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06/19/2018 - 11:58am You do realize that TCU,…

You do realize that TCU, Oregon State, Tulane looks no different, if not better than, than ND, SMU, and Western Mich in 95% of seasons, right? The rest of OSU's schedule is set by the Big 10, just like Michigan's.

06/19/2018 - 11:33am Honest question, why is it…

Honest question, why is it weird?

06/06/2018 - 8:52am This is, in my opinion, by…

This is, in my opinion, by far the best thing Bill Simmons ever wrote and it seems pertinent:

http://www.espn.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/090122

05/17/2018 - 2:20pm Jordan's Speech

I never understand why people were so shocked and bothered by Jordan's speech. Everybody loves the on-court, serial killer Jordan, but wants him to be a teddy bear off of it. The man was the best of all time because he was an absolute assassin who created things to be pissed about and did not accept anything less than winning. He was also the most confident player I have ever seen in any situation. The man literally believes he can win anything, any time. His manufactured grudges and constant searching for weakness in others didn't disappear when he stopped playing. His HOF speech was him being himself. Is he an ass? Sure. Did that probably help him become the best player ever? Likely.

05/10/2018 - 8:07am Like?

For example? He had 119 total tackles in three years at UM. That's not really that many stops, even factoring in his lack of snaps freshman year. 

05/10/2018 - 8:03am Ok

If that's how you feel, I'm good with it, but it still doesn't refute anything I said about Peppers.

05/09/2018 - 3:08pm I mean...

He wasn't exactly the most humble recruit coming in.

05/09/2018 - 2:50pm Every OSU Fan Agrees

Peppers is a fantastic athlete and excellent blitzer. ProFootballFocus pointed out a bunch of holes in his game after his final season, though. He has linebacker skills in a safety body. Lewis was by far the best defensive player in their final year at UM and should have been DPOY. Ohio State made a point of running at him whenever they could and it worked out well. He's not big enough to take on olinemen and can't cover to save his life. He's really a situational player and I'm flat out shocked when UM fans compare him to Woodson who is one of the best defensive players of all time. Peppers can't do a third of what Woodson could.

05/09/2018 - 2:49pm Expansion Team

From 1999 on the Browns have been an expansion team. Had an expansion draft and all. In reality, they had it much worse off than the expansion Jags and Panthers, but that's what happens to the Browns. Sorry, Lions fans.

05/09/2018 - 2:46pm Screens

Sam, every Peppers defender points to him blowing up screens as if that makes him this irreplaceable defensive god. He was excellent at blowing through WR and TE blocks and getting to the screen receiver. He's a very good blitzer situationally. Now what else on defense is he excellent at?

02/21/2018 - 11:22am Serious question...

Serious question, because I see a number of Michigan fans make this argument from time to time. Do Michigan fans really want to be like Wisconsin and MSU? Yes, they have done more with less over the years, but what have either of them really won? They are not considered elite by your average fan or pundit and generally lose when they play the elites nationally. It's really strange for me, an OSU fan, to feel a measure of revulsion when Michigan fans try to counter arguments against their recruiting classes by pointing to MSU and Wisconsin. Moments later it turns into schadenfreude, but still.

02/21/2018 - 10:09am Carried Tress off the field

Tressel's former players carried him off the field. What would you expect them to do, give the cold shoulder to the coach that led them to a National Title?

02/20/2018 - 3:28pm Agree

Agree with you. I still hate Michigan as much as ever. The 90's are a wound that will never really heal, so I cherish every failure Michigan has in any sport. This doesn't mean I don't respect Michigan as a rival, because I will always respect Michigan in a way that I can never respect Penn State. But that honestly fuels the hate even more, cause I can never hate Penn State the way I hate Michigan. 

01/24/2018 - 6:13pm Definitely a blow. OSU has

First time being bitten by the double post bug.

01/24/2018 - 6:12pm Definitely a blow. OSU has

Definitely a blow. OSU has had better production at CB than any other school with Coombs.

01/11/2018 - 8:56am "He lives UM football."

"He lives UM football."

So do a lot of you, but it doesn't mean the university should pay you all a half mil. This is a poor reason for someone to get a raise.

01/09/2018 - 1:52pm Thank you

Thank you for sharing, Ace. It's not easy to be so open about our personal struggles, be they health, mental, or spiritual. I'm a praying person and will include you when I do.

