Good argument Tiffin Buck. Carolina over Clemson gives OSU their best chance as Bama will decimate Fl. Truth is we don't really know how the CFP committee will judge the top 4 as we don't have enough history with them. Good arguments can be made for a few teams, so we just take our chances. If a Rose Bowl is the consolation prize, I'm cool with that since I live about 20 miles away and will certainly be there, as I was in 2010.
It's highly unlikely but not impossible to make the CFP. We are assuming the loser of the B1G championship falls below us but that may not be the case. If it's really close, we may have to settle for a non-Rose bid, probably against Notre Dame. So no bad options, but likely no CFP either. Hope I'm wrong.
If I've learned anything in watching The Game for over 60 years (including when I didn't know what football was), it's that nothing about the season prior really matters. Not stats, records, common opponents, match ups or any other predictor of success. It is a game of emotional intensity where the team with the most to lose often does. A game where the hero of the day comes from nowhere (or just proves that he is, in fact, unstoppable). I'm not even sure home field is a major factor! I believe the secret to The Game is to play it like you have noting to lose and everything to gain (like our post season run last year). We are highly unlikely to be playing for the Second Undisputed National Championship, and we ought to be a bit embarrassed at last weeks performance as well as the perception that we've been coasting all year, so my hope is that we play angry and loose all our vaunted weapons on our rivals. Anything less will end in defeat, I fear. So I predict a high scoring game and a win based on this teams knowledge that they are playing for the guy next to them and nothing more. 34-30 Buckeyes.
Slobs rule whether in run block or pass pro. Hopefully we have a balanced attack and we get X-Brax into the screen/ jet sweep as well as the downfield passing game. This is the time of year to let him off the chain, ala, Va Tech 360... EZE should get 20-24 rushes with 120+ yards, and many more if he can break a couple of long ones. I think we have been prepping for this 5 game stretch for a couple of weeks now and not showing all our tricks, not that they will be that tricky, but they will not have been seen on tape. Should be a competitive game, but we could easily win by 20 if we get rolling on this Sparcy defense...
And we all know that statistics tell the tale....
"There are lies, damn lies and statistics" - Mark Twain?
It's good to see the Buckeyes execute a successful system that was shown last year to be effective through the regular season and it's now abundantly clear that JT is the better choice for that system. I'm not sure if we were trying to fit Cardale into s system he was not designed to play or if we don't have the personnel to play the passing game that was so successful last post season. Or, did the post season success come in part due to the lack of information regarding CJ and his abilities.
Now we have to see if the better teams we will be facing soon will dig out last years tape to gameplan for the JT Buckeyes and can we execute this offense through the final 5 games of the season. I'm optimistic, but we are one QB injury away from a very different scenario. Then we will see how CJ executes when he's the only option again and if the team rallies around him like last year.
Cam's compromise with the NFL will raise both money and awareness of his fathers legacy. This is what we call a win-win. Go Buckeyes- Go Steelers!!!
Wouldn't it be great to our offense control the ball and clock and put up TDs so the defense can be fresh and PSU has to play catch up? I'm more than ready for a dominant performance like that. Don't need to score 60... 42-14 has a nice ring to it, along with 38-40 minutes of offense.
So I recall last year when JT was setting records, we still had some pretty pedestrian performances by both offense and defense. Coach had decided that CJ brings an element that he wants on the field, despite some clear growing pains. This move to red zone zone read was planned and practiced, obviously, and both QBs are buying into it. And it worked really well. And next week we can do whatever we want in the red zone and upcoming opponents will have a lot to prepare for. This is a very good thing and we fans need to appreciate the "out of the box thinking" that uses so many weapons in so many ways, and quit being stuck in our traditional undrstandings of how to fill the QB role. That is all.
It would be nice if the Silver Bullets always stopped everything and everyone that came their way, but there are some very talented plsyers out there who were unable to secure a place on the Buckeye roster. WMU has several who are capable of winning the occasional battle against one of our guys. Their RB was quick and talented and capable of making people miss. They blocked well at times and while it would be nice to be able to shut down the entire field (perimeter passing game, screens etc..., and still be totally stout up the middle) that is not realistic.
