Thank GOD this isn’t another duplicate thread!
wrong thread though, this needs to be in the “anything else” thread
Great write up. I agree that this year's defense was young, and lacked experience, but as the season went along, they improved greatly. Hoping that this unit will be lights out next year.
I didn’t mention what schools the committee members were from because, quite frankly I forgot. I looked up the committee makeup months ago, but I know that the BIG 10 was represented by Gene Smith, therefore, when discussing Ohio State’s inclusion, Gene had to recuse himself, so the BIG 10 didn’t have a dog in the fight for seeding. Meanwhile, if memory serves me correctly, I think the SEC was represented by folks from schools like Florida, Vandy, and like Kentucky...schools that weren’t even in consideration for the playoff, therefore no recusals...same applies to ACC.
Point being...tOSU was hurt by representing the BIG on the committee.
It must be because we both live in Kansas
Couldn’t agree more. This isn’t the playoff I signed up for. SOS is irrelevant and 9 conference games is more of a hinderance than a bonus.
Im also not fond of the conference representation in the committee...3 from the SEC, 3 ACC, ND, 2PAC12, 1 BIG 10, and 1 BIG 12, then 2 power 5, and 1 IVY. That’s not even an equal representation of the conferences, and is anyone surprised that the SEC, and ACC are in every year?
I think Arnette goes pro. I don’t think he has much more to improve on at this level. I do believe Sheffield should stay. He improved over the season, and I think one more year will benefit him.
As far as Lb’s I think a coaching change will happen, and pray for improvement. I believe Harrison is a lock for a spot next year. I’m not as negative about Tuf as some are, though I understand that his sideline speed is an issue. Werner for me felt lost this year, but I feel as though this was as much of a scheme issue as it was an experience issue. I would love to see him and Browning compete next year. Browning is a natural OLB, and him manning the middle put him out of place.
As far as DL goes...whatever LJ does is aces with me.
I do feel as though the defensive coordinator (Schiano) needs to move on though. At times this year, all three individual units looked stout, but unfortunately it was never at the same time, and I associate this to be solely on the coordinator.
Thanks for the heads up. I will dig into it.
One of my favorite players on the team. Did not know that about the young man. Great article, thanks for sharing