Bama wins a close game. I think Michigan would be completely shut down on offense, like LSU. I don't see them scoring enough points to threaten the Tide. I also think Alabama's freshman QB Hurd is a real playmaker who has come into his own. Reminds me a lot of JT. This would be a bad match up for that team up North.
I hope to see Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson exposing the LB cover on early downs. JT is going to need to be a lot sharper this week, but there will be some openings.
We don't give a damn
For that Godless state
Thank goodness the B1G top teams no longer have to wait 50+ days for their elite bowl game, thought it might be a 33 day wait for the Buckeyes if they win and get in the top 4.
It is impressive how they move Peppers around to give the offense different looks.But if the weather is decent and they call the aggressive game plan Urban is known to call against TTUN, I have a lot of confidence the Buckeyes will score enough points to win this game. The challenge will be to stop all the misdirections and downfield running. Might need to add more beef on that defensive line, call more stunts and LB run blitzes. Need to really be aggressive on both sides of the ball.
Great game by Weber, ran his heart out. I really don't put this on the coaches. I think JT and the receivers had a bad game. I think there were a lot of points left on the table, and that probably drove more conservative play calling. The Bullets gave me a scare with that second to last Sparty drive (also known as Let's make LJ Scott look like Jim Brown), but that last drive I felt very good. With no timeouts, O Sparty was going to have to throw, and that wasn't going to happen.
I cheered against Dorsett for his whole active career, but I have always had respect for him. My respect is bursting today. What a great way for an icon to see his record broken. And I love the relationship he seems to have with Zeke. I think I might be quietly cheering for the Cowboys this year - such a great story.
I remember that game well, and JT was awesome. I also think that the game plan was one of the best in the Meyer era. I really struggle with how different this game was played last year. I understand the weather was terrible, but attack the outside when they're stacking the box. Hindsight is 20/20, but I hope their game plan resembles two years ago. I think it will.
Before we get too cocky, remember how the Michigan St. game turned out last year when they had to replace their injured QB. For whatever reason, unknown QBs give the Buckeyes all kinds of problems. O'Korn just barely lost out to Speight, and he is more mobile. I do not think this is a huge blow to Michigan, and could play into their favor. Their guys will probably play with a bigger chip on their shoulders. This doesn't change anything for the Buckeye's defense and how they prepare, but I hope they play very aggressive and get this guy as uncomfortable as possible. This will be a dogfight.
Honestly, it really defies logic, but I would accept narrowly missing out on the playoffs before I could root for TTUN. I think these guys get it. I am not saying I would have been terribly upset if they would have beat Iowa, but I sure wasn't going to cheer for it. I like how deflated they are right now. Speight looks banged up, too. I feel alot better about the Game today. Go Bucks!!!
I have watched that Hooker pick six about 50 times and it does not get old to me. But I am equally impressed whenever you see another Buckeye taking it to the house, #24 usually seems to be putting a hat on somebody to help them get there. I am going to miss Malik - pleasure to watch him this year.
While I would love to bring him in for a series against TTUN, I agree with coach Fickell. Leave him on defense and let him continue to improve. In fact, if he has spare time, reading and breaking up passes to the FB and TE might be a game changer against the Wolverines. We are going to see a healthy dose of misdirection in The Game, and I think Hooker could make a game changing play or two.
I don't get the hate, personally. They're fans... if they get attention because of their appearance and make money off of that, who cares. I am not paying for their pictures or autographs, so it doesn't bother me. They obviously pay for their seats, and if the camera men put them on TV, good for them.
I have heard people say that these celebrity fans are not nice in person. I saw Buck I Guy in New Orleans before the Sugar Bowl with LSU. I yelled from the car "Go Bucks" and he waved. I don't really need any more interaction with him. I assume they have a lot of people come up to them and start talking, trying to take pictures with them, and that probably gets annoying. If they are less than civil, its probably understandable.
