I was never going to watch this game again. I was miserable for months and still twitched when I thought about it.
I couldn't escape the nagging question about whether or not The Buckeyes did match up but something (a series of things chief among them being the loss of Ginn) just went horribly wrong that night, or if it wouldn't matter if they had 10 chances at a rematch.
The championship this year finally made me think I could stomach it, so I just watched for the first time since that horrific night in 2007. I agree with the OP that the defense looked pretty decent in the 2nd half. If the offense could have gotten something going, they could have gotten back into the game. As I was watching the O line getting flattened over and over again, I was thinking how un Tressel-like this game was.
1)They lost the field position battle, especially with costly turnovers near their own end zone and turnovers on downs on their own side of the 50.
2) Every offensive series save the one that they scored on made little or no attempt to establish the run. It seemed like they were in a futile effort to get redemption for Troy. They all but abandoned the more Tressel like approach of using the clock to keep the ball away from the Gators lethal offense.
3) The pocket was non-existent, ala Virginia Tech 2014. I don't blame Smith any more than I blame Barrett for each of these losses
TL;DR. I dont one think the Buckeyes were nearly as bad as they looked that night, but they never established their identity in that game and it proved deadly right after the opening kickoff.
These re are just my thoughts. I'm at peace now.