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Comment 20 Dec 2014

This fanbase and those who comment on this website are just as guilty of all those things the OP hates so much in MGoBloggers. Going by the threads on here you'd think OSU already beat Bama. And anyway, they're only good because of SEC cheating dontcha know.

So how about we all just focus on not being jackasses ourselves?

Oh, and OP, why are you reading MGoBlog if you find it so insufferable?

Comment 18 Dec 2014

It doesn't really matter. Alabama was probably the best team in the country that year. 

This was my point. Had OSU played ND for the championship, it would have been one of the best arguments for the playoff.

Comment 17 Dec 2014

He is as good as Meyer or Saban in my opinion.

This may or may not be the case, but I don't think he's proven it (yet). He reached about Chip Kelly's level of success, but it wasn't as sustained. He hasn't shown that he can recruit like Meyer, much less Saban. Nothing I've seen out of him so far suggests Ten Year War kind of parity with OSU. More like Bama under Saban vs Auburn under Chizik/Malzahn - Auburn has a couple of big wins, but Bama has more wins and more MNCs. Except OSU isn't winning MNCs like Bama yet, and nothing about Michigan with or without Harbaugh indicates a championship anywhere in the near future.

Comment 10 Dec 2014

I thought it was his sophomore year (last year) that was almost entirely lost to injury? I thought he, together with Spence, played a lot, though never started, his freshman year.

Comment 07 Dec 2014

By the three major services they are ranked 4th (247), 6th (Rivals), and 6th (Scout), so you're being a bit selective there. More importantly, compare Bama's and FSU's classes to OSU's and tell me they are not on another level. For that matter, this class is step back from the previous two. Not a big one, but a step back.

Look, call me spoiled if you want, but I don't care if OSU's classes are better than almost anyone else's - I consider that the minimum. As long as OSU's classes are a step or two behind Bama's, catching up to them will be nearly impossible.

Comment 07 Dec 2014

Last night's performance aside, I don't think anyone coaching this defense will get a sniff at any job above MAC level. I'm not sure how to separate Hermann's contribution to the offense from Meyer's, but if they think he's valuable enough, I'd like to see them go to the same lengths to keep him as Bama has with Kirby Smart. I think the guy is making close to 1.5M/year. I think he's the only one that might generate real interest from any program above ... well, Kansas.

On a separate note, I don't know about anyone else, but I'm still smarting from the loss of Vrabel. I'm not sure we felt it so much in performance, but we seem to have felt it big-time in recruiting. I dream of seeing him back as DC sometime soon. Unfortunately I don't think he'll stick around very long, since he seems to be ultimately aiming for an NFL HC job.

Comment 07 Dec 2014

It will be a double team all day long. So Doran + Darron or Doran + Vonn.

Comment 03 Dec 2014

If OSU "take[s] their aggression out on Whiskeydick", it will be the first time in the Meyer era they blow out an opponent with a pulse. You can claim that the Sparty game turned into a blowout, but it certainly didn't get to be that way until quite late. On the other hand, I've lost count of the number of times they've underwhelmed in their performance against a clearly inferior opponent. Couple that with the fact that Wisconsin's offensive strength is now, seemingly all of a sudden, OSU's greatest defensive weakness, and I'm not holding my breath for a blowout, but rather desperately hoping for a win.

Comment 02 Dec 2014

Not sure what their respective rankings were, but that doesn't really matter because the stats on which the rankings are based are dominated by games against terrible teams. The specific complaint about Mattison was that his defenses at Michigan couldn't even slow down OSU's offenses. Then again, OSU's current problem is that EVERYONE scores against this defense, so it would still be an improvement ...

Comment 02 Dec 2014

I would be much more concerned that Mattison is too old to coach a great defense. MGoBlog writers brought this up several times: for all of Mattison's reputation, his defenses were never able to do much against good offenses, like OSU's. Specifically spread ones.

Comment 02 Dec 2014

What about Bo Pelini? He's supposed to be a defensive wiz and oversaw good defenses as DC at LSU, but were the Blackshirts ever anything special outside of the one year with Suh?

Edit: Basically I'm hoping for a Kiffin-like turnaround on the defensive side: didn't work out (or maybe even crashed and burned) as HC, teams weren't particularly great in area of expertise, but gets great results and rave reviews when hired again as coordinator. I would think it's Pelini's only chance at another premier coaching job. Otherwise I think he's headed the Zook/Walt Harris/Solich (best outcome) route - a succession of HC positions at lower- and lower-tier programs until a string of failures makes him toxic. Solich isn't quite like that, but it seems his career will end at Ohio after peaking at Nebraska.

Comment 29 Nov 2014

Yes. With this amount of talent on defense and an HC as good as Meyer the defense should not be giving up more points to Michigan than anyone on their schedule except App St., Miami OH, and Indiana. Obviously Meyer isn't a defensive coach, so he has to find someone who fill fix this problem. Every offense with a pulse scores 20+ on this defense. The reason defense wins championships is because it keeps you in games. If the opposing defense can do something to slow down this offense, which is ALWAYS easier than putting up 40+ points every time out, the defense can be counted on to give up points AND allow the opponent to eat clock.

Unless we see a defense better than any we have seen under Meyer, I don't see how they beat Melvin Gordon and Wisconsin next week. They'll have 4-5 drives that will eat 2+ quarters of play and all end in TDs, and the offense simply won't see the ball enough to get its feet under it with a QB that has barely seen any PT.

Comment 23 Nov 2014

There's no legit reason both Baylor & TCU should be ahead of them right now.

How about the fact that OSU has the worst loss? WVU isn't a top-25 team, but it's better than VaTech, who lost a 6-3 double OT game yesterday.