They are a good team, but I'm more than comfortable not giving them any credit.
I wouldn't say it was the worst performance ( see VaTech, MSU, Clemson) but there is something going on with the offense. Lucky for us OSU has the best coach in the country to figure it out.
NIU is a very good team and has been for years. On a bright note, the defense is fantastic.
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You make some good points but please, never bring up that Clemson game again. I was there and (IMHO) it sure as hell was not as bad as this. Nevertheless, please never bring it up again.
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I believe there were some fans saying the same ("give them credit") about VT after last year's loss, too, and they ended up shitting the bed the rest of the season. Yes they were well prepared for us, but that doesn't mean they're a good team. Also, who is getting paid to be even better prepared? Not the NIU coaches. NIU is a good MAC team, but come on, dude. There's clearly something wrong when we put up back-to-back poor offensive showings against Hawaii and Northern Illinois, with the biggest problems being areas we considered veteran (O line, QB). Chances are both of those teams are going to lose to some crappy teams this year, so I don't understand when the excuses and the "let's give them credit" stops. The expectations are high at Ohio State for a reason.
I still think VaTech had a good team last year they just had a lot of injuries.
After OSU gave up 370 yards rushing to Navy, last year, there were a lot of OSUfans saying how Navy was going to rush for 300+ against everybody on their schedule. Navy ended up 8-5 , and lost to Western Kentucky. It didn't happen. Navy was a decent team last year, NIU is a decent team this year.
It wasn't about NIU, yesterday, it was about OSU. NIU played well........but you can bet Maryland, Penn St, Michigan State and Michigan will play well against OSU, as well. It was about OSU putting it together.
Besides Western Michigan is up 6 days from now, so let's focus on those guys.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! You are saying there was another team out there, yesterday?
Pretty clear to see that we are not playing up to expectations (realistic or fantasy), but why beat a dead horse. That's what Coach Meyer is for. The reality, though, is that despite a poor performance; despite unmet expectations; despite legitmiate conerns, this Huskie team could very well be a top 25 team and looking at a New years day bowl come seasons end. That is important to understand.
this Huskie team could very well be a top 25 team and looking at a New years day bowl come seasons end.
That is a lofty prediction and remains to be seen. Do you predict the same for Hawaii? Until we see how it plays out, I think it's justified to voice concerns about the state of the offense and offensive coaching staff. It's not beating a dead horse. It's beating a very alive and very current horse.
Wait what? Are you trying to say Lee's pick is great indivdual D but their picks are all just off bad throws with no defensive skill or scheme at all. That being said, you shouldn't start every other sentence with that being said.
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There's a total of 4 paragraphs on this forum posted on my behalf. One sentence was started with "That being said".
How about doing both. The Bucks turned it over 5 times, now that's really, really bad. Northern Illinois tackled well and gang tackled as well. That's really good. The Bucks played great defense and Norther Illinois played poorly on offense. The Bucks are getting everyone's best and their motivation seems suspect right now. Our opponents are VERY motivated and it is showing up in both teams performances. Step back from the cliff guys, all these issues are correctable. As frustrating as it is we need to let the staff and the players work it out, they want it more than anyone.
I agree that this NI team is no slouch, but I think you could post something similar following any close game this season. OSU was/is the preseason #1. OSU is going to get every team's best effort and every team is going to be a little more amped/focused when they play the defending national champs.
There is a huge target on the backs of these Buckeyes and it'll be interesting to see how they deal with it the rest of the way. Will they let the pressure get to them or will they rise above it to become one of the elite teams in CFB history? It's going to be a fun ride to watch it play out.
The Buckeyes have looked sloppy. Credit to NIU, they are very well coached, but the talent discrepancy was big.
5 or 6 holding penalties this year versus 1 last year, plus the turnovers are continuing. I completely expect all this will get cleaned up, but it's quite possible that expectations were too high too soon.
A big question for the offense needs to be answered. Who is the leader and starting QB? Just pick one or rotate every other game. Need to stop pulling a guy after a few bad throws. Putting Braxton in the wildcat to kill another drive.
I believe it will all get worked out, but it's frustrating.
I said before the game they were good and better than 30% of the conference 5 teams but a lot of what happened was our self destruction. Fumbled snaps, bad hand offs and missed assignments.
I gave hawaii credit after a short week.
No more excuses. The offense has been garbage and we have no identity.
I have a lot of respect for NIU and Coach Carey. I did not expect this game to be a blowout. But I didn't expect it to be that close, and I don't thing it would have been without a lot of help from the Buckeyes in the form of penalties and turnovers. I think Coach Meyer will be expecting his guys to clean up their act.
Sorry the number one team in the nation should blowout the number one mac team.