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Comment 30 Jul 2015

This is not the same Buckeye offense that played the Hokies last year. Tried and tested Slobs, Heisman candidate at QB, seasoned RBs, young, but UFM recruited receivers. It was VTs defense against a very unsure offense that caught lightning in a bottle last year. This year it's two teams who are both motivated, howbeit for very different reasons. The Bucks and their COACHES won't be caught off guard again. 

This will not be a laugher, but it should not be a particularly close game.  Buckeyes by 17+.   And come and get me if it's less than 10. I'll own it.  

Comment 17 Apr 2015

Johnny G-  Your clear pessimism is very different than UFMs honest realism. Urban calls it like he sees it, and when he sees it like he wants it to be, he calls it greatness. 

You have explained that you always see it negatively until it's over and it turned out better than you hoped, then you can celebrate that it wasn't as bad as you feared it would be.   Dude, that's SAD.  But if that's all the hope and joy you'll allow yourself as a Buckeye, so be it. 

I prefer to be an optimist realist, believing in the greatness of the OSU and coach Meyer, but realizing that sometimes we just mess up or the other team has everything go their way and we lose. Generally, however, our skill and preparation creates our good fortune and we win most of the close ones and blow out the rest of our opponents.   I was optimistic for the Wisconsin game, but realized it could go either way (until it didn't).  After that I was more optimistic because we had performed greatly. I was rewarded with a great post season with little anxiety and am still basking in the glow. 

None of last year will help this day, but we are clearly starting from a stronger place than last year. 

Woo-Hooooo!!!!  Go Bucks!!!!

Comment 15 Apr 2015

Agreed. What we did last year was peak at exactly the right time and have a secret weapon off the bench in Car-dale Jones!!!!   The national media discounted us, our opponents didn't know what to make of us but "we" knew what we were building and it all came together in a magical three game run. 

This year, the bullseye is clearly on our back, the media will build us to the heavens, in the hopes that they can tear us down later and all our opponents will be playing the reigning national champions. We will have to be much more focused and much more prepared than last year if we want to repeat. We have the talent. Can we perform under much greater pressure at a significantly higher level than the first 11 games of last year?  With a three headed QB hydra controversy?  That will be the story of 2015.  I am optimistic and hopeful, but nobody's gonna roll over and hand it to us. 

Comment 13 Apr 2015
With all this talent, play selection and ball distribution is going to be a real issue. I noticed the play calling got much more conservative in closer games last year. I'm hoping that was due to the relative inexperience of RS Freshmen QB and not the coaching gettin skeered under pressure. This years team has plenty of experience and so many talented ball handlers that it would be a shame to take any of those pieces off the table in the highly unlikely event that a game got a bit close.
Comment 07 Apr 2015

It's way beyond time for this return to sanity in the game of football. Both the game and it's players will have immediate benefits. Next, a return to tossing the ball to the referee after scoring a TD (followed by a shrug) as the new celebration. Maybe acting like you've been there before will become the new normal? Understated elegance is the true sign of confidence. 

Go Bucks. Beat Everyone!!

Comment 28 Mar 2015

If I were UFM or EZE I'd want fewer rush attempts this year and fewer yards to protect EZE for the NFL. There is clear evidence that RBs have a shelf life tied to their total career carries from HS-NFL. 

we have the talent to limit EZE to about 12-1300 yds in a 15 game season, with the load picking up later in the year.  That gives Samuel room for nearly 1000 in the earilier part of season along with Dunn and others in mop up duty. I hope that pushes the QB rushing total to #3 on the list, as we work on using the H-back more this year with Marshall/Wilson,etc on Jet Sweeps, reverses,etc....

we will also throw more and even better this year, as we have 3 (count em) starting (all B1G, Heisman candidate) QBs, and speed to burn at WR. 

Heres to a season with so many weapons we are embarrassed to use them all, and a special thank you to the SLOBS who really make all of this possible. 

