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October 18, 2010, 11:46 PM
I don't know how to feel about Tressel right now. I don't want to blame him for the loss. I want to blame the d-line and linebackers for simply getting **** the ball. I want to blame Wisconsin for playing their best game of the season. But...I can't.

I have an unshakable feeling that Tressel has turned into John Cooper and wants to approach every single game with the same mentality (save Michigan.) The Bucks looked listless coming out of the tunnel and showed no spark for the entire first half. You'd think Tressel had prepared his team to host Minnesota, not play its toughest road game to date. And it's not the first time.

The Miami game was the big non-conf game...and though the Bucks handled a clearly inferior opponent, no one on the team seemed amped for such a big game. I forget who brought this up a few years ago, but this bears repeating:

Tressel's team has taken on too much of his demeanor. While calm and businesslike will carry you through the "sure-win" games on your schedule, occasionally your going to need to get fired up, play with a mean streak, and for chrissake just go out there and show some balls.

This season can still be successful, Big Ten title or not. A 10-2 team that goes to the Cap One or an at-large BCS game still has a chance to shine. I just worry that the mild-mannered team will remain that.

/end rant

//hoping for armageddon over the next eight weeks to get tOSU back into the top 2.
October 19, 2010  12:45 AM ET

I would agree they showed no spark coming out of the tunnel - for one game. But I would also like to point out that Tressel has recruited and assembled a very talented group and one game does not define a team ... or a season.

CFB is unique in that college coaches must walk a fine line between being a teacher and being a control freak. The "controlling" nature/skill of a CFB coach cannot be under emphasized. Controlling a group of before-mentioned prima donnas ... and teaching them how to excel on the field and in life ... is a skill held by few. If it was easy Houston Nutt would have a couple of championships by now.

October 19, 2010  06:41 AM ET

Dude..it's one game....

October 19, 2010  09:23 AM ET

The loss bothered me enough that I just shut down my fandom for a few days.

For me it's all of these "so close, yet so far" scenarios of the past several years. Two losses in a row in the NCG, then the growing hope of Pryor, the Rose Bowl win, now this. A pretty strong beating by a team obviously amped up beyond themselves.

Tressel is not Cooper. The Vest has 100 victories in his ten seasons here at tOSU. Name all the other big time coaches who have a better record over that same span. Plus, he has one NC, a 5-3 BCS bowl record and is all but undefeated against own main rival.

Losing stings. But, the aftermath does build character. They, like all of us in our own lives, simply need to assess their part in the loss. Then they need to resolve to improve and give more when the next opportunity comes around.

This week is really where you get to define what kind of a fan you are. I myself was ready to finally throw in the towel after Saturday night...for a minute. Then, I realized how much fun Buckeye football has been in the 25+ years I've been watching.

Tough loss, better be a tough week at practice. And, they better come out ready to redefine themselves.

Hang on Sloopy

October 19, 2010  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Name all the other big time coaches who have a better record over that same span

MACK BROWN!!

October 19, 2010  09:36 AM ET

120 wins from 1999-2009

October 19, 2010  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

MACK BROWN!!

My point exactly. Jim Tressel is right up there with the best coaches college football has to offer.

But, for comparisons sake, The Vest's first season at tOSU was 2001-2002. You included Mack's 99-00 and 00-01 seasons. And, remember people were growing restless with Mack before the Vince Young NC as well.

Also, I know you know how disappointing it feels to get to the NC and lose (just as we Buckeye fans do. Oklahoma too). TX and tOSU actually have a lot in common.

October 19, 2010  10:20 AM ET

HOw spoiled have we become? That one loss spurs question and discontent for a coach that has made Ohio State an elite program. For one game, the boys got their **** handed to them. So did Bama, So did Nebraska, So has insert big time program here...keep in mind that as most programs go through down cycles Coach Tress and this program has not...Learn form the loss, let it sting, then go out and win.

October 19, 2010  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

HOw spoiled have we become? That one loss spurs question and discontent for a coach that has made Ohio State an elite program. For one game, the boys got their **** handed to them. So did Bama, So did Nebraska, So has insert big time program here...keep in mind that as most programs go through down cycles Coach Tress and this program has not...Learn form the loss, let it sting, then go out and win.

