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Comment 14 Sep 2014

I agree with every reason you threw out there, and I want to add one of my own... Recruiting is crazy now, with the internet and social media, coaches are looking at kids in middle school. There are only so many scholarships at the big name programs, so a lot of that talent drops down to the smaller schools. Also, guys know they'll get at least 3 big games a year playing for a decent "mid-major" football program (one where they get paid to come visit and be a warm-up... hopefully... another in the league championship and probably another in one of the myriad bowl games).

And the fact you brought out about stale tactics from the B1G is true. The spread was a great equalizer and still is. It creates space, plain and simple. A few missed tackles and all of a sudden you're putting up points on the big guys. 

That said, though, it still comes down to recruiting. The B1G, for whatever reason (weather, perception, hotness of the local female wildlife) has trouble keeping up in recruiting. Honestly, if you're a big name talent and Sark comes to your door and says "Play in Hollywood!", you're taking that trip, at least for the experience. And who knows, maybe you connect with someone there, and that's it: you're sold.

As far as ways to fix the disparity? I dunno. I've always repeated the "everything is cyclical" drivel, but the B1G is on one heck of a down swoop.

Comment 13 Sep 2014

That was kind of the point of my initial post. Everyone else is looking at the conference and OSU's opponents to gauge the Bucks' strength, and yet you can't measure it this early. When this team gels... oh boy.

And next year? With Braxton? The o-line with a year of snaps under their belt? This defense? Are you kidding? The next 25 games are going to be *great*.

Comment 13 Sep 2014

I hope there are 2 SEC teams with one loss at the end of the year, and 4 undefeated teams from other leagues... say Oregon, Oklahoma, FSU and some mid-major school. Someone help me out. Can you imagine the outcry? Great television.

Comment 13 Sep 2014

Hopefully OSU continues to get better offensively. The talent is there, I think they're ready. There was a ton of emotion last week. A loss at home like that is never acceptable, but as young as the team is, and losing Braxton (and Millen said on the game today Philly and El Guapo accounted for over 35% of OSU's offensive yardage?) the way they did, it wasn't a shocker. It was just ugly.

Will Herman please just decide if its going to be Eze-E or "Full Service" Samuel at tailback, please? Millen is almost never right, but I liked what he said about OSU having a feature back. We have a nice stable, sure, but we need a headliner.

P.S. Did anyone else have beautiful Sweatervest flashbacks watching Cardale take snaps from the I and hand it off? I know I did.

Comment 13 Sep 2014

It has already been pointed out... they were deflated. ECU showed amazing resilience at the end. I think it's hilarious.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Let's look at the timing as regards his coordinators, though. Starting on offense, Herman looks terrible last week and this week. What is different from the first two years? Miller. If Herman doesn't adjust quickly, I don't think he will have too much time left in the booth.

Defensively, look at it year by year. '12, OSU goes 12-0, Urban would take them against anyone. No moves need to be made. '13, undefeated in the regular season, but by the end of the year it's apparent that RDS, Spence, Bennett and Bosa are the only guys worth anything, and there are going to be two rough games ahead. And they lost them both. That's all on the defense. Miller got them enough to win, the defense failed. And boom, Whithers is gone. So, counting the poor performance against M*chigan, 3 games and Whithers is out. 

TL;DR - It's been 2 games offensively where Miller can't hide Herman. I think Herman's head is on the block. But unfortunately for us, it's only been 2 games.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

JT needs LOADS of credit. This kid got whaled on last night, and the last 3 drives were painful to watch. There were times a lineman would get blown away and head back to spatula JT off the turf. The whole way the lineman was shrugging his shoulders, shaking his head. If I'm JT I'm in that guy's face. Heck, if I was Miller, on the sideline, during timeouts I'm in front of those linemen. They should be ashamed. Set those 5 up in front of Bosa, Bennett, Washington, Schutt, and Spence, and let the latter feast. Stick a dummy behind the line and tell them to hold the D-line, over and over and over again. SOMETHING... jeez. How does JT willingly go back out there against say, Sparty? <shudder>

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Braxton would have seen some of the blitzes that JT missed, and he would have felt some of the others. The thing that this team misses about Braxton so much, though, is just how much of a running back he is. They said it Thursday night during the Seahawks game: Marshawn Lynch is not the fastest guy, but like all great running backs, he can make the move *in the hole* to start a big play. Sure, 40 times are flashy, and JT's is probably pretty good, but Miller has that freaky omg-how-did-he-get-away-and-run-for-a-TD?

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Yup. The only hope Ohio State has for a title next year is if Miller comes back and they absolutely curb stomp everyone. But then, what happens in voters' minds when you get to the end of the year? They look at Clemson and Virginia Tech. Ugh.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Nailed it. All the way around. Don't get down on the team. There were still flashes - in all that garbage - of greatness, especially on defense.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

I'm not buying into the Chicken Little syndrome yet. If you thought the Bucks were going to run the table this year and be in for the playoff, you were drinking way too much Kool-Aid. 