Comment 17 Jan 2015

I just realized that I have entered a Harbaugh Perfect Storm.  As a born and bred Buckeye and am an adopted Steeler fan since the early 70's who hates the Ravens, I get to hate them both with a white hot perfect hatred.   Totally made my day!!!!!

and for all you Ohioans who think I'm a traitor, I was raised on the Brownies, but moved to Pittsburgh in 1972, just in time to be inoculated with the greatness that is Steeler Football. 

Comment 15 Jan 2015

It was the Silver Bullets who surprised me most during the NCG. I believed that D Lee 43 would be a force and hoped the D line would play smart, tough football and limit MMs breakouts, but "Whoa Nellie" did they exceed my expectations and wildest hopes, to the point that when we got our 4th turnover, I said to the crowd at my house "can you believe we're gonna beat Oregon with 4 turnovers?"  Unheard of!  That's exactly how they beat their opponents, but they had NO breathing room to execute Monday night. What a display of defensive firepower!!

Comment 13 Jan 2015
So I agree that this sports science spot was a general primer on the ZBS and a bit about EZE as an athlete. Last night on ESPiN post game was a breakdown on his longest TD run that was much more impressive and actually highlighted EZEs talent in acceleration, vision and balance, all working together in great... Wait for it... Synchronicity. Elliot's combination of speed/balance/power is rare indeed. He often breaks through hits that would drop most rbs and makes cuts that seem to defy gravity. And he sees the smallest lanes and is through them in an instant. Sport Science or no, he is a very special talent.
Comment 13 Jan 2015

Well AS a Steeler fan, I've been thinking the same thing.   We have a third string clipboard holder who is very expendable (Landry Jones) and coach T loves him some Buckeye Football. 

Cardale will be well looked out for in the 'Burgh and will continue to make Buckeye Nation proud (and will have Cam Heyward to make sure he keeps his head on straight). 

Comment 11 Jan 2015

Cardale has the arm strength and accuracy to open Oregon up like he did Wisconsin, and not just with long balls. That and the outside run game with CJ occasionally taking it up the middle also will be more than the Ducks can account for. Our key will be in the red zone, where we must convert TDs and hold them to FGs. We also need a couple three TDs from outside the  20, just to drive a spit through the BBQ Ducks. 

Comment 11 Jan 2015

Really agree with your calling out Darron Lee and his crucial role as a Disruptor of this Duck O. D line can create pressure, but must hold lane integrity to keep Mariota honest. If we get sacks, it will be because we are well ahead and MM is having to take chances in the air. This is where Lee Iis the wildcard as the athletic speed/read/react LB. He can spy Mariota, take slot receivers away, blitz, you name it. He is the MM kryptonite. 

Comment 09 Jan 2015

 CJ is kryptonite to this Duck defense. Even if the sell out to stop Eze, he either beats them with the long bomb barrel of that 12 gauge, or he uses the other barrel, which is apparently loaded with a door busting slug that opens holes up the middle. Who has a strong arm QB who runs like a fullback?  TOSU, that's who!!  There are just too many options for the Ducks to account for. Two backs with power inside, at least one who can go house on any play, a QB with both deep and short accuracy and multiple perimeter and deep threats. And we just proved that a BETTER defense couldn't stop us.   Al we have to do is hang on to the ball and trade our TDs for a few of their FGs and we win by 8 or more. 

Comment 08 Jan 2015

Lots of good comments here on ToP, etc.... I like our defenses ability to limit Ducks to FGs more than they are accustomed. We're fast enough on the back end to contain and fast enough on the front end to pressure. I think Darron Lee will spy Mariota often and keep him honest. 

They have no real answers to our offense. Speed deep and in the edges and power up the middle (including the 12 gauge door buster). Nobody in cfb can stop us but us, so we do need to hang on to the ball. I think Cardale will shine with some deep shots, a few intermediate patterns and a ridiculous ground game (100+) is not out of the question.  