“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

12/31/2017 - 12:36pm That was the first time OSU

That was the first time OSU has played at Iowa under Meyer.

12/28/2017 - 9:59am Carts

Had to log in to agree with this. God, this makes me furious. Walking 20 feet is not hard, what in the actual hell is wrong with these people.

12/22/2017 - 12:52pm As a Buckeye fan

As a Buckeye fan, the 2015 Buckeyes underachieved. That team was LOADED. Easily the most talented team in the country that year, but they struggled way too often on offense. The coaching on offense was borderline criminal that year. Whe they were motivated and the playcalling didn't overthink things or try to get cute, they destroyed good defenses. VT, UM, and ND all had good defenses and OSU did whatever they wanted.

11/26/2017 - 10:58pm Sigh

Thank you for jumping to conclusions. I linked his article because it succinctly summarizes my opinion on this situation. Everything he says in his article about Schiano and Penn State is researchable. There has literally been ONE time that Schiano's name has been brought up through the whole Sandusky mess and it was in a civil suit after the criminal trials were complete. McQueary conveniently left it out of everything prior. For once, put your fandom away and think about the real life effects on another human being and stop assuming that everyone else only looks at life through the lens of what team they root for.

11/26/2017 - 10:11pm This is disgusting

This whole scenario is disgusting to me. It's obvious that most of the Twitter mob have done no research into the allegations against Schiano whatsoever and are ruining a man's reputation and damaging his career because a handful of people thought UT could do better than Schiano as a coach and started a social media riot with hearsay. https://www.mediaite.com/online/the-twitter-mob-is-trying-to-destroy-gr…

11/24/2017 - 11:42pm Good luck to you all and safe

Good luck to you all and safe travels to everyone travelling to the game. While I would pick OSU to win, I am nervous just like I always am before The Game. Cliche alert, but having lived through the 90's I know that anything can happen in a rivalry game (side note - damn you, Cooper). Hopefully good JT shows up and hopefully we have a non-hungover Big Ten officiating crew.

11/24/2017 - 8:04am Weber

I'm a bigger Dobbins fan, but Weber has been very dynamic the last two games since he got healthy. Three TD runs over 40 yards, one going for 82.

11/22/2017 - 1:49pm Fucking Iowa

That was a lightning-strike game. Iowa literally played out of their mind and the entire OSU team (players and coaches) seemed like they had just completed a three-day bender and had forgotten their uppers.

11/21/2017 - 2:10pm Fans

I don't know about marshmallows with nails in them, but we did have a thirty-something year old UM fan crush a hamburger on the back of my wife's head in Ann Arbor in 2015. Some nearby UM fans apologized and tried to help clean up, which was kind. During the game, also had a younger UM fan (possibly a student) come up and tell my wife he'd fuck her if she wasn't a slutty Buckeye fan. The point is that every fanbase has idiot/disgusting people. Let's all just be thankful we aren't Penn State fans, who are the worst I've ever encountered:

https://youtu.be/jDiRPUiQZHc

11/21/2017 - 10:57am Class

Classy opening by Coach Harbaugh in regards to Terry Glenn.

11/20/2017 - 8:13pm Agree to disagree, I suppose.

Agree to disagree, I suppose. We've seen both Haskins and Burrow get some game time over the last two years and both have impressed overall. They'll compete for the starting spot next year and we Buckeye fans are excited about the winner.

11/20/2017 - 3:15pm Outside Perspective

From a non-mouth-breather Buckeye fan, Michigan is exactly what I thought they would be this year. Good, but not all-time great, defense with some elite pieces and an excellent overall DC who gets more out of players like McCray than other coaches would. Average to bad offense with few skill players that opposing defenses have to gameplan around and quarterback play that rarely wows anyone. Based on what they lost after last season and the way Michigan has recruited, that's really all anyone should have expected. Michigan has recruited very well, but not at an elite level that would allow you to believe they have overwhelming athletes throughout the two-deep.

