Stock Up/Down: Justin Fields' Remarkable Efficiency, Jaelen Gill's Best Play Of His Career, K'Vaughan Pope's Second Interception In Two Weeks

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I think FAU was probably even less impressive, but if you look at Rutgers the same way as FAU, I think the coaching staff was honestly calling this one on cruise control.

Ohio State smokes Maryland 73-14 the week before, why put anything else on film for Penn State or Michigan against Rutgers? Roll out a very generic game plan, get through four quarters with no big injuries, and here we go into the 2-game stretch we have all been waiting for.

I think there was a somewhat similar feeling vs. FAU earlier this year.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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shiloh's picture

was arguably its least impressive victory of the season

Indeed, they were pacing themselves w/psu and ttun upcoming. No biggie as the Buckeyes had nothing to prove vs Rutgers.

It's all good ...

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~ Mark Twain

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stlbuckeye15's picture

K'Vaughn Pope appears to have great instincts. So much depth at linebacker and with the new scheme and Al Washington, I have a lot less anxiety about the position. Happy to see Jaelen Gill out there doing well. Been wondering when he would be utilized. Olave has been incredibly consistent and we will definitely need him to perform well going forward. Hopefully Wilson can improve the consistency but I think it's a little too early to freak out over a couple of drops. Williams also didn't look great but let's give them some time and more opportunities and see what they can do. They've obviously done well enough in practice to merit getting out there in the game so hopefully just a fluke game.O-line will have to do better in short yardage situations but hard to take a lot away from a game against Rutgers in my opinion.

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Doc's picture

Not to pick nits, but I also thought Fields was throwing his deep balls short.  Not leading his receivers.  That could bite us in the future.

“Ain’t life grand when you finally hit it!”  DLR

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oprettyricky's picture

Totally agree - I noticed that too 

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BUCKfutter's picture

i also noticed this, but he was overthrowing earlier in the season, and if you trust your guys to go get the ball, i prefer a little bit underthrown to a little bit overthrown - you either get PI or a spectacular grab like olave had, as opposed to incomplete every time with overthrows.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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Major H's picture

The cold might have been a factor, but then it's going to be cold from here on out.

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

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awlinBrutus's picture

May be not as cold, the last 2 games kickoff @ 12, rutgers was @ 3:30 which can get colder by halftime. @ the shit hole could be very cold, that does worry me a bit. My only solace is msu held ttun under 100 yards in rushing without their best LB,Bachie, suspended for a positive test for PED use. I'd be much more concerned about the weather if we were facing a great running game, as inclement weather would be a good thing for a underdog that runs the ball extremely well.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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Triv's picture

While his deep balls weren't great, if your guy is open or has single coverage down field, underthrown is much better than overthrown which is what Fields struggled with earlier in the season. Given the ball skills of our receivers, I trust them to make a play 1:1 if Justin gives them a chance.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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PiedmontBuck's picture

I suspect that some of our shortcomings were because of playing Rutgers!  These will keep the players humble!

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AnaheimBuck's picture

Nothing to suspect - - - shortcomings were entirely due to playing Rutgers as well as playing PSU the following week.  Plus, you have one of our best OL playing against his old buddies, which accounts a little for a lack of adrenalin in his play.  Anybody worried about Fields' play at QB is quite insane - - - better check the numbers again.

Our only worry has to do with our punter.  I have no clue on what is going on with him the past few games.

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Blackcoffee's picture

Its a helluva alot harder playing horrible teams as opposed to good teams. And doing it two weeks in arow would suck the wind out of anybody. I am not concerned with any of their perceived let downs. As much as Day has tried to keep them focused on the moment, guys like Wilson, young guys, cannot help but look ahead. When you are young, everything is out in front of you. Rutgers in the moment is a depressing thing. Go Bucks! Time to get serial

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‘Rutgers in the moment is a depressing thing.”

^^^^^^^

under rated comment of the day

It is so easy to be average - UFM

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

I suspect the Stock Up category to be very full after Saturday's shellacking of PSU. The Buckeyes will be razor focused and highly motivated.

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oprettyricky's picture

THE 1-YARD LINE STUFF

Yeah that one was embarrassing to be honest 

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TurboNut's picture

Our O-line wasn't very good in the run game all day. I'm guessing it was just a lack of motivation. It was embarrassing getting stuffed by Rutgers and I'm sure they will be hearing about it from coach Stud. 

