Five Things: Minnesota

By Chris Lauderback on November 1, 2010 at 5:00a
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An Oregon loss would've made the night sweeter but after watching Sparty and Mizzou get manhandled and drop from the unbeatens, it was relaxing to sit back and watch Ohio State methodically dismantle an overmatched Gopher squad. There's still plenty to accomplish during the bye week, specifically getting healthy, praying for the safety fairy to work some miracles with OJ and for special teams to become more consistent. Still, there were obviously much more goods than bads when the clock struck zero on Ohio State's 24th win in the last 25 tries against Minny.

Devier is here

Personally speaking, coming into the game DeVier Posey was probably the 3rd most frustrating player on offense behind Shugarts and Adams. Posey's resume of drops, alligator arms and penalties wiping out a big play or two had earned him a spot in my doghouse. Basically, he enraged me at times because I felt he was underachieving versus his true potential much more than anyone else on the offensive side of the ball. Now, I'm not saying he's been awful - just not living up to what I thought he would do this year. Even though it was Minnesota, could Saturday night have been a turning point? 

Posey led the team with six receptions for 115 yards and a hauled in a 38 yard TD with :24 left in the half giving OSU a 31-7 lead killing whatever bit of spirit the Gophers had left in the tank. In the decisive first half, Posey caught five of Pryor's 12 completions for 87 of his 158 passing yards. Posey got started early, taking advantage of a huge cushion hauling in a 14 yarder and a 12 yard pass on OSU's first possession, good for 26 of the 46 yards on the scoring drive clulminated by Pryor's TD sneak to make it 7-0 good guys. Posey also threw a great block on a WR screen to Dane triggering a 12 yard gain.

Posey was also a factor on OSU's second possession though he only caught one pass for four yards. Facing 3rd and 11 from the OSU 45, Pryor was forced to scramble to his left and picked up a crucial block from Posey paving the way for TP's 34 yard jaunt up the left sideline down to the Minny 21 yard line. Pryor would hit Saine with a TD toss four plays later giving OSU a 14-7 lead late in the 1st quarter.

Not done with what is hopefully a return to addressing the little things, Posey kicked off Ohio State's third possession hauling in a 19 yard out from Pryor thanks to focused hands and great footwork nearing the sideline. After the aforementioned 38 yard TD closed the half, Posey had one last big play in him. On OSU's first offensive drive of the 2nd half (missed FG), Posey hooked up with Pryor on 3rd and 13 thanks to a seldom seen catch and run. Posey caught the ball near the right sideline but reversed course toward the middle of the field to cap a 28 yard play to move the sticks.

I'm mindful it was Minnesota but hopefully Posey's complete effort featuring a season high in yards and a season 2nd best for receptions coupled with those key blocks will mean good things down the road. He does have three TD in his last four games after a four game TD drought.

Boom finally gets his hundo

It was a long time coming but the guy who seized the primary RB job finally and deservedly cracked the 100 yard plateau running for 114 yards on 17 first half carries. His spiritied effort behind a line that opened holes at a pretty consistent clip led to a robust 6.7 yards per carry and he's now rushed for an average of at least 4.6 ypc in each of his last four games. Even sweeter, Boom has a nose for the endzone. His 10 yard bust to paydirt to make it 24-7 gave him a touchdown in eight consecutive games. The kid has endured his share of naysayers during his time in Columbus but seems to getting better with each game, specifically showing better vision and a willingness to "leave the play" if he spots an opening elsewhere.

Boom got started early last night popping a 10 yard run on the third play of the game making a sharp cut left after finding the middle of the line clogged with traffic. I'm not sure he makes that cut back in September, instead plowing forward for a gain of maybe a yard. On OSU's next series, Boom carried seven times for 38 yards featuring a nice stiff arm on a seven yard 2nd and 5 carry while using great blocking from Boren, Browning and Stoneburner on three other totes.