The biggest head-scratcher is the QB play. Not saying that Harbaugh is a failure or some nonsense, but being objective, his reputation led me to believe that he'd have a QB or two that looked legit by year three. And yes, I know Speight is injured, but he didn't strike fear into anyone before he went out. The OL being what it is (another fair question for the coaching staff, Ohio State started a true freshman on their OL from Michigan last year and he played well) didn't help Speight or any of the other QBs, but it's fair to question why Michigan doesn't have a QB on the roster that other teams worry about. It's Michigan fer God sakes. Whether that's recruiting, QB development, or both, it's slightly inexcusable. Plenty of teams are starting young QBs with success. Ohio State has three that are better than any of Michigan's QBs in Barrett, Burrow, and Haskins. Now, if Harbaugh is the failure that some UM fans say he is, it's in my interest for UM to keep him. But as an opposing fan in the rivalry, I was worried that Harbaugh would have an All-Big Ten level QB by year three. Pleasantly surprised that he doesn't.

01/09/2017 - 11:38am Different Angle

From the other side of things, I'd rather UM have Peppers than Harris. Peppers never really intimidated me as an opposing fan and never really had big games against OSU. Harris was the kind of game-changing back the UM hasn't had for a while, the kind that can swing a game on his own.

12/22/2016 - 4:13pm Cardale

People love to (rightly) bag on that ridiculously stupid comment by Cardale, but two things: 

1. He was a carry-over recruit from before Meyer. Likely would not have been brought in otherwise.

2. Meyer punished that mindset and comment immediately.

Another thing about the comment, people seem to always ignore the fact that Cardale was complaining that he was being made to go to class. If OSU was so easily letting him skate by on class, then he would have never complained in the first place.

12/02/2016 - 11:04am Stats

You can't completely ignore the stats as they show that a player was in position and completed his job. Luke Kuechly is a stat-machine, are his stats irrelevant? Football is obviously a team game and any good defensive player needs those surrounding him to do their jobs or they get caught in the wash. This just makes me more impressed with a player like Scales who has so much less around him than Peppers. The flip-side argument to that is that Peppers gets less tackles, interceptions, forced fumbles, etc. because his better teammates are also making plays. There is some truth, but I also posit that Peppers gets less tackles and interceptions because he can't get off the blocks that make it to him and because he is average or worse in coverage. Game film doesn't lie. Peppers is a special athlete who can blow up a block or screen better than anyone on one play, but then gets out of position the next two. He relies on his athleticism too much and doesn't have the best instincts or diagnoses skills so when he guesses right, his athleticism allows him to do something special. But he is more often wrong and runs himself out of a play, takes a bad angle, or gets handled by a blocker.

Per ProFootballFocus21. Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

Peppers has started to fall down our board just a bit, as his play on the field as of late hasn’t quite lived up to his hype. While his elite athleticism and ability as a returner is blindingly apparent every time he steps on the field, his play on the back end has been less than stellar. When targeted in coverage this season, he has yielded receptions on 20 of 26 targets and does not have a single pass defended when he is the primary defender (his lone interception against Ohio State was a case of him being in the right place at the right time off a pass tipped in front). He also lacks the size to consistently take on and shed blocks going forward, as the majority of his impact plays this year have come when he has been unblocked. Teams considering him will need sell themselves on the idea that his coverage struggles could be due to his hybrid role, but it may be difficult for some to come to terms with the thought that he may be a two-down player at the next level.

And Michigan has forced teams to reconsider three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust because of their excellent pass rush and outstanding corners, not because they are worried Peppers will destroy their read-option or pass-happy offense. Teams see how hard it is to throw well against Michigan and decide running at Peppers is easier. Jourdan Lewis had more of an effect on opponents' offensive gameplans week-to-week than Peppers ever did. He took away half the field in the passing game.

12/02/2016 - 5:44am Half?

Half is quite a stretch. Especially since teams figured out that if you run right at Peppers, your odds went up. Yes, he was great at beating WR/RB/TE blocks on the edge, but if an OL was able to engage him, Peppers was done. And Scales easily bested him in sacks and TFL and could actually get off blocks in the run game and still make plays. Peppers was a very good player on D this year, but best in the conference? When teams decide their best chance at running the ball is to do so right at a certain player, best goes out the window. He wasn't the best defender on his own team. OSU ran at him multiple times in the overtime because there was little fear of him. On JT's TD in the first OT, Peppers followed the fake and vacated the middle. The play right before that, Samuel had shaken him almost to the ground and went by him. In the second OT, Peppers had kept contain but couldn't make the tackle on Samuel's field reversal play. Then on the final TD, OSU ran at him again and Mike Webber completely blocked him out of the play. People had actual fear of Jourdan Lewis and just chose not to throw at him.

