Exactly. Some people are taking crazy pills. Barrett, and the offense in general, has looked great the past few weeks. However, the level of competition has to be taken into consideration. Kent State has not won a game yet. UC just gave up over 630 yards of offense to Memphis. Maryland is ranked number 97 in total defense. In fact, the only defense OSU has faced that is top 50 in the nation is Virginia Tech which did not go well. At all. It is certainly possible that the JT Barrett and the OSU offense we have seen the past few weeks is not an abberation. However, it probably makes sense to reserve judgment on this until at least November 8 and to hold off on this quarterback controvery discussion.
Urban Meyer has won two national titles and has a career record of 129-26. His team's have finished the season ranked in the top four five times. He has a 7-2 bowl record. By any measure urban Meyer is one of the best coaches in college football.
This nonsense needs to end. The SEC is the superior conference. There is no debate. It has been proven on the field for the past decade or so. Yesterday was just the latest example that the B1G is far behind most, if not all, of the power conferences. All we can hope is the youth on this OSU football team develops as the year goes.on.
Tim Duncan would like a word.
Agreed. Cavs tried like heck to trade out of number one last season but no one wanted that pick. One of the worst lotteries of all time. Not going to kill them for the Bennett pick as a result.
The offensive line performance was the most shocking part of last night. I think most people expected the defense to struggle, especially against the pass. The offensive line got manhandled however. Vic Beasley probably still doesn't know Jack Mewhort's name.
Hyde, while still managing to get over 100 yards, was tackled for losses more times in this game than the entire season combined. Braxton was under pressure all night as well.
Where is Braxton going exactly? Because its not the NFL. Not right now anyway.
Offensive line had its worst game in the Urban Meyer era for sure. However, the offense still managed 35 points. You cannot expect to win when you give up close to 600 yards of offense and little pressure on the quarterback.
Zero bowl wins, zero B1G championships, zero wins over top 15 teams. Those 24 wins were built on the level of competition as much as it was on the skill of OSU.
Cook is legit. Going to be a really good one by the time he graduates. Walsh Jesuit grad too.
Simply by attempting to regulate it the University is accepting legal responsibility, regardless of whether they care to admit this or not.
There are many, many differences between 2006 and 2012. That includes the perception of the B1G in general. In 2006, many thought the B1G was the premier football conference in the country. It is why there was so much talk of a rematch between OSU and TTUN in the national title game.
The perception now is that the B1G is a weak conference which many pollsters use as justification to devalue OSU. Even "devalued" however, OSU would be in the playoff if it started this year.
The real problem for the Buckeyes this year is how terrible the B1G is. Everyone knew going into the season that the out of conference schedule was weak, but the conference has not lived up to its billing either. Outside of Wisconsin (which was a very good win, and one probably not appreciated as such by the polls), OSU's second best win right now may be Buffalo. Or Iowa.
Why should OSU's wins from last year be considered at all in determining whether they deserve a title shot this year? Alabama has lost seven games, total, since 2008. Should their past success factor into whether they deserve a title appearance this year? While admittedly it probably does factor into the media's SEC mystique, it shouldn't.
Winning 25 games in a row would be extremely impressive. I just don't think last season's results should have any bearing whatsoever on who should be in the title game this year.
The offense played great today. The only reason it didn't score more is because Iowa controlled the ball for a significant part of the first half. For instance, OSU had all of one offensive possession in the first quarter.
The defense, on the other hand, is a problem, especially the back seven. It is disconcerting that none of the linebackers that have been recruited the past two years have stepped up at all.
And how many of Alabama's recruits has OSU contacted?
Given age and performance to date, I would also put Irving and Curry over Conley. No knock on Conley; he just plays a position where there are a dozen plus upper echelon players.
Craft has played terribly tonight.
Craft is obviously not horrible. But he has in fact played horrible today.
Defense has fallen apart. Failing to close out on shooters on the weak side at least three times this half.
Wow, three fouls in roughly eight seconds.
OSU's defense breaking down now.
Marquette's 39 point performance is certainly in play right now.
Talent overrides everything. Remember, Mo Clarrett was drafted in the third round. Somebody may just take a flyer on Carter.
Good win today but I don't believe a three point win over UM at home proves the Buckeyes are "for real," although I guess it depends on what your definition of "real" is. The team defense was very good, and is clearly the strength of this team. However, the Buckeyes still lack scoring outside of Thomas which is going to be an issue come tourney time.
It is far more likely that the Buckeyes lose a game next season than go undefeated. The law of averages and such. That being said, the 2013 schedule is unbelievably favorable for the Buckeyes. If there was ever a schedule that would make back-to-back undefeated seasons possible, next years schedule is certainly it.