Yea, I think they present a very balanced attack that will challenge our defense and stretch them horizontally. I have a lot of respect for Wilson as a coach and offensive mind.
1. 20 carries, 170 yards, 2TDs
2. Jones 17/30, 300 yards, 3TDs
3. Over, 200+ yards
4. Yes. Deep ball, seam route.
5. Eli Apple, 12 tackles, 1 FR, 1 INT.
That is a good point. Struggled may not be the best word choice. Nonetheless, it's a long season and they remain "on schedule"
I agree with both of these points. Outside of a few teams that have decent resumes, it's just a cluster of question marks.
And you're too focused on a single game and transitive property to make your point. OSU struggled in 3 out of 4 games. Had OSU struggled against the competition played by some of these other teams, they would have lost in my opinion.
FYI, NIU lost to BC.
Why so defensive? Sure every team has struggled, but not as consistently as OSU.
LSU's wins over Auburn and Miss St. were more impressive than 2 of ours. Plus, Syracuse is a power 5 school. We've only played 1.
NW beat Stanford and Duke. Two power 5 schools, who look very good this year.
UCLA has played and beaten 3 power 5 schools, if you include BYU.
ND has played and beaten 3 power 5 schools.
Sparty's win against Oregon was more impressive than VT, otherwise similar type play.
Clemson is similar to OSU.
TCU is similar to OSU and not even on my list.
Oh and the five teams that have actually lost to teams on my list were teams that lost to very good teams. I've seen OSU play 4 times, and out of those 4 times, OSU wouldn't have beaten the opponents that handed other teams losses only once, so I'd call them similar.
I'm sorry you don't like my opinion, but its not baseless.
2. Michigan State(5) 4-0 1397 —
3 Ole Miss(10) 4-0 1349 —
5 Baylor 3-0 1196 —
6 Notre Dame 4-0 1163 —
7 UCLA 4-0 1156 2
8 Georgia 4-0 1147 1
9 LSU 3-0 1075 1
10 Utah(1) 4-0 1034 8
11 Florida State 3-0 888 1
12 Clemson 3-0 853 1
13 Alabama 3-1 850 1
14 Texas A&M 4-0 776 —
15 Oklahoma 3-0 747 —
16 Northwestern 4-0 566 1
17 USC 3-1 509 2
18 Stanford 3-1 486 3
20 Oklahoma State 4-0 281 4
21 Mississippi State 3-1 211 —
22 Michigan 3-1 209 —
23 West Virginia 3-0 179 —
Right now, there are at least 4 teams who have put together better resumes than OSU. What could you argue in favor of OSU being included that is something tangible that has happened this year? You can't argue intangibles like "Urban Meyer or talent." You can't argue the NC from last year. The only thing I can think of is beating VT on the road and then a bunch of poorly executed, sloppy played games against poor competition after that.
I really don't understand the outrage at this point. 1.) we haven't played well at all this year against poor competition. 2.) it's so early that it doesn't even matter.
I'm not following you here, but maybe because I'm not all that clear on the FPI. This is what I tried to look at but it doesn't mesh with that you state.
I haven't been impressed with our play and it seems that you haven't either. We both agree that it really doesn't matter right now as long as the team gets better. So exactly what do you want to argue about? I don't think OSU is playing like a top 10 team either. We only think they are because they have a lot of talent, have great coaches and won a NC last year. I you stripped away all of that and only looked at their resume from this year, I think you'd be hard pressed to objectively put them in the top 10. My guess is that they'd fall between 10-20 in a blind system based on what they've done in 2015 up to this point.
They've played 4 games and looked like a fringe top 20 team. I have no problem with their opinion right now. In fact, if the playoff was next week, I wouldn't put them in it. Fact of the matter is its all conjecture and hypothetical right now. Season is young.
I think IU's offense will be able to muster 17 points or so on their own. It depends on how many points off turnovers they can get as to how close this game is. 38-27 OSU.
Can we stop with Indiana's schedule? Their schedule ranks 99. Yes, its bad, but ours is ranked 76. I guess every time I see it brought up, I look out of our glass house fearing someone is out there throwing stones back at us.
Great piece though. Nice work.
The converse to that (which I agree with) is that sometimes companies are just looking for fillers - not exactly temp people, but rather people with experience that can come in, right the ship, train for the future, get things on auto pilot and leave the place better than it was.
Mike, this isn't supposed to be a fun time for you and so its OK to have these feelings. The key is going to be getting quickly back to the place where you're rationale. You'll be fine, you've done this before.
I guess now that you've further explained your situation to me, my advice would be to stick it out with the company in the warehouse, but immediately start looking for new jobs while you're there because someone absolutely will find value in you. The key for you is making sure you have that parachute strapped on while you wait.
