Meyer's backup QBs at OSU are undefeated. If needed, whichever guy plays will be ready.
I think you're right. The novelty of the first ever playoff probably led to he ratings being inflated. ESPN is unlikely to ever replicate their first year numbers.
They were great college players but they were both gone doing his last two years
Watson was a more talented player but he also had a much more talented supporting cast. I think Jordan Shipley was the highest drafted skill position guy during McCoy last two years at Texas.
The "best" player of the BCS/CFP era was Tim Tebow but Watson is definitely one the top 10 or 15 players of this era. It's hard to compare QB numbers over the years but I'd say: 1) Tebow 2) Young 3) Mariotta 4) McCoy 5) Watson.
Urban has gotten a bit extreme with this oversigning thing.
ESPN Hype Machine's other greatest teams ever include 2002 Miami and 2005 USC.
Finished right where we started.
Boulware finishes the game with more grabs than tackles in a close Clemson win.
2012: 29-8 Elite Eight
2013: 25-10 NCAA "Second" Round
I'd gladly take a repeat of either of those season right now.
Twitter is a fun little headache.
Lots of talent. Will definitely make a squad
"If you can't beat'em, hire a bunch of their alumni and hope to mimick their success" - UC football's new motto.
Congrats to Freeman.
Right there with you but i've perfected the art of getting lost in wikipedia articles.
JT set records in a competently run offense. In that same offense, Cardale Jones won a national championship. Both of those QBs looked like shells of their former selves in 2015. Some of that could be attributed to the losses of Devin Smith (our most prolithic deep threat ever) and Evan Spencer (a solid/reliable pure receiver). Jones, who was in the QB room, stated the QB wasn't the problem. JT is definitely not the most talented QB that we've ever had. He might not even be the most talented QB on the roster right now. But Burrow or Haskins throwing the same laterals and pop passes was not going to make us competitive against Clemson. We could have had the college version of Vince Young on Saturday and we still wouldn't have scored 14 points when our starting RB didn't get a carry until midway through the 2nd quarter.
This is great point. The number of different coaching styles has to have had an affect on JT. None of really know how each coach runs the QB room, but we see on the field how different the offense has been each season. Herman leaned heavily on the run game, tempo, and vertical throws. By the end of 2016 our base offense was 5 receiver sets, backfield motions, and a slower pace of the offense.
As an aside, JT is the main reason that we've even been competitive on offense the last couple of seasons. I don't understand the calls for an open QB competition. The entire offense has regressed. Neither Burrow nor Haskins nor any of the recruits would have made our offense function better in 2015 & 2016.
He's either channeling a nicer version of 2015 Zeke after the Michigan State game or this is a spectacular case of déjà vu.
Burrow/Haskins won't make the pop passes and laterals any more effective than JT. Any change in direction would have to come at the coaching level.
JT was probably never going to be high draft pick. OSU, with better coaching, would still give him the best opportunity to reach the league. Especially if we can contend for another championship.
Devin Smith and Evan Spencer have not been great pros but they were essential to our championship team. The only pure WR we had in 2015 was Michael Thomas. He is/was great but he alone couldn't replace the lost production.
There's only so much screaming and gasping I can take each game. Not every 15 yard run or 20 yard pass can be Holy Buckeye.
I watched that game last night. In the fourth quarter it felt like Fox tried to slip in a single commerical every time the clock stopped.
A full Group of 5 playoff feels unnecessary. Though I wouldn't mind seeing bowl matchups of the four remaining G5 champs that weren't included in the NY6 bowls. Those bowl matchups would be a bit more interesting than the current scrub games that we're currently stuck watching.
I felt the same way until I realized that our backup QBs are undefeated during the Meyer Era.
2013: Kenny Guiton 3-0
2014: Cardale Jones 3-0
2015: Cardale Jones 1-0
Agreed. My boss is a Georgia Tech alum and is excited about seeing his team play Kentucky in
what was once a great basketball matchup the gator bowl. I'd assume that feeling is the same for fanbases with lower expectations.
That Curtis Samuel run will be a lot of people's favorite play of all time.
I'd wager the Dollar General bowl is reintroduced as the Piggly Wiggly Bowl within 5 years.