I'm not sure how anyone could argue with Archie as #1. He's a fixture of the OSU program and being the President of the Alumni Association speaks volumes about how involved he is with the Ohio State community, both in Columbus and worldwide. A truly legendary player and Buckeye.
"Haters" that say Craft is never called for fouls and gets away with everything needs to watch yesterday's game again and focus on Adreian Payne. He was never called for ANYTHING all game. I was in total disbelief that they called a block on him (which it probably shouldn't have been) when Thompson soared. Payne got away with travels and shoves and everything ALL game long.
They can say whatever the hell they want about Craft getting away with stuff but he is by no means the only player who gets away with calls.
As a steeler fan, I was not in any way upset when they let this dude walk. He never seemed to fully be into football and didn't seem to play with heart and passion much. I have to think most high level execs shared this feeling because very few teams went after him in free agency, with his former OC being the one to sign him in Zona.
I picked OSU to make it to the championship, however, I would not be one bit surprised to see Nebraska beat them. Neb looks like a legit threat to the Big Ten championship (who thought anyone would ever say that in the near future). I do think, though, they're a much different team away from home as evidenced by their 8-1 conf home record, and 3-6 road record.
I would definitely put money on OSU making the championship, even if not very much :)
A national rule that prevents shoot outs? I don't see a reason why a shootout is not a good solution. It would still be putting the outcome in the hands of the players, which is what sport is all about.
Maybe Buckeye fans are spoiled, but I've never said this team plays without heart and passion except for AW, who I feel is lazy and nonchalant during most games.
This year's team is just flawed and difficult to watch offensively a lot of the time. They still play hard and with passion. It's impossible not to when a team is as good defensively as this team is. It's just hard to know that this team probably doesn't have the capability of a deep March run. I hope I'm wrong, but either way, I'll be watching and hoping they make it all the way and hoist the trophy, no matter how difficult they are to watch.
#8 Indiana vs #9 Illinois - Indiana
#5 Ohio State vs #12 Purdue - Ohio State
#7 Minnesota vs #10 Penn State - Minnesota
#6 Iowa vs #11 Northwestern - Iowa
#1 Michigan vs #8 Indiana - Indiana
#4 Nebraska vs #5 Ohio State - Ohio State
#2 Wisconsin vs #7 Minnesota - Wisconsin
#3 Michigan State vs #6 Iowa - MSU
#8 Indiana vs #5 Ohio State - Ohio State
#2 Wisconsin vs #3 MSU - Wisconsin
#2 Wisconsin vs #5 Ohio State - Wisconsin 71-65
I had an argument with an MSU fan a few weeks back about Aaron Craft and I quote "Craft won't be remembered by anyone after this year, left alone in 25 years, because he sucks as a player and isn't any good."
I just had to laugh and point out that, at that time, Craft already had the buckeyes all-time assists record, and was within about 20 steals of the Big Ten record. I do not think AC will soon be forgotten, by Buckeye fans OR the rest of the country or conference.
Man, Hale Hentges weighs 2630! Wouldn't want to try to tackle him. Hope he decides to commit to the good guys.
Not to be a hater or anything because it was an outstanding athletic play, but watching it live, I was entirely surprised they didn't call a goaltend. Watching the replay, it may not have been, but live, I thought it might have been. Either way, could have used a few more of those last night.
It's surely not an ideal situation, but oh well. IMO, there are no excuses. You win or you don't. Having a bye week sometimes also gives a team some rustiness. It is nice to have the extra week to prepare for a big game, but that's how the cookie crumbles.
I think part of the traffic being down, if it is, is because of OSU_Alum almost said. There aren't as many big things to talk about right now. It's kind of a dead period since signing day was over. Once spring practices heat up, the traffic might/should pick up.
I just do not think AW is any good at all. If the Bucks don't get Turner, I still think they're going to have trouble. They wont be anywhere near as bad offensively, assuming Matta lets the freshman play if they're up to par but without an adequate big man, the chances of a solid tourney run are slim and the Bucks don't have that right now.
Not sure why this article was even posted, to be honest.
I dont like Sumlin. Stealing from him would be (almost) as good as stealing a Bama or TTUN commit.
Thanks for the info, and in that way, the 9 game schedule does make more sense for the conference.
