Okay, so the team wasn't as sharp as usual today and some of the young players made some mental mistakes, but they still dominated the game. I'm glad the team has moved past this part or their schedule and they can hit the ground running next Saturday. I'm glad that some of these young players got some valuable playing time and that our starters will be somewhat fresh going into these final games. I'm a little concerned about depth because of the unusually high number of injuries the team is currently coping with, but having Chase back next week is really big for the defense.
Fortunately, we fans don't have to worry about playing any of these opponents.....the players and coaches do. Having said that, the upcoming games will tell us plenty about how solid the team is going into any potential CFP games. So far, the Buckeyes have played like an elite team that is ready to accept any challenge and that is what I want to see as a fan. I think Clemson is likely going to be the biggest obstacle in the Buckeyes path, but to me the best you have to beat the best.
TTUN seems to be getting much better and outplayed Penn State in a losing effort, but I'm a little skeptical about the beat-down of ND. I don't know if ND is terribly overrated or if they simply didn't show up for last weeks game. Keep in mind, the Buckeye's had two games the past two seasons were they looked inept(Iowa 2017 & Purdue 2018)and uninspired in a shocking performance. Having said that, I'll wait to see if they can sustain the momentum against their next three opponents before I become concerned about November 30th. In any event, they will be highly motivated, but they will also feel the pressure that so many Buckeye teams from the 90's faced during the Cooper years.
If Fox has first choice on the game they will make it their "Big noon kickoff". Since that is likely how things will unfold, I would expect both the Maryland and Rutgers games to be on ABC/ESPN. My guess would be that Maryland would be 3:30 on ABC and Rutgers will be Noon on either ESPN/ABC unless they still need another game on the Big Ten network.
It's sad to realize how dominate last years defense could have been if Nick Bosa had not been injured and Chase had been totally healthy! Even with the suspect coaching and poor linebacker play that D-line would have taken over most games.
Haskins was not ready for the NFL after 1 year as a College starter. Yes, you can understand a young person wanting to take the money as soon as it becomes available to them, but this has not helped his development. Obviously, things have worked out well for Ohio State with Fields, but you would have to believe Haskins could have benefited from at least one additional year in college under a Coach like Ryan Day. In any event, he will now become a argument for future college players with NFL potential to wait till their ready to compete at the next level.
I've never been a big fan alternate uniforms, but the black uniforms appear to be a popular option(They've used them three times) with the players, recruits and many fans. I wouldn't mind seeing them use the black in other combinations(Black pants with traditional white jersey or black jersey with traditional gray pants).
That's fine, but let's hope these young men keep their minds on the job at hand.
I think Meyer will want to Coach again.....possibly by next season!. However, I think he would probably need have surgery before it would be safe for him to fully dive back into full time Coaching. Don't know how risky that would be, but seeing him last year was a little concerning.
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!
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