Boom's most impressive series of the night came at potentially the most pivotal time as Minnesota found themselves trailing just 17-7 with five minutes left in the half. It was time to gain some separation and Boom answered the call accounting for all the yards on a 6 play, 62 yard TD march in which he carried five times gashing the Gopher defense for chunks of 25, 16, 6 and 5 yards before ending the drive with the 10 yard slash off left tackle. Boom's 16 yard run was probably the best of the drive as he shaked and baked past helpless Gophers. The Buckeyes moved to 16-3 in games when Boom goes for six. Also, props to Adams and Boren for springing the 25 yard burst. Good stuff from Boom and the left side of the line.

silver bullets suffocate gophers

Knowing full well the secret sauce to blowing up the Gophers is to stop Adam Weber, the Bullets did exactly that, sacking him five times, picking him off once, and forcing two fumbles while holding the career 10,000+ paser to just nine completions in 20 attempts for 162 yards. After surrendering 116 yards and seven points on back to back drives to open the game, the defense yielded just 54 yards the rest of the half, holding Minnesota to 14 offensive plays. Their final four possessions of the half unfolded as: 3 and out, 5 and out, 4 and out and a 2 and out thanks to a Chekwa interception.

The Buckeyes didn't allow a 3rd down conversion until the opening possession of the 2nd half, a gift at the hands of a Hines facemask, and held Minny to 2/11 overall. The Bullets also held the Gophers to 2.3 yards per rush and forced three turnovers.

Nathan Williams continues to be my defensive MVP and he had a strong showing Saturday finishing 2nd with five tackles plus a sack. His backside pursuit of running plays continues to amaze me an he was at his all conference best on the Minnesota's second series of the 2nd half when he raced up the line to stop Eskridge after a one yard gain, then shut down a screen with a sure tackle on 2nd down before blowing past his defender, forcing another to rotate over, paving the way for Rolle's sack on 3rd and 5. Bring on the punt team. Newsome blocks it, Domicone recovers. 38-10.

Speaking of Rolle, he also had a big night leading the team with six stops, 2.5 TFL, a fumble recovery and 1.5 sacks. Fellow LB Andrew Sweat continued his emergence in Homan's absence assisting on five tackles. Johnny On The Spot Simon also had an athletic play scooping up a fumble forced by a Chekwa hit on Weber and raced 30 yards for the score. I definitely liked what we saw from the front 6/7 tonight.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't

After the Wisconsin meltdown, much of the fanbase was understandably miffed at the play-calling on OSU's first trip the red zone, a 1st and Goal from the three yard line, that featured an unimaginative Boom run up the gut with no lead blocker out of the Wildcat and two TP straight ahead runs for no gain. 

Last night, looking to capitalize on Jordan Hall's nifty 70 yard punt return to the Gopher two, Tressel dialed up what most of us wanted to see during that fateful Wisky series, a Pryor rollout stretching the defense affording him the option to run or pass. Unfortunately, in what turned out to be one of his patented crazy, hot girlfriend moments, Pryor rolled right, saw FB Boren open in the endzone, hesitated, then inexplicably threw the ball after it was too late allowing Minnesota's Ryan Collado to step in front of the pass for a gift interception.

For even the most casual fan, it's obvious rollout plays such as this one down by the goal line can only involve the FB as a pass catcher if the play is executed in rhythm. With all the action rolling right, Pryor simply ran out of the real estate necessary to complete a pass to Boren and he has to know you can't double clutch that throw. At that point, he needed to tuck and run or look toward the trailing receiver - anything but attempting to hit Boren.

It didn't matter in this lopsided affair but I wonder if there will be any residual going forward? If OSU gets in a similar situation will the rollout be overlooked as an option based on Saturday's lack of execution? I don't want to read too much into one play but I hope Pryor's poor decision won't keep Tressel from possibly calling it again (versus predictably running straight ahead three times) if the Buckeyes are looking at 1st and Goal on November 20.

Concerns?

