Pace is a no-brainier. One of the most dominating players I had the opportunity to watch play. He is the one player that could instantly elevate his position group to the next level. For my second, I have to go with my favorite Buckeye, Mike Doss. Staying for his senior year aside, he was the consummate leader of one of the best OSU defenses ever. Whether the result of intense film study or instinct, he always seemed to know what the offense was going to do prior to the snap.
I was in South Stands too. I know the weather was cold and wet that day, but I don't remember being cold. Maybe it was the warm glow ok kicking the Illini's ass. That game finally closed the book on their little run of success against us.
I was a student during those years and Gary really energized the program. Although the record the last year was a disappointment, it can partly be traced to losing Jay Burson. I remember USA Today had us as a lock for the tourney the week he got hurt. The team closed out the year with a 9 game losing streak and that was that. We still had a lot of fun and we could get really crazy in those court side seats.
I can't lie, popping over to Mgo every now and then does wonders. Having survived the late 80's an the 90's, it is a clear example of Kharma. The thing that brings me the most joy however is the fact that their fan base hasn't realized yet that in the modern era of the game, their brief period of dominance has been an anomaly. While our recent run has been extremely one sided, and probably due to end at some point, it is most likely that we will remain on the positive side of things into the future. Unless of course, the significant talent advantage that Ohio enjoys over Michigan (high school) is suddenly flipped. Nah, that ain't happening.
History does not favor the European Sides in a South American Cup. I believe you have to favor the hosts and Argentina.
Coming forward in the last minute of a 1-1 match and heading in the winner off of a corner. As a defender, my chances were limited, so that was nice.
In 1995, I got to play St. Andrews 2 weeks before The Open and I stuck an 7 iron on 18, 6 feet from the cup. I always remember getting applause from the people standing around the green.
About the only person besides Trayvon Jackson I would prefer not taking the last shot would be Lenzell Smith.
While it is certainly fun to make fun of UM, I believe our students have nothing to crow about. There is a general apathy in the modern student. There are also so many things that they find more important. The concept of missing a game when I was in school was so foreign to me that it never entered into the debate. That is not to say that there were not kids back then that didn't care and I was always appreciative to take their tickets off their hands. Granted back then $40-45 would get you a season ticket. I always had friends or family that would come for the games so they always got used.
I think the biggest issue for the game right now is the date post Thanksgiving. Fortunately it was never something we had to worry about. It definitely puts a damper on the event known as Michigan Week.
Saturday will certainly be a challenge, but we do have several factors that play to our favor.
- With the game in a dome on a fast track, I think that certainly favors our speed.
- Braxton can take the glove off his throwing hand. I believe he has worn the glove the last three weeks and IMHO has not been the same passer.
- Defensively, I don't think we could have a better situation. I am sure the coaches will have their attention this week and I expect a pissed off unit on Saturday. I don't think the situation would have been the same had we blown out TTUN.
- Was it me, or did it seem the playbook was different Saturday. Where was the quick passes to the outside to stretch the D? It was as if (and they were right) that they knew they could just pound the ball down their throats. I expect a full arsenal on Saturday.
I think Sparty will run a game plan very similar to Iowa. They will try to establish the run and then hit us with play action and screen passes. On defense they are going to come after us with pressure from the first snap. We will need to play our best game of the year on both sides of the ball to win.
I don't think it is being negative to worry about our defense ability to perform at the level we expect from an OSU defense. To a certain extent we were spoiled during the Tressel years when we fielded a defense that we were confident could win games sometimes without the help of the offense. The worm has definitely turned in that regard. We now have an offense that can win simply by out scoring the opponent.
What I saw yesterday was a defense that was in position several times to make game changing plays. For whatever reason, we were not always able to finish either Gardner or the RB was able to wriggle free. Our defense faced a steady diet of misdirection and screen passes and our aggressive tendencies seemed to work against us. Folks want to talk about the youth of Michigan's offense, but our defense has it's share of youth as well.
I would love to roll out the 02 and 05 defense every year, but those teams don't just materialize naturally. They are developed over time and tend to be the perfect mix of skill and experience.
Is our defense the weakness of this team? Absolutely. Are they capable of playing better? Certainly. Should we be allowed to critically assess their performance? I think as fans, this is the reason we come to sights like this.
Next Saturday should be interesting, as we will be on the receiving end of Tresselball and the dreaded Bollman offense.
In the latest installment of who is next to jump the Buckeyes, we now have the Auburn Tigers. Following the trends already established this year, I guess we should bet the farm on Mizzou.
Truth be told, we need to stop worrying about what ESPN and others are saying and focus on beating Sparty. We will need our defense to show up for this one because I don't think we will be able to simply run over that defense. Thank God the game is in doors so Braxton can take the glove of his throwing hand. He must do a better job of passing especially the short and medium routes or MSU will load the box.