I do think the conference as a whole is up, as we've seen the worst teams beat the top teams and sometimes even at the Schott, Crisler, Breslin, and Kohl Centers but I also don't know if there is a team good enough to make it to Arlington. I've kept saying that IF MSU gets healthy, they have the best chance, but time is running out for them to get healthy. TTUN looks like the best possibility at the moment but then I think about Wisc and how they're hot. OSU doesn't have consistent enough offense to push them into the elite 8 or final 4 I don't think, but who knows. Iowa shows signs then takes 3 steps backward.
All things considered, I see 3 big ten teams getting to the sweet 16 and 1 advancing to the elite 8 with that 1 then getting beat. As far as which 3 or 1 is will be, anyone else's guess is as good as mine, I just having a feeling that may be the numbers.
I have a major question with the SEC scheduling. Maybe, it's a coincidence. Maybe it's just how they do the scheduling. But there are 7 teams in each division, with 2 crossover games per team. How is it that Bama played Tennessee, a recent SEC bottom-feeder last year and also gets to play them again this coming year? And it's quite obvious the best teams Bama played are so spaced out, like Ramzy mentioned.
I surely hope the Big Ten isn't going to be like that. It will have the same number of teams starting next year with 2 crossover games and I don't want to see Purdue in back to back years when OSU could schedule Wisc or Neb 1 of those years, especially considering the SOS factor the Playoff is supposed to have.
So the ultimate question is, Is this the SEC trying to make a path of least resistance for it's premier team, or is that pure coincidence? I almost have to believe the former, knowing the SEC's reputation, but I also don't want to fall into a trap and see that same thing happen to OSU in the near future. My hope is that OSU's guaranteed games against MSU, TTUN, PSU and the West Champ become outstanding resume builders because all those teams are nationally relevant soon. And OSU is the team leading the Big Ten pack.
I would agree that I'm not sure he'll go in the first but I think late second is way too late. I think he'll be gone by pick 40 or so at the latest. There's a lot to be said about being able to pick up 3rd and 3. Look at SF and Sea, probably the NFL's 2 best teams, and who they have as RB.
I have 2 close friends who are Browns fan (I'm not) and they both are adamant that if JM is there at 4 the Browns should take him because "he's exciting and will sell tickets." The problem with that argument is that he'll sell tickets for a season and then if/when he isn't winning more than the Browns normally do, the sales will drop again to regular levels. I personally don't think any of the qbs in this draft are elite. Bridgewater didn't play against elite competition, JM relies on his legs too much and had a physically superior receiver to chuck it too any time he was in trouble, and Bortles accuracy and lack of competition are against him.
If I'm the Browns, I would look at Watkins if he's available. If not, try to trade back or trade picks for next year. Get a solid core and if Hoyer doesn't work out and they stumble through another bad year, Hundley, Jameis, Mariota, and others will be waiting in the wings to be drafted to lead them. (Being a steelers fan, I hope they draft Manz and are disappointed yet again)
The only conference team to beat OSU has been MSU, once. Is the team where it needs to be, absolutely not. But look at the facts. MSU, TTUN, Wisc, and PSU will usually be the top teams. Neb and NW will go back and forth. That's going to leave about half the league as not very good. I think there's a major divide between OSU and MSU and the rest and then TTUN, PSU, Wisc and the remaining. Meyer's also been playing with half of Tressel's recruits. This coming year will start to be the breaking point. OSU needs to start to pull away from everyone and get back to elite national level.
All of Roby's numbers look solid. Good 40 and decent bench, decent physical size. But from an objective opinion, I think Roby will end up being an elite special teams player and a nickel or dime back. I just don't see him being able to be the #1 corner on a team, right away or in a few years. Maybe (and hopefully) I'll be wrong.
I just teared up watching that video. No more Hyde. And no football against someone other than OSU for wayyyy too long.
What Meyer did though as soon as he got to Columbus was create a divide. He challenged coaches and programs to get on OSU's level or get left behind, WAY behind. And that's exactly what happened. MSU, PSU, and Wisc are along for the ride and it seems the rest of the conference, for now, is being left behind with little hope of catching up in the near future.
You may consider them overrated but I don't. I personally think only the South is better than the West, according to his recent bracketology. UF, Duke, and a healthy MSU is a top-notch top 3 but Zona, Creighton, and UVA are a solid 3 teams too. I'm not saying OSU couldn't beat UVA and Creighton if they play a great game, but I think there are easier regions than the West.