If you've ever played football and gone through two-a-days, you've hated it. But once it was over you knew why you went through it!
The key to this game is our defense getting back to the line of scrimmage and set as fast as possible after every play! Mariota is not going to wait and if he sees the defense taking their time, arguing/pointing fingers after a blown play, he is going to push that tempo and snap the ball. The key is to have your defensive schemes designed so as the defense is getting back to the line of scrimmage they are looking at who is calling them and they making those adjustments on the fly.
The defense has to understand, Oregon is going to make some plays and get yards, but limiting both of those to the field between the 20's and forcing field goals will be what helps them win the game. Stay on their assignments and keeping things in front of them and they will be fine. I hate to say it, but kind of like Tressel's old bend but don't break defense. Let them run up and down the field, but don't let them in the endzone!
I don't know how much a 15th game is an issue for the guys. I can remember as a kid I just loved to play. Football, I never wanted to come out and baseball, loved catching double headers. It's another chance to play with and for that brother that will be graduating. For some I am sure they aren't ready for it to end. I know I wasnt.
I'll be there too. Already have my hotel reservation.
DJ, You don't think Bosa would stick around for his Senior year in order to bookend the defensive line with his brother, if he comes to the Buckeyes? I might agree with you 100%, on him leaving early if his family needed the financial support, but I think his family is well off enough that him staying the extra year is no hardship. Just curious if that is a possibility?
He's said the Buckeyes are his leader! That was stated again last week after his team won their state championship game.
I hope that title doesn't hold true, as we still, hopefully, have two more games left. We need him to keep motivating and escalating the talent on that defense and the better he plays, the more the other team's O line will have to look at double teaming him, giving others free looks.
If you go to the Big Ten championship website there is a map on there that has locations of bars that have been set up for Buckeye fans.
DJ, I am with you on Carter and Underwood, they will forever be a part of the Buckeye Family/Nation and I wish them both luck in their futures. As for TTUN, their having a chance to ruin our playoff hopes should tell the guys they need to come out and punch em in the face first and squash that thought. Speaking of which, I sure wish Dontre Wilson were playing!!! That young man endeared himself to a lot of my Buckeye friends last year, when, as a true freshman, he came out and literally punched a Wolverine in the face! We knew he got it!!!
Hmmm...what is with VA Tech and the Buckeyes this year? first the football team and now the wrestling team? I already have my countdown timer set for Labor Day 2015 and revenge against them damn Hokies, 286 days, 11 hours, and 30 minutes!!!
And Muck Fichigan!!!
Byrnes, explain to me how the presidents can use December finals as an excuse. Do FCS schools not have finals? And if thats the case, how do we have conference title games when that is the time when they should be studying for said finals? These are the same bogus excuses they used years ago, when they were arguing about the playoff system when it was first brought up. They don't seem to have a problem holding a 2-3 week basketball tournement in the middle of March. There are plenty of college sports that play 2-3 games a week, which requires the athletes away and they don't seem to have an issue with that. They need to stop with the excuses! They go to 6-8 weeks and it only adds one more week to the schedule, during a time when the athletes are on winter break anyway.
I just wish EVERYONE WOULD STOP BRINGING UP THAT VA TECH GAME!!! Just when I start to feel like I am getting over that game, people still insist on bringing it back up! It was mine and my daughters first ever game at The Shoe and after driving all the way from VA, we lose to VA Tech! It's like that festering wound that just won't heal!!! PLEASE LET IT DIE!!!
But on a better note, I agree, Warriner has done a hell of a job bringing these young men along. What's even scarier is that they are still a young group, I believe Baldwin is the only senior in the group, and still have a couple more years left to go! And with the rest of the offense being young and the recruits coming in, I believe we are great shape for years to come!!!
8 pm would be awesome for me because my dumba.. cousin and his fiancé decided to schedule their wedding for 3:30pm on that day! THE LAST DAY OF THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REGULAR SEASON, WHO DOES THAT??? It should be illegal!!!!
