CJ Saunders is a very good route runner and has a knack for finding the seam against zone coverage. He needed to get bigger and more physical to get on the field in more than mop up duty (and was behind Paris Campbell and KJ Hill) and had gotten to that point before getting injured last year. From a production standpoint, he is a 10-15 snap per game guy, maybe 2-3 3rd down receptions per game and provide great leadership. Voted captain by his teammates. No way you don't allow this guy back if granted the extra year of eligibility.
The company I work for has banned travel that is not business critical (shouldn't have non-business critical travel anyway). I believe that this is an overreaction. I will be flying to Las Vegas the first weekend of April on vacation and have no intention of postponing or cancelling. I likely will not be visiting any nursing homes in the state of Washington though.
I suspect that Sparty has been game planning for the game with Ohio State for weeks and completely overlooked Indiana. The common denominator in many of the games in the recent past where Ohio State has been upset has been poor weather conditions. Saturday's forecast is good. I do see a scenario where we don't cover the spread but I have no doubt Ohio State wins this game.
Have to disagree on this point. Bowen is playing very good football and will not lose his spot regardless of how well Petit plays.
Things have definitely changed in the last 27 years. I do know some OSU haters in Cincinnati and every single one of them is over 50 years old. I talk OSU football with guys at work, the gym, neighbors, all Buckeye fans. These are people 20’s - 60’s. Very few anti-OSU people that I interact with that weren’t around in the 1960’s when UC basketball was relevant. In fact, when I have asked why they hate on OSU they say it’s because Ohio State refuses to play UC in basketball.
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That's because there have been a dozen articles written based on one interview. It's the offseason, where things get regurgitated over and over.
And what about the other black players on the Georgia football team. I assume they were equally offended by the racist comment. Will they all be eligible for immediate playing time should they decide to transfer? Had the baseball player not been thrown off the baseball team the case would be stronger, especially if Fields did indeed intend to join the baseball team. I was unaware that his sister plays on the UGA softball team. This is not a simple case. I call it 50/50. Really don't understand why Tate doesn't wait this out. Assuming that Tate is not eligible he could win the starting job for 2019 and then decide what to do. He would likely be ready to graduate and could stay or transfer and play right away. No way Tate is eligible to play in 2019 anywhere other than OSU.
Day is the bigger risk due to no head coaching experience and no experience hiring/replacing staff. The whole continuity thing is great for 2019 but the staff will start turning over. I’m not saying that we won’t make good hires, just that he doesn’t have the experience and it’s a risk. Then again, Tressel hired a video coordinator to coach QB’s. I’m not sure I buy the continuity thing anyway. Urban won championships very early on at Florida and Ohio State. And Tressel won his in year 2 (I think). Anyway, I’m cool with Day, just acknowledging that there is risk. He is an offensive genius but what is his vision for defense and special teams? Is he now the CEO or does he continue to be heavily involved in the offense and let Schiano manage the defense?
Haskins deserves the Heisman more than the Buckeyes deserved the playoff but the outcome will be the same. Everybody loves Murray and they decided weeks ago.
I'm afraid that this is the truth. Buckeyes must go undefeated to get in. BS but true. And don't give me any Purdue crap. Oklahoma's defense is trash.
Facts ruin many good stories!
I think this whole Urban Meyer retirement rumor will have more recruiting impact than winning the Rose Bowl. Besides, high profile recruits want to play in the playoffs. They have no idea about the tradition behind the Rose Bowl.
Ward was a sure fire top 5 pick with everything to lose. Haskins is the only one with something to lose and he is playing (as of now). Jones is a likely 2nd round pick and can improve his stock by playing. The risk is not greater than the reward in his case. Weber needs to show the world that he can hold onto the ball. In fact, he probably needs to come back for his senior year.
I've been saying exactly the same thing. I think the committee should not rank teams until the season is fully over. They already had their mind made up several weeks ago that Ohio State was not getting in. The win over Michigan did little to change opinions. They way perception plays in, you want a big win much earlier in the season. Beating the holy hell out of a team everyone thought was a playoff team did nothing to change the narrative. I just don't get it.
The 2014 team lost to Virginia Tech who was 6-6 (before winning their bowl game). That team didn't blow the doors off anybody before the Big Ten Championship game.
Ohio State had two losses last year. Why to people continue to compare last year to this year. The comparison last year was a 2 loss OSU Big Ten Champ vs. a 1 loss non-conference champ Alabama. The committee said the margin was narrow between them (presumably rationalizing putting in a team that didn’t make their conference championship game). Your argument holds water in a comparison against Notre Dame, not Oklahoma. OSU and Oklahoma have the same record and both won their conference championship. Quality wins should matter more than bad losses. Beating the shit out of aMichigan team that everybody believed was worthy of a playoff team shows that the Buckeyes belong there. Getting spanked by Purdue on the road at night was pathetic, but it was also playing down to the competition. Big win > bad loss. Show me a win Oklahoma has that’s better. West Virginia, absolutely not. West Virginia had that game won had it not been for the idiot blocking out of bounds. And Michigan is still ranked #7. How is that lost on everybody. And as many big plays as we give up our D steps up at critical times where Oklahoma can’t stop anybody on defense, ever.
Win big and see what happens.
It wasn’t just the Iowa loss. We had 2 losses last year. Ohio State would have gotten in last year if they had beaten Oklahoma and only had the blowout loss to Iowa. This narrative that the Purdue loss equals the Iowa loss is pure fiction. We were a 2 loss conference champ and Alabama had one loss. And quality wins should trump bad losses every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Oklahoma has not been impressive down the stretch. The Buckeyes can potentially end the regular season with 2 dominant performances. I don’t comprehend how anybody thinks Oklahoma (with their pathetic defense) is better than Ohio State. Win big tonight and see what happens.
Dwayne Haskins may be the most underappreciated QB in Ohio State history with all of the Tate lovers. Tate will have his time to shine, but I would not take Haskins out under any circumstances the remainder of this season, especially now that he is willing get some tough yards with his legs.
This may be true but you forget that Iowa was loss number 2 last year. the Committee put in a one loss non-conference champion Alabama vs. a 2 loss Ohio State that was a conference champion. If the argument was OSU vs. an undefeated Notre Dame your argument would hold up. The Purdue game was five weeks ago, it is part of the overall body of work but it's also ancient history. Oklahoma's defense looks horrible every game and Ohio State just put a beat down on #4. I think the eye ball test really matters this week for both teams.
The talking heads on the pregame shows were talking about how big of a win it would be for Michigan to beat Ohio State. They then said Oklahoma would get in over Ohio State if we won because of our defense. The logic was bizarre but I think many minds have been changed after yesterday’s ass whooping.
We were a two loss conference champion last year and Alabama only had one loss. Big difference.
They would put Bama in and it would be complete bullshit. Conference championship, quality wins and momentum should be the primary drivers. The whole bad loss thing is over played.