For me it's been Wisconsin. For the last couple of decades the Wisky fans have not only relished taking the Buckeyes down but the team has done just that, and at critical times.
PSU with Franklin will be rapidly climbing the chart.
I like the noon kickoffs since I love college football and make plans around Saturdays (yes, family hates me!). Noon with the Buckeyes is usually the only game worth watching in that time slot and it starts the day off right. There seem to be great games at 3:30 and again at 7 or 8, and hopefully a west coaster at 11. Hell, put "College Gameday" in the lineup and I am a couch potato many Saturdays for 17 or 18 hours.
Did I mention that I love college football?
Jerome Baker must have believed there was too much competition for him at linebacker. Hard to believe Urban lost out on an Ohio guy that changed his mind late.
Agree with everything you posted. And I have a feeling Thomas might lead this team in catches.
Braxton's passes generally look good when he has the time and wherewithal to plant those feet, so here's hoping Whitfield reminded him of that.
I still don't understand why Buckeye fans want Michigan to be good again. How about Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana? Can't we want them to be better to improve the conference reputation rather than Michigan?
I'm with you. What we need is an improvement of the conference in general and the conference teams to start winning bowl games. One team reaching their former glory isn't enough to regain national respect. We need to hear the mention of 1 or 2 B1G teams every year in the discussion of playoff due to conference strength of schedule.
Good article. It's the first time I have read about what happened to Smith at OSU. There are some big egos in the coaching profession.
And how bad could the ESPN bias against OSU be if they fired Trev Alberts and hired Robert Smith.
One Buckeye down - all Buckeyes down.
Speedy recovery Tyvis!
Yep, that's the one.
I was frustrated for months trying to find answers for why a great team flopped in the biggest game and on the biggest stage.
This is a very weak attempt by the UM staff to get another quarterback ready to play. Anyone who thinks the QB position at Michigan will be lead by someone who doesn't have substantial live experience in reading defenses, is living in La La Land.
Gardner may very well be a little out of shape or "sync", but seriously?
Iowa could very well "slugfest" their way into a chance to play for the B1G title with that schedule.
Okay, was the choice between this and Pam Ward?
He seems like a real mature kid looking for growth on and off the field. Those kind of guys usually do great things.
YES, if The Ohio State University decided it was in their best interests to leave the B1G and join the SEC, I would fully support it.
Don't underestimate the role of Kenny G pushing Braxton somewhat in early 2013.
I wondered when the B1G decided to leave OSU vs UM as the last game of the season if that was a good thing for the chances of a national championship for our Buckeyes. As Wayne Woodrow used to say, the game against Michigan left his team so emotionally spent that even a bowl game was upon many occasions a letdown.
It will be very rare for the Buckeyes to face and beat their hated rival then be on top of their game the next week for the B1G championship game. But now we would be forced to play two more games to win a national championship.
Anyone else guessing that it won't be long before Nick suggests changing the date of the Auburn vs Alabama game?
"And I know some people don't like how a teenager is handling his recruitment as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country, but it's athletes like Gibson on which championships are built".
Thank you DJ for saying what many of us don't like to acknowledge, but know down deep.
Looks more like 5-7 to me.
The defense will carry this team until mid to late season when the offensive line comes into its own. If Braxton stays healthy . . . look out.
How curious, my Funk and Wagnalls mentioned tough in addition to scrappy, then referred me to "Germaine - 1998 Sugar Bowl".
I have pretty much seem them all and it has to be Katzenmoyer.
Hell (although missing on this ballot due to a lot of you young guys never having seen them play) I'd love to see either Randy Gradishar or Tom Cousineau anchor the D.
Dan Rooney was one of two owners to oppose Modell's move to Baltimore declaring a mutual respect between the team and the fans. I never will forget the Steeler's organization honoring the old Browns the last time they played in Pittsburgh. The hate was gone and I immediately adopted a new team to root for (when the new Browns aren't playing them).
Do not like Manziel, but I watched him play a lot of football. A part of his mojo is keeping plays alive with his feet (not to mention that his arm looked pretty good to me). Recent history say that can translate into NFL success.
Being a "Brown Hound" I wish him abundant success.
I am also a Buckeye and Browns fan. But I have some fondness for the Steelers. Let's remember that the Rooneys were against Model moving the team to Baltimore, and I will never forget the Steeler organization making a big deal out of the game the last time the old Browns played them. They honored the Browns and stated how proud they were to have had such a wonderful rivalry with the team.
I have lots of Steeler love! A class organization!
2) D. Smith
The ball will be in the air a lot this season.
Thomas breaks out catching everything thrown at him.
Would have Wilson higher but opponents become aware of damage he can do.