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03/01/2018 - 11:13am Britches

It was simply Warinner being promoted above his abilities to a lead OC, but to be fair it was something Warinner made no secret of wanting as well

Warinner originally left Notre Dame for Ohio State because he was offended that Brian Kelly decided to promote Chuck Martin to OC instead of Warinner. When Tom Herman left for Houston, Warinner was the natural choice to be the next OC, and he even convinced Urban to hire on Tim Beck. Then in 2015 it became painfully obvious that both OC Warinner and co-OC Beck we’re out of their depths when they struggled offensively all season with a stacked/talented roster.

In 2016, Urban even took away Warinner’s OL coaching duties in the hopes that the latter could focus more on being the OC. Eventually it was clear that neither Warinner or Beck could coordinate at the level expected and both were released after 2016.

It would have been fantastic if Warinner could have gone back to being just an OL coach, but it is hard to demote someone after promoting them (see: Drevno). Ohio State fans have mostly been happy with Greg Studwara who replaced Warinner as an OL coach in 2016, but Warinner definitely shines bright those first 4 seasons.

02/13/2018 - 7:42am Coaching duties

I’m interested to see how Urban splits the coaching duties. Schiano, Grinch and Taver Johnson all have significant experience coaching the secondary, and one of them will also have to take over Coombs’ role as special teams coordinator.

However, I am excited to have Taver Johnson back because that 2008 secondary was one of my favorite units of all-time (Jenkins, Chekwa, Russell, and Coleman).

02/07/2018 - 7:49pm Rumors

There's also some rampant rumors that Belichick is considering retirement within the near future, and Josh McDaniels stayed because Kraft has promised him the job.

Plus, from a money standpoint, Schiano will probably be getting a hefty settlement from Tenneesee soon.

02/07/2018 - 10:21am Interesting

That's actually pretty interesting. The latest Ohio State class had a reported average GPA of 3.8, and a range of ACT 27-31/SAT 1240-1440 with an class size of about ~19,900 freshmen.

02/07/2018 - 7:48am Patriots’ DC position

Supposedly, Belichick is still debating between current Patriots’ LB coach Brian Flores or Greg Schiano to be DC.

However, Greg Schiano’s relationship with Berkeley Prep’s head coach (Schiano’s sons attended the school for 2 years) was the key to getting initial interest in NPF, but Greg Studwara the OL coach has since built a pretty strong relationship as well.

02/06/2018 - 5:41pm Career fairs at universities are not special

I never said it was "ground-breaking" and I even said other schools probably have similar programs. I am saying is that Urban Meyer has actually made it a highly publicized aspect of the football program, and has made it a focal point of his recruitment pitch. Multiple recruits' family every single class since 2013 has specifically named the program as a huge deciding factor for them.

If other programs really are doing it to the extent and level that Ohio State has integrated it into the football program, then good for them and maybe they should start highlighting it. It would probably impress the parents of prospective recruits more than all the fresh, new kicks and slick, alternative jerseys.

02/06/2018 - 5:26pm "how many very academically oriented players on OSU"

Off the top of my head, DE Sam Hubbard was named an Academic All-American and will be graduating with honors from Fisher's College of Business. I only know that because there was some rumors that Hubbard was thinking of forgoing the NFL draft to earn his MBA, but ultimately decided that he could come back and do it after the NFL.

02/06/2018 - 4:56pm Tom Herman

I am sure that some colleges do a version of it, but none of them are as publicized as Ohio State's program. Plus, I would not be surprised if the program at Ohio State is one of the most developed ones since Urban does it on a weekly basis at the sacrfice of potential practice/film time.

Former OC Tom Herman said that it was the first time he had seen or heard a program like it during his coaching career, and he liked it so much that he has carried it with him to Houston and Texas now.

02/06/2018 - 4:25pm Berkley Prep

Greg Schiano has a good relationship with Berkley Prep's coach because his twin sons attended that school when they lived in Tampa, but Greg Studrawa has also been heavily involved in the NPF's recruitment. The latter probably matters more to NPF since Studrawa will actually be his position coach, and Schiano is a defensive coach.

02/06/2018 - 4:17pm "Real Life Wednesdays"

From the sounds of it, Nicholas Petit-Frere and his family were extremely impressed with the efforts Urban Meyer has placed on professional development beyond the NFL/football field.

