I assume I am like many of you who woke up yesterday with that Saturday morning feeling. It is more than half-way through August which means football is so close that I had an itch on the back of my mind all day long! It got me to thinking about the season opener and what to "realistically" expect. (While I would love Basil to come in and kick a 53 yarder as time expires to put the ribbon on a 73-0 blowout, that may be a little far-fetched!)
Anyway, here is my realistic prediction/expectations:
tOSU 31 Miami (OH) 13
I'm assuming the Buckeyes score 17 or so in the first half because they have at least one turnover. I would love none and a well-oiled offense out there, but I just don't see it happening. Whether a missed handoff on a read play, or a poorly placed ball on a throw, I see them giving it away once. I think they give up 7-10 in the first half. I think the defense will be very aggresive, and hopefully cause some turnovers, but I also see them getting burned on a play or two while learning some minor variations in what they have done in the secondary and with linebackers from previous years.
In the second half, I expect them to score about the same, 14 or so, but maybe Kenny G. gets in the game a little more and they have the same turnover situation as the first-half. I think the second unit defense will play a lot (possibly in both the first and second halves), but I think they fly around to the ball and keep Miami out of the endzone, unless one of the young corners truly gets burned for something over-the-top. By then, the first and second team d-line will hopefully set the tone on the game and changed Miami into not dropping back to throw for fear of sacks/turnovers.
Miller throws for about 175, runs for about 50 and accounts for 2 tds. Hyde and Smith/Dunn combined carry for around 100 each and another score, and Kenny G. throws around 100 and a td. That would put us close to 500 yards which I think would match our total from last season ;-) (Sorry, I had to throw it in there!)
So, what are your expectations or predictions for game 1?