You may be right, but it's funny (or sad) how this fan base really took KJ Hill's skill for granted. Lots of "steady but unspectacular" comments. Really? For the last 3 seasons, when a catch had to be made, Hill made it. Be careful what you wish for boys and girls. There is a reason he is considered by many to be the sleeper find in this year's Draft.
True. But it's not "your father's" Oregon defense and line either. They will, by far, be our toughest test until the trip to Happy Valley.
Assuming......well, you know......
Gee. You must be really excited about Sermon's arrival here, noblue. Considering that.......you have him 3rd on the depth chart behind 2 injured RBs. Nice.
I thought the same thing.......even Dakich said likewise on TV. Then again......Washington is one of the only pure shooters, including foul shooters on this team. Sometimes, with him, you have to take the good with the bad, especially when the team needs him to stretch defenses with his 3s. I see your point, tho. It's a tough call.
EJ was a beast and the future is bright. But as a group, last night's win was just pure guts and heart. A pleasure to watch after some scary stretches in the first half.
Well played, lads!
ESPN absolutely would take OSU vs. PSU under the lights. Two biggest cf fanbases and eyeballs on sets. You can bet your house on that. Our boys will be facing another white-out, there is little escaping it.
I agree. I think Proctor can have a breakout year as well. But he has no reason to be complacent.....not since he is still trying to catch Trevor Lawrence who hasn't stopped running away from him.
Proctor had his ten seconds of fame with that Tatum-like hit he made on the WI kid in the B1G champ game. Okay, fine. Now......let's see what you can do, young man.
Yup. It's Robbie's fault the team got tea-bagged in the first half.
and Oregon is lack luster still.
I agreed with much of your post........but not the comment or description of Oregon. CF minds much sharper than mine would disagree with you as well.
So far, that hazing lawsuit has been a nothing burger. Living here in suburban Philly, it has received zero press since it was first announced.
Fair enough. But in this day and age of targeting, what is a defender to do? Fuller went high on a number of attempted tackles in the final stretch of the season and came away with nothing. He wasn't alone in that.
I agree that going at knees jeopardizes a QBs career, but the way the rules are enforced now, Defensive players have little choice.
Agree. And some of the issues with those long routes came to roost when it counted the most....against Clemson. The check down plays that moved the chains worked. There were times we just got a bit greedy and paid for it. This year with guys like Gill, McCall, and WIlson, the short routes to get speed in space will be key -- as Williams stretches the field.
Good points, hove.
The Run game just needs to be serviceable. I see the Offense being the closest Ohio State ever gets to being "Air Coryell" or an air raid offense to the max.
Now that two scholarships unexpectedly opened up & at least 1-2 more will open up after spring do you see the bucks going after any grad transfers or transfers? Or do you see the staff using the available spots for next years recruiting class?
I expect one DB to arrive via the transfer portal using 1 of the 2 openings you predict and that I agree with. I don't see the staff holding any spots for next year. Every year is its own championship in the making. Worry about next year, next year.
They've got a lot coming back, allin. Their "zealots" believed last year was "1 year ahead of schedule".
I can't comment on the Schott as I live out of state and have never been there. Nostalgically, yes, I pine, like many fans do for SJA.
Regarding Holtmann, I think he is a really good coach, but the verdict is still out as to whether he can reclaim the success he enjoyed and earned at Butler on what is now a much bigger stage. As of now, his OSU Buckeyes, on any given night of the week could either the best -- or the 4th best cbb team in the state of Ohio. I don't care if Ohio State is and always will be a football school -- the basketball team should be better and should recruit better.
As for fan attendance, just win baby. We have all seen the Schott as quiet as a funeral and we have all seen it rock. It all depends on the product on the floor. Sure, the Shoe will be full for every game. But how loud it is depends on what is happening on the field and whether we are playing Michigan or.........Eastern Michigan. It is as simple as that.
I think that is almost guaranteed now, allin.
I plan to be south of there..........soon, B.
Thank you for this, Ramzy. On an another wise gloomy day, on a number of levels for Buckeye Nation (and perhaps our society) your piece on an ever-smiling Cardale was just what was needed.
Okay, fair point miami.
"My mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts."
Funny how the Buckeye worm has turned on Tom Herman. No matter what malice pervades his relationship with Meyer or OSU, there were portions of that 2013-2014 run that were flat out amazing on Offense. Choose what you wish to believe, boys and girls, but any mention of great coaching hires by Meyer or OSU that omit Herman are forgetting someone instrumental to our natty in a big f-ing way.
Likewise, by looking at their top 100s, Penn State is (or was) on the cusp, but they appear to have a culture problem.
Nice write up, smitty. But........eh.......what is the "culture problem" at PSU? That they have kids using the X-fer portal - (like everyone) or suing them for hazing? Maybe. But it doesn't seem to be hurting them. I live in PSU country, and while the fanbase is not totally sold on Franklin, there is nothing to suggest that anything is wrong in mudville. In fact, they have high, high expectations this coming season. Issues swept under the rug for years and years (and I am not even referring to Sandusky) ? Absolutely. But that will never change.
You guys have put a lot more thought and research into this than me .....so there you go. But.......in addition to recruiting rankings, which are arguably slighted to favor kids from the south (is there any doubt about that?) should we not factor in how many kids leave their college program and go to the NFL? To me, that puts TTUN in a much more favorable light regardless of how many big games they lost. Or hell, even look the numbers of kids from each program invited to the Combine.
The reason people throw some shade at Urban Meyer (and deservedly so IMHO) is that he "only" had 1 NC at Ohio State.....all the while dominating the first two nights/days of the NFL draft. His 2015 team was quite arguably the greatest assemblage of talent OSU has ever seen and they couldn't beat a Sparty team with its back up QB......and yes, I digress.
Point is, star ratings are a subjective analysis tool. Getting invited to the Combine and/or drafted into the NFL is factual whether you become all Pro or get cut. The NFL is a cold, cruel world. If the scouts and coaches select you, they are doing so based on your skills without giving a damn what ESPN or Rivals thought about you.
Nice article - and nice to see Coach Stud getting some well-deserved praise here. I am hoping we can feature Coach Washington at this time next year with a similar feature on the LBs.
Agree. Staying at UC is without a doubt, the "safe" or less risky decision to make for all the reasons mentioned. And.....I think we need to stop with the talk about USC ......and maybe even ND. I would not underestimate the importance of an Ohio residence for Luke and his wife in terms of roots for them and their children. It's going to take a lot go get him/them out of Cincinnati. For my money, Columbus is the only alternative.