I am taking this to mean the weekly "Real Life Wednesdays" seminar that Urban started at Ohio State in 2013. Every week Urban invites prominent members of the business and industry world to give lectures on "real life" topics (i.e. resume development, interview etiquette, networking, and etc.). Urban organizes a bi-yearly career fair that he has opened up to all student-athletes at Ohio State, which has allowed numerous students to land internships, interviews, and contacts in various career fields.

Urban said he had this revelation when he was attending recruiting pitches for his own children as they were pursuing college athletics (volleyball and baseball). As a parent, Urban realized how little he cared about what jersey numbered they were offering, or what kind of super sweet gear the team had, and wanted to know instead what they program could do to help advance his children's future beyond "getting them a free degree."

01/31/2018 - 11:16am UGA

Georgia will likely end up with the #1 recruiting class. They are the favorite to land 5* CB Tyson Campbell, and OSU would have a hard time retaining the #1 247Composite class.

There's only 4-5 more big targets left OSU's recruiting board: 5* OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, 4* OT Rasheed Walker, 4* OLB Javontae Jean-Baptiste, 4* OLB Christopher Oats, and 3* RB Tavion Thomas.

OSU has been putting increased emphasis on landing 1-2 more OTs since losing Jackson Carman to Clemson. They seem to be solidly in 3rd or 4th place for OT NPF, but he is using his last official visit to come to Columbus this weekend. OT Rasheed Walker is essentially down to Ohio State or Penn State, and it'll probably comes down to who has the last face-to-face contact with him.

01/24/2018 - 2:07pm Co-DC Alex Grinch

If I had to take an educated guess, the recently hired Co-DC Alex Grinch will take over Coombs' role.

Alex Grinch was a former All-American DB at Mount Union (D-III), and rose up the coaching ranks as a DB coach, and most recently served as Washington State's "DC/secondary coach."

01/23/2018 - 10:50am Minor differences

Urban uses a few variations of the coordiantor title to denote a clear hierarchy in responsbilities/duties, but mostly to justify pay raises.

A coach can be either a coordinator (i.e. Greg Schiano), co-coordinator (Alex Grinch), or an assistant coordinator (Kerry Coombs).

01/23/2018 - 10:44am Playcalling duties

If I had the guess, the promotion is primarily to justify giving Ryan Day a raise, and may an official role for in-game playcalling. Last year, Kevin Wilson was the primary playcaller on the offense, and Ryan Day gave input from the box. So if anything, this will probably give Day a more official role in the passing game than previously.

01/20/2018 - 5:11pm Depends on your expectation

Warinner could never seem to close on Ohio State’s top targets (i.e. top-50/5-star) OL recruits, but could reel in the 2nd and 3rd tier guys. However, there was thought that most coaches could bring in those lower priority targets just by being blue blood program, and that a mark of a truly elite recruiter was winning the recruiting battles for the blue-chip OL guys against other blue bloods programs.

Plus, I would also have to go back and count up the number of OL recruits each year, but the last few seasons of Ed’s tenure the OL depth was a huge worry. So I think there were concerns of missing too many prospects and under-recruiting the group from a numbers standpoint. It wasn’t a huge problem that manifested since Ed always had the starters well prepared, and OSU was pretty fortunate from an OL injury standpoint (only minor OL injuries for several seasons).

01/20/2018 - 4:52pm Both

Both were problems for slightly different issues. When OC Tom Herman left, co-OC/OL Ed Warinner got promoted to the lead OC with playcalling duties. Tim Beck was brought on to be the new co-OC/QB coach.

Apparently the 2015-2016 team was a mess in offensive identity because both Tim Beck and Ed Warinner could not agree on an offensive identity, and it made the in-game playcalling a huge clusterfuck. So much so, that Urban just took over playcalling that season for the last 2-3 games after the MSU loss. For the 2016-2017 season, Urban tried to streamline the playcalling by having both of them sit up in booth together, and hopefully come to a consensus more efficiently.

OC Ed Warinner was a fantastic OL coach, but a slightly below recruiter that could get a lot of 3-4* OLs, but missed on on several blue-chip OL prospects.

co-OC Tim Beck was a fantastic recruiter who built a ton of relationships in Texas, but a horrendous QB coach that derailed the trajectory of both Cardale Jones's and JT Barrett's development (also, Taylor Martinez @ Nebraska). Herman had Barrett playing like a Heisman finalist as a RsFr., and took Cardale Jones on one of the most amazing 4-game run ever for a 3rd-string QB... Beck did the exact opposite.

