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Comment 04 Dec 2016

At face value, I totally agree... The part I fear is how dominate Penn State looked in the 2nd half.

How much weight does the committee put into the 2nd half turnaround? This is a Penn State team that has sold its 2nd half dominance, and outscored opponents 304-108 after halftime all season. So does committee buy into the hype that Penn State is a team that can hang with anyone after halftime adjustments by its coaches?

Comment 04 Dec 2016

Ranked wins over:

#8 Colorado (10-3)

#18 Stanford (9-3)

#20 Utah (8-4)

One loss to #11 USC (9-3)

It was a weak schedule for sure, but weak enough to lockout the Pac-12 Champion... That's not an easy sell even to me.

Comment 04 Dec 2016

Yes, their OOC was a joke, but they routed #8 Colorado 41-10 to win the Pac-12. On top of beating #18 Stanford, and #20 Utah. Lost to #11 USC.

Can the committee really justify keeping them out?

Comment 04 Dec 2016

I think that Alabama, Clemson, and Washington are in for sure. So last spot between Ohio State and Penn State...

Ohio State (11-1)

- Wins over current #5 Michigan, #6 Wisconsin [B1G Runner-up], and #9 Oklahoma [Big 12 Champion]

- Losses to #7 Penn State [B1G Champions]

Penn State (11-2 and B1G Champions)

- Wins over current #2 Ohio State, #6 Wisconsin [B1G Runner-up] and Temple [AAC Champion]

- Losses to #5 Michigan and #24 Pitt

IDK guys... This really starting to look like a toss-up, and I don't like OSU's chances.

Comment 03 Dec 2016

I say yes... The committee says it looks at all factors beyond just W-L record.

Wisconsin's 2 losses were both within a score to top-5 opponents, 1 of them was away, and the other in OT. The committee could easily rationalize that Wisconsin is virtually equal to Michigan and Ohio State. Add in a dominating performance in the B1G Championship, a game that neither team could make it too... Playoffs.

Comment 03 Dec 2016

Damn it... IF the Badgers win like 59-7 or something, it could be bad news bears for the Bucks. I have a feeling the Paul Chryst isn't going to call off the dogs any time soon and just run out the clock.

Comment 03 Dec 2016

Damn, I wish we were able to nab Joe Moorhead instead of Tim Beck. The turnaround in Penn State's offense is almost unbelievable compared to their offense last year. 

Comment 03 Dec 2016

Unfortunately, Baker Mayfield's stature (6'0"-6'1", ~210lbs) hasn't done him any favors with the NFL scouts. Mayfield may end up being out of those overlooked "shorties" (i.e. Drew Brees, Russell Wilson), but he isn't projected to go very high in what is currently a pretty weak QB class.

Interestingly though, Mayfield was almost forced to leave after this year because of Big 12 transfer rules. The Big 12 requires players who transfer within the conference to sit out 1 year AND lose an additional year of eligibility. Mayfield originally filed an appeal to the Big 12 about both rules since he was transferring from Texas Tech to Oklahoma as a walk-on, and argued that those rules should only apply to scholarship players. The Big 12 initially denied his appeal, but doubled back this summer and re-adjusted the rule to give Mayfield his 5th year back... For "rea$on$."

Comment 03 Dec 2016

I didn't even realize that haha. It looks like I beat the Buckshot post by about 18 minutes. I think Mayfield may even have a shot at the Heisman this season. IIRC, Mayfield had the 2nd highest odds BEFORE Lamar Jackson/Louisville dropped another game to Kentucky.

Comment 27 Nov 2016

If I'm not mistaken, and I very well may be... I'm fairly certain that Florida is Fickell's territory as a recruiter among the staff. I vaguely remember reading that a while back. The article was about replacing Herman with someone who had strong recruiting ties in Texas since that was Herman's territory, and it briefly mentioned how Florida was Fickell's responsibility.

Comment 27 Nov 2016

I've also been saying this for years to "Fire Fickell" supporters. Fickell has been on Ohio State's staff since 1999, and has been more than above-average as a LB coach/defensive coordinator. The couple bad seasons Fickell has had were when he was thrusted into the HC job with little to no warning being supported mainly be The Walrus on offense, and when he was paired as a co-DC with a man that had a very conflicting defensive philosophy in Withers.

Jim Tressel and Jim Heacock obviously saw potential in Fickell, and they both touted him as one of the brightest defensive minds they've seen. Urban calls Fickell one of his strongest recruiters as well because he can sell Ohio State to anyone. I would not be disappointed at all if Fickell ends up being a DC lifer at Ohio State, nor if he left Ohio State to sharpen his head coaching chops.

Comment 15 Nov 2016

Jeff Fisher is the epitome of an old-school coach, and it has only been a relatively recent development that rookie QBs were expected to start immediately. Before then, it wasn't uncommon to see a team draft a QB with a high pick develop them behind a veteran starter: Philip Rivers/Drew Brees, Carson Palmer/Joe Kitna, Aaron Rodgers/Brett Favre, and Steve Young/Joe Montana.

Granted, Case Keenum has not been a great mentor for Goff, but I think Fisher is stubborn enough to stick to the old ways and bring Goff along at a pace he believes is right.

Comment 14 Nov 2016

If the rumors are true, and John O'Korn is their starter for the rest of the season, it'll be interesting to see how Harbaugh adapts the offense. Based on O'Korn highlights as a starter at Houston, he's a more dynamic/willing runner than Speight, but also a more of a risk-taker with passing the ball. O'Korn legs could definitely add a new element to "The Game."

I don't know how well O'Korn will adapt to being the starter since he was already one at Houston, but I doubt he has played anywhere was loud (hopefully) as the 'Shoe. The down side is the limited amount of game film available on O'Korn, and supposedly the starting job went down to the wire between Speight and him.

Comment 09 Nov 2016

I looked it up. The CFL's regular season ended on November 5th, the playoffs start on November 13th, and the championship is on the November 27th.

Posey's team, Toronto Argonauts, finished the season 5-13 and 4th in their division. So I'm pretty sure Posey's season is done.

Comment 08 Nov 2016

I was trying to think of past players that currently had some spare time that would be able to contribute. I immediately though of DeVier Posey and Boom Herron to see if they'd be able to prep the defense for Chesson/Darboh and Smith respectively.

Comment 17 Oct 2016

My friend who is a very recent band alumnus said that the people in charge of branding want everything associated with Ohio State to use the same logo. The band is still allowed to do the "diamond Ohio" entrance formation, but aren't allowed to use it on their uniform or merchandise anymore.

Comment 17 Oct 2016

You have no faith in Zach Smith just because our WRs don't catch 150-yard games every week.

It's not about having no faith in Zach Smith, but moreso a testament to Hazell's time at OSU under Tressel.

The 2005 and 2006 WR corp was the strongest group of WRs I have seen at Ohio State in a long time. Plus the 2010 offense was phenomenal, and it was rumored that it was because Hazell took a much larger role in the offense that year, and Jim Bollman was only the offensive coordinator by name/loyalty at that point.