Who We Thought They Were

By Ramzy Nasrallah on September 3, 2014 at 1:15a
Doran Grant and the Buckeyes after Ohio State's 34-17 win over Navy
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Every football critic in America was prepared to properly appraise J.T. Barrett's first collegiate performance.

His carefully-distilled background information was distributed widely for everyone to assess in order to extract the optimal amount of context: Did you know he was Urban's first hand-picked QB recruit at Ohio State? Top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in his class, or like fourth depending on whose rankings you use. He's smart and calm. He's a distributor. He's a competitor. He's just not Braxton Miller.

Every judge and pundit whether professional-grade or armchair-certified was now equipped with an offensive game preview: Barrett was to do only everything he was asked of and nothing beyond that. His receivers were rangy, speedy, dangerous but largely unproven.

His deluge of non-Carlos Hyde running backs were furnished with the ability to violate sound barriers as well as second-level tacklers. His offensive line, um, had access to proficient coaching and ample vitamin supplements.

On the other side of the ball, the Buckeye defense had the Best Line in the Country™ and its back seven rebuilt, though the latter mostly just needed to contain Navy's rushing attack which is famously bad at keeping any secrets about Navy's passing attack.

So the viewing audience for Ohio State's game Saturday collectively approached the afternoon with its forehead all wrinkly, its wire-rimmed glasses at the end of its nose, a red pen in hand all ready to start grading who the Buckeyes are against who we've decided they're supposed to be.

BOSA
Whoa, Joey Bosa is pretty good. Who saw that coming?

Apparently that is what a lot of us waited 236 long offseason days to finally do last weekend: Grade

The underbelly of sports media is paved with hot sports takes, bests or worsts with little in between and decidedly lame commentary - but around its screamy perimeter, floating in diluted beer on top of ominous warnings of four-hour erections is endless analysis. 

And sports analysts are contagious, especially in football where they consistently implore you to look for wonky things like footwork, pad position and arm strength (or strenth if you're Mel Kiper) then you end up looking for them while the game itself sort of passes you by.

If that's how you choose to consume college football, then great - but it's probably sucking some of the joy out of a wonderful game for you, especially if you've got a red pen cocked for a freshman abruptly starting his first game ever or a defensive line without its best edge rusher defending the triple option.

Lost in the analysis over Barrett settling down and having one of the more efficient games you'll ever see in a first start, the offensive line shuffling around to find the right mojo and those sound barrier-shredding ball carriers almost breaking off several highlight runs is that these Buckeyes, for such a youthful group, are extremely cool under pressure. This was a classic E+R=O game, and Urban Meyer knows it. He now coaches for it.

You've seen quite a few Buckeye teams get frustrated and allow their resentment to aid opponents over the years. This one was breaking in a new offensive line, backfield and, well, almost everyone - and it had just two field goals of scoring production after seven possessions and 41 minutes.

It was a road game for a lot of first-timers on a team staring at a potential three-game losing streak. Those new guys didn't respond with panic or visceral frustration; they countered those first 41 minutes by scoring touchdowns on each of their final three possessions with drives of 80, 80 and 70 yards. The Buckeyes chose how they would respond to trailing Navy in the second half and produced the desired outcome. 

In simpler terms, Ohio State blew Navy's doors off when it mattered most. By the time the 3rd quarter ended the Buckeye defense had gotten pretty good at tossing those cut-blocks aside and the result was the Midshipmen managing just 36 yards and a field goal in the 4th quarter compared to the Buckeyes' 150 and two touchdowns.

Ohio State blew Navy's doors off when it mattered most.

One unit figured it all out; the other got figured out. It was 20-14 when the final frame started and it wasn't close once it ended. You can easily solve the puzzle of what happened in that 4th quarter, and Navy should be thrilled there wasn't a 5th.

But sure, we could instead wrestle with Jalin Marshall's curiously low rushing yardage, Pat Elflein's footwork and that damn interception. When dealing with a team this young, understand the players are going to improve on the wonky stuff - but you're missing a whole lot of fun if you ignore paying attention to how they respond to what the game gives them. That's the best part of watching college football; you know, aside from the actual football.

