I don't know what scares me most about the next game: The Cincinnati Offense or the Ohio State Offense.
Isn't it encouraging that the recruits have a healthy perspective on things, even if we fans don't? LOL
Game 2 happened. Maybe the Hokies are better than everyone thinks they are, but surely we are not as good as we thought we were.
That is not to say we lack the talent to become a very good team this year, because we don't, but we do lack the experience to be a very good team right now.
The challenge is to become a good team by September 27 and a better team each week until November 8, when we better be a very good team or experience another big disappointment.
My expectations are that Meyer and company will move the team in the right direction. My question is "How Far?"
I have already forgotten what happened on September 6. Let's use September 13 to get well because we have another contest on September 27.
Eze Elliot -135
A coach's primary mission is to create pressure situations for his charges and guide them through those pressure situations. It is in these situations that boys become men and establish the foundation for future success in the game of life. At Ohio State they also have the luxury of winning lots of football games in the process.
I go back to the sideline reporter's comment about how amazingly cool, calm, and collected Urban was on the sideline when things were not going well.
My conclusion is that he liked what he was seeing for some reason that we will never understand. Perhaps it was the effort. Perhaps it was the talk he was hearing on the sideline from his team. Perhaps it was what the coaches were doing to make adjustments.
Whatever IT was, Ohio State settled in and dominated at the end. This game was not as close as it felt at half time nor as close as the final score indicates. It was a blow out and Ohio State should have jumped Alabama in the polls.
What do you mean, what color are the glasses I'm wearing?
Maybe the best analysis of a game that I have read. Thank you.
I received a lot of grief for expressing the hope that J.T. has such a good season that we almost forget about B.M. I love Braxton and his athleticism is unmatched.
My guess is that having him come back after J.T. leads us to the NC would be a problem the coaching staff would love to have. It sure would give us a bunch to talk about.
You nailed it. Lee took himself out of a couple of plays by being over anxious (aggressive) to get in on the play, allowing himself to get blocked and the ball carrier to break a couple big ones. But what is there not to love about him -- a QB with the attitude of a LB. Or is that a LB with the head of a QB?
We should see more than the normal improvement between games 1 and 2 because of the youth factor, and we saw some of that improvement from 1st half to 2nd.
I disagree with those who are saying the game was closer than the score. We won going away, and the longer the game lasted the bigger the gap was going to be. I love the sideline reporter's take on Urban's demeanor, he was calm and collected to the point that she seemed amazed. I take it he was confident and knew his team would be able to prevail in the second half.
Just think. If we played Navy every week, we would have the #1 pass defense in the country ...
J.T. had a very solid game, considering how long it has been since he last played. The two most glaring mistakes I saw were the interception and the 3rd and one. I thought he had enough of a lane to cut up field and move the stakes on the option. The interception was exactly as was called in the booth - when he spun to elude the rush, he lost focus on the defense and threw into double coverage while the TE was wide open in the middle of the field.
This will be a fun season if the O-Line can grow as a unit.
I saw a very young team with lots of room for improvement; a coaching staff that really needs a long look in the mirror (play-calling was suspect, at best); a young QB who made a couple mistakes but played well; a dominant D-Line; and a team that should improve immensely over the course of the year.
Navy surprised me with the quality of their athletes and impressed me with their grit. They should be bowl bound with 8 or 9 wins.
Next week, the VT defense will be more of a challenge, but their offense will be more conventional. We should see a similar result in terms of score, but better execution by our O-Line and linebackers.
Buckeyes 42 over Navy 10
I just think we have too much talent (size, speed, strength, athleticism) for Navy to stay on the field with us.
I just remember how excited I was when Herman was able to land the best QB of his class from Texas.
Now that excitement is rekindled as I anticipate watching him hone his considerable skills on the field.
My optimism is not at all cautious. I expect him to succeed ... NO ... to excel.
Did someone hit "Replay" on a tape from his coaching days?
I remember at Tampa, the year before Earl showed up there, they had a 195 pound nose tackle who dominated the LOS. Of course having John Matuzak at DE taking on double and triple teams helped.
And in 1967 the Coast Guard Academy had a 155 pound Nose Tackle who was effective (Of course that was DIII).
The point is, quickness, leverage, and technique are important, and that's what Navy brings to the party.
I attended the Coast Guard Academy back in '67 and '68 (Between Otto Graham stints), but left for medical reasons during my Swab year. I have an enduring affection for the Military Academies and the young cadets and midshipmen who have dedicated their lives to serving our country.
On Saturday I will be cheering for the Buckeyes. It would be different if it were war.
Anchors aweigh. Go Buckeyes.
Sorry to hear this. I was looking forward to seeing him on special teams and more.
Successful surgery is just the beginning of the process. Be patient and Let your body heal itself now.
Size, speed, and athleticism are the Buckeyes' advantages. If Navy has an advantage, it is discipline. I would be very surprised if this ends up being a close game.
Having said that, I wouldn't admit it in the Buckeye locker room, and neither will Urban.
I have this dream that J.T. will be able to see what the other team is giving us and take it. That is what a good distributor does.
Ability and potential (talent) got them on the Roster. It will take Attitude and Hard Work to get them on the field.