It's unfortunate that the recaps of these rough 90s seasons are aligned so well with the dog days of fall camp... Still almost three weeks until the first game and still a few more tough ones to get through. The good news is that the start of the season will be in sight when we're reading some of the more enjoyable seasons to remember (excluding 2011, of course).
1995 is the first year I can really remember closely following the Buckeyes. Everything seemed so perfect and magical that season until that inexplicable Michigan game. Having the Heisman Trophy winner, Biletnikoff Award Winner, Lombardi Award winner, and single-season sack leader (at the time) and not winning is so painful.
I'm really glad that they added overtime to college football -- ties are dumb. Even though I'm not a huge Cooper fan, going for it on 4th and 4 around midfield with a minute left in the game is a tough call. Most current coaches would play for overtime and avoid the questions Cooper got about punting in that situation.
Also the often-forgotten but very productive Antonio Pittman.
The only true road game I've been to is Northwestern in 2013 when Hyde went off and saved us in a game that was way more stressful than it should have been. Ryan Field is not the most impressive stadium I've ever seen, but it was still a great experience. I'm going to Maryland in November, and I'm going to start making my way through the Big Ten in the next few years (and hopefully Oregon in 2020).
They're the ones who brought the MSU game up again.
Too bad the complicated play-calling structure couldn't have stuck with what they did for that one drive in the MSU game...
1st and 10 at MSU 32
(1:49 - 1st) Ezekiel Elliott run for 3 yds to the MchSt 29
2nd and 7 at MSU 29
(1:15 - 1st) Ezekiel Elliott run for 4 yds to the MchSt 25
3rd and 3 at MSU 25
(0:45 - 1st) Ezekiel Elliott run for 7 yds to the MchSt 18 for a 1ST down
1st and 10 at MSU 18
(0:12 - 1st) Ezekiel Elliott run for 5 yds to the MchSt 13
END OF 1ST QUARTER
2nd and 5 at MSU 13
(15:00 - 2nd) Ezekiel Elliott run for 4 yds to the MchSt 9
3rd and 1 at MSU 9
(14:35 - 2nd) Ezekiel Elliott run for 3 yds to the MchSt 6 for a 1ST down
1st and Goal at MSU 6
(14:15 - 2nd) J.T. Barrett pass complete to Nick Vannett for 3 yds to the MchSt 3
2nd and Goal at MSU 3
(13:48 - 2nd) J.T. Barrett run for 2 yds to the MchSt 1
3rd and Goal at MSU 1
(13:35 - 2nd) Ezekiel Elliott run for no gain to the MchSt 1
(12:49 - 2nd) Timeout OHIO ST, clock 12:49
4th and Goal at MSU 1
(12:45 - 2nd) Ezekiel Elliott run for 1 yd for a TD, (Sean Nuernberger KICK)
Anyway, I agree they have a much better system in place for 2016, so I'm going to try to move on and enjoy that.
You're missing the point. Unless the Browns and Bengals play against each other in the playoffs, it doesn't matter what the Browns do. They will still have won a playoff game more recently than the Bengals until the Bengals win one.
Dan Dakich's game summary: Marc Loving, a lazy no-good player who doesn't try hard enough but could an Evan Turner-like player if he would just try, shot way too many free throws because the officials hate Penn State. The fact that Loving scored 24 points and played a huge part in Ohio State's win is irrelevant.
Go Braxton! Glad everyone else is acknowledging what we've known since 2011.
Tim Beck is probably going to lobby for lots of sprint out 3-yard passes to exploit the depleted ND secondary.
I was accepted into Ohio State and Notre Dame, and although I never had any doubt in my decision, choosing Ohio State was best decision of my life. I studied engineering and had a great job lined up months before I graduated (also, Ohio State's engineering program is rated 20 spots or so higher than Notre Dame's, for those who care about that sort of thing). I'm not surprised that you used the word "historically" in your comment since that's what Notre Dame fans do, but falling back on the old academics argument doesn't really work anymore.
I know the 2006 Fiesta Bowl was in Tempe and this one will be in Glendale, but I'll be interested to see if there are any lingering Notre Dame defenders still trying to figure out where Ted Ginn went on that reverse.
I thought the same thing -- when I think about the best players this year, I think of Elliott (obviously biased), Fournette, and Cook (hurt by injuries but stats like yards per carry make him look amazing). McCaffrey is like a volume shooter in the NBA who scores a lot of points but isn't even really close to being the best player in the league.
Keenan Reynolds has had an amazing career, but the Heisman isn't a career achievement award. I would've been fine with him being at the ceremony, but he had a game in Philadelphia today, so I'm doubting he'd want to go straight to New York after the game.
Stanford football is a cut above other programs. That's why if Stanford loses two games, it's better than losing to one team that is superior to either of the teams to whom Stanford lost. I also heard that Christian McCaffrey had a large number of all-purpose yards this season, so it must be an oversight that he was only listed once.
I guess it hurts Elliott that Ohio State has enough athletes that they don't have their starting running back returning kicks. McCaffrey's 11 fewer rushing touchdowns on 57 more carries (and one more game) than Elliott are really impressive, but I guess he does play Stanford football.
Huh. It's as though feeding the elite running back helps your team do well...
That's the thing where we run a play without staring at the sideline for 15+ seconds, right?
Agreed, and we have to be disciplined if they're quickly getting the ball out to the edges too.
I know the West Coast offense can be successful, but having watched the Colt McCoy-Pat Shurmur Browns, it can also turn into endless checkdowns, which quickly becomes ineffective and painful to watch. Hopefully our defensive line can get some quick pressure on Rudock and reduce Michigan to something similar to this.
Didn't get to see or hear any of the game -- did Amir and Lenzelle come back or something? I thought this young team would at least be generally more watchable, even if less successful, than the last couple teams...