12/01/2016 - 10:33pm DPOY

I know I'm going to get flamed, but I don't think Peopers deserved DPOY or LBOY. I would have much rather seen Jourdan Lewis get DPOY as he was certainly more dominant than Peppers. And as for LB, Peppers didn't have the numbers of other LBs in the conference and seemed more mistake-prone. He's the most athletic LB, certainly, but there are certainly better LBs in the conference. Tegray Scales was a monster this year and should have easily won it over Peppers. The fact that he was a third and second team selection shows why these lists are about hype only.

10/27/2016 - 12:14pm RR

I may just be a dumb OSU fan, but if my memory serves right, offense wasn't usually the issue under RR. And JT is a much better overall QB than Denard or any other RR QB's were.

10/20/2016 - 1:01pm Truth

07/28/2016 - 11:27am Curtis Samuel

I think you misunderstand Curtis' role in the OSU offense. He is an H, not a running back. They move him everywhere, but he spends most of his time in the slot. "Middling" is not the word any coach in the conference would use to describe him. In 2014, as a true freshman, he averaged 6.6 yards per carry and 8.6 per catch. In 2015, it was 7.8 yards per carry (17 carries) and 13.1 per catch (22 catches). He averaged more yards per carry than any UM RB and more yards per catch than Jake Butt. For his 75 career carries as a true freshman and sophomore he's averaging 6.9 yards per and has 7 TDs. He would likely be the starting RB at UM.

07/28/2016 - 10:56am Depends on the OSU WRs

I'm obviously oversimplifying here, but every team has tried some variation of this against OSU since Meyer's been there. If OSU has capable deep and intermediate threats (Devin Smith, Jalin Marshall, Michael Thomas), it backfires. If the WRs can't beat single coverage, then OSU loses. Meyer is 50-4 at OSU, so...

JT is more than capable of beating teams that completely stuff the box over the top as he showed against MSU two years ago in East Lansing. Devin Smith destroyed the MSU secondary. If OSU develops similar threats this year, then clogging the box doesn't work. Defenses will have to pull someone out of the box and then OSU pounds the ball. Will UM's secondary be able to handle the OSU skill players? Lewis was beaten a couple times by Thomas last year, can someone like Noah Brown have similar success? Lots of questions to answer before the end of November.

06/17/2016 - 11:05am DPJ

While I don't disagree that UM leads for him, I don't think his reasoning will be Michigan's med school. His first goal will be for a shot at the NFL. If that doesn't work out, he'll start applying to a number of med schools (assuming this stays his chosen career path for the next five years). Being a Michigan undergrad won't give him a leg up on getting into med school at Michigan. From what I understand, being a former Michigan football player won't truly give him that much of a leg up either. Kids going to schools for their undergrad because they may or may not want to go there for med school 5-6 years down the road is foolish.

01/29/2016 - 11:31am 1-11

Hate to be that guy, but Michigan keeps the loss. OSU just vacates the win. So UM is 1-11 and OSU is 10-1 with a vacated win. Same way how all of those wins for JoePa came off the books, but PSU's opponents kept the losses.

01/29/2016 - 11:06am This.

NFL personnel have been raving about him all week.

12/17/2015 - 7:40am This.

Wallace is a big, ridiculous athlete and has committed to Oregon as a WR. The kid is probably wisely looking at his future and realizes his best shot at the NFL will probably be as a WR. As a WR, though, OSU didn't have much interest as they aren't looking for a project and still have Corley and Victor on their recruiting boards. A logical parting of ways.

09/30/2015 - 9:15am Changed the Tide

"Changed the tide" is a bit much. Let's see him win a few in the rivalry first. I do think Ohio State fans have taken notice of how solid Michigan has looked, but I think it also has just as much to do with the OSU offense underwhelming the last couple weeks. It's made the natives restless and when the fanbase is restless, everything starts looking like a bigger threat.

Edit: there also seems to be some joke I'm missing? Guess I haven't spent enough time reading MGoBlog lately.

