While I believe that UM has its best team since 2006, and the style that Harbaugh runs is old school B1G football, I want to see how they survive the Big Ten schedule, particularly towards the back end. I don't think they have depth on defense, and that is where I think they will start to break down. Their starting eleven is very good, and they have a stable of physical backs and TEs/FBs that are doing a lot of those throwback, misdirection passes that seem to gash the Buckeyes. Anyone who thinks the Buckeyes won't be severely tested before the B1G championship hasn't watched Sparty or the Wolverines. Those will be wars.
I agree with your assessment, and I am glad that these are correctable. The talent and depth are there, it will come down to schematic changes to get people off the blocks and confuse offensive lines. I think we will see great improvement over the next few weeks.
I think both guys are pressing, look over their shoulders and trying to be too perfect. The heightened expectations can be debilitating to even extraordinary young men. I think they will both find their way to handling the situation, because both guys are winners. I wanted JT to get the nod, but I think Meyer settling on Cardale will be the best thing for both of them in the long run. He has had a few weeks to see them both, let Cardale be the man and see how he grows into this new role with these expectations. I think we will see him start to settle in and cut down on the mistakes, play more natural again. If for whatever reason he can't, put JT as the number 1 and let him take the reins. We are at the point of the season where stability and leadership must start to settle in. Go Buckeyes!
I see this game more of a 48-20 game. I think WMU will have a few big plays, but I think the Buckeye's offense will click much better than the last couple of weeks, and they will impose their will early and often.
If Mike Hart accidentally got slapped upside the head, that would be pretty cool too.
There seems to be a lot of confusion on offense for such an experienced group. I don't know if they are trying to please too many playmakers or if everybody is pressing for fear that the guy behind them will show them up. It does lift my spirits to know there is no doubt the Buckeyes can play much better than this. I just hope they can turn it around soon.
I am glad Sam is getting a lot of playing time early. Our D-Line depth is awesome right now and will pay huge dividends in November. Hubbard, Holmes, Schutt. Hill... All these guys are getting better week to week. And the fact they are playing with two top 10 picks in next year's draft - this defense will compare to the LSU defense from a couple years ago.
I think this is a good matchup for the Buckeyes, considering they will be motivated to win big and the way Georgia Southern abused Western Michigan (with an explosive RB and hawkish secondary - does that sound familiar). I am going with a comfortable 45-20 victory.
I definitely think both Jones and Barrett are pressing, trying to be too perfect. It must be hard not to. One of them will finally be able to calm down and execute consistently, like they both did last year. the guy who does that first will be the starter throughout the rest of the season.
That was an interesting take by coach on all the playmakers feeling the same pressure to make a play everytime they get the ball. Thomas and Samuel seem to be handling that pressure the best so far. Both those guys are playing very fast.
I don't think they can overturn those personal fouls on review. But Harbaugh has a point.
As for that game, I watched most of it. TTUN looks like a smash mouth, well-coached team. I say this begrudgingly because I want Harbaugh to fail epically, the Wolverines are a good football team that will give a lot of people problems. They are lacking some weapons right now, but who knows who will emerge. The D Line is tough, O Line is much improved. And they have a stable of RBs that kept pounding the ball, completely took the Beavers' out in the second half.
Sparty vs TTUN will be an epic war. Everyone should make a point to watch that game. I think I would pick the Wolverines for the upset after week 2.
Receivers are really struggling to get any separation from Conley. He is playing fast with a lot of confidence. The only thing I worry about, with all the CBs in this defense, is that they are so physical, there might be that officiating crew that gets flag-happy. It won't happen against Sparty, since they play the exact same defense, but I worry about crap calls at the end of some game affecting the outcome.
Having said all that, Conley came in a different player this year. Confidence is key, and he has that right now. Great to see these talented DBs - DBU!!!
The play I am dying to see is Braxton, in the wildcat, take a jab step like he is going to take off, step back and hit Thomas over the top or on a slant (with all the LBs getting drawn in to stop the QB draw.). I think it needs to happen. Braxton was seen throwing the ball 40 yards in the preseason, so I know he can throw, just not 30 times a game. That is a wrinkle that I don't think D coordinators are prepared for right now.
