Actually I like the Coaches poll better, us at #8 and Nebraska at #6 - gives us a better focus on who we need to obliterate..... oh and with TTUN in #2 - lets make them a target for all of our frustrations after last night as well...
I'm still looking for something on offense that I feel good about......
Play calling: meh
O Line: Meh
Special teams: meh -23
Ok there were some good to great plays, but only when things clicked.... but that was very seldom.
Defense: Bullets rock but when the O and Special Teams are so off balance, who can win under an avalanche?
I really do give a lot of credit to the players (most of them) for standing in there on a terrible night. But looking forward there are several more teams (if PSU is a lackluster team then .... OMG!) that could stifle us several times in the next several weeks. Fortunately PSU is the last of the teams that will have 2 weeks to get fresh legs and just focus on us to get ready....
Hope we can wake up and not believe the rankings - winning in this division takes 100%++ efforts and seamless team efforts. We did not see that overall last night. Sad for the team...
About half time I began to think that this was MSU from last year all over again.... Thankfully NOT. Don't need that sort of deja vu ever again. Kudos to a stout defense (OK a couple of costly gaps in coverage that need to be cleaned up...)..
IU is improving year by year and is probably not in the C-league basement any longer. Hope they have an outstanding game Nov 19.
And why do we play both Wisconsin and then PSU just after they both have bye weeks..... who schedules this stuff. Ok I am being paranoid...
Well, they are about to play so just Go BUCKS!
This rain delay is bullshit - the 1st storm is long gone - and Future Radar has another storm front hitting in about 5 hours - so with another hour delay that might hit late in the 4 quarter ... Start the freaking game!
Intercept him, sack him, make him fumble - many times.
Well done Zeke, Well done. You are truly a great Buckeye. Good Luck in the NFL. We will miss you.
A great season overall (except for just 3 points......)
I have enjoyed watching Joey Bosa so much for the past couple of years. Truly a remarkable talent. I was totally distressed that he was ejected - I wanted to watch him for one final game of wrecking havoc on yet another hapless team. Joey, we (I) am going to miss you. Thanks for being a great Buckeye. Fare will in the NFL.
Did anyone else watch Houston v Navy today. Can we have that offense? Aggressive using all the tools and skills... I'm sure our Buckeyes have it in them. Go Bucks. Screw the Blue.
Position coaching. That's what it is all about. Coaches developing skills in the kids that they didnt even know they had. Then putting it all together in a cogent, cohesive game plan that utilizes those skills to overcome the opponent's known strengths and takes advantages of any weaknesses. Throw in a ton of commitment and a few innovations and what do you have? Dantonio? That tricky bastard used us and threw us away.
NOW we must be even more innovative this week. **ichigan is not set of pushovers as their stats prove. They have great coaching. Our masterminds (where have they been, where are you when we needed you Tom Herman?) must prove that they are up to the challenge and use the talent we have (and we have a ton of talent) to take the game to the skunk weazels. Hope the coaches are up to it. I know the kids are with great leadership. Saw it last year under adversity and expect to see it again. Come on Urban, make it so.
And why don't our O coaches engage in the same tactics? Still learning dirty tricks from the M scum? I wouldn't encourage them to do so but to be prepared for all their underhanded tricks. I have always thought well of Dantomio until this point. Now screw him with the Blue.
A slight shift in topic - sorry - but does anyone know Game Time for the MSU GAME ? All I can find is TBD - Hey, its time to lock down some travel arrangements !
And putting Brax in at WC has become a clear statement that he will run - and the D will pounce on him. Using him in a one dimensional way at WC is no good.
"a clunky fit within this year's personnel and play calling".
Sometimes I just scratch my head and wonder "why did they call that"? (Or I end up yelling at my TV).....
Cardale has talent, but sometimes the play calling should recognize those talents (and those of the 10 other players out there) and cater to the situation. Just sayin'
Seems like Cardale did better last year when he had to step in and just get the job done - without over thinking it - without any anxiety of who would be the real leader. In his starts this year it seemed that there was too much over thinking about each snap - missing that free flow from his big 4 performances on the way to the NC. Hope he can now just go out and get his jive on and be natural again. Love both these guys and they joy they can both bring to the game.
And please remmember in Hellvember: NO MORE DRINKING AND DRIVING by ANYONE!
I think we miss Jeff Heuerman a LOT! Need to have that long goal post route in hand to keep the opposing Ds respecting a deep ball.
I will forever love Cardale for his mastery of the last 4 games last year. The kid was an absolute stud and took a no nonsense hold of the situation and produced some incredible wins for TOSU. Love that 12 guage arm!
I also love JT and his ability to guide the team (last year!) and this year too.
Together they are an unbeatable combo at QB (OK add some Brax into that mix too).
Urbs is wise to keep them all in the braces to have them hot and ready to join in every game. This is not about a popularity contest - its all about who can get the particular job done at the moment and to apply their unique skills when called upon.
Poor execution influences play calling (among other factor) and poor play calling affects execution and even amplifies poor execution. We have a deadly combination of both, but are still winning. But we have to break this negative feedback cycle with improvements on both execution and intelligent play calling - and IMO the play calling needs the most work - and if fixed it will enhance execution markedly
But we never once rushed the kicker - even when we could have really pinned theirvears back - gotta play to dominate
And if we had avoided even half of those mistakes we would have broken theirvspirits and taken them out of the game - as it was we added fuel to the fire in their bellies and kept them alive - IF all our horses are playing up to par we can demoralize any other team - just gotta get a grip on fundamentals and execute
But if you areca great team you sieze the.e day early and demoralize the opponent - you don't let them hang in there and come back - let's just blow them away like we did with Whisky last year. Yes they will all b.ring their be?st to play OSU but we also have to bring our best and rip their he.arts out - this team is not doing that - yet......
Kodos to Indiana for giving us a game - and we let them. I cringe every time Jones calls his own number which he is still too eager to do. Glad we escaped with this win. But a win is a win even if we don't cover the spread.