Justin just has a tendency to sail passes a bit in the first until he gets locked in. I think getting hit settles him down a bit and when the knee is an issue Day is hesitant to run JF early. But, I didn’t think he was indecisive.
KJ is a dark horse candidate for player of the game tonight
I think this game is a bit ugly for the Buckeyes early. Some missed passes on o. A big pass play (with blatant holding) on D. The Buckeyes don't look bad, just a bit out of sorts. Its 17-7 Clemson at the half. The Buckeye Oline starts to wear Clemson down in the second half. Those 4 yard Dobbins runs begin to pop for 20, 30, 40. Fields breaks one for 25. Olave and Victor each snag key first downs. Wilson catches a long 40ish yard deep ball. The Buckeyes also make some adjustments on D and Lawrence begins to misfire and throw out of bounds. The Tigers still move the ball but the Buckeyes are making key tackles for loss taking them off schedule. By the fourth quarter, Ohio State is up 24-20. The Bucks keep grinding and make it 34-20 with about 6:30 left. TL catches fire and gives us a scare, but its too little too late.
Ohio State 37, Clemson 27.
A couple of things that jumped out at me vs. TTUN. Inside of the line was magnificent. TE blocking has been underrated. Later in the game, JK was keyed in on and there was a whole lot of JF had he kept. JF at even 85% will help open room for JK. Would love to see JF keep early and pop a big one which causes Clemson to stay honest the rest of the game allowing the Buckeyes to ride JK.
In any event, the other Dlinemen need to get penetration. If I am Cooper, I'd be really tempted to play in these last two.
I don't think folks are taking JF being more healthy into account. I wouldn't be surprised if JF rips off a long run very early in this game.
So sayeth he then shall it be resolved: a Buckeye Victory. Long live Jambi.
Chase will be a top 3 pick in the draft. He's one of the most dominant DEs to come out of college in a while. NFL teams only trust top tier LT against players like that. Jackson may be really good--but is he that level? This reminds me of young Taylor Decker being matched up and killed by Kahlil Mack in 2013. Decker is a solid/good NFL LT but he was still young and Mack is an elite pass rusher. Even though Decker did ok percentage wise in that match up, Mack was able to make huge plays. Mack finished the day with 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss, tackles and an INT return for a TD. He caused another fumble but it was called back because of a facemask. I think we move Chase around a bit just like Buffalo did, but, if his primary matchup is Carman without help, Chase is going to have similar numbers. 3ish sacks, and at least cause one TO.
I think part of it was Justin Fields's knee. The Offense wasn't at optimal level vs Wisky and the team looked vulnerable for the first time. Clemson, hasn't looked vulnerable since the early season and did win the CFP last year. They're so much of an unknown that its spooking folks. Additionally, the Buckeye pass defense has been targeted in the first half of both its games and seems a bit more vulnerable. Also, Day played into this a bit by sort of admitting that Clemson was the toughest drawl.
That all said, I think the Buckeyes win this one. So long as the Buckeyes stay within 10 points or so in the first half, the second half turns into a JK party. JF has a tendency to sail balls early in big games and then get more accurate as the game continues. I look for the Buckeyes to run him early to settle him down. It would be encouraging to see some passing conversions early.
I never understood why some complain about so many bowls. I love them! Some of these games are such fun to watch. Perhaps I am biased because before my wonderful time at tOSU I completed my undergrad at FIU during the Mario Cristobal years. The 2010 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl was an amazing game featuring TY Hilton doing a bit of everything for the Golden Panthers. Down 24-7 in the third to Toledo, TY returned a kick 89 yards for a TD to start the comeback. The Rockets' successful 2 point conversion put Toledo ahead by a point with a minute and change left, but FIU wouldn't be denied.The Panthers picked up a key 4th and forever using the ol' hook and ladder and kicked a fg as time expired. FIU 34 Toledo 32.
It was FIU's first ever bowl win and a great game of football.
