Buckeye defense will have to bring their A game from the start and make effective, immediate in-game adjustments, playing their most disciplined game of the year. Confident that the coaches and players will do exactly that. Go Bucks! Beat Clemson!
As the OP makes clear, being the #1 seed has proven to be no advantage. Often the #4 seed plays into the position with a late season surge.
Although playing Clemson will be a major challenge, the Buckeyes will be up for the challenge, from the #2 seed.
Getting off to a fast start against Clemson is critical. Ohio State is the best balanced team in the nation that can beat them. Now prepare well, throw in a few wrinkles, execute, make effective, immediate in-game adjustments and go prove it on the field. Go Bucks, beat Clemson!
The comeback against Minnesota was in 1989, down 31-0, the Buckeyes won 41-37, tieing the record for the biggest comeback victory in Division I-A history.
Give Wisconsin a great deal of credit, coaches and players, but, as has already been said, championship football teams respond to adversity when the game is on the line and the 27-0 second half Buckeye advantage represents that big time. This is a very special Buckeye team.
And gives future CFP opponents one more thing to worry about, most especially on special teams, first a perfectly designed and executed onside kick and now the perfectly timed, well executed fake punt.
Great players step up their game when the games are most important, which JK has done the last three weeks, and they always give due credit to the OL.
Love the idea of the throwback style, in scarlet (road) and gray (home) as the permanent jersey and, even better, wearing them in St. John, where the Buckeyes should play 10+ games every year, especially against key conference opponents.
Clearly the right choice.
My sense is that the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin decisively enough to stay #1, both LSU and Clemson win and Oklahoma is the fourth team in; a very good offense with a less than stellar defense that would give the Buckeye defense many challenges.
But, for now, Go Bucks! Beat Wisconsin!
Need to emphasize that JK has 60 or so fewer carries than the 4 or 5 RBs in the nation with more total rushing yards, as, unlike most of those backs, he comes out of many games early in the second half.
His yard per carry average this year is as good or better than those RBs and JK plays in the B1G against numerous teams with Top 10/20 national rush defenses.
Probably shouldn't be fielding punts in that situation, when up 42-16 in the second half. That's on the staff as much as on Garrett Wilson.
He'll learn from the experience and make significant contributions (TDs) on STs in the future. So much talent with such a career ahead of him.
Whatever anyone may think of Wisconsin's chances next week, Coach Day and the rest of the staff will have them completely focused and ready to play. It's become a consistent quality of this year's Buckeye team and is a key characteristic of championship teams.
After the Buckeyes decisively win the Conference Championship Game, Coach Day should be considered as this year's CoY.
To go undefeated in his first year as HC, assembling a first-class coaching staff to assist him, was his first major accomplishment. Keeping the players focused on a game-to-game basis was his second. Dominating every opponent was his third.
Yes, he has the most talented and deepest team in the B1G, but in his first year to go 12-0 is, nonetheless, very impressive.
Coach Dantonio must revamp most/all of his offensive coaching staff, beginning with bringing in a new OC to take complete control of the offense, if he wants to turn things around in East Lansing. Failure to do so is grounds for dismissal.
If I remember correctly, before the season began Coach Day specifically and directly called out JK that his performance was critical to the succuss of this year's team. With strong run blocking support from the OL, Dobbins has responded big time, especially in the key wins over Penn State and Michigan. He, along with Justin Fields and Chase Young deserve, at the very least, to be in the Heisman conversation.
Now on to the Championship Game, with a chance to show the nation, in a head-to-head matchup, that HE is the best RB in the B1G. Go Bucks! Beat Wisconsin!
I'm confident that the players and coaches will be completely focused on the significance of the task at hand, having prepared an excellent game plan for the weather conditions, anticipating the need to make immediate, effective in-game adjustments and come ready to play their best. Go Bucks! Maul Michigan!
The Penn State game plan certainly gives Michigan's defensive staff even more to prepare for. But it increasingly looks like weather will play a major role in The Game and offensive strategy will be affected. Holding onto the ball, and no interceptions will be critical.
No doubt that that factored into the decision.
This is pure speculation, but I think Coach Day decided to run the ball early, throwing off Penn State's preparation for a Buckeye pass attack. Perhaps they saw something in the game film that gave them confidence that they could run the ball. Once the weather turned they just stuck with it.
Leaning on the defense, expecting it to largely control the game, given how consistently good it's been all year, seems like a sound approach too. But can't anticipate the turnovers; a sound defense helps overcome them though.
As good as the offense has been, the defense is proving, in many ways, to be the driver of this team.
Third game in a row with pretty good free throw shooting, today hitting 22 of 30.
At some point in the season, free throwing shooting will prove the difference between winning and losing. Keep working on it, getting the percentage up to 80+%.
You're right, the game was headed to 45-10 or so territory until the Field's fumble.
Still, this was an impressive win over the nation's #8 team, which the game statistics clearly demonstrate. Learn from it, secure the football next week, open up the offense, don't run Field's nearly as much and Go Buckeyes, demolish Michigan!
I think Michigan is in for a world of hurt next week.
Probably not, and in the long run it doesn't matter. Now Buckeyes, go decisively beat Michigan.
Maybe the thought was "Penn State probably expects us to throw the ball, so let's start off running it," and it was effective and with the weather late in the game Coach Day just decided to stick with it. And it really gives Michigan something to think about.
Have a sense that the Buckeyes really open up the offense up next week, depending to some extent on weather conditions. But please, less carries for Justin Fields.