01/20/2018 - 4:37pm Tom Herman

Well technically, Tom Herman was the lead OC, and playcaller for that team, and Ed Warinner was the co-OC/OL coach. Warinner was a great OL coach, and supposedly decent at designing/scripting plays during preparation. It just when Warinner took over as the lead playcaller after Herman left, it became apparent that Warinner was not as good as Herman at adjusting the offense when the opposing defenses learned to adapt.

Warinner (and co-OC Tim Beck) were not creative enough to adapt the offense, or develop it further as the the season went on. It got so bad that during towards the end of the 2015-2016 season, Urban Meyer just took over playcalling duties for the last 2-3 games of the season, and for 2016-2017 Urban moved both Warinner AND Beck up to the booth together.

01/19/2018 - 9:39pm OSU's DT/DE depth

Ohio State lose 4 major contributors on the D-Line in DE Jalyn Holmes, DE Sam Hubbard, DE Tyquan Lewis, and DT Tracy Sprinkle, but they also return several experienced players who played 150+ snaps this year:

  • DE Nick Bosa: 537 snaps
  • DT Dre'Mont Jones: 441 snaps
  • DT Robert Landers: 271 snaps
  • DE Chase Young: 192 snaps
  • DT Jashon Cornell: 178 snaps
  • DE Jonathan Cooper: 172 snaps

So depth-wise, Tyler Friday might start his career out as a DE for Ohio State, but Bosa and Young have pretty much locked up the starting DE positions. Plus, Jashon Cornell will probably move back outside to his natural SDE spot, which would have OSU's current roster at 5 scholarship DEs, and 8 scholarship DTs ahead of the Class of 2018.

01/19/2018 - 9:23pm Well...

One would really hope that most redshirt seniors would be "light years" ahead of a high schooler, both physically and skill-wise.

What was actually being implied is that if Maurice Hurst can have success putting on weight, and being a slightly undersized DT, then there's no reason that Tyler Friday couldn't potentially do the same.

01/18/2018 - 8:26pm OTOH...

People actually said very similar things about running backs and Urban's offense when he first came to Ohio State in 2012: "Why would RB recruits want to play for a coach that has never produced a 1000-yard rusher?"

Since then, Urban had 4 different running backs (i.e. Hyde, Elliott, Weber, and Dobbins) eclipse 1000-yard in 5 straight seasons. Urban brought on 2 new co-OCs to get integrate some fresh ideas, and specifically made one of them his TE coach as well. If Jeremy Ruckert is the real deal, I wouldn't be surprised to see Kevin Wilson tailor the offense to suit his skills a la Jermaine Gresham.

01/18/2018 - 8:06pm < 5 months old

To be fair though Jeremy Rucket is 17 years old, grew up in Long Island, NY, and was less than 5 months old when John Cooper was fired at Ohio State.

01/18/2018 - 7:16pm Re: Josh Allen

Honestly I could see it... Mel Kiper offers a reasonable explanation. In his mind, none of the projected top-3 QBs are home-run, no-brainer picks for the Browns. 

Josh Rosen has a significant injury history already with the season-ending shoulder injury in 2016, and two concussions in 2017. Plus, Rosen has been heavily rumored to do whatever is necessary to not end up in Cleveland (ex: Eli Manning and Chargers), which is supposedly coupled by the Browns front office not like Rosen's overall personality/attitude. Both Sam Darnold and Josh Allen have bad throwing mechanics that could take a while to fix, but Darnold is far riskier with the ball.

So in the end, the difference/risk/reward between the 3 options is minimal to Kiper, and he went with the prospect that he believes has the highest ceiling from a purely physical standpoint (6'5" 240lbs).

Also... it is the Cleveland Browns.

01/18/2018 - 1:33pm OC Kevin Wilson

HIstorically, tight ends are not heavily involved in the passing game with Urban's offense, but most expect that to change this upcoming season with OC Kevin Wilson entering the 2nd year of his tenure with new starters at QB and TE. Based on Wilson's history as an offensive mind, he will readily use tight ends if a star player emerges (e.g. Jermaine Gresham).

