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Comment 18 Dec 2014

Bo needs to grow up a bit if he really envisions leading a big-time program in the future.  His intensity is appreciated, but this marks about the 3rd time in the past 5 years he's gone from "intense" to "complete dipsh#t a$$hole."  Like it or not, professionalism is a mandatory characteristic when you are CEO of a major college program.

And the fact is that his new boss won't have much leeway for this type of behavior either.  So he better change quickly, or be relegated to being a good Defensive Coordinator the rest of his life (where craziness without a filter is much more acceptable) 

Comment 15 Dec 2014

Dude - I hate to be a downer & overly blunt, but you came on here saying you were DESPERATE for a ticket.  You then proceeded to offer your services for extra jobs to earn cash.  Now, you have an affordable ticket right in front of you and instead you are now saying you have to work out the other issues for your trip?  

Are you really DESPERATELY looking to buy a ticket?  Or are you DESPERATELY looking for somebody to give you a ticket and arrange the trip details too?  This is 11W, not "Make a Wish." 

Comment 12 Dec 2014

BuckDoc - I would argue with only one comment.  Barry Alvarez was quoted this week as saying (paraphrasing): "I can look at a team's schedule and in 1 minute figure out what they are trying to do - regardless of whether those teams are good or not."

Florida State is a great example this year.  Their strength-of-schedule isn't impressive this year, but they have non-conference games scheduled vs. Oklahoma St, Notre Dame, and Florida.  Despite all three of those teams being below-average this year, nobody could argue FSU's intent when the schedule was made.

The same goes for Ohio State.  Oregon, Texas, Notre Dame, TCU, etc could all stink in 5-6 years (along with Nebraska as you point out), but nobody can argue with the INTENT of our scheduling.  These future non-conference schedules give us a huge bargaining chip in future years.

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Congrats to JT on well-deserved and completely obvious award.  B

ut this is a double-edged sword.  Great news for JT, but the flip side is that this all-but-guarantees Braxton is transferring to Oregon, South Carolina, Houston, Youngstown State, NebraskaArkansas [insert favorite team of your Uncle's co-worker's next door neighbor]

Comment 09 Dec 2014

I thought I heard or read somewhere the Tom Herman is REALLY A GENIUS, and part of the Mensa group.  But maybe I was just dreaming that up.

Comment 03 Dec 2014

There is still one game remaining, and therefore the teams do NOT have the same exact schedule.  People forget that Baylor still has one significantly less Top 25 win than TCU does - with that team being Kansas St.  If/when Baylor beats Kansas State handily, head-to-head will come into play.  I'm confident of that.

Comment 02 Dec 2014

Pitino's comment about Kentucky & Louisville doesn't have to do with Rupp Arena or the Yum! Center.  Instead, it is the way the two schools allocated tickets for their rivalry.  Instead of having it be a "true home court advantage," the away team is always guarenteed 5,000 tickets to the opposing gym.

I've been to Rupp Arena, and it makes Value City Arena look like a morgue on most games, if only for the fact 23,000 butts are in the seats every game at Rupp vs. only about 14,500 for the "average" non-conference game at Value City.

Comment 02 Dec 2014

My perspective is that Ohio State has EASILY the most to gain - and most to lose - this week.  As sad and convoluted as it sounds, Ohio State has been perfectly positioned to prove they are perhaps a TOP 2-3 TEAM this weekend vs. Wisconsin.  Now, to be clear, would I rather have JT running the offense vs. Wisky than CJ?  Of course - there is NOTHING CJ can do this weekend to make up for the 12 games delivered by JT.

There is no team this weekend that can define "complete team" better than the chance the Buckeyes have this weekend. If we can win the game - be it by 2 points or 10 points - I could seriously see Ohio State garnering MORE CREDIBILITY than we would've had JT played and we "ho-hummed" our way to a victory.  Beating a Top-15 team after the events OSU would've overcome the past 10 days would be hard to ignore.  And all the talk of "complete team" would be spelled out in beating Wisconsin with our 3rd string QB.  

Imagine the discussions in the Committee Room (and at ESPN) if we were to pull out a victory.  It has been widely said that EVERY TEAM THIS YEAR HAS FLAWS.  Ohio State is no different, but the difference between OSU and the rest of the field would be that Ohio State showed the toughness & completeness of a COMPLETE TEAM while facing more adversity (injury & death) than any team, bar none!

I really believe we may be selling ourselves short by saying #4 is our ceiling come Sunday.  

My prediction for Sunday:  1) Alabama, 2) Oregon, 3) Ohio State, 4) Baylor, 5) TCU

Comment 24 Nov 2014

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!

Comment 18 Nov 2014

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.

Comment 12 Nov 2014

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.

Comment 11 Nov 2014

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.

Comment 11 Nov 2014

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.

Comment 11 Nov 2014

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.

Comment 07 Nov 2014

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.

Comment 05 Nov 2014

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.  

Comment 29 Oct 2014

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.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

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.

Oh wait....

Comment 13 Aug 2014

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.

Comment 19 Jun 2014

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.


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