Urban could be a brilliant *ethod actor. During the entire session, he doesn't break character one ti*e. This week is all about The Ga*e, and that *eans there is zero ti*e for fun, laughter, or enjoy*ent. I know so*e will say he is 100% serious, but the reality is that he is also pulling so*e Jedi *ind Tricks on the tea*. Long Live Urban!
Saban's $7.1 million salary may seem like a lot, but you have to remember the guy has a mortgage to pay for that takes away much of his discretionary income. Oh wait....
I still stand by the reports that Les Miles WOULD'VE been the Head Coach at Michigan instead of RichRod, if not for a whole lot of carnage that struck college football. Remember, Les Miles had no idea his team would jump from #7 to #2 in the BCS standings in one week, but all the dominoes fell. When he realized he couldn't leave LSU when LSU was playing in the National Championship game, he claimed the sources were wrong. When in reality, Herbie's source was sitting 3 feet to his left (Desmond Howard). I will never be convinced otherwise that Les Miles was a done deal if not for - ironically - Rich Rod's West Virginia team losing to Pitt.
7 years later, no harm no foul. Les Miles will be the next coach at Michigan. He wants the job, Michigan knows he can compete with Urban, and LSU won't miss him too dearly given the emotional roller coaster that is LSU football under Les Miles.
As for Florida's next coach, as long as the next coach isn't Urban Meyer then I don't really care. But my guess is that McElwain fits into the recipe Foley has successfully cooked up in the past.
Vikings play at the Gophers stadium this year & next while their new dome is built. So - as of today - there is no stadium for the Vikings.
4 chaotic weeks to go, boys & girls. The committee proved that a big-time quality win will move you up (we are now the poster child of that). Nebraska will reap the same benefits if they go to Madison & win this week (I don't see that happening, but that's a different story).
If the Buckeyes win out, end 12-1 with an 11 game winning streak they will be hard to keep out. Arizona State is going to lose, and if they don't, that automatically means Oregon does. Mississippi St or Alabama is going to lose - root for Mississippi St! Do we need a little bit of chaos? Of course....and college football always gives us that chaos. Keep in mind, the season for nearly all these contenders is only 2/3 of the way complete - all of these teams (excluding B12 & Oregon) still have 4 games to play! And those 4 games will be under the utmost pressure. Need I remind anybody on this board of "Juice Williams?" Games in November breed chaos!
I'm also shocked by the people discounting the Thanksgiving night game of TCU @ Texas. This would be a signature win for Texas after a rough few years, and this will also be the first time TCU is "the hunted" in this rivalry. It wreaks of an upset!
Buckeyes need to keep their heads down & keep winning decisively.
B1G Office has confirmed The Game will NOT be Primetime...
No word yet on if it could possibly be a 3:30p kick. My hunch says that will be the case, because of all the reasons stated above about exposure, TV ratings, etc. I personally think we get the best of both worlds if kickoff is 3:30p. But there is also something great about rolling out of bed, doing some "minor chores," cracking open a beer @11:45a, celebrating a victory by 3pm, and watching the carnage of other rival games ensue while the Buckeyes are in the proverbial clubhouse.
Duke loses this week, at home, to Virginia Tech. No, I'm not kidding. Duke has been on the winning side of 4 close games, while VT has been on the losing side of 4 close games. I fully expect a close win by VT this weekend, and Vegas somewhat agrees. 8-1 Duke AT HOME is only favored by +5 pts vs. a 4-5 Hokie team.
Interesting indeed, Philly_Buckeye. I have to believe that - if Mississippi St wins @ Alabama this week - there is an almost certainty they'd be at Ole Miss for the Egg Bowl because it would have huge playoff implications & the best "on field" match-up. I was also going to suggest the Arizona/Arizona State game, but notice that is actually a Friday game vs. Saturday. Would they potentially do a Friday in Tuscon followed by a Saturday in LA (for USC)?
