Don't forget we were only a "solid" defense away from playing for a national title. Meyer won a championship with Chris Leak, he can win one with Braxton. But not without a great defense.
I was one of the whiny posters, I was really worried about our commitment number through early June. Here it is July and I have no worries. Fan is short for fanatic, and there is a reason I work at a hospital and not coaching big time college athletics. I humbly eat my words and will do my best to let the coaches coach
Our recruiting class is shaky at best so far. I know I will get down voted for not being optimistic when the season has not even started yet. But we have no clear cut recruit to recruit other players. I hope it finishes better than it has started.
Should be an interesting year. I am not sure that we have ever had a quarterback return for their final season who already has this many accolades. We will have a lot of young talent on this team, but I truly believe we will only be as good as our defense is. We have more playmakers on offense, but there is NO way we will have the same power run game. We just lost the best offensive line Urban Meyer has ever coached. If we have a shut down SEC defense, or ala Sparty, we will be really, really good. If not, I foresee some bumps in the road.
I personally don't think we were talented enough last year to win a national title. Defensively we were a nightmare, or we would have played for a national championship. Offensively we were the same as 2012, with just a better decoy in Dontre Wilson. There is saying that goes.... Hard work only beats talent, if talent doesn't work hard enough. This year we have talent and I hope we work hard, because respect is earned, not given.
Thank you for saying that. It's easy to place blame on others, but great leaders place blame on themselves too. Everyone wants to see Luke succeed, I just wish he would take ownership in the fact that we stunk defensively last year.
Very excited for 2014, I feel like Urban hit two home run hires. I was thinking about all we lost but when I look at the athletes replacing them I am like my gosh. I know our offensive line will be a worry but I feel like we arguably have the best offensive line coach in the country. Our defense frankly, can't be any worse. I blamed Fickell a lot this season but I trust he was not the problem our he would have been replaced. In Urban I trust and I look forward to the 2014 Buckeyes.
I like the hire and I like the hire of Johnson. I think our defense is only going to improve. This will be the year that Urban's recruiting will really shine. Until now we have mostly played with the same recruits from the Tressel/Fickell era. I believe we will actually be better all around next year
I don't blame philly,our qb made more mistakes. Where are the silver bullets?
The better team won. Better players, better quarterback. Michigan State exposed us. We were/are paper champions. Braxton gave us a chance but he is no where near nfl ready. Terelle was a better thrower with his awkward delivery. Defensively, well we are terrible. Is it coaching or is it players? Who knows? I look forward to next year, we know our flaws, so how do we address them. To the long off season.........
I hate that we loss, I thought this was a team of destiny. I was wrong and the fan in me got ahead of my objective side. Here's truth, our offense was abysmal 2 years ago, and now is elite. We didn't have our best showing yesterday, but if our lowest point total is 24 I'll take that. All year long and for the last 2 years our problem is defense. It's easy to say we don't have the right players, but Urban once called the wide receivers the most dysfunctional group he has ever seen and they have shown vast improvement. Our offensive line went from our greatest worry to our greatest strength after losing nfl draft picks. How long should we wait for the defense to improve? I have watched the offensive staff take a dysfunctional group and make them elite. I wish the defensive staff specifically whoever is in charge of the back 7 would do the same. Am I right or am I overreacting?
I have a feeling this is Braxton's last game at home. He is throwing his body around like never before.... Enjoy it buckeye fans
Really proud of our Buckeyes. 22-0 with a chance to set a school record. Really hard to bitch about that. I wish we perfect but then again I realize, really no one is perfect. Stop hating and start supporting because none of the networks will.
