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Comment 18 Jan 2017

We weren't nearly as good of an offense in 2016 as in 2015: much younger. Nearly new OLine. Unproven receivers. Pressured QB. Lack of breakaway RB.

JT did not have the year we expected. And some of that was no him. Play calling often questionable, especially in tough sits. 

All those factors are largely fixable by 2017.  Go Bucks. 

Comment 16 Jan 2017

In first praising, then hiring WILSON!!! I believe Meyer is largely handing him the keys to the Ferrari/M1-A1 Abrams Tank that is the OSU Offense and saying "tune it up and make it perform like we all believe it can".  If he wasn't ready to turn it over to WILSON!!! (Read as TomHanks in Castaway) he would have hired someone else, or WILSON!!!would have gone somewhere else.  It's gonna be fun and interesting to see if JT can deliver when we count as much or more on his arm as on his legs. If he can't, prepare for a young gunslinger to step in. 

Comment 12 Jan 2017

The massive bodies who have true fast twitch are so very rare. There are a handful in the NFL and the league has learned to value DTs who can stay on the field for 3 downs. We can do likewise at OSU and have the coaching to make it happen and the talent that can be developed. Landers is a prime. Tracey Sprinkle?  We will be fine, not that I wouldn't love to get the next great DT/NT. 

Comment 11 Jan 2017

We are so deep at qb that even if one leaves, one gets hurt we still have two or three top performers. I think K Wilson will have a say in the starting qb in 2017. If the receivers and o line perform to osu standards, any of them could lead us to a NC. If JT improves along with everyone else, he will be a heisman front runner. If not, he won't be the starter by the end of '17. And I won't be surprised to see one or even two qbs bail before spring ball. 

Comment 10 Jan 2017

Baugh is maturing into a great person and player. It's taken a while, but worth the wait. Has the athleticism of a big WR and the blocking of a TE. Great combination and likely to be an asset next year. If not, NFL teams surely know how to use him. 

Comment 07 Jan 2017

If a recruit receives an OSU scholly, spends 2-3 years stuck on the bench cuz there are better players on the team and coach 'suggests' that he might do better elsewhere, has he not received 2-3 years of superior education, coaching and athletic training that he can put to good effect at another school if he transfers?  We fans get way to attached to these guys. They know the score when the sign the LOI- they are here to compete for a position, not be guaranteed a job for life. If they're good enough to get an OSU offer, they know they won't pay a dime for college tuition even if they transfer and they will get a free college degree and play college football at an institution that they can compete at successfully. The very best come to OSU every year to see if they're good enough to make the field here. If not, they'll know in a couple years and can play elsewhere after being coached by the BIA. It's not such a loss for these young men. Sure it stings to not make the cut, but they knew and took the risk cuz they WANT to compete with the very best, and they don't feel sorry for themselves if they come up short. Most of us don't have the guts to compete that these kids have and I applaud their tenacity and drive. Urban Meyer has turned tOSU into an elite national power that draws the best of the best from all across America. That was not the case during the Tressel years, and I was ok with that then, but I really like this era and don't want to go back. 

Comment 30 Dec 2016

Great breakdown (and previous film study).  Clemson has -ichigan level athletes with the best run/pass QB in college football.  A great D line that has proven to get worn if they run too much, and decent D backfield. They are a little light at LB. I see this as our D vs their O and vice versa.  I give our D a fighting chance v their O. Our D backs are equal in skill with their WRs, which gives them a slight edge. Our LB and D line will stuff their run game, including Watson, forcing them to win in the air and the edge swings to the Silver Bullets if Clemson is 1 dimensional.  If we don't contain Watson on run, it's a tough night for us. 

Clemson MUST stop our run game to have a chance.  We can control the clock and grind them down if they don't force us to throw 30 or more passes.  Our option game (including short passes to CS) is nearly impossible to stop and Clemson has struggled against lesser offenses.  Our pass game in good weather is decent, and should/must be a factor for us to win and should be ok if the rpo game gets rolling.  If there are no special teams blunders, I expect OSU to pull away in the second half and win by 7-10. I believe Clemson is the second most dangerous team we've faced this year after tsun, but we are far and away the toughest challenge Clemson has faced playing an ACC schedule.  See you at the game in the RV parking lot.  GoBucks, beat Tigers!!!