Besides, your meticulous analysis deserves a more worthy and seasoned target than a freshman quarterback abruptly starting his first college game, and you should save it for the guys who truly deserve your red pen, wrinkly forehead and wire-rimmed glasses at the end of your nose.

That would be the refs.

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OvalBeachBum's picture

We went into this game as 14 point favorites.  We won by 17.  The media pundits tend to forget that when they say we "Survived a Scare" from Navy.  Great analysis of how the game really went down.

"In the words of the late great Colonel Sanders, I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Ricky Bobby

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faux_maestro's picture

13 point favorites with Braxton, won by 17 without Braxton.

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WezBuck28's picture

Yeah but navy wasn't as good as everyone thought they were...

^^^sarcasm by the way..

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dubjayfootball90's picture

No matter what, hate will always rain down. Just keeping collecting W's, you know? 

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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chicagobuckeye's picture

http://beta.sportingnews.com/article/4605472-ohio-state-vs-navy-pick-spr...

technically we were a 17.5 point favorite with Braxton so osu didn't quite meet that but it doesn't really matter as long as a team wins all the games they will be in the playoffs. 

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Scarlet Veins's picture

Slow start...yes, but that was expected against this Navy team.  I saw a very fast, physically chiseled, talented football team on both sides of the ball.  When this Buckeye team meshes...watch out!!

PS - I personally think the most important thing I saw was JT Barrett's willingness to go make plays and win a football game despite his interception...very good sign.

“I don't know how fast he is, but I've never seen anyone catch him.”

Jim Tressel

johnjy78's picture

I thoroughly enjoyed this read! I almost have to watch these games with the TV muted because of all of the "hate" the commentators give, even during the game, to our Buckeyes. It drives me wild when ESPN analysts talk about how Ohio State doesn't have "Quality wins", but that Clemson had a "quality win" over us. Or how when Braxton is coming into the season and everyone is saying, "Oh, I still don't think he'll be a great passer" , or "We'll see if he can be more consistent", or whatever they say, and then the injury happens and now they compare JT Barrett to Miller like he's an untouchable God of ability...and thus OSU gets somewhat written off. This is a team! They focus on how we "Outlasted" Navy. Might be true, but give credit to a young team striving to mesh and fight together against a veteran Navy team that has downright nearly perfected their triple option craft. Anyways, I didn't intend to rant so hard, but I am excited to see this team come together and build something special and to silence the graders, haters, and doubters. Go Bucks!

johnjy78

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JSTANBUX25's picture

^^^^^^^ALL of this.

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alust2013's picture

People are talking about the game like the 4th quarter doesn't count. Then they go and talk about how you have to play all 60 minutes, so I have a hard time taking any of this analysis seriously. I didn't panic about Braxton going down for the team, I feel way worse for him personally. It seems like nothing is ever enough anymore. Go out and beat the healthy spread (and double up on) a decent Navy team with 14 new starters, a freshman kicker, and a heavy rotation, and a one week, oddball defensive strategy, and there is still so much whining because it wasn't pretty enough or that it was somehow a squeaker or the stats weren't good enough. Sounds like most people aren't enjoying watching the game at all, just looking for what sucks.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

^ This is a great post.

cinserious's picture

Here,here Ramzy! I thoroughly enjoyed every second of that game considering it had been literally hundreds of days since real, live Buckeye football.  The interception happened, time to move on. I'm sure Urban, Hermann, and J.T. have all moved on quickly from it. I'd much rather him get those freshman mistakes outta the way now than later. 

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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alust2013's picture

Seriously. Picks are irritating, but tossing one in what was otherwise a very solid game is irrelevant.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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hodge's picture

This reminds me of something my good buddy zallton said to me when Miller went down:

"[Miller's injury] changed the mentality for me.  It will be fun to win instead of a relief to not lose."

I spent the whole of last season worked up about my team being who they were supposed to be, and stressing whenever the talking heads (who unfortunately do play a significant role in shaping the perception of the poll voters -- who helped to determine the final two in the BCS) slighted us.  All that stress didn't help me enjoy the wins any more than in '12; and in fact, I enjoyed those even more because no one really expected us to go on the run we did. 

