Water Cooler: It's Third and 11 Late Vs. Michigan, Who's Your QB and WR?
With the shortage in national pastimes happening right now, we thought we'd turn to one of our other national pastimes -- standing around the water cooler and arguing about sports. So Tom Orr and myself have begun a series where we take interesting and somewhat random sports topics and lay out our thoughts on them, just as you have done and will do again...
I'm gonna have to go with Tom on this one. Haskins to Thomas is a dream scenario. Tony got a little wishy-washy at the end there.
Tony, have you taken your temperature lately?
Before I read Tom or Tony's takes, my initial thought was Joe Burrow to Chris Carter. However, I may have to change that. Carter is an excellent choice, but so is Michael Thomas.
As for the QB, Tony make a compelling case. Troy Smith was a known Wolverine killer.
I just don't think there is any right answer on this one. About any of the QB's mentioned, short of Bauserman, would be fine with me. As for receivers, Carter and Thomas are at the top of my list. I just don't think you could do better than either of those.
Which OSU team do the dream QB and WR play for? That will need to come into play. I'm going to change gears a bit. This past year, OSU had one of the most dominant teams and best balanced O's in OSU history, and one that I would compare to the 2015, 1998 and 1969 Buckeye Teams. So I will say that OSU team with Fields as QB to Olave or Wilson. (As D's will will have other O weapons to fill their hands) Sadly, we saw how that worked out in the BCS semi final. Back to the question, I would take Joe Burrows (2018 to 2019 season) to Chris Carter.
3rd and 11 with 1:45 left is clearly 4 down territory. Therefore I'm going with Justin and Michael Thomas. I already feel supremely confident that that incredible duo is going to get that first down. But if somehow the ball is spotted short of the marker (due to poor/biased/bought) officiating, I have confidence that on 4th and short that Justin is going to pick up that 4th down.
The hallucinations tell me I'm fine.
All the answers given are fine, but just for fun I'm going another way: Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas. Since the scenario is clearly 4-down territory, Braxton is perhaps the most difficult QB to defend for TWO plays, given he was such an explosive runner and a pretty good passer.
Krenzel & Jenkins works fine for me. They converted MANY crucial 3rd and 4th downs...the most memorable ones in my lifetime.
Krenzel to Jenkins did it (though against Purdue). Smith to Gonzalez did it and I disagree that Miller was harder to defend for 2 downs than Smith or even J.T. (4th and 1, anyone?)
I'm going to go against the grain here and have Chic Harley as my QB (yes, he passed as well as ran and did a whole lot else for the Buckeyes as well) and a guy who only played a little receiver for the Buckeyes, but whose NFL career average was 20.1 yards per catch is still the most among NFL receivers with at least 300 catches - Paul Warfield.
I love most of the choices of both staff and posters here, but the Buckeyes have had greats for a long time and not all of them were carrying the rock - at least not ALL the time! 😉
Gerd, that is scary... I also originally thought Troy Smith to David Boston and then switched it to Smith to Carter. With Henton to Cacchio a VERY close second, of course...
Love the Henton reference!
Joe Germaine deep down the middle to Dimitrious Stanley. Germaine was one of the calmest QB’s to play for the Buckeyes. Stanley was sure handed with excellent hands.
Even Spencer to Even Spencer.... He could also block on the play 🙂
😀 That's awesome!
I’m going to go with 2014-2015 JT Barrett to Mike Thomas. Most people on this board had a few years to sour on JT, but I distinctly remember him getting EVERY 3rd/4th down conversion that national championship season. And then there’s #cantguardmike? Nuff sed.
I’d go with the sweet alto sax of Kenny Guiton and for a receiver either Heurman (sp?) or Jalin Marshall. I know Heurmann is a TE but made some great clutch catches and what a great target. In the clutch, Guiton always performed!