Tell the 60K and their loved ones it was overhyped. People dying in agony alone, their families unable to comfort them or publicly mourn them, their bodies stored in refrigerated semis. And try not to be so callous and uncaring.
On this date last year, we were on Class of 2020 Recruiting News (Part 21). The last post on Part 28 was dated May 22, 2019. So on the one hand, it's easy to say 2021 is ahead of the curve but we also only had eight commits this time last year--and still only eight when Part 28 was closed out over a month later--so there was a flurry of 2020 activity yet to come.
What's the story on Tony Grimes' twin brother? Does he play?
I don’t how you can say we whiffed on Taco. In his first three years at Michigan, he played in 35 games but started only five, then finally broke into the starting lineup as a senior in 2016. Ohio State’s top four DEs in 2016 were juniors Jalyn Holmes and Tyquan Lewis, sophomore Sam Hubbard, and freshman Nick Bosa—which of them would you have traded for Taco Charlton? Not to mention that the three years prior to that, we had Joey Bosa. We didn’t miss anything by passing on Taco.
Epenesa’s 2019 stats were marginally better than his 2018 stats. If you watched any of their big games, he disappeared a lot, which, granted, he was also double teamed a lot, so while you can look pass the stats (see Jadeveon Clowney), it’s hard to look past his underwhelming combine numbers. He has gone from arguably the second best DE in the country and a surefire first round pick before the season to borderline first rounder.
Sports are about attrition, especially college sports where you’re turning over your roster every 2-4 years. Iowa’s defense gave up 14 ppg last year. They’ve lost three of their four DLs (including Epenesa), their MLB and two DBs but due to injuries, they played a lot of guys in the back seven. If they can find some DLs, there’s no reason they can’t be just as good.
I agree on McCaffrey’s apparent lack of durability but disagree that Milton is the better option. McCaffrey’s pedigree alone could be enough to compensate for the lack of development Harbaugh's become known for. Raw talent without coaching equates to having a green light to freelance and that’s dangerous.
If Ferentz can find a new OT to replace Tristan Wirfs, who’s expected to be a first round draft choice, I expect Iowa to be better offensively this year than last year—Stanley was a statue but his WRs really stepped up the second half of the season and they’re all back plus Goodwin has legit sprinter speed while Mekhi Sargent gets the tough short yards—and they’ll probably be just as good on defense.
Craig Cassady (not Cassidy) is tied for the school record for most interceptions in a season (nine with the incomparable Mike Sensabaugh) and tied with nine others for most picks in a game (3 against Michigan State in 1975).
I was at that 6-0 loss to Wisconsin. That was just a miserable day. Weather-wise, the only game that compares for me was the 2018 game versus Rutgers, which at least had a few moments when it didn’t rain or at least was a drizzly mist. Against Wisconsin, it rained non-stop.
And it will be again in South Bend starting in 2021.
If you want an obscure name, Arnie Jones had 24 tackles when #9 Ohio State upset #3 Michigan, 14-11, in 1972. At the time, it was the school record for single-game tackles and is currently tied for 4th on the school’s single-game record list behind only Tom Cousineau and Chris Spielman.
Let’s not dismiss nor diminish the importance of 5k football fans.
That means 5k fewer ticket sales equates to minimally $585k per game in lost ticket revenue (and that’s not counting concessions or program sales or ancillary streams like parking and merchandise), which would be $4.1M over a seven-game home schedule, which is more than the profit OSU’s athletic department made in 2018, which means 5k fewer fans per game puts Ohio State in the red.
The average MBB ticket this year cost $26, which is $130k per game. That means 5k fewer fans over four MBB = 5k fewer fans at just one football game. Over an 18-game home schedule, that’s $2.3M. Ohio State can’t be profitable averaging 5k fewer football fans but it can with 5k fewer basketball fans.
Average and overall game attendance are both down and have been falling YOY for a while.
From 2014 to ’18, attendance across the FBS fell by 7.6%. Last year, on average, 41,856 fans went to games. That’s the lowest turnout since 1996; even major programs like Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss suffered declines of greater than 5%. The NCAA has yet to release its full report on 2019’s numbers, but pictures of nearly-empty stadiums, from big to small programs, popped up every fall weekend on Twitter. During bowl season, as games moved to neutral sites, the stands were so empty it looked more like spring football. Even athletic directors will openly admit it: College football is facing an attendance crisis.
I await your usual uninformed response.
