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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Agree. I think it's difficult to understand the importance of depth, especially depth on the defensive side of the ball where usually if you want to have a top 10 squad you need to be able to rotate DL, LBs and DBs with little drop off. OSU wasn't close to doing that at any point this year, even with younger guys getting experience.
Next year should be better, but I still think we'll see issues through 2015. Hopefully a lot of guys can start to step up and contribute at a much higher level next year. Meyer needs to get a knock out hire at the DB level this offseason.