This year could be a lot like that magical run.  And even if it's not, it's still going to be one hell of a ride.

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swobuckeye's picture

"[Miller's injury] changed the mentality for me.  It will be fun to win instead of a relief to not lose."

this sums it up for me

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CinncyBuckFan06's picture

That is also going to be my approach on the season as well. Just sit back and enjoy the game and watching this team grow into something special!

osubuckeye4life's picture

This is the same way I'm approaching this year. 

chemicalwaste's picture

Fans That don't sit during game play? And they wonder why people think Ohio stadium is a quiet place to play. You're not even allowed to stand with out getting the cops called on you. Absolutely lame.

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Exhortera's picture

I call malarky. The cops care if you stand or not? Lol

WezBuck28's picture

How about we have a seating chart..when u buy your tickets, simply answer weather you prefer to sit or stand..have a "sitting section" and a "standing section"? Then we wouldn't need any cops..and everyone can enjoy themselves!

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yrro's picture

I'd be so incredibly in favor of this.

Hell, they could even alternate sections, so it's not like one is better seats than the other.

I'd love to stand all game. Last year I blew out my ACL and for last season doing so left me in physical pain. I'd still do it, but I'm not going to make my grandma do it.

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chemicalwaste's picture

But what if you prefer the view or the seats in the seating area but wish to stand? Or maybe the seating area is too big for the amount of tickets sold and the standing area is too small for the amount of tickets people would like and you get screwed into sitting the whole game? Or the best seats are reserved for sitting so the people who want to sit don't have people standing in front of them, so you have to take a lessor seat to support your team the way you're speed to? There's always someone who isn't happy and gets screwed when any kind of policy like that is enforced.

chemicalwaste's picture

You're probably right. They generally don't even care if you're drinking, as long as you're not becoming "that guy" who has been drinking far too much and making a scene.

Bleeding-Scarlet-Grey's picture

When did college atmospheres become NFL corporate stadiums???

Without lies there would be no truth!

faux_maestro's picture

I don't say this to many men but I think it's warranted here. Ramzy, I love you. (I may be drunk. On Wednesday. #murica #college #GRADschool).

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Here-here!  Ramzy, you are the Michelangelo of sports writers.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

OvalBeachBum's picture

As much as I applaud you for celebrating whisky wednesday, you used way too many Hashtags haha

"In the words of the late great Colonel Sanders, I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Ricky Bobby

buckeyedude's picture

Ur supposed to say, "I love u, man!" That makes it OK.

 

 

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MediBuck's picture

Ohio State "survives" and "scrapes by" Navy 34-17. Meanwhile, FSU "cruises" to a 37-31 win over Oklahoma St and LSU "pulls out a gutsy comeback" 28-24 over Wisconsin. I'm done with the media and its B1G/OSU bias. Thanks to the playoff, we need to just win, baby!

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

This just goes to show us all what we already know all too well - the media hates our Buckeyes.  FSU, LSU, and Alabama fail to cover their spreads but they get adoration thrown all over them.  Ohio State COVERS their spread, and our guys get the "survives a scare" and "this game was closer than the final score shows" phrases thrown at them.  Well....F--K you, sports writer-haters of our beloved Buckeyes!

I cannot wait for the day that our team gets over the "hump" and wins the National Championship.  Maybe that will silence the critics and change their opinions of our Buckeyes.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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Indy_Buck87's picture

I know it is ESPin at work already shaping the 4 team playoff.  

I know of only two things that are infinite, space and human stupidity.....and I'm not sure about space". Albert Einstein.

BuckInNashville's picture

If you played college football - you know how close to puking you were in pregame warmups and how your heart could be seen pumping underneath your pads on each game's first play. JT Barrett threw a pinpoint pass on his very first play at TOSU. That's a cool customer gentlemen.

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beamga's picture

Hey, Matthew Stafford was named the starter for UGA's game that Saturday.

