...last year, the preseason #1 looked like shit all year long too clinging to 4th qtr leads every week.
BuckInNashville, I agree with your comment about the QB. That game Saturday took 5 years off my life. However, I don't think we, as fans, can know what exactly is in the game plan, to be honest with you. It may have called for deep passes and, for whatever reason (lack of execution, trying to take what NIU's D was giving, etc.) they really didn't work out (except JT's pass to Thomas in the end zone).
I do take umbrage with the comparison to FSU, however. I've seen some others post the same comment. There is a different culture here under Urban than exists under Jimbo at Tallahassee. I don't believe JT or Cardale or Joey Bosa or even Braxton Miller would be playing if they were arrested for shoplifting, let alone all the other behaviors certain Seminoles participated in.
And, speaking of comparisons to last year, Bosa is correct. The Buckeyes looked horrible against VT; they didn't play very well against Indiana, Minnesota or TTUN, for that matter. But they found a way to win. And, as DJ pointed out in his article, the "trajectory" for Urban-coached teams is they improve over the course of a season. I believe he and the staff should be given the benefit of the doubt (the offense is, obviously, still working out kinks with new guys and old guys in new roles). I recall that many on here were calling for Herman's head long after the loss to VT. In fact, he only became really popular, if memory serves, after the B1G Championship game, the Sugar Bowl and the Nat'l Championship.
Give. It. Time. It will be OK.