Whoever voted "no" doesn't know anything about college football.
Agreed. Gordon is an absolute beast. I cannot figure out how Wisconsin finds these comparatively unheralded kids and consistently turns them into meat grinders. Every season there seems to be a great starter with a young up and comer in their stable. OSU's D-Line depth will hurt in the potential matchup with Wisconsin, but the Badgers are fairly one dimensional, and as good as they are at pounding the football their lack of a high level passing component will hurt them. In addition, Ohio State can outscore anybody in this league. It's dumbfounding that Schutt and Carter aren't capable enough to at least give this defense some quality minutes. Last year Mike Vrabel took a beating for supposedly refusing to substitute. Things were going to be different this season… but here they are again. No substitutions, players getting gassed - understandably so - and highly recruited players sitting the bench while Bosa, Washington, Bennett and Miller play the entire game.
Football, the greatest sport of them all, IMO, has been taking a beating of late. Listen, tens of thousands of young men/boys in this country have played football for decades and the VAST majority of them live normal, healthy lives. I played organized, tackle football from age 11 through HS. I have injuries from those years (dislocated shoulder, broken thumb, ligament tear in ankle), but I wouldn't trade the experience and/or the games for anything. I don't know if I suffered a concussion because in the 70's /80's it wasn't a consideration, generally speaking. You "got your bell rung" then went back in the game, and yes, I "got my bell rung" multiple times. I do know that I went on to college, graduated and I'm mentally sharp and focused. I have zero neurological issues - football related or otherwise. I have a few aches and pains specific to my injures, but at 50 I'm doing better than many others who never played a down of football. I believe that is the norm among those of us who played this game, and by a wide, vast margin. Are there terrible injuries? Absolutely. Are Soccer moms, the media and some litigators over reacting to the concussion issue? Again, I believe yes. Please note that I said "I believe" they are over reacting. It's only my opinion, but I believe it to be true. I think seeing what you hit, educating youth coaches to proper tackling technique and advanced technology in modern helmets is making this game as safe as it's ever been. I don't have a son (I have a daughter), but if I did I would not only let him play football, but it would be my hope that he would love the game and want to play as much as I did.
Asking people to "stop commenting each week" specific to anything Buckeye football is missing, at least in part, the point of the site. It's here for the Ohio State community to comment. That's the idea. That you disagree with some of the content of the posts is fine. That you expect people to "stop commenting" because you've explained how things are going to work (in your opinion, btw) is arrogant. Gary Danielson explained today how Ohio State, in his opinion, will get into the playoff… assuming they win out. Mike Greenberg explained this morning how he believed Ohio State has a very good chance to get in. You make it sound as if you have the all of the answers and those who disagree are simply "overly optimistic". We'll see how this ultimately works out, but the fun of this site is that people who love Ohio State can gather and share opinions… no matter how overly optimistic you might find them to be.
That's the best hair I've seen since Tom Crean's...
inadvertent double post...
I believe Ohio State is too attractive for too many reasons, assuming they win out, to be left out of the playoff. Possibly second only to Notre Dame, Ohio State is the Dallas Cowboys, Boston Celtics or NY Yankees of college football. They are as big a brand name as exists in the FBS. They are hated and/or loved, but rarely elicit feelings in between. They are ridiculed, derided and wished away… but they are secretly respected as a century long winning machine. More important than all of this, however, is that Ohio State is playing at a level at which few others are playing, and they're doing it at the perfect time of the season. Beat a solid to good Minnesota team on the road after thumping a very good MSU team, also on the road, and wrap that up with a pounding of TTUN in the greatest rivalry in college football followed by a B1G title game win over Nebraska (hopefully) and it will be almost impossible for this committee to keep the Buckeyes out of its invitation only party.
Barrett is the better quarterback, in my opinion. I believe he throws more accurately, reads defenses better, distributes the ball better and is tougher than Braxton Miller. Miller is a great athlete. Tremendous athletic ability… but not as good a quarterback as Barrett. Meyer cannot sit Barrett next season and start Miller. It wouldn't be fair to the team. Barrett has three years of eligibility remaining, and to interrupt his career so that Miller can play as a senior would make no sense. The nucleus of this team are the guys Barrett came in with or within a year of. I have to believe that nucleus wants Barrett to lead them next year and beyond. They wanna win a championship together. Miller is a great college football player, and he was dealt a cruel blow with his injury… but it's time for him to either move on the the NFL, or to fit into the offense next season as best he can. The starting quarterback in 2015, however, is going to be Barrett.
So the B1G has a 1/4 of the top 12 (OSU, MSU and Neb) while the SEC has 1/3 (Miss St, Bama, Aub, Ole Miss). The B1G has four teams in the top 25 (the three mentioned plus Wisky) and the SEC has 6 (the four mentioned plus LSU and Georgia). Again, the SEC is the conference by which all others are measured right now, and rightfully so… but the gap isn't NEARLY as wide as the national media (and those illiterates in the south) would have us believe. Had Minnesota not lost to a horrible Illinois team they would be ranked, probably somewhere around 20, give or take a spot or two. The B1G takes a beating, and to a certain extent it's justified… but the SEC isn't anywhere near as good as people give it credit for being and the B1G isn't nearly as bad.
Keep producing crap football teams and you'll continue getting "crowds" like this, as well bringing down the B1G. IU, Purdue, Illinois and Northwestern are jokes. I'm sick and tired of NW and the 'academic standards' excuse for their rotten recruiting. Stanford and Notre Dame have better and similar academic situations, but they still compete. IU, Purdue and Illinois have no built in excuse… they just stink. If I were a "fan" of these programs I wouldn't go to the games either. After decades of irrelevance, I imagine it gets very old.
