Five Things: Buffalo

By Chris Lauderback on September 1, 2013 at 2:30p
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Urban and his staff walked away with many teachable moments in the 40-20 win

It wasn't quite as handsome as the players, coaches and fans would have liked but with just two of four returning starters available on defense, Urban Meyer doing his best to get a host of freshmen some very valuable playing time, and the squad apparently making little use of that fancy Gatorade setup in the WHAC (cramps much?), Ohio State still had more than enough to turn back Buffalo, 40-20, in a sweltering Ohio Stadium.

The win improved the Buckeyes to 14-0 in season openers since falling to Miami to start the 1999 season and gave the staff plenty of video they will no doubt turn into teachable moments. 

A ton of interesting things occurred during the game including the smooth jazz provided by Kenny Guiton, Drew Basil's willingness to get blasted as a lead blocker on a successful two-point try, and Beth Mowins' freakish skill of creating hybrid players through the magic of personnel-sniglets but as is an 11W Sunday tradition, we'll take a look a Five Things in particular that stood out before we officially turn our attention to the San Diego State Aztecs. 

NO HYDE, NO ROD, NO PROBLEM

I've never been wowed by Jordan Hall and it was only Buffalo but I tip my cap to Hall and his performance on Saturday. 

Between injuries, I've always viewed Hall as a highly serviceable though far from spectacular player; never really buying into the fact he could be a game-changing running back. 

I'm not sure my opinion has undergone a seismic change just based on the competition but after his 21 carries, career-high 159 yards and two scores along with three receptions, I have a much greater appreciation for Hall's skill set and absolutely hope he can have a similar impact on games once the competition heats up a little. 

It wasn't so much the stats that caught my eye as it was how he went about his business. The 49-yard touchdown run in which he basically ran untouched through a gaping hole between Andrew Norwell and Jack Mewhort was nice and certainly showed he's got decent wheels but it was his work in traffic that stood out. 

Stepping up on a team crushed by suspensions, injuries and cramps, Hall made quick decisions with the football flashing a burst and aggressiveness I haven't seen from #7 before. The new and improved running style which featured a spin-move he used frequently as he fought to reach the 2nd level, along with some decent run blocking up front, allowed Hall to gain positive yards on 18 of 21 carries.  

Meyer had been touting Hall's work all year but I still was a bit surprised to see him have such a stellar day, scoring 14 of Ohio State's 40 points. Bottom line, I think I might have finally learned to appreciate Hall for what he is instead of worrying about what he isn't. And that's a good thing.

BUTTER FACE

On the surface, the performance turned in by the Silver Bullets didn't feel all that sexy but when you look at the body of work and take into account the unit started the day with just two returning starters, playing much of it with only one thanks to Ryan Shazier leaving the field on a cart, it was actually a pretty impressive day at the office. 

DO NOT WANT

The retooled defensive line managed just one sack (Spence) but as we've seen from many an opponent in the past, Buffalo leaned on dink-and-dunks as their chief method of moving the ball through the air, limiting the seconds quarterback Joe Licata was vulnerable. 

The front seven limited the Bulls to just 2.1 yards per carry, allowing them just 73 yards on 35 totes. 

Ohio State also owned third down, stopping the Bulls 11 times in 14 tries, good for a 79% success rate. The Bullets added a goal-line stand early in the 4th quarter. Faced with 1st and Goal at the OSU 3, the Bullets stuffed two runs and forced an incomplete pass before blowing a 4th and 2. The Bulls did shoot themselves in the foot with a botched snap but Ohio State's surge up front was going to blow up the play regardless. 

The Buckeyes also picked up their first turnover of the year, an interception, turned in by Ron Tanner, aka Ohio State's 6th defensive back in the day's rotation. 

On the day, the Bullets surrendered a total of 13 points on 11 Buffalo possessions as they forced seven punts, created two turnovers (INT, TOD) holding the Bulls to less than 20 yards on seven different possessions. 

Buffalo's offense wasn't exactly electric but considering the depleted roster, the heat and amount of youth on the field, there's plenty for the defense to build upon. 

BRAXTON 3.0

The talk off the offseason centered on Braxton Miller's improvement from an electrifying runner playing quarterback to a more well-rounded, mechanically sharp and knowledgeable signal-caller. 

