A list like this can be subjective but usually power in college sports means money and Texas is on top in that department. Ohio State is usually second.
The thing people rarely distinguish when talking on this subject is the difference between current ability and potential. There's a huge difference in body size and maturity between a 22 year old and a 28 year old which is when most athletes reach their peak. For that fact alone, the Browns 2015 team would destroy the 2015 Buckeyes but the Browns need to rebuild to be competitive in the NFL. I'd trade the Browns D for the Buckeyes on potential alone because the last 5 drafts have been a disaster for Cleveland leaving few talented younger players on the roster. The Browns could fill in the holes with free agents/future drafts and actually field a better, more competitive team in 3-4 years.
But the Buckeyes beating the Browns today? Not a chance.
We all love Cardale but as you stated, the Buckeyes had to limit their offense because there are things in Urban's offense he can't do (like run laterally or go through progressions like JT). Cardale's biggest advantage in the 3 game stretch was teams didn't have much film on him which made it hard for them to game plan. That allowed the Buckeye to only use 20% of their playbook and still be successful. That won't work over the course of a season.
It is important for Cardale to have more control of the total playbook. There's no doubt he brings intangibles (size/arm strength) that JT lacks but the question is -- can Cardale master enough of the offense to win the starting job? Coach Meyer will let us know soon enough.
I love the that Cardale, Braxton, Zeka, etc aren't closing up around the press because it is providing a very valuable service. The national college football writers need things to write about in the slow season and they appreciate it when you give them stories they can write in their home office. If things get real slow they may need to visit a campus and get inventive.
Every school has skeletons if someone wants to dig deep and national championship teams are the prime target. It's in Ohio State's best interest if players like Cardale give them stories they need and no one should know that better than Buckeye fans. We might not like the alternative.
I've been rooting for this kid since he arrived on campus though he's made it tough to stay on his bandwagon. Fans see stars and think it will equate to instant performance but most times it takes years of boring repetition to truly understand what they need to do to consistently perform up to coach's expectations. Every year we expect the latest bunch of recruits to step up and while a few do, most take a few years to figure it out like I'm hoping happens with Corey Smith.
A brownie is a legendary creature popular in folklore around Scotland and England. In folklore, a brownie resembles the hob, similar to a hobgoblin. Brownies are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, they do not like to be seen and will only work at night, traditionally in exchange for small gifts of food. Among food, they especially enjoy porridge and honey. They usually abandon the house if their gifts are called payments, or if the owners of the house misuse them. Brownies make their homes in an unused part of the house, often in attics and holes in walls.
My list used to be a top five of the following in no order:
Friday Nights Lights
Then I watched the Wire on Amazon Prime. It didn't grab me at first but I got hooked somewhere in the 2nd season. By the end I was amazed at what they'd pulled off. The show is a sad and realistic look at people that get try to change the system in a bureaucracy. Omar is possibly my favorite character of all time.
They recently remastered the whole series in High Def and it looks amazing. You can watch it on HBO Go or Amazon Prime.
After the season ending defeats in 2006-2007 I was a fervent member of the oversigning bandwagon and preaching to anyone that would listen that it was an evil that needed to be stopped. The issue gained momentum and conference commissioners were asked tough questions about the issue.
The result? Window dressing.
The NCAA? They did nothing.
Me? I like wins.
If the the organization that is supposed to protect the student-athletes don't care then neither do I. I do care about wins and if Alabama signs 25 every year then Ohio State should sign 25 every year. It's not against the rules and we'd be stupid to put ourselves at a competitive disadvantage.
As a side note ... I realize what Ohio State is doing is different than Alabama and the Buckeyes aren't technically oversigning. Ohio State manages their roster in January - Alabama oversigns in February.
The rule in the SEC is that teams can only sign 25 per season but there isn't an oversigning limit so some teams have had as many as 95 committed scholarships after national signing day that they've had to pare to the allowed 85 by the start of training camp in August.
