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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2015 CFP National Championship
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Ted Ginn Jr. (All-Time) Malik Harrison (Current Team)
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs

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Comment 16 Aug 2019

It can definitely be a bad thing when a guy gets too far upfield and takes himself out of the play when he's being left unblocked if the offense runs trap his way.

I think Landers' penetration is usually very calculated and effective though. In this particular game, the way Landers routinely beat Michigan's interior O-linemen to spot and took on double teams was a big difference maker

Comment 16 Aug 2019

RunEddieRun, RollRedRoll, and Major H: I appreciate your comments and I'm glad you liked the breakdown!

To be clear, I still don't think this game is enough to automatically conclude that Michigan's O-line is overrated - at least not for me. Their O-line is regarded as good by more than just the Michigan fanbase, so I think I'd need to check out a few more of their games from last season. There are videos just like this one for a lot of their games last season, so I'm gonna look at a few others and see what I think.

I do, however, think this game says a lot about how their O-line matches up with our D-line, and that's what's most important at the end of the day. Landers gave them hell, for example. Their interior linemen didn't seem to have the lateral quickness/footwork to block somebody like him. Our whole D-line, in general, seemed to do a great job beating scoop blocks and reach blocks the entire game. The way they were so frequently able to redirect the ballcarrier was truly impressive

Comment 16 Aug 2019

OSU was more than talented enough to beat the Gators that year they just didn't take them seriously enough.

Absolutely agree. 

I think a lot of people associate that time period with OSU being too slow, the SEC is far more talented than any other conference, etc. which is definitely understandable, but our team was more talented than UF's that year. 

I think the only losses in recent memory where we were at a major talent disadvantage were the '07 National Championship vs LSU and the USC game in '08.

Comment 16 Aug 2019

1) The '06 National Championship Game vs Florida.

2) The poor reads we saw from the LBs in the 2018 season opener against Oregon State weren't anything to worry about/would get better as the season went on.

They were certainly better in the final three games, but I think that had a lot to do with the mediocre offenses we were up against.

3) I predicted we would win it all in 2017 after we beat Penn State. It may have only been a 1-pt win but we absolutely dominated that game, as we all know. 

Barrett had his best game since the 2014 Michigan state game, and our defense held their offense to 283yds just a week after they put up over 500yds against Michigan. 

Then, the very next week, Iowa happened.

Comment 15 Aug 2019

Browning made some solid plays last year, he just didn't play as many snaps as Werner so it didn't happen as frequently.

Watch this video Lettermen Row did on him:

That shows a few examples and it's a good breakdown by Zach Boren.

I definitely can't argue that Werner's big plays were more frequent. I just think both Browning and Werner are gonna be good players for us the next two years because they're good athletes and they're struggles have been more mental than physical. The improved coaching will be huge for them. 

Comment 15 Aug 2019

I see Pete Werner and Baron Browning similarly in terms of how they've performed so far, and how I think they'll perform this coming season. Although their play has been inconsistent from what we've seen so far, they've both flashed playmaking ability. They also both have a lot of potential due to their athleticism. 

They're both going into their Junior years after spending their first two seasons in college under Bill Davis, which hurt them, but we've heard great things about them from the new defensive staff. They each seemed to struggle with the mental aspect of the game more than anything last season, so I knew improved coaching would make a huge difference.

Our fans always talk how Browning should be playing SAM, which I do agree with. However, I don't look at it as a Browning vs. Werner situation. I think it would just create great depth at that position, and I feel like rotating the two of them at that spot throughout games would work well. Of course, with the implementation of the Bullet this season, maybe there just isn't much of a need for extra depth at SAM, and it also seems like Browning is doing really well as an inside linebacker now.

Regardless of what happened in 2018, I think we're going to see a lot of good play from both Werner and Browning over the next two years.

Comment 06 Aug 2019

Thanks.  It's expected however that I will be downvoted if I make a pro-UM argument.  It just comes with the territory.