Miller threw for 172 yards and 2 TD in the 1st half

The first half showed as much with Miller completing 13 of 18 passes for 172 yards with a pair of touchdown strikes, albeit against one horrible pick six. Miller performed as advertised, often scrambling with the purpose of buying time to throw while keeping his eyes down the field instead of holding the ball way too long or immediately tucking and running at the first sign of trouble. 

Miller connected on seven straight throws to open the game and his eight was at least catchable but a diving Philly Brown couldn't haul it in. Braxton bounced back hitting on two more attempts to open Ohio State's 4th possession before throwing his first truly bad pass, an overthrow of Devin Smith on a post route that would have undoubtedly gone for six. Miller did cool off after hitting on nine of first 10 throws, misfiring on six of his final 12. 

Interestingly, it was a tale of two halves as Braxton threw 18 passes against just four rushing attempts in opening stanza but threw it only four times against 13 rushes in the 2nd half. Instead of looking to buy time with his feet as did in the 1st half, Miller quickly tucked and sprinted through holes or around defenders, racking up 60 of his 77 rushing yards in the 2nd half. 

Overall, by Miller's standard he was good but not great though I was encouraged with his ability to thread the needle when necessary while also taking something off his fastball when that was required. It was also nice to see him hit eight different receivers, often times getting through his progressions when given enough time in the pocket. 

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

With all the hype bestowed on the freshmen class – especially Dontre Wilson – it was going to be nearly impossible for the group to live up to the ridiculous hype in game one and while none of them blew up, a handful saw meaningful snaps and made significant contributions. 

Joey Bosa was credited with just one stop but made his presence known along the defensive front. It was Bosa who supplied the pressure on Licata leading to Tanner's interception and on Buffalo's last possession of the 1st half, Bosa overwhelmed the center with a bull rush forcing Licata to throw another one up for grabs. It should've been Bosa's 2nd caused-interception of the day but Armani Reeves, who struggled in just about every facet of the game, dropped the would-be turnover.

Bosa's sttrength is off the charts for a freshman

Wilson had an up and down debut but it's clear he'll get his touches because he's capable of taking it to the house on any given play. 

His first touch came on a well-thrown swing pass and he took it 18 yards, cornering like he was on rails, to jump start Ohio State's 2nd touchdown drive of the afternoon. 

Three possessions later, Wilson coughed up the football on a doomed sprint left as he tried to make something out of nothing, failing to secure the football despite heavy traffic. The turnover gave Buffalo the ball at midfield and they scored three plays later cutting the OSU lead to 23-7. 

To his credit (and Urban's for not benching the kid), Wilson responded on his very next touch. After Miller had just thrown his pick six, turning momentum and trimming Ohio State's lead to 23-13, Wilson took the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to the Bull 37 yard line. Hall would score one play later, reclaiming momentum for the Buckeyes, not to mention a 30-13 lead. 

On the day, Wilson finished 2nd on the team with 80 all-purpose yards. 

Punter Cameron Johnston got his first taste of college football and he responded with a 41.3 yard average, placing one kick inside the 20. He calmly fielded a high snap on his first punt and allowed ZERO return yards on the afternoon – exactly what Kerry Coombs has asked of him – via downed kick and two fair catches. 

Ezekiel Elliott played sparingly but Urban commented he wants to get him more reps in the coming weeks. Many other freshmen saw the field with DT Michael Hill and LB Trey Johnson seeing the most action out of the "2nd tier" freshmen contributors in game one. 

A ROUGH INITIATION

Taylor Decker, making his first career start for the Buckeyes at right tackle, didn't exactly give fans a ton of confidence in his ability to successfully replace Reid Fragel. 

The sophomore from Vandalia was abused more than a few times off the edge but I still have high hopes that Decker can absolutely solidify a line featuring seasoned veterans at the other four spots. 

I don't want to come off as a Decker apologist but I do think there are some things to keep in perspective when examining his stinker yesterday. 

First, Khalil Mack is a borderline freak of nature. He finished with 9.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks and the pick six, and Decker wasn't the only one victimized by Mack's dominant physical skills. In fact, Mack is now just 16.5 tackles for loss away from setting the all-time NCAA record and in eight career games against "Big Six" conference teams, he has 5.5 sacks and 12 TFLs. 

