This Week’s Question: Which Player from a Big Ten Opponent Scares You the Most Heading into the 2019 Season?

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allinosu's picture

Unless Purdue wins the west. Adrian Martinez.

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Poco Loco's picture

The Nebraska QB.

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c92996p's picture

Adrian Martinez - he's the perfect quarterback for Frost's offense and Frost will have had another year to implement that offense effectively.  Year 2 is when Frost made the jump at UCF, would not be shocked to see the same with Martinez and Nebraska.

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stxbuck's picture

None. Seriously, that is bad fan psychology, getting yourself worked up like a negative nancy over opponent player x, y, z. As a tOSU fan you walk with a strut-the other team should fear your program, not you, as a tOSU fan being a whiny butt.

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

This kind of thinking is what leads to Purdue and Iowa losses. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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stxbuck's picture

Uh yeah-my not whining on the interwebz caused the OL to play like dogcrap in West Lafayette.................

If you want to phrase the question "Who is the best player in the B10 next year not on tOSU", I'd go w/ Rondale Moore.

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UrbzRenewal's picture

Ah yes, fair and astute point. The OL is the one giving up those walking up those LBs and giving up big plays.

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stxbuck's picture

If you can run the damn ball you can control the clock and open up the field for Haskins. The Purdue game was the first time I have ever seen tOSU literally give up trying to run the ball b/c it was useless due to OL ineptitude. Rondale Moore didn't kill the buckeyes the night-just like Saquon Barkley wasn't the reason the PSU game was so close in 17'.

It's a team game, being "scared" of any individually talented player is just a sad mindset,imo.

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bd2999's picture

To be fair, there was a ton of crap going on in that game. The OL was not good in that they could not get any push on multiple goal line tries. It was a joke. The defense had major problems with LBs in particular.

That game had plenty of blame to go around. Purdue also played their best game of the year by far.

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Urban Master's picture

Seriously - WTF does "walk with a strut" even mean?  Cause you're "a fan"?  LOL!  Damn dorky ass fans I swear!  Unfortunately the polar vortex didn't rid the state of "your kind" like it did the stink bugs!

MW

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stxbuck's picture

It means having a confident attitude about your favorite teams abilities and chances, as opposed to being a neurotic whiner like we see on here constantly.

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GVerrilli92's picture

Lol. This is like actual fascism.

You do realize that other B1G teams send players to the NFL? It's perfectly fine - and even healthy - to respect players from other teams. These are 18 through 22 year old kids. Acting like the group of kids that are talented enough and choose to go to OSU are somehow suddenly "revered" is just a little weird.

Don't be weird, we don't need to attach ourselves to the successes of Ohio State football as if they're our own. Enjoy the games, enjoy the players - don't make it something it isn't. Fans that feel the need to be better than other people are tough to empathize with.

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stxbuck's picture

Respect all, fear none. Being "scared" of a player-like the staff specifically said in the question, is just a sorry, neurotic attitude.

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IH8UOFM's picture

Rondale Moore is the only player in the Big Ten that I look at and go "Oh shit". Maybe JD Spielman?? He's the only that I can see being super dangerous.

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Shea Patterson scares me...

... just kidding, no he doesn't.

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

All jokes aside, I agree with most others here... Adrian Martinez is a baaaaad dude ( and take it from an Orlando resident... Scott Frost is also a baaaaad dude), that game is in Lincoln, and Nebraska will be looking to make a statement.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

I work in Chicago but the rest of my team is in Lincoln, and are all huge Husker fans. We talk about it a lot and that game, for so many reasons, worries me. This is as of 2/25 @ 8:22 CST.

It worries me because Nebraska is improved and run by a guy with a track record (albeit a small one), they have already started to put better talent in Lincoln, and they have a QB tailor made for a devastating offensive attack.