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buckz4evr's picture

I was a little surprised by some of the ESPN commentary on JT.  It was actually positive.  They have a new show called College Football Daily.  I think it follows College Football SEC Live.  They actually criticized Alabama and Florida St but had nice things to say about JT and how the line came together.  They also talked about others schools besides the SEC.  I even found myself agreeing and enjoying a lot of their commentary.  I wonder if ESPN is finally realizing they can't diss other conferences and get them to watch their shows.....  Naw, sorry for the brain lapse.   

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

And then you woke up from your dream

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

As a Ramzy fan and as a Bears fan, I love this on two levels.

Bottom line, this game went pretty much as I thought it would. I figured we would have a slow start on both sides of the ball. New OLine for us to work with, and the gimmicky Navy O to deal with. I was most glad to see JT turn in a great game, not a solid performance, but a great game. It's going to be fun to watch him grow and mature.

Go Bucks!

"Three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad." - Woody

 

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vitaminB's picture

Go Bucks.  Bear Down.

Young_Turk's picture

When Braxton went down, expectations for this season went out the window.  Expectation is a word that should never be used in a sports context.  Expectation sucks the fun out of watching a Buckeye victory.  

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Amen

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

Navy didn't play Stanford football.

You win with people. 

 

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Great work Ramzy... As the season progresses this team as a whole has the chance to be Urban's best team to this point. The defense is only going to get better and JT makes the offense so much more balanced and efficient. The only hurdle for the offense is Herman's conservative play calling. These young guys are going to grow tremendously over the next 4-6 games and will be a serious contender for the playoff. 

BucksfanXC's picture

So did this get schedule to post at 1:15 and it went at 1:15 AM instead of PM?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

So did this get schedule to post at 1:15 and it went at 1:15 AM instead of PM?

Yup. This is precisely what happens when I write a column while sleeping. It's happened before and will happen again.

BucksfanXC's picture

You write better asleep than Rick Reilly does, which is also mostly while asleep. It was a nice surprise to wake up to this morning.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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buckeyeradar's picture

I had a dream!

Buckeye in Texas

BeatTTUN's picture

Is it just me or did Ramzy just go Dalton from Roadhouse on us?

lets all be nice until Ramzy tells us when it is time to not be nice

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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AndyVance's picture

Roadhouse was an excellent movie. Who doesn't love Sam Elliott doing bouncer ninja?

I will kick your ass and then smile about it.
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Barnsey69's picture

I agree Me-go.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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cinserious's picture

I've been craving some Roadhouse the last couple weeks, scanning the channels to no avail. It's not been on all Summer it seems like.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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AndyVance's picture

Ramzy on point, as always. While I understand that Ohio State might not have blown the doors off public perception as Texas A&M did with its overwhelmingly dominant win over South Carolina, it rather disappointed me to hear how "unspectacular" players like Barrett and Wilson were in the first tilt of the season. I thought they were quite spectacular, with the team more than covering the spread, and with Barrett turning in the best non-Guiton debut of any Buckeye starter in the past 50 years. This is a team that has all the tools, and is only get better week after week.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Let us hope everyone is stupid enough to underestimate J.T. Barrett and Dontre Wilson. Good point AV.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

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Bobo Buckeye's picture

And everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down.

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Barnsey69's picture

Refreshing...thank you for the perspective Ramzy, and I agree wholeheartedly with your general theme, in that this was a much better win than many are giving credit (for). I will reserve complete judgement until after the Va Tech game, but it is obvious that this young team is as talented as we thought they were, and will only continue to improve. 

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

steveoz49's picture

I'm tired of discussing the Navy game... it's VT week, I've moved on.  We were favored by how much?  Did we cover the spread?  Are there things to work on?  Let's move forward and hit the lights Saturday night.

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Gametime's picture

Why the hell were all of you up so damn late? (Ramzy too!) [Okay, so I read it too when he posted at 1:15am, in bed, on my phone. Sue me.]

Seriously though, great take as usual. Of course though, we're Ohio State and of course our cache for "benefit of the doubt" is thin in the national media and only tempered by the fact that Urban Meyer is our head coach with a stellar track record.

As I watched that first quarter though, I was really amazed by how damn different this team is. Everything is new and faster.

