With another injury at WR and assuming we don't suddenly see a true freshman crop up into the depth chart (Gibson, Hill, Stump), does Michael Thomas remain on the field more, rather than continually rotating guys in at WR?
Watching on TV, it is sometimes hard to see the true cause and effect in the offense. Many of Cardale's throwaways/pressures/sacks come after holding on to the ball for quite some time while looking for options down the field. Is this the result of receivers not creating enough separation? Is Cardale not getting through his progressions soon enough to see the right (open) option? Is he just being hesitant and conservative in his decision-making?
It's not open yet, but will be soon IMO.. I'd look at Maryland. Very fertile recruiting ground. Loads of money flowing into that program by way of UA. That would be a perfect place for Babers to make a name for himself quickly.
1) Ohio State, Florida State, Arizona State, and Alabama
2) Nick Chubb
3) Louisville over Auburn
6) Michigan State (though VT will be no walk in the park)
I feel terrible for Noah Brown - a kid, it seems, who has been doing everything right since arriving on campus.
For the "replacements" in this VT game, sure the inexperience and lack of game reps is concerning, but I tend to look at it from a different perspective. They are all 4-star, highly regarded and talented kids. And, all were on the outside looking in for substantial playing time this season prior to suspension and injury. Now is their chance. They've got an opportunity right in front of them to work their butts off for the next 8-9 days in order to show the coaching staff they can be counted on in Blacksburg and going forward.
A guy like KJ Hill, who is obviously impressing in order to get his black stripe off early, now has a chance at Ohio State to possibly get time as a major contributor as a true freshman. That does not come along often. I think we'll see some young wideouts with chips on their shoulders and something to prove Labor Day night.
More importantly, what this injury really means is the Silver Bullet defense has to be cocked and loaded and ready for prime time right from the get-go this season. You cannot count on an offense filled with young skill position players putting up huge numbers against a stout defense on opening night. The defense MUST step up and lead the charge. Cause some turnovers, get after Brewster, and force VT into bad situations from the opening bell.
Exactly right - I don't want to sound pessimistic because I'm not, but expectations are so sky high and everyone just assumes our Buckeyes will run over anyone in their path. Let's just pump the brakes a bit on that. There will be games where the score is closer than we want or expect. The team was young last season and the mistakes were many, but they were so talented they could overcome it. Hopefully those youthful mistakes are gone, and there is no need to overcome them.
My takeaway is this: we consider this team to be a "super-team"; a team with loads more talent and pro prospects than everyone else; a dominant, unstoppable force. After watching the majority of the season again, this team did improve leaps and bounds from the beginning, but even at the end of the year (except for the B1G title game), they struggled to get out of their own way at times. The margin for error for this team missing the playoffs and losing the Sugar Bowl was pretty slim. Even the Oregon game was much closer than it should have been because of compounding mistakes.
I would caution that we should not expect this team to flat out dominate and leave everyone in its wake just because they are defending national champions. They put it all together at the right time last season, and hopefully they can build off that instead of starting from scratch.
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Last year was the first in quite awhile that I did not attend at least one Ohio State football game - usually I was able to get to 2 home games on average each year. The last time I did not see an OSU game in person? 2002...
I don't think I'll be attending any this year...
It will be nice to hopefully hear from Braxton himself what his plans are, what position he'll be playing, how his rehab has gone, how healthy he is, etc. He has a right to be mum and keep to himself - he doesn't owe an explanation to anyone. At the same time, as a fanbase it has obviously been difficult to hear all the rumors and hyperbole of what he could do, when in reality we all knew it comes down to Braxton himself and the decision he is going to make for his own future.
Regardless, I support the young man. He has been nothing but class from the time he arrived in Columbus. WHATEVER he chooses, I will be happy for him and for the simple fact that he's making his own decision for himself.
I played club and high school back in the early 2000's, then a few years of college soccer as well. Still have a genuine love for the game and now have coached at the high school level for nearly a decade.
I LOVE the enthusiasm we see for the sport in this country during the World Cup (both for the men and the women). I really hope in my lifetime we see a USMNT that is truly competing for a World Cup title, and the wave of enthusiasm does nothing but help to possibly fulfill that goal.
The fact D'Angelo Russell played a lead role as a freshman, on a team bereft of any other legitimate offensive scoring options, with every opponent focusing on slowing him down, and yet he was so efficient, leads me to believe he is going to be an absolute stud in the NBA. He thinks 2-3 steps ahead of a normal player and will use that, along with a sweet stroke and some crafty play, to be a stone cold killer as an NBA point guard.
I refuse to believe his "average" athleticism will be that much of an issue. Steph Curry is not elite athlete - far from it. He's still learned how to score and play at an elite level. Russell has that same kind of guile and craftiness that you see in Curry, along with being a legit 6'5 with a 6'9 wingspan. He'll learn to play solid defense and he'll develop physically and athletically as his body matures. With all that, the most impressive thing is his mind - he's a smart kid who can think through the game.
