Fields knee injury has eliminated him as an effective runner. It is exposing the fact that he is a mediocre short to intermediate range passer who doesn’t trust his arm when coverage is tight and has used his superior running abilities all season to make up for his passing flaws. If OSU can’t figure out how to get him wide open receivers, which he needs to throw successfully, the offense will continue to struggle.
I hope he is the next Brady, but Joe is going to find NFL defenders much more talented than college guys so let’s see him do it in the NFL before we put on par with two of the greatest QB’s in the history of the game. I think he has a nice NFL career ahead of him, but I am not convinced he is Hall of Fame material. I hope I am wrong about that.
MSU is not U of M's problem. It is the general decline in talent in the Midwest across the board. When I was a kid OSU was one of the nations best teams year after year and barely recruited outside of Ohio. Michigan, ND, PSU all were national powers with teams built of players from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. How OSU recruits nation wide and could never maintain its national rankings with a roster comprised of 95% Ohio HS players. The idea that Woody Hayes would have even considered recruiting a player from Arizona would have been ludicrous. That fact alone defines the problem.
I would love to see Hilliard have a great season next year, but given his to propensity for injury I think the real value in this situation is the opportunity it provides to advance his education. That is what college football is actually supposed to be about and as much as I like to watch former Buckeyes playing in the NFL I love to hear about guys leaving the program with degrees just as much.
I am thrilled with Myers this season in particular. Given his rankings coming out of HS I had expected him to make an impact earlier, but you never know with any player making the transition to college ball. If your going to come on late it's nice to be great when you do.
Seems like the only rational outcome.
Strong arms alone do not make NFL quarterbacks. Fields may end up playing in the NFL, but not until he learns to throw the ball into tight windows on a consistent basis. At the moment he is far more likely to hold the ball too long and default to using his legs to make up for his hesitation to make tough throws. That is why his interception number is so low. He generally doesn’t throw the ball unless his receiver is wide open or behind the defense. Otherwise he pulls it down and runs aka JT. If he wants to play at the next level, and I am sure he does, he still has work to do.
They are playing a team with a pulse. This isn’t Rutgers. If they hold onto the ball in the second half and generate some pressure on passing downs they will win. But expect Michigan to attempt to make adjustments as well. This isn’t over yet.
Unless there is a lopsided turnover ratio favoring one team I expect this game to be hard fought, close and low scoring. OSU may have seven consecutive wins but close games are the norm and last year was not a typical game. I am thinking this game will be a 24-17 OSU win. I do not think a TTUN win is impossible, but I think OSU’s defense will be the difference.
It doesn’t have to mean anything to this team. It’s a reminder that no matter how much a win is expected it is never guaranteed. I saw the 1969 game and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit there’s something about this year that rattles that memory. I believe that this is the game that’s gonna tell us whether Justin Fields truly lives up to the hype. If he does OSU wins, if he struggles to find receivers it could be a long day with an uncertain outcome.
2002 was one of the greatest seasons ever played by any team in the history of college football. Any super talented team can go out and dominate one opponent after another, but to win game after game in nail biting fashion all the way to an undefeated season and a national championship was something truly amazing to witness.
Players have to execute plays and the more talented the opponent the more difficult it is to do. Fans who constantly complain about play calling the minute their team plays an opponent with a pulse are essentially fools with no appreciation for the ability of the players across the line of scrimmage and their ability to make plays too.
Future first or second round draft pick.
I will be very surprised if Fields wins the Heisman this year.
This game once again raises the question in my mind, Does Fields make OSU better or does OSU make Fields better. The answer will have a big baring on the out come of this season. I have little doubt the Buckeyes will win today, but PSU is not the best team OSU will face before the season ends.
College statistical rankings are always suspect due to the highly uneven level of competition from week to week. You are correct. Just because PSU has been relatively successful stopping the run against previous opponents doesn’t mean they can stop a team with OSU’s talent which significantly exceeds anyone they have faced.
At this point I will be surprised if Burrow doesn’t win it. He has the stats, the exposure, the big wins and the back story. Something dramatic would have to happen to derail him and that seems less and less likely.
Olave was a true freshman. I may be forgetting, but didn’t Holmes red shirt his freshman season. I have this memory of JT recounting talking on the sidelines with the assistant coaches during the championship game with Miami about burning Holmes red shirt but deciding not too.
Of course he doesn’t look like he did at OSU. That was college football and he played for an OSU team with an overwhelming talent advantage over most of its opponents. He playing against NFL teams now and for a team in the league’s lower echelons. If he has what it takes to succeed in the NFL and he stays healthy he will be fine. No one has ruined him.
He’s not safety 2. It would take more than one injury to make him a starter. If the season is toast because your fourth string safety is no longer on the team well that is just fate.
People believe a lot of negative things about rival coaches that are rarely true. I doubt many recruits see the majority of coaches of other college teams anywhere close to the negative image that you portray. But it’s the nature of fans to believe their coaches are saints and those of other teams are devils. I have certainly encountered any number of people who think Urban Meyer is the devil, including a high percentage of OSU fans when he coached the Gators.
As is every other safety on a team that only uses one and has a three year starter and future NFL player still on the field at the position. At the moment, based on production, White appears to be the best safety on the team not named Fuller. I am not sure why he deserves to be trashed for that.
Honestly no pure defensive player has ever won the Heisman. Although Woodson certainly deserved it for his defensive play alone those who watched his winning season know It was the addition of his punt returning and spot play at wide receiver that pushed him over the top. That and the fact that there was huge media pressure for a defense of player to finally win. If Young were to win the Heisman he would truly be the first defensive winner ever.
If OSU doesn’t win it will be an upset as would a win by any opponent left on the regular season schedule. Upsets happen but based on talent alone OSU should finish the regular season undefeated. Of course what should happen and what actually happens don’t always align. Time will tell.