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Comment 3 hours ago

It was not a black eye - remember, if the police see ANY indications of DV, such as a black eye, Courtney doesn't even have a say in whether or not she wishes to press charges - the police automatically charge him and arrest him for DV .... It's a non-debatable issue with police.  The biggest injuries I noticed were on Zach's arms, which sustained red welts .... Her arms were remarkably mark-free ....

Running eye shadow, poor lighting, but definitely not an "instant" bruise ....

Comment 3 hours ago

Wasn't even a close call - absolutely targeting a defenseless player who was already down .... DH was not going any further and this chump took a liberty .... even the "expert" during the broadcast confirmed it as targeting, but the yo-yos in the booth saw it differently ....

I don't think the refs should pay a penalty, but the guys in the booth, who took all day to make the decision and have the advantage of the replays (which the refs rely on to make the proper call), should be held accountable in some way, shape or form ....

Comment 24 hours ago

Have to agree - much like Isaiah Prince a couple of years back - all world on one play and then take a play off .... He's playing like his only job is to get to the QB, whereas, Little Bear is a more complete defender, as he is very active in the run game ....

Comment 24 hours ago

I don't want Bosa back for the PSU game, since any kind of groin pull will take a much longer time to heal than two weeks.  I'd rather have him back for The Game and our playoff games .... PSU is not as good a team as TCU and I believe that the loss of Bosa will be a rallying cry for our defense, with everyone on it stepping up their game ....

So, let Little Bear heal, run the table and then turn him loose on the Puke & Blue .....

Comment 17 Sep 2018

I think that TCU is a better team than PSU and Marty McFly will have his hands full.  I do believe that PSU will score on us, but don't have the defense to even slow down the OSU offense.  It may end up in a shoot out, but PSU will not win this gun fight .... I say let Little Bear watch from the side line and let the defense pick up their game and show Franklin what REAL depth is all about ....

Comment 17 Sep 2018

I want him back for The Game and the playoffs - we can absolutely run the table against all of the other teams with the existing line up, including PSU.  We just played a hell of a team in TCU, with more speed than I've seen in a while and once Bosa left, watched the rest of the players dig down and play their guts out.  They are not going to let Little Bear down and will hold the fort until he's back - just like Coach Day did for Urban Meyer.

It seems that when adversity hits an OSU team, the culture built by Urban, pulls the team together and they take their game to a whole other level.  Quite frankly, I don't think PSU is anywhere near as good as TCU and their defense will be exposed by our offense. 

Comment 17 Sep 2018

Outcoached ??  Please - most coaches will tell you that being "outcoached" happens primarily in the second half of a game.  Prepping for a game, based on film study, etc .... is important, as you look for tendencies, weak spots and the best way to neutralize the opponent.  But, teams are very adept at going away from trends and tendencies to open up a game.

TCU knew they were out-skilled on both sides of the line, so playing fast was their biggest weapon.  They knew that the size of OSU would wear them down in the second half and so they needed to come out fast and try to build a lead.  For the most part, it worked - a smaller defensive front WAS much quicker off the ball than our previous opponents and it didn't help that occasionally, we did commit the principle mistake when attacking a quicker opponent - "NEVER run AWAY from speed - run AT it" (that's straight Pop Warner stuff) and yet, we continued to put ourselves behind the chains by trying to run the ball outside.

However, winning the coaching battle comes in the second half of any game.  That's where you've had a chance to see what you're opponent is doing and then finding a way, during the halftime break, to make the adjustments which will neutralize the opponent offensively and find their weaknesses defensively.  I believe that the subtle changes made at the half, made a big difference.  I haven't seen the split in stats comparing one half to the other, but the Buckeyes shut down the running game of TCU fairly well in the second half and with the exception of the long pass, where our defender lost track of the ball, we defended them far better than the first half.

As well, during the second half, we started to run AT the speed, rather than around it and Dobbins was chewing up chunks of yards.  Although I thought Dobbins was running harder than his first two games, he needs to get rid of that little jump step, which he never used last year, since all it does is slow his forward progress down (and look silly).  It doesn't deke out a defender and it looks like he's trying to shift into another gear.  Quit hopping around, JK and RUN like you can ....

It was a great victory against a very good team and the only negative coming out of it was the health of Nick Bosa ....

Comment 16 Sep 2018

I stand corrected - just watched a replay of the 93 yard TD run by TCU and it wasn't the play I referred to above, where there was a twist on .... the replay clearly showed Turf Borland taking a step in the opposite direction and letting the lineman climb to his level and seal him off, while the back blew through the hole.

Comment 16 Sep 2018

I hear you - taking poor angles can make anyone look slow, but in most cases against the Beavers, the runner was pulling away once it got into a chase scenario.

Last night, the Buckeyes got an opportunity to see a team with REAL speed.  TCU played fast, with fast athletes.  Our team seemed shell shocked in that first half.  We also watched a running back rip off another long run (Browning and Bosa, if I'm correct, had a stunt on and Browning looped outside, while Nick was to loop inside, but got sealed and that left a gap uncovered, which the back hit at full speed).

