Bosa was largely neutralized by Conklin last year. Not this time. I expect a huge game from #97.
Great point. While Vonn Bell is physically gifted, I'm often impressed by how smart he plays. Last year in the B1G Championship, he baited Stave into throwing that INT.
Don't forget that those plays were a year ago. OSU's defense is much better today than it was then.
The tough games are coming. Good OOC schedule this year.
They shot well last game. Giddens seems to be the biggest culprit tonight.
Ed Warriner is the same guy in charge of this group as last season. It's not the coach.
Players change. Opponents evaluate further and find weaknesses. And winning big every week, despite how easy Urban Meyer makes it look, is hard.
What play might Meyer, Warriner, and Beck unveil that the Spartans haven't seen on film?
Agreed. People assume that Cardale was the guy who played in the CFP. I think he was loose because Meyer took all the pressure off him. To that point he was a career back up.
He's a good player, Buckeye legend for his response to last season, but I think this season we saw why Cardale didn't start until JTB broke his ankle.
And that's OK.
Not saying he should have hired Beck, but Martinez did get better during his career.
I'd go a little higher than you and say somewhere 5-7. You've got Maryland and MSU at the top. Then Wisconsin, IU and skunks. OSU, Illinois, and Iowa are probably right behind but I think OSU is the best of that group.
If OSU matures fast, they could get to five. And if IU is the fourth team, never underestimate their ability to choke away a good thing. But that would require everything to go right.
I do know the top of the league was no pleased by what they saw from the Bucks against MSM.
Here to admit I was wrong about Lyle. Just didn't think he would have PG skills, but he definitely DOES.
I wish Kam shot the ball more consistently so Loving could come off the bench. But OSU will have to go with a three forward lineup for now.
Tate and Lyle are the clear leaders on this team. KBD has tons of potential. And the center position is much more athletic and active.
Yes, there will be nights when you remember that they're all sophomores and freshmen. But the top of the B1G had to hate what they saw this afternoon.
I really want to see the shooter he was early last season. If he's that guy, OSU is a much better team because Tate will have more mid-range room, and Lyle will have another guy to kick the ball out to.
In fact, if Loving, Kam, and KBD shoot as advertised, this becomes a team no one will want to play. That is still a big IF, but I was encouraged by what I saw against Walsh.
I can't refute OSU's scoring by season. But what the shot clock was intended to eliminate was games like several UNC - UVA games in the Ralph Sampson era, when Dean Smith went four-corners once his team got a lead. IIRC, UNC held the ball for nearly 10 minutes of a game that I think ended 49-47.
What really killed the college game was early entry to the NBA. When players had to stay for 4-years, teams developed more skill and cohesion. Instead, I would change the one-and-done rule so that if a player signs a letter of intent, they commit to the school for at least two seasons They could transfer to another school within the current rules, if they chose that.
But I would also let high school players go straight to the NBA. If the pros want them and the players want to go, they should be allowed to do it.
Some great OSU RB performances against the Illini - Byars in 84, Eddie in 95, El Guapo in 13. I'd love to add Zeke to that group.
When Loving came back from suspension, he did nothing to supplant Tate. In fact, his play regressed as Tate's improved. That's why it was KBD taking important threes against VCU and not Loving.
While an engaged Marc Loving will be an important player, it's almost as likely that he loses his starting position to KBD alongside Tate.
Given what we saw against Walsh, I expect a three player rotation at the 3 and 4 among Tate, Loving, and KBD.
It's just an exhibition game. No one doubts that Loving will play. But to interpret his playing time against Walsh as an indication that he's the key player to Thad or that he will play close to 40 minutes a night goes way too far.
I would say that he protected his most important player, who had an injury, by not playing him in a meaningless exhibition game. That seems more likely to me.
I agree about KBD, but not so sure about Giddens as the starter this season. Next season I would agree though.
Oh yes he will. The value of original art goes up, not down. That's not some framed print from the home selection at Sears.
As Fitzgerald said, the rich are different from you and me.
Loving isn't even quick enough to guard a fast three. Any good 2-guard would blow by him easily. I love the thought of a tall guy at the two but Marc Loving is not your man for that.
No matter his exact weight, he was still called "The Round Mound of Rebound."
I doubt anyone will refer to Lyle like that.
I agree and disagree. I think KBD will continue to emerge this season. In the Walsh game I was more focused on his aggressiveness than his shooting percentage. That's a good indication of his confidence. And he looks like a very confident player.
I think that Thad considers Tate the most important player.
Amir was one of the best FT shooters on the team last season, so the characterization above isn't accurate. McDonald was a poor shooter though.
Actually I'm happier with this performance than I expected. Defense always comes later with young players and OSU's best defensive player didn't even play. This team will both frustrate and surprise, but there is a lot to like including the HC.