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Comment 17 Apr 2014

As others have said, the top two are no brainers and the bottom five or so are not worth ranking.

Both Kill and Ferentz are underrated. You can criticize their so-so recruiting, and laugh at Ferentz's obscene salary, but these guys can coach players, which is more than you can say about Bo Pelini.

Comment 17 Apr 2014

. . . he moved to Nashville from Cbus a few years back, [note: ALLEGEDLY] in part because of the large number of vocal detractors in the city.

I wonder why he doesn't run into detractors around Nashville? Either, UT fans are cuddly little kittens (yeah, right) or maybe he's not so been so critical toward UT and/or the SEC?

Comment 17 Apr 2014

Right as usual, Andy. I don't really care for the "The" (well, I do like that song, "This is the Day," by the band The The). However, it only seems to be brought up either by ex-players on Monday Night Football, or by trolls. The ex-players are having fun with it, while the trolls are just trolls.

If the likes of Oklahoma State truly believed in their hearts that their school warranted being called, "THE Oklahoma State University," you can better believe that they'd slap that "The" in front of their school, too. But it's a backwater school, so they don't. Get over it.

The thing that most pisses off the trolls is that Ohio State can halfway get away with calling itself The.

Comment 17 Apr 2014

That was 12 years ago. Anyway, the bigger compliant against Herby is that he's a thin-skinned diva, not so much that he's a fake Buckeye (even though it was amusing when Pryor said that).

Comment 17 Apr 2014

I'm confident, too. As long as the OL can stay relatively healthy (knock on wood), I like the talent and coaching.

They don't figure to be as dominant as last season's veteran group, but with the upgrades at other units and hopefully with Braxton continuing to improve his split-second decisionmaking in the option reads and in reading secondaries, I feel that the OL will be more than adequate.

Last season, the entire team leaned heavily on the OL and El Guapo running power. That's not the only way to dominate a defense.

Comment 14 Apr 2014

The OL isn't playing a game in May, are they? I think Warinner will have them in pretty solid shape come fall. The problem would be if one of the backup QBs has to play against a stellar defense, but otherwise I agree with D5K: Cardale, EZE/Dunn/Ball/Smith, and Dontre running out of the read option would give mid-level defenses all they can handle. 

Comment 13 Apr 2014

Good points. If Cardale is forced to go into a game this fall, he won't be running a passing clinic. They can simply play a three man game with Wilson, one of the very talented backs, and the hulking Cardale, out of the read option, and that alone will give many defenses fits.

Hopefully, Cardale won't have to orchestrate a come from behind drive to win a game with like 1:30 to go, but that doesn't mean he is without prodigious strengths. 

Comment 11 Apr 2014

Joe, thanks for you many excellent contributions to this site - will miss your articles/posts. Thanks also for doing more than your share of populating the next generation.

Comment 09 Apr 2014

This is also the third year in-a-row Michigan is playing a semi-tough schedule.

Obviously, their dream schedule was 2011. That was a 7-5-type team that just happened to play a 11-2 schedule. They had similar quality teams in 2012 and 2013 but went 15-11, which is about what they deserved.

I see them being a bit better this year (Mattison is a witch and his depth-of-talent is upgrading), but that still projects them at about 8-5 or 9-4 against a schedule that is also a slight upgrade over last season. I haven't really looked at them yet, but they figure to lose at ND, at MSU, and at Ohio State. They'll might get all they can handle from Utah, Minnesota, and at NW. If they surpass expectations, they'll be in a second-tier New Year's Day bowl game against a good SEC team.

So, yeah, an odds maker bearish on them would say something like over/under 8 wins (for a 13 game season) and a bull would say about over/under 8.5 wins.

The over/under on the Buckeyes is more likely to be about 10 (for a 13 - 15 game season).

Comment 07 Apr 2014

The ultimate utilitarian dilemma. Yes, under that scenario, someone would have to die, but the Buckeye national championship would maximize happiness for, and reduce the suffering of, Buckeye fans - which are the only group that matters in our utilitarian calculation. The murdered person would not be sacrificed in vain . . .

