I think they'll go after Butch Jones. He has recruiting ties to both Ohio and Michigan. Michigan is down, but it's a promotion from Tennessee. If Brian Kelly can win at Notre Dame, Butch Jones can win at Michigan.
One of the worst teams from the 'lowly' B1G takes down a mighty SEC team at home, so I click on ESPN's college football page and there is a link to "Meyer broken, depressed at Florida in 2009." No mention of the Indiana-Mizzou game/outcome.
Those who dismiss any SEC bias when it comes to ESPN are absolutely delusional. And those who think ESPN isn't a sports tabloid are also delusional. Good work Hoosiers!!!
Any chance Walt's beer will be available at the 11W tailgate party?
Kiel is talented, but UC has a very young OL, which should allow OSU to pressure Kiel all night long. UC has a very young DL as well, which should allow OSU to establish the line of scrimmage and I think Elliott and Samuel both get 15 carries in this game.
I'm still interested in seeing Jeff Luc (former 5 star recruit) against the OSU offense.
I think the Buckeyes win by 14-17 in this one. If Kiel throws for a lot of yards, I think they'll be garbage yards in the second half.
I love when marketing includes 'the retail value' of thrown-in items used to entice consumers. The Reds do this all the time with combo packs that includes tickets, hot dogs, hats, etc. It's a sign of desperation, as well as delusion (I don't know one rational person sitting at home with a 60 inch hi-def TV who would consider a $6.50 hot dog anything close to going rate while they're watching the game with friends/family). Dave Brandon has managed to alienate one of the most loyal fan bases in America.
As someone who goes to the OSU away games at Purdue, I receive Boiler sports emails all the time. A recent hook from Purdue was free bacon for buying tickets to a volleyball game. Big Ten sports is now offering free pork in order to sway fans to come out. Wayne Duke must be rolling in his grave.
The enabled Jameis Winston and his antics are a perfect example of how our American culture is (and has been) steadily trending downwards.
Call me crazy, but I think the Va Tech loss will be the best thing that happened to this team when we reflect on the entire season in January. This wouldn't be the first team coached by Meyer to suffer a bad loss before going on a serious rally.
None of those outcomes have anything to do with the 2014 team or the 2014 Big Ten. Puffing their chest over victories that occurred generations ago is something Michigan fans take pride in. We don't want to be like Michigan do we?
I think Cousins is a better fit for what Gruden wants to do offensively.
RG3's body has begun to break down. His body may not have properly healed from the prior injuries and he doesn't have the build to take a lot of hits/punishment in the NFL (if he is going to play QB). RG3 would make a much better wide receiver in the league. I have the same concerns with Miller when he goes pro. It's not just the hits players like this have taken in the pro game, it's all the hits they've taken up to getting to the pro game. I don't think RG3 will ever duplicate his rookie season (stat-wise) in the NFL.
When UK football is looked upon as a step above Illinois or MSU or Iowa in football, the league has a serious problem. Perception is everything and the Big Ten is perceived as the rusty old station wagon sitting in the snow-covered parking lot of an abandoned GM plant while the SEC and Pac-12 are perceived as brand new sports cars sitting on the beach with a bunch of rich, sun-kissed co-ed's telling them how great they are.
If you were a coveted football recruit, which scenario would you choose?
I still haven't gotten over the retro wrestling robe that DJ found yesterday.
I don't see how Calipari's plans are any different than NFL pro days held by elite football programs on an annual basis. UK is basically having a pro day for it's bball team, which is what the OSU, U-M, ND, Bama, USC types of programs hold every year for their players.
If the Ohio State tattoo story broke today, the players involved would sit out 1 game, maximum (same with AJ Green, who sat out a few games at Georgia when something similar occurred with him).
If Mike Slive had just started the ball rolling on 'conference autonomy' just a few years earlier, the OSU football program would had taken a completely different path. No vacated wins, no coaching change (which means no Urban Meyer), and no media mob surrounding the program.
Just line up and knock the defense off the ball. It should not matter if the opponent is running a 4-3, a 3-4, a 4-6, a dime, or putting all 11 guys on the line of scrimmage.
This team will succeed offensively when the running game is the top priority. I don't care if the Buckeyes have the top WR unit in America, they need to be able to advance the ball on the ground consistently and effectively if the team is going to reach their goals in terms of wins and championships. All the great OSU teams over the years had great ground games. All the recent successful SEC teams over their recent national title streak had great ground games. None of these great OSU or SEC teams are remembered for their WR units.
OSU lost to MSU and Clemson because the play-calling tried to get cute instead of utilizing the top RB in America (Hyde) over and over again. There has to be 5 players on this current team who can line up and blow defensive lineman off the ball. If the current 5 cannot do it, put someone like Chris Carter in at guard and give him a chance. For the quality of players the OL practices against during the week, they should be more than prepared for the majority of DL units that they face.
Another thing about ND's current success in Ohio that OSU fans need to understand is that Brian Kelly has had basically a 5 year head start on Urban Meyer in building recruiting relationships in Ohio. While Kelly was at UC, his top recruiting priority was Ohio kids and while he was not able to go head to head with OSU for the top Ohio players, he was able to build a ton of relationships with coaches/high schools all over the state during his recruitment of the second tier players in Ohio that OSU couldn't/wouldn't take. Even though the new OL coach at ND seems to be doing well, Kelly's hard work in recruiting Ohio during his time at UC are also helping Notre Dame in their current battles with OSU for the 4 and 5 star players both programs want and need.
I find it interesting that the one coach mentioned as the reason for Notre Dame's current success in recruiting Ohio is the man that replaced Ed Warriner when he left for Ohio State. If Ed was still in South Bend, I wonder if these two OL recruits would still be heavily favoring ND over OSU?
As Tressel has progressed from Senator to President, he continues to impact lives along the way, whether it be in a subtle manner or a big splash (pun intended).
After talking with people at Akron who worked with him, I'm 100% certain he'll leave YSU a better place, as he did at OSU and Akron. In the meantime, the media pundits who tried to bring him down are still desperately attempting to validate their own existence by questioning the decisions of others, a game they will never win. Go Tressel!!
I could spend an entire day walking around The Oval on a day like today...
Bruce Hooley is/was someone who could be considered a 'local' OSU troll.
I think U-M's issue in Detroit is the influence of pro-MSU media/listeners and the need to satisfy that audience. OSU really doesn't have that issue in Ohio. Even in Cincinnati, the amount of OSU media (let alone anti-OSU media) is so insignificant that I wouldn't consider it a trolling act.
I wish people would pump the brakes on the concerns with the offense. In 2002 (as well as most years under Tressel), the offense didn't look so hot early on and things usually worked out fine.
Even if the line needs 4-5 games to solidify itself, OSU has the luxury of multiple playmakers they can instantly dump it off to (Wilson, Samuel, Elliott, Smith, Spencer, Thomas, etc), which I think minimizes the growing pains of the OL. Plus, Navy will end up being an 8 or 9 win team who people underestimated in the preseason. Their QB and RB are legitimate talents who would give nearly any defense in America issues this year.
He's going to Kentucky. If OSU lands Damien Harris, I think OSU gets the better end this 'Ohio-Kentucky' swap.
GA at Ohio State. Urban would take him yesterday.
Verne hit his prime during Happy Gilmore 20 years ago.
If DL continues to play like he did today, in another 2-3 games every announcer will be pronouncing his name correctly (regardless of spelling).