would've connected on a few more long passes, and wiggled out of some of their blitz's to find huge runs. That would have put the VT defense on its heels a little bit.

All that said, it is an even bigger indictment on the coaching staff that Braxton Miller making huge plays and threatening the defense is the crux of their offense, and they've yet to develop any type of gameplan or identity with J.T. at the helm.

Short quick crossing routes, slants, "rub" routes, TE/RB releases, screens, etc. would have been effective against that defense, but it's honestly like we don't have those in the playbook.  At first I didn't know if all the long passes and/or sacks were a product of J.T. not finding those shorter routes fast enough or just chucking it deep when in doubt. But when they'd show replays of some of the sacks, every time it was just 3-4 receivers running straight down the field with their back to J.T. half the time not even looking for the ball. It's crazy that that could be considered our "offense".  Are we that robotic that if a DB is up in press coverage with no safety that we HAVE to make the adjustment to a fly route?  I would've thought we learned from the MSU game last year. 

Comment 05 Sep 2014

Let's not kid ourselves here. The crowd WILL be a factor tomorrow night.The color of T-shirts they're wearing, however, will not.

Comment 05 Sep 2014

Yeah, I was hoping Ellington was going to be a monster mid-round steal this year as my RB2, but this is not a good start to the campaign. Don't know about picking up Dwyer though unless you have a very deep league. Gotta be somebody else out there on your bench or waivers who can do better, even if he temporarily becomes "the guy."

Comment 03 Sep 2014

Yep, the only way to go is more TVs. All you really need is a 2nd one to manage the MSU-Ore and ND-TTUN games, and a dedicated TV for once the Buckeye game starts.  It is nice they are all starting at offsetting times, so approximately halftime of the MSU game will be the start of the Buckeye game. And then halftime of the Buckeye game should be last 5-10 mins of the MSU game.

Personally, I couldn't care less about watching ND-Mich. Hate both teams, no one to root for, and it always seems like an ugly game. Because they both suck.

Comment 03 Sep 2014

Well, this could probably be its own thread with everyone camparing in-person records, but check out my resume of LOSSES:

'96 The Game, '98 MSU, '05 TEX, '05 @PSU, '06 NCG, '09 USC, '09 @Purdue

So in those 5 seasons alone I just happened to be there for the only losses of the entire season. Then I pretty much stopped going to important games, and anything at Purdue. Hate that place. Y'all are welcome!

Crap, forgot I ignored my rule and went to the B1G championship last year. My bad.

FWIW, I was a good luck charm in 2002, seeing Wash St., Holy Buckeye @ Purdue, The Game, and the NCG all in-person.

Comment 30 Aug 2014

Yeah so the part refs screwed up on the play was they actually ruled he was not down, and then fumbled the ball back behind the line to gain.  But from what I saw, had it gone to replay, EZE's left arm was down well before he made the 2nd effort over the guy laying on the ground. So either way, it would have been 4th and 1 from about the exact same spot.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

Not really seeing it. Unless you want the teams to change their school colors that happen to be similar to OSU, but that is about the only resemblance.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

OK, so I know he isn't under the radar being a 5 star on at least one of the services, but I feel like Dante Booker doesn't get much talk on this site compared to some of the other recruits. Well, until today when he made the two deep, and even then the few comments I saw seemed surprised for some reason. Case in point - he didn't make the OP's "obviously not included" list. 

So by "surprise" I guess I mean he might make a bigger impact then even Raekwon this year, who knows. 

Comment 28 Aug 2014

Yeah, the "Nike pro combat mach speed jerseys" are the "new" regular uni's for this year. They are not an alternate, nor are they visibly different from a design standpoint.  To my understanding they are maybe just slightly different materials / different fit for the players.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

Agreed. One could equally infer since Cam was not mentioned, and a known starter (Tyvis) was, that Vonn Bell is starting.  Either way, it is still anybody's guess.

Comment 27 Aug 2014

When looking at the DB group as a whole, I've got to think that whoever loses the CB battle between Apple and Conley, and whoever loses the S battle between Bell and Burrows, would have to be better Nickel options than Reeves. If Bell gets the nod like we all kind of expected at S, and Burrows pushed him so hard / looked really good at corner subbing last year against IU, Burrows seems like a perfect Nickel to me.

But as we should all know too well, what this depth chart says and who actually gets the majority of the snaps at which positions, tends to differ quite a bit. 

Comment 26 Aug 2014

I know there's strength in numbers and all that, and this offense with J.T. at the helm is going to be designed to spread the ball around and get everybody involved. But is it me or have we been lacking for awhile now, that true go to #1 receiver that makes big plays when we need them? I just think back over the years and some of the QB - WR combinations we've had:

Bobby Hoying - - - Terry Glenn

Joe Germaine - - - David Boston

Craig Krenzel - - - Michael Jenkins

Troy Smith - - - Santonio Holmes, and then Ted Ginn/Anthony Gonzalez

I guess the common thread is all those above WR were 1st round picks in the NFL, so maybe it is a little unfair. But those were all guys that I felt no matter the down and distance, we had a good chance to convert a big passing play when the QB dropped back to pass.  I could maybe stretch and put TP - - - Posey/Sanzenbacher on there but I never got the same feeling with those guys as I did the ones above. And definitely haven't had the same feeling with this current crop of receivers.

The WR group has gotten a lot of preseason hype the past two years, but for whatever reason we haven't seen it materialize on the field. Hell, even guys we thought had tons of potential didn't even play a down.  And I'm not sure whether it is because the WR aren't as good as we thought, or the QB has not been able to consistently find them and hit them on time, or the coaching/playcalling just does not lend itself to that type of passing game. It's probably a combination of all three.

Ahh, not sure where I'm going with all of this, other then - - - we should probably temper our expectations for the production of this group, at least compared to some of the all time greats we've had at the position in the last 15-20 years.

Comment 25 Aug 2014

Please don't remind us of the '98 season. The '98 Bucks would have beaten Tee Martin and Tennessee by 3 TDs. Thanks for nothing College Football Playoffs, you're 16 years too late.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Right, but what he was asking was about last year (2013), and he would be correct. JT enrolled early in spring of 2013 but he was still on the mend with the ACL injury and couldn't do much physically. But it couldn't have hurt his development to have been in the program and exposed to the offense for over 1 1/2 years now.