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buckeye phi


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Comment 29 Dec 2017

I'm not as sold on USC's defense as a lot of my fellow 11Wers apparently are.  Seeing a lot of predictions for us to score only in the mid 30s.  

I expect USC to crowd the line of scrimmage - daring us to beat them with our intermediate-to-deep passing game.  The same strategy some teams have used successfully against us in the recent past - going back to last season (most notably, Clemson).  So, in my opinion a major key to this game will be whether our passing offense will be able to capitalize on such a risky strategy on the Trojans' part. 

At the same time, I really like the idea of running power at a 4-2-5 defense - but mostly after we've forced them to back off a bit. 

So with a good mix in our offensive game plan (and if we're hitting those open passing opportunities), I don't see why we wouldn't put a lot of points up on a rather suspect USC D. 

OSU 48 - USC 24

Comment 28 Dec 2017

Reading that about O'Korn - and seeing the silly looking bluster (considering the source) in that video - gave me a thought.    So I looked it up.  According to 24/7, Michigan's 2018 recruiting class is currently ranked 14th.  Not too bad - but not where they've been in recent cycles, either.  Could it be that the Harbaugh hype is finally starting to lose a bit of it's luster?

Comment 09 Dec 2017

With Price leaving, Myers will be the new "strongest Buckeye".  Perhaps he can fill his shoes in more ways than one -

Comment 09 Dec 2017

If our offense can just stop giving up pick-sixes and ridiculously short fields off turnovers, the defense has been playing well enough (especially, over the past few games) to hold up their end of the deal.  This team can beat anyone in the country when we don't beat ourselves. 

That definitely includes Darnold and the Trojans.  Gotta make 'em earn their points in this one -

Comment 07 Dec 2017

Depends on the development of our offensive linemen.  We're losing our top two Slobs from a unit that was not deep to begin with. 

In nearly every other area, I think there's a decent chance we'll be as good or better than we were this year -

Comment 07 Dec 2017

It's going to seem strange to me if anyone does not name him to their All America team.  

The absence of Price and Jones are my greatest concerns heading in to 2018.  The Slobs have played extremely well over the last few games - and they were led by those two (especially, Price at center). 

If you re-watch the championship game, you'll notice they clearly dominated a very good Wisconsin defensive front.  I believe JT's errant passes wouldn't have seemed so egregrious if they hadn't provided him so much time.  And in the running game, some of those holes they created were enormous. 

Depth has been an issue for our o-line - and we'll be losing our top two guys. 

I think we'll be in good shape pretty much everywhere else, though -

Comment 05 Dec 2017

Impossible to answer because the committee is so inconsistent.  Sure - if we had not scheduled Oklahoma - and only had the single loss to Iowa (ugly or not) - a one loss conference champion (OSU) would have certainly gotten in ahead of a one-loss divisional runner-up (Alabama).  This season.

However, as others have pointed out - as recently as last year - our win over the Sooners helped propel us in to the playoff. 

In my opinion, the committee needs to start punishing teams that schedule FCS opponents - especially late in the season.  It's essentially a second Bye week that the B1G teams don't get.  That's a big advantage -

Comment 05 Dec 2017

Yes.  I've been saying all along that 'Bama should have been penalized for playing an FCS school - especially, late in the season.  Of course the Tide passed the "eyeball test".  One of those games was against Mercer - whoever he is -

Comment 05 Dec 2017

If Burrow eventually decides to transfer - I just hope we don't end up playing against him at some point.  Of course, I could say the same for Haskins if Burrow wins the competition. 

Don't be too surprised if Martell winds up being our guy, though.  Excellent in the read-option - plus he's a very good passer.  Pretty much what UFM has been looking for all along -  

Comment 04 Dec 2017

I get the comments about dealing with 18-22 year-olds - but we had more senior leadership on this squad than we've typically had in recent years.  And as others have pointed out, every team is dealing with 18-22 year olds.   I don't think that's the whole answer. 

We have to keep in mind, this was the first year in a somewhat new offense - under Wilson and Day.  While we still run a lot of zone-read, etc. - as Kyle Jones has pointed out in several of his Film Study pieces, they have introduced new concepts in to (mainly) the passing game (but in the running game as well). 

We also have to consider the turnover in the defensive secondary over the past few years.  Two drafts in a row we lost 3 of our starting four defensive backs in the early rounds (five first rounders and one second rounder, if I recall correctly).  Naturally, it is extremely difficult to remain consistent with that kind of turnover.  A bit of a victim to our own success in this instance.

Of course, our struggles with consistency in the intermediate-to-deep passing game have been discussed nearly to exhaustion. 

Considering all that, I think the coaches and players have done a reasonable job. 

Moving forward:  The problem I see next year will be the loss of our two best offensive linemen, Billy Price and Jamarco Jones.  We were already lacking depth on the O-line - and unless some underclassmen make great strides in the offseason, that could be a huge issue in '18 - no matter who winds up playing quarterback -

Comment 04 Dec 2017

Great Film Study  - as always, Kyle. 

Typically, unless there is a huge discrepancy in talent, coaches will opt to go with a fifth-year senior at quarterback over a redshirt freshman - mainly because the senior is less likely to make costly mistakes.  But in the B1G championship game, our senior QB made the kind of mistakes one might have more readily expected from a freshman. 

Who knows why?  Perhaps the pain in his knee was more distracting than he let on.  Or maybe he was having one more inconsistent performance verses top-notch competition.  Possibly a combination of things.  Plus - the drops didn't help things.   

I disagree with those who say we dodged a bullet by not making the playoff - for several reasons (JT's inconsistency aside).  Sure, our passing game still has some issues - but as Kyle pointed out, in Wilson and Day's first year, it is far better than it was last season.  A huge reason for that is the improved play of the Slobs.  Part of what made JT's errors look so egregious was that he had so much time to throw in several of those instances.  And while our defense - especially the back seven - have had their issues - that was an excellent performance verses a pretty good Wisconsin offense. 

With just a little improvement in our intermediate-to-deep passing attack, I believe our guys could play with any team in the nation.  Remember, we lost to Oklahoma in only our second game in the Wilson/Day offense.  Saturday's mistakes aside, our offense has made great strides since then.  Our defense and special teams, too.  Plus, we put as much or more talent on the field as any team. 

But now - it is what it is. 

Go Buckeyes!  Beat USC! -

Comment 03 Dec 2017

Why on earth wouldn't he? 

Contrary to what the committee has been saying since its inception - obviously, in reality there is no penalty for scheduling FCS teams - even late in the season.  I know, I know - the Iowa loss really hurt us.  But if we hadn't scheduled Oklahoma, Iowa would have been our only loss.  And no matter how ugly that was - a one loss P-5 conference champion would have gotten in ahead of a one-loss P-5 divisional runner-up.  I don't think there's any question about that -

Comment 03 Dec 2017

That was my first thought as well.  This would have been the perfect opportunity for the committee to make a statement about scheduling FCS teams (especially late in the season).  From this point forward, any AD who books a tough OOC schedule should have his head examined. 

Mercer should be more than simply a missing data point for the Tide.  It should be a strike against them when it comes to potentially making the play-off.  OK - so we lost to Oklahoma.  At least we played an Oklahoma.  And while Iowa was mystifying and an embarrassment, a one loss P-5 conference champion would have definitely gotten in ahead of a one-loss P-5 divisional runner-up.  No matter what

I get it when people say we may not have necessarily deserved to get in this year - but then neither did Alabama -