I live in Dallas.A friend of mine graduated from Houston. He never quite got the whole following football because frankly when he went to school at UH they didn't win and no one attended. Now that Houston got Herman he is stoked and followed them religiously last year. So this fall we are planning to RV it to UH/OU and then up to Norman for Buckeyes/OU. Should be a fun few weeks.
Connor Cook in Rd 2 would be a mistake. He has no more upside. He is what he is. Watson next year, RG3 this year. Don't waste a high pick on Cook, it doesn't fit the strategy...
#32 Noah Spense stud)
#65Nick Martin C ND
#76 trade or Kenneth Dixon RB
#77 trade or Jeremy Cash S
Solid and steady contributors across the board and could be effective Browns for most of their careers. Then strike it rich in next year's first and second rounds.
Agree BP -
UM has a bunch of seniors playing this year. They will be sound and hard to continually make big plays on. However OSU has so much talent coming back that could have been starters last year (WR's) and also those who got plenty of experience throughout all of last year that out experience will be slightly less than UM but our skills will still be much better (Think of Worley at LB and Booker. They sat behind Lee and Perry for two years. It is not as if they won't be ready to play. They know the schemes. I am more worried about Sparty then UM next year. Then when UM loses all that senior laden experience when we head back to the Big House in 2017 we will be by far the better team and probably projected in the top 2 in the country. That will make Jimmy 0-3 against Urban and heading back to the Shoe in 2018 staring down 0-4. The only issues I see with the team this year is if we have some lack of leadership or new guys don't gel for some reason. Also what will the dynamic be with Schiano and Fickell? That could be something different as well. I am sure I am wearing scarlet colored glasses but I do believe we are just as talented as last year without as much experience. UM is more experience but less talented and we beat them by 29 last year. Another key will be the running game. If you watched JT/Elliott last year when JT became full time starter the rush set up the pass and if that doesn't happen as well this year then we can see a less dynamic offense.
remember - according to an anonymous NFL Scout, Apple has no life skills and therefor this picture is a reflection of that. The DUDE can't even square up for a picture for god sake (sarcasm font).
What kind of Buckeye fan am I?
Let's me put it this way... My favorite Buckeyes are too many too list but I will always have the Neutron Man near the top, I am not a fire Fickell or Matta or Gene Smith contributor nor do I subscribe to the theory somebody should be fired every time things don't go as expected. Even though they don't get it, I brag to my non-Buckeye friends that I go to a thing called the skull session to hear THE OSU marching band practice for the upcoming game and STILL somehow maintain my man-card. I believe hating Meatchicken is a God given right and in someway a weird gesture of respect to the rivalry something the John Cooper era never figured out. Let me buy a ticket in the A deck, the B deck, the C deck, the D deck the south end zone or on top of the flagpole, I don't care, just let me into the stadium. I wished Hang on Sloopy was played more often than it is.
That's the Buckeye fan I am. What score does that tally up to?
God Bless the Buckeyes, God Bless America and Meatchicken still sucks!
He may be the best QB ever at OSU when all is said and done. I like his headiness and also his decision making skills. Oh he can tote the rock very nicely to keep all D's honest. I am all in on JT and maybe turns out to be the best. I that happens, the Buckeyes have a very good year in 2016!
Psychology is Urbans specialty. Maybe he is playing reverse psych on a kid from Kinthucky and it didn't resonate??? Crickets?? If Kinthucky is his front runner and he has an offer from Bama or TOSU, I don't think psychology will or has ever worked on this kid.
Well damnit.... There you go again with those silly reasoning skills again. + 1 to you sir.
Great point JKH... Most of the malcontents wanted Smith gone as well (now OSU ranked as highest value program NCAA on the planet). Of course they are probably the same folks who wanted Fickell gone (and now Tressel. News to me). These are your front runner faithful. They probably have some Indiana or Michigan or MSU fans in their office and don't know how to defend OSU when they have a down season. So I guess Urban might be next if he doesn't win it all. Thad has the best record of ANY previous Buckeye basketball coach EVER and becuase of some challenges the malcontents want him gone. My only hope is karma doesn't catch up with the front runners and they aren't let go prematurely from their jobs becuase some clown down the hall doesn't see the value they bring. That would suck.
