Easy Mode Doesn't Last Forever, But Ohio State Has Flipped That Switch On For Its Fans This Season

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

This team really has earned the respect of not just the fan base, but really of the entire country. You're going to have bean headed pukes like Colin Cowherd who will buck the system and say "they're overrated," or "Chase Young is just playing slow B10 OT's," 

But to this point this team has shown up and put the boots to asses and really earned the credit they're getting.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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buckeye phi's picture

It's funny how much quicker those "slow B1G OTs" become as they play throughout the NFL after leaving the B1G, isn't it? 

Good point, RunEddieRun1983 -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Cowherd wasn't serious when he said any of that. Anyone who believes it doesn't get his shtick.

"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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EZE's picture

It's like thinking the heel in a wrestling show is actually evil

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linepilot15's picture

Yep, click bait is all it is. He knows OSU has the largest fan base so he says crap like that to get people to respond

linepilot

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CarolinaBuck's picture

He also knows Ohio State has the most spastic fanbase that overreacts to every little comment.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I mean I get it, have a "hot take" and be "woke" on TV and stir some buzz, he's a puke, but he's not a stupid puke. He still said it, and it's still laughable. 

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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BuckReinhard's picture

It is also absurd for Cowherd to state this considering how the Bosa brothers are doing in the NFL. Chase Young appears to be more dominant than them at this point in his career and they are arguably the best Defensive Ends in the NFL right now. I get Cowherd is paid to get viewers and listeners, but just think a second or two before you want to come up with a "hot take" to stir the masses.

This is it. Don't get scared now.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

1) That whole thing is clearly staged with Klatt.

2) That is some high level trolling of SEC fans, if you think about it. Cowherd is actually making fun of every caller on the Finebaum show who says stupid shit like that.

"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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BuckReinhard's picture

Touchez on point #2. I did not even think about it at that angle. Cowherd did seem to emphasize the "slooowwww" Big 10 tackles the second time he said it.

This is it. Don't get scared now.

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DownEastBuck's picture

Cowherd has said he roots for the best story and likes to see teams with big fan bases win. He also said in that segment after saying that Chase Young is the size of slot receivers in the SEC that he refuses to talk to Bama fans so I believe he was making fun of SEC homers and trying to annoy Klatt 

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CowCat's picture

I took Cowherd's statement as a joke. He usually is on OSU's side. He has a good on-air relationship with Urban. When he talks about TTUN he's methodical and merciless.

I think he's just being intentionally absurd. "SEC best at everything!" and all of that is a jab at the rest of the media.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Homey1970's picture

But that thing with Fields and immediate eligibility.  I mean, how much did you pay for that Day?

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Seattle Linga's picture

Colin - I like your writing but I really hope the team doesn't read this article. Can't have them thinking things will always be this easy. I want this team to be ready for destruction regardless of the opponent in front of them. Urban said it last Saturday after the game, they can't read the newspaper clippings cause that's what'll get em in trouble. They gotta stay focused at the task at hand.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Hovenaut's picture

Echo what SL says above.

It's a more than fair read, no mistake, and Day and the Buckeyes deserve all credit for where they are at to this point (I don't care about the rankings, the Buckeyes win...they're in).

The tough moments will come in time, because football can be both cruel and wondrous all at once, that's reality.

But I sure like they way things have unfolded this season to this point, and the finish could be even better than the start.

Focus, finish.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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GoBucksOrDie's picture

Agreed. One misstep by an offensive tackle could lead to a sprained ankle on Fields, then the 'easy mode' is turned off the balance of the season.

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OH-IO's picture

Nothing like a bye week friday BUZZ KILL. 

OH-IO living BACK IN COLUMBUS after 32 years in the ATL. 

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Easy street takes a hard left turn and starts heading up hill in four Saturdays. Make no mistake, the final two (hopefully three) weeks of the season are going to be hard. Very, very hard.

"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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kiddbuckeye's picture

Thought it was a hard right...oooops, now I am lost.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Right on Linga. More dangerous rhetoric. Some simply don’t realize what lurks in the weeds; self-inflicted and otherwise. Hope the youth movement doesn’t have to live through disappointments of the past....

A lion sleeps in every man, dissatisfaction moves him,  complacency keeps him asleep.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks 3 - It's been a fun ride so far - I just want this team living in the moment - not in the future. 

