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Blake Bortles – UCF – 6’5 – 232
Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville – 6’2 – 214
Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – 5’11 – 207
A.J. McCarron – Alabama – 6’3 – 220
Derek Carr – Fresno St. – 6’2 – 214


Carlos Hyde – Ohio St. – 6’0 – 230
Tre Mason – Auburn – 5’8 ½ – 207
Bishop Sankey – Washington – 5’9 ½ – 209
Ka’Deem Carey – Arizona – 5’9 – 207
De’Anthony Thomas – Oregon – 5’8 ½ – 174


Sammy Watkins – Clemson – 6’0 – 211
Mike Evans – Texas A&M – 6’4 ½ – 231
Brandin Cooks – Oregon St. – 5’9 ½ – 196
Marquis Lee – USC – 6’0 – 195
Odell Beckham – LSU – 6’0 – 193
Kelvin Benjamin – FSU – 6’5 – 234
Allen Robinson – Penn St. – 6’3 – 210
Davonte Adams – Fresno St. – 6’1 -212


Eric Ebron – North Carolina – 6’4 -250
Troy Niklas – Notre Dame – 6’6 ½ – 270
Jace Amaro – Texas Tech – 6’5 -265


Instant Analysis – Orange Bowl – 1-3-14  –  Clemson 40  Ohio State 35


I was shocked at how poorly the Buckeyes came out of the gates and played in the first quarter, a quarter they had dominated all season! I don’t know if it was because they took Michigan State lightly or if they felt the pressure and played tight. Whatever the reason, it was a big factor in losing to the Spartans.

I’m still trying to figure out why Tom Herman and Urban Meyer didn’t give the ball more to Carlos Hyde. He’s been the best player on this team since he returned from his 3 game suspension and “Ride Hyde” to victory worked so well leading into last night’s game. Very poor decision making by the Buckeyes coaches and in it cost them the Big Ten title and more importantly a shot at the National title.  I never was worried about the coaching match up in the game thinking OSU had a big edge, but Mark Dantonio and his staff outcoached Urban Meyer and his staff.

Braxtion Miller is good, but he’s far from great. While he made some improvements throwing the ball this year, he still has a long way to. You can’t go 8-21 in a championship game like he did and expect to be a champion. Another solid off season and more games will hopefully make him better suited to lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title next year and maybe more.

The Ohio State defense was their achilles heel and they were exposed in great detail the last two games, giving up 41 points and 603 yards to Michigan and 34 points and 438 yard to Michigan State.  It’s not all Luke Fickell’s  fault, but his time as the Buckeyes defensive coordinator has to end. He hasn’t coached up these players to the point where they’re getting better, instead they’re getting worse!  In fact, since he took over as head coach and in the last two years as defensive coordinator, the Buckeyes have played some of the worst defense I’ve ever seen at Ohio State.

The “Silver Blanks” gave up 34 points in the last two 4th quarters costing them one victory and almost another. That’s right they were outscored 20 to 7 at Michigan only to be saved by Tyvis Powell’s interception on the 2-point conversion and after taking a 24-17 lead over MSU, the Spartans erased that lead with the game’s final 17 points, with 14 of those coming in the 4th quarter.  If you can’t protect a lead, you usually don’t win big games

The Ohio State wide receivers are still just average. In their first big test against a physical secondary they all had trouble getting open with the exception of maybe Philly Brown. Major progress needs to be made there in coaching and recruiting.

I along with the OSU coaching staff over hyped freshman Dontre Wilson. I kept waiting all season long for him to electrify us with an amazing kick return or reverse or anything and he failed to do so. Yes he’s only a freshman and maybe that should be more on us than him, but big things were expected and he didn’t deliver.  The thing he’ll be known for the most his freshman season is getting in a fight and getting ejected in the Michigan game and that’s not good.

The national pundits were right. Playing a weak schedule the last two season is probably a bigger factor in Ohio State winning 24 games in a row than playing great football. The highest ranked team the Buckeyes beat the last two years was #16 Northwestern this year and the Wildcats finished the regular season unranked at (5-7) and thus not even bowl eligible. It was a nice run while it lasted, but if you’re being honest, there wasn’t one true signature win over a quality opponent in those 24 straight victories and the one chance they had, they lost by 10 to Michigan State.

Here’s hoping the Buckeyes end up in the Orange Bowl opposite Clemson, because if they were to go to the Sugar Bowl and play Alabama they would get killed. They match up much better with the Tigers and would have a chance to win that game as opposed to getting crushed by Bama and ending the season on a 2-game losing streak!





Urban Meyer is a better coach than Brady Hoke.

Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton are better quarterbacks than Devon Gardner. Miller should be able to throw the ball all over the Wolverines secondary, as Michigan is ranked 9th in the Big Ten in passing defense.

Carlos Hyde is a better running back than all of the running backs combined on Michigan’s roster and will rack up another 100 yard game, just like he did last year versus Michigan.

Ohio State’s offensive line is one of the best in the entire country and will handle Michigan’s front seven which has only 21 sacks all year. There should be time for Miller to throw and holes for Hyde to run through, as well as Dontre Wilson, Miller and Guiton.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier is playing a very high level right now (36 tackles in his last 2 games) and Michigan doesn’t have anyone who can control him. So he and the rest of the “Silver Bullets” will be able to handle a Wolverines ground attack that ranks 100th in the country at only 129 yards per game.

Even though he’s had an average year, cornerback Bradley Roby has a ton of motivation for this game. He’s played better football in recent weeks and he’ll be going up the #2 ranked wide receiver in the Big Ten in Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon.  A good showing in Ann Arbor will allow Roby to bring his stock value back up with NFL scouts.

Joey Bosa and the Buckeyes defensive lineman will be able to put pressure on and get to quarterback Devon Gardner for a few sacks and a turnover or two, as Michigan has given up 32 sacks already this season to go along with 19 turnovers.

The Buckeyes offense leads the Big Ten in scoring and is 3rd in the entire country averaging just under 49 points per game, Michigan is averaging only 33 point per game. Even if the Buckeyes defense should struggle, the Buckeyes can outscore Michigan.

The weather doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a factor as the forecast for kick off at noon in Ann Arbor is calling for sunny skies, 0% of precipitation and temperatures in the mid 30’s with winds at maybe 10mph.

Ohio State has more depth and more talented players from top to bottom and has a lot more to play for than the Wolverines do.  A possible national championship birth is on the line in this game and Urban Meyer has, and will repeatedly remind them of that so they don’t take Michigan lightly.

Bottom line is, Ohio State has more talent, is a better football team, has a better coaching staff and they have something monumental to play for and therefore will be focused.

My prediction  –   Ohio State 38     Michigan 10.