Second, it's important to remember that Decker, a Rivals 4-star before his arrival in the spring of 2012, saw action on the line last year in just four games, logging a then career high 22 snaps against Illinois. 

Being able to talk to him myself at least year's picture day and from all the quotes I've read, it's easy to tell the kid is committed to his craft and truly "gets it". As Urban even noted when giving one his speeches about how Ohio State doesn't redshirt players, most recently at media day, even he admitted that it's typically linemen who are the exceptions to that rule. Decker was good enough that a redshirt was never considered and now he's in the midst of truly finding his way. 

I want to see improvement and I have to believe it will come with more game reps. 

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brylee's picture

He calmly fielded a high snap on his first punt and allowed ZERO return yards on the afternoon – exactly what Kerry Coombs has asked of him

Kicker, now you can get some water!

D-Day0043's picture

It's crazy that people were complaining about only averaging 41 yards per punt. A great NFL punter only averages 44 or 45. It was the kids first game in a different country in front of a 105,000 people and he didn't give up any return yards. The kid kicked a$$.

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BeijingBucks's picture

So many people forget how important it is to not outkick your coverage when Punting.  It's not how far you kick it... it's the net gain of field position you get out of it.
That being said I would love to see him belt one 60 yards over the head of somebody one time...

 

 

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sb97's picture

HAHA That gets n upvote!

D-Day0043's picture

Be patient people. Urban Meyer is trying to rebuild this team and fill positions of need, and he is still undefeated while doing it. I fully trust him. He will take us there.
As much as I gripe about the offense, I only have to remind myself of that obscene offensive performance by Michigan State Friday night to realize how great of a coach he really is. If Urban Meyer did not coach this team last year it would have probably been a .500 squad. The man knows what he is doing.

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FROMTHE18's picture

With the dink and dunk passing strategy, couldnt that be stopped or at least significantly slowed by press coverage? This also makes the QB have to hold onto the ball a little longer because the space isnt there to throw making it a better opportunity to get a solid pass rush. If teams are going to used this strategy, I'd hope Fickell and Co. can recognize it and make proper adjustments because if they let this happen with Cal, it will be a long day for our defense.

D-Day0043's picture

After thinking about it, the height disadvantage may have proved a factor in soft coverage. Also, when you are in press man you are susceptible to the run. Having 6 new starters in the front seven they may have been concerned about their ability to stop the run considering that is the hardest thing to consistently work on in practice.

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FROMTHE18's picture

Suppose thats why youd rely on the D-line and LB's for stopping the run in that instance. Also would require smart safeties to cover the DBs if they get beat off the line. The defense will be able to do more press coverage I think when Roby is back in there. Reeves was a nightmare and they may have been afraid he'd give up a bomb or two.

D-Day0043's picture

Honestly Reeves did better on the long ball than he did on the shorter routes. He was in good position on the long ball, but on the short routes he had a distinct size disadvantage. I think the staff figured if you are going to beat us through the air, you are going to have to beat us underneath. The underneath passing game by Buffalo obviously wasn't enough to beat them. 
The two worst blown coverage plays were actually by the LB's Grant and Shazier.

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NC_Buckeye's picture

It wasn't just Reeves coverage that was questionable. His tackling was horrible too. Every time he was in a position to make first contact, the runner/receiver would just blow right by him. 

cplunk's picture

Yes and no. Press coverage significantly decreases the dink and dunk, but in return it significantly increases the chances of watching a WR torch your secondary for a long TD. 
It all comes down to the safeties and the linebackers. If you cant rely on your safeties in pass coverage help (and I'm not entirely sure we can- they're great in run support, dicey in pass help), playing press will get you killed on some big plays. Man and press also means you have to have your LBs pass cover TEs and RBs one on one. I'm not sure Grant is ready for that. Shazier, excellent as he is in run coverage, also hasn't shown any particular affinity for pass coverage.
i think our corners can play man, but I can see why the coaches don't have enough faith in the pass coverage of our safeties and linebackers to do it.
you're not wrong about Cal though. Soft coverage will get us killed. Cal's style presents our coaches with a schematical matchup problem. That's why I've been banging the watch-out-for-Cal drum. It has nothing to do with Cal's overall ability (they're probably a three or four win team), but the matchup just sucks for us. Sports are all about matchups. Winning has very little to do with which team is "better".

