Completely agree. Day has shown his ability to make in game changes and remain aggressive. He reiterated in his presser that they have to stay aggressive and I love that. Urban was great but I’m not sure he was always as willing to make the adjustments needed re: QB run. Maybe this casual fan is wrong about that. Either way I trust Day to to have a good game plan and make the any necessary adjustments.
Masterful, can’t wait to be there Saturday!
JK all day, the guy is a beast. I like how our O-line matches up in this game. Should be another big day for JK.
I might have a heart attack twice, from nerves and then excitement haha. But I do believe we have the edge if it comes down to special teams and a scenario like this.
I just don’t think experience is that big of a factor, especially experience from a previous season. That was a different team. Sure it can help in certain game situations but I don’t believe it is enough to tip the scales. I think experience matters more when it is related to this season. In that instance the Buckeyes have faced stiffer competition and came from behind in a big game. So while the team hasn’t been in the CFP as recently, you could say they have better game experience this season.
I also think that hunger and desire to win/make a statement can outweigh or at least equate to experience. Both teams want to win no doubt, but OSU is the hungrier team here. All that said, we’ll find out Saturday.
While I understand the experience of having been there before can instill confidence and belief, especially late in a close game, I just don’t buy it as that big of an edge. Also because Day has continually proved he’s ready for the moment time and again this season.
I also wouldn’t overlook the hunger and desire of a team that doesn’t have the been there done that factor. Both teams want to win, don’t get me wrong, but perhaps OSU wants it little bit more. Does that outweigh the experience? I don’t know but it’s worth mentioning.
38-31 Buckeyes, Dobbins has a big game and opens up the passing game. Dobbins gets 2 TDS, Fields Olave and Hill each get one too. Defense makes gives up some points through the air but makes enough stops. Looking forward to witnessing it in person!
I’m feeling pretty optimistic but still a little nervous, always am for big games. I just believe that we will be able to run the ball as we have done all season. This will open up the game for Hill and Olave to make some plays as the game goes on. This team is battle tested, more than Clemson. I think the Buckeyes come in hungry and on a mission. 38-31 good guys.
I’ll be making the trek over from San Diego on Friday!
I've been mulling over a bunch of statistics all week and was thinking about posting something similar so thanks for doing this!
I keep going back to the fact that Clemson hasn't faced a tough defense all season really. Like you said, we haven't seen an offense of their caliber either, but I think our defense can hold up and do enough. Especially considering our offense has been able to keep humming against good defenses, they are battle tested.
Barring turnovers or penalties I feel pretty good about our chances when looking at the stats. It definitely boils down to our ability to run the ball and converting on third downs (something OSU also has the edge) so that we are controlling the game.
I haven't been paying attention enough to know if the OP's claim is true or not, but I would say this....no one believed we would beat Miami and no believed we would beat Bama. I like our chances as being painted the underdog without a chance. Plus I think the team is very focused and on a mission much like the 2014 team.
Glad to see this man receive some well deserved recognition. Can't wait to witness JK all day in Phoenix!
Couldn't agree with this more. I believe it will come down to the ability to run the ball/stop the run. Clemson is good but their DL seems to be the weakness on that side of the ball. If we can run the ball therefore control the game clock and keep their offense off the field it will go a long way. A good running attack combined with connecting on a couple of deep balls and I think the Buckeyes win for sure.
Bought my tickets for the Fiesta Bowl already. This will be my fifth year in a row attending the bowl game featuring the Buckeyes. I live in San Diego so the last five years have been convenient...3 Fiesta Bowls, Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl. Saved on money by driving to all but Dallas and have relatives in Phoenix. I am not a season ticket holder and haven’t been back to the shoe since 2014 which I need to do soon. Planning to head up to Oregon next season as the start to try and experience other stadiums around the country. That will be my first time supporting the Bucks at a true road game.
First I think you’re undervaluing our WRs. Regardless of that, Ohio State is by far the best and most physical team Clemson will have faced all year by a large margin. Clemson will be the best team OSU has faced but the competition we have faced, especially down the stretch, has been tougher. I think that could be the difference in this game, aside from turnovers penalties or fluke plays. Our team is more battle tested and will benefit us more as the game goes on.
Wait, the earth isn’t flat?!?
No way he stays. RBs have short careers and don’t want to risk injury. I think he’s proven himself enough. Just my two cents though.
Best one yet all season!
Very impressed with this team.
Here come the zebras...
10 turnovers, geesh. Clean it up and we’d have a decent sized lead.
So sloppy, frustrating to watch at the moment.
The last player you want to leave wide open smh
Washington on fire!
This! In the zone there seemed to be a lot of confusion when switching off from linebacker coverage to DB/Safety. It seemed to me a couple times when the linebackers expected help in coverage none came and the WRs were left wide open. We switched to more man coverage and it made a huge difference. Of course if you get beat in man it can lead to big plays but our guys did a great job of not letting that happen.