To the player's credit, they were able to scrape off the rust of travel and found their legs in the second half.  It was huge for us to meet such a well-coached team, which plays hard and fast, prior to the BIG schedule.  While you hate to see Nick go down, fighting through adversity to get the win was invaluable and I can see nothing but good things for OSU going into the meat of the schedule .....

Comment 16 Sep 2018

What a fantastic game !!  I am absolutely exhausted, as if I had played every down .....  The "W" was really important, but possibly more so, was the ability of the team to learn how to deal with digging themselves out of a hole, against a very good team, while fighting adversity (poor officiating, loss of a key player, dropped TD passes and the adversity which comes from traveling to another time zone).....

You could see the jitters from Dobbins, as he practically walked through his first few series.  But, as the game wore on, he started to revert back to running with purpose and reckless abandon, which made him so good last season.  The only thing that still remains a concern for me, is the lack of secondary speed.  That's two games now, where we failed to catch running backs who broke the line of scrimmage and scored long TD's.  We really have to eliminate these big plays for the opposition.

Although early in the season, that victory, against a VERY talented team and coach, is the type of win which can set the course for a very good season.  Also, a credit to the coaching staff for making the adjustments at half time, which settled down the team and also put them in positions to win the game.  Our adjustments, trumped their adjustments and that's the sign of outstanding coaching ......

On to Tulane !!!

Comment 15 Sep 2018

Tell you what, when the secondary of OSU shows me a little more speed than the running backs from the Beavers, then I'll totally discount this comment.  Our DB's looked like they were running in cement trying to catch the Beaver receivers and RB's, so hopefully, they've changed out of their cement cleats and are wearing the "go-fasters" this evening, or we'll be in some trouble.

My greater concern, is with our kick and punt cover units, since that returner is a blazer .....

We are a fast team, but make no mistake, so is TCU .... Offensively, the best way to negate speed, is to run AT it, not away from it.  Defensively, we need to bottle them up early and not give them a chance to get to the edge or the open field.  The Silver Bullets will earn their slice of pizza tonight !!

OSU 38 - 24

Comment 14 Sep 2018

Looking at those return stats, the Buckeyes best punt and kick the ball away from those TCU return men - Yikes !!

The other area of concern will be our gap responsibilities against their mobile QB.  If Chase Young continues his blind rage off the edge on every snap, the TCU will be stepping up and taking off through the gap left by Chase.  Gap control is going to be really important by our defense, or expect to see more big plays against us, like the Beavers did .....

Comment 11 Sep 2018

Merci, Daniel .... Just keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be home by Saturday night to watch the game !!!

Comment 11 Sep 2018

Let's see, the head of the "Goon Squad" climbs trees, drinks milk, has sleep overs with teenagers, takes off his shirt to reveal an albino skin, attends recruit's classes, throws clipboards and his press conferences are as stimulating and informative as watching paint dry ...... I'm going to go with, FOOLS .....

Comment 10 Sep 2018

I've watched it a couple of times on BTN, but it's usually being played at odd times during the day .... Since I'm heading for a surgery on Wednesday, I've been home from work since last Friday, so I've been sticking close to the tube and can confirm that BTN has replayed the game at least twice since it was played on Football in 60 .....

Expect to be back at home by Friday, so looking forward to watching the OSU win over TCU on Saturday night !!

Comment 08 Sep 2018

Correct - primarily during the week of practice ... actually, before the week begins, since they script out each practice, so decisions are made prior to them starting the practice week.  The HC will always have the final say, but with both Day and Wilson as OC's, he would be a complete idiot, or an egomaniac, to ignore their input, which I believe is roughly 95% of the game plan.  Otherwise, there's really no point to having them.  Suggesting the HC is the primary contributor to the offensive game plan is pure Pop Warner - Urban is not Pop Warner ....

The headset is to listen to the conversations between all the coaches in the booth and side lines.  Unlike some HC's, like Hairball and Dabo, you won't see Urban running around consulting an offensive play sheet, that's taped to his jacket.  He focuses on the big picture and let's his assistants run the show.  If things aren't going well on the field, then as the HC, he'll stick his nose in and make sure that adjustments are made.  Urban is a master at managing a game and his staff, but he's not a micro-manager and as he should, let's his coordinators do their jobs ....

Comment 08 Sep 2018

The first penalty was deserved for spiking the ball - then both the refs and replay officials blew a very simple fumble call, as the ball came out of the QB's hands the very second Chase hit him (it was just pinned between them as they went to the ground .... No need to spike the ball (I always liked Joey's shrug following a big play - it hammers home the saying, "Act like you've been there") .....

Still uncertain as to what happened on the second call, but I suspect that Chase got a little excited on the interception and stepped off the bench to join the celebration.  Again, a bush-league call by the officials, however, it should have been expected, since this officiating crew was absolutely abysmal, with too many missed calls and too many questionable calls ... Their collective hands should all shake when they get their pay checks this week ....

Comment 07 Sep 2018

There is nothing good about a rain day for OSU, since we play with speed and are now able to throw the ball around - rain will slow both of these advantages down ..... I'm thinking a score, if it rains, will be more like 35 - 17 for the good guys, rather than 60 - 14 if it doesn't rain ...

Comment 06 Sep 2018

Someone please post the Philosopher King, Brady Hoke - I can't stop laughing at that masterpiece !!!