Sky High Expectations

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sharks's picture

Marvin of victory reminds me of "Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face"

+1

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster...

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BeatMeechigun's picture

Ha, good call out!

Updated to margin.

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

That reminds me of a lot of dialogue that I'm not allowed to repeat.

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.

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LCT's picture

Vilma just nailed it. The difference is that we don't play down to the competition this year. Sky's the limit.

Lifetime vs. UM: L 9-1, C 8-0, T 5-0
Ohio State University President Jim Tressel

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NewPhilaFan's picture

Did he say that during the Baylor halftime show?

Let's Go Bucks

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LCT's picture

Yep. Said Ohio State's the most complete team in CFB. I agree.

Lifetime vs. UM: L 9-1, C 8-0, T 5-0
Ohio State University President Jim Tressel

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NewPhilaFan's picture

I consider the game tonight more half full than half empty.  Yeah, I would have liked a shutdown.  

However, the playing time for the youngsters was invaluable.  It is a gift that will keep giving in the coming seasons.  I loved the play of the young LBs.

Let's Go Bucks

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Hovenaut's picture

Today wasn't Ohio State's best, and they know it.

But they're leaving Rutgers with the win, no further injuries (that I know of), and primed for the next game.

It's all perspective with such expectations, and to know the good majority is looking up at the Buckeyes works for me right now.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

Some folks are down, but keep in mind a lot of these guys are cutting their teeth in live games. This is going to help for years to come. 

Man….. this football team.-Jeff Okudah 

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Knarcisi's picture

QHey, OWS. Agree, I thoughts the 2s and 3s played hard but they made a lot of mistakes and that is to be expected. Also a bit disappointed with the OL in the first half as I thought they played a bit laxed but Rutgers was absolutely committing to stop the run. 

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Smitty516's picture

I mean, we had 2 bye weeks in a row to prepare for this game against Rutgers and we can’t even cover the damn spread?!?!?!??...

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I think because Rutgers scored 21, we didn’t win 77-0, and we didn’t cover the spread, the outcome felt like a letdown.

But I said in the Skully this morning that this game had a weird vibe to it—cold weather, road game in a half-filled stadium against a lousy opponent, late kickoff, looking ahead to PSU. Too many variables that conspired to contribute to an “underwhelming” win.

Let’s review the voodoo: Rutgers scored three touchdowns against a Buckeye defense that had only given up eight all season. They had a goal-line stand in the second quarter to force a change of possession, recovered two fumbles, and even forced a couple of punts. 

Rutgers scored off both fumbles, which gave them a short field. Their last TD was bullshit. Not one official signaled a touchdown. I didn’t hear the explanation (watched in a bar and the audio wasn’t great) but from where I sat, from all the angles I saw, there was no way there was enough video evidence to show Langan crossed the goal line any more than when the ball came loose in the scrum so how do you overrule the call on the field? Video reviews have lost their reason for being and intent. Joel Klatt said as much when MSU’s TD was overturned.

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

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NewPhilaFan's picture

Two of the Rutgers' TDs came a play or two or three after OSU missed decent probability interceptions.  If those interceptions occur, they don't get a TD.

Let's Go Bucks

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BbBnD's picture

There was one angle they showed where you could see that the ball was still in the QB’s control and he was clearly beyond the goal line. It was a legitimate TD. 
 

Agreed regarding the feel of the win. Rutgers may be the worst team OSU has played this season, yet Rutgers had optically the best offensive performance of any opponent since FAU. In the grand scheme it doesn’t matter, but the circumstances make the win “disappointing.”

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GOOMBAY's picture

From the moment they cut to the live feed, including the 3:30 lighting and half-empty venue, this game had a blah vibe to it. 

Totally get that no game can be overlooked, but also can only imagine trying to get up and stay focused as the hours tick away in Piscataway. 

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DaiTheFlu's picture

I honestly believe that if Garrett Wilson doesnt muff that punt, Rutgers gets shut out. That damn play gave them just enough to keep fighting and they played until the final whistle. It was annoying as hell and we made a lot of silly mistakes, but they deserve kudos, too.

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

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GOOMBAY's picture

I used to be in the camp that got anxious about not winning the way/to the degree they should per opponent. 

