Actually I thought they at least opened the game well. Seemed like Herman had BM throwing 40 yarders right from the opening whistle last year. My criticism was that he never seemed to allow BM to open the game throwing short, high percentage passes that might build his confidence as the game went along. It would have also helped his passing stats. I hope they continue to do this with JT. Short, high percentage passes, build up the confidence for a few drives before opening up the passing playbook too much. Get all of the weapons involved early.
In my opinion, the Navy game was the best game of the Meyer era as far as the coaching is concerned. For once, it looked like we were making adjustments in game and we were trying to use all of our playmakers - maybe out of necessity - but we used a lot of people on offense. The OLine went from awful to much improved. I thought the DLine played very well but I am still not sold on our linebackers.
Navy will end up a quality win in the rankings- they will go 9-3 or 10-2 and more than likely be a top 20 team. I was really surprised at how bad the OLine looked in the first half and just as surprised at how they seemed to turn it around in the second half. Defensive line looked good - still think we have some linebacker problems. We will see how good the defensive backfield is once we play a decent passing team. I thought JT looked good and utilized a bunch of playmakers today.
I chose other. Navy scores first which totally pi__es of the D and the Bucks score 42 unanswered points to win 42-7.
I'll believe the short passing game when it happens. For the past two years, Hermann should have been opening games during the first couple of series in each having Miller throw short, high percentage passes just to get his confidence up. I think BM would have been a far more accomplished passer (especially stat wise) than he is. UFM should have been insisting on this. Instead, early in the game, we throw the bomb on 2nd and 4 and occasionally completed it - but it did nothing for BM confidence or to get him into some type of passing rhythm. It may have improved our receiving corp as well. I've seen a couple of the posts above about short crossing routes and think along the same lines that ANY type of HIGH PERCENTAGE SHORT route would have been preferable to the 50 yard pass downfield just because BM has a cannon. Roll him out, throw a 5-yarder to the tight end. Build his confidence. Get more players involved in the game. There have been some head scratching calls among other things that are hard to understand. I am looking forward to the season and hope the Bucks make the first playoff and go on to the NC!
Looked pretty good to me today - good arm, nice touch - looks like he followed a game plan utilizing the weapons around him! Hope he is a Buckeye.
Not worried - I still think a 12-0 regular season is possible - though even with BM, I still thought someone would give us a tough game, namely MSU. PSU, and um. Much is different now...you have the backups taking all of the snaps since spring, you have a coach who is an offensive expert with the spread, you've recruited spread quarterbacks, you have tons of playmakers and tons more speed than we have ever had, you have the best if not one of the best offensive line coaches in the country (I expect the OL to end up being one of the team strengths). If we really have an elite offensive coordinator, he will figure out a way to give JT confidence in each game, maybe throwing short passes with a high chance of completion to start each game, and vary the play calling enough to confuse the defense - like throwing short on first down.
With the athletes we have on defense, a good coach will show DRAMATIC improvement and that should give the offense a little wiggle room. I will be shocked if we are worse than 10-2, more so than if we are 12-0. With or without BM, this team has a lot of talent and this season will tell us just how good our coaches are.
Wish BM a speedy recovery. I am of the opinion that the defense will pick it up substantially out of necessity early in the year, and if the coaches are smart, they will do everything they can to distribute the ball to the playmakers and build JT's confidence with a bunch of short passes early in each game. I think by the time we head to MSU, it ends up being more of a game than a lot of people are expecting now with the loss of BM.
Prediction: JT starts, throws for 2500 yards and rushes for 500 while utilizing all of the weapons around him and the Bucks win 3 consecutive NC before he turns pro. It happened just last year to a QB at FSU.
Have to agree with the first comment - it will be the MLB.
In my opinion, this is short-term thinking. It may add some extra revenue in the current year but further degrades our strength of schedule. I was under the impressions that with the new playoff system, strength of schedule would be very important. So I guess our only hope of playing top teams that are not in the B1G is to make it to the playoffs - at which point we are playing a neutral site game at best anyway. Would rather schedule a home and home with a top team. Will we make more money in the long run? I would guess yes!
And to think we had Hyde and didn't run him on 3rd and 2 or 4th and 2 vs MSU. Still can't believe it. I'll get over it eventually.
Hope he gets the BIG and National Championships this year - but would much rather see him do it less with personal stats and more by utilizing the rest of the guys at his disposal. He is also at a bit of a disadvantage - most people have 3 or 4 years to do this. He may have had the NC had we not imposed a bowl ban. His first year was a throw away almost and second year under an interim.
More than anything - you could see the improvement in him from year to year - from a somewhat accurate - run at the first sign of pressure - QB to a QB who seemed to mainly scramble to give his receivers more time to get open. If Braxton can reach that level - with his talent this year - then it will be another special year in Columbus.
OL will be fine - Warriner has to be one of the top position coaches in college. I want to see BM come out and throw some short passes to get his confidence up every game and start to utilize ALL of the OSU weapons. That will help us recruit offense in the future. Want to see BM carry the ball very little this year. I think also the Johnson philosophy of rotating DL is also a big recruiting advantage and our DL should be awesome this year. My biggest concern is at linebacker and defensive back. If they struggle early, I say play the young guys right away and get them some experience. We should have great talent in the back 7.
I am definitely for this - as long as it is against a top 10 or 15 opponent, preferably one from the sec, or a big name program and it is truly a neutral site - not like the last NC game the Bucks were in vs. lsu in New Orleans. How about a neutral site game in NY in late November? Also, it should be scheduled to happen within a year or two so that by the time we play the game - the other team hasn't turned to shit.
Tressel would have crushed them the year before as well in Columbus. In our last 3 biggest games of the year, we were outcoached.
My favorites in order 2005, 1968, 2006, 2002, 2001.
2005 - epic comeback when everyone thought it was over.
1968 - 50-14!
2002 - NC year
2001 - Tressel makes good on the promise.
Have to agree - no one thought the Bucks were coming back - except the Bucks!
Bad play call to begin with, 3rd and 2 - Hyde not even on the field. 4th and 2, Miller runs outside. MSU couldn't stop Hyde. Play call blew it more than that missed block.
Couldn't agree more TATER
After seeing your comment ALLINOSU, I too went to the article and read the comments. I hope we have the team this year that will be ahead 35-0 at the end of the first quarter and watch the white out leave the stands empty by halftime. I thought last year that game might have been a little different - Hackenbergs receivers dropped like 4-5 balls in the two opening drives and that might have made the score 63-24 - but they will be up - even though less talented. OSU needs to come out and smack them down early and often and I hope UFM plans to send a message to the recruits who have yet to sign a LOI. By my recollection, the worst breach of any kind in any sport occurred at PSU - thanks to Sandusky and whether or not any of the other stuff is true regarding Paterno or the PSU admin - they most certainly knew (or should have at least suspected) and let the guy hang around the program for years.
I think this year will be a different game and I hope we are not overconfident. Bucks still would have won last year but it would have been a different game if Hackenbergs receivers had not dropped 3 easy catches in the first two drives. At the end of the first quarter the score should have been 14-14 or 14-7 Bucks and I think the game is a little closer than 63-14. They will be crazy at Happy Valley this year and looking for some pay back.
Braxtons carries were padded by a 48 and 21 yard carry in the 2nd quarter. I just went back and looked at the stats and it looks like it was really Braxton they had figured out - not Hyde. He ended the third quarter for a rush for 0 yardage and then started the 4th quarter up until the missed 4th down with rushes of 4, 0, 4, 1, and 1 -meanwhile, the stats show Hyde gaining strength and YPC as the game wore on.