The rule in the B1G is that team can only have scholarships committed to 88 kids on national signing day with a plan they have to file with the league office of how they will get to 85 by August. While the Buckeyes are oversigned by 2 right now (if I remember correct), I'm sure Urban Meyer has proactively spoken with the kids affected as the B1G will be inquiring soon (if they haven't already).
This rule forces B1G schools to be more proactive in their 'cuts' which is a good rule in my opinion. The end results is essentially the same which is why the Alabama fan in the reddit post calls it oversigning.
I personally wish the NCAA allowed schools to sign 25 every year and get away from the 85 limit. That would encourage coaches to work to keep kids in school instead of forcing them out to make room for the 85 player cap.
I like the rule as it the only NCAA rule that actually encourages kids to graduate. They really should have more.
You'd think the coach would be happy for the kid and feel pride as he showcases his talent on a bigger stage. In fact he should be ecstatic as his success should allow Eastern Washington to attract more QBs in the future.
I want to like Galloway but he has some strange takes sometimes. I get the feeling he's destined for the new College Football Final.
I think you are right about Fowler and Herbie. It's like mixing Vanilla with Vanilla. Herbie was a great fit with Musberger because he didn't need to be entertaining, he just had the facts. Spiels would be a much better fit with Fowler. Herbie would work better with someone like Rece Davis.
I love Dakich. He treads a fine line of being too arrogant at times but he's right most of the time. I may give him more of a pass than most as he's not afraid to call out Big Ten refs.
My favorite was when Ed Hightower was spending a lot of time making a call and when the play by play guy wondered if something was wrong, Dakich said Ed was just working for more camera time.
Archie was born about 20 years too early. The NFL didn't know how to use a back with his skills in the 1970s. He'd be one of the best backs in the game today with his ability to run, block, and catch the ball out of the backfield.
So your argument is you do everything you can to convince a kid to come play for you ... but you don't want to tell him the whole truth because you might lose him. Isn't that the definition of shady? What Drayton and Coach Meyer did wasn't illegal but it was shady and a tough lesson for the young man.
Weber has every right to be bitter and Buckeye fans should feel a little dirty after hearing how we got Weber to sign his LOI. For years we liked to play the moral high ground and now we are just like everyone else. While I hate it, I like winning more and just have to learn to accept the new way of doing things at Ohio State.
More like the obsessed gum chewer Violet Beauregarde. I expect this is what Jim Harbaugh's face looks like today.
I'm curious what you are basing your opinion that Pace had the greatest single year for a lineman in NFL history. I love Orlando but every list I've ever seen doesn't rank him that high for 2000s era linemen (he always comes in 3rd at best). I know I can't judge for myself as I'm biased and the man could do no wrong in my eyes.
Pace was always viewed as a notch below Odgen and Walter Jones during his prime. They are only two of the 12 offensive linemen to get in on the first ballot. The others are Jim Parker, Forrest Gregg, Jim Otto, Gene Upshaw, Jim Langer, John Hannah, Anthony Munoz, Jackie Slater, Bruce Mathews, and Larry Allen. That's an impressive group led by another Buckeye.
I'm sure Pace will get in next season and his snub will do little to diminish his status as the best college offensive linemen I've ever seen. Only a select few have stepped on campus and dominated on day 1 like Orlando and I don't think any of them played offensive line which usually takes 2-3 years to acclimate.
I want to believe Josh Gordon. I'm a fan and fans turn a blind eye to many things if it can help their team. I admit my issue with Josh Gordon this past year is more about his failings on the field than off. Hoyer and Manziel get a lot of grief for their play but Gordon was the real reason the offense struggled down the stretch. He was out of shape, didn't know the plays, and giving half effort. His insertion into the lineup destroyed the cohesion of a bunch of players with marginal talent that had overachieved all season. To see a man with a skill set better than 90% of the players in the league going through the motions while \less talented players that had gotten results sat the bench was frustrating. It was a pitiful performance by Gordon and I was glad they suspended him for the last game.
