Midseason Report: A Look at Each Ohio State Unit Through the First Six Games of the 2019 Season

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

A+ for the team and staff at the Midway point. Can't ask for much more then what they have accomplished at this point. Penalties got a bit sloppy in the Msu game is about the only gripe.

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TheNomadicBuckeye's picture

I love how much more room we have to grow still. We have scary talent. 

It’s pronounced “Thee”.

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Dstacify's picture

A+ for the entire defensive staff in particular. I definitely like how they are finding ways to get Justin Hilliard on the field in these 4-LB sets.

11 Strong.

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EffMarkMay's picture

I'll admit that I was skeptical that OSU could maintain (or even exceed) the consistency of the last near decade, and I couldn't be happier to be proven wrong thus far.  The coaching staff, support staff, and most importantly, the players deserve great grades all around.  In the vein of 'what we have to look forward to', can you imagine the potency of this offense as Fields progresses?  There has been at least 1 instance in each game this season where he's either taken a sack when the smart play would be to throw it away, or he needed just a bit more touch on a deep pass for a TD that ultimately went a bit long or was knocked down.  If/when Fields eliminates even half of those, watch out!

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ChicagoBuckeye10's picture

Really tough match-ups coming up.  We are more talented than every one of our upcoming opponents, but it will be what Ryan Day has brought to the table that will make the difference.

In my opinion, Ryan Day's locker room (love you Urban) features the perfect combination of discipline, focus, and loose energy.

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SouthPacificBuck's picture

Chase Young for QB2

"Ryan Day is our Baby Yoda. We must protect him with our lives." ~ D. J. Byrnes

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buckzilla1's picture

But can and will he throw?

You never lose to those pricks. Ever. Ever. Urban Frank Meyer

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stlbuckeye15's picture

There are areas in which to improve but overall this team is very balanced and without any major weakness. This is a refreshing change from last year. Have to give a lot of credit(as has already been mentioned) to Day and the rest of the coaching staff for having this team prepared. If this team continues to play tough and disciplined and avoid costly mistakes, potential is through the roof! 

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NorthBerg's picture

Ah, a old six week report card. Remember the grade for conduct or behavior?  I would give the Buckeyes an A- grade for their on field behavior and focus, the biggest change in 2019 over 2018 and 2017. They have not made the mental mistakes that allow opponents to hang around or become Iowa or Purdue. That and they actually seem to be having fun playing the game of football.

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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Major H's picture

I remember second or third grade where we got either, "could do better" or "doing very well." 

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

I appreciate your last sentence the most, NorthBerg. The Bucks look like they're having FUN, which appeared lacking the last couple of seasons, outside of Dwayne last year, who always looked like he was having a good time. I still love Urban, but I credit Coach Day for this one. A loose, talented, AND disciplined team is very, very dangerous.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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SilverHaven's picture

They're "having Fun playing the game" and we are having Fun watching them win--  without gritting our teeth at near disasters.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Ironballs's picture

One glaring omission:
The coaching staff!!

Ironballs

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SaltyD0gg's picture

Stat stuffer questions:

1. Does Fields break Haskins' 50TD mark?

2. Does Dobbins get 2000 yards?

Bear in mind, Rutgers is still on the schedule...

Pain of Discipline

Pain of Regret

Take Your Pick

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PhillyNut's picture

Dobbins gets 400 yards against Rutgers. And at his current ypc he only will need 56 carries to do it.  Factoring in that it is Rutgers I see him being able to average 12 ypc and need only 33 carries. Might be done by the end of the third quarter.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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Major H's picture

Philly, I don't see Dobbins getting that many carries against Rutgers when Penn State is the next week. 

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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stpetebuck's picture

Yeah but, 15 games. He’ll get there. 

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Major H's picture

If Dobbins was over 1000 yds at this point, I'd say it was possible. With a minimum of 6 games remaining and a max of 9, it will be a tall order to get 2000. If he does get 2000 yds, I think he goes way up the Heisman list.

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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Dillon G's picture

Mid season report is a solid A. 

#walkaway

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PhillyNut's picture

Fields has had a few really good opportunities to hit on some home runs but they always seem to be just a bit too far (as opposed to JT who we thought was always underthrowing and Haskins who was Goldilocks on his throws).  If he can start to hit those throws and cuts down on his sacks he gets an A+++.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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buckeye1964's picture

true. but fields isn't missing by much with his receivers. near the end of the first half of mich st. -  that 50yd+ throw he missed to an open olave was just off his fingertips.  he'll be ok.

danny

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tcm1968's picture

A+ for the offense. Not sure they have a weakness at this point other than chemistry/playbook. Meaning Fields is still learning and they are still expanding the playbook and it just takes time to get on the same page as the pass catchers. The upside is a scary high ceiling.

