We need at least one, and preferably two, of the young WRs to step forward at VT and make a contribution. I'm not saying they need to dominate, but just make enough catches needed to spread things out and some blocks to open lanes for their teammates. The latter is as important as the former. If that happens, we should score enough to win, given what I perceive as a mismatch in favor of our defense when VT has the ball.
They would actually have to HAVE a win total first before it could be affected.
Definite long shot, but it's possible. Now if were being played in the conditions of last year's game against us...
I don't see Baugh moving to WR, but 2 TE sets may be used more frequently than they would have been (though not necessarily more than last year when we had 2 proven studs). Whichever of the remaining WRs is demonstrating in practice the greatest effectiveness blocking will definitely see the field, as will the one or two (in addition to MT) who are most showing an ability to get separation from the coverage and make the catch. This will give the 3-4 total true wide-outs who will be in the rotation. And we'll probably almost always have Braxton or Curtis on the field, but playing the H.
I'd love to hit ALL of those - that would pretty much guarantee a blowout.
Interesting. The "over" on those stats is about what I thought might guarantee us a win against VT. Actually, there are several of these factors, since I think they need to pretty much shut us down offensively AND get some breaks to win. If Mike gets 5/80/1, OR Zeke goes over 150 yds, OR Braxton tops 100 yds rushing and receiving, OR we win the turnover battle, OR we score 1 more defensive/special teams TD than VT, OR we sack Brewer 4 or more times... I think that any one of these, or certainly TWO of them together, pretty much guarantees a win.
Yes, I'm surprised they don't print them in ALL CAPS.
And is Hill already of McLaurin, Campbell and Clark? If so, he's truly going to be a stud. Can't wait to see him on the field, especially in another year
Good luck, young man, and a speedy recovery. Looking forward to seeing you on the field next year.
Absolutely agree on the preseason rankings. The season has to play before you really know, and then on each gameday it can be different. You have to play the game. The better team doesn't always play better on a given day..
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Noah.
Nah, He's on "My Cousin Vinny."
Thomas, Miller, Samuel, Vannett, Baugh, Dixon, Campbell, McLaurin, Clark, Elliott, Hill. It's crazy that there are still plenty of targets.
To me the bigger issue is Brown's physical well-being.
A great series here. When it's over,
Remy Matt, can you possibly post the complete list?
I have lived outside Ohio my entire adult life, but grew up in the state, with my father being an OSU alum. My first experience in the Shoe was watching Tom Barrington run roughshod over the Fighting Illini in 1965. I never since stopped following the Buckeyes.
What? Ohio State football players go to class?
Follow your dreams!
It's only the American mispronunciation of the name of the movie (pronouncing "Boot" as the English word "boot" rather than, properly, to sound like the English word "boat") that gives rise to the nickname.
I have no reason to doubt that Sean will develop into a fine FG kicker, but it's great to have an alternative (and competition) this year in case it doesn't happen as soon as we (and he) would like. FG is all about performance under pressure, so that the pressure of competition for the job will help determine who's best ready to go this year.
"As you'll note from Mullin's video - reads are not always crystal clear. At the "mesh point", Cardale tended to err on the side of the "give read". Give the ball to Zeke. That's just smart football."
I agree: give the running back this work, especially a good one. That's what he's there for. As I recall, one criticism of Braxton as a QB was that he tended to err (predetermine?) on the side of keeping the ball.
Noah Brown. He's the real deal as the complete player Mayer is looking for.
I think the 550 ypg is about on target. The defense and special teams will set up such good field position that the available yards per drive will be reduced, and will score enough times themselves to take away a number offensive possessions. I agree that we'll be closer to 50 ppg than 45.
This was my concern as well. If I recall, 4-5 days ago when Hill lost his stripe, I think I remember reading that by the same time last year something like 8-10 players had lost their stripes. Perhaps, though, that was looking at the calendar date, and with the first game being later this year, camp started later.
What I've thought were realistic 2015 targets, before reading this article: 275 passing yards/game (247 last year), and 275 rushing yards/game (264 last year). I didn't realize that, with 15 games, the OSU team records for passing yards, rushing yards, and total yards would all fall in 2016, as well as the NCAA record for total offense.
An even better Silver Bullet defense this year, limiting the length of opponents' possessions, should get the offense more possessions than last year. Ironically, it could also hurt the offense's yardage by getting them better starting field position, shortening the yards gained on the average touchdown drive.
"May OR may not?" I think you nailed it.