"caring about the Big Ten in 2014 is an exercise in despair." That pretty much sums it up. It is especially hard living in SEC country as perennial bottom feeders like Kentucky and Miss St. suddenly look as though they could dominate in the Big Ten. Or listening to a couple of guys on a sports radio program argue over which conference is worse, the Big Ten or Acc. Even the guy who was arguing that the Big Ten was better than the ACC I couldn't really agree with. Perhaps we should at least threaten the bad teams with being kicked out of the conference. If you get beat by a MAC team and end the year with a loosing record, next year you are sent to their conference. Teams like Purdue and Illinois definitely shouldn't keep getting Big Ten money while being regularly no better than a MAC school.
Something we failed to realize in 2006 playing Meyers Gators. I sat next to SEC fans watching the game who seemed baffled by the fact that we didn't bring pressure on Chris Leake, who was prone to interceptions when pressured.
Nobody is winning without recruiting a couple of gutter balls every year. You are getting a bunch of 18 year old alpha males who may not have come from the most positive and nurturing situations. So some of them can't get it together and stay out of strip clubs with cocaine in there pockets, it is gonna happen. Uncle Urban needs to be firm and fair, try to help some of these kids get their sh-t together but when they get side ways with the law he has to let them learn a hard lesson. Maybe a little jail time, some probation, and playing your college football for the Zips.
To be honest I didn't expect much from this team and their good start raised my hopes to levels that I have since fallen from. I see us pulling out a good win here or there but the failures against Nebraska and Penn St. I think will ultimately doom us to the NIT. Maybe the worst part of the whole basketball season is how much talent TTUN lost and how good they are playing vs. what we lost and how terrible we seem to be.
Hey, at least it's not crack!
I think this hire is more important than even recruiting, talent we got and can get, but clearly the deficit at OSU is the coaching, on the defensive side of the ball. We need someone who can get these guys where they should be.
Vrabel was the best reason to keep Fickell
I appreciate the fact that you seem to be trying to give Fickell a chance to explain himself and even make it seem like it might not be his fault. But come on man! We have watched this team with above average talent get torched by below average teams, regularly. (Cal, Nebraska, Indiana, in 2012 and Cal, Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan St. and Clemson in 2013) This isn't a case of "We need to get better" You can see the talent we have, there are moments these guys make some good individual plays, and we always put guys in the NFL. After 2 years of this I think we can safely say it's the coaching, not the talent. I think we need to coach the guys up to be the Defense they should be. And Bell was supposed to have help
This is a great post, any single one of these points could be dismissed as some statistical anomaly. However together they paint a picture of a defense that is absolutely terrible. You can't deny how bad Cal turned out to be, 35 points put up by Illinois, 41 points by a terrible Michigan team, Michigan St. getting 34 and Northwestern getting 30. We all new going into this Orange Bowl what was going to happen, and to be honest I was disappointed with the loss but not shocked. Honest fans knew we were not a top team, I secretly hoped that is was just a case of "We need to get better" but week after week we weren't better and it wasn't lack of talent. We are just poorly coached. We have been plagued by missed tackles, taking poor angles to the ball and making poor, if any adjustments during games. It has been that way for the past two years. Don't tell me it is a lack of talent because Michigan St. is doing much more with less. Watching some of the buckeye defenses of years past the difference is shocking. Nobody had their best offensive output of the year against us, ever. Many times the defense had to bail out a sputtering offense. 35 points always won the game. It started to seem like Urban would slow down the quick strike offense just to keep our defense off the field, they were that much of a liability. Talent we got and will always be able to get, good coaching make this defense good, great coaching would turn them into an Ohio St defense we are used to seeing.
I don't know how we are winning this game, we have looked horrible. Thanks Clemson for blowing it.
I sat there the whole game feeling nostalgic remembering the days when our D was fierce like that.
Proof once again, defense wins big games, like the kind we had when we won the Rose Bowl. Not feeling very good about what we have to put on the field on Friday.
Wow, nice to see Notre Dame snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Go Bucks!
I don't see why Shazier would come back except maybe to make a run at a national title, which would definitely be worth it but by no means a guarantee. Miller however could deffinitely use another year to develop as a passer. I know it seems like there is this emergence of the "running quarterback" in the NFL but those guys have a hard time staying healthy. Ultimately you can't make your living as a running QB in the NFL. It's good if you can run but you better be able to throw the ball at least as good as you run it. I don't see Miller as that guy yet.
We are pretty much spoiled as Buckeye fans, losses are hard to take cause we just don't do it that much. We have just owned TTUN, and we always go to a BCS bowl. There may not be another fan base in the country that has had it as good as Buckeye Nation. Living here in Volunteer country, they just can't hardly fathom the thought of being upset at 24-1, their just hoping to get to six wins next year so they can go to the Music City Bowl. That being said the losses we have experienced are hard to swallow, because rarely did they happen to teams that were just better than us, they usually seemed to happen because of some uncharacteristic miscue from coaches or players. So the agonizing "If only they had..." or "Why didn't they just..." is ever burned in your memories of those heartbreaking losses. Take heart Buckeye Nation these moments are few and far between. If your are still having trouble getting over the loss ask a fan of TTUN how to handle loosing they have several years worth of experience to pull from.