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11/18/2018 - 9:33pm Definitely.  The crowd…

Definitely.  The crowd became much more raucous after that cheap shot, and really remained that way the rest of the game.

11/18/2018 - 9:07pm 2004 OSU changed…

2004 OSU changed quarterbacks midseason (from Justin Zwick to Troy Smith) and then played like a top 10 team after that.  This is quite different.

11/18/2018 - 6:44pm Other than the Snow Bowl …

Other than the Snow Bowl (1950), I can’t think of any OSU games that had really bad weather.  The weird weather games (Purdue 1995, Northwestern ‘08, Indiana ‘16) always seem to be a week or two before.

11/18/2018 - 6:36pm The 2018 Michigan team hasn…

The 2018 Michigan team hasn’t played in Columbus.  Some guys were on the 2016 team that played there, but that was not this team.

11/18/2018 - 6:29pm It’s statistically the most…

It’s statistically the most dangerous play in the game, by a significant margin.  There have been studies about this.  That’s why the NCAA has introduced the fair catch - it wants to reduce the number of kickoffs in the game.

11/18/2018 - 6:17pm Teams currently recover…

Teams currently recover onside kicks 10-20% of the time.  I don’t think the odds of converting a 4th and 15 are better than that.  If all it takes is an accurate QB, why don’t Air Raid teams go for it on 4th and long all the time?  

The problem is that it’s a totally obvious situation for the defense, which will go to a dime and defend everything close to the sticks while conceding the short stuff.

11/18/2018 - 5:23pm I don't think it would…

I don't think it would change offenses much.  4th and 15 on your own 35 is a very low-percentage proposition, probably not much different from the odds of recovering an onside kick.  If teams go for it, it would probably be as a fake punt rather than a regular offensive play.

11/18/2018 - 5:19pm Or just make it a punt from…

Or just make it a punt from the 40.  You score a TD and then you get 4th and 10 (or 15) from there.  Teams can do what they want on that play but if they kick it, the ball must be drop-kicked.  

 

11/18/2018 - 4:41pm Let's put "gashed" into…

Let's put "gashed" into context here.  IU was 16-35 passing for 195 yards - 5.6 per attempt.  93 of their yards came on three plays (only one of which came on a crossing route, incidentally).  Their other 32 passes averaged 3.2 YPA.

11/18/2018 - 4:34pm It definitely felt like we…

It definitely felt like we didn't want to show our whole hand in the red zone.  I don't remember too many run-run-run play sequences in the red zone before yesterday.  

 

11/18/2018 - 4:32pm Our run game is also…

Our run game is also significantly better than it was in 2016.  That year we ran all over our cupcakes and struggled against the good defenses.  This year we've run on everyone save ND in the opener - and OSU is far from the best run defense we'll face.

11/16/2018 - 3:09pm And the reason the OSU game…

And the reason the OSU game was so ugly was because both of our QBs got hurt.  It was tied 14-14 before then.

11/16/2018 - 3:04pm   I posted these replies to…

  I posted these replies to the local forum. Everybody from the media, parents, and fans completely destroyed the coach for intentionally losing that game. 

If true, these "media, parents and fans" are idiots.

But I doubt it's true.  Your pride is irrationally causing you to die on this hill instead of just accepting that it was a poorly-reasoned post.

11/16/2018 - 10:22am Teams have been doing that…

Teams have been doing that sort of thing forever.  If there's a disincentive to win, you should lose.  Have you never heard of teams tanking?

 

11/15/2018 - 3:18pm Oh man, he threw you a pitch…

Oh man, he threw you a pitch right over the plate. 

11/15/2018 - 3:15pm Is he less effective at…

Is he less effective at taking threes when they occur later in the shot clock?

11/15/2018 - 12:04pm It's weird how long it…

It's weird how long it favored Nova, despite them falling down by a bunch right away.  I guess it really values home court.

