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Comment 19 hours ago

You can argue that the spread turns some off, but the truth is more and more teams are running a version of the spread and the NFL is now starting to incorporate various elements.

I'd definitely argue the spread. Your counter points are absolutely correct, and will change OL recruiting going into the future, but the perception that you're more likely to be a high draft pick as an OL in a pro-style system is definitely out there. There's a reason why even down UM teams have won battles for OL recruits with OSU in the last few cycles. Especially early on in Hoke's regime when he was pushing the "we're going to commit fully to playing a pro-style offense" line; which they have to some degree, just hasn't been effective. I think we'll see the perception start to change though, and recruiting with it.

Also, just my two cents, but the way recruiting sites evaluate OL recruits (in terms of who is top tier and who isn't) is conducive to pro-style teams as well. A lot of the heavy grapplers that excell in pro-style systems, and are ranked very highly by recruiting sites, don't quite fit what you're looking for out of an OL in a spread system (which is built around pace, conditioning, athleticism, etc). I could be wrong on that, but it's my perception based on following recruiting the last few years.  

Comment 26 Oct 2014

Auburn limps past a turrrrible South Carolina and jumps MSU? Makes sense...

Comment 26 Oct 2014

You're absolutely right as I see it.

When is the last time you can remember saying to yourself, "The OSU defense is going to have to win this game for us, and I think they can do it"? That alone shows me how much they've improved in a short period of time. Let's keep in mind that they gave up 10 points in regulation. Almost all of Hackenberg's passing yards/TDs came during the 4th Quarter when the team was in prevent defense trying to get them to run out the clock.

Comment 26 Oct 2014

It's really a subjective thing, so no one's wrong here of course. But personally I found the LSU / Ole Miss game really boring outside of the first few drives in the 1st Quarter (the LSU turnovers), and the last Ole Miss drive in the 4th Quarter (Ole Miss turnover). In all honesty I tuned in and out of it though, so I may have missed a lot of the action. But it reminded me a bit of the Alabama - LSU regular season game a few years ago: FANTASTIC game if you like defense (and only defense), really boring game if you want to watch offensive execution. 

Comment 25 Oct 2014

I didn't downvote you (nothing wrong with what you said), but the PSU d-line and LB group has been in our backfield the entire night. The difference between the VT and PSU games and everyone else IMO has been their ability to disrupt the OL consistently. The predictable playcalling, the way I see it anyway, is more of a reaction to not being able to allow Barrett to sit and the pocket and have his way with a defense the way he has been lately.

Comment 25 Oct 2014

Don't think they're confident in JT's ability to throw right now. If he tweaked his knee in the 2nd quarter as they said it'd make sense -- almost everything he's thrown in the 2nd half has been just a bit underthrown. Likely limiting his ability to step into his throws. Gotta hope the defense can hold them the rest of the way, or that our running game wakes up.

Comment 25 Oct 2014

Our OL can't block their DL. That completely changes the gameplan, you can't put our OL's inability to block their pass rush against Herman IMO. Even on the called long passes, Barrett has no time in the pocket to make those throws, whereas the past few weeks he's had all day back there. When you're getting bullrushed all game, that completely changes what can and can't call from a play-calling perspective. It was very similar in the VT game. If you can hold blocks, you have time in the pocket, if you have time in the pocket you can call plays that require deeper routes from the WRs, etc.

Comment 25 Oct 2014

Have to go conservative until the OL proves they can block someone. Almost exact replica of their performance against VT; crumbling against any and all blitzes, which is making JT squirm in the pocket. If they get it together I could see OSU start to open it up more, but until then I'd be surprised if it happens.

Comment 25 Oct 2014

I agree. I thought at one point with the recruiting classes they've pulled in that they'd just need a change in coach to be relevant again. But there hasn't been any development at all of those classes from what I've seen. After the inevitable coaching change, it's going to take a couple of years of developing the players they have before they're a decent team again in my opinion. Don't see Miles or Harbaugh (either Harbaugh) as coaches who would want to have to rebuild a team.

