According to https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/ohio-state/2018.html , the Offense averaged 8.3 penalties for 75.4 yards per game; defense 5.8 for 55.8 per game.
It might not had the talent, but it was a better 'team'. The non-buckeyes they had this year fit in great (Gibbs and McCamey), and without Sully, their security blanket was removed. Everyone had to contribute.
Recall that BJ Mullens quit the team last year because of the differential in player payment. It looked much more equal this year.
Even Steven is no more.
You have a friend...lies...all lies.
True, but both retired as all-time tackle leaders for their main respective teams.
I guess the All-Dabo team beats Meyer's team in a landslide as well. Great logic.
For the linebackers, if we go 6 deep, it wouldn't be close at all.
Funny, because Meyer had plenty of trouble with Dantonio, who is a disciple of whom?
That and linebacker play. While the starting 3 in this hypothetical are very good to great for Meyer, if you got into backups, Tressel hands down. The guys left off the list are good enough (Bobby C, Cie Grant (who could feasibly be a started in this hypothical game to play the walk out LB), Rolle, Homan, Schlegel)
Conversely, I think the power run game of Tressel overruns the lbs in Meyer's defense, just like Derrick Henry was doing in 2014 before Lane Kiffin'd the fighting Sabans (Thankfully).
If only there was a playoff that season...yeah, they had 2 heartbreaking losses to top 3 teams, but at the end of the year they were unstoppable.
Without MoC they have no running game which was very evident in 2003. Without Jenkins they have an even more limited passing game and may not have had a suitable replacement to be that clutch performer. Without Nugent they have a mortal kicking the ball that might cost a few games. Without Gamble who knows what happens.
Fact is that with 19 players that went to the NFL in 2003 and 2004 drafts, its extremely difficult to pick 1 guy to really be the MVP. That squad, more than any other I can remember, was a full sum of all its parts.
Yet he ran in the 4.4s at his pro day.
In your hypothetical, does JT not get a DUI on Halloween? Because leading up to that bye week, they had scored 49, 38 and 49 points. After the DUI, the points were 28 (with Dale), 28, and 17. Anger wasn't going to be the answer for avoiding stupidity.
I think 1998 Sparty, with the close runners up being 2015 MSU and Springs slips @ UM, which hasn't been mentioned. All three teams could have been national champions. 2015 had its issues all season and its tough to repeat, but 1996 @UM cost them a shot at the title and 1998 was just a self inflicted debacle.