Oh to dream about the College Gameday signs if the bus rolled into Columbus for Michigan week. The creative juices would have endless material (Hoke, Desmond, SEC West). I'm smiling now just thinking about it.
I said this two weeks ago, but I will repeat it. This game comes down to the Ohio State play-calling on 3rd/4th down & less than 2 yards. That was the difference in the B1G Championship Game, and it will be the difference again this weekend. Sparty knows our tendencies, and if we fall back into those habits we will get stuffed. We MUST take a shot down-field on a 3rd/4th & short this week, or accept the consequences. If Herman & Urban are willing to take a shot, I see us scoring on a 45+ yard pass play to either Heuerman or Devin Smith on a 3rd or 4th & short. Fake the read option with JT & EzE, and pop it quick over the top.
That will be the difference in this game. Unfortunately, I'm not convinced Herman or Urban are willing to break tendencies even when Sparty will be stacking the line & essentially stuffing the gaps on these short yardage situations.
I am in the boat of a few others on this thread, specifically that we have NO RIGHT TO COMPLAIN as we sit here on November 5th. We have no quality wins to date, and we have a cement-block-of-a-loss dangling around our necks. Having said that, I still feel there is a REAL POSSIBILITY that in less than 20 days, Ohio State could be sitting in the Top 4. And when I say “Real Possibility,” I do not mean heavens parting & pigs flying type of odds.
With the # of head-to-head match-ups of teams above us occurring between now & Conference Championships, it is GUARANTEED that 7 teams above us will lose. So in reality, we are really counting on only a few games to fall our way (Oregon @ Utah, Baylor @ OU, either L'ville/USC over ND or Arizona over ASU). If we can have a few of these "hit," the Buckeyes are sitting pretty.
There’s also some clarity we need to discuss with the SEC West. First, an undefeated or 1-loss SEC West team will make it ahead of Ohio State. Let’s just admit to the facts – or conspiracy – and go with it. Believe this or not, but we have a slight rooting interest for BAMA, because them losing to BOTH Miss St & Auburn would be bad news! That would leave the dreaded 1-loss, non-title playing SEC West Team at large for the #4 slot. As for 2-loss SEC West teams, the ONLY SCENARIO I see is a 2-loss LSU running the table & ending the year on a 6-game winning streak. I say this because a 2-loss BAMA/AUB/Miss St would have the combination of 2 losses including losing the last game of the season PLUS not playing in their conference championship. No way the Selection Committee selects a team with this profile (2-losses, losing streak, and no championship game) ahead of a 1-loss, B1G Champion Ohio State that would be riding a 11-game winning streak, including wins vs. Sparty & Nebraska, coached by Urban Meyer, with 1 loss happening in September with a RS-Freshman.
I think suggestion that the 2002 defense was well-rested because the offense consistently had long, plodding drives is a bit of revisionist history. We were out-gained by our opponents the last 3 games of the season, meaning the defense was on the field saving our bacon A LOT! This doesn't include the Penn State game when our best offense was #7 catching passes from the opposing QB.
2002's defense was a special unit because of cohesion & athletic ability - not because they had a ball-control offense supporting them.
As for this year's team, I do agree that having a quick-strike offense also usually means you can have series/quarters/halves/games when the offense is a quick no-strike offense. We will assuredly have a few of those drives vs. MSU, but if we can keep from making our offense non-existent for a full quarter, I think we have a great chance.
Mark it down - the key to the game will Herman's play-calling on 3rd & 4th and less than 2 yards. That is where the game was won last year, and Sparty knew our tendancies. As fans, we all also know our tendencies in those positions...hurry up to the line, and run give JT the option to hand-off or pull the ball. I don't recall one pass out of a 3rd or 4th and short distance this year. I hope to see a dagger of a 30+ yard strike on play-action in that situation vs. Sparty.
I feel bad for Trey DePriest....who would've thought the ridiculousness of the NCAA to suspend a star player 1 game for a "minor infraction." Since when did selling your memorabilia for a few hundreds bucks become an offense worth a 1-game suspension.
