I watched the National Championship Game. They were doing this weird thing to the ball carrier. I think it's called "takkeling" or something like that? Is that something Ohio State should consider doing, going forward?
Is Spence 21 yet? Is underage drinking a suspendable offense? Honestly don't know the answer to either question, but if they are "no" and "yes," respectively, defending yourself against an E charge by admitting drinking might not be the best idea.
Ross, in 2012 the defense started off weak but improved noticeably over the season. I hear that attributed to Zach Boren's help in the LB group, but how did 2012's schemes compare to 2013's?
I'm optimistic about all of these except Iowa-LSU. If the B1G could at least go 5-2 in the bowls, I think that'd help mitigate the soft-schedule narrative somewhat next year. Which may not be as much of a liability with the playoffs, but it'll still factor in for teams on the 4/5 bubble.
There's plenty of room, over a 12-game season, to rotate young players into the mix and give them some chances to develop, without necessarily benching seniors altogether. That should have been done from the beginning of the season, and maybe by the end of it we'd have had some guys in the secondary who could handle pass defense. Maybe not, too, but we didn't get the chance to find out.
Senior leadership is great, but not when your senior leaders can't get the job done on the field.
Also, are a medical redshirt for Bryant and Bryant being available in the Orange Bowl mutually exclusive things? I assume if the redshirt was granted, he wouldn't be eligible to play, but can anyone confirm that?
Miller is not ready and has tons of room to improve, but he wants to go.
Shazier is already a 1st/2nd round pick and doesn't have much room to improve, yet he's leaning towards staying.
I don't quite understand what these guys are thinking.
1) Nerves, at least in the Michigan and MSU games. I'm not sure Brax has shown the ability to bear up well under the pressure of being behind and having to make up ground.
2) At least in the MSU game, he did make several very nice throws that were, if not on the money, then at least quite catchable. Sometimes our WRs just dropped them (Spencer) and in almost all of them, the DBs were right there playing lights-out coverage. You know how Roby was known as a "shutdown corner" after last year? Well, MSU has more than one DB playing at that level, and they've been doing it all year.
I've got a bottle of Blanton's on the line with my Clemson-alum brother-in-law. Come on, Buckeyes! Don't let me down!
Is the under the more negative number, or is that the over? Shoot - there goes TSUN messing up math. They ruin everything.
Great article as always, Ross.
One technical note - when you (or whoever) are creating the GIFs, could you start them a frame or two earlier before the snap? It takes me a bit to study the alignment so I know what to look for once the ball is snapped, and that's hard to do with a GIF that you can't pause.
I actually prefer YouTube clips for illustrating these posts, FWIW, because of that ability to pause them and advance them slowly to see what's going on. It's been a big part of the HUGE football education I've gotten from reading these breakdowns.
My answer is kinda yes and no, though I voted no.
Yes, I'd be disappointed not being in the championship game.
No, I wouldn't be disappointed playing in the Rose Bowl. It's an awesome game and a huge honor in its own right.
Re: the year Roby is having, there's a big difference between "not living up to expectations" and "nothing short of a disaster." I'm not sure the latter is warranted. He's still the cornerstone of the secondary, and the times when he's been out have shown how crucial he is. His struggles notwithstanding. Remember, too, how Ross showed Roby's most high-profile struggle against Abbrederis was at least as much about the defensive scheme as it was any individual shortcomings on Roby's part.
When Georgia nearly loses to Tennessee: "Man, the SEC is TOUGH! Georgia has the roughest schedule!"
If Ohio State nearly lost to Tennessee: "Man, Ohio State is terrible."
Jalyn dealing with rhabdo doesn't sound good. Either he's pushing himself too hard in the weight room or someone else is. Hope it isn't a severe case. Some people's muscles never quite recover from it.
I'm not familiar with the "yards after carry" stat. Did you mean yards after catch or yards after contact? (1st bullet, re: Philly)
Hey, look on the bright side. After Alabama throttles Clemson or whoever in the NCG, we'll be able to take comfort in the knowledge that everyone will be wondering whether OSU would have given them a better game.
I get that, but I don't understand Meyer's statement that he's "ready to play," at least not in the context of all his previous statements that if you're ready, you play. We're only four games in to the season; if he has recovered from the concussion and progressed as a player, it's not so late in the season that it would be a waste to play him. If either the concussion or his play is still nagging him, then what does "ready to play" mean?
Yeah, I blame Herbie only a little for his OSU-hate. I blame ESPN for most of it. He works for a company where it's the party line, and who doesn't toe the line at work?
Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington, Joey Bosa...vs this O-line. I am looking forward to this.
3rd paragraph: says "peddle," should be "pedal." Unless there's some clever wordplay I'm missing.
Seems clear that talk of wanting to put up 100 points doesn't actually reflect Meyer's priorities. Which is fine, especially at this point in the season. We can do that against Indiana once everybody has the offense down. :-)