Eleven Warriors Roundtable: Orange Bowl Edition

By Jeff Beck on January 3, 2014 at 11:30a
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Orange Bowl Edition

It's hard to believe, but after tonight the 2013 Buckeyes' season will come to a close. With the finale comes the last 11W Round Table of the season. Try to hold back your emotions, and power through the tears. Before you know it we'll be heading into the Spring Game...right? To end the season we've got Joe, DJ and Jeremy. Let's hit it.

What do the Buckeyes need to do to win tonight?

DJ: They need to score more points than Clemson. And that's not me having a go; it's just I don't think Ohio State will be able to stop Clemson's offense. This game is on Ohio State's receivers. Carlos will ball out, but he's still human, and Ohio State will need him for the fourth quarter in case they need to grind a game out in the final six minutes. OSU can't afford drops and other displays of mediocrity from their wide outs.

Jeremy: On defense, they need to force turnovers, which Boyd is prone to when he is pressured. Ohio State’s secondary has been suspect all year and the likely loss of Bradley Roby tonight will put a young and suspect group of guys in the spotlight.

On offense the Buckeyes will need to do the exact opposite and make sure they don’t turn the ball over. Every drive is going to matter in a game where both defenses are less than reliable.

Joe: Three things: get pressure on Boyd without having to bring more than 4-5 rushers, get back to the kind of diversity that they once had on offense prior to the last two games, and maintain their poise under the pressure of playing a good opponent under the big lights.

Without Noah Spence, who needs to step up on the defensive line to fill the void?

Joe: Jamal Marcus, first of all. But to be honest, the line in general needs to step up. They need to be able to get pressure on the passer from all angles, not just the side where Joey Bosa is playing.

DJ: I actually think the defensive line will be fine without Spence. Obviously it's not ideal to lose him because he's a beast, but at least it's at a position in which Ohio State has insane depth.

Jeremy: I think the obvious answer is Jamal Marcus, because he’s probably the guy who will play more than “normal” in Spence’s absence. The good news is that in limited playing time this year, Marcus has fared pretty well, being disruptive in passing situations multiple times early in the season. Aside from Marcus, Ohio State could use an appearance from last year’s version of Adolphus Washington, too.

Will Vonn Bell be the spark needed to bring some much needed energy to the defense? Why or why not?

Joe: One guy is not going to make a huge difference, but every little bit helps. It might be more significant that Everett Withers has departed, which means the defense is fully under the reins of Luke Fickell. That might contribute to the establishment of some kind of identity, which will allow guys to play faster and not think as much.

Jeremy: Simply put, he can’t be worse than Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown has been in the last two months, so I guess the question really is “why not?” I think Bell’s natural talent and physical abilities are ahead of Brown and while we should certainly not expect a perfect game from him in his first start, people should be more willing to accept his mistakes than they would another round of Pitt’s. Bell will fly around, he’ll hit people hard, but whether that means he can cover good college WRs I guess we’ll find out.

DJ: No offense to Pittsburgh Brown, but he just hasn't gotten it done as Christian Bryant's replacement. Obviously all the defensive woes can't be traced back to Christian Bryant's shattered ankle, but it's definitely time Vonn Bell got the starting spot.

And looking to a freshman to provide a spark in the 14th game of the season says everything that needs to be known about the 2013 Silver Bullets, doesn't it?

Clemson gives up over 150 rush yards per game. What does Carlos Hyde's end of game stat line look like?

DJ: Carlos Hyde will run for over 300 yards. That's my "bold pick" or whatever.

Jeremy: Carlos Hyde will run for as many yards as Tom Herman and Braxton Miller let him. If the Buckeyes give him the ball 25 times, he’ll get 200 yards and three scores. Give it to him 15 times and the Buckeyes lose.

Joe: Over 200 yards rushing and at least three touchdowns. I would also like to see him grab a few receptions, like he did in the Northwestern game.

Will Braxton Miller re-discover the potent passing attack the Buckeyes possessed for most of the season? Why or why not?

Jeremy: The difference between #GoodBraxton and #BadBraxton is not that difficult to figure out. If Clemson does what Michigan State did - disrupt the short passing game and force Braxton to look towards second and third progressions - then Miller gets frazzled. Ohio State needs to put him in a position early to get some confidence and you’ll see him feel far better about his choices later in the game. Clemson will press corners, Ohio State will need guys to get open - another issue they’ve had in recent weeks.

