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JTFor President2016

from Marietta, OH

MEMBER SINCE   August 15, 2016


  • SPORTS MOMENT: My dad and I simultaneously jumping up from the couch when Elliott broke free for 85 yards.
  • NFL TEAM: Only College Football for me
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

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Comment 01 Apr 2020

What really gets me is how they seem to gameplan for The Game. It's like UM thinks they are as talented, so they just need to "do what we do" in order to succeed. Whereas other Big Ten try nothing more than attacking weaknesses. PSU went full QB run in the second half, even after Clifford was good to go. Wisconsin ran Coan the second time around, and added a million pre-snap motions. Those were all things every OSU fan knew were "weaknesses". But Michigan hasn't seemed to care about those at all. Hell in 2018, when we had the worst defense in OSU history, mainly in stopping quick routes, UM didn't even try them until the 2nd half. And guess what, they started scoring points. 

Jim Harbaugh is looking exactly like Les Miles. Les tried to beat Bama by playing "LSU football", and never game planning around Alabama. 

Plain and simple. If you know you don't have the talent, then you absolutely have to out scheme a team, and pick on their weaknesses (Just like Iowa and Purdue did). 

Comment 01 Apr 2020

Recruiting absolutely is the most important thing. But it is not the ONLY important aspect to a winning program. LSU, Clemson, and OSU were head and shoulders above the rest of the field this year and it isn't shocking they dominate recruiting. With that said, my favorite comparison for Michigan, is Penn State. Penn State and Michigan recruit evenly, and yet, only one of those teams gives Ohio State headaches on a regular basis. So the real question is why?

There is no question Ohio State is the most complete team in the Big Ten and it is not even close. Out of our 22 starters, you'd be hard pressed to find more than 3-5 players around the Big Ten that would replace one of our starters. BUT those 3-5 guys are the difference maker. What has kept PSU in the game against us in recent years. It wasn't their overall team being at OSU's level. No. It was Saquon Barkley returning a kick to punch us in the mouth. Trace McSorely out running our LB's. KJ Hamler going 98 yards for a touchdown. 

Guess what? None of those players were a Top 100 recruit. KJ Hamler was outside the Top 300, and McSorely was outside the Top 500. You can't blame "recruiting" when KJ Hamler is drastically outperforming DPJ. 

So why hasn't Michigan had a Hamler, Mcsorely, Rondale Moore, or hell even a Miles Sanders? I personally think Michigan fans love this argument because they want to narrow down the issues to 1 thing, when in reality, it is the entire program. 

It is a combination. Yes they aren't recruiting like Ohio State. But does that explain why Malik Harrison or Chris Olave (both mid-tier 3 stars) could walk through the doors at UM, and instantly be their best players on their respective sides of the ball? Ohio State landed Olave because they saw something no one else did. Malik Harrison was a stud because he developed throughout his career. A players development is evident when you watch OSU. 

In summary, UM will never consistently beat OSU unless they recruit better. However, recruiting doesn't fully explain why they look completely inferior in every aspect during The Game. 

Comment 26 Mar 2020

If so, I'm just going to casually add another smirky smile to the "sky is falling because we can't recruit *insert position". When you are at OSU's level, and you miss on a position during a recruiting year, the only thing it does, is put you at the top of the board for top prospects in the following class. We are seeing that at the DB position and the RB position.

Kids are much more ready to play nowadays than even just 10 years ago. It's not a huge deal to miss on a class or two, if it means you are gonna get a 5* kid in the next class. 

Comment 24 Feb 2020

Oregon is nerve wracking just because you don't know what to expect early season. With that said...I think they are a product of playing in the Pac-12. Their best win all of last season, was a 1 point win over a team OSU outscored something like 55-7 in the second half of two games last year. Their D is good, and I don't think their offense will drop off much without Herbert, and with Moorehead on board, but evn if they hold status quo from last year, I think it's a comfortable win for the good guys. 

