Yes, that's my reason for optimisim, and this defense has gone man a few times too. The mix of coverages makes all the difference in the pros, and this version of the zone defense has plenty of man press coverage experience.
The zone middle is still suspect. Fortunately the defensive line is so strong, most QB's wouldn't have time to wait for the plays to develop to get the passes off on 3rd and long. It's the pass first teams that could expose this (if there is a weakness, I'm not sure there is, but it's still unproven) on traditional non passing downs. We'll worry about those teams (Alabama, Clemson, LSU, and possibly OU) with patient QB's and strong O-lines that can exploit it at a later time, I just wanted to mention this now so I can look back on this comment to see if I was wrong and have to eat crow. I just don't want to see the same trouble Jim Heacock defense had over those years.
He said this as a coach in the 80's, pretty sure he changed his stance as an AD.
Most people don't know, but Barry Alvarez always refused night games at Ohio State. He said it was too much of an advantage. Buckeyes never shy away from Prime Time games. It's free advertising for recruiting.
A few things are obvious.
1.) Dak Prescot has a really strong arm, that flick of a 55 yard throw was amazing.
2.) Devin Smith ca n still zero in on a long ball
3.) Campbell is still untouchable in the open field because of his elite speed.
4.) Redskins fans are really taking notice of what a great guy Terry is. He might be the most likeable guy out of OSU since Archie, and there are so many to compare him to.
Dobbins increased strength is evident this year
Wow Kyle! You continue to impress. Thanks for this!
I can't complain about anything, he's still a first year starter. Those longs looks (holding the ball) will become long runs in important games. No need to risk it unless you need to. I suspect the coaches want him to continue to look downfield, and not run in games like this.
Master is basically Carlos Hyde with speed. JK is turning into Saquan Barkley right before our eyes.
I love it! The more the season wears on, the more the players love doing this. Still, sometimes they take it for granted - I don't like calling players out by name, so I won't, but you see him, getting his helmet just before the end of our school song, and he's from Columbus area too. Still, my favorite part after the game, is singing our school song with the band and the team.
Have to give Michigan credit for doing this publically (OHIO). Too bad they sucked at it too...
Losing to Indiana in 1987 for the first time in 38 years, Earle Bruce infamously quipped “This is the darkest day in Ohio State football since I have been associated with it.” Indiana won 31-10
Darkest Day II: A blowout loss to Indiana in 1988, and the first loss to Bloomington since 1908. John Cooper said "Bill (Mallory) was nice to us-he took the first team out." Indiana won 41-7
I live in Florida, and we had a car they pulled from some water les than a 1/2 mile from my house. I just checked google maps, lol, the car is in the water. Apparently it was ther efor many years, nobody noticed, I didn't either. Google maps has it though. https://email@example.com,-82.0823777,20m/data=!3m1!1e3
Lol, I;m not sure who was the older basketball player at OSU, Granville or Oden...
My facts stand on their own. You started an entire mini thread because you disagreed with my opinion. Please, let's not waste anymore time on this.
Ok CoachV, I'll give you an upvote to get you moving in the right direction. This is a funny, yet highly inapproriate thread, just roll with it. It's ok if you root for Indiana, and all of us know Penix is not pronounced like it sounds (11W had an article mentioning it a couple days ago), but comedy reigns in some threads, this is one of them. You should stay in 11W, most OSU fans root for Indiana and all other B1G teams except that one up north.
I responded up there. Good day sir...
I was going on memory I thought it was the same week, but the facts of the rankings remain the same. I just looked it up.
1 loss #10 OSU beats Nebraska, #3 1 loss LSU losestheir second game to Alabama 29-0. OSU stats 10, LSU drops only to 7.
1 loss #10 OSU wins at #18 MSU, 2 loss LSU wins 24-17 against hapless Arkansas. OSU stays 10, LSU stays 7.
There is a bias, these are just 3 examples (including this weeks (cincy/tx games) where LSU was favored over OSU. facts...
I gave an opinion, you ripped it as not being factual. I gave facts, and you still rip it.
Please stop Cincy, you are making yourself look silly. Go nit-pick on something else, you lost this fight. It happens to the best of us.
Yes, 2015, you know, where OSU finished #4 in the country and still finishing behind a 2 loss Stanford team. Thanks for making my point.
Yes, not any loss, but a 29-0 shutout loss. Again, my point is made. So please stop your rant. It's over , take the L, walk away.
I suppose I could give you examples to make it a fact, like in 2015, OSU defending national champ and #1 in the poll, beats Minnesota 28-14. Clemson beats FSU 23-13. Clemson the new #1. I could mention the bye week where OSU dropped, or other various games where they didn't rise despite a much more impressive victory like the road blowout over MSU in 2018, and LSU losing the 2nd game that year in the same week (29-0 to Alabama), but still staying ahead of 1 loss #10 OSU who stayed put in the polls, but I digress, I'll hold back on facts, because this is an opinion based forum. Oh wait, those were facts! Sorry about messing up your opinion....
Of course I am not passing it off as fact (if the roles were reversed). It's my opinion, as most other comments are here too. If we only posted facts, we wouldn't have much to talk about, and this site would not really be needed, we would just need to go to https://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs and http://football.stassen.com/records/compute-request.html
I hate when you get on a roll and get contradictory with people. Take a deep breath and relax sometime please.