if the lions are going to compete, they will have to pass. Same can't be said for Cowboys, who could find a defensive game with the Bears. I just think Stafford is the safe play here. I'm starting him looking for 300+ and 2tds
Home against Denver
Lions lost their main rb, although it is a committee. GB is missing very good defenders in back 7, including main rusher. GB traditionally is a high powered offense and you gotta score to stay with them. Stafford is a perennial top 10 fantasy QB.
Just like the transition from high school to college, going from college to nfl will take time and evolution.
He's important for the buckeyes, but no more important than every other teams most important player. Time will make the comparison across all of college football.
I agree. It comes down to winning the 1v1 and the talent at make that difficult to do at 100% efficiency. However if we're in man, it means that we think should beat them. Again, just nitpicking. It's unrealistic,but there's always room for improvement.
I do see your point but 1. I'm nitpicking and, 2. Playing man coverage means making the tackle is imperative. It would be different if we are in zone, but man coverage, there is very little room for error. It is essentially a choice of three options: 1. Incompletion. 2. Completion, no yac. 3. Completion. Big play. You hope for 1. You live with 2. You avoid 3 like the plague. Gotta make every tackle.
I'm not sure much needs to be done. It is one of the tougher schedules we've played in years and I think this will help with the focus. In addition, we have a combination of two other things going for us- 1. We still made plenty of mistakes. 2. We have upperclassmen who experienced what happened last year. Given these things, if I'm coach Meyer, I'm not sure I'd do anything until I saw signs. Otherwise, just coach these guys up to eliminate mistakes and play fast and reactionary.
Biggest question is can this team stay focused and perform consistent enough to avoid the trap games and a difficult conference schedule.
My biggest questions before this game were answered, mainly our trench warfare. I thought we played great in the trenches. This was a very good performance and it was complete.
To nit pick:
Barrett still looks skittish in the pocket and had several pretty awful throws.
We need to make a consistent and sustained effort to attack the perimeter and attack vertically.
Tackling in space. Gotta be 100% here, especially in man coverage.
Slow down the mental game on defense. We have speed and we over pursue. Slow it down and react instead of anticipating.
Amateur boozers. A wise man once said, "if you can't take the heat, get ya ass out the kitchen, we on a mission"
Yes, my concerns lie in the trenches.
We saw our OL struggle with Tulsa early to the point that talent gap couldn't cover for the scheme. The talent gap between OU and OSU is not that wide. I think OU will contain us between the tackles and this then begs the question "Do we attempt to use the downfield pass and the edge attack to establish the run?" The first two games, potentially purposely vanilla, have shown that we prefer to stick to our guns. If we do so against OU, we will struggle early and OU will have the chance to build the lead. Secondly, JT has not looked comfortable at times. A combination of JTs comfort and lack of decisiveness and the OL protection have me worried. Our best chance lies with early and often attacks on the perimeter and the play action passing game.
The defense has me most concerned. You can add the stats however you please but we haven't played a team at OU caliber. Specifically, I worry that we will struggle to stop the between tackle running game of OU. This is critical, and only a start to winning the game. Next, we've given up some short passes. Both Tulsa and BG found space for the quick pass - slant or screen. We did make most tackles in space, but OU WRs are different beasts and will be harder to bring down. Then there is the biggest disadvantage of the game, and that is the OU RBs out for passes. This could be a serious problem for us. The one thing that I really about this defense though, is that they play fast. We have to hope that playing fast translates to playing equal talent as opposed to inferior talent. Defensive line needs to generate pressure. LBs need to react to their assignments. DBs need to trigger timely and accurately.
It's going to be a difficult task and a great game.
OU 42 OSU 38
Slow start for us and mistakes hurt our offense, particularly on the OL and with JT. I don't think our defense is as good as we think and OU sustains drives. We lose the trenches on both sides of the ball. Great game, perhaps a classic, but we come up short.
Interesting spread. If it moves to over a fg, I may just play OU.
I would set the line at OU -5. I think it will open at -3.
Both programs have huge fan bases so no betting bias there. Both programs recruit well and have loaded stables. On paper, I'd guess an even match, with a nice home field edge to OU. After seeing OSU week 1, a case could be made for us to be favored. However, week 2 suggested our team wasn't as developed as we saw in week 1, although some may just look at the final score of the Tulsa game. Meanwhile, OU's play was reversed, plus they've already tasted defeat and this could be a potential motivator.
So home field against a very young and inexperienced team and motivation because they already have one loss, I like OU in this one.
I'd put Oklahoma favorites and I'll say the spread is 3. I think it could be as high as 5.
are you serious Clark?
I don't disagree with the fact that we are tough to beat when we bring our A game (I tried admitting that much in my response). However, with respect to question posed about the CFP, the logic in that response is flawed by the assumption that winning the B1G equals CFP birth - it doesn't. We can win the B1G with multiple losses, whereas a CFP birth is unlikely.
And BTW, the better SEC teams can win some of their conference games with their B game, same as OSU.
The issue in my opinion doesn't rest with any other team. The Bucks have been the most talented team in the B1G for some time now. We've seen the same team barrel through the best of football yet struggle Indiana. So now matter the talent gap in the B1G, we still have to show up to each game with an attitude to win. The onus doesn't lie with anyone else and whether or not we make the playoff in my opinion rests with can we put it all together week to week and consistently get better. We did exactly this in 2014.
It's pretty simple to me. How does the talent develop and how does the team come together, and, most importantly, what is the timing of all of this?
Best part about the new season is we as fans start as freshmen - we don't know what to expect and we are bright eyed with the world as our oyster. As the season progresses, we learn our team just the same as these kids do. It's going to be a great season and a great ride. I'm looking forward to watching this team develop.
There's not much mystery here. We all know the 4 teams. There's no reason that Clemson or Bama drop. Given the additional quality win fir MSU while Oklahoma was idle, it's likely they move ahead.
1. Clemson vs. 4. Oklahoma ; 2. Bama vs. 3. MSU.
If our guys continue to miss assignments and drop balls, it doesn't matter who is calling the plays.
If you watched the Buckeyes all season long, you can’t be surprised by Saturday’s result. Deep in your heart of hearts, you knew that this version of the Ohio State Buckeyes was not Cardale’s your father’s last year’s squad. The offensive line struggles, the inconceivable forgetting about the best back in the country for long stretches, the horribly inconsistent passing attack (regardless of who was pulling the trigger), the inability of the defense to get off the field at certain points, it was all there right in our faces the whole season long.
Harder to make adjustments within a limited number of plays. Also, to harder to see the adjustments that were made because of a limited set.