OSU will blow KSU's doors off in the first half because KSU is bad and OSU is going to play very angry on Saturday.
I agree, Va Tech will be the best defense we face in hind sight at the end of the year. I think Va Tech could give FSU all kinds of fits this year.
I'm not looking to solve anything with my post. I guess trolls and others thinking that many coaches should be shown the door right now is frustrating and won't solve any problems.
Trolls and noobs....DEATH TO ALL OF YOUR LAME/DUMB COMMENTS AND THREADS!!
Yep, all the other conferences never have bad years. The ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 are always tough as nails.
I hate the SEC, but they do have a good run going the past 10 years. But the other 4 power conferences have all had rough patches.
McMillan is the whole answer to solving the defensive problem, yet I truly believe the part of the solution including him. Looks like a beast, a hungry beast.
Only to get reps because the game is out of hand, not because of an injury or lackluster performance by JT.
When there are 7-8 guys in the box, with 6 blitzing just about every play and you can't get to the edge....I'll take a middle screen to Elliott. That would be 3 OLs to block 2 defenders left in the box, I like those chances.
I would not want to face this OSU team this week. You know they are going to come out hungry. Hungry with a giant chip on their shoulder. This is going to be an ugly one plus Kent State isn't that good either.
I'm going with 38-0 at halftime with 300+ yards on offense. Kent State will get a cheap TD late, 52-7 good guys, then on to the Cincy game.
Exactly my thoughts. There was separation yet it didn't translate to catches. I'd say there were at least 5 catchable balls that were dropped.
Maybe they need to work on catching the ball with their hands??? Then that is right up Smith's alley, but separation isn't an issue.
It's frustrating to see Wilson make a one-handed over the shoulder catch, and then WRs don't make the routine grabs.
13-1....running the table, winning the B1G championship and bowl game.
There isn't anyone on OSU's schedule that I'm nervous about including MSU. MSU's defense is not as good as last year, and their offense isn't unstoppable either. It should be a close game and one that OSU wins.
There were quite a few good things to take away from the game:
1) Bad offensive performance led to 21 points. Another 7 points lost on dropped TD and 6 more on missed FGs. Against a solid, aggressive defense like Va Tech, OSU had the potential to score 34 and those were just 3 plays that OSU makes 99% of the time.
2) Run defense is ridiculously good and Spence is coming back this week. Bennett, Bosa and Washington get much of the praise (deserving) and Miller/Frazier have played great in Spence's absence while guys like Munger and Schutt have solidified the rotation on the DL.
3) Raekwon McMillan - I know he only got a few snaps, but looked like a beast/manimal on mission. He may end up being the next great LB at OSU
4) JT Barrett - numbers didn't look good, yet his poise can't be taught. If he had just another second on a couple throws the game may have been different. His future looks very bright despite the stat line from this game.
I'm a little frustrated with the play calling on offense, the porous OL/lack of running game and no intermediate passing. I said going into the game that I wanted to see intermediate passing and little. With the defense Va Tech was playing, I'm disappointed that the quick slant wasn't utilized more along with some screen passes to Elliott.
Season is still young and players are still growing. I expect OSU to still run the table and finish in the top 10 but outside of the playoff come the end of the year.
I think the scariest part of the game is that Va Tech defense showed everyone on OSU's schedule the recipe for shutting them down. Granted, most teams won't have the talent Va Tech has on defense, especially DBs, but the recipe for success is now obviously out there.
I think I was delusional yesterday. I'll either be at a bar watching all 3 live while focusing on OSU, or....watching OSU live at home with the other 2 games DVRed.
Thank you 11W brethren for talking some sense into me. Whew, that was a close one!
28-13 Ohio State win.
Ohio State looks shaky in the first half and heads to the locker room down 13-7. Ohio State is a different team in the 2nd half with the defense imposing their will on the DL while the offense makes necessary adjustments at halftime and open it up in the second half.
To be fair, LSU is going to Lambeau to play Wisconsin in 2016.
True....but how much better would Wisky at LSU in Death Valley and LSU at Wisky in Camp Randall have been? Better is the correct answer.
And I know teams will never play top tier non-conference games late in the season. Texas and USC home and home series were great a few years back. Would those games had the same atmosphere if they were played in Jerry World and Cleveland Browns stadium? I'm guessing not. I want to see a top SEC team play in the 'Shoe (Bama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia - I'm not picky) while I would love seeing Ohio State head to a SEC campus early in the season. It would just make for even better college football.
Seems like a good fan base for VT, much better than dealing with Wisky or TTUN fans.
If only SEC teams would agree on a home and home series instead of their 'let's play at a neutral site in Atlanta or Houston or Dallas' BS they pull now.
hope can't wait to see the defense get unleashed this week and have their ears pinned back in attack mode. Then I want to hear any VT fan say "this defense wasn't that good against Navy, WTF?"
I think the Navy game boosted their hope, while giving some Buckeye backers doubts. If the defense looks as good on the field as they do on paper.....come on Saturday night - get here, FASTER!!
Let's be fair ESecPN dropped 'Bama down after their lackluster performance down 3 spots to #5 so the Buckeyes drop is justified.
Nevermind, Georgia jumped 10 spots to number 2. Classic ESecPN, nothing to see here, let's move on....
MSU 37 - Oregon 27
scUM 31 - ND 20
tOSU 28 - VT 13
It will be a good weekend in Big Ten country. And if I'm wrong, I'm not listening to any national sports shows on the radio and will watch the remainder of the Buckeyes games on TV muted (should probably take this advice anyway)
Maybe I shouldn't say that Gardner is 'turrible' instead I should say Gardner can't come up with a win on the big stage. He may have come up with a win here or there, but I don't want him at QB for my team in a big game or when we would need a score late aka no turnovers.
Ohio State beat Arkansas? When? That was pre-Bert so it doesn't count either, even if the game did actually exist in some black hole at some point in time.
I know stats don't mean a whole lot game to game (see tOSU giving up 370 on the ground to Navy)...yet, look at the box score from the Oregon-South Dakota game last weekend.
South Dakota averaged 4.4 per carry on the ground for 172 yards rushing while 18-34 passing for 198 yards, 19 first downs and only 1 turnover. A fairly balanced attack that was just shy over 400 yards. Insert MSU's balanced attacked with better rushing and passing along with a defense about 10x better than South Dakota....this has the makings to be a great one. Couple that with the fact that Oregon 'struggles' against defenses like MSU (see Stanford, OSU, LSU in recent years).
I'll take the points and MSU, while I think MSU makes a statement and wins by 10 straight up.
No Dustin Fox in the secondary is a good, no GREAT thing!!! I should have explained that better. 10 yard cushion then draw a pass interference while being one of the leading tacklers....no thanks!! I'll take Grant/Apple/Conley over Fox any day!