Never a doubt. Never a doubt.
I tried to warn y'all on Monday, too:
That said, I'm kinda hoping Ohio State starts the game sluggish (it's the first game after all) just so I can watch fans immolate themselves on Twitter for RTs. Don't let this happen to you. Remain calm. This season is a marathon, not a sprint.
I was never worried about the outcome of the Indiana game (and have the tweets to prove it). But I'd be lying if I didn't see shades of the Fiesta Bowl debacle in the first half and immediately worried about how that projected into the rest of the season.
Poor Stephen Collier got a glimpse into the meat grinder that is #OSUTwitter when the local team isn't winning by 60:
Lol this is what OSU football twitter is like during games?? Sheesh. Im seeing the absolute HOTTEST of takes 1Q in lmao. Relax yall.— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) September 1, 2017
I'm still not sold on Ohio State "having six starting wide receivers." Still not sold on the offensive line, either. Ask me after the Oklahoma game about my J.T. Barrett take.
But to put up 600 yards of offense after a first half that produced 13 points? Shiiiiiieeeeeet, that's something we can work with. And that's even before talking about J.K. Dobbins.
The only thing I'm mad about is the hometown refs — who are probably in the Indiana High School Hall of Fame — voided this glorious touchdown run by B.B. Landers that should've won him the Heisman on the spot:
Not sure about everyone else, but we're still watching this. pic.twitter.com/VhKqrvmW01— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 1, 2017
Shoutout to Indiana's coaching staff. The Hoosiers hung tough and did their thing, but I'm not tripping about the secondary just yet:
Also before anyone panics over the Ohio State secondary, Simmie Cobbs isn't done clowning defensive backs this year or next— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) September 1, 2017
Shoutout to the Ohio State coaching staff for the second half adjustments, and Parris Campbell for showcasing mental fortitude in rebounding from some egregious drops.
The local team wasn't perfect, but it didn't have to be. They're still 1-0 with 48 extra hours to prepare for Oklahoma. It should be a barnburner next week in Columbus, folks.
Word of the Day: Cornucopia.
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PLUNGE IT INTO MY JUGULAR. Where were you 10 years ago today? Hopefully watching Appalachian State hand No. 3 Michigan a loss in the biggest upset in college football history.
I stopped watching that game at halftime to attend a Southern Utah–Montana banger, thinking Michigan would surely seal the victory in the second half. When the announcer proclaimed the score at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, I was pretty much the only one to cheer the result.
The prospect of playing the Mountaineers in the playoffs horrified the rest of the stadium. I was just happy Michigan got clowned. Don't regret it, either.
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