Joe: He has to. In order to keep the game competitive, Miller needs to regain the accuracy that he showed against Wisconsin and others throughout the season. Clemson undoubtedly has seen the tape of the last two games, and unless they are completely insane, they will load the box and make sure OSU does not beat them on the ground. 

DJ: I think a month of getting healthy and preparation, compounded with the favorable Miami weather will produce Braxton's best game as a Buckeye yet. It also helps Clemson's defense isn't known for its tenacity.

What is your final score prediction?

Joe: Ohio State wins 45-38, as the defense improves from the last two weeks, becoming more disciplined and quicker to react to what the Clemson offense is doing.

DJ: 42-38. Ohio State scores late in the game on a Carlos Hyde touchdown run.

Jeremy: I know it may not be popular, but I think the Buckeyes lose 48-45, and I think it’s a classic college bowl game between two flawed - but good - football teams. Ohio State’s personnel losses on defense are a lot to overcome: you don’t lose your best defensive lineman and defensive back and feel no impact. The Buckeyes’ linebackers have struggled all year and I don’t see any reason to think three additional weeks of practice will turn on any “lights” that months of practice have not been able to. To say my confidence in the defense is lacking would be a complete understatement.

Is Braxton Miller coming back next season? Why or why not?

Jeremy: Yes. I mean, no. I mean, I don’t know, man. There are no reasons besides the obvious (read: $$$ because of his responsibilities as a father) for Miller to even consider leaving Ohio State early. He’s an incredibly talented player, an incredibly exciting player and an incredibly inconsistent player. There’s nothing about his game right now that is NFL ready, nothing. 

Joe: He would be foolish not to. Considering the quarterbacks that are coming out this year, it is very possible that Miller will be an afterthought. Better to spend another year working on his game and coming through with a Troy Smith 2006 type of season.

DJ: No, and he probably shouldn't. His athleticism is his NFL ticket even if his quarterbacking skills aren't, and why risk it? Even if he puts up numbers, they'll always be questioned because of the B1G's shoddy reputation.

Braxton has improved every year he's played. He's a smart player. Why not get paid to develop his craft? I don't know why even Ohio State go out of their way to shit on his talents, but they did the same to Terrelle Pryor, and that guy is still in the league and has earned millions of dollars. No reason Braxton can't at least do that.

If he does go pro, I hope Ohio State fans stay thankful for the three years we got from Braxton. He came to Ohio State during a tumultuous time and once suffered the indignity of being behind Joe Bauserman on the depth chart. I love the guy, and he'll always have a spot among the greats in Buckeye lore regardless.

Will the Buckeyes have a legitimate shot at the national title next season? Why or why not?

Joe: Assuming the offensive line can be rebuilt, I think so. The schedule is favorable once again, and the leaders on offense will be more experienced and more ready for the big stage than they showed at the conference championship game this season. I also expect major improvements on defense since it will be under one coordinator and not two.

DJ: Ask me this after the game at Michigan State next year, but if Braxton comes back: yes. If not, I'd say "no" but I always hate ruling out Urban Frank Meyer.

Jeremy: They have a chance if Braxton Miller and Devin Smith make the right choice and return for their senior season. As much I hate to say it, no, they don’t have a chance if they don't. The schedule isn’t “hard,” but for a team that could conceivably be replacing Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Jordan Hall, Philly Brown, Devin Smith, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall and Jack Mewhort on offense at one time is not likely to compete for a Big Ten title, let alone a national title. Combine those major offensive losses to losing Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby, CJ Barnett and Christian Bryant on defense and I don’t think it’s too out of the question to expect four losses for the Buckeyes next year, a la 2004.

Yes, I know the recruiting classes have been good as the 2014 group will have a number of guys contributing early, but true freshman don’t win championships often unless they’re in complementary roles, not starring ones.

Will Urban Meyer lose any more assistant coaches before the start of next season? If so, who?

DJ: If Tom Herman hasn't been poached, that'd be a blessing of the highest order. I think he stays, however.

Jeremy: I think it’s obvious that the coaching carousel craziness hasn’t really even begun yet, but it seems like the Buckeyes are likely safe from any other attrition at this time. With no coaches having current head coaching experience, it’s unlikely that any will garner much attention from any major colleges impacted by the coming changes. If someone were to get a closer look, of course the attention goes to Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman and Offensive Line coach Ed Warinner, each of whom has taken their respective units to record breaking seasons with the Buckeyes.

