"Watching [JaQuan] Lyle on multiple occasions pass up on open shots against Air Force on Tuesday night, either to go get himself a more difficult look or pass the ball, was puzzling."
Simply put here, JaQuan Lyle needs to go ahead and let it fly. He hasn't played terribly this year, and has been the best freshman as expected. But for whatever reason, Lyle hasn't been pulling the trigger at times when he absolutely should be. As Landis says in this article, it was expected that Lyle would be somewhat of a replacement for D'Angelo Russell. While expecting him to play the same would be asking too much, Lyle could be taking more shots, and nobody would be mad at that.
He's still trying to adapt to the college game, and when you are on a much bigger stage than what you are used to playing, it messes with your mind. These things can turn around quickly though with players of his caliber. All it could take is one game where he just plays unconscious, and lights up the scoreboard, and all will be forgotten. Until then, Lyle needs to put more trust into his game, because the Buckeyes need him, and they all believe in him.
"As the Buckeyes head into the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame on Jan. 1, the quarterback numbers through 12 games paint a portrait of a struggling offense."
Landis draws a great comparison of the quarterback play for Ohio State from last season to this season, and the stats really tell the story. As he points out, the biggest difference was in touchdown passes, and yardage, which showed an extreme drop off. The completion percentage was one percent lower this season, down from 64 to 63 percent. The Buckeyes threw two less interceptions this year, eight as opposed to 10 in 2014.
There are other numbers in the piece comparing Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, but to me, these seem somewhat off because of the extreme indecision that the Buckeyes coaching staff showed through the majority of the season when it came to quarterback play. Either guy was quick to get pulled, and to compare the quarterbacks by downs, or on rushing attempts seems skewed. The reason being, is because J.T. Barrett was exclusively a red zone quarterback for part of the season, and was in entirely different scenarios than Cardale Jones was at times. Long story short, the whole situation was a mess.
"One of the best all-around players in the Big Ten, he kept the Buckeyes in playoff contention throughout 2015."
Ezekiel Elliott, of course, is that Buckeye on Pro Football Focus' All-Big Ten team. He was really the only consistent player on the Buckeye offense all season, and really helped keep them in games during the season. He would probably be a Heisman finalist had he not made news with his postgame comments from the Michigan State game. But we all know Zeke is one of the best backs in the country whether he's in New York or not.
Other Buckeyes on the list were Pat Elflein, Adolphus Washington, Joey Bosa, and Raekwon McMillan who all got first-team mentions. Michael Thomas, Taylor Decker, and Vonn Bell were second-team. This has been a really frustrating season for just about everybody in the Ohio State fanbase, and it's only because this team has so much talent, and to see it end in less than a national title is somewhat disappointing. But to have so many guys in the national spotlight is a great accomplishment, win or lose, and will be a team remembered forever.
"Ohio State University now looks up only to the University of Texas when it comes to athletic departments."
Ohio State's 2014 College Football Playoff national championship helped the Buckeyes rise above the Alabama Crimson Tide as the nation's second-largest athletic department, as reported by the U.S. Department of Education. Per Weese, the revenue generated by Ohio State's department of more than 30 men's and women's sports climbed nearly 19 percent to $171 million. That's up from $144 million a year earlier.
Alabama's dropped one percent in that same time, down to $151 million. Michigan also experienced a drop, in 2015 to $132 million, after $136 million in 2014. As it should come as no surprise, the University of Texas remained atop the rankings. Texas' revenue grew 13 percent to nearly $180 million, up from $161 million. That's widely known to make the Texas football job one of the best, if not the best in the country, among other factors. Ohio State is right there next to them now.