Wisky's defense this week didn't look up to the challenge of holding he point of attack against our offensive line, hitting hard enough to put Dobbins or Master on the ground, or keeping-step Ina. Foot race with Olave or Hill.
I'm liking our chances.
If I bet, I'd bet straight winners/losers than against he spread. Use parlays to increase the payout if necessary.
Betting ATS just sounds like it would suck out he enjoyment of the game watching experience.
Man I think Davis has been playing very well. There's a block he's asked to perform on multiple running plays where he needs to use his explosiveness to jump from a 1 technique's left shoulder to his right shoulder at the snap then use his speed to wall him off.
It's blocks like that which enable Meyers to so cleanly run up to the 2nd level and wall off guys for Dobbins.
It's been a lot of fun watching the big men fight in the trench!
I love the 4 passing TDs and that beautiful pass in the corner of the end-zone to Olave was executed so perfectly it would have been 6 against an NFL secondary. When you can execute a red-zone passing attack that expertly, the sky is the limit!
I understand that with our quarterback situation, Fields has to be in until the game is mathematically over. We can't leave anything to chance that a couple pick-6s from a backup QB or a blocked punt returned for a TD will lose us a game this season. Fields has to stay in until there's literally not enough time left for us to lose the game.
But I was surprised they didn't pull Arnette at the half. He had a literal cast on and the dropofff from Arnette to Cam Brown would not lose you a game. The priority should be given to pull someone wearing a cast as early as possible before a big game with Wisconsin next week.
A little nervous about left tackle next week.
Munford was limping out there and guys don't go from a noticable limp to full health in one week. If he plays next week it will be at less than 100%. Alabi didn't travel so we can assume he's even more injured than Munford is. And NPF is really getting a trial by fire. You can see flashes of his talent but overall he's got weaknesses in his game that equally talented, but more experienced, defensive ends are exploiting.
No teams are 100% healthy at this point in the season so the buckeyes have to rise above it - but I'm concerned about how the left tackle matchup will play out next week.
I think there is one real concern on this team, Thayer Munford's health. NPF was getting more than he could handle from Northwestern's Joe Gaziano in the first quarter up until we caught a lucky break and Gaziano went down with an injury.
Who knows how many hits Fields would have taken otherwise.
Get healthy Thayer, this team needs you against top-10 opponents for sure.
A legitimate criticism of Urban's tenure is we would get out-coached in the first half and only make the adjustments coming out of halftime.
With Day it seems like we might get surprised by something for 2 drives. Then by the 3rs drive we shut it down completely. It's a tangible upgrade for this team!
Honestly, 1 starter out and 1 questionable at this point in the season is pretty good health-wise.
Honestly the hback has been dead since 2015. Parris Campbell was mostly used as a speedy slot receiver.
Time to start rooting for an LSU loss.
An undefeated SEC champ LSU
Conference champ Clemson
And 1-loss Alabama
Almost certainly means a 1-loss buckeyes are out of the playoffs.
- Clemson & Alabama get in even with 1 loss
- Oklahoma has to go undefeated
- LSU, Auburn, and Georgia are still alive if they win the SEC
- A division champion Ohio State probably gets in with 1 loss, especially no if Alabama wins the SEC.
So, basically, when it comes to Ohio State's schedule, whatever happens don't lose the Penn State game.
I have a very high opinion of both Tyreek Smith and Tyler Friday so I am duly impressed that it's Zach jumping off the screen on Saturdays!
It's interesting to me to see the team has a "big game" plan. In normal games they try to rotate bodies but in big games they seem to do the following
1) Chase Young never comes off the field
2) There are only 5 receivers they actually trust in the WR rotation.
3) They actually do intend to go forward with operation Tuff Boreland as a linebacker, it wasn't just an early season pat-on-the-back
I was excited to watch NPF in the first few games but frankly he was below-average. I think he'll be great one day but right now he's still in the middle of growing into his talents and is a year away from being ready to be trusted with Fields' health (and the hopes for our season).
Not to mention just a few plays before Browning's penalty, Wade was literally tackled in a blindside block from behind on a non-call.
The other way to look at it is all Baron Browning needs to do is get 2 steps further back in his pass-set drops and he could have had two PBUs or INTs last night.
Glass half empty says we gave up 2 big plays over the middle, glass half full says we're a small and easy coachable-adjustment away from 2 extra INT/PBUs.
I think it's a less than 50% chance that each of Davis, Myers, Browning, and Werner declare but my exercise was to show that if any one of them was to declare it wouldn't be surprising. I bet one of those 4 will declare, in a bit of a surprise, which means even though it's very unlikely it's possible all could declare. But even so that means we're replacing 19 starters? 18 starters? Crazy to think about.
Also, I would do cartwheels if Wade came back next year but if he goes and runs a 4.4 at the combine I'm telling you he's getting drafted in the late 1st round.
Also, don't forget Cupp. He'll be a senior who could work his way into being a starter along the slow-and-steady path.
I think that's fair, but remember 11 of the names on my list are graduating seniors who are out of eligibility so for them it's not about going to the league.
I cheated a little bit with Tuff (but then again it might be cheating to say he's really the starter over Browning)
I really think this is the last you'll see of Munford. 2 years of quality left tackle play on a top-5 team is usually enough to get you drafted.
Wyatt Davis is a bit of a stretch but if Myers wins the Remington award for best center in football or is a 1st team all American then I think he'll declare, personally.
Two of them have to go because Jackson and Bowen are seniors who are out of eligibility, right?
Everyone is going to talk about Wade defeating Jordan Reid's block or getting the sack because they were outstanding plays, but I don't think either of those was even the best play of the day.
The absolute best play last night also goes to Sean Wade. It was the 2nd half and Sparty called the perfect play of a screen pass to the right flat against a blitz by the silver bullets. With the ball in the air Sparty had 3 blockers in front of the RB with only 3 buckeyes between him and the goal line. Schematically, that should have been a walk-in touchdown. Instead, Sean Wade darted to the RB and drew 2 blockers to stop him (it was a WR and either the right-tackle or a TE). On its own occupying 2 blockers so another team member could make the tackle and save the TD would have been a great play by Wade. But he did even better than that by splitting the blockers and making the tackle himself for a short gain.
Wade single-handedly turned what, on paper, should have been an easy TD and killed the play dead with his game-breaking skills.
I have bad news for you, Wade is going to be joining Okudah as a 1st round pick in April.