The real benchmark comes in East Lansing or against any team that is able to get some pressure on JT. I notice how great he is at going through his reads and finding an open target, AND putting the ball on the money most times. However, it also seems to take quite a bit of time to get to that third and fourth read (in my estimation). I hope the coaches are prepared to make in-game adjustments - unlike VT - where if we are getting pressure, we have some screens and quick passes to combat it. I really like the play calling since the VT game but as noted - we have played some crappy defenses. Go Bucks!
If you noticed, the first 7 or 8 incompletions in a row were thrown to Spencer? I wondered if he running poor routes or the timing between him and JT was off for some reason? JT was hitting everything else - he was like 9-9 before he had string of misses to Spencer.
...and the first 7 or 8 incompletions in a row were thrown to Spencer - which I thought was odd - like the timing was off between the two for some reason. However, they also occurred when OSU changed directions - going with the wind. Another nice win. McMillian should not come off the field.
Couldn't agree more - coaching killed us at VT (and MSU, um, etc.) - However, I must say that maybe VT is what it took to wake the coaches up. Even though the competition hasn't been spectacular, the offensive and defensive game plans and adjustments have been greatly improved - and we are starting to the young players playing instead of sitting or redshirting! Go Bucks!
Exactly - unable or unwilling to adjust during the game beat us vs. VT. Only good thing to come out of that so far is that it now appears that we are trying to run an offense for JT and not BM.
I know the players will show up and I'm starting to gain some confidence that the coaches will too. We have the talent to beat MSU - the question is - do we have BIG game coaching - we have not in our recent history.
It is not impossible but I am afraid with OSU's recent history of losses in big games, and the rep of the B1G, it will take a lot for them to make the playoff - even if they win out.
Therein lies the problem. Who are you to determine what someone could/should be paid - and I would venture to say that at least a few of the coaches and players have actually done a lot more good than the two professions/people you choose to list.
Bucks should have told the NCAA to stick it - like Miami did. One of the biggest problems with college athletics is the NCAA.
The main thing that has changed since VT is the play calling. Same game plan/or adjustments vs. VT and the Bucks win by a couple of scores. The play calling was very similar to what it has been the past two years. Maybe VT is what it took to get the Off Cord to wake up. JT is fine and will continue to get better. Hope the Bucks continue along the same lines in both offensive and defensive game planning and the coaching staff continues to pursue the course they care currently on..
Didn't like the gesture the first time I saw EZE make it and didn't like it any better Sat. He is a stud. Tote the rock...
Coach, what, if anything, was your biggest regret as Buckeye Coach? Aside from that final Michigan game, if that was your high point, what was the high point of your time as Head Coach?
I think you are right about Hoke. I think he stays because they only gave RR 3 years - and he was improving the team record under duress from the Michigan faithful and admin. To dump Hoke so quickly makes it look like Michigan is unreasonable.
Didn't think Bama would drop to 8. I had them tied with FSU, and Auburn for the top spot-I mean it was only one loss and it was to a highly ranked sec team. Can't believe, SCarolina, after a top 5 preseason ranking dropped out of the polls after a third loss - to KY no less. That sec is brutal and the pollsters are going way to hard on them. Heard um is looking for a coach - bet they could get that guy from AZ. Does ND have their own officiating and replay booth crew? (Stanford is driving for a go ahead score , clearly has momentum and is trying to run a hurry up and the refs mysteriously stop play and then claim an officials time out for no apparent reason.) Looks like the class of the PAC 12 includes CAL who is not ranked at all? Can't believe LSU isn't ranked either! What is going on!!!
I understand what you are saying but I don't buy it. There had to be other options (screens, jet sweeps, slants) instead of BM run BM run, BM throws a 45 yard pass.
If Hermann called the same kind of game for Braxton that he has called the last 3 games for JT, Braxton's stats would be much more impressive in the passing game. It has driven me crazy for two years that we come out and start running Braxton out of the gate and throwing bombs. The past three games, we've come out and established the run and short passing game, all which has given JT and the O line confidence - and it has made all of the difference in the world. The announcers today were marveling at the improvement in JT from the VT game. JT hasn't improved (maybe a little more experience, but the skills were there) - the s*&* play calling has FINALLY improved. If Hermann would have called a similar game against VT as he has the past 3, we would have won by more than a couple of scores. JT and BM are both really good QB's, and in different ways. That being said, if JT continues like this, and being that he has 3 more years, I don't know how you hand it back over to BM. All in all, the Bucks are improving weekly and while I have been a very big critic of the coaching, I give the coaches credit for finally starting to look like the top notch staff that they are.
Go Bucks - win out and let the chips fall where they may.
If Hermann starts out with some confidence building short plays for JT and the OLine and gets multiple people involved, Bucks will jump out to a lead like they did at Cincy - barring Cincy's opening drive. This is the way he has called the last two games and I hope he continues. Hope the D plays aggressive, even if we give up a few big plays.
No problem with getting burned - as long as we get better. Much rather see us play aggressive and play the younger guys. This pass defense is a lot better than last year. If you don't think so - you are not remembering um, MSU, Clemson, Wisc., IN, Cal, - I'm sure I've missed a few - those were horrible to watch. The TD before the half was on the coaches to some degree. Should have made sure that the DBacks were reminded - NO ONE GETS BEHIND YOU!