Joe: I thought that maybe Luke Fickell might go to Bowling Green, but that didn't happen and I don't expect any others to jump. There don't seem to be a lot of plum coaching jobs available at the moment and the season for firings looks to be done. I expect Herman and others to wait for better opportunities to open up down the road. None of them are big enough to get the Texas job, but they're all big enough to hold out for something better than Bowling Green.

Who will be the Buckeye no one knows about yet that we'll all be talking about at this time next year?

Joe: Considering the almost encyclopedic knowledge that OSU fans typically have about the players in the program, it's hard to believe someone can come out of nowhere and surprise us. That being said, I think we might be talking a lot more about Trey Johnson this time next year than we are now. With Shazier likely leaving for the NFL and considering Meyer's approach to all of the jobs being open even if some starters return, I think Johnson has a real chance to grab a starting spot and make a big splash next year. 

DJ: Michael Thomas. Obviously he's a guy who's won some Spring Game MVPs in the past (and not much else) and took a redshirt this year, but damn I hope he breaks out next year. (I've said this since he arrived at Ohio State and will say it until he's arrived on the national stage.)

Jeremy: I think the Buckeye most likely to burst onto the scene is Ezekiel Elliott, who is at least unknown on a national level. Elliott is the most complete running back on the Ohio State roster and he’ll become a major contributor in the offense in 2014, especially if Miller does decide to go pro after the Orange Bowl. Elliott can run, he can catch, he can knock you out on special teams and he’s got the size/speed/quickness combination that is ideal in a Ohio State’s offense. 

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AAStagg's picture

Can we score more points than Fickell's defenders allow?  Sure hope so, but I'm awfully nervous. 

Keep calm.  It's only a game.

Hovenaut's picture

Give me an effective short pass game on offense, a turnover or two on defense.
Sprinkle in a big special teams play and I think our guys win what could be the game of the bowl season (all apologies to Big Game Bob).
Appreciate the insight gents, solid RT to end the season...can't wait for next season.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

WezBuck28's picture

Staff: do u think the whole Roby not playing is just a decoy to get Clemson's focus on getting the ball to Watkins only to have Roby actually play and screw up their whole game plan? Not saying Roby is that big of a game changer, but it definitely changes things up a bit..

Olemissbuckeye's picture

I'm completely tracking with Jeremy's prediction. My confidence in their ability to get enough stops is very low. I hope I am as wrong as my wife always says I am.

Bamabucknut's picture

"Jeremy: I know it may not be popular, but I think the Buckeyes lose 48-45, and I think it’s a classic college bowl game between two flawed - but good - football teams. Ohio State’s personnel losses on defense are a lot to overcome: you don’t lose your best defensive lineman and defensive back and feel no impact. The Buckeyes’ linebackers have struggled all year and I don’t see any reason to think three additional weeks of practice will turn on any “lights” that months of practice have not been able to. To say my confidence in the defense is lacking would be a complete understatement."
 
Exactly my sentiments.

TMac's picture

We just need to score 35+ points right??

Jack Fu's picture

OSU can't afford drops and other displays of mediocrity from their wide outs.

Did you see that ludicrous display last night?

Jeeves's picture

What was Wenger thinking, sending Walcott on that early? 

lippertini's picture

+1 if that's the amazing "IT Crowd" reference I think it is!

RodVedder4's picture

The problem with Arsenal is they always try and walk it in.
I'd upvote the IT Crowd reference if I could!

Excellence and greatness will be remembered...there is no room for average. None. - Urban Meyer

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - Joey Bosa

lippertini's picture

I got your back, 'ere Roddy

Buckeye06's picture

I am cautiously optimistic that the D plays well because the pressure to be perfect is gone.  I hope that wasn't holding them back, but I know pressure in athletics makes you do strange things sometimes.
I have it more of a 42-30 type ball game for the Bucks

kalabuckzoo's picture

If briles moves to texas, does herman not fit that profile for baylor? selfishly hope not.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Briles supposedly has already turned down the Texas job.

bucknut3011's picture

Don't worry.  Briles just said no interest.

kalabuckzoo's picture

ah yes, note to self, read headlines before posting:)

Condor's picture

A Plain Dealer reporter wrote today that they thought Clemson's players have seemed to be in a more positive mental state this past week. That's understandable considering not only the last OSU on-field loss, but also the loss of Roby, Spence and Bryant's bad news.
I'm just curious if the 11W staff have seen a similar, less than optimistic demeanor from the Buckeye players and even coaches?

