I think a lot of people are expecting him to start because of the postseason run. It makes sense, but it discounts everything that JT Barrett did, which I find weird. It won't matter though. Whoever starts is going to put on a show.
I agree, I was surprised that he wasn't on that watch list. He may not get 100 tackles, but he will be one of the top defensive players in the conference this year.
Alabama obviously has the talent to beat anyone anywhere, but with all they replace on offense and the defensive issues they've had in big games recently, they're less likely to win this year than last. Of course the same was said of OSU last year. Also, I don't think a two loss team is going to get in over a one loss TCU, OSU, USC etc.
Of what you've listed, I think the current lack of a proven run-stopping DT is the biggest issue and could allow a team to gash OSU up the middle and eat up the clock. Turnovers and limited possessions based on another team possessing the ball are the two biggest reasons OSU would lose a game.
I think this is the biggest in-game issue just based off a few games from last year (Minnesota, MSU, Oregon). Obviously OSU won all those games last year, but they made it a lot harder on themselves. Luckily everyone will be more experienced but you can only make so many mistakes before it gets to you.
It will take touches away from Elliot, but also help distract defenses from him a la Jalin Marshall in the Mchgn game when he broke off the 44 yarder. It'll be tough for any one player to pile up the stats needed to win the Heisman, but that just makes the offense that much more dangerous.
It will be a difficult transition as always, but there will still be a lot of playmakers returning on offense. My biggest concern is the defense. Real possibility that OSU loses 3 in the secondary, 2 from the LB corps, and 3 on the DL.
Yeah I'd be pretty surprised if he doesn't leave. He may not put up All American stats, but I think he will play at that level this coming year. He's extremely dangerous after the catch and very physical. He could step in as a NFL 2 or 3 right away after this year.
Never understood the "he can't take contact" argument for Miller. He's taken a ton of hits and played through the Clemson game with a freaking torn labrum. He's a beast.
I think this run, along with the PSU goal line run, are my 1a and 1b favorite Miller runs. I have a feeling this year we'll see a few plays that will jump to the head of that list.
When he can throw 100%, those bubble screens and pop passes are going to put a ton of stress on the defense. So much potential.
Every B10 coach right now:
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