Borland is good at plugging the middle gap on run plays. He's a big body and a run stuffer. The problem is when he needs to move lateral or drop into pass coverage. He's slow and not athletic. Michigan State saw this and picked on him. Unfortunately he can't work on speed and athleticism. You either have it or you don't. If Browning is just as effective stuffing the middle gap, is there any need to have Tuf in there?
Chase was getting double teamed often.
Concerned about the defense. Sparty was moving the ball easily at times. Sparty killed themselves with dropped passes. But, Sparty was moving the ball better than the scoreline indicated, and Sparty's offense is far from high powered. Yikes! What happens when we play a high powered offense like Clemson or Oklahoma?
One correction that needs to be made right now is benching Borland.
At what point do we need to declare Baron Browning the starter, and bench Borland for good?
Buck1961 - Why wouldn't the Government intervene to make it right? There's a quasi Government entity, the NCAA imposing compliance rules that are completely unreasonable, and essentially stealing from people. The NCAA and Universities profit to the tune of billions of dollars from "amateur" student athletes. The only people that are "amateurs" are the athletes, because everyone else is cashing HUGE checks. The student athlete's share of the billions is not one penny. It's the biggest fraud/scheme around. I believe in free markets and zero Government intervention. Big Government = NCAA compliance rules.
Buckinraleigh - I'm pretty sure Federal law is superior to NCAA rules. If the feds pass the law, the NCAA could not remove schools from NCAA membership.
Buck61 - Nice try, but no. In this case, the Government is intervening to loosen restrictions on student athletes. Good!
Urban's won 3-Natty's. He doesn't need to prove any points. Urban might come back, but it won't have anything to do with Ryan Day. He'll probably get bored with retirement and want back in the game.
Sparty was never going to score points in this game even with the starting OL. They'll be extremely lucky to score 10 points. Dantonio is a great defensive coach, but incapable on the offensive side.
I don't see this team being blown out. But we can certainly lose a game we should've won.
We're not in danger of losing, but don't think it'll be a 40 blowout either. Indiana is well coached. Indiana has the most veteran team in the B1G. Indiana has a competent offense and can move the ball. This is Justin Fields first road game in the B1G. Indiana has played Ohio State close the last 5-6 years. Ohio State will win, but I would stay away from betting this one. Final score will be Ohio State 31 Indiana 17, something along those lines.
Get Fields some easy throws in the short/intermediate passing game, and that'll setup chunk runs by Dobbins. Make a defense think you're going to run, but throw, and vice versa. It's a helluva thing when the defense doesn't know what's coming. I feel like we've tipped our hand to a too often, opponents know a run is coming.
Rocker - In case you didn't know, we're recruiting a 2020 RB that's 5'10, 175lbs, Henry Parish. Doesn't look like the staff is dedicated to recruiting big backs. I guess we'll try to run Dobbins/McCall type backs between tackles. This will be our philosophy going forward. What's the definition of insanity?
Agree with everything you said. Unfortunately, you can't teach a QB to throw receivers open and step up in the pocket during the season. Fields is a great athlete but learning to throw will determine his future as a QB. If he wants to make a living playing QB, he'd better learn to feel pressure and step up in the pocket.
Let's be honest. Our O-line hasn't gelled since the 2014 natty. Since we brought Coach Stud on board, this OL has struggled. We have a team full of 4-5 star OL recruits but continue to struggle on OL. At what point do changes need to be made?
If you're not concerned this team cannot run the ball between the tackles, you should be.