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Byaaaahhh's picture

It's easy right now for the fans. No week should be easy mode for the team. 

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buckeye1964's picture

and going by the last 2 years, urban is an expert at getting into trouble.

danny

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Spider1944's picture

SL on Urban Meyer 

Urban said it last Saturday after the game, they can't read the newspaper clippings cause that's what'll get em in trouble.

 I think Urban was referring to “Rat poison” —Saban

Go Bucks!! 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

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stlbuckeye15's picture

This season has been very enjoyable. It all starts at the top with Ryan Day. He has this team prepared and is winning on the field and on the recruiting trail. Having a loaded cupboard has helped his cause but his coaching hires and the overall way he has conducted himself and coached this team has been elite. Still have some stiff tests ahead but so far this journey has been delightful. 

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buckeye1964's picture

urban had full cupboard and hasn't had  the buckeyes playing this good since the '14 title run. this is all ryan day - he's doing a great job.

danny

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Ethos's picture

This doesn't compare to 2014. We had close games all year that year. Folks only remember the last three, but it wasn't anything like this. I can't recall a single year Ohio State has dominated every phase of the game for 8 games straight like this.

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

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Spider1944's picture

Ethos: you are 100% correct. I was at the Michigan game when Barrett broke his ankle and Michigan had 4 drives that went the length of the field. That defense was very average. If you remember Wisconsin was a favorite in the title game and Ohio State came out swarming and totally Annihilated Wisconsin. I remember my late brother asking me if that was a mirage or a one time thing. For three games that was the best Ohio State Defense I have ever seen. But for 8 games I will take this years edition. 
 

The one commonality they BOTH have, they were/are loaded with NFL talent.
Go Bucks!! 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

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Chargerbuck's picture

Can’t say enough about the coaching hires...   great coaches with great chemistry... that seem to really like each other and this team...   all adds up to success!

...and less noise and controversy!!!

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Carpetbagger's picture

I can't remember enjoying a season as much as I am this one.  What a refreshing change from last season (LOL, 13-1, B1G & Rose Bowl Champs).  It's good to be a Buckeye!

Don't judge me because I'm quiet. No one plans a murder out loud.

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AP - Dayton's picture

It's definitely a great time to be a Buckeye fan!!  Next year could be really special too.

Andy P

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NHBuckeye's picture

The Easy Mode switch is definitely not on for me.  I will continue to have anxiety and be nervous for every game.  It's what I do..

Fields of Dreams

 

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stlbuckeye15's picture

Except Rutgers though right? Cause seriously...

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NHBuckeye's picture

Not until we have a comfortable lead.  It's a me problem, I can't help myself.

Fields of Dreams

 

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obsessed_buckeye's picture

You're not the only one. Regardless of opponent, I'm a twitching ball of nerves until the game is comfortably in hand. This year, so far, has been much better on my nervous system.

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Buckeye06's picture

I'm always like that until OSU is 2-3 possessions up.  I'm also always nervous about injuries. 

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DaiTheFlu's picture

It's definitely not just you. I remember feeling nervous before just about every Buckeye game I've ever watched. I don't think itll ever change.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

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Zimmy07's picture

I pace around the room during home games until OSU scores 21.  After that I feel like they have it in the bag.  (Last year tested me on that, though).

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Ethos's picture

Fields better not even be in that game.

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

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kiddbuckeye's picture

Agree !!! I am very nervous about the last 2 games. I said after Neb, MSU and now Wiscy that I was all in but even though I know its very possible the fact that it can turn quickly has me optimistically cautious

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Chargerbuck's picture

I am nervous about the last one...  Buckeyes are going to curb-stomp the “non-elite” James Franklin and his Penn State folly...

UM will be playing for their season at home- still believe the Buckeyes will win- but not going to be a cake walk...

and Michigan will take that long bus ride to the Motor City Bowl soon after.

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Ice Station Zebra's picture

Exactly. Each game for me is full of peril. No time to relax until the larger women are all singing at the end. High anxiety rules in my house.