This year's starter at tight end, senior Marcus Baugh only had 304 receiving yards and 5 TDs, but will probably still get drafted. NFL teams do seem to highly value college tight ends that can block at a high level, and are still athletic enough to be involved in the passing game if needed (i.e. Nick Vannett [3rd round; #94 overall], and Jeff Heuerman [3rd round; #94 overall]).

01/15/2018 - 8:09pm Kansas State

There's always rumors that float around that Brent Venables is hoping to get the KSU job after Bill Snyder to retire. Same rumor exists for Oregon DC Jim Leavitt who actually has a clause in his contract that allows him to leaving for the Kansas State job at any point.

However this is complicated by Bill Snyder wanting his son, Sean Snyder to succeed him. Bill is apparently willing to continue coaching until the Kansas State AD agrees/feels comfortable naming his son as the Head-Coach-in-waiting.

01/15/2018 - 8:03pm FWIW

You are right about Buckeye fans because upset at the WRs play for the 2016 season, but not so much for this past season.

There wasn't a singular WR that stood out as a clear #1 option, but there was improvement in the group as a whole. The recieving corp went from catching 2781 yards and 26 TDs in 2016 to 3679 yards and 39 TDs in 2017. A lot of fans have actually coorelated this perceived improvement with the hiring of former Buckeye, and 6-year NFL WR Brian Hartline as a grad assistant. It could also be natural maturation as WR coach Zach Smith had mostly freshmen and sophomores to replace Jalin Marshall, Braxton Miller, and Michael Thomas in 2016.

01/12/2018 - 3:19pm Re: Thad Matta

Towards the end, Thad Matta was also dealing with pretty debilitating chronic back pain from a botched surgery in 2007. The pain got so bad that Thad could not even take his shoes off some days, and it is also the reason he had to constantly be sitting on a stool during games.

Thad said that the pain didn't really affect his coaching during practices, and coming up with gameplans, but it did make it really difficult to go out and recruit. Apparently some coaches were using Thad's condition to sway recruits away from Ohio State saying that he wasn't even willing to make the trip to come scout them personally.

01/05/2018 - 11:05am Security

Except that Urban has had co-DCs for 5/6 seasons he has been at Ohio State. Urban was planning to have one this season to replace Luke Fickell, but the NCAA unexpectedly decided to delay the approval of the 10th asst. coach position a year.

Urban likes have co-coordinators, so if one leaves than the other can maintain continuity. So Urban is probably expecting Greg Schiano to get another HC offer next season, and wants to make sure there's an established successor.

Sure, the defense inexplctly collapsed against Iowa, but Schiano's unit still finished 9th in the country in total defense, and they dominated USC's offense: 14 TFLs, 8 sacks, and 4 turnovers.

01/04/2018 - 6:04pm "Tim Beck going to OSU was going to be terrifying"

Unless you mean terrifying in a negative way, I disagree...

Even most Ohio State fans did not love the hire when it happened, but they were willing to give it a chance. Most reporters at the time were saying that Urban's top targets to replace Tom Herman were Boise State's OC Mike Sanford Jr. and Oregon's OC Scott Frost in that order. Mike Sanford Jr. decided to become a sole OC at Notre Dame vs. a co-OC at Ohio State, and Scott Frost was only interested in jumping to a HC position.

After striking out on those two, Ed Warriner offered up his former colleague at Kansas, and newly fired Nebraska OC Tim Beck. Most OSU fans were not impressed with the hire from the start due to Nebraska's lackluster offense, and poor QB development under Beck, but were hopeful that Urban would cover for any of Beck's weaknesses. Plus, for all Beck shortcomings as a coach, he was a hell of a recruiter (and still is at Texas).

01/04/2018 - 6:04pm NFL All-Rookie

Not saying there haven't been SOME busts in the NFL for Ohio State, but they did just have 5 guys make the 2016 NFL All-Rookie team including the reigning Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year in Bosa and Elliott. Plus on the Saints, Marshon Lattimore is the leading candidate for DRotY this season and Michael Thomas just became their single season leader in receptions. Also, Taylor Decker has been a pretty solid LT for the Lions when he has been healthy.

