Has to be wrong without Bama in there as well. They've been voted the best defense for the next five years.
His all around play was great.
I thought it was hilarious listening to Patrick and Steve of Bucknuts giving their instant analysis and hearing Murphy say Arnette's play was apparently better. I guess it's really difficult for deep thinking analysts to step out on a limb and give credit where it is due, but I for one couldn't be happier to see Arnette grabbing interceptions and swatting passes.
I'm thinking along those lines too. The big intangible about this game the past few years has been Tom Allen's motor. He can be like this manic cheerleader out there who really gets the Hoosiers up for playing the Buckeyes. Personally I kind of miss the days when playing IU at Bloomington was like an extra home game, but I think they'll give the Buckeyes some fits again and might keep OSU from covering the spread, but it's still Indiana and I don't see the game coming down to the wire.
Haters have this overwhelming need to hate and if they can't take it out on this year's team in this game they'll go to any length to hate on someone from the past. It's just the way it is with some people who like to think of themselves as sports fans; gotta fill that need to hate.
I don't know, maybe this is oversimplifying things but how about by being a great player, an outstanding defensive assistant and then coordinator for more than a decade and then a guy who had the thankless job of taking on a head coaching assignment for a team that was blindsided by the NCAA? His legacy is sound and it is earned.
As to the man, I noticed that and I also noticed that on offense the Tight Ends were out of the picture. I think Day and company are checking boxes to see what works and keeping it all filed away for future reference. Has to be unnerving to the other side when game planning and it looks to me like the team is sound whether man or zone on defense or pro style and spread on offense. Encouraging stuff.
Bryant is going to be cashing paychecks next year.
I'm surprised that he has not yet been offered the head coaching job at Oregon.
What's this PC shit? The guy acted like a jerk and still does. The flag planting was just one item of many. You can love him as the Brown's QB if you want, but he's a hard person to like.
A lot of coaches baby their quarterback's egos and clearly Day doesn't believe in that. I wonder, along with everyone else, how good Fields is going to prove to be, but I don't think we can learn much by how Day treats his status. I think he wants him to work hard at being as good as he can.
The reporters who cover the Buckeyes over-analyze everything, as Dave Biddle says at least ten times a week "I just have this feeling" or "I don't buy it." My thinking is Day has his reasons and that's why he gets paid. I don't think Day wants a platoon system to start the season and for whatever reason, he expects to get some benefit out of stretching out the process of settling on The Guy for a while. I just hope he knows what he's doing.
It's going to be interesting to see how the 2019 season shakes out. I expect there will be a lot of fans who will view Fields as a disappointment due to the inevitable comparisons with Hasken's arm as opposed the bottom line of his won/loss record. To the extent any quarterback can control a won/loss record by himself, I don't expect Fields to be a disappointment in that regard. Great passers are a rarity in college football, but that doesn't mean that all QB's who aren't great passers are a bust. If the gold-standard for wins is Alabama, it's worth noting that Tua is probably the best passer of note there since Kenny Stabler who last played there in 1967. You always want a quarterback with a great arm, but that's not the only way to win games.
The bad news about being a high first round draft pick is that you're going to a bad team.
As for "doing it right this time," maybe he was referring to the patience he displayed playing behind JT. Maybe he was saying that he was going to do more to get the starting job from the get-go. I doubt if he has regrets about playing at OSU, especially if he's comparing the Buckeyes to Maryland.
Like everyone else, I have no idea of the real reason why Baldwin chose the transfer portal, but I know from a lot of experience- such as spending time overseas- that no one in the military lies about being homesick and I would assume that the same macho spirit exists among football players.. It may be that Baldwin would have stuck it out had Fields not transferred, assuming also that Tate still would have transferred rather than being number two, but we'll never know. I tend to think he would have stayed out of a sense of responsibility to the program and that he no longer feels that way with Fields here. As hard as it is for us fans to fathom, not everyone has the same priorities and not everyone has the same capacity to wander off in the world for fame and fortune when they'd rather just stay at home and be around the familiar. I don't think anyone is lying about anything. I think he just wanted to go somewhere closer to home.
With the success of Buckeye stars in the recent drafts, I'm not sure why OSU sees redshirting as the first option anymore. I don't know if any of these freshmen will leave when their high school classmates finish their sophomore year, but if any should prove to the coaches to be phenoms going into this, their first year, I'd play them as much as possible because there's seemingly no way the Buckeyes are going to get three years play out of three years eligibility on a phenom anymore and so they might as well hope to get two. Out of this crop, I wouldn't even consider redshirting Wilson as an option. He looks good enough to start and too good to last three calendar years.
Do you honestly expect the Georgia faithful to have anything good to say about Fields? Fromm is a game manager and from watching Georgia several times last year, that's the best description I can think of for Georgia's style of offense. I agree with STAFF, it's the way it is in the era of free-agency. Every quarterback wants to be a starter for an elite team up till, but no later than they're first eligible for the draft. I'm not sure why Baldwin is bolting, but after reading his statement it sounds like it was more personal than anything else.
Same here on all your points Eddie.
I don't understand this 'calculated risk' that sportswriters seem to worry about. Something about building rapport with receivers. I think that's overblown. Receivers are going to like the guy who throws to them and they'll do everything they can to get passes and to catch them, especially when the number one targets are all gone to the draft.
I also think what we're hearing from Day is that he doesn't know what kind of offense he's going to employ this year and who he picks as QB1 will depend on that choice. I doubt if his focus is on anything more complicated than winning the most games right now and he'll pick his QB when he has picked his plan.
One clue would have been the given range of late first, early second in a world in which the actual pick is easy to look up. Pickees are limited to a total of one, projections are typically a range. Right now Haskins is picked to be between second and tenth, a range. Sorry to aggravate the bunions of your comprehension.
Poor word choice: projected; not picked.
True. Patrick Mahomes was picked low first, high second round due to his alleged impatience and lack of discipline. We'll see what happens with Dwayne.
Yeah, this fear, if that's what it is, reminds me of the national media's criticism of the Buckeyes for national signing day, even though in terms of quality per individual they finished third in the country. You have to deal with what you've got and the only way they could have more experience coming into this year and on into next is if they would have reduced the playing time of the corps that carried them last year. It's always amazing to me when good players graduate that more good players seem to arise and meet the needs. I think the Buckeye receivers are not an area of major concern for now or next year or the year after, unless there are major injuries to the starters.
Good take. All in all I thought Holtmann got all he could out of this team and though it didn't always show, I never doubted their heart.
Ramzy's takes are always original and a cut above.
Couldn't agree more. For the most part, you have no more say in where you were born than in what name your parents gave to you but the proof is in who you are when your playing days are over and I have not heard of any former player for Ohio State who has not proudly identified themselves as Buckeyes.
Early in the year, Duane Washington looked like Jon Diebler's younger brother, but since the Creighton game he has only had four games shooting 40% or better from three. He's not throwing bricks, but he's sure rimmed out a lot lately. It's a tall order for a freshman to shoot his team out of zone defenses, but I believe in the theory that shooting percents are pretty consistent over time and he looks to me like a bona fide fifty percent shooter. I'm wondering if his mechanics haven't changed slightly or possibly if he's rushing his shots. Whatever, I think with the right coaching he can shoot his way back into being a zone buster and seeing as how the Buckeyes' biggest weakness is offense against the zone, they could really use him in top form.