I'm feeling like this game against Wiscy will be closer than any game we've played yet, maybe on the Penn State level. Then again, I thought the Michigan game would be like that too. These Buckeyes are great, but I think Wisconsin has fight and will play their hearts out. They'll look pretty good for a bit before losing 49-21.
It was teased last year and they ran a shotgun two-back formation a couple times early in the season, but ultimately it faded away, probably for those alternatives you mentioned.
He had a ridiculous string of runs without any lost yardage and it wasn't just good blocking - he was amazing at getting back to the line when a play didn't work and always got a few extra yards after contact. I see JK doing that more than ever before and it makes all the difference.
Every time I watch that Fields-Garrett touchdown play I marvel at the hit Austin Mack took to give Fields another tick to get the ball away with his feet set.
That was one of the best (most emphatic, important, explosive) runs I've ever seen. Reminded me of the run Hyde had against Iowa where he got spun backwards before regaining his feet and diving into the end zone on the edge. Or when Elliott burst through a hole and off a couple defenders while leaping into the end zone against Oregon.
They would not be denied. These are my favorite plays. Will and skill overcoming everything.
In these highlights it's great to watch individual OLine members dominating their assignments. Bowen, Jackson, even Farrell had extremely well-executed and powerful blocks that you can really see pave the way for Dobbins.
Love these articles as always for helping to highlight those details and translating it to an understandable level.
[Meyers] On Day: "We just love him so much ... I personally want to win for him ... I can't say enough about how good of a job he's done since he's gotten here."
What an amazing thing to hear from a player.
Think we can get a breakdown from Kyle Jones on the Backdoor Read 4i??
The weather was a big factor, and the 3 fumbles lost made the game plan more conservative. I really don't think this was the type of tightening up we saw under Meyer. Meyer went to QB runs at the absence of all else. JK Dobbins was the lead carrier by a mile and was never abandoned even when the game was slipping away. And when it counted, Day called for a deep throw down the sideline to give a chance for Olave to make the play, and he did.
There's some scary reminiscence, but I think it is substantively different.
For the Buckeyes, it's a spoiled season, if not ruined. It would be a championship with an asterisk.
I can't wait until they get a 3rd & 10 and Chase Young is standing up in the A-Gap with the rest of the rushmen on the line hands planted in the turf. Only used against Wiscy so far but I can see that returning.
You know, maybe they watched Penn State, and realized refs will never throw a flag for holding on Young. Maybe they watched Penn State, and realized even with that, you can't single-team Chase Young.
Maybe they'll hold the hell out of him every single play with 2 linemen plus a chip from RB/TE.
Maybe they'll really 100% dedicate to stopping Chase Young, and maybe they'll do it.
That's fine, BB Landers, Jashon Cornell, Zach Harrison, Davon Hamilton, Tyreke Smith, Tyler Friday, Tommy Togiai are all waiting for single-man blocks to get their posterization over a maize and blue QB.
The Larry Johnson dojo is not a one-man operation.
I agree with this so much. Imagine if Day didn't want to get too conservative, so he's trying to call screens and slants and quick outs, and Penn State is trying to jump those routes to get back in the game... this could have VERY easily turned into another one of those games, where the fans are crying "WHY DIDN'T YOU GIVE IT TO DOBBINS" a la Hyde, Zeke, Samuel, etc...
In my viewing, the ONLY problems were the fumbles. And it was a great game, great win.
It's not college feelingsball, it's college football.
So remember! This ain't about feelings! It's about... feet!
I wish I could take my kids to football games. Tickets for 5 - $1,000. That's either a top priority in life or high-income families only.
Definitely a valid point - especially because here in Seattle it's 9 AM so really start to the day, vs 12 PM middle of the day. I'm definitely a big fan of 9 AM kickoffs, wouldn't like it so much otherwise.
Ultimately, I'll watch the Buckeyes whenever, wherever. The other main team I follow is Liverpool in EPL so I'm well used to early kickoffs.
It's the circle of teasing. Get him.
The Buckeyes are 9-0 and have not allowed more than 300 yards in a game. Oh and they've beat 3 current top 25 teams too.
SILVER BULLETS ARE BACK!
This is the most fun season I've ever watched (since 2008). This team is so special. The turnaround on the defense alone, with almost all the same players, is unbelievable. I'm just starting to come around over the last two weeks to believing this defense is really elite. There's been a tinge of fear and doubt that was planted over the last two seasons, and it's really fun having the Buckeyes own that doubt and crush it every chance they get.
Same here. Great way to start the day and then spend the rest of the day doing chores and watching other games. Surprised at all the Noon kickoff hate in these comments!
Cowherd plays a good heel. He makes himself so easy to loathe. I love Joel Klatt though. Wouldn't have been able to stand the segment without him. Which is probably what they're going for, so kudos to the producers?
The guys sure seemed to have a lot of fun in 2014
That 2010 beatdown in Madison was the toughest loss I've witnessed as a Buckeyes fan (since 2008). Iowa and Purdue sucked but that game against Wisconsin was just ugly in a hurry.
It's good to remember it's not like playing NCAA 14, where all you have to do is go and update your depth chart based on OVR ratings, and boom you're done. Practice reps, leadership, mental errors, body language, team chemistry - all these things do matter and aren't as easy to see for us.