What is the old golf saying, "The last three holes of a round will automatically adjust your score to what it really should be."? Something to that effect, I would take a round like that any day just to be on the course.
Not really sure what going 2-1 vs Carrol has to do with tOSU, unless i missed a coaching change at some point? But Carroll was almost famous for losing one (or 2) games every year that he should have won on paper, as you said USC was pretty good back then. I really think you need to look at the job Urban and staff did last year when talking up coaches, winning a NC with your 3rd string QB is something we may never see again in our lifetime. The things you hear about Carroll during his USC days are not the same thing you hear about Urban now.
Never thought i would actually hear a reference to Hicksville OH, on this site (or anywhere for that matter).
Complacency is a problem, BUT I don't think that was the problem for our team last year and I really doubt that will be expecting to win just by showing up this year. I have to believe they will be hungry for this game as that is all they heard about last year was the one blemish and it almost cost us the shot at the title.
Now if you are a fan and not a member of the team then by all means talk the talk, me stating that we are going to win by a cagillion points is in no way going to change the out come of the game. I don't play for the team or have any contact with the team so overconfident I can be. I find it hard to believe that Urban won't have them ready for that game and by extension the whole year. Winning a Undisputed Championship can have an overwhelming effect on the culture of a team and while it is going to be really, really hard to repeat I don't think complacency will be the reason for any lose we might suffer this season.
Battlefield Earth, just terrible. But for some reason i always watch it.
I could watch this play for days (and have), it is a symphony of movement. Could it have been done any better? I think not!
Baldwin was such a pleasant surprise last year, just flat got it done. Rarely did you hear his name during a game and that is a testament to how far he came as a player. I really look forward to see who steps up and takes his place, should be a great battle. I have to root for Farris (seems like he's a gamer and one of my favorite under the radar guys) but either way we as fans will win as the o line has been a wrecking crew lately.
Preparation and motivation in combination = greatness! They say that every championship team has to have a bit of luck on their side but as the op pointed out, we lost 2 QB's, a great pass rusher, replaced most of the offensive line, and witnessed the unfortunate passing of a player. I can't say that luck was any where to be found, and I for one don't think we will ever see a season like this one again (I expect more championships just not in this fashion) and I really don't think it has set in yet. With everything that happened I think the more time goes on the more impressed I will be (and that is saying a lot).
There will always be attrition at a place like tOSU, and I am sure the coaches are aware that certain players may be looking else where to play as the depth chart is stacked against them here. Throw in a Undisputed National Championship and it could mean that some of these guys on the bench got a ring and want to move on and make a name for themselves else where so they can get to the "league". I don't mean for that to come off as a negative either, you only have so many years to play and then it's over.
A killer offensive line with a great running back and skilled WR/TE, couple that with a scheme meant to attack defenses both horizontally and vertically (although i suppose all systems could say the same), yeah i would say it is QB friendly. But all that said if the player with the ball in his hands isn't doing the right thing at the right time then the system ain't going to work. The ability of the coaching staff to call plays that can take advantage of the 3 QB we have had starting for us this year cannot be under estimated either, as they all are different from one another but all have had the success (as the op alluded to) but it is a combination of coaching, recruiting, preparation and game management that makes the system work.
How can we have the best coaching staff, didn't Jerry Kill win the Coach of the Year?
Bosa was the focus of Bama's offensive line. It was pretty apparent from the get go that they weren't going to let him beat them and Bama's line isn't a bunch of chumps. To say that he was "nowhere" is so far out of bounds I can't even wrap my head around it. Oregon's line is much improved but it has been a patch work of players for much of the year, I would certainly rate Bama's line above their's and that is not an insult to Oregon but more a function of overall health.
Sit out? Well that would show all the NFL GM's that he is the ultimate team player then. Players play, that's what they do, risks are always part of the equation and injuries do happen but I would be hard pressed to believe Joey would sit out a year and leave his team mates high and dry.
Totally agree, I live north of Findlay and the ttun are so full of themselves right now it's not even funny. There is no worse fan then one from Ohio that roots for ttun and i work with a lot of them, now let me be clear here, this isn't a traitor remark or a "your from Ohio you should root for the Buckeyes" comment. They can root for whom ever they want but they will spout about the high academic standards and the whole "most wins" thing at the mere mention of any accomplishment by any other B1G team, and can tell you why your team will fail. My response is always the same "in the last 3 years how many ranked teams have you beat?", "what signature wins do you have in the last 5 years?" and "how many B1G championships have you won in the last 10 years?". This will sound cliche but every spring i can go to my local Walmart and see the corn and blue out in force but come November that changes and all i have heard recently is how "Ohio" isn't even our biggest rival and the game only matters to "Ohio" fans.
I'm don't know that Harbaugh is a "rock star" to the high school kids, he is certainly a name brand coach and has won everywhere he has gone but he has more of a Brian Kelly appeal, to me anyways. And there will always be kids who want to play for ttun, but he has to start assembling a staff, evaluating talent, strike up a relationship with the recruits and convince them to (in some cases flip) come to ttun all before signing day, that is a tall order indeed. I realize that the class was going to be a small one to begin with but as of now they have 6 commits and not a lot of time, plus he has to evaluate what talent is on the current roster and who is going to transfer. I don't know Hoke or Harbaugh but from everything I have every read the 2 couldn't be more different in the personality department and that might not be everyone's cup of tea, transfers always happen. You are of course right that Urban did throw down the gauntlet and challenge the rest of the B1G, with this hire they raised the bar and competition is always a good thing.
One of my favorite games of recent memory. Remember the lead up to the game and everyone thought we would get run out of the stadium, most underrated D-line we had, they were really good.
A good leader will seek out quality people who he feels share his values. It's not an accident that winning coaches continue to win no matter where they go, hiring quality people and letting do what they do but also coaching the coaches is what make a great leader. It's a mindset that few can master, a constant pursuit of excellence that many talk about but few can attain. In the end a great head coach is a must because he will hire great people to coach.