Sad news, but not surprising given the injury. Best of luck with the surgery and rehab. Looking forward to seeing a stronger / better version of Marshon next year!
Were you around in 2004? Just wondering because an undefeated SEC team got left out of the national championship game in part because the SEC was viewed as too weak a conference.
Well, that and Auburn had an absolutely pathetic non-conference cupcake fest that year.
While two of Auburn's wins were on insane fluke plays, you can't pretend that those don't count. They beat #24 Ole Miss, #7 TAMU (led by Johnny, on the road, at night, in one of the top 3 or 4 loudest stadiums), #25 Georgia, #1 Alabama and #5 Mizzou. That's one hell of a resume.
On the surface, that is a strong resume. I'll give you TAMU, Bama and Mizzou, but seriously question whether Ole Miss and UGA deserved the rankings, or were they the product of the financially motivated media hype coming from ESPN and CBS? I don't have a problem with how things worked out for Sparty, but the constant media promotion favoring the SEC has to have an effect on the polls & rankings. And I do have a problem with that.
That being said, the B1G really needs to go out and start winning more of its key non-conference match-ups and Bowl games in order to command national respect.
I really miss the guy. Thanks for an outstanding piece (as usual) and the rekindled memories. RIP Orlas.
Who knew Flounder would go on to coach the Skunkweasels!?!
Not sure why your post was DV'd, but I offset it. I share your optimistic view. 13-0 is still a distinct possibility.
The one saving grace in all of this is that unlike the situations in 1978, 2008 and 2011, J T Barrett has a year in the system as a Redshirt Freshman. In all of those other cases, the QB was a true Fr who only had a few short months in the program. For all practical purposes, Barrett is much more like a Sophomore with no game experience. He should at least know most of the plays and reads, as opposed to the others who struggled to deal with a dumbed down system. JT could surprise a lot of people. Of course he could also fold in the heat of battle. Time will tell.
JT Barrett will surprise a lot of people. The Buckeyes still have a load of talent, if not so much experience. The first few games will be tough, as it takes time to gel. Fortunately, a re-tooled pass defense should help take some of the load off of the offense. If we survive the first month of the season intact, great things may be in store.
Best wishes to Braxton for a full recovery.
I would love a ND series, but don't expect that to happen any time soon. The Domers are ditching the Skunkweasels to make room for scheduling 5 ACC teams each year. Given the other long time rivalries they want to maintain (MSU, Purdue, Navy, Stanford & USC) that does not leave a lot of room to squeeze us in.
Well this bums me out. I was looking forward to watching to watching UNC's Ryan Switzer play, as I saw him play a few times in high school. As a true Freshman last year, I believe he set the single season NCAA record for most punt return TD's. Fastest kid I've seen in WV since Randy Moss.
More importantly, I was really liking the idea of having a marquee home-home opponent and a middle tier Power 5 conference home-home opponent each year. I also liked the idea of having one non-conference game on the road nearly every year. Hopefully, this is not about Gene Smith disliking the opportunity cost of not playing an extra home game each year.
That gif never gets old.
We all need to keep in mind how unusual it is for a true Freshman to start anywhere on the O-line, let alone at the LT spot. Especially right out of the gate. Quite simply, there is an awful lot to learn, and not every 18 year old is physically mature enough to handle it. In a lot of programs, Freshman O-line guys are summarily red shirted to get them built up to handle the job (see Nebraska under Tom Osborne). On the flip side, I recall being blown away that Korey Stringer was not moved from RT to LT when that spot opened up. Instead, the LT spot went to an incoming Fr named Orlando, and I remember thinking: man, this kid must really be something to beat out Stringer for the spot. I hope you are right about Jamarco, and may he remind us all of Orlando Pace.
Some of his later stand up stuff was excellent too! RIP indeed!
And that, folks, is how quickly a college football career (and free college education) can go up in smoke.
Unless, of course, you play for another M-Man in Baton Rouge. Then it gets put up for a team vote after a homer-alum judge gives you a pass, and you end up being drafted by the Bengals.
So sad that he is gone, but glad he did not go out at the same time as Belushi. Think of the volume of his work we would have missed out on. It is tough to pick out one film, as he had so many great ones, but my choice would be The World According To Garp.
Woody always said "You Win With People". That speaks volumes for both Coach Johnson and Darius Slade. It is truly a testament of young man's faith and trust in his future position coach to commit to Ohio State sight unseen. Amazing. That he is one of the first Freshmen to remove his black stripe speaks volumes about the quality of both individuals.
Well done Darius! Keep up the good work.
You could be right, Pappa, but keep in mind that even with a great one like Shazier, collectively they were not playing all that well overall. If they now have 3 guys all doing what they are supposed to do, and doing it reasonably well, there is a strong possibility that the group will perform better overall. Even without Superman. Time will tell. And I countered one of your DV's.
Great point, Citrus. Think back a couple of years when we played a fairly good UCF. The Bucks won solidly, but UCF kept it reasonably close. The national perception was that UCF was just another piece of crap non-conference team, and we looked weak for not blowing them out. The truth was, UCF had a pretty damn stout team, but as you point out, it was worth about zero credit.
I have to agree with JP on this one. Spurrier could have made that same point by calling out the bottom of any of the Power 5 conferences, yet he specifically chose the B1G. Why is that? First off, no doubt he would rule out bashing the bottom of his own conference. Why diminish whatever goodwill his team gets by beating up the doormats of the SEC? Besides, there would be a lot more repercussions from bashing his own conference. Next, you can rule out the ACC. Why? Because there are a lot of ACC-SEC match ups every year, and the ACC is also a Southern conference. Again, no sense diminishing frequent competitors, as all it does is belittle your own conference's status. The same can also be said to a lesser extent for the Big-12, so that only leaves the B1G and the Pac-12 for him to pick on without running down his own conference's stature.
Personally, I don't think he really cares about the Pac-12 one way or the other, but he does get brownie points with the SEC fan base for bashing the Big Ten. It is the only Politically Correct choice for an SEC coach to take.
That said, blow it out your ass, Spurdog.
A guy I knew in high school was that Brutus. Good guy. If my fuzzy memory serves me, he went out for cheerleading but got hurt. But they liked him, so they let him carry the nut.
Good point. Our defenses did seem to get better, especially in the mid 80's. Unfortunately, our offenses were typically not quite as potent as they were during the Schlichter years.
I was there that day. This was the first of several 9-3 Earle Bruce teams. Immensely fun game to watch, but highly disconcerting to watch Dave Wilson shred our pass defense. Similar feeling to what we saw last season, only worse. Coach Johnson has the right idea with platooning D-linemen in order to keep them fresh.
Just. Like. That.
Maybe because Ralphie's Dad thought it was made in Italy.