It's hard to believe you were downvoted for this. Saying Northern Illinois might be better than Indiana, Maryland, and Rutgers isn't that big of a stretch considering the Huskies have won several MAC championships over the past few years and played in a BCS game a couple of seasons ago.
No offense to Mike Thomas, but I doubt he gets chosen in the first round even if he has a really good season. I think he'll likely be a 2nd or 3rd round pick. If he has a down season, he could drop. The guy is talented, but I don't think he has the elite speed (his long TD against MSU not withstanding) to be a first rounder. He is a beast and I love his game, but I don't think his 40 time at the NFL combine will impress enough to warrant a first round pick.
Why use symbols instead of letters for the word "ball"? It's not a profane word.
I'm conflicted as a Browns fan. On the one hand, I hate the Steelers. On the other hand, they now have several Buckeyes on their roster that I want to see do well.
Everyone says this. I watched the video about what goes into hotdogs. It's a bit gross to watch, but I never have problems eating them. I think once you've killed, skinned, and cleaned your own food, not too much seems that disgusting anymore.
Now, that's not completely accurate. They have an Iowa transfer to hold down the QB spot. And they also brought in a 3 star RB who they were much more excited about than Weber, so it's OK he signed with tOSU. You've got to keep up.
I love both the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. I haven't read much else from her other than a couple of essays. But those two books alone are full of great quotes.
I wish I knew how to make a gif. This is good, but I like Roark from The Fountainhead. A guy trying to sabotage Roark asks, "What do you think of me now?" Roark's reply: "I don't think of you at all."
EDIT: I had some of the words wrong, but the basic idea is the same.
It's nice to see a national recruit from Mansfield. I went to Mansfield Senior instead of Madison, but still nice to see. I still have family in Mansfield. It's not the best place to be right now. Good luck to that young man.
I chose "no." It's hard to be "better" than the best in the country. At the end of the year, especially the final 3 games, the 2014 Buckeyes were about as good as it gets. The 2015 Buckeyes have the potential for a better overall season. If the 2015 Buckeyes go undefeated, dominating every game, and winning a national title, I'll admit that I was wrong. Until then, I don't want to insult the 2014 team by stating the 2015 Buckeyes will be "better."
This is a simple issue for me. It comes down to whether tOSU deceived Weber (by knowingly withholding pertinent info). If so, you rectify it by offering an unconditional release from his LOI. It's not only fair to Weber, it will help with potential negative recruiting later. If tOSU didn't deceive him, you clear the air and put an end to the speculation.
Yes, as the number of games increases, the higher the statistical probability of being eliminated. The more games you play, the less likely you will win them all. Before, you only had to win one game, where now you have to win two. Ask 'Bama fans. Had they been matched up against FSU in the title game, they probably would have another national championship trophy. Instead, they got eliminated by tOSU. On the flip side, the two teams ranked #3 or 4 have increased odds because before they were eliminated from playing for the national championship. So, although it gives more teams a chance to win the title, any one team has less of a chance.
I do not want to vote, because I'm scared of jinxing the team. The Buckeyes have a lot of talent coming back, but we do lose a few key contributors (Michael Bennett, Darryl Baldwin, Jeff Heuerman, Devin Smith, Curtis Grant (I know I know, 'Kwon), and Steve Miller). I also know there is a bunch of talent waiting behind them, and some great team leaders are returning. Still, it's hard to repeat. The Buckeye fan in me says we will be unstoppable, while the rational human being reminds me its possible to lose on any given Saturday (see Virginia Tech 2014). I don't want to say yes, because it's so hard to repeat and I don't want to jinx it. Yet, it's so hard to say no because I really believe tOSU will be great again next year. Damn you Eleven Warriors for making me so conflicted... Go Buckeyes!
So true. I live in San Diego about a 10-15 minute drive away from the San Diego zoo. My wife, my four year old daughter, and I have year-round passes. It's only about $120 for all three of us, and we go frequently. My daughter loves it, and we don't have to stay the entire day because we can go whenever we want. It's one of my favorite things to do with the family when we have time.
This is silly, but I got a good chuckle out of it.
To be fair, this will mean they are missing their top two receivers and their top CB. So, they will be thin at two different, important positions going into the NC. Still, I hear what you're saying though. No one should be able to use the excuse, "We were missing ____" against the Buckeyes this year.
The Ducks can keep their dignity, as long as the Buckeyes leave with the W and the trophy.
Man, I wish I could go to the game. Suddenly, I find myself with a craving for roast duck.... Game day can't get here fast enough. Go Buckeyes!
Nothing Bama wants that they can't have... Except a Sugar Bowl victory over the Buckeyes in the first ever FBS playoff.
Based on this, I can imagine tOSU winning like this:
Buckeyes jump out to an early two score lead (b/c they get out to fast starts, and Oregon doesn't). Oregon catches fire in the second and third quarter, but because the Buckeyes still have a lead, they are able to be patient and continue to score points, keeping their lead on the Ducks. Then, in the fourth quarter as the end of the game gets closer, the Ducks will be required to force the issue and start being pass happy. In comes the Buckeyes rush D and secondary, forcing a late turnover to seal the victory. Here's hoping anyway...
I love the win. I wish Ohio State wouldn't have spotted Bama two scores, or it would have been a blowout. Also, I was annoyed at the announcers. At the beginning of the game, they were talking about Ohio State having "SEC speed" and Ohio State being like an SEC team. During the 1st quarter, I texted my friend: "Ohio State does not have SEC speed. Ohio State has Ohio State speed! Most of the SEC only wishes they had Ohio State speed." Then Zeke ended up showing just how slow Bama really is.... Great win, now on to the Ducks (who I think may actually be better than Bama).
I've been following Sugar Bowl coverage on rollbamaroll.com to get a feel for how the Bama football blogs are viewing the matchup. For the most part, I feel like they have been very realistic. Obviously, they believe Bama will win, but they are not discounting the Buckeyes. In fact, they have a segment, "Who in the Heck is ....?" in which they have been analyzing different Ohio State players. They appear to view the Buckeyes roster favorably, and the comments on the message boards have been cautiously optimistic rather than overly confident. It's only when you go to websites like espn where you get the idiots predicting crazy blowout scores.
Also, I recommend the segment they wrote about Joey Bosa. It's a pretty good read. It is really more about the OSU D-line against the Bama O-line. http://www.rollbamaroll.com/2014/12/30/7465657/who-in-the-heck-is-joey-bosa
There are quite a few Buckeye fans in San Diego. I've lived here for over 12 years now, and it seems like daily that I see someone either wearing Buckeye clothing (e.g., hat, shirt, etc.) or with an Ohio State decal or bumper sticker on their car. San Diego is a pretty awesome place.
I think I'd rather play Bama than Oregon right now. If we win against Bama, we'll likely need to play Oregon anyway (does anyone think FSU is gonna beat them?). But, with any of the teams in the top 4, a win will not be easy. But, if the Buckeyes play as well as they did last night, I don't know if anyone can beat them. Go Bucks!
I must say that I do think Jerry Kill did a very good job this year, because he wasn't supposed to be competing for a division title. Also, considering he had to overcome some health issues, and I think it made for a good story type of season for his team. And who doesn't like Jerry Kill? He just seems like such a great person. Also, remember, the COY award was decided before the BIG Championship Game. If you were to take a vote today, it might go differently.