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buckeye phi

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MEMBER SINCE   August 21, 2014


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Ohio State National Championships
  • NFL TEAM: Miami Dolphins

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Comment 15 Nov 2019

I predict a huge day for the Rutgers punter.  Appropriately enough, he may just be their most outstanding player at his position.

Other than that, I'm thinking our starters will be pulled by the 2nd quarter.  Hopefully, this will give our backups some good live reps to help clean up some of the mistakes (penalties, etc.) we saw when they first took the field last week. 

Since Coach Day specifically mentioned this in his presser, I'm gonna guess things do, in fact, get cleaned up a bit this week.  It's probably not going to be an incredibly huge score like some I've heard predicted - but still a very "convincing win" (committee speak). 

56 - 7  or something along those lines, perhaps -

Comment 15 Nov 2019

So - the punter is Rutgers' top weapon?  Other than being a Jim Tressel fantasy, that kinda says it all. 

Keeping these young players focused for this one may be the coaching staff's greatest challenge. 

Sure, I'd rather see a huge blowout than not.  But that's actually rather insignificant compared to fielding a healthy team next week - and the week after that - and, hopefully, the week after that -

Comment 15 Nov 2019

Naturally, there is plenty of reason to suspect many of these players who are being kept out of action this Saturday is due to predominantly precautionary reasons.  But we have no way of knowing for sure. 

Just wondering if a more connected 11W staffer or two might have some idea - but perhaps have been sworn to secrecy - so they can't share it with us.  

In any case, I have a feeling we're going to see a "suddenly" nearly fully healthy lineup next week -

Comment 13 Nov 2019

As usual  - it's a matter of "win and we're in".  And by beating the B1G West champion in the B1G championship game, we will have eliminated a second B1G team's chances of making the playoff. 

If we stub our toe against an above average State Penn, a slightly above average ttun or a somewhat mediocre B1G West champ, we'd probably need some "help" getting in.  This is particularly true when one considers the still prevalent SEC bias -

Comment 13 Nov 2019

I've done some volunteer work with the homeless here in Florida.  In my experience, this is largely a mental health issue.  So, to me, the fact that there are incidences of bizarre (and dangerous) behavior is not surprising at all.  Actually, I'm a bit surprised we don't see more of it. 

Sure - there are plenty of homeless people out there who are just plain lazy - but I believe that is a relatively small percentage as compared to the flat-out mentally ill (both diagnosed and un-diagnosed). 

As a culture I believe we are guilty of failing to address this issue appropriately.  It is an enormous problem.  A huge percentage of these folks should be institutionalized.  The problem is we are lacking enough qualified institutions. 

I've seen many cases in which homeless people have actually been diagnosed with mental/behavioral problems and then awarded disability payments from the government.  So - we're supposed to expect these same people are going to proceed to spend that money wisely?  Are you kidding?

Having said that - given what I've seen, I wouldn't blame anyone (especially, females) from getting their concealed carry license and "packin'" most of the time they're out in public - particularly, in urban areas -

Comment 12 Nov 2019

I'm OK with the committee moving LSU up to #1 following a win at a quality opponent - as long as they're willing to put us back at #1 following wins vs two consecutive quality opponents (to close out the regular season). 

And in case anybody is wondering - LSU's last three games are Ole Miss (4-6), Arkansas (2-8) and Texas A&M (6-3).  Hardly a murderers row -

Comment 11 Nov 2019

At 699 yards so far, it's not unthinkable at all that Master Teague could be well over 800 following the Rutgers game,  Dobbins might not even play past the first quarter this Saturday.  And let's not forget, Rutgers really sucks this year.

I get it - he probably won't get that many reps vs State Penn or ttun - but he'll get some carries.  And if we're including a potential B1G championship game - and (at least) one more after that - I think 1000+ is a distinct possibility (if not quite likely) when it's all said and done. 

And that would be awesome -

Comment 11 Nov 2019

As long as we remain in the top four I'm not terribly concerned if the committee ranks LSU first tomorrow night on the heels of that thrilling victory. 

After all, Alabama is the only program that has been invited to every playoff so far.  So it's clear how highly the committee has regarded them in the brief history of the current format. 