01/04/2018 - 5:57pm Co-coordinators

Historically, Urban has favored using co-coordinators for a while now. At Florida, he had Greg Mattison and Charlie Strong as his co-DCs from 2005-2007. Since Urban has been at Ohio State he has had:

  • 2012-2013: co-OCs Tom Herman/Ed Warriner | co-DCs Luke Fickell/Everett Withers
  • 2014: co-OCs Tom Herman/Ed Warriner | co-DCs Luke Fickell/Chris Ash
  • 2015: co-OCs Ed Warriner/Tim Beck | co-DCs Luke Fickell/Chris Ash
  • 2016: co-OCs Ed Warriner/Tim Beck | co-DCs Luke Fickell/Greg Schiano
  • 2017: co-OCs Kevin Wilson/Ryan Day | DC Greg Schiano

So if anything, this last season was the oddball one with a sole DC in Schiano.Urban has said that he prefers using co-coordinators because he loses asst. coaches at such a fast rate that it is nice to have at least one coordinator stick around for continuity, and to show the next guy the ropes. I think Urban avoids the whole "too many cooks" scenario by establishing clear chain of command with one explict playcaller on each side (i.e. Luke Fickell > Everett Withers, or Kevin Wilson > Ryan Day). I think Urban only steps in as a playcaller when needed/when there is a lot of disagreement, and someone needs to make a final call.

12/26/2017 - 11:38am Panties?

I was actually just curious on who you thought was Urban's second best defensive hire.

To me personally, I think Urban's 2nd best defensive hire regardless if your counting from 2012 onwards, or just current staff is DL coach Larry Johnson Sr. Great recruiter, and has produced 12 Big Ten DL of the Year including seven 1st round draft picks.

12/25/2017 - 12:48pm Who?

Genuinely curious on who are you referring too?

Urban's best D hire has either been Mike Vrabel (Houston Texans' DC), Luke Fickell (Cincinnati's HC), Chris Ash (Rutgers's HC), or current "3rd/4th-in-command" D coach Larry Johnson Sr. who is not too shabby at recruiting and producing defensive linemen either.

Urban's worst hire on defense has probably been former DC Everett Withers who is the current HC of Texas State.

12/24/2017 - 2:50pm Roles.

It will be interesting to see if or how Urban re-shuffles the defensive coaching roles on his staff.

When Luke Fickell, and Greg Schiano were both co-DCs, Urban had Fickell handle the front-7 and Schiano handle the secondary. Since Grinch and Schiano both have more experience coaching the secondary, I am assuming that Schiano will be asked to shift to the front-7 since he is the more seasoned coach/DC overall.

12/21/2017 - 3:52pm Kevin Wilson/Ryan Day

While I greatly appreciate everything JT Barrett has done and all the record he set at Ohio State, I do think Dwayne Haskins skillsets are a better match for Kevin Wilson's offense.

Barrett was brought in to run Urban Meyer/Tom Herman's RPO-heavy scheme, but Kevin Wilson's offense needs a QB that is a much better pocker passer. I think the goal of an Meyer/Wilson hybrid offense is something like what Lincoln Riley/Oklahoma ran this year, which Barrett didn't have the requisite arm talent to run consistently.

12/21/2017 - 10:50am QB play

I wouldn't be surprised if Emory Jones decided to go to Florida because he looked at OSU's current QB depth:

  • RsFr. Dwayne Hasksins
  • RsSo. Joe Burrow
  • Fr. Tate Martell

Haskins pretty much has the inside track to replace JT Barrett next season, but if not it'll be a competition between 3 former 4-star QBs would all have more experience in the offense than Emory Jones.

If Emory Jones wanted early playing time, and a chance to run a similar offense than Florida makes the most sense. Originally, the rumor was that Jones was considering Alabama, but considering that still have Jalen Hurts for another 1-2 seasons, and a freshman Tagovailoa, Jones probably eliminated them for the same reasons.

12/15/2017 - 5:46pm Co-Defensive Coordinator

For some context, this season has been the only one where Urban Meyer did not have a two DCs since he has been at Ohio State.

  • 2012-2013: Luke Fickell/Everett Withers
  • 2014-2015: Luke Fickell/Chris Ash
  • 2016: Luke Fickell/Greg Schiano
  • 2017: Greg Schiano

Urban seems to prefer having co-coordinators because he loses assistants at such a fast rate that it is beneficial to have 2 coordinators on both sides of the ball to help maintain continuity. So most likely Urban is actively looking for a 2nd DC right now.