A one loss SDSU season would be a near miracle. You guys are a bit spoiled. That being said, the occasional rant might spark the team up a bit for big games.

October 19, 2010  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

A one loss SDSU season would be a near miracle. You guys are a bit spoiled. That being said, the occasional rant might spark the team up a bit for big games.

See its all relative to your view point...I think they do need to play with more fire, the silver bullets looked like silver blanks. I have faith it will get turned around. I never make excuses, the youngins need to step up and the team needs to get focused.

October 19, 2010  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

But, the aftermath does build character.

This.

"It's not whether you get knocked down that matters, it's whether you get up."

Vince Lombardi

October 19, 2010  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

120 wins from 1999-2009

Good thing you didn't mention 2010 :)

October 19, 2010  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

My point exactly. Jim Tressel is right up there with the best coaches college football has to offer.But, for comparisons sake, The Vest's first season at tOSU was 2001-2002. You included Mack's 99-00 and 00-01 seasons. And, remember people were growing restless with Mack before the Vince Young NC as well.Also, I know you know how disappointing it feels to get to the NC and lose (just as we Buckeye fans do. Oklahoma too). TX and tOSU actually have a lot in common.

i was just giving you a 10 year period. And yes, they were ready to chase Mack out of Austin till he started beating OU. then he got a little rope back, won the NC and has been golden since.

I do agree tOSU and uTX have a lot in common. But as 84 pointed out, what do we have to be bitchin about??? two of the most successful programs in the last 10 years. I've accepted uTX's losses. The bye week and victory over NU helped alot. if tOSU beats Iowa, UM, and MSU (do they play them?) they will be in a good spot.

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October 19, 2010  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Good thing you didn't mention 2010 :)

OUCH!!!!!!! 11-2 is a possibility, maybe. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!!

October 19, 2010  03:27 PM ET

I mowed my lawn to a stub, chopped down some trees and branches that had been annoying me, and listened to Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against the Machine at an unhealthy volume... then I was fine.

Going to the NC is all but gone, but the season is not. We can still own a part of the Big Ten Title and we will still go to a decent Bowl game. Dominate from this point forward, show our character and our mettle, and prove the doubters and the haters wrong. And then we prepare for next year.

O-H...

October 19, 2010  04:01 PM ET

Yeah, I'm still gonna watch every Saturday. No, I am not calling for Tressel's head...yet.

I think most of my griping is due to the tease that has been the last 6 seasons. I don't care if people think it's a spoiled attitude, but if you field a top 5 team every year, you expect it to break through eventually. This is not Texas replacing 12 starters or 'Bama replacing their defense. This was an experienced team that is supposed to make a run. To see them come out and play like they did, at least in the first half, is upsetting.

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October 19, 2010  06:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I mowed my lawn to a stub, chopped down some trees and branches that had been annoying me, and listened to Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against the Machine at an unhealthy volume...

That settles it. Would you marry me?

 
October 19, 2010  07:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

i was just giving you a 10 year period. And yes, they were ready to chase Mack out of Austin till he started beating OU. then he got a little rope back, won the NC and has been golden since.I do agree tOSU and uTX have a lot in common. But as 84 pointed out, what do we have to be bitchin about??? two of the most successful programs in the last 10 years. I've accepted uTX's losses. The bye week and victory over NU helped alot. if tOSU beats Iowa, UM, and MSU (do they play them?) they will be in a good spot.

I believe I understood the intent of your comment.

I'm just kinda disappointed with the results on the field from Saturday night. Like the title of the thread...I'm venting a bit.

I also related well to someone's comment (MJD, I think)) about finally breaking through. I guess we are more similar to Oklahoma in that regard. Several near misses when the crystal football was within our grasp have left many of us playing the "what might have been" game.

Great school atmosphere, great education, great alumni and donor support, world class facilities around every corner on campus, and great sports programs. Uhhh, I forget...what was I bitching about?

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