I hope both Noah and Dontre are feeling better with rest, but I worry about each of their sore leg/foot injuries after having major injuries the previous season. I cheer for all Buckeyes, but I really am pulling for these two based on what they have been through.
Chris Ash was a big part of the defensive reformation over the last couple of years and he is probably, and understandably, proud to have been a part of it. Malik Hooker might be my favorite Buckeye defensive player to watch since Antoine Winfield. His instincts and point of attack speed is awesome. Lattimore has been fun to watch as well. Not pointing those two out as being better than the others, because they're have been many other standouts, but I was really pulling for these two (and Erick Smith) to have big seasons. I played defensive back in high school and that is the position I probably watch most critically.
I love this kid and will always wish him well. Classy young man. It is a shame that the pieces don't fit, but I think he is making the right decision. As long as it isn't in that sewer up north, I hope he succeeds where ever he lands. He will be a Buckeye to me. Happy travels Danny!
Amen!!! Never understand people that aren't interested in a thread not moving to the next one. Out of 40 threads on the active forums page, I am probably interested in 10. I have no inclination to open the other 30 and tell the OP or Mods I am not interested in the thread. It is silly and childish.
There's no doubt Hooker (or Lattimore) can do it, but I agree with everybody else that this is what you do when you have no equivalent talent on the other side of the ball. As talented as Hooker is, he isn't blowing away Samuel, Dixon, Wilson, McClaurin, Hill, McCall, and that is just to name a few. There are just so many explosive guys on offense, why risk losing the country's top safety to a possible fluke injury. Unnecessary risk. I would rather see them let Hooker catch an errant toss from the old gunslinger Mayfield because I think there are going to be more than a couple of those.
I am trying not to be overconfident, and I respect Mayfield, but I don't think he is going to be the biggest factor in the game. I think Deshone Kizer is much better and the Buckeyes kept him contained even after losing Bosa. It really comes down to whether the offense can get in a rhythm. Is going to be the offense that ran through the Irish last year or blew a tire against the Spartans.
The most important matchup to me is that OK offensive line vs the Buckeyes D-Line. I think not only Hill but Landers and the ends have to be so disruptive that the Sooners get no push. I think Larry Johnson is going to keep the D line fresh and playing aggressively. If they can force Mayfield into a lot of throwing situations, I like the Buckeyes chances. If the Buckeyes defense is on its heels, it is going to be tough.
Even as favorites, this is a statement game for the Buckeyes. Offensively, they really need to play with an edge, pants on fire. I am praying for good weather. The Sooners are talented by fragile - if they start to get pushed around, they tend to collapse. I hope that is the case Saturday. Can't wait.
Stoops is a good coach and there is a lot of talent on the Oklahoma team, but I think the Buckeyes are going to be up to the task. One note, and I am not one who gets into the hidden meaning of terms, but JT is a great athlete playing QB is a sideways compliment, at best. That is how people usually say that the guy is not a real QB. If I am Tim Beck, I am reviewing this comment with JT before film study and practice this week. "Hey great athlete playing QB"... that sort of thing. I hope JT throws for 300 yards and 5 TDs. Go Bucks!!!
I think Coach Meyer has an axe to grind after the 2008 championship game - he will be motivated to expose coach Stoops. I like it when Urban has a chip on his shoulder.
Agreed, everybody is thinking college. I think the Dallas Cowboys might be a possible destination.
I hope JT really gets to drive - especially early in the season. Give him the big picture and some recommended plays, and let him call the plays himself. Can you imagine how fast the offense can go if he can call three or four plays consecutively, looking back when there is a change in situation or a critical down? JT is smart enough to take this offense to new levels!
It is that time of year when I get very excited about a few players, boldly predict they will have breakout seasons, and watch them get hurt or suspended, or fizzle out. I know it is all my doing. This year, I boldly predict Jabril Peppers will be a Heisman candidate!!! Take that, Jinx Gods!!!