Defense though. I still think it can't be just Chase Young and the linebackers that are the ones getting pressure from the outside. Someone opposite Chase Young is going to have to step up. Injuries and youth play a big role but through this point in the season to me, the second-best defensive end has been Cornell ( and they want him inside). 

The other thing with the defense is we haven't really seen what our playoff defense is going to look like. That should start taking shape if we are fortunate enough to get past Northwestern and Wisky.  We have just had to be more traditional with three straight run, run and pass teams with MSU and then the next games. Still not sure what that playoff defense will look like but there will have to be a few changes to keep up with teams that can throw 4 and 5 legit pass catchers at you and aren't stuck in a run, run and pass offense.

Browing taking over MLB and someone stepping up opposite Chase Young will be two big must-haves over the second half of the season.

Go Bucks!

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Always_A_Buckeye's picture

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chirobuck's picture

As a team.......i would give them a solid C

/s

 

^ best post ever ^

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oglefresh's picture

After last year waiting for the several bad snaps per game from Jordan I have not seen a single one off the mark from Josh !

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awlinBrutus's picture

I don’t think our schedule could of shaped any better than it has this year. Perfect timing for the bye week. Several youngsters playing hard, developing. Get healthy, little strength & conditioning, fundamentals. Sunday it begins. Good seeing Harrison coming on and the staff creating packages to get him on the field. Playing him @ NG and dropping him back in coverage at times interesting. 

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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Buckeyebobby1968's picture

At the beginning of the season, I had the Buckeyes winning 9 games. Why? Because there were so questions about the team. New head coach, new coaching staff, an inexperienced quarterback, new offensive line, and would the defense rebound? After 6 games, I've been blown away on how complete this team is. It doesn't resemble an Urban Meyer team at all. Ryan Day has exceed my expectations. He has this team on the cusp of something great, something that we haven't seen since 2014. 

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Extramedium's picture

Except the new head coach has been running the offense since 2017, the best part of the previous staff is still here, and the inexperienced QB is the highest rated recruit ever to set foot on campus and is surrounded by future professional football players on both sides of the ball.  I really didn't get why so many people had such low expectations for this team, especially people who are paid to give their opinions on college football

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Buckeyebobby1968's picture

Low expectations because everything was overhauled. Nobody knew if Day could make the next step, nobody knew if Fields was the real deal, nobody knew if the new coaches would make an immediate impact. That's why I questioned whether they would be average or great. I'm not complaining, because if Ohio State wins out, Ryan Day should be head coach of the year. 

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Always_A_Buckeye's picture

The coach was running Urban’s offense.  

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BeijingBucks's picture

#Buckeyeproblems

so can we get a link to the mid season report for up north?

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Steelydan54's picture

Looks like a solid 4.0 mid-term report card to me. The only potential for trouble is in lack of depth in case of injury at QB and Safety. I believe Chug could get us through the rest of the season with possibly one loss due to the depth and strengths of this team and if Fuller went down we could adjust scheme to compensate with our depth elsewhere. It really is an embarrassment of riches. Coach Day and staff have put together a great team and a great plan to keep them performing near their best in every game. And their best just keeps getting better. Who's got it better than us???!!!

Steelybuck54

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Extramedium's picture

Yeah I think we could win out with Chugger or Hoak to be honest.  It would not be nearly as spectacular or fun to watch as with Fields, but it is definitely possible.  we won a national title with Krenzel 

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Nutinpa's picture

No offense, gentlemen, but no, this team is not winning out without Fields as QB.  We'd beat Rutgers, maybe Maryland, but that is about it.  Not Wisky and sure as hell, not Penn State.  Keeping Fields (and Chase Young) healthy is this team's best hope of winning out and playing for the crystal.  No disrespect meant, but Chugs and Hoak are not -- and never will be, Kenny Guiton or Cardale Jones, and they are not even that zip code.  

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BucMan's picture

Our "next man up" in any position looks capable enough to start at nearly any other college, but most of them would rather be here.  I think that "mystic" is something that Alabama has had for some time now, and it's truly a credit to our coaches to have built that atmosphere at tOSU!

Year for what?

