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.
After watching all of the games play out, I think I'd rather play Bama in the first round and build up to Oregon. I know Bama had a solid win, but they are not nearly as explosive as Oregon. Oregon just killed Arizona's will. I think it would be great if the Buckeyes snuck in at at number 4, Bama remained number 1 (which is likely given SEC bias), and FSU got killed by Oregon. If the Buckeyes play Bama the way they just played Wisky, I think they would beat them by a couple of scores.
Two heisman candidate caliper QBs lost in the same season. What luck... Time for Cardale Jones to show what he can do. Go Bucks!
Happy with the win, but it wasn't pretty for most of the game. The Buckeyes turned it on a bit in the second half after Indiana took the lead, but the game was too sloppy. Jalin Marshall looked great today. JT looked pretty good, except for his first interception. I blame the second interception on the WR. The defense still isn't playing well. Outside of Bosa, the D line is not that good. That late TD run by Coleman was unacceptable. But, we got a win, and now it's time to focus on beating UM. Hopefully, we can beat UM so bad that they don't let Hoke back on the bus home, Kiffin/USC style. Go Bucks!
I don't think Luke needs to go. He can stay and coach the LBs. He can keep the title as long as the new D coordinator does the play calling for the D.
This is what I expected. I figured Braxton's NFL grade would be low and Shazier's would be too high to pass up. Let's hope the O-line will be good next year, and our young linebackers can play. I think (hope?) 'Kwon will come in and play solid, and that Mitchell will be able to step up and use his great athleticism to become another good one. Perry has played pretty good. We have the pieces, but it's up to the coaching staff to get these young guys ready. I know some people are saying bad things about Miller (and Philly, Roby, and even Shazier), but we should just appreciate these guys and be grateful. Could have been a worse year - we could have gone 7-6 with a loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. At least the future is bright. Now, I am really looking forward to finding out who will replace Withers as the new D coordinator - important hire. If this season teaches us nothing, it should reinforce being humble. Too much smack talk from Buckeye fans when we haven't accomplished anything under Meyer yet.
I saw someone on 247 bring up a guy who worked under Urban Meyer at Florida. He seems like a good candidate if UFM can pry him away from the NFL again.
We can't count on them to beat themselves. We need to do it for them.
Why can't we implement a scheme similar to Michigan State? We have as good or better athletes. Maybe Fickell can study their D and implement some of their concepts - if not in time for next week, then maybe for the bowl game.
If Indiana could field a decent defense, I think they could make the same strides Baylor made in turning in to a good team. They have built a good offense with less talent than many B1G teams. If they could develop the D, they could be scary down the road. Big if though.