I really don't understand those condemning Georgia over this. Yes, Richt is probably the 2nd-best coach in program history, but they've clearly plateaued under his guidance. It's a program ready for a change.
Would the Rose Bowl be on the table? Perhaps against Stanford if they win the Pac 12 and don't sneak into the playoff? Or would that go to the loser of the Big Ten title game?
YOU BLEW ETTTTT!!!!!!!!!
I think you really hit on something. Now, we're partially to blame (we have to be) for letting expectations get in the way of enjoyment, but what you said is right. It was so obvious that last year's team was having fun, even before they hit that unforgettable three-game stretch. They smiled, they laughed, they cracked wise and teased each other. We all fed off of that and had just as much fun with them because of it.
It should always be fun when you're winning, and for 10 games this team did that just fine. I just wish they'd had more fun doing it. Maybe their own expectations got in the way of that.
I'm no football coach. I understand that turnover and re-shuffling of responsibilities can raise questions that I sure as hell will never have the ability to answer. But I do have one question:
Where the hell was Braxton Miller all season?
When we heard Braxton was moving to H-Back, we were tantalized with the idea of perhaps the most electrifying player in college football being utilized in various positions and having to be accounted for by defenses all over the field. This carrot was dangled in front of us to an even greater degree during the Virginia Tech game, when he made plays both out of the back field and at wide receiver. The potential seemed limitless.
After that? Nothing. Nada. One of the most dynamic, heart-stopping players in the history of Ohio State football was tucked away on the shelf for the vast majority of this season and I, for the life of me, really don't understand why.
Elliott was voicing the frustration a lot of us felt. I understand that, and I understand that he's a kid who wears his emotions on his sleeve.
But the way some guys were talking yesterday, it's as if they believe the season has already ended. It hasn't. THE game is less than a week away. Pointing fingers and talking about the NFL conveys to the fans and media that some players have already checked out, and that this team really isn't very together right now. That won't cut it in Ann Arbor.
... what the f*ck was that?
Meanwhile, there's a touchdown difference between Clemson and Syracuse in the fourth quarter. And, by the way, I'm not criticizing Clemson for that at all. Syracuse has been a deceptively pesky team all season, especially at home. But shouldn't Clemson be held to the same lofty standards? Or is it just more fun tweaking Ohio State fans and attention whoring all over Twitter?
I remember when sports writers wrote thought-provoking weekly columns. Now they're miserable quip machines whose existences are predicated solely on tweaking fan bases on Twitter. All I see when I read those tweets is "HOW CAN I MAKE THIS ABOUT MEEEEEE??????"
"CPD and Columbus can hold their heads high for doing the right thing."
I understand that, because it's a misdemeanor, he isn't subjected to a two-game suspension.
But he should still be suspended for two games. I've been 20 before as well, and I'm by no means trying to make some drive-by moral assessment on J.T.'s character. He seems like a great kid, and in the grand scheme of things I'm sure this will just be a bump in the road. But driving while under the influence is no joke. And the fact that he's underage makes it worse. He's extremely fortunate that he didn't hurt someone else, or himself.
I don't think two games is too harsh. In fact, you could even argue that it's not harsh enough. But to be quite honest, it's fortunate that a relatively minor suspension is the result of this, because it could have been way, way worse, for J.T. or someone else.
Also, I'm betting the police officers knew who he was. I'm happy they did the right thing. They might have saved a life, or two.
I don't care what uniforms they wear. And though Ohio State fans have typically never responded well to the whole "WEAR THIS COLOR FOR THE GAME!" thing, if they pull it off, fine. The players seem to like it, and if it somehow attracts talent to the school, neat.
The bottom line is, I'll be tuning in to watch a football game on Saturday. That's basically all I care about. The Project Runway outfit critiques can be left to whomever actually cares about such things.
If they win in the black uniforms, I'm guessing none of you will care and you'll be onto the next game by Sunday morning.
I understand this might not be a popular opinion, and I want to make it perfectly clear that yes, these people are despicable and the fact that they would taunt college students via Twitter is utterly repugnant.
But, I really, really wish you guys would stop doing this. I consider this site to be significantly above Buzzfeed-level cherry picking of hateful comments on Twitter. All it does is amplify the voices of people who no one would know of or care about otherwise, and encourages more harassment by making their Twitter handles visible to anyone who comes to this site.
And ultimately, what's the news here? That there are awful, dumb people on the internet and they say awful, dumb things? We all know this already. All this serves to do is perpetuate a distorted, unrealistic image of what the Ohio State fanbase at large is actually like.
The anguish on here is mind numbing.
J.T. is a wonderful player, but what have you seen him do that entitles him to the position right now? He entered the game in relief of Cardale last week, and what happened? The offense continued to stall, the turnovers continued to mount, and the general ineptitude did not subside.
Clearly, there's more at work here than just the quarterback situation. We've seen these guys both perform brilliantly. I don't think either one of them just suddenly forgot how to play football.
Cardale won the job before the season started. It hasn't been taken from him yet. We haven't seen anything in the first three games that suggests that it should be, and according to Meyer, that's also the case in practice.
If a quarterback is the result of the players around him, then maybe it isn't a coincidence that either of these guys aren't playing well right now. Maybe kinks need to be worked out with the offense at large. Cardale is the guy. As the team improves, so will he. This is an Urban Meyer-coached team. You can be damn sure that they're all trying their best to find their footing.
The point about the contrasting styles of Barrett and Jones is a good one. Their styles don't only dictate the way they each play, but it sets a completely different tone for the offense at large, and I can't imagine that's an easy transition for the other 10 guys on the field. You either prefer the big-play threat of Cardale Jones, or you prefer the smooth operating of J.T. Barrett. They both work. But it's time to pick one and go. You want to be entering conference play having found your footing.
It's simply wonderful to see him back on the field. For such a memorable, beloved Buckeye, he deserves to suit up on Senior Day and bask in all the love from the crowd. So happy we get to watch him for one more season.
LIKE A DAMN GLEE CLUB, THESE GUYS.