Anyone watching BTN this week?

abrahajc's picture
December 28, 2012 at 3:41a
6 Comments

Not sure if anyone is taking advantage of vacation time and has flipped through college football to find that BTN is basically replaying the entire B1G football season this year.  I have rewatched most of the games in the past few days and have a few observations:

 

1) Carlos Hyde had one hell of a year. He runs hard, and gains yards on seemingly every touch.  He allowed coaches to control the clock and bascially ended the games agasint scUM and MSU, while being our most effective weapon against UW.

 

2)  This team was very, very bad for the majority of the early part of the season.  I think that aside from the Nebraska game, we really didn't kick into gear until after Kenny G's season saving drive agasint Purdue.

 

3)  Stom Klein... this guy just did not stand a chance.  Not an OSU linebacker, sorry if I'm offending anyone but it seems like every big offensive play against us had something to do with him missing an assignment, missing a tackle, or simply allowing himself to be blocked.

 

4)  Did Braxton get worn down?  He just did not seem to be the same guy at all after the Purdue game.  I'm hoping this is due more to injury and not as much to opposing DCs figuring out how to play him.

 

5) Curtis Grant needs to live up to the hype surrounding him out of high school or else I'm not sure he will play over guys like Josh Perry, David Perkins, and Cam Williams.  I'm aware the last two only played special teams, but hey that is the way to endear yourself to Urb.

 

6)  Stoneburner really failed to live up to the high expectations surrounding him this year.  I think we would all agree.  But of course the TE position is really much different under Meyer's offense.

 

7) The B1G was just awful as a conference this year, and I am trying to think if there is even another B1G team that deserves to be in next year's preseason top 25 with the bucks.  scUM and Nebraska obviously will be, but neither team has coaching that has impressed me in the least bit and I see 4-loss seasons in both of their futures.

 

Anyone else watching or have differing opinions?

Comments

cplunk's picture

That's pretty much dead on. I thought that during the year, but watching the games again cemented it.
Our defense was atrocious for much of the season. When they started to click they moved to better than average, but that's B1G average and not national. Our offense never really clicked either- it was basically half an offensive scheme all season. This team won on pure battle, a few breaks, and some guys doing the right thing at just the right moment.
You've got to feel pretty good about next year. The offense scored a ton for being so undeveloped. Next year will only be better, and that's bad news for the crapfest that is the rest the B1G. I think our defense will also be improved. They have to replace a lot of guys, but they know who they are schematically now and will start that way from the get go. The early defensive scheme issues put us behind the eight ball, and with poor tackling added in we were in real trouble the first part of the year.
MVP coach of the season to me is Ed Warriner. This team would have struggled if the O-line hadn't just pounded people all season.
I love this years team maybe as much as any Buckeye team ever, but it's a love born of their ability to fight through their many flaws. I feel great about next year.
this years MAC may legitimately have been better than this years B1G.....

RedStorm45's picture

Stoneburner was sort of a WR this year, not a TE...or sort of an H-Back...heck I don't know what his position technically was.

Poison nuts's picture

I think you made some great assessments here. Spot on. Stoneburner had some opportunities & didn't seem to be able to hold onto the ball.
Braxton...I think after the Purdue game he was confused on how to play. He has natural instincts that are to run & make plays but after he was injured - I believe he was fighting his instincts & it lead to him being very tentative in situations where he thought he should run, but would instead would just hold the ball too long. Still - he was brilliant throughout the year & I believe we could be watching the best QB in OSU history next year...
Hopefully next year, Curtis Grant finally plays up to his hype & ability.
Finally Carlos Hyde is in my opinion a straight up machine. I truly can't think of another RB in the country that I'd rather have at OSU. If he stays, the running game next year will be a sight to behold.
Thanks for the write up!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Christmas was pretty much Buckeye night on there.  They replayed the '06 OSU/TSUN game, a show about the 2002 OSU team, and then the 2002 NC game. 

Class of 2010.

T4EHill's picture

Good analysis. I think Braxton has been more hesitant ever since that injury versus Purdue but hopefully the guy he's working with this offseason will get rid of those jitters and undecision makings he's had. And don't think you're offending anyone about Storm. He sucked this year big time. 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." Woody Hayes

Rob Marson's picture

I agree with your analysis but what saved the defense and the season was when Zach Boren was moved from fullback to middle linebacker.

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