Clearly not a math major since he was only off by 50.
I just realized that I have entered a Harbaugh Perfect Storm. As a born and bred Buckeye and am an adopted Steeler fan since the early 70's who hates the Ravens, I get to hate them both with a white hot perfect hatred. Totally made my day!!!!!
and for all you Ohioans who think I'm a traitor, I was raised on the Brownies, but moved to Pittsburgh in 1972, just in time to be inoculated with the greatness that is Steeler Football.
It was the Silver Bullets who surprised me most during the NCG. I believed that D Lee 43 would be a force and hoped the D line would play smart, tough football and limit MMs breakouts, but "Whoa Nellie" did they exceed my expectations and wildest hopes, to the point that when we got our 4th turnover, I said to the crowd at my house "can you believe we're gonna beat Oregon with 4 turnovers?" Unheard of! That's exactly how they beat their opponents, but they had NO breathing room to execute Monday night. What a display of defensive firepower!!
Well AS a Steeler fan, I've been thinking the same thing. We have a third string clipboard holder who is very expendable (Landry Jones) and coach T loves him some Buckeye Football.
Cardale will be well looked out for in the 'Burgh and will continue to make Buckeye Nation proud (and will have Cam Heyward to make sure he keeps his head on straight).
Cardale has the arm strength and accuracy to open Oregon up like he did Wisconsin, and not just with long balls. That and the outside run game with CJ occasionally taking it up the middle also will be more than the Ducks can account for. Our key will be in the red zone, where we must convert TDs and hold them to FGs. We also need a couple three TDs from outside the 20, just to drive a spit through the BBQ Ducks.
Really agree with your calling out Darron Lee and his crucial role as a Disruptor of this Duck O. D line can create pressure, but must hold lane integrity to keep Mariota honest. If we get sacks, it will be because we are well ahead and MM is having to take chances in the air. This is where Lee Iis the wildcard as the athletic speed/read/react LB. He can spy Mariota, take slot receivers away, blitz, you name it. He is the MM kryptonite.
CJ is kryptonite to this Duck defense. Even if the sell out to stop Eze, he either beats them with the long bomb barrel of that 12 gauge, or he uses the other barrel, which is apparently loaded with a door busting slug that opens holes up the middle. Who has a strong arm QB who runs like a fullback? TOSU, that's who!! There are just too many options for the Ducks to account for. Two backs with power inside, at least one who can go house on any play, a QB with both deep and short accuracy and multiple perimeter and deep threats. And we just proved that a BETTER defense couldn't stop us. Al we have to do is hang on to the ball and trade our TDs for a few of their FGs and we win by 8 or more.
Lots of good comments here on ToP, etc.... I like our defenses ability to limit Ducks to FGs more than they are accustomed. We're fast enough on the back end to contain and fast enough on the front end to pressure. I think Darron Lee will spy Mariota often and keep him honest.
They have no real answers to our offense. Speed deep and in the edges and power up the middle (including the 12 gauge door buster). Nobody in cfb can stop us but us, so we do need to hang on to the ball. I think Cardale will shine with some deep shots, a few intermediate patterns and a ridiculous ground game (100+) is not out of the question.
I was quietly confident vs Ala, but am extremely so vs UO. They simply haven't had to face anyone like us this year. Ask MSU, UW, UA.
Oregon (and the Philly Iggles) fall prey to win early, win big or get smacked around and look inept. That offense is very timing based and when the timing is disrupted by defensive pressure, it can fall apart very fast.
What I like about the Buckeye offense is that in a shootout, we can keep up with them, and their defense is nowhere as good as defenses we have already torched this year. We don't have to be afraid if we get behind early, so we can just play the defensive game of attrition. We can stop you better than you can stop us. And let's limit the turnovers...
I doubt Tim Tebow will ever coach football. He's making good money talking for a living and that is so much easier than the brutal hours of a coach. He also has a very diverse set of interests related to his faith, including his close connection to the Philippines and his work with special needs kids. Tim is about so much more than football. Love the guy and hope he is able to really make a difference in the world.
Defensive front pressure is the best way to attack the passing game. Don't let him breathe and he will start forcing throws, then we get our picks.
My hunch is we will control tempo but still play fast, just ball control pass and run. If we can avg 6-7 mins per TD drive and hold them to FGs a couple times per half we will win easily. As they get behind and are running short on time they will take chances and we will be waiting. I expect 10 point plus victory margin, say high 40s to mid 30s.
Wisconsin beats Auburn in OT. Bama is getting nervous......er.
I am confident, but not as confident as I was vs Wisconsin. I'm watching the SEC perform in a very pedestrian manner vs teams they are supposed to crush, and the commentators in the UW/Aub game noted what I was thinking.... How can an Auburn team who hung 40+ and +\- 600 yds offense on Alabama be in such a struggle with a UW team that TOSU BURIED!
Could it be that the SEC has been a competitively inbred and overhyped conference? Could it be that the Buckeyes actually have the team that Bama is hyped to have? Were the Buckeyes struggles due to youth and transition to a new QB, whereas Bama's struggles are indicative of a down year? Are the Bucks peaking at the right time while the Tide is just hanging on? Can Saban rattle 12 Guage and force turnovers? Will the Bucks play fast and unpredictable football and we Roll the Tide?
I am calling a decisive Buckeye win, plunging the dagger into the myth of SEC superiority. tOSU 37- pachyderms 23.