As for why Alex Grinch's name is brought up, he grew up and played high school football in Grove City, OH, which is a suburb about 15 minutes outside of Columbus, OH. Grinch also stayed local, and played at Mount Union College (DIII) about an hour away from Columbus, so he could be viewing this as a return home if he is truly considering the position.

11/30/2017 - 3:09pm PFF subscription

I don’t have a PFF subscription, but from what I can gather Hurst and Bosa were not that far apart in their grading. PFF has been consistently grading both in the 96-98 range for individual games.

11/24/2017 - 8:55pm Speculation

In the end it was all speculation with no real way to confirm.

I did believe the whole Barry Alvarez micro-managing a little bit with Gary Andersen because Andersen was a spread offense guy at Utah State, and immediately went back to it when he left for Oregon State.

I also understand it a little bit from Alvarez's standpoint if true though. Alvarez probably knows that Wisconsin will never be able to consistently recruit the level of athletes needed to run a spread at a high level, but they can continue to develop absolute maulers on the OL every year to ram it down opponents' throats.

11/24/2017 - 7:41pm IIRC

It has been a while, but I remember hearing the reasons Bret Bielema left Wisconsin for pretty much a lateral move to Arkansas was:

  • Wisconsin didn't give him a big enough budget to hire/retain asst. coaches
  • AD Barry Alvarez micro-managing in the background
  • Academic requirements at Wisconsin making it difficult to recruit

I think that the last 2 were also recycled when Gary Andersen left for Oregon State. Wisconsin beatwriters were saying that Andersen wanted to transition to a spread offense, but Alvarez kept overruling him to keep the same formula that has made Wisconsin successful.

11/24/2017 - 7:04pm Defensive guy?

That would be a sight lol. IIRC though, Bielema rose through the ranks on the defensive side of the ball (LB/DC).

11/24/2017 - 4:32pm Dwayne Haskins

It'll definitely be weird seeing a different starting QB take the field next year.

Early signs point to RsFr. Dwayne Haskins being Barrett's heir-apparent, who has looked decent in limited snaps: 34/50 (68%), 533 total yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT

The other candidate, RsSo. Joe Burrow actually won the offseason battle for backup, but broke his hand a week before the season started: 29/39 (74%), 340 total yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

Then the X-Factor is freshman Tate Martell who is redshirting this season.

11/24/2017 - 2:58pm Brian Hartline

Actually on a related-note, a lot of Buckeye fans have been attributing the improvement among the WR group this season to former Buckeye/Dolphins WR Brian Hartline joining the staff as a GA/intern.

A lot of people knock Zach Smith for his lack of actual playing experience as a WR, but maybe the addition of Hartline has remedied that a little bit.

11/24/2017 - 2:30pm Re: WR and OL

I am actually not sure if all the WRs will come back. Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon are leading the team in receiving yards and TDs respectively, but both have dealt with significant injuries during their career. They might make decide to take the jump this year for the paycheck instead of another year of injury risk.

While LG Jordan, RG Knox, and RT Prince come back, OSU is still losing by far their 2 best O-linemen in LT Jones and C Price. OSU has recruited really well among the interior of the OL, but their a definitely a drop-off in young OT talent. If I had to guess, Michael Jordan will be asked to slide out to LT, and they'll fill his LG spot with either Branden Bowen, Wyatt Davis, or Josh Myers.

11/24/2017 - 2:20pm Saving grace

I think Ohio State's saving grace will be a lot of those "co-starters" mentioned, who have gotten a decent among of experience this season.

Especially on the D-Line that has rotated 6-8 players pretty regularly this year:

  • Tyquan Lewis > Nick Bosa
  • Sam Hubbard/Jalyn Holmes > Chase Young/Jonathon Cooper
  • Tracy Spinkle > Robert Landers

It will honestly compare closely with how Michigan transitioned its D-Line from last season to this season. The talent among the starters won't take a huge hit, but the depth and ability to rotate fresh guys will dip.

Seniors LT Jamarco Jones and C Billy Price will argubly be the most impactful losses because O-Line depth has always been a little shaky during Urban's tenure. Currently, I don't see any standout tackles or centers on the depth chart that can slide in to replace them without growing pains.

