Penn State is getting smacked in that matchup.
Honestly, by the time the Sugar Bowl and National Championship Game rolled around, the D was pretty darn good. And as good as this D is, Bama's DL is ridiculous. And OSU's OL is a shadow of the '14 OL at season's end.
Everyone that keeps citing the 2014 teams, Bama and OSU are VERY different teams than they were then. This OSU OL wants no part of Bama's DL.
Bama by 20 or more. UM is a cheap imitation of Bama's D. Peppers would come out of that game looking like a fool as they'd run at him all day.
Is he wrong, though? Everything he pointed out sure seems true.
I'll say it again, even if OSU miraculously wins this game, JT is not beating Bama. He looks like a freshman.
My favorite post this morning.
True, but most teams don't have receivers like Michael Thomas or deep threats like Devin Smith. But even with those guys, who were as talented as any receiver in college, the passing game with JT wasn't amazing. Neither of those guys broke 1,000 yards receiving.
Frankly, he will be a liability against elite teams. A QB who cannot pass consistently is a liability, plain and simple. If JT was at Purdue, how good do you think he'd be? Meyer always says that a QB is the product of those around him, well JT is surrounded by elite talent and still struggles as a passer. What does that tell us?
His future is likely in coaching. He will never (barring crazy injuries in front of him) start in the NFL.
One thing that doesn't seem to be discussed a lot is that since he has been around so long, other teams know exactly how to defend him. Now, OSU has the talent around JT that it doesn't always make a ton of difference, but this team is limited because of JT. He will never shred an elite defense through the air. If the run game is clicking, he will likely have success in the air, but he will never pass OSU to victory over an upper echelon team. All teams know this, average teams can't do anything about it, good teams make the games closer than we expect given OSU's talent, and elite teams will eat him up. Anyone who can limit the running game has nothing to fear because JT isn't beating them. OSU fans should want no part of Alabama with JT as our QB.
I'd love nothing more than to be wrong.
Not a lot of Paul Browns every generation.
What position does Barrett play?
Lack of growth has been a hallmark of Matta teams the past 5 years.
Looked basically the same as last year. Said it then and I'll say it now, OSU has peaked under Matta.
Most confusing thing to me about the end of the Michigan game was that Harbaugh didn't try harder to save time for his offense to get one more shot. It was apparent with around a minute left that Iowa was going to get a fairly easy shot at a field goal, so why not concede the FG and give your offense a chance to get in range. Instead, he let them just wax time down so they'd be kicking the easy walk off. Saved his last timeout to ice the kicker, which so rarely seems to work these days. Basically conceded the game in my mind.
I think he's more referring to the fact that Birm is usually earlier in the day (at least it seems that way) and sometimes has info a day ahead.
I'd buy the socks and the cleats.
I get what you're saying, but Northwestern came in giving up more than 400 yards per game, didn't they? It's not like OSU did above and beyond. And I understand patience with inexperienced players running concepts that aren't the core of the offense. But again, after multiple weeks facing this kind of D, and then the coaches showing they knew what was coming with the first drive, the rest of the game was shockingly inept.
It just seems uncharacteristic of #Zone6
I'll disagree here. Last year, "#Zone6" was inconsistent outside of Michael Thomas.
So the OSU Offense has seen variations of this Defensive scheme for a few weeks and is just now starting to make adjustments? Because your fantastic article makes it seem mostly straight forward. If the coaching staff should be able to identify the counters to this scheme, as old as its roots are, why did the O struggle to put up 24 points on Northwestern? Back to the execution problems? Are the WR's too inexperienced to run these intermediate routes? The OL can't give JT time for these routes to develop?
Sorry for the negative comment, but your extremely well done article only makes me more pessimistic toward OSU's highly paid staff. It should not take multiple weeks to counter cover 3 with the athletes at OSU's disposal. And even then, the counters produced 24 points against Northwestern. At home.
This would make for a great story, IMO. A breakdown, by percentage, of how many tickets are sold through the secondary market, how many are through corporate buyers, so on.
They may not have had season tickets since the 60's, but they can't even afford single game tickets for the family now.
I think it was because we were playing Northwestern. If that's a game against Wisco or Michigan, the crowd stays in it no matter what. But against Northwestern, who we were favored to beat by 20 and we outclass athletically, the crowd was just frustrated/shocked.