A few times this year, Fields has come out and had trouble throwing the ball until he's taken a shot. Nerves, rhythm, whatever you wanna call it, it looks like he needs to run it a couple of times to settle down. Reference PSU, TTUN, and Wisky II. He missed wide open receivers to start the game. Once we got that rhythm flowing it was brilliant, but not out of the gate.
Wilson is very good, but young, and Olave is very good. But look at their receivers on film. They would start for OSU and our starters would sit, no doubt.
At LB, it depends on where you place Simmons. As I said above, he plays all over the field and is more like a Safety in their 3-man scheme. If you count him as a LB, he lifts the boats around him to get that advantage. He's that good. If you count him as a safety, the other 2 guys are meh at best. Werner has played so well this year. Harrison is strong. Borland is who he is as a leader and run stuffer. Without Simmons, I would say Push to Advantage Bucks.
Unless you are saying Ettiene would be better behind OSU's OL, then I think you have to give OSU the RB advantage. JK has been so great this year against better defenses.
If you really look at how they play Simmons, he's a Safety/LB Hybrid, more of a Safety in their 3-man fronts. Muse is a liability (you see it multiple times on film), but they use Simmons to make up for him. Simmons is REALLY good, so he can do that. If you count Simmons as a Safety, then I would consider DBs a push.
This is an excellent analysis of the game and how it could and should play out. I've said for a week or so now that this will come down to one thing - turnovers. OSU has had trouble fumbling a bit. Lawrence had some interceptions earlier in the season (tbf he's cleaned that up). If one of those 2 things shows up again and it turns into points for the other side, that will decide this game.
Logged in for this one. He laid the trap. He played it out. When he says "...why the 2 orders?" Jessup was had and the whole room knew it. Excellent writing. Exquisite acting. Chills every time I see Nicholson say "You can't handle the truth!"
What did we do on the first series of Penn State? We ran a bunch of zone and power run plays to crush their will and make a statement. I see this as the opening move against Clemson as well. We will know how this game will go in the first 2-3 series of the game, as the chess match begins to play out and our bigs impose their will. If we don't run the ball well, it will be a long night. If we do, we could win by 2 TDs
More than Burrow/Gibson, this reminds me of Troy Smith/Justin Zwick. I won't begin to predict who is who, but the result worked out well for us. I like this a lot.
You're the best, Colin
I throw the BS flag on coach Meyer here
Victor had an ugly drop (typical, sadly). I think there was another one by Olave in the first half. 2nd half was pretty clean and yes bailed out was a good description. Fields was better in the 3rd quarter for sure
To me this is the most compelling part of the matchup, the coaching. BV is elite. RD, KW are elite. Hafley is elite. What will they do and how will they adjust? That will be huge in this game. I think this is really a talent equated game. Jimmy's and Joe's win games, but when they are the same-ish, Xs and Os have to get to work.
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Chug could make some plays in the pass game and hand it off to Dobbins, but as we saw last year, a QB that is no run threat limits that run game in CFB. I don't think Chug is a Haskins level passing talent to make up for less run game, and he might be on par with Haskins in the QB run dept. For this reason, I think losing Fields means a huge step back for the offense. This is why they look for "something special" in a QB to maximize the offense. Chug is great to keep the train moving against middling opponents. He would beat the majority of the B1G. We would not beat top 5 talent in the nation if we lost Fields.
Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin for dinner early in the Maryland game.