Your comments get downvoted even if you're making a fair argument or making a comment completely unrelated to UM, which I don't get because I think you contribute well to the discussions on this site.

I think it's just natural for fans on both sides of the rivalry to be more optimistic that their respective team will answer all of the questions they have coming into each season, while doubting the other team's ability to do so. Some fans take this too far and really hate hearing predictions that are virtually the opposite of theirs. I see this from fans of both teams but, personally, I still think it's possible to look at everything objectively.

Comment 31 Jul 2019

I decided to look into this a little after seeing your first comment. 

I didn't mess around with the formula 247sports uses for their Team Talent Composite rankings, but I took the average 247 composite rating of every scholarship player on both our 2018 team and 2019 team, except for CJ Saunders and Kevin Woidke (both walk-ons and weren't ranked on 247, and Woidke just earned his scholarship in spring practice). 

Not much of a difference, but here are a few observations:

1) Average Player Composite Ratings by Class for both the 2018 team and 2019 team

2018 TEAM - 0.9299 Overall (85 players):                              2019 TEAM - 0.9243 Overall (84 players):

2014 Class - .9184 (7 players)                                   

2015 Class - .8985 (13 players)                                             2015 Class - .8823 (10 players)

2016 Class- .9467 (18 players)                                              2016 Class - .9179 (12 players)

2017 Class - .9589 (20 players)                                             2017 Class - .9426 (18 players)

2018 Class - .9429 (27 players)                                              2018 Class - .9398 (24 players)

                                                                                                2019 Class + Transfers -.9140 (20 players)

2) Your hunch about the 2019 being a little more top-heavy holds some truth to it, at least in terms of 247 Composite Rankings

2018 Team Averages:                                                2019 Team Averages:

Top 10 Ranked Players - 0.9917                                 Top 10 Ranked Players - 0.9931

Top 25 Ranked Players  - 0.9817                                Top 25 Ranked Players - 0.9841

Bottom 25 Ranked Players - 0.8646                         Bottom 25 Ranked Players - 0.8575

3) Jonah Jackson's composite ranking as a recruit is the 2nd-lowest of all scholarship players on the 2019 team. He was a very low 3-star (only a 2-star for his non-composite ranking on 247) with a rating of .8135. 

Last year at Rutgers, Jackson was an All-Conference Honorable Mention at Guard, and he's expected to be our starter at Left Guard this season, so this definitely stood out to me.

*As a transfer this past off-season, Jackson was given 4-stars and a rating of .9500 by 247 in their transfer rankings. I used his high school ranking for any calculations he was a part of because I felt like this would even out the fact that 3 of the top-10 ranked players on our 2019 team haven't even started their first Fall Camps as Buckeyes (Fields, Zach Harrison, Garrett Wilson).

These stats are just something to look at, and I know they don't tell the full story. I'm predicting Bama and Georgia at #1 and #2 in this year's Team Talent Rankings, and Ohio State 3rd. In terms of both average player ranking and # of commits, they each beat us by a fair amount in the 2019 cycle.

Comment 23 Jul 2019

I know this is a pretty random choice but, in recent times, my favorite Non-Buckeye to watch was definitely Ryan Anderson from Alabama.

Never took a play off, and he played with a different level of aggression/relentlessness. 

Comment 23 Jul 2019

McMillan was a great LB at OSU, and primarily played inside the box.  He was a finalist for the award


No one implied that an inside linebacker couldn't be named a Butkus finalist/winner (the last three Butkus winners have all been inside linebackers, actually). McMillan was named a Butkus finalist because his stats and performance warranted it, and that can't be said for Borland.

I'm not comparing the two, but MLBs should get recognition for what they do inside the scrums

First of all, McMillan was far better than Borland between the tackles. I know you say you're not comparing them, but you referenced McMillan in another comment also, so it definitely seems like you're trying to draw some sort of comparison between the two. Regardless, that isn't the only criteria that matters.

