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almurray10

Columbus (via Marietta, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   February 12, 2013

OSU Class of '13

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: '02 National Championship, Braxton to Devin, 85 yards through the heart of the South
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Troy Smith
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft

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Comment 20 Dec 2019

Great analysis and write-up. I’ve actually had the exact same prediction of 38-28 in my head as well.

I expect a fast start from both teams (two offensive juggernauts), with the Bucks’ ability to adjust, along with an advantage on both sides of the LOS, being the deciding factor as the game goes on. I can see JK and the line really wearing them down in the 4th quarter, with a late score to put things out of reach.

Will be very interesting to come back and compare the actual game stats to your predictions/analysis. 

Comment 12 Dec 2019

OSU vs Penn State 2004. My dad got 4 tickets, but they were two separate pairs so he and my brother were in the Southwest corner and my mom and I were in the Northeast corner, buried pretty far up under C deck if I recall, with two Penn State fans in front of us wearing those ridiculous, view-obstructing blue and white wigs. 

It was all worth it though, as we got to witness what I believe was Teddy Ginn Jr’s first-ever Punt Return TD. Which, of course was fielded in my corner and returned to my brother’s corner. Still pretty sweet thinking about it. Good memories.

Comment 09 Dec 2019

I would agree that we need to scheme up some more quick hitter/crossing pass plays to get the ball out earlier. Justin is great at going through his progressions, but as some have already said, he needs to work on his internal clock to know when to bail.

Also, regarding Chase getting triple-teamed. Bowl practice is always when it seems like some younger guys really start to improve/develop more, and I’m really hoping that will happen for Zach Harrison this year. He’s been great as a freshman so far, but he is the same type of athletic freak that can take over games like Chase, and I think he could be an X-factor knowing that Clemson will be selling out to stop Chase.

Comment 05 Dec 2019

I just love how this is a conversation now that an SEC team is getting the short end of the stick. I didn’t hear any of this when the committee consistently over-ranked Bama opponents to justify moving them into the top-4 in 2017....

Its pretty simple: the committee really likes OSU (combination of resumè and eye-test/domination), and therefore isn’t punishing teams that lose to them as harshly as other similar teams with losses elsewhere. Just like it’s been for Bama and the SEC for the past 5 years. Get over it, y’all.

Comment 04 Dec 2019

Agreed. I think playing on a fast track also provides a massive advantage to our guys. I see some screen pass/misdirection play calls from Wisconsin early to try to equalize things, but our whole Defense will be flying to the ball and make some big stops. Chryst and co. will probably try to adjust on the fly, and we’ve seen how that’s gone in the past.

Comment 03 Dec 2019

I’ll be interested to see how they scheme for Chase Young this time around. For a team known for their OLine play, combined with what Chase did to them last time, I’m sure they’ll be highly motivated to stop him. 

However, after being largely shut down (at least on the stat sheet) against Michigan, I’m sure Chase will be out for blood. 

I’d say advantage Chase, combined with some of the other young guns on the line getting to Coan a couple times as well.

Comment 27 Nov 2019

Watching this is my favorite Michigan-week tradition, I watch it every year and it never gets old. As a kid that came up during the Tressel era, I love seeing all the Woody/Bo history. The “Cold War/Paranoia” era between those two gets me every time. 
 

Go Bucks.

Comment 21 Aug 2018

If I recall correctly, there were a few throws that felt a lot like that one during that 4th quarter. Seemed like JT and the Buckeyes had fate on their side that night for sure. Crazy too, is that even though we were down multiple scores for the vast majority of that game, I remember never feeling like we were out of it, or that we wouldn't pull it off somehow. Just a magical Buckeye game all around.

Comment 31 Oct 2017

It's unreal to me how many other fan bases seem to spend a large portion of the game complaining about commentator bias towards their team during a game. Idk if it's just because of the social media era, but I feel like I've seen this and (usually Michigan) fans complaining nonstop about officiating during their games a lot lately, and it just screams insecurity to me. What a pitiful way to watch a game. 

I know our fan base is far from perfect, but it just seems like these two things are out of control with some fan bases. Learn to enjoy the games - you're only guaranteed 12 a year - and stop acting like everyone is out to get you. Now get off my lawn.

Comment 17 Oct 2017

Couldn't upvote fast enough. It's gotten to the point where every year the SEC seems to benefit from bullshit preseason rankings that serve as the rankings catalyst for the entire conference the entire year. It's essentially a domino effect of an average team beating an overrated team, and then in turn becoming the overrated team and losing to the next average team. Wash, rinse, repeat. 