Comment 24 Feb 2020

It's tough to argue 2002. Especially with how talented that Miami team was. But 2014 can make a case. Lose Braxton? JT becomes a heisman candidate. Lose JT? Cardale literally runs over Bama. 

I know those last 3 games were legendary. But JT and Devin Smith taking the absolute top off "no fly zone" in East Lansing, was surreal. 

Then Zeke. After week 3, people wanted Samuel to be the #1 back (who ended up pretty darn good), but Zeke was something else. The 2002 team was legit, but I have NEVER seen a team improve from Week 1 to January, like the 2014 squad did. I remember to this day, sitting on my bed blankly staring at the TV, when the report of Braxton's shoulder injury came out. 

True story. I was at the VT game. After the game a very nice Hokies fan (all were very nice btw), said to me "you guys can recover to win the Big Ten". I turned to her and said "Ma'am I don't mean any disrespect, but without Braxton, we aren't winning 6 f*cking games."

Comment 11 Feb 2020

I'll admit that I didn't do much research into Day and questioned, "Chip's offense is basically what we ran in 2016, and that proved to be outdated". Didn't realize the passing wizard Day was going to be. 

Comment 11 Feb 2020

1 question. 

Why is anyone, let alone a trustee openly discussing an open job? This just makes MSU that much more unattractive. IMO, the success from 2010-2015, which is no doubt unsustainable, has skewed how MSU looks at themselves in the mirror. The only way they get back to the top is if OSU gets more free tattoos, Michigan fires Harbaugh and hires Bobby Petrino, and PSU has another fallout. 

They have no in-state talent, and OSU is recruiting more Ohio kids than they did from 2012-2015. Also, the often missed factor is the rise of Kentucky football. MSU used to be the school where kids that "OSU didn't want" would go. Kentucky is taking that over in a big way. They have built a pretty big pipeline in the Columbus area. 

Comment 10 Feb 2020

This exactly. I would definitely support it, and could see a lot of former OSU fringe level guys wanting to play there. But the weather is brutal. 

Maybe they will build The Crew a dome since there is so much support for the team. 

Comment 10 Feb 2020

Reminds me of a time when I would sweat bullets every season before we played a mid-level Group of 5 team in Week 1 or Week 2. Navy is always tough, but man. Down 5-0 to Miami, I was thinking "Oh boy. We ain't gonna lose, but we are about to have a Tresselesque type win vs. a MAC school". Always had someone step up to seal the game though. I remember it as almost a tradition. I think NIU in 2015 was the last one we have had to deal with. 

Comment 10 Feb 2020

Perfect example. I'm not sure why coaches are basically "shunned" from HC consideration if they have a bad stretch in a horrible situation. Imo, someone who was in a "bad situation", and failed, is still more desirable than someone who was never in that "bad situation" to begin with. They have experience in it, and should be better the second time around. 

Honestly, probably has to do with answering millions of questions like "Does his 10-35 record at *insert bad team* not scare you?". Even though they are playing Ohio State, Penn State, UM, and MSU every single season, and having a President not care about the sport. 

Comment 10 Feb 2020

Penn State is currently mired in 2015-2017 Ohio State. Terrific all-around team. But in today's game, the QB is more important than ever before, in particular, his ability to stretch the field. All I could think of during last years OSU/PSU game was, "wow PSU is trying to win this game 2016 OSU style". Defense, and grinding it out with your QB. Once again, I think the winner of this game has the straight shot into Indy. 

That style won't win a title, but it can be a true pain in the ass to deal with. OSU is more talented, especially at the most important position. But they won't be able to make mistakes like last year. Bouncing back from back-to-back fumbles to make the game 21-17 in the Shoe is one thing. Bouncing back in Happy Valley is completely different. 

I know in 2018 we rallied in that environment, but 2016, in which I was in the stands, will horrify me till the day I die. Their D-line was firing off the snap damn near a second before our O-line was. 

