There is an old Spanish saying that three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead. I doubt OSU’s staff would be so imprudent as to actually name Coombs to recruits if his hiring is supposed to remain a secret. That would be extremely unprofessional and Day and company don’t strike me as unprofessional. On the other hand I don’t really see why it would have to be a secret. What are Titans going to do? Fire him in the middle of the playoffs for planning to leave after the season. Coaches chance jobs all the time. What’s the big deal.
So you would extend the college football season by five games to win the championship? That is absolutely abusive to scholarship athletes. 15 games is already dubious.
Not if the talent is there. I have seen younger players pass more experienced starters more times than I could possibly count at OSU and on teams throughout the country. LSU had a lockdown CB on the field last night that Clemson was afraid to challenge and he was a true freshman. That may be an extreme example, but it is not hard to replace experience with superior talent, it happens all the time. That is why I question how talented a lot of these guys really are. Werner is, IMO, much better than a lot of people give him credit. It is fashionable for many fans to criticize him for every perceived failure and ignore every good play he makes. Borland on the other hand is an athletically limited player who gets by on great instincts. The fact he still gets the majority of snaps at MLB suggests all these great athletes behind him do not have a natural aptitude for the position.
Talent is as talent does. Either Werner and Borland are much much better than a lot of people like to believe or these other guys were way overrated coming out of HS. College football teams are not union shops. You don’t get to start simply because you have seniority. I do not believe that Day and his staff are to stupid or incompetent to recognize and play the best players they have on the roster. It sure looks like the next great OSU MLB is still out there waiting to be recruited.
There is no such thing as a true national champion for most of the history of college football. Many years multiple teams claim the NC because the whole thing was nothing but a beauty contest with multiple judges independently handing out trophies.
Cost is a problem, but competition plays a role. I don’t watch many of OSU’s games live for the same reason. I record them because fall Saturday’s are too valuable to spend watching the Buckeyes club Rutgers. I can watch a recorded game in approximately an hour. Too much of college football is either uncompetitive or irrelevant.
That assumes that just because a player was given a particular ranking by a recruiting site he will automatically be a better college player than a guy with a lower ranking. There is overwhelming evidence year in and year out that that is simply not true. If that were a guarantee NPF would have started as a freshman and certainly would have started last season and Mumford would have never gotten if the bench over a four year career. All the guys OSU recruits are top athletes or they wouldn’t get a scholarship offer. The coaches may not know coming in who will excel, but no one is specifically recruited to be a backup. Everyone gets a chance and the list of guys who have run with it is long.
I wouldn’t bet against him. The coaching staff’s actions will tell you what they really think no matter what comes out of their mouths. The fact that he didn’t redshirt sends a significant message. Time will tell how it plays out, but I suspect this kid will start if talent is the deciding factor. How much he commits to achieving his goal will likely be the key.
Honestly, the mere fact OSU can recruit TE’s at all shows this staff could sell ice to Eskimos. The annual pronouncement that this season will see greater use of the TE’s as receivers is getting about as ridiculous as Michigan’s annual claim that this will be the year they win The Game. I never expect to see the Buckeyes run an offense that features heavy use of the TE’s downfield. Fortunately lack of receptions in college doesn’t effect NFL potential. I fully expect Ruckert to be an outstanding NFL player despite being a virtual non-factor at OSU.
Long term it would not surprise me to see Harrison being the most successful NFL player coming out of this Buckeye draft class with Okudah being his stiffest competition. Young is clearly a great athlete and should do well, but I just don’t think he will have the same impact at the next level as the Bosa’s. I could see Mack having a solid professional career, but Victor is still a project. Despite his flashes of brilliance no NFL team will tolerate his inconsistency and frequent drops.
High school rankings are all fine and good, but as Cooper used to say if a “dog’s going to bite he will do it as a pup”. I have some concern that few of these players have yet to see any significant playing time despite apparent opportunities. Will they be more than adequate when their chance comes, yes I suspect they will. But, with the exception of Harrison, none of these guys have shown the coaches enough to get on the field in prime time or to be involved in a significant rotation. I have confidence OSU will have a good defense. The question is will they have a great defense. We will see.
Exactly. I have met many an individual with tons of confidence, but nothing to back it up. As we used to say “he can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk”. However I don’t think anyone need worry about the OSU receiving corp for the next several seasons.
Given the current roster one of them better be the first off the bench and the other one in line after that. Or in other words I would find it disappointing if Fields isn’t the only guy on the roster better than those two.
I think the closest thing to a guarantee is that Wade will start somewhere. After that who knows. New seasons with big turnover frequently bring surprises.
Where do you see Miller playing?
The difference between 2018 and 2019 was the vast improvement in the defense. The offense shined not only because they had a lot of talented players, but also because the defense kept handing them the ball over and over again in good field position and without allowing the opponents to score any significant number of points. Games that in 2018 were shoot outs in 2019 became cake walks as opponents simply could not score enough to stay in games.
How would he be qualified for a position like that. He is a college coach with no NFL coaching experience and no experience with NFL front offices. Sounds unlikely.
Actually the top running backs do come in with those skills. It’s things like pass blocking and running pass routes that they learn. The God given skills are not learned. MT will likely be a good college back, might even play in the NFL, but he doesn’t have Dobbins skill set and he is not going to learn it. The running game will be different next year. Not necessarily bad or ineffective just different.
I have high hopes for Harrison but next year he’ll be the guy getting double teamed not the guy playing opposite the side of the guy who got double teamed.
Slightly off-topic but speaking of Carson Palmer I once saw him do the most amazing thing. I was in the stands at a Bengals game during the warm-ups. He was standing on the sidelines at about the 30 yard line he picked up a ball threw it at the goalpost and bounced it off the crossbar. He then picked up a second ball and did it again in the spot. If you ever wonder what makes a great NFL quarterback a great NFL quarterback it’s that kind of accuracy.
Well if this year reinforces anything it is that no result is guaranteed no matter how certain it might seem or how much it is desired. OSU is one of college football’s elite programs so the possibility of a NC is always there, but they still don’t come easy or often.
I honestly think in those days the B10 and PAC10 didn’t believe college football needed a championship game. I truly believe the whole idea of the number 1 versus number 2 game every year was heavily lobbied for by the television networks. With the money they dangled in front of the conferences and the escalating costs of running major college athletic programs the die was cast.
I think he made a mistake returning. I can’t believe he helped himself this season and I suspect he would have been drafted higher last year. I think you are correct. He may be big with a strong arm but every time I see him I come away unimpressed.
Back in the early days of the pre-BCS, I don’t actually remember all the details, the Rose Bowl, B10 and PAC10 tried to fight against the rest of college football‘s move away from the traditional bowl system. The rest of college football even formed an alternative to the NCAA just for Division I football. Don’t remember the name. The B10/PAC10 found themselves more or less on the outside as the rest of the major conferences started developing a “playoff”. They eventually came around rejoined with the other conferences and started down the road to where we are now. I probably got some of that wrong as it was a long time ago.
Professional athletics is a young persons job. You don’t get to add additional earning years to the end of your career because you spent more of the prime of your youth playing as a amateur. A great Buckeye player who is more than ready for the next level. This is an exciting time not a sad one. I will be watching and rooting for him on Sundays