Northcoast Buckeye

of Holmes - Steel true, blade straight

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CuseGirl's picture

If I wanted to nitpick:

  •  another D-lineman, other than Young, to start making big plays, consistently, in the backfield
  • Would like to see the tight ends involved more but there’s only one football...
  • would like to see Fields actually connect on those deep shots, particularly to Binjimin and Wilson

Other than that, they look great. Keep it up.

And you know THIS....man!

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Knarcisi's picture

Just for fun and discussion, I’ll respond to yours, then add a few of my own:

Response:

  • if they want to double Young, someone else will certainly open up. Tyreke Smith has yet to play his best ball and I love what's coming from Harrison and JJ-B. We also get pressure up the middle from our DTs. On top of that, our DCs are really good at bringing blitz pressure from our LBs and DBs.
  • What Day is proving to me is that he takes what is given to him. If the TEs are the matchup he likes, he will go to them. Plus, we really haven’t needed it yet. And gotta save something for scUM. 
  • Again, haven’t really needed the deep ball. When they’re pressing and taking away the short stuff, sure, we need to be able to hit that. 

My 3 nitpicks:

  • Like that we settled in for the most part, but would like to see a better start from the OL with blitz pickups. Fields taking too many hits in the pocket, particularly MSU and Wisconsin. 
  • Love his commitment to keeping his eyes downfield, and he’s made some tremendous improvs on 3rd and long the last 2 games, but would like to see Fields actually pull the ball and take off a little quicker at times. 
  • This one is what it is, but our depth at QB is scary. 

Cheers. Go Bucks!

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BrutusB's picture

To your first point, on a lot of Young’s sacks he’s basically “stealing” one from a fellow DL because he  gets there first just by nature of his freakish speed. So if he wasn’t getting them someone else would. 

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ibuck's picture

on a lot of Young’s sacks he’s basically “stealing” one from a fellow DL because he  gets there first just by nature of his freakish speed. So if he wasn’t getting them someone else would. 

Sorry, this argument is not convincing to me. YMMV.

One might similarly say, "If not for the gold-medal winner's speed, the silver medallist would have been the champ."

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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BrutusB's picture

No, but if the first two guys were both going to set the world record it’s correct to say if not for the first guy the second guy would have had it. Similarly, on a bunch of sacks Young gets there a split second before someone else does, but the QB was going down regardless. 

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FrankTheGrimes's picture

The only real issue i see is the o-line pass pro.  Less of an issue since we have Fields but that is all i see as a true area of concern.  Doesn’t bode well with the d-line the boys down south bring. 

“Feeling cold is psychological” -Woody

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buckeye1964's picture

the d-line the buckeyes send against those "boys down south"  is better than anything they have - and the buckeye offense practices against it every day. i'm not that worried.

danny

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Chargerbuck's picture

... O-line is fine, but backs need to pick up blitzes...   tough to do when you are spreading the field.

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BucksHave7's picture

I too keep on waiting for the down-field, over the top, while in stride catches from anyone. 

BucksHave7

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stantmann's picture

The defensive coaches are the reason that there will not be another Iowa/Purdue type blowout.

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Don't mean to nitpick...but Young should have broke the sack record by now, Dobbins only has 3 1000 yard seasons, Fields is way behind Haskins yards from last year, the defense has given up some points, the Buckeyes haven't hung a 100 points on anybody...just sayin...

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I just want to know if you’re hosting the Bahamas Bowl thread this year, Cajun. 

"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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cajunbuckeye's picture

The Bahama Bowl has a bad start time at 2:00 p.m. I'm leaning more towards the Frisco Bowl at 7:30. This year's bowl commentary will be brought to you by the fine makers of Fortaleza tequila...I've got a bottle that's got 11 Warriors writing all over it...

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I’m all in. 

"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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Buck 1961's picture

What a great Friday this was.......... Now I’m on the ledge!!! +1 Cajun

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BeatTTUN's picture

I get your sentiments Colin, however this is literally like getting up from your $5 bleacher creature seat during the 7th Inning stretch, jumping down to field level, running over to the dugout and once you get there taping Nolan Ryan on the shoulder and telling him he is throwing a No Hitter. 

I saw Ryan Day hang 62 on Michigan...His hair was perfect.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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Mortc15's picture

I get it. But I just have a feeling that this coaching staff has a unique way of saying, yeah, we’re pretty good, but nowhere close to where we need to be. 
 

