We win 66-0 and drop in the AP poll. I will never understand it. I get we lost to VT and they lost, but man that is tough. The bright side is that is just more motivation. So as an armchair coach everything I complained about looked better. I get the level of competition but I do trust in these coaches.
The reality is we have a lot of talent, and we most definitely have a superb head coach. Urban has accomplished more than most coaches ever dream of. Urban Meyer national titles equals 2, more than most, including our beloved Jim Tressel. This team is not good enough to win a national title. No coach could win it with our current roster. What I do expect is our players in position to make plays, both offensively and defensively. I know there is a learning curve but it sucks going through it when we have ample talent.
No flak from me, I agree I hate this loss, but I do think a lot of good will come from it. Urban is 24-3 at Ohio State which is pretty darn good. I trust he will get things straightened out and we will definitely look better next week because we play a lesser opponent.
Great analysis, it did look like we could have used jailbreak screens and some misdirection throws to slow down their defense. We also should have been able to take advantage of throwing to our running backs. The NFL throws to their backs a lot but it seems like it is non existent at Ohio State. It just seems like there could have been more done to lesson the load on Jt. It is a tall task to stand in a collapsing pocket and deliver a great ball on a vertical route over and over. Our offensive line struggles are alarming but I think kind of expected. This offense needs some identity, it needs a leader, and it needs to start making defenses reactive vs proactive.
Good luck to Chad in whatever he does
Underprepared equals out coached. I do trust in Urban Meyer, but you can't have a fine collection of athletes that do nothing well. We still have zero identity on offense, at least Navy can run the ball. Do they have more talent than us? I love his effort but Curtis Grant hampers our defense. He is a run a stopper but gets exposed over and over in the passing game. We are the 2011 team with a much higher ceiling. We do have great players, but with the exception of the d-line there is not one thing we do well right now.
That defense gave us fits. We will see it a lot this year until we can prove we can beat it. A big tip of the hat to the Virginia Tech coaches for dialing up an aggressive scheme and preparing their players to do it. Maybe one day we can prepare to give an offense or defense fits.
I agree, but there were enough defensive plays to win this game. At least they are breaking in a new scheme. If there is a train wreck, it's offensively. Anyone who watches the game can tell our linebackers can't cover and our secondary gives up easy throws unless they choose to hold. So I gave them a pass because they came up with enough plays, turnovers, to win this game. We are undisciplined and it's across the board.
I am actually giving the defense a break this week, I thought they made enough plays to win this game. So if there is a silver lining that is it. I am so tired of hearing about all of our offensive playmakers. Where are they? Who is our leader offensively? What do we really do to put playmakers in space to succeed? Who breaks a tackle? This team has a lot of holes. So please don't brag about talent until it produces. Our offense and our play calling sucks. It sucked against Navy, and it sucked against Virginia Tech. I get it we can't block. Why can Mac teams block with less talent? Our running backs don't produce, but we supposedly have too much talent. And we supposedly have a ton of depth at wide receiver but not one game changer? We have a distributor at quarterback that only throws a deep ball? What the hell are we doing? There is all this talent but no results.......make me a believer in something.......
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.