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Buckeyeincleveburg's picture

That’s the only thing really nagging at me.  A championship team should be able to punch those in.

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BuckShotGinn's picture

Firing on all cylinders as a team was a must against Maryland.   Day needed that response with the loss and uncertainty around Chase Young to see how his team would respond to the adversity.  When the smoke cleared and Young's return was a foregone conclusion, it became less a priority to make a statement, than it was to just get through the game healthy and ready for the next 2 to 3 games.  

As for the 1 yard goal line stand, I feel Justin could have easily run it in, but it was nowhere near worth the risk.  Getting stuffed may turn out to maybe be a well needed and timely humility check, without the very bad consequences.

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TheNomadicBuckeye's picture

He remains 256 rushing yards from 1,000.

but that’s only 51.2 yards per game average to get there. Teague can break a big play at any time. I’m telling you, there’s a shot. 

It’s pronounced “Thee”.

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BucksHave7's picture

Good perspective. See he is Teague is B10s 5th leading rusher.

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NHBuckeye's picture

Next season I can see Gill taking the spot that Hill will vacate.  He is so dynamic and reminds me of Parris Campbell, albeit not as fast.  But he is a playmaker for sure.

Fields of Dreams

 

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cledaybuck's picture

MASTER TEAGUE'S 1,000-YARD SEASON

It's not going to happen.

Please stay healthy JK!

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

The way I see it, the Bucks have 5 games left which means Teague just needs to average 51 yards a game. Who says postseason does't count?

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BbBnD's picture

Yeah, while 1000 yards may not be likely, saying it isn’t going to happen is premature just like my... well let’s just say it’s premature. 

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Northbrook's picture

Somebody tell me what is going on with Drue Chrisman and don't bother saying he doesn't get much work in games. He isn't performing like earlier this year and we need to get him straightened out.

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Nutinpa's picture

I completely agree.  Not sure who DV'd you- either they fat fingered their keyboard or are Chrisman's parents. But our punting game has gone from an asset to the one, arguably, weak-link in the team chain as of now.

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WestsideCincy's picture

Yep. My concern, too

we need to be able to flip the field against our upcoming opponents

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bornbredbuckeye's picture

Maybe he is practicing too much at flipping bottles and not enough at punting. All in sarcasm, but something has been off.

GO BUCKS!!! *ichigan sucks!!!

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Nutinpa's picture

Stock hold:  Jameson Williams.   I think he will turn out to be another Parris Campbell by the time his career is up at OSU.  For now, his freshman year is just like Campbell's.  Get him the ball and watch him run.  But.....he's got to catch it first.  

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bornbredbuckeye's picture

I was gonna bring up the exact same thing. Hopefully some extra time on the juggs machine will help.

GO BUCKS!!! *ichigan sucks!!!

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Northbrook's picture

I think that's exactly right, he had a rough game but he will have a great career.

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booj's picture

Stock down: The offensive line.

Rutgers is a team that a great Ohio State line should bully. This line has flashed that sort of dominance, but it wasn't there Saturday.

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B1Gbuckeye's picture

Every time OSU showed run, all the Rutgers linebackers crashed to stop the run. That’s why the passing game was so successful. But the offensive line has to get that final yard for the touchdown. There is no way that should have been stuffed.

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booj's picture
  • the best RB in america went for 5.2ypc and his normally exceptional backup went for 4.5ypc against...
  • ...the Rutgers' defense (by SP+, ranked 88th--ten spots lower than Miami (OH) which this offense previously ground into a fine paste)
  • the starting offense failed to punch it in from the goal line. twice.
  • the team leader in ypc was steele chambers, all of whose reps came after the starters left the game.

I'm not making the case that they're garbage. Just that with an additional data point, they're not as dominant as we thought they were last week. To call that beyond silly is beyond...well, you get the point.

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Nutinpa's picture

With the 2s and 3s, Teague was getting about 7-8 yards a pop on a series of downs -- before Day started having Chugs throwing long, incomplete passes.  RU had no answer for Teague except to wait for the OSU offense to change its attack.  They did....and the offense faltered....as I shivered in the stands watching. 

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booj's picture

I like Chugs' skill set. and i don't know how fair this is to say, given that he rarely gets in with a cohesive unit that's been allowed to build chemistry, HOWEVER...

every time he goes out there, it feels like the offense is due some sort of stalling play-- fumble. false start, broken play, missed assignment, wrong route--seems like there's one of these every drive he comes in.