This was my only complaint of Meyer over the last couple years. It didn’t seem he continued to push the envelope, instead saying were good and winning most games. In today’s era, that’s not good enough. Don’t leave it up to a group of 12 to decide your fate. JMO. 

Buck-I4Life

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OHBoy74's picture

Things are pretty good.  A completely dominant team that is 8-0.  A team that has won 14 straight, and 26 out of the last 27 games (since Iowa).  If only they hadn't lost to Purdue last year in such an awful fashion.  Granted most of last year was difficult to watch despite going 13-1, winning the B1G championship, and a Rose Bowl. It all started with the Zach/Urban controversy.  Nothing ever felt right.  It was hard to enjoy games despite having the best passing QB Ohio State has ever seen, because the defense stunk to high heaven. 

Haters gonna hate and Bert is gonna Bert.

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BrutusB's picture

I think the ZS effects on last year are overblown. I think the biggest problem last year was Schiano NOT getting the Tennessee job. I don’t think our linebackers were giving up 60 yard runs and walking to the sidelines thinking to themselves “ugh can’t believe Urban wasn’t here for training camp”. 

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OHBoy74's picture

I don't know how ZS affected the team's play (though I think it may have further stressed Urban with what happened) , but I'm saying for me that just started the whole season with a bad taste in my mouth and then the D went south, it didn't get much better. Hard to enjoy. 

Haters gonna hate and Bert is gonna Bert.

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Chargerbuck's picture

You my friend, are spot on about last season...

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FrankTheGrimes's picture

The impact of ZS is still evolving. The reverberating impact of our lowest ranked recruiting in years has yet to be felt to it’s fullest.  Not to mention it literally ran UFM out.

“Feeling cold is psychological” -Woody

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OHBoy74's picture

I agree that I maybe recruiting was impacted to some extent, but it was still 14th in the country (247).  A lot of that appears to be because they only took 17 guys vs other the schools that ranked higher with 20-25 guys.  Ohio State's average recruit ranking was still 4th overall, so the recruits they got are pretty good and that's with taking a project like Dawand Jones who brings down the recruiting average (and it appears like he was a good pickup).  There might be some recruiting impact from it, but I'm guessing the Bucks weathered it pretty well for the most part.  2020 and 2021 classes seem pretty good right now. 

Slightly OT: Right now I'm thinking Ryan Day might be a better driver than Urban was of the car that Urban built, but will Day be able to maintain the engine and keep it rolling?  Time will tell.  I'm hoping he's not a Mark Helfrich - A guy that was a very good head coach until his recruits were in place. 

Haters gonna hate and Bert is gonna Bert.

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buckeye1964's picture

i agree on coach day - he seems more organized. he's definitely better at picking quality asst coaches (let me know if RD hires his best-man to coach!)  he's gotten away from calling 20 designed qb runs a game and letting his runningbacks carry the ball.  he seems more involved with every aspect of the team - i LOVE his move away from the H-back and adding a slot receiver!  as far as recruiting,  i don't have any worries - have you seen the class he's putting together for '20/['21 - it's looking outstanding.

i wouldn't trade ryan day for any other coach right now.

danny

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OHBoy74's picture

I also think Urban might've been wound a little tight and sometimes his teams played a little tight because of that.  These guys under Day just seem to be having fun and enjoying it.  I wonder if that is more of Day's personality rubbing off on the team vs the driven taskmaster Urban.  I think Day appears that he might be an offensive innovator, a coach who sees the good in Urban's system but knows how to tweak the engine to fix some of the inherent weaknesses in the system.  Urban certainly got hung up on those designed QB runs.  Defenses adjusted over time and I'm not sure Urban changed with the times.  Sometimes people become victim of their own success.  It worked before so I know it will work again, instead of recognizing that times change because the opponent constantly adapts his philosophies, expectations, and strategies. 

Haters gonna hate and Bert is gonna Bert.

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BrutusB's picture

Our recruiting ranking was just due to scholarship limits, not an inability to attract highly ranked players. 

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Chargerbuck's picture

Yep—. Just look at the average ranking per player...   what was it like 3-4 overall?   Your assessment is spot on...

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Knarcisi's picture

I like the narrative I hear in places that we and Fields haven’t been tested in the 2nd half. I mean, do we have to go there?  Can’t we just keep the foot on the gas and keep pounding people?  Gotta like that mentality, too.  And I think this team would know how to respond if we were down in the 2nd half in the playoffs. 

