Ohio State was favored in both: -6.5 in 2017, -3.5 in 2018.
There was no official story about what happened with Holland, but I also cannot imagine it was his intention to return as a senior to be a third stringer.
Simmons is one of their highest rated recruits in recent years, and has been solidly in the rotation when healthy for the last two years. He has done a fine job. He just has not had the highlight reel plays or breakout games that Gross-Matos, Toney, and now Oweh have had to this point.
I will say that he seems like less of a pass rush specialist and more of a balanced defender at end than those three. When they go three down linemen on third-and-long, Gross-Matos plays tackle and Toney and Oweh are outside. Those are their three top pass rushers, based on their usage.
The Miranda/Thorpe one is fair; Miranda is steadier, Thorpe is more talented but plays a bit recklessly. There is little in the way of drop off and both getting experience is good.
I do not see the point of running Holmes out there in competitive games any longer. He appears to be a drop off from Walker and Fries, so let those two play.
Brisker has really opened up a lot of options for them in the secondary. Neither Taylor nor Wade is ideally suited to play centerfield, so his presence on the back end in nickel and dime situations lets Taylor play more like a strong safety, while Wade can play slot corner. This then allows them to keep Reid in as one of the outside corners. With slot corner Donovan Johnson injured, this has been particularly important, as the alternative was always leaning on freshmen corners in those situations.
Not to mention that he got hurt again and missed the better part of two games. He has made a few nice grabs on slants and out routes when the ball has come his way.
I think Hamler just has an easier time getting open because he is so quick, and no one is going to argue against getting the ball into the hands of a playmaker like him.
They have been using them more this season. They seemed reluctant last year in part due to the health concerns with Bowers, who missed the non-conference. Now that he is healthy and Kuntz is available for depth, they seem more willing to lean on it. The fact that no one has grabbed hold of the outside receiver spot opposite Dotson is a factor as well. When they go two tight end, Freiermuth often lines up as a receiver, making him more or less part of the rotation with Shorter and George there.
I'm not sure if we can call it situational at this point. The Pitt game was the only real example of "situational" personnel decisions. In the rest of the games, with Penn State largely holding comfortable leads or expecting to do so, they've just been switching up by drive.
If players making money for their labor means the end of college football, then college football deserves to die.
It is one of the most insane comment sections on the web. All of those SBN comment sections are a little wacky, but TT is a whole 'nother level. Maybe even moreso for basketball.