That's like disneyland for me.
I've been bemoaning these wideouts for a few weeks now. Devin Smith just enrages me when he can pull down a pass that seems like it's trapped in the clouds, but on a simple post where he is wide open he can't extend to get the ball. Corey Smith, that guy, he just seems like he's totally lost out there, and then Michael Thomas has a tipped ball on the same slant route he made into a TD last week. I'm growing very sick and tired of this corps of receivers and want to see the younger guys get time.
Are you kidding?? This is Kent State.. they're barely division 1. Go collect your wad and wait to blow it when we play someone that can actually move the ball and has actual athletes lined up against our players. No disrespect to Kent State, but they shouldn't have gotten 100 yards of total offense against our players.
I don't think 12-1 is overly realistic, but it is possible. Michigan State is a good team, they lost to a really good Oregon team, and they're going to fight us tooth and nail. I'd say 11-2 or 10-3 is more likely and given what we've lost I think is respectable.
With the focus now being shifted to how weak our O-line is playing, why are we hearing reports that the coaching staff isn't making hard pushes for guys like Kraemer and Eichenburg? It seems those two wouldn't just be the top priority for Ohio in 16, but for the whole country.
With the players we have a 3-4 doesn't make a ton of sense. If you move to a 3-4 you limit having Derron Lee, Josh Perry, Joey Bosa, and whoever the other DE is on the field at once. They can't all play OLB at one time can they? You'd basically have smaller DT's (which are suited for a 4-3) playing DE, and then you'd have a rotation at OLB of Perry/Lee/Bosa/Spence (if he were playing). You can't get all those play makers on the field at one time in a 3-4 and I think trying to put Bosa into coverage is a mistake.
With the players we have the lineup would probably be :
DE: Bennett/Washington (or Schutt)
NG: Chris Carter (based mostly off size)
I don't feel like that's the best usage of our talent right there. The 4-3 gets the most players with the most talent at the field at once.
It's not so much that he eats a lot, it's more so that he doesn't stop eating. This man is a pig.
I don't think he has seen the field, I believe he's in the latter stages of rehabbing and getting his leg right.
I feel like these kids go through the recruiting process, they get the red carpet treatment, they get treated like a celebrity, then they get to practice and reality smacks them in the face. "Oh, wait, I'm still just a freshman?" "Wow, a redshirt?" Hey it happens, you can be the best senior high school player in your state and not see the field your freshman year. I can't imagine that during the recruiting process Urban told either of these guys to expect early playing time. I'm sure he told them they'd be given every chance to compete, and earn a spot, but I can't imagine he said they would see the field in any meaningful capacity as freshman if it wasn't in the cards. Stop tweeting, put your nose to the grindstone, get better, and earn that playing time by beating out your competition in practice.
I'd say you're pretty close on most/all of those. I feel like Penn State, just based off their schedule, will end up in a pretty big bowl game. Probably not B1G champions, but even if they lose to OSU and MSU, those are their two toughest games, so they could end up 10-2 even if it's by accident.
At noon against what amounts to basically a team that isn't as talented as the OSU scout team, a little chilly out, and a total route, you can't expect the crowd to go bonkers.
First off, ECU actually does have some talent, they're not D-1, power 5 talented, but they've got some upperclassmen that know how to play and work well within their system, so it's not like they were playing Florida A&M or UIW or something, ECU does bring something to the table. What happened today was 100% a classic case of the letdown. Va Tech got up to a level that no once could fathom to play the Buckeyes, and they showed how inexperienced they are at being a "big time" team when they take on a lesser opponent and fail to take them seriously.
I don't agree. I don't think this team, as of yet, has one guy that is a Carlos Hyde, or Eddie George, or Beanie Wells, or Archie Griffin, or even a Boom Herron that is the "1" guy that you can look at and no that defense have to game plan around. No one at RB on this roster brings that kind of command when he is in the huddle. I'm not saying any of these guys have to have the skill level of the forementioned guys, I'm saying that none of them pose that kind of threat to the opposing defense to the point that they have to account for them as a huge threat to break a big play at any time. When Hyde was on the field, defenses had to center their gameplan around him, when Eddie George, or Beanie Wells took the field, defense shifted to protect against a big play from them (and it never mattered). To say Elliott is "head and shoulders" and all that, is very much incorrect. There isn't 1 single guy at RB on this team that is out of this world better, and if you use todays game (Kent State) as the point of emphasis to make the case that he is, you really aren't doing a fair job of judging because the talent level they went against in the Kent State defense wasn't even close. If EZE goes for 200 and 3 scores against Sparty then we'll talk.
You can see the frustration in Dontre every single time he gets the ball, whether it's on a handoff, a pass, or on a return, that if he doesn't break it to the house he's smacking the ball, shaking his head, or overall just looking pissed that he didn't get it to the endzone. He wants to be great, he just has to put it all together. I will say it's very frustrating to see the coaching staff out right pushing to get Corey Smith touches and making it so that Dontre sees the ball less.
The Big Ten is down, and they're way down. I mean, it's shocking to see, how could Michigan, Michigan State, and the Buckeyes all drop their biggest OOC games of the season all in the same week? It's very frustrating, but all we can do is hope that when we get to Michigan State they're only a 1 loss team, and Michigan is only a 2 loss team. Very frustrating to see the rest of the conference not carry their weight.
105-6 Ohio State.
His stripe is off, but he's still a freshman. That line is still trying to find an identity and warriner/meyer aren't likely to give up on them this quick and start putting freshmen in games. Not saying he won't play this year, but it's a stretch for him to see anything other than garbage time. Otherwise I'd probably look for a redshirt which isn't all that unusual.
Jalin Marshall's hands are far too good to have him just coming out of the backfield, he belongs at the H, and Samuel is closer to a prototypical running back. I think they can be used the way they are, but the screen game needs to be shown.
VT was playing against the rotation and not giving LJ a chance to rotate guys.
Awesome perspective, well played.
I actualy fully and completely agree with your assessment. Time is running out for this staff, they really need to have the right guys in place to make something happen. We need better WR targets and not "hybrid" athlete targets looking at Ohio State. How many RBs can you turn into WRs?
I still for my life don't know what Corey Smith ever showed on game film to make the coaching staff force the ball too him. I don't watch practice, but I mean he's never shown up on game day and looked like a guy who needed to be targetted 8 or 9 times. When he dropped that TD, I about threw up.
I just want competitive games, and man, DEVELOPMENT! Let the young talent flourish, if mistakes are made and you lose games, well shit happens, but we're missing our most important player for the last two years, can we honestly expect to dominate and win every game? Lets see these young guys play, let them catch up to game speed and let them be the sould of the team.