D-Day0043's picture

True. Press man is my absolute favorite, because it implies that we are going to line up one on one and kick your a$$. We don't have the athletes to do this yet, but with Roby and Barnett back next week, they will be pretty close. 
We win because the coaching staff is smart enough to know what their limitations are and scheme to fit the personnel they have. They will be fine against Cal.

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Buckeye06's picture

Why do people say every year that we don't have the athletes to play press?  We will play press when we need to, but we didn't need to yesterday.  I absolutely believe with Grant and Roby we can play press coverage, and Reeves can do it as a 3rd corner.  When he is defending a guy 4 inches taller than him he had problems, but he was running with everyone fine

D-Day0043's picture

Because there is more to it than just getting up in someone's grill at the line of scrimmage. You have to have the right combination of speed, size, and technique at the cornerback position, and you have to have really good safeties and linebackers that can cover. Most importantly, you have to be a sure tacker. 
Shazier is descent in coverage at LB, but there is no one else yet.
Roby has the recovery speed to play it at corner, the other corners aren't fundamentally sound enough to play it yet.
The safeties are adequate, but not great. 
That is not enough to run it on a consistent basis. The coaching staff still has to hide the deficiencies of the defense in order to succeed. They simply can't just run anything they want.

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cplunk's picture

Well said.
it isn't about having the athletes to play it, it is about having the right athletes to play it. Even elite athletes have things they do better than other things. No human being can be plugged into every role.
Schools recruit for the scheme they plan to play. The players currently at OSU were mostly recruited to play zone and mixed defenses, not straight up man with linebackers going one on one and safeties in pass support. The current coaching staff may change or have already changed who they recruit, but it isn't instant.
our safeties are excellent in run support, but so-so in man-man coverage and pass support. Shazier is a stud, but he is not a stud that is great in pass covering a TE or RB. 
Football is about the details. Having "athletes" is a generalization.

D-Day0043's picture

You explained it way better than me.

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InHartWeTrust's picture

Powell will be covering the Slot/TE in man situations mostly, depending on the package, which is why the Nickel will be a good base for us when we are facing spread teams that like to throw short/quick passes.  Grant and Shazier (and the safties) aren't the greatest in pass coverage, but they are serviceable.  We can also run a dime package and have DB's coverage all WR/TE's, if the down and distance situation allows.
Once you have Roby and Barnett back, it's much easier to play man press/man under.

Toilrt Paper's picture

It was.Did you see as many successful five yard down and outs after the first quarter?

BeijingBucks's picture

Maybe if our two missing starters are out there we can press at the line but with so many backups in the secondary I am positive they were told to keep the play in front of them

 

 

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hspbuy1's picture

Nice positive article.  I believe these young men will grow into a great team! the game films will give the coaches plenty of ideas on our weaknesses. Let's fix 'em & grow, next up SDSU!
 

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BuckGuy003's picture

I think we do this every year. We hype these kids so much and get disappointed after ONE game, the first game. No doubt these kids will improve in the next couple weeks and find the difference in rhythm between practice and game day. 
 
Go Bucks!

MN Buckeye's picture

This will be a good week for the team to learn from their mistakes and build for next week. I expect that the freshmen will be sharper and that the individuals will be more of a unit.
That said, I for one need to celebrate the good things that happened more than I criticise the mistakes.

MassiveAttack's picture

I would give Taylor Decker a free pass on trying to handle Malik in his first game, but he got abused 3-4 times by other players. They just speed rushed around him.  So much so that Eze did more pass protection than carries and decoy combined. And Armani had a really rough day. 
I was down on the team when the game was over, but after watching football all day I felt better. Tons of teams had trouble, or were in trouble for half their games. Alabama, Florida, and LSU did not impress. Nor did Auburn or Texas A&M. If LSU or A&M were serving up suspensions like the talking heads say Urban should, they both would have struggled to win. 
In that context, I'm much happier about our twenty point win. The real question is, why were the Buckeyes cramping more than the Bulls? We read all week that they were hydrating.

