It's important that if Fields has to scramble that he scrambles to pass as opposed to scrambling to run.
If these teams have closing speed, he may not be able to run for first downs and make it as easily as he has all season. Of course, sometimes you don't have a choice and you've got to run for it. I just want to see him use his legs mostly to keep plays alive, throw it away if he has to, and not force the run.
In addition to Zach Harrison being a force, we need to get Tyreke Smith and Haskell Garrett back to full strength. Both guys have missed time due to injury.
I've noticed for some time now that Clemson's players look thicker, heavier then any other team. They seem to be able to get guys thick and heavy without losing speed. Maybe it's just real good home cooking?
So, you're saying they put their pants on one leg at a time?
I'm guessing The University has a trademark that spells Gray using the letter "a". So either Zack made an inadvertent mistake or he was very smart to not infringe on The University's trademark. Lol.
Ok, let's look outside the Midwest. How about the teams out West? 6 years now of a 4 team playoff and they have had, what, only 2 teams in the playoff? Sound fair to you? Not to me.
You might say those teams out West aren't any good and that's why they're not in the playoff. 2 trips, 2 losses. But, over time that narrative becomes a self fulfilling proposition. The teams/conferences that are in the playoff get a boost from the exposure and publicity, that in turn give them an advantage in recruiting, which is hard to overcome and from there the narrative grows. We saw that unfairness in the defunct BCS and that's why it's now defunct.
The bottom line is it's hard to win it, when you're not in it. Expansion to an 8 team playoff is one way to better achieve parity and fairness.
This is Dabo's "back-handed compliment:"
"They've got as good of players as there is in college football."
Emphasize the word "players." What he's really implying here is that, yes, while the Buckeyes have good players, the way we play football is not good enough. Like we're substandard. It reflects the southern perception of how football is played in the Big 10 and is a characterization that in the south, when it comes to football, their way is superior. (Oh, they have good players up there in the north, but they aren't special like us.) Like somehow their shit don't stink. It's the same smug arrogance this guy has always displayed.
Great post Brutus. Spot on.
It has the high probability of being like a train wreck. You can't not watch it.
You guys get a chance to attack an Alabama defense which looks to be the worst defense that Saban's had in the last decade. Relish the opportunity. It's one more chance for Shea Patterson to show up and it's against one of his old SEC foes. Your o-line needs to ball out and physically dominate Alabama. Kick their ass.
And their QB was red faced. He looked like he had never worked up a sweat before or maybe had a blood pressure problem or something.
Werner got stiff armed by Taylor. Taylor is a strong dude. A lot of guys ain't bringing Taylor down in the open field, one-on-one.
Fuller was missing tackles yesterday too as was Browning. Middle of the D-line struggled too, Hamilton, Landers, Cornell all struggled to make plays in the first half. Those guys were getting walled off or blocked. Cornell whiffed on a sack. The whole D needs to be much better.
Teams are blitzing us right up the middle. The first guy is working to get Myers out of position (for example taking Myers to his left) and the blitzer is blowing by him (same example running by Myers right side). The coordination between Myers, Davis and Jackson has to get fixed. Turning guys over to one another has to be Job #1. Can't keep giving up 5 or 6 sacks per ballgame.
Clemson is the most aggresive blitzing team that I have seen this year. They will run guys at the offensive line pre-snap just to try to get the offensive linemen to false start. They will bring guys almost every play. If Ohio State thought Wisconsin blitzed a lot, they haven't seen anything yet. Buckeyes may want to explore using a FB or TE in the backfield to help protect Fields on every play because I doubt Dobbins will be able to block well enough. We saw what Baun did to overwhelm Dobbins.
^this. I was at that game in 1984. The Buckeyes scored before the half and continued the incredible comeback in the 2nd half. Illinois fought back but did not have enough to withstand the Buckeye onslaught.
Greg Frey led the comeback against Minnesota. Crazy.
Also, the game in Iowa, I want to say it was in 1990. There was a pass on a richochet that Jeff Graham caught and I think he scored a TD and then the Buckeyes scored a TD in the final seconds to win. Not sure but I think Bobby Olive caught that last TD pass.
Another game that stands out for me. The 2005 game at Michigan. Down 2 scores in the 4th quarter, Troy Smith leads us down the field twice, scoring 2 TDs, one by Santonio Holmes and the game winner by Antonio Pittman, for the 25-21 win.
Clemson blitzes more than any team I've seen this year. They attack the opponent's offensive line. QB has to stand in and deliver the ball without hesitation. Fields will have to be surgical.
If the Playoff Committee drops the Buckeyes, I hope they drop them to #3. Disrespect can be a great motivator.
I made a pot of coffee, drank it and screamed a lot. Now I'm gonna be up all night. I was too busy on the game threads to change anything to alter the Mojo. So, I owe all of you a debt of gratitude for your fine "adjustments."
Now, I'm gonna watch this "tape" twice to breakdown the game before I watch the selection show and NFL tomorrow.
Feel free to disagree with me, but JK should have had at least 2 more carries today.
Ohio against the World!
Heather can suck my YONK
White was outstanding last year. That interception return against Michigan was a thing of beauty. Also, his interception and return on the 2 point conversion try by Washington in the Rose Bowl. Showed me a knack for finding the ball and the ability to run it like a running back. To a large degree he helped save our season last year. We owe him a debt of gratitude for that.
Can't flag a hard, clean hit. Hit happened on the field, wasn't late, no contact to the head and neck area. Coan was trying to score, didn't slide and got his ass whacked.
Dabo, You Next.
That hit was so hard, gonna have to change his name to Joan Cack.