Five Things: Key Numbers Behind Ohio State's Spectacular 8-0 Start

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Leo's picture

I can hear Saban talking about the rat poison in the back of my mind. The Bucks need to stay hungry and focused. Don’t believe the hype!  They haven’t accomplished anything yet.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

They haven’t accomplished anything yet.

True. I can see an old baseball coach clear as day, although it’s been 35+ years. I’d happily wax on about him for days. I can see my least fave coach also. Point is, I have faith that Day will do his best to not allow the team and staff to lose focus. He’s proven to be a helluva leader so far. 

A lion sleeps in every man, dissatisfaction moves him,  complacency keeps him asleep.

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stpetebuck's picture

It’s like being in the middle of a movie and saying it’s the best movie ever without seeing the end. Get back to us Jan 30

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

I think we’re allowed to enjoy the experience as it’s happening too.

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countrybuckeye's picture

personally, I don't think anyone of the team has time to consider our experiment in season comparisons of this nature. They most certainly DO compare themselves to the last two teams -- with Bosas in various conditions -- because those two teams FAILED TO FOCUS ON EVERY OPPONENT.

They said as much in interview snippets -- coaches and players alike.

No worries here

“Save yourself and relax during every game. I recommend a fine bourbon.”

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Brutus865's picture

Pass protection could be better..

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brothadudeguy's picture

I understand why people are worried about pass protection. The sack numbers haven't been in Ohio State's favor but after watching the games I have to wonder how much of those numbers are the result of Justin Fields holding the ball too long. At the same time that's what Justin does. He excels at using his mobility to keep plays alive and look downfield. That's going to result in a few sacks. It doesn't mean our pass pro is bad. We may be on the back end of the rankings when it comes to sacks allowed but we also rank very well when it comes to how much time our QB has to throw. I can't remember where I saw that stat. 

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Hovenaut's picture

I'm appreciative of all presented here,  most impressed with the drop in penalties - that's focus and discipline we haven't seen in some time.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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PaulFinebaumIsBiased's picture

As a fan, it definitely makes watching the games so much more enjoyable

"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."

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countrybuckeye's picture

less "Shugarts" and more "Throwdarts"

“Save yourself and relax during every game. I recommend a fine bourbon.”

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AnaheimBuck's picture

Totally agree.  This report is fantastic and very well presented.  Thanks so much.

AnaheimBuck

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Buckeyeinchitown's picture

All great stats for sure...
One area we need to improve though is sacks allowed per game.  
The Bucks have been sacked 19 times this year (obviously there are numerous things that go into that).

Our O line has been really good, but this is one area they can get a lot better.
(By comparison, UGA has allowed a ridiculous 4 all season, Clemson 6, Oklahoma 7, ND 11).

 

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

MSU was maybe the first real exposure or blueprint how to cross up the OLine. But as many have pointed out, JF needs to be more decisive w the ball too. Throw it away or run. Like they say the playmakers tend to hold the ball thinking they can [always] make the play. Not saying the OLine can’t improve; but one can help the other. 

A lion sleeps in every man, dissatisfaction moves him,  complacency keeps him asleep.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

Every time I think about the sacks, I get concerned.  Then I realize that they are correlated to only one interception.  Of course, he should throw a few more away to reduce the sacks but avoid interceptions.

Let's Go Bucks

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MeatBichigan's picture

It only takes one bad sack to change the course of the season though. There's no Cardale on the sidelines waiting for his moment this year. We'd all love to see Fields take fewer hits and I have to believe the team is working to that end in practice.

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Trebor40's picture

To be truthful, two of those lines genuinely concern me - Georgia and Oklahoma. I do not think Clemson nor Norte Dame have lines that are on the same level

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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Sanitarian2's picture

Georgia has only passed four times all season so ……………………..Oklahoma is impressive though, very impressive.

Sani

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

My only concerns for this team are the sacks allowed, and the minds of 18-22 year old males.

As mentioned, Saban's rat poison line is echoing in the back of my mind. I have confidence in Coach Day, but sometimes no one can control the minds of determined young men.

Now, those are just concerns, not my overall attitude. I love this team, love what they're doing, and can't wait for this stretch run to kick off. 

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MeatBichigan's picture

I'm the same. I have some concerns, but they are minor especially when compared to last year's team, and they are certainly not going to stop me from enjoying this season.

