I worried about Wisc as well...then 59-0. I remember watching them play a couple of games in 2014 and thought we are really going to have trouble with their D and Melvin Gordon may rush for 200 on us. Then by the time our offense and defense had one series on the field, you could tell we were so much faster and better at almost every position. I don't see that changing this year.
MSU's QB looked awful throwing the ball - how did they beat us last year with him at QB?
Couldn't agree more!
I was surprised at just how good they were Saturday night, but maybe I shouldn't have been. We already have a huge target on our backs and now it just got a little bigger. We are going to get everything thrown at us. We have several stretches of games against some decent teams, our toughest schedule in several years, and they would like nothing more than to pull of an upset.
The good news is I think the level of competition has become such that any slight drop off in performance and someone is ready to step in without missing a beat. We now have great position depth almost everywhere. I was especially pleased to see our defensive line, who I was worried about, play so well. Every time the TV cameras zoomed in on a players jersey, I would think, when did he come in? It felt like we must have been rotating in 10 lineman and there appeared to be NO drop off in performance. Running back, Receivers, OLineman, Linebackers, DBacks, kickers!!!! The level of player w have now has never been this good in my 50+ years of being an OSU homer.
I was blown away by the performance in general - too many superlatives to try and name them all. But the two things that really stood out to me that were even way more than I expected:
1. Our Defensive Line - every time tv showed a close-up of the back of someones jersey I thought - when did he get in the game?
2. Reminiscent of our 3 game run at the end of 2014 - we had better athletes - but our guys were so much better conditioned - especially when it came to hitting - you could tell several of the OK mistakes came from guys flinching because they knew they were going to get nailed.
I honestly thought we had played weak competition to date and there was a better than 50-50 chance we would lose, being early in the season and having such a young team. Man was I wrong - THESE GUYS ARE GOOD. And not just the starters - the back-ups or as we should call them Starter A and Starter B.
Good job Bucks! I am really looking forward to the rest of the season.
How does Tenn barey escape Ohio University, after nearly getting dispatched by App State and move up 3 spots?
I really had my doubts before the game. Man was I wrong. I worried the Weber couldn't get through the hole without being tripped up. WRONG - he played a great game along with Samuel and Brown. Worried that JT had lost his passing touch. WRONG - he looked good too. Worried about the defense in general because we had just played great against weak competition. WRONG That DLine was awesome - and I kept hearing different names being called - Hubbard is a beast.
I figured we would improve and be really good by seasons end...WRONG - We are really good now - and with room to improve!
Roll Bucks! Sorry I doubted you.
I hate to admit that I thought OU would give us trouble especially with the short passing game. I thought the verdict was out on our D because of the competition and the offense seemed to get worse between game 1 and 2. Man was I wrong - these guys are good! Weber is a beast, Samuel, Brown and that OLine are great, JT put it altogether and what can you say about that D! DLine exceeded expectations by a bunch...Way to go Bucks!
Don't believe for a minute that OK is not ready.
I wish we were the underdog.
I really hope yesterday was a letdown or looking ahead.
Our D did look better yesterday but I think still has a way to go.
Offense looked like it did earlier last year after thrashing BGSU- hope we were just holding back.
The article says first score - not first reception.
Really worried about Conley - thought he looked poor. Had the BGSU receivers been able to catch the ball, he would have been exposed badly.
They didn't jell last year until um.
Offense will be better this year than last. Main reason is we are not trying to dole out equal touches or forcing attempts to Braxton, Marshall, Samuel, etc. You get open, JT is going to get you the ball.
Defense may be worse than last year. No Bosa. Getting double teamed all the time made the other DLinemen and Linebackers more effective. He will be missed more than we know. I am also worried about Conley in coverage. He was getting beat all day and if the receivers could catch, he would have really looked bad.
Overall, the offense should be better than last year by a lot. I just remember cringing in many of our games last year. But last year, The D was very good, and I fear I am going to be cringing a lot this year.
Couldn't agree more.
This was a good victory to see - many things to be happy about-especially the passing game. However, I agree somewhat with you BukiRob. The running game is very good and I thought the OLine was better than advertised! Two things I hope we resolve - Weber does look to be outstanding but he must have gone down 6-8 times when someone tripped him up in the hole - looks like he consistently went down when this happened. Samuel spends too much time running east and west and a better opponent will negate his speed.
I really agree with your comments on the D. I did not think we were that impressive. Conley looks like he needs a lot of work - he was beaten often and if not for a few dropped passes, BGSU would have put up more points. I think the jury is still out on the DLine and the linebackers. They will need to be much better by the time we get to Norman or we are going to get exposed with there short passing game which actually looked fairly decent against Houston.
Hate to have anything negative to say because it was 77-10 and I remember last year thinking we should be destroying people - and we weren't. Hard to argue with the stats. Let's make some adjustments for next week and the get ready for OK. No matter what, OK is going to be a very difficult game.
Anyway - FINALLY - after so many opening game near misses - the Badges get it done and dump sec!
Not a great day for the sec yesterday - oh - I forgot - Bama!
He did not become the current Tom Herman until the week after the VT game in 2014.
To me, the 2014 season, and especially those last three games rank with the GOAT sporting events or series. 1980 Olympic hockey team, Jack's victory in the 1986 Masters, Secretariat in the Triple Crown races and specifically the Belmont, 1991 Atlanta Braves, the 2002 Buckeyes and now the 2014 Buckeyes!
I started following the - especially recruiting sites - with the recruitment of T. Pryor (I think in 2006). At that time I was of the mind that I wanted um to be undefeated and ranked #1 in the country every time we faced them and a strong um was good for the Buckeyes. Always tried to give um their due until the year 2011. I never heard so much crap about how we were about to be owned by um and the hokester. Delusional um fans were talking about how they were going to beat up on Alabama in the following year opener. It wasn't hard to see that they finished 11-2 because they had a VERY easy schedule. They were also trash talking about losing recruits like Kalis.
Now my mindset is that um and their 'mostly' delusional fanbase can go pound salt. I hope they lose every game, and do not score and that every year the cupcake on their schedule Appalachian States' them. And if OSU can't win the national championship, then MSU does.
The um battle cry - "Just wait until next year!" I hope last year's 42-13 beating is mild compared to this year!
Martel look very good. Most impressed with how he ran the read option-he is very polished at it. He is also an excellent runner and can run with some power. He throws a very nice ball but I think the height thing hurts him. He had some balls tipped and it looked like a couple of other times he had to change the arc to get it over rushers. All of those occurred in drop back situations. He seemed better rolling out. He is going to be really good.
Romo i going to get hurt - it is inevitable - at least Prescott has looked very good.
Was gonna say #31 was on the wrong end of several hits - he went backward every time. He wasn't to happy about it either.
Zeke looked great!
Clarett would have gone down as the best running back in OSU history if he had been able to fight off the injury jinx and stayed with the team. He was a beast and sometimes gets forgotten in the talk of the 2002 championship.