Linga, Wade reminds me of another great Shaun (Shawn I believe was Springs' way to spell it) we used to have. :)
Two things I would like to say:
1. I cannot believe a Tressel-coached team did not make the record books for # of plays per game. (HA)
2. I firmly believe this year's team will break the PPG game average. I would not be surprised to see them average 50+ PPG.
Great article, James.
I think questions 2 and 5 are the ones to be more closely watched.
I also would not be surprised at all if our Buckeyes score 42 points against Indiana by halftime. This game will be wanted badly by the offense after the Clemson debacle, and by Coach Wilson. This could be an epic blowout.
James, you wrote: Dobbins appears to have all the tools though, and the Indiana game should be a good indicator as to how much playing time he will get as a rookie.
The IU game could be like a home game but not in Columbus, the "home crowd" should not be a factor for him in this game. If he plays, I expect good things.
I love that a true freshman is one of the 5 questions for the teams' success this year. Talk about a LOADED team.
JK is really making waves and earning the talk. Go get 'em JK!!!
Teee-heeheeeheeeee!!! Funny shit, no pun intended.
I agree, Eddie. I think he saw the others that may be in the fold, and he decided to re-open his committement to see what happens. Either way, we are going to have an absolutely loaded DL class, possibly the best haul in the country, and that will transfer to the field. Our defensive line may just become the best unit we all have ever seen at Ohio State.
Opposing DC's may want to have their defense wear brown pants, it'll help hide the crap shooting down their legs...
Wilson's offense should be down-right frightening to defend with all this talent.
This offense could average 50+ points per game this year. It is NOT out of reach. Look out all those who have Ohio State on your schedule.
BigBuckeye, I think we will see another blowout of OU this year. My gut call is 51-24, our lovable home team sends OU packing. This year's offense will be much improved over last year's, and I really think the defense is going to be just as good, if not, better, too.
If ever there is a guy to root for because of injury issues, this is the man. I hope Dixon can stay healthy this year. If he can, he will put up epic numbers, is my guess.
Go Johnny go!!!
I truly think that if Johnson wanted to be a head coach, he would have already become one. My gut says he stays at Ohio State until he retires.
I am quite surprised at TTUN being #9. They have 1 returning starter on defense and they lost 43 seniors last year. They've got their work cut out for themselves.
I don't think a day of practice will go by where these young men aren't reminded of the Clemson debacle. They will be hungry, angry, and focused. I pity Clemson if we get another shot at them this year.
With that said, the odds are highly unlikely anyway.
Hahahahaaa!! so overall, you are a net zero on this comment and subject! ;)
Agreed. If a corner knows the QB is not going to have very many seconds to find a receiver, it makes the corner's job much easier, as well.
Hahaha, I just love to see any SEC get beat down when they come play a team from our conference - guess it's homerism. The SEC doesn't want to come north to play, even if it's a home and home match up. MSU had Alabama back out, and we had one back out just recently as well (Georgia or Tennessee, not sure which).
I guess I am just a little sick and tired of their attitude towards us "northerners". Heck, the Civil War ended a long time ago and they lost, but they still seem to carry a grudge in almost every aspect.
Right on! Just because he lacks the height, it doesn't mean he also lacks the talent. There is a reason he was offered a scholarship at TOSU.
Hove - great post. I also have that feeling of "something special is going to happen" about him and the team this year. Wilson's offense will put JT in great shape to increase his completion % and yards per game. Combine this with a pretty dominating run game and defenses will be hard pressed to keep this team from scoring 6 or 7 TDs every game.
IF we can score 6-7 TDs a game, along with our defense, I would believe we become National Champs. This defense won't be giving up points like that in (if any) game,
We undoubtedly have two of the hottest coaches to become head coaches again in the near future in Schiano and Wilson. I am afraid this may be Schiano's last season. I hope Wilson does the "standard" 2-year commitment before he leaves.
What is everyone's opinion on each staying on board for longer?
Great article, Andrew! I know this is not going to sit well with many here, but when you stated "Several outlets rate the conference No. 1 in the country heading into the 2017 season, ahead of the mighty SEC. ", this is exactly why I am rooting for the 'Weenies against Florida. I will root for every B1G team when they play against the SEC, because I hate the SEC much more than any of our foes or big rivals.
I'm sure Princeton and Purdue could care less about who wanted the PU brand...
Hahaha!! If brains were gasoline, having a pack of matches or a lighter around him would be very safe - no kaboomy.
Can you make me a Pocock jersey? I can't use my last name on any PS4 games because of the "language"...
Harbaugh's interview = time for a bathroom break and stretch your legs.