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Buckets At Fletcher's's picture

I love having a disruptive defense. As long as they continue to play with discipline, this Defense will continue to dominate. We will be in every game even if the offense has an off day. What a great feeling.

"Everyone has a plan, 'til they get punched in the mouth."

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countrybuckeye's picture

[thanks for the HighStreet memory lane in your bio!]

This defense, pardon my comparison (I'll wash my mouth out with soap later) -- I see our revamped cohesive defense as akin to those damn speed-freak defenses that toppled our Buckeyes in BCS Championship games.

I apologize for the reference(s). I have a preference for Irish Spring (fresh taste, heritage homage)

“Save yourself and relax during every game. I recommend a fine bourbon.”

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stlbuckeye15's picture

Great article. I don’t want to complain about last year because it was still a great season overall(despite the frustrating moments) but the lack of penalties, improved defense and ability to convert in the red zone have been so refreshing to witness this year. Day obviously emphasized the right things and knows what it takes for a team to succeed. Hoping we continue to play disciplined and keep this train rolling. 

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stpetebuck's picture

76% 2

Over the last two games, against Northwestern and Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are a perfect 9-for-9 scoring touchdowns in the red zone. 

Thirty-three of Ohio State's 35 scores in the red zone have been touchdowns

9-9 against reportedly legit defenses. Wow. 
Glad we had FAU as a 1st game. Good enough test but winnable. 

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BeatTTUN's picture

All my questions about the determined focus The Ohio State Buckeyes have in 2019 were answered in the Halloween video of Dawand Jones sneaking up on Buckeyes during their individual interviews. 

Damon Arnette was fully prepared to knock Dawand out cold and none of the other Buckeyes seemed the slightest fazed by Dawand's good natured Halloween spirit. 

We are spoiled.

Go Buckeyes

Beat Michigan 

Beat Maryland 

I saw Ryan Day hang 62 on Michigan...His hair was perfect.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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2morrow's picture

Would you believe Ohio State has allowed just three points to be scored off its six total turnovers?

Didn't we have a partially blocked punt vs. WI that turned into 7 for them?

I mentioned in another article that our punter is moving a step to the side which is the key for the ball to be snapped. If you watch all of our games, it would be easy to time this - which is what WI did with the edge rush. It worries me that we continue to do this - psu or um is going to try and use this at some point on us.

On the plus side - reduced number of penalties have been awesome!

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I was thinking about Wisconsin’s TD, too, but I had forgotten it came on a blocked/shanked punt; as we were giving the ball back to them, anyway, no, while it feels like it was a turnover, technically, it’s not.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Rone2002Osu's picture

A blocked punt doesn't count as a turnover so that 7 points wouldn't count towards that number.

Also that wouldn't have happened if Borland hadnt gotten sucked in with the inside rusher. He didn't recognize the outside rusher until it was too late so I don't blame the side step for that blocked punt

Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever

Shane Falco

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Ocbucks's picture

The safety against Miami is 2 points off a turnover and missed in the article. 

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Chris Lauderback's picture

I went off Ohio State's official stats fwiw: https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Season1027.pdf

Also, at least to my knowledge, a safety does not officially count as a turnover. 

mkosu73's picture

Of the 63 points scored, how many were against the 1st team defense? Anybody?

mkosu73

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iowabuckeyes's picture

“We don’t have backups, just more starters...”

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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DaiTheFlu's picture

Yep, this team is different; this team is special. I cant wait to see how the season ends, because I have a feeling that it's going to go down as one of the all time greats.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

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Trebor40's picture

We are as fortunate as I can think of regarding our team and program!

excellent coaches combined with a team who has come through a period when even though they were 13-1 Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion they were continually ridiculed! They are here to WIN, not any of you or me yet for themselves. To PROVE they are a great team and it is my opinion that they may lose - yet it will take an incredible amount of effort to do so!

EVERYONE on this team has something to prove! 

"To beat me he is going to have to kill me. Is he ready to do that, I don't know. But that's what it's gonna take!"

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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Sanitarian2's picture

Ohio State's opponents, through eight games, have tallied exactly two rushing touchdowns on 288 carries. 

That folks is how you win football games.

Sani

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NOBLUE's picture

42.9 yards a game for penalties ....hell a certain O lineman (# 59) last year averaged more than that per game on his holding calls ....

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