Love Herman, but man did he make a few bad calls in the MSU game. I can give him a pass for trying passing plays when he should be running, I can give him a pass on a few decisions on who to run the ball, Braxton and Hyde are both capable. However, trying to run Braxton without Hyde in the backfield against MSU on an obvious running down, is just not very smart. I hope he learned a lesson...
I've been saying the same thing all year. Every game, the opposing coach sees how the previous team(s) expose a Buckeye secondary, and find holes all over the place. Every game, OSU vows to fix it, but they don't. Seriously, it is time to scrap the zone, it is not working. Either Withers is not smart enough, or the players don't respect their coach enough to listen to him (or study enough). Go man to man against Clemson, we know the guys have talent, and if you get burned, big deal, they would score against that zone anyway.
I used to deny it, blamed it on injuries, suspensions, etc, but now I know - OSU makes every QB look like Johnny Manziel - Is this acceptance?
Braxton just doesn't do well in bad weather. I think he should take all that armor off in bad weather. During the Northwestern game it was obvious he could not hold on to the ball with that armband on. You lose the feel of the ball slipping out. Against Illinois, he had gloves on, how can you make touch passes, and really get a feel for the ball with the gloves on? Braxton, you're a great QB in good weather, tough it out and quit being such a pansy (no offense), it is cold weather, it won't kill you to go commando on your arms/hands.
AP Poll: I was doing the math before this week, and 1/3 had Stanford, Baylor and OSU 3rd. I knew that with Stanford losing, that Baylor would get Stanford's votes. Baylor has zero chance in being 3rd after the B1G championship game, as long as OSU stays ahead of them in the AP poll. The reason we want to stay up in the AP polls, is because of FSU and 'Bama win out, OSU's only chance would be to blowout Oregon in the Rose Bowl for a split championship.
BCS standings: If Baylor loses, there is a good chance that Auburn may get Baylor's votes, (although OSU haters may well them split up between them and Oregon) Computers place Auburn 3rd, they are a serious threat. We as OSU fans, need not worry about Clemson, Mizzou, or even Oregon (since OSU beat them in 2010 and they have one loss). Auburn is the only serious threat to pass OSU. We need 1.) FSU to lose to Florida, which could happen, -OR- Alabama to lose to Mizzou. A different route would be for Alabama to lose to Auburn and then Auburn lose to Mizzou. either #1 or #2 will suffice to get OSU in the BCS championship game.
Lol Arkansas - We miss you Bert!
I believe points per play is a garbage stat. It does not account for the hidden defense, which is the opposing teams ball control offense and possession time. Basically, the more your opponents have the ball, the less chances you have to score. That's why OSU stuffed Oregon in 2010. Since the 2nd half of the Northwestern game, including garbage time, OSU has punted 5x, 1 int, 2 to on downs, 2 fg's and 25 td's. That's an amazing stat. However, the most compelling statistic, and why OSU would beat any of these flashy offensive teams is points per possession on long drives - nobody is even close. OSU is #1 with 4.67 points per drive on drives starting 80 yards or more. 2nd is baylor 4.31, oregon 3.93, fsu 3.63, alabama is further down at 3.45. OSU has the proven ball control offense, to keep the oregon's/baylor's and fsu's from getting 15 possession games. Teams like Alabama, well that is a different story, it's more like B1G ball on steroids...
I keep hearing and seeing people talk about Iowa's great defense, but I didn't see it. with the exception of the last drive of the first half, OSU converted on every 3rd down, and scored on every possession. That doesn't sound like a great defense to me. I'm not ripping on Iowa either, they are better than people give them credit for, and will give Wisconsin a tough game, wouldn't be surprised if they beat them.
Iowa's offense was spectacular in the first half, held the ball for long controlled drives. That was their best defense, keeping the OSU offense off the field.
The good thing is that Urban saw that play over and over and over. Hopefully he is using this behind the scenes on how NOT to tackle. Penalty aside, it was not a good tackle - A good tackle would entail hitting an opposing player and wrapping your arms around the player and bringing him down.
@breakawayspeed: Running a reverse seemed like a good option the last two games, but it was nowhere to be found in either game.