NYC Buckeye's picture

Yea I noticed the same thing with Decker.. Mack is an exception, but he was beaten numerous times by the other DE, and yeah it was a simple speed rush...  Thankfully he has 3 more games before he will face any real talented DEs...

Will in Arizona's picture

I'm sure if this was a more competitive game, Decker would have had help from a tight end or a half back.  Since it wasn't competitive and Braxton wasn't taking huge hits, they let Decker take his lumps.  I did feel he got better as the game went on - especially after that non-Mack sack.

gumtape's picture

Beth mowins: average play by play but she is a three star milf.

High and tight boo boo

stevebelliseeya's picture

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

DaiTheFlu's picture

Gumtape, I'm sure you're a nice enough fellow, but maybe you should just sit this one out for a bit and stop saying things when they pop up in the ol' skull. Sheesh.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

gumtape's picture

I admit that I have a problem. Please don't ask what I do for a living.

High and tight boo boo

CC's picture

Could you imagine waking up and that's the first voice you heard?
 
NOOOOO.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

In terms of announcing, I thought she did a pretty solid job yesterday. If she had a better sounding voice, I think she'd be fairly well regarded.
As for looks, sometimes she looks pretty good; sometimes not so much. Yesterday was one of her good days.

southbymidwest's picture

I agree. I thought she stuck more to her script, and did a better job of voice modulation. Now if she could just remember players' names. Last year she had a tendency to practically yell-sounded like my old gym teacher in junior high whose voice rivaled fingernails on a chalkboard. I like Joey Galloway more this year also, as he sounded more comfortable and quite frankly, more interesting to listen to.

vitaminB's picture

There was one instance where they came back from an interview with CC, she was trying to setup Joey twice and he didn't bite.  Dead air is the worst.  And I thought I counted at least 3 times where she messed up a name.  I think I heard her say Braxton Griffin one time.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I heard Braxton Oliver.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Will in Arizona's picture

She got so many player names wrong, I just couldn't get behind her.  She's average on her best day, and that was not her best day.

faux_maestro's picture

Do we even know if she has kids?

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Kindell's picture

Bosa abused the Buffalo offensive line.  I was really impressed with him.  I haven't got a chance to go back and watch the game a second time to look closer but Bosa stood out a lot.  It's nice to see a #97 in Scarlet bull rush his way into the backfield again.  There is a lot to get excited about and I think a lot of this was expected with so much  young talent.  This team is going to get better and better each week.  I think the only people in the country who can stop this offense is themselves.
By the way, Mack is a stud.

RMichaelS's picture

I was watching to see Mike Mitchell.  Did he get onto the field?

Toilrt Paper's picture

Many thought he wouldn't play much. He has more to learn than most LBs coming out of high school. He was free to do anything he wanted on ever down in HS. Rush the passer and abuse runners.

ARMYBUCK's picture

Beth Mowens isnt even a 2 star in either category.  To each his own though.  Does anyone else actually watch the game with the volume down while listening to the voice of the buckeyes?

iball's picture

We need CJ and Roby back quick or Im gonna be a tad nervous heading into Berkeley.

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36buck's picture

The soft corner play against a mediocre team is embarrassing.  Roby or not.
 
On their first TD, reeves was 3 yds in the endzone before he picked up the wr.  A joke.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Great article and well thought out points all.  Not thrilled with the misogynistic term "butter face", but other than that well done.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Run_Fido_Run's picture

A couple of weeks ago, during Steensn Gate, I made paranoid allusions to a "slippery slope": Do we lose some of the fun & cool edginess here when 11W staff and the commentariat begin trying to rein in the lockerroom/sports bar atmosphere to make things more "welcoming," etc.?
I was told there was nothing to worry about, as it was a simple matter of cutting out a few over-the-top "porn" gifs - snip, snip.
But, today, for the first time that I can recall, the term "misogynistic" has made its first appearance at 11W - How long until 11W issues some sensitivity guidelines?
Oops, I'm being paranoid again . . .         

Poison nuts's picture

You said paranoid. I'm offended on behalf of all schizophrenics in the world!