"Do not fear me gypsy, all I want is your tears."

 -- Borat Sagdiyev

 

BuckNutzGasMan's picture

I think Bucks crush these guys.  Their only semi nice win was Georgia.  Our D will be fine.
Would be really nice to see some short throws to guys in stride including the TEs.
56-24

SnooBucki's picture

I hope your right but we don't have a whole lot of nice wins either. Just thinking about how we almost lost to Northwestern and Michigan have me feeling not so confident.

OSUBias's picture

Our only semi nice win was over Wisconsin, so...

Shitter's full

DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

Simply put, this game comes down to our front 7 (well, actually front 4) on D. Our secondary is bad. I know it. You know it. Clemson knows it. If we do not get pressure on Boyd, he will pick us apart all night.
The loss of Roby is far more damaging to the defense than the loss of Spence. I think Jamal Marcus will have a nice game. He excels in passing situations where he can pin his ears back and get around the edge. Assuming Clemson passes more times than not, he will have his chance to make a big play.

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

"How firm thy friendship....O-HI-O"

jamesrbrown322's picture

Honestly, OSU wins only if they can establish the run. Clemson will load the box and dare Miller to beat them with intermediate and deep passing. The running game is also the best way for OSU to have a chance at stopping Clemson's offense. Given the suspension, injuries, and DB shuffling, it's certainly a recipe for disaster.
Hopefully Washington actually makes an impact, and loss of Spence is not a biggie. Perhaps the DBs are stoked about the opportunity they've been given and take advantage by playing with their hair on fire. Maybe the LBs are sick of hearing the complaints, and the D comes together and rallies to get a few stops. If all of this happens, Buckeyes win. It has happened before, and does happen in bowl games. Don't forget OSU technically is in the top 25 in scoring D, although they have not looked too great the last few weeks.
My head says Clemson 51, OSU 34. My heart says OSU 44, Clemson 31. I'm gonna go with my heart on this one, betting on Barnett, Hyde, the OLine, Shazier, and Miller (all of whom will be playing their last game as Buckeyes) to rally the troops and refuse to lose.
We'll know very early, as it is much more important for OSU to get on the board than it will be for Clemson. Watch for a BIG game from Shazier. He'll prove that he is the best LB in the nation tonight, and Hyde will cement himself as one of the top 2-3 RBs off the board in the draft.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

BuckNutzGasMan's picture

What I feel VERY strongly about is that Fickle needs to go and get replaced by a young, recruiting machine, Dantoni disciple.
Besides the ILB what personnel advantage does MSU have on us?  Our scheme blows.  At least the bend not break style of Tressel created turnovers.

Maestro's picture

I don't know if I can focus on work this afternoon.  Butterflies are waking up.  I know it's beyond ridiculous to feel this way, but I do.  At least I slept well last night.

vacuuming sucks

alust2013's picture

I really hope they start Cam Burrows over Armani Reeves. He was playing pretty solidly against IU in that ridiculous weather, and Reeves has been getting burned almost every time he has played.

...and Michigan still sucks.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Agreed. I too like Cam Burrows.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

DJRivera24's picture

If Reeves does get the start, how short a leash do they have with him? Can't afford to have him get burned too many times. 

12-OH

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Agreed. Problem with the short leash is OSU doesn't do it. They kept Pitt Brown in every game despite him being lost.
Reeves is going to get burned. He will look inside and lose his man in coverage....or he will flat get beat because he is slow. 
I would rather play Burrows. Reeves has shown he is nothing more than a ST player at OSU. 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

DJRivera24's picture

Trust me I want Burrows to start, but if they're stubborn enough to start Reeves they have to be bold enough to pull him when it just isn't working. 

