Teague will be just fine next year. Not sure what to think of Crowley or Chambers as lead backs given they have only played in garbage time. Crowley has some ability, but I don’t see top end speed or anything that jumps off the screen. I do admit it is too early to jump to any conclusions. Still, they really need to get a top flight running back this class. Injuries, transfers, and position changes are unpredictable. Gibbs needs to put on a little weight but he looks like Dalvin Cook with those sick cuts.
Perfect fit for this offense. He would probably be lead back in 2021 with Crowley offering a change of pace. There isn’t a back on our current roster that has that top end speed. Hope he sees the golden opportunity he would have here.
I think Day will take pity on them and put in the 3rd string/walk-ons before he lets us score 70+. Rutgers is a disaster, has no head coach, and players are voluntarily sitting out. Furthermore, old Greg Schiano is in the process of taking over the program. I expect a score along the lines of 63-3.
I enjoy Klatt but Buckeye fans need to beware: he is just waiting for an opportunity to jump on the Harbaugh bandwagon. He was all over him for the first few years Harbaugh returned to Ann Arbor. This being said, I love all the free recruiting he is doing for us right now.
I agree. I know that ship has probably sailed, but you have to take another stab at Bijan. Dobbins is having an All-American season and Day is showing how committed he is to the run. It may very well be Gibbs, but somebody is about to walk into a gold mine of a situation at Ohio State.
On a side note, can anyone tell me how Cooper has performed? He doesn’t appear to be making much of an impact as a pass rusher when I focus on him. Doesn’t look like he has the speed to get around the edge or the size to have any type of bull rush. Just curious what others have seen.
Ha, I actually semi agree on the paranoid point. We always had a letdown down with Urban, but Ryan Day has demolished everyone. It feels too good to be true.
My guess is 15. I think enough voters will recognize that they fell asleep in the 4th and were probably looking ahead.
This is the worst possible outcome for us. Wisconsin will be pissed with nothing to lose. Losing to Wisky eliminates us and winning gets us very little credit. This doesn’t matter if we win out, but man this is unfortunate. I guess the only positive is that Taylor had 28 carries and the starters had to play 60 minutes. Not an easy week like they expected.
I don’t think it will be a high scoring game due to long drives by both teams. Neither team gives up big plays so I think you will see multiple 12-15 play drives. Ohio State is going to put man coverage out across the board to stop Taylor, and I expect Wisky will heavily target the tight end in the middle of the field. Throw in a couple play actions to Cephus and I think Wisky cobbles together 200 yards passing.
I expect to win, but am worried about protecting Fields. The passing blocking has been ok, but Fields still holds on to the ball too long at times. My only concern is him coughing the ball up. Wisky is going to come after him like no other.
I’ve just accepted it. We have arguably the weakest home field advantage of any team with a stadium that seats 90,000+. Only Michigan rivals us when it comes to uninspiring crowd support. This always surprises me because Buckeye nation is so strong throughout the country and travels so well. We have an amazing fan base but it just never materializes into a great home field advantage. Fortunately, we have amazing coaches and players. We rarely need it.
It’s the most bizzare part of the Meyer-Day era. Elite NFL athletes have come and gone at every position on the field. Kicker remains the only exception. I’m honestly shocked it hasn’t cost us more games over the past several years. I just assume the coaches always consider it 4 down territory unless the ball is within the the 15 yard line.
Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring!
Reminds me of a slightly slower Nick Chubb. The top end speed may not be elite, but he runs with violence. You have to give Teague 10-12 carries a game. It will not only keep Dobbins fresh, but will wear on the defense when the 4th quarter rolls around. Also, who wants to tackle Teague in November when everyone is numb?
I get what you are saying, but LSU just made the first statement win. Clemson made a statement as well, but that was a home game against a worse team. I think you can still leave Clemson at 1, but LSU should be 2. Alabama and the rest haven’t done anything.
I disagree. The defense would be national title worthy but the offense wouldn’t be getting guys like Fields or Ruckert. Dantonio has always been a Tressel ball guy and hired coordinators that think the same way. A great defense isn’t enough anymore. Clemson has proven that. You need a dynamic offense with a prolific passer under center.
Have always loved his blunt manner. This being said, I worry his ceiling is Dantonio. Old Dino has had some success but offense has always been his downfall. Cincy was very predictable and vanilla on offense. I know their O-line isn’t great but I’m surprised we didn’t see any trick plays. The game plan of just trying to pound the rock was never going to work. Not against Hamilton and Togiai. Hope Fick is able to find a bright up and coming O-coordinator to supplement his natural defensive chops.
Next week is going to be very interesting. O-line has been mediocre and I’m not sure if Fields understands protections yet. Fickell is going to crowd the line and make Fields pass to win. If we don’t fix the turnover bug then it might be a nail bitter.
It’s only one half of football but you can tell Fields needs a lot of seasoning. All the talent in the world but needs to get rid of the ball faster.
Tech will get smothered but they have a new coach and are going in the right direction. Metro Atlanta produces a lot of talent and UGA doesn’t have enough room for all of them. Ditching the triple option for a spread scheme is going to convince a lot of kids to stay home. There may be a day when Tech will actually be able to give Clemson a hard time.
Urban would literally rip him a new one. I’m sure he is a great kid, but that is not the Buckeye way. Respect the rivalry by working it 365 days a year.
Couldn’t agree more. The entire interior line last year was like the island of misfit toys. Jordan is a true tackle who peaked his freshman year. I know he got a lot of good pub, but his play didn’t match it. Knox was a journeymen who was serviceable. Pridgeon was a massive pass blocking tackle that never fit inside.
Wyatt Davis is a guard designed in a factory. Jonah Jackson is a proven vet with prototypical guard dimensions as well. Myers takes over the center position with a reputation as a nasty run blocker. Harry Miller is a five star center that will probably be cross-trained to play guard. Expect him to back up this year and take the guard spot left by Jackson next season. Pass blocking may take a step back, but this will be mitigated by the leap forward in run blocking. They are inexperienced, but the raw physical talent far exceeds that of last years line.
I don’t know his name but this guy....
From the south and have never been. When would be a good time to visit? Also, is something like a fast pass needed?
Really looking forward to the 3rd and 1 packages with Teague. We are going to be strong up the middle with Myers/Davis and Teague will be the battering ram. Teague could also be a good lead blocker when Fields decides to keep it. Last year we missed that physicality. Our O-line wasn’t as talented up the middle last year and JK isn’t a bigger back. I have to believe we will be better on 3rd and short this year.
Prediction: Our total points per game will drop a tad, but we will be considerably more effective at wearing down defenses with an improved run game. I expect a better time of possession for sure.
The reality of that passage still hurts. I'll never understand WTF happened to that 2015 Buckeye squad (hello, Zach Smith).
I agree. What also happened was a one dimensional offense led by a one dimensional QB. The ridiculous success of Thomas in the NFL only exasperates the argument that JT was a scattershot in every sense of the word. He was an awesome leader and runner but he held back Ohio State in the same way that K. Bryant held back Clemson.