They're likely going to have to take a chance on someone young and unproven but with potential upside, and hope they get lucky on that selection. If I'm a coach with a name, I wouldn't want to tempt fate with it by opting for a Michigan team that looks absolutely dead and is going to take 2-3 years to rebuild. When they hired Hoke, he was an up and comer. Now he looks absolutely foolish and incompetent. When they hired Rich Rodriguez, he was an up and comer. He left looking foolish and incompetent -- only to go to Arizona and show what he was able to show at WVU (that he's a very good coach who has a system that works). At some point you have to wonder if it's the job and not the coaches.

Comment 25 Oct 2014

Minnesota is why the B1G can't have nice things. One week at #25 in the Coach's Poll and they choke it away against hapless Illinois, yeesh.

Comment 25 Oct 2014

I noticed a couple of Weber to MSU CBs on 247 by MSU staff writers over the last day or so (I'm assuming based on speculation that Weber may visit MSU for this MSU-UM game). I think they're likely homer predictions, but if Weber did commit to MSU it'd be interesting to see whether Larry Scott rethinks his MSU commitment.

Comment 24 Oct 2014

For any who may not follow recruiting closely: Vic Enwere (just scored the TD for CAL) almost ended up at Michigan, opted for CAL instead. Good choice hahahah.

Comment 22 Oct 2014

In all seriousness, Austin Ward (the writer of the ESPN article) writes some good OSU stuff. He covers the B1G in general, but typically with an OSU focus. His articles on OSU almost always have a positive spin, and rarely get into the SEC lovefest that the rest of ESPN's stuff does -- so he's definitely worth giving a shot if you haven't before.

Comment 21 Oct 2014

Can't say how happy I am that I was DEAD WRONG on Baker! haha. Good day to be a Buckeye!

Comment 19 Oct 2014

LOVE these visuals! Gets my stat senses tingling.

OSU's season stats according to NCAA.com for those curious:
Passing Offense - #34
Rushing Offense - #16
Total Offense - #9

Passing Defense - #16
Rushing Defense - #41
Total Defense - #15

Incredibly balanced team, that's what excites me most about their potential.

Comment 19 Oct 2014

Drew Sharp (the idiot Birm is referencing) from Detroit does this EVERY year that I can remember over the last 3+. People like him, who vote with a grudge, are why these polls don't deserve to be taken seriously. Nothing about OSU's slaughter of Rutgers yesterday says they're 9 spots worse than they were last week. Just idiotic grudge-based voting. 

Edit: Birm revised and mentioned that Sharp didn't have OSU ranked at all last week (so rather than drop them from the top-25, he's just now decided to rank them for the first time in several weeks). I've noticed in years past he's done the same, despite writing from Detroit he does nothing but bash the B1G. Weird agenda to have for a Midwesterner, don't really get it. Maybe he's a UM fan that wants to bring the rest of the B1G down with his dumpster fire fandom.

Comment 19 Oct 2014

^Baker retweeted that (in more FWIW news); one in a number of recent "not a good look for UF" things haha.

Add this to the ongoing flip conversation (Kurelic writes for the OSU 247 site):

Comment 19 Oct 2014

Actually shaping up nicely.

OSU could theoretically have wins against four top 25 teams by the end of the year: Maryland (who is very close to a top-25 team currently, and will likely be top-25 if they beat Wisconsin this week), MSU, Minnesota (currently top-25, could finish top 25 if they win against Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, lose to OSU and Nebraska), and Nebraska in the B1G CG. 

Comment 19 Oct 2014

You see it across football programs nation wide now. That's the part of college football (and pro football, as well as our culture at large frankly) that makes me a bit sick sometimes. I'm all for second chances, but it seems like our standards for heroes have declined tremendously over the last couple of decades. Doesn't matter what you do or how you treat people so long as you win, I guess. We should demand better.

Comment 19 Oct 2014

Penn state is next week fwiw..

Whoops, you're right! Two weeks from now. Rivals 5* Safety Rashad Roundtree intends to visit that same weekend IIRC, could end up being a huge recruiting night. Something to look out for.

Comment 18 Oct 2014

Now that both Texas and Texas A&M (considered his favorites) suck, wonder if the chances for getting consensus #1 OLB Malik Jefferson in this class may improve? Believe he visits next week for the Illinois game.