I'm hoping to see a Buckeye defense that will lead the B10 is fewest plays allowed of over 20 yards.
I just hope that Justin is as quick as he is fast.
Make opponents drive 80-85 yards to score, instead of allowing returns to around midfield. The Buckeye defensive PPG allowed should be much better if they can do this. The longer you make an opponent drive, the more likely a turnover, costly penalty, or a stop by the Silver Bullets.
I am a proud Portsmouth HS alumnus, and our school is especially known for its boys basketball program. Portsmouth has played a total of 27 games in OHSAA state tournament history (3rd all time in Ohio), and has a very good 16-11 all time. 4 time state champion and 4 time state runnerup.
Our football history is underrated because of the prominence of the basketball program. The Trojans have been to 2 Final 4's in football, those being in 1984 and 2000. Lost in the semifinals both years. This past season Portsmouth made the playoffs for the first time since 2007. We lost to Middletown Madison 26-0, not Wheelersburg as was mentioned above. Portsmouth has over 500 wins all time in football.
Portsmouth HS is one of several schools with the name "Portsmouth". Portsmouth West is a separate school that is located in the town of West Portsmouth. Portsmouth Clay is a school that is located in Rosemount, about 2 miles north of Portsmouth on Rt.23. Portsmouth Notre Dame is located on Sunrise Ave. in Portsmouth. Finally Portsmouth East HS is also known as Sciotoville Community School and is located in Sciotoville, which is in the far eastern section of Portsmouth, close to Wheelersburg.
The city once had a population of 42,560 in 1940, but since then the population has declined, with the 2010 census figure being 20,226. The current estimate is about 20,443. If that holds true, then it would be Portsmouth's first population increase since 1940. Loss of industry, particularly the closing of a large steel mill located in New Boston in 1980, really spiraled Portsmouth's population downward.
Portsmouth is the home of Shawnee State University, which has an enrollment of around 4,000 and offers a variety of bachelor's degrees. Their athletic teams are known as the Bears and compete at the NAIA level.
Portsmouth is an avid supporter of Ohio State athletics, and every year the Cincinnati Reds devote a home game as "Portsmouth Day".
Unfortunately in today's times, the city has received a large amount of negative publicity, mostly regarding drug/crime issues, but I can say being a current resident that there is much more good in Portsmouth than bad, but the positive things get pushed to the rear.
GO TROJANS!! GO BUCKEYES!!
What will be interesting going forward is the philosophy that Coach Day embraces when it comes to hiring assistant coaches and coordinators. Will he hire coaches that have a lot of years being an assistant/coordinator at some level, or someone like himself who doesn't have many years of experience at a top tier program like Ohio State? Of course one factor that could very well influence him is how much is OSU willing to pay a top assistant/coordinator?
11-1 is a very reasonable and realistic expectation, given a new HC, new QB, and a revamped defense with new coordinators. I also think a 3rd straight B10 title is very possible. Hopefully if that 1 loss does happen in won't be a complete meltdown like Iowa and Purdue.
Justin wants to be a great QB because he came to Ohio State fully knowing the expectations and tradition of the program.
Lack of offense will doom the Indians, and I don't look for it to get much better. Good move to bring up Oscar Mercado who is giving the Tribe some spark with his bat. Hard to believe that the Indians still don't have a triple after 53 games.
Love my Indians, though!! We've had a good run since Terry Francona became manager. I guess we were due for a down year, unfortunately it comes when the Twins are on fire.
I think Nebraska wins the West due to having the best offense in the division, but I also think the Cornhuskers won't win the B10 because the "blackshirts" haven't returned to Lincoln.
I just hope Justin runs out of bounds when the opportunity presents itself.
It's a rare year when at least 1 Buckeye O-lineman doesn't make first team all B10 or land on one of the All-American teams. Davis or one of his teammates should continue that trend of postseason honors.
Cutting the big plays to a minimum will mean a vastly improved Ohio State defense. The 2018 numbers makes me think that the 2019 numbers will be much better. It would be very hard to repeat the defensive lapses of last year, given that re-tooling the defense will be a strong point of emphasis with the coaching staff.
Ohio State had the most talented roster in the B10 before Justin Fields came on board, and getting him ends any argument to the contrary. Now the key is for the coaches to put the right players in the right positions in the right scheme.
What will certainly be a huge help to Coach Day in his first year as HC is having the most talented roster in the B10.
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about Coach Day is that very few if any can know what to expect from him in his first year as head coach. There is a good vibe about him for sure, but also some uncertainty that goes along with it.
The B10 East hasn't lived up the hype of being the toughest division in all of college football when it was first formed. Ohio State was the only bowl winner of the "Big Four". Michigan, Penn State, and Michigan State all lost their bowl games this past season, and that certainly didn't help the reputation of the East.
The way Coach Day convinced 2 Michigan assistants to come to OSU, I have confidence that he would find some very good replacements.
Fields will do just fine, but he is unfortunately following the most prolific passer in OSU history. He won't pass as well as Haskins, and shouldn't be expected to, but he is surrounded by a lot of talent, and his skill set should make the Buckeye offense light up the scoreboard. I just hope he runs out of bounds often instead of taking on opposing tacklers, even though the QB depth chart looks much healthier than it did last week.
Losing two of the Tribe's 5 regular starters (Kluber and Clevinger) unfortunately is great news for the Minnesota Twins. The Indians simply don't have enough offense to overcome those injuries. Still, I think the Indians have enough to at least hang around the top part of a very mediocre division. Just maybe Jefry Rodriguez can develop into a quality starter, based on his previous two outings.
To be really fair to Day is to give him a chance to prove himself........Dabo has a lot more HC experience than he does.
More depth at the QB position is never a bad thing.......great to see he has a very good attitude about being a backup.
Just keeping the opposition's big plays to a minimum will mean a very improved Ohio State defense.
Justin Fields will do just fine for the Buckeyes, but I do wonder if the lack of QB depth will have the coaches gameplan to have him run less.
Coach Day won't name a starter and is smart in not doing so. The competition between now and 8/31 should make both of them better. The spring game/scrimmage/practice should never determine who the starter should be. The passing stats that came out of Saturday just don't really mean that much at all. Lots of time left to make that big decision by the coaching staff.
One thing was easy to see.......Fields has much more mobility than Baldwin. What no one knows is how much value Coach Day puts on that when it comes to the 2019 Buckeye offense.
I think that Coach Day already has an identity as a QB guru, considering the year that Dwayne Haskins had, and the fact that Justin Fields came to Ohio State seeing how Day maximized Haskins' talents.