134 and a bow.
134 and a bow.
There are only so many decent football teams in the country and competition for their conference affiliation is fierce (and expensive). Rutgers has never been a football power (apparently in the last two centuries, that is) but they can probably beat Vanderbilt and Rice more often than not. And they have the potential to be a middling B1G team. With a great advertising and financial base. So, it's Rutgers (Purdue, Indiana, Northwestern, Illinois) week. Welcome to the B1G, Rutgers and here's to hoping you rise to the top of the middle of the heap and bring a great new tv contract with you in a few years. And we like the cannon; once or twice a game.
This will be the next test of the Leadership and Character of the 2016 Buckeyes. Can they play tough, focused, aggressive football when they know they are Yuge! favorites against a B1G team that is short some of their better players and against a former coach that might give them some unexpected wrinkles to test their weaknesses (if any). If the Bucks play 31/2 quarters of "ve must break you" offense and defense before putting it in burn the clock mode, I will be convinced that this young team is destined for championship caliber football in 2016-17. If they come out flat or get complacent for a significant chunk of the game, there is still important coaching work to be done with this team, (recognizing that "The EDGE" must be continually be honed by both players and coaches EVERY week). Here's to winning by 45 and looking good doing it (and keeping the team healthy). Go Bucks!
Agree with both comments above. JT's legs seem to be a bit of a crutch when games get tough and the play calling starts to get a bit Woodyish. I believe JT can handle a RPO game with Curtis, Marcus, Dontre and it would save some hits on him. It would also prepare him for NFL life if that's in the cards for him.
Good to see Danny make a tough decision and do what's best for him despite all that's been said in the past. Urban is right in wanting to end early signings although I doubt there will be any action taken. Maybe Clark will be the next Carson Wentz!
I wish we had a system that was more pro-style friendly at QB, and ultimately I suppose we are hoping for the Mariota/Newton RPO style.
Have to give Wisky credit vs MSU, but the quality of the Spartans has been suspect despite the ND win. This weekend will show how UW stacks up against a higher level of talent on the field at UM, and then we will see the character and teamwork of the Badgers. If they play well and lose a close one, we will get a good contest out of them at home. If they try but just cant keep up with the athletic gap, we will do likewise and more even at Camp Randall. UM is the only B1G team with relatively similar recruiting talent and any comparisons should be how teams play against them, not each other, as there is a significant drop in talent after the Big 2. Here's to hoping that Wisky inebreates the Wolverskunks.
"Swiss Army Knife"? More like a Transformer! I had high expectations for CS in preseason. He has exceeded them. He is the key to making the rest of the offense so versatile and productive.
It's FUN because there are so many of them performing at such a high level. You know you can play fast and loose cuz there are guys beside and behind you who are as fast and can cover if you miss something. This is why we can have a truly great team this year. We can avoid the pressure of unrealistic expectations that sabotage the ability to actually reach those expectations. When it's all over in January, I believe this will be a Buckeye team for the ages.
This is going to be a very unpopular prediction, but if JT doesn't move on after this year, he probably won't be the best QB on the roster next year. He will be the most experienced, sure, but especially if his downfield passing doesn't pick up and we find ourselves on the short end late in the season (or post season), there will be a mad scramble for the QB spot next year. Burrow is probably a better pure passer now and Haskins is a better pure runner now. I'd like to see our next QB have an NFL arm and a decent ability to scramble and improvise. I believe JT will be a great coach at a very high level within 5-7 years of finishing his OSU career. Not at all sure between Burrow and Haskins but look forward to seeing it play out.
4 Weapons=No Brainer... when was the last time you guys agreed that completely on anything!? But its bye week, so I get it.
I think the lack of deep threat so far is more due to the lack of commitment to get the deep ball into the game, as we haven't really needed it yet. We need to commit to this in the next two games, even if it looks like running up the score, as we will need to take the top off during games 'up north' and during the playoffs, or at least a credible threat to keep the box reasonable. I fully expect young receivers to get some, likely, Campbell, McLaurin and Mack who will fight for the "other" receiver spot. We should also expect to see some Baugh on tape to keep teams honest. I'm not certain any of that will be necessary to win this season, but the threat is often as dangerous as the act. Its a good problem to have, but if we want to dominate late in the season like in 2014, it has to happen.
