Skull Session: Mark Pantoni Talks Recruiting, Lathan Ransom Praises Jeff Hafley, and Michigan Picked to Win the Big Ten

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Dillon G's picture

DBU. 

Good to have the Skully on time.

#walkaway

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PsyBuck's picture

Although I'm happy to have all the pressure placed on *ichigan (knowing full well they will choke), I still can't see WHY so many people are so high on them.

Their strength last year was their defense. And nearly every one of their key playmakers on that side of the ball is gone.

I know they think Shea Patterson is some kind of stud at QB, but he simply isn't and I can't wait to hear their delusional fans bitch and moan when he costs them yet another big game.

So what else do they have? Skill players that can't even match ours and a feeling of "well it has to happen sometime"? Yeah good luck playing another full season with the mindset that "It HAS to be our year... Doesn't it?"

I just think it's funny that TTUN is favored by default simply because Urban Meyer is gone and Justin Fields is experienced. News flash. Ryan Day may be the second coming, and Justin Fields doesn't even have to be as good as Haskins. He just has to be decent.

"No we don't give a da*n 'Bout the whole state of *ichigan"

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BuckInNashville's picture

Well I think you answered you’re own quandary there. It IS by default that the writers pick UM.

If their logic is  new Qb, new defensive scheme & coaches, and new HC add up to no championship for OSU , then who else would they pick ?  Penn state with no McSorley ? MSU with Rocky Balboa at QB ? 

And then in the west it’s the usual tossed salad with Nebraska garnering a lot of preseason hype because of the return of Taylor Martinez, but not much left on D. 

In my opinion, the new HC will be a game day upgrade as will the defensive coaching staff changes. (No disrespect to the legend, but sideline composure and decision making were never his strongest suits.). The only question for me is how long it will take for the former 5* QB to take over. 

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Buckeyechuck5's picture

If Rocky Balboa played QB, his team would be awesome. Plus 1 for a reference to my child hood hero.

"Life is not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. THATS HOW WINNING IS DONE!!" - Rocky Ballboa

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

"a lot of preseason hype because of the return of Taylor Martinez"

Do you mean Adrian Martinez? Taylor did play for Nebraska but his last year there was 2013. 

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Good point about Patterson. Actually, he was mostly very good last year, but when Michigan was mauling inferior opponents with its power rushing attack and high ranked defense, Patterson wasn’t really “put on the spot.” In the few games, though, where Michigan couldn’t bully and boat race their opponents and Patterson needed to carry their team  - against ND, Northwestern, Ohio State - Patterson was ineffective. 

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Jahbuck's picture

I also don't understand why people are high on them. I understand that we lost Urban and our starting QB, but I believe our roster is light years beyond theirs. 

Lets take a look.

Ohio State - Michigan

QB            < QB - If you want to give it Shea just because of experience fine, but I expect Fields to be better by years end.

RB 

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Jahbuck's picture

RB > RB - JK is hands down better than what they have.

WR < WR - I'll give them this one. DPJ, Tarik Black, and Nico Collins is a solid group.

TE > TE - Luke Farrell is a stud, Rashod Berry is a good blocker, and hoping Ruckert can get some playing time in there.

OL < OL - Ill give it to the more experienced group, but Ohio States young guys are no joke.

DL > DL - Our DL is stacked even after losing Nick Bosa, think about that.

LB > LB - They lost Devin Bush, and we fired Bill Davis, I believe the LBs will improve greatly.

CB > CB - DBU

S > S - Again. DBU

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Jahbuck's picture

I'm not great at math but I think that's 6-3 for the good guys. GO BUCKS

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Hovenaut's picture

I think the only thing M...igan has going for them is that they host Ohio State (fresh off a trip to Happy Valley), who has a new coach and new QB.

We'll see how these prognostications hold up.

I had to run away high, so I wouldn't come home low...

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Buckeyechuck5's picture

Doesn't OSU have the nits at home this year? In any case, the nitty kittys they week before a trip to the big house will take superior focus and a lot of heart and determination. I think Day and company will be up to the task.

"Life is not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. THATS HOW WINNING IS DONE!!" - Rocky Ballboa

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Hovenaut's picture

Yep - my bad, Penn State visits Columbus.

I had to run away high, so I wouldn't come home low...

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mr.green's picture

Penn St is at home. But yes, those two games will be a challenge. I kind of think it works in our favor as JF will  be at full force by mid November 

on m*chigan: do they have a running back? They will lose a game or two before The Game. Just bank it  

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buckslan's picture

Michigan has a road trip to Indiana before they play us, that's no cakewalk as Indiana has always been a thorn in our side and their side. They can't afford to overlook that game. They haven't beat them by more than 11 points in any of the games Harbaugh has coached and 2 of them went to OT and 2OT.

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McGrind's picture

Host msu, nd and osu. But none of these will be intimidated by the big house. 

