Impressed in general with Barrett's passing sans the terrible INT.
Braxton struggled with this in 2011 as well. That should come in time.
May not have the personnel to do that yet, however. Four new offensive linemen and the only returning starter is playing a new position plus a new starter(s) at RB.
Not sure how you can overturn that...
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.