Can you comment on the state of Alabama and Michigan recruiting this year? Neither seems to be doing all that great, particularly Alabama by its usual standards.
Great piece. I very much like that it is written so somebody that knows little about football can follow and understand it.
Agree as to Peaky Blinders. Very good show.
I got bored of the first season, and quit watching before the last two episodes (even though I had read that they were the best).
His highlights video was impressive. His defensive highlights were nearly as good as his TE highlights.
If I understand the 24/7 database correctly, there is not even one crystal ball for Alabama to get a 5* player. Hard to believe.
My read of the question is the type of food (as opposed to a business) that is unique to Ohio. I think Skyline and Buckeyes fit that category the best.
Pretty close to my thoughts (I assume that you mean that Jones is the most important).
The fifth OL cannot be that valuable, as several are fighting for the position.
Alabama has four runs that should make the chart:
2011-14: 13 first round picks
2012-15: 10 first round picks
2013-16: 7 first round picks
2014-17: 8 first round picks.
Why did Sheffield leave Alabama? I have not seen that mentioned in the many write-ups about him (though certainly have not read them all).
It is really very easy to figure out that JT gives us our best chance to win a National Championship this year. Meyer thinks that he is.
I get that this is a message board, and it is fun to argue about who should be starting. But some of the posters in this thread seem to think that they are better able to evaluate the talent than a guy who has won three national championships.
The all-OSU FFL idea is interesting, which started me wondering how other college teams would match up against an all OSU team.
Notables by team (though I surely missed some):
Alabama -- Cooper (WR), Henry (RB), Ingram (RB), Jones (WR), Lacy (RB)
Clemson -- Allen (TE), Cantanzaro (K)Hopkins (WR), Watkins (WR)
Georgia -- Green (WR), Gurley (RB), Stafford (QB), Walsh (K)
FSU -- Benjamin (WR), Feeman (RB), Janikowski (K), Winston (QB)
MSU -- Bell (RB), Cousins (QB), Langford (RB)
USC -- Palmer (QB), Agholor (WR), Cameron (TE)
I like the Alabama tea -- the RBs and WRs are damn good,
That report originally comes from NevadaBuck on Rivals.
I would love to see an article on what these workouts entail. I suspect that there are details that OSU would not want made public, but it would be interesting to know the details that could be released. It seems like a particularly good topic for the of season.
NB had pretty good inside info, which is why there were many paying subscribers there. He broke the Meyer to OSU story months before it was elsewhere, for example. But the articles here are much better. As that board implodes, there will be an influx of posters here. Some will add a lot to the board, while others will be subtraction by addition.
That tape is certainly impressive!
The quote is "I WANT to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season." That is not him giving his word. It is simply an expression of his then-existing mental state. I hope he stays, but he owes us nothing (just like he is not owed the starting job).
Interesting point about Cardale and struggling in goal-to-go situations. In the Spring game, they practiced that and gave him 4-5 chances to pass from about the 3 yard line, with no completions. In a real game, OSU would probably run from there, but still, the idea of starting Cardale and having a goal-to-go QB is interesting.
You missed a big one -- fumbles. Cardale had 5 fumbles on the season, in roughly 3.5 games. (I am guessing that he played .5 games in mop-up duty, but that is just a guess.) By comparison, the player with the most fumbles had 13 fumbles in 12 games. Cardale thus fumbled the ball at a more rapid rate than the NCAA's most prolific fumbler. Everett Goloson -- considered to be a fumbling machine -- had only 12 fumbles in 13 games. Source: http://www.teamrankings.com/college-football/player-stat/fumble-category
There are two times that ball slipped right out of Cardale's hand -- Oregon and Illinois. (IIRC, the Illinois incident was ruled an incomplete forward pass, but still, the ball slipped right out of his hand. BTW, that was the play in which he lit up the Illinois player trying to return the fumble.)
Excellent write-up. One small nitpick: on the slide that has the caption "OSU Linebackers Fill Quickly," there are arrows showing Grant and Lee filling the hole. Actually, Grant fills the hole, Lee goes outside to contain, Gordon tries to bounce back inside to avoid Lee on the outside, then Bosa tackles him.
I find the graphs to be confusing. The axis labeled "Run" is actually the pass data, and vice versa. Look at the Wisconsin. The chart would suggest that it is a below average rushing team. I get from the main chart that the line is intended to be what an average team would rush for, but that is not how the axes (not sure on plural of axis) would usually be labeled.
Very interesting analysis. As a fan that is not knowledgable about blocking schemes, I personally greatly prefer the videos where I can pause the video and see see what the various blockers are doing. Then I can actually see what you are talking about. It all happens so quickly in the videos that I cannot pause that it is much tougher to see how the line is working. I am not sure if you can post every video in that format, or if I am in the minority on that view, but I would suggest posting the videos so that the reader can pause and rewind the video.