Spread and three nice receivers. But nothing but ?s after that. 

Football luck evens out. True it does...but coaching errors or omissions do not. 

They have a loss (maybe two) coming into the game.

ttun 2019 offense...same pig, different lipstick.

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blueblazer22's picture

I enjoyed the Blair Witch Project back when it all happened, and this breakdown of how it was made is a rather fun read. I watched it again maybe a year ago, and it is still entertaining even now. It was so wild back then since it was so different, but I will say that I did get motion sickness seeing it in the theater which wasn't real fun. 

I would say that ttun being the favorites is simply default due to having the fewest question marks with players returning. I would never put my money on them, but I can also see why Vegas seems to think highly of them. Same concept-the desert wants to make money and they know there is a segment of folks that will believe the team from AA is good no matter what. I also saw that the Cleveland.com poll had Shea as the third choice for player of the year, which may be more laughable than ttun winning the conference.  

"They say, "these geeks come a dime a dozen.  I'm lookin' for the guy who's supplyin' the dimes." -Classy Freddie Blassie

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Buckabroad's picture

Agree. This quote I saw yesterday sums it up: "They (TTUN) can go to France and South Africa all they want. One place they won't be going is Indy."

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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IGotAWoody's picture

I can think of 62 reasons why picking TTUN to win the B1G this year is laughable. But some people just never learn.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Buckeyebobby1968's picture

Of course the writers would pick Michigan, because they're the safe pick. It boils down to that Ohio State has more question marks than Michigan. All I know that the pressure will be all on Harbaugh, because another loss to the Buckeyes will send Michigan fans over the edge. 

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TNT's picture

I have been one of the most hesitant, cautious people on here regarding OSU success in '19, and I disagree that M!ch!g@n is the "safe pick". Their strength last year was their defense, not their offense. That defense was shredded to the tune of 62, then a majority of their players on that side of the ball left while their best defensive coaches came here. Their biggest strength takes a huge step back, while our biggest liability takes a huge step forward.
Our strength was our offense, and the system should not change since Day is still here. Haskins is gone, and replaced with somewhat of a question mark in Fields. Maybe we take a step back on offense, but that still puts us well ahead of M!ch!g@n, who has a QB that doesn't perform against near-peer competition and no running game to speak of.
Nebraska or Northwestern is a more reasonable take than TTUN.

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BuckeyeGoneNuts's picture

I know as Buckeye fans we don't want to hear it, but the reality is that we have a QB who has never played a meaningful snap of college football.  Yes, he's insanely talented, and he'll have great players around him and a great coaching staff, but until we see if the kid can get it done with the bullets are flying, I don't think it's unreasonable for writers and others to pick a team with a seasoned QB with reasonable talent. 

Of course I still think the Buckeyes are way better and that Fields is going to light the skunk weasels on fire come November, but I'm trying to see it from the pre-season writers perspective and I don't think it's nuts to pick the way they did.  They'll be wrong as they usually are!

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TNT's picture

I agree with everything you said, but what about the other side of the ball? They took a step back, and we took a step forward. What about the running game? Again, the advantage goes to us. Shea is learning a new system, and Fields has never taken a snap. Let's call that a tie. Unless Day turns out to be the most incompetent gameday coach ever, we're in a better place than they are.

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brutus0717's picture

I don't care why the writers (in their infinite wisdom) picked ttun to win the B1G, I'm just glad they did. It just makes their annual season-long fall from grace that much more hilarious.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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HOLYbucknut's picture

Someone told me about this at work last night. A fall from grace and a chip on our guys’ shoulders? Sign me up.

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Buckabroad's picture

In a way, it's win-win. Picking TTUN gives OSU more edge and aggression. As for TTUN, well, pre-season hype is all they really have.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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MN Buckeye's picture

I'm still trying to picture Bill Walton sneaking around and solving crimes. While the concept seems ludicrous, maybe that's why the books could sell.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Pantoni is superior at keeping the lifeblood of a college football team pumping. Not only is he bringing in great talent, but great kids.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

This is Jim Harbaugh’s year. At least, that’s what 34 writers from around the Big Ten predicted in voting conducted by cleveland.com.

Lesmerises’s lede is a bit misleading. While 34 voted, only half picked Michigan.

I have absolutely no idea what folks continue to see in Michigan other than "I think Ohio State will be worse without the best quarterback in program history and a Hall of Fame coach," but I'm sure we'll get to that at a later date.

That date is Saturday, November 30. It’s circled in red.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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wibuckeye's picture

Ahh, it must be pre-season, with the smell of August National Championships and September Heisman's in the air for *ichigan.

WIBUCKEYE

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DCDDC's picture

That's as close as they get any more.

m GO BLOW!!!

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kmp10's picture

 ...two picked Nebraska and one picked Northwestern.

What? 

