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|1 day 10 hours ago||Small victories||
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||I am glad that you don't see||
I am glad that you don't see Navy, VT and Cincy as cupcakes. VT held Bama to 206 total yards last year. They were just embarrassingly bad on offense to keep the game close.
OSU will be tested before MSU. Even with Braxton those early games have the possibility of being challenging. Not to mention PSU in Happy Valley.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||The coaching staff held out||
The coaching staff held out Spence, Bosa, Washington and Bennett. They may have been in for the first series then that's it.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||I'm guessing the fact that CJ||
I'm guessing the fact that CJ Barnett played for OSU last year had something to do with this.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Being kicked off the team||
Being kicked off the team also included loss of their scholarships for the summer. Be it a PR move or not, it was still a significant penalty for taking a leak in public.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||JT Barrett is a redshirt||
JT Barrett is a redshirt freshman and as of this past weekend, has taken over the number 2 spot.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Fuck you, too, Wyoming.||
Fuck you, too, Wyoming.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I think adding Giddens, Bell||
I think adding Giddens, Bell and Thompson and only having 2 scholarships available (assuming they take 1 more guy in their 2015 class which is almost a sure thing) in 2016 kind of sealed his fate with OSU. The coaches still must have seen a whole lot of potential in the kid to offer him given the few scholarships they have available and the talented guys they are already pursuing in that class.
Man, the State of Ohio has put out some serious roundball talent recently.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Independence Bowl, Liberty||
Independence Bowl, Liberty Bowl, no bowl, Outback Bowl, PapaJohns.com Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl... Impressive decade of bowl games, Steve.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Well, he will have some||
Well, he will have some evidence in case he ever has to convince an arbitrator.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I feel your pain. B deck||
I feel your pain. B deck under the overhang is awful. One thing that I love about the Big House is that I have never had a bad seat. Even at the very top row of the stadium you still felt close to the action. If you ever get a chance to go back, try getting seats in the first couple rows of C deck in between the thirties. To me, those are the best seats in the house (outside of club level).
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Just as I am 100% certain||
Just as I am 100% certain that the RV that I rented to take up to the UM-OSU game in AA a few years ago was pelted by dozens of full beers. It happens. It is not the norm and should not discourage anyone from visiting OSU just as it has not discouraged me from visiting AA.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||To be fair, the fact that OSU||
To be fair, the fact that OSU fans go up to Ann Arbor in droves may be because of the recent outcomes of The Game. Michigan Stadium was not like that early on in the Tressel years or when Cooper was getting his ass kicked.
And I hate the generalization of the Ohio Stadium experience that says you will get shit thrown on you every time you go. Mostly because it is simply not true (does it happen? Yes. Does it happen in isolated instances at every major university including Michigan? Yes. Is it the norm? Absolutely not.) I go to 90% of the OSU home games each year (including the UM game) and very, very rarely have I seen anything more than a little trash talking.
But the reason I hate it most is because it discourages fans of opposing teams to visit one of the best stadiums and get a feel for one of the best football experiences in the country. Some friends and I are trying to make it to every B1G stadium and it has been awesome so far. I encourage anyone who is a fan of football to try to do the same if possible - including viisting Ohio State. I promise you that you won't find a fight unless you are looking for one.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Recruiting has been pretty||
Recruiting has been pretty close since Urban arrived in Columbus but I believe the slight edge goes to OSU.
Player development can go both ways. Offensively for OSU, Ed Warriner has proven to be one of the best offensive line coaches in America and it seemingly doesn't matter who he puts in- the unit still performs very well. The WR position, however, has not been a strength at OSU for quite a few years. RBs seem to be developing nicely and I think Elliot will have a very good year this year. Braxton has also gotten better each year.
Michigan, defensively, seems to be developing guys at a better pace than they are offensively. The LB position has been an area of strength and the defensive backfield should be pretty formidable this year. DL is still a concern.
It is tough to judge player development with the new coaching staffs (UM on offense, OSU on defense). For as bad as UM's offensive line was last year, OSU's secondary was right there with them. I think player development is a push.
Scheme goes to OSU only because of consistency. The dumpster fire that was OSU's secondary last year raged out of control a little less often than UM's offensive line. When comparing strengths, OSU's offense was clicking week in and week out as opposed to UM's defense struggling at times.
Game management is tough to judge. I don't believe either coach makes mistakes or does anything spectacularly on a regular basis. Probably a push.
Public relations goes to OSU on a technicality. Ever since the Tressel debacle, OSU has been under a media microscope and ever since Florida and the Hernandez debacle, Urban has been under a microscope. Every issue he has run into so far with players getting in trouble he has dealt with swiftly and harshly. So, I believe because OSU is under so much more scrutiny, even though they seem to have had a little more negative publicity than UM, the edge goes to OSU with how they have handled the media.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||Jayme Thompson, Mike Mitchell||
Jayme Thompson, Mike Mitchell and Se'Von Pittman I believe are the only ones that have left voluntarily. Jamal Marcus was also voluntary but I believe that was more or less mutual. Mitchell was a 5 star recruit and Marcus was going to get a lot of playing time this year. The other two "mysteriously" tranferred because they found themselves behind talented players on the depth chart.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||And if he does end up||
And if he does end up returning kickoffs, he will certainly get a chance against OSU as Urban elects a pooch-style kick that does not make it to the endzone. Most of the time it works in his favor as the returner is usually tackled before the 20 but it scares the shit out of me.