Combine that with the fact that they should be winning early, giving them some confidence. Every rebuilding program can point to that one game that turned it all around, put them on the map again, etc. What could be better than beating OSU on (probably) primetime to say "we're here". Throw in the fact that OSU gets everyone's best shot to begin with and that game has the makings of an upset.

Now, if Fields balls as expected, I don't THINK it will matter-there are still a few more questions that need to be and will be answered by the time they play but on its face now, I don't like this Nebraska thing. Not one bit.

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Oakland Buckeye's picture

sure , Jack Frost is a bad man - but I dont see the influx of talent you speak of...

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UrbzRenewal's picture

As far as upsetting OSU, Martinez.

In general, Rondale.

A surprise player in the B1GCG? Epenesa from Iowa lining up across from Alabi/NPF could be problematic.

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Hovenaut's picture

Martinez for me as well.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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BrewstersMillions's picture

Rondale Moore. He is going to shred for two more years at least. That dude is a monster.

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Cooper's picture

Until last year, I was never worried about a running back tearing up OSU. But after last seasons atrocities, I will go with Jonathan Taylor until I see the run game patched up.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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Knarcisi's picture

If we don't walk LBs up to the line of scrimmage, and choose to cover WRs like Rondale Moore with Pete Werner and Isaiah Pryor, then no one in particular scares me all that much.

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Keze's picture

If we have the same LB players then any opponent with speed scares me.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

If our defense isn't fixed by week 4 then Martinez and Jonathan Taylor for sure.

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Seattle Linga's picture

If I had to pick one it'd be Moore 1st. 

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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OLBuckChit's picture

While Martinez and Moore obviously stand out from an offensive standpoint, I feel like Micah Parsons is going to make a major name for himself not just in the B1G, but nationally.

Still scratching my head on how we screwed that one up.

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GVerrilli92's picture

We allowed him to be on set of a national TV program on our campus, we essentially locked ourselves out of a chance.

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cpewster's picture

I agree with all the ones saying Adrian Martinez. He is a special talent and could definitely give us problems. I was looking at the teams we play this upcoming season and Martinez is the focal point, as is Jonathan Taylor for Wisky. The offensive player that worries me most this year is Isaiah Bowser from Northwestern. He played us hard in the B1G championship and this season he will have a solid qb to keep defenses honest. He also has a chip on his shoulder for us since he's an Ohio boy that never got looked at. They usually play us harder.

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BLANKTANK56's picture

This one intrigued me. Do you feel he’s just that good or that PSU o won’t drop off as much with Stevens?

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Andrew Ellis's picture

Think PSU will see a slight downgrade at QB but I always worry about guys who can score at anytime from any spot on the field. Hamler, Martinez, and Taylor would all be on my list for sure. 

MAVBuck's picture

Anthony Mcfarland out of Maryland and Jonathan Taylor (although my trepidations with Taylor are somewhat stymied as we play well against Wisc. RB's)

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Which player in the Big Ten scares you the most for the upcoming season? Why is this particularly worrisome?

It's not a player I fear, but a coach. Luke Fickell is coming back to Columbus. And he's got a mission.

So much for the Bearcats to play for. Upset the Buckeyes. Legitimize the University of Cincinnati football program. Break TOSU's streak and stranglehold on intrastate games won. And rain on Day's parade.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

I echo what you’re saying, but the question was which B1G opponent. 

Cincy has as legit a shot as any team we face this year. 

My choice is Martinez

Man….. this football team.-Jeff Okudah 

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I echo what you’re saying, but the question was which B1G opponent.

I took Captain Kirk's Kobayashi Maru approach to the question.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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BLANKTANK56's picture

Hunter Johnson. Already nervous about playing in Evanston 

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oztintacius's picture

Agreed. Northwestern with a legit QB in Evanston on a Friday night?

Eek.

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BLANKTANK56's picture

They along with Wisconsin always feel like they are a solid QB away from breaking through and Johnson might finally be that QB to do it for them. Throw in the fact that it’s on a Friday it definitely has my attention 

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Actually why I was thinking Graham Mertz, the true freshman QB for Wisky if he's able to win that job.  He looked like the real deal in the All American Bowl.