12-OH

BammBammRiley's picture

Aside from talk of tonight's game:
As much of a fan of Miller that I am, and he can be amazing at times, I think deep down I have felt for a while, and am now no doubtlessly convinced that I would rather see him move on.
I do hope he does what is best for him, although this is sometimes hard to foresee ahead of time.
I believe it is in the Buckeye's best interest over the course of the next few years to start fresh, especially with such an enormous infusion of play making talent coming in, with a potential Qb that can start growing with these guys now.
To me the immediate player to turn the page with is J.T. Barette. A QB possessing a well-rounded  skill set, including great short and deep ball accuracy, but above all else incredible leadership skills, especially in the "vocal" department. Possibly Guiton 2.0, with maybe even a better arm.
What we will no doubt be losing in the immense talent that Miller possesses, we may be getting more of a return in his deficiencies.
Leadership, talent, experience, all argumentative and subjective points of discussion, but I believe the best time is NOW to turn the leaf and see the future, build the future, of the Buckeye Football Brand of the Meyer era. 

BammBamm is my dog, Riley is my 4 yr old daughter, and THE Ohio state Buckeyes complete the three most sacred loves I cherish

BuckNutzGasMan's picture

You ALMOST have me convinced.  When he leaves please repost so I don't jump off a bridge like I was planning.

BammBammRiley's picture

LOL, got ya covered!
I'm sure Meyer and company would be ecstatic to have the luxury of his services for one more year, I mean it's a feeling of safety in knowing exactly what you are getting, but I can almost guarantee you they are less worried than most of us fans if that does not happen.
The future is bright, which is a lot to say after 25-1 in two seasons.

BammBamm is my dog, Riley is my 4 yr old daughter, and THE Ohio state Buckeyes complete the three most sacred loves I cherish

theDuke's picture

Ed Warinner gots to be paid. That is all. 

theDuke

BammBammRiley's picture

Amen to that. By far the MVAC!!! ("most valuable assistant coach", and the point of abbreviating that when I had to spell it out anyway, I have no idea, accept when I use it again, now ya'll know!)

BammBamm is my dog, Riley is my 4 yr old daughter, and THE Ohio state Buckeyes complete the three most sacred loves I cherish

TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

With Ohio, so goes the Nation. With Hyde, so goes Ohio State.

buckeyepastor's picture

I agree with DJ that a win tonight rests on the offense scoring more points.   With a month to prep, even with the injuries, my HOPE is that the defense will look a lot better and more disciplined, but in truth I'll consider whatever punts they can force tonight as a gift and a bonus.   
Also, Philly and Devin and maybe one or two others will have to play their best game tonight - which is entirely possible if not probable.   Hyde has been our MVP for the last half of the season, but he can only carry us so far.  I understand that the coaches have been positive and very proud of how much and how well Braxton and Hyde have carried our offense, but the truth is while we've done well with a two-man offense, it shouldn't have to be that way.   In my opinion, the receivers really had a poor showing against MSU.   I watched an under-valued Oklahoma unit go out last night and make catch after catch, well covered, getting blasted immediately after the catch.   As good as Hyde is, if our receivers don't get open and make big plays, we will lose.   
I wish Miller well whatever he chooses.  I'm not angry or upset with him if he leaves.   I'm kind of excited to see what Cardale Jones and JT Barrett have to offer.  But I don't think Miller is ready for the NFL.  Yes, Pryor is still playing QB.  But Pryor is physically a lot stronger than Miller.  Miller has better skills as a passer, but has been injury prone and still has a completion percentage south of 70.   I think if he goes in the draft it will be 5th round or later, which is not a lot of guaranteed money and he'll need to be converted likely to another position which is a project teams don't always commit to for more than a year or two.    If he stays, gets his passing % up near 70, and can go a full season without injury, he'll be a much more attractive (and profitable) commodity going in.   Given the shorter tenure most guys have in the League nowadays, it's best to get as much guaranteed and early money as possible.   In my opinion, Braxton can double or triple that return by staying another year.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

If the Buckeye's secondary has to get scorched, I'd rather do it with press coverage and playing their WRs physically at the line scrimmage. Playing the CBs 8-12 yds off the line on every passing play is frustrating to watch.
C'mon, Fick, at least make the other team earn their yards tonight! 

