Trust me on this,
Michigan NEVER runs out of excuses. Just keep them clear the hell away from the playoff picture and wait for the last of whine to recede back to the mitten state, where the fans can nurse it quietly until the spring thaw.
Trust me on this,
We should be a lock for the CFP. Most likely at 2 or 3 depending on how badly Clemson beats VT. If huskies and badgers both win, score may determine the 4 spot. If they both lose, the PsU-U
M question becomes a reality and if nits win big they are in. If it's OT, scU M has a shot. Nobody wants OSU vs ALA in round one, especially the pink elephants. That went badly for them last time :-)!
QB question needs to include Rex Kern. He was a masterful leader and executed the offense as well as anyone in OSU history. He routinely faked out cameramen with his handoffs during his tenure.
We have never had a great pure passing QB, or if we did, we didn't use him sufficiently in that role to prove it, so the bar for OSU QBs is set in their ability to run the offense of their day, take care of the ball, provide leadership and "just win, baby"! JT has provided the best overall QB portfolio in his era of high octane offenses, with minimal downside (passing skill). His passing is only a little below our best passers, but his running skill, management of the offense and sheer determination to win is second to none. I therefore give JT the nod overall, with Red Rex a close second. For the QB who I might pick to win one particular game, Troy, Terrell Joe and Braxton in rough order. I believe JT would have been outstanding in ANY era of OSU football.
"There's lies, damn lies and statistics". Statistics have a 10% greater chance of confirming the rationale for the study.
Go back and watch "Sacks"Hubbard shred 2 blockers for an unassisted tackle in the third clip. Nice LB play to turn the play upfield, but there were still 2 blockers in front of that play with no one else in prime position to stop a few hard gain, until Sam completely blew threw the play up. He will be a beast DE/OLB at the next level.
Congrats to "Sacks" Hubbard on a very impressive academic and athletic accomplishment.
I wonder if it's easier to recruit Notre Dame than Cincinnati Morller? Urban may have found a new strategy!
So we are ALMOST certainly in. And we don't have to risk a game this weekend-good thing/ don't have the opportunity to win the B1G outright-bad thing. And that is an actual BAD thing, because assuming we make the CFP, we are a long shot at best to win it all vs a seasoned Alabama team, which means at the end of it all, we tied for the B1G East and that's all.
Here's to hoping we leave no doubt in anyone's mind next year who is the Class of the B1G and #1 Seed for the CFP.
What a high character team and a gutsy win. Silver Bullets saved the day and gave JT a chance to show the leadership he will always be known for. One of the great Buckeye wins ever!
For all my complaints about JT not throwing receivers open and hanging onto the ball too long (I know, receivers and d-backs had a say also), he sure knows how to gut out a run or clutch throw when it matters most and simply Find. A. Way. To. Win. He will be a smashing success in whatever he sets his mind to.
The class of the coach determines the class of the team. And that was a giant step backwards from the days of Bo Schembechler.
I saw the stop and first thought was, oh crap, he might not have made it. It was one of the best defensive stops on JT all year. Dead. Cold. Stop. I was really glad when they ruled it a first down on the field, cuz I knew it would be hard to overturn. The replay confirmed the call on the field was either good or too close to overturn.
The more I read the better I feel about our chances. 41-24 Buckeyes. They can't spy CS and JT both. One of those two will be the difference on offense. Defense will score- I guarantee it.
My prediction is that JT will go after his second national championship game, win or lose. Will that be this year?
Two great sets of corners, two great D-lines, ONE SUPERIOR LB CORPS!
Two good O-lines, two decent sets of receivers; running backs advantage Buckeyes, QB advantage Buckeyes BIG TIME!
Buckeyes win Comfortably, 35-21
I wonder who he's dreaming about... Miss Piggy?
It's getting darker by the year up north. Soon it will become the "pit of despair", and after that the "outer darkness, filled with weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth". And all will be as it should.
As a fellow, flatulent old fart (seems redundant) I must offer a retort. In my heart ttun has always been a rival to be hated with a blinding white heat. The young whippersnappers have simply invented a worldwide megaphone to amplify and echo the truth that has always been;
Michigan Sucks!!! Even the slightly unhinged among us now have a platform, which, I do admit, lowers the level of discourse somewhat, but they too have always been out there, just with a smaller audience. I do agree that championships were less of a goal than today, but that was due more to the nature of regional vs national recruiting and our obsession with The Game and hopefully, the Rose Bowl, our only real bowl option. Those were great memories, but I am really enjoying the Urban Meyer era and expect it to be the zenith of the 21st century, to be honest.
Great to see two Ohio HS teammates achieve such success for their teams and remain good friends despite the rivalry. Hope they both have great games and that Ohio State beats
Michigan by 24. Let's see big brother continue to whup little brother.
Agree about his future being as a coach. Meyer has made such comments as well, I believe. Wouldn't be surprised if JT takes a run at NFL backup for a couple years to make a few bucks and get some experience at the pro game, then start down the coaching trail. Meyer would bring him back in .05 seconds. I believe JT will be great at whatever he does in life, football or 'real life'.
Well done, young master Weber. Time to clean sweep the state up north!!
"Go into Spartan Stadium and burn it to the ground." PRICELESS!! And I believe the Buckeyes will do just that. By the way, have you noticed how good the Silver Bullets are at holding red-zone incursions to field goals? No way MSU scores 2 TDs. One if they're lucky! My predictions: bad weather throughout; OSU 42-6, decent weather first half or longer; OSU 54-10.
JT Barrett 'this is not a revenge game'... BS! You just can't say that to the media, and I get that. MSU won last year cuz we were WAY too predictable on offense and they played inspired LOS football (both sides). I think this year is entirely different- we are driven to succeed and have no reason to be complacent with our PSU loss on the books. They are seriously banged up and overmatched. JT is playing much better than last years "QB mystery date" and his receivers are improving weekly. If we beat the worst of the weather, we win big (and JT/starters stay in until we are in the 50's). If weather shows up earlier, we score in the 40's. They score between 3-13 max, although a shutout would be a nice 'non-revenge' statement.
And hoping to get revenge against OSU for not offering. This game will be closer than we'd like, I suspect, especially with the weather forecast. IF JT can find short/intermediate routes open, he has the velocity to throw in bad weather. IF the coaches keep a balanced game plan and keep Sparty reacting instead of dictating, we win comfortably. Two big IFs.
*no Spartans were hurt in the making of this post
Not yet, anyway....
Will be interesting to see if McCall will be the next
Percy Harvin Curtis Samuel at tOSU. He has great moves and quickness, now can we develop those receiver skills?
Either two B1G teams go or it is less than 50/50 for the Bucks to make it. The conference champ has to be considered over OSU if history is any indicator. Then we see if the other conf champ can be beat out based on SOS.
Man, what a year the State of PA Is having; PSU and PITT beat #2 ranked teams AND PA delivers the upset of the year last Tuesday night! Crazy eh???