Right on San - keep winning and peak at the right time - that is the keyt
Thanks for the correction 440 - can't believe MO is in the East? So the Hoosiers are the reigning SEC East Champs!
We will be fine. We just went on the road, in less-than SEC optimal weather conditions and beat the undefeated and reigning SEC West champion Hoosiers.
I'm not sure why everyone was surprised. I'm also not sure why we didn't gain first place votes this week.
We had an off game and still beat last years SEC West champions on the road in less than ideal weather conditions?
...and except for a bad replay call, TCU loses to Texas Tech as well.
I can't believe they (AL) only jumped from #13 to #10 this week after destroying the perennial sec front runner in GA.
Not exactly - and then we stopped. Not sure how many carries he had between the tackles in the first half, but I think it may have been 5-6?
Overall the best game Dontre has played since arriving in Columbus. That was encouraging and one of the high points of the game.
Exactly - EZ should have 15 carries between the tackles in the first half. It opens up everything else. He may not have a lot of yards but it will wear down the D, get our OLine going, and open up the offense for the playmakers. It is not complicated. Not sure what we are doing - same issues we had before VT last year - trying to be too cute.
If you watch all of last years games, we had some of the same issues. We just peaked at the right time. I am hoping that with as bad as our offense has looked, we have no where to go but up. After last year, I thought we might have some growing pains on offense but expected our D to be lights out. I think the D has played pretty well so far but the offense just blows me away. Last week we did keep getting guys open deep but they were over thrown - I don't think we miss Devin Smith as much as I see on the posts here.
Our play calling under Hermann was terrible too - unto; VT beat us - then we got it going. Hope some of these poorly played games do the same and we don't need a loss to wake us up.
We should be getting Zeke the ball between the tackles 15 + times in the first half - it wears down the D line and gets our O line going. And that includes if they are playing 8 in the box. Do that and all of the rest of it opens up. Not surprising yesterday that in the second half, once we started running Zeke between the tackles, with the box loaded, good things started happening.
We need Marshall - but - Dontre Wilson actually looked as good as I've seen him since he has been in Columbus. I tell Marshall - next time you fumble - it will cost you a half of playing time. He is good - but not that good.
I am a long time Atlanta Braves fan and remember that year after year they were clearly the best if not one of the best teams in baseball. Yet they had only one title to show for the years of winning the division. The reason was mainly that another team alwas seemed to peak late in the year and would beat them. I hope the Buckeyes keep winning, start improving and start peaking in November. This offense at present will struggle to win the B1G East Div.
...it took getting beat by VT last year for Hermann to start calling a decent game - hopefully that will not be the case this year. The play calling up until today has not been good. Today is more in line with what I had hoped for - running the ball with EZ. Players are not executing very well and IN is pumped.
Today it is not the play calling- it has been up to this point. Our players are getting out played.
...or only the last two minutes of the second and fourth quarters?
Probably because our current group of receivers are faster than Devin.
Exactly - maybe we've had a replacement for Devin Smith all along and are just now realizing it?
The issue is the timing. We need to open the game, pound the ball so that the Oline gets going and that means running EZ. I think 15-18 carries is plenty for EZ - as long as he has them in the first half. It gets the line going, pummels the D and once you've done that, it opens up everything else. Then you can distribute the ball. Same play calling we had with Hermann until VT.
I think 16 carries for EZ is plenty - as long as he has them midway through the second quarter. His number of carries is not the point it is when he gets them. It is not coincidental that once they opened the second half with EZ running, the rest of the offense looked better. They need to run him so that the OLine can get into the game, soften the D and then let the playmakers take over. This is the same play calling that Hermann used until after the VT game. It is baffling to me. We are trying to make everyone happy by spreading the ball around first. Run and then spread the ball!
Cardale is the best QB OSU has had in the entire time I've been watching football at OSU - since 1965. You are totally wrong. However, I will agree that our play calling is once again baffling - much like it was under Hermann until VT beat us. I constantly noted that we would line up, run BM, then have him throw a 40 yard bomb, and then we'd be 3rd and 6 and left to rely on the talent of the individual to win. That is why we lost to msu and clemson.
We are doing it again but now I believe we are trying to get everyone touches and going away from what we do well. RUN! EZ 9or someone) should have at least 15 carries every game by halftime. We establish the run, get the slobs into the game and THEN we can spread the ball around.
Our losses to msu, clemson and vt were a product of the coaches and especially very bad play calling. It even occurred at the end of the alabama game where we were most certainly assured a W and we inexplicably throw a bomb, and fail to exhaust alabama time outs. I think we are right back there again? I hope it doesn't take another L before we wake up!
Run the ball until the run game is established and the slobs are controlling the line - AND THEN AND ONLY THEN, start spreading the ball around to the playmakers. Once we started doing that yesterday, game over. We are trying to make everyone happy by spreading the ball around too much. Establish the run, and everyone will get touches.
Agree HolyBuckeye and I agreed before the season started. Looking at their schedule (um) and getting us and MSU at home, I have been saying they are at least a 10 win team. I worry that our two toughest games of the year are the last two - and the last one is away. I have not been that impressed with MSU, even with the high ranking and now the victory over OR doesn't look so great. OSU looked better in the second half yesterday but if they don't get better quick, we are not going undefeated. Last year it seems like FINALLY after the VT game, we established our OLine and the run game to a great extent and then worried about spreading the ball around to the playmakers. This year we are playing like we are trying to keep everyone happy by getting the ball to the playmakers and dropping in an occasional run. I think it not coincidental that our O looked better in the second half when we came out and ran the ball a bunch more.
EZE is right - we are a power running team first which opens up the passing game. Seems we've forgotten that again - like as in every game leading up to VT last year and prior. It took a loss to get the coaching staff to change the play calling last year - hope this performance has the same impact.
EZ gets his 20 carries early in the game, the game is different. The OLine gets into a groove, the defense is forced to play the run and the passing game gets easier. I am now yelling at the TV like I did for a year before the VT game last year. Run EZ straight ahead between the tackles. Pummel the Dline into submission.
Also thought the coaching staff would have done that with Hyde 2 years ago - but it took losing to VT for the play calling to change. Warriner is doing basically the same thing Herman did for 2 years before VT.
Herman was just as bad until VT last year - and it took that loss to wake up the coaching staff and the play calling - hopefully a near miss vs a 34 point underdog will have the same impact.