I'd also start working your numbers for retirement and maybe try to figure out ways to cut corners to make it happen sooner. Yet another parachute....
Is there a possibility of getting benefits through your wife?
After 29 years there, are you able to retire?
The biggest problem with this line of thought is that the same thinking could be applied to OSU and their schedule because VT's defense is around W. Kentucky and Hawaii is around Wake Forest and FIU. The biggest outlier is N. Illinois, which boasts a decent defense. But really, despite playing similar competition, our offense has failed to put up the same numbers as Indiana.
I'd agree with that. Not worried about IU stopping the Bucks as much as I am about the Bucks stopping themselves. I think IU will get some points on their own, but to really make this a game, the Bucks will have to dish out some favors, as they have shown a propensity to do. IMO, it should be as comfortable of a game as the OSU offense makes it.
I have no doubt that this team will peak when they should, like last year. The key, and the concern that I have, is that when this time rolls around, will OSU be in a position to capitalize on it like they did last year? They don't have to be putting out peak, game-long performances like they did at the end of last year, but they do need to start putting series and quarters together.
It's interesting that you bring up the MSU game. While I do think they performed better than you are giving them credit for (I'd at least give them a solid 3 quarters), that was actually the first game that they showed how good they could actually be. Of course, we didn't really see that type of performance again until Wisconsin.
This year sets up a bit differently. Once we hit the last stretch of our schedule, we wont be able to play a good game and then take a game off as we did last year. Come November, we have to be playing at least 3 quarters of solid, mistake free football every week, with no weeks off. They've put together stretches like that before, but this year, they're going to need at least 5 straight weeks of good to great play. But first thing first, hopefully we're starting to play better each week and are still contenders when November rolls around. Time will tell.
I hope those aren't just words. I'm looking forward to finally seeing this team put it together.
I was about like you. 6 months with extracts and then all grain and developed my own recipes. I love all grain brewing. Brewing with different yeasts is a simple experiment as well. All good things to move towards. If you have any questions, let me know. As with many things, there's a million different ways to accomplish them. I have my opinions based on my time and money. You'll find that you'll develop yours and we may not agree on everything, but no one argues with a home brewed beer. Good luck.
I used to brew a lot. Almost opened a brewery but it fell through (lack of startup funds/investor interest). I don't have cider recipes, I brewed the basic ales, but fine ales at that. I'd recommend getting the process down pat before moving on to more challenging or atypical brews. Walk before you run.
Here's an article on Kevin Wilson's career: http://wnursports.com/2015/07/24/kevin-wilson-changed-the-way-offenses-work-can-he-save-indiana-and-his-job/ Just one writer's opinion (which happens to be in agree with mine), but:
There’s no denying that Kevin Wilson has one of the brightest football minds, at least offensively, in the conference, if not the country.
In terms of OSU's defense. I wasn't making any argument about VT winning/losing that game. However, I was stating that their offense was moving the football very well when they had a QB that could pass the ball. I made this point because, while I agree with you about the universal weakness to a balanced attack, Indiana presents a similar challenge. I take this to suggest that IU might be able to move the ball against us. History suggests this much as well - at least the last 2 years.
My concerns with OSU's offense have nothing to do with IU's porous defense. If OSU's offense shows up and decides to stop making stupid mistakes in the form of penalties and turnovers, then this game probably won't be a 2 score game. They were far better with penalties last year, but still turned the ball over. Now, the turnovers are still there this year mixed in with a lot of early season slop. While we are all hoping for improvement, they don't really have a precedent for this. So again, I think concerns here are also well validated. Hoping I get proved wrong.
I agree with this assessment. Indiana is a good team. But it's not so much about Indiana as it is about us. We've shown some glaring weakness on both sides of the ball. On offense, we make mistakes, commit penalties and turnovers, so I'm not all that convinced that IU will have to do a lot if this stuff continues - we stop ourselves. The defense has been good this year, but we did have trouble with a balanced VT attack (when they have their QB), and we did struggle last week on defense. All in all, I think we're overselling our defense and we're going against an offensive mastermind with a history of giving us fits. I'd really like for this to be the game where we put it all together and show how good of a team we can be when we show up, but otherwise, yea, 2 scores seems about right in another uncomfortable and ugly win - 38-28.
I agree. It's not that I'm arguing for or against anything, but merely stating that there's evidence out there that the staff has been trying to prepare for a longer season. Perhaps some of these measures have held the team back by a few weeks compared to where they could have been. in addition, with evidence that the staff is aware of the wear and tear of the season, perhaps they are also currently taking precautions with playing calling and schemes. I have no idea, but thought it was an interesting though and addition to hotsauce's comment.