100% agree. We were just told the entire off season how we are going to have a downfield passing game. The fact of the matter remains, we were blown out by the last elite teams we have played. We were blown out because of the same issues. Do we expect things to be that much different moving forward when many of the same pieces are still in place. Time will tell but I for one do not. I am expecting 2-3 more losses this year. Urban's scheme has been figured out and gets tremendously exposed against teams that we simply can't out execute. For me the Oklahoma loss stings worse than the Clemson loss because in sense a bag was put over my head and then I was punched in the face. I have no faith things will be better until I am proven other wise by the performance on the field. Go Bucks! Beat Army!
So what is exactly is spring camp, the off-season and fall camp for. How does a proven offensive coordinator not know how to best put the team in a position to win. How do the wide receivers, some of them being 4 and 5 year guys, not know how to break a route off or find soft spots in zones.
I for one am cautiously optimistic. 2014 seems like ages ago and I agree that it is easy to forget some of the games early in that year because of the way we finished. Until I see it on the field I remain confident that we will beat the inferior teams, struggle against the mediocre teams and loose to the elite teams. I will be more than happy to eat my crow when we start steam rolling people and I will be gracious in accepting the "told you so." But i remember the quote after the Clemson game, "We will become a better passing team." That is what the off season is for, and it did not happen. Tired of the talk and it's time to deliver. Go Bucks! Beat Army!
Can't throw people open? Are you kidding me. Richard Lagow put the ball so his receivers had a shot at catching it. Mayfield did the same thing. The receivers can't catch the ball if you don't throw it to them. And yes when the ball is thrown to them they need to catch the ball which they have proven to not do on a consistent basis.
3 yards and a cloud of dust. Pound, pound, pound and let the big guys eat. This team is lacking an identity and the coaches haven't provided an environment to develop that identity. Run the ball early and often, control the game and then sprinkle in the short passes or screens.
24-13 Buckeyes. Nothing significant changes. Staff continues to fix the same things they have been trying to fix since the 2015 ichigan State loss. I am just getting tired of the talk. "Do or do not, there is no try." - Yoda
I am more interested in our defense against their offense. If we aren't able to stop their run game, which is not that good, then we are in for a long night. If we can shut the run down and force Hack to throw the ball to beat us I think we win walking away. But if they are able to gash us like other teams have then watch out. I am not too worried about our offense being able to move the ball. Yes they are going to stop us and we are going to have the painful 3 and outs but we will get in the end zone multiple times. I'm going to change my prediction from earlier and say 35-17 OSU.
Excuse me, can you tell me the shortest route to shrug city. Oh wait I just took it through your O-line.
I have been predicting big games all year only to be proven wrong. I did see an improvement on offense last week and no way does Hack provide a threat running the ball. But as noted their defense is good and they create turnovers. I think if we don't win the turn over battle it is going to be a loooooong game. Something like 24-10. But with the atmosphere and a night game the Shoe is going to be crazy. The players will be more amped for this game than the Va Tech game. All units will play well and Buckeyes win 52-14.
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Coach seriously, if I have to take another snap under center someone is getting slapped.
Ok, so I may or may not of just crapped my pants because our next game is against Ohio State.
I too was hoping that they would drop out of the top 4 after last game. Make them play their way back in.
I do sense a lot of frustration coming from the offense and I would hate to be the team on the other side of that frustration when they do put it all together. It just isn't going to happen this week. We still win and win easily. We need to be playing our best ball the last two games of the season and the conf. championship game. Luckily we have games like these that we can work the bugs out. I will admit I was in panic mode up until last weekend when I saw 4 top ten teams loose. Win and advance. 42-13
The only reason Urban would be holding anything back is because there is a lack of execution on the plays being called. Missed/poor quarterback reads, wrong routes, missed/poor blocking, bad throws, dropped balls, etc. etc. Once we start executing on the plays being called then the offense that we have all been waiting for will be there, along with the play calling.
The good guys continue to improve. This will be somewhat of a statement game for them. They may not blow Indy out of Horseshoe west but they will dominate and control the game.
OSU - 45
Indy - 17
What concerns me is that other teams in the top 10 don't seem to be having these growing pains. They are beating their inferior opponents by 50 and even more in some cases. TTUN was up on BYU 21 in the second quarter. I understand we are breaking in new players and understanding where they fit in the schemes, but other teams are dealing with the same issues. We also have a new OC that is also trying to be a OL coach as well. Oh and we went to a more of a pro-style offense. I honestly believe that this is how Urban is dealing with the complacency and entitlement that he was so concerned about in the off season. This is creating a challenge for this talented and deep team. From what I have seen and from what I have picked up on from Urban's attitude is that he fully expects this. This train hasn't even left station yet.
As we all learned last year, it isn't about how you start the season but about how you finish the season. I too believe that this is our Kent State gam from last year. If we put up less than 40 and Zeke doesn't go over 150, before getting pulled, then I will be concerned about the rest of the season. But I don't see that happening. From the player and coaches comments I think we are a very angry team right now and Western Michigan is rowing their boat into a perfect storm. I am predicting a very strong performance in all areas. Tomorrow we prove why we are the undisputed national champs. OSU 65-WMU10.
The reason I went with 21 is if we have a vanilla offense again then they might gain some confidence and hit one or two big plays that other wise they might not have. That is why I want to see some smash mouth football first and then let the skill players do what they do best, make highlight reels.
If we open the playbook back up and start running our bread and butter offense then I predict 49-17. If, like the Hawaii game, we try to tweak and see what works and what doesn't work then I predict 35-21. I would like to see us come out and be run heavy in the first quarter and get the short to intermediate passing game going. Run some high percentage plays and stop trying to be so cute. With the playmakers that we have the big plays will come. Knock their teeth out first with Zeke and then the big plays will come.
The stanky face, cuz DAMN!
One thing that VA Tech hasn't faced is Braxton in open space. One on one in open space I will take Braxton all day long. You might get him occasionally but he will break one to the house and make you pay. I see Warriner using Braxton a lot even if it is as a decoy. You can't leave him alone or he will take it to the house. Can't wait to see the creative ways they gets the ball in his hands. Go bucks and roll the Hokies.