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ohiopanda's picture

Beginning of the 2nd half against Wisconsin could’ve gone bad. Get the ball and end up punting it to our own 30, then letting them score easily. But by the end of the quarter, the game was over. 

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buckeye1964's picture

so true. clemson is playing a schedule of nothing but glorified highschool teams and the combined record of alabamas opponents to date is 15-27.........but it's ohio state that hasn't been tested - yea, right. and btw - LSU has one 3 point win over their only quality opponent - and that was an auburn team that has an average offense with a freshman qb.  

danny

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I'm Ron Burgundy's picture

They're going to have to switch that narrative to the 4th quarter, because I'm pretty sure they were tested when Wisconsin drew 1st blood in the 2nd half and got things to 10-7.  It is just that OSU responded so swiftly and severely that the talking heads keep on saying that is a thing.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Yes, things are going very well right now, but there is a lot of football and many goals to still be accomplished. Beat the Bye Week and then onto Maryland. Let's get some backups some more experience

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bwagle3269's picture

For me it comes down to the way they are playing in games - with confidence.  It's been a while since we've seen that and I think a lot of it has to do with scheme (particularly on defense) but having no off field issues is undoubtedly a big part as well.

The real question mark that is still there in my opinion is competition.  I think Wisco comes in with high hopes every year and shows that they are subpar against real teams every year; with that I'm taking the win over them with a grain of salt.  Penn State will be a test but I think they are the only team that will even come close to pushing the Bucks the way the elites in SEC will.

All things considered this looks like one of the best teams we've had in years and I'm excited but definitely anxious for the back half of November. 

Drive, drive on down the field.

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stxbuck's picture

It's been easy mode for the author's entire tOSU fandom. If you weren't there in the 80s and 90s-don't try to understand, just shut up and know you have it good.

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Nauvoo62's picture

So true!  As one who lived (survived) those years the high of the past 18 years can result in a sense of complacency and even entitlement.  Earl 9-3 Bruce was a good coach.  A 5-4 record v ttun and the last OSU coach to win B1G coach of the year, 1978.  John 2-10-1 Cooper another good coach who recruited consistently at a high level, won a Rose Bowl and ran a clean program. Both just could not get over the hump and bring a National Title t Columbus.   When the Buckeyes return to playing real football on Nov. 23 we will see what this team is really made of.  As always the season will come down to The Game the following week.  Ttun is a wounded animal but will be sky high and extremely motivated to put a cherry on what is a smelly season.  Also don’t forgot, old guy talking/warning, that this is the 50th anniversary of the 1969 game.  They will play that up as well.

“It’s always nice to be nice to the nice.” - Maj. Frank Burns

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Buckfrombirth's picture

OSU fandom HAS really changed over the last 30+ years:

1980s Me: "Dad, who's OSU playing on Saturday?"
Dad: "Illinois."
1980s Me: "Ok, nevermind...I'll rake leaves and clean the gutters then." [Checks score.] "Yep, I made the right call."

1990s College Me: "We've got ND this weekend."
College Buddies: "We'll drink to that!"
1990s College Me: "It's Michigan week."
College Buddies: "AWWWWW, SHIT..."

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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stxbuck's picture

First tOSU game I remember-83-84 Rose Bowl w/ Mike Tomczak. Didn’t see another Rose Bowl until my senior year at tOSU-and we literally has the sheets and lighters ready to burn Coop in effigy before the comeback drive led by Germaine.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

You and I were at OSU together, apparently. The Rose Bowl vs. ASU was my senior year too.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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tampatom's picture

I think the team just playing with confidence, they trust the coaches and are having fun and know its ok to make a mistake if you are playing hard. Teams last two years looked like they were afraid to make a mistake and the chemistry in locker room just seemed off, this year they all genuinely look like they enjoy playing and rooting for each other

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dgreenq's picture

during every week i feel super confident, and then 20 minutes before the game i get really anxious, no matter the opponent. luckily i'm not the one playing

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Larryp713's picture

Its a great perspective and I agree with the voices that say I hope the team isn't reading all the hype. The only thing to truly grab from this success is that the system and the work they put in really works. And if they keep it up for a couple of months, people will never forget their names. They will be mentioned with the great Miami, Florida State, Nebraska, and Alabama teams (and those 2014 Buckeyes) as some of the greatest and most complete teams in recent college football history. 

