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Comment 18 Oct 2014

My thoughts too. What should they say? They should think they're going to win. I don't think they will, but Rutgers may be the best team OSU has played so far.

Comment 18 Oct 2014

Elliott seem to find room up the middle.

I think it's easy to assume that Rod Smith is always the guy who ripped off that long run at the end of the 2012 Nebraska game. But he's not.

And that's OK. He just needs to make the most of the carries he gets.

Comment 15 Oct 2014

I was at that game in 2009. It was freezing cold and flurrying. OSU won 38-7. Not exactly a formula for great crowd noise. On the other hand, I was at the 2012 Michigan game under similar conditions and the stadium was VERY  loud. 

My guess is that Saturday the crowd will be plenty loud because it has been weeks since the last home game.

Comment 15 Oct 2014

Am I missing something here? They are COMPLIMENTING us. Most of the posts said IF RU were to beat OSU that it would be a major accomplishment and put their program on the map in a way that beating PSU or UM would not. Rutgers fans see OSU as the standard-bearer of the B1G and view winning at the Shoe as a major accomplishment. Several posters suggest their goal should be a "moral" victory.

Frankly, Rutgers is ecstatic to be in the B1G, they beat UM, PSU hates them, and they think OSU is awesome.

Yeah, gotta hate those guys.

That said, I still want OSU to win big. But Rutgers fans have done nothing to add extra hostility. 

Comment 15 Oct 2014

I believe the poster said "never" as hyperbole. As you point out, Tressel's teams did put up big offensive numbers in some games. As it turns out, you focused exclusively on the 2010 team, which was VERY experienced on offense and led by a QB essentially starting for a  third season. So, to be fair, you site a season that was not the norm under Tressel and you use what was probably OSU's most explosive offensive team under Tressel.

And the 2014 team is inexperienced - 4/5 new OL, new featured RB, and a new QB which happened shortly before game one. It's a very different situation from 2010. And OSU is putting up similar numbers to 2013, but in a different way by relying less on explosive plays and spreading the production to more players.

Now we don't know if OSU will maintain this kind of pace over an entire season. I would be shocked to see 40+ on MSU. But at PSU? Maybe. At Minnesota? Doubtful because the Gophers don't give you enough possessions. There is a good chance against the other teams on the schedule.

I think it's fair to say this level of production is surprising to most fans, especially considering what we saw against Navy and VT. Those performances prompted some people to predict Cincy to WIN that game. Others predicted the Terps to win too.

So while the competition matters and we don't know what the rest of the season will hold, I think the response by most fans is valid.

Comment 07 Oct 2014

Most fans appreciate that Ed Warriner has produced the best OLs since the 1984 line anchored by Jim Lachey. There have been great individual linemen since then (Stringer, Pace, Mangold), but Warriner's units are the best in decades. 

So he lost Kramer. He may yet get Eichenberg. And I trust the guys he does get will become great linemen.

Comment 04 Oct 2014

Other than KSU, every team OSU has beaten is a "good test" going in and is overrated going out.

Comment 23 Sep 2014

Strangely enough, I'm going to disagree with your comment that Elliott has showed more power while Samuel has showed more wiggle. I actually think the opposite is true. Samuel seems to finish his runs with more power than any of the other backs and runs through arm tackles surprisingly well. Meanwhile, Elliott looks to me to be the back who can most easily shake a guy.

Just one guy's opinion.

Comment 17 Sep 2014

I would actually say Krenzel is underrated. He never quarterbacked a perfect game, but the guy was a big play machine. When the game was on the line, he was consistently money.

Comment 17 Sep 2014

He didn't fall apart. Teams just learned how to defend him in that game. What an abrupt about face that game took. Every team after that did what MSU did. Either Todd or Tressel couldn't seem to adjust.

Comment 17 Sep 2014

I think you got the down votes because the two guys who belong at the top of the list are at the bottom. Pryor and Miller are wonderful athletes, but neither accomplished what Smith and Krenzel did. Ultimately, QB is played with the head not the legs.

Comment 15 Sep 2014

Play effectiveness is definitely a product of the competition, but for me the play calls were spot on vs. KSU.

But this seems to be Herman - up and down. In tight moments, he can lose the feel of a game. That's a tough art form for most OCs. TH gets it right a lot. Still he can make you scratch your head at the most important times in a game. He abandoned the run altogether at the end of the VT game when there was enough time, VT was zone blitzing every play, and OSU had just had success running the ball for the tying TD. Tough to figure him sometimes.

Still, you are right about the dropped passes. Corey Smith's dropped TD was a killer.

Comment 15 Sep 2014

No. Lenzelle Smith was a pretty good player. Strong rebounder for his size. Solid defender. Generally unselfish play. Streaky shooter. The fact that he hit his ceiling has nothing to do with my appreciation of him as a player. Unfortunately the team needed more from him this past season than he could deliver consistently. 

He's a good Buckeye and I'll remember him for that.

Comment 15 Sep 2014

No, Ray Lucas does not bug me. He's being doing analysis in NYC for the Jets and Rutgers for a number of years and has done a good job. BTN is fortunate to have him. 

Comment 15 Sep 2014

Kyle - great as always. Would love to see OSU run the triple option version that Smith used against UNC. A little OT, but I'm still a little peeved about the play calling vs. VT. Could you discuss how OSU can still run power against a Bear front? It seems to me that OSU might have had better luck going man-to-man with the OL against that front. Yes, there would be some plays for zero or minus yards, but if you pop Elliott or Samuel past the LOS, they could be gone. Just curious about your thoughts.

Comment 10 Sep 2014

Very interested to see the hoops team all the way around.

How will Scott do with no Craft?

Will Thompson take the glimpses he shows beyond the highlight dunks and take the next step?

Is the talk of McDonald really making progress this summer just hype?

Will the frosh meld with the seniors?

Can Russell and Diop adapt the college game easily?

Will Tate be able to find time?

Was Bell a reach or a diamond in the rough?

Will Amir wake up?

Love Thad Matta.

Comment 10 Sep 2014

Wore them at home against UM in 2012. Last year OSU wore the all whites as the road team.