That is a great one!
Are we there yet? No way - but if you don't think Cincy was a big improvement after watching the disaster last year - then you are not remembering correctly. Last year we pretty much got beat on everything, anywhere, anytime - screens, slants, go routes, bombs, shuffle passes - if the ball was in the air - we were in trouble.
I did not get that sense against Cincy. Coverage was tighter, which in and of itself opens you up to giving up more big plays, and we defended some screens, slants and short passes - much better than we did last year. And the biggest reason for optimism is that:
1. We are playing more aggressively
2. We are playing the young kids (McMillian, Bell, Apple)
I wish we would have done this last year. Most of the long balls given up were player mistakes by young guys. I have complained a lot about the coaching and the only real beef I had with the staff on Saturday was the TD with :48 left in the half. We needed to pull the backs in and make sure they understood to NOT LET ANYONE GET BEHIND YOU! That and our receivers not being able to catch were the only big issues for me. The Defense is getting better, the offensive play calling is FINALLY coming around after 2+ years. Same game plan with Cincy and KSU against VA Tech and Bucks win by 2+ scores.
FINALLY - love the offensive game plan the last two games. Short passes, slants, screens and higher percentage throws early to give JT and the OLIne some confidence -though Cincy's D is suspect at best.
Have to spread the ball around on the outside for the running game to work on the inside. We need a back getting the bulk of the carries inside for everything else to work. When we rotate backs, it seems like no one can really gain any momentum. If the receivers can catch the ball, we would have extended a couple more drives giving everyone more opportunity for touches.
That is the MO - rank them high (SEC) in preseason polls (ie., when was the last time GA was NOT supposed to challenge for the NC?) (think the last time they won it was 1980 with Herschel?) The preseason polls come out and then when they are over ranked, whoever the winner is gets credit for beating a top 5 or 10 team, even though at the end of the season, that team may have 3 or 4 losses (but they are SEC losses)(It is very hard to run the SEC schedule undefeated). They lose a game - ie SC by 4 TD's to TAM and drop from 5 to 18 - then they come back the next week and barely beat Vandy and jump to #12. I hope the actual year end polling is much more objective and looks at the entire season.
Totally agree ALLIN - anyone who thinks we haven't improved doesn't remember last year at um, Clemson, Wisconsin, IN, MSU. At least we are now contesting the throws and even though we are getting beat some, it has a different feel than last year. Last year it was like we expected them to make the catch after playing off 10 yards and we were going to try and limit the YAC - it was awful. This year, we are playing more aggressively, even broke up some slants and screens yesterday that would have been automatic last year AND we are playing the young guys - McMillian, Bell, Apple, etc. The only defensive play that really bothered me from a coaching perspective was the TD with :48 left in the half. With young guys in, it is imperative on the coaching staff to make sure that they know NOT TO LET ANYONE GET BEHIND YOU! There were several mental errors but they were made, I believe, trying to be aggressive and I have been saying for the past 2 years, play the young guys more and get them some experience. If the D is going to look like s#@$, let some good come from it.
Even though we are talking D - finally - for two games in a row - Hermann/Meyer have had good game plans - spread it out, get everyone involved, start off with some high percentage plays to get JT and the O Line some confidence and then keep it going. Hope they don't revert.
I am not sure we will really know how much the team has improved until East Lansing. MN, PSU, and um scare me. MN and PSU because they are on the road - and um because they will want to send Hoke out with a win - ala Earle Bruce. Just keep getting better!
May not be the sentiment of everyone but the back 7 showed improvement on D. We were able to get off the field more on third down and played tight enough coverage that we broke up some screens and short passes. I guess in any defense, if you are going to play tight coverage, the downside is that you are going to give up some big plays. The only one that I thought was really bad (considering the experience level of the DB's) was the touchdown pass right before the half - how do you let any receiver get behind us? I thought that one was on the coaching - remembering you have young guys - would it hurt to pull them aside with a timeout and say NO DEEP BALLS. We weren't close. Other than that, the other long TD's appeared to be player coverage error. I have been on here saying play the freshman and sophomores, I'd rather see them get experience and learn before the B1G schedule started. I think Cincy's defense was weak but this is the second game in a row that we had some decent offensive play calling - getting many involved and opening up the game in a manner to get JT comfortable. If we keep improving, we could win out, but I think the big test comes in East Lansing - that will show how good of a team we really have. (We do have several other tests, like PSU away, MN, and um who will be playing to send Hoke out on a positive note - ala Earle Bruce.)
Glad to see Apple, Bell, and McMillian on the field. May have made a few mistakes last night but the experience will pay dividends.
I was one asking for the young guys to get playing time. Rather have them getting experience than seeing the older guys get torched. All in all, the D looked better, in my opinion, than they did at the end of last year. They defended a couple of screens, and shorter passing routes, got off the field on third down more often than not, and seemed to be improved tackling. We may stumble before MSU, though I doubt it, I don't think we will really know how much we have improved on both sides of the ball until then.