I totally agree. We have a complete TEAM, not just 1 or 2 playmakers on offense. It seems that none of the "experts" haven't watched the 2nd half of our season and have seen all the weapons we have. Literally EVEREYONE is saying how we are going to get our head smashed in and that we only made it to the final 4 because of Meyer and our brand. We got in because of how good we have been playing and how we look unstoppable on offense!
I understand where you're coming from with your doubts, saying that his head may not fully be in the game because of his departure. I totally think it will have the opposite effect though. I think that he'll be totally into the game because he has gotten his departure out of the way. Of course he'll still be thinking about forming a staff and all that, but he'll have plenty of time to do that starting Jan 13, in just a few weeks. Right now, he's gotten the hard part out of the way -- deciding if he even WANTS to pursue another job, worrying about the interview, accepting the job if he gets it, negotiating a contract, telling the players and fellow coaches that he's gone. Now, he can fully be focused on the task at hand and call the game of his life. He doesn't have to worry about the bearing any of his play calling is going to have on his futrue with the team because KNOWS he's not going to be with the team. He can now call a game like The Waterboy's coach after he got his mojo back with no fear of repercussions.
For future references, (because I know I can't make this one) is there a way to reserve tickets to these playoff games? I know the BCG has a way to reserve tickets for your team before the season starts with minimal loss of finances if your team doesn't actually make it. Do the playoff games and championship game offer the same avenue to reserve tickets?
I get that ESPN has, we'll say, a conflict of interest when it comes to sports and sports reporting. And I agree, it really sucks when they blow out of proportion a couple of football players getting tattoos for memorabilia that THEY EARNED like they had taken money from boosters, and barely covering issues such as at North Carolina or Miami. However, ESPN covers sports -- that's it. ESPN is not a news channel like CNN or FOX News and we shouldn't look at them as such. They are in the business to make money, bottom line; and we as sports enthusiasts need to treat it as such. Of course they are going to cover stories that glorify the SEC -- it'll help their bottom dollar. I'm not going to quit watching ESPN because they glorify one conference over another. ESPN covers my Cavs and my Browns too. When they say something bad about, or neglect to mention, my beloved Buckeyes, I take it with a grain of salt -- they are not the news. I don't expect them to be "fair and unbiased".
Obviously, I hope I win, but I wouldn't be too mad if I lost because Jones DOUBLED my prediction!
Jones has had a long road to get where he is today. I have complete confidence that he'll handle his business against Wisky and later on in bowl season. He made the leap from almost being gone, to being one of the most praised men on the team for his maturation growth. Meyer has faith in him -- I have faith in him
I know winning this is a HUGE accomplishment for any assistant coach AND could quite possibly help out with recruiting, but the selfishness in me really doesn't want him to win it. Seems that any accolades received along with the resume' he's building will only add to his attractiveness to schools with head coaching vacancies.
From what we have been told at the end of spring practice earlier this year, Jones was barely beat out by Barrett to be the starter. He has a rocket launcher for an arm and is a load to bring down. If we can have a decent running game with Elliott and can manage to make a few stops against MG III, we have more than a good chance to win this game. With all the weapons surrounding Jones, I tend to beleive Meyer when he says that Barrett was a product of the people around him (I know that probably had some "coach talk" intertwined in there too though) and that Jones should be just fine after this week of practice.
Last year's Iron Bowl was probably the game of the year in college football with the play of the year in college football. This year's Iron Bowl doesn't seem to be as hyped up as last year"s. Maybe it's because it's not "winner goes to the championship" this time. I live down here in Dothan, Al where there are Auburn and Bama fans right here in the office together, wearing their gear-- nobody's talking about it. Actually, they're talking about how Meyer issued a warning about fighting and how they've never seen something like what happened at The Game last year ever happen in an Iron Bowl.
I think the BAMA V OSU title game would be BANANAS; probably the most watched championship game ever! Being down here in BAMA country (Dothan, AL), I would love to see that matchup. I agree with you, I think we'd be able to handle BAMA or FSU for that matter. As high powered as Oregon has been most of the year, though, I think they are the only team I would be leary of.
I personally like Herbstreit. He's done nothing to me or to Buckeyes in my opinion. It's a shame he had to vacate Columbus for Tenn years ago because of constant harrassment from OUR fans. He has at times seemed to be a little overly critical of the Buckeyes, but I seem to remember this starting to happen after he was practicing homerism like his counterpart Desmond Howard does for MIchigan before we got it handed to us by the Gators back in 07 and again by LSU the next year. Every since then, for the most part, he has been objectionable and has toned down his Buckeye love since he is on a NATIONAL platform. To me, he does give credit where credit is due though. That's what I don't like about shows like Finebaum (catereing to people like Jim from Tuscaloosa) that have a national airing but obviously caters to a particular type of fan.
The only "perfomance-enhancing" X pills give you is NOT felt on the football field............
Yes, that was an interesting bit. But, I feel that if we take care of business against Indiana, TTUN, and the B1G CG (presumably an top 10-15 Wisconsin), we will play our way right into the final 4. Only if we take care of OUR business though.
I totally agree with the idea that the perception that the B1G has has made it hard for the Buckeyes to catch up after a loss to a mediocre (previously horrible) Va Tech team. There are several factors that contribute to this. I think the main reason is because of all the polls that are put forth BEFORE the season starts. According to what we heard about the new CFP system, teams are supposed to be judged according to their play ON THE FIELD. However, it seems that many team, namely the SEC teams, are getting credit for just waking up out of bed and being in the SEC. Don't get me wrong, I am in agreement that the SEC is the best conference in college football but it's not like they are the see all, be all semi-pro football conference that they and their Finebaum listeners make it out to be. If the polls (any polls -- AP, coaches, or any other) didn't come out until maybe week 6 or 7, many of these SEC teams wouldn't get so much credit for beating teams like Clemson, TAM, and South Carolina. The CFB committee can say whatever about how they don't pay attention to any of the other polls but the way things have played out that is definitly not the case.
^^my first post ever!!
When I hear about the vast physical improvements that have been made because of a change in the strength coach, it really makes me wonder what the old regime was doing. I mean, Tressel won a NC, several B1G titles, and had a magnificent record -- imagine what those Tress-ran teams could have accomplished if those players had of been in shape!! What did they do when they hit the weight room under Tress? Everybody knows what everybody else is doing; why weren't the OSU coaches imitating what was going on in the practices and weight room sessions of the southern power houses like Florida and Bama?