My friends and I went in after the wins in 84 and 94. I think we also went in after we beat LSU in 88. For us, it was always a post victory thing. I don't remember it being a big thing during my years as a student to go in pre game. It is tradition now, so I hope the administration doesn't muck it up. Go Bucks!
I was a student during those years and at the game. The crowd noise rule was something that had a short shelf life, but Michigan and Bo took full advantage of it. I think it originated when they lost in 84 and Bo complained about the noise. If I had a dollar for every time Harbaugh turned to the refs that day, I would never have had to work after school.
I agree with Delaney 100%. I also don't necessarily think a full development league is necessary. NFL teams already have practice squads, why not expand that to include a development component with a greatly reduced salary structure. Those with the talent, now have the ability to capitalize without the burden of having to actually better themselves intellectually.
"If walk-on sophomore Levi Ratliff sees the field in a competitive game, it’s probably not a good sign."
Unless of course it is because we hung 50 on TTUN.
It only shows through 2010 (sorry for being lazy and not doing a deeper dive). In the time measure, Alabama averaged 26 signees per year and OSU averaged 20
Conference Comparisons 2002 - 2010
Comparisons SEC Big 12 BigEast PAC10 Big10 ACC
Average # of Total Recruits Signed Per School: 227 219 215 208 199 199
I can hear the haters now!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bellisari was a rather under sized middle linebacker. Part of our problems in 95 were because we struggled to stop the run at the worst times. The ND game and TTUN were prime examples (sorry to being up such painful memories for those in my generation). One Katzenmoyer got plugged into the middle that no longer became a problem.
Unfortunately the only way I think this happens is if they win the first game. I have a hard time seeing them with a cushion to afford a loss and still get to Indy. I say we just blow them out in Ann Arbor and be happy ending their home winning streak
Was a student during the transition period so I got to experience a down period in OSU history first hand. Bruce was old school and didn't have the same focus on recruiting as Coop certainly did. To Earle, Ohio kids should be beating down his door to become Buckeyes which could be why we lost so many to TTUN during his tenure. If memory serves, he only had one truly memorable class during his tenure (the Speilman class in 83). Earle would also struggle against teams he had no business losing to which is why he so often entered November already out of the NC race. I think he beat Michigan 5 times because he got the rivalry and also had players that wanted to beat them as well (not that Cooper's didn't). That being said, I certainly have some good memories of his years. Beating Texas A & M in the Cotton Bowl was fun as well as the 87 game at Michigan, But, the losses often left you scrathing your head. Still not sure how we lost the 85 Rose Bowl or the 86 Michigan Game.
Coops early years were a roller coaster, one week we were beating LSU, and the next we were getting embarrassed by Pitt. I went to every game his first year (no, I am not a masochist) and the memory that is seared in my brain is going to Indiana to play Anthony Thompson (the best running back in the Big Ten that year). I remember Indiana was at the 9 yard line and ran a very simple off tackle play. Not one Buckeye got a hand on Thompson as he scored standing up. Unfortunately for Indiana, they got called for holding on the play. Unfortunately for us, they ran the same play from 19 and once again, not one Buckeye touched Thompson.
If football was your main reason for being at school during those years, it was certainly a tough time. We still had a pretty good time and the basketball back then was a lot of fun with Gary Willliams as the coach. I do thank Coop for getting us back on the map, and the ND games were great as well as beating the Aggies again in Nawlins.
Cris Carter - if it is anywhere in the field of play, he could catch it
Chris Speilman - leadership, hated losing and a motor that never quit
Shawn Springs - if you want to lock down half of the field, he was my favorite. He and Roby would make a formidable pair.
Orlando Pace - Even as a freshmen, he was like a man playing with boys. I can still see him leading Pepe Pearson 60 yards down the field making blocks.
The last position is the toughest, because I think an addition to the D-Line would be important, but those I want to add, predominantly play on the outside, where I think we are young but in good shape. Big Daddy would be the obvious choice from a pure talent standpoint, but I would also be ok with Cam Heywood, or many of the other mentioned including John Simon and Ryan Pickett.
I remember that year so well. The build up to the Washington game was special and like he said, even fans recognized it as an opportunity to get us back on the map. The road trip to Illinois was fun as it exercised some demons. I remember wiping about 5 inches of snow off my seat prior to the PSU game and then the terrible condition of the field afterward. Your foot sunk into the mud several inches.
The Wisconsin game was a roller coaster of emotions as the collar was starting to get a little tighter. Galloway had a great TD to tie it on a pass form Powers and then the relief when the FG was blocked. I can still hear Keith Jackson calling it. "Blocked", "Ohio State....Blocked it"
The utter devastation of sitting in that big hole in the ground as the clocked ticked down on the shut out. That was a talented team, but as he noted, they did blow hot an cold.
I already had my flight to California, so like the Bucks I had to end the season at a game I didn't want to be at.