Better coaching on both sides of the ball and a significantly better offense. In 2016 our only real playmaker was Curtis Samuel. We have playmakers everywhere on offense this year. 2016 defense might have been more talented overall, but that is with hindsight and I definitely think we have better coaching.
In past years, perhaps, the issue is that FOX has control of the first selection of the game. Ohio State vs Nebraska is the top selection for this week, so FOX will select this game, unless Abc/espn want it so bad they are willing to make a deal with fox, though I don’t see the happening in this scenario. Fox does have time slots for noon, 330/4 and 8. They have made it clear they want to focus and put the lead game at that noon time slot. With Nebraska-Ohio State being the top game, they are probably going to put it in their focus time slot. I would imagine that Nebraska wants this to be at night, but FOX is going to get what it wants and will have Ohio State’s support to keep it at noon. That’s what my gut is telling me anyway, could be completely off lol.
Agreed. With St. Louis and Chicago in your backyard, there is no reason they shouldn’t be at Wisconsin or Iowa’s level...
I see what you’re saying about stud and we are still young in this season, but damn I feel that it has looked great. Especially considering that we have 4 new starters, including one that played for another B1G team. Yes the games will get tougher and a lot more has to play out, but the time they’ve given Fields to throw is exceptional. And the running game has continued to improve. We got a great line to work with boys, on top of the other talent. This is a good ass team about to make some noise in the CFP. Go Bucks!
My guy right here...
Take out the “if” and we are 100% on the same page... like your score prediction by the way, Go Bucks!
I’m guessing we are more on the same page than appears...IU was not a hostile environment at all, I would say it was more hostile towards Ohio State against FAU in Ohio Stadium in the 3rd quarter than at any point yesterday lol. Nebraska will be a hostile environment and I do acknowledge there is a possibility of losing, though it’s more likely that we blow them out. What I will say with certainty is that we won’t get blown out by 30 to them or any other team in the B1G this year. When you look at the poor defensive scheme last year 2 years, it enabled these upset losses to unnecessarily get out of hand. With the better scheme, no way any loss gets that out of hand. I assume you would agree with this? If not, no worries, I’m just really surprised.
Apparently. That’s the answer he gave when Ohio State fans called him out after he dropped Miller way further than he realistically should have.
If there is fault with Meyer, it’s the offensive staff we had in 2015-16 and the defensive staff and scheme in 2017-18. There were several mitigating factors that led to these inexcusable losses, but the defensive game plan and lack of adjustments allowed the games to get more out of hand than necessary...
Let me preface this by saying you’re a great poster and in no way am I trying to say your a bad fan or and idiot or anything like this...
For the sake of argument here on 11W, I’ll concede that in my OP, “inevitable” might be too strong a word. Let’s change it to “possibility”...
Using your last post IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY, I’m honestly surprised you feel the need to see us play Nebraska before you feel another Purdue Harbor won’t happen. In no way am I trying to dog your point, I’ve just personally seen enough already from both Ohio State and our opponents to have complete confidence it won’t happen. This post I’m referring to isn’t even the main ones I’m calling out or questioning. Its the everything added up together and the vibe I’ve seen. The very idea that there might be any possibility of a 30 point loss to an average B1G team baffles me. No other elite team, which I consider us, even considers it. I guess it’s also the 13-10 predictions over Cincy and the negative vibe I picked up from some after yesterday’s great win...
These losses are generational, anomalies. Yes it happened recently, but between our talent and the scheme I see ZERO real possibility of it happening. Yes there is mathematical, computer bs, possibility, but reality, no way. Yes games will get tougher, scores won’t always be 51-10, but this is a great ass football team! If we actually consider what’s happened on the field this year, a loss like this isn’t coming.
After the game in 2017, one of Iowa’s announcers said he was told by an Iowa coach that Ohio State’s defensive game plan was the “most arrogant” they had ever seen. We expected to get pressure with our front 4 and had our LBs/Safeties covering TEs with man coverage. The scoreboard and past NFL draft showed how ridiculous the game plan was and the fact we never adjusted led to the unnecessary massacre.
If you woulda just said lose, to either it’s whatever. It’s the fact you added lose by 30 that I took exception with.
Unless there is too many injuries to our oline, we won’t have a JB Shugarts trying to block Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue 09) or JJ Watt (Wisky 2010) which were one of the main contributing factors in losing those games.
Your even giving the idea of Nebraska beating us by 30 a possibility, I’m telling you No way in hell. You didn’t say it was inevitable, others have made it seem so. Further, I’m not only referring to your post, or only what I’ve seen on 11w, I’m talking about what I read this offseason, at the games, at the gym, at work.
Hell no, go back and read my posts if you want (doubt you do lol) but I’ve been quite confident in this team all year.
Buckeye Realist 13...
I’ve read others I can find later, you asked for 1...
Like I said, I’ve heard it at games, at the gym, at work. It’s unbelievable.
ESPN also has an announcer/“expert” in Tommy Luginbill that “knows stuff” about Jack Miller that we as fans don’t, so maybe the same source has some “goods” on Franks Florida fans don’t...
It will be NO game to an average B1G team by 29+ points...I’m not saying we can’t lose to an average B1G team, but I don’t understand this thought process of many of our fans almost conceding at this point there will be a 30 point loss to an average B1G team every year. Not gonna happen. Those were generational type losses, and the fact it happened in back-to-back years is almost an anomaly. I think you can chalk those 2 losses up to the defensive scheme. Average B1G teams will have a hard time scoring 20+ on us if they play their best games, let alone holding our offense below 30...Go Bucks!
Nebraska by 30 over us? Lol. Not on this defense. It will take at least a decade before another loss against an average B1G like that strikes...
My guess is Nebraska will push for a night game, but it will be noon if Fox gets the game and I would imagine Ohio State will want that as well
Then Georgia will drop behind us and ND will jump us. We stay the same.
My thoughts exactly Orton, I could see this happening more to increase hype for the Georgia/ND game next week. I don’t think ND will jump us, but if does happen I guess I wouldn’t be surprised. ND will end the year with at least 2-3 losses so it doesn’t matter. I TRY not let this nonsense bother me until November lol.
1) struggled with the bye week.
2) agreed, great rivalry, I’m upset I missed watching this game yesterday.
3) I personally never feel for Dantanio or Sparty. Embarrassing they haven’t just absolutely drilled ASU the past 2 years, let alone struggle to score double digits either year and getting revenge at home. It’s not like they are playing ASU with Jake Plummer.
4) it’s definitely a great rivalry, yet penn state is refusing to keep them in the schedule. Part of the blame here goes on the B1G for having that 9th B1G game.