Just a point of curiosity, does this mean the OSU Alumni Association or OSU itself gave them the rights to use the phrase "Ohio State?" Just kind of funny to see the shift from "meh it's just a thing some groups of alums do for a bit of cash" to "it's a good marketing move to link this back to our alumni base in terms of brand recognition"
Yeah, I'd argue the run defense has taken a hit this year with Bosa out and everything but when their receivers are *this* open and are catching 50/50's against our guys, I tend to argue it's a scheme/coaching problem. So yeah, someone needs fired.
Everything said above is absolutely valid regarding the entirety of the O-line, but I'm baffled that there's not a bigger focus on Isaiah Prince's struggles this year. If the coaches truly are willing/trying to put the best 11 on the field to win the game, I don't see a line of reasoning that explains why he hasn't been replaced. Whenever there's a hold, FS, or any other OL-related flag thrown, it's become an unofficial drinking game in my family whenever it's called on Prince. Given his past struggles 2 years ago, it should be extremely concerning that he's regressed back into as much of a liability as this.
I'm sure he's a great guy to meet in person. But from a strictly football standpoint, the dude's a bigger liability than asset at this point.
One might say “boiler-one-upped”
As a fellow Toledoan, I welcome you to the Internet.
Fully aware this dead horse is only starting to get beat, I don’t know how you don’t make some staff changes after the trends that have shown since about a month ago. Many areas to point to, obviously, but I think things are bad enough to the point where coaching and preparation are absolutely to blame. I’d say start with the LB’s and whoever decided we were a press man coverage team (that includes those LB’s), but that’s just me. And for the record: I think Urban’s a “stick with his guys” kind of guy at this stage (if this summer was any indication ), but if something similar to this loss happens again this season, I don’t rule out coaching changes occurring before the end of the season.
Otherwise Purdue showed up and helped soundly beat a team that was already doing a pretty good job beating itself. Hella credit to them.
I feel like the second half of the question involving the run game has to involve whether or not the OL will meet expectations. The unit as a whole has continued to struggle establishing their blocking schemes, leaving our backs to get shoestring-tackled at best. Add that to the nightmare that was the return of bad tackle play on *any* kind of play, and I think it’s a key reason the offense struggles everywhere it struggles. Urban’s prided the program on being OL-driven, and I think it’s equally obvious how dysfunctional we can be with the OL play we got yesterday (even if Haskins gets his and balls out despite that).
Awwww crap that last one reminded me we lost Coombs. Gaaaaaaah
Almost voted kickoff coverage for the lolz.
But please let's burn the Iowa tape with fire
As far as Weber's concerned, Parris was hurt and we thought Weber was apparently the next man up there. Why? I haven't the slightest.
I like that method of cheering for Team Chaos now. Let's steal the B1G title and sink the rest of the conference from the playoff for good measure.
Only thing I think he overlooked was our defense; we have a lethal line but a drop off in the secondary. I know it's a small sample size to associate with "dead last in passing defense," but in the same breath it at least makes the point that things are not going well in those units.
Not defending the play of JT last night, just wanted to get one thing across: this isn't just a QB problem on offense. Our WR's, Prince on OL, and playcalling are all making this problem way worse than just one bad QB performance. I get wanting to put someone else in at the position, but if Haskins/etc were driving the same "car" that was our offense last night, things wouldn't have turned out much better.
Logged in to try and save you from the downvote hawks for bringing up Prince. I'm not saying Barrett has zero fault here like you did, but I've also been worried since they re-announced Isaiah at starter that this would be year two of "QB gets chased around by DE's." The OL's much better overall, but his play is still below the bar IMO
Almost wrote a new comment's worth saying exactly this. Gut reaction is to go "ooooh for sure Brooklyn Dagger yeah f TTUN" but in all honesty that's not exactly impressive (unless I'm missing some kind of amazing play-calling, X's and O's significance behind that play). I give it to Brown as well.
Pro-tip: check that your headphones aren't fully cranked before watching the winning point.
Congrats, ladies! Go Bucks!
Unfair balance, ie Navy should never beat ND, so when they do it's actually a big deal. Life is not fair, college football reflects life.
Guys playing at Texas named Colt McCoy, or guys playing at LSU named Jean-Fransioux (I have no idea how to spell it)
Generally hospitable people from opposing teams who don't take themselves too seriously vs. NFL people who need to get a life.
Big old stadiums
For me, I also think it happens to be that during the week, I focus on getting to Saturday (the very next day after the work/school week). I know I wouldn't say the same if I was a bigger fan of the NFL, but I personally associate Sundays with "ugh, have to go back to the grind tomorrow."
Thanks for the #TBT cover photo of me, DJ!
One weird AF fluke by the goalie and a blown call by the linesman made the difference. That's a frustrating way to lose a final. I hope I can let this go sooner rather than later, but I can only imagine the "what-if's" in the players' heads right now.
Dibs on making "The Woody Windmill" the next bar on High St.
It seemed like right around/after OSU signed their (stupid) merchandise deal with J America that Trademarks & Licensing really started to hound down on people, both of which seem unnecessary but legal from our side of things. I tried to make group t-shirts for a BuckeyeThon team, and while it wasn't directly OSU stopping me (the t-shirt website said no), it was pretty frustrating nonetheless.
So basically Beat Blue.
While it's certainly disappointing that they weren't able to continue that streak of outplaying their opponents this week, my money remains on the offense that is 48-4 over the past four seasons when they face its biggest rivals in a few days.
Well written article, especially this last line. I think they'll be ready to put in a fight come Saturday. Just comes down to execution...here's praying for those mistakes to be fixed mentally and physically.
This showing against MSU definitely doesn't inspire confidence in our ironically bad offense, but I do think this team *can* beat TTUN given it's (perpetually untapped, supposed) potential. That being said, while I usually subscribe to the idea that anything can happen in The Game and that it's an isolated 1-game season as far as mentality is concerned, it's going to be hard to keep emotions/after-effects from the loss from bleeding into next week's game, if only a bit.
I know we tend to see anything less than a championship as a wasted season in recent times, but for both personal reasons and for the good of our sports-induced blood pressure spikes...let's PLEASE beat the s*** out out TTUN.
Unemotional and honest. I appreciate this.