OSU coaches, if you're reading this, PLEASE make the 'All-Slobs Package' happen for at least a single offensive snap in 2015.
Unless you're a skill position player, many times a lack of publicity is a great thing.
Love how these guys steadily improved and showed up huge when it meant the most. Seeing Elliott score TD's is great, but when I watched guys like Vannett, Spencer, Corey Smith, and the entire line make key block after key block in the Bama and Oregon games, it really got me fired up. As a former H-back (the blocking fullback/tight end type and not the 4.4 speed Urban Meyer type), I always appreciate great blocking and this team does it better than any other program in America.
The average fan may not know these guys well, but NFL scouts are definitely aware of guys like Spencer and Vannett who are on film blocking effectively 10 or 20 yards past the line of scrimmage.
DJ, this is one of your best ideas since i've been reading 11W.
A few things:
1. For those who keep bringing up lost revenue, the long-term positive impact on a campus/area of Ohio due to OSU bringing their show on the road would far surpass a monetary amount on a given Saturday. Yes, a game played at BGSU or OU may not net either program as much in revenue due to a lower seating capacity, but it would do a hell of a lot more in terms of how people feel about OSU in that part of Ohio (as much as OSU fans would like to believe it, not every person in Ohio loves the Buckeyes due to the perceived inflexibility and/or arrogance of the athletic program and the fan base). Seeing OSU agree to play in these smaller stadiums and 'spread the wealth' a bit would tackle that perception head on. The financial impact on a small town like Oxford, OH with OSU in town would be enormous for local businesses when comparing the rest of the home schedule in these towns.
2. Those of you bringing up the increased chances of OSU losing one of these games. Are you that insecure?? Why even play the damn games if there is a chance Ohio State won't win? This line of thinking is exactly why some people (specifically Cincinnati) have an issue with Ohio State (especially in basketball). There is no reason (besides being scared of a loss) that OSU cannot go on the road in men's BB and play teams such as Xavier, UD, Miami, UC, OU, Akron, UT, etc. in their home arenas. In the spirit of competition, OSU would be respected a lot more by anti-OSU fans in Ohio if they took it one the road, regardless of economic impact.
3. Those of you bringing up "more people can see OSU games live in Ohio Stadium" must only live in Central Ohio, or you don't have any kids to worry about. Do you know how hard it is (and how pricey it is) to not only obtain tickets to an OSU home game, but to make the journey to the stadium from somewhere like Cincy or Toledo or Athens or Cleveland with a car loaded up with the family?
Bring the show on the road. The end results would be nothing but positives for the football program and the university.
Art Briles and Mike Hart might end up being best friends if those two ever cross paths.
If they improve their QB play under Herman, Houston will be a top 20 team in 2 years (I think they won 12 or 13 a few years back before Sumlin left for A&M).
For as much as contributors to this site question the validity of other programs who have players on social media bragging about (or pictured with) cars and/or cash, it's a little unsettling to see our players showing off a bunch of very detailed (and potentially pricey) tattoos. ...Just sayin'
Since the Cavs are hosting Meyer, the U-M public relations folks are now scrambling around trying to arrange getting Harbaugh in front of the Pistons before a game.
While I'd love for this player to end up at OSU, not every recruit solely focuses on the accomplishments of the team and/or how fast they can get to the NFL. There are some high schoolers who actually look at which school is the best fit for them (which includes size of school, location of school, size of the town of the school, academic mission of the school, relationships with coaching staff, relationships with other players on the roster, etc.).
So, Cincinnati is the only area of Ohio that has sent recruits to ND that have had Ohio State offers/strong interest? None from Cleveland? None from Dayton? None from Columbus? None from Toledo? None from Youngstown?
I think OSU lands a big fish on the defensive side of the ball between now and signing day. Not sure who and it's just a gut feeling, but with immediate playing time potentially available on the DL for a team that will make a 2015 title run, one of those elite defenders has to be seriously thinking about playing as a freshman for an Ohio State that will start the polls either at #1 or #2.