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Nutinpa's picture

Agree.  And poor DaWand Jones getting beat by a rusher as if he was standing still is a part of that list.

Chugs did miss an easy pass on Saturday though.   DMC was on a short crossing route.  Chugs threw it into the dirt (it may have been deflected, but I don't think so).   Had he hit DeMario in stride, he would have run all the way to the Jersey shore.  

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EnonBuck79's picture

To me that's just as much on the coaching staff. It's their job to put the players in a position to succeed. Calling the same play over and over again into a stacked box is hardly that. That and why does it take 5+ seconds to look to the sidelines to get a dive play called?
I don't know if that was a drive where Day wanted to see what Fields would do when he saw a play wasn't there and maybe to get him more involved or what , but it just seemed off. Even the looks of the O Line coming off the field seemed like "What are we doing?.

That was probably the one instance where I really questioned the play calling this year.

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booj's picture

i disagree. in a situation like this with a rutgers team that you're clearly better than, the focus needs to be on knowing whether you can count on your line in a must-get situation--telegraphed or not. 

I think day got another data point to the answer of what he's going to do in a 4th and 2 from the 50 in the 4th quarter against the Wolverines--more valuable than the seven points in a game you're already handling easily.

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IBleedSandG's picture

Jameson is definitely a work in progress, but I wouldn't mind having him run a couple go routes vs PSU and ttun. He's the fastest WR on the team, and he could, at the very least, clear out an area for some underneath throws.

#GrindFor9

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chirobuck's picture

I know its dumb to look to next season already but I really am concerned about secondary, was really hoping Wade would stick around one more year to make the transition easier but at this point I think its unlikely.  And its not a matter of talent cause I know they have good young players coming up but more fear of the unknown I guess.

 

^ best post ever ^

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Congratulations Jaelen. The result of hard work and discipline. First of many many many upcoming highlights. Stay focused.

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Larryp713's picture

The Buckeyes definitely looked like they were just getting through this game for the most part. Some individuals made excellent plays, but overall the team lacked a real sense of urgency, which given the opponent is understandable. 

I think my biggest takeaway is that Rutgers looks like they are improving. If I were a fan, I would hope they would keep their coach and try to build a staff around him. He might be a hidden gem. Their defensive front was pretty impressive, just need to get some of those 4 stars that litter that part of the country. 

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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letsgobucks's picture

Normally I'm the one on here yelling that all 5 stars aren't game ready and all 3 stars arent projects... that being said, I have zero concerns about Wilson or Williams. Both have shown that they are stars in the making. Everyone wont shine every game.

Also, I really, really like Pope, Mitchell and Gant.I just hope we dont lose one or two of them due to a lack of opportunity. I've been impressed by all 3 at some point this year.

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erniefurgler's picture

I was actually kinda glad to see them "struggle" at times against Rutgers.  This will bring a renewed focus on the details and light a fire under their rears.  I'd like to think Ryan Day pulled the old Chuck Daly move when the dream team practiced against college players when prepping for the '92 Olympics

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

It may be just me, but this run up the middle 3 or 4 straight times drives me insane! Is it in a coach's contract that they have to run it?  Is it some type of false machismo that forces them to execute the exact same run play until 3rd down?  I just see it at every single level of football.  Am I missing something here?

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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BucksHave7's picture

We want to show nothing on film to our next opponents.  

BucksHave7

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c11058's picture

Ask the Wolverine nation.  Running the ball 3 or 4 straight times between the tackles seems to be the norm for TTUN

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buckeye1964's picture

i'm confused why the article says kj hill is an "h-back" - he's not. he's lined up as a slot receiver all year. Day hasn't used anyone at h-back this year.

danny

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BucksHave7's picture

Im glad Garrett Wilson got his bad game out of the way. 

BucksHave7

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mtrotb's picture

Stock down-Chugs was terrible and Hoak looked lost.

mtrotb

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Nutinpa's picture

Damn!   And I thought I was salty about the play of our 2s and 3s but wrote it off to just being there and cold.  To be fair, see above regarding Chugs.  

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Bigmarty's picture

You either get better or you get worse.  On fundamentals OL, LBs got worse. Find a place for #7 at lb...hitter , quick, instinctive.

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