I will never ever bet a penny on or against the Buckeyes. No reason to tempt fate. No thank you.
In my perfect world, NFL GM's look at a need their team has and they ask the obvious.....Can I get a Buckeye ? I'm still hoping teams will wake up and realize that Troy Smith is being asked to watch NFL games at home when he could start on 1/2 of the teams and be a solid back up on the other 1/2. Let's hope all Buckeyes with health and talent are picked up by someone. Hey Browns..... Have you looked at your roster recently ? Want to be the favorite team in Ohio or the tri state area ? Pick up a few Buckeyes.
11 WR on scholarship. I hope at the end of the season we have 2 with over 1000 yards (Very possible) and all WR having playing time and a couple hundred yards or more. We'll need to pass much more but who cares ? I'll take a Buckeye championship in any shade of Scarlet.
We could do better. Here's a concept..... challenge yourself. We should lose the 8 or 10 teams that would lose 99 times if we played them 100 times. Those teams provide us nothing except a few more dollars in the bank account. Lose those games and have a bake sale. Seriously this is an embarrassment.
9 Absolute cupcakes in the preseason......No change from last year. Why doesn't Men's Basketball follow the lead of the league (Football) and tell these cupcakes to just go away.
This is a research university........ It's time to spend a few dollars and do a major study....... What's needed for The Ohio State University to become a college that you can imagine (expect ?) to get to the final 4 on a regular basis (3 out of 5 years) and to win a CHAMPIONSHIP in the next few years. The number of fans who were alive when the last championship was won is getting smaller all of the time.
I love Thad Matta but a fabulous recruiting class once every 15 years is just not enough around here. Yes that class was fabulous but college basketball teams that are "Great" make the final 4 more consistently.
Things are getting better but Army and FAU were sad additions. Suggestions for teams to play: NC, NC State, Oklahoma St., Miami, FL, Pitt., Duke, Washington, Washington St., Oregon St., Colorado, Cal., BYU, Tennessee, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Auburn, Kansas, Kansas St., Mississippi, Mississippi St., Georgia, Arizona, Arizona St., Stanford, Texas Tech, Iowa St., West Virginia, Syracuse, Clemson, etc..
Look at the bottom 70% of the power 5 conf. and schedule those teams. Nobody listed above would beat us most years. Not until we play and beat other conferences can we say that we're better. I'm seriously hoping the schedule improves. Sadly because the comish orders it.....we're not allowed cupcakes anymore (sarcasm). We need to challenge ourselves with tough opponents. Once that's done and we beat them, we'll know that we have faced the best and beat them.
Hope and pray that Wisc. beats Alabama, and almost all B1G teams beat opponents from other conferences
Best of luck Noah....... Buckeye Nation has your back. Your time will come.
Any chance that after 8 - 10 weeks he'll be healed and able to come back ?
I look so forward to the days when we pull in 6 or 8 five star prospects in a season instead of 1, maybe 2.
This young WR looks very good. I hope that we get him. I think a commit to a back to back National Champion is much better so all we need is to continue ruling the football world.
I'd hope this kid continues to grow. 5 feet 9 inches is small. Very small.
ARMY and FAU are both weak opponents and therefore somebody should be embarrassed. The new teams that we will play including: Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU, etc., etc. are fine but Army is not good and FAU is a joke. Throw a freaking dart at the center of the SEC, Big 12, ACC, and play one of those instead of two weak, pathetic teams in this thread.
With VT, and 3 cupcakes our strength of schedule is mid 50's. Alabama is number 1 or 2..... we should always be top 25 which can't be guaranteed but you can bet an N,W,S, or E in front of a state name means they are and will always be weak. Somebody is getting paid for this.
Silver Bullets...... Platinum Bullets.....maybe time for an upgrade. Defense wins championships.
I expect and pray that everything will be great. New or changed makes me worry. Obviously Ed W. has done fabulous and Urban believes in him..... In the "Preseason" I would like him to consider calling the offensive plays from the booth/press box....... maybe not his style, but you can see the entire field. See the entire field Ed. You can give up slapping the slobs on their ass when they walk off the field if it makes you a better play caller.
A great play caller is known as something else......"New Head Coach", enjoy the large pay raise. (somewhere) Maybe Kansas
The talk about switching QB's by series is just crazy. Nobody would ever want that. One QB to play the 1st and 4th quarter while the other plays 2nd & 3rd is far better. Or some other split closer to 60/40 % is probably most realistic.
Stanley Jackson was just not very good. Let's not forget that.