Acting as the thoughtful, grounded fans that we are, what concerns do you have as the Buckeyes head into the bye week? For me personally, as I size up the remaining teams on the schedule, I think I'm most worried about the safeties holding up. On Minnesota's first play from scrimmage, Weber used play-action and hit MarQuies Gray for 35 yards. Hines bit hard on the out portion of and out and up route allowing Gray to get almost five yards behind him. Luckily, the ball was well underthrown plus Torrence saw Hines was torched so he was able to come off his guy and keep the play from getting worse. I've got love for Hines but there's no question he's a better run stopper than a pass defender and he was burnt badly on this play. Hines also earned a facemask penalty on Minny's opening drive of the 2nd half helping the Gophers achieve their first 3rd down conversion of the night.

Two plays later, it was Orhian Johnson's turned to get abused. Facing 2nd and 10 at the OSU 39, Weber found Tiree Eure for 32 yards right down the middle of the field as Johnson allowed Eure to cut directly in front of him. The lack of recognition was extremely poor as it didn't appear Johnson had any other responsibility on the play. With the linebackers already showing a bit of a propensity to bite on play action in previous games, I expect Ferentz/Stanzi to attack the middle of the field, over the LBs and in front of the safeties quite often. Will Johnson, Hines and Gant be able to handle their assignments and prevent the big play? Consider me a little concerned.

Special teams, despite Hall's 70 yard punt return, a 34 yard KO return and a blocked punt for a TD remain a source of heartburn. Barclay missed a 21 yard chip shot and Basil's KO's routinely traveled to only the 10-ish yard line plus he shanked one out of bounds. The shank was somewhat tempered by Mike Patrick idiotically offering up how it was "an uncharacteristic mistake for the Buckeyes on special teams." Uh, okay, Mike. The Buckeyes allowed a 33 yard return to the Minnesota 40 on the opening kickoff of the 2nd half and on the KO following Newsome's blocked punt making it 38-10, they allowed a 38 yard return to the Minnesota 49. Finally, they surrended a 30 yard return after Simon's TD off the fumble recovery. This unit is far from out of the woods and after how the start to the Wisky game deflated the Buckeyes, you have to be concerned about what the special teams might screw up in Iowa City.

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original buckeye's picture

My concern is Iowa.  Based on how they played against MSU, I think that game is a loss for us, unless our secondary can really step it up between now and then.  Stanzi is solid, and he has some great receivers.  If Minnesota can hit 30+ yard passes, Iowa will do the same.  And as good as Boom has been recently, I don't think our o-line will give him any room to run against Iowa--I think their front four may dismantle us. 

iball's picture

I agree. The secondary has alot of improving to do, or that game could get out of hand. I think Iowa poses all kinds of matchup problems. Right now, if I was a betting man, I wouldn't go with our boys. Let the hate begin, but just my HO.

The bye week couldn't have come at a better time. The lack of a true safety is really showing. I think Domicone should play alot more vs. PSU. He seems far more physical and shows a better knowledge for the game being a former QB. Orhian, might fit better at CB. He offers no run support and is lost or late mnay times on pass coverage. However, I think OJ is a great athlete and should be on the field in some capacity.

Does anyone think Philly Brown could be a 2 way guy ala Chris Gamble?

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

dannychampion's picture

Can't hate. McNutt and DJK pose serious, serious match-up problems to our DB's. Heck, they were problems last year (and they were catching passes from their freakin' backup). Also by the time we play Iowa, we'll probably be unranked because the computers will drop us altogether after our bye week.

btalbert25's picture

I heard the same BS last year and we won that one.  Iowa looked good this week, but I'm not just willing to say oh that's going to be a loss.

ATL Buckeye's picture

Everything gives me heartburn 11-dub. I'm still waiting to see a consistent push from the D-Line, linebackers are not blitzing, and we all know about that shaky secondary (partly due to injury). On the other side, you guys have already mentioned how bad we are at the OT positions, the lack of a breakaway threat at RB, and a QB who at times misses reads either running or passing. And as always, the vest gives me indigestion with the offensive play calling. Am I over analyzing or were my expectations to go to the NC game set too high with the type of personnel we have at our disposal. Whatever it is, it could all go away with a convincing win at Iowa. OSU has a good physical therapy program....I'm hoping that the entire team is getting treatment 24/7.   

iball's picture

honest fan>homer

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Johnny Ginter's picture

or were my expectations to go to the NC game set too high with the type of personnel we have at our disposal.

yes, they were.

iball's picture

I do agree expectations were set high due to the finish of the 09 season. But I dont think expecting the team to at least reach the MNC was dreaming. I still feel this team is truly one of the top 3 teams in the country and I do feel we have the ability to win vs. Iowa.

