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Cincy_Bucks

Ohio State (via Cincinnati)

MEMBER SINCE   November 30, 2014

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: OSU winning the 2015 National Championship.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Chris Gamble
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: D'Angelo Russell
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NBA TEAM: Pacers
  • SOCCER TEAM: USMNT/Messi

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Comment 07 Feb 2018

I just think Purdue has too many weapons that you can't stop them consistently and it also really hurts not having Kam. Unless Andre or Musa really step up tonight, I don't think we have much of a chance.

Purdue - 79

Ohio State - 71

Comment 29 Dec 2017

I get the other side of the argument that you should play for your brothers but I just try to envision what I would do in that situation and I would probably sit out if there was a lot money on the line. 

I would feel different if a player sits out The Game but that's a different situation. It's still the regular season but a bowl game, in my eyes, is a celebration and reward for the players who had to endure the regular season. 

Comment 26 Nov 2017

Hey guys, how about we give Holtmann some time to clean up the mess that Thad left. Butler was favored by one point in this game anyway so it's not like this result wasn't expected at all. This team is already better than last year's and there will be some growing pains along the way because this team isn't used to winning. Obviously we made plenty of mistakes today that could have been avoided but it's still early in the season and this team will be better when March comes.

Comment 18 Nov 2017

There's usually always a live stream on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb9FiXgZGNA

Comment 30 Oct 2017

The returner still has to be aware of how close he is to the sideline as well. And there are other factors involved like wind; it's not like the ball is going to end up in the same spot every time but ideally anywhere between 0-10 yard line between the side hash and the sideline. As for returning to the wide side of the field, the coverage unit is supposed to have that blocked off and contained with all the cover guys staying in their lanes. If you watch the kick return, #19 over pursued too far inside and that was the hole that Barkley took to break free so if executed properly the Mortar kick can be a pretty good advantage. 

Also, it's not like the Mortar kick has sucked consistently for OSU, all of last year and the beginning of this year we were frequently pinning our opponents inside the 20 but for whatever reason (and I think the main thing is guys not staying in their lanes) our kickoff unit has crashed and burned the past few weeks.

As for the risk/reward, of course there will be increased risk since there's also the chance for increased reward but since OSU should theoretically have the more skilled kickoff team 9 times out of 10, that risk should be lessened. 

Comment 30 Oct 2017

Not really. The point is to force the returner to make a quick decision if he is going to let it bounce or catch it. It's also supposed to be kicked high to allow coverage to get down there quicker. If the placement is on point and arch of the ball is high enough, it doesn't matter if the returner knows it's coming because the coverage is already in their face and almost half the field is eliminated.

Comment 30 Oct 2017

The "Mortar" kick is proven to be a superior kickoff compared to just going for a touchback. The problem with the kickoff is that they overpursue and don't stay in their lanes. Nuernberger placed it perfectly on the opening kick; it's just that the coverage didn't contain on the outside.

For a further explanation on the Mortar kick: http://www.sharpfootballanalysis.com/blog/2016/why-mortar-kicks-can-win-games-in-2016