09/15/2015 - 8:55am Run Game

Even if the schemes were identical, the scheme alone doesn't make a run game dynamic. The OL needs to open holes and the RB needs to hit the hole with suddenness and quickly get to the second level. Zeke is fantastic at this and has the speed to turn a typical up the gut play into a 75 yard TD. Smith doesn't have that.

08/12/2015 - 9:47am Perry

Watching that highlight, I think of Dane Sanzenbacher from OSU. A litle small, not blazing fast, great route runner, great hands. Dane was never a true big play guy, but he was one of the most consistent and relaible WR's I've ever seen. Athletic enough with a high football IQ and worked hard at everything. Dane also got on the field over more athletic and highly recruited options.

04/09/2015 - 12:04pm Dean

First off, I feel for the kid. Either way here, he is the loser. 

Second, I think people on either side of the debate should back off their soap boxes for the time being until Urban is asked about this. For those defending Urban, there is no way to say with certainty what this kid's medical status is. This applies to those attacking Urban, too. I know this is a convenient time to cry foul, but very few people know the actual state of this kid's knee. I've had friends tear everything in their knee and be able to return to a sport the next season. I've also had teammates who've been told to hang em up after one serious knee injury. Every athlete's body is different and only they and their families and doctors can say what is best for them. 

No matter what, a kid's dream of playing football at OSU is over, either by injury or coach's call. No one should take any joy in this moment.

04/07/2015 - 11:09am 3 RBs

It's honestly likely that all 3 will see the field at the same time. Think of it this way:

Walker = Elliott

Hill = Marshall

McCall = Wilson

In OSU's offense, all 3 of those plays can run the ball, but all 3 have slightly different positions. This is how the OSU staff views them.

02/05/2015 - 3:35pm Injuries

Reeves did play in the Championship, but I don't know if he was injured again in any way during that game. They haven't announced anything specific yet, but I know the kid struggled with injury and missed multiple games this year because of it. So it's not like the kid was being forced to play week after week while the OSU staff knew he had an injury. When the medical staff cleared him to play, he played. When they didn't clear him, he didn't dress this season. Beyond that, no one besides Reeves, his family, and the program know when he was or wasn't injured or cleared. So to imply Meyer did anything "shady" in regards to Reeves is unfounded in fact.

I don't remember off the top of my head if Tanner played in the Championship. I know he was dinged all season and he may have worsened an injury at some point. You or I don't know the details, so it's pointless to say anything definitive.

Bogard's injuries are well known and discussed.

What is known, is that all three were contributers. Your statement , "if he didn't believe that someone else in that roster spot could contribute more?" doesn't make sense to me, because even if he thought someone coming on to the team could take their spot, it makes no sense to push them off them team over a 4th or 5th stringer. What your saying is that Meyer is willing to keep guys who can't even crack the rotation on special teams, but not the guys who earned game minutes? These are the three he is "cutting"? That's nonsense. Even if these guys lose their spot, they are more likely to contribute than many other guys on the team, especially if the guy who beat them gets injured. If Meyer was going to cut three players, it'd be three that never saw the field.

02/05/2015 - 12:51pm Meyer

I haven't seen any cases yet where the player seemed to legitimately be pushed out. If Meyer was going to "push" someone out to make room, he has plenty of guys who have never even set foot on the field who he could use instead of 3 guys who have contributed. Tanner and Bogard are two of our best Special Teams players and Reeves was our starting nickel this year. No coach pushes out contributors. When you see it happen at Bama or wherever, it's 4th or 5th stringers who got "injured" in practice, not guys getting injured during key games like the Big Ten championship.

02/04/2015 - 11:36am Weber

I really feel for the kid. It was obvious he was under a ton of pressure. It sounds like everyone around him was pushing him to go Michigan, but he had built a strong relationship with the OSU staff over time. Like has been said above, mind vs heart. It had to be the hardest thing he's ever done to announce in front of all the locals that he's leaving home, but I'm glad he made the decision for him.

I don't buy the excuse about Higdon at all, either. The RB room at OSU is stacked and Weber knows that as well as anyone. That was just a convenient reason he could give to take some heat off of him and I don't blame him one bit. I'm sure he's gotten hell the last two weeks and will probably keep getting it.