See, you get it... For every 3* super player like AJ Hawk, Troy Smith, and Derron Lee, there are a million Tim Gardners... You have to grab enough of that marquee talent to keep the spotlight on your team's ability to recruit. My only point is that we already have a large number of this 3* talent that the coaches will have to develop, and that's fine, you have to have those players, you won't recruit 25 5* players, it's not possible, My point is that we already have cultivated a lot of those 3* players, we have a limited amount of room in the class, and here the coaching staff goes, with so much uncertainty left on us reeling in some of the big fish left out there, they're picking up another under rated, low ranked player. It's not really being obsessed over star ratings, it's just knowing that you have to pull in the 4 and 5* players because initial projections put them in a better place to develop faster. Doesn't mean they will, but projections matter when none of these kids have eve seen the field.
It's easy to play the star game and say "more three stars end up succeeding than five stars." I get that notion, but don't you think that might also have something to do with the fact that 3* players outnumber 5* players about 30 to 1??
A Buckeye win, let's say 49-0, complete with Drew Richmond pledging for the good guys.
I almost went there as well, but man, I'm telling you... Tech has compiled a pretty GD good season! 9-2, playing solid, held Clemson to 6 points... I could easily see them upsetting georgia, then florida state.
Always glad for in-state talent to have the opportunity to play in Columbus, but don't we already have enough low-end 3* "project" type players in this class? Like I said, I'm all about keeping Ohio players in Columbus, but we have enough of the 3* players, and we have our poles dipped into the waters with some really big fish, and very limited room.
My viewpoint is that JT makes better use of the talent around him, while Braxton is possibly better in terms of being his own "weapon." If that makes sense. JT has made some big time plays with his legs this year, but Braxton always had at least 2-3 a game when he was under center, however, he didn't use the receivers around him nearly as well as JT does. I can remember long droughts where Braxton never even threw a pass to a TE!
I gave UCLA a two spot jump over a Baylor team that has lost more recently than Ohio State and also hasn't played a difficult schedule. UCLA making a move upward comes down to a. they beat a ranked team, and b. Ohio State's season has been good enough to keep UCLA from jumping them with 2 losses where Baylor's imo has not.
Baylor didn't look great against a less than mediocre Ok. State team, and UCLA beat a ranked USC team... I think the jump makes pretty good sense. And the CFP committee has shown in the past the tendency to have teams that play and win jump teams that are idle.
But that is why it would be so perfect. To look at _ichigan, Brady Hoke, and the entire TTUN and say we don't give a rat's ass about you, and the tradition you speak of is only as i_portant as we _ake it out to be. As bad as _ichigan is, I could see the Buckeyes throwing on the black unifor_s and that alone could take _ichigan out of their ga_e _entally and give the Buckeyes a serious psychological advantage. Kind of like Brady Hoke's "no jacket/long sleeves" _ove his first year against Urban that was co_pletely ineffective.
What absolutely caused me to want to pull out what little hair I have left, is on one of Tevin Coleman's big runs (not sure which) you can see Grant, after the ball gets snapped, take a terrible angle, and he ends up getting eaten up by an OG WHO IS ALREADY BLOCKING SOMEONE! So essentially, Indiana's undersized, not nearly as talented, OG whose name I don't even know, is on film blocking two Ohio State players (I believe he was engaged blocking Derron Lee when Grant basically just ran into him and got stuffed as well) at the same time on one play.
They wore the Alty's against scUM last year in the sh*t house, so I don't think they're against breaking out something other than the typical jerseys.
Man, wow... I want them to wear black, and buy a black jersey, as much as the next guy... But there is a stark, real, and deeply cutting chance that you're reading FAR too much into this. If it were me, I'd hold out the black jersey's until next week against *ichigan.
This is a great moment in the history of our favorite program. He deserves this, not just for what he did as a buckeye, but for how he's been an example of what a legacy to a program is supposed to be. Honored to have met him when I did. Great person, great player, great buckeye.
In terms of duplicate threads on one topic, I will channel my internal Notorious B.I.G. here we go: Gimme da dupes, gimme da dupes, gimme da dupes! I like em all folks!
The only thing that confuses me, is that from the start UK didn't have enough to keep him there. He commited to scUM to start. So what's changed? They're not any better than they were when he gave his pledge to scUM, so why is UK such a player in his recruitment now?
You def. can't say that there hasn't been improvement. I think the defense has imporved by something like 100 yards per game average... I like the idea of muschamp as the sole DC, but Ash and Fickell have made strides this year and Muschamp and Meyer hate each other.
Really have my fingers crossed, not just for what this kid does on the field, but for the fact that he's a good person. Really hope he gets it together.
I really hope we can put the nail in the coffin in a couple weeks and send Hoke to the unemployment line with a 65-0 loss and pile of hot dogs to keep him warm.
For me it's not the fumbles, it's the damn drops. On open looks, balls hitting him in the hand. He's young though, can only get better.
Struggles against the run? You for sure confuse me... Let's look at the numbers.
1. Navy had 11 different ball carries run the ball and only got 370 yards against our defense. Oh and they passed the ball 4 times.
2. UC rushed for a blustery 70 yards against Ohio State.
3. With 6 different carries, Maryland had 66 yards
4. Rutgers managed 149, but their best individual total was 83
5. Penn State had 16 yards, so a banner day for the pussy cats.
6. Five ball carriers for Illinois managed 106 yards against the Buckeyes.
7. Langord did go for 137 against Ohio state, but it was the 6th game in a row he'd gone over 100 yards, and he made it seven this past weekend.
8. David Cobb racked up 145 yards against the Buckeyes, but besides Gordon he's the best RB in the Big Ten.
Struggling against the run? I'd say they're doing pretty good. Cobb is an elite back, he's going to run for big yards against any and all defenses he goes against, and Michigan State is set up for Langford to have big games every time out. When the Defense was supposed to give up little to no yardage, it has.
You might re-evaluate.
Obviously if the highly improbable happens and say, Missouri wins the SEC, I get it. But if Georgia, even with two losses, on a hot streak, and a win over the SEC west champion (more than likely bama at this point), you think they'd get exluded? I think it would be great if they did, personally, but I just can't imagine it.