Realistically speaking, injuries have really hurt this team. TP's leg, Shugarts ankle(?), Moeller, Barnett, Homan and losing Duron changed the face of the team.

Im just taking the stance that the BCS is total ratings grab bullshit and only a playoff will crown the true champion. Its almost enough to cause one to not take CFB seriously. The media and coaches have no place determining rankings. Say what you want about the NFL, but at least the best teams are decided on the field.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

Iowa is a really good team and we have to play them on the road, so I am concerned as well, espcially with our secondary.  

It will truly take a complete game to win at thier place. If we see IA returning kicks 40 yards, or more missed FGs, it might be a long night at Kinnick.   Hopefully, we avoid special teams breakdowns altogether.  I have a feeling that one special teams gaff could be the difference in that game. 

I am also hoping that TP is completely healthy so he can run and run some more.  We'll probably need him to convert 5 or 6 third downs by himself via the scramble.  Points will be hard to come by, so red zone efficiency is also key .... wow, the more I think about it as I type, the more I realize there are a host of issues that concern me.  And the kicker is that we are talking about a team poised to win 10-11 games again!  A crazy-talented team with major issues in each of the three phases.  Is this an over-achieving or underachieving team? I'm not even sure anymore LOL.       

tomcollins's picture

My guess is we are a 4 point dog in that Iowa game.  We need to have an Oregon-like game to pull it off.  It's possible.  The DBs need to step up, we need to get a bit lucky, and Pryor needs to run for 150.

bcWEcouldn'tGOfor3's picture

OSU is going to lose to Iowa....BIG!

This team has no heart. After the kickoff return at Wisconsin, the whole team (Tressel included) packed it up.  From that point on, the team was more concerned about not losing big than they were about winning.  "Lets try not to lose by 3 TDs guys." If this team is down to a tough opponent, they crumble.  They can't face adversity at all.

I hate to beat the rotting carcass of a thoroughly bludgeoned dead horse...but the entire football program can't cleanse that taste of defeat from Florida, LSU, USCx2, and Texas. No one on the team wants to be that person to stick their neck out and actually say "WTF guys. Are we Ohio State or are we Michigan? We shouldn't be scared of anybody...regardless of what part of the country they come from.  Lets go out and leave everything on the field and let the chips fall where they may. But at the end of the night, let us be certain of one thing...we did everything we could to win."

Every single play is designed to minimize risk and originality while maximizing timidness and fear.  You watch every other big name program and...I don't know what it is...but you can just see a different attitude from the players. They are loose. They are fearless. They are risk takers.

Listen...I'm all for punting from the 50 yard line when it is 4th and 2. Field position is key to success in football.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FIRST 3 DOWNS!!!!

The 2002-2003 squad played without limits. They took risks (Purdue). They were fearless (Da U).  They were original. 

This team...not so much.

Can you imagine Woody with his leadership skills and this talent?

Final Thoughts ---

1.) Woe to anyone who plays Oregon

2.) Iowa will dismantle this squad unless they change their ways

3.) OSU goes to the Capitol One Bowl and finally beats an SEC team.

4.) 2011 will bring in a new era of OSU football....(monkey free).

Buckeye Black's picture

Yikes, Halloween was yesterday, it is time to move on from the morbid stuff.  I don't know who is going to win in the Iowa game, all I know is that it won't be the team that played Wiscy.  It will be a good game, more than likely not a blow out either way. 

Colin's picture

You need to go sit in the corner and do a little soul searching on what kind of buckeye fan you are.

bcWEcouldn'tGOfor3's picture

I'm a realist buckeye fan who doesn't hide behind what we can be. 

