Re: Who Should Be #1 In College Football?
Boeckman is better than Krenzel? Not sure just yet. Physically and arm strength/accuracy isn't not close. Craig Krenzel though had much better mobility and didn't turn the ball over. Is Boeckman going to do that when he faces a real defense? That is the test for this season, IMO.
The Oline in 02 was better though. Cordle and Person will and have struggled to get any push against good fronts. Steve Rehring is also going to completely blow his assignment once or twice a game. The 02 line didn't get great pushes either, but they usually gave Krenzel as much time as he needed. This line at times has made some major mistakes.
The defense is in no way better, IMO. That Miami team was loaded with offensive superstars and the Buckeyes dominated their front. Miami had a great college Qb and had pro players almost everywhere but the interior line. Dustin Fox might be a notch below Donald Washington and Donnie Nickey is below Russel. But the front four was absolutely amazing and Gamble/Doss played great. Jenkins and Kurt Coleman are complete studs also, just I'll give the slight edge to 02 because they proved it against an incredible offense and the front four was dominating.
I love the depth and talent of this years defense front, I just don't see the maturity and domination that Darrion Scott, Tim Anderson, Kenny Peterson, and Will Smith provided. Marcus Green was also a great backup. All 11 players that started on that defense were drafted into the NFL. How amazing is that?
This years team won't be able to say that I don't think. I'm not knocking this group at all, I just can't say they compare yet. Larrimore, Gholston, Denlinger, and Wilson/Rose are great players, just much less experience. At LB the Buckeyes have better players this year though, I just get extremely worried about Marcus Freeman in space. For a SAM he has some serious tackling issues in space. I just take Dline domination over everything else. It's the most important group of players on any football team, IMO.
Clarett is light years better than Beanie Wells also. Wells is gonna be a very good player, but other than MSU he hasn't shown near the vision that Maurice did.
This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.
Last edited by Cedric; 10-22-2007 at 12:54 AM.