11/24/2017 - 2:06pm Consolation

If it is any consolation, there is at least a 2 currently top-40 recruits that a lot of Ohio State fans are nervous about retaining.

4* S Jaiden Woodbey and 4* QB Emory Jones have both been receiving and accepting a lot of attention from Oklahoma/USC and Alabama respectively.

Especially, Jones who has visited Alabama 4 times officially and unofficially since commiting to Ohio State, and a lot of "insiders" think it is just a matter of time before he flips. Shortly after Jones' last visit with Alabama, Urban reached out and offered former Kentucky commit QB Jarren Williams, who also has an offer from Alabama. So it looks like whichever program loses out on Jones will get Williams instead.

11/20/2017 - 9:13pm 11-2 B1G Champion?

Hypothetically, if the rest of the regular season plays out as projected/favored. Then Alabama, Miami, and Oklahoma all win out to clinch the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 Championship, which will essentially lock up 3/4 CFP spots:

  • (1) Alabama
  • (2) Miami
  • (3) Oklahoma

That leaves the committee to decide the 4th spot between:

  • Ohio State (11-2; B1G Champions)

    • Key wins: Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan, and Wisconsin
    • Losses: Oklahoma, and Iowa
  • Clemson (11-2)

    • Key wins: Auburn, VaTech, and NC State
    • Losses: Syracuse, and Miami
  • Georgia (11-2)

    • Key wins: Notre Dame, Miss St., 
    • Losses: Auburn, and Alabama
  • Notre Dame (10-2)

    • Key wins: Michigan State, USC, NC State, and Stanford
    • Losses: Georgia, and Miami
  • USC (11-2; PAC-12 Champions)

    • Key wins: Stanford, Arizona and... Stanford/Washington State
    • Losses: Washington State, and Notre Dame

Georgia and Clemson will probably get locked out due to having the most recent losses in their respective conference championships. Notre Dame is most likely out due to having 1 less win, and no conference championship. So the last spot will probably go whichever team finishes the season with the most dominating/convincing wins between Ohio State and USC.

HOWEVER, if Chaos reigns supreme, and Auburn beats Alabama this weekend, and goes onto to play Georgia in the SEC Championship. The committee is going to have a tough time deciding whether or not to lock out an Alabama (11-1) in favor for a SEC Champion in either Auburn (11-2) or Georgia (12-1).

11/11/2017 - 3:00pm Not too farfetched

I think Tate has a good shot. After JT graduates this year, it'll be a competition between RsJr. Joe Burrow, RsSo. Dwyane Haskins, or RsFr. Tate Martell.

If Haskins wins the spot, there's a lot of chatter about Burrow grad-transferring, then Tate will be 1 of 2 OSU scholarship QBs + whichever QB they take this year (Emory Jones or Jarren Williams). The depth of the QB room isn't as daunting as it seems on paper.

11/11/2017 - 2:38pm Doubtful

Urban is redshirting Tate for the season.

So far only backup QBs Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow have been getting garbage time snaps.

11/06/2017 - 1:21am Some missing data points

I am assuming the announcers meant Urban has not had any starting O-Lineman miss multiple games or the rest of the season.

Ohio State has definitely had injuries to O-Line starters before this past weekend. The two moments that come to mind are losing C Jacoby Boren against Alabama in the 2014 CFP, and OG Michael Jordan last year against Clemson in the 2016 CFP. Just earlier this season, OSU's starting RG Branden Bowen broke his leg against Maryland and was lost for the year. 

I'm not refuting that O-line injuries for OSU have been a rarity, but LT Jamarco Jones and RG Demetrius Knox going down this past weekend were not Urban's "first every O-Line injury in the last 5 years." If Knox had truly recieved a significant injury, OSU would have had to start their 3rd string RG this week.

10/31/2017 - 8:07pm Co-OC/QB Ryan Day

Honestly, I'd probably give equal or more credit to new co-OC/QB coach Ryan Day.

Over the offseason, Day said his top priority was to coach Barrett to be more "loose" with the ball. Day had said that over the last 2 seasons Barrett had become too conservative of a passer, and instead needed to trust his receivers to make the necessary adjustments for contested passes.

The previous co-OC/QB Tim Beck coached Barrett to lean on the run game and only pass when absolutely sure the reciever was open. Day instead wanted Barrett to play with the mentality that he could "throw his recievers" open.