And we can only hope that all that "open up the playbook" talk isn't cheap (like it was last year). We have to play more vertical. I love the whole "athletes in space" concept, but that also goes with shaking a guy at the line and getting open and there were a ton of guys running free. I just don't think there are too many secondaries in the country that can run with our boys and we need to start taking advantage of that.

SN: I can't remember which team ran it, but there was a nifty fake WR screen play that we need to steal on offense. The blocking WRs released like they were going to block, but the lead "misses" the block while the QB pump fakes the screen, and the WR streaks down the field....I think this play would be excellent for one of our burners (Devin?) to get a quick score after pulling in the D with some actual WR screens.

...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

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bucknutjeff's picture

The play you are referring to was run by Oklahoma State against FSU. It was executed flawlessly and every FSU db jumped the pump fake. I agree that we need to add this to our playbook!

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Gametime's picture

That's the one, good lookin out brother!

...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

vitaminB's picture

I think that's that "option" pass that Cal ran so effectively against us.  The QB can throw the screen if it's there, hand the ball off if the LBs are playing back, or throw it deep.  I think Ross wrote about it last year as well.  It's the future of college football. Not so effective in the pros where Linemen can't block downfield as much.

ibuck's picture

Is the "athletes in space" program available to anyone or is NASA restricting it to military schools?   ; ) 

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

QBYBuckeye's picture

I go back to the sideline reporter's comment about how amazingly cool, calm, and collected Urban was on the sideline when things were not going well.

My conclusion is that he liked what he was seeing for some reason that we will never understand.  Perhaps it was the effort.  Perhaps it was the talk he was hearing on the sideline from his team.  Perhaps it was what the coaches were doing to make adjustments. 

Whatever IT was, Ohio State settled in and dominated at the end.  This game was not as close as it felt at half time nor as close as the final score indicates.  It was a blow out and Ohio State should have jumped Alabama in the polls.

What do you mean, what color are the glasses I'm wearing?

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Doc's picture

Yeah!  What he said!  Nicely done Ramzy.

"Say my name."

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Denny's picture

IRREFUTABLE GRADES FROM SATURDAY:

  • Special game sponsor Under Armour: D+. The Navy has 'protected' that 'house' a number of times in the past. A notable occurrence of such protection was 200 years ago next week. A cool song was written about it. Maybe think harder about your shitty slogan in context.
  • Baltimore Raven Stadium: D. We payed $75 for the privilege of watching a football game in your stadium. You should not make these people walk into the stadium in a 'hands up/don't purse' pose.
  • Baltimore Raven Stadium Concessions: F-. It was Labor Day Weekend, generally known as the end of the American summer. Maybe don't run out of food at your concessions just before halftime. Note: never, ever run out of bottles of water at the peak of summer. You had one goddamned job. It is not particularly difficult. 
  • Baltimore Raven Stadium Concession Workers: C. Some of you were very nice and apologetic about the lack of food. Others were fighting over pizzas as they came out of the oven. Group discipline could be improved.
  • Mariott Inner Harbor Parking Lot Tailgate Orange Crush: B+. A bit boozy in a bad way because of cheap vodka, but overall refreshing and drinkable.
  • Darron Lee, Navy Band, TBDBITL: No Grade. I have no idea what your fumble recovery or halftime shows looked like, because I was waiting in line for limited option garbage food that cost me thirty dollars.

Taquitos.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

This team is going to be a ton of fun to watch. I am hoping McMillan gets to play early and often this week and moving forward. I think that this Buckeyes squad will improve each and every week, and be awfully dangerous by the time November rolls around. I hope that they can stay undefeated up until then. I truly see them as a top 15-20 right now, but by the time things start coming together, they'll roll into East Lansing as a top 3-4 caliber team that has really gelled into a national title contender.

This may seem optimistic, but with the speed that they have at the skill positions, if Barrett and the OLine can improve steadily over the course of the season (and they don't forget about Heuerman and Vannett), this offense will really be rolling by the end of the year. I too am assuming that OSU's defense is much more suited for a pro-style attack. The DLine will be able to pin their ears back and attack Va. Tech. Having a great pass rush can disguise DB weaknesses, so just like the Navy game, the overall success of this defense will come down to the play of the LBs.