Tell them to just scroll down to #16,273 on the list and they can start gushing over the QB with 'michigan' next to his name.
Just when you think things can't get any better for Ohio State...things get better.
Cannot quit smiling.
I haven't seen Michigan fans this emotionally attached to a new coaching hire since Mike Barwis. The reborn arrogance amuses me.
I forwarded the sentence you slid in about Weber to Kerry Coombs and he just replied with "LOL!"
Cardale had a few nice one on one's versus Collins, but it was Evan Spencer who sent Collins to the locker room.
After the Spencer block, Collins was a non-factor the rest of the game.
I wasn't impressed with Collins before the block and I definitely wasn't impressed after he came back into the game. He wasn't dancing much after Spencer got ahold of him.
Depending on what part of Cincy you're located in, here are (from personal experience) the best places to watch Buckeye games according to location:
1. Northern Cincy - Blue Goose Cafe (OSU Alumni meet here) in Sharonville (Reading Road) is my favorite spot outside of the 275 loop. Buffalo Wild Wings in Mason (Tylersville Road) and the Fox & Hound Tavern in Mason (Bowen Drive) are also decent spots where you should find a pro-OSU crowd
2. Eastern Cincy - Greenies Cafe (OSU Alumni meet/have met here) in Milford (State Route 28). Roosters in Milford (State Route 28) also gets a good OSU crowd.
3. Central Cincy - O'Bryons (OSU Alumni meet here) in Walnut Hills (Madison Road). The Oak Tavern (Oakley) and Buffalo Wild Wings (Rookwood) also get really good OSU crowds (The Oak is probably my favorite pro-OSU bar in Cincinnati).
4. Downtown - You mentioned Holy Grail and that is the only place I've seen an OSU game downtown. I've heard Rhinehaus in OTR is great for games, but gets really loud (can't hear the TV announcers). If you want a great low-key spot, try Knockback Nat's on Seventh St (probably won't be a huge crowd there, so don't expect a championship-level atmosphere).
5. West Cincy - I've never watched an OSU game anywhere on the west side, so I don't have any suggestions.
Good luck and be safe on Monday!! I'll be watching this one at home. Go Bucks!!
DJ, I don't think Coach Tressel is still affected by the NCAA issues. Tress has gone from leading young men on the football field to leading young people at an entire university. His positive impact on Northeast Ohio through his career at Akron and YSU will extend well beyond what happened (good and bad) at Ohio State.
I've heard Danny Sheridan on a few shows and that guy holds some serious ill will towards the Big Ten, OSU, and Urban Meyer. I don't know how he has a reputation as an expert, but if you ever hear him talk, he sounds like a typical Finebaum Show caller from Alabama.
The only reason I'm bothered by TCU not being in the playoff is missing out on their dance team in those purple cowboy boots.
This is one young man who could have fully taken advantage of his college experience to grow as a person (academically, socially, emotionally, and even athletically). Missouri and Oklahoma both failed him. Sadly, his 'inner circle' that raised/mentored him seems to have failed him as well before he ever got on a campus.
The most important play of the game is when Spencer blasted Collins with a block. That told both teams OSU wasn't backing down.
The Big Ten's TV contract with ABC/ESPN is set to expire in the near future and the new deal will most likely break the bank. While I do agree with you that some of these Big Ten schools are sitting on the cash, I also think Delany will make a push for some of these schools to be more aggressive with their foundations for athletic success (facilities, salaries, etc.).
Athletic success relating to academic/university success is absolutely correct and schools such as OSU, Florida, and Notre Dame (and even Virginia Tech and Florida State) are the benchmarks for this strategy. Southern schools (especially Alabama and Kentucky) have started to aggressively recruit in Cincinnati and it will be vital for the lower-end Big Ten schools (Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, etc.) to follow suit. An Indiana admissions rep told me they are starting to branch out into Texas to aggressively recruit students, but if IU were a lot more competitive in football, the increase in potential student interest and increase in applications would take care of themselves.