Players: Camp tougher, better

Players: Camp tougher, better

There are 48 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 27, 2009, titled Players: Camp tougher, better. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

It was billed as Hell Week, but for Ohio State football players, it might have been Jell Week.

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BigBuck27

United States

#43 Aug 27, 2009
This is definetly not your prototypical Buckeye team. We are faster and more athletic than years past, yet still grittier to win. I honestly think this is a different year. Go Buckss!

P.S.
It sucks being an OSU fan out here in southern california, we need to win so i can do the trashtalking.:]
FLABUCK

Cambridge, MA

#44 Aug 28, 2009
Trojanhorse, you are going to eat your words. You have a freshman that got thrown in as a starter a week before the season starts. It is very much like our team last year when we had the talent, but our QB position was at question and we relied on an average QB in Boeckman, then put our faith into a true freshman that couldn't handle the heat. When your freshman QB comes into the shoe, he will be like a deer in headlights. What, the biggest crowd he has probably played in front of is 5,000? Try 105,000 all wearing scarlet and grey under the lights in one of the loudest stadiums in football. Don't worry though, losing against us won't be your toughest loss, we all know you will have to play Stanford. The only difference is that you won't get knocked out of the NC race by them this year, that will be done early this season!
Buckeye Expat

Lake Mary, FL

#45 Aug 28, 2009
Clevelander wrote:
This team doesn't remind me of 2002 at all. The 2002 team had a proven, experienced, big-time defense. The offense consisted of a power running game and a mistake-free passing game.
I think this year's Buckeyes will have a solid but vulnerable defense. I am not sold on the secondary and if the d-line isn't as good as advertised the young linbackers will have to grow up in a hurry.
Pryor's completion percentage will drop and his interceptions will go up from last year. He will be asked to throw a lot more and while he has way more talent than Krenzel, he doesn't have the decision making ability that the 4th year junior Krenzel had. Pryor may not benefit from the type of running game that the 2002 team had either.
If the offensive line can't be effective both run and pass blocking the Bucks could very well have two or more losses in the regular season.
If the Buckeyes aren't at least effective, if not dominant, on the offensive line versus either USC or PSU they will probably lose both games. If the defense doesn't show up against Illinois, Iowa or Wisconsin those games are loseable. You can't count out Michigan, either.
I do think the Bucks will put together a tremendous season despite the question marks. I think they'll end up in a BCS game after a one loss regular season and win their bowl game. Go Bucks!
The 2002 defense was more experienced but the athleticism at LB wasn't even close. The running game was unknown until Clarett went off. Lydell Ross was a recruiting bust so we wouldn't have gone anywhere without Maurice. We had to use Gamble on both sides of the ball because we were so weak at DB. USC always has to be taken seriously but PSU has to replace 90% of its receiving production, all four starting DB's, and their two best d linemen. I think PSU finishes 3rd or 4th in the conference. If Iowa is playing strong this year they concern me more. I do miss our previous defense coordinators but wow this team has talent. Just hope they can put it to use.
Buckeye Expat

Lake Mary, FL

#46 Aug 28, 2009
trojan horse wrote:
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after we whoop some **** again this year at your house, what excuse will you give this time?
What excuse will you give for losing to unranked teams? Go STANFORD! Seven SEC coaches have changed since last the Buckeyes lost to a non-BCS bound team. When's the last time OSU lost to a team with a losing record? I gave up when I got to 15 years back. It might have been sometime in the 80's. When the Bucks lose to a 4-8 conference foe who hasn't had a winning record since Reagan I'll feel the need to panic.
trojan horse

Oxnard, CA

#47 Aug 28, 2009
FLABUCK wrote:
Trojanhorse, you are going to eat your words. You have a freshman that got thrown in as a starter a week before the season starts. It is very much like our team last year when we had the talent, but our QB position was at question and we relied on an average QB in Boeckman, then put our faith into a true freshman that couldn't handle the heat. When your freshman QB comes into the shoe, he will be like a deer in headlights. What, the biggest crowd he has probably played in front of is 5,000? Try 105,000 all wearing scarlet and grey under the lights in one of the loudest stadiums in football. Don't worry though, losing against us won't be your toughest loss, we all know you will have to play Stanford. The only difference is that you won't get knocked out of the NC race by them this year, that will be done early this season!
if we lose i'll eat my words and be the first one to congratulate the victors as i always do, but i don't see it happening, just don't give me any excuses when you guys lose.i just want to here osu lost to a better team and yet again OVERATED!!!!! ADMIT IT!
trojan horse

Oxnard, CA

#48 Aug 28, 2009
Buckeye Expat wrote:
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What excuse will you give for losing to unranked teams? Go STANFORD! Seven SEC coaches have changed since last the Buckeyes lost to a non-BCS bound team. When's the last time OSU lost to a team with a losing record? I gave up when I got to 15 years back. It might have been sometime in the 80's. When the Bucks lose to a 4-8 conference foe who hasn't had a winning record since Reagan I'll feel the need to panic.
you can bring up all the irrelavant facts you want to justify your AWESOME team. but if you compare common factors between USC and osu, lets see head to head record USC wins. common opponents last year, SC smashed penn st you guys only scored 6 points in a loss. BCS victory's i think USC owns that catagory too, not to mention how many appearences straight. until you guys bring something to the table???????? PUT UP OR SHUT UP
Whats the difference between stanford and osu?
STANFORD CAN WIN A BIG GAME!!!!!!!
FLABUCK

Cambridge, MA

#49 Aug 29, 2009
trojan horse wrote:
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you can bring up all the irrelavant facts you want to justify your AWESOME team. but if you compare common factors between USC and osu, lets see head to head record USC wins. common opponents last year, SC smashed penn st you guys only scored 6 points in a loss. BCS victory's i think USC owns that catagory too, not to mention how many appearences straight. until you guys bring something to the table???????? PUT UP OR SHUT UP
Whats the difference between stanford and osu?
STANFORD CAN WIN A BIG GAME!!!!!!!
What's the difference between OSU and USC? OSU only has losses to highly ranked teams while USC can't beat the bottom feeders year in and year out. I would rather lose to the best than get beat by the worst....makes you look like less of a team.
Buckeye Expat

Lake Mary, FL

#50 Aug 29, 2009
trojan horse wrote:
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you can bring up all the irrelavant facts you want to justify your AWESOME team. but if you compare common factors between USC and osu, lets see head to head record USC wins. common opponents last year, SC smashed penn st you guys only scored 6 points in a loss. BCS victory's i think USC owns that catagory too, not to mention how many appearences straight. until you guys bring something to the table???????? PUT UP OR SHUT UP
Whats the difference between stanford and osu?
STANFORD CAN WIN A BIG GAME!!!!!!!
I believe this conversation started with a disagreement about conferences. I didn't slag on USC except for losing to patsies. Big 10 versus Pac 10 top to bottom...not even close. As for last year, how did Penn State destroy a team that beat the Trojans? If I remember correctly if Jordan Norwood doesn't drop an easy touchdown with 3:10 to go in the Rose Bowl it's a 7 point game with Penn State possessing all three time outs. Trojans jumped out and then Lions adjusted. Head to head...took Bush and Leinart and an illegal play to beat the same ND team we hung 612 yards on.

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