What I am coming to appreciate about our. 4-0 start is that we didn't play any total patsies this year. Three of the four teams have a shot at bowl eligibility and none were Kent St or FAMU. We were able to actually test ourselves against decent competition that was unlikely to beat us, but could expose our weaknesses and give us opportunity to improve each week. And we have. It was a total joy to beat WI 59-0 last year, but kinda boring to beat KSU 66-0. So while we want to beat everyone by a zillion, we instead have gotten a true NFL talent QB ready to start playing like one, gotten an NFL lite O line tuned up and ready to dance, several NFL prospects at skill positions comfortable at game speed and given a formerly (this time last year) lackluster defense the opportunity to get a VERY talented group dialed in and ready to take on much higher levels of talent. The rest of the B1G is looking at film and saying, "oh sh--, what are we going to do when these guys really get it all together?"
Samuel looks good from several positions. A couple new recruits at RB may not want to see him in the backfield though. He may be the second best all around athlete on the offense. Can't wait to see us use him more as the meat of the schedule unfolds. He and EZE are a great 1-2 combo.
They were the underdog with everything to gain and nothing really to lose. I mean, who expects the THIRD STRING QB to lead an "undeserving" team to an UNDISPUTED NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. No pressure on CJ and a mature team that was totally prepared to help carry him through.
Now all the pressures on him and he has stiff competition in the QB room every day, millions of fans who DONT really believe he is the right guy, an offense that is struggling on several levels to execute and we wonder why he doesn't smile as much or shows a few cracks under pressure, i.e. Twitter stuff. It's amazing he's doing as well as he is. He's trying to find his touch on the ball and I think it will improve with practice and experience. At least he's trying to find touch and not just launching it out there on a prayer. If anything, he's trying too hard to be Tom Brady, Cam Newton and Aaron Rogers rolled into one and get us fans off his back.
Let's hope NO ONE ON THE OSU STAFF OR TEAM READS THIS SITE. If we listen to UFM it's clear that he really believes the QB play has NOT BEEN THE PRIMARY PROBLEM so far this season. He hasn't been specific, but we've all seen the uninspired O line play, wondered about the play calling and haven't seen receivers open deep nearly as much as we'd like.
Mall this JT vs CJ talk is idle speculation at best. Either of these guys can take us through this season undefeated if all the other issues work out. And by the way, has anybody noticed how much better this years defense is than last year??? Think that might be a factor in November through January?? I suppose we all have a right to prefer one QB over another, but if we don't win the B1G this year or the CFB Playoff, it won't be either of their fault.
One problem with artificial turf fields is you can't see the grass stains all over the backs of the NIU uniforms. All white wouldn't be nearly so popular if we still played more football on grass IMHO.
If we had beat the Rainbow Warriors 38-17, I'd be expecting Huskies to put up 24 to our 45 or so. Our Offense will SURELY be better than last week. I'm betting the Slobs are just pissed. And Zeke will get 150. And the defense may not pitch another shutout, but they WILL Want to prove last week was no fluke. I expect the Buckeye Machine to grind these guys into dust by the 3rd quarter. Final score: 48-13.
The "we need to have one QB argument" is unproven hypothesis. If there is a schism in the locker room or the coach is being punitive in switching QBs then it's a problem and we may need to settle on one. Otherwise, the problem is those of us who lack the vision to see that this team can actually thrive with both of these guys, who are unselfish and genuinely seem to be rooting for the good of the team. They both want to play, but they both want to WIN even more. Which of these guys is going to cause us to lose? Seriously. This is an unprecedented glut of talent in college football history. I love CJs potential and that UM is giving him time to work on his craft and get the bugs out of his game that can only happen in live fire. He also gets to put plays on tape for next year. I also love the maturity and stability that JT brings in running this offense like a Swiss watch. There is no reason not to have both available as needed, except for our lack of vision. Does the team seem stressed? NO. Does the staff seem stressed? NO. Do CJ or JT seem stressed? NO. Do a bunch of fans and media types seem stressed? WHO CARES?
I expect a fast and loose huskies to play a good first half before getting worn down by the size speed depth advantage of OSU and losing by 17-24 points. No shutout this week for the Silver Bullets and the Offense had better play much better than last week. And I fully expect it will. Go Bucks!!
To all who see Car-dale Jones vs JTBarrett as a "QB Battle":
what if it's a
genius psychology degreed head coach who has two first string QBs who are both Heisman potential players and can both get the job done, albeit in different ways? Wouldn't it be very cool to get both of those guys on tape early in the year so that our opponents have to figure out how to stop BOTH of them? Meanwhile, we get to fine tune this offense with both QBs in relative leisure for the next few weeks and decide how to best use the glut of talent on the field in a way that's simply unstoppable. This is not a problem; it's an opportunity!