I disagree that Memphis v Penn State is an 8.0 on the excitement meter. Its more like a 1.2. I'd be extremely upset if I was a PSU fan.
In 2014 members of the team said that the success of the B1G earlier of the day helped their mindsets entering the game vs 'Bama. I get that the Bucks play before the other teams match up but it may give a boost for the NC. Someone said that when the B1G went 8-1 it did little to change the national narrative. I disagree. There is much less SEC chest thumping now. Its still present but not as rabid as it was before. These things take time. Just have to consistently do better than other conferences. Also, recruits that want to "play against the best" are more likely to choose Ohio State if B1G opponents show well in bowl games.
I even want TTUN to win. I dislike 'Bama and would love to be able to say "a team we rolled 56-27 beat you!" This would also make jimmy a bit more secure--and I hope the Buckeyes play against a TTUN coach by jimmy for a long long time.
I have thought about it a bit and I absolutely want Michigan to throttle Alabama. Of course I hate TTUN, but, I am tired of this SEC narrative. Buckeye players admitted that 2014/2015 bowl results gave them increased confidence when matching up with 'Bama. I get that our game is before, but, the last one vs LSU (presumably) won't be. Also, Gophers to beat Auburn. Additionally, if I am Penn State, I'm sour about a matchup vs Memphis.
I guess I overstated my point. I was trying to draw the comparison to Minnesota. Bama to me is on the outside looking in, needing lots of externals to occur before it can make it. Whereas if Minnesota controls its destiny.
I disagree that Minnesota is on the outside looking in. They have a chance to pad their resume considerably and would make it in if they won out (which they won't because the Buckeyes will/would stomp a hole in them). Alabama is dead in the water and will be jumped by the PAC 12, or BIG 12 champ, or LSU (if GA wins). I really don't see how 'Bama has a path.
You as well! Thanks!
I turned into a lurker and went for years without commenting, but, I do remember. I also remember the premium lounge and how wonderful it was.
Thanks! I'm going to do my best to show her Columbus's best. She's a good one and somewhat pretends to enjoy football for my benefit. She's Persian and loves Americana type things. So to her, that I love football is a major plus. She likes Brutus a lot but calls him "the cute Donut guy." I just stopped correcting her on that one. I'm thinking TBDBITL blows her away.
I'm bringing my non-Ohioan gf to Ohio for the first time to watch this game (student section!). I have repeated to her again and again that we aren't leaving the game regardless of the weather. However, I've purchased a bunch of cold weather gear so she's somewhat comfortable. Glad to find this thread. Seems like it will be that Ohio-y winter mist at times. Just makes it a little colder. I'll bide Cincy OSU's advice and check back tomorrow for increased accuracy. Good to know about weather.com too.
I shall be in attendance and will bring some extra on your behalf
OK so for the stretch run the Buckeyes will have the best defensive player in CFB, but angry and completely rested? Dude is going to double his sack total.
I whole-heartedly agree with this. The playoff should be to crown a champion--that is the 1 best team, not the 4 best teams. So, if you don't win your conference (which is always based on objective criteria) you're not the best team. I don't care if its arguable that you're one of the top 4. Teams should have to win their conference. If you're a 3 loss conference winner, chances are you'd be left out because there are likely 4 conference champs with better resumes.
Hell, the Bowls are good for me! I love watching them. Also that chart looks waaaaay better after 8 games than it will after the season where teams 6-8 will have 2-3 losses. 4 teams is perfect! There could be some modifications, but I like 4. Every game matters, and if you win the conference and every game--you'll get in.
That’s what I am talking about!
I agree. That matchup will likely be 2 v 3. Penn State moves up over Bama and LSU jumps Ohio State. All that matters is that Ohio State is number 1 in the end!
Meyer's team seemed more emotional. This team just gets to work. BTW def not a knock on Meyer. Just seems different. I think JK Dobbins best represents my feelings about this Buckeye team--his body language seems the same regardless of whether he gains 1 yard or 80. He just puts his head down and goes hard on the next play. Its been impressive.