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BLANKTANK56's picture

He’s green (compared to Johnson 1 year at Clemson and 1 at NW I believe) and if you factor in that we are home that doesn’t scare me near as bad. Now in a year or two whenever we head to camp Randall then he very well could be my answer 

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Dstacify's picture

Didn't we play NW on a Friday night in Evanston in 2004 as well (which happened to be the last time they beat us)? I swear to God if what happened in that game happens again next season I will lose my mind. That breakdown only triggered a 3-game losing streak that completely derailed the season in 2004.

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BLANKTANK56's picture

No I believe that was a Saturday but yes that scared me I was at a very impressionable age for that game. I will always be scared of Evanston at night

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Kenny Willekes. He can really disrupt a game plan

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OLBuckChit's picture

Seems like he had a shot at a TFL on almost every play against OSU last year...

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Frostinferno24's picture

I'll throw A.J. Epenesa out there, the powerful pass rusher from Iowa. Talked about as a potential top 5 player in next years draft. He reminds me of the Bosa's, except without as refined of a rush plan/overall disruptiveness. While I don't see top 5 yet, he could certainly get there if he continues to refine his rush plan.

It is so easy to be average. It takes a little something to be special. Why be around average? - Urban Meyer

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Dstacify's picture

Adrian Martinez and Anthony McFarland. Hopefully Mattison has a much better game plan to combat McFarland's speed when we play the Terps next year than Schiano did (perhaps Matt Barnes can give us a lot of inside info about how to slow McFarland down as well since he coached with the Terps last year and know doubt knows Anthony's skillset very well). The last thing I want to see is McFarland breaking 70+ yard TD runs on nearly every other carry like he did last season. That game was a blatant illustration of why Borland and Werner have no business being on the field, especially against offenses that are predicated on speed.

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BuckeyeBulldog's picture

I think DPJ can be dangerous if they get competent qb play. Martinez is good, and playing at NW scared me especially if their 5* is as good as advertized.

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NCBuckMEEK's picture

Would have to say Adrian Martinez. I dont exactly see him as a world bearer, but playing in cornville this year probably gives us even more of a scare than last year in the shoe.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I can't say there is one particular player that worries me... If they don't completely have him destroyed before the season starts, Jonathan Taylor is going to be doing his thing... That's going to be something to watch.

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OLBuckChit's picture

Taylor is going to hit the NFL with about as much mileage as a 1994 Honda Accord. Damn I miss that car.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

That's the crux of being a Wisky running back... you get tons of experience, you play in some decently big games, but man you are put to work from day 1, and it doesn't ever seem to end.

Melvin Gordon has found a decent niche, but otherwise, the rest of those guys just had nothing left in the tank by the time they got to the league.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

I'll go with Wandale Robinson, who for some reason I keep thinking of everytime Rondale Moore is typed.  Think he'll make a similar impact. 

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GINNandjuice's picture

Any tight end in a pro system 

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

Trevor Lawrence when we play Clemson in the championship game.

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.

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IslandBumBuckeye's picture

"It's always scotch-thirty on my island."

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Reuben's picture

Rutgers has this all-conference guard who really scares me...

*checks front page*

Yeah, Adrian Martinez.

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NoVAsmitty's picture

It’s a team game that isn’t decided by any one player. There were many factors and players and coaches on both sides of the ball that contributed to Purdue and Iowa and Clemson and Penn State and Michigan State and ......,

Assuming there’s a player to be concerned about, I think it always must be whoever is QB for ttun. 

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CowCat's picture

Adrian Martinez, but I don't think the Buckeyes will take that game lightly. It's on the road, and it will likely be Nebraska's best home game of the year.

Second would probably be Shea Patterson, as Harbaugh is going to be desperate for a win and The Game is in AA.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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NOLABuckeye's picture

Martinez.

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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