I always wondered how different the game might have been with a functional defense in Scarlet & Gray. I think we saw it in 2014.
Yep +1. You're going to struggle to beat good teams with a non functional defense. So many people focus on that 4th and 1. Urban said this spring that we didn't lose that game because of that 4th and 1 and I agree with him. He says they had 3 units who were not functioning like they should have been. The LBs & DBs were non functional in 2013. How many huge plays did they give up against MSU? If they had done their jobs we would have won. Same against Clemson. Thankfully the ship got righted in 2014.
Absolutely. Offensive Line was the most consistently underperforming unit during Tressel's regime.
Very nice writeup Ramzy. I actually just got married this past April. I let my wife completely control the wedding as far as which location in Florida (beach wedding), date, decorations, etc. I only had 2 mandates:
* Can't be during football season
* Can't be on spring game Saturday in April (4/12 this past year)
She met both requirements and everyone had a great time at the wedding. Get married in springtime people! Listen to wiseman Ramzy!
Man that never gets old.
No doubt, got some Michigan fans at work that came over to me this past week and were mentioning how they felt the same way about MSU's fanbase. Gettin' a little big for their briches considering their mediocre program history.
Ya I really wish we could get satellite here. The spotters for Dish Network came out and were clambering up on the roof and looking for anywhere possible that they could mount the dish and couldn't find a way. :( I'm stuck with Cable for now.
Get satellite if you can. I would, but too many trees around my house. :(
This is what I will likely have to do. I contacted CBS Sports to see if they will be streaming the game in HD as I was willing to buy a one month subscription to their site, but they couldn't give me an answer, so I'll probably just have to use an SD streaming site to watch the game and hook my laptop up to the living room TV. It kinda ticks me off that as much as I pay for WOW cable they can't set a pay-per-view contract up for people to pay to get CBS Sports Network for one friggin' thing. Most Buckeye fans are fanatics and would be willing to pay for it. I tried switching to a satellite company but I have too many trees in my neighborhood and can't get line of sight to the satellite. :(
Just hope Damien makes it official soon.
That's how I took it as well.
I love watching that team suck.
Eh, MSU is a mediocre overall program whose fans cannot handle winning very well. Same thing happened with Wisconsin when they beat us in 2010. Their fans acted like they were national champions and had been dominating us for decades. Now fast forward to now when we've beaten them 3 years in a row and you can't find a Wisconsin fan with a search party. MSU will be the same way once we beat them again for a couple years. They had a very good team in 2013, but they need to learn to dial it down a bit and get some perspective. When their fans start acting like it's not a big deal to beat us, that's when we'll know MSU has actually become a national program on par with the elites like Ohio State.
Gleitman as well. Looking good for the good guys.
lol +1, thank you sir for the correction!
WayCraken -- call Mark Stoops for us and get a game on the schedule. Kentucky is so close I don't know why we don't schedule them more.
We can currently take up to 16 kids total. But most of the time you will see 3-5 leave the program for varying reasons in just about every single offseason, so I imagine this class will be around 19-21 in February.
Edit: Just wanted to add also, I have heard some talk that some guys who have redshirted and are 4th year juniors this year may not have their schollies renewed for the 5th year, so that is also an area where more room could be generated.
I think Ramzy's working with those kids to see how many people he can get to break the twitter rules. ;) Gotta be hard for twitter folks to not chant OSU in response to that one.
Quit it OTrain, the troll doesn't like it when you make sense.
Should never have been in this situation. Heartbreaking loss, but in truth, can't expect the offense to carry the team to victory every single week. At some point the defense has to help out and contribute. MSU was not a good offense and our defense just let them rack up yards like a pro team against a little league team. Fortunately we have a new DC now installing a far better system. I expect a different turnout this year when we play MSU.
"I mean, we always have room for improvement, but this is definitely a championship-caliber football team that will win in the Big House, you know, against Ohio State. We don’t feel like we’re inferior to anyone in the country and we’re going to give it our all."
- Devin Gardner, June 2013
Love it, Go Bucks!
IMO, should not have been in that position in the MSU game. Defense does its job and the game isn't that close. JMO.
Don't have a problem with it against Michigan since they took advantage of us when we were down a few years ago. Hoke told recruits like Kalis and Thomas that we were getting heavy sanctions and would be terrible for years to come and they shouldn't have to suffer those sanctions, etc. While Hoke to a degree was being honest about those recruits not deserving sanctions, so is Urban, here. Telling it like it is. Their coaches (especially on offense) have done just a terrible job of coaching up those players. And it's a fact that Urban came in and took a very poorly coached team from 2011 and turned them into a 12-0 squad with mostly the previous regime's players who were recruited to run a different system and then followed that year up with another 12-0 regular season and lost to two really good teams at the end in two very competitive, hard-fought games.
Go for it, Urb.