I just moved into a new house last month and have plans for a football-viewing mecca in the basement. Reading Ramzy and looking at the big games week by week has made me realize football season is nearly upon us. That means I will be at Best Buy THIS WEEKEND adding 3 large flat-screen TV's to my cart. It's going to be a good season, boys.
First Aaron Hernandez and now this. Urban has absolutely NO CONTROL over his football program.
Can somebody please explain to me what Joey Bosa said that was so offensive & inaccurate about the hell-hole in NE Ohio? Seems pretty spot-on to me.
The good news for Les Miles is that he has already had his LSU team vote on whether he should be disciplined by the NCAA for these discretions. The team decided punishment was not warranted, so Miles is a free man.
I see that Luke Fickell was quoted at the Press Conference. Can anybody confirm he was actually in attendance?
I only ask because - if I were Urban Meyer - I am not sure I would even let Luke into the football facility this week. Absolutely pathetic performance by Luke and his defense this weekend. And one that would warrant giving the headset to Withers for a week or two.
"He walks into a situation where players such as Cleary, a fifth-year senior, John Wetzel, and Ian White have a wealth of experience"
False Start, #64 on the offense. 5 yard penalty. Repeat 2nd down.
BuckeyeVet - I should've clarified my comments...I was looking at win percentages & wins SINCE 1945. In that view, they are #2 in winning percentage (behind only OU, ignoring South Alabama's 2 seasons obviously), and #3 in wins (behind OU and Texas).
I wasn't trying to misrepresent #'s - just looking at the "modern era."
#2 on All-Time Winning Percentage + #3 in All-Time Wins + Stadium that holds & sells-out 107,000 every week = LARGE NATIONAL BRAND.
Not sure this can even be disputed. Yes, the "PENN STATE" brand has been tarnished - but it still is Penn State.
This whole anxiety some of our fans have about how a playoff scenario will impact Ohio State always makes me laugh. I think the underlying fear is that somehow the other conferences will unite against us, and lock us out of the playoff picture. And, as the world crumbles around us, we'll be stuck playing in the MAACO Bowl on December 17th.
Jim Delaney knows it. And all the other conferences know it. And that is why the B1G can play hard-ball and waffle on what they want to do - its because the entire college football landscape has to wait for the B1G. There is no playoff and there is no bowl system without power programs and NATIONAL "BRANDS" like Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and Nebraska. Once the B1G adds Notre Dame in 2015, you will have 5 of the 10 biggest and most powerful programs all in the same conference (along with the likes of Alabama, Texas, USC, Oklahoma, and Tennessee).
Nick Saban: "Dammit - your 4-star high school legend pedigree doesn't cut it here in Tuscaloosa. Somebody break this kids kneecaps before I do it myself"
Graduate Asst Coach: "Yes Sir" [whack, whack, whack]
4-Star Player: [Screams of terror & excrutiating pain]
Saban: "Sorry son, looks like your football career has ended with a tragic knee injury. Accept this Medical Hardship as a thank you for your hard work over the past 2 weeks."
4-Star Player: [Vomitting & on the cusp of passing out]
Saban: "Somebody get that F*#%&@ng Oversigning Van in this damn parking lot pronto. We should have that Taylor kid from Atlanta in there...he's been tied up and gagged for months in that hot mess, and should be itching to play some football for the Crimson Tide"
This would've looked a bit better on Doss' painting...if only for the fact it is ACTUALLY a picture of Mike Doss!
Will somebody at 11W PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pull some strings & get a reporter (either from 11W or anotehr Columbus-based reporter) to ask Jim Beilein the following question:
"Coach Beilein - considering you lost by 26 points today to Ohio State, how do you think you would've fared vs. Ohio? Is it fair to say you would've rather played Ohio?
I'm ashamed to say I don't get it???? What am I missing? I am assuming the idea of two long sticks (two drivers) and only one hole (cup)?