Me on defense: "I call covering him!"
Earned my vote for the hit of the night. Way to go, Schlegel, way to go.
I agree with everything you said ... Except the tidbit about Rod Smith. He impressed me with a few big blocks (pass protection is a part of his game that he's been lacking). And he did really well running up the middle. As far as vision is concerned, I don't think Smith is any worse Elliot. EZE had a few runs where he seemed to expect contact when there was none and fell to the turf when he could have gained some extra yardage. Also, Samuel seemed to take a step back this week. However, all nitpicking aside, I am very pleased with the running backs. And you should be too.
I want to start by giving a round of applause to a much improved offensive line and the coaches that made the necessary changes. However, it may be important to note that the Cincy defense did not look good at all.
With that said, I voted for JT. My reasoning is depth. Behind Berrett is that idiot who took a 20+ yard sack (on a bad snap) instead of throwing the ball into the stands. Behind EZE is Rod Smith, Curtis Samuel, and Dontre Wildon just to name a few. So even though they both played phenomenal (and I would even give EZE a slight lean), I'm choosing the Most Valuable Player. And without JT, the Buckeyes would not be as good as we were tonight.
This will never, and should never, happen. These are universities first and athletic teams second. That should never change. And, hypothetically, even if they were forced to earn their share of the BTN's revenues through on-field results, are we talking just football? This money supports a wide variety of programs. Medical research, hundreds of athletic teams/clubs, building renovations and major events just to name a few. By making these millions of dollars earned only by whoever records a 10 (?) win football season, creates a major setback for the school who misses the cut. What potential projects and programs get cut to adjust to their shortened budget? I know we're all football crazed fans here, but you have to recognize that not everything is about sports.
I voted Maryland. Road games scare me. And so does Stefon Diggs.
Braxton, El Guapo, then the Little Animal would be my top 3. That's a tough list. Too many names left off.
Feels like Fickel is coaching all over again.
Where do I start? The offensive line can't block to save their (or anyone else's) lives. JT can't sit in the pocket long enough to make accurate reads. When he scrambles, he doesn't keep his eyes down field. The entire receiving core can now be labeled as butter fingers. The run game that we leaned on so heavily last year is nonexistent. But the defense was decent. This team may not resemble that squad coached by Fickel, but it certainly has that hopeless feel to it.
Curtis Samuel needed to be a feature player tonight. There was no run game whatsoever. Unless, of course, you count JT scrambling for 1 yard every time he got flushed. Seriously, there were open receivers on many of his runs, he just didn't keep his eyes downfield.
Aaron Craft can do no wrong
"Kirk is good." I feel an urge to reply "Duh".
That second half for Wisky was a nightmare. They started good, looking poised to upset a traditional SEC powerhouse, and managed to finish lamely allowing 21 unanswered points. The offense was not designed for McEvoy. In fact, McEvoy looked like a joke with all the miscommunications on balls that sailed 30-40 yards beyond the nearest player. This was a statement game. And the message, again, is one that poorly reflects on all of the B1G. Not going to hide that I'm disappointed here.
I wish we broke in some guys sooner. Having 4 seniors graduate left a huge void that is proving to be rather difficult to fill.
Classy is almost an understatement. So much respect between these two schools. Gave me goosebumps.
I'm nervous. It was a scary first half today. If we show up next week and play like we did today, we will not win. I trust Urban to recognize that opportunity is knocking when VT comes to Columbus, and I have faith that he will deliver, like he always seems to do. Following a 34-21 Ohio State win, at least one recruit commits.
You contradicted yourself there.
The TEs played tight most the game to help a struggling offensive line with some blocking schemes. As much as I'm sure many of you wanted to see the TEs get involved in the offense by getting some targets, they were involved in other ways. I think it was smart to use them how we did considering how dismal our offense was playing in the first half.
With Eze, Dontre and Samuel in the backfield, I'd rather see Marshall take snaps as a receiver than a RB. I'm curious how they split the snaps in future weeks. Samuel outplayed Eze, in my opinion. I'd like to see him take more snaps.
I think next year might be the year. But that all depends on the steps these freshman make throughout this season.
All offseason, I was hoping to see McMillan explode onto the scene and start for us at MLB. After watching this game, I don't know what I was thinking. Lee is a tremendous player. Excited to see more of him in the coming weeks.
JT played well in his first start, seemed to get more comfortable as the game went on. Samuel impressed the most of all the RBs, in my opinion. And the front seven on defense was a rock. It wasn't an easy game to watch, but I'm happy with my team and I'll gladly take this dub.
A couple weeks ago, Herman was a star coach on this team and many of our fans were just praying we got to keep him an extra year or two before he left to become a head coach elsewhere. I guess all it takes is 30 minutes of game time to turn on your own team.
He will find a home somewhere else, I'm sure of that.