Inside linebackers need to be able to do more than just stuff inside runs; the game is changing and they have to be much more versatile nowadays. They have to be able to move from sideline-to-sideline and make plays in space because not many teams run offenses centered around 21/22 personnel sets and standard inside run plays.

More and more teams are transitioning to different variations of the spread, which involves more attacking the sidelines/getting the ball outside, so it's pointless to have a Mike LB who isn't able to defend/make plays against these offenses.

Comment 15 Jul 2019

Using the same titles as our current staff (OC, PGC, 2 Co-DCs, Secondary & Assistant Secondary/Special Teams), I'd go with:

HC - Mike Vrabel

OC/QB - Kenny Guiton

PGC/WR - Brian Hartline

O-line - Orlando Pace

RB - Eddie George

TE - Ben Hartstock

Co-DC - Luke Fickell (who would really be the actual DC)

D-line - John Simon

Co-DC/LB - Marcus Freeman

Secondary - Malcolm Jenkins

Assistant Secondary/Special Teams - Nate Ebner

Comment 10 Jul 2019

 I think it’s a bit premature to put Yurcich in there. There’s certainly a lot to like, but let’s see it in a conference that plays defense first.

Definitely a fair point. That's why I'm hoping Day and/or Wilson handle all of the play-calling this year, if I'm being honest, but Yurcich's offenses did have solid outputs against most of their tougher OOC opponents while he was there.

I also believe it’s premature to disregard Josh Gattis. He is a really good receivers coach and has shown he can help lead prolific offenses.

I agree that it's premature to disregard Gattis, because a lack of experience doesn't always transition to a poor performance. Like you said, though, he's helped lead the offenses but he hasn't ever been the main play-caller. 

Essentially, I'm not counting him out, but I don't think there's much reason to believe that Michigan's offense is gonna become elite all of a sudden. The transition to a spread doesn't happen overnight.

Comment 10 Jul 2019

They're definitely putting a lot of faith into him. Ironically, Day has more games under his belt as a HC than Gattis does as a lone OC.

Still, he may actually do a decent job, for all we know, but I don't see how he can help them much against us next season.  Even if they do show improvement, it's hard for me to worry much after watching their O-line against our D-line last season. We lost Jones, but we're still 3-deep at every spot on the D-line (which includes the best D-end in the country). Plus, our guys will have had another year of LJ's coaching by the time we play them again.

Comment 09 Jul 2019

Haha, fair point. Day is still a play-caller, unlike Bollman, however.

Frost can't be number one though. Kevin Wilson's resume speaks for itself.

The offenses he fielded at Indiana were super impressive, considering the talent level, and he even had the #1 offense in the Big Ten in 2015. He also won the Broyles and had great offenses at OU prior to that.

You could definitely argue Frost's resume over Day's, but I think Day brings more creativity to an offense. Frost's offenses at Oregon also noticeably struggled against the better D's they played, but that was going on under Chip Kelly before Frost even became OC.

Comment 09 Jul 2019

That's actually true, and I'm glad you pointed that out.

When I was looking through the Big Ten OC's, I didn't take either of them into account because they've both been head coaches for a few seasons now. I guess I just included Day because he's been one of our OC's for the past two seasons and he said he would continue calling plays.

I'd still rank Day and Wilson above both Frost and Brohm, but I definitely think there's a good argument for both of them over Yurcich. 

Comment 09 Jul 2019

Isn't it ironic how he refused to give the ball to the best RB in America against MSU in 2015, yet he designed a season-long gameplan of "give Curtis Samuel the ball and hope for the best" in 2016?

Comment 09 Jul 2019

Yeah I understand. I’m just under the impression that Mattison is retiring before LJ. I think LJ will be here at least 2 more seasons and I don’t see Mattison staying after his contract is up. 

Your point about Freeman’s ties to Fickell is very true though. Plus, given Freeman’s age, I doubt he’s in any rush to make some huge career move if he’s content with his current situation.