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zbd's picture

How was Buffalo in better shape?  Huffing and puffing and cramping up. So much for Marotti being a fitness expert.  I've been drinking too much of the OSU hype Kool-aid. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Maybe we can get input from BuckeyeJason or another of our resident fitness experts, but I never got the impression that a teams' propensity to cramping was primarily about fitness levels, per se.
Anecdotally, I remember thinking, when I was a kid watching the "speed" teams in the 80s and 90s - Miami, FSU, Bama - that they always seemed to suffer a lot of cramping early in their seasons. They'd have kids constantly dragging cramped-up calves to the sidelines, yet they'd manage to win 33-10 or something. And, after a few weeks into the season, cramping was no longer an issue.
I could be totally off base (I'm ignorant of fitness matters), but I wonder if kids who are said to be "quick twitch" athletes tend to cramp more, or something that effect.
Anyway, I wouldn't jump to criticize Marotti over yesterday's cramping.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Fat you don.t have to,but the bigger and muscular you are the more you MUST hydrate.Leading a horse to water thing

NolanFickas01's picture

There are multiple reasons why an athlete might experience cramping.
1. Dehydration- This one is obvious. If an athlete does not properly hydrate themselves before competition then he or she can experience muscle cramping. An athlete needs to be hydrated throughout the week. 
2. Over-hydration- It is actually possible to over-hydrate. A lot of athletes think if they just drink a massive amount of water the night before game day and on game day that they will be fine. You can actually flood the muscles with too much water and dilute your electrolytes.
3. Heat- this ties into to hydration. The more you sweat, the more essential nutrients you lose. Things like sodium/potassium/magnesium. (Electrolytes)
4. Anxiety/Nervousness- Anyone who plays sports or has a pulse has felt butterflies and has been nervous before competing. It is natural but it does cause your body to react in a certain way. Your heart rate might raise, you start to sweat, become restless, and breathing can change. This is because of adrenaline and the fight or flight response. Some athletes can deal with their emotions better and stay calm.
5. Excited/Amped up- Related to adrenaline and fight or flight. Your body responds by giving you that energy boost you need but this comes at a cost.
All of these things occur before a player even sees live game action. Depending on how the athlete prepared themselves and how they deal with stress can impact whether or not they cramp up. 
Now think about static stretching before games and warming up. A player gets loosened up and breaks a sweat an hour before the game starts. Goes back into the locker room where their bodies cool down and now the coach has them turn the lights off and sit still for a 10 minute pregame speech intended to pump the kids up. Everyone is up - hooting and hollering now they run onto the field with the crowd screaming. It's time for kick-off. No time to get warmed back up. 

southbymidwest's picture

Thank you for that explanation! I had my doubts that it was as simple as "these guys gotta drink more water, man!"

The Vest-er's picture

This isn't homer talk, but being of above average intelligence on the subject of fitness and performance, Marotti is one of the best, if not the best in the business. If you read who holds him in high regards, it's a who's who of strength coaches.
Cramps happen. While they have regimented diets and schedules, they're still college kids. I'm sure a gas station burrito, a slice of pizza, and a soda or two makes their way into their diets. Nerves play a part too. We learned after the fact that Jordan Hall didn't get adequate rest the night before the game.
My point is, unless you lock these kids in a box, you are not going to be able to monitor every decision. What you can do is educate them, prepare them,  and inspire them. Blaming a strength coach, who's one of the best in the country, for not hooking up the IV and personally watching the bag empty, is a little goofy.

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

KingsRite's picture

Look for CAL to try to Bubble Screen us to death like they did last year. 

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BeijingBucks's picture

new coach, what?

 

 

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Buck Wild's picture

Tackling needs addressed. This team really needs to work on hitting low & wrapping up....

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Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987

cplunk's picture

Don't think that's true- there were a decent number of missed tackles but every single one I saw was Armani Reeves. Don't think you can say it was a team problem. Reeves must have had three or four on WR screens where he shot up their like a cannon and promptly el-Toro'ed the WR, giving up yards all over the place.

Buck Wild's picture

Reeves was horrible, but so was the rest of the team in fundamentals of tackling. OSU Has been a poor tackling team for the last couple years...period. The majority of the tackles were above the waist & shoulder hits. Even their running into our D line, most were not wrapped up down low.