I didn't realize OSU lost 3 in a row in W Lafayette, so I checked, it is actually 2 in a row, 2011 (23-26) and 2009 (18-26). In 2007 OSU won 23-7. Either way, Purdue seems to give OSU a tough game for almost as long as I can remember - Illinois too
"Yeah, we beat Northwestern!" was what everybody was saying. Had we really sunk that low on the Big 10 totem pole under John Cooper? That's when I knew Cooper had to go...
Spielman lost to Wisconsin, so did Hawk - Kat and Animal played close games against them too. I like Tatum, but not the college version, the NFL version, so that wouldn't count either. You really don't want to disrupt the flow of the offense, so you have to go with someone who fits right in, namely an offensive lineman, the greatest offensive lineman in CFB history - Orlando Pace. If I went Defensively, I'd go with a defensive lineman who actually knows how to shed blockers, because nobody on this current team has a clue, I'd choose, Vrabel or Fickell each of whom never lost to Wisconsin in 4 years.
I saw that mouseover too -"All Your Points Are Belong to Us", that will never get old...
The secondary did well, the one play referred too as Robey playing 2-handed touch was not Robey's fault, it was # 3's fault. There were 3 major problems, 1.) tackling again, by the linebackers especially. 2.) The inability of the defensive line to shed blockers. The latter surprised me as Fickel and Vrabel (along with Simmons and Finkes) were probably the best I've ever seen at shedding tacklers. 3.) The coaching - How many quick screens and slants to do you give up before you figure out that you can't lay the corners off 10 yards to a team like Cal? Cal got the majority of their yards because of YAC
OSU will stop the Cal offense like they did against Oregon, SDSU or any other team - by preventing first downs. As Oregon found out in the Rose Bowl you can't get any rhythm if you can't get any first downs. This malarkey about slowing them with our offensive running game is old school thinking, and is true, but not because Cal is a fast paced offense, but because a good running game limits possessions of both teams in a game. If Braxton is healthy, they will score at will, and the defense will flat out shut Cal down with the Buckeye man press coverage. Without Braxton, the Buckeyes might lose. I don't have the confidence in Guiton most of you have and believe he might throw a couple INTs in bad situations. Being smart and calm is much easier when you are playing at home. Let's just hope Braxton is healthy...
Think to the future with North/South. When GaTech and VA or whoever the B1G gets, someone from South has to go again (Purdue or Illinois) - Easy expansion. This is the way it will go, I am confident of it...
NORTH/SOUTH is the way to go. Little change in current alignment, other than Wisconsin goes to North, when Rutgers and Maryland come to South.
I never understood why everyone is so obsessed with east/west.
TP made some big mistakes in college, but give him a break guys. he represents osu whether you like it or not. robert smith wasn't exactly well liked here, and look at him now, everybody at osu loves him.
And for those of you that can't count;
Play 1: Ball was snapped, called back on False Start
Play 2: handoff
Play 3: handoff
PLAY 4: INCOMPLETE PASS.
Gee didn't believe there was a bowl ban coming originally. However, in retrospect, he knows there would have been an additional year even if they self imposed. Not a big deal that he said that at all...
Duke 65, OSU 57
Amazing how the #1 scoring offense in the league did not have a single player named first team on the All B1G team. Urban really riled up the coaches this year, but honestly it has always been that way, even with Tressel's teams. Urban will not win COY in the B1G because of this, not by the coaches anyway. The oddest selection is Braxton is QB of the year, but 2nd team B1G - Go figure that one out.
I think Earle Bruce had the best young assistants ever - Meyer, Pete Carroll, Saban, just can't beat that...
Uwe Blab, Steve Alford, Calbert Chaney - Those guys i swear played 6 years, Randy Whitman, he played at least 8...
Dude, PSU was losing by 3 scores with a minute left in the game. PSU had 34 yards rushing. Do you really think what you say is a bad call would make PSU get more rushing yards in the game? Do you think it would make them run better routes, tackle harder, block harder and give mcgloin more time to throw? What about Braxton, would he magically turn slower, and juke less? PSU lost to a team that was vastly bigger, stronger and faster. Good luck to PSU players over the next few years, but not to the obnoxious fans...