Fully agreed GB, especially when "the backup" is a guy who set all manner of records for QBs for the OSU offense last year and was a top 5 Heisman Trophy finisher.
"Cardale has JT beat on accuracy. He just does."
Is that why Barrett has a better completion percentage than Jones this year despite throwing fewer of those touch passes, or why he had a better completion percentage than Jones last year?
Look, I love Cardale Jones' enthusiasm, energy, and love for Ohio State. I think he's a great kid doing his best for the Buckeyes, and that's all I will ever ask of him. But I think JT Barrett is a better fit for the team and scheme that the Bucks have been running, and should be the starting QB.
I get that I am not privy to the QB meetings or practices or any of those things, but your last sentence is the absolute definition of the logical fallacy of an appeal to authority, and it makes many intelligent people dismiss your arguments out of hand.
I think you're somewhat missing the point - they aren't looking JUST for big bodies/freak athletes. They need to find guys who have the physical ability(obviously), but also the mental and fit.
Perhaps the headline could be a little clearer with "They are looking for both fit and flash."
It is a great problem to have, to have two guys who are that good at the QB position battling for a spot.
Every time I think about Cardale Jones back there, though, and I hear "his arm strength opened up the deep ball" (which, admittedly, you did not write here, though I think you implied it), I wonder how much of that was Devin Smith being a FANTASTIC deep threat.
Many of those throws were Devin Smith winning a jump ball, rather than Cardale putting it where only his guy could get it.
Wonderful! A small adjustment/addition to the "3-tech" part - a "1-tech" or "shade" usually lines up on the shoulder of the center, a 3 is on the outside shoulder of the guard, a 5 on the outside shoulder of the tackle, a 7 on the outside shoulder of the TE, and a 9(or ghost 9) on the outside shoulder of a wingback(or where one would be).
To be on the inside shoulder of a guard/tackle/TE, those guys are often said to be in a 2i, 4i, or 6i.
I'm confused as to how the basketball game had a higher rating (16.0 vs. 15.2), but fewer people watching (28.26 million vs. 28.27 million)
I really, really hope CBS doesn't get it - I don't want to have to listen to Verne and Gary screw up names, compare everything to Alabama, and be absolute football luddites any more than I have to.
"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."
Not to lull you to sleep with basketball catch phrases, but learning from the guy who won 10 national titles and seven in a row seems appropriate considering what the Ohio State football team has it sights set on this fall.
Don't forget the whole "turning a blind eye to crazy amounts of cheating by Sam Gilbert," either.
It is, which is kind of a shame, since RPI is, mathematically speaking, a terrible system.
Well, QBR is a giant pile of ESPN baloney, so putting any weight on it whatsoever is not worth your time.
QBR, Football Power Index, any other bogus "stat"(sic) ESPN tries to create, none of them are worth the electrons ESPN uses to publish them.
I love noon kickoffs. I like waking up, eating a little breakfast, and then immediately getting down to the business of watching the Buckeyes put a hurting on somebody- when that's Michigan, it's even better.
Moving the Michigan game to 8 PM is even worse than normal because it is the Saturday after Thanksgiving now- how many people will be making strange travel arrangements so that they can watch The Game, or will be stuck traveling instead of being able to watch?
I hate night games. I want to watch OSU pound somebody, and then spend the rest of the day watching other games while basking in the Buckeye glow.
Night games are a pain to get in and out of, and mean that I can't fully enjoy the full slate of college football, because my mind is elsewhere.
I'd love to see that too- but, let's remember that Fickell's defense is going to see a lot more snaps than Heacock's ever did, even if both play at the same "elite" level. Meyer and Herman want to go much faster on offense than Tressel and Co. did, and that's going to mean more explosive offensive plays, but also more time and snaps on the field for the defense.
Because of that, I'm much more comfortable measuring a defense in yards per play and points per drive than points per game - because a 24-10 win under Tressel and a 35-17 win under Meyer are basically equivalent.
This Kenyon alumnus knew that fact ;-).
And I don't want OSU-Michigan to be any other time than noon, the last week of the season. There is something just right about it being a cold-ish, gray day in late November when the Buckeyes and skunkbears square off. Moving it would make it feel off. I feel like there's been already too much chipping away at what makes The Game so special, and I don't want any more to happen to that.
Any teacher or coach worth a dime tries to mold those in their classroom or on their team. There are a lot of different approaches to doing so, but to think otherwise is, quite frankly, insulting.
I hate this new rule - let's look at a Columbus example, since I'm a Columbus resident - compare Bishop Watterson to Bexley High School (both in D4). With how the rule works, Watterson can designate one school as a feeder school, and not have those athletes double counted. The largest 8th grade class from any of Watterson's feeder schools is right about 50 kids a year. So, at most 25 boys could play without being double-counted. Anyone in a different Catholic grade school that has been there since 7th grade and goes to Watterson will be double-counted, and anyone that moves into the district in 7th or 8th grade, or goes to public elementary before Catholic HS will be triple-counted.
Meanwhile, Bexley has one middle school, with 150 kids moving to Bexley High School each year, none of whom will be double-counted. But sure, Watterson is the school that has all the advantages in this situation...
That's not true. Student-athletes who show up before 7th grade, but are from a different school are double counted. Student-athletes who show up after 7th grade and are from a different school are triple counted.
I'm not done because I think he's a bad pick, who will likely fail(though I do think that). I'm done because I think he's a bad person. Same reason I suspended the fandom when they brought on Jamal Lewis.
I have a friend who went to school in the next town over from Manziel when he was there. Johnny shit in the showers after a game between the schools. Between that, and how he treated his family in the interview and the way he carries himself, I won't root for him.
No, it won't. I won't root for them again until he's gone.
Some of us still do. I have suspended my Browns fandom until he is gone, because I still think he's a piece of trash.
Ross- I didn't get a chance to watch the Spring Game, but I have watched a fair bit of Sparty's film from last year, and went to Mike Tressel's talk at the Coaches' Clinic here in Columbus - did you see OSU's LBs coming downhill much more aggressively in the run game? Watching MSU, their LBs look like they are almost blitzing once they get the read.
A rival is a team you want to beat above all others, and said team feels the same way about you. Most teams don't actually have a rival, and by definition no team has more than one. Penn State is not OSU's rival- that is Michigan.
Nobody is disputing that he struggled in Columbus, nor is anyone insinuating he got a less-than-fair chance. However, he's a college-aged kid, and a competitor. What people are saying is that, perhaps, in his mind, he has a chance to "show all those Buckeye haters" and "prove all of those people wrong," even if that isn't the case and people aren't saying that.
My favorite game in this vein is the 2002 San Jose State game....I woke up very early, worked parking until about 5 minutes before kick-off, made my way into the stadium, and with three of my best friends from high school, watched OSU dominate the Spartans.
That game featured OSU allowing 0 rushing yards on 13 carries and forcing and recovering fumbles on 4 consecutive drives, winning 50-7 and pushing the Buckeyes to 7-0. It was so much of a beat down that I got to see one of my former HS teammates, a walk-on named Steve Moore, get some time in the defensive backfield. Just a great day.