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Comment 01 Mar 2017

As an OSU Mech Eng Grad with a son looking at engineering schools, I don't think you can go wrong with any of these schools in the top 25 or so. The difference makers in my son's search are size (big or small - Ohio State can be a little overwhelming), whether or not you want to go on to grad school ( a good portion of the rankings are grad school based), if you want to go into a certain industry ( Ohio State is aligned with a lot of automotive for instance, University of Md - his home state school - gets a lot of aeronautical recruiting).

Comment 31 Dec 2016

That jet sweep with JT under center is the most obvious play. We don't run anything else from under center, do we?

Comment 16 Dec 2016

For internal candidates, does anyone know anything about Matt Thurin? Or what a quality control coach is? Seems like he is a step above a graduate assistant and below a regular position coach. Bio below:

Matt Thurin
Quality Control Coach – Defense

Matt Thurin is in his second season with the Ohio State Buckeyes football program and is working as a defensive quality control staff member.

A native of Louisville, Ohio, Thurin attended Baldwin Wallace University where he played football and baseball before an injury ended his playing career. He played for Baldwin Wallace's 2003 Division III playoff team and graduated in 2007 with a degree in early childhood education. He has a master's in sports science and coaching from Akron (2009).

Thurin came to Columbus after working three seasons – 2012-14 – as secondary coach and special team's coordinator at Columbia University. In 2011, Thurin was a graduate assistant at the University of Colorado, working along the offensive line and on special teams. Prior to that, he spent three seasons at Akron as a defensive graduate assistant working with the Zip linebackers and secondary. Thurin's coaching career also includes a year at Walsh University.

Comment 04 Dec 2016

Our house isn't on fire. We have a great dual threat QB who just is not a super accurate passer on the move or in bad weather. We have a very young offensive line that gets exposed sometimes by good competition. The only REAL area I have for concern is the  receiver position. ONE of these top level recruits should have emerged from this group by now and a lot of  the issues look like technique. 

Comment 05 Oct 2016

With the delayed effect of the scholarship reductions and the lack of line recruits under O'Brien, I think the higher ups at Penn State expected this to be the low point right around now. I think Franklin gets the benefit of the doubt - and another 2-3 years - for sticking it out as the effects of the sanctions flush through the program.

Comment 21 Sep 2016

Thanks! I re-watched and I STILL didn't see the rumored "schematic advantage" Oklahoma was bringing to bear!

Comment 19 Sep 2016

I've been impressed with how Weber always seems to be so close to breaking one long. He has had So many shoestring tackles in the first 3 games. It seems like a matter of time.

On another note, can we retire "sticks his foot in the ground" already as a catchphrase? Herby and Palmer already wore that one out the past two weekends...

Comment 06 Sep 2016

LSU was supposed to get its braces off and clear up its acne this summer, right?

Nope, still ugly

Comment 22 Aug 2016

Based on returning starters, I am OK with this list. The best thing is, with our talent level, everyone will be asking "Who are these guys?"

Comment 19 Aug 2016

I totally agree with the above comments. I always heard about the CEO approach and not knowing the players names, but the thing that stood out watching Cooper's teams is that they seemed to be really bad at scouting themselves. They didn't evolve as the season went on and teams caught on to OSU's tendencies.

Comment 16 Aug 2016

There was a CFB announcer last year - don't remember which - who used "sticks his foot in the ground" regularly, as in "watch him stick his foot in the ground and make that cut".

Where else is he gonna stick his foot?

Comment 08 Dec 2015

I have the same impression that they didn't run it as much. I'd like the X's and O's guys to weigh in: was it personnel, results - like BuckeyeCity says -  or are we seeing a shift/evolution of Urban Meyer's offense?