I’m talking about intimacy, not amenities. You can modernize SJA to add/update the bathrooms and provide better concessions but otherwise, it works. UD Arena is about the same size as SJA and just turned 50 last year but in a recent poll, it placed 26th on a list of best on-campus arenas. From Wikipedia, which is never wrong:
The arena has been hailed by sportscasters and opponent coaches alike as one of the greatest venues in college basketball. Since its opening in 1969, over 14 million visitors have witnessed events at the arena. UD Arena has long been reckoned as one of the most hostile arenas in the nation, and has also been hailed as one of the greatest basketball atmospheres in all of college basketball.
Wake me when OSU faculty starts bitching about not having tickets to MBB games.
Notre Dame is a P5. If it wasn’t, we’d already have our non P5 precedent since they played in the CFP in 2018.
Ugh. For the life of me, I cannot understand why people think 6 works. The main reason it doesn’t work because it would create an uneven playing field where two teams would get a distinct advantage in a system that’s supposed to be built on fairness, that says all teams incur the same risks and hardships. What purpose is served by giving two teams a break, that instead of seven games in an 8-team field, you only play five in a 6-team field? It’s not like going to eight instead of six means you’re adding an extra round. All six would do is piss off the fans of seeds 3 and 4. Can you imagine how upset Buckeye fans would be if we were undefeated and seeded third and had to play a first round game while Alabama and Clemson didn’t? How would that be fair and equitable?
It’s sad but true that many fans have come to only care about the CFP. In six years, only 11 teams have played in it and four—Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State—have accounted for 17 of the 24 spots (71%). No other teams have played more than once and only two (Oregon and Georgia) have won a game. As the rich have become richer, the sport has suffered because there’s no new blood to keep fans engaged, to fuel excitement and foster conversations behind the bubble teams, just the same handful of teams over and over again and that “same old, same old” has made it stale and boring.
Yes! And maybe throw in a wrestling match against PSU or Iowa. And, of course, there’s the Skull Session, which seems to be the only reason SJA still stands. There was a time when you could catch the tail end of a Saturday morning MBB or WBB practice as you arrived early for the Skull Session.
The Schott (1998) seemed like Ohio State’s “keeping up with the Joneses” response to Rupp Arena (1976) and the Dean Dome (1986)—as if having the B1G’s largest arena and a monolithic architectural bookend to the Shoe would by itself turn OSU into a national basketball powerhouse. But as Cameron Indoor Stadium has long proved, basketball offers a much more intimate experience than football because the fans can play a bigger role, the crowd’s energy feasting off itself. I'd love to see OSU modernize SJA without killing its 1950s corrugated steel shell charm.
Including Notre Dame, there were 15 P5 teams that won at least 10 games last year, 14 in 2018, and 16 in 2018. Vegas has only eight or about half as many as the past several years doing that this season. That means they’re underestimating what 7-8 teams in the 7-9.5 win range will accomplish.
Your timeline is wrong: Oliver Luck was president and GM of the Houston Dynamo MLS team from 2005-10. He became WVU’s AD in 2010. Andrew was a freshman at Stanford in 2008. Three of his four kids went to Stanford.
It’s not just crappy proofreading, Airbuckeye’s isn’t even factually accurate:
I also said Luck was already at Stanford and he was the reason Stanford was as good as they were.
To suggest Harbaugh “lucked into” Andrew Luck is wrong—Harbaugh’s first season in Palo Alto was 2007, while Luck graduated from high school in 2008.
I’m sorry but isn’t it spelled Alter?
Winning in 1997 poses some interesting possibilities:
- Our only loss going into The Game was by four points @PSU, which was ranked #2 at the time
- When we played Michigan, they were ranked #1 and we were #4–if we’d won, the loss would’ve denied them a Big 10 championship, the Rose Bowl, and the co-national championship. Without 1997, Michigan’s last Rose Bowl win would’ve been in 1993.
- Beating Michigan might’ve also cost Charles Woodson his Heisman—instead, beating OSU sealed it for him as he had an interception and a 78-yard punt return TD
- As B1G co-champs with Michigan (PSU finished with two conference losses), the head-to-head tiebreaker would’ve sent OSU to the Rose Bowl ranked at least #3 to play #7 Washington State, which Michigan beat, 21-16.
The plan Holtmann laid out for Carton was B1G freshman of the year, then AA and NBA first rounder as a soph. By the end of January, he might’ve realized he might not even make the all-freshman team and thought the plan wasn’t going to happen; now that he’s transferring out, a part of me can’t help but wonder if the mental health thing was a ruse, that he knew he wanted out and needed an excuse to get a waiver and be ruled eligible to play right away somewhere else.
If I recall correctly, Martell’s tweet came out after Fields announced he was in the portal but before he said he was coming to Ohio State. It was Little Man Tate’s warning shot across his bow. Then Martell left and floundered at Miami, in effect seeing his own words of advice coming back to haunt him.