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CherryWine's picture

If you don’t think good teams will attack Borland you aren’t paying attention. MAC level lb

would not play on any other top 15 team 

We don't have to take our clothes off to have a good time, no no

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allinosu's picture

That's fucking crap. They did go after him but he filled the gap he filled his gap which he does better than Browning. As a matter of fact MSU went right at Browning through the air (or right over him) until he finally got the proper depth to tip it. Some of you are so full of a few outstanding plays you are blind to mistakes like the first three games where Browning got caught with his eyes in the backfield while the TEs ran right past him for the first down catch. . Why do you think he has only been graded champion twice out of six games? I went back an watched that position play by play and yes Browning did a very good speed sack but overall Tuf looked to do a better job. The one time they ran through his gap the LT guard hooked his neck and tackled him. Not once was he beaten by speed. Tuf has done a really good job filling his gap and forcing the play elsewhere while Browning jumps the play sometimes making a loss OR leaving his gap open (like Nebraska) for positive gain. The job is getting done at a high level by both players who brings different positive things. This coaching staff knows what it's doing no matter what wanna be coaches think.

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KENTACOHUT's picture

I like the way this team  has bonded , and Tuf is still a captain, voted on by his teammates . I think browning has made more athletic plays , and offers some diversity in the LB room , but I love this entire team and if Together One Unit Gets Hardened , then let them continue to split reps.  

"Vitalum Vitalis "

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Brandon26841's picture

If you think that the Ohio State defensive coaches will allow "good teams" to attack Borland and leave him in unwinnable positions you haven't been paying attention either. 

Wouldn't play on any other top 15 team, huh? Wow, these coaches must be idiots! I wonder why they'd intentionally make their defense worse like that? 

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Meatchickeneater's picture

Allinosu,

 Thank you! I could not have said it better. I love Browning and he has tremendous upside but he is NOT there yet. He takes the wrong gaps at times and that has led to 3 of the longest runs against us this year. All you have to do is WATCH each and every play and focus on the linebackers and you can see this. Browning is either Boom or bust at this point of his career. Borland is consistent and rarely get beat to the proper spot and makes sure tackles 99% of the time. Browning is a year away from being spectacular but he is not there yet. For all that say "well how's he going to learn if he is not in the game? Its called watching game tape and a ton of it. 

You never get a second chance to make the first impression

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allinosu's picture

Like I just said in another post, this is the best defense I've seen in a long long time(which is still getting better) and I hate it when some bash a player who has contributed positively all year like Borland has. It's a really good one two punch between the two and the job is getting done at a high level yet some just need to be a negative Nancy.

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Brandon26841's picture

People are only going to see what they want to see. 

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SpaceCoast's picture

While the line has been blowing giant holes for JK, the team is tied for 71st in sacks allowed with 13 in 6 games.  That needs to improve, not sure if it's mainly Fields' issue or not.  We appear to be thinnest at our most important position.

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DataBuck's picture

I would drop out at least half of those. Minimum, once a game, fields takes a sack instead of throwing it away. He's young....he'll learn.

The truth is in the details...

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Brandon26841's picture

It's a little on Fields, a little on the OL. Have you ever watched Deshaun Watson in the NFL play? He is the most sacked QB in the league every single season, and while some of that has to do with the OLs he's had since he's been there a lot of times those sacks are on him trying too hard to create something out of nothing and holding onto the ball way too long. There are pros and cons to having that style of QB obviously; you're gonna have a lot of big plays but also a lot of negative plays. Fields seems similar in that regard.  

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HiFiver25's picture

I was surprised the DTs aren’t dominant. They’re not bad but I expected more like overpowering/bull rushing the interior of opposing OL.

Bdutta

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Nutinpa's picture

If not dominant, then they've been the next best thing, 25.   They've clogged up the middle allowing the LBs to make a lot of plays.  We'll find out for sure when we play WI as their OL will be the best we face all season long.  How our D line holds the LOS will tell a lot about who wins that game.  

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allinosu's picture

I have to agree. They have done a good job but I really thought they would dominate more.

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MaineStrength's picture

The major concern that remains at the quarterback position is how disastrous anything happening to Fields could potentially be

Isn't it ironic how the major concern to OSU's roster was the backup QB if Fields got injured?  Meanwhile, UM was expected to have the deepest QB room in the conference.  So, what happens?  Patterson gets injured on the first play of the season and the McCaffrey follows up with a concussion, meanwhile Fields keeps plugging away at a Heisman finalist pace.  The world is an interesting place sometimes.

Strength equipment is expensive & guarantees you nothing. A strong will is free & will give you everything you need.

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