MSU is the favorite today, but by November it could be way different. It would be nice to flip the tables on them for last year!
After last weeks game, Elliott has declared himself as the clear cut #1 running back. The inside power game is starting to resemble how we looked last season with Carlos Hyde with Elliott getting into the groove. He has size, power and very elusive cuts. If he stays healthy I think he'll be the next great Ohio State running back.
This issue is not going to be fixed this season. Two of the three touchdowns we're simply Moore running past our DB's and catching the pass while they we were trying to catch him. I honestly think we have to start blitzing a lot more. When we blitzed Kiel, he struggled to get passes off. We can't afford to sit in coverage and only rush 3 or 4.
I thought West Virginia was a pretty decent team. They've played Oklahoma tough and gave Alabama a scare..
I don't get how Oregon and Oklahoma aren't #1 and #2 at this point. Both of them have played tough opponents and won handily. Alabama has faced one decent team and FSU has struggled all season. Hopefully the committee does a better job than the coaches poll.
I have been really impressed with the offensive lines growth. Cincinnati came in with some really good sack numbers and J.T. was hardly breathed on. The one sack was from an alignment mismatch and the blitz wasn't accounted for in the assignment. If they keep improving like they are, I "pity the fool" who has to face them.
JT is coming along better than we ever could have pictured. He will be a superstar.
Schleg's just laid down the law. Run on our field and feel the pain!!!
Still we're giving up the big pass plays. We still have the same issues as last season. The safeties and corners can't play man for man on deep passes. If I we're Cincinnati, I would throw a deep pass every series. It'll either be a catch or pass interference.
**** you VA Tech.
My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it.
That is terrible. Hopefully we can do a nice tribute at the stadium to pay respect to him, his family and teammates. Tragic to die so young.
The worst thing Coach Meyer could do is cut ties with Spence. His chances of going back to drugs would be much higher. He should get one more chance to get help and rehabilitation. Whether he plays another down or not, if he can kick the drug habit that will be a win for our program.
In my opinion, Michigan has to learn/understand that they are going to have to pay the big bucks and bring in a ringer if they want the immediate success they expect. We lucked out with Coach Tressel being a gem at a lower pay scale, but he's a rarity. I think they're going to have to throw a ton of money at a guy like Kevin Sumlin. Get a young, energetic coach who will breathe some life into their dinosaur program.
I think the only way we can lose this game is if we turn the ball over and give Cincinnati easy scoring opportunities.
Get J.T. in rhythm throwing short high percentage passes early, then pound the interior to setup play action. I'd like to see some screen passes soon. Teams in the future are going to blitz J.T. knowing he won't escape like Braxton, so I think that would be our best weapon to combat their over pursuit.
A little preview.
Not looking good right now.
I'm excited to see our new secondary against Cincinnati. After watching the Bearcats on tape, I think they will present a nice challenge. They have good speed and size on the outside. They will struggle with our front four and if our secondary plays man we should be able to hammer Kiel with some blitzes. One thing is for certain, we can't give him time to scan the field or he'll find someone open.
I doubt he will transfer or go pro. I thought if he had a solid season in 2014 he would declare this season, but with his off the field stuff I don't think too many teams would draft him. Hopefully he gets clean and has a great season next year.
On Offense - Troy Smith
On Defense - Brian Rolle (In my opinion the most underrated defensive player in the Tressel Era)
I'm a bit curious if any kid...even at that age wouldn't just start laughing at the sight and thought of that poster.
I voted yes, because I think every team except Florida State will have 1 to 2 losses. A lot would have to happen, but after the 2007 season I won't rule out anything. We'd need a dark horse 3-loss team to win the SEC championship game. A two-loss PAC-12 and BIG 12 winner as well. That makes all of the talking points about conference power moot. "Alabama plays a tough conference schedule"; response "too bad they couldn't actually win it." It's a big reach, but hey weirder things have happened.
I would like to see us run that option with Samuel.
I agree, I think both guys should run both ways, but it seemed to me that we're using Samuel almost exclusively in the interior and not on the edge.
I think the team goes as the offensive line goes. If they gel and gain consistency the sky is the limit. There are a few things that we must do every game.
Throw the ball to Michael Thomas. He's the best receiver on the team and needs to be on the field as much as possible. No offense to Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, but they are nowhere near the threat he is.
Develop more pick/rub plays when defenses are cover 0. We will see it the rest of the year. Virginia Tech setup the blue print and everyone's going to copy from here on out. We successfully ran some against Kent State, but we need to get consistent at it.
Get Curtis Samuel to the edge - Whether it's a designed run or option he needs to get outside to utilize his speed. To many times I've seen the option called with Elliot on the field, and I think Samuel would be more effective on the outside. Vise versa with Elliot on the inside.