Coyote, great analysis! What are your thoughts so far of this supposed "hurry up" offense the Buckeyes are running? My concern is that it is not as hurry up as it should be. I would consider it just a no huddle offense. How many times have we see EzE rolling his hands after a play trying to signal lets go, faster, faster. The commentators seem to think he's signaling for the ball, but I think it's more trying to get things moving faster whether he gets the ball or not.. I ask about the hurry up because in both the Oregon and Purdue games, MSU struggled when those teams ran a hurry up. I think MSU's defense has some new young pieces and by running things at a faster pace, they are kept on their heals. My other frustration has been the lack half time adjustments by OSU's coaching staff in both the VA Tech and Penn St games. Meyer says, "we gotta open it up" during the half time interviews and then nothing. Who's the head coach here? Him or Herman? I understand that you may go into a game with a specific game plan, but you have to be able to make adjustments from what you THOUGHT you were going to see to what you ACTUALLY see from the other team and so far it seems they have struggled with that. Or could it have been more that they were trying to avoid more damage to Barrets knee? As for the Illinois game, it seemed he was tentative about stepping into his throws at the beginning, but once he did he looked better.
Don't get me wrong, I love our coaching staff, but sometimes the way things come out/sound, it makes me wonder if they are on the same page.
Johnny, I agree with you on this, however there are some things that are defensive back 101, such as getting your head turned when you see the receiver looking up for the ball or turning his shoulders back to the QB on a short throw. This is something that has frustrated me with the DBs for the past few years. They need to understand that if the ball is in the air and they get their head turned to find the ball, they won't get flagged for pass interference. The play against Vonn Bell on that first TD pass was a prime example that he sould have gotten his head turned to find the ball rather than waving his hands in his face. Receivers will give you clues when the ball is in the air that it is coming your way, you just have to look for them and use them to your advantage.
No funeral here! We are The Ohio State University Buckeyes and we don't rebuild, we reload and I belive Urban Meyer and his coaching staff have done just that! Whether it's this year because of Miller's injury or it was next year because Miller graduated, Barrett's time was coming and I both the coaching staff and the team will work to give Barrett every oportunity lead them to the National Title Game. The defensive line is going to be one of the best if not the best in the country and hopefully the rest of the defense will be much improved. I also believe that with all the talent he has surrounding him Barrett won't have to do everything, just get the ball to them and let them do their thing! Even at the pro ranks there has been more than one QB (Ditmer, Flacco, Wilson) were all game managers more than do it all QB's. Their caoching staff pretty much said, just don't do anything to loose it for us and get to the playmakers. Patience people, we have some games to go and i think these games, before we get to the heart of the conference schedule will help Barrett get a feel for things and the coaches an oportunty to see what he can do and how much they can open up that playbook. LET'S JUST KEEP THE FAITH!
Let's keep in mind that J.T. was the #3 Dual Threat QB in his class and he has had a year to absorb the Urban Meyer offense. He is a Redshirt Freshman, but so were both Manziel and Winston and they both won the Heisman! So lets have faith in our coaching staff and the rest of the Buckeye team to support this talented young man and put him in the best position to win each and every game. Urban has always said, since his first days here, "it's always a next man up mentality" and here we are. NEXT MAN UP!!!
I was at this game in Palo Alto, as I had a former high school team mate playing for The Buckeyes. For a long time OSU fan it was a great memory and it was the only time I have seen The Buckeyes play live, but that will change this year as I am going to the VA Tech game at The Shoe. I can't wait, only 42 days away! O H
I am looking to attend my first game at The Shoe for the VA Tech game and have been looking at tickets on line, but I have a friend that goes to games regulary and he says I should wait until game day and I should be able to get good seats for less than $150 from the scalpers outside the stadium. My concern is I am driving 9 1/2 hrs for the game and worry this is not a good idea, but it sounds as if this might be the avenue you have been taking and I'm wondering if you might have any advice/recommendations. Any help would be appreciated.
All those drills look great and appear to be a huge improvement over last year, but if they are not getting their heads around when the ball is in the air and they make contact, look for the flag because it's coming. I can't count the number of times the corners were flagged for that last year. Drove me nuts!
I am waiting on that same info. myself. I want to travel up for the VA Tech game. I have a friend up there that tells me I can get goods seats in the parking lot prior to the game, but i don't want to take the unnecessary risk if I don't have too.
I'm guessing geography was not your strong suit, but Lake Taylor High School is actually in Norfolk, VA, which is on the complete opposite side of Virginia. This kid has great potential and give Meyer great depth on the defensive line and if you've been keeping up with what Johnson wants to do, having this kid to rotate in and out gives the staff a lot of options. I live in the same area as Jaylyn and have seen him play. This kid can play, but redshirting him and giving him the chance to put on some muscle and size wouldn't be a bad thing either. I look forward to seeing him in the Scarlet and Gray whenever that may be. He is going to be a player.