Not sure what happened (I’m older—no comment on whether wiser), but: 10-0. Yadda, yadda, yadda chance to go 11-0. Taking care of that W column tends sort out a lot. 

GO BUCKS! BEAT NEXT!

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RBurgundy4's picture

Nunzio is an asshole, plain and simple. He kept his starters in from start to finish, scoring with just over a minute left vs the Bucks 3rd &4th team travel D. The guy is a short-sighted dick. I get that he may be trying to get the full time job at RU and his responsibility is to RU, but that was a dickhead move. I swear, I would bury that jackass by 100 every time in the future if I were Day, OSU or other. Jerk move, IMO.

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J10's picture

Totally disagree. Rutgers has different goals in this game than OSU. Nunzio needed to get his first team successful reps against comparable talent, and he got that in the end. What do we care? I’d rather have our future players see a little resistance on the other side of the ball, myself.

**This space to be filled with an inspirational quote from a famous Buckeye**

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Sloopy1976's picture

I agree. This guy is an interim head coach and their QB is their 3rd stringer to start the season. They don't have depth, so no choice but to keep their 1's in for the second half. I like the fight and spunk they showed, even as we took the foot off of the gas after the first drive of the second half. 

Look, we literally had a guy in the game who didn't have a name on the back of his jersey (#6 defensive back). Rutgers and their coach had every right to keep fighting. It wouldn't make a difference, but they had the right to do it. 

I'm Italian...I like the name Nunzio...its funny. My favorite comic, Sebastian Maniscalco, has a bit about Italians and athletics. He said about basketball "Italians aren't athletes...no one ever says, "dunk it, Nunzio!" at an NBA game." LOL 

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NewPhilaFan's picture

Even better than the guy with no name was the kickoff against Maryland.  Most of the kickoff team were walkons.  Maryland got a big return but that had to be a big deal for those players who toil in obscurity and seldom get a chance to see the field.

Let's Go Bucks

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westcampus's picture

Wait... are you suggesting our fan base is not comprised of well balanced individuals?

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Sloopy1976's picture

LOL I've been drinking, so don't analyze what I post. 

GO BUCKS!

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BuckeyeBulldog's picture

All the talk of whether or not they would put up 100 went to peoples heads. Yeah the backups played a slow sloppy game but it was clear OSU could score at will and just decided to shut things down. I can't imagine I'd be up for dragging a cold game at Rutgers out any longer than it needed to be. And I think we all know the worst of what can happen when a team goes on the road and plays lax.

If our worst executed game was still a 35 point drubbing of a conference team I think we are doing pretty damn good.

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MGOBLUE0205's picture

The only chance Michigan or any team for that matter has against you guys is to get consistent pressure on Fields while also keeping him from hurting you with his legs. There's not many teams in the country that can do that and Michigan certainly isn't one of them. With MSUs bad and banged up O-line, Michigan only had 2.5 sacks on Lewerke. Delusional Michigan fans that see progress in the offense as a sign that they're ready to beat OSU are disregarding the fact that the front 4 won't be able to pressure Fields, and he will pick Don Brown's defense apart once he decides to blitz every play. There's no hiding guys like Vincent Gray aka Brandon Watson and our safeties that suck at playing the ball in the air. Michigan's leading rusher today was true freshman WR Giles Jackson against a formidable front of MSU but light years behind a front like OSU. So basically these fans think Patterson is going to be able to keep pace with the Buckeye offense. Riiiight.

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mittenst8buck's picture

My guess is, regardless of what Day or anyone else says, I think they have been practicing a certain amount for Penn State and maybe Michigan. With the talent advantage OSU has over Rutgers they could probably go out and play pitch and catch to beat them without much of a game plan. Point is why waste too much time designing a gameplan against a team that has no chance when you can just win off a minimal gameplan and get ready for what really matters.

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Earthoid.'s picture

It's a classic inferiority complex where the expected and desired for overcompensation is not sufficiently met. It's sad but what are you going to do. Maybe after another successful title run some our fans will start to lose their's, but I doubt it.

A gentle reminder to BE NICE. Plays guitar and makes iced tea in the winter.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

You had me at Sky High Expectations 

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