I'm very excited about this team and look forward to a fun 2014, with hints of how legendary the run over the next 4-5 years at OSU could become.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Couldn't agree more Ramzy - the most impressive thing about this team was how they responded to the frustrations and overcame them in magnificent fashion. It sure was a beautiful thing to behold once you saw it start to unfold. Not even ominous warnings of 4-hour erections could compete (great observation BTW).

Besides enjoying a QB who has ice water in his aorta and leadership/maturing/gooddecisionmakingability, I also liked Verne's new name for Darron Lee - Da'Ron. Reminds me of Key & Peele's Substitute Teacher Skit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw

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Ahh Saturday's picture

This is how I feel before, during, and usually after every Buckeye football game. It's a game folks. Have fun and enjoy it.

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cinserious's picture

Hell yes! Especially this year. Last year, the expectations did bog us down a bit though. Not anymore.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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buckeyefanatic's picture

His offensive line, um, had access to proficient coaching and ample vitamin supplements.

Funny.  When I read that I immediately scrolled up to see who the author was.

He was who I thought he was.

How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan football?   1AA
Want to beat Michigan? There's an App for that.

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sjOH1OSt's picture

Ramzy - spot on.  I had a buddy grading every play throughout the game, who I eventually confronted with a gentle "Hey, I'm trying to enjoy the Buckeyes man, if I wanted to hear you b*&ch & moan, I would have brought my ex girlfriend."  ... He shut up, and I think actually enjoyed the game. 

"I will pound you, and pound you, until you quit!" -Woody Hayes

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andretolstoy's picture

I'm still ticked about our Defense getting robbed that goal line stand....

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ANCHORSAWEIGH330's picture

did not know you could hit the pylon from out of bounds and still be a td?!?!?!?!

Dgjr

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ANCHORSAWEIGH330's picture

I dont think urbs was utilizing the entire playbook i felt like we could do a littles as possible and still leave baltimore with a win which is smart, the media is acting like every team were going to play is running the triple option now #gobucks330

Dgjr

Max Power's picture

I was pleased with the effort we saw on Saturday. The Bucks never rolled over or played discouraged when the offense was struggling early on. For a bunch of freshmen and sophmores, they handled themselves quite well. Sure, they made mistakes but they were mistakes that damn near every underclassman will make. Experience will fix those pesky mental errors. The o line needs some time to gel but there has never been a unit who goes out for the first time and operates like a well oiled machine. This will be a special group of guys after they mature.

National pundits are quick to point out how OSU struggled against Navy yet fail to mention that overall Navy was the veteran team. A young Ohio State team went on the road and beat a squad who runs an extremely tough offense to defend. Not to mention said offense was lead by a QB in Reynolds who operates the option like a surgeon. But who wants to give credit where its due? It wouldn't suprise me at all if Navy only loses 1 more game the rest of the regular season

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Larryp713's picture

I want to add my opinion to many on this thread, and congratulate Ramzy on another excellent post. When the Heisman contending QB was lost for the season, I reviewed the Buckeyes current position (brand new QB, 8-% transition on the OL, losing top 2 RB, including one of the best RBs in the last ten years for the B1G), and a young receiving corps, my expectations dropped significantly. Braxton was the x-factor who could keep the Buckeyes a contender. It is now a rebuilding year, officially. I love JT and think the world of him, but my expectations are different with him leading the helm. If the Buckeyes lost five games this year, but continued to improve and be fun to watch (and of course beat scUM), then I will be happy. Any of you over the age of 18 who EXPECT us to be a national contender are a little delusional. It will be great if it happens, but it would greatly exceed reasonable expectations. 

Let's have fun and watch these baby Bucks get better!!! Go Buckeyes!!!

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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MtWashBuckeye's picture

Having your opponent underestimate you, and your friends (especially teammates) overestimate you, offers an advantage. JT Barrett will likely be underestimated by VT on Saturday. If he can pick up those blitzes it should be really fun to watch.

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