Well you mentioned one game where Haskins "got benched" without speaking at all objectively to his body of work that season (70% completion, 4TDs, 1int, 174 QBR)... or at least mention one other game where he was thrown in to perhaps the biggest test that exists at OSU for a QB. And what he did when he got in. As a RS Freshman... Down by a TD late... At UM.
I believe you made a point about him getting benched, which I assume you were using to say he wasn't ready? I made a point to the contrary. What he did at Michigan was waiting in the stables all season. And I would argue that the JT offense was very predictable and handicapped our offense versus Oklahoma, Iowa, and UM (you remember that first half and the 3rd quarter I assume). Of course the JT comeback vs Penn State will be one of the greatest things cemented in my Buckeye heart. JT had finally shown us what we had been waiting so long to see. Jt the QUARTERBACK... And then Iowa happened.
Would Haskins have hung 60 on Wisconsin, instead of the 27-21 win in Indy (46% passing, 3 INTs, only 211 yards)? Who knows...
"But JT was injured in Indy... You can't count that..."
I was hoping you would say that... Which some would say is the entire point of this whole debate. Were the best players on the field for that entire season? Of course any answer to this is all opinion based off armchair observation. I have no clue what actual discussions happened behind closed doors, or if anyone was advocating for Haskins in Urban's ear... Knowing that Urban would never sit JT so long as he had a heart beat.