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2020 Team Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by OhioState001, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  2. TS10HTW

    TS10HTW Senior


    we start throwing to tight ends and returning kicks for touchdowns. Where have I heard this before.
  3. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Water Cooler: Which OSU Position Group Was Affected Most By Spring Cancellation?


    We were back at ye olde virtual water cooler today for some nice, cool, sips of some pristine agua when I turned to Tom and said, “Tom, which position group on the Ohio State football team has been affected most by having spring ball cancelled?”

    “Hmm,” he thought as he took an introspective pull from the white paper cup.

    “That’s a good question.”

    He then finished the last of his water, crushed the cup like he was angry with it for cutting him off in traffic, and threw it in the direction of the trash can, missing the receptacle completely.

    “To answer that question,” he began, “I would have to ask you the following four questions. One, when you say ‘affected,’ do you mean positive or negative? Second, why are you the arbiter of what is positive and what is negative? Third, are you going to tell anybody how badly I missed the trash can? And fourth —”

    “You know what?” I cut him before he could finish, “I don’t really have time for all of that. I’m just out here for a drink and a snack.”

    I then drank my entire cup of water in one gulp, crushed the cup way cooler than Tom did, and effortlessly flipped the spent chalice into the trash can from at least 25 feet away.

    “Just type it up and email me,” I said as I walked to the kitchenette for a cherry Pop-Tart.

    Tony Gerdeman

    When I look at the Ohio State position groups and think about who was most affected by not having spring, I immediately latch on to the quarterbacks because of freshmen CJ Stroud and Jack Miller. Quarterback is the most important position in sports, and for half of the Buckeyes’ quarterbacks to head into 2020 without a spring is a concern.

    But they still have Justin Fields and Gunnar Hoak, who are upperclassmen and plenty experienced.

    Cornerback is also a concern and it would have been nice to get the freshmen some work there, as well as more action for Sevyn Banks and Cameron Brown.

    In the end, however, cornerback should be fine without a spring, which is why I am going with the Buckeye receivers.

    Senior Jaylen Harris was emerging as a leader, which would be welcomed by both head coach Ryan Day and position coach Brian Hartline. Now that leadership has to be done at arm’s length.

    Which leads us to the four highly-touted freshmen. They got to take part in three whole practices before spring break came and everything eventually got shut down.

    On signing day, Day said all four of the freshmen — Julian Fleming, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Gee Scott, and Mookie Cooper — could be in the two-deep because of the lack of experience coming back.

    Those four will no longer have the same opportunity that Garrett Wilson had the year before. Spring ball propelled him into the rotation last year as a true freshman. (His talent didn’t hurt.)

    Spring ball isn’t a prerequisite for making it into the rotation, as Chris Olave showed in 2018. Olave didn’t enroll early and he was still in there at the end of the season. He wasn’t, however, in there at the start of the season. He needed injuries and time to make it happen.

    This coming season, these four freshmen won’t have the same luxury regarding time, and yet some of them will be counted on immediately, just as Olave and Wilson were down the stretch.

    It’s not an ideal situation, but it would be impossible to say the Buckeyes haven’t tried to prepare as much as they could.

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  5. Best Buckeye

    Best Buckeye Pretending I'm a pleasant person is exhausting. Staff Member

  6. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Buckeyes Open as Better Than a Touchdown Favorite Over Wolverines


    Thanks largely to the shutdown of sports and the need to drum up business, sportsbook BetOnline has released some opening lines for college football’s biggest games this coming season.

    Included among them are arguably the five biggest Ohio State games

    The Buckeyes’ schedule this coming season features non-conference home games against Bowling Green and Buffalo, and a road non-conference game at Oregon. Following the Buffalo game in week three, Ohio State then plays home against Rutgers and Iowa, then takes trips to Michigan State and Penn State before playing Nebraska and Indiana in Columbus. Following the battle against the Hoosiers, Ohio State heads to Maryland and Illinois before hosting the Michigan Wolverines.

    You can look at that schedule and not be surprised that the Buckeyes are favored in every single game this season.

    The big games for Ohio State kick off in week two at Oregon where the Buckeyes have opened as a 6-point favorite over the Ducks. Ohio State is 9-0 all-time against the Ducks, including a 30-0 win the only ever time they’ve been to Eugene.

    In week six, Ohio State hosts Iowa, where they are a 14.5-point home favorite. The Buckeyes haven’t lost at home to Iowa since 1991.

    Week eight sees OSU headed to Happy Valley where they are a 3-point favorite over the Nittany Lions. Penn State is a 2-point underdog at Michigan this year.

    The Buckeyes are again a double-digit favorite in week nine, as BetOnline has installed them as a 13.5-point favorite at home against Nebraska. Ohio State is 4-0 all-time at home against the Huskers, and no, they don’t always score 63 points against them.

    Finally, Michigan comes to town in week 13. The Wolverines opened as a 7.5-point underdog against the Buckeyes. When this game kicks off, it will have been 20 years since Michigan’s last win in Columbus.

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  8. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Three games should be pounced on right now if you do any betting:

    1.) Iowa. You don't think Day will be gunning to serious payback for 2017? Shit could get ugly for Iowa really early.

    2.) Nebraska. Bucks were up 38-0 at halftime in Lincoln last year, and will likely cover the spread in the first quarter.

    3.) The Game. Wins by 23 and 29 points in the last two Games of The Series should be enough to convince you that the Bucks easily cover a single-digit spread, at home.
  9. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    This year's Game could easily be even worse for the skunkbears.
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  10. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    That doesn't seem like nearly enough points.
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  11. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Agreed, Suh.
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  12. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    Yeah Iowa is a game where I’d bet my life savings on the Bucks winning that game by minimum 4 TDs. Might beat Ferentz into retirement.

    Nebraska could be slightly closer given I don’t expect the defense to be as good as last year.

    SCUM I don’t expect to be even remotely close. If they couldn’t do it in 2018 with that mess of a team they ain’t doing it.
  13. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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