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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nice's picture

Our bull's eye is as big as our end zone, but good luck hitting it from the opposite side of the field.

nice

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wantagoback's picture

Give the coaching staff credit for keeping the focus on the game . Considering all that is about to happen before it does , puts them on better footing . This year is going very well . Against Penn State :one thing to watch out for would be over pursuit by the defense on a pass play . The coaching has adjusted when problems arise and certainly they are aware this . 

RLMay

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Buckfrombirth's picture

And the cool thing is they've adjusted DURING GAMES. Man, that's a welcome sight.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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buckeye1964's picture

yep. no more waiting until  we lose by 30 and having urban say they have to go to work and figure it out (after the fact).

danny

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akerkm1's picture

Ryan Day and this coaching staff have the players full attention. Our studs are playing like studs and with a chip on their shoulder. I know it is 4-5 wins away, but i can not wait to see THIS team and coaching staff against one of the other major powers. in CFB. 

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Chic'sGhost's picture

Given Purdue 2018 and Iowa 2017, I don't think its possible for any media article or fan comments will have anything to do with this team's mentality. Those two ugly dogs are burnt into the mind of every player and coach that was here then, and for those who weren't, they have been told about them many times. 

Purdue 2018 and Iowa 2017 may be the factors that get the Bucks to undefeated regular season.  Ghosts that won't go away. 

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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buckeye1964's picture

hell, that 31-0 pasting clemson gave us is still burned into my mind. i'll never forget the lost/confused look on jt barretts face during that game.

danny

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Bucks19's picture

So we took an ass beating 3 years in a row. After each year, it should have been engraved in the team’s skull and never happened again but it did. This year appears to be different but just sayin. 

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tomgreg's picture

Be careful! Still have to play every game! Go Buckeyes!

Onward and upward! Go Buckeyes!

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ibuck's picture

Be careful! Still have to play every game! Go Buckeyes!

Have to go hard every play—even the kneel down at game's end.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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mc22's picture

Three major differences in this years team;

1. a mobile QB who is accurate and extends plays and keeps the defense honest allowing for zone blocking schemes to open up for JK.

You have to account for Fields which takes away a defender and opens lanes.

2. A defense that is playing more sound and more disciplined.  As well as with a chip on it's shoulder.  Need to see how we react to a true zone read QB - but if your QB can't run you have no shot at this D.  All playoff contending teams have a dual threat QB.

3. In game adjustments.  This staff acts like true counter punchers.  You show us a scheme - we react and have better athletes to stymie you.

Stymie was my favorite little Rascal.

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buckeye1964's picture

dwayne haskins had 50 passing tds to only 7 picks last year - he CARRIED that team. he was not part of the problem. give him the coaching staff and defense this from this years team - and he has us contending for a NC. how can you even begin to think haskins was a problem????

danny

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1MechEng's picture

Off the field, no notable issues involving the football program have cropped up. 

Trust me! I'm an Engineer.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

"Dear Sweet Baby Jesus in one of those tuxedo t-shirts, we thank you for Coach Day, Coach Johnson, Coach Hafley, Coach Hartline, Coach Mattison, Coach Wilson, Coach Washington, Coach Stud, and the rest, Fields, Dobbins, Young, Drue, Haubeil, Teague, Okudah, Olave, Hill, Mack, Victor, Harrison, Arnette, Landers, Hamilton, Wade, Fuller, Werner, Hilliard, Jackson, Myers, Davis, Munford, Tuf's improved reads, FieldTurf, Nike Pro Combat uniforms, cleats and face shields, Buckeye leaves, Wilson footballs, Riddell and Schutt helmets, Loudmouth mouth guards, TBDBITL, Ohio Stadium wi-fi, Daktronics video boards, Musco lighting, Wendy's, Ricart Auto Mall, Huntington Bank, Pro Line down and distance markers, Gene Smith, Chugs, McCullough, bottle flipping punter videos, Gatorade, BTN, Fox, Gus, Joel, St. John Arena, Triplex kicking tees, Bob Evans, Woody, Tressel, Urban, and a steady stream of opponents to steamroll every week. We also ask that you please bring back the gray and white sleeve stripes. Amen."

