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buckeye phi


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Comment 7 hours ago

I'm a little concerned that the Ohio State Buckeyes can beat a 5-1 power-five conference team 56-17 and not move up at all in one of the polls.  Especially, on the heels of three similar beat downs. 

In this scenario, the whole theory of taking care of business every game and then moving up a spot or two in the polls each week kinda flies out the window.

Fortunately, that may not matter nearly as much this time next week.  It'll be very interesting to see whether the selection committee's first top twenty-five does or does not resemble the polls.

Are they going to worry about who beat whom, who beat which out of conference powerhouse (or cupcake) in back in September? 

Or are they going to rely on their experience and interest in the sport and provide their best guess of who the top teams are - at that moment - each week?

In the meantime, all we can do is crush Penn State.

Comment 7 hours ago

I'm a little concerned that the Ohio State Buckeyes can beat a 5-1 power-five conference team 56-17 and not move up at all in one of the polls.  Especially, on the heels of three similar beat downs. 

In this scenario, the whole theory of taking care of business every game and then moving up a spot or two in the polls each week kinda flies out the window.

Fortunately, that may not matter nearly as much this time next week.  It'll be very interesting to see whether the selection committee's first top twenty-five does or does not resemble the polls.

Are they going to worry about who beat whom, who beat which out of conference powerhouse (or cupcake) in back in September? 

Or are they going to rely on their experience and interest in the sport and provide their best guess of who the top teams are - at that moment - each week?

In the meantime, all we can do is crush Penn State.

Comment 8 hours ago

Why is it safe to send the Florida's receivers over to help with the Ebola epidemic in west Africa?  Because they can't catch anything!

I'm a Buckeye living in Florida and surrounded by - ugh! - Gators.  They act as ifthey have a program with a rich football tradition - not a program that was fairly ordinary until Steve Spurrier came along.  I hate to admit it but I'm experiencing some fiendish delight in listening to those arrogant SOBs complaining about "Muskrat".

Comment 10 hours ago

It's probably unwise to take Penn State lightly.  A highly ranked defense - a potentially, elite quarterback - well coached - at home - at night - with 63 points worth of revenge on their minds.

The still young Buckeyes may have their hands full.

Having said that, the OSU offense is so dynamic, if Penn State's number one ranked rush defense gives 'em too much trouble, J.T. will just pass the ball over, around and through them.

 It's unlikely the Nittany Lions will be able to cope with the Buckeye's team speed - on either side of the ball.

Comment 18 Oct 2014

Actually, they're deliberately trying to kick to the corner of the field just short of the end-zone.  The same general area punters used to call the "coffin corner" back in the day.  It's to keep opposing offenses from getting started at their twenty yard line or better.

Of course, it's easier to contain a kick-returner if he's cornered to begin with.

The statistical chances of an offense scoring on a drive drop dramatically if they begin from around their fifteen as opposed to their twenty-five.

I can't remember the exact numbers but they were quite significant.  So much so that an occasional out of bounds kick-off is an acceptable risk.

I'm convinced it's a smart strategy for the coaches to try.  A great way to pick up those proverbial "hidden yards".

Apparently, our kickers are capable of regularly kicking-off through the end-zone given decent conditions, by the way.

Comment 17 Oct 2014

Because our offensive line hasn't faced a really tough defensive front yet, this bunch from Rutgers makes me a little nervous.  I haven't heard much about their linebackers or defensive backs, though.

The Buckeye offense in general has been progressing so nicely, it's hard to imagine they won't stay on that tack.

I also haven't heard a great deal about Rutgers' offensive line.  Against Maryland, we saw signs that the coaches are finally looking to compensate more for the loss of Noah Spence with some more creative pass rush schemes. 

If they can pressure and confuse Nova, he could revert into the turnover machine we're all hoping to see.

Rutgers - 17 - - - - - Ohio State - 56

Comment 16 Oct 2014

That's not entirely fair.  The coaches are asking him to be more directional with his kick-offs as part of a strategy designed to force opponents to begin their drives inside of their own twenty yard line.

It's easier to pin teams closer to their goal line if their kick returner can be cornered.  I think the strategy has been discussed on this site before. 

Evidently, the statistical difference for offensive series beginning inside of the twenty (or even better, the fifteen) - verses series that begin on the twenty (or even worse, the twenty-five) yard line or beyond were dramatic.  So much so - that an occasional out of bounds kick-off is apparently, an acceptable risk.

I wish I could remember the numbers but the odds against a team scoring on a drive beginning inside the fifteen - as opposed to the twenty-five or beyond were so diminished, it was a real eye-opener. 

It's a smart plan by coach Meyer to gain an advantage in those proverbial "hidden yards"

Incidentally, they say the kid can kick the ball out of the end-zone pretty much anytime he's asked to - given decent conditions.  But the statistical edge doesn't really kick in until the starting point is at least a few yards inside the twenty.  And obviously, the closer to the goal line, the better -

Comment 16 Oct 2014

It's agreed - the Hokies caught the Buckeyes unprepared for the 46.

But we also have to take note of how early in the season that game was played.  It wasn't just the scheme - it was the scheme being used against an inexperienced offensive line and a redshirt freshman quarterback starting only the second game of his career. 

Add to that a bunch of dropped passes and poor special teams play - and you've got a recipe for disaster.  Oh - and don't even get me started on our pass defense that night - especially, on third down.

Thankfully, it really looks like every one of those areas of concern have been addressed since that debacle.  So far, it appears our guys are improving at a faster rate than the level of competition.  I'm looking for a big win.

Comment 16 Oct 2014

Excellent analysis! 

By the way, the creator of the defense, Buddy Ryan, originally called it - the "46".  It's namesake (numbersake?) - Doug Planck, was a Buckeye.  People only call it the Bear because Ryan was defensive coordinator in Chicago when he came up with the scheme.  In my opinion, we should be loyal to a fellow Buckeye (and perhaps a little stubborn) and refer to it as the 46.

As far as Rutgers is concerned, I hope our offense is so prepared for the 46 by now that they're licking their chops in anticipation of seeing it again.  If the Scarlet Knights' defense uses it much at all, my current prediction for the score is may be way too low.

Virginia Tech had the corners needed to be effective with the scheme.  Sounds as if Rutgers may have a good enough defensive front - but if they have two NFL-bound cornerbacks on their squad, I haven't heard about it.

A team that doesn't have all the personnel required to run the 46 effectively - using it against a team that's more than ready for it and has the personnel to exploit it  - could spell big trouble.  And lots of big plays. 

A monster scoring day may be in the cards.