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Do Teams Really Improve During the Season?

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September 29, 2023 at 3:42pm

Believe it or not, we are already 1/3 of the way through the season and as usual at this time, we have a pretty good idea of what each team’s strengths and weaknesses are. Once we’ve evaluated these weaknesses the narrative begins. “If we can fix this then …” The question is how often are those problems ever fixed? And are there some problems that are easier to fix than others? Some that are close to impossible to fix within the season?

For historical reference, the 2014 season is the classic example of a team that radically improved. On the other hand the following examples show seasons where early problems never were corrected. 2015: early offensive struggles v NIU show up again on one of the most costly losses of the century v MSU. 2016: Sluggish offense v PSU and MSU and the embarrassing shut out v Clemson. 2020: early season defensive struggles b IU turn into pasting in championship game v Alabama. 2021: early season defensive struggles v Oregon read their ugly heads again v Michigan and almost cost us Rose Bowl v Utah. 

So, what about this year’s Buckeyes? We know what the problems are. Question is are they fixable?



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