The OSU LB corps will be the key here, IMO. If Tuf Borland is getting matched up with their receivers and backs, may be a long day for the OSU defense.
Dobbins by 129
Absolutely deserves to be at Heisman ceremony, at the very least.
yes - though the counterpunch was OSU punching themselves in the mouth :)
There was no intermediate or short route passing plan, it seemed. With the incredible talent on the receiving corps and weak PSU secondary, should definitely have been challenging that a lot more. The weather during the Wisconsin game was worse and that did not stop OSU from focusing on a complete passing gameplan that should not have been the issue either. At point I was looking for Meyer and Tressel up in the coordinators booth to see if they were passing down the plays - run QB, run RB, run QB, run RB ..... :)
The issue from my POV was not the over reliance on the running game - it was the over reliance on the QB running game and it almost backfired spectacularly to the tune of 3 QB fumbles and an injured QB. Yes OSU won the game, but it was not because of the conservative offensive play calling it was despite it.
Another significant suspension - Dec. 20, 2004 – Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel suspended quarterback Troy Smith for the Alamo Bowl for violating team and NCAA rules and standards.
This suspension was over for the next year, but prompted Tressel to start Zwick over Smith in the game against Texas and shared time with Zwick as the QB. If Troy had played the entire game, I firmly believe OSU would've won the game and changed the history of season, especially the narrative of Texas with Vince Young as an unstoppable force and the classic Texas vs USC championship game.
The really ironic part of the "Indiana as a Buster Douglas underdog" story is that Buster Douglas is from Columbus. :)
At least the the refs are the same in the AAF, as in the NFL, so that's good - in the Jalin TD the back ref was signalling an emphatic incompletion to what was an obvious completion!!
Hmmm... may have been the "Brendon White" of the LB corps if given a chance.
"Haskins won't win games with his legs, "
Well he did have 3 rushing TDs in the last game and 59 rushing yds, so he could be the difference in a critical 3 and short or goal to go situation again. He doesn't have to get 100 yds (a la Barrett) but just keep the defense honest and be able to get that short yardage if needed, with his legs, which he's shown to be capable of.
This may well be the toughest challenge to date - more so than TCU and on par with PSU.
OSU’s most reliable receiver, hands down!
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Wesson's been quite dominant in the paint and under the basket - but he could be a bit more aggressive and dunk the ball when he's that close. He's made 11 shots in a row, but in a previous games he did miss some easy layups when seemed like he could have gone for the dunk.
BTN has a list of all the early top 25 rankings as well
The one that stuck out to me is the FoxSports rankings:
FOXSPORTS (only top 10)
5. Ohio State
10. Michigan State