So do you want to see them stagnate or Thad decide he recruited a star system and not players that fit his or a system? Can't have it both ways.presumptively he is trying to change things (who knows until someone speaks) which if correct is better than sitting around watching the same train wreck over and over again.
I am a glass half full guy and think things will work out. However this is unprecedented. Not even when Tressel "resigned" did we have fallout like this as a percentage of the team. I trust in Thad and in Gene Smith but there ouvbht to be a press conference or some statement relatively soon. This looks and feels bad even if the five 5 scorers are coming back. 4 Freshmen leaving is just short of a mutiny.
No certainly that wasn't my point.
Rather that if your a coach at TOSU and you have a bad stretch even if you have brought that athletic program to unprecedented heights there is a certain faction of "fans" that will want your head on a skewer and call for a persons demise. Because you know, those "fans" deserve only grade A steak for every meal. An occasional hamburger in between is not going to cut it. It's a minority for sure but very vocal.
Malcontent - one who is chronically discontented.
I guess I have been around this site long enough (and others) to see a trend. Fire Gene Smith (now we have the highest valued football program in the country). Let's fire Luke Fickell (wait Urban the greatest coach on the planet wants him and he helped win a NC a year ago). So the same mob has now turned it's pitch forks on Thad.
Ultimately I am not sure who Buckeye fans should consider letting go of, coaches and AD's who continue to do more for their beloved university or the couch potatoes with access to a device that allows for lazy insults of those they cannot even comprehend a skill set with which they could only dream of.
I dunno? This is a tough choice.
Cyclical much like Buckeye basketball schedule this year (although it may have not mattered).
One of the more genius things the SEC did (probably the only one) was to schedule a significant league matchup in the early part of the year (I think week 3). What if we bookend the Mitten State schools for league play? Say Sparty in week 3 or 4 and then TSUN at the end of the year? That way the BIG would get huge ratings and if Sparty loses they would still have the remaining of the year to build up momentum in the Playoff committees eyes. Instead of beating the BIG down late in the year with the premiere programs losing against each other and all of us potentially dropping out of the payoffs? So lets say Sparty is ranked 7th and we are ranked 4th and we beat Sparty in Week 4. Then Sparty runs the table and bounces back into the top 5 rankings. Then when OSU/TSUN plays assuming they are both in the Top 5-10 then you have a division and a conference that is looked upon as the strongest vs two of the three team losing in the last two weeks of the season. The Buckeye win would look more solid since the Sparty ratings would be higher when the playoff determinations are ramping up. Same would be true if we were to lose that early game. I know the B1G is not supposed to play favorites but they are also a money hungry entity that would benefit by having its best football programs in the right place at the end of the year and would also get better eyes on TV in Week 3.
So I saw the BKAB about Tuf Borland today and was impressed with his video as he is always around the ball... However seeing Simmons junior year reel, hands down he is the ball hawk and can flat out hit. Nothing against TUF but Simmons is badass! He takes no prisoners. I am very glad he is a Buckeye and hope he sticks to the commitment!
I think there should be a ban on creating posts for 24 hours after a defeat of the Buckeyes. Some don't have the mental make up to deal with adversity and come across foolish. Or just pull up the Fire Fickell threads and it is probably the same lame gang.
The 20 win angst crowd should know in Thad's 12 years here he has a 26.5 average wins per season. He also has the best winning percentage (75%) of any Buckeye coach except for a dude who coached two years in 1909 and 1910. Even the great Fred Taylor pales in comparison.
If assuming Izzo is the B1G benchmark, Izzo's 21 years at MSU he has a 72% win percentage and averages 24.8 wins per season. He won a natty 16 years ago. Likewise 24% of Izzo's 21 seasons he has won less than 20 games (Matta 0). Given all that I have never seen the sparty faithful looking to run Izzo out of town.
I think philosophically Izzo prefers senior laden teams and while I don't know if Matta thinks the same way or not his teams have been a bit more one and done recently with more talent in the NBA after their freshmen and sophomore seasons. That has been successful for Kentucky and Duke in recent years and possibly he feels to compete he needs the same level of talent which leads to more one and done.Hard to argue one is better than the other except for whatever reason Izzo gets the benefit of the doubt with consistency
Looking at that as a backdrop I don't see why the hate towards the Buckeyes and Matta from some of the "fans". But then again, words are cheap. #glasshalffull