*Johnny Drama voice* VICTORY!!
My opinion clearly is in the minority here. But that may be because, having been born in 1994, I am too young to remember much of the Cooper tenure. I've enjoyed the successes of Tressel and Meyer and have only heard of Michigan dominance in stories. I plead for them to get their shit together and put together a respectable season, for the sake of the B1G. I always want to beat Michigan, and handily I might add, but up until The Game I want them to live up to their end of this storied rivalry. I despise seeing the SEC at the top and the medias perception of that fact only helps to keep them there. Michigans reassertion as a legitimate top 25 candidate year in be year out is a must if they want to consider themselves up to par with tOSU and if the B1G has any hope of overtaking the likes of the PAC12 and SEC.
Very Urban Meyer-esqe of you, Jeremy. However, am with you completely on this one.
Winston was actually hyped coming into his freshman season. He was a highly touted recruit labeled with a major arm, having been a known baseball player.
Darron Lee appears to be an honest man in this weeks interview.
Good win. Personnel on both sides of the ball seem to be progressing nicely. By week 12 their names may be the only thing I can recognize. However, if I were to nitpick, play calling could use an overhaul too, Urban.
Couldn't agree more. However, Kwon didn't have a pick 6. He was downed on the 1 I'm pretty sure. But seeing #5 nearly find the end zone twice in a game will certainly help him earn some playing time
Me on defense: "I call covering him!"
Earned my vote for the hit of the night. Way to go, Schlegel, way to go.
I agree with everything you said ... Except the tidbit about Rod Smith. He impressed me with a few big blocks (pass protection is a part of his game that he's been lacking). And he did really well running up the middle. As far as vision is concerned, I don't think Smith is any worse Elliot. EZE had a few runs where he seemed to expect contact when there was none and fell to the turf when he could have gained some extra yardage. Also, Samuel seemed to take a step back this week. However, all nitpicking aside, I am very pleased with the running backs. And you should be too.
I want to start by giving a round of applause to a much improved offensive line and the coaches that made the necessary changes. However, it may be important to note that the Cincy defense did not look good at all.
With that said, I voted for JT. My reasoning is depth. Behind Berrett is that idiot who took a 20+ yard sack (on a bad snap) instead of throwing the ball into the stands. Behind EZE is Rod Smith, Curtis Samuel, and Dontre Wildon just to name a few. So even though they both played phenomenal (and I would even give EZE a slight lean), I'm choosing the Most Valuable Player. And without JT, the Buckeyes would not be as good as we were tonight.
This will never, and should never, happen. These are universities first and athletic teams second. That should never change. And, hypothetically, even if they were forced to earn their share of the BTN's revenues through on-field results, are we talking just football? This money supports a wide variety of programs. Medical research, hundreds of athletic teams/clubs, building renovations and major events just to name a few. By making these millions of dollars earned only by whoever records a 10 (?) win football season, creates a major setback for the school who misses the cut. What potential projects and programs get cut to adjust to their shortened budget? I know we're all football crazed fans here, but you have to recognize that not everything is about sports.
I voted Maryland. Road games scare me. And so does Stefon Diggs.
Braxton, El Guapo, then the Little Animal would be my top 3. That's a tough list. Too many names left off.
Feels like Fickel is coaching all over again.
Where do I start? The offensive line can't block to save their (or anyone else's) lives. JT can't sit in the pocket long enough to make accurate reads. When he scrambles, he doesn't keep his eyes down field. The entire receiving core can now be labeled as butter fingers. The run game that we leaned on so heavily last year is nonexistent. But the defense was decent. This team may not resemble that squad coached by Fickel, but it certainly has that hopeless feel to it.
Curtis Samuel needed to be a feature player tonight. There was no run game whatsoever. Unless, of course, you count JT scrambling for 1 yard every time he got flushed. Seriously, there were open receivers on many of his runs, he just didn't keep his eyes downfield.
Aaron Craft can do no wrong
"Kirk is good." I feel an urge to reply "Duh".
That second half for Wisky was a nightmare. They started good, looking poised to upset a traditional SEC powerhouse, and managed to finish lamely allowing 21 unanswered points. The offense was not designed for McEvoy. In fact, McEvoy looked like a joke with all the miscommunications on balls that sailed 30-40 yards beyond the nearest player. This was a statement game. And the message, again, is one that poorly reflects on all of the B1G. Not going to hide that I'm disappointed here.
I wish we broke in some guys sooner. Having 4 seniors graduate left a huge void that is proving to be rather difficult to fill.
Classy is almost an understatement. So much respect between these two schools. Gave me goosebumps.
I'm nervous. It was a scary first half today. If we show up next week and play like we did today, we will not win. I trust Urban to recognize that opportunity is knocking when VT comes to Columbus, and I have faith that he will deliver, like he always seems to do. Following a 34-21 Ohio State win, at least one recruit commits.
You contradicted yourself there.