Impact of the loss to the Badgers

BigRedBuckeye's picture
October 18, 2010 at 11:54a

Well, let me begin by saying that that was depressing. I am not sure why, but when our offensive drive following Wisky's kickoff return TD did not produce points, I got a horrible feeling in my gut. When we settled for 3 before halftime, I started to see smoke coming from the pile of hopes and dreams I had built during the spring and summer. When we were down ten with under 6 to go and went three and out and punted, that pile was already completely ablaze. So, what do we make of these ashes?

Well, let me first say that I am an optimist, so if you think the following is sugarcoated, you are reading me wrong. I want to be able to look forward to what precious little remains of this college football season, and, as such, I apply my optimism and take away the following:

  • First, I'd rather lose this game to the Badgers than be embarrassed in another MNC game. The bittersweet portion of this observation is that I don't think we would be embarrassed by an Oregon, an Oklahoma, or a Boise State. Not so sure about LSU, Auburn, or Bama.
  • Second, you'd have to think that after last night we will be seeing the offseason hiring of a special teams coach. We need this, obviously. We have the personnel to adequately cover kicks and protect field goal kickers. Execution and discipline are the issues then, and these are issues easily solved with coaching. Yes, the offense didn't execute at critical moments (1st offensive series, the 1st and goal from the 3 yard line, the responsive drive down 28-18). And the defensive got pushed around at the line of scrimmage, and had lapses at key times in the secondary. But special teams cost us this game. The box score shows shockingly close stats between the two teams: (First downs 22 OSU/21 Wisky; 3rd down % 46%/50%; 4th down conversions 1/1 to 1/1; Total yds 311/336; passing yards 156/152; completion % 50% / 50%; rushing yards 155/184; turnovers 1/1; Time of possession 30:06/29:57). A missed FG and a kickoff return TD is a 10 point swing, basically the margin of difference.
  • Third, I think last weekend's loss adds great foundation and weight to TP's previous statements that he will be coming back for his Senior year. 
  • Fourth, at some point the Jim Bollman issue needs to be addressed. I know last year's end of season streak of dominant running performances saved his job, but will it be enough two years in a row? Given the talent we have recruited at the position, and the lack of development (and some would say regression) we see there, how can JT ignore this anymore? I don't think Bollman is generally to blame for individual losses as much as some of the fan base believes, but when you don't see development across entire college careers, I think you have problems.

Okay, now for a few random other thoughts:

  • Having almost certainly lost a chance to play for the MNC, please, football gods, place us in a bowl against either i) Boise State (or I guess TCU), or ii) and SEC team that is both a traditional power and perceived to be "good" by the national media (Bama, Auburn: yes; Arkansas, USC, not so much). Either one of these games will provide intrigue and chance for the Bucks to prove something. To play a big role in the BCS-buster discussion by knocking Boise State in the teeth would great; to get the SEC-monkey off our back against a Bama or an Auburn would be even better.
  • Devier Posey, get yo head out yo a$$. And stop eating the same food as T Wash. Its infected.
  • What happened to getting the ball into Zoom's hands in inventive ways. 1 touch for 15 yards?
  • Dane and Boom, you are real Buckeyes. Please continue. You aren't gone yet, but I already miss you. Does anyone know if Boom has said anything about coming back?
  • What happens in this game if Moeller and CJ are healthy? Anything different? I say we still lose bc of special teams, but by a lot less.

Sigh. Ok, let's move on, hope for a meaningful bowl game, and do some damage along the way. Dropping 50+ on Purdue next weekend would be a nice start. Also, as much as I hate to root against Dantonio, let's hope Sparty and the Badgers both falter somewhere and we can salvage a shared B10 championship. 

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JakeBuckeye's picture

Yeah, Boom's a man. I've been behind him all season when he was getting some unwarranted hate. As for Sanzo, well, everyone loves Sanzo.

I love the very first bullet point too. In the long run, this loss may end up being better for us.

Jason Priestas's picture

I'd love to believe we'll see a special teams coach hired during the offseason, but I'm not sure the school is in a position to do so unless it cut another member of the staff.

Poe McKnoe's picture

1) Agree completely.  I'd rather be exposed in-conference than against an SEC team with dominant offensive and defensive lines.

2) This is the first year they've been truly terrible on coverage.  Last year, it didn't rear its end until the end.  Jim Tressel has given himself 10 years to fix the offense, so I don't know why he'd jump the gun and bring in someone this offseason.  I would love it, as I personally think our coverage has descended into a state of disarray, but so is our blocking and returning. 

3) TP has to come back.  Ok, we doesn't have to, but it would be wise.  He's not Vince Young, and at this point, he's not Dennis Dixon.  I think his footwork and excution has been on a downward spiral for a while, masked by Indiana's awful pass coverage.  Against Marshall, he played fast, had near perfect footwork and mecahnics, and even pump faked.  Looks like he's reverting back.

4) I've been on record calling for Bollman's dome on a silver platter.  I just don't get how Bollman and Tressel can sit down, watch the offense, and come away with a positive feeling week after week.  Even if he's not at fault, it's worth a shot.  I wonder if Jim Tressel looks at Bollman as a scapegoat of sorts, and while he's there, he can deflect blame from Tressel.  I think the team needs offensive identity and someone who can COORDINATE the offense.  It looks how it's always looked...Uncoordinated. 

The things is: It really hasn't been that bad.  What happens when you can Bollman and it gets worse??  At this point, I say it's worth the risk.