Category Archives: Strategy

Monday Musings debates bad OSU losses, looks at future offense and more

Welcome back from the first weekend of summer. We’ve got lots of football on the agenda today…

Over at BuckeyeSports.com, a discussion broke out about the most painful losses Ohio State has suffered this decade.

That’s interesting for a few reasons, not the least of which is that one can fit a list of all of Ohio State’s losses in 16 years into a reasonably sized message board post.

Also there is more than one way to judge a loss. They seem to inflict more pain if there is no or little explanation for why they happened. Obviously the stakes are a major factor, too.  Continue reading Monday Musings debates bad OSU losses, looks at future offense and more

Thursday Theories on the Finals, football and more

I’ll have final thoughts on the NBA Finals later, but for now here’s some fallout from FiveThirtyEight.com:

Is the Steph Curry revolution already over?

I’m going to go with no. While it did appear he and the Warriors played worse after getting punched in the nose, that doesn’t mean they can’t get their swagger back. Nor does it mean they were a fraud exposed by the Cavs.  Continue reading Thursday Theories on the Finals, football and more

Monday Musings: Does new OSU QB commit mean more than it seems?

Ohio State had a big weekend with a verbal commitment from Tate Martell, the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country according to scout.com.

He gives Urban Meyer two recruits from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman HS in as many years and two quarterbacks in the 2017 class. The 5-10.5, 203-pound Martell would seem to be a different type of prospect than the 6-4, 225-pound Danny Clark of Akron Archbishop Hoban.  Continue reading Monday Musings: Does new OSU QB commit mean more than it seems?

More thoughts on the Ohio State QBs and offense

Another week has come and gone in Big Ten football, and my how things are getting interesting now.

This weekend we get something that was hard to foresee a couple of weeks ago, and that is a conference game between two ranked teams that are neither Ohio State or Michigan State.  Continue reading More thoughts on the Ohio State QBs and offense

Requiem for Urban Meyer’s read option

This Week in Big Ten Football looks first at Ohio State’s offense under Urban Meyer, whose scheme might have just evolved beyond its name.

Thursday on his weekly radio show, Urban Meyer declared the read option dead in his current version of the Ohio State offense. OK, that’s a bit dramatic, but we had to get your attention somehow.

What he actually said: “When you hear spread option, it cracks me up when I hear that. We don’t run really an option very much at all and it’s more of a pro-style from a spread set. So it’s a much different offense than what it was years ago.”

While that made headlines, it’s news a long time coming.  Continue reading Requiem for Urban Meyer’s read option

Ohio State football: J.T. Barrett and the Bear

Ohio State football’s offseason as the first reigning national champions of the College Football Playoff era is nearly over, and two items are of particular note as the final hours tick away: J.T. and the Bear.

Sounds kind of like a Burt Reynolds movie, doesn’t it?

Well that isn’t it. Just a quarterback from Texas and a defense from, well, a lot of places but in this particular case the mountains of western Virginia.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett at media day in Columbus
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett at media day in Columbus

I think we’re going to see both J.T. Barrett and the Bear defense the first time Ohio State takes possession in 2015. In the case of Virginia Tech, there seems to be a belief that is their best chance to win (They are probably correct). As far as Barrett? Only time will tell.  Continue reading Ohio State football: J.T. Barrett and the Bear