I was quietly confident vs Ala, but am extremely so vs UO. They simply haven't had to face anyone like us this year. Ask MSU, UW, UA. 

Comment 07 Jan 2015

Oregon (and the Philly Iggles) fall prey to win early, win big or get smacked around and look inept. That offense is very timing based and when the timing is disrupted by defensive pressure, it can fall apart very fast. 

What I like about the Buckeye offense is that in a shootout, we can keep up with them, and their defense is nowhere as good as defenses we have already torched this year. We don't have to be afraid if we get behind early, so we can just play the defensive game of attrition.  We can stop you better than you can stop us. And let's limit the turnovers...

Comment 07 Jan 2015

I doubt Tim Tebow will ever coach football. He's making good money talking for a living and that is so much easier than the brutal hours of a coach. He also has a very diverse set of interests related to his faith, including his close connection to the Philippines and his work with special needs kids. Tim is about so much more than football. Love the guy and hope he is able to really make a difference in the world. 

Comment 04 Jan 2015

My hunch is we will control tempo but still play fast, just ball control pass and run. If we can avg 6-7 mins per TD drive and hold them to FGs a couple times per half we will win easily. As they get behind and are running short on time they will take chances and we will be waiting.   I expect 10 point plus victory margin, say high 40s to mid 30s. 

Comment 01 Jan 2015

I am confident, but not as confident as I was vs Wisconsin. I'm watching the SEC perform in a very pedestrian manner vs teams they are supposed to crush, and the commentators in the UW/Aub game noted what I was thinking.... How can an Auburn team who hung 40+ and +\- 600 yds offense on Alabama be in such a struggle with a UW team that TOSU BURIED!  

Could it be that the SEC has been a competitively inbred and overhyped conference?  Could it be that the Buckeyes actually have the team that Bama is hyped to have?  Were the Buckeyes struggles due to youth and transition to a new QB, whereas Bama's struggles are indicative of a down year?  Are the Bucks peaking at the right time while the Tide is just hanging on?  Can Saban rattle 12 Guage and force turnovers?  Will the Bucks play fast and unpredictable football and we Roll the Tide?

I am calling a decisive Buckeye win, plunging the dagger into the myth of SEC superiority. tOSU 37- pachyderms 23.

Comment 28 Dec 2014

The Buckeye O line has come miles since the VT debacle. Their work against the best B1G D lines and backers has been nothing short of amazing considering where they started. It's good to know that the "fulcrum of the fulcrum" is a Boren with a king sized "little brother" chip on his shoulder because it's going to take all of their collective fight to move the ball on the ground vs a big, fast, strong Alabama defense. They can succeed but will need help from the coaches calling plays designed to keep that defense guessing and reacting to us. If we become predictable or play scared, we're in for along night. That hasn't hapened since Penn State, and JT took the team on his banged up knee and provided the spark to win. We can certainly beat this number one team in the country with a balanced offensive game plan, great offensive line execution and a swarming defense that limits big plays. I truly believe that if this game comes down to who cracks under pressure, Bama will fold like a cheap tent. If it stays close throughout, whoever hangs on to the ball best wins. 

Comment 27 Dec 2014

Seems that Alabama is a well rounded team with no obvious weaknesses. It's strength is its balance. Sims has one major weaon in Cooper, but other places to go with the ball if needed. The Bama defense is good. Very good. The best overall we have faced this year in size/speed/depth. 

Having said all that, they are not a juggernaut. They will have to play their best game of the year to beat OSU and we will likely need to play at least as well as our MSU game to beat Bama. The wisky game was one for the ages and not likely to be repeated in this century.  If we play fast and loose with nothing to lose we will win. If we get caught up in defending the honor of the B1G vs the mighty SEC we will likely lose. We are big underdogs. I like that. Let's keep that chip on our shoulder all the way to Big D and the NCG.