The game was ugly - but in the end the Bucks got it done. It may in fact hurt them in style points. However, the adversity can only help this young team. Hopefully it helps some of the coaching staff as well. Only time will tell if this game was actually a blessing for a young team.
What happened to Jalin Marshall in the punt return game? He needed to be benched.
While I was not thrilled with the play calling, I wasn't as upset with it as I have been in the past - like VT, MSU last year.
I think the plan was to open the playbook in the 2nd half but then JT hurt his knee, and then throws the pic 6 on the opening drive. I think the play calling became more conservative after that so as to 1.) not destroy JT's confidence or the coaching staff did not have confidence in in him at that point to open it up, 2.) D was playing well enough that they through they could keep PSU from putting points on the board. It was painfully obvious that our offense is not as prolific as the last 4 games suggest - they were more of a function of weak competition.
OLine improved but still has a long way to go. ...and what's up with Marshall? He was (what appeared to be) running around, mouthing off and taking crazy chances on punt returns?
Bucks just need to keep improving - regardless of the struggles last night - they are still better off than they were in week 2. They do have several big contests coming up. MSU will be very tough to beat at home, MN, while not quite in MSU's league, will not be a pushover, and um in Hoke's farewell will come to play (ala Earle Bruce swan song).
I got the sense they were going to try and open it up in the second half offensively but as soon as JT threw the pick 6 Hermann either lost confidence in him or went vanilla to make sure he didn't destroy his confidence. Also, what happened to Marshall? He was running around (looking like he was mouthing off) and taking really stupid chances on punt returns? He was like a different player. Also, Samuel got the ball once - I think - and should be getting it more.
Thought the same thing myself High St. I think they had some positive things happen from the VT game, but I also think this answered a lot of questions too. Our offense is not as good prolific as we thought it was and it was due to weak competition. The D appears to continue to be improving but PSU is weak on offense - so just keep improving Bucks.
Yes, more than once I saw one of our interior linemen trying to purse a play with the PSU lineman stretching his shirt and holding on.
If we play like that vs MSU - it will not be pretty.
I think this answers the question about whether or not our offense was that good or the competition was that bad. Though young team, very hostile environment - and they found a way to win.
Defense looks much better tonight. Offense - perhaps a product of really weak D by our last 4 opponents.
The OLine is not blocking all that well.
me too! I think Urban was as well!
what is up with Marshall returning punts!
Ramzy hit it right on the head. Nothing wrong with the team - the coaching is showing signs of improvement!
Agree AHH - don't know what the final score will be but all anyone seems to remember from last year is the score. They forget that the Bucks could have easily been down 14-7 or 14-0 after two PSU drives. Hackenberg looked good on the first two drives but had at least 5 dropped passes that were EASILY catchable. After that rough start, PSU kind of fell apart. I still don't think they would have won, but it wouldn't have been 63-14, They are at home this year and if I were them I'd be pissed off. They still may not have the horses to win, but this is not going to be the cakewalk everyone is making it out to be.
JT has been great and has improved game by game. But lets hold the hype until after MSU. If he performs as he has in that game and leads the Bucks to a win - then let the real hype begin. Also, watching VT last night showed that they (1.) played completely out of their minds, and that (2.) our coaching job was even worse than I remember it. However, I believe good things have come from the VT game. Our offensive play calling has finally changed to actually complement multiple players, freshman and sophomores are now getting much more playing time. Go Bucks!
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...