Been watching college football for over half a century. I have seen many great teams get upset. I love what I am seeing in the Buckeyes this year, but I am of the mindset that it is best to wait until the season is over with to claim the greatest. One game at a time. Hopefully five more games to go.
Not sure where to rank any Big Ten team other than the Buckeyes who have dominated everyone. Yes Minnesota is undefeated, but the West teams all seem to have many flaws. PSU has looked good but they now have a loss and could have two other ones if they had lost close games against Pitt and Mich. Seems to me that they have some issues. Mich has a couple of losses. Their DC has stated that Mich is just now hitting their stride. My response to that is that Buckeyes are also just hitting their stride. Scary.
Sorry but what the heck did these players and coaches do during the preseason practices? This is about as ugly of 20 minutes of basket ball as I have seen from a Buckeye team. No chemistry on this team at all.
Weekly rankings were only important prior to 1998 and the BCS era as it was the pollsters who were the ones who determined who the national champion was going to be. Since then, the only poll that matters is the last one. The rest during the season is only to give a 7 day bragging right to certain fans. I will get excited only after the last league championship game is played and the only poll that matters will be the last one two days later. Win and the Bucks are in, lose and let the arguments begin.
I am not a proponent of a team "peaking too early" I believe that players and coaches can become complacent. As Woody use to say: "If you are not improving, you are getting worse".
i guess we will find out just how good or how average PSU is in the next two weeks. So far the five teams they have played (and one being an FCS team) has a combined record of 12 and 16. Compare that to the Buckeyes record of playing teams with a current combined record of 20 and 12.
So, is the tolling of the bell on a third down defensive stop a recording of the tolling of the victory bell?
Did not Day say in an earlier interview that he was going to work with the offense and let the defensive coaches do their thing? With all the new defensive coaches, I think they have taken pride in the trust that Day has put in them and they have run with it. Looks like there are no egos in that group and they have really made the players jell as one heck of a cohesive unit. (good lord can those players fly.)
Urban not saying -ichigan is no worse than Hoke referring to the Buckeyes as 'Ohio". It is all fun and games in the spirit of a rivalry. In the now famous, 'year for what', Urban went on an gave a good positive assessment of TTUN's players and coaches.
A guy by the name of Kyle once said "There will be blood on the field" How did that turn out for him. Another guy named Hart once referred to his instate rival as "our little sister". How did that turn out? Talk smack on the field, but not to reporters. Did not a guy by the name of Dave once guaranteed a win over TTUN. That did not work out also. Respect
With JH emphasis on the final regular game as defining the season, maybe he meant to say that it will define his college coaching career. Do ya think that in AA's athletic department that he has been given notice that this HAS to be the year: against a first year coach (with two traitor assistants), with a first year QB, with an untested offensive line, and playing at the Big House no less. Oh the pressure has to be immense!
Has any one on the staff heard how the demand for the mini-season ticket sale to both alumni and the public went? I believe that two three-game packages were being offered. If that sold well, I could see at least three or four games to be sold out already.
I guess I am around an 8. I follow them all year only because I find the talk interesting escapism. I am joyous when they win, and when they lose...well time to go mow the lawn or rake the leaves. I don't follow pro sports at all. I got jaded with all the strikes, the cheating, and it's just a business,'show me the money" attitudes. I could lose interest in the Buckeyes if all these transfers become a norm. If players are not loyal, than there is no reason for me to be loyal.
Just curious, in college football, how often do "packaged deals" work out...for the players?....for the teams? What are the odds that a D1 coach will have ...in this case...three available scholarships in positions of need in order to take all three players?
56....How does this compare to any other college team? How many of the 56 are considered all pro?
This the college landscape now: A coach has 85 scholarships of which 25 will be named starters (including the punter,kicker, and long snapper). As the transfer portal stands now with so much immediate eligibility being granted, the head coach has to realize first, he has 60 free agents on his team, who can now say 'I want out' at any given time, and second, he not only has to recruit high school players, but now has to recruit current college players. And here I thought the transfer rate of college basketball players was out of hand.
I don't believe the 'closer to home' bit either. Simple logic: if Day had named him the starter last Sunday, would he be in the portal today?
So he wants to transfer. But this is where Gene Smith should step in and say "I am fine with you transferring but you will sit out a year". If Gene does not fight immediate eligibility this time, the transfer portal with immediate eligibility is going to be a continual problem for the Buckeyes with any player who is not named a starter.
I never implied that talent was evenly distributed. I know OSU has more elite talent than Toledo, Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio, etc. But at least now those schools have a chance to land a few.
What Stuart Mandel is describing is nothing more than a minor league for the NFL. There would be 32 teams and the college football playoffs would be run exactly as what the NFL runs. Put all the elite players in 32 teams instead of spreading them out in 120 teams. No thanks. Just my humble take on what Stuart is thinking.
Mr Smith, thank you for being a Buckeye, thank you for your hard work, thank you for giving it your all, your best shot. Best wishes and success where ever you end up and whatever you pursue in life.
Mike Tomczak was not a spectacular NFL qb; still, he was able to put together a 14 year career as a starter and backup qb. Bobby Hoying should have done better. Not sure if it was injuries or just bad luck being with the wrong teams.
Woody Hayes IS Ohio State Football, good and bad. Think of it this way: 25 years from now, if someone is asked "what is the first thing you think of when the history of OSU football is mentioned?" the answer will still be Woody Hayes and not Urban Meyer.
And the latest from PFF: "Michigan has been the superior team in the Big Ten for the last 18 years."
People keep saying that if coaches are free to leave, so should the players. How free are coaches? Don't they have buy out clauses that sometimes are in the thousands to millions of dollars? If it is going to be the "same", should not the student athlete then have a buy out clause, say, like one/fourth of the tuition, room, book fees, lab fees etc? I do not see the equation here of a "student" athlete to a "professional" Coach and the contracts that they are under. Under UM, the assistant coaches were under a two year commitment. Was this stipulated in the contract or was it a gentlemen's agreement? If it was in the contract, was there a penalty/restriction clause? I might be missing something in the debate but I do not see an equal comparison.