JT had two NFL receivers to throw to last year and it was still the same issue. I have fait JT will play better and it isn't all on him. I don't hang the loss on Clemson on him. I think he played better than the numbers show in that game. However, he has taken a step back the last two years. It can be fixed, but its still there. I think Wilson will help JT out immensely (playcalling has hindered JT as much as anything), as will a seasoned offensive line.
Best of luck but remember: You either come to Ohio State or lose to Ohio State.
If I were a gopher fan I'd be enthused. This guy can coach. This has a Washington hiring Peterson type feel to me.
Remember how awful Conley looked as a young Buck, even had to bring an injured Apple back in. He ended up being OK. I think Ward wil be just fine.
I don't take offense to anything the writer said. However, its based on his knowledge of Clemson and his lack of knowledge about this year's Buckeye team. This Silver Bullets D causes turnovers by teams that don't turn the ball over and it will certainly cause them with a turnover prone team. Additionally, the run d has been outstanding. Clemson is going to struggle a bit more than anticipated which could lead to pressing which will likely cause mistakes.
All that said, the Buckeyes don't need huge turnovers to win this game. It has beaten better offenses, it has beaten better defenses, and although Clemson is a good team, the Buckeyes are going to expose the lack of lb lateral quickness like they did to 'Bama and there will be explosive outside runs.
Buckeyes win 37 - 24
I make it a point to wear my Buckeye gear when traveling through states Ohio State is playing. I stopped in Tuscaloosa before the Sugar Bowl and guaranteed a Buckeye victory. I ate BBQ in SC before the Orange Bowl and everyone was unnervingly polite "good luck bud" and such.
Also, sharing information is why people pay to have access to it! Why the hell are we concerned about silly business plans to keep information secret? Don't copy and paste but sharing info is sharing info. Paying for info gives the payer that right.
You either come to Ohio State or lose to Ohio State.
I'll take this as a compliment. I strive for zesty and refreshing.
Either come to Ohio State or lose to Ohio State.
Great point. And now that Fickell is gone there is no doubt as to who is running the defense. If Schiano continues to impress he'll be in line for a big job.
JT has an odd ability to never get hit that hard. His field vision makes up for lack of elite speed.
Good, I didn't get the point of cannonball with the '68 inspired jerseys to take on TTUN. If anything, the Chic Hartley jersey with the silver helmet would've looked cool. Silver helmet is worth at least 3 points.
Cleveland's loyalty should be to Cleveland. Fans in Cleveland get to see the full roster. Let the hate flow everywhere else. Also, glad to see the boys resting. Its all about Championships now.
When I first moved to Miami it was immediately after a deployment to a cold place and a lifetime of Ohio living. I developed acute bronchitis while demobilizing and saw a doctor once I arrived in Miami. Doctor said "no wonder you're sick, its in the 60s outside and you're wearing a tshirt!" I looked around and noticed everyone else was dressed for winter.
I really hope Gibson is an All-American here next season and we look back on this and laugh.
FIU has Butch Davis and FAU has Kiffin. That is a ton of recruiting power in South Florida, CUSA. When coupled with Richt at Miami, it suddenly turned damn competitive in Miami-Dade county to pull talent.
or a variety of odd reasons, my family ended up in south western Virginia-a place I have zero connections to otherwise. I'll be there for the holidays. Then, I need to get back down to Miami. Been a few months.
I agree JT has regressed. He has, and though it contradicts my earlier argument a touch, even if I saw numbers that said otherwise I'd argue he regressed. I won't pretend to know the answers to that but part of the issue is the RT is statistically the worst pass blocker in college football. Yes JT holds on to the ball too long sometimes, but he is constantly seeing pressure to his right, and that has to be at least part of it. I've been harsh on JT too (at least internally) and maybe its unfair. Perhaps his misses this year just seem bigger because I think "damn! a WR was actually OPEN and you missed him!" I don't know. It's completely fair to argue our qb play has diminished since Beck arrived too. However, last year was so weird. I think Cardale was the best qb, but as another commenter stated, it seemed we ran JTs offense for Jones. Each of them being pulled in and out didn't help matters. I also tend to think that MSU would've paid dearly over the top if they would've loaded up on 12 gauge last year but that's a discussion for another day.
Howdy Shamgod, my love to you and your kin this holiday season.
Beck isn't Tom Herman (but really, who is? the guy was the best coordinator in the nation, turned Houston into something and is now is the head man at one of college football's best jobs), and I am not sure we shouldn't seek improvement but the Taylor Martinez claim just gets me because every bit of evidence I've seen supports an opposite conclusion. Also, Beck is in his second year with very few starters. Its isn't his fault that the O line hasn't pass protected or the receivers haven't gotten open. I think we saw some growth from Herman when he was here and I think we are seeing it with Beck now.
Also points per game:
Beck year 1 (2015) 35.7, Beck year 2 (2016) 42.7
Herman year 1(2012) 37.2; Herman year 2 (2013) 43.2; Herman year 3 (2014) 45
Pretty comparable. And considering the mostly new cast and tough competition this year, this is a pretty good year two jump.
In sum, I think some fault can be found with Beck particularly with QBs but Beck is improving and is pretty close to replacing one of the best assistant coaches we've ever had.
Respectfully, that's kind of a cop out answer to numbers and it isn't entirely true. Also, to the extent the numbers I provided are subjective, I submit they at least are more objective and supportive of my contentions that simply stating "Taylor Martinez got worse!" which I've yet to see objective support for.
No, I am not. Cardale is the best proof of the contention I was arguing against. However, too small a sample size.
Taylor Martinez's passing numbers dramatically improved under Beck. Particularly from his sophomore to junior season.
Soph 56.3% passing 2089 yrds 13 Tds 8 Ints 874 rushing 9 tds
Junior 62.0% passing 2871 yds 23 tds 12 ints 1019 rushing 10tds
Senior (injured) 62.7% passing 667 yds 10 tds 2 ints 117 rushing
So how exactly did Beck ruin him?
Soph 60.9% 860 yards 7 TDs 2 Ints
Junior 62.3% 1459 yards 8 tds 5 ints
Tommy Armstrong was what a freshman and sophomore under Beck and is playing better as a junior and senior? Not exactly indicative of Beck being a bad coach.
As for JT, funny how he plays better when the offensive line plays better.
I think this year demonstrates why that shouldn't happen. If we look at the projected 5-8 there are a bunch of undeserving teams. 5) Michigan had a defacto playoff game with Ohio State and lost! So why consider them? Est 7)Oklahoma got taxed at home by Ohio State, why consider them? Est 8) is 3 loss USC or 3 loss Wisconsin.
The only debate is washington vs penn state. And no matter how big the playoff is, there will be an argument on the periphery.