JT after beating Bama in Tampa. Smack and run like hell for the NFL. (Can u tell I just listened to Weird Al).
JT is a lot like Russell Wilson, but may not have the same arm talent. His arm IS good on the CFB level but he has work to do there. His leadership and decision making are what sets him apart from nearly all his peers. He has the head of a 5 yr NFL QB. I really hope he is able to develop a bit more accuracy and spin on his ball and find a home as an NFL starter. If not, he could be a great #2 for many franchises. Having said all that, I believe he is one of OSUs best ever QBs in overall skill and absolutely love having him lead our team. JT Is a class act.
Here's to hoping that the character development of the Buckeye Football program continues (not that it was ever low) and this team learns how to play championship football against lesser opponents. There's a natural tendency to 'play down' to lower tier teams; in fact I wonder if that was the case vs Tulsa in first half. The truly great teams realize that they are competing against themselves and the standard they have set for themselves. It would be nice to see the Buckeyes go up 28-35 by half vs the Rutgers of the B1G and be able to blood the rest of the team in the second half in the lower tier games. They will be able IF they focus on their own performance and not their opponents lack threreof. This could be be a year of epic greatness if these guys can maintain their focus. Here's to a great start of a great season.
tOSU does not have a "bye" week. It's RELOAD WEEK, baby!!!
Scheme aside, our D-Line was just too athletic for Oklahoma. It reminded me of a certain Buckeye game against an Urban Meyer team that I don't want to discuss. This was my predict last week. OSU had superior athletes at most positions. I'd say that at least our top 6 DLinemen could start in Norman. And I used the same example from our past.
Let the older players talk= Baker Mayfield- "They kicked our asses".
Has UFM ever let a freshman backup QB talk to the media? I didn't think so.
Why "Big game Bob" and "Big game Urban" have exactly opposite meanings!!!
As long as we don't see another half of football like the first half of Tulsa, we will likely win the CFB Championship. My (teeny tiiiiny) fear is that one or two of those halfs in easy games set us up for one in a close game (looking north of C'bus) and then we have to play pressure football to get the win. Don't need that kind of cardiac stress.
Mike and Curtis are gonna be great this year. As I have been saying since preseason, Curtis is leading the way in all purpose yards and game impact right now, but as it gets colder and the games get tougher, Mike will be counted on to ground and pound the middle, opening up the outside shots to Curtis, Dontre, Noah and WR TBD. Mike doesn't need to break it all the way. Just average 6ypc for the year and break a few 20 yd TD runs. He will easily break 1000, Curtis will be the "first of his name".
This is our most athletic matchup until ttun. When we go into their house and wreck their little red wagon it will put the country on notice. If our young Bucks get nervous it'll be a nail biter all the way. If JT, Pat and Kwon can keep em fast and loose it'll be fun to watch and play. Expect Little Bear to shine today.
OSU 42- OU 24
Lived in VA an OK for many years earlier in life... Loved it when a southerner would say, "how, y'all doin?" to just me. I would look about for a couple of seconds to see if there was anyone else around (there wasn't) and say, "we're just fine, thank you".
Diversified offense from the first possession is the way to wear OU defense out. Don't ground and pound until we have them attempting to defend the entire field.
OU is not as diverse so we can focus on run and keeping QB in the pocket. Our back 4 can handle the pass game.
3:1 against the Buckeyes? Your one chance to say you aren't total Buckeye Homers before the -ichigan game. The Sooners do not match up to us in talent this year, but they are a lot closer than Tulsa. We could lose this game but only if we get sloppy with the ball or very conservative on offense. Both of those are on us, not OU. If we play better than the first half of Tulsa (see second half) we win. If we play near potential we win big. C'mon guys, don't be scared!!!
Geaux Slobs!!!! Your good game is our win.
242 total yards. Can you announce the winners of past contests?