The Buckeye O line has come miles since the VT debacle. Their work against the best B1G D lines and backers has been nothing short of amazing considering where they started. It's good to know that the "fulcrum of the fulcrum" is a Boren with a king sized "little brother" chip on his shoulder because it's going to take all of their collective fight to move the ball on the ground vs a big, fast, strong Alabama defense. They can succeed but will need help from the coaches calling plays designed to keep that defense guessing and reacting to us. If we become predictable or play scared, we're in for along night. That hasn't hapened since Penn State, and JT took the team on his banged up knee and provided the spark to win. We can certainly beat this number one team in the country with a balanced offensive game plan, great offensive line execution and a swarming defense that limits big plays. I truly believe that if this game comes down to who cracks under pressure, Bama will fold like a cheap tent. If it stays close throughout, whoever hangs on to the ball best wins.
Seems that Alabama is a well rounded team with no obvious weaknesses. It's strength is its balance. Sims has one major weaon in Cooper, but other places to go with the ball if needed. The Bama defense is good. Very good. The best overall we have faced this year in size/speed/depth.
Having said all that, they are not a juggernaut. They will have to play their best game of the year to beat OSU and we will likely need to play at least as well as our MSU game to beat Bama. The wisky game was one for the ages and not likely to be repeated in this century. If we play fast and loose with nothing to lose we will win. If we get caught up in defending the honor of the B1G vs the mighty SEC we will likely lose. We are big underdogs. I like that. Let's keep that chip on our shoulder all the way to Big D and the NCG.
This defense has improved steadily throughout the year. The changes on the backside have been obvious to all, but the defensive front has also improved in its complexity vs both pass and run. The B1G championship was the culmination of their improvement. Now we will find out how the Silver Bullets do vs a deep and athletic opponent. They are certainly equal to the task in talent; will they play loose and confident (and even more important will the coaches call a loose and confident game)? If so, they are likely to win. If they succumb to fear of failure they will surely lose. Hopefully Meyer will not let them get into the SEC vs B1G silliness (that stuff is for fans, not players) or that beating Bama validates them somehow. Alabama is the next obstacle on the way to the NCG, no more, no less.
I do agree that Urban Legend is playing with "house money", unless someone gets to these kids and makes them personally responsible for taking down the entire SEC legend of invincibility.
This is one football game. It's important, but it's not a Conference Championship or a National Title game. Alabama is just a team in the way of where we want to go. And they're favored to beat tOSU by 9+ points, which is clearly ludicrous. Bama is an excellent team and if we are at less than very good we will lose, but our effort vs MSU will win the game and our focus vs Wisconsin will embarrass them. We will have to do much more in offense that e did vs Wisky. They were big and slow and made to be dismantled. Bama is big and FAST and can play right with us step for step, athlete for athlete. Our advantage is in our very diverse offense that can beat you so many ways. If we execute and hang on to the ball, we are unbeatable. Our defense is solid but not tested vs Alabama level athletes, so it remains to be seen if this is a shootout or an execution. It should be a great college football game.
What! No reference to the Others and Dragon Glass!!! Otherwise a great article.
In fact, the totally ridiculous, but probably true thing is that if Mister Jones and Braxton both declared for the draft after this season, scouts would be all over Jones as a "diamond in the rough" and shy away from Miller as a RGIII redux.
Hows THAT for putting the universe on its ear???
I've been thinking the same. We have SOOOOOO many weapons that it's hard to feature them all on a consistent basis. While I agree that we tend to use our TEs as blockers more than receivers, both Huermann and Vannett can burn LBs and Safety's down the middle. We just rarely need them as a counter-punch cuz our run game is so rarely stopped. Bama is gonna have their hands really full on New Years night. If we play loose like the Wisky game it will be a glorious night for Buckeyes everywhere.
Arrrrrrgggghhhh! This is a poorly conceived argument at best. If he stays at OSU forever then do we hire an unproven head coach from our assistant pool? Of course not!! But if he leaves, he is disloyal??? Of course not!!! Can't have it both ways, friend. Wish Tom the best and when coach Meyer decides to retire from coaching, we will be in line for the best college coach in the country to leave wherever they are and continue his legacy. Maybe, just maybe that will be Tom Herman.
I think UFM and TOSU are the perfect recruiting storm and may surpass "that team down south" in recruiting in the next couple of years, especially if we win a NC or two. OSU is a clearly superior university with long standing football chops, combined with Meyers reputation as coach and recruiter make for THE place to play college football. This excellent article about the 2013 class, combined with the clearly bodacious '14 &'15 classes coming will attract the VERY BEST athletes, especially because we DONT over sign and they know they will compete as soon as possible. Look out B1G and CFB!!
Part of the genius of UFM is using what he has. Think of the running plays of Brax, i.e. Penn St, etc.... He has a strong arm but when the chips are down he depends on his feet and they rarely fail him.
JT has such a command of the offense, using his good arm and good legs to best advantage, but mostly operating like a coach on the field. That offense hinges on his brain, not his very good physical skills.
Mister Jones is such a physically imposing player and we have no idea how gifted his arm actually is, but we've only seen the beginning. He was making every throw look effortless and while he's not a gifted runner, he moves quite well for his size.
If we continue to run the ball well and play fast and physical defense, any of those 3 QBs can take us all the way. We, and they, are that good.