Of course, there's still a very strong argument for us to remain at the top - but I wouldn't be too surprised if that good ol' SEC bias rears its ugly head again -

Comment 11 Nov 2019

Great stuff as usual, Kyle.  I would only add that while Maryland was "giving us some things" with their coverages, at the same time, they kinda had to choose the lesser of two evils, in my opinion. 

They had to be concerned about our speedy wide receivers just blowing past their DBs deep.  Naturally, the only real alternative leads to vulnerability in the short-to-intermediate passing game.

On a personal note, many, many years ago, as young guys coming up, Maryland's DC, Jon Hoke and I were friends (in Kettering, Ohio).  Trust me - when it came to the Hoke brothers, anyone who knew them was aware that Jondy was much sharper than Brady.  (And we all witnessed what happened when Brady was promoted beyond his abilities)

Jon Hoke knows his stuff.  He simply didn't have anything even approaching the personnel he would have needed against our offense -

Comment 11 Nov 2019

If we're going to be honest about it - even those of us who are really in to the X's and O's learn something from Kyle's breakdowns most Mondays.  Top notch stuff, here -

Comment 11 Nov 2019

I hear ya, Southalabamabuckeye.  And let's not forget, Day's offense put up 62 on Don Brown's defense last year - plus, I believe ttun's defense in '18 was stronger than this season's version. 

There's also the fact that our defense this season is considerably better than last year's. 

Minnesota exposed Franklin's team a bit, too -

Comment 07 Nov 2019

It's not a particularly big deal for me either way - but I do have a bit of a selfish preference for a later kickoff than noon.  I like to watch the pregame shows (already more of a Fox pregame fan than College Gameday st this point - sorry, but Kirk and company tend to lose me at 11). 

But after that, I'd prefer to get a few things done on Saturday (that I couldn't get to during the week) before settling in to watch my Buckeyes curb-stomp their opponents.  Getting anything done after the game is generally out of the question. 

And while the Wisconsin - Ohio State game led all other games in the ratings that weekend, I believe it would have been an even bigger number had the game been played later in the day.  The key is that it was the nationally ranked Badgers vs the nationally ranked Buckeyes - not so much the time of day -

Comment 26 Oct 2019

Mainly due to the predicted conditions, I'm thinking this will be the game in which Coach Day fully unleashes his QB as a runner.  I envision more designed QB runs as well as significantly more read option than we've seen so far this season. 

I won't be too surprised if Dobbins and Fields each finish the game with over 100 rushing yards (possibly, Teague as well) -

Comment 25 Oct 2019

Considering the predicted conditions and the caliber of Wisconsin's defense, I think this may be the week Coach Day unleashes his quarterback's full potential as a runner.  Even though Fields has already proven that he's quite a threat in the rushing attack, I believe we'll see more designed QB runs and of course, read option plays tomorrow. 

This is exactly the kind of match-up Day has been "saving" Fields for (at least, as a major component in the running game).  I could easily see Dobbins and Fields finishing with well over a hundred yards each.  This is in spite of the fact that the Badgers' secondary looks like the weakest (not the fastest DBs we'll see) part of their D. 

We may need every tool in the toolbox for this one -

Comment 24 Oct 2019

Togiai is already showing he's nearly perfect for the "1 technique tackle" position in our scheme.  Ideally, you want a big, strong dude there who will demand a double team - freeing up the other smaller, quicker guys to do their thing. 

The other great thing is that he's only a sophomore.  Just think about how much he'll be wrecking offenses next year.

No matter what Coach Mattison says, in my opinion, the "problem" with White not getting more reps than he has so far this season isn't just "packages" - it's that so many players (both DBs and LBs) are playing so well.  And that's a good problem - isn't it? 

Besides, I'm sure he'll get his opportunities as the season progresses. 

By the way, I'm talking about this season.  Can we finally forget about last season's defense, after all?  I know I'd like to -

Comment 18 Oct 2019

Might be a little tougher than usual for Coach Day to get the team up for a game against a 1-4 team - especially, with Wisconsin on the horizon. 

The Wildcats have been notorious slow starters the last couple of seasons.  They may start to play better at any time now.  But probably not so much against our Buckeyes tonight. 

I expect our guys to win - and fairly big.  I'm just not so sure it's gonna be as much of a blowout as so many are predicting. 

So - allowing for some garbage time scoring:  Ohio State 38  -  Northwestern 13