Hey... he's only 28!
How about the second half of the Penn State game. We couldn't get anything going at all on offense and was held scoreless until OT.
I always thought that freshman "could have been" the best running back in school history had he played 3 or 4 years. The things he was capable of as a freshman were remarkable.
I too think Zeke is more than capable of doing it this year if he gets the touches. The way he ran in the last 3 games of last year was on another level from what he had previously shown.
You make some good points. Cardale does need a deep threat on the team though. One of his major attributes is his arm strength and ability to stretch the field. A QB can only stretch the field as far as his receivers can. It doesn't matter if Cardale can throw it 75 yards on a dime if he doesn't have anybody that can get down the field and catch the ball. I suspect a deep threat will emerge considering the way Meyer has recruited speed to this team. However, if a deep threat doesn't emerge, defenses don't have to respect the deep threat and more bodies will occupy that space from the line of scrimmage to 15 yards out. That makes the running game tougher and those short and intermediate throws tougher.
I think this is greatly overlooked. The offensive line in the VT game wasn't close to the offensive line in the final 3 games. That has a great affect on Quarterback play.
I would imagine the coaching staff cares about how the play calling was handled. They have a certain offense that they want to run. That is why they recruit the type of players that they do. Cardale was very successful with what they gave him, but that doesn't mean that was the particular game plan the coaches wanted to use.
Big, I believe this argument can be used in support of Cardale as well. The coaches dumbed down the offense and only ran a few different plays, but the 2 presumed best teams in the country couldn't begin to stop them. Teams are supposed to be harder to stop when they open up the playbook, not compact it.
I'm not trying to make a case for either guy. They're both very good quarterbacks and nobody can deny that. They do run the offense different though. I think either can be successful running the Ohio State offense.
These points make me laugh because I always think back to when Nebraska was going to "roll the BIG10" when they made their move. We know how that has worked out for them.
Pre season rankings don't really mean jack. They aren't much more than a guess of how good teams could be. TCU wasn't ranked in the 2014 preseason, but they seemed to play pretty well. I'm not saying Ohio State plays the hardest schedule, but using pre season rankings to determine SOS is pretty weak.
I'm taking a bit of a break. I made sure it got to 9000 while I was voting. I'll return when I can.
Hopefully more recruits that are struggling with the thought of leaving home can look at Zeke and realize that sometimes a new path can be the best for the individual.
Maybe we should just not renew our subscriptions!