Ahhhhhh. And there you have it. EXPECTATIONS. (And my comments are directed toward all of us who somewhere deep in our hearts want to beat everyone like we pounded Wisconsin last year, myself included). It is clearly NOT realistic for THIS YEARS BUCKEYES to pick up exactly where las years Buckeyes left off. And yet that is exactly what many are hoping for. THE 2015 BUCKEYES started with a fairly tough road opener on a Monday night special and looked pretty good against a tough defense in a very tough environment. Then they played an "undermanned" team that won a home opener vs a Power 5 (bad) team. Said team has a legit pro prospect QB (anybody remember Cincy or PSU?) and plays a nebulous defense with lots of quicks designed to confuse bigger, stronger O lines (especially ones with very little prep time and very little game tape). The offensive line doesn't block as well as we'd EXPECT and the offense runs on about 3 of its 8 cylinders and we look ugly in a 28-24 squeaker that makes us wonder if we are gonna be this years Florida State Semolinas. Oh wait, what we didn't EXPECT to happen was the defense to completely SHUT DOWN the pro prospect QB and the run game, get 4 turnovers including a score and utterly dominate. Why should we EXPECT that when it never happened LAST YEAR? Of course, NOW WE HAVE TO SHUT EVERYBODY OUT!
NOBODY can live up to EXPECTATIONS that are based on ALWAYS BEING NEAR PERFECT and never being an actual human being. THANk GOD URBAN MEYER DOESNT EXPECT THAT OR THIS TEAM WOULD BE A NEUROTIC MESS like some fans I read and would surely lose to someone they were actually supposed to beat. These young men (and their coaches) are attempting to do something EXPONENTIALLY HARDER than what they accomplished last year; REPEAT as Undisputed National Champions!! Just imagine if at the beginning of 2016 this Buckeye team is one of those final 2 teams. I bet nobody will be looking back at a 38-0 win over Hawaii and saying, "no way can this team win it all again".
perhaps we should temper our EXPECTATIONS with a little PERSPECTIVE???
And THAT is the nail biting, teeth gnashing, negativism we've been talking about. In fact, this game was, and was supposed to be an experiment in progress with an unbelievably talented offense that both the players AND COACHES are still trying to figure out how to utilize to maximum effect. This is not the 2014 Undisputed National Champion Buckeyes team, who coincidentally LOST early in the season and then put several lackluster performances on tape during the season, only to jell in the fire of adversity and play like they had everything to gain and nothing to lose on their way to that CFB Trophy.
These guys and their coaches will be fine. Last year, when the offense struggled, the defense wasn't pitching shutouts like vs Hawaii. Let's let them do what they need to do in order to hit their stride by B1G play and have a little faith in who got us to this rarified air where we can bitch and moan every time the offense scores less than 60!
Good opportunity for Cardale to experience the Shoe. He seemed more tight playing for the home crowd. Glad Meyer let him stay in and work through it the second half. He will get better with more experience.
Defense was amazing. Loved the series where Bosa and Kwon met at the QB 3 plays in a row. Back end was awesome today.
The truth is we are getting everyone's best game this year, ready or not. Glad we have a couple weeks to get the timing down and get ready for the tougher tests coming our way. Take the positives- no turnovers? And lights out defense and let the Slobs and the offense figure out how to get this Ferrarri offense tuned and Roaring when we'll need the full speed and power package available. Go Bucks!!!
I will be very surprised to see the Bucks held to 42 tomorrow. I predict 55-13 with 2 turnovers, both fumbles in the second half. Buckeye QBs won't need to throw if the man isn't wide open; will just pull it down and run for 7-10 yards avg. it could be worse, but by the time the 3rd stringers get in (early 4th qtr) the offense won't be as efficient and Urban will throttle back to mostly runs.
Let's hope for a clean game with no serious injuries on either side.
Great breakdown as usual. I would love to see a breakdown of the least talked about 80 yard run through the heart of Blacksburg by Eze as well. Any other game and that would have been the play of the night. Poor Eaekiel, laboring away in relative obscurity ;-)
I vote for the Hokie spin vs the Penn St polka, though it's close. My reason is the sheer speed and balance required to do that spin move and not lose a step. He is a unique combination of speed, balance and creativity not seen since, dare I say it, Barry Sanders.