Comment 05 Apr 2014

I don't know. The 13 seasons tabulated above represent only about ten percent of Ohio State's 123 total seasons. A lot of variables contributed to the results besides the third-year-in-the-coaching-cycle factor. As it were, the roughly 65 percent winning percentage in those seasons is only a bit below the 72 percent all-time program winning percentage.

Other great coaches have had stellar third seasons - Nick Saban (2009 Bama), Pete Carroll (2003 USC), Booby Petrino (2010 Ark), etc.

I'm not sure how good the Buckeyes will be in 2014, but the third-season factor does not discourage me in the least.

Comment 04 Apr 2014

John Blair: you lost this argument. MMan and Woody are right.

We're talking about legal/policy precedents, so whatever principles you support, they must apply broadly in just and workable ways. Yes, we all want justice to be served in each individual case, but it's a bad precedent to have the federal Justice Department concentrating extra-legal and illegitimate pressures on universities, with the universities then deploying kangaroo court-style proceedings on students to placate the extralegal federal authorities.

Such a process might succeed in dispensing appropriate justice to a few additional perpetrators that otherwise might have been able to elude the criminal justice system, which as you point out has high burdens of proof, etc., but at what costs?

Comment 02 Apr 2014

It sounds like Barrett has a ways to go, which is fine. Barrett is the type of QB who takes more time to mature:

Herman said. "I tell J.T., 'You get paid (a scholarship) to make good decisions, get the ball out of your hand and be accurate. You're not gonna grow. Your arm this year is not going to get a whole lot stronger, at least not this year. Be on time, be accurate and be right with what you do with the football.'"

Chase Daniel redshirted, then threw for 347 yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs in mop up time as a redshirt frosh. He played well as a sophomore, but steadily improved every season. By his junior and senior seasons, he was the epitome what Herman is describing above.

In contrast, Cardale has the body and arm to make an immediate impact on offense:

Herman: "Cardale is 6-5 and 250 pounds and can throw it through that wall. 'Use some of that. Use the talents that you have while we develop the portions of your game that need to be developed.'"

Cardale can play a Tebow-esque role, i.e. the QB as battering ram FB in the read option, which would be a good complement to the likes of D Wilson, Samuel, Marshall, etc. Heck, it wouldn't surprise me if Urbz rotates Cardale in for Braxton for a few plays per game just to throw a wrinkle at defenses and help limit Braxton's carries.

In other words, Cardale can help without necessarily having a full-grasp of the offense and/or throwing accuracy, while Barrett can help only after he has developed those qualities; hence, we'd expect Cardale to be ahead on the depth chart. If, by the fall, we're hearing that Barrett is challenging for the #2 spot, that'll be a sign that Barrett is halfway to becoming a witch, which would be very good news.

Comment 01 Apr 2014

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Comment 01 Apr 2014

I'm a fan of the simplified approach and I'm excited about the infusion of energy and new coaches, but yeah . . . this defense also has more depth (of talent) than last year's team. When they had only 4-5 capable LBs, maybe a semi-cautious approach made sense during October - December 2013 practices (which are fresher in the minds of returning players than spring 2013 practices, which might have been higher energy).  

Also, there will naturally be a fierce urgency after a proud institution like the Silver Bullets have back-to-back seasons like they've had.

Comment 31 Mar 2014

I actually lifted that handsome boy from the internet. I did have a GSP once that was almost as pretty - they're one of the best looking breeds IMO - but these days I have an adorable mutt.

GSPs are high-strung and need constant exercise.

Our mutt is only semi-demanding and is great around our two young kids.

Comment 31 Mar 2014

I gathered that Dontre will play Philly's position, but that they'll utilize his talents out of that package, and they won't necessarily try to put another "hybrid" on the field as often (although it would be fun to see, say, both Dontre and Jalin Marshall/Samuel on the field together).

Whereas Philly occasionally shifted into the backfield and took jet sweeps, etc., Dontre will do that more often. Dontre probably won't be as sharp as Philly was (as a junior and senior) running the intermediate routes, but he'll be more dangerous on the quick stuff.

Meanwhile, one of the outside WRs, maybe Corey Smith, will become more of a go-to receiver. So, they'll more often have 1 TE, 1 RB, 3 WR (Dontre + two "traditional" WRs).

But I could be wrong.