I'm not too worried. PSU gave us fits because of McSorely, plain and simple. PSU was one of the most explosive teams in America. They don't have that right now, barring a massive leap from Clifford. Our run defense should be top-notch next season, and I don't see PSU having the threats to attack our young secondary. 

Comment 10 Feb 2020

Smart move. Great coaches have hit massive step backs by walking into bad situations. Look at Orgeron. Walked into a mess at Ole Miss, and didn't get another HC opportunity for 10+ years, even though his players glorified him. Cincy is hot right now and should be good next season. I don't agree with it, but Fickell's stock will be higher after another 10+ win season at Cincy, than it would be even if he were to take a dumpster MSU team to 6 wins. 

He has the opportunity to wait on the perfect situation, like Herman was able to at Houston. Personally, I'd like to see Fickell land in the ACC. It wouldn't take much to get his team to #2 in the conference. 

Comment 05 Feb 2020

Don't underestimate how hard switching from Safety to Corner is. Especially when his first year was with the 2018 coaching staff. He was given 5 stars because of his raw uncanny physical attributes, which made up for him being recruited to a position he hadn't played. He just needs to technique down. I'm confident after one year with Hafley, and now getting Coombs. 

Comment 04 Feb 2020

Have to respect what he built at MSU in the early stages of the 2010s. 

Personally, I don't know if Fickell is the hire here. I don't think any coach is going to be able to recruit at MSU like Dantonio did 5-10 years ago, while OSU, PSU, and UM were all going through issues. I'd absolutely hate to see it happen, and it won't because of previous "issues", but a Kevin WIlson type hire is what they need. Someone who is going to drastically overhaul the offense, and can out-scheme some more talented teams. 

Comment 04 Feb 2020

Here is one that'll probably be unpopular. I'' start by saying I expect OSU to be in the playoff again, and have another meeting with Clemson. 

I also think we could see the OFFENSE take a bigger step back than the DEFENSE. Mainly, because I think we are underestimating the talent returning, and instead focusing on losing Chase, Okudah, Fuller, Malik. However, we have Cooper, Harrison, Smith, and Friday all returning. We have Taron Vincent healthy. We have Borland, Werner, Browning, Mitchell, and Hilliard at LB. We have Wade back in the secondary. I wouldn't be shocked to see Cam Brown and Josh Proctor (who was in the right place several times this year), take a massive leap forward, and don't forget about Tyreke Johnson who may just be a Kerry Coombs away from being a Top-5 pick. 

People have been expecting a backstep, which is understandable. I'm just predicting that back step will be from #1 to #5 in the country in defense. 

I think the offense will have some obstacles to overcome. JK was ridiculous last year, and while we have the young talent stockpiled, having seniors in Mack, Victor, and KJ provided stability to the WR rotation. 

By the end of the season, I think both units will be firing on all cylinders, but I wouldn't be shocked to squeak by Oregon in a close 27-21 game, on the shoulders of Fields, while our offense is figuring things out. 

Comment 03 Feb 2020

While OSU has faced probably some unfortunate events. They all came at PERFECT times. Tattoogate happens during Urban's break from coaching. ZS scandal? Brian Hartline is starting out his coaching career. Cysts? Ryan Day is on staff. If the timing of these things didn't happen perfectly, it is possible none of these guys would have been, or would still be at OSU. 

It's why I try not to get to worked up over headlines. Somehow, since the turn of the century, any step backwards OSU has taken, is followed by two steps forward. 

Comment 03 Feb 2020

I'd agree from 2016-2018, but we were better than Clemson this year. I don't know if we beat LSU, but it's a ballgame. I think OSU took a step up in 2019. But I'd definitely agree from 2016-2018. The question is if Ryan Day can keep that going. 

Comment 31 Jan 2020

I just came here to point out how ironic it is that Stewart Mandel, who is chief editor for college football on The Athletic, took absolute dumps all over ZS in 2018...And now they just partnered with his podcast.