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Comment 31 Dec 2019

I tend to put Ohio State losses into three categories, two of which are easier to get over and a third that is the hardest:

1. Games where Ohio State played poorly and lost - e.g. 2018 Purdue, 2017 Iowa.  These are hard to swallow knowing they're games Ohio State would normally win.  But when you play terribly, like they did in these games, you shouldn't expect to win.

2. Games where Ohio State played well and still lost to a team that was just better on that day - e.g. most of the 2011 losses, 2014 Orange Bowl.  There aren't a lot of games over the past 10 years where Ohio State has played well and been on the wrong side at the end.  It obviously sucks to lose these games, but when you play well and fight and just lose to a team that was better on that day it's easier to get over.

3. Games where Ohio State was clearly the better team, and either from unforced errors or just bad luck they lose - e.g. 2015 Michigan State, 2019 Fiesta Bowl.  These are the hardest to get over, because you can replay so many scenarios in your head - a right call here or catch there and the entire outcome changes.  The 2015 game at least had a successful end with wins of TTUN and a win in the Fiesta Bowl, but still knowing how talented that team was it made it harder to get over.

I'd argue this 2019 loss to Clemson will be the hardest I can remember - we had a talented team comparable to the 2015 squad, played well during the majority of the game, but because of a number of reasons that I won't rehash here still lost.  With no games after it to help it makes it sting that much more...

Comment 18 Dec 2019

I'd go with Paris Johnson, but for reasons outside of talent alone - when Meyer announced he was retiring and Day taking over last year there was a real chance Ohio State was going to lose him.  But bringing him back in the fold, plus locking down the other top Ohio players for 2020 and 2021 really set the tone for Day and how he's going to approach recruiting the state of Ohio - lock down the top talent and then go find the best of the rest.  

Comment 26 Nov 2019

Baron Browning - he showed off what he could do last week with a huge game, and seems to be getting better every week.  

Comment 26 Nov 2019

Given the massive improvement from this year's defense (granted Hafley isn't the only reason for that, but still played a big part), I have a feeling Hafley will be getting much better job offers in the coming months/years than Rutgers. 

As others have mentioned above - if they couldn't get Schiano - who seemed like he really wanted to go back there - the latitude and money he needed to improve the program, what other coach (especially a rising star like Hafley seems to be) would want to risk their reputation to go there?

Comment 05 Sep 2018

Two thoughts:

1. Alabama will continue to get the benefit of the doubt as long as they keep making a solid case for / making the college football playoffs and having a good showing, and

2. Until/unless the committee starts penalizing teams for weak OOC schedules there will be no stopping Alabama or any other team from continuing to do the same

Comment 02 Aug 2018

Not a millenial here, but you can't really compare what we would have done 10 years ago to today.  Since 2008 Twitter has grown 500-fold (based on number of daily tweets sent), Facebook has grown from 100 million active users to 2.2 billion.  Instagram didn't even exist until 2010.  The entire social media and news landscape (including both how it's reported and how it's digested) was completely different 10 years ago than it was today, so it's not really a fair comparison.