OSU2002Grad's picture

Nobody asked me but I will answer a few of the questions above:
1. To win tonight, Ohio State needs to pressure Boyd and force him to make mistakes. They'll get their yards, no doubt. But we need to be able to stop them occasionally and force turnovers into points. If not, could be a long night.
2. I expect Adolphus Washington to step up. He had some injury problems earlier in the year and I wonder if he was hampered by them throughout the season. With a month off, I expect him to be fully ready to go.
3. Vonn Bell is coming to play the nickel. That's important to remember. It's really Tyvis Powell that is replacing Pitt Brown. And I love the range of Tyvis, his size, hitting ability. Let's see if those instincts will be there tonight. If so, he could shine.
4. I expect Clemson to key on Carlos Hyde, both in the running and passing game as he's been Braxton's main checkdown guy. He'll have a big game if the receivers can get open early and force the Clemson defense to be honest. If not Carlos is going to have to carry too much of a load even for his big shoulders.
5. There isn't anything about what we've seen from Braxton since October that would lead me to believe that he will sling it around the field, even in Miami. I hope I'm wrong, but he could struggle, especially if the Clemson dline gets pressure.
6. I think Clemson wins easily, by 2+ touchdowns. I certainly hope I am wrong but I just don't see how we're going to slow down their passing attack. They'll score at will all night, get a few defensive stops or turnovers, and win 52-35.

actionstanleyjackson's picture

As much as I want OSU to win this game, i just can't get visions of dropping 6 or 7 in a soft zone and most of them being lost and out of position. I have zero confidence in Luke Fickell, his scheme and the defense in general. 
IF OSU get humiliated once again on defense, I don't see how Meyer cannot quietly demote Fickell to LB coach and hire a top flight DC to turn this around. Two plus years and this has not improved. 
With the lack of pass rush at times and armani reeves manning the corner, I see Clemson winning 45-31

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

Breakawayspeed's picture

T-minus 5.5 hours :
Nobody has even mentioned Donte Wilson as a potential factor in this game or on these boards for weeks even.  He is still with the team, right?
Just saying he (and UFM) might be ready to make amends for the Mich*gan game and the subsequent disappearing act in the BCG.  Get the ball to him early and it opens up everything else for us.
The defense better get a pass rush and play like they know what each other are doing.  Is that too much to expect?

Buckeyeinsc's picture

So from what I have seen living in Carolina is a very sloppy and consistently sloppy South Carolina team managed to beat Clemson handily. I can not picture a scenario in which Ohio State can't beat Clemson regardless of secondary issues.

Fighting the good fight in SEC country. "Our honor defend"

Rjr88's picture

I don't think it will even be remotely close.
Urban's record in big / bowl games speaks for itself.
We can run on anyone - and that's one of Clemson's weaknesses.  
And this is El Guapo's real NFL tryout.
We have a QB who is looking to prove his value at the next level.  
And he lines up behind an amazing offensive line ...which has been insulted by Clemson.
This is Fickell's chance to show Urban what he can do as the de facto sole defensive coordinator.
This one is easy money.
 

RJRbuckeye

Dublin68's picture

Reading the above responses, it looks like this Defense led by Luke Fickell making Buckeyes nation very nervous. I don't believe Meyer is going to keep him win or lose this game......This Defense kept us away from make it to the NCG...what a shame!!!!!!!!!

BammBammRiley's picture

I respectfully disagree... I don't think we can over hype the importance of this game on Luke's future as DC of the Bucks.
I believe it is a one game prove what you got type of game for him, and as long as the "d" holds up well enough, Urban's trust in him will remain, but if it is more of the same or worse than Urban HAS to , and will start reconsidering the direction of that position.
I think this is a big underlying story, at least one we here can manifest, about this game.
 

BammBamm is my dog, Riley is my 4 yr old daughter, and THE Ohio state Buckeyes complete the three most sacred loves I cherish

avail31678's picture

Guys...Michigan torched us in the passing game.  Guys were wide open, and we still won.  We can win this (yes I know it's TTUN compared to Clemson).  We need some pressure on Boyd, we will stop the run well, and we will make them punt some times or turn the ball over.  Even though we will give up yards a plenty tonight, I am honestly more worried about the O play calling and execution.  The D cant do much worse, and i expect a little improvement at the least.
I'll lose a few months off my life, but we can get the W.

Guapisimo's picture

If our receivers can catch the ball inbounds (see Spencer) or catch wide open passes that don't sail into the stands (see Miller's pass to Brown) and we feed Hyde until Clemson cries for mercy we should score at will.
If Reeves shows like they say he practices and Powell holds his own we might get a few stops. Bosa might be the X factor tonight giving Bennet and Washington a chance to colapse that pocket.
Maybe Barnett gets a pick and actually tries to get yards instead of taking a dive (see 3rd qtr MSU)