At least the CFP Committee cuts down on this a bit. They're not perfect, but they seem to be able to see through the pre-season bullshit for the most part. 

Comment 06 Sep 2017

Maybe we'll finally get the diamond formation we've been waiting for since the beginning of the Urban era!

In all seriousness, yes I think we'll see both Weber and Dobbins on the field together for more than a few plays. We ran plenty of plays that setup Mike as the lead blocker for Curtis last year; I would imagine we'll see some similar plays with Mike leading for JK, now that the coaching staff knows we need JK on the field.

Comment 05 Sep 2017

I'd say the circumstances were similar last year. We all remember how that turned out!

I feel cautiously optimistic about the game. We can talk about the passing game until the cows come in, but bottom line is that Urban has a pretty stellar track record in big games (other than one recent game I've erased from memory), and I think that's the tipping point. I won't be surprised if we get a similar outcome to last year's matchup.

Comment 28 Aug 2017

I think you're right about the fine line between redemption and proving one's self. I'm currently on my first read through the books, so I might be blending book Jaime and show Jaime together unfairly, since I know the books and show are essentially two different shows at this point, but I do get the sense that Jaime has an inner desire to redeem/prove himself, because all he's ever known as is the kingslayer, and it definitely eats him up.

He's obviously come a long way, but I think he wants to leave behind a heroic memory/legacy that he'll be remembered fondly for (think back to the book of the kings guard members and all their accomplishments), and I don't think he's done anything to deserve that... yet. Which is why I'm hopeful for a heroic/epic ending to his story, whether it classifies as redemption or not. 

Comment 28 Aug 2017

You mention that he doesn't need redemption, and that he's likely headed to winterfell. You don't think he'll have to prove himself to all of the prideful, stubborn northern lords that view him as a kingslayer who also had a hand (pun intended) in the murder of numerous Stark soldiers, bannerman, lords, and their king? I agree that he will have useful information to share with these people, but can they trust him? They haven't seen his journey and true moral goodness that we as viewers have seen. He will have to truly prove himself in a way that is meaningful to them. Hence the whole redemption comment. 

Not to mention Daenerys will be there too. He killed her father. She knows he was mad, and that Jaime likely had justifications for doing it, but do you think she will trust him because he's supposedly here to help?

Jaime is one of my favorite characters, and I know he's got a good heart and good intentions. But he's got a lot of ground to make up with some crucial characters.

Comment 28 Aug 2017

I mean there is the whole "pushing an innocent child out of a window" thing.

We as the viewers know that Jaime isn't truly bad, and that his actions had good moral justification. But to the common folk of this world, he is still widely viewed as the Kingslayer, with no other context. So yeah, I'd say from a character standpoint he still has a redemption arc to finish.

Comment 28 Aug 2017

The Jon scene might've been my favorite from the entire show. Started watching when season 4 was airing, and once I got into all the theories and backstory about Jon, I was hooked. It was so satisfying to finally see true, on-screen confirmation of who he is. Very excited/nervous to see where things go from here, especially with him and Dany. 

Legit thought Jaime was a goner for a second there. Super glad that he's finally ditched Cersei, really looking forward to how his redemption arc closes.

Thankful that Sansa/Arya were playing Littlefinger, and not the other way around. LF's been a great villain throughout the story, but his politics and scheming had no place in the story anymore once the focus shifted to the Grear War.

All in all, very pleased with this season. Don't know how I'm gonna survive another year+ of waiting. Hopefully the Winds of Winter comes out in the meantime. Also, buckeye football will help ;)

Comment 08 Aug 2017

That's a fair point. I guess at this point it seems like she has abandoned her previous goal of assassinating her enemies for the chance to reunite with her family. But all of her development can't have been for nothing, right? So unless she leaves Winterfell to resume her prior mission, going north seems like a reasonable path for her arc to take, in my opinion at least.

And agreed, I'm very interested to see how Jon reacts if/when he sees what Arya has become.

Comment 08 Aug 2017

Does anyone else think it's possible that Arya might be one of the 12 to go north of the wall with Jon? It feels a little bit off in regards to her faceless assassin story, but I couldn't help but wonder after this episode. She more than held her own against Brienne, who is regarded as one of the best fighters in the country, and I doubt they showed us that for nothing. Not to mention she's now in possession of a valyrian steel dagger. 

Just sounds like they could be laying the groundwork to put Arya by Jon's side fighting the walkers up north. Which would be awesome.