I respect your opinion, but I think it was more of him getting too absorbed in the atmosphere in happy valley for the game. He tends to get too excited and emotional at times, and that is why he is not among the very best play-by-play announcers in college football.
I don't think Fowler has any obvious bias against Ohio State, and I also think he does a respectable job calling games. Having said that, I think he is doing the wrong job! Hosting College Gameday was his strongest role and the show has missed him. Even before he left the show it was slipping due over-extending the length of show and adding too many other personalities to show. I don't know if he is a fan of Penn State, but based on his long history on Gameday, it is clear that his heart is with his alma mater(Colorado).
I haven't heard Urban talk about it, but I would have to guess that 2015 has to be the biggest regret of his stellar coaching career. The season started off poorly with three suspensions to key players in the first game. the Quarterback competition was botched and made worse when the Coaches failed to adapt the offense to CJ's strengths. After Jones lost his confidence the offense became dysfunctional even when JT was inserted back into the offense. The team should have played at level of the final two games all season.
Wow, that is a bunch of guys fighting injuries, I don't think I can remember a Fall Camp with so many injuries. Hopefully, most of these injuries are minor and the guys will be back next week, but if it is a result of using live tackling to teach sound fundamentals it had to be done after last years dismal performance by the defense. Also, Coach Day has said that they are focusing on "Toughness" and Football is a violent sport. Clearly, there is no such thing as too much depth!
I'll be watching! I've have become frustrated by ESPN's College Gameday. Besides the obvious SEC bias, the show has become too long and rambling. When Chris Fowler left as host the show's quality dipped in my opinion, and they've added too many other voices to the mix with not enough focus on actual football. I believe Urban has a great football mind and will add valuable insight to the new show.
Hope is finally able to play up to his potential and hype. I have a feeling that other then Harrison, there could be substantial rotation at this position, and when you consider how often the defense runs a nickle defense it could mean that only two LB's play significant snaps. As always, they need to get the best players on the field and it could be that BB is finally in that group.
It sounds like there is potential for good depth on O-line for a change. Every year under Meyer he would tell the press "the O-line depth is a concern". I would like to see the back-ups get more reps this year, especially in the second half of games that the Buckeye's have a big lead. Need to have some guys ready in case of injuries and it will also keep the starters fresher for a potential playoff run.
I'm fine with one "Alternate Uniform" game every year. The Black Uniforms are nice, and they are apparently popular with the recruits. As someone who loves the normal uniforms, I think the Black uniforms are an acceptable variation and don't add themes that don't really relate to school history(Wolves!).
In a hypothetical game, you would need a minimum of a two-deep for every position as most positions use some type of rotation. Having said that, both teams would feature very talented defenses and solid special teams. I would give the Meyer Team a slight edge on offense, but it would likely be a low scoring defensive battle....the type of game that Coach Tressel excelled at.
Love Zeke, but he needs to demonstrate better maturity and judgement. A good start would be a more conservative personal appearance without the wild hair a bushy beard. I respect a person's right to express themselves with their looks, but he has to remember that he also represents a professional football team and the NFL.
Like most teams, if the starting QB goes down to injury it will be difficult for a back-up to lead the team to any type of Championship. 2014 was an exceptional situation to be sure. However, we don't really know what any of these guys are capable of until(And if) they are thrust into that position. The Coach's now have their group, and it will be on them to develop these guys and have them ready to compete, but its not realistic in 2019 to expect to have multiple Quarterbacks that would start at a majority of other schools.
I'm feeling a little better about QB position now, and I think it was good that the Coach's have told him he can compete for the starting job. Yes, I fully expect Fields to be the starter, and he appears to be the best guy(with the best skill set) to lead a team to a potential Championship, but the Field's I saw in the Spring Game still has a lot of work to do and should not just be given the job.
This is a positive development! Another raw talent for the Coach's to work with, and who knows, he could turn into a legitimate back-up with enough preparation and effort.
My concerns are keeping Fields healthy, the O-line gelling as a unit and finding the best linebackers for the starting positions. Team has enough talent at every position group to compete on a national level, but there are so many intangibles that go into a successful season. Hope they can add some quality depth at QB position before fall camp begins.
Well, we all know that Clemson and Bama will be very good, but everybody else is a "Wait and see" proposition. I think the Buckeyes have a chance to be a better overall team then last years unit, but they are likely to struggle early in the season till they hit their stride. However, many things can alter the course of a college football season(Key injuries, suspensions, etc), and being able to build team chemistry is often the key ingredient to a successful team(2014 Buckeyes). We'll have to see what happens!
What type of construction has reduced capacity by 30,000?
He probably said that in the heat of the moment without really thinking about it, and if changed his mind its understandable. I really doubt its an issue for the guys who played on that team.....I only recall one player ever mentioning it(Jeff).
Hopefully, all of the returning players and coaches can learn from 2017 & 2018 and approach every game on the schedule as the most important. Also, I think having the two highest profile games on the schedule at the end will benefit a team with a new Head Coach, a new starting Quarterback, and several new starters on both sides of the ball. Shouldn't have to worry about another emotional let-down after the Penn State game.
Yeah, it was a terrible no call, but does anyone really expect the NFL to go down that road? Reversing the outcome of game.....or even replaying the game because of missed or poor calls would open a hornet's nest for the league.
I agree that is was terrible missed penalty, but on the Ram's previous possession they had to settle for a field goal to tie when the officials missed a face-mask on Anderson that would have given the Rams a first and goal at the one-yard line. Basically, the ref's were allowing the player's to play in this game and there were several potential penalties(On both sides) that were not called. The result was an exciting game with a frustrating outcome for Saints fans.
Its good to see so many of these guys want to come back and turn things around after a difficult year for the defense(By Ohio State standards). Depth is always important, and with better Coaching he can be a key contributor next season.
Why would Tate do this before the NCAA rules on Fields? Also, does he also think he can transfer and not have to sit out a year? He should follow Joe Burrow's lead and stay and compete to be the starter, and then only transfer if someone else is named starter after Spring Football.
So much for his tweets about not going anywhere! If true, it could signal an end to the "Read option" offense that was the cornerstone of the Urban Meyer offense. I wonder if any of the current Tight Ends can be converted into fullbacks?
I'm sure Mr. Davis is a good man, but the performance of the linebacker group ranked towards the bottom of the BIG Conference. I know the group has lost some talented guys to the NFL, but you can't tell me that this whole group is a bunch of overrated guys that are not capable of playing at a high level. Poor fundamentals, questionable schemes and personnel decisions have been the problem the last two seasons. Things have to change!
Boom indeed! Great hands, and with the great trio of seniors leaving he will be an important cog in Coach Day's offensive machine. The receiving group has a chance to be a great unit again next season.