How does Stanford rank above Iowa and Ohio State? They aren't even the best two-loss team! But we will find that out in the Rose Bowl!!!!
It seems to have worked out for Houston when Tom Herman did this same thing.
More quality HCs in the B1G is good for the conference. Competition is why the game is played. Best of luck, Coach. Go Buckeyes!
You may be correct, but my thinking goes like this ...
If UNC beats Clemson, they jump us. I'm pulling for Clemson. Iowa has to beat MSU or both of them finish head of us. Then Florida has to find a way to upset Alabama and make Bama look bad without looking too good, themselves. Oklahoma is in no matter what happens. We will probably be 1st or second team out. In order for an Independent or non-conference champion to get into the playoff, they need to be "unequivocally" one of the top four teams in the country. That puts Oklahoma ahead of any non-conference champion. We might get in ahead of a two or three loss conference champion, but not a one loss champion (like UNC if they win). I am happy with a great Bowl placement. I don't expect the B1G to have 2 teams in, but stranger things have happened. GO BUCKS!!
Let the one who has never had a bad day throw the first stone. We had a bad day against a very good team and couldn't overcome our mistakes - from play calling to execution.
Soooo ... get over it and prepare for TTUN. What this team does now will define it.
I was 20 once and foolish. Still, I'm disappointed. Perhaps no longer captain.
As a fan who is 650 miles removed from Columbus, I am a whole lot less nervous knowing J.T. is driving the Ohio State offense. I love Cardale and really appreciate having him in the bullpen, but it is J.T. time to get everything moving together and in the right direction. Players vote for their captains for lots of reasons, but chief among them is confidence. The team plays with more confidence when J.T. is in.
Will having J.T. at QB result in a better distribution of the football, making everybody else more effective? That's what I'm hoping to see. J.T. seems to have a knack for getting the ball to the right guy at the right time in any given situation.
Here is how I describe the two polls. AP has voters who pay attention and have opinions, but they really don't know a lot about what they opine. Then you have USA Today where the voters really know their stuff, but they don't pay much attention to what is going on. It will all work out in the end as long as we keep winning.
I will preface my comments with a big AMEN to your observation that everyone but Urban knows (thinks they know) what is wrong with his offense.
I have to think Chris Carter is pretty close to the center of the bullseye. "Clunky" is a term that has come up in conversations I have been involved in about this offense since Cardale took over. It just seems smoother with JT at the helm, a testament to but that is an outsider's perspective who doesn't know what the coaches want or see.
The lack of identity is what is (may be) contributing to the awful red zone performance. The fact that Urban is considering using JT as their Red Zone QB suggests the team is more efficient with him pulling the strings.
And I'm giving Urban the benefit of all my years of arm-chair quarterbacking for FREE!
But only because everybody knows Urban can't coach ...
We may not have the BEST team in the country at this moment in time, but we are still #1 until that is taken away by a loss. Those are the RULES! LOL
Devin excelled at making adjustments while the ball was in the air and placing his body between the defender and the ball so that only he could catch it. The only way to keep him from catching it was to interfere. It is those ball skills that I see lacking, especially on the underthrows.
It is time for this offense to gel. There is no acceptable excuse for not breaking out of the funk against WMU.
But Arkansas really looked good. They should be in the top 15.
Switching QBs can also upset the timing of the OL with slightly different cadence or rhythm. You may not see it or hear it, but the OL feels it.
I particularly like the block the official threw at the end of the run ...
We know at least three of those highly ranked SEC teams are not nearly as good as their ranking imply. How many more will be exposed?
On a bad day when they looked out of synch on offense, they won 38 -0. Is Gene Smith going to fire Urban? Is the sky falling? Should I cash in my life insurance?
And hate to play this card, but I think Urban knows a little bit more about football and the 2015 Buckeyes than us speculative internet posters, so I'm gonna side with him on this one. He made the right choice, for now.
I am with you. Just because I don't understand all the reasons for Urb's decisions does not mean I think he is wrong. He knows what he wants his players to do and knows who is better able to deliver on that day. I would have been fired half way through the first year, and that is giving me the benefit of the doubt. LOL
Sorry Bert, but the Buckeyes have at least four ranked opponents ahead, and we won't lose to any of them.
I seem to remember a defensive end doing something like that against Alabama last year ... :-)
Your pic just beat me to the punch.
... and Chase Farris was motoring down field just in case. That is over 300 pounds of slob. Don't discount the effort ..