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

One of those two should win the West. Then it comes down to a one game season.

I didn't look at the writers, but I'm guessing one is in Omaha/Lincoln and the other is in Chicago.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

I am guessing that, since there are 34 writers voting, at least two writers are following each team in the Big Ten with a few extra. Probably the two writers who covered Nebraska sided with them. 

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

 Ryan Day's going to haul in a top-3 class and arguably the best offensive class of all time in his recruiting class as a head coach

Just imagine....Robinson

Ransom also quoted talking about the coaching staff - namely Hafley - and building something at Ohio State. Made me think of that poll or post that asked what would be considered a success for Day. The assembling of this staff, and retaining Hartline, Marotti, AND Pantoni; I felt should already be considered a success - and they’re paying BIG dividends. Pantoni’s worth can’t be overstated. Can’t wait to see these Bucks hit the field!

"Three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad." - Woody

 

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GoBuckeyes1020's picture

silveriest of tongues

My tongue struggles to say silveriest

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

It takes a cunning linguist to say silveriest of tongues.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

Commander Bond?  (And here I'd always assumed that Navy, meant the US Navy)

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Buckeye. Navy Buckeye.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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DCDDC's picture

Or to be one.

m GO BLOW!!!

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Ethos's picture

FaceTimed my future head coach Ryan Day at 1 a.m. 

Hey kid, not cool.  

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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Major H's picture

He'll be getting a 5 a.m. wake-up call from Coach Mick some day and that will be pay back! 

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I hope Coach Day logged that contact with the Compliance Office.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Port Richey Buckeye's picture

Go Army.

Fuck eSECpn and fuck Mythigan.

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McGrind's picture

I got this one circled. ttun is really thin at D-Line and moving to the spread may mean some quick three and outs. If army gets rolling watch out! 

ttun 2019 offense...same pig, different lipstick.

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HOLYbucknut's picture

Buford, Diebler, Craft, Lighty and LQR on the squad this year? Hell yeah im tuning in!

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RodVedder4's picture

Can't tell you how excited I am to see fellow Otterbein alum Jeff Gibbs on the TBT team. Not having Sully hurts, but having Jeff in his place is very good news - best post player I've ever seen or played against. No, he's not the tallest, but with him, that doesn't matter. This is going to be fun!

Excellence and greatness will be remembered...there is no room for average. None. - Urban Meyer

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - Joey Bosa

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SoulPatrol32's picture

I’m 100% with you. I played against Jeff in high school and he was a man child. Would have loved to see him at 6’8” because no doubt he would have been in the NBA. 

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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RodVedder4's picture

Oh for sure. Shoot, if he were even just a couple inches taller, he would have been an NFL tight end. I think he made final cuts with the Falcons back after he graduated. He's had a great career overseas though, and comes from a good family. Good to see him get this opportunity!

Excellence and greatness will be remembered...there is no room for average. None. - Urban Meyer

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - Joey Bosa

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SoulPatrol32's picture

For sure, he’s who I’m most excited to watch. We had a 6’8” guy that was really good that went on to play at Ohio University and then about 15 years overseas and Jeff would dominate him in high school. He was pretty much the Charles Barkley of the City League. 

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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SilverHaven's picture

"Zach Smith got fired at this shindig last year setting up the most insane few months of Buckeye football news I've ever experienced."  You had to remind us?

The author's word for the day is Canard, the French word for duck.

It reminded me of Drake, the English word for male duck.

Is this the Twilight Zone or a Freudian slip?

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

That particular canard certainly laid an oeuf alright.

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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SilverHaven's picture

Tres bien, LCB.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

"imagine what he could do with me in three years" 

Guess Ransom is leaving early for the NFL...

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cricejr's picture

I am ecstatic to see that michigan has been picked as the fav. The only reason this even happened is because Urban retired but that the new clowns and reporters don't seem to understand is that not much has changed, in fact, things are better than ever before.  I know  you can't just replace Urban but in Day we have a new generation offensive mastermind (which Urban was a decade ago), we have the infrastructure he's left with top coordinators, position, strength coaches and recruiters, we shed a lot of dead weight, and lets not forget, we're still pretty fuckin talented.

I see one loss, my head says Nebraska as it's an away game, Michigan state is next and this seems like a trap/look ahead type loss but after that it's full steam ahead to pounding "the favorite" at home. I haven't been this excited about a season since 2015.

I bleed scarlet...literally

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I am ecstatic to see that michigan has been picked as the fav.

We know Michigan’s not proven itself capable of handling the pressure that comes with high expectations. Conversely, Ohio State’s team tends to excel when it feels disrespected.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Chuckeye Buck's picture

I can't listen to the interview (blocked at the office) but I'd like to hear why/how Pantoni feels that fans can hurt the recruiting effort....did he expand on that and if not maybe 11W can follow up.

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