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.
Can't say how happy I am that I was DEAD WRONG on Baker! haha. Good day to be a Buckeye!
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.
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.
^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):
"Jerome Baker may flip to Ohio State even if Muschamp keeps his job at Florida." @Bill_Kurelic— Mark Neal (@ESPNMark) October 19, 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.
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.
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.
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.
If a Gator scores a TD and no one's in the stadium to see it, did they really score?
/Deep thoughts by Jack Handey
No doubt about it. I haven't written those guys off whatsoever; just seems like the sort of defense that takes reps to really acclimate to. You can see it in the starters and the strides forward they seem to be making every week with more playing time.
Is Nebraska really going to lose to Northwestern? Yugh. NW playing hardcore spoilers this year. OSU/MSU could very well play a 3-loss, unranked B1G West team in the B1G CG this year. :/
I think this Ohio State team can play with and beat anyone in the country right now. I think this team this year can win the national title if allowed to play for it.
If they stay healthy. I don't know if anyone else noticed, but the drop off on defense from the starters to the backups (Cam Williams, Chris Worley, Cam Burrows, Gareon Conley, Tommy Schutt, etc.) was bigger than I thought it'd be. It could just be their lack of playing time, but the garbage time injuries -- and the way Rutgers was moving the ball at will (with really simple misdirection runs time and again) -- made me aware for the first time this year of just how far the starting unit on defense has come.
I'm also not sure of how big the drop off would be from JT to Cardale; Cardale looks fantastic at the read, but we haven't had a chance to see him throw regularly (this year or last frankly), so I'm not sure where he is there. But I agree with your point about OSU being able to stand up to pretty much anyone -- so long as they're healthy. MSU will obviously be the test of that, though.
UF, UK, and Ole Miss all losing -- couldn't get better!
If I'm Jerome Baker, I have to question whether I want to get myself involved in that mess in Gainesville.
Losing to an unranked team by two TDs knocks Baylor out of the top 10 easily. Don't think there's any question about it myself.
IRT the OP: not sure why OSU WOULD jump into the top 10, though. Not because I don't think they're worthy/a top-10 quality team, but because OSU is currently at #13, and only 3 top 10 teams (if one of Ole Miss or Oregon loses) will have lost tonight. #5 ND losing to #2 FSU is unlikely to knock them out of the top 10 (the voters are VERY kind to top 5 teams that lose to other top 5 teams, see Bama and Auburn a couple of weeks ago). So at best OSU would be #10 -- probably #11 with KSU jumping them (#14 who beat #11 Oklahoma today).
Looks like he's headed for a trilling defeat.
I'll see myself out.
Down goes Baylor!
Seems like a really classy, genuine guy as well from what I can tell. The hand-written letters he writes to players who've been injured (iirc) is just one example of that. I tend to root for KSU against essentially anyone but OSU.
Not to mention KSU wasting two timeouts on one play. Sloppy time management!
Oklahoma gets an extra point blocked, and now misses a 19 yard field goal to go ahead! KSU 31-30 with 3:53 left.
Wow, I think I finally found the channel I'll watch for sports coverage.
Fox Sports One announcer in response to South Carolina vs Furman:
"Can we NOT have the SEC playing Furman in October and Novermber? My Goodness."
Hahah love it, so true. Weakest OOC schedules of any conference through Oct-Nov every year.
WVU is definitely a legit offense, I don't question whether they'd challenge almost anyone. What strikes me more is the fact that they're having wide open lanes to run through, and their WRs are frequently wide, wide open. Baylor plays defense (whether against WVU, TCU, etc) like it's an after thought. No real toughness or gap discipline whatsoever. Every game they play against a top-25 team is going to be a 50/50 proposition IMO. Reminds me a bit of Oregon in past years.
The fact that TCU scored their most points in the last two years against Baylor speaks a bit to what I'm saying. Too big a weakness to stay undefeated for long, I think.
What is Holgorsen doing with this no punt returner/full punt block technique? Forcing themselves to drive 90 yards for no reason whatsoever.