The quote is "I WANT to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season." That is not him giving his word. It is simply an expression of his then-existing mental state. I hope he stays, but he owes us nothing (just like he is not owed the starting job).
Interesting point about Cardale and struggling in goal-to-go situations. In the Spring game, they practiced that and gave him 4-5 chances to pass from about the 3 yard line, with no completions. In a real game, OSU would probably run from there, but still, the idea of starting Cardale and having a goal-to-go QB is interesting.
You missed a big one -- fumbles. Cardale had 5 fumbles on the season, in roughly 3.5 games. (I am guessing that he played .5 games in mop-up duty, but that is just a guess.) By comparison, the player with the most fumbles had 13 fumbles in 12 games. Cardale thus fumbled the ball at a more rapid rate than the NCAA's most prolific fumbler. Everett Goloson -- considered to be a fumbling machine -- had only 12 fumbles in 13 games. Source: http://www.teamrankings.com/college-football/player-stat/fumble-category
There are two times that ball slipped right out of Cardale's hand -- Oregon and Illinois. (IIRC, the Illinois incident was ruled an incomplete forward pass, but still, the ball slipped right out of his hand. BTW, that was the play in which he lit up the Illinois player trying to return the fumble.)
Excellent write-up. One small nitpick: on the slide that has the caption "OSU Linebackers Fill Quickly," there are arrows showing Grant and Lee filling the hole. Actually, Grant fills the hole, Lee goes outside to contain, Gordon tries to bounce back inside to avoid Lee on the outside, then Bosa tackles him.
I find the graphs to be confusing. The axis labeled "Run" is actually the pass data, and vice versa. Look at the Wisconsin. The chart would suggest that it is a below average rushing team. I get from the main chart that the line is intended to be what an average team would rush for, but that is not how the axes (not sure on plural of axis) would usually be labeled.
I think it has to be Eze. He stands to the the starting RB. Pretty big shoes to fill.
Very interesting analysis. As a fan that is not knowledgable about blocking schemes, I personally greatly prefer the videos where I can pause the video and see see what the various blockers are doing. Then I can actually see what you are talking about. It all happens so quickly in the videos that I cannot pause that it is much tougher to see how the line is working. I am not sure if you can post every video in that format, or if I am in the minority on that view, but I would suggest posting the videos so that the reader can pause and rewind the video.