11/14/2018 - 2:40pm It was the 1997 offseason…

It was the 1997 offseason when Mattison left for ND.  He was our DC in '96.

11/14/2018 - 2:17pm But then we wouldn't have…

But then we wouldn't have Higdon.  I'm OK with how it worked out.

11/13/2018 - 3:32pm Right now Spike is busy…

Right now Spike is busy quarterbacking Texas under an assumed name.

11/13/2018 - 1:47pm How did Hoke "not try to…

How did Hoke "not try to score"?  I'm not saying his gameplan was good or anything but that's a silly assertion to make.

11/13/2018 - 12:15pm Yes, I also worked up a…

Yes, I also worked up a strong dislike for Barnett's teams by 1996.  It faded by about '98, then resurfaced in 2000, before fading for good after that.

11/13/2018 - 12:11pm If you look at his Twitter…

If you look at his Twitter page he's reported other stories, too.  Meyer is just a source of stories that keeps on giving.

11/13/2018 - 12:09pm I've never quite understand…

I've never quite understand the fixation with Hoke clapping.  All coaches do it to encourage their team, including when things are going bad.  I get that we reached a point with Hoke where we hated everything about him but this isn't something particular to him.    

11/12/2018 - 5:02pm I don't think it's really…

I don't think it's really mocking either school, just the rivalry itself.

11/12/2018 - 4:48pm I'm not convinced that last…

I'm not convinced that last year's season mattered that much in recruiting.  If it had been a total disaster like MSU's 2016 (3-9), then maybe.  Going from 10 wins to eight is a hiccup.  Obsessive fans freaked out (because they freak out about everything), but most observers just saw a young team with QB issues.

I think in any event that you feel the effects of a bad season more in the next year's class, because by the time your regular season is over (end of November) a lot of guys have already made up their minds.  And now there's the early signing period.

11/12/2018 - 4:07pm Since the ND game, when our…

Since the ND game, when our OL had a rough day in general and we were held to 58 net rushing yards, we're averaging 232.9 rush yards per game and 5.3 per carry.  That would rank us fourth in the conference (out of 14 teams) behind only Wisconsin, Illinois and Maryland - three teams that can't pass at all and are totally dependent on the ground game.  That's pretty good.   

11/12/2018 - 2:53pm On paper he recruited well…

On paper he recruited well anyway.  According to 247, our 2008, 2009 and 2010 classes were ranked #11, #10 and #17  nationally.  He seemed to have more guys not pan out (or not survive in school) than usual, though - especially that 2010 class.

11/12/2018 - 2:29pm Other than Demar Dorsey, who…

Other than Demar Dorsey, who didn't qualify academically, I don't remember too many RR recruits not being able to get admitted.

He would be able to get more Jucos in at Bama, though, and oversign if he wanted.  (Did teams oversign back then, or did Saban originate that?)

11/12/2018 - 2:16pm His running style reminds me…

His running style reminds me a bit of Drake Johnson, though he may have a bit more acceleration.

11/12/2018 - 2:15pm He definitely played.  As…

He definitely played.  As for why we never threw to him, I don't know but Shea had plenty of success throwing to other targets as it was.

11/12/2018 - 2:04pm While we seemed to have…

I don't know; against SMU we could not get on the scoreboard for a long time.  Saturday, while we seemed to have instructions to Shea not to keep it, which may have limited the ground game, the offense was very productive anyway.  This was a quick game - we had only 10 possessions, not counting the kneeldown possession at the end.  The breakdown :

-12 plays, 62 yards (turnover on downs)

-8 plays, 59 yards (touchdown)

-12 plays, 65 yards (touchdown)

-6 plays, 53 yards (touchdown)

-3 plays, 2 yards (punt)

-8 plays, 73 yards (touchdown)

-6 plays, 28 yards (punt)

-5 plays, 42 yards (touchdown)

-1 play, 61 yards (touchdown)

-3 plays, -8 yards (punt)

Six TDs on our first nine possessions and we could have had another if Higdon had seen the hole on the right side on that 4th and 1.  The primary difference between this game and 2016 was the number of possessions.  (In '16, we actually didn't score in our first three drives, and still managed eleven TDs.)