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||Have to agree. Same reason||
Have to agree. Same reason why I didn't mind when Malzone said that it wouldn't be the last time he left Columbus happy a few weeks ago. I will start to worry when the fan bases and players stop doing these types of things to each other.
|16 weeks 11 hours ago||Wow. Yea, I'm with ya in||
Wow. Yea, I'm with ya in believing information straight from Weber. The 11W staff is usually pretty conservative in breaking any news and wait until they have concrete evidence so I wonder where they got their info. Pretty funny stuff either way.
|16 weeks 12 hours ago||I just think convenient would||
I just think convenient would be cutting a guy who would never contribute or who has not shown any signs of being a contributor. Not a potential starter. No matter how you look at it, OSU is back to their number of allotted scholarships AND they lose a playmaker.
|16 weeks 13 hours ago||FWIW||
This is not from Ohio State. OSU's graphic designer Sammy Silverman stated that this is not their work and every one of these that they send out is signed by Urban in the bottom right hand corner.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Eh, not quite. The kid||
Eh, not quite. The kid started the Orange Bowl for Spence and would have started the first two games this year. Johnson has said all spring that he will play a plethora of D lineman this year and after Marcus played extremely well against Clemson, he more than likely would have seen significant time this year and in future years as well. Though, I am not a proponent of over-signing, I don't think Marcus would have been the one to be shown the door if Urban was just looking to make room. It may be a deep position in terms of talent but this certainly hurts the D-line.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty good stuff, thanks||
Pretty good stuff, thanks Padog. Thad significantly cuts down minutes come B1G play so it will be interesting to see how he handles probably the deepest bench he has had in a few years. And you are correct about Kam Williams. He got mono early on last year, lost a bunch of weight and never fully recovered. I also think that your starting five is spot on but Matta may also go small and move Lee to the 5, Bates-Diop or Loving at the 4 (similar to how he played Ross at times last year), Tate or Thompson at the 3, Williams or Russell at 2 and Scott at the point.
|18 weeks 6 hours ago||I am not discrediting the||
I am not discrediting the fact that ANY QB, including Miller, will be able to throw the ball much better when he has time in the pocket and has an offense that can line up and run the ball down the defense's throat. And there is also no doubt, nor have I argued to the contrary, that DG would put up better passing numbers than Miller in OSU's offense - just as Kenny Guiton did (and, BTW, Kenny Guiton is by faaaaaar and away not a "nobody back-up." He could have started for most B1G teams and was invited to the Bills training camp). But I am also not quick to say that Miller is just a product of what's around him. He made quite a few reads and throws last year that have shown that he can make some pretty darn good plays with his arm as well. He was also quite effective his freshman year given those clusterf*ck circumstances. DG may be able to step into OSU's system and be as productive as Miller but that doesn't mean any QB can.
|18 weeks 8 hours ago||Damn.. My bad. That's a tough||
Damn.. My bad. That's a tough GIF to swallow.
|18 weeks 9 hours ago||.....Did I miss something?||
.....Did I miss something?
|18 weeks 10 hours ago||He has deficiencies but to||
He has deficiencies but to say he is borderline terrible is quite a stretch. He has increased his completion percentage at least 4 points each year and completed 63.5% last year. He also threw for over 2,000 yards, and 24 TDs to 7 picks. He is certainly a better passer now than he was when he was a true freshman. Gardner is a better passer but Miller is far from a terrible one (see: Joe Bauserman).
|18 weeks 11 hours ago||Thanks for being patient -||
Thanks for being patient - I'm with ya now. If some UM fans were clamoring for Morris over DG last year then those same fans would have been clamoring for Morris over Miller. While I do believe that Miller's running ability would have allowed him to mitigate some of the deficiancies caused by the OL, there is no way in hell he would have finished half of the games DG did. To me, it is crazy though that some fans watched DG all year and thought that anyone else on the roster could have done better.
|18 weeks 11 hours ago||Edit: was definitely missing||
Edit: was definitely missing the point.
|18 weeks 11 hours ago||I misunderstood your original||
I misunderstood your original comment. I didn't realize that some UM fans were actually calling for a change at QB. I have to admit that I actually found myself rooting for DG towards the end of the season because I admired what he was able to do given the circumstances. So the fact that some people think that a guy who is much more of a dropback passer than Gardner is would have been a better option is kinda crazy to me. Do I think Braxton could have done better than DG last year? I don't think he would have been able to finish every game like DG did that's for sure. I think Braxton has an uncanny ability to make plays with his feet which would have been useful given UM's line situation last year but I would not say that he would have been any more productive than DG. Ultimately, I don't think the group hailing for a QB change would have been any larger had Braxton been back there.
|18 weeks 11 hours ago||Fair enough but an equally||
Fair enough but an equally valid point would be that there is no guarantee that Gardner would have won two POTY awards had he been OSU's QB. And there is certainly not enough evidence that Morris would have won a POTY at OSU's helm. Which brings me back to my original argument that I think it is ridiculous that UM fans would rather have had Morris over Miller last year.