Between J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, the question is in BOLD PRINT, who do you not play ? Correct answer: This is no correct freaking answer. These young men are at the cusp of something very special. A year where all that we can do, we will. do. The bar is raised to a spot that most can't imagine. We'll exceed expectations even though they started out strong. A historic season is just 18 or so days away. We have a fabulous 2 deep at every position. Even deeper in some spots. We should be unstoppable offensive team this year. We should almost score at will.
A strong win over Oregon gets Mich St. respect and a slight bump in the polls, After we beat MSU in a close game in Columbus, they fall just a bit, leaving open the chance for 2 B1G teams in the play off. If MSU has one close loss on the road versus the number 1 team.....is that really a negative ?
At WR, Mr. Gibson would have the build of Calvin Johnson. Did you notice he's considered the best WR in the NFL. I think taller WR is a trend that will be emphasized in recruiting in the next several years. All positives for us. Maybe a career path for young college athletes....aspire to be Calvin Johnson.
Speed is an important factor.
It's all good. Great point made by Urban, this is a major program and there will be depth. Given a hill he could not climb, Gibson found an area of need and got in line. A fabulous example for all young athletes in a competitive situation. That doesn't stop the same QB battle in his next couple of years. Good luck to all Bucks.
Many QB divas would pout about the issue but he made it into a potentially positive situation. Good for him. He may want QB but today he's an athlete. A smart one as well. Collier should ask if he can be on special teams.
Braxton Miller arrived at WR because he read my posts. Against VT last season.... our passing sucked. JT had just learned to walk (metaphor). This year our talent is off of the charts. Night vs day as compared to the rest of the free world. I can't wait to see this season.
Watching preseason NFL to see Buckeyes do well. NY Jets....Hoping to see Devon Smith...(great advantage to record and FF to save time)... I decided that waiting for 11W to show highlights would be much easier. I had forgotten that Posey was with them this year.
I'm hoping Dane Sanzenb.. is picked up by a decent team.
Prince is huge.
Congratulations young man.
Cris Carter was never anything except FIRST CLASS. My favorite Buckeye.
Typically a 2 QB system is not very good because both QB's are at best above average. Both our guys are great. Advantage OSU.
The constant changes in plays and attacks is crucial as well. Jones shouldn't throw all passes over 30 yards and Barrett shouldn't run for 800+ yards. Both guys can mix up the passing and both guys can run the ball. I would limit QB runs because we have the best RB in the nation and because we have many good H backs who can sit out a play or two if they get hit really hard. Let's keep the whole roster healthy and dominate CFB.
It will be a challenge for the offensive coordinator to bring their A game each week to feed these hungry horses.
Good luck to Duron Carter. I wish him the best. Imagine if he becomes a serious contributor..... Seeing Cris glowing as he talks about his boy would be very nice. I am glad to hear about all ex-Buckeyes getting another chance to shine in the NFL.
Trick question: What player makes the starting QB look way better ?
Sure some say the slobs, others thinks the WR's but in my opinion....... Zeke Elliot is why our QB's looked so good. Our run game was so damned good that they had to put more defenders near the line and that makes the passing game come alive.
Some stories are all good news. I'd love to see Joey work with him often (not just because espn is in town). Best of luck to all Buckeyes staying healthy and strong.
All 3 are great. Thank God - we have them all. Braxton has a shoulder that needs to be strengthened to avoid re-injury. J.T. has an ankle and a knee that we all hope and pray are not important factors. Cardale was great but who knows how health will be a factor for anybody. I would not have Braxton pass over 15 yards until several more weeks of strength and conditioning work. I would also ask him to slide instead of hard hits by 2 or 3 defensive backs/LB. Week 6 forward is a good target.
A slight advantage for CJ getting more reps is the idea that it's Sundays only after this season. We're back where we started. What's the split ? 60/40 or 7/30 ? We can win with both. But injuries can be on our side or against us.....So Collier, Burrow, and Gibson better pay attention and work very hard to be ready when called upon. NMU
Everybody loves Braxton at WR. Good kid, great athlete as well. Don't forget he's rebuilding and adding strength to a weak shoulder. I hope all are cautious about us proceeding carefully. I would love to hear about his next physical set back being in his 6th year as a pro. Then 4 weeks of rehab and then re-enter the mix. Strength and conditioning is what's needed with medical supervision
QB,,,,,,,,,,,,, We should learn more about the next tier at QB. Collier and a new kid...... are they very good ? Who's the next man up ?