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Zonabuck


MEMBER SINCE   September 26, 2014

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Comment 19 Jan 2019

For such a long time, 11W has been the worldwide leader in Buckeye recruiting news. There’s no question that the individuals are critical, the way they handle business, develop relationships with the recruits yet set appropriate boundaries, but there’s just been so much turnover that it has to be hard to maintain as a site. I’m still all in, but hoping that it starts to stabilize in 2019. 

Comment 18 Jan 2019

There was an issue with his with Jermake Hines way back when OSU was still on quarters. He was able to take a summer session class and get the credit, and became eligible to play when fall quarter started. But I think we knew that right off the bat. I’m just hoping this isn’t something like a Bubba Bolden got himself into at USC. 

Comment 18 Jan 2019

They said they “lost their top six DBs from a year ago to the NFL”. I’m not gonna fact check that, but I’m gonna call BS. 

Comment 18 Jan 2019

Ash was probably the biggest game changing hire Urban had here. The scheme changed, and we saw instantaneous results from that. But even more critical, we went to a rugby style tackling scheme rather than going for big hits. What resulted was that, to a man, when they hit the offensive player, he rolled and went down. Virtually no yards after the first contact. No broken tackles. Fundamentals were solid. I’ll give Luke some credit on that as well, but Ash was the guy who made it happen. When Ash left, the next crew came in and did not have the same discipline, the same strong fundamentals. The elite talent in the defensive backfield masked some of it in 2016, but the backsliding was evident. It blew up on Schiano this year, but it was a three year effort. 

Comment 18 Jan 2019

This hurts us in the CFP. ESPN knows they can dump us into any non-CFP game, and the ratings will be huge. They’ll get ratings automatically for their Holiday Invitational Tournament games, but the other bowls aren’t as automatic. 

Comment 18 Jan 2019

Same, sorta, but then we had some snow in SC last year. One salt truck for the entire state, and it took about three days for it to warm up to the point where it got the ice off the roads. We were shut down for about five days.   The joke is that people don’t know how to drive in the snow. The reality was, it all turns to ice and it does make it pretty risky. 

Comment 17 Jan 2019

Clarett sat out that game after getting a mid week knee scope. And, man, did it show. I’m still amazed at how many yards he was able to squeeze out of every play, when the line did him very few favors. If there was ever a way to determine a metric of (yards gained on a play) / (maximum yards possible on that play), 2002 Clarett would probably be the only back in history to have a ratio greater than 1. His vision and determination were incredible. 

Comment 17 Jan 2019

The issue they have, which has been discussed, is that they are extremely inconsistent with the criteria they use to do the rankings. The criteria doesn’t only change from year to year (the inconsistent weighting of conference championships and strength of schedule), but it also changes from team to team. For example, if two teams “stand out” qualitatively as the two best, then they formulate the 1 vs. 2 rankings using a set of criteria that works to differentiate those two particular teams. When they move to the next group, say teams that “stand out” qualitatively as 3-7, they’ll use a different set of criteria that lets them differentiate those five teams. When they move on to 7-12, there may be yet another set of criteria used to set those rankings.

That essentially means you start with whatever biases you bring to the table, then use a sliding scale to cherry pick criteria to use as justification. That also explains why they can pick a single data point to “rule out” a team, as opposed to doing the performance and number crunching they should be doing to get the right teams in the right order. It also makes them extremely vulnerable to outside influence (like passionate pleas from people who should have nothing to do with the selection process *cough* Herbie *cough), and just scrub the “data” so they don’t get any backlash from talking heads with microphones.  There’s no core values, no stable criteria, just shifting sands - sometimes from position to position, let alone year to year. It’s a farce 

Comment 17 Jan 2019

It would be awesome. Nothing holding him back from some real assessments now. We also know he requested covering the Big Ten in 2011, so he could scout the rest of the conference from the inside. I’d almost expect him to start by covering regional games unless he does the in studio shows. If he starts doing the PAC 12 games, well...

Comment 17 Jan 2019

It doesn’t matter who they are or where they’re from. This is as rigged as it gets, and nobody seems to care. They don’t watch all the games, they don’t have a psssion for football, they just go to ESPN headquarters, watch ESPN highlights, listen to the commentary of Herbie and Finebaum, and then rank accordingly. It’s a farce.

They even “don’t start rankings until mid-October, when there’s enough body of work to accurately compare”.  Yet ESPN from just about week 1 starts with their “Who’s In?”, their power rankings, and whatever other tools they can use to influence the tools...er...”The Committee”. They even use preseason rankings (undeserved) to prop up certain teams with “quality wins” that are no better than beating a MAC team. It’s a farce, it’s their farce, and they can farce it up like no one else. 

Comment 17 Jan 2019

I don’t know if we abandoned it as much as Bo took it away. Beanie had something like 128 yards with 12 minutes to play in the 2nd quarter, and Bo made the defensive adjustments to stop the run and dare Boeckman and our receivers to beat them. They couldn’t. Boeckman was fine, but we were entering into an era of OSU offense where the playmakers had to make phenomenal individual efforts outside of the playcalls. We didn’t have the athletes to compete at this level.

As Pete Carroll said when they played OSU the following year, none of our receiving route trees ever changed, so their defenders knew where our receivers were headed as well as they did. That was the game where Tressel faced so much backlash over the failed Bollman experiment that he had to come out the following week and actually make the statement “if someone wants to come in and tell me how I need to run my football program, then that’s the cue that I no longer need to be here.”

And Boeckman wasn’t accurate enough to thread a needle. Fast forward four years, and Urban called Luke’s first game against Akron, which we won 42-0 IIRC, and all Urban could say was “I don’t see any playmakers anywhere on the field. There’s only one on the team, that’s  Braxton Miller, and he  is on the bench.”

we love our Buckeyes so much that at times, we can’t see them for what they really are.

Comment 17 Jan 2019

Troy was a star at the Elite 11 finals, not winning overall but winning one of the awards. I think that also was the time where people said Zwick had been selected based on recruiting rankings, and they hadn’t seen film, and that method changed going forward. Troy had some character issues that got him invited to leave St Ed’s, and clearly Zwick was Tressel’s guy, but Troy was always a player. 

Comment 16 Jan 2019

Beanie went down against YSU in the season opener. He didn’t play again until four games later, when OSU started the Big Ten season. He didn’t play against USC. That was the game we started by rotating Boeckman and Pryor nearly every play, and Pryor was about the only playmaker we had on the field. It was a beatdown. Too bad we kept them in the game at the Shoe the following year, because we should’ve returned the favor. But, Tresselball. 

Comment 16 Jan 2019

I think a key - maybe the key? - data point is all of this cake when Dwayne came in for an injured JT against TTUN in 2017. He was raw, he hadn’t played a lot (even in early blowouts. Why?), but the ten other guys knew what we know now. When it’s a passing play, Dwayne ids going to pass. While WRs playing in JT’s offense were talented, they also knew he was a very skilled runner. So they ran their routes, didn’t get the ball, but stayed near the defender in the event JT took off, and they look to be effective blockers. When Dwayne is asked about running as a QB, his philosophy is “that’s what Running Backs are for”. So when receivers get to the end of their route and don’t get the ball, they turn and continue to work to get open, to find holes in the defense, and look to catch passes. 

Dwayne has a hell of an arm, reads the D well and gets the ball out quickly and accurately. But the primary difference is, the other 10 guys expect a passing play to be a passing play, and the types of effort reflects that. I love WRs who are devastating blockers, but I like an effective passing game so much more. They can do both.