At the beginning of the year I thought this game might be a great match up between Wilson in the slot, and Peppers at the nickel with Wilson running past their coveted five star all day. It's funny how things change and what you think will happen at the beginning of the year is rarely ever true.
Thanks, and I hope you guys kick the crap out of PSU.
Borges was always the creative one. Nussmeir didn't want to lose this many games before a rivalry that he probably doesn't fully understand so he has probaby already tried whatever they have that they think will work.
Special teams could be the exception; I could see Hoke trying to gain an edge there. Maybe he'll try the lateral pass against out aggressive kickoff unit, or an out of the blue onside kick.
Fighting definitely increases the chance of the lesser team winning due to lack of focus and ejections. I really doubt Hoke encourages it, but I also doubt he has a lot of control over that team. i doubt last year's game would have been that close without us seeming to lose focus after the fight.
I am really proud of Carter. He struggled with his weight and football gave him the strength to win that battle. He may literally live several years longer because of the hard work and lifestyle that football has demanded of him. Not everyone makes it in the NFL, but simultaneously getting an education and getting healthy is a really great accomplishment.
Whatever it is must be personal between him and the coaches. I am curious too, but I'll respect his privacy.
He can be on the field at the same time. Put Marshall in motion and the defense won't know whether to sell out on the jet sweep or defend Gibson running the opposite direction.
I agree with Luginbill, if Braxton isn't the quarterback next year, Gibson should take over the "wildcat" with more allowance to throw. This would save JT from additional potential injury and benefit the offense. Also, Marshall does so many things for our team already that allowing him to not have another thing on his plate will benefit him.
If we can slow down Butt
I predict we will slow down Butt like a box of Imodium.
Running backs are like boxers, they only have so many hits they can take in a career. An offense that doesn't wear a running back out but sets up the defense to be gouged by the running back by also exploiting the edges and deep seems ideal for a long career after being drafted high.
If Marshall plays like he did against Indiana for the rest of the year I wonder whether it will further entice McCall to join the program.
If the weather gets bad (or frankly even if it doesn't) I would like to see the two running back set we saw against Indiana with a triple option type look. If we have a hard time throwing lets get as many ground options available as possible.
At least they have similar field goal uncertainty so it could even out.
I had legitimate concern that someone from TSUN hacked us and we had to shut it down to avoid everything being blue or something.
I didn't realize that this had any implications on Alabi's position. I like Alabi better as a defensive tackle, and I'm really glad we have Bowen. Ever since Bowen decommited I have hoped to see Bowens commitment everytime I went to 11W homepage.
We have gotten our offensive line recruits from everywhere across the country this year. Welcome abourd and best of luck to you Mr Bowen. Work hard and you will be rewarded.
The run defense reminds me of the early in the year pass defense. First we weren't executing consistently at all (Virginia Tech-passing, msu/Minnesota-running), then we got to the point where we were generally good but still prone to a really big play about three times a game (Cincinnati-passing, Indiana-running). Hopefully we get to the point soon in the run defense that we seem to be in the pass defense. I really feel like we did well in this game except for a few big plays. The first of which was the quarterback run to near the goal line, the others were by Coleman. We just haven't faced any really good running games until late in the year, and you only truly get better by playing worthwhile opponents.
An Ohio kid doing well should not be seen as a condemnation of out of state players. Urban would have tried to recruit Jalin no matter where he was raised. It is important to get the best Ohio kids, but there was no Joey Bosa, J.T. Barrett, Ezekial Elliot, Vonn Bell, and Eli Apple in Ohio in 2013 and each one of them now has roles of similiar importance to Jalin.
If we make the playoffs we might. I think Oregon runs a 3-4; if we play them I think this game will be a valuable practice against that kind of front.
TTUN won't be bowl eligible after next week and we have mixed feelings about one of our players being so good he breaks too many records of our favorite former players. Damn it is good to be a Buckeye fan.
Also offensive plays per game will affect this, not to mention Tressel's don't-run-up-the-score philosophy. Smith was amazing but change is inevitable.
Definitely, it also may make it so they don't have to slow down at all. A handoff may require slowing a bit to take it cleanly.
When you believe in things that you don't understand you suffer.
This game could not have been more different than the low scoring game we played against Marquette last year. Whether our record ends up being better or worse, I will have a lot more fun watching this years team.
Amir Williams and Curtis Grant have shared similar careers despite playing different sports. Both came in as highly ranked recruits that have generally been viewed as underwhelming early in their career but get a little better each year. Personally I always hope players like them find at least one year of legitimate success as a pay off for their commitment to this university.