Personally I still think our offense will look pretty vanilla. What Urban Meyer wants is an A gap presence. Effectively running the ball sets up everything else. If we have to out scheme teams because we cannot do that, we won't be very good. It's why he says the game is always won in the trenches. Virginia Tech will be a great challenge, I cannot wait until Saturday.
Totally agree I just watched the game again. Vonn Bell must start. He has a nose for the football and tackles well. I don't know the game plan so I don't want to bee too negative, but I am not expecting big things from Curtis Grant. He seemed slow to react again. I really hope I eat my words and he has a phenomenal season.
Title was correct Barrett was effective. He will only play better with more experience and a more cohesive offensive line
I think this is a good win for a young team. I was very impressed with the navy offense, their option will give most teams trouble. I actually thought our defense played pretty well. My two concerns are offensive. As an offense I couldn't tell you what our identity is? I believe this is mostly due to poor line play. And I thought frankly that first half we were severely out coached. We moved the ball pretty well but their were a few questionable calls. The bright side is this is a young team that will only get better each game. The best part about being 1-0.....is a chance to go 2-0
I believe Oregon is overrated. The PAC 12 is good this year and Oregon has not recruited well lately. Unless they are exceptional at player development I see more losses than normal
I honestly don't know what to expect with Jt. The good news is we are less than a week away from finding out!
I completely agree with your statement but that's not my point. National championship teams very, very rarely have the best quarterback in college football. Is Braxton a huge loss yes, but games are won and lost with a great defense and an offense and special teams that manufactures points. I still believe we have more talent than any other team in the big ten. Does this equate to anything, we shall see
First and foremost I feel awful for Braxton. I can't wait for his return in 2015. But I believe this years team will be unbelievably good. I argue that we have one of the 2 best coaches in college football, we have a team that is LOADED with young talent, and we have a defense that is hungry. Braxton is awesome, Pryor was out of this world, Troy won a heisman, bet yet it was a savvy game manager Krenzel who won a national championship. That year we played great defense and got the ball to our playmakers. I look forward to the upcoming season.
The first 2 weeks are huge for the perception of the big ten. If Wisconsin can find a way to beat LSU and Michigan St can find a way to beat Oregon then we could start changing the perception of playing in a weak conference. I believe our ranking is too high. We have the talent to be exceptional, but you have to win the big games. I hope for a very blue collar team this year.
It is really hard to determine much from this press conference, other than we can probably expect great things from Doran Grant. I know everybody is anxious about Braxton and our offensive playmakers, but I am anxious to see what a revamped defense looks like. Soon enough we will know though, at least for the subscribers who get cbs sports network
Don't forget we were only a "solid" defense away from playing for a national title. Meyer won a championship with Chris Leak, he can win one with Braxton. But not without a great defense.
I was one of the whiny posters, I was really worried about our commitment number through early June. Here it is July and I have no worries. Fan is short for fanatic, and there is a reason I work at a hospital and not coaching big time college athletics. I humbly eat my words and will do my best to let the coaches coach
Our recruiting class is shaky at best so far. I know I will get down voted for not being optimistic when the season has not even started yet. But we have no clear cut recruit to recruit other players. I hope it finishes better than it has started.
Should be an interesting year. I am not sure that we have ever had a quarterback return for their final season who already has this many accolades. We will have a lot of young talent on this team, but I truly believe we will only be as good as our defense is. We have more playmakers on offense, but there is NO way we will have the same power run game. We just lost the best offensive line Urban Meyer has ever coached. If we have a shut down SEC defense, or ala Sparty, we will be really, really good. If not, I foresee some bumps in the road.
I personally don't think we were talented enough last year to win a national title. Defensively we were a nightmare, or we would have played for a national championship. Offensively we were the same as 2012, with just a better decoy in Dontre Wilson. There is saying that goes.... Hard work only beats talent, if talent doesn't work hard enough. This year we have talent and I hope we work hard, because respect is earned, not given.
Thank you for saying that. It's easy to place blame on others, but great leaders place blame on themselves too. Everyone wants to see Luke succeed, I just wish he would take ownership in the fact that we stunk defensively last year.
Very excited for 2014, I feel like Urban hit two home run hires. I was thinking about all we lost but when I look at the athletes replacing them I am like my gosh. I know our offensive line will be a worry but I feel like we arguably have the best offensive line coach in the country. Our defense frankly, can't be any worse. I blamed Fickell a lot this season but I trust he was not the problem our he would have been replaced. In Urban I trust and I look forward to the 2014 Buckeyes.
I like the hire and I like the hire of Johnson. I think our defense is only going to improve. This will be the year that Urban's recruiting will really shine. Until now we have mostly played with the same recruits from the Tressel/Fickell era. I believe we will actually be better all around next year
I don't blame philly,our qb made more mistakes. Where are the silver bullets?
The better team won. Better players, better quarterback. Michigan State exposed us. We were/are paper champions. Braxton gave us a chance but he is no where near nfl ready. Terelle was a better thrower with his awkward delivery. Defensively, well we are terrible. Is it coaching or is it players? Who knows? I look forward to next year, we know our flaws, so how do we address them. To the long off season.........
I hate that we loss, I thought this was a team of destiny. I was wrong and the fan in me got ahead of my objective side. Here's truth, our offense was abysmal 2 years ago, and now is elite. We didn't have our best showing yesterday, but if our lowest point total is 24 I'll take that. All year long and for the last 2 years our problem is defense. It's easy to say we don't have the right players, but Urban once called the wide receivers the most dysfunctional group he has ever seen and they have shown vast improvement. Our offensive line went from our greatest worry to our greatest strength after losing nfl draft picks. How long should we wait for the defense to improve? I have watched the offensive staff take a dysfunctional group and make them elite. I wish the defensive staff specifically whoever is in charge of the back 7 would do the same. Am I right or am I overreacting?
I have a feeling this is Braxton's last game at home. He is throwing his body around like never before.... Enjoy it buckeye fans
Really proud of our Buckeyes. 22-0 with a chance to set a school record. Really hard to bitch about that. I wish we perfect but then again I realize, really no one is perfect. Stop hating and start supporting because none of the networks will.
Not a great showing today, but it's amazing to struggle and put up 60. Our offense would give anyone problems. But my god, we are not silver bullets. Our defense is physical but average. Of all the teams I can remember winning bcs national championships, it seems like the common theme they all had, is they played elite defense. It is Urban's number one goal on his plan to win. So I would think someone or something has to give at the end of the season. I know it is crazy to complain after 22 straight wins but if we want to be objective..... Urban took over one of the worst offenses in college football with an o-line that was a weakness of our team. In less than 2 years this is our strength. So what gives on defense? Is it players or is it coaching. I don't know but like the team I won't grow complacent
Bama is a well coached team, but their players make them special. FSU has a ton of nfl talent. They are a tough matchup for anyone. I hate to say it but the rankings will be deserved. Alabama 1, FSU 2, And Ohio State 3. I think we can beat anyone but we need some help. Not unfamiliar territory, let the season play out, then we can gripe. But rest assured we would have to play an A plus game to beat either Alabama or Florida State. I just hope we get a chance.