My (5), before reading Chris’s:
1) Mr. Cool – Justin Fields is very poised and very much in command for a guy just 2 games in. He is making great decisions and has the arm to get it there when he does, regardless of where it is on the field. He’s a smooth operator, and as this season progresses, we are going to be tough to beat.
2) Not Running On Empty – The running game is back. So is that counter play that we saw with Zeke at the end of 2014. JK’s TD we put KJ in motion right, TE blocked down from the left, and countered to JK left. There was a natural running lane for him and he was off to the races. And it’s apparent he worked on his straightaway speed in the offseason.
3) Virtual Infinity – We turned to at least page 2 of the playbook and looks like Day wanted to focus on outside throwing. With the capabilities of Fields, our OL, with the complimentary talent, and with Day behind the curtain, our playbook is virtually endless. We can run anything at any time, and we will have very few tendencies and be very, very hard to prepare for.
4) Read and React – The defense is benefitting from simple read and react. Our LBs, particularly Harrison are making plays behind the line of scrimmage. And we very much know our assignments. We were all over their screens. And a great switch by Wade to the inside WR on the X route on Borland’s interception. We’re a disciplined team. And speaking of …
5) That Flag Don’t Fly – 2 penalties. TWO! Enough Said!
Well said - if we are so lucky to have a healthy QB and o-line this year, and our defense stays healthy. This team looks like they will be elite/legendary. It's so hard not to get overly hyped. IMHO the team to beat in CFB as of week 2 is LSU. I've decided this year not to be a conference homer and just appreciate that product on the field from the different divisions. Ohio State as of week 2 can compete with all of them.
Number one, win the rivalry game. And number two, win every game after that.
Fields was a little too cool on a couple of those plays. He needs to speed up that internal clock that says throw it away or take off running. That sack was his to avoid: you don't get nine seconds in the pocket. Other than that, I was really impressed with his play and decision making.
The defensive scheme is better. Still a little vanilla yesterday in the zone, which allowed a few big plays by UC, but the Back Seven kept everything in front of them, and didn't get torched. We did get a sneak peek of some things though. That corner blitz by Wade was beautiful to watch live. Werner dropped back to Safety just before the snap, allowing Fuller to rotate to the WR and Wade to blitz. The rotation was perfectly timed, and everyone was well positioned before the QB had time to throw the ball.
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Well said, beat me to it
Agreed, but you can see him processing. Pretty soon, it hopefully clicks. Then, he can speed back up.
It’s way easier to dial back the patience than to get comfortable in the pocket. Fields’ presence was stellar.
Let me start by saying fields was great yesterday. My only concern (which he will learn with more game reps), was a couple plays(1 being Jackson's holding call, the other being a big completion to olave) the line gave him all day to get rid of the ball, or run. His internal clock has to be ticking. One play worked out, the other didn't. But like I said with more experience he will learn that. But a hell of a job all the way around
looks like Day wanted to focus on outside throwing.
EVERY throw to the edges was finger tip to finger tip. Fields threw many great balls , but he put on a clinic throwing to the flat. Friggin 80%
He's money on his accuracy. Much more than I was expecting, especially this early.
Fields's best pass might have been the one to Mack in the endzone that was flagged for pass interference. Mack catches that in stride if he doesn't get tripped up. Beautiful ball.
Love how well Fields throw on the run, as well.
He seems to be way ahead of schedule. I expected greatness, but I thought the early games would be hit and miss. So far it's been a whole lot more hit and very little miss.
I can't wait to see how good this guy will get.
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Special teams did great. That kick Chrisman had with Olave fielding on the one was huge. That was really the beginning of setting the tone for the day. And Knarcisi so agree with ur points as well. ESP loved seeing only 2 penalties. Such a difference and much needed.
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It comes from his bottle flipping accuracy.
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I was sitting behind a nice Bearcat fan that took his two boys to the game. After that punt, he turned to me and said "that guy is the best punter I've ever seen." We talked a lot thruout the game and it was obvious that this guy was from Cinci but watches a lot of Buckeye football.
Olave seems to be picking up where Tmac left off. No small thing.