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7596's picture

If only:
The win improved the Buckeyes to 35-0 in season openers since falling to Penn State way back in 1978...
OSU lost in '99 to Miami and in '86 to Bama. Those were Kickoff Classics, so maybe that's why they didn't turn up.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Yeah. Total brainfart. I saw that 35-0 stat somewhere and didn't even think about it honestly. Fixed. I was at the '99 debacle in East Rutherford. Did one of the bus trips deals. Awful in every way possible. 

 

Fugelere's picture

I'm not panicking about the D just yet.  I believe the did a good job considering two turnovers that gave Buffalo good field position and that they were breaking 9 new starters.
 The dink & dunk is gonna happen a lot with this defense because the coverages we run are vulnerable in the flat because they are designed to stop the big play.  I know press coverage seem like the logical answer but the opposing coaches know this too.  If you go press coverage you leave your self vulnerable to double moves and the like.  Think of it like a blitz, you want to mix it in but if you try to do it every down you will get burned.
I know it's not exactly a crowd pleaser but it makes sense from a strategy standpoint to try and force opponents to earn their yards rather than allow the home run plays. 

Toilrt Paper's picture

Panic about the offense. They gave away two TDs, The D held them under 300 yards with only one starter from last year on the field for a good deal of the day AND two backups hurt.

buckguyfan1's picture

2013 -  1 and  0 (13 in a row)...
Plenty of things to critique and work on...
Nobody wants to give us credit...
Team is well coached...
Kids play hard and care...
Team is not at full strength...
Probably more offensive talent on this team since the 70's(yes, even the Eddie George years)...
Defense is young and fast...
Shoot, I'm one lucky Son of a Bitch and one Happy Buckeye Fan! 

Brutus's picture

Chris, thank you so much.  I haven't heard the term sniglet in at least 15 years.  You've aged us both (unless sniglets are still cool on the Internet and I just don't know it).  My favorite sniglet of all time: quitters: when the elastic on calf high socks wears out and they no longer stay up.  My youth was marred by tube socks with colored stripes that would just quit on me and my parents were too cheap to buy me new ones.  I no longer wear tube socks.  Is there even still such a thing as quitters, or has technology finally solved that problem?

Jeremy91's picture

Can't wait to see more of Bosa next week. Dude is going to be a freak!

"Do not pray for an easy life. Rather, pray for the the strength to endure a difficult one" - Bruce Lee

Will in Arizona's picture

Bosa was the most visible guy on the D-Line, although at the end of the day, Spence might have been the most effective.  His second sack (that was nullified by the no helmet penalty) was a thing of beauty.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

A rule that might be more ridiculous than the targeting rule.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

D-Day0043's picture

The thing that disturbs me is that Grant said he didn't know anything about the rule. 

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

NYC Buckeye's picture

Still my favorite game recap column on this site...
Glad you brought up the defense playing well as everyone (even on ESPN) kept talking about our defense needing to get better... While of course I agree it does need to get better, but I came away from the game thinking they played very well... Bottom line they only gave up 2 TDs, and they did great on 3rd downs...
 I am more concerned about the offense going to sleep for a quarter at a time (as they did a lot last season) than the defense at the point..
Also thought Joey Bosa stood out by far as the most impressive freshman...

Will in Arizona's picture

The other thing to remember about the defense, which no one ever brings up, is that they were on the field A LOT.  The offense turned the ball over twice, and scored very quickly.  When you adjust for pace, the defense was good.  Not Alabama level spectacular, but definitely good enough to win the Big Ten and compete with anyone in the country.

Will in Arizona's picture

Who was the "Vegas insider" that said the Buckeyes would be underdogs to six SEC teams, Oregon, and Stanford?  I would expect them to be underdogs to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU (maybe), Clemson, and Oregon.  I would expect them to be favorites or even against anyone else in the country.
 
By the end of the year, if the defense matures and they don't suffer major injuries (both HUGE ifs), I could see them only 'dogs against Alabama, Clemson, Oregon, and perhaps a team like Texas or Notre Dame (both of which may be more talented than the Buckeyes, but under the radar a bit).