I am just as desperate for college football to start as you are, but are we sure that thing tonight technically qualifies as college football?
If we needed further proof that "math" can sometimes be stupid, too, check out the last sentence from this article in the Testudo Times:
Bill Connelly’s advanced metrics give Maryland a 28 percent chance of winning [against Ohio State], which isn’t great.
If Maryland has a 28 percent chance of beating Ohio State this year, then I have a 10 percent chance of hooking up with Salma Hayek.
Connely, or anyone else, won't ever get close to dead on. That's no slight on his methodology, just acknowledging that life and sports involve tons of variables and can't be modeled to anywhere close to perfection. Connely's best bet is for his numbers to be less unreliable than most of the alternatives.
If his numbers were truly consistently dead on, I could quit my day job, move to Vegas and bet Connely's numbers heavily (well, at least until Vegas linesmakers started setting all of their lines based on Connely's numbers).
Dear Curtis Penis,
I have big plans for you at Ohio State.
Sincerely, John Cooper
Victor seems likely to redshirt.
Also, with Samuel and Wilson expected to rotate some into the backfield, I could see some of the WRs occasionally relieving this workload by plugging into the H-back "slot receiver" role a la Philly Brown 2012/2013. It wouldn't surprise me, either, if the Buckeyes use a few more "10 packages" this season, with Samuel/Wilson as the H-back and flexing between the slot and backfield. Finally, the receivers will hopefully stay as healthy as possible, but there is bound to be some wear and tear through the course of the season.
So, all things considered, it might end up being more like 8 WRs vying for essentially 2.5 positions, instead of 10 vying for 2 positions . . . so, a crowded and competitive WR room, but not as hectic as it could be.
Yes, that pretty much describes it, although I wouldn't say that it was especially predictable. Maybe it's become predictable now. But an awful lot of smart people in the past laid this groundwork and few of them saw what it would lead to.
I was all set to defend the original purpose of CP. About 15-20 years ago, some of the residential neighborhoods around High Street had become very dangerous and there had been a string of high profile murders, with several victims being OSU students. As you can imagine, those trends did not bode well for recruiting talented students and faculty, fund raising, etc. Sometimes a little gentrification is necessary, political correctness aside.
That said, if CP is managed as poorly as you suggest . . . there is no excuse for bad business decisions and/or university-subsidized real estate myopia, which can kill the vitality of the "university village" just as sure as creeping high crime zones.
I'm pleasantly surprised that this tread is still devoid of the obligatory comment: "It's time to declare that redshirt frosh _____ is a bust because he hasn't cracked the starting lineup yet!"
It could be a coincidence, but did you notice that the defensive depth chart has a stronger Ohio flavor than the offensive depth chart?
Reading into things even further . . . we all remember that Tressel's teams tended to be stronger on defense than offense. Some of the better offensive players during that era - M. Jenkins, Santonio Holmes, Krenzel, etc. - did not graduate from Ohio h.s. I didn't know better, I might overinterpret things and decide that Ohio's blue collar football programs tend to produce more high caliber defensive players than offensive players . . .
I don't want to jinx things, but I feel like this defensive secondary is going to be phenomenal. They appear to have four corners that are all high level players and then Malik Hooker is going to be a star. The secondary might take 4-5 games to gel, but when they do, I predict they will be a nightmare for opposing offenses.
BrutusB: you're really cranking out the strawmen this morning. In the other thread, you suggested that some Buckeye fans believe that Noah Brown is the second coming of Randy Moss (I've never heard anyone say that). Here, we somehow think that everyone who works for Meyer is infallible (every human being is profoundly fallible). You're holding your own just fine in these arguments without need of the strawmen . . .
I have a lot of confidence in Burrow as the backup QB. What I am wondering is how they will use Burrow in blowouts.
Before the three game run to the national championship, Cardale's mop up play mostly consisted of QB runs, which would move the chains, but not embarrass the opposition. And there wasn't much risk of Cardale getting hurt because Cardale was a freakin' tank.
In contrast, Burrow is not a tank and, to move the chains in mop up time, Burrow will probably have to throw. Moreover, the 2016 Buckeyes are a bit thin/inexperienced at QB and RB, so they'll have extra incentive to have Burrow sling it around during 4th quarter blowouts!
You are not a sucker, haha.
Guess we'll just have to disagree on our 2016 Fournette predictions and find out as the season progresses . . .
Before my time, but Paul Warfield might be in this conversation.
Hypothetically, what if I gave you Fournette and McCaffrey to win the Heisman and I would get the field. Would you take such a bet?
I, too, didn't know that Oyster was banned. Oyster was one of the best commenters on this site. Too bad.
Did you see the tackle that Damon Arnette makes in the drill at 38 second mark? He's supposedly not as fast/quick as some of the other cornerbacks in a track race, but he might be one those guys who plays really fast.
I don't like Fournette this year. He's back for his junior season only because of the 3-year-rule and has to have the NFL draft forefront in his mind. Then, he went and sprained his ankle. He'll be fine in a couple of weeks, but I see a drop in production this season for him.
Fwiw, in a few video clips from last Saturday's scrimmage, Wilson looked fantastic! I believe that, if he can stay healthy, he will have a big season.
With one final shot to live up to the expectations everyone from Meyer to Braxton Miller set in place for him as a true freshman and to have a prayer at making it at the next level in order to provide for his son, you could say Wilson fully embodies the motto the team put on T-shirts: #HowSheGoneEat.
I'm guessing that Wilson's best shot in the NFL is as a 3rd down RB specialist, not as a slot receiver. If so, Urbz putting him in the H-back role for two seasons has the potential to pay major dividends for Wilson going forward. In Urbz's offense, the RB isn't usually heavily targeted in the passing game, but Wilson's versatile college career might help position him in the NFL draft against the likes of Donnel Pumphrey or Tyler Ervin.
Future headline: "Ohio State Rides Hooker to Victory"
Yeah, I haven't followed the story closely, but it sounds like a shakedown. Maybe in Brazil it's okay for security guards to extort tourists, but in other places it's essentially seen as a form of theft or extortion no matter how drunk and stupid the victims might have been.
It's hard for a receiver to be more polished than Michael Thomas, who runs sharp, precise routes and has pretty damn good hands, himself.
My impression of why Noah Brown will be such a handful for DBs is that he combines those awesome hands with a powerful, smothering frame. He simply owns the battle space, so to speak. DBs can't get into his body and then brown has the skills and athleticism to go snag the ball.