Comment 28 Dec 2016

JT is probably not the best QB in college football this year and Desean Watson may be the best.  So what!  This isn't the QB skills competition at the NFL Combine.  Football is the ultimate team sport and JT has proved to be the ultimate leader of this insanely talented team.  JT on a fast, dry, no wind field is VERY dangerous with both feet and arm, and our run game is clearly superior to Clemson's.  Our  defense is clearly better than Clemson, especially in pass defense and linebackers, so the Tiggers are the team that should be worried, not the Buckeyes.  Play fast, play loose, dominate....

Comment 28 Dec 2016

This is a great year for the 3-4 upsets of 1-2.  Don't know if we are still favored in Vegas over Clemson, but clearly not in the seedings.  I like the Bucks on a fast Arizona track with everything to gain and nothing to lose.  I mean, we are the "youngest team in FBS", right?  Clearly, Clemson is headed for a 'date with destiny' against Bama, so what chance do we really have???? But if we play like underdogs and leave it all on the field, we've played great football for the entire UFM era.  I like our chances and UW has a real shot against AL also.  So meet me in Glendale in the RV lot before game time and we'll throw back a couple beers and celebrate a great "4 loss season".

Comment 28 Dec 2016

Tough to be Mike Weber following Zeke Elliot. But he's done a good job of learning the value of hard work, blocking and pounding the rock. I hope he works on picking his feet up a little higher when he runs cuz he's had several shoe top tackles this year that would have gone for TDs. Guess that Zekes hurdler training paid off for him cuz he rarely was stopped by the arm tackle below the knees. I believe we will see an improved Weber in 2017. 

Comment 25 Dec 2016

I'll take the edge against a very good Clemson team wherever I can get it, and the punting edge is the largest gap and per Jim Tressel, the most important play in football. If we can run with some effectiveness and keep the sack total on one hand, our advantages should lead us to victory. I expect a great game and the wife and I will be there to watch it. Coming in from LA in our RV. 

Comment 22 Dec 2016

JT is 1.  Troy and Rex are 1A.  JT likely to move on with his life's work after this season. 1. He needs pro QB coaching if he ever makes the NFL jump (it could happen).  2. Urban will have open QB competition and JT might not win out vs up and coming talent. Not saying he won't, but why take the chance?  Retire a Buckeye legend and go get paid for your talents (leadership, brains, situational awareness, arm, in order). 

Comment 21 Dec 2016

Clearly the Bucks Offense has to adjust to the best D line they've seen all year. I'm expecting lots of lateral motion early with quick read RPOs to test and tire that D line, then option gash plays once we have some lateral flow going. It will be nice if we can throw a couple long balls each half just to keep safety's honest but I'm not holding my breath on that. CS4 is clearly a/the key to the OSU plan and also the key to Clemsons defensive plan.  Can we beat Clemson if they commit to stopping CS4?  I think so.

The final key to this game is contain Watson and limit pass game with FG attempts and not TDs.  In other words, the Sulver Bullets shine again!

Comment 20 Dec 2016

It's gonna be 4 quarters of high octane football, and I don't mean 62-59 scoring. More like rock'em- sock'em robots (is that game still around?).  Great LOS battles on both sides, great receiver vs db battles, QB leader/athlete vs QB athlete/leader, etc...

i like our D line vs their O line. Hoping we can get a draw vs their D line. I like our LBs over theirs and our run game is definitely better (and will likely be a major determiner of a win due to time of possession and lack of turnovers).  This does mean we have to throw the ball enough to keep the 8th man out of the box.   This will be a great game and should be close with a Buckeye victory. 

Comment 16 Dec 2016

TL anchors a great D line that just slowly squeezes the life out of running attacks, then pins the ears back and harries opposing QBs into easy pick sixes. Our DBs are that much better cuz if that D line.