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Comment 03 Oct 2014

Don't expect much help from CBS when it comes to slowing ESPN's pro-SEC agenda.  CBS is just as deeply invested in SEC success.

Comment 02 Oct 2014

I used to work in Nitro, but TheRealDeal is correct.  I live in Hurricane.  As for the nasty air in the Kanawha Valley, a lot has changed since you were a kid.  Union Carbide is now Dow and Bayer, and the air quality is far better (and far less stinky) than it was 25 years ago.

Comment 01 Oct 2014

I am going to make the leap of faith and say ZERO.  If they continue to improve like they have over the first 4 games, we will have an elite team by late season.  Just need the secondary to clean up the big passing plays issue first.

Comment 01 Oct 2014

Hineygate was awesome, but I thought it ended a few years back when the Holiday Inn on Lane Ave was sold to the University and converted to a dorm.

Comment 01 Oct 2014

Hard to believe that the good folks in Morgantown, WV did not make the list.  That Blue Lot outside Mountaineer Field is like 100 acres of bedlam.  I love the scene in Columbus, but those WVU fans can throw down with the best of 'em.

Comment 25 Sep 2014

$888,246, how did they come up with that amount?

1.  UC is worth $38,246 more than Kent State.

or

2.  UC demanded an additional $1 per seat at Nippert in addition to the same $850K Kent State received.  Maybe to help with renovations. 

Comment 25 Sep 2014

While driving down US35 from Dayton to WV Tuesday evening, I could not help but notice that US flags had been planted about every 50 feet on both sides of the eastbound lanes.  You know, the 2 foot tall variety.  Thousands of them.  Starting at the Jackson County line, and running for several miles before continuing up the ramp to State Route 32.  This would be the way to Wellston.  At the time, I wondered what the flags were for.  Now I am heartbroken to find out why.  God bless the Byus family and the people of Wellston.

Comment 18 Sep 2014

VT took a calculated risk on going to an extremely aggressive defensive scheme that they had not run in 20 years.  They caught both the coaches and the players off guard with that stunt, and it paid off for them in aces.  Granted, we could have done a better job taking what that defense allows, but sometimes you just have to tip your hat and go on. They got us at the right time, when our wide-eyed new starters were most vulnerable.  Experience will cure that.  We should be a formidable team in November.

Comment 18 Sep 2014

Game tape would be nice, but might not be necessary.  Regardless of when he chooses to pursue pro ball, Braxton will get opportunities at the combine, pro day and individual team work outs to prove he can throw.

What could help his draft position is another year of college ball to show improvement in his accuracy, touch and decision making.  IMHO, progress in those areas could improve his draft position by 2-4 rounds.  From my admittedly selfish point of view, I hope he comes back next year.  But ultimately, I hope he makes the best decision for his situation, and I hope he finds success in all he chooses to do.

Comment 18 Sep 2014

Normally, I watch a lot of football even when the Buckeyes are not playing, but usually a bit more when they do play.  This weekend is different, as I'll be attending a wedding in Hilton Head.  Between the drive time, a half day at the beach (hopefully), and a late afternoon wedding, there won't be much time for football.

Comment 18 Sep 2014

Good point.  The fact that VT had gotten away with a couple of blatant PI's made it all the worse when Apple was called for ticky-tack that had no bearing on the play.  Considering that it came on a 3rd and long play, that call continued a stopped drive into a game winning TD drive.  Very costly bad call.  I just never harped on it before because the real reason we lost was missed opportunities.

Comment 18 Sep 2014

Say what you will about Eli Apple, but that pass interference in the 4th Qtr of the VT game was one weak ass call.  It was based on a technicality, and that lightest of bumps appeared to have zero bearing on the receiver's failed attempt to catch the pass.  The WR pulled up a yard short.  If anything, the bump got him closer to the ball.

Comment 16 Sep 2014

Now if we could just get certain staffers here to learn the difference between the words "then" and "than".  Spellcheck doesn't help if you spell the wrong word correctly. I hate to be "That Guy", but it is annoying when they say stuff like "You're better then that".

Comment 09 Sep 2014

While I agree that defenses do need to read/react to an offense, there are many times when a defense tries to dictate to the offense by taking one phase of their game plan away, thus rendering them as one dimensional.  How many times did we see our own defense under Tressel take away a team's running game, forcing them into a one dimensional passing attack? 

My outlook on all of this is Meyer told the media what he wants to run (JTB as distributor in a rushing / short, perimeter passing attack.  VT knew what we were going to try to do, so they used a defense that would take away our strengths.  This was one of those situations that the offense needs to take what the defense gives them.  They gave us man coverage on the outside (vulnerable to the deep ball...if the QB has time), and should have been vulnerable to screens, QB draws, slants and short crossing routes.  We could also have gone to a 2 TE set with a blocking back to pound on them mano a mano, then slip a TE out to burn them down the middle on play action.  Our offense did not adapt enough to take advantage of what the VT defense allowed.  Their game plan worked because we did not run plays that would force them out of it often enough.  Well, that and we did not execute very well...several dropped passes (including a strike to C Smith in the end zone) along with a few other squandered opportunities.

Comment 09 Sep 2014

I hear what you are saying about Meyer's comments, but I doubt Meyer would come right out and say what they have planned to combat this in the future.  Why tip your hand?  My guess is they will install more slants, short crossing routs, and other routs that can be used as hot reads.  Or maybe even go to a two TE set when the opponent stacks the box.  But why would Urban announce how he intends to combat a stacked front?  It is not in the team's best interest to do that.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I've lost a lot of faith inUrban last night. Just a poor game all the way around

No down vote here, but it is a bit soon for that noise.  Nine new starters on offense, including an untested red shirt Fr pressed into service to replace what should be a 4th year starter at QB.  Conventional wisdom says anytime you are replacing 3 starters on the O-line, you are likely to struggle a bit at first.  We're replacing 4 O-linemen, so it would be unbelievably amazing if they did not struggle mightily early in the season.  Honestly, I walked into the 'Shoe merely hoping we could find a way to get past VT.  And you know what?  We had plenty of opportunities to do just that.  But instead, a couple of bum calls from the officials (the blown strip/fumble and Eli Apple's pass interference that had nothing to do with the WR's failure to catch the ball, which extended a TD drive that should have ended there), along with a litany of missed opportunities cost us the game.  The talent is there, the experience is not.  I can't blame the coaches when it was poor execution and a long list of damaging miscues are what blew those many opportunities.  I can't blame the coaches for a DB who drops a TD drive killing interception, or a WR who drops a TD pass (when the QB tossed a strike), or the numerous other dropped passes on catchable balls, or a shanked punt, or a momentum snuffing kickoff out of bounds, or the QB allowing a snap to sail past his ear hole.  Seems to me we had two drives start inside the VT 35, and another drive with a 1st down at the VT 28, and we came away with zero points.  The bottom line is this cast of newbies was just not ready for prime time against a solid team like VT this early in the season.  I suspect they will be a formidable bunch in the last half of the season, but they are clearly not there yet.  Keep the faith, Doc.