They won't. Alabama consistently has a terrible out of conference schedule, and a weak schedule in general. However, since they have won national titles recently and recruit better than everyone else, no one questions whether or not they are good enough.
Dontre Wilson runs a 4.5 laser timed, so it would surprise me if Miller is faster. Well, at least he did when he went to run at The Opening back in high school. He could have definitely gained some speed though. Miller is shifty for sure, but I would be very impressed with a 4.4.
I would assume so. I believe the number of attrition still takes into account the juniors that decide to leave early. Last year two members of the team left early (Shazier and Roby). Tressel certainly had many years where several guys decided to leave early. Outside of leaving early for the draft, it isn't unreasonable to assume one or two guys transferring due to lack of playing time or injury. I would say the numbers are pretty equal between Meyer and Tressel, although I do not have hard data to back it up.
I agree with you for the most part, but I thought that he made a significant improvement with blocking compared with 2012. It would be nice to see some more improvement running routes and catching the football though.
I agree. The Buckeye Gillie Suit Dude should remain anonymous. This will allow the legend to live forever through apprentices/descendants. This is one of the only superfans I enjoy. This fan is clearly not about the personal fame, they just like to show their love for the Buckeyes.
Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan? I grew up in Rochester and used to go to Oakland University soccer games as a child. I might have even seen you play.
Nick Connor too. All of the linebackers from the 2015 class could be from Ohio if everything goes as planned.
This is very true, but at the same time, Alabama hired Lane Kiffin to replace him. I think time will tell if this is a good hire for Michigan. I believe that anything is better than Al Borges outside of the Ohio State game though, so there could be a slight improvement.
This may be a moot point, but it was the Northwestern game where Miller started off slowly. He had one of his best performances of the year against Wisconsin. Either way, I completely agree with your point. Competition brings out the best in people.
I actually said the same thing about Troy Smith after his junior year. Although unlikely, if Braxton Miller can make a similar improvement, a Heisman would almost be expected.
I can't hate him. He is just a high school kid.
In fact, I almost feel bad for him. He is going to Michigan to play football. I wouldn't wish that fate on anyone, and he chose to do it? I don't think it will take very long for him to see the error in his ways.
This needs to happen. That would be the greatest coaching decision of all time.
No doubt about that. I grew up around Detroit and the city is an absolute disaster. Of course, people from Detroit usually accept that it is a disaster and don't fight criticism. They know all of it is true.
I forgot to mention that I hate MSU fans way more than UM fans. Obnoxious, winy, entitled, the list goes on. They were like this even when they were accustomed to losing seasons. They are by far my least favorite fans, besides maybe Alabama fans on the interwebs.
Also I like Brady Hoke.
I hate when people complain about Braxton Miller as a quarterback. He is possibly the best guy Ohio State has had since Troy Smith. In 2005, if I remember correctly, Smith was throwing to 3(!) wide receivers who were eventually drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. In 2006, he threw to four guys who eventually got drafted. Miller has only thrown to one receiver who has been drafted over his three years as a starter, that being Devier Posey, who was drafted in the third round. With some help from his receivers, he might be doing better.
I also confess to betting against the Buckeyes against MSU and Clemson. It has brought me shame ever since.
I remember this being posted to the site last year in July I believe. Fantastic video.
That is the biggest reason why I can't see the running game being as efficient as last year, even if Carlos Hyde was back there. The offensive line will most likely not be close to last year's production, although I would not be shocked to see Warriner coach up a quality unit once again.
Curtis Grant did alright last year, considering he was injured for several games and didn't play in the nickel package. He is a good run stopper and solid rushing the QB. However, the drop off after him was astounding. The defense seemed like a completely different unit when his backup was in, that being Camren Williams. Williams looked especially lost against Illinois.
Grant will most likely start at the beginning of next year, but I could definitely see McMillan challenging him for it. After watching the spring game, McMillan looks like the real deal. Honestly, I think those two are more than capable of handling the position.
The spring game also showed improved play from everyone on the defense, particularly the defensive backs. I think the improvement of the defensive line and the defensive backs will also help take some pressure off of the linebackers. It could be a return to the Silver Bullets this year if the spring game is any indication.
I rooted for them too that game. They had already lost to Appalachian State and Ohio State, so I don't think things had to be much worse for the season to be considered a failure.
Also I really, really, really hated Florida.
That was the last Ohio State game I went to. Definitely the loudest game I have been to. Absolutely electric.