Kinda dumb? Ohio State wears all whites, pro combats, traditional uniforms (minus the Nike tweaks that have lessened its aesthetics, imo) AND seemingly a different uni with some BS tie to a bygone era of Buckeye football dreamed up by Nike for essentially every TTUN game now. The 'observer' seems point on to me.
"Everyone has a plan til they get punched in the mouth". That's the second greatest quote of all time… right behind "because they wouldn't let me go for three".
Clowney, in my opinion, wasn't worthy of the overall number one pick. He had trouble staying on the field in college, and those problems continue in the NFL. I don't care how fast you run, how high you jump or how many times you can BP 220lbs… unless you can stay on the field you are useless. Bosa is a guy you can't keep off the field, and those are the guys you build a team around. Assuming he continues to develop, Bosa should absolutely be considered worthy of being the overall number one pick.
Defensive MVP: Bosa… and to me that's a must. Pressure on Cook is imperative.
Offensive MVP: O-Line… They MUST give Barrett time to get vertical, and get a good push so that EzE, Samuel and Dontre can do what they do.
Torn labrum is a 4-6 month recovery, typically. Miller will not be playing football in 2014 (nor in the bowl game). As for him being finished at QB for Ohio State… I tend to agree. If Meyer sits Barrett next season so that Miller can start/play, well, it seems that that would significantly impede JT's progress/maturation. Barrett is the QB of the future. He'll have three full seasons of eligibility remaining after '14. Miller is gone, if not before next season, certainly after. I don't see how Miller would be satisfied being anything other than the starting quarterback at Ohio State. I just can't see him happily coming off the bench to replace Barrett in special packages, or to run a QB draw every once in a while. Miller is an elite talent, but not an elite QB, imo. It'll be a very interesting 'problem' for Meyer and Herman. I can't wait to see what they come up with...
Agreed. I've noticed this several times on TuneIn, and today online. Epic fail… as the kids say.
Kindred spirits, brother. 1975, however, was the absolute worst. Still can't believe that UCLA beat Archie's Buckeyes in that Rose Bowl. It dumbfounds me to this day...
I was not familiar with the debacle that was the ending to the No. 1 Ohio State-Michigan State 1974
I watched it. I was 11… cried my lil eyes out like somebody stole my new bike on Christmas day. It was clear, even to an 11 year old boy, that the officials botched the end of the game. I still think, 40 years later, that Champ Henson scored.
PSU, with 50(ish) scholarship players, has better personnel than MSU? That makes absolutely zero sense to me.
We can't have it both ways. Either MSU is a legitimate top 10 team and this is the game that propels Ohio State into the playoff hunt, or MSU is a pretender who Oregon exposed in week two. It's far better for the Buckeyes if it's the former. Look, as much as I hate it, MSU is the B1G bully right now. With far less recruiting success (far, far less), MSU knocked Ohio State from its throne last year. That has carried over into this season. Having said that, I sincerely believe that OSU can go to East Lansing and beat MSU in their stadium. The athlete to athlete comparison strongly favors the Buckeyes. If the O line can give Barrett time to get vertical on that aggressive defense (big if), and if the coaches (Meyer/Herman) use their athletes aggressively (another big if) then Ohio State will win, IMO… but until they actually beat MSU, the Spartans are the B1G king. Talk is cheap. Just go win the game and prove to the nation that Ohio State is the real deal. Beating MSU at home, at night and on national TV, to me, means Ohio State has arrived under Meyer. I believe MSU is that good and that well coached.
Agree in totality with the OP. Three years of beating up on Illinois, IU, Purdue, et al, is great… but the measuring stick is next week. Yep, it's "only year three" (although, at damn close to three full seasons, that's pretty far into his tenure), but it's time step up and win a game of significant consequence. The entire country will be watching on November 8, waiting for the Buckeyes to fall on their face. It's time for Urban Meyer to earn, really earn, that 4.8 million a year he's paid. At OSU, bullying Purdue and Illinois is taken for granted, and you can get that done for a helluva lot less than nearly 5 mil a year to the HC. They're paying Meyer that kind of money to win titles… and winning his first B1G championship starts this Saturday night. Go Bucks!
Really wish they'd wear the traditional helmet with these. The jersey's are ok, the pants are very nice. I would like it much better with the traditional helmet… the best helmet in college football.
Stump is 6'5" I believe… and if he isn't he's still a tall (over 6'3" I'm sure), rangy WR.
Hoke wasn't coaching a program with the most significant scholarship reductions in college football history. Franklin, and I'm not saying I'm completely sold on him yet, is working with 50(ish) scholarship players and some walk-ons. Your comparison, in my opinion, is not valid… but maybe I'm missing your point???
Coaching, in football in particular and especially, is of paramount importance. Look no further than MSU. Rarely do they sign the elite player, but Dantonio/Narduzzi know how to develop the players they have into ballers. Same at Wisconsin. They develop incredible running backs and stout offensive lines, and rarely do their recruiting classes include a Maurice Clarett or a Korey Stringer. Oregon? They don't consistently recruit elite classes… but that system and those coaches know how to win and how to develop talent. The NFL is an even better example of how important coaching is in football. Rich Kotite's 96 NY Jets were 1-15. Parcells comes in and that one win team in 1996 becomes a 9-7 team in 97. Look at what Jim Harbaugh has done. Stanford went from a joke under Walt Harris (I liked Harris as OSU's QB coach) to national title contender under Harbaugh in three years. Harbaugh then turned the 49ers into a regular in the NFC title game after the club languished under Mike Singletary. I used to be a huge believer in recruiting… and I still am to some degree. But there are too many programs winning consistently that simply don't recruit at elite levels.