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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Iwouldliketotalktoyou's picture

Gold. Absolute gold.

Gotta love it.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Thanks. It was a long day at work...

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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1MechEng's picture

Dammit Colin! You did jinx us (Chase Young)!!!

Trust me! I'm an Engineer.

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buckinraleigh's picture

My only nitpick is the consistently slow starts.  It seems that every opponent comes in with some innovation that throws us for a loop for a quarter or so, at which time we figure it out and blow them away.  But why can our coaches come in with an innovative plan to help us through that first quarter?

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I'm Ron Burgundy's picture

How awesome would it be if they ran the table and it ends up being that the only team that ever held a lead against OSU all year was Miami (OH) at 5-0.

Yes they have started "slow" in a few games compared to their outsized performance for the rest of the game, but still haven't trailed since that Miami (OH) game.

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OnPoint's picture

The worry-free-ness of this season is giving me worries.

Nut on top

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bd2999's picture

I don't know. If you hang around some of the threads, they worry is very real among some in the fanbase. Some of it is pretty intense. People will point out any flaw or issue as the fatal flaw that will lead to downfall...next week. Then goal post moving to the next week.

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prometheusAesculus's picture

Great to be where we are, especially the defense, I have returned to enjoying watching the whole game instead of biting my nails every time the defense is playing, having said that really would not wish to be reminded of last year's woes, thank you lol

Wizards are all the same, they talk nonsense while they make intelligent and important faces, Speak plainly!

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SaltyD0gg's picture

I love seasons with absurd statistics...

Like Hartline having more top 100 receivers in 2 years than the rest of the conference in like 10.

And like Young leading the country in sacks by 3.5 even though he’s only played 17 snaps in the 4th quarter all season.

And that we haven’t trailed by more than 5 points all year.

Pain of Discipline

Pain of Regret

Take Your Pick

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v65animal's picture

"When the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season drop on Tuesday night"

I'm putting my money on LSU being #1 in the rankings. They have had some big wins. We beat Wisky, who had just lost to Illinois. We beat Nebraska, which isn't doing so well. Cincinnati is coming along, hopefully then keep improving.

I'm really torn about TTUN, I'd like to see them lose of course, but if their next loss is against us, that's great too, then they would be ranked higher. I'd really like us to have the #1 rank for the playoffs, against the #4 team. It would be fun if Georgia could make it in for #4.

It would be interesting to hear Justin Fields true thoughts on a OSU vs Georgia matchup. Would he really want to prove he was better than from, or would it be hard for him to play against his friends and home team? Which could be the same position Joe Burrow would be in if we play LSU.

Go Bucks!

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JJBuckeye's picture

I would rather the Buckeyes not be number one when the BCS polls come out on Tuesday. Go Bucks

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Iwouldliketotalktoyou's picture

There is zero chance of that happening.

Gotta love it.

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

I assume that the CFP standings next week will be:

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Clemson

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DarketoFranklin_11Alumn's picture

Ryan Day and Justin Fields make things look easy. I have respect for their preperation because I believe that is what makes them great.

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GareBear's picture

Only nitpick from my side is the shallowness at QB... I live in constant fear of Fields taking a bad shot. Chugs would come in, defenses would crowd the box, he wouldn't be able to get any throws off, so the run game is the only obvious plan - and kabloooey. It all falls apart. 

Michigan sucks

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Trebor40's picture

Gunner Hoak MUST get reps, he at least has faced SEC defense scheme and players, his arm strength and velocity give us depth and force defenders to account!

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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stpetebuck's picture

Let’s be clear. This season is a three chapter book that has been amazing so far.  But this next chapter is ridiculous. 
1. Gotta stay focused and healthy v Maryland and Rutgers who have nothing to lose. 
2. Then a currently 8-0 balanced PSU followed by a bloody knuckle game v the rival on the road in possibly freezing conditions. 
3. The reward for going 4-0 is a game against either Wisci, again, Iowa or a hot Minnesota team. 
4. THEN... the reward for being perfect 5-0 is playing some crazy pair of teams like Clemson, bama, or LSU. 

Yeah I love our chances, but it won’t be easy mode.  
 

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