Scouting Report: Michigan State Brings Momentum, Stellar Run Defense to Columbus

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Hovenaut's picture

More than ready to turn focus towards the upcoming opponent.

Expecting another hard fought game between these two.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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JOEYBUCKS's picture

Betting my entire bank account on MSU plus however many points.. 15? That is not happening lol 

Joey

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Bukirob's picture

You're right.  This game scares me to death.   One thing you have to wonder is where are the player's heads at right now?  They got embarrassed in every phase of the game.  DL, Linebackers and secondary played poorly.  QB played very poorly.  

I was concerned about this game with Sparty before the Iowa game.  OSU hasn't beaten MSU at home in a decade.  The MSU defense is 100% legit.  MSU is #3 in total defense, #4 in scoring and #1 in rushing defense (Conference stats)

OSU will have to have a great game throwing the ball to win and at this time, I'm not at all convinced that JT head is going to be right after the Iowa debacle.  If his head isn't right and MSU can duplicate what Iowa did we will lose this game.   Frankly, at this point that is what I think will happen. 

Yet once again in a blow out loss the best player (Dobbins) gets a grand whopping total of 6 carries when Dobbins was averaging 8.5 yards per carry.  This 100% on Urban Meyer.  His stubbornness yet again has cost his team.  In EVERY single game that I can think of where we have lost he has abandoned the running game from the RB's.  Why Mike Weber got more than double the carries when Weber only gained 13 more yards on 14 carries is completely mystifying.  Weber with all due respect is nowhere near the threat that Dobbins is and the staff needs to get their heads out of their behinds.

Why JTB was still under center when the game was completely out of reach is also beyond me.  They should have sat JT after his 3rd pick and put Haskins in.  At that point, your not going to win but Haskins gets priceless reps in a tough situation.  I just dont get the lack of vision by this staff. 

You WIN with people.

 

 

WW Hayes

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JOEYBUCKS's picture

That is a pretty solid breakdown. If they cant at any point say, "hey, maybe we should cover the tight ends" during the game and make an adjustment, there isnt much hope. Just zero adjustments all game long. The middle of the field was wide open all afternoon. I dont even want to start on the offensive side.... 

Joey

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RK84's picture

One of two things will happen. Spady does a party things and pulls another upset or the Bucks bounce back and kick their teeth in. 

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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TigerSweat's picture

This is what I think too (assuming that by Spady and party you actually meant Sparty)

Urban Meyer >Jim Harbaugh for ever and ever, Amen. 0

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RK84's picture

Yes iPhone in a meeting, thanks for reading it the right way.

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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JoeAndSo's picture

I like our chances if Ohio State can play/coach angry and motivated. Not like what we saw over the weekend.

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯"  - Joey Bosa

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Seattle Linga's picture

My guess is the final script will unfold in the 1st Q

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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ChimdiCheckyaselfbeforeyawreckyaself's picture

I like Dobbins / Weber against the defense, rankings be damned!  Give them the ball!

A little is better than nada, sometimes you want the whole enchilada

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buckguyfan1's picture

... how will they attack our linebackers and safeties?

Simplify...

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TigerSweat's picture

Hmmm

Possibly exactly like Oklahoma and Iowa did

Urban Meyer >Jim Harbaugh for ever and ever, Amen. 0

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vball10set's picture

Early and often, so they better be ready.

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

This game will NOT be easy.  Dantonio has Sparty rolling.  Scary to think how good they could be in a couple years - very YOUNG team.  May the best team win!

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

D'Antonio may have Sparty rolling but I like our team to come out pissed off and with a big chip on their shoulder.  I think we win and with a few turnovers going our way, or better yet JK and Mike run like madmen possessed, we could blow out MSU.

One thing for sure, we will not see a repeat performance of last week.  I have too much faith in the coaching staff for that to happen again.

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Key stat: Sparty comes into the shoe with the 3rd ranked rush def @ just under 88 yards a game.

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McGrind's picture

Point spread will shrink like man parts on a polar bear ice water plunge if rain is in the forecast.

