Every time I've been to Ohio Stadium for a big game, there are more people in my row than there are numbered seats... I don't think it's the official width.
Man... the parallels to the 2009 Florida gators are uncanny. Early loss catalyzes a team the year before to a championship run. Returns the next year as prohibitive favorites. Middling play through the first half of the season. Loss at the end of the season to a conference foe, who goes on to the championship game. Blows out an overachieving bowl opponent that was coached all year by Brian Kelly. Loses a ton of starters.
Let's just hope 2010 doesn't repeat as well. So far so good on Meyer not nearly dying, at least.
Man, I would take a foot of snow every day over the rain and half-frozen mud that Ohio winters are actually composed of.
I think they have a tougher schedule than OSU... but when you're talking about top 4 teams, you *can't* just look at overall win/loss.
An 8-4 team has maybe a 10% chance of being a top 4 team. If you're not playing other contenders, I don't care if you beat them or a 5-7 team. If you're Alabama or OSU, *either* of those games should be a cakewalk.
For ranking the top teams, one win against a 10-win team is worth three against an 8-4 team, easily. Seriously -- would you rather play Wisconsin twice, or MSU once?
OU has wins against other contenders. So does MSU. That's what should matter for a "tough" schedule for a playoff contender.
Totally agree. But they should be below MSU, Iowa, and OU.
The injuries/personnel at wide receiver are really hurting Jones. Aside from Thomas, we don't have a strong "true" receiving corps that can get open on deep and intermediate routes. We have a bunch of guys who can take a swing pass to the house.
The examples few shots I saw of the game from the QB's position... there wasn't anyone for him to throw to. I'm a little worried that our passing offense is not complex/complete enough to support the kind of style that really works to Jones' strength.
I was at the game, and I was pretty sure that ball was just going to float out of the stadium it hung in the air so long.
Really hope the bucks aren't overlooking this game. NIU is a legit team.
I still remember reading a couple OSU recruiting gurus who thought that Cardale was going to be a better long-term prospect than Braxton Miller. Man that was a long time ago. Still can't believe we got both of them.
The standard joke in the OSU engineering program is that any undefined behavior "fires a ballistic missile at Michigan."
Still amazed Gardner suddenly turned into superman against us, with a broken foot on top of things. He played a hell of a game.
Oh definitely. But it's a fine line between pushing yourself and hurting yourself. Of course, that's the difference between a quality strength trainer and the idiots at your local gym.
Damn, some of those quotes sound like an amazing way to injure yourself. But he seems to know what he's doing.
I didn't read that as sour grapes -- more just talking up how good their defense is going to be. "Look, these guys won a championship with it, you should buy into our philosophy."
We've got a ton of guys on scholarship at quarterback right now. I'd be confident enough with any of them as starter next year.
I agree with if you JT happens to sprain his MCL in the first half of the Alabama game.
Regardless of how he is as a defensive coordinator, dude is one *hell* of a linebacker coach.
I feel like the PSU game had much more to do with JT's injury than anything else. We were moving the ball well enough considering the defense we were facing up until that point. With a sprained knee the defense could key off of Zeke, AND JT wasn't as confident stepping into his throws.
We won that game once he and the coaching staff said "screw the injury, I'm running it."
We opened with the Wisconsin game with a few of our standard read option runs -- Cardale looked pretty awful. If he's got room in front of him, he's fast and a load to bring down. But if the hole wasn't there he kind of panicked instead of getting the 2-3 yards that there actually available.
That was something that showed up in the championship run -- we were suddenly settling for field goals inside the ten.
Some of that was obviously just Jones being a little out of practice - see the bobbled snap in the Sugar Bowl. But Barrett was absolutely lethal there.
"AK-47 and Grey Goose not included."
(Love Mo and happy he's got his life turned around. But the joke was there.)
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So I always wonder what more there was to the story of that game. Because obviously Tressel proved Brown wrong about not being able to compete -- later that year against quality Big Ten opponents, and then Oregon, followed by his tremendous 11-1 run before tat-gate.
I always got the impression that the staff expected Pryor to be farther along than he was in that camp, and that they didn't have a good backup offensive game-plan when he wasn't.
Love the Imported T-shirt.
It was definitely more of a sentimental good-bye than a grand finale.
I enjoyed the politicians all telling him off, even if their comedic delivery was rough.