Not a great showing today, but it's amazing to struggle and put up 60. Our offense would give anyone problems. But my god, we are not silver bullets. Our defense is physical but average. Of all the teams I can remember winning bcs national championships, it seems like the common theme they all had, is they played elite defense. It is Urban's number one goal on his plan to win. So I would think someone or something has to give at the end of the season. I know it is crazy to complain after 22 straight wins but if we want to be objective..... Urban took over one of the worst offenses in college football with an o-line that was a weakness of our team. In less than 2 years this is our strength. So what gives on defense? Is it players or is it coaching. I don't know but like the team I won't grow complacent
Bama is a well coached team, but their players make them special. FSU has a ton of nfl talent. They are a tough matchup for anyone. I hate to say it but the rankings will be deserved. Alabama 1, FSU 2, And Ohio State 3. I think we can beat anyone but we need some help. Not unfamiliar territory, let the season play out, then we can gripe. But rest assured we would have to play an A plus game to beat either Alabama or Florida State. I just hope we get a chance.
Punched in the mouth yes, but nothing like the 02 team. They played great defense
It's great to win today. I am never one to point fingers but today I have too. At what point do we stop giving pedestrian quarterbacks their career day? Our pass defense is horrendous. If you look at our roster we are loaded with defensive talent. If you watch the games our defense is really fast. But we have more blown coverage/open receivers than any other good team in the country. To this point offensive staff A-, defensive staff C-. I get we have young players, I get we don't have ideal linebackers, but Vrabel seems to do fine with young talent. I don't know who to point the finger at but this is unacceptable. Urban Meyer's number 1 goal on his plan to win IS to play great defense. I think it is safe to say we are poorly coached in the back 7.
I agree with your comment, but I would like to pose this question. Just because you don't have the players to fit the system doesn't mean you cannot excel at fundamentals. Great players make great plays because they are gifted. But great players make easy plays look easy because they are disciplined. We hammer our coaches and ride our players. So what gives are we undercoached or are we less talented?
What a great win, hats off to Northwestern, they played a great game. This game won't win us any love in the polls but it sure is fun to watch the Buckeyes come from behind in a hostile environment. I thought they showed great resolve tonight. My biggest concern with Ohio State tonight is Braxton Miller. He is the most gifted player on the field every week, but fails to let the offense run at full speed. He looks slow in his reads, and lost reading pass coverage. I look forward to the bye week because I think his biggest strides will be made mentally.
I guess I am in the minority this week, I am not worried about this game. I think we will be able to run the ball against them, which opens up everything. I do not expect a blowout, I think it will be a close game. But I think we are clearly more talented from a personnel standpoint, and I believe our coaches will have as ready to win the game. The best thing about being 6-0 is the chance to go 7-0.
We have the best problem in college football. The national media hates us, our fan base wants video game results, and all we do is get better and win every week. I for one remember a 6-7 season. 17-0 is damn impressive. I just find it funny that everyone is waiting for us to click like Oregon, Alabama, or Clemson. These teams all lost last year, not in a bowl game, but during the meat of their conference schedules. Maybe they should click like us and just win EVERY game. Until we lose, consider me satisfied.
Very happy with the win. Coach Guiton played great and our offensive line looked great. I look forward to getting Braxton and Hyde back soon. Having said that, I have to give some props to the Cal quarterback. That kid played a gutsy game and throws a great ball
I would play braxton if he could go. He needs game reps before Wisconsin and needs the experience of playing in a hostile environment. Braxton has to get better at reading defenses and I believe the best way is game experience. I think we could win with Guiton but it would be detrimental to Braxton's growth
The front seven is scary next year. We have talent but do we have leaders? The answer is yes, we have Urban freakin Meyer, Luke fricken Fickell, and Everett freakin Withers. They will find a solution. Change is inevitable but growth is optional. We will grow, we will persevere, we will beat Alabama and take down the SEC
I think this is a tough year to run the table. I believe our stats will be better, our offense improved, but ultimately we drop a game. It is a big deal to replace your front 7(6 with shazier). I believe 2014 is our banner year but only if Braxton stays. We have great recruits but they need time to develop. We are not far away, but 26-0 is almost impossible no matter who coaches the team. If anyone could do it, it is Urban Meyer, I just want our expectations to match reality