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themostbrian


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Comment 17 Dec 2014

Tended to underperform a bit against weaker opponents but played extremely well in important games down the stretch. Extremely impressive when you consider that (1) both speed rushers from last year were missing (Noah Spence, Jamal Marcus), (2) we just changed defensive line coaches during this offeason, (3) we really were never able to find a dependable speed edge rusher (Bosa/Steve Miller are more big/strength guys), and (4) the depth (particularly on the interior) never really showed up.

Considering those constraints, I'd say this has been a fantastic year for the defensive line.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

Vegas odds absolutely represent a 'price point' at the exact middle of public opinion but there is no distinction between the price point and 'what Vegas thinks will happen' - those are one and the same. Vegas does not have an opinion that is separated from the exact middle of public opinion.

In other words, Vegas wasn't wrong about Wisconsin being a 4 point favorite in the B1G championship game. Public opinion, backed by millions and millions of dollars, was wrong. Vegas has no opinion on the actual result of games - they only care about finding the true center of public opinion, such that they're making money either way.

This article is suggesting that 'Vegas disagrees with the playoff' but that's wrong - all (one) Vegas (person) is doing is suggesting that their approximation of the exact middle of public opinion would be that OSU (as currently formed) would be an underdog to either TCU or Baylor. Aggregate public opinion would then decide if that approximation was right based on money flowing in and changing that line.

Comment 04 Dec 2014

If Florida State farts out a win against Georgia Tech and gets bumped from the final playoff rankings altogether, Tallahassee would burn and I would enjoy watching it.

Co-sign.

Comment 26 Nov 2014

Really impressed with this team thus far. Seems like we've never had true bench depth AND a bunch of sharpshooters on the same team. Kudos to Coach Matta for shaping the offense (running, track meet, pushing the ball) and the defense (3/4 court pressure, long, active zone) based on the personnel.

Comment 26 Nov 2014

Unfortunately, that VT loss is a huge anchor around our necks. And if it was TCU who had that loss instead of us I think we would be screaming bloody murder if they were ahead of us. Things are likely to sort themselves out as long as we win out and do so convincingly.

Comment 26 Nov 2014

I'd pick Meyer to coach the regular season until the Michigan game and then the bowl/playoff game(s). But you're damn right I'd pull in Tress for Michigan week.

Comment 26 Nov 2014

A truly wonderful senior class. Survived the Fickell era, survived the NCAA punishment, survived the winnowing of the early Meyer era, produced one of the longest winning streaks in college football history (including going 13-0 in 2012), and now has a chance to win a B1G title and play in the inaugural college football playoffs.

These seniors are have proven themselves to be survivors.

Comment 26 Nov 2014

Given time, I'm convinced that RR would have transformed Michigan into the WVU/Arizona offensive mold. That would've been way less entertaining than Hoke driving them straight into the ground with an absolutely archaic and ineffective attempt at a pro-style offense.

Comment 24 Nov 2014

Probably too soon to say this, but I think there's the potential here to have the best backcourt in all of college basketball with Russell, Scott, and Thompson (and Kam Williams / Tate off the bench). Ridiculous talent and depth.

Comment 18 Nov 2014

Too many 3 stars for the recruiting services to rank it that highly. That isn't to say it's not an excellent class (it is) or that the players are subpar (they aren't) but rankings are not friendly to classes composed of this many 3-stars.

Comment 10 Nov 2014

We truly have not yet scratched the surface of Barrett's monumental performance against MSU.

According to the OSU record book (page 182), he now has the 4th (tied) highest all-time offensive performance in Ohio State history.

  • 1. 412 Art Schlichter ..........................Florida State..............................1981
  • 2. 408 Troy Smith ...............................vs. Notre Dame .........................2005
  • 3. 388 Joe Germaine..........................at Penn State ............................1997
  • 4. 386 Troy Smith ...............................Michigan ...................................2004
  • 4. (tie) 386 J.T. Barrett .....................Michigan State .......................2014
  • 6. 372 Terrelle Pryor...........................vs. Toledo ..................................2009

Think about that. As a redshirt freshman, in his 9th collegiate game Barrett has bettered any single performance by Pryor and Miller and tied Troy Smith's iconic 2004 breakout performance against Michigan.

Consider also that Barrett's performance came on the road in the biggest game of the season against a Top Ten opponent when 90% of the country expected us to lose. I would argue that Barrett is, as a redshirt freshman, as talented and productive as Troy Smith was when he was a junior. His ceiling is scary.

Comment 07 Nov 2014

Here are the reasons I'm not confident:

1. Our offensive performance against a mediocre PSU team in our only true road game environment at night

2. Tom Herman's lack of play-calling nous in big games

3. The breakdowns in our secondary against far lesser offensive teams

4. Our offensive line's inability to handle far lesser defensive lines than this MSU one

I believe it will be a competitive game, but I think it will end something like 27-20 MSU.