Johnny Ginter's picture

The 2002-2003 squad played without limits. They took risks (Purdue). They were fearless (Da U).  They were original.

hahahah what?!?

Can you imagine Woody with his leadership skills and this talent?

yes, he'd run TP 30 times a game off tackle and iso the rest, and when we lost to a team with a good run defense, fans would be yelling about how paul brown would've done a better job.

bcWEcouldn'tGOfor3's picture

I was speaking more on Woody's leadership skills....not exactly his play calling.

Tressel and Woody's play calling would be a push

Tressel and Woody's leadership skills....I'd give to Woody.

JakeBuckeye's picture

This team has no heart. After the kickoff return at Wisconsin, the whole team (Tressel included) packed it up.  From that point on, the team was more concerned about not losing big than they were about winning.  "Lets try not to lose by 3 TDs guys." If this team is down to a tough opponent, they crumble.  They can't face adversity at all.

Oh yeah, its not like we came back to make it 21-18 with 10 minutes or so left to go or anything.

I hate to beat the rotting carcass of a thoroughly bludgeoned dead horse...but the entire football program can't cleanse that taste of defeat from Florida, LSU, USCx2, and Texas. No one on the team wants to be that person to stick their neck out and actually say "WTF guys. Are we Ohio State or are we Michigan? We shouldn't be scared of anybody...regardless of what part of the country they come from.  Lets go out and leave everything on the field and let the chips fall where they may. But at the end of the night, let us be certain of one thing...we did everything we could to win."

That would be odd of that player to stand up and say that, based on the fact that most of these guys weren't even here or on the active roster when those losses occurred.

Every single play is designed to minimize risk and originality while maximizing timidness and fear.  You watch every other big name program and...I don't know what it is...but you can just see a different attitude from the players. They are loose. They are fearless. They are risk takers.

There's only five undefeated teams left and only two of them (Oregon, Auburn) are big name programs. The rest have one loss (just like us) or more.

Listen...I'm all for punting from the 50 yard line when it is 4th and 2. Field position is key to success in football.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FIRST 3 DOWNS!!!!

The 2002-2003 squad played without limits. They took risks (Purdue). They were fearless (Da U).  They were original. 

This team...not so much.

Can you imagine Woody with his leadership skills and this talent?

The 2002 team cannot be a measuring stick for every Jim Tressel coached Buckeye team. You will be sure to be let down 99.9% of the time. That season was a magical and unique year. One that will never be duplicated.

bcWEcouldn'tGOfor3's picture

Why can't the 2002 team be a measuring stick?  Does Tressel win one NC and then say, "Well I did it...now I can just cruise through life never really trying for another title." Every year they should show film from the 2002 season and tell the players "YOU CAN BE THIS!"

Johnny Ginter's picture

2002 is a poor measuring stick because it was a completely different team than this one, both in terms of players and scheme. you keep claiming to be a "realist" but the truth of the matter is that you seem to be completely oblivious to the fact that the 2002 team was MORE guilty of all the things you are calling out the 2010 team and coaches for being. the obvious difference here is that the 2002 team went undefeated, but because of that you seem to want to attach a bunch of non-existent characteristics to those guys and use them as an example of things that 2010 lacks.

in short, you're either a troll or ignorant. either way, it isn't helpful or relevant.

PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

Monkey free???  Plz explain that one??? 

Oregon??  they have zero defense...  and quite frankly OSU outclassed them on the field.  Oregon is beating up on crap right now....and the rest of their schedule is crap.

What makes you think Iowa is going to dismantle this OSU team????   Come back on this site afte OSU beats Iowa on the road and lets see you explain it away.  You are not a real fan, you are a malcontent.

bcWEcouldn'tGOfor3's picture

PBB...ever hear of a team becoming better, stronger, faster than they were the previous year?

Oregon is not the same team that OSU beat January 1st.  If you think that is the case then you are dillusional.