Temper your expectations and it will help the reaction. 

That said, the main question I had was "How long will it take to get rid of the OC and DC that are holding the teams back?" And the truth is, you can't count 2012. And you can't count 2013's regular season. So it took 2 games to get rid of Withers. 2 close losses and some really bad defensive play. So now Herman and F*ckell need to take a hike. And I don't know how Urban can watch tape of this offense and not put their butts on the hot seat.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

And I don't think it is Urban. I think it's his OC and old DC. Seriously, he handicaps JT with poor play-calling. No screens. One solid cross route. No dump-offs to alleviate pressure if he does get blitzed. 5 wide? Who is going to protect the QB, cuz it sure as heck isn't going to be the offensive lineman.

F*ckell needs the hit the road. Yes, thanks for being the whooping post during the worst year in like a century. Seriously, he's showing the football world "This is what I can do with 4 and 5 star recruits! Like what you see? Here's my card!"

Comment 07 Sep 2014

<shudder> Sparty's D getting after this o-line and Herman's craptastic play-calling? Not yet. No thanks.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Welp, get ready for more flak. 
 

The B1G is absolutely horrible. Sparty getting stuffed on 4th down? That's like me arm-wrestling Stallone in Over the Top and turning *my* hat backwards right before I decimate him. 

Purdue/Northwestern started this year's stupidity, Wisky grabbed that banner last week and ran to Chik-Fil-A with it, Nebraska almost got rolled by an FCS, TTUN got blanked, MSU just got run over, and OSU couldn't have *picked* a team from a lineup that matched up against there weaknesses better than Tech.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Look on the bright side: the o-line threw the Silver Bullets back in the fire over and over again, and they held up reasonably well. Yes, there were annoying openings in coverage, but that was my only gripe. 
 

For the first time in the Meyer Era, we have beaten the snot out of the other team's QB over the course of the game.

Technically, did it last week too. The Tech QB is a gamer. But he was messed up towards the end of this one. The defense is there. The run must be established so JT can throw. For those two to happen, the line has to get better now. Expect some nasty comments thrown the front 5's way this week.
 

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Look on the bright side: the o-line threw the Silver Bullets back in the fire over and over again, and they held up reasonably well. Yes, there were annoying openings in coverage, but that was my only gripe. 
 

For the first time in the Meyer Era, we have beaten the snot out of the other team's QB over the course of the game.

Technically, did it last week too. The Tech QB is a gamer. But he was messed up towards the end of this one. The defense is there. The run must be established so JT can throw. For those two to happen, the line has to get better now. Expect some nasty comments thrown the front 5's way this week.
 

Comment 07 Sep 2014

The o-line is HORRIBLE. If Braxton was out there, he could negate it. It's not JT's fault, he is just not as electric in tight spaces as Miller. The line couldn't spring a back up the middle, they got dominated by more athletic, smaller linemen from Tech, and so all the onus was put on JT. The play-calling was annoying at times, but for the most part I just shuddered at the line play.

Herman is a moron. Yes, open the offense up, but for Pete's sake remember where you are. I hate "3 yards and a cloud of dust" as much as the next guy, but the whole point of Meyer's greatness is his recruiting. Put the ball in Elliot/Wilson/Samuel's hands, or Heuerman, or Marshall, or Thomas or Spence... the talent will take care of the rest. 

Why are they asking *that* line to block for so long? Droessl said it first; more slants, screens (Heysoos Cristo, there wasn't one screen called by the Buckeyes... unacceptable with the HB talent).

So, it sucks. The streaks ending sucks, losing at home out of conference sucks, the B1G sucks (way bad), and the rest of this year is going to be gut-wrenching if they don't get that line into shape. 

What I want to know is this: How many more losses (its only the third in 28 games) is it going to take for Meyer to look at Herman and the defensive-coordinator-that-looks-like-Adam-Sandler-but-that-I-refuse-to-name and get rid of them? He needn't fear Buckeye Nation's ire over it. Ash/Johnson can handle the D. My 2 year old daughter could call the plays on offense.

Comment 03 Sep 2014

does anyone blame him? i dont. 

seriously, though, i have always felt that Stave was a more than a tad gun shy. i think he started (or came in the game as relief) his freshman year against OSU? either way, i remember him holding onto the ball his game against the Bucks, and getting thumped for it. reminded me of Kent Dorsey in OT of the '02 championship.

Comment 03 Sep 2014

read the article 11W sent out about the Hokies and whether they can run on 63 and 92... I don't think anyone outside of columbus gets it. those two guys are going to feast on the interior lines of almost every one of our opponents. Darron Lee will be running downhill again, Grant is going to be plugging holes. VT averaged 5.4(i think) ypc against william & mary?! navy only averaged 5.9 ypc, and the silver bullets still ended up disrupting a few plays early, and more later.

the biggest question in this game to me is: are we going to see ANYTHING different from Herman? if the commentators start calling out the plays ahead of time, i'm going to cry.