11/12/2018 - 12:14pm Is Ron Bellamy still the…

Is Ron Bellamy still the coach of West Bloomfield?

11/12/2018 - 12:05pm Rutgers is very bad, no…

Rutgers is very bad, no doubt.  But I don't feel like they're historically bad like that ranking suggests.  They may have been in September when they were blown out by Kansas and Buffalo, but they've been somewhat competitive in Big Ten play, losing one-score games to Indiana and Northwestern and by 14 to Wisconsin.  They competed pretty hard against us even if we ended up rolling.  It feels like Ash has at least gotten them to keep buying in.  Whether that's enough for him to keep his job, I don't know.

11/11/2018 - 7:40pm Well, he certainly comes off…

Well, he certainly comes off as a stable, rational person, and quality mentor for young people.  We can see why Urban Meyer kept him around a decade.

11/11/2018 - 11:34am And as regrettable as the…

And as regrettable as the reasons for its inception, the legacy of the Great War was even worse, given that it paved the way for another even more destructive European War only 21 years later.

This was far from an inevitability.  Many emerged from WWI genuinely wanting war to never break out again.  The League of Nations was formed for that purpose.  The British and French desperately wanted to avoid war again and allowed Germany to stop respecting the terms of Versailles, while the U.S. disengaged itself from European affairs altogether.  

Even the Nazis did not want a WWI rematch.  Hitler's focus was on the east, where he wanted to bully the weak states there into giving up land, without provoking the Western Allies into war.  Germany in 1939 was larger than it had been in 1914 and was no longer respecting Versailles.  It had no particular reason to want revenge by that point, and Hitler himself thought a new war with France/UK would just be another mess.  He simply thought he could keep adding land on the cheap.  He was stunned when the UK/France declared war on him, saying only "What now?"  

   

11/10/2018 - 9:29pm Sure seemed that way.  There…

Sure seemed that way.  There were a few obvious keep situations that he passed up.  Fine with me, we got the win anyway.

11/10/2018 - 9:26pm Uh yeah, that's a bad call. …

Uh yeah, that's a bad call.  I like it though.

11/10/2018 - 8:01pm Northwestern has now won 13…

Northwestern has now won 13 of its last 14 Big Ten games.  Most have come against the West, but still, wow.

11/10/2018 - 7:52pm Field goal and one-point…

Field goal and one-point safety.

11/10/2018 - 7:49pm Well, not literally.

Well, not literally.

11/10/2018 - 7:45pm Outside of Texas, there's…

Outside of Texas, there's not that much high school football talent in the region.  Big 12 schools have decided to put the athletes they do have on offense and are content to have GERG-esque defenses.

11/10/2018 - 4:16pm We actually didn't score on…

We actually didn't score on our first three possessions in 2016.

11/10/2018 - 4:15pm Do you want Shea to be…

Do you want Shea to be exposed to more hits?  

11/10/2018 - 4:02pm Are you a Colorado fan?

Are you a Colorado fan?

11/10/2018 - 3:59pm Ugh.  Just give it to Mason…

Ugh.  Just give it to Mason there.

11/10/2018 - 3:48pm Shea hasn't thrown 70 passes…

Shea hasn't thrown 70 passes without a pick?  When was his last one?

11/10/2018 - 3:32pm Thank you IU for getting…

Thank you IU for getting that turnover.  Now take a knee and let's start the real show.

11/10/2018 - 3:18pm So . . . Lombardi or Lewerke?

Lewerke again, really? 

I think you've got to take your chances with Lombardi at this point.

11/10/2018 - 3:10pm You know your offense is bad…

You know your offense is bad when it makes the Ohio State defense look good.