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6. Granted a couple drops, but the WR Corps looks pretty special. Dare I say potential to be better than the last. The leadership we lost w those e can’t be immediately replaced, for sure. But this group is very talented.
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Ben (Bin?) Victor has looked really good the first two games. He seems to have grown a pair of hands since last season. Also, it wasn't a huge block, but the little fet in the way move Mack did on JKs long TD run may have been the difference between a long run he didnt quite finish and a TD
Imagine still having Campbell in this lineup.
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While all three levels of Ohio State's defense played outstanding football, the defensive line was absolutely spectacular.
The offensive line, in particular the interior, was dominant. I’m glad a few in the media acknowledge it. Josh Perry picked Rondale Moore and his 220 receiving yards, and Glen Mason picked Ohio State’s offensive line as best of the week in the conference.
That UC front was getting some good press, and the Buckeye o-line handled them very well.
This is a group can that can take this team places.
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Tyreke Smith just sounds like the name of a game wrecking DE.
My number 1 with all the other bases covered is the team walking away with the points (TD's) in the red zone. Nice to see a lack of struggle so far, inside the 20.
Red zone scoring (TDs not FGs) and drives of 61, 87 and 88 yards ending in TDs are a recipe for some mmm mmm good football.
That was the most complete game I can remember them playing in recent memory (excluding The Game because Urban owned Ann Arbor).
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Even in that Game, the defense had its struggles to the tune of 39 points.
True, just trying head off the obvious response at the pass. And, McCall's muffed kick off return? Yikes!
Navy, were a lot of those garbage points after the Buckeyes were up 3 and 4 scores?
I loved the desire and hunger late in the game. Against the backups on defense UC finally got a drive going, it ended in a field goal try and our guys were so fired up to preserve the shutout that the defensive starters on special teams busted their ass and chase young comes up with the block. How about that? That’s some serious love for your team and pride in the work you’ve put in
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I'm interested to see what happens to UC next week, hoping they don't implode - that was a serious ass kicking they took.
My thoughts too. I hope we didn’t steal their mojo and beat them two or three games. We look better if they go on to have a good season-
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That could also be attributed to the coaches putting in the mountain of a human being, dawand jones. Giving chase young that little extra room to make the block
It as a building block day at the 'Shoe'.
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6. The second team (and a few #3s) got some valuable playing time in the fourth quarter. Heard a few names called that had me looking for the roster.
7. Amir Reip had his number called in the Shoe on a tackle in the fourth quarter. I had wondered if he was ever going to make the field, especially after all the recruiting hype.
Cade Stover got a few snaps at the end. May they be the first of many!
I hope a staff writer breaks down the FG block by Chase. I'd like to see how Dewand Jones' play made the block possible.
I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.
For me, the biggest takeaway from the game was the Buckeyes mental discipline. Only two penalties for twenty-five yards. Outstanding.
Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72
The lack of penalties is SO. DAMN. REFRESHING. Been a true joy, this far.
And the late hit called on Togai was way iffy considering full momentum - it was almost holding out his hands to break his stop. Joey Bosa's hit on Marriotta in the Championship game was way later and not called.
Browning is starting to emerge. Urban said he is the most gifted linebacker to ever walk through the doors of Ohio state. Oh my, this defense will obliterate teams if he shows out.
All due respect to Urban, has he ever heard of Randy Gradishar, Tom Cousineau, or Chris Spielman?
Jack Tatum would like a word with him as well...
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Marcus Marek is on hold....
Well, Jack was a safety.
Urban seems to interpret the suffix "est" slightly differently than the rest of us do. Sort of like you can interpret his more common way of saying it as, "he's one of the ones I've ever been around."
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I think it is harder to find things to be upset about. Lots of great things. Fields looks good, offensive line blocked well, running game is good.
I was a bit more expecting of that. Seeing the defense swarm to the ball is great. Seems like last year guys broke free and were getting big gains frequently. Did not happen outide of a few passes. The defense was living in the backfield and it was multiple guys.
Good open field tackling as well. Screens went nowhere.
Time will tell how good Cincy really is, but I think they are better than FAU, at least on defense. On offense I am not sure but they seemed to want to be more smash mouth and were just overwhelmed.
