I am sure that Tate wants to play QB in the NFL. He will not transfer because of the style of offense, unless its a bad offense. I think he would transfer if somebody (Baldwin) beats him out, because he absolutely wants to play. But he won't shy from the challenge of leading Day's offense, and Day will give him a shot. He's a competitor.
If Georgia and Alabama both knew they were definitely in the playoffs regardless of what happened in the SEC championship game, would they maybe rest players for the championship game, or hold back plays because they know they might play again in a few weeks? If they found a way to get rid of 1 week of the regular season (obviously for all teams), then expanding might work. But there would be a lot of teams out of money for that extra game, and for some athletic departments, every CFB football game is critical to their budget. I just think expansion will mean adding more stress to college kids, and we see these guys already breaking down. Not everybody is as fortunate as Nick Bosa, who has millions of dollars waiting for him.
Injuries are part of the game, but I think we push these young players far enough.
It hurts missing the playoffs, and I am probably Pollyanna on this, but considering these student athletes, I think expanding the playoff field further dilutes the regular season, and it will never be enough. The potential for these players and staff to play 15 games in a season is as high as you would want to go. No way they would agree shortening the season for everybody to make room for one more playoff round, and so now you are changing the dynamics by adding another round for these guys to get seriously injured. I don't think any of the die hard expansion pushers even think about the impact on the student athlete.
I think what is more critical for Haskins is the perceived weakness of the 2019 QB class. He might hear a lot of voices saying this might be the best time to declare. That is just something I heard. I personally think another year in college would help him immensely.
I am a Buckeyes fan and I always watch to see how we handle the other team's best players, particularly when that player had talked a lot of crap about a revenge tour, one more stop... I definitely find myself focusing on how we handle that guy.
Per Joey Bosa in a Dan Patrick interview right after THE game, Nick is "nowhere near ready to play". So everybody needs to get over his quitting the team after his surgery. I bet his fellow D-Lineman would credit him with some of their success this year. He is always a Buckeye to me, and I hope he is remembered better than some Benedict Arnold. He quit after an injury, not just to leave school. There is a huge difference.
I saw it and thought the exact same thing, even mentioned it to my wife (who was totally ignoring me by this point). She was very emotional, and it looked like his daughter was tearing up also. I love the Meyer family - cherish them while they are still on the sidelines.
Excited for this one, love his attitude. Go Bucks!!!
All the best to Nick. It is the right decision and we fans should be grateful for having watched him play while we had the chance. I love how flippant some are about him putting his career and future in mind when making this decision - he stepping away removes a distraction and allows others to step up. Even if he made it back for the bowl game, he would be rusty and probably not as effective as the guys who have played the other eleven games while he rehabs. This decision is in the best interest for the Buckeyes as well as Nick.
This is what makes college football so great - which young player is going to step up and make a play. The only regret I have about this situation is not seeing Nick play again for the Buckeyes, because he was a lot of fun to watch. I totally understand his decision. It is not traitor move - he set an example for these other incredibly talented young men, and set the bar high. Let's see who gets the prize.
But the reality is, even with Nick, even the Buckeye LBs and FS don't step up and play much better in the next five games, the Buckeyes would probably not finish undefeated. With the LBs, I don't know if it is bad scheme or the wrong players for it, but Coaches Davis and Grinch have a lot of experience, Schiano is the DC, and they need to figure out how to get Werner/Borland/Hilliard/Browning and Pryor/Wint/Wade et al in the right position to make plays.
Great attitude, can't wait to see him in the Scarlet and Gray.
And with that story from Coach Alford, Mike Weber has entered into my all time favorite Buckeyes list. That is awesome!!!
I saw that too - after Rashod's tip to interception in the first half, seeing him keep his head up and hustling like that is inspiring. He doesn't have the catching ability of Ruckert, but he is really getting better at putting a hat on people and creating holes. Fantastic hustle.
That is exactly what I yelled at the TV - when did Evan Spencer come back? That was legendary blocking by T-Mac!
I think this comes down to limiting mistakes. Penn State has feasted on Buckeye boo-boos over the last couple of seasons. Need to keep the pressure on the Lions and I think their defense will wear down and their offense won't be able to keep up. Go Bucks!!!
Congrats!!! That is so awesome. And I enjoyed the 25 points for my fantasy team. Vive El Guapo!!!! Best wishes and prayers for Mom and Jr.
I'm going with 42-24 Buckeyes. I think TCU will hang around until late in the game. I do think the Buckeyes will limit the big plays from TCU and grind their defense down. Should be a good game. Go Bucks!!!
Nick Bosa had a great game, as did Chase Young, but BB Landers was an absolute monster. That guy was unblockable. I would have named him co MVP for the defense.
Weber shocked me in the Michigan State game with how fast he was. I really thought he was going to be a Brandon Saine type of power back, but after that game, and since, I think he has the potential to be a complete back that has a very successful NFL career. His burst and vision just keep getting better.
I think Dre'Mont Jones absolutely wrecking the middle also played into it... Nick is like that clean up hitter you can't pitch around because of the guys around him. They focus on Nick too much, the Young, Jones, Landers, etc.. are going to feast. It really is the whole unit that is helping Nick this week, and whoever else next week, win the accolades. I am sure Nick would be the first to acknowledge that.
I was thinking the same thing - that was a solid block on the edge that close to the end zone.
Time to whip the Beavers!!!
Thanks for sharing, that was fun to watch.
SI had a good article about the Clemson D-Line. Their front four might be the best collection of talent and experience to ever line up in college football. Their players seem to handle the hype well - to a person, they said they don't want to hear how great they are until after the season. They should be scary.
That said, I think the depth and talent of the Buckeyes defensive line this year takes a back seat to no one, not even Clemson. The Buckeyes don't quite have the experience, but I believe their defensive line will be as dominant as Clemson's. Both defenses will be fun to watch.