I love them both, but I give the nod to Zeke. He might be the best overall running back (speed, power, vision, pass catching and blocking) that I have ever seen. And his family is incredibly cool. Love that dude.
I think Hyde will be an absolute monster this year if he stays healthy. He was so fast last night, and running with a purpose. Keep it up El Guapo.
That is one the greatest things I have ever read. Good stuff.
You should remember that "fan" is short for "fanatic", which leads one to believe that there will be disproportionate reactions to many situations. As I have aged, I don't panic much anymore. I am more appreciative of these incredible athletes and coaches who put out an exciting product for a team I have always cheered for. I don't judge people who panic or go to extremes with their emotions, but when it provokes them to spew hate or be disrespectful, I have a problem.
I have very good friends who root for TTUN and other rivals - I take it as a responsibility to show them respect even while I am trash talking. I don't need to go on about Jerry Sandusky to my Penn St friends - believe me, they will not forget him.
For those of you under 30 who might not remember the 90s very well, this is a great time to be a Buckeye's fan. We should all just enjoy it. It will not last forever; these things are cyclical and eventually, the mojo goes away. Let's hope Urban can haul in a couple more titles. He is one of the greatest coaches of all time, and I am so impressed with the quality of young men wearing the scarlet and gray. Go Buckeyes!
Ohio Stadium, home of the spin-to-the-end zone! Get some, El Guapo!!!
Those are no-win scenarios for the Buckeyes. I think both are better than Oregon St, but Oregon St is a PAC12 school. Two very good MAC schools will either keep it way too close, make the Buckeyes look bad, possibly pull an incredible upset, or get blown out. Even if the Buckeyes blow them out, people will just say "congrats, you blew out a MAC team".
I think the best part of it is the Buckeyes will be tested with a variety of looks and be better prepared for the meat of their schedule. I personally think TTUN v Sparty is going to be a war. Mark my words, Sparty will be lucky to come out of that one. Harbaugh has a pretty focused team right now that can really grind people down, as much as I hate to say that. They are better than I thought they would be. If their QB stops passing out Christmas balls, and a couple more weapons emerge on the outside, I think they will be a 9 win bowl team. Buckeyes playing tough teams ahead of those games, but not necessarily physically rough games, could be a blessing.
I agree - I think we will see Weber, especially after Dunn put the ball on the ground. That was so sad.
I would not be at all surprised to see JT start. I think it would be a perfect psychological ploy by the zen master. Plus, with the short turn around, JT will be fresher. Cardale got chopped a lot during the VT game, and I imagine he is sore.
I thought Braxton ran a very nice route on that play. He gave enough of an inside move to freeze the safety and the ball hit him in stride, meaning he was on time and exactly where Cardale expected him. He will only get better, which is very scary.
Thanks for the breakdown. I had not realized what a nice route that Braxton had run. That did not look like an athletic QB playing WR. That looked like a potentially all-conference receiver to me. Seeing the defense collapse on Zeke was great as well. It is going to take an amazing scheme and incredible athletes to slow the Buckeyes down this year. I can only think of three or four teams (Minn, Mich St, TTUN, and Penn St) that I would give a realistic shot of holding the Buckeyes under 50 pts. That is just incredible when you think about it.
I thought that was funny, and after all their shushing last year, the Hokies deserved every gesture. It looked like the Buckeyes were having fun, and they deserved to.
That made me laugh... good stuff from Tyvus.
Cardale reminds me a lot of Ben Rothlesberger. I have cheered against Big Ben for years, but I respect his ability to make plays. Dolodale has that. He is almost impossible for the small, fast D-Lineman to wrestle to the ground. The whole time, he is just looking down field for the breakdown in coverage while three guys are hanging off him.
For Meyer, it must feel like he has a Tim Tebow with a Cam Newton arm. I am still surprised Cardale got the nod, but he did great. I respect Va Tech a lot, and I thought the Buckeyes were impressive despite the errors in the 2nd Quarter. I was never worried.
Brewer is a leader. You can tell that when he went down, their offense was deflated. The line between confidence and cockiness is usually in the eye of the beholder.
I counted two great blocks by Zeke. This is such a fun play to watch 1000 times.