We were a tad susceptible to the read option yesterday. But that’s the only wrinkle in an otherwise complete, cleanly played, team effort.
maybe not so funny, but everyone in our section had a big laugh watching tuf borland get caught from behind by a 300 pound offensive tackle after the deflected pass interception. living proof that he has absolutely no speed...at all.
True but his play this year shows how much less of a detriment that is to an MLB when he is in the right position at the right time already versus out of position and trying to chase opponents down.
Upvoting to counter the DV... not sure why you’re taking flak for that. Tuf played a pretty good game... but it’s clear he’ll never be an all time great LB at OSU. His run up the sideline almost looked painful to me.. like it hurts for him to run flat out.
Again.. a solid day for him (and the LB’s altogether) to be sure.. but Browning is the future... and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to deny that.
I actually laughed out loud when I read the comment in the in-game thread “Borland runs like a dinosaur!”
His running style reminded me of Bobby Boucher from the Waterboy.
Buckeye fans laughing at one of the Buckeyes Captain, who gives a hundred percent while on the field. Maybe if the players around him were giving a hundred percent on the return and blocked the offensive tackle he could have took it to the house. The running on Tuf is getting old, even if you don't agree with him playing, he is still a Buckeye. Go Bucks
The thing is... it was pretty funny watching him run up the field.
Players have strengths and weaknesses. It’s okay to chuckle when somebody in a football game is a little out of place. That’s why we laugh when a tackle eligible player catches a big boy score or a punter with no arm throws for a ridiculous first down.
I agree that people aren’t always kind to Tuf. So I get your point. But this is a bit different. And you better believe his teammates and coaches will be giving him a hard time too even though they know and respect him better than we ever could.
It's not an insult to tell a slow person that they are in fact slow. If that's the worst thing Tuf hears from a fan, he'll be in good shape.
Defense does look way better so far. But I want to see them against Maryland and Nebraska after last years games.
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Fields has been very impressive. Another step next week as he has a road start. I expect his greatness to continue to grow.
He also added a pair of 8-yard runs, a 12-yard burst and a 24-yard tote, oftentimes finding lanes created by left tackle Thayer Munford.
Huh? Dobbin's 2 TD runs came behind the blocks of RIGHT tackle Bowen.
The 24 and 60 yard runs both go to the left side where Munford plays left tackle, no?
The two long runs were more about misdirection, as Dobbins came across the formation on both runs and in both cases, the defenders ran themselves out of the play (our linemen just had to maintain contact with the defender and occupy him. There was no road grading involved. On the long TD run, Munford was lucky to not be called for a jersey grab as he stopped moving his feet when the defender tried to take an outside charge (and run himself away from the hole).
The first Dobbin's touchdown was a better example of road grading, as the center and right guard sealed the inside and Bowen kicked out, leaving a hole big enough for JK to score, even if we were playing touch football.
Love Munford, but Myer is the road grader on that O-Line ....
Nah, Silver. Bucks found success running a basic stretch run play between the LT and LG with zone blocking. It's a West Coast staple going back many years. Ran at least 4 of them to the same side and each one was a solid gain, including the home run for JK. Left side, my man.
WOW !! only 2 penalties...hell we used to have a certain O lineman last year that averaged that many each quarter...haha ...
So after Jonah Jackson’s penalty on the first drive Togai’s brain fart was the only flag the rest of the game. Amazing, the difference between 28&42 points.
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Thought Chris had some excellent points, but I'm not buying the Munford "road-grader" moniker - Myers is the strongest O-Lineman on the field and came in from a HS which focused on the run. The knock on him, if there was one, was his pass-pro skills. Road grading is in his blood .... I can assure you, if they matched up in the circle, I know exactly which direction the bodies would be moving .... No knock on Munford, as he's been terrific, but he's not the road grader that Myers is .....
At the second level, Malik Harrison (5 tkls, 2.5 TFL) and Baron Browning (5 tkls) again looked like the two clear-cut best linebackers
I also thought Werner played well, and he looked better against the run than I've ever seen him.
It seems clear that Browning and Werner are benefitting tremendously from the defensive coaching staff changes.