I hope Ohio State beats Iowa...I really do...but I don't think it is going to be pretty. I don't have to pick Ohio State EVERY SINGLE GAME.  It is called living in reality.

BucksfanXC's picture

Yah, better faster stronger every year. We should be able to defeat Godzilla by 2013.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

bcWEcouldn'tGOfor3's picture

So you believe that since we beat Oregon last year we should be able to beat them anytime from now on?

On a neutral field, Oregon would smoke Ohio State.  They score 3 touchdowns in 5 plays.  Against Ohio State's current secondary...it would be a massacre.

BucksfanXC's picture

Well by your logic, we get bigger and faster and stronger since last year too. And so the game should turn out exactly the same as it did last year.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

bcWEcouldn'tGOfor3's picture

That was the whole point of my first post...we haven't become bigger, stronger, faster.

Oregon has. 

I didn't say that becoming better was an automatic occurence.

It seems as though we are stuck back on January 1st and are expecting everything to be given to us.

Denny's picture

FITTER HAPPIER MORE PRODUCTIVE

Taquitos.

German Buckeye's picture

bcWEcouldn'tGOfor3  - well I honestly disagree with some of what you say, and I just can't get myself to slam our beloved team as much as you.  Do I have my head in the ground - no.  Do I think our "timidness" comes from the sideline or behind the center - don't know.  Do I think TP has what it takes upstairs to be a fluid, all phase-of-the-game QB - probably not (although as physical specimen he has no peer other than maybe the QB at Auburn). 

1) Will we play hard vs. Iowa - assuredly.

2) Will we play not to lose - most assuredly.  Always do in big venue, pressure games.

3) Will we win.....probably not.  Too many injuries, not enough secondary nor pass rush to slow Iowa on offense.  I don't think they can run it down our throats like Wisco did, but they can pass better and that's our weak link now.   10-2 and Cap One vs. loser of Bama and Auburn or SEC # 3 (if BCS takes two SEC) in our future me thinks....

bcWEcouldn'tGOfor3's picture

Good...this is what I like to see. Some fire.

I hope the players read my comment and get pissed too.

Maybe then we will have a team.

 

I will say this though...Everyone who is screaming at me for not being a fan...go back and read the comments after the Wisconsin game.  We have a lot of "malcontent" fans out there.

After every loss this website bashes everything Ohio State football.

Stop hiding in your closets and say what you really think. Don't wait until a loss to voice your disgust.

 

And even though I am upset with how this team is performing, I did end my post on a good note. I think OSU will finally beat an SEC team this bowl season.

Johnny Ginter's picture

dude, no one is getting "fired up" at your comments because we think they have any merit, and i promise you no player is going to read what you've posted and care either way

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goodlifesean's picture

It's like bucknuts in the comments over here. The sky ain't fallin boys. Let's get a couple guys healthy before we go full on panic mode. One great game over an MSU team in league play is not reason for panic lest we forget the QB from Iowa I Dr. Jekyll and mr. Stanzi.

Johnny Ginter's picture

honestly if you want something legit to be worried about, stanzi should be near the top of the list. that dude is not at all the same QB he was last year and is one of the more consistent passers in the country.

dmurder's picture

geez, fellows you act like we are 4-5.

Shall, i remind everyone that we are 8-1.

Bullets worth note:

1. Iowa's qb has been known to make a few boneheaded plays himself.

2. Homan should be back

3. despite everyone getting mad that they gave up 10 points to minny. Just a reminder this defense is ranked 4th in the nation.

4. We always show up at knick stadium.

5. There is a reason Iowa has two losses, they have weakness just like everybody!

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

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Chris Lauderback's picture

Other than the secondary / special teams concerns that I alluded to in my post, I think it's also a very real worry that this team has to win on the road in a hostile environment.

Further, anyone thinking Stanzi is the same QB as last year hasn't been watching. He could very well suck it up against us but there's no question his 2010 numbers are significantly better than 2009. His TD/INT right now stands at 19/2 compared to 17/15 last year. His completion percentage is 68.5% this year versus 56.3% last year. And I don't care what the numbers say, I'll take last years secondary over this years regardless of statistics and from what I remember, Chekwa really struggled vs. Iowa last year. Add it up and it's cause for concern. I'm not saying we'll lose but there are definitely reasons to be worried.