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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WezBuck28's picture

You can only fall as far as rock bottom will let you, and I feel that last Saturday was rock bottom..these guys have now been brought back down to reality after the come back win against PSU, Iowa hit them in the mouth..I don't think those seniors like the taste of blood in their mouths, I think our seniors will have this team ready to go..

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Cannot up-vote your statement enough, Wez!

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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BrownBuckeye's picture

I hope we are better prepared for this game. MSU will try to smack us harder than Iowa that is certain.

Lead, follow, or get out of my way!

 

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TMac's picture

#ItsGreatToBeABUCKEYE

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DaiTheFlu's picture

Does MSU have tight ends? Because if MSU has tight ends we are screwed.

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

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Hovenaut's picture

Just seeing this, after the first quarter.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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kmp10's picture

I'm not sure why, but I feel like the Buckeyes have a good shot to rebound Vs MSU. Having said that, I believe Dantonio is in Meyer's kitchen a little bit, and I firmly believe that he's a better game planner and player developer than Meyer, NOT because Meyer stinks at those two things (recent games Vs Iowa, Clemson, OU, MSU, and ttun aside), but because Meyer simply hasn't had to develop those particular coaching skills to the level Dantonio has. Meyer has had the better talent, by far, to lean on for a while now, while Mark Dantonio has had no choice but to try to gain advantages via player development and schematics. Ohio State, clearly, has not played really good football since 2015 and I don't know that there's much reason to think that will change this week... especially this week... but I think the Iowa beatdown represents the nadir for these past two(ish) seasons. The low point has been reached and there is nowhere to go but up. Despite recent difficulties, Meyer is still recognized as one of college football's premiere coaches... we're about to find out if that's accurate.

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CowCat's picture

We're no longer presumed champions. We're playing for pride now. I like our chances.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Firedup's picture

Cant wait for their TEs to rack up 10+ catches and 100 yards with 2 TDs on Saturday

"Making the Great State of Ohio Proud!" UFM

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DaiTheFlu's picture

+1 to offset the DV that you got from one of our LB's. 

/s

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

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Davidosuopt's picture

Under L . J. Scott's weaknesses, I think yu forgot a propensity for minor traffic citations .  Youngster seems to enjoy repeatedly being cited by campus police for no license and other tiny mishaps .  If he can stay off the highways until Saturday, he'll be another of those Ohio chip on the shoulder youngsters who love to stick it to Ohio . 

Ya lose us a ballgame and by God I'll throw ya off the squad.... W.W. Hayes

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ibuck's picture

 If Ohio State can shut down the Michigan State passing attack, the Buckeyes have a good chance to win. 

Pretty big IF. OSU's back 7 so often seem out of position, and MSU rarely allows sacks. If LB's can't cover, shouldn't we see frequent blitzes?

If only Horseshoe crowd would be loud.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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FieryOne's picture

The home team has not won a game in this series since 2007, when Ohio State defeated Dantonio's first Michigan State team, 24-17, at Ohio Stadium.

This was not what I wanted to be reminded of.  Put me in the I'll watch but I have no predictions.  I only want them to play hard and clean.  Smart would be nice, too.

You win with people

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BuckeyeRy4's picture

Scouting report: be ready to play a team that wins in the 'shoe. If that doesn't prepare you, then we gots issues.

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ibuck's picture

 we gots issues

Yep, and it starts with coaching, including scouting—both opponent and OSU—for tendencies.

Who does the scouting for OSU?

They do scout, right?

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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Haybucks's picture

A team strength of the Spartans is they have 26 players from Ohio.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain

 

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buckeyewalt's picture

After the soul has been cleansed by the Iowa loss and with their collective heads out of the clouds, the teem will focus and take care of business handily. They're playing for the B1G championship and I really think that will be their motivation. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Hopefully the Buckeyes have been wearing blinders all week.

The off season bites !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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countrybuckeye's picture

I came here for all the positive vibes

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

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