This is the worst tackling Buckeye team in memory...en route to passing last years abyssmal performance. Based on penalties.. this is the lowest IQ team, or at least the most immature. Our linebacker play is still subpar. Shazier had some moments, Sabino mediocre, Grant aspiring to mediocre but hasn't quite performed to that level yet. Our secondary still blew a few coverages but had a solid game. We have wonderful athletes on the d-line and a rush finally emerged. The d-line looked tired at the end of the game. We need to substitute more frequently. There still seems to be a lack of unit cohesion on defense. There seems to be vulneralbility where the d-line stops and the LBs take over, and the LBs stop and the secondary takes over. Play calling was spotty but improved .. at Meyer's insistance we got more aggressive with blitzes. A very average Cal team statistically dominated us...at home. I know Urban wanted continuity with Fickell but I think he did himself a disservice in retaining him. We have the money to attract the best and next year we should make the change. The athletes are there. The performance is not.
I expected the offence to be the work in progress that they are. Braxton is individually brilliant. Our rushing game is unremarkable although Jordan Hall added the pitch option and a little bounce overall.The receivers, minus 4 drops, are servicable. I liked that Stoneburner, Vannett, and Heuerman were utilized. The offensive line was adequate, barely.
Can anybody tell me why Brionte Dunn is returning kicks when Najee Murray and Bradley Robey are available? He has neither the speed or the moves and acceleration to be back there. Special teams were good. Kudos again to Jamal Marcus.
Right now we are contending with Nebraska and Michigan for the 2nd spot in the incredibly weak Big 10. Michigan State refuses to accept first place unequivically, base on what I am seeing from the Notre Dame game. Thank God for Jalin Marshall, Ezekial Elliott, Taivon Jacobs, and Joey Bosa. We need LBs and OTs. Cross your fingers for Dorian Johnson.
What are your thoughts, particularly on Fickell.