IMO it's a good example of the fact that almost any team can beat almost any other team on a given day in CFL. BC looked mediocre at best their first two games, and USC has arguably the best starting 22 in college football (their weakness is depth...and also apparently stopping the run as of this game). This year especially I feel like there are a lot of good teams, almost no elite teams; closest to elite would likely be Oregon, FSU and Oklahoma. Jury is out to some degree on FSU after their game against Ok St.
Unfortunately I feel he/Kentucky can put a positive spin on this. Don't think a couple of years ago anyone would think Kentucky could hang with Florida. Florida is a considerably worse team now than then, but they do still have that UF shine to them (see: Jerome Baker going there), so to a recruit like Damien Harris it probably is a sign of growth for Kentucky. Just my two cents.
Did Mussberger REALLY just use the "BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE" line? LOOOL
I personally think Damien Harris may already be gone based on the last few recruiting articles I've read on him. So I'd like to see UF lose the rest of their games. 1) Because I hate UF. And 2) Perhaps Ohioan Jerome Baker will reconsider (he is taking an OSU official visit from what I understand).
lol just heard Mussberger say Kentucky out-recruited OSU for WR Dorian Baker. OSU never offered Baker, what are these hombres smoking tonight?
Speaking of SEC football, I'm watching the UK - UF game on the SEC network (for some unknown reason), and Jesse Palmer just compared UF and UK to the Steelers and the Ravens. Florida does have a great defense, but I almost spit out my coffee on that comparison haha.
Kick out of bounds to start the game is a pretty accurate way of describing the season for the B1G thus far haha.
Usually don't complain about downvotes, but some of the downvotes I've seen people get post-OSU loss last week have been ridiculous. What in the world could anyone have possibly seen in your post that warrants a downvote? It seems to me that we have a lot of trolls on this forum as of late. Would love to hear from whoever gave you that downvote IRT what their reasoning for it was.
Everything you said seems pretty accurate to me. Definitely not warranting a downvote according to the policy I'm familiar with when it comes to acceptable/unacceptable downvoting.
P.S. Did anyone else have beautiful Sweatervest flashbacks watching Cardale take snaps from the I and hand it off? I know I did.
I actually would love it if OSU would mix in some of that (traditional single-back, QB under center formation stuff) during meaningful snaps. Especially 4th and 1, or on the goal-line. Not only would it catch teams off-guard, it does hit me in kind of a sentimental way being an OSU fan all my life; reminds me of the days with Eddie George, Maurice Clarrett, or even Beanie Wells tearing it up back there.
Pretty much. ECU had a fantastic 1st quarter, but really hasn't been able to do a thing against VT's defense since.
Yep. Even from limited play this season (and watching a few of his HS games last season), it's obvious that Kwon has the "it" factor. I like Grant, but I think so long as Kwon understands how to operate in the defense as a MLB (often a complex position to play), you have to let him play as much as humanly possible. Given that this is Grant's last year, you have to think Kwon has a much higher ceiling with 2-3 more years left; why not start building that ceiling right now? Better long-term investment, though I certainly think Grant still deserves some playing time.
The let-down game is pretty common in college football. See: OSU loses to Purdue 26-18 in 2009 after a big win over Wisconsin the previous week.
Still think VT can pull this one out, though. I don't read as much into what VT losing/struggling in this game means about OSU as many do. The same way I don't read that much into what MSU's early loss to ND last year meant for the quality of team they were at the end of the year.
Please catch the freaking ball.
...with your hands and not your chest. Bit frustrating watching poor technique at the college level haha.
The only issue I have with the WRs is their catching everything with their chest (and not with their hands), which results in a lot of drops. That, for me anyway, is more on the coaches than the players themselves. In the same way I'd put bad tackling technique on coaches rather than players. Personally I do feel the tackling has gotten a bit (not a lot, but a bit) better this year, so there's still hope for the WRs.
Beat MSU, UM, PSU, win the B1G Championship, and beat a good OOC in the bowl game and I will consider this season a FANTASTIC success. Any of us who expected a national championship this year probably weren't being honest with ourselves (there was too much rebuilding needed on the defense [retooled secondary, LB core] and on offense [between new QB, new OL, new starting RB]). Classic transitional year.
When I look on the brightside, I see this:
1) Still a lot of games left to play this year. Watching OSU football is one of the bright spots of my year, I'm not going to let one loss/struggle affect that. Not to mention, winning a B1G championship and potentially beating an SEC team in a bowl game would be a fantastic way to wrap up the year.
2) Braxton returns next year with a team that is no longer young and unproven, and should be ready to roll. Potentially the best OSU team he'll have had (minus Carlos Hyde) from a talent perspective.
3) J.T. has a year to grow in the system and be a true starter. Then perhaps takes a step back for a year, watches Braxton (filling in in the event of injury), and once Braxton finishes the 2015 season, JT will have two seasons of his own left with a much stronger knowledge of how the offense runs.
I have to be honest, this is probably the first time in 20+ years as a Buckeye fan that I'm thinking about skipping watching the next few games.
I know that I ultimately won't, I know I'll watch them. But this is the first time I've ever even considered it. I feel almost like I need a long cold shower after this game. A couple weeks of detoxing.
3/4s of the DL is very good. Haven't really seen a pass rush of any kind from the DE spot occupied by Frazier/Miller all game. Good fumble recovery by Frazier though.
Same place as the offense is my guess.
I thought this particular stat was interesting/problematic, for me at least:
Despite 12+ minutes of possession, 4 total carries by the RBs. 2 for Ezekiel Elliott, 2 for Curtis Samuel. 2 of those 4 I believe were option sweeps (not your traditional run play). 13 rushes by Barrett, 11 passes.
You have a RS Freshman at QB, why force him to carry the entire load for the offense? That's got to be one of those stats that will really bother them when they watch game film on Sunday if OSU loses tonight.
I always do a double-take when I see Norris Cole's at OSU (it's happened a few times recently) until I remember he's from Dayton, Ohio and went to Cleveland State. Probably a big Buckeye fan!
@OSU407: That's fair. I should also say, I have no idea what he's dealing with from a physical perspective (could be banged up for all I know), so he may have the elite speed but just not had an opportunity to use it last night. Don't get me wrong though, he had good burst and above average speed from what I saw. It was just all of his other attributes that really stood out about him to me. I'd love for OSU to get Harris, Patrick or Scarlett.
I have to wonder though, is it ever awkward to have three top players at one position on an official visit at the same time? Obviously it's a problem you'd love to have. I just wonder how coaches manage that in a way where all three feel the love, and each feel like they're the priority/THE RB you want on your team. Good thing Coach Meyer is a psychology major! haha.
Because Hyde was mentioned: I watched the Harris game last night, and he reminds me a LOT of Carlos Hyde. He is lacking elite speed, but he has everything else you want from a top-end RB (tremendous lower body strength/an ability to run through tackles, exceptional vision, can cut on a dime, the list goes on). The interesting thing about Hyde is that he didn't really have elite speed either until his senior year, at least not that I saw. Last year he seemed to have gained an extra gear (something I remember announcers saying Hyde had worked on).
I can't speak to Jacques Patrick because I haven't watched him much, but I REALLY like Jordan Scarlett, kid has some explosive talent. I've also mentioned this before, but 5* Southern Florida RBs are as close to a sure thing as you get in college football recruiting. They have been battle tested.
Wow. McEvoy for Wisconsin is struggling, but his WRs really are not doing him any favors. Wisconsin could be a very solid team if they could find a way to get their passing game in order.