Saxhorn, I agree. His voice sounds tired at times as well. He has proved that he is better than average at what he does for a living, but he is a human being as well. Here's hoping that all is well in his life.
If Penn state can play at the emotional level that they did against Ohio State the rest of the way then they will indeed win out. If they are able to do that then they will be deserving champions of the division. I don't think that they will do this, though. We will see
In any case with life insurance, someone else collects...
I agree with that Buckeye Pat. Figure out what the other team is doing and take what they give you on any and every given play. If we want to script a series, especially at the start, then do it and stick with the script. Even mix it up between scripting a series in one game to playing adjustments in another. The touches will work themselves out as the players who make plays become go-to players. There is too much talent to be tentative, and there is plenty of talent to overcome failed risks (risks which could also result in big plays, and should be taken sometimes). IMHO.
Sentiment is good there. Colors would be banned at the WHAC though...
Yes, there was some lost footing out there especially late in the game. It had to be pretty mushy even though it didn't appear very muddy. Grass fields are a different animal, even a pretty decent one like that one at Penn State.
Yes, separation is lacking for sure. I would have to agree on the route running too, and I am not seeing the level of blocking that is needed from the receiving corps, either. Fairly disappointed...
You forgot the sarc font...didn't you?
I totally agree about the part of your comment about the humility issue. It seems that many were saying how really good they were at just about the time that the overall quality of play started to slip.
It did take some fluky plays for PSU to win, but the reason those were enough is that they were close enough in points at the end.
I really, really agree with your last sentence though.
Both UM and OSU will be different teams than they are now when they play each other. If they were playing today I would agree with your prediction.
“Heart and soul of this team is the O-line and right now we're letting the team down,” Elflein said. “We're going to get back to work tomorrow.”
Football games are won and lost in the trenches. Always have been and always will be. There is a lot of work to be done here, and the good news is that the talent is there, although the experience factor is lacking at this point. Only folks on the inside can say if the work has been lacking or not.
Could well be...
Wilson should be replaced as punt returner. I don't have a suggestion for whom to replace him, but no way he is the best we have on the team.
Yes, I admit I was spoiled by Ted Ginn...
That pass came off of the helmet/facemask because his arm was being held by the DB. That should have been called and would have been a crucial call that likely would have affected the outcome of the game. That call and the bogus horse-collar call were both significant. Playing better in all of the areas that you stated is correct and I agree, but the missed calls made a difference IMHO.
It's no secret the wide receivers are easily the weakest link and they took their ineffectiveness to a new low against Penn State.
I am afraid you are correct on that observation. They can't beat anyone deep, can't run routes correctly, don't block, and are not strong going for the ball. Either this group is overrated or is slow-developing but it is a weak link, and is the reason JT is looking tentative on decision making, and is also the reason that opposing defenses are able to discount the deep threat.
That was a huge coaching error, but Coach Meyer knows that. He won't make that mistake again.
I don't know where on the sideline the mistake was made, buy if it was Coach Meyer then he should already know better because of his experience. Experienced people make mistakes in what they do and I understand that, but if Coach Meyer was the one who made that mistake with his level of current experience then he is likely to make that mistake again because if he hasn't learned better by now then he never will. He's been through too much to not have learned that already.
The most important game of the season is next Saturday. The most important work of the season will be done this week. Every week is like that.
A loss that is unexpected is humbling, or should be, and can also be a catalyst for improvement. We will see what actual effect this loss has. Making a loss profitable comes on the coaching staff first, and on the response of the team itself..
Bottom line is that there are worse things in life than losing a football game.
That was a crucial non-call on the pass interference at the end.
Having said that, this game exposed weaknesses that Ohio State had been able to overcome up to this point. How the team responds to this will tell how good they are, not how talented because the talent level is very high, but how much they want to win from here on out.
A conference and divisional loss puts the Buckeyes in a difficult position. It is gut-check time.
I know it is a tragic loss, but a 15 year old out at 4 am indicates that something is wrong somewhere...
Whether any of them listen to Purdue is another matter entirely, however.
That was my first thought...
Not playing at Camp Randall for so many years does mean that our guys aren't used to it like in the past when it was a regular thing, but it is a very tough place to play, always will be most likely.
I think the passing game will get better as the young guys get better at route running, and it will become more effective as they get to be better blockers (downfield on completed passes and also by run blocking, the latter of which will help open up the passing game).
Still was a good win, a confidence-builder for the young players especially.
Clearly, The Vest was interviewed directly for his Least Favorite Moment. It was much too insightful to be anything else.
Pure Gold. Always the first thing I look for in The Debriefing. Is that a bad thing?
Black unis would be the perfect answer to a PSU Whiteout. And a win would be a good reply, too...
Another tough place to play in Happy Valley coming up next week. Buckeyes will go in there with a lot of confidence after this win. I know that PSU doesn't have the talent level of Wisky, but the White Out always brings the juice.
Just win, baby...
I'd say Kevin Wilson from Indiana...