I don't know where he'll get drafted, but wherever he goes will get a heck of a player for a long time in the league.
These past two wins in Europe for the senior USMNT were just friendlies so the results must be tempered to a degree. Even still, these are extremely good wins, no matter the circumstances. Netherlands played basically all their top players for the majority of the game. Germany did not have an entire 1st choice lineup, but still are ranked #1 in the world for a reason. And, the US did not have a 1st choice lineup either.
Over the past 11 months, I was beginning to question Klinsmann's philosophies and lineup choices. With so much transition on the roster, and so many questions as to who was coming/going/etc., things were looking bleak for a while. However, this is very similar to what transpired during his time a decade ago when running Germany, as he brought in a new crop of talent with a different energy and zeal for playing a "team" game. The collective spirit of the US has begun to grow a little differently, with a lot of youth and guys trying to prove themselves.
The time is now to develop some depth and still figure out who it is Jurgen can count on to get results against the best in the world. Still much to work on, especially defensively, but things are looking up and hopefully a Gold Cup winner will continue this momentum.
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As awesome as it would be, Ohio Stadium will never host a FIFA-sponsored event for the reasons already stated. Issues with sod, field dimensions, and seating requirements would not allow for it to happen without some major investment.
The unfortunate thing for those of us in the midwest is there are very few, if any, legitimate options for host cities/stadiums other than maybe Chicago at Soldier Field.
Much better schedule for next season's Buckeyes. It will be tougher, but also means more chances to impress the selection committee. Playing UK, UVA, at UConn, and Memphis means four really tough non-conference matchups. Also, Louisiana Tech was a top 50-60 team last season in KenPom and RPI. Assuming they take a step back next season with a new coach (previous coach took the job at Florida), they should still end up being a pretty quality opponent when you look at the metrics.
There are also a handful of teams that were right around the top 200 in RPI last season (NIU, Mercer, UT-Arlington, Mt. St. Mary's, Air Force) and you would have to assume they'll be close to the same this season.
This is a schedule much more similar to most of the high-major programs, who test themselves with a handful of power matchups, play a few games against good to mid-level mid-majors, and then throw in a few exhibition type games against the worst of the worst to get everyone some good playing time and experience.
With Irving not at full strength, I just don't see how Cleveland will have the firepower to hang in a 7 game series with the Warriors. I see them giving it a valiant effort, but the Warriors are on a different level from any of the teams the Cavs faced in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Warriors have several guys they can throw at LeBron to try and slow him down, and no one to really stop both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
I see the Warriors winning in 6, with Curry taking MVP honors.
Very unlikely that Powell and/or Apple would leave early. Powell, because he is only a mid-round pick at best, in my opinion, and Apple because he will still have two years of eligibility remaining. If both absolutely tear it up this season, that means a few things:
1) the coaching has been tremendous to get these guys to a position to go so early, and thus the guys still on the roster should also be in good position to step in and produce.. which leads to 2) top recruits realizing the OSU coaches are pumping out NFL players after 3 years in the program. Which means more top-rated recruits continuing to sign on at OSU.
First Mark May, now Sepp Blatter... What is going on in this world?!?
Ding dong, the witch is dead.
I know a guy who's son trains with the two Austin's (Mack and Robertson) in Ft. Wayne. Much like what has already been stated numerous times on the site by Birm, Tim, and others, sounds like things are good for the Buckeyes with Mack. Also sounds like it is MSU for Robertson.
Austin Robertson is Drayton's nephew, and a former Lima, Ohio native. With OSU already taking other DE's and waiting on Nick Bosa's final decision, he's MSU-bound.
You're entitled to your opinion, and that is fine. I understand those that do not enjoy the game. My frustration normally lies with those who say they don't like it because they don't understand it, yet they've really never tried to understand the game. You obviously do not lie in that camp.
It's easy to say "what does it matter?" but for some people who are intimately involved with soccer in the US, it is tiresome to see great, skillful athletes play soccer through their formative years, only to not see much, if any, future in the sport and decide to give up the game. Or, you'll see players decide not to play in high school or high-level club because their team is not fully committed financially to being successful, or does not have the public/administrative backing that is necessary to grow and develop a team or program.
I'm getting a little deep here, I know, but this is a problem that hampers the game in the US. You have many youth players who could have tremendous futures in the sport, but they don't want to move across the globe. Or, even more realistically, they don't want to have to drive hundreds of miles each week to practice or play for a worthwhile team because there is nothing closer to help them develop. In the US, the pyramid is backward compared to much of the world - the better coaching and higher level training and competition you desire, the more expensive it is for the player. That is opposite from all other parts of the world, where big clubs pay for you to be a part of their program. It would be nice to level the playing field in that regard, and another WC in the States would certainly help do so.