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Comment 29 Sep 2014

Definitely best rb right now, but I wouldn't rule out Samuel for how great he's done as a true freshman. I'm interested to see how both progress through the year

Comment 28 Sep 2014

I can't say whether they're ass, because it's hard to compare conferences when they don't play each other (i wish there were more opportunities/teams didn't schedule 30 years in advance for games against teams). I will say there seems to be many missed tackles in the SEC games that I've watched, but let's be honest the SEC still looks wayyyyy better than 75% of our conference. Did anyone try to watch Iowa vs Purdue, Minn vs scUM, NW vs Penn st, or any of the other games? It really looks bad for us right now, but hopefully the B1G will surprise everyone in december/january. 

Comment 28 Sep 2014

Actually seems plausible watching a lot of the sec east so far...

Comment 28 Sep 2014

I think we need a little more time, the offense has definitely improve since the first week so hopefully the d will as well, but because this is a great opportunity:

he doesn't know his ash from his elbow

Comment 28 Sep 2014

I'm just glad he's not fumbling as much as he used to. He's a good back, but yeah the vision isn't quite there. Maybe combine his power, samuel's vision, and Elliot's everything.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

Seriously, it's one thing to have nice pass breakups with a few big plays, but they're getting short plays and long plays on blown coverages. Kiel is good, but show me something

Comment 27 Sep 2014

I agree. When it hits your hands, you gotta catch it. 

Comment 25 Sep 2014

I like how we've gotten to the point of simply not wanting to be the worst conference.

Comment 23 Sep 2014

At least if we expand, there's more teams that could potentially be good... But probly not :(

Comment 17 Sep 2014

he will be a great running back 

 I'm willing to let him try, but he probably won't be that great if he runs a 4.8

Comment 15 Sep 2014

I agree, but just for the record this wasn't a thread about last week's game. This is a recurring theme of veteran receivers consistently dropping passes.

Comment 14 Sep 2014

Thanks for the response (btw if Nash stands for nashville, I too live there), and I agree the play-calling can be questioned, but dropping passes is not something that can be adjusted mid-game. I'm not trying to criticize the players, but rather say "hey, this trend doesn't seem to be chance anymore". And my question is, "if this is supposed to be a team competing for championships, shouldn't we strive to improve our receiving corps?" It's completely understandable from young players, but if veteran players are consistently making the same mistakes, is it the player or the coach? I think that's a fair question to ask and not be down voted for, but maybe I should take my thoughts elsewhere.

Comment 14 Sep 2014

I'm seeing a lot of down votes for questioning Zach. I realize he's related to Bruce, but this is ohio state, when this has been a lackluster position both on the field and in recruiting, isn't there cause for concern? Rather than down votes, can we get some responses pointing out something maybe some of us are missing (not joking)? I realize we have guys that are making some good plays, but I guess I'm just hoping for well-rounded receivers (maybe like Thomas?) rather than 1-dimensional players like Devin and evan

Comment 14 Sep 2014

I for one am very excited for this team. I don't know if we can beat MSU, but the young talent on this team has me very excited. This season should be a lot of fun watching our team grow and improve week to week.

Comment 14 Sep 2014

I think one reason people don't give FSU as much shit (outside of the jealousy/thought that OSU doesn't deserve the attention it gets, which is a lot because it has such a huge fan base) is that FSU plays a crossover with Florida every year (same with Clemson), which allows it some respect in the SEC (even though UF wasn't good last year). Also, SEC fans (who are the ones giving us so much shit) recognize that FSU recruits players basically from the same area that the SEC does so they don't want to say that their recruits aren't good, but since a lot of our recruits come from Ohio/the north (as well as a large number from the south), SEC fans want to make it seem like a north vs south thing. 

Comment 14 Sep 2014

If you look at Figure 2 on page 4 (especially the small, by-state map in the right top corner), you can see that 6 of the 11 states in the current SEC footprint increased in population over 90's, whereas none of the states in the B1G footprint did. In fact, I think the B1G was the only conference to not have a state have at least 13% population growth. Clearly, the south and west increased during the 90's (I was a part of that shift). I totally agree that there are several reasons that the B1G isn't looking good right now, but recruiting is a major part. To your point that the B1G dominates their footprint in recruiting and the SEC/ACC/Big 12 are fighting over same recruits, how is it that the SEC still out-recruits (top to bottom) the B1G? I think it could be some combination of the following (just my thoughts):

1. The population shift has had an impact, and the B1G (though dominating the region) is getting recruits from a smaller pool than the SEC/ACC/Big 12. This means that though the talent is equal to that in the south, there are fewer players to choose from overall and therefore a smaller pool of the 4/5 star guys.

2. The appeal of the SEC (warmer weather, relaxed standards, recent success) allows them to get the very best of the recruits from their region compared to the ACC/Big 12. 

Luckily, I think the addition of NY/NJ/DC will allow the B1G to improve recruiting and I also think that the best part about recruiting is that it only takes a few years of success to improve in recruiting (MSU for example). If the B1G starts recruiting harder (outside the footprint and in the new areas), uses the money they get from the conference to go after more talented coaches, and tries to out-scheme opponents rather than concede games against more talented teams, I think it could easily improve. These kids being recruited right now grew up watching the SEC dominate and the B1G falter, but if the B1G can sustain some decent winning seasons (unlike this year) a new wave of kids won't care about what happened in the 2000's. So, I totally agree there's more to it than a population shift, but the B1G needs to realize that there's a real disparity between it and other conferences and try to adapt or do something.