I know some people are killing the earlier commenter for challenging our supposed timid ways but I think there's merit to that. From what I recall, we had last year's Iowa game in the bag before we got ultra conservative allowing Iowa to force OT. That game should've never gone to OT. After Iowa cut the lead to 24-17, we got the ball at Iowa's 45 yard line after they booted the KO out of bounds plus a PF penalty. We ran it six times in a row then hooked a FG.

Also, I love OSU as much as any of you but I'd be careful of getting too wrapped up in our record. Sure, we've lost only one game but that was to the only decent team we played. Miami is a fraud which means Illinois is a our signature win at this point. You can't help who you play but 8-1 isn't all that spectacular when you look under the covers. We should at least be 8-1.

At this point, I'm not ready to offer a prediction on Iowa. We've got a chance to get healthy and gain some momentum but let's all remember that you can still be a Buckeye fan and think they might actually lose a game once in a while.

warriordan's picture

Last year in Week 10, Iowa lost at home to 5-4 NWU and lost Stanzi as well. They play a better (6-2) NWU in Week 11 and away from home.

Lots of football still to be played!

Bucksfan's picture

I didn't like the rollout call at all, or at least the direction of the rollout.  The ball was on the right hashmark, and they rolled right.  Hence the running out of real estate faster than had it been a roll left.  No room to throw, bad decision by Pryor and it's a pick in the redzone.  When you see these things executed in the NFL, there's always a guy that comes free in the back of the endzone...Troy Smith used to show this kind of throw with Gonzales all the time in 2006.  Why doesn't it develop with Pryor?  Is he not as good?

I think the red zone woes are getting better these last couple of games, but they still featured a pick each game in the redzone against some of the worst teams in the conference.  The redzone stall early in the game that led to a field goal instead of a TD against Wisconsin was a major momentum swing to the Badgers.  They look better than in past years, but again, it's a situation that isn't going to fly in Iowa City.  They need to score when they get down there to ice a strong Hawkeye team that has a propensity to make 4th quarter comebacks.  A patient Herron may be really deadly.

All that said, good showing by the defense to force turnovers for scores - love that!  Go Bucks...rest up and finish strong!

Chris Lauderback's picture

Great point on the rollout. I personally love that play down by the goal line at least once but you are right, the play has a better chance if it starts on the left hash so TP can still roll to his throwing side AND have more field to work with.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I always have a healthy fear of big games and a lil' fear going into the games we should win.  I think OSU can beat Iowa.  I know OSU can beat Iowa if we play our best and they play their best.  I am afraid that we won't show up or we won't play our best or we will play timid or all of that.  I know Tress usually has these guys up to play well late in the season but I'm not sure we will know what this team is all about playing against Penn State at home.  I'm not sure this is much of a test.  I agree that the only test we have had is Wisc. and it didn't turn out well.....

Johnny Ginter's picture

i think there is a decent chance that we lose at iowa, but you're right, tressel is deadly in the month of november. also a lot can happen between now and then, and if boom and the running game can continue to roll and then show up in iowa things could get very interesting (i'm not sold on iowa's rushing game either, we should be far far more worried about stanzi than adam robinson)

tomcollins's picture

Injuries are my biggest concern by far.  That's the biggest obstacle from keeping us from playing at our best.  Herron really coming together is the best thing to help us "Oregon" this game by slowing it down and making opportunities for everyone else.

Stanzi worries me a lot.  Against our DBs and LBs in September, we have a great chance to rattle him and get something done.  Against all the backups, I'm not so confident.  D-Line needs to step up and get it done.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Iowa has played two good teams this year. Lost one at Arizona and lost to Wisconsin. Michigan State is garbage. Regardless of their record. They showed up against Wisconsin unlike the Silver Bullets. And they got them at home. Not too sold on Iowa yet. 31-17 tOSU.

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