Having said that, Gordon says a lot of good things in his letter and I agree with a lot of them. The codeine thing ... dumb but understandable. The second hand smoke ... it could happen to anyone. So could a DWI as most of us have driven close to the limit once or twice. And getting a 1 year suspension for drinking two beers and two shots after your season is over... ridiculous.
But here's the thing... are you expecting us to believe that's the only times you've done dumb things since joining the Browns? Even if everything is true there are some things he said that make no sense.
If he is serious about clearing his name then petition the NFL for all of his drug tests and then release everything to the media. Show us that it was actually codeine and the actual amount in his system. Give us a doctor's prescription with a date stamp before the positive test because most people assume you tested positive for 'purple drank'. Show us the hundreds of tests that you passed. Show us the alcohol screening from the last test and most specifically the blood alcohol content. He says he had 2 beers and 2 shots with 4 hours to get to the testing facility. Unless he was a complete idiot, he didn't show up at the testing facility until at least 3.5 hours had passed. My guess is he blew a .08 which is why he mentioned 4 drinks but he is ignoring the fact most of that would have passed through his body in 4 hours plus the time he was on the airplane. I'd also like to see his receipt from the cab he took from the airport to his hotel and from the hotel to the testing facility. Or was it a car rental? Prove to me you didn't drink and drive again Josh.
Of course we won't see it because it won't help the narrative. I want to believe you Josh but I don't believe you are serious. You have done nothing since your arrival to prove otherwise.
It was a close call and looked worse as Marotti was running away from Bosa. Having said that I'm sure Buckeye fans would be complaining if someone hit Cardale like that but then again... Cardale would have hit back.
I've always thought there should be more mentions of Sam Cunningham on Martin Luther King Day. There is nothing southerners love more than college football and the man who essentially forced integration was Sam Cunningham.
It's hard to be racist while praying for the same men to lead your favorite team to victory.
I hear you. I'm about 10 years older than you and lived most of my life with stories of Rex Kern and Archie but no memory of either. My heroes growing up were Tim Spencer and Mike Tomczak but for most of my life the Buckeyes were considered second rate on the national level. The Cooper years were worse in many ways and like fools gold the golden ring was always snatched away just before we were able to grab it. The 2002 championship released a lot of pent up frustration for me that returned with our losses in 2006 and 2007.
This time, I'm enjoying the win because sometimes it happens when you least expect it and many times you don't win when you should. Nothing is guaranteed.
You'd think losing in the bowl game would have shut Briles up. That man has done more to tarnish Baylor's rep in the last month than the basketball scandal (that few remember anymore).
All Briles whining has done is make sure that if it is close next year between Baylor and another team that public opinion will support the other team. I know TCU has become my favorite Big 12 team as Patterson is all class and lets the result on the field do his talking.
Technically this past year would be a regular redshirt season since he didn't play in any games in 2014 and never took a redshirt in his first 3 years at Ohio State. I hope for his sake that he is able to play in August but if the shoulder needs more time he could apply for a medical redshirt to play in 2016.
I'd be surprised if the deal isn't similar to the Pac 12 with Fox and ESPN splitting the tier 1 games. It will bring more money and keep both ESPN and Fox happy. Fox has already made a huge investment in the B1G with BTN and the championship game. There is no way they will get left out even if it means spending stupid amounts of money. ESPN understands this but the last thing it wants is for CBS or NBC to get inroads into college football legitimacy too (1 SEC per week and Notre Dame's home games does not count). NBC and CBS both are trying to get their own sports channels going and ESPN needs to take away any reason for people to go there. Clay Travis is enough to keep people away from Fox :P
Delany will sign the deal with both which should keep both of their current partners happy but only when he's bled them enough after using NBC and CBS to drive up the price.
The big winner in this is